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Full many a mclancholy night
Aud fought the powers of fleep,
O'er his fad couch, and in the balm
Full oft, unknowing and unknown,
Amid th' autumnal wood:
Abrupt the social board to quit,
Beckoning the wretch to torments new,
A spectre pale, appeard;
And brought the day's unwelcome close,
“ Is this, mistaken Scorn will cry,
“ Could build the genuine rime ?
“ Had ftor'd with all her ample views,
Ah! from the Muse that bosom mild
To lirike the deathful blow :
With inany a feeling too refin’d,
Though doom'd hard penury to prove,
To griefs cogenial prone,
While mifery's form bis tancy drew
Then wish not o'er his earthy tomb
To drop its deadly dew :
That rudely binds his turf forlorn,
What though nor marble-piled bust
With speaking sculpture wrought?
To build a visionary shrine,
What though refus'd each chanted rite?
To touch the shadowy shell:
Of Laura, lost in early bloom,
To footh alone, unhallow'd shade,
Within an ivied nook :
More radiant shot its parting ray,
" Forbear, fond bard, thy partial praise ;
" The wreath of glory twine:
Gay Fancy gives her vest to flow,
“ Just heaven, man's fortitude to prove,
“ The tribes of hell-born Woe:
" Life's fierceft ills, indulgent lends
" Her aid divine had luli'd to rest
"And stay'd the rising storm:
“ To gild the darken'd hemiiphere,
“ Vain man! 'tis heaven's prerogative
" Thy tributary breath :
“ Await thy doom, nor impious haste
K. I 2
A new, easy, and expeditious Method of discharging the National
Debt; or, a Plan of Reformation of the English Conftitution in Church, practicable not only without Detriment but without Emolument to the Constitution in State; and designed as introductory to a wise political Institution, preferable to and perfeflive of it. Both respectfully submitted to the serious Confideration of the Public in general, and of the Legislature in particular; and interspersed with free Observations on Part of the late Address of the Convocation to the King ; accompanied with a farcical Description of an Episcopo-Military Triumvirate, arming for the American Warfare. By Francis Stone, M. A. F. S. A. C. S. P. C. (Chairman of the Society of the Petitioning Clergy] Reelor of Coid-Norton, Elex. 8vo. 35. sewed. Johnson.
So many reverend buffoons have of late disgraced their cloth, both in the pulpit and by the press, that motley will shortly bc no longer the colours of the fool's coat; but black the characteristic dye of public folly.-In the name of common-fense and common decency, what can the Reverend Francis Stone, M. A. &c. &c. mean by this strange farrago of farcical absurdity? Is it possible the petitioning clergy could be foolish enough to make choice of such a chairman ? or has the ill success of their petitions turned the poor man's brain ?--For, that he is either a fool or a madınan, is an inference that must strike every reader, who is in his right senses, at sight of the title and frontispiece* of this extraordinary publication. To pass over this piece of buffoonery, however, and come to the more serious (if indeed there be any serious) part, of the author's defign; we shall just give a sketch of his project; which is to pay the national debt by the alienation of all church lands, Queen Anne's fund for the auginentation of small livings, and every other kind of church revenue. Of course, the lords spiritual are to be turned out of the house of peers, and their bifhops-fees annihilated, with all church dignities, livings, and benefices : the present poffeffors of wlich are to be indemnified or provided for during life at the expence of the public. To supply their minifterial functions, an order of parochial bishops, with an equal salary of 2001. a year each, is to be instituted; such minifters to be selected out of the present rectors, vicars, and curates.
