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affected by the spectacle his poem Play such tricks before high heaven, presents to us. As the minor poems
As make the angels weep;" at the conclusion of the work breathe as offend against all moral taste; as the same spirit, suggest the same doubts, and employ the same lan; domestic happiness and of public
attempt to shake the very pillars of guage with the " Childe Harold,"
security ? we are compelled to recognise the
It is, however, a matter of conauthor in the hero whom he has gratulation, that his Lordship, in painted. In fact, the disclaimer, already noticed in the Preface, seems fessor, has not revealed his creed
common with the republican Conmerely like one of those veils worn to without very honestly displaying draw attention to the face rather than the influence of this creed upon his in baffle it; and in the work before us:
own mind. We should not, indeed, we are forced to recognise a charac have credited a man of his sentiter, which, since Rousseau gave his
ments, had he assured us he was Confessions to the public, has scarcely ever, we think, darkened the happy: happiness takes 110 root in
such soils. But it is still better to horizon of letters. The reader of have his own testimony to the unthe “ Confessions” is dismayed, to mixed misery of licentiousness and
man frankly avowing the unbelief. It is almost comforting to most disgraceful vices; abandoning be told, if we dared to draw confort them, not upon principle, but mere
out of the well of another man's ly because they have ceased to gra miseries, that tify; prepared to return to them if they promise to reward him better; “Though gay companions o'er the bowl without natural affection, neither
Dispel awhile the sense of ill; loving nor beloved by any; with. Thougly pleasure fires the maddening sous,
The heart-the heart is lonely still." out peace, without hope, “ without God in the world."
It is consolatory also lo contrast the search into the mysterious cause of peace and triumph of the dying this autobiographical phenomenon, Christian, with the awful uncerwe at once discover that Rousseau's tainty, or rather the sullen despair, immeasurable vanity betrayed him which breathe in these verses. into a belief, that even his vices "• Aye--bat to die and goʻ-alas, would vanish in the blaze of his ex- Where all have gone, and all must go; cellencies; and that the world would To be the nothing that I worship him, as idolaters do their Ere born to life and living woe. misbapen gods, in spite of their “ Count o'er the joys thine hours Jrave seen, ugliness. The confessions of Lord Count o'er thy days from anguish free; Byron, we regret to say, bear some- And know, whatever thou hast been, thing of an analogy to those of the 'Tis sometliing better not to be." pbilosopher of Geneva. Are they, Nor can religion be more powerihen, to be traced to the same fully recommended than by the folsource ? He plainly is far from indif- lowing avowal of an apostle of the ferent to the opinion of by-standers:
opposite system. can he, then, conceive that this peep into the window of his breast must “ No, for myself, so dark my fate not revolt every virtuous eye? Can
Through every turn of life hath been, he boldly proclaim his violations of Man and the world I so much hate, decency and of sobriety; his com
I care not when I quit the scene," mon contempt for all modifications But whilst, for the benefit of others, of religion; his monstrous belief in we thus avail ourselves of the antithe universal rest or annihilation of dote supplied by his Lordship to his man in a future state ; and forgetown poison, we could wish also that that he is one of those who
he might feel the efficacy of it
himself. Could we hope that so country, and as a friend of his yet humble a work as this would reach “ unknown God." Shonld this ebe lofty sphere in which be moves, change, by the mercy of God, take we would solemnly say to him : place, what pangs would many pas“You are wretched, but will nothing sages of his present work cost him! make you hapry? You hate all Happy should we be, could we per. men; will notbing warm you with suade him, in the bare anticipation new feelings? You are (as you say) of such a change, even now to conhated by all; will nothing make trive for his future happiness, by you an object of affection Suppose expunging sentiments ihat wonld yourself the victim of some disease, then so much embitter it. Should which resisted many ordinary ap- he never change ; yet, such an act plications; but that all who used would prove, that, at least, he me. one medicine voiformly pronounced ditated no cruel invasion upon the themselves cured:-would it be joys of others. Even Rousseau worthy of a philosopher not merely taught