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'Twere easy for the Muse to swear Ilis breath is cold as Lapland snows;
Of glowing cheek and swelling bosom ; Unscen hc on your bosom lingers ; How this transcends the lily fair,
And o'er your cheek, that dimpling And that the rose-bud's opening blos- glows, som.
Unfelt he draws his withering fingers. What though these hills were never seen, Except in blest poetic vision ;
He'll dim the lustre of your eye, A poet's eye can pierce the screen,
Your snow-white neck with freckles And, raptur'd, gaze on fields Elysian !
And mark your forehead, fair and high, The lawn which veils a virgin's breast
With many a long, deep-furrow'd Gives vigour to Imagination ;
wrinkle. As Fancy paints the phænix' nest, The rarest wonder of creation.
Then list, dear maid,-be it your care And I could praise your dewy lip,
The nobler charms of mind to nourish; And say it breath'd celestial nectar;
For they, with verdure fresh and fair, But as I ne'er was blest to sip,
Beneath his chilling hand shall four
ish. This were at best a bard's conjecture. Your voice, the music of the spheres, Just now, improve your sun-bright hour; Would suit my rhyme and sound in Why should your sweets untasted wi. metre;
ther? No tuneful orbs e'er sooth'd my ears, Love beckons from his myrtle bow'r ; I know not, therefore, if they're Let cautious Prudence guide you thither.
sweeter. My pen could say, your sparkling eye
But he who talks by rote, or rule, Outshines the stars—sheds brighter Dear maid, suspect that man a fool,
of killing frowns and seraph smiling ; lustre; With all that memory could supply,
Or that his purpose is beguiling. Or poctaster's fancy muster.
Be yours to meet some modest youth, Such arts befit the venal throng,
Who holds your worth in estimation; Who sue for wealth, or flatter beauty;
Whose heart is love, whose tongue is I chuse to decorate my song
truth, With artless truth and friendly duty.
And sues to gain your approbation : I need not say that you are fair,
Then, led to Hymen's hallow'd porch, Your toilet tells you that each morn- Before next Valentine's returning, ing;
May Love light up his sacred torch, But Time, who lies in ambush there, Through life with ceaseless lustre burn
Is all your winning sweetness scorning.
SCENES AND IMPRESSIONS IN EGYPT AND IN ITALY*. We imagined, on perusing the first second ; and still more easy, on seepublication of this anonymous au, ing the second, to predict whether he thor, that we could detect peculiari. will attempt a third ; in the same ties about it, indicating a proneness way as it is a simple thing to judge on his part to the laudable employ- from the expression of a person's ment of book-making; and on this countenance, and a little talk with account we could not help viewing him, whether in his case taciturnity his Sketches of India as the fore- or loquacity prevails. The excelrunner of a family of Tours, Travels, lence of a first production, too, is geRecollections, Scenes, and Imprese nerally a pretty good criterion by sions. It is an easy matter, we appre- which to judge of the probability of hend, to foretel, with almost perfect its being followed by others from the certainty, on seeing a man's first same pen, for good authors commonperformance, whether he will try a ly write more than one book t. But
Scenes and Impressions in Egypt and in Italy; by the Author of Sketches of India, and Recollections of the Peninsula. London. Longman, &c. 1824. pp. 452.
+ Sir Walter Scott somewhere remarks, that the best English authors are the most voluminous. He himself must be taken as onc great instance of this fact.