This revolution in the church, however, great as it may be tlmought, is by no means all that this reverend projector propoles for the reformation of the state. This is only preparatory to a farther scheme; which he hopes to put in execution
* Representing three bishops, accoutred in military regimentals, which he proposes to send upou an expedition against the Americans.
when experience shall have convinced the public of the falutary effects of this entire subversion and renovation of our national church eftablishment. This scheme is as follows,
“ First, A parliamentary injunction of the observance of a day of Sabbath or rest, on the seventh day of the week, throughout England and Wales; leaving every individual, who is not ashamed of a sense of religion, at liberty to coinpose his thoughts to serious meditation, and to worship God according to his conscience; with or without a form of prayer-in company with his own family, or still more in public, by associating with his neighbours for that good purpose, if he and they can agree.-Secondly, A parliamentary erection of charity schools, at proper distances, throughcut the said kingdom and principality, to be maintained at the public expence, to the intent that the children of the poor, from the age of five to that of fourteen, may be universally initructed to read the Bible in their mother tongue; and that, in like manner as men are now taught to become every man his own gardener, lawyer, and physician, they may be thus qualified at years of discretion to become every man his own divine."
If our readers have any doubt of the imbecillity or insanity of this reverend projector, we reser hin for farther proofs of his inconsistency and absurdity to his book; which is indeed a fingular curiosity.
A Year's Journey through France and Part of Spain. By Philip
Thicknelle. 2 Vols. 8vo. il. is. Brown.
Whether Mr, Thickneffe travels in order to publish, or publishes in order to travel, we know not; but by the number and fucceffion of liis travels and publications, with the pretty high price of the volumes before us, we may guess at the closeness of the connection between them. The narrative of Mr. Thicknesse's present journey is given, in a series of letters; which are neither ill-written nor unentertaining. They would be more agreeable, however, if they abounded less in egotisim ; if we were told more of the people and places visited, than of the persons visiting them. It must be owned, that Mr. ThickDesse displays much ingenuity in his observations, and judgement in his reflections; but one would think, his extensive knowledge of the world might have suggested to him how difgufting it is in any man to be so much the little hero of his own tale,
An Account of some of the most Romantic Parts of North Wales, 8vo. 2s. 6d. Davies.
-Of Antres vast, and Defarts idic,
SHAKESPEARE. What a pity the author * of this account could not add to the hills whole heads touch Heaven, “ The men whose heads do grow beneath their shoulders.” He might then have entertained us with some novelty ; which is but little the case at present t, most of the remarkable places, described by this writer, having been much more minutely and accurately described by others. How far the plea of necessity, which, he says, urged him to this publication, will be admitted by the public, we know not, but shall submit it to the judgment of our readers.
“ As every one now who has either traversed a tecp mountain, or crosfed a small channel, must write his Tour, it would be almost unpardonable in Me to be totally filent, who have visited the most unirfhabited regions of North Wales-who have seen lakes, rivers, feas, rocks, and precipices, at unmeasurable distances, and who from observation and experience can inform the world, that high hills are very difficult of access, and the tops of them generally very cold.”
If Mr. Cradock does not here mean to ridicule Dr. Johnson, who gravely tells us, in his famous itinerary to the Hebrides, that is mountainous countries are not paired without difficulty," there was seriously no occasion for so profound an observation being again confirmed by experience. The printer must, also, surely have made a blunder in our author's wise remark, about high hills, by printing access, instead of ascent. The cold tops of the mountains, indeed, may be difficult of access, but higlı hills are generally approached by the level of the adjacent plains or gradual declivities of ihe surrounding vallies; so that, how difficult so ever their ascert, their access is sufficiently ealy. Really, if “ every traveller who traverses sa steep mountain or crofles a small channel must write his tour,” as our author says, it is full as unpardonable in him to write nonsense I, as it would be in him to be totally silent. But our traveller has another plea, ftill more potent than that of pretended neceflity. He is a Welshman. Ancient Britain," lays he, “ has a kind of liereditary claim upon me, as I have
Joseph Cradock, Esq. Author of Zobcile, a Tragedy ; Village Me. moirs; and other well-known performances. + Save and except the wonderful things hereafter excepted. Of which we meet with more than one inttance in this Itinerary.