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That years forty-four she had always been With ardour extolt'd the design of my 'an : here,

'Twas Sappho deborted by Phaon, her swain, And never had known it omitted a year. With her heels in the air, courting death We therefore prepar'd with the ton tocomply,

the main. All except Tabby Prudence, who, yielding a Another, by flattery equally mov'd, righ,

The lace of my tucker as highly approv'd : Declar'd that such liberties Ird to encroach, “ Right beautiful Point, by the Gods, I aver!" That therefore no man should her perfon ap- Not lo-for 'uis delicate Brussels, gay Sir ! proach.

“ Your cap(says a third), dear miss, I protest, Mrs. Shrivel observ'd, " The whole business, " By all that is tender ! I like it the beft : I vow,

" So waving the feathers ! so graceful and “ Just consists in a formal kiss, curtsy, and bow ;

" So tastily rais'd on a frizzld platform! “ Scarce a word is exchang'd, for so silent the “So loftily pina'd, that it proudly affumes men,

“ The shape of an helmet embellish'd with “+ You'd think them a parcel of sheep in a pen.

plumes ! Sometimes (tho' but rarely) they courage "By the fine arts I swear, it can never escape will gather,

“ Our notice, dear girl, thy moft clegant • If pouring with rain, to aver, ' 'tis bad

shape ! weather !'

"Those lambent planets with Phæbus's fire, “ Or wisely observe, ' 'tis a charming fine “ Thy beauty unconscious which kindles de nighi!'

fire." “ If the moon (strange to tell !) should but Crash went my fan, with a conqʼring fmile! dcignio shine bright.

Away went his tongue in my praifes awhile! " An old Ind an sometimes will in raptures And as flattery fotens the hardett of hearts, exclaim,

Our beaux teemid determind to play well " A delectable Tit! Pray, Ma'am, what is her name?

Each branch of our dress they'd alternately, " And he makes on her quickly-a potent

praise, atlack,

Gowns, fringes, and petticoats, founces and “ By off 'ring himself and pagodis two lack,

ftays : * With a right in two years to go home for My shifi de la Reine is a dress they adere, her heaith,

My Poionoi se plcases, tho' long since a bere; " And plan ont a fund to sink part of his But chiefly my dove-colour'd new-falhiond wealth ;

sandals " Or by firit, second, third, of same tenour Are fancied by all-but a few taftclefs Van. and date,

dals. “ Give him notice the yearly improves his

citate : " And to make it more binding, he offers to Our beaux now presented each person & be write,

canie, “ That as fali as the draws-he will honcur And begg'd that to us they their names might at fight;

proclaim. " Then pulls from his pocket a settlement A falute then enfu'd, after which they rerir'd, blank,

And others embrac'd us, as cupon requir'd. To dub ber a Lady of fortune and rank ; Perch'd prim on a couch, in my French lute " And as Celia's too wise at such terms to be nellid,

Three tedious long nights was I kiss'd by “ Before the next sun their whole courtship's

the town. oft' littled."

Detelied vile cultom! I ne'ir shall forget Here Prudence replied, with an old-maidilh The mens' shining faces, all cover'd wit's

joke, 'Twas a shame thus to purchasema pig in a Nor the funcs of rich garlick, and flench of

poke! On the ev'ning appointed, three powder'd Which po: fond the mouths of two old filliy

brutcs : Buzz'd around us, and greatly admired our 'T will be shortly abolish'd, the Ladies here cloaths ;

thull, Then prettily gave us, for light recreation, For of culloms most horrid 'ris surely this Some balderdash, whipi-Sillabub conversa

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Where the eve of intrúson can modely Of Marathon's fight, where such valour was dalle!

shewn, Where the rod of bold scandal our charac- That a handful of Greeks beat a nation alone; ters lath!

And I coid bim quick marches were made by 0! beauty and innocente, who can thee

the Huus, shield ?

As they scamper'd along unincumber'd with To the mandates of fashion must decency

guns i yicid ?

From which I deduc'd he did right, when Mof beauty's soft charms be, in form, thus

'twas dark, paraded ?

To drown, à la hate, his artillery park, Mul our tender young frames bc by rude As Burgoyne had recently started a notion hands invaded ?

