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corated with titles; he is hopeful the story he has told is not unietusal, because, though he has taken the liberty of placing fo long ago several incidents which happened in the present century, in order to give the poema LEGENDARY appearance ; yet the whole for. rows which compose the life of the hermit are such as the Author himself has once witneffed; for the birth of MORAR, and the death of his parents are literally copied from his own life, and the incident of Marla's death is taken from a very affecting scene, of which he was an eye-witness, fo that the circumstance of Morar's becoming an hermit, and the discovery made at the end of the poem are the Only imaginary incidents in the second part of it, and for these he can offer no apology.' Art. 9. Infancy; a Poem. Book the Firh. By Hugh Down

M.D. 1 s. Kearfly. 1774. If we mistake not, this is not the first occafion on which we have had the pleafare of waiting on Dr. Downman, and we hope it will not be the last. This little poem relates to the management of chil. dren; and the Author writes as a judicious physician, a good poet, and an excellent moralift; for his medical directions, and poetical talents, seem to be all fo much devoted to the fervice of humanity and virtue, that we cannot but heartily wish him success in the profecution of his plan. He will forgive us if we fuggest to him the propriety of a greater attention than he has paid in lome few lines to the harmony and elegance of his versification. We recommend the following passage to the ferious perufal of the ladies :

O Mother (let me by that tendereft name
Conjure thee) fill pursue che tak begun;
Nor unless urg'd by strong necessity,
Some fated, some peculiar circumstance,
By which thy health may suffer, or thy child
Suck in disease, or that the genial food
Too scanty fows, give to an alien's care
Thy orphan babe. O, if by choice thou doft-
What shall I call thee? Woman? No, though fair
T'hy face as one of the angelic choir,
Though sweetness feem pourtray'd in every line,
And smiles which might become a Hebe, rise
At will, crisping thy rosy cheeks, though all
That's lovely, kind, attractive, elegant,
Dwell in thy outward Mape, and catch the eye
Of gazing rapture, all is but deceit ;
The form of Woman's chine, but not the heart;
Drest in hypocrisy, and studied guile
This act detects thee, shows thee to have lot
Each tender feeling, every gentler grace,
And Virtue more humane, more finely drawn
And set by yielding Nature in the breaft
Of female softness, to have driven forth these.
By force, to have unfex'd thy mind, become
The seat of torpid dull stupidity,
Cold, and insensible to the warm touch

OF generous

emotions, lock'd ap close To hut out Pity's entrance, who retreats Repining from her heaven-deftin'd feat,

Usurp'd by Cruelty, the worit of fiends.' Art. 10. Love, Friendship, and Charity; a Poem, written by

a Gentleman for his Amusement. 410. 15. 6 d. Shropshire, &c.
1774.

If the critics should proclaim
That my muse has lot her aim ;
To unbridle her I'm able,

And put her once more in the stable. There, now, is your Gentleman-poet, who writes for his amusea ment; and he talks like a gentleman, shews signs of grace and good. ness, is forry for his past follies, and promises to forsake them. Shame and famine befall you, ye peftilent Grubs, who remain incorrigible under a thoufand Aagellations! What blessed times for us Reviewers, who work for fo much a week, wet and dry,—what golden days should we enjoy, had every miserable rhymer the modefty of this worthy Gentleman! Art. II. Hero and Leander ; a Poem, from the Greek of Mu

fæus. 4to.

25. Ridley. 1774. The Translator of this poem seems willing to believe that it belongs to the Mufæus of high antiquity, but all evidence, both internal and external, is againit it. He has, in our opinion, made an improper choice of versification for the subject. Blank verse is too folemn, too formal for a love tale; a tale, too, so romantic in itself, that, swelling with the pomp of numbers, it grows into the idea of burlesque. We have feen much more agreeable translations of it in rhyme. Art. 12. The Advantage of Misfortune;' a Poem. 4to. 1S.

Ridley, &c. 1774. An unphilofophical ftring of rhymes !' In the firft page, Bozaldab, King of Egypt, is represented as a respected monarch, whose happy reign is crowned with unnumbered blesings ;' in the next, this valuable prince is

condemn'd to prove The juft resentment of the powers above. And yet, afterwards, it appears that the powers above were fo far from entertaining any resentment against him, that the affli&ions they allotted him were only meant in kindness. Art. 13. Catulli, Tibulli, Propertii Opera: Londini : Typis 7.

