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Yet, temp'ring GLORY's ardent fame
With gentle MERCY's milder ciaim,
Deep drench'd with blood, yet thirsting still for more,
Views with rapacious eye each neighb'ring Shore;
Breathing, to ancient mood, the soul-inspiring strain,
" Now let the battle in array ;
Success depends upon our hearts and spears !
Fight and record yourselves in Druids Songs !"
To the EDITOR of the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE.
Barb, Dec. 5, 1796.
acknowledge the Detultory Remarks evince to you in one inftarce. on Mulic as highly honoured'in having Section 11th, on the Adagio Movement, a permanent' Aation in your elegant re- in the Bath Herald, and copied to in the politory, I cannot but regret their not second column of your Vol. XXX. page undergoing a revision from me before 270, after “ modeft merit,' we read thus: they were admitted to appear in your ad.
" It will make its way to the heart, mised work. These remarks are genuine, and its impression should there remain. and most certainly were addresled to a A pause therefore, an adagio thus exeyoung Lady, as expressed in their front: cuted, and thus closed, ought to take they were presented to Mr. Meyler for place," &c. By this unlucky derangehis paper, in requital to a very accept- ment of the words, all tense and meaning able mark of attention which he had re- is loft. certly thewn to the reinory of one nearly Thus stood it in the MS. related to their author*. For certain rea- “ And modest merit. An adagio thus fons they were prefaced with an intro- executed, and thus closed, will make its ductory fialitious letter to the Printer, way to the heart, where its impression and an address to the young Lady herself: Mould be suffered to remain. A pause, chese, I observe, you have rejected. The therefore, ought, &c."
Vide Bath Herald, 21st May, wherein is an Addref in verse to a Friend, on his Lofs ; written, moit assuredly, by the celebrated Mr. Anstey ; in a note to which there thould be this correction : Fortune was intended, which, en her decease, her father divided between her three aners and the Gentleman, &c.
This and other corrigenda, with some very difficult Concerto, as procured here addenda, lo tar as to the clofe of Section universal admiration and unbounded ap20th, are now too late for attention from plaule ; and that this compofition was you: however, I will beg your permil. afterwards published by Dullek, under fion to notice, that on the paragraph re- dedication to that pupil who had done fpeeting Deportment, after 15th, I have hiin and his mulic to much credit. Thic these alterations : “ Indeed rather ludi following lines appeared in the Bath Pa. crous, &c. detects, such as I have no- pers, a few days after her performance: ticed to you, are obvicus, as will enable you gracefully to turn your heid,” react, On seeing the Piature of Handel over “ as will allow of a gracetul, a Guidonic min while playing in 10e Nets turn of the head," &c. “The ains, &c." embly Rooms, Bath. read this paffage thus: “ The arms should THE mingled chords when Chiron tries, be on a level line with the keys, weither Old Handel nods with glad surprise ; hanging in sharp angles below them, nor But when, with energy to file, get tore shortened, in crippled itate, above Eugenia strikes the thrilling wire, them; else will the founders be raised up The Master of the tuneful itrain to be cars in pinioned form, and all ar- His rapture can no more contain; riculation of joint bereby prevented. The And, knowing that no mortal band fingers should diverge a little, and the Such powy'rs of sound could e'er command, hands be rather convexed, &c. to tuning Strait from the canvas bursts his way, it; add, or like the dancing puppets at His tribute at her feet to lay. ibe end of an itinerant dulcimer.'
As you mean, I presume, Sir, to bring I have omitted in the Defultory Re. these Desultory Remarks to a conclusion marks one circumftanse, which I had in, in your next month's Magazine, I will tended, but then, and even now, want beg leave to offer to your contideration a time for its purpote, to have offered a few matters regarding them.
few words of advice to the young Lady: In Section 22, to“ produce effet,” įs on my memorandums it is thus noted.' suhjoinedi as note: “ As nothing is more On the conduct of a Lady at the Piano flattering to the vanity and indolence of Forte, while accompanying the voice, its mankind, than the being able to pro- heads are thus minuted: in this departduce a pleasing general effect with little ment of music, the instrument must be labour or study, lo notning more ob- luberdinate to the song; being then de. structs the progress of the Arts than such stined alone to support, to enliven, and to a facility." Eliay on the Picturesque, relieve the voice, which must have the 2d edit. p. 170.