That cannon retarded an army in motion. Most the coarse briftly beard of an athletic I told him, I knew the whole art militaire,

And offer'd to reach him la belle petite guerie; Tear the skin from a virgin's fair delicate face? That it I but once could be quite à portec, Mull those fruits which, in raptures, fond lo- I'd land forth mililf in the light of the day vers lhould reap,

At first be pretended to icl himself hurt, Be cullid thus belorchand, and thus be held And sulkily term’d me a light-headed flirt ; cheap?

But I cold him, the various rights of our sex Forbidir, politeness ! forbidit with halle, Admit that we fometimes our neighbours And banıth a custom so videly unchaite !

may veX ; A foldier of merit, who 'as ofreu display'd And c'er we yet fail, I will make him declare His valour and conduct in battle array'd,

That the brave never cherish ill-will to the I lately attempted to prettily rally

fair. On his brilliant fucceftes against Hyder Ally; With any thing further respecting Madras I reminded him gently of Xenophon's feat, I will not at present your patience harrass ; Who with ten thousand Greeks made a noble For 1 muft in a liui le my leiter leave off, retreat;

To repair to the toilet to put on my coiff.

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A Circumftantial Narrative of the Loss of the Halsewell Eaft-Indiaman, Captain Richard

Pierce, who was unfortunately wrecked at Seacomb in the Isle of Purbeck, on the Coast of Dorfetshire, on the Morning of Friday the 6th of January 1786, compiled from the Cornmunications, and under the Authorities, of Mr. Henry Meriton and Mr. John Rogers, the two chief Oficers who happily escaped the dreadful Catastrophe. 12010. Lane. HE miserable catastrophe of Captain Itruck with such violence as to dash the heads

Pierce and the unfortunate passengers of those who were standing in the cuddy on board the Hallewell East-Indiaman, bas against the deck above them, and the fatal already excited the general compaflion, aod blow was accompanied by a Mariek of honor, melted the bosom of humanity. This Nar- which buift at one instant from every quarter rative of that melancholy dilatter is circum- of the ship. ftantial and exact; and the following descrip- “ The seamen, many of whom had been tion of the last fad scene cangot fail of affect- remarkably inattentive and remiss in their ing every reader of sensibility,

duty great part of the storm, and had actually " The ship was driving fult on shore, and ikulked in their hainmocks, and left the exthe use on board expecting her every moment ertions of the pump, and the other labours lo itrike; the boats were then mentionedd, attending their situation, to the officers of the but it was agreed that at that time they could ship, and the soldiers ; rouzed by the destrucbe of no use, yet in case an opportunity should tive blow to a sense of their dinger, now present itself of making them serviceable, ic poured upon the deck, to which no endea25 proposed that the officers should be con- vours of their officers could keep them shilft Sjentially requested to reserve the long-hwar their aflittance might have been useful, an', for the ladies and themselves ; and this pre- in frantic exclamations, demanded of heaven Quion was immediately taken.

and their fellow-sufferers, that (nccour which u About two in the morning of Friday the their timely efforts might potlibly bave fue 6th, the ship still driving, and approaching ceeded in procuring; but it was now too late', ' very fast to the shore, the fame officer [Mr. By this time all the patiengers and most of Meriton] again went in to the cuddy, where the officers were allembled in the round. the captain then was, and another conversa. house, the latter employed in offering coníntion took place. Captain Pierce expresling lat to the unfortunate ladies ; and, with extreme anxiety for the preservation of his unparalleled magnanimity, suffering their conbelovel daughters, and earnestly asking the pallion for the fair and amiable companions officer if be conld Jevise any means of faving of their misfortunes, to get the better of the them; at this dreadful moment the ship sense of their own danger, and the dread of

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almost inevitable annihilation ; 'Captain Pierce apprehension of his loss. - On this occasion fisting on a chair, cot, or some other move- Mr. Rogers offered to go and call in Mr. able, with a daughter on each side of him, Meriton ; but this was opposed by the ladies, each of whom he alternately pressed to his from an apprehension that he might share thic affectionate borom; the rest of the melan- fame fate. choly assembly were seated on the deck, all " At this moment the sea was breaking in of them tolerably composed. At this nio. at the fore part of the ship, and had reached ment, what must be the feelings of a father as far as the main-mast, and Captain Pierce of such a father as Captain Pierce!

