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“ He, idly-busy with his reeds, When summer dries, the thistle's silver Weaves locusi-traps, nor scrip nor vine
hair, yard heeds."
Its softness melting into azure air !" The images of Theocritus are always
In the XIVth Idyll. there is an in
« delicate observation,” picturesque and particular. When he stance of describes (says the Essayist) the wo
which (the Essayist would insiouake) man who appears in relievo on the the translators of Theocritus have cup, she is represented as “doxnlos passed over; because Fawkes has WETAN TE xao dje Truxo her two lovers disregarded it. Fawkes bad do notion
any “ delicacies,” or are άνδρες καλον εθειραζοντες, and υπ'
Poetry.” έρωλος δηθα κυλοιδιωνίες."
Let us see, whether Mr. Polwhele has slighted or
« απο κροταφων,” &c.
“ Time bringing white hairs creeps graattentively noticed these picturesque expressions :
dually ta the cheek.”
“ Age silvers the brow, to the cheeks steal. " Within—a female figure shinesHer cawl, her vest-how soft the waving 'Tis in vigour of youth, that the battle is
[won!" lines ! Apd near two youths - (bright ringlets
In the XVth Idyll. or “ Sicilian grace their brows), (vows! Gossips," we have many pice traits” Breathe in alteroate strife their amorous
(observes the Essayist)—as the strange On each, by turns, the faithless fair one look of the little boy, when his mosmiles,
[wiles. ther spoke ill of his father, without And views the rival pair with wanton adverting to the child's being present; Brimful, thro' passion, swell their twinkling Praxinoe's attention to her dress; eyes,
her care of her cats ; her fear of a And their full bosoms heave with fruitless
horse and a serpent. Let us turn to The description of the fisherman (says Polwhele’s translation, where, I pretbe Essayist) is still more lively: sume, these '“ nice traits” are opoe
of them ueglected.
Hush, Madam! observe him, how earnest
his eye! On the rough summit of a rock appears;
[by. And labouring with one effort, as he stands,
Don't talk of your husband, when Zopy is To throw his large net, drags it with both
I don't mean your papa, my sweet little Round his hoar neck, each swelling vein jewel ! displays
GORGO. A vigour worthy youth's robuster days !" But be understands- -No-papa's not
so cruel. lo Idyll. II. how soft and plaintive * are these lioes :
PRAXINOE. onya Mey Worlos, orywvlo No Bring water-come quickly, you slut! what á menosi &c.
a pleasure “ See, smooth'd in calms, the silent waves
These cats must enjoy on the down of a bed!
[lead ! repose ;
Go, drive them away! But, you statue of But, ah! this bosom no such quiet knows!"
First bring me the water. See, see, low In Idyll. VI. the following is a very
(spilt lively and singular picture :
Enough! And how dare you so carelessly σαλι»,
Such a flood on my gown !--Well-I'm áid', ide, tay xuva Baadh," &c.
wash'd God be blest! [chest. “Sweet as thou pip'st, she calls thee goat. Here, hussey ! and give me the key of my herd churi;
PRAXINOE. And yet thou dost vot see the skittish girl
Heavens ! what shall we do? The warStill piping on, more senseless than a log
horses advance ! [they prance! There, there, the pretty wanton pelts thy
Friend ! do not ride over me! See bow dog!
Well now I begin to recover my fright i He on the lucid wave his form surveys,
From a child I've been ready to faint at And on the beach his dancing shadow bays!
the sigbl Call, call him-lest he rush upon the fair ;
Of a horse or an adder."
Thus much for sectioo VIII.-In a Light as the down that floats upon the future Letter, I shall proceed with breeze, the remaining sections of the Essay ;
saw no cor
1819.) Polwhele's Essay on the Soul.-Northern Lights. 313 when I am much 'mistaken, if your are of the most lively character. Yet, Readers will hesitate to join the Poet it is remarkable, the simple expresMason in bis very favourable opi- sion repostos only is used, precisely nion of Mr. Polwhele's “ Theocritus.” corresponding with the aposelton of [See Cadell's Edit. of Mr. Polwhele's the Sacred Text.
SCRUTATOR. Poems, vol. III. p. 142.] Equally flattering was the sentence of that
Sept. 16. admirable Greck scholar and severe VOUR Correspondents Sigismund, crilic, the late SAMUEL BADCOCK.
