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& Te Deum" merrily, “ that they Evans, it seems, from his preface, had won the beast of price." considered Dr. Aikin to have given

up any intention of reprinting his * If you will any more of this,

collection. In the Friery at Richmond written it is, In parchment good and fine,

“ The many years which have elapsed How Freer Middleton so hende,

since the publication of the last edition, At Greta Bridge conjured a fiend,

seemed to leave no hope that Dr. Aikin In likenesse of a swine."

could be prevailed on to gratify the pub.

lick by a revision and enlargement of his This tale, which possesses some work. He had declined the task in the portion of Cervantick humour, re- prime and vigour of life, and he might sembles the tournament of Totten- now think it unbecoming his years, to en. ham[See Percy's Reliques, vol. ii.] in gage in a republication of these nugæ ca. which the peasants of a village are

nore. Turpe senilis amor, the doctor might introduced imitating all the solem- exclaim, and though he might be pleased nities of a tournament, and batter- those of Percy, Ellis, and some other si,

to see his

volume ranged by the side of ing each other's heads with fails, milar publications, yet he has abandoned as knights did with long swords and the friendly office of revision to other maces. Another remarkable exam. hands." ple of this class of comick romances, is entitled the “ Hunting of the

Mr. Evans has, however, reckHare."

oned without his host in this mat. A yeoman having found a hare sitting in the common field of ter, and we are sorry that he did á viðage, announces his discovery not take some more certain means to the inhabitants. The peasants,

of ascertaining the doctor's intenresolving to course her, bring to the tions, considering his own labours; spot their great yard dogs and mas.

for we are not to suppose, that tiffs, “ with short shanks and never

one who is an editor, as well as a a tail.” The confusion and disarray

bookseller, would have so far ne. which follow the : congregating of glected the comitas due to a bro. this ill-assorted pack is described ther author, as to publish against with great humour: the ban-dogs Dr. Aikin prefaces his edition with

him a rival edition of his own work. more addicted to war than sport; fall foul of each other; their masters the following account of his mo

tives: are gradually involved in the quarrel, and poor puss steals away, leav

* As inquiries were still from time to ing her enemies engaged in a grand time made after it among the booksellers, scene of worrying and wrangling the editor was asked the question, whether This poem, has never, we believe, he had any intention of reprinting it; ac. been printed. We could add largely companied with the intimation, that, as to these examples, and show that decline the business, others would be

copy-right was expired, should he low romance formed a distinct style ready to undertake it. Conscious that the of composition during the middle Essays were the juvenile attempts of one ages: but we have already exceeded whose taste was by no means matured, and pur bounds, and must dismiss Mr. whose critical knowledge was circumEvans's publication, which, always scribed within narrow limits, the editor curious, has been greatly improved be given to the publick with all its imper.

was unwilling that his book should again by his personal taste and labour.

fections on its head. He was obliged, The next articles in our title, therefore, to declare, that if it were rewhich are allied in subject to the printed at all, it should be with many ma. Collection of Ballads, are two edi- terial alterations, corresponding to his tions of the same work; Dr. Ai. own change of taste and opinion in various kin's well known collection of songs, points during so long an interval. with the preliminary essay. Mr. stances, although he perhaps should notnc#

“Under these almost compulsory circum. taste.”

some

have chosen for the first time to appear quavers forth. But where taste and as the collector of productions, the gene. feeling for poetry happen to be ral strain of which is txore suitable to an

united with a sweet and Aexible earlier period of life, yet he thought he might, without impropriety, avail himself voice, it is scarcely possible to menof the opportunity of making a new and tion a higher power of imparting much more extensive selection of compo. and heightening social pleasure. sitions which will not cease to be favour. We have heard Dr. Aikin's simple ites with the lovers of elegant poetry, ballad: “ It was a winter's evening, whatever be the vicissitudes of general and fast came down the snow," set

by Dr. Clarke, sung with such In the singular predicament of beautiful simplicity as to draw tears reviewing two rival editions of the

even from the eyes of reviewers. same work, and without pretending But the consideration of modern to give a decision against Mr. Evans, although we think he has treated song opens to the critick a stronger

ground of complaint, from the deDr. Aikin with somewhat less atten. tion than his age, situation, and have been popular under that name.

generacy of the compositions which talents perhaps demanded, we can

Surely it is time to make not regret that we are possessed of stand against the deluge of nonsense both editions of the book, and trust and indecency which has of late that (as the old song runs) “the supplanted, in the higher circles, world's wide and there's room for

the songs of our best poets. We us all." We are particularly glad say nothing of the “ Nancies of the to have an opportunity of comparing hills and vales.” Peace to all such! Dr. Aikin's original ideas upon the let the milliner and apprentice have subject of song

writing, with those their ballad, and have it such as they which he has since adopted. His

can understand. Let the four essays upon songs in general, have his “tight main-decker," and upon ballads and pastoral songs, the countess her tinseled canzonet. upon passionate and descriptive But when we hear words which consongs, upon ingenious and witty vey to every man, and we fear to songs, are now blended into one

most of the women in society, a general essay; but we love the clas. sical turn of these little discourses would venture to avow; when we

sense beyond what effrontery itself so well, that we are glad they are hear such flowing from the lips, or preserved in their original state. addressed to the ears, of unsuspectSuch directions and rules of com- ing innocence, we can barely sup. position, whether in their separate press our execration. This elegant and detailed, or in their new moulde collection presents, to those who ed shape, were never more necessary admire musick, a means of escaping than at the present day.

