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ARt. IX. Waterloo, a Poem, by Edmund L. Swift, E.g.
Barrister at Law. 8vo. 88 pp. 5s. Stockdale, 1815.

THE pleasure which we have received from the poem of Mr. Swift, would almost incline us to retract the observations which we ventured in our last number, on the impossibility of cloathing patriotic ideas in worthy expressions, or of infusing the spirit of triumph into the song, in which it is to be celebrated. If in his Ode on Waterloo, Mr. Swift yields to W. Scott in the more pathetic parts, he more than equals him in the triumphant. Of one circumstance, which we wonder that Mr. Scott has omitted, Mr. Swift has taken due advantage—that the battle was fought on Sunday.

* It was the Sabbath morn:—the matin chime
Had pealed the warning of its holy tide;
And Wives and Parents on that blessed prime
With prayer and praise their hearts had occupied;—
Unconscious, that even then the battle wide
Had many an Husband smote, and many a Son.—
s 'Twas then, the Gallic Eagle veiled his pride,
And then, the stubborn Victory was won.—
Such power perhaps, that day, had Britain's Orison.” P. 13,

The preceding stanza is also excellent.

“Triumph!—The blow is sped –And in its' speed -
GoD's arm struck with us —"Twas a glorious blow !.
Never did British swords so nobly feed,
And never did their feast so nobly flow 1–
Not by the Elements was crushed the foe,
Nor by the gathered might of Europe's band.—
He scaped the deluge of the Northern Snow,
And the sheer vengeance of the Southern Brand.
To fall beneath the force of Britain's single hand " P. 13.

There are other poems of equal, if not of superior merit in his collection. The Proeme in honour of Pitt, is a strain worthy of its high subject: Can we say more in its commendation ?

“Spirit revered and sorrowed 1–Thou, whose care
Slept not on Albion's doubtful destiny!
Albion, thy living charge, thy dying prayer,
To her consummate glory asks thine eye. .
Bend from thy blessed immortality,
And in their prosperous course her sons assure:-
For they have watched thy word—how faithfully!—
And always shall thy counsels, wise and pure,
Avenge their suffering past, their future peace secure! * Ok,

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“Oh when our wrath o'ertook the recreant Gaul, And dashed him forth to exile and to shame: When, seated in yon guilty Capital, Firm CASTLEREAGH pronounced our victor claim; o Thought we not then of Pitt’s inspiring name?— o . In that proud hour, which Providence hath given, o - To join the Pupil with the Master’s fame, o - Back on its source we saw the tempest driven, o And his last prayer fulfilled— “‘ OH SAVE MY COUNTRY, HEAVEN” P, xii.

In another part we find some very spirited stanzas, sung in honour of our revered Monarch, at the celebration of the Jubilee n Dublin. The two first display a warm and genuine pathos, which can flow from the heart alone. - -... “God bless the old King!—"Tis the heart-cheering voice,

That affection and duty inspire:

This day in the years of our King we rejoice, - Our Guardian, our time-honored Sire. o To HIM let us hallow this festival day; The tribute of love and of gratitude pay;

And teach from their cradles our children to say,

God bless him –GoD BLEss THE old King!

* If seventy winters have silvered his head,
If care his kind spirit hath bent;
If the pride of his youth from our Father be fled,
Remember—for Us it was spent
Remember, how ost hath. He waked when we slept,
How long for his people his vigils He kept,
How sad, when we smiled, He in secret hath wept—
...And remember—GoD BLEss THE old KING!” P.60.

This is the first time that we have seen a volume of Mr. Swift's poetry, and if he can produce a second resembling it, we care not how soon it somes: we shall welcome it with joy. If Mr. Swift will restrain some little exuberance in his ideas, and correct some few inelegances in expression, and will submit both to some sound critical discipline, he may fairly claim his place among the first poets of the day. -

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o ART. X. Rosanne; or, a Father's Labour Lost. By Miss

- Hawkins. 3 vols. 8vo. Rivingtons. 1814.

o IF the reader can find resolution sufficient to be jolted through the first seven or eight chapters, he will be amply repaid by the remainder of the work. The attempt of a father to educate his : daughter as an atheist; the circumstances which first lead her o ; - - - - the o, - - 1

