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fpect to that great poet, he well deferves the title he bears under the Lord Chamberiain, of Infpetor of the Plays. He feems indeed to have pored on them till he is almoft blind as a mole is vulgarly reputed; and with the affiduity of that animal he has, for many years, been working underground, unconscious of the labours of others, who have long fince anticipated his minute difcoveries, and given the fruits of their researches to the public M.

A mifcellany of poems. By the Rev. Jofeph Wife, rector of Penhurst, Suffex. fewed. Dilly.

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The fall of Mexico, a poem.
Jerningham. 2s. 6d. Robjon.

By Mr
The ftory of Aneas and Dido burlefqued.
From the fourth book of the Æneid of Vir
gil
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The Bard. A Pindaric poem, by Mr Gray, Tranflated into Latin verfe. To which is prefixed a dedication to the Genius of Ancient Britain. 4to. Wallis.Notwithstanding fome imperfections, there is great merit in this translation.

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The Latin odes of Mr Gray, in English verfe, with an ode on the death of a favourite spaniel. 1 s. Ridley

Poetical effays on feveral occafions. By the Rev. William Cooke, A. M. 5 s. fewed. Smith.-Thefe compofitions in general are in a moral, congratulatory, or elegiac ftrain, abounding with fentiments that cherish the love of virtue, and flowing in agreeable ver fification. C.

On illicit love. Written among the ruins of Godftow nunnery. By John Brand, A. B. I s. 6 d. Wilkie. The fpot where this poem is faid to have been written is the bu rial-place of the famous Rofamond, mistress of Henry H. whofe hiftory has afforded fabject for various productions both of the amorous and elegiac kind, but never any in which the criminality of an unlawful passion is more forcibly exposed, or chastity recommended in a warmer strain of poetry, than what now lies before us. The author appears to be iufpired with all the enthufiaftic ardourwhich the fcenes of memorable tranfactions are apt to excite in the imagination. The fentiments are glowing and juft, the image'y is animated, and the poem is in general beau tiful, pathetic, and moral. C.

of her brother.

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Elegiac verfes to a young lady on the death
By M. M. Robinson.
Johnjon Not void of merit. C.
Duelling: a poem. By Samuel Hayes,
M. A. rs. Doifleys
This poem obtained
Mr Seaton's reward for the year 1775 in the
univerfity of Cambridge, and poffeffes real
merit. C.

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An heroic epistle to the Rt Hon. the Lord Craven. 1 S. Wheble -A fatirical reproof to his Lordflip, faid to be written on his delivering the following fentence at a late county-meeting: "I will have it known there is refpect due to a Lord." C.

The Lufiad; or, The difcovery of India. An epic poem. Tranflated from the origi

Songs duets, trios, in the Duenna, or Double Elopement. As performed in Co-ginal Portuguese of Luis de Camoëns. By vent-Garden theatre. 6 d. Wilkie.

William

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Letters written by the late Rt Hon. Lady Luxborough, to William Shenfton, Efq; 65. DodЛley. → Lady Luxborough was fifter of the late Lord Bolingbroke; and, like him, inherited from nature uncommon endow-ments of mind, which the alfo improved by a tafte for polite literature. Thefe letters contain much good fenfe, exprefled in an elegant flyle, and with all the purity of language. C.

Obfervations on the Night-Thoughts of Dr Young with occafional remarks on the beauties of poetical compofition. By Courtney Melmoth. 3 s. 6 d. boards. Richardfon and Urquhart.

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The comic romance of Monfieur Scarron, tranflated by Oliver Goldsmith. 2 vols. 6 S. Griffin. -The translation executed in that ftyle of mediocrity which deferves not, in any confiderable degree, either the approbation or cenfure of criticifm. C.

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A trip to Calais, a medley maritime fketch. ·Being the poetical, profaical production of Timothy Timbertoe, Efq; Dedicated to a Duchefs. 1 s. 6 d. Bew. -An expedition, completed in a fortnight, from Blackfriars bridge to Calais, and back to Blackfriars bridge. The entertainment they met with at Margate, Dover, Dunkirk, St Omer, and Calais, are merrily related in a kind of water-wit ftyle. The narrative is interrupted by feveral convivial fongs, fung by thefe fro lickfome blades, at their fuppers, &c. which feem to have been written on purpofe to enliven the voyage. M. Plays and Poetry.

