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merit in having travelled one's eyes over so “Gray never wrote any thing easily but many reams of paper, than in having car- things of humour. Humour was his naturied one's legs over so many acres of ral and original turn; and though from his ground ?”—Ibid.
childhood he was grave and reserved, his
genius led him to see things ludicrously and “My Lady Ailesbury has been much di- satirically; and though his health and disverted, and so will you too. Gray is in satisfaction gave him low spirits, his melantheir neighbourhood. My Lady Carlisle choly turn was much more affected than says, he is extremely like me in his manner.
his pleasantry in writing.”—Ibid. vol. 4, They went a party to dine on a cold loaf (?), and passed the day. Lady Ailesbury protests he never opened his lips but once, and
“ It may so happen, that a writer, from then only said, 'Yes, my lady, I believe so." a happy circumstance, may acquire a repu-Ibid. vol. 2, p. 159.
tation as just as it is instantaneous. This “ GRAY has translated two noble incan
was the case with the late Mr. Gray, who, tations from the Lord knows who, a Danish by his happening to be conversant in fa
shionable Gray, who lived the Lord knows when.
company, gained a complete cenThey are to be enchased in a history of tury. in point of reputation. For though
fashionable writers are most justly set in English bards, which Mason and he are writing; but of which the former has not opposition to good, the very epithet implywritten a word yet, and of which the lat- ing that their works will not last, yet fa
shion is now and then in the right, as well ter, if he rides Pegasus at his usual footpace, will finish the first page two years terature, p. 103.
as other fools.”—PINKERTON. Letters of Lihence.”—Ibid. vol. 2, p. 239.
“I EVEN admire Mr. Gray's plan of wear“GRAY has added to his Poems three ancient Odes from Norway and Wales. ing mustachios for a considerable time, to The subjects of the two first are grand and show that he despised every possibility of picturesque, and there is his genuine vein ridicule.”—PINKERTON, Lett. of Lit. p. 264. in them; but they are not interesting, and do not, like his other poems, touch any pas
Lionel and Clarissa. sion. Our human feelings, which he mas- Lady Mary. I have been telling him of ters at will in his former pieces, are here the poem my late brother, Lord Jessamy, not affected. Who can care through what made on the mouse that was drowned. horrors a Runic savage arrived at all the Col. Oldboy. Ay, a fine subject for a joys and glories they could conceive, the poem ; a mouse that was drowned in a — supreme felicity of boozing ale out of the Lady M. Hush, my dear Colonel, don't skull of an enemy in Odin's Hall ? Oh, mention it! To be sure the circumstance yes! just now, perhaps, these Odes would was vastly indelicate ; but for the number be toasted at many a contested election."— of lines the poem was as charming a morIbid. vol. 3, p. 234.
sel ;-I heard the Earl of Punley say, who
understands Latin, that it was equal to any Aug. 13, 1771. “ I HAVE, I own, been thing in Catullus." much shocked at reading Gray's death in the papers. In an hour that makes one forget any subject of complaint, especially towards one with whom I lived in friend
Young ship from thirteen years old.”—Ibid. vol. 3, What Mrs. Carter (to Mrs. M. vol. 1, p.
72), says of Rousseau is more applicable to
Young, “ He seems to have strong principles of virtue, but in him it seems such an
Strange Conceit. uncomfortable and ever dismal virtue, as SIR GEORGE MACKENZIE (Essays, 79) strikes one in some such manner as if one has as odd a conceit as that of Quarles and was to enter into a noble apartment hung Hugo. “ It is strange,” he says, “ that the with black.”
Jew should not from the triangular architecture of his own heart conclude the Tri
nity of the Godhead, whose temple it was Thomson.
appointed to be.” A BURLESQUE return from the fox chase originally in the Seasons, but omitted in later editions, and restored by Aikin in 1778,
Metre. and recommended for omission again by the OVID wrote Getic verses in Latin meaMonthly Review, as not in keeping with the sure.-Pont. iv. xiii. 19.1 rest of the poem.
And from a like feeling the monks wrote Latin rhymes.
BISHOP KEN's Poems 204.
DEDICATION.—He seems to have regard
ed his successor's fate as judicial-which I Cumberland.
am sorry to see. In the Natural Son, Jack Hustings brings
“ The dolorous remnant of his days." a brace of trout, the first he had taken that
P. 3. Philhymno he calls himself.
State earthquakes. season, -and presently he asks whether birds are plenty, and says, “ I'll come and
5. “Before the pheasant cocks began their brush the stubbles for thee in a week or two's crows." time."
30. The Virgin MaryDEDICATION of the Brothers to the Duke “Swadling him by the light of his own rays!" of Grafton.
32. “ In her soft arms the boundless babe
All this is full of Catholic passion.