Brindley, Sumptibus J. Murray. 12mo. 39. 1774. . Dr. Harwood hath carefully corrected this little neat volume of Catullus, Tibullus, and Propertius, after the bent editions. The attention and diligence which he has employed as an Editor, are expreffed by him in the following preface, prefixed to thefe three elegant Latin claslics :

Hi concordas Amorum Triumviri, Apollinis a Calliopes flii dilmais fimi, meæ haud ita pridem Tutela demandari funt. Sammé illos Studio a teneris Arnis femper colueram, et nunc id fedulo egi, ut quam emendatiffime prodireni. Olim Brindlei Typis nitide porius quam fideliter exo li 2'

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preffi fuere. In bis perlegendis Animi Candrem fi Leitor exbibere velit nibil abfore quod defideret confido.' Art. 14. Å Pastoral Ballad, in Four Parts : Admiration, Hope,

Disappointment, Success. 4to. l's. Longman. 1774: Were Lord Chetterfield now living, and were he to read this humorous parody on one of our best pastoral poems *, he would have found it a difficuli task to refrain from the horrid sin of laughter, against which he has fo gravely and vehemently declaimed t.

This merry performance will not admit of extracts, without injury to the merit of the whole.' Peruse it, and laugh, as we have done; and be thankful to the very ingenious Writer,—and to us too, gentle Reader, for recommending to thy risibility, a piece that will afford thee a delicious opportunity of indulging in what wise authors, and this Author among the reit, have set down as a most wholesome exercise. Art. 15. Peace ; a Poem. 4to. Is.

Becket. 1774 Middling verses in praise of mediocrity; or that state of life which is equally free from the distresses of poverty, or the plagues of riches. Art' 16. Perjury; a Satire. By George Wallis, Author of

the Juvenaliad 1. 4to. 25. York printed, and sold in London by Bell. Wretched verse, and incomprehensible meaning. Art. 17. The Depopulated Vale; a Poem. By Mr. Conway.

4to. Poor Mr. Conway! we hope his friends will take care of him, and see that he does no worse mischief than printing a few crazy rhymes. Art. 18. A Poem on the Times. By Miss fell, of Newcastle.

4to.

Wilkie. 1774. The times, we are persuaded, will not be, in any respect, the worse, hould Miss Fell, of Newcastle, resolve never to tag another pair of rhymes; for, in truth, she is a very indifferent rhyme-tagger. Was there nobody at Newcastle who could have told Miss Fell, that ferene and King, and receives and deceived have not even the least re. semblance to a shymne? · Art. 19. Farringdon Hill; a Poem in Two Books. 4to, 25. 64.

Oxford printed, and sold by Wilkie in London. 1774. It is saying the least that can be said of the Author of this poem, when we pronounce that he is not defitute of poetical talents ; bat no talents could render pleasing a long defcription of a fine profpext, when the several parts of which it is composed are not rendered in. teresting by some well imagined circumstances and tranfactions.

Art. 20. Poenis. 12mo. 2 S. Snagg. 1774.
Poet. Yet doubly happy, could I juftly claim

One Puff of merit from the trump of Fame !
Reviewers. Puff!

2 S.

Swift. 1774

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* Shenstone's is the beautiful original which this Writer has in view; but which he by no means intends to ridicule. + Vid. Review for April, p. 266, See Review for March, p. 232.

DRAMATIC.

DR A M A T I C.,
Art. 21. The Martyrdom of Ignatius ; a Tragedy. Written in

the Year 1740. By the late John Gambold, at that time Minister
of Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire. To which is prefixed, the Life
of Ignatius. 8vo. 2 s. Cadell, &c.

1773. Mr. Gambold was a principal leader of the fect known by the name of Unitas Fratrum. This pious man, as we are here informed by the Editor of this pofthumous publication, had, in his youth, a great fondness for dramatic pieces, both ancient and modern. It is added, that though we caunot find that he ever frequented the theatres anywhere, yet looking on dramatic writings as a pleasing and imprellive manner of conveying ideas and actions to others, we fuppose he formed the plan of giving, if not to the public, yet to fome of his friends, a representation of the state, principles, and practice of the Christians in the first and second century, in a dramatic compofition.

