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is not owing to fastidiousness in us, sound. As an example of the lat.
•Whatever it cost them! Noble reso.
We will extract a specimen of course. We think that the author the orator's descriptive talents : might for once have contented "You have often, in imagination, achimself with a general attention to companied the shallop, which was sent historical fact, without descending out with Carver, Bradford, Winslow, to the minutia of narration.
Standish, and a few seamen, to sail aThe text is taken from the epis
round the bay, in search of a settle.
When this little company divid. tle to the Romans, xi. 5. “ Where ed, you followed, with anxious look, are the fathers.?” After a short those who travelled on shore, yet not introduction, in which there is little regardless of their fellow adventurers to prepossess an audience very light of Indian arrows, till you heard
in the shallop. You trembled at that much in favour of the speaker, he the report of the English muskets. But proceeds to inquire, “who the how great was your terrour, when the fathers were, what were their char wind rose, the sea grew tumultuous, acters, what were their religious the rudder broke, and two men with principles, and what privileges cars, could scarcely steer the boat! there are in a descent from them?”
How was that terrour heightened, when In the answer to the first inqui- night approaching, the mast breaking,
you found the storm increasing, the ry, we meet with much to demand the sail the same instant falling overour critical censure. Narration, board into the sea ! You were relieved when it is well conducted, is gen- the mercy of heaven, the food wafted
a moment, when you perceived that, by erally as interesting to an audience
the shallop into the imagined harbour ; as any part of a discourse.
but what was your despair, when you quires, however, some degree of heard the pilot cry out, Lord, be mercijudgment to discern at what period ful, my eyes never saw this place before ! it should commence, and to select Again you are relieved, when you the events, which are most inter- found the boat safely rowed oil from
the breakers, that threatened her, into esting and of most importance ; a fair sound, and the pilgrims getting not a little ingenuity, to embellish, under the lee of yonder island.' as in the present instance, “ a thrice told tale ;” still more of
Surely a man, who is ambitious feeling and of taste, to give perti- of literary distinction, should be nence to remark, sublimity to des- ashamed of such a style as this. cription, and impressiveness to ex
We were indeed very niuch" re. clamation.
lieved," and were extremely glad, But here, the narration begins much farther back than
without any expectation of it, to is necessary ; much is related find ourselves, all at once, so com: which might have been omitted : fortably and calmly sheltered unand the old story—is the old story der the lee of yonder island," after still.
There is no pertinence of the fury of the observation ; the only attempt at Unà Eurusque Notusque sublimity we meet with, is a bur
clamorque virum stridorque
rudentum. lesque upon description ; and the exclamations produce little more However, we were still more effect than as much unmeaning "felicved,” and much more recon.
ciled to the author, when, under rest, some is encumbered with nathe next general head, we read the ked mountains, and some lost unfollowing tribute of respect to the der barren sands ; some scorched late Dr. Belknap :
with unremitting heat, and some
petrified with perpetual frost ; so “Why should I detain you, either that only a small portion is left for to prove or to illustrate the disinterested philanthropy and paternal condescen
the production of fruits, the pas. sion of Carver; the profound wisdom
ture of cattle, and the accommodaand exemplary moderation of Bradford;
tion of man." the unaffected modesty and patriarchal simplicity of Brewster ; the prudent activity and persevering services of Cushman ; the pre-eminent abilities and inflexible integrity of Winslow; the
ART. 3. daring intrepidity and heroick achieve. ments of Standish? These illustrious An inaugural oration, delivered in names, and the merits attached to them, the chapel of Williams College, are entirely familiar to you ; nor would
Oct. 14, 1806. By Gamaliel S. faithful tradition, or your more faithful records, ever suffer them to pass into
Olds, A.M. professor of mathemaoblivion. To a tablet, however, less
ticks and natural philosophy. perishable than either of these, are Stockbridge, Willard. 1806. their names committed ; and it ought to heighten the pleasures of this day to
In this address the professor relect, that a biographer, worthy of them, has at length been found. While explains “ the importance of mafaithful narrative, discriminating re. thematical and philosophical sci. maik, and purity of style, continue to ence.” The style is perspicuous be universally pleasing, the fathers of and animated, and the illustrations New-England will live in the pages
are happily selected. Belknap.
times seems almost too lively and But, that the contrasts may be poetick for a teacher of the mathe. striking in this rough-wrought maticks; and we presume the aupiece of Mosaick, in answer to the thor neglected to calculate with third inquiry is given the platform accuracy the effect of a metaphor, of church discipline, with the arti- even in his first sentence.
