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facts. He will there find 'an ample from the instrument's incapacity to description of Scrymgeour, both in produce any other? What? s. E. Y. the work itself, and in the annota. does not know then, that the strings tions prefixed to it.
or keys of an instrument are entirely Noue, however, but an invidious under the controul of the musician, Critick would have required this ex- and that lively or plaintive notes, pl planation.
discord or melody, are all to be proAs to the expression of " beads of duced, and only to be produced, by fear,” I have only to say, that tastes the method of playing. I bope you frequently differ. 'It is, indeed, a novel Correspondent will another time be idea ; and introduced as it is by Miss more cautious in giving his opinions, Holford, to me it appears as beautiful and not, in the rancour of animosity. as it is original. From the remarks forget the distinctions between sense of S. E. Y. upon this expression, I am and nonsense! almost induced to think he is ignorant And so Miss Holford is to be taxed of its meaning.
with plagiarism, because she says, Your Correspondeut seems asto- “ Who is it that rides thro' the night nished at the idea of a scarf being so fast ?” I have only to observe, tied round the neck. Let him look that if this is to be called borrowing, in Johnson for the definition of the I shall feel much obliged by S. E. Y's word scarf, and I believe his wonder pointing out the author not guilty of will soon cease.
it. What, because Mr. Lewis has said, His next observation is upon the
" Who is it that rides so fast,” every manner in which the pibroch is intro- one else is to be precluded from asking kluced : a martial sound being attri- a sinuilar question. To be sure there is buted to it in one instance, and a a great sublimity of idea in the expresmerry one in another. But what of sion, and such as would occur but to this Does yoor Correspondent very few! Hey, S. E. Y? is it not so? suppose, that a musical instrument Fie, fie! Supposing the expressions must necessarily be confined to one quoted above can bear the epithet of species of musick : Does he imagine plagiarism, that plagiarism is so that what produces a martial sound, trifling, so insignificant, that I am cannot be made to produce any sure none but a Critick like S. E, Y. other: I would have hiin consider, could have thought of privately, if many of the instruinents composing much less publicly, mentioning it. a martial band are not often used to In the same stanza your Corredirect and give spirit to the sprightly spondent marks a passage as being dance? or whether he has not, even so unconnected, as to appear ridicuin the streets, heard a slow and solemn lous. I think it necessary to quote, air, immediately succeeded by a the lines : lively one ? This observation of
" I mark'd on Scotland's saddest day, your Correspondent is certainly con
The spot where her mangled father lay! temptible is the extreme, and would The maiden blossom of the North, lead us to think he knows as liitle Like a pale snow-drop glinted forth,” &c. about Musick, as he appears to do about Poetry. But I must bere beg
He imagines the word her relatos
to the maiden blossom of the North," leave to inform S. E. Y. that he him
whose name a subsequent line menself has been guilty, at least in my opinion, of the very same fault with is the meaning of Miss Holford, I am
tions as being Margaret. Why if this which he charges the Authoress of “Wallace,” that is, obscurity! I willing to allow, that the passage is
unconnectedly expressed. But what cannot comprebend what he means
authority has S. E. Y. for placing this by asking the question, whether the
it? pibroch is " an unfeeling instrument, that obeys the hand or breath of the
"I mark'd on Scotland's saddest day, master to any tune, indifferent whe. The spot where her mangled father lay.” ther .grief or joy?” I never knew, I hope I am not misunderstanding for my own part, that any instrument Miss Holford; but, without a moment's was otherwise than this. Does your hesitation, I apply the word her to Correspondent imagine, when he · Scotland; and, as in the lines immehears a musician play a bold, a lively, diately preceding these, it is expressed or a plaintive air, that it proceeds · thatAlexander, King of Scotland,
having lost his road in the darkness ible ; but as it is, I cannot help of a very tempestuous night, had laughing at his fastidiousness. I have fallen from the top of a high cliff, I looked for the taulology, but cannot cannot imagine why S. E. Y. should find it: besides, the line is mis-quoted. suppose that the expression of “her I do not know whether this alters the mangled father" applied to “ the case of tautology alluded to by S.E.Y.; anaiden blossoin of the North." They but standing as the line does now, or undoubtedly refer to Scotland, and to as it ought to do, I am equally uyable Alexander as her King, who is here to discover it. pathetically called
" her mangled
Skipping over his other truly infather ;" that is, the father of Scot- significant objections, I come to the Jand. - Those who read the whole of remark inade on these lines : the stanza must, I think, instantly “ And dear to my heart sounds thé take it in this manner. . What follows inournful swell, is a description of quite a different As it swings on the air of thy curfew knell. events though connected with the He here says: “I will suppose a foregoing, because Margaret was, if Critick (he should have said an illiI understand Miss Holford's note, beral one) taking advantage of this the grand-daughter of this Alexander. descriplion, and expressing himself This circumstance, while it proves in words like these : a swell swinging the connexion of the whole stanza,
on the air of knell ! preposterous ! proves also, that the words « her as if the koell caused the air' for a mangled father" cannot refer to swell to swing ou!" Why truly if **the maiden blossom of the North,” the Authoress meant this, it would who was not the daughler, but the be preposterous indeed. But it is grand-daughter of this “mangled equally, preposterous to imagine the father.” Let S. E. Y. read the passage expressions were ineant to convey in this manner, let him apply the so absurd an idea. expression to Scotland, as indeed I S. E. Y. seeins to have been ablé, think both the grammar and sepse without much dificulty, to place a seem to demand, and then let him more sensible construction upon it; say where is the nonsense he sa bitterly and after doing this, I wonder he complains of.
