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Poetry of Mr. Leigh Hunt:

10701 in the lieight of Mr. H.'s natural de

" Full of little loves for ours, scription, but has something too much

Full of songs and full of flowers;" like a bird's-eye view of the scenery but we have promised to call from he delineates.

the poet's “Foliage,” a few. only of

the brightest and the greenest leaves, SONNET.DESCRIPTION OF HAMPSTEAD.

forming a fresh and glowing wreath A steeple issuing from a leafy rise,

for the poet's brow. We have pretty With farmy fields in front, and sloping green, Dear Hampstead, is thy southern face serene,

stoutlý insisted on his faults, and we Silently smiling on approaching eyes

now take the more pleasure in exhibit Within, thine over-shifting looks surprise,

ing his merits. Streets, hills, and dells, trees overhead now We were much struck with some seen,

lines in a tribute to the memory of the Now down below with smoking roofs between, late Princess Charlotte. It is entitled A village revelling in varieties. Then northward, what a range! with heath

His Departed Love, to Prince Leoand pond,

pold.(set to music by Vincent NoNature's own ground; woods that let mansions vello.)

through, And cottaged vales with pillowy fields beyond,

The Princess is supposed to address And clump of dark’ning pines, and prospects

her beloved Consort: blue,

“ I know, dear love, thou canst not see And that clear path thro' all, where daily meet

The face that looks on thine, Cool cheeks and brilliant eyes, and morn elas- Thou can'st not touch'or come to me,. tie feet."

But all this pow'r is mine;

And I'can touch that bosom still There is much affectionate feeling, And now I do so by that thrill.” mingled with a tinge of affectation, in the following tender lines to his little The night I, past thee from my clay,

And kiss'd thy brow's despair, boy:

I met upon my moonlight way

A hundred spirits fair,
A bandred brides, who all like me

Died in that first sweet agony.
“ Sleep breathes at last from out thee,
My little patient boy;

And we inhabit wondrous bow'rs,
And balmy rest about thee

Which, though they cannot fade,
Smooth's off the day's annoy..

Have sympathy with the sweet pow'rs
I sit me down and think

Of those our smiles obey'd;
Of all thy winning ways;

For as on earth ye spread delight,
Yet almost wish with sudden shrink

The leaves are thick and flow'rs grow brighti
That I had less to praise.

Then turn thee to thy wonted will,
Thy sidelong pillow'd meekness,

Dry thine and others tears;
Thy thanks to all that aid,

And we will build our palace still,
Thy heart in pain and weakness,

With tops above the spheres ; of fancied faults afraid;

And when thou too art fancied dead,
The little tender band

There, there shall be our bridal bed.”
That wipes thy quiet tears,

Such lines are expressive of much
These, these are things that may demand
Dread memories for years. -

feeling, and no little poetic power,

while there is less of Mr. H.'s peculiSorrows I've had, severe ones, I will not think of now;

arities observable than usual. But it And calmly midst my dear ones,

is not in the descriptive or pathetic Have wasted with dry brow;

only that he exeels, he can occasionBut when thy fingers press

ally strike a bolder chord, which viAnd pat my stooping head,

brates on some of the strongest feelings I cannot bear the gentleness, The tears are in their bed.

of our nature. His natural style of

expression is also well adapted to give Ab! first-born of thy mother,

clear and forcible versions of some of When life and hope were new, Kind playmate of thy brother,

the great poets of antiquity. Thus in Thy sister-father too ;

his translations of some very pathetic My light where'er I go,

parts of the great father of poetry, My bird when prison-bound,

Homer himself, he has succeeded far My hand-in-hand companion ;-10, beyond our expectations. It is really My prayers shall hold thee round.”

too good to omit. Priam, in anguish But we cannot afford to give the for the loss of Hector, and getting reawhole, or one that follows, much more dy to go and ransom the body, vents lively and singular, to his other little his temper on his subjects and chi boy. The spirit of it is, indeed. dren. We think Mr. H. very pre



Poetry of Mr. Leigh Ilunt.


