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II. 2.

Hark! how triumphant shouts, and dy. Pleased, on her shores the illustrious esing cries

ile smiles, Through ravaged fields and flaming ci- Dread empress of the main, and peerties ring!

less qucen of isles. From rifted tombs funereal groans arise, And boding screech-owls flap the Victim of thy vengeful power, fateful wing.

The Roman cagle writhing lies, With thee thy terrour spreading train No longer doomed sublime to tower, appear ;

And pounce with lightning's speed the Grim murder leads the van, keen rapine

prize. seals the rear.

Sovereign Lord of feathered life, I. 3.

Resistless victor in the winged strife, Where famed Ilyasus rolls

His strong curved talons, and his beak His silver-streaming wave

no more Through daisied banks, and incense Shall revel in a rival's gore. breathing meads,

His pinion's dread expanse no more shal Nor marshalled, firm, nor brave,

loom ; · Spelled by Cecropian souls,

The lynx-eyed terrours of his piercing The purple pride of baffled Persia bleeds.

sight, Her gaily-vested offspring lay

That erst unnerved the marshalled foes Heaped along the crimson shore ;

of Rome, Whilst hungry vultures bathe their beaks Fade now extinguished in oblivious in gore,

night. And screaming, batten on the gaudy The fluttering people fearless spread the prey.

wing, Infatuate tyrant! who, in hapless hour, And mid the tissued clouds their joyful Or urged by demons, or by fiends

pæans sing inspired,

II. 3. Could'st fondly hope to exteriinate the The furious Gracchi, see, power,

Thy horrid ritcs prepare, Which glory prompted, and Minerva 'To sate thee, monster, with patrician

fired. Haste, shun thy fate, cross, cross the strait,

With seeming patriot care, Yon skiff shall waft thee c'er the flood; They hurl, inspired by thee, Away, away, 'tis death to stay,

Plebeian vengeanceon the great and good. Avenging Freedom snuffs thy blood.. From lips, polluted by thy breath, With hurried speed the Prince outstrip- The treacherous stream of rhetorick ped the wind,

flows, Soul-galling Shame before, Fear's shiver. To whelm in sanguine tide thy virtuous ing form behind.

focs, II. I.

And laws and order drown in end! Athens fair-plumed conquest crowned

less death. With glory's ever verdant bay ;

When Marcus doomed immortal Tully And still bad flourished fair the ground

dead, Unhallowed by a tyrant's sway.

Who, by thy aid, the wreath of empire But, foul fiend! thy presence sought

won, The blissful land, and direful mischiefs As the sad rostra bore his bleeding head, wrought;

Its matchless glory and unrivalled son, The blast, thy trumpet blew, transformed Through rueful Rome, funereal gloom, the race,

With horrour-shedding footsteps And bleached with fear fair Freedom's strayed, face.

But checked by fear, the grateful Witb headlong haste ihe affrighted tear, Goddess springs,

Flowed not to soothe his sacred shade. And cleaves with rapid fight the viewless Whilst childless virtue shriek’d with air;

anguish wild, To Albion's cliffs she glides on silver Joy, such as fiends can feel, in tay harch wings,

features smiled. And jovfu: finds a blest asylum there.

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With zeal the rising nation glows, Gallia nest thy triumphs own ;

Vengeance nerving every soul, Lo! there thy proudest banners wave; . Resolved the tide of ceaseless war to Thilst Albion guards her sea-girtthrone,

roll • And free born millions arrn to save.. On the curst author of their counBlameless Bourbon, virtuous king,

try's woes. Thy wrongs the breast of soft-eyed Pity See Austria's eagle, vigorous from his wring;

wound, Hemmed round by harpies in the civil Prune the strong wing, and lead the strife,

embattled van; Rebellion's da gger drinks thy life. United Europe rouses at the sound, Hoar time can ne'er efface the guilty Conspired to crush the foc of God and

stain; The horrid tale shall vengeful history The tyrant flies, he bleeds, he dies, tell;

Victorious Freedom views his fall, By the coarse hands of vulgar villains The nations free, exulting see, slain,

Triumphant Justice rule the ball The prince, the martyr, and the Whilst thou,grim monster, as thy favourchristian fell.

ite fell, But awful Justice raised her sword sub- Curst the rejoicing world, and murmur

ing plunged to hell.
And scarce a wretch survived the sacri-
legious crime.

