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When, however, we at length suc- ted a deep sensibility, almost as excesceeded in finding out a few passages,
sive as that of Rousseau. He described they certainly appeared such as to
the emotions of his own feeling heart ; cause regret that he had not trusted he painted exactly the scenery of nature
and manners of rustic life ; and consemore to the resources of his own
quently the charm of bis writings will mind. They discover great vigour be always felt by him who has an obserand originality of thinking; and tho'ving eye, and a sympathizing mind.sometimes written in too hurried and But though Burns was a great genius, careless a manner, are often extreme. I do not think that his fancy had much ly well expressed; such is the follow- range, that he belonged to the same
class, that he was moulded, if I may say ing :
so, in the same model with a Homer, a Whenever it becomes fashionable to Virgil, a Milton, or an Ariosto. Fitted praise a;? old writer, it is astonishing to delineate the strong but fleeting emuwhat eulogies are lavished upon him ; tion of the hour, I know not if he even his having had common sense be- could have formed a large plan, and comes a subject of wonjerand admiration. kept it steadily in his imagination, soar. Thus the old editors of the Greek tra- ing, in order to enrich it, from heaven gedians generally mark with comras to earth, from earth to heaven.
The those passages in which it is asserted high poetical spirit does not perhaps conthat life is short, or fortune, is changeable, sist in the Sybilline fury, in the agitation
astonished that Pagans should make such of an hour; it has much sensibility invprofound discoveries. The Earl of Dr. deed, but its sensibility is calm and digni.
ford in his Anecdotes, and J. Warton in fied, and subjected to the understanding. his Essay on Pope, extol Milton to the Newton is said to have declared, that his skies, and pronounce him the father of powers of discovery consisted chiefly in 'modern gardening, because he has not his patience, in his strength and steadiintroduced clipt hedges, gravel walks, ness of thought, which n ver lost sight of and marble fountairs, into the Garden an object once fixed before it. Thus it of Eden! as if there was much merit in was not carried away in the current of avoiding a fault which no writer of ideas; thus the object, which at first was common sense could possibly have com. scarcely seen by the dawnings of a faint mitted. We see that Leisure is paint. light, shone more and more, till it was ed by him as taking his pleasure in trim illuminated by the glories of the perfect gardens ; but he had judgement enough day. Such too seems to have been the to avoid painting the hand of art as ap- genius of Milton; the scene which his pearing where Nature “ wanton'd as in imagination painted as lovely, and his her prime.” These critics might as undertanding had approved, he could well praise that most divine of bards be- keep before him, undisturbed by the cause he does not describe Adam as violence of passionate transport; and wearing a cocked hat, or instead of a when it was sketched in immortal verse, bower, living in a palace adorned with he could calmly, or at lçast only with paintings similar to those of Titian and dignified and pleasing emotion, create Corregio.
The beginning of the next para- The following passage, introduced graph gives a curious instance of the by the mention of Johnson's aversion manner in which the author brings to pastoral poetry, deserves also to in his quotations.
be quoted. An expression of this last painter is
To a person whose vision was imperoften quoted. I think one of 'Domini fect, who was enamoured of a town life, chino ought to be as well known.
and who considered a chair in a tavern P. 100.
as the throne of happiness; to a person was tos The character of Burns is drawn violent emotions, accustomed to intel
whose mind was agitated by a series of with great animation.
lectual entertainment, to the agitation Burņs bad much more of the acer
vis of contest, and the triumph of victory; to aft spiritus. With a great deal of fire he uni. such a person, the scenes of the country
a new one.
might have been languid and uninteres- rischal College and University of ting. The principal charm of a rural Aberdeen. Including many of his lif: is the tra quillity it represents; but to a mind iike Johnson's, tranquillity
original letters. By SIR WILLIAM was à curse, Indeed I do not know,
FORRES of Pitsligo, Bart. 2 vols. if a person of much mental energy, un.
400. 21. 128. 6d. fizie paper sl. 56. less a proprietor, or landscape painter,
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new edition, corrected and enlarged; showered the earth,” when a peari hangs with a life of the Author; Preon every thorn and spike of grass ; when the song of rapture is loud in the
fatory Dissertations; and an apbirchen groves, which shed new fra
propriate Glossary. By GEORGE grance, and display a lovelier green ;
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LAMES HOGG, well known by but always leaves it empty and dissatisfied.
