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That if we venture to peruse the Book,
and Mr. Barrett's craniology would have puzzled Dr. Gall, if I may judge from a contemplation of his mentes penetralia.
* The first four lines are a very fair specimen of the whole, and a beautiful instance of the jargon. To wit :
Young, and enamourd of a youthful theme,
“What a noble confusion!” and again, the beginning of the last book:
“ Yes, woman, gentle Woman, all inspires,
Let man tyrannic call his awful fires; –
Oh! if the axiom that thy line imparts,
* Last of creation, best of all create."
“ Fair peril-despot dear"
her only enemies - The Libertine, the Pedant, and the Clown; with
“ Thou, whom maidens woman-hater call,
Some lep'rous miscreant art thou loath'd of all,
and him he bids
“ On hissing keel the huge Atlantic ride,
Lurd by Potosin gold.”
To suckle is
To crush a rill ambrosial from thy breast.”
Speaking of a mother who had been overwhelmed in a house by an earthquake, he says:
“ Till her dear baby with imploring sounds
Complains, and presses uureplenish'd rounds,"
This will at least afford “ the sons of men,"
And then, to set herself free,
“ She scrapes the gritty wall with bleeding nails,” &c.
To extract from Mr. Barrett's “ Poem" all that is either tedious or ridiculous, would be to transcribe the whole.
The rest to some faint meaning make pretence,
Mr. B. finishes his preface with a hope that he shall not murmur if he be condemned to the meaner office of compressing the ringlets of the fair. He may really think himself happy if he do not compress butter and cheese.
Yet hear this friendly counsel ere we part :-
If these the fruit of Learning's vain parade,
• Th'invention all admir'd, and each how he
To be th' inventor miss'd, so easy it seem'd
I do not mean to enter into the separate merits of Dr. Bell and Mr. Lancaster's systems; but, whether the former have a just claim to priority or not, I think the latter has been treated in an unfair, and often in an ungentlemanly manner, by men whose profession ought to have taught them liberality,