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Should dread no blame but that which crimes impart,
And he who witness'd kere-all there reward." A performance of this kind, at the tender age of eighteen, promised much, nor have the public been difappointed. Many pieces have proceeded from her pen, both in prose and poetry, all of which have been honoured with warm commendations.
She has produced three tragedies, Percy, Futal Falsehood, and the Infiexible Captive, founded on the story of Regulus, in the Roman history. The two former were performed at Covent Garden. They all contain beautiful sentiments and excellent morality. Sir Eldred of the Bower, and the Bleeding Rock, two legendary tales-Ode to Dragon-Florio and the Bas Bleu, cogether with Slavery, a poem, are possessed of merit, and may be read with plealure and improvement. Her prose works consist of Efays for Young Ladies, Thoughts on the Importance of the Manners of the Great-An Estimate of the Religion of the Fashionable World--Remarks upon the Speech of Mr. DupontVillage Politics, by Will Chip, and Strictures on Female Education. In each of these we might point out many admirable paragraphs, happily expressed, and calculated to serve the best intereits of mankind. They have undergone several editions, and are entitled, both from their design and execution, to a very considerable degree of approbation,
Nor must we forget to mention her Sacred Dramas, a charming work, and the most popular of all her productions. They are inscribed to the Dutchess of Beaufort, and are adapted to benefit effentially the rising generation. They contain Mofes in the Bulrushes, David and Goliah, Béljhazzar, and Daniel, to which are added Reflections of King Hezekiah, and an exqui
poem on Sensibility. In David and Goliah occurs the following fine passage on WAR:
O War! what art thou;
The poem, Sensibility, is enriched with many beautifut passages, and discovers a truly feeling heart. The following lines cannot be read without sensible emotions of pleasure :
Let not the vulgar read this penfive strain,
Di sordid joy, which never touch'd the heart." The Senfibility which Miss More thus eloquently describes, is, we understand, the prominent feature of her own disposition. Attentive to the wants and dir tresses of others, she is ever ready to relieve them. She even seeks out opportunities of instructing and consoling her fellow creatures. This is worthy of herself, and will be ultimately crown'd with an abundant reward.
It was this amiable principle which induced ner to patronise Mrs. Yearsley, the famous Bristol MilkWoman, whose native strains have been admired by the genuine lovers of poetry. She wrote an elegant Prefatory Address to her poems, procured her a large list of subscribers from amongst the first characters in the kingdom, and exerted every nerve to promote her interests. This woman, however, afterwards repaid all this kindness by abuse and calumny! We must not enter into this disagreeable affair ; but we will say that Miss More stands fully exonerated; and Lord Orford juftly remarks, in a letter to her, speaking of Mrs. Yearsley's conduct : “ That the soil of her heart could never have produced the rank weed of ingratitude, had it not been previously dunged with gold !
Some time after the became chiefly instrumental in relieving the Maid of the Haystack, an unfortunate young woman, apparently deranged, found under a stack of hay, at Hanham, near Bristol. Her origin is unknown, and her History is extremely mysterious, Miss More wrote a short account of her, which exe' cited the public commiseration. She is supposed to have been of an high family, but reduced by misfortune to this deplorable condition. Be this as it may, her patroness manifefted the purest benevolence, in procuring a comfortable asylum for this melancholy child of affiation. Such acts carry with them their own reward. To diminish the sum of private and public mifery, is a most divine deed; it is imitating him who went about doing good, and will be crowned by the Þeity with the ampleft tokens of approbation.
Miss More, together with her fifters, have retired to a very pleasant spot, which is denominated Cowslip Green, situated near the Mendip Hills, about ten miles from Bristol. Here the has established a Sunday School,
and shewn a very commendable concern for the wel. fare of the poorer classes of society. With this view lac published many excellent fmall tracts, under the gene, ral title of the Cheap Repository. The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain was particularly admired,
The present Bishop of London, and other celebrated characters of the age, are in habits of acquaintance with Miss MORE. We have been affured, on good authority, that the spends, occasionally, a few months at Fulham, the well-known residence of the Bithops of London, since the period of the Reformation, In one of her visits, fe penned fome very pleasing lines, co. titled Bonner's Ghost; but which her modesty would not suffer to be published. Bonner was the bloody bihop, in the reign of Mary; he used to scourge the Protestants with his own hand, in his garden, and various other acts of brutality stand on record against him. Miss More, we are informed, has finely con. trasted the tolerating spirit of the present Prelate, with the cruelty and savage ferocity of his predecessor, who has drawn upon him the execrations of posterity.
In the works of the late Lord Orford, the most pleafing part of the Epistolary Correspondence, is that be. tween his Lordship and Miss MORE. We were gra. tified by the perufal of it, and think it honourable to both parties. "The British peer seems apprised of the real excellence of his friend, and pays her those com, pliments to which the may be pronounced justly ene titled.
The writer of this cursory Narrative, had once the pleasure of paffing a few days with the fifters of Miss MORE, at the house of a very respectable family, in Caerleon, Monmouthshire,and well remembers the good sense and amiable temper which they discovered in conversation on a variety of subjects. Nor does he deem ic the least of the favours which he enjoyed beneath that hospitable roof, that he was there first introduced to an acquaintance with Miss More's writings, which