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Page 94, col. 2. "And bid a long 'good night to Marmion.'"] “Good “ That luckless music never triumph'd there.") Haynight to Marmion "-the pathetic and also prophetic ex- ley's two most notorious verse productions are " Tri. claination of Henry Blount, Esquire, on the death of umphs of Temper," and " The Triumph of Music." He honest Marmion.

has also written much comedy in rhyme, epistles, &c. Page 93, col. 2.

&c. As he is rather an elegant writer of notes and "The single wonder of a thousand years,"] As the

biography, let us recommend Pope's advice to Wycher. Odyssey is so closely connected with ihe story of the

ley to Mr. H.'s consideration, viz. "to convert poetry Iliad, they may alınost be classed as one grand historical

into prose," which may be easily done by taking away pem. In alluding to Milton and Tasso, we consider the final syllable of each couplet. the "Paradise Lost," and “Gierusalemme Liberata," as their standard efforts; since neither the “Jerusalem Con

Page 94, col. 2. quered" of the Italian, nor the “Paradise Regained" of

“Sepulchral Grahame pours his notes sublime."] the English bard, obtained a proportionate celebrity to

Mr. Grahame has poured forth two volumes of cant, untheir former poems. Query: Which of Mr. Southey's

der the name of " Sabbath Walks" and "Biblical Pic

tures." will survive ? Page 93, col. 2.

Page 94, col. 2. “Next see tremendous Thalaba come on."] “Thala

“What Terry sounds proceed from Oxford bells "] Sce ba," Mr. Southey's second poem, is written in open de

Bowles's "Sonnet to Oxford," and " Stanzas on hearing

the Bells of Ostend." fiance of precedent and poetry. Mr. S. wished to produce something novel, and succeeded to a miracle. "Joan

Page 94, col. 2. of Arc" was marvellous enough, but “Thalaba” was

“ Awake a louder and a loftier strain."] “Awake a one of those poems " which," in the words of Porson, “ will be read when Homer and Virgil are forgotten, but

louder," &c., is the first line in Bowles's "Spirit of Dis.

covery;" a very spirited and pretty dwarf.epic. Among - not lill then."

other exquisite lines we have the following: Page 93, col. 2.

"A kiss u Oh, Southey! Southey! cease thy varied song!'] We begr. Southey's pardon: “Madoc disdains the de

Stole on the list'ning silence, never yet grailing title of epic." See his preface. Why is epic de

Here heard; they trembled even as if the power," &c. &c. graded ? and by whom? Certainly the late romaunts of That is, the woods of Madeira trembled to a kiss; very Masters Cottle, Laureat Pye, Ogilvy, Hole, and gentle

much astonished, as well they might be, at such a pheMistress Cowley, have not exalted the epic muse; but, as nomenon. Mr. Southey's poem “disdains the appellation," allow us tu ask--has he substituted anything better in its stead?

Page 94, col. 2. or must he be content to rival Sir Richard Blackmore in “The bard sighs forth a gentle episode.") The episode the quantity as well as quality of his verse ?

above alluded to is the story of "Robert à Machin" and

"Anna d' Arfet," a pair constant lovers, who performPage 93, col. 2.

ed the kiss above mentioned, that startled the woods of " Thou wilt devote old women to the devil.") See

Madeira. * The Old Woman of Berkeley," a ballad, by Mr. Southey,

Page 95, col. 1. wherein an aged gentlewoman is carried away by Beel- Consult Lord Fanny, and confide in Curll.") Curil zebub, on a "high-trotting horse."

is one of the heroes of the Dunciad, and was a bookseller. Page 93, col. 2.

Lord Fanny is the poetical name of Lord Hervey, author

of Lines to the Imitator of Horace." "God help thce,' Southey, and thy readers too.') The last linc, “God he!p thee," is an evident plagiarism from

Page 95, col. 1. the Anti-jacobin to Mr. Southey, on his Dactylics.

“ And do from hate what Mallet did for hire."] Lord Page 93, col. 2.

Boling broke hired Mallet to traduce Pope after his de

cease, because the poet had retained some copies of a * And quit his books, for fear of growing double."] work by Lord Boling broke--the " Patriot King, "-which Lyrical Ballads, p. 4.--" Thie Tables Turned." Stanza 1. that splendid but malignant genius had ordered to be Up: up, my friend, and clear your looks;


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Up, up, my friend, and quit your books,

" To rave with Dennis, and with Ralph to rlıyme."] Or surely you 'll grow duble.”