gave Mr. Rogers a nod, and they took a “ But foon a confiderable alteration in the lamp, and went together into the stern galappearance of the ship took place, the sides lery; and after viewing the rocks for some were visibly giving way, the deck seemed to time, Captain Pierce asked Mr. Rogers, if he be lifting, and other strong symptoms that she thought there was any possibility of saving the could not hold together much longer. Mr. girlsto which he replied, he feared there Meriton therefore attempted to go forward

The Captain sat down between his to look out, but immediately saw that the two daughters, struggling to suppress the pae ship was separated in the middle, and that rental tear which then hurst into his eye. the fore part had changed its position, and lay “ The sea continuing to break in very rather farther out towards the sea. In this fast, Mr. M'Manus, a Midshipman, and Mr. emergency, when the next moment might Schulz, a patřenger, alked Mr. Rogers what be charged with his fate, he determined to they could do to escape? who replied, “ folseize the present, and endeavour to make his low me;" they then all went upon the way to a shore, of which he knew not yet poop; and whilft they were there a very the horrors.

heavy sea fell on board, and the round-bouse “ Among other measures adopted to fa- gave way, and he heard the ladies Thrick ; vour these attempts, the ensign-staff had been at that inftant Mr. Brimer joined the party, unshipped, and attempted to be laid from the and seizing a hencoop, the same wave which Thip's fide to some of the rocks, but without proved fatal to those below, happily carried success, for it snapped to pieces before it them to the rock, on which they were dashed reached them; however, by the light of a with such violence as to be miferably bruised lanihorn, handed from the round-house, Mr. and hurt.-At the time Mr. Rogers reached Meriton discovered a spar, which appeared to this station of possible safety, his strength was be laid from the thip's side to the rocks, and so nearly exhausted, that had the struggle copon this spar he determined to attempt his tinued a few minutes longer he must have escape. He accordingly laid bimself down been inevitably loft. on it, and thrust himself forward, but he “ They could yet discern some part of the soon found that the spar had no communi. Ihip, and solaced themselves, in their dreary cation with the rock. He reached the end stations, with the hope of its remaining enof it, flipped off, received a violent bruise in tire till day-break ; but, alas ! in a very few his fall, and, before he could recover his minutes after they had gained the rock, an legs, he was washed off by the surge, in universal Thriek, in which the voices offewhich he supported himself by swimming, male distress were lamentably distinguishable, till the returning wave dashed him againft the announced the dreadful catastrophe ; in a few back part of a cavern, where he laid hold of moments all was hushed. The wreck was a small projecting piece of the rock, but wils buried in the remorseless deep, and not an so benumbed, that he was on the point of atom of her was ever after discoverable. quitting it, when a seaman, who had already Thus perished the Halsewell, and with gained a footing, extended his hand, and al. her, worth, honour, skill, beauty; amiabififted him till he was out of the reach of the lity, and bright accomplishments; never did furf.

the angry elements combat with more ele“ Mr. Rogers, the third mate, remained gance ; never was a watery grave filled with with the captain near twenty minutes after more precious remains. Great God, how inMr. Meriton had quitted the ship. The scrutable are thy judgments ! yet we know Captain asked what was become of Meriton ? them to be just; nor will we arraign thy and Mr. Rogers replied, he was gone on mercy, who haft transferred virtue and purideck to see what could be done. After this, ty from imperfect and mutable happiness a heavy sea breaking over the ship, the ladies to bliss eternal ! exclaimed, “ Oh poor Meriton! he is drown- " What an aggravation of woe was this ed; had he staid with us he would have been dreadful, this tremendous blow to the yet safe :” and they all, and particularly Miss trembling, and scarcely half-faved wretches, Mary Pierce, exprelied great concern at the who were hanging about the sides of the

