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In five facetious acts comes thundering on. (p. 599. | Lord C's works, most resplendently bound, form
Mr. $. is the illustrious author of the Sleep- a conspicuous ornament to his book-shelves : Ing Beauty:" and some Comedies, particularly “Maids and Bachelore;" Baccalaurei baculo
The rest is all but leather and prunella. magis quam lauro digni.
And Melville's Mantle prove a Blanket too! And worship Catalani s pantaloons.
(p. 600. Naldi and Catalani require little notice, for
Melville's Mantle, a parody on “Elijah's the visage of the one, and the salary of the Mantle," a poem. other, will enable us long to recollect these amusing vagabonds; besides, we are still black
Leave wondering comprehension far behind. and blue from the squeeze on the first night of
(p. 600. the lady`s appearance in trowsers.
This lovely little Jessica, the danghter of the
noted Jew K-, seems to be a follower of the of vice and folly, Greville and Argyle! (p: 599. Della Crusca school, and has published two voTo prevent any blunder, such as mistaking a lumes of very respectable absurdities in rhyme, strect for a man, I beg leave to state, that it is the Institution, and not the Duke, of that nane, of the first edition of the Monk.
as times go; besides sundry novels in the style which is here alluded to. A gentleman with whom I am slightly ac
Chain'd to the signature of 0. P. q. (p. 601. quainted, lost in the Argyle Rooms several thou
These are the signatures of various vorthies sand pounds at Backgammon. It is but justice who fignire in the poetical departments of the to the manager in this instance to say, that
newspapers, some degree of disapprobation was manifested. But why are the implements of gaming allowed
And Capel Lofft declarea 'tis quite sublime. in a place devoted to the society of both sexes ?
(P. 601. A pleasant thing for the wives and daughters of those who are blest or cursed with such connec- and Preface-writer-general to distressed verse
Capel Lofft, Esq., the Mæcenas of shoemakers, tions, to hear the billiard-tables rattling in onc
men; a kind of gratis-accoucheur to those who room, and the dice in another! That this is the wish to be delivered of rhyme, but do not know case 'I myself can testify, as a Jate unworthy how to bring it forth. member of an institution which materially affects the morals of the higher orders, while the lower
Lo! Burns and Bloomfield, nay, a greater fat. may not even move to the sound of a tabor and fiddle, without a chance of indictment for riotous
See Nathaniel Bloomfield's ode, elegy, or whatbehaviour.
ever he or any one else chooses to call it, OD
the enclosure of “Honington Green." Behold the new Petronius of the day. (p. 599.
Petronius, "arbiter elegantiarum to Nero, Mand a very pretty fellow in his day," as Mr.
May Moorland-weavers boast Pindarte ekill. Congreve's old Bachelor saith.
Vide "Recollections of a Weaver in the MoorTo live like Clodius, and like Falkland fall.
lands of Staffordshire."
(p. 600. • Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur.
Come forth, oh Campbell! give thy talents scope I knew the late Lord Falkland well. On Sun
[p. 601. day night I beheld himn presiding at his own ta
It would be superfluous to recal to the mind ble, in all the honest pride of hospitality; on
of the reader the author of "The Pleasures of Wednesday morning at three o'clock, I saw, Memory," and "The Pleasures of Hope," the stretched before me, all that remained of cour
most beautiful didactic poems in our language, age, feeling, and a host of passions. He was a if we except Pope's Essay on Man: but so many gallant and successful officer ; his faults were poetasters have started up, that even the names the faults of a sailor-as such, Britons will for- of Campbell and Rogers are become strange. give them. He died like a brave man in a better cause, for had he fallen in like manner on Bear witness Gifford, Sotheby, Macneil. (p.601. the deck of the frigate to which he was just ap: Gifford, author of the Baviad and Mariad, the pointed, his last moments would have been held first satires of the day, and Translator of Juvenal. up by his countrymen as an example to succeed- Sotheby, translator of Wieland's Oberon and ing heroes.
Virgil's Georgics, and author of Saul, an epic poem.
