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no effect upon the blind bigotry and determined rancour of men enslaved by the furious spirit of JACOBINISM, and hence these Poets are still at work; they still endeavour to show that the present state of morals and feeling are the result of prejudice, and to debauch the passions of the lower and middle orders of the people. Such poets can contemplate the downfall of an empire, the deftruction of a nobility, and all the horrors which a revolution may produce, with philofophical tranquillity ; but the sight of a beggar, the fall of a leaf, and even the decay of an old tree, awaken in their tender bosoms the most exquisite emotions of sympathy. Some of our Opposition Prints are in the constant habit of conveying to the public the poetic effufions of these very fusceptible bards, and there are booksellers of congenial principles, who gather their flowers of feeling, and present them to the world in the form of an annual bouquet. The work before us is chiefly a collection of this kind; most of the pieces which it contains are of the tendency which we have de. fcribed. To thew our impartiality we shall select what may perhaps be deemed one of the best specimens of the kind of pathos to which we have al. luded, and the good sense of our readers will enable them to determine whether the diftreffes it represents arise from the imprudence of the supposed characters, or necessarily depend on the present state of society which such wri. ters are incessantly labouring to overthrow.
TRAVELLER. " I
pray you wherefore are the village bells Ringing fo merily?"
" A wedding Sir,
« An ill. match'd pair So I conceive you. Youth perhaps and age ?"
WOMAN. « Nc-both are young enough."
Perhaps the man then
" Why Sir, for that
" Then is the girl
Her husband with a rude unruly tongue,
“ All very well, A little while,"
- And what if they are poor?
“ All this I have heard at church!
" You have known trouble, These haply may be bappier."
“ Why for that
“ Sare, sure, good Woman,
“ Sir! d'ye see that horse
“ A wretched beast !
" In truth it is not Sir!
" "Tis idleness makes want,
For growing wants ? fix years agone, these bells
The silver buckles went,
fee my rags ! but I deserve them,
TRAVELLER. “ Is this
“ Aye Sir, and were he dreft
“ You have taught me To give fad meaning to the village bells !" *“ A farmer once told the Author of Malvern Hills, that he almost constantly remarked a gradation of changes in those men he had been in the habit of employing. Young men, he faid, were generally neat in their appearance, active and chearful, till they became married and had a family, when he had observed that their silver buttons, buckles and watches gradually disappeared, and their Sunday's clothes became common without any other so fupply their place,--bur said he, Jame good comes from this, for they will then work for whatever they can get,".
Note to Corile's MALVERN HILLS.
We beg leave again to ask where the fault lies, after this lamentable pea! of the parish bells? If a man can maintain himself decently before marriage is the legislature to blame if he and the woman he marries grow negligent, and he pawn all his little articles of finery ? Surely the result of their jointindustry would render them more comfortable than before, and to their own negligence, indolenc, and vice they are indebted for the poverty and wretch. edness which attend their union. The invidious note only implies the opinion of one unfeeling farmer; but, bad as the world is, men in general are glad to see those whom they employ do their work chearfully, and make a decent appearance upon the produce of their industry.
A Peep at Provincial Routs. A Poem. 4to. Pp. 16. 15. Wright.
London. 1801. GOOD intentions feebly executed. The poet justly deplores the vices of Gaming, Luxury, and Dissipation; but his verses are deftitute of point, harmony, and strength, Tube Challenge accepted. A Poem. By John Stewart. 8vo. Pp. 12.
« Our true and loyal firm defenders,
More Wonders! an Heroic Epiftle to M. G. Lewis, Esq. M. P. Editor of
“ Tales of Wonder,” Author of “ The Monk" Castle Speatre,” &c. &c. With a Præscript Extraordinary, and an Ode on the Union. By Mauritius Mconthine, &c. &c. &c. 4to. Pp. 36. Barker,
1801. FORTUNATELY for us these Wonders do not bear fo extravagant a price as those of Mr. Lewis of which we had lately occasion to speak, or, independently of our utter aversion to the old woman's tricks, which are coming into fashion, at once to frighten and to please the grown Masters and Misses of the age, and most woefully to corrupt the public iafte, we should have an ad. ditional motive for execrating the reign of Wonders.
“ Neither personal animolity," says the author in his Præscript," noren, sious pride, dictated the following Epistle ; it is a defence of poetical