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an assault, and Wolcot would have inflicted severe Juvenal entire, except in his grossness, and to make chastisement on Gifford, but for the interference him speak as he would have spoken among us. of a powerful Frenchman, who happened to be in this he has so far failed, that whilst he omits to present, and who turned Wolcot out of the reading furnish the glowing imagery, luxuriant diction, and room, where the scene occurred, into the street, impetuous fluency of the Roman satirist, he has throwing his wig and cane after him. In 1802, ap- retained many of his worst and most objectionable peared his long-promised version of Juvenal, which passages. It has been well observed, by a writer was attacked by the Critical Review, in an crudite in the New Monthly Magazine, that his translation but somewhat personal article, that called forth presents us rather with the flail of an infatuated a reply from our author, entitled, Examination of rustic, than with the exterminating falchion of Juthe Strictures of the Critical Review upon Juve- venal. His Baviad and Mæviad evince first-rate nal.
satirical powers; but in these, as in most of his In 1805, and 1816, he published, successively, writings, a degree of coarse virulence displays his editions of Massinger, and Ben Jonson ; and in itself, which shows that literary associations had 1821, appeared his translation of Persius. He next not refined his mind. edited the works of Ford, in two volumes ; and he These satires would not have found a place in had proceeded with five volumes of those of Shir- this collection, but for their intimate connexion ley, when his labours were terminated by his death. with English literary history, and the influence He died at Pimlico, on the 31st of December, 1826, they undoubtedly exerted in reforming public and was interred in Westminster Abbey. Being a taste, and preparing the way for that galaxy of single man, he died in opulent circumstances; illustrious poets who succeeded him. Of late years having enjoyed, for some years, an annuity from Gifford was principally known as the editor of Lord Grosvenor, besides holding the office of pay. the Quarterly Review, a work established by himmaster of the band of gentleman pensioners, with self in 1809, and of which he continued 10 be the a salary of 3001. a year; and, for a time, that of conductor till 1824. He also for some time edited comptroller of the lottery, with a salary of 6001. a the Anti-jacobin newspaper, in which he displayed year.
his usual acuteness, asperity, and subservience to The fame of Gifford rests principally upon his the party by which he thrived ; his politics being Juvenal, which occupied the greater part of his invariably those of his interest. life, and was sent into the world with every ad- Gifford is chiefly known in America by his base vantage that could be derived from the most care and venomous attacks upon us in the Quarterly ful attention on the part of the author, and the Review. These, however, were probably necescorrection of his most able friends. It still falls sary in order for him to retain the direction of that short, however, of Mr. Gifford's attempt to give periodical. He slandered for his bread.
stond too little of the language in which they were THE BAVIAD.
written to be disgusted with them. In this there
was not much harm ; nor, indeed, much good : but, INTRODUCTION.
as folly is progressive, they soon wrought themTota cohors tamen est inimica, omnesque manipli selves into an opinion that the fine things were Consensu magno officiunt: lignum erit ergo really deserved, which they mutually said and sung Declamatoris Mutinensis corde Vagelli,
of each other. Cum duo crura habeas, offendere tot caligatos !
Thus persuaded, they were unwilling that their IN 1785, a few English of both sexes,* whom inimitable productions should be confined to the & ince had jumbled together at Florence, took a little circle which produced them ; they therefore fr icy to while away their time in scribbling high- transmitted them hither; and, as their friends were fle en panegyrics on themselves, and complimentary strictly enjoined not to show them, they were first * canzonettas" on iwo or three Italians, t who under handed about the town with great assiduity, and
then sent to the press. * Among whom I find the names of Mrs. Piozzi, Mr. A short time before the period of which we speak, Greathead, Mr. Merry, Mr. Parsons, &c.