Dennis the critic, and Ralph the rhymester.-
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“Silence, ye wolves! while Ralph to Cynthia howls, " And like his bard, confo ded night with day."] Making night hideous: answer him, ye owls!” Mr. W. in his preface labours hard to prove, that prose

DUNCIAD. and verse are much the same; and certainly his pre

Page 95, col. 1. cepts and practice are strictly conformable:

" And link'd thee to the Duneiad for thy pains.") See « And thus to Betty's questions he

Bowles's late edition of Pope's works, for which he reMade answer, like a traveller bold,

ceived three hundred pounds. Thus Mr. B. has exThe cock did crow, to-whoo, to-whoo,

perienced how much easier it is to profit by the reputaAnd the sun did shine so cold," &c. &c., p. 129. tion of another, than to elevate his own. Page 94, col. 1.

Page 95, col. 1. * To him who takes a pixy for a muse."] Coleridge's “Had Cottle still adorn'd the counter's side."] Mr. Poems,“ Songs of the Pixies, i. e. Devonshire Cottle, Amos, Joseph, I don't know which, but one or Fairies : p. 42 we have "Lines to a young Lady;" and both, once sellers of books they did not write, and now P. 52, "lines to a young Ass."

writers of hooks they do not sell, have published a pair of Page 94, col. 1.

epies-“ Alfred," (poor Alfred! Pye has been at him « All hail, M. P.! from whose infernal brain."] “For

too!)-"Alfred," and the “ Fall of Cambria." every one knows little Matt's an M. P." See a poem to

Page 95, col. 1. MF. 'Lewis, in “The Statesman," supposed to be written

“Dull Maurice all his granite weight of leares !") Mr. by Mr. Jekyll.

Maurice hath manufactured the component parts of a Page 94, col. 1.

ponderous quarto, upon the beauties of " Richmond - Ilibernian Strangford! with thine eyes of blue.”] llill," and the like it also takes in a charming view The reader, who may wish for an explanation of this,

of Turnham Green, Hammeremith, Brentford, old and may refer to “Strangford's Camoëns," p. 127, note to p. New, and the parts adjacent.

or to the last page of the Edinburgh Review of Serangford's Camoëns.

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“May no rude hand disturb their early sicep!") Poor

Montgomery, though praised by every English Review, ** By dressing Camoëns in a suit of lace ?"] It is also has been bitterly reviled by the Edinburgh. After all, to be remarked, that the things given to the public as the bard of Sheffield is a man of considerable geniu joeins of Camoëns are no more to be found in the original His " Wanderer of Switzerland" is worth a thousand Portuguese than in the Song of Solomon.

" Lyrical Dallads," and at least afty " degraded epics."


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for this, Lord B. substituted in the second edition :-" “Nor hant the blood-hounds back to Arthur's seat?"]

seems hat Mr. Brougham is not a Plet, as I supposed, Arthur's Seat; the hill which overhangs Edinburgh.

but a Borderer, and his name is pronounced Broom from

Trent to Tay :-80 be it."
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Page 96, col. 1.
"When Little's leadless pistol met his eye."] In 1806,
Messrs. Jeffrey and Moore met at Chalk Farm, The

Her son, and vanish'd in a Scottish mist."] I onght duel was prevented by the interference of the magis.

to apologise to the worthy deities for introducing a new tracy; and, on examination, the balls of the pistols were

goddess with short petticoats to their notice: but, alas! fsund to have evaporated. This incident gave occasion

what was to be done? I could not say Caledonia's genius, to much waggery in the daily prints.

it being well known there is no such genius to be found

from Clackmannan to Caithness; yet, without superPage 95, col. 2.

natural agency, how was Jeffrey to be saved? The “ The other half pursued its calm career."] The Tweed national“ kelpies" are too unpoetical, and the "brownhere behaved with proper decorum: it would have been ies" and "gude neighbours" (spirits of a good disposihighly reprehensible in the English half of the river to tion) refused to extricate him. A goddess, therefore, bas have shown the sinallest symptom of apprehension. been called for the purpose; and great ought to be the

gratitude of Jeffrey, seeing it is the only communication Page 95, col. 2.

he ever held, or is likely to hold, with anything hearenly. If Jeffrey died, except within her arms."] This digplay of sympathy on the part of the Tolbooth (the prin

Page 96, col. 1. cipal prison in Edinburgh), which truly seems to have “This scents its pages, and that gilds its rear."] Sce been most affected on this occasion, is much to be com- the colour of the back binding of the Edinburgh Review, mended. It was to be apprehended, that the many unhappy criminals executed in the front might have ren

Page 96, col. 2. dered the edifice more callous. She is said to be of the

“Declare bis landlord can at least translate!" Lord softer sex, because her delicacy of feeling on this day

Holland has translated some specimens of Lope de Vega, was truly feminine, though, like most feminine impulses,

inserted in his life of the author. Both are bepraised by perhaps a little selfish.

his disinterested guests. Page 96, col. 1.

