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able powers of invention ; the ftyle is' in general more correct, and at the same time more easy and inartificial than Ibat of some of the Author's former works; and several of the characters are conceived with boldness, and drawn with lively strokes of humour: Mr. Melo moth has, however, suffered his favourite idea, maintained at large in his liberal opinions, " that to be good is not the way to be happy,' to give a general tincture to the work, entirely different from that which universally diftinguishes the writings of the benevolent Shenfone. It has led him fo far to depart from the spirit, and even mistake the meaning of his Author, as to admic into his village needy adventurers, broken spendthrifts, gamblers, sharpers, reps and demireps, who overturn the economy of the place by introducing horse-races, cock-fights, and every inftrument of gaming and diffipation. No wonder that such a selection should produce nothing but disorder and ruin. Surely, had Shentone executed his own plan, his elegant taste and fine feelings would have caught him to have made choice of better company.' Art. 45. 'The Sorrows of Werter. A German Ştory, founded
on Fact. 12mo. 5 5. sewed. Dodsley. 1779. . In this little work is drawn, by a masterly hand, a lively picture of the horrors of a mind disordered by the phrensy of a disappointed passion, and at length abandoning itself to deipair, and seeking refuge from its forrows in a voluntary death. An excellent moral may be deduced from it--if the reader pleales.
PoE TICA L. Art. 46. An Elegy on Winter, and other Poems. To which is
added, an Inscription to the Memory of the late Lord Lyttelton. By John Jones, Schoolmaster in Kidderminster, &c. 400. 1 S. Buckland, &c. 1779.
In a biographical Preface, which our Author has prefixed to his works, after modefly acquainting us with the difficulties that at. tended him through the early part of his life, he adds, that by the encouragement of Dr. Johnstone, an eminent physician of Kidderminfter, he opened a school, in which undertaking he has bcen constantly supported by most of the principal inhabitants; and, some years ago, he was intrusted with the office of veftry clerk, the duties of which fill up his vacant hours.' When his fituation and oppor. tunities of attainment are considered, his poems will appear not deftitute of merit. Art. 47. The Scotch Hut; a Poem. Addressed to Euphorbus,
or the Earl of the Grove. 4to. Iš. Almon. 1779. This poem is meant, it seems, as a fatire on the Earl of C. for building a thed decorated with the insignia of Scotland, and for feed. ing his own bogs. De Guftubus non eit disputandum, Art. 48. Caufidicus ; a poetic * Lash : In Three Parts. Con
taining a real Picture of the Times; the Study at the Temple ; with a Visit to a certain Judge ; and a most extraordinary Trial. 40. 2 s. 6d. Bowen, &c. 1779.
* Erratum, for a poetic lash read poetic trafn.
Art. 49. Parnassian Sprigs; or, Poetic Miscellanies. By Wil.
lam Macor,, of Oxford. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. Bew. 1777. The most significan't lines in this publication are the motto: ..
-- - Cacoethes fcribendi
. Tenet injatiabile multos Art. 50. The Sacrifice : A Sacred Ode. To which is added,
an Elegy, dedicated to the Rev. Moses Brown, Vicar of Olney, · Backs, and Chaplain of Morden College. By William Auguftus
Willis, M. D. .410 is. Bew. 1779. ...
From peruling this irregular ode, we have formed a much more favourable idea of the Author's theological learning than of his poetical talents. The elegy on the death of a much-lamented wife, which he has subjoined, convinces us that, if he is not an eminent pret, he is, what is much more meritorious, a good man, Art. 51. Poetical Tales. By Sir Gregory Gander, Knt,
Small 4to. S. Bath, printed by Cruttwell. Soid by Newbery in London. . .
This Gander is no way related to the Roman Geele, who saved the capitol by their cackling. From the licentiousness of his manner, we fear his cackling will be attended by no fach falutary effects. For the sake of thofe into whole hands these tales may accidentally fall, we could with this remark had been unnecessary. .. Art. 52. Pygmalion. A Poem; from the French of J. J.
Rouleau. 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Kearily, &c. 1779. A pleafing dramatic production of che pen of Rousseau is here. imitated, in verses whicn are by no means, delicate of harmony or fpirit. The Translator has printed the original piece at the bottom of the pages. Art. 53. Sixteen Sonnets. By John Bampfylde. 4to. 1 8.
Prince, Oxford. Brown, London, These fort but successful excursions of the Muse will be acceptable to such as can relish the Gimple beauties of poetic imagery. The diction is, throughout, so uniform, and the numbers are so fimilar, that the following sonnet On the evening, will give the Reader a perfect idea of the degree of entertainment he may expect from these pieces :
Siow finks the glimmering beam from western ky,
Art. 54. An Epifle from a young Lady to an Ensign in the Guards
on his being ordered to America. 400. 18. Sewel, &c. 1779.
Some “ infignificant personage" seems to be here exhibited, for the entertainment of the Public, in the character of a military fribble. The Epiftle is written in the character of a Demi-rep; and the poetry, which runs in the mock Ovidian train, is too good for the frivolous subject. Art. 55. Ode to the Privateer Commanders of Great Britain :
Being a Parody on Mr. Mason's Ode to the Naval Officers, &c. [fee our Catalogue for April] 460. 6d. Oxford printed, and sold by Rivington in London.
In this animated parody, the poet ironically excites and applauds the piracical spirit of privateering ; which he seems to consider as . the meanest and most fordid species of warfare. Art. 56. Odes on several Subječts. By Robert Alves, A. M. Edinburgh printed for Creech. 8vo. I s. Murray. London. 1778.
