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ing the illiberal use that others may language, thus depicts its character make of the concession) that I would and prays for its extinction, prefer placing in the hands of the

One inurder makes a villain, Young, Wordsworth's “ Ecclesiasti- Millions a hero. Princes are privileg'd to kill, cal Sketches," just published--a work And numbers sanctify the crime." by the way which almost redeems his

“Blast the design, character--to giving them “Beppo,

Great God of hosts! nor let thy creatures fall Don Juan, and Cain.” But I as cer- Unpity'd victims at ambition's shrine." tainly would infinitely prefer to the SCRUTATOR's letter has been genebest of Wordsworth's poems,* the fine rally admired. That gentleman has description of “Childe Harold,t” the pointed out some things which “ Arisfire and sublimity of the “Giaour,” tarchus deemed deserving only silent the beauty and tenderness of the contempt.” One thing, however, he “Corsair,” the religious tone and feel has not mentioned ; and therefore I ing of the Hebrew Melodies, &o. &c. will now advert to it: it is G. M.'s While, as Aristarchi Amicus says, comparing Wordsworth to Milton !!! I might present to “the nursery, as

“ Ob for a laugh loud as the surge rivals of Goody Two Shoes,” some of

That lashes Lapland's sounding shore." Wordsworth’s Thymes to amuse children just learning to read, I would

But perhaps G. M. meant to demongive, to Adolescents, Lord Byron's strate that from Milton to WordsPoems, and strongly recommend them worthfrom the SUBLIME to the ridias the study of their riper years.

culous--is but a step.” For the same reason that I curtailed

Philo-ARISTARCHUS has made some my reply to Lambda, I must glance shrewd and sensible observations on over the productions that exposed

G. M.'s logic; pointed out the sacred Wordsworth's profanity and puerility, feeling, as well as the melodious numand that exhibited the beauties of bers and energetic diction of the HeLord Byron's poems.

To acknow- brew Melodies; and censored the ledge my obligations is the more

mean" and illiberal” manner in pleasing part of my duty.

which I have been assailed by the

friends of Wordsworth. But Philo's “Sweet is the breath of vernal show'r,

censures are made in so mild a manThe bee's collected treasures sweet,

and he has given so much praise Sweet music's melting fall; but sweeter yet to G. M. for his remarks on Bowles, The still small voice of GRATITUDE.

that I must confess myself utterly To CHRISTIANUS, though he has astonished at the scurrility with which kept aloof from the controversy, I feel Philo has been attacked. indebted for his excellent exposure of own part, having given “wounding Wordsworth’s profaneness, (col. 993,) blows” to others, I expected a few and agree with him, Lord Byron, and raps in return; but being invested Bishop Porteus, in condemning war. with the panoply of truth, they passed While Wordsworth eulogizes war, and

as the idle wind which I respect talks about angels rejoicing at it, Lord not.” Philo, however, bad done noByron condemns its practisers as the thing amiss; but in the estimation of “tools of ambition;" and the late pious Wordsworth's friends, (at least such Bishop of London, in still stronger as Epsilon and Mark Etheridge,) to

defend truth, and to expose their

‘mean and illiberal” abuse, is a hei* The best piece I have seen of Wordsworth's, is bis Sonnet on the late King: whe- Philo “ Julius Cæsar's sage advice:”

nous offence.

Short E. too, gives ther, however, it be deserving of his pension as " the bireling of the state." I leave to the he had much better have PRACTISED it, consideration of your tax-paying readers. The and then he would not have split upon Edinburgh Review thus commences its ac

“scopulum," of which he count of Wordsworth's Excursion : This will

warns Philo. Epsilon, forsooth, to never do."

censure such able writers as Scrutator + The third capto of Childe Harold is gene- and Philo-Aristarchus! rally deemed inferior; though I should hope there is but one writer who would pass upon it “ Just as the blockbead rubs his thoughtless the severe censure, that it is “written in the skull, spirit of Wordsworth's Excursion:” the fourth | And thanks bis stars he was not born a fool.” canto, however, amply redeems Lord Byron's fame, by containing some of the finest poetry

“ These Jack Cades of sense" may in any langnage,

slander Philo-Aristarchus, but the


For my


that very

you feel

Remarks on Byron and Wordsworth.

