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been received with a much warmer, more
There is a manliness in his moral poems general, and more lasting approbation than -as in the Elegy to a young Nobleman, perhaps even the most sanguine admirer of for example. 93. The movement of his the poem could have expected from a work continuous quatrains is always pleasing. which the author never intended for the- 97. An amusing example of what popuatrical representation."— Monthly Review, | larity is–Mason felt that Garrick was preNo. 47, December, 1772, p. 486.
ferred to him as a poet! which yet he never
was, nor could have been. His connection with Lord Holderness,
103. A pleasing acknowledgment that he 1754.-H. WALPOLE's Letters, vol. 1, p. 329.
was too much elated with applause. His litigious conduct to Murray the book- 105. Epistle to Hurd. Here he relates seller.-CROKER's Boswell, vol. 4, p. 152. his deliberate choice of an artificial and gorHis Musæus to an unnatural strain of all hope of excellence in any other form of
geous style-because Shakespeare precluded poetry, which is that of Lycidas, adds a
drama. more unnatural pathos, and has yet the
“ hills sublime greater fault of making Spenser, Milton,
Of mountain lineage." and Chaucer address Pope as one who had excelled them.
Ilis own birthday Sonnets in old age are A FAVOURITE lyric measure of his consists
in a very pleasing and natural strain. in couplets of four or five, alternately, but
" and all that browse, written continuously. Sometimes he begins Or skim or dive, the plain, the air, the flood." with the longer, sometimes with the shorter This is the latest example I remember of an lines. The Ode to a Water Nymph is in a
old construction, more artificial than pleasvery agreeable metre.
The rhymes are
ing. quatrain, but the arrangement of the lines 248. A fashion of white palisades tipped is two of four and two of five feet, then two
with gold and red. of five and two of four, and so alternately through the poem; the versification being continuous. That to an Æolian harp is in And now Chinese, now neither, and yet both." a sweet quatrain of two fours and two fives. This had passed away before my memory. He had a good ear for versification, which, 248. A curious example of a receipt in however, is not so apparent in blank verse; verse,-how to mix colours for painting a but certainly he had not a good ear for fence green. rhyme, unless a broad provincial pronunci- 244. His opinion expressed of the manner ation had corrupted it. I am far from ob- in which such subjects, in themselves essenjecting to imperfect rhymes when they are tially unpoetical, and antipoetical, should be properly disposed; but they offend the ear poetically treated. greatly when it is made to rest upon them,
252. “ Alas! ere we can note it in our as, for example (Ode x. for Music), employ
song, and sky, in a couplet which closes a stanza
Comes manhood's feverish summer, chill'd wherein there is no rhyme to either of these words.
By cold autumnal care, till wintry age P. 40. “The larks' meridian ecstasy." Sinks in the frore severity of death." “ See our tears in sober shower
262. Gray's admiration of Keswick, exO'er this shrine of glory pour.”—P.54. pressed in verse by Mason. Ode xii. Cp. 63, must be to the Duchess 264." That force of ancient phrase, which of Devonshire.
speaking, paints ;
“ Gothic now,
And is the thing it sings."
Under the diuretic woodbine grows 275. His contempt of fountains,
The splenetic columbiné, scorbutic rose." " that toss
As scurvy epithets as were ever applied by In rainbow dews their crystal to the sun."
fair lady to fine flowers.
24. Pretty lines to a rivulet : 280. A pleasing passage : “Yes, let me own,
Yet, gentle stream, thou’rt still the
same, To these, or classic deities like these,
Always going, never gone: From very childhood was I prone to pay
Yet dost all constancy disclaim, Harmless idolatry."
Wildly dancing to thine own murmuring The last book of the Garden is in every respect miserably bad. Bad in taste, as re- Old as Time, as Love and Beauty young." commending sham castles and modern ruins;
31. Her skill in medicine. bad in morals, as endeavouring to serve a political cause by a fictitious story, which,
39. “For I can only shake, but not cast if it had been true, could have nothing to
chain." do with the right or wrong of the American
Fashion of portraits in her youth: war,—and bad in poetry, because the story
“ Even when I was a child, is in itself absurd. Not the least absurd part is the sudden death of the lady at seeing
When in my picture's hand her betrothed husband, whom she was nei
My mother did command
There should be drawn a laurel-bough; ther glad nor sorry to see ; and the description of the facies Hippocratica is applied to
Lo then my Muse sate by and smiled
To hear how some the sentence did oppose, a person thus dying in health, youth, and beauty.
Saying an apple, bird, or rose See in Book 1. for his love of painting as
Were objects which did more befit well as poetry
My childish years and no less childish wit." 392. An excellent description of the Eng- 41. " their modish wit to me doth shew lish Boulingrin from the Encyclopedia. But as an engyscope to view yours through."
