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Of generous emotions, fock'd up close To fhut out Pity's entrance, who retreats Repining from her heaven-deftin'd feat, Ufurp'd by Cruelty, the worll of fiends.' Art. 10. Love, Friendship, and Charity; a Poem, written by a Gentleman for his Amusement. 4to. 1 s. 6d. Shropshire, &c.

1774

If the critics thould proclaim

That my mufe has loft her aim;
To unbridle her I'm able,

And put her once more in the ftable.

There, now, is your Gentleman-poet, who writes for his amufe ment; and he talks like a gentleman, fhews figns of grace and goodnefs, is forry for his paft follies, and promifes to forfake them. Shame and famine befall you, ye peftilent Grubs, who remain incorrigible under a thoufand flagellations! What bleffed times for us Reviewers, who work for fo much a week, wet and dry,-what golden days fhould we enjoy, had every miferable rhymer the mo. defly of this worthy Gentleman!

Art. 11. Hero and Leander; a Poem, from the Greek of Mufæus. 4to. 2s. Ridley. 1774.

The Tranflator of this poem feems willing to believe that it belongs to the Mufæus of high antiquity, but all evidence, both internal and external, is against it. He has, in our opinion, made an improper choice of verfification for the fubject. Blank verfe is too folemn, too formal for a love tale; a tale, too, fo romantic in itself, that, fwelling with the pomp of numbers, it grows into the idea of burlesque. We have feen much more agreeable tranflations of it in rhyme.

Art. 12. The Advantage of Misfortune; a Poem. 4to. I S. Ridley, &c. 1774.

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An unphilofophical ftring of rhymes! In the firft page, Bozaldab, King of Egypt, is reprefented as a refpected monarch, whofe happy reign is crowned with unnumbered bleflings;' in the next, this va luable prince is

condemn'd to prove The just refentment of the powers above. And yet, afterwards, it appears that the powers above were fo far from entertaining any refentment against him, that the afflictions they allotted him were only meant in kindness.

Art. 13. Catulli, Tibulli, Propertii Opera: Londini: Typis J. Brindley, Sumptibus J. Murray. 12mo.

39. 1774.

Dr. Harwood hath carefully corrected this little neat volume of Catullus, Tibullus, and Propertius, after the best 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 claffics:

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Hi concordes Amorum Triumviri, Apollinis at Calliopes filii dilectif fimi, mea haud ita pridem Tutela demandati funt. Samme illos Studio a teneris Annis femper colueram, et nunc id fedulo egi, ut quam emendatiffime prodirent. Olim Brindlei Typis nitide potius quam fideliter exIi z

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preffi fuere. In his perlegendis Animi Candorem fi Lector exhibere velit nibil abfore quod defideret confido.'"

Art. 14. A Paftoral Ballad, in Four Parts: Admiration, Hope, Difappointment, Succefs. 4to. 1 s. Longman. 1774.

Were Lord Chesterfield now living, and were he to read this humorous parody on one of our beft paftoral poems, he would have found it a difficult task to refrain from the horrid fin 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. Perufe 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 rifibility, a piece that will afford thee a delicious opportunity of indulging in what wife authors, and this Author among the reft, have fet down as a moft wholesome exercife. Becket. 1774

Art. 15. Peace; a Poem. 4to. Is. Becket. Middling verfes in praise of mediocrity; or that ftate of life which is equally free from the diftreffes of poverty, or the plagues of riches. Art 16. Perjury; a Satire. By George Wallis, Author of the Juvenaliad. 4to. 2s. York printed, and fold in London by Bell.

Wretched verfe, and incomprehenfible meaning.

Art. 17. The Depopulated Vale; a Poem. By Mr. Conway. 4to. 2 s. Swift. Swift. 1774.

Poor Mr. Conway! we hope his friends will take care of him, and fee that he does no worfe mifchief than printing a few crazy rhymes. Art. 18. A Poem on the Times. By Mifs Fell, of Newcastle. 4to. 1 S. Wilkie. 1774.

