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and great. A confiderable portion of the Baron's performance is likewife omitted by his Tranflator; but for this he apologizes in the following words:
The Tranflator has here (vol. ii. p. 179.) exercised a liberty which he has found himself under the neceffity of taking in many other parts of the original. He has omitted a variety of anecdotes, and occurrences, which, however interefting to Baron Trenck, would be not in the leaft fo to the English reader.'
The omiffions appear not, on the whole, to be injudicious. In the Author's narrative, we find on every occafion
dear felf prevail, And I the [noble] hero of each tale *.".
There is, indeed, fo much of felf, as not unfrequently to excite difguft. High German pride is there to be feen, in its genuine and glaring colours.
The Baron's dedication to Frederick's Ghoft is prefixed to this tranflation, which Mr. Holcroft, as we obferved, has omitted in his edition. See p. 256 of this month's Review.
Art. 37. The Quip Modeft; a few Words by way of Supplement to
Remarks critical and illuftrative on the Text and Notes of the laft Edition of Shakespeare; occafioned by a Republication of that Edition, revifed and augmented by the Editor of Dodfley's Old Plays. 8vo. 1s. Johnfon. 1788.
This Writer, who fome time fince informed us, that his felf' was preparing for the prefs an edition of the plays of our favourite poet, is extremely diffatisfied with the gentlemen who have the management of the well-known publication entitled, Johnfon's and Steevens's Shakespeare. He particularly remarks of Mr. Malone, that
while fuch critics as he have the liberty to write notes in the margin of Shakespeare, it will be in vain to expect either honour or juftice done to the author.' Be this as it may, we do not think that the prefent unknown annotator (who figns J. R. of G. I.) is the perfon born to fet us right. The man who takes up half a dozen pages in inquiring whether Country,' Angry,' Henry,' &c. &c. are to be pronounced as diffyllables or triffyllables, and which every schoolboy may determine by the ftructure of the verse,-the man, in fhort, who "lives on fyllables," will never be confidered by us as the elucidator of Shakespeare. Very different requifites are expected. He must be equally judicious and acute; Vir maxime limatus & fubtilis, as the Roman orator expreffes it,-and then we may infure him fuccefs. Art. 38. Mifcellanies Moral and Inftructive, in Profe and Verfe; collected from various Authors. For the Ufe of Schools, and Improvement of young Perfons of both Sexes. 12mo. 2s. 6d. bound. Philadelphia printed; London reprinted. Phillips. 1787. This Mifcellany was, as the preface informs us, collected fome years ago by a female moralift, not with a view to publication, but
* It must here be remarked, that Baron T. was at all times induftrious to make himfelf a party in matters which no way concerned him. See particularly the pompous account which he has given of his endeavour to bring about a reformation of manners at Spa.
merely for her own amufement. At the request of friends, however, and from motives wholly difinterefted, he has given her compilement to the public; and it now appears with a recommendation from the celebrated Dr. B. Franklin, who thinks, that "a book containing fo many well-chofen fentiments, and excellent inftructions, put into the hands of our children, cannot but be highly useful to the rifing generation."-We perfectly agree in opinion with the venerable patriot of America; but we should have been much better pleafed with the book, had its materials undergone fome proper arrangement, and had the extracts been referred to their refpective authors. For this omiffion fome apology is made in the preface; but no apology can fupply the deficiency. Some of the pieces, however, both in profe and verfe, are fufficiently known, as being found in the works of our beft writers.
Art. 39. The Printer's Grammar, &c. &c. Chiefly collected from
We are here prefented with a new edition of a truly useful work. Some little addition is made to it, namely, A concife account of the origin of printing,' and Practical directions for preffmen ;' both of which are, no doubt, proper to the Printer's Grammar.
Authors would do well to attend to the rules laid down by Mr. Smith, for preparing copy, pointing, corrector's marks, &c. &c. fince by fuch attention, a manufcript will be rendered perfectly clear to the compofitor; authors will know how to correct their proofs; and thus will their writings have the better chance of coming in a ftate of correctnefs and elegance from the press.
Art. 40. A Narrative of the extraordinary Cafe of Geo. Lukins, of Yatton, Somersetshire, who was poffeffed of evil Spirits for near eighteen Years; alfo an Account of his remarkable Deliverance in the Veftry-room of Temple Church, Bristol. With Mr. Eafterbrook's Letter annexed, authenticating the Particulars which occurred at Temple Church. 8vo. 4d. Bristol printed, and fold by fome Bookfellers in London. 1788.
We have not yet heard that this impudent imposture (as it appears to us) hath been detected, to the fatisfaction of the public. Perhaps, like the Cock-lane Ghoft, it may remain undisclosed, to amuse the fcoffer, and edify the fanatic.
