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Toast peace and plenty to their mother nation,
Give three huzzas to George and to taxation,
And beg, to make their loyal hearts the lighter,
He'd send them o'er dean T--k-r, with a mitre.
In Fancy's eye, I ken them from afar
Circled with feather wreaths, unitain'd by tar :
In place of laurels, these shall bind their brow,

Fame, honour, virtue, all are feathers now.'
It is best to sleep in a whole skin : therefore, fays the prudent
Mr. Macgreggor,

-I'll keep within discretion's rule,
And turn true Tory of the M-dschool.
So Thall I 'scape that creature's tyger-paw,
Which some call Liberty, and some call Law :
Whose whale-like mouth is of that savage shape,
Whene'er his long-rob’d Mowman bids him gape,
With tusks so strong, with grinders so tremendous,
And such a length of gullet, heaven defend us !
That should you peep into the red-raw track,
"Twould make your cold flesh creep upon your back.
A maw like that, what mortal may witbitand?

'Twould swallow all the poets in the land.'
Leaving St. James's to the care of the doctor, its proper

ado, vocate and panegyrilt, the bard addresses himself to St. Stephen’s.

• Hail, genial hotbed ! whose prolific foil
So well repays all North's perennial toil,
Whence he can raise, if want or whim inclines,
A crop of votes, as plentiful as pines.
Wet-nurse of tavern-waiters and nabobs,
That empties first, and after fills their fobs :
(As Pringle, to procure a fane fecretion,
Purges the prime vie of repletion.)
What scale of metaphor shall Fancy raise,
To climb the heights of thy ftupendous praise?

• Thrice has the sun commenc'd his annual ride,
Since full of years and praise, thy mother died.
"T was then I saw thee, with exulting eyes,
A second phenix, from her ashes rise;
Mark'd all the graces of thy loyal crest,
Sweet with the perfunie of its parent neft.
Rare chick! How worthy of all court caresses,
How soft, how echo-like, it chirp'd addresses.
Proceed, I cry'd, thy full-fiedg'd plumes unfold,
Each true blue feather shall be tipt with gold;
Ordaind thy race of future fame to run,
To do, whate'er thy mother left undone.
In all her smooth, obsequious paths proceed,

For, know, poor Opposition wants a head.' After some smart strokes on ways and -means, the taxes, the pensions on the Irish establishment, &c. the poet introduces the following fimile :

So when great Cox, at his mechanic call,
Bids orient pearls from golden dragons fall,
Each little dragonet, with brazen grin,
Gapes for the precious prize, and gulps it in.

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Yët when we peep beliind the magic scene,

. One master wheel directs the whole machine : The self-fame pearls, in nice gradation, all

Around one common centre, rise and fall.' Our author concludes with a description of Freedom, taking her leave of old England with this sarcastic reproof.

Take, 'Haves, the cries, the realms that I disown,

Renounce your birth-right, and destroy my throne.' The Ode to Sir Fletcher Norton is an imitation of Horace's Ode to Censorinus, • Donarem pateras, &c.' The circumstance, which gave occasion to this humorous production, is intimated in the following lines.

• Muse! were we rich in land, or stocks,
We'd send Şir Fletcher a gold box;
Who lately, to the world's surprize,
Advis'd his sovereign to be wise.
The zeal of cits thou'd ne'er surpass us,

We'd make him fpeaker of Parnaffus.' There is an air of pleasantry and good humour in this writer, which excites the smile of approbation; notwithstanding he sometimes ventures with too much freedom into the fanctum sanctorum of St. James's.

Northern Tour, or poetical Epiftles. 410. Wilkie. This publication consists of nine epiftles, dated in July and Augut 1776, from London, Northampton, Matlock, Buxton, Manchester, Knaresborough, Scarborough, Burleigh, and Lon don-to which famous metropolis we were not a little happy to return with our poetical traveller. Nor, if we have any acquaintance with the lady, was the muse less glad; of whom our young author talks a great deal, like other young men of other ladies, without being much acquainted with her.

