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They have a sort of something, somehow got,
Ere mirth grows stale-while money lasts to spend.' Mr Touch’em secms to be perfectly satisfied with himself, or Otherwise he could not have encouraged his rhyming diarrhæa. He modes:ly indeed prays, in the motto, to be saved " on the brink of writing ill:” but we are sorry to inform him that he has completely tumbled in, head Art. 28. Three Lyric Odes, on late celebrated Occasions. By the
Rev. William Clubbe, Vicar of Brandeston. 4to.
The first of these odes is devoted to the Victory of the Nile in 1798, the second to the Battle of Trafalgar, and the ihird is intitled
Harmony,' addressed to Britannia.' So much has been written by various bards on the subjects of the first two of these short odes, that Mr. Clubhe cannot be supposed to have furnished any new idea: but the following stanza on the death of Nelson is well expressed :
• Who hut must see with delug'd eye
The marchless Victor of the Main
Upon his native shore again
Of Heaven perhaps too much we crave To grant us conquest and our conquerors save.' In the last ode, the poet, invoking Harmony, calls her ! the choicest gift the Gods bestow :' but, however classical polytheism may be, we cannot allow it to be orthodox in a christian divine to avail himself, even in the character of a poet, of the assistance of the Gods.- He reminds his countrymen of ihe success of a few united Greeks against the vast host of ihe Persian monarch ; and, conceiving that the abilities of Britons, both in the Senate and in the Field, are not inferior to those of the sons of antient Greece, he pronounces that pothing is wanting except Unanimi!y to insure our triumph :
"And doth not Albion boast on land
< Blest Harmony! such powers unite
His ruin’d armaments deplore.'
casions at Reading School: to which is added some Account of the Lives of the Rev Mr. Benwell, and the Rev. Dr. Butt. 8vo. pp. 264. 75. Boards. Richardson.
This Collection,' as the preface states, ' consists of Poems spoken at Reading School, since the accession of the present Mastet in 1781, and is published at the desire of the speakers, who cast a pleasing recollection on those exhibitions which have formed a part of their amusement and insruction. The writers of the principu part of these poems were the late Mr. Benwell, and the late Dr. Butt; the others named are Mr. Bolland, the late Mr. Seward, and Mr. Pye. The compositions, several of which are in Latin, bave various merit, some of them evincing the javenile age of the writers, while others would do credit to more matured authors. seems to have taken great pains with his pupils, and the publication must add to the repute of his seminary.
The life of Mr. Benwell is composed by the Rev. Mr. Kett, and that of Dr. Buit by the editor (Dr. Valpy): to the friends and acquaintance of those amiabie and accomplished.characters, this part of the work will prove peculiarly interesting, and even the indifferent scader will find himself improved in the perucal of it: the accounts are ably written. Art. 30. Hymns by tbe late Rev. Joseph Grips. 12mo. 6d. Rio
vingtons, sc. We knew the merit and the abilities of Mr. Grigg : but they consisted not in the powers of versification. The appearance of these Hymns will
prove this fact in a way which the friends of Mr. G. will not hail with satisfaction ; and had they been worth publishing, the mcanness of their present garb would liave equally displeased them.
Art. 31. Memoirs of Bryan Perdue. By Thomas Holcroft. 12 mo.
155. Boards. Longman and Co. It is stated by Mr. Holcroft, in the preface to these volumes, that his object in writing novels has always been to advance some moral purpose : that his Auna St. Ives was designed to teach fortitude to females, his High Trevor to induce youth to inquire into tae morality of a profession before they adopted it for their course in life, and that of the present work to inculcate on legislators and others a consideration of the value of human life, and the moral tendency of our penal laws. For this purpose he depicts a young man of con
siderable intellectual endowments, but of unrestrained passions ; wha occasionally commits both good and evil actions; who is finally guilty of a crime that puts his life in danger, but is rescued on a point of law; and who subsequently reforms, and makes amends to mankiud for his past misconduct.
