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Rain'd violets upon his sleeping eyes.' pp. 72, 73.
In another gloomy arch.' p. 83. In the midst of all these spectacles, he has, we do not very well know how, a ravishing interview with his unknown goddess; and, when she melts away from him, he finds himself in á vast grotto, where he overhears the courtship of Alpheus and Arethusa, and, as they elope together, discovers that the grotto has disappeared, and that he is at the bottom of the sea, under the transparent arches of its naked waters. The following is abundantly extravagant; but comes of no ignoble lineage, nor shames its high descent.
"Far had he roam'd,
And elephant, and eagle, and huge jaw
Of nameless monster.' p. 111. There he finds antient Glaucus enchanted by Circehears his wild story—and goes with him to the deliverance and restoration of thousands of drowned lovers, whose bodies were piled and stowed away in a large submarine palace. When this feat is happily performed, he finds himself again on dry ground, with woods and waters around him; and cannot help falling desperately in love with a beautiful damsel whom he finds there pining for some such consolations, and who tells a long story of her having come from India in the train of Bacchus, and having strayed away from him into that forest :-so they vow eternal fidelity, and are wafted up to heaven on flying horses, on which they sleep and dream among the stars;—and then the lady melts away, and he is again alone upon the earth; but soon rejoins his Indian love, and agrees to give up his goddess, and live only for her: But she refuses, and says she is resolved to devote herself to the service of Diana; and when she goes to dedicate herself, she turns out to be the goddess in a new shape, and exalts her lover with her to a blest immortality.
We have left ourselves room to say but little of the second volume, which is of a more miscellaneous character. Lamia is a Greek antique story, in the measure and taste of Endymion. Isabella is a paraphrase of the same tale of Boccacio, which Mr Cornwall has also imitated under the title of 'a Sicilian Story.' It would be worth while to compare the two imitations; but we have no longer time for such a task. Mr K. has followed his original more closely, and has given a deep pathos to several of his stanzas. The widowed bride's discovery of the murdered body is very strikingly given. • Soon she turn'd up a soiled glove, whereon
Her silk had play'd in purple phantasies,
And put it in her bosom, where it dries.
Until her heart felt pity to the core
And so she kneeled, with her locks all hoar,
Three hours they labour'd at this travail sore;
And then the prize was all for Isabel :
Pointed each fringed lash; the smeared loam
With tears, as chilly as a dripping well,
Of precious flowers pluck'd in Arabv,
Through the coid serpent-pipe refreshfully,
A garden-pot, wherein she laid it by,
Sweet Basil, which her tears kept ever wet.' pp. 72–75. The following lines from an ode to a Nightingale, are equally distinguished for harmony and feeling. • O for a beaker full of the warm South,
Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,
And purple-stained mouth;
And with thee fade away into the forest dim:
What thou among the leaves hast never known,
Here, where men sit and hear each other groan;
And leaden-eyed despairs.
In ancient days by emperor and clown :
The same that oft-times hath
Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn.' p. 108–111. We must close our extracts with the following lively lines to
• () sweet Fancy! let her loose ;
Summer's joys are spoilt by use,
When the soundless earth is muffled,
Thou shalt hear
While the autumn breezes sing,' pp. 122–125. There is a fragment of a projected Epic, entitled • Hyperion,' on the expulsion of Saturn and the Titanian deities by Jupiter and his younger adherents, of which we cannot advise the completion: For, though there are passages of some torce and grandeur, it is sufficiently obvious, from the specimen before us, that the subject is too far removed from all the sources of human interest, to be successfully treated by any modern author. Mr Keats has unquestionably a very beautiful imagination, and a great familiarity with the finest diction of English poetry; but he must learn not to misuse or misapply these advantages; and neither to waste the good gifts of nature and study on intractable themes, nor to luxuriate too recklessly as such as are more suitable.
Art. XI. Essay on the Evils of Popular Ignorance. By
John FOSTER. 8vo. pp. 317. London, Holdsworth, 1820.
The subject upon which we are now about to enter, has al
ways appeared to us not only to be in itself of the greatest and most permanent importance of any which we have ever considered, but as that upon which it is most essential that right notions should be entertained by every class of the community. The question is as to the best practical means of Promoting the Education of the body of the People in other words of improving, and in many cases, we might say, creating, the religious, the moral, and intellectual character of the nation. To this it is manifest that every other improvement is necessarily and intrinsically subordinate. Our individual enjoyments and our national prosperity-our freedom and our loyaltyour peace and our plenty-our comforts and our renown-all obviously depend upon the rank which we may be enabled to hold as rational and moral beings; and our eternal as well as our temporal concerns must be mainly affected, in so far as human means are concerned, by the tenor of our early instructions. We most earnestly entreat all our readers, therefore, to favour us with their patient attention, in the exposition we are now to make; and seriously to consider, whether an opportunity has not now arisen, of conferring a greater practical benefit on the country than was ever in its choice before, and whether any man can be excused for withholding his countenance and support from the plans that have now been so nearly matured for that purpose.
The great difficulty arose, as was foreseen from the begin. ning, from the mutual jealousy of the Established Church and the Dissenters; and our apprehensions of misconduct were certainly long directed towards the former. Its chiefs, however, have ultimately made the most liberal concessions; and the Legislature is ready to sanction a scheme, to which we sincerely think no reasonable objection can now be stated. Some of the Dissenters, however, are understood not to be satisfied; and it is from them only that any serious opposition to the scheme is now to be apprehended. We shall consider their objections by and by ;-but, in the outset, we may be permitted to claim for ourselves the credit that is due to the unvarying, fearless, and zealous advocates of religious independence, and entire freedom of conscience and of worship. The members of our own National Establishment are Dissenters from the Church of England; and, in this very controyersy on the subject of education, in all its stages,
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