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Whom neither wealth, nor grandeur can allure;
With whom our choicest bleflings are secure;
Arise to save, once more, your native ille,
And Virtue ftill on Alfred's realm shall smile.

• Ye the despotic rescript can rescind,
And give the cruel ediet to the wind,
Repair the honoured paths of old renown,
Transmit our rights to distant ages down,
Recal our armies o'er the Atlantic flood,
(Compelled no more to shed a brother's blood,)
Commerce, and ancient amity, restore,

While shouts of joy resound from thore to shore.' GENIUS facrificing to Virtue is an object which must ever be contemplated with pleasure and veneration; and yet, we are not to let our veneration for the action make us inattentive to the manner in which it is performed. This poem is certainly not so highly finished as it might have been : had this amiable Writer exerted himself, we doubt not but chat he might have produced a poem which would not have been deficient either in strength or elegance. Art. 20. The Noble Cricketers. A poetical and familiar Epiftle,

addressed to Two of the idleft Lords in his Majesty's Three Kingdomš. 4to. is. Bew.

The two idlelt Lords in his Majesty's three kingdoms are undoubt. edly very 'fair objects of satire. Were our Author as happy in the execution of his performance as in the choice of his subject, he might possibly be entitled to some praise; as it is, we doubt whether SAM SMALL, LUMPY, or even HORSEFLESH, would not bluh to have written such ribaldry. Art. 21. The Auspices of War; an Ode. Inscribed to the Me

mory of Admiral Boscawen. To which is added, the Prophecy of the Union ; a narrative Poem. 4to. 13. Dodsley. 1779.

As this Writer pleads that he is not an old offender,' we are the less disposed to be severe in our sentence upon him. He is to ob. serve, however, that as this apology will not avail him in future, he must, when he next appears before the tribunal of the Public, bring with him some more effectual plea to entitle him to its indolgence; of which, indeed, we by no means despair. The present Specimen of his abilities is far from being unpromising Art. 22. Poems on various Subjects. By Ann Murry, Author

of Mentoria. 4to. 5 s. fewed. Dilly, &c. 1779. The greater part of these Poems, as the Writer tells us, were defigned to describe the advantages resulting from rectitude of manners; to impress on others the conviction produced in her own heart of the inftability of human happiness; and to direct the mind to what ought to be the chief object of its attention, the hope of attaining a ftate, “ where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at reft." That they may answer the ends for which they were written, cannot but be the wish of every good mind. In some of these pieces, though there be inaccuracies to which the fastidious will object, and in others a gravity, which, for the diffipated and thoughtless, may have no great .charms of allurement, yet there are many readers to whom they will prove both instructive and amusing,

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Art. 23. The Belles of Bury; a Poem. 4to. Bury

printed, by W. Green. 1779. are fiecare

• Miranda firft, amidst the splendid throng,

Claims all the merit of my advent'rous fong.' hall fol Aye, good Miranda! do, take the Gentleman's song.--Nothing,

you know, like poetry for curling the hair :'" it makes it so pure de

and fo crips.!" DOWN, Art. 24. Meritorious DisobeDIENCE: An Epistle to a Minif. down

, terial Marine Favourite, on his late unexpected Escape from the ood, Hands of Justice. 4to.

Bew, Our old friend again !- Again! and again, Crispinus !--Sir Hugh re,

Palliser now takes his turn * for a scalping: and the Reviewers come
in, en passant, for a scratch or two.
Art. 25. Ode on the present State of English Poetry, occasioned by

reading a Translation of select Parts of Shakespeare, Milton,
Thomson, Warton : Simonides, Sophocles, and others. By Core
nelius Scriblerus Nochus. With Remarks. To which is added,
a Tranlation of a Fragment of Simonides. 410. I s. 6 d.: Ox
ford printed; fold by Elmsley, &c. in London. 1779.

We are glad to find this Writer has shewn so much deference to our authority as to assume his right name to As a farther proof of his obedience, we shall expect him to cancel the present title to this

fillieft of all filly productions, and to sublicute in its place its true Homs 2010 one, namely,

A Progress to the Pastry-cooks.
Art. 26. The Temple of Prostitution ; a Poem. Dedicated to the

greatest ***** in her Majeity's Dominions. Written by a Woman
of Fashion. 460.

I s. 6 d. Harrington.

Impure description holds the place of sense 1." ed toi

If we may trust to the evidence of style, this licentious publication
had not a woman for its parent.
Art. 27. The Prieftefs of Devonshire-wall. A poetical Satire.

Embellished with Characters of diftinguished Personages,' &c. &c.
4to. Dixwell.