besides this criterion, there is about tion, and that, on the whole, he some works so much of the natural writes wonderfully well. The upspirit of their authors, so much that shot of this has been, we are sorry to indicates their ordinary feelings and remark, that our friend has clearly peculiarities, that really one cannot taken it into his head that he is fail to determine, to one's own satis- a man of notable talents, of no ordifaction at least, whether they are de- nary imaginative powers, and that he cidedly given to literary practices, possesses, withal, the necessary capaand to the composition of books. bilities of a more than tolerable auThat modesty, however, which it is thor. Now, we would really resaid is peculiar to great genius, may monstrate with him on this point, eventually gain the upper hand of a and submit, both to himself and to moderate ambition, and thus the the public, that his talents, though world
may be disappointed of what good, are not by any means of an that genius promised; but middling order that entitles him to make such talents, which are generally accom- litcrary flourishes as those displayed panied by an assortment of opposite in his last work. Though there was qualities--pertinacity, loquacity, and not much simplicity of style in his conceit, and not unfrequently, too, former works, they were comparaa degree of activity and industry tively free from two great faults most which leads them to the perpetra- conspicuous in this—affectation and tion of all manner of literary crimes, bombast-the almost necessary evils are sure to prove abundantly steady of that complacency and self-approand unweariable in their operations, bation which we should suppose is when once they are fairly set upon invariably produced by the favoura literary course. But however this able judgment of a literary functionmay be, it is plain that the author ary, so high and authoritative as the before us, who unquestionably pos- one to which we have alluded. When sesses some peculiarities of the lat
once a man conceives a very satister sort of writers, has now publish- factory notion of his own deserts, afed enough to challenge the critic; fectation, that most disgusting, by and as he has doubtless determined the way, of all our sinless, or at least to write still more, we have thought secondary failings, is sure to grow it high time seriously to admonish upon his character, as a loathsome him to abandon some of the faults bloat thrives and spreads on the with which all his writings abound. pampered body; and bombastic lan
Though there are great exceptions guage is so much akin to an affected to the general maxim, that “ prac manner, that both may be accounted tice produces proficiency,” as in the for in the same way, and reproached instances of Home, Thomson, " The in the same terms. It is needless to Great Unknown," Campbell, &c. remark, that both, or either of these whose Douglas, Seasons, 'Waverley, faults, especially when visible in comand Pleasures of Hope, were among position, imply, at least, a defect of the first, and are decidedly the best literary skill, if not, indeed, of judgthings they ever wrote,-yet, when we ment itself. But to call in question read the first book of an author who is this high and peculiarly-honoured evidently not more than the third part intellectual power, is to an author as of a century old, and find it tolerably serious a matter as a denial of howell put together, we naturally ex- nesty is to a merchant, or an impect that as he writes he will improve. peachment of professional skill to a This, however, does not hold good professional man, or of orthodoxy to in the case of the author of Scenes a divine, on which alone depends and Impressions ; and we can only the confidence of those whose confiaccount for the fact, by supposing dence he necessarily requires. On a very probable thing that he has the ground, therefore, of affectation been much spoiled by a critique upon and bombast merely, we shall not his Recollections of the Peninsula, farther urge the charge of a scarcity which appeared lately in the Quar- of judgment in the author before us, terly Review, and in which he was and we call upon our charity to withunluckily informed, that he is pose hold us from seeking any other proof sessed of a brisk and lively imagina- of the fact. But we do seriously charge him with a very middling ever, a satisfaction in referring to taste. His is professedly a work pages 103, 121, 125, and 257, for fitted inore to amuse the fancy, and proofs of our author's religious and to teil upon the feelings of the heart, moral bearing. than to edify or enlighten the head, We have been somewhat particuand as such, therefore, the blandish- lar in making the foregoing critical ments and chastity of a pure taste remarks upon the literary character ought to have been regarded as of of our author's performance, because much more importance than the less the merit of such works mainly conrefined marks of a powerful and vi- sists in the mere elegance and corgorous understanding. Unfortunate- rectness of their diction ; on these ly, however, he has assumed a style qualities, at least, depends much of which, for high-sounding tone and the pleasure derivable from them. blustering consequence, is not a whit M. A. B.-(we cannot be coninferior in many parts to the half
stantly reiterating “our author,”polished, half-rude, though far more and we have no other mode of briefenergetic expatiations of a well- ly designating him)-M. A. B. ap, known metropolitan divine. So far pears to be a sort of rambler to and from possessing any thing like har. fro on the face of the earth. On his mony, indeed, his composition is stiff way from India, where he had been to a degree that renders it frequently professionally employed, he called in unintelligible on a hasty perusal, – by Mocha, of which he gives the sudden and abrupt in turning from best and most graphic description we one subject to another,—and most have seen. From thence he sailed cramped and broken where it ought up the Red Sea to Djidda, a place to possess most freedom and contie described, as our readers will rememnuity. But there is always meaning ber, by the master-pen of Bruce; but in what he says, and not a little of M. A. B. only sketches the character it; and there is instruction in it too, of its present Governor, Rustan Aga, though he disclaims all intention to and describes his unique and amuwrite for any other purpose than to sing interview with that important amuse his readers.
