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countries, for the attainment of objects of which we have been long in undisputed possession? We look down upon those struggles from the point to which we have happily attained, not with the cruel delight which is described by the Poet, as arising from the contemplation of agitations in which the spectator is not exposed to share; but with an anxious desire to mitigate, to enlighten, to reconcile, to save;-by our example in all cases, by our exertions where we can usefully interpose." Canning's Speech.

P. 80.

These are not merely the defensive arguments of an accomplished orator, but sound commentaries upon the history of the past, with a sagacious application of them to the present and the future. Such reasoning, and such declarations, are well received throughout the country; for they convince. us of the wisdom as well as the talent of our rulers. Proudly as ministers triumphed, in the debate now before us, over their domestic rivals, we feel a livelier pleasure at the more signal success which must attend a comparison of them with foreign statesmen. This is a national, and not a party question. The diplomatists of the Continent are as inferior to Mr. Canning in the soundness of their political reasonings, as in the justice of their cause, or the brilliancy of their wit. And it would evince a most unbecoming want of confidence in the good sense and virtue of nations, to apprehend that allies and supporters would be wanting if we were forced into a war with the invaders of Spain. Britain may be, and ought to be, the object of some jealousy to foreigners on the Continent; but it will not venture to unite against her while she continues so decidedly in the right.



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racter, we are treated with a contrast between Goldsmith and Pope, and a panegyric upon Tommy Moore. "He stands in this age, alone and unrivalled, the master of the sweetest and only minstrelsy." These praises are followed, (after a short and somewhat unnatural digression upon Burke, Grattan, and Curran) by an animated description of the ladies.

"The women of Ireland represent the national character better than the other sex. Like an Italian landscape in the moon-light, we see its beautiful outline softened, but yet more distinctly, than when the sun poured upon it his fierce and burning splendour. In the soothing softness of this picture, we discern all that gave value to the deeper tint of the noon-day radiance; the kindness and goodness of the Irish heart, without its depravity; its faithfulness and devotedness, without its fierceness.

"All its original gentleness and truth, such as was before yet calamity and oppression had disfigured and corrupted it. Its playfulness and gaiety, touching every subject of thought and taste, and feeling and fancy; fearlessly because pure, and freely because above suspicion. Gentleness is civilization-woman, is therefore, naturally more civilized than man. Full of the natural genius of the country; the acuteness, the bright intelligence, the lively fancy, the fine imagination, without the pretension which so frequently in the other sex spoils and disfigures these precious gifts of nature, We have seen these brilliant, dangerous talents, in all their richness and glow and glory, like the lambient flame that girt the head of Anchises' son, the delight and wonder of the surrounding circle, without a thought or consciousness of their existence disturbing the mind of the possessor.


"The women of England, if they possess the talent which belongs to their sex in the sister island, have not the courage to use their brilliant stores; or use them awkwardly, or give themselves up å taste so refined as to approach the last shade of insipidity. The strength and freedom of Irish intellect, and of the Irish heart in its large and warm pulsations, would look something like vulgarity in England.

"We have heard it said, that an English woman would not be safe in treading the path which would be firm and secure to the foot of an Irish female. We do not think this: we think more highly of the women of England." O'Driscol, Vol. I. p. 32.

From these delightful themes, the "large and warm pulsations" of Mr. O'Driscol's pen lead us but too quickly to English policy and penal laws-the protracted misgovernment and inexcusable cruelty of the Plantagenets, the Tudors and the Stuarts. We are not positively certain that we understand the meaning of these chapters, for it is so closely enveloped in similes and metaphors, that a glimpse




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ART. I. Views of Ireland, Moral, Political, and Religious. By John O'Driscol, Esq. In 2 vols. 8vo. Longman & Co. 1823.

ART. II. Lachrymæ Hibernica; or the Grievances of the Peasantry of Ireland, especially in the Western Counties. By a Resident Native. 8vo. 24 pp. 1s. Dublin. 1822. HERE are two books-a large one and a small one.-The small one contains a great deal, and the large one very little. The author of the latter ranks as a first-rate politician among the Irish Whiglings. They passed high and not altogether undeserved encomiums upon a pamphlet which he published some years ago; they give him credit for a large portion of the Irish articles in the Morning Chronicle, and we presume they are by this time heartily ashamed of their protegé, for his new performance is an irritrievable failure; and next to the disgrace of having written so much trash, is the disgrace of having patronized and puffed the writer. As a specimen of the sort of man that is patronised by the Irish opposition, it is worth while to examine Mr. O'Driscol's volumes.

His Table of Contents is very promising, but the cookery does not equal the bill of fare. The three first chapters are devoted to Ireland, its character, and its women; but whether they are to be referred to the Moral, the Political, or the Religious department of the work, we are somewhat at a loss to determine. The first chapter having informed us that

"When darkness was upon the face of all Europe, and the fearful successes of the Othmans, and the crumbling of the Roman Empire, had shaken the foundations of society, Ireland preserved in peace and purity the lights of religion and letters; here, when happier days returned, the other nations trimmed their lamps, and having performed her task and preserved the sacred fire, then came the time of her own visitation, and in her turn, she was involved in darkness and in blood." O'Driscol. Vol. I. p. 2.

The author proceeds to describe the Shannon, the Lake of Killarney and Bantry Bay. Under the head of National Cha Hh VOL. XX. OCT.1823.

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