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and devout,-but it is also heavy, prosaic, and deftitute of almost every poetic excellence. There are lines in it scarce superior to those we usually meet with, dictated by “ the unletter'd Mufe," in a cougtry church-yard. --Such, for instance, as
O tender, kind, and loving Saviour dear-p. 54.
While for the space of three and thirty years-p. 27. In the use of epithets Mr. K. falls into insufferable pleonasms. He has ' fearful dread,' p. 32. and speechless folence,' p. 50.But that he may not think himself injured by our quoring detached lines, we shall give the following paffage, as a candid specimek, leaving our Readers to their own observations upon it:
Sudden and swift oft-times chine arrow flies,
The house appoin:ed for the human race. P. 40. As those Readers, who have a genuine taste for poetry, will not, we presume, defire any farther extracts from this Elay on Death, we shall here take leave of it ; adding only a sincere expression of our concorn, that we cannot give a more favourable account of a work whose Author appears respectable not only for his piety, but for many just relections, interspersed in various parts of his performance; and whose thougbıs, on a subject in which we are all so ferioufly concerned, might, perhaps, have been dressed to more advantage, if he had not, unfortunately, chosen to exhibit them in tbe garb of poetry. Art. 20. The Proteflani Afociation. Written in the midst of
the Tamulis, June 1780. 12mo, 6 d. Atlay, in the City-Road. 1781.
A very indifferent shimefter here celebrates the outrageous proceedings of the London mob, in the summer of 1780; together with she pufillanimous behaviour of the city-magistrates, on that infamous occasion. His Atrains relembie those of the noted Ned Ward, in his Burlesque History of the Reformation; and his main design seems te be, to lay all the blame of the riots on the leaders of our Antiminiiterial party :
• The wifest grant, we are not got
We charitably hope there has been no ground for these horrid infinuacions; and with equal charity, 100, we conclude, that Mr. Werley is no less innocent of this ribaldry, though it issues from the Foundry press. Art. 21. An Epiftle to Angelica Kauffman. By George Keate,
· Elg. 410. 2s. Dodiley. 1781. The gems which invelope the mummies brought from Egypt are sometimes applied to the purposes of painting ; and, when ikilfully used, have in some parts of that elegant art a very happy effect. The circumstance of having observed a colour prepared from this composition on the pallet of Angelica, fuggefted the idea of this Epistle. Mr. Keate, who is in general as happy in the choice of his subjects, as he is ingenious in his manner of embellishing them, has availed himself of the hint with which the above circumstance furpished him ; and in a way too, thac evinces there is nothing from which a poetical imagination cannot supply itself with imagery,
The pulveriz'd NITOCRIS * now
* Nitocris, as Herodotos inforins us, was Queen of Egypt, and Tucceeded her brother on the throne, on his being murdered by that people.- She was a woman of great address and intrepidity, and began her reign, .by revenging her brother's death on those who had been the perpetrators of it.
+ The names after mentioned are supposed to be some of those who erected the most remarkable of the PYRAMIDS ; but this is a subject so deeply involved in the darkness of antiquity, that both the Greek and ARABIAN Historians are much divided in their opinions concerning this matter.
1 This Prince reigned 56 years over Ecept-was a great tyranto fhut up the temples-forbad all facrifices--and lived both hated and fcared by his oppressed subjects.
$ The largelt PYRAMID is by many conjectured to have been com-pleted, if not built, by this Lady, wbofe name hiftory bas not given us. There are many absurd traditions about her, to which litile credit can be given. CC 2
Shall strengthen in the virgin eye,
Cotto Art. 22. The Bevy of Beauties. A Collection of Sonnets.
4to. 2 . Baldwin. 1781.. These bouquets of panegyric are, some of them at least, made up with elegance and taste; and the flowers they are composed of are kilfully and judiciously varied : and let it be observed, that to vary deferved praise four and twenty times (for so many are the ropnets), is a trial of ingenuity that not every one would be able to undergo.
• Lady AUGUSTA CAMPBELL. : " The fabling Arab, certain to decny,
With Beauty's charms his half-believers brib'd,
And endless blellings to her pow'r ascrib'd!
• One of the smaller PYRAMIDS hath been ty fome afcribed to this Lady, who is highly celebrated in antiquity for the conquelts her beauty made.
+ X King much devoted to magnificence and oftentation; he built a PYRAMID of brick near Saccara, and placed on it an inscription which recorded both his vanity and weakoess.
I MYCERINUS was the immediate fucceffor of CEPURENES ; was a humane Prince, -reitored the public worship,--and endeavoured, by his distinguished moderation and benerolecce, to render his people happy.
O, MAHOMET! if in thy bow'rs of love,
A nymph resides, in CAMPBELL's smiles array'd;
And bear me to the dear bewiiching Maid !
Thy vales, which wear che fadeless veft of Spring;
Their sweets unived, to the senses wing!
