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conclude with an extract, which will in some measure give our read. ers an idea of the Reverend Father's manner :
• The progeny of the mind is contrary to that of nature. Its conception is toillome, but its birth pleasing. In every stroke of their pen, Authors admire a happy offspring of their understanding, which makes them disregard the pains they took in the creation of it. I muít confess, however, that there is great difference between voluntary stedy and that which is forced upon us. One is always agreeable, but the other has something in it which fatigues; as when we are obliged to oppose a thefis in the schools, or write a sermon in à hurry,' &c. &c.
M - m KÉThis article has been long misaid; for which fome apology is due to the TRANSLATOR.
By the Rev. Dan. Turner, A. M. Woolwich, Kent. 8vo. 6s.
The Author assigns two reasons for the publication of this Volume.
The Author professes, in several or most of these discourses, to attempt the form of an oration by a concealment of the method. He farther speaks of annexing a key or kind of supplement to another volume, which is foon to follow this, putting it in the power of any one to adope the plan, and prosecute it with their own illustrations. This does not seem very requifite, as sermons in fuch a form are become
pretty common; and the generality of readers, whatever hearers might do, will not be greatly at a loss for the method. H . Art. 66. Virtue and Learning the great Supports of Religion : - Being two Discourses preached before the University of Oxford in
the Morning and Afternoon of Sunday the 25th of July, 1784. By the Rev. Evan Rice, A. M. 4to. is. 6d. Rivington. 1785.'
2 Pet. i. 5. Giving all diligence, &c. This text is illustrated in a grave and judicious manner under the following general remarks, viz. That our Chriftian profession ought to be attended with suitable practice that practice stands in need of knowledge to guide and direct it-and that diligence is necessary for the attainment of those excellent endowments.
The Preacher is careful to avoid extremes. In his definition of faith, he guards it against the perversions of fanaticisin ; and in his delineation of the great advantages of knowledge, he shows his zeal for orthodoxy; and recommends the cultivation of letters, from a perfuafion that the increase of found learning will further the interests and support the credit of the Church of England.
b SERMONS. I. The Divine Testimony to the Character and Mision of Jesus Chrif
considered on the Death of the Rev. Mr. Samuel Ecking, late Mi. niiter of the Gospel in Chester, who departed this Life Feb. 5, 1785, in the 27th Year of his Age. To which is added, the Oration delivered at his Interment in Wrexham. Published at Re. quest. By Joseph Jenkins, A. M. 8vo. 6d. Buckland. 1785.
Mart. i. 17. This is my beloved Son, &c. Mr. Jenkins made choice of this text because it was frequently in the mouth of the deceased, and more especially appeared to aiford him the highest confolation in his last fickness.
Both the Sermon and Oration bear marks of a vigorous imagination, and of abilities which we wish to see employed in supporting a more racional system of divinity.
Mr.Jenkins seems to have borrowed his notions respecting justifica. tion, conviction of in, and evidences of grace, from the Sermons of Dr. Crisp. These notions have a dangerous tendency; and few who adopt them have, like our Author, cither the sense or the piety to guard them against the fatal conclusions of the Antinomian.
The Oration at the interment closes in the following animated manner:-With this exhortation we shut up the grave, and for a Mort term quit those receptacles of death.-- Farewell, ye mouldering remains of a much-loved brother.---'Tis the cold confolation of the hopeless to add—“We shall shortly return and be laid beside you.”Hail! that triumphant morn, when death shall be swallowed up in vi&tory! when you, with ourselves, and the multitude of the blessed that surrounds us, shall rise again ; when corruption Thall put on in. corruption, and this mortal put on immortality.' .
D H, Obedience to Divine Rule the Means of preserving and promoting brom
therly Love in a Christian Church. Delivered at Chelmsford, Septa 7th, 1784, at a Meeting of the Protestant Dissenting Ministers in Eflex. Published by Request. By Samuel Andrews. Svo. 60. Dilly.
A plain, but sensible and well-arranged discourse; on Matt. xviii. 15-18. The discipline recommended and enforced in it is of the Ariet Independent fort. Every society of Christians constitutes a church; and that church hath within itself the power of the keys. The members that compose it have a right, independent of all other societies, and of all human authority, to exercile that discipline which they judge to be consistent with the divine rule., . We really think Mr. Andrews hath as much right to the keys as the Pope : but when both he and his Holiness talk of opening and shutting the gates of heaven, we smile at their presumption, and rejoice that those gates are committed to the care of better hands ; for, let the Pope and Mr. Andrews say what they will, heaven doth not • lacquey" their decisions, nor wait their orders, either to“ bind" or “ looje" the souls which Almighty Goodness hach created. B-h Ill. Preached on the 21lt of May, 1786, in the Parish-church of
Hardingiłone, in the County of Northampton, on the Establishment of a Sunday School at that Place, for the Benest of the Children of the Poor. By the Rev. Robert Lucas. 4to. is. Robson. 1786..
A plain and sensible discourse, well recommending and supporting the inftitution above mentioned. The Author, who appears to en. gage with piery and wisdom in the execution of this benevolent deljyn, had the satisfaction to see ninety-four children brought by their parents to be entered as scholars, and on the succeeding Sunday at. tending divine service, in an orderly and becoming manner. The expences attending the school in this parish are to be paid from the parish-levy. IV. The Fall of Man : a Sermon, by J. Watson, Esq. 8vo. 60.