Macneil, whose poems are deservedly popaFrom silly Hafiz up to simple Borles. (p. 600. lar: particularly “Scotland : Scaith, or the Waes
What would be the sentiments of the Persian of War," of which ten thousand copies were Anacreon, Hafiz, could he rise from his splendid sold in one month. sepulchre at Sheeraz, where he reposes with Ferdousi and Sadi, the Oriental Homer and Ca. “Why slumbers Gifford ? " once tras ask'd in. tullus, and behold his name assumed by one
(p. 601. Stott of Dromore, the inost impudent and exe- Mr. Gifford promised publicly that the Baviad crable of literary poachers for the daily prints? and Mæviad should not be his last original
works : let him remember, “mox in reluctantes Lord, rhymester, petit-maitre, pamphleteer ! dracones."
(p. 600. The Earl of Carlisle has lately published an Unhappy White! while life was in its spring. eightecn-penny pamphlet on the state of the
(P. 60). Stage, and offers his plan for building a new Henry Kirke White died at Cambridge, in Oetheatre: it is to be hoped his lordship will be tober 1806, in consequence of too much exertion permitted to bring forward any thing for the in the pursuit of studies, that would have ma. Stage, except his own tragedies.
tured a mind which disease and poverty could
not impair, and which Death itself destroyed And hang a calf-skin on those recreant lines. rather than subdued. His poems abound in such
(p. 600. bcanties as must impress the reader with the Thou wear a lion's hide! doff it, for shame, liveliest regret that so short a period was alletAnd hang o calfw-skin on those recreant limbs. ted to talente, which would have dignified eves
SHAKEPEANE, King John. I the sacred functions he was destined to assume
Wright ! 'twas thy happy lot at once to viero. of a poem denominated the “Art of Pleasing,
(p. 602. as “lucue a non lucendo," containing little pleasMr. Wright, late Consul - General for the antry, and less poetry. He also acts as monthly Seven Islands, is anthor of a very beautiful poem stipendiary and collector of calomnies for the just published: it is entitled, "Horæ lonicæ," Satirist. If this unfortunate young man would and is descriptive of the Isles and the adjacent exchange the magazines for the mathematics, coast of Greece.
and endeavour to take a decent degree in his
university, it might eventually prove more serAnd you, associate Bards! who snatch'd to light. viceable than his present salary.
(p. 602. The translators of the Anthology have since Oh, dark asylum of a Vandal race !
[p. 603. published separate poems, which evince genius “Into Cambridgeshire the Emperor Probos that only requires opportunity to attain eminence. transported a considerable body of Vandals."
GIBBON. There is no reason to doubt the truth of False glare attracts, but more offends the eye. this assertion-the breed is still in high perfection.
[p. 602. The neglect of the “Botanic-Garden" is some That .... Hodgson scarce redeems thy fame! proof of returning taste : the scenery is its sole
(p. 603. recommendation.
This gentleman's name requires no praise :
the man who in translation displays unquestionAnd thou, too, Scott ! resign to minstrels rude. able genius, may well be expected to excel in
[p. 602. original composition, of which it is to be hoped By the bye, I hope that in Mr. Scott's next we shall soon see a splendid specimen. poem bis hero or heroine will be less addicted to "granarye," and more to grammar, than the And modern Britons justly praise their sires. Lady of the Lay, and her bravo, Williams of Deloraine.
The “Aboriginal Britons," an excellent poem
by Richards. Let Stott, Carlisle, Matilda, and the rest. (p. 602.
It may be asked why I have censured the Earl And old dame Portland fills the place of Pitt. of Carlisle, my guardian and relative, to whom
[p. 603. I dedicated a volume of puerile poems a few A friend of mine being asked why his Grace of years ago. The guardianship was nominal, at P. was likened to an old woman ? replied, "he scast as far as I have been able to discover ; supposed it was because he was past bearing." the relationship I cannot help, and am very sorry for it; but as his lordship seemed to forget it Let vain Valentia rival luckless Cart. (p. 603. on a very essential occasion to me, I shall not Lord Valentia (whose tremendous travels aro barthen my meinory with the recollection. I do forthcoming, with due decorations, graphical, not think that personal differences sanction the topographical, and typographical) deposed, on unjust condemnation of a brother scribbler ; but Sir John Carr's unlucky suit, that Dubois' satiro. I see no reason why they should act as a pre- prevented his purchase of the “Stranger in Ireventive, when the author, noble or ignoble, has land."-Oh fie, my Lord! has your lordship no for a series of years beguiled a "discerning pu- more feeling for a fellow-tourist ? but “two of blic“ (as the advertisements have it) with divers a trade," they say. reams of most orthodox, imperial nonsense. _Be. sides, I do not step aside to vituperate the Earl; Let Aberdeen and Elgin still pursue. (p. 603 no-his works come fairly in review with those Lord Elgin would fain persuade us that all of other patrician literati. If, before I 'escaped the figures, with and without noses, in his stone. from my teens, I said any thing in favour of shop, are the work of Phidias! “Credat Judæus." his lordship's paper-books, it was in the way of dutiful dedication, and more from the advice of I leave topography to classic Gell.