59. The innocents An admirable description of Airting and “ Vehicled in their own vital flame." cleaning windows.- Conscious Lovers, p.
The Milky Way their memorial. 54.
Lucifer and Satan are different devils in
86. The Abaddons.
112. Belzebub fermenting hell—as thunder spoils barrels of wine.
Beaumont and FLETCHER, Faithful
Shepherdess, p. 112.
1 The lines bere alluded to are,
Structaque sunt nostris barbara verba modis.
Epist, er Ponto.-J. W. W.
192. Poetry the language of man before God has the caput mortuum of his age.” the fall. 193. The Patriarchs made sacred pas
Edmund, p. 339. torals and sonnets.
“ Soon as morn rising on its wings of light 197. How the Curetes overnoised his cry.
Takes o'er the world its instantaneous flight." 200. Poets in heaven.
I think he had Chamberlain's lines in his 234.“ Unappeasable as hell.” 1
mind, 274. “Oft with his tears he ballasted his
“ The sun on light's dilated wings had fed boat."
To wake the western villagers from bed.” God who always tenders hearts contrite. 276. “Men fierce as fiends they wor
Edmund, 291. shipped."
Hilda, who kept death always in her eye, He always writes massācre--the French In sickness nothing had to do but die. pronunciation
With a sweet patience sheendured her pain." Vol. 2.
293-4. Hilda's death passionate, and at P. 5.“ WHERE Beelzebub sits broiling
the same time most fantastic.? on his throne."
Maggi's verse may be applied to Ken's
devotional poems. “ On Asafætida the whole was built."
“ Belle d'affetti più che di pensieri." 14.“ Despair no disappointment ever knows,
Tom. 2, p. 26.
And these also,
" Più che gl'ingegni alteri
Ama i cuori divoti, e nè suoi canti
Val per esser Poeta essere Amanti.”
Ibid. Jehovah conquers all things but despair.”
17. Mammon in a gold cage.
AUTHOR of Norfolk Drollery, or a Com23. Catching torpedoes.
pleat Collection of the newest Songs, JoThe storm.
vial Poems, and Catches, &c. 1673. So 69. The author's prophecy concerning says Nichols—but this title seems rather to himself by the name of Kennes.
designate a collection. 76. Lines which Parnell has certainly imitated in the Hermit.
90-1. Satan disguising himself. 98. “ Satan riding a snake," and
Robert Wolseley. “ Turning the brute's own sting to spur its YOUNGER son of Sir Charles Wolseley of flight."
Staffordshire. The father was one of CromLucifer's palace.
well's lords, and the son took an active and 129-30. Edmund released by natural honourable part in the Revolution. He magic.
went as envoy to Brussels in 1693. 138.
He wrote the preface to Rochester's VaHis youthful heat and strength for sin en
2 The edition here referred to is that of W. "No doubt the allusion is to Prov. xxvii. Hawkins, 2 vols. 8vo. 1721. The copy before 20: “Hell and destruction are never full," and me is marked by Southey throughout. He gave Habbakuk, ii. 5.-J. W. W.
it to me in 1834.-J. W. W.
her funeral, September 16, 1656. Oratione Frederick Calvert, Lord Baltimore.
funebri, à marito ipso, more prisco laudata 1731–1771.
fuit, is part of her epitaph. The copies of This odd man, whose character may well this pamphlet were industriously collected be suffered to sleep with him in the grave, and destroyed. But Mr. Granger, who had published,
seen one, was fully persuaded by it of her 1. A Tour to the East, in 1763-4, with innocence. Remarks on the City of Constantinople and He published, besides this funeral orathe Turks. Also Select Pieces of Oriental tion, 1656, 2. A Panegyric to the King, Wit, Poetry, and Wisdom, by the Lord 1660. 3. The History of Isoof Bassa, 1684, Baltimore. London, 1767, 8vo.
and translated The Venetian Triumph. 2. Gaudia Poetica, Latina, Anglicâ et On his return home from one of his emGallicâ Linguâ composita. A'. 1769. Au- bassies, he took the road along the coast of gustæ Litteris Spathianis, 1770, surmounted France, and in his audience of the King by a baron's coronet, with the initials F. B. told him that the French were hard at This is dedicated in Latin to Linnæus, who work in raising a naval force, and pointed repaid the compliment with the grossest out the danger to England. Instead of atflattery.
tending to the intelligence, Charles severely 3. Cælestes et Inferi. Venetiis. Typis reprimanded him for talking of things which C. Palese, 1771, 4to.
it was not his business to meddle with. Copies of these last works, which are exceedingly rare, were in the collection of Isaac Reed.
Bevil Higgons.—1670-1735. YOUNGER son of Sir Thomas Higgons by
Bridget his second wife; true to the Stuart John Glanvill.-Broad Hinton, Wilts,
family, he accompanied James into France. 1664.
