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terials to work with. Plants, ground, and water, are her only productions; and, though both the forms and arrangements of these may be varied to an incre-dible degree, yet have they but few striking varieties, the rest being of the nature of "changes rung upon bells," which, though in reality different, still produce the same uniform kind of jingling; the variation being too minute to be easily perceived," "Art must therefore supply the scantiness of Nature," &c. &c. &c. page 14. And again, "Our larger works are only a repetition of the small ones, "like the honest Bachelor's feast," which consisted in nothing but a multiplication of his own dinner; "three legs of mutton and turnips, three roasted geese, and three buttered apple-pies." Preface, p. 7.

88. No! let Barbaric glories.- -] So Milton.

"Where the gorgeous east with richest hand

"Showers on her Kings BARBARIC pearl and gold."


89. Monkies shall climb our trees.] "In their lofty woods, serpents, and lizards of many beautiful sorts crawl upon the ground. Innumerable monkies, cats, and parrots clamber upon the trees." Page 40. their lakes are many islands, some small, some large, amongst which are often seen stalking along, the elephant, the rhinoceros, the dromedary, ostrich, and the giant-baboon." Page 66. “They keep in their enchanted scenes, a surprising variety of monstrous birds, reptiles, and animals, which are tamed by art,

and guarded by enormous dogs of Tibet and African giants, in the habit of magicians." Page 42. "Sometimes in this romantic excursion, the passenger finds himself in extensive recesses, surrounded with arbors of jessamine, vine, and roses; where beauteous Tártarean damsels, in loose transparent robes that flutter in the air, present him with rich wines, &c. and invite him to taste the sweets of retirement, on Persian carpets, and beds of Camusathkin down." Page 40.

89. Thy gibbets, Bagshot!] "Their scenes of terror are composed of gloomy woods, &c. GIBBETS, crosses, wheels, and the whole apparatus of torture, are seen from the roads. Here too they conceal in cavities, on the summits of the highest mountains, founderies, lime-kilns, and glass works, which send forth large volumes of flame, and continued columns of thick smoke, that give to these mountains the ap"Here the paspearance of Volcanoes." Page 37. senger from time to time is surprised with repeated shocks of electrical impulse; the earth trembles under him by the power of confined air," &c. Now to produce both these effects, viz. the appearance of volcanoes and earthquakes, we have here substituted the occasional explosion of a powder-mill, which (if there be not too much simplicity in the contrivance) it is apprehended will at once answer all the purposes of lime-kilns and electrical machines, and imitate thunder and the explosion of cannon into the bargain. Page 40.

89. Here too, O King of Vengeance, &c.] "In the most dismal recesses of the woods, are temples dedicated to the King of Vengeance, near which are placed pillars of stone, with "pathetic descriptions of tragical events;" and many acts of cruelty perpetrated there by outlaws and robbers." Page 37.

ibid. Tremendous Wilkes.] This was written while Mr. Wilkes was Sheriff of London, and when it was to be feared he would rattle his chain a year longer as Lord Mayor.

ibid. Where shall our mimic London, &c.] "There is likewise in the same garden, viz. Yven-Ming-Yven, near Pekin, a fortified town, with its ports, streets, public squares, temples, markets, shops, and tribunals of justice ; in short, with every thing that is at Pekin, only on a smaller scale."

"In this town the Emperors of China, who are too much the slaves of their greatness to appear in public, and their women, who are excluded from it by custom, are frequently diverted with the hurry and bustle of the capital, which is there represented, several times in the year, by the eunuchs of the palace." Page 32.

9o. Of marble arches.] See Sir William's enormous account of Chinese bridges, too long to be here inserted. Page. 53.

ibid. Stout Talbot, &c.] "Some of these eunuchs personate porters." Page 32.

ibid. And Patriot Betty.] "Fruits, and all sorts

of refreshments are cried about the streets in this mock

city." Page 33.

90. Lo, brazen tears, &c.]

"Drew IRON tears down Pluto's cheek." MILTON.

ibid. See Jemmy Twitcher shambles.] "Neither are thieves, pickpockets, and sharpers, forgot in these festivals; that noble profession is usually allotted to a great number of the most dexterous eunuchs.” Ibid.

ibid. Let Barringtonseizes on the culprit." Page 33.


"The watch

ibid. And Mansfield, &c.] "He is conveyed before the judge, and sometimes severely bastinadoed." Ibid.

91. But hark, &c.] "Quarrels happen-battles ensue." Ibid.

ibid. Circumcise Charles Fox.] "Every liberty is permitted, there is no distinction of persons." Ibid. ibid. And all the Maids of Honor, &c.] "This is done to divert his Imperial Majesty, and the ladies of his train." Ibid.


Notes by the Author.

Page 92. I that of late.]

Ille ego qui quondam, &c.

VIRGIL, or somebody for him.

92. Works of taste.] Put synonimously for his Majesty's works. See Sir William's title page.



-Cadogan's part;] Master of the

ibid. And find him wanting,—

-] "Thou art

weighed in the balances, and art found wanting." Daniel, chap. 8. v. 27.

ibid. -a King of Prose.] Kien-Long, the present Emperor of China is a poet. M. de Voltaire did him the honor to treat him as a brother above two years ago; and my late patron, Sir William Chambers, has given a fine and most intelligible prose version of an ode of his Majesty upon tea, in his postscript to his Dissertation. I am, however, vain enough to think that the Emperor's composition would have appeared still better in my heroic verse; but Sir William forestalled it; on which account I have entirely broke with him.

ibid. That solemn vein of irony] "A fine vein of solemn irony runs through this piece." See Monthly Review, under the article of the Heroic Epistle to Sir William Chambers.

ibid. There should he see.] A certain naval event happened just above two calendar months after the publication of the Heroic Epistle. 'Twas impossible, considering the necessary preparations, it could have been sooner. Facts are stubborn things.

94. Nor, like Mac-Homer,

-] See, if the reader thinks it worth while, a late translation of the Iliad.

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