[p. 604. others than my own judgment, and I seize the Mr. Gell's Topography of Troy and Ithaca first opportunity of pronouncing my sincere re- cannot fail to ensure the approbation of every cantation. I have heard that some persone con man possessed of classical taste, as well for the ceive me to be under obligations to Lord Carl- information Mr. G. conveys to the mind of tho isle: if so, I shall be nost particularly happy reader, as for the ability and research the reto learn what they are, and when conferred, spective works display. that they may be duly appreciated and publicly acknowledged.
What I have humbly advanced as an opinion on his printed things, I am pre
POSTSCRI PT. pared to support, if necessary, by quotations from elegies, eulogies, odes, episodes, and certain facetious and dainty tragedies, bearing his tion went to the press, that my trasty and well
I have been informed, since the present ediRame and mark: What can ennoble knaves or fools, or cowards ? preparing a most vehement critique on my poor,
beloved cousing, the Edinburgh Reviewers, aro Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards!
genile, unresisting mose, whom they have already So says Pope. Ainen.
80 bedeviled with their ungodly ribaldry: And other victors fill the applauding skies.
“Tantæne animis cælestibus iræ !"
[p. 603. I suppose I must say of Jeffrey as Sir Andrew “Tollere humo, victorque virum volitare per Aguecheek saith, "an I had known he was so
VIRGIL. cunning of fence, I had seen him damned ere I
had fought him." What a pity it is that I shall Requires no sacred theme to bid us list. [p. 603. be beyond the Bosphorus before the next nom
The “Games of Hoyle," well known to the ber has passed the Tweed. But yet I hope to votaries of whist and chess, are not to be superseded light my pipe with it in Persia. by the vagarics of his poetical namesake, whose My, northern friends have accused me, with poein comprised, as expressly stated in the ad- justice, of personality towards their great litevertisement, all the “Plagues of Egypt." rary Anthropophagus, Jeffrey: but what else was
to be done with him and his dirty pack, who Himself a living libel on mankind. [p. 603. feed "by lying and slandering,", and sjake their This person, who has lately betrayed the most thirst by "evil-speaking ?" I have adduced rapid symptoms of confirmed authorship, is writer I facts already well known, and of Jeffrey's mind
I have stated my free opinion, nor has he thence could impart a little of his gentility to his sube sustained any injury: what scavenger was ever ordinate scribblers. I hear that Mr. Jerningham Boiled by being pelted with mud i It may be is about to take up the cudgels for his Mæcenas, said that I quit England because I have censured Lord Carlisle: I hope not; he was one of the there “persons of honour and wit about town;" few who, in the very short intercourse I had but I am coming back again, and their vengeance with him, treated me with kindness when a boy, will keep hot till my return. Those who know and whatever he may say or do, “pour on, I me can testify that my motives for leaving Eng- will endure.". I have noihing further to add, land are very different from fears, literary or save a general note of thanksgiving to readers, personal; those who do not, may one day, be purchasers, and pablisher; and, in the words of convinced. Since the publication of this thing, Scott, I wish my name has not been concealed; I have been
To all and each a fair good night, mostly in London, ready to answer for my transgressions, and in daily expectation of sundry
And rosy dreams and slumbers light. cartels ; but, alas! “The age of chivalry is over," or, in the vulgar tongue, there is no spirit nowa-days.
