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In five facetious acts comes thundering on. (p. 599. | Lord C's works, most resplendently bound, form

Mr. $. is the illustrious author of the Sleep- a conspicuous ornament to his book-shelves : Ing Beauty:" and some Comedies, particularly “Maids and Bachelors;" Baccalaurei baculo

The rest is all but leather and prunella. magis quam lauro digni.

And Melville's Mantle prore a Blanket too! And worship Catalanis pantaloons. [p. 599.

(p. 600. Naldi and Catalani require little notice, for

Melville's Mantle, a parody on “Elijah's the visage of the one, and the salary of the Mantle," a poem. other, will enable us long to recollect these amusing vagabonds; besides, we are still black

Leave wondering comprehension far behind. and blue from the squeeze on the first night of

(p. 600. the lady`s appearance in trowsers.

This lovely little Jessica, the danghter of the

noted Jew K-, seems to be a follower of the of vice and folly, Greville and Argyle! [p: 599. Della Crusca School, and has published two voTo prevent any blunder, such as mistaking a lumes of very respectable absurdities in rhyme, strect for a man, I beg leave to state, that it is as times go; besides gundry novels in the style the Institution, and not the Duke, of that nanie, of the first edition of the Monk. which is here alluded to. A gentleman with whom I am slightly ac

Chain'd to the signature of 0. P. Q. (P. 601, quainted, lost in the Argyle Rooms several thou

These are the signatures of various worthies eand pounds at Backgammon. It is but justice who fignre in the poetical departments of the to the manager in this instance to say, that

newspapere. some degree of disapprobation was manifested. But why are the implements of gaming allowed

And Capel Lofft declares 'tis quite sublims. in a place devoted to the society of both sexes?

(P. 601 A pleasant thing for the wives and daughters of those who are blest or cursed with such connec- and Preface-writer-general to distressed verse

Capel Lofft, Esq., the Mæcenas of shoemakers, tions, to hear the billiard-tables rattling in one men; a kind of gratis-accoucheur to those who room, and the dice in another! That this is the wish to be delivered of rhyme, but do not know case 'I myself can testify, as a Jate unworthy how to bring it forth. member of an institution which materially affects the morals of the higher orders, while the lower Lo! Burns and Bloomfield, nay, a greater far. may not even move to the sound of a tabor and fiddle, without a chance of indictment for riotous

(p. 601.

See Nathaniel Bloomfield's ode, elegy, or whatbehaviour.

ever he or any one else chooses to call is, ob

the enclosure of “Honington Green." Behold the new Petronius of the day. [p. 599.

Petronius, “arbiter elegantiarum to Nero, Mand a very pretty fellow in his day," as Mr.

May Moorland-weavers boast Pindarte efill. Congreve's old Bachelor saith.

(p. 6o1.

Vide“Recollections of a Weaver in the MoorTo live like Clodius, ' and like Falkland fall.

lands of Staffordshire."

[p. 600. • Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur.

Come forth, oh Campbell ! give thy talents cope I knew the late Lord Falkland well. On Sun

(P. 601 day night I beheld himn presiding at his own ta

It would be superfluous to recal to the mind ble, in all the honest pride of hospitality; on

of the reader the author of "The Pleasures of Wednesday morning at three o'clock, I saw, Memory," and "The Pleasures of Hope," the stretched before me, all that remained of cour

most beautiful didactic poems in our language, age, feeling, and a host of passions. He was a

if we except Pope's Essay on Man: but so many gallant and successful officer ; his faults were poetasters have started up, that even the names the faults of a sailor-as such, Britons will for- of Campbell and Rogers are become strange. give them. He died like a brave man in a betier cause, for had he fallen in like manner on Bear witness Gifford, Sotheby, Maeneil (p. 601. the deck of the frigate to which he was just ap: Gifford, author of the Baviad and Mariad, the pointed, his last moments would have been held first satires of the day, and Translator of Juvenal. up by his countrymen as an example to succeed Sotheby, translator of Wieland's Oberon and ing heroes.

Virgil's Georgics, and author of Saul, an epic poen.

Macneil, whose poems are deservedly popaFrom silly Hafiz up to simple Bordles. [p. 600. lar: particularly “Scotland's Scaith, or the Waea

What would be the sentiments of the Persian of War," of which ten thousand copies were Anacreon, Hafiz, could he rise from his splendid sold in one month. sepulchre at Sheeraz, where he reposes with Ferdousi and Sadi, the Oriental Homer and Ca Why slumbers Gifford ?* once to: ask'd en tullus, and behold his name assumed by one

vain.

