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property, in general, againít arbitrary invasion ; more than this, it is a tribute due to degraded virtue, and the violated decency of national taste. I shall foon expect to see the tremendous History of Raw Head and Bloody Bones" in print, accompanied by a molt instantaneous profufion of " Tales of Terror," in imitation of fo dreadful an original. Indeed; the “ Ægri Somnia" of Horace, that is to say, the extravagancies of a fick imagination, could dever be more properly applied than to those unnatural labours, which prefent us with nothing but skeletons and distortions ; and lead us to believe the universe itself, which we inhabit, to be no other than a great charnel. house, crowded with apparitions, hobgoblins, and spectres. Nay, human nature, on the whole; is a mere

“ Monstrum horrendum, informe, ingens, cui lumen ademptum.” The design is laudable; of the ability with which it is executed we shall enable our readers to form fome opinion, by laying a passage or two before them,

" Thee, now, let poignant pleasantry affail,
Thee, too tenacious of thy nurse's tale;
Thee, Lewis, I devoie to Satire's shrine ;
Tho' pert facility, perhaps; is thine,
Thine quick conception, of the quainter kind;
And taste, to trifles aukwardly inclin'd.
But why, to více, bestow a pander screen?
Why, with thy monstrous births, deform the scene ?
Why, build on blockheads an inglorious fame?
Who merely guess thy Merity by thy -Name ;

go
Who pass no further judgment; when they fee;
'Those all-sufficient vouchers,--M* and P:
Go to:-as well grave John's funeral croak
Might strive t'impart the spirit of a joke,
Or CLAREMONT personate the God of Wine,
CLAREMONT, who looks as he did never dine t,'
As thou, by such vile trick, aspire to raise

A splendid monument of deathless praise !"
The Bard declares that he can read with pleasure the fabled griefs of a
Dante or an Ariosto;

* But, when those fatal fantafies pervert
The wayward fense; not meliorate the heart,
When the numb'd soul is steep'd in ftupid trance;
And ev’n the Scriptures dwindle to romance,
I curse the madness of a guilty taste,
By thee, with more than vulgar glory, gracid;
Avert

my fondness, from such nauseous whims,
Preferring to Child Waters I, David's Hymns.

130 Like conj'rer's bag, how many a maniac's scull; İs with newts, toads, and asps, completely full !

" There is a moft marvellous spell in the two, apparently, fimple letters, M. P. For M. P stands for Member of Parliament, and P. M. for Paymaster." -Cornelius Agrippa, Jun. i ii Vide Speicer." I“ A celebrated old ballad of that title." NO, XXXIV. VOL. VIII.

Sure

Sure that the horrid medley will

go

down,
He spews his various garbage on the town,
"Till sprightly belles are frighten'd into fits,

And beaux, if bleft with any, lose their wits." He criticises, with feverity, the dramatic production of his brother bard, ycleped the Castle Spectre, and, moreover, accuses him of plagiarism, foreign and domeftic.

« In pity I forbear, as carrion prey,
To taint my noftrils with thine hideous Play ;
Where incident, and language, point and plot,
And all, but loathsome fpectacles forgot ;
Draw.bridge, and dungeon, knight, and trusty squire,
Squalid consumption, spectre cloath'd in fire,

150.
Illumin'd altars, and chimæras dire.'
Smit with the frenzy of a foreign race ;
Who all their beauty in distortion place ;
Who couple contraries, with equal ease,
As Taylors munch their cucumbers with peas ;
Was't not enough to filch their flimsy style,

But thou muft rob the Worthies of Our Ine ?"
He thus fubftantiates his charge of plagiarism.

" When ev'ry sense by pow'rful Sleep was seal'd,
And o'er the brain his poppy-dews prevaila,
In my love Study, lol methought, I fat,
Grave as an Owl, and pensive as a Cat;
Before my fight, in pompous garment gay,
Fresh from the Press, thy“ Tales of Wonder" lay
And much I gloated, with lascivious eyes,
On its white form, gilt edge, and comely fize;
When, fudden, from the lab'ring shelves around,
I heard, at first, a small, ftill, folemn sound,

That louder wax'd anon :-mand, now, I view'd,
Descending from their cells, the motley brood,
An animated host of various hue ;

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Pale yellow, chesnut brown, cærulean blue,
And glowing red, as if inflam'd by rage ;
All cover'd with the rev'rend duft of age !
Fierce they approach'd, and (oh ! extremest grief,)
Each from the stranger-volume tore a leaf,
Indignant tore ; and while my anxious mind
Quick doubts involv'd, scarce • left a wreck behind ;'
Then, to their sev'ral seats, alertly fled,
Mutt'ring low curses on thy fated head.

