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nor can be ready to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrines contrary to God's word; and his flock may be tainted with heresy and profaneness, before he is aware that they are in the smallest danger. A thorough knowledge of the Scriptures, and of the earliest writings of the Christian church, is undoubtedly that kind of learning most necessary to every Christian clergyman. But learning alone, however extensive, will not, in an age like the present, when every thing is controverted, be sufficient to enable a bishop to discharge this part of his difficult and laborious duty, unless he possesses that discriminating judgement which, so far as it is not the gift of nature, results from an accurate and comprehensive view of Christianity, and distinguishes, almost intuitively, between questions that are frivolous and those that are important."
Apologising for the freedom with which he had urged upon his clerical learers the momentous duties of their profession, Mr. Horsley subjoins; —
“ But I am speaking the sentiments of a late prelate, whose learning, science, experience, and zeal for truth, I believe all who knew him will admit, that even filial affection and reverence cannot prompt me to praise too highly. - If the spirits in bliss know what is doing upon this earth, I am sure it will be satisfactory to his spirit to know, that his son has an opportunity of speaking his sentiments on the occasion of one of his Scottish friends raising another to that station which he long thought that other pre-eminently qualified to fill."
We have only to add, that had the bishop in the body heard his sentiments thus expressed, he would not have been displeased with the dress in which his son has clothed them.
The Plants, a Poem, Cantos the first and second, with
Notes; 'and occasional Poems. By William Tighe, Esq.
“ teint d'une infinité des connoissances, nourri de la lecture des bons écrivains, admirateur éclairé de lu savunte antiquité, enrichit son siècle des trésors des, siècles passés, joint l'étude au naturel; et de cette alliance naissent des chef-d'æuvres.”_Such is Mr. Tighe, whose poem will contribute to smooth contempt into complacence for the modern publications of what is termed poetry. To classical taste, extensive botanicalknowledge, and good moral principles, he adds much general reading and correct observation on men and things. The
author designs his work to contain four cantos, celebrating the rose, oak, vine, and palm, only two of which appear in the volume before us. -_ “The object of this attempt,” he states, “is not only to bring together the most remarkable circumstances relative to each plant, from which the separate cantos derive their
of the ideas of association, which the review of each subject may naturally awaken, but also to consider the Rose as the emblem of Love, the Oak of Liberty, the line of Friendship, and the Palm of Religion.”-We hope the author will not forget the Olive as the symbol of Peace in this warlike age. “ The four affections here alluded to," continues Mr. Tighe, “ seem, either singly or variously interwoven, to occupy and conduct the minds of the more susceptible and generous portion of mankind. The influence of the three former usually prevails in the early part of life; and they were, perhaps, designed by Providence to expand, and prepare those souls, which do not suffer themselves to be too far perverted by the more selfish passions, for the reception of the last; into which all the views and thoughts of men should resolve, as into their ultimate object and true destination.” -- Under this impression he has here celebrated the Rose and the Oak. His Love however is s chaste as the roseate blush of virgin innocence," and his Liberty the “empress of the main who smiles o'er Britain's
." The first canto opens with an invocation to love, the rose, and the nightingale. This is followed by the religious, civil, and natural history of the rose in various countries, diversified with numerous allusions to historical events, and moral reflexions, including also a description of the various insects which either feed or breed on-rose-trees. The opening address to the nightingale is conceived with equal modesty and neatness: the poet declines “the vain attempt to seize a wreath unsought before," while he
gracefully pourtrays the history of “this sweet bird of eve, companion of the rose," from the creation to the days of Rome. The description of all the varieties of the rose erince the author's botanical knowledge ; and we know not that he has omitted the local situation of any, except the damask, and one or two other varieties which abound at Granada in Spain. Their growth there, indeed, perhaps exceeds that in any other part of Europe; and the delicacy of their odour and colour is not less striking. The following verses prove the rose to be an “associate of the humaq race."
« Where'er the human race, in social bands,
- But who shall trace the ever-varying tinge
“ O'er many climes, the scented eglantine
O'er many a tufted hedge or village path." P. 13.
“ Oh happy! who can lead
We prefer, however, the author's moral allusions.
“ And be it thine, O lovely Rose! with all
Or ciad thy hairy seeds ? In vain, the worm
Here, the black bee prepares, with tender care,
P. 22. The superstition of the “ Popes, who used every year to consecrate a golden rose, which was usually sent to some favourite prince as an holy present,” is happily satirised.
“ Thee, Amarantha, let the muse record
P. 37. The concluding stanzas of this canto discover an amiable and enlightened mind.
“ First ruler of the human mind, to thee
In FRIENDSHIP's more indulgent arms, and, with
“ And it is theirs, to rouse the mortal thought
Into one just, premeditate design.” P. 38.
The author's memory and imagination in this case were both too fertile; although he may plead the example of Milton for such things. We mention these trivial errors, however, because we are persuaded he is perfectly capable of avoiding them in future.
The second canto celebrates the Oak much in the same manner as the Rose. After invoking his Muse to reward “the patriot warriors who have bled in British arms,” he delineates the progress of British navigation.
“ Thou followest the Hero's track, and seest
"* Ptolemais. Acre. Anciently Ace, or Acon: under the Romans, it was called Ptolemaïs, and was a colony of Claudius Cæsar. Plin. H. N. v. 19. Since which time it has been twice the scene of British heroism.