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343 Hawkswortlı's alterations as in general dress. We gave orr plaudit to his first injudicious and proving him no poet. But translation, which was of ESCHYLUS, Mr. Ferriar's principal design is “ to about ten years ago (see vol. XLVIII. “ communicate and extend those im- p. 34), printed in two vols. 8vo. 1779; “pressions of the African Nave trade to the second, of EURIPIDES, vol. I. “ which are already received by fo large 1781 (LI. 374), vol. 11. 1783 (LII..
a proportion of the people of Eng. 125) * He has now completed the “ land.” Already (he says) are exer trio by adding a translation of SOPHOtions promised for suppreiling the slave CLES, of whose life he gives the fol. trade of France. With a like view. ibis lowing view: tragedy has been acted at the Manches
“ Sophocles, the son of Sophilus, an Atheter Theatre, and favourably received. pian, was born at Colonn, and eclucated How far it, and the other exertions for with great attention. Superior vigour and restoring freedom to the endlaved Afri- address in the exercises of the palestra, and cans, may meet with fuccefs, must be skill in music, were the great accomplishleft to the wisdom of the legislature, ments of young men in the states of Greece. and to time, to decide ; for great care
In these Sophocles excelled ; nor was he less must be taken, that, under the specious diftinguished by the beauty of his person. --name of Humanity, as already of Li- He was also instructed in the noblest of all berty, too great sacrifices of national sciences, civil polity and religion : from the
firit of these he derived an unfhaken love of polity and interest be not made.
his country, which he served in some embar.
fies, and in high military command with Pe75. Aura; or, The Slave: a Poem.
ricles; from the latter he was impreised By Tliomas George Street.
with a pious reverence for the Gods, maniMR. STREET was formerly scholar fested by the inviolable integrity of his life. to Mr. Carr, of Hertford, to whom this But his studies were early devoted to the poem is dedicated, and afterwards fete tragic Mufe; the spirit of Eschylus lent a tled three years at Jamaica, as a planter, fire to his genius, and excited that noble till he could bear it no longer. “ It emulation which led him to contend with, " was a kind of mental necesily, and he and fometimes to bear away, the prize from “ could not have been happy if he had
his great master. He wrote 43 Tragedies, “ remained in that situation.” He has
of which seven only have escaped the ravages therefore commenced poet; but with
of time : and having testified his love of his out talents for aught but rhyming: for vited by many kings; and having enjoyed
country by refusing to leave it, though inhe has laid his African scene in America, the uninterrupted esteem and affection of his and talks of Ofuego, and the war-hoop, fellow-citizens, which neither the gallant acand made African adjective. Aura, tions and sublime genius of Eichylus, nor the and her Afric lover, Almanzo, wander- tender spirit and philofophic virtue of Euriing by the stream of Formosa, whole pides, could secure to them, he died in the golden waves lave the foores of Africa, 91st year of his age. The barial-place of his they saw a tbing majestic Howly rise; ancestors was at Decelia, which the Lacedæ“Which, as they view'd approaching, seem'd monians had at that time seized and fortified; " morenear,
but Lysander, the Spartan chief, permitied " And Aura's gentle bosom heav'd with
the Athenians to inter their deceased poet;
and they paid him all the lionours due to his It proved a llaving trader, which
love of his country, integrity of life, and high - enticed them from their home, friends, poetic excellence. Eschylus had at once " and every tie,
seized the highest post of honour in the field “And carried them into captivity.”
of poetry, the true sublime; to that eminence Almanzo swam after Aura and her fa- his claim could not be disputed. Sophocles ther; was taken on board; knocked had a noble elevation of mind, but tempered the planter their mafter into the sea;
with fo fine a taste, and so chastened a judge was killed with her father; and, last ment, that he never palles the bounds of proof all,
priety. Under his conduct the tragic Muse - Aura spoke, and died!”
appears with the chaste dignity of fome nchle
matron at a religious folemnity; harmony is 26. The Tragedies of Sophocles transla'ed. 410.
in l:er voice, and grace in all her motions.
From him the theatre received some addi. MR. POTTER, whose name is sub- tional embellishments; and the drama, which joined to the Dedication to Georgiana mide it more active and more interesting, Counters-dowager Spencer, has now ac the introduction of a third speaker : but luis complished the arduous talk of setting before his countrymen the works of ihe
* See it compared with Mr. Wodhull's three Grecian dramatilts in an English translation, LII. 491.