III 2.
Fell Napoleon, nursed by thee,

MARRIAGE REGULATIONS IN INDIA. Where Cyrno's cloud-epcircled head

Tremendons threats the subject sca, MALTHUS, in his Essay on Popu. Was at thy baleful bosom fed. lation, quotes from Sir William Thy fostering fondness taught the boy, Jones the regulations respecting Predoomed each social blessing to de

matrimony, existing in India :--stroy ; To seize, unchecked by Vir:ue's awful “ Girls with too little or too much frown,

hair ; who are too talkative, who Through seas of blood, the imperial . have bad eyes, a disagreeable name, crown.

or any kind of sickness, who have no The little monster, on thy lap carest, Learned every human feeling to deride,

de brother, or whose father is not well Whilst dire ambition kindled in his breast, known, are all with many others exDeep guile, remorseless cruelty, and cluded ;' and the choice will appride ;

pear to be in some degree confined, No scene of sorrow drew the pitying tear, when it must necessarily rest upon a But shrieks and dying groans were mue

girl, whose form " has no defect ; sick to his ear.

who has an agreeable name ; who Lo! roused Iberia pours

walks gracefully like a Phenicopteros Her patriot legions, warm

or a young Elephant ; whose hair and To vindicate her captive monarch's teeth are moderate respectively in cause,

quantity and size, whose body has And poiat the battle's storm 'Gainst the proud spurner of her injured exquisite softness."


III. 3.

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arbitrarer. Nam ego dicere verum s gueui. Ac'ulli patientius regrebenduntur, quas qui rexime laudari merentur. PLIN.

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unfortunate Dorcasina Sheldon, and ART. 30.

have been inclined to believe that Modern Chivalry : containing the Ad.

the ingenious author had almost ventures of a Captain, and Teague

out.quixoted Don Quixote. At the

mournful tale of the " Coquette," O'Regan, his servant. By H. H. Brackenridge.

the doleful disasters of « Reuben Philadelphia. J.

and Rachel," the interesting intri. Conrad & Co. 2 vols. 12mo.

cacies of the “ Trials of the Heart" 1804.

the “ Spectator," &c. &c. many lr is a pleasure, in this land of fair misses under fifteen years of age, cent, per cent, to see, now and then, for whose use they were composed, a spark of humour and amusement have wept, and thought, they “ bad enliven the shade. We are glad to full cause for weeping." With find a man, willing to sacrifice a lit- more respect we would mention the tle of his time to divert his fellows labours of a southern adventurer in with merriment or please them with the lands of fiction. “ Arthur the productions of taste. In the Merwyn” and “ Wieland” are by novel department our indigenous no means destitute of merit ; though fruits have, though numerous, been the latter is rather too likely to but meagre. True it is that a scru. frighten little children in the night. tinizing hand might draw from their In the adventures of " Updike Undusty shrouds, several respectable derhill," we have seen the pen of the tomes, of American parentage,whose novelist guided with no vulgar skill title pages are stamped with this a. by a hand that now holds the scep. larming name. True it is, that in tre of justice. The writer of the this thing we have been unusually work we are to examine, like the anxious to equal, if not the eminence, author last mentioned, has descendat least the fertility of our Europe. ed from the bench of law, to laugh an brethren. Many of us have his neighbours out of their foibles, doubtless dweli with great sympa- and convince them of their errours. thy on the pathetick history of the The distributor of redress and equi

ty, when he puts off the Judge, and to an unfinished performance we assumes the executioner, ought at can scarcely impute it as a fault. least to be as careful, as any other The work before us on the first man, that he does not act without glance has the appearance of being a warrant ; that his lash, if kecily on the same plan with those, just applied, is required by justice and mentioned. We are presented with regulated by reason,

Capt. Farrago, and his Irish servant, Works of the burlesque kind have Teague O Regan. We see them accomplished their object generally arranging their equipage in the out. in two ways, either by giving to a set of the work, and setting out in triling incident the buskined majes. quest of adventures; we follow ty of epicks, or by degrading the them from town to town, over hill real dignity of an elevated subject and dale, "over brook, and through into coarse and homespun auparel. brre we are successively led from The first kind is exemplified, anong one place to another, without know. other instances, in the s Lutin” of ing their name or geography, and Boileau, the “ Rape of the Lock," introduced to one adventure after and the “ Fun," by Gay; the oth another, without the least thread or er in the “ Batrachomyomachia,” connexion, and at the end of the attributed to Homer, its initations, book we turn back to inquire why by Addison, in Latin verse, and es. Captain Farrago, and his bog-trotpecially by the travesties of Homer ting servant were sent on this hard, and Virgil.

