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Every work that tends to throw light on as discouraging a specimen of literary fame Lord Byron's character is of great value; as ever gave a warning, and in vain ; it first, for the extreme interest of such a began, and it ended, in bitterness. It is moral study; and secondly (if it be possible curious to observe how little the “ Edinburgh to force on people the conviction drawn from Review” has led public opinion in respect to the writer's experience), for placing in the works of imagination : our principal poets strongest point of view the folly, not to say have made their way in opposition to the cruelty, of barsh judgment, founded balf on critical judgment which pronounced sentence your own imaginary premises, and half on of death on their efforts; Wordsworth, the mere gossip of the day, which is gene- Montgomery, Coleridge, &c., were alike rally false, and always spiteful-false, from jeered and run down ; but no one now its love of the marvellous; and spiteful, denies their poetical pre-eminence. Keen, from that consolation our own faults seem lively, logical, French in his philosophy, and to derive from those of others. Literary its brilliancy of expression, Jeffrey had fame has always been purchased at a dear neither feeling nor imagination strongly deprice; genius has either had to complain of veloped in bimself, and was therefore, by poverty and neglect, or of envy and mis- nature, incapable of doing justice to these representation—the leaves of the laurel may qualities in others; and when his praise was be given, “ but the trail of the serpent is given, it was in a spirit of nationality or over them all.” And in the present day, private friendship. The effects of sarcasm, especially, the successful writer has to suffer bitter, personal, and crushing, beyond what under the false verdict of incompetent could ever be called for by a slight volume judges, or the still falser of interested ones; of youthful poems-for we hold that the the feelings he avows are denied or mis- critic will not err too much on the side construed, those be conceals brought for- of mercy, who takes a general tone of kindward for reproach or ridicule ; and while liness and encouragement towards the efforts we grudge, hesitate, and refute, aught that of the young-censure so contemptuous, is mentioned as praiseworthy, there is no- must have cut deep, and left its scar in thing too improbable for belief when it re- & mind conscious of its own high powers, quires blame. Lord Byron's life is perhaps such as Byron's certainly was. To his first
successful defiance of public opinion, for + Conversations on Religion with Lord Byron. such it was to him, in the “ English Bards By the late Jaines Kenuedy, M.D. London, 1830. and Scotch Reviewers," may, wu think, be