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of Oxford, in the year 1772.' It opens with the distress of Arabia, on account of the ravages of the small-pox, which is personified in the following bold and striking manner,

• His motley front uprear's the deadly peit,
And shook, with favage pride, his purpled creft ;
The scorching fands of Afric gave him birth
Thence sprang the fiend and scourg'd the afflicted earth;
Fiend fierce as this ne'er saw astonish'd time
Creep from old Nilus' monfter-teeming sime;
Each vale now felt the deadly tyrant's force,
Nor tears nor vows could stop his deftin'd course :
In vain was sung the mighty prophet's name
To Mecca's hallow'd walls the monster came ;
E'en in the sacred temple's inmoft cell
Check'd in mid prayer the pious pilgrim fell,
Nor could Medina's fabled tomb withitand
The baleful vengeance of his death-fraught hand.

Thofe balmy gales that whilom could dispense
A thousand odours to the ravish'd sense,
With fragrant coolnefs pleasing now no more
Spread thro' the tainted sky their deadly store;
With anxious fear the fainting mother press'd
The smiling infant to her venom'd breait;
The smiling babe unconscious of his fate
Imbib’d with greedy joy the baneful treat ;
Oft as the swain, beneath the citron shade
Pour'd his soft paflion to the listening maid,
Infection's poison hung on every breath,

And each perfuauve figh was charg'd with death.' The concluding lines are exceedingly elegant and patheric, We have likewise a translation of twenty-three Italian fonnets, from the collection of P. Nicandro Jasseus and others; all of which, either in the original or a profe verhon, have been already published. Though the author does not always give an adequate idea of their sweetness and fimplicity, he never difgufts, and generally pleafes. The transation of thirteen odes of Horace, which conclude this collection, are neither entitled to praile' nor cenfure. Poems on various Subje9s, Moral, Sentimental, Satyrical, and entertaining. By T. Harpley ani W. Sancroft. 8vo. 35. Dilly.

We have compared these friendly rivals, who entwine their laurel crowns into one feftoon ; but are really unable to ascertain the victory. Each is worthy of a heifer.' May this so cial pair pass down the stream of fame, and collect the gale, free from the rocks and quicksands of criticism, whose fighted touch would deltroy their feeble bark; for, while neither can excel, neither can link lower than the other.

· Arcades ambo
Et cantare pares & refpondere parati.'




The Coalitional Rencontre anticipated. A poetical Dialogue. 410.

25. Stockdale. Whether the author, as he has * poft-dated the time in which his poem was published, has not likewise, from an anticipation of its success, prepared a second edition, before the first was disposed of, seems to us not a little fufpicious. If it really has had so rapid a sale, we can only wonder, and exclaim, in the words he has chosen for his motto, There's no accounting for taste!'

Aerophorion. A Poem. 410. Is. Dodsley. This poem, though not remarkable for novelty of thought, or depth of reasoning, is written with spirit and elegance. It treats with no finall Mare of severity those cynics who sneer ac our aerial adventurers,

• And mock the labours they despair to reach.' It is no less liberal in its encomiums on them. The following analogical reason has been often urged in favour of those gen. tlemen's arduous attempts ; and though, like other apologies, fallacious, yet, from the poetical garb in which it is arrayed, will give a favourable idea of the author's abilities :

Tempted by cloudless skies, yet balf afraid,
When firit the novice mariner essay'd
On the frail raft the border to forsake,
To try the bofom of the unrufiled lake,
Grasping with trembling hand the ill-form'd oar,
And scarcely venturing from the lessening lhore,
While shouting crouds applauding read the skies,
And weeping matrons blam'd the bold emprize :
Had some enthusiast borom then foretold
What wonderous scenes the invention should unfold,
That ocean, sway'd by this improving art,
Should join those coasts its billows seem'd to part;
Bear the stupendous bark in safety o'er,
And ev'ry produce waft to ev'ry shore,
Had talk'd of climes by future navies cross'd,
From feenes of Aretic to Antaretic frost,
And segions open'd to the astonish'd light
Beyond imagination's wildeft fight;
Such credit had he gain'd, as now would gain
That sanguine votary from the sneering train,
Whose hopes should promise from th' improv'd balloon

Planets explor'd, and empires of the moon.'
The Immortality of Shakspeare. A Poemi. 480. 15. Highley.

