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a character formed on the purest tive scenes of youth; when, however principles of Christianity, and emi- rude the combination of language and Dently adorned by all the nobler or numbers, our partiality may be said to gentler virtues included in the prac 'grow with our growth. To the mind tice of genuine piely.

that bas once imbibed an hereditary love of rural haunts, fancy, amid the

vicissitudes of life, the toil of worldly 67. The Suffolk Garland : 09, a Colo pursuits, or the visitation of foreign

lection of Poems, Songs, Tales, Bæl- climes, can mock the lapse of time, and, lads, Sonnets, and Elegies, Legendary like the wandering Swiss, still fondly and Romantic, Historical and Descrip picture home, and dwell with enthusitive, relative to that County : and il

astic delight on native strains." lustrative of its Scenery, Places, Bio

“ Ballads are described by Puttenham, graphy, Manners, Habits, and Cus

a Critic in the reign of Elizabeth, as toms. Sm. 8vo. pp. 404.' Longman small and popular Songs, sung by those and Co.

Cantabanquí upon benches and barIN opening this entertainiog Vo• rels heads, wbere they have no other lume, the first impression it affords audience than boys or country fellows is highly favourable to the neatness that pass by them in the streets ; or and accuracy of Mr. Raw's Ipswich else by blind harpers, or suchlike tapress. But we are also delighted vern minstrels, that give a fit of mirth with the plan of the work; and shall for a groat. Such were these · Reliques be glad if it iocites the curious in

of antient English Poetry,' says D’Israeli, other Counties to follow the example: in bis Curiosities of Literature, which

are more precious to us than they were “ While the spacious pages of the to our ancestors; strangers as we have County Historian, says the ingenious become to their pure pastoral feelings, Editor of The Northern Garlands,' and more eccentric habits of life. They are too exclusively engrossed by topo form the Collections of Percy and Ritgraphical surveys, genealogical tables, But the latter poetical antiquary statistical numbers, or agricultural re tells us that few are older than the finements; the bumble and amusing reign of James the 1st. The more anvillage strains, founded upon the squab- tient Songs of the People perished by bles of a wake ; tales of untrue love; having been printed in single 'sheets, superstitious rumours ; or miraculous and their humble purchasers had no traditions of the hamlet ; are ' very other library to preserve them than the slightly regarded, if not glanced over walls on which they pasted them. Those unnoted. À County Garland is one we have consist of a succeeding race of of those minor publications scarcely Ballads, chiefly revived or written by considered worthy the attention of a Richard Johnson, the author of the wellCounty editor ; and from the motley known Romance of the Seven Chambasket of an itinerary mendicant, the pions,' and Deloney, the writer of Jack reader is alone supplied with such an of Newbury's Life,' and the Gentle entertainment. To glean for each Craft,' who lived in the time of James County its appropriate Ballads might, and Charles. therefore, be an acceptable task. If

“The practice of collecting them into they neither vied for adventures with books did not take place, says Ritson, the deeds of chivalry, nor eclipsed the till after the reign of Elizabeth, and is gallant knight and courtly dame, in probably owing to this Johnson and Demarvellous amours; yet their charac. loney, who, when they were advanced in teristics would be a just and faithful years, and incapable, perhaps, of prorepresentation of domestic manners and ducing any thing of merit, seem to have provincial customs; they would exbibit contented themselves with collecting nature without the foil of art; and the their more juvenile or happier composishort and simple annals' of the rustic tions into little Penny Books, entitled would often be found preserved in the GARLANDS ; of these, being popular and ditty, which at her wheel the village- often reprinted, many are still extant.". maiden sings.' It may be easy to jum “ Antiquarian research, and even Poe, ble together a parcel of Sougs, of all try itself, have been of late turned to dates, and upon all subjects, indiscri the elucidation of antient manners and minately, and from their historical al- customs; and the pursuit is a decisive lusions, or novelty of romantic incident, proof of the superior intelligence and excite and partly gratify curiosity; but curiosity which belong to modern times. this medley must fail to convey an The favourable attention, therefore, equal interest with the record of some which has been shewn to such works, domestic tale, founded upon the attrac however trifling, bas induced the Edi

