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Ireland does not share in the reproaches thrown out against the British army; the Irish, according to our author, were forced into the service! while English, Germans, Scotch, rushed headlong to the war, it was with reluctance that the fons of Hibernia drew the sword against their fifter state !

* The lion frown'd, the eagle flam'd in gold
Hibernia's harp reluctant here was hung-

And Scotia's thistle there spontaneous fprung."
When we consider the present critical fituations of Britain and
Ireland, these ideas need no explanation. The adulation paid to the
French monarch is equally fulsome and ridiculous.

Such are the glories of the allied band !
And such the dawning hope that cheers our land!
Since Gallia's Sire, high on a throne of state,
Sublimely good, magnanimously great!
Protector of the rights of human kind!
Weigh'd the dread contest in his royal mind,
And bade his fleets o'er the broad ocean fly,
To fuccour realms beneath another sky.
Since his blest troops in happiest toils allied,
Have fought, have bled, have conquer'd by your fide :
The mingled gore, in the same trench that flow'd

Cements the nations by their heroes blood. The passage however is tollerably expressed, except the two last lines, where mingled blood is said to "cement the nations” by blood,

After the author has entertained us through the greater part of the Poem with scenes of war and flaughter, with praises of General Washington, and lamentations for the death of Brown, Scammel, Mercer, Laurens, &c. he thus concludes this part of his address,

• Th' exhausted foe-his last poor efforts tried,
Sees nought remain, save impotence and pride;
His golden dreams of fancied conquests o'er,
(And Gallia thund'ring round his native shore,
Iberia aiding with Potofi's mines,
While old Batavia in the conflict joins)
Reluctant turns and deep involv'd in woes,

In other climes, prepares for other foes." He then exhorts his countrymen to form a settlement on the banks of the Ohio, and paints with confiderable success the pleasures of independance and equality, the calm and pure enjoyments of what may be termed a virgin state. But is it in a country where commerce, and of course the love of riches have long subfisted, and where the wretched African groaņs under the yoke of Navery that he is to collect suitable members for this iinmaculate community: Poets, it is true, are not obliged to adhere strictly to truth, but amidst the marvelous they should still keep fight of probability,

He concludes with the following lines, which are among the best the Poem.

• And thou Supreme! whose hand sustains this ball, Before whose nod, the nations rise and fall,

Propitious

Propitious smile, and shed diviner charms,
On this blest land, the queen of arts and arms :-
Make the great Empire rise on wisdom's plan,

'The seat of bliss, and last retreat of Man."
Upon the whole, there is an animation in the work, which pleads
its cause with some success at the bar of correct taste. Mr. Humphries
may be placed pretty far up on the scale of poetical mediocrity:
Art. 39. Criticisms on the Rolliad. A Poem. Being a more

faithful portraiture of the pretent immaculate young Minister, and his friends, than any extant. The several beauties of that initimable poem, are likewise carefully selected. 8vo. 1s. Ridge way. 1784.

Very seldom indeed have the news-papers presented us with so inimitable a combination of wanton wit and unbridled fatire, as are exhibited in this performance. The person originally aimed at is Mr. Rolle, a celebrated member of parliament, who, we believe, has distinguished himself more than by any thing else, by his virulent oppolition to Mr. Burke. The subject of animadversion, is a suppotitious heroic poem, o the action of which,” as we are informed, “ is one, entire, and great event, being the procreation of a child upon the wife of a Saxon druminer, The hero is Rollo, Duke of Normandy, and father of William the Conqueror. But " in the fixth book Rollo descends into a night cellar, to consult the illuftrious Merlin upon his future destiny; and the philosopher's magic lanthorn exhibits to him the characters of all his descendants, and cven of all those who were to act on the same stage with the Marcellus of the piece, the present illustrious Mr. Rolle.” After this, both the author and the hero are in a manner lost in the celebrity of the present actors in the political drama.

