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MEMOIR OF THE REV. HENRY HART MISCELLANEOUS POEMS:-
MILMAN

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The Belvidere Apollo.....

434 FAZIO, a Tragedy.... 241 Judicium Regale ....

ib. SAMOR, an Heroic Poem

261

Alexander Tumulum Achillis Invisens .... 437 ANNE BOLEYN, a Dramatic Poem ...... 328 Fortune ; from the Italian of Guidi.... 439 Notes

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The Merry Heart .......

410 THE MARTYR OF ANTIOCH, a Dramatic The Taking of Troy; from Euripides ..... 441 Poem...... 355 The Slave Ship

ib. BELSHAZZAR, a Dramatic Poem..

382
The Love of God; two Sonnels....

413 Notes ..

407
Deborah's Hymn of Triumph..

ik THE FALL OF JERUSALEM, a Dramatic Downfall of Jerusalem, from the Book of JePoem ib. remiah ....

444 Notes 432 HYMNS FOR CHURCH SERVICE..

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MEMOIR OF

THE REV. HENRY HART MILMAN.

The life of the scholar united with that of the conferred upon him. In 1821 he was elected clergyman, is, in a peculiar manner, barren and professor of poetry in the university,—an office inattractive to the general reader, from its being usually held for five years, but the professor is deficient in those stirring incidents which fix the customarily re-elected for the same term. In 1824, attention and take strong hold upon the memory. Mr. Milman married Mary Anne, the youngest. There may be every virtue under heaven, all the daughter of Lieutenant-General Cockell. graces of the mind, and the fullest developement In the foregoing lines are comprised all the of those tranquil and better qualifications of the events of the peaceful and virtuous life of a disheart which are, in truth and reason, men's no- tinguished man, up to the period when his name blest attributes; but there must be stir and bus. came forth to the world in his writings. In the tle, animation and variety, to enchain the indif. time preceding that period, to arrive at such hoferent reader to the biographical page. Why the nours there must have been as arduous, nay more purer virtues alone are so inattractive, is perhaps arduous mental labour, than he encounters who owing to the superior charm they possess in the overruns kingdoms, or whose adventures and social circle. They must be experienced to be hair-breadth escapes by sea and land fill a folio valued, and interest from immediate contact and over which the reader bends with admiration and personal observation, becoming mere verbiage on interest. How little does the one attract, com. paper, because they are there seen divested of their pared with the other! Yet how enchaining and simple charms; the chaste beauty of their hues useful, - how much matter for contemplation being, like the transitory expression on the fea- would be afforded to the world, were it practica. tures of the orator or the actor, untransferable, ble to record all the workings of the student's and only truly engaging in actual observation. mind, which have passed away in secret. The

To this tranquil order of biographical subjects strugglings after knowledge, the satisfaction at belongs the memoir of the Rev. HENRY Hart successful progress, the despair of conquering a Milman, a clergyman of the church of England, difficulty at one time, and the triumph over oband Professor of Poetry in the University of Ox. stacles at another; the aspirations after distincford. He was born in London, February 10th, tion, the perseverance in toil and the glory of 1791; and was the youngest son of Sir Francis success. Milman, a very eminent physician, considered to The first appearance of Mr. Milman before the have been much in the confidence of the late king public was in the tragedy of “Fazio," which was and queen of England. The name of Mr. Mil. written before he went into orders, and was af. man's mother was Hart.

terwards performed with distinguished success. Our poet was first sent to school at Greenwich, It appeared on the scene at Drury-Lane, on the where he had for a master the well-known Dr. 5th of February, 1818; but it had been previ. Charles Burney. From the tutorage of Dr. Bur- ously published by its author, and had passed ney he was removed to Eton. In that celebrated through three editions. The plot of this drama seminary he remained about nine years. In the is more than commonly interesting, and has the year 1810 he went to Oxford, and entered at Bra. recommendation of being simple, and consezen-Nose College. At this university he obtained quently more noble in character in proportion the greatest number of prizes that ever fell to the to its simplicity. The imagery is natural and lot of one individual. One of these was for English chaste, the diction pure and elegant. The poetry verse, one for Latin verse, and a third and fourth is of the highest order, and abounds in pasfor English and Latin essays, while he was distin. sages of chastened beauty and great felicity of guished for the first honours in the examinations. expression.

