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savishing, with a murdering hand, your growing family, those young ones, feeble and trembling, scarcely covered with a thin down, cara ries away, notwithstanding your plaintive cries, the fruit of your teader loves.

« Thus the heavens, witness of your happiness, the gloomy forests, the fortunate banks that now resound with such sweet music-mortly, alas! will hear but your misfortunes :--Echo, whom you entertain day and night, will soon hear but your lamentable accents, and will repeat your groans and lamentations to the mountains.'

To the Hymn to the Sun, the Translator has added an Elegy to the Tomb, which he says is one of six more ( an elegant Hibernianism) which he proposes to translate, if the present publication is approved of by the Public.

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ART. IX. Sonnets to eminent Men; and an Cde to the Earl of

Effingham. 4to. 1 S. Murray. 1783.
HESE Sonnets are inscribed to William Jones, Esq; Mr.

THayleg other celebrated poet; Mt. T. 'Warton Dr.

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Watson, Bishop of Llandaff; Dr. Thurlow, Bishop of Lincoln ; and the Duke of Richmond. Such men may, with the utmost propriety, be denominated EMINENT. Their distinguished abilities, their exalted characters, their benignant influence, vari. oully displayed, though united in one great object, the improvement and welfare of mankind, may well entitle them to this distinction. The tribute here paid to their respective merits, is as just in its principle, as it is elegant in its form. The ingenious author, while he discovers the richness of poetic fancy, unfolds what is of still higher worth,-a foul fired with the love of liberty, and glowing with fond affection to its FRIENDS.

From this delicious Morceau we fhall select the fifth Sonnet, addressed to the Bishop of Lincoln, as a specimen of the author's happy talent of engaging the muse in the service of exalted. worth.

• Not that the mitre's rays thy brows adorn

(The mitre oft has grac'd unworthy brows!
Confirm'd by Hiftory's indigoant scorn,

The painful cruth the honest muse avows);
Not that to thee are giv'n, deny'd to moit,

Superior talents, dature's noblest prize!
Nor yet that there, her splendid gifts, can boast

The added polith learning's toil fupplies
(Though these the basis of no common fame),

That hence a judging world reveres thy name,
A heart, that heaven approves, how rare to find!
A heart expanding wide to all mankind !
A breast that knows no restless passion's strife !

Confiftens manners, and a blameless life!!
As a farther specimen, and to thew that the author hath
ht the true spirit of the MILTONIC Sonnet, we fall copy

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the lines addressed to William Jones, Efq; on his being a candidate to represent the Univerfity of Oxford in Parliament, 1780.

• In Learning's field, diversified and wide,

The narrow, beaten track is all we trace :

How tew, like thee, of that uameasur'd space
Can boast, and joftly boast, no part untried!
Yet refts pot bere alone thy honet pride,

The pride that prompts thy literary chace ;

With unremitting strengeb and rapid pace
'Tis thine to run, and Scorn to be denied !
Thy early genius, spurning Time's controal,
Had reach, ere others start, the diftant goal.
Marking the bright career that thou hatt run,

With due regard thy toils may OXFORD fee,
And, joftly proud of her fuperior fon,

Repay che honour that the boafts in Thee.

TH

Art. X. A felea Colle&tion of Poems : with Notes, Biographical

and Historical; and a complete poetical ladex. Volumes Five, Six, Seven and Eighth. Small Svo. 108. 6 d. Boardo, Ni. chols, 1782. HE four former volumes of this Miscellany were noticed

in our Review for August 1780, p. 150. What are now published complete the collection.

This industrious collector, who seems to think that whatever has been printed, or even prepared for the press, ought never to be loft, has bestowed no small pains to rescue many a forgotten bard from oblivion. The taste of modern times is much too fastidious to relish even the minor poets ; how ther can it be expected, that the poet a minimi can afford it gratification? There volumes, nevertheless, contain, as

was observed of the former ones, some things that are curious, and others that are intrinsically valuable. The following claffical effufion of gallantry, by an eminent prelate now living, is certainly on both accounts worth preserving.

• Vanæ fit arti, fit ftudio modus,
Formosa Virgo, fit fpeculo quies ;
Curamque quærendi decoris

Mitte, supervacuosque sultus.
Ut fortuitis verna coloribus
Diftincta vulgo rura magis placent,
Nec invident horto' picenti

Divitias operofiores :
Blandoque fons cum marmure pulchrius
Obliquat altro præcipitem fugam, et
Inter reluctantes lapillos
Ducic aquas temerè sequentes :

Ut

Ut fontiam joter murmura & arborum
Lenes fufurros dulce fogant ares;
E: arte nulla, gratiores

logeminant fine lege cantus:
Nasiva fic Te gratia, Te nitor
Simplex decebit, Te veneres Tuæ:
Nude's Cupido fofpicatur

Anifices nimis apparatus.
Ergo flaentem Ta, male fedela,
Ne fæva inuras semper acu comam ;
Neo fparfa odorato oitentes

Pulvere dedecores capillos;
Quales nec olim vel Prolemæia
Jaciavit Uxor; lidepeo in choro
Utcunque devotæ refulgent

Verticis exuviæ decori;
Nec Diva Mater, cum fimilem Tuæ
Menrita formam, & pulchrior aspici,
Permifit incomptas protervis

Fusa comas agitare ventis.'
Translation of the above, by Mr. Duncombe.

• NO longer seek the needless aid

Of ftudious Art, dear lovely Maid !

