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chambers to her apartments one even comedies ; and the Gamester, a tragedy.
ing, only preceded by a single page, The first has been condemned for its
a small canvass bag of guineas, which supposed resemblance to the celebrated
he held in his hand, accidentally comedy of the Conscious Lovers; and
dropped, when one of them rolled in the Gamester met with a cold reception
under a closet, where wood was gene- for no other apparent reason,but because
rally kept for the use of the bed- it too nearly touched a favourite and
chamber. After the King had very fashionable vice.“ Yet, on the whole,
deliberately picked up the money, he his plots are interesting, his characters
found himself deficient of a guinea, well drawn, his sentiments delicate,
and, judging where it went, “ Come," and his language poetical and pleas-
says he to the page, " we must find ing; and what crowns all, and more
this guinea ; here, help me to throw out forcibly claims for his writings public
this wood.” The page and he accord. notice, is, that the greatest parity per-
ingly fell to work, and in a little time vades the whole, the obvious tendency
found it. “Well,” says the King, of every piece being the promotion of
“you have wrought hard, there's the morality and virtue, as is indeed ob-
guinea for your labour, but I would served by the author himself, in the
have nothing lost.”

preface already referred to,when speak-
ing of his writings in general, “Such

as the work now is (says Moore) I subLIVES OF THE BRITISH mit it to the public. Defects in it there POETS.

are many-its claims (if it has any, and

I may be allowed to name it) is its be
EDWARD MOORE.

ing natural and unaffective, and tending Of the life of this ingenious writer,

to promote virtue.few particulars are known, and none

Moore married a lady of the name respecting his descent, birth, education, of Hamilton, daughter to the tableor death, at least none which we have decker to the princess. She had also been able to discover.

a poetical turn, and has been said to Edward Moore was bred a linen- have assisted her husband in the writdraper; but whether from a stronger ing of his plays. One specimen of her attachment to study than the counter, poetry was handed about before their or from a more ardent zeal in pursuit marriage, and has since appeared in of fame than in fortune, or whether different collections of songs. It was from the cause assigned by our author addressed to a daughter of the famous himself, in the preface to the quarto Stephen Duck, and begins with the edition of his works, in 1756, that following stanza : his marriage with the Muses, like most “ Would you think it, my Duck? for the fault other marriages into that noble family,

I must own, was more from necessity than inclina

“ Your Jenny at last is quite covetous grown;

“ Tho'millions of fortune should lavishly pour, tion,” he quitted business to join the

I still should be wretched if I have not More." retinue of those ladies, and he certainly had a very happy and pleasant After half a dozen other stanzas, in talent for poetry. In his trial of Selim, which, with great ingenuity and delithe Persian, which is a compliment to cacy, and yet in a manner that expresses the first and worthy Lord Lyttleton, he a sincere affection, she has quibbled has shewn himself a perfect master of on our author's name; she concludes the most elegant kind of panegyric, with the following lines : that which is couched under the appearance of accusation; and his Fables

" You will wonder, my girl, who the dear one

can be, for the Female Sex, not only in the " Whose merit can boast such a conquest as me; freedom and ease of the versification, But you shan't know his name, tho' I told but also in the forcibleness of the * you before, moral and poignancy of the satire,

" It begins with an M, but I dare not say More!" approach nearer to the manner of Gay than any of the numerous imitations of

In the year 1753, Moore commenced

a weekly Miscellaneous Paper, enthat author, which have been attempted since the publication of his Fables. As a dramatic writer, Moore has by no • The Gamester was also objected to as too means met with the success his pieces prosaic in the language, and too humble in the have merited; which are three in catrastrophe, as observed and apologized for by number, The Foundling and Gil Blas, Gamester, quarto edition of 1756.

the author bimself, in his preface to the

titled “The World, by Adam Fitz- had taken up a longer time than usual, Adam,” in which undertaking he was so that the master (whose breakfast assisted by Lord Chesterfield, and other had been detained till it was quite cold) distinguished characters. Soon after was not a little vexed, and taking up Moore's death, this paper was collected the mustin, gave it to the boy, saying, and published in four volumes. “ Here you little stupid block head, my

muffin is quite cold, take it into the

kitchen and heat it." The boy was DAINTY MORSELS; gone so long, that the master's patience OR, AFTER DINNER CHIT-CHAT. being exhausted, he sent for him, and

the poor fellow, with the last piece in

his mouth, “What the deuce," exTo cause the joyous laugh To circle gaily round the group,

claimed he, “ you little monkey, you Shaking fat sides. oid Play have not devoured my muffin, I hope;

