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them from the disqualifications under considered in a very different light from which revenue officers were laid by a what as many hundreds or thousands of late act. Had the perman ftudied to pounds are by some of our rulers, who render the order contemptible, he could make quick transfers. Why Azould not have devised more effettual means. they not then tax fuch handsomely, 23 To express myself with less warmth on by itatute of 6, 7, 9 and 10 of William the occafion, would be, in fome niea and Mary? and then there would be fure, to betray that dignity which every no occasion to wring their three-pences ingenuous person wilt honour me for (a quarter or half a day's hard labour, fecling, though A CURATE. on which perhaps the sustenance of a

large family depends) froin the poor. MR. URBAN,

Quere 1. Will a clergyman's courte E have often heard, that nothing pounding at fix fhillings expence 20

was to be depended on but taxes thorize him to enter articles in more and death; but taxation seems to be registers than onc, supposing, that he run hard, when it condescends to take ferves two or more churches, as minilthree-pence from a dead person. In ter or curate t } deed one hardly knows whether to Quere 2. What is a clergyman to laugh or cry at such a tax, and such a do who officiates occasionally in the abwording of its title: First and foremoft fence of another, that hath compoundcome burials, then marriages, and, ed? May he make an entry; or uruti to conclude the whole, births and chrif- nothing be done till the incumbent him. tenings. One should have thought the self returns Suppose that the former reverse of all this would have been more has the caution to make a memoranagreeable to natural order; and to inake dum on a loose paper, may not that be the scheme quite complete,, Hansen loft; and duty, and discovery of popaKelder should by all means have been lation too; which would not have been taxed: but it is not worth while to the case of the last, in the present mode? fpend one's time about words, or their If he may not make a regular entry, arrangement, when the fubject matter (and he is obliged to do so in his owa is so disagreeable. The poorest persons * name, by the marriage act) will she in every parish are generally those that ablent minister be liablo to any penalty are most exact in sending for the parson or punishment? to name the child immediately, though Quere 3.

Who is to call on the there is no appearance of danger, and clergyman thus licensed, to take the the minifter much at home. One wo money he has collected ś? And how man gave as a reason for this practice, often is this vi&t to be made /? Is tire, that ine should think it very hard, if exciseman, &c. to take the clergyman's her child died without a name for God word for the downright paupers, that Almighty to call it by: but I have often may have been excused **?or, how is he thought that the truc reason was, to to be satisfied, if this lalt has been at exhibit fuch a scene of distress to the liberally managed ? It is likely, that m clergyman, as to make it impoflible most linall villages the recripts will for him, not to give fomewhat; which hardly pay for the trouble of his rjút. indeed they commonly ask for: surely, Quere 4. Suppoling the clergy nan in such a casc, it would look like infult not to take out the licence, but the pro to the feelings of both parties, to de- rih to provide a book ftarped as the mand the imallest payments from them.' act dirccts; where are entrics ofthe vers But the necellities of the state and the poor, who are excused payment, to be propriety of knowing the number of made, Turely not on the stamps, for the people is the pler. But is there no which government have been paid it? realon to apprehend, that both ends And if they must be done in a separate may be compleatly detoated, by these book, then we must fay, that ihop eie poor declining to have the cerimony rich and poor meet together in the fune performed at all; and with this rank of church yard, they may not do fo lo the people three-punce is a fun which is fame book.

* The “poorest persons,” being relieved by the parish are exempted. Ediz. + No. Each parith must pay for a separate bors and licence. Evit.

I The words of the licence are, "to enterand write, or caufi, be entered and coustima ;* which obviates this objecitan. [D:7. $ The lamp diatributor, or any other officer, or agent, duly authorited. Loit. Yearly.

it This is another realun for raking a liceucs. EDIT.

