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over the cliffs, to music and by torch-light--a ghost throwing off her Ihroud to discover drapery of a fine cerulean colour, theri drawn through the opening window, would have been very well for a pantomime. The play has little merit. Mr. Boaden has neglected to notice his obligations to other authors; and we must accuse him of plagiarism as well as of dullness.
N O V E L S, &c. Waldorf; or, the Dangers of Philosophy. A Philosophical Tale. By Sophia King, Author of “ The Trifles from Helicon." 2 Vols:
6s. Jewed. Robinsons. 1798. Young Waldorf, from associating with Lok, becomes an atheist. Zenna, a mysterious man, who proves to be the father of Waldorf, warns him against this favourite companion and his fatal principles. He exhibits Lok, in a vision, surrounded by spectres, who tear him to pieces, and are preparing to feise his pupil. Two young women, induced to doubt by the arguments of the youth, and believing their doubts to be criminal
, die in consequence of the struggle. Two brothers of one of them vow revenge over her corpfe: the elder follows Waldorf, and falls by his hand. Helena, who adopts his principles, lives' with him as his mistress; but the is at length weary of him, and, as present pleasure is her object, feeks another lover. She, however, sends to Waldorf his child ; and in a cottage in Spain, with the little Frederick, and Lok, who is always self-possessed in danger, calm in sorrow, and steady in friendfhip, Waldorf recovers tranquillity; when the second brother discovers them. We extract the fcene that follows.
• The broad sun was half funk in the firmament, and the moon was just visible through the clouds—the playful breezes were dimpling-the silver streams went limping down the bank and tired nature was sinking into the lap of eve—when Lok, Waldorf, and the child, were roving through the whispering woods in peaceful harmony. Just as they turned a leafy avenue, a figure darted from behind a tree, and crossed their path.
“ Count Gravenitz!” exclaimed Waldorf violently.
“ The day of reckoning !" thundered the duke's son, drawing his bright stiletto,
Lok rushed between them. “ Forbear, young man!” said he.
“ Never, by the God that made me!" replied the count.
" Leave me !" said the shrinking Waldorf, as he advanced. “ Let'ie not dip my hands again in blood. My child, my Fre. derick, spare me another murder, nor hunt me to the brink of ruin."
“ You and your child die to expiate your crimes this minute!" retorted the counts
". Madmen !” interrupted Lok, “ retire, nor strive to render a father and a fellow-creature miserable!”
" Waldorf caught up his child.
“ The child is innocent--the parent unfortunate !" continued Lok. “ Be merciful, nor crush his hopes with fresh distresses !"
66 He and his child !" ftill murmured the count.
6 Waldorf,” returned Lok, “ can save himself-and the child I will protect.
-Do you believe in a God, and dare be a villain !"
". Waldorf pressed his child still closer, as if to say, Who dares harm thee?
• Lok turned round. “ Waldorf, depart with your fon," faid he ; “ shield him in your retreat, and leave the count to me.”.
• The agonized Waldorf tremblingly obeyed.
" When the appellation “ Coward !" from Gravenitz arrested his footsteps, his eyes gleamed in fury--he sprang forwards, and was stopped by Lok.
* Begone, fanatic !” exclaimed he reproachfully; and instantly Waldorf, with his child, darted through the trees, and disappeared.
• Immediately the enraged count rushed on Lok, who parried the thrust with his cane, and smiled disdainfully. 6 How darest thou say thy prayers, and plan a murder !” said Lok, folding his arnis, and directing a severe glance to the awe- ftruck madman. “ How now! Does thy God smile on thee? Did he send theè to destroy thy brethren? Sheathe thy weapon, and blush when next you pray! Study the religion of humanity, and become truly pious! What, turn your eyes to heaven, and thrust your dagger in the heart of a fellow-creature ! Go home, young man, and learn virtue, not merely to preach it."
• Lok concluded, and, turning down another path, coolly returned homewards; while the blushing fanatic, burnt with surprise, rage, and mortification, thrice aimed his uplifted stiletto towards the back of Lok--yet fear and awe withheld his trembling arm; and, vowing still to be revenged, he reached his lodgings.' Vol. ii. P. 34•
Waldorf leaves his home for a time, to secure his child from the vengeance of Gravenítz. As they are returning, the count difcovers, them in a goat- herd's cotrage, murders the child, and is himself destroyed by Waldorf, who, more wretched than ever, rejoins Lok.
He meets the goat-herd's wife, learns that her huse band has been condemned to death for the supposed murder of Graveritz, and haftens to accuse himfelf, that he may save the innocent. He arrives too late ; he accuses himself as a murderer ; the father of Gravenitz hears of his imprisonment, and cites him as an atheist before the court of inquisition. Zenna's influence saves him, and Waldorf is reserved for one pang more--he discovers Crit, Rev. VOL. XXIV. Sept. 1798.
Helena, the repentant victim of her principles and passions. She dies, and Waldorf destroys himself.
