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he might have done on this volume : throughout the first part, the
fewed. Elliot and Co. 1738.
ter, translated from the original German into Italian, by Conrade Ludger. 12 mo. 2 Vols. 6s. sewed. Hookham. 1788.
Mr. Ludger professes to have translated this work carefully, from the original; we cannot, however, recommend it as a very faithful or very elegant copy. In some instances, indeed, it expresies Werter's meaning more fully than the French translation, or the Englifh, which is avowedly borrowed from it, and may therefore be agreeable to those who cannot read German. Gil.
with Copper-plates. To which is prefixed, a Life of the Author,
This edition will be rendered the more acceptable to its purchasers,
Royal, Drury-lane. By Richard Cumberland, Esq. 8vo. 19. 6d.
This play is, in most respects, so much inferior to the other pro. ductions of the same author, that we can hardly believe our eyes, when we see the respectable name of Richard Cumberland, Esquire, in the title. It would be the extreme of cruelty to extend such an
* See Rev. vol. lxxviii p. 166.
365 infirm body on the rack of criticism ; and charity obliges us to give the coup de gráce at once. Col. Art. 51. The Hymeneal Party; or, the Generous Friends. A Comedy, By a Young Gentleman. Svo.
Stalker. 1789. In the prologue to this comedy, the author
• Hopes you'll be candid, and not too severe,
With one who's only in his nineteenth year.' In the epilogue
• With grateful heart he feels for favours past;' and alludes, as he tells us, to some kindnesses thewn the author, ia endeavouring to get it (the comedy, he must mean] on the stage.'The kindnesses, we should have fupposed, were in preventing its exhibition; and it would have been equal kindness to have prevented its publication. We think that the author is too old to be whipped, and yet rather too young for any feverer or more serious correction ; we shall, therefore, spare him for this time, if he will promise for the future to be a good boy, and do so no more. DO Art. 52. The Pannel. An Entertainment of three Acts. 8vo. 18.
Stalker. 1789 The editor informs us, that this entertainment is merely an abridgment, with some trivial additions, of Bickerstaffe's comedy of “ 'Tis well it's no worse;" a title which the editor thought ineligible ; hat fince he chose to discard it, we think he fould have adopted that of - 'Tis pity it's no better.
POETRY. Art. 53. Pieces of Familiar Poetry, by Florifer. 8vo. pp. 68. 15. 64.
sewed. Printed at Birmingham, and fold in London by Baldwin. 1789.
The cook's nice art began to praise.' Surely this is the first poet who ever made a word stand as a rhime to itself ! - perhaps, however, he bore in mind the well known line
“ None but himself can be his parallel ;" and recollecting that the excellence of a rhime consists in the perfeet fimilarity of found, wisely concluded, that no two different words could produce so admirable an effect as the same word repeated. We can hardly suppose this to have been a lapfus penna, as the fol. lowing tags are nearly of the fame complexion :
My mind the while—what strange reverse!
· When perchance I am fick, or to study averse,
To give ease to my mind I apply to my verse.' If our counsel could have any weight (thoug!ı we acknowlege that it would proceed from interested motives), we should advise this bard to abstain from such fruitless applications, G. 2.
Art. 54. The Garland; a Colleştion of Poems. 410. 25. 6d. Oxe
ford, printed ; and sold by Robson, &c. in London. Snow-drops, crocuses, violets, cowlips, &c. entwined by some young bard (as we suppose) to adorn the brows of his matchless Laura,
and his divine Sophy.- Aye, time was, when ven we deemed it mighty pretty to weave such garlands for the Lauras and Sophys of former days, and pour out the dulcet slrain to-
-Lillies and roses,
Or tip of an ear- -." As Bumper Squire Jones hath it: but those were “ other times !"yet we remember them without repining, for, as this poet singeth
· Life still has joys, if not, like youth's, elate
With transports high,- yet constant and serene.' Which coupled we leave with our readers, as a specimen of the author's poetry; reserving our praise for his next production, should it haply rise above that mediocrity, which marks the character of these gentle fonnets and love-verses; most of which were originally printed in the Gentleman's Magazine, whence they are now collected, with some additional pieces. Art. 55. The Sick Laureat ; or, Parnassus in Confusion. A Poem,
In which the Merits and Defects of some of our principal Modern Poets are examined and ascertained. 4to. Pp. 29. 25. Kearsley. 1789.
The famous Sesion of the Peets furnished the plan on which this poem has been constructed ; together with many other pieces of the kind.
The laureat is supposed to have been reported fick, or dead; on which
• The hundred pou.ds a year, and biott of sack,
To Sal’sbury's villa one and all repair The Lord Chamberlain fits as judge of their several pretensions and talents-each bard lets up his claim and some of the characters, as poets, are tolerably hit off.--- At length, in the midst of the con. ention, in ruhes Warton, and the disappointed candidates vanih.
