Sidor som bilder

And though past threescore is resolv'd on a wed

ding, That with sinful man she may now get a bed-in. But straight to dismiss all this scene of sly funning, This picture repellant of blasphemous cunning, May truth on the minds of deluded soon break, And banish such clouds of illusion opake; For with pain I must add, not to, vulgar alone

This furor belongs, since some learned are prone To foster these cheats, which are govern'd by spell

* Of Satan himself--and are false as his Hell.

Here close we a topic to Science abhorrent,
Subduing poor bigots like o'erwhelming torrent.
Ah! wou'd that the Press on such scribes now cou'd


And doom irreligion for aye to repose ;

For no class of writers that sin can suborn,

Is worse than those fiends who can laugh Truth to

scorn ;

For while from pure faith they mislead man below,
The spirit is tutor’d for regions of woe;
For the wretch, uninform’d, thinks each scriptural

His system imbues with Salvation's strong sap.
True Sophist, he's govern'd by nothing but quirks,
No deeds but quotations in him show good works :
He lives to delude, and exists in delusion,

Then wakes after Death to eternal confusion.

*** The gross and impudent delusion of this woman's

pregnancy seems nearly at an end. The most besotted of her followers begin to be sensible of the contempt which they incur ; and we suspect that sagacious and acute accoucheur, Dr. Reece, by this time, wishes that the venerable virgin had lain-in time enough to establish his professional talents. Whether Johanna be a rank impostor, a wretched idiot, or a deplorable lunatic, it is difficult to say; but there can be no difficulty in affirming that all her proselytes are fools. We understand one of her followers was detected in negociating for a young Shiloh, down in Wiltshire, with a poor woman who had twins. Surely Dr. Reece ought to help her to a babe, to save his own credit.

Miscellaneous Writers.

Tenet insanabile multos
Scribendi cacoethes, ægroque in corde senescit.

Many are bitten with an unconquerable furor for writing, which takes full possession of their infatuated intellects.

LIKE Sportsman, large covey unlook'd for surpriz

ing, That shoots quite at random the game as it's rising, I, Scribblecumdash, at mine authors let fly; All Scribes in one focus, enchaining mine eye.


With style chaste and easy appear Rhetoricians,
And cool-headed, deep thinking, Mathematicians.(u)
Proficients well tutor'd in Chemistry's school, (v)
Practitioners vers'd in Geometry's rule;
Agricultural writers, enhancing the worth
Of Husbandman's labours, and grain-yielding earth;
Adepts in the tillage of Gardening soils,
Displaying to view Horticultural toils;

(u) The small remains of Longinus sufficiently testify the abilities possessed by that ancient classic writer; while Burke on the Sublime and Beautiful will for ever reflect honour upon his name, as a writer of the most finished and elegant style of composition. The great utility of the study of mathematics is too generally known to require further comment; I shall therefore content myself with naming Dr. Hutton as one of the most scientific labourers in this walk of literature.


(v) Among the various writers on chemistry Arthur Aikin and Reece stand in a most conspicuous point of view; while as a geometrician no living author has exceeded the labours of Keith; and on reference to the subject of husbandry, Sinclair has written in a most perspicuous style: added to whom must be

A Wildman, in Apiary's study well taught, (w)
Of Buffon, the Students in Nature, well fraught;

recorded the name of William Aiton, whose research has greatly facilitated the labour of gardening in all its useful and amusing branches. With respect to agriculture, it may not be amiss to

. mention the opinion of many individuals engaged in this pursuit, who very gravely affirmed, that during the fire of London plants vegetated which were only known to flourish in the East Indies. The belief of these persons was, that there existed but one seed in nature, which produced different plants according to the degree of heat, whereby it was brought to perfection.

Pliny tells us of one Cresin, who only manured a piece of ground which produced fruits in abundance, whilst his neighbours lands were all poor and barren. In consequence of this he was accused of having enchanted them; otherwise, said his accusers, he could not have raised such a revenue. Upon this, Cresin contented himself with producing his carts, oxen, and the various implements of husbandry, together with his whole equipage of tillage in very good order, and then said to his judges Behold the Art, Magic, and Charms of Cresin! Upon which he instantly received an honourable acquittal.

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