personage. From Djidda, by the There are, throughout the volume, way of Yambo, Kosseir, and the Deobvious indications of our author's sart, he ultimately arrived at Thebes, having perused, with attention and which was the first place in Egypt approbation, Volney's well-written he halted at to examine. He then Travels in Egypt, for whether studi. sailed down the Nile to Dendera, ed on the part of the former, or ac- Siout, Radamont, Memphis, and from cidental merely, there are, in the thence to Ghizeh, of all which places writings of both, many strikingly si- he gives topographical and charactermilar passages, and many instances, istic sketches, and, like the generality too, in which there are obvious re- of Egyptian travellers, expresses his semblances in their manner. In particular astonishment at those moone very important point, however, numents of human power and folly, these authors, we rejoice to say, are the pyramids. We have then an inperfectly contrasted. The one was a teresting enough account of Cairo, conscientious Deist ; for, with all his and some very unsatisfactory partideism, Volney was yet an honest culars respecting the present Ruler man, and died at peace with all man- of Egypt, Mohammed Ali Pasha, of kind: the other is apparently a whose character we had been led to Christian, of more piety than is come form a very different notion from monly found in people of his profes- that which is conveyed of it in this sion, among whom, alas! piety is a volume. He is here represented as thing more frequently scorned than a grovelling, brutal, and selfish Turk, revered; the sword (according to occasioning mischief, rather than a severe if not illiberal remark of doing good to Egypt. We quote the John Edwards) being a more deadly following paragraphs relative to him, Weapon to the spirits of those who which may also be taken as specido wear it, than it is to their bodies mens of M. A. B.'s mode of express on the battle-day.” We feel, howe sing himself :
Mohammed Ali Pasha is a Turk, a the arsenal, he certainly asked questions very Turk, &c. So far from improving, that surprised him, in a Turk. A man as far as we could hear and see, he is in power, of common intelligence, soon ruining and impoverishing his country. Icarns, by some means or another, to ask Ilc has got rid of his Turks and Alba. a few questions when he visits an estab: nians, and flatters himself his new levy is lishment. His merit, if any, is, in de. a master-stroke of policy. He does not fiance of prejudices, receiving men with pay, and will never attach them; and if heads to contrive, and hands to execute they do not (which I think probable) de. what himself, his three-tailed sons, and sert with their arms, and disturb his con his people cannot. quests and possessions above the cataracts, they will die away as a body, and fall to These particulars are certainly at picces in a very short period of time. direct variance with all the accounts
The protection which he affords to the of the Pasha we have hitherto seen. European traveller is to be acknowledged, Mr Rae Wilson, one of the latest wribut not at the expense of truth. He ters on Egypt, whom we know to be knows if his country was not safe, the
a most credible and trust-worthy reEuropean would not come there : he en.
porter of all that fell under his obcourages the intercourse, because he avows liis wish to receive and employ Franks ;
servation, characterises him as a man and it is necessary, therefore, to let the possessed of the most liberal sentisee and know that protection is afforded ments, anxious to promote the welto them, and to accustom his subjects to fare of his people by every honourable their presence. As far as Pasha can be means, diligent in encouraging learnindependent of the Porte, he is, and he ing, and even the arts, and shrewd knows it is only by cultivating his Eu. in adapting his policy to these laudropean relations that he can effectually able purposes. Belzoni also speaks of continue so to the end. They might now him in language equally commendasend him the bowstring in vain; they tell tory; and from these and other conyou that he is not sanguinary ; men grow curring testimonies in the Pasha's tired of shedding blood, as well as of other favour, many an enlightened politipleasures ; but if the cutting off a head cian has been led to look towards would drop gold into his coffers, he would him as the very Viceroy of Egypt not be slow to give the signal". His laugh who is most likely to raise that deephas nothing in it of nature; how can it ly-degradéd country. a few degrees have ? I can hear it now,
,-a hard sharp laugh, such as that with which strong among the nations of the world. We
up in the scale of political importance heartless men would divide booty torn from the feeble. I leave him to his ad.