** Surely:

MR. URBAN,

Soon as her voice but' father'only fpake,

The faultless heavens, like trees in auDr. Blair, in his late elaborate

tumn, fbake, (palkies puske. publication, has lapfed into more in. And all that glorious throng with horrid accuracies and inelegancies, than are Heard you not late, with wbar loud crun. pardonable in a master of the Belles

pet found

(re? Lettres, and a lecturer of rhetoric by Her breath awak'd her father's Reeping profession. In his account of Cowley's The heavenly armies fiam'd, earth thook, writings, he observes, without the hell frown'd,

(three-fork'd fire. least qualifying of the expretion, that

And heaven's dread king call d her bis Cowlcy is at all times barth. In a fuc

Hark! how the powerful words frites ceeding sentence we are told that his

thro' the ear,

(hair, Anacreontic Odes are smooth and elegant. And shakes the trembling loul wuh sad and

The frighted sense Thoots up the faring If they are smooth and elegant, can

shuddering fear. they be barsh? And as they undoubt. edly are of his compofition, how can he But see how, twixt her filter and her fire, be said to have been at all times harsh ?

Soft hearted Mercy, sweeily ipocrpofing, Having mentioned, in his Essay on

Sertles her panting breast against his fire, Pastoral Poetry, that Sannazarius, in

Pleading for grace, and chains of deará

un loosing! the age of Lco X, had changed the

[flows;

Hark, from her lips the melting honey scene from woods to the sea, he adds,

The Striking thunderer recalls his blows, that “the innovation was so unhappy And every armed soldier down his weapoa that he has gained no followers." Is it

throws. not strange, that the Icarned Doctor thould hazard such a peremptory and

Some of the fairelt flowers of English unwarranted affertion? Is it pot ftrange, Pocsy might be culled from this amiable that a critical writer on the subject of author, who abounds in a flowing ease poetry should never have fecn, or heard of expression and naivetè of sentiment, of, Browne's Pifcatory Eclogues; or

that do not frequently occur in more those of that elder bard, Phineas Flet. modern poets. In a very diftant nuim. cher? The compositions of this poet,

ber (I forget the date) of the Gent. notwithstanding they are frequently Mag. appeared, from this author, the degraded by a rude grossness or a quaint story of Orpheus and Eurydice, and a playfulness of thought and expression, charming morfel of genuine poetry it abound in melody, imagery, pathos, is! If I was not unwilling to burden and fimplicity. His Pifcatory E. your valuable pages with extracts, I clogues have been republished within could lay before your readers fome these twenty years. Every body knows very uncommon beauties from this and admires the very beautiful manner

almost forgotten author. I am tempted in which the perfon of Pity is intro. to tranfcribe the following short stanza, duced, and her tender offices described, which concludes an engaging picture of in Collins's Ode for Music**. Let the

a shepherd's tranquil life. The whole lovers of truc poetry, and those who in

account is replete with those tender and matters of talie and imagination darc natural touches with which truth and to think for themselves, compare the fimplicity interest the human heart : palage alluded to in Collins, to the His bed of wool yields safe and quiet Nceps, following extract from Phineas Fletcher, While by his fide his faithful ipouse hath and I shall leave them to make their place; own comments:

His little son into his bosom creeps,

The lively image of his father's face; FORTH ftept the juft Dicea, full of rage, Never his humble house or state forment The first-born daughter of the almighty him,

{him; king,

Lefs he could like, if less bis God had sent Ah sacred maid, thy kindrod ire assuage? And when he dies, green turfs with grally Who dare abide chý dreadful thundering! tomb cootept him.