Page 96, col. 2. “ The travell'd thane, Athenian Aberdeen.") His

“Peforms each error, and refines the whole." | Cer. lordship has been much abroad, is a member of the

tain it is, her ladyship is suspected of having displayed Athenian Society, and reviewer of “Gell's Topograplay

her matchless wit in the Edinburgh Review. llosever of Troy."

that may be, we know from good authority that the Page 96, col. 1.

manuscripts are submitted to her jerusal-00 doubt, for “ Herbert shall wield Thor's hammer, and some

correction. times."] Mr. Herbert is a translator of Icelandic and

Page 96, col. 2. other poetry. One of the principal pieces is a " Song on

"Puns, and a prince within a barrel pent.") In the the Recovery of Thor's Hammer : thie translation is a

melo-drama of Tekell, that heroic prince is elapit into a pleasant chant in the vulgar tongue, and endoth thus :

barrel on the stage; a new asyium for distressed heroes. “Instead of money and rings, I wet,

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The hammer's bruises were her lot.

" While Reynolds vents his dammes!' 'poohs!' Thus Odin's son bis hammer got."

and zounds !'"'). All these are favourite expressions of

Mr. Reynolds, and prominent in his comedies, living and Page 96, col. 1.

defunct. " Smug Sydney too thy bitter page shall seek."] The

Page 96, col. 2. Rer. Sydney Smith, the reputed author of Peter Plym- "A tragedy complete in all but words?"] Mr. T. ley's Letters, and sundry criticisms.

Sheridan, the new manager of Drury Lane theatre, strip Page 96, col. 1.

ped the tragedy of Bonduca of the dialogue, and ca.

bibited the scenes as the spectacle of Caractacus. Was “And classic Hallam, much renown'd for Greek.”] this worthy of his sire? or of himself ? Mr. Hallam reviewed Payne Knight's "Taste," and was exceedingly severe on some Greck verses therein. It

Page 9€, col. 2. was not discovered that the lines were Pindar's till the “Her flight to garnish Greenwood's gay designs."] press rendered it impossible to cancel the critique, which Mr. Greenwood is, we believe, scene-painter to l'rury still stands an everlasting monument of Hallam's in- Lene theatre-as such, Mr. Skeffington is much indebud genuity.--Note added to second edition. The said Hal- to him. Jam is incensed because he is falsely accused, seeing that

Page 96, col. 2. he never dineth at Holland House. If this be true, I am “In five facetions acts comes thundering on.") Mr. sorry-not for having said so, but on his aceount, as I understand his lordship's feasts are preferable to his

(afterwards Sir Lumley) Skellington is the illustrious

author of the "Sleeping Beauty;" and some comedies, compositions. If he did not review Lord Holland's per; particularly “Maids and Bachelors:” Baecalacrii formance, I am glad ; because it must have been painful baculo magis quam lauro digni. to read, and irksome to praise it. If Mr. Hallam will tell me who did review it, the real name shall find a place in

Page 97, col. 1. the text; provided, nevertheless, the said name be of two "And worship Catalani's pantaloons."] Naldi and orthodox musical syllables, and will come into the verse : Catalani require little notice for the visage of the ode, till then, Hallam must stand for want of a better.

and the salary of the other, will enable us long to recol. Page 96, col. 1.

jeet these amusing vagabonds. Besides, we are still " And paltry Pillans shall traduce his friend."]Pillans

black and blue from the squeeze on the first night of the is a tutor at Eton.

lady's appearance in troc.sers. Page 96, col. 1.

Page 97, col. 1. “While gay Thalia's Juckless votary. Lam be."] The “Of vice and folly, Greville and Argyle!"] To pre Hon. George Lambe reviewed " Beresford's Miseries," vent any blunder, such as mistaking a street for a mar, and is, moreover, author of a farce enacted with much ap

I beg leave to state that it is the institution, and not the jilause at the Priory, Stanmore; and damned with great Duke of that name, which is here alluded to. A gentle expedition at the late theatre, Covent Garden. It was man, with whom I am slightly aequainted, lost in the entitled, Whistle for it."

