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Omicron. Fervid sublimity, and a dithyrambic abandonment to the impetus of his genius, characterize this aspirant to your patronage. A great evil has, however, already resulted from your procrastination. Had the poem had an early insertion, the revival, or rather re-modelling of the Eng lish hexameter, would have been assigned to him, rather than to the Lau reate or the author of the Hymn. But Omicron's case is too like that of Cole ridge, whose Cristabel came out fifteen years too late for his reputation, since
the bays of ballad-romance had then taken root at Sir Walter Scott's door, and would not budge an inch in favour of him, who avers that he first introduced them to the soil. Omicron's poem, we fear, can no longer expect the factitious support of being a novelty in an original style; but to prove to you that the invention was antici pated by him, allow us to quote the opening; for in a case of this kind, every added day renders it more difficult to do him justice.
Ready am I to ascend hence the loftiest heaven of invention:
Clouds are steps which I mount to get up to the door I am seeking,
"Letters between Herbert Ludlow and Camilla Conway," by Laura. The simple dictates of unsophistieated sentiment. (11.)
"Impenetrability; or the Effects of Misapprehended Reciprocity;" signed Crux.-Not entirely new in its leading plan; for, as The Pleasures of Hope" sprang from "The Pleasures of Memory" so was the hint for this subtly didactic poem given by one styled "Individuality, or the Causes of Re
ciprocal Misapprehension, by Martha Ann Sellon." Nevertheless we think it would fall in with the taste of your more studious poetico-metaphysical readers,
These pieces are what we somewhat confidently submit to your better judgment, not mentioning such as we have suppressed, and seldom having noticed more than a single one of our respective productions, now awaiting your fiat to be printed. (12.)
his stool; and if some part (not his head) came with a very smart impact against the ground, it would be a due recompence for making us read such wooden, brainless stuff. (10.) Omicron beats M. Garnerin, who entrusted himself to a parachute, which swung him backwards and forwards till his brains were addled, and then banged him against the stones, to see what sort of osteology he was possessed of. We received the hymn a week, two days, and some hours before little o's six-footed lines crept in. We must be just. (11.) We hasten to persuade Mr H. L. with all the earnestness for his good which we can show, to apply instanter for the situation advertised last week of Junior Usher to the lowest form at Mr M.'s academy, Leith; apprehending from the old motto "docendo disco," that it comes within the scope of the possibles, that he may, by teaching scholars not yet imbued with any great quantity of erudition, (being mostly quinquennarians, or at most sexennarians,) himself learn to spell; and as to Miss Camilla, she talks of cookery being a vulgar science, she hallucinates,-the wisest course she can pursue is to put herself for a month or two under the flowery-fisted dominion of the house-keeper of her friend Mrs Thirdcourse, in the capacity of kitchen-maid, (if indeed so much capacity be hers;) but, N. B. she must, meanwhile, be called Molly, Betty, Sally, or the like, as a nom-de-guerre or rather de-cuisine, for Camilla at the frying-pan, or working away with the flour-dredger, hath some incongruity to the ear. Should she listen to this advice, she will return to a sounder way of judging on the subject. Shall Mrs Rundel have written in vain ? Smoke-jacks and cradle spits, forbid !
(12.) In fine, we give no encouragement to our Contributors to question our tact and judgment. Write away merry men all; but Fame hath deputed us sole umpire,—indisputable, and till now undisputed.
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No. LIII, & No. LIV.
FOR AUGUST, 1821.
CONTENTS or No. LIII.-(Being the last No. of Vol. IX.)
I. Hora Germanicæ. No. XII. The Pilgrimage, a Drama, by the Baron la Motte Fouqué.-II. Ode on the Olden Time.-III. Morsels of Melody.IV. Lamb's Translation of Catullus.-V. The Florida Pirate.-VÌ. On the Probable Influence of Moral and Religious Instruction on the Character and Situation of Seamen. No. II.-VII. Inch Keith Beacon.-VIII. The Invocation.-IX. The Landscape.-X. The Wanderer of Connaught.-XI. Elegy on a Country maiden.-XII. The Sons of Mooslim.-XIII. Sir Thomas Browne's Letter to a Friend.-XIV. The Plague of Darkness, a Dramatic Scene from the Exodus.-XV. The Last Plague.-XVI. On Psalm-Singing in our Churches, with some Observations upon the Proposed "Additional Psalmody.-XVII. The Forgers.-XVIII. Works preparing for Publication.-XIX. Monthly List of New Publications.-XX. Monthly Register, &c.
CONTENTS OF No. LIV.-(Being the first No. of Vol. X.)
I. Epistle Preliminary.—II. The Steam-Boat. No. VI. (Voyage Third.) Tale 10. A Jeanie Deans in Love. Part Second. The Preparations. Part Third. the Coronation.-III. Account of a Coronation-Dinner at Edinburgh.—IV. The Voyages and Travels of Columbus Secundus. Chapters 7, 8, 9, and 10. -V. Familiar Epistles to Christopher North, from an Old Friend with a New Face. Letter I. On Hogg's Memoirs.-VI. The Modern British Drama. No. I. The Fatal Unction; a Coronation Tragedy. By Lælius ****, M. D.-VII. "Fifæana." No. I.-VIII. Characters of Living Authors, by Themselves. No. I.-IX. Essays on Cranioscopy, Craniology, Phrenology, &c. By Sir Toby Tickletoby, Bart. Chapters 1, 2, and 3.X. The Muses Welcome to the High and Mightie Prince James, &c.-XI. Remark on Bishop Corbet's Poems.-XII. Ode on the King's Landing in Ireland.-XIII. A Welcome to his Majesty George IV. on his Arrival in Ireland.-XIV. Excellent New Song, Composed and Sung by James Scott, Esq. M. D. 19th July.-XV. Extempore Effusion, Sung with great Effect by Morgan O'Doherty, Esq. 19th July.-XVI. Sylvanus Urban and Christopher North.-XVII. Continuation of Don Juan.-XVIII. An Expostulatory Round Robin from Fourteen Contributors.-XIX, The Finish.
By publishing this extra Number, the Eleventh Volume will commence at the regular period in January.
The needy wretch had strongly begg'd
This to the man in office seem'd
"Twas casting on the house a slur,
The applicant of whom he spake,
There was a sparkling in his eyes,
Upright he stood, and unabashed,
Though age so gently press'd him, he
Thus maim'd, yet he, you still would say,
Of freedom breathed from the wild wood,
With open front he stood-a picture
This thread-bare frock, uncouthly patch'd,
And then in colour 'twas as green
But now its joyous gloss was gone-
Such was old Arthur Bromfield-such
Groomkeeper till of late;
And wish'd it still, and had been able,
But for his hapless mutilation,
Which chanced when with the verd'rors he In venison season merrily
Pursued his occupation.
'Twas his to watch the antler'd herd, Which peering pass'd in mute alarm, But as he got into an oak,
A branch decay'd beneath him broke, And thence he lost his arm.
"Well, Arthur," said the Magistrate,
"An' please your honour," quoth old Arthur,
"I know nought of their rules about it;
"Born in the woods, up from a boy
"Three years are gone since this befel;"
"The ranger gave a bounty, when
"Using my wits in works, of which
I traversed heath, and moor, and wood,
"Revisiting my childish haunts,
"And when the riper autumn came,
"I cropp'd the whorts upon the moors,
"And when it nigh'd to Christmas-tide,
"Such were my shifts, poor helps they were
Spake the Overseer:-"His worship will
Now, whether he, ere this, has swerved
For I was struck at witnessing
I loved the heart with which he spake,