. By the byc, what mult we think of Dr Johnson's heart or acumen, who could país over this immortal production of his friend Collins with contemptuous filence? The good Doctor, when weighing in his critical scales the poeric merits of tbe mar wbom be loved, such I think is his expreffion, has been most rigidly cautious that the words of justice Ihould not be overbalanced by the tender remembrances of friendship. But, in good truth, the unhappy Collins, doubly'unhappy in his life and in his friend, is not much indebred, either to the partiality of the man, or the decrest of the critic,

I earnestly recommend the whole of author of Thirty Letters, has treated Phineas Fletcher's productions to the us with some beautiful extracts froin attentive perusal of your poctical read that once admired, then derided, then ers.To Fletcher, perhaps, rather than forgotten author, Quarles. The twoto Passerat (vide Johnson's Life of L. fold pleasure that I received from their Rochefer) Rochester is indebted for the perulal, the picasure of fccing, justice idea of his excellent poem on Nothing done to the manes of an honest man, In Fletcher's Miscellanics there is a and the pleasure of reading some beaupoem on that fubjcct.

tiful verses, new as it were from their Doctor Johnson has observed that antiquity, will induce me, with your “Cowley has given one example of re- permission, to attempt, from time to presentative versification, which per. time, the entertainment of your readers, haps no other English line can equall' by extracts from authors in the poetical This famous line is a translation of line, who have scarcely been honoured Horace's “ Labitur & labetur in omne with other notice than that of the an. volubilis ævum.”

tiquary. It will be seen that many a “ Which runs, and, as it runs, for ever precious pcarl has been involved in obThall run on!” Cowley. Icurity by surrounding duit.

M. C. S. Dr. Hurd has likewise made his abservations on this celebrated line; and he MR. URBAN, forsooth tells us, that, “ considering it as a translation, it is indeed no unfaith

Have fent you a few quotations from I

Shakipeare, with remarks and some ful vehicle of the sense of Horace, but parallel passages, such as they are. ! is deficient in elegance." Therefore he have faid very little about them, well proposes what he esteems a better in its knowing that things of this kind which stead. Take it, “ Flows the full stream, do not Atrike at first sight, but want exand shall for ever flow !” I quote plaining and enforcing, are of very little from memory. Is it not ftrange that value.

T.H. W. these two learned Doctors should differ so very widely in their opinion of one

Tempeft. At V. Scene I. poor line? What must the unlearned

Ariel hings think of the infallibility of criticism! Where the bee fucks, there fuck I; “ Who shall decide when Doctors diragree!" I have often thought that it Under tbe blossom ibat hangs on tbe beugt. would be very useful to young students,

Fairies. if the discordant assertions, as positive Ranged in flowrie dales, and mountains hore, as gratuitous, of first-rate critics thould Ant under everie trembling leafe tbey fit. be gathered together, and presented to Fairefax's Taffo. Book IV, Stanze XVIII. their disciples in one view, that they în medio ramos annosaquc brachia pandic might perceive how necessary. it is, Ulmus opaca, ingens: quam sedem Somnis' amidst the conflict of jarring opinions, vulgò to acquire the art of judging for them- Vana tencre ferunt, foliifque fub omnibus

[bærene selves. See in Warton's Efay on Pope

Virg. Æn. 6. v. 28. the praise lavished on Akenfide's O.les and fee Mason's and Johnson's very Pifol says in the Merry Wives of Winddifferent judgement of them. If, how

for, A& I. Scene III. ever, we agree with Dr. Johnson, that Then did the fun on dung-hill thine, the line above quoted from Cowley is “ The sunac lineth upon the dunghill." super-excellent, ihail we not give the

Lylie's Eupbuds. fainc praise of happy construction to the Mucb ado about nothing. Ac I. Scene I. following from Fletcher?

Benc. And so I conmit you Else had that endless pit too quickly caught Cand. From my house, if me,

I had it, That endless pit, where it is easier never Pedro. The fixth of July, your loving To fall, sban being fallen, io ccaje from falling friend Benedick.

