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We are pleased with the author's tender attachment to his wife. The first and last of his poems are addressed to her; nor is the forgotten in other parts of the work.
Without entering into minute criticism, we shall only observe of these poems, that they are nearly on a level with most of the fon. nets that have lately made their appearance. Art. 17. The Words of the Songs, Duets, Glees, Choruses, Sc.
in the Nunnery. A comic Opera of two Acts. The Music by Mr. Shield. London printed for T. and J. Egerton, 6d. 1785.
'To write a good song has been considered as an arduous task. The lyric compositions in our operas, serve only to confirm this fentiment; and the present fongs, though fuperior to many that we hear upon the stage, fall fhort of that excellence which gocd taste demands. Art. 18. A Treatife on the Principles of Hair-drefing. In
which the deformities of inodern hair dreiling are pointed out, and an elegant and natural plan recommended, upon Hogarth's immortal fyltem of beauty. Illustrated by examples from the paintings of the most celebrated artists, and confirmed by the remarks of the most elegant and famed poets of the different ages from the thirteenth century to the present time. By Willian Barker, hair-dresser, No. 6, King's-street, Hulborn. 8vo. Is. 6d. Bew.
Mr. Barker is a learned and intelligent hair-dreffer, indeed.-Making allowances for a considerable dash of affectation, his pam phlet is well written. His intention throughout his work, in which he enters into the most minute detail, is, To guide, not alter Na
ture :' • This,' he says, “is the business of a hair-dreffer." We recommend his work to the attention of our fair country-women, and heartily with success to his plan of reformation ; but are afraid that our wishes and his labours will be in vain. Art. 19: The Demoniad, or, The Bests of a Day. displayed
from various characters ; in a poetic epistle to H-S—, Éíq. London, printed for the author, and sold by J. W. Fores. 410. 2s. 1785.
Abuse against Mrs. Siddons, Lord North, Mr. Lunardi, Lord George Gordon, &c. &c. conveyed in harsh and incorrect rhymes. Art. 20. Susan and Ofmund. A Lyric Poem. -4to. is. 6d.
. T. Kearsley. 1785.
We have often had occasion to put authors in mind of the difficulties of the legendary tale ; but no one will take warning by the failure of his predecessors. Every stripling in verle still attempts to bend this bow of Ulyfies. The author of Sufan and Olmond, is: amongst the least fuccefsful, Susan and Olinund are both
very virtuous : they have a reciprocal paffion; which is thwarted by the avarice of the lady's father, The lover, unable to obtain the hand of his mistressă is sent to America by his father. Sufan foon after dies of a consumption ; and Olmund, whole life had been preserved only 4
by the maiden's prayers, is killed in battle. The two fathers are represented as erally miserable for the death of their children; and the poein concludes with something like a paraphrase on the latt stanza of the ballad of Chevy-Chace.
We can discern reither invention nor poetical expreffion in the story; it relembles the disagreeable inonotony of the drone of a beg-pipe. In one part of the tale, however, our poep is original :
-When he is to describe the parting his lovers, he tells us, Here language proves too weak;' and instead of endeavouring to paint the lituation, we are presented with a stanza of blanks, which the reader is to fill up by the help of his own imagination. After giving us the argument in plain profe, it would, perhaps, have been as well, had he treated the whole story in the same manner. Art. 21. Birth Day Converfation anticipated; or a Peep into
the Drawing-Room on the 18th of January: 4to. Is. 6d. Keársley, London, 1785
Dull, fcurrilous and obscene. The author has never approached nearer the Drawing-room than King's-place. Art. 22. The Prospect; or Re-Union of Britain and America.
A poem. Addieised to the Right Honourable William Pitt, 4to. is. 6d. Bew, London, 1785.
This publication, we suppose, was intended as a counter-poison againt*
*“ A Poem, addrefled to the Armies of the United States of America, by Colonel Humphries. The Colonel himself is not among the higher class of poets; and this American officer must be placed ftill lower in the scale. But though we cannot bestow much praise upon his poetry, and are not fo fanguine as to hope that his vision will be foor realized, yet every atteinpt to soothe the minds of the late contending powers, muit proceed from a benevolent heart, and deserves applaufe. Of the author's ideas of re-union, of the consequences it is likely to produce, and of the merit of the poetry, our readers may judge from the following extract :
Yon town, † where peace and all the virtues live,
His foul shall frame the great, the blėss'd defign
* Review for April, page 212.
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! To tear the western empire from her fide :
Spain, too, shall curse the part her monarch took,
. And every tyrant from his throne be shook.' The publication is dedicated to Mr. Pitt; and through the whole of the poem, this American officer is not fparing of his pag negyric on the King and the present administration.
We have our suspicions, from internal evidence, that “ The Prof. pect” was not written at Pitts-burg, nor by an Officer of the United States. Art. 23. Sonnets and ather Poems ; with a Versification of the
Six Bards of Ollian. 8vo. 2s. 6d, Wilkie, London, 1785,
These poems appear to be the production of a feeling and cultivated mind; but they are not works of genius. They confist of original poems, a versification of the fix Bards of Ossian, and some translations from Horacc. As a specimen, we present our readers
8 Ο Ν Ν Ε Τ II,
To Miss M-
WRITTEN BY MOON-LIGHT.
To win thy favour, tho' ambition raise
But that thine image may adorn my lyre
As, when behind the silver clouds Me itrays,
Till woods, hills, vallies, with enchantment fire;
Break thro’ the brightend veil ; illume thy form
In thy sweet manners all its powers unfold ;
And in thine eyes such fairy radiance hold,
That on each object round they beam a magic charm. Whether our language have not sufficient pliability for the struc ture of the sonnet we shall not pretend to determine, but there is a stiffness in these, as well as in almost all the other English fonnets we have seen, which proves at least the difficulty of this species of compofition.
