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In swiftness can compare-he strips the wind,
his winged course pursues.
Growls furly discontent, and flow obeys.' The second Canto contains, by way of episode, the peregrinations of St. Thomas, who, the Author takes it for granted, propagated the gospel in the Eaft-Indies. Art. 15. The Patron, a Satire. 4to. 15. Flexney. 1774.
The Author profesies to imitate Juvenal. In this view we may apply to him his own sarcasm on the late * Dr. Goldsmith..
The pusy Doctor, he tells us, tore from the brawny shoolders of Johnson, a corner of his mantle, in which 'he swath'd himself o'er and per: G
h thus robed affumes a mock command, And in those regions reigns at second hand. But if the Author has no pretensions to rank with the illoftrioas Roman, he may be allowed to fit down with his ingenious country man Oldham.
• Left the Author hould be supposed capable of ungenerously insulting the dead lion, we must observe that this poem wa's published before the Doctor's death." ť the proüd manfions of immortal fame.” 3
There is spirit, as well as poetry, in the following ftri&ures on the alterations now making in St. James's Park :
An ample plain there lies, oblique between
Rn exhausts his art,
Or may oblivion leize my fill-born rhime.'
Epitaphs on the most difinguished Wits of the Metropolis. 410. is. 6d. Kearily. 1774.
• Dr. Goldsmith,' says the Editor,' belonged to a club of Beaux Esprits, where wit sparkled sometimes at the expence of good-nature. It was proposed to write epitaphs on the Doctor. His country, dialect, and person, furnished subjects of witticism. The Doctor was called on for Retaliation, and at their next meeting produced the following poom.'
The persons who figure principally in this poetical group are Ed. mund Burke; his brother, Richard Burke; his cousin, William Burke; David Garrick ; Dr. Cumberland, author of the West Indian ; Dr. Douglas, the detector of Lauder ; Sir Joshua Reynolds ; and a few , others. We are informed that the Author intended to enlarge his lift; which seems very probable, as the piece appears to be imperfect : a circumstance which its admirers (in which number we may venture to include all its readers) will certainly lament. The poem abounds
with wit, free from even the lightest tincture of ill nature ; and the characteristics of all the parties, as far as they are known to us, are equally pointed and just. As a specimen, we shall give the epitaph on the celebrated orator, Mr. Burke:
* Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such,
To eat mution cold, and cut blocks with a razor.' The lines on Mr. Garrick are perhaps the most masterly part of this very agreeable fragment; but they have been fufficiently retailed in the news-papers. Art. 17. The Choice; a Poem. By Samuel Rogers. 4to. I s.
Richardson, &c. Mr. Rogers has just notions of the æconomy of private life, and of the obligations of religion and morality; but he totally mistakes his talents if he thinks himself half so great a poet even as Pomfret. We tell him this truth in pure good will, because we are pleased with his fentiments; and in the hope that he will, hereafter, be cautious of injuring his own thoughts by attempting to clothe them in verse. Art. 18. The Progress of Gallantry, a Poetical Essay, in three Cantos. 4to.
i s. 6 d. Dodsley. 1774. Contains several good moral sentiments and observations, with a moderate share of poetical merit. Art. 19. · The Gamesters. A Poem. Addressed to the Mayor of C Second Edition. 12mo.
1774. Relates to the Canterbury Tale, noticed in our Review for last month, p. 224. At that city the story is probably interesting; and the persons concerned may have fufficiently exposed themselves.
But as the affair is local, the fatire here exhibited cannot be expected to draw the attention of the public in general. The poem 'has fome humour, and offers very good advice. Should it impress any mind with a sense of the moit ridiculous folly, as well as destructive consequences of gaming, a vice now so greatly prevalent, it will answer a very valuable end. Art. 20. Medico Maffix, or Physic Craft detected, a fatirico
didactic Poem. 4to. '18. Evans. This poem would more properly be entitled Empirico Maftix, for the fatire is most particularly levelled at the industrious fraternity of Quacks. The Author does not appear to be of that fraternity ; but • Another copy says, Dicky Whitwortb.
acknowledges acknowledges himself of the Faculty. However, we cannot indulge him with Gilbert Cooper's compliment to Dr, Akenfide, that he is the twofold Disciple of Apollo; for, as a Poet, he claims only a distant relationship to the family of the WELL ENOUGHS. Art. 21.
