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o pleasant a morceau as the ballad on Ecclefiaftical Gallantry Il, alhough, as we guess, it is written by the fame Author :- who con. cludes his present performance with the following stroke at the prietbood :
The times are no more
Like times heretofore,
Of kingdoms the fate,
In Church and in State,
While Ignorance reign'd,
They held and maintain'd,
Their fortunes and lives,
Their daughters and wives,
That thus they alone
For fin could atone,
If aught they prefer'd
To them, they aver'd
The tale was believ'd,
And all b'ing deceiv'd,
No sceptic arose,
With firength to oppose,
But all things below,
Too surely we know,
ENLIGHTEN'd the EARTH,
To Time's latest hour,
The CHURCH will deplore,
Their influence spread,
Struck B.GOTRY dead,
We now from contempt,
Are scarcely exempt,
The better fort too,
Conceive they can do,
* Vid. Review above referred to.
Rev. Feb. 1779.
If therefore we trive
To keep still alive,
I very much fear,
It soon will appear,
That Priests are the Jest of Mankind.
Author of the Ode to the Warlike Genius of Britain. 4to.
The Muses have not strewed the flowers of Parnassus over Gary rick's bier in such profufion as might have been expected. The present is, perhaps, the faireft tribute of the kind that hath yet been offered ;
The Passions' Master lowly lies,
That shone with luftre bright;
And Envy die with spite.
The Drama's loss deplore !
And HAMLET is no more!
Or BENEDICT admire ;
And Kitely shall expire.
Where the Bard's fancy flew,
And gave the portrait true. Whatever merit there may be in the several offerings brought to the shrine-we had almost faid- of our adored Roscius, may we not, after all, conclude, that none are so unfit to celebrate the merits of scoil friends, as ihose who most sincerely lament them? Art. 25. Poems. By the Rev.' w. Tasker, A. B.
4to. 2 s. 6 d. Dodsey, &c. The pieces contained in this collection are, I. An Ode to the Warlike Genius of Great Britain; of which we have given some account. II. An Ode to Curiosity, a Bath-Easton Amusement. III. A Poetical Encomium on Trade, addressed to the Mercantile City of Bristol. IV. An Epitaph intended for the Rev. (and juftly lamented] Mr. Eccles, late of Bath.-- In the poem addreiled to the city of Bristol, are some anecdotes relative to Chatterton, and Rowley's Poems; for the authenticity of which the Author is a strenuous advocate.
For a specimen of Mr. Tasker's poetical abilities, beside the extract given, in our last Month's Review, from the Second Edition of his Ode to the Genius, &c. we may refer our Readers to the stanzas selected from his Elegy on the Deaih of Mr. Garrick, in the preceding Article, Art. 26. The Disconfolate Widow. A Christmas Tale; or, a
New Year's Gift to my Friends. 4to. 6 d. Stockton printed ; and sold by Goldsmith in Paternoster-Row, London. 1778.
See below. Art. 27. The Provoked Steed, and the Broil. Two Tales. By the Author of the Disconfolate Widow. 4to.
Stockton printed ; and sold by Goldsmith in Paternoster-Row, London. 1778.
Trifles, bv a Writer from whom better things may be expected. Art. 28. A Bridal Ode on the Marriage of Catherine and Petru.
1779 The celebrated Mrs. Macaulay (now Mrs. - we know not her present name) is here made a subject of ridicule, on account of her second entrance into the honourable state of matrimony. Satire, perhaps never wore a more impudent aspect, and never was her rod more flagitiously applied.
Art. 29. Epistle to Admiral Keppel. 4to. 15. Fielding. A decent congratulation on the Admiral's late honourable acquittal.-Decent, we mean, in regard to the numbers in which this poetic compliment is conveyed; but the friends of certain gentlemen in administration will not, perhaps, allow that it is altogether decent with respect to the manner in which certain great persons are introduced : some of whom are attacked, en pafant, with all the vi. rulence of party satire. Sir H. P. in course, is not spared.
MISCELLANEOU s. Art. 30. The Maritime Campaign of 1778. A Collection of all
the Papers relative to the Operations of the English and French Fleets. To which are added, Strictures on the Publication made in France, by order of the Ministry, concerning the Engagement on the 27th of July ; illustrated with Charts and Plans, on Six Copper-plates. By J. M. a Lieutenant in the Fleet. Folio. 6s. Sewed. Faden.
