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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 murder makes a villain, Young, Wordsworth's “ Ecclesiasti- Millions a hero. Princes are privileg'd to kill, cal Sketches,” just published—a work And numbers sanotify 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, &c. &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 rhymes to amuse children just learning to I would
But perhaps G. M. meant to demongive, to Adolescents, Lord Byron's strate that from Milton to WordsPoems, and strongly recommend them worth—from 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.
brew Melodies; and censured the
" mean" and "illiberal” manner in ledge my obligations is the more 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,
ner, 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, had 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 heiThe best piece I have seen of Wordsworth's, is bis Sonnet on the late King: whe- Philo “ Julius Cæsar's sage advice:”
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
censure such able writers as Scrutator + The third canto 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 language.
slander Philo-Aristarchus, but the
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
very air seem'd lighter 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 you feel 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 hoid” 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 him into his “alembics,retorts,or cro
Critic's, crux. cibles ;” but Admirator needs not fear Faliero," I have not yet read; but, if
His single tragedy, entitled “Marino the result. Truth, like gold, will
I may take a celebrated reviewer's shine with redoubled lustre after every opinion, it must be very excellent; attempt at“ analysis, decomposition, for it is declared to be " though unfit or sublimation."
for theatrical representation, yet worTo ARISTARCHI Amicus. I beg to thy of being bound up with Addison's present my friendly acknowledgments. Cato, and Johnson's Irene."--The Notwithstanding the modesty of his motto, his lettter is one which Junius and frankly confess, that I cannot say
new volume of tragedies I have read, himself might 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 they will perceive that Lord Byron's against the ‘Mystery of Cain,' is sheer
nonsense, and deserves no other readvocate is as inuch 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 allowed, Mr. Editor, to make a re- 'thing so bad as the ancient mysteries,
fully true. “Cain," however, is nomark on the cause of Lord Byron being in which God the Father was represo much maligned. The principle one sented by an old man with “ is generally allowed to be his publish-haires;" God the Son by a young man
graie 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. says) even touch the hem of the sorely chagrined, at the exposure of their imbecility; and as many of them garments of these older dramatists;" could not dignify their own character, whole, I would, like an eminent legal
yet with respect to “Cain,” as a they laboured to blast his Lordship’s; officer of doubting celebrity, give no just as the heroes of the Dunciad
Those libelled Pope.
English Bards," opinion upon the subject. however, with all its beauties, must characters he pourtrays, ought in fair
who judge of Lord Byron from the be 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 not suffer it to be published with his prayerless; and a man of genuine other works.- .-“ Don Juan" is replete with great faults and great beauties. * See the Times" report of the trial, MurIts 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 has judicial procedure.
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 waste, his Lordship’s. • While I have been the tradesman calls-no warning voice ye occo in defending Pope's charac
bear; ter, THE LOWER ORDERS OF GRUB- The bailiff threats-ye feel no idle fear;
The plaintiff sues—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 ruid that I have no motive, direct or’indiMen 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 ani. 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
it“ flattering;" a third,“ a complete foster rising genius, improve literary initials were quite unnecessary, for a
fac-simile;" and a fourth says, taste, and almost prove a substitute 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
“ favourable" idea of and “ changed Apollo's barp for a
may have a whistle," to Lord Byron may be ap
Wordsworth. plied the exquisite lines of Callima- The Baby's Debut, by W. W. chus,
Motto. Thy lisping prattle, and thy mince «Αι δε τεαι ζω εσιν αήδονες ήσαν ο φάντων ing gait, Αρπακτηρ 'Αίδης 8κ 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 His hand e'er lay, though ravager of all.”
[Spoken in the character of Nancy
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.
He thinks mine came to more than his,'
So to my drawer be goes, dress; when the author of “Rejected
Takes out the doll, and, ob 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.
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'll blow a kiss to you. This made him cry with rage and spite :
[Blows a kiss, and exit.) 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 BY To draw his peg top's tooth !
“The EAGLE soars the polar sky:" Aunt Hannah heard the window break, And cried, “Oh naughty Nancy Lake! while Wordsworth as
Thus 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 his 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 borse 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
adduced by my opponents. As you, Us'd to be drawn to Pentonville, 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 “ agree How they do blaze! I wonder why
to differ." Enfin, I thank your reThey keep them on the ground.
spectable correspondents for the band
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 :
A HIT AT SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
The following advertisement appear-
“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.
INLAND NAVIGATION MR. BRINDLEY
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 defence 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, wbich 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. Al 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. 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; but 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 nierchant, in canal with falls and locks upon it, cannot de
rogate a tittle from the fame which is claimed consequence, rather than encounter for Brindley, as the successful constructor of repeated' vexations, submitted to the Ithe first artificial canal.