There is a youth yclept Hewson Clarke, (sub- The following Lines were written by Mr. Pilsaudi, Esq.) a sizer of Emanuel College, and I gerald in a copy of English Bards and Scotch believe a denizen of Berwick upon Tweed, whom
Reviewers : I have introduced in these pages to much better company than he has been accustomed to meet :
I find Lord Byron scorns my muse he is, notwithstanding, a very sad dog, and, for
Our fates are ill agreed ! no reason that I can discover, except a personal
His verse is safe-I can't abuse quarrel with a bear, kept by me at Cambridge
Those lines I never read. to sit for a fellowship, and whom the jealousy of his Trinity - cotemporaries prevented from success, has been abusing me, and, what is worse, the defenceless innocent above mentioned, in Lord Byron accidentally' met with the Copy, and the Satirist, for one year and some months. I subjoined the following pungent Reply am utterly unconscious of having given him any provocation; indeed I am guiltless of having What's writ on me, cried Fitz, I never rad heard his name, till it was coupled with the What's wrote by thee, dear Fitz, none will indeed. Satirist. He has therefore no reason to complain, The case stands simply thus, then, honest Fitzand I dare say that, like Sir Fretful Plagiary, Thou and thine enemies are fairly quits, he is rather pleased than otherwise. I have now Or rather would be, if, for time to come, mentioned all who have done me the honour to They luckily were deaf, or thou wert dumbnotice me and mine, that is, my Bear and my But, to their pens while scribblers add their Book, exc the Editor of the Satirist, who, it
tongues, seems, is 8 gentleman, God wot! I'wish' he The waiter only can escape their lunga
NOTES TO THE CURSE OF MINERVA., *When Venus half avenged Minerta's shame."
(p. 605. The queen of night asserts her silent reign.
His lordship's name, and that of one who ao
[p. 605. longer bears it, are carved conspicuously on the The twilight in Greeee is much shorter than Parthenon above; in a part noi far distant are in our country; the days in winter are longer, the torn remnants of the basso-relievos, destroyed but in summer of less duration.
in a vain attempt to remove them. These Cecrops placed-this Pericles adorn'de
Athene, no! the plunderer was a Seot !
The plaster wall on the west side of the ten.
[p. 605. This is spoken of the city in general, and not ple of Minerva Polias bears the following inof the Acropolis in particular. The temple of scription, cur in very deep characters: Jupiter Olympius, by some supposed the Pan
Quod non fecerunt Goti, theon, was finished by Hadrian : sixteen columns
Hoc fecerunt Scoti. are standing, of the most beautiful marble and style of architecture.
And own himself an infant of fourscore."
(p. 606. Thinsulted wall sustains his hated name. Mr. West, on seeing "the Elgin collection *
[p. 605. (I suppose we shall hear of the Abershaws' and It is related by a late oriental traveller, that Jack Shephard's collection next), declared hinwhen the wbolesale spoliator visited Athens, he self a mere tyro in art. caused his own name, with that of his wife, to be inscribed on a pillar of one of the principal temples. This inscription was executed in a
And marvel at his lordship’s stone-shop there. very conspicuous manner, and deeply engraved
[P. 606. in the marble, at a very considerable elevation. at Elginhouse. He asked if it was not “a stone
Poor Crib was sadly puzzled when exhibited Notwithstanding which precautions, some person shop :" he was right—it is a shop. (doubtless inspired by the patron-goddess) has been at the pains to get himself raised up to the requisite height, and has obliterated the name Some calm spectator, as he takes his viex. of the laird, but left that of the lady unlouched.
[p. 606. The traveller in question accompanied this story “Alas! all the monuments of Roman magnifiby a remark, that it must have cost some labour cence, all the remains of Grecian taste, so dear and contrivance to get at the place, and could to the artist, the historian, the antiqnary, all only have been effected by much zeal and de- depend on the will of an arbitrary sovereign; termination.