lead ; and that only in the prelude, in. At the conclusion of the Defultory Re- terludes, alternate parts of the two per. marks, thus says the Editor of the Bath formers, and a cadence, can the hand of Herald : “ We have now, &c.” As the player bę suffered to advance to npyou have omitted the introductory let- tice: Hence it is a talk of condescension, ter to him, his two paragraphs might be but one which requires great judgment thus arranged in one : “ Pains in tran- to execute in a becoming and graceful fcribing them for us. We have seen co- manner. Rauzzini moft excellent herepied, &c.”, thus making them origi- in. The accompaniment, often too loud, nally destined for the European Magazine. fometimes harsh, and not duly according
It is but justice to certain partics men- with the voice, the very meaning er els tioned in the Deluitory Remarks to say, lence of the phrase, obligulo, is thus done that the matter spoken of in thein is the away, and the finger is disturbed, con. now celebrated lir. Dulick; that the futed, and rendered incapable of display, Mr. J--n is Mr. Jansen, eminent in ing his powers. The perfon accompahis profcflion as a Dancing Master, and nying thould have an eye on the linger, an admired musical amateur performer; and an ear on the long, that due allist that the young lady, to whom are addiriled ance may be rendered the instant found the Dezultory Remarks, has been conspli- neceffary. Those who undertake the mented on her ikill, her taste, and expref- friendly but lubmiffi ye part of accompafion, by Haydn, Clementi, Giernovicchi, nying the voice, should possess a delicate and many ciher of the eminent Professors finger, be perfect timcifts, and able to exeof Music; and that in this city, on the cute their portion of the talk with the 27th February 1793, at a Concert for a utmost precision and clearnefs. Public Chariiy, she made such a display On the Duet, or two performers on ono pf talent in the execution of a grand and inftrument, its inefficacy and failing eyer VOL. XXXI. JAN, 17974
A BATH ANECDOTE.
in the effect intended or expected, I pressive, and so truly pathetic, that it meant likewise to have said something, affected the feelings of the many amabut time is wanting. I close then, Sir, teurs then present; but its impulie over with offering to your acceptance the fol- one in particular of its delighted au. lowing genuine Ellay:
ditors became too strong for conceal.
ment, and drew liquid gems down lovely THE POWER OF MUSIC. W's cheek. It has been mott invidi.
oully faid, that self-adulation engrosses
wholly the attention, and absorbs all the faAddrejed to a fair Friend, 1794.
culties of this distinguished personage. To Şounds sympathetic touch'd the fair-one's soul, remove a prejudice, the offspring of envy, And down her cheek a tear unbidden stole. and to give excellence its due praise, can. THE force of Music over the stern mo
not but be a plealing talk to a liberal
mind; and happy must he think himself narch of the lower regions was such that, who has the opportunity of defeating as our illustrious bard, in his Penforofo, malice, and bringing merit to view -hy says, “ it drew iron tears down Pluto's displaying to the worid, that to the finelt theek.” Poetic story allo tells us of its allemblage of features that ever illumined wonderful effects on fome among the the human face divine-to the most permore benign deities of the celestial feet iymmetry of form which Nature ever spheres. But should these be only fic- produced, and which is adorned with all tions of the Muse, yet are there proofs elegant accomplifiment, are united a most incontestable of the influence of harmonic refined taite, and an exquisite fensibility. founds on the human frame ; for, as it is
Nor would it be too much to add, that justly remarked, "what passion cannot
such as once was the Penelope of Homer, Mulic raise or quells"
such now is the admired character here One very plcaling instance of its irre
mentioned : altible powers was lately manifested at a Concert in this city, and which, on more
“ A woman, loveliest of the lovely kind, considerations than one, merits notice.
“ In body perfect, and complete in mind.': A part of the entertainment was Pleyel's Please to pardon inaccuracies and infavourite Concertante, wherein is a move- trusion on your time; and believe me, Sir; ment deserving the epithet of il adapro
Your most obedient divino; the motivo or subject of which
Humble servant, was delivered in strains so sweet, fo ex
AN ACCOUNT OF SIMON OCKLEY,
ARABIC PROFESSOR AT CAMBRIDGE.