a knot of fantastic coxcombs, headed by one Este, † Mrs. Piozzi has since published a work on what she is pleased to call British Synonymes: the better, I suppose, to enable these foreign gentlemen to compre as much Latin from a child's Syntax, as sufficed to expose bend her multifarious erudition,
the ignorance which she so anxiously labours to conceal. Though " no one better knows his own house" than]
"If such a one be fit to write on Synonymes, speak.” the vanity of this woman, yet the idea of her undertaking Pignouti himselflaughs in his sleeve; and his countrymen, such a work had never entered my head; and I was long since undeceived, prize the lady's talents at their thunderstruck when I first saw it announced. To exe
true worth, cute it with any tolerable degree of success, required a
Et centum Talesi curto centusse licentur. rare con bination of talents, among the least of which may be nunbered, neatness of style, acuteness of percep- i Quare Thrales ! - Printer's Devul. tion, and a more than common accuracy of discrimina
2 Thus translated by Mr. Bulmer's devil, (the young gentleman who fur. tion; and Mrs. Piozzi brought to the task a jargon long nished the conjectural emendation above, which is highly spoken of by the
German critics :) since become proverbial for its vulgarity, an utter inca
And, for a clipt half-crown, expose to sale Dability of defining a single term in the language and just
A hundred Synomists like Madam Thrale.
had set up a daily paper called the World.* It not a day passed without an amatory epistle fraught was perfectly unintelligible, and therefore much with thunder and lightning, et quicquid habent read; it was equally lavish of praise and abuse, telorum armamentaria cæli.—The fever turned (praise of what appeared in its own columns, and to a frenzy ; Laura Maria, Carlos, Orlando, Adeabuse of every thing that appeared elsewhere ;) laide, and a thousand nameless names caught the and as its conductors were at once ignorant and infection : and from one end of the kingdom* to conceited, they took upon themselves to direct the the other, all was nonsense and Della Crusca. taste of the town, by prefixing a short panegyric 10
I waited, with a patience which I every trifle which came before them.
can better account for than excuse, for some one It is scarcely necessary to observe, that Yendas, (abler than myself) to step forth to correct the and Laura Marias, and Tony Pasquins, have long growing depravity of the public taste, and check claimed a prescriptive right to infest our periodical the inundation of absurdity now bursting upon us publications : but as the editors of them never pre- from a thousand springs. As no one appeared, and tended to criticise their harmless productions, they as the evil grew every day more alarming, (for bedwere merely perused, laughed at, and forgotten. ridden old women, and girls at their samplers boA paper, therefore, which introduced their trash gan to rave,) I determined, without much confidence with hyperbolical encomiums, and called upon the of success, to try what could be effected by my town to admire it, was an acquisition of the utmost feeble powers; and accordingly wrote the followimportance to these poor people, and naturally being poem. came the grand depository of their lucubrations. At this auspicious period the first cargo of poetry
1800. arrived from Florence, and was given to the public
Whoever has read the first editions of the BAVIAD through the medium of this favoured paper. There must have perceived, that its satire was directwas a specious brilliancy in these exotics which ed against the wretched taste of the followers of dazzled the native grubs who had never ventured the Cruscan school, without the slightest reference beyond a sheep, and a crook, and a rose tree grove, to their other qualities, moral or political. with an ostentatious display of “ blue hills,” and
In this I should have persevered to the end, had "crashing torrents," and " petrifying suns!"+ From I not been provoked to transgress the bounds pre admiration to imitation is but a step. Honest Yonda scribed to myself, by the diabolical conduct of one tried his hand at a descriptive ode, and succeeded of my heroes, the notorious Anthony Pasquin. beyond his hopes ; Anna Matilda followed ; in a
This man, who earned a miserable subsistence word,
by working on the fear or vanity of artists, actors,
&c., hardened by impunity, flew' at length at higher Contagio labem Hanc dedit in plures, sicut grex totus in agris Unius scabie cadit, et porrigine porci.
