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For, to us, they seem to intimate, as if the earth both heated, swand enlightned itfelf.
i dguard olla tud asiimtix9 sdi og The poem concludes with that old, and often refuted, objection to Divine Wisdom, the immense quantity of water in our globe. His anfwer enumerates many of the advantages derived to man from this seeming superabundance of chat element. This was a glorious theme for a poetical imagination. What fine things might not have been said on the Rainbow, the Clouds, and Ri
vers ? but the Reader will be disappointed who expects to find Barthe Speciofa Miracula in our Author's performance which, upon
the whole, is even less replete with Poetry, than with Argument.
22, XVIII. The Mirrour. A Comedy. In three Acts. With the Author's Life, and an Account of the Alterations. 8vo. ts. Scott. TOMUS : 211 * The Author, whose life is here given, and from whole writings the Mirrour is now taken, is Thomas Randolph, A.M. and
Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; a Gentleman no less -qoeminent for his wit chan his learning. He lived about the be
ginning of the last century, and if Fate had prolonged his days, The would probably have equalled any of his cotemporaries in the tis Vis Comica, as he cercainly furpassed most of them in the variety, gniand fmoothness of his-versification. We always read the Muses
Looking-Glass (forfo Randolph intitled his Comedy), with satis- D fa&tion. It is an Ethic Drama ; wherein the opposite extremes nn of several virtues, exemplified in the most extravagant charac36 ters, are brought upon the stage. We do not, however, pretend o to say, that such allegorical exhibitions are proper subjects for
the comic Muse. Randolph has introduced into his scenes the extremes of Courtesy, Fortitude, Temperance, Liberality, Magnificence,
Truth, Cleanliness, Modesty, Jaftice, and Urbanity, under Greek names expreffive of those vices; Cotax, or the Flatterer, with great propriety, making one person in every scene.
From these the Editor of the Mirrour has only selected the extremes sis of Courtesy, Fortitude. Temperance, Magnanimity, Meekness, y Truth, and Juftice, tho' some of the others afford as much
truth of character, and from their familiar pature, as well as from the wit which Randolph has bestowed on them, seem equally appropriated to the lock. Besides, in the Looking Glass there
are two of the narrow-fouľå Enchufiafts of those days, who inqsa boothbrus orell soud 2151ud i wolle ylibas1.swidt 30 Mr. Cibber, in bis Lives of the Poets, as well as this Editor, says, that he died in his 29th year; but in the frontispiece of the edi. tion of his Works, published by his brother, Robert Randolph of Christ-church college, our Poet is said to have died in the z7ch year of his age; a circumstance shac does honour to Mr. Randolph's memory; when we confider the merit of his writings, and the youth of the writer,
By this is neither a remonftrance, nor any thing else;-but an odd
having the Players for their customers, are, on this considerations chiefly prevailed upon, though with great difficulty, to fit the play out. Instead of these persons, who from their cant, and peculiar obfervations, are not a little diverting, our Author has introduced one, whom he calls a Gentleman; yet who, in the firstzscene, is injudiciously made to adopt some of the sentiments of one of Randolph's Saints. Moreover, this Gentleman goes off with the first act, and never appears again; whereas Randolph's Fanaticks every now and then entertain the Reader with fore of their precife jargon; and, in the last scene, are made converts to the entertainment of the Drama. This, indeed, is paying too great a compliment to the Muses Looking Glass; had the Poet racher represented them when the curtain drop
ped, oas more disgusted at the stage, on account of its moral exhibitions, (for Enthusiasts were always foes to morality) it would have been much more in character. 1. By what our Author has omitted of Randolph's, and the very little he has added of his own, the five acts of the originalråre fhrunk to three in the alteration. A good Critic has, indeed, rob-ferved, that though the number of acts is limited, by the antients, to five, yet, there is nothing in the nature of things to hinder the Dramatic Poet from reducing their number. The only fenfible rule in this case, is, that the work be a compleat and regular whole ;, and of length sufficient to entertain an audi. ence for an eveninges But whether, either the Mufes Looking Glass, or the Mirrour, would answer this end, those who preside at the theatrical helm are to determine; at the fame time permit us to say, that such moral scenes are more worthy to be revived than the gross and unnatural exhibitions of the Humorous Lieutenant.
207 1 ADDENDA to the POLITICAL. XIX. A further Address to the Public. Containing genuine copies of all the letters which passed between A-B-, and the Sry of the A -ty; from the time of his fufpension, to the 25th of O&tober last, &c. 8vo. i s. Lacy, &c. 9. In behalf of the Admiral; complaining of ill usage, particularly
since his confinement. "XX." A modest Remonstrance to the Public. Occafioned by the number of papers and pamphlets published about Admiral
Ato. 6d. Cooper assemblage of words, without meaning, or any apparent purpose. Cijevidi
ALFRED, King of England, cha.
ftudy of, recommended, 501.
Alps, Pope's fimile of, vindicat-
was not borrowed from Drum-
poetical merit, 56. Remarks AMERICA, an attempt to vindia
upon his writings, 66–69. cate the conduct of the late
ascertain the value of, 370
The fame with electricity, ib. ANTINOE, now called Abade,
his bravery at the battle of with antiquities, ibid.
Cannæ, 665. His death, ibid. ARABS, often dangerous to curi-
vernment, in Egypt, 359-361.
destroying antique monuments,
prefent discoverable, 349. ARGUMENTS, the same used by
ing, 2 49.- Antient description as by. Infidels to overthrow,
Ass, fondling upon his matter,
of a number of, 279.
AUSTIN, che fitt Roman milioane cefn Bing's-bench, 190.
184. Of credit, not to be rafhly SOPAS.count of his writings,
ATHANASIUS, censure of, 81. On Books, without experience, of
BOWER, Archibald, his account
an improbable and inconfiftent
Their luxury, 270, leq, written by him to Father Shel-
horizontal, cause don, denied by him upon bath,
to vindicate his
.da 1000 STD
learned ladies, in the wilds of in his arithmetical calculations,
Wass DS 18DS
necessary to be kept up.io Eu боз, feg.info и язур
proteftant nunnery, described,
BUXTORFS, their concordance,
the ancients in critical diseases, tified by Mr. Taylor, ibid.
204Recommended by some Byng, Admiral, instructions to,
297. Letter from, to the Se-
a horse.litter, 580, seq. A Bi rivers with loads, 496.
Shop esteemed equal'to a King, CAIRO, situation of, 354. De-
in faulty, 23
that which is generally receiv-
ed, a good one, 147-1487 CHURCH, when it began torina
18 224, 226, 236. Whe
ther a state may deliver up to
members, 230,--232. TauA
catsoa bate us
ly to promote the cause of infi procured, and how prepared,
623, Note. laico Bras
it differs from a testament, as
la valent to it, 13, 14:
and infantry, of mu- COIN, base, how detected, 534.
links of, Colic, useful premonitions 3-
to bring them in gainst the use of spirituous K-
bra quors, and carminatives in,
CHARR Fit, in Wales, some ac ya of two found near the Nile,
word, COLOURING, one of the most
effential branches of painting,
in treating on that subje&, ib.
COLOURS, that the Antients pair-
o red all their pi&tures with four
nerals afed as colours, in the
whom, first planted in England, to flected by the clouds at sun-ri-
sing, and sun-setting, account-