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however excellent or happy, 80 his and the existence of many flippances classical attainments, on the other, which ought not to characterize a enabled him to enrich his fictions or great poet, has enthroned hiin un a bis narratives with such propriety of pinnacle of high and established allusion and reference to ancient story, fame, the exhaustless fecundity of as should in the cyes of scholars give his contemporary Scott has blazed him a certain appearance of dignity. forth with unprecedented effect. FasHis diction and selection of language cinated with his easy and glowing ta. are happily adapted to give force and lent for imagery, in certain of her degrace of utlerance to the variety and "partments, and, at the epoch of his beauty of his thoughts, while the flow appearance, with the novelty of his and general dignity of bis numbers subjects, all ranks of readers, whatimpart to bis verse a life and energe- ever may have been the portion of tic warmth of feeling rarely to be their discernment or taste; paid their found, with equal effect, in any other joint tributes of eulogium on the Minwriter.
strel of the North. It may be thought, With these excellences and endow- however, that besides the peculiarly ments, the author of Harold presents attractive nature of the fable, hapin his writings much to provoke cen- pily adapted to the views and exisure, not only on the general score of gencies of the public feeling, one his moral sentiments, but also in his great means of producing this effect matter and composition.
is, that he never, in
any Gloomy and despondent in his views culations, soars beyond the standard of life, and of the inutual relations of of understanding which characterizes happiness, as they reciprocally exist the bulk of readers in every nation, between all human beings, he exhibits, and his page usually, glitters with in his intellectual speculations, a glar: lively pictures of description. Whilst ing licentiousness of principle, associ- likewise the genius of this distinated with the querulousness of a dark guished author is admitted, it will and brooding misanthrope,--with the hardly fail in being acknowledged, at portrait of a man soured by early dis- the same time, that this genius has appointments and thwarted hopes. received a marvellous bias in favour He consequently offers outrage to the of one particular train of thoughts correct principles of sober reason, and of images; the creation of his while the imagination of the reader mind and the similitudes of his fancy hangs with the liveliest interest and have been circumscribed to the naremotion on fine scenes of sentiment row range and liinits of a' path, which and of pathos which occasionally viewed apart from the applauses of escape from his pen. If the hurried ephemeral judgments, is not, perhaps, accents which sometimes infuse pe- by any means that which points to culiar animation into his pages, and
the most durable fame, in the exthe flashes of impetuous passion which haustless materials which present not unfrequently breaks upon the themselves to the eye of genius, and reader, cannot conceal the pernicious are stored up in the imagination of sentiments of which he makes his man. What, it may be asked, will Poetry the vehicle, the elegancies of unprejudiced posterity say at the diction and of well-chosen language sight of five long poems, of epic cappot on the other hand atone for pretensions and character, unvary. a negligence of speech, a quainlness ingly treating upon Scottish chivalry, and prettiness unworthy alike of his and the personal combats and indigeneral style, and of an author who vidual details of semi-barbarous clans? writes for a literary immortality. They inust doubtless think that the With the complexion or general ten- genius of their author extended not dency of his sentiments, however, the beyond the local subjects of his own mere reviewer of his rank and pre- native clans, and that the principle tensions as a Poet has, perbaps, little of ambition, which in him, as in all to do ; whatever be their faulis, taken others, points towards fame, forin a moral sense, they are referable, got the criticisms of a future geupon other grounds of merit, to other neration in the encomiums of the tribunals.
present. If the genius of Byron, in spite of Mellcsham.
E. P. bis higbly-exceptionable sentiments,
(To be continued.)
Oct. 4. self; and measures ought to be adoptVOUR Correspondent “Roger," ed for replacing, if practicable, all appears to have taken great pains to formed to secure them in future, as prove that the poet Rowe was not the preservation of the copies of early born before the year 1674; and hav. date is of great consequences for, as ing found much difficulty to trace bis is well knowo, in many parishes, whole baptism in the mutilated Register of books are totally lost, or greatly muLittle Barford, I am rather surprized tilated. The subject is a serious one, that he did not advert to the accounts and I hope it will be attended to. of his age at the time of his decease; Yours, &c.
