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that now shines more and more in the perfect day.' She has not left any literary works to perpetuate her name, except some small contributions to the Poetical Calendar and Nichols's Poems, and a few trapsient effusions of genius principally in the Gentleman's Magazine.”
We have been favoured with a sight of a small manuscript volume of poems by Mrs. Duncombe, but they were principally written in very early life, on private occasions, and are not well adapted to the public eye. The following sonnet addressed to her by Mr. Edwards, does her honour, and the answer to it is creditable to her poetic talents.
TO MISS HIGHMORE,
On Valentine's Day.
Fair Valentine, and of the muse's train
If not yourself a muse, accept these lays,
Mean though they be, not worthy of your praise, Yet still ambitious such approof to gain. When in Honoria's travels you explain
The safest path 'mid life's bewilder'd ways,
And guide your pilgrim through th' intangled maze, Her virtuous toils instruct and entertain. Wby then, with shame-fac'd diffidence withdraws Your bashsul muse far from the public view,
And well-deserv'd applause, which fans the fire Of emulous virtue in an honest cause ?
bolo A larger share of fame is but your due,
Who write so well, and, while you praise, inspire.
SONNET TO T. EDWARDS, ESQ.
By Miss Highmore.—1749.
Edwards, to thee my grateful thanks are due ;
In numbers like thy own I fain would praise
Thy kind indulgence to my humble lays:-
But dare not even hope my song to raise
Equal to thine, whose every verse conveys Sense, strength, and harmony, and judgment true. But that thy candour,-modest, -gentle bard, I know is equal to thy power in song,
Or with a muse so weak, so young as mine, I should not on presumptuous wings bare dar'd To imitate, with my unhallow'd tongue,
Numbers like Spenser's, Milton's, or like thine.
Translations from the Italian, by Mrs. Durcombe.
Sonnet from Petrarch.
Alone and pensive, through deserted meads,
Slowly, with measur'd steps, I wand'ring go, My eyes intent to shun each path that leads
Where printed sands the human footstep show. No other refuge left, but in despair
To shun the world's discernment I retire, Since now pleasure's train no part I bear, My outward mien betrays my inward fire.
Methinks, henceforth the mountains, grores and plains,
But only these, to all beside untold;
And he and I alternate converse hold ?
Sonnet of Faustina Maratti Zappi, to a Lady, with
whom she supposes her husband to have been formerly in love,
O nymph! whose pow'rful charms his heart could gain,
Whom I desire with duteous love to please : Thy praise he still resounds in every strain,
Silent was he, or could unmou'd
Sucħ looks as force from me the frequent tear?
And then :—but thy averted face I see, And conscious blushes on thy cheeks arise;O speak !-Ah! no;—thy lips, by silence seald,
Must ne'er confess his heart attach'd to thee!
BORN 1757.-Died 1789.
« Endowed with a clear apprehension, an accurate discernment, and with a memory uncommonly tenacious; and having enriched the gifts of nature by continued application; -he was distinguished as a polite scholar and a judicious critic. By an exemplary uniformity of conduct, he deserved and possessed the character of a good Man, a good Citizen, and a good Christian ; being both in principle and practice, eminently just and sincere. A most affectionate and dutiful Son; a warm, steady, and disinterested Friend ; a promoter of every useful work, and of cvery pious and humane institution; a patron of indigent merit; an adviser and comforter of the distressed. Benevolent in heart, und charitable in practice, to the full extent of that affluence with which Providence had blessed him. A punctual, conscientious, and unaffected performer of his religious duties; and while,--by the dischurge of the many beneficent offices which these various characters imposed upon kim, he commanded universul respect by the sweetness of his temper ; the urbunity of his manners, and the unclouded serenity of his mind, the hearts and affections of all who knew him well, were so imperceptibly engaged, that he became the peculiar object of their love and veneration, and the constant theme of their pruise ;
- the general favourite, and the general friend, of the society in which he lived."
(Monument in St. Mildred's
Such is the exalted character which the hand of friendship has engraved upon the tomb of this very amiable man; all that we have been able to find relating to him in other sources of information, and the oral testimony of his survivors, warrants us in saying that e deserved it. To his native city, where his short and semplary life was spent, the name of William Jackson yet associated with ideas of every grace and virtue aat adorns and dignifies human nature.
The events of his life, as far as we are informed, were few, and may be related in the compass of one short paragraph.
He was the son of John Jackson, Esq. Collector of the Excise, and an Alderman of Canterbury, and was educated at the King's School, in that city, under the care of Dr, Beauvoir, an excellent man and an elegant scholar. He left this school at the age of nineteen years, but did not pass any time at either of the universities. Being an only son, and having the prospect of enjoying a respectable fortune, his parents did not consider it necessary for him to devote liimself to any regular profession; no doubt he assisted his father in the duties of his office, but his time appears to have been in a great measure at his own disposal, and contrary to the general practice of unemployed young men, hę dedicated it to worthy and beneficial purposes. The City of Canterbury has been at all times remarkable for the intelligence and high character of its inhabitants, and for the valuable society it has consequently afforded. For this it is indebted to the circumstance of its being the residence of a large community of dignified clergymen, and to the number of opulent and respectable families which have their mansions in its vicinity. It was the good fortune of William Jackson to be intro. duced at an early period of his life to this society, and from being the pupil - for he obtained this advantage when a school boy-he lived just long enough to become its most distinguished ornament. But he was in a still greater degree indebted to the intimate friendship he formed with the exemplary subjects of our last article, which undoubtedly tended to confirm him in the love of literature, and the steady practice of social