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Not so the other: with recital dread
« So pittyful, so wond'rous pityful.” . We take leave of this performance, with a well-meant hint to its ingenious Author, in regard to a defect which frequently occurs in his Versification, arifing from his want of attention to the accentuation of particular words. This has given a harshness to some of his lines, which this young (as we are informed) and modeft Gentleman will do well to avoid in any future publication.
The redundancy of the particle of in the fecond line, has an effect peculiarly unlucky, as every Reader may not observe that it can be no other than an error of the Press.
THhierary Metre andulated ear of anto the comic tory ftyle
Fables for grau n Genilemen : Or, A Fable for every Day in the
Week. 4to. Is. 6d. Dodsey. THESE droll Fables are uttered in very irregular, ar:
1 bitrary Metre and Rhymes, which may not constantly symphonize with the regulated ear of an over-delicate Connoilseur, though they are well adapted to the comic satyrical turn of the Fable and its Moral; and to the desültory style and manner of the whimsical Fabulist. Dean Swift feems to have been an original adventurer in a sort of licentious Versification, in his Petition of Frances Harris: but these verses consisted, almost invariably, of very long, though generally equal lines, in a kind of rough trochaïc measure, with immediately corresponding, and often double rhymes. Our present Verses are much more various both in the metre of different lines, and in the correspondence of the rhymes; notwithstanding such Verles, or Versicles, (as the frequent Lil. liputian ones among them may be termed) could not be composed by a writer who had not a poetical ear; neither will they be read off at once in their proper cadence, by a Reader lo anqualihed. Indeed they are pretty exactly in the ftructure of an acknowleged Shandéan production in rhymne, and of that happy imitation of it, which we gave at length in our Review, Vol. XXII. p. 437. Neither are the coinic (pitit, the knowlege of men and books, that often sparkle
out in these little sketches; with the ludicrous, yet juft descriptions, the frequent digressions, and apt double similies, that abound in them, dissimilar to those of the celebrated Tristram. As we do not pretend, however, to the mystery of decyphering the names of Writers, who chuse to have none, we submit our suggestion in this point to the judgment of the Reader: though we should think it not unlikely, that the Author of a burlesque novel might chuse to try his hand at some mare connected sketches in odd rhymes. There can be no doubt, however, but the present performance is either the production of that gentleman, or of some ingenious friend, who admires his manner, and is a successful imitator of it. But to give some specimens.
The Thames being supposed to petition Jupiter, that the sea might return her nothing but the pure unadulterated stores The transmitted to it; aster the God has answered her, that without her importations from the sea, she would prove as insignificant as the Tiber or Seine,
Led through Parterres, or rollid down a cascade,
Confin’d to vanity,--and lost to trade, Our humorous and sensible Mythologist thus fimilizes and reflects :
'Tis thus the Highlander complains,
'Tis thus the Union they abuse,
And Thackling their feet in shoes.
And comfortable cloaths,
And fancied we were all undone,
Because it is a crime,
As he supposes,
Into the sun to warın their noses.
A want of taste and want of shame,
And luxury the same.
Luxury, in a state, is a disease,
Because 'tis partial and obstructed wealth ;
Is universal happiness and health. . . , The Fable of the Dog and Cat is very shrewd, and contains some pregnant and picturesque comparisons, with some rcfections, which are certainly farcastical, and possibly may be just.
Close by a kitchen fire, a dog and cat,
Each a famous politician,
Plans and projects of ambition.
Fragments of their master's dinner,
The frailty of a sinner.
And as two Plenipos,
- Ffr fear of a surprize,
Examine one another's eyes :
In jealous conference o'er a dish of tea,
Srudying each other's physiognomy.
Discover'd in a cast of Tabby's face,
Which made it a clear case.
Becoming faithful Dogs, and pious Cats,
From robbery and rats.
Let us no longer fawn and whine,
Since we have talents, aod are able;
And to be brief,
I'll be contented with roast beef.
Thus Thus two contending chiefs are seen, -
To agree at last in every measure ;
The other of the nation's treasure.
After the seven Fables, for there is one for every day in the week, which would at least be indecent in a Clerical Writer, though it may be only fashionable in a Laïc; our Fabulist, whoever he be, introduces a character intended for Mr. Shandy's, under the Name of Tray, a good-natured, frolicksome young puppy, who
Oft when he meant to have amus'd
His friends with a conceit, or harmless jest, By many he was snarl'd at, and abus'd, . And slighted even by the best. This Tray is supposed to consult his Grandfather, an old spaniel, who thus advises him to have nothing to do with those of his own profession:
Say, dupe of a rash confidence and trust,
Is it not just
Unless you learn
Unless you learn, (if it is not too late) .
That they are neither worth your love nor hate. If this be a layman's advice, it requires no particular rem mark; but if it were the resolution of Mr.
S i t would naturally remind us of the guest, who being turned out of doors by his hoft, for some real or supposed indecorum, swore, in revenge, he would never spend a shilling under his roof as long as he lived.
For JĄ NU A RY, 1762. .... POLITICAL." Art. 1. Constitutional Queries, humbly addressed to the Admirers
of a late Minister. 8vo. 6d. R. Davis. T HE principal objections which have been made to Mr.P 's
1 adminiftration, and to the war in Germany, are here revived,., with additions, and are thrown into the concise and striking form of queries ; a form, which is often made to carry more appearance of proof and conviction than the strongest and boldest affirmations. "
Art. 2. A Letter to the Right Hon. Sir Matthew Blackiston, Knt.
Lord-Mayor of London. By a Merchant of London. 8vo. Is. Scott. ,
Contains an encomium on the late instructions given by his lordship, the court of aldermen and common-council, to their reprefentatives in parliament ; together with a brief view of the conduct of the present war, in order to shew, that, since the days of Crom. well, there has been no period of time wherein the reputation of the British arms and nation has arisen to such a pitch of glory, as during the late administrat on. The author is certainly right as to his facts; but he enlarges upon them in a very tedious manner, and is, upon the whole, an unpleasing and inelegant writer..
Art. 3. A confolatory Epislle to the members of the old Faction ;
occafioned by the Spanish war. By the Author of a confolatory Letter to the noble Lord dismissed the military Service. · 8vo. Is. 6d. Williams.
By the old faction this whimsical writer seems to mean, the gentle. , men who went out when Mr. P- came in; some of whom may now be supposed, Mr. P- being out again, to have retained their influence at :he helm. He is very arch and satyrical upon the Great Man's antagonists, and evidently iets up for the character of a humo. rous writer ; but he is wanting both in crudition and style: and in fine, has neither the genius of a Cervantes or a Swift, a Rabelais or a Butler. In time, however, he may rival the fame of the noted Ned Ward, or his name-sake Tom, whose burlesque history of the Reformation has, by fome, been admired as a second Hudibras.
Art. 4. A Third Letter to the Right Hon. the Earl of B***. In
which the Causes and Consequences of the Iar between Great Britain and Spain are fully considered; and the Conduct of a