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Yet, temp'ring GLORY's ardent flame
With gentle MERCY's milder claim,
Deep drench'd with blood, yet thirsting fill for more,
Views with rapacious eye each neighb'ring Shore ;
Breathing, to ancient mood, the foul-inspiring strain,
« Now let the battle in array ;
“ The Oracle for War declares,
To the EDITOR of the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE.
Baib, Dec. 5, 1795.
acknowledge the Delultory Remarks evince to you in one instance. on Mulic as highly honoured in having Section 11th, on the Adagio Movement, a perinanent station in your elegant re in the Bath Herald, and copied so in the politory, I cannot but regret their not , second column of your Vol. XXX. page undergoing a revision from me before 270, after “modest merit," we read thus: they were admitted to appear in your ad
“ It will make its way to the heart, inired work. These remarks are genuine, and its impression should there remain. and most certainly were addresled to a A pause therefore, an adagio thus exeyoung Lady, as expressed in their front : cuted, and thus closed, ought to take they were presented to Mr. Meyler for place,” &c. By this unlucky derangehis paper, in requital to a very accept- ment of the words, all sense and meaning able mark of attention which he had re is loft. cently thewn to the meinory of one nearly Thus stood it in the MS. related to their authór *. For certain rea “ And modett merit. An adagio thus fons they were prefaced with an intro. executed, and thus closed, will make its ductory fictitious letter to the Printer, way to the heart, where its inpression and an address to the young Lady herself: jould be fuffered to reinain. A paule, these, I observe, you have reje&ted. The therefore, ought, &c."
* Vide Bath Herald, 21st May, wherein is an Address in verfe to a Friend, on his Lofs; written, most assuredly, by the celebrated Mr. Anstey ; in a note to which there should be this correction : Fortune was intended, which, on her dcccale, her father divided between ter thise Giters and the Gentleman, &
This and other corrigenda, with some very difficult Concerto, as procured her addenda, fo far as to the close of Section universal adiniration and unbounded ap20th, are now too late for attention from plause; and that this composition was you: however, I will beg your permit- afterwards published by Dutiek, under fun to notice, that on the paragraph re dedication to that pupil who had done fpecting Deportment, after 15th, I have him and his music fo much credit,
The these alterations : “ Indeed rather ludi- following lines appeared in the Bath Paq trous, &c. detects, such as I have no pers, a tew days after her performance: ticed to you, are obvious, as will enable you gracetully to turn your head," read, On seeing the Pi&ture of Handel over “ as will allow of a graceful, a Guidonic
while playing in toe New turn of the head," &c. “ The arms, &c." Ajjembly Rooms, Bath. sead this passage thus: “ The arms should THE mingled chords when Chiron tries, be on a level line with the keys, neither Old Handel nods with glad surprise ; hanging in sharp angles below them, nor But when, with energy to fire, set forthortened, in crippled state, above Eugenia strikes the thrilling wire, them; else will ibe foulders be raised up The Master of the tuneful strain to ibe cars in pinioned form, and all ar His rapture can no mure contain ; ticulacion of joindtbereby prevented. The And, knowing that no mortal hand firgers fiould diverze a little, and the Such pow'rs of sound could e'er command, hands be rather convexed, &c. to tuning Strait from the canvas bursts his way, it; add, or like ibe dancing puppets at His tribute at her feet to lay. toe erd of an itinerant dulcin (r.”
As you mean, I prefume, Sir, to bring I have omitted in the Desultory Rethefe Delultcry Remarks to a conclufion marks one circumstance, which I had in, in your next month's Magazine, I will tended, but then, and even now, want beg leave to offer to your confideration a time for its purpose, to have offered a few matters regarding them.
