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understandings. For, as it has been well obferved, their minds, like weak ftomachs, will not bear the more folid food, and are unable to digeft the graver advices and feverer rules of religious or philofophical inftruction.-But we cannot convey the eulogium of this fpecies of writing in fitter terms than thofe made ufe of by the ingenious Author of the Sentimental Fables now before us.
Fable, fays he, from the earliest ages, has appeared to the greatest and wifeft of men the moft eligible of all vehicles to convey inftruction. No fpecies of writing is perufed with more avidity, or is more capable of furnishing rational pleasure, of improving the understanding, refining the tafte, polishing the manners, and forming the heart.
• The intention of the Author of these new Fables is to inculcate the most liberal and exalted fentiments, to pourtray virtue in the most amiable and ftriking light, to ftrip vice of her allur ing blandifhments, paint her in her natural deformity, and point out the inextricable difficulties in which her deluded votaries must be neceffarily involved.
He has laboured to couch the preceptive fentiments in pithy and expreffive terms, to adorn them with the elegance of lan guage and harmonicus verfification, and at the fame time, to render them fufficiently obvious, has endeavoured to exprefs them in the most eafy, flowing and intelligible ftyle.
He has attempted to affect the heart by ftrongly exciting the paffions, and to gain over the judgment by connecting them with their proper objects; nor reluctantly indulged the fportings of fancy, or neglected the embellishments of wit, to captivate the gay, the young, and the polite, particularly the fofter fex, for whofe ufe and amusement moft of thefe Fables were invented.'
As a fpecimen of the Author's talents for this fpecies of writing we have felected his 21ft Fable, entitled the Dove and the Ant, and addreffed To a Compaffionate Lady.'
Is there an eye that never flows
For with the anguish 'twill impart
A lab'ring Ant, who half a league
He homeward trudg'd through thick and thin,
He toil'd, and, with unequal ftrife,
When lo! a Dove, with pity mov'd,
To one unafk'd, who could bestow,
The gentle Dove, with fmiles replies,
The higheft joys on earth we find,
She fpoke: and, mounting, fpreads her wings,
• When winter's fnows deform'd the year,
Long had he rov'd the foreft round,
• With horror ftruck, the Ant beheld;
We wifely act, my worthy friend,
The foregoing very pleafing Fable, will give our Readers no unfavourable opinion of either the Mufe or the heart of the Writer.
ART. IX. The Tour of Holland, Dutch Brabant, the Auftrian Nether lands, and Part of France; in which is included a Defcription of Paris and its Environs. 12mo. 3 s. Kearlley. 1772.
THESE travels are related in a series of letters to a friend, who with fome difficulty appears to have obtained the Author's confent to their being made public; but, though the Writer declares his perfuafion that they will neither be of benefit to his readers, or to himself, we apprehend they will prove a very agreeable amufement to thofe who perufe them. He writes in a free, eafy, epiftolary manner, and gives an entertaining and inftructive account of a variety of objects in the towns and countries through which he palled.
Before he leaves his own country, he bestows a few encomiums on Harwich, as the worst of all poffible places, and attended with a farther inconvenience, on account of the fhoal of fcoundrels who pick your pockets with impunity. We were first attacked, fays he, by a clerk for thirteen fhillings and fixpence each, for which he generously gave us a piece of paper, which he called a permit, and which was of no other use bur for a Dutchman to light his pipe with. He told me in anfwer to my inquiry into the nature of his demand, that he was rather thick of hearing; I thought his reafon conclufive, and we paid him his fees immediately. The officers of the customs then infifted on their fees for tumbling our clothes and deranging our trunks, and for what they call fufferance, which is "to permit a man to take out of the kingdom, what the laws have not prohibited."
Amidst the feveral particulars which this volume affords, it is difficult to determine what parts to make choice of for the amufement of our Readers, and to affist them in forming their judgment concerning the work. However, paffing by much greater objects, fomething concerning which is often read or heard of, we shall first tranfcribe the fhort account that is given of Broek, not very diftant from Sardam in North Holland.
The most picturefquc village, fays this Writer, perhaps in the world. It is chiefly inhabited by bankers and infurers. The houfes are of fluted boards, painted in different colours, agreeable to the taste of the refpective owners. The roofs are of glazed tiles, and the gardens which are before every door, are laid out in parterres of various forms and colours by the affift
⚫ Its outline will be found in Dodley's Collection of Fables; but Our Author has wrought it into a more finished picture of benevolence and gratitude.
ance of fhells, pieces of brick, marbles, glass beads, &c. a few trees are planted before every houfe at the extremity of thefe little gardens, which are cut into form. The streets are paved with brick, on which neither carriages, nor cattle are fuffered, and they are as clean as a lady's drawing room. Nothing can be conceived neater than that beautiful little place, nor more extravagant than the charges at the inn. Some boiled perch and three bottles of rhenifh, which is about ten-pence a bottle, coft us a guinea.'
Among fome general reflections upon Holland, this Author has the following remark: I have seen enough to confirm me in the juftnefs of Sir William Temple's opinion, who fpeaking of it, if my memory misleads me not, fays, that it is a country where the earth is better than the air, and profit more in request than honour; where there is more fenfe than wit, more good nature than good humour, and more wealth than pleafure. Where a man would chufe rather to travel, than to live; fhall find more things to obferve, than to defire; and more perfons to esteem, than to love.'
. Some regulations in the police of Amfterdam he thinks would be well worthy of imitation in London: in the former city he obferves, you never meet a watchman alone; two always walk together, by which means they add ftrength as well as give courage to each other.-There alfo is an admirable cuftom to prevent the spreading of fire, by giving almost an immediate alarm. On the top of four churches fituated at four different quarters of the city, watchmen are fixed for the whole night, who are obliged to found a trumpet every half hour, as a fignal of their being awake, and on their duty. On the breaking out of a fire the alarm bell is rung, the watchmen are collected and are at the fpot in a moment. Of what infinite fervice would a plan fomewhat fimilar to this be in our metropolis!'
As to the neatnefs of their houses and cleanliness of their towns for which the Dutch have been fo greatly famed, and justly applauded, our Author allows them but little merit, because he apprehends it arifes from the neceffity of their fituation: but he admires their induftry, and the manner in which, amidst a concurrence of caufes, their republic has rifen to make fuch a figure in Europe: It is wonderful, he remarks, that in a country without a ftone or a pebble, there fhould be ftone edifices the most magnificent; without forests, or an oak tree, (two little woods excepted) the Dutch navy is the fecond in the world; without arable land, they fupply half Europe with corn; and with a tract of country, fcarce larger than an English county, they can raise men and money to make themselves of importance in the eyes of the first power in Chriftendom.'
Among the cities in the Auftrian Netherlands, Bruffels apFears to be the most pleafing to this traveller. We have stayed