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“ And he hath bid us hope, and led us on. er in every page. Five hundred, we “ Let all in stillness get their armour have heard, have been exhibited in
the amphitheatre at Rome on one day; “ And as all fearless Jeremoth came on.' but a thousand would not have satis“ See-see, they turn--on ! every man fied Mr Atherstone. He must have rush on.
been born on the morning the sun “ Strike while they reel-on, to the city just entered Leo. You will remem
ber the lion quoted in the last sheet, “ Rollid out its glorious hues, so moved but here are two devil's dozen, and they on.”
a surplus, of lions, with a wolf, a boar, “ And still called out and bade him has
a bugbear,a tiger, and a leopard, over ten on."
the leaf :“ The far-off battle..horsemen urging
“ The love we owe “ Bid him his five score thousand foot Is what unto the lion owes his prey." lead on.”
“ From out his den “ Fiercely insolent stood himself few
As glares a hungry lion, hearing nigh
The howl of tiger o'er his bloody meal." Plunging amain. Then, as he hasted
Fierce as a roused-up lion sprang.' “ With strength commutual...but again
6. The wild boar Howed on.
Escaping, who would stay, when on Right towards the bosom of the King
himself flew on."
He saw the tiger rushing ?" “That post beholding moved unbidden on.” “ Fierce as a tiger, laughing at the spear." And so on.
“ To the fight To our dying day we shall ever
Like a galled lion sprang." look upon a Lion with feelings of the
“ Seized he then like a lion on his prey." most profound respect.
“ Leaped Dara then doubted his courage in the ancient
Swift as a leopard.” world-and the Romans thought him
“ That like the grass beneath the lion's
foot a brave and noble animal. In am
Our foes should be trod down." phitheatres he always fought in a
“ Far off the voice style that did credit to the desertand had his old parents in their den
Of solitary lion came at times.”
“ Even as the lion o'er the desert rules, in Libya ever come to hear of his
So o'er Assyria.” death beneath the gladiatorial sword, “ When the lion comes against you, they would have had no cause to be
shake." ashamed of their shaggy son. The
" As on his prey a hungry lion springs, foul libels upon him published in So on the flag Arbaces." these latter days by Naturalists, “ Come like a lion on, and like a sheep themselves the most cowardly of all Fly from his purpose.' created animals, we have ever read “ Hath he the lion's valour ?” with due disgust, and a suitable " Stir not the lion when his wrath would scunner, and think the calumniators
sleep." ought to be prosecuted by the Attor “ Then to be scared with bugbears,” ney-General of the animal kingdom, “ And bear our answer to thy Lion and in Pidcock's menagerie them
King." selves, caged in chains for life. How “ And him Assyrian lions would devour." fond glorious, old, blind, bearded “ In a resplendent caz by lions drawn.' Homer was of Lions !-himself as Tigers and lions are they, and not fine a lion as ever roared-as ever shook dewdrops from his mane, or
“ The tiger-foes lashed the Libyan air into intenser
" Who thinks the hind even now within and more torrid heat with the me
his spring teor of his tail. But an epic poet
Shall find the lion there." must not keep talking eternally
“ Hot as a tiger's breath."
“ At his right hand, like a young lion for ever and aye, even of the Lion
fought.” King of Beasts though he be--for his
" Come from thy den, black, shameless mane may become monotonous, and
wolf," teasingly tiresome his tail. Mr Ather
“ At his coming filed stone lets loose a lion upon his read- Like deer before the lion."
6 Borne away,
of The roar
“ Eren such a sea, Like lions by a swollen stream."
A sea whose billows were unbending 66 The lion-heart
hosts." Panted with sudden awe.
“ Louder than the voice
Of stormy ocean heard the uproar there." Of furious Zimri like a tiger's howl." “Like to the tossing foam amid the waves, “ Then like a lion by the hunters gali’d.”. The plume-topp'd helmet rock'd.” “ Like lions loosed,
“Like to the rocky ridge Away with the shattered car the coursers Scarce seen above the waves, flew."
" To heaven “ Talk here no more of fire and lions." Went up the roar appalling of the waves."