...noorwono...ostor fully preserves the feeling and spirit | Brave sons in Troy, and now I cannot say of the original :-Priam speaks.

That one is left me. Fifty children bad I

When the Greeks came; nineteen were of one “Off, with a plague, you scandalous moltitude;

womb; Convicted knaves, have you not groans enough: The knees of many of these, fierce Mars bas At home, that thus you come oppressing me?

loosened ; Or am I mocked because Saturnian Jove And he who had do peer, Troy's prop and Has smitten me, and taken my best boy ?

theirs, But ye shall feel yourselves ; for ye will be Him bast thou kill'd now, fighting for bis Much easier for the Greeks to rage among,

country, Now he is gone ; but I, before I see

Hector; and for his sake am I come bere That time, and Troy laid waste and trampled to ransom him, bringing a countless ransom. on,

But thou, Achilles, fear the gods and think Shall have gone down into the darksome house. Of thine own fatber, and have mercy on me; So saying, with his stick he drove them off, | What never mortal bore, I think, on earth,

For I am much more wretched, and have borne And they went out, the old man urged them so, And he called out in anger to his sous,

To lift unto my mouth the land of him
To Helemes and Paris, god-like Agathon,

Who slew my boys.'
And Pamnon, and Antiphonus, and Polites He spoke ; and there arose
Loud in the tumult, and Deiphobus,

Sharp longing in Achilles for his father;
Hippothous, and the admirable Dius,

And taking Priam by the hand, he gently These nine, he gave bis orders to in anger : Put hiin away; for both shed tears to think

Of other times : the one most bitter one Be quicker, do, and help me, evil children, For Hector, and with wilful wretchedness Down-looking set! Would ye liad all been Lay right before Achilles ; and the other

killed, Instead of Hector, at the ships! Oh me,

For his own father now, and now his friend; Curs’d creature that I am! I had brave sons

And the whole bouse might hear them as they Here in wide Troy, and now I cannot say

moan'd. That one is left me, -Mestor, like a god,

But when divine Achilles had refresh'd And Troilus, my fire-hearted charioteer,

His soul with tears, and sharp desire had left And Hector, who for mortal, was a god,

His heart and limbs, he got up from his throne, For he seem'd born--not of a mortal man

And raised the old man by his hand, and took But of a god; yet Mars has swept them all;

Pity on his grey head and his grey chin.” And none but these convicted knaves are left

To this specimen of Mr. L. H.'s Liars and dancers, excellent time-beaters,

powers as a translator, we must beg

leave to add a no less admirable one Notorious pilferers of lambs and goats !Why don't ye get the ohariot ready, and set

from the Italian. It is Torquato TasThe things opon it here, that we may go? so's celebrated Ode on the Golden Age,

He said, and the young men took his rebuke sung by the chorus in the beautiful With awe, and brought the rolling chariot pastoral drama of the Aminta:

forth." But perhaps the following is even O, lovely age of gold! superior, both in the subject and exe- With milk, or that the woods dropp'd hones

Not that the rivers roll'd cution of it. The poor old king approaches the tent of Achilles to petition Not that the ready ground for the body of his favourite son, whom Produc'd without a wound he had slain.

Or the inild serpent had no teeth that slew;

Not that a cloudless blue « Great Priam came, without their seeing him,

For ever was in sight, And kneeling down he grasped Achilles' knees,

Or that the heav'ı which barns, And kissed ihose terrible hands, man-slaugh

And now is cold by turns, tering,

Look'd out in glad and everlasting light: Which bad depriv'd him of so many sons. No, nor that even the insolent ships from far And as a man who is pressed heavily

Brought war to no new land, and riches worse For having slain apother, flies away To foreign lands, and comes into the house

But solely that that vain Of some great man, and is beheld with wonder;

And breaih-invented pain, So did Achilles wonder to see Priam, And the rest wonder’d, looking at each other, That idol of mistakes, that worshipp'd cheat,

That honour,--since so callid, But Priam, praying to him, spoke these words.

