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duced from its pretenfions to comedy, and may perhaps afford fome mirth, as a poor copy of an admirable original. Art. 37. A Review of Mrs. Crawford and Mrs. Siddons, in

the Character of Belvidera, in a Letter to a Gentleman at Bath. 4th Edition. 8vo. I s. 6d. Debrett. 1782.

Provoco ad populum. An appeal from the common law of the theatre, to the equity of the Reader, foliciting a reversal of the public decision in favour of Mrs. Siddons, and moving for a new trial in behalf of Mrs. Crawford.

Non noftrum. eft, tantas componere lites. Art. 38. The Élockheads; or, Fortunate Contra&or. An

Opera, in Two A&s, as it is performed at New York. The Music entirely new, composed by several of the most eminent Masters in Europe. Small Svo. I 5. Kearsey. 1782,

The Author of this piece, if he is not a madman, is the dulleft of all blockheads. Blockheadorum, BLOCKHEADISSIMUS!

POETICAL. Art. 39: Translated Specimens of Welsh Poetry in English Verse,

with some original Pieces and Notes. By John Walters, B. A. Scholar of Jelus College, Oxford.

8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Dodsley. These specimens are translated in a train of easy and harmonious verlification, not always to be met with when the mind is labouring under the restraint of expresling another's ideas-witness the following spirited lines from Lewellin and his Bards.

• Yes, warlike prince! from Heaven descend
The numbers of thy loyal friend.
Mean is my garb, yet on my tongue
Dwells the immortal gift of song.
Chief of the golden-border'd fhield,
Forsake not glory's martial field :
Terror of land, and sea, and skies,
Dark eagle of the North, arise !
In peace thy Cambria's guiding star,
Her anchor in the form of war.
Each doubt of Ellen's faith remove,
For jealousy's the bane of love.
Watchd by Heaven's unsleeping eye,
Her charms the power of luft defy.
Thine be the prize, those peerless charms;
Oh! snaich her from the tyrant's arms,
See, Edward, trembling on thy throne,
The march of Mona's dragon son,
Whose dread return shall soon destroy
Thy carols of triumphant joy.
Brave warriors wait his wide command,
And death itill isfues from his band:
Confusion and despair inclose
Lewellin's fierce perfidious foes;
Before his face they fleet away
Like speares at the glimpse of day.
Where, champions, may ye now be found ?
Pierc'd deep with many a grizly wound


Bleaching ye lie, and ghafly pale,
In bleak December's frosty gale.
Adorn'd once more with warlike mail,
Lewellin, princely hero, bail!
The Saxon hoit thy sword fall quell:
Thy power prophetic bards foretel :
All Britain ihall again be ours !
And in the fair Brigantian towers
To Ellen, then no longer coy,
Thy partner of imperial joy,
And Cambria's maids, for beauty sungs
The harp of Cambria shall be strong.
Bend, lion heart, thy hining bow,
And fire the castles of the foe.
See, tby feeds exulting prance,
Lift aloft thy lig hining lance,
Pierce the squadrons, break the bands,
And with thy red victorious hands
Tear the trappings, strip the car
And all the ornaments of war,
'T'he banners won with bleeding toils,
And deck thy palace with the spoils.
Enraptur'd bards with praiseful songs
Shall hail thee in a hundred tongues :
And when the lord of Arvon's shore
Is hail'd with songs and harps no more.
Know, prince of Cambria, in the grave
Golden slumbers wait the brave;
When time's great period Mall arrive.
As bards the lore of Druids give,
And yawning elements unfold
The hoary depths of ocean old,
They from the wreck of worlds shall rise

Serene, and dwell among the skies.'
The original pieces are inconsiderable.
Art. 40. lerne Rediviva : An Ode. Inscribed to the Voluna

reers of Ireland. By the Rev. Thomas Maurice, A. B. Chaplain of his Majesty's Ninety. Seventh regiment. 410. 15. Dodiley. 1782.

The emancipation of Ireland, next to the establishment of Ameri. can Independence, is the most splendid event of modern times. Mr. Maurice's Muse, though her exercions are not always uniform, has on this animating fohject produced some very fpirited stanzas.

