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King-Citizen !-How sure each state,
Shall see the Democratic storm
How credulous, to hope the bribe
Whoin, faithless as the waves or wind,
For us—beneath yon saCRED ROOF,
By British Valour nobly bought,
Simplex Munditiis? Heu quoties fidem
Nigris æquora ventis
Sperat : nescius auræ
Fallacis. Miseri, quibus
Ur ingenious Correspondent, Mr. Higgins, has not been idle. The deserved popularity of the Extracts, which we have been enabled to give from his two Didactic Poems, the Progress of Man, and the Loves OF THE TRIANGLES, has obtained for us the communication of several other works, which he has in hand, all framed upon the same principle, and directed to the same end. The propagation of the New System of Philosophy forms, as he has himself candidly avowed to us, the main object of all his writings. A system comprehending not Politics only, and Religion, but Morals and Manners, and generally whatever goes to the composition or holding together of human Society ; in all of which a total change and revolution is absolutely necessary (as he contends) for the advancement of our common nature to its true dignity, and to the summit of that perfection which the combination of matter, called Man, is by its innate energies capable of attaining.
Of this System, while the sublimer and more scientific branches are to be taught by the splendid and striking nedium of Didactic Poetry, or ratiocination in rhyme, illustrated with such paintings and portraitures
of Essences and their Attributes, as may lay hold of the imagination, while they perplex the judgment;—the inore ordinary parts, such as relate to the conduct of common life, and the regulation of social feelings, are naturally the subject of a less elevated style of writing ;-of a style which speaks to the eye as well as to the ear,-in short, of Dramatic Poetry and Scenic Representation
“ With this view,” says Mr. Higgins (for we love to quote the very words of this extraordinary and indefatigable writer),"with this view,” says he in a letter dated from his study in St. Mary-Axe, the window of which looks upon the parish pump-“with this view, “I have turned my thoughts more particularly to the “ German Stage ; and have composed, in imitation of “ the most popular pieces of thatcountry, which have “already met with so general reception and admiration “ in this,-a Play: which, if it has a proper run, will, “ I think, do much to unhinge the present notions of “ men with regard to the obligations of Civil Society ; “ and to substitute in lieu ofa sober contentment, and regular discharge of the duties incident to each man's
particular situation, a wild desire of undefinable lati. “tude and extravagance,--an aspiration after shapeless
somethings, that can neither be described nor un“ derstood, a contemptuous disgust at all that is, and
a persuasion that nothing is as it ought to be ;-to
operate, in short, a general discharge of every man “ (in his own estimation) from every tie which laws « divine or human, which local customs, immemorial, “ habits, and multiplied examples impose upon bim; « and to set them about doing what they like, where
they like, when they like, and how they like-with“ out reference to any law but their own will, or to
any consideration of how others may be affected by “ their conduct.
“ When this is done, my dear Sir,” continues Mr. H. (for he writes very confidentially)—“You see that “ a great step is gained towards the dissolution of the “ frame of every existing community. I say nothing 6 of Governments, as their fall is of course implicated “ in that of the Social System :—and you have long “known, that I hold every Government (that acts by “ coercion and restriction—by laws made by the few “to bind the many) as a malum in se,-an evil to be “ eradicated, ,-a nuisance to be abated, by force, if "force be practicable, if not-by the artillery of rea
—by pamphlets, speeches, toasts at Club-dinners, " and though last, not least, by Didactic Poems.
“ But where would be the advantage of the destruc-' “ tion of this or that Government, if the form of So-' “ ciety itself were to be suffered to continue such, as “ that another must necessarily arise out of it, and
over it ?—Society, my dear Sir, in its present state, " is a hydra. Cut off one head,-another presently
sprouts out, and your labour is to begin again. At “ best, you can only hope to find it a polypus ;- where,
by cutting off the head, you are sometimes fortunate enough to find a tail (which answers all the same purposes) spring up in its place. This we know
“ has been the case in France ; the only country in “which the great experiment of regeneration has been “ tried with any thing like a fair chance of success.
“Destroy the frame of society,—decompose its parts “—and set the elements fighting one against another, “ – insulated and individual,—every man for himself “stripped of prejudice, of bigotry, and of feeling for “ others) against the remainder of his species ;—and “ there is then some hope of a totally new order of “ things,-of a Radical Reform in the present corrupt
System of the World,
“ The German Theatre appears to proceed on this "judicious plan. And I have endeavoured to con“ tribute my mite towards extending its effect and its “ popularity. There is one obvious advantage attend“ing this mode of teaching ;--that it can proportion “ the infractions of law, religion, or morality, which “ it recommends, to the capacity of a reader, or spec“ tator. If you tell a student, or an apprentice, or a. “ merchant's clerk, of the virtue of a Brutus, or of “the splendour of a La Fayette, you may excite his “ desire to be equally conspicuous; but how is he to “ set about it? Where is he to find the tyrant to mur. “ der ? how is he to provide the monarch to be im“ prisoned, and the national guards to be reviewed on “ a white horse ?—but paint the beauties of forgery to. “ him in glowing colours ;-shew him that the pre“sumption of virtue is in favour of rapine, and occa“ sional murder on the highway ;—and he presently “ understands you. The highway is at hand—the till