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Embellished with a view of Theydon GERNON CHURCH, Essex;
And The Rę OLUTION House at WHITTINGTON, in Derbyshire.
Mr. Urban, Epping, Dec. 24. terris nostri non plena laboris ?” And, THE THE Church of Theydon Gernon as gratitude and thanks are the due
is about two miles South of meed of benefits conferred, I cannot Epping. It stands upon a small ele- withhold that tribute which I feel so vation, a considerable distance peculiarly your due, for the having from the village, with only an house given to us that exquisite production or two near it. The whole is of brick of the learned and elegant. Mr. and tile, like most of the Churches in Mathias, which appeared in p. 346; this part of Essex. There are some and which is, if I can trust the evidence Monuments; , but those, like the either of my head or my heart, the Church, of no great antiquity. very perfection of friendly panc
The inclosed s. E. Vicw of this gyric, and classical Biography. It Church (see Plate 1.) was taken in is, indeed, difficult to say, whether the year 1808 by a shoe-maker (Wm. the tender, though correct simplicity Franklin) of this town. This young of the style, the discriminate selection man has a natural genius for the imi-, of historical anecdote, or the deep tative arts, and, bas executed several' insight into the human mind, dise pieces, without the least assistance, played in the general observations, and under the greatest possible disad- calls the most for our admiration. vantage, in a style that at once be- The. amiable Author identifies us, as speaks his ingenuity and correctness. it were, both with himself, and the
I think, Mr. Urban, you will agree excellent and highly-gifted Friend with me in opinion, that it is a matter whose life he records. We see the of surprize, how any person, circum- ingenuous youth, with glowing cheek stanced like this humble son of and downcast eye, sinking under the Crispin, destined to labour hard at the eagle glance of the awful Gray; we awl" and bristle for his daily bread, tread with him the happy valleys of entirely self-taught, without the cou- Helvetia, and the sacred shores of veniences for the facilitation of his the Arno; and we view him, delighted, favourite pursuit, could have arrived another Orpheus, calling with his at that proficiency which he is known lyre the willing groves to the banks of to have acquired ; as I trust the his enchanted lake, and converting. inclosed Drawing will be found to be into a new Tempè the Däsis of no mean specimen of his abilities, Blundestou. and such as will insure a place in your To all that our own ruder tongue Magazine,
can give, Mr. Mathias has, with ex: Yours, &c. T10. SQUIRE. quisite felicity, superadded the
choicest flowers, culled from his own Mr. URBAN,
Kirl Wall, Orkneys, copious stores of classical lore.
Nov. 29. “Manibus dat lilia pleuis," and we YONFINED as are to the may truly say, that he has adorned sublimely says, cvXATO odpwy, your with a golden crown, studded with most useful and instructive monthly brilliant gems of every hue. publication unites us, as it were, It is not without mingled sensations to the civilized world, and imparts to of surprize and regret, that we see a us, in a full stream, the waters of that man, formed like Mr. Nicholls, to great Fountain of Science and Lite- instruct and improve mankind, and rature, London. You, Sir, may to add lustre to the highest stations fairly say of yourself, “Quæ regio in in life, pass through it in privacy or Gent. Mag, Suppl. LXXX. PART II.
retirement. His friend and master side of a poison. The salutiferous Gray seemed to have pointed at bim, Quinquina waves its branches over when he said,
the plains where the Vomito pricio,
or Black Vomit, exerts its baleful “ Full many a flower is born to blush
sway ; and the heart-soothing sweetAnd waste its sweetness in the desert air.”' ness of Mr. Mathias's Eulogy is But we must lament, in the words of hameless venom of “ The Pursuits of
powerful antidote to the dark and the same exquisite Bard, that no
Literature !" " Liberal hand, or judging eye,
Yours, &c. PHILALETA ES. The flower unheeded should descry, And bid it round Heaven's altar shed,
ILLUSTRATIONS OF HORACE. The fragrance of its blushing head.”
Book I. SAT. X. Virtues and science and graces, like [In continuation from our last.] those possessed by Mr. Nicholls
, ATERDUN urbani, parecntis viri: would liave reflected new glories on bus alque, &c.] One that is bursting the Mitre of Parker and Tillotson; with the subject of which he is speakand the venerable Dorobernia would ing, generally says (unless he is rehave hailed with transport her second strained by particular regards) all that Mellitus.
