Oldalképek
PDF
ePub

fome regulations and laws; foon after which, people of condi. tion came to Bath, not only for their health, but for their amule. ment: there is indeed a singular amusement in bathing, exclusive of the agreeable warmth of the water," which none but those. who have experienced the effect of, can well conceive, and which is only to be perceived, in particular parts of the Bath, spots, well known to the guides, and which they feldom omit leading their bathers into. - Thirty years fince being in the King's-Bath, and near a goodly looking country woman, she was either led, or accidentally stept over

* Where tbe bubbling fountain flows.' which Me had no fooner done, than she called out moft luftily, so as to alarm me, and every one near her; and upon asking her the cause, she again called out, and in agitation exclaimed • have been motver of ten children!' not understanding what she meant, I defired to change places with her, and then I recollected I too had been father of as great a number, those who wish to be further informed, I must refer to an experienced Profe Gaide, or they may take it from the following poetic Bath Diver.

While Phillis is bathing the starts at a bubble,
Yet fears to remove, or discover her trouble.
By the touch on her hips, it rises still higher,
And her eye by its twinkling, discovers the fire.
Her cheeks grow the brighter, cncreasing their colour,
As flowers by spripkling, revive with fresh adour," C

[ocr errors]

A Ride and Walk through Stourhead. A Poem. 4to. is,

Rivington. Pope's “Windsor Foreft” has engendered many a forry describer of nature's vegetable graces. This " Ride and Walkis pleasant enough ; but it wants elegance, sweetness, harmony and dignity. It wants, in short, the soul of Pope, though it is not altogether without poetical merit. The rich and various views from Alfred's tower are thus delia neated.

I climb ambitious (what dares not ambition ?)
(Herculean labour) Alfred's sacred tower,
I catch, or seem to catch, his patriot fire.
The igneous particles play round my heart :
It feels their warmth, but finds its efforts vain ;
For station, humble station, bids it stoop,
And makes it own that Alfred was a king.
Had he been village-bred, he'd Alfred been;
But station, powerful Itation, bad him fhine.

The

The rose that opens near the humble cor,
Emits its sweet effluvia, blushes sweet.
Transplant it into Ilchester's * fair bofom,
Ten-fold its fweerness, ten-fold is its blush.

The summit gain'd, their point with most is gain'den
Not so with me : My views are unconfined.
Here Afiatic mountains wonder claim.
Here nature on her larger scale displays
Her works ftupendous. Thou all-wise Creator,
Whose fiat kind, gracious, omnipotent,
Bad all things be, and all things were, receive
My thanks, praise, homage, worship, gratitude.

O'er the gay Severn fraught with Gallic spoils,
Produce of either India, I survey
Th' exalted faftnesses and castles famed
Of Cambria unsubdued, whose mighty chiefs
Not conquering Cæfar boasted at his car,
Nor English monarchs unavenged attack'd.
Glendower, Cambria's Alfred, leads his hosts
To bloody fights, and leads them back unbled,

See Wiltshire's yellow plains o'ercharg'd with grain,
The lab'rer's food, and farmer's luxury,
While amber beer provokes the far-fetch'd joke
At social Christmas, and the luscious draught
Calls forth his deep-tongued ruftic melody.

I move around. Dorset's salubrious downs
Millions of frisking lambs untainted bear.
Black swans and rotten sheep may here be found
In equal numbers. Hills, like sugar-loaves,
Of various height &tart forth. Old Ætna, such
Thy fides appear. Mountains of rock calcined,
And towers of lava (whilom liquid fire
And roaring feas) felf-built the trav'ller views
Amaz'd : these thy prolific dreadful womb
Brings forth in thunder, while thy fruitful threes
Amiệt thy sympathizing neighbours round.

