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of languages. To understand them, it is neceffary to understand French, Italian, Latin, Greek, Spanish. The language of Otaheite is almost the only one which does not grace these notes, and puzzle the gentle reader. In the republic of letters, there is the quoter of unknown authors, as well as the user of hard and uncommon words. Both are equally affected ; and Should know, that to confuse women and children, with the af. sistance of a dictionary and a common-place book, is far from being difficult.

At the same time that the notes take so much pains to prove to us their author's acquaintance with foreign writers, the poem itself convinces us how thoroughly he is intimate with English authors, and how carefully he has formed himself upon the best models in our language. Of Goldsmith, Pope, and even Dryden we were more than once reminded ; elegant fimplicity, correct imagination, real poetry, pleased us in more than one passage of this epistle. When ancient Genius charms,

- with spell fublime,
The scythe of Ruin from the hand of Time,
And moves the mighty Leveller to spare

Models of grace so exquisitely fair, ' we are in doubt which to admire more, the poet or the painter. But to extract all the passages we approve, were to copy more than balf the performance.

The faults we have to mark it, besides the affectation of the notes, are these. Sense is sometimes cruelly tortured and lengthened out, in order to fit the iron bed of sound, on which are unnaturally engendered a few, and but a few, dull and drawling lines.

• I with inadequate description, wrong'

• And, with glee, marks them on her cankered scroll'. with another, or two of the same kind, strike the ear more unmusically because all the rest of the poem is so uniformly hare monious.

Rome should not rhyme to affume--rather, it does not rhyme to it. We should pronounce it like the Larin Rom-a, not like the English room.-- - In the article of rhymes this writer is as correct as in almost every other respect. Heartb is very properly coupled with mirth, and versed with nursed. Common conversation pronounces these words in too Novenly a manner, nused and barth. He who writes in rhyme should be able, like this author, to spell, as well as to count his fingers.

Of the elegant lines which compare the painters of modern Italy to their brother poets of ancient Italy and Greece,


We would just ask whether the comparison be not run rather too far? Is there not, after all, more prettiness than trutli in it?

We must now quit this pleasing publication. If the author do not prove that we have some capital painters among us, he makes it evident that we possess at least one good poet.

Miscellaneous Poems; confiling of Elegies, Odes, Pastorals, &C

together with Calypso, a Masque. 8vo. 35. Newbery. THIS volume contains four elegies, ten odes, four pastorals,

fix cantatas or songs, and Calypso, a masque. There pieces are not distinguished by brilliancy of language, elaborate descriptions, or the strokes of a bold and vivid imagination. They are not the productions of an enthufiaft, either in religion, politics, or poetry ; but a person of a calm, serious, loyal, philosophical disposition.

-Minuentur atræ « Carmine curæ,' says the motto ; by which we may understand, that Care, in the shape of an old black witch, frequently haunts the poet, and cafts a gloom around him. But, upon her approach, he generally flies to a more agreeable lady, one of the nymphs of Castaly, who expels the old beldam with the harmony of her lyre. That the hag is no agreeable visitor is intimated in the following line :

• No witches gave me gold." And in his first ode he confesses, that he loved

• To wanton in the muses train,

And in their bower's reside.' This tête-à-tête, this dalliance with his favorite mure, hasi it seems, been frequently repeated; for we have now before us many proofs of their correspondence.

Numa pretended, that he met the goddess Ægeria in the night : simulavit fibi cum deâ Ægeriâ congressus nocturnos effe.' But he did not choose to discover the place, where this gallantry was carried on. Our poet more ingenuously points out the bower,

In a grot from vulgar eye,
Conceal'd, amidst the shady grove,
That brows the top of Mona high,

Haunt only of the woodland dove. Here we leave him and the muse, retired from vulgar eyes, in a sequestered grotto, with the doves cooing on every fide, to give our readers a little specimen of their amusement. < Vol. XLVI. Sept. 1778.



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• NIGHT. In Imitation of CUNNINGHAN. • Softly stealing from the west,

Over cottage, hill and plain; Night, in fable garments drest,

Now begins her awful reign, • From the gloomy defart vale,

Rising o'er the mountain's brow, Misty vapours thick exhale,

Bred in dewy damps below. Now like tapers seen from far,

O'er the moor or marshy fen, Dancing meteors oft appear,

And mislead th' unwary fwain. * Not a gleam of luftre peeps,

Thro' the forest's dreary shade ; To direct the trav'ller's fteps,

Save the glow-worm's glimm'ring aid. • Till the moon, with aspe&t bright,

Pleas'd her empire to resume, Lends her kind enliv'ning light,

To dispel the fullen gloom.
• See, the spreads her lucid beams,

O’er yon ivy twisted tower ;
Where the blink-ey'd howlet fereams,

Nightly from her secret bower. • Where a mild resplendent ray,

Silvers o'er that aged thorn, Philomel, with plaintive lay,

Warbles till th' approach of morn. • Not a sound is heard, nor ftir

Thro' the village hamlet known ; Saving where the shepherd's cur,

Loudly bays th' inconstant moon: Where in filken fetters bound,

Swains opprest with toil are laid ;
Fancy flutters all around,

In her airy vestments clad.
Colin in his humble lot,

Happier than a monarch seems;
Stretch'd beneath his straw thatch'd cot,

Whilst on Mopsa's charms he dreams.
Now the thin aerial sprite,

In the church-yard haunt is seen,
At the solemn noon of night,

Gliding o'er the dufky green.'


