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The wearied eye ; thou sweet, thou gentle power,
Soother of woe, sole friend of the oppressed,

I long to lay me on thy peaceful breast,
13. But once I saw thee, beautiful as mod

noonlight,
Upon a baby's lips, and thou didst kiss them,
Lingering and oft,
(As a wild bee doth kiss a rifled flower,
And clips its waist, and drops a little tear,
Remorsefully enamoured of his prey ;)
Come so to me, sweet death, and I will wreath thee
An amorous chaplet for thy paly brows;
And on an odoured bank of wan white buds
In thy fair arms
I'll lie, and taste thy cool delicious breath,

And sleep, and sleep, and sleep.” P. 61.
Hesperus stung with jealousy, and urged by a new affec-
tion, meets his deserted wife; and after terrifying her with
violence perpetrates the murder. Alarmed by his wild and
incoherent menaces, she expresses her terror, and be re-
joins,

HESPERUS.

« What! Darest thou tremble Under thy husband's arm, dareșt think of fear ? Dost dread me, me?

FLORIBEL,

" I know not what to dread, Nor what to hope; all's horrible and doubtful; And coldness creeps

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HESPERUS.

“ She swoons, poor girl, she swoons,
And, treacherous dæmons, ye've allowed a drop
To linger in my eyes. Out, out for ever.
I'm fierce again. Now shall I slay the victim
As she lies senseless : ah ! she wakes ; cheer up,
'Twas but a jest.

FLORIBEL.

" A dread and cruel one; But I'll forgive you, if you will be kind; And yet 'twas frightful.

HESPERUS.

“Why 'twere most unseemly
For one marked for the grave to laugh too loud.

FLORIBEL.
“ Alas ! he raves again. Sweetest, what mean-you
By these strange words?

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« HESPERUS.

“ What mean I ? Death and murder,
Darkness and misery. To thiy prayers and shrift;
Earth gives thee back? thy God hath sent me for thee,
Repent and die.

16 FLORIBEL.

“Oh, if thou willest it, love,
If thou but speak it with thy natural voice,
And smile upon me; I'll not think it pain,
But cheerfully: I'll seek me out a gràve, ?
And sleep as sweetly as on Hesperus' breast.
He will not smile, he will not listen to me.
Why dost thou thrust thy fingers in thy bosom ?
Oh search it, search it; see if there remain
One little little remnant of thy former love
To dry my tears with.

« HESPERUS.

Well, speak on; and then,
When thou hast done thy tale, I will but kill thee.
Come tell me all my vows, how they are broken,

my love was feigned, and black deceit,
Pour out thy, bitterest, till untamed wrath
Melt all his chains off with his fiery breath,
And rush a hungering out,

Say that

" FLORIBEL.

“Oh piteous heavens !
I see it now, some wild and poisonous creature
Hath wounded him and with contagious fang
Planted this fury in his veins. He hides
The mangled fingers, 'dearest, trust them to me,
I'll suck the madness out of every pore,
So as I drink it boiling from thy wound
Death will be pleasant. Let me have the hand
And I will treat it like another heart.

HESPERUS.

“ Here 'tis then,

(stabs her, Shall I thrust deeper yet?” P. 70. The catastrophe is produced by the discovery of the crime. The murderer is condemned to die, but by the assistance of the mother of his Floribel, be escapes public execution, and destroys himself by a draught of poison. From the last act we shall extract the following passage, in which Hesperus, after an interview with his father, thus expresses his feelings at the approach of death,

HESPERUS.

“ I'm as one
In some lone watch-tower on the deep, awakened
From soothing visions of the home he loves ;
Trembling he hears the wrathful billows whoops
And feels the little chamber of his life
Torn from its vale of clouds, and, as it falls,
In his midway íto fate, bebolds the gleam
Of blazing ships, some swallowed by the waves,
Some, pregnant with mock thunder, tossed abroad,
With mangled carcases, among the winds ;
And the black sepulchre of ocean, choaked
With multitudinous dead, then shrinks from pangs,
Unknown but destined. All I know of death
Is, that 'twill come. I have seen many die
Upon the battle field, and watched their lips
Ai the final breath, pausing in doubt to hear
If they were gone. I have marked oftentimes
Their pale eyes fading in the last blue twilight;
But none could speak the burning agony,
None told his feelings. I ne'er dreamed I died,
Else might I guess the torture that attends it.
But men unhurt have lost their several senses,
Grown deaf, and blind, and dumb without a pang,
And surely these are members of the soul,
And when they fail, man tastes a partial death :
Besides our minds share not corporeal sleep,
But go among the past and future, or perhaps
Inspire another in some waking world,

And there's another death." P. 124. In taking leave of Mr. Beddoes and his play, we cannot but express pleasure at the evident marks of genius which it contains. He possesses, in no ordinary degree, imagination and feeling; and his faults are, for the most part, such as care and experience may correct. If he will be content somewhat to control the exuberance ofihis, fancy, and more carefully to preserve simplicity and nature in his scenes, he may, without presumption, hope hereafter to obtain a name among the poets of his country.

