Imágenes de páginas

2, 9, vi.

Matter and motion he restrains,

Sansjoy is a person who must have been And studied lines and fictious circles intended to be brought forward again. draws,

If the allegorical names were always as Then with imagined sovereignty happy as in the instances of Una and DuLord of his new hypothesis he reigns.” essa, the effect would be altogether so. Here 44. Asgill.

they are good in themselves, and their sig. 50. Horace

nificance not too apparent.

Sir Hudibras. 2, 2, xvii. “ Snatch'd their fair actions from degrading

2, 3, xxvi. A hemistich in the last line. prose,

2, 8, lv. And set their battles in eternal light."

2, 4, xli. A line of twelve syllables in the 98. De-Witted. Here is this wicked word. penultimate.

3, 4, xxxix. Hemistich, seventh line. As Arthegall and Sophy now been ho

noured." Spenser.

Arthegall. 3, 3, xxvii. UNFINISHED parts,—or rather, indica- B. 3, c. 2, st. iv. An oversight,-Guyon tions of what the remaining books were to instead of the Red Cross Knight. contain. Fradubio and Frælissa. B. 1, c. 2, xliii.

“ Achilles' arms which Arthegall did win."

3, 2, xxv. “We may not change, quoth he, this evil

In the Bernardo of Bernardo de Balbueplight,

na, the hero wins the armour of Achilles. Till we be bathed in a living well.”

C. 9. Final action of the poem. B. 1, c. 11, vii. Angela, the martial queen of the Angles, “Fair Goddess, lay that furious fit aside,

whose armour Britomart wears. 3, 3, lv.Till I of wars and bloody Mars do sing,

vi.-viii. And Briton fields with Sarazin blood be- B. 3. An oversight concerning Florimel, dide,

c. 1. Prince Arthur, Guyon, and Britomart 'Twixt that great Faery Queen and Paynim see her flying from the Foster, follow her, king,

and separate. Britomart passes the night That with their horror heaven and earth did in Malecasta Castle, proceeds on her way, ring."

and encounters and wounds Marinel, c. 4. Though he very rarely carries on the sen

And, c. 5, Prince Arthur meets her dwarf, tence from one stanza to another, he seems

who tells him that she had left the Court in fond of carrying on the sound, and continu

consequence of Marinel's wound. ing the rhyme, or at least repeating the word

In the Ruins of Time, he speaks of the

Paradise at the beginning of one stanza with which the last ended. Some link of allusion or of “ which Merlin by his magic slights sound he evidently liked to introduce. Made for the gentle Squire to entertain Guyon was one who

His fair Belphoebe."

523-5. -“ knighthood took of good Sir Huon's “ OUR posterity within few years will hand,

hardly understand some passages in the When with king Oberon he came to Faery Faery Queen, or in Mother Hubbard's, or Land."

2, 1, vi.

other tales in Chaucer, better known at this Spenser's feeling concerning suicide. 2, day to old courtiers than to young students.” 1, lviii.

-JACKSON, 3, 746. Concerning burial. 2, 1, lviii. 1, 10, xlii. Pasquier had the same notion that models were as unfixed as they had been be- “SPENSER (Sir Egerton BRYDGES says) fore his time.

gave rise to no school of imitators, unless

we attribute to his example the translations Kent is said to have frequently declared

of Ariosto and Tasso by Harrington and that he caught his taste in gardening from Fairfax." reading the picturesque descriptions of

His peculiar language was the probable Spenser. However this may be, the designs which he made for the works of that poet, fect in kindling others.

cause. But no poet has produced more efare an incontestable proof that they had no effect upon his erecutive powers as a pain. rior genius are made by the character of the

“ The literary characters of men of infeter.- Notes to Mason's English Garden, vol.

age in which they live ; and the main feai. p. 395. Nor on his imaginative, Mr. Burgh might artificial form: but master minds impose

tures of their writings are entirely of that have added.

their own shapes and colours upon their I think the versification of the Prothalamion an Epith. was formed upon some of of their age, only betray them in subordi

compositions, which, if tinged with any marks Bernardo Tasso's Canzoni.

