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" Beside her stood a noble form,
That beam of Hope could guide and save." P. 108. The minor poems are pretty, and the thoughts though none of them new, ure in general fairly expressed.
Art. XIV. The Days of Harold. A Metrical Tale. By
Benjamin Rogers. 8vo. 414 pp. 125. Newmau. 1816. MR. ROGERS (not as we should suppose the author of the Pleasures of Memory) informs us in his Preface, that “despairing to obtain that meed of applause which is sometimes bestowe ed by the frigid commendation of fastidious critics, and hopeless of becoming a mental anterer to the reader of erudition, he would address himself to that humble class who are pleased they know not why, and care not wherefore.”
We are very ready to own ourselves to be readers of this class, and so that we are but pleased, especially-in poetry, to care very little for the cause of our pleasure. Mr. Rogers has presented us with a very thick octavo volume, containing, as we should conceive, some thousands of verses, which if they have little in
thepa them to please the severer critic, have certainly very little to displease him. To the reader of erudition Mr. Rogers refuses to be a caterer, his Ordinary is open to more voracious appetites and less fastidious stomachs. . They therefore who are inclined upon these terms to call in and take a slice of poetry a-la-mode, will not be displeased with their fare: of which the following is, perhaps, the best specimen, we shall therefore expuse it ad captandum, like the well assorted salad at the eating-house windows.
“ The chapel bell had ceas'd to chime,
- FULL CHORUS,
Low before thy throne of light!.
Lend us a celestial strain
Glories passing human thought?..
Shining with effulgent beams,
Leading forth the train of night,
FULL CHO US.
Art. XV. Songs, and occasional Poems, on various Subjects.
By Captain Hall, of the Indian Army, 12mo. 230 pp.
6s. Black and Co. 1816. CAPTAIN Hall having given us, in his title page, the words Quid nos nocebit tentare, a motto, as we conceive, equally clase sical in its origin and correct in its Latinity, proceeds to dedi. cate the volume to the Earl of Moira. Captain Hall has been in India, we regret, therefore, that he did not leave his poetical effusions to console bis distani friends. We are of opinion that they would have succeeded better in ludia than in England. This may arise, indeed, from our depraved taste ; but we must fairly own our opinion that, however fourishing the martial laurels of Captain Hall may be, he has been unsuccessful in his attempt to intertwine them with the poetic bay. The best specimen, perhaps, in the volume, is an address upon the opening of a new Subscription Theatre at Calcutta.
“ In distant climes, you can't expect our boards, Can offer scenes, which Drury's fame affords;
But though we've not the force of Kemble's art,
you, with anxious hope, we trust our cause,
Art. XVI: On Gun-shot wounds of the Ertremities, requiring the different Operations of Amputution, with their After-treatment: establishing the Advantages of Amputation
Y VOL. VI. SEPTEMBER, 1816.
on the field of Battle to the Delay usually recommended, &c. &c. &c. with four explanatory Plates.
By G. J. Guthrie. 8vo. 384 pp. 12s. Longman and Co. 1815. THE treatise before us is evidently the result of thought and experience, the style is clear and good, and the knowledge which it will impart to the student in military surgery must be very considerable. With some opinions however of Mr. Guthrie, we may not wholly coincide, though with a man of so much science and experience we should with hesitation differ.
In liis chapter upon the amputation of the limb at the hip joint we see much to admire and comment, thougl, perhaps he may call our courage into question, as we confess ourselves not sufficiently bold to feel a desire of witnessing its performance. We could add a successful case which has bappened within our own knowledge to the list of Mr. Guthrie, where the operation was performed by a very skilful and eminent surgeon at Stafford. The man recovered, and lived six months, dying at last of a fever, apparently unconnected with the wound. We need not however bint to Mr. Guthrie that to the exhaustion of the constitutional powers this very fever, a typhus as we believe, might justly be traced. A case indeed could very rarely occur in which we could wish to see the operation performed, and in no case should we ever expect to see the patient survive a year, even though the wound itself should be totally lealed.
Mr. Guthrie strongly recommends immediate amputation in all doubtful cases among the recently wounded. In this we are inclined to agree with hiru much farther than his cotemporaries would allow. We consider it the most safe, and certainly the nost mercisul mode of proceeding. The preservation of a linb, could we be sure of preserving it, which would entail suffering and pain upon a poor soldier through the remainder of his days, can be no act of mercy; especially when amputation would certainly restore him to the enjoyment of an casy and comfortable life, at the expence only of a limb. A limb is indeed most precious, but we doubt whether both in domestic and military surgery, it is at all to be put into competition with ease and health. The following are Mr. Gi's observations on the case.
16 After other battles, in which I have had the care of fractures of the femur, the success has not been so great, but they were generally under less advantageous circumstances; and from the sum of knowledge thus acquired on many occasions, I am induced to believe, that in this injury, amputation ought to be a more frequent operation than it is at present; and I think I am borne out in this supposition by the above statements, and by the general opinion of diy brethren formed during the peninsular war.
“ I think