May-Day; or, The Lyttle Gypfy: A mufical farce of one act. To which is added, The theatrical Candidates; a mufical prelude. As performed at Drury-Lane theatre. I S. Becket.

Old City-Manners; a comedy. Altered from the original Eastward Hoe, written by Ben Johnson, Chapman, and Marton. By Mrs Lennox. As it is performed at DruryLane theatre. I S. Becket.

Bon Ton; or, High life above stairs; a comedy in two acts. As it is performed at Drury-Lane theatre. 1 S. Becket.

The Man's the Mafter; a comedy in five acts. As now performed at Covent-Garden theatre. Written by Sir William Davenant. I S. Evans.

William Julius Mickle. 4to. 11. 1 s. few
wed. Cadell Now when this work is
completed [xxxiii. 545.], it appears with a
degree of elegance and correctnefs which can
hardly receive improvement in a fubfequent
edition. For the fidelity of the verfion, we
rely with entire confidence on the ingenuity
of the tranflator; and in respect to the epic
fpirit and dignity with which it is executed,
we are fatisfied from our own examination.
The Lufiad may henceforth be read in Eng-
lith, perhaps, with as much delight, as in
the original composition of Camoëns. C.
Infancy. A poem.
Book 3: By Hugh
Downman, M. D. 15. Kearsley. Our
ingenious didactic poet, having in the two
foregoing books [xxxvii. 149.] pointed out
the proper management of a child at the
breaft, proceeds to fhew how he ought to
be treated, when he comes to be near two
years old, and to require more fubstantial
nourishment. At this period he warmly and
pathetically exhorts the parent to confult na-
ture, and the unvitiated appetite. He then
proceeds to recommend that plain and fimple
diet which is fit for children; as, milk,
broths, fresh animal food, with vegetables,
bread and water, fruits; and the like. The
author, as he advances, enlivens his precepts
with a proper degree of poetical embelli-

ment. C.

EDINBURG K.

Annals of Scotland. From the acceffion of Malcolm III. furnamed Canmore, to the acceffion of Robert I. By Sir David Dalrymple. [Lord Hailes.] 15 s. boards. Murrg, London. The Hiftorical Memorials, formerly published by this refpectable writer [xi. 594], contained the clearest evidence of his difcernment, and great erudition, as an antiquary; and thefe eminent qualificaons receive additional confirmation from the elaborate refearches now before us. C. -To the indefatigable industry and curiofity of an antiquarian, to whom no object ap. pears trifling if it ferves to elucidate his fubject, our author has joined the learning and kill of an able lawyer to found judgement and taste, and the candour of a liberal mind, he has added the masterly execution of a man of genius, much verfant in the art of writing E.

Huberti Langueti, Galli, Epiftola ad Philippum Sydneium, Equitem Anglum. Accurante D. Dalrymple, de Hailes, Eq. 8vo. J. Murray, Lond. -Thefe letters have been exceedingly admired, and are still valuable, both for the matter they contain, and the flyte in which they are written. They preferve many political and historical details concerning the times to which they refer; they breathe an uncommon liberality of fentiment; and are expreffed with fire, and with

fpirit.In acting as the editor of this work, Lord Hailes has bestowed a moft commendable attention. It is elegant in its form, and correct in its execution. He has alfo given it the advantage of many hiftorical notices, expreffed in a strain of pure Latinity, concerning perfons who are fimply mentioned by the author; and in thefe he has discovered his ufual accuracy of refearch, and that lettered labour, which frivolous pursuits, and the spirit of a weak and prefumptous philofophy, have nearly banished from our nation. E.

