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confidence of private friendship, would have still remained in the closets of their authors. MISCELLANIES, indeed, in any state, from the variety which they afford, must ever be attractive; but when, added to this inherent advantage, they also possess the benefit of a proper selection, their attraction must of necessity become materially enhanced. The fame of the authors of the following sheets is too well established in the mind of every person of taste and literature, to derive any aid from our feeble panegyric. It is only to be lamented, that, from the peculiar circumstances under which these their poetical offspring make their appearance, the parents' names cannot be announced to the world with all that parade which accompanies a more legal intercourse with the Muses. Perhaps, however, the vigour and native energy of the parents appear much more prominent in these ardent inspirations of nature, than in the cold, nerveless, unimpassioned efforts of a legitimate production. It may here be objected by some fastidious critics, that if writings, evidently

so reputable to the fame of the authors, are of such a construction as to be unfit to be acknowledged, that they are equally unfit for publication: but let these gentlemen recollect, that it has ever been held perfectly justifiable to utter those sarcasms under a mask, which the strict rules of decorum would render inadmissible in any other situation. The shafts of ridicule have universally been found more efficacious in correcting folly and impertinence, than the most serious reproof; and while we pursue the example of POPE, SWIFT, ARBUTHNOT, ADDISON, and others of the wittiest, the wisest, and the best men of the age which they lived, we shall little fear the cavils of ill-nature. If it should be urged that the subjects of these political productions are merely temporary, and will be forgotten with the hour which gave them birth; let it at the same time be recollected, that though the heroes of the DUNCIAD have sunk into their native obscurity, the reputation of the poem which celebrated their worth, still retains its original splendour. And, in truth, as a mat

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ter of equity, if blockheads and dunces are worthy to be recorded in the Poet's page, why may not Privy Councillors and Lords of the Bedchamber demand a similar exaltation?

POLITICAL MISCELLANIES.

PROBATIONARY ODE

EXTRAORDINARY,

By the Rev. W. MASON, M. A.

[THE following second attempt of Mr. MASON, at the ROYAL SACK, was not inserted in the celebrated collection of Odes formed by Sir JOHN HAWKINS.-What might be the motive of the learned Knight for this omission can at present only be known to himself.--Whether he treasured it up for the next edition of his Life of Dr. JOHNSON, or whether he condemned it for its too close resemblance to a former elegant lyric effusion of the Rev. Author, must remain for time, or Mr. FRANCIS BARBER, to develope.→ Having, however, been fortunate enough to procure a copy, we have printed both the Odes in opposite leaves, that, in case the latter supposition should turn out to be well founded, the public may decide how far the worthy magistrate was justified in this exclusion.]

ODE

To the Honourable WILLIAM PITT.

By W. MASON, M.A.

Μή νὺν ; οτι φθονεραί

Θνατῶν φρένας ἀμφικρέμανται ἐλπίδες

Μήτ' ἀρετὰν ποτε σιγάτω πατρώαν,

Μηδὲ τύσδ' υμίασο

PINDAR. Isthm. Ode II.

I.

'Tis May's meridian reign; yet Eurus cold
Forbids each shrinking thorn its leaves unfold,
Or hang with silver buds her rural throne:
No primrose shower from her green lap she throws *,
No daisy, violet, or cowslip blows,

And Flora weeps her fragrant offspring gone.
Hoar frost arrests the genial dew;

To wake, to warble, and to woo,
No linnet calls his drooping love:
Shall then the poet strike the fyre,

When mute are all the feather'd quire,

And Nature fails to warm the syrens of the grove?

* This expression is taken from Milton's Song on May Morning, to which this stanza in general alludes, and the 4th verse in the next.

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