Bene. Ere you fout old ends any further, Compare this line with Cowley's, and examine your conscience; and so I leave you most allow that his representative you. harmony can be equallcd, because it Ere you flout old ends, &c.] Before you Kas been cqualled.

endeavour to diftinguish yourselves any An ingenuous critic, Mr. Jackson, more by antiquated allusions, examine

whether

Nither pro

wletbey you can fairly claim them for Mar. Now, Sir, I bought is free. Pour own. This, I think, is the mean “I know not how I thould commend your ing; or it may be understood in ano beautie, because it is some what browne, nor the fenfe, examine, if your forcasms do your fiature being fomewhat too low, and mot jouch yourself. Johnson.

of your wie I cannot judge. No (quoth ine)

I believe you, for none can judge of wit but Johnfon's note on this pasTage does they that have it; why shen (quoth he) 3tot explain it, “ so I commit you," coeit hou think me a fuol? bought is fres, &c. is froke in ridicule of the formal my Ltd (920th the) I will not take you at endings of letters, that were in use in

your word."

Lylie's Eupbues Shakipcare's timc.

The Il'inter's Tale. A IV. Scene II.
Act V, Scene 1.

Abo'yons fisging.
Pedro. I think, he be angry, indeed.
Clnud. If hc be, he knows how to turn

The lark, that irra I rra chaunts.. his girdle.

La gentill. alloucite avec son tire-lire Toiurn tis girdie.] We have a prover Tireine wirelire-lirant rire bial Speech, If he be angry, let bin turn Vers la voule du Ciel, puis fon vol vers ce lieg the buckle of his girdle. But I do not Vire et defire dire adieu Dieu, adieu Dieu. know its original or meaning.

D: Bartasa JOHNSON, Ecce fuụm tirile tirile: fuum tirile tractar.

Linncei Fauna Suecica. A corresponding expression is used to this day in Ireland.-If be be angry, let

The firit part of King Henry IV. AI. bim tye un bis brogues,

Scene III. verb, I believe, has any other meaning Hot. By heaven, methinks, it were an than this: If he is in a bad humour, easy leap. let him employ himself till he is in a To pluck bright honour from the pale-faced better.

STEEVENS.

Or dive into the bottom of the deep, (moon;

Where fathom-line could never touch the Large belts were worn with the ground, buckle before, but în wreftling the And pluck up drowned honour from the lake buckle was turned behind, to give the Of hell. adversary a fair grasp at the belt; therefore turning the buckle behind was a Whatever Warburton may say in challenge.

defence of this pairagc, it is plain thai As you like it. Ac IV, Scenc I. others, befides Gildon and Theobald,

looked on it as bombast. Beaumont Roji You

a:id Fletcher thought it a proper objc& Siali never take her without her answer,

of ridicule, and as such have licen Now by my moiher Ceres' fou! I swere

tiously quoted it in the Knigbi of ibę thall give her fufficient andere.

Burning Peile.
Chaucer's Alercbant Tale.

Wife. Speak a huffing part.
A& V. Scene IV.

Ralf b. By heaven
Duke Sen. By my faith, he is very swift lo pluck bright honour from the pale-fac’d

(Methinks) is were an easie leap and fententious. Clo. According to the fool's boli, fir,

Or dive into the bottom of the sea, and fuch dulret diseases.

Where never fathome fine toucht any Dalcet diseases.] This I do not un

ground, derstand. For diseajes it is easy to And pluck up drowned honor from the lake stad discourses: but perhaps the fault

of heih may lie deeper.“ JOHNSON.

A& II. Scene IV.
Dull fet Diffics, or Diffiches?
The fool's bolt

For though ebe camomile, obe more it is trodden is foon ihot.

on, the faster it grows, yet youth, the more

it is walied, the sooner it wears. Twelfth Night; or What you will. Act I. Scence III.

Although iron the more it is used, Sir And. Fair lady, do you think, you the brighter it is, yet filver with much bave fools in hand?

wearingdoth waste to nothing; though Mar. Sir, I have not you by the hand. the Cammock, the more it is bowed the

Sir Ard. Marry, but you thall kave; better it is, yet the bow, the more it is and here's my hand,

bent and occupied, the weaker it wax

eth:

moon,

Nov. 7.

eth : though the camomile, tbe more it is Hamlet. AE III. Scene II.
trodden, and pressed downe, the more Ham.
it spreadeth, yet the violet, the oftner

I could have it is handled and touched, the sooner it Such a fellow whipped for o'er doing Terwithereth and decayeth."

magant. Lylie's Eupbues. An Oxbow, not the plant Ononis.

