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serviceable to his friend. What were Lovely they seemed, as Heaven's immortal Mr Hole's other contributions, I have powers : now no means of ascertaining; but, Youth's purple light, and beauty's opening
flowers at no great distance of time, he engaged in another review, where he Glow'd in their cheeks.” presided for many years in the poeti- The following picture is not less cal department with great spirit and beautiful: ability. To point out the articles which he contributed, and to discri.
“ Like the kine's lowing race, that sportminate their peculiar merit, is scarcely Along the plain with flowery verdure crown
ing bound at this time in my power, and would certainly extend this sketch too far, Or the sleek fawn, when he at first perceives were it attempted. We must return Spring's genial warmth, and crops the budto the hymn and the translation.
ding leaves; Whether the hymn to Ceres be the Thus joyful through the beaten road they work of Homer, or of a later author, past, is a question not yet decided, and With robes collected to promote their haste. which, at least, makes no part of our
Their tresses, like the crocus' flamy hue, present subject. It was found in the In waving radiance round their shoulders
flew." same volume with the other poems of the immortal bard; is of high anti- The notes are short and explanaquity, and of peculiar simplicity and tory. Mr Hole points out many apbeauty. It is the legendary tale of parent defects in the copy, and partiCeres wandering in pursuit of Proser- cularly in that part where the lines pine ; and though not a hymn, accord quoted by the scholiast on Nicander ing to our ideas, is such when com. would probably have appeared. Not pared with other poems of antiquity, finding these lines in the present announced and quoted by the same poem, has furnished some critics with title. The translation was executed an argument, that this is not the very rapidly, but it betrays few marks hymn originally attributed to Homer. of taste. The language has an epic Mr Hole possessed sufficient merit to dignity; the pauses are judiciously enable me, without injury to his varied; but a faulty rhyme may some- fame, to add, that the very elegant times be found, and, as perhaps the emendation of stuipes for saver was easier task, we find occasionally a few suggested by archdeacon Moore, and paraphrases, instead of the simple the note on the Eleusinian Mysteries terseness of the original. The follow- in part furnished by Mr Badcock. ing description of Ceres in her dis- Seven years elapsed before Mr Hole guise is highly picturesque, and hap- appeared again as an author, in his pily finished.
own name. In this interval, how"Beside a path, while o'er her drooping head ever, he was not wholly idle. In the His grateful shade a verdant olive spread ;
year 1782, Mr Badcock was engaged As by her feet Parthenius' waters flow, as an occasional contributor to the She sits, a pallid spectacle of woe. London Magazine, a very early rival Her faded cheeks no more with beauty of the Gentleman's, which for a time bloomed,
shared with it the public favour and But now the form of wrinkled age assumed.
encouragement. It had, however, She seemed like those whom each attractive been gradually sinking in both, when grace
Mr Badcock's abilities were expected Forsakes, when Time with wrinkles marks the face;
to raise this publication to its former From whom the Cyprian pow'r indignant rank. Major Drewe and Mr Hole flies,
promised their aid; and the former Her gifts refuses, and her charms denies ; was a very liberal and lively coadjuWho, in some regal dome, by fate severe, tor. A paper called The Link-boy was Are doomed to nurse, and serve another's begun with some spirit, and a weilheir."
drawn character, the member of a “ Four gentle nymphs, light, moving supposed club, if I remember rightly,
o'er the plain, Approach; four brazen urns thcir arms sus
was communicated by our friend-a tain
little Jeu d'Esprit on the recovery of Great Celeus was their sire--he bade them a young attorney, of little practice, bring
from a dangerous indisposition, we The limpid water from Parthenius' spring. shall transcribe from this collection. It is signed H. 0. our friend's usual latter wore at the river Granicus. I cansignature:
not conclude without expressing the satis“ On his sick-bed as Simple lay,
faction that glows within my breast, at A novice in the laws,
thus finding out, and exhibiting to the
world what a wonderful piece of thought. The hapless youth was heard to say, How cruel to be snatched away
ism, as well as mechanism, man is. Let
the phraze animated nature be appropri. And die without a cause.
ated to him alone, he may contain contin. Jove wondering hears ; his gracious nod ents of animaculæ ; his mind may be
The youth from death reprieves ; peopled with inhabitants ad infinitum, as Yet, with submission to the god,
they cannot crowd one another in regard His cause is still extremely odd,
It might be mathematically Without a cause he lives.