Richard Pluntagenet, a Legendary Tale, now first
published, by Mr. Hull. 4to. 25. Bell. 1774 This is a simple story, the hero of which is supposed to be a natural son of Richard the Third, who is privately brought up under the care of a Clergyman, and kepi in ignorance of his birth till the evening preceding the battle of Bosworth; in which his father loft his life and his crown. It was, afterwards, the son's fortune to work as a Bricklayer for Sir Thomas Moyle, at Eartwell in Kent, for the space of 60 years. To this gentleman, at last, he communicates the story of his birth; and the narrative forms the poem.
We can say nothing in favour of the composition. The Author plainly wants tafte and talents for this kind of poetry. Where he aims at fimplicity, he falls beneath it, and mistakes it for filliness ; a kind of di&ion which has prevailed much of late, and which we have frequently condemned.
What a piteous imitation of Sternhold's rhyme have we in the following stanza!
But now thy tongue hath spoke aloud
Thy grateful piet.ee,
In painful secresee
In those care-woven, long protracted years. And in
Placid in a rural, soft, ferene retreat,
With a deep-learn'd Divine I held abode. The former line is overloaded with uncharacteristic epithets, always a mark of bad writing, whether in prose or poetry; deeplearn'd is harsh and unpoetical, and held abode is stiff. Art. 22. An Elegy on the Fears of Death, by the Author of
the Difference between Words reputed fynonimous, after the Manner of Girard, Hogarth'moralized, &c. &c. 4to. 1s. éd. Bull. 1774
This fixpenny poem, confiling of it pages, 12 lines on a page, and modestly charged is. 6d. we are previoudly told, is the first poetical attempt of a Clergyman. In parting such an extravagant price upon it, we suppose that he or his Bookseller must charge for coining new words, one of which occurs p. 2.
“ He neither liftens to the youngly tale," Or else having before their eyes the late
fatal decision concerning literary property, and regretting that this poem fhall in the space of 28 years become a prey to the rapacity of those notorious rogues, the Scotch Booksellers, they are determined to make the most of it while they may. In that case they may say as the Author says in his Poem,
Why fear we then the pe-ri-od of all ? Toward the conclusion, the Author grows most astonishingly sublime : The Empyrean pierce, and rend the Welkin's ear!
The Welkin's ear! there's a thought! could the Author only have found breath enough to have proceeded with the fame dignity, he would have been a Prince of an Author indeed. Had he exhibited Stering condition of the Ecliptic's legs, the Equator's nose, &c. a Prince of an Author would he have been ! TL 23P 45, by Mr. Jefferson. Second Edition *. 8vo.
25. 6d. Griffin, &c. 1773 Had these Poems been worth the least notice, fome apology should have been made to the Author, and the Public, for overlooking them fo long; but they were amongst those things that drop deadborn from the Press; and to be in haite about registering them in oor monthly bills of mortality, was very immaterial. Art 24. Elsefair and Evander, a Prem : by S. P. founded
on Fact, being an Historical Narrative of two unfortunate Lovers, whom the Author relieved in Carolina, in the year 1765. 4to. 25. Snagg. 1774. No; no indulgence in this court for printing at the solicitation of friends : That plea is totally excluded.
† Hence first arose the sad unhappy state,
Of many a hungry paunch, and many a fore-scratch'd pate' Art. 25. 'The Muse in a Fright; or Britannia's Lamcotation:
A Rhapsody. Containing a succinct Account of the Rise and Progress of British Liberty, and the Etablishment of the Press; with the Methods now taking to destroy it. In which wiil be displayed, a number of whole length Characters, &c. 4to. 15. 6d. Bew.
The Author's meaning is so good, that we sincerely wish he was a better Poet. Art. 26. The Efate Orators, a Town Eclogue. 4to.
Evans. That foppery of phrase which Architects, Designers, HeadGardeners, and Auctioneers, in particolar, affect in their descriptions and advertisements, is here properly enough treated with ridi. cule; and it would have done very well in a poetical fling, or a casual essay in an Evening Paper, but the subject is too low for the importance of a pamphlet. The poem is one of the well enougbs. Art. 27. La Cloche D: L'Ame: or Conscience the loudeft
Knell. A Satyr. Occasioned by several late Complaints from Places of Public Resort, of the too long and frequent tolling of the Bells at Dearhs and Funerals. To which is added, Vigiliane Novissima: or the reformed Watchman. The second Edition, With several confiderable Alterations and Additions. ' 8vo. 6d. Towers. 1774.
Whether any such complaint as that intimated in the above title has been seriously made, we cannot determine : If iç baş, it may afford some juft occasion for salire. ' It is very proper that those whose lives are chiefly devoted to luxury and dissipation, should be some.. times reminded of the folemn and awful conclufion which so speedily approaches ! But the thought may be the Author's own invention,