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His study has been not for quantum to strive,
(0) The perspicuous manner in which Sir Noodle has delivered his opinion of Mr. Rogers's production needs no comment. I shall therefore dismiss the present note by requesting that if there be any lover of the Muse now existing, who has not feasted his mind upon the glowing numbers of this gentleman, he will forthwith make his peace with Apollo, by purchasing the Pleasures of Memory, which, once read, can never be forgotten.
Sheds lustre unfaded, no cloud can o'ercast,
Natura ipse valere, et mentis viribus excitari, et quasi quodam divino spiritu afflari.
Cicero. To be powerful from nature; impelled by the energies of the mind, and to feel, as it were, the inspiration of a Divine Spirit.
Hope's path, lo! with pleasures a Campbell next
So his vesture our Bard dipp'd in heaven's azure
beam, And Hope seems no longer Delusion's gay dream : Enchain’d by his number, dark Fate is forgot, Our passage through life ranks of Angels the lot; The sunshine of pleasure dispels sorrow's tears, (P) And the soul seems entranc'd by the choir of the
spheres. Oh! welcome, fond Hope, choicest boon from above, The balm of affliction and soother of love;
(p) When sunbeams illumine the sphere, we are gladdened by the brilliancy of their rays; and when the soul of poetry vibrates on the mind, we own the heavenly inspiration. It is therefore sufficient that the Pleasures of Hope be enrolled, to invigorate every thrill that emanates from the effusions of harmonic and vigorous poesy. Having thus dismissed a Campbell with a eulogy inadequate to his deserts, which are so conspicuous throughout all his performances, I cannot refrain from coupling with the above-mentioned bard the name of Cowper, which has no less conferred the highest honour upon the votaries of true genius in our matchless isle.