distinguished excellence is in the judicious requested of me, immediately after the pubdisposition of the fable, and so nice a connec lication of Euripides; but I wished to leave tion and dependence of the parts on each Dr. Franklin in the undisturbed poffeffion of other, that they all agree to make the event his well-acquired reputation, and declined the not only probable but even neceffary. This attempt, till a person of illustrious rank, and is peculiarly admirable in his “(Edipus, King more illustrious for mental accomplishments, “s of Thebes ;" and in this important point did me the honour to desire that I would he is far superior to every other dramatic give the English reacler all the remains of the writer. Aristotle, who formed his judge tragic ruins of Greece. A request from such ment from the three great Athenian poets, a person, and the manner in which it was particularly from Sophocles, observes, that comunicated to me, could not be refused. I Tragedy, after various changes, having now undertook the work as a talk, sensible of its attained the perfection of its nature, attained difficulty, and even despairing of my power at no farther improvements. The latter part to express the propriety, the sweetness, the of the observation was at that time just. It harmony, the force, and the dignity of Socontinued just more than 200 years; but of phocles. As I advanced, I was not wholly perfection who shall decide? The great ditfatisfied with myself: from a task it becritic did not conceive that Nature could came an amusement to me, and then a pleaproduce a poet who, without any knowledge sure. This translation professes to be faithof his laws, or of those Grecian models, ful to the original ; and I fatter myself it is fhould exalt tragedy to an excellence of in some small ciegree correct. This it owes which neither he nor they had any idea. to a learned friend, who did me the favour to Shakespeare had a genius ardent and sublime revise it. With his taste and judgement I am as that of Eschylus. His diction is equally well acquainted; and I coufide in his integreat and daring; his imagination was richer grity. My own attentions and exertions and more luxuriant ; his observation of the have not been wanting, as it has been my Blving manners, and his knowledge of the ambition to make it worthy of the noble perhuman mind, more comprehersive: hence son to whom it owes its existence, and of the his wonderful power over the pasiions. It publick, to whom it is now presented.” is a proof of the commanding force of genius, It would be invidious in a reviewer that, as the “ Agamennon" of Eschylus,
to exalt the merit of a living translator with all its faults, excels any thing that remains to us of the Grecian drama, so there Potter does not need this. We are
at the expence of a deceased one. Mr. are many Tragedies of Shakespeare, though with more and greater faults, which are fu- only forry our limits do not admit of an fuperior to the “ Agamemnon.” Nature
extract at prcfent. may yet produce another poet, bleft with the powers of Shakespeare and the judge- 77 Bigland's Colleflions for Gloucestershire. ment of Sophocles; and the critic who lhall (Continued fion vol. LVI. p. 1062). fee this may then say, with Aristotle, “ Tragedy has now attained the perfection of its
WE are glad to see this fplendid “nature.” In the mean time, we glory in work meet with the encouragement it lo our countrymen, and look back with reve
well deserves; and shall prefent from it rence on the three great poets of Athens.
to our readers two epitaphs by Swift, The sublinity and daring of Eschylus reiem one of which is not to be found in the ble some strong and impregnable castle, fetiled Dean's Works, and the other only in on a rock, whose martial grideur awes i he an undigered rough draught. beholder ; its battlements defended by heroes 1. On a marbie tablet in the church in arms, and its gates proudly hung with tro
at Berkcley: phies. Sophocles appears with splendid dig
« H. S. E. nity, like fome imperial palace of the richet Carolus Comes de Berkeley, Vicecomes architecture, the iynimetry of whose parts,
Dulley, and the chaite magnificence of the whole, Baro Berkeley, de Berkeley Caft. Mowbray, delight the eye, and command the approba
Segrave, tion of the judgement. The pathetic and Et Bruce, è Nobilitlimo ordine Balnei Eques, moral Euripides hath the solemnity of a Go. Vir ad genus quod spectar & Proavos ufquethic temple, whose storied windows admit a
quaque Nobilis, dim religious light, enough to Thew, in its Et longo, si quis alius Procerum ftemmate high embowered roof, and the monuments
editus; of the dead, which rise in every part, im Muniisetiani tam illuftri ftirpi dignisinsignitus. preffing our minds with pity and terror at Siquidem à Gulielmo 111° ad ordines foede. the uncertain and thort duration of all hu
rati Belgii man greatness, and with an awful sense of Ablegatus & Plenipotentiarius Extraordinarius our own mortality.----In works of litera. Rebus, non Britanniæ tantùm, fed totius fere tuie the publick is little interested in the mo
Europa ties of the writer; yet some account of this (Tunc temporis præfertim arduis) per annos V. Ir. ndacion may be necellai y. It was often
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345 Quam felici diligentia, fide quam intemerata, the former, my motives render me indifferEx illo discas, Lector, quod, superstite Patre, ent to the latter.
