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dify his wishes. As we, on our part, in the Arabian tale, I designed to give expressed a desire to visit the king at him that name in a recommendatory Domoni, che prince's meffenger told letter, which he pressed me to write, us, that his mister would, no doubt, instead of Si Domingo, as some Eulend us palanquins (für there was iotropean visitors had ridiculously called an horse in the islınd), and order a him; but, since the allufion would not fufficient number of his vallals to car have been generally known, and fince ry us, whom we might pay for their the title of Ardu'lnin, or Eminence in 'trouble, as we thought jult : we com- Faith, might have offended his fupemillio ed him, therefore, to ask that riors, I thought it advisable for him favour, and begged that all might be to keep his African name. ready for our excursion before sun- indifferent dinner was prepared for us rise, that we might efcawe the heat of at the house of the Governor, whom the noon, which, though it was the we did not see the whole day, as it middle of winter, we had found ex was the beginning of Ramadan, the cesive. The boy, whose name was Mahommedan Lent, and he was enCombo Madi, ftayed with us longer gaged in his devotions, or made them than his companion ; there was some his excuse; but his eldest fun fat by thing in his look so ingenuous, and in us,
dined togeiber with Muhis broken English so timple, that we fa, who was employed jointly with his encouraged bim to continue his inno- brother Husain, ós purveyor to the cent prattle. He wrote and read A. Captain of the frigate. rabick tolerably well, and let down at Having observed a very elegant my desire the names of several towns thrub, i hai grew about fix feet nigh in in the island, which, he first told me, thic court-yard, but was not then in was properly called Hinzuan. The flower, I lcarned with pleasure that it fault of begging for whatever he liked, was hinnä, of which I had riad fo he had in common with the governor much in Arabian poems, a d which and other nobles, but barely in a European botarists have ridiculoufly greater degree: his fift perition for named Larvjona. Mufa bruiled some fome lavender water was riadily grant- of the leaves, and, baving moistened ed; and a small botile of it was to ac them with water, applied them to our cep able to him, that, if we had sufier- nails, and the tips of our hnigers, which ed him, he would have kiffed our feet; in a thort tiine became of a dark obut it was not for hinitelf that he re scarlet. I had before conceived joiced fo extravagart'y; he told us, a difierint idea of this dye, and imawith tears starting from his eyes, that gin. d' that it was used by trie Arabs his mother would be pleased with it, to imitate the Dutural redness of these and the idea of her pleasure seemed to parts in yourg and healthy persons, fill him with rapture : never did I see which in all countries must be confifilial affection more warm y feli, or ered as a beauty; perhaps a less more tenderly, and in my opinion un. quantity of linna, ur ihe 1 me difieraffectedly exprefled; yet this boy wus ently prepared, might have reduced not a favourite of the officers, who that effect. The oid man in Arabia thought him artful.
His mother's used the fame dyé to conceal their name, le fad, was Fatima; and he grey ha:r, while their daughters were importuned us to visit her ; conceiv. dying their lips nd gums black, to ing, I suppose, that all mankind must set off the whitencls of their reeth; so love and admire her: we promised to universal in all nations and ages are gratify him; and, having made him se- personal vanity, and a love of disguisveral presents, permitted him to re- ing truth; though, in all calcs, the rura. As he reminded me of Aladdin farther our fpecies recede fiom nature,
the farther they depart from true beau- which the ship was to be supplied with ty; and men at least Thould disdain excellent water. I saw no birds on to use artifice or deceit for any pur- the mountains but Guinea-fowl, wbich pose or on any occasion: if the wo- might have been easily caught: no inmen df rank at Paris, or those in Lon- fiets were troublesome to me but mus. don who wish to imitate them, be in- quiros; and I had no fear of venomclined to call the Arabs. barbarians į ous reptiles, having been affured that let them view their own head-dresses the air was too pure for any to exist and cheeks in a glass, and, if they in it ; but I was often unwillingly a. have left no room for blushes, be jo- cause of fear to the gentle and harmwardly at leait alamed of their cen- dess lizard, who ran among the shrabs. fure.
