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Art. 22. The Flitch of Bacon; a Comic Opera, in Two Acts :
As it is performed as the Theatre Royal in the Haymarker. By the Rev. Ferry Bate. 8v2. 1 s. Evans. 17-9.
This comic opera mighe possibly amuse in the theatre, but the Reader mult fecl disappointed at she manner in which the fubje&t is treated. The exhitation of the leveral claiman's of the Flitch af. forded scope for a divertity of character, of which the Writer has not taken the least advantage, though it seemed almoit impoluble for a poet not to avail himself of so obvious a circumllance. The fable has little relation to the famous Dunnow Flitch of Bacon, and the dialogue is coarse and inelegant.
PoE тіс A L. Art. 23. Select Satires of Horace, translated into English Verse,
and, for the molt part, adapted to the present Times and Man
pers. By Alexander Geddes. 4to. 58. Cadell. 1779. . However juf Mr. Geddes's observations may be, that conciseness, perspicuity, and an elegant simplicity are the great and leading characters of Herace as a satirilt, yet we can by no means agree with him that these excellencies are likelieit to be retained by adopting the Hudibraltic measure, in preference to that of ten syllables with legitimate rhymes.
However well adapted Hudibrastics may be to subjects that are ludicrous and low, yet, surely, the jingle and quaineness of doggrel verse must be totally incompatible with every idea of so exquiūtely graceful a writer as Horace, whose wit is always elegant, and whose very pleasantry is philosophical
With respect to the trapolacion itself, though the versification in general be easy and familiar, it is too frequently, feeble, inelegant, and vulgar.
In those parts which are adapted to the present times and manners we meet with nothing peculiarly striking, except, indeed, it be in the application of the fo'lowing passage :
Quidam notus homo, cum exiret fornice : Mafte
When, late, a rev'rend prelate saw
" How o profane your geighbour's bed." A former translator, in commenting upon the above-quoted parfage in the original, remarks how defective must be the fyftem of Hea:hen morality, when a philosopher could encourage a man in the commiflion of one vice, merely that he misht avoid the chance of falling into another. Mr. Geduce fems to have viewed the passage in a different light, otherwise, in adapting it to the present times and manners, he would scarcely have applied it to a reverend prelate. Were it poñible to suppose that a thought so subversive of that purity which Christianity injoins, could by any means gain admittance into the breast of a reverend prelate, he mult certainly be lost to all propriety and decency of character who could ulter is. But thus it will ever be: those who, studying mankind only in their closets, ato tempe to describe manners they have never seen, are certain in the end to betray their ignorance and presumption. Art. 24. A Poetic Epistle to the Author of a Paraphrase of a cele
brated Chapter of St. Paul. Fol. is. Faulder. 1779. On the suppofition that Mr. Anitey, the humorous Author of The New Bath Guide, could not write seriously, our Author imagined (when he saw the Paraphrale on the 13th Chapter to the Corintho jans * advertised) that this son of pleasantry mujt mean a burleique ; and having read the poem, he still thinks that it is a ludicrous per. formance.-Wbat a construction!
On this idea, the Author of the pamphlet before us has given Mr. Anstey a friendly admonition; of which a single line,
. .. Renounce thy errors, and repent in time,' may be a sufficient specimen. Art. 25. The Divorce. A Poem. 4to. 1 s. 6 d. Bishop.
1779. · The Author tells us in his preface he is resolved, with his eyes open, to join the scribbling cribe.' Of this rasy resolution take the following proof :
We, who scorn the musty rules
Whom fate unkindly yok'd together.'
Twelve Epistles. By Thomas Delamayne, Esq. 410. 2 s. 6 d. Harrison and Co.
Of the Twelve Epistles, announced in the title-page, the present publication contains only Three. When Mr. Delamayne has completed his design, we shall give an account of the whole performance. Art. 27. The Guardians; a Poem. By a young Lady of Ports.
mouth. 410. 6 d. Robinson, &c. 1779. The young Lady of Portsmouth, with fingular diffidence and modesty, requeits, if this little poem should become an object of the Reviewer's notice, that the worft lines may be selected as a specimen of the Author's performance.
