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Art. 23. The Belles of Bury; a Poem. 4to.

6d. Bury princed, by W. Green. 1779. • Miranda first, amidst the splendid chrong,

Claims all the merit of my advent'rous fong.' Aye, good Miranda! do, take the Gentleman's fong.--Nothing, you know, like poetry for curling the hair : '“ it makes it so pure and fo crips !" Art. 24. Meritorious DisobedIENCE: An Epistle to a Minis

terial Marine Favourite, on his late unexpected Escape from the Hands of Justice. 4to.

Bew, Our old friend again ! - Again ! and again, Crispinus !-Sir Hugh Palliser now takes his turn * for a scalping: and the Reviewers come in, en passant, for a scratch or two. Art. 25. Ode on the present State of English Poetry, occafioned by

reading a Translation of select Parts of Shakespeare, Milion, Thomson, Warton : Simonides, Sophocles, and others. By Core nelius Scriblerus Nochus. With Remarks. To which is added, a Translation of a Fragment of Simonides. 410. I s. 6 d. · Oxford printed; fold by Elmsley, &c. in London. 1779.

We are glad to find this Writer has shewn so much deference to our authority as to assume his right name t. As a farther proof of his obedience, we hall expect him to cancel the present title to this fillieft of all filly productions, and to subflitute in its place its true. one, namely,

A Progress to the Pastry-cooks. Art. 26. The Temple of Prostitution ; a Poem. Dedicated to the

greatest ***** in her Majesty's Dominions. Written by a Woman of Fashion. 4to. 1 s. 6 d. Harrington.

Impure description holds the place of sense 1." If we may trust to the evidence of style, this licentious publication had not a woman for its parent. Art. 27. The Priestess of Devonshire-wall. A poetical Satire.

Embellished with Characters of diftinguished Personages,' &c. &c. 4to. Dixwell.

Obscure, low, and filly. We cannot discover who is meant by The Priestess : but some female of diftinction seems to be aimed at, under the name of W**t*n. Art. 28. Patriotic Perfidy; a Satire. 4to. 25. Bell. 1779.

A furious invective against some leading men in what is called The Opposition Party, or The Patriots. The names upon which the Author empties his Jordan of scurrility are, the Dukes of


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• Vid. last month's Review, p. 396, Art. 29. Reviewers Roviewed.

+ See Bagley, a descriptive poem; with annotations by Scriblerus Secundus. Monthly Review, vol. Iviii. p. 160.

There are, indeed, many sorts of fenfe. Of one kind there is enough in this pamphlet; but that is not the fort meant by Mr. Pope, in the foregoing line, which we have presumed to adapt to the present occafion.


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and B
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fs of Rm, Lord C-n, and the Earl of B -1.

“ Rebels, the damn'deit of rebellion's crew,

As boldly base as England ever knew." If the Reader wishes for more, he must buy the pamphlet, for we think it neither safe nor decent to transcribe


farther. Art. 29. Fanatical Conversion; or, Methodism displayed; a Satire.,

Illustrated and veritied by Notes from J. Wesley s fanatical Jour. nals, &c. 4to. 25. od. Bew.

1779: Are we for ever to be teazed with the nonsense and (alleged) imposures of? Methodistic Saints,' and ' Perfectionists : Spare us, good Bard, and turn, it leng h, tby invective weapons on other objects. The nation abounds with knaves and hypocrites, of nume. rous claffes, and various denominacions: wherefore, then, expend all thy poetic ammuni:ion only on a particular fer of fanatics, and let all other culprits escape --But what do we fee-yet another piece levelld at the Moorfields game! Vid the succeeding Article : Art. 3o, Voltaire's Ghoff to the Apostle of the Sinless Foundery:

A familiar Epiltle from the Shades. 410. 2 s. 6 d. Bew. 1779. The same hot satirist (see the preceding Article) here puts the rod into the cold hand of the decealed Voltaire : chis being the mode in which dead men are enabled to log cheir surviving enemies – The memory of the celebrated Bard of Ferney having been la:ely insulted in some of our news-papers, by the Rev. Mr. John Wesley, the affront is resented by our Author, and repaid with an Hudibraftic Cat-o’nine-tails.--The Gbost of M. de Voltaire may, indeed, condescend to cope with an itinerant preacher ; but the living Voltaire would not have deigned to notice to unequal an antagonist :

• Goliath's spear ne'er killd a louse.' GHOST, P. 46.