Argyle Rooms several thousand pounds at backgammor

It is but justice to the manager in this instance to say Page 96, col. 1.

that some degree of misapprobation was manifested : " Beware lest blundering Brougham destroy the sale."] but why are the implements of gaming allowed in Mr. Brougham, in No. XXV. of the Edinburgh Re- place devoted to the society of both sexes? A pletat view, throughout the article concerning Don Pedro de ihing for the wives and daughters of those who are blat Cevallos, has displayed more polities than policy; many or cursed with such connexions, to hear the Liliard of the worthy burgesses of Edinburgh being so incensed tables rattling in one room, and the dice in another! at the infamous principles it evinces, as to have with. That this is the case I myself can testify, as a late En1121 their subscriptions.-Here followed in the first worthy member of an institution which materially affects

an,-“The name of this personage is pronounced the morals of the higher orders, while the lower may not it the south, but the truly northern and musical even move to the sound of a tabor and Eddle withou: a

i u is BROUGH-AM, in two syllables ;” but chance of indictment for riotous behaviour,

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and Mæviad, the first satires of the day, and translator of “ Behold the new letronius of the day."] Petronius,

juvenal. “ Arbit's clegantiarum” to Nero, “and a very feilov in bis day," as Mr. Congrere's "Old Bank

Page 98, col. 2. suit of llannibal.

"Sotheby.") Sotheby, translator of Wieland's Oberon

and Virgil's Georgics, and author of "Saul," an epic Page 97, col. 2.

poem. * To live like Clodius, and like Falkland fall.") I

Page 98, col. 2. krew the late Lord Falkland well. On Sunday night I belield him presiding at his own table, in all the honest

“Macneil.") Macneil, whose poems are deservedly pride of hospitality; on Wednesday moroing, at three

popular, particularly "Scotland's Scaith," and the o'clock, I say stretched before me all that remained of

* Wacs of War," of which ten thousand copies were sold courage, feeling, and a host of passions. He was a gallant

in one month. and successful officer: his faults were the faults of a

Page 98, col. 2. sailor (those of dissipation]- as such, Britons will forgive “Why slumbers Gifford ? let us ask again."] Nr. them. He died like a brave man in a better cause, for Gifford promised publicly that the Baviad and Naviad had he fallen in like manner on the deck of the frigate to should not be his last original works: le: him remember, which he was just appointed, his last moments would

" Mox in reluctantes dracones.”
bave been held up by his countrymen as an example to
succeeding heroes.

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“Unhappy White! while life was in its spring"] “ From silly Hafiz up to simple Bowles.''] What

Henry Kirke White died at Cambridge, in October, IN06, would be the sentiments of the Persian Anacreon, Hafiz,

in consequence of too much exertion in the pursuit of could he rise from his splendid sepulchre at She raz

studies that would have matured a mind which disease (where he reposes with Ferdeusi and Sadi, the oriental

and poverty could not impair, and which death itself Homer and Catullus), and behold his name assumed by

destroyed rather than subdued. His poems abound in one Stott of Dromore, the most impudent and execrable

such beauties as must impress the reader with the liveof literary poachers for the daily prints ?

liest regret that so sliort a period was allotted to talents

which would have dignified even the sacred functions he Page 97, col. 2.

was destined to assume. « Lord, rhymester, petit-maitre, and pamphleteer!”]

Page 99, col. 1. The Earl of Carlisle has lately published an eighteen- “And here let Shee and Genius find a place."] Mr. peany pamphlet on the state of the stage, and offers his plan for building a new theatre.

Shee (afterwards President of the Royal Academy),

It is to be hoped his lordship will be permitted to bring forward anything for

author of "Rhymes on Art," and "Elements of Art." the stage-except his own tragedies

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“ Wright! 't was thy happy lot at once to view.") “ And hang a calf-skin on these recreant lines."]

Walter Rodwell Wright, lite consul-general for tlie

Seren Islands, is author of a very beautiful poem, just “ Doff that lion's hide,

published: it is entitled " Hora lonica," and is descripAnd hang a calf-skin on those recreant limbs." tive of the isles and the adjacent coast of Greece. Shak. King John.

Page 99, col. 1. Lord Carlisle's works, most resplendently bound, form a " And you, associate bards! who snatch'd to light.") Conspicuvus ornameat to his book-shelves :

The translators of the Anthology, Bland and Merivale, * The rest is all but leather and prunella."

have since published separate poems, which evince

genius that only requires opportunity to attain eminence. Page 93, col. 1.