Termagant – ] Termagant was a EaGly crook'd that will'a Camacke beé.

Saracen deity, very clamourous and Drayton. , Eglogue 7. violcnt in the old moralities,

PERCY. Timely crooketh the tree, that will a good

The Saracens were Mahometans camok bee. Heiwnd's Dialogue, 2d pari. cb. 8.

before the Crusaders were acquainted

with them, and confequently had no Shakspeare, undoubtedly, in this highly comic scene, intended to ridicule deities; the unity of the deity being the the quaint antitheses of Lylie in his principal part of the creed that MahoEuphucs, a book much in vogue in

met enjoined his followers.

Oibello. At III, Scene III. Shakespeare's time.

Ob. Falstaff afterwards says in the same

bollow hell! fpecch, There is a thing, Harry, which

Warburton favs, “ this is a poor unthou hast often heard of, and it is known to meaning epithet. It is plain Milton many in our land by the name of pitch: this thought otherwise when he wrote, pitch, az ancient writers do report, doth de He call's so loud, that all the bollow deep file, so doth the company thou keep'st. Of bell resounded. “ He that toucheth pitch shall be de

Paradise Loft, b. 1. v. 314. filed.” Lylie's Euphues,

MR. URBAN,
Antony and Cleopatra. A&t III.
Scenć II.

THE

*HE pig of lead a was found on the Caf. Farewell, my deareft filler, fare Stockbridge, Hants, on the Houghton

verge of Broughton-brook, near thee well;

side of the water, Aug. 11, 1983. It The elements be kind to thee, and make

weighs near 1561b. and is now in the Thy spirits all of comfort! fare thee well. The elements be kind, &c.] This is poffeffion of Thomas South, Esq. of

county, who obscure. It feems to mean, May the having very obligingly favoured me different elements of the body, or prine with a copy of the inscription thereon, ciples of life, maintain such proportion of which the letters are as perfect as and barmony as may keep you cheerful !

when they first came out of the mould, JOHNSON

I send it you for your miscellany, and The elements be kind, &c. I believe hope the learned antiquaries may be means only, May the four elements, of induced to give the public an explana, whicb this world is compojed, unite their tion thereof.

Y. Z. influences to make thee chearful!

HAVING communicated this to one STEEVENS.

of our antiquarian correspondents, we " The elements be kind to thee,” (i. e. had the pleasure to find he had received the elements of air and water.) Surely a copy of it, somewhat different, from ihis expression means no more than, the Rev. Mr. Price of Oxford, with the I wish you a good voyage; Oétavia was same view of obtaining an explanation. going to fail with Antony from Rome -Our correspondent has accordingly to Athens,

favoured us with the following: Romeo and Juliet. A& I. Scene V. Neronis Augufti ex Keangis ini Consulis

Britannici.
Rom.
Like a rich jewel in an Æthiop's ear.

I read the inscription on this eighth }

pig of lead cast by the Romans in Bri. A fair pearle in a Morian's care.

tain, and discovered in the course of Lylie's Eupbues. two centuries, thus :

The a Engraved in our miscellaneous plate, fig. 7. and 8.

• The two first are de furbed by Mr. Camden in Cheshire, Brit. P, 463, ed. 1607. The third near Bruton in Somersethire. Horn. Brit. Rom. p. 328. Stuk. It. Cur. l. 143. The fourth and fifth, 1734, fouod in Yorkshire. Phil. Tranf. No. 459, and vol. xlix. p. 636; one of which is now in Brit. Muf. (Archäol. V. 370 ); the other at Ripley-hall, the Seal of Mr. Joha Ingoldiby. Pennant's Wales. The fixth on Hints common, co. Stafford,

1772,

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