(p. 601 Stott of Dromore, the inost impudent and exe Mr. Gifford promised publicly that the Baviad crable of literary poachers for the daily prints? and Mæviad should not be his last original

works : let him remember, "mox in reluctantes Lord, rhymester, petit-maitre, pamphleteet ! dracones." The Earl of Carlisle has lately published an Unhappy White! while life was in its spring. eighteen-penny pamphlet on the state of the

(P. 60). Stage, and offers his plan for building a new Henry Kirke White died at Cambridge, in Oetheatre: it is to be hoped his lordship will be tober 1806, in consequence of too much exertion permitted to bring forward any thing for the in the pursuit of studies, that would have maStage, except his own tragedies.

tured a mind which disease and poverty could

not impair, and which Death itself destroyed And hang a calf-okin on those recreant lines. rather than subdued. His poems abound in such

[p. 600. beanties as must impress the reader with the Thon wear a lion' hide! doff it, for shame, liveliest regret that so short a period was allerAnd hang a calf H-skin on those recreant limbs. ted to talents, which would have dignified eves

SHAKÅPEARE, King John. I the sacred fupotions he was destined to assume

[p. 600.

Wright ! 't209 thy happy lot at once to viero. of a poem denominated the “Art of Pleasing,

(p. 602. as “lucue a non lucendo," containing little pleasMr. Wright, late Consul - General for the antry, and less poetry. He also acts as monthly Seven Islands, is anthor of a very beautiful poem stipendiary and collector of calumnies for tho Jost published: it is entitled, "Horæ lonicæ," Salirist. If this unfortunate young man would and is descriptive of the Isles and the adjacent exchange the magazines for the mathematics, coast of Greece.

and endeavour to take a decent degree in his

university, it might eventually prove more serAnd you, 288ociate Bards ! who enotch'd to light. viceable than his present salary.

(p. 602. The translators of the Anthology have since Oh, dark asylum of a Vandal race !

(p. 603 published separate poems, which evince genius “Into Cambridgeshire the Emperor Probus that only requires opportunity to attain eminence. transported a considerable body of Vandals.".

GIBBON. There is no reason to doubt the truth of False glare attracts, but more offends the eye. this assertion-the breed is still in high perfection.

[p. 602. The neglect of the “Botanic-Garden" is some That ... Hodgson scarce redeems thy fame! proof of returning taste : the scenery is its sole

[p. 603. recommendation.

This gentleman's name requires no praise :

the man who in translation displays unquestionAnd thou, too, Scott ! resign to minstrels rude. able genius, may well be expected to excel in

(p. 602. original composition, of which it is to be hoped By the bye, I hope that in Mr. Scott's next we shall soon see a splendid specimen. poem bis hero or heroine will be less addicted

, to "granarye," and more to grammar, than the And modern Britons justly praise their sires. Lady of the Lay, and her bravo, Williams of

[p. 603. Deloraine.

'The “Aboriginal Britons," an excellent poem

by Richards. Let Stott, Carlisle, Matilda, and the rest. (p. 602. It may be asked why I have censured the Earl

And old dame Portland fills the place of Pitt. of Carlisle, my guardian and relative, to whom

(p. 603. I dedicated a volume of puerile poems a few A friend of mine being asked why his Grace of years ago. The guardianship was nominal, at P. was likened to an old woman ? replied, "he least as far as I have been able to discover ; supposed it was because he was past bearing." the relationship I cannot help, and am very sorry for it; but as his lordship seemed to forget it Let vain Valentia rival luckless Cart.

(p. 603. on a very essential occasion to me, I shall not Lord Valentia (whose tremendous travels aro barthen my memory with the recollection. I do forthcoming, with due decorations, graphical, not think that personal differences sanction the topographical, and typographical) deposed, on unjust condemnation of a brother scribbler ; but Sir John Carris unlucky suit, that Dubois' satiro. I see no reason why they should act as a pre- prevented his purchase of the “Stranger in Ireventive, when the author, noble or ignoble, has land."-Oh fie, my Lord! has your lordship no for a series of years beguiled a "discerning pu- more feeling for a fellow-tourist ? but “two of blic“ (as the advertisements have it) with divers a trade," they say. reams of most orthodox, imperial nonsense. Be. sides, I do not step aside to vituperate the Earl; Let Aberdeen and Elgin still pursue. (p. 603. no-his works come fairly in review with those Lord Elgin would fain persuade us that all of other patrician literati. If, before I 'escaped the figures, with and without noses, in his stone. from my teens, I said any thing in favour of shop, are the work of Phidias ! "Credat Judæus." his lordship's paper-books, it was in the way of dutiful dedication, and more from the advice of I leave topography to classic Gell. [p. 604. others than my own judgment, and I seize the Mr. Gell's Topography of Troy and Ithaca first opportunity of pronouncing my sincere re cannot fail to ensure the approbation of every cantation. I have heard that some persone con man possessed of classical taste, as well for the ceive me to be under obligations to Lord Carl-information Mr. G. conveys to the mind of the isle: if so, I shall be most particularly happy reader, as for the ability and research the reto learn what they are, and when conferred, spective works display. that they may be duly appreciated and publicly acknowledged. What I have humbly advanced an opinion on his printed things, I am pre

