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Deep shadows o'er the pathway glide,
The Traveller shrinks with fear;And
the tomb-stone's side, Fierce warriors, arm'd in martial pride
And trophied pomp, appear.
Play'd feebly o'er the wall ;-
The Traveller's soul appal. 6 Advance !” the Sexton cries; “ advance!”
Sounds from the hollow walls. The Traveller starts! when, dire mischance, As if to mock his fearful glance,
Adown the lantern falls !
“ Good God!” exclaims the luckless wight,
Now what is to be done!” “ Done!-why, I'll go and strike a light : Stay here, you have no cause for fright,
I shall be back anon.”
“ Be quick, for heav'n's sake,” cries the man;
“ This is a dreadful place !”The stumbling Sexton slow went on, While hollow echoes solemn ran
Around the vaulted space. His rallied spirits now dispel
The Traveller's former fears, Compos'd he sits, when, dread to tell ! Alarming thoughts again impel,
As something strikes his ears!
The Sexton's step !-It was not that!
'Twas a deep rattling sound, That, with a thund'ring pit-a-pat, Advanc'd near where the Traveller sat,
And shook the hollow ground.
Aghast, and terror-struck, he rose
Speechless with wild surprise ;When, as the rapid lightning glows, Through the stain'd windows, they disclose,
A flaming pair of eyes !
In chilly currents moves his blood,
No power is left to Ay;
Dread, monstrous, dark, and high.
The Traveller at the sound
Drops fainting to the ground.
And hastily returns ;
Which once more dimly burns.
The traveller, like a corse,
In one grim form-His Horse!
And yet our Traveller's pad,
As much as if he had.
The fast'ning from the porch,
Sought refuge in the Church.
Of the Year 1803.
BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL.
Comprising Biblical Criticism, Theological Criticism, Sermons, single
Scrmons, controrersial Divinity.
THE misfortunes sustained by to affirm, that though in his new
Dr. Stock, the learned bishop version be accomplished much, he of Killala; during the late Irish still left much to be accomplished. troubles, are known to most of our A few emendations were shortly readers, yet , few “nien who have afterwards attempted by Dr. Green, met with such misfortunes, and and another new and very elegant, as been driven by the iron hand of war well as accurate, version was given from their homes and familiar con- by the late learned Michael Dodson, Dexions, have improved their cala- esq. which introduced a short literary mities so pleasantly to themselves, correspondence between the bishop or so beneficially to the public. The and himself, conducted with a poleisure into which he was thus com-. liteness and liberality that reflect pelled, with an eye still permanent- an equal degree of credit on both ly fixed on the duties of his sacred the parties. We must regret that vocation, he devoted to biblical ti- . this very valuable translation does terature; and the result has been not appear to have fallen into Ds. a presentation to the public of “ The Stock's hands, for we are confident Book of the Prophet Isaiah, in He he would frequently have referred brew and English. The Hebrew to it if it had done so, and we have textmetrically arranged. The Trans- little donbt that he would on sevelation altered from that of Bishop ral occasions have adopted its interLowth; with Notes critical and ex- pretation in preference to his own; planatory.” To few scholars is sa we are also astonished that as little cred literature indebted more than attention appears to have been paid to bishop Lowth, yet such is the to De Rossi. Bishop Lowth, howdifficulty attendant upon many pas- ever, is the basis on which he builds sages in the sublinie and abrupt his edifice; and the corrections which prophecy before us, that it is no de- he has chiefly introduced, indepengradation to this excellent prelate dently of his own, are from Rosen
müller, who is nevertheless, in our sion before us, and have only to hope,
From the classical pen of Mr. Good tion and reserve: and hence should . we have received a new translation, rather be perused by the cool and both in prosaic metre and rhyme, of judicious master, than by the warm the Song of Songs. In no qualifiand incautious student. The style cation requisite for this valuable and of Dr. Stock is plain and easy ;- elegant undertaking does this gentlewe have observed but few inversions man appear deficient. His knowfor the purpose of preserving the ledge of the oriental languages, both metre, and the diction of our stan- ancient and modern, is extensive: dard translation is adhered to as with the love-songs of the Arabians closely as possible. The metre, he seems to be intimately acquainthowever, is, in our opinion, often ed; whatever could be derived from unnecessarily infringed upon by the Asiatic verse has been carefully sesupposition and consequent intro- lected and pertinently applied ; and duction of hemistichs, which, to us, to a true taste for poetry he unites do not exist in the original. We the character of no mean poet. They adınit that in the Hebrew they are who may differ from him with reoccasionally resorted to, and at times spect to the propriety of every part with an abruptness peculiarly em of the arrangement he has adopted, phatic and beautiful, but the fre or not admit the justness of all liis. quency with which they are reite. renderings, must still regard this as rated in the version before us de- by far the most elegant, and at the stroys half their poetic effect, and same time the most faithful, transunmercifully ploughs up the gene- lation which has yet been given of ral symmetry of the metre.