See vol. i. p.

nate parts. If Spenser's designs and cha95, 118. Mother Hubbard's Tale was published

racters took the costume of days of chi

poem, his separately in 12mo. 1784, “ with the obso- valry, the prima stamina of his

main thoughts and language are founded on lete words explained."

the truths of universal nature."--Sır E. “ Die hem in zijn luister zien wil, leze BRYDGES, Theat. Poet.


34. slechts zijn eigen bruilofsdicht; het geen alle my bekende epithalamien overtreft.”- BRAGGADOCHIO is to be found in Gyron BILDERDIGK. Notes to his Essay on Tragedy, le Courtoys, and I think also in “ Peele's

Old Wives' Tale;" but certes in Gyron.

p. 173.

Pope says, “ After my reading a canto of

SYMPSON concludes his notes on B. and F. Spenser, two or three days ago, to an old by saying, “ This is my first essay in critilady between seventy and eighty, she said cism, and its good or ill success will either that I had been showing her a collection of encourage me in, or deter me from prosepictures. She said very right. And I know cuting an edition of Spenser, toward which not how it is, but there is something in I have these several years been collecting Spenser that pleases one as strongly in one's materials. And as I wish to see a good ediold age as it did in one's youth. I read tion of that fine poet, so I would invite all the Faery Queen when I was about twelve, the learned and ingenious part of the world with a vast deal of delight; and I think it to contribute their assistance toward the efgave me as much when I read it over about | fecting of it. For I am persuaded, that a year or two ago.”—SPENCE's Anecdotes, p. Spenser will make a figure no way inferior 86.

to the best Greek or Roman writers, when

published like them, cum notis variorum." BILDERDIGK (ut supra, 174) says, “ Em- Pageants and court masques accustomed blemata en Allegorien waren eeuwen lang the people to such personifications as Spent' troetelkind onzer Natien. Ik sta toe dat ser's. beide nuttig zijn, en hare verdienste en schoonheden hebben ; maar zy toonen de LORD Chatham's sister, Mrs. Anne Pitt, eeuw van scherpzinnigheid, niet van het “ used often in her altercations with him to Dichterlijk gevoel, en dus, niet die der say, that he knew nothing whatever, exPoëzy."

cept Spenser's F. Queen.' And no matter,


p. 174.

says Burke, how that was said, for whoever | almost afraid I must go and read Spenser, relishes and reads Spenser, as he ought to and wade through his allegories and drawlbe read, will have a strong hold of the Eng- | ing stanzas, to get at a picture.”Letters, lish language." Hardy's Life of Lord | vol. iii. p. 25. Charlemont, vol. ii. p. 286. Sir K. Digby published Observations on

May. the twenty-second stanza in the ninth canto 1633. “On Monday after Candlemas day, of the second book of Spenser's F. Queen. the gentlemen of the inns of court performed 1644.

their masque at court : they were sixteen

in number, who rode through the streets in “If it were put to the question of the four chariots, and two others to carry their Water Rhymer's works against Spenser's, I pages and musicians, attended by an hundoubt not but they would find more suf- dred gentlemen on great horses, as well clad frages; because the most favour common as ever I saw any. They far exceeded in vices, out of a prerogative the vulgar bave bravery any masque that had formerly been to lose their judgments, and like that which presented by those societies, and performed is naught.”—B. Jonson, Discoveries, vol. ix. the dancing part with much applause. In


there was one Mr. Read of

Gray's Inn, whom all the women and some 1780. “ Johnson told me he had been men cried up for as handsome a man as the with the king that morning, who enjoined Duke of Buckingham. They were well used him to add Spenser to his lives of the poets. at court by the king and queen, no disgust I seconded the motion. He promised to given them, only this one accident fell :think of it, but said the booksellers had not Mr. May of Gray's Inn, a fine poet, he who included him in their list of the poets."— translated Lucan, came athwart my lord Hannah MORE, vol. i. p. 175.

chamberlain in the banquetting house, and

he broke his staff over his shoulders, not 1759. Two editions of the Faery Queen, knowing who he was: the king present, who published by Upton and Church.-Monthly knew him, for he calls him his poet, and told Review, vol. xx. p. 566-7.

the chamberlain of it, who sent for him the Ditto, vol. xxx. p. 33. Spenser blas

next morning, and fairly excused himself phemed by Michael Wodhull and his re- to him, and gave him fifty pounds in pieces. viewers.

