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Might it not be worth while, then, to try the obvious and natural remedy, of endeavouring to satisfy the discontented, in stead of stilling their complaints, and punishing them for complaining ?-And would not a little Reform of defects and abuses -and a little Retrenchment of expenditure—and a little confidence in the people, be a suitable accompaniment to new punishments for libels on the Government, or new restrictions on the right of petitioning?
No long-enduring and progressive discontent ever existed without reasonable causes; and it is mere drivelling to talk of a general and increasing disaffection of thirty years standing being produced by the seductions of wicked and designing men.
There never was an instance of such a course of complaining, where the main fault was not in the Government; and, though severe and repressive measures have always been resorted to, they have never failed to aggravate the evil, and to recoil on the heads of those by whom they were employed. Such a period of dissatisfaction existed almost the whole time from the Restoration to the Revolution; and it was then treated very much as Lord Grenville is for treating the fit that is now upon us: But did the condemnation of Russell and Sydney-the persecutions of the Cabal--the severities of Jeffries, or the still more brutal and unremitting oppressions of the Scottish Government, eradicate the evil,-or aggravate and force it on to a most hazardous, though glorious consummation? We have had one fortunate Revolution ; but we want no more. It is an experiment far too full of peril to be steadily contemplated by any one who truly loves his country. But the guilt of bringing on such a crisis always rests on the Government which is overthrown: And that guilt uniformly consists in obstinately resisting those moderate and reasonable reforms which the long continued and progressive discontent of the people have shown to be necessary--and obstinately maintaining those abuses, without which it is absolutely impossible that any such discontent should have existed.
* Since the publication of our last Number, there has a pamphlet appeared in defence of one of the two unfortunate clergymen who got into so serious a scrape, from their zeal upon the Manchester question. We then felt ourselves compelled to expose the great, but not inexcuseable ignorance of these gentlemen ; and one of them, Dr Phillpotts, not knowing it seems, when he had enough, has, in an evil hour, returned to the charge, and, as might be expected, got still deeper into the mire. We shall certainly not think of following this unhappy man through his new set of blunders, all deliVOL. XXXIII. NO. 65.
ART. XI. Euvres Completes de Demosthene et d'Eschine, en
Grec et en Français. Traduction de L'Abbé AUGER, de l'Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres de Paris. Nouvelle Edition. Revue et corrigée par J. PLANCHE, Professeur de Rhetorique au Collége Royal de Bourbon. Paris. Année, 1819.
WITHOUT any ostentation of profoand reflection or philoso
phical remark-with few attempts at generalization -without the glare and attraction of prominent ornaments-with extremely few, and those not very successful, instances of the tender and pathetic-with a considerable degree of coarseness, and what we should call vulgarity, particularly in his great oration-and, absolutely, without any pretension to wit or humour, to have acquired the reputation of the Greatest Orator
vered with the presumption which is called pedantry and
arrogance, when accompanied with learning ; but which is truly laughable when bottomed in sheer ignorance and conceit. One sample may suffice. He persists in saying, that the offence of conspiring to levy war within the realm, is a Misdemeanour; and cites Judge Foster, with an air of consummate self-satisfaction, to show that it is so. He then proceeds, in a truly edifying manner, to exult over us.--as if he must be right, and we wrong, because he has that great authority
his side. Never was there a happier illustration of the maxim, that a little learning is a dangerous thing: and never did hapless author labour more effectually to illustrate by examples the remarks of his critic. We had blamed him for interfering in legal disputes, where he must needs be ill-informed ; he gives us a new and striking proof how full of risk such an interference is to the half-learned. In Judge Foster's time, the offence in question was only a Misdemeanour ; but in 1795 it was made High Treason by a Statute in force at the time in question. So much for this Reverend controversialist.
As for Mr Davison, he has had the good sense to keep where he was: But we truly regret to hear of his ill-advised speculation of writing down the Radicals, by editing a Periodical Paper, called the Englishman's Adviser. Of this we have seen some Numbers; and a more complete failure is not upon record. Mr Coleridge's Friend' was only tiresome, like some others who call on us weekly, under the same title. But the Adviser' will never irritate like so many of his namesakes; for he will never be listened to for a moment. In short, it is a truly melancholy failure ; and may stand at the head of such impotent attempts to go beyond our own line, and force nature.
