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RAIN IN SPRING.
Now shall they stand by the ripening
and plum; THE sweet, sweet rain is falling,
The day of their sweet perfection Lightly and fast.
Shall surely come. A month we prayed it vainly; – 'Tis here at last!
Leaning their heads together
In lovely pride, Drenching the dusty hedges
Showing their blushing hearts
To the midsummer tide;
Thus shall the flush of their beauty
Make earth more fair; The farmer stands in the furrow
Thus shall their fragrant breathing Idle his hand,
Refresh the air. Gazing, with deep contentment,
The Month, Over the land.
Last night he dreamed of famine;
The brook was dry,
Bitter the sky.
Sickened the corn, and the tender
Flax, and the wheat;
For pasture sweet
Into the roots,
The youngling shoots,
And one lay dead;
In pain and dread.
And now to westward sinketh the sun!
To one so little and weak as I
Never, as days and years went by.
Showed me their work as they passed away;
Proud were their hearts and glad and gay.
In at the golden gate of their rest;
Found their places among the blest.
Never a bird had a ditty,
Not e'en the thrush;
And all a-hush,
But rain has come, and the throstle
Is wild with mirth;
The heart of the earth.
Happy be they who strove to help me,
Failing ever in spite of their aid!
But I was unready and sore afraid.
And over the land a vivid
Blooming of green,
Hath lately been
Now I know my task will never be finished,
And when the Master calleth my name,
Weeping beside it in weary shame.
Kindly at work, though hidden
By harsher powers.
By May's sott showers.
With.empty hands I shall rise to meet Him,
And, when He looks for the fruits of years, Nothing have I to lay before Him
But broken efforts and bitter tears.
Now shall the streamlet bubble,
The lily blow;
Shall come and go.
Yet when He calls I fain would hasten
Mine eyes are dim and their light is gone; And I am as weary as though I carried
A burthen of beautiful work well done.
Now shall the rose-buds kindle,
And laugh in tears;
Banish their fears.
I will fold my empty hands on my bosom,
Meekly thus in the shape of His Cross;
From The Edinburgh Review.
| party, and of peculiar interest to ourselves, LORD BROUGHTON'S RECOLLECTIONS OF
- we allude of course to the Memoirs of A LONG LIFE.* LORD PALMERSTON and Lord Brough- he had completed his eightieth year. But
Lord Brougham, written by himself after ton — who was better known to his con- in this case also we must be content to temporaries, as he will be to posterity, by wait until the work is more advanced. At the familiar name of John Cam Hobhouse were born within a few months of each The volumes before us — five goodly octa
present our task is altogether different. other; the one in 1781, the other in 1786. The lives of both these eminent men were iniscences of his long and varied life.
vos --- contain Lord Broughton's own remextended to the furthest span of human They were extracted by himself in the existence, for they passed the age of fourscore in full possession of their faculties. years immediately preceding the close of The time in which their lives were cast
it, from journals and memoranda he had · was the most eventful period of modern
kept in his possession. They contain a
vast variety of incident and anecdote, history; and in the parliamentary and administrative service of their country both
acute sketches of character, animated picof them bore a conspicuous part. Although forgotten, and sometimes important eluci
tures of parliamentary contests now almost Lord Palmerston entered life as a political dations of curious passages in ministerial descendant of Pitt and Canning, with all the advantages of high birth and early esting record by its author is not such as
history. But the form given to this interofficial connexions, whilst Hobhouse sprang from a humbler stock of Bristol merchants to justify its complete publication in its and Dissenters, and owed his early celeb- present shape or at the present time. rity to the vehemence of his liberal opin- Lord Broughton's own use, or at most for
These volumes were printed solely for ions, they met at last in the Cabinets of
the amusement of his own family, and to Lord Melbourne and Lord John Russell,
ensure the preservation of them. They and no two members of those Administra
have therefore not the strictly confidential tions more cordially agreed in spirit and
character of private manuscripts, but in policy, for they had both reached that broad and secure ground of Whig princi
neither were they intended for the public ples on which the Conservative traditions eye: accordingly they have been commu
nicated with the greatest reserve and to of the one blended with the Radical tendencies of the other.
