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give up thy unavailing struggle with the Cornish Hero.-Quit the stage; and then, as the Dunciad has it, maylt thou,
at last, be blert In Shadwell's bosom with eternal rett!” Art. 37. The Vision. A Poem, on the Restoration of his Majesty's
Health. 4to. pp. 18. Johnson. 17.9. There are many uncommon strokes of genius in this poem,
and some extraordinary fingularities of expression: fuch, for instance, as the following, extracted from the foliloquy utte sed by Death, while he is meditating to hurl the last fatal dart at the King :
" ----- by tlaying him, millions I say
Of all the joys from his protection reap'd~"
J. P. Kemble, and first acted at the Theatre-Royal, Drury-lane, May 1, 1789. 8vo. Debrett.
The Country Lafes, or the Custom of the Manor, a comedy, written about seventy years ago, by Charles Johnson (author of several other drainatic performances), has given birth to several alterations and imitations. Kenrick transformed it into an opera*; and now Mr. Kemble has, with no bad effect, cut it down to a piece of three acts; but, should he not have mentioned the fountain into which he dipped his pitcher, on this occafion? Art. 39. The Female Parliament, &c. By Theophilus Swift, Esq. 4to. pp. 27. Debrett.
1789. In these ambling, tit-up-ing verses, many of which run fmoothly and prettily enough, the author fings to the praise and glory of female beauty! Such productions generally remind us of the Irish paftoral ballad, which thus begins :
• Dev'l burn 'em--these wils are jack-asses !
Tumble down their vile books from my shelves !
And simpletons make of themselves. Away with their nonsense, away +!-" The author pofteffes a wildness of imagination which frequently produces flashes of poetry that, like the coruscations of the Aurora Borealis, are reducible to no regularity or order. But what does he mean by the
• --odours of velvet embalming the gale?' Try, sagacious reader, what thou can't make of it: our efforts have been fruitless.
Ode to Hope. 4to. Is. pp. 14. Edinburgh printed,
and fold by Elliot and Kay, London. 1989. The anonymous author seems to feel his subject; his ideas are warm, and his expression is often truly poetic; but his diction is sometimes in
* See Rev. vol. lix. p. 468.
+ See a character of this humourous performance, Rev. vol. ) P. 484
correct and uncouth, (no uncommon case in ode-writing !) and his
Walter, Picadilly. 1789.
We have already, in a late Review, hinted our opinion, that on a subject of this kind, great excellence cannot be expected, even from the Muse's beit exertions. A luxurious display of FANCY would seem too artificial; and all that Nature would dictate, on such a topic, might be most happily expressed with brevity and fimplicity.
Mr. Pratt's poetic talents are so well known, that to enlarge on them, on this occasion, would be superfluous. There is nothing in this Ode that will diminish the reputation which he has already acquired, unless ic be the following lineş : and these we leave to the comments of the reader.
• We know 'tis God, the Living God that give:h
To our pray’rs a Parent King;
To Him-the Mighty One we fing!
35. 60. fewed. Kearsley. 1789.
Staring, tremendous, with a threat'ning eye, Like some fierce tyrant, &c." The subjects here proposed are, some of them, well displayed, in the present exhibition; and most of them well imagined. Among the groupe, we could not help diftinguishing, and smiling at, a · great. Law Chief," swearing his prayers, on the late thanksgivingday at St. Paul's :
• The Devil behind him pleas'd and grinning, Patting the angry lawyer on the shoulder, Declaring nought was ever bolder,
Admiring such a novel mode of finning.' The rest of the subjects are, chiefly (beside those above alluded to), the D. of R--d, the Lord Chấn, the late K. of Spain, Old Nick, the Duchess of Devonshire (a truly elegant compliment], the Lords of the Bedchamber, &c. &c. Beside these characters, several pleasant stories are introduced, with Peter's usual felicity and fuccess.
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of common Life. From original Papers. Illustrated with enter-
pp. 216 each. 55. sewed. Lane. 1788.