I told you to take it to the kitchen and

heat it.” “ Yes, sir," replied the boy, JOHNSON versus GARRICK.

who had just swallowed his mouthful; Mr. Garrick was once present with “ but you told me always to drop the Dr. Johnson at the table of a nobleman, H." where, amongst other guests, was one of whose near connections some disgrace MISAPPREHENSION. ful anecdote was then in circulation. It had reached the ears of Johnson,

A Frenchman was extremely parti. who, after dinner, took an opportunity cular in his wishes to pronounce and of relating it in his most acrimonius to converse correctly, having consulted manner. Garrick, who sat near him,

a dictionary to discover the meaning of pinched his arm and trod upon his the word press, and finding that it sigtoes, and made use of other means to midst of a large party of musical

nified to squeeze, he one day, in the interrupt the thread of his narration; but all was in vain; the doctor pro’ friends, desired the master of the house ceeded, and when he had finished his to“ squeeze one of the ladies to sing." story, he turned gravely round to He had also heard one of the servants, Garrick, of whom before he had taken when desired by his fellow to assist no notice whatever, “Thrice," said him in some particular joh, giving as he, “ Davy have you trod upon my toe,

a refusal, that “he had other fish to thrice have you pinched my arm, and fry.” He treasured the observation now if what I have related be a false with much care, until an opportunity hood, convict me before this company.'

arose of availing himself of it, and a Garrick replied not a word, but fre- friend wishing him to take a walk, he quently declared afterwards, that he replied, “ No, sare, I cannot valk, I never felt half so much perturbation must go and fry some fish.” even when he met his father's ghost.

KNOT versus CANNOT.
A RETORT.

Caleb Whitford, of punning memory, When Dr. Zimmerman was at the was a man of most pregnant wit, and court of Berlin, Frederick the Second seldom lost for an answer, once obasked him one day in conversation, if serving a young lady earnestly at he could ascertain how many he had work, knotting frieze for a petticoat, killed in the course of his practice. he asked her what she was doing? “ That is an arduous task," replied the Knotting, sir," she replied, “pray, doctor; " but I think I may venture to Mr. Whitford, can you knot ?"* " I say, not half so many as your majesty." cannot, madam,” was his answer.

DROPPING THE H.

TOASTING A FRIEND. A schoolboy, reading to his master, A young nobleman, who was very and pronouncing every word with profligate, being in company with some more than proper emphasis, had re gentlemen who were quite the reverse, ceived repeated reproofs, but par- he desired leave, with a view to bore ticularly concerning the word “honor," them, “to toast the Devil.” which the master told him should be can have no objection," said a gentlepronounced“ onor," and desired him man who sat next his lordship, “ to in future to drop the H. The lesson toast any of your friends!"

6 We

THE POET'S CORNER.
THE BIRTH OF PITY.

II.
BY J. HUGHES, ESQ.

How sweetly thy voice bas epliven'd the song,

How swift few the limited bour,
I.

How oft l’ye entreated the son to prolong When pity first appeared on earth,

The far-farling rays of his pow'r. Virtue and meekness view'd her birth,

111. Hailing the softness of her tongue While thas with smiling grace she sung

I sigb'd, when "adien” was the echoing tone, “ I am Pity sent to cheer you."

Yet sweet the embrace to depart,

(Thy bosom repeating each throb of my own,) II.

I pressed thee, dear girl, to my heart.
As within a desert wild,

IV.
In pleasing hope they nurs'd the child,
A ring-dove flew into her breast,

Thy form how angelic, how fair to my sight Which sbe with pratling warmth caress'd,

Each feature, by nature caress'd; " I ain Pity sent to save you."

But now, alas, witber'd and hid from me quite,

In the mouldering earth, where they rest.
III.

V.
When grown up each bewitching grace
Smil'd in the softness of her face,

Then slumber, dear Mary, a cherub, whose

bloom From virtue then she ne'er would part,

Sball live as it lies in the grave,
Bat lived with meekness in her heart.
“Thus Pity do we hail you."

In sorrow each night will I mourn at thy tomb,
Till death shall lu pity consign me the doom,

Which did me of Mary bereave.
EPIGRAMS.
The man is mad, the bucks exclaim;

HOPELESS LOVE.
If once a poet they espy:
Hol Snuff the Moon 1 here, what's your name: If I could bring my soul to think
Write, and be d-dma tragedy.