By vulgar minds appallid, ‘God-like Achilles, think of thine own father, Play'd not the tyrant with our nature yet. Who is, as I ani, at the weary door

It had not come to fret Of age : and tho' the neighbouring chiefs may The sweet and happy fold vex bim,

Of gentle human kind; And he has none to keep his evils off,

Nor did its hard law bind Yet, when he hears that thou art still alive, Soals nurs'd in freedom; but that law of gold, He gladdens inwardly, and daily hopes

That glad and golden law, all free and fitted, To see his dear son coming back from Troy. Which nature's own hand wrote, -wbat pleases But I, forbidden creature! I had once

is permitted.



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1073 Answer to a Query on the Division of the Earth. 1074 Then among streams and flowers

sical Journal,” will not, perhaps, be The little winged powers

unacceptable or uninteresting to your Went singing carols without torch or bow: The nymphs and shepherds sat

numerous readers. Mingling with innoceut chat

[low I am, your's, respectfully, Sports and low whispers; and with whispers

Aizeos. Kisses that would not go.

125, Oxford-Street, London. Our sorrows and our pains,

Peleg means to divide, therefore it These are thy noble gains !

is said, in his days the earth was divided. But ob! thou love's and nature's masterer, Thou conqueror of the crown'd,

Some have thought that this has relaWhat dost thou on this ground,

tion to the earth; that originally it was Too small a circle for thy mighty sphere? in one compact mass, and that at this Go, and make sluinber dear

period of the world it was divided by To the renown’d and high;

an earthquake as it is now; but a supWe here, a lowly race, Can live without thy grace

position of this nature cannot be adAfter the use of mild antiquity:

mitted, because it leaves us to conGo, let us love; since years

clude that the Divine Being could not No trace allow, and life soon disappears, &c. foresee what should happen, and

But we must here interrupt our therefore, that when the time came, visions of the "golden prime," and he found it necessary to make this take our leave of the poetry of Mr. H. division.-But leaving such suppoto pursue more serious duties, and sitions to those who can be satisfied fulfil the higher and more useful ob- with them, I shall give what I conjects of our work. Though moral and ceive to be a more rational account of religious views, and the promotion of this transaction, more consistent with "peace and good will to man," with the understanding of the original wrichristian knowledge and humility, be ter of the sacred scriptures, which the chief aim of our uniform and unre

treat only concerning things appermitting efforts, we are occasionally taining to religion, and the future state

of man. glad to season our instruction with the glad voice and the fresh and invigo- is frequently meant the inhabitants,

By the earth, in scripture language, rating spirit of the musé. plishing this, however, we shall en

Gen. vi. 11. The earth also was corrupt. deavour to bring before our readers -ch. xi. i. And the whole earth was of only such of our distinguished poets, one language.-ch, xix. 31. After the whose works are equally celebrated manner of all the earth.– Psalm c. for taste and genius, as for the purer Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all qualities and more ennobling princi- ye lands. -Deut. xxxii. 1. Hear, o ples of humanity, morals, and re

earth, the words of my mouth.- 1st ligion.

R. T.

Kings X. 24. And all the earth sought
Solomon.-Therefore it is more con-

sistent with enlightened reason, and Answer to a Query on the Division of we have the authority of scripture to the Earth in the Days of Peleg.

conclude, that some other division In col. 865, a Query was inserted re- Now, as it appears that these names

was meant by the sacred writer.specting “The Division of the Earth in the days of Peleg,” to which, in descendants, to signify the states of

were given by the patriarchs to their col. 977, a brief answer was given these patriarchal churches, it is also Since the preceding appeared, we

as certain that at this time there was have been favoured with the following,

a division made among them, for a which, as it takes another view of the singular change took place in the first subject, we also insert.

order of patriarchs, from Adam to MR. Editor.