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This is no mean imitatin of Cunningham ; but as we have not the works of that poet immediately at hand; we cannot say how far our author has extended his imitation, by copying his thoughts and expressions, as well as his manner.

The Marque is taken from Fenelon's Telemachus, with fome small variations. For example, at the con lufion, when iientor and Telemachus are fitting on the rock, and perceive their Thip in flames, the goddess of wifdom assumes her proper torm, gives her instructions to the young hero, and leaves him to swim alone to the Phænician ship.

The author has not made all the advantage he might have done of Calypso's soliloquy, in the seventh book, in which the. various and contending passions of love, jealousy, rage, and despair, are admirably described by Fenelon.

There is a passage in Minerva's last speech, which is incon. sistent with her supernatural wisdom and penetration. She says:

-In Time's deep womb
An hour is rip’ning, when this earthly globe,
In all its pageantry and gorgeous pride,

Shall to the centre thake.' That fage goddess should have recollected that gaffer Time, an old bald-headed fellow, has no woMB !

The Sportsman's Di&tionary; or the Gentleman's Companion : for

Town and Country, 410. 185. boards. Fielding and Walker. THOUGH this Dictionary cannot claim the merit of being

entirely new, it is at least a much improved edition of an entertaining and useful miscellany, which has been some years out of print. In many articles we meet with confiderable enlargements, and among them an abstract of the game laws. But the nature and usefulness of the work will best appear from the Preface, which we shall therefore insert.

• The mind of man is incapable of a constant application, either to study or business; it is therefore highly necessary to relieve it, at convenient seasons, by such relaxations as may refresh its faculties, and recruit the animal spirits that have been diffipated by laborious pursuits, or a length of striet attention. And when the amusements to which we have recourse, on such occasions, are friendly to health, delightful to the senses, and perfeâly consistent with innocence, they have all the recommendations we can possibly desire.

,6 The diversions that are the subject of these sheets, are en. tirely of this nature, and are fo peculiarly adapted to scenes of rural life, that a just knowledge of them is confidered as a necessary accomplishment in gentlemen, who devote their vacant hours to the country,

• It would be needless to enlarge on the satisfa&tions and ads vantages they are capable of affording us. No prospect of nature can awake more pleasing ideas in the imagination, than a landskip, distributed into verdant woods, and opening lawns, with the diversity of extended plains, flowery meadows, and clear ftreams: the heart of a contemplative beholder melts into secret raptures at the inchanting view, and he is immediately prompted to hail the Great Benefactor who sheds such a profusion of beauties around him. But when he likewise regards them as fo many rich magazines, intended for the accommodation of his table, as well as for the improvement of his health, and the solace of his mind, he begins to think it a reproach to him to be unacquainted with the manner of acquiring these enjoyments that were created for his use with so much liberality; and he is then convinced that hunting, fowling, fishing, and riding, are more necessary to his welfare than at first he mighi imagine.

In order therefore to render these, and other rural recrea ations, as intelligible and familiar as poflble, we have carefully collected the best observations that have been made on each article ; we have consulted all authors on this occasion, and have selected every particular from them, that we thought would contribute to pleasure and improvement; and, as we were desirous to render this work as complete as possible, we have pre- ; vailed upon feveral gentlemen of distinguished abilities and experience, to favour us with a great number of interesting pal{ages, that we are persuaded will be very acceptable and inftruc tive to those who have an inçlination to gain a competent knowledge of these agreeable subjects.

• As our intention was to make this performance equally per. spicuous and regular, we have digelted it into the form of a dictionary, in which we have been careful to range under each: head every particular. peculiar to it, so as to illustrate the articles in the most effectual manner ; by which means we have Tendered the whole fo methodical and familiar, even to a common comprehension, that we fatter ourselves we shall not be taxed with obfcurity in any material circumstance neceffary to be understood. We may likewise venture to add, that the plan we have pursued, through the whole course of these sheets, will ease the curious of the expence and trouble of consulting a num. ber of books written on these subjects, since, as we have al. ready intimated, all imaginable care has been taken to extract from the most approved authors, whatever observations may be neceffary to give our readers a clear and expeditious knowledge of all the different branches of these pleasing recreations ; as well as receipts from the different authors of established rcpu... tation for the cure of moft complaints incident to horses, dogs, &c. with proper instructions for the most ignorant to prevent their being imposed on in purchasing horses, by desgning dealers in those valuable animals.


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