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1124 Phillips's "estimate of Lord Byron's 1" To rack and torture thy unmeaning brain,
In satire's praise with a low vulgar strain, poetry is totally different from Aristar
In thee is inost impertinent and vain. chus's statement."
For in thy person we most plainly see I now proceed to his examples of
That satire's of divine authority, the noble poet's “ verse,” for I cannot Since GOD made one or man, when he made thee. call it by a greater title. The first In my next letter I shall further ex. passage on Henry Kirke White, is pose the plagiarisms of Lord Byron, evidently a plagiarism from Waller's
but at present I refrain, having, I see, Lines “on hearing a lady singing one reached nearly to the end of my paper; of his own songs."
- so I conclude for the present with “That eagle's late and mine are one,
the following joyful information; joyWho on the shaft that made him die, ful for Aristarchus, but, I trust, to no Espied a feather of his own
other contributor to your Magazine. With which he us'd to soar so high.”
The news is, viz. that Benbow is pubAs for “his Lordship's" verses on lishing English Bards and Scotch Rethe Death of the Princess Charlotte, viewers, by Lord Byron, in threecan any person think them superior to penny numbers, having already pubWordsworth's exquisite Sonnet on lished Don Juan, canto's 1 to 6, for our late revered Monarch (given in half-a-crown, and Waltz, an apostroyour last number in one of the con- phic hymn, (both by the same author) troversial letters) but a fool and a for 3d. driveller? I shall not mention the I am, Sir, other quotations of Aristarchus's, but Your obedient humble servant, give an illustration of the charge made
MARK COLERJDGE, by the Editor of the Literary Gazette, November 9th, 1821. and repeated by M. M. in the 981st column of your present volume, that
| BYRON AND WORDSWORTH.--- WORDSfrom “turgid Coleridge,” according
WORTH VINDICATED. to his own opinion.
MR. EDITOR. EXTRACTS FROM COLERIDGE'S CHRISTABEL. | SIR,--The papers which have appear“ But never either found another
ed in, your interesting Magazine, on To free the hollow ears from paining, Byron and Wordsworth, I have pe
They stood aloof, the scars remaining rused with the greatest pleasure, and Like cliff's which had been rent asunder,
cannot but censure the passion which A dreary sea now flows between,” &c.
dictated the first letter of AristarEXTRACT FROM CHILDE HAROLD, CANTO III. chus. STANZA XCIV.
In his last he seems not to have “Now where the swift Rhone cleaves his way abated any of his fiery temper: he has between
introduced in it the puerilities of Heights, which appear like lorers who have
Wordsworth, to compare with the best parted In haste, whose mining depths so intervene,
specimens of Byron's poetry he could That they can meet no more though broken
select; this I consider as unfair. The hearted.”
conclusion of Wordsworth's “ CamThe following "galling," and, I may
berland Beggar," as given in M. M.'s add, false lines on Henson Clarke, in
“ Observations on Byron and WordsEnglish Bards and Scotch Reviewers,
worth,” col. 983, is fully equal to any
of the specimens of Byron's poetry also, possess not the merits of origi
given by Aristarchus; yet, that some nality.
of Wordsworth's puerilities are unwor"Clarke, still striving piteously to please, thy of bis genius, I will allow; but he Forgetting doggrel leads not to degrees,
“bas long since made an amende hoA would-be satirist, a hir'd buffoon, The monthly scribbler of some low lampoon,
| norable,” by giving to the world peCondemn’d to drudge the meanest of the mean, etry, not inferior to any of the present And furnish falselioods for a Magazine,
age. Devotes to scandal his congenial mind
Hoping, Mr. Editor, that your imHimself a living libel on mankind.
partiality will allow you to insert these This last part is borrowed from the observations, wicked Rochester, who wrote the fol- l I remain, Sir, your obedient servant, lowing lines in an “ Answer to Sir C.
A SUBSCRIBER. Scroope's Defence of Satire."
