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And Iona shall look from tower and steeple
And swells to the southern gale.'” Aodh reminds her, that the saint, beside whose form they stood, had for ages slept with the dead :
“He liveth, he liveth,' she said again,
• For the span of his life tenfold extends
In time a reminant from the sword
Yet, blest be the name of the Lord !
into bliss for ever.
To preach in Innisfail.'” + By virtue of her prophetic vision, ere the gathering cry rose
“ Reullura saw far rowers dip
Their oars beneath the sun,
Where ship there yet was none.”
+ Ireland. VOL, I. PART II.
and announced the approach of the Danish armament. The islesmen arose from their slumbers, but were too few to contend successfully with the invaders :
“And the holy men of Iona's church
In the temple of God lay slain ;
Bound in that church was he,”
Then Ulvfagre and his bands
Tell where thy church's treasure's laid,
And down), like reeds laid flat by the wind,
Were as awful as the sound :
• And tell the nations abroad,
And ber spirit was in Heaven.”
The astonishment resulting from the similitude of the stranger saint to his own image is, in particular, well indicated. The versification of the whole poem is most appropriately varied, according to the nature of the imagery or passion, and in conformity with the transitions of each. Though varying in the number of syllables, each line will be found to possess the same quantity of accent; a species of verse in which Coleridge composed that originally wild and singularly beautiful poem, Christabélle. This correspondence gives a classical uniformity to the variety of the metre, securing all the effect of transition without its abruptness, and which uniformity is further preserved by the different divisions or stanzas, into which the poem is separated, being of similar length.
The insertion of the productions of such a poet as Mr. Campbell gives a value and dignity to a periodical publication. Until very lately, the prose pieces in such works were too evidently calculated for ephemeral amusement only; and the poetic, even now, by their brevity and inconsequence, are more peculiarly fitted for fugitive existence. It has been our care that the prose essayists of the Philomathic Journal shall have sample room and verge enough” for important discussion, and that their lucubrations shall not be confined to what is temporary only, but include the permanent and enduring subjects fitted for all ages and all nations, not merely coming " home to the business and bosoms of men," but entering into the far-stretching ramifications of their social state and relative condition. În our poetical department, we, perhaps, have set the example of opening a periodical journal to the larger contributions of the harmonious Nine, - admitting works of pretending magnitude in design, and claiming consideration by their length. And we do hope and anticipate, that their execution and careful finishing will justify the claim they make, and support and establish their title to the attention which they challenge, and their authors evidently expect. It is the wish of the editors of this journal that it may attain a standard reputation, and go down to posterity as a classic work, composed by an association of the lovers of literature, whose endeavours were not more ambitious than meritorious.
Elements of Phrenology. By George Combe, President of
the Phrenological Society. With two engravings. John Anderson, Jun., Edinburgh; and Simpkin and Marshall,
London, 1824.—pp. 227. We consider this small, but comprehensive, work, as highly useful to the Students of Phrenology, and that it will be welcomed, not only by the believers in the science, but by all those to whom the human character is a subject of interest. It is written with great perspicuity and force. It displays a profound insight into the complicated nature of man, and the arguments are illustrated with great felicity and aptitude.
Phrenology has now been so long before the public, and has been explained in so many Treatises, that we do not consider it necessary to present our readers with any analysis of its nature. We quote, however, the following passages from Mr. Combe's " introductory observations.”
“ The brain, considered as a single organ, and serving to manifest the mind as a general power capable of existing in different states, but not endowed with separate faculties, may be likened to a wind instrument, with only one form of apparatus for emitting sound,-a trumpet, for example, If excited with one degree of force, it emits one kind of note, which is the result of the metal being in a certain state. If excited with another degree of force, it emits another kind of note, and this is the consequence of the metal being in another state. The number of notes that may be produced will be as great as the variety of states into which the metal may be excited. Now, suppose the first state of the trumpet to correspond to a state of the whole brain in manifesting Perception, the second to its state in manifesting Con. ception, and so on, the analogy may be carried to an indefinite length; each state of the trumpet, and each note thence arising, corresponding to an affection of the whole brain, and to a particular mental state accompanying it. This is the notion generally entertained of the functions of the brain and the mode of operation of the miod: but the phrenological view is different.
“The brain may be compared to another musical instrument, piano-forte, having various strings. The first string is excited, and a certain note is produced; the second is excited, and another note swells upon the ear. Each note results from the instrument being in a particular state, but it cannot exist in the state which produced the first vote, without the first string; nor in that which produced the second note, without the second string; and so forth. The piano-forte represents the brain as apprehended by the Phrenologists; Benevolence, for example, is manifested through the instrumentality of one part, Veneration through that of another, and Reflection by means of a third. The Phrenologist studies man in society, and, in comparing