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His barons are, almost all, eager for the war; and, among the rest,
Of Scotland the chief chamberlain.
More lucky rate could never fall;
Unto your crown you conquer shall.
To France is past with all his peers;
But joult-head monks and bursten fryers.
Or priests prating for pudding shives,
Or wanton clerks waking their wives.
But all are gone beyond the sea;
With ordnance or artillery."
The king then called to Dallamount,
Which bodword out of France did bring.
vVho are encamped with th'Engush king."
"As many as I have at heart; First there is the great earl of Derby,
With one that is called lord Herbert.
•' There is an earl of ancient race,
Plumed up in proud and rich array.
A half moon in a golden ray."
•« That is the noble Percy plain,"
The king did say, and gave a stamp, ** There is not such a lord again,
"No, not in all king Henry's camp."
'• There is a lord that bold doth bear
A talbot brave, a burly tyke,
As made poor wiv<.s and children shriek."
"That is the earl of Shrewsbury."
Which is called the famed Darcy.
There's Dudley and brave Delaware,
« There "There is the earl of Essex gay.
And Stafford, stout carl of Wiltshire;
With haughty Hastings hot as fire.
There ia the marquis of Dorset brave,
"There is a knight of the north conntry,
Which leads a lusty plump of spears j
A boisterous bull, all black, he wears." ■
Lord Hume then answered on hight,
'* This same is Sir John Neville bold } King Harry hath not so brave a knight,
In all his camp, my coat I will hold.
"He doth maintain without all doubt,
The earl of Westmoreland's estate,
In England is not left his mate."
If wars or peace they did prefer?
M Let peace go back, and let us have war."
Art. 19. The Poetical Works of Sir William Jones. With the Life of the Author. 2 Vols. l2mo. 106. 6d. Boards. CadcJl and Ppvics, Baxter, &c.
The extraordinarily varied attainments, and the high private character, of the late Sir William Jones, must render this neat edition of his poetic lucubrations, and abridged view of his life, acceptable to many readers. The biography is selected principally from Lord Teign« mouth's ample memoirs ot his excellent friend; and the poems are arranged, not in chronological order, but under the different classes to which their subjects refer them.
Art. 20. Jiffnlion, with other Poems. By Henry Smithers, of the Adelphi. Royal 8vo. ' pp. 2 10. One Guinea. Boards. Miller. 1807.
Though the contents of this volume impress us with a high opinion of its author's moral character, we cannot say that they either exhibit or promise much poetic excellence. They do not, indeed, occupy so large a space as the notes, which are piineipally extracted from} Bewick's History of Quadruped*, and the travels of Sir John Carr. The paper and printing are very handsome; and we are presented villi some highly finished vignettes and other engravings, from the designs of Mr. Masquerier.
Art. 21. La Fete Iioy/ile; or the Visit to Stow; a Poem, in two Cantos. !2mo. is. Hatchard. 1808.
"the Butterfly t Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast" naturally pro,
dticed a host of imitations.—such as (not to mention the Peacock at Home, the Gala of the Lake, the Elephant's Masquerade, the Lion'r Dejeunc, and the Petit Souber of the Eagle: but by what process of association they stimulated the courtly writer now before U3 to describe a visit paid by the unfortunate representative of the house of Bourbon to the Marquis of Buckingham, it may be considered as scarcely dticnt in us minutely lo inquire. Suffice it that the author himself has told us that this extraordinary effect was produced in his mind; and he accordingly sat down, inspired by the fame of Mr. Ro^coe, to -bedaub with his macaroni couplet3 my Lord and my Lady Buckingham, as well as my Lady Mary Grenviile, who doubtless are much obliged to him for the compliment.
In the course of thii process, the writer has contrived to confer some very essential benefits on his native language, as well as that of our neighbours, by teaching us to pronounce /JoLlike " Roy's Wife of Aldivalloch,"— magnifijue, magn'ific,—coup a"ail, coix/'decl, as in this couplet,
'And e'en from his idol a minute would steal, To gl.mce o'er the splendour a rapid couv a" ail' and to call secretary, secretary; simile, similee, &c. &c. &c.
He has conferred an equal kindness on poor Louis XV1IL, by put* ting thiswise and witty speecli into his mouth:
'And still may auspicious Heaven its showers Of blessings, of honour, of health, and of peace, On the loved house of Greiiville for ever increase;' to which, with vast politeness, my Lord Marquis is made to reply, • Good health to the King! With its honours restored, A.nd in splendour revived, may the house of Bourdon Grve peace to the world from its merciful throne!' The Poem concludes with the ceremony of planting 32 oaks'by the royal party, 'as a living monument of the visit.' We really hope, for the sake of my Lord Buckingham's descendants, that the trees may flourish when the planters and the poet are forgotten.