These essays are said to have been written in a country town, by a plain man, for the perusal of plain readers. Steele and Addison, it is observed, first brought philosophy from schools and colleges, to the dressing room and parlour; and that this author has wooed her to take a trip with him to the farm- house and coitage. This diftinction of places, for which the respective writers are thought to be best adapted, is not however very perceptible; no liberal compositions will be read with profit or pleasure by persons whose minds are too contracted by ignorance to comprehend common sense on paper; but above that level, we do not see what should with hold the Tatler, Spectator, or Guardian, from entering a farm-house, or this Reflector, from the parlour. They all treat of familiar subjects, though the latter is more of a preceptive nature, especially on the subjects of love and marriage. On these points indeed the author's counsels are so very prudent, that were they likely to be generally attended to, we should not hesitate to deem this, and all works of a kimilar complexion, injurious to society. The propriety of matrimonial connexions may bé fafely left to the private friends on both Gides, who are seldom inattentive, and whose counsels have the merit of applying to particular cases; but in a general view, were only the rich, the beautiful, the wise, and the well-disposed, to be united together, what is to become of all the reft? Muft the other classes be left to ruin each other, or be consigned to hopeless celibacy and despair ? Fortunately, natore takes better care of us, than we can take of ourselves; by cross mixtures, all are accommodated; adverse circumstances on either side are meliorated, while even the most cautious marriages are not distinguished by superior degrees of conjugal felicity.,
The writer of these amusing and instructive papers is becomingly modest in his literary pretenfions.
• Yet surely (he adds) it is no fuch very great fin, for a man of confined talents to lay some of his thoughts and observations before the public. ' The world, even the literary world, is perhaps under greater obligations to little nameless writers, than is generally imagined. The uninformed mind may stumble on important remarks or a happy thought. Virgil is said to have found jewels on the dunghill of Ennius; and even the man of erudition may discover something worth his perusal in the most ordinary scribbler.'
Whatever truth there may be in this apology, we imagine the author does not mean to recommend danghills for the search of jewels ; for if he does, we, whose hard fate it is to be too often raking among them, can seriously affure him, the labour is as un profitable as it is disagreeable. The RefleEtor is not, however, considered as the pro, duction of the most ordinary scribbler ; his sentiments are generally juft; but he is unequal, and does not uniformly fupport the easy dignity that characterizes our mot celebrated essayilts.
Art. 44. Thoughts on the distinct Provinces of Revelation and Philofo
pby: propoled to the candid Confideration of young Students in Divinity of both Universities, and other Seminaries of Learning. 4to. pp. 80. Faulder. 1788.
It is impossible that we should more fully (we will not say accurately) express our idea of this pompous declamation in favour of an eternal divorce between reason and religion, philosophy and revelation[the writer of which looks down upon all the fages of antiquity and heathenism with pity and contempt,' and dreads the thought of venturing something more estimable than his neck in a philosophical balloon !]-than in his own words:
. We are equally surprised and entertained, to see what pompous nothings are issued from the press, occafionally, into the public attention, which, when they are critically diffected, have no other recommendation but great, fswelling words of vanity. That is absolutely their sum total; a mere caput mortuum! Who can read them without recollecting what is so frequently repeated, parturiunt montes, nascetur (the author, suo periculo, writes, nascitur] ridiculus mus.' E. Art. 45. Liberal Stri&ures on Freedom and Slavery. 4to. Pp. 51.
25. 60. Cadell, &c. 1789. The writer of these strictures, strangely misnamed liberal, appears much better qualified to declaim in the Tabernacle on the bondage of Satan, than to discuss, with intelligence and information, the great moral and political question concerning the abolition of Navery. Whatever zeal he may have for spiritual liberty, on the subjects of civil and literary liberty, his ideas appear to be narrow and confused. For while he is haranguing in favour of freedom, he deplores the jumble of incoherent and distracting sentiments which the wild imaginations of men have spawned, under the very specious though insinuating pretence of liberty of conscience ;--humbly asks, whether the present mode in which certain literary journals are conducted, is a part of the liberty of the press; and grievously complains, like one whose stripes are yet green, of the discipline which is administered in the school of criticism. To the subjects of wholesome discipline it will always • seem a little hard,' to suffer castigation ; but will the public think the worse of those by whom it is administered ?