Sermons on religious and practical fubjects, by John Hume, Minifter of Greenlaw. 55. Neill & Co.- -The object of these fermons is, to explain and recommend genuine piety, and to fhow its connection with, and influence upon all the other duties of the Chriftian life. By the juftness of the sentiments which they contain, and the plainnefs and perfpicuity of the language in which they are offered to the public, they feem well calculated to promote the important end the author has in view E.

The fcripture doctrine of miracles difplayed: in which their nature, their different kinds, their poflibility, their ends, inftru. ments, authority, criterion, and continuation, are impartially examined and explaincd, according to the light of revelation, and the principles of found reafon. By G. H.

vols. P. Cochlan, London; Drummond, Edinburgh. Our church is here boldly challenged to the field by no contemptible adversary With respect to the general execution of this work, it must be allowed, that the plan is happily conducted, the topics judiciously and artfully difpofed, and the reasoning, though not invincible, yet fpecious and dangerous. Truth is fo artfully mixed with falfehood, and fophiftry with are gument, that it requires no imali degree of vigilance and perfpicacity to difintangle the one from the other. Hence it is, that we apprehend fo much danger to Protestants who are not properly qualified to give a reafon for the faith that is in them. expreflive and clear, yet not uniformly pure, The ftyle is nor entirely free from folecifms. E.

The XLV. chapter of the prophecies of Thomas the Rhymer, in verfe: with notes and illuftrations. Dedicated to Dr Silverfpoon, Preacher of Sedition in America. 6d. Dodley, Becket, &c. London; Elliot, Edin burgh To the heads of the popular clergy in the Scottish church, thefe Prophecies impute opinions and defigns of a molt pernicious and dangerous tendency; and they every where point very strongly against particular clergymen: we muft, however, confider them as indicating a spirit of wantonnefs and cruelty. But while we bestow this cen fure on the author, it would be improper F 2

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not to remark his merit. In the plan of his
poem, there are a fancy, and an invention,,
which are poetical and ingenious; and, in
his execution, there are a fpirit, and a power
of expreffion, which do justice to his ideas. E.
Commentaries upon Boerhaave's Apho-
rifms concerning the knowledge and cure of
Tranfla-
lifeafes. By Baron Van Swieten.
Dedicated to Dr Cul.
ted from the Latin.
The first 6 vols
Jer In 18 vols 12mo
now published. 2s. 6d. each tewed. Mur
ray, London; Elliot, Edinburgh

The univerfal fhort hand: by which any perfon, from a few weeks practice, may be come able to keep pace with any public fpeaker, and carry off, verbatim, whatever may be delivered. 6s. Elliot.

Books: Scottish publications.

Shortest day,

Vol.xxxviii, minations, and a great number of fervants, labourers, and flaves, the latter of whom are indeed chiefly to be met with in the fouthern provinces, where the ftaples of tobacco, rice, and indigo, make the most valuable part of their exports "-For the conclufions we refer to the pamphlet; inferting the last para"It will probably be asked, graph, viz. If America is always to be kept in fubordiBut, nation to G. Britain? Perhaps not. if wife and proper meafures are pursued, the period of her becoming an independent ftate must still be far diftant. It cannot happen till her ftrength and power are fo much increafed as to enable her to maintain and carry on a foreign trade in fpite of the mother-country

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Confiderations on the late act for prohibiting all commercial intercourfe with the rebellious colonies; or, The weakness of AElliot.- This aumerica expofed 6 d thor thinks, that the reftraining act, if properly carried into execution, muft, of itfelf, bring the colonists to a due fubmiflion, withIn out the aid of other military operations. confidering the fubject, he first lays down certain propofitions, and afterwards draws conclufions. The propofi ions are these. "That before the commencement of the prefent difputes, the colonies now in rebellion, besides keeping a fufficiency for home confumption, exported yearly, from the pro. duce of their lands, woods, and fisheries, to the amount of more than L 3,500,000 Sterling. That the profit arifing from this exportation was the only fund (the money remitted from G. Britain, for the payment of troops, and the maintenance of garrifons, excepted), out of which they were enabled to defray the expence of their internal gomany commodi. vernment, and to purchase ties and articles of luxury, which they either did not, or could not raife at home, fuch as wine, rum, fugar, tea, coffee, chocolate, fpiceries, cambrics, muflin, filks, and other articles of drefs, drugs of various forts, &c. &c. 3. That a very confide able part of the inhabitants of the fe colonies, particularly fuch of them as lie to the north of Virginia and Maryland, do not gain their fubfiftence Or wealth immediately by agriculture; fuch as men of large eftates, who let their lands to tenants; lawyers, phyficians, furgeons, clergymen, and teachers of fchools and col. leges, who fubfift by the fees or ftipends they receive from their clients, patients, hearers, bad pupils; merchants, who aquire wealth py importing foreign commodities, and exporting the product of their own country; hopkeepers who fell in retail; the owners of veffels employed in trade, or in the fisheries, and the failors who navigate thefe veffels; manufacturers of different articles of cloathing; artfans and mechanics of various deno