POSTSCRI PT. pared to support, if necessary, by quotations from elegies, eulogies, odes, episodes, and cer I have been informed, since the present editain facetious and dainty tragedies, bearing his tion went to the press, that my trasty and well Rame and mark: What can ennoble knaves or fools, or cowards ? preparing a most vehement critique on my poor,

beloved cousins, the Edinburgh Reviewers, aro Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards! So says Pope. Ainen.

gentle, unresisting mose, whom they have already

80 bedeviled with their ungodly ribaldry: And other victors fill the applauding skies.

“Tantæne animis cælestibus ira!"

(p. 603. I suppose I must say of Jeffrey as Sir Andrew “Tollere humo, victorque virum volitare per Aguecheek saith, "an I had known he was so

VIRGIL. cunning of fence, I had seen him damned ere I

had fought him." What a pity it is that I shall Requires no sacred theme to bid us list. (p. 603. be beyond the Bosphorus before the next nom

The “Games of Hoyle,” well known to the ber has passed the Tweed. But yet I hope to votaries of whist and chess, are not to be superseded light my pipe with it in Persia. by the vagarics of his poetical namesake, whose My, northern friends have accused me, with pocin comprised, as expressly stated in the ad- | justice, of personality towards their great litevertisement, all the “Plagues of Egypt." rary Anthropophagus, Jeffrey: but what else was

to be done with him and his dirty pack, who Himself a living libel on mankind. [p. 603. feed "by lying and slandering,", and sjake their This person, who has lately betrayed the most thirst by "evil-speaking?" I have adduced rapid symptoms of confirmed authorship, is writer facts already well known, and of Jeffrey's mind

as

ora."

I have stated my free opinion, nor has he thence could impart a little of his gentility to his endsustained any injury: what scavenger was ever ordinate scribblers. I hear that Mr. Jerningham soiled by being pelted with mud? It may be is about to take up the cudgels for his Macenas, said that I quit England because I have censured Lord Carlisle: I hope not; he was one of the there "persons of honour and wit about town;" few who, in the very short intercourse I had but I am coming back again, and their vengeance with him, treated me with kindness when a boy, will keep hot till my return. Those who know and whatever he may say or do, “pour on, me can testify that my motives for leaving Eng, will endure.". I have nothing further to add, land are very different from fears, literary or save a general note of thanksgiving to readers, personal; those who do not, may one day be purchasers, and publisher; and, in the words of convinced. Since the publication of this thing, Scott, I wish my name has not been concealed; I have been

To all and each a fair good night, mostly in London, ready to answer for my transgressions, and in daily expectation of sundry

And rosy dreams and slumbers light. cartels ; but, alas ! “The age of chivalry is over, or, in the vulgar tongue, there is no spirit nowB-days.

There is a youth yclept Hewson Clarke, (sub- The following Lines were written by Mr. Fitzaudi, Esq.) a sizer of Emanuel College, and I gerald in Ğ Copy of English Bardo and Scotch believe a denizen of Berwick upon Tweed, whom

Reviewers :I have introduced in these pages to much better company than he has been accustomed to meet : I find Lord Byron scorns my muse he is, notwithstanding, a very sad dog, and, for