Both chese pamphlets are the productions of the author of A true Efimate, &c. and Characteristics of Public Spirit, &c. See Rey, vol. Ixxix. p. 560.
E. Art. 46. Esays on important Subjects. By Daniel Turner, M. A.
2 Vols. about 250 Pages in each Vol. izmo. 6s. lewed. Buckland. 1787
The first principle of these essays seems to be, that we are indebted for all our knowlege of religious subjects to revelation. The author expressly aserts, that reason can be of no effectual use in religion without chat divine illumination which the Father of lights com mynicates through his son;'and though he acknowleges the belief of the existence of God to be a necefiary preliminary to the belief of miracies, yet he derives even this first principle of religion from revelation, and owns that he cannot see tow any one could convince himself that there is a God, the first cause of all things, without some farther
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assistance than what mere nature affords.' This is surely saying, in other words, that our belief in God depends on revelation ; and that our faith in divine revelation depends on our belief in God; that is, as the logicians say, reasoning in a circle. And this, we apprehend, , all those writers do, who, in their zeal for revelation, deny the fufficiency of reason to discover the first principles of natural religion. This notion of referring every thing in religion to immediate divine illumination, is unquestionably the hinge of all enthusaim; and the common point, from which mystics, in all ages, whatever different routes they may have afterward caken, at first let out. Mr. Turner's style is easy and correct; and allowing him his data, he reasons clearly: but we cannot fee how these can be admitted, without overturn. ing all religion, natural and revealed,
The subjects treated in these essays are, The origin of our idea of God; The Mosaic account of the creation ; The nature of religion ; Mi. racles; A separate state; and The double sense of prophecies. E. Art. 47. A short Letter to Col. Lenox, on his Conduct towards the Duke of York. By an Officer of the Army. 8vo. pp. 28. Kearsley. 1789.
The letter-writer takes great liberties with Col. L.'s character and conduct; and to prove, beyond all possibility of doubt, that he was totally wrong'in presuming to call out a prince of the blood, he abufes Col. L.'s family and kindred.connexions. Such arguments are, certainly, irrefraz able.
POLITICAL Art. 48. An Address to his Majesty, on his happy Recovery: with a
short Review of his Reign : Some Remarks on the late Procession to St. Paul's, and the reported Voyage to Hanover; with the Cha. sacters of a pious King, a Patriot Prince, and an imperious Minifter. 8vo. pp. 62. 25. Kearliey. 1789.
We read in a certain obsolete history, that, on a certain day, when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, Satan, who had been prowling about the earth with a moft malicious intention, intruded himself among them: Our readers will be at no loss to make the application. The author of this pamphlet (who was amamed to affix his name to it), fearing that the cup of joy, which Providence had put into our hands, might be too luscious, was willing to dash it with wormwood and gall.
In this address we have a few truths greatly distorted; and numberless falsehoods dressed up in language calculated to fascinate and Inillead the minds of his Majelty's good subjects.
Br.....W. Art. 49. An impartial Report of all the Proceedings in Parliament,
on the late important Surjeet, of a Regency. Comprehending a more accurate, ample, and unbiaffed Statement than any hitherto published; with correct Lists of the Divisions, and the Protests of The Lords: and a concise Narrative of the Circumitances attending his Majesty's Indisposition. 8vo. 105. 6d. Boards. pp. 620; beside an Appendix of 48. Bew. 1789.
The editor of this valuable collection observes, in his introduction, that he has, for obvious reasons, avoided to rik any opinion' on cir