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Vol. 9. Prologue to the Coronation. thee before I had returned to my outward " A WOMAN, once, in a Coronation, may habitation ; understanding that thou hast With pardon speak the Prologue, give as made choice of that blessed truth that we free

bear witness to, I cannot but say, it is well A welcome to the theatre, as he

that thou hast chosen the better part, which, That with a little beard, a long black cloak, if thou abide in and obey, it will never be With a starch'd face and supple leg, hath taken from thee. I perceive by some let

ters from thee, which I have heard read, Before the play the twelve month." that there is a work of God begun in thy P. 99. “ You must not look for down beds

inward man, where He works in his people here.

the new creation in Christ Jesus, which is Yet there be many lightsome cool Star

unto righteousness, holiness, and purity.”chambers,

A brief Collection of remarkable Passages Open to every sweet air."-Sea Voyage.

and Occurrences relating to the Birth, Edu

cation, Life, Conversion, Travels, Services, Vol. 10.

and Sufferings of that ancient, eminent, und

faithful Serrant of the Lord, Margaret Fell, P. 81. Two lines which are used as an

but by her second Marriage Margaret For. epitaph in country churchyards :

1710, 8vo. p. 532. The world's a city full of straying streets, And death's the market-place where each one meets."

SAMUEL Bishop, Poetical Works. 1796. 129. “ The most remarkable point in which kings differ

P. xvii. TownLey, under master at M. From private men, is, that they not alone

Taylor's, when Bishop was on the upper Stand bound to be in themselves innocent,

form, was the author of “ High Life below But that all such as are allied to them

Stairs." Garrick had so high an opinion of In nearness or dependence, by their care

him, that he submitted all his own works to

his correction. Should be free from suspicion of all crime." Thierry and Theodoret.

xxiii. Woodward, a schoolfellow of Bi

shop's, and assisted by him in composing The stage read wholesomne lectures to

" the Seasons," which was designed for the kings, even in days of arbitrary principles. stage, and to have been exhibited in a style 365. Beaumont's letters to Ben Jonson,

of splendour at that time unexampled. from the country.

Woodward had two favourite projects; one Gifford, for the sake of extolling the Sad Shepherd, abuses the Faithful Shepherdess." and the other to introduce his black ser

was, to bring out this superb pantomime; -B. J. vol. 6, p. 306.

vant, whom he had instructed, with infinite pains, to play Othello. He was disappointed

in both. Waller.

xxvi. A perfect slave to the school. For MARGARET Fox writes thus to Waller :

the election day he generally supplied above “ London, 25th of 4th Month, 1698. 100 compositions. “Dear Friend,

xxvii. Warren, Bishop of Bangor, his “ I should have been glad to have seen

patron 1 There were three works in my younger days

8.“ Oft Fancy, prompted by concern, I used to sigh for the completion of:- The Fusti

To urge an half-form'd tear began; of Ovid, the Story of Cambuscan Bold, and The

And Hope, that made her bosom burn, Faithful Shepheruess.-J. W. W.

Finish'd the pearl, and down it ran."

in his poem:

could say,

This reminds me of poor Trauma's' tear Let this eulogium on my tomb stick,

• Here lies the model of a Broomstick.' “ Then from its diamond sluice o'er rubies

Corrige sodes. ran, That deck the fair one's cheek, and as it fell,

246. “ Hail! great reformer of men's My napkin caught the dear delicious pearl."


Thou Fashion, who with silken noose 138. “Bland Hospitality her happiest

So daintily dost provide 'em ! sway

Were Wisdom's self ten times as wise, To Sunday owes; for Sunday is her day.” She could add nothing to shoe-ties, 146. “ Let there be light," one only voice Save petticoats to hide 'em."

271." Youth has unruliness, and age unWhen Nature first beheld emerging day;

rest." But what light is, must all unknown remain, Till the same Voice, with equal power, again

The only modern author in whom I have Bid intellectual light more strongly rise,

observed this word. And God's whole glory beam on human eyes." | last which he composed, “ he considered as

387. The last in the book, and one of the 204. “ Kick up a Ten-toe trot, and ride descriptive of his own situation in the school.” on Shanks's mare." 216. An old song of the Man in the Moon, “Genius, too oft, beneath Adversity's frown,

Drudges, laborious ; vigorous, yet kept “ Which tells us how he swills his claret, down: And feasts on powdered beef and carret.”

Never advanced, though never at a stay ; 229. Some frivolous gentry of the present Keeps on, perhaps shines on, but makes no

day In alphabetic buckles shine away."

So fares the mettled steed, in harness bound, I remember some like an M about 1788

To drag some ponderous engine round and

round. or 1790.

