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Then would I clasp the infants to my arms,
O save them from the sense of guilty pain!'
• An incommunicable bliss ye give.' Art. 34. The Tears of Loyalty, or Portrait of a Prince, A Poem, in
fcribed to the Prince of Wales. 460. 15.6d. Bell. 1789. Toward the close of this poem, the bard wipes away the tears that were excited by the dreadful calamity that hath befallen the Father, and handsomely pays due respect to the Son: on whose virtues and amiable qualities he pours the warmest strains of panegyric. Though we cannot be equally lavish of our commendations on this performance, yet, to give the unknown writer his due, we really think that, on a subject not in itself very favourable to the poet, perhaps few of the present “ shyming race" would have succeeded better. . Art. 35. The Frost, a little Poem, for great Folks. 8vo. 60.
Buckland, &c. 1788.
fitting to be joined to all Church Services in the known World:
DR A MATIC.
• Beaten by countless feet th' Aonian field,
In the same steps their predeceffors trod.'
Mr. M.Donald flatters himself he fhall not rank with this train. trow rribe. He aims at originality, So Mr. Prologue is initructed to say:
" Yet to your view to-niglit our bard has brought
Not folen from Italy, purloin'd from France,
And “ bodies forth che forms of things unknown.”
Moo-y. Art. 38. Look before you leap: A Comedy ; in one A&t. As it was
performed with great Applause at the Theatre-Royal in the Haymarket. Translated from the celebrated La Bonne Mère of De Florian. By Horatio Robson. 8vo. 1s. Harrison and Co. 1788.
Scarcely a cock-boat is now launched on the flage, which is not built on a French slip. It is no dispraise to say, that this piece is less çalculated for the closer than the stage. The chief merit of a dramatic production is its acting well. The comedy before us has, we are told, been performed with great applaufe; the truth of which we find no reason to call in question. It has the merit of brevity. It Certainly cannot tire.
DO Art. 39. The Child of Nature ; a Dramatic Piece, in four Afts, &c.
Performing at the Theatre-Royal, Covent Garden. By Mrs. loch bald. 8vo. I s. 6d. Robinsons.
1788. Not having by us a copy of Zélie, the French piece from which 'The Child of Nature' is borrowed, we cannot undertake to point out its comparative merit, to thew where Mrs. Inchbald has been indebted to the Marchioness of Sillery, and where he has drawn from her own fertile imagination. Our high respect for the gesios and abilities of this celebrated French authoress may incline us to consider this piece, as far as it copies the original, to have sustained fome diminution of excellence from its change of language, and that a portion of the spirit may have evaporated in the translation. But should this be the case, in its English dishabille it makes no uno plealing figure. The dialogue is easy and natur!, and the drama foon begins, and continues to the end, to intereit. Amanthis, the Child of Nature, the prominent figure on the canvas, is not ill drawn. The fimplicity of her answers is natural and pleasing ; but to make her go away with a poor miserable father, with whom she never lived, for whom the could not have nourished any paternal affection, ard whom, when he introduces himself to her, the scarcely recolJeets, consent, with very little reluctance, to go with him to misery and wretchedness, at the very moment when she was about to be ooited with the Marquis, the object of her love and warmest affecţions, appears to us entirely.out of nature. We think this is a trial
of filial duty under which the most amiable and virtuous mind mus Succumb. Moo-y.
A Key to the Lock: a Comedy; in two Aas. As it was damned at the Theatre-Royal in the Hay-market, August 18, 1788. 8vo. Harrison and Co.
Fir'd that the house bas damn'd it, “ 'Sdeath, I'll print it,
And shame the fools." Good Sir, you lhould have considered, that there is no shaming the Public, nor even that small party of it, the audience of a theatre. By making this attempt, an author only runs the risk of adding one mortification and disappointment to another. You may print, but the furly fovereigns of the pit, and the unfiedged Atriplings of the boxes (as you call them), will, notwithstanding, perievere in their opinions, and the sentence which they have pronounced, whether just or unjuft, will operate with the general reader. To have a favourite piece, which has cott 'one much pains, called “ damn'd Auf,” and hiffed off the stage, is vexatious indeed; but as there is no appeal from thele concise and arbitrary decisions, it is surely better to bear it with philosophy and good-humour; to say with Francis I. after the battle of Pavia, “ Tout est perdu bors l'honneur," than to display irritability and cha. grin from the press, which will only serve to excite the secret smile of friends, the open ridicule of enemies, and the laugh of the Public at large.
The Author of the Key to the Lock' may in some degree experience the truth of these observations. The Public will not espouse his cause, nor reverse the cruel fentence. We cannot wonder that his play did not succeed. From whatever source it was derived, we think it merits the fate it has received ; and the Author would have acted much more prudently, had he lacked up his Comedy in Some private drawer, the key to which should never have been found, or have configned it emendaturis ignibus, than to have sent it abroad in the world, with the mark of damnation on it.
Mr. Colman will not think himself much obliged to the Au. thor for infcribing it to him. The dedication of a condemned play is like offering money which no one can be persuaded to take. Di Art. 41. The Doctor and the Apothecary. A Musical Entertainment,
in two Acts. As performed at the Theatre-Royal, Drury Lane. 8vo. 18. Dilly. 1788.