A. C. R. which support the opinion of “Roger," that Rowe was born in 1674. Mr. URBAN,
Sept. 24. in Crulliste Antiquities of St. Peter's IT
T appears to me somewhat remark
able that amongst the many aldied Dec. 6, 1718, in the 45th year of terations and improvements which his age; now, if he had at that period have in modern times taken place, attained his 45th year, that would nothing has been done (to my knowbarely carry the date of his birth ledge) to do away the right of Pri. back to the year 1673 ; but some ac- mogeniture, by which I would be uncounts state his age at 44 (see Drake's derstood to mean the claim to all Essays, vol. III. p. 352). The sug- landed (or real) property, which the gestion of “Roger," that the copyist eldest son has by law. That it may mistook Rowe for Poore, is quite be proper and useful that the eldest feasible; I have examined several son should have the principal estate registers of the same age, and often, where there are more than one, I ou a first and slight examination, shall not call in question ; but that taken names to be quite different where there are several estates and from what, on a little consideration, several children, can it be consistent they proved to be. Poore baving with justice, and I may add with huthe addition of Esq. is another corro- manity and sound policy, that the borative circumstance; for it is not eldest son should have all ? Jikely, at that period, that Little If ever it was necessary that the Barford could boast of more Esquires eldest son should inherit, according than Mr. Edwards and his son-in-law. to the laws as they at present exist,
The state of the Parish Register is the very great change of circummuch to be regretted, and particu- stances which has taken place sioce larly so, as it is probable the copy, the origin of the law of Primogeniwhich ought to be either in the Re- ture may justly be brought forward gistry of lbe Archdeacon at Bedford, as an argument against the continuor in that of the Bishop of Lincoln, is ance of it, or at least of some consi-, pot in existence.
derable alteration of it. What may It appears by the “First Report, have been expedient many hundred by the Speaker of the House of Com- years ago, may now be cruel and opmons, ou the State of the Public Re- pressive. I should like to have a cords," p. 315, that 120 of the (125) short account of the history of this parishes in the county of Bedford are maller brought before the publick in subject to the jurisdiction of the Arch- your Magazine, with arguments on deacon, aod that copies of the Regis both sides of the question, if there ters of all baptisms, burials, and mar- are two opinions on the subject. My riages, of each respective parish, are, opinion most undoubtedly is, that the or ought to be, delivered in at the laws wapt very great alteration. A Easter Visitation. The Return is parent, it may be observed, has the dated “ Bedford Registry, March 28, power to dispose of his property as 1800.” The Registrar does not state be likes, unless under particular cirwhether the copies of the Registers cumstances; but in consequence of so delivered in are still remaining in the law being in favour of the eldest the Registry; and as of this there is son, there is good reason to imagine much reason to doubt, the question that frequently the younger children ought to be set at rest by the present are very much injured. Has not the Registrar, or the Archdeacon him. law been the cause of annexing to the
term of elder brother a very un. thor the sense that " Warburton and pleasant idea? one which ought not Tyrwhitt here affix to it,” is but a to be.
slight argument, when Shakspeare Yours, &c.
is the author under consideration, for the incorrectness of their inter
pretation ; particularly, when the Mr. URBAN,
Doctor offers no authority for the T is in reply to a conjecture, that meaning he rather chooses it should July, p. 20, I take up my pen to address argument much helped by the quoyou. To the remarks of “W. Shan- tation from " Troilus and Cressida." aban, M.D.” generally, I have nothing “Diminutives of Nature" in that to object. If they have nothing in place, evidently alludes to insignifithem very profound or very original, cance of character, not to bodily dethey are at least entertaining and in- formity, to something contemptible structive, and evince considerable rather than prodigious, as is evident knowledge of our antient manners from its connection with the appellaand language, or, perhaps more pro- tion “water-fly," a word always used perly, of the modern editions of our by Shakspeare to designate a trifling old Poets. To the Doctor's com- character. “ Do you koow this wamentary, however, on the passage in ter-fly?" Hamlet says of Osrick. “ Anthony and Cleopatra,” I cannot Cleopatra could not be shewn as any yield my assent. I cannot agree with thing insignificant; we must conclude, him in ilişking that Warburton's in- therefore, that she was to be shewn terpretation " inakes Anthony ex- for a trifling sum of money. press the exact reverse of what he I caonot, therefore, agree that inteoded.” According to the Doctor's Warburton's interpretation cannot own interpretation, “ most monster. be correct;" because I contend that like be shown, for poor’st dimiou. the sentence