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amount to more than irritability. With some gall in his pen, and coldness in his manner, he has a great deal of kindness in his heart. Rash in his opinions, he is steady in his attachments--and is a man, in many particulars admirable, in all respectable—his political inconsistency alone excepted!



“Or winglet of the fairy humming-bird,
Like atoms of the rainbow Auttering round.”


The lines placed at the head of this sketch from a contemporary writer, appear to us very descriptive of Mr. Moore's poetry. His verse is like a shower of beauty; a dance of images; a stream of music; or like the spray of the water-fall, tinged by the morning-beam with rosy light. The characteristic distinction of our author's style is this continuous and incessant flow of voluptuous thoughts and shining allusions. He ought to write with a crystal pen on silver paper. His subject is set off by a dazzling veil of poetic diction, like a wreath of flowers gemmed with innumerous dew:

drops, that weep, tremble, and glitter in liquid
softness and pearly light, while the song of
birds ravishes the ear, and languid odours
breathe around, and Aurora opens Heaven's
smiling portals, Peris and nymphs peep through
the golden glades, and an Angel's wing glances
over the glossy scene.
“ No dainty flower or herb that grows on ground,

No arboret with painted blossoms drest,
And smelling sweet, but there it might be found
To bud out fair, and its sweet smells throw all around.

No tree, whose branches did not bravely spring ;
No branch, whereon a fine bird did not sit;
No bird, but did her shrill notes sweetly sing ;
No song, but did contain a lovely dit:
Trees, branches, birds, and songs were framed fit
For to allure frail minds to careless ease."

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Mr. Campbell's imagination is fastidious and select; and hence, though we meet with more exquisite beauties in his writings, we meet with them more rarely: there is comparatively a dearth of ornament. But Mr. Moore's strictest economy is “ wasteful and superfluous excess :" he is always liberal, and never at a loss; for sooner than not stimulate and delight the reader, he is willing to be tawdry, or superficial, or common-place. His Muse must be fine at any rate, though she should paint, and

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