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Literary and Political Journal.
JULY TO DECEMBER,
JAMES M'GLASHAN, 50 UPPER SACKVILLE-STREET.
WM. S. ORR AND COMPANY, LONDON.
“ Conservata tnis Asia atque Europa triumphis
Invictam bello Te coluere Ducem :
Ut desit famæ gloria nulla Tuæ."
Invincible in War thy deathless name ;
That every earthly glory may be Thine." THESE lines were written by the late II. by a complimentary ode, but Marquis Wellesley in his eighty-first it proved tame compared with his ear. year, and were intended to be engraved lier panegyric on Cromwell ; and when on the civic statue of the Duke of Wel. the good-tempered monarch told him lington, erected by the citizens of Lon. this without being affronted, and indon, in front of the Royal Exchange, quired the reason, the poet adroitly in 1841. They appear in a sinall vo- answered, “May it please your Malume of classical poems, entitled “ Pri- jesty, it is much easier to describe ficmitiæ et Reliquiæ," privately printed tion than truth.” Personal friends, by the noble marquis, and distributed relatives, or intimate associates, are amongst bis intimate friends a short not always the happiest eulogists. time before his death. The Latin flows Poets in particular write with more easily and is not inelegant, but by no fervour, more genuine estro, when deal. means equal to other specimens in the ing with imaginary or remote subjects, same collection. Lord Wellesley was than when commemorating events and an accomplished scholar, who retained persons belonging to their own times. his early love of Greek and Roman lore Claudian may be quoted as an excepto the latest period of his existence. He tion. His praises of his patron, Stilivalued, and solaced himself in the de- cho, compete in style and composition cline of life with his Etonian reminis- with the best efforts of the Augustan cences, as much as he prized the fame age, and drew from Scaliger (no lenient and honours derived from his Indian go- critic) the admission, that he has comvernment and other high public offices. pensated for the poverty of his matter A pen so gifted should have resumed by the purity of his language, the hapthe theme, and have composed a more piness of bis expressions, and the meelaborate eulogium on his illustrious lody of his numbers. brother. We have reason to believe In studying the character and transthat he meditated something of the actions of the gifted few who have kind, but died too soon for its accom- held in their hands the destinies of plishment. The aim was ambitious, nations, and who may be looked but might have missed the mark. A upon as
the selected instruments happy subject and a favouring will do through whom the mighty schemes not always produce the desired object. which regulate the world are carried Genius is arbitrary and wayward, and out to their ordained completion, it is sometimes refuses to be fettered by equally instructive and agreeable to rule or inclination. Waller was exceed. turn sometimes from the sustained, ingly anxious to propitiate Charles solemn seriousness of didactic or his
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