and fatiguing expedition, rather It is necessary, that in a work of than we or any other men. The the burlesque kind, thers should be Captain is presented to us as a plain sone olject or class of objects pro- rustick gentleman, whose notions posed to be laughed at, and to this were clear on all subjects, though end the reader's atiention should be bis modes of expressing them were directed. In Don Quixote we see rather stiff and quaint ; whose conthe gallant profession of knight er versation was a little tinctured with rantry, which its absurdities and ex- the learning of the ancients, and the travagancies had made a subject of good sense of former times. Such satire, bestowed on the inconsistent a person is certaiuly not very likely character of a plain country gentle. to leave the quiet of a retired and man and applied to the common in rural life, to perambulate'the councidents of life These two incon- try, and correct the disordered nogruitis lay the foundation for the tions of his neighbours. An au. ridiculous adventures, and pointed thor however has a magick art, td satires of that inimitable work. In which almost all difficulties may be the Hudibras, the subject proposed brought to yield. Judge B. actu. is the superstition of the English ally kidnaps the Captain from this Levellers and Independants, Here quiet, and solitary retiréinent, and a considerable part of the humour sends him to seek his fortunę “et arises fron the inconsistent character modo Thebis ponit, modo ct Athe. of the knight, as he is there drawn, nis." In order however to have and his squire with the office of de- some loop hole for his interference fenders of religion. On the whole in affairs entirely foreign from his however, the plan is much less reg- own, he is saddled with an Irish ular and well digested in this re- servant, who becomes the subject of 3p , than ibat of Don Quixote. mest of the advertures. In adventures there is much uniformity. chose that mode of writing, for the At the first town Teague is pro- purpose merely of conveying senti. posed as candidate for Congress, ments, which, in a didactick work at the next he is mentioned, as a under the head of tract or dissertamember of the Philosophical Socie- tion, could not so easily gain the at. ty, at another he is requested to de- tention of their readers.” This liver an oration on the fourth of Ju. apology however, gives but little ly, or, to perform the honourable excuse for the mode of execu. duty of editor of a paper. The tion, if, as we have stated, it be reader is soon tired of this sameness faulty. It is not unlike that of of plan, and of this want of connex- the lady, who excused herself from ion in the incidents. Were it not weeping at a pathetick sermon, when that the lash of the satirist is allow. the surrounding audience were all in ed to fall almost indiscriminately, tears, by saying, that she belonged and that much exaggeration is ne- to another parish. Undoubtedly necessary to give a ludicrous colour every author has a right to make to the game incidents, and charac- his work whatever he pleases ; but ters of common life; were it not if he clothes it in the form and cirfor these reasons, we should be dis. cumstance of any class of works beposed to blame the Judge for ex. fore known and defined, as such it hibiting Teague, a complication of must be judged in some respects, every species of roguery, and barbar- that is to say, as far, as it is a merit ousness, as a true example of the I. to execute it on a regular plan, conrish character. We should be dis- formed to the rules of criticism, posed to blame ; Sir John Carr, and which, in their turn, are drawn from Miss Edgeworth, and Miss Owen- the great examples of eminent pre. son, the champions of Ireland, ceding authors. The author of would show him but little mercy. Madoc, after choosing an important

This work then has but small pre- historical fact, and relating it in potensions to the title of a regular etical narrative, with the proper performance of the burlesque kind. pendages of episodes, descriptions, But it may be said, that we have characters, &c. finding that it is in been all this time “querentes nodum, some measure deficient in vnity, and in scirpo ;” and that the author perhaps in some other requisite qualavowedly makes no pretensions to ities, declares, in his preface, with any thing of that kind. For on p. great independence, that his poem 28. part 2, Vol. I, he says “ I mean assumes not the degraded title of this tale of a Captain travelling, but Epick. But as an Epick it was as a vehicle to my way of thinking written, and as an Epick, it has , on some subjects, just as the ancients been, and must be judged, notwith. introduced speakers in a dialogue, standing the protest of its author. or at feasts ;” and at the corclusion And the propriety of this, principle of the work, “ The vehicle, that I is obvious. No protest would forhave chosen of supposed travels, and bid an author fron receiving the al. conversations,affords great scope,and 'lowance of praise that his work had much freedom, and furnishes an op. decerved, and why should it shield portunity to enliven with incident. him from any part of the disapproDoubtless it is of the same rature, bation. with many things in the novel way, From this general view of the written by philosophick men, who work, te proceed to judge of it

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