tor

tor of the present collection to com for such continued assistance by the deimunicate a small Garland of Poetic licacy of an intimate friendship. Flowers, illustrative of these topics ; in 6. It would be absurd to state that the which, however, the reader must not Subject is exhausted. Many Pieces, expect to find romantic wildness, or the both of Miscellaneous and Romantic interesting fable, much less thoughts Poetry, are doubtless yet remaining in that breathe, or words that burn.' But various libraries throughout the Counto the Antiquary and the County Col- ty, and in the hands of private Colleclector no apology need, surely, be of- tors, which have escaped the researches fered for thus opening a fresh source of of the present Editor: but he has comgratification and amusement in their pleted the object wbieh be proposed to favourite pursuit; and this first attempt himself, and trusts that he has been into collect together the scattered Poems, strumental in rendering accessible to &c. &c. illustrative of the County of common readers no inconsiderable por, Suffolk cannot, it is presumed, be un tion of SUFFOLK LOCAL POETRY." acceptable, as they will exhibit a just and faithful representation of domestic the Suffolk Garland,” we shall give

Having thus unfolded the plan of manners, and provincial customs. “ In the arrangement adopted by the

one specimen of a serious nature;

and leave the Readers to peruse the Editor, the present Collection is divided into four Parts, of which the

Volume as an agreeable Companion First Part will be found to consist of at an occasional leisure hour : • Local Descriptions ;' the Second of “ The Rev. William Humphryes was • Circumstances and Events, Historical, educated at a school at Brompton, and Political, Legendary, and Romantic;' entered himself as a student at the acathe Third of Biographical Memoirs, demy at Homerton in 1778. On leavAnecdotes, and Characters ;' and the ing this academy, he was invited to Fourth of Manners, Habits, and Cus- preach to a small and decayed congretoms.' To each Poem are prefixed such gation at Haverhill, where he was ornecessary Remarks and Observations as

dained December 10, 1783. Here he tend to elucidate the subject, but which, was the devoted and exemplary pastor from the narrow limits of the plan, are of an increasing country congregation. of course superficial, and calculated ra His pulpit labours were inighly esteemed; ther to excite than to gratify curiosity. and his attention to the families and inThey do not, indeed, affect to convey dividuals of his flock was unremitting. any fresh information, or to abound in But in 1791 he was compelled, through anecdotes hitherto unnoticed : it is ill-health, to resign bis charge, and rehoped, however, that they still may be turn to London. In the spring of 1792, deemed necessary by ordinary readers, bis bealth being considerably improved, and no unacceptable appendage to the he accepted the office of pastor of a conseveral articles. The Notes, likewise, gregation at Hammersmith, which he which are appended, will be found tu retained with the greatest credit to himcontain some little information of which self, and advantage to his flock till July every one may not be already possessed, 10th, 1808, when, by the rupture of a and which may serve to amuse at least, blood-vessel, he was compelled for ever if they fail to instruct. It has been the

to resign his ministry. As soon as be Editor's endeavour to form this Garland

was a little recovered, he was recom. of the choicest and most variegated mended to take a journey for change of flowers; and to dispose those which he air, and accordingly he repaired to his has culled in such a manner as to place friend, the Rev. Mr. Gurteen, at Canin their proper light the dark shades, terbury. Here he spent nearly five sprightly glow, and airy colours, and weeks; but during the last fortnight thus to form a combination at once his health very rapidly declined. Find. pleasing to the eye, and gratifying to ing that he was daily getting worse, he the taste.

expressed a desire to return home; and “ To a valuable and highly esteemed quitted Canterbury September the 27th. Friend, the accuracy of whose informa- On reaching Hammersmith, he was altion is unquestionable, from whom the

most exhausted, and on the following Editor first derived a taste for Antiqua- morning he breathed his last, in the 46th rian and Topographical research, and year of his age. As a friend, he was with whom he has spent many plea- most affectionate. His judgment was surable hours in its pursuit, he stands sound, his affections warm,

and his counindebted for much useful information, sel wise and disinterested. In the bigher particularly in the Biographical part of character of a Christian, he was emithis collection. He is, therefore, alone nently pious, a most holy and consistrestrained from expressing what he feels ent professor of the Gospel, a scribe well