Art. 22. Specimen of an English Homer in Blank Verse. Svo. pp. 30. IS. 6d. Payne.' 1807.
The author of this specimen says that he first undertook to try his powers in translating Homer, in consequence of a declaration made by Mr. Knight in his " Inquiry into the Principles of Taste," that blank verse was not suited to epic poetry: but he farther informs us that his attempt was soon laid aside. On the appearance, however, of the translation of the first book of the Iliad by the Archdeacon of Merioneth *, he was induced to examine what he had before writttn; and on a companion he resolved to blend together his own, the Archdeacon's, and Cowper's versions, and ' tty whether a specimen of an English Homer might not be thus produced, such as would be tolerably true to its archetype, and at the same time readable to an English reader The result is the specimen which he has laid before the public.
We quote the first sixteen lines:
* The stern resentment of Achilles, son
'What Power their fury nrg'd to fatal deeds ?—
The whole specimen consists of a translation of 222 lines of the first book of the Iliad; and the admired interview between Hector and Andromache, comprehending 90 lines from the sixth.—We think that the execution is on the whole, as every translation ought to be, close, spirited, and easy; the versification is also for the most part harmonious: but in this department there is evident room for improvement; and a few more close revisals would have made the specimen still more worthy of the approbation of the public.
In publishing this effort, the author intends only to shew what may be done by any person who is well qualified for the undertaking; at the same time declaring that he has not the most distant thoughts of ever himself proceeding with a task, which, were he competent to it, he should in his present circumstances find too laborious.
MILITARY A I FAIRS. Art. 23. Official Letter: •written by Lieut. Col. Henry Haldane, Captain of Royal Invalid Engineers, to the Masters General of Hi» Majesty's Ordnance, since the Year 1802. 8vo. 2$. Harding. We briefly stated the point at issue between this gentleman and the Master General of the Ordnance, in noticing his letters to Lord Chatham, Rev. Vol. xliii. N. S. p. 448. The present pamphlet contains, besides his former letters, a number of additional observations in support of his claim to army promotion, his correspondence with the Earl of Moira, while at the head of the Ordnance, and his Memorial to the King. He remains unsuccessful in his applications.
Art. 24. The Hungarian Brothers. By Miss Anna Maria Porter, fzrao. 3 Vols, 13s. tjd. Boards. Longman and Co.
In this novel are pourtrayed, with considerable ability, the different characters of Charles and Demetrius, Counts of Leopolstat. The one is, on all occasions, calm, thoughtful, and discreet, never undertaking any object but such as a deliberate judgment pronounces to be just and proper: the other, although born with a disposition equally good, is warm, impetuous, and governed solely by the impulse of the moment. In the consequences which arise to these persons from their different modes of conduct, a very valuable lesson is . taught to young people; since honour and prosperity attend the one, while difficulties and dangers wait on the other, and are so forcibly described as to leave a deep impression ou the reader. The secondary characters are also ably supported; and the tale is well told. The work therefore claims a respectable station among writings of thig class.
Art. 25. Fcstuca Grammatica; the Child's Guide to some Principles of the Latin Grammar, in which the original and natural Delineation of the Verb is restored, by Means of the English, Particles, to Six certain Rules, most easy to be comprehended by Children: with a Phraseologicon of the regular Latin Syntax; shewing its very extensive Analogy with the English, to be a true and most ready medium through which to initiate a young Scholar in the Latin Tongue. By the Rev. Richard Lyne, Author of the Latin Primer. \imo. pp. 142. as, 6d. Law. Conformably to its long title, this work professes to be an improvement on the usual manner of teaching the Latin language; and were the extent of improvement equal to that of the alteration proposed, it would be a valuable tract indeed; scarcely any part of the old method being retained. As the alterations are so extensive, we should hardly expect that the plan here proposed would be generally adopted: but several of the observations which are offered are so much to the purpose, that they may be perused with profit by those who wish to make a proficiency in the language; indeed these remarks on and illustrations of the Latin idioms are very valuable. The author seems to possess a considerable degree of observation and industry, and his strictures are ingenious and acute : but the work is defective in arrangement; and if ever a second edition be printed, we advise him to introduce some modifications into the plan, that will render it more alluring and useful to the student.
Art. 26". The Primitives of the Greek Tongue, in five Languages, viz. Greek, Latin, English, Italian, and French; in Verse. By J. F. Alphonse Roullier. 8vo. pp.112. 3s. 6d. sewed. Long* man and Co.
To turn individual words of five languages into verse shews a resolution of no uncommon kind; yet this is the task that has been accomplished in the work before us, in which the author's object was to render the attainment of those languages more easy, since words 111 poetic numbers are remembered with lest difficulty than in prose. The verse is hexameter; the Greek primitives are alphabetically dis«
Rev. Auo. 1808. Ff posed;