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am I therefore to refuse the com- a specimen of papal excommunicaforts of society, because many trades- tion, I will subjoin a copy for insermen, in their dealing, set truth and tion in the Christian Observer, if conscience at defiance? Or, will you think it worth observing. my purchasing such goods of the

I am, yours, importer as above stated, leaving to Hampreston,

MATT. PLACR.

Dec. 1811. his own conscience to decide on the means he employs in obtaining theni, subject me to the charge of The Pope's Curse, Bell, Book, and being partaker in his sins? Shall I Candle, or a Heretic, at Humbe told, that a receiver is as bad as preston. a thief? or, if so, do you, Sir, consider the two cases as analagous ?

“ By the authority of the blessed It is probable that many people will Virgin Mary, of St. Peter and Paul,

and of the holy saints, we excomnot see much difference between them, but still the line must be municate, we utterly curse and ban, drawn somewhere. It is, indeed,

commit, and deliver to the devil of possible that goods so exposed tó hell, Henry Goldney, of Hampresopen sale may have been obtained ton, in the county of Dorset, an inin the most unobjectionable manner; God, and of St. Peter, whose cbarch

famous heretic, that bath, in spite of for instance, of the agents to our this is, in spite of all holy saints, ships of war who have taken the and in spite of our holy father the goods at sea, and had them condemned as lawful prizes. After the Pope (God's vicar here on earth), first or second hand, such goods can

and of the reverend and worshipful not easily be known from those ob- and clerks of our holy church, com

the canons, masters, priests, jesuits, tained by other means. Am I then

mitted the heinous crimes of sacri. called upon to discriminate between them, scrupulously rejecting

the one lege with the images of our holy and accepting the other?

saints, and forsaken our most holy I must beg your pardon, Mr. Edi- religion, and continues in heresy, tor, for this long intrusion; but, as

blasphemy, and corrupt lust. ExI doubt not you have

communicate be he finally, and dereaders

many in nearly a similar situation with livered over to the devil as a permyself, I hope you will not consider petual malefactor and schismatic. the subject unworthy a place in the accursed be he, and given soul and pages of the Christian Observer. I body to the devil, to be buffeted. shall be very happy, on their account Cursed be he in all holy cities and as well as my own, to be favoured towns, in fields and ways, in houses with your opinion on the case I have and out of houses, and in all other stated.

places, standing, lying, or rising, I am, very respectfully, &c. walking, running, waking, sleeping,

eating, drinking, and whatsoever he

does besides. Wapping, December, 1811.

We separate him from the threshold; from all the

good prayers of the church ; from To ihe Editor of the Christian Observer. all sacraments, chapels, and altars ;

the participation of holy mass; from I have lately found, in the hands of from holy bread and holy water; one of my parishioners, an original from all the merits of our holy document, issued by the Pope, in. priests and religious men, and from the year 1758, against a professional all their cloisters; from all their mnan of this place, for having re- pardons, privileges, grants, and imnounced the errors of the church of munities, all the holy fathers (popes Rome. As many of your readers of Rome) have granted to them; may never have met with so horrid and we give him over utterly to

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it from a dissenting minister in nities of directing the attention of Dublin, who had it from one of his your readers to the state of religion congregation, that had been educat

ed a Roman Catholic, among the Irish Roinan Catholics, I send you an exact copy of a printed

The perusal of such a paper as notice, which fell into

this, is calculated to excite a great my

hands in the latter end of June last; and I variety of reflections, which I shall trust that its appearance in the

not attempt to anticipate. We are pages of your work will have a ten

accustomed to meet with many such dency to increase that interest in be specimens of the doctrines taught by half of the uninstructed inhabitants the priests, and received by the of this kingdom which you bave so

people; but what must the inhabifrequently endeavoured to excite.

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of a religious community, wherein 10 pray for the dead, that they teachers, and such a society supmay be loosed from their sins."

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darkness the people. a female convent of the order of La Trappe.

I am, Sir, + C. R., I suppose, paust mean Church of

Your obedient servant, Bopa.

D- Dec. 1811.

$.

REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.

tory is recent, and the personages of The Vision of Don Roderick. A

modern date. Such performances Poem. By Walter Scott, Esq. bave, besides, this additional diffiEdinburgh: Ballantyne. 1811. culty to contend with, that they are 4to. pp. 122. Price 16s.

on the confines of what is ludicrous, That works of fiction, grounded on and, if not sustained by a strong historical fact, will generally be less and steady hand, inevitably descend interesting than those which owe into burlesque. their birth exclusively to the imagi

It is for these reasons, that, among nation, is a remark which we be- the poets who have undertaken to lieve to be just; and the eruth of celebrate the triumphs of their conwhich, we think, might easily be temporaries, so few have been found admitted without an appeal to ex- competent to discharge the task perience. For it is obvious, that, with credit to their subject or to in productions of which the object themselves. While the insignificant is entertainment, whatever tends to contests of border chieftains, or the circumscribe the field of invention, predatory excursions of an Indian must, in the same proportion, rob tribe, have been recorded in the them of the charm which forms noblest strains of the British Muse, their chief attraction.

our numerous and animating sucIf Shakspeare had confined him- cerses by sea and by land, graced as self to the wars of York and Lan- they are by the lustre of the cause caster, his Caliban and his Ariel in wbich they have been obtained, would never have been called into and consecraied by the sympathy of being. To have “ drawn each all good men throughout the world, change of many - coloured life," have found no poet* capable of might still have been his praise ; securing to them the immortality but to “exhaust worlds,” and then which they deserve. to“ imagine new," are feats beyond The war in Spain was a subject, the powers of the historical fabulist, therefore, which, with great disadbecause they are not within his ep- vantages, was still worthy of the portunities.

powers of Mr. Scott, both in respect Nor does the historical tale pos- of its difficulty, and of the neglect sess any advantages sufficient to under which it had hitherto labouroutweigh this great objection. Evened from those competent to adorn it in point of credibility, it has no re- with poetry; and we felt, for this. commendation; for a partial ad- reason, a sentiment of regret, when herence to fact renders

every

deria- we collected, both from the size of tion from it more marked and re- the work before us, and from the volting; and the miad, which, re- avowal contained in the advertisesigning itself to the delights of ab- ment, that it was meant to be consolute fiction, can at last almost sidered as a slight and subordinale * hold each strange tale devoutly production; the sport, rather than true,"is, in the inixed species of narrative, kept in continual incredulity In making this observation, we do not by the collision between matter of forget that Mr. Campbell has written some fact and matter of invention.

fine stanzas on the Bombardment of CopenIf these remarks are applicable to piece of considerable merit; but we do not

bragen; and that the Battles of Talavera is a all works resting on the joint basis

think that either of these productions can be of history and fiction, they are pecu- considered as of importance or value suffiliarly so to those in which the bis. cient to disprove the justice of our remark.

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the effort, of the author's genius, purpose of celebrating the British and not one of those capital com- campaigns in the Peninsula. In positions, on the basis of which he following his narrative, it is inte, rests his fame.

resting to observe the nature and ex. It is impossible, however, that tent of the amplifications with which Mr. Scott should write without ex- he has adorned and dignified the hibiting some traits of greatness; and narrow basis of the poem. if the present poem is not to be classed The reader is first presented with among his most powerfal perform- a moonlight sketch or Don Roderick's ances, it is, at least, such as could

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before the walls of Toledo ; have been produced by no other a scene conceived with that peculiar poet of the present day. It possesses elegance, and delineated with that (though in a more limited degree extraordinary felicity of diction, by than we have elsewhere seen them) which the poet of Melrose and Lochi the peculiar excellencies which have Katrine is so eminentlydistinguished. raised this author above his rivals - The monarch is next introduced at an energy without abruptness or his confession before the prelate of constraint, and a rich strain of in- Toledo; the penitent hiding, within vention uatinctured with extrava. the folds of his mantle, the fear and gance.

remorse depicted on his countenance, The poem opens with an intro. while that of the priest grows pale as duction, in which the mountains and he listens to the recital of manyadeed torrents of the borders are invoked of darkness. The confession over, to aid their bard with inspiration, the tyrant deniands to be led to that while he celebrates the recent “mysterious room” where the fates triumphs of the British army. The of the Spanish monarchy were to be mountain spirit directs him to seek developed, and, after a solemn remona theme among the legends of Spain; strance from the reluctant prelate, oband the poet obeys by proceeding tains his request. to narrate the Vision of Don Rose derick.