some time, Della Crusca became impatient for a sight While the epidemic malady was raging from fool of his beloved, and Anna, in evil hour, consented to be to foul, Della Crusca came over, and immediately come visible. What was the consequence ? announced himself by a sonnet to Love. Anna
Tacia places, audita places, si non rideare Matilda wrote an incomparable piece of nonsense Tota places, neutro si videare places. in praise of it: and the two “great luminaries of
Mr. Bell, however, tells the story another way. Accord. the age," as Mr. Bell properly calls them, fell despe- ing to him, “ Chance alone procured the interview." rately in lovet with each other. From that period, Whatever procured it, all the lovers of “ true poetry,"
with Mrs. Piozzi at their head, expected wonders from
it. The flame that burned with such ardour while the * In this paper were given the earliest specimens of lady was yet unseen, they hoped would blaze with unerthose unqualified and audacious attacks on all priva ampled rightness at the sight of the bewitching object. character; which the town first smiled at for their Such were their hopes. But what, as Dr. Johnson quaintness, then toleraled for their absurdity, and now, gravely asks, are the hopes of man! or indeed of woman! that other papers, equally wicked, and more intelligible, -for this fatal meeting put an end to the whole. With have ventured to imitate it,-will have to lament to the the exception of a marvellous dithyrambic, which Della last hour of British liberty.
Crusca wrote while the impression was yet warm upon + Here Mr. Parsons is pleased to advance his farthing him, and which consequently gave a most accurate acrushlight. “Crashing torrents and petrifying suns are count of it, nothing has since appeared to the honour of extremely ridiculous,"–habes confitentem!" but they are Anna Matilda : and the “tenth muse," the "angel,” the not to be found in the Florence Miscellany." Who said “goddess," has sunk into an old woman; with the comthey were ? But apropos of the Florence Miscellany. Mr. forting reflection of having mumbled love to an ungrate Parsons says that I obtained a copy of it by a breach of con- ful swain. fidence; and seems to fancy, "good easy man!" that I de.
-Non hic est sermo pudicus rived some prodigious advantage from it: yet I had written
In vetula, quoties lascivum intervenit illud both the poems, and all the notes save one, before I knew
Ζωη και Ψυχη. . that there was such a treasure in existence. He might have seen, if passion had not rendered him as blind as
* Kingdom. This is a trifle. Heaven itself, if we may be a mill horse, that I constantly allude to poems published
lieve Mrs. Robinson, took part in the general infatuation: separately in the periodical sheets of the day, and after- -"When midst ethereal fire ward collected with great parade by Bell and others. I Thou strikest thy DELLA CRUSCAN lyre, never looked into the Florence Miscellany but once ;
Round to catch the heavenly song, and the only use then made of it was to extract a sound
Myriads of wondering seraphs throng !" ing passage from the odes of that deep-mouthed Theban, l'almost shudder while I quote: but so it ever is, Bertie Greathead, Esq. 1 The termination of this "everlasting" attachment
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. was curious. When the genuine enthusiasm of the cor- And Merry had given an example of impious temerity, respondence (Preface to the Album) had continued for I which this wretched woman was but too eager to imitate
A PARAPHRASTIC IMITATION OF THE FIRST SATIRK
game, and directed his attacks against an illustrious persecuted brethren, to shift for himself. He accordstranger.
ingly engaged in a New York paper, called “ The These, which were continued, from day to day, Federalist,” but unfortunately his writings did not in the Morning Post, with a rancour that seemed happen to hit the taste of his adopted countrymen; indefatigable, were, after some time, incorporated for after a few numbers had appeared, he was with such additional falsehoods as the most savage taken up for a libel, and is now either chained to hostility could supply, and printed in a book, to a wheelbarrow on the Albany road, or rotting in which Anthony thought fit prefix his name. the provincial jail.
It was now that I first found a fair opportunity I take some little credit to myself for having for dragging this pest before the public, and setting driven this pernicious pest out of the society upon him up to view in his true light. I was not slow which he preyed : I say some little-for, to be canin seizing it, and the immediate consequence was, did, (though I would not have shrunk from any that an action was commenced, or threatened talents in the contest,) the warfare with Anthony against every publisher of the Baviad.
was finished ere well begun. Short and slight as If we did not know the horror which these obscure it was, however, it furnishes an important lesson. reptiles, who fatten on the filthy dregs of slander Those general slanderers, those bugbears of a timid and obscenity, feel at being forced into day, we public, are as sneaking as they are insolent, as weak might be justly surprised that a man who lived by as they are wicked.-Resist them, and like the violating the law should have recourse to it for devil, io use a sacred expression, “ Resist them, protection ; that a common libeller, who spared no and they will flee from you." rank nor condition, should cry out on the license of the times, and solicit pity and redress from that community, almost every individual of which he
THE BAVIAD; had wantonly and wickedly insulted.