The author, in a prefatory essay, observes, · After the correct Pope, how homely appears my verse! after the divine Shakspeare, how poor my imagination! and, after the inmortal ancients, how despicable appears the whole! We are * The poem was put into onr hands, December, 1784.

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much of the same opinion. • Why then do I rush thus eagerl into the very bosom of death! Aye, marry, there's the question! We hope, however, that by death he means only a poetical non-existence; for an unsuccessful writer may prove a very valuable member of society. Alas, continues he, this adds to the many proofs of'man's weakness : almost convinced of the ferility of my muse, I cannot destroy the hope of her bearing a beauteous progeny.' We cannot indeed consider the present des livery as an abortion ; but, as he has formed a connection with this lady at an early age, being but a youth of eighteen,' 'tis folible, if he continues the intercourse, she may hereafter pro. duce him a living offspring. We wish we could speak with justice more favourably of this young author, who seems tremblingly alive in regard to literary fame. As the account of his fituation in life may plead something for poetical defects, we shall lay it before the reader.

• Enchained by the fetters of commerce, how can the free, born genius take its unbounded fight? The prefent production comes from such an one, whore time permits not of its correction ; whose verses are made by stealth ; and who is surrounded, not with folio commentaries, but with folio ledgers ; not with the volumes of history, but with journals; not with common-piace books, but with waste-books. That ship must indeed be of the first rate, which, with unfavourable winds, weathers the storm, and triumphantly enters the harbour !!

His library at present is certainly ill calculated for affifing the flights of fancy; it may, however, prove of more real utility, and afford folid pudding, while the more favoured votaries of the Nine farve on empty praise. The l'anity of all human Knowledge. A Poem. By the late Rev,

John Stuckry. Correéied, enlarged, and arranged by M. Darves, Ffg. Ilith a philosophical Dedication to Dr. Priestley, and an Account of the Life and Death of the Author, 410. 25. 6d. Evans,

This pamphlet for a time escaped us; and, if it had continued unknown, we should have loft neither pleasure nor advantage. The philosophical dedication is an intended compliment to Dr. Priestley, on the subject of Neceflity; but we know not how the following passage can be confidered in this light: • It is delightful (viz, the art of philosophiling) and instructing to those, whose road to truth is unchoaken up by fears, prejudices, and unconquerable babits of thinking. If this has any meaning, it is, that philosophy would be pleasant, if it could be attained without ihe trouble of thinking. We really suspect, from Mr. Dawes's different publications, that he has aimed at this extraordinary art.

The lite of Mr. Stuckey, a clergyman in Bristol, and the fon of a gentleman in Devonshire, is unvaried by incidents and adventures. Mr. Danes seems to have known little of him, buc that he was educated for a clergyman, and, from his un, conquerable babits of thinking,' he becaine a nethodist, bija

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character, though oftentatiously displayed, is equally void of
features, either remarkable or expresive. The poem is such as
may be expected from one who, from the tenets of his fect,
despises worldly knowlege. A large share, if we can trust an
original manufcript, is written by Mr. Dawes; bụt neither
the original, nor the additions, offer us any, temptation to
transcribe a single line. In some of the paflages there is a
fancy, which we should neither expect from a philofopher nor
a mechodift; the versification is smooth, and the rhymes tolera-
bly correct. The great defects are force, spirit, and meaning.
A Pastoral, in four Parts: Alfence, Hope, Jealousy, and Despair.


Never was the manner of any poet more wretchedly imi.
tated than that of Shenstone in this production. In the title
page, the author is said to be a half-pay officer. It is posible,
that in a military capacity he may deserve esteem ; but let him
never expect to gather laurels, or even the humble ivy, within
the bounds of Parnassus; for he is none of those illuftrious ge-
niuses, “whom both Minervas crown.”

