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riety as might furnish fomething satisfactory to every taste, and serve as a little poetical library for school-boys, precluding the inconvenience and expence of a multitude of volumes.'-As tastes will for ever differ, some may wish to have seen in it passages from some favourite, yet obscure poet, and some also from their own works; but it was the business of the editor of a school-book like this, not to insert scarce and curious works, such as please virtuoso readers, chiefly from their rarity, but to collect such as were publicly known and universally celebraied. The more known, the more celebrated, the better they were adapted to this collection ; which is not defigned, like the leffons of some dancing-masters, for grown gentlemen, but for young learners only ; and it will readily occur to every one, that what is old to men and women, may be, and for the most part must be, new to boys and girls receiving their education. Private , judgment, in a work like this, muit of en give way to public. Some things are inserted in this volume entirely in Submissive deference to public opinion, which, when general and long continued, is the least fallible telt of merit in the fine arts, and particularly in poetry. Whatever was found in previous collections, which experience had pronounced proper for schools, has been freely taken and admitted. The stamp of experience gave it currency: The freedom of borrowing, it is hoped, will be pardoned, as the collectors, with whom it has been used, first set the example of it.'

A.B. Art. 66. The Sorrows of Werter: A Poem. By Amelia Pickering.

40. 69 Pages. 55. sewed. Cadell. 1788. The novel on which this poem is constructed, whatever were its defects as to its moral tendency, was so affectingly written that it engaged singular attention. Writers were employed in tranlating it into various languages, and painters in embellishing it. Mils Amelia Pickering has thought it deserving the further distinction of appearing in a poetic dress, and has clothed The Sorrows of Werter in very harmonious versificacion ; as a specimen of which we shall transcribe the following ftanzas taken from the 6th Letter :

• Sweet Peace of Mind, oh, whither art thou fied?
From thy pure source thall joys no longer flow?
Must Disappointment raise her hydra head,

fancied bliss prove real woe?
Alas! how soon the flowers of life decay !
Bloom with the morn, and with the evening close!
Or ihould they yet survive a longer day,
How little fruit to fair perfection grows!
Why of that little are we then profuse?
Why cait with lavith hand its bloom away?
For oh, my friend ! ere well we mark its use,
The fairett fruit is haftening to decay.
Such is the destiny of man on earth,
Awhile he's borne on Hope's expanded wingi
Fair as the bud his tender youth puts forth
In all the soft luxuriancy of spring.


And every

By the Red


But see! th' indignant sky unfriendly lowers,
See! blasts destructive poison young Desire;
Wait but the change of some few feeting hours,

And all his hopes, his promis'd joys expire.'
Many ftanzas, which are equally elegant and pleasing with the
above, will be found in these pages; but we cannot flatter our fair,
authoress (though she delerves much praise) with being equally fa-
voured by the Muses throughout her whole performance. Pegasus
often tires before he gets to the end of his journey: great care ought,
however, to be taken that this weakness does not appear. A poet
should pay peculiar attention to his first and last lines. Moo-y.
Art. 67. Fourteen Sonnets, Elegiac and Descriptive. Written during

a Tour. 1o. 15 Pages. 15. Dilly. 1789. These Sonnets, as the Advertisement informs us, were found in a traveller's memorandum-book; but they are not the Sonnets of a

Mr Bowles, traveller who was glad to pick up any lame and hobbiling Muse to Trin.Coll. bęguile the tedious way, and who wrote, like Sir Richard Black more, to the rumbling of his chariot wheels. They have some poetic merit, and the admirers of the plaintive Petrarch, and his Englith imitator, Mrs. Charlotte Smith of Bignor Park, will peruse several of them with pleasure. As a sample, we fall give the 6th Sonnet, to Evening :

• Evening, as slow thy placid lades descend,

Veiling with gentleft hush the landscape ftill,

The lonely battlement, and farthest hill
And wood; I think of those that have no friend !

Who now perhaps, by Melancholy led,
From the broad blaze of day, where Pleasure Haunts,
Retiring, wander 'mid thy lonely haunts

Unseen; and mark the tints that o'er thy bed
Hang lovely, oft to musing Fancy's eye

Presenting fairy vales, where the tir'd mind

Might reit, beyond the murmurs of mankind,
Nor hear the hourly moans of Misery.

Ah, beauteous views ! tbat Hope's fair gleams the while

Should smile like you, and perilh as they smile!!
These two concluding lines are beautiful.