Enoch, who are said to have lived Sir,-In answer to a Query from E. 800 years after the birth of their sucOn the Division of the Earth in

cessors. Thus: the days of Peleg;" inserted col. 865

years. of your September number; the un- Seth after the birth of Enos 807 derwritten extract from an excellent Enos after the birth of Cainan 815 and impartial work, “ The History of Cainan after the birth of Mahalaleel 840 all Religious, by John Bellamy, au- Mahalaleel after the birth of Jarad 830 thor of Biblical Criticisms-in the Clas- Jared after the birth of Enoch 800


On the Neglect of Genius.

1076 And that this applies to the ecclesi. | division, which took place in the time astical department, or the church, as of Peleg, was a division of the kingly. well as to the patriarchs, may be al- and the priestly offices, arising from a lowed, because it is said that Enoch general apostasy from the true worwalked with God three hundred years ship of God, which caused a division after the birth of Methuselah, before in the church ; the greatest part, either he was translated; which is sufficient from compulsion, or from the prevato convince us that a very consider- lence of example, adopted the polite able change took place in the church worship of the Babylonians, the dein the time of righteous Enoch. scendants of Ham. Thus the mo

Thus it is said of the first five patri- narchical form of government, which archs, beginning with Seth, by whom from the time of Noah had been joined the first visible church was manifested, to the ecclesiastical, was now divided; that they lived upwards of 800 years but the priestly patriarchal was still after the birth of their first-born son, retained in Peleg, and in his descendto the change which took place in the ants down to Serug ; like that which time of Enoch : even as it is said of now exists in the patriarch of the the first five patriarchs of the second Greek church at Constantinople, who order from Noah, by whom the second is considered as a nominal head of visible church was manifested, that that church, but who has not any they lived upwards of 400 years only power as a temporal prince; or someafter the birth of their first-born son, what like the pope, who, since bis to the change which took place at the dominion has been circumscribed, and time of Peleg.

his authority questioned, is reduced Noah was 500 years old at the birth to a similar situation. of Shem, Ham, and Japhet, Gen. v. 32; but as it is expressly said that he lived 350 years after the flood, ch. ix.

ON THE NEGLECT OF GENIUS. 29, and that his three sons were married when they went into the ark, they must have been 50 years old at the

MR. EDITOR. time of the flood, which authorizes us Sir,-The observations in your Magas to state, that after the birth of his first- zine for October, (col. 937) on this

subject, have led me to throw together

years. the few following remarks for your Noah lived

400 Shem after the birth of Arphaxad 500 writer of those observations, that some

consideration; hoping, as well as the Arphaxad after the birth of Salah 403 abler hand will speedily take up the Salah after the birth of Eber


subject, as it is one on which a great Eber after the birth of Peleg 430


may be said, it being of a peculiBut that which confirms us in the arly interesting nature. opinion that the division of the earth Could we by any possible means in the time of Peleg was a division of | take a retrospective glance at the gethe church, is, that from Peleg to nius of every man who has lived withSerug, these patriarchs are said to in the last century, we should find have lived only half the time of the that few, very few indeed, have met first five, that is 200 years after the with the encouragement they deserved birth of their first-born son.Thus or expected. This arises from a variPeleg lived after the birth of Reu 209 ety of causes; from the difficulty, and years ; Rea after the birth of Serag, even the impossibility, of persons, who 207 years'; Serug after the birth of are able and willing to assist them, Nahor, 200 years.

ever becoming acquainted with their Now, if we consider that at this situation, on account of the vast mul

; period, the Chaldean empire was ex- titude who people this “fair world;" tending its conquests over a great part and when acquainted, probably from of the east, that the love of dominion a want of suficient judgment to diswhen aided by power will not suffer tinguish the risings of that genius

, itself to be controlled, it is no wonder which they would otherwise be willing that the Chaldean power put an end to encourage and extend. The printo this ancient patriarchal-monarchical cipal reason why so many geniuses form of government. We have scrip- are never brought into action, is 0W ture and history to prove, that this ing to their having no opportunity to

born son,


On the Neglect of Genius.

