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we may not acquiesce in the opinions started, we applaud that fortitude without which no man' will dare to differ from others, and speak as he thinks. :, ***" *) .
Of the third and fourth part of this work we shall give a farther account in a future Review.
. Konok MONTHLY CATALOGUE,
For FEBRUARY, 1762. si ...
POLITICAL... wice. : Art. 1. Obfervations on the new Militia-Bill, now under the
Consideration of Parliament; wherein the material Alterations are plinted out. 8vo. Is. Towers.
. . Sensibly suggested, by a friend to the Bill,' and (we believe) to his Country; the honour and fatety of which he apprehends to be much concerned in the judicious regulation of the Militia.. .
Art. 2. A Letter to the Right Honourable Charles Town mend,
Secretary at War. Being Thoughts on the Militia Laws, and for extending them to North Britain, and for making the Mio. litia more useful. 8vo. 6d. Horsfield.
Well intended, but fomewhat intemperately, and very inaccurately written.
Art. 3. Tragi-comic Memoirs of the Origin, Progress, and Events
of our prefent War against France. By a new Phænomenon . in Politics. 8vo. 18. od. Pridden. ... : Written in the person of Harlequin, the new Phænomenon in Po. litics, and intended to fhew how fadly our affairs have been mismanaged, from the beg nning of the War to the present time. What pity it is, that our l'amphieteers are not taken into the Miniftry! for we have their solemn words for it, and very often repeated, that they can see much farther into the Mill-Atone, than any of our StateMillers, who have been grinding at it these forty years past. .
Harlequin a political Writer! -There is something like a joke in the thought; but this Author carries it very little larther than his
Title page. His attempt at humour, indeed, is a feeble one; his manner being, on the contrary, cramped, itiff, and pedantic; and as to the matter of which his laboured production is composed, it is Little more than a repetition of the hackney'd objections to the Ger*man War. and Mr. P 's ministerial conduct, together with fome angry reflections upon the meannoss of “ Economical Reforms in a Royal Houthald.".. .os.LTU .
Art to Art. 4: An Address to the City of London. 8vo. Is. R. Davis. ,
Another severe investigation of Mr. P 's Conduct. It seems to be a shaft from no vulgar bow, and takes the Citizens in its flight, on accoant of their warm attachment to the late popular Secretary, manifested by some extraordinary political Man Buures of theirs, sube sequent to that gentleman's resignation : which are touched both in a ludicrous and serious strain of reprehenfion.
POETIC AL. Art, 5. Artaxerxes. An Englih Opera. Ai it is performed at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden. The Music composed by Tho. Aug, Arne. Muf. Doc, . 8vo. Is. Tonson. *
Translated from Metastasio. Dr. Arne has been very successful in ' this his first attenipt of the kind.
Art. 6. Innocence, a poetical Essay, in two Books. Most hum
bly inscribed to her Royal Highness the Princess Augusta. By · Abraham Portal, Author of Olinda and Sophronia*, 'a Trá-
gedy. 8vo. Is. 6d. Dodsley. 'Mr. Portal alks 'admission into the Temple of the Muses with so much modefty, that we hope they will not absolutely refuse him entrance. Thus, in a prefacory Ode, he addresses his brethren of the laurel. lii
, ... Yet, O'l ye fons of Phæbus, do not blame,
Tho'), unworthy of a Poer's name,
Presome with my anhallow'd feet to tread · The Muse's consecrated shade :.
For tho' unblam'd ye fuffer me to stray,
I fall not bear one laurel wreath away.... Destitute, as he complains, of the advantages of learning, he shall, for us, be exempt from criticism. The following lines may either recommend his poem, or his shop t, in the city. They are taken from his Address to Innocence:
Nor fear, celestial maid, .
Of meagre wants, Tarp griefs, and biting taunts,..
• Mentioned in the XIXth Volume of our Review, p. 94. :ť The Author is a Silversmith, on Ludgate-hill.
La Art. 7. A Sketch of the present Times, and the Time to come : in
an Address to Kitty Fisher. 410. Is. Waller, By the present times, the Writer means the gay life of Kitty, in her bloom ; and the time to come, is the wre:ched reverse brought
on by age, poverty; and the contempt of the world. The first part of this pamphlet is a loose encomium on this celebrated Courtezan; the second part contains a mere fermon in shyme, on the Decay of Beauty, the Miseries of Poverty, the Terrors of Death, and the Ne. cessity of Penitence. As to the Poetry, it consists of a strange medly of laboured lines, in a variety of unharmonious measure; through all the defecis of which, however, we can discern some marks of Genius : and therefore we with the Writer's talents employed on a worthier occasion. Art. 8. A Cruft for the Critics. Inscribed to the most impertin'
nent Puppy on Earth. 4to. 6d. Grinfel. An argiy invective against fome Critic or Critics, who probably excited the Author's resentment, by falling foal upon fome of his former produciions. It does not appear who is meant by “ the most. impertinent Puppy on Earth ;" but the Monthly Reviewers are happy that they have not incurred the enmity of so vindi&tive a Writer. .
