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and its typographical errors are rare. gether with all the various readings With the exception of accentuation, and a few select notes under the text. I have only discovered 9 typographi- It would be also useful to have the cal errors in the two volumes; which, more extrapeous observations placed compared with those in the gaudy but separate, at the end of the volumes, jejune editions of Edinburgh, pub
as in Brotier's Tacitus. It need scarce lished by the University Printers, 'Je said, that a popular edition of are mere nothing. They are as fol- Æschylus is the more wanted, as low:'viz. Prom. Vincl. lin. 404, var. Schutz unfortunately vever added lect. p. 45,“ vitteur," reud“ vitetur;" either the Scholia, a Lexicon Æschyl. Prom. Vinct. the 584thline in the Latin or a Notitia Literaria.. version is omiiled,
I cannot conclude without obseryvel sub terrâ tege vel ;" Prom. Vinct. ing, that the greatest thanks are due lin. 737, “.” read“;"--Proin. Vinct. to Mr. Butler for his most erudite, p. 34,“ Astuwins,” read “ Acquwins;" voluminous, and laborious publicaProm. Vinci. lin. 371, int. lat, “ fer- tion, although it is not such a one as vidus," reud" fervidis ;" Supp. lin. to be generally used. 124, int. lat. “ barbara," read
Should the above, Mr. Urban, be barain :"
:" Supp..p. 118, “ 330," read esteemed worthy of insertion in your “ 230.” Let any one peruse Brotier's Magazine, you will perhaps receive Tacitus, re-edited at Edinburgh, soine more observations on Classical 1796, 4 vols. 4to. and compare the and Philological subjects, from errata with those above-inentioned, Yours, &c.
OXONIENSIS, and he will quickly be convinced of P.S. I cannot conclude these rethe soundness of the maxim, “ look marks without adding, that the delay at home.” Should any one think (probably unavoidable) which has proper to doubt this, I will convince occurred in the publication of Mr. him in a future nuinber, by an enu Butler's Æschylus, is a must serious meration of at least from 14 to 20 inconvenience to tbuse who are taking errata in every volume, besides those it in; and that should Mr. B. be able announced by the Printer ; and lest in future to discover any means of any one should doubt the difficulties avoiding it, it would greatly facilitate of Stanley's text, let bim, inspect the sale of that deeply learned and Supp. lin. 15, where Stanley has in valuable work. “ xypô rasov," a word never before heard of, but Schutz and Porson
Dec. 10. have most happily corrected it to MAN
ANY of your Readers are, doubt. κυμ’ αλιου,” Suppl. lin. 122, and
less, well acquainted with the Supp. 892–4. I will now venture
exalted merits of Dr. Watts's Lyric to add a remark or two on Stan
Poems. I therefore crave from them ley's translation : Stanley, Prom.
an elucidation of part of the following Vinct. 794, translates ad ortum
passage in a Poem intituled “God's Juciduin solis orbitæ." I think “ ad
absolute Dominion :" Orientem lucidum sole calcatum,"
“ Lo, the Norwegians near the Polar sky
Chafe their frozen limbs with snow, equally elegant Latin, and much more
Their frozen limbs awake and glow, literal. Suppl. 239, Stanley, “etiam
The vital flame, touch'd with a strange ibi judicat facinora, ut fertur, Jupiter
supply, alius inter sustinentes supremum jus.” Re-kindles, for the God of life is nigh; I should prefer "et ibi Jupiter alius He bids the vital flood in wonted circles judicium ultimum feret, sieut dicunt,
flow. de mortuorum peccatis.” There are Cold steel expos’d to Northern air, some other places in Stanley's Latin Drinks the meridian fury of the midnight version, which I think might be bear, ainended, but on the present occasion
And burns th' unwary stranger there." enough has been said. Every thing It is the Author's design through considered, it certainly appears to me the whole Poem, to assert the uncon. that some new edition of Æschylus trouled-supremacy of the all-creative would be gratifying to the publick, Power over his works; and to prove, . which should contain a purer text that under his direction, they are than Stanley's, without the great sometimes made subservient to pur. liberties taken by the learned Schutz: poses for which they are apparently (perhaps Porson's would suttice), to-- inapplicable and undesigned. The
practice of restoring animation and expressed. To say that it is absocomfort" to frozen limbs, by chafing lutely without meaning or connexion, them with snow, and of thawing is not my intention. I have put a frosted provisions by the same nieans, construction upon it that satisfies is well known : but to what fact in myself; but, as the passage is certainly Nature, or to what custom among a doubtful one, I will not hazard my mankind, does the pious and learned opinion upon it, lest I should have Watts allude, in the last three lines misundersiood the Authoress, and of the passage now quoted ?
