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That, underneath the unrespective sod,
AU Fair Things at their Death the Fairest
THOMAS RAGG—THOMAS COOPER. Two other poets sprung from the people, and honourably dig. tinguished for self-cultivation, merit notice. THOMAS Ruag was born in Nottingham in 1808. In 1883 he issued his first publication, • The Incarnation, and other Poems,'bcing at that time engaged in a lace factory. The Incarnation was part of a philosophical poem on The Deity,' and was published for the purpose of ascertaining whether means could be obtained for the publication of the whole. In consequence of the favourable critical notices, two gentlemen in the West of England-whose names deserve to be recorded - Mr. Mann of Andover, and Mr. Wyatt of Stroud, offered to become responsible for the expenses of bringing out The Deity,' and the
then venerable James Montgomery undertook to revise the manuscript. It was published in 1834 with considerable success.
in 1835 he produced "The Martyr of Verulam, and other Poems; in 1837, 'Lyrics from the Pentateuch;' in 1840, · Heber and other Poems;' in 1847, Scenes and Sketches;' in 1855, 'Creation's Testimony to its Author;' and in 18.58, Man's Dreams and God's Realities.' The poet had been successively newspaper reporter and bookseller; but in 1878 Dr. Murray, Bishop of Rochester, offered him ordination in the church, and he is now vicar of Lawley, near Wellington, Salop.
The Earth full of Lote.— From · Ileber.'
And good, unmixed with ill, for ever jeigu. THOMAS COOPER, 'the Chartist,' while confined in Stafford jail, 1842-44, wrote a poem in the Spenserian stanza, entitled “The Purgatory of Suicides,' which evinces poetical power and fancy, and has gone through several editions. This work was published in 1845; and the same year Mr. Cooper issued a series of prose tales and sketches, 'Wise Saws and Modern Instances.' In the following year he published The Baron's Yule Feast, a Christmas Rhyme.' Though addressed, like the Corn-law Rhymes' of Elliott, to the workingclasses, and tinged with some jaundiced and gloomy views of society, there is true poetry in Mr. Cooper's rhymes. The following is a scrap of landscape painting-a Christmas scene: How joyonsly the lady hells
Sparkles so far transcending gems, Shout, though the blutt north breeze The bard would gloze who said their Loudly his boisterous bugle swells ! And though the brooklets freeze,
Did not out-diamond How fair the leafless hawthorn tree All brightest gands that man hath seen, Waves with its hoar-frost tracery ! Worn by earthi's prondest king or queen, While sun-smiles throw o'er stalks and In pomp and graudeur throned !
stems In 1848 Mr. Cooper became a political an historical lecturer, set up cheap political journals, which soon died, and wrote two novels, Alderman Ralph,' 1853, and “The Family Feud,' 1854. He was tinged with infidel opinions, but these he renounced, and commenced
a course of Sunday evening lectures and discussions in support of Christianity. He has also written an account vi his 'Lite,' which has reached a third edition.
LORD JOHN MANNERS-HON. MR. SYYTIIE. A series of poetical works, termed Young England' or · Tractarian Poetry,' appeared in 1840 and 1841. England's Trust, and other Poems,' by LORD JOHN MANNERS; Historic Fancies,' by the Hon. MR. SMYTHE (afterwards Lord_Strangford); “The Cherwell Water Lily,' &c., by the Rev. F. W. FABER. The chief object of these works was to revive the taste for feudal feeling and ancient sports, combined with certain theological and political opinions characteristic of a past age. The works had poetical and amiable feeling, but were youthful, immature productions; and Lord John Manners must have regretted the couplet which we here print in Italics, and which occasioned uo small ridicule:
No; by the names inscribed in llistory's page,
But ieave us stiu vur v.d nobi.ity. Lord John has since applierl himself to politics. He held office in the Conservative administrations from 1852 to 1867, and again in Mr. Disraeli's administration of 1874, being appointed Postmaster-general. His lordship is author also of Notes of an Irish Tour,' 1840; Eng. lish Ballads and other Poems,' 1850; 'A Cruise in Scotch Waters; and several pamphlets on religious and political questions.
Lord Strangford (the seventh viscount) also took a part in public affairs, and promised to become an able debater, but ill health withdrew him from both politics and literature. He died in 1857, at the age of forty.
CHARLES MACKAY. Among the authors of the day, uniting political sympathies and aspirations with lyrical poetry, is DR. CHARLES Mackay. Some of his songs are familiar as household words both in this country and in America, and his influence as an apostle or minstrel of social reform and the domestic affections must have been considerable. Dr. Mackay commenced his literary career in 1834, in his twentieth year, by the publication of a small volume of poems. Shortly afterwards he became connected with the Morning Chronicle' daily journal, and continued in this laborious service for nine years. In 1840, he published • The Hope of the World,' a poem in verse of the style of Pope and Goldsmith. In 1842 appeared • The Salamandrine,' a poet. ical romance founded on the Rosicrucian system, which supplied Pope with the inimitable aerial personages of his · Rape of the Lock.' The Salamandrine' is the most finished of Dr. Mackay's
works, and has passed through several editions. From 1844 to 1847, our author conducted a Scottish newspaper, the 'Glasgow Argus;' and while resident in the north, he received the honorary distinction of LL. D. from the university of Glasgow.
Returning to London, he resumed his connection with the metropolitan press, and was for several years editor of the Illustrated London News,' in the columns of which many of his poetical pieces first appeared. His collected works, in addition to those already enumerated, consist of Legends of the Isles,' 1845; `Voices from the Crowd,' 1846; - Voices from the Mountains, 1847;' Town Lyrics,'1848; 'Egeria, or the Spirit of Nature,' 18.10); “The Lump of Gold,' &c., 1856;“Songs for Music,' 1857; ‘Under Green Leaves,' 1858; 'A Man's Heart,' 1860;
Studies from the Antique,' 1864, &c. Some prose works have also proceeded from the pen of Dr. Mackay- The Thames and its Tributaries,' two volumes, 1840; ‘Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular l'elusions,'two volumes, 1852, &c. In 1852, Dr. Mackay made a tour in America, and delivered a course of lectures on Poetry, which he has repeated in this country. His transatlantic impressions lie has embodied in two volumes of lively description, bearing the title of Life and Liberty in America. The poet, we may add, is a native of Perth, born in 1814, while his father, an officer in the army, was on recruiting service. He was in infancy removed to London, and five years of his youth were spent in Belgium.
Apologue from 'Egeria.'
The other raised no murmur of complaint,
It sapk into the bosom of the soil :
Love New and Old.
When Love and I are old, When earth was robed in heavenly light, And silver evening bas replaced And all creation sung?
A morn and poon of gold ? When gazing in my true love's face, Love stood alone mid youthful joy, Through greenwood alleys lone,
But now by sorrow tried,
With angels at its side.
In the days when Earth was young;
The strokes of his barnmer rung;
On the iron glowing clear,
As he fashioned the sword and spear.
Hurra for the spear and sword!
FO he shall be king and lord !'
As he wrought by his roaring fire,
prayed for a strong steel blade
Till they shouted loud for glee,
And spoils of the forest free.
Who bas given us strength anew!
And hurrah for the metal true!'
Ere the setting of the sun.
For the evil he had done;
Made war upon their kind.