Page 99, col. 1. " And Melville's Mantle prove a blanket too!”] “Mel. ville's Mantle," a parody on “ Elijah's Mantie," a poem,

“False glare attracts, but more offends the eye."] The

neglect of the “ Botanic Garden" is some proof of rePage 98, col. 1.

turning taste. T'he scenery is its sole recommendation. “ Leare wondering comprehension far behind.”] This

Page 99, col. 1. losely little Jessica, the daughter of the noted Jew King, seems to be a follower of the Della Crusca school, and

“Seems blessed harmony to Lamb and Lloyd.") has puislished two volumes of very respectable absurd.

Messrs. Lamb and Lloyd, the most ignoble followers of ities'in rhyme, as times go; besides sundry norels in the

Southey and Co. style of the first edition of the Monk.

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"And thou, too, Scott! resign to minstrels rude."]

By the bye, I hope that in Mr. Scott's next poem, his * Chain'd to the signature of O. P. Q."] These are the

hero or heroine will be less addicted to "Gramarya," sigoatures of various worthies who figure in the poetical

and more to grammar, than the Lady of the Lay and her departments of the newspapers.

bravo, William of Deloraine. Page 99, col. 1.

Page 99, col. 2. “And Capel Lofft declares 't is quite sublime."] Capel Lott. Esq., the Mæcenas of shoemakers, and preface

"Ict Stott, Carlisle, Matilda, and the rest.") It

may be asked, why I have censured the Earl of Carlisle, writer-general to distressed versemen; a kind of gratis

my guardian and relative, to whom I dedicated a accoucheur to those who wish to be delivered of rhyme, but do not know how to bring forth.

volume of puerile poems a few years ago ?- The guard

ianship was nominal, at least as far as I have been able Page 98, col. 1.

to discover; the relationship I cannot help, and am very « Bloomfield! why not on brother Nathan too?"

sorry for it; but as his lordship seemed to forget it on a Sce Nathaniel Bloomfield's ode, clegy, or whatever he or

very essential occasion to me, I shall not burden my any one else chooses to call it, on the enclosures of

memory with the recollection. I do not think that per.

sonal differences sanction the unjust condemnation of a " Honington Green.” Page 99, col, 1.

brother scribbler; but I see no reason why they should

act as a preventive, when the author, noble or ignoble, « May Moorland weavers boast Pindaric skill.") Vide has, for a series of years, beguiled a " disceruing public" " Recollections of a Weaver in the Moorlands of Stafford- (as the advertisements have it) with divers reams of most

orthodox, imperial nonsense. Besides, I do not step Page 98, col. 2.

aside to vituperate the earl: no-his works come fairly in * Recall the pleasing memory of the past."] It would review with those of other patrician literati. If, before I be superfluous to recall to the mind of the reader the escaped frm my teens, I said anything in favour of his authors of The Pleasures of Memory” and “The lord ship's paper books, it was in the way of dutiful dedi. Plea-ures of Hope," the most beautiful didactic poems cation, and more from the advice of others than my own in our language, if we except Pope's “Essay on Man:” judgment, and I seize the first opportunity of pronounce but so many poetasters have started up, that even the ing my sincere recantation. I have heard that some per. Dames of Campbell and Rogers are become strange. sons conceive me to be under obligations to Lord Carlisle:

if so, I shall be most particularly bappy to learn what Page 98, col. 2.

they are, and when conferred, that they may be duly ap* Bear witness, Gifford.”] Gifford, author of the Baviad preciated and publicly acknwledged. What I have


hambly advanced as an opinion on his printed things,

Page 102, col. 1. I am prepared to support, if necessary, by quotations from elegies, eulogis, odes, episodes, and certain face

"To paint a rainbow, or-the river Thames.")" Where tious and dainty tragedies bearing his name and mark:

pure description held the place of sense."-POPE. " What can ennoble knaves, or fools, or cowards?

Page 102, col. 1. Alas! not all the blood of all the towards."

