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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 breast, .. .
When Sylvia's eyes the mutual pleasure caught;
We mingled every soul-dissolving thought :
Though my true heart its priftine paliion warms;
Nor leffen'd are my Sylvia's powerful charms :
Still on her cheeks the living roses blow;
And ftill unmatch'd her bofom's untoil'd fnow:.1"
Each glowing spark extinguish'd in her breast,;...
Our days are lifeless, and our nighis unblest.
Has drove injurious from Affection's seat; :
And, aided by Revenge, at lait retreat :
To me revenge and hope are both denied :
No force, no art, no accidents restore;
While vainly we their frigid powers deplore.
. 1 Art. 39. Fables by Mr. John Gay, with an Italian Translation | by Gian Francefco Giorgetti. 8vo. 6 s. Davies. 177 3:
Signor Giorgetti, an ingenious Venetian, has translated these celebrated fables into Italian verse ; and he has executed the work with fpirit, perspicuity, and elegance. A precision equal to that of the original, could hardly have been hoped for, had his language al. lowed it ; and, perhaps, his greatest 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 fbolar.
Art. Art. 40. Julia, a poetical Romance. By the Editor of the El. say on the Character, Manners, and Genius of Women. 8vo. 4 S. sesed. Robinfon. 1773., A verfification of Rousseau's celebrated Nouvelle Heloife.
EMILIUS to Julia,
Or rather seem'd each letter to dévour.'' To many readers such poctry as this may be very delightful; and it would be cruel to deprive them of their pleasure by criticism. 1
Art. 41. The Juvenaliad; a Satite. 410. Isi Bell. An honest but, we fear, ineffectual attempt to expose general vices imputed to feigned names. The verlification 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 Jofeph Nicoll Scott, M. D. With his very re. markable Dream concerning it ; To which are added, fome Lines on the late Rev. Mr. Edward Hitchin, B. D. By G.Wright. 4to. 6 d. Ocridge, &c. 1774.
Dr. Scott was an ingenious and learned man; and would not have, been vain of such encomiums as are beitowed upon him in these verses. Art. 43. An. Elegiae Epiflle from Lucy Cooper in the Shades, tą, Sally Harris, the ravished Pomona. 410. is. Williams. 1774. Rochester revived. Art. 44. Faitb; a Poem. 4to. Is. 6 d. Becket. 1774.
How this profound subject came to fall into infantine rhyme, it would be difficult to conceive, had not the A’uthor 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 that of the Trinity, Jwas certainly a very strange suggestion
nec defenforibus istis Tempus eget The verses, indeed, are in general spirited and good; though there is sometimes a fad falling off-For infance, :17
. Scoffs at those who dare proclaim
A Mar God in human frame.
. .. POLIÍICA L. Art. 45. An Alarm for illuftrious (though carelefs) Electors. 8vo.
6 d. Evans. 1774. A zealous declamation in favour of liberty and virtue. The Writer is very earneft with his illustrious electors to improve their opportunity, at the ensuing general election, of chusing representatives who are really honest and patriotic. His pains and labour, in ring. i ing this alarm bell, appear well-intended, though he sometimes pulls the 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 Massachusetts Bay, to the King in Council, dated January 26, 1774. Published with Illuftrations, in order briefly to shew to the Impartial and Confiderate the Importance of perfea Harmony between Great Britain and the Colonies, their Merits, 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 publications and the news-papers have told us what fuccess the Petii don 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. Elmiley.
Extremely fatirical on the principal interlocutors, who are, the King of Praffia; and the two Empresses. The dialogues are admifable; 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 Marrg Him; or, the History of Miss Peta
worth. izmo. 2 Vols. 6s. Noble. 1774.. lo 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 presept age : and as, in our opinion, there unfortunately appears a neceflity of referring him to one or the other of these clatles, we readily Tabscribe to his choice, and pronounce the “ Hiftory of Mifs Petworth” per featly innocent. Art. 49. The Journey to London ; or, the History of the Selby Fa
mily. 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 Thoinas 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, thát, 'contrary to the advice of good Mr. Selby, the infifted øn spending one winter with her three children in towo. This Lon
don journey, as the poet says, produced “ Misfortune on misfor. tune, grief on grief." The son married a kept-mittress; 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 not very ill written:-)f the Author will accept this as any compliment, we mean
it particularly in favour of the second volume. : Art. 50. The Allignation ; a sentimental Novel, in a series of
Letters.: 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Noble. 1774. It is imposible to read over these volumes without remarking the quantity of blank paper which meets the eye at almoft every page of this sentimental work: a circumstance, however, which we menrion not as a blemih; but, on the contrary, as the greatest poflible excellence attending most writings of this itamp. - C Art. 51. The Fatal Affection, or the History of Henry and Caro
' Jine. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6 s. Noble. 177.. The hero of this tale, the heart subduing Harry Villiers, marries an old woman of sixty-five, because she has thirty thousand pounds; falls in love with a young Lady, a relation of his wife's, because he is very handsome; and would willingly persuade her to go off with him, because he is ça rascal. To make use of the Author's own word, The Duje take such vile affictions as these. Art. 52. La Belle Philosophe, or the Fair Philofopher. 32mo.
2 Vols. 6,5, 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 surreptible than ordinary to tender impreslions; for we can truly fay, we felt not one sensation either of pain or pleafure, during the whole of the time which we passed in conversation with this pretended philosopher in petticoats : who, by the way, is not much of a philofopher neither; for her history is as mere a novel-book, as any of the Miss Jessamys, or Delia Daintys, or Lady Flirts, or Sophy. Slamakins, that ever the circulating libraries produced. Art. 53. The Fashionable Daughter. Being a Narrative of true
and recent Facts. By an impartial Hand. Izmo. 35. Domville. 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 facts. It does not in.
deed 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 solemn, 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&t they availed themselves freely for some time, until the fa. cher discovering the connexion, is said to have behaved more absurdly 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 in 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 lio extraordinary temptations from any other motives than those which ought to influence a person of integriry. Thus stimulated to justify his character, we have the affair related at large, by. a friend of the disconfolate hero (if not the hero himse!f) who characterises 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.
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 54. A Letter to the Right Rev. Father in God, Shute, Lord
Bishop of Landaff, from a fetitioner. 8vo. 15. Johnfun. 1774. "What sentiments his Lordlhip. of Landaff will entertain of inis Letter, or whether he will think it consistent with his prelatical dirnity to cast an eye upon the production of a poor dissenting 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 ftrokes of wit which will extort a smile even from foar ecclefiaftics, if four ecclefiaftics ever smile.
But the pleasantry of the Letter is not its only recommendation ; it breathes a liberal and manly spirit, and fews 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 ta. lents 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 Thall be extremely sorry if the Author thould not prove as good as his word. For bis.comfort and encouragement, he may depend upon