In Magnatum ordinem adscisci meruerit. “ I thould conclude this letter with regret Fuit å fanctioribus confiliis & Regi Guliel. & in being under the neceility of informing the Annæ Reginæ,
publick, that I am now exliaufted of all the E Proregibus Hiberniæ secundius, seeds of the Mangel Wurzel which I raised Comitatuum Civitatumque Gloceft. & Erist. myself, or procured from abroad, were it not Dominus Locumtenens,
in my power to add, that the seedsmen in Surriæ & Glocett. Cuftos Rot. Urbis Gloceft. London are no:v in pofleflion of a quantity magnus
to dispose of. Senescallus, Arcissanctide PriavellCastellanus, “ As I wish fully to appreciate the value Guarılianus Foresta de Dean.
of chis vegetable, any future information reDenique ad Turcarum primum, deinde ad specting it will be acceptable to Roman. Imperatorem
Jous COAKLEY LETTSOM." Cum Legatos Extraordinarius defignatus effet, London, April 22, 1788. Quo minus has etiam oraret provincias The Prefaces to the former editions
Obititit adversa corporis valetudo. are judiciously preserved; the first dated Sed reftat adhuc, prie quo fordescunt cætera, Aug. 1, the second Sept. 5, the third Honos verus, stabilis, et vel morti cedere
Nov. 15, 1987; " in which short penescius, Quod veritatem Evangelicam feriò amplexus;
“riod,” says Dr. Lettsom, “about 2400 Erga Deum pius, erga pauperes munificis,
applications have been made for the Adversus omnes æquus & henevolus,
“ plants and seeds, and I believe on In Christo jam placidè obdormic
perton has been disappointed. Of cum eodem oliin regnaturvis unà.
" letters upon the subject of this vegeNatus VIII April MDCXLIX. denatus
“ table, and its cultivation in particular, XXIV Septem. MDCCX.ætat. suæ LXII! “ I have received about 700, most of
" which have been aufwered." 2. In Berkeley church-yard. « Here lies the Earl of Suffolk's fool, 79. A Sermon preache! a: St. Paul's 19 Janga Men callid him Dicky Pearce ;
ary 27, 1788, being ibe forft Sunday in HiHis folly serv'd to make folks laugh,
Jary Term, before be Lord Mayor, Jariges, When wit and mirth were scarce.
Adirment, and Sberits. By Richard Har*** Foor Dick, alas! is dead and gone,
rison, Cbapisain to bis Lordip. 8vo. What signifies to cry
This Sermon is published at the reDickys enough are still behind,
quest of the Lord Mayor and Court of To laugh at by and by.
Aldurmen, and recommends the better “ Buried June 18, 1728, aged 63." obfervance of the Sabbath, in confora
mity to his Majeity's Proclamation, and 73. An Account of the Culture and Use of ibe the in Ritution of Sunday Senools.
Mangel Wurzel. Tbe Fourib Edition.
80. 'Oblervations relative to the Txes upon volent tract in vol. LVII. p. 702, we
Windows or lights. By John Louis de have only now to add the following • Address :"
IF thiş be the author of The Confideo “ After having given the publick every tion of Englanil, - quantum mulaius ao useful information in my power, respecting illo!-chat grave and jud.cious advocate the Mangel Wurzel, or Bern Hybrida; and of Genera, whole decisions were re. after having, at much labour and expence, ceived with reverence as oracular, is diftributed many millions of seeds, for the degenerated to a political mountebank, purpose of experiment, time.mnt determine cracking his jokes on the window tix, bou far my endeavours, directed to the good the shop tax, the ha: kers a: d perilars of he community, will prove so eventually. ałt, and proposing lud.crous fubfiitutes It remains with me, however, publicly to
and improvements. Fain would the per• thank my numerous correspondents; among
fuade oustelves that fome ferito ng whom I may include many of the first in
Monus, in this fantastic age, has al. national rank, who have condescended to favour me with their approbation.
fumed the name, without the character, " To those invectives which some of the
of ). L. de Lolme ! public prints Have exhibited against me, I
81. Bristber Peter so Brorber Tom, an Ergo make no reply. However eftimable the re
sulatory Epile. By Feter Pindar, Elg. gard of virtuous characters may he, he will invelve himself in disappointment and re
And why, Peter, pullith so late in morf“, who acts merely, to gain the applause the month - The colquence is, me even of the good, or to deprecate the censure confideration of you, reveries is unavij's of the envious. if my conduct have acquired ably dererred till another opportuary. Gent. MAG. April, 1988.
CATALOGUE OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
*Bowdler's Letters from Holland, 65 Kobieg
Nichols Memoirs of Mrs. Archer, 4 vols, 125
Matthews's Voyage to Africa, 55 Wpia
Jubnion Murray on Imprisoment for Debi, 15 Hookbare
Ditte * Present State of Sicily and Malta, 35 Kearly
Eadell Complete Art of Boxing, 2s Karf,
Hawes's Hints on the Poor, is
POETRY, and ebe DRAMA.