he knows of the matter; talks in a po. In the scientific and literary so- sitive, dogmatical tone, impatient of cieties of unrevolutionized France, contradiction ; rushes upon his
oppoit' was, Mr. Urban, the uniform prac- nent with the whole force of his argutice, that the Secretary of each inent, imagining all at once to crush learned Body should pronounce an him to the earth. This it is, which eulogium on each of their Members principally distinguishes the pedant at bis decease. Can we but regret from the man of polished manners that some institution of this kind and knowledge of the world, in condoes not exist in this country ? From versation. The latter keeps a tight talents like those of Mr. Mathias, rein upon himself ; spoaks as one who what honours would not be shed on is ever ready to be better informed; our illustrious dead! And, though conceals his strength ; appears frewe could not expect that his powerful quently to concede to the other more pen would in all cases sink so deep than is necessary, sure in the end to into our hearts, as in the present carry his point; and, even if he were case, when the dove-like feathers of not, yet politeness alone gives him private and tender friendship winged such an air of modesty, that by the the golden' shafts of his eloquence, deseren e and respect which he slews yet sweet philanthropy, impartial to the understanding of the other, he candour, and classical taste, must avoids whatever is offensive in conever preside over his labours, and tradiction, and has the art of gaining command our respectful homage. his process, without humiliating his
Quoquo vestigia tendit antagonist; and, as it were, leading Componit furtim subsequtiurque decor.” him in triumph. - I know of no
better voucher for all that Horace We have long, Mr. Urban, lamented, that in our own time, the says in this passage, than his own
Satires and Epistles. abilities of our best writers should
Hidiculuni acri, &c.] Cicero, says have been almost exclusively exercised on Satire, in all its various
Macrobius *, gained a verdict more
thau once, in law-suits, where he had modes; and that Heroic Epistles, and Probationary Odes, and Baviads, and
a bad cause to defend, by a witticism. a long train of such-like publications,' the Roman justice in his days! The
So much the worse, indeed, for should, while they extorted reluctant approbation, have wounded good effect, however, oí' a live joke, our kindest feelings : ne may, in this
applied at ihe proper time, and in the enchanting work of Mr. Mainias, hail proper place, a piece of irony, and the bright dawn of a more genial day.
what Lord Shaftesbury (with whom
our D. D.s and M. A.s are so prone to " Clarior it dies,
differ) calis the light of ridicule, is Et soles melius nitent."
acknowledged by every man of sound Nature, it has been truly observed, judgment. seldom fails to place a remedy by the
* Saturnal. lib. il. cap. l.
Qung neque pulcher Hermogenes --- Græcos facerem --- versicules, &c.] Catullum.] Probably the ape whom He probably made these essays while Horace here couples with the band- studying at Athens in his youth ; and some Hermogenes, is that Demetrius, if Baxter's supposition, rather lightly whom he afterwards does the honour taken up, however, that his proge of consigniug by name to imınorta- nitors had been dative Greeks, has lity. It is laughable in the Scholiast any foundation, then Horace would who pretends to nuform us, that have had an additional motive to Horace compares him to an ape, be compose verses in the Greek language. cause of his cowering and lank figure; But A pollo, or his good genius, whereas the Poet himself plainly jogged biin in time, and hinted, that enough gives us the reason of it, by it is more prudent to write verses reproaching him, with having learned ja our native language ; and would nothing but to harp after Calvus and be more meritorious aad honourCatullus. For, that cantare does not able to emulate the Greeks in a mean to sing, as a siaging-master language, the literature whereof was (modulator), but to versiły, is appa- still in its rudiments, than to add rent from the whole context. Lici
one to the infinite multitude of their nius Calvus had composed a small poets, and to be an iusigpificant nu•nber of soonets of the Catullian Greek author, when one might hope species, sufficient to procure him a to become an excellent writer in Latin. niche amongst the Erotic Poets of Post mediam noctem visus, cum the Romans. We perceive, froin an somnia vera.] That Horace, only anecdote recorded by Gellius*, that by way of joke, represents himself as the Greeks themselves, who had ge- a believer in the vulgar superstition, nerally a high sense of their literary that dreams after midnight are true, superiority to the Latins, hild, nota is self-evident; especially, he being a withstanding, some few pieces of disciple of Lucrelius. At this place both Calvus and Catullus, exclusively occurs to Lambinus the beginning of and alone able to sustain a comparison the Europa, not of Theocritus (as he with the amatory odes of Anacreoil. says) but of Moschus : The more pity, therefore, that no
The Queen of Love, on amorous wiles in. thing of his has coine down to us.
tent, Quod Pitholeonti contigit.] What A pleasing dream to fair Europa sent. Horace here says concerning this What time still night had rolled the hours Græculus (who, according to the
away, Scholiasts, is reported to have wrote And the fresh dawn began to promise day; a ridiculous medley of Latin and When balmy slumbers, and composing Greek epigrams) is all that we know rest,
[breast; of him; and better had it been for Close every eye, and sooth the pensive his reputation, if we had not known
When dreams and visions fill the busy
brain, even this.
Petilli.] See Gent. Mag. volume Prophetic dreams, that never rise in vain! LXXX. Part I. p. 327.