I believe he was the more indulgent for his Ditto, vol. xliii. p. 306. “The Faery Queen name's sake.”—GERRARD, Strafford Letters, is frequently laid down almost as soon as it vol. i. p.

207. is taken up! because it abounds with loathsome passages !" Ditto, vol. xliv. p. 265. The tiresome uni

RICHARDSON. formity of his measure !

PAMELA.“I know not,” says LADY M.W. Ditto, vol. lii. p. 111. Specimen of the Montagu (vol. iv. p.112), “under what conFaery Queen in blank verse, canto 1, 1774. stellation that foolish stuff was wrote ; but See the Review.

it has been translated into more languages Ditto, vol. Ix. p. 324. Prince Arthur, an than any modern performance I ever heard allegorical romance. The story from Spen- of!" And she proceeds to relate a memorser. 2 vols. 1778. (prose.)

able example of its influence in Italy.

Apology for the life of Mrs. Shamela When Horace WALPOLE was planning a Andrews, in which the many falsehoods in bower at Strawberry Hill, he said, “I am a book called Pamela are exposed. 1741.


To the ge

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Johnson's character of him. — CROKER'S “RICHARDSON's works are more admired Boswell, vol. iii. p. 91.

by the French than among us.

nerality of readers, if characters are ever “I RECOLLECT an anecdote (says Sir John so naturally drawn, they will not appear to Herschel, in the opening address to the sub- be so, if they are improperly drest. Foscribers to the Windsor and Eton public reigners, who are not acquainted with our library, of which the learned knight is pre- language and our customs, are unprejudiced sident) told me by a late highly respected by Richardson's defect in expression and inhabitant of Windsor, as a fact which he manners, which are so very striking to ourcould personally testify, having occurred in selves as to conceal much of his very great a village where he resided several years, and merit in other respects.”—Mrs. Carter to where he actually was at the time it took Mrs. M. vol. ii. p. 322. place. The blacksmith of the village had got hold of Richardson's novel of. Pamela, BEATTIE allows that many parts in the or Virtue Rewarded,' and used to read it first volumes of Clarissa, which seem weaaloud in the long summer evenings, seated risome, and he had almost said nauseating on his anvil, and never failed to have a large repetitions, might possibly please, upon a and attentive audience. It is a pretty long- second or third reading, when we are acwinded book; but their patience was fully quainted with all the characters and all the a match for the author's prolixity, and they particulars of the story. But few, he says, fairly listened to it all. At length, when can afford leisure for this.-Life of Beatthe happy turn of fortune arrived which TIE, vol. i. p. 29. brings the hero and heroine together, and sets them living long and happily, according H. WALPOLE stopped at the fourth vol. to the most approved rules, the congrega- of Sir Charles Grandison. “I was so tired tion were so delighted as to raise a great of sets of people getting together, and sayshout, and, procuring the church keys, ac- ing, ‘Pray, miss, with whom are you in love?' tually set the parish bells a ringing.". and of mighty good young men, that convert

-s in the twinkling of a serThe Card, 2 vols. 1755. Monthly Review, mon."Letters, vol. i. p. 322. No. xii. 1755, p. 117, a satire upon Rich- Ibid, vol. ii. p. 100. The town called a ardson chiefly.

child of Mrs. Fitzroy's, at whose house the The History of Sir Charles Grandison, great loo parties were held, Pam-ela. spiritualised in part, a Vision; with Reflex- The natural of modern novel, H. Walpole ions thereon, by Theophila. — Ibid. Sept. said, was a kind of writing which RichardNo. Ix. vol. xxiii. p. 255.

