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The Rolliad. Part the Second. I 2mo, 15. 6d. Davies.

A Second Part of these Criticisms are now collected from their fugitive state, and they appear with the same advantages of sprightly wit, and acute discriminated satire, but are deformed with the same virulence and ill-nature. We now lose Merlin; but the Saxon drummer, the redoubtable spouse of Shiptonia, of the great mother of the Rollos, is supposed to poffess in his dying moments, like all other dying heroes, the gift of prophecy. He describes a future house of lords, into which a future Rolle appears ambitious to gain admission. Every reader will understand the following lines.

• Learn, thoughtless Debbeige, now no more a youth,
The woes unnumber'd that encompass truth,
Nor of experience, nor of knowledge vain,
Mock the chimæras of a fea-fick brain :
Oh! learn on happier terms with him to live,
Who ne'er knew twice the weakness to forgive !
Then should his grace some valt expedient ind,

To govern tempefts, and controul the wind;
Should he like great Canute forbid the wave
To approach his presence, or his foot to leave ;
Conitruct some bastion, or devise some mound,
The world's wide limits to encompass round;
Rear a redoubt, that to the stars should rise,
And lift himself, like Typhon, to the skies ;
Or should the mightier scheme engage his soul,
To raise a platform on the northern pole,
With fofs, with rampart, stick, and stone, and clay,
To build a breast-work on the milky way;
Or to protect his sovereign's bleft abode,
Bid numerous batteries guard the turnpike road;
Left foul invasion in disguise approach,
Or treason lurk within the Dover coach :
On, let the wiser duty then be thine,
Thy skill, thy science, judgment to resign ;
With patient ear the high-wrapt tale attend,
Nor snarl at fancies which no skill can mend.
So shall thy comforts with thy days increase,
And all thy laft, unlike thy first, be peace;
No rude courts martial shall thy fame decry,
But half-pay plenty all thy wants supply.'

This is sufficient for a specimen.. Next follows a political eclogue called the Lyars,' in which a classical reader will perceive many passages of Virgil's third Bucolic, parodied with much spirit and wit: the political reader will treat it according to his own opinion of the parties ; but every friend to propriety and decorum will be dilgufted with the groffness of the abuse. It was plainly written before the last New Year's Ode, or the following line would not have appeared :

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Or Warton's odes with justice claim the bays.' It is but justice to acknowledge, that the strength, the spirit, and true poetical ardour in Mr. Warton's laft production, have feldom animated a similar performance.

The Epithalamium on the Marriage of Mr. Elliot with lady
Harriot Pitt, is fpirited, but, as usual, too virulently satirical.
We shall select the least offensive lines.
Trio, by Lord Lonsdale, Lord Elliot, and the Duke of Northum.

From boroughs, grand the things that grow;
From mines, divine the streams that flow,

Hail Cornwall, richer than Potofi !
Hail Cumberland, a fairer quarter !

Hail Liskeard, Appleby, and Launceston,

Hail Cockermouth! and hail Beeralfton!
May no rude hand invade our charter,
Titles to buy, and burgage rights to barter.'-

On the whole, we must repeat our regret, that brilliant ta. lents are so fagrantly misapplied ; but it will be some compen. sation, if disappointed ambition exhausts its fury in these • wordy wars,' and the spirit which might destroy a kingdom, is contented with only abusing its governors.

Poems on various Subje&ts, by Ann Thomas. 410. 35. Law.

Mrs. Thomas, it seems, is the widow of an officer in the royal navy; and in several of her poems the celebrates events during the last war, He would be an ungenerous critic who should discover severity of remark towards the reli&t of an officer that fought in defence of his country, The English Garden : a Poem: in Four Books. By W. Mafon,

A. M. A new Edition, corrected. 8vo. 45. Dodsley, To this elegant edition of the Englif Garden, are added a Commentary and Notęs, by W. Burgh, Esq. and LL.D. The remarks and illustrations are instructive and entertaining, and cannot but prove acceptable to all who have a taste for the subject.

Poems, by Robert Alves, A. M. 8vo. 45. Cadell, These Poems consist of odes and elegies, the former gay

and serious, the latter moral and descriptive. If we except an Elegy on Time, they are not objects of praise; being generally debased with barbarisms, obscurity, and inharimonious "verfiscation. Second Thoughts on the present Ministry, or new Coalition. 4to. 15,

Debrett. A poetical, and seemingly much interested, but not very formidable opponent of the present administration,


DRAMATIC. The Mutual Deception, a Comedy, as it was performed at the

Theatre-Royal, Dublin. Svo. 15. 6d. Dilly. This mode of deception has been so common on the stage, that we can scarcely expect a new situation ; but we have nei. ther new characters, nor new language. The author is however ingenuous, for he tells us his source; a piece of honesty the more commendable as it is unusual. The story is shortly this : a young gentleman returned from his travels, is engaged to marry a lady, whom he has never seen. Anxious to know something of his destined 'bride, without the contraint neces. sary to his situation, he exchanges characters with his servant. The lady, from the same motive, takes the dress and place of her suivante. As may be expected, the new servants fall in love with each other, and both fear to descend from their dige nity by such low connexions. This embarrassment is not very interesting, because it is not well managed. The pretended lady and gentleman, on the other hand, are eager to deceive each other by a secret marriage, and they succeed. In their courtship there is some humour, but no great novelty. The episode is very trilling, and is the invention of the author. The dialogue is seldom sprightly, and never witty ; so that, on the whole, we fear it would prove a very infipid performance.-It succeeded on the Dublin stage ; but there are many local circumstances, which might have contributed to this diftinction : we would not advise the managers of either house to repeat the experiment. The Genius of Ireland, a Mafque, in Three Aes. By fobn Mas

caulay, Elg. 8vo. 15. Dilly. This little poem poffeffes merit, both in a political and dramatic view : it is not strictly a masque, but perhaps something better, for the only part which may deserve this citle, is the appearance

of the Genius of Ireland. The story of Sylvia and Pat Ploughshare is simple and pastoral ; and the songs are pleasing and poetical, though the greater number are of the humorous kind.

