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in the Union. Save us from the such devotion lives; it is an haevil designs of all our enemies, bitual sentiment, which diffuses forgive our national sins, and pre- itself through the whole life, puserve to us the blessings of peace. rifying, exalting, and tranquilizMay all mankind be visited with ing every part of it; smoothing the light of the gospel ; and may the most rugged paths, making its influence be more widely dif- the yoke of duty easy, and the fused in this land. In tender mer- burden of care light.
It is as a cy regard all who are in affliction perennial spring in the very cenof whatever kind. Grant unto our tre of the heart, to which the dear friends and relations every wearied spirit betakes itself for blessing which thou knowest to refreshment and repose. be needful for them. May they
Mrs. H. More. and we experience thy favour in this life, and in the world to come,
ANECDOTE. life everlasting
We offer up these our imper Who that reads the following fect prayers, in the name of our anecdote of the late celebrated only Mediator and Advocate Je- king of Prussia, can envy his sus Christ.Our Father, &c. greatness ? Nay, who does not
abhor the hardness and barbarity of his heart? Who does not see
the malignant moral effects, FRAGMENT.
which result from infidel philos
ophy? TRUE RELIGION.
“ Intending to make, in the WAEN the mind is not only night, an important movement in conscientiously but affectionately his camp, which was in sightof the religious ; when it not only fears enemy, he gave orders, that by God as the Almighty Sovereign, eight o'clock all the lights in the but loves and confides in him as camp should be put out, on pain the all gracious Father ; not on- of death. The moment that the ly inferred to be such from the time was past, he walked out beauty and benignity apparent in himself to see whether all were the works of nature, but ration- dark. He found a light in the ally understood to be such, from tent of Capt. Zietern, which he the discoveries of divine grace in entered just as the officer was the word of God; and let us add, folding up a letter. Zietern no less rationally felt to be such, knew him, and instantly fell on from the transforming influence his knees to entreat his mercy. of that word on the heart ; then The king asked, to whom he had acts of devotion are no longer a been writing
He said it was a penance, but a resource and re letter to his wife, which he had freshment, insomuch that the vo retained the candle these few luptuary would as soon relin- minutes beyond the time in order quish those gratifications for to finish. The king coolly or which he lives, as the devout dered him to rise, and write one Christian would give up his daily line more, which he should dicintercourse with his Maker. But tate, This line was to inform it is not in stated acts merely that his wife, without any explana
tion, that by such an hour the this cool barbarity to the affection Dext day, he should be a dead both of the officer and his wife, man. The letter was then seal. was enough to brand his characed, and dispatched as it had been ter indelibly. It proved how litintended ; and the next day, the tle the philosopher and the hero Captain was executed.
was susceptible of such an affec“Nothing is said as to the jus- tion, or capable of sympathizing tice of the punishment itself. But with its pains.” (Foster, Essays.
agiscellaneous To the Editors of the Panoplist. Anacreon, holds that strange GENTLEMEN, May 18, 1807 You will probably gratify a number of opinion, that Reviewers your readers, by publisliing the
« accountable beings," though following strictures on Moore's he writes as if he Poems from the “ Eclectic Re countable neither to God nor view.” The manner, in which they
man. are written, will secure the atten
Our readers know what tion of every man, possessed of a tremendous risk one of the learning or morals. I wish, how. most formidable of our brethren ever, particularly to recommend has incurred, by presuming to them to the attention, and to the consciences also, of those
American reprobate the publication of Editors of Newspapers, who have
these poems,-less, indeed, as a employed their pens, so freely, in personal crime, than as a public commending the effusions of this nuisance. Unawed, however, man. Should they only unlearn by so awful a warning, and neiththat silly admiration of foreigners,
er daring, nor deprecating, Mr. which prompts them to caress and fatter, indiscriminately, men who Moore's displeasure, we shall have scarcely any other claim to speak as freely of this gay vol. their respect; the benefit will not ume, as if the author were neithbe small. I hope, however, that
er a man of honour nor a gentlethis will not be the only advantage; and that they will also acquire a full man, but as sincere a coward conviction of the extreme improprie
the writer of this article ty of lending their own reputation has the courage to avow himto give credit, and currency, to ef. self. forts, calculated for no other end,
When Mr. Moore tells us that but to debauch the morals of mankind. He, who contributes his en