We are sorry that a tak should be imposed upon us, especially by a Lady, which, we must confess, our abilities are in no degree equal 10. For how can we presume to point out the worst lines, when all are equally good ?
The poem is intended as a compliment to Admiral Keppel. Art. 28. Friendship the derniere Ressource. A Poem, addressed
to a Gentleman late of Cambridge. By a young Gentleman of the Middle Temple. 4to. 1 s. 6 d. Evans.
For the sake of this young Gentleman's acquaintance, we will hope that Pope's observation is not true,
That each bad author is as bad a friend.
For an account of this performance, see Review for June, 1779.
Art. 29. Bagnigge-Wells: A Poem. In which are pourtrayed
the Characters of the most eminent Filles de joye. With Notes and Illustrations, critical, historical, and explanatory. 410. Is. 6 d. Hawkins, in Paternoster-Row. 1779.
" Thy arbours, Bagnigge, and the gay alcove,
Which deck St. James's, or adorn St. Giles.' -
Dodíley. A Pigmy bestriding the Pegasus of Pindar. Art. 31. The Modih Wife. A Poem. Inscribed to the reign
ing Ton. 410. 18. Dixwell. A general fatire on modern female dislipation, and fashionable vice.-The subject and the verse equally contemptible.
MISCELLANEOU s. Art. 32. Thougbts on the Conduet of Admiral Keppel; together
with Reasons for restoring Sir Hugh Palliser into the full Confi. dence and good Opinion of his Country. 8vo. 3 d. Richardfon and Urquhart. 1779.
A sober and sepsible vindication of Admiral Palliser, under fourteco diftinct heads,-the laft of which being a general conclufion from the whole, may be here extracted.- If a man, who in the heat of action behaved with the greatest gallantry, and in the most exemplary and meritorious manner, who fought his ship till she was reduced to a perfea wreck, who was the last in action, suffered the most in the action, and did not defift while fighting was permitted bim;-if such a man, to whom the more generous spirit of the ancients would have decreed public honours and rewards, were to fall a sacrifice to party rage, and to be treated as an enemy to the state, who was the most anxious to serve the state,—the navy of England, which was beretofore its glory and its boast, must be hastening with quick fleps to inevitable ruin. Árt. 33. A Treatise on the Custom of counting Noses. 8vo. 1S.
Kearsly. 1779. This humorous Writer is of opinion that the Custom of counting Noses will appear to the fagacious reader a subject of the greatest import ; being, says he, no less than that opon which every movement of the state depends : . During this nasal ceremony, reason and argoment attend in suspence, and are often dismiffed without a power of appeal.-Life, liberty, and property, is bere under a most abso. lute controul : Is it not then incumbent on us to inquire into the Dature of that upon which every thing so dear to us depends ?
After examining into the causes and effects of this custom, he proceeds to inquire into its conveniency.
- In the first place, then, the nose was.' are this institution, (allowing me to speak in metaphor) ehem i member of society; and therefore certainly now the r..;" hyer to be employed. It partook of the smallest share i: vorming the fundions of the hu. man frame. Its peculiar sense 1s, comparatively fpeaking, trifling, and that too is freg.: Jv destroyed, by che almost continual colds which we labour unuer in this climate
• Again : it is, in some cases, from the habiliments of office, and a peculiarity of shape, in fact, the only point of the man that can be got at. For example, my Lord Bathurst, when a little while ago Lord Chancellor, could not, I contend for it, be sold, upon a state. day, by any other evidence in nature. A meagre Bihop, in his lawn (though I confess it would be a very new appearance), comes within the same case; as do Judges, Peers, gentlemen of the Bar in the House of Commons, and the Speaker in general. The prefent one happening to have so much forehead, does not overiura the rule, for exceprio probat regulam, cum multis aliis; so that, but for this, in some of the instances I have given, as that of my Lords the Bihops (whose taciturnity is not, from long and immemorial usage, now a master of remark), an enterprising Minister might, like Bayes, foift in a bench of buckrain upon any urgent occation, and thus carry a question against the most leading principle of the con. ftitution,
After expatiating with much pleasantry on the policy of the cul tom, he concludes with a COMPLIMENT to Dr. Johason, on the cicarness of his definition * of the nose, which firit opened and gave a scope to his comprehension of the subject. Art. 34. A short Appeal to the Public. By the Gentleman who
is particularly addressed in the Postscript of the Vindication of some Passages in the fifteenth and fixteenth Chapters of the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. 8vo. 15. Robson,
In the Portfcript to his Vindication Mr. Gibbon makes a few obfervations on an anonymous pamphlet, under the title of A few Remarks, &c. By a GENTLEMAN. Most of the instances, says Mr. Gib. bon, which are here produced, are of fo brittle a subltance, that they fall in pieces as foon as they are touched : and I fearched for fome time before I was able to discover an example of some moment where the Gentleman had fairly faked bis veracity against some po fitive fact asserted in the two lat chapters of my History. At lait I perceived that he has absolutely denied that any thing can be gathered from the Epistles of St. Cyprian, or from his treatise de zinitate Ecclefiae, to which I had referred, to justify my account of the spiritual pride and licentious manners of some of the Confessors."