The mar

from the too general pollution, and riage between Harmony and "Immor of indulging a pleasure which we tal Verse,"has, like fashionable wedl.

are taught to regard as equally lock, frequently made some very advantageous to the heart, taste, and ill-matched pairs; and we suspect understanding. Both editions are that Poetry must soon sue for a considerably enlarged by various separate maintenance

The ladies,
songs extracted

froin the best who ought, in common charity, to modern poets, and in either shape feel for her situation, are those who the work maintains its right to rank aggravate her hardships; for it is

as one of the most classical collecrare to hear a fair songstress utter tions of songs in any language. the words of the song which she

seaman

SPIRIT OF THE MAGAZINES.

MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF PRINCE EUGENE, OF SAVOY, WRITTEN

BY HIMSELF.

[Continued from vol. 4. p. 336.] 1708-AS I was sure that Marlbow' thus compel Vendome to leave his rough could make no arrangements camp. Vendome, who guessed our but what were excellent, I went the day intention, remained immovable. I after the battle of Oudenarde to see proposed the siege of Lisle; the demy mother, at Brussels. What tears puties of the states-general thought of affection did she shed on behold. fit to be of a different opinion. ing me again with some addition of Marlborough was with me, and they glory! I told her, however, that were obliged to hold their tongues. Marlborough's portion seemed great. The siege was committed to me, er than mine, as at Hochstett. The while Marlborough was to cover it joy of revenge had some share in against the army of the duke of that, occasioned by our victory. She Burgundy. The latter with 60,000 was glad to see the king humbled, men, encamped near Pont des Pierwho had left her, for another woman, res; and I with 40,000, after investin his youth, and exiled her in his ing the city, took up my head

quare old age. It is remarkable that in ters at the abbey of Loos, on the hers, she married the duke d’Ursel, 13th of August. The brave and without assuming his name. Nobody skilful Boufflers, with a garrison of knew this; it could not have been a sixteen battalions, and four regiments match of conscience or convenience, of dragoons, cut out plenty of work but probably of ennui and idleness. for me. The job, so far from being

The fifteen days which I thus easy, was a dangerous one; for Mons passed with her, were the most was not in our possession. My first agreeable of my life. I parted from attack on fort Cateleau was repulsed; her with the more pain, as it was the works undertaken the same day probable that we should not see to drain a large pond which was in each other again. On the last day my way, also failed. I ordered epauof iny visit the troops from the Mo- lements to be made, for the fire of selle arrived. We were then as the place annoyed us to such a destrong as the French. I sent eight gree, that a cannon-ball carried off battalions to reenforee Marlborough's the head of the valet of the prince of corps, which covered Flanders. I Orange, at the moment when he was left the rest to cover Brussels, and putting on his master's shirt. It may rejoined him at the camp of Elchin. easily be supposed that he was obliHe, Ouverkirke, and myself, agreed ged to take another, and to remove upon sending a strong letachment his quarters. I opened the trenches, to lay waste Artois and Picardy, and and on the 23d the besieged made

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a sortie, when lieutenant-general young prince of no character, and Betendorff, who commanded there, an old king who had lost his, were was taken prisoner. Boufflers treated quite sufficient to fill Vendome's him exceedingly well. The festival heart with rage. He was obliged by of St. Louis, which he celebrated them to retreat, as if he had been with three general discharges of all beaten. I continued the siege, sure his artillery, cost us some men. In of not being interrupted, and took the night between the 26th and 27th, the redoubt of the gate of Flanders, the besieged made a terrible sortie; and some others; but after three I gained the post of the mill of St. hours fighting for one of the most Andrew; Boufflers retook it; and I essential, I was driven back, and there lost 600 men.

pursued to my trenches. I scarcely Marlborough sent me word that stirred from them, having the king Berwick having reenforced the duke of Poland and all my young princes of Burgundy, the army, now 120,000 at my side; for it was necessary to strong, was marching to the relief set an example, and to give orders. of Lisle. The deputies of the states. I ordered two assaults to facilitate general, always interfering in every the taking of the covered way; althing, and always dying of fear, ask- ways repulsed, but a horrible care ed me for a reenforcement for him. nage. Five thousand English, sent I went to his camp to offer him one. me by Marlborough to repair my He said: “Let us go together, and losses, performed wonders, but were reconnoitre the ground between the thrown into disorder. We heard the Deule and the Marck." After we cry of Vive le Roi et Boufflers! I had examined it, he said: “ I have said a few words in English to those no occasion for one, I shall only brave fellows who rallied round me; move my camp nearer to your's.” I led them back into the fire; but a Vendome proposed not to lose a day, ball below the left eye knocked me but instantly attack the army of ob- down senseless. Every body thought servation, and the besieging force. me dead, and so did I too. They 56. I cannot," said the duke of Bur- found a dung-cart, in which I was gundy; “ I have sent a courier to conveyed to my quarters. First my my grandfather to inquire his plea- life, and then my sight, was de