SIMON OCKLEY, an eminent Orien, held to the day of his death, which hap.
talist, was of a gentleman's family pened at Swavesey the 9th of Auguit, at Great Ellingham in Norfolk, where 1720; immaturely to himself, but more his father lived; but was born acci- fo to his family, dentally at Exeter in 1678. After a Ockley had the culture of Oriental proper foundation in school-learning he learning very much at heart; and the sewas sent in 76y3 to Queen's College in veral publications which he made were Cambridge, where he foon distinguished intended folely to promote it. In 1706 himself by great quickness of parts, as he printed at Cambridge an useful little svell as by (what do not always accom- book, entitled, Introductio ad linguus pany them) intenfe application to litera. Orientales, in qua iis discendis via muniture; to the Oriental Languages more tur, et earum ufus oftenditur. Accedit in. particularly, for his uncommon fkili in dex auctorum, tam illorum quorum in boc which he afterwards became famous. libello mentio fit, quam aliorum qui barum He took at the usual times the degrees rerum ftudiofis ului de pollint. in Arts, and that of Bachelor in Divinity. Prefixed is a dedication to his friend Having taken holy orders also, he was the Bishop of Ely, and a preface addressed in 1705, through the interest of Simon to the juvenius Academica, whom he Patrick, Bishop of Ely, presented by labours to excise by various arguments Jesus College, Cambridge, to the to the pursuit of Oriental learning; al-' Vicarage of Swavesey in that county; furing them in general, that no man ever, and in 1711 chosen Arabic Profeflir of was, or ever will be truly great in divia the University. These preferents he nity without at least some portion of skill
In it: Orientalia fiudia, fine quorum ali- our Rabbi had constantly in view; and
with Sir Cloudelley's Antwer.” 8vo. of Lco Modena, a Venetian Rabbi, While we are enumerating these small “ The History of the present Jews publications of the Profeflor, it will be throughout the World; being an ample, but proper to mention two sermons: one, though fuccinct, account of their cui “ Upon the dignity and authority of the toms, ceremonies, and manner of living Christian Priesthood," at Ormond'Chapela
at this time: to which is fubjcined a London, in 1710; another, “ Upon the fupplement concerning the Carraites and necessity of instructing Children in the Samaritans from the French of Father Scriptures," at St. Ives, in HuntingdonSimon," 12mo. In 1708, a curious little thire, 1713. To these we must add a book, called, “ The Improvement of new translation of the second Apocryphal Human Reafon, exhibited in the life of book of Eidras, from the Arabic version Hai Ebn Yokdham, written above 500 of it; as that which we have in our years ago by Abu Jaafar Ebn Tophail,” common bibles is from the vulgar Latin. from the Arabic, and illustrated with Mr. Whiston, we are told t, was the per. figures, 8vo. The design of the Author, son who employed him in this tranflation, who was a Mahometan Philosopher, is to upon a strong tulpicion that it must need's hew, how human reason may, by obser- make for the Arian cause he was then vation and experience, arrive at the know. reviving; and he accordingly published ledge of natural things, from thence to it in one of his volumes of Primitive fupernatural, particularly the knowledge Christianity Revived. Ockley, however, of God, and a future ftate; the delign was firmly of opinion, that it could leave of the trantator to give those, who inight nuthing at all to his purpose, as appears be unacquainted with it, a ipecimen of from a printed letter of his to Mr. (afterthe genius of the Arabian Philosophers, and wards Dr.) Thirlby, in which are the to excite young scholars to the reading of following words : « You shall have my Eastern Authors. This was the point Esdras in a little time, two hundred of
• In a Letter, 15th March 1717, prefixed to Wotton's Miscellaneous Discourses upon the Traditions and Usages of the Scribes and Plarisees in our Saviour's Time, he has the following passage : “ We are obliged to you for having evinced beyond contradiction, that Hebrer learning is neceffary for us Christians. If I had ever had an opportunity, I would most Certainly have gone through the New Testament under a Jew. Whatever some may think, this I am well assured of, that they underitand it infinitely better than we do. They are thoroughly aequainted with all the forms of speech, and all the allufions which (because they occur but rarely) are obscure to us, though in common use and very familiar among them, as hath been admirably demonstrated by the learned Surer:bors in his Reconciliator.
