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Our noify years feem moments in the being
Of the eternal filence: truths that wake,
To perish never;

Which neither liftlefsnefs, nor mad endeavour,
Nor man nor boy,

Nor all that is at enmity with joy,

Can utterly abolish or destroy!

Hence, in a season of calm weather,
Though inland far we be,

Our fouls have fight of that immortal fea
Which brought us hither,

Can in a moment travel thither,

And fee the children fport upon the shore,

And hear the mighty waters rolling evermore.' II.-154-6. We have thus gone through this publication, with a view to enable our readers to determine, whether the author of the verses which have now been exhibited, is entitled to claim the honours of an improver or restorer of our poetry, and to found a new school to supersede or new-model all our maxims on the subject. If we were to stop here, we do not think that Mr Wordsworth, or his admirers, would have any reason to complain; for what we have now quoted is undeniably the most peculiar and characteristic part of his publication, and must be defended and applauded if the merit or originality of his system is to be seriously maintained. In our own opinion, however, the demerit of that system cannot be fairly appretiated, until it be shown, that the author of the bad verses which we have already extracted, can write good verses when he pleases; and that, in point of fact, he does always write good verses, when, by any accident, he is led to abandon his system, and to transgress the laws of that school which he would fain establish on the ruin of all existing authority.

The length to which our extracts and observations have already extended, necessarily restrains us within more narrow limits in this. part of our citations; but it will not require much labour to find a pretty decided contrast to some of the passages we have already detailed. The song on the restoration of Lord Clifford is put into the mouth of an ancient minstrel of the family; and in composing it, the author was led, therefore, almost irresistibly to adopt the manner and phraseology that is understood to be connected with that sort of composition, and to throw aside his own babyish incidents and fantastical sensibilities. How he has succeeded, the reader will be able to judge from the few following The poem opens in this spirited mannerHigh in the breathlefs hall the Minstrel fate, And Emont's murmur mingled with the song.The words of ancient time I thus tranflate, A feftal ftrain that hath been filent long.



"From town to town, from tower to tower,
The red rofe is a gladfome flower.
Her thirty years of winter paft,
The red rofe is revived at laft ;

She lifts her head for endlefs Spring,

For everlasting bloffoming!" II. p. 128-9.

After alluding, in a very animated manner, to the troubles and perils which drove the youth of the hero into concealment, the minstrel proceeds

Alas! when evil men are ftrong

No life is good, no pleafure long.

The boy must part from Mofedale's groves,
And leave Blencathara's rugged coves,
And quit the flowers that fummer brings
To Glenderamakin's lofty fprings;
Muft vanish, and his careless cheer
Be turned to heavinefs and fear.
-Give Sir Lancelot Threlkeld praise !
Hear it, good man, old in days!
Thou tree of covert and of reft
For this young bird that is diftreft,
Among thy branches fafe he lay,

And he was free to fport and play,

When Falcons were abroad for prey.' II. 133-4.
closes in this manner.

The poem

-Now another day is come,
Fitter hope, and nobler doom:
He hath thrown afide his crook,
And hath buried deep his book ;
Armour rufting in his halls

On the blood of Clifford calls ;-
66 Quell the Scot," exclaims the lance,
"Bear me to the heart of France,
Is the longing of the shield-
Tell thy name, thou trembling field;
Field of death, where'er thou be,
Groan thou with our victory!

Happy day, and mighty hour,

When our fhepherd, in his power,

Mail'd and hors'd, with lance and fword,

To his ancestors restored,

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Who, long compell'd in humble walks to go,
Was foftened into feeling, footh'd, and tamed.
In him the favage virtue of the race,
Revenge, and all ferocious thoughts were dead:
Nor did he change; but kept in lofty place
The wifdom which adverfity had bred.

Glad were the vales, and every cottage hearth;

The Shepherd Lord was honour'd more and more:
And, ages after he was laid in earth,

"The Good Lord Clifford" was the name he bore. '

I. 136-138, All English writers of sonnets have imitated Milton; and, in this way, Mr Wordsworth, when he writes sonnets, escapes again from the trammels of his own unfortunate system; and the consequence is, that his sonnets are as much superior to the greater part of his other poems, as Milton's sonnets are superior to his. We give the following On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic.'

Once did the hold the gorgeous East in fee;
And was the fafeguard of the Welt: the worth
Of Venice did not fall below her birth,
Venice, the eldest child of liberty.

She was a maiden city, bright and free;
No guile feduced, no force could violate;
And when he took unto herself a mate
She muft efpoufe the everlalting Sea.
And what if he had feen thofe glories fade,
Thofe titles vanifh, and that strength decay,
Yet fhall fome tribute of regret be paid
When her long life hath reach'd its final day :
Men are we, and muft grieve when even the fhade
Of that which once was great is país'd away,'
The following is entitled London.'

Milton! thou should't be living at this hour:
England hath need of thee: fhe is a fen
Of Ragnant waters: altar, fword and pen,
Firetide, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,
Have forfeited their ancient English dower
Of inward happiness. We are selfish men;
Oh! raife us up, return to us again;
And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power,
Thy foul was like a ftar, and dwelt apart :
Thou hadft a voice whofe found was like the fea ;
Pure as the naked heavens, majestic,.free,
So didst thou travel on life's common way,

1. 132:

Ja cheerful godlinefs; and yet thy heart
The lowlieft duties on itfelf did lay.

I. 140.


We make room for this other; though the four first lines are bad, and week-day man' is by no means a Miltonic epithet. I griev'd for Buonaparte, with a vain.

And an unthinking grief! The vital blood
Of that man's mind what can it be?

What food

I. 130

Fed his first hopes? What knowledge could he gain? 'Tis not in battles that from youth we train The governor who must be wife and good, And temper with the sternnefs of the brain Thoughts motherly, and meek as womanhood, Wisdom doth live with children round her knees: Books, leifure, perfect freedom, and the talk Man holds with week-day man in the hourly walk Of the mind's bufinefs; these are the degrees By which true fway doth mount; this is the ftalk True power doth grow on; and her rights are these. When we look at these, and many still finer passages, in the writings of this author, it is impossible not to feel a mixture of indignation and compassion, at that strange infatuation which has bound him up from the fair exercise of his talents, and withheld from the public the many excellent productions that would otherwise have taken the place of the trash now before us. Even in the worst of these productions, there are, no doubt, occasional little traits of delicate feeling and original fancy; but these are quite lost and obscured in the mass of childishness and insipidity with which they are incorporated; nor can any thing give us a more melancholy view of the debasing effects of this miserable theory, than that it has given ordinary men a right to wonder at the folly and presumption of a man gifted like Mr Wordsworth, and mide him appear, in his second avowed publication, like a bad imitator of the worst of his former productions.

We venture to hope, that there is now an end of this folly; and that, like other follies, it will be found to have cured itself by the extravagances resulting from its unbridled indulgence, In this point of view, the publication of the volumes before us may ultimately be of service to the good cause of literature. Many a generous rebel, it is said, has been reclaimed to his allegiance by the spectacle of lawless outrage and excess presented in the conduct of the insurgents; and we think there is every reason to hope, that the lamentable consequences which have resulted from Mr Wordsworth's open violation of the established laws of poetry, will operate as a wholesome warning to those who might otherwise have been seduced by his example, and be the means of restoring to that antient and venerable code its due, honour and authority.

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