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though its course did not tihvnys run smooth. His first volume of poetry, entitled "The Wanderer of Switzerland, and other Poems," appeared in 1806. It had already gone through two editions, and his publishers had just issued a third when the "Edinburgh Review" attacked the poor volume with a brutal insolence that mortal verse could scarcely hope to survive. The reviewer predicted that "in less than three years nobody would know the name of the ' Wanderer of Switzerland ' or of any other of the poems in the collection ;" but let the author, "crushed to earth" by a critique, take courage and " rise again;" for in spite of this friendly oracle, edition after edition of the condemned volume has been issued, and it had, years ago, reached to nearly twenty of them 1
Of Montgomery's longer poems "The Pelican Island" is thought to be the best. It is characterized by his own felicity of diction, and by a minute and delicate description of natural phenomena. Though he is most popularly known by his sacred lyrics, Montgomery has given ample proof that his powers were not restricted to purely spiritual themes. Thoughtfulness and simple grace, combined with a musical flow, are the especial characteristics of his hymns, which among the serious have attained a popularity almost equal to the verses of Moore among the lovers of lighter song. This beautiful lyric is a fair specimen of Montgomery's style: —
"Friend after friend departs:
Who hath not lost a friend?
There is no union here of hearts
That finds not here an end:
Were this frail world our final rest,
Living or dying, none were blest.
"Beyond the flight of time,
Beyond the reign of death,
There surely is some blessed clime
Where life is not a breath,
Nor life's affections transient fire,
Whose sparks fly upward and expire.
"Thus star by star declines
Till all are passed away,
At morning high and higher shines
To pure and perfect day;
Nor sink those stars in empty night,
But lose themselves in heaven's own light."
LIST OF POEMS QUOTED OR MENTIONED.
Abou BEN ADHEM (Leigh Hunt),
Address to the De'il (Burns), 293–294.
Address to the Mummy in Belzoni's
Exhibition (Smith), 497-498.
Adonais (Shelley), 466–467.
Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude
Albion's England (Warner), 110.
Alchemist, The (Jonson), 120.
Alexander's Feast (Dryden), 175–176.
All for Love (Dryden), 174, 178.
All's Well that Ends Well (Shake-
Ancient Mariner (Coleridge), 321,
Angel in the House (Leigh Hunt),
Antonio and Mellida (Marston), 126.
Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare),
Arcades (Milton), 188.
Arcadia (Sidney), 90-91.
As You Like It (Shakespeare), 143.
Auld Robin Gray (Lady Anne Bar-
Aurora Leigh (Mrs. Browning), 431–
432, 433,434, 437-438.
Autumn (Hood), 475–476.
BABY's DEBUT (Wordsworth), 304.
Bannockburn (Burns), 296.
Bannockburn (Scott), 365.
Bard, The (Gray), 252.
Battle of Blenheim (Addison), 229.
Battle of Blenheim (Southey), 342.
Baucis and Philemon (Swift), 224-
Beggar's Opera (Gay), 219.
Beowulf (Anglo-Saxon), 36.
Black-Eyed Susan (Gay), 219.
Bondman, The (Massinger), 123.
Bonnie Leslie (Burns), 296.
Bride of Abydos (Byron), 349.
Bridge of Sighs (Hood), 477, 478.
Bruce, The (Barbour), 271.
Brut; or, Chronicle of Britain (Laya-
Burial of Sir John Moore (Wolfe),
CADENUs AND WANEssa (Swift), 223.
Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), 51.
Casa Guidi Windows (Mrs. Brown-
Castle of Indolence (Thomson), 239,
Cato (Addison), 228.
Cenci, The (Shelley), 463-465.
Challenge for Beauty (Heywood),
Chaucer Modernized (Horne), 52.
Chevy Chase, 26.
Childe Harold (Byron), 374,378-380.
Christabel (Coleridge), 321, 325, 331–
Chronicle of King Lear (Norman-
City Madam (Massinger), 123.
Cleomenes (Dryden), 173.
Comua (Milton), 188, 190-194.
Confessio Amantis; or, The Lover's
Conf ession (Gower), 68,60.
Conquest of Granada (Dryden), 173,
Cooper's Hill (Denlmm), 164-165.
Corsair, The (Byron), 349.
Cotter's Saturday Night (Burns), 279,
Court of Love (Chaucer), 59.
Coy Mistress (Marvell), JiiS.
Crazed Maiden (Crabbe), 396-398.
Creation, The (Cwdnion), 34.
Curse of Keuauia (Suutliev), 339,
I 'amon Add Pythias (Edwards),
Dance, The (Dunbar), 275.
Davideis (Cowley), 170.
Death's Fiual Conquest (Shirley),
Decay of Life (Quarles), 104-105.
Description of the Birth of Miss
Kilmansegg (Hood), 473-475.
Description of a Miser (Pollok), 492-
Deserted Village (Goldsmith), 246-
Don Juan (Byron), 377-378.