" Long, large, and lofty was that vaulted hall,

Roof, walls, and floor were all of marble This tradition is briefly as fol.

stone, lows: Don Roderick, the last king of polish'd marble, black as funeral pall, of Spain, before the iavasion of that

Carv'd o'er with signs and characters unkingdom by the Moors, was led, by

known: an ill-starred curiosity, to penetrate A paly light, as of the dawning, shone into a cave near Toledo, the entrance Through the sad bounds, but whence they of which had been closed for ages,

could not spy; and concerning which there was a

For window to the upper air was none; prophecy, that the king by whom it Yet by that light Don Roderick could descry was opened, “would discover both Wonders that ne'er till then were seen by

mortal eye."

xiii. good and evil things." In this cave he discovered a bronze statue, re

The bronze statue, mentioned in presenting Time, which incessantly the legend, is turned to very good acstruck the earth with a battle-axe, count by the ingenuity of Mr. Scott. and on the shoulders of which, as « Grim centinels against the upper wall, well as on the walls of the cave, ape

Of molten bronze, two statues held their peared inscriptions prophetic of the place; impending destruction of Don Ro- Massive their naked limbs, their stature tall, derick and his kingdom by the

Their frowning, forelieads golden circles Moors.

grace.

Moulded they seemed for kings of giant These slender materials the crea. tive imagination of Mr. Scott has That lived and sinned before the avenging drawn out into a poeni of sixty-nine

flood; quarto pages, bending them, at the

This grasped a scythe, that rested on a same time, with great skill, to his

mace;

race

bis gage,

came,

This spread his wings for fight, tbat ponder- easy to fancy them in any other: ing stood;

Yet it is impossible to refuse to the Each stubborn seemed and stern, iminuta- following passage the praise of ble of mood.

highly poetical spirit. Fixed was the right-haud giant's brazen look

« Valour was harnessed like a chief of old, l'pon his brother's glass of shifting sand; Armed at all points and prompt for knighte Ar if its ebb le measured by a book

ly gest; Whose iron volume loaded his huge hand; His sword was tempered in the Ebro cold,

Io which was wrote of many a falling land, Morena's eagle plume adorned his crest, Of empires lost, and kings to exile driven ; The spoils of Afrie's lion bound his breast. And o'er that pair their names in scroll Fierce le stepped forward and flung down

expand Lo Destiny and Time, to whom by Heaven As if of mortal kind to brave the best : The guidance of the earth is for a season Him followed his companion, dark and sage, given.

As he, my master, sung, the dangerous ArchiEven while they read, the sand-glass wastes

mage. away;

Haughty of heart and brow the warrior And as the last and lagging grains did

In look and language proud as proud creep, That right-hand giant 'gan his club upsway Vaunting his lordship, lineage, fights and

might be, As one that startles from a leavy sleep. Full on the upper wall the mace's sweep

farne ; Al once descended with the force of thunder,

Yet was ibat bare-foot monk more proud And hurling down at once, in crumbled

thầu he:heap

And as the ivy climbs the tallest tree, The marble boundary was rent asunder,

So round the loftiest soul his toils he wound, And gave to Roderick's view new sights of

And with his spells subdued the fierce and fear and wonder."

xiv-xvi.

free,

Till ermined age, and youth in arins renowned, Of these sights of fear and won. Honouring his scuurge and haircloth, meekly der, the first is a dreadfal battle be- kissed the ground. tween the army of Don Roderick And thus it chanced that Valour, peerless and the Moors, terminating in the knight, defeat of the Spanish monarch, Who ne'er to King or Kaisar veiled his who perishes in flight. Then is ex- crest, bibited the recovery of Spain by the Victorious still in bull-feast or in fight, Christians, and the reign of Supersti

Since first his limbs with mail he did invest, tion, or the period during which, in

Stooped ever to that anchorite's behest; the language of the poet, the land Nor reasoned of the right nor of the wrong, obeys a hermit and a knight, the Avd wrought fell deeds the troubled world

But at his bidding laid the lance in rest, ene named Bigotry, and the other

along; Valour,

For he was fierce as brave, and pitiless as If such allegorical personages are

strong."

xxviii.--XXX. ever admissible, it is surely in a vision, where the events and per

The next scene described is the sopages are all of a shadowy ‘and usurpation of Bonaparte, under the illusory kind ; and where the sys- inglorious reign of " a loose female tem of symbolical representation and her minion.” The delineation harmonizes with the general charae- of the French tyrant is rather below ter of the piece. Not even in this what we should have expected from connection, however, nor under the such a poet upon such a theme. The garb of Spenser's metre, can we find concluding image, however, is just much delight in the personification and fine. After introducing the of abstract qualities. They have spectre of Ambition, which incesbeen so long known to us in their santly " beckons her votary on thro’ metaphysical capacity, that it is not fight and storm,” it is said,

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