do not, however, presume to contramirers. At one thing I heartily rejoice;
dict our author's statements respectit is said that our consul-general has great ing the character of the Pasha, for influence with him, and it is known that
a wily Turk is a being about whom that is always exerted freely and amicably very opposite opinions may be confor Franks of all nations in distress or scientiously entertained by different difficulty, and often for natives also. individuals; only we think he has
We went to the castle and visited the shewn no extraordinary degree of chaarsenal; a clear-eyed, intelligent, manly- rity, in insinuating that a " set of spoken Englishman was in temporary foreign adventurers put notions into charge of it, and hoped to be confirmed his (the Pasha's) head, and words in the situation. He was a good speci- into his mouth, which pass for, and, men of what our countrymen are in such in truth, become his own;" leaving us charges. Not a great deal of work is done
to infer from this that other travellers, here ; there are plenty of good workmen, had been entirely deceived in thinkFranks, and some English, who were disappointed with their employer, and ing that his seeming wisdom was any about to return : they only cast four thing more than dogmas, learnt off pounders. It was in a room here, over
by rote, the mere pretty-pollisms of a a machine for boring cannon, that some parrot. We request the reader to obe Frenchman formerly in charge had paint. serve how M. A. B. tries to lessen our ed in large characters“ Vive Mahomed opinion of the Pasha's shrewdness in Ali, Protecteur des Arts !” The Eng. the sentence immediately following lishman said, that when the Pasha visited that which is printed in italics in
• We do not like the apparently illiberal spirit in which these remarks are given.- En.
the foregoing extract, and in which travellers. Perhaps this ought not, he attempts to neutralize the effect of in his case, to be accounted a fault, the little credit he had reluctantly for, after what has come from the and very quaintly given to him. In pens of the numerous sçavans of all short, we think M. A. B. has com- nations, who have visited and depletely mistaken the Viceroy's cha- scribed the antiquities and'curiosities racter, and we are still willing to of the country, little new light could believe all that has been said of him have been expected to be thrown by the two travellers before mention- upon them by so cursory an observer ed. We would fain hope, indeed, as our author. The epigrammatic that we are correct in this notion of sketches of the manners of modern the Pasha's character, because we Egyptians, however, are interesting, cannot help cherishing an expecta- though far too hasty and superficial tion, that'if he lives to witness a little to satisfy a shrewd, censorious reamore of the success of the Greeks, he der. may be encouraged to bestir him- We intended to follow our author self to exertion in the same cause. in his excursion to Italy also, but we It is a fact well known, that he has find our room is already occupied. gone as far as he could well go in free- We regret this the more, as the part ing himself from the dominancy of of the volume which is devoted to his the Porte, and indeed he is now al- travels in that country is perhaps most independent of it, his subjection the most amusing and valuable: the to its authority being little more than shortness of his stay at the different what a nominal vassalage would be places he visited did not permit him in a feudal country. His means, too, to describe them with a travellerare considerable, viewing the con- like minuteness and accuracy, but dition in which Egypt remained un- his advertisements of what he saw at der the rude policy of his immediate Malta, Syracuse, Mount Ætna, and predecessors; or, rather, they are con- Naples, are all written with spirit, siderable, when contrasted with the and occasionally with force. We now enervated state of the Ottoman were a little struck with the followGovernment. Joined with the ef- ing awkwardly-expressed, though fective forces which the Greeks can impressive reflections on Rome : send into the field, therefore, an army of Egyptian Arabs would prove a
Ascend the tower of the Capitol, and most formidable obstacle in the way
look around over the stately columns, of any attempt on the part of the
and the pointing obelisks, the temples, Porte to re-subjugate the land of porticocs, the arches of triumph! What Socrates and Plato; and in estima
ages flit, with their crowding shadows,
past you! What voices sound, sober and ting the united strength of the Gre
sad, of those who thought and wrote like cian and Egyptian armies, there is men worthy the name -men, an undisno occasion to view them as thorough- covered scroll of whose true thoughts ly organized, for though numerous would be prized as a nobler relic than enough, they are, it must be confessed, these grand, though ruined shrines of defective in point of military discip- gods and victors, about whom we are line and skill. The Turks, however, now disenchanted. are not, in this respect, a whit their The greatest pleasure derived from superiors, nor are they more amply wandering among these noble remains, is provided with financial means; and a consideration of the surprising power it is to be at least presumed, that of man. Beneath such a magnificent they do not surpass either Arabs or ruin as the forum of Nerva, under the Greeks in military enthusiasm. In
columns of a Trajan and an Antoninus, short, we believe that Greece and
before that stupendous block the obelisk, Egypt could, hand in hand, crush the brought from Heliopolis, and, above all, in
that glorious temple the Pantheon, which feeble power of the Turks. But we
has been the model for all after-time, are forgetting what is more particu- you feel, if you are a common inan, one larly our present business.
without the bright attainments of that In speaking of other Egyptian scientific knowledge, which is true power, matters, M.A.B. does not shew much without even the strength or skill to raise of the characteristic erudition and the stone, or shape the common brick; you research of the generality of British feel all the advantages and blessings of