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TUE FALL OF JERUSALEM, a Dramatic
Downfall of Jerusalem, from the Book of Je-
THE REV. HENRY HART MILMAN.
The life of the scholar united with that of the conferred upon him. In 1821 he was elected clergyman, is, in a peculiar manner, barren and professor of poetry in the university,—an office inattractive to the general reader, from its being usually held for five years, but the professor is deficient in those stirring incidents which fix the customarily re-elected for the same term. In 1824, attention and take strong hold upon the memory. Mr. Milman married Mary Anne, the youngest There may be every virtue under heaven, all the daughter of Lieutenant-General Cockell. graces of the mind, and the fullest developement In the foregoing lines are comprised all the of those tranquil and better qualifications of the events of the peaceful and virtuous life of a disheart which are, in truth and reason, men's no- tinguished man, up to the period when his name blest attributes; but there must be stir and bus- came forth to the world in his writings. In the tle, animation and variety, to enchain the indif- time preceding that period, to arrive at such ho. ferent reader to the biographical page. Why the nours there must have been as arduous, nay more purer virtues alone are so inattractive, is perhaps arduous mental labour, than he encounters who owing to the superior charm they possess in the overruns kingdoms, or whose adventures and social circle. They must be experienced to be hair-breadth escapes by sea and land fill a folio valued, and interest from immediate contact and over which the reader bends with admiration and personal observation, becoming mere verbiage on interest. How little does the one attract, compaper, because they are there seen divested of their pared with the other! Yet how enchaining and simple charms; the chaste beauty of their hues useful, — how much matter for contemplation being, like the transitory expression on the fea- would be afforded to the world, were it practicatures of the orator or the actor, untransferable, ble to record all the workings of the student's and only truly engaging in actual observation. mind, which have passed away in secret. The
To this tranquil order of biographical subjects strugglings after knowledge, the satisfaction at belongs the memoir of the Rev. Henry Hart successful progress, the despair of conquering a Miljan, a clergyman of the church of England, difficulty at one time, and the triumph over oband Professor of Poetry in the University of Ox. stacles at another; the aspirations after distinc. ford. He was born in London, February 10th, tion, the perseverance in toil and the glory of 1791; and was the youngest son of Sir Francis success. Milman, a very eminent physician, considered to The first appearance of Mr. Milnan before the have been much in the confidence of the late king public was in the tragedy of “Fazio," which was and queen of England. The name of Mr. Mil. written before he went into orders, and was afman's mother was Hart.
terwards performed with distinguished success. Our poet was first sent to school at Greenwich, It appeared on the scene at Drury-Lane, on the where he had for a master the well-known Dr. 5th of February, 1818; but it had been previ. Charles Burney. From the tutorage of Dr. Bur- ously published by its author, and had passed ney he was removed to Eton. In that celebrated through three editions. The plot of this drama seminary he remained about nine years. In the is more than commonly interesting, and has the year 1810 he went to Oxford, and entered at Bra. recommendation of being simple, and conse. zen-Nose College. At this university he obtained quently more noble in character in proportion the greatest number of prizes that ever fell to the to its simplicity. The imagery is natural and lot of one individual. One of these was for English chaste, the diction pure and elegant. The poetry verse, one for Latin verse, and a third and fourth is of the highest order, and abounds in pasfor English and Latin essays, while he was distin. sages of chastened beauty and great felicity of guished for the first honours in the examinations. expression.
In the year 1815, Mr. Milman became a fellow The “Fall of Jerusalem," the next dramatic of Brazen-Nose College, and in 1817 entered into work of this poet, appeared in 1820. Perhaps holy orders. It was in the year 1817 that the there is more of nature and pathos, more to affect ricarage of St. Mary in the town of Reading was the heart and feelings in this poem than in “ Fa