The reverend Moravian's writing a tragedy on the subject of the martyrdom of Ignatius (who is said to have been delivered to the lions, by command of the Emperor Trajan, and was accordingly, devoured by them) may appear in a singular and perhaps an unfavour. able light, to those who can have no conception of turning over the martyrology for heroes of the drama; but when plays founded on Scripture histories were customary in this country, this piece, io ho. nour of the martyrdom of Ignatius, would, probably, have been looked upon as a capital performance: and it will, no doubt, even now, be considered :

a very edifying work, by many devout readers, and especially by the remains of the Unitas Fra!rum.

As Mr. Gambold's tragedy could not be intended for representation, it is not written in conformity to the established rules of stage composition; and, therefore, as the Editor juftly observes, it affords no room for criticism on dramatic principles. Art. 22. The Two English Gentlemen; or, the Sham Funeral. A Coinedy, by James Stewart. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Bell.

. 1774. We hope this is the first, and that it will be the last offence of Mr. Stewart against the Public.

AMERICAN AFFAIRS. Art. 23. A Plan 10 rcconcile Great Britain and her Colonies, and preferve the Dependency of America. 8vo. Is.

Almon. 1774. On the back of the title page we have the following fummary account of this plan, ready prepared, which may therefore be adopted : • The method proposed by this work to preserve the dependency of America, and the dignity of Great Britain, is by granting to the colonies liberev to have manufactures of their own, and a foreign trade in British vessels, under the fandion of their own representation and taxation; on the principles of the Americans, and consistent with the true interest of the mother country.'

When any political disorders appear, it is some comfort to reflect that if a cure is not performed, it is not for want of licentiates ready to undertake it. The pamphlet before us consists of a dedication, a letter, and a pofifcript, all addressed to the Duke of NorthumberLand; and the Author urges his pretensions as being a man whose

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useful knowledge and good intentions, it is presumed, render him not altogether unworthy of indulgence and encouragement. He adds, that this task may not appear too great for my abilities, I here humbly offer to your Grace, a few remarks on America, as a Specimen of my experience and useful knowledge of that diftant country. Warranted by the publication of these remarks, we ham. bly offer our doubts whether either his knowledge or experience qualify him for the talk. For after representing the natural rights, the political abilities, and the growing power, of the Americans, in strong terms; the plan of representation proposed, is, that one half of their reprefentatives fhould confit of their own free choice, the other half, of his Majesty's Council, with the reserved power of ap: pointing governors, with civil and military officers. The avowed purpose of this arrangement is to delude the Americans: this plan, says the Writer, would be an apparent indulgence, though in fact no concession at all in their favour; as the share of representation from the mother country in the persons of the King's Council and other persons employed by this government, would throw such a weight of influence in the scale of representation, as to leave the colonists the name without the power of representation and taxation.'

The Americans would be pleased with the appearance of a con. velion, and the firadow of authority, while Great Britain would always be in poffeibion of the fubftance or reality.'

As his Grace of Northumberland lately presided over a neighbour. ing island, it may be presumed this scheme has followed him from thence; it being an Irith way of deceiving people to declare the incention and explain the means to their faces.- My dear boys you are a parcel of clever fellows; arrah, but I want to make fools of you, and I will tell you how I mane to do it, ibaugh I hope you wont understand

at all at all. Art. 24. A Mort View of the Hiflory of the Colony of Massachu et's

Bay, with respect to ibeir Charters and Canftitutiox. By Israel Mauduit. The Second Edition. To which is now added, the original Charter granted to that Province in the 4th of Charles I. and never before printed in England, 8vo. 18, 6d. Wilkie, 1774

The first edition of this tract, which appeared without a name, was mentioned in the Review, vol. xl. p. 94. The copy of the chartet will be a very acceptable addition to those who wish to inveftigate the grand question of legislation between this colony and the British parliament. Art. 25. Answer to Considerations on certain Political Transaktions of the Province of South Carolina *. 8vo.

Almon. 1774. Answer! Yes it is an answer with a vengeance ! from a molt coarse and viruleat antagonist, who defeats whatever advantages argument might afford him, by she gross illiberality of his language. This is indeed occasionally so vulgar and personal, that he describes the writer of the Confiderations, as a wretch, whose vices only have raised him to a title.' 'Again The fulsome adulation on the Eng

For a short account of this pamphlet, fee Rev, March, p. 208.

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