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poetry ; and we recommend it to him to think of some other plan of making himself useful to the public.
L. Art. 20. A Poetical Essay, on the Existence of God. Part I. By
the Rev. W. H. Roberts of Eton, late Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. 4to. is. Wilkie. 1571.
Some of the most common arguments in favour of the existence of the Supreme Being, are here given in blank verse; and so expressed in general as not to do any discredit to the Author. Two more parts are proposed, one on the Attributes, the other on the Providence of God.
L . Art. 21. The Village Oppresed; a Poem: Dedicated to Dr. Gold. smith. 4to.
Robson. 1771. This is a feeble and unpoetical complaint of the imaginary miferies of a village oppreffed.
2. DRAMA TI c. Art. 22. The Drunken News writer; a Comic Interlude: As it
is performed at the Theatre Royal in the Hay-market. With a new Song, set to Music, and sung in Character. 8vo. 6d. Smith, in Greek-ftreet.
This interlude consists only of one scene; and the dramatis persone, affords but one character, the drunken paragraph-writer : a fellow, not of infinite humour, but of some drollery. The song a pretty good Bacchanalian-piece.
and false Principles; his wrong Positions, and random Conclu-
Falkland's island. In a Letter to both Houses of Parliament. 8vo. I s. Organ. This performance is verbose and pompous; but contains no obfervations of any force or value. It loads with compliments those ministers who, in the opinion of many, have only disgraced their country, in their late transactions with Spain.
St. Art. 25. Papers relative to the Negociations with Spain ; and the
taking of Falkland's Island from the English. 4to. 35. Almon.
The parliamentary debates afford the best account of these statepapers. Art. 26. Proposals to the Legislature for numbering the People. By,
the Author of The Tours through England. 8vo. Nicoll. 1771.
Great advantages would certainly result from the proje& which is here recommended to the legislature; and with regard to the method and form of its execution, the hints thrown out in these proporals might be of fingular service.
N O V E L S.
2 Vols. 5s
Vols. 55. sewed. Noble. If we may venture to conclude, from similitude of manner, this is the work of the same fair hand that furnished the preceding article; but the manufacture seems to be of rather a inore substantial texture, the fabric somewhat finer, and the pattern richer. Instead of the flimsey materials abovementioned, we here meet with what may comparatively be filed right Mecklin and Brullels point. Yet all the parts are not of equal goodness: though the defects we have observed in it, as well as those in The Brother, are less owing, perhaps, to want of ability in the artist, than to that bane of all excellence in workmanship, hurry to get the business done, however imperfectly finished; or, to speak with more technical precision, not finished at all. Art. 29. The History of Mr. Cecil and Miss Grey in a Series of Letters.
2 vols. 5 s. sewed. Richardson and Urquhart. Very fober, very innocent, but, we are forry to add, when speaking of a moral production, very dull. To those, however, who can think good sense and virtuous sentiments a fufficient compensation for any deficiency in point of taste, or of spirit, this honest and not wholly uninteresting work, may be acceptable. Art. 30. The Nun; or, The Adventures of the Marchioness of Beauville. 12mo.
2 s. 6 d. Rolon. Like most of the tales of nuns and convents, this narrative abounds with scenes of lewdness and complicated wickedness, unfit for the eye or ear of a modest and virtuous reader; though some indiscreet Pro. testants have, perhaps, promoted the circulation of such books, in the view of contributing somewhat toward rendering Popery the more odious, by displaying the ill effects of that system of religion, in all its branches. Art. 31. The History of Sir William Harrington. Written some
Years since, and revised and corrected by the late Mr. Richardson ; now first published. 12 mo.
10 s. sewed. Bell. 1771. Imitation of Richardson's manner hath been the prevailing mode in novel-writing, ever since the extraordinary success of his works gave the hint that his prattling, gosliping file was peculiarly agreeable to the readers of that species of composition,
By the foregoing epithets, however, we do not mean wholly to condemn Mr. Richardson's productions. They have, undoubtedly, great merit, although that merit is not to be sought for in his endless verbofity, and innumerable minutix of circumstances. His excellence lay in admirably drawing, varying, contrasting, and supporting his
characters; joined to his extenfive knowledge of human nature: in which great and capital respects, he may be juftly confidered as the SHAKESPEARE of Romance.
The present performance appears to have been one of the earliest imitations of Clarissa and Grandison. The anonymous Editor aí. fures us it was written by an intimate friend of Mr. Richardson's, who himself revised and corrected it. Admitting the truth of this declaration, notwithstanding it has been (not very satisfactorily indeed) contradicted in an advertisement * published by the widow and daughters of Mr. Richardson, yet it will by no means follow, that Mr. Richardfon thought it, or by his corrections made it, a work of extraordinary merit.
In fact, although the history of Sir William Harrington is far from being the most inconsiderable of the numerous imitations to which those celebrated models abovementioned have given birth, it is, however, at the belt, but a faint copy of Mr. Richardson's justly admired ORIGINALS; for such they unquestionably are, notwithstanding the imperfections we have hinted at. Yet, in all probability, this performance would have been thought to have poisessed considerable merit, had not Richardson wrote firit, and left its Author, with all his other followers, under the disadvantageous circumitance of a comparifor which none of them have yet been able to stand.
S E R M O N S. 1. The Grounds of a particular Providence, Preached before the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, in the Abby Church, Weftminster, on Wednesday Jan. 30, 1771. By Edmund Lord Bishop of Carlisle. 4to.