Of the pieces in this collection, the principal is a philosophical poem, intitled Viciffitude, An Ode; • the intention of which is to describe the variety and confiftency of nature's plan both in the pltyfical and moral world. The remaining pieces are, Malevolence; an Ode, Ode to Night, Ode to Hygeia, and Ode to Wisdom, They are none of them wholly deftitute of merit. The versification is easy, and, if allowance be made for some few defective rhymes, for the most part harmonious. Art. 57. The English Garden : A Poem. Book the THIRD,
By W. Mason, A. M. 4to. 2 Dodsley. 1779. As only one book more is wanting to complete the whole of Mr. Mason's plan, we shall wait till that is published, before we enter upon any further examination of his English Garden. For an account of the two former books, see MONTHLY Review, Vol. xlvi, page 219, and Vol. Ivii. page 79. Art. 58. A Paraphrafe of Mr. Anstey's Paraphrase of the thir
teenth Chapter of the first Book of St. Paul's Epiféle to the Corinthians * : or, a Poetical Exposition repoetically expounded. By Archi Mac Sarcasm. Folio. is. Almon.
Verses addressed to Servility, in parody of Anstey's Poem on Charity, and intended as a compliment to Mr. Anfey: their merit is too inconfiderable to claim particular attention. Perhaps it was rather unfortunate for this little poem, that our expectations were raised too high, on seeing the name of Archi Mac Sarcasm, and recollecting the pleasure we had received from the perusal of two or three spirited pieces, published under that designation. Art. 59. Edwy and Edilda. A Tale, in five Parts. 8vo. 35.
Dodsley. 1779. A natural and fimple Tale, which might have been made extremely pleasing and pathetic in plain prose, is here drawn out through a thousand ballad stanzas, perfectly uniform in their struc. ture, and for the molt part of very moderate poetical merit. Some
* For an account of Mr. Anftey's Paraphrase, fee Review for last Month, p. 469:
times, however, the writer discovers no inconliderable powers of description, and by a tender Aroke of sentiment, or a lively flight of fancy, repays the reader for many tedious lines. Of his ability for description the following is no unpleasing specimen :
In happier days, when halcyon peace
The gliding moments blest,
That sankled in his breat:
That hid the eye of day,
His tuneful pipe wou'd play.
The pastime much approv'd ;
Th’empallion'd Edwy lov'd ?
Led to the cool retreat,
The pea and woodbine sweet,
Of various sweets compose,
Wou'd emulate the role.
Nor myrtles odorous green,
The flow'rs that blush'd between.
Enamellid o'er the ground,
To scent the air around.
With envy stretch'd his throat
With many a liquid note.
Beside the calm retreat,
A music ftrangely sweet.
Could boast 'midit all her bow'rs,
On beds of fragrant flow'rs. Were it not that the piece is occasionally enriched with lines which indicate some exertion of poetical talents, one might suppose that the Author poflessed Lucilius's envied facility of verlifying, and
in horâ fepe ducentos
LA w. i Art. 6o. A Dictionary of the Norman, or Old French Language ;
collected from such Acts of Parliament, Parliainen Rolls, Journals, Acts of Stare; Records, Law Books, Ancient Historiaas, and Manuscrip's, as relate to this Nation. To u nich are added the Laws of William the Conqueror, with Nores and References: By Robert Kelham of Lincoln's Inp. 8vo. 65. Brooke 1779.
The uncouth and barbarous dialec in which our records antecedently to the reign of Edward the Third, and many public instruments since that time, are written, long maintained its ground with the writers on law. Most of the Reports till within a century were communicated in shis cechnical language. But since it is now universally fallen into disuse, the professors of the law have contented themselves with a general acquaintance with its phraseology, relin. quishing all pretensions to a more nice and critical skill to professed antiquaries. Hence, however, have been experienced some inconve. niences. How little the Norman or Law French is at present underfood by the gentlemen at the bar, is decisively shewn by Mr. Kelham, who relates (and the incident, it must be confessed, reflects on them no credit) that ' at a late remarkable trial a French gentleman was called in to read and explain some Norman French charters in one of our courts of judicature. As the knowledge of this old lana guage is fill the only key to many curious antiquities, and to several of our early writers, the present publication will be found of confiderable assistance to those who are engaged in researches of this nature. , Ms. Kelham's reputation as an antiquary is a sufficient pledge for the fidelity and accuracy of the work.
The laws of William the Conqueror are subjoined in the Norman French, with a Latin and an English translation. They are brought together into one point of view, in order to combat and overturn fome novel opinions which Mons, Houard (a celebrated Norman jurist) has lately attempted to maintain. Mr. Kelham proves beyond all cavil, that the early laws of this king, prior to the introduction of the feudal law, were moulded on the Saxon customs, which, according to the authority of our best writers, are the clements of the common law..
HU S BANDRY. Art. 61. A Treatise on the Culture of the Tobacco Plant; with the
Manner in which it is ufually cured. Adapted to Northern Climates, and designed for the Use of the Land holders of Great Britain. To which are prefixed two Plates of the Plant and its Flowers. By Jonathan Carver, Esq; Author of Travels t through the interior Parts of North America. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. Johnson: 1779.
Should the culture of tobacco ever form a part of English agri. culture, we doubt not but the planter will meet with sufficient information, in the present pamphlet, to encourage him to attempt it with every reasonable prospect of success. The leaf is the valuable part of the plant. It is natural to suppose the humidity of our
* Introduction. ·
+ An account of those Travels is given in the Reviews for Fes bruary and April lait.