Norwich, 4th November, 1821. . .,
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NOTE FROM ARISTARCHUS. lings connected with the unseen but
eternal world, we are not altogether - ARISTARCHUS presents his respects to the
unconcerned about their temporal hapEditor of the Imperial Magazine, and will be much obliged to him for the insertion of the piness, but anxious also to abate, if following corrections of the errors of the press possible, the sum of their present in his last letter.
misery, and to confer on them the col. 1017 line 59 for estimate, read estimates blessings of this life, as well as of that - 1018 - 5 - contains, - contain
which is to come. With this view, we - 1019 - 29 - pro - proh - 1022 10 d'ouvre
have exhorted them to provide them- 1022 – 20 – cum dulce - cum dulci selves more decent clothing, and our - 1023 - 55 - heart - breast wives have taught many of the women
Aristarchus avails himself of the present to make very neat modest gowns, &c. opportunity to state, that, having already, which they find more comfortable through the courtesy of the Editor, occupied so many columns of the Magazine, he intends to
than their former mode of dressing, wait a month or two, in order to see what
which consisted of just binding a great friends or foes may write in consequence of his quantity of cloth around them. They last letter; and then he purposes to answer the have also made themselves very neat whole in one general reply. A. trusts that his
European hats for the men, and bonnext letter will be as free from “angry feel.. ings" as he KNOWS that the others were ;
nets for the women; also for all the though he certainly felt indignant at G. M's
felt indianmt at G. M's little children, which they find very insinuating that he was an infidel.
comfortable, and which make them “ A Christian is the highest style of man;" look very creditable. We have also and,
| taught them to build themselves neat “He who filches from me this good name; plastered cottages, instead of open Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed."
and exposed houses, which could not November 1.
shelter them from the bleak winds from the mountains, or the drifting
rains from the southward. Several SOUTH - SEA MISSIONARY INTELLI
very neat houses are finished, and GENCE,
many in hand. Those who have got
a good plastered house, find it a very The following extracts from letters
comfortable thing on a cold rainy lately received from the Rev. Wm.
night, and enjoy good health, while Ellis, a missionary at Huahine, will,
their neighbours are laid up with we doubt not, prove highly interesting
colds, dysenterics, &c. to
They suffer very much also during perceived by the date which these.
care, which these the scarce season for want of food. extracts bear, that their passage to | We are continually urging them to England has been accomplished in a cultivate more ground, and have the short space of time, which will scarce
pleasure to see many more acres cultily admit of example. The delinea
vated this year than last, Idleness is tions, therefore, which they contain,
the source of the greatest misery may be considered as descriptive of
to them; and the abundant manner in these interesting islanders at the pre- which nature spontaneously supplies sent hour.
most of their wants, is by them made
an excuse to encourage it. For six or Huahine, June 13th, 1821. eight months in the year, bread-fruit I AM happy to say things continue grows almost sufficient for their want, going on well among us. We are with only the trouble of gathering and very comfortable among ourselves, | cooking it; so long as that lasts, they and trust the Lord is using us as in- never think of planting, (unless construments in his hand, for the promo-tinually urged to it,) but when that is tion of his praise among these people, over, they are obliged to live on wild and prospering his work in our hands. roots from the mountains, fern root, The salvation of their immortal souls or a sour paste called Mahi, which through the blood and righteousness, brings on the most violent disorders merits and death, of our common of the bowels, and carries many of Saviour, is of course the principal them off every season. However, inend to which all our exertions among dustry is on the advance, but we have them tend. But while we are princi- great difficulties to overcome, to counpally concerned to interest them in teract habits which they have indulged the pursuit of those everlasting bless-since their childhood, and which we
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cannot expect to see give way entirely / yes, it is of his gooduess that these in a day or two.
two are spared; for had he not sent We are also instilling into their his word and his power, and overminds principles of humanity and turned the kingdom of satan among compassion towards the sick, to whom us, these two most likely would have they used to behave in a most cruel | been strangled also." These and manner. Generally, when persons such kind of conversations we hear were taken ill, they used to make a almost every day, which continually little hut by the water-side for them, I call forth our livelicst gratitude, and take them there, and now and then encourage us to persevere, amidst take them a cocoa nut, or bread all the trials we are called to enfruit, or, if very old, leave them to die without. Yea, they used sometimes There are still some of the old warto pierce the sick people through with riors among them, who are sometimes a spear, to be free from the trouble of trying to breed quarrels between the them, or else bury them alive, merely different cbiefs; and there are, as to get what little property they might in every society, a number of wild, have. Thanks be to God, they now | idle young men, who are fond of learnshudder at such things themselves, ing to handle the musket, the club, and when we talk to them about their or the spear, and who frequently talk former cruelty, say, “ Jesus Christ is of war; but we have decidedly set a mild, kind master, but we were our faces against all such pastimes as satan's slaves when we used to do so, they like to indulge in. The king and and he was a hard - hearted cruel chiefs also of our island are peacetyrant. They are now very kind to able men. I trust the gospel has the aged and sick, and pay them reached their hearts. They also are every attention, and are anxious to for peace; so that though sometimes procure from us medicine and medical threatened, we have no very serious advice, as far as we can impart it. apprehensions of so destructive a calaFew days pass without several appli- mity overtaking us at present. cations for a little “raau na te mai," “medicine for the sick.” When they found our stock of medicines quite