+ See the Preface to “ An Epistolary Discourse concerning the Books of Ezra genuine and fpurious, but more particularly the second Apecryphal Book under that name, and the variations of the Arabic Copy from the Latin." By Francis Lee, M.D. Auchor of the History of Monturism,
which which I preserved when Mr. Whifton in 632, and carried down through a fuce reprinted his, purely upon this account, cession of Caliphs to 705. This history, because I was loth that any thing with which illustrates the religion, rites, cuf. my name to it should be extant only in toms, and manner of living of that wara his heretical volumes. I only stay till like people, is curious and entertaining; the learned author of the history of Mon- and the public were much obliged to tanilin has finished a dissertation which Ockley fr it; for he was at valt pains he has promised me to prefix to that in collecting materials from the mot av. book."
thentic Arabic authors, especially manu. But the most considerable by far of all scripts, not hitherto published in any the Profesor's performances, is “ The European language; and for that purpose History of the Saracens,” begun from resided some time at Oxford, to be near the death of Mahomet, the founder of the Bodleian Library, where those manuthe Saracenical Empire, which happened scripts were reposited t. It is in two
* This Letter, dated the 15th of October 1712, is entitled, “ An Account of the Authority of the Arabic Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library controverted between Dr. Grabe and Mr. Whiston," 1712, Evo.
+ He was at Oxford from April to November in 1716; and what manner of employ. ment the Bodleian Library afforded him may appear from the following passages of a letter written to a favourite and accomplished daughter while he resided there :-—“My condition here is this. One of the most useful and necessary authors I have is written in such a wretched hand, that the very reading of it is perfect decyphering. I am forced sometimes to take three or four lines together, and then pull them all to pieces to find where the words begin and end; for oftentimes it is fo wiitten, that a word is divided as if the former part of it was the end of the foregoing word, and the latter part the beginning of another ; belides innumerable other difficulties known only to those that understand the language. Add to this the pains of abridging, comparing authors, selecting proper materials, and the Tike, which in a remote and copious language, abounding with difficulties sometimes infu, perable, make it equivalent at least to the performing of six times so much in Greek and Latin. So that if I continue in the same cosrse in which I am engaged at present, that is, from the time I rise in the morning till I can see no longer at night, I cannot pretend once to entertain the least thought of seeing home till Michaelmas. Were it not that there is some fatisfa&tion in answering the end of my profeflion, fome in making new discoveries, and fome in the hopes of obliging my country with the history of the greatest Empire the world ever yet taw, I would sooner do almost any thing than subrait to the drudgery.
People imagine, that it is only understanding Arabic, and then translating a book out of it, and there is an end of the story: but if ever learning revives among us, posterity will judge better. This work of mine (in another way) is almost of as diffurent à nature from tranflating out of the Greek or Latin, as tranlating a Poet from one language to another is different from profe. One comfort I have, that the authors I am concerned with are very good in their kind, and afford me plenty of materials, which will clear up a great many mistakes of modern Travellers, who passing through the Eastern countries, without the acceffary knowledge of the history and ancient customs of the Mahornetans, pick up litce pieces of tradition from the present inhabitants, and deliver them as obscurely as they receive them. One thing pleaf's me much, that we hall give a very particular account of Ali and Holein, who are reckoned Saints by the Persians, and whose names you must have met with both in Herbert and Tavernier ; for the fake of whom there remains that implacable and irreconcike able hatred between the Turks and Persians to this very day, which you may look for in vain in all the English books that have hitherto appeared. It would be a great satisfaction to me, if the author I have were complete in all his volumnes, that I might bring the Hiftery down five or fix hundred years : but, alas ! of twelve that he wiote we
have but two at Oxford, which are large quartos, and from whence. I take the chief of 'my materiais.
“ I wish that fome public spirit would arise among us, and cause those books to be bought in the East for us which we want. i should be very willing to lay out my pains for the fervice of the public. If we could but procure gool. to be judiciousy laid out in the East, in fuch Books as I could mention for the Public Library at Cambridge, it would be the gicateft improvement that could be concoived: but that is a happiness not to be expected in my time. We are all fwallowed up in politics ; there is no room for letters ; and it is to be feared that the next generation will not only inherit but improve the police ignorance of the presenc."'- June 10.