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tion, that by such an hour the this cool barbarity to the affection next day, he should be a dead both of the officer and bis 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's Essays.
miscellaneous. To the Editors of the Panoplist. ANACREON, holds that strange GENTLEYEx,
May 18, 1807.
arc your readers, by publishing the
“ accountable beings,” though following strictures on Moore's he writes as if he were acPoems from the “ Eclectic Re.
countable neither to God nor view. The manner, in which they are written, will secure the atten. man. 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 reprobate the publication of consciences also, of those American 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 flatter, 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;
man, but as sincere a coward and that they will also acquire a full conviction of the extreme improprie.
as the writer of this article ty of lending their own reputation bas 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 man. kind. 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 inthe 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.
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-personal We sincerely wish that the satire and licentiousness, 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
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 Thoinas 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 book. place 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 eatatiously blazoned throughout gerness with which Thomas Litthese un hallowed 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 Thomhe 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 abanis 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 man. 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 comMr. 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- burstitin twain, or swell it to sucha
an unfashionable bulk, as would convivial companies, and circus exclude it from all polite circles; lated in manuscript aniong for so refined is the sense of pro- friends ; insidiously assaiimg priety among the beau inondethe 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 a-lu-mode. begun at our public seminaries. Besides, the very sight of 80 -Thus will the plague of this much al 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 endeayincomparable 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. Our 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 are 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 mad. suppression of vice before his ness in us to turn a few of the eyes, yet its most 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 which, therefore, no modest man what the poet and his mistresses oughe 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 adınitted 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 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 fly; it is of our own strength, the weak. the 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 irresisi. the 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 heart ; 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 terly so, with the help of notes. seems to be spiritualizing the The episties 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 he ed." chants his 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 sides ; for as there is no roman- all the wiles of his wit, all the tic constancy of passion in him- enchantments of his genius; self, he is not so unreasonable but both his wit and his genius as to prohibit a plurality of at- have been vitiated by the harlottachments in them. His “dear ry of his muse ; and his pages ones” are all
glitter almost as much with false “ Bright as the sun, and common as
taste as false fire. With Darwinthe air.”
ian smoothness of numbers, and pictorial expression, he unites soon that they are as dangerous, the tinsel of Italian conceit, as the delusions of a calenture ; and the lead of Della Crus. -in which the patient, sailing uncan bombast; mingling with all der the vertical sun, sick of the a pruriency of thought, and a sea, and a hundred leagues from modesty of imprudence, peculiarly shore, dreams that he is surbis own.
rounded by green fields and If a heart rotten in sensuality, woods that invite him to delicious could yet feel alive to the re- enjoyments, and in the rapture monstrances which indignation of delirium steps from the deck and pity would urge us to utter, -into the gulph - Into a more we should warn Mr. M. how perilous gulf will he fall, who, dreadful to himself, how hateful bewildered by the visions of this in the sight of heaven and earth, volume, steps into the paradise are talents thus sold to infamy; of fools, which it opens around -talents that might have been him ; for through that paradise employed in furnishing the lies the “broad road that leadetts sweetest aids to virtue, the no- 10 destruction :” and if any blest ornaments to literature. traveller wants an infallible guide He knows now that his gaudy on his journey thither, let him pictures of the pleasures of sin take his own heart,* corrupted are as false, and he will know by licentious poetry.
Review of Dew Publications.
The Mourning Husband, a Dis- no cautions, no directions, no
course at the funeral of Mrs. exhortations are alone sufficient. Thankful Church, late Consort Still they may be useful; and the of the Rev. John H. Church, discourse under consideration Pastor of the Church in Pel- may be read with advantage by ham, N. H. April 15, 1806. By all, who mourn the loss of pious LEONARD WOODS, A. M. Pas- friends, especially the bereaved tor of a Church in Newbury. husband. E. W. Allen. Newburyport. For his theme the author has pp. 18. 8vo.
chosen Gen. xxiii. 2. “And
Sarah died in Kirjath-Arba—and UNDER great afflictions, to feel Abraham came to mourn for and conduct, as we ought, is Sarah and to weep for her." more difficult, than the inexperi- In an appropriate introduction enced are apt to imagine. To he observes ; preserve a dignified medium be- “The feelings of friendship are tween stoical insensibility and not weakened, but exalted and sancti. repining melancholy; to feel fied by religion. There are none who the rod and not faint under it, There are none who know so well the
value a friend so highly, as the saints. requires the highest exercise of the Christian graces. For this Genesis, vi. 5.-Jeremiah xvii. 9. Vol. III. No. 1,