Second Extract, June 13th, 1821. expended, they expressed themselves It has often been alleged by the very sorry, and on the proposal being enemies to Missionary exertions, that made, all around us immediately Missionary labours are inimical to the agreed to subscribe one bamboo of introduction of civilization, and the cocoa-nut oil, to send to England, to comforts of social and civil society. buy them some medicines for the sick. The present appearance of our MisWe hope to be able to send their aid sionary stations, enlightened by the by this ship, as we are sure the direc-gospel of Jesus, contrasted with the tors will be glad to sell it for them, appearance of the same people and and purchase them some medicines. places, while illuminated by the light
They are remarkably fond of their of nature only, would forcibly repel children; and to see their affection for such charges. Not only are they made their offspring, I am often tempted to acquainted with the everlasting blesswonder how they could wantonly ing of covenant love, and the unseen strangle them formerly. It is a most glories of the eternal world, as objects affecting thing to see a fond mother of faith and hope, but their present with a little boy or girl by her side, condition is vastly improved. Instead and another at her breast, and to ask of degrading the light of nature by her, as I asked one I overtook the other assembling in thousands to offer sacriday, How many children have you ?fice and prayer to a senseless idol, “Only these two." Have you never the work of their own hands, they had any more? “O yes, I have had may now be seen rendering with deten.” And where are the eight? “Ah! vout demeanour their humble tribute (she answered weeping)they are na paul of gratitude to Jehovah, the Lord of i te unmi hia, they were all strangled, heaven and earth. Instead of offerwhile we were in darkness, under the ing violence to the best feelings of dominion of the evil spirit. Are you human nature, by sacrificing their not thankful that God in mercy has | fellow-creatures to appease the wrath taught you the evil of such ways? “O of an impotent idol, they may be heard
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praying unto God, for their parents, government is cruelty. Instead of seerelations, neighbours, friends, and sing the aged and sick cast out from even their enemies. Instead of stran- the house, which perhaps their own gling their new-born infants, they may hands had reared, and left by the side now be seen pressing them to their of a brook, beneath the shelter of a breast, nursing them at their side, or few cocoa-nut leaves, with now and dandling them on their knee, with all then a cocoa-nutor a bread-fruit taken a parent's fondness and affectionate, to them, or perhaps left to die with delight. Instead of consigning them bunger and cold, the sick and aged to the darkness of the grave almost are now attended to, and their wants as soon as the light of day had beamed supplied. Many, no doubt, are thus on their just opened infant eyes, the restored, who, formerly, after lanfond parents may now be seen placing guishing in famine and nakedness, before their intellectual eye, the irra- | would have died a miserable death. diating beams of inspired truth, the Instead of the poor helpless sick enlightening word of God. Instead of being thrust through with a spear, or wandering about on the mountains, or even buried alive, which used to be wantonly rolling naked in the sand on the case when their attendants were the sea-beach, or committing to me- tired of waiting on them, or impatient mory the profane and obscene udes for the little property they possessed, (songs) of their warriors and idols, or or when the groans of the sick were strolling about without any one to care an obstacle to their merriment; the for their bodies or souls, the fond friends and neighbours may now be parents are now concerned if their lit- seen administering every comfort they tle children are out of their sight. can obtain, to the sick and dying, They may now be found morning and weeping over them in the most affecevening at the school, and, when at tionate manner, and mingling with play on the sea-beach, frequently seen, their tears, prayers, to Him with five, six, or seven in a party, teach- whom are the issues of life and death, ing each other to write in the sand; that health may be restored; or, if or, under the shade of a tree, hearing His will be otherwise, that the passage cach other say their lesson ready of the departing spirit may be comagainst school-time. How often have posed and calm through the swellings I seen the parents on a sabbath morn- of Jordan. Instead of seeing both ing view their children, neatly dress- sexes dressed in a manner from which ed, clean and healthy, walking two the eye of decency would turn aside and two, from the school-house to the with disgust, their dresses are now chapel, while joy has beamed on their modest and becoming. Instead of countenances; and the big tear of glad- being in continual fear of the sly thief ness bas appeared flashing and ready in open day, or the midnight plunto roll down their wrinkled cheek, derer, our little property, though not when the eye of their little boy or girl always secured by lock or bolt, rehas caught their own, as he or she has mains untouched. Instead of living passed along. The mother, perhaps, \ in open houses, exposed to the bleak has remembered the many dear infants winds from the mountains, or the her own hands have strangled, and drifting rains, sheltered from the infeels increased affection for, perhaps, clemency of the weather in the rainy the only one that has survived, to season, only by the leaf of cocoa-nut enjoy the blessings of the milder reign trees; the neat warm plastered cottage of Jesus Christ. The father, perhaps, here and there greets the eye. But I thinks that had the chains of idolatry must draw to a close. These are only been cast away sooner, J, instead of some of the blessings that bave accomseeing one to bear my name, to inherit panied their reception of Christianity; my land, to eat of the fruit of my and much as the simple preaching of the cocoa-nut and bread-fruit trees, should cross may be spoken against, I have not have seen five or six growing up to heard of any philosophical philanthromanhood, or mingling with those who pic scheme, from which the gospel of are going to the house of prayer. How Christ was excluded, however plausidifferent must their feelings be on ble and imposing it may have appearsuch occasions, to what they were un-ed in theory, that has ever produced der the reign of the prince of darkness, such practical effects, in any age, in the distinguishing feature of whose | any country, or among any people. No. 34.-Vol. III.