The first, and, indeed, the only trial that came on, was that of Mr. Faulder, (a name not often coupled with that of a dealer in libels,) who was
Impune ergo mihi recitaderit ille SONETTAS, not only acquitted, but, by a verdict of his peers,
Hic EleG08. declared to have been unjustly put in a state of accusation.
P. WHEN I look round on man, and find how vain Mr. Garrow was furnished with a number of ex. His passionstracts from Anthony's multifarious productions. I
F. Save me from this canting strain ! lamented at first, that the impatient indignation of Why, who will read it? the jury at the plaintiff's baseness, coinciding with
P. This, my friend, to me that of the upright judge who presided, stopped him F. None, by my lise. short, and prevented their being read. But I am
P. What! none ? Sure, two or threenow satisfied with the interruption. It is better that F. No, no; not one. "Tis sad ; butsuch a collection of slander, and obscenity, and
P. “ Sad, but !"-Why? treason, and impiety, should moulder in the obscu. Pity is insult here. I care not, I, rity to which its ineffable stupidity has con- Though Boswell,* of a song and supper vain, demned it, than that it should be brought forward to the reprobation and abhorrence of the public.
* Cui non dictus Hylas ? And who has not heard of Mr. Erskine, who did every thing for his client James Boswell, E97.7 All the world knows (for all the which could be expected from his integrity and world has it under his own hand) that he composed a abilities, applied in the “next ensuing term” for a BALLAD in honour of Mr. Pitt, with very little assistance new trial.--I have forgotten the motives for this from Dr. Trusler, and less from Mr. Dibdin; which he application, but it was resisted by Lord Kenyon ; produced, to the utter confusion of the Foxites, and sang and chiefly on the ground of the marked indignation thanks to the scombri, et quirquid ineptis amicitur chartis,
al the lord mayor's table. This important“ state paper,' shown by the jury at the plaintiff's infamous con- I have not been able w procure ; but the terror and disduct and character, and that, even before Mr. may which it occasioned among the enemy, with a Garrow had fully entered into them,
variety of other circumsiances highly necessary to be To finish Anthony's history.—His occupation was known, may be gathered from the following letter: now gone. As a minister of malevolence he was
" To the Conductor of the World. no longer worth hiring; and as a dispenser of fame, no longer worth feeding. Thus abandoned, with with my State Ballad,“ the Gaucer of London,' and they
Sir,—The wasps of opposition have been very busy out meat and without money, he applied to a chari- are welcome. Pray let them know that I am vain of a table institution for a few guineas, with which he hasty composition which has prucured me large draughts shipped himself off for America,
of that popular applause in which Idlelight. Let me add, -Leonum
that there was certainly no servility on my part; for I Arida nutrix.