S. T. B. &c. have clearly shown Yours, &c.
SCRUTATOR. that the graduated Clergy ought to
wear silk tippels or scarfs, and also Mr. URBAN,
their respective hoods. One of the IN N Mr. Polwhele's very interesting reasons assigned for their so doing is,
“ Prize Essay on the Immortality ibat they would thereby be effectually of the Soul,” (see p. 47), re-published and properly distinguished from those by Messrs. Nichols, some remarks are Clergy who have not bad an univeradduced (pp. 10, 11) relative to the sity education, often termed Northern Scripture phrase “ gathered unto his Lights, many of them having been fatbers." 'It bas been contended that born in the North parts of England. this expression implied simply “to. I beg leave, therefore, to send you be buried;" and a text in the Acts of the following quotation from a Letthe Apostles (ch. xiii. 36) has been ter to the late Bishop Watson (pubquoted as confirmatory of this opi lished in 1783), by which the provion, viz. “ David fell asleep, and was priety of the above-mentioned dislaid unto his fathers."
tinction will be further evinced and Now, it was not necessary that the
illustrated : author of the Acts of the Apostles,
". The Northern Counties abound in free here contrasting the body of David, which saw corruption," with the schools, where the children of the pea.
santry are instructed gratis, in the dead body of Christ, which“
languages. It is a prospect flattering to ruption,” should stop short, and in a
the vanity of a poor country fellow, to parenthesis or a periphrasis, explain bave his son provided for in an order the meaniog of the Old Testament which seems to place bim in the rank of a phraseology-" fell asleep,” or gentleman. One 'son is, therefore, of laid unto his fathers.” He simply course destined for the Ministry; the repeats the words of the Old Testa youth is puffed up with this idea : he has, ment. See 1 Kings, ji. 29.
or obtains, a right to be admitted into the 'Exoremon (the body) x« TIPOEE. Seminary; the attendance required there TEOH (the body and the soul), apos the season when they are most requisite;
does not interrupt his manual labours in Tas walepas aŭlo, xos eide (the body) he attends alternately the school and the διαφθοραν.
plough ; and after a novitiate performed In the old Latin, and Beza's trans- with the barefoot mortification of an anlations, “Obdormivit et appositus est tient pilgrimage ; with the addition of a patribus suis,” and “ ad patres suos."
new coat, and the Perusal of Grotius de Ve. The whole man is here evidently de- ritate, and the four Gospels in Greek, a scribed ; and wpoorleon and appositus who never heard of him before, our can
sham title and testimonial from persons est must be understood to ioclude didate starts up completely equipped for both body and soul. Such was the the office of an instructor of mankind; mode of expression with all antiquity, , though for any essential qualification, your and I might bring various passages Lordship might as well ordain any boy to illustrate the subject ; but one, out of our common charity-schools. You exactly in point, will be judged suffi- shall see a person who has blacked the cient. Speaking of the “ Amæna slives of a country school-master, in a vireta, fortunatorum nemorum,” &c.
lule time, promoted to the rank of a the Poet subjoids :
petty usher; this man, on the first va“ Quæ cura nitentes
cancy, is admitted into holy orders.“ Pascere equos, eadem sequitur tellure of birth, genius, or learning, are admi
Such men, unincumbered with the dignity repostos ?"-Æn. vi. 655.
rably qualified for all the vulgar arts of Whilst the body sleeps, the soul de succeeding in the world : they can flatter tights in old pursuits ;--the soul, in without a blush; they can hunt witb the Elysium, is all activity-ils pleasures 'Squire, get drunk with the 'Squire, swear GENT. Mag. October, 1819.
with the 'Squire ; he will find in their con- he takes as lively an interest as in the versation nothing to reproach his own ig. lucid periods of his previous life. The norance; they will submit to the most
house is now put into a state of subhumiliating treatment ; they will be pa- stantial repair and improved couvetient laughing-stocks, on which a coarse
pience, as to enable his wife and chiljest may be safely broken, without the
dren to carry on the united concern danger of re-action.”
of a catcher and carrier on an easier Yours, &c.
and larger scale.