Ρ ο. L Ι Τ Ι C A L.
Political Letters written in March and April 1784. By a late

Member of Parliament. 8vo. Is. 6d. Biadon.
The history of the last parliament, subsequent to the passing
of the celebrated Eait India bill by the house of commons, is
sufficiently well known to the public, and will ever deserve to
be regarded as one of the most remarkable periods in the annals
of this country. The present pamphlet is employed in re-
confidering the political topics which were fo warmly agitated
during that time. The author writes with good fenfe, difpaf-
fionate reasoning, and historical knowlege ; but the subject has
been already too much exhausted to afford many interesting ob-
servations. The remarks 'moft worthy of attention, are those
which he makes relative to secret influence. He evinces, from
the authority of fir Edward Coke and fir Matthew Blakiston,
that it is the inherent privilege of a peer to offer advice, whea
he judges proper, to his sovereign ; and he also shows from the
history of Edward the Second, and Richard the Second, that
the monopolising of the royal car by minifters, wasịconsidered in

these times as a grievance so unconftitutional and dangerous to
- the state, that it proved the source of great public commotion
in both the above mentioned reigns. Some pertinent observa.
tions are also made on the pernicious consequences which might
refult, should the house of lords be governed by an implicit
obsequiousness to the resolutions of the house of commons.
A Sequel to Sir William Jones's Pamphlet on the Principles of Go.

vernment. 8vo. td. Cadell.
This dialogue, though denominated a Sequel to Sir William
Jones's Pamphlet, is a direct refutation of that produ&ion.


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The principal speaker, (but whether likewise the author, we know not,) is the dean of Gloucester, who attacks the dean of St. Asaph with great vehemence, and comes off victorious in the dispute. Lord N-th condemned, and Lord S- ne vindicated. 8vo,

Cooper. During the long and struggling period of lord North's administration, the author adduces various instances of miscon, duct, as well as misfortune. With regard to lord Shelburne, however, he thinks that the only plausible charge is what relates to the limits of the British and American territories ; re. {pecting which he obseryes, that his lordship may have been deceived by erroneous information. A Letter to the Jurors of Great-Britain: occasioned by an Opinion

of the Court of King's l'ench, read by Lord Chief Justice Mansa field, in the Case of the King and Wo01?fall; and said to have been left by bis Lord bip with the Clerk of Parliament. By George Rous, Efa. Svo. Stockdale.

The author of this Letter has' endeavoured to Mew, from the forms of proceeding, from the design and spirit of thé infti. tution, and from the constant practice of our ancestors, that jurors ought of right and duty to determine the whole complicated charge in the prosecution of a libel.' In regard to the two first of those heads, Mr. Rous argues with much plausibility ; but in support of the third, the only instance he adduces is that of the seven bishops ; concerning which, when we consider the disposition of the people at the time, perhaps the conduct of the judges may appear to have been not uninfiu enced by political motives, in leaving to the jury the right of determining with respect to the libel. At any rate, one in fance, and that in a cafe which seems too equivocal for any positive inference, cannot be deemed a fufficient proof of the constant practice of our anceltors,

M E DI CAL. Method of preventing or diminishing Pain in several Operations

of Surgery. By James Moore. Svo. Cadell. Notwithstanding Mr. Moore's ingenious apology, we fear that physicians are sometimes un feeling, and surgeons cruel. This state of mind is unavoidable, in consequence of the frequent fight of misery and pain; for the mind becomes callous from suco ce Hive impressions, as well as the body. We are by no means certain that great fenfibility would be advantageous to persons of either of those professions: it would certainly increase their own distress, and perhaps would not be very useful to their patients, as it would deprive them of the power of exerting a dangerous, but necessary, mode of relief. The means of diminishing pain, therefore, recommended by our author, will not probably be very generally received by practical surgeons; yet it is inge


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