Reply io a Query on the Sabbath.
Third Ertract, June, 13th, 1821. between the adult males and females, With respect to the population of wbich is not more than one female to these islands, I am inclined to believe three or four males, as the males were that, (like every other country which generally spared during the days of is only partially known) it bas been heathenism, and the female children vastly over-rated. I cannot give you were strangled, being less useful as an accurate statement of the number warriors; and the same disproportion of inhabitants on any of the islands, exists between the sexes of the rising but from all the information I have generation, and is visible in the elder been able to obtain, I do not think I scholars of our Sanday Schools: at shall be far wrong when I say, the Huahine we have more than 200 boss, Leeward, or Society Islands, contain and little more than 100 girls. The less than 6000 inhabitants (viz.) Hua- births of the sexes are nearly equal.' hine, and Sir Charles Sands Ísland, 2100 ; Raiatea and Tabua, 2300; Bo- |
Fourth Extract. robon and Mourua, 1000. Respecting A canoe arrived lately with some of the Windward or Georgia Islands, I the inhabitants of hao, an island sevecannot speak so correctly. Some of ral hundred miles off, to the eastward; the brethren think they may be stated another from Chituroo, a large island at 7000; so that the population of to the south-west. Their errand is, Tahiti and the adjacent islands may be to inquire about the true God. They safely rated at 14,000. The population have embraced his gospel, and long bad been most rapidly decreasing to get back to their country to burn all during the twenty or thirty years prior | their idols. to the introduction of Christianity, as 3000 copics of the Gospel of John the remains of recently abandoned bave been printed at Tahiti, and I am plantations and dwelling houses in now at work at 3000 more, for the every valley all around in almost every Leeward Islands, for which the people island abundantly testify. The popu- are anxiously waiting. I have done lation appears at present at a stand, three sheets, and shall, if not interneither decreasing nor increasing; for rupted, finish in about two months. A by an account which we have kept of births and deaths, we find them to be nearly cqual: and if the deaths now REPLY TO A QUERY ON THE SABBATH: (which are only natural ones) equal the births, how vastly must they have
MR. EDITOR. exceeded them when so many hun- SIR.-It was with considerable pleadreds were apnually strangled in their sure that I read the following Query, infancy; so many died by the unre- proposed by “Gamma, col. 962 of strained use of spirits, and from the your Magazine, “What scriptural diseases contracted from foreigners, authority is there to bind us to keep which spread generally with alarming the first day of the week, commonly rapidity; as well as the great number called Sanday, sacred to the worship killed in their frequent wars, setting of God and other religious dotics? aside human sacrifices, &c. &c. ? My pleasure arose from the consider:
The institution of marriage has been ations, that, answering such a query cnforced, and is now universally ac- would allow an opportunity of exhibitknowledged among the natives, and ing to the view of Gamma, some prinattended to by those who profess the ciples, which have been long and sinchristian religion. The parents also fully overlooked by a great majority are very fond and careful of their off- of Christian churches. Such culpabispring; so that I think we may fairly lity must necessarily have produced ipfer, that these islands are likely to its pernicious effects. This, Sir, I become in the course of another cen-would presume is strikingly apparent, tury very populous : but we cannot by the fact of this insertion of Gamexpect a very rapid increase for a few ma's query, which could only bave generations to come; Ist, because of originated in the entire neglect of the diseases of the parents, many of scriptural light on this subject. To a the children when born being sickly or mind under the conviction of the exdiseased, and the majority seldom clusive authority of Christ in his survive three or four months ; 2d, on church, this, with some things that account of the great disproportion are connected with it, form a subject