very few persons. We are however enThe life of Lord Palmerston has in part
abled, by the kind permission of his nearbeen written and published by one who,
est representatives, to make use of them
the present occasion for the purpose of as a public servant and a private friend, is eminently qualified to do justice to that presenting to our readers a, sketch of the
life of one of the ablest and most energetic great Minister. The work in its unfinished
members of the Liberal party and champistate has already been fully examined by
ons of the Liberal cause, in times now long several of our contemporaries. We reserve our judgment upon it until it is completed there be one place more than another in
It has been thought that, if and we will then endeavour to take a con
I which such a sketch may appropriately nected survey of Lord Palmerston's political career. The same remark applies to appear, it is in the pages of this Journal,
which may be regarded as a contemporary the publication of the first volume of the
of Hobhonse himself, and which has won Autobiography of another veteran of still
whatever reputation and influence it poshigher distinction in the ranks of the Whig
sesses on the same fields on which he con
tended. Much, no doubt, must be left un• Recollections of a Long Life (1786–1869). Ву the late Lord BrocGHTON DE GYFFORD. Ő vols. said in reviewing memoirs of a confidential 8vo. (Not published.] 1865.
character, relating to times and persons 2. The Life of llenry John Temple, Viscount Tem- still so near to us. We shall exercise a ple, with Selections from his Diaries and Correspon. dence. By the Right Hon. Sir HENRY LYTTON discreet forbearance with reference to some BULWER, G.C.B.,M.P. 5 vols. 8vo. London: 1870. points and some characters, which may
hereafter be more fully disclosed; but that he underrates his own classical proenough and more than enough remains to ficiency; for he remained through life a accomplish our principal object, which is ready and accomplished scholar, if not a to preserve in these pages a memorial of profound one; and there are numerous a very honest politician, a high-spirited traces, both in his travels and in his life, and accomplished member of society, and of an habitual familiarity with classical an able Minister of the Crown.
literature. Indeed the notes to the fourth John Cam HOBHOUSE was born on the canto of “ Childe Harold” are a lasting 27th June, 1786, at Redland, near Bristol. memorial of his fine taste, learning, and His father was the second son of a Bristol culture. merchant; his mother the daughter of Mr. But the great event of his Cambridge Cam of Bradford in Wiltshire. The lady life was the intimacy he formed there with was a Dissenter; and so was Miss Parry, Lord Byron. He was scarcely three-andhis father's second wife. Young Hob- twenty when he started with the poet on house was therefore sent in the first in- that memorable tour across Portugal and stance to a school at Bristol, kept by a Spain to Gibraltar, Albania, Greece, and Unitarian Minister, Dr. Estlin. His boy- Constantinople, which is immortalized in hood was pen amongst that highly the first cantos of “Childe Harold,” and respectable and intelligent class of English was related by Hobhouse himself on his Presbyterians, who were ever cordially return by the publication of his travels. attached to the cause of Liberal opinions, Throughout life, he was animated by an then highly unpopular in England. Party ardent curiosity to witness the most strikspirit never ran higher than it did during ing scenes and events of his time. He the early years of the French Revolution; was an indefatigable traveller, at a time and the societies of Liberal Dissenters when travelling was neither easy nor safe. were the most enthusiastic advocates of He scoured Germany in the rear of the the cause of freedom. Coleridge and French and German armies in 1813. He Southey, then in their republican phase, was in Vienna with Mr. Kinnaird when used to frequent Dr. Estlin's modest sup- the Truce of Prague was terminated and pers at Bristol; and Humphry Davy, then Austria declared war on Napoleon. He an apothecary's assistant on St. Michael's visited Leipzig two months after the battle, Hill, assisted Dr. Beddoes when he lectured when heaps of cannon and offal were smokon chemistry to the townspeople.
ing in every direction, and the suburbs But notwithstanding these democratic of the city were dotted with shọt-holes. connexions, Mr. Hobhouse the father was He reached Frankfort in January 1811, a man of property and good family. He where he met Mr. Disbrowe and Mr. stood for Bristol, and was beaten at the Rolfe — afterwards Lord Cranworth. At election of 1796, but was soon afterwards Wilhelmshöhe he saw the scaffolding emreturned for the borough of Grampound. ployed in taking down the inscription In 1812 he obtained a baronetcy, which “ Napoleonshöhe ” and replacing the old afterwards devolved on his son. This name – little foreseeing that it would one gentleman was intimate with the first day deserve, in another sense, the French Marquis of Lansdowne, who on more than appellation ; and he reached Paris on the one occasion showed the greatest liberal- 19th April, about a fortnight after the ity to the Dissenting interest, and even occupation of the allied armies. The received Dr. Priestley into his family. entry of Louis XVIII. into his capital on Young Hobhouse was taken by his father the 3rd May has often been described. to Bowood, which led to his removal to On the following day the allied troops, Westminster School, where young Lord chiefly Russians, defiled before the SovHenry Petty had been educated ; and in ereigns. All the military splendour of due time he proceeded to Cambridge, Europe was gathered in that spectacle. where by his own account he did nothing But one man was there, whom none of the beyond gaining what he terms an“ obscure illustrious personages present had probahonour,” the Hulsean Prize. We suspect I bly ever seen, although his fame filled the
world, and he bore away no inconsiderable, on the lake of Geneva a visit of no share of their own glory:
common interest in the life of both of them, “The curiosity of curiosities was our own for it was just after the noble poet had Wellington, on a white horse, in a plain blue quitted England for ever, in consequence frock-coat, a white neckcloth, and a round hat. of those painful domestic occurrences in He was riding botween General Stewart and which Hobhouse had played a most confiLord Castlereagh. As soon as his presence was dential, conciliatory, and honourable part; known there was a great bustling and whisper- and it was then that the third canto of ing. A friend of mine, who was in the window
“ Childe Harold " was written. Hobhouse with the Sovereigns, told me that when it was first known he was there, the Emperors and and excursions commemorated in the im
accompanied Byron in many of the scenes Kings stretched forward to get a sight of him.