demonstrated, that myriads may be con
tained in less than a needle's point; but The principal and most important I hate an ostentatious display of erudition. part of Mr Hole's communications, I leave it to future Priestleys to reduce consisted of a series of dialogues be- them to materialism, and future thinkers to tween ideal personages. The beings dissect them if they can.” who “ hold converse sweet" had “a name” only without a “ local habita
The idea of conveying critical or tion," or indeed an existence but in satirical remarks, by dialogues bethe eye of poetic phrenzy or supersti- tween imaginary characters, was too tious ignorance. Yet, as having af. happy to be overlooked, and some fixed characters, these may be, at imitations of inferior execution apleast, supported in a dialogue, and peared. There were two, however, become a vehicle for remarks of dif- which merit an exception; the author's ferent kinds—the characters intro- of a dialogue between the Theseus of duced are Belcour and Serjeant Kite, Corneille, and the Hamlet of Shake the Serpent of Regulus and the Dra- speare; and of one between Clarissa gon of St George, Mr Shandy, senior, Harlowe and Sophy Western. The and Matthew Bramble; Don Quixote, former was published, but the latter, Sancho Panza, and Parson Adams.
the production of a lady of peculiar There are some others of which I can- delicacy and distinguished abilities, not ascertain the titles, but they may
was, I believe, never sent to the col be perhaps found among his manu
lection for wbich it was originally descripts, which are yet untouched,
signed.-Other communications from The conclusion, which contains a slight our friend to this work, but of no defence of the plan, I have happily re- particular importance or value, I could covered, and shall add a short extract
point out. They were humorous from it:
descriptions of the follies of the day,
and satirical hits in his grave or iron“ If the locality of abode, and reality of
ical style. To conclude his monthly those dialogists should be enquired after, and lest any of my readers should suspect
connexions, we may just mention the that they never had, or deny that they now
British Magazine, a more recent athave, any kind of existence, (for some mali. tempt, which owes some valuable cious critics will suspect every thing, and communications to his pen; and the say any thing) I do upon the honour of Gentleman's Magazine, to which he a gentleman and an author, most seriously was a long but not a very frequent conassert, that this race of beings possesses the tributor. same kind of existence, and inhabits the
In 1789, sensorium of thousands, in the sanıc man
Arthur, or the Nor. ner as Pompey, Cæsar, or the greatest he
thern Enchantment,” which Mr Hole roes of antiquity; and I defy Priestley
calls a poetical romance, appeared. himself to prove the contrary. The idea
This is a poem from the School of of Parson Adams is as much an inmate of Ariosto, and probably begun in his the mind as of Alexander the Great, and more ardent, youthful days. He demay, for aught I know, go hand in hand clares it to be an imitation of the old with him to the latest posterity. His unac- Metrical Romance, with some of its complished journey to London, and his harsher features softened and modi. ludicrous adventures on the road, main- fied. It is, indeed, too desultory to tain there as firm a possession as the he. ro's battles and heroic progress through
be considered as a regular epic, and Asia ;-and his hat, which had every colour
too well connected, as well as too imbut the original one, is as much remem- portant in its action, to deserve the bered, and possessed of the same reality, humbler title of a romance.
The As the eagle-plumed helmet, which the events and manners of the actors most
nearly resemble those of the Italian mer productions ; the language is sehool, while the correcter imagery, more bold and energetic, the lines and the uniform loftiness of the style, less monotonous; the measure more shew the author to be no mean pro- varied in its pauses; yet the minuter ficient in that of Homer. The fable critic has discovered, that the variety is artfully involved, and the catas- is sometimes carried too far; and that trophe developed with peculiar skill. the attempt to avoid an uniformity of The third book, which relates the cadence, too often interrupts the har. landing of Arthur in Solway Frith, is monious flow of the verse.—The peparticularly interesting. It is full of riods it has been also said, sometimes romantic incidents; spells, prodigies, run over a couplet into the third line. and enchantments attend us in every It may be admitted also, for our friend step; and it is more extravagantly, was not ashamed of confessing it, that perhaps more pleasingly wild than any the verses were not polished with the other part of the poem ; yet few of care which distinguished the version the incidents appear to be new. We of Fingal ; that the lines are not alshall select two specimens; one of ways sufficiently energetic, or the horror, another descriptive of elegance rhyme faultless. The lines which and beauty:
relate to “ liberty” are highly ani.
mated and poetical. The poet is pe“ Their voices well the British hero knew,
culiarly happy in styling, gray-hairs And in his eyes swelled pity's pearly dew. Their chains unbound, he led them to the the following line, in the description
the “ Wreath of honoured age," and light, But ah! what horrid objects met his sight! of the introduction of christianity Their hair, like elf-locks round their shoul. from the north, is truly sublime: ders clung,
“ And Sion's sacred song burst from the Each limb was weakened, every nerve un Celtic lyre." strung.