This antimethodillic Poet continues to employ the hostile graving tool, as well as ihe satiric pen: thus affailing the foe from a battery of two presses at once. Art. 31. Satire for the King's Birth-day. By no Poet-laureate,

4to. Ironical, complimentary, and dull as a laureate's panegyric. Art. 32. Spirit and Unanimity; a Poem : Inscribed to his Grace

the Duke of Rich-d. 410. 2 s. 6 d. Piguenit. 1779. As this Writer seems to mean well. (viz. to promote unanimity in the operations of government), we could with his powers were equal to his will. Art. 33. A new Plan to save the State ; addressed to the Ladies.

By a Gentleman of the University of Cambridge. 410.

This rhyming planner has attempted what, we apprehend, his ftrength is no way equal to, His project will not be much regarded by those to whom it is addressed, and the poetry will not greatly recommend it.

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Wilkie. 1779.

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• This is our Author's fixtb attack on the Foundery-Saints, and their Hierophant, as he terms them : see the Love-Feaji, Sketches for Tabernacle Frames, the Timple of. Impofture, &c.


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Art. 34. The Bostonian Prophet : An Heroi-comico- serious

-parodical-pindaric Ode, in Imitation of The Bard. With Notes critical, fatirical, and explanatory, by the Editor. 4to. Etherington. 1779,

Not a bad parody of Mr. Gray's celebrated ode, and yet not good enough to entitle its Author to much praise. Much praise, indeed, is more than any parody seems entitled to. Of all literary efforts, rbe Parody is not only one of the most humble but also the feebleft. Where little exertion is required, little praise can be expected. Art. 35. The Works of Hugh Kelly. To which is prefixed, the

Life of the Author. 4to. il. I S. Printed for the Author's
Widow; and fold by Cadell, &c. 1778.

This handsome edition of the poetical works of an ingenious and much esteemed Writer, comprehends his Dramas, his Thespis, in two books, and Fugitive Pieces. ' By the former, which were his most 'considerable productions, he acquired no fmall reputation. They are False Delicacy, a Comedy ; A Word to the Wife, a Comedy; Clementina, a Tragedy; The School for Wives, a Comedy; and The Romance of an Hour, a Comedy of Two Acts. His Thespis, which contained a critical examination into the merits of the principal performers at the theatres royal, was an imitacion of Churchill's Rafiad; to which it was equal'in point of elegance, if not of strength. Art. 36. The Satires of Persius paraphrastically imitated, and

adapted to the Times. With a Preface. 8vo. 2 s. sewed. Dod. fey, &c. 1779.

Imications, as well as translations of the ancients, have been hap. pily attempted in our language. Some of the fatires of Horace have indeed been so fuccefsfully modernized by Pope, that they almost dispute the palm with the Roman original: but it required the skill and genius of Pope to produce such an effect, which must not be expected from the efforts of Edward Burnaby Greene, the paraphrastical imitator of Persius.

It is a maxim laid down by Roscommon and others, that the talents of an original author, and those of his translators or imitators, ought to be congenial : but the kindred defets of Persius and Ed. ward Burnaby Greené militate against this doctrine. On the side of excellence, 'there is no appearance of poetical confanguiniiy.

Difficulty of construction, and obscurity of allusion, have generally been considered as the chief objections to the satires of Perlius; objedlions which even an able translator would have endeavoured to remove, and which a paraphraffical imitator cannot poflibly be jultified in suffering to remain valid againit a manner of version, whose scope and freedom afforded ample room for ease and perspicuity. In Mr. Greene's work, however, the Reader will find no traces of Perfius, except his obscurity ; no sparks of his fire, but a volume of * Smoke.

By a perasal of Dryden and Brewster, an English reader may form a tolerably adequate idea of the tix satires of Perfius; but in the pasaphrase of Mr. Greene he will rarely discover any idea at all; for the work is so ancient, yet fo-modern all the while, the colours so run into each other, that the result is noshing but confusion.


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To add to this chaos, there are, prefixed to these imitations

, we know not why, a medallion, very well executed, of the late Earl of Chatham, a monumental inscription, and an argument on the Ame. rican contest. With the same propriety are subjoined a fonnet and epigram on Admiral Keppel !

Art. 37. The Dramatic Works of Philip Maffinger, complete,

Revised and corrected, with Notes critical and explanatory. By
John Monck Mason, Esg. To which are added, Remarks and
Observations on the old English Dramatic Writers; and a fhort
Effay on the Life and Writings of Maslinger, inscribed to Dr.
Johnson. 8vo.

