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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 band, 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 plcassays 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 purity peringly 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 obguinea 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
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 fortunc, 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 most own, was more from necessity than inclina
“ Your Jenny at last is quite covetons grown;
" Tho'millions of fortune shonld 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 cer- . tainly 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 bas 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
In the year 1753, Moore commenced than any of the numerous imitations of that author, which have been attempted
a weekly Miscellaneous Paper, ensince 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
the author bimself, in his preface to the number, The Foundling and Gil Blas, Gamester, quarto edition of 1756.
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 muslin, gave it to the boy, saying, and published in four volumes.
“ Here you little stupid blockhead, 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 joyons langh
claimed he, “ you little monkey, you To circle gaily round the group, Shaking fat sides.
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 sig. toes, and made use of other means to
nified to squeeze, he one day, in the interrupt the thread of his narration;
midst of a large party of musical 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 job, 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 try 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.” “We 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!"
THE POET'S CORNER
How sweetly thy voice bas enliven'd the song. BY J. HUGHES, ESQ.
How swift flew the limited bour, 1.
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 meekuess view'd her birth,
111. Hailing the softness of her tongue
I sigb'd, when “ adien” was the echoing tone, While thns with smiling grace sbe sung “ 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.
Tby 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.
Then slumber, dear Mary, a cherub, whose From virtue then she ne'er would part,
Shall live as it lies in the grave,
In sorrow each night will I moorn at thy tomb,
Which did me of Mary bereave.
I HOPELESS LOVE.
That we should meet again
Beyond the grave, I would not shrink Pardon me, sirs, the bard replies,
From all this world of pain : I am not mad, it will appear
But, 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,
I almost wish for endless sleep.
BOTTLE, FOR A RHYME TO “LATIN.” There's guilt in every sigh:
But I have seen soft Pity steal Which easily he may bring pat In,
The moisture from thise eye ; For instance-lug 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.”
I know 'tis wrong to love thee, yet
I could not, for the world, forget,
For I have taught my heart to pray,
That it may pray for Thee;
And when the twilight fades away, 1.
And moon-beams light the sea, 0! 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 Tbine. I hasten'd, dear Mary, to you.
THE TWOPENNY BAG.
“My friends, he cried, "p s 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?
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