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To the Memory of J. Atkinson, Esq. -
A Biographical and Critical Sketch
THOMAS MOORE, ESQ.
COMPRISING ANECDOTES OF ANCIENT MINSTRELSY, ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE
(IRISH MELODIES. »
BY J. W. LAKE.
Notwithstanding the number of literary men to | liberal and patriotic enthusiasm, while they pewhom Ireland has given birth, there is very little ruse the harmonious creations of a poet who has connected with their names which conveys to us clothed the wild and eccentric airs of his counany thing of a national association; for the land try in words that burn, and sentiments that find of their nativity scarcely enjoys a single ray of an echo in every generous breast. that brilliant mind, which sheds its intellectual Had Mr Moore done no more than this, he brightness over the sister country. Congreve was would be entitled to the gratitude of his counan apostate, and Swift only by accident a patriot; trymen ; but his genius, like his own Peri, seems whilst Goldsmith was weak enough to affect an never pleased but while hovering over the reair of contempt for a people whose accent was cion he loves; or if it makes a short excursion, indelibly stamped on his tongue. We could pro- it is only in the hope of securing some advantage tract the list of her ungrateful and thoughtless that may accelerate the removal of those disqua" men of mind» even to our own day; but the lifications, which are supposed to exclude happitask would be invidious, and we gladly turn from ness from the limits of his country. In « Lalla it to one who forms a splendid exception-one Rookh» he has given his fire-worshippers the who is not ashamed of Ireland, and of whom Ire- wrongs and feelings of Irishmen; while, in the land is justly proud. —
Memoirs of Captain Rock,» he has accomplished Land of the Muse! in glory's lay,
a most difficult task-written a history of Ireland In history's leaf thy name shall soar,
that has been read. When, like a metcor's noxious ray,
On such grounds we may well claim for Mr
Moore what he deserves—the crown of patriotism;
but it is not on this head alone he is entitled to And still is beaming round thy shore
our praise. As a poet, since the lamented death The spirit bright of Liberty,
of Byron, he stands almost without a competitor; For thou canst boast a patriot, Moore!
and as a prose-writer, he is highly respectable. Mr Moore is every way an Irishman, in heart, Mr Moore is the only son of the late Mr Garret in feelings, and in principles. For his country Moore, formerly a respectable tradesman in Dubhe has done more than any man living: he has lin, where our poet was born on the 28th of May, associated her name, her wrongs, and her attri- 1780. He has two sisters; and his infantine days butes, with poetry and music, neither of which seem to have left the most agreeable impressions can ever die, while taste, patriotism, and literature on his memory. In an epistle to his eldest sissubsist in the world; and whilst these survive, ter, dated November, 1803, and written from Ireland will form the theme of Beauty's song, and Norfolk in Virginia, he retraces with delight their Irish music the charm of every cultivated mind. childhood, and describes the endearments of But, all extrinsic circumstances apart, there is in home, with a sensibility as exquisite as that which the melodies of Mr Moore a sacred fire, which con- breathes through the lines of Cowper on receirveys its vividness to the soul of his readers; and ing his mother's picture. they must be made of sterner stuff than the ordi He acquired the rudiments of an excellent nary race of men, if their bosoms do not glow with education under the care of the late Mr Samuel
Whyte, of Grafton-street, Dublin, a gentleman and at a later period, when his reputation extensively known and respected as the early tu- fully established, he spoke of himself with tor of Sheridan. He evinced such talent in youth as wonted modesty. - Whatever fame he might ba determined his father to give him the advantages of acquired, he attributed principally to the vers a superior education, and, at the age of fourteen, which he had adapted to the delicious straius he was entered a student of Trinity College, Du- Irish melody. His verses, in themselves, cou blin.
boast of but little merit; but, like flies preserv Mr Moore was greatly distinguished while at in amber, they were esteemed in consequence the University, by an enthusiastic attachment to the precious inaterial by which they were su the liberty and independence of his country, rounded.» which he more than once publicly asserted with Mr Sheridan, in speaking of the subject uncommon energy and eloquence and he was this memoir, said, « That there was no man wl equally admired for the splendour of his classical put so much of his heart into his fancy as To attainments, and the sociability of his disposition. Moore: that his soul seemed as if it were a part On the 19th November, 1799, Mr Moore entered cle of fire separated from the sun, and was a himself a member of the honourable Society of ways fluttering to get back to that source of ligi the Middle Temple, and in the course of the and heat.» year 1800, before he had completed the 20th Towards the autumn of 1803, Mr Moore en year of his age, he published his translation of barked for Bermuda ;' where he had obtained il the « Odes of Avacreon» into English verse with appointment of Registrar to the Admiralıy. Thi notes, from whence, in the vocabulary of fashion, was a patent place, and of a description so un he has ever since been designated by the appella- suitable to bis temper of mind, that he soo tion of Anacreon Moore. So early as his twelfth found it expedient to fulfil the duties of it by year he appears to have meditated on executing deputy, with whom, in consideration of circui this performance, which, if not a close version, stances, he consented to divide the profits accru must be confessed to be a fascinating one, of this ing from it. From this situation, however, hi favourite bard. The work is introduced by a never derived any emolument; though, a fer Greek ode from the pen of the Translator, and years since, he suffered some pecuniary inconve is dedicated, with permission, to his Royal High- nience, owing to the misconduct of his deputy ness the Prince of Wales, now George the Fourth. Alluding to his trip across the Atlantic, in a wor When Mr Moore first came to London, his youth- publisherl soon after bis returu to Europe, he says ful appearance was such, that being at a large Though curiosity, therefore, was certainly no dinner-party, and getting up to escort the ladies the motive of my voyage to America, yet it har to the drawing-room, a French gentleman ob-pened that the gratification of curiosity was the served, Ah! le petit bon homme qui s'en va !» only advantage which I derived from it.
Hlas Mr Moore's subsequent brilliant conversation, ing remained about a week at New York,. b however, soon proved him to be, though little of continues, « where I saw Madame, the half-repu stature, yet, like Gay, « in wit a mao.» Assum-diated wife of Jerome Buonaparte, and tell ing the appropriate name of Little, our author slight shock of an earthquake, the only thing published, in 1801, a volume of original poems, that particularly awakened my attention, I sailee chiefly amatory. Of the contents of this volume again for Norfolk, where I proceeded on my tou it is impossible to speak in terms of unqualified northward through Williamsburgh, Richmond, commendation. Several of the poems exbibit etc. In October, 1804, he quitted Amenica 0: strong murks of genius: they were the productions his return to England, in the Buston frigate, com of an age, when the passions very often give a manded by Cipt. Douglas, whom he has higlily colouring too warm to the imagination, which eulogized for his attention during the voyage. 1 may in some degree palliate, if it cannot excuse, 1806, be published his remarks on the Mouner that air of lubricity which pervades too many of and Society of America, in a work entitled Ode them. In the same year, his « Philosophy of Plea- and Epistles. The preface to this little work surer was advertised, but never publisheil. sufficiently evinced the talent of Mr Moore as :
Mr Moore's diffidence of his poetical talents writer of prose. induced him to adopt, and with reluctance to re
The fate of Addison with his Countess Nowaces ject, as a motto for this work, the quotation from holding out no encouragement for the ambitious Horace,
love of Mr Moore, he wisely and happily allowed Primum ego me illorum, quibus deilerim esse poctis, · The scene of Shakspeart's inimitable tragedy of « Thie Excerpam numero; neque enim concludere versus Tempest » is said to have been laid in the island of Ber Dixeris esse satis