Art. 9. Brown Beer, a Poem. By John Peake, Victualler, of
Stoke-Newington. 4to. 6d. Williams. John Peake appears to be a very clever fellow; and we would heartily recommend it to all lovers of Poetry and Porter, whenever they cake a walk or a ride towards the pleasant village of Newington, to call in at honeft Peake's, and take a draught of his best Brown. I The Landlord, we conceive, (for we know him only jo his present Verses) must be a character worth notice. He acknowleges his having been “ born and brought up in the lowest indigency of life, and enured to labour from his childhood, which deprived him of all opportunity of scholastic learning. What little I obcained afterwards, adds he, was by the dint of application to books; and that did not begin till I was just stepping on the stage of manhood”.But what diladvantages, what hardships will not Genius surmount? In short, Mr. Peake, with native good sense, had a natural, vein alfo for Poetry, which he has evidently improved by reading, and particularly by reading Mir. Pope. Like a mar: of business, however, he has wisely chosen for his subject the Commodity he deals in ; and if the spirit of his Beer be equal to that of his Verfes, he deals in no bad Commodity, of either kind. The design of his Poem is to shew the Injury, which common people will furtain, by the new Tax on the Brewery, and the consequent Increase of the Price of Porter, to the Consumers, who are chiefly the industrious poor, the most laborious and most useful claries of people; whole characters and various fatiguing employments, with the Relief they find in a Draught of good Porter, he describes with some Humour, and in a strain of Versification, far ex., çeeding what cootd be expected from a perfon in his station: notwithstanding, he has here and there a bad Rhyme, or a faulty Couplet, which it would be ungenerous and uncharitable to criticise. ;
Art. 10. Florizel and Perditta; or the IVinter's Tale, a drama
tic Pastoral, in three Afts. Altered from Shakespear, ly David Garrick. As it is performed at the Theatre - Royal in Drury, Lane. 8vo. 19. Tonfon.
The meanness of the Fable, and the extravagant conduct of it, has been the chief objections to this Play; which, however, in regard to propriety of character and sentiment, is not unworthy of its great Author. The Action of this piece, as Shakespear left it, compre. hend's the monstrous space of six:een years, Mr. Garrick has cleared it of this absurdity, reduced it from fivé, to a more regular piece, of three acts ; added a pretty song in the festive scene of Sheep-- . licering; and to the whole has prefixéd a very humorous Prologue.
Art. 11. Twe Lyric Epifiles. 4to. Įs. Thrush. The droll production of the ingenious Author of Fables for grown Gentlemen. See our last, page 68, seg. where the Reader will find a . sufficient fpecimen of the talents of this imitator of Greffet, la Fontaine, and other French Poets of their rambling easy caft.
Art. 12. Britannia *, & Poen. Ry a young Gentleman,
: Folio. Is. Gretton. Silence, young Sternhold! Thou art not cut out for Singing, as the Irishman fays in the Farge. Çease thy bawling, therefore, young Crispin, and pick to thy laft. What a fwarm of wretched fcribblers have been buzzing about the court, since the month of October, 1760! One would imagine chey thought any sort of Verses good chough for Kings and Queens..
Addressed to his Majesty. Art. 13. The Muse's Recreation. In four Poems, viz. 1. A
Farewell to. Summer: 2. The Queen's Arrival, a Pastoral. 3. Silenie, : 4. Devotion, a Rhapsody. 4to, Is. Johnson, opposite the Monument.
If these Poems afford any recreation to the Mufe, it must arise from her indulging in a hearty laugh, at the pleasant mistake of their Author, who is simple enough to imagine himself a Poet,+For shame, Mr. Wale ! how could you fit down to design that pretty Ornament in the Title : We shall next expect to see you decorating the Bellman's Verses.
Art. 14. High Taffe, a Satire. Addressed to the young Tits of
Pleasure. Folio. Is. Marshall. · Law, illiterate ftuff, concerning the Women of the Town; and might, from the meannels of the fubject, and of the writing, have been entitled, High Tafie below Stairs. L4
"Art. 15. Four Elegies. 1. Morning. 2. Noon. 3. Evening." .
4. Night. 4to. Is. Bristow... From the name and date subscribed to the Dedication of these Elegies, (to Brooke Forrester, Esq;). we find that they are the produc• tion of Mr. Stephen Panting, of Wellington, in Shropshire; a name, we do not remember to have met with before, in our poetical walks : but hope we may, not unfrequently, meet with it again. These Elegies were published several months ago ; yet we happened to overlook the Advertisement, and might perhaps have been totally deprived of the pleasure of perusing them, had it not been for the inforiñation concerning them, kindly conveyed to us in a Letter, signed S. H. T.
We heartily congratulate our friends round the Wrekin, on the appearance of this Salopian Mufe, who it is hoped will not be unmindfùl of her native Parnassus *; than which we do not know a finer fubject for poetic description.
The first three of the present Elegies, are of the descriptive kind, celebrating the most striking rural objects and circumstances, thąc, distinguish the several divisions of the day; and that which has Night for its subject, is filled with beautiful moral reflections, which indicate the contemplative and laudable disposition of the ingenious Author. We shall give the conclusive part of this last Elegy, as a Specimen.......
" ??Hail midnight, hail, and thou the solemn scene, cosin 'The fadly-serious Melancholy's cell, ini. Where nought of Folly's savage train is seen, " . not But where the sons of thought delight to dwell.'
Let artful statesmen scheme she awful hour, -
To rouse Rebellion's fell-deltructive pow'r, iner And give dire. Discord o'er mankind to reign. ::. .:.12. linn, 'Let Av’rice gore the wretched miser's breast, i
To watch with vulture-care his art-rais'd mine; .
To figh sad plaints at cruel Sylvia's shrine.
- And Riot rules with wild despotic fway,'
And thoughtless in life's fatal follies stray.
We mention this circumstance, on the bare presumption that Mr.
P is a native of Wellington, (a town at the foot of that noble bill the Wrekin) or of its neighbourhood,