Conferences were held at spaired of. I recovered both. The Versailles, and the king sent his ball had struck me obliquely. Here booby Chabillard to his grandson's was another unsuccessful attack; camp. He went up with him into the out of 5,000 men, not 1,500 returnsteeple of the village of Sedin, to ed, and 1,200 workmen were there view our two armies, and he decided killed. against giving us battle.

Being prevented for some time, I cannot conceive how Vendome by my wound from interfering in any could forbear running mad; another, thing, I left the command of the with less zeal, would have sent every siege to Marlborough, who delivered thing to the devil; and he, a better his to Ouverkerke. He effected a grandson of a king of France than lodgment in a tenaillon on the left; the other, took the trouble, the day but a mine baffled the assault and before, to go so close to Marlbo- the assailants. Marlborough counterrough's position to reconnoitre, that mined some of them, and took all he was grazed by a cannon-ball. I possible pains to spare me trouble had returned to Marlborough's camp on my return. He was obliged to eat to be his volunteer, if he had been in publick, in order to cheer my arattacked.

my, and returned to his own. But (while I think of it) a Cha. The chevalier de Luxembourg millard, that is, in one word, a deceived me by introducing ammu«

VOL. V.

sure.”

nition, of which the besieged were your person, and I am sure that a in great want; and a captain, named brave man like you will not abuse Dubois, deceived me by swimming it. I congratulate you on your ex® with a note from Boufflers to the cellent defence.” duke of Burgundy, informing him, My council of war, which I sumthat though the trenches had been moned out of politeness, objected to opened forty days, I was not yet the article that the citadel should not completely master of any of the be attacked on the side next the works. “Nevertheless, Monseig- town. I yielded, having my plan in neur," added he, “ I cannot hold out my head, and wrote to Boufflers: beyond the 15th or 20th of October." « Certain reasons, M. le Marechal,

I was in want of powder. A single prevent me from signing this article, letter from Marlborough to his but I give you my word of honour friends queen Anne, occasioned a to observe it. I hope in six weeks quantity to be sent me, with four- to give you fresh proofs of my adteen battalions, by the fleet of vice- miration.” Boufflers retired into the admiral Byng, who landed them at citadel, and I entered the city with Ostend. Every body is acquainted Marlborough, the king of Poland, with the stupidity of Lamotte, who the landgrave of Hesse, &c. In the not only suffered this convoy to morning we went to church, and at reach me, but got a sound drubbing night to the play, and all the busifor his whole corps that was intend- ness of the capitulation being finished to prevent it. ' Being completely ed on the 29th of October, I the recovered from my wound, I was same day ordered the trenches to night and day at the works, which be opened before the citadel. Boufflers, also present every where, Before I proceed to this siege, I was 'incessantly interrupting or an- pught to relate a circumstance that hoying

happened to me during that of the I bethought me of a stratagem to city. A clerk of the post-office give frequent alarms for several wrote to the secretary of general nights, at a half moon, with a view Dopf, desiring him to deliver to me to attack it afterwards in open day, two letters, one from the Hague, and being persuaded that the wearied the other I know not whence. I soldiers would take that time for opened the letter, and found nothing repose. This scheme succeeded. I but a greasy paper. Persuaded, as ordered an assault upon a salient I still am, that it was a mistake, or angle; and that succeeded. I direct- something of no consequence, which ed the covered way to be attacked, I might, perhaps, have been able to and again succeeded. I thence read had I taken the trouble to hold made a breach in the curtain, and the paper to the fire, I threw it enlarged another in a bastion; and away. Somebody picked it up, and when I was at length working at it was said that a dog, about whose the descent of the ditch, the marshal,, neck it was tied, died poisoned in who had every day invented some the space of twenty-four hours. new artifice, sometimes tin boxes, at What makes me think this untrue, others earthen pots filled with gre. is, that at Versailles they were too nades, and done all that valour and generous, and at Vienna too reli. science could suggest, offered to gious, for such a trick. capitulate on the 22d of September. The ninth day the besieged made Without mentioning any conditions, a vigorous sortie. The prince of I promised to sign such as he should Brunswick, who repulsed it, receiv. propose to

« This, M. le ed a wound from a musket-ball in Marechal,” so I wrote to him, is the head. The eleventh, a still - to show you my perfect regard for more vigorous sortie of the cheva

me.

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