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THE PLEASURES OF HOPE
31 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS.
O'Connor's Child; or, · The Flower of Love
32 Lochiel's Warning .
35 Battle of the Baltic .
37 Ye Mariners of England, a Naval Ode
ib. Exile of Erin
ib. Lord Ullin's Daughter
39 Ode to the Memory of Burns
ib. The Soldier's Dream
40 Lines written on visiting a Scene in Argyleshire ib. To the Rainbow
41 The Last Man
ib. Valedictory Stanzas to J. P. Kemble, Esq. com
posed for a Public Meeting held June 1817 42 A Dream
43 Lines written at the request of the Higlıland
Society when met to commemorate the 21st
of March, the Day of Victory in Egypt ib. Stanzas to the Memory of the Spanish Patriots
latest killed in resisting the Regency and the
44 Song of the Greeks
ib. Song of Hybrias the Cretan
45 Fragment from the Greek of Alcman
ib, Martial Elegy, from the Greek of Tyrtæus ib. Specimens of a New Translation of the Medea of Euripides.
ib. Speech of the Chorus, same Tragedy
ib. Ode to Winter.
46 Lines spoken on the first opening of Drury
Lane Theatre after the death of the Princess
47 Lines on the Grave of a Suicide .
48 The Turkish Lady
49 The Wounded Hussar
50 Lines inscribed on the Monument erected by
the widow of Admiral Sir G. Campbell,
Page The Brave Roland
50 The Spectre Boat
51 The Lover to his Mistress on her Birth-day ib. Lines on receiving a Seal with the Campbell
Crest, from K. M-, before her marriage ib. Gilderoy Adelgitha
ib. The Ritter Bann
ib. The llarper
54 Song, To the Evening Star
ib Men of England,
ib. The Maid's Remonstrance
55 Drink ye to Her
ib. ---- When Napoleon was flying:
ib. The Beech-tree's Petition
ib. Song, • Earl March
ib. Love and Madness, an Elegy
56 Song, Oh, how hard it is to find.
ib. Stanzas on the Threatened Invasion 1803 ib. Song, Withdraw not yet
57 Hallowed Ground
ib. Caroline.- Part I. ------Part II. To the Evening Star ib. Field Flowers
ib. Stanzas on the Battle of Navarino
59 Lines on leaving a Scene in Bavaria
ib. Stanzas to Painting ·
60 Drinking-song of Munich
61 Lines on revisiting a Scottish River
ib. Lines on revisiting Cathcart
ib. The « Name Unknown ;, in imitation of Klopstock
ib. Lines written in Sickness
ib. Lines on the State of Greece; occasioned by
being pressed to make it a subject of poetry, 1827
ib. Lines on James IV of Scotland, who fell at the Battle of Flodden
ib, To Jemima, Rose, and Eleanore; three celebrated Scottish beauties
63 Song-,'T is now the hour»
ib Lines to Edward Lyllon Bulwer, on the Birth of his Child.
ib. Song, * When Love came first to Earth
ib. Dirge of Wallace
64 Song, My mind is my kingdom »
ib. « Oh cherub Content !»
ib. The Friars of Dijon
Memoir of Thomas Campbell.
It is not a little singular that the Tyrtæus of mo-/ his translations were said to be superior to dern English poetry should at the same time be any before offered for competition in the unione of the most tender as well as original of wri-versity. Campbell thus furnishes an exception ters. Campbell owes less than any other British to the majority of men of genius, who have poet to his predecessors or contemporaries. Ile seldom been remarkable for diligence and prohas lived to see his verses quoted like those of ficiency in their early years, the lofty powers earlier poets in the literature of his day, lisped they possessed ot being exhibited until mature by children, and sung at public festivals. The life. Cainpbell while at the University made war-odes of Campbell have nothing to match poetical paraphrases of the most celebrated Greek them in the English language for energy and fire, poets; of Eschylus, Sophocles, and Aristophanes, while their condensation and the felicitous se- which were thought efforts of extraordinary lection of their versification are in remarkable promise. Dr Millar at that time gave philoscharmony. Campbell, in allusion to Cimon, has phical lectures in Glasgow. He was a highly been said to have a conquered both on land and gifted teacher and a most excellent man. llis sea,» from his vaval Odes and Höhenlinden» lectures attracted the attention of young Campembracing both scenes of warfare.