On my return I milled the path, by In the afternoon I walked a long which I had ascended; but having way up the mountains in a winding met some blacks laden with
and : path amid plants and creés no less new plaptains, I was by them directed to than beautiful, and regretted exceed another, which led me round, thro' ingly that very few of them were in a charming grove of cocoa-trees, to blossom, as I then dould have had leisure the Governor's country-leat, where to examine them. Curiosity led me our entertainment was cloled by a filfrom hill to hill: and I came at last labub, which the English had taught to the sources of a rivulet, which we the Muselmans to make for them.. had passed near the lho!e, and from (To be continued.)
Obfervations on the Writings of Vida. . MARK
CARK HIERONYMOUS VIDA was vigilance, and where he instructed his
born at Cremona A. D. 1470. flock as much by bis eloquence, as by He was entered whilft very young into the, striking example of bis fuperior the congregation of the regular Ca- virtues. This prelate died A. D. nons of St Mark at Mantua : he re- 1566, having attained to the great mained in thai fuciety fome time ; then, age of 96 years. quitting it, he went to Reme, where . Amongit the different poetical he was received into that of the re works which we owe to Vida, we. gular Canons of the Lateran. must distinguish, ift, “ The Art of
Vida's talent for poetry was the Poetry,” publithed. at Rome, 1527, means of his iniroduction to Lo X. 4to. which was reprinted ac Oxford, That Pope gave him the Priory of 410 1723., Saint Sylveiler de Tivoli.
2d, “ A Poem upon Silk worms," here that he worked at his Chrifiiados printed at Lyons 1537, and at Bale, which the Pope had requested him to in Swifferland, in the same year. undertake.
3d, “ A Poem upon Chess.". This Leo X. dying A.D. 1521, his Poem is in the edirion of the Art of successor, Clement VII. became the Poetry, printed at Rome in 1927, proctor of Vida, and nained him to 4th, “ Hymni de rebus Divinis," The Bishoprick of Alba, in Montfer- printed at Lovain, 4tc. 1552. rat, feated on the river Tenaro.
5th, “ Chriftiados, Libri fex, Vida retired to his diocese, where printed at Cremona, 4to. 1535. he signalized himself by his paftoral The other writings of Vida are,
eft, “ Dialogues upon the dignity were to enter into a disquisition upon of the Republick," 8vo. Cremona, the marks of initation, and to prove, 1556.
" that coincidences of a certain kind, 2d, “ Discourse against Churls,” and in a certain degree, cannot fail to printed at Paris, 8vo. 1562. This convict a writer of imitation,” I could work is
bring only a few instances, which 3d, “Synodical Constitutions, Let- would not perhaps be rhought too re
aod 'fome other Prose Writ. mote, and turned from their original ings," less intereiting than his application, to be called Invitations. Poetry.
To trace an idea to a latent fource, The edition of Vila's Poetical fometimes requires labour from a writWorks, printed at Cremona, 2 vols. er, and more attention than most reale. 8vo. 1550, is complete, as well as ers are disposed to bistow. The folthose printed at Oxford, 1722, 1723, lowing Imitation, however, will not and 1733, in three volumes, 8vo. come under the above objection. The Art of Poetry, though it is
But bere, c'en bere, avoid th' extreme of not thought to hold the highest rank
fuch, amongit Vida's Poetical Works, dif.
Who with excess of care correct too plays a lively genius, strong judgment,
VIA, Book III. and cultivated taste. The ityle of it is eafy and lowing, and charms by its They who too formally on names infilt, facility. The precepts which it gives Rather create than diilipate the mist'; to Pue:s are distinguished by juftness And grow unjuk by being over nict, and taste. And what he lays of (For superstitious virtue turns to vice.) Portical Elocurion is delivered with as Roscommon's Ejay on Translated Verft. Tota much energy of thought, as graceful, fon's Edition, Line 1084. appropriate, elegance of expreffion.