The Rev. Dr. Pettyman, chaplain to his Majesty, and private fecretary to Mr. Pitt, is thus described :

“ 'Thou Prince of preachers, and thou Prince's priest,
Pembroke's pale pride; in Pitt's præcordia plac'd :
Thy merits all shallfuture
And Prince be loft in PARSON Prettyman.*
Argus could boast an hundred

eyes,
The Doctor looks an hundred ways with two,

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Our author then describes very accurately the Doctor's hairs
dressing, and devotes ten beautiful lines to an eulogy, upon the brilli-
ant upon the little finger of his right hand; of which he emphati-
cally says,

“ No veal putrescent por no whiting's eye
In the true water with this ring could vie.

“ Oh! had you seen his lily, lily hand,
Stroke his pale cheek, and coax his snow-white band;
This adding force to all his powers of speech,
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That points the way to Heaven's celestial ġrace,
This keeps his finall cloaths in their proper place.
Oh! how the comely minister you'd prais'd,
As right and finister bý turns he rais'd.”
The following lines may terve as a fpeçimen of our author's fe-

" As Mulgrave, who so fit,
To chaunt the praises of ingenuous Pitt?
The nymph unhackney'd and unknown abroad,
Is thus commended by the hackney'd bawd.
The dupe, enraptur'd, views her fancied charms,
And clasps the inaiden mischief to his arms .
Till dire disease reveals the truth too late-

Ogrant my country, Heaven, a milder fate!" We have only to add, that we cannot be heartily angry with the industrious bookseller, who has furnished us with fo convenient an opportunity of regarding these papers in one point of view, though he has printed them incorrectly, deformed them with a molt barbarous title-page, and taken up the matter fomewhat of the earliest. Enough has been exhibited of them in the preceding extracts, to induce every genuine friend of humour, to join us in the prayer, Long may they be continued ! Art. 40. Eironiclaftes, or, a Cloud of Facts against a Gleam

of Confort. 8vo, 2s. Shepperson and Reynolds.

This pamphlet is written with much ferocity and bitterness. In argument it is feeble ; and administration can have no thanks to return to the author. He is angry without talents; and declamatory without eloquence. Art, 41, Poetry ; by Richard Crashaw, who was a Canon

in the Chapel of Loretto, and died there, in the Year 1650. With fome Account of the Author; and an Introductory Address to the Reader by Peregrine Phillips, Attorney at Law, Author of the Brighthelmitone Diary, and many Tracts relative to the late Disputes between Great Britain and North America. 1 2mo. 35. Bell London. Crashaw was a poet of eininence in his day, and he may

still be read with great pleasure. Though his taste, like that of the age in which he lived was corrupted, and he abounds with gawdiness and affectation, he yet exhibits many strokes of real genius. Pope condescended to imitate him in many places, and was not honest enough to acknowledge the obligation. Other poets adopted the fame liberty, and discovered the same ingratitude. Mr. Phillips does justice to his author; and the public cannot but be pleased with this beautiful edition of the writings of a bard, who notwithstanding the brilliancy of his imagination, and the expressive energy of his language, had almost funk into oblivion. Art. 42. The Nabob. A Novel, In a Series of Letters. By

a Lady. 2 vols. Izmo. 5s. Lane. London.

The characteristic of this performance is a decent mediocrity. Though the fituations as well as the characters are pulhed to extremity, yet the tendency of the work is moral. It may, therefore, be endured, and there are readers who may even be pleased with it.

Art.

Art. 43. Matilda: or, The Efforts of Virtue. A Novel.

. In a Series of Letters. By a Lady, 3 vols. 12mo. 7s. 6d. Lane, London.

There volumes have a great affinity with the performance last noticed, and have probably proceded from the fame pen. As they ex. hibit lessons of morality and virtue they are to be commended. lo other respects it would be improper to beltow the language of panegyrick. Art. 44. Pinetti's Last Legacy, or, The Magical Cabinet un

locked: being a curious Collection of entertaining and diverting Tricks on Cards and Dice; together with the astonishing philoso. phical Experiments, &c. projected by the ingenious and celebrated Signior G. Pinnetti, who has received the Patronage of most of thc Princes of Europe, for his surprizing and wonderful Inventions; and has exhibited the fame at the Theatre Royal in London with universal Applausc; consisting of thirty three astonishing and wonderful Tricks and Experiments performed by him : interspersed with the Performances of several other ingenious Persons, never before published: the whole explained in fo familiar a Manner, as to enable the Reader to become equally expert with Pinnetti in magical and philosophical Experiments. 12mo. Is. Moore. London.