thus be doing an injury, where I wish I shall consider mysálf as greatly to do a benefit. indebted to any of your Readers, who I therefore suffer this remark of will, by an explanation, enlighten the S. E. Y. to rest, and leave him to ignorance of
that exultation, which no doubt he Yours, &c. PHILOMATOES. will feel, on thus having the field
resigned to him. Mr. URBAN,
Dec. 8. As I mean to follow your CorreI
HAD hoped that the remarks spondent's own track, my next obsermade
upon the Poem of Wallace, vation will be made on the lines relain p. 311, would, ere now, have been · tive to Scrymgeour. S. E. Y. wishes answered by some one more competent to know where we are to look for than feel myself to be, for entering that “ History grave, an
verse subinto the defence of an author's publi- lime," which are to give that warrior cation. But no one having yet ad- the meed of deathless fame. I shall vanced to give those remarks any kind first observe, that in poems celebratof reply, I have been induced to step ing the deeds of brave men, nothing forward myself, though not without is more coinmon, or more natural, great reluctance, because I fear I am than a prophecy of this kind. Miss not one who is able to do that justice Holford having, in the course of her which a Poem like“Wallace"deserves. collecting the materials for her work, I flatter myself, however, that I shall met with the name and actions of have it in my power to illustrate at Scrymgeour, she has, in the warmth least some of those passages, pointed of composition, and the glow of adout as being veiled in obscurity. miration, which no doubt she thought
Your Correspondent S. E. Y. pre- all like herself must feel, who had faces his observations by a seeming made themselves acquainted with his acknowledgment, that the obscurily history, foretold that his faine shall complained of may possibly arise descend to the latest time. And is from his own “confined powers of there any thing unwarrantable in this : apprehension,” and modestly talks or can censure be extended to expresof the “ obtuseness of his faculties.” sions like these? I am bold to say This, however, is a mask easily seen But your Correspondent in this, through , and those who peruse his as in other instances, being blind to critique must, I am sure, readily the sparks of a soaring genius, calmly perceive, that he does not imagine and coldly enquires, where is this his intellects to be quite so muddy, fame-bestowing history to be found! as one would, from his preface, be I would ask him, if he inagides the almost induced to suppose he did. Authorens of « Wallace" to have I will, however, take him at his coined this character herself; for, own word; and without at all intend. surely, if he believes that such a Chief ing or wishing to arrogate to myself as Scrymgeour ever existed ; if he the claim of a clearer perception than, supposes that his name and actions the generality of others, endeavour are something more than the mere to explain the passages he has marked invention of the Authoress' brain ; I out as being so particularly unintelli- say, if he believes this, he cannot but gible.
reasovably conclude, that there is a I make no doubt your Correspond- history of him somewhere ; and for ent will triumph, however, when I farther illustration of this passage, tell him, tbat I cannot but confess, I reser him to a work called “The the stanza wherein the Authoress of Scottish Chiefs ;" the Authoress of " Wallace” laments her inability to which asserts, that the outlines and recount the names of every hero and principal features of her story are patriot, is indeed very ambiguously founded on historical and traditionary
facts. He will there find an ample from the instrument's incapacity to description of Scrymgeour, both in produce any other? What! S. E. Y. the work itself, and in the annota. does not know then, that the strings tions prefixed to it.
or keys of an instrument are entirely Noue, however, but an invidious under the controul of the musician, Critick would have required this ex and that lively or plaintive notes, planation.
discord or melody, are all to be proAs to the expression of “ beads of duced, and only to be produced, by fear,” I have only lo say, that tastes the method of playing. I bope your frequently differ. It is, indeed, a novel Correspondent will another time be idea ; and introduced as it is by Miss more cautious in giving his opinions, Holford, to me it appears as beautiful and not, in the rancour of animosity, as it is original. From the remarks forget the distinctions between sonse of S. E. Y. upon this expression, I am and nonsense! almost induced to think he is ignorant And so Miss Holford is to be taxed of its meaning
with plagiarism, because she says, Your Correspondeut seems asto • Who is it that rides thro' the night pished at the idea of a scarf being so fast ?” I have only to observe, tied round the neck. Let him look that if this is to be called borrowing, in Johnson for the definition of the I shall feel much obliged by S. E. Y's word scarf, and I believe his wonder pointing out the author not guilty of will soon cease.