From his misfortune, more espe Mr. URBAN, Morton, Sept. 7.
o the publicity you was pleased cially from his example under it, tunate Redmile*, is to be attributed be content while he is well;" and if
a lesson advantageous to bimself, “to the liberality of many distant and
ever any occurrence, either of ill anonymous subscribers. I take the liberiy of subinitting the following
health, of corporal calamity, or of statement, the only tribute of respect, him, it will surely be advisable to
common misfortune, should befall in my ability, due to you, and to every one who has had the good- compare it with ihe dreadful calan ness, on my individual representation, mity which has befallen this son of
affliction. to alleviate the suffering of a most deserving man.
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Horsley's edition of Euclid, this emiaccount of the Sufferer, from the last
nent character is mentioned by name, communication to this time.
and in a vein of the niost sneering The acıne of his
be derision, as having assisted the mathe, recollected, did not begin to subside matica! labours of the Bishop, by till January. From thence to June abridging and translating into Latin there was a gradual abatements but, the Tract on the Sieve of Eratoswhat he endured by intervals, was
thenes. Nolbing but the most wanexcessive ; por did his sufferings en
ton addiction to ridicule, and a love tirely cease till two fragments
of the of mistake uppardonable in one wbo blue rock were discharged, the one
urdertakes the office of guide to from the nose at the interval of eight, others, could have induced the writer the other from the empty socket of of the article in question to venture the left eye, full nine months from upon this assertion. For, Mr. Ur. the accident. Since that he has been ban, would you believe that Bishop enabled, by assistance, to walk to his Horsley tells us, in bis Preface, that chapel on a Sunday, to fodder his the Tract in question was contributed borse daily, and to attend habitually by Dr. William Jackson, who was to various domestic concerns, wherein the Dean's brother! This statement
* See vol. LXXXVIII. i. pp. 200. 290. * See a true character of Dr. C. Jack386. 485; ii. 2.
son in our last, p. 273.- Edit.
1819.) Remarks Philosophical and Literary.
315 is made with great particularity by also to his readers. Many who really the learned Bishop, in order, no doubt, possess these principles, but who, in that all possibility of a inistake be- the eyes of the world, are desirous of tween the two brothers should bave preserving the reputation of taste, re. been avoided ; but the Reviewer flect back to the author those praises wished to raise a laugh at the expense with which the fashionable suffrage of a great and good man; and before has already sufficiently furnished this potent though pitiful desire, all them, and whilst they are thus adconsiderations of truth were to be ministering to the increase of self
gratulation, they oftentimes, it is to Yours, &c. VERITATIS AMATOR. be presumed, concur in praising or
in censuring those performances, or REMARKS PHILOSOPHICAL AND that system, upon which the general LITERARY.
tove of criticism, among the mass, IT may generally be remarked, in has stamped a sort of irrevocable
the impress. affairs, or the state of National Lite- With the facility, likewise, with which rature, that where a certain Profes. those in a humble station imbibe the sion is held in peculiar esteem among manners and the opinions of their suthe great mass of those who are in periors, it is no less certain that there apy degree capacitated by nature or are classes in society wbo feel a like education to form a judgment on its facility in admiring what persons movmerits, the numbers who devote thein- ing in their own, or a superior sphere selves to its pursuit increase in a pro- of life, have pronounced to be excelportionate ratio. This principle holds lent. These influences are often sugood, whether it be applied to the premely powerful, and often superFine Arts, to Classical Literature, or sede the dictates of a better judgment to the more recondite and profound iu minds who, on other occasions, sciences. Independeotly of all ideas consult their own, and are wont to of gain, it flaiters that principle of discriminate with clearness, and even ambition universally inherent in man, with undeviating accuracy. to participate in those honours which Hence may often, in a considerable are liberally bestowed on the success- extent, be traced that unaniınity of ful exercise of this profession, of what opinion which is observable to chanature soever it may chance to be. racterize readers throughout so many
An evil of no inferior degree is, departments, with regard to a wellhowever, often consequent upon the known and extensively-read author promiscuous attempts which will thus of contemporary fame.
