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Art. 16. A Collection of Poems from the best Authors; adapted to
every Age, but particularly designed to form the Tape of Youth. By James Elphinstone. 8vo. 38. 60, Richardson,
Though there have been good Judges of poetry who never wrote verses, there never was, perhaps, a Pretender to versification who had any claim to judgment. We have a recent proof of this in the collection before us. Mr. James Elphinstone, who has made several wreiched attempts at poetry, has at last taken up with the humble office of a Compiler, for which, however, he appears to be no better qualified than he was for the profession of an Author, as he hath admitted a number of very trifling performances, while he was at liberty to have made choice of much better. He professes to have selected his poems only from the best Authors, and yet he has presumed to rank himself amongit that number, and has inserted in his collection several of his own miserable productions. -O cacus amor fui!
Quid non Mortalia Pectora cogis ? Art. 17. The General, a Poem. Mf respectfully inscribed to the Marquis of Granby. By the Author of a
By the Author of a Trip to the Moon. 4to. 2 s. 6d. . Nicoll,
Mr. Churchill has given us many proofs, that strength of sentiment, and energy of diction, are by no means sufficient to constitute a Poet : the Author of a Trip to the Moon * has convinced us, that vivacity of fancy alone is equally insufficient.-And, indeed, when we reflect, that these powers united, indispensibly require the concurrence of ihe most perfect elegance, fimplicity, and harmony, we cannot wonder at the dissatisfaction we frequently meet with in the perusal of poetical com · pofitions. . See Review, vol. XXX. p. 354.
L. Art. 18. Ode to the Earl of Northumberland, on his being appointed
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; presented on the Birth-Day of Lord Warkworth, with some other Pieces, By Christopher Smart, A. M. 4to. is. Dodsley,
This Ode is conceived in easy numbers, as every lyric performance ought to be : but there is in the lacer productions of Mr. Smart, a tour of expreslion, which we many times are at a loss to understand; and it often seems to us, that his words, as well as his sentiments, are rather too, much under the influence of imagination. For this Ode, however, he merits the thanks of every true Protestant, for he fights with a truely British spirit against the Whore of Babylon. The last stanza is really yery pretty :
In pity to our sister isle,
O be thou soon restor'd !
Our love could lefs afford.
Art. 19. Satirical Trifles, consisting of an Ode written on the first
Atrack of the Goutto Mankind, an Ode the Farewell, written at Woodcote near Epsom-Epigrams. By B. A. 4to. 1S. Fletcher, &c.
How vain are our best endeavours to persuade stupidity to lay down the pen ! The quill still passes from goose to goose, and sticks more closely to its second chan to its first possessor. In the Catalogue of our Review for March lait, under the article of a Poem on the Peace, we advised this Scribler, with all imaginable civility, not to print these Trifles, which he had then shreatened; but he returns us only hatred for our goodwill, and at the end of this collection has mauled us in a most severe and biting epigram, the wit of which consists in calling us old and impotent. We know not why the Author should call these Trifles satirical, unless it be on account of some low and contemptible abuse of the Clergy. But we say no more, as both the poetry and the Poet appear to be equally below the attention of the public.
4. Art. 20. The Resurrection. Being the fourth and laft Part of the
Mefiah, a Sacred Poem. 4to. 2s. 6d. Coote.
L. Art. 22. An Elegiac Poem on the much-lamented Death of the Rev.
Mr. Phocion Henley, late Rector of the united Parishes of St. An-
A very good man is here very ill praised.
the most celebrated Wits of the University of Oxford. Adorned
The best ingredients of this poetical Sausage, are fo very old, and the rest are so very insipid, that, on the whole, we think it but an ordinary piece of cookery.
to. Art. 24. The true-born Scot. Inscribed to John Earl of Bute.
4to. Is. Sumpter. The legitimate offspring of Dullness and Impudence.--The dregs of dirty Indigence raving against the penury of Scoiland.