publicly declared in Guildhall, between the encores,
that this same Grocer had treated me arrogantly and But he was even here too late ; that country had ungratefully; but that, from his great merit as a minister, discovered, some time before Anthony reached it, I was compelled to support him!' that receiving into its bogom the refuse and offal * The time will come when I shall have a proper oppor. of every clime, and seemingly for no other reason tunity to show, that in one instance, at least
, the man
" JAM. BOS.” but because they were so, was neither the way to has wanted wisdomgrow rich nor respectable. Anthony had, therefore, Atqui vultus erat multa et præclara minantis ! no congratulatory addresses presented to him on
Poor Bozzy! But I too threaten.-And is there nee hus arrival, but was left, with hundreds of his poor of thy example, then, to convince us that on
And Bell's whole choir,* (an ever-jingling train,) No, not a whit. Let the besotted town
To that best boon of heaven, to COMMON SENSE,
Knee-worship to the idol of the day :
For all are-
F. What? speak freely ; let me know. *** BELL'S WHOLE CHOIR ! Quousque tantum-Yes,
P. O might I! durst I! Then—but let it go ; sir, I am proud of the insinuation while I despise it. Yet, when I view the follies that engage The owl, they say, was a baker's daughter. We know The full-grown children of this piping age ; what we are, but we know not what we MAY BE. There. See snivelling Jerningham, at fifty, weep by hangs a tale: and the World shall have it-Choice O'er love-lorn oxen and deserted sheep; BIOGRAPHY is the boast of my paper-Verba sat-I have See Cowley* frisk it to one ding-dong chime, friends—so has Laura Maria-She is the Sappho of the And weekly cuckold her poor spouse in rhyme ; age. I wrong her-The MONTHLY REVIEWERS read GREEK, and they prefer our fair countrywoman. I read See Thrale's gray widow with a satchel roam, Greek, too, but I make no boast of it. I sell Mrs. Ro- And bring, in pomp, her labour'd nothings home ; BINSON'S works, and I know their value - It is the bright See Robinson forget her state, and move day that brings forth the adder.'
On crutches towards the grave, to " Light o' Love;"+ “YENDA I despise ; ANTHONY Pasquin I execrate- See Parsons, while all sound advice he scorns, The brilliant effusions of fancy, the bright coruscations Mistake two soft excrescences for horns ; of genius only, illuminate the ORACLE--and Arno and CÆSARIO, names dear to the MUSE OF GLORY, constitute a proud distinction between the unfading leaves of the
* For the poetic amours of this lady, see the British PYTHIAN shrine, and the perishable records of the day.
Album, particularly the poem called the INTERVIEW. " JOHN BELL.
+ Light o'Love, that's a tune that goes without a burden. "P.S. BLOCKHEADs with reason'--you know the rest. - Shakspeare. I fear nothing-yet I love not everlasting feuds-Al a In the first editions of this and the following poems I word: Will one of my NEW COMMONPLACE BOOK s be ao. had overlooked Mr. Parsons, though an undoubted Baceptable ?
“J. B." vian. This nettled him. “Ha!" quoth he, " better be † This gentleman, who has long been known as an damn'd than mention'd not at all.” He accordingly apindustrious paragraph-monger in the morning papers, plied to me,i (in a circuitous manner, I confoss,) and as took it into his head, some time since, to try his hand at a particular favour was finally admitted, in the shape of a prologue. Having none of the requisites for this busi
a motto, into the title-page of the Mæviad. These were ness, he laboured to little purpose till Dullness, whose the lines: attention to her children is truly maternal, suggested to
May he who hates not Crusca's sober verse, him, that unmeaning ribaldry and vulgarity might possi
Love Merry's drunken prose, so smooth and terse; bly be substituted for harmony, spirit, taste, and sense.
The same may rake for sense in Parsons' skull, --He caught at the hint, made the experiment, and succeeded to a miracle. Since that period every play-wright The first distich contains what Mr. Burke calls “high
And shear his hogs, poor fool! and milk his bull. from O'Keefe to Della Crusca, "a heavy declension !" has been solicitous to preface his labours with a few matter !" and can only be understood by the initiated; lines of his manufacturing, to excite and perpetuate the
the second, (would it had never been written !) instead good-humour of his audience. As the reader may pro- of gratifying the ambition of Mr. Parsons, as I fondly ex. bably not dislike a short specimen of Mr. Andrews' won pected, and quieting him for ever, had a most fatal effect der-working poetry, I have subjoined the following er
upon his poor head, and, from an honest, painstaking tract from his last and best performance, his prologue to gentleman, converted him, in imagination, into a MinoLorenzo. "Feg," cries fat Madam Dump, from Wapping Wall,
Continuo implevit falsis mugitibus urbem, "I don't love plays no longer not at all ;
Et sæpe in lsevi quæsivit cornua fronte. They're now so vulgar, and begin so soon,
The motto appeared on a Wednesday; and on the SaNone but low people dines till afternoon;
turday after, the morosoph Este (who appears to have Then they mean summot, and the like o'that, believed in the reality of the metamorphosis) published And it's impossible to sit and chat.
the first bellowings of Mr. Parsons, with the following in. Give me the uppero, where folks come so grand in,
troduction :And nobody need have no understanding, Ambizione! del tiranno!
therefore, I wash my hands—but I would fain ask Messrs. Morton and Reg. Piu forte, piu piano, a che fin
nolds, ("the worthy followers of O'Keefe, and the present supporters of the Zounds! here's my warrant, and I will come in.