should inake himself so ridiculous, as S. E. Y.'s next observation is too to tell the world, he ever thought of contemptible to deserve a reply. I placing such an unwarrantable cononly wish your Correspondent had struction upon it, as he appears to shewn himself more worthy of the have done at first. Church he professes so much to vene
if the ears of S. E. Y. were wounded rate, by displaying less rancaur in at the repetition of the word “
blushi," the remarks he has thought proper though occurring in different stanzas, to make.
and six lines apart (by the bye, I could Had he been more liberal in his find much closer repetitions even in ideas and criticism, those professions Pope) his delicate stoinach seems ready of love and veneration for his Church to heave at the idea of a traitor steeped → would have been uttered with more in iufamy and scorn! I am really
grace, and have come with an air of sorry that such a poem as “ Wallace" -greater sincerity, than they do at should have fallen into the hands of present.
one su completely blind, either from and so your Correspondent S. E.Y. nature or design, to what constitutes had his teeth quite set on edge, by the warmth of imagination, or dignity of grating, harsh proximity of the word expression. So far from regarding,
blush,” even though occurring in this passage as mean or faulty, I different stanzas, and six lines apart! consider it as one truly beautiful. I cannot but admire the delicacy of If the poem of "Wallace” is ever that gentleman's ear; and only won- read aniong the scullions of a cook's. der, when he had put on his micro. shop, the expression of “ steeped” * scopic glasses, be had not discovered, may possibly put them in mind of their that “blush'd” and “flush" come in hashes and soups ; but when perused the same line. Had he pointed this by one whose sentiments are refined out, I should have thougbt his re- ..by education, and whose judgment mark more reasonable, though even , is upclouded by prejudice and envy then it would have been contempt the expression must strike with all
that force and beauty, no doubt, “Wallace” it is absolutely nonsensical. intended by the fair Authoress. But why is it so appropriate in Othello,
As S. E. Yi's other objections seem and so contemptible in Miss Holford principally confined to errors of gram. Why, Detector says, that Othello mar and the press, ! pass over there uttered this expression amid all the as not worth attending to here. wild ravings of jealousy. True : but
There is but one remark more of your Correspondent forgot, or like your Correspondents I wish to notice. S. E. Y. was too blind to see, that He seems to complain of not having Miss Holford uses it when speaking been able to discover that the page in all the warmth of noble indignation. “ David" was no other than“ Agnes" "This alone is sufficient to stamp it in disguise. I am really at last almost with the same degree of excellence ready to believe, that S. E. Y.'s as is attached to it by Detector in modest preface is something more Othello. But, leaving jealousy and than affected diffidence and pretended indignation quite out of the question, moderation ; and that he actually I should be glad if either S. E. Y. or imagines his faculties to be rather Detector will point out tbe absurdity dull. When he tells as he never of the word “steeped,” supposing it thought of David being Wallace's to be introduced in any other manner. wife, even after he had read the Why, if introduced in any other poem through, I truly cannot forbear manner, it must of course be laughed wondering at his want of comprehen- at! Must iti Let these learned sion : for surely oo one of common gentlemen look to the 14th Book of capacity can peruse the last canto, Pope's Iliad, and they will find these. and not perceive the change of cha- lives : racter that evidently takes place in “ But how, uhbidden, shall I dare to “ David.” S. E. Y. must indeed be
steep dull in the extreme, or he has read Jove's awful temples in the dew of sleep?" the poem over in a manner that And again : reflects disgrace upon him, both as a
“ There golden clouds conceal'd the man and a Critick. This latter
heav'nly pair, I suspect as much as the former ; but
Steep'd in soft joys,” &c. having now replied to all his remarks and objections, I cannot think of
Is it the word steeped they quarrel
with ? obtruding longer on the patience of
What then do they say to your Readers. With a thorough con
Pope ? Oh? but in him it is no doubt
introduced with striking beauty, as tempt for his paltry observations, I take leave of your Correspondent
it is in Olbello! Then why bas it conviction, that a far more culpable Answer me, ye Criticks, is not this S. E. Y.; not, however, without the been termed contemptible Why,
only because it occurs in Wallace! and rancorous motive than he seems
the reason ? willing to insinuaie, has dictated his miserable criticism ; and that
And now, Mr. Urban, I conclude.