Obscure, low, and filly.-We cannot discover who is meant by
The Priestess : but some female of distinction seems to be aimed at,
under the name of W**t*n.
Art. 28. Patriotic Perfidy; a Satire. '4to. 2 .

A furious invective against some leading men in what is called
The Opposition Party, or The Patriots. The names upon which the
Author empties his Jordan of fcurrility are, the Dukes of Rd

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* Vid. last month's Review, p. 396, Art. 29. Reviewers Rea viewed.

+ See Bagley, a descriptive poem; with annotations by Scriblerus Secundus. Monthly Review, vol. Iviii. p. 160.

There are, indeed, many sorts of jense. Of one kind there is enough in this pamphlet; but that not the for

meant by Mr. Pope, in the foregoing line, which we have presumed to adapt to the present occafion. Ii 3.

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and the Earl of Bl.

“ Rebels, the dam'n'dest of rebellion's crew,

As boldly base as England ever knew."
If the Reader wishes for more, he must buy the pamphlet, for we
think it neither safe nor decent to transcribe any farther.
Art. 29. Fanatical Conversion; or, Methodism displayed; a Satire.

Illustrated and veritied by Notes from J. Welley s fanatical Jour.
nals, &c. 410.

25. od. Bew. 1779,
Are we for ever * to be teazed with the nonsense and (alleged)
impoftures of Methodistic Saints,' and Perfectionists:"Spare us,
good Bard, and turn, t leng h, thy invečive weapons on other ob-
jects. The nation abounds with knaves and hypocrites, of nume-
rous claffes, and various denominations : wherefore, then, expend
all thy poetic ammuni:ion only on a particular set of fanatics, and ler
all other culprits escape !--But what do we fee-yet another piece
levell’d at the Moorfields game! Vid the succeeding Article:
Art. 3o; Voltaire's Ghost to the Apostle of the Sinless Foundery :

A familiar Epittle from the Shades. 410. 2 s. 6 d. Bew. 1779.

The same hot satirist (see the preceding Article) bere puts the rod into che cold hand of the decealed Voltaire : shis being the mode in, wbich dead men are enabled to Aog Cheir surviving enemies -- The memory of the celebrated Bard of Ferney having been lately in. sulted in some of our news s-papers, by the Rev. Mr. John Wesley, the affront is resented by our Author, and repaid with an Hudibrastic cat-o'nine tails..The Ghost of M. de Voltaire may, indeed, conde fcend to cope with an itinerant preacher, but the living Voltaire would not have deigned to notice to unequal an antagonist:

• Goliath's spear ne'er killid a louse.' GHOST, p. 46.

This antimetbodillic Poei continues to employ tha hosile
graving tool, as well as ihe satiric pen: thus affailing the foe from a
battery of two presses at once.
Art. 31. Satire for the King's Birth-day. By no Poet-laureate;

410,
Ironical, complimentary, and dull as a laureate's panegyric.
Art. 32. Spirit and Unanimity; a Poem: Inscribed to his Grace

the Duke of Rich-d. 410. 2 s. 6 d. Piguenit. 1779:,
Las this Writes seems to mean well. (viz. to promote unanimity
in the operations of government), we could with his powers were
equal to his will.
Art. 33. A new Plan to save the State; addressed to the Ladies.

By a Gentleman of the Univerlity of Cambridge. 4to. 1S.
Dodsley.

This rhyming planner has attempted what, we apprehend, his
Atrength is no way equal to, His project will not be much regarded
by those to whom it is addressed, and the poetry will not greatly re-
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This is our Author's' fixth attack on the Foundery-Saints,' and their Hierophani, as he terms them : see the Love-Feaft, Sketches for Tabernacle Frames, the Temple of. Impoffure, &c.

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Art. 34. The Bostonian Prophet : An Heroi-comico-ferious-paro

dical-pindaric Ode, in Imitation of The Bard. With Notes cri-
tical, satirical, and explanatory, by the Editor. 4to.
Echerington. 1779.

Not a bad parody of Mr. Gray's celebrated ode, and yet not good
enough to entitle its Author to much praise. Much praise, indeed,
is more than any parody seems entitled to. Of all literary efforts,
the Parody is not only one of the most humble but also the feebleft.
Where little exertion is required, little praise can be expected.
Art. 35. The Works of Hugh Kelly. To which is prefixed, the

Life of the Author. 4to. Il. I S. Printed for the Author's
Widow; and fold by Cadell, &c. 1778.