Mr. Holcroft's strong manner of writing, in compositions of this pature, and the peculiarity of some of his opinions respecting errors or crimes and punishments, are well known to the public. The tale before us displies both these characteristics of his pen ; and we think that it will interest generally, please in many parts, and offend in some: against the vice of gambling in particular, it furnishes many striking admonitions. - With regard to the general theory respecting Punishments, none will di pute that the primary intention of punishment should be reformation, and that no reformation in thi, would can take place in that man who is sent out of it by the hands of the executioner : but for the prevention of the higher crimes, the most serious forfeiture, that of life, has been decreed by the institutions of society in terrorem. The dificulty consists in laying the line of discrimination: a difficulty which perhaps involves the impossibility of guarding against instances of lamentable severity, any otherwise than by the prerogative of mercy which the sovereign possesses. It is easy to imagine such cases as M: Holcroft has delineated, though the crime may be more readily exemplified than the amendment ; and in all such, his termina. tion is much more pleasing and more benencial than that of the bangman: but general laws are not to be founded on particular facts.
Art. 32. Observations addressed to the Public. in particular to the Grand Juries, of these Dominions. 8vo. pp. 73. 25. 6d. Rising
18c6. This writer is of opinion that, in the course of the last fifteen years, a great moral degeneracy has prevailed among the middle and lower orders of the community ; and mourning over the lamentable change in appropriate strains, he warmly exhorts all persons of weight and influence to stem the growing torrent. His counsels are well in. tended, and in general shew his good sense not less than his regard for religion and virtue: but we are sorry to find him discouraging Sun day Schools, and countenancing the vulgar cry against unshackled trade. Art. 33. Advantages of Russia in the present Contest avith France.
With a short Description of the Cozacks. 25. 6d. Jordan and Co. 1807.
The gigantic power of France is now in close contact with the gigantic power of Russia, and Europe is looking with anxious expectation to the result of the sanguinary conflict. In opposition to the opinion of many, and to the fears of more, this writer contends for the superior advantages of Russia, and would induce us to hope that the exorbitant domination of France will be curbed by the present warfare in Poland. Much, however, as we wish to see ile strides of Bonaparte to universal empire effcctually checked, we cannot build
our persuasion of the certainty of this event on any of the statements of this pamplılet. Declamations on the abilities of Survarow, or on the result of the battle of Austerlitz, (hiere called not a victory, but • a handsome present from the Cabinet of Austria to the Emperor of the French,') are lit:le suited to the present purpose. We expected to find calculations of the physical strength of the two con. tending empires; instead of which, we are presented with a display of the loyalty, incorruptibility, and individual superiority of the Russian soldier, and with accounts of the value of Lalinuck and Cozack tribes as irregular troops.
It is hinted, indeed, that Russia is inferior to her adversary in point of revenue ; which intimation will no doubt incline the liberal John Buil to accede to a handsome subsidly.
Towards the conclusion, the writer seems to fear, notwiitistanding the display of advantages on the part of Russia, that France will succeed in ihe contest : but, if this should be the case, it must arise, he says, from its being the will of Heaven that Bonaparte should be thie
scourge of mankind. Thus, if Alexander triumphs, the author will plume himself on his discernment; if Napoleon, he will shelter himself under the decrees of Providence.
