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A congratulatory Poem on the Escape of Sir Sydney Smith fronta
France, and his happy Arrival in England. 4to. 25. Hatchard. 1798.
A high strain of panegyric pervades this poem, which is the production of one who is well acquainted with fir Sydney. The exploits of that gallant officer are recounted with spirit; and illus trative notes are subjoined.
The encomiast thus speaks of the fame acquired by his tero in the Swedish service:
• Hark! how the Swedish Thrilling trumpets swell
And Scandinavia's star upon his breast emblaz'd!' P. 5. The confinement of fir Sydney in France leads the writer to some reflexions, not unpoetical, on the conduct of the rulers of that country.
How long, insatiate and remorseless land !
• The tree of liberty !-behold iis fruits,
Delirious reason's fect, wild riot, and misrule!'' P. 16.
15. Egerton. 1798.
of the noble admiral (noble in a double sense), laments the continuance of the calamities of war, and turns his eyes from “ scenes of carnage and dismay' to a prospect of peace. If that bleffing should speedily follow, the victory which he celebrates will not, he thinks, have been useless.
• Then, not in vain will Nile's affrighted food
P. 11. The termination of the ode is pious as well as energetic :
• If He * but speak, War rushes forth, pale Fear
And all again be joy, and all again be peace !'
Eusebio. 4to. Is. Egerton, 1798. The elegy is not without merit; and the hymn breathes all the fervour of piety,
DRAM A. Arminius; a Tragedy. By Arthur Murphy, Esq. a 8vo.
Wright. 1798. Arminius, the deliverer of Germany, has been made the subject of a contemptible epic poem in his own country, by baron Schöniach. This is another unfortunate attempt to celebrate the German hero, whose fate it has been to meet with the best historian and the worst poets. The plan of the tragedy is as follows:
Segestes, a German chief in the service of Rome, is befieged by Inguiomer and the Germans. Cæcina raises the fiege, and, immediately after the victory, restores Veleda to her husband Armini. us, from whom she had been separated by Segeftes her father. Arminius drives the Romans into a marshy situation, where he prepares to attack them by night. As a specimen of the poetry, we give the song sung by the bards to animate the troops.
• Hark, warriors, hark !--That voice again!
To arms the woods,
To arms the floods,
* The Almighty, C&IT. Rev. VOL. XXIV. Nov. 1798.
Death in his shroud
Rides in a cloud,
And tuneful rhyme,
To latest time
The bards of Gerinany shall found his praise.
Yes, go, ye gen'rous band,
O'er all the field
Your javelins wield;
Our war-songs, and our cries
Shall rend th' astonishid Asies,
unsluice a crimson flood, And stretch th' invaders weltring in their blood.' Dumnorix, a Gaul in the German army, repairs to the camp of Cæcina, and offers to assassinate or poison Arminius; but the Roman general rejects the proposal with indignation. In the attack, Segeftes is killed by his own son, who destroys himself on recognising his father; and the Germans are repulsed. Cæcina fends to warn Arminius against the Gauls; but in vain; the poisoned arrow strikes him. The scene that follows suns up the moral or political design of the drama.
• Veleda. Is there no help to save so dear a life?
• Inguipmer, Your orders ihall be faithfully perform’d.
And from the woods of Germany import
[Learis on a woman's armi, Inguiomer. Ev'n now, When Autt'ring life is on the wing to leave him, The safety of his friends claims all his care. • Arminius. [Raising himself.] Another word; it is my
never let that treach rous race,
• Veleda. Alas! these strong exertions are too much; They waste his vital spirit :--- See behold him ; He faints; he dies; and oh! must I survive him ? • Arminius. I burn; I burn; that pang; 'tis palt; and
A time may come, when Germany hall send
I see the radiant æra dawn; I see
Toil'd, fought, and bravely conquer'd; then bequeath'd
A facred trust to all succeeding times. P. 87. Thus, because Dumnorix, a Gaul, affaffinates Arrninius, a German, about eighteen hundred years ago, England ought always to hate France. With the same reason might a foreign critic despise the plays of Shakspeare, because Mr. Murphy has written a bad one called Arminius. The dullness of the poet appears in the drama; and, in a political preface, the virulence of the partisan is equally discernible. Comus, a Mask presented at Ludlow Castle 1634, before the Earl of
Bridgewater, then President of Wales. By John Milton. With Notes Critical and Explanatory by various Commentators, and with Preliminary Illustrations. To which is added a copy of the Mask from a Manuscript belonging to kis Grace the Duke of Bridgewater. By Henry John Todd, M. A. &c. 8vo. 6s. Boards. Rivingtons. -1798.
In this re-publication of Milton's beautiful masque, the critical erudition of the editor is conspicuous.
Ν Ο Υ Ε L S, &c. Deloraine, 4 Domestic Tale.
1 2 mo. 75. fewed.
Lane. 1798. We concur with the author of this novel in his remark, that it contains no intricate series of improbable incidents, no descriptions of impossible paffions, no artful contrivances of iniquitous fraud (except.in one instance), and no deep-laid stratagems of insatiable revenge.' 'All this, and much more, might be said of it negatively; but, positively, we have little to offer in its favour. It never rises above mediocrity; the incidents are of the conmon kind; the characters are imperfectly and feebly sketched; and those from which we expected noft, are left unfinished. Clermont, A Tale. By Regina Maria Roche, 4 Vols.
14. Jewed. Lane. 1798. This tale reminds us, without any great pleasure, of Mrs. Rada cliffe's romances. In Clermont, mystery is heaped upon mystery, and murder upon murder, with little art, and great improbability. This writer, indeed, claims murders as her forte; for, nor content with such as are connected with the story, fhc details three instances at considerable length as episodes. We have also the usual apparatus of duageons, long galleries, clanking chains and ghosts, and a profusion of picturesque description which, though it displays fome merit, serves only to interrupt the narrative. The New Monk, a Romance. By R. S. Elg. 3 Vals.
10s. 6d. Jewed. Lane. 1798. The Monk of Mr. Lewis has been assailed in various ways, and,