Our fates are ill agreed ! no reason that I can discover, except a personal

His verse is safe-I can't abuse quarrel with a bear, kept by me at Cambridge

Those lines I never read. to sit for a fellowship, and whom the jealousy of his Trinity - cotemporaries prevented from success, has been abusing me, and, what is worse, the defenceless innocent above mentioned, in Lord Byron accidentally met with the Copy, and the Satirist, for one year and some months. I subjoined the following pungent Reply :am utterly unconscious of having given him any provocation; indeed I am guiltless of having What's writ on me, cried Fitz, I never read ;heard his name, till it was coupled with the What's wrote by thee, dear Fitz, none will indeed. Satirist. He has therefore no reason to complain, The case stands simply thus, then, honest Fitz: and I dare say that, like Sir Fretful Plagiary, Thou and thine enemies are fairly quits, he is rather pleased than otherwise. I have now Or rather would be, if, for time to come, mentioned all who have done me the honour to They luckily were deaf, or thou wert dumbnotice me and mine, that is, my Bear and my But, to their pens while scribblers add their Book, except the Editor of the Satirist, who, it

tongues, seems, is a gentleman, God wot! I wish' he The waiter only can escape their langa

(n. 605.

NOTES TO THE CURSE OF MINERVA. "When Venus half avenged Minerta's shame." The queen of night asserts her silent reign.

His lordship's name, and that of one who no

[p. 605. lovger bears it, are carved conspicuously or the The twilight in Greeee is much shorter than Parthenon above; in a part not far disiant are in our country; the days in winter are longer, the torn remnants of the basso-relievos, destroyed but in summer of lese duration.

in a vain attempt to remove them. These Cecrops placedthis Pericles adorn'd

Athene, no! the plunderer was a Scot! (p. 60€.

The plaster wall on the west side of the tem

[p. 605. This is spoken of the city in general, and not scription, cut in very deep characters :

ple of 'Minerva Polias bears the following isof the Acropolis in particular. The temple of Jupiter Olympius, by some supposed the Pan

Quod non fecerunt Goti, theon, was finished by Hadrian: sixteen columns

Hoc fecerunt Scoti. are standing, of the most beautiful marble and style of architecture.

And own himself an infant of four score."

[p. 606. Thinsulted wall sustains his hated name. Mr. West, on seeing "the Elgin collection"

[p. 605. (I suppose we shall hear of the Abershaws' and It is related by a late oriental traveller, that Jack Shephard's collection next), declared himwhen the wholesale spoliator visited Athens, he self a mere tyro in art. caused his own name, with that of his wife, to be inscribed on a pillar of one of the principal temples. This inscription was executed in a

And marvel at his lordship’s stone-shop there. very conspicuous manner, and deeply engraved

[p. 606. in the marble, at a very considerable elevation. at Elginhouse. He asked if it was not "a stone

Poor Crib was sadly pazzled when exhibited Notwithstanding which precautions, some person shop: (doubtless inspired by the patron-goddess) has

* he was right-it is a shop. been at the pains to get himself raised up to the requisite height, and has obliterated the name Some calm spectator, as he takes his view. of the laird, but left that of the lady untouched.

(p. 606. The traveller in question accompanied this story “Alas! all the monuments of Roman magnifiby a remark, that it must have cost some labour cence, all the remains of Grecian taste, so dear and contrivance to get at the place, and could to the artist, the historian, the antiqnary, all only have been effected by much zeal and de- depend on the will of au arbitrary sovereig; termination.

and that will is influenced too often by interest

or vanity, by a nephew or a_sycophant. 18 a That rose, the hook where he suspends the new palace to be erected (at Rome) for an up

world.

(p. 612. start family? the Coliseum is stripped to fur “Naso suspendit adunco."-HORACB. nish materials. Does a foreign minister wish to adorn the bleak walls of a northern castle with The Roman applies it to one who merely was antiques? the temples of Theseus or Minerva imperious to his acquaintance. must be dismantled, and the works of Phidias or Praxiteles be torn from the shattered frieze. There Chateaubriand forms new books of That a decrepid uncle, wrapped up in the reli

martyrs.

[p. 615. gious duties of his age and station, should listen Vicomte Chateaubriand, who has not forgotto the suggestions of an interested nephew, is ten the author in the minister, received a handnatural: and that an oriental despot should un some compliment at Verona from a literary sodervalue the masterpieces of Grecian art, is to vereign : "Ah! Monsieur C-, are you related be expected; though in both cases the conse to that Chateaubriand who-who-who has writquences of such weakness are much to be la- ten something?" (ecrit quelque chose.). It is said mented. But that the ininister of a nation, famed that the author of Atala repented him for a for its knowledge of the language, and its vener moment of his legitimacy. ation for the monuments of ancient Greece, should have been the prompter and the instrument of these destructions, is almost incredible. Such rapacity is a crime against all ages and all. generations: it deprives the past of the tro- NOTES TO THE VISION OF JUDGphies of their genius and the title-deeds of their