The times, we are perfuaded, will not be, in any respect, the worfe, fhould Mifs Fell, of Newcastle, refolve never to tag another pair of rhymes; for, in truth, fhe is a very indifferent rhyme tagger. Was there nobody at Newcastle who could have told Mifs Fell, that ferene and King, and receives and deceived have not even the leaft refemblance to a rhyme?

Art. 19. Farringdon Hill; a Poem in Two Books. 4to. 2s. 6d. Oxford printed, and fold by Wilkie in London. 1774.

It is faying the leaft that can be faid of the Author of this poem, when we pronounce that he is not deftitute of poetical talents; bat no talents could render pleafing a long defcription of a fine profpect, when the feveral parts of which it is compofed are not rendered interefting by fome well imagined circumftances and tranfactions. Art. 20. Poems. 12mo. 2 s. Snagg. 1774. Yet doubly happy, could I justly claim

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Reviewers.

One PUFF of merit from the trump of Fame!

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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

DRAMATIC..

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 pame of Unitas Fratrum. This pious man, as we are here informed by the Editor of this pofthumous publication, had, in his youth, a great fondnefs for dramatic pieces, both ancient and modern. It is added, that though we cannot find that he ever frequented the theatres any where, yet looking on dramatic writings as a pleafing and impreffive manner of conveying ideas and actions to others, we fuppofe he formed the plan of giving, if not to the public, yet to fome of his friends, a reprefentation of the ftate, principles, and practice of the Chriftians in the first and fecond century, in a dramatic compofition.'

The reverend Moravian's writing a tragedy on the fubject of the martyrdom of Ignatius (who is faid to have been delivered to the lions, by command of the Emperor Trajan, and was accordingly, devoured by them) may appear in a fingular and perhaps an unfavourable light, to thofe who can have no conception of turning over the martyrology for heroes of the drama; but when plays founded on Scripture hiftories were cuftomary in this country, this piece, in honour of the martyrdom of Ignatius, would, probably, have been looked upon as a capital performance: and it will, no doubt, even now, be confidered a very edifying work, by many devout readers, and especially by the remains of the Unitas Fratrum.

As Mr. Gambold's tragedy could not be intended for reprefentation, it is not written in conformity to the eftablished rules of ftage compofition; and, therefore, as the Editor juftly obferves, it affords no room for criticifm on dramatic principles.

Art. 22. The Two English Gentlemen; or, the Sham Funeral. A
Comedy, by James Stewart. 8vo. I s. 6d. Bell. 1774-
We hope this is the firft, and that it will be the last offence of Mr.
Stewart against the Public.

AMERICAN AFFAIRS.

Art. 23. A Plan to reconcile Great Britain and her Colonies, and preferve the Dependency of America. 8vo. I S. 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 propofed by this work to preferve the dependency of America, and the dignity of Great Britain, is by granting to the colonies liberty to have manufactures of their own, and a foreign trade in British veffels, under the fanction of their own representation and taxation; on the principles of the Americans, and confiftent with. the true interest of the mother country.'

When any political diforders appear, it is fome 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 confists of a dedication, a letter, and a poftfcript, all addreffed to the Duke of NorthumberLand; and the Author urges his pretenfions as being a man whofe

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ufeful knowledge and good intentions, it is prefumed, render him not altogether unworthy of indulgence and encouragement.' He adds, that this talk may not appear too great for my abilities, I here humbly offer to your Grace, a few remarks on America, as a fpecimen of my experience and ufeful knowledge of that diftant country. Warranted by the publication of thefe remarks, we humbly offer our doubts whether either his knowledge or experience qualify him for the task. For after reprefenting the natural rights, the political abilities, and the growing power, of the Americans, in trong terms; the plan of reprefentation propofed, is, that one half of their reprefentatives fhould confift of their own free choice, the other half, of his Majesty's Council, with the referved power of appointing governors, with civil and military officers. The avowed purpose of this arrangement is to delude the Americans: this plan, fays the Writer, would be an apparent indulgence, though in fact no conceffion at all in their favour; as the fhare of reprefentation from the mother country in the perfons of the King's Council and other perfons employed by this government, would throw fuch a weight of influence in the fcale of reprefentation, as to leave the colonists the name without the power of representation and taxation,' The Americans would be pleafed with the appearance of a conceffion, and the shadow of authority, while Great Britain would always be in poffeffion of the substance or reality.'

