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To view the various candidates for fame,
Booksellers, printers, and their devils came.
High on a hill, enthrond in fately pride,
Not far from hence, across the path to fame,
Here perilh d many a poet and his lays.
Merit, alas! with them is no pretence ;
But ftrange! to Duless they deny the crown;
And damn even works as stupid as their own!
But, room for the candidates! -these are successively characterised as they appear, addreiing themselves to the goddess, and imploring her favourable regard. Of this part of his work, the skill, and the descriptive powers of our bard, the reader may forın some conception, from the following specimens:
* Does this epithet relate to their poverty as authors or as men? If the former, it was no great injustice if they did get a cumble into the ditch, in reward of iheir vanity and presumption in aiming at the wreath : if the latter, we confess, they were rather objects of charity ; and it would have been more commendable to have recommended them to the overseers of the par fh workhouses.
Here Johnson comes-unblest with outward grace,
E’er Johnson stay, when Virtue bids retire.
Next Wilkes appear'd, vain hoping the reward,
And scratch'd the front intended for the bays.
Art. 29. Yarico anet Inkle, an Epifle. By the Author of the
Elegy written among the Ruins of an Abbey. 4to. is. Dodfey.
We have more than once expressed ourselves in favour of this Author's poetical abilities; we thought he had tenderness and melody, and we think so still ; nevertheless the epistle before us has not answered our expectations. Though the situation of Yarico was peculiar, there does not seem to be an adequate peculiarity of sentiment; and the complains in too trite, if not too feeble a manner.-All epifles of this kind, however, lie under great disadvantages, by making us'unavoidably remember that of Eloisa to Abelard, Art. 30. The Ocean, a Poem in Blank Verse. Written by the
Sea-side. 4to. 60.
4to. 64. Walter. A spirit of contemplative piety runs through this little poem; which, though not written in the beít taste, is not without some kind of defcriptive merit and fancy.
The following description of a poor captive confined in a fort by the sea-side is pathetic, and the painting just to nature :
Th'imprison'd captive of some neighbouring fort,
1. Art. 31. Hackwood Park, a Poem. By Richard Michell. 4to.
IS. 6d. Hawes and Co. Young poets, like young painters, should be careful to withhold their productions from the public eye, till their judgment is ripened and their execution perfected by time and experience. This poem is quite a puerile performance, and yet there are scattered through it fome sparks of genius ; therefore, without farther discouraging the Author, we only advise him to defer a little his addresses to Fame.
น. Art. 32. A Caveat to the Will of a Northern Vicar. Addressed to
the Rev. W. C*****, Rector of K**** W****. 410. 25. Flexney.
In our Catalogue for Auguft laft, p. 164, we mentioned The Will of a certain Northern Vicar; in which we, at this distance from the neighbourhood of Newcastle, could discover very little meaning, though we had the mortification of reading a number of very bad verses.- In this Caveat, we are still under the same local disadvantage ; and have been plagued with three times as many wretched lines. Why are people in this part of the kingdom to be peftered with squabbling rhymes which are intellible only on the other side the Trent?
POLITICAL and COMMERCIAL.
Multitude. Pointing out the Cause of the present high Price of
Baldwin. Although this old-fossione a farmer, as he files himself, is evidently too tenacious of old opinions, merely, as it should seem, because of their antiquity ; and although he affects to sneer at the new improvements in husbandry and agriculture, yet we cannot but think he is very right in his observations on the present general neglect of tillage; the engrossing of farms; and some other growing evils of the like kind. As to his advice, offered to parliament, for remedying the grievances of which he complains, we are of opinion, that if he can convince the right honourable and honourable gentlemen, that it is their intereff, as landlords, to adopt his proposed regulations, they will not fail to lend a favourable ear to his representations. Art. 34. A Parallel drawn between the Administration in the four
laj Years of Queen Anne, and the four fort of George the Thirdo By a Country Gentleman. 8vo.
