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Having thus given our opinion of the performance we proceed to confirm it by suitable specimens. We beg the Feader to form to himself fome idea how
"The impaffion'd vow, at morning seal'd
Upon the beart, and we should be happpy in his assistance, to explain to us in what sense it can be ailerted that
a precious gem, from ocean fav’d, Amidit the general wreck, with virtuous hand
Lined the paternal couch with filial down,' We apprehend it will scarcely be contended, that it is very natural, simple and prosaic to talk
• Of the fair river, who with easy flow
Along his tufted banks.?
On my Cleone's cheek, or sportive hides
The etberial visitant.' What does the reader think of this lady when she visits & cottage.
plucking the soft unadorned latch? What idea does he conceive of a funeral, in which
“Six weeping damsels walk’d, while fix fad youthş
Beneath in fable robes, their burthen bent?'
' A narrow cottage and an ample foul,
Were now its whole pofcfion?' But the non pareil of his performance appears to us to be the passage in which he describes
Compassions pang-relieving tones,
Feels its grief hutid, and finks subdu'd to rest.'
But all these performers, in our humble opinion, are mere fools compared with a voice, that copes with honey, and is as smooth as a feather bed, and beside all this has a breast, a fine, broad, elastic breast, upon which even a troubled soul may get a nap, and, as it should seem, fairly take up its night's lodging:
But we have already faid, that the poem before us possesses several beauties of imagination and expression, that entitle it to some regard. And we shall by no means be so partial, having exhibited a small sample of its vices, as not to give the author his full revenge by exhibiting, with equal fairness and unreferve, a specimen of its beauties. And in the first place we will select two or three cxpreffions, which appear to us deserving of much commendation for their mellowness and unction. Respecting the first of these we have a kind of loose and indecisive idea of having met with it be#re, but we dare not on fo vague a ground charge it with plagiarism.
• For when did folly love, or when shall know
the ruddy bloom
-From the vale,
My being hangs) shall wake a note like this!
The redd'ning west
Walk'd forth AGENOR and his destin'd bride.' We shall add two passages of a different kind. The author thus describes the eve of an approaching marriage.
Ah interval of every soft excess
As well the fragrant leaf as pointed thorn,
Is led to Hymen's altar.' A circumstance, attending the evening of a fine day, is thus portrayed.
* And last we note the intermixing fanes,
Upon the holy spire, and sainted tower!' These passages, though perhaps in strictness they have in them too much of the Ovidian and the pretty, will not fail to contribute to the entertainment of the majority of readers.
Art. VI. An Epistle from the Rev. William M-n, to the
Right Hon. William Pitt, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Petitioning for the vacant Laureatihip. is. no Printer's Name. THOUGH the poetry of this fictitious epiftle be not equal
to that of the author, whofe naine it humorously bears, it is above mediocrity, botli with regard to wit and versification, After this imaginary poet has promised his patron an eternity of fame, on condition of complying with his request, he concludes with the following lines. • Tell then thy sov'reign (should he chance incline To bid the Laureat's luxury be mine, Assur'd with Horace, that no bard fhall lack The sweet enjoyment of a butt of fack Tell him that if I foar not like'a Pindar, May lightning blast my pinions to a cinder. Tell him--that every blush of New-Year’s day, My Muse shall more than Whitehead's worth display, And soaring far superior to the themes Of war-worp armies, or a nation's dreams, Triumph, as oft she pictures to his view, “ That work to wonder at”-imperial Kew! Tell him—her heart shall glory, thro' her lays, Affociate of his hunts, to trace the maze! Tell him, in fine, his favors to repay, Her zeal shall tear Macgregor's malk away, And crush the monster who could dare afperfe Scenes, that shall Hourish in my living verte; While genius hastes to hang with fadeless flow'rs " Thy throne, O Albion, and thy laureat bower's.
In the first verse the use of chance, instead of by chance, is a poetic licence, which is very unjustifiable.