Turgidus Alpinus jugulat dum Pedius,--- Publicola atque Corvinus.] Memnona, &c.] Some bombastic The subject here, doubtless, turns tragedy-maker of those days belike, on two eloquent pleaders; but who whose works must have left no lasting Pedius was, and who Corvinus, and impression, since it is impossible to whether the surname Publicola be- trace out who he could be. The longed to the one or to the other, waking dream of Cruquius, that the Commentators cannot come to
Horace here under the name of Al any agreeinent; and, happily, our pinus, intended to ridicule the dear Bard is no loser by it,
friend of his own friend Virgil, the Canusini more bilinguis ? ] The poet Cornelius Gallus, in revenge for coinnon people at Capusiuin, and,
an affront, no vestige whereof is any in general, throughout all Calabria, where discoverable, refutes itself by Apulia, and Lucania (the antient its chimcrical stupidity. Whence can Magna Græcia) spoke a sort of that satisfaction arise, which some patois, a gibberish inixture of Greek lea rued Commentators on Horace and Latin.
have found, on every remote occasion,
even if they must invent incidents, * Noct. Att. lib. xix. cap. 9. reasons, and proofs for it, in making him a had man ? The Bibaculus of favourable judgment that Horace Dr. Bentley is more harmless, but here passes on him : of the two pot much better founded. Alpinus or first he makes no mention at all; and Vivalius, or Bibaculus, why need we notices, of the third, only his Tragedy trouble ourselves about the name of a of Thyestes, as a composition that poetaster long since, with all his might be placed on a level with the works, forgotten! --- That here is a most perfect Tragedies of the Greeks, fling at a probably then quite new Pollio was, indeed, a Poet of too tragedy of" that Alpiuus, intituled superior an order, not to be entitled Memnon, and another piece of his to a compliment from a young author, poetry, in which appeared a ridiculous who was now first begiuniug to risc description of the Rhine, under the into eininence; and Fandanius was, figure of a river-god, is evident from apparently, an intimate friend of the context. I should read diffingit, Horace. He would not, however, and translate it, agreeably to the have allotted the foreniost rank whole construction, by daubed, be- among the contemporary writers of cause Bentley, with his arguments, Comedy, to the latter, uuless he had has not convinced me, that defingit at least the suffrage of all those, is the true reading. Horace evidently whom, at the conclusion of this chuses that word, as he does the Satire, he cites as competent judges, equivocal expression, jugulat duin in matters of taste, on his side. InMemnona, for the sake of characteri- stances of this kind are deserving of zing Alpinus as a wretched versifier; remark. They shew, that the most and we may rely upon it, that he has decided approbation of contempopot dealt too harshly with him. raries, is not always surety for the
Judice Turpâ.] Spurius Metius coucurrence of posterity; and it can Tarpa, the most respectable of the do no harm, to even the most celefive censors, before whom such poets brated authors, to be occasionally as composed for the stage, were reminded of their mortality. obliged to read their performances. ·
Experto frustra Varrone Atacino, See Gent. Mag. volume LXXIX. p. &c.] The Satirist, who, from the 618. This recital was made in the
manner in which Horace expresses Temple of the Palatine Apollo, which himself, must have entirely failed in was built by Augustus not till after his attempts that way, is not the the battle of Actium, and therefore celebrated polyhistor M. Terentius when Horace wrote this Satire, was
Varro, (though he too wrote a great not yet in being. The Temple which number of prosaic, or irregularly the text assigns asthe place of these versified Menippic Satires, as they recitals, must accordingly have been
were styled, the luss whereof; to some other.
judge from their titles alone, is to be of these four poets, Fundanius, lamented) but a certaio Publius TePollio, Varius, and Virgil, cach of i'critius Varro, of Atace, a town siwhom Horace pronounces the first in
tuate in Narbonensian Gaul, of whose his separate department at that time, poetry, with the exception of a few Virgil is the only one that has come trilling fragnients and epigrams, predown to ours.
Horace, and probably served in the collections of Stephanus Virgil himself, never dreamed when and Pithæus, nothing is now extant. this was written, that the gentle and
Hetrusci Cassi.] Tbe question is, charming favourite of the rural
who this Hetruscan Cassius was, who Camæriæ, was one day to snatch the laurel wreath of the Heroic Muse
wrote so many verses, that they would from the brows of Varius. ---. The his corpse might have been consumed
have sufficed for his funeral pile; and comic poet Fundanius seems to be
with the blaze of them, without the the same whom Horace introduces speaking in the 8th Satire of the iid necessity of any other fuel than the book. It is curious enough, that chests in which they were deposited. Qnintilian, in his Recension of the satisfaction in thinking ill of Rorace's
Those who take an unaccountable Latin Poets, neither enumerates this heart, cannot avoid imagining, that Fundanius among the Comic, nor Pollio
he means that Cassius Parmensis, of among the Tragic, nor Varius
whom I shall bot here repeat what I among the Epic Poels; and, therefore, bas by no means confirmed the have advauced upon the line