Art. 68. The Temple of Health, a Poetic Vision, occafioned by the

universal Joy expresled on his Majesty's happy Recovery. By a
Lady. 4to. pp. 12. Is. 6d. Chalklen. 1789.

Whatever may be the defects of this little piece in regard to the poetry, they are amply compensated for by the warmth and energy of irs loyalty. The fair writer must not, however, be allowed to offer, to the discerning public, such rhimes as run and shone, or faw and Snow. When we read such a couplet as the following,

• See here before thee England's heroes bow,

To save their country from distress and woe,' we are obliged, to avoid disgusting the ear, for woe,' to read wow : --but then, what becomes of the understanding?


pp. 20.

If the lady is very young, she will do well to wait a few years before she again ventures to claim the honours of the press. Art. 69. A Poetical Epifle, from Gabrielle d’Estrees, to Henry the

Fourth. By Anthony Pasquin, Esq. 4to. 32 Pages. 25. Robinsons, &c.

Ungrateful man! ah me, what friend unkind
Has drawn that sentence from my wand'ring mind ?
Come, my bright hero, dislipate my gloom,

Come, and arrest me from an early tomb.' Not even Mr. Erskine, to whom this poem is dedicated, who is represented as poffeffing an immeasurable ability, and adorning human nature with his existence, will be able to arrest this poem from an early tomb. It must link by its own bathos. Ex. gr.

• I breathe my sorrows, and he scoff's my fears ;
I claim protection, and be fouts bis ears.'

Ast. 70. Ode, respectfully addressed to Lord Beigrave, on his coming

of age, March 22, 1788. And a Congratulatory Song, on the Celebration of it, Sept. 18, &c. &c. By T. Minshull. 410.

18. Robinsons, &c. Mr. Minshull is afraid that he shall not be able to seer safe among the rocks and Moals of criticism ; but he may dismiss his fears, as ftraws and feathers swim uninjured by either. DO Art. 71. Homer's Hymn to Venus; translated from the Greek, with

Notes, by J. Ritiron. 410. Is. 6d. Johnson. 1788. It will be a sufficient recommendation of this production, to our poetical readers, to say, that it is a correct, and not inelegant, verfion of a poem which has been ascribed to Homer, though its birth and parentage are still matter of dispute. We prefer Mr. R.'s translation to Congreve's version of the same poem.-The translator has bere added some ingenious remarks relative to the original. E. The Thanksgiving Day. A Poem.

4to. Egerton. 1789. Founded on the late royal proceflion to St. Paul's. We hope the author will not be offended if we apply to his verses what Pope said of his Windfor Foreft,

“ Where pure description holds the place of sense.” We cannot, however, insist much on the purity of description in obis performance ; but what is wanting in poetry is amply supplied (as in a preceding article) by zeal and loyalty..

POLITICA L. Art. 73. The Hiftory and Proceedings of the Lords and Commons of

Great Britain in Parliament, with regard to the Regency. 8vo. 917 Pages. 105..6d. Boards. Stockdale. 1789.

In speaking of this ample volume, it will only be necessary to say, that it contains, ift, All the parliamentary proceedings and speeches on the Regency Bill, from Nov. 20, 1788, 10 March 10, 1789, when his, Majesty's recovery put an end to the business. 20, The three Reports of the Committees for examining the physicians. 3d, Mr.

Art. 72.

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Pitt's letter to the Prince of Wales, with the Prince's answer. 4th, The Regency Bill, as it passed the Commons, and read a second time by the Lords. 5th, The Proceedings and Speeches of Lords and Commons of Ireland, on appointing the Prince of Wales regent without restriction, with copies of their Address to the Prince, and his Royal Highness's Answer.

Mr. Stockdale has also published two octavo volumes containing a variety of tracts that have been written on the proposed regency; all of which have already been succefsively mentioned in our Review, as they separately issued from the press.

R Art. 74. Royal Reflections, from Monday the 22d of February, to

Sunday the first of March, inclusve. Comprizing the political Sentiments of convalescent Majesty; wherein are Characters of the Q---n, the P--nc-si-s, the H--r Ap--s--t, the Duke of Y--k, the Lords Th-s--w, S-d--y, C-m--n, B-te, &c. &c. 4to. pp. 38. 25. Walter, Piccadilly. 1789.