“ Yon arid plain There is no part of the inanimate creation of which we entertain a
Turns to a lake sea-deep, to gulf them
all." higher opinion than the Sea. We love
66 And multitudes as of the ocean's waves," to walk on his shore, to bathe in his waters when he is calm, and then for his sake we could wish we were a
is the last line of the Poem. Indeed,
this one idea of a battle being like sea-mew, a ship, or a shell. We
the sea-which no doubt it is-it love to sit in our study, and from the window behold him through a
has a strong family likeness-pertelescope in storm, and then for his
fectly engrosses Mr Atherstone. He sake bless our stars that we are nei
keeps the sea either at ebb or flow, ther a sea-mew, a ship, or a shell, but
as it suits his purpose ; and then, in
defiance of the moon, has him in a simply old Christopher North, Editor
moment at high water. of Blackwood's Magazine. But for
knows and feels no more about his all this we seldom speak of the Sea, attributes than the driver of a baexcept when he is himself the sole or chief subject of our discourse. We thing-machine, who thinks only of the have “ of the old sea too reverential
waves beneath his horse's belly. The
Sea of Atherstone is fresh water; fear,” to use him as a mere simile.
like one of your American Lakes, on He is privileged to stand on his own
which all navies seem out of their elebottom, to ebb and flow, heave, swell, ment, not being even brackish, and blacken, whiten, roll and roar, for his without a single oyster: and against own pastime,-and it is something to
such a sea as we would pitch, us quite shocking to make him “roar” for the amusement of the public. Mr
any day, either for roll or roar, our Atherstone thinks otherwise, and will
own reservoir on the Castle-Hill, or
at Habbie's-How our own Compennot let him alone for an instant. He
sation Pond ! lays an embargo on all his waves.
Our respect for the lion and the sea " Like the waves
is only equalled by that which, from Of a tumultuous sea they roll and rush." infancy, we have paid to thunder, “ There was an uproar like the storm Mr Atherstone is greatly awake to the swept deep.”
majesty of Jupiter Tonans. When“ And circling them, even as the ocean ever shouting seems insufficient, the flood
human voice is said to be like thunSome little island's rock--the expectant der; whenever wheels make too little host
noise, though they always do their A sea of glittering helms !"
best, they are said to roll like thunder; “ Like some great wave Rolled on the gathering uproar.”
in short, a peal of thunder is always
held in readiness to rattle, and a “ Like a shaken sea,
thunder-cloud is sure to burst, at the Wave against wave uplifted, toiled the
nick of time. Mr Atherstone is above hosts.” “ But again flow'd on,
husbanding his thunder, and deals it Like to a briny tide, the living deep."
out like a Dennis or a Brougham. “ Till yet again like to a winter flood.”
Yet it is odd enough that, though “ Like a rock
thunder is so cheap in this Epic, it is Among a thousand waves Arbaces stood.”
only by way of simile; not one sin« Like a rock
gle real bonâ fide electrical rattle ocNow stood he, and threw back the burst
curs in the poem. A living thunder
storm would have been a relief to ing waves. * Like an ocean's roar
this eternal talk about the absent or O'er all the plain ran then the joyful cry."
the dead. It would have been in
season too, as the weather of the fire is in my heart”—“the fiery steeds” six books is hot, close, and sultry; -“ like a fire behold the blazing and a few big plashing drops would chariot”-“ axletrees hot as fire”have been refreshing. The follow “ wood and land with fire”-" pouring are a few examples of Mr Ather ed down fire”-“fire emitting from stone's attachment to this phenome their eyes”-“the same fiery spot”
- cast it to the fire”-“ with eye
of fire”-"even like a raging fire”“ Brooding in silence, will in thunder“ hardened by fire”-“ the fiery i burst."
horses"_“fire-eyed priest"_“ fing «Thunder o'er the bridge."
your hottest fires” like the rage “ For the low thunder of the rapid of fire”—“poured like a fire”-like wheels.".
an outrageous fire”-“ the rushing “ Like thunder-peals among the moun. wheels streamed fire”—“fiery splentains lost.”
dour”-“ fiery splendours? “ With a voice like thunder."
fury fired"-" like devouring fire"“ The thundering God."
“ for like a fire Arbaces”-“ “ The thickening thunder of the wheels
burn with fire"--" Aling fire within is heard.”
her walls”-“his fiery arrows""the “ Shouting like thunder."
wheels fire-rapt”-“as when a fire de“ Thunder'd the wheels.” “ As with a thunderbolt Arbaces smote.”
vours the forest”-“fierce fire” __“fie“ The thunder of the wheels.”
ry deluge”—“fire in his rolling eyes” “ The cavalry, like clouds,
-“ fierce fire and light”—“when in
the fire's embraces dwells the ice.” On thundering came.” “ Then like a thunder cloud burst."
