The solitary Frenchman on the Banks of the Thames, to…

~ The solitary Frenchman on the Banks of the Thames, to a friend in Switzerland. A Poem. Translated by the Rev. John Gregg. London: Printed by James Dowling, and sold by J. Debrett; Booker; and by the author, no. 24, Golden-Square. 1794.

8vo (215 × 125 mm), pp. 48; ownership inscription ‘John Barnes Sepr. 1794’; disbound.

Sole edition. A very scarce. Almost certainly not the translation it purports to be, but an original Anti-Jacobin satire pretending to lament the reversal of the fortunes of France. The Frenchman, standing on the banks of Father Thames casts an admiring gaze over London:

‘The bridge; the aqueduct; the stately pile, / Where talents flourish, Mis’ry learns to smile: / The gothick Abbey, most superbly wrought, / Grand to the view, more solemn to the thought / Chelsea’s proud structure, where, with vet’ran mien
With silver locks and dignity serene, / Under Laurel-shade the God of war is seen...’

All of which he compares to the shattered state of France, to which the principles of the Rights of Man have brought desolation. Jackson p. 194; ESTC: Cambridge; Bodley, NT (Nostell Priory); McMaster, Lilly, Yale, NLA, Otago.

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