Lu. Art. 25. The Soldier, a Poem. 4to. Is. 6d, Almon. Dull, antiministerial virulence,
Art. 26. The History of the Parliament of Great Britain, from the Death of Queen Anne, to the Death of King George the first. 8vo. 45. Kearfly.
This is a shameful motley compilation, which no more deserves the name of a history, than would a bundle of Gazettes. It is chiefly taken up with the famous Report of the Committee of Secresy, of which Sir Robert Walpole was Chairman, and with the articles of impeachment against Lord Oxford, with other ftale tracts, which are in the hands of every man who has applied himself to political reading—And who has not,' in this age of Politicians ? In few words, this very scandalous practice of impofing upon the public, by vamping up old publications, without any ingredients to give them an air of novelty, or in any respect to add to the information or entertainment of the Reader, cannot be sufficiently exposed, nor the Authors of such literary patch-work, too severely reprehended.
RO-d Art. 27. A Letter to the Peace-maker, on the Infraction of the
Peace, by the French and Spaniards. 4to. Is. 6d. Burd.
An hot headed, raving, railing, indecent invective against the Peace. The outrageous Author, not only treats the Earl of Butę (as the Peacemaker) with the utmoft freedom, but speaks of the Representatives of the people, who gave their fan&tion to this same Peace, in such familiar terms of disapprobation, that it is well if this Orlando Furioso in politics is not disposed, like another Cromwell, to kick the Right Honourable Gentlemen fairly out of doors! Such a dangerous man ihould be bound over to his good behaviour. Art. 28. A Defence of the Majority in the House of Commons, on
the Question relating to General Warrants. In answer to the Defence of the Minority. 8vo. 1S. Wilkie.
Though this little piece is penned on the unpopular fide of the quel tion, yet we cannot refuse to acknowlege its inerit: it is written with judgment, moderation, and even with elegance. The Author recriminates against the Champion of the Minority, whom he taxes with equivocation and misrepresentation. He particularly charges him with un-' fairly transcribing the motion, as it was made on the 14th of February, without taking any notice of the amendment which was made on the 17th, the day to which the debate was adjourned. The merits of this dispute depend altogether on the accuracy of the contested transcripts : for which we refer the Reader to the Votes of the House.
R-d Art. 29. A Reply to the Counter-Address: Being a Vindication of
a Pamphlet entitled An Address to the Public, on the late Dil miffion of a General Officer. 8vo. Is. Nicoll.
Although Mr. Conway be dismissed from his post in the army, he is not yet dismisfed from the notice of the public, which seems to interest itself pretty warmly, in respect to the question concerning the recitude, and the tendency, of that particular act of minifterial relentment. In our last month's Review, page 155, we mentioned the Counter.
Address, as worthy the serious attention of those who may have been induced to consider the subject. The Author of the Address, it seems, has also thought it of consequence enough to merit his notice, and utmoft endeavour to refute its contents. How far he has succeeded in this attempt, we leave to his impartial Readers to determine, as we cannot afford room for an adequate view of the argument; but we must disapprove his giving so much way to personal raillery, which hath nothing to do with the points in dispute. The Addresser, and the Counter-Addresser, are both ingenious men; and we could have wished to have seen them treat each other as GENTLEMEN.
M E DICA L.
dron, &c. &c. By John Theobald, M. D. Author of the
Dr. John Theobald, Author of the very Marrow of Medicine, or fome industrious Volunteer, who chuses to be his voluntary Representative, has minced up here an eighteen-penny medical Halh, from a variety of reputable Doctors, which he recommends to the purchase and palate of all young
wives, as an indispenfible preparative to their becoming mothers. These, as it was intended, must conftitute a pretty numerous class of Readers ; and when they are informed, that Doctors Boerhaave, Sydenham, Mead, Harris, and many other famous foreign and domestic Physicians, have been taxed to this regale, as many young wives as can read, may fealt away; and such as cannot, may be invited, we fuppore, to compose an audience. Seriously, however, there are some very proper directions gleaned up here, for the treatment of infants and young children, in their moit usual maladie ; nor is the Compiler's former good friend, Mr. White, the Trufs-maker in FleetItreet, omitted in this Compiler's cure of raptures, he being the only person and thing prescribed for them.
