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• Thou, who didst once the desolate defend,
Partook the plunder, and engrossed the shame,' &c. p. 105. One very common consequence of this very common fault, is false antithesis. The second and sixth lines afford striking examples ; Granville Sharp was as much the friend of the captive as of the freeman ; and we are not aware of any sense in which it can be said, that Britain "engrossed the shame of the slave trade, while she only partook of the plunder. So, in another place, we have,
• By hatred cherish'd, and by avarice nurs'd." Another consequence is, the peculiar indistinctness for which this poem is remarkable. We do not ascribe the whole of this indistinctness to the negligent construction of the sentences, nor to a want of strength in the substance and precision in the shape of the ideas; it is owing in some degree, as we have already intimated, to the language in which they are arranged being provided first, and (if we may so express it) not being made to fit. The expletive lines, also, are great interruptions to the clear perception of the author's ineaning : they are a sort of additional medium, and remind us of the effect of double windows.
So little room is left for displaying the merits of this poem, that we shall say no more of its faults; but immediately proceed to abstract a few passages, which are highly creditable to the author's talents. In the following lines she alludes, as Mr. Montgomery had done, to the destruction of the Charibs and the purchase of negroes to supply their place,
On the same sod, where (Rapine's helpless prey,)
Whose place he takes, whose heritage of woes. p. 111. The escape of a negro, who had been taken prisoner in battle by a hostile tribe, is related with considerable spirit and skill in a passage, which, long as it is, we think ourselves bound in justice to the author to transcribe.
rief-he bears the galling chain,
him not-he still resists despair.
soul revolves the bold design,
Lifts to the humble roof his closing eyes,
His former home, the guardian of his tomb. pp. 115-117. The narrative of Mansong, and his mother Nealie, is rather too much expanded, but is far from being destitute of merit. It is possible we should have found more cause for ad. miration in this poem, if we had found less difficulty in understanding it: and yet we persuade ourselves, that the following passage, notwithstanding its few faults, is the best that could be selected to close our quotations. Even in this, however, we should meet with a mystery altogether inexplicable and confounding, if denied the liberty of conjectural emendation, and forbidden to read, in the second line, enfolded and enclosed. This, as well as some other obscurities and blemishes, should be charged, perhaps, upon the printer, notwithstanding the general correctness and elegance of the typography.
• Each nation in its shell has once repos'd,
with anxious eye
Through nature's wide inhospitable deep.' p. 132, 133. The use of this publication, we hope, will not be confined to the transient gratification of a literary taste, or a passion for
gorgeous embellishments ; nor to the elevation of two poets a little higher in the public esteem, and the inscription of a new name in a respectable situation on the catalogue of female authors. The solemn truths, here invested with so many ornaments, may captivate the heart of some fastidious reader, who would have turned away in disgust from coarser and less attractive instructions. And if no other immediate effect is produced, there is yet an advantage in recalling the public attention to the History of the Slave Trade ; a History, which Aings confusion into the faces of those who would deify our fallen nature, which awakens the most generous feelings, and cherishes the purest sensibility, invigorates the love of freedom, inspires reverence for active and persevering philanthropy, points out the public benefactor as the worthiest object of imitation, and pays homage to Christianity as the great agent of human happiness. Art. XI. A Description of the Feroe Islands ; containing an Account of
their Situation, Climate and Productions ; together with [an Account of] the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants, their Trade, &c. By the Rev. G. Landt. Illustrated with a Map and other Engravings. Translated from the Danish. 8vo. pp. 426. Price 12s. bds. Long
man and Co. 1810. THIS is rather a dull book, on a subject in itself not very
enlivening.' The causes that render geography an interesting study are various. Some countries delight us by the vestiges they exhibit of former times, and by the asso. ciations they call up of illustrious men or celebrated events ; others derive importance from their political relations; others please, again, by the variety of their productions, or the beauty or magnificence of their scenery; and others afford scope for useful reflection, in the distinguishing peculiarities of the people who inhabit them. But in none of these respects are the islands of Feroe remarkable. A group of barren rocks rising out of the sea, their aspect is that of unvaried wildness, while from the remoteness of their situation they are far too inconsiderable to excite the jealoussy or ambition of contending powers. The inhabitants differ but little from the Danes to whom they are tributary : their greatest hero is Magnus Heynessen, and their most splendid atchievements are confined to the skirmishes of freebooters. Still, as it is desirable to possess authentic information of every portion of the globe, we are by no means disposed to undervalue Mr. Landt's performance. Though not distinguished by any great depth of research or enlargement of comprehension, it is manifestly a work of considerable care,
and the result in a great measure of personal observation; though not lively, therefore, it is solid; and conveys a good deal of pertinent intelligence, though its besetting fault is prolixity. Our author has thus introduced himself to the notice of his readers.
During a residence of seven years in these islands, where I offi. ciated as a clergyman, I employed such time as I could spare from my public duty in collecting every thing I found worthy of notice in the three kingdoms of nature, in order that I might discharge a promise made to the Society of Natural History, at Copenhagen. With the same view I occasionally visited the different islands, to make myself acquainted with their local situation, as well as with their physical and economical condition ; and in the course of my excursions 1 seldom failed, at each place which I examined, to write down short notices of what I observed, and of every thing remarkable that occurred to me ; though without any intention, at that time, of communicating the result of my labours to the public.
On my return to Copenhagen, in the year 1798, finding that several of my friends were anxious to obtain a more correct account of these remote islands, I resolved to embrace the opportunity which my
leisure then afforded me of gratifying their wishes; and began the following attempt towards a description of them. But, though the memoranda I had made supplied me with valuable materials, I found that in many particulars they were far from being complete ; and I was, therefore, obliged to supply the deficiency from such printed works and manuscripts as I was able to procure. These I employed wherever I found them suited to my purpose; but can safely assert that I never copied any circumstance as authentic without having previously convinced myself of its truth by every means in my power.'
The book is divided into four chapters which are taken up with as many sorts of descriptions'-geographical, physical, economical, and political. We cannot profess ourselves vio. lently delighted with this arrangement. The substance of order has been sacrificed to the appearance, for the subordi. nate divisions have but a very loose connection with the general titles under which they are ranged. Thus, though in a chapter of geographical description' we naturally enough expect to find the situation and extent of a country, yet it. is a novelty to be told in this connection, that a parsonage house contaios in general a parlour, a kitchen, one or two. small bed chambers, and an apartment for the servants;' or that • a church has room on each side for eight or ten benches on each of which four or five persons can sit.' And though a • political description of Feroe' may include with great propriety revenue and population,' by what law of association can it be made to comprehend the inseparable subjects of language and diseases ?' There is also little less irregula- .