the appellation of the Etuick
Shepherd, has a volume in the press, In short, we are disposed to augur
entitled the Mountain Bard ; iconwell of this author ; and the only sisting of Scottish and English Balblame we attach to him is, that in lads, Songs, &c. founded on fact sand poetry he has descended below the legendary tales. To readers of this
decor level of his genius, and that in prose Miscellany it cannot be necessary he has gives us too litsle of his own to expatiate on the merits of Mr composition. Whether the brilliant Hogg, nor on those peculiar dis. passages in his present performance advantages of fortune and situation will be sufficient to buoy up the rest, by which these merits are enhanə we pretend not to foretell. But ced. His compositions, we have though they should not, we advise no doubt, will be found fully qual him not to be discouraged, Pro- to several, which in England have vided he can abjure Scottish pastoral,
in similar circumstances experienced and can shake off the mania of quo- the most lavish patronage. tation, we have no doubt of his pro- The Highland Society of Scotland ducing something, which may deserv. have in the press a third volume of edly raise his reputation; and we shall their Prize-essays and Transactions. be happy, at a future period, to hear To these will be prefixed an account a more unqualified testimony to his of the Principal Proceedings of be merits.
Society since 1803, drawn up by
Dr Gerard, Professor of Divinity at New works published in EDINBURGH. Aberdeen, is preparing to publish,
in one volume 8vo. a work entitled, 1. AN Account of the Life and Institutes of Biblical Criticism ; or,
Writings of James Beattie, Heads of the Course of Lectures L. L. D. late Professor of Moral on that subject, read in the UniPhilosophy and Logic in the Ma- versity and King's College.
Mr James Wardrope, Fellow of the ders in Families and Individuals. These
cases have been kept for several years burgh, will soon publish, Essays will be named, as weli as by the editor,
by various medical gentlemen, who on the Pathology of the Human Eye, the various morbid appearan. by practicat observations.
who will accompany them occasionally çes of which will be illustrated by The two great "sarcophagi, which coloured engravings.
were taken among the other 'antiques from the French at Alexandria, have been recently removed from the court-1
yard of the British Museum to the new! LITERARY INTELLIGENCE, ENGLISH
building in the garden intended for the reception of the Townley collection of
marbles and the Egyptian and other arDR R Wiltân has in the press a work tiquities
on the Cow-pox, and on its va. The Arundel, Selden, and Pordfret rieties and anomalies, to be illustrated marbles, statues, &c. at present depositby engravings, in the manner of his ed in the Moral Philosophy School at work on Cutaneous Diseases. It com- Oxford, are shortly to be removed to : prizes the following sections:
the Radcliff Library. 1. On the. Combined Inoculation of Dr. John Moodie, of Bath, who was the Variolous and Vaccine Fluids. employed with the forces during the
2. Or the Characteristics and Effects late war in India, proposes to publisis of Perfect Vaccination.
by subscription, A History of the Mili. 3
On Imperfect Vaccination. tary Operations of the British Forces in 4. . Small-pox subsequent to Väccina. Hindoostan, from the Commencement tion."7 443! Yox"
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tion in India, during a period of Earty 7. On the Inpculation of the Chicken Years. The Work will be elegantiy рох
printed, and comprised in two large von 8. Exterimination of the Small-pox. lumes, royal quarto, and will be em
The Appendix consists of Letters bellished with maps, charts, plans, and from Dr. Jenner, and other physicians views, illustrative of the subject. and surgeons in the principal towns of A new weekly paper, on an improved Great Britain and Ireland.
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Dr. Walcot has returned to the me. sold on the average. At sixpence each troplis from Fowey, and is at this tine Paper, the annual return to the propriemployed in printing a new collection etors is 263,900l, and at the duty of threrof Odes and Elegies in his own inimi- pence-halfpenny per Paper, they yield table style, to be intitled Tristia, or the to the State 154,000l. per annuin. Each Sorrows of Peter. The idea is founded on Paper contains also an average of forty his alledged exclusion from his share of Advertisements yielding to the propria the loaves and fishes during the late etors, at seven shillings each, the sum of changes in Administration.
147,7841. per anmum; and the duty, at Dr. Beddoes has in the press a Re- three shillings per Advertisement, yields port from an institution at Bristol for to the State 63,3361. per anrum. investigating the Origin, and cutting Mr. Maurice announces a Poem, de. short the Progress, of Consumption, corated with engravings, On Richmon! Scrophula, and other prevalent disor Hill; intended to illtistrāte the princi
pal objects viewed from that beauuful The National Institute of France baş eminence. It will be printed at the propused as a subject of a Prize Essay, press of Bulmer and Co. similar to Grove to be adjudged in july, 1808," To exHill.
amine what has been the influence of the Mr Parkinson's second volume of Or- crusades upon the civil liberty of the ganic Remains f a former World, is in people of turope, upon theircivilization, considerable forwardness. He has-so- and upon the progress of their learning, licited the favour of such remarks and commerce, and industry.". The disspecimens as may aid him in his in- course is to be written in French ar quiries respecting fossil corais, the en- Latin, and must be delivered" n before crinus, starstones, trochites, entrochites. the ist of April, 1308. The prize is a
A second volume, containing Cam- gold medal of 1500 francs in value. bridgehsire, Cheshire, and Cornwall, of The Emperor Alexander las founded Magna Britannia, by the Rev. Daniel a college at Teflis in Georgia. At the Lysons, and Samuel Lysuns, Esq. is an- head this establishment has been planounced for early publication. Also, ced an ecclesiastic, who possesses extenPart
. the Second, containing twenty-four sive literary attainments, and a perfect Views in Cambridge, Cheshire, and Corn- knowlerge of the Russian language. wall, of Britannia Depicta.
