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questionable. For in whatever disguise she appears, whether of mirth or of melancholy, of piety or of tenderness, under all disguises, like Sir John Brute in woman's clothes, she is betrayed by her drunken swagger and ruffian tone. In the poem
which we have selected for the edifica. tion of our Readers, and our own imitation, this day, the principles which are meant to be inculcated speak so plainly for themselves, that they need no previous introduction.
For the Apartment in Chepstow Castle, where Henry
Marten, the Regicide, was imprisoned thirty years. For thirty years secluded from mankind Here Marten linger'd. Often have these walls Echoed his footsteps, as with even tread He paced around his prison; not to him Did Nature's fair varieties exist; He never saw the sun's delightful beams Save when through yon high bars he pour'd a sad And broken splendour. Dost thou ask his crime? He had REBELLED AGAINST THE KING, AND SAT IN JUDGMENT ON HIM; for his ardent mind Shaped goodliest plans of happiness on earth, And peace and liberty. Wild dreams! but such As Plato loved ; such as with holy zeal
Our Milton worshipp’d. Blessed hopes ! a while
For the Door of the Cell in Newgate, where Mrs. Brown
rigg, the Prentice-cide, was confined previous to her
or one long term, or e'er her trial came, Here BROWNRIGG linger’d. Often have these cells Echoed her blasphemies, as with shrill voice She scream’d for fresh Geneva. Not to her Did the blithe fields of Tothil, or thy street, St. Giles, its fair varieties expand ; Till at the last, in slow-drawn cart, she went To execution. Dost thou ask her crime? SAE WHIPP'D TWO FEMALE PRENTICES TO DEATH, AND DID THEM IM THE COAL-HOLE. For her mind Shaped strictest plans of discipline. Sage schemes ! Such as Lycurgus taught, when at the shrine Of the Orthyan Goddess he bade flog The little Spartans; such as erst chastised Our Milton, when at college. For this act Did Brownrigg swing. Harsh laws! But time shall
come, When France shall reign, and laws be all repeald !
Nov. 27. In the specimen of JACOBIN POETRY which we gave in our last Number, was developed a principle, perhaps one of the most universally recognized in the Jacobin Creed : namely,“ that the animadversion of “ human laws upon human actions is for the most part “ nothing but gross oppression ; and that in all cases of “ the administration of criminal justice, the truly be“ nevolent mind will consider only the severity of the “punishment, without any reference to the malignity
of the crime.” This principle has of late years been laboured with extraordinary industry, and brought forward in a variety of shapes, for the edification of the public. It has been inculcated in bulky quartos, and illustrated in popular novels. It remained only to fit it with a poetical dress, which had been attempt. ed in the Inscription for Chepstow Castle, and which (we flatter ourselves) was accomplished in that for Mrs. Brownrigg's cell.
Another principle no less devoutly entertained, and no less sedulously disseminated, is the natural and eter. nal warfare of the Poor and the Rich. In those orders and gradations of society, which are the natural result of the original difference of talents and of industry
among mankind, the Jacobin sees nothing but a gra-
and distress, is a treasure to a reasoner of this cast.--He contemplatès, he examines, he turns him in every possible light, with a view of extracting from the variety of his wretchedness new topics of invective against the pride of property. Heindeed (if he is a true Jacobin), refrains from relieving the object of his compassionate contemplation; as well knowing, that every diminution from the general mass of human misery, must proportionably diminish the force of his argument.
This principle is treated at large by many authors. It is versified in sonnets and elegies without end. We trace it particularly in a poem by the same author from whom we borrowed ourformer illustration of the Jaco. bin doctrine of crimes and punishments. In this poem the pathos of the matter is not a little relieved by the absurdity of the metre. We shall not think it necessary to transcribe the whole of it, as ourimitation does not pretend to be so literal as in the last instance, but merely aspires to convey some idea of the manner and sentiment of the original, One stanza, however, we
mustgive, lest we should be suspected of painting from fancy, and not from life.
The learned reader will perceive that the metre is Sapphic, and affords a fine opportunity for his scanning and proving, if he has not forgotten them.
Cold was thē nīght wind : drifting fast thěsnows
fell, Wide wěre the downs, and sheltěrlēss and nākěd : When a poor wānd'rēr strúgglěd on her journey
Wêāry ănd wāy-sõre. This is enough: unless the reader should wish to be informed how
Fäst o'ěr thē bleak heath råttling droveň chāriot :
on went thě hörsemān.
We proceed to give our imitation, which is of the Amæbæan or Collocutory kind.