The notes display copious and exPale meagre famine sate in either faceExtinct the manly form, and martial grace.
tensive knowledge of the Scandinavian In hollow sockets dimly rolled their eyes,
mythology, and were, I believe, wholTheir lab'ring bosoms heaved with frequently his own, without any assistance sighs
whatever. The Celtic and Gothic With staggering steps they totter o'er the customs are carefully and ably disground,
criminated, though so often And gain at length their prisons utmost · founded by authors even of distinbound;
guished reputation. Then dropping on the verdant turf, inhale
In a collection of miscellaneous The long-lost sweetness of the fresh’ning poetry, by gentlemen of Devon and gale."
Cornwall, the communications of Mr
Hole are exclusively lyric. The « Oft as beneath their shade deep musing tomb of Gunnar, imitated from an strayed
ancient Islandic fragment, preserved At night, or dewy eve, the British maid, When the bright moon adorned Heaven's by Bartholine, is the first; the Ode spangled plain,
prefixed to Fingal ; Odes to MelanBefore her sight arose the fairy train, choly; Terror and Stupidity, follow in In white plum'd helms, and vests of splen. order : did hue,
We must revert to the institution of Cloud-formed, and deck'd with quivering this society in the year 1792. In its gems of dew.
first outline, the number of members And while, to crown the revels of the night, was nine only, afterwards increased to Obedient glow-worms lend their living light, Their sweet-tuned lyres the little minstrels twelve. Mr Hole was one of the “muses”
of the first institution, and I need not sweep, And the charmed winds in placid silence recall to your recollection the various sleep.
modes in which he has repeatedly enA sprightly band, accordant to the sound, tertained and instructed us. Sindbad, With measured steps in circles print the Shylock, and lago, are well known; ground,
but the voyages of Ulysses, the moAt blush of morn they vanish from the view, dern dress of the Exmoor scolding, And right's pale empress wrapt in shades with various slight occasional commupursue."
nications, in the style of dry humour, In a poetical view, Arthur rises in in which he peculiarly excelled, must many respects above the author's fore rise to the recollection of every one
now present; and it would be an in- well founded ; his religion sincere and sult to their feelings, to suppose for a unaffected; his benevolence warm and moment that they could be forgotten. unconfined. Without the parade of I know not that I particularly men- superior learning, he gained the esteem tioned Mr Hole on the occasion, but and confidence of those with whom he the translations from the Argonautics conversed ; and never in a single inof Orpheus, in a paper which I had the stance lost a friend by a fault of his honour of reading to this society, were Mr Jackson, who soon followed the productions of Mr Hole, and pos- Mr Hole to the grave, remarked, that sessed considerable merit.
he had known Hole more than thirty I need scarcely add in this place years, without having discovered a what Mr Hole was :—the sincere, the single fault in his character. No one unaffected grief of the whole circle of possessed a more acute and penetrating his family and friends, demonstrates, discernment; no one was better ac. more strikingly than words can paint, quainted with Mr Hole. his worth, his nerits, and his talents. Of his works I need not again speak. Friendly and affectionate in the more A correct taste, gave an elegant polish limited circle, he claimed and obtained, to sound learning and solid informain his turn, the warmest and most tion. In his conversation he was unsincere attachment. The world in ge- affectedly cheerful, humorous, enterneral saw in his character, honour, taining, and instructive: in private life generosity, learning, and religion, and conciliating the warmest affection; in freely accorded their approbation and public the most solid esteem.” regard. His knowledge was solid and
To the preceding sketch it is intended to add but a few words on the subject of some of the author's publications, which are there slightly noticed, or merely alluded to, and of the unpublished papers which he left behind him. Among the former, the Essay on the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, which is barely mentioned by reference to the principal subject of it, the voyages of the celebrated navigator Sindbad, was, in its origin, only a communication to the society above noticed, but afterwards written into a separate publication, and is perhaps the most learned, and, at the same time, the most ingenious and entertaining, of all the performances of its author. Its object was to illustrate the prodigies of Oriental fiction, which we are accustomed to regard in no other light than as the unrestrained and lawless wanderings of a wild or sportive imagination, by comparison with passages in history, with the real miracles of nature, and the grave relations of lying travellers, so as to prove that they might either have formed the subjects of actual belief, or have been attended by a much greater degree of apparent probability than they at present possess, in the minds of those who first heard and admired them, and for whose understandings or services they were designed and calculated.