few words of advice to the young Lady: In Section 22, to « produce effet,"' is on my memorandums it is thus noted. subjoined as note: “ As nothing is more On the conduct of a Lady at the Piano fiattering to the vanity and indolence of Forte, while accompanying the voice, its mankind, than the being able to pro- heads are thus minuted: In this departduce a pleasing general effect with little ment of music, the instrument must be labour or study, so nothing more ob- subordinate to the song ; being then de. fructs the progress of the Arts than fuch stined alone to support, to enliven, and to a facility.” Essay on the Picturesque, relieve the voice, which must have the
lead ; and that only in the prelude, in. At the conclusion of the Defultory Re- terludes, alternate parts of the two permarks, thus says the Editor of the Bath formers, and a cadence, can the hand of Herald : " We have now, &c." As the player be suffered to advance to noyou have omitted the introductory let. tice : hence it is a task of condescension, ter to him, his two paragraphs might be but one which requires great judgment thus arranged in one : « Pains in tran to execute in a becoming and graceful fcribing them for us. We have seen co manner. Rauzzini moft excellent herepied, &c.”, thus making them origi- in. The accompaniment, often too loud, tally destined for the European Magazine. fonetimes harín, and not duly according
It is but justice to certain parties mier with the voice, the very meaning or eftiana in the Defultory Remarks to say, fence of the pirase, obligato, is thus done that she inalter spoken of in them is the away, and the finger is disturbed, connow celebrated Mr. Duffek; that the fulid, and rendered incapable of displayMr. In is Mr. Janten, eminent in ing his powers. The perfon accompabis profeffion as a Dancing Master, and nying should have an eye on the finger, an aduired musical amateur performer; and an ear on the song that due altit that the young lady, to whom are addrened anec may be rendered the instant found the Defultory Remarks, has been compli- neccflary: Those who undertake the mented on her skill, her taste, and expref- friendly but iubmissive part of accoinpafion, by Haydn, Clementi, Gicrnovicchi, nying the voice, thould possess a delicate and many other of the eminent Professors uger, be perfeét timeists, and able to exeof Music; and that in this city, on the cite their portion of the talk with the 27th February 1793, at a Concert for a uțmost precision and clearneís. Public Charity, he made such a display, On the Duet, or two perfirmers on one of talent in the execution of a grand and inftrument, its inefficacy and failing ever
2d edit. p: 170.
A BATH ANECDOTE.
in the effe&t intended or expected, I preslive, and so truly pathetic, that it meant likewise to have said tomething, affected the feelings of the many amabut time is wanting. I close then, sir, teurs then present; but its impulle over with offering to your acceptance the fol one in particular of its delighted aulowing genuine Eflay :
ditors became too strong for conceal
ment, and drew liquid gems down lovely THE POWER OF MUSIC, W 's cheek. It has been most invidi.
ouily faid, that self-adulation engrosses Addreged 10 a fair Friend, 1794.
wholly the attention,and absorbs all the fa
culties of this diftinguished personage. To Sounds sympathetic touch'd the fair-one's soul, remove a prejudice, the offspring of envy, And down her cheek a tear unbidden stole. and to give excellence its due praise, cad
not but be a pleating talk to a liberal THE force of Music over the stern monarch of the lower regions was such that, who has the opportunity of defeating
mind ; and happy must he think himself as our illustrious bard, in his Penforolo, malice, and bringing merit to view - by says, " it drew iron tears down Pluto's displaying to the world, that to the finest cheek.". Poetic story also tells us of its allemblage of features that ever illumined wonderful effects on some among the the human face divine-to the most permore benign deities of the celestial fect symmetry of form which Nature ever spheres. But should these be only fic produced, and which is adorned with all tions of the Mule, yet are there proofs elegant accomplishment, are united a most incontestable of the influence of harmonic refined taite, and an exquisite fenfibility: founds on the human frame ; for, as it is Nor would it be too much to add, that justly remarked, ! what passion cannot such as once was the Penelope of Homer, Music raise or quell?”
such now is the admired character here One very plealing instance of its irre
mentioned : sistible powers was lately manifested at a Concert in this city, and which, on more
“ A woman, loveliest of the lovely kind, confiderations than one, merits notice, “ In body perfect, and complete in mind." A part of the entertainment was Pleyel's Please to pardon inaccuracies and ins favourite Concertante, wherein is a move trusion on your time; and believe me, Sir, ment deserving the epithet of il adagio
Your most obedient diving; the motivo or 'ubject of which
Humble servant, was delivered in strains so sweet, so ex
AN ACCOUNT OF SIMON OCKLEY,
ARABIC PROFESSOR AT CAMBRIDGE. SIMON OCKLEY, an eminent Orien, held to the day of his death, which hap