British stage, ") whether it be absolutely necessary to introduce their pieces
with such ineffable nonsense as this,-Diavolo; who comes here to so confound us?
- Betty, it's come into my head The constables, to take you to the round-house
Old maids grow cross because their cats are dead; De round-house -Mi!
My governess hath been in such a fuss Now comes the dance, the demi charactere,
About the death of our old tabby puss. Chacone, the pas de deux, the here, the there
She wcars black stockings-ah! ah! what a pother, And last, the chief high bounding on the loose toe,
'Cause one old cat's in mourning for another la Or poised like any Mercury, O che gusto !"
If it be not-for pity's sake, gentlemen, spare us the disgrace of it; and O
heavens! if it be-deiga in mercy sometimes to apply to the bellmen, or the And this was heard with applause I and this was read grave-stone cutter, that we may stand a little chance of having our doggrel with delight! O shame! where is thy blush ?
ribaldry "with a difference." -Morantur
I Parsons I koow, and this I heard him say, i
Whilst Gifford's harmless page before him tay,
Parsons of himself, Teleg. March 10 1 It is rightly observed by Solomon, that you may bray a fool in a mortar
Quam multi faciunt quod Eros, sed lumine sicco; without making him wiser. Upon this principle I account for the stationary
Pars major lachrymas ridet, et intus babet ! stupidity of Mr. A.; whose faculties, "God help the while !” do not seem a whit improved by the dreadful pounding which he has received. Of him, See the "Win-a Bartholomew-fair farce, by Mr. Reynolds
And butting all he meets, with awkward pains, Abortive thoughts, that right and wrong confound,
False glare, incongruous images, combine ;
F. Forbear, forbear; And noise and nonsense clatter through the line. And what the great delight in, learn to spare. "Tis done. Her house the generous Piozzi lends,
P. It must not, cannot be ; for I was born And thither summons her blue-stocking friends ;
Lured by the love of poetry-and tea.
Lo, DELLA CRUSCA !* In his closet pent, His right hand graceful waving o'er his breast; He toils to give the crude conception vent. His left extending, so that all may see
A roll inscribed “ THE WREATH OF LIBERTY." ON MR. GIFFORD'S MOTTO.
So forth he steps, and, with complacent air, * The following SPIRITED CHASTISEMENT of the vulgar Bows round the circle, and assumes the chair; ignorance and malignity in question was sent on Thurs- With lemonade he gargles next his throat, day night-but by an accidental error in one of our clerks, Then sweetly preludes to the liquid note : er in the servant delivering the copy at the office, it was unfortunately mislaid !"
And now 'tis silence all. “GENIUS OR MUSE". Why this is as it should be ;– the gods take care of Thus while the flowery subject he pursues, Cato! Who sees not that they interfered, and by conveying the copy out of the compositor's way, procured the
Recumbent eve rock the reposing tide. author of the Mæviad two comfortable nights! But to A web-work of despair, a mass of woes. the 'spirited chastisement.'
And w'er my lids the scalding lumour roll." Nor wool the pig, nor milk the bull produces.'
“* Tumour, a morbid swelling."-Johnson. An excelThe profundity of the last observation, by.the-by, proves lent thing to roll over an eye, especially if it happen, as Mr. Parsons to be an accurate observer of nature: and in the present case, to be “ scalding." if the three Irishmen who went nine miles to suck a “ Summer tints begemm'd the scene, bull, and came back a-dry, had fortunately had the honour
And silky ocean slept in glossy green." of his acquaintance, we should probably have heard no. " While air's nocturnal ghost, in paly shroud, thing of their far-famed expedition
Glances with grisly glare from cloud to cloud,” Nor wool the pig, nor milk the bull produces,
“And gauzy zephyrs, fluttering o'er the plain, Yet each has something for far different uses :
On twilight's bosom drop their filmy rain." For boars, pardie ! have tusks, and bulls have horns.'