and that will is influenced too often by interest 07 vanity, by a nephew or a sycophant. Jo a That Rose, the hook where he suspends the new palace to be erected (at Rome) for an up
(p. 612. start family? the Coliseum is stripped to fur- “Naso suspendit adunco."—HORACB. nish inaterials. Does a foreign minister wish to adorn
the bleak walls of a northern castle with The Roman applies it to one who merely was antiques? the temples of Theseus or Minerva imperious to his acquaintance. inust be dismantled, and the works of Phidias or Praxiteles be torn from the shattered frieze. There Chateaubriand forms new books of That a decrepid uncle, wrapped up in the reli
[p. 615. gious duties of his age and station, should listen Vicomte Chateaubriand, who has not forgotto the suggestions of an interested nephew, is ten the author in the minister, received a handnatural: and that an oriental despot should un- some compliment at Verona from a literary 80dervalue the masterpieces of Grecian art, is to vereign : "Ah! Monsieur C-, are you related be expected; though in both cases the conse to that Chateaubriand who-who-why has writquences of such weakness are much to be la- ten something?" (ecrit quelque chose.). It is said mented. But that the ininister of a pation, famed that the author of Atala repented him for a for its knowledge of the language, and its vener- moment of his legitimacy. ation for the monuments of ancient Greece, should have been the prompter and the instrument of these destructions, is almost incredible. Such rapacity is a crime against all ages and all generations : it deprives the past of the tro- NOTES TO THE VISION OF JUDGphies of their genius and the title-deeds of their
MENT. fame; the present, of the strongest inducements to exertion, the noblest exhibitions that curiosity can contemplate ; the future, of the master
Reviewing “the ungentle craft." and then. pieces of art, the models of imitation. To
[p. 625. St. 98. guard against the repetition of such depredations
See “Life of Henry Kirke White." is the wish of every man of genius, the duty of every man in power, and the common interest
Like King Alfonso ! (p. 625. St. 101. of every civilized nation." EUSTACE's Classical
King Alfonso, speaking of the Ptolomean sygTour through Italy.
tem, said, that had he been consulted at the "This attempt to transplant the temple of creation of the world, he would have spared the Vesta from Italy to England, may perhaps do
Maker some absurdities." honour to the late Lord Bristol's patriotism or to his magnificence; but it cannot be considered
Like lightning, off from his "melodious twang. as an indication of either taste or judgment." Ibid.
(p. 625. St. 102.
See Aubrey's account of the apparition which “Blest paper-credit" who shall dare to sing?
disappeared with a curious perfume and a me[p. 607.
lodious twang; " or see the Antiquary, vol 1.
NOTES TO THE AGE OF BRONZE. Written after swimming from Sestos to Abydos.
(p. 633. To form, like Guesclin's dust, her talisman. On the 3d of May, 1810, while the Salsette
[p. 609. (Captain Bathurst) was lying in the Dardanelles, Guesclin died during the siege of a city; it Lieutenant Ekenhead of that frigate and the surrendered, and the keys were brought and writer of these rhymes swam from the European laid upon his bier, so that the place might shore to the Asiatic-by-the-bye, from Abydos
to Sestos would have been more correct. The appear rendered to his aghes.
whole distance from the place whence we start.
ed to our landing on the other side, including Hear! hear! Prometheus from his rock appeal. the length we were carried by the current, was
(p. 610.computed by those on board the frigate at up: I refer the reader to the first address of Pro- wards of four English miles; though the actual metheus in Æschylus, when he is left alone by breadth is barely one. Thc rapidity of the curhis attendants, and before the arrival of the rent is such that no boat can row directly across, Chorus of Sea-nymphs.
and it may in some measure be estimated froin
the circumstance of the whole distance being • Revive the cry—“lago! and close Spain!" accomplished by one of the parties in an hour
[p. 611. and five, and by the other in an hour and ten “St. Iago! and cluse Spain!" the old Spanish minutes. The water was extremely cold from war-cry.
the melting of the mountain-snows. About three weeks before, in April, we had made an attempt,
but having ridden all the way from the Troad The knife of Arragon, Toledo's steel. The Arragonians are peculiarly dextrous in icy chillness, we found it necessary to postpone
[p. 611. the same morning, and the water being of an the use of this weapon, and displayed it parti- the completion till the frigate anchored below cularly in former French wars.
the castles, when we swam the straits as just
stated; entering a considerable way above the Thy good old man, whose world was all within. European, and landing below the Asiatic fort.
(p. 612. Chevalier says that a young Jew swam the same The famous old man of Verona. See CLAUDIAN. distance for his inistress; and Oliver mentions
it having been done by a Neapolitan ; but our Many an old woman, but no Catherine. [p. 612. consul, Tarragona, remembered' neither of these
The dexterity of Catherine extricated "Peter circumstances, and tried to dissuade us from the (called the Great by courtesy) when sorrounded attempt. A number of the Salsette's crew were by the Mussulmans on the banks of the river Pruth. I kaown to have accomplished a greater distance;
and the only thing that surprised me was, that, character has been drawn in the highest coloure
By Death's unequal hand alike control d.