-Mr Cobbet is far better qualified to read lectures at Oxford, than Mr Davison to write a weekly newspaper.
merely has a more decisive judgment been pronounced in favour of Demosthenes, but by none are the peculiar qualities and distinguishing properties of his style more vigorously and happily, though briefly, portrayed, than by this most acute and ingenious Critic. After remarking that his manner is more chaste and austere than that of Cicero, he proceeds thus— Could it • be copied, its success would be infallible over a modern as• sembly. It is rapid harmony exactly adjusted to the sense : • It is vehement reasoning without any appearance of art: It
is disdain, anger, boldness, freedom, involved in a continued 6 stream of argument : And, of all human productions, the
Orations of Demosthenes present to us the models which approach the nearest to perfection.' How well this agrees with the testimonials of antiquity, we shall see hereafter ; for the present we shall only remark, that this commendation of Demosthenes is in a style of decision, and even of animation, very different from the balancing and cautious system habitually adopted by our reserved and dispassionate countryman. It is manifest he must have felt very strongly, before he would have expressed himself so warmly.
Longinus is, obviously, a writer for effect. The different authors, who are the subjects of his criticism, are, in truth, little more than instruments for forwarding his principal purpose, which is to let his readers see what he himself can do in the sublime. In his often quoted, and, we suppose we must add, celebrated description of the Greek and Roman orators, for instance, in which he is pleased to compare the one to a thunderbolt, and the other to a confiagration, what precise idea of their particular qualities can be collected-what distinct or individual pieture of the leading features and characteristics of those great masters is presented to the mind ? Apart from the principal purpose of showing off, we believe he might as usefully have compared them to Frost and Snow. This writer, however, in his general criticism upon Demosthenes, after having contrasted him with Hyperides, and, apparently, intimated a pretty strong opinion in favour of the latter, (as to the correctness of which opinion we have no direct means of judging, but as Cicero is against him, we doubt not he is wrong), concludes with the following laboured and remarkable passage.
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• Forasmuch, however, as the beauties of the one (Hyperides) although numerous, are not great in their kind,-—are the productions of a person of no excitement,—are inefficient, and such as permit the hearer to remain unmoved, no one, for this reason, who reads Hyperides, is impassioned. But the other (D.) having acquired qualities of the highest order, and improved them to the highest pitch of perfection,-a tone of sublimity,--heart-felt passion,-a richness and copiousness of style,-justness of conception,-rapidity, and, in addition to these,—that which is his peculiar characteristic, a force and power which none have ever approached ;-having, I say, appropriated to himself in abundance these, which ought rather to be deemed gifts vouchsafed to him from the Gods, than human qualities and excellencies, he thereby always surpasses all competition; and, as a compensation for his defects, he strikes down before him, as if with a thunderbolt, all orators of all times, and consumes them in his blaze. For it would be easier for a man to behold, with undazzled eyes, the lightning flashing upon him, than to contemplate without emotion his successive and various passions,
Our readers will not fail to remark, (and therefore chiefly the quotation is made)—we do not say what efforts the rhetorician makes,—but into what agonies and convulsions he throws himself to give, if possible, an adequate idea of—what he seems to think, the more than human excellence of this Orator.
Cicero, to whose admirable proficiency and transcendent powers we have done no more than justice upon former occasions, and whose testimony, upon a subject of this nature, is almost conclusive, never speaks of his great predecessor and prototype, except in terms of the most unbounded and unaffected admiration. It is perfectly astonishing,' says he, how much Demosthenes is superior to all the Grecian orators.'-In Græcis verò oratoribus quidem admirabile est, quantum inter omnes unus excellat.' Orat.-Upon another occasion, he thus expresses himself. Demosthenes you may, without difficulty, pronounce to be absolutely perfect, and deficient in no particular.'—* . Planè quidem perfectum, et cui nihil admodùm desit, Demosthenem facilè dixeris.'-Not Plato more copious, not Lysias more simple, not Isocrates more finished, not Hyperides more acute,-not Athens itself more Attic.-+.Ne Athenas quidem ipsas magis credo fuisse Atticas.' Practically, and judging by experience, and with reference to any thing which