talift, was of a gentleman's family pened at Swavesey the 9th of August, at Great Ellingham in Norfolk, where 1720; immaturely to himself, but more his father lived; but was born acci- fo to his family. dentally at Exeter in 1678. After a Ockley had the culture of Oriental proper foundation in school learning he learning very much at heart; and the fewas sent in 1693 to Queen's College in veral publications which he made were Cambridge, where he foon distinguished intended folely to promote it. In 1706 himself by great quickness of parts, as he printed at Cambridge an useful little well as by (what do not always accom book, entitled, Introductio ail linguis pany them) intenfc application to litera Orientales, in quá iis discendis via muniture; to the Oriental Languages more tur, et earum ufres oftenditur. Accedit in. particularly, for his uncommon skili in dex au&torum, tam illorum quorum in hoc evhich he afterwards' became famous. libello mentio fit, quam aliorum qui barum He took at the usual times the degrees rerum ftudiofis usui fe poflint. in Arts, and that of Bachelor in Divinity. Prefixed is a dedication in his friend Having taken holy orders also, he was the Bishop of Ely, and a preface addreffed in 1705, through the interest of Simon
to the Juventus Academiei, whom he Patrick, Bishop of Ely, presented by labours to excite by various arguments Jesus College, in Cambridge, to the to the pursuit of Oriental learning; afVicarage of Swavesey in that county; furing them in general, that no man ever and in 1711 chosen Arabic Profeffer of was, or ever will be truly great in divi. the University. These preferinents he nity without at least some portion of fkill
in it: Orientalia fludio, fine quorum ali. our Rabbi had constantly in view; and quali fallom peritiâ nemo unquam in therefore in his Oratio Inauguralis for Tbeologia vere magnus evasit, imo un the Profefforihip, we fee him insisting quam esajurus eft *. There is a chapter upon the beauty, copiousness, and antia in this work relating to the famous con- quity of the Arabic tongue in particular, troverty between Buxtorf and Capellus, and upon the use of Oriental learning in upon the antiquity of the Hebrew points, general, and dwelling upon the praises of where Ockley professes to think with Erpennius, Golius, Pocock, Herbelot, Buxtorf, who contended for it: but the and all who had any ways contributed to Teader may be plealed to know, that he promote the study of it. afterwards changed his opinion and went In 1713, his name appeared to a little over to Capellus, although he had not book with this title, " An Account of any opportunity of publicly declaring it. South West Barbary, containing what is And indeed it is plain, from his manner most remarkable in the territories of the of closing that chapter upon the points, King of Fez and Morocco. Written by that he was then far enough from having a person who had been a Nave there a any settled perluation about them: bis, contiderable time, and published from in præfentia affentior, nolo iamen aliquid his authentic manuscript. To which temeie
affirmare, quod, fi pofthac fententiam are added, Two Letters;, one from the meam mutare mibi visum fuerit nollem üt present King of Morocco to Colonel quispiam ea quæ bic fcripfi mibi exprobiet. Kirk; the other to Sir Cloudesley Shovell;
In 1707 he published from the Italian with Sir Cloudesley's Aniwer.” 8vo. of Leo Modena, a Venetian Rabbi, While we are enumerating these small “ The History of the preient Jews publications of the Professor, it will be throughout the World; being an ample, but proper to mention two sermons : one, tbough fuccine, account of their cura “ Upon the dignity and authority of the toms, ceremonies, and manner of living Christian Priesthood," at Ormond 'Chapel, at this time: to wbich is subjoined a London, in 1710; another, “ Upon the tupplement concerning the Carraites and necessity of instructing Children in the Samaritans from the French of Father Scriptures," at St. Ives, in HuntingdonSinon," 12mo. In 1708, a curious little shire, 1713. To these we must add a book, calied, “ The Improvement of new translation of the second Apocryphal Human Realon, exhibited in the life of book of Eldras, from the Arabic version Hai Ebn Yokdham, written above 500 of it; as that which we have in our years ago by Abu Jaafar Ebn Tophail,” common bibles is from the vulgar Latin. from the Arabic, and illustrated with Mr. Whifton, we are told t, was the per: hgures, 8vo. The design of the Author, son who employed him in this translation, who was a Mahometan Philosopher, is to upon a strong suspicion that it must needs thew, how human reason may, by obser- make for the Arian cause he was then vation and experience, arrive at the known reviving; and he accordingly published ledge of natural things, from thence to it in one of his volumes of Primitive fupernatural, particularly the knowledge Christianity Revived. Ockley, however, of God, and a future ftate; the delign was firmly of opinion, that it could serve of the translator to give those, who might nothing at all to his purpose, as appears be unacquainted with it, a specimen of from a printed letter of his to Mr. (afterthe genius of the Arabian Philosophers, and wards Dr.) Thirlby, in which are the to excite young scholars to the reading of following words : " You shall have mga - Eastern Authors. This was the point Esdras in a little time, two hundred of
In a Letter, 15th March 1717, prefixed to Wotton's Miscellaneous Discourses upon the Traditions and Usages of ibe Scribes and Pbarisees in our Saviour's Time, he has the following paffage : “ We are obliged to you for having evinced beyond contradiction, that Hebrew Learning is neceffary for us Christians. If I had ever had an opportunity, i would most Certamly have gone through the New Testament under a Jew.
