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feel our opinion of the play much altered, by the animadversions of this critic. We observe, indeed, that his principal objections fall on the original drama, not on Mr. Sheridan's alterations, excepting the catastrophe, which we have already noticed* as liable to censure.
A principal design of this pamphlet is to discover parallelisms between the mock-tragedy in the Critic, and the play of Pizarro. One of these we shall extract; the only instance, we think, in which the critic has succeeded.
• We hope our readers, in comparing the two following passages, will think the coincidence entirely accidental.
• Pizarro. It appears we are agreed.
* Puf Oyes; when they do agree on the stage, their unanimity is wonderful.'
Critic' As this gentleman seems to have some spare time and wit on his hands, suppose he were to undertake a grand review of Kotzebue's plays, as a work likely to find sufficient employment for both ?
Fer? Art. 34. Bubble and Squeak, a Gallimaufry of British Beef with
the Chopp'd Cabbage of Gallic Philosophy and radical Re. form. By the Author of Topsy-Turvy, Salmagundy t, &c. Svo.
2s. 6d. sewed. Wright, &c. 1799. Art. 35. Crambe Repetita, a second Course of Bubble and Squeak,
a Gallimaufry: with a Devil'd Biscuit or two, to help Digestion, and “ close the Orifice of the Stomach." By the Author of : Topsy-Turvy. 8vo... 28. 6d. Wright, &c. 1799.
If there be truth in the doctrine of transmigration, there can be no doubt that the soul of Samuel Butler actually resides in, and ani: mates, both the body and the goose-quill of the witty author of
SALMAGUNDY, whose present performances bear evident affinity with
* Monthly Rev. for July last.
may THAT House continue, “ Happy and Glorious," to the end of time !-As to the French, and their revolutionary politics and proceedings, let the Devil, and Suwarrow, and our ingenious author, do what they please with them. Art. 36. The Battle of the Nile, a Dramatic Poem, on the Model of
the Greek Tragedy. 8vo. 28. Faulder. The subject of this poem will not admit of that variety of incident, which, according to our present taste, is essential to dramatic excel. lence: but the author has endeavoured to remedy this defect, by making it the vehicle of patriotic and moral sentiment. The language is in general animated and nervous ; and the choral songs have considerable poetic merit. The scene is laid in Paris : the persons in the drama are few; and their characters are rather distinguished by gene. ral qualities, than by striking and appropriate features. The Di. rectors of France are haughty and vindictive; while the chorus, composed of antient men of Paris, exhibits characters mild, temperate, and humane; and, though firmly attached to their country, yet ready to bear testimony to the merit of an enemy.
The following chorus, as it contains a poetical description of our island, may not be wholly uninteresting to our readers ;
• STROPHE I.
Which northward from our Mainland tore
While interposed delicious scenes appear'd,
• ANTISTROPNE 1.
Here ancient Oaks the high Hills crown;
Here Thames majestic Hows through fruitful Plains ;
• STROPHE 2.
Shall rise in distant times to fame;
Descending from their Hills, the Woods
And, with proud Banners high unfurl'd,
Come then, ye Strangers, to my Shores, and be
• ANTISTROPHE 2.
Their Arms and Tents and Kindred bore ;
Or, like yon Gaul, the contest
Who flies in evil hour Egyptian Nile,
Ban? Art. 37. Inkle and Tarico, a Poem. By Mr. C. Brown. 4to.
Is. 6d. Clendiming. 1799. We were much disappointed in the perusal of this poem. The subject appeared so capable of the tender as well as the sublime touches of a pocric liand, that we expected niuch pleasure from the writer who had chosen su promising a topic. The poem, however, is uniformly dull and feeble.--- By the author's notes, we perceire that he is conversant with “ Bards of better times :" we wish that he kad more improved by good company.
Smyth. RELIGIOUS, &e. Art. 38. A Supplement to the Remarks on the Sigvis of the Times * , with
many additional Remarks. By Eduard King, Esq. F.R.S. A.S. 4to. pp. 59. 35. Nicol. Febritlry, 1799.
Dean Prideaux, who (notwithstanding any objections that may be started in opposition to some of his potions) is, or ought to be, esteemed by the learned, briefly notices the second book of Esdras, and pronounces it to be apocryphal ; adding, with a kind of contempt, “ a book too absurd for the Romanists themselves to receive into their canon.” The respectable writer now before us is of a very different opinion. He avoids, indeed, an inquiry into the authenticity of the work : but he produces from it, with fervour, a supposed prophecy in the 15th and 16th chapters, relative to Egypt, Arabia, and Syria, by which his mind is greatly impressed. Accordingly, he connects some predietidus of Isaiah, Zechariah, and Zephaniah ; and from the whole infers the restoration of the Jews to their own country, in part before their conversion to Christianity, but principally after such an event is accomplished.
