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ENGLISH BARDS, AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS.

Sepulchral Grahame,[1] pours his notes sublime
In mangled prose, nor e'en aspires to rhyme;
Breaks into blank the Gospel of St. Luke,[2]
And boldly pilfers from the Pentateuch;
And, undisturbed by conscientious qualms,
Perverts the Prophets, and purloins the Psalms.


Hail, Sympathy! thy soft idea brings[3]
A thousand visions of a thousand things,
And shows, still whimpering through threescore of years,[4]
The maudlin prince of mournful sonneteers.330
And art thou not their prince, harmonious Bowles![5]

Thou first, great oracle of tender souls?

    has written as much, to as little purpose, as any of his scribbling contemporaries. Mr. P.'s Sympathy is in rhyme; but his prose productions are the most voluminous."

    Samuel Jackson Pratt (1749-1814), actor, itinerant lecturer, poet of the Cruscan school, tragedian, and novelist, published a large number of volumes. His Gleanings in England, Holland, Wales, and Westphalia attained some reputation. His Sympathy; a Poem (1788) passed through several editions. His pseudonym was Courtney Melmoth. He was a patron of the cobbler-poet, Blacket.]

  1. Mr. Grahame has poured forth two volumes of Cant, under the name of Sabbath Walks and Biblical Pictures. [James Grahame (1765-1811), a lawyer, who subsequently took Holy Orders. The Sabbath, a poem, was published anonymously in 1804; and to a second edition were added Sabbath Walks. Biblical Pictures appeared in 1807.]
  2. Breaks into mawkish lines each holy Book.—[MS. First Edition.]
  3. Thy "Sympathy" that.—[British Bards.]
  4. And shows dissolved in sympathetic tears.—
    —— in thine own melting tears
    .—

    [MS. First to Fourth Editions.]

  5. [The Rev. W. Lisle Bowles (1768-1850). His edition of Pope's Works, in ten vols., which stirred Byron's gall, appeared in 1807. The Fall of Empires, Tyre, Carthage,