Vainly, from side to side, forbear
To shift thy glass, and braid each ftraggling bais.

As the gay flowers, which Nature yields,
Spontaneous, on the vernal fields,

Delight the fancy more than those
Which gardens trim arrange in equal rows ; -

As the pure sill, whose mazy train
The prattling pebbles check in vain,

Gives native pleasure, while it leads
Its random waters, winding through the meads ;

As birds, the groves and streams among,
In artless strains the verpal Song

Warbling, their wood-notes wild repeat,
And footh the ear, irregularly sweet ;

So simple dress and native grace
Will best become shy lovely face!

For naked Cupid till fufpects,
In artful ornaments, conceal'd defects..

Cease then, with idly cruel care,
To torture thus thy flowing hair ;

O! cease, with tasteless toil, to shed
A cloud of scented duft around thy head.

Not Berenice's locks could boaft
A grace like thine ; among the host

of Nars, though radiant now they rise, And add new luftre to the spangled skies :

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Nor Venus *, when her charms divine,
Improving in a form like thine,

She gave her trelles unconfin'd

To play about her neck, and wanton in the wind.'
Exquifite as is the composition of this little ode, below it must
not, however, be concealed, that it wants the merit of origin-
ality; some of its most beautiful images, as well as the general
idea, being evidently borrowed from the second elegy of the
first book of Propertius.

Quid ju vat ornato procedere, vita, capillo?

E: iinues Coa vele movere finus?
Aut quid Orontea crines perfundore Myrrha ?

Teque peregrinis vendere muncribus ?
Naturæque decus mercato perdere cultus?

Nec finere in propriis membra nitcre bonis ?
Crede mihi, non ulla tue medicina figuræ eft.

Nudus amor formæ non amat artificem.
Allpice quos fubmittit bumus formoja, colores,

Et veniant hederæ fponte fua melius :
Surgat et in folis formalius arbutus annis,

Et fciat indociles currere lympha vias :
Litera nativis perlucent picta capillis,

Er ayolucres nulla dulcius arte cariunt,' &c.
Bishop Lowth is not the only one who has honoured this
elegy by the adoption of its beauties ; among the smaller poems
of Mr. Shenstone, is ' an ode to a young lady, somewhat too
solicitous about her manner of expression, which is also taken
from it.

The biographical notes of the Editor arė not the least amu-
fing part of this publication. They furnish instruction also as
well as amusement. The literary adventurer, who expects to
get a subsistence by his pen, will do well to read the anecdotes

• The author bere alludes to the beautiful description of Venus
in the first book of the Æneid, where she meets Æneas in the habit
of a buntress, as he was going towards Carthage :

• Cui mater mediâ lese culit obvia fylvâ,
Virginis os habitumque gerens, & virginis arma
Spartanza
Namque homeris de more habilem fufpenderat arcum
Venatrix, dederatque comam diffundere ventis :
Nuda genu, nodoque finus collecta fluentes.'

EN. I, 312,
• A huntress in her habit and her mien,
Her dress a maid, her air consess’d a queen.
Bare were her knees, and knots her garments bind;
Loose was her hair, and wanton'd in the wind;
Her hand sustain'd a bow; her quiver hung behind.'

DRIDEN.
Rev. Jan. 1783.

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of Sam. Boyce *: and he whose hopes of a comfortable inde: pendence are built on the possession of genius, learning and virtue, may find an useful lesson in the life of the late Dr. Gloster Ridley; a man who, though he lived in the most intimate friendship with those who had it in their power to ferve him, does not seem to have been indebted to their kind. ness, till it was so late in.life as to lose a great part of its value. His book against the Confessional procured him from Archbinop Secker, a few years before he died, a prebend of Salisbury. Ac his death he was indebted to his friend the Bishop of London for a very elegant epitaph, which is inscribed upon his monument at Poplar, in Middlesex. The epitaph is as follows:

• H. S. E.
GLOSTERUS RIDLEY,
Vir optimus, integerrimus;

Verbi Divini Minister
Peritus, fidelis, indefeffus ;

Ab Academia Oxonienfi
Pro meritis, et præter ordinem,
In facrâ Theologiâ Doctoratu insignitus.

Poeta natus,
Oratoriæ facultati impenfius ftuduit.
Quam fuerat in concionando facundus,
Plurimorum animis diu infidebit ;
Quam variâ eruditione infructus,
Scripta ipfius semper teftabuntur.
Obiit tertio die menfis Novembris,

A. D. 1774, Etatis 72.'

VIRTUS LAUDATUK ET ALGET. Mr. Nichols is pleased to compliment the abilities of his poetical Index-maker. We find nothing extraordinary in the Index, except its unusual length : it extends through upwards

of 160 pages.

• Samuel Boyce, a poor unhappy profligate, not without some Share of abilities, got a livelihood (if livelihood it could be called) by tranflating from the French, and compiling hiftories, &c. Salary, he tells a friend in one of his letters, for compiling an billorical review of the transactions of Europe, and correcting the press, was half-a-guinea a-week. He wrote verses with great facility, and fold bis manufacture at so much per hundred to Cave, the proprietor of the Gentleman's Magazine. Mr. Nichols infinaates, that Cave wanted to have the commodity delivered in by what is called the long bundred, fix. score to the hundred. Cave was a very honeft man, and probably that, curious as it was, was their bargain.

Boyce was the son of an eminent and much respected diffenting minifter of Dublin. • His • Duty, a poem,' was much approved.

ART.

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