MENT. fame; the present, of the strongest inducements to exertion, the noblest exhibitions that curiosity can contemplate ; the future, of the master

Reviewing the ungentle craft.and then. pieces of art, the models of imitation. To

[p. 625. St. 98. guard against the repetition of such depredations

See “Life of Henry Kirke White." is the wish of every man of genius, the duty of every man in power, and the common interest

Like King Alfonso ! (p. 625. St. 101. of every civilized nation." EUSTACE's Classical

King Alfonso, speaking of the Ptolomean sygTour through Italy.

tem, said, that had he been consulted at the "This attempt to transplant the temple of creation of the world, he would have spared the Vesta from Italy to Englanil, may perhaps do

Maker some' absurdities." honour to the late Lord Bristol's patriotisın or to his magnificence ; but it cannot be considered

Like lightning, off from his melodious twang. as an indication of either taste or judgment." Ibid.

[p. 625. St. 102.

See Aubrey's account of the apparition which Blest paper-credit" who shall dare to sing?

disappeared with a curious perfume and a me

lodious twang; [p. 607.

or see the Antiquary, vol 1. Blest paper-credit, last and best supply, That lends corruption lighter wings to fly.

PoPE. .
NOTES TO THE MISCELLANEOUS

POEMS.

NOTES TO THE AGE OF BRONZE. Written after swimming from Sestos to Abydos.

[p. 633. To form, like Guesclin's dust, her talisman.

On the 3d of May, 1810, while the Salsette

[p. 609. (Captain Bathurst) was lying in the Dardanelles, Guesclin died during the siege of a city; it Lieutenant Ekenhead of that frigate and the surrendered, and the keys were brought and writer of these rhymes swam from the European laid upon his bier, so that the place night shore to the Asiatic-by-the-bye, from Abydog

to Sestos would have been more correct. "The appear rendered to his ashes.

whole distance from the place whence we start.

ed to our landing on the other side, including Hear! hear! Prometheus from his rock appeal. the length we were carried by the current, was

[p. 610. computed by those on board the frigate at upI refer the reader to the first address of Pro- wards of four English miles ; though the actual metheus in Æschylus, when he is left alone by breadth is barely one. The rapidity of the curhis attendants, and before the arrival of the rent is such that no boat can row directly across, Chorus of Sea-nymphs.

and it may in some measure be estimated froin

the circumstance of the whole distance being Revive the cry-"lago! and close Spain !" accomplished by one of the parties in an hour

(p. 611. and five, and by the other in an hour and ten “St. lago! and close Spain !" the old Spanish minutes. The water was extremely cold from war-cry.

the melting of the mountain-snows. About three

weeks before, in April, we had made an attempt, The knife of Arragon, Toledo's steel. The Arragonians are peculiarly dextrous in icy chillness, we found it necessary to postpone

(p. 611. the same morning, and the water being of an the use of this weapon, and displayed it parti- the completion till the frigate anchored below cularly in former French wars.

the castles, when we swam the straits, as just

stated; entering a considerable way above the Thy good old man, whose world was all within. European, and landing below the Asiatic fort.

(p. 612. Chevalier says that a young Jew swam the same The famous old man of Verona. See CLAUDIAN. distance for his inistress; and Oliver mentions

it having been done by a Neapolitan ; but our Many an old woman, but no Catherine. (p. 612. congul

, Tarragona, remembered neither of these The dexterity of Catherine extricated Peter circumstances, and tried to dissuade us from the (called the Great by courtesy) when sarrounded attempt. A number of the Salsette's crew were by the Mussulmaus on the banks of the river Pruth. kaown to have accomplished a greater distance;

[p. 633.

and the only thing that surprised me was, that, character has been drawn in the highest colours as doubts had been entertained of the truth of by Dryden, Pope, Prior, and Congreve. Leander's story, no traveller had ever endeavoured to ascertain its practicability.

By Death's unequal hand alike control d.