“ Beneath, extended Somerset's fat vales
Lie open to my view. Here oxen ponderous
In fofteft meads lick up the knee-deep grass.
Sweet-breathing heifers, careful housewife's pride,
Bring home distended dugs each morn and eve,
In bellowings complaining of their load.
The milk-maid's hand persuafive strokes the teat,
The snowy torrent fills the well-scower'd pail.
See there the spot † where Berkley I, name beloved,

Anxious The present most worthy Earl's Countess, than whom this or perhaps any other age has seen nothing more lovely and truly amiable: + Bruton Abbey. The late Right Hon. John Lord Berkeley of Stratton. This

great

Anxious for human welfare, nobly thought.
Alas, with tears I've fince bedew'd his grave!
His works his monument: surviving friends
To these trust * prudent rather than to ftone.
If fortune kind e'er vifit me, dear fhade,
The Parian marble shall recite thy deeds
In rude unpolish'd lays affectionate;
For rude unpolish'd lays are all I have."

[ocr errors]

The Tutor of Truth. By the Author t of the Pupil of Pleae

fure, 2 vols, '55. fewed, 6s. bound, Richardson and Urquhart.

The MORAL of this composition is comprised in the motto, which is taken from one of the conclusive letters; and the IDEA of it is so fully given in the Preface, that we shall offer it unabridged, to our readers.

- A work which is in the world, under the title of the Papi! of Pleasure, exemplified that part of a late celebrated Bftem, which led immediately to voluptuousnefs, hypocrisy, and feduction. It 'wa', therefore, a faint mark for literary ridicule. The peculiar fuccefs of my undertaking, and the general esteem it kill maintairs (notwithftanding the wilful, or the ignorant, perversions of a few individuals, who affected to have their scruples concerning the character of Sedley) convince me, that I did not write in vain.

“But, methinks, something very effential yet remains to be done. There is a much better, as well as a much more brilliant Syftem titt to be illustrated; the fyftem of integrity and truth.

“ This is attempted in the present performance, where the reader will see, in contraft to the Pupil of Pleafure, a charaéter of a very different colouring figure before him. One, who, though even more accomplished than Sedley, with all his fire, spirit and oppors tunity, as well as every personal advantage, employs each in the cause, not of ruin, but sincerity. great and good man constantly sought for objects of real charity ; by him the naked were constantly cloathed, and the hungry daily filleda He was the best of neighbours, the best of masters, and a steady fin. cere, friend.

* Ad Rem attentiores.' TER.

+ In reply to the doubts which were senf us some time since respecə ting another wołk of this writer, called SHENSTONE GREEN. # (faid in some of the public prints to be clandestinely compiled from materials found among the posthumous papers of the late Mr. Shenstone) we have received full and satisfactory information, that the Editor and Author are one and the fame perfon. *. See our Review for October.

" It

[ocr errors]

“ It has been endeavoured also, that the scenes, in which this new personage is engaged, should be fo disposed, as to give full fcope for all that is just, affecting and ennobled, without depart: ing from human nature. The hero of this production, like that of the other, hath many struggles, and many anxieties ; for virtue (with respect to ordinary fuccesses and rewards) is not always fortunate : but between the two heroes there is, throughout their adventures, this distinguishing di ference ; the one hath the pangs of ' remorse fuperadded to thole of thame and deffair; and the sufferings of the other, like the agonies of a Messiah, are always for the truth and for the happiness of others. All that the best men in the world can say to them elves is comprized in this couplet of the poet,

6 'Tis not in mortals to command success.

But we'll do more, Semproniu:, we'll deserve it.' “ There have been those (whether in the spirit of criticism, or or from principle, I cannot tell) who have wamed the

young

and sober against the.warmıh of character in the Pupil of Pleasure : sure. ly, a little thinking might reconcile to them (as to the rest of the world) the propriety of painting vice in strong colours, in order to bring it into contempt. That very Sedley, why sets out, with all the graces of Chesterfield in his train, foou loses his credit with the reader; he fades, towards the conclution, more and more in every page; and at last, he becomes a desperate, detefted inan, on whose grave even Pity herself can scarce. be prevailed on 10 Med

