All praises, but for these, decry;
And Fame is blafting Infamy.

• But chief o'er all, ye wiser Fair,
The Mother's sacred charge revere.-
Pure, heart-ennobling, bleit employ!
Which saints and angels lean with joy
To view from Heaven ;-which can dispense
O'er all the foul their own benevolence.

• Hail, holy talk ! -'Tis thine t'impart
More virtues to the melting heart:-
Such heights of moral grace to reach,
As proud Philosophy could never teach.

• Maternal love ! -The iron-foul'd
Melt at thy touch; the coward, bold
Become at once;-through rocks will force ;-
Nor flood, nor fire can stop their course ;
Will brave the Lybian lion wild,
Should danger threat the favourite child.

• Is there, whom fathion, pride, or pleasure,
Tempts to forget the living treasure ? -
Who to her own indulgence grants
That care, or cost, her infant wants ?
What wonder should the fage infilt
She yields in Storgè f to a beast,
The good abhor, the wit deride her,
And read her history in the Spider?

Who truits her nursing to another,
A Parent The ;-but not a Mother.

• Beneath a venerable shade,
The pious Pelican had made
Her humble neit; -with rapture there
Inceffant ply'd the Mother's care.
From night to morn, from morn to night,
Not more her duty, than delight,
To watch the tender, chirping brood,
Protect them, and provide their food.
At dewy eve, at morning's spring,
Soft-canopy'd beneath her wing

The coward bold become) --The great Poet of Nature has touched this fentia ment with exquisite beauty :

Unreasonable creatures feed their young ;
And though man's face be fearful to their eyes,
Yet in protection of their tender ones,
Who hath not feen them (even with those wings,
Which sometimes they have us'd with fearful flight)
Make war with him that clirob'd unto their nest,

Offering their own lives in their young's defence?" + Storgé-Natural love and affection.) The tender and careful nurfing of children, is the first and most natural duty incumbent upon parents. And there cannot be a greater reproach to creatures that are indued with reason, than to neglect a duty, to which Nature directs even the brutes.--I cannot be neglected without a downright affront to Nature.

TILLOTSON, Vol, i, 606.


They slept secure ;-herself sustains,
Patient, the cold, and drenching rains,
Nor felt, nor fear'd the furious storm,
Her callow neftlings dry and warm.
Whate'er her early search supplies,
Deny'd her own necessities,
She gave her young, and prov'd from thence
The luxury of abstinence.
In vain the concert in the grove,
In vain the wing'd effembly strove
To tempt her from the nursery's care,
Her music and her mirth were there.

· Thus liv'd she, till one fatal day,
Doom'd all her virtues to display,
What time the morning's with'd supply
Eludes her utmost induttry.
She fish'd the brook ;- she div'd the main,
Search'd hill and dale, and wood in vain ;
Not one poor grain the world affords,
To feed her helpless hungry birds.
What should me do ?-Ah! see they faint;
With unavailing, weak complaint,
These dearer than her vital breath,
Resign to Famine's lingering death?
The thought was frenzy.-No ;-the press'd
Iler sharp beak on her own kind breast,
With cruel prety, and fed
Her wondering infants as the bled *.

“ Accept, the cry'd, dear, pretty crew!
This facrifice to love and you."

“ Mad fool, forbear,” exclaim'd-a SPIDER,
That indolently loung'd beside her;
" This horrid act of thine evinces
Your ignorance of courts and princes.
Lord, what a creature !—Tear thy neck fast,
To give thy peevish brats a breakfast!
Hadit thou among the great resided,
And mark'd their manners well, as I did,
The Mother's milk, much less her blood,
Is ne'er the well-born infant's food.
Why there's my Lady Ostrich now,
Who visits in the vale below,


Frid k., wondering in arts, &c.] In every place we meet with the pic. ture of the Pelican, opening her breast with her bill, and feeding her young one!, with the blood diftilling sioun ber. This hath been asserted by many holy writers, and was an hieroglyphic of piety, and pity, among the Egyptians; on wbici confi• deration, they Ipared them at their tables.

PSEUDODOX. EPIDEM. * The Pelican has a peculiar tenderness for its young, and is supposed to admit them to fuck blood from its breast.

CALMET, † Lady OSTRICH- On the least noise, or trivial occasion, the for. fasta ber , or her young ones: to which perhaps she never rcturns ; or if the

Knows all the fashion on this head :
Soon as her La’ship's brought to-bed,
She,-else the birth would prove her corse-
Gives it the elements to nurse *.
'Tis true, fome accident may hurt it,
Its limbs be broken, and distorted,
Admit there's chance it does nos live-
Pleasure is our prerogative.
And brooms and bruihes be


Ere in a nest I'd fit a stewing-
Or, for my duty's fake, forsooth,
To nursing sacrifice my youth ;
Ere let my brats my fleth devour;
I'd eat them up a score an hour.”

· Foul fiend the lovely Martyr cry'd,
Avaunt! thy horrid person hide;
Folly and vice thy foul disgrace,
'Twas these, not Pallas, 1poil'd thy face to
And funk thee to the reptile race.

Yes, thy own bowels hung thee there
A felon, out of Nature's care
'Twixt heaven and earth, abhorrid of both,
Emblem of selfishness and loth,

• Ye's Coterieans ! who profess
No business but to dance and dress,



does, it may be too late either to restore life to the one, or to preserve the lives of the obers. The Arabs often meet with a few of the little ones, no bigger than wellgrewn pullets, half farved, fraggling, and moaning about, like so many diffressed (baas fer obeir morber.