1078 give to the world the productions of this, he has been suffered to rise and minds, that might, with cultivation, pass away almost without notice. The arrive at the pinnacle of excellence; laurel has been awarded (for the preand they are left to die unknown and sent) to other brows: the bolder aspiunlamented. It was with this idea rants have been allowed to take their impressed upon his mind that Gray station on the slippery steps of the wrote his well-known verse:

temple of fame, while he has been “ Full many a gem of purest ray serene,

nearly hidden among the crowd during The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear ;

his life, and has at last died, solitary Full many a flower is born to blash unsee and in sorrow, in a foreign land.

And waste its sweetness on the desert air." | His sad and beautiful wish is at last

This of course occurs more frequent- accomplished: it was, that he might ly among the lower orders of society drink“ of the warm south”, and than others, arising from the want of

“ leave the world unseen,”-and-(he means, and the employment of a great is addressing the nightingale,) portion of their time in procuring the

“ And with thee fade away into the forest necessaries of life; while the other classes have more time and money at Fade far away, dissolre, and quite forget their disposal. How many Cornwalls What thou amongst the leaves hast never and Wordsworths have passed their

known, days in the “ life-consuming den" of a The weariness, the fever, and the fret

Here, where men sit and hear each other cotton manufactory, or dragged on a

groan; miserable existence in a garret, stran- Where palsy shakes a few, and last grey hairs, gers almost to every comfort of civil- Where youth grous pale, and spectre-thin, and ization and of social life?


Where but to think is to be full of sorrow, "So it has been, and so it must!” And leaden-eyed despairs. This does not arise so much from a

Where beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes,

Or new love pine at them beyond to-morrow.' general want of willingness in the public to relieve, (for, upon the whole, I 'Tis true, he was nearly “hidden must think that the people of England among the crowd ;" but, notwithhave not been backward in rewarding standing his works were known to merit,) as from a want of knowledge some persons, he was treated by them where these individuals are to be in a manner for which they may now found. But when they are discovered, be sorry, but for which they cannot how tenderly should they use them! atone! It was his ill fate to encounter how should they excite their ardour in the criticism of men now living, who, the pursuit of those objects of litera- almost without any of those feelings ture or art which are open to their that ought to be possessed by them, view, forgiving little faults and fail- have cast a degree of ridicule and conings, though they might occur“seventy tempt upon every passage which they times seven.

could discover in his writings; not In addition to the names of the un- for the purpose of warning the poet, fortonate Chatterton and Savage, nor in the true spirit of criticism, but which your correspondent has addu. to indulge their own personal hatred ced, allow me to notice one who was, of the man, because he was attached this time last year, awake to all the to a party to which they were opposed. loveliness of the scenes of nature.--It was this that damped the ardour mingling them with his lively imagi- of his poetical genius,--this that gave nation,--and blessing and delighting a shock to his delicate frame and feelthe world with his productions,-1 ings,--and to this he has fallen a prey mean the poet Keats." There is but before the summer of his days had a small portion of the public acquaint- passed away. ed with the writings of this young It is well for the honour of England man; yet they were full of high ima- that these cases are of so rare occurgination and delicate fancy, and his rence. It is well that there are indiviimages were beautiful, and more en-duals who do their utmost to rescue tirely his own, perhaps, than those of genius from the grasp of poverty, any living writer whatever. He had where they find it thus oppressed; a fine ear, a tender heart; and at for it is well known, that for want of times, great force and originality of timely support, both poets and paintexpression; and, notwithstanding all Iers, and others of every profession,

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