Text: Edgar Allan Poe (???) (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Review of Eulogies on Marshall,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. VIII: Literary Criticism - part 01 (1902), pp. 114-115


[page 114, continued:]


[Southern Literary Messenger, December, 1835.]

WE have received Mr. Binney’s EULOGY pronounced at Philadelphia, and Judge Story’s DISCOURSE in Boston, upon our great and lamented countryman, fellow-townsman, neighbor, and friend [page 115:] — for by all these names did a fortuitous conjuncture of circumstances, including his own kind and prideless heart, entitle us to call him. We have read them both, with an interest created by long admiration and love for the subject, but rendered more intense by the beauties of the manner, in which the subject is displayed. We do not say, “materiem superat opus.” To such a material, no human skill could be incommensurately great: and Mr. Binney speaks with no less truth than modesty, in making it the consolation alike of the humblest, and of the most gifted eulogist, “that the case of this illustrious man is one, in which to give with simplicity the record of his life,” is most nearly to copy “the great original;” and to attempt more, “is

——— ‘with taper light

To seek the beauteous eye of Heaven to garnish.’ ”

But except Everett among the living, and Wirt and Ames among the departed of our countrymen, we doubt if any American, with the effusions of whose mind we are familiar, could have more closely rivalled by language the character and the actions attempted to be portrayed.

It is not our purpose now to review these two eulogies. A more extended notice of them and of their great subject, we defer for our next number; in which we shall, perhaps, give also a few light personal reminiscences of Judge Marshall.





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