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FORCE OF TALENTS.-Dr. Dwight.
TALENTS, whenever they have had a suitable theatre, have never failed to emerge from obscurity, and assume their proper rank in the estimation of the world. The jealous pride of power may attempt to repress and crush them; the base and malignant rancour of impotent spleen and envy may strive to embarrass and retard their flight: but these efforts, so far from achieving their ignoble purpose, so far from producing a discernible obliquity, in the ascent of genuine and vigorous talents, will serve only to increase their momentum, and mark their transit with an additional stream of glory.
When the great Earl of Chatham first made his appearance in the House of Commons, and began to astonish and transport the British Parliament and the British nation, by the boldness, the force, and range of his thoughts, and the celestial fire and pathos of his eloquence, it is well known, that the minister, Walpole, and his brother Horace, (from motives very easily understood,) exerted all their wit, all their oratory, all their acquirements of every description, sustained and enforced by the unfeeling insolence of office,' to heave a mountain on his gigantic genius, and hide it from the world.-Poor and powerless attempt!The tables were turned. He rose upon them, in the might and irresistible energy of his genius, and in spite of all their convulsions, frantic agonies, and spasms, he strangled them and their whole faction, with as much ease as Hercules did the serpent, Python.
Who can turn over the debates of the day, and read the account of this conflict between youthful ardour, and hoary headed cunning and power, without kindling in the cause of the tyro, and shouting at his victory? That they should have attempted to pass off the grand, yet solid and judicious operations of a mind like his, as being mere theatrical start and emotion; the giddy, hair-brained eccentricities of a romantic boy! That they should have had the presumption, to suppose themselves capable of chaining down to the floor of the Parliament, a genius so ethereal, towering, and sublime, seems unaccountable! Why did they not, in the next breath, by way of crowning the climax of vanity, bid the magificent fire-ball to descend from its exalted and appropri
ate region, and perform its splendid tour along the surface of the earth?
Talents, which are before the public, have nothing to dread, either from the jealous pride of power, or from the transient misrepresentations of party, spleen, or envy. In spite of opposition from any cause, their buoyant spirit will lift them to their proper grade.
The man, who comes fairly before the world, and who possesses the great and vigorous stamina, which entitle him to a niche in the temple of glory, has no reason to dread the ultimate result: however slow his progress may be, he will, in the end, most indubitably receive that distinction. While the rest, 'the swallows of science,' the butterflies of genius, may flutter for their spring; but they will soon pass away and be remembered no more. No enterprising man, therefore, (and least of all, the truly great man) has reason to droop or repine at any efforts, which he may suppose to be made with the view to depress him. Let, then, the tempest of envy or of malice howl around him. His genius will consecrate him; and any attempt to extinguish that, will be as unavailing, as would a human effort to quench the stars.
Written near la Croix de la Flegère, in the Vale of Chamouni.*
"T Is night, and silence with unmoving wings
Broods o'er the sleeping waters;—not a sound
Breaks its most breathless hush; -the sweet moon flings
Her pallid lustre on the hills around,
Turning the snows and ices that have crowned
Since chaos reigned-each vast and searchless height,
In the still waveless lake reflected bright,
And girt with arrowy rays, rests her full orb of light,
*La Croix de la Flegère is an elevated point on the mountain of that name, and commands a fine view of Montblanc.
The eternal mountains momently are peering
Of mortal man half hidden by the screen
Of mist that moats his base, from Arve's dark, deep ravine,
Stands the magnificent Montblanc!-his brow,
Doomed by an awful fiat still to climb,
Swell and increase with years incessantly,
Then yield at length to thee, most dread Eternity!
Hark! there are sounds of tumult and commotion
Perchance a gale from fervid Italy
Howbeit a mystery to man unknown,
"T was but some heaven-sent power that did prevail, For an inscrutable end its slumbers to assail.
Madly it bursts along-even as a river
Crash-and are seen no more!
But having gazed upon its blight and scath,
Flies, with the swift chamois, from its death-dooming path!
THE sun upon the western hills was gone,
The crescent on the eastern heaven, supine,
Up Pedan-aram's height, abrupt and bare, A pilgrim toiled, and oft on day's decline
Looked pale, then paused for eve's delicious air:The summit gained, he knelt, and breathed his evening prayer.
He spread his cloak, and slumbered. Darkness fell
Above, a pillar shooting to the sky,
Voices are heard—a choir of golden strings,
Far as the eye can glance, o'er height on height,
But two beside the sleeping pilgrim stano,
Like cherub-kings, with uplift mighty plume, Fixed sunbright eyes, and looks of high command: They tell the patriarch of his glorious doom, Father of countless myriads, that shall come, Sweeping the land, like billows of the sea, Bright as the stars of heaven from twilight's gloom, Till he is given whom angels long to see, And Israel's splendid line is crowned with Deity.
ADDRESS OF ALASCO TO HIS COUNTRYMEN.-Shee.
THE chief, Malinski, has betrayed
His post, and fled. I would that every knave,
They repel its friends,
Could turn the scale of fate. String every heart
For hireling hosts to ply the trade of war.-
For what 's most dear to man, wherever found-