son had made to him intolerable.-Ibid. Brooke in his Juliet Grenville, says of vol. iii. p. 27. Pamela and its title : “ Can virtue be rewarded by being united to vice ? Her mas- “Nous en avons un modèle prodigieux ter was a ravisher, a tyrant, a dissolute, a dans le roman Anglais de Clarisse, ouvrage barbarian in ma

manners and principle. 'I qui fourmille de génie ; tous les personadmit it,' the author may say; 'but then he nages qu'on y sait parler ou écrire, ont leur was superior in riches and station.' In- style et leur langage d'eux, qui ne ressemdeed, Mr. R. never fails in due respect to blent nullement aux autres. Cette différ. such matters; he always gives the full value ence est observée jusque dans les nuances to title and fortune."-Ibid. No. 1. P.

19. les plus fines, les plus délicates, les plus imBrooke blames him for “undressing the perceptibles ; c'est un prodige continuel aux sex."

yeux du connaisseur ; aussi Clarisse est peut-être l'ouvrage le plus surprenant qui

your Mr. M



yet still,

soit jamais sorti des mains d'hommes, et il | That ocean-terror, he that durst outbrave n'est pas étonnant que ce roman n'ait eu Dread Neptune's trident, Amphitrite's qu'un succès médiocre. Le vrai sublime wave." n'est fait que pour être senti de quelques

His lost finger. 54. 106. âmes privilégiées ; il échappe aux yeux de la multitude, s'il ne lui est indiqué ou 55. “For to my Muse, if not to me, transmis par tradition.”—Grimm. Corres

I'm sure all game is free, pondance Littéraire, tom. i. p. 14.

Heaven, earth, are all but parts of her

great royalty.” Randolph.

56. To Ben Jonson,

“ Wilt thou engross thy store Story of a plagiarism from him. Lady

Of wheat, and pour no more, M. W. Montagu. 4. 194.

Because their bacon-brains have such a task P. 37.“ Live well, and then how soon so

As more delights in mast ?" e'er thou die, Thou art of age to claim eternity."

“Thou canst not find them stuff

That will be bad enough 91. “yonder man of wood that stands

To please their palates."
To bound the limits of the parish lands."
His brother Robert, noticing bis origin-

121. “ Iniquity aboundeth, though pure

zeal ality, says, “ Here are no remnants tortured into rime, Teach, preach, huff, puff, and snuff at it, To gull the reeling judgement of the time;

Still it aboundeth."
Nor any state reversions patch thy writ,
Glean'd from the rags and frippery of wit."

Muses' Looking-Glass. 4.“ Thou several artists dost employ to


“ Had we seen a church, show

A new-built church, erected North and The measure of thy lands, that thou mayst

South, know

It had been something worth the wondering How much of earth thou hast; while I do

at.”—Ibid. call

123. “ It was a zealous prayer, My thoughts to scan how little 'tis in all."

I heard a brother make concerning play22. Bulls' guts must bend their bows.

houses. _“intendunt taurino viscere nervos."

Bur. For charity what is it?

That the globe, Was it so ?

Whereon, quoth he, reigns a whole world

of vice 42. “ Hath Madam Devers dispossest her Had been consumed: the Phænix, burnt spirit ?"

to ashes, Davies it should be, the never so mad a

The Fortune, whipt for a blind whore; lady, of whom so good a story is told by

Black Fryars, Peter Heylyn.

He wonders how it scaped demolishing 43. “My physiognomy two years ago I'the love of Reformation. Lastly, he wish'd By the small-pox was marr'd, and it may be The Bull might cross the Thames to the A finger's loss hath spoild my palmistry." Bear Garden 47. Ward, the pirate,

And there be soundly baited.”—Ibid. -“ he that awed the seas,

6. There was a time, Frighting the fearful Hamadryades; (And pity 'tis so good a time had wings


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