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instructed in the kingdom of heaven, Could these bave lengtben'd life's proand actively persevering in that holiness, tracted date, without which no man shall see the Or charm'd the ruthless minister of fate; Lord. He was interred in the Dissen Tbou still hadst liv'd, the drooping heart ters' burial-ground, Bunhill Fields, Oc

to cheer,

(tear ; tober 6th, 1808, when an excellent au- To wipe from Misery's eye the bitter dress was delivered at the grave by his O'er life's drear path to spread a brightfriend the Rev. W. Jay, of Bath, which ning charm, was printed, together with the funeral And pour in wounded minds fam'd Gidiscourse preached on the following Sun

lead's balm ! day at Hammersmith, by the Rev. R.

“ Blest sainted shade! the Muse delights Winter, to a very crowded and much

to dwell affected audience, under the following On all thy deeds of love, and sighs' fare

[well!"" title, 'Sermon occasioned by the death of the Rev. William Humphryes, preach

The Woodcuts in this volume are ed at Hammersmith, October 9, 1808, neat and appropriate. by Robert Winter, and the Address delivered at bis Interment, in Bunbill 68. A Century of Christian Prayers on Fields burial ground, October 6, 1808, Faith, Hope, and Charity; with a by William Jay,' 8vo.

Morning and Evening Devotion. Sm. * Lines on the Death of the Rev. Wil 8vo, pp. 288. Longman and Co. LIAM HUMPHRYES: by Mr.JOHN WEBB.

THIS excellent “little Manual" is There liv’d, pale son of want! these another instance of the neatness of scenes among,

the Ipswich press. A man, whose worth transcends the praise of song;

“ The Prayers of which it is composed Whose ever-open hand, and feeling

are classed under the appropriate titles heart,

of Faith, Hope, and Charity ; ånd as To all alike would generous aid impart.

these virtues must by every sincere When active virtue quits this lower

Cbristian be allowed to constitute a most scene,

[blue serene;

essential part in the character of a true And, beavenward, passes through yon and acceptable worshipper of God, and Earth mourns the loss, while Heaven, in their practical application must be with loud acclaim,

considered as the most important of all Hails the blest transfer, and inscribes subjects that can engage the attention the name

of man ; it is the sincere wish of the On its bright roll, and bids the cherub Writer of these Devotions, and the great throng

[song object which he purposes to himself in Lift with bold swell the gratulating their publication, that they may have a “ Ye Muses, blush, not one of all your

due effect in the establishment of these choir, [plaintive lyre,

great duties, and in the promotion of When Humphryes died, attun'd'the

glory to God and good will to man. UnThough ne'er a fairer spirit soar'd above, der the head of Faith are included those To give new raptures to the realms of Prayers which the devout petitioner Love.

may offer up at the Throne of Grace for From those blest heights, where happy Christian faith: of Hope, the supplica

a firm belief in the great articles of the spirits breathe

[wreathe Ambrosial air, and scorn the goodliest tions which he may presume to make That buman hands can weave-uh, smile for the enjoyment of those rewards which benign,

[mine,

are promised to all them, 'wbo, by paThou blest immortal! e'en on verse like

tient continuance in well-doing, seek Which strives with puny effort to supply for glory, and honour, and immortaThe meed of faine :-thy memory ne'er lity;. and of Charity, devout aspirations can die ;

for the attainment of those virtues, the Tby name shall live, when yon bright exercise of which are so essential both to worlds of fire

[pyre !

bis own happiness and to that of others. Pall from their orbs on Nature's funeral To these are appended a short Paraphrase “ Could soft benevolence, whose lam- votion for the Morning and Evening. He

of the Lord's Prayer, and a suitable De

trusts, therefore, that in this Collec. Shed mild effulgence o'er thy useful tion there will be found a sufficient Could every grace that dignifies a mind Form'd to instruct, delight, and bless

number and variety of devotional exor

cises for the different circumstances and mankind; To lure the wanderer to a course more

situation of every individual." fair,

[despair : These truly Chrislian Devotional And snatch the deathless soul from black Exercises are well adapted to their va

bent ray

[day;

are seen,

their song,

rious purposes; and we heartily join The Death tbat hath no soft and warning the pious Author in hoping that they

calls

[career may contribute to the establishment of A sigbtless shaft, that wings its still true Religion and Piety in the breast Through the hush'd air, and stops but of the reader, and to the promotion

to destroy!

