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Jeft it, it was too argumentative and declamatory for the stage, and fitted rather to give pleasure in the perufal, than in theatrical repre. fentation. As the present judicious Editor obferves, Divine as the arguments on temperance and chastity, and the descriptive passages are, the most accomplithed declaimers have been embarrassed in the recitation of them. The speaker vainly laboured to prevent a cold. ness and languor in the audience; and it cannot, he adds, be dif. fembled, that the Maique of Comus, with all its poetical beauties, not only maintained its place on the theatre, chiefly by the asliftance of musict, but the music itself, as if overwhelmed by the weight of the drama, almost funk with it, and became in a manner lost to the stage. That music, formerly heard and applauded with sapture, is now restored ; and the Masque, on the above confiderations, is curtailed.'
As a further argument in favour of the present alteration, the Editor very justly urges, that the festivity of the character of Comuś is heightened by his affitting in the vocal parts, as well as in the dialogue; and that theatrical propriety is no longer violated in the character of the Lady, who now invokes the Echo in her own person, without absurdly leaving the scene vacant, as heretofore [an abfurdity which we have frequently remarked, with the greatelt disguft] while another voice warbled out the song which the Lady was to be supposed to execute.-On the whole we apprehend that this admired drama, in its present improved form, bids fair for maintaining a lasting pofiefion of the flage. Art. 22. The Irish IV idow. In Two Acts. As it is performed
at the Theatre in Drury-Lane. 8vo. There is more of the Vis Comica in this farce, than in most of our late pieces of the same kind. The part of the Widow has afforded the town uncommon entertainment; and, great as it was before, has juftly extended Mrs. Barry's theatrical reputation : or, to ute the words of our unknown Aathor (in his DEDICAUON 1) this piece bath happiły procured her the opportunity of gaining the additional merit of transforming the Grecian Danghter into the bril Widow,- that is, of finking to the lowest note, fron tbe top of the compass.'
The song, by way of Epilogue, in the Irish firain, was a good hit; and its success was answerable.
POETIC'A L. Art. 23. Poetical Blooms; or, a Colleélion of Poems, Odes, and
Transiations. By a young GENTLEMAN of the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Hawes, Clarke, and Col.
Blossoms which appear too early in the fpring, seldom produce good fruit. That this young GENTLEMAN, as he styles himself, is
* This piece underwent great alterations about 30 years ago, and was then much better adapted to the stage 'than it was in the form in which its great Author left it.
+ Referring, we suppose, more particularly, to the alterations al, luded to in the foregoing note. To Mrs. Barry.
too forward a genius, is a truth, of which time may convince him, notwithstanding his present defiance f of the nipping frost of crie ticism,' and his notable argument that it is an envious frost which nips the blossoms in their bud, and that it is a ridiculous absurdity to despise the moon and the stars, because the fun thines brighter.'
There is something extremely engaging in the modefty of youth, which all men are ready to reward with approbation and
encourage ment; while they are equally inclined to check the presumptive fal. lies of juvenile vanity, and over-weening confidence.
If the young Gentleman (who is totally unknown to us *) has temper and penetration enough to avail himself of this impartial and just rebuke, he will become sensible that the Reviewers are more truly his friends than any who might induce him to over-rate his unfledged abilities; which, as he seems to hint, in his Preface, may have been the case,-if we mistake not the following passage : ,
• Nature, says he, has implanted in us a kind of ambition, which, Sometimes afsifted by the importunities of friends, as soon as our thoughts art enlarged from the bounds of the mind, fuggests to us a most prevailing inclination of ushering them into the world, though they are not always decorated with the most engaging dress.'
Whatever these importuners may think of the young Gentleman's Infant Mufe,' it is surely imposible that any person, endued with sense, could ever approve of fuch prose, or be so bafely complaisant as to encourage the Writer to fap the foundation of his future fame by offering such crudities to the public.
In justice, however, to the young Gentleman's Muse, we must observe, that his verses do not prefent us with so many ridiculous absurdities' as we observe in his Dedication and Preface. The following lines which will please many Readers, and offend none, we thall transcribe as a specimen of his poetry : they form the conclufion of his description of the Seasons :
• While free, my friend, from baneful ftrife,
+ In his Dedication, where he revives the exploded nonsense of the patron's approbation being a secure protection from the cenfure of critics,
In his Preface; where he repeats this observation, as having been conveyed in the words of a celebrated poet. The celebrity of the poet, we must suppose, procecded from something more than the mere profundity of this remark.
The Auror figns his name (Richard l'alpy) to the Dedication of these poems, --To Mr. Onslow, blender for jerry.
There are some imitations of Horace and Anacreon, which feert to promise that when the blossoms are matured, the fruit will not be despicable; provided the tree be not spoilt for want of pruning : of which there will be some room for apprehension, if the knife is held in too much
contempt. Art. 24. An Essay on Woman; a Poem*. 4to. Ź 8. 6 d.
Baldwin. 1772. We respect too much the champion of the Fair, to criticise, with severity, his generous and manly efforts to do justice to those graces and virtues which distinguish the loveliest part of the creation.
The Author, who appears, from some paffages in this poem, to be a married clergyman, writes somewhat in Churchill's manner; i. e. with more spirit than correctness, more energy than harmony.
He has made reprizals on Wilkes, the defamer of the sex. He has made free with the title of an infamous performance, and consecrated it to better purpose: as the Christians of old served the Heathen deicies, by despoiling them of their temples, and dedicating them to faints.