The description of the Genius is a strain of higher mood.' We shall select it, but must add, that the bright zone' should not have outfhone the luftre of her eyes, which it must have done if it pierced the darkness of the shade. This lessens the idea, and may perhaps be styled an Hybernicism : but, on the whole, there is dignity in the image, and propriety in the de. fcription. ! TỈyrsis.

Yes: last night
Just at this fober hour of serious thought,
As through the glade I pass’d, a sudden sound
Of dulcet music floating in the air
Stole on my ravith'd sense : sweeter it seem'd
Than aught of mortal touch could e'er produce,

I stopp'd

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I stopp'd and lillen’d. Then, methought I heard
One chanting voice; then others, joining round
In such seraphic concert, that entranc'd
I stood: I was all ears; till from the brake,
Where yonder coppice forms a hanging arch,

aitonith'd eyes a form divine,
(For sure it must be so) with solemn step,
And most majestic gait, came slowly forth.

Dorilas. Was it of manly form, or fofter sex?

" Thyrfis. Of female shape. Around her graceful waist The bright zone glitt'ring pierc'd, with fudden glance, The darkness of the shade; and from her eyes Beam'd forth such heav'nly rays, yet temper'd fo Their radiant lustre, as might iningle love And awful rev’rence. On her head ihe wore The shamrock green, and in her hand she held A silver wand, which as the wav'd around Th' obedient choir with more harmonious sound Fill'd all the air, and quite entranc'd my foul.'

DI VI NI TY. Dr. W'atts's Hymns and Moral Songs for the Use of Children, rc

vised and altered. To which are added, Prayers for the Use of Children.

6d. Marshall. Dr. Watts's Divine Songs, as revised and altered by the present editor, are now rendered more suitable than formerly for the instruction of young children. That they are unexceptionable in point of doctrine, and may answer the purpose intended, is suficient to recommend them ; for, as mere compofitions, we do not consider them as objects of criticism. A few prayers are subjoined to the poetry; and to render the work more pleasing to young minds, every hymn and song is ornamented at the beginning with a cut. Primitive Candour : or the Moderation of the earlier Fathers to

qvards the Unitarians, the necesary Consequence of the Circumfance of the Times. 8vo. Buckland.

This author observes that the testimonics of the earlier fa. thers in confirmation of the divinity of Christ, are not so nu. merous and strong as might have been expected from men of their acknowledged principles. But he ascribes this conduct to prudential reasons ; alledging, that had they openly asserted the divinity of Christ, they might have seemed to countenance the heresy of the Gnostics, who denied the supreme power of the God of Abraham. Whatever probability there may be in this conje&ture, the author's design in investigating the subject appears to us a little problematical. If, on the one hand, he really favours the Gnostic heresy, he betrays extravagance of theological speculation ; and if, on the other, he believes the


Trinitarian doctrine, he discovers a levity not very compatible with the disposition, and utterly repugnant to the duty, of an orthodox writer.


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Letters to a Young Planter ; or, Obfervations on the Management

of a Sugar Plantaton. 8vo. Is. 6d. Strachan, These Letters are very trilling in every respect : in some instances, they are certainly erroneous. The greater part of the directions may have been easily written without having seen the West India islands, and the rest may have been col. lected from books; for there really are books on the subject, though the author seems not to have known them. An eslay on the management of the sugar cane, in particular, appeared some

years since, in the Philosophical Transactions. It is not necessary to dwell on the errors of the author, both in philosophy and common husbandry; for this work will never attain a high rank in the list of scientific productions, A candid and impartial Sketch of the Life and Government of Pope

Clement XIV. containing many interesting Anecdotes during that Period of Church-Hiftory. In a series of Letters from Rome. Vol. II.

25. 6d. Symonds. Of the former volume of this work we gave an account in our Review for November lali. The present volume traces the public conduct of Ganganelli after he had mounted the papal throne. This being an event which places his character in a more conípicuous point of view, we henceforth behold him in the capacity of a sovereign, adminiftering the affairs, and directing the councils of a powerful state. With regard to the Catholic courts, he appears to have conducted himself in general upon the principles of good policy. He saw the expediency of pursuing peaceful measures, and seems to have followed the most prudent means for that purpose. In respect of his domestic government, particularly the choice of proper ministers, we cannot consider him as equally entitled to approbation. He was more the patron of some profligate men than was confiftent with the chasacter of a good prince ; and entrusted the adıninistration of the state too much to those who were not qualified either by virtue or education for such offices. This is the more surprising in a person who, though educated a Romith ecclefiaftic, appears to have been well acquainted with mankind. But he knew that the passive dispofition of the papal subjects could not easily be provoked to resistance. The liberality of Ganganelli with regard to religious distinctions, is the most conspicuous virtue in his character; though it exposes him, more than any real blemish, to the odium of bigotted catholics.


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