His toil is generous effort; but 'tis still 229. “ Your children living, and your

Strength, perseverance, progress-in a mill." grandsires dead,

I know no other poet who crowds so many Loved while they thumb'd, and tasted as they read,

syllables into a verse. How his ear could The Hornbook's best edition, Gingerbread.”

allow of this, I know not. His domestic

poems breathe a Dutch spirit,-by which I Vol. 2.

mean a very amiable and happy feeling of P. 122. “A CHAMBER, trim as trim can be, domestic duties and enjoyments. A bed, snugg, with a double G." ?? 129. “One semblance more of me, God knows,

Prior. The Broomstick, too exactly, shows;

QUEEN ANNE“doubts whether Mr. Prior's By bands, long! long! perhaps to last, birth will entitle him to the office of envoy, 'Tis, like myself, to Birch bound fast. but will give him any other situation that And shall things ever thus remain ? Lord Oxford shall recommend."-Lans'Tis fair to hope, though not complain. doune MSS. No. 1236, 146. I bear meanwhile what must be borne ; And when to a mere stump I'm worn,

Sharpe's Edition. James Jennings is the author here alluded

P. 29. “ With fancied rules and arbitrary to.-J. W. W.



Matter and motion he restrains,

Sansjoy is a person who must have been And studied lines and fictious circles intended to be brought forward again. draws,

If the allegorical names were always as Then with imagined sovereignty happy as in the instances of Una and DuLord of his new hypothesis he reigns." essa, the effect would be altogether so. Here 44. Asgill.

they are good in themselves, and their sig. 50. Ilorace

nificance not too apparent.

Sir Hudibras. 2, 2, xvii. “ Snatch'd their fair actions from degrading

2, 3, xxvi. A hemistich in the last line. prose,

2, 8, lv. And set their battles in eternal light."

2, 4, xli. A line of twelve syllables in the 98. De- Witted. Here is this wicked word. penultimate.

3, 4, xxxix. Hemistich, seventh line. “ As Arthegall and Sophy now been honoured."

2, 9, vi. Spenser.

Arthegall. 3, 3, xxvii. U'NFINISHED parts,--or rather, indica- B. 3, c. 2, st. iv. An oversight,-Guyon tions of what the remaining books were to instead of the Red Cross Knight. contain.

“Achilles' arms which Arthegall did win.” Fradubio and Frælissa. B. 1, c. 2, xliii.

3, 2, xxv. “We may not change, quoth he, this evil

In the Bernardo of Bernardo de Balbueplight,

na, the hero wins the armour of Achilles. Till we be bathed in a living well."

C. 9. Final action of the poem. B. 1, c. 11, vii. Angela, the martial queen of the Angles, “Fair Goddess, lay that furious fit aside, whose armour Britomart wears. 3, 3, lv.Till I of wars and bloody Mars do sing,

vi.-viü. And Briton fields with Sarazin blood be- B. 3. An oversight concerning Florimel, dile,

c. 1. Prince Arthur, Guyon, and Britomart "Twist that great Faery Queen and Paynim

see her flying from the Foster, follow her, king,

and separate. Britomart passes the night That with their horror heaven and earth did | in Malecasta Castle, proceeds on her way, ring."

and encounters and wounds Marinel, c. 4.

And, c. 5, Prince Arthur meets her dwarf, Though he very rarely carries on the sen

who tells him that she had left the Court in tence from one stanza to another, he seems fond of carrying on the sound, and continu

consequence of Marinel's wound. ing the rhyme, or at least repeating the word

In the Ruins of Time, he speaks of the

Paradise at the beginning of one stanza with which the last ended. Some link of allusion or of

“ which Merlin by his magic slights sound he evidently liked to introduce. Made for the gentle Squire to entertain Guyon was one who

His fair Belphæbe."

523-5. —“knighthood took of good Sir Huon's

“ Our posterity within few years will hand,

hardly understand some passages in the When with king Oberon he came to Faery Faery Queen, or in Mother Hubbard's, or Land."

vi. other tales in Chaucer, better known at this Spenser's feeling concerning suicide. 2, day to old courtiers than to young students.” 1, lviii.

-Jackson, 3, 746. Concerning burial. 2, 1, lviii. 1, 10, xlii. Pasquier had the same notion that mo

2, 1,

p. 395.

dels were as unfixed as they had been be- “SPENSER (Sır EGERTON BRYDGES says) fore his time.

gave rise to no school of imitators,—unless

we attribute to his example the translations Kent is said to have frequently declared

of Ariosto and Tasso by Harrington and “that he caught his taste in gardening from

Fairfax." reading the picturesque descriptions of

His peculiar language was the probable Spenser. However this may be, the designs which he made for the works of that poet, fect in kindling others.

cause. But no poet has produced more efare an incontestable proof that they had no

“ The literary characters of men of infeeffect upon his erecutive powers as a pain. rior genius are made by the character of the ter.— Notes to Mason's English Garden, vol.

age in which they live ; and the main feai. Nor on his imaginative, Mr. Burgh might artificial form : but master minds impose

tures of their writings are entirely of that have added.

their own shapes and colours upon their I think the versification of the Protha- compositions, which, if tinged with any marks lamion an Epith. was formed upon some of of their age, only betray them in subordiBernardo Tasso's Canzoni.

See vol. i. p.

nate parts. If Spenser's designs and cha95, 118.

racters took the costume of days of chiMother Hubbard's Tale was published valry, the prima stamina of his poem, his separately in 12mo. 1784, “with the obso

main thoughts and language are founded on lete words explained.”

the truths of universal nature."--Sir E. “ Die hem in zijn luister zien wil, leze Bridges, Theat. Poet. p. 34. slechts zijn eigen bruilofsdicht; het geen alle my bekende epithalamien overtreft.”