We cannot make out from the data, “ Shouts
what may have been the tottle of the Spread like a peal of thunder.”
whole of the hostile armies engaged “ Heaven calls in thunder.”
in the great battle beneath the walls “ Hearing the thunder and the din of of Nineveh. At the lowest compufight.”
tation, certainly upwards of a million « Fell like a thunderbolt, the dreadful -at the highest two millions. The Mede.”
troops must have covered much “ Above the thunder-peals and roaring ground; but Mr Atherstone so mawinds."
nages it, that when any one of his
heroes distinguishes himself by slayNext to our respect for the lion, ing or stabbing, he is seen or heard the sea, and the thunder, 'comes our over the whole field of battle-just respect for fire. It is one of the as distinctly—-or perhaps more sofinest of all the elements. When ap as a president or croupier of a civic plied to water and whisky, how good feast, slaying or spouting in our Wathe effect! Hot toddy! Mr Ather- terloo-Rooms. Neither Mr Atherstone's respect for this elementequals stone, nor the generals he commands, ours, and he loses no opportunity of find any difficulty in maneuvring introducing its semblance into his such immense bodies. The instant poem. Apparently there is no want orders are issued for the advance of of fire about him; then, how hap- a couple of thousand chariots, they pens it that he is so very cold? drive up to the spot. From fifty to ?« Chariots like fire”. « been burn a hundred thousand cavalry are ready ed with fire"-"eye lit as with fire” at a moment's warning to charge up-" will not their bosoms burn with
on any given point-and twice five constant fire"-" fire flashed from
score thousand infantry are wheeled his eyes”—“ glowed like a fire” into line in less than no time-or take
bright as a fame”-“ fiery steeds close column before you can say
"fiery cloud”—"the bright crown Jack Robinson--or forma solid square like an ethereal fire”. " he the in the twinkling of a bed-post. The minds of the mad soldiers fires” ease and rapidity with which these even now the fire is kindled”
movements are executed surpass all " the fires beneath the earth” praise. As our military and naval “ the tempest, and the earthquake, puppies always say now, and the fire”-“the sword, the flood, beautiful.” The art of war has been the earthquake, and the fire”-“á almost entirely lost since Sardana
« It was
palus-Wellington and Napoleon are And break her gates of brass, -—and throw ninnies in comparison with Arbaces
her walls and Salamenes--and to the battle Flat to the ground,—and trample on her of Nineveh, Borodino and Water
throne, loo mere street rows. Yet, some
And burst her chains that held the nahow or other, with all that rushing
tions down; and roaring, and shouting and thun. And raze her deep foundations utterly,– dering, and masterly movements
And wipe her from the earth; for she
hath been among millions of men, we, for our
Abominable in her wickedness, own parts, can scarcely bring ourselves to believe that it is any thing Earth heaveth at her, and will cast her after all but a sham fight. And what God shall destroy her! Men of Babylon, is worse, when things wear a serious Slack not your arms, nor let your hearts aspect, and the hostile armies “mean
be weak, fighting, and nothing else,” it is not Drive them before you! rush into the possible to care one straw which of
gates! them - wins the toss for the sun, or Fling firewithin her walls !--Hark! hark! gives the first knock-down blow, Heaven speaks,draws first blood, or wins the fight. Heaven calls in thunder,--see! the faThere is throughout too much chaff ming bolt, ing—and at last it ends in a wrangle Look! look! the wall is riven--the ruin and a draw, to the mutual dissatis
falls ! faction of the combatants, and the God bids you on! God frowns upon' tho disgust of the spectators. As a mili foe! tary historian, Edwin Atherstone is The sky is darkening underneath his not to be named on the same day
wrath ;with Vincent Dowling, Pierce Egan, His fiery arrows is he shooting forth,— or Jon Bee.
The tempest of his anger is let loose, Never having ourselves been—any He shall destroy them utterly!-On! on! more than Mr Atherstone-in a great
Rush to the gates, ye men of Babylon ! pitched battle between two armies of Proud Nineveh's destruction is at hand, á million men each, we must not be
The day of her exulting is gone by!
