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POETICA L. Art. 38. Nuptial Elegies. 4to. 2 s. Kearsley. 1774. These elegies bear strong marks of the domestic virtues ; and, if there were any credit due to poetry, we should venture to pronounce their Author a good husband, and a good father. They are four in number. The first has the startling title of Fruition, but is by no means immodeft; the second, which is by far the best, is entitled the Disappointment of Paffion : from this are selected the following stanzas:
Ye golden joys that fir'd my raptur'd brealt,
When Sylvia's eyes the mutual pleasure caught;
We mingled every soul-diffolving thought :
Though my true heart its priftine pasion warms;
Nor leffend are my Sylvia's powerful charms :
Still on her cheeks the living roses blow;
And still unmatch'd her bofom's untoil'd fnow:.
Each glowing spark extinguish'd in her breast,
Our days are lifeless, and our nights unbleit.
Has drove injurious from Affection's seat;
And, aided by Revenge, at latt retreat :
Of scornful Beauty's well-affected pride,
To me revenge and hope are both denied :
No force, no art, no accidents restore;
While vainly we their frigid powers deplore.
Leo Art. 39. Fables by Mr. John Gay, with an Italian Translation
by Gian Francesco Giorgetti. 8vo. 6 s. Davies. 1773. Signor Giorgetti, an ingenious Venetian, has translated these celebrated fables into Italian verfe ; and he has executed the work with spirit, perspicuity, and elegance. A precision equal to that of the original, could hardly have been hoped for, had his language allowed it; and, perhaps, his greatelt fault is too diffuse a style. Forty-two of the fables are here given with the original on the oppo. site page; and we know not a more useful book for the Italian fubolar.
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Art. 40. Julia, a poetical Romance. By the Editor of the El
say on the Character, Manners, and Genius of Women. 8vo. 4 S. sewed. Robinfon.
1773. A verfification of Rousseau's celebrated Nouvelle Heloise.
L E T T E R IV.
EMILIUS to JULIA,
Or rather seem'd each letter to devour. To many readers such poctry as this may be very delightful; and it would be cruel to deprive them of their pleasure by criticism. 2.
Art. 41. The Juvenaliad; a Satire. 410. 18. Bell. An honest but, we fear, ineffectual attempt to expose general vices imputed to feigned names. The versification is, in general, tolerable, but spoiled by many bad lines, Art. 42. The Gracious Warning; or, a Monody on the Death of the
late pious and learned Yoseph Nicoll Scott, M. D. With his very remarkable Dream concerning it: To which are added, fome Lines on the late Rev. Mr. Edward Hitchin, B.D. By G. Wright. 4to. 6 d. Otridge, &c. 1774.
Dr. Scott was an ingenious and learned man; and would not bave been vain of such encomiums as are bestowed upon him in these verses. Art. 43. An. Elegiac Epiflle from Lucy Cooper in the Shades, ta, Sally Harris, the ravished Pomona. 4to.
is. Williams. 1774. Rochester revived. Art. 44. Faitb; a Poem. 400 is. 6 d. Becket. 1774.
How this profound subject came to fall into infantine rhyme, it would be difficult to conceive, had not the Author informed us that part of it was originally interwoven with another poem, and after. wards detached from it. The publication, however, is quite as unconsequential as the measure in which it is conveyed. An attempt to overturn the Epicurean doctrine by opposing to it chat of the Trinity, was certainly a very strange fuggestion--
nec defenforibus IsTIS Tempus eget The verfes, indeed, are in general spirited and good; though there is sometimes a fad falling off-For infance,
Scoffs at those who dare proclaim
A Man God in human frame. In the latter of these lines there is at least an uncouthness and re. dundancy, if it be not absolute nonsense.
POLITICAL. Art. 45. An Alarm for illuftrious (though careless) Electors. 8vo.
