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no effect upon the blind bigotry and determined rancour of men enflaved by the furious fpirit of JACOBINISM, and hence these Poets are still at work; they still endeavour to fhow that the prefent ftate of morals and feeling are the refult of prejudice, and to debauch the paffions 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 pro duce, with philofophical tranquillity; but the fight of a beggar, the fall of a leaf, and even the decay of an old tree, awaken in their tender bofoms the moft exquifite emotions of fympathy. Some of our Oppofition Prints are in the constant habit of conveying to the public the poetic effufions of thefe very fufceptible bards, and there are bookfellers 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; moft of the pieces which it contains are of the tendency which we have defcribed. To fhew our impartiality we shall felect what may perhaps be deemed one of the beft fpecimens of the kind of pathos to which we have alluded, and the good fenfe of our readers will enable them to determine whether the diftreffes it reprefents arife from the imprudence of the fuppofed cha racters, or neceffarily depend on the prefent ftate of fociety which fuch wri ters are inceffantly labouring to overthrow.
"A wedding Sir,
Two of the village folk. And they are right
To make a merry time on't while they may.
Come twelve-months hence, I warrant them they'd go
So all might be undone."
He always was a well-conditioned lad,
One who'd work hard and well; and as for drink,
Save now and then may hap at Christmas time,
Sober as wife could wish."
"Then is the girl
"A fhrew, or elfe untidy. One who'd welcome
Her husband with a rude unruly tongue,
"She's notable enough, and as for temper
The beft good-humour'd girl! d'yee fee that houfe?
God help her!"*
"All this I have heard at church!
And when I walk in the church-yard, or have been
By a death-bed, 'tis mighty comforting.
But when I hear my children cry for hunger
And fee them fhiver in their rags,-God help me!
So merrily upon their wedding day,
Because I think of mine."
"You have known trouble,
Thefe haply may be happier."
"Why for that
I've had my fhare; fome ficknefs and fome forrow,
Than her wedding peal, Sir, if I thought her fate
"Sure, fure, good Woman,
You look upon the world with jaundiced eyes!
All have their cares; thofe who are poor want wealth,
Has his own comforts."
"Sir! d'ye fee that horfe
Turn'd out to common here by the way fide ?
On his gall'd fhoulder! there's juft grafs enough
You fee his comforts Sir!"
"In truth it is not Sir!
For when the horse lies down at night, no cares
"Tis idleness makes want,
And idle habits. If the man will go
"Aye! idlenefs! the rich folks never fail
For growing wants? fix years agone, thefe bells
Knew never what it was to want a meal;
Laid down without one thought to keep me fleepless
My linen gown, and when the pedlar came
He had his filver buckles and his watch,
And we had children, but as wants increas'd
I went to my undoing,"
"But the Parish"
"Aye, it falls heavy there, and yet their pittance
Toll'd hastily for a pauper's funeral !"
"Aye Sir, and were he dre
And clean, he'd be as fine a boy to look on
As the Squire's young mafter. These thin rags of his
Let comfortably in the fummer wind;
But when the winter comes, it pinches me
To fee them in their coffins.-God reward you!
"You have taught me
To give fad meaning to the village bells!"
* "A farmer once told the Author of Malvern Hills, that he almoft conftantly remarked a gradation of changes in thofe 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 obferved that their filver buttons, buckles and watches gradually difappeared, and their Sunday's clothes became common without any other to fupply their place, but faid he, fome good comes from this, for they will then work for whatever they can get,”. Note to Cottle's MALVERN HILLS.
We beg leave again to afk where the fault lies, after this lamentable peal 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 refult of their jointindustry would render them more comfortable than before, and to their own negligence, indolence, and vice they are indebted for the poverty and wretchednefs 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 fee 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. Pr. 16. 15. Wright.
GOOD intentions feebly executed. The poet juftly deplores the vices of Gaming, Luxury, and Diffipation; but his verses are deftitute of point, harmony, and ftrength.
The Challenge accepted. A Poem. By John Stewart. 8vo. Pr. 12. Stewart. 1801.
WE should fuppofe this to be the production of a foremast man who fights better than he writes. Never furely did loyalty wear a more homely garb. Both matter and manner fet all defcription at defiance, Ex. Grat.
"Our true and loyal firm defenders,
What line can stop her breaking through!"
More Wonders! an Heroic Epistle to M. G. Lewis, Efq. M. P. Editor of "Tales of Wonder," Author of " The Monk"-" Caftle Spectre," &c. &c. With a Præfcript Extraordinary, and an Ode on the Union. By Mauritius Moonthine, &c. &c. &c. 4to. Pr. 36. 25. Barker. 1801.
FORTUNATELY for us thefe Wonders do not bear fo extravagant a price as thofe of Mr. Lewis of which we had lately occafion to fpeak, or, independently of our utter averfion to the old woman's tricks, which are coming. into fashion, at once to frighten and to please the grown Masters and Miffes of the age, and moft woefully to corrupt the public tafte, we should have an additional motive for execrating the reign of Wonders.
"Neither perfonal animofity," fays the author in his Præfcript," nor envious pride, dictated the following Epiftle; it is a defence of poetical