in which the expression tives,” would form a separate male, in question occurs, contains a separate diction to the preceding sentence. malediction to that contained in the While Cleopatra followed the chariot preceding; and as Aothony, in the of the conqueror, she could not be first, referred to a gratuitous, 80 said to be exhibited as any other than might be in the last, intend a merceas a captive priocess; a sight not nary exhibition. Aod, next, I cannot very monstrous nor uncominon to consent to forego Dr. Warburton's the Roman populace. This would, for Dr. Shanahan's interpretation of indeed, be a gratuitous exhibition. the word “ diminutives,” because I But why Anthony should not mean consider it to possess at least equal (as I understand him to have meant) authority, and more plausibility. The that after this public exhibition, she passage, I agree with him, is full of should be shown “ most monster- difficulty. Yours, &c. XXX. like” in private, I cannot see. Dr. Shanaban (with authority, I dare say)
Barnsley, Oct. 4. Scanson i bave no other editions by Of the adlient' Parochial Chapel me), for dolts. This reading, with Dr. Warburton's correction, 'would here (a beautiful piece of Norman go far to support his interpretation architecture, about to be pulled down,) of the other word under considera. is the following inscription, in church tion. If dwarfs are sights, stupid fel- text, which I have attempted to de: lows unfortunately are not; and Dr. cypher and to translate ; but, being Warburton corrects“dolts"to"doits,"
litile conversaut in monastic literaj. e. farthings; and it would certainly ture, I probably may have misunderbe a considerable augmentation of stood it. I have to request that you that Princess's misfortune, to be sub- will do me the favour to insert my jected for a low price, that would communication in your valuable Miscome within the means of the poorest
, cellany, in order that some of your to the close inspection of the me. Antiquarian Correspondents, or Readchanics of Rome. That “diminu- ers, inay correct or explain what I tives” never bore in any other au
have written :
66 Orate :
hands of Dr. Yonge; who
“Orate : pro: b: statu : d'ni : Ri: this Richard Haegh. Is it meant that cardi : Vaegb : n'nc : p'oris : monas- the Monks came to the Communion. terii : s'ci: Ioh'is : euangeliste : et: table, in a body, to offer the petition co'ue'tus : ista' : renon's: fieri." * of which the tablet was intended as a
" Orate : pro : bono : statu : domini : memorial, whilst the Inscription calls Ricardi ; Haegh : nunc : prioris : monas- upon the Minister and congregation terii : sancti : Johannis : evangelistæ : et:
to repeat it? conventus : istam : xosweit : fieri,"
I shall be glad to receive a more Pray for the good state of Richard satisfactory explanation than that Haegh, now Prior of the Monastery of St. which I have given.
D. John the Evangelist; and the convent comes into communion that this (prayer)
ORIGINAL LETTERS TO THE may be made.”
Rev. W. GREEN *. I find that, in the year 1469, Ri
(Continued from p. 212.) chard de Leeds was Prior of the Mo
Grosvenor-street, nastery of Monk Bretton, in the vi.
« Dear Sir, cinity of this town, and I think it pro
May 29, 1756. bable that he was the Richard Haegh whose name is recorded in the above Inscription.
will return to Cambridge at the lat
ter end of next week, and I thank They who are accustomed to in. scriptions in the church text, in which you very beartily for the perusal of I am not much conversant, will be
ihem. You have fully proved and able to determine whether I have
established your point; but do not succeeded in decyphering the words
say that you have no talent for comn'nc and cenon'e, and whether the lat
position; leave your writings to speak ter be usually found in such inscrip
for themselves. If Dr. Grey should tions. It seemed odd to me that the
publish the poetical parts of Scripreader should be required to pray for
ture, I suppose he would do it in the the good state” of a man ("nunc") still
same manner as the book of Job ; living ; since these petitions are gene
but I like your method much better, rally offered for the souls of the dead;
with a new English translation and but the letters appear to me clearly
notes, which will be much more useto be those composing the word nunc;
ful at home, and not much less useand it might be customary to offer
ful abroad, so many learned foreigners such petitions for the sick. As for
learning the English language for the the other doubtful word, which I have
purposes of reading at least. If you rendered xotywyei, it is distinctly coni
should not proceed in the publication posed of the letters cenon'e. Now, I
of the poetical parts of Scripture, I
take it for granted you will engage in find that diphthongs are not used in these inscriptions ; so that the e is, accustomed to writing cannot well lie
some other work of learning. A man probably, substituted for the diph
idle; and in the University you have thong æ, in the first syllable, and with the assistance of the dash placed
fine leisure and opportunities for stu
dying, which we cannot obtain in over it, for the ei in the last. Monks were called Cænobites; a inonastery
town, and therein you are almost
envied by, dear Sir, Cænobium ; and an abbot, Cæno.