646 wise and the good will admire his never been excelled, if equalled, in discrimination. If Philo has with me any language. preserved the “ mens sibi conscia rec. “ Round her she made an atmosphere of life, ti,” he may, as I do, contemn ca- Tbe very air seem'd ligbter from her eyes, lumny.

They were so soft, and beautiful, and rife, BYRONIS POEMATUM ADMIRATOR,

With all we can imagine of the skies,

And pure as Psyche ere she grew a wifehas rendered an essential service to

Too pure e'en for the purest human ties; the cause of Byron, by the beautiful Her overpow'ring presence made productions of his Lordship, which he It would not be idolatry to kneel." transmitted. If Admirator thought

Don Juan, Canto iii. v. 74. G. M. would “make the world too hot to hold” him, what would he think of the Classic's, so the poem may be the

Perhaps, as its motto has long been Epsilon? Short E, will certainly put Critic's, crux. him into his “alembics,retorts,or crocibles ;" but Admirator needs not fear

His single tragedy, entitled “Marino the result. Truth, like gold, will Faliero," I have not yet read; but, it shine with redoubled lustre after every opinion,

it must be very excellent;

I may take a celebrated reviewer's attempt at analysis, decomposition, for it is declared to be though unfit or sublimation."

for theatrical representation, yet wore To ARISTARCHI Amicus, I beg to thy of being wound up with Addison's present my friendly acknowledgments.

Cato, and Johnson's Irene."--The Notwithstanding the modesty of his

new volume of tragedies I have read, motto, his lettter is one which Junius and frankly confess, that I cannot say himself miglit be proud to own. If

with a periodical, “ the first is a good your readers will compare the manly tragedy, the second is better, and the arguments and eloquent diction of third the best of all ;” nor can I admit Amicus' masterly letter, with the igno- with another monthly publication, that rant flippancy of Mark Etheridge's, “ the accusation of impiety made and the bewildered rant of Epsilon's, against the ‘Mystery of Cain,' is sheer they will perceive that Lord Byron's nonsense, and deserves no other readvocate is as much superior to Words- ply.” The characters of Lucifer and worth's, as his Lordship’s cause is.

Cain are too correct; they are dreadBefore I conclude, perhaps I may be fully true. “Cain,” however, is noallowed, Mr. Editor, to make a remark on the cause of Lord Byron being in which God the Father was repre

thing so bad as the ancient mysteries, so much maligned. The principle one sented by an old man with " graie is generally allowed to be his publish-haires;” God the Son by a young man ing

English Bards and Scotch Re- with comelie lockes," and God the viewers. That satirical work, like

Holy Ghost by a dove or pigeon flying Pope's Dunciad, created a host of

above the stage. For impiety and enemies.

The writers condemned blasphemy, Lord Byron. “cannot (as were highly exasperated, as well as G. M. say's even touch the hem of the sorely chagrined, at the exposure of their imbecility; and as many of them garments of these older dramatists;"

yet with respect to

“ Cain,” as a could not dignify their own character, whole, I would, like an eminent legal they laboured to blast his Lordship's; officer of doubting celebrity, give no just as the heroes of the Dunciad

opinion upon the subject.* Those libelled Pope. English. Bards,” who judge of Lord Byron from the however, with all its beauties, must characters he pourtrays, ought in fairbe admitted to be the work of a very

ness to view the favourable, as well as young man ; and it is well known the unfavourable, side of the questhat as Lord Byron's maturer judg- tion; and, to be consistent, they inust ment does not deem all the characters deem his Lordship a man of prayer, delineated to be fac-similes, he has from his admirable admonition to the endeavoured to suppress it, and does prayerless; and a man of genuine not suffer it to be published with his other works.—“ Don Juan” is replete with great faults and great beauties. * See the " Times” report of the trial, MarIts licentiousness all must condemn; ray v. Benbow, in which the Lord Chancellor while the “ song,” and several stan- he gives no opinion upon the subject ;” while

reiterates his “ doubts;” and repeatedly declares zas, are transcendently exquisite: the he does not think “Caiu” deserving an extrafollowing, for instance, I believe bas judicial procedure.

