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385. Verse properly recommended for 63. Blackmore well criticised. comedy.
109. Johnson and his imitators — well
characterized by Lloyd. Vol. 2.
112. Unjust to Whitehead. P. 1. Is this R-d B-y Bensley or 118. Praise of acting at school. Bentley ?
The Jesuits seem to have been of this 2. Poetry worn out.
opinion. 3. A contrast to Wordsworth's sonnet.
Rector of Chellington, Bedfordshire, he 13. Shake a Leicestershired woman by the published a volume of poems by subscrippetticoat, and the beans will rattle in her tion. throat.
121. This Rogers says that Cowley's odes A story that the mayor is chosen there “Shall please while wit can pleasure bring, by a sow. The candidates sit in a semi- And Lee and Young, great masters of subcircle, each with his hat full of beans in his
lime, lap, and he is the mayor from whose hat the Arrest applause to the last pulse of time.” sow eats first.? 72. A complete translation of Racine
149. Mason or Warton lampooned here ? posed by the editor to be given in the course in an imitation of Boileau. of his work—a certain portion every month, 166. William Ellis the great ballad-singer separately paged. Was it to be his own ? of that day. and was it done?
182. A pleasing poem of Lloyd's—in his 114. Honest satire on Churchill, Colman, better mind. Thornton, and Lloyd here. 115-6-8.
187. This ode, secundum artem, is signed 118-25. Is this W. C., Cowper ?
L., but it is exactly what W. C. promised 189. The price of the Mag. (1s.) was in the last volume, p. 125. And I take it complained of. The London, Royal, and to be his. others being only sixpence.
201. Poor Lloyd seems now to have ad. 197. Shepherd's lamentation over Lloyd's mitted any thing, however worthless, in any drudgery.
way. 241. Coleman's Ep. to Lord Pulteney. 209. Potter's speech against the repeal of
the Jews' Bill,- from his own MSS. Vol. 3.
P. 1. TRANSLATION by Denis from a MS. poem of Cazotte's.
Sterne. 57. Churchill severely condemned by Lloyd.
In Almon's “Life and Correspondence
of Wilkes," vol. 5, pp. 7-20, are some letI “Plenty of these in this county,” says Ful- ters from Sterne's widow and daughter to LER,“especially about Barton in the Beans,”' &c.; Wilkes. Sterne left them in distress. He and under the proverb, Bean-Belly Leicestershire, be adds, " Those in the neighbouring died £1100 in debt; his effects did not pro
duce above £400. All the widow had was counties use to say merrily, Shake a Leices. tershire yeoman by the collar, and you shall an estate of £40 a year, out of which she hear the beans rattle in bis belly.' But those
engaged to pay the rest. A collection was yeomen smile at what is said to rattle in their
made for them in the race-week at York; bellies, whilst they know good silver ringeth in their pockets.”_Worthies, p. 125-6, folio.
it produced £800. He sold the copyright ? In reading this odd custom, one naturally of his sermons, but was to have what cocalls to mind the old titles of “ Rex Fabarum,'
pies they could get subscribers for. -“ Roi de la Feve,”—“ Rey de Havas,” &c. See BrandE's Pop. Ant. vol. i. pr. 16, 17, 275, ed. Ellis. Reprint.
J. W. W. Wilkes and Hall (Stevenson), promised to write Sterne's life for their benefit,,but in their hands, his delighted readers well though often pressingly reminded of it, nei- nigh find themselves at a loss which they ther of them performed their promise. shall most admire, the sublimity and sweet
Almon says, the wife and daughter had ness of the blessed truths be conveys, or retired to France during his life, “ rather the charming felicity of their conveyance." than live in England under the daily pro- -Monthly Review, vol. 41, p. 471. vocations of an unkind husband.” 1
How Toplady, who wrote a good manly Miss Sterne intimates that Eugenius was style, could say this, is marvellous. Herdesigned for Hall.
vey's resembles a confectioner's shop, just before Twelfth Day.
