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Methodists, Members of Parliament, Chaplains, all genuine Beaux Esprits, all legitimate heirs of Parnassus, rush forward, with unfeigned ardour, to delight the world by the united efforts of liberal genius and constitutional loyalty.-The illustrious candidates assemble-the wisest of Earls sits as Judge-the archest of Buffos becomes his assessor-the Odes are read-the election is determined-how justly is not for us to decide. To the great Tribunal of the public the whole of this important contest is now submitted. Every document that can illustrate, every testimony that tends to support the respective merits of the Probationers, is impartially communicated to the world of letters.-Even the Editor of such a collection may hope for some reversionary fame from the humble, but not inglorious task, of collecting the scattered rays of Genius. At the eve of a long laborious life, devoted to a sister Muse (vide my History, printed for T. Payne and Son, at the Mews Gate), possibly it may not wholly appear an irregular vanity, if I sometimes have entertained a hope, that my tomb may not

want the sympathetic record of Poetry-I

avow my motive.

It is with this expectation I appear as an Editor on the present occasion.-The Authors whose compositions I collect for public notice are twenty-three. The odds of survivorship, according to Doctor Price, are, that thirteen of these will outlive me, myself being in class III. of his ingenious Tables. Surely, therefore, it is no mark of that sanguine disposition which my enemies have been pleased to ascribe to me, if I deem it possible that some one of the same thirteen will requite my protection of their harmonious effusions with a strain of elegiac gratitude, saying, possibly (pardon mẹ, ye Survivors that may be, for presuming to hint the thought to minds so richly fraught as yours are), saying, I say,

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Here lies Sir John Hawkins,

Without his shoes or stockings *!

*Said Survivors are not bound to said Rhyme, if not agreeable.

[THE following excellent observations on the LYRIC STYLE have been kindly communicated to the EDITOR by the Rev. THOMAS WARTON.-They appear to have been taken almost verbatim from several of the former works of that ingenious author; but chiefly from his late edition of Milton's Minora. We sincerely hope, therefore, that they may serve the double purpose of enriching the present collection, and of attracting the public attention to that very critical work from which they are principally extracted.]

THOUGHTS ON ODE WRITING.

QAH Mλ, Carmen, Cantus, Cantilena, Chanson, Canzone, all signify what, Anglicè, we denominate ODE-Among the Greeks, Pindar; among the Latins, Horace; with the Italians, Petrarch; with the French, Boileau; are the principes hujusce scientiæ-Tom Killigrew took the lead in English Lyrics; and, indeed, till our own Mason, was nearly unrivalledJosephus Miller too hath penned something of the Odaic, inter his Opera Minora. My grandfather had a MS. Ode on a Gilliflower, the which, as our family had it, was an esquisse of Gammer Gurton's; and I myself have seen various Cantilenes of Stephen Duck's of a pure relish-Of Shad

well, time hath little impaired the fameColley's Bays rust cankereth not-Dr. Casaubon measures the Strophe by Anapæsts In the Polyglott, the epitrotus primus is the metrimensura.-I venture to recommend Waly, waly, up the Bank," as no bad model of the pure Trochaic-There is also a little simple strain, commencing "Saw ye my father, saw ye my mother;" which, to my fancy, gives an excellent ratio of hendecasyllables.-Dr. Warton indeed prefers the Adonic, as incomparably the neatest, ay, and the newest μons μl pov A notion too has prevailed, that the Black Joke, or Μελαμφυλλαι Δαφναι, is not the "cosa deta in prosa mai, ne in rima;" whereas the Deva Cestrensis, or Chevy Chase, according to Dr. Joseph Warton, is the exemplar of

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Trip and go,
Heave and hoe,

Up and down,
To and fro.

Vide Nashe's Summer's Last Will and Testament, 1600.

I observe that Ravishment is a favourite word with Milton, Paradise Lost, B. V. 46.

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Again, B. IX. 541. Again, Com. V. 245. -Spenser has it also in Astrophel, st. 7.Whereof I earnestly recommend early rising to all minor Poets, as far better than sleeping to concoct surfeits. Vid. Apology for Smectymnuus. For the listening to Throstles or Thrushes, awaking the lustless Sun, is an unreproved or innocent pastime: As also are cranks, by which I understand cross purposes. Vid. my Milton, 41."Filling a wife with a daughter fair," is not an unclassical notion (vid. my Milton, 39), if, according to Sir Richard Brathwaite, "She had a dimpled chin, made for love to lodge within" (vid. my Milton, 41). While the cock," vid. the same, 44.-Indeed, “ My mother said I could be -no lad, till I was twentye," is a passage I notice in my Milton with a view to this; which see; and therein also of a shepherdess " taking the tale.”—'T were well likewise if Bards learned the Rebeck, or Rebible, being a species of Fiddle; for it solaceth the fatigued spirit much; though to say the truth, we have it; 't is present death for Fiddlers to tune their Rebecks, or Rebibles, before the great Turk's grace.

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