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Eaefr tr * psient bright cie « tkwa of the mind , 4 That gleams and wane&jeree '^ n its source we find , f . : Tfcjr itt ^ W ^ Vblbe ^ ^ ft ^ ft tb birfh ; * - And leave its glowing transcript upon earth :
The dauntless soul of soaring Gteniua fires With rich enthusiasm as thy voice inspires ; In thee alone exuberant Fancy teems With language wild and lofty as her dreams : Where is thy home ?
I know thee , and 1 love thy faintest sigh , And love thy loftiest strains of melody ; I layway yo * njr . heart ' s treasures at thy shrine , Spirit of song ! I feel than art divine t Thy home is Heaven !' In a few instances a fastidious critic might take exception to a line not exactly measured , or a sentiment which has not yet been accurately weighed ; but these are rare cases , and it is a safe prophecy thai they will De yet rarer should these blossoms of her spirit be suecaedfctf fe ^ the fritits of which they are the promise .
The Manuscripts o / Erdely . A Romance . By George Stephens . 3 vote . The motto which the author of this romance has prefixed to it , from Ford , is no inftapt description ; it is truly ' a scholar ' s feney / though we will not a $ d a < gt * ab , 'tis nothing else—a very qoab ;* nor wotrtd if tove been let * honest of him to have paused in the quotation . There is no
reason why he should affect to despise his literary oAprtng ; and as little justification can * there be for the isolation of laudatory words from their connexion jv criticisms not so laudatory , by which toe advertisements of this work have been distinguished even in these puffing times . The obvious extravagance , and as obviows inappropriatenees of these adyertised encomiums , after reading a few pages of the work itself , are enough to knock up many readers whom a less obtrusive flourish of
trumpets would have allowed to persevere . So it had almost happened to ourselves . However , we did get over the difficulty ; and over the not less formidable difficulties of the author ' s stilted style , unnatural dialogues , straining at effect , parade of learning , pedantry of manner , patchwork pf quotations , and sundry other like giro , exhibited according to
Dogberry ' s exhortation , when there was no need of them ; one or two paa ^ qve * of indubitable power helped us along , and m « ay others occurred , until we were fairly in for a strong interest * The materiel of the romance , both the historical and invented portions , is admirable for the purpose ; but , in the putting together and getting up , there is a terrible want of simplicity , nature , flexibility , grace , and that vitality of diction and composition which Scott has taught us to require in all future historictfi-bmanceB . The author ^ fancy would have been all the better for not oeing ^ a ' Scholar ' s Fan ey * She i $ subdued by her pedantic mete , wh < fc ^ thbreovef kee ^ s False Tt * to for a inistres * ,, whpse . inJ } neaee is cootiitfttdlf pitt ^ raaunt If he qan refanoa his ment # l eatoWiihwonA , he my pnMMibe ^ ortoiik thingi ; " ! « . ^ ,
29 Q Critical Notice * .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1835, page 290, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2644/page/66/