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than they are generally supposed. He thinks a Land War in Portugal must be as fatal to British forces, as the War in Germany hath proved ; and he apprehends that it may coft us 100,000 men in five vcar's uime. Our Readers will be the less surprized at this Pamöbieteer's ability to ascertain the number so long before hand, when they are informed that he is a second-lighted Scotsman. Art. 2. The Causes of the War between Great-Britain and Spain, · as they appear from the Papers that passed between both Courts,
impartially considered. 4to. Is. Griffiths.
This is a fober performance, penned with good sense and decency; but neither is the matter new, nor is the manner sufficiently ttiking, to engage attention on a beaten subject. B Art. 3. The Constitutional Querift. Containing the Sentiments
of an impartial Englishman on the present Rupture with Spain; its political State, internal Weakness, and best Method of attacking her. 8vo. "I s. 6 d. Nicoll.
As our Readers may be fomewhat put to it, as the phrase is, to make out the senfe of this Author's Title page, it may not be unnecessary to inform them, that, from a perulal of the Pamphlet itself, we have discovered the meaning. By the words presint Kupture with Spain, its political Stute, &c. we are not to underítand the political State of the Rupture, but of the Kingdom. This is, indeed, partly ascertained by his “ best method of attacking ber;" by which he obviously intends the Spanish nation : for nations are always spoken of in the feminine, but who ever heard of the Sex of a Rupture?
Having settled the meaning of the Title-page, it remains that we mention a word or two concerning the rest of the work; bat, after the specimen we have given of the Author's manner of writing, little more need be said about him, or his performance. In brief, then, the man talks like a good, honeft fort of a body, and what he says may pass very current among our Coffee-house Politicians; Mr. What , d'ye call him, at the Somersei, will certainly deem him an Oracle, he talks so much in Mr. Wbat d'se call bim's own way. Art. 4. A full Exposition of a Pamphlet, entitled, Observations
on the Papers relative to the Rupture with Spain*. In which the Charge, in respect to a criminal Concealment of those Papers, is refuted; the Unreasonableness of such a Rupture, at the Time of Mr. Pitt's Resignation, is demonstrated; and the pretended Procrafiination of that Measure, vindicated. In
an Answer from the Country-Gentleman to the Member of Par(liament's Letter. 8vo. is. Williams, Fleetstreet.
The Country-Gentleman feems to be a match for the Town-Politician. His remarks on the above mentioned topics are spirited, and, we think, much to the purpose. • See Review for March, p. 230.
Art. 5. A Treatise upon perennial Ways and Means, with other
political Tracts. Inscribed to the King. By. T. Brecknock. 40. 35. Becket.
When we saw the Advertisement of this Treatise, under the title of Brecknock's Ways and Means, we could not but admire the generofity and public spirit of a private Subject, who kindly condescended to relieve the Committee of Supplies from the weight of providing for the public necessities. Whether he was a pupil and aslistant of the indultrious 7. Masie, or of the more industrious 7. Henriques, we were, and fill are, at a loss to determine ; but we do not hesitate to affirm, that the best of their works, or, in other words, the finest of their frenzies, are not superior to this production of Mr. Timothy, or Timoleon, Brecknock
We advise him, however, to check the rapidity of his composi. tion; for the laws of the land, and the regulations of a certain allembly, are great enemies to the bold exertion of political genius: and there have been times, when the following paragraph might have been thought too full of spirit.
• The Brewers (says this incomparable Writer) have a bill of the most dangerous tendency now depending in Parliament; the Com mons, without one single debate about it, or without once enquiring into the political rectitude, or turpitude of it, will probably have given their consent to it before the publication of these sheets. The Peers, most likely, will throw it out of their house; but ex majori Cautela, I thought it, Sir, my duty thus humbly to advertise your Majesty of it, that by fo timely an intelligence your Majesty might, by virtue of your Royal Prerogative, ADVISE UPON IT."
It is certainly very kind in Mr. Brecknock to give his Majesty such timely intelligence; and the Privy Council, as well as the whole Parliament, will undoubtedly be greatly obliged to him for doing their duty for them. As warm patriots, however, whose attention is directly bent on grand and perennial projects, are apt to overlook collateral circumitances, we take this opportunity of reminding Mr. Brecknock, that there is an officer belonging to the House of Commons, called the Serjeant at Arms.
As to Mr. Precknock's Scheme, to epitomize it would be to do it injustice; more especially as we are persuaded that a Reader of taste and discernment, would as soon peruse the whole at large, as go through an abstract of so extraordinary a performance.
Red POETICA L. Art. 6. Tales from Fontaine; the first Satire, and firp Epistle of
Horace; and a Letter to a Friend on his repining at old Age. 12mo. 2s. 6 d. sewed. Nourse.
Fontaine, and our countryman, Prior, were inspired by the same Mufe. Their Writings are distinguished by the fame happy ease, and graceful negligence of expression. They both greatly excelled in Tale-telling Poetry, and the Tales of boich are too licentious. — By
this fault they have deservedly robbed themselves of that praise which every son of Phoebus is fond of, the public approbation of the Fair. A modest Lady cannot with any countenance mention the eafy Stories of Matt. Prior, or give any intimation that she is fond of the Tales of Fontaine.