In truth, the appears to have been forely out of temper during the whole tour. Poetry, like promotion, cometh, we plainly perceive, neither from the east, nor from the west, nor yet from the north. To speak our opinion, we wish this young gentleman

Would to poetic regions upward soar ;' but would condescend to walk in the dull path of prose. We would not

• churlifhly refore Our fostering care to raise an infant muse;' were it an infant muse: but we cannot suffer a fpurious offspring to be imposed upon our good lady of Parnassus.

These Epiftles might pafs for poetical with the juvenile au(thor's relations, but the eye of a critic is a very different thing from the eye of a father, or

Not but that the critic's eye can see perfections as well as faults--and we have with pleasure observed a moral itrain of contemplation,' breaking out here and there, and speaking the goods ness of the author's heart, which he seems to have caught from

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Gray and from Dyer's Grongar Hill, and which we only with to have med either in honest prose, or in better poetry.

After praising the • female worth of queen Eleanor, the author should not have added,

• Such gentle virtue from our land is flown;' for, as Churchill fings,

• Well pleas'd we mark such worth on any throne ;

And doubly pleas'd we find it on our own.' In the vulgar ingredient of poetry, rhyme, these Epistles are by no means perfect : ' seat, wait-winds, reclines' - dispell, diftill prepared, heard'—' tell, canal—air, here'-perceived, lived'-—frayed, mead'--' gives, receives' — belong, one'-'return, borne'-—'receive, grave' - remain'd, exclaim'd' • fhew, i. e. fhow, threw'- sea, bay'- set, beat'-' sword, heard'-_ boast, loft'—' woods, affords'-" themes, scenes.' These we cannot allow to be even the lifpings of an infant muse.'

What is meant by a stream which • in rippling eddies trills' we are unable to guess. How a cascade

pours, 'Till in the ground it spends its languid show'rs,' we, who have not made a Northern Tour, cannot easily ima. gine: nor, indeed, how ' a'rock reclines its top to shield a mansion.'

Scarborough castle would hardly have been deformed by Scars,' we conceive, if the author had not been terribly put to it for a rhyme to wars.

Bartolozzi's engraving for the regatta, we believe, bad a little Cupid peeping through a great mask-but we never before heard of men who

• Thro' the mask of virtue strive for pow'r.' Other blemishes there are which great beauties could alone excuse; such as, • Nor, till a near approach, to th' eye

reveal'd." • August and splendid, wonder form'd t’excite.' As a specimen, we shall transcribe eight lines, of which the humanity does their author more credit that their poetry.

• Tho' great and noble to the astonish'd fight,
Can we e'er view a storm with true delight?
Tho' fafé ourselves can we forget the woe
Which some poor wretches may that instant know?
Oh rather let us view the peaceful sea
From ev'ry wave, from ev'ry ruffie free,
Whose glasly surface Mews the vessels fide,

While finooth they fail and cheerly on they glide.' After all, of Scarborough castle, where this reflection was made, its author might perhaps say, as a more famous and entertaining northern traveller faid of Slanes castle, • I would not, for my amusement, with for a storm ; but, as storms, whether wished or not, will sometimes happen, I may say, without

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violation of humanity, that I should willingly look out apo them from this castle. Vide Johnson's Tour.

And perhaps honeft Lucretius, with his fuavi mari magro, meant no more. The Country Inflict. A Poem. Part II. 410. Becket.

The same amiable spirit of humanity and benevolence, fo Corfpicuous in the two former parts of this poem, also diftinguish the present. To which we may add, that in point of poetical Merit, it is not inferior.

Modern Refinement, a Satire, 4to. 15. Wilkie. A tolerable description of the following characters : Flirtario, a fop of the ton; Avaro, a splendid, oftentatious niggard; lady Rout, Pomposo, Sir Jasper Five-bar, 'squire Dilettanti, and lord Feignworthy. The Duke of Devonshire's Bull to the Duchess of Devonlaire's

Cow. 410. 15. Fielding and Walker. We hope that an act of the parliament of Parnassus will soon be passed to prevent all further importation of such horned cattle as the duchess of Devonfire's butchers have lately exposed to sale.