The versification of Olian's Bards is in imitation of Gray's translations from the Norse. Our author would have succeeded bet, ter in this measure had he employed less inversion and fewer expletives. Doth howl, doth safe remain, doth shade,!'' are to be met with in the space of eight lines. The translations from Horace are below mediocrity. Art. 24. Liberty-Hall; or a test of Good-fellowship. A Comic
Opera, in two Acts. As it is performed with the greatest applause at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. is. Kearsley, 1785.
Liberty-Hall is not one of the worst of the Comic Operas which have lately appeared. Though there be no originality in the characters, yet the dialogue is tolerable, there is something like
poetry in some of the songs, and the moral tendency of the piece is commendable. Art: 25. A brief Account of a Seminary of Learning, efta
blished at Marğace in Kent, for the reception of Twelve young Gentlemen. By a Clergyman. 12mo.6d. Murray:
The Rev. Mr. Wells, chaplain to the Right Hon. Simon Earl Harcourt, and rector of Leigh, in the county of Worcester, is the the author of this essay. His plan is extenfive and commendable. He proposes to educate ten or twelve pupils for the university, the navy, the army, or the commercial walks of life. The mode of instruction to be followed by him is that which is fo fully recommended by Mr. Knox in his efiay on Education ; and while he expreffes it as his wifh to attend very particularly to the proficiency of his pupils in their studies, he is to exert an equal anxiety in consulting their health, their diet, and exercise. It must be confeffed, that Mr, Wells, exhibits a very promising idea of his seminary of learning ; and that his treatise discovers his ability for compofition. Art. 26. Adelgide ; or Conjugal Affection. A Novel. Trans
lated from the French. 12mo. 2s. 6d. sewed, Lane.
Here we are amuled with the endless trivolity of French manners. Every thing is childishi and affected. The author keeps himself at an awful distance from what is natural, sensible or proper. Art. 27. The Vale of Glendor ; er Memoirs of Emily' Wejbrook.
7 Vols. I 21no. 58. fewed. Noble. The demerit of this performance is uncommon. In its story it is insuperably insipid : in its style it is incomparably turgid. Ít pretends to amuse, and to instruct. It can excite however no emotions, but those of disgust and contempt. Art. 28. The Fatal Murriage ; a Novel. 2 Vols. 12mo. 55.
This unfortunate publication has not one claim to praise. The narrative, the characters, the manner, and the incidents are all of fenfive. The author is even far below the mediocrity of novelists. Art. 29. Practical Benevolence, in a Letter addressed to the
Public by a universal friend; to whom persons of all ranks and denoininations may have recourse for Advice, in the most critical fituations, and inost delicate circumstances of human life. 8vo. I'$ Murray.
An amiible philanthropy reigns in this publication, and does honour to the heart of the author. That the offer he makes to the public of his alistance, may be successful is a matter devoutly to be wished for. The novelty of his plan ought to be no objection to it. In our opinion it is a recommendation to him; and we must acknowiedge that his cor pofition is easy and flowing. Art. 30. A Key to the Parliamentary Debates ; being an hum
ble attempt to render them intelligible. 8vo. Is. 6d. Dcbret. London.
The author of this performance affces to be knowing in the debates of parliament; but he is entirely a stranger to them. He af
fects wit, and has no pretensions to it. His work has nothing to re:
the People of England. 8vo. Is. Jarvis.
Here the opposition is vindicated and administration culumniated. The performance is acrimonious without argument, and disgraces the cause it would defend. The ignoble ftrain of the generality of pamphlets, is a strong proof of the integrity of men of letters. For the puny efforts both for and against government, can proceed from no individuals who have been cultivated by study and reflection. Art. 32. Loose Thoughts on the veryimportant Situation.of Ireland.
Containing a Distinction between the Catholics and Protestants”; and Strictures on the Conduct of Ministers. Addressed to the Right Hon. Lord Thurlow, By Joseph Williams, Esq. 8vo. 15. 6. Southern, 1785.
The great body, and what we may call the real natives of Ireland, are the Catholics. These have long been, and still are, in a state of fubordination to the Protestants, who look' upon themselves now as the people of Ireland. They were chiefly transplanted into that kingdom from England ; and Mr. Williams thews, from history and parliamentary records, that until the unfortunate American war, they always acknowledged their dependence upon England. He reprobares, in terms of indignation, the factious views of our orators in parliament, and the weak and pusillanimous conduct of ministers. He advises all parties to unite, and with a firm determined voice, declare their resolution to support the authority of this empire over the depending state of Ireland.' Amidit a nun.ber of ob fervations, arranged with little regard to method or order, we now and then meet with a thought shrewdly conceived and bluntly ext; prefled.
• What avails a boasted economy in the Treasury, if the nation is betrayed in greater things, and the dignity of the state betrayed to the schemes of a party, whether that party is an abettor of prerogative, or opposition.-If a minister gives no other proof of his abilities than a futile harangue in the House of Commons, the nation will soon pronounce him fitter for a spouting-club, where his declamation may meet with applause.'
- English patriotism is -of a very peculiar cast; it consists of oppofition to the measures of government; supporting and patronizing the discontented.
To this we owe the loss of America ; and to this we owe the conduct of Ireland. When
Dissolution of the late, and Conduet of the present Parliament; and