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more deliberate aim. His principal objects are the sportsmen (and there are many such) whose luft for divertion is suffered to swallow up almoft every other passion,
• Nor can the Muse, without a blush, impart,
Say next, what storms the smallest ills produce ?
Blet be that maid, whose soft persuafive charms
Nor do our sportsmen's labours of the day
What! tho thy pointers boast fuperior speed,
And seem to say, by G- he was not there.
By John FawWiih a Funeral Sermon on the same Occasion. By William Crabtree, 8vo. Keith. 1780.
Mr. Fawcet's poetical talents have been already hinted at on a former publication *. In whatever eftimation his poetry may be held, which, however, does not often sink below mediocrity, his piety and benevolence will at least entitle him to respect. Art. 31. A SeleЕtion of Hebrew Poems, translated by John Far
rer, of Queen's College, Oxford. 4to. 35. 6 d. Evans. 1780.
In this Selection we meet with some of the most poetical passages of the Old Testament translated into very tolerable Englith verse. Should, however, the ingenious Translator fail of giving that full satisfaction which some Readers may expect from him, let it be remembered, his atrempt is of that kind which has baffled many writers, even of considerable reputation. Art. 32. America, a Poem. By John Farrer, of Queen's
College. Oxford. 4to, Evans, 1780. America is here considered as a froward child, quarrelling with an indulgent and affectionate parent. Mr. Farrer prophesies, that she will be compelled to return to her duty and allegiance, which is apparently a laboured performance, is not without some marks of ingenuity. Art. 33. The Temptation, or Satan in the Country. A Poem.
I s. 6 d. Cadell. 1781. Satan tempts a lady in the country to pass off a bad shilling at cards. The poem is worthy of its subject, and the bad fhilling is the full worth of the poem.
Poetical Epistle from Florizel to Perdita : with Perdita's Answer. And a Preliminary Discourse upon the Education of Princes. 410,
2 s. 6 d. Stockdale, It was easy to foresee, that the various paragraphs, relative to the pretended amours of a young prince, so industriously diffeminated, for some months past, in the newspapers, would, in due season, produce a plenieous crop of fruit, in the more ample forms of pamphlets, poems, and books of New Memoirs, and Secret History. Accordingly,
* See Monthly Review, vol. 62, p. 246,
we see them begin to spring up; and here is, already, a fall blown .quarto, with leaves of prose, and 'Howers of poetry, in abundance: all fair to the spectator's eye, but, to the hero and heroine of the scandalous tale, bearing only prickly thorns and stinging nettles. Art. 35. The Gladiators : an Heroic Epistle, addressed to the
Bravoes of Administration. Folio. Richardfon. 1781, This poetical prize fighter seems to have picked up an old cudgel of Churchill's ; and though he possesses neither Arength nor dexterity to use it with much effect, yet he now and then gives a tly rap wită it, especially if a Scotchman comes in his way :
• The plot miscarried--but in Scottisti lays,
Than Maggy's fingers to her Sawney's fide.'
A Poem, by a Yeoman of Kent. 4to. 1 $. 6 d. Bladon. 1780.
We hope this yeoman of Kent will, in future, find a more suitable employment than writing bad verses that he cannot find a citle for. Art. 37. Eloisa en Dishabille, being a new Version of that
Lady's celebrated Epistle to Abelard, done into familiar English Metre, by a Lounger. To which is prefixed, a Dedicatory Address to that respectable Fraternity, of which the Author has the Honour to be an unworthy Member. 400 is.
Faulder. 1780. A profligate parody of Mr. Pope's Epifile from Eloisa to Abelard. Art. 38. A Satire on the present Times. The second Edition,
Siockdale, 1780. There cannot be a severer satire on the times than that such a dull rhapsody as this should run, as the title-page afferts, to a second edis tion. We suspect, however, that this is not only the firft, but will, in all probability, be the last edition of this very infipid perform.
DRAMA TI C. Art. 39. The Siege of Sinope. A Tragedy. As it is acted at
the Theatre-Royal in Covent Garden. By Mss. Brooke, Author of Julia Mandeville, &c. 8vo. I s. 6 d. Cadell.
From the acknowledged talents of the Writer of this tragedy we ex. pected something of more importance than a meagre imitation of an
E A ST.INDI E 9.