it. What, because Mr. Lewis has said, His next observation is upon the
" Who is it that rides so fast,” every manner in which the pibroch is intro one else is to be precluded from asking luced ; a martial sound being attri a sinuilar question. To be sure there is buted to it in one instance, and a a great sublimity of idea in the expresmerry one in another. But what of sion, and such as would occur but to this ? Does yoor Correspondent very few ! Hey, S. E. Y ? is it not so? suppose, that a musical instrument Fie, fie! Supposing the expressions must necessarily be confined to one quoted above can bear the epithet of species of musick! Does he imagine plagiarism, that plagiarism is sa that what produces a martial sound, trifling, so insignificant, that I am cannot be made to produce any sure none but a Critick like S. E. Y. other: I would have himn consider, could have thought of privately,
many of the instruinents composing much less publicly, mentioning it. a martial band are not'often used to In the same stanza your Corredirect and give spirit to the sprightly spondent marks a passage as being dance? or whether he has not, even so unconnected, as to appear ridicuin the streets, heard a slow and solemn lous. I think it necessary to quote, air, immediately succeeded by a the lines : Jively one ? This observation of
“I mark'd on Scotland's saddest day, your Correspoodent is certainly con The spot where her mangled father lay! temptible is the extreme, and would The maiden blossom of the North, lead us to think he knows as little Like a pale snow-drop glinted forth,” &c. about Musick, as he appears to do about Poetry. But I must bere beg
He imagines the word her relatos
to-the maiden blossom of the North," leave to inform S. E. Y. that he him
whose name a subsequent line menself has been guilty, at least in my
tions as being Margaret. Why if this opinion, of the very same fault with which he charges the Authoress of willing to allow, that the passage is
is the meaning of Miss Holford, I am " Wallace,” that is, obscurity! I
unconnectedly expressed. But what cannot comprebend what he means
authority has S. E. Y. for placing this by asking the question, whether the
it? pibroch is an unfeeling instrument, i
“I mark'd on Scotland's saddest day, that obeys the hand or breath of the master to any tune, indifferent whe. The spot where her mangled father lay.” ther grief or joy?” I never knew, I hope I am not misunderstanding for my own part, that any instrument Miss Holford; but, without a moment's was otherwise than this. Does your hesitation, I apply the word her to Correspondent imagine, when he · Scotland; and, as in the lines imme. hears a musician play a bold, a lively, diately preceding these, it is expressed or a plaintive air, that it proceeds . that: Alexander's King of Scotland,
having lost his road in the darkness ible : but as it is, I cannot help of a very tempestuous night, had laughing at his fastidiousness. I have fallen from the top of a high cliff, I looked for the taulology, but cannot cannot imagine why S. E. Y. should find it: besides, the line is mis-quoted. suppose that the expression of “her I do not know whether this alters the mangled father" applied to “the case of tautology alluded to by S.E.Y., inaiden blossom of the North." They but standing as the line does now, or undoubtedly refer to Scotland, and to as it ought to do, I am equally uyable Alexander as her King, who is bere to discover it. pathetically called "her mangled Skipping over his other truly infather ;” that is, the father of Scot- significant objections, I come to the land. Those who read the whole of remark inade on these lines : rbe stanza must, I think, instantly “ And dear to my heart sounds the take it in this manner. . What follows mournful swell, is a 'description of quite a dittlerent As it swings on the air of thy curfew knell. cvent, though connected with the He here says: “I will suppose a foregoing, because Margaret was, if Critick (he should have said an illiI understand Miss Holford's note, beral one) taking advantage of this the grand-daughter of this Alexander. descriplion, and expressing himself This circumstance, while it proves in words like these : a swell swinging the connexion of the whole stanza, on the air of a knell ! preposterous ? proves also, that the words“ her as is the koell caused the air for, a mangled father" cannot refer to swell to swing ou!" Why truly if ""the maiden blossom of the North,” the Authoress meant this, it would who was not the daughter, but the be preposterous indeed. But it is grand-daughter of this “ mạngled equally preposterous to imagine the father.” Let S. E. Y. read the passage expressions were ineant to convey ‘in this manner, let him apply the so absurd an idea. 'expression to Scotland, as indeed I S. E. Y. seems to have been able, think both the grammar and sepse
without much difficulty, to place a seem to demand, and then let him more sensible construction upon it; say where is the nonsense he so bitterly and after doing this, I wonder he complains of.
should make himself so ridiculous, as S. E. Y.'s next observation is too to tell the world, he ever thought of contemptible to deserve a reply. I placing such an no warrantable cononly wish your Correspondent bad struction upon it, as he appears to shewn himself more worthy of the have done at first. Church he professes so much to vene
if the ears of S. E. Y. were wounded rate, by displaying less rancour in at the repetition of the word "blushi," the remarks he has thought proper though occurring in different stanzas, to make.
and six lines apart (by the bye, I could Had he been more liberal in his find much closer repetitions even in ideas and criticism, those professions Pope) his delicate stoinach seems ready of love and veneration for his Church to heave at the idea of a traitor steeped would have been uttered with more in infamy and scorn! I am really grace, and have come with an air of sorry that such a poem as “ Wallace" greater sincerity, than they do at should have fallen into the hands of · present.
