« ZurückWeiter »
This when the people saw, who anxious press,
When Arthegall the lawless crowd beheld,
So Talus, when he routs the rebel mass,
Returns to Arthegall, and on they pals. P.S. A version of the whole of the Fairy Queen, of which this may be considered as a specimen, will probably be offered to the public before the close of the year 1892.
TO THE EDITOR. SIR, IF F by chance you have in your Magazine a retired and unoccupied corner,
where inexperience may find a quiet retreat, and if you can for a few moments descend from the grandeur of that sound morality, which is the characteristic ornament of your publication, to the fing-fong trifles of a canting poetafter, you will perhaps allow a place in your Review to these hasty rhymes of one, who has nothing to boaft of but a fincere love for his country, and a fixed hatred against the present existing enemies of all religion and morality, and every species of civil government and good order.
Your good sense will, I know, point out to you, whether you ought to reject or receive this essay; in either case your decision'will be equally indifferent, though entirely binding, to me :--if you find it unworthy your notice, I address you without the last reservation in the words of Horace:
“ Si te forte meæ gravis uret sarcina chartæ,
One farther hint I will mention: If the ridiculous appearance of the idea contained in these verses thould be made an objection to them, it will be sufficient to remember to whom they are addreiled. Every man muft be paid with his own coin; and to Libertinarians, the professed promoters and patrons of all strange and eccentric notions, nonsense is peculiarly dedicated :
A NEW AND IMPROVED PLAN OF FREEDOM,
When Liberty's the gen'ral cry,
When Freedom fills each mouth,
And freely grapt them both.-
'Twas always judg'd the best,
To fimply take the leaft:-
Alike in deed and thought,
Which foon fball make them free,
And give them Liberty.
(If more they will not atk)
Nor difficult the talk;
To every Freedom-man
To set about this plan.
Is to obtain * Promotion,
Let us adopt their notion.
* Cicero says, in his enumeration of the different descriptions of people which coniposed Cataline's Conspiracy“ Alterum genus dominationem expe&tant: rerum potiri volunt: honores, quos quicti re rublicii desperant, perturbati confequi fe poffe arbitrantur."--(Or. IId. in Catil.) And, indeed, were we to examine the lists and descriptions which Cicero and SalJust have given us of the reprobate followers of their Robespierre, we should
Grant each a frue exclusive right,
Upon a kindred tree,
And teach us to be free.
When rais'd above the crowd,
- In Tybune's Lane's aloud!
Let Niwgate's Records tell,
How these illuftrious fell.
To gratify their hopes;
I'd let them buy their röpés;
Of Sheriff or the King,
For half an ell of ftring.
To prove my plan the best,
And likewise please the rest.
Their mode of exaltation,
At this devoted nation,
Shall spread impartial joy
Man, matron, girl, and boy.
Shall view them dangling there,
Who living * puppies were.
recognize not a few of our factions demagogues most thoroughly delineated. A modern author has told us (in the Preface to an Abridgement of Locke) that there never was a Jacobin, who was not either a knave, a rascal, a coward, or a fool.
* It is observable that many headftrong young men, a&uated by the same felf-conceit and ambitious pride which foit Satan and his Angels Heayen, assert these schemes of liberty, and free-thinking principles, merely to thew their spirii; (or, rather to fenfible people their papyifm).--In our behaviour towards such characters, we may iake the advice of a modera aathor, who tells us, “ When you hear a young prig abuse Ministers start another topic, or hum a tune."-(Vide Hints to Freshmen.)
Britannia will exulting smile
Free'd from impending fate, *
Disgorg'd this monstrous weight.
Hope re-illume his ray;
To solemnise this day.
Drew on their worthless selves,
April 2d, 1801.
TO THE EDITOR.
SIR, was very sorry to see some lines which. Mr. Pratt had quoted from "Mr. laft month. You extracted them, together with their context, from Mr. Pratt's “ GLEANINGS IN ENGLAND.' But
Printer has 'made no less than four mistakes in four lines. In justice to the author, reprint them as follows:
How. Keen the pleasure that our grief repays,
As redolent of youth's refreshing days
Fancy the wonders of her Art displays." Afterwards, read“ Here, on my own old couch (the master cried.”)
* Thus Cicero says on the departure of Catiline from Ronte-2d Oration in Catilinam: Urbs quidem mihi lætari videtur, quod tantam pestem evomuerit."
† Our ancestors, the antient Britons, punished even the deserters of their country by initantaneously hanging them on trees; what punishment they would have thought sufficient for these professed enemies of their mother land, it may perhaps be difficult to imagine.
IN DE X
THE EIGHTH VOLUME.
Battle of Marengo, observations on, 482.
Beings, created, thoughts on their relative
Belligerent Powers, on their right to exa-
Proofs of his variety and weaknels, 460, Latin languages, announced, 170.
unexpected return from Egypt; 449-153
panegyricon, by a Frenchified
reflections on his character, 20, 28.
Booki, thote must necessary for the ftudy of
Boyd, W. Eiq his Letter Writer in the
Times refuted, 313, 314.
mostly of a Jacobinical tendency, 412. Atrictures on the author's prudence ! ib.
fured, 66—important defects pointed out,
71-his boundless fpeculations noticed,
7?-_great obligations of the author to Mr.
Pitt, 73_his grand specific for averting
all our calamities ! 74.-Antidote to Mr.
tory, 128-attacked by Ebenezer Erskine, Bouillé, Marquis de, Biography of, 225.
Burke, supposed to be Junius, 228.
Bank-Notes, remarks on the circulation of,
08, the fallacy of their cauting an advance
worth their relative value, 407.
scriptural authority, 86, 92.
tion of, 58.
Cambridge Teachers, remarks on the
cordant sentimen s and difference of upi.
nion prevalent among them, 38, 39.
tures on Ecclefiaftical Hiftory, Biography