That we should meet again
Pardon me, sirs, the bard replies,

Beyond the grave, I would not shrink

From all this world of pain : I am not mad, it will appear

Bat, oh! the dreadful thought, that we But once a month, while none denies

Are parted by Eternity, Ye act like madmen all the year.

Will sometimes cross my brain ;

And that is woe so sad and deep,
EXTEMPORE

I almost wish for endless sleep.
ON BEING ASKED BY A FRIEND, OVER I know 'tis wrong to love thee-feel

BOTTLE, FOR A RHYME TO "LATIN." There's guilt in every sigh :
A fool may make a rhyme to “ Latin,"

But I have seen soft Pity steal Which easily he may bring pat In.

The moisture from thine eye ; For instance-lag a rat or cat in:

And I have felt how kind and warm Or, if you like, a sbrieking brat in:

The soul encompassed in that form,
Or, honest wench, that deals old hat in:

And cannot say “Good bye."
Or, pamper'd where, dress'd off in sattin. I know 'tis wrong to love thee, yet

ATTICUS.

I could not, for the world, forget,

For I have taught my heart to pray,
THE LAMENT.

That it may pray for Thee;

And when the twilight fades away,
I.

And moon-beams light the sea, 01 sweet were those days, now the source of In fervent prayer I lift my soul, my moan,

That all thy days may calmly roll When often, my vows to renew,

In peace and social glee ; O'er mountains and woodlands, tho' tempests Tho' every blessing meant for mine have blown,

Should pass my head, and light on Thine. I hasten'd, dear Mary, to you.

THE TWOPENNY BAG.
Whereat the gentleman began to stare

“My friends," he cried, "ps take you for your care."-Pope. Our friend “ Nag Rom," must be an odd dog to have been so christened ; but he will see we have not disdained to pick his bones—we hope to hear from him again soon.

E. Clarke will forgive some slight liberties we were obliged to take-his future favours will not be slighted.

But as for “Paul,” he is not worthy to be called a disciple of the Muses, much less to be made their Poet Laureat, and write their Odes-a fig for such !

Is “ Tuzzi-Muzzi" defunct? And what has become of some others we could name?

Contributions (post paid) to be sent to the Editor, at the Publishers',

INDEX

TO VOLUME I.

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A.

British Proverbs, Specimens of
Ancient

262
Andreni, Isabella, Memoir of 9
Alliteration artfully applied

Bookseller and the Vicar, Anec-
16

dote of the
Apprentices, the Idle and Indus-

263
trious, account of

Baillie, Dr. Memoir of
Autumn, Poem on

62

Blake, Admiral, energetic Conduct

of
Apprentice, Idle, Sonnet on a

270
63
Ariosto, Memoir of

Bag, the Twopenny368. 384.400.416.
Animals, Anecdotes of 92. 104. 141.

432
173. 204

Bones in the Human Frame, Num-
Apparition, Account of an

ber of

. 425
99
Alnwick Abbey, History of .

Bees, Economy of

. 429
113
Antiquities, Popular

455
Burgoyne, General, Life of

115
Aldermen of London, Privileges

C.
of the

140
Apprentices, the Idle and Indus-

Chudleigh, Lady, Account of

15
trious 193, 225. 258. 321. 353. 389

Crusaders, the, Return
Anecdotes, Musical

Cats, Eight, Ode to
198

22
Astronomy, on

Confessions, a Giaour's

204
Arithmetic, Scintillations of

Castle of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ac-

211
American Cemetries, Description

count of

33

Costumes, Ancient, of the English
of

265
Antiparos, Description of the

42, 59, 106, 131
Grotto of

Comfort, Cold

46
305

59
Anthology, Batavian

Congreve, Memoir of

393
Amusement, Royal

Charles the Second, Dream of 62

416
A King

Cough, Receipt for a

95
420
Arguelles, the Spanish Refugee,

Cotton, Sir R. Memoir of

109
Memoir of

Charles the First, Discovery of the
428
Body of

115
Commons, Origin of the House of 116
B.

Crichton, the Admirable, Memoir
of

138
Buttons, Batchelors'
40 Crim Tartars, History of

142
Boleyn, Anne, Execution of 59 Cruden'sConcordance, Anecdote of 154
Breeches, Parliamentary

80 Causeway, the Giant's, Descrip-
British Empire, Grandeur of the 84 tion of

. 164
Bull John

85. 103. 117 Cornaro, Lewis, Memoir of. 218
Bloomfield, the Poet, Memoir of 88 Charles I. Account of the Execu-
Bishopsgate, Antiquities of the tion of