BRAGGADOCHIO is to be found in Gyron BILDERDIGK. Notes to his Essay on Tragedy, le Courtoys, and I think also in “ Peele's

Old Wives' Tale;" but certes in Gyron.

p. 173.

Pope says, “ After my reading a canto of

SYMPSON concludes his notes on B. and F. Spenser, two or three days ago, to an old by saying, “This is my first essay in critilady between seventy and eighty, she said cism, and its good or ill success will either that I had been showing her a collection of encourage me in, or deter me from prosepictures. She said very right. And I know cuting an edition of Spenser, toward which not how it is, but there is something in I have these several years been collecting Spenser that pleases one as strongly in one's materials. And as I wish to see a good ediold age as it did in one's youth. I read tion of that fine poet, so I would invite all the Faery Queen when I was about twelve, the learned and ingenious part of the world with a vast deal of delight; and I think it to contribute their assistance toward the efgave me as much when I read it over about fecting of it. For I am persuaded, that a year or two ago.”—SPENCE's Anecdotes, p. Spenser will make a figure no way inferior 86.

to the best Greek or Roman writers, when

published like them, cum notis variorum.” BILDERDIGK (ut supra, 174) says, “ Em- Pageants and court masques accustomed blemata en Allegorien waren eeuwen lang the people to such personifications as Spent' troetelkind onzer Natien. Ik sta toe dat ser's. beide nuttig zijn, en hare verdienste en schoonheden hebben; maar zy toonen de LORD Chatham's sister, Mrs. Anne Pitt, eeuw van scherpzinnigheid, niet van het “used often in her altercations with him to Dichterlijk gevoel, en dus, niet die der say, 'that he knew nothing whatever, exPoëzy.”

cept Spenser's F. Queen.' And no matter,

says Burke, how that was said, for whoever , almost afraid I must go and read Spenser, relishes and reads Spenser, as he ought to and wade through his allegories and drawlbe read, will have a strong hold of the Eng- | ing stanzas, to get at a picture.”—Letters, lish language." — Hardy's Life of Lord vol. iii. p.

25. Charlemont, vol. ii. p. 286.

p. 174.

Sir K. Digby published Observations on

May. the twenty-second stanza in the ninth canto 1633. “On Monday after Candlemas day, of the second book of Spenser’s F. Queen. the gentlemen of the inns of court performed 1644.

their masque at court : they were sixteen

in number, who rode through the streets in “If it were put to the question of the four chariots, and two others to carry their Water Rhymer's works against Spenser's, I pages and musicians, attended by an hundoubt not but they would find more suf- dred gentlemen on great horses, as well clad frages; because the most favour common as ever I saw any. They far exceeded in vices, out of a prerogative the vulgar have bravery any masque that had formerly been to lose their judgments, and like that which presented by those societies, and performed is naught.”—B. Jonson, Discoveries, vol. ix. the dancing part with much applause. In

their company there was one Mr. Read of

Gray's Inn, whom all the women and some 1780.“ JOHNSON told me he had been men cried up for as handsome a man as the with the king that morning, who enjoined Duke of Buckingham. They were well used him to add Spenser to his lives of the poets. at court by the king and queen, no disgust I seconded the motion. He promised to given them, only this one accident fell :think of it, but said the booksellers had not Mr. May of Gray's Inn, a fine poet, he who included him in their list of the poets."- translated Lucan, came athwart my lord Hannah More, vol. i. p. 175.

chamberlain in the banquetting house, and

he broke his staff over his shoulders, not 1759. Two editions of the Faery Queen, knowing who he was: the king present, who published by Upton and Church.—Monthly knew him, for he calls him his poet, and told Review, vol. xx. p. 566-7.

the chamberlain of it, who sent for him the Ditto, vol. xxx. p. 33.

Spenser blas

next morning, and fairly excused himself phemed by Michael Wodhull and his re- to him, and gave him fifty pounds in pieces. viewers.

I believe he was the more indulgent for his Ditto, vol. xliii. p. 306. “The Faery Queen name's sake.”—GERRARD, Strafford Letters, is frequently laid down almost as soon as it vol. i. p. 207. is taken up! because it abounds with loathsome passages !" Ditto, vol. xliv. p. 265. The tiresome uni

RICHARDSON. formity of his measure !

PAMELA.“I know not,” says Lady M.W. Ditto, vol. lii. p. 111. Specimen of the Montagu (vol. iv. p.112),“under what conFaery Queen in blank verse, canto 1, 1774. stellation that foolish stuff was wrote ; but See the Review.

it has been translated into more languages Ditto, vol. Ix. p. 324. Prince Arthur, an than any modern performance I ever heard allegorical romance. The story from Spen- of!” And she proceeds to relate a memorser. 2 vols. 1778. (prose.)

able example of its influence in Italy.

Apology for the life of Mrs. Shamela When HORACE WALPOLE was planning a Andrews, in which the many falsehoods in bower at Strawberry Hill, he said, “I am a book called Pamela are exposed. 1741.

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