" Itrne bail! in whom renew'd
The daring genius of old Rome we see ;

Thy senators as wise, as good,
Thy vigorous peasantry as brave and free.

Her manly eloquence is thine,
Whole native vigour spurns the aid of art;

Which, while no terro can confine,
Lahes the slave, and bares she coward's heart.


Not Athens in her purest age,
Heard fo sublime a strain within her walls,

As when thy GRATTAN points its rage,
And like th'all searching fire of heav’n it falls.

No bolder heights the Grecian foar'd,
When, Macedon's armid cyrant to confound,

Th’impetuous tide of speech he pour'd,
And bade th'altonish'd audience glow around-

Than at Corruption's hydra head,
When late thy Tully all his thunder aim'd

Scar'd a: the sound, the monster fled,

And a freed nation's houts her flight proclaim'd.' This is not the first opportunity we have had of bearing our tefi. mony to the poetical abilities of this writer. A former publication of his was noticed with particular approbation in the 62d volume of our

p. 391 Art. 41. The Political Squabble; or, A Scramble for the Loaves

and Fishes. A poetical Essay: partly in Hudibraftic verse. Adapred to the Public characters of our Statesmen in general, from the Demise of his late Majesty to the present Date. By Nicholas Neither side, Gent. 4'0. 13. 6 d. Barker, Fielding, &c. 1783.

A vague declamation against courtiers, itatesmen, placemen, &c. Some of the verses are tolerable Hudibraltics; but intolerable are. such rhimes as

Abroad - Sword;

And what ear can tolerate such rugged lines as

• No less that law flate quacks invert,

• Nor less their right ufurp'd pervert.' But there are not many such discordant rhimes and couplets in this performance, which, on the whole, may be marked with the stamp of mediocrity. Art. 42. A Poem on the approaching Peace. By David Pugh.

4to. 6 d. Fielding. 1783. The poem is in praise of peace; but who will praise the poem ?

Nov E L s. Art. 43. The Philosophical Quixotte; or, Memoirs of Mr. David

Wilkins. In a Series of Letters. 2 Vols. Small 8vo. 6s. Johnfon. 1782.

Intended for a satire on certain whimsical adventurers in philosophy and phylic. The ridicule of it is only calculated to strike professional men. There is little in it to interest general readers, and Atill less to amuse them. The Aushor appears to be a man of science. In other respects his invention is languid ; his reflections are trite and superficial; and the incidents interspersed in his work are low and volgar, weakly imagined, and poorly described. Art. 44. Siberian Anecdotes ; Containing real Histories, and living Characters. 12mo.



bound. Lowndes. 1783. The vestiges of Siberian customs, and the analogy, though remote, wbich they bear to real history, render these little volumes, in a conliderable degree, amusing and interesting. The design is merito. Rev, March, 1783.




rious, and the tendency such as to warrant our cordial recommend. ation. They produce the most powerful incentives to virtue, and display the beauties of religion in the most engaging light. They place all honour in upright conduct, and all happiness in intellectual enjoyment.

The hero of the principal story is Yarmak, a Cossack, possessed of an elevated spirit, equally intrepid and virtuous; and whose noble endowments had raised bim to the highest rank in his native country. By the baseft arts he is deprived of his mistress, and is forced to take shelter among certain banditti. When their retreats are dis. covered, he is obliged to make his escape, with his remaining followers; and in their flight be discovers Siberia, enters into an unequal contest with the inhabitants, and retires with great loss. He then informs the Czar of bis discovery of a new tract of country of vast extent, obtains his pardon, and is created General over the forces appointed for the conqueft. The army is successful; but, by an unfortunate accident, Yarmak is drowned.

Such is nearly the outline of the story of this adventurer; which is founded in some of the histories we have perused relating to this acquisition to the Russian empire. It is here embellished by the relation of some pleasing anecdotes, and by the intermixture of incidents and dialogues, which are wholly the offspring of fancy,

It is, however, necessary to add, that cbis relation is not conso. nant with the belt authorities; for Siberia was discovered by Anaga Strogonof, about the end of the reign of the Czar Ivan, very early in the 16th century. The country was partly conquered about the middle of that century; for we find the inhabitants paying tribute to che Rusian monarch in 1556. But its final subjection was not completed by Yarmak till the year 1593.

