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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE,

For JANUARY, 1815.

PRES

Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 10. Yet was his aim to dissipate the night RESUMING the monumental in- of Pagan's doubts by Revelation's light;

scriptions inserted in the two last The Cbristian's steady plan to recomMagazines have not proved unac

mend,

Just in its source, and happy in its end. ceptable to some classes of readers; I

Thus to his flock, whom here he left bemust claim indulgence for the inser

hind,

[mankind, tion of a few others, which, perhaps, Thus to his neighbours, wbo were ali are not less simple, correct, and ele. He gave example to pursue with zeal gant, than those comniudicated in my His Saviour's steps to everlasting weal: two former letters. As the subjects And in the moment of expiring breath, of them are far removed from the To give a test of endless joy in death. reach of human applause, the affectionate tribute of surviving friends

II. In St. Mary's Redcliffe, Bristol. can add uothing to their happiness ; On Mrs. Fortune Little, wife of Mr. Jolan but these perishing records may awa- Litlle, died June 26, 1777, aged 57. ken reflection in the minds of the O could this verse her bright example thoughtless, and evince to all the ex. spread,

[dead; cellence and consolation of a life de- And teach the living while it prais'd the voted to religious duty and practical Then, Reader, should it speak her hope Christianity. Yours, &c. J. C.

divine,

[thine :

Not to record her faith, but strengthen I. In Folkstone, Church, Kent.

Then should her every virtue stand con To the Memory of William Langhorne,

fess'd, A. M. Curale of Folkstone, who died in Till every virtue kindled in thy breast :

February 1772, at the age of fifty-one. But if thou slight the monitory strain, In life belov'd, in death for ever dear,

And she bas liv'd, at least to thee, in O friend, o brother, take this parting

vain, tear!

[sigh,

Yet let her death an awful lesson give, If Life has left me aught that asks a

The dying Christian speaks to all that Tis but like thee to live, like thee to die.

live. John LANGHORNE. Enough for her, that here her ashes rest, of Langhorne's life, be this memorial

Till God's own plaudit shall her worth attest.

HANNAH MORE. given,

[was heaven; Whose race was virtue, and whose goal III. In the Church-yard of Amwell, Not through the selfish, drear unfriendly in Hertfordshire. road

[trod; Which antient moralists and sophists True Piety neglected dwells ;

In cottages and lonely cells But in an active sphere of Christian love,

Till call'd to Heav'n, its native seat, He mov'd himself, and will'd mankind

Where the good man alone is great; to move. Enthusiast's confidence, or sceptic's fear,

"Tis then this humble dust shall rise, Affected not his equable career;

And view its Judge with cheerful eyes ; With evangelic eloquence be warm'd,

While guilty sinners sink afraid, With reason won us, and with meekness

And call the mountains to their aid.

William SOMERVILLE. cbarm'd; Shew'd in his life, his converse, and his prayer,

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Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 11. The friend's attachment, and the pastor's CHE name of “ Anna Seward” is Oft would he, in the nines of antient

oneously mentioned in vob, lore, Historic truth and moral truth explore ;

LXXXIV. ii. p. 515, as the author of

ihe epitaph on Mrs. Grove. I read * He published “ Job, a Poem," a the epitaph many years ago in the Paraphrase of Isaiah," and, with his South transept of the Cathedral at brother, the “ Lives of Plutarch.” Lichfield, and mentioning it at Dr.

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Thus powerfully will prejudice and tory of our Stratford bust. In Noprepossession operate. That the Strat- vember 1813, I gave Mr. Britton a ford bust has, however, been unme- cast which I had made of this face, riledis neglected, is most unequivo- and from which was copied the wood cally affirmed. The tradition of the cut prefixed to his " Essay." By that town is, that it was copied from a cast genileman the original was duly apafter Nature, a practice sufficiently preciated; and in consequence Mr. prevalent in that age to support oral George Bullock, of Teoterden-street, communication. “But we have still,” Hanover-squre, visited Stratford in says Mr. Britton in his Essay prefixed December last, with such sentiments to Whittingham's edition, “ a better as animate the connoisseur, and made criterion, and a more forcible argu- the first complete cast of the whole ment in its behalf; one that flashes bust. Let it, therefore, be hoped that conviction to the eye of the intelli- an excellent engraving, upon a large gent artist and anatomist. This is scale, by the first artist in England, the truth of the drawing, with the ac- will be speedily given to the publick; curacy of muscular forins, and shape for though it has been several times of the skull, which distinguishes the copied with the monument itself in bust now referred to, and which are Dugdale's Warwickshire; in Pope and evidences of a skilful sculptor.” That Sewell's 8vo edition, 1728, by Four. it was erected within seven years from drinier ; in Ireland's Avon ; Boydell's the Poet's death is certain, being Illustrations; and in my own History mentioned by Leonard Digges in bis of this Town) yet most of tbem are verses accompanying the first folio edin incorrectly and all of them unsatio tion of Shakspeare's dramatic works, factorily engraved. To multiply the printed in 1623 ; and though I cannot casts from Mr. Bullock's first, and conaltogether agree with the late Mr. sequently valuable mould, will be now Greeae, in his before-mentioned letter, impossible ; for after that which he that if we compare the earliest en- has in London, and one which I pos

I graving which was made of the Bard sess (the latter only half way down (that of Droesbout in the first folio) the body of the bust) were made, the with the face on the Stratford Moou- original mould was broken up, and ment, there will be found as great a thrown into the Avon. resemblance as perhaps can well be The Stratford bust is carved out of between a statue and a picture, ex- a solid block of stone (perbaps either cept that the hair is described rather Portland or Bath), but on no part of shorter and straighter on the latter it could be discovered any name or than on the former; nor coincide with date. By comparing the style and the M. Malone, who could not, on com- quality of the material with other pariog them, trace any resemblance contemporary works (between 1616 whatever ; yet I think there may be and 1623) a probable guess may be found a considerable similitude of our inade which of the few eminent artists mosumental bust to this print, for of James's reigo might have executed the correctness of which we have his it. The general glare of light beamfriend Jonson's testimony; and the ing on all sides through the Gothic “ surly Ben” would surely not have windows whicb surround the monuupuecessarily complimented the artist, ment, is certainly disadvantageous to nor ventured to attirm what, bad it the appearance of the features of this been uptrue, numbers then living could face; but when a single or more conand probably would have denied. The tracted light is properly thrown upon sculptors of that period seem to have it, then the loftiness and beauty of the excelled the engravers in their respec- forehead, the handsome sbape of the tive arts; and the Stratford bust, nose, the remarkable form of the which in the disposition of the head mustachios and beard, and the very indicates some acquaintance with Gre- peculiar sweetness of expression in the cian models, is a much superior spe- mouth, are particularly strikiny. At cimen of the labour of the chisel, than first sight there appears an extravaDroeshout's engraving is of that of gant length in the upper lip, which, the burin.

if viewed in profile, shews iu truer The intention of these tedious ob- proportion. After all, it appears someservations, Mr. Urban, is to introduce what long ; and Lavater, upon whatthe wcation of a new era in the his- ever principles he determised, and

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