“But coats must claim another artisan."] Mere com

mon mortals were commonly content with one tailor and So says Pope. Amen!

with one bill, but the more particular gentlemen found Page 99, col. 2.

it impossible to confide their lower garments to the Requires no sacred theme to bid us list."). The makers of their body clothes. I speak of the beginning of "Gam's of Hoyle," well known to the votaries of whist, chess, &c., are not to be superseded by the vagaries of his know, nor desire to know. poetical namesake, whose poem comprised, as expressly

Page 102, col. 2. stated in the advertisement, all the “plagues of Egypt.' “ As Pitt has furnish'd us & word or two.") Mr. Pitt Page 100, col. 1.

was liberal in his additions to our parliamentary tongue; “ Himself a living libel on mankind."] This person, 1 Edinburgh Review.

as may be seen in many publications, particularly the who has lately betrayed th most rabid symptoms of con. firmed authorship, is writer of a poem denominated the

Page 102, col. 2. “ Art of Pleasing," as "lucus a non lucendo,"containing lit:le pleasantry and less poetry. He also acts as monthly lads, old plays, and old women's stories, are at present in

“True, some decay, yet not a few revive.''] old balstipendiary and collector of calumnies for the “Satirist." If this unfortunate young man would exchange the ma

as much request as old wine or new speeches. In fact,

this is the millennium of black letter ; thanks to our Hegazines for the mathematics, and endeavour to take &

bers, decent degree in his university, it might eventually

Webers, and Scotts ! prove more serviceable than his present salary.

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" You doubt-see Dryden, Pope, St. Patrick's dean.") “Oh! dark asylum of a Vandal race!"] “Into Cam

“Mac Flecknoe," the "Dunciad," and all Swift s lambridgeshire the Emperor Probus transported a consider

pooning ballads. Whatever their other works may be, able body of Vandals."-Gibbon's Decline and Fall, vol.

these originated in personal feelings, and angry retort on ii. p. 83. There is no reason to doubt the truth of this unworthy rivals; and though the ability of these satires assertion; the breed is still in high perfection.

elevates the poetical, their poignancy detracts from the

personal character of the writers. Page 100, col. 1. “So lost to Phæbus, that nor Hodgson's verse.") This

Page 103, col. 1. gentleman's name requires no praise: the man who in

" For jest and pun in very middling prose."] With all translation displays unquestionable ius may be well the vulgar applause and critical abhorrence of puns, they expected to excel in original composition, of which, it is

have Aristotle on their side ; who permits them to orators, to be hoped, we shall soon see a splendid specimen,

and gives them consequence by a grave disquisition. Page 100, col. 1.

Page 103, col. 1. “Can make thee better, nor poor Hewson's worse."] And in his ear iu hollow, Mortimer!"-1 Henry IP.

" To 'hollowing Hotspur' and his sceptred sire.") Hewson Clarke, Esq., as it is written.

Page 100, col. 1.

Page 104, col. 1. “ And modern Britons glory in their sires."] The “ Beware-for God's sake, do n't begin like Bowles!") “Aboriginal Britons," an excellent poem, by Richards. About two years ago a young man, wamed Townsend, Page 100, col. 1.

was announced by Mr. Cumberland, in a review (since

deceased) as being engaged in an epic poem to be en“ And old dame Portland fills the place of Pitt.") A friend of mine being asked, why his Grace of Portinnd much ; but I hope peither to offend Mr. Townsend, nor

titled “ Armageddon." The plan and specimen promise was likened to an old woman ? replied, "he supposed it his friends, by recommending to his attention the lines of was because he was past bearing."--Ilis Grace is now ga- Horace to which these rhymes allude. If Mr. Townsend thered to his grandmothers, where he sleeps as sound as succeeds in his undertaking, as there is reason to boje, ever; but even his sleep was better than his colleagues' how much will the world be indebted to Mr. Cumberland waking. 1811.

for bringing him before the public! But, till that eveutPage 100, col. 1.

ful day arrives, it may be doubted whether the prema “Thence shall I stray through beauty's native clime."] are) has not, - by raising expectations too high, or dimin.

ture display of his plan (sublime as the ideas confessedly Georgia.

ishing curiosity, by developing his argument, - rather Page 100, col. 1.

incurred the hazard of injuring Mr. Townsend's future “Where Kaff is clad in rocks, and crown'd with snows prospects. Mr. Cumberland (whose talents I shall not sublime."] Mount Caucasus.

depreciate by the humble tribute of my praise) and Mr.