But we must not try the merits of this novel by a too rigorous standard. The story is naturally conducted ; and the anecdotes will afford both entertainment and instruction to a candid reader.

Memoirs of Maitre Jacques, of Savoy. Vol. II. Small

8vo. 28. 6 d. jewed. Owen. 1783. In our Review, Vol. LIV. we noticed the first volume of these entertaining Memoirs.-Where has this pleasant fellow been ever since ? --He has, at length, however, taken his leave of the Public-unless he chooses to appear again in some other shape,—which is very posible, as he seems to possess somewhat of a Harlequin genius.

MISCELLANEO U s. Art. 46. The Genuine Copy of a Letter found lately near Straw

berry.Hill, Twickenham. Addrefied to the Honourable H-Ice W-Ip-le. 8vo. Bladon. 1783. Insinuates collufion between Mr. Walpole, Mr. Steevens, Mr. T. Warton, the Reviewers, &c. &c. in order to place Chatterton in the chair of Rowley :-hints ac unfair and digingenuous methods to foppress evidence :-could a tale unfola!!!'-gives an expressive, but filent Thrug: one moment nods wish an emphatic air ; at another, winks with a fly ambiguity :-Sets speculation at work; curiofity on the stretch ; and at lait leaves us--where an Ignis Fatuus generally leaves the bewildered traveller!

Art. 45.

I S.

Art. 47. Love Fragments. A Series of Letters. Now first

Published. By Mr. Robinson. Small 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. boards. Wallace. 1782.

These Fragments postess something of the tender and pathetic.--As the conclusion is an Elegy, which is not destituie of poetical merit. The following lines may be given as a specimen:

• Come, pensive Muse, weak child of Sorrow, hail!

Oh! touch with srembling strains thy fav’rite lyre:
In fosten'd verse record the plaintive tale;

Breathe the warm with, and pour the fond desire."
And thou, sweet SYMPATHY!--indolgent maid !

Whose welcome smile suspends the gloom of woe;
Oh! come-in all thy native charms array'd;

Narfe the big drop, and bid it gently flow.
And ye, whose boroms of fuperior mold,

Are taught no gen'rous impulse to conceal ;
But when the sale of human grief is told,
· loftinctive soften-and grow proud to feel.
Ye whose fine hearts with purer passions glow,

And meling nature's genial balm supply;
Oh! come-and, faishful to domestic woe,

Witness its plaints, and spare it ligh for figh.
Here no feign'd sorrows, swell’d with fodied art;

From fond Humanity Mall Real a tear ;
The faithful bard accepts a humbler part,

Heaves his full breast, and feels the chrob fincere.'
Art. 48. O'Brien's Luforium : Being a Collection of Convivial

Songs, Lectures, &c. entirely Original. In various Styles. With Characteristic cuts of the Author, Music to the Songs, Suggestions for promoting Convivial Enjoyment, &c. &c. Small 8vo. 2s. 6d. Durham, &c. 1782.

Calculated to set the beer-tables in Covent-Garden and St. Giles's in a roar. The copperplates exhibit the Author in the characters [caricaturas) of a Methodist preacher, a foreign empiric, a Quaker holding forth, and an Irih prielt. Art. 49. An Esay on Genius. By the Rev. A. Purfhouse, M. A.

460. 3 s. 6 d. Dodsley. 1782. Of this Essay the firit part only is published ; and the acceptance it meets with is to determine the publication of the second. We are sorry to mortify the feelings of an author, by recommending it to him to wafle no more time upon an attempt, in which we fear these is but little probability of his Tucceeding. Art. 50. Remarks on the Trial of the Right Hon. Anne Countess of

Corke and Orrery; for Adultery, and violating her Marriage Vow. In a Letter to the Right Hon. Edmund Earl of Corke and Orrery. ato. I s.

Wegman. There are few writers who could investigare a transallion of this secret nature with more penetration than Lord Corke's corresponda ent; who has developed the intricacy of the evidence fo completely, as to be able to affirm in the result, -" that Lady Corke is very inT2


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