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best nor the worst. We do not think it genuine ; but it is certainly composed with sense and spirit, and contains an ingenious defence of the monarchical form of government,

VI. Traité de la Sphere à l'Ufage de ceux qui veulent joindre cette etude à celle de la Geographie, &c. i. e. Å Treatise concerning the Sphere, for the use of those, who are desirous of joining this branch of knowledge with the study of Geography, to which are added, an Abridgment of Chronology and an Abridgment of Geography. By M. MenteLLE, Professor of History and Geography in the Royal Military School, Member of the Academy of Sciences of Rouen, &c. &c. Paris. 1778. The method observed in this work is luminous, and the explications are remarkable for their perspicuity. It is, in a small compass, the best elementary book we know on these subjects.

VII. Pharmacopée de Lyon, Ou Exposition Methodique des Men dicamens simples et compofies, &c. i. e. The Dispensatory of Lyons, containing a Methodical Exposition of simple and compound Medicines

, with an account of their essential qualities, virtues, preparation and use, and the Diseases in which they are administered. By M. Vitet, Professor of Chemistry and Anatomy, and Member of the Royal Society of Physicians at Paris. 4to. Lyons and Paris. 1778. This work is in the highest esteem. It has been honoured with the suffrages of the most eminent physicians of the present age, and, among others, with that of the famous Haller, who called it-egregium opus, per experimenta natum.

VIII. Esai sur la Vie de Seneque le Philosophe, &c. ii q. An Esay on the Life and Writings of Seneca the Philosopher, and on the Reigns of Claudius and Nero; with Notes. 8vo. Paris. 1779: The writings of M. DIDEROT (who is known to be the Author of this essay, though his name be not prefixed to it) have long since disgusted the modest votaries of true philosophy, by the tone of arrogance and self-sufficiency, the obscure and fophistical spirit of scepticism, and the froth and fumes of a declamatory eloquence, that form their effential and distinctive character. Accordingly, the Essay, now before us, discovers palpably the pen from which it comes. The defence of Seneca, the Author says, appeared to him of such consequence, that it has engaged him to break a resolution he had formed of communicating no more of his compositions to the Public. We thall not decide how far Seneca and the Public are indebted to him for this breach of promise, nor dare we affirm that he himfelf will gain any thing by the business, except perhaps a portion of self-applause, which he has already carried to a pitch that scarcely admits of augmentation. We must advertise out Readers that this Esay is not published separately; it is fubjoined to a translation of the works of Seneca (by one Mr De la Grange) which was printed at Paris last year, and makes

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the seventh volume of that publication. The Essay and the Translation are accompanied with the Notes of a third persone age, and an anonymous one, who passes for the Editor of the whole, and who seems to be a hopeful apprentice to the manufacturers of the New Philosophy. This skulker appears to be employed chiefly to throw dirt (and that of the most fetid quality) upon thining reputations which stand in the way of the Parisian philosophers; and as the yet unpublished Memoirs of the late famous J. J. Roufleau are supposed to contain a great number of secret anecdotes, that reflect the highest dishonour on these Sages, our Editor loads the memory of the Citizen of Geneva with invectives and reproaches which furpafs, in acrimony and vindi&tive bitterness and fury, any thing we have seen of the kind. A living dog (says Solomon) has the advantage over a diad lion:

As to the Essay of M. DIDEROT, it contains, like the other writings of that Author, a glaring mixture of good and bad : of brilliant thoughts and obscure reasonings of sentences that dart from the imagination with the energy of lightning, and cloudy periods of metaphyfical rhetoric that convey either no ideas or false ones. But the most reprehensible part of this performance is the moral sophistry with which Mr. D. apologizes for the vices of Seneca, which were neither few in number, nor of a kind that deserved indulgence. If it should even be allowed that Suilius, Dion Caffius, Xiphilinus, and St. Euremond, have been chargeable with exaggeration in their censures of the character and conduct of Seneca, yet we cannot approve of our Efrayilt's manner of refusing these censures, by calling the first a profligate loaded with crimes; the second, a madman; the third: a wretched Monk; and the last, an ignorant epicu