The very high culogium pronounced “ Malice lurks under his beavy brow, in your Magazine upon the poem
of Though the sound of his words inove soft
“ Wallace,” first induced me to get and slow !!
that noble work. Without the least One word more, Mr. Urban, and I prejudice, either in its favour, or, have done. A Correspondent in p.: otherwise, I sat down to read it; and 482, signing himself Deleclor, seems rose from it, after an attentive like s. E. Y. to have been taken sick perusal, with sentiments of the warmat the idea of a traitor steeped to the est approbation. lips in infamy and scorn!
Seldom have I read a poem where This valiant Critick, after charging such grandeur of expression, such Miss Holford with borrowing from sublimity of ideas, and such harmony Shakspeare's Othello, is not content of versification, have been so transwith this frivolous insinuatiou, but cendently combined. Nor is this alone tells her, she has borrowed in a clumsy my opinion. Those whose judgments and ridiculous manner. He acknow. I have every reason to value, give it Jedges that the word “steeped” is equal praise; and wherever I hear it introduced with striking beauty in spokco of, it is only in terms of unShakspeare; but askerts, that is bounded panegyrick? What could
induce S. E. Y. and Detector to sidering together from whence the
can even vie, where she lives, or who are her
indifferent account you give of your original, should be called a patch- own bealth and spirits, and indeed work, is equally astonishing. But have more than once this Winter let these invidious Criticks rail: what heen so uneasy at what Mr. does their criticism amount to? what had written to me about you, that I have they discovered ? Specks upon have beeu on the point of writing to the sun! What have their objections inquire of yourself, unconscionable been but frivolous and contemptible as it is to add unnecessarily to the in the utmost degree? Then let us number of your employnients. If leave them to the indulgence of their you follow with constancy the very spleen ; let them spit out the venom necessary prescription of taking air of sarcastic malice till they are tired.
and moderate exercise (which is also Censure like theirs, aimed at the a time of relaxation), I should hope, pages of such a poem as “ Wallace,” that as the year advances, you will will be like breathing on polished find your spirits improve enough to steel.
feel less of the weight, and more of Yours, &c.
CANDIDUS. the delight, of an employment, which
surely, in some vicws, is a very deMr. URBAN,
Dec. 9, lightful one. For yours, my good I
KNOW how sincerely you desire friend, is not the painful dry lask of
to make your mouthly publication the rigid (and generally heathen) the vehicle of inprovement, as well as Schoolmaster, conversant only in of entertainment, and I have deter- tiresome parts of speech and Pagan mined to inclose to you for insertion, Mythology, and such sort of matters; a Letter from a lady of the first cha- but yours is the part of the affecracter in the religious and literary tionale, though watchful parent ; world. It has been concealed amidst to supply to the rising hopes of those a pumber of papers, many years; and whom you love aud bonour, that it may be of use, of benefit, of con- amiable kind of home, of wbich, solation, of encouragement, to those without you, the necessity of educathat are now, or may be hereafter tion must have deprived them for engaged in the same tvilsome em- sume years, 'Tis 3
yours to instil every ployment wherein this lady's cor
real and useful in-truction, by easy, respondent was occupied, when she cheerful conversation, and pleasing favoured him with this excellent example as well as precept; to dress letter..
up Religion and Virtue with every Yours, &c.