There are various errors in this work; but the radical defect is, that its philosophy, by which the writer means atheism, is not represented as false. Undoubtedly, the authoress was right in making the character of Lok fo pure, because his integrity renders his principles more operative upon Waldorf; but we wish to find at least his equal among those of better belief. The inference now is, that, only because atheisın is dangerous, it should not at present be disseminated. The ftyle is sometimes affected; but it is frequently nervous; and, faulty as the work is, it discovers powers that may rise to excellence. Heaven's Best Gift. A Novel. By Mrs. Lucius Philips. 4 Vols:
145. Boards. Miller. We are sorry that it is not in our power to compliment this lady on her talents for novel-writing. The story is absurd and inconsistent, even with all the latitude that writers of fi&tion may claim; and the characters are made up of the worst traits that are scattered over
Of the writer's language fome judgment may be formed from these short specimens :
• Mrs. Leland and Mrs. Bellandine called her, as heretofore, chit and child; affecting to consider her being made of so much consequence by all around, was thereby to please miss Fitzhenry, whose folly it was to doat
her.' Vol. iv. P. 81.
+ As fate (that often amuses herself with weaving webs of perplexity for the fons and daughters of mankind) detained the British feet by adverse winds, until such a change of measures took place in the cabinet, gave Mr. Lindsay leisure to return to town, to remember miss Fitzhenry, and to recollect that his fifter Stella and her dwelt together under the same roof; and, which this same fare prompted him, in conjunction, perhaps, with Mrs. Leland's and Mrs. Bellandine's malign geniuffes, at this precise juncture, to go down to see them.' Vol. iv. P. 82. Eleonora. Novella Morale scritta fulla traccia d'un Poemetto. In
glese tradotto dal Tedesco. Trattenimento Italico di Mrs. Taylor.
In Londra. Edwards. 1798.
thor of Miscellanies in Prose and Verle, &c. 2 Vols.
descriptive powers ; but he employs these talents too 'extravagantly
Secker, late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. By Beilby Porteus,
The most proper account of this republication is contained in the advertisement prefixed.
The review of the life and character of archbilhop Secker, of which a new edition is here presented to the public, has hitherto been prefixed to the first of his feven volumes of posthumous fermons, and could not be purchased separately, nor, of course, without considerable expence. And in this state it would probably have remained, had not a very respectable and learned prelate judged it expedient to introduce into his life of bishop Warburton, such observations on the talents, learning, and writings of archbishop Secker, as appeared, both to me and to many other of his grace's friends extremely injurious to his literary character, and the credit of his numerous and useful publications, and therefore highly deserving of some notice from those who loved him in life, and rem vered him after death. Accordingly, these animadversions have been ably and completely refuted in a letter lately addreffed to the lord bishop of Worcester, by a member of the University of Oxford, to 'which the world has given very decided marks of approbation. But as the author of that letter has made frequent refer.. ences to the review of the archbishop's life and character, I conceived that it might still further promote the important end which both he and I have in view, the vindication of the archbishop and his writings, if I rendered that review. of his life more accelīble, by detaching it from his other works, and printing it as a separate publication. The estimate there formed of the archbishop's erudition and abilities, is undoubtedly very different from that which the bishop of Worcester has been pleased to give in his life of Dr. Warburton. Both cannot be true. Which of the two, his lordfhip or myself, has had the best means of information, and which of the two accounts corresponds best with the opinion entertained of archbishop Secker by the best critics and scholars of this kingdom, I shall - leave to others to decide. Be that decision what it may, by the publication of the archbishop's life in this form, I fall not only enable the reader to judge for himself, but shall also
gratify the warmest feelings of my heart, by the consciouíness of having discharged, in the best manner I was able, one of the most sacred of human duties to a deceased friend and benefactor : 'to whose kindness, under Providence, I owe my first eftablithment, and much of my subsequent fuccess in life; to whose instructions, virtues, and example, I am indebted for still store important bene, fits; with whose venerable name it is my highest worldly ambition to have my own united here, and with whom, ( among the spí. rits of just men made perfect,') may a gracious God render me worthy to be more closely and permanently united hereafter. p. i,
We have been considerably disappointed on the pernfal of this pamphlet. We had reason to expect a more copious account, as the primate is faid to have left a manufcript, containing memoirs of his life and times. One incident has been reported from it, which is in itself particularly interesting. • It is that the archbishop's opinions, which biflop Porteus mentions as not thoroughly fettled in his mind, were completely fixed by a vision, fimilar to that which Dr. Doodridge has recorded in his life, of colonel Gardiner,
As to the attack of bishop Hurd, we conceive that the most effeétual vindication of Dr. Secker would be a publication of his notes on the Hebrew text, or of fome of the very learned MSS. written by himself, which he bequeathed to the library in the pa. lace of Lambeth. An Inquiry into the present Condition of the lower Classes, and the
Means of improving it, including fome Remarks on Mr. Pitt's Bill, for the better Support and Maintenance of the Poor., In the Course of which the Policy of the Corn Laws is examined, and various other important Branches of political Economy are illustrated. By Robert Acklom Ingram, B. D. &c. 8vo. 25. 6dDebreit. 1797
In this pamphlet are some good obfervations relative to the state of the poor, and the effects of luxury upon the rich. Tables of the value of corn at different periods, and the amount of our ex. ports and imports, are also given; but, from these, it is difficult to draw just conclusions. We cannot commend the depth of our .author's researches, when he speaks of the value of commous to the poor; a point which has not been satisfactorily discussed: still lefs can we asient to his plan of permitting justices to enforce the incorporation of parifies for the maintenance of their poor.' He embraces too great a number of topics to give due confideration to each. Commerce, the national debt, taxes, tithes, the corn laws, &c. pafs in review before him. On some of these articles we find judicious remarks, particularly on the policy of abrogating the corn Jaws. In the following conclusions moit of our readers will agree with him.
To increase the quantity of food produced at home, to en