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Able thou art, and worthy to preside,
For decent Fame, and love the public weal. That decent fame was however an unlucky throw, and hath af forded room for some critics to conjecture that the whole compliment (of which we have copied but half) is ironical; but we consider it as mere simple praise :-- so much the worse, some readers will say; but that is no fault of ours. Art. 14. The Anti-Palliferiad; or, Britain's Triumph over France. Dedicated to the Hon. Augustus Keppel. 4to. 18. 6 d. Bew.
• Heav'n sure winks not at treach'ry so profound!
Nor safety find from Palliserian fraud.' If the foregoing lines are not wholly sufficient to determine the rank and character of this panegyric on Mr. Keppel, let the following be thrown in as a make-weight:
. In heroic spirit Briton drew her sword.'
"Too clement Briton to a conquer'd foe!' The Admiral must be vanity-proof, indeed, if he be not overelated with all the fine things that are said of him, and to him! Art. 15. An Heroic Congratulation, addressed to the Hon. Au
gustus Keppel, Admiral of the Blue; on his being unanimously, honourably, and fully acquitted of the Five malicious and illfounded Charges exhibited against him by Sir Hugh Palliser, Vice-Admiral of the Blue. To which is annexed, an Address to the Public, containing the Five Charges, interspersed with Metaphors, Animadversions, and Allusions, suitable to the Subject, to display their Absurdity, and vindicate the untarnished Honour of the British Navy. 4to. 1 s. 6 d. Dodsley, &c.
What an happy man is this Admiral ! Verse-men and prose- men, and authors who write neither prose nor 'verse, all brandish their pens, and join the general huzza for Admiral Keppel! The following two pair of lines will serve as a sample of this heroic Congratulation :
• What's more incredible than all before !
Then in their wake, as near as be cou'd be.' If this Gentleman's Muse has done with the Court-martial, we would recommend to her attention the Sessions-house at the OldBailey. The trials, in that court, in rhyme, might procure us an annual volume, which would bid fair to rival Withers's Britain's Remembrancer, and WARD's versification of Clarendon's History of the Rebellion.
Art. 16. A Congratulatory Ode to Admiral Keppel. By the Au
thor of the “ Ode to the Waslike Genius of Britain." 4to.
Making due allowance for the hafte with which this poem (according to the time of its publication) mutt, have been composed, we think it has considerable merit. The last line of the eighth stanza is worth whole reams of those puling “ Copies of Verses" on Deaths,
Marriages, Burials, and Battles, with which our morning, evening, e come weekly, and monthly papers are stuffed : e corte
- The waters roar,
And toss the deafening billows to the sky. 5 d. Bu
A second edition of this poem has appeared, with some corrections, and notes relative to the principal military occurrences of Mr. Kep. pel's life, which commenced with Anson's famous circumnavigation of the globe. Art. 17. Neptune ; a Poem. Inscribed to the Hon. Augustus
Keppel. 4to. I s. Kearsley. We are informed that the Author of this piece is young, and that mice? it is a first and hasty performance. He ought to be very young, inbe fou
deed, who pleads that circumstance in excuse for such gross defects as are found in the poem before us.
But whatever allowance may be made for fcribbling lines fo imperfect as these, nothing can ex cuse their being offered to the Public. It is with regret we utter such
harsh truths; but would it not be more cruel, and even criminal n! to mislead perhaps a well-disposed youth, by a false tenderness,
which, possibly, might operate to his irreparable detriment?
I s. 6 d. Harrison.
" When I had fought for forty seafons past,
Little I thought 'twould come to this at last.” Do not mistake him, Reader : the poet, we mean.-He intends not, we assure you, to burlesque the subject : the Author is as true and zealous à Képpelian as ever huzza'd, or toss'd a brick bat at a window. Art. 19. A remarkable moving Letter. 4to. Faulder.
1779. A wicked wit, making merry with Mrs. Macaulay's second marriage. Art
. 20. An Epistle from Edward, an American Prisoner in England, to Harriet, in America. 4to. 6 d. Fielding and Co.
Poor Edward laments, but not in poor verse, the hardships of his confinement, his absence from the fair object of his tenderest affections, and the circumstance of his being with held from lending his arm to the afliltance of his country, in what he deems her glorious fruggle for freedom. He is galled, too, at the reproach caft upon him as a rebel; and thus expatiates on the opprobrious term :
Thele, too, were Rebel:Chefs; for these withstood ; . Oppressive pow'r, and seald their cause with blood.”.
We have given the foregoing lines as a specimen of the poerry. In the advertisement prefixed, the Author assures the Reader that the poem is founded on fact ; that he has often been a witness to the distresses and delicate agitations of the unfortunate Edward's mind; -and that the profits of this publication will be applied to the relief of the American prisoners now in England.'. Art. 21. The Shadows of Shakespeare : A Monody, occasioned by
the Death of Mr. Garrick. Being a Prize Poem, written for the Vase at Bath Easton. By Courtney Melmoth. 4to. rs. Dilly, &c.
The vase, at Bath Easton seems to have frozen the powers of Mr. Courtney Melmoth. Sincerum eft nifi Vas, quodcunque infundis aces. cit. This monody, however, was there a prize poem? To a canto and parody of Shakespeare may we not apply canto and parody, and in the words of Hamlet, cry out
“ But tell, why the vase, " Wherein we saw thee quietly inurn'd,
“ Hath cast thee up again?"-Art. 22. A Pastoral. By an Officer belonging to the Canas
dian Army. 4to. 1 s. 6 d. Becket. 1779,
A cannon-hot, by cruel fate let fly,
i. See Phillip's's Paftorals.
POLITICAL. Art. 23. The Freeholder's Supplication to both Houses of Parliamenta
. 4to. 1 s. H. Payne. Taking it for granted, that the conftitutional guardians of the realm have lost the confidence of the people,' he intreats them to enter into some resolution which may regain it, and revive the spi. rits of their desponding and disappointed countrymen.—The para ticular step which; in his opinion, would be most conducive to this end, is fimply this, " An address from both Houses of Parliament, to our gracious Sovereign, to remove the American Secretary from his post.”—The Author refts the propriety of the address solely on the manifest will of the people; but the particulars of the Charge he leaves to those who have the materials in their hands.'-But what does this Writer mean by the manifeft will of the people? Where and how is it manifested? Where, and by what means, were the sentiments of the people collected -There are two or three other to
pits of declamation in this pamphlet ;--for which we refer to the
fon in Panton-Street
tituled, " A Bill (with the Amendments) to punish by Imprifonment and hard Labour, certain Ofenders, and to establis proper Places for their Reception," By Henry Zouch, Clerk, a Justice.
of the Peace. Svo. 6 d. Johnson.
DR AM A TIC.
the ancient Greek Tragedy. Rirl published in the Year 1751,
The Author of Elfrida apparently entertains a very mean idea of the modern stage, finçe, in order to render his drama, as he supposes, more, theatrical, he has-made it infinitely less classical. Art. 27. Calypso, a new Masque, in Three Acts, as it is per
formed at the Theatre in Covent Garden. Written by Richard
Comus in petticoats! The taplah of Milton and Shakespeare
in the Pantomime Entertainment at the Theatre Royal, Drury lane.
The title of this pamphlet is a fufficient review of its contents.
performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, with universal
Well seasoned with sea salt, and perhaps more calculated for the relith of those whore rafte is merely farcical, than if it had been tinctured wish the fame portion of the Attic.
brated Englis Rofcius, &c. &c. 8vo. Pridden.
Rev. Mar. 1779.
Art. 31. Eulogy on M. De Voltaire. From the French of M.
Pallisot. 8vo. 1 s. Hookham. - From the very defective language of this translation, we conclude
that we are indebted for it to the industry of some foreigner, who Simagines he can write English. ** For an ample: account of M. Pallifot's panegyric on M. de Voltaire, see our last Appendix, published at the same time with the Review for Jandary.' Art. 32. An authentic and impartial Copy of the Trial of the Hon.
Augustus Keppel, Admiral of the Blue, held at Portsmouth, Jan. 7, **1779, and continued by several Adjournments to the 11th of Fe-,- bruary. 'Taken in Short Hand by a Person who attended during 2. the whole Trial, and printed by the Defire of a Society of Gentlemen. : With several interesting Papers. 8vo. 3 s. 6 d. sewed. Ports• mouth printed ; and sold by Whieldon, &c. in London.
The “ several interesting papers, prefixed to this copy of the trial at large, are-Admiral Keppel's accounts of the engagement, as · published in the Gazette --" The ministerial paragraph extolling Sir Hugh Palliser" (so the Editor expreffes it)-The answer— The pa
ragraph of which Sir H. P. complained-Sir H. P.'s Answer-A · Reply-Time of the Admiral's failing List of the fleet-Extracts
from the debates in the House of Commons.-The Author, or Editor, cxultingly adds an account of the rejoicings, &c. at Portsmouth, on the Admiral's honourable acquittal. From all which we collect, that Sir H.'P. and his friends were not of the Society of Gentlemen at whose defire this account of the proceedings was taken. Art. 33. The Trial of the Hon. AUGUSTUS KEPPEL, &c. &c.
To which are added, several interesting Letters and Papers relative ' to the Subject. Faithfully taken down in Court by Thomas Blan
demor. For the Gentlemen of the Navy. 8vo. 45. fewed. Portsmouth princed ; and sold by Crowder, &c. in London.
The interesting letters and papers,' rather too oftentatioufly mentioned in che title-page, are, I. Mr. Blandemor's affidavit, setting forth chat, by permission of the Court,' and ' at the request, and under the direction of many gentlemen of the navy, and other refpectable characters, the friends of Admiral Keppel,' he took down che minutes of the said Admiral's trial :' and likewise affirming his care and accuracy, &c. &c. II. A glossary of some sea-terms and technical phrases. III, Admiral K.'s line of battle. IV. Lift of the French feet. , 'in: Art. 34. The Proceedings at large of the Court-Martial on the
Trial of the Hon. Auguftus Keppel, Taken in Short Hand, by
William Blanchard, for the Admiral, and published by his Pero : mission. Folio. 6s. Almon. . . To this account of the proceedings are added, by way of Appendix, copies of letters from the Secretary of the Admiralty, and from the Judge Advocate, to Mr. Keppel, previous to his trial; with Mr. Keppel's ansivers; together with letters from Sir Hugh Palliser, and feveral public papers relative to this important trial. Also, a copy of the congratulatory thanks delivered by the Speaker of the House