It would be a farce, seriously to criticise musical farces. As in a pantomime the groffest absurdities are endured for the sake of a few brilliant scenes, so in a musical entertainment, the most palpable violations of probability are overlooked, provided they contribute to usher in a few good songs. The Author of the Doctor and the Apothecary' seems to have been thoroughly apprized of this, and has therefore taken more pains in the composition of the airs, than in the structure of the drama. Some of these are pretty, and, when well sung, must produce a good effect. As to the dramatic part, it proceeds upon the old story :--Parents wish to marry their daughter to an infirm rich old fellow, while the daughter takes the liberty of preferring, for her husband, a young man, with all his five senses in perfection. The former, who abfurdly attempted, like Mezentias, to tie the living to the dead, are to be disappointed, and the young folks are to conclude their attachment in the vulgar catastrophe of a marriage. In a farce, there is not much time to bring this about; and, in course, things must be hurried. While the young lover is vigilant and artful, the parents muit be made very blind and deal, and the old lover put to seep. Matters being thus adjusted, Miss gets rid of the old fellow with one leg and one eye, and is soon made happy in the arms of her dear Carlos. To furnish a new name to this old business, the two lovers are the only son and daughter of a Doctor and Apothecary, who, like the Montagues and the Capulets, are mortal enemies to each other, as well as to their respective patients.
DO POLITICAL. Art. 42. Confideration on the relative Situation of France and the United
States of America : thewing the linportance of the American Revolution to the Welfare of France; giving also an Account of their Productions, and the reciprocal Advantages which may be drawn from the commercial Connections; and finally, pointing out the actual Situation of the United States. Translated from the French of Etienne Claviere and J. P. Brissot de Warville. Svo. 6 s. Boards. Robson and Co. 1788.
A particular account of the original of this work was given in the Appendix -to our 76th vol. p. 593. The translation is faithfully executed, perhaps by the Authors themselves, or under their immediate inspection; and some explanatory notes are added. The work abounds with policical and commercial knowlege, particularly with respect to the intereits of France.
Ro.....m. Art. 43. Thoughts on the present State of the Application for a Repeat
of the Shop-rax : with Remarks on M. de Lolme's Obfervations on Taxes. 8vo. is. Debrett. 1788.
The Author of this pamphlet inveighs much against the fhoptax, ufing nearly the same arguments that have been employed by his numerous predecessors. One of his general remarks is fo juft, that we believe no reader will controvert it:
• While the cause which is supported by fophiftry, clamour, or party, muft in the end sink under repeated investigation, that which has truth and sound reasoning for its basis will rise superior to mis. representation, and the clouds
which ignorance or intereft may throw arouad it.' Art. 44. A short and impartial Political Review of the rear 1988.
8vo. is. Hookham. An eulogy on the prosperity of the nation ; an elegy on the death of the Duke of Rutland; a thanksgiving that the black designs of Margaret Nicholson failed; a lamentation for the King's present indifpofition; a panegyric on the Prince, with a censure of thofe • who dare to think themselves at liberty to pronounce 'wright or wrong he does,' with some abuse of Mr. Pitc:-these " notable things” form the contents of this rhapsodical publication. A single patch out of Harlequin's coat cannot convey a juft idea of the whole, but the following pretty metaphor, p. 18, has many equals in the pam
phlet. · In heraldry, a lion is the fupporter of the British arins ; in life it is the Prince of Wales : and though now he is seen suffering the rats of the constitution to gnaw and vex him, yet should the teeth of such vermin awaken him, he would rouse, to the terror and dismay of those whose temerity had led them too far.' R ...., m. Art. 45. Three Letters on the Question of the Regency. Addressed to the People of England. By Capel Loffc. 8vo. Is. 6d. Stockdale.
Our limits will not permit us to enter minutely into a detail of the many just remarks contained in these letters; we shall therefore only briefly enumerate their contents. In the first letter, Mr. Lofft gives a general statement of the question, viz. (lupposing the right of Parliament clear and irrefragable); ' In what manner the power of Parliament in conftituting a regency may seem most expedient to be exercised under all the circumstances.' He then lays before his readers an historical abstract of all the regencies on record ; and points out the distinctions between hereditary office and provitional appointment. The second letter contains some impartial considerations on the do&rine of an hereditary right to the Regency, with a comparison between the arguments used by Mr. Pitt and Mr. Fox. And the third contains some farther remarks on precedents and parliamentary opinions.
The authorities which Mr. Lofft has quoted in the Letters, are given at full length in an Appendix, at the conclusion of which is an abstract of the proceedings in Parliament since December nich, 1788.
DO Art, 46. An Impartial Review of the present great Cueftion, Jan. 3,
1789. 8vo. Debrett. From the violence of party-spirit observable in this pamphlet, there may be reason to fufpect a typographical error in the title, and that for Imparcial, we should read Partial. The affertion which the Author makes in the first paragraph, that in contelis of ainbition, and struggles of political parties, the mind becomes heated, the paie fions inflamed, and reason overpowered by tumult and agitatior.' is fully verified by the exaggerated language in which he speaks of the conduct of Mr. Pitt, who,' the Author fays, ' with daring anıbi. tion, tramples on every thing facred in the constitution, and boldiy sets the crown on his own head.' p. 26, 27.
DO Art. 47. A Letter to the Right Hon. William Pitt, on the Refiriction
of the Regent's Authority.. 8vo. 64. Debrett. 1789. . HOTMAN* the second !-This letter writer oppofes the retritions with spirit, vehemence, and energy of language ; but we cannot say so much in behalf of his arguments, which, however, deserve to be attended to by those who are conversant with the subject. On so important a question, every voice fhould be heard. Art. 48. A Dialogue on the Regency. 8vo. 6d. Debrett. 1789.
Mr. Freeman, in a coffee house conversation with John Bull, endeavours to convince honest John (who had for constitutional reasons espoused the opinion that Parliament ought to appoint the Re.