1779. We have here a very curious and instructive review of the maritime transactions of the latt year, respecting the war between France and England; a campaign, which as the Editor of this work remarks,
though not very decisive, is become one of the most interesting in the naval history of our country.' The plans are ample and satisfactory; and from an attentive perusal of the whole publication, the Englih reader will probably see reason to conclude with the Author, that although certain late arrangements (here enumerated and explained) may for a while, give a kind of energy to the French fleets, and even procure them some transitory success, yet that it is not in the nature of things for them to acquire a superiority over the British navy.
SCHOOL-BOOK S. Art. 31. Grammatical Institutions, or a Practical English Grammar: on a Plan entirely New. By James Wood. izmo.
I s. 6 d. · Vesey and Whitfield. Newcastle.
In the preface to these Institutions, Mr. Wood tells his readers, that notwithitanding the labours of many ingenious and learned men to diffuse a correct knowledge of the English language, whoever will take the trouble of examining into the state of grammatical learning, as it exills at present (to use the Author's own words) in our English fcho ls, will find it to be fill in its infancy. This is to be impured, he says, to the want of method in the several grammatical treatises adop.ei in our schools ; which makes the generality of maiters look upon it as a science too abstruse for the capacities of children, and only fit for those of maturer years.--His inftitutions are intended to remove this inconvenience, and to render the attainment of English grammar easy to the most ordinary capacity.
Mr. Wood's intentions do him honour; but we do not think his
1 s. 6 d. Newcastle, printed and sold. 1778.
On the whole this gramınar seems very well calculated for the purpose, under the direction of some proper inftructor.
I 2 mo.
S E R M ON S.
There is nothing that we can say concerning the discourse before os, which can so strongly display the excellent understanding and heart of this good prelate (Dr. Ross), as the following extract :
• It was long, and almost univerfally thought, that pains and pe. nalties were necessary to promote the glory of God, and the interest of Religion ; and that those, who had the power, had the right to torment and punith their fellow-creatures here for the good of their fouls, and to secure their salvation hereafter. Hence arose irrecon. cileable hatred and resentment; and the world was often filled with
confufion and bloodshed. But we are now grown wiser; we know, that the “ fear of God," or crue notions of the Divine Nature, direct us to a different conduct. We have learned also from experience, as well as from reason, the great injustice and bad policy of this measure. We are convinced, that every man, while he continues a peaceable subject, hath a right to follow the dictates of his own confcience, in the profeffing of his faith, and the worshipping of God; that the attempt of compelling men to follow the coniciences of others, is as dangerous to public peace, as deftructive of true reli. gion; and lastly, that the bett means to preserve and promote both, are to withdraw that attempt ; to treat all who differ in opinion from us with brotherly affection and charity, and to leave them at liberty to determine for themselves, what they ought to believe as necessary to salvation; and what they ought to perform in the worship of God, as moft acceptable to him.
• Our ancestors, at the Revolution, acted on this principle. Among the many excellent improvements which were made in our conftitution about that period, the toleration of Proteftant Difíenters was not the least. It banished, as far as it went, perfecution and oppression on account of religion, from amongst us. I removed a great blemish, which disgraced our religious eitablithment, and contributed to increase its ftrength, as well as to improve its beauty. In a word, it put a stop to as many evils, and produced as much good, as perhaps the principles and spirit of those times would then allow; and left to those who came after them, the duty and glory of finishing at a proper season, the work which they began.
• That feafon. I truf, is now aproaching. An opportunity will. I hope, foon be offered to us, of fbewing, that we deserve the character, which we
ave long affumed among Protestants; of placing religious liberty'on its true foundation ; aud of giving to all who disent from our religious ejiablishment, and are good fubje&s to the State, that legah Security, to which reason, and the Gospel, and found policy, undeubtedly entitle them.'
The Dissenters, it is to be presumed, will not neglect so honourable and liberal an invitation to apply for the full ellablishment of their religious liberty. II. Preached to a Congregation of Protestant Diflenters at Nocting
ham, Feb. 27, 1778* Being the Day appointed for a general Fait. By George Walker. 8vo. IS. Johnson.
A serious, manly, feasonable discourse, abounding with the freest and boldeit ítrictures on the times; --in which THE GREAT come in for a due share of just reprehension. We do not, however, approve of the despondency of this very patriotic preacher, when he says, • I think no more of thee, my country, than of the venerable dead. The proceedings of the present are the last act of public thame, and can only be equalled by the infeasibility of the nation.'-But, courage, Şir!--Since the time when your animated and animating discourse was delivered, more favourable appearances have been obferved ; and the · mourning genius of Britain,' has given proofs * We believe that this sermon was not publihed till very lately; of it was transmitied to us by a friend.
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