Изображения страниц
PDF
EPUB

has rescued her sex's cause from the aspersions cast on them by that satyrist in his essay on the characters of

women.

8. Their own dark forms deceit and envy wear, By Irwin touch'd with truth's celestial spear.]

See Milton, book iv. ver. 811.

ibid. What breast from sighs, what eye from tears refrains,

When, sweetly-mournful, hapless Wright com

plains?] Mrs. Wright, sister to the famous Wesleys, has published some pieces, which, though of a melancholy cast, are written in the genuine spirit of poetry.

9. In nervous strains, lo! Madan's polish'd taste

6

Has poetry's successive progress trac'd,] Mrs. Madan is author of a poem called the Progress of Poetry:' wherein the characters of the best Grecian, Roman, and English poets are justly and elegantly drawn.

ibid. Young Leapor's form flies shadowy o'er the green. Mrs. Leapor, daughter to a Northamptonshire gardener, has lately convinced the world of the force of unassisted Nature, by imitating and equalling some of our most approved poets, by the strength of her parts, and the vivacity of her genius.

10.

Now bear me, Clio, to that Kentish strand, Whose rude o'erhanging cliffs and barren sand May challenge all the myrtle-blooming bowers Vol. VI.

R

Offam'd Italia, when, at evening hours,

Thy own Eliza muses on the shore,] Mrs. Eliza Carter, of Deal, well known to the learned world for her late translation of Epictetus, has translated, from the Italian, Algarotti's Dialogues on Light and Colours; and lately published a small collection of elegant poems. "What magic powers in Celia's numbers dwell,] We could not here, with justice, with-hold our tribute of praise from Mrs. Brooke, author of the tragedy of Virginia.

II.

12. Clio herself, or Ferrar tunes a lay,

Sweet as the darkling Philomel of May.

Haste, haste, ye Nine, and hear a sister sing The charms of Cynthia, and the joys of Spring:] This lady (now the wife of Dr. Peckard, the respectable master of Magdalen College, Cambridge) has written two beautiful odes to Cynthia and the Spring. 13. Nor shall thy much-lov'd Pennington remain

Unsung, unhonor'd in my votive strain.] Mrs. Pennington has happily imitated Mr. Philips's Splendid Shilling, in a burlesque poem called the Copper Farthing.

ibid. And, bark! what songstress shakes her warbling throat?

Is it the nightingale, or Delia's note?] This lady has written odes to Peace, Health, and the Robin Red-breast, which are here alluded to: and she has been celebrated in a sonnet by Mr. Edwards, author of the Canons of Criticism.

14. With lovely mien Eugenia now appears,

The muse's pupil from ber tenderest years ;] This lady has successfully applied herself to the sister arts of drawing and poetry, and has written an ingenious allegory, wherein two pilgrims, Fidelio and Honoria, after a fruitless search for the palace of Happiness, are at last conducted to the house of Content.

EPISTLE II.

Page 17. We presume this Epistle to have been addressed by the Author to his Daughter; but if not, MISS SEWARD'S claim to the right it asserts will never admit of a doubt.

EPISTLE IV.

Page 27. To joys that Mordaunt,-] Earl of Peterborough, conqueror of Valencia. D.

EPISTLE V.

Page 29. The ingenious writer of this Epistle was shot by a ruffian near Naples, about the month of June 1753, whilst travelling in his post-chaise.

EPISTLE XI.

Page 45. Or rising from ber borrow'd guise,

She struck th' astonish'd Grecian's eyes.] When Minerva had conducted Telemachus to Ithaca, under the appearance of old Mentor, she resumed her form and left him,

EPISTLE XIII.

Page 51. Urania's birth in glittering fiction sung ;] There were two Venuses among the ancients; one called Pandemus, to whom they attributed the love of wild disorderly pleasures; the other named Urania, the patroness aud inspirer of Friendship, Knowledge, and Virtue.

52. What shining visions rose on Plato's thought!

While by the Muses gently winding flood,] Ilyssus, a river near Athens, dedicated to the Muses. On the banks of this river, under a plantane, Plato lays the scene of some of his dialogues on love and beauty.

Page 82. Cibber.

EPISTLE XXII.

CONSTANCE flies;] Mrs.

83. Though Falstaff should forsake the stage.] Mr. Quin, inimitable in that character, who was then quitting it.

EPISTLE XXIV.

Fage 87. This temple was erected by Garrick in his garden, on the bank of the Thames, at Hampton.

EPISTLE XXV.

Page 90. Upon the back of this picture, which was sent to a gentleman of the University of Oxford, Mr. Garrick inscribed the following lines :

The mimic form on t'other side,
That you accepted is my pride;
Resembles one so prompt to change,
Through ev'ry mortal whim to range,
You'd swear the lute so like the case,
The mind as various as the face.
Yet to his friends be this his fame,
His heart's eternally the same.

EPISTLE XXXII.

Page 105. John Dennis, the celebrated critic, at the age of almost 77, became blind and overwhelmed with debts. His deplorable situation exciting the compassion of Mr. Thomson, that gentleman procured for him a benefit at the theatre in the Haymarket. The play was the Provoked Husband: and Mr. Pope wrote a Prologue, which was spoken by Theophilus Cibber. The exhibition, however, which produced near 100l. was of but little service, as the unfortunate old man survived but a very short time. A writer of Dennis's Life asserts these verses to have been the production of Savage.

EPISTLE XXXV.

Page 111. The author of this Epistle was born at Windsor, (where his father was treasurer and chapter clerk of the college) received his education at Eton and Cambridge, and after studying under Boerhaave, practised physic in London. Towards the close of life he retired to Hampstead, where he died and was meanly buried. The amiableness of his temper was a

« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »