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High o'er the pines that with their darkening shade ,
Surround yon craggy bank, the castle rears
A warlike mien, a sullen grandeur wears.
Though, trembling o'er the feeble crutch, he bends.
Where off the knights the beauteous dames have led;
Where bays and ivy o'er the fragments spread. These, and every other object in those retreats, where the Author bad experienced with his brother the happy amusements of young Simplicity, naturally renew his grief and complaints for his lofs, which, indeed, appear by no means unreasonable, when we are told of this brother, that
Him with her purest Aames the Muse endow'd,
Flames never to th' illiberal thought allied;
In all her charms; he faw, he felt, and died.
How. dreary is the gulph, how dark, how void, i
The crackless shores that never were repast !
Hope faulters, and the soul recoils aghaft.
And shåll these fars glow with immortal fire, .
And could thy bright, thy LIVING foul expire ? :
The glow of friendship, and the virtuous tear, i
Chill'd in this vale of death, but languish here,
The languid stranger feebly buds and dies :
With godlike strength, beneath her native lsies.
With patience waits the rosy-opening day;
With chearful hope expects the morning ray.
In mental vision view the happy shore,
Where Fate and Death divide the friends no more.
Art. 21. The Scourge, a Satire. Part I. 4to. Is. 63. Almor.
The Author sets out with lamenting the death of Churchill, who, he tells us, left him his SCOURGE, às à legacy and he feems determined not to let it lie unemployed : but whether the lath will be plied with all its wonted force, this specimen, alone, will not, perhaps, enable the Reader absolurely to determine. Yet this we may venture to pronounce, that the living dog may at least prove as terrible as the dead lion. The present objects of the Author's poetic fury, are the girat men whose names are numbered among the outs; while, on the other hand, his panegyrics are lavished on the inns : but, as a specimen, we fhall give some lines from the Satirist's account of himself:.
I am a Man i ... ,
Blunt in my manners, simple in my fense,
I'm much too dull for metaphor, or trope,
I cannot think, be who will out'or in,
But Brunswick reign till 'Time Thall be no more! Perhaps it will be deemed no great compliment to this Avthor, to say that he possesses more than Churchill's Harmony ; we wilh we could
• Born" a whig ! indeed !-some philosophers might, peshaps, dispute this fact with our Author ; but, certainly, every gentleman knows best how he came by his owo principles.
fay fay as much with regard to that vivacity of sentiment and strength of expreslion, which served to compentate for all the defects of Churchill's numbers.
THE A TRIC AL. Art. 22. The Summer's Tale. A Comedy of Three Aets. As it is
performed at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden. 8vo. is. 6d. Dodsley. By Purnber laug
To enter on a formal examen of the fing-song stage-trifles which have lately come into vogue among us, would be finking beneath the dignity of criticism.— This performance may take rank with the rest of the kind. There are some things in the dialogue part, which may be endured; others, that are absurd enough ; and a few that are intolerable for their indelicacy : such as a footman's singing his master a song, to prompt him to ravish * his mistress; and another character coming in, sweating, pulling off his wig, and wiping his head, before the audience. As to the songs, the same may nearly be said of them : some are passable, and others very indifferent, indeed! With regard to the music, we have not heard it; but we observe the names of the greatest masters, in the list of composers. That the Author, bowever, may not accuse us of ill-nature, we shall select one or two of such as we take to be his best-written airs :
* Not quite so roughly expressed, indeed ;—the following couples in · the passage alluded to :
If the damsel consents, take her strait in the mood,
If not, gently force her, 'cis all for her good.
AIR, · AIR XXVII.
[Arne.) From clime to clime
Let others run ;
To kill uneasy time :
Let the vain creatures fly,
Fixt to my native spot,
Content I look around,
The rugged soil,
A nobler dower has given ;
And liberty, the choicest gift of heaven. Perhaps, after all, the fort of Rape above hinted at, means no more than a gentle force upon the lady, to make her pronounce the kind moJosyllable yes. If so, we ask the Author's pardon for putting so rough a construction on the passage cited in the Note. But let the Reader judge between us.
NOV E L s. Art. 23. The Female Adventurers. 12mo. 2 Vols. 55. Foling by.
It is easy to perceive, through the disguise of a very bad translation, that the original of this little French romance is not deftitute of merit. There is nature in it; and the fentiments, had they been expressed in good English, might have secured the work from that contempt into which it must inevitably sink, in the opinion of those few novel-readers who are competent judges of what they read. Art. 24. The Wanderer; or, Memoirs of Charles Searle, Ele;
conta ning his Adventures by Sea and Land, with many remarkabk Characters and interesiting Situations in real Life; and a Variety of surprising Incidents. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s: Lownds.
The reader who accompanies this wanderer, in his various peregrinations, will be conducted through adventures which never could have a happened, and brought into ' situations in real life' which are to the
highest degree unnatural and improbable, if not utterly im posible. For the reit,- these memoirs are not very ill-written. The characters, fuck as they are, are numerous, and a world of business is to be dispatched, before we arrive at the condusion : wherein, according to the custom, tbe heroes and heroines are brought before the parson ; who having said grace. the fupper comes in ; then every body goes to bed; and so good
Art. 25. Art. 25. The Novellift, or Tea-table Miscellany; containing ine
select Novels of Dr. Crowall: With other polite Tales, and Piece's of modern Entertainment. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Lownds.
To a selection from the well-known set of Novels published by the late ingenious Dr. Croxall, the present Editor hath added some tales, &c. borrowed from the authors of the Rambler and the Adventurer ; and also from a variety of other modern writers : the whole forming a very entertaining Miscellany, for young readers. .
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 26. A Treatise of Agriculture. The fecond Edition, with large
Additions and Amendments. By Adam Dickson, A. M. Minister at Dunse. 8vo. 6s. Edinburgh, Kincaid. Sold by
Longman in London. · In our Twenty-eighth Vol. (p. 119 feq.) we gave some account of the first edition of this judicious treatise; which was then (1763) published without the Author's name. In this ad edition, Mr. Dickson hath inserted several additions and illustrations, both in the text and notes; and the last chapter of Book II, which creats of wheel-carriages, is entirely new. Art. 27. A Dialogue concerning the Subjection of Women to their
Husbands. Published for the Benefit of all his Majesty's Married Subje&ts, in Great Britain, Ireland, and the Dominions thereunto belonging and appertaining. In which is interspersed, fome Observations on Courtship, for the Use of the Batchelors. By a Friend to the Ladies.--Motto. 6. He sent Letters into all the King's “ Provinces, into every Province according to the Writing thereof, " and to every People after their Language, that every Man should “ bear Rule' in his own House.” Esth. 8vo. 6d. Wilkie.
From the motto to this pamphlet, the Reader will naturally infer which way the Author would determine the question concerning the dominion universally claimed by husbands over their wives. Nevertheless, as all general rules are liable to exceptions, we are not to make this rule absolute, as the lawyers fay; for there are fuppofable cafes in which it would be the highest abfurdity, and of ruinous consequence to many families, were the sensibie and capable wife, to submit implicitly to the mis-rule, and weak or wicked conduct of a foolilh or worthless husband. In all such cases, however, a prudent woman will take Mr. Pope's hint, . And if the rules him, never flows the rules.. . We have, indeed, so good an opinion of the fair sex, that we entirely acquiesce in the sentiments of Mr. Freeman, one of the interlocutors in this dialogue ; where he observes, that it is not nature, but the unc. manly and irresolute conduct of the men themselves, in the government of their families, which is the principal cause of the improper behaviour of the generality of married women.' And he very sensibly adds, inat the absurd behaviour of men to women previous to marriage, con riK k 2