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doubt of my right to profess, even contractedly, my belief in the future dispensation of universal refinement from iniquity. In this interval, and at the instance of the person to whom I allude, I was prevailed on to sign something like a condemnation of the freedom of my sentiments. But though this was not a declaration of my be. lief in a partial ultimate salvation, I foon found condemnation of mind for my wavering and timidity. And I can truly say, that no other single circumstance of my whole life, hath ever given me so much uneasiness. I am now cheered with the rational, scriptural, and, as I think, glorious doctrine of the punishment of Divine justice, being eventually subservient to an universal purification and fitness for heavenly habitacions.'
Such is our Author's account of this part of his work; which is concluded by a well-written dialogue, supposed to have pafled between four persons, in diferent sentiments, who had read his dislertation.
We have only to add, that this volume closes with three Dialogues in the world of spirits: the first, between Theophilus, Zelotes, and Purgatus; the second, between Henry VIII. and the Dukes of Somerset and Northumberland; the third, between the Apollle Paui and a Protefiant Martyr. Poor Henry here makes a very different figure, indeed, from what he did in his days of earthly magnificence and violence : all that splendour, luxury, and power are fled, instead of which we see the forlorn, deftitute, deječied sufferer; happily too he is stripped, in appearance, of his baughtiness, tyranny, cruelty, and other vices; he is now the humble penitent; and has a glimmering of hope that after some unknown period his miseries may end; for the dialogue proceeds on this writer's plan, that the purpose of punishment is purification, and recovery.
We must dismiss this article with observing, that, if some of the accounts in this Tour Inould be deemed rather frivolous, or the style not always and equally pleasant, yet this Writer, on the whole, appears to be a person of knowledge, reflection, and ability; and what is of greater worth, the man of piety and be. nevolence, and a fincere lover of wheitt.
M. Art. XI. Serinons, by J. N. Puddicombe, M. A. Fellow of Dul
wich College, late of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, 8vo. 55.
Payne, &c. 1780.
r in general terms, we shall only copy two short passages, taken accidentally from the volume, as a specimen of the whole :
Speaking of our Saviour's sufferings, the Author exclaims,
• And does the God, the supreme arbiter of nature, fubmit to her Jaws, and die! Does he fleep, cold and motionless, in the gloomy mansion of the filent grave! How dreary and narrow an apartment ! how unfit for Him who reigned above, pavilioned in eternal day, and inhabited immensity! But Mort is the triumph of death; soon must
he surrender up his illustrious prey. On the third morning the wondering stars beheld him burst' the barrier of the tomb, and ascend triumphant through the air, leading captivity captive, having subdued and spoiled principalities and powers, and overwhelming his presumptuous adversaries with astonishment and confusion ! Ye em. pyrean abodes, open your everlasting doors, and let in the King of Glory! Thou heaven of heavens, resound with universal jubilee, and admit the celestial Conqueror to the right hand of the paternal Majesty on high! He has completely foiled the prince of darkness, and all his confederate powers.
• In consequence of this victorious and superlatively momentous action, what a metamorphosis takes place in the appearance of the human condition ! How wonderful a contrast ! Lately, how deprest! now beyond measure exalted! Where is that vale of tears through which we traveled, struggling with difficulcies, and in wrapt in darkness! Where are those horrors which threatened us on every fide? They are all vanished, and Paradise succeeds in their room. Behold in the middle of it the Tree of Life, blooming in conspicuous majesty, and loaden with the ambrosial fruitage of heaven. Dismissed are the terrific cherubim, and sheathed the faming sword, which were appointed at the fall of man to guard the passage to it. The heavenly Jerusalem appears unfolding wide her dazzling portals; ftupendous magnificence ! her walls of jasper, her foundations adorned with every precious stone, and her streets all of pure gold.'