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The SHORTEST DAY. A Poem
Ure as our earth around the fun,
Its annual journey rolls,
its diurnal travel takes
From centres at the poles;
Sure as the orb that gilds the day,
With fplendors all his own,
Still fheds an unremitting ray

From his imperial throne;

Sure as the regent of the night,
In milder beauty gay,
Diftributes her imparted light,
Fair rival of the day;

Sure as the sparkling worlds that gilā
The regions of the sky,
A godlike fatisfaction yield,

in Reafon's ravish'd eye;
Sure as the Spring, in beauty bright,

Or Summer in her bloom,
Or Autumn, ich in ev'ry gift,
Foretell the Winter's gloom :

So fure the gloom of death shall come,

To ftrike the young and gay; Then let them all, while life remains, Think on the SHORTEST DAY.

Ode

Ode for the Queen's Birth-day.

This day we hail, as that which gave

CHARLOTTE

-Princes and Kings are born to save,
And spread their bounties o'er a grateful earth.
'Tis not title, pomp, or power,
The regal ftar, the gilded veft,

Nor all the hopes that wait the natal hour,
Norevery fplendor which surrounds the throne,
Can mark the virtues of our own:
-No!-'tis thofe virtues planted in the breaft.

way,

Shall break before old FREEDOM's light, Like dawning beams which chase the night, And give the Summer-morn, in all her great fublime ?

Happy Britain joys to fee,

Charlotte's fmiling progeny:

Sure pledge of many a blissful day

To Britain and her fons, in after time,

When the dark cloud that now obfcures her But themes like YoUNG's shall never know de

'Tis May that own's our Charlotte's name, Tho' Janus feize her rightful claim : — Fir'd with the thought the poet views, When happier hours thall yield a fubject for his Mufe:

He views, with eye prophetic, many a day,
When the brave Heroes of the Weftern Land,
Shall clafp their BROTHERS of the British
Atrand;

P

And own that all their rights restor'd (More than by murd'rous fire and fword) Their fair revival owe to Charlotte's forming hand.

The faint, the hero, and the friend confpire
To kindle in each breast a facred fire,
And raife our thoughts to the immortal Sire.
How does affection glow in ev'ry line,
And in each thought the tender parent fhine,
When he bewails Narciffa fpatch'd away,
Seiz'd by relentless death, a destin'd prey!
The Chriftian's triumph! how it warms the
heart,

Kneel, fweet Sovereign, kneel, and try The heaving breaft, the streaming eye, And all the pleading powers which grace Old ENGLAND's fav'rite Queen; So fhall the beauties of thy face, Through all thy virtues feen, Save a wild empire from despair; Fix on a rock our hopes, and give the winds

our care.

M. LINES addreffed to a Young Lady, on her reading Young's Night-Thoughts."

While others tread the vain inglorious round,

peace and calm content are never found;

Where empty diffipation cheats the eyes,
And gilt with gold the pois'nous arrow lies;
You can retire, and read important truth,
la fpite of all the gaiety of youth;
Forgetting time, and each fantastic shade,
You feaft on glories that will never fade;
Admire the bard who late fo fweetly fung,
And give the laurels to immortal YOUNG.
Oh! how he foar'd on wings of faith and love,
And join'd while here the teraphims above!
When Immortality inspires the page,
Or Infidels provoke his pious rage;

And bids the flavish fears of death depart! He rofe! he rofe! he burft the bars of fin, And let immortal life and glory in.