We this beautiful poem. The whole have, moreover, a still stronger ob- composition is divided into twelve jection to the re-introduction of the idyls: the first consists of the first Masoretic points with which the eight verses of the first chapter ; present edition of the original is en the second idyl advances to the çumbered. Their perplexity, want seventh verse inclusive of the second of authority, and the general inac- chapter; the third proceeds to its end: curacy with which they are copied the fourth, beginning with the third from book to book, have long in- chapter, contains the first five verses: duced us to hope that they never the fifth closes with the seventh would have re-issued from a British verse of the fourth chapter; and the press. We are extremely desirous of sixth, thence commencing, includes promoting the study of the Hebrew the first verse of chapter the fifth : language, and feel peculiarly earnest, the seventh begins with the second therefore, in removing from it every verse of the fifth chapter, and prodifficulty which might unnecessa ceeds to the eleventh verse of chaprily embarrass the student, and give ter the sixth : the eighth idyl conhim a distaste for it at the very tans only the three remaining commencement of his application. verses: idyl the ninth consists of the With these few exceptions, we have seventh chapter to the tenth verse : been highly pleased with the ver the tenth idyl includes the rest of
that chapter and four verses of the dence of acuteness and elegance; eighth : idyl the eleventh contains but for these we must refer to the only the three verses that next fol- work. Mr. Good will accept our low ;--and the last idyl takes in the thanks for much gratification. rest. The name of the fair bride in In Mr. Bryant's “ Observations whose honour these amatory idyls upon some Passages in Scripture were composed has not descended which the Enemies to Religion hare to us; nor is it agreed among the thought most obnoxious and atcommentators who she was. She tended with Difficulties not to be has generally been regarded as the surmounted," we hail the appear. daughter of Pharaoh; but, as Mr. ance of a scholar venerable by his Good very justly observes," the years, and oracular as well by the few circumstances that incidentally extent of his learning as by the unirelate to her history in these poeti- forni purity and rectitude of his incal effusions completely oppose such tention. The passages selected in an idea." Our author also, with the volume before us, which is 2 great probability, conjectures that thin quarto, are four in number, and the marriage between Solomon and refer to the history of Balaam, and the Egyptian princess was a match the reproof given to him by his ass; of interest and policy; whereas, on that of Sampson, who is well known the contrary, the matriinonial con- to have defeated the Philistines with nexion here celebrated, was one the jaw-bone of a similar animal ; formed upon the tenderest recipro- that of the arrestation of the sun and cal affection. From the bride's own moon, at the command of Josliua; words we learn that she was of and that of the prophet Jonah, who Sharon, a canton of Palestine ; and was swallowed by a large fish, com. from the respectful attention paid to monly supposed to have been a her by her attendants, and the ap- whale. The explanation generally pellation with which they address attempted to be given to these porher, we have reason to believe that, tions of holy writ, is derived from an “ though not of royal, yet she was idea, that, in every instance, some of noble birth.” The mystic im- part of the popular religion or suport of this book is admitted by Mr. perstition of the country to which Good, though he supposes it to have they relate is implicated in the narbeen literally founded on fact; he ration; and our author is hence led offers a brief explanation of the into a relation of the peculiar tenets former, and endeavours to develope and idolatry of the places referred the latter. To sum up in a few to. Those who, by a perusal of his words an opinion of the work be- prior works, are apprised of Mr. fore us: the arrangement is new Bryant's extensive acquaintance and ingenious; the poetical part is with Greek and Asiatic history, will for the most part correct and beau- readily perceive that he has here titul; the notes are full of profound scope enough to gratify his most learning and good taste. It is a sanguine predilection: they will also work which every scholar will per- expect to find some degree of imause with pleasure, and from which gination combined with a large porthe divine may reap improvement. tion of sound and useful learning, Our limits will not permit us to fur- an expectation in which they will nish our readers with quotations by no means be disappointed. We which would furnish abundant evi- cannot proceed with our author as