On the subject of death, he makes this apostrophe to Beauty:
• And thou too, Beauty, consider in what a destiny all thy triumphs must terminate ? Frequent the silent mansions of the dead, and attend the lecture of the tomb. What does yonder grave stone say? How eloquently, how pachetically does it speak! It tells thee that it holds the remains of what was lately vigorous and blooming. Ah! what are the remains ? An unlovely mass of putrid earth! But hark! the powerful monitor says to thee, or seems to say, ' prepare for a simia lar doom.' And must that form where symmetry and elegance are so conspicuous, be enveloped in an unfightly throud, and consigned to the ground, to moulder away and perish ! Must that velvet cheek which outblushes the morning rose, fade like that rose, and be shriveled up into deformity : and that dewy lip, which breathes nothing but sweetness, putrefy and become loathsome! Must the radiance of those eyes which sparkle with intelligence and vivacity, which dart life and joy wherever they shine, be extinguished in ever!asting night! Ah, mournful spectacle, hideous metamorphosis! That frame so fair, so justly admired, whose every motion is activity and grace, shall be converted into an unconscious impaflive lump of clay, and become a prey to corrosive reptiles ! ( Death, how doft thou insult the vaunted but visionary accomplishments of humanity!
In such a strain of exclamation and rhapsody are all these dira courses written ! What bas criticism to do with fights like there, but to lament tha: their Author has not learnt from his Alma Mater so well able to instruct him-10 diftinguish between turgid extravagance, and the chatte fimplicity and manly dignity of pulpit eloquence. Rev. Nov. 1786.
ART. Art. XII. Supplement to the Antiquities of England and Wales. By
Francis Grole, Esq. 4to. Vol. I. containing 20 Numbers, at
35. each. Hooper. 1785. W E have frequently * had occasion to commend the ele
Vygant and accurate works of Mr. Grose, and we are happy in being able to lay before our readers a continuation of, or as the Author ftyles it, a supplemene 10, the beautiful and valuable work, of which we gave an account in our 49th, 52d, and 55 h volumes.
In the advertisement, prefixed to this Supplement, our Au. thor says, “on ihe completion of my fourth volume of the Antiquities of England and Wales, I proposed to bave taken leave of the Public, and to have laid down my pen and pencil, for the reason mentioned in the preface to that volume, namely, left a further continuation might have betrayed the original encouragers of the work into a greater expence than they at first ex. pected, or intended.
. This reason, cogent as it seemed to me, has not by the majority of the purchasers been deemed sufficient, and ever since the last publication I have been Aattered with repeated solicit. ations from a great number of respectable persons, all requiring an extension of the work. In answer to my scruples, they have given it as their opinions, that as the book has been regularly closed, a supplement will not subject the original encouragers to the inconveniences I apprehended. This, with my own fond. ness for the subject, has induced me to resume my labours, and I will promise the purchasers that all the plates shall be executed in a manner at least equal to the best in the former volumes.'
Mr. Grose has faishfully fulfilled this promise, for in our opinion these plates are executed in a manner truly excelleni,
The very learned and curious preface which we have so much applauded, has many additions made to it, containing not only explanations and illustrations of the subjects there discussed, but much new and original matter, that cannot fail of being highly acceptable to the lovers of English antiquities.
Among the views and descriptions given in this supplement, the following have more immediately attracted our notice :-Be.. verstone Castle, Gloucester (hire, the property of the family of Sir Michael Hicks.--Warblington Castle, Hampthire.-Charl. combe Church, Somersetshire.—The inside of Bodyham Castle, Suflex, whose mouldering towers and rugged walls, beautifuHy mantled with ivy, afford a most picturesque subject for the pen. cil.-Ipres Tower at Rye in Suflex.-The great Hall in the palace of Mayfield, Suffex.-Two plates of Michelham Priory,
* Vid. Monthly Review, Vol. xlix, 378. lii. 233. lv. 199 & 203, ixxi. 299. Ixxii.373. ts
Suflex.-Shelbred Priory, Suffex: we have here a curious spee cimen of monkish wit, making different animals bear testimony of the birth of Chrift; uppermoft stands a cock in the act of crowing, from whose beak is a label with these words, Christus natus eft-next a duck, quando quando- from a raven, in hac notte -a cow, uła ubi—and lastly, a lamb who bleats out Beth-lam.
From a pint script we learn, that Mr. Grose is continuing his useful labours, and that the Public may expect a second volume of this supplement, wbich is publishing with all convenient speed, and with which we are sorry to hear, the work will finally clofe.
Art. XIII. The Works of Arthur Murphy, Esq. 8vo. 7 Vols.