Almon. This country-gentleman imagines that he sees the most striking parallel that ever existed in any period of the English history,' between the four last years of the Queen, and the four first years of his present Majesty. In the former period, the principal persons in the great political drama, were the Lords Oxford and Bolingbroke, and that great general, the Duke of Marlborough. To these he adds Mrs. Malam, who, he says, was the fecret manager in the closet, and the artful contriver of all those fatal changes that were brought about in the year 1709. From the first moment this tory-administration fat at the helm, they determined to make peace with France at all events, and to run into measures dire&tly opposite to those of their predecessors.
• In the great scene that has been so lately exhibited, we may reckon the principal actors were the Earl of B-, the Duke of B. and that great commoner, Mr. Pitt. In this scene a similar female chara&ter must be introduced, which directly corresponds with that of Mrs. Malham. She was the secret spring that directed all the late political operations, and served Lord B-in the fame capacity, as Mrs. MaTham did Lord Oxford, by possessing the royal ear, and whispering every thing they could hatch up to the discredit of the great commoner; in the fame manner as Lord Oxford and Mrs. Malham had done to the difcredit of the great general. They procured their vile fycophants, the zools of any men in power, to proclaim it aloud in all companies, that we had conquered too much, and that more victories and conquests, like those of Pyrrhus, would quite undo us.'
The Author continues to run this parallel, in a manner which may be easily guessed, from the specimen here given ; and he concludes with fome strictures on the neglect of all our wbig-administrations, with re-, fpect to our national constitution in the church, to which he says they have never paid due regard ; although he owns they have always taken proper care of the conftitution in the state. The interests of the church, as he expresses it, is a point about which he seems. very solicitous; and he reminds us of the great effect which the notion that the church was in
danger had in the days of Q. Anne. But we cannot perceive what reason this writer can posibly have for insisting so much on this point, at this juncture. Is the church in any danger now? The Author himself does not even insinuate that this is the case : and perhaps what he has said on the subject proceeds merely from the excess of his zeal for religious eftablishments. Thus Daniel Burges (whose averfion to the whore of Babylon was always uppermost, whatever was the subject of bis pulpitdiscourses) seldom or never concluded a sermon vill he had taken whack at the pope:' as he himfelf expressed it. Art. 35. The Answer at large, to Mr. Pitt's Speech. 8vo. 6d.
Nicoll. What is called Mr. Pict's speech, in favour of the repeal of the Amesican ftamp-act, has appeared in the public papers, and is, if not wholly authentic, undoubtedly the eccho of many things which the great com. moner said, on that great Occafion. As to this reply, it is like the good woman's answer to thunder : or, a pop-gun against a piece of ordnance. Art. 36. A feasonable Address from several Persons interested in the
proposed Alteration of the Law for regulating Entails; to the Noblemen and Gentlemen of North Britain : and to the Members of the British Parliament in general. 8vo. IS.
IS. Millar, This subject hath, of late, been much discussed, especially in the northern parts of this island, on account of the proposed amendments of the law of Entails in Scotland; and we have already expressed our thoughts upon it:-see Review, Vol. XXXII. p. 466-469. The present ingenious Writer advises that great caution Mould be used, in regard to any alterations, in a matter of so much consequence; and he seems, in great measure, to take the fame side of the question with the author * of • Confiderations on the Policy of Entails, &c.'-Though we differ from our Author, in some very material points, yet, in justice to bis abilities, we must say, that his arguments ought to be seriously attended to, before the proposed alterations are determined upon ; for, as he rightly observes; it'is no proof of wisdom to be either too tenacious of old principles, or too hasty in the adoption of new ones.
* Mr. Dalrymple. See Rev. for June 1765.
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 37. A farther Appeal to the unprejudiced Judgment of Man
kind, in Behalf of the Indians. Containing, 1. Animadversions upon some late Arguments of a Right Reverend Prelate of the Church of England, in Reference to our sending Missionaries from bence to convert the Indians. Written in the Year 1760. 2. Thoughts upon the proper Means and Measures of converting the Indians to true Chriflianity. IVritten in the Year 1764. To which are added, Considerations re'ative to the Subject of the foregoing Proposals, particularly that of appointing Bishops or Superinterdints in our Colonies abroad. By another Hand: both Joint-writers in the Free and Candid Disquisitions relating to the Church of England, &c. 8vo. is. 6d. Millar, The impartial Reader, who is a friend to liberty, to che unalienable