Don Sebastian (Dryden), 178.
Dream, The (Byron), 381.
Drinking (Cowley), 171.
Duchess of Malfy (Webster), 128-
Dunciad (Pope), 211.
Edward II. (Marlnwp), 117.
Edwin and Emmn (Prior), 26.
Elegy in a Country Churchyard
(Gray), 252, 254.
Elegy on the Death of a Fair Infant
Dying in Winter (Milton), 187.
Elegy on K«ats (Shelley), 444.
English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
English Traveller (Heywood), 125.
Epigram on a Tailor (Harrington),
Epipsychidion (Shelley), 467-468.
Epistle from Eloisa to Abelard (Pope),
Epitaph on Ben Jonson (Cleveland),
Epitaph on a Mineralogist (Mrs.
Epithalamium (Spenser), 84.
Equipage of the Queen of the Fairies
Essay on Criticism (Pope), 207.
Essay on Man (Pope), 210-211.
Eton College (Gray), 254.
Eulogium of 11 ikini, Kiug of Nor-
way (Eyvyud), 18.
Euplmes; or, The Anatomy of Wit
(John Lyly), 76.
Eve of St. Agnes (Keats), 453-454.
Every Man in his Humor (Jonson),
Excursion, The (Wordsworth), 313.
Fable (Warner), 110.
Fables (Dryden), 176.
Faery Queen (Spenser), 79,81, 82,84,
Fair Inez (Hood), 478.
Fanner's Boy (Bloomfield), 393.
Fanner's Ingle (Fergusson), 279.
Fatal Dowry (Massinger), 123.
Faustns (Marlowe), 117-119.
Feast of Roses (Moore), 370.
Ferrex and Porrex (Sackville and
Fight of Finsboronsh. 87.
Fire Worshippers (Moore), 3R9.
First Love's Becollections (Clare),
Flower of Dnmblane (Tannahill),
Fountain, The (Wordsworth), 804.
Fox at the Point of Death (Gay), 219.
France (Coleridge), 329.
Friar's Tale (Chaucer), 55.
From Greenland's Icy Mountains
Fugitive Poem, A (Lydgate), 61-63.
GAMESTER, The (Shirley), 157.
Garland, The (Prior), 217–218.
Gebir (Landor), 484.
Gentle Shepherd (Ramsay), 277.
Gertrude of Wyoming (Campbell),
Giaour, The (Byron), 349.
Girdle, A (Waller), 163.
Go, Forget Me (Wolfe), 496.
Golden Legend (Longfellow), 44.
Good-Natured Man (Goldsmith), 248.
Goody Blake and Harry Gill (Words-
Green Grow the Rashes, O (Burns),
HALLower:N (Burns), 291.
Hamlet (Shakespeare), 142.
Hare with Many Friends (Gay), 219–
Henry IV. (Shakespeare), 143.
Highland Mary (Burns), 295.
Hind and Panther (Dryden), 174.
History of John Gilpin (Cowper),
Hours of Idleness (Byron), 374.
House of Fame (Chaucer), 51.
Hudibras (Butler), 166–167.
Hymn to the Night (Longfellow),
Hymns (Cowper), 266.
Hyperion (Keats), 450.
Idiot Boy (Wordsworth), 303.
Improvisatrice (Miss Landon), 425.
Indian City (Mrs. Hemans), 418-
In Memoriam (Tennyson), 466.
Insatiate Countess (Marston), 126.
Irish Melody (Moore), 373.
Italy (Rogers), 488, 489.
Judith AND HoloFERNEs (Anglo-
Julius Cæsar (Shakespeare), 143.
KEEPING of THE BRIDGE (Macau-
Kilmeny (Hogg), 400–401.
King's Quhair (King James I. of
Knight's Tale (Chaucer), 50.
Kubla Khan (Coleridge), 321, 325.
LADY of THE LARE (Scott), 354,
Lady Geraldine (Mrs. Browning),
Lady's Bonnet (Burns), 294.
L'Allegro (Milton), 188.
Lalla Rookh (Moore), 369-370.
Lamia, Isabella, and other Poems
Lancashire Witches (Heywood), 125.
Laodamia (Wordsworth), 306–312.
Lay of the Last Minstrel (Scott), 64,
Lear (Shakespeare), 142.
Legend of Ariadne (Chaucer), 51.
Lenore (Scott), 353.
Liberty (Thomson), 239.
Lines to Anne Boleyn (Wyatt),67-68.
Lines to an Indian Air (Shelley),468.
Lines to his Wife (Spenser), 80.
Literary Advertisement (Moore),372–
Little song, A (Wolfe),495.
Lord of the Isles (Scott), 365, 892.
Love (Coleridge), 821.
Love, Hope, and Patience in Educa-
tion (Coleridge), 333.
Love's Mistress (Heywood), 125.
Loves of the Angels (Moore), 370.
Lycidas (Milton), 194–195,466.
Lyric, A (Cunningham), 404–405.