The following just encomium on Shakespeare, for the noble jaftice which he has done to female beauty and virtue, in the amiable characters of his heroines, may serve as one specimen of this Author's poetry :
• Oh, matchless SHAKESPEARE! thine it was to know
As ten dull preachments on-the Lord knows what." Another specimen may be taken from his general advice to the Fair, in the conclusion of the poem :
• Pant not for general sway;--lhe rules the best,
And age maintain the conquests, youth had won.' • The Author's name is not in the title-page; but S. Johnson apo pears in the advertisements.
3 5. Smith.
If we mistake not, this performance is the production of the same pen to which we are indebted for a poem on Education : see Rev. vol. xlv. p. 412, Art. 25. The Kenrickad; a Poem. 4to. 1S.
IS. Griffin. Abufes Kenrick for abusing Roscius : a 'poor design, and poorly executed.
N O V E L s. Art. 26. The Memoirs of an American. With a Description of
the Kingdom of Prussia, and the Island of St. Domingo. Tranflated from the French. 12mo,
5 s. sewed. Noble. These volumes are intitled to rank immediately above the common class of novels. But though they poffefs, in some degree, the power of interesting the Reader, they are confused in their manner, and furnish an imperfect entertainment. The historical parts of them, though feemingly relative to matters of fact, are trifling, and want precision. Art. 27. The Egg ; or, the Memoirs of Gregory Giddy, Esq; with
the Lucubrations of Messrs. Francis Flimly, Frederic Florid, and Ben. Bombast. To which are added, the private Opinions of Patty Pout, Lucy Luscious, and Priscilla Positive. Also the Me. moirs of a Right Hon. Puppy, or the Bon Ton displayed. To. gither with the Anecdotes of a Right Hon. Scoundrel. “Conceived By a celebrated Hen, and laid bfore the Public by a famous Cock feeder. I 2mo. The title-page is enough.
EAST-INDIE S. Art. 28. The Genuine Minutes of the Select Committee appointed by
the H. of Commons, to enquire into the East-India Affairs, 8vo. 3 s. 6 d. Evans.
1772 Re-printed from the London Packer, Art. 29. The Minutes of the Select Committee, &c. 4to. 2 s.
Bladon. 1772. These Minutes are said, in the title, to be compared with the original in the H. of Commons. We fuppose that both this and the foregoing publication are of equal authenticity. Art. 30. The Genuine Report of the Select Committee appointed to
enquire into the East-India Affairs. Containing the original Papers referred to in the Genuine Minutes. 8vo.
1 s. Evans. 1772. These are said to be taken verbatim from the original on the table of the House of Commons. Art. 31. The Report made to the House by the Sele&t Committee, &c.
Containing every Particular relative to the Petition of Gregore Cojamaul, in Behalf of himfelf and other Armenian Merchants ; together with Copies of the original Papers referred to in the Mi. nutes of the Selečt Committee. 4to. is. Bladon. 1772.
This edition is also said to have been carefully printed from the copy compared with that on the table of the H. of C. All these papers are certainly of great importance, and very interesting in their nature, on account of the true light which they reflect on our affairs in the Eaft-Indies.
Art. 32. A Letter to Sir George Colebrooke, Bart. on the Subjed's
of Supervision and Dividend. By an Old Proprietor, and former Servant of the Eait-India Company. 8vo. I's. 6 d. Kearily. 1772.
We can learn from this Letter that the Author is exceedingly angry, and that he has some talents for abuse. We in vain, however, look for argument and reasoning. When his passion abates, we may hope that he will have the merit of bluning at the imperfections of this illiberal publication.
MISCELLANEO V 8. Art. 33. A praćtical Introductim to English Grammar and Rhetoric. By Abraham Crocker, School master at Ilminster.
12 mno. Sherborne printed; fold by Robinfon in London.
This little introduction to grammar recommends itself, by giving a coneife view of the principles of our native tongue, sufficient for the direction and allistance of the scholar. The Author has thrown a part of it into a catechetical form, he has added examples of bad English, and examples to illustrate the definitions and rules which are laid down; all of which may be usefully employed by an intractor for the benefit of his pupils. To these are joined a short account of the principal figures in thetoric, with observations on reading, and dire&ions concerning it, together with a brief explication the fops, marks, notes, accent, emphalis, &c. all of which is comprized in a very small compass, and we think is, on the whole, very well adapted to answer the end proposed.
We observe that in the definition of adjectives, Mr. Crocker says, They are words placed before nouns, to denote the manners, properties, &ç of such nouns : Now, being placed before a noun does not appear at all necessarily to enter into the definition of an adjective, it may and often does come after, as, this fruit is goed, that wine is become your ; the words good and jour follow the nouns at a little distance, but are as truly adjectives as though they preceded. The observation may not be very material in itself; but it is certainly of importance to be exa& in rules and directions designed for the affiftance of children: and this Author seems to write with modeity, and to be well disposed to receive properly any hints that may be candidly offered.
CORRESPONDENCE, HE Obftetrical tract recommended to our animadverfor, in ing, we suppose, to its being printed in the country, and never, that we have heard of, being advertised in the London papers. If our Correspondent can inform us what bookseller sells it in town, or will be kind enough to send a copy of it to our publisher, Mr. Becket, he may depend upon seeing it impartially noticed in fome future number of our Review.
Errata in our laft, in the Account of Dr. Priestley's Book, viz. P. 305, 1.9 from the bottom, for Aphrodiscensis, read Apbrodif
cienfis. P. 33, I. 14 from the bottom, for M. du Foy, read M. du Fay,