Brown. HERVEY's Contemplations on the Night CHURCHILL, vol. ii. p. 174, N. done into blank verse, after the manner of His Estimate ran through seven editions Dr. Young, by T. Newcomb, M.A.
in one year. “His insatiable vanity, dogmaMonthly Review, vol. xvi. p. 289. (175.) tism and arrogance rendered him disgusting Praised--as also Mr. Newcomb, at con- to others, and a torment to himself." Yet siderable length. “ To conclude, where this ill-natured writer confesses that he unthe Meditant surpasses the Poet, the former derstood the theory of composition, and that is perhaps so inimitable, that the latter loses his Dissertation on the Rise, Union, and his honour; but when he excels his ori. Power, the Progression, Separation, and ginal, he certainly merits our applause." | Corruptions of Poetry and Music, evinces a And they wish him to give the other medi- thorough acquaintance with the subjects on tations in the same manner.
which he treats.
One pamphleteer abused him," that, with But the Monthly Review, vol. Ixii. p. 425,
an eye to preferment, he had officiously says of Hervey, “ a profusion of metaphors strained all his powers and faculties, to make was the chief characteristic of his lan- the people appear sole authors of their own guage; and the Shibboleth of Puritanism calamities." The same opponent says, “whowas the capital distinction of his theology. ever casts an eye on the existimator's scanty His object was to soften the harsh features page and overgrown margin, will pronounce of a Calvinistic creed, by mixing it with the at once that nobody understands the value gay and splendid colours of eloquence."
of three and sixpence better than he." All
which the M. Review (April 1758) appears TOPLADY published two of his Sermons, to commend. and said in the Preface,-“ With Hervey The next article is upon the second vol.
of the Estimate (vol. xviii. p. 354). It is · This is contradicted in Sterne's own Let thoroughly malignant; and, if the writer had ters. See Letter li. vol. ix. p. 150. The follow
any reason for suspecting the real state of ing strong passage occurs in Letter xci. to Miss Sterne : I am unhappy ; thy mother and thy- Brown's mind, might almost deserve to be self at a distance from me, and what can com
called murderous. P. 374. pensate for such a destitution? For God's sake persuade her to come and fix herself in Eng. land, for life is too short to waste in separation, and while she lives in one country, and I in an.
Glover. other, many people will suppose it proceeds from choice. Besides, I want thee near me,
“Mrs. Yates usually selected his Medea thou child and darling of my heart!” Vol. x.
for her benefit.”—N. CHURCHILL, vol. ii. p. 40.--J. W. W.
Oct. 24, 1761. “MR. GLOVER has pub- | Wakefield. As my business then lay lished his long-hoarded Medea, as an intro- there,” said he," that was my reason for duction to the House of Commons; it had fixing on Wakefield as the field of action.” been more proper to usher him from school CRADOCK's Mem. vol. 4, p. 286. to the University. There are a few good lines, not much conduct, and a quantity of GOLDSMITH makes Miss Richland argue iambics and trochaics, that scarce speak " that severity in criticisms is necessary," English, and yet have no rhyme to keep and says, “ It was our first adopting the one another in countenance. If his chariot severity of French taste, that has brought is stopt at Temple Bar, I suppose he will them in turn to taste us.”—Good-natured take it for the Straits of Thermopylæ, and Man. be delivered of his first speech before its time."—H. WALPOLE, vol. 2, p. 311.
DEDICATION of "She Stoops to Conquer," to Johnson.
“I have particularly reason to thank you Akenside.
for your partiality to this performance.
The undertaking a comedy not merely senUpon the publication of his “Ode to
timental, was very dangerous, and Mr. Colthe Country Gentlemen of England,” the “ Monthly Review” said he “ well deser- always thought it so.”
man, who saw this piece in its various stages, ved to be stiled the Poet of the Community."
