Слике страница

Directress of the brave and just,

O guide us thro' life's darksome way, And let the tortures of mistrust

On selfish bosoms only prey. :

For shall thine ardours cease to glow

When souls to blissful climes remove, What raised our virtue here below

Shall aid our happiness above.


London-- 1712-1785,

Richard Glover was a man of liberal education, and con

siderable talents, who devoted himself to commercial pursuits, without neglecting the refinements of taste and literature. A Poem inscribed by him, to the memory of Sir Isaac Newton, is prefixed to Dr. Pemberton's View of the Newtonian Philosophy, published in 4to. 1728. The Epick Poem, Leonidas, appeared in 1737, and drew from Lord Lyttelton such praise, as it is grateful to receive from a patriot, a scholar and a critick. The song, Hosier's Ghost, and London, or the Progress of Commerce, came out in 1739; they were written in order to excite the publick resentment against the misconduct of the Spaniards.' In 1751, he was a candidate for the Chamberlainship of London, but yielded to the superior interest of his antagonist with dignity, grace, and modesty. He produced the Tragedy of Boadicea, in

1753, which saw only three nights at Drury Lane, and . in 1761, another called 'Medea. Leonidas was republished 2. VOL. 111.

in 1770, and augmented from nine to twelve books. From this period Glover dedicated himself to the more active and ordinary occupations of life, till about the year 1775, when he retired to the enjoyment of literary leisure, in which he died. .

The life end soul of poetry were not in Glover ; but he loved

liberty with fervour, worthy of a Greek or of an English. man; and Leonidas will continue to be read, in spite of its bad language and dis jointed versification, because the whole history of mankind furnishes no other subject so animating and so ennobling. His Athenaid wants this moral dignity - Themistocles is the chief personage; and it is impossible to conceal, that Themistocles was rather a Staiesman than a Hero, Still the poem is a very pleasing one ; it deserves to be better known, and should always accompany the Leonidas; Glover thought it the best of the two ; it was the work of his old age, and in the vanity of an honest heart, he would sometimes toast that it was longer than the Iliad.

He was on a visit at Stowe, when he wrote his ballad of · Admiral Hosier's Ghost, the most spirited of all his

productions. The thought occurred to him during the night, he rose early, and went into the garden to com. pose; in the heat of composition he got into the tulip-bed, and, unfortunately having a stick in his hand, hewed, and slashed all sound himn without mercy. Some of the company who had seen him from the windows, and uspected how his mind was occupied, asked him at

breakfast, how he could think of destroying Lady Temple's favourite flowers. The Poet, perfectly unconscious of what he had done, pleaded not guilty. There were, however, witnesses enough to convict him ; he acknowledged that he had been composing in the garden, and was sasily forgiven, when he recited his ballad. ';


As near Porto-Bello lying

On the gently-swelling flood, At midnight with streamers flying

Our triumphant Navy rode, There while Vernon sat all glorious

From the Spaniards late defeat, And his crew with shouts victorious,

Drank success to England's fleet;

On a sudden, shrilly sounding,

Hideous yells, and slieks were heard ; Then each heart with fear confounding, * A sad trop of Ghosts ap: ear'd

[ocr errors]

All in dreary hammocks shrouded, '. : Which for winding-sheets they wore,

And with looks by sorrow clouded ! Trówning on that hostile shore.

On them gleam'd the moon's wan lustre,

When the shade of Hosier brave
His pale bands was seen to muster,

Rising from their watery grave:
O'er the glimmering wave he hied him,

Where the Burford rear'd her sail, .
With three thousand Ghosts beside him,

And in groans did Vernon hail. • Heed, O heed our fatal story,

“ I am Hosier's injured ghost, You, who now have purchased glory

« At this place, where I was lost, “ Though in Porto-Bello's ruin

“ You now triumph free from fears, « When you think on our undoing,

“ You will mix your joy with tears.

* See these mournful spectres sweeping -- Ghastly o'er this hated wave, * Whose wan cheeks are stain'd with weeping

* These were English captains brave; .

« ПретходнаНастави »