ART. VII. London unmask’d, or the New Town Spy. By the Man
in the Moon. Adlard. 28. T is observed by moralifts, that the best diffuafive against
formity. She can only deceive when decked in false trappings and borrowed charms. Whoever therefore is most dexterous in difrobing her of this destructive attire, is most likely to promote the cause of virtue and morality. Folly may not, perhaps, be improperly termed the infancy of vice; and, since diseales, we are told, are most effectually cured, when opposed in the first stage of their progress, by striking at those foibles which disgrace mankind, we may rescue them from those evils which would effect their destruction.
The work before us has considerable merit in placing in a striking light the various follies and vices with which this populous city abounds. From it the unexperienced may collect many useful lessons to prevent his being imposed on by the artful and abandoned : and those who are not quite callous to every remonftrance of truth and reason, will, it is to be hoped, blush when they see the exact picture of themfelves, and be careful to reform their conduct.
That our readers may be able to judge for themselves, of our author's style and manner, we will present them with his reflections on the present conduct of fashionable married
• If we advert to the original state of many things, we must be astonished to discover the improvements they have undergone, and the gran leur to which they have attained, from low and obfcure beginnings. Poetry took its rise from hymns and proverbial sayings; the majesty of the tragic muse, once confined to carts, now vaunts under stately roofs. Who would imagine that the vain, gaudy creature, Woman, who now triumphs over her master Man, was once his obsequious handmaid, and proud in a primitive state to administer to his pleasures ? Nor was she then taught to belie the Itrong impulses of nature, or esteem it modesty or virtue to withhold her charms from a sincere defiring lover.
Coquetry was a much more modern vice, introduced when altars were reared to their worship, and coarse homely matrons were transformed into goddesses. Farewell the charms of innocence, and that lovely fimplicity with which nature had cloathed them : these elated beings forgot their pristine ítate of dependance ; long services, fighs, and proteftations, were now the only means of courting their favours. Poets with florid compliments railed them to a degree of divinity. All that shin'd on fheils and rocks were brought from far, and half nature laboured for the embellishment of their persons. Thus, by degrees, they became so refined, as to plant the horns on the foreheads of the lords of the creation, and allert fovereignty in ali domestic concerns,
• The beauteous Helen seems to have had so great a fimilitude in manners to many of our modern females, that it will appear an easy transition to come down from those toasts of antiquity, and point out by what steps and variations our modern British ladies have arrived to that degree of politeness they now exhibit. To make ena tertainments, and preside at tables, feeins to have been the utmost ambition of our great-grand-mothers; they feldom mixed with public assemblies, or (as we of a more libertine äge term it) sparklee in the circles of the gay. They would have lwoon'd at the very mention of a masquerade, and to have exposed their charms to the view of every coxcomb would have been as criminal as the fin of witchcraft. They never heard or dreamt of that wicked innovation called pin-money, for they had no other expenses than what were fupplied from the husband's purse. To lie in separate beds with them was hideous, nor has their eyes been taught to roll, or even indicate an illicit defire.
• But these old fashioned virtues are exploded, and pin-money, the parent of many ills, procures the indifpenfable requisites of a train of luxuries, and may fometimes be converted to the purpose of secret fervices.--A variety of commodities too numerous to be particularized may not improbably be conjectured to fwell out the pinmoney account of several of our city as well as court ladies. With
then must that man be endued, who would venture on one of those fashionable belles, for a domestic wife, and chuse such a partner to go, hand in hand, through the difficulties of life? For women of the character described find no other use in a husband, than to afford them an opportunity of carrying their designs into execution with a better grace.
• Nor will a man of prudence find it his interest to marry a person of fuperior rank or fortune, if thus fashionably educated and disposed, as infinitely more expenses will accrue than he could imagine, and many more injurious accidents will happen, than he could poflibly foresee.'
In this entertaining volume the reader will pay a visit to almost every resort of dislipation in this metropolis, and it will be his own fault if he does not at the fame time reap both amusement and instruction.
Art. VIII. An Elay on the Law of Libels. With an Appendix,
containing Authorities. To which are subjoined, Remarks on
minutely into the nature of Libels, and explains dif-