Robson. In this very sensible discourse, of a learned and worthy prelate, the following parallel is drawn between the “ signs of the times" in the reign of Charles I. and those of the present reign. · After endeavouring to shew that the affairs of this world are all under the direction of a particular Providence, and thence inferring, that we should look a little beyond second causes; that we should lift up our eyes to the ORIGINAL DISPOSER of them ; and that we fhould, with all humility, enquire what he may chiefly intend by each remarkable event, and what he would have us learn in the commemoration of it; he thus proceeds :
We ought, in a particular manner, to reflect upon those crying fins which usually call down his heavy judgments on a land; such more especially as once attended on this day; the history whereof is too well known to need explaining in this place. Nor are we less acquainted with the causes that immediately produced them among the bulk of the people, at and some time before this fatal period : namely, an eager impatience of restraint and discipline, a restless spirit of disobedience to all order, law, and government ; a resolution to suspect and censure, to calumniate and expose every action and intention of all persons placed in superior stations. And I heartily with it were less obvious to remark, that these same causes still
• To which the Publisher of this work made a very proper and decent reply,
sublift among us, and in so high a degree, as may be joftly apprehended to draw down the like, or greater vengeance on our heads." So far are we from having profted by former examples, that wo have the very fame principles and pracices revived in church and ftate, which upon this day completed the destruction of them both ; on one hand appears the same, or rather a more flagrant and avowed contempt of cvery thing that is serious and should be held sacred; on another, the very fame wild enthusiastic notions in religion are. prevailing; the same violent measures are pursued, and unfound maxims of civil policy too frequently advanced on every hand. One cannot but observe the same notorious, or even a yet more undif- ; guised insult upon Majesty, and open ridicule of every ordinance divine or human ;-that superior growth of Atheism and profaneness ;
- those bold attacks on the foundation and firit principles of piety and virtue ;—that enormous height of luxury, and lewdness and corruption ;-that almost universal dillipation, and abandoned dissoluteness, which it is difficult to parallel in hiftory.
• When crimes like these become extensive and predominant, 'tis easy to foretel where they must end. When by such ways any nation renders itself ripe for destruction, then does Divine Providence, concurring with and aiding natural causes, proceed to infliet the judgment such a nation has deserved, by railing up fome foreign enemies to infult and invade it; or by permitting its own unnatural fons to weaken and distract it; or by both these together, which indeed usually excite and inflame each other, completing its decay, and haftening its diffolution.
• What reason we have from appearances to expect that this may hortly be our case, unless prevented by a thorough reformation, happy would it be for us were we wise enough to understand, and well enough disposed to confider:-to discern the “ signs of the times," and take due warning by what befel our forefathers, that the like iniquity may not prove our ruin.'
This is not the vague rant of an enthusiastic pietis, but the solide observation of a rational divine, well qualified for clearly discerning, and rightly interpreting, the “figns of the times.”
II. Before the House of Commons, at St. Margaret's, Westminster, Jan. 30, 1771. By James King, M. A. Chaplain to that Hon. House. od. Wilkie, &c.
III. Before the Governors of Addenbroke's Hospital, June 28, 1790, in Great St. Mary's, Cambridge. By Samuel Hallifax, LL.D. Professor of Civil Law in the University of Cambridge. Sold for the Benefit of the Hospital is. White, &c.
* We are obliged to TYRO Medicus for his friendly notice of Some errors of the press, and such little oversights as every candid Reader will expect, and excuse, in a work which is obliged to be hurried through the press, in order to keep time with the stated returns of periodical publication.
TAE MINSTREL in our next. +++ Erratum in our last.-P. 114, par. 3, 1. 2, for having fee curing,' read, having secured.'
Art. I. The Minfret;" or, the Progress of Genius' di Poema 4o. 1 s. 6d.' Diy1771,
catte. THE effects of eNTHUSIASM in poetry are fo very different T the latter, it is nutriment to the former. Nothing
can be more. Atrongly characterized than this. genuine enthusiaim! Nothing more easy to be distinguished Pope never knew it: he had wit, he had elegance, harmony, and vivacity's but he never was a festetioribus naturæ confiliisThe ingenti perseljus angra seemed to be wishe did not understand; was certainly what be did not feels in Spenses there is hardly a page which does not bear visible marks of it; and what but this could now Te concile us to the dry perplexity of his allegory, the frequently nauseating circumstances of his imagery, and the tiresome unio formity of his measure! It is fortunate for the Author of this poem, that, as he has thought sproper to adopt the latter, he has the same happy enthufialmsto: support and sender it agree, able. He gives the following aecount of his performance : 1
* My design was to trace the progress of a poetical genius, born in a rude and illiterate age, from the firkt dawnings of Fancy and Reason, till that period at which he may be though capable of supporting the character of a Minstrel, chat is of an itinerant poet and musician'; a character, which, according to Ebe notions of our forefathers,, was not only, respectable bus far crede: A poetical illustration of such a subject seemed to pro. mife variety of amusement, and even some topics of instruction both moral and philosophical. Perbaps I'mistook it, as well as my own abilities; however, in making a trial' there could not
The first bing pf this performance, the Author says, was fug. gefted by Mr. Percy's ingenious Elay on the Englis Mifrels, pre. Azed to his så volume of RELIQUES OF ANCIENT ENCLISH PO$TRY, Vo XLIV.