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1 . Essays and Sketches of Character . &g Richard Ay ton * Ti 0 Qt and Hessey . 1825 . 2 . Stories after Nature . Allman . 1822 . 3 . Lyric Offerings . By Laman Blanchard . 1828 ,
If genius and fortitude were necessarily co-existent gifts ; if the possession of power included the capacity of long-sujfering , patience and continuity , while the increase of knowledge with the regular sequence of disappointments and mortifications , conduced to no morbid inanition or contemptuous indifference , but only impelled to a more generally appreciable '
course of practical efforts , —the hearts and spirits of men of genius wouldr seldom be broken , or permanently overcast , arid the world would consequently be adorned with a far greater number of the finest works , the produce of their leisure hours , and that creative passion which no mere " taste of the day "
could subdue or neutralize . Unfortunately , this is not the case ; the co-existence of such gifts is of very rare occurrence . Hence , the infrequent and meteoric appearance of men of genius . The active elements and general profusion of nature produce —to use a more expressive than complimentary phraseology—a supply much greater than the demand ; but we seldom hear of the surplus , because , not being necessary , the individuals cannot make themselves heard . From the far off
regions of obscurity , through the stone walls of the " occupied town , " and beset by adverse circumstances—the finest voices , rife with all beauty or power , will be uplifted in vain , unless they can * hold their note" above disappointment , beyoi \ 4 exhaustion , and pierce the very ear of Time .
Among ail such men , of whatsoever class or bent , this probationary trial is but too keenly , and often too fatally experienced ; albeit , after they have risen , as a few necessarily must , in the world ' s eye , and tasted the sweets of estimation ; some of them are rather apt to lose sympathy with those who are vainly struggling at the foot of the hill , and to regard the * " present arrangement of things " with very altered sentiments , or to touch them with a very dispassionate , tender , and
wellbalanced hand ; It must be admitted , however , as a melancholy fact , that the most disadvantageous circumstances , short of absolute destitution , are generally the moat advantageous tq
RETROSPECTIVE GLANCES .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 1, 1837, page 321, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1832/page/3/