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torrid cavern! Nor were they less agonized the cavem, to its outward extremity, and by the subsequent events of this ill-fated on a ledge, scarcely fo broad as a man's hand, might; many of those who had gained the to turn the corner, and endeavour to clamber precarious (tations which we have described, up the almost perpendicular precipice, whose wom out with fatigue, weakened by bruises, fummit was near (wo hundred feet from the battered by the tempert, and benumbed with base. the cold, quitted their hold-fasts, and tumb- “ The firft men who gained the fummit ling headlong either on the rocks below, or of the clift, were the Cook and James Tianp in the surf, perilhed in fight of their wretched fon a quarter-master. By their own exeraffociates.

tions they made their way to the land, and “At length, after the bitterest threc hours the moment they reached it, haftened to the which misery ever lengthened into ages, the nearest house, and made known the situativa day broke on them, but, inttead of bringing of their fellow-sufferers." wich it the relief with which they had Hac- For a description of the manner in which tered themselves, served to discover all the the rett of the crew who escaped from the horrors of their situation ; the only prospect wreck were preserved, see page 6o, which offered, was to creep along the side of A Peetical and Congratulatory Epistle to James Boswell, Esq. on his Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with the celehrated Dr Jolinson. By Peter Pindar, Esq. 4to 28. Kerlicy,

1786. It has been said of Homer that he some lowing poftfcript in profe, no bad imitation of

times nods: our Pindar, in the present Mr. Burwell's stile, and Dr. Johnson's maninstance, is to onlike himself, that we can hardly recognize him; he seems indeed to “ As Mr. Boswell's Journal hath afforded . be in a death like sleep. Instead of " chose such universal pleasure by the relation of moifathes that wont to set the table in a

nute incidents, and the great Moralift's opiroar," this Epift!e is as dull as a Cambridge nion of men and things, during his northern prize-poem. There are occasionally some tour; it will be adding greatly to the anecdofaint traces of the much-admired Poter, but cical treasury, as well as making Mr. B. hapthey are very thinly scattered ; and such py, to communicate part of a dialogue that personality reigns throughout as is disgust. took place between Dr. Johnson and the AuIng. Audretling himself to Mr Boswell be thor of this Congratulatory Epiftle, a fery lays,

months before the Doctor paid the great debt “ Triumphant, thou thro' time's valt gulph of nature. The Doctor was very chearsal " thalt 1ail,

that day, had on a black coat and waistcoat, “ The pilot of our literary whale ;

a black plush pair of breeches, and black “ Clole to the claflic Rambler shalt thou worsted stockings ; a handsome grey wig, a

shirt, a mullin neckcloth, a black pair of " Close as a supple courtier to a King! buttons in his shirt fleeves, a pair of shoes, * Fate shall not shake thee off with all its ornamented with the very identical little buc" pow'r,

kles that accompanied the philosopher to the " Stuck like a bat to some old ivy'd tow'r. Hebrides ; his nails were very neatly pared, “ Nay, tho' thy Johnson ne'er had blets' and his beard fresh shaved by a razor fabrica" thy eyes,

ted by the ingenious Mr. Savigny. " Paoli's deeds had rais'J thee to the skies; P. P. « Pray, Doctor, what is your opi" Yes ! his broad wing had sais’d thee, (no nion of Mr. Boswell's literary powers ?" " bad hack)

Johnson. “ Sir, my opinion is, that when" A com-tit twitt'ring on an eagle's back.” ever Buzzy expires, he will create no vacuum

Not content with thus metamorphosing in the region of literature-he seems strongly Mr. Boswell no less than five times in twice affected by the cacoerbes feribendi ; wishes to as many lines, he foon after takes him from he thought a rara avis, and in truth fo lie is the eagle's back, and converts the tom-tic in- your knowledge in ornithology, Sir, will to a tabby car,

easily discover to what species of bird I al" Who like a watchful cat, before a hole, lude." Here the Doctor Thook his head and " Full twenty years (inflam'd with letter'd laughed. " pride)

P. P. " What think you, Sir, of his ac" Did't mousing fit before Sam's mouth so count of Corsica ?--of his character of Paoli?" " wide,

Johnson. " Sir, he hath made a mountain " To catch as many scraps as thou wert able- of a wart. But Paoli bas virtues. The ac" A very Laz'rus at the rich man's table.” count is a farrago of Jisgusting egotism and To this poetical Epistle is added the fol- pompous inanity."