“ The cles of religious creed, subscribed great Father of our spirits has to by our forefathers. Of this di- formed the mind of man for imvision we only remark, that it provement, and inspired him with would have been quite as interest- an ardent thirst for knowledge.”ing, subjoined in a note. It is He had probably in his mind the making a discourse truly a farrago; sublime sentiment of Job, the init is introducing arguments, when spiration of the Almighty hath given they are least likely to be attended him understanding. But no man to, and when an audience require can reasonably be grateful, that he a restorative of some kind or other, is inspired with burning thirst. after being, as in this instance, One other sentence seems obdrowsily dragged through a dull, jectionable, but the author's core ! dry, dreary piece of narration. rectness would have spared us the
On the whole, this discourse may mention of an anti-climax, had he well be compared to the earth, as re-perused the address after the described by an ancient poet : “ Its ardour of composition had abated. greater part," says he, “is covered “ It is the sublime employment of by the uninhabitable ocean ; of the the natural philosopher to investi
Vol. IV. No. 1. G
gate by observation and accurate delity, have no hold. By the accurate experiment the laws of the mate
observation of astronomers it appears, rial system, measure with mathe, gradually diminish. Consequently, if
that the circles of planetary motion matical precision their power and the universe be supposed eternal, al! extent, designate their application the planets by this convergency, howto the useful purposes of life, and ever small in a few thousand years, explain the phenomena of the sys- must long since have fallen into the sun, tem.” Surely the last member of and the whole system (have) perished
in one undistinguished mass. this sentence has usurped the place which was due to the preceding; for the advantage of science must be its application to the
ART. 4. useful purposes of life.
But we wish, that every oration, The First Church Collection of Sasermon, address, speech, et hoc
cred Musick. Second edition. genus omne, with which our country swarms, contained as much
-Look, how the floor of heaven
Is thick inlaid with pattens of bright gold; good sense, conveyed in as pure a There's not the smalleft orb, which thou bestyle, as the pamphlet now before But in his motion like an angel fings, us. After naming Bacon and New- Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubim :
Such harmony is in immortal souls ! SHAKS. ton, the great masters of experimental philosophy, the professor
Boston, Thomas & Andrews. proceeds,
Sept. 1806. np. 135.
We have examined this work, the spirit of their fathers, and animated liy generous emulation, have explored with no inconsiderable solicitude, new regions in the physical world. The
to discover the proofs of a better hand of electrical philosophy has drawn taste, than has hitherto prevailed aside the modest veil of nature, and in our country, in selecting mushown us that sea of liquid fire in sick for devotional occasions. That which we walk, and which is prepared at the word of the Almighty, to burn
grave and solemn compositions are up the earth and the works therein, proper for the publick worship of and melt the elements with fervent the Deity, every one must confess, heat. The persevering researches of who has any sense of the decorum the chemist have taught us the compo- which belongs to time, place, and sition of some of those elastick fluids, occasion. The heart, which is imby which the earth is shaken to its centre, and guilty nations punished with pressed with a sense of imperfecruin.
tion, which is penitent for its er
rours, which is most desirous to apAgainst the old atheistical no- pease the displeasure of heaven, tion of the eternity and consequent and which aspires after a happy self-existence of matter, we find immortality, will never employ the an argument, that has never been lively and unmeaning strains of a better urged, and is certainly irre- ballad in its ascriptions of praise sistible.
to the Supreme Being. But though
all sacred musick is designed for • But it was not the design of God, solemn occasions, and therefore that the material system should bear the stamp of eternal duration. No,
every thing gay, trifling, and exthose philosophers, who resort to this, pressive of levity, ought to be exas the last resource of labouring infi- cluded from publick worship; yet
selections of psalmody should com compositions in this art, is defibine with the excellencies of com- cient in the soul of harmony, and position all the varieties of grave, as it is of the earth, it is fast replaintive, and cheerful airs. turning to its original dust.
Massachusetts and Connecticut We are happy to be able, on a have been deluged with original careful inspection, to speak well of compositions in musick ; and if this collection. The tunes which we should judge of their merit are taken from American authors, from their number, we in truth are,in general,of a respectable charexcel all the nations of Europe acter. But some of them, particuand all the ages of antiquity in larly Confidence and Coronation must the art. We must confess, that have been admitted more from a we have no Handel, for the honour charitable tenderness to the opinion of whose birth seven cities might of the multitude, than from any contend : but every city and every genius or taste to be discovered village in our country boasts of its in their composition. Most of Handel, and presents you a monu- the pieces are from European ment of his fame
masters, and published, as far as Ære perennius.
we can judge, particularly in the American tunes are not to be tenor and bass, without alteration used in our churches, because from the original.* This circumthey are of domestick origin ; nor
stance entitles-the work to some ought any of them to be rejected considerable praise, when it is refor the same reason. It must-be collected, that, according to the confessed, that but few of them dishonest practice of the times, bear the marks of genius and you scarcely meet with an Ameritaste, like the little tune called can edition of a European work in Brookfield, which is ascribed to its true original dress. This barBillings. So long as sound can
barous practice has more particuexpress the feelings of the affec- Jarly prevailed in the republication tionate heart, this will continue to of foreign musick. It is a practice be used with increasing delight, at derogatory to our national characthe commemoration of the supper. ter, and as it is not to be tolerated Those pieces which have been
in a civilized country, it will not, used for a long course of time,
we hope, in future, pass with imand which, though often repeated, punity. always vibrate pleasantly on the
We feel great pleasure in reear, must possess merit in the commending this, and also “ the harmony, as well as in the air. Saiem Collection of Classical SaMusical compositions, like other cred Musick,” a work of most species of writings, depend for respectable character, to the use existence, and long life and fame, of our Churches. They are calon their intrinsick excellence. A culated to inspire a chaste taste prejudice against American com- for the art, and to aid the spirit of positions as such, is illiberal, un
devotion. philosophical, and contrary to the
* We notice that HABBAKKUK is alspirit of patriotism.
tered in the time, and that there are are we to say, that, with but few
some notes displaced in ITALY. exceptions, the mass of Amcrican
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