This endlets and puffing title page, announces a vile catchpenny, Art. 45. An Asylum for fugitive Pieces in Prose and Verse,

not in any other Collections: With several Pieces never before publiflied. 12mo. 38. Debrett. London. Here there are a few pieces which are good; and a greater

Num. ber that are either bad or indifferent. Art. 46. The History of Antichrift ; 'or, Free Thoughts on the

Corruptions of Christianity. In a Series of Letters to the Author of “ The Reviewer reviewed,” and other publications. By William Richards. 8vo. 15. 6d. Wittingham, Lynn. Buckland, London. 1784.

Mr. Richards affects to laugh at the reformation. That event, he says, “ set the subjects of antichrist together by the ears; but it was not the restoration of primitive or genuine christianity ; nor did it introduce a more conlistent system than that of Rome. Had the reformers introduced the system of the new testament, their work, properly speaking, would not have been a reformation, but a total change, nevertheless, he says, their work is very justly termed a reformation; for it was in fact nothing more than mending the old

superstition. The reformers may be said to have produced a new edition of popery, with additions and amendments. But the systeins of the whole of the reformers he considers as antichristian.From vilifying the reformation, our author proceeds, by hatty steps, to his favourite topic the antichristian nature of infant sprinkling, which he pronounces to be the field and sword of Reme; and the difrace and curse of protestanism. For, infant baptism, he affirms, is uted as the grand plea for compliance with the ceremonies both of the church of Rome, and the church of England.

Having given a description of antichrist and his spirit, whence infant fprinkling, he thinks, originates, and in which description

large

large quotations forin the greatest and best part ; Mr. Richards proceeds to exhibit a short view of his operations and progress during the first ages of christianity.

"The meafures adopted and pursued by these judaizers teachers in their opposition to the apoftolic doctrine, were, as I before intimated, the firfi acts of Antichritt. Here we find him Itrongly attached to judailm, and labouring to introduce and establish it as the very ground and model of Christianity. But we must in no wise imagine that his attachment or favour is confined to the jewish system. He favoured judaism because it was a national religon--a kingdom of this world; and he afterwards favoured the different pagan lystems, for the same reason. For in gentile lands, wherever the gospel prevailed, we find him continually employed in the fame accommodating business that had before engaged his attention in Judea. In the eaftern countries he appeared conitantly and strenuoully labouring to incorporate with christianity the religious system that was there in rogue. In Greece and Afa Minor, where the Grecian philosophy prevailed, he observed the faine mode of proceeding with respect to that system. -At Rome also we find him very early taking the like method with the superstition which the pagan Romans had embraced and established. The self faine courie he afterwards appears to have pursued among the Celtic and other western nations. This very method, Sir, the man of fin feems to have pretty uniformly adopted in all his succeeding operations---especially since he obtained the patronage of the civil powers. The christianity, as it is called, which Constantine and his successors patronized, was certainly formed upon this accommodating principle. This was what made it so perfectly agreeable to the state of corrupt man, and brought the world so readily to embrace it. They saw the very fpirit of the old Superstition retained in the new; and could not but view the latter as a superstructure erected upon

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foundation and accord. ing to the very model of the former, and which was built in a great measure, with the very fame materials. This celebrated system, in process of time, begat others in its own likeness :---Of which those of the Greeks and Romans are the principal. From the Romißh hierarchy are descended all the religious eftablishments in this pårt of the world: And it must be owned that it has a moll numerous and thriving progeny. What are all the hierarchies produced by the Reformation, from those of Luther and the mad-men oi Munster, to those of more recent origin, but the offspring of the Romih Where? Their countenance and their manners, and every thing about them, loudly proclaim their lineage."

The opposition to the practice of immersion, Mr. Richards obferves, is chiefly grounded upon two objections ---that it is indecent, and that it is dangerous to health.

We have embraced different occasions of declaring our conviction, that immersion in water was the mode of baptizing adult persons in the primitive church, but at the same time we expressed, and now repeat our opinion that there are many things contained in the facred fcriptures concerning which, even good christians and such as have a faving faith towards God inay entertain different and oppulite Botions. Poflessing these sentiments, we are sorry to see 10

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