101. Some odd anatomical verses. She seems to have studied physic with a view to
practise it. Poetical Recreations, 8c. Part I. by Mrs.
Her most delightful and excellent roJane BARKER. Part II. by several Gen
mance of Seepina was in the press. tlemen of the Universities, and othcrs. 1688.
Part 2. P. 12. A very pretty expression villainously applied :
P. 161. By this dialogue concerning the “ From married men wit's current never prohibition of French wines, it appears that flows,
barrels were broached in the streets, or Butgrave and dull as standing pond he grows;
rather staved. Whilst the other, like a gentle stream does play 212. Bonny Moll and Black Bess, in a With this world's pebbles which obstruct his serious imitation of Virgil's Eclogues.
way." 21.“ Here plants for health and for de
| There is no difficulty in this word, but I light are met,
have no authority to quote for it at hand.The cephalic cowslip, cordial violet ; J. W. W,
250. “ Alas! how vain and useless all The ding-dong peal of thy twain bells remote things prove
20.“What time the preying owl with
sleepy wing 275. James II.
Swims o'er the corn-field studious." " Who, Noah's lawful heir,
23. “It shall not grieve me if the gust be Succeeded in the boundless empire of the
And, to withstand its overbearing gale, 277. Apotheosis of Charles II.
I lean upon the tide of air unseen.
For pleasant then across the vale below Safely he cuts the thundering skies, Fleet the thin shadows of the severed Adorn'd with new imperious joys;
cloud.” Young angels kiss each tender limb, And fondly call him cherubim,
26. Bathing His Saviour and his Sire embrace him as he
suspended thus flies !"
Upon the bosom of a cooler world."
27. This personification of Ocean as a
wolfish monster, though it arises naturally, HURDIS.
is carried to an absurd extravagance. The Favourite Village.
34. The shepherdP.5. " Youth and age
Accustomed in the rear of his slow flock And sexes mingled in the populous soil, To creep inert.” Till it o'erlooks with swoln and ridgy brow The smoother croft below."
35. A very pleasing trait of himself. He
used to let the wheatears out of their traps, 5. “Say, ancient edifice, thyself with and leave their price for their ransom. years
40. Grown gray, bow long upon the hill has
or grazing ox stood
His dewy supper from the savoury herb Thy weather-braving tower, and silent
Audibly gathering." mark'd
53. “ Far off resounds the shore-assailing The human leaf inconstant bud and fall?
deep, The generations of deciduous man, How often hast thou seen them pass away?"
Sweeping with rude concuss o . he loose
beach, 11. _“the slow-marching sabbath, by the Harshly sequacious of his refluent surge."
gay Devoted ill to frivolous excess,
57. “Raking with harsh recoil the pebbly Or dedicated fondly by the grave
steep." To endless exercise of pious toil, Has here no hurried, and no loitering foot.
73. “And the scorch'd eyelid intervention
asks Abridged of levity and indisposed To make salvation slavery, to yawr
Of handkerchief uplifted, doubled news, Till latest midnight o'er the long discourse,
Hand ill at ease, or tipsey-footed screen.” It interdicts not recreation sweet."
a vast expanse, 16. “ dear village, sometimes let Save where the frowning wood without a leaf me stand
Rears its dark branches on the distant hill,
Or hedge-row, ill-discern'd, with dreary tol merchant, quarrelled with him. After length
the quarrel he went to the merchant's house, Strides o'er the vale encumber'd, or lone in Park Street, and being admitted, walked church
up to him and addressed him thus—“Sir, Stands vested weatherward in snowy pall, did you ever read Churchill's Epistle to HoConspicuous half, half not to be discern'd." garth ?" and without waiting for an answer,
6 I'll write a severer satire than that upon 89. The robin in winter
you, Sir!" Mr.
took him by the colbeneath
chair lar, carried him, for he was about five feet Sit budge, a feathery bunch." two, to the street door, and dropped him 91. Children, it seems, in his village, wear
over the steps into the street. paper ornaments on their heads and skirts The poor poet got a situation afterwards when they go to sing Christmas carols early of Africa, a victim to the climate.
in a merchant vessel, and died on the coast in the morning
111. Golden primrose - the only false epithet I have found. The Relapse.
John Lyly. 156. A sweet passage about his sister. 158. His own boyhood.
In a catalogue I see“ Lyly's Euphues and 159. The man of war.
Lucella, Ephæbus, and Letters rendered 177. His contented state of mind.
into modern English, 1716." Sir Thomas More.
Britain's Remembrancer (G. Wither),
canto 2, p. 42. Green and Lily's fashion 234.
“ Poet like, She could not sleep for thinking, but stole There is in his Euphues occasionally a out
vulgarity such as in Swift's Polite ConverTo ring the chimes of fancy, undisturb’d, sations; and there are also conceited and In the still ear of morning."
vapid discussions like those in Madame Scu296. " What is death
dery's Romances. To him who meets it with an upright heart? A quiet haven, where his shatter'd bark
Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit. Ed. 1607.