Townsend must not suppose me actuated by unworthy Page 100, col. 1.

motives in this suggestion. I wish the author all the suc“Let Aberdeen and Elgin xtill pursue."] Lord Elgin cess he can wish himself, and shall be truly happy to see would fain persuade us that all the figures, with and epic poetry weighed up from the bathos where it lies without noses, in his stoneshop, are the works of Phidias !

sunken with Southey, Cottle, Cowley (Mrs. or Abraham), "Credat Judæus"

Ogilvy, Wilkie, Pye, and all the dull of past and prePage 100, col. 1.

sent days." Even if he is not a Millon, he may be better

than Blackmore; if not a Homer, an Antimachus. I “Gell.") Mr. Gell's Topography of Troy and Ithaca should deem myself presumptuous, as a young man, in cannot fail to insure the approbation of every man pos- offering advice, were it not addressed to one still bossed of classical taste, as well for the information Mr. younger. Mr. Townsend has the greatest difficulties to Gell conveys to the mind of the reader, as for the ability encounter: but in conquering them he will find emplos. and research the respective works display.

ment; in having conquered them, his reward. I know too well “the scribbler's scoff, the critic's contumely: and I am afraid time will teach Mr. Townsend to know them better. Those who succeed, and those who do not, must bear this alike, and it is hard to say which have

most of it. I trust that Mr. Townsend's share will be HINTS FROM HORACE.

from envy; he will soon know mankind well enougb Dot

to attribute this expression to malice. Page 101, col. 1.

Page 103, col. 2. "Or low Dubost-as once the world has seen."]-In an “Difficile est proprie communia dicere: tuque."] Mde English newspaper, which finds its way abroad wherever Dacier, Mde. de Sévigné, Boileau, and others, have left

e Englishmen, I read an account of this dirty their dispute on the meaning of this passage in a tract maricature of Mr. H-- as a “beast," and the considerably longer than the poem of Horace. It is

tinn, &c. The circumstance is, probably, printed at the close of the eleventh volume of Madame to require further comment.

de Sévigné's Letters, edited by Grourelle, Paris, 1806.


Presuming that all who can construe may venture an horses is a promoter of all the concomitant evils of the opinion on such subjects, particularly as so many who turf. Avoiding to bet is a little pharisaical. Is it an excan not have taken the same liberty, I should have held culpation? I think not. I never yet heard & bawd my “farthing candle" as awkwardly as another, had praised for chastity, because she herself did not commit not my respect for the wits of Louis the Fourteenth's fornication. Augustan siècle induced me to subjoin these illustrious authorities. Ist, Boileau : “ll est difficile de traiter des

Page 105, col. 2. sujets qui sont à la portée de tout le monde d'une mani. “But find in thine, like pagan Plato's bed."') Under ère qui vous les rende propres, ce qui s'appelle s'appro

Plato's pillow a volume of the Mimes of Sophron was prier un sujet par le tour qu'on y donne.' 2ndly, Bat. found the day he died. - Vide Barthélemi, De Pauw, or teux : "Mais il est bien difficile de donner des traits Diogenes Laertius, if agreeable. De Pauw calls it a jestpropres et individuels aux êtres purement possibles.” book. Cumberland, in his Observer, terms it moral, 3rdly, Dacicr: Il est difficile de traiter convenable- like the sayings of Publius Syrus. ment ces caractères que tout le monde peut inventer." Mde. de Sévigné's opinion and translation, consisting of

Page 105, col. 2. some thirty pages, I omit, particularly as M. Grouvelle “Yet Chesterfield whose polish'd pen inveighs."] lis observes, "La chose est bien remarquable, aucune de ces speech on the Licensing Act is one of his most eloquent diverses interpretations ne parait être la véritable." But, efforts. by way of comfort, it seems, fifty years afterwards, "Le

Page 105, col. 2. luinineux Dumarsais" made his appearance, to set Horace on his legs again, "dissiper tous les punges, et

“ And Estifania gull her Copper spouse."] Michael concilier tous les dissentimens ; and some fifty years

Perez, the Copper Captain, in "Rule a Wife and have a hance, somebody, still more luminous, will doubtless

Wife." start up and demolish Dumarsais and his system on this

Page 105, col. 2. weighty affair, as if he were no better than Ptolemy and “And spite of puritans and Collier's curse."] Jerry Tycho, or his comments of no more consequence than Collier's controversy with Congreve, sc. on the subject astronomical calculations on the present comet. I am of the drama, is too well known to require further comhappy to say, " la longueur de la dissertation" of M. D. ment. prevents M. G. from saying any more on the matter. A better poet than Boileau, and at least as good a scholar

Page 105, col. 2. es Sévigné, has said,

" And Simeon kicks."] Mr. Simeon is the very bully

of beliefs, and castigator of “good works." He is ably “ A little learning is a dangerous thing."

supported by John Stickles, a labourer in the same vine. And by this comparison of comments, it may be per

yard :- but I say no more, for, according to Johnny in

full congregation, “ No hopes for them as laughs."
ceived how a good deal may be rendered as perilous to
the proprietors.