On the publication of his " Fatal SisIn reviewing his “ Beauties of English ters,”.“ Descent of Odin,” and “ Triumph Poetry,” (2 vols. 6s.), “ Monthly Review," of Odin," the “Monthly Review, (1768), vol. 36, p. 491, his preface is called unac- vol. 38, p. 408, says—“ These turn chiefly countable and uncouth, and his introduc
on the dark diableries of the Gothic times; tory observations on the several poems, “still and if to be mysterious and to be sublime more wrong-headed, more singular, more
be the same thing, these deep-wrought peraffected, and more absurd.” Thomson, in formances must undoubtedly be deemed so. the opinion of this mighty critic, is a verbose For our parts we shall for ever regret the and affected poet, and Shenstone's “Pas- departure of Mr. Gray s muse from that toral Ballads,” have neither learning nor elegantly moral simplicity she assumed in simplicity; but his “ Schoolmistress” is the “ Country Churchyard." one of those happinesses in which a poet excels himself! Gay's burlesque pastorals are
Mason's edition. " The whole collection in the manner of Theocritus. Who that is, for a writer of Mr. Gray's poetical powreads criticisms can forbear crying out with
ers and propensities, singularly small. His the Shepherd in Virgil,
muse, though certainly the most enthusiastic
admirer of Nature, has gathered a mere “ Quid facient Domini, audent cum talia
nosegay from her breast, assemblage, fures?"
indeed, of uncommon and highly-flavoured Cradock used to offer Goldsmith every flowers; but it is in a wilderness of this aid in his power as to his works, i.e. in sugo kind that we wish to range at large.”— gesting amendments.
Monthly Review, vol. 52, p. 377 “ As to my 'Hermit,'” said Goldsmith, “that poem, Cradock, cannot amended." Ibid. vol. 53, p. 102. His Elegy said here
He had occasion “ to pay a journey to to be imitated from one by Gay. Here is
a former dictum contradicted then. " It “The next best thing, after instructing is observable, that sublimity of genius has the world profitably, is to amuse it innobeen generally attended with a strong af- cently. England has lost that man (Gray) fection for the demonry of the ancient who of all others in it was best qualified for northern fable. Milton was particularly both these purposes; but who from early fond of it. It was the study of his youth, chagrin and disappointment had imbibed a and the dream of his age. This passion disinclination to employ his talents beyond seems natural.
There is something su- the sphere of self-satisfaction and improveblime in the Celtic mythology,–in the idea ment.”— Mason to Beattie.— Ibid. vol. 1, of ancient hardyhood, and the feats of former times, that is peculiarly adapted to a natural grandeur of imagination. In the Mr. Dillon writes me word, that Mason mythology of the Greeks every thing seems
he is tempted to throw his Life of Mr. little, seems puerile in comparison. Hence Gray (which is now finished, or nearly so), Mr. Gray's strong attachment to every into the fire, so much is he dissatisfied with thing that breathed of the former. The the late decision on literary property.”— hall of Odin was heaven itself to him (!!), BEATTIE, vol. 1, p. 346. and Ossian “the very dæmon of poetry.'” 1775.
“ Times,” Wednesday, 23d Dec. 1835.
At a sale of autographs, “ Gray's assign“Not long since,” says CRADOCK, (vol. 1, ment of bis two Odes, the · Progress of p. 184), “ I received a very kind message Poetry,' and the ‘Bard,' for forty guineas. from the Rev. Mr. Bright of Skeffington 29 June, 1757. Mr. Wilks, M.P., purchased Hall, in Leicestershire, to inform me that this for eight guineas. (Mason relates that he had wished to deposit with me all the Gray was "too high-minded to receive reremaining papers and documents of Mr.
muneration for his productions.)" Gray, as bequeathed to him by Mr. Stonhewer ; but that he found they had all Gray and Walpole wrote from Italy a been carried to Rome inadvertently by a little in the style of Erskine and Boswell. learned editor!"
" I AGREE with you (George Montagu), Gray made a little book (of his own most absolutely in your opinion about Gray. travels, I suppose), with delineations of He is the worst company in the world. woods, rivers, and remarkable buildings on From a melancholy turn, from living reeach side of the road.”—CRADOCK, vol. 2, clusively, and from a little too much dig.
nity, he never converses easily. All his
words are measured and chosen, and formed BEATTIE gives a very amiable account of into sentences. His writings are admirable; him.-Life of Beattie, vol. 1, p.
he himself is not agreeable.”—H. WALPOLE.