P.P.

cling,

P. P. “ I have heard it whispered, Doc- P. P. “ 1 am afraid that he means to de tor, that should you die before him Mr. B. you the favour." means to write your life.”

Jobnfor. He dares not-he would make Jobnfon. “ Sir, he cannot mean me soir. a scarecrow of me. I give him liberty to reparable an injury.-- Which of us tball die fire his blunderbuss in his own face, but not firit, is only known to the Great Disposer of murther me. Sir, I heed not bis autos e Events; but were I sure that James Boswell ---Boswell write my life! why the fellow would write my life, I do not know whether pofleffes not abilities for writing the life of I would not anticipate the measure by taking an opbemera.” bis.” (Here he male three or four (trides across the room, and returned to his chair with violent emotion.)

The Strangers at Home, a Comic Opera, in Three Acts, as performed at the Theatre Royal

in Drury Lane, 8vo. 1786. 15. 6d. Harrison, A

More absurd species of composition can vaux which was played for her benefit, and

hardly be conceived than the Comic received such tokens of approbation, that the Opera, and yet by the happy art of the origi- Managers of Drury-Lane requested the copy: hal author of it, Mr. Gay, it has now but the other engagements of the theatre de. obtained a permanent place amongst English laying the repetition cfthe piece to another tea. dramatic exhibitions. The present perform. fon, his impatience presented it to Mr. Colman, ance is deserving praise, as well for the plot and the reception it met with at the Hay. as the dialogue : the former has a good deal of market fully justified the Manager's acceptthe Spanish manner, and, were it not for the ance. In the ensuing summer, he produced filence of the author on the subject, we at the same theatre another tranfation cal. fhould imagine it to be borrowed from some led the Wedding Night, which was producwriter of that country. The latter is pointed, tive of no honey-moon ; for on its firft rein parts witty, with a due proportion of puns presentation it met with indifferent fuccefs, and qnibbles, according to the taste of the and is now fuuk into oblivion. At length present times. It received great advantage grown bolder, he laid aside the Chackles of from the performers, and is certainly calcula- translation, and ventured in a bark of his ted to bold a distinguished place amidst what own, called “ Who'd have thought it?" which Dr. Warton calls that most monstrous of all at Covent.Garden and the Haymarket de dramatic abfardities, the Comic Opera. served, and had some applause. In April

1785, he closed the campaign of old Drury ANECDOTES OF THE AUTHOR. with the Humourist; and the firtt new piece Mr. JAMES COBB was born in Febru- of the present year was the comic opera of

the Strangers ar Home. Their merit is better ary 1756. In 177, he was elected into the Secretary's office at the India-house. The pourtrayed in the houses they crowd, thau in Ycells of dramatic fancy that had been swell. the most laboured panegyric. Mr. King ac ing thro' infancy, firít discovered themselves scenes of his pantomime the “ Huriy burly;"

knowledges his allistance in many detached in a prologue written at the age of eighteen for and the prologue to Mr. Kemble's farce of Mits l'ope, who spoke it at her benefit ber the Proječis was the last public production of fure the comedy of the Jealous Wife.--A variety of performances on defultey subjects, his liberality of mind and opennels of heart,

his pen. In private life his friends exult in chiefly satirical, and exhibited in periodical and be has no enemies, for malevolence is fipublications, maked his talents, and intro. lent. In social parties bis ingenuous addiefs duced him to the acquaintance and esteem of

and sprightlineis of conversation proclaim many literary characters.

Miss Pope was again the means of other. him to be the man of wit and the gentle. ing him to the theatrical world; for in 1779 he altered a farce from the French of Mari. A Letter to Archibald Macdonald, Esq. on the intended Plan for Reform in what is called

the Police of Westminster, 8vo. Wilkie.

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HIS is a republication, with additions, thing that was not known to every one who

of a pamphlet, entitled, “ 'Tis all my liad thought on the same subject. The auEye,” which we noticed in a former Re- thor has retracted the title, as improper, and

In its first shape, it was a very plain has fubfituled one which is in all respal: more common-place performance, containing no- dicoros,

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