As mothers are often very uneasy about such eruptions of children, as they imagine deform them, and which some mothers may suppose ta reflect on the constitution, or the cleanliness, of their parents, and thence take some pains to cure, but oftener do only repel, them, to the frequent injury of their children, it may not be improper to reprint here, the following sensible caution, from Heister and Brouzet, on this material topic.
These Gentlemen say then, on the article of Scabby Eruptions of the Head and Face, and Running of the Ears, “ The Nurses principal care in these disorders ought to be, to calm the impatience of mothers, who are not easily persuaded to see their children in this condition, as they imagine whatever renders them disagreeable, should be removed as speedily as posible ; but since these dilorders are the consequences of a falutary operation, by which Nature endeavours to depurate the humours, they should by no means be checked, since a multitude of fatal examples prove, that the striking in of these eruptions, is almost always mortal. The cure of these eruptions ought to be confined to washing the parts affected with warm water; and a few grains of rhubarb should be given every third day; and the following powders should be given in any liquid, night and morning, on the intermediate days. Take 4
alkalized mercury, and oyster-Shells prepared, of each half a drachm, mix them together, and divide them into ten papers, one of which is a dose.”
What Brouzet recommends with regard to rubbing mercurial ointment into children's heads, for kịlling of vermin there, should be undertaken with caution by young wives, as well as by good old ones; since we have known a considerable salivation excited by rubbing into the scalp, particularly, less than two drachms of it, at different applications. That common one of powdered staves-acre and butter, or rather with pomatum, is fully as effectual, and a safer application.
K-k-k. Art. 31. Pharmacopeia Hippiatrica : _or, the Gentleman Farrier's
Repository of elegant and approved Remedies for the Diseases of Horses. In two Books. Containing, I. The Surgical; II. the i medical Part of practical Farriery; with suitable Remarks on the whole. By J. Bartlet, Surgeon, Author of the Gentle man's Farriery. 12mo. 45. bound.
12mo. 4 s. bound. Eton, printed by Pote, and sold by Nourse, London.
We believe this collection of improved Forms will be very useful to every Gentleman who would pay that attention to the health and prefervation of his horse, which every man ought to pay, not only for his own sake, but out of gratitude to the noble, generous, and useful animal, whose life and labours are devoted to the pleasure and service of his master.
MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 32. A Guide to Classical Learning; or, Polymetis abridged.
In three Parts. 1. The Rise, Growth, and Decay of Poetry, Painting, and Sculpture, among the Romans; with the Characters of the Latin Poets, and their Works, from Ennius down ta Juvenal. 2. The Usefulness of Antiques, towards explaining the Classics ; Remarks on our Commentators and School-Education ; with a true Idea of the Allegories and Machinery of the Antients; the Want of which is the Cause of the Defects and Mistakes in our modern Authors and Artists. 3. A Summary of Mr. Spence's Enquiry concerning the Agreement between the Works of the Roman Poets, and the Remains of the ancient Artists. Being a Work necesary, not only for classical Instruction, but for all those who wish to have a true Table for the
Beauties of Poetry, Sculpture, and Painting. By N. Tindal, Tranflator of Rapin, izmo. 35. Dodsey.
As some of our Readers are, no doubt, unacquainted with Mr. Spence's Polymetis, we shall lay before them Mr. Tindal's introduction to hiş abridgment of it, which will serve a double purpose, viz. that of shewa ing them the nature and design of Mr. Spence's very ingenious and entertaining work, and likewise the use and value of the Compendium now before us.
• Of all the attempts towards explaining the Clasics, hitherto exs tant, the most useful and instructive is Mr. Spence's Enquiry concerning