Unus instar omnium! This couplet staggered me. I H, Νεμεσις δε κακαν εγραψατο φωναν
should be loath to be found correcting a madman; and For from that hour scarcely a week, or indeed a day, has yet mere folly seems unequal to the production of such elapsed, in which Mr. Parsons has got made himsel: exquisite nonsense. ridiculous by threatening me in the Teleraph, Oracle,
--_ * The explosion came World, &c., with those formidable nonentities.
And burst the o'ercharged culverin of shame." Well and wisely singeth the poet, non unus mentes
Days of old agitat furor : yet while I give an involuntary smile to
Their perish'd, proudest pageantry unfold." the oddity of Mr. Parsons' disease, I cannot but lament
--"Nothing I descry, that his friends, (and a gentleman who is said to belong But the bare boast of barren heraldry.” to more clubs than Sir Watkin Lewes must need have
---" The huntress queen friends.) I cannot, I say, but lament, that on the first ap- Showers her shafts of silver o'er the scene. pearance of these knobs, these .excrescences,' as I call
To these add," moody monarchs, turgid tyrant, pamperthem, his friends did not have him cut for the simples !
ed popes, radiant rivers, cooling cataracts, lazy Loires, * Lo, Della CRUSCA !
(of which, by-the-by, there are none,) gay Garonnes, 'O thou, to whom superior worth’s allied,
gloomy glass, mingling murder, dauntless day, lettered Thy country's honour, and the muses' pride- lightnings, delicious dilatings, sinking sorrows, blissful So says Laura Maria
blessings, rich reasonings, meliorating mercies, vicious Et solem quis dicere falsum
venalities, sublunary suns, dewy vapours damp, that Audeat ?
sweep the silent swamp;" and a world of others, to be Indeed she says a great deal more ; but as I do not found in the compass of half a dozen pages. understand it, I forbear to lengthen my quotation.
“In phosphor blaze of genealogic line." Innumerable odes, sonnets, &c. published from time to N. B. Written to the turning of a brazen candlestick." time in the daily papers, have justly procured this gen- "O better were it ever to be lost tleman the reputation of the first poet of the age : but the In blank negation's sea, than reach the coast." performance which called forth the high-sounding pane- “Should the zeal of Parliament be empty words." gyric above-mentioned is a philosophical rhapsody in
“Doom for a breath praise of the French revolution, called the “ Wreath of A hundred reasoning hecatombs to death." Liberty."
A hecatomb is a sacrifice of a hundred head of oxen. Of this poem no reader (provided he can read) is at this
Where did this gentleman hear of their reasoning ? cime ignorant; but as there are various opinions concern. ing it, and as I do not choose, perhaps, to dispute with a
“A while I'll ruminate on time and fate ; lady of Mrs. Robinson's critical abilities, I shall select a
And the most probable event of things"few passages from it, and leave the world to judge how EUGE, MAGNE POETA! Well may Laura Maria say, truly its author is said to be
" That Genius glows in every classic line, -"Gifted with the sacred lyre,
And Nature dictates--every thing that's thine." Whose sounds can more than mortal thoughts inspire.” *" Genius or Muse, whoe'er thou art, whose thrill l'his supernatural effort of genius, then, is chiefly distin.
Exalts the fancy, and inflames the will, guished by three very prominent features.-Downright
Bids o'er the heart sublime sensation roll, nonsense. Downright frigidity. Downright doggrel. - And wakes ecstatic fervour in the soul." of each of these as the instances occur.
See the commencement of the Wreath of Liberty, where " Hang o'er his eye the gossamery tear.
our great poet, with a dexterity peculiar to himself, has Wreathe round her airy harp the timorous joy. contrived to fill several quarto pages without a single idea.