[fear of those amiable virtues, Faith, Hope,

Oh! who shall tell the torture and the

Of those who see the bloom of youth and and Charity."

bliss

[kiss! 69. A Relique of the Princess Charlotte Drop like the leaf that winds too rudely

That barrowing grief is ours :-a sudden Augusta; or, a Selection of Psalms and

cloud,

[land: Hymns, with the appropriate Tunes; A mighty darkness, has bedimm’d the being an exact Copy of the Genuine Humbled and awed in trance-like woe Hymn Book used jointly by the late

we stand;

[Bride, Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold. For Death has seized upon a glorious of Saxe Cobourg, at Public Worship, And borne away in his dark marriagein the Parish Church of Esher, near

sbroud

[her pride. Claremont. 8vo, pp. 40. Miller.

A Nation's dawning light, ber bope, THIS is one of the most elegant Even thuş, beneath the hills of endless publications we have met with on the

snow,

[green, lamented subject which the Nation has In sunny meads of soft and freshest so generally deplored. It contains a What time the first coy flowers of Spring well-written Memoir, and a fine Por

(along : trait of the Princess Charlotte; two The jocund shepherds lead the dance neat Views of Esher Church, and the Perchance, amid the sweet strains of Music of XXX Hymns.

[air

The snow-pile trembles in the beaving 70. The Bridal of the Isles : a Mask.

Down comes the toppling avalanche

below: The Second Edition. The Blighted

[throng Hope; a Monody. By Charles Knight. Bewail the cheerliest of the village fair;

In wildest sbrieks the spirit-stricken Small 8vo, pp. 74. E. Wilson. THE first of these Poems was a

Ab! there she claims the agonizing tear,

Wrapt in her snowy bed-her grave at proper compliment on the Marriage

once and bier.” of an illustrious Princess ; the second pathetically laments her Death. “ The most touching impressions of

71. Views of the Seats Noblemen and

Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotsorrow are those which are derived from

land, and Ireland. 4to. Harris. contrast ; they are at the same time the most instructive. Upon this principle

THIS is the First Number of a the Author of the following little Poem very beautiful Publication, containdetermined to re-publish it, at a period ing Views of Claremont in Surrey : when the British people are bewailing Harewood in Yorkshire; Gooll Castle the termination of that domestic hap- in Glamorganshire; Stow in Bucke piness which • The Bridal of the Isles' inghamshire ; and Cashiobury in attempted to describe, and the loss of Hertfordshire; with short but satisthat public virtue which it aspired to factory Descriptions of each place. stimulate. The marriage of the presumptive Heiress of the British Crown

72. Reft Rob; or, the Witch of Scotwas a subject full of sparkling delicacies

Muir, commonly called Madge the and patriot hopes; they accorded with Snoover. A Scottish Tale.

By the tbe. best feelings of our nature, and Author of Hardenbrass and Haverill. were consequently capable of metrical

12mo, pp. 192. Sherwood and Co. embellishment. That event was once a An imitation (we cannot conscienrefreshing stream of passing delight-it tiously say passibus æquis--but cero. may be pleasing to review the anticipa tainly with some success, and with do tions of a Nation's confidence. It is unpleasant bapter) of some of the

a wildness and a dream'--it may be instructive to refer to the warmth very popular Novels which have reof our hopes ; to recollect their brief cently been eagerly devoured. completion; to lament their sudden fall.” Taking the principal original chaWe shall borrow a few lines from

racters from each those ingenious the Author's “ Monody:"

Prototypes, the Author has blended “Oh! who shall tell what Death is like, them into a sort of Cento.-Rob Roi tbat falls