The original thought, which, we believe, was Sir John Suckling's, and which has produced so many imitations, muit (urely have been regarded as a matter-piece of wit, or it would not have been to frequently followed as a model. For us, we never much admired either the parent work, or the generality of its numerous offspring: though it must be acknowleged, that there was merit in Tbe Diaboliad; and we did acknowlege it in our account of that very severe satire (see Rev. vol. Ivi. and lvii.). The prelent performance is not deftitute of wit, humour, or poetry. Art 56. Tbe Royal Astronomer; shewing as how a Star gazer cannot
smell the Role of Beauty, and con the blue Star-book, at one and the fame Time. By Tom Plumb. 4to. 2s. Kearliey. 1789.
Tom Plumb, like his favourite model, Peter Pindar, who was sometimes very unhappy in his choice of subjects for his fatire, has
here unluckily stumbled on a most improper obje&t for ridicule, viz. the very meritorious and inoffensive Dr. Herschel ; whom he laughs at, and treats as a mere ftar-gazer-a Partridge, or a Gadbury-busy.. ing himself o’nights in peeping at the heavens, through his vált telescope, instead of remaining in bed with his wife. On this lait circumitance, ail the wit of the poem turns ;--but surely this is too poor for a grave and formal censure ! Art. 57. Adversity; or, The Tears of Britannia. A Poem. By a
Lady. With a beautiful emblematical Eiching of a celebrated Poet on Horseback. 400. pp. 36. 25.
Kirby. 179. Surely this lady's time might be more usefuily spent than in fol. lowing the “idle trade" of verse-making, as Pope styled it :-is there no employment for the needle, in the family to which the belongs? No doubt there is ; and we cordially advise her to apply to it with induftry, in compensation for the hours mis-spent in fruitless attempts at poetry. This advice may seem harsh at present, but it is meant for her real advantage; and hereafter perhaps, if not just now, it may be so accepted - such things have been. Art. 58. Begum B-rke to Bigum Bozv. A Poetical Rhapsody on
Cotemporary Characters. With a Dedication to Lord George Gordon, in Newgate. 4to. pp. 20. Is. 60. Thornton.
It has been observed, that “wic is of no party.”. Perhaps this has been inferred from her being occasionally found in every parıy. At present she is, certainly, with the court; and has chofen to aim her shafts at Mr. Burke. He is here iupposed, in the ferment of a long heated brain,' to feel himself transmigrated into a Be. gum *; and, under this impression, he addresses this poetic rant to the Begum Bow, as to a sister : opening to her all his distracted mind, respecting the woful state of his own situation as a public man; together with that of his poetical associates. The ridicule on the party is artfully turned; and the poetry has uncommon merit. A warin encomium on Mr. Pite concludes the piece. The lait couplet is,
• The King restor’d, still keeps his Treas’ry Boy,
And half the nation will go mad with joyi' Art. 59. The Winter's Assembly, or Provincial Ball; a Poem. In.
fcribed to the Ladies of the West. 410. 17 Pages. 15. Dilly. 1789.
* Low whispers through the half-lit ball-room reign,
The Prince and Abingdon, with various din.'.
* Begums, in Hindoftan, are princesses of the Haram.
Art. 60. Verses on his Majesty's Recovery. By Samuel Hayes, A.M.
late Senior Uher of Weltminster School. '4to. Is. 6d. pp. 186 Cadell,
Mr. Hayes seems to wish that the loyalty which dictated these
Descriptive, Pathetic, Plaintive, and Pastoral Poetry, extracted
This compilement is distinguished from most other collections of the kind, by the admission of many very modern names—even of living authors. The former publishers of poetical miscellanies (a sort of books now prodigiously multiplied) contented themselves with extracting only from the works of our most celebrated poets ; but, here, the honours of selection are lavished, not only on a YOUNG, a THOMSON, a Pope, &c. but on such writers as
But as Mrs. Slip. sop says, “ comparisons are odoriferous.”_We will therefore only add, in regard to the present article, that the compiler's praise is that of having provided for his readers, an innocent entertainment-to say the least of it: or, to speak in his own language, - nothing is admitted which has not a tendency either to improve the taste of the young reader, or to inspire sentiments of wisdom, virtue, and benevolence.'
O&ober 30th, 1788, at a general Meeting of Deputies of the
This Discourse abounds with a variety of matter, which shews the spirit and ingenuity of the author : and, as we cannot help confidering sacramental tests as a profanation both of reason and religion, we shall gratify our readers by giving them an epitome of this sermon, in the author's own words :
• Non-conformity is a noble cause, and we are engaged in it, not by misfortune, but by choice. By contending for the sufficiency of Scripture, we provide for the improvement of the mind, by affirming the liberty of all Christians to act agreeably to their own convičtions; particularly we plead the cause of young men preparing for the ministry; that their minds may be unshackled; that they may not be obliged to allow a conclusion, before they have examined the Yemises; that they may have no temptation to prevaricate for rei ard, and no fear of dismal consequences for thinking differently from others.' - Instead of the usual train of, first, faith ; then, quotation of authorities; and laftly, reafon : we would, first, reason; then, build faith upon evidence; and reject all authority to call us to account; except that to which Jehovah hath said every knee Mall bow.''We affirm the plaingels of the Gospel, the capability of