[p. 661. Ζώη μου, σας αγαπώ
The hand of Death is said to be anjust, or
unequal, as Virgil was considerably older than Zoë mou, sas agapo, or Zuin uov, oaç ayarw, Tibullus, at his decease. a Romaic expression of tenderness : if I translate it I shall affront the gentlemen, as it may
To lead the band where god-like Falkland fell. seem that I gnpposed they could not; and if I
(p. 672. do not, I may affront the ladies. For fear of any
Lucius Cary, Lord Viscount Falkland, the most misconstruction on the part of the latter I shall accomplished man of his age, was killed at the do so, begging pardon of the learned. It means, battle of Newbury, charging in the ranks of Lord
My life, I love you!" which sonnds very pret- Byron's regiment of cavalry.
To flee away and be at reat. (p. 677. two first words were amongst the Roman ladies,
Psalm 55, Verse 6.-“And I said, Oh ! that I whose erotic expressions were all hellenized.
had wings like a dove, then would I fly away
and be at rest." This verse also constitutes a
No. 22, FOR: JNAUARY 1808.
Hours of Idleness; a Series of Poems, original Blessing him they served so well.
and translated. By George Gordon, Lord Byron, “At Waterloo, one man was seen, whose left
a Minor. 8vo. Pp. 200.– Newark, 1807.
The poesy of this young Lord belongs to the air, exclaimed to his comrades, “Vive l'Einpereur class which neither gods nor men are said to jusqu'à la mort." There were many other in- permit. Indeed, we do not recollect to have seen stances of the like: this you may, however, a quantity of verse with so few deviations in depend on as true." A private Letter from
either direction from that exact standard. His Brussels.
effusions are spread over a dead flat, and can
no more get above or below the level, than if Turning rivers into blood. [p. 646. they were so much stagnant water. As an er See Rev. chap. vin, verse 7–11. “The first tenuation of this offence, the noble author is angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire peculiarly forward in pleading minority. We mingled with blood. And the second angel sound- have it in the title-page, and on the very back ed, and as it were a great mountain burning of the volume; it follows his name like a favourwith fire was cast into the sea ; and the third ite part of his style. Much stress is laid upon part of the sea became blood. And the third it in the preface, and the poems are connected angel sounded, and there fell a great star from with this general statement of his case, by parheaven, burning as it were a lamp; and it fell ticular dates, substantiating the age at which upon a third part of the rivers, and upon the each was written. Now the law upon the point fountains of waters. And the name of the star is of minority we hold to be perfectly clear. It is called Wormwood. and the third part of the
a, plea available only to the defendant; no waters became wormwood; and many men died plaintiff can offer it as a supplementary ground of the waters, because they were made bitter."
of action. Thus, if any suit could be brought
against Lord Byron, for the porpose of compel. Whose realm refused thee even a tomb. (p. 645. ling him to put into court a certain quantity of
Murat's remains are said to have been torn poetry, and if judgment were given against him, from the grave and burnt
it is highly probable that an exception would be taken were he to deliver for poetry the contents of this volume. To this he might plead minority; but, as he now makes voluntary tender
of the article, he hath no right to sue, on that NOTES TO THE HOURS OF
ground ,, for the price in good current praise,
should the goods be unmarketable. This is our IDLENESS.
view of the law on the point, and, we are sorry to
say, 80 will it be ruled. Perhaps, however, in Oscar of Alva.
(p. 656. reality,
all that he tells us about his youth is The catastrophe of this tale was suggested
by rather with a view to increase our wonder, than the story of “Jeronymo and Lorenzo, in the
to soften our censures. He possibly means to first volume of “The Armenian, or Ghost-Seer:" say, "See how a minor can write! This poem it also bears some resemblance to a scene in was actually composed by a young man
of the third act of Macbeth.
eighteen, and this by one of only sixteen!"-But, alas ! we all remember the poetry of Cowley at
ten, and Pope at twelve; and so far from hearThe pride of Princes, and the boast of song: ing, with any degree of surprise, that very poor
(p. 660. verses were written by a youth from his leaving Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorvet, esteemed the school to his leaving college, inclusive, we really most accomplished man of his day, was alike believe this to be the most common of all occordistinguished in the voluptuous court of Charles rences ; that it happens in the life of nine men II. and the gloomy one of William III. He be- in ten who are educated in England; and that the haved with great gallantry in the seafight tenth man writes better verse than Lord Byron. with the Dutch, in 1665, on the day, previous to His other plea of privilege, our author rather which he composed his celebrated song. His brings forward in order to waive it. He certain