(p. 661. Ζώη μου, σας αγαπώ

The hand of Death is said to be anjust, or

unequal, as Virgil was considerably older than Zoë mou, kas agapo, or Zuin uov, ods ayarw, Tibullus, at his decease. a Romaic expression of tenderness: if I translate it I shall affront the gentlemen, as it may

To lead the band where god-like Falkland fell. seem that I supposed they could not; and if I

(p. 672. do not, I may affront the ladies. For fear of any

Lucius Cary, Lord Viscount Falkland, the most misconstruction on the part of the latter I shail accomplished man of his age, was killed at the do so, begging pardon of the learned. It means,

battle of Newbury, charging in the ranks of Lord “My lite, I love you!" which sounds very pret- | Byron's regiment of cavalrg. tily in all languages, and is as much in fashion in Greece at this day as, Juvenal tells us, the

To flee away and be at rest. (p. 677. two first words were amongst the Roman ladies, had wings 'like a dove, then would i fly away

Psalm 55, Verse 6.-“And I said, Oh ! that I whose erotic expressions were all hellenized.

and be at rest." This verse also constitutes a By all the token-flowers that tell. (p. 633. part of the most beautiful anthem in our language. In the East (where ladies are not taught to write, lest they should scribble assignations) flowers, cinders, pebbles, convey the sentiments of the parties by that universal' deputy of Mer- EXTRACT FROM THE EDINBURGHcury-an old woman. A cinder says, “I burn

REVIEW, for thee;" a bunch of flowers tied with hair, “Take me and fly;

No. 22, FOR: JNAUARY 1808. but a pebble declareswhat nothing else can.

Hours of Idleness; a Series of Poems, original Bleaning him they served so well.

(p. 644.

and translated. By George Gordon, Lord Byron, “At Waterloo, one man was seen, whose left

a Minor. 8vo. Pp. 200.– Newark, 1807. arm was shattered by a cannon-ball, to wrench it off with the other, and throwing it up in the class which neither gods nor men are said to

The poesy of this young Lord belongs to the air, exclaimed to his comrades, “Vive l'Empereur jusqu'à la mort." There were many other in- permit. Indeed, we do not recollect to have seen stances of the like: this you may, however, a quantity of verse with so few deviations in depend on as true." A private Letter from effusions are spread over a dead flat, and can

either direction from that exact standard. His Brussels.

no more get above or below the level, than if Turning rivers into blood.

(p. 645.

they were so much stagnant water. As an exSee Rev. chap. vui, verse 7-11. “The first tenuation of this offence, the noble author is angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire peculiarly forward in pleading minority. We mingled with blood. And the second angel sound - have it in the title-page, and on the very back ed, and as it were a great mountain burning of the volume; it follows his name like a favourwith fire was cast into the sea ; and the third ite part of his style. Much stress is laid upon part of the sea became blood.' And the third it in the preface, and the poems are connected angel sounded, and there fell a great star from with this general statement of his case, by parheaven, burning as it were a lamp; and it fell ticular dates, substantiating the age at which apon a third part of the rivers, and upon the each was written. Now the law upon the point fountains of waters. And the name of the star is of minority we hold to be perfectly clear. It is called Wormwood : and the third part of the a plea available only to the defendant; 19 waters became wormwood; and many men died plaintiff can offer it as a supplementary ground of the waters, because they were made bitter."

of action. Thus, if any suit could be brought

against Lord Byron, for the purpose of compel, Whose realm refused thee even & tomb. (p. 645. ling him to put into court a certain quantity al

Murat's remains are said to have been torn poetry, and if judgment were given against him, from the grave and burnt

it is highly probable that an exception would be taken were he to deliver for poetry the con. tents of this volume. To this he might plead minority; but, as he now makes volantary tender of the article, he hath no right to sue, on that

ground, for the price in good current praise, NOTES TO THE HOURS OF should the goods be unmarketable. This is our IDLENESS.

view of the law on the point, and, we are sorry to

say, so will it be ruled. Perhaps, however, in Oscar of Alve.

(P. 656. reality, all that he tells us about his youth is The catastrophe of this tale was suggested by rather with a view to increase our wonder, than

in the

to soften our censures. He possibly means to first volume of "The Armenian, or Ghost-Seer:" say:

« See how a minor can write ! This poem it also bears some resemblance to a scene in was actually composed by a young man

of the third act of Macbeth.

eighteen, and this by one of only sitteen!"-But, alas! we all remember the poetry of Cowley at

ten, and Pope at twelve; and so far from hearThe pride of Princes, and the boast of song. ing, with any degree of surprise, that very poor

(p. 660. verses were written by a youth from his leaving Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset, esteemed the school to his leaving college, inclusive, we really most accomplished man of his day, was alike believe this to be the most common of all occardistinguished in the voloptuous court of Charles rences; that it happens in the life of nine men II. and the gloomy one of William III. He be- in ten who are educated in England; and that the haved with great gallantry in the seafight tenth man writes better verse than Lord Byron, with the Dutch, in 1665, on the day, previous to His other plea of privilege, our author rather which he compored his celebrated song. His brings forward in order to waive it. He certain

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