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By Thy days of sore distress
O'er the grave where Lazarus slept;
Hear our solemn Litany!
By Thine agony of prayer,
Hear our solemn Litany!
By the sad sepulchral stone,
Of our solemn Litany!" Vol. I. P. 37. The interest excited by the sufferings and decease of the amiable Princess, who is said to have composed the following lines, will excite some curiosity, and (we should hope) a better feeling thân curiosity in our readers.
“ Unthinking, idle, wild, and young,
I laughed, and talked, and danced, and sung;
That all the world was made for me.
When sickness shook this trembling frame,
In the following page is an elegy on Mr. Dawson, which reminds us greatly of Mason and Gray, and is not unworthy of either. A little poem on the 66 Ruins of Dunkswell Abbey,” is by the hand of no common writer, and we shall quote the two first stanzas, not being able to afford room for
“ Blest be the power, by Heaven's own flame inspired,
That first through shades monastic poured the light;
Till now released, she claims her native throne,
From age to age in darksome cells confined !
Through Truth's fair path th' enlightened spirit soars,
Vol. I. P. 149. Among the Odes is one of no common merit, by J. Sargent, Esq. on the Fall of Babylon, taken from the xivih chapter of Isaiab. The sublimity of the original is such as perhaps to make every imitation of it appear to disadvantage, we are unwilling to bave a single passage lengthened, or a new image or idea introduced ; and those who are well acquainted with Bishop Lowth's Alcaic Ode will find it difficult to be satisfied with any that may come after. Yet Mr. Sargent has brought to the subject so correct a taste, and has so happily applied the form of the noblest classical model, that we own ourselves abundantly gratified, and should be happy if our limits would allow of our transferring it to these pages.
In a small collection of Epitaphs are two or three, which are new to us, and worthy of insertion ; but upon this head every reader perhaps has some little favourites, which he would scarce wish to see excelled. The Fables and Tales seem rather thrown together than arranged, and the name of Southey we observe
affixed to one which does not belong to him. These are succeeded by “ Extracts from some of the most admired Poets." And here we shall present our
readers with two stanzas from a Hymn of Spenser's, under
Before the footstool of His majesty
Nor dare look up with corruptible eye
For fear lest, if He chance to look on thee,
Thou turn to nought, and quite confounded be. “ But lowly fall before His mercy-seat,
Close covered with the LAMB's integrity
More firm and durable than steel or brass,
Vol. II. P. 3. Among some Miscellaneous Poems is a copy of verses by the present Bishop Jebb, which we will not injure by mutilation; but they bear a plesing testimony to the elegance of their author's mind, as well as to his piety. There is a sober melancholy grace thrown over the opening, and indeed the whole, of the “ Magdalen's Petition," by the Rev. John Marriott, which is very striking. It is followed by some excellent “ Lines found in the Skeleton Case at the Royal Academy." The next poem is nameless, but worthy of some exalted name. It is styled the “Mirror of Fancy," and consists of a description of several graces and virtues, which successively make their appearance in a glass which Fancy presents to the eyes of the poet. We shall quote the stanzas on “ Sensibility," chiefly for the sake of the last. “ Next Sensibility, lov'd maid, appear'd;
Of tears and smiles she had an endless store,
And now at Sorrow's words her eyes ran o'er ;
And now with bliss it thrill’d, and now with grief it sigh’d, 6. A mother here embrac'd her long-lost child ;
The raptur'd damsel felt a mother's bliss !
Gave to her clay-cold lord the unfelt kiss :
Her heaving breast with sudden frenzy swell’d;
She shriek'd, and seem'd to be the object she beheld ! “ Thus Echo, leaning on her rocky cell,
Lists to each sound that Zephyr's wings convey ;
And now she joys to trill the linnet's lay ;
Vol. II. P. 200. The work is closed with some poems in foreign languages, many of which have considerable merit; but we do not know that they come under the rule of quotation which we have laid down for ourselves. The Editor appears so partial to Bishop Lowth's Latin poems, that we are rather surprised at the omission of his elegant and pathetic Epitaph on bis Daughter
We have been liberal of our quotations, thinking that our readers would be better pleased with the poetry of other persons than with our prose. We have only to add, that the volumes are neatly printed, though we wish we had more cause to commend the care of the printer, for we have been offended with some sad blunders. These, howe ever, detract little or nothing from the merit of the work, upon which we can safely pass a sentence of approbation. The Editor modestly professes that his design is “lo do good," and we trust it will be fulfilled in the comfort and instruction afforded to many a feeble and devout Christian, long after he shall have been called to receive his reward for faithfully copying the example of his Master.
Art. IV. The Use of the Blowpipe, in Chemical Ana
lysis, and in the Examination of Minerals. By J. J. Berzelius, Member of the Academy of Sciences of Stockholm, 8c. Translated from the French of M. Fresnel, by J. G. Children, F.R.S. L. and E. F.L.S. M.G. &c. with numerous Additions, by the Translator. 1 vol.
8vo. Baldwin and Co. 1822. We beg leave to congratulate the Philosophical World on the appearance of this excellent translation of the celebrated work of Professor Berzelius. Of all the chemists in Europe, none, perhaps, was more fully qualified in every way than our author, to supply the long felt want of a work of this description; and Mr. Children has done an essential service to our countrymen, by presenting them with this valuable translation : and not less by enriching it with his own interesting and important additions.
Among the various assistances of which the mineralogist can avail himself in determining the nature and composition of any substance which presents itself to his inspection, there is none to be compared with the characteristics which minerals develope when exposed to a flame excited by the blowpipe. A regular system of mineralogy, founded upon those characteristics, has been long a great desideratum in mineralogical science; so that by successively trying an unknown substance with the different tests which the use of the blowpipe affords, we might gradually ascertain its place in the system. Such a system, however, complete in all its parts, is hardly to be expected in the present state of the science: and, indeed, Professor Berzelius gives it as his opinion, that such a system, as far as it could be carried at present, would not sufficiently accomplish its object in enabling a person, without any other assistance, to discover the species, genus, and order of a mineral submitted to his examination. Still, however, this method, though not every thing required, is yet by far the most useful of any known, and when united with others, will readily enable the student, with a little experience, to attain the objects of his enquiries.
A very excellent little work, arranged on the plan in question, was published some years since by Mr. Aikin, in which the various classes of minerals are distinguished by the phenomena they present before the blowpipe: this little work is noticed, with approbation, by Berzelius, who mentions, as a proof of the sagacity of its author, that he does not confound the kind of classification in question with the systematic arrangement on which the science, properly so called, proceeds: this mistake, he observes, is prevalent in Germany. He has himself, however, adopted the chemical system of classification ; and shewn the various phenomena produced by the application of the blowpipe to the different substances; and thus bas afforded the experimental enquirer the means of ascertaining the place of a mineral in the system according to its chemical composition.
The first portion of the volume consists of a preface, a note to the reader, and a sketch of Berzelius's system of mineralogy, all by the translator, and both the former chiefly relating to some points connected with the latter. We hear