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milk, and sometimes green leaves, to heal his wounds. May this amiable trait of female excel. lence be remembered to their praise !--may this characteristic humanity of the fair sex in every nation under heaven be ever on our part crowned with an appropriate reward.
The sketch here given of the manners and custonis of these savage tribes is highly entertaining. The various incidents related attract and gratify curiosity. His determined perseverance, and his dexterous escapes are replete with surprize and novelty. Wr some times almost wish we had been along with him, when, upon reflection, we deem ourselves much more happily situated by our fire sides in our own native country.
As to the translation, it appears to be well executed; there is an ease and a spirit in the style which engages and secures the attention. The map is drawn with neatness, and marks the route by which our author travelled. When any doubt was entertained respecting the situation of that part of the country through which he passed, that doubt is properly explained. The plates are pleasing, giving us an idea of the dress and appearance of the Africans, which are widely different from the dress and apperance of the civilized portion of the globe to which we have been accustomed.
For a speciinen of these travels we refer the readers to the body of our miscellany, where they will find an extract with which they will be entertained.—This is a plan we intend to pursue in the future prosecution of our work. Thus, we shall always have it in our power to bring forward the most engaging parts of new books, and to introduce a far greater number of the books themselves into our review. Persuaded that this will be improvement, we may also assure our subscribers that our
sketch of new publications shall be given with candour and impartiality.
The Farmer's Boy, a Rural Poem, by Robert Bloomfield, new
edition, 4s. 58. 6d. 10s. 6d. 18s, boards, Vernor and
Hood. DASTORAL poetry has always attracted a great
I degree of attention, and its charms indeed are of a very conciliating kind. Nature in her various beauties cannot fail of administering pleasure and faithful representations of her will, and be sure of finding the way to the heart.
ROBERT BLOOMFIELD was a lady's shoemaker, and worked in Coleman-street, where, in an obscure garret, this poem was written, with circumstances of peculiar recommendation. But the life of this extraordinary young man shall be given, with a portrait, in a future number. We shall at present confine ourselves to the poein itself, which has justly excited no small share of the public at. tention.
The writer, who was once a farmer's boy, has applied that appellation to his poem, and with great justice. A kpowledge is every where shewn of rural customs and manners, which no individual could have obtained without being practically conversant with the subject. In this respect the author may in the delineation of certain articles be placed on the same shelf with the author of the Seasons. Obviousness of incident, neatness of imagery and felicity of expression, formed into easy and pleasant verse, are the leading traits in the work before us. Every page, and we had almost said every line, displays superior ability
The poem is divided into four parts, stiled Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The general con. tents of each portion shall be enumerated. A spe. cimen will be given in our next.
The SPRING contains invocation, seed-time, barrowing, morning walks, milking--the dairy, Suffolk cheese-Spring coming forth, sheep fond of changing, lambs at play, the butcher, &c. Here we weré particularly pleased with the milking--the satire on the Suffolk cheese, and the playing of the lambssubjects which are treated by the poet with sprightliness and delicacy.
The Summer presents us with turnit sowing, wheat ripening, sparrows, insects, the sky lark, reaping, barvest-field, dairy-maid, labours of the barn, the gander, night, a thunder-storm, harvestbome, reflections. We were most impressed by the sky-lark, labours of the barn, and harvest home traits very conspicuous in all rural scenery. The reflections also alluding to the situation of the poor are of a moral and instructive tendency.
AUTUMN consists of Acorns, hogs in the wood, wheat sowing, the church, village girls, the mad girl, the bird's boy hut, disappointments, EustonHall, seat of the Duke of Grafton, fox-hunting, Old Trouncer, long nights, and a welcome to win. ter. Though many scenes are here well pourtrayed, yet the mad girl exceeds all the rest. It is drawn from an original, and hence the many affecting particulars by which it stands characterised. A note at the bottom of the page informs us that her name was Mary Rayner, and the place of her residence Ixworth Thorp. We should have been gratified, had we been favoured with some particulars of her history. It might have been placed in the appendix already attached to the work.
Winter embraces-tenderness to cattle, frozen turnips, cow-yard, night, farm-house, fire-side, Lurmer's advice and instructions, nightly cares of
the stable, Dobbin, post-horses, sheep-stealing dogs, walks occasioned thereby, the ghost, lambtime, returning spring, conclusion. In this part the fire-side, post-borse, and ghost, are the most impressive. The pictures are drawn with the high en:husiasm of sensibility. The wood-cuts are executed with elegance and accuracy, Such then is the Farmer's Boy characterised throughout by an exquisite variety. Scatland has her Burns, and now England has her Bloomfield. The patronage the latter has experienced does honour to the nation. We trust that the author and his family (for he has a wife and children) will reap substantjal benefit from the bounty he has received.
The poem is introduced by an account of the author and his work, written by the ingenious Capel Lofft, which imparts a pleasing idea of his benevolence and humanity. The Proprietors also are entitled to great praise for the readiness which they discovered in bringing forward so deserving a publication. Such individuals not only encourage private merit, but may be pronounced benefactors to mankind. For want of such promptness, the poem called the Grave, and Blair's Sermons had I'ke never to have seen the light-than which na IWO works have attained to a greater extent of popularity. The Grave was actually offered to several booksellers by the great Dr. Watts, yet they refused to bazard its publication, Blair's Sermons were on the point of being sent back to Scotland, had not Johnson taken the manuscript home, and then sent the bookseller a note con ceruing it, strongly expressive of his approbation, By means of a similar timidity, the farmer's Boy might have remained in the garret, where it was penned, or have been consigned over to irretrievable obscurity. This circumstance, therefore, respect
that some amicable accommodation might take place. The shedding of human blood ought never to be made but in cases of the most imperious necessity.
We are in a state of suspence respecting the King of Prussia, who has not yet fully explained himself respecting this out dispute with the northern powers--for it now appears to involve Sweden and Denmark. Should this monarch side with the Russian, our situation must be highly unpleasant. Buf, unacquainted with the maxims by which this crowned head may be governed, we pretend not to hazard an opinion on the subject. Time will develope the mystery.
With respect to FRANCE ,their late attempt on the life of BONAPARTE, their grand consul, has made great noise, and occupied much attention, Four persons have on this account been condemned to death, and one hundred are to be sent to Cayenne, in South America. As to the latter, it must excite indignation, to find that these unfortunate men should be transferred to this inhospitable region without a public trial. This is the extremity of injustice; and we condemn it the more severely, because it occurs in a country where the warmest zeal has been expressed for the preservation of the liberties of mankind.
In Great Britain our attention is turned at this moment on the meeting of the Imperial Parliament, containing the members of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Such an event rouses our expectations—which, we trust, will be realised. Empowered to legislate for millions of the human race, may they be actuated by a superior wisdom; and may their measures, at all times, and on all occasions, prove favourable, not only to the prosperity of this country, but to the peace and happiness of the world !