[joy! (the principal feature), the vindictive Aș the red thunderbolt, on health and Lady from Glenalvon,' Meg Merrilies,

now

Domine Sampson; the Scotch Mendi- 73. Mandeville ; or, the Last Words of cant, &c. &c. are pressed into the a Maniac! A Tale of the Seventeenth service; and produce on the wbole Century in England. By Himself. à Tale of wonder and amuseinent. 12mo, pp. 216. Wilson. All ends as it should do. Vice is pu AS the Author of the Original Disbed, and the virtuous Hero and “ Mandeville” left his disipal Tale in Heroine are triumphant.

a period of suspense, some kiod Ad. “ The Laird of M.Mac lived to see bis jutaot has stept in, grand-children excel in all the manly ex “and fairly put the characters to bed;" ercises, and at last lost his life fighting at

or rather has conducted them to their the head of his clan, on a foraging party last earthly sleep-whether properly during which he had driven off some of the cattle of his neighbours : his son

or not, one paragraph may determine. worthily supplied his place, and was, “On my arrival in London," says the perhaps, the most renowned chieftain of Hero, “ I stopped for no enquiries, but his time. It was remarked of him, that proceeded directly to the house of Henhe found means to make all around him rietta. The servants were in the deepest contribute to his store, while none black-Henrietta was dead!--she bad durst atteinpt to make reprisals ; such fallen one of the earliest victims of the terror had the name of Rest Rob in- plague -- she had been buried two days spired inspired into the breasts of the before! Scarcely conscious of what I surrounding clans. His sons, and his had heard, or said, or did, I ascertained sons' son inberited his glory; and it has the place of her interment, towards been observed by biographers and histo- which I hastened, with almost supernarians, that the spirit of predatory war tural speed, resolved to lie down and fare never degenerated, and that the perish on her grave. I soon reached name of a M.Mac would make whole the burying-ground of St. Martin's in districts tremble. In later times we the Fields. The first object that met can only admire and wonder! Happy my distracted sight was tbe mournful would it be for us, who live in an age figure of Clifford, with an infant boy in of comparative barbarism, if historians bis hand, weeping over the remains of had been minute and particular in re his departed wife. All my rage was in cording what passed in these ages of stantly in arms. To my distempered heroic virtue! But we must be content fancy, the weeping, mourning, heartperforce to ruminate on what is come broken Clifford appeared the savage down to us, and to yield our grateful murderer of my wife and sister - bis praise to those modern authors, who, hands yet hot and reeking in their gore! sensible of the degradation of the age, I rushed towards him with sury more are willing to enlighten and improve it, than human. My sword was drawn by employing their genius and their pen he bad scarcely time to unsheath his, in painting what the records of past when my first deadly thrust was made. ages yield to us.

He bad time to recognize me, and that “ Long may their fame live! long was all. He acted solely on the defen. may we be sensible of the advantage to sive. I passed his guard-) pierced his be derived from perusing details of heart, and at the same instant his sword blondy frays, burnt hamlets, stolen cat went through my body. We fell togetle, noble rubbers, disinterested beg- ther across the grave of Henrietta - we gars, sentimental fishwomen, and pa never rose again!" thetic smugglers. Long may we prefer Glamour to Humour, Odd names to

74. Academic Errors; or, Recollections Wit, and Ferocity to Courage! Long

of Youth. By a Member of the Unimay dwarfs, giants, and murderers fill

versity of Cambridge. 12mo, pp. 213. us with pleasure ! and long, very long, Law and Co. may it be before the Scottish dialect, with it's delightful twang, shall lose its

AN entertaining and possibly au power to fascinate the Southern ear, or

useful little volume. give place to wbat the prejudice of an “ By retracing the courses of study English education considers as infinitely pursued during his early years, and expreferable, the pure English language, plaining the different modes of instrucwhich unhappily is a language, and can tion by which knowledge was imparted be understood by those who hear it. to himself, the Author has endeavoured Long nay the thistle preserve its natu to show, in the following pages, that ral pre-eminence over the rose ; and much time is consumed, and an inadelong may Reft Rob be the darling of quate portion of learning acquired, by the fair sex, and a pattern of all that is persevering in the system of Education excellent."

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