mortal stanzas of that poem; he shared I saw the Duchesse d’Angoulème point him out to them; and when Platow and Sacken were in- with him the animated society of Madame troduced to him, they would hardly let his hand de Stael's château at Coppet; he entered go. I heard afterwards that Platow had said, Italy with his friend; and he subsequently * Had you been here we should have done this contributed the valuable and interesting sooner;' to which the Duke replied, • The busi- notes to the fourth canto of “ Childe ness could not have been in better hands.' I Harold,” which are no unworthy addition felt, for my own part, an insatiable desire to see to the work, and will probably be the most him, and ran many chances of being kicked and enduring of Mr. Hobhouse's literary pertrampled down to get near our big man. Two formances. Nor can it here be omitted, Englishmen near me showed as much eagerness though he makes no mention of the fact in as myself to approach him, and one of them as his Memoirs, that the fourth canto of he passed by me said, 'Oh, for God's sake, let
Childe Harold” was dedicated to himself me see him! – I know you will excuse me, Sir, in language which confers by the hand of for this, but I must see him!'. Two strangers friendship an imperishable fame. Lord in plain clothes were introduced to him, and al
Byron described him as one “whom he most kissed the ground at his horse's feet. crowd gathered round him, and attended him to
had known long, accompanied far; whom his lodgings. The Duke had just arrived in he had found wakeful over his sickness and Paris, after travelling four days and nights, from kind in his sorrow; glad in his prosperity Toulouse. I heard that he was much struck and firm in his adversity; true in counsel, with the appearance of the Russian cavalry, and trusty in peril; a friend often tried, and said to Sir Charles Stewart, “Well, to be and never found wanting; a man of learnsure, we can't turn out anything like this.' Sir ing, of talent, of shrewdness, and of honCharles told him, very truly, that they were our.” men picked for the occasion.' (Vol. i. p. 43.) To Italy Hobhouse more than once reThe sympathies of Hobhouse, ever prone turned. He was versed in Italian literatto the popular side, were rather with the ure, and well acquainted with the characconquered than the cor.queror; and on ter of the Italian people. One of his latthe return of Napoleon from Elba he again est publications, entitled “ Italy in 1816,” rushed over to Paris, where he spent the was given to the world after his retirement Hundred Days, of which he published an from office in 1860, and has been reviewed account in 1816. He remained always in these pages. faithful to the old Whig opinion that the It may readily be believed that a young return of the Bourbons was a public man of fashion and talent, who had seen calamity not only to France, but to so much of Europe and of the East before Europe; and he was disposed through he was thirty, and was in some manner life to place a favourable — we think far associated with the finest poem and the too favourable — construction on the poli- greatest events of the age professing cy and character of Napoleon, the most advanced liberal opinions and gifted with pernicious enemy of freedom and of the agreeable social qualities - soon became a true greatness of France.
welcome guest at Holland House and in Mr. Hobhouse passed the autumn of the best society of London. In 1814 he 1816 with Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati I was thrown into the full tide of the Lon
don world, associated with most of the represerved of the spirit and gaiety of such markable men of the day, and had no meetings, even when noted by a contemreason to complain of neglect from either of porary pen :the dominant political parties. Amongst his recollections of this period those of
“I went in Byron's carriage at seven,
and Sheridan, then verging to his decline, are Fox, and Martin Archer Shee, the painter and
dined at Holland House. There I met Miss some of the most curious.