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Curious to know, what lucubration rare
Thore vellum-vefted knaves would deign to fpare,
Thy Tome, all tarter'd as it was, I took :
Good Heavin *! how much unlike the former book !
For they had pick'd the meat, but fpurn'd the bone,
And, only left thee, sy's, and Thy own.

240

* " Quantum mutatus ab Illo!".

VIRG.

Pleas'

Pleas'd by efie civil censure of the joke,

I shook my fides with laughter, and awoke. The ode is morë spirited and correct than the Bard's bag of Wonders. He condemns flippancy of abuse in other writers, and, yet in his own pert comments on the Author of the Pursuirs of Literature he is not only flippant but unjuft. He magnifies his faults, and is blind to his merits. Whatever de fects that writer may have displayed, they are greatly counterbalanced by his beauties, and it is our serious opinion, that he deserves the thanks of all friends to religion, morality, and social order, in the defence of which he has exerted his ability with success.

In describing the qualifications of a man of virtue and independence, whom be reverences and admires, he introduces one; which we certainly have never considered as a characteriftic of either.

“Who; from the plenteous store of knowledge, flings

On peasant's honour, or contempt on Kings." From the conftruction of these lines the idea is conveyed that to honour peau fants or to despise Kings, is a mark of virtue and independence. If he had really said; what we hope he meant to say, but what he certainly has not said, that an honourable mind would honour virtue though found in a cottage, and hold vice in contempt though seated on a throne, every heart would have beat in unison with the feeling, and every voice have re.echoed the sentiment. As it ftands, the latter part of it seems to reverse the scriptural precept HONOUR THE KING. Unio five Lamentatio Hibernica Poema Macaronico-Latinum. And an Ode

to Peter Pindar. 4to. Pp. 16. 15. Wright. London. 1801. THIS whimsical medley has one great advantage over the notable production of Dr. Geddes, in the poffeffion of bumour without falsehood. "It exhibits an odd mixture of Latin and English, interspersed with some fair frokes of satire and of wit. The invocation at the beginning will afford tolerable specimen of the poem.

« Vos, patriæ invoke pia numina, Nymphs of the Poddle +,
Vos Libertatis Pueri, cum Smock-alley Wenches,
Fishwomen et Ferrymen, precor aspirate canenti;
Flebilibus mea Musa modis miserabile carmen
Integrat, indignos mecum pityate dolores.

O, fi præteritos teferat mihi Jupiter annos,
Qualis eram! magnum cum Grattanus ante senatum
Lætus barranguabat Volunteeros, Militiamque,
Grandiloquens, verbisque sonoris Speechificabat.
“O, Patria, exclamans, Hibernia, maxima tellus,
Lo, fperata diu clarè latèque triumphat
" Hâc quæfita manu Libertas! Do tibi Free.trade,
Do majeftatem populo, populoque falutem.
“ Credo equidem, haud fallor, tali pro munere noftrum

* See the Anti-Jacobin Review for February, P: 193.

+ " Peddle, vel Puddle, fic dictum â vicino flumine, quo magna pars Dublini persæpe inundata eft. Hanc regionem habitant Liberty Boys, Decanus etiam atque Archi-episcopys---cum multis aliis.".

« Nomen

G g %

« Nomen n aftra ferent generi serique nepotes,
“ Et nati natorum, et qui nafcentur ab illis."

Quinpuaginta fimul nummorum millia grafpans,
Out-fralkat, parvo cum corpore, juft lite a Pigmy,

Quis tamen illius celeberrima gaudia noctis
Expediat verlu ! quot Fire-works, quot Luminations,
Quam multæ ardenti fulgebant lampades vila!