6d.' Evans. 1774• A zealous declamation in favour of liberty and virtue. The Writer is very earneft with his illuftrious electors to improve their opportunity, at the ensuing general election, of chuling representatives who are really honest and patriotic. His pains and labour, in ringing this alarm bell, appear well-intended, though he sometimes pulls che rope with more violence than the occasion seems to require. Hi. Art. 46. The Petition of Mr. Bollan, Agent for the Council of
the Province of Maffachusetts Bay, to the King in Council, dated January 26, 1774. Published with Illuftrations, in order briefly to shiew to the Impartial and Considerate the Importance of per
fea Harmony between Great Britain and the Colonies, their Medrits, the Benefits thence accrued to this Kingdom in Point of Em
pire, Manufactures, Commerce, Wealth, and Naval Strength; and the Origin and Progress of their present unhappy Difference; with Intent to promote their cordial and perpetual Union, for their mutual Safety and Welfare, with which their Diffention is incompatible. 4to. 6 d. Almon. 1774.
The title sufficiently points out the nature and tendency of this publication, and the news-papers have told us what success the Petidon met with. Art. 47. The Polish Partition illuftrated; in seven dramatic Dia
logues, or Conversation Pieces, between remarkable Personages, Published from the Mouths and Actions of the Interlocutors. By Gotlib Pansmopzer, the Baron's Nephew. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Elmsley.
Extremely fatirical on the principal interlocutors, who are, the King of Praktias and the two Empreses. The dialogues are admi. fable; and the pamphlet will serve as a very proper specimen to the four celebrated Letters on the present State of Poland : fee Reviews, yols. xlvii. and xlviii.
NOVELS and MEMOIRS. Art. 48. "Twas right to Marry Him; or, the History of Miss Pete worth. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Noble.
1774. In a letter addressed to Messrs. Noble, and placed at the beginning of this work, the Author declares himself folicitous of being ranked rather among the doll, than the dangerous novel-writers of the pre: fent age: and as, in our opinion, there unfortunately appears a neceflity of referring him to one or the other of these cłalles, we readily Tubscribe to his choice, and pronounce the “ History of Mifs Pet worth” perfe&tly innocent.
C. Art. 49. The Journey to London ; or, the History of the Selby Family. izmo. 2 Vols.
6 s.' Noble.' 1774. This Selby family had lived very happily and comfortably on a small estate in the country, for many years, till our Author cruelly thought proper to introduce them to the acquaintance of a Sir Thomas Lumley, whose wife happening to be a very fine lady, excited in Mrs. Selby fo violent a desire of seeing London, and knowing the world, that, contrary to the advice of good Mr. Selby, the infifted on spending one winter with her three children in towo. This Lon
don journey, as the poet fays, produced “Misfortune on misfortune, grief on grief." The son married a kept-miltress; the younger daughter was ruined by one of the Lumleys, and died of a broken heart ; and the eldeft preferred seeing the world, as a common prostitute, to returning with her father into the country. This history, without one incident that is new to recommend it, is noc very written.- If the Author will accept this as any compliment, we mean it particularly in favour of the second volume. Art. 50. The Asignation ; a sentimental Novel, in a series of
Letters. - 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Noble. 1774. It is impossible to read over these volumes without remarking the quantity of blank paper which meets the eye at almost every page of this sentimental work; a circumstance, however, which we menjion not as a blemiß ; but, on the contrary, as the greatest posible excellence attending mot writings of this itamp.
a. Art. 51. The Fatal Affection, or the History of Henry and CaroJine.
2 Vols. 6s. Noble. 177. The hero of this tale, the heart subduing Harry Villiers, marries an old woman of sixty-five, because the has thirty thousand pounds; falls in love with a young Lady, a relation of his wife's, because the is very handsome; and would willingly persuade her to go off with him, because he is a rascal. To make use of the Author's own word, The Duje take such vile affe lions as these. Art. 52. La Belle Philosophe, or the Fair Philofopher. , 32mo.