Translations of various useful works are Mr. Stockdale, the successful pub. already making into the Georgian, and lisher of Chauchard's Map, is prepar. in return the literature of Russia expects ing three grand Imperial and Popogra- others of an ancient Georgian poet'nam. phical Maps of the United Kingdom of ed Russawell, and of a celebrated ro. Great Britain and Ireland ; un foty. mance-writer of the same country, Sereight large sheets of atlas paper, each gei Imogwell., sheet measuring two feet two inches by Culonei Lewis, who was commissiontwo feet ten inches. The cost of the ed in 1804, by the President of the U. Map of Ireland to subscribers will not nited States, to explore the sources of exceed three guineas, Scotland two gui- 'the Missouri, ascended this neas, and that of England and Wales space of five hundred leagues, stopfour guineas.
ped in 470 of Jatitude in order to pass The Rev. Dr. Clarke has in the press the winter. Here the temperature was Travels through Russia, the Territories so rigorous that the show, which equalled of the Cossacs, Kuban l'artary, the two feet in thickness, did not disappear Crimea, &c. in a 4to volume with num- until the end of March. He found diferous engravings.
ferent colonies of Indians, who in geue. Vailant continues to prosecute his tal gave him a good reception, and furAfrican Ornithology. The 25th and nished him with what necessaries he re. 26th livraisons are already published; quired. They informed him he would they terminate the third volume of this have two hundred leagues to travel be. splendid work.--He has likewise pub- fore reach ng the great cataract, and Jished the 23d livraison of his History about the same number of leagues far
of Perroquets. The 24th livraison, which 'ther before arriving at the great mounconcludes the work, will soon make its tains whence thé Missouri has its source; appearance.
and that on crossing these mountains, he Latreille has published the first vo- would immediately reach the South Sea. lume of his General History of Insects; The lesser tor: ents which flow into this a work on which he has been engaged "river were all distinguished by French for a considerable time.
names; from which it is presumable that Duvernoy has published the three last the French from Canada had penetrated volumes of Cuvier's Comparative Ana. into these countries, which have since tomy; a work which was anxiously ex- been visited by Mackenzie.it pected.
For His Majesty's Birth-day 1806. WHERE rural nature, with her bosom
bare, LONG did chill Winter's dreary reign Displays her op'ning blooms or yellow Usurp the promis'd hours of Spring ;
hair : Long Eurus o'er the russet plain
With fow'ry wreaths fantastick binds her Malignant wav'd his noisome wing:
waist, O'er April's variegated day
Or wraps her frozen charms in winter's The frolic zephyrs fear'd to play;
snowy vest, Th’ alternate change of suns and showers The bard on every brae, in every glen, Callà not to life her silken flowers;
In every scroggie wild, and echoing lin, But arm'd with whirlwind, frost, and hail, Delighted roams to woo the tuneful nine, Winter's ungenial blasts prevail,
And trace fair nature to her source divine. And check her vernal powers.
Freely he drinks of pure Castalian springs,
And boldly sweeps the skies on fancy's. But o'er the renovated plain
airy wings, See Maia lead her smil train
The rivulet bursting from the shatter'd
morn, Still must that day, to Britain dear,
The quail at eve, amongst the rustling To Britons joy impart:
Alternate wake his russet woodland musen
And heart o’cr-flowing strains wild-warb-
ling rouse :
Far from discordant jars or bustling noise,
On some burn-bank he sings his loves and
joys. So may each cheerless mist that seems
Or, fraught with woe, forsakes the haunts Awhile to cloud our prospects fair,
of men, Dispell?d-by Hope's enlivening beams,
And pours his troubled soul in some unOur brightening ether fly, and melt away Thus, skill'd by nature in the tuneful art,
trodden glen. in air.
His simple strains with transport touch the Awhile though Fortune adverse frown
With bosom firm' and undismay'd,
Each native grace his rustick muse in-
th' avenging But here no sylvan nymphs harmonious sword:
join, While youths of royal hope demand the To wake with syren tongue the slumb’ring fight
Assail in vain the pure poetic heart.
No lordly mountains cloath'd with vernal
No hoary rocks, no headlong rushing floods,
No briary dells, no velvet meads we see ;