The “Royal Recollections *,' we suppose, suggested the idea of these Royal Reflections ; though very different are the two performances in respect of their aim and rendency. The former iract was fraught with ridicule which we could not approve ;-the present publication is intended to do honour to the Royal Reflector. But, however laudable the delign of making his Majesty the author of a series of good, pious, judicious, and benevolent thoughts and obfervations, the writer is not quite so happy as his predeceflor, in the execution of his design.-Thus, in other arts, as well as in that of authorship (in mechanics, for instance), it has often been remarked, as Tompion, the warchmaker, said of his journeymen, “ that the saddest fellows are always the bett hands."

N. B. There is a mistake in p 28, which may somewhat puzzle the young reader, who is not intimately acquainted with the Modern History of England: the author speaks of the famous Hugh Peters, as having milled the infatuated King James II. by his evil counsels. Hugh Peters was hanged long before James came to the crown. We suppose the author meant farber Petre, the jesuit, who was James's spiritual director. Art. 75. The Royal Error; or the dreadful Consequences to be prenended from the intended Procession to St. Paul's on Thursday

Addressed to the King. By Kent. 8vo. Pp. 34. 18. Smith. 1789.

This was published a few days before his Majesty went in ftate to St. Paul's, for the purpose of offering a public thanksgiving to God for his recovery. - The author freely (100 freely, perhaps) censures chis measure, as being likely to produce much mischief. In his apprehension, the lives (not to enlarge on the loss of property, broken limbs, &c.) of many people would be in great danger, from the immensity and tumult of the crowd, the fall of scaffolds, &c. &c. And therefore, as well as for other reasons here assigned, he con-. ciudes, thai, in every view, the royal gratitude should rather have


* See Rev, for Nov. latt, p. 468.

beea been expressed in a more private than in so public a manner. The style of this address is such as muft sound extremely harsh and rude, in the ears of his Majesty's courtiers, if the pamphlet chanced to be seen within the precincts of St. James's, or Buckingham-house.

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pp. 21.


THANKSGIVING SERMON S. 1. Preached at the Cathedral Church of Ely, April 23, 1789,

being the Day appointed for a General Thanksgiving to Almighty
God for his Majeity's happy Recovery. By Cæfar Morgan, M. A.
Minor Canon and Preacher in that Church. 8vo.
Cadell. 1789.

Psalm 1xxi. 18. is the text; but Mr. Morgan begins his fermon with reflexions on a passage from Cicero, which he puts at the bottom of the page *, thewing that the sentiment was perfectly confiftent with the religious tenets of the learned and noble Roman. Ci. cero's awe of the penetrating scrusiny of a Being, on whom no artifices can impose, against whom no disguises can prevail, and whose observation no sinister motive can escape, is contrafted with the hopes of the Christian who enjoys a rational tranquillity under the conviction of the superintending providence of God, whose mercy and goodness are the foundations of the whole scheme of revelation. The divine mercy is exemplified in the restoration of his majesty's health, and the sermon concludes with some serious and pious exhortations which the nature of the occasion naturally suggests. B-m. II. At St. Laurence's Church, Southampton, April 23. By James

Scott, M. A. Rector, and Chaplain in Ordinary to his Majesty. 4to.

Bew, &c. A rational, loyal, and pjous improvement of the very folemn occasion. III. At Tooting, Surrey. By James Bowden, 8vo. pp. 30. 19.

Buckland. What is said of No. II. may be justly applied to this discourse; which was delivered to a congregation of Dissenters. IV. The Country Curate's Address to his Parishioners: preached on

the 23d of April, &c. 4to. pp. 14. 15. Baldwin, &c. Our country curate dates his DedICATION TO THE KING, from Coker ; which we suppose to be the name of a village in Somersetfire. The preacher laudably exhorts us to fear God, and honour the King; but when he adds, · Let us cheerfully submit to his laws,' we are at some loss with respcet to his precise meaning the king of Great Britain not having the power of making laws. V. Preached at Southampton, rich 15, by William Kingsbury,

M. A. 8vo. pp. 38. is. Bew, &c. The sickness and recovery of king Hezekiah are here properly confidered and applied, with due improvement, &c. This fermon, we

* Næ, ille (Strato) et Deum opere magno liberat et me timore. Quis enim poteft, cum exiftimet a Deo se curari, non et dies et noctes divinum numen horrere ? et si quid adversi acciderit (quod cui non accidit?) exo timefcere ne id jure evenerit? Acad. II.


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