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piety from the address of Abel to obviate any cavil that may be made the

against the work being anonymous, it “ Sole Lord of light! is sufficient to observe, that the “EdinOf good, and glory, and eternity.” burgh Review," after a very favourBy the way, it is a curious circum- able character of the book, “confistance that David Lyndsay and Lord dently anticipates the period, when Byron should have produced two tra- the applause of the country shall induce gedies on the same subject nearly at the writer to take off his mask.” As the same time, containing some of the the author could not imitate Lord same ideas and sentiments; yet after Byron's transcendent genius, and as reading David Lyndsay's modest ad- his parody of his Lordship’s style is vertisement, I cannot, like the sapi- generally deemed inferior to most of ent Mark Etheridge, call David a the other imitations, one stanza, as a plagiarist, though his tragedies were parody of Childe Harold, will be sufpublished a little after Lord Byron's : ficient ; the verse is addressed to the and now I have mentioned plagiarism dissipated frequenters of playhouses. again, I will not withhold from Mark “ Your debts mount bigh-ye plunge in deeper Etheridge the following sentence of his Lordship’s. " While I have been the tradesman calls-00 warning voice ye occupied in defending Pope's charac

bear; ter, THE LOWER ORDERS of GRUB- The bailiff threats-ye feel no idle fear;

The plaintiff saes-to public shows ye haste; Street appear to have been assailing Who can arrest your prodigal career? mine : this is as it should be, both in Who can keep down the levity of youth? them and me.”

What sound can startle age's stubborn ear? I beg to assure your readers, Sir, Who can redeem from wretchedness and rulb that I have no motive, direct or’indi | Men true to falsehood's voice, false to the voice

of truth?” rect, in the writing of these letters, but the vindication of a calumniated

The imitation of Wordsworth is uni. nobleman, and an ardent desire to versally admitted to be correct. The promote belles-lettres by the reading

Edinburgh deems it “a favourable of poems, which, next to the Greek specimen ;” another periodical terms and Roman “breathless verse,” will

g;" a third, “a complete foster rising genius, improve literary

fac-simile;" and a fourth says, “the taste, and almost prove a substitute initials were quite unnecessary, for a for Horace's curiosu felicitas. While child can tell whose is the image and Wordsworth has substituted puerility superscription.” On this account I cite for simplicity, affectation for nature,

the whole poem, that your readers and “changed Apollo's barp for a

may have a

favourable" idea of whistle,” to Lord Byron may be


applied the exquisite lines of Callima- “The Baby's Debut, by W. W. chus,

Motto. Thy lisping prattle, and thy minc«Αι δε τεαι ζω εσιν αήδονες ήσιν ο φάντων ing gait, Αρπακτηρ 'Aΐδης επί χείρα βαλεϊ.All thy false mimic fooleries I hate, For the benefit of my opponents, I Who is right foolish, bath the better plea;

For thou art Folly's counterfeit, and sbe, subjoin a translation.

Nature's true idiot I prefer to thee. " Yet thy sweet warbling strains

CUMBERLAND. Still live immortal, nor on them shall death

[Spoken in the character of Nancy His bund e'er lay, though ravager of all.”

Lake, a girl of eight years of age, who By way of amusement to your read- is drawn upon the stage in a child's ers, after this long controversy, and chaise, by Samuel Hughes, her unas 'a suitable termination to it-the cle's porter.] farce after the tragedy-I shall give

My brother Jack was pine in May, PARODIes on the style of Lord Byron And I was eight on New Year's Day; and Mr. Wordsworth, by the author So in Kate Wilson's shop of “Rejected Addresses.” To those Papa (he's my papa and Jack's) who are not acquainted with the work,

Bought me, last week, a doll of wax,

And brother Jack a top.
I beg to observe, that it originated in
an advertisement by the Committee of Jack's in the pouts, and this it is,
Drury Lane Theatre for the best ad-

He thinks mine came to more than his,' dress; when the author of “Rejected

So to my drawer be goes,

Takes out the doll, and, oh my stars! Addresses” wrote imitations of the

He pokes her head between the bars, style of our different living poets. To And melts off half hor nose.