227
Ward of
123 Cromwell, Anecdotes of

269
Blue Mountains, Journal of an Ex Cheese Wring, Description of 273
cursion across the
180 Chance, Lucky effects of

277
Buonaparte, his Literary Works 187 Conjurations, Art of

318
Family, History of Card Playing, History of

322
the
. 197 Confession, a Magdalen's

334
Bell, the Diving
. 203 Cat, Adventures of a

345
Brandon, Robert, Account of

229 Cheapside Cross, Description of 358
British King, First Parliamentary Corner, the Poet's 368, 383. 400. 416.
Speech of
261

432, 448

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Characteristics and Curiosities,

G.
Literary

370. 386. 402
Characters, Obsolete

377

George the Fourth, Anecdote of . 25
Customs, Odd

392
Grimes, Old

44
Cæsar, Death of .

423
Goats, Cashmir

72
Cobbler, the

. 433

Gibraltar, Description of the Rock
Cats, a Connoisseur in

· 462
and Fortress of

97
Gardenstone, Lord, Memoir of 246
D.

Grainger, Edward, Memoir of 407
Dancers, French

Gresham, Sir Thomas, Anecdote of 424

24
Crink, the Pyramid of

45
Dry Rot, Preventive for

48

H.
Doge of Venice, Marriage of the,
with the Sea

52 Henry IV. of France, Assassina-
Deaf and Dumb, Anecdote of

69

tion of
Devotion, Connubial

93 · Horse, Instinct and Sagacity of
Days, Lucky and Unlucky : 119 Hudibras, Account of the Poem of 54
Drake, Sir Francis, Memoir of , 119 Horse, the, and the Mayor

61
Dibdin, Charles, Memoir of. . 187 Hastings, Battle of, Account of

65
Dunmow, Singular Custom at . 209 Halls, Francis, Curions Anecdote
Disputation, Maxims of

316
of

91
Domingo, St. History of

345 Housewife, the, 94. 110. 126. 142. 158.
Dogs, Isle of

393 175. 188. 205. 222. 238. 272. 348. 375
Dudley, Sir Henry Bate, Memoir Honour, Seats of.

· 178
of
406 Heavens, Phenomenon of the

. 179
Dryden, Life of
434 Harlot, Origin of the Word .

. 185
Deformned Transformed, Review of 439 Hogarth, Life of .

Human Species, Varieties of the 219
E.
Heroism, True

220

Hottentot Holland's Kloffe, De-
Escape, a Wonderful

12
scription of

241
Esquiré, on the Title of

64 Henry IV. of France, Anecdotes
Expenses, Theatrical
70 of

259
Epitaphs 68. 79. 96. 112. 128. 144. 160. Horæ Jocosæ, Review of

275
192. 208. 256, Human Life, Observations on 278
Elizabeth, Queen, Memoir of 157

Hair, Modes of wearing

282
Esquimaux, History of the Man-

Hajja Baba, Review of, 316. 340. 353
ners and Customs of the

177 Hypochondriacs, a Hint to . 391
Erskine, Lord, Memoirs of . · 232 Hymen, Disappointed .

420
Etiquette, Spanish

· 311 Hatton, Sir Christopher, his an-
Europe, Pauperism in .

. 363

swer to Sir T. Owen's Letter 457
Emperor of France, Birth of the . 393 House of Commons, Description
Elizabeth, Queen, Curious Letter of the

466
to

430
English, on the Customs and Man-
ners of

458

I.
Elwes, J. Esq. Anecdote of:

462
Ireland, Poem on

29
Innocence, Injured

57
F.

John Bull, Origin of the Term 85
Forks, Original Use of

7 Inquest, Coroner's, Origin of the 117
Fragment, a
14 Johnson's, Dr. his Probity

119
Feodorowna, a Russian Narrative, Italian Literature, 168, 184, 194. 214.
34. 55.

247. 309
French Officer, Paper of a 68. 134. Instincts, of

235. 266. 408
149. 169 Independence, on

283
Flowers, Fruit, &c. Account of 75 January, Agricultural Calendar
Fingal's Cave, History of
129 for

333
Fortunes, Extraordinary 138 Jews, MarriageCeremonies among 339
Fiddler, Humourous Account of a Journal, Sailor's

374
Poor
243 Japan, Volcano in

401
February, Account of the Month of 362 India, Method of Education in . 445
Fitzwilliam Family, History of 412 Johnson, Dr. and the Butcher 456

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