Emulating ever strive together to engross the the taste, or fearing the ridicule of largest share of public favour and constituted critics, few feel suffipublic notoriety, although the emu- ciently assured of their own discernsation thus generated will sometimes, ment, to oppose their individual opion the other hand, be productive of nion to generally-received notions of good. The eager anticipation of fame excellence. Consequently, whenever among a contemporary age predomi- the marks of public favour are heaped Dates over every better feeling, and in accumulated profusion on performtoo frequently shuts the eyes of the ances of a certain class or character, ardent individual to the abstract stan. or when, on the other hand, genius dard and real capacity of his own moving in a particular line or sphere powers. Inspired by the sole wish of becomes obsolete, those individuals appearing conspicuous amongst his whose works respectively exbibit specontemporaries, he remains perhaps cimens of the one and the otber, are satisfied with flattering a predomi- either applauded with enthusiasm, or nating taste which rules and pervades suffer the slights of unmerited neglect. a reading public, without sufficiently Public testimonies, whether they examining whether his sentiments are 'be of praise or of censure, may be those of genuine nature, or his per- further said to receive a bias from formances conformed, on the other those to whose guidance, in matters band, to the immutable principles of of taste or of criticisin, they are often sound criticism.
wont to submit themselves; and as Neither are such dispositions con- the tope of literary and moral feel fined to the Poet alone,-they extend ing is easily susceptible of those im
pressions which are delineated with ries with a variety of ill-wrought and ability and force, the influence thus ill-imagined fictions which, it may not inbibed is, perhaps, by no ineans. be deemed illiberal to say, willscarcely slight.
survive their generation. The various Periodical Reviews Concerning the merits of some of which adorn the present state of lite- the inost admired productions (if inrature in our Island, and unquestion. deed it be allowed to form a judg. ably do credit to the exertions of ment from the flattering testimonies British genius, may be thought some- of public favour), it is not unreasontimes one grand mean of producing able to suppose that the criticisms of the effect here spoken of. A wish to á mind in the habit of thinking for uphold the cause of some favourite itself, dirested of the partialities or writer, or to supersede the disagreen préjudices wbich are apt to arise able necessity of offending parties from personal or party consideration, where a latent interest is supposed should feel that, were his opinions to exist in conciliating them, has oc- about to be uttered before a public casionally united with other motives tribunal of taste,-they might, with. in rouzing their respective authors out doing injustice to truth, be chato energy and acute exertion of racterized in terms somewhat like the thought, in order, through the force following: -The indubitable marks of iotellect, to establish the cause of of genius, might he say, which, unan author which, uusupported by der whatever form disguised, are retheir eloquence, would appear under cognized in every period of civilizaauspices less flattering.
tion and literary knowledge, although These reflections may naturally be they do not always meet their adesupposed to flow, whilst contemplat- quate reward, shine forth pre-emiing the general and prevailing fea- nently in the compositions of a Brtures of genius as they bave of late RON. Inheriting from pature some of appeared in our Poetical Hemisphere, the higbest requisites of Poetry, the --whilst contemplating the unprece- powerful appeal to the heart and to dented degrees of enthusiasm which the human sympathies with which the have elicited themselves, within a short Poems of his Lordship seldom fail in period of our literary history, from being accompanied, as they may be all ranks of readers, on the general termed unique in his own day, are perusal of certain works of contem- perhaps sufficient to place him on a porary notoriety.
rank with those of other times, who, Whilst surveying the present state in other respects, are certainly his of Poetry amongst us, it will on all superiors. With a mind ranging with bands be admitted, that genius and unbounded freedom through spłenpoetical invention is signally discern- did scenes of thought and of possible ible in many of the various forms existence in all its variety of shapes, which she has chosen as the vehicles he strikes into combinations of ima. of her creative fancy, or her descrip- gery and of sentiment which fasten tions of nature and of life. A fa- spontaneously on the reader, and convourite characteristic of the age, strain bim to admire the facility with although the Muse has been unusu- which he sheds through his page such ally fruitful in variety, she has like accumulated stores of what may not wise given proofs of her successful improperly be termed the intellectual attainments in excellence. The ge- and the ideal. We are sometimes in nuine aspirations of Poetry are by the habit of hearing from critics that po means foreign to our school of certain poots possess too great a stock the present day, the existence of of learning to please,--that they bear many exquisite and classical perform- too much to the side of authority and ances proclaim our native soil to be precedent, and scatter the fore of anstill genial to growth and maturity cient times too thickly throughout of genius, although it is, on the their pages to merit the name of oriother hand, certain that the peculiar ginals. This goble writer, however, favour which the profession of this as his original cast of thought preelegant and accomplished art has re- cluded him, on the one hand, from cently obtained from a reading pub. too frequently sporting with the lic have contributed to fill our libra. thoughts or the opinions of others,