To the Gentlemen Readers—“ We comHarbours secure, till the rough storm is past. monly see the book that at Easter lyeth Perhaps a passage, overhung with clouds But at its entrance; a few leagues beyond to be broken in the haberdasher's shop. It
bound on the stationer's stall, at Christmas Opening to kinder skies and milder suns, And seas pacific as the soul that seeks them.”
is not strange when as the greatest wonder
lasteth but nine days, that a now work Elsewhere Hurdis intimates that he was should not endure but three months. Gendoubtful whether the soul sleeps after death, tlemen use books as gentlewomen handle or passes into an intermediate state. But their flowers; who in the morning stick how certainly to all appearance might the them in their heads, and at night strew voyage in Kehama be traced to this passage them at their heels. Cherries be fulsome -if I had read it before that poem was when they be thorough ripe, because they written.
be plenty ; and books be stale when they be As Hurdis followed Cowper, so poor Ro- printed, in that they be common." maine Joseph Thorn followed him, and imi- In
mind Printers and Tailors are tated the worthless Adriano in the not more chiefly bound to pray for Gentlemen; the worthless Lodon and Miranda.
one hath so many fantasies to print, the This poor fellow, who was clerk to a Bris- | other such sundry fashions to make, that
the pressing-iron of the one is never out of at grass (?), younger thou shalt never the fire, nor the printing-press of the other be.” at any time lyeth still.
“ I now taking heart at grass to see her “ He that cometh to print because he so gamesome.” would be known, is like the fool that cometh They that begin to pine of a consumpinto the market because he would be seen. tion, without delay preserve themselves upon
It seems by his address to the Oxonians cullisses. He that feeleth his stomach inas if he had been rusticated for three flamed with meat, cooleth it eftsoons with years.
conserves." 6 B. - he thought himself so apt to all “ In that thou cravest my aid, assure thythings, that he gave himself almost to no- self I will be thy finger next thy thumb." thing but practising of those things com- “ Neither being idle, nor well employed, monly which are incident to these sharp but playing at cards." wits, — fine phrases, smooth quips, merry Though thou have eaten the seeds of taunts, using jesting without mean, and rocket, which breed incontinency, yet have abusing mirth without measure."
I chewed the leaf-cress which maintaineth — so rare a wit would in time either modesty." breed an intolerable trouble, or bring an
“ Instead of silks I will wear sackcloth; incomparable treasure to the commonweal." for owches, and bracelets, leere ? and
“ – thy bringing up seemeth to me to caddis " 5 be a great blot to the lineage of so noble a “I force not Philantus his fury, so I may brute."
have Euphues his friendship.” “ The greenest beech burneth faster than pinched Philantus on the parson's the driest oak."
side." (?) “ The dry beech kindled at the root Glass-worm for glow-worm.? never leaveth until it come to the top.".
Vulcan—with his pawlt foot." “ The Pestilence doth most rifest infect “I brought thee up like a coakes, and the clearest complection."
thou hast handled me like a cockscombe." “ You convince my parents of peevish- Euphues is content to be a craven and ness in making me a wanton.”
cry creake ;- though Curio be old huddle to the stomach quatted' with dainties, and twang. Ipse be"-(?) all delicates seem queasy."
“ Judging all to be pinglers that are not “They that use to steal honey burn hem- coursers.” lock to smoak the bees from their hives." “ What greater infamy than to confer
The wise husbandman—“ in the fattest the sharp wit to the making of lewd sonand most fertile ground soweth hemp be- nets to the idolatrous worshipping of their fore wheat, a grain that drieth up the su- ladies, to the vain delights of
ancy, to all perfluous moisture, and maketh the soil more apt for corn.'
3 See Nares in v. Simply a corruption, I “ Swathe-cloutes."
suspect, from the French.
«« The use of rocket stirreth up.bodily lust, “ Suspecting that Philantus was corrival especially the seed.”—Johnson's Gerurde, p. with him, and cockmatewith Lucilla.” 248. “ Rise rather, Euphues, and tuke heart 5 Both probably signify here some coarse
kind of twist, or lace. The latter is used by
Shakespeare. See Nares in v. See NARES' Gloss. in v. It means, of course, • Ibid. in v. Side. Ben Jonson speaks of“ a satiated, glutted.
side sweeping gown.” New Inn. · NARES in v. supposes it to be a corruption
7 Ibid. in v. of copesmate, quoting this and the passage re. 8 Ibid. in v. “ probably a labouring horse." ferred to below. Hooker used copesmate more The pingle was the enclosure, or boosy-pasthan once.-J. W. W.
ture, close to the homestead.-J. W. W.