Whatever fome may think, this I am well affured of, that they understand it infinitely better than we do. They are thoroughly acquainted with all the forms of speech, and all the allusions which (because they, cecur but rarely) are obscure to us, though in common use and very familiar among them, as hath been admirably demonstrated by the learned Surenbufius in his Reconciliator.
† Ser the Preface to “ An Epiftolary Discourse concerning the Books of Ezra genuine and spurious, but ne ore particularly the second Apocryphal Book under that name, and the variations of the Arabic Copy from the Latin." By Francis Lee, M, D. Author of the History of Montar. Inne
which I preserved when Mr. Whiston in 632, and carried down through a fuereprinted his, purely upon this account, ceflion of Caliphs to 705. This history, because I was loth that any thing with which illustrates the religion, rites, cus. my name' to it mould be extant only in toms, and manner of living of that war. his heretical volumes. I only stay till like people, is curious and entertaining i the learned author of the history of Mon. and the public were much obliged to tanism has finished a differtation which Ockley fr it; for he was at vait pains he has promised me to prefix to that in collecting materials from the muft aubook.”
thentic Arabic authors, especially manuBut the most considerable by far of all scripts, not hitherto publithed in any the Professor's performances, is “ The European language; and for that purpose History of the Saracens,” begun from refided some time at Oxford, to be near the death of Mahomet, the founder of the Bodleian Library, where those manuthe Saracenical Empire, which happened fcripts were reponted t. It is in two
* This Letter, dated the 15th of October 1712, is entitled, “An Account of the Authority of the Arabic Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library controverted between Dr. Grabe and Mr. Whilton," 1712, Svo.
+ He was at Oxford from April to November in 1716; and what manner of employ. ment the Bodleian Library afforded him may appear from the following passages of a letter written to a favourite and accomplished daughter while he refided there :-“My condition here is this : One of the most useful and necessary authors I have is written in such a wretched hand, that the very reading of it is perfect decyphering. I am forced sometimes to take three or four lines together, and then pull them all to pieces to find where the words begin and end; for oftentimes it is so written, that a word is divided as if the former part of it was the end of the foregoing word, and the latter part the beginning of another; besides innumerable other difficulties known only to those that underitand the language. Add to this the pains of abridging, comparing authors, sele&t ng proper materials, and the like, which in a remote and copious language, abounding with difficulties sometimes infuperable, make it equivalent at least to the performing of ax times 10 much in Greek and Latin. So that if I continue in the same course in which I am engaged at present, that is, from the time I rise in the morning till I can see no longer at night, I cannot pretend once to entertain the least thought of seeing home till Michaeimas. Were it not that there is some satisfaction in answering the end of my profeffion, fome in making new discoveries, and lome in the hopes of obliging my country with the history of the greatest Empire the world ever yet faw, I would sooner do almost any thing than submit to the drudgery.
“ People imagine, that it is only understanding Arabic, and then tranflating a book out of it, and there is an end of the Atory: but if ever learning revives among us, pofterity will jutge better. This work of mine (in another way) is almost of as diffo rent a nature from translating out of the Greek or Latin, as tranflating a Poet from ore language to another is different írom prose. One comfort I have, that the authors. I am cuncerned with are very good in their kind, and afford me plenty of materials, which will clear up a grear many mistakes of nodern Travellers, who paļling through the Eattern countries, without the necessary knowledge of the history and ancient cultoms of the Mahometans, pick up little pieces of tradition from the present inhabitants, and deliver them as obscurely as they réceive them. One thing pleases me much, that we shall give a very particular account of Ali and Hosein, who are reckoned Saints by the l'ersians, and whose names you must have met with both in' Herbert and Tavernier; for the takt of whom there remains that implacable and irreconcilcable hatred between the Turks and Persians to this very day, which you may look for in vain in all the Engl in books that have hitherto appeared. It would be a great fatisfaction to me, if the author I have were compiere in all his volumes, that I might bring the History down five or fix hundred years : but, alas ! of twelve that he wiote wo * travc but two at Oxford, which are large quartos, and from whence I take the chief of my materials.
" I wish that some public spirit would arise among us, and cause those books to be bought in the East for us which we want. I thould be very willing to lay out my pains for the service of the public. If we could but procure sool. to be judiciously laid out in the Eart, in such Books as I could mention for the Public Library at Cambridge, it would
be the greatest improvement that could be conceived: but that is a happiness not to be : expected in my time. We are all swallowed up in politics ; there is no room for letters ; and it is to be feared that the next generation will not only inherit but improve the polite ignorance of the present."- June 1e.