The half sportive, half serious, essays on the characters of Iago and Shylock, are contained in the volume published by the society, together with a more elaborate paper by the same author, illustrative of the originality of Shakspeare's genius, which is highly indicative of his just taste, and strong poetical feeling.
For some time previous to his death, he had been engaged in another work of research and amusement, which he undertook upon near the same principles as the observations on Sindbad, which he had already given to the society, and afterwards to the public;—Remarks on the Voyages of Ulysses, as narrated in the Odyssey—a work which often delighted and instructed the writer of these pages while in its progress, but which was left by its author in a very imperfect and scattered state, except a part which was designed for an introduction to the remainder, and which was published atter his death by the friend who composed the foregoing memoir, under the title of “ An Essay on the Character of Ulysses, as delineated by Homer.” This essay also had been read at the Exeter literary society. With regard to the untinished work, of which it was to have formed a part, if the papers in which it was contained any longer exist, they have for the present eluded the search which has been made for them, under the supposition that, although certainly not in a state for separate publi
cation, they might have furnished considerable portions of interesting matter for the pages of a miscellaneous repository.
Of the remaining MSS. which have fallen into the hands of the present writer, the greater part appear to consist of short essays and pieces of fugitive poetry, which have already been given to the world in various periodical and other works of miscellaneous literature; besides a common place book, from which (as containing notices of much abstruse reading in books of unusual occurrence, and observations upon them) something may be hereafter gleaned which will answer the purpose of this publication. Some original plays,“ Pyrrhus,"-" The Castilian Matron,” and the “ Trial of Friendship, tragedies, and others, of which also some account, with occasional specimens, may hereafter be given, and the little humorous poem which has giveu occasion to the insertion of the preceding memoir. Of this it is only intended to observe, that it is calculated to afford a just idea of the prevailing cast and turn of humour which characterised its author,--and that its foundation is a clever performance, by Thomas Brice, who was, half a century ago, a wellknown bookseller in Exeter, written on the same principle as Tim Bobbin's Toy-shop, and similar works, and entitled, “ An Exmoor scolding, between two sisters, Wilmot Moreman and Thomasin Moreman, as they were spinning; also, an Exmoor Courtship; both in the propriety and decency of the Exmoor dialect, Devon; to which is adjoined a collateral paraphrase in plain English, for explaining barbarous words and phrases.” The first part of this little work of humour, consisting of the scolding, our author did not venture to touch; but, among his papers has been found the commencement of what was probably intended as a pendant to his Theocritian, or rather a Virgilian version of the courtship-viz. a translation into Exmoor of the first eclogue of Virgil.
NOTICES OF THE ACTED DRAMA IN LONDON.
DRURY LANE THEATRE. occupied with the attempts of Malvesi,
the Dwarf (Mr Kean) to ruin and
destroy his brother Guilio (Mr H. A DRAMA of this name was produced Kemble) precisely, as it appears, behere on Saturday, March 18. We do cause he is his brother, and does every not very well know how to speak of thing in his power to deserve his love this work. As a whole, it is undoubt- and gratitude. The play opens at the edly a strange and incomprehensible return of Guilio, who is a Neapolitan farrago; and yet there is a something general, and favourite of the king, about it that makes us feel that we from a successful campaign against the are not entitled to consign it over to enemies of his country. Malvesi is mere contempt. As wise people some filled with malice and envy at the tritimes do very weak things, so it is umphant reception of his brother, and very possible for a man of genius to forms a plan for his destruction. For produce a very dull and silly work. this purpose he forges a letter, by But yet there will always be a spice of which it appears that Guilio is secretredeeming virtue to be detected some. ly acting in concert with the Venewhere about it. We are inclined to tians, the enemies of Naples. This think that the Dwarf of Naples is in letter is, by a contrivance of Malvesi, this predicament. Nothing can be produced at the moment of Guilio's more forced, extravagant, and unna- intended nuptials, at which the king tural than the serious part of it, or is present, who believes its contents, more halting, unconnected and unin- and in consequence banishes the suptelligible than the comic; and yet posed traitor from Naples, on pain of there is some lively and pleasant writo death ; and his inheritance is confering in the latter part, and a few poet- red on Malvesi. Not content with ical thoughts and passages in the for- this successful issue to his plans, mer. The serious part of the piece is Malvesi employs an agent to destroy