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Prolong the peal yet, spite of all your clatter,
Come then, prolific Art, and with thee bring The charms that rise from thy exhaustless spring ; To Richmond come; for see, untutor’d Brown 55 Destroys those virtues which were once thy own.
tirely borrowed from Sir William's Dissertation. “Nature (say the Chinese, or Sir William for them) affords us but few materials to work with. Plants, ground, and water, are her only productions; and, though both the forms and arrangements of these may be varied to an incredible degree, yet have they but few striking varieties, the rest being of the nature of “ changes rung upon bells,” which, though in reality different, still produce the same uniform kind of jingling; the variation being too minute to be easily perceived,” “ Art must therefore supply the scantiness of Nature,” &c. &c. &c. page 14. And again, “Our larger works are only a repetition of the small ones, like the honest Bachelor's feast,” which consisted in nothing but a multiplication of his own dinner ; “ three legs of mutton and turneps, three roasted geese, and three buttered apple pies.” Preface, page 7.
Lo, from his melon-ground the peasant slave
Verse 67. No! let Barbaric glories.) So Milton : " Where the gorgeous East with richest hand
Showers on her Kings Barbaric pearl and gold.” Verse 72. Monkies shall climb our trees.] « In their lofty woods, serpents, and lizards of many beautiful sorts, crawl upon the ground. Innumerable monkies, cats, and parrots, clamber upon the trees.” Page 40. “In their lakes are many islands, some small, some large, amongst which are often seen stalking along, the elephant, the rhinoceros, the dromedary, ostrich, and the giant-baboon.” Page 66. "They keep in their enchanted scenes, a sur. prising variety of monstrous birds, reptiles, and animals, which are tamed by art, and guarded by enormous dogs of Tibet and African giants, in the habit of magicians.”
And finish'd Richmond open to his view,
Nor rest we here; but, at our magic call, Monkies shall climb our trees, and lizards crawl; Huge dogs of Tibet bark in yonder grove; Here parrots prate, there cats make cruel love: In some fair island will we turn to grass 75 (With the Queen's leave) her elephant and ass. Giants from Africa shall guard the glades, Where hiss our snakes, where sport our Tartar
maids; Or, wanting these, from Charlotte Hayes we bring Damsels alike adroit to sport and sing. 80
Now to our lawns of dalliance and delight, Join we the groves of horror and affright;
Page 42. “ Sometimes in this romantic excursion, the passenger finds himself in extensive recesses, surrounded with arbours of jessamine, vine, and roses; where beauteous Tartarean damsels, in loose transparent robes that flutter in the air, present him with rich wines, &c. and invite him to taste the sweets of retirement, on Persian carpets, and 'beds of Camusathkin down.” Page 40.
This to achieve no foreign aids we try :
Verse 84. Thy gibbets, Bagshot.] “ Their scenes of terror are composed of gloomy woods, &c. GIBBETS, crosses, wheels, and the whole apparatus of torture, are seen from the roads. Here too they conceal in cavities, on the summits of the highest mountains, founderies, limekilns, and glass works, which send forth large volumes of flame, and continued columes of thick smoke, that give to these mountains the appearance of volcanves.” Page 37. “ Here the passenger from time to time is surprised with repeated shocks of electrical impulse; the earth trembles: under him by the power of confined air,”' &c. Now to produce both these effects, viz. the appearance of volcanoes and earthquakes, we have here substituted the occasional explosion of a powder-mill, which (if there be not too much simplicity in the contrivance) it is apprehended will at once answer all the purposes of lime-kilns and electrical machines, and imitate thunder and the explosion of cannon into the bargain, page 40.
Verse 87. Here too, O King of Vengeance, &c.] “In the most dismal recesses of the woods, are temples dedicated to the King of Vengeance, near which are placed
And round that fane, on many a Tyburn tree, Hang fragments dire of Newgate history: 90 On this shall H*ll*d's dying speech be read; Here B-te's confession, and his wooden head; While all the minor plunderers of the age, (Too numerous far for this contracted page) The R*g*ys,C*lc*ft's, Mungos, B*ds*ws there, 95 In straw-stuff’d effigy, shall kick the air. . But say, ye powers, who come when Fancy calls, Where shall our mimic London rear her walls?
pillars of stone, with “ pathetic description of tragical events; and many acts of cruelty perpetrated there by outlaws and robbers,” page 37.
Verse 88. Tremendous Wilkes.] This was written while Mr. Wilkes was Sheriff of London, and when it was to be feared he would rattle his chain a year longer as Lord Mayor.
Verse 98. Where shall our mimic Lmdon, &c.] “There is likewise in the same garden, viz. Yven-Ming-Yven, near Pekin, a fortified town, with its ports, streets, public squares, temples, markets, shops, and tribunals of justice; in short, with every thing that is at Pekin, only on a smaller scale.
“In this town the Emperors of China, who are too much the slaves of their greatness to appear in public, and their women, who are excluded from it by custom, are frequently