Some of those Tales are here unequally translated. The Trans. Jator has now and then hit off a few tolerable lines, but his verses are in general very lame, slovenly, and inaccurate; and such rhymes has he tagged as never were tagged before :-such as,
The first declares the is undone,
Comfort to her can ne'er return :
Each Female pipes the self-fame note. . The Translations from Horace are like those from Fontaine ; and the Letter to a Friend, on his repining at old Age, has no more po. etical merit than the rest.
La Art. 7. The Progress of Lying, a Satire. 4to. is: Nicoll.
A good fober sort of a satire, against a very bad sort of vice; the ifreanest and most contemptible to which the weakness of human na
ture is liable. The style of the Poetry resembles that of Daniel de Foe's satirical pieces.
Art. 8. lerne's Muse to the King. Folio. 6à. Dodsley,
A spirited and elegant Compliment to his present Majelly. . Art. 9. Poems. By Robert Lloyd. A. M. 4to. 10s. 6d.
Boards. Davies. The principal Poems in this Collection were first publishedin distinct Pamphlets, and have been respectively confidered in the Review; as the Actor ; Shakespear, an Epifle to Mr. Garrick ; an Epistle to Mr. Churchill; fome Odes, &c. Several of the additional pieces are equal in merit to any thing before published by this ingenious Writer. As for those of inferior note, they are, as Corneille said of Cardinal Richlieu, not good enough to be praised, and too good to be damned, However, all have done their part toward filling up a handsome Quarto Volume; and the numerous list of subscribers, added to the many other lifts of the like kind, which we have seen, will serve to secure the present age from the reproach of being unfavourable to literature.
La Art. 10. The Farmer's Return from London: An Interlude. As
it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, 4to. Is. Tonson.
The Farmer humorously relates to his wife and Children what rare things he zaw in London foin Zity; the Crownation, the Pleays, and the Ghoast of Cock Jeane!--The piece is truly comic; but poffibly there is more wit in it than may be deemed suicable to the chaRev. May, 1762.
racters.-Mr. Hogarth has embellished this little performance with a frontispiece. Art. 11. The Quack-Doctors, a Satire, in Hudibraffic Style.
4to. Is. Moran. The vilest Poem on the vilelt Subject.
Art. 12. Elegia Scripta in Coemeterio rustico Latine reddita.
sto. Is. Rivington. Prefixed to this translation of the ingenious Elegy written in a Country Church-yard, is an elegant complimentary Poem to the Author, Mr. Gray. The Translation, though in general inferior to the beautiful Original, is not without some classical merit; and, the fol. lowing passages excepted, is tolerably correct. Page 5. v. 3. in the following line,
Æternum posuere angufto in Carcere duri
Villarum Patres.The Translator has used the word posuere in a neutral sense, which is not common.
Can storied Urn, or animated Bult,
Back to its manfion call the fleeting breath?
Or Flattery footh the dull cold ear of Death?
Irfcriptrene valent Urne, Spirantiaque Ara
Gloria fi gelidas Fatorum mulceat Aures? Mr. Gray, by the word Deach, meant the Dead ; in which case, to say the cold Ear of Death, was very proper and beautiful: but as the Translator has rendered the word Death by Fatorum, his gelidas Aures has not the same propriety, neither do we think that in this line he has taken the fense of the Original.
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way. is at best an uncouch line in the Original; and in the Translation,
Servabant plawdum, Cursu fallente, Tenorem is equally quaint.
For such of our Scholastic Readers as are admirers of Anglo-Latin Poetry, we shall quote the Translation of the Epiiaph which makes a part of the Elegy, as a specimen of this performance.
Huic largum fuit integrumque Pectus,
MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 13. The Nice Lady: A Comedy. Is. 6d. Medley:
The complaints of disappointed Genius merit the attention and redress of every friend to literature. Mr. G. S. Green, Author of the Comedy before us, has enrolled himself in this number. Excited, as he tells us in his Preface, by the glorious prospect of a thousand Guineas, which Mr. Garrick had declared he would give for a good Comedy, he immediately went to work. “ This, says he, (the account of the thousand Guineas) being imparted to the Author hereof, about fix years ago, he was resolved to put in for the palm ; and having written half the first act about ten years before that, in fix weeks time he compleated the Fabric as it now stands, with Prologue and Epilogue to embellish both fronts. Thus finished, it was handed to Mr. Garrick for his liking; but a thousand Guineas being a weighty sum, and what most people would like much better than a MS. of one quire of paper, no favour was found, nor prize to be ob. tained: He did not like it."
Unmerciful David! how couldt thou reject the first-born of this poor uncircumcised Philistine! Repulsed by thee, he betook himself with his child, now sixteen years old, into the confines of * Oriel and Baliol, and said unto all their fons, Here is my child, do unto her as it seemeth ye geod. Now the children of Oriel and Baliol had knowlege of her; and having had her in keeping some time, they, as usual, dismisied her, and raised a contribution to enable her to come apon the town. Thus the Nice Lady, once driven from Drury Lane, is come to try her fortune there again, and a more miserable drab never wandered in that dirty region. * Colleges in Oxford,
Art. 14. An Essay ufon Oeconomy. The second Edition. By
Edward Watkinson, M. D. Rector of Little Chart, in Kent. 12mo. 6d. Sheffield, printed by Ward.
At a time when “ A prevalence of Luxury, the love of falle plea, sure, and the pride of Lite, tempts (I had almost said) all persons to live above the rank which they hold in Society *,' this excel' The Author's words, p. 18.. Cc 2