bell, who became his pupil, and studied with Scotland
gave birth to Thomas Campbell. He eagerness ihe principles of sound philosophy; he was the son of a second marriage, and burn at was favoured with the confidence of his teacher Glasgow in 1777. His father was born in 1910, and partook much of his society. To being thus and was consequently nearly 70 years of age carly grounded in the fundamental truths of phiwhen the poet his son was ushered into the world. losoplay and accustomed to analyse correctly, is to Ile was sent early to school in his native city, be attribuied mainly ihe side in politics which and his instructor was Dr David Alison, an indi- Campbell early embraced, and that love of freevidual of great celebrity in the practice of education. dom and free thought which he has invariably Be had a method of instruction in the classics shown upon all questions in which the interests purely his own, by which he taught with great of mankind are concerned. facility, and at the same time rejected all harsh Campbell quitted Glasgow to remove into Ardiscipline, putting kindness in the place of ter- gyleshire, where the situation of tutor in a faror, and alluring rather than compelling the mily of some note was offered and accepted by pupil to his duty. Campbell began to write ver- lim. It was in Argyleshire, among the romantic ses young. There are some attempts at poetry mountains of the North, that the poetical spirit yet extant among his friends in Scotland, written increased in energy, and the charms of verse took when he was but nine years old. They natur- entire possession of his mind. Many people now ally are childish, but still display that propensity alive remember him there wandering alove by for the muses by which at a remarkably early the torrent, or over the rugged steeps of that wild age he was so distinguished. For his place of country, reciting the strains of other poets aloud, education he had a great respect, as well as for or silently composing his own. Several of his the memory of lis masters, of whom he always pieces which he has rejected in his collected spoke in terms of great affection Ile was twelve works, are handed about in Scotland in manayears old when he quitted school for the Uni- script. The Dirge of Wallace» (given at page versity of Glasgow. There he was considered an 64), which will not be found in the London Ediexcellent Latin scholar, and gained high honour by Lions of his works, is one of these wild composia contest with a candidate iwice as old as him- tions; and it is difficult to say why he should self, by which he obtained a bursary. He con- have rejected it, for the poetry is truly noble. stantly bore away the prizes, and every fresh it has hitherto appeared ovly in fugitive publisuccess only seemed to stimulate him to more cations and newspapers. ambitious exertions. In Greek he was considered From Argyleshire, where his residence was not the foremost student of his age, and some of a protracted one, Campbell removed to Edin
burgh. There he was very quickly noticed for it was set to an old Irish air of the most touching his talents, and grew familiar with the cele- pathos, and will perish only with the language. brated men who at that period ornamented the Campbell travelled over a great part of GerScottish capital. The friendship and kindness many and Prussia, visiting the universities and of some of the first men of the age, could not acquiring a knowledge of German literature. fail to stimulate a mind like that of Campbell. From the walls of a convent he commanded a He became intimate with Dugald Stuart; and part of the field of Hohenlinden during that almost every leading professor of the Univer- sanguinary contest, and proceeded afterwards sity of Edinburgh was his friend. While in in the track of Moreau's army over the scene of Edinburgh, be brought out his celebrated « Plea- combat. This impressive sight produced the sures of Hopen at the age of twenty-one. It is celebrated « Battle of Hohenlinden ;” an ode not too much to say of this work, that no poet which is as original as it is spirited, and stands of this, or perhaps any other country, ever pro- by itself in British literature. The poet tells a duced, at so early an age, a more elaborate and story of the phlegm of a German postilion at finished performance. For this work, which for this time, who was driving him post by a place twenty years produced to the publishers between where a skirmish of cavalry had happened, and two and three hundred pounds a-year, the who alighted and disappeared, leaving the carauthor received at first but iol., which was after- riage and the traveller alone in the cold (for wards increased by an additional sum, and the the ground was covered with snow) for a conprofits accruing from a 4to editiou of his work. By siderable space of time. At length he came a subsequent act of the legislature, extending the back, and it was found that he had been emterm of copyright, it reverted again to the author; ploying himself in cutting off the long tails of but, as might be expected, with no proportional in the slain horses, which he coolly placed on the crease of profit. To criticise here a work, which has vehicle and drove on his route. Campbell was become a British classic, would be superfluous. also in Ratisbon when the French and Austrian Campbell's pecuniary circumstances were by no treaty saved it from bombardment-a most anmeans liberal at this time, and a pleasant anecdote xious moment. is recorded of him, in allusion to the hardships of In Germany, Campbell made the friendship of an author's case similarly situated with himself ; the two Schlegels, of many of the most noted he was desired to give a toast at a festive moment literary and political characters, and was forwhen the character of Napoleon was at its utmost tunate enough to pass an entire day with the point of disesteem in England. He gave « Bo-venerable Klopstock, who died just two years naparte.” The company started with astonishi- afterwards. The proficiency of Campbell in the ment. « Gentlemen,» said he, « here is Bonaparte German language was rendered very considerable in his character of executioner of the booksel- by this visit, and his own indefatigable perselers.» Palm the bookseller had just been executed verance in study. He eagerly read all the works in Germany by the orders of the French.
he met with, some of them upon very abstruse After residing not quite three years in Edin-topics, and suffered no obstacle to intervene beburgh, Campbell quitted his native country for tween himself and his studies, wherever he might the continent. He sailed for Hamburgh, and chance to be. Though of a cheerful and lively there made many acquaintances among the more temper and disposition, and by no means averse enlightened of the society both in that city and from the pleasures which are so attractive in Altona. There were numerous Irish exiles in the morning of existence, they were rendered the neighbourhood of Hamburgh at that time, and subservient to the higher views of the mind, and some of them fell in the way of the poet, who after- were pursued for recreation only, nor suffered wards related many curious anecdotes of them. I to distract his attention a moment from the great There were sincere and honest men among them, business of his life. who with the energy of the national character, The travels of Campbell in Germany occupied and an enthusiasm for liberty, had plunged into about thirteen months ; when he returned to the desperate cause of the rebellion two years England, and for the first time visited London. before, and did not despair of liberty and equa- He soon afterwards composed those two noble lity in Ireland even then. Some of them were marine odes, « The Battle of the Baltic,» and « Ye in private life most amiable persons, and their Mariners of England,» which with his Hohenfate was every way entitled to sympathy. The linden,» stand unrivalled in the English tongue; poet, from that compassionate feeling which is and though, as Byron lamented, Campbell has an amiable characteristic of his nature, wrote written so little, they are enough alone to place the « Exile of Erin,» from the impression their him unforgotten in the shrine of the muses. situation and circumstances made upon his mind. In 1803 the poet married Miss Sinclair, a lady of