This handsome edition of the poetical works of an ingenious and
much esteemed Writer, comprehends his Dramas, bis Thefpis, in two
books, and Fugitive Pieces. By the former, which were his most
considerable productions, he acquired no fmall' reputation. They
are False Delicacy, a Comedy; A Word to the Wife, a Comedy;
Clementina, a Tragedy; The School for Wives, a Comedy; and The
Romance of an Hour, a Comedy of Two Acts. His Thespis, which
contained a critical examination into the merits of the principal
performers at the theatres royal, was an imitation of Churchill's
Rafiiad; to which it was equal in point of elegance, if not of
Itrength.
Art. 36. The Satires of Persius paraphrastically imitated, and

adapted to the Times. With a Preface. 8vo. 2 s. sewed. Dod.
fley, &c. 1779.

Imitations, as well as translations of the ancients, have been hap.
pily attempted in our language. Some of the satires of Horace have
indeed been so successfully modernized by Pope, that they almost
dispute the palm with the Roman original: but it required the skill
and genius of Pope to produce such an effect, which must not be
expected from the efforts of Edward Burnaby Greene, the paraphraf-
tical imitator of Persius.

It is a maxim laid down by Roscommon and others, that the talents of an original author, and those of his translators or imitators, ought to be congenial : but the kindred defeets of Persius and Ed. ward Burnaby Greené militate against this doctrine. On the side of excellence, there is no appearance of poetical confanguinity.

Difficulty of construction, and obscurity of allufion, have generally been considered as the chief objections to the satires of Perlius; objedlions which even an able translator would have endeavoured to remove, and which a paraphraffical imitator cannot poflibly be justified in suffering to remain valid againit a manner of version, whose scope and freedom afforded ample room for ease and perspicuiry. In Mr. Greene's work, however, the Reader will find no traces of Perfius, except his obscurity; no sparks of his fire, but a volume of smoke,

By a perasal of Dryden and Brewfer, an English reader may form a tolerably adequate idea of the fix fatires of Persius; but in the paraphrase of Mr. Greene he will rarely discover any idea at all; for the work is so ancient, yet so modern all the while,? she colours fo run into each other, that the result is noshing but confusion.

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To add to this chaos, there are, prefixed to these imitations

, we know not why, a medallion, very well executed, of the late Earl of Chatham, a monumental inscription, and an argument on the Ame. rican contest. With the same propriety are subjoined a fonnet and epigram on Admiral Keppel !

DR A MAT I C.
Art. 37. The Dramatic Works of Philip Maffinger, complete,

Revised and corrected, with Notes critical and explanatory. By
John Monck Mason, Esg. To which are added, Remarks and
Observations on the old English Dramatic Writers; and a fhort
Effay on the Life and Writings of Maslinger, inscribed to Dr.
Johnson. 8vo.

4 Vols. il. Is Boards. Davies, &c. 1779. Old authors, who do not foar with Nature in her sUBLIMEST flights, nor follow her through the various freaks and changes of her humour, but only copy chę wit and character of the times in which they wrote, are like old coin, not so much admired for their intrinsic value, as for the mind from which they are dated : and the ruft of antiquity, perhaps, has more charms than the beauty of the impreffion.

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Maflinger has, undoubtedly, an equal claim to esteem with mot writers of the same age and class : and Mr. Mason, the ostensible Editor of these dramas, has, like the generality of commentators

, elucidated fome passages, and explained away others, as his judg. ment has bit or mifed the true reading of his author.

Mr. Davies, the publisher of the volumes before us, discovers a considerable share of biographical industry, and judgment, as well as critical taste, in his Life of Mallinger, prefixed to this edition; which alone gives it the preference to all former impressions.

On a candid review, we may venture to assert, that those ladies and gentlemen who have a relish for the ancient literature of this country, may gratify their taste, in the perufal of these volumes ; and as the present impresion is the fairett we have hitherto feen of the Author, we can so far recommend it to those curious collectors, for a place on the dramatic Melf in their libraries.

NOVELS and MEMOIR S.
Art. 38. The Indiscreet Marriage; or, Henry and Sapbia Somero

ville. In a Series of Letters. By Miss Nugent and Miss Taylor,
of Twickenham.

12 mo, 3 Vols. 9 s. bound. Dodsley, &c. 1779

A novel which appears before the Public under the fanction of two female names, seems entitled, if not to favour, at lealt to lenity. Instead, therefore, of entering into a particular enumeraţion of the defects of this work, we shall only express a wish, that those females who think themselves poffefsed of sufficient genius and invention to write for the entertainment of the Public, would not content them. felves with that moderate share of literary reputation which a tolerable facility in the art of epiftolary writing may have obtained among the circle of their friends, but by convering intimately with the bett models of good writing, acquire that elegance and refinement of taite, which will neither be capable of being pleased with, nor exe pea to please by, mediocrity,

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