4 Vols. il. Is Boards. Davies, &c. 1779. Old authors, who do not foar with Nature in her sUBLIMEST flights, nor follow her through the various freaks and changes of her humour, but only copy chę wit and character of the times in which they wrote, are like old coin, not so much admired for their intrinsic value, as for the mind from which they are dated : and the ruft of antiquity, perhaps, has more charms than the beauty of the impreffion.

Maflinger has, undoubtedly, an equal claim to esteem with mot writers of the same age and class : and Mr. Mason, the ostensible Editor of these dramas, has, like the generality of commentators

, elucidated fome passages, and explained away others, as his judg. ment has bit or mifed the true reading of his author.

Mr. Davies, the publisher of the volumes before us, discovers a considerable share of biographical industry, and judgment, as well as critical taste, in his Life of Mallinger, prefixed to this edition; which alone gives it the preference to all former impressions.

On a candid review, we may venture to assert, that those ladies and gentlemen who have a relish for the ancient literature of this country, may gratify their taste, in the perufal of these volumes ; and as the present impresion is the fairett we have hitherto feen of the Author, we can so far recommend it to those curious collectors, for a place on the dramatic Melf in their libraries.

Art. 38. The Indiscreet Marriage; or, Henry and Sapbia Somero

ville. In a Series of Letters. By Miss Nugent and Miss Taylor,
of Twickenham.

12 mo, 3 Vols. 9 s. bound. Dodsley, &c. 1779

A novel which appears before the Public under the fanction of two female names, seems entitled, if not to favour, at lealt to lenity. Instead, therefore, of entering into a particular enumeraţion of the defects of this work, we shall only express a wish, that those females who think themselves poffefsed of sufficient genius and invention to write for the entertainment of the Public, would not content them. felves with that moderate share of literary reputation which a tolerable facility in the art of epiftolary writing may have obtained among the circle of their friends, but by convering intimately with the bett models of good writing, acquire that elegance and refinement of taite, which will neither be capable of being pleased with, nor exe pea to please by, mediocrity,


Art. 39. The Count de Rethel : An historical Novel. Taken from the French.

ha mo. 3. Vols. 9.5. bound. Hookham. This novel is sufficiently enriched with variety of incident and sentiment to raise it above the character of infipidity. It is written in an easy style, and, without calling for any vigorous exertions of the underltanding, or producing any violent agitations of the heart, may afford an agreeable amusement for a leisure hour.

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Art. 40. The History of the Common Law. By Sir Matthew

Hale, Lord Chief Justice of England in the Reign of Charles II. The Fourth Edition corrected; with Notes, References, and some Account of the Life of the Author, by Charles Runnington, Esq; Barritter at Law. Svo. "10 s. 6 d. Boards. Cadell. 1779

We have here a new edition of this valuable work, accompanied with many additional references, and a large collection of notes and illutrations. In these:Mr. Runningion has availed himself of the labours of our modern writers to a larger extent of quotation than the dury of an annotator demanded, or perhaps admitted: This Gentleman's industry in tranfcribing is greater than bis judgment in selecting and applying. We are presented with copious extracts from the works of Judge Blackftone, Mr. Barrington, Dr. Sullivan, Lord Lyttelton, Mr. Hame, and others, 'on points which no man who is 'moderately versed in English hiftory and jurisprudence, can be fupposed to be at this day oracquainted with. What is fingular enough, the authority of Blackstone is sometimes prodaced in confirmation of Sir Matthew Hale's doctrine, where Sir Matthew Hale is the very authority to which Blackstone himself refers. This is surely to turn back the stream to its fountain. At this rate the works of these learned authors may be quoted as comments on each other in endless reciprocation. Perhaps, too, the name of Hume appears oftener in these notes than will please a conftitutional lawyer. Mr. Hume's 'writings, when he treats of the early period of Esglish hiftory, however subtile and elegant, have no claim to veneration when opposed to those of Sir Matthew Hale, and when alleged merely in confirmation of them, they are nugatory in a work of this kind. As a guide, however, to the student on his first entrance on the study of our laws, Mr. Runnington's notes will be found useful and valuable. They will introduce him to an acquaintance with the most liberal of our writers, and give him some idea of the extent of the science, and the variety of objects that call for his attention in it, and they will affist him in his further progress, by pointing out many of the alterations which the practical part of the law has undergone since Sir Matthew Hale wrote, as well as the revolutions of opinion concerning some general questions which this great man has discussed. Mr. Runnington has annexed an account of Sir Matthew Hale's life, which (though somewhat verbose and affected in its style) cannot be perused too often, as it holds out a perfect model of the judicial character. The principal faas which history has transmitted concerning him are here recorded with fidelity,


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