EMERITUS. charm that cap engage the youthful " It grieves me, good Sir, that I mind to love them; to breed up a should be so constantly unfortunate little set of future Peers and Senators, in ‘iny applications for persons, of and Herves in Christian friendship whose merit your interesting your- and characters formed by your tender self for them is a sufficieut proof. care, growing up to love and respect The very first morning I could, i you through life. These sort of conwent to Lady T - with your siderations, when yonr spirits are letter; and not finding her at home, become stronger, will soften the hours I enclosed a part of it to her the next of wearisome affliction or infirmity, day, in a long one of my own; and which all Nature must sometimes she very obligingly came hither last feel. pight to answer it. Alas! instead of
Delightful task, to rear the tender being intimate with Mrs. P, she thought, had never so much as heard of her To teach the young idea how to shoot, but is so much engaged by your cha. To pour the fresh instruction o'er the racter of this young man, that she
mind heartily wishes for his sake, she really ... But I will not go on quoting bad the influence that she has been that beautiful passage in Thomson's represented to you to have. On con Spring, with which, to be sure, you
are well acquainted. But indeed there ox which treadeth out the are higher considerations still to re- décisively opposed to every kind of commend the situation of a friendly wanton cruelty and torture in the instructor of youth; for what em- usage of these creatures. The other ployment can there be so instructive, argument quoted by Humanus from or that which calls into consiant exer- his poet, viz. because the fox leaves tion so many Christian graces ? This a scent, and the houuds have noses, a makes it indeed more fatiguing; but man has a right to kill a favourite useful fatigue is the condition of the horse, and risk his own neck in comChristian warfare, and after a few pawy with these dogs, to run the anishort years, what else will appear to inal to death for mere amusement have been important in any rank or
would sanction the worst propensities situation : Tis a great blessing that of our nature, and reduce us to the Mrs. enjoys her health so well level of mere brules at once. amid so inady cares.
I depend much Our author I conceive to be still on her kind attention to the dear lit- more unfortunate in his application of tle
in whom, for the sake a quotation from Paley's Theology. of his amiable mother, I am so much This I apprehend is a defence of the interested, that few things for a long nioral government of the world, rewhile have given me more joy than specting the propensity of the brutes your giving her so much by accepting to prey upon each olher, which, in the precious charge. I am forced to numberless instances, by a forced and shorten my letter more than 1 desigu: sudden death, not only prevents a bured, that I may not make it too costly. thensome increase of such creatures, We all here enjoy health. And with but that slow starvation and misery kind respects to Mrs. I remain the aged and helpless of them would your most sincere, &c.”
be otherwise liable to.
All this res
soning is in direct opposition to that Mr.URBAN, Liverpool, Dec. 21. systematic prolongation of an animal's I THINK Humanus, p. 318, has been anisery in the pleasures of the Chacę,
very unsuccessful in his arguments &c.; in which prolongation the princi to provethe propriety, upon Christian, palamusement consists, and wherein or indeed upon any other principles, it not unfrequently happeas,thai some
of a certain description of what are of the noblest of animals are. literally called Field Sports. To assimilale man
rode to death, while the poor object with the brutes, in order to prove his of the pursuit, after suffering a thouright to amuse himself with their mi- sand deaths, if it survive, may be series, is rather too much for human doomed to repetitions of the same nature to bear.
wanton cruelty, and, finally, suffer a The modern Poesy on Fox Hunt- lingering death. I confess myself ing, &c. to the principles of which he amongst the number of those who has suddenly become a convert, 98- consider that the most wanton and serts, that Heaven has permitted, or barbarous custom of bull-baiting, &c. decreed, he does not say which, &c. owe much of their, baneful conti“That through creation's bounds weakness nuance to such sophistical arguments to strength
as the above; otherwise the powers Its life should yield an unresisting prey." and energies of the magistrates would
If the Poet means only the conduct be exerted in every place (as they of brute to brute, in how many in- have been so laudably exerted in most stances is the divine permission or de- large towos) to wipe away this nationcree at variance with this assertion; al disgrace; and am truly sorry that a there being as great an instinctive gentleman, who could'so feelingly disposition to avoid and resist, as there. quote from Blair," I would not treat is to pursue and devour. If he would the smallest insect with wacton cruel allude to the conduct of man to man, ty" shoulů, in any respect, become or man to the brute, he is in a still the advocate of pleasures or customs worse dilemma ; as the divine decrees, of either the great or the vulgar, in are decidedly in favour of the weak the enjoyment of which so many disagainst the tyranny of the strong, and gusting scenes, of wantun cruelty are have enjoined mercy towards the the necessary consequence; and, inost brutes. Man's reveuled permission is . of all, that lie should sign his same only to kill. The positive injunction HUMANUS. in the Jewish law," pot to múzzle the Yours, &c. HUMANITAS. GENT. MAG, Suppl. LXXX. PART II.