For example: –
poet. There, too, was Kean, a very handsome
little man, with a mild but marked countenance, “Sheridan told us several stories of Kean, and eyes as brilliant as on the stage. He knitte i then at the height of his fame. Some one made his brows, I observed, when he could not exactly Kean a present of a fine horse on which he was make out what was said. There, also, wis Gratprancing along the Strand. • Take care,' said tan. We sat down to dinner, when in caine a friend; ‘you are a good actor, but ! • But Major Stanhope and Lord Ebrington. Kean what?' asked Kean; • you don't know that I ate most pertinaciously with his knife, and was was paid 301. for breaking three horses last year a little too frequent with ladyships and lordat Brighton.' Another time a friend, hearing ships, as was natural in him; but shee was ten he was about to give readings of Milton between
times worse. the acts, at Drury Lane, said, 'Kean, stick to
“Shee talked a great deal; I thought, too Shaksverre; don't meddle with Milton. «Why much. Lady H. asked Kean why all the actors not ? ' asked Kean; • I gave readings from Mii- said Give me the hand,' as if “thy' were ton three times a week at Exmouth. As a the.' Kean said that he never pronounce] proof of the universality of his genius, it was
Kean said that “ Lago was three lengths inentioned that he had been a fencing-master longer than Othello.' length is forty-two and a dancing-master, and at Jersey had an- lines. Lord Holland mentioned that he had nounced that he should quit the stage and set
seen a letter from a milshipmun on board the up a school. He told Mr. Sheridan that when
• Undaunted' frigate, in which Napoleon saile 1 a child he had been applied to in order to bring
to Elba. The boy said that · Boney was so him out as a rival to Master Betty; but that good-humoured, and laughed and talked, and Sheridan had interposed, saying, “No! one bub- was so agreeable, but that the world had been ble at a time is enough; if you have two, they under a great mistake in thinking him a clever will knock against each other, and burst.' man; he was just like anybody else.' “ Amongst my reminiscences of the year
“When the women went the conversation 1814, I find it recorded that Lord Byron, Thom- turned on public speaking. Grattun gave us a as Moore, and myself, went to the orchestra at specimen of Lord Chatham's way, which, he Drury Lane Theatre on the 19th of May, 1814, said, was colloquial, and, when he saw him, and saw Kean in “Othello.' After the play we leaning on his crutch, and sometimes dozing; went to the green-room, and Byron and I were but, when roused by opposition, overpoweringly introduced to the great actor.
eloquent.* He was, however, inferior to mod. “I became afterwards well acquainted with ern speakers. Pitt, his son, was a better rhetKean, and heard something of his performances orician, Lord Holland told us that Fox once from his own mouth. On December 14, 1814, said to him that Sheridan's speech on the BeI dined at Mr. Kinnaird's, in company with gums was the finest ever heard in Parliament, him and Lord Byron; and on that occasion he Lord H. asked him if his own speech on the mentioned that at Stroud, in Gloucestershire, Peace was not as good. That was a damned on one night, he acted Shylock, danced on the good speech, too,' was the ingenuous reply of tight-rope, sang a song then in vogue called the this truly great man. Fox used to praise Pitt's • Storm, sparred with Mendoza, and then acted speech on the Slave-trade as a fine specimen of Three-fingered Jack. Kean also told us that eloquence. one night he forgot his part, and repeated the
6. When we went to the ladies the conversa• Allegro' of Milton without being detected by tion was addressed to Kean. Lady Holland the audience. He gave us admirable imitations asked him if he was not a capital Scrub.' of Incledon, of Kemble, of Sinclair, and Master Kean replied that he had not the slightest acBetty. He concluded the amusements of the even- quaintance with the part; indeed, he was no ing by dressing up his hand with a napkin, and comedian, except, perhaps, that he could play painting it with cork so as to look like a man, Tyke in the School of Reform,' which was a and dancing a hornpipe with two fingers, imi- sort of sentimental character. Lord Ebrington tating at the same time a bassoon so wonderfully, and Major Stanhope left us, and then Gratthat we looked round to see if there was no one tan began to give us, in his inimitably groplaying that instrument in the room with us.
I tesque, forcible, and theatrical manner, the should not think these matters worthy of rec- characters of some Irishmen who had figured at ord, it Kean had not been by far the greatest actor I had ever seen." (Vol. i. p. 76.)
Grattan was a student of Middle Temple in
1770, and entered the Parliament of Ireland in 1775. Here is a memorandum of a dinner at Chatham died in 1778. Grattan may therefore have ILlland Ilouse. Alas! how little can be 'American War.
heard the celebrated speeches delivered during the