"If, however, this objection, in the breast of any one, ftill subfifts againit me, it would be a piece of justice not unworthy the true critic, if he would take upon him to recommend the character of Captain Carlisle in this work, as ofticioutly as he has discommende ed that of Mr. Sedley, in the other. , In real fact, Sedley is the shade which will set Carlisle in the proper light; and, although the stories through which I have conveyed the moral, are utterly different, yet those, who are candid enough to conceive a book of this kind

may be made bystematic, and who may read 'the 'tud performances together, will, I Hatter myself, perceive a connection (with regard to system) not wholly inappolite,

or In fine, Sedley is a moniter, and Carlisle is a man. Let them be accurately compared, and read only with this view, whenever they are in the hands of the young. As Sedlay is the object of escape and abhorrence; Carlisle is that of iniimacy and imitation. He is much embarrafled, but he has honour to bear him up : he is purposely plunged in difficulty, hat his truth might be the more tried; and that, being tried, it might, like fine gold.from the, fire, come forth the purer. He is Sedley's opposite in every particular, except the atiractions of form (which were given to Sedley also only to render Chefterfieldism more exact.) Earlisle protects the innocence that he might have destroyed; he spares the chastity that he might have violated; he endeavours to preserve the wife, whom he might have ruined : he has all she policy of prudence, VOL. XI.

R

without

a tear.

without deviating from truth: he is graced with every poliming ornament of character: instead of corrupting, he enriches fociety..

" That the hero of the present wosk might have every ultimate advantage, so as to bring the moral which his adventures convey, more forcibly home to the business and bofom of the reades, he appears, at different times, in all the amiable lights of which his picture is susceptible. Amongtt chefe, the honour of his friend fhips, the tendernefles of his love, the delicacy of his fufferings, his discretion under embarrallinents, and his courage in exigencies, xvill 110t escape the attentive reader, It should be noted, also, that the contrati of the prefeit, with the former performance, receives Till greater force, by the introduction of other sketches which will be found here; particularly the short scenes that belong to Mr. Henry. Hezuion, and his brother. These characters are interwoven, notto much to enliven, and relieve the deepness of the pathetic in the other parts, as to give greater elucidation to the sistem. With the like view, the characters of the fighting Mediay, and the feartul, frolicksome Sir Andrew Flight, have been admitted, as have those of Mr. L'afrolles, the Marchioness of N***, and Lucia De Grey. It is hoped these all promote the moral as much as they contribute to the interests of the fable: for example, Sedley, che Pupil of Piealure, was uniformly vicious, deceitfui and reprobate, and therefore died. Captain. Carlisle, the Tutor of Truth, is unvari. ahy juít, ingenious, and good, and therefore lives. Sedley oftea felt the itroke of ill success, but consoled himfeif in the worst of times wilh the hope of accomplihing his wicked wishes at laft. Carlisle is sensible of disappointment too, but is kept from paroxilms of despair by a silent appeal to his conscience. Lafcelles is at once rakish, falfe, diffolute, and therefore meets with punishment. The Marchionefs of N***, though pitiable, is also an object of terror to be held up to the female world, since the same imprudence will naturally lead to the fame misfortune. The Earl and Countess of Blefingbourne are brought into this work, to hew, that, irne politeness and the Graces, are charms independent of mere rank, tirles, or éstate: the tamily of the Hezusons are here, to prove, that true politeness and the Graces are not to be bought, as mere marketable commodities, whenever a man happens to have money' to ipare; and to prove likewise, that neither ruftic manner, on the one hand, nor bookish pedantry on the other, will enable men to leave the farm-house and the cloyster to figure, more respectably, is a tiate of refinement. In full opposition to all these, therefore, the hero of this work is produced. He is as truly polite as he is truly generous, and, agreeable to the title given him at letting 'out--- He is A Tutor of Truth.

The candour which our author discovers in correcting the ardoirs of his pen, (that were censured in the luxuriant difplay of SEILEY's letters in the ‘ Pupil of Pleasure,') entitle him to applause. We, were not, indeed, amongst thole who conceived that his fancy went too far, or painted

toe

« ElőzőTovább »