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A View of the Mosque at Mounheer, from the S. 8.

Hublisbil April 11785 by 1 Jewell, tornbill

the Captain's interest to use them with un cal view of the consequences of its abo. necessary severity.. I say unnecessary, lition, we shall find ample matter to shew because a itriet discipline is not to be dis the absurdity of such an attempt. When pensed with, and as we may be sure they we consider the prefent balance of power are not backward in using every means in Europe, and the increaling strength of for the recovery of their liberty. This our natural enemies, we pay perceive that probably is the cause of most of the we are in no condition to give up the smalldilmal tales which are related of this ' est advantage that might be any way trade ; when necessity has compelled them beneficial to them : the consequences to enforce obedience by acts that, to an in- might prove faral to this nation; and the different reciter or hearer, might appear un

persons who could advise such a measure, just and cruel. By the same reasoning we inay rank with the worlt of its 'eneinies. are taught to believe, that the Planter who I am rather of opinion, indeed, that gives a great price for a Slave, uses every French. policy will bo discovered as the means in his power, by his feverity and botom of ail these humane proceedings. oppression, to make an end of him as It is well known what immense quansoon as he possibly can; or at lealt he tities of our manufactures are annually gives him up to those who he is conscious exported, what large returns are made will do it for him. Is this credible ? No, from the West-Indies, and, above all, no more than that a man should give a what numbers of féamen are employed in great sum for a horse, and then entrust it; at a moderate computacion, 130 inips him with those who he knows will foon from different parts of England, and disable him. It is impossible, but that 5000 men! Should the abolition' take were they ever to inattentive to their con place, what is to become of these? The cerns, the knowledge of any unmerited: consequence is obvivus : Rather than refeverity committed by their servants, can-, turn home and starve, or become an innot be long hid from them; and whether cumbrance on the nation, they would en. it is their interest to tolerate them, I have tér into the French service, to obtain that endeavoured to shew. But the Planters bread they were denied at home—who we are not, all, such inattentive beings; there may be sure would receive them with open are among them men of as much huma. arms ;-it would be a most glorious acquinity as there are in any other department, fition to them ; and if a war should toon who treat their Slaves with almolt as much break' out between the two nations, they tenderness as their children. After all, an would prove of infinite service; while Act might be made to regulate this busi- their mother country, with this principal nets, which might have beneficial confe. source and nursery of hardy feaixen enquences boih to the Planter -and Slave;. tirely taken away, would doubly teel the : and also to limit the Captains of lips lots of every man. from bringing more than a certain nuni

I am, Sir, yours, ber at a time, proportionate to the size or.

B. burtben of their vetiels, and with which The View mentioned by this Writer our humane countrymen must reit con will be acceplable. tented. If we turn our eyes to a polici

VIEW of a MOŚQUE at MOUNHEER. T HE Town of Mounheer is fituated on mausoleum for himself and family, as

the banks of the river Soane, at about well as a mosque or religious houte. In two miles from its conflux with the great the various revolutions s property in this Ganges. This Vi-w of a Mosque at part of India from one hand to another, Mounheer is in the centre of the town, at lince the erecting of this building, inat fome small diítance froin the river, and is which was left for the repair and support famous for its beauty. It was built in the of this mosqne is now lont; and this buildyear 261.7, in the reign of Shah Jehan. · ing, like most in India, l'uined b; superguer, the son of the Emperor Akbuh, by ftition, is falling rapidly into the dut. a ihen Scubah' of the District, both as a

VOL. XIII.

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Lewesdon Hill, a Poem. Oxford : at the Clarendon Press. 1788.

'HIS manly Poem is thus elegantly " To the top of this Hill the Author de

scribes himself as walking on a May mornracter :

ing.' To the

Denham's Cooper's Hill, that proRight Reverend Father in God

lifir parent of Poems where a Hill is the J Ο Ν A T H Α Ν

subjcct, has been praised for containing Lord Bishop of St. Asaph Who in a learned free and liberal Age

no thought or imagery but what may Is himself moft highly distinguished

naturally be supposed to arise from the By extensive useful and elegant learning its author describes himself as in con

objects which surround the place where By a difinterested Support of Freedom And by a truly Christian Liberality of mind templation. This praise, however, our

pretent author does not claim, but “ begs THIS PO E M

Icave to inform the reader, that he has With all Respect is dedicated By his Lord'hip's most obliged

advanced beyond those narrow limits to And most obedient Servant

something more general and important."