Caveil The Parriail, a Poem, is 6d
Ditto #The Ruian Prophecy, is Robinsons
Cadell Miss Thompson's Poems, 55 Robardim
*The Patriot King, a Tragedly, 25
INDEX INDICATORI U S.
which the Rev. Charles Sturges is vicar, and
R S observes, “ A squabble hetween Ba.
thought proper to suppress in her Anecdotes,
Sclear Poetry, Ancient and Modern, for April, 1988.
347 SONNET TO Miss SEWARD. Each lovely sweet to decorate his fong:
BE HENRY F. CARY. Deign now, of Poefy the brightest fair, WEET was the strain, that grac'd thine Deign to accept a youthful poet's lay, Andru's tumb,
Who, tracing oft with zeal thy numbers
bland, Nor sweeter Milton struck the mournful
Whether when Lucifer leals on the day, Whon he invok'd each Mute with vain defire,
Or gentle Evening, with dew-sprinklesl band,
O'er the hush'd woods her Madlowy man. And called the Nymphs to weep his Lycid's
tie throws, But brighter does th’immortal chaplet bloom,
With Emulation's fires at every beauty glows. , That crowns our Elliott's brow-with mightier fire
111. To ibe Riu. T. WARTON. Pindar ne'er burn'd. Proceed, the Epic Awake, and with a noble pride aisume THEE, Waton ! at whose birth auspicious That throne, aflign’d thee in the Muse's fane ;
(ful queen The toils of wise Ulyises' son invite
The heavenly Nine, for whom the sportErroneous, and great Maid ! as yet the theme Of each romantic and bewilder'd scene, Unsung,--so shall thy glory eclipse the train The bright-ey'd Fancy, wove of forets wild, Of female flars, that deck fair Greece with light, A fragrant wreath, to deck her darling child,
And thine for ever with uurival'd beam. Who by her potent magic oft haft seen, Sutton Coldfield, April 3.
Tripping in twilight circles o'er the green,
The fays and dapper elves, when evening ODE XXX, BOOK 1. OF HORACE.
mild Transated by ibe Sam.,
To the pent fold had drove her fieccy train :
Thee do l hail, illustrious Barvi, of fame NIDOS' and Paphos' lovely Queen!
Renown’dl, and of great Albion's tuneful
quire For once attend thy Glycera's votive fane,
The chief, happy from thy enraptur'd strain And view the fragrant odors sweetly rise.
To catch fome spark of briglit, celestial Let haite thy fervid boy with thee,
flame, The Nymphs and Graces arm in arm
To thee devoting my uudilful lyre,
IV. TO John HOWARD, Ese.
OH thou! whose quick and penetrating eye FIVE SONNET6 TO EMINENT
Darts thro' the baleful eingeon's grated PERSONG.
Whole sympathetic bofom joys to swell 1. To WILLIAM HAYLEY, Esq. With fond emotion, when the social figh HARM'D with the magic sweetness of Isclaim'u by Mis'ry's deep-empaffion'd cry, thy lays,
Aim'd at each heart where social virtues To thes, oh rapturous Hayley, bard divine,
devell ; To thee, thou happy fav’rite of the Nine, Permit a Bard to ftring his votive shell My infant Muse this early tirbute pays;
To thy immortal name, thit soars on high For thee me swells the notes of honeft praise, To meet the smile of heav'n. Still in thy With firey wishes þui'ns, at Honour's
Retain the ardent zeal of chearing woe, A bloomy chaplet round thy head to Of soothing (crrows, wakeful cares to And add one sprig of ivy to thy bays.
reft, Thy name, sequester'd Hayley, skill'd to move And aiding innocence. So shalt thou know The Thriek of wild affright, th' impal Th'çcftatic joy of being for ever bleft, fion'd fear,
When angels crown thy toils with palms of In Pity's glistening eye, the starts of fear,
endless glow. And all the melting tenderness of love,
With longs etherial thall th Aonian maids y. To MR. HENRY F. CARY, Os golden harps extul, in Pindus eestal hades.
HENCF, studied Art, with all thy hateful train
(tire II. To Miss SEWARD
That warp the bent of genius, and the
Of Eancy damp, hence! And do thon ENCHANTING Seward, mistress of the
(deign lyre !
[fwain, My tribute verse kind Nature, do thout Whose glowing numbers animate each With thy soft power thy Bard to aid, who And into every breast furh rapturous fire
fain, Infuse, as late adoru'd fweet Hayley's strain ; By boundless wishes urg'dand wilddefire, What time he tray'd th’ Aonian wilds a
Would celebrate on his unpolish'd lyre mọng,
Thy darling Cary's animated Arain, Culling, with halte refin'd and niceft care,