Government of Mr. Haftings; exemplified in the Case of Mahomed
Two words feem to comprehend the whole hiftory of British transactions in the East Indies, -accufation and vindication : thus would it have happened, had printing been as common as it is with us, while the Spaniards were plundering, torturing, and butchering the innoçent natives of Mexico and Peru !
NATURAL HISTORY. Art. 41. A Discourse on the Emigration of Birds, &c. By a
Naturalift. 8vo. I s. Fielding and Walker. 1780. This Naturalift has spared no pains in collecting almost every thing that has been written upon this curious question in ornithologynamely, Whether certain birds during particular seasons migrate or remain in a torpid state, hidden in hollow trees, old buildings, sandbanks, &c. ? He very ftourly maintains the former opinion. Though, possibly he may over-rate his own discoveries and observations on this long agitated queition, we must nevertheless acknowledge, that his arguments appear to be philosophical and juft, and coo fequently mesit the attention of the curious in this branch of natural history.
Oratio de Ridiculo, habita Cantabrigiæ in Scholis Publicis. Primo Die Julii, 1780. A Gulielmo Cole, A. B. Coll. Regal. Socio. Accedit etiam, ab eodem scriptum, Carmen Comitiale. 410. I s. Payne, &c.
The business of this classical Oration is to controvert the pofition, that ridicule is of itself a su fäcient test of truth. As an academical exercise, it possesses considerable merit, and does credit to the Writer's ingenuity. We think, however, it is scarcely interesting enough, either from the novelty or importance of the argument, to warrant publication. The poem which is subjoined to this performance, intitled Mola Juventutis Restauratrix, has both humour and elegance : witness the following lines:
• Hos juxta veneranda cohors, quibus invida nomen
Et non invitas mox in sua retia coget.'
say drawn?] by Mr. Gay, Author of the Beggar's Opera, &c. Newly adapted to the mott Fashionable and Public Characters, of both Sexes, now living. Containing above 600 Portraits, all of which are acknowledged striking Likeneffes.
4to. ' 28. 6 d. Stockdale, 1781.
The method of hinting at public characters, or memorable inci. dents in the lives of eminent persons, by apt quotations from eminent
writers, is become highly fashionable among the numerous tribe of small-wits. Of the present production, the following specimens are offered to the good-natured Reader's acceptance :
" EARL G- R. • That Jemmy Twitcher should peach me, I own surprised me! 'Tis a plain proof that all the world is alike; and that even our gang can no more trust one another than other people. Therefore I beg you, gentlemen, look well to yourselves; for, in all probability, you may live some months longer yet.'
• Earl of B-TE. • Believe I have quitted the gang; which I can never do but with life. At our private quarters I will continue to meet you.”
s F. ' A covetous fellow, like a jack-daw, steals what he was never made to enjoy, for the sake of hiding it.'
• Hon. C. F-X. « The world is avaricious; and I hate avarice : for money was made for the free-hearted and generous; and where is the injury of taking from another what he hath not the heart to make use of i'
• W. AD-M, Esq. • Is he about to play us any foal play? I'll shoot him through the head!'
The Rev. HENRY BATE, « The priest calls the lawyer a cheat
• Mr. JACKMAN. . The lawyer be-knaves the divine.'
• Dr. G-H-M. • I have pick'd up a little money by helping the ladies to a pregnancy.'
Joseph G-IL • We must punctually pay our fpies, else we shall have no informa. tion.'
These dealers in “ conundrum quaint” have been so successful, that they have totally driven the poor charade-Spinners out of the field; so that not one of them now dares show his face, even in the poet's corner of a news-paper. Art. 44. A Letter to the Author of “ Considerations on the late
Disturbances *.” 8vo. 6 d. White. 1780.
Dr. Ibbetson, Archdeacon of St. Alban's, is vindicated, in this Letter, from the odium which hath been thrown upon his character, from the countenance which he gave to the intolerant proceedings of the Proteftant Association. This letter bears evident marks of the Doctor's own pen. Besides, we apprehend, no one but himself would have taken up his cause so warmly. By his own account, his ene. mies, both dead and living, have been very numerous. On some of the latter he seems disposed to take revenge,
"" when he can discover their names : and if the former were not out of his reach, we should tremble for them!
Amidst the multitude of those who have reprobated the Archdeacon of St. Alban's, the writer of this Letter claires' a late defunét body
See Review for June, 1780, p. 502,