one so completely blind, either from And so your Correspondent S. E.Y. nature or design, to what constitutes had his teeth quite set on edge, by the warmth of imagination, or dignity of grating, harsh proximity of the word expression. So far from regarding “blush,” even though occurring in this passage as mean or faulty, different stanzas, and six lines apart ! consider it as one truly beautiful. I cannot but admire the delicacy of If the poem of “Wallace” is ever that gentleinan's ear; and only won read aniong the scullions of a cook's. der, when he had put on his micro- shop, the expression of “ steeped” scopic glasses, he had not discovered. may possibly put them in mind of their that “ blush'd” and “flush” come in hashes and soups; but when perused the same line. Had he pointed this by one whose sentiments are refined out, I should have thougbt his re- by education, and whose judgment mark more reasonable, though even , is upclouded, by prejudice and envy, then it would have been contempt the expression must strike with all
that force and beauty, no doubt, "Wallace” it is absolutely nonsensical. intended by the fair Authoress. But why is it so appropriate in Othello,
As S. E. Y.'s other objections seem and so contemptible in Miss Holford ? principally confined to errors of gram- Why, Detector says, that. Othello mar and the press, I pass over them uttered this expression amid all the as not worth attending to here. wild ravings of jealousy. True : but
There is but one remark more of your Correspondent forgot, or like your Correspondent's I wish to notice. S. E. Y. was too blind to see, that He seems to complain of not having Miss Holford uses it when speaking been able to discover that the page in all the warmth of noble indignation. “ David" was no other than " Agnes" This alone is sufficient to stamp it in disguise. I am really at last almost with the same degree of excellence ready to believe, that S. E. Y.'s as is attached to it by Detector in modest preface is something more Otuello. But, leaving jealousy and than affecied diffidence and pretended indignation quite out of the question, moderation ; and that he actually I should be glad if either S. E. Y. or imagines his faculties to be rather Detector will point out tbe absurdity dull. When he tells as he never of the word steeped," supposing it thought of David being Wallace's to be introduced in any other manner. wife, even after he had read the Why, if introduced in any other poem through, I truly cannot forbear manner, it must of course be laughed wondering at his want of comprehen- at! Must it ? Let these learned sion : for surely oo one of common gentlemen look to the 14th Book of capacity can peruse the last canto, Pope's Iliad, and they will find these. and not perceive the change of chać lives racter that evidently takes place in “ But how, uhbidden, shall I dare to “ David.” S. E. Y. must indeed be
steep dull in the extreme, or he has read Jove's awful temples in the dew of sleep?as the poem over in a manner that
And again : reflects disgrace upon him, both as a
“ There golden clouds conceal'd the man and a Critick. This latter
heav'nly pair, I suspect as much as the former ; but $leep'd in soft joys, &c. having now replied to all his remarks and objections, I cannot think of
Is it the word steeped they quarrel obtruding longer on the patience of with? What then do they say to your Readers. With a thorough con
Pope? Oh? but in him it is no doubt tempt for his paltry observations, I
introduced with striking beauty, as take leave of your Correspondent
it is in Othello! Then why has it S. E. Y.; not, however, without the been termed contemptible i Why, conviction, that a far more culpable only because it occurs in Wallace! and rancorous motive than he seems
Answer me, ye Criticks, is not this
the reason? willing to insinuaie, has dictated his miserable criticism ; and that
And now, Mr. Urban, I conclude.
The very high culogium pronounced “ Malice lurks under his heavy brow,
in your Magazine upon the poem of Though the sound of his words inove soft.
“ Wallace,” first induced me to get and slow!"
that noble work. Without the least One word more, Mr. Urban, and I prejudice, either in its favour, or have done. A Correspondent in p.: otherwise, I sat down to read it; and 482, sigoing himself Detector, seems rose from it, after an attentive like S. E. Y. to have been taken sick perusal, with sentiments of the warmat the idea of a traitor sleeped to the est approbation. lips in infamy and scorn!
Seldom have I read a poem where This valiant Critick, after charging such grandeur of expression, such Miss Holford with borrowing from sublimity of ideas, and such harmony Shakspeare's Othello, is not content of versitication, have been so transwith this frivolous insinuation, but cendently combined. Nor is this alone tells her, she has borrowed in a clumsy my opinion. Those whose judgments and ridiculous manner. He acknow I have every reason to value, give it ledges that the word "steeped” is equal praise; and wherever I hear it introduced with striking beauty in spokeo of, it is only in terms of un-, Shakspeare; but asserts, that in bounded panegyrick! What conld