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We are still less edified when we hear the Philosopher of Paris alleviating Seneca's adulterous connexion with Julia the daughter of Germanicus, by telling us forsooth, that the Philosopher had his moment of vanity-his day of weakness; and, indeed, we think that the varioue accusations brought against the stoic philosopher are answered with the same corrupt levity. Though it should not be true, that Seneca was an accomplice with Nero, in the aflallination of his mother Agrippina, though it were even falfe, that, knowing the design, he did not do what was in his power to prevent it, yet it is certainly true, that, after the abominable deed was done, he employed all his dexterity and art to excuse it, in a letter which he was base enough to write to the senate by the Emperor's order; and when the Philosopher of Paris tells us that Seneca took this step to prevent farther enormities from the tumults and conspiracies which the nurder of Agrippina was likely to produce, we wonder at his fimplicity; as if any methods of art or prudence could prevent

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MONTHLY CATALOGUE,

For APRIL, 1779.

POETICA L.
Art. 11. The Carmen Seculare of Horace, translated into English

Verse. By the Rev. W. Takker, A. B. Author of the Ode to the
Warlike Genius of Britain,-Elegy, on Garrick, &c. 4to.
Dodfley, Becket, &c. 1779.

THOUGH the learned have, in general, found Sanadon's arCarmen Seculare, to be more ingenious than folid, yet it is not wonderful that Sig. Baretti and Mons. Philidor, whose chief object was to present the Public with a new musical entertainment, should have adopted the idea of Sanadon, which, by comprehending additional matter, gave more scope to the composer, and afforded at least a longer, if not more rational, amusement to the auditor:- nor is it wonderful, considered in that light, that the Rev. Mr. Taker should inform us that it is Mr. Baretti's edition, without any variation, that is here attempted to be translated.' He has accordingly, fola lowed that edition down to the Epilogus Baretti, as Mr. Talker calls it, but rather (as we are told it should be styled), the-Epilogus John. SONIANUS,

It is lamentable, however, to fee genius, run to feed; and as Mr.
Taker certainly has discovered some poetical talent in his other lyric
pieces, we are sorry to find him ever chasing the new-blown bubble
of the day,” and availing himself of little semporary expedients,
which, we fear, will ultimately be attended with as ditcle profit as
reputation. As to the present version, it is not, in our opinion, cals
culated to afford instruction or entertainment either to the learned or
unlearned reader,
Art. 12. Verses to the Memory of David Garrick. Spoken as

A Monody,, at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. 460.
Evans, &c. 1779.

Of this elegant and affecting tribute, deservedly paid by the theatre to the memory of the deceased Rofcius, the following lines may serve as a small specimen :

The Grace of Action--the adapted MIEN
Faithful as Nature to the varied scene,
Th'expressive GLANCE--whose subtle comment draws
Entranc'd attention, and a-mute applause ;-
Gesture that marks, with force and feeling fraught,
A sense in silence, and a will in thought;
HARMONIOUS SPEBCH, whose pure and liquid tone
Gives verse a music, scarce confess’d its own ;

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As light from gems, affümes a brighter ray
And cloathed with orient hues, transcends the day!
PASSION's wild break and Frown that awes the fenfe,
And every CHARM of gentler ELOQUENCE-
All perishable !like th' electric fire
But strike the frame and as they ftrike expire;
Incense tob pare a bodied flame to bear,

Its fragrance charms the sense, and blends with air.'
Some particular lines and expressions might, perhaps, afford mat-
ter of cavil, and the subject may, to fome severer readers, appear
rather wire-drawn; but, on the whole, we may venture to pronounce
this monody, or rather elegy, to be the most polished piece of versi-
fication we remember to have seen since the Isis of Mr. Mason.
Art. 13. A Monody on the Death of David Garrick, Eja. To

which is added, Charity, a Paraphrase on the Thirteenth Chapter of the Firf Epiltle of St. Paul to the Corinthians.--Poems written

for the Vase at Bath Easton. By William Meyler, 410. ; Brown.

