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Stout Talbot there shall ply with hackney chair',
And patriot Betty fix her fruit-shop there
Like distant thunder, now the coach of state
Rolls o'er the bridge, that groans beneath its

weight.
The court hath crost the stream; the sports begin;
Now Noel preaches of rebellion's sin :
And as the powers of his strong pathos rise,
Lo, brazen tears fall from Sir Fletcher's eyes".
While skulking round the pews, that babe of grace,
Who ne'er before at sermon show'd his face,
See Jemmy Twitcher shambles ; stop! stop thief!*
He's stol’n the earl of Denbigh's handkerchief.
Let Barrington arrest him in mock fury,
And Mansfield hang the knave without a jury 6.
But hark, the voice of battle shouts from far?,
The Jews and maccaronis are at war:

1 “Some of these eunuchs personate porters.” Page 32.

3 « Fruits and all sorts of refreshments are cried about the streets in this mock city.” The name of a woman who kept a fruit-shop in St. James's street.

3 “ Drew iron tears down Pluto's cheek.” Milton.

4 “ Neither are thieves, pickpockets, and sharpers, forgot in these festivals; that noble profession is usually allotted to a good number of the most dextrous eunuchs.” Vide, ibid.

5 “ The watch seizes on the culprit." Vide, ibid.

6 “ He is conveyed before the judge, and sometimes severely bastinadoed.” Ibid.

7 “ Quarrels happen_battles ensue.” Ibid.

The Jews prevail, and, thund'ring from the stocks,
They seize, they bind, they circumcise Charles Fox'.
Fair Schwellenbergen smiles the sport to see,
And all the maids of honour cry Te! He ! 2
Be these the rural pastimes that attend
Great Brunswick's leisure: these shall best unbend
His royal mind, whene'er from state withdrawn,
He treads the velvet of his Richmond lawn;
These shall prolong his Asiatic dream,
Though Europe's balance trembles on its bearn..
And thou, Sir William ! while thy plastic hand
Creates each wonder, which thy bard has plann'd,
While, as thy art commands, obsequious rise
Whate'er can please, or frighten, or surprise,
O! let that bard his knight's protection claim,
And share, like faithful Sancho, Quixote's fame.

1 " Every liberty is permitted, there is no distinction of per. sons.” Ibid.

: “ This is done to divert bis imperial majesty, and the ladies of his train.” Vide, ibid.

JOSEPH WARTON.

BORN 1722.-DIED 1800.

Doctor Joseph WARTON, son to the vicar of Basingstoke, and elder brother to the historian of English poetry, was born in the house of his maternal grandfather, the Rev. Joseph Richardson, rector of Dunsfold, in Surrey. He was chiefly educated at home by his father, Dr. Warton, till his fourteenth year, when he was admitted on the foundation of Winchester college. He was there the schoolfellow and intimate of Collins, the poet; and, in conjunction with him and another youth, whose name was Tomkyns, he sent to the Gentleman's Magazine three pieces of poetry, which were highly commended in ,that miscellany'. In 1740, being superannuated,

· The piece which Collins contributed was entitled a Sonnet, and consisted of the two following stanzas.

“ When Phæbe form'd a wanton smile,

“ My soul, it reach'd not here:
“ Strange that my soul, thou trembler, flies

“ Before a rising tear.
“ From midst the drops my love is born,

" That o'er those eye-lids rove:
“Thus issued from a teeming wave
“ The fabled Queen of Love.

Signed DELICATULUS

he left Winchester school, and having missed a presentation to New college, Oxford, was entered a commoner at that of Oriel. At the university he composed his two poems, “ The Enthusiast," and “ The Dying Indian,” and a satirical prose-sketch, in imitation of Le Sage, entitled “ Ranelagh,” which his editor, Mr. Wooll, has inserted in the volume that contains his life, letters, and poems. Having taken the degree of bachelor of arts at Oxford, in 1744, he was ordained on his father's curacy at Basingstoke. At the end of two years, he removed from thence to do duty at Chelsea, where he caught the small-pox. Having left that place, for change of air, he did not return to it, on account of some disagreement with the parishioners, but officiated for a few months at Chawton and Droxford, and then resumed his residence at Basingstoke. In the same year, 1746, he published a volume of his odes, in the preface to which he expressed a hope that they would be regarded as a fair attempt to bring poetry back from the moralizing and didactic taste of the age, to the truer channels of fancy and description. Collins, our author's immortal contemporary, also published his odes in the same month of the same year. He realized, with the hand of genius, that idea of highly personified and picturesque composition, which Warton contemplated with the eye of taste. But Collins's works were ushered in with no manifesto of a design to regenerate the taste of the age, with no pretensions of erecting a new or recovered standard of excellence.

In 1748 our author was presented by the Duke of Bolton to the rectory of Winslade, when he immediately married a lady of that neighbourhood, Miss Daman, to whom he had been for some time attached. He had not been long settled in his living, when he was invited by his patron to accompany him to the south of France. The Duchess of Bolton was then in a confirmed dropsy, and his Grace, anticipating her death, wished to have a protestant clergyman with him on the continent, who might marry him, on the first intelligence of his consort's death, to the lady with whom he lived, and who was universally known by the name of Polly Peachum. Dr. Warton complied with this proposal, to which (as his circumstances were narrow) it must be hoped that his poverty consented rather than his will.“ To those” (says Mr. Wooll) “who havé “ enjoyed the rich and varied treasures of Dr. War“ ton's conversation, who have been dazzled by the “ brilliancy of his wit, and instructed by the acute“'ness of his understanding, I need not suggest how “ truly enviable was the journey which his fellow “ travellers accomplished through the French pro“ vinces to Montauban.” It may be doubted, however, if the French provinces were exactly the scene, where his fellow travellers were most likely to be instructed by the acuteness of Dr. Warton's observa

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