ART. XI. The Twelfth Annual Report of the Incorporated National Society for Promoting the Education of the

Poor in the Principles of the Established Church. Rix. ingtons. 1823. Art. XII. A Sermon, preached at the Parish Church of

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Yately, Hants, August 3, 1823, in Consequence of His Majesty's Letter in Behalf of the National Schools. By the Rev. R. Lewin, Perpetual Curate of Yately, and late of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. 8vo. 26 pp. Riv

ingtons. 1823. Art. XIII. A Sermon, preached August 17, 1823, in the

Church and Chapel of an extended Parish in the Diocese of Lincoln, in Behalf of the National Society for the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Church of England. By a Minister of the Establishment. 8vo.

16 pp. Rivingtons. 1823. THERE are persons who maintain that controversy can find no end, and do no good. If they are old enough to remember the origin of the National Society, the vigorous opposition which it encountered, the manner in which that opposition was received, its gradual decline, and its final discomfiture, they must confess that there is, at least, one example of a termination, and a successful termination, to a long and angry dispute. No one beyond the acting committee of Lancaster's school will now deny the propriety of educating the poor in the principles of the Established Church. The opposite opinion, so stoutly maintained by the lawyers of Edinburgh and the Quakers of London, was too absurd to stand its ground against inquiry. Even the enemies of our Establishment were compelled to admit, that the Clergy ought either to be entrusted with the education of the poor or to be cashiered at once. They were not bold enough to embrace the latter alternative. And such is the deference shown to common sense, that no public men can now be found who admit the propriety of a national priesthood, and refuse to entrust it with the superintendence of Charity Schools.

But plain as this principle appears, we must not forget, in recapitulating the services of the National Society, that there was a time when other doctrines gained ground with rapid strides. The zeal and plausibility of Joseph Lancaster, the mixture of good and evil which entered into his chaTacter, the patronage which he received from parliamentary leaders, the temporary gullibility of the English public, and its profound ignorance of the subject on which it was -required to decide, united in conferring popularity upon the new system of teaching. Its advocates aspired to nothing less than an universal adoption of their scheme.

And if the Church had been liberal, tolerant, and uncontroversial, such adoption would have ensued.

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Happily for the nation, these fashionable epithets did not apply. The Established Church asserted her rights, and the appeal was well received. The Primate exerted the influence of his rank. and character, in a npanner which can never be forgotten. The Bishops proved themselves worthy of such a leader. The great body of the Clergy came forward with unanimity and effect. The most distinguished and respected Laymen shared their apprehensions and their wishes and the result was the formation of the National Society. An opportunity which had been long desired, offered itself at Tast, and was embraced without a moment's hesitation. The same body of men that had established the original Charity Schools, perceived that they might now venture on a greater undertaking. On former occasions their progress had been impeded by the apathy of the rich and great. The tide of "public opinion had now turned, and by the blessing of that Providence, which ceasetb not to bring good ont of evil, the plan which was calculated to undermine Christianity, became the signal for engrafting it deeper in the hearts of our countrymen. General education, for a length of years, had been resisted and condemned. Its value, and even its necessity, were gradually discovered. The principle being conceded, there was little difficulty in the details. In spite of liberalism and lukewarmness, in spite of free-thinking and faction, in spite of plausible Quakers and intriguing Socinians, the majority of all ranks declared that education should be confided to the Clergy, and that they should be enabled to carry it on "upon an extensive scale.

Such was the origin of the National Society. The sums of money which it has received and expended, are sufficient proofs of its popularity. The number of schools in connection with it, demonstrate its utility. And the soundness of its principles has been admitted even by Mr. Brougham. In spite of his natural and notorious predilection for Joseph Lancaster, Mr. Brougham's Education Bill provided that the parochial clergy should superintend the parochial schools. The Dissenters objected to this plan, and the bill was abandoned in compliment to them. But its author has not retracted his important concessions ; and he deserves to be numbered among the warmest theoretical friends of the National Society.

The Education Bill, so sedulously prepared, so ostentatiously exhibited, and so favourably received, has heen withdrawn; and the schools which it proposed to establish by a parochial rate, must be erected by subscription, or not at all, Whether Parliament acted well or ill, in declining to legis.

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