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Quite cross, a bit of string I beg,

A pow, good gentlefolks, I go And tie it to his peg-top's peg,

To join Mamma and see the show : And bang, with might and main,

So bidding you adieu, Its head against the parlour door:

I curtsy like a pretty miss, Off flies the head, and hits the floor,

And if you'll blow to me a kiss, And breaks a window pane,

I'U blow a kiss to you.

[Blows a kiss, and exit.) This made him cry with rage and spite: Well, let him cry, it serves him right, On the whole, Sir, it appears, (to A pretty thing forsooth!

use the elegant language of “the auIf he's to melt all scalding hot Half my doll's nose, and I am not

thor of Waverley,”) that LORD BYTo draw his peg top's tooth !

RON like

“ The EAGLE soars the polar sky:" Aunt Hannah heard the window break, And cried, “Oh naughty Nancy Lake! while Wordsworth as

Thas to distress your Aunt; No Drury Lane for you to-day!”

“ The imber Goose, unskill'd to fly, And while Papa said “ Pooh, she may!"

Must be content to glide along Mama said No she shant!"

Where seals and sea-dogs list bis song."

ARISTARCHUS. Well, after many a sad reproach, They got into a hackney coach,

P.S. If any apology be necessary And trotted down the street. I saw them go: one horse was blind,

for the length of this letter, it must be The tails of both hang down behind,

made by stating the fact, that I was Their shoes were on their feet,

unwilling to pass over the least “


gument, or ghost of an argument,” The chaise in which poor brother Bill Us'd to be drawn to Pentonville,

adduced by my opponents. As you, Stood in the lumber room :

Mr. Editor, have announced, ex offi I wip'd the dust from off the top,

cio, that this subject “will shortly be While Molly mopp'd it with a mop, dismissed altogether," I suppose that And brush'd it with a broom.

I shall not again be permitted to inMy Uncle's porter, Samuel Hughes,

sert a letter upon the controversy. I Came in at six to black the shoes,

therefore seize the present occasion to (I always talk to Sam,)

repeat, that I am very much pleased So what does he but takes and drags with the manly arguments, the amiaMe in the chaise along the flags,

ble spirit, and the gentlemanlike urAnd leaves me where I am.

banity, which pervade and characMy Father's walls are made of brick, terize LAMBDA's sensible letter. I But not so tall and not so thick

shall be happy to discuss the subjeot As these; and, goodness me!

with him further, in a private letter; My Father's beams are made of wood,

or, if he live in or near the metropoBut never, never half so good As these that now I see.

lis,) vivâ voce, and I have, therefore,

left my address with you, Mr. Editor. What a large floor! 'tis like a town!

If neither party should convince the The carpet when they lay it down Won't hide it, I'll be bound :

other, I am certain, from his good And there's a row of lamps! my eye!

sense, that we should at least 5

agree How they do blaze! I wonder wby

to differ.” Enfin, I thank your reThey keep them on the ground.

spectable correspondents for the band

some manner in which they have At first I caught hold of the wing And kept away, but Mr. Thing

spoken of my letters, and your readers ambob, the prompter man,

in general for the attention with which Gave with his hand my chaise a shove, they have honoured me; and I now And said " go on, my pretty love,

wish Speak to 'em, little Nan.

• To all and each a fair good night, " You've only got to curtsy, whisp

And rosy dreams, and slumbers light." er, hold your chin up, laugh and lisp,

And then you're sure to take :
I've known the day when brats not quite

Thirteen, got fifty pounds a night,
Then why not Nancy Lake ?