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: the knowledge of a God; the subsequent illumination of her
mind by the truths of Christianity; and lastly the conversion of
the parent himself, are most admirably pourtrayed. Every step
is traced with calm and masterly precision; there is nothing re-
volting to nature, or contrary to probability. Above all, there is
no cant, no fanaticism, no sudden assurances ; but in their stead,
the most pure, affectionate, and genuine Christianity. We would
willingly have given a much longer account of this excellent work,
but we would not anticipate the pleasure which our readers will
receive from a perusal of the original, which we strongly re-
commend to general notice. The characters are faithfully drawn,
and well preserved; the incidents are numerous and interesting,
and the grave parts are relieved by some happy sallies of humour.
The first attempt of Rosanne to utter a prayer to that great Being,
with whose existence she was but just made even acquainted, is
“a very finely drawn scene. - - * * * *
Should this novel pass through more editions than one (as we
most sincerely hope that it may) we should recommend Miss
Hawkins to omit all the notes. They are by no means equal to
the remainder, and are little-else than the disjointed trainscript
of a common place-book. Some of them contain much good
sense, but they withdraw the attention from what is better.

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Art. XI. Caroline Lismore; or The Errors of Fashion, a Tale. By Alicia Mant. 8s. 6d. Law and Whittaker. 1815. - - --

'WE can fairly say of this pleasing little tale, what we can seldom, say of others which come under our notice—that we wish it was longer. The selfish volatility of fashionable manners is judiciously pourtrayed in the character of Caroline Lismore, and the diversity of two dispositions equally amiable and benevolent, in her country cousins, Marion and Catherine, forms -a pleasing contrast. The religious sentiments are pure, and untinctured with fanaticism; the whole indeed is highly creditable both to the invention and taste of the authoress. With the following passage, among many, we were much pleased.

“Miss Lismore, however, little used to solitude, and less to the employment of her time, quickly left this apartment, and joined her aunt, who regularly spent the morning in directing the pursuits of her daughters. Nor here could the neglected Caroline feel that satisfaction she was wishing to find; for in being a witness to the proficiency her cousin Catherine had made in her various accomplishments, and the very great progress of Marion, she ‘. ". only only perceive her own deficiencies, and feel her self-consequence dwindle into nothing. Catherine read both French and Italian with accuracy and elegance; Caroline scarcely understood a word of either language. Catherine, in her execution at the pianoforte, could master the most difficult passage with ease and firmness; Caroline was just able to accomplish a few waltzes and country-dances. In every other pursuit the same difference might have been traced, and Caroline could sufficiently discern this to feel much uneasiness from the comparison. Mrs. Conway pet. | ceived the distressed countenance of her niece, and fearing she felt fatigue, advised her to lie on the sofa. This offer was declined, when Mrs. Conway good-humouredly said, ‘You are, perhaps, tired of seeing us accomplish our morning duties; learning certainly is not interesting to a looker-on. I believe we must have a little relaxation on your account to-day, and perhaps you will give us some new music; we have not had any very lately from town.' “This was one of the tenderest things Mrs. Conway could have touched, for Caroline felt her own inferiority too much to attempt | playing after her cousin. She now, for the first time, was aware that there might be times when she should regret the want of knowledge she so deeply experienced: at home, in the circles of her father’s drawing-room, however fashionable might be an exhibition of talent, and she was one of the first votaries of fashion, a deficiency of this sort in herself was felt but little; her fortune, and the consequence derived from her early establishment in the sphere of fashionable life, never failed to surround her by a crowd of flattering admirers, whose professions she could listen to, and whose opinions she could dictate, by that vein of trifling and lively ‘conversation she had so completely learned from Mrs. Carr, without one of those solid principles, which would have been absolutely | necessary to her acceptance with a more rational circle; or without * * * those gratifications, less important indeed than these, but by u0 ‘means of small consideration in the education of a young woman for life.” P. 59.

Aux. xii. Discipline, a Novel. By the Aulor of softco
troul. 3 vols. 12 mo. 11.4s. Longman, 1815,

IF we were to speak generally of this work, we should say that o it was both an amusing and an instructive story, and that those who are in the habit of receiving either pleasure or advantage

from reading novels, would receive both from the one before us. - But if we were desired to enter more particularly into its merils. o we should withdraw some portion of our commendation. The o incidents are improbable, the changes violent, and the religious o principles are not without some slight tiuge.ofsanaticis i. Still - - - - however

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however there is very little to which we would object, but we would rather recommend it as displaying in a just and true light the determined apathy, and the . selfishness, generated by the flutter, the dissipation, and the eternal round of amusements in fashionable life. This is well drawn in the volumes before us, and cannot be read without effect. The most original portion however of the work is the description of Highland manners at the conclusion. These are faithfully pourtrayed and cannot fail to interest both the Scotch and the English reader.

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* X x - A Letter so vol. IV, PEGEMBER, 1815.

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