In the year 1815, Mr. Milman became a fellow The “ Fall of Jerusalem," the next dramatic of Brazen-Nose College, and in 1817 entered into work of this poet, appeared in 1820. Perhaps holy orders. It was in the year 1817 that the there is more of nature and pathos, more to affect vicarage of St. Mary in the town of Reading was the heart and feelings in this poem than in “ Fa.

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zio," or, rather, more that strikes the mind of the wild of life, the possessing that blamelessness the reader, and produces profounder impressions. of character, and the attracting that affection The time is limited to thirty-six hours; and the from our fellow-citizens which is so seldom the subject admitting powerful descriptions, the au- lot of celebrity. Thus is doubled the sum of thor has not neglected to avail himself of all rational enjoyment. In these respects Mr. Mil. which was within his grasp, to enhance the effect man is to be envied, if envy it be lawful to indulge of the performance. There is a happy substitu- towards any of our fellow-creatures; and, if report tion of prophecy for the ancient government of say true, no one more merits to enjoy the delightdestiny, and all the various characters are forci. ful feeling of conscious virtue than the author of bly and nobly conceived. This poem is well wor." Fazio." thy the pen of a clergyman, gifted, as its author Several articles in the “ Quarterly Review,” in undeniably is, with genius and learning far above its better literary days, are attributed to the pen the common lot of dramatic writers.

of Mr. Milman; but none of them are tainted with These works may be said to have established the asperity which was so long the besetting sin their author's fame upon an immovable basis, of that publication. The Oxford professor of and, with others which he has undertaken since, poetry would be as far above the meanness of i have earned him a celebrity of no mean grade. personal abuse, as his talents are above those of Mr. Milman assiduously performs the duties of a most who laboured in that work in its days of clergyınan, and is greatly respected by all who rabid criticism. Mr. Milman's articles were liteknow him in that character. They are things not rary, temperate, and such as might be expected : little to be envied, in journeying through from the pen of the Christian and the poet.

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THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

HENRY HART

HART MILMAN.

Fazio;

A TRAGEDY.

ADVERTISEMENT.

GIRALDI Fazio.
BARTOLO.

PHILARIO. The following attempt at reviving our old national FALSETTO. drama with greater simplicity of plot, was written DANDOLO. with some view to the stage. Circumstances and an

THEODORE, opinion of considerable weight induced me to prefer

ANTONIO,

Captains of the Guard. the less perilous ordeal of the press : as in the one PIERO. case, if its merits are small or moderate, the quiet sleep of oblivion will be infinitely less grating to an

WOMEN. author's feelings, than a noisy and tumultuous execu

MARCHESA ALDABELLA. tion in a public theatre ; if, on the other hand, public

BIANCA. opinion be in its favour, its subsequent appearance on

CLARA, the stage would be at least under favourable auspices. I am aware, that there is a prejudice at the theatre against plays which have first appeared in print; but whence it originates I am at a loss to conceive. It

FAZIO. being impossible, on the present scale of our theatres, for more than a certain proportion of those present to see or hear with sufficient distinctness to form a judg. ment on a drama, which is independent of show and

ACT I.-SCENE I. hurry; it surely would be an advantage that a pre- A Room with Crucibles and Apparatus of Alchymy. vious familiarity with the language and incidents should enable the audience to catch those lighter and

Enter Fazio and BIANCA. fainter touches of character, of passion, and of poetry, on which dramatic excellence so mainly depends. I | Way what a peevish envious fabulist, put entirely out of the question those who go to a Was he, that vow'd cold wedlock's atmosphere play from mere desire of novelty, whose opinions Wearies the thin and dainty plumes of love; either way would be of very slight value.

That a fond husband's holy appetite,
The Play is founded on a story, which was quoted Like the gross surseit of intemperate joy,
in the Annual Register for 1795, from the “ Varieties Gews sickly and fastidious at the sweets
of Literature ;" but great liberties have been taken of its own chosen flower!- My own Bianca,
with it.

With what delicious scorn we laugh away
Such sorry satire!

BIANCA.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

Which of thy smooth looks
Teacheth this harmony of bland deceit?

Oh, my own Fazio! if a serpent told me
MEN.

That it was stingless in a tone like thine,
DUKE OF FLORENCE.

I should believe it.Oh, thou sweetly false !
GONSALVO,

That at cold midnight quiti'at my side to pore
AURIO,
Senators of Florence.
O'er musty tomes, dark sign d and character'd.

FAZIO.

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