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You see and lament (through the mask of his art,)
On t'other hand, MACKINTOSH strives to unite The grave and the gay, the profound and polite : And piques himself much that the ladies should say How well Scottish strength softens down in Bombay ; Frequents the assembly, the supper, the ball, The philosophe-beau of unloveable Stael;* Affects to talk French in his hoarse Highland note, And gargles Italian half way down his throat; His gait is a shuffle, his smile is a leer, His converse is quaint, his civility queer ; In short,--to all grace and deportment a rebel,At best, he is but a half-polish'd Scotch-pebble.
The Judges were doubtful on which first to call; Their names, in loud clamours, divided the hall;
During Mad. de Stael's Residence in England she was much attended by Sir J. Mackintosh.-E.
At length with a bow to the Genevese sage,
Then Calvin's disciple began :-“ I profess “ No wishes for power; no mortal has less; “ No man can be more unassuming and meek; “ With pain-real pain-) have risen to speak ; “ But love of my kind overflows at my heart, “ And a deep sense of duty prescribes me my part.
66 Oh think to what crisis a country is come, 6. Where justice is blind, and humanity dumb6 Where under a barbarous system of law's (The good man's despair, and the blockhead's
applause), “ An innocent debtor who happens to fail “ To take up his notes, may be cast into jail! “ And (worse than the savage who prowls in the
woods) “ A tradesman expects to be paid for his goods!
“ When a code unrelenting pronounces this curse, “ He pays with his person, who won't with his
purse! 66 Where he, who a trifle shall steal in your
Although he should make no more noise than a
Is doom'd by the law the same forfeit to pay 56 As if he had taken it on the highway! “ Where the bravest and best of the nation, who
should “ Mistake the best road to the national good, “ For deeds, which a Roman would honour as great, “ Must lose, at a blow, both his life and estate: “ Because, by some lex talionis, 'tis shown • Who risks those of others, should forfeit his own. “ O logic absurd! O condition most hard! “ That innocent babes of their rights should be
barr'd; “ And that his poor son, (if he so should aspire,) “ Has not the means left of avenging his sice!
" Where, in short, all the laws against thieving or
“ Are shocking to policy, feeling, and reason !
“ Thus, thus 'tis the law that ensanguines the
times ; “ The law is the source of these horrors and crimes ; 66 What, tho’ its foundations by ALFRED were laid“ Tho' farther advanced by the Confessor's aid“ Tho'towards its perfection the Norman concurr'd " Tho' extorted from John at the point of the
sword“ Tho' thro' a long series of ages, the law “ At once kept the monarch and people in awe. “And though that long series of ages confess'd 66 The monarchs were great, and the people were
blest 66 Tho' in our own days we have seen all mankind, “ To philosophy deaf, and to theory blind, “ Both monarchs and people combining their powers, 66 To build
their laws on the model of ours
Notwithstanding all this I assert, on the word “ Of a saint and a sage, that the law is absurd!
And, tho' some dull bigot my ears may assail “ With Coke, and with BLACKSTONE, with Foster,
and HALE, “ YORKE, CAMDEN or MANSFIELD—I have to con
front 'em, “ MONTESQUIOU,BECCARIA,and JEREMY BENTHAM.
“ Let me then be leader; place me in the van, 66 To work out the moral perfection of man; " The halter, the axe, I'll dismiss in a trice, " And substitute for them good wholesome advice; “ All causes by ethical dogmas determine, 66 Without the vain form of the Coif and the Er.
mine; “ The Judges a felon with proverbs shall trounce, " And sermons instead of a sentence pronounce; “ Manufactories then, on a liberal scale, “ Shall serve every purpose of bridewell and jail;