MIS CE L L AN EO U S. Inftruations of a Duchess to her Son. 410. 25. 6d. Dodsley.

These Inftru&tions are a translation from the Italian of the dachess of Veftogirardi. They contain a comprehensive view of the moral duries, enforced with the warmth of maternal ten. derness, where sentiment is improved by affection, and elegance blended with purity. The Kentish Traveller's Companion. 8vo. 25. 6d. Fielding

and Walker. This volume contains a descriptive view of the towns, vilTages, remarkable buildings and antiquities, fituated on or near the road from London to Margate, Dover and Canterbury. It is illustrated with a map of the road, and cannot fail of being useful, as well as entertaining, to those who travel in the county

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Supplement to the Life of David Hume, Esq. Small 8vo. Isa

Bew. The contents of the Supplement are a few anecdotes, and a copy of Mr. Hume's last will. A Letter to ber Grace rbe Duchefs of Devonshire answered, cur

forily, by Democritus. 470. Is. Baldwin. This is a molt degenerate Democritus, who neither laughs himself nor can make any one else laugh. An Answer to Mr. Rowland Hill's Trait, entitled · Imposture Deo teated. By John Wesley. A. M. 12mo. id. at the Foundry.

Mr. Hill's tract, to which this is an answer, is an acrimonious invective, utterly unbecoming the character of a saint. This is a concise reply, breathing a 'spirit of greater meekness ; proving, that many of Mr. Hill's assertions are not true, and that his whole pamphlet is written in an unchristian and un, gentlemanlike manner.' Historical Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the late Rev. Wm.

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Dodd, LL.D. 8vo. 15. 6d. Fielding and Walker. These Memoirs are intended to supersede some fpurious pube lications, which have lately appeared on the same subject. The author informs us, that almost all his assertions are founded ei. ther on personal knowledge, or authentic information. Doctor Dodd, notwithitanding his eccentricities, had some shining talents, and some very laudable qualities. His biographer mentions the former with a proper disapprobation, yet with tenderness and humanity, and the latter with deserved commendation, His remarks on the Doctor's compofitions, foibles, and irregularities, are judicious, and convince us, that this pamphlet is the production of an able writer. Serious Reflections upon Doctor Dodd's Trial for Forgéry, &c. Svo

Iso Wilkie. The design of this pamphlet is to shew, that no rule of law has been violated, nor any means employed to convict the un. happy offender, but such as were perfectly, agreeable to justice. The latter part is an attempt to justify the conduct of Mr. M-y.

Though this piece is ascribed to a clergyman, yet, if we may form a judgment of the author from the apathy with which he treats the fubject, from his calling Doctor D. a daring Mis« CREANT, and from certain professional terms and phrases, we fhould rather suppose that he is a stoic of the law, than a stoic of the church. ..Obfervations on the Case of Doctor Dodd. 8vo. is. Bew.

The design of these Observations is to vindicate the execution of the sentence, which was passed upon Doctor Dodd, and to fhew the impropriety of all petitions in his favour, particularly that of the city. The Doctor, in his speech at the Old Bailey, says, I did not consider the danger of vanity, nor suspect the deceitfulness of my own heart.' From this conceffion, which is the language of penitence, the author of these Observations very uncharitably infers, that vanily was the spring of all the Doctor's acts of humanity and benevolence. He likewise throws a reflection on the conduct of Mrs. D. before her marriage ; which is equally uncharitable, or rather in human and imper, tinent. *4 Dialogue in the Shades between an unfortunate Divine and a Welch Member of Parliament, lately deceasedo 4800 Is.

Bewe In this Dialogue the Member of Parliament supports the character of an agreeable, witty, good humoured libertine, indulgo ing himse!f in jokes on the scurvy treatment a gentleman meets with, when he dies, the fable business of an execution, &c. The divine, on the other hand, appears thoughtful and Terious. The author seems to have had no other design in view, than to exhibit a humorous picture of the two {peakers, in contrast, particularly that of the lare facetious Mr. Price.

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