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EUROPEAN MAGAZINE,

A VIEW of the NEW TOWER and part of the GREAT KITCHIN WINDOW of

The Seat of His Crace the Duke of: Norfolk.

Engrard 'by S.kanle fnm an original Drawing by Ilim.Esq?

Riblished by J. Sewel, Cornhill Dr 77602.

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Cheering your loose worn rugged fea Your rich-carv'd front and high. tures bare,

rais'd roof sublime, And o'er Art's ruins flinging Na. Deep buried now they link beneath the ture's grace.

Itorm, Ye who once wont your awful brows Shook by the whirlwind of devout

ing Tine ; Though vain the eye now ftudious Relentless Power! who conquering fits seeks to trace

elate, | Beauty's full grandeur in her Gothic "And yields all human greatness up to form,

Fate,

ESSAYS

to rear,

Having passed through a country finely diversified with the garb of sylvan variety. I arrived at the distance of the place of my fojournment, which is twelve iniles, and found myself standing on the last ground of the county of Denbigh, which is bere dilunited by the wide flowings of the river Conway from the shores of Carnarvonshire ; on whose side, fronting the water's edge, where I stood, role its noble caitle, with its bold turrets, while its walls extended like an amphitheatre, embracing in its ancient arms the whole of the town of Conway, which thereby ac. quired a peculiarly compact and romantic appearance, although bending beneath the weight of many centuries, and exposed to the dissolving touch of the slow walting elements, as well as worn by the cankering tooth of recret gnawing time. This edifice still maintained an air of supreme grandeur, and has experienced a premature downlall, chiefly by the cowardly allails it has met with from the rude hand of civil violence, as the huge undecayed fragments torn from its base plainly exhibit, where the ground, on which thete cumbrous heaps repose, appears like a fécond Stonehenge laden with “ Weights immovable by man.” 'It is built upon a rocky foundation, close to the water's brink, whose furface appears darkened by the overhanging lade of its naked towers, which cause the traveller to look up, as he surveys the quivering of their watery images in the waves below, fearful left the pile itself is Niding from its wearied bare, and on the point of overwhelming him beneath its falling ruins.

I experienced a great treat, in the landscape of full-blown summer that presented itfelt before me, where every charm that belongs to paftoral perfection thewed them. selves in endle's variety throughout this exuberant vale. Nature here has felected a choice spot to display her favourite embellishments ; and man, I perceived, had fully improved them by the best graces of cultivation. On every fide around, save where the broad green bosom of the Irish Ocean thowed ittelf to the right, and travelled onwards, with irs waves, till they were loft in the blue haze of diftance : on every fide else was difplayed every combination of richness and elegance to be found in the rural and piciurelque. The three fruitful daughters of the Earth, Ceres, Flora, and Pomona, were seen hand in hand throughout this narrow but extensive fertile tract, distributing their various gitts. Corn-fields, orchards in full bloom, and meadows varie. gated, like the rainbow, with flowers of every hue, filled my lenses with ideas of adoration to that Supreme Being who flowers down profusion for the use and pleasure. of man; and I could not help exclaiming, in the language of the sublime Milton,

These are thy glorious works, Parent of Good,

This universal frame, thus wundrous fair. The scenery, if no where partaking of those masculine features of grandeur and confusion which the neighbouring regions of the English Alpine, Snowden, exhibit, and which the genius of a Bassans or Salvator Rola would delight to pourtray, was in all parts highly finished, and imoothed down by the polith of cultivation ; and when the setting fun began to light up the landscape with his evening fmile, a rint of rich mellowness threw a loft luftre, harmonising all around with the liveliness of light linking gradually into the foberners of thade, which a Gainsborough or a Wilion, a Poutlin or a Claude, might have delighted to have transfuled into their pieces, and which was capable of producing an equal masterpiece of art to any of ihole that have ever been delineated by either of their glowing pencils.

On being watted across the Ferry, the locality of the scene brought to my mind thoie two lines which sprung from the Theban lyre of Gray,

On a rock, whose haughty brow

Frowns o'er old Conway's foaming flood.
VOL. XLIINov. 1802.

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ESSAYS AFTER THE MANNER OF GOLDSMITH.

ESSAY XXI.

" Who can but love the fex ? whoever hates them is a stranger to Virtue, Grace, and Humanity."

AGRIPPA. Let it not be imagined, because with smiles and persuasive consolation

the Author of these Essays has alleviating misfortune and removing chiefly devoted the labours of his pen difficulties; a wife, a' sister, a friend. to men and morals, that the fair-lex Let the Lords of the creation lay have not been at times the objects what they will, they would be poor of his contemplations ; he has the ut creatures without the Ladies of the most respect and regard for them ; and creation, after all. is of opinion, that their delicate man The society of woman serves admi. ners and conversation constitute what rably to soften the strong features of may be properly called les delices of our national character, and to fit as society: He frankly avows, that he, for the tender offices and duties of as well as others, has often been be- humanity. witched with their soft allurements It becomes us, then, to confider and attractions, and that a filk ftock- them with affection and esteem, and. ing, or a white petticoat, have occa. on all occasions to be ready to protect sioned him, at times, much serious dif them from the insults and power of quiet ; a pair of blue eyes have fre man, and the consequences of his artiquently produced a palpitation of the fices; and, whenever we are truck heart; and the wisest resolutions have with the personal charms of a hand. been melted away on the glimpie of some woman, to remember, that the a bosom of Inow. He cor feiles, how- gratification of a sensual passion will ever, that he has never been much in be the total ruin of the object that we danger from the present fashion of admire. female dress, resembling the naked There is not a more beautiful light draperies of the Roman women ; than a young and accomplished maiden, would even prefer the Invisible Girl grown to the full poffeffion of the to those Godivas who would scarcely, charms of nature, and with the exfrom their being grown so common, cellencies of the mind,“ like the po.. attract the notice of a Peeping Tom lished corners of the temple ;" her from Coventry : indeed it is probable, morals pure, and her person chatte ; that if that curious character were in modest, yet sensible and witty i gobeing, he would not be prevailed upon verned, in all her actions, bý prin. to stir from his thopboard for the night. ciples engraven fo ftrongly on her