Let the vain fop admire the vainer belle, And all his hoard of artful flatt'ry tell; Yet muft each fycophantic tale foon die, And funk in dark oblivion buried lie.

cay,

Tho' mountain's melt, and temples fink away;
Their glory will commence when time fhall be
Loft in a boundless immortality.
Then fhall the fair who treads in virtue's ways,
For ever chaunt her great Creator's praise;
Then, cloath'd with everlasting honour, rife,
Spring from the duft, and faften in the skies *.
Bath, 08. 19.
SEBASTIAN.

• Night III.

The THAW: A poem.

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Ature diffolves in friendly tears,
And drops her bleffings deep;
The hearts of mortals, too, the cheers,
Who laugh to see her weep.
While, mifer-like, the steel'd her breaft
To teach impreflive power,
She robb'd us of our wonted rest,
And froze the midnight-hour,
Not Luxury, with all her charms,
Nor Riot, with its glee,

Could 'fcape her close-furrounding arms
But ah! poor Penury!

Poor Penury-'twas thine alone
To feel her bitterest bite,

While ftarving through the day alone,
And perishing at night.

But then (and gracious Heav'n be prais'd)
Her deputies the fent,

The deep-funk eye of Mis'ry rais'd,
While Hunger fmil'd content.

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For when life's lengthen'd to its longest span
China itself must fall, as well as man.
Can I forget how oft my Quart

Has footh'd my care, and warm'd heart
When barley lent its balmy aid,
And all its liquid charms difplay'd!
When orange and the nut brown toast
Swam mantling round the spicey coast!
The pleafing depth I view'd with fparkling eyes
Nor envy'd Jove the nectar of the skies.

M.

An ODE, written by an Under-Graduate of Lincoln's college, Oxford, on the breaking of a China Quart-Mug belonging to the buttery of that fociety.

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Amphora non meruit tam pretiofa mori.—
Hene'er the cruel hand of death
Untimely flops a fav'rite's breath,
Mufes in plaintive numbers tell
How lov'd he liv'd-how mourn'd he fel
Catullus 'wail'd his sparrow's fate,
And Gray immortaliz'd his cat.

Thrice tuneful Bards! could I but chime fo

clever, My Quart, my honest Quart, should live for

ever.

How weak is all a mortal's pow'r
Tavert the death devoted hour!
Nor can a fhape or beauty fave
From the fure conqueft of the Grave.
In vain the Butler's choiceft care,
The Mafter's wish, the Burfer's pray's!

my

The fide-board on that fatal day,
When you in glitt'ring ruins lay,
Mourn'd at thy lofs-In guggling tone
Decanters poured out their moan-
A dimness hung on ev'ry glass-
Joe wonder'd what the matter was.-
Corks felf-contracted free'd the frantic beer,
And fympathyzing tankards dropt a tear.

Where are the flow'ry wreaths that bound In rofy rings thy chaplets round? The azure ftars whofe glitt'ring rays Promis'd a happier length of days! The trees that on thy border grew, And bloffom'd with eternal blue! Trees, ftars, and flow'rs are fcatter'd on the floor. And all thy brittle beauties are no more. Hadft thou been form'd of coarfer earth, Had Nottingham but giv'n thee birth! Or had thy variegated fide Of Stafford's fable hue been dy'd, Thy ftately fabric had been found, Tho' tables tumbl'd on the ground.— The fineft mould the fooneft will decay: Hear this, ye Fair, for you yourselves are clay! The College-Butler.

Humorous Defcription of a MODERN HEAD DRESS.

By the Author of the New Bath Guide. Cap like a bat,

A (Which was once a cravat).

Part gracefully platted and pinn'd is;
Part ftuck upon gauze,
Refembles mackaws,

And all the fine birds of the Indies.

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