Avoid extremities; and thun the faults But Vida's “ Art of Poetry,” as of such well as that of Scaliger, is rather the
As still are pleas'd too little or too much. art of imitating Virgu, than the 'art
Pope's Ejay on Criticism, line 386. of imitating outure. The “ Poem upon Silk worms" is
The following couplet of Pope is a the best of Vida's producnons; it is nearer imitation of Roscommon, than more correct, more polished, and
more polished, and that of Rofcommon, juft quoted, is of finished with more care, than his other
Vidaworks ; and it contains a greater dif A little learning is a dangerous thing; play of Portical Images.
Drink deep, or taste not the Pieriar The “ Poem upon Chess” is al. spring, lowed to hold the fecond rank amongit
Pope's Equy on Criticisix, line 217. Vida's poetical writings.
The soil intended for Pierian feeds “ Christiados, Libri fex” is a Poem
Must be well clear'd from rank pedantic which has been much applauded; but weeds. Vida had been censured for having
Rufcommon's Puy on Translated Verf, 2. 5. .promiscuously mingled sacred and profane matters together; the fictions of Poe, in bis “ Art of Criticisin," the Heathen Mythology with the in- has made much use of Vida ; but he Ipired Oracles of the Pro, hets. has imitated him in his usual style of
Vida's prose works, are much in- imitation ; for his fuperior genius ferior to his pocrical productions. taught him to seize evciy beauty, and
Lord Roicommon, in his “ • Essay his intuitive afte to avoid every de. on Translaid Verse,” has sometimes feet or impropriety of his author :been indebied to Vida: but unles I sometimes he would amplify a thought
inio a tuiking and beautiful fimile; or of Poetiv,” was fixed upon establish councede a too diffife one into a ing his favourite system of Virgil's fuo purile uphor fiu. Like the Bze, he periority. Pope is terse and elegant ; feleted with wonderful fagaciiy tweets Vida is diffuse, didactic and correct
. huden from the moskilful, which, in Pope drew from every source ; Vida pulling throuzh his min ), bec me a de- oly from Virgil's spring. Pope lelicious repait; and of such fpecimens leted and created beauries for himself; we may fay,
Vida, the ealogist of Virgil, ftrove to " What oft was thought, but ne'er so well find every excellence centered in him. express’d."
Pope seems to promulgate the law like Pope's Elay on Criticism, line 300.
a Judge ; Vida
to comment up
on it like a Reporter. Pupe is the i Pope's attention, in the “ Elay on more elegant and pleating instructor i Criticism,” was bent upon giving in- Vida the more patient aod elaborata formation ; Vida's mind, in the “ Art tcacher.