After all, dreit or undreit, women mind, as not in the smalleit instance are the lovely objects of our regard to allow her to swerve from the preand attention.

cepts of virtue ; every stage of her There is not a more unnatural cha., life is gradual improvement. She is a racter than a Mylogynist, or woman wife, and adorns, with becoming dighater.

nity, the table of her husband, smiling Plutarch wrote a large volume De cheerfully on his guests, and inviting Virtutibus Mulierum.

them to the pleasures of racional conSweet fociety of woman, how much veríation. By her economy the mado we owa of happiness to thy futt nages his domestic affairs, the moft influence? How much are our cures faithful steward of his houlehold. The abated, and our anxieties huthed to

next itage is yet more gratifying ; ii is relt, by the side of a lovely female, the mother fresh streams of love and inquiring into our folicitudes, and tenderness How with the milk from

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I could not observe any reality of likeness to the above images, which our Britifty Pindar has here drawn ; the courfe of the river, as it empties it felf into the Irish Channel, being remarkably {mooth and regular, its mirror surface not being interrupied by any cf-thole chalis or rocks such as break its uneven progress among it the dreary dells and hollow declivities of Snowden, Hammersmith, 8th November 1802.

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her breast, and she is more amiable and considered them as the delight of than ever ; her infants grow up to be society and the charm of convertation. men and women ; and in the next Poor Bob, in the course of his love itage, Time marks her features with his adventures, ever viewed seduction iron hand, yet they become not de. with horror, and considered adultery formed ; mildness and serenity give as a cruel interruption of the peace their accustomed graces, and she is a whole family, that could never be put lovely even in age. She dies tranquil, to rights : he poslessed the trueft at peace with the world, and leaves to principles of humanity, and would not her children the richest legacy she have heen the instrument of creating could bestow, a good example.

a moment's uneasiness in the breait Such an example, one would think, of any fellow-creature ; yet, to own would present the beauties and advan- the truth, Bob liked a pretty girl ; he tages of virtue in such enchanting used to say, that a lively wench was colours as at all times to settle and the belt cordial for low spirits ; that determine the wanderings of the fe- the touch of the hand only of a fine male heart in her favour; for the dif woman was worth a hundred of Perference of the situation of the victim kins's Tractors ; and that a salute was to an unfortunate attachment is a the best species of medical electricity; melancholy reverse that needs no com that a great cause of human happiness ment.

was the having an agreeable object to Above all other mischiefs, that of look to ; and that if it were a fin to love conjugal infidelity ranks the first: the the lex, he was a finner past all redesire that permits the crime of adul. demption. tery is destructive of its object ; and Innumerable were the love adven. the accomplishment of the wish is the tures that Bob was engaged in from his beginning of despair. By adultery, youth ; gallantry was his favourite the husband is bereft of his compa- passion. When a school-boy, he dirnion, the wife of her prerogatives, of played his particular attention, at the her honour, and of her children ; the age of thirteen, to a pretty Miss only children of their mother, the seducer of twelve, which excited the resentment his friend; all the ties of relationship of a rival about the same age ; who are snapt asunder, and the interests of was, however, by dint of Boh's supethe parties broken up. Aduitery is an rior address, dismissed for ever. irreparable mischief, which no time can Bob's admiration of the sex incure, no expedient remove; not the created with his years, and numerous, lalt event of Providence, that recon- indeed, were the young Ladies who ciles even enemies, the Grave, has were, at times, the objects of his atpower to close upon this scene of ruin, tentions; many were the scrapes he the consequences of which remain to got into with the papas, and various the the third and fourth generation.

wliolefome lectures he received from Would to Heaven that man, in his the mammas of the parties : but Bob career of pleasure and dissipation, meant no harm ; and if he was very would for an instant imagine the fatal warm, he was also very inconstant'; consequences of fashionable vice! then so that his passion seldom lafted above would the wife of his friend become a week : he was often in danger of his Efter, and the innocent girl that being involved in a licentious amour; he would have betrayed, his wife. but he had a beart that put him to

It is possible to be a man of gal rights on such occafions, and a true lantry, without purchasing the remorse Epicurism of pleasure that abhorred or practising the arts of reduction, as giving or receiving pain. my honest friend Bob Ogle proved in a At the age of twenty-one, however, life spent in the service of the Fair. Bob carried all before him : he had

Bob Ogle was a very good. natured, bought himself a commillion in the high-spirited fellow, of an eafy deport- Regulars, and, by the help of a fine ment, good address, and a great deal of figure and a regimental coat, he besmall talk; he had a handiome person, came the favourite of many a woman and was, in short, the very man for the of fashion, and was invited to every Ladies. But though woman, lovely party : but Bob's pocket could not woman, was his constant theme, and keep pace with his gallantry, and the object of his adorations, yet Bob card-money was an inconvenient tax loved them with an honeft intention, upon his income,

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