11. 155. Boards. Cadell. 1786. M R. Murphy's literary character cannot receive much addi.
VI tional lustre from any applause that we could bestow on his works. The Public have long been entertained with them; and their ingenious Auchor hath, for many years, been happy in the enjoyment of that general approbation lo jully due to his merit.
The present collection comprehends all that the Author has written, or, as he says in his Preface, 'all that he would now be answerable for, except an Esay on the Life and Genius of Henry Fielding *, and a translation of Marmontel's Belisarius ti' Most of the pieces which are here offered to the Public have, already, at different times, made their appearance : such of them as we have formerly noticed, we shall now barely enumerate; paying, as we proceed, fomewhat more attention to those productions of Mr. Murphy's pen, which have never before been published.
The first volume contains The ORPHAN OF CHINA: we gave an account of this tragedy in our 201h volume, page 575.ZENOBIA : see our Review, vol. xxxviii. 244. 579. The GRECIAN DAUGHTER; vol. xlvi. p. 259: and ALZUMA; vol. xlviii. p. 212.
The second volume contains, The APPRENTICE: see Rev. vol. xiv. p. 78. The UPHOLSTERER : vol. xviii. 415. The OLD MAID: XXV. 473. The CitizEN : xxviii. 166. No Man's ENEMY BUT HIS OWN: XXX. 70. THREE WEEKS AFTER MARRIAGE : liv. 414.
In the third volume we have THE WAY TO KEEP HIM: xxiv, 158. ALL IN THE WRONG: xxv. 472. The DESERT ISLAND: xxii. 135.
• For an account of this work, see Rev. vol. xxvi. p. 367.
yol. xxxvi. p. 290. Bь 2
Vol. IV. KNOW YOUR OWN MIND: lviii. 435. THE SCHOOL FOR GUARDIANS: xxxvi. 71. THE CHOICE, a Comedy (written for Mrs. Yates, and acted on her benefit night, at Drury-Lane, in March 1764); in which the characters are well drawn, and the style is animated by the usual spirit of its Author. This volume concludes with NEWS FROM ParNASSUS; an introductory piece, performed at the opening of Covent Garden theatre, Sept. 23, 1776. It is a lively satire on critics, players, booksellers, &c.
The 5th and 6th volume contain the Gray's-Inn Journal, a weekly publication begun in 1752 and continued for two years. In this edition Mr. Murphy has made great retrenchments. Many things were merely suited to the day. All such he has judiciously discarded, and retained only as much as might bew the general plan. Among these papers the Reader will find many ingenious essays on various subjects. The work, being similar to the Spectator, Tatler, &c. affords ample scope to a man of genius, for the display of his abilities : and in his imitation of those admired models Mr. Murphy bas happily succeeded. He has given a true picture of the times, and agreeably ridiculed the prevailing follies of the age. His criticisms, abounding with learning and judgment, evince the Author's taste for polite literature, and sufficiently demonstrate that he has not sacrificed to the Muses in vain : and the morality which he everywhere inculcates, proves the great regard that he constantly pays to virtue and good manners.
The seventh volume contains a Poetic EPISTLE TO Dr. JOHNSON: see Review, vol. xxiii. p. 412. The EXPOSTULATION, a Satire; firft published in 1761. We find no account ! of this piece in our Review, unless The Examiner, a Sacire, be the same production, with a different title : see Rev. for Nov. 1761, p. 398. We imagine that the Expoftulation, and the Examiner, are one and the same satire: the objects of which were Churchill, Lloyd, and other literary characters, with whom our Author was at that time engaged in a paper war.-The other pieces in this volume are a collection of PROLOGUES and EPILOGUES. The Game of Chess, a Poem, translated from the SCACCHIA Ludus of Vida. The original of Vida ‘who (to use Mr. M.'s words) has given to a game of chess all the grandeur of a battle in Horner or Virgil,' has been universally admired. The second Canto, which delcribes the beginning of the Game, is so fraught with poetic fancy, that we will select a part of it, in order to give our Readers an idea of the poem itself, as well as of the merits of the translation. The board and men being placed, Apollo and Mercury are supposed to play the game, by directing two contending armies : '