he has been “tempted by the libdeavours to spread poison through eral offers of his bookseller," a community, is an accessary to all without which “ seasonable in. the guilt of his principal, and ducement these poems very chargeable, in a secondary degree, possibly would never have been with all the deplorable consequen
submitted to the world,” we reces, of which his principal is the I am yours, &c. X. gret, not only the poet's neces
sity, but the bookseller's liberalEpistles, Odes, and other Poems, ity. Surely Mr. M. does not
by Thomas Moore, Esq. 4to. thus brand the character of his pp. 341. Carpenter. 1806. bookseller, as an apology for
Thomas MOORE, ci-devant himself! If he degrades himself THOMAS LITTLE, and soidisant to be a literary pimp, is it any
excuse to say that he was hired? sy ones to popularity--personalWe sincerely wish that the satire, and licentiousness. In speculation of the one may be as the first, there have been many. unprofitable, as the work of the successful adventurers among other is immoral. Avarice is so recent authors. In the last, Mr. given to over-reaching, that, per Moore out-strips all rivals, and haps for the very love of the thing, leaves even his friend Lord it sometimes over-reaches itself; Strangford at a hopeless distance like the miser, who was so fond behind him. The poems of the of eating at other people’s expense, late Thomas Little (the first pubthat he used to crib the cheese lication of the present Thomas out of his own mouse-traps. Moore) are now in the eighth edi. The price of this book, which tion : the same talents more truly is its best recommendation, honourably employed, would because it will tempt no body to probably not have produced one buy it, is fixed so high, in the eighth of the reward, in fame to hope of extravagant profit, as to the poet, or money to the bookplace it beyond the reach of al- seller, which they have gained in most all, but those persons of about five years, by such shamerank and fortune, with whom the less prostitution. To the sucauthor would persuade us that he cess of that meretricious volume, is in habits of friendship and fa- may be attributed the mercenary miliarity. Indeed, on seeing the munificence which rescued the noble names which are so osten- present from oblivion.
The èa. tatiously blazoned throughout gerness with which Thomas Litthese unhallowed pages, tle's "Juvenile Indiscretions,' might imagine that Mr. M. being were purchased at seven shillings, himself unable to blush, had re- naturally enough induced the solved to blush by proxy; for publisher to imagine, that Thom, he has left his patrons no alter
as Moore's manly irregularities native, but to disown him or to would fetch a Guinea and a Half; blush for him. Among these it for the former were only the abánis shocking to observe the names doned abortions of folly without of ladies, so indicated by letters & thought in a boy, while the latter dashes, that they may be conve are the avowed offspring of folly niently filled up by the ingenuity matured by reflection in a inan. of slander, and attached to per. But in this golden expectation, sons, by whom the libertine and the adventurer will probably be his song ought to be held in disappointed. This volume is equal scorn and detestation. If too unwieldy to be a pocket com, Mr. M., as we are assured, be panion, or a bosom friend; it indeed an acceptable companion cannot conveniently be secreted among the great and illustrious, in the drawer of a toilette, or read the moral character of our bigh- by stealth behind a fire-screen ; est circles must be placed on a and were a second edition to refar lower rank, than is consistent duce it from the dignity of a roy. with our aristocratic preposses- al quarto to foolscap octavo, (the sions.
rank of its predecessor) still the Among the paths of literature, quantity of matter must either there are only two short and ea- burst it in twain,or swell it to such
an unfashionable bulk, as would convivial companies, and circnexclude it from all polite circles; lated in manuscript among for so refined is the sense of pro- friends ; insidiously assailing priety among the beau monde, the purity of the fair sex, and that even profligacy is not ad- completing the corruption of mitted into good company, ex
youth, which is so auspiciously cept it be. dressed u-la-mode. begun at our public seminaries. Besides, the very sight of 80 -Thus will the plague of this much at once of what he loves leprosy spread from individual best, would sicken even to loath- to individual, from family to faming the young and impatient ily, from circle to circle, till it voluptuary ; so that perhaps not mingles and assimilates with one sensualist will be found, that general mass of corruption who with appetite unsated and which contaminates society at insatiable, can riot through all large, and which eventually may the courses of this corporation- be aggravated, in no small defeast of indelicacies, unless it be gree, by this acquisition of new some hoary debauchee,—the snares for virtue and new stimlukewarm ashes of a man, from ulants to sensuality. This is which, though the fire of na no fanciful speculation. · The ture be extinct in them, the mystery of iniquity,' here pubsmoke of impurity still rises as lished to the world, will operate they cool for the grave.
