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Forgotten then, the thundering break
Of waves, that in the tempest rise,
The howling blast, the sufferer's cries;
And murmuring seems in Fancy's ear
That tributary waters bear
And inland rocks, and heathy solitudes. The other poems are thus entitled ; The Truant Dove, a fable from Pilpay; The Lark's Nest, from Esop ; The Swallow; Flora; The Horologe of the Fields ; Saint Monica; A Walk in the Shrubbery, &c. The notes occupy about a third of the volume. They chiefly explain the names of plants, flowers and birds, which Mrs. Smith was always fond of introducing with rather too much affectation of science. Upon the whole we do not think these productions will add much to her reputation.
Flora and Studies by the Sea, are reprinted from her “ Conversations for the Use of Children and Young Persons." Anthologia. A Collection of Epigrams, ludicrous
Epitaphs, Sonnets, Tales, Miscellaneous Anecdotes, $c. &c. interspersed with Originals. 12mo. 48. Highley, 1807.
The title is not very appropriate. W. T. of the Middle Temple has collected more weeds than flowers, and some of the former are rather of a noxious quality. We will transcribe two or three of the epitaphs, 'not tempted however so much from their novelty, as from the assurance in the title page that decies repetita placebunt.
On the Tomb of Dr. Fuller, at Oxford.
Here lies Fuller's Earth.
On William Williams.
At Seven-Oaks, Kent.
The wedding-clothes provided;
He sicken'd, and he die did.
Affection ; with other Poems. By Henry Smithers; of the Adelphi. Large 8vo. Plates, 11. 1s. Miller; 1807.
The plan and execution of the poem of Affection are entitled to the highest commendation. The subject, in itself so interesting, and so fitted for poetical expansion and illustration, is treated with no less judgment than taste; and the author frequently succeeds in awakening and soothing the most delicate feelings of our nature, The poem thus
When worlds shall burn, and time shall cease to roll. The poet then proceeds to trace the influence of affection through the vegetable and animal world. The loves of the plants are delicately alluded to; we say delicately, for this subject has not always been so treated. He instances the woodbine twining round every neighbouring shoot; the ivy enfolding the oak ; the coinplaints of the nightingale
Robb’d of her mate, and of her unfledg'd brood; the horse, the dog, the elephant, the white bear of Greenland, one of the most ferocious of the savage race, of whose fondness for their offspring an interesting anecdote is furnished from Bewick.
“ The white bear proves a ferocious and dangerous enemy to those who approach the inclement shores of Greenland ; and both from its rude appearance, and from the inhospitable climate which it inhabits, we should conclude it to be among the inost hardened of the savage race. Yet even in this animal some remarkable traits of instinctive tenderness have been observed. Sorne sailors belonging to a Greenlandman, in putting off from the shore, observed a bear, with her cub, stealing away from the place where she had been lurking for them. They fired, and the cub fell. Next day, as they approached the shore in the same place, they were surprised to discover the bear at the very spot where they had fired upon her. By the help of a glass, they could
perceive her crouched by the side of her dead cub, licking it with her tongue, and occasionally employing her paw to move it towards her dug, as if she would have tempted it to take its usual nourishment. As they advanced, she made no effort to escape; and when they fired, her writhing and groans gave symptoms of her having received a severe wound; yet stili she did not stir from the place where her dead cub lay. A second shot put an end to the sufferings of this savage animal, which had displayed a maternal tendern ess that would have been admired in the human race.”.
But most in man, Affection doth oufold
Have kindled towards some well remember'd haunt. The story of Prince Lee Boo is here very naturally introduced, and the affectionate anxiety of his father, Abba Thullé, for the prince's return, at the expiration of the time limitted for his absence, pathetically described. Man's natural affection for his home, a subject so beautifully exemplified at large by Polwhele in his Influence of Local Attachment, occupies a few interesting pages. The fondness with which we recur to pleasures long past, and to friends beloved separated by death, the affection of a patriot towards his country, the national regard for distinguished public characters, and its grief for their loss, are touched upon with uucommon felicity. The author's Address to England, p. 15, beginning “My country, O my country!” is animated and poetical in a degree beyond the usual standard of the composition; and his apprehension arising from the increase of luxury, strengthened by the experience of history, cannot be considered as groundless. We have long felt the same fears as the author that
So shall it be
Some distant day and fervently echo his prayer
but be it distant far That England's foes shall triumph o'er her fate, And hail her tallev.
Mr. Smithers then traces the progress of affection among relatives; he notices the early display of it by children:
(See with what eager, with what fond embrace
In strong affection)
See ! yon poor Maniac ! shivering in her cell,
Mark her, ye gay seducers! mark her well!
Go, bid imagination's magic power
Great was the conflict in her struggling frame
and all was void. The second part is of a religious nature.
“ A poem” observes the author, “on Affection would be incomplete, which did not attempt to express the benevolence of the Deity, which shines so conspicuously through all existence.”
Our remarks on this part of the poem we shall reserve till next month.
REVIEW OF MUSIC,
La Giorgiana, an Andante and Rondo, for the Piano Forte, composed
and dedicated to the Hon. Miss G. Smith, by P. A. Corri. Birchall. Price. 28.
Although this sonata must be reckoned among the minor pro. ductions of Mr. Corri's pen, it is by no means destitute of merit. The subject of the first movement is good, and is well kept up; it leads into an animated rondo, in which many brilliant passages occur, The modulation is throughout masterly..