Page 105, col. 2.
Page 104, col. 1.

"Where Baxter only shoves.""] “Baxter's Shove * O'er Virgil's devilish verses and-his own.") Harvey,

to heavy-a-d Christians," the veritable title of a book

once in good repute, and likely enough to be so again. the circulator of the circulation of the blood, used to fing away Virgil in his eestasy of admiration and say,

Page 107, col. 1. "the book had a devil." Now, such a character as I am “And keep your bushy locks a year from Blake."] Ag copying would probably fling it away also, but rather famous a tonsor as Licinus himself, and better paid, and wish that the devil had the book ; not from dislike to the may, like him, be one day a senator, having a better poet, but a well-founded horror of hexameters. Indeed, qualification than one half of the heads he crops, viz.the public school penance of “Long and Short" is independence. enough to beget an antipathy to poetry for the residue of

Page 107, col. 2. a man's life, and, perhaps, so far may be an advantage.

“For poets (says this sage, and many more)."). I Page 104, col. 1.

have not the original by me, but the Italian translation “Unlucky Tarell! doom'd to daily cares.”] “ Infan

runs as follows:-"E una cosa a mio credere molto dum, regina, jubes renovare doloren." I dare say Mr.

stravagante, che un padre desideri, o permetta, che suo Tavell (t> whom I mean no affront) will understand me;

figliuolo coltivi e perfezioni questo talento " 'A little and it is no matter whether any one else does or no.-To

further on : "Si trovano di rado nel Parnaso le miniere the above events, "quæque ipse miserrima vidi, et

d'oro e d'argento."- Educazione dei Fanciulli del Sig. quorum pars magna fui," all times and lerms bear testi- nor Locke." zony.

Page 107, col. 2.
Page 104, col. 2.

“Is poor as Irus."] "Iro pauperior:" this is the « Master of arts! as hells and clubs proclaim.") same beggar. who boxed with Ulysses for a pound of “ Hell,” a gaming-house so called, where you risk little,

kid's fry, which he lost, and half a dozen teeth besides.and are cheated a good deal. “Club," a pleasant pur- See Odyssey, b. 18. gutory, where you lose inore, and are not supposed to be

Page 107, col. 2. cheated at all.

“Or an Irish mine."] The Irish gold mine of WickPage 105, col. 1.

low, which yields just ore enough to swear by, or gild a " A halter'd heroine Johnson sought to slay.''] "Irene

bad guinea. had to speak two lines with the bow-string round her

Page 108, col. 1. Deck ; but the audience cried out 'Murder) and she was " And double barrels (damn them!) miss their mark."] obliged to go off the stage alive.- Boswell's Johnson,

As Mr. Pope took the liberty of damning Homer, to Page 105, col. 1.

whom he was under great obligations--" And Homer

(damn him !) calls-it may be presumed that anybody " Whose postscripts prate of dyeing 'heroines blue ?!")

or anything may be damned in verse by poetical license; Jo the postscript to the “ Castle Spectre," Mr. Lewis tells

and, in case of accident, I beg leave to plead so illusus that though blacks were unknown in England at the

trious a precedent. period of his action, yet he has made the anachronism to set off the scene: and if he could have produced the

Page 108, col. 1. effect by making his heroine blue,"-I 'quote him

“ Let Havard's fate o'ertake him, who, for once.") “ blue he would have made her"

For the story of Billy Havard's tragedy, see "Davies's

Life of Garrick." I believe it is “Regulus," or " Charles Page 105, col. 1.

the First." The moment it was known to be his the “ Ere scenes were play'd by many a reverend clerk."] theatre thinned, and the book seller refused to give the $ The first theatrical representations, entitled Mysteries

customary sum for the copyright. and Moralities,' were generally enacted at Christmas, by

Page 108, col. 1. monks (as the only persons who could read), and latterly by the clergy and students of the universities. The

“Or mild Eclectics, when some, worse than Turks."]

To the Eclectic or Christian Reviewers I have to return dramatis persons were usually Adam, Pater Cælestis, Faith, Vice," &c. &c.—See Warton's History of English

thanks for the fervour of that charity which, in 1809, in.

duced them to express a hope that a thing then publishPoetry.

ed by me might lead to certain consequencer, which, Page 105, col. 1.

although natural enough, surely came but rashly from - T is strange Benvolio suffers such a show."] Ben- reverend lips. I refer them to their own pages, where velio does not bet : but every man who maintains race. they congratulated themselves on the prospect of a tilt

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