As his Grace of Northumberland lately prefided over a neighbour. ing island, it may be prefumed this fcheme has followed him from thence; it being an Irish way of deceiving people to declare the intention 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, though I hope you wont understand me at all at all.

Art. 24. A bort View of the Hiftory of the Colony of Massachuset's

Bay, with respect to their Charters and Conftitution. By Ifrael 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. 1s. 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 charter will be a very acceptable addition to thofe who with to investigate the grand question of legislation between this colony and the British parliament. Art. 25. Answer to Confiderations on certain Political Tranfactions of the Province of South Carolina. 8vo. 2 S. Almon. 1774• Answer! Yes it is an anfwer with a vengeance! from a molt coarse and virulent antagonist, who defeats whatever advantages argument might afford him, by the grofs illiberality of his language. This is indeed occafionally fo vulgar and perfonal, that he defcribes the writer of the Confiderations, as a wretch, whofe vices only have raifed him to a title. Again The fulfome adulation on the Eng

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fish conftitution by a wretch who wishes its deftruction, whofe principles are inimical to the virtues which fupport it, is lefs tolerable than his open execration. The fouleft breath of flander from an avowed enemy, is perfume, when compared with that of a treacherous friend; the praife of lying lips and a deceitful heart.' As it is to be hoped this is not the current style of patriotifm in South Carolina, we shall wait until the fubject is handled in a more cleanly

manner.

Art. 26. Two Chapters of the laft Book of Chronicles; Six Letters

to the good People of England; and feveral other Pieces, relative to the Difpute between Englishmen in Europe and in America. By an Old English Merchant. 8vo. 1 s, Almon, &c. 1774. Collected from the news papers, and prefaced by the Author of the most confiderable of the Pieces contained in the Pamphlet, viz. the two new chapters of Chronicles; in which the style of the oriental Chronicles is pretty well imitated. This Old English merchant is a friend to New England, &c. He thus apologizes for the liberty taken with the ftyle of the fcriptures: It may be objected, that the fcripture ftyle ought not to be trifled with; but if it is confidered that the public attention feemed to be in a lethargic ftate, that something feemed neceflary to roufe it, and, alfo, that the fubject is as confequential to a whole people, confifting of feveral millions, as that of the children of Ifrael in the days of old could be to them, the objection perhaps may appear greatly abated.' This is but indifférent writing; but the meaning may be made out.

POLITICAL.

Art. 27. The Subftance of the Evidence delivered to a Committee of the Honourable House of Commons by the Merchants and Traders of London, concerned in the Trade to Germany and Holland, and of the Dealers in Foreign Linens, as fummed up by Mr. Glover. To which is annexed, his Speech, introductory to the Propofals laid before the Annuitants of Meff. Douglas, Heron, and Co. at the King's-Arms Tavern, Cornhill, on the gth of February 1774. 8vo. 1 s. 6d. Wilkie.

Mr. Glover has, at an advanced stage of life, exerted himself in a laudable manner, to investigate and explain the late complaints concerning the linen manufacture, and he has traced them up to a caufe which a fuperficial obferver would not have reached. His language is, indeed, rather too florid for a fubject relating to dry matters of fact. To this we may add, that the fpeech feems to have been tranfmitted to the prefs with all the imperfections incident to oral delivery, without thofe neceffary corrections which it ought to have received before it was published. Mr. Glover's general opinion on this important fubject, will appear in the following extract:

In all commercial nations, whenever moderation and frugality have yielded to extravagance and ambition, wants have been created,

Mr. Glover is no less eminent as a poet than as a merchant and politician; our Readers will, therefore, be the lefs apt to wonder at the declamatory and flowery tyle of his oration. See his Leonidas, Boadicea, &c.

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