Heed not the sword, the arrow, nor the dogmatical on the quantity of speak
spear, ing that occurs either in the ranks, Heed not their chariots, nor their mailed or among the generals. Some of Ho
steeds mer's heroes are abundantly loqua- Heed not their captains, nor their bravecious, no doubt; but then they talk
ry; as well as they fight, like warrior. God is your captain,—God is your debards or sages as they were; nobody
fence, has ever likened the race of men to Your shield is Heaven :-Shout,' men of the race of leaves so beautifully as Babylon ! Glaucus. Mr Atherstone's heroes are Shout out aloud, and say, ' Great Ninetoo long-winded, and deal not in
veh! 1764 TTs porta. Belesis, the Babylon- The day of thy destruction is at hand !'” ian Priest, draws the slow words in- Was there ever such dull and unimterminably out of his mouth, like a passioned prosing as this in the heat mountebank so many yards of rib- of battle ? « Charge, Chester! charge band. At the most critical moment on, Stanley!on," is worth the whole of a heady fight,
Lecture. And still to heaven he pointed, and cried Yet Mr Atherstone has certain
modes of expression, which, if they Unceasingly,”
be not peculiar to himself
, he uses as follows. How he escaped getting with a lavishness all his own—that his sconce cracked during delivery, he may be striking and effective. For we know not; there must have been example: strange and culpable remissness in “ Here will we stay-forth from the cha. the Assyrians.
riot then." “ On, men of Babylon ! “ In waking vision-go and prosper then." Into your hands hath God deliver'd them! “ To join him in the feast, Nebaioth then." The day of her destruction is at hand ! “ And valiant for the fight-- Nebaioh Yon baughty city yeshall burn with fire,
He ceased, and sat him downNe 6. The Mede confronted, weaponless stood
baioth then.” TM Shall last be spoken. Aged Almelon « From fierce Abiathar, for still hoped he.” then."
Through the resounding streets then on “ As now we own it. To Arbaces then."
flew they." “ Away and tarry not.
Nebaioth then." Might drink delighted-not Hamutah . And we will see him. To Nebaioth
His country, free, for in Achmetha he.” " Seem worthless in your eyes and shall “ To die or conquer everywhere flew he.”
" So, in one mighty flood immixed fled * Yet have his thanks and love or deem
« Far o'er the field was seen, nor fear had ." Sway to their purpose let us hasten
“ Haste, haste, and let me clasp thee! so " What deed is this? Have I been mad?
cried he." As then."
" Then I'm thine-till then, farewell “ Speak evil in the message. Stooping
so she.” then."
" Through every wide-flung gate in haste “Why dost thou linger? Salamenes then.”
rushed they." “ Our warriors urge the fight. Arbaces " Drunken with pride and wine then then.”
feasted he." " Made onset fierce. The Arabian cha. “Atall the midnight revels still were they." riots then.”
“ In matters, not thine own, to pry---thús 166 And thick with mist the plain. So Michael then."
" Call up the soldiers---every manu cried « Drove furiously. Dreadful the uproar
" And last the lovers in pursuit---so he. « With heavy jar fell back. Leap'd Dara “ O'er dead and living recklessly rushed
they." “ Thy father's it might seem.
Nehushta 6 But voice, or rein, or scourge, nought then."
heeded they." 65 And in his heart stood fixed. Pale “ Fallen is the mighty city---s0 cry they."
terror then." 56 From both the hosts terrific clamours
And almost every other line that is then."
not constructed precisely on these 66 And stand the coursers.
To the cha- models, partakes of the same characriot then."
ter; “so he”-“thus she”-“him so"
-"her thus," &c., being sprinkled To intensify the effect of these most plentifully over the whole texture of felicitous reiterations, Mr Atherstone the work. The consequence is, that has recourse to the following contri on reading a page aloud, you are vance:
seized with toothach, eye-ache, and “ Long time awaited, to and fro walked
ear-ache, all in one; and we may say, he."
Him cursing, to your bed away rush ye“ A ponderous bridge, thus in his pride did Bring us the laudanum phials! Mullion he."
then « Stood forth, for of impatient mood was Oh! for a caulker, Tickler,--on-on
he." " The tyrant's deadly foe long known was he.”
Yes! shouting, roaring, rushing “ To count the numbers : be Arbaces he.”
like the sea, thunder, and fire, on" Who and whence is he."
on-on-headlong-we, like a galled “ Blaspheming-but as one possessed is
lion, bounce into bed; and, after an he.”
hour's tossing, fall asleep like a tiger. “ With hand upon his hilt, prepared stood
After the exhibition Mr Atherstone he.”
has now made of himself, risum tenea. “Not longer-why our services claims he?” tis amici, when you think of him sneer“ At distance might be seen-so toiled he.” ing, at “this gay and flowery age's" “ Hurled at the Mede, with all his strength
disinclination and incapacity to listen, hurled he.”
learn, and delight, in his severe and “ And mouth agape, a moment there stood simple song? Why, begging his parhe.”
don, he is impertinent. Gay and 6 With chariots and with horsemen first flowery age indeed! He himself is went he.”
bedizened with gaiety and flowers