SHAW's TRAVELS. Gives it ibe elements in rurse. ) Sbe leaveth her eggs in the earth and forgetterb that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beait may break them. She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers; her labour is in vain without lear; because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he im. parted to her understanding.

Job xxxix. They bave so little brains, that Heliogabalus had fix hundred beads for his fupfer.

DR. YOUNG, † -Not Pallas, spoild iby face.] See Ovid's Metamorphosis, beginning of Book VI. the transformation of Arachne into a Spider, translaved by Dr. Croxal.

This race of beings may be easily citlinguished by their pride, relf conceit, and utter impatience of all advice. Ovid introduces one of them answering the goveeis of Wisdom herself in this manner :

Thou doating thing! whose idle babling tongue
But too well hews the plague of living long;
Hence ! and reprove with this your fage advice
Your giddy daughter, or your awkwari neice;
Know, I despite your counsel, and ain still
A Woman ever wedded to my will.

CROXAL What then mult a puer poet expect from the modern Aracbres?if there be any

fach amoog us.

I Cotericans, Pantheists, &c.] It is impossible to guess what particular pecple are here addressed by the Author. The geographical dictionaries, ancient and modern, have been searched in vain. It has been thought, when we are favoured with fulier accounts of the illand of Olabila, and its inhabitants, the difficulty may be removed. For my own part, however, judging from the fingularity of their manels, I am apt to suspect they are particular casts of those very extraordinary people,




Rev. O&. 1772.

Pantheifts! who no God adore,
Housewives, that stay at home no more,
Wives without husbands, mothers too,
Whom your own children never knew,
Who less the blessed (un esteem
Than lamps and tapers' greasy gleam ;
Ye morning gamesters, walkers, riders,

Say, are you Pelicans or SPIDERS ?" In the foregoing extract we have given the Author's notes, as a specimen of his manner of commenting on himself; but we apprehend that his poems would have proved more acceptable to his Fair Readers, had they less required, or obtained, so much expofition.

As to the Critics, our Bard affects to be very indifferent about their censures. His appeal, he says, is to the ladies. If their encouragement of the work (of which the present publie cation is only the first part) shall justify its continuation, be afsures them that the second Book shall wait on them in a few months : if not, he adds, this is his last visit.'

We must not forget to add, that this work is decorated with elegant engravings. ART. V. A free Enquiry into the Origin, Progress, and present State of Pluralities. By W. Pennington. 8vo. 45. White. 1772.

E think it has been remarked by Dr. Sherlock, late

in ,

that if a sea-captain hires a pilot to conduct his veslel to a particular port, he does not think it requisite expressly to ftipulate that the pilot shall accompany him in the vessel, because this is taken for granted in the contract, and is the very end for which it is formed. Though the Bishop entered into other confiderations on the subject, he seemed to think that this illuftration conveyed a fufficient argument against non-residence, and consequently against pluralities, at lealt in that degree and excess in which they have prevailed in the Christian Church.

The Author of the work now before us is one who is scandalized by instances of this kind: but he tells us that, had a fingle person held an hundred benefices, and taken care to provide a refident fubflitute in every large or populous parith, whole falary was fufficient, and his qualifications suitable; or had no person whatever been suffered to undertake the care of more than two of the smallest parishes, which in many fituations is very practicable, he would never have made any public complaint.' Nor would he now, it is added, had he not found,

few months ago, that an anonymous application, which he made to a certain Prelate in 1767, had so little effect, that this very Prelate himself became a commendamist as soon as he could.' 7


We are told, that he had rather see the evil redreffed than exposed; but as the anonymous letter has been disregarded, his view is, by a larger publication, to excite a more general and careful attention to a subject, in which he apprehends the public is immediately interested. What reasons Mr. Pennington may have to think that this performance will meet with any greater success than the private letter, or whether there is any probability of its producing any great effect, it is not in our power to determine,

The nature and design of the clerical office, without doubt, plainly evince that those who are engaged in it fould reside with the people among whom they are to officiate, and for whose affistance and benefit such an appointment has solely been made. And should it be allowed that particular and extraordinary circumstances may sometimes, though rarely, render pluralities tolerable, it muft, nevertheless, appear very unreasonable and absurd that the profits annexed to the ministerial function should be engrossed by those who do not attend to the discharge of the duties for which these emoluments are designed to support and recompence them.

• The public, says this Writer in his preface, shall be made sensible that religion suffers as much (or more) by the oppreffion of pluralities under a Protestant as it ever did under a Popish prelacy. And if there be any remains of manly virtue, any undissembled affection for truth and picty, it is to be hoped that we shall endeavour by every method becoming Christians, to deliver ourselves from a burthen, which neither the foreign Catholics nor our fathers were able to bear, and from every relique of a spiritual tyranny.'

As every well-meant attempt to remove or lessen whatever is oppressive or detrimental to the public is worthy of praise, our Author's defign undoubtedly merits commendation; and we must add, that he prosecutes it with spirit. The subject of his disquisition required a freedom of sentiment and expression, and this he is not at all solicitous to restrain. The abuses of which he complains are, in his view, numerous and great, and have excited a kind of honest indignation which rises superior to ceremony or politeness. But while he writes with the asperity of a satirist, it may be doubled whether, at least as to some parts of his performance, his acrimony may not rather tend to disguft than to convince those who are more immediately concerned ; in which case, it is hardly to be expected, that they will use any warm endeavours to rectify the evil.

• Blush,' says he in the conclusion of his preface, ye dignitaries of the highest rank, blush at your own forbearance, and do not make your negligence still more criminal by an attempt to justify it. Can you expect the people will fupprefs their cenfures when they lee so many hundreds of pariines without a re


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