RELIGIOUS. Art. 34. A View of Religions, in three Parts; Part I Containing
an Alphabetical Compendium of the Denominations among í hriatians. Part II. Containing a brief Account of Paganism, Mahomedism, Judaism, and Deism. Part III. Containing a liew of the Religions of the different Nations of the World. By Hannah Adams. A new Edition, with Corrections and additions. To which is prefixed, An Essay on Truth, by Andrew Fuller. 12 mo. pp: 500. 63. Boards. Button. 1805. It is
very natural for a man who has conscientiously devoted himself to the examivation of the Scriptures, to suppose that his view of religious truth must be correct; yet, if he reflected that others, who differ from him, may be equally conscientious, and are equally interested with himself in the discovery of truth, he would see reason for abating his self.confidence, and for contemplating his own belief (if we may so express ourselves,) with a kind of scepticism. An Essay on Truth, pretixed to a dictionary of Religions, or rather to the long catalogue of the sects which have prevailed in the Christian world, may be well meant, but, by its very position, it seems to proclaim it. self a hopeless attempt. Mr. Fuller ventures
Mr. Fuller ventures to reply to the difficult question, What is Truth ? and we have no doubt of his having given an honest opinion : but how far he has actually succeeded, his readers must be left to determine. We purpose not to controvert his decisions, yet we beg to suggest to him the propriety of weighing the exact meaning of words, iu deciding on the doctines of Revelation, We must ask whether the phrase Christ diell for us is precisely equivalent to heJied as our substitute ? For more frequently expresses in behalf of, than in the room of; the sense affixed to for will materially change the view of the subject ; and a modest man, after having stated his particular notions of the benelits derived by sinners from the sufferings and death of Christ, would have been restrained from adelines, . If this doctrine be received, Chriítianity in reerived: if not, the record which Cod hath given us of his Son is rejected.'
Mr. F. enumerates three grand sources of error: 1. Unconverted Polinisiers. 2. Nominal Christians. 3. Unsanctified Wisdom found in gedly Men :---but such an account will afford little satisfaction to philosophical ir quivers. - In stating the reasons why God permits error, Mr. F. is evidently unequal to the task. Who will regard the diffienliy as solved by being told that · false doctrine is permitted, that it may sweep away hypocritical characters ?'-This Essay is indeed calculated only for one particular meridian.
The Dictionary appears to be compiled with much fairness; and it contains a long article on ihe Friends or Quakers, on which pecho liar care has been bestowed. To such as are desirous of becoming acquainted with the credenda of this church, the particulars here in erted will be interesting, especially as they are exhibited for the purpose of obviating the representation given by Mr. Evans in his
Sketch of Denominations,” of the similarity of their principles to Socinianism. The evidence of Barclay is quoted, to prove that the Quakers, while they admit the Scriptures to be of divine authority, do not esteem them “ the principal ground of truth, nor the primary Tule of faith, but only a secondary rule, subordinate to the spirit.” How the members of ibat community can subscribe to this tenet, end maintain some of their late proceedings, we confess ourselves to be at a loss to deterinive. If they hold the Scriptures to be subordinate to the Spirit, how can they justify the excommunication or disown. ment of those who conscientiously plead the authority of the inward law of the Spirit, in support of their conduct and doctrine? We in. treat ihean duly to weigh the difficulty by which they are here enbarrassed. The interests of truth and charity equally demand it of this very respectable body, to whose virtues we liave often paid the sincerest libure, and whose liberality we were reluctant to impeach.
In the 2d and 3d parts of this work. the reader will meet with curions and amu-ing accounts of the different religions that now pre. vail in the several quarters and subdivisions of the globe; and which concludes with stating that the extent of the Christian religion, com. pared with the parts overspred with Payuniim and Mahometanism, is aj tive to twenty-five. We recommend this fact to the serious attenrion of Mr. Faber ; and we request him to consider whether it be in the smallest degree probable that Christianity, which has occupied eighteen hundred years in propagating itself over a foth part of the globe, should require only sixty years for the conversion of the remain, ing four fifibs ? Why the Christian religion is still confined to so small a part of the earth, it is difficult to conceire; since it possesses the characters of truth, nations, as they become on ightened, must embrace it : but, looking at the ordinary march of Providence, we have no reason for supposing that a few years only are to elapse before 's the carth will be filled with the knowlege of the Lord." Art. 35. Inden to the Bible: in which the various Subjects which occur in the Scriptures are alphabetically arranged: with accu,