6. Your most obedient sérvant, biarcha, from the circumstance of the
* Thos. NEWTON t." community of living; and these words are all derived from the Greek theme xosvos, communis. This petition, there
“ Rev. Sir,
Waterford, Oct. 8,
1786. fore, was probably ordered by the
“ I am under fresh obligations to Convent, in communion I, to be of you for your favour of Sept. 25; and, fered at the altar of this Church, by the Minister and congregation, for
notwithstanding your polite attention the “good state,” or the health of acknowledge your Letter, 'allow me
to me in requesting that I would not * We are incapable of giving a sac
the pleasure of making you a short simile of this Epitaph, from a want of reply, to thank you for enriching my suitable types.-Edit.
margin with farther remarks and + From xovvwvéw - in communionem emendations. venio. I i. e. in Council assembled.
* See p. 3.
up my time.
“ Ezek. xix. 7, I am bappy to find the duties of my station, to the eduyour corrections in my notes. Hou cation of my family, and to my books, bigant adopts them. Sixteen MSS. very adequately and very happily fills and 2 edd. read poin78.
“I perceive that my note on Amos “ With every good wish, and with xi. 13, is too concise ; and wish to the most sincere respect, I am, add, after the word weighty, that it
Rev. Sir, might more effectually press out the “Your very faithful
and most grain, when drawn over the sheaves. See on c. j. 3.'
humble servant, “ I lately met with a pleasing in.
W. WATERFORD *.” stance, how useful it is to distribute the prophetical writings into hemis
“ Rev. Sir,
Waterford, Oct. 31,
1788. ticks, agreeably to the supposed meaThe Masoretic punctuation is
“ I am extremely thankful to you thus corrected, Ezekiel xxxvi. 25, for your Letter; and should bave which is naturally divided thus :
had the pleasure of acknowledging it
much earlier, if I had not lately been • Then will I sprinkle clear water upon affected by an epidemical influenza, you, And ye shall be cleansed from all your indisposition to any kind os business.
succeeded by a great lassitude and defilements, · And from all your idols will I cleanse
“The approbation which your canyou.'
dour leads you to bestow on my late “ I have two volumes of De Rossi, raging. But I consider the observa
work is very pleasing and encouas far as the end of 2 Kings. His pro- tions with which you have favoured legomena are very useful; but my
me as the greatest mark of attention course of reading has not led me to consult his various lections. Michaelis to me which you could bestow. By
transcribing them in their proper is furnishing good helps in his Sup: places, I have taken care that they plement to Hebrew Lexicons, and his shall not depend on the uncertain exSpicilegium Geographiæ post Bochar
istence of a letter. tum, He has translated the whole Hebrew Bible into German, with
“I have had the pleasure of hearnotes for the use of the
uslearned. I ing that the late Dr. Jubb, Professor wish most sincerely that this work may him some valuable papers on Daniel.
of Hebrew in Oxford, bas left behind soon appear in English; as I appre. He has bequeathed them to Dr. Jackhend that very few of our scholars understand German. A subscription son, Dean of Christ Church; and has set on foot by the Bishops on your friend will publish or suppress them,
modestly desired that his learned Bench would soon compass this very desirable end.
as he shall think proper. I should “If I had the honour of being your these remarks to Secker's, a comment
suppose that, with the addition of Diocesan, I would charge you, on your
on Daniel would want little more canonical obedience, to revise every than digesting. I wish that your line of my Ezekiel. But, on looking most excellent and learned Bishop again into your Letter, I fear that would join you in selecting a proper your bealth and age would pot admit of such a task. All our Hebreans person for such an undertaking.
“ I thank you for your anecdote have quitted the stage, or are soon
relating to the Observations on the to quit it. Secker and Kennicott are
conduct and character of Christ. I gone; you and Lowth are going; could enlarge, and perhaps improve, God grant us able successors! But I that work. But I 'feel a great unfear that the labourers are too few willingness to engage in the drudgery for the greatness of the harvest. “I am an Oxford man, about ten last winter I bad a violent inflamma.
of correcting the press; especially as years older than your very worthy tion in my eyes in consequence of apand yery learned Bishop, with whom lication to tốat business. I am but very slightly acquainted. God has blessed me with health, lei- late Dr. Thomas Leland's Sermons, in
“ Give me leave to recommend the sure, and affluence. I have a wife and eleven children; and attention to
* See p. 4. Gent. May, October, 1819.