*Jofeph Eafterbrook' is given as the name of the Vicar of Temple, Bristol.' Poffibly there may be fuch a perfon.-But what
Art. 41. Authentic Anecdotes of Geo. Lukins, the Yatton Demoniac ; with a View of the Controverty, and a full Refutation of the Impofture. By Samuel Norman, Member of the Corporation of Surgeons in London, and Surgeon at Yatton. 8vo. Is. Evans. &c. Mr. Norman's publication chiefly confifts of controverfial letters, &c. originally published in the Briftol and Bath news-papers; including the materials of which the preceding Narrative is compofed. The credit of that account having been publicly attacked by Mr. N. he, in his turn, was violently affailed by the Rev. Mr. Wake, whom he reprefents as a Methodist preacher, in fome degree of connection with Mr. Wefley, and whom Mr. N. confiders as a promoter of Lu
kins's impofture. The controverfy has been conducted, like most other controverfies, with much perfonal abufe on both fides, but without throwing a fatisfactory light on the dark fubject. It appears, however, that Mr. N. has had good opportunities of judging with refpe&t to the real character and myfterious conduct of the pretended demoniac, particularly from the man's having been his patient, when it was thought proper to try the effect of medical treatment in this very extraordinary cafe. Phyfic, however, could do little with feven devils, compared with the power of feven Methodist preachers, who, by their pious adjurations, foon did the business. But we question whether the reverend exorcifts will find it fo easy a matter to fubdue the incredulity and spirited animadverfions of Mr. Norman.
Art. 42. A perfect Defcription of the People and Country of Scotland; reprinted from a very scarce Pamphlet, written by James Howel, Gent. 12mo. 6 d. Egerton, &c. 1788.
If Howel had written nothing but this low and filly abuse of Scotland, his name would never have been tranfmitted to us as a wit, or a fcholar. This piece is, indeed, a poor fample of his literary talents. It is chiefly compofed of fuch buffoonery as this: As for fruit, for their grandfire Adam's fake, they [the Scots] never planted any; and for other trees, had Chrift been betrayed in this country (as doubtlefs he should, had he come as a ftranger), Judas had fooner found the grace of repentance, than a tree to hang himself on.'-This is rather a favourable specimen.
Art. 43. MESSIAH: a Poem, in Two Parts. Published for the Benefit of the General Hospital at Bath. By Mifs Scott, Author of The Female Advocate. 4to. 25. Johnfon. 1788.
Mifs Scott cannot reprefent her Mufe as purfuing things unattempted in profe, though we believe the might truly fay things unattempted yet in RHIME; for we do not recollect having ever feen a poem entitled MESSIAH written by a perfon of her theological principles. Her numbers do not move in the beaten path of popular opinions, nor does her defcription of the Meffiah accord with those ideas refpecting the perfon of Chrift, which have been received by the multitude as the orthodox faith; there is ground to fufpect, therefore, that her Mufé will be deemed an heretical one. As we, grown wife by experience, are refolved to leave writers, male and female, to abide by their own fenfe of fcripture, we therefore fhall not enter into any difpute with this enlightened Lady, about fyftems of faith, but fhail content ourselves with fuggefting that her poem might probably have been more beautiful, and more fublime, had her religious principles been lefs heterodox. Many will wonder that a perfon of her fentiments fhould have chofen fuch a fubject. In the following note is all the explanation we can give them. This poem was occafioned by reading Mr. Hayley's animated exhortation to Mr. Malon to write a national epic poem (See Mr. Hayley's Effay on Epic Poetry, 4to. p. 114.). The perufal of thofe elegant lines infenfibly led the Author to contraft the character of THAT HERO On whom the Chriftian's T 3
eye should be invariably fixed, with the Heroes of the world.' Mifs Scott has executed this in a pleafing manner, and though fome may object to her principles, few will deny her prefent work to be a poetical compofition. It has our praife, not because it is published for the benefit of a very charitable inftitution, to which we wish well; but because it has intrinfic merit. The verfification is for the moft part eafy and harmonious; and thofe paffages of fcripture which neceffarily came in her way the has rendered into poetry with judgment and elegance. Some profaic lines, and bad rhimes, we have noticed; but these are few, and by the generality of readers they will pafs unobferved. All who agree with this lady in fentiment will no doubt be delighted with her poem; and every liberal-minded perfon will s heartily unite in the prayer with which Mifs Scott concludes her poem:
Haften, great GOD! the long predicted time
By all the tender charities of love;
To find e'en earth the blissful porch of heav'n!'
For Mifs Scott's Female Advocate, fee Rev. vol. li. p. 387.
Art. 44. Poems on feveral Occafions. By W. Upton. 8vo. 5s. Boards. Strahan. 1788.
On the Queen's birth-day:
Ambrofia deck'd in odoriferous fweets,
O may his virtues, like, dear Maid, thy own,
- Now caft afide a loathfome weed,
To walk the dreary ftreet;
From whence the cause, one fatal deed,
Soon every other greet.'
Many will be of opinion, perhaps, that the writer of the foregoing verfes fhould be severely punished by our Critical Court. Alas! we fear he is altogether incorrigible. Befide, were we even to question him on the charge of having repeatedly written nonfenfe, he would very probably plead privilege: according to the following poetical ftatute in that cafe made and provided:
"Thofe that write in rhyme still make
Such authority is not to be refifted.-Officer! difcharge W. Upton by proclamation, and put the remaining culprits to the bar.
Art. 45. Mifcellaneous Poems. By Thomas