In this we think him both commendable, THE A U T H O R.

and worthy to be followed. For the It is prefaced by the Poet by the fol

fact is, that when one climbs a Hill lowing advertisemnent:

to indulge " the muling mood,” the • The Hill which gives title to the following Poem is situated in the western part of Fancy, it it has any vigour at all, will Dorsettire. This choice of a subject, to

naturally make moral excursions, beyond which the Author was led by his residence

mere rural and local description." near the spot, may seem perbaps to confine

Some local descriptions, however, our him to !opics of mere rural and local descrip

author has given us; but he has not in (fon, But he begs leave here to inform the these, as some others would and have reaver, the he has advanced beyond those done, been too lavish, and laboured in nurow limits to something more general and the picturesque. For his manner of deimportant. On the other hand he crusts, scription, take the following: that in his fartheit excursions the connexion From this proud envinence on all sides bitween him and his subject will erily he

round 11.'Ceil. The few notes which are subjoined Th’ unbroken prospect opens to my view ; tie cught neceilary to elucidhte ihe patlages On all sides large; save only where the head where they are inserted. He will only add Of Pille don riles, Pillesdon's lofty Pen : 1672!is place, from Hulchin's Hiftory of Dore So call (Still rendering to his ancient name luilme, (Vol. 1. p. 366.) what is there Observance due) that rival Height (outh1.14 of Leweiton (or, is it is now corruptly

welt, ciliei, Lexfia): “ This and Pillesdon Hill Which like a rampire bounds the vale be6. Ivinou at the Indis, though very high,

neath. "" titleen them and the fe... Mariners There wouus, there blooming orchards, tbere “ call them tis Ciward Coif, in which

are seen “ foimistory are forced to appear, being Heras, ranging, or at reft beneath the hade ve eminent tea-nos kis to shule who fail upon Of fume wile-branching oak; there goodly Is die Cisaid. "

fields

fure;

Of corn, and verdant pasture, whence the Sotoihine e rly grave didnt thou run on, kine

Spotless Francesca, fo, after short courie, Returning with their milky treasure home Thine innocent and playful infancy Store the rich dairy : such fair plenty fills Was (wallow'd up in death, and thy pure The pleasant vale of Marlawood ; pleasant

spirit now,

In that illimitable gulph which hounds Since that the Spring has deck'd anew the Our mortal continent. But not there lost, mieads

Not there extinguish'd, as fome falsely teach, With fowery vesture, and the warmer fun Who can talk much and learnedly of life, Their foggy moistness drain'd; in wintry

Who know our frame and fashion, who can days

tell Cold, vapourish, miry, wet, and to the flocks The substance and the properties of man, Unfriendly, when autumnal rains begin As they had seen him made ; aye and food To drench the spungy turf : but ere that

by time

Spies on Heav'n's work. They also can disThe careful shepherd moves to healthier soil,

course Rechasing, left his tender ewes should coach* Wisely, to prove that what must be must be, In the dank pasturage. Yet not the fields And thew how thoughts are jogg'd out of the Of Fvesham, nor that ample valley nam'd

brain Of the White Horse, its antique nonument

By a mechanical impulse; pulling on Carv'd in the chalky bourne, for beauty and The minds of us, poor unaccountables, wealth

To fatal resolution. Know they not, Mght equal, though surpassing in extent,

That in this mortal life, whate'er it be, This fertile vale ; in length from Lewesdon's We take the path that leads to good or evil, base

And therein find our bliss or misery? Extended to the sea, and water'd well

And this includes all reasonable ends By many a rill; but chief with thy clear Of knowledge or of being; farther to go stream,

Is coil unprofitable, and thi' effect Thou nameless rivulet, who from the side Mult perilous wandering. Yet of this be Of Lewesdon (oftly welling fortl, doft trip Adown the valley, wandering sportively.

Where Freedom is not, there no Virtue is : Alas, how soon thy little course will end !

If there be none, this world is all a cheat, How soon thy infant stream Mall lose itself And the divine stabiliry of Heaven In the salt mass of waters, ere it grow

(That assured feat for good men after death) To nanie or greatness! Yet it flows along Is but a transient cloud ; display j fo fair Untainted with the commerce of the world,

To cherish virtuous hope, but at our need Nor palling by the noisy faunts of men ;

Eludes the sense, and fools our honest faith, But through requester'd meads, a little

Vanishing in a lie. If this be so, space,

Were it not better to be born a beast, Winds secretly, and in its wanton path

Only to feel what is, and thus to scape May cheer some drooping power, or minifter The aguish fear that shakes the ammicted Of its cool water to the thirsty lamb:

breast Then falls into the ravenous fea, as pure

With fore anxiety of what shall be; As when it issued from its native bill.