2 Vols, 6s, Lowndes. 1774. In reading over these two volumes, we probably imbibed so much of the philosophy of the fair heroine of the piece, as to render us less susceptible than ordinary to tender impressions; for we can truly fay, we felt not one sensation either of pain or pleafure, during the whole of the time which we paffed in conversation with this pretended philosopher in petticoats : who, by the way, is not much of a philoTopher neither; for her history is as inere a novel-book, as any of the Miss Jeffamys, or Delia Daintys, or Lady Flirts, or Sophy. Slamakins, that ever the circulating libraries produced.
d. Art. 53. The Fashionable Daughter. Being a Narrative of true
and recent Facts. By an impartial Hand. ville,
1774 This story, from the minuteness of the detail, from the earnestness with which the transactions are related, and from the description of the characters introduced, appears to be really according to the professions of the Writer, a relation of true faitsi'' It does not indeed contain adventures enough for a professed novel; and is to be viewed rather as a narrative than as a literary compofition. The outline of the story is short; a young Scots minister rafhly entered into a clandestine, but folemn, written, engagement with a young beauty, equivalent to a marriage, but without the public forms, which were postponed to a more seasonable opportunity: Of this contra& they availed themselves freely for some time, until the father discovering the connexion, is said to have behaved more absordly than most fathers, however unfeeling, usually do on such occasions; and the levity of the lady is not the leait extraordinary circumstance in the adventure. Without denying the contract, or her letters in conse
quence of it, she refuses to fulfil it, and her father supports her is, this refusal; though he thereby leaves her exposed to the loss of reputation, which neither of them appear to value. Not content with this, they are said to have practised several artifices no less mean than malicious, to ruin the reputation and fortune of a man who merited better treatment for his readiness to act a proper part, though under no extraordinary temptations from any other motives . than those which ought to in Auence a person of integrity. Thus fimu
lated to justify his character, we have che affair related at large, by. a friend of the disconsolate hero. (if not the hero himself) wbo charakterises all the parties in a manner that gives an air of probability to the whole. He certainly, according to this tale, fell into very bad hands in his amorous connexion ; but making due allowance for his disappointment, he has sufficient consolation in being released from it, in a manner that leaves all the blame on the faulty side.
The Writer has introduced several poetical quotations, to enliven his descriptions and characters; but he would not have disguised: perfons and places under such harsh uncouth appellations, if his ear, had been tuned to any judgment of harmony. From a puerile conceit, the scene of action is pointed out by the acrostic description of “a flourishing sea port town, which takes its name from the monarch of the wood, joined to the colour of nature's carpet.” After infinite ftudy, we make the important discovery that the town of Greenock is a corruption of Greenoak.
N. RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 54. A Letter to the Right Rev. Father in God, Shute, Lord
Bilbop of Landaff, from a Fetitioner. 8vo. 15. Johnfon. 1774.
What sentiments his Lordlhip. of Landaff will entertain of tnis' Letter, or whether he will think it consistent with his prelatical dignity to caft an eye upon the production of a poor diffenting teacher, we know not: as for us, we cannot help acknowledging, that this Letter has afforded us a great deal of entertainment. The Teacher treats the Prelate, indeed, with a degree of freedom which will, no doubt, be deemed, by a certain class of readers, highly indecent, if not extremely insolent; be this, however, as it may, there is a vein of pleasantry and humour that runs through the whole performance, which cannot fail of recommending it to the generality of • readers, and there are some frokes of wit which will extort a smile even from foar ecclefiaftics, if four ecclefiaitics ever smile.
But the pleasantry of the Letter is not its only recommendation ; it breathes a liberal and manly spirit, and shews the Author to be a man of abilities, and a hearty friend to religious liberty. There are some things in it of a very serious nature, which well deserve the attention of his Lordship of Landaff, and that of every bishop on the bench
Our Author acquaints his readers that he reserves his poetical talents for another occasion, when his Lordship of Landaff will be made the hero of the epic muse.-The thoughts of seeing a BISHOP the hero of an epic poem, give us great pleasure ; and we shall be extremely sorry if the Author should not prove as good as his word. For his comfort and encouragement, he may depend upon