The verses on the death of Mr. Garrick are not the worst, nor the beft, of the various poetic performances that have appeared on the same subject. The versification of St. Paul's encomium on Charity are on a par with the generality of the Bath Easton poetry. Art. 14: A Monody to the Memory of David Garrick, Esq. 8vo.

6 d. Harrison. • A well-meant attempt; but the Author does not completely posfess the art

ac once to give and merit praise. Art. 15. Ode to the Naval Officers of Great Britain. Written,

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immediately after the Trial of Admiral Keppel, Feb. 11, 1779. By W. Mason, M. A. 400, 6d. Cadell.

T'his occafional Pindaric is meant to deliver the political creed of its Author, at whose call the Genius of the Atlantic rises from the deep, and expoftulates with his fifter fovereign of the wave,' Britannia : counfelling her to withdraw her fleets from America, and to send them, under the full command of Keppel, against France. The following lines are the most pathetic part of the Atlantic deity's invocation to his kindred goddelo:

Queen of the illes! with empire crown'd,
Only to spread fair Freedom round

Wide as my waves could waft thy name,
Why did shy cold reluctant heart

Refuse that bleling to impart;
Deaf to great Nature's univerfal claim?

Why rush, througk my indignant sides
To ftain thy hands with parricide ?

-Ah, anfwer not the strain !
Thy waited wealth, thy widows fighis,

Thy half repentant embaffys-
Befpeak thy cause unblett, thy councils vain,

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Art. 16. The Patriot Divine to the Female Historian; an Elegiac

Epiftle. To which is added, The Lady's Reply; or, a modest Plea for the Rights of Widows. 4to. 2 s. Fielding and Walker. 1779. More * pleasantry, at the expence of the Rev. Dr. Wilson and the celebrated Female Hitlorian, on the lady's second marriage. The epiftle here written for the venerable Divine, is an imitation of Ovid's Oenone to Paris; and is executed with spirit and elegance. The Lady's Reply is entitled, The Female Hiftorian to the Patriot Divine; a Didattic Epistle ;-and is equally ingenious and satirical, with the elegiac poem which is supposed to have occasioned it.-But, are not these young graceless fons of Apollo (for juvenile blades we muft fuppose them) taking freedoms with living characters, which ought no more to be allowed in a copy of verses than in a dramatic exhibition ? Art. 17.

The Female Patriot : An Epistle from C M-y to the Rev. Dr. W-l-n, on her late Marriage. With Critical, Historical, and Philosophical Notes and Illustrations, 4to.

1 s. 6 d. Bew. 1779. More yet !-Still more poetic impertinence!"Ye vile pack of vagabonds ! what do ye mean?" Art. 18. A Pocket of Prose and Verfe; being a Selection of the

Literary Productions of Alexander Kellet, Esq. 8vo. 38. Dilly. 1778.

Mr. Ke!let's miscellany will afford an agreeable amusement to readers who can be fatisfied with a mediocrity of abilities in the Writer. Perhaps the genius of the present Author will entitle him to rank as a poet of the second rate. In his prose compositions he manifefts a considerable share of good sense and literary improvement, Art. 19. Delineation, a Poem. -4to. 15. 6 d. Kearly. 1779,

A rhiming invective againft fome well-known political characters among the Great; particularly the gentlemen in opposition. The Bard seems to have found an old pen of Sir Richard Blackmore's but he should have mended it. Art. 20. Nereus's Prophecy : a Sea-piece, sketched off Ulhant,

on the memorable Morning of the 28th of July, 1778. 410. I S. 6d. Bew.

This invective piece of poetry seems (from fimilitude of Ayle) to come from that violent fon of Opposition [a Court Reviewer would Tay Fastion] to whom the Public are indebted for those ungracious performances, Royal Perseverance, Tyranny the worst Taxation, Epistle 0W

ME- of M-f-d, Capt. Parolles at Minden, &c. all which we have censured, purely from our averfion to literary intemperance, and personal invective, which only tend to breed ill-humour, foment discord, inflame malignity, and render bad men callous ;-and which were never known to produce REFORMATION :-the only end a moral writer ought to have in view,

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* See the 28th Article of our Catalogue for February, and the 19th in that for March,

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