And all for nought? fince our most wicked But thou h pious and moral reflec

act tions, and warm sentiments in favour of Is not our fin, and our religious awe Liberty, form the most prominent and Delusion ; if that strong Neceflity interesting features of this elegant and

Chains up our will. But that the mind is spirited Poem, our author has the art to

free, make them as mostly resulting from the

The Mind herself, best judge of her owa local objeis before him.

ftate, The " nameless rivulet,” so beauti

Is feelingly convinced ; nor to be moved fully apostrophised in the above lines,

By subtle words, that may perplex the head, leads our author to the death of a child, But ne'er persuade the heart. Vain argumost probably a near relation.

ment, • To coaib, Skinner says, is a word common in Lincolnshire ; and fignifies, to faint, He derives it from the Anglo-Saxon, code, a disease. In Dorsetshire it is in common use, but is used of sheep only : a coatbed iheep is a roilen Theep; to coarb is to take the ror.

Rccbaring is also a term in that country appropriated to flocks : 10 chase and rechase is to drive theep at certain times from one fort of ground to another, or from one parish to another."

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That

men.

That with falfe weapons of Philosophy that a man cannot have a serious thought Fights agamft Hope, and Sense, and Nature's rising in his own brcaft, because ConfuItrength!

cius or some other philosopher thought The allusion of the death of a promi. seriously before him. There are sentifing child to that of a pure infant jlrram ments and reasonings common to all almost immcdiately lost in the “ salt mass

A rose is a rose, a tree is a tree, of waters," is, we believe, new, and as and a stream a stream, in all ages ; and strikingly poetical as it is affciting and he is the true poet who can place both tender. The philosophical reflections sentiment and the beauties of nature in which naturally follow are manly, and the most forcible and pleasing views, are, with the following lines, greatly fu which, with all their fameness with forperior, in point of energetic reasoning, mer poets, may bear no mark of servile to the diffuse manner of the Night imitation. He were a foolish painter who Thoughts of Dr. Young.

would draw roses as blue and black, beAbove the noise and stir of yonder fields cause others had described those flowers Uplifted, on this height I feel the mind

as red and white. But our spirited auExpand itref in wider liberty.

thor has another fort of jiritation of The difiant sounds break gently on my sense, which we cannot approvę: we mean his Soothing to meditation : fo me!hinks,

frequent use of elision, after the manner Even so, scquefter d from the noisy world,

of Milton ; and also his freedom of Cou'd I wear out this transitory being adopting phrases, and in a manner paraIn peaceful contempla:ion and calm ease.

phrafing whole pallages from that great But conscience, which still censures on pur

poet. Even in Milton, a puer of the last acts,

century, the elision is a blemish; it canThat awful voice within us, and the fenfe

not, therefore, be a beauty in a pocm of Of an bereafter, wake and ruuse us up the present day. When we read in our From such unthap'd retirement; which were author such passages as these, elle

homeward bound A blest condition on this earthy stage.

From Havre or the Normau ines For who would make his life a lile of toil

and, For wealth, o'er balanc'd with a thousand cares;

in fields of blood Or power, which base cumpliance must up

Hail'd victors, thence renown'd, and call’d

on earth Or honour, lavish'd most on courtly Naves;

Kings, heroes, demigods; but in high Or fame, vain breath of a misjudging world;

heaven Who for such perishable gaudes would put Thieves, ruffians, murderersA yoke upon his frce unbroken {pirit,

Milton comes rather too full on our eye; And gall himself with trammels and the rubs

nor are these the only passages in our Of this world's business ; lo he might stand

poet liable to this objection. clear Of judgment and the tax of idleness

The following animated lines must In that dread aucit, when bis mortal hours

please every reader of manly and true

classical taste :
(Which now with soft and filent stealth pace
hy)

Or nearer to the top, henold a cot,
Must all be counted for ? But, for this fear,
And to remove, according to our power,

O'er which the branchy trees, those ryca.

mores, The wants and evils of our brother's state, 'Tis meet we justle with the world; content,

Wave gently: at their roots a rustic bench

Invites to short refreshment, and to latte If by our sovereign Mafter we he found Al lift not profitless : for worldly meed,

What grateful beverage the house may yield Given or with-heid, I deem of it alike.

After fatifue, or dufy heat ; thence calld

The Traveller's Reft. Welcome, embower'd In both the above passages, it is evident fear, that Hamlet's culebrated feliloquy has Friendly repose to the now passenger been close under our author's eye, ihough Ascending, ere he takes his sultry way he has not fallen into ferviie imitation.

Along th' interminaisle road, Itretch'd out The fry of infect critics are ever on the Ove: th' unihelter'd down ; or when at laft watch to find a moft diftant refeinbiance He has that hard and foliiary path bciwoon a former and a later writer, and Measured by painful steps. And bleft are pass their confident fentence, as if the

they, later one ncither would nor could have Who in life's coilsome journey may make written fo, if the former had not led the pause way; which is just as good as to alleit, After a march of glory : yet not such

As

hold;

Half way up,

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