Vidit et obticuit cum inurmure Liffius amnis;
Audivere Lacus fonitum, foutofque frequentes.
Ipfe etiam ripæ confidens margine Dermot,
Conjuge cum Sheelah, audito line fine tumultu,
Startat, et bungreyos, bawlantes undique Brattos
Delerit, inceptum stir-about, carolque potatoes-
Quos ego! fed motam præstat componere mentem.
Scilicet, ah, misero cruciantur pectora luctu,
O Socii, O Comites, Cromaboo, Macnevin, O'Connor !
Venit summa dies et ineluctabile tempus
Hibernis ; fuimus Patriots, fuit Erin, et ingens
Gloria Dublini ; ferus omnia Pittus ad Anglos

Transtulit-en nostrâ Britones dominantur in urbe.” The manner of that low dealer in Doggrel, who assumes the appellation of Peter Pindar, is not badly imitated in the following ode, annexed to the poem.

Ode to Peter Pindar in his Own I'ay. " ARGUMENT.-The Poet complaineth of Peter's odes-adviseth him to desist-compareth him to a Laureat and Mistress More-grumbleth in the gizzard against Royal Chat-talketh of Mifter Death, and Madame Schwel. lenberg, of Gifford, and fallen Ministers----likeneth Peter to a penny Puffprophelieth no good to him, and compareth him to another Puff of a dif ferent flavour. ,

Ode.
66 Peter, I've had of thee my Belly-full

Thy Odes and Epigrams give o'er,
Tame as a Laureat, and almost as dull,

Gentle as Mistress More.
I'm sick of Courts and Royal Chat,
Of Kings and Queens-Ha! Ha! What! What!
Peter,

'tis

very flat,
Since Mister Death; rude Porter, and all that,
'Gainst Madame Schwellenburgh hath flıut the door.

Of Gifford I have had enough,

* “ Quos ego, sed motos preltat componere fluctus.”

Æneid. Lib. 1.
« Venit summa dies et ineluctabile tempus
Dardaniæ ; fuimus Troes, fuit Ilium, et ingens.
Gloria Teucrorum ; ferus omnia Jupiter Argos
Tranftulit--incensâ Danai dominantur in urbe."

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Æneid. Lib. 2.

And

And fallen Ministers, and such like stuff.

Peter, thou art a very Puff,
A
penny

Puff, bak'd in a pan of tin;
With swelling outside, little good within ;
Not very sweet, nor very talt,

Of Pastry-cooks the standing joke.
< Peter, thy wit will end in imoke,
Just like that other Puffmma F--t.”

NOVELS.

THE

The two Princes of Persia. Addressed to Youih. By J. Porter.

12mo, 35. Croiby and Letterman, 1801. HE Princes, Omra ‘and Behauder, are brothers, whose characters, tho

virtuous, forin a contrast of meeknefs and impetuosity, and are respec. tively corrected by the admonitions and instruction of Sadi, their preceptor. The aurhor informs us that, " for the tales with which Sadi lessons the Princes,” he is “indebted to a philosopher of that name, who really composed, and recited them to the youth of Persia. How" he came by them," he has os not obtained permission to repeat,"

The principal subjects treated in this little volume are--Pride, Personal Defect, Vanity and Idleness, Ancestry, Jutice, and Mercy, Procrastination, Government, Credulity and Culumny, Honour, Death, Dignities. In his introduction, the author says--

“ A celebrated Moralist has observed, that be who fets out in life, with moral principles deeply fixed in his heart, though a deceiving and deceived world should neglect hiin, will find, in his heart, a source of joy, which the world, with all its riches and honours, cannot bestow.

“ Thus, holding religion as the basis of that independence of mind, which is the best guardian of virtue; on this rock I erect the morals of my book. I have drawn its principles from the greatert philosophers of the world, and from the source of all truth, the Holy Scriptures."

A book, fo constructed, claims our mite of approbation, and we recom. mend it to those who are solicitous for their offspring to profit by the dictates of virtue.

MISCELLANIES.

Observations on the Account of a Plan for the better supplying the Cities of Edinburgh

and Glasgowu with Coals; by Ilenry Șteuart, Esq. LL. D. F. R. $. and 4. S. E. By an Old Coal Master, $yo. Pp. 64. Hill. Edinburgh. 1800.

AD we not rashly promised in our review of the pamphlet to which arguments of both parties in this canal controversy, we should hardly have

deemed

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