beyond the search of human reaYet let not virtue exult, nor son : the wisdom of God alone Thomas Moore despair. He can comprehend the infinite ishas shot his arrows at youth and sues of evil; the power of God innocence ; and the young and alone can restrict them. the innocent will yet be his vic It is unusual for us either to tims. Poison so exquisitely ma- praise or condemn a publication lignant, and prepared with such of magnitude, without endeavincomparable skill, can hardly ouring to establish the reasons fail of being as widely pernicious, we assign by quotations from the as his fond imagination ever work itself; for every author is dreamed in his most sanguine best judged out of his own moments of anticipation. Though mouth. Vur deviation in the the formidable size of this volume present instance will be readily will equally deter the gay and excused; the very passage of an the indolent from toiling tho' impure thought through the its labyrinths of seduction, mind leaves pollution behind it, though it cannot be named in and a momentary indulgence of any decent family, though none it, brings guilt, condemnation, but the most undaunted can ap- and remorse. While, therefore, , ply for it, and though no book we warning our
friends seller will produce it, who has against straying into this forest the fear of the Society for the of wild beasts, it would be madsuppression of vice before his ness in us to turn a few of the eyes, yet its inost inflaming con- lions loose among them, on the tents will be reprinted in news open plain, to prove the ferocity papers, magazines, and mis- of the species. But if there be cellanies, recited and sung in one among our readers who will
not take our word for it, that this In every page the poet is a is a book of ill fame, which no libertine ; in every song his modest woman would read, and mistress is a prostitute ; and wirich, therefore, no modest man what the poet and his mistresses ought to read, let him judge for are, he seems determined that himself at his peril ; let him his readers shall be ; and verily remember that indelicacy cannot we wish that none but such may be admitted into the heart with be his readers. impunity, for it cannot be im Let not our cautions be misagined with indifference ; it construed, by our readers, inis always either the parent or to an unworthy suspicion of child of unholy feelings. If the stability of their virtue, or then, in the perusal of these vo too high a compliment to the luptuous poems, he finds himself talents of this syren seducer. fascinated with their beauty, let When we stand in the confidence him tremble, let him fiy; it is of our own strength, the weakthe beauty, it is the fascination of est temptation will overcome us; the serpent, of the Old Serpent, when we fly, the strongest canwhich ought to inspire terror and not overtake us. The danger repugnance, while it is tempting, lies in dallying with sin, and with attracting, delighting him into sensual sin above all other : it destruction.
works, it winds, it wins its way We shall briefly characterize with imperceptible, with irresistthe contents of this volume.- ible insinuation, through all the It contains irregular odes, epis. passes of the mind, into the intles, and amatory verses. The nermost recesses of the beart; author has had the rare felicity while it is softening the bosom, to make the former nearly unin- it is hardening the conscience ; telligible of themselves, and ut- while, by its exhilaration, it teriy so, with the help of notes. seems to be spiritualizing the The epistles are his least offen- body, it is brutalizing the soul, sive writings in this collection, and, by mingling with its eterthough most of them are mil. nal essence, it is giving immor. dewed with uncleanness. But tality to impotent unappeasable it is in his amatory verses, that desires ; it is engendering “ the Mr. Moore unblushingly dis worm that dieth not,” it is kinplays the cloven foot of the li- dling the "fire that is not quenchbidinous satyr; in these le ed.” chants bis loves to a thousand Wantonly to assail, or basely nymphs, every one of whom to profit by the weakness and either has had, or is welcome to degeneracy of his fellow creahave, a thousand gallants be- tures, Mr. Moore has lavished siles; for as there is no roman- all the wiles of his wit, all the tie constancy of passion in him- enchantments of his genius ; seli, he is not so unreasonable but both his wit and his genius as to prohibit a plurality of at have been vitiated by the harlottituaments in them. His “dear ry of his muse ; and his pages one," are all
glitter almost as much with falsc “ Bright as the sun, and common as
taste as false fire. With Darwinthe air."
ian smoothness of numbers, and