• See M. Rey, for Nov. 1798, vol. xxvii. N. S. p. 334.
The 18th chapter of Isaiah attracts more particular attention : we shall briefly notice his observations on the first verse, –Wor to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia. Here, our author concludes,
We have the description of a land, appearing geographically, in its outlines, with extended wings, something like thuse of a fluttering bird. And now, let any one cast his eyes on a globe, or on a map of the world, especially on one well coloured, and let him see what land does so. And he will find one, and one only on the whole face of the earth, which has that appearance. And that appearance it has so strongly, that it is scarce possible not to discern it. This land so appearing, is France, which has Spain on one side, and Germany on the other, in the form of their outlines, like two extended wings. In the next place, we are told, this land was beyond the rivers of Ethiopia : and to a person residing in Judea, as the prophet Isaiah did at the time of the prophecy, so the land of France actually geographically is.'
We are here inclined to ask with a smile, what cannot fancy effect ? It ought, however, to be observed that the whole of this chapter is confessedly so obscure, that commentators and critics are greatly at a loss as to its object. Some say Assyria, some Egypt; Dr. Lowth inclines to the last, but with evident hesitation: He translates, “ Ho! to the land of the winged cymbal,” signifying the Egyptian sistrum, an instrument of music expressed in this manner in the Hebrew language, and which is said also to appear on a medal of Adrian as the proper attribute of Egypt.-Mr. King discovers the French with great clearness in succeeding parts of this prediction;are they not, (hie asks,) according to the phrase of the seventh verst, meting out and treading down indeed kingdoms and states, and many lands-Sure, (he exclaims,) never was any prophetical picture so strongly painted!' He seems also in this prophetic vision to foresee their destruction ; and, as a consequence of these wars and confusions, in the words of the same verse, a present to be brought to Mount Zion, even the resto. ration of Israel. The twelfth verse of the 27th chapter of this book he likewise regards as referring to some late events. Guided by the Septuagint, he translates somewhat differently from our version; “ The Lord shall blockade, or confine and straiten from Alexandria to the mouth of the Nile; or to the stream of the Nile ;" —and, he inquires, is not this just soat this very period? Is not Egypt and its coast blockaded and straitened from Alexandria to the Nile both by land and water :-Aud was it ever so at any time in the whole period of all the ages of the world before?'
These are some of Mr. King's remarks and reflections, to which lic calls the atiention of his countrymen. We cannot but unite with him in acknowleging that, for some years past, the public occurrences have been of a singular, and indeed an astonishing kind. The application of prophecy, howeyer, till it explains itself, is difficule and hazardous. In the few months which have elapsed since his publication appeared, there has been a considerable
, change in the aspect of affairs :-What alteration a few more may produce, we ven. ture not to prognosticate !
Mr. King does not finish his remarks without reverting to what we might be disposed to denominate a favourite work with
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second book of Esdras, on some parts of which he farther expatiates:
Hi. Art. 39. The Scripture Doctrine of the Messiah. Part II. Being an Attempt, by an impartial 'View of the whole Evidence, to determine which of the Opinions concerning him, of those who are real Believers in Christianity, is the truest. By Thorias
Barker. 8vo. pp. 88. 35. sewed.' White. 1798. : Mr. Barker's former publication * chiefly regarded the prophecies concerning the Messiah, with their accomplishment; of the present, we shall extract an account from the author's preface.
- I choose to call this tract the Scripture doctrine of the Messiah, because that is the most to be depended on. Its authority is greater than that of the fathers: I have studied it more carefully : my authorities are all ont of it :- In my examination, I endeavour to give the sense of the texts I quote as true as I can, according to their real meaning, and not wrest them to any forced interpretation which they may possibly bear, or at least be explained away into, but what appears to be the real meaning of the writer: and I am not sensible that I have 'used any text in a sense different from what it was in. tended to express.- I do not lay down doctrines which I suppose to be true, and then endeavour to confirm them by texts which I can accommodate to them, but extract the doctrine from the texts I produce; and all parties are desired to examine how fairly I have quoted, and how truly I have extracted the meaning, and to reconsider whether the middle opinion, that the Son is inferior to God, but superior to all other beings, is not most consistent with the whole description given of him in the Bible. Such indeed it appears to me. I cannot find that the Athanasian equality and union is really the doctrine of the scriptures; and on the other hand, I can by no incans reconcile the Socinian notion of his being only a man like ourselves, with the exalted deseriptions so repeatedly given of him in the New Testament.'
The pamphlet consists of fourteen chapters, each divided into sections, with different titles, under which are enumerated the texts of Scripture appropriate to each ; and each chapter finishes by a summary of its contents: in conformity to which, an abstract of the whole concludes the pamphlet, whence we present the reader with the following lines:
See M. Review for August 1780, vol. Ixiii. p. 57.