He published a volume of Historical and He published, 1. Some Odes of Horace Critical Remarks on Burnet's History; and, imitated with relation to his Majesty and 2. A short View of the English History, the Times, 1690. 2. Poems dedicated to with Reflections Political, Historical, Civil
, the Memory and lamenting the Death of Physical, and Moral, on the Reigns of the her late sacred Majesty of the Small Pox, Kings, their Characters and Manners, their 1695. 3. A Plurality of Worlds, translated Successions to the Throne, and all other refrom the French, 1688.
markable Incidents to the Revolution 1688. Drawn from authentic Memoirs and MSS.
1727. Sir Thomas Higgons.—Shropshire, 1624-1691.
John Evelyn.-Sayes Court, near Deptford, One of the few Cavaliers whose services
1654-1698. were rewarded after the Restoration. Charles Son of the Sylvan Evelyn. He wrote the II. knighted him, and gave him a pension Greek Poem which is prefixed to the second of £500 a year, and gifts to the amount of volume of his father's work, and translated £4000. In 1669 he was sent envoy extra- Rapin's Gardens, Plutarch’s Life of Alexordinary to invest the Duke of Saxony ander, and the History of the Grand Viziers with the Order of the Garter, and about four Mahomet and Achmet Coprogli, and of the years afterwards went envoy to Vienna. three last Grand Seigniors, their Sultanas
He married the famous widow of Robert and chief Favourites, with the most secret Earl of Essex, and delivered an oration at | Intrigues of the Seraglio. 1677. 8vo.
Edward Howard, Eighth Earl of Suffolk. “ Alma novem genuit celebres Rhedycina 1731.
poetas, This nobleman, who had, according to
Bubb, Stubb, Cobb, Crabb, Trap, Young, Horace Walpole, some derangement of in
Carey, Tickell, Evans." tellect, published Miscellanies in Prose and He wrote a volume of Pastorals, six of which, Verse, by a Person of Quality, 1725, 8vo.; or rather twelve, were preserved by Isaac the greater part of which he reprinted under Reed, and by him communicated to Mr. the title of Musarum Deliciæ in 1728. This Nichols's Collection. They have more merit volume contains some Sapphick verses, which than is usually to be found in such poems ; the bookseller acquaints us were so called but are by no means equal to Gay's, who “not because they are written in the num- succeeded better in sport than his serious bers which Sappho made use of, but merely predecessors Phillips and Dr. Evans. upon account of the fineness and delicacy of the subjects." Horace Walpole has preserved a curious
Gloster Ridley.-1702-1774. anecdote of this man (vol. 4, Parke's edition, p. 133, note).
This worthy man, who was descended An advertisement prefixed to his last from Ridley the Martyr, was born at sea on publication announces that speedily will be board the Gloucester East Indiaman. He published Alcander, or the Prince of Ar- published the Life of his ancestor, and a cadia, by the same author.
Review of Philips's Life of Cardinal Pole, The Musarum Deliciæ is a scarce book, one of those insidious works of the Roman many of the copies having been burnt by Catholics which it is necessary to watch and his lordship's executors.
to confute.2 His eldest son was the author Park, vol. 4, p. 136, gives an extract, of the Tales of the Genii, a book which it is to Upon a Beau— but it cannot be a charac- be hoped will always continue to be printed. teristic one.
From the volume of a mad man something that marks him may surely be selected.
Joseph Trapp, Cherington, Gloucestershire,
1669-17** John Lord Cutts.—1706.
DR. TRAPP was the first professor of poSon of Richard Cutts, Esq. of Matching etry at Oxford, and like many other profesin Essex, and made Baron of Gowran in Ire
sors in other things, professed what he cerland, one of the lords justices general, general tainly did not practise. He published his of the forces in that kingdom, and governor eticæ ; four volumes of Sermons; Abramule,
lectures under the title of Prælectiones Poof the isle of Wight. Marlborough called him a Salamander,
a tragedy; some controversial treatises from his having escaped in a most tremen- against the Papists and Methodists, which
are said to have much merit; and sundry dous action with part of the French army. A good specimen in Park's Royal and miscellaneous productions both in prose and
But his best or worst known works Noble Authors, vol. 5, p. 222.
are a Latin version of the Paradise Lost,
and a blank verse translation of Virgil. Abel Evans.
See this Virgil, for surely it must have been ONE of the Oxford wits enumerated in the well known distich:
GLOUCESTER RIDLEY's Sermons On the
Divinity and Operations of the Holy Ghost, "Quære? Was not this the name of Pope's preached at Lady Moyes's lecture, are some of epic ?-R. S.
the very best on the subject.-J. W. W.