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'At least attend rash boy, he cried, And follow good advice,
Or in a ditch, both gig and you,
• Will tumble in a trice.
Spare, spare the whip, hold hard the rein,
Keep in the middle beaten track,
'Nor cross the ruts so rough:
• And when within the town you come,
• Be sure with special care,
'Drive clear of sign-post, booths and stalls, • And monsters of the fair.'
'He (Apollo) spoke in vain, the youth with active heat
And sprightly vigour vaults into the seat,
"He (Jehu) seiz'd the reins, and up he sprung, And waved the whistling lash,
Take care! take care!' his father cried,
But off he went slap-dash."
"The youth was light, nor could he fill the seat, Or poise the chariot with his wonted weight,
So in the bounding chariot toss'd on high, The youth is hurried headlong through the sky."
Young Jehu, tott'ring in his seat,
But pulling from so young a hand,
They valued not a pin.'
It was impossible to continue the parody of Ovid's Phaeton, through the signs of the Zodiac.-The modern poet has therefore with great art, exposed her hero to disasters which arose naturally from his situation.
These are admirably described, and we recommend it to our little friends to read the whole poem.
We may observe that part of the pleasure we take in parody arises from the self-approbation we feel from our own quickness in discovering the resemblances, and in recollecting the passages alluded to.
If we do not immediately remember them, or if the resemblance must be pointed out, or the allusion explained, our pleasure is much diminished, and we rather feel pain from the mortification of not having remembered or understood.
Among popular parodies, of the mock-heroic kind, we must not forget to mention "The splendid shilling"-by Philips, and six imitations of different poets on a pipe of to
bacco by Dr. Browne, which
found in Dodsley's Collection of
Our readers are now so far advanced in the knowledge of poetry, that they will easily discover the sources of these imitations.
Some of the popular poets of the present day have been successfully parodied in a collection of poems, called the "Rejected Addresses."-These pleased the public, by the happiness of the imitation, and by their freedom from ill-nature, and as we have been assured, have amused many of the authors, whose works were the subject of parody.
But of all modern parodies, "The Loves of the Triangles," in the Antijacobin is by far the best, it combines science, invention, and the charms
of beautiful poetry, so as to give an air of originality that would please the reader were he totally unacquainted with Dr Darwin's poem.
One of the authors of this book read the Loves of the Triangles to Dr. Darwin, when this number of the Anti-jacobin first appeared. It was impossible that the Doctor should not feel some pain at the recital, but he most certainly felt high admiration for the talents of the writer, and some surprise at finding so powerful a rival in a species of composition which he had cultivated with uncommon success.
There is another species of parody which is denominated travestie ;—this is a burlesque imitation of the best authors, with a view to depreciate their merits. It is generally ill-na