The following advertisement appear-
But while I'm speaking, where's Papa ? ed lately in a provincial paper.
And where's my Aunt ? and where's Mamma?

“ Wanted--A footman and houseWhere's Jack ? Oh there they sit! They smile, they nod, I'll go my ways,

maid, who can neither write nor read And order round poor Billy's chaise

writing. The advertiser is induced to To join them in the pit.

make this application through a news, No. 42.-Vol. IV.

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paper, as he has not been able to find most exorbitant rates for carriage by domestics with such qualifications ; land.* and having suffered much inconveni- The Sankey navigation, in the neighence from his letters, notes, and bourhood of Warrington, was the first papers, being inspected by his ser-approach to a regular artificial canal, vants; afterwards becoming the con- and was considered, at the time, an versation of the servants’-hall, and, in undertaking of no common imporcourse, the whole village. None need tance.f The completion of the Duke apply that has ever been at a writing- of Bridgwater's, shortly afterwards, school.”

was the signal for extending them to every part of the kingdom.

These bountiful streams now intersect it in every direction; no less than twenty

two cross the grand ridge of Great (With a Portrait of Mr. Brindley.)

Britain, and connect uninterruptedly

the eastern and western seas. Their It would be paying but a sorry com

beneficial effects upon agriculture, pliment to the understanding of our commerce, and the arts, may be readers, were we to enter upon an briefly enumerated. Communications elaborate argument in desence of in- were opened with every part of the LAND NAVIGATION. The ignorance or country. The cheapness of materials prejudice which formerly obstructed led to an increased expenditure upon its adoption, no longer exists; and national works, magnificent public our only surprise is, that in England, buildings, monuments, and private always a rich, cultivated, and enter- residences. Produce, which by land prising country, this leading object was conveyed at a premium of 40s. of political economy should so long per ton, was now received with cerhave been almost disregarded. In tainty aud dispatch at 6s.or 7s. From the luxuriant plains of Egypt-in the immediate channels of intercourse dependencies of Imperial Rome-- with the richest districts of the counamongst that most singular people, try, grinding monopolies were readily the Chinese—and in the far-spread annihilated. All natural commodities, provinces of Hindostan-artificial ca- foreign luxuries, and articles of donals have been the great channels of mestic manufacture, were diffused wealth, commerce, and civilization. I equally throughout it. Agriculture In France, by the completion of the received an invigorating impulse, from canal of Languedoc, so honourable to the facility with which the produce of its constructor, Mons. Riquet, the the soil could be transported to a prointerior was supplied with articles of fitable market, and every species of foreign or domestic production, at a manure and implement received in third less than they could possibly be return, Commercial establishments obtained in England ; whilst the num- rapidly multiplied. From the cheapber and extent of these conveniences ness of fuel and raw materials, the in Holland, not only remedy the natu- cotton and woollen manufactures of ral imperfections of the country, but Lancashire and Yorkshire, and the compensate, by the celerity which metallic trades of Birmingham, Walthey impart to travelling, for the sal, and Wolverhampton, attained an unavoidable heaviness of Dutch organization.

Salt, at this period, was carried on horseIn Great Britain, nevertheless, till Large consignments

of Burton ale for the Ger

back to various parts of the inland counties.-the middle of the last century, specu- man market, were annually taken by land to lation had been confined to the inn- Hull for shipment; and quantities of cheese, provement of a few natural streams; the product of the Cheshire dairy, were transwhich yet, at a never-ending expense, ported through the same channel

, to the mediminished none of the inconveniences tropolis, at a great expense.

† Mr. John Eyes has the honourable distincincidental to river navigation. These tion of originating this first speculation; bat it were, the losses and delays occasioned is to be noted, throughout the whole of the enby floods in winter, droughts in sum-suing observations, that this, being merely an mer, and dishonest watermen the improvement of a natural stream, by a branch year through; and the merchant, in rogate a tittle from the fame which is claimed

canal with falls and locks upon it, cannot deconsequence, rather than encounter for Brindley, as the successful constructor of repeated vexations, submitted to the Ithe first artificial canal.


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