The Genileman, in this Appeal to the Public, replies in the following manner --' As I profess truth to be the only object of all my inquiries, so, when found, I mean ever to make it the sole rule of all my words and actions. I thall not therefore attempt to justify, or even to palliate, the apparent error, otherwise than that the Author's period impreffed a very different idea on me than the words of St.
* “ The prominence on the face, which is the organ of scent, and the emunctory of the brain."
Cyprian, as referred to, then did, or ftill do; and that very idea, through almolit unpardonable inattention, I expressed with the utmost inaccuracy. But as the very best excuses may not prove fatif factory to all readers, I readily give it up, as I would any other era ror or errors pointed out to me, which I think it is che indispensable daty of every man of honour to do. I should moreover have acknowledged my obligations to the Author himself, for pointing out y error, had he done it with becoming decency and good manners."
The Gentleman acquaints us that there are several remarks both before and after the passage Mr. Gibbon has condescended to take notice of, in which he had fairly staked his veracity against some po tive fact asserted in his bistory; and he appeals to the Public, if they had not a right to be satisfied on several other articles to which he has chosen to be utterly filent. He mentions fome few objections which a complete vindication, he says, should have cleared up. But we refer our Readers to the Appeal itself.
For our account of the Gentleman's former Remarks, see Re. view, vol, lix. p. 231. Art. 35. Examen Philofophique et Politique des Loix relatives aux
Mariage, Repudiation, Divorce et Separation. Par un Citoyen die Monde.- A Philosophical and Political Examination of the Laws concerning Marriage, Divorce, Separation, &c. Svo. 2 3. 6 d. Elmfley. 1779.
The unknown Author of this Examination writes like a philofopher, a man of sense, and a good citizen. His tract is addressed to the parliament of England, which he looks upon as the wiselt legidative body in Europe, and to which, together with the study of our free conftitution, he acknowledges himself indebted for what: cver ideas he has on the subject of legislation. He further tells us, that if there is a state on earth which has given to laws their true. direâion, where man is in poffeffion of his native dignity, and enjoys all the advantages of fociety, without giving up too many of the prerogatives which he derives from nature, it is undoubtedly ENGLAND. The best political conditurion, however, he justly ob. ferves, bas ill too many defects; and, indeed, every work of man bears upon it evident and striking marks of his weakness, his paf. lions, and his errors. It is incumbent, therefore, upon every good citizen, to point out, with modefty and decency, whatever he conkders as a defect in that system of laws to which he is subject, and so contribute every thing in his power towards carrying it to as great à degree of perfection as the present condition of humanity can admit.
The fubject of our Author's Examination is one of the most im. portant that can engage the attention of a legislator; marriage being one of the principal pillars of society, one of the branches of legilla. tion which has the greatest influence upon the peace and order of fociety, and the happiness of individuals. Every abuse, indeed, in relation to it, mutt necessarily be attended with pernicious consequences to the body politic, and to its members,
It is to be regretted that our Author, who seems to be well ac• quainted with human nature, and to have considered his subject very a! centively, thould have confined himself to such narrow limits; and satisfied himself with a tranfiens glance at a variety of copics, many