Stockdale. 1786. . 'Squire Watson appears to be good-natured and well-meaning; and so far we approve both him and his publication : but we cannot help smiling, when, after telling us, that Adam's fin was a viola. tion of every command of both the first and second Table,' he pro.. ceeds to enumerate the laws of the Decalogue, and finds no one, broken but the first and the eighth. On the latter he very much in. fists, considering the offence particularly as a robbery. While he la. ments the effects of this tranigreffion, he rejoices in the greater hap. piness which will in time ensue ; a happiness so universal, that he Icems to think the brute creation will participate in it, and at last all evil be swallowed up of good.' Amen!
... H. *** In answer to y. A the review of Dr. Reid's Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man, which hath been unavoidably delayed, will appear next month.
+++ The answer to H. B. was left at the Publisher's. 14 The Observer next month.
+17 B. G.'s favour will be duly attended to.. . . The letter relative to the Rabies Canina will be noticed here after.
THE MONTHLY REVIEW,
For SEPTEMBER, 1786.
Art. I. Reed's Edition of SHAKSPEARE concluded : See our last,
P. 94. VITHAT mult those who talk of the dull duty of an Edi.
tor,' think of the task of an Editor's Reviewer? And, yet we can assure those towering geniuses, with whom every exertion of diligence passes for dulness, that even our present la. bours are not wholly barren of entertainment: witness the fola, lowing notes, which if they do not relax the risible muscles of our Readers, we can only say that they have more gravity than is to be found in any member of our solemn corps. Mrs. Quickly, in her admirable description of the last moments of Sir John Falstaff, says: After I saw him fumble with the theets, and play with Aowers, and smile upon his fingers' ends, I knew there was but one way; for his nose was as sharp as a pen, and a table of green fields.' Henry V. A&t II. Sc. 3. Now hear our Critics :
for his nose was as sharp as a pen, and a table of green fields. ] These words, and a table of green fields, are not to be found in the old editions of 1600 and 1608. This nonsense got into all the fola lowing editions by a pleasant mistake of the stage editors, who printed from the common piece-meal written parts in the play-house. A table was here directed to be brought in (it being a scene in a tavern where they drink at parting), and this direction crept into the text from the margin. Greenfield was the name of the property-man in that time, who furnished implements, &c. for the actors. A table of Greenfield's. Pope.
• so reasonable an account of this blunder, Mr. Theobald would not acquiesce in. He thought a table of Greenfield's part of the text, only corrupted, and that it should be read, he babbled of green fields, because men do so in the ravings of a calenture. But he did not consider how ill this agrees with the nature of the knight's illness, who was now in no babbling humour; and so far from wanting cool. ing in green fields, that his feet were cold, and he just expiring.
WARBURTON.' Dr. Johnson then tells us, that. Pope in an Appendix to his own edition in 12mo seems to admit Theobald's emendation, which' (says the Doctor we would have allowed to be uncomVOL. LXXV.
monly happy, had we not been prejudiced against it by Mr. Pope's first note, with which, as it excites mérriment, we are loath to part,' Next comes Mr. Smith:
Had the former editors been apprized, that table, in our author, fignifies a pocket-book, I believe they would have retained it, with the following alteration ; for his nose was as marp as a pen upona table of green fells. - On table books, filver or steel pens, very sharp pointed, were formerly, and are still fixed to the backs or covers. Mother Quickly compares Falstaff's nose (which in dying persons grows thin and sharp) to one of those pens, very properly, and me meant probably to have said, on a table-book with a pagreen cover, of shagreen table ; but, in her usual blundering way, the calls it a table of green fells, or a table covered with green-skin, which the blunder. ing tranicriber turned into' green fields, and our editors have turned the prettiest blunder in Shakspeare quite out of doors. SMITH.'
And Mr. S:eevens brings up the rear with a quotation from the Countess of Pembroke's Tragedie of Antonie, to prove that
green fells and green fields might anciently have had the same meaning. Now, after all this, would any one conceive that Dame Quickly meant to say no more than that Sir John's nose was as marp as a pen, and as green as grafs? And yet this is all that the does say. Table, in old language often means picture ; from the French tableau. In an inventory of goods, pictures, &c, in the palace of Westminster, in the reign of Henry VIII. (an extract of which may be seen in Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting), the term repeatedly occurs, thus: • Item. One table with the picture of the Duchess of Milan. Item. One table with the hiftory of Filius prodigus,' &c. Strype also (as Mr. Walpole informs us) says, that Guillim Stretes, painter to Edward VI, had paid him, in 1551, fifty marks, for recompente of three great tables made by the said Guillim, whereof two-were pictures of his Highness, and the third a picture of the Earl of Surrey.' .
Among the stage directions in old plays we meet with the mu. fical cerms, tucket, tucket fonance; levet; sennet, or, as it is sometimes written, cynet. "In a note upon Henry VIII. A II. Sc. 4. We are informed that Dr. Burney has, in vain, attempted to discover the etymology of this last word, fennet. The only result of his inquiries is a conje&ture that it may possibly mean a flourish for the purpose of assembling Chiefs, or apprizing the people of their approach. To give weight to this conjecture, the Doctor produces the two following quotations: Senné, or fennie de l'Alle. mand; sen, qui signifie afsemblée. Diet, de vieux langage. Senne, assemblée à fon de cloche. Menage. Mr. Steevens tells us, he has been informed that fennefte was the name of an antiquated French tune formerly used in the army; but that the dictionaries he has consulted exhibit no such word. Sennet may be' (he adds) 'a corruption from fonata.' Shall we venture ourfelves on the flippery ground of etymology? • Take care, bro
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