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PO E T R Y.
Plays and Poems ; by Miss Hannah Brand. 8vo. 75. Beards.
Rivingtons. 1798. Of the three plays which appear in this volume, two are altered from the French, and the other was represented some years ago with little success upon one of the London theatres. They contain little that deserves censure, and nothing that we can particularise with praise. The annexed poems are few in number; and the following is a favourable specimen.
" ODE TO YOUTH.
• Sweet morn of life! All hail, ye hours of ease!
When blooins the cheek with roseate, varying dyes;
And streaming luftre radiates in the eyes.
Thou fairy-reign of ev'ry pleasant thought !
And in her loom thy plan of years is wrought.
Now cheerful dawns the day ; noon brightly beams;
And night approaches with soft, infant dreams.
And for our bliss let inexperience rest;
Why—the barb'd arrow pointed at our breast !-
That fearless confidence to none denies :
By thy own griefs the wisdom of the wise.
Season belov'd! Ah, doom'd to pass away!
With all thy frefanels, all thy flatt'ring joys,
With laughing hours, the future ne'er annoys.
P. 416. Matriculation. A Poem. 419. 15. 6d. Cadell and Davies. 1798.
We here find a ludicrous subject well treated in Miltonic verse. The author appears to poffeís genius, which we shall be glad to see employed on better subje&ts. We select the account of the freshinan's initiation.
Severest trials, confiets fore sustain'd.
Meanwhile the bottle circumambient,
• Symptoms of inebriety appear.
• But he sustains the heat of battle well;
(whom will not wine subdue ?) the hero falls."
a Lady. Printed for the Benefit of the distreled Family described in it. 470.
• But of all the afflictions, that preft
I have seen the tears ftand,
And drain'd them of all they were worth.'
15. Debrett. 1797.
riod; but he must learn to write more intelligibly. The following Stanza is not easily understood.
Oh Albion! isle,
Where now the smile,
Expectant of thy final doom,
Wait on Phrenzy's sweeping Alight:
Sears the angry balls of fight!
And Honour, grief-inwrapp'd, with moody brow,
Not that a bold ferocious band
Should tempt defeat on Albion's strand
Role-mount Cofile ; or, False Report. A Novel By M. 1. Young,
1os. 6d. Boards.
Lane,' 1798. We cannot recommend this work either for entertainment or instruction. It is almost destitute of fable or of any excitenient to curiosity, if we except the introduction of a gang of Irith defenders, who rob and murder in a very sentimental styie, and one of whom becomes afterwards a personage of high consequence in the groupe of lords and dukes, having relinquished his youthful errori. Many characters are introduced, and coupled in love-matches, all which prove abundantly prosperous; but there are no traits in their history fo interesting as to compensate their vapid and common-place conversation, which occupies the greater part of the work. Ella ; or, He's always in the Way. By Maria Hunter, Authoress
of Fitzroy. 2 Vols. 12mo. 75. Board's, Lane. 1798. The plan of this novel has little regularity. It seems to have been intended only as a vehicle for the introduction of characters from what the authoress calls nature. Some of these, as well as the incidents, are delineated with the pen of a caricaturist; and, with the exception of a few just though trite reflections on education and seduction, the moral tendency of the work is not very obvious, The character of one of the managers of our theatres is, we hope, a gross misrepresentation,
Tke Heir of Montague. A Novel. 3 Vols. 12mo. 105. 6d. Boards.
Lane. 1798. Although the characters in this novel are copies, and the incidents are of the common kind, it may be considered as usefully tending to expose the errors of youthful indiscretion and vulgar prejudices. Much of this, as of most modern novels, is thrown into the form of dialogue, probably from a supposition that it is easy to write in that way; but this, we are sorry to add, has been seldon justified by the specimens which have fallen in our way. Octavia. By Anna Maria Porter. 3 Vols, 12mo. 1os. 6d. Boards,
Longman. 1798. There is a lamentable affectation in the language of this novel; witness this description of the heroine.
• Oétavia the youngest was as beautiful as she was young : the graces of her figure dwelt not so much on the lovely roundness of her limbs, or the elegance of her height, as on the variety of its air, and the expreffion of its attitudes : every motion of her graceful neck and white arms were full of eloquence. Her form owned inore softness than dignity, more winningness than attraction ; and possessed also an air so variable, and yet so uniforınly lovely, that the more she was seen, the more she was admired. Air is often the only source of charm in form; for without it the finest limbs, the truest features, are insipid and powerless : faft.ion and symmetry may make a figure correct; but it is like the copy of a fine picture, where every object is exactly resembled, but in which the magic, the illufive touch of the master, is not discernible. Octa. via's figure defined air in every movement : yet this air was not one fixed character; it shifted like her animated mind, from grave to gay, from fimplicity to elevation ; from the grace of a goddess, and the witcheries of faihion, to the retiring sweetness of an Arçadian girl : but in all its changes it was irresistible; and Qctavia was lovely.' Vol. i. p. 8.
If the authoress however willies to be elegant in her own lane guage, she does not seem to think it necessary that the conversation of her characters Dould be fo.
The poetry contained in these volumes, though sometimes very incorrect, is superior to the profe.
• Ah! native stream, dear scene of former hours,