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That if we venture to perate the Book,
And pretty see-saws move with measured tread;
NOTES. 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:
4& Young, and enamour'd of a youthful theme,
“What a noble confusion!" and again, the beginning of the last book:
Better than never trust, be oft betrayed.”
“Late ties conform not, nor unequal years,
And marriage premature, concludes in tears.”
# Of these an abundance — Woman is
“Sum and exemplar of the plan divine."
Oh! if the axiom that thy line imparts,
Barrett! be true, “weak heads have fickle hearts:”
* Last of creation, best of all create.”
“Fair peril—despot dear”
her only enemies—The Libertine, the Pedant, and the Clown;
“On hissing keel the huge Atlantic ride,
To suckle is
Speaking of a mother who had been overwhelmed in a house
by an earthquake, he says:
* Till her dear baby with imploring sounds
This will at least afford “the sons of men,"
And thou renew once more the votive strain,
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:-
Save the old song, “Pleas of our Lord the King!”
If these the fruit of Learning's vain parade,
Or wings which Bell and Lancaster* can find;
* Th’ invention all admir'd, and each how he To be th' inventor miss'd, so easy it seem'd Once found, which, yet unfound, most would have thought Impossible. MILTon. 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.