Breath'd in'che zephyrs of thy balmy plain,
No echo charm, but that which inocks her strain,
If dwells the image of the lovely Fair,
And myriads to thy altar Mall repair !
Thy Paradise, -rhy blooming nymphs be giv'n :
Nov E L s.
with Nores critical, illuttrative, and explanatory, by several emi. " nent Persons, Male and Female, living and dead.,,.8vo. 2 8. 6 d.
The Author supposes that we • Reviewers will not peep farther than into the title-page;' and with infinite fagacity (for he is as wise as he is witty!) hath laid a trap for us, by introducing (as he says) the Introduction in this place (i. e, in a very out-of.the-way place) in hopes the Reviewers would not read so far. Now, to convince him that we have, in the course of our « literary drudgery' (to use his own words), forced ourselves farther onwards in the tirelome track of his ex. curhons than he supposed was either confiftent with the gravity of our characters, or the bent of our inclinations, we will transcribe one parfage from his Introduction, which may serve as a specimen of his whole performance : "As to the though we may appear in my WORKS, say what you will, Gentlemen-Reviewers, my thoughts are my own.' We really believe, they are ; and we believe too, that there is no man in the world, of common sense or common decency, that envies' him the possession, or would for one moment dispute what he calls • his common-law right to them.' Art. 24. Adventures of a Hackney Coach. Vol. II. 12mo,
2 s. od. Kearlley. 1781. Though second parts seldom accomplish what the forft led us to expect, yet, in this instance, we could scarcely expect an inferior per.
• The inspired Dove, which, according to Mahomet, di&tated the Alcoran ; and, to repeat the expressions of the Prophet, “ flew to heaven, and returned with a swifiness wbich overtook che speed of lightning, whenever be wanted inftru&ion from God !"
# By Lemard Mac Nally, bug
formance. We find, however, that this second volume is, if possible, more contemptible than the firkt. It bach the same glaring affe&ta, tion ; the same unnatural and disgusting attempt at pathos; with more than usual absurdity, and a double portion of inaccuracies. This bold adventurer, like his sentimental brother of Windsor, debes us-dares us--d-mns us : and brandishing the featherless fump of Yorick's old per,' dathes-dashes on, without fear or Thame ..
Piihee come hither, honest grave-digger, and cover up Yorick's Jkull. The Ries have blown on it. Cover it up!- Maggots and all!
Bidik Art. 25. The Female Monitor ; or the History of Arabella anda
Lady Gay. 8vo. 2 s. ftitched. Richardson. 1781. Equally frivolous and affected! The language in which this empty and conceited writer (who calls himself Peter M Dermott) harb introduced his . Hiftory' (as he terms this poor trife, which deserves no name), is a specimen of the manner in which he hath carried it on; and we leave our Readers to guess at the one, by seeing the other. • Man, in the infant fate, is the mere pupil of example, and can be cultivated like the fertile foil rown with sound seeds to produce a plenteous crop of honour, benevolence, and social friendship; or by a contrary conduct a train of vices, coquetry, gallantry, and affectation. View the garden, and you know the gardener's care. The roses, when well dresled, perfume with double fragrance. The follo ming walks verdure in congenial spring. All is harmony and delight. The warbling longitress fits there on the jeffamine bower, and fings jn approbation to the labourer's hand. In mankind it is the same; for I am bold to say, there are few defe&ts in human nature that a judicious hand may not dress into shape and ornament ; particularly in the education of the female, as their passions are eafily twisted in the bud; and amputated from the wild proximity of nature.'
Such Writers, it is our office to twist in the bud; and, as literary proners, to ampaiate froin the wild proximity of scribbling.--" We with it may answer!"-as uncle Toby says.
B.d.k. Art. 26. Lucinda ; or, the Self-devoted Daughter. 8vo. 35,
- Hookham. 1981. - This is, in truth, a super-tragical ftory! related in a flyle, which inay be called, superofubline! Like most of these flories, it begins with love: as it proceeds, it takes in perfidy, sedaction, adultery, jealousy, rage, madness — and, at last, ends in battle, murder, and Judden dearb! “Oh! horrible! moft horrible!"
go Art. 27. The Revolution. A Novel in 4 Vols. Vol. 1: 12mo, - 2 s. 6 d. Fielding. 1781. '. This work is improperly filed a novel. It was intended for an epic poem, and at brit was adorned with macbinery, which was af. terwards omitted. The Author has only left one trace of his original plan, which could not have been lost without involving the fucure part of his fory in much confufion. The language is a sort of measured prose,-a file of composition we are not fond of. In justice however to this performance, we must acknowledge, that we are seldom disa appointed by an unmeaning pomp of words, or disguded with low and unsuitable exprefiions. But at the same time, we confess, that we are not often elevated by the dignity, or captivated by the charms of