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While these contend, with varied shriek and groan,
Wildly begrimmed, and seamed with grisly scar,
One ghastly burial place of tombless slain-
But who comes next, with feeble, reeling limb,
Cheek bloated, feverish hand, and faltering tongue,
With staggering gait the unearthly thing comes on,
And gazing wildly at the vacant throne,
"Back! back!" he cries-" that recompence I claim—
Loud boasting war! this fell envenomed bowl
Of master minds that ne'er can govern more,
Washed from their tablet by this drug of mine.
Next Famine came, a lean and ragged form,
And 'neath her caverned brows her eyeball rolled,
When pierced and baited by unfeeling men.
From the unhungering realms of peaceful dust.
While worn-out Famine thus prefers her claim,
"Free-trade" emblazoned on his shameless crest,
"And what," cries he, " your bands of nameless slaves
I pull in tottering vastness to the ground.
Grimly and grizly, Death, the victor, rose, "Here let the record of destruction close.
Of all the murders history brings to honour,
And honest Fawkes a miserable tool
In ruin's hand, compared with his endeavour,
Girl friends, sweet friends, how loving were we all,-
The merry shaking of those dark brown curls,
Your gentle arms around my neck or waist,
Has filled our hearts, yet some of us may meet
And feed it with these fond remembrances;
But oh, dear friends, all ne'er shall meet again,
(For some are gone) except we meet in heaven.—ISA.
Presentation.-Sir G. Graham Montgomery of Stanhope, Bart., has presented the Rev. Alex. Cosens, Assistant to the Rev. Dr. Brunton, of the Tron Church, Edinburgh, to the United Parishes of Fossoway and Tulliebole,_vacant by the translation of the Rev. Duncan Campbell to the Parish of Luss.
St. Mary's Church, Dumfries.-The Rev. John Mein Austin, of Johnston
Chapel, Paisley, was, on Monday the 1st March, unanimously elected Pastor of this charge.
University Degrees.-On Saturday the 13th March, the Senatus of the Univer sity of St. Andrews, conferred the degree of Doctor in Divinity on the Rev. James Barty, Minister of Bendochy, and on the Rev. Mr. Robertson, Minister of Eddlestone.
EDINBURGH ECCLESIASTICAL JOURNAL.
LIFE OF LORD JEFFREY, BY LORD COCKBURN.
Ir seems quite unnecessary to characterise this book generally, by saying that it is interesting, instructive, and well-composed; the well known talents of Lord Cockburn-although he had no previous experience of book-making-was a sufficient pledge of the respectability of the expected production ;-and its character, now that it has appeared, has been so widely diffused and published by journals of all kinds, great and small, monthly, weekly, and daily, that there is no person capable of reading who does not already know, both the general character of the work, and many of the most remarkable passages or anecdotes which it contains. The author, indeed, has himself said, "that there is an age, after which it is seldom safe for one who has never tried to write a book to make the attempt ;" and we do not deny that there are, occasionally, peculiarities of phraseology in the work before us, which seem to indicate that the author was more accustomed to speaking than to the severely accurate niceties of written composition,-as there are other modes of diction occasionally occurring in the course of the work, which are rather to be referred to the intellectual temperament of the author himself, and of which no practice in writing could, probably, have entirely divested him-peculiarities we mean, which every person who has heard Lord Cockburn speak, will at once recognise as quite characteristic—and which, indeed, by their recurrence, never fail to bring his Lordship, not merely as a writer, but as a living speaker and pleader, directly before the mental eye of the peruser of this biography. Still it is quite true that "his style, though unadorned, is rich-that his sentiment, though unambitious, is lofty-that his humour is natural, unctuous, and most decidedly Scotch,"-that the tone and polish of his composition invariably rise with the grandeur or importance of the topics that necessarily present themselves to his view,--and that the whole work is so artistically constructed, that from a plain and seemingly familiar be
ginning, it passes through a series of most splendid and curiously intermingled discussions, corresponding with the actual progress of the life of its distinguished subject, till it gradually passes away in some of the most soft and simple, but yet graceful and effective touches by which any similar production was ever terminated. The proudest stickler for the exclusive dignity of the bench, certainly, has no reason to be offended at this exhibition of his Lordship's powers in the field more commonly occupied by men of simply literary acquirements and habits.
Neither do we think it at all indispensable to say, that the subject of the work was every way worthy of such a biographer-and of so splendid a monument. Lord Jeffrey is known to the whole civilized world to have accomplished as much in his life-time, as would, in the case of almost any other person, have been deemed miraculous. From a comparatively humble and unfriended origin, he gained for himself, not only without extraneous aid, but in opposition to interests that would most effectually have crushed most other men, and simply by the use of his own rare endowments, an influence in society and in literature and at the bar, which, by a gradation slowly begun, but firmly continued, placed him successively in some of the most important employments and dignities which his profession implied; till towards the end of his career he took his place among the most honoured of those to whom the high office of administering justice, and also of those to whom the duty of swaying the destinies of the entire community is intrusted. His powers, by the sole use of which he accomplished all this-though not perhaps singly of the very highest order-were yet so various and so peculiar-so finely intermingled and adjusted-so incessantly active-and so uninterruptedly at his command, that whether in literature, in politics, or at the bar, he was universally acknowledged to hold a place of pre-eminent rank among all contemporaries and rivals; in some respects, indeed, his powers might justly be styled miraculous-and so complete and universal was the public impression regarding them, that in whatever line of exertion their possessor chose to employ them-or to whatever objects he at any particular time chose to direct their energy, no observer or expectant doubted, that in that line, or towards that object, their influence would be as effective as it was possible for any human accomplishments to beand that if the purpose in view could be gained, Jeffrey was the very person to whom the achievement might be intrusted with the greatest probability of success. He was not only one of a band of men in some respects the most remarkable that this country has ever producedbut he was conspicuous even amidst this unrivalled band; among men young in years at their first appearance on the public stage, but every one of them gifted with talents such as few others of their contemporaries could match-and who, by their united and persevering efforts, not only achieved unprecedented distinction for themselves, but left an influence on literature, on politics, and on the general taste and order of the community, whether for good or for evil, which only such a band so united and so gifted could have accomplished-and which will long make their history one of the most attractive subjects of speculation and of enquiry,