Letters, vol. 1, p. 194. The notes to the two Pindarics, first printed in the Glasgow edition, Beattie “ GRAY says very justly, that learning thought more copious than were necessary. never should be encouraged; it only draws “ But I understand,” he says,
“ he is not a
out fools from their obscurity." — Ibid. little chagrined at the complaints which vol. 1, p. 407. have been made of their obscurity, and he tells me that he wrote these notes out of “And you know I have always thought spite.”—Ibid. vol. 1, p. 104.
a running footman as meritorious a being as a learned man. Why is there more
merit in having travelled one's eyes over so “Gray never wrote any thing easily but many reams of paper, than in having car- things of humour. Ilumour was his naturied one's legs over so many acres of ral and original turn; and though from his ground ?”—Ibid.
childhood he was grave and reserved, his
genius led him to see things ludicrously and “ My Lady Ailesbury has been much di- satirically; and though his health and disverted, and so will you too. Gray is in satisfaction gave him low spirits, his melantheir neighbourhood. My Lady Carlisle choly turn was much more affected than says, he is extremely like me in his manner.
his pleasantry in writing.”—Ibid. vol. 4, They went a party to dine on a cold loaf (?),
p. and passed the day. Lady Ailesbury protests he never opened his lips but once, and
“ It may so happen, that a writer, from then only said, 'Yes, my lady, I believe so.""
a happy circumstance, may acquire a repu-Ibid. vol. 2, p. 159.
tation as just as it is instantaneous. This “ Gray has translated two noble incan
was the case with the late Mr. Gray, who, tations from the Lord knows who, a Danish by his happening to be conversant in fa
shionable company, gained a complete cenGray, who lived the Lord knows when. They are to be enchased in a history of tury
, in point of reputation. For though
fashionable writers are most justly set in English bards, which Mason and he are
opposition to good, the very epithet implywriting; but of which the former has not written a word yet, and of which the lat- ing that their works will not last, yet fa
shion is now and then in the right, as well ter, if he rides Pegasus at his usual footpace, will finish the first page two years terature, p. 103.
as other fools.”—PINKERTON. Letters of Lihence.”—Ibid. vol. 2, p. 239. “ Gray has added to his Poems three
“I even admire Mr. Gray's plan of wearancient Odes from Norway and Wales. ing mustachios for a considerable time, to The subjects of the two first are grand and show that he despised every possibility of picturesque, and there is his genuine vein ridicule.”—Pinkerton, Lett. of Lit. p. 264. in them; but they are not interesting, and
Lionel and Clarissa. do not, like his other poems, touch any passion. Our human feelings, which he mas- Lady Mary. I have been telling him of ters at will in his former pieces, are here the poem my late brother, Lord Jessamy, not affected. Who can care through what made on the mouse that was drowned. horrors a Runic savage arrived at all the Col. Oldboy. Ay, a fine subject for a joys and glories they could conceive, the poem; a mouse that was drowned in a — supreme felicity of boozing ale out of the Lady M. Hush, my dear Colonel, don't skull of an enemy in Odin's Hall ? Oh, mention it! To be sure the circumstance yes! just now, perhaps, these Odes would was vastly indelicate ; but for the number be toasted at many a contested election."— of lines the poem was as charming a morIbid. vol. 3, p. 234.
sel ;-I heard the Earl of Punley say, who
understands Latin, that it was equal to any Aug. 13, 1771. “I have, I own, been thing in Catullus.” much shocked at reading Gray's death in the papers. In an hour that makes one forget any subject of complaint, especially towards one with whom I lived in friend
Young ship from thirteen years old.”—Ibid. vol. 3, What Mrs. Carter (to Mrs. M. vol. 1, p.
72), says of Rousseau is more applicable to