Auftract of the Evidence delivered before a Sele!? Committee of the House of Com
mons, in the years 1799 and 1791, on the part of the Petitioners for the
Abolition of the Slave Trade. 8vo. 155 pages. Pilips. THE attention of the public has, it
it necessary to inftitute inquiyears past, been
ries, and many witnesses on both turned to the subject of the Slave fides were examined before the Priry Trade ; the humane exertions of Mr Council. This evidence was printed, Sharp, Mr Ramsay, and, above all, with a view to its being made use of the indefatigable Mr Clarkson, have by the Members of Parlament in awakened the curiosity, and routed forning their opinions on the fuhject : the feelings, of many in different but the House of Commons very proparts of the kingdom, to examine, perly refuted being bound by any eviwith some care, the nature and pro dence thar bad not been taken by their ceedings of this difgufting traffic, and own authority, and therefore resolved the consequences with which it is fol. to examine witnéfies on the fobject lowed, both in Africa and the West before a Select Committee appointed Indies. Inquiries in consequence were for that purpose. * The Slave Merset on fooi, faets were coll. cted, and chants and Planters accordingly practices, formerly unnoticed or un- brought forward (i veral perfors 29 known, were brought into public view. witnciles , the first in behalf of the
The result was, that numbers, both continuance of the Slave Trade, the of individuals and bodes of men, latter in defence of Colonial Slavery. Itruck with the enormity of the guilt These were heard and exatuned in ihe & mifery fuperinduced by this trade, iouk years 1789 and 1790. Several peto up, with a zeal that did them much ions were alterwards called on the lide honour, the cause of the oppressed and of the petitioners, to fobilanciare injured negroes'; fucieties were form. the foundation of their fererał ed, and numerous petitions presented petitions, and to invalidare seve to Parliament, for the abolit:on of a several points of the evidence which traffic that scen.ed the opprobium of the others had off-red. There were human nature. Influenced by these examined in the years 1790 and
tentations, the Maitry thought 1791." The mals of evidence which
thefe examinations produced was print- wished it otherwise, but while truth ed for the use of the Members of the guides the pencil, the portrait must Houfe of Commons ; but as it formed be of use. Secrecy and concealmentLx folio vols. it was almost impossibie appear to have been all along aimed for the public at large to derive much at by the friends of the Slave Trade ; information on the subject from the they knew that deeds of darkness publication. Exclusive of the difficul- would not bear the light: now that ty of obtaining a copy, the very bulk, the enormities of the traffic are drag-, of the work was sufficient to repel ged into open day, it is much to be even the most zealous from perceiving wished that they may no longer be sufwhat would require so much time to fered to remain the disgrace of a pogo through. The only mode, there- lished age. fore, by which the important and in The preface to the Abstract conteretting facts contained in that cains some judicious remarks on the publication could be generally circu- characters and credibility of the evi. lated; was by concentrating them dences on each side of this cause. Of as far as poilible, stripping off unneces- those brought forward by the Slave fary repetitions, and presenting them Merchants and Planters, it is observed, in a form accesible to the bulk of there are few who are not deeply intoa readers who wished to examine the rested in the testimony they had given, subject. This has been done, so far as and the event of the decision. Of relates to one side of the cause, with those who fall not under this descripgreat accuracy and ability in the tion, the evidence is unsatisfactory and publication before us, in which, besides inconclusive;unsatisfactory,from the the abridgement of the evidence, we want of opportunities of information ; have it likewise arranged and metho- and inconclutive, from its going dised, so as to exhibit the clearest and only to a few particular instances, most interesting view of the various which might probably take place, points to be attended to in the discuss though the general facts were in all cushon of the complex, though inte. respects as stated by those on the resting topic.
other side. The evidence again adIt cannot be expected that we should duced by the petitioners for the abobe able to give an exact account of all lition, comes from persons whose opthe particulars contained in this work ; portunities of information' were abunan abridgement of an abftract must in dant,—who can have no possible inmost cases, be useless. All that can be terest to bias them in giving their done is, to state a few of the particu. testimony ;-and many of whom came lars on which the evidence here detail. forward as witnesses, from a sense of ed or given has established, and the duty alone, even against their appageneral conclusions that may fairly be rent interest, and under the prosp drawn from them : to those who are in- of suffering by their zeal. From this terested in or will to understand the statement of the characters of those subje&, we earnestly recommend the who have given evidence in the cause, perufal of this small tract; and can -a statement, which seems indeed affure them that they, in doing so, will fully established in the preface,mand find no cause to regret their labour, undeniably confirmed, fo far as regards
The pi&ture, indeed, exhibited in this the witnesses for the abolition, by an disclosure of “ the secrets of the pri- alphabetical list of them, with their fon-house" is far from pleasing. Scenes designations, and means of informaof cruelty, injustice, opprefion, and tion, shortly pointed out, there seems misery, crowd upon us. For the to be little room for determining to honour of humanity we could have which of them molt credit is to be
Ti. VOL. XIV. No. 82.