his child religion, as a delu. to neglect the remedy, but to tra- sion essential to bappiness. The duce it? Such, however, my Lord, philosophic Tully also, if a belief is the fatuity of your own conduct in futurity were an error, deemed it as to the religion of Christ. Thou- one with which it was impossible to sands, as wretched as yourself, have part. Let the author then, at all found a Comforter' in Him; thou- evenis, leave us in unmolested possands, having stepped into these session of our supposed privileges. waters, have heen healed of their He plainly knows no noble or disease; thousands, touching the " royal way” to happiness. We hem of His garment, have found find in religion a bark that rides the • virtue go out of it.' Beggared waves in every storm; a sun that then of every other resource, iry never goes down; a living fountain this. * Acquaint yourself with God, of waters. Religion is suffered to and be at peace.”” His Lordship change its aspect and influence acmay designate this language by that cording to the eye and faith of the expressive monosyllable, cant; and examiner. Like one side of the may possibly, before long, bunt us pillar of the wilderness, it may down, as a sort of mad March hare, merely darken and perplex his with the blood-hounds of his angry Lordship's path : to millions it is muse. But we hope better things like the opposite side of that pillar of him. We assure him, that, what to the Israelites, the symbol of ever inay be true of others, we , Deity; the pillar of hallowed fame, do not “ hate him.” As Christians, which lighis, and guides, and cheers even he who prosesses to be un- them as they toil onward through christian, is dear to us. We regard the pilgrimage of life. Could we the waste of his fine talents, and hear any voice proclaim of him, as the laboured suppression and ap- of one reclaimed from as inveterate, parent extinctiou of bis better feels though ' more honest, prejudices, ings, with the deepest commiseration “behold, he prayeth ;" we should and sorrow. We long to see him hope that here also the scales would escape from the thick cloud which, drop from the eyes, and his Lordby what may fairly be called his ship become the eloquent defender « black art," he has conjured up and promulgator of the religion around bimself. We hope to know which he vow scorns. him as a future buttress of his shaken
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tions which led to the formation of the present association, most anxiously recommend,
as a measure of primary importance, the At a meeting of the nobility, clergy, gentry, forming of local associations for the relief of bankers, merchants, and manufacturers, held the poor in the manufacturing towns and ,on the 230 May, 1812, at Freemason's Hall, districts. In most of our great manufacture Great Queen Street, London, for the pur- ing towns such institutions bave probably pose of taking into consideration the distress- been already formed : but when unce it be. ed state of the labouring poor in certain of comes known that an association has been the manufacturing districts, bis Royal High- set on fout in the metropolis for aiding local ness the Duke of York took the chair, sup- efforts, local associations will probably take ported by bis royal brothers, the Dukes of place in districts, in which, without the hope Kent and Cambridge, bis Grace the Duke of of some more effectual means of relief than Butland, and others of the nobility, &c. &c. they possess within themselves, the attempt
At this meeting, it was resolved, That the might be deemed impracticable. At the same distress of the labouring poor, in certain time it is evident, that, without such local manufacturing districts, reuders it the duty associations, that in London, however liberally of their fellow-şubjects, in other parts of supported, could administer but a very limitthe kingdon, to contribute towards their' ed measure of relief. But it is not merely
relief, in addition to such assistance as can by augmenting the funds of local institutions, , be locally, afforded, during the present in- that ibis association may be of use: it may
terruption of employment and high price of be highly serviceable, by communicating useprovisions,—A subscription was immediately ful information, and suggestions : while every opened for these purposes, and a committee distressed manufacturing district will know, appointed, to consider and adopt the best that such an association has been formed, to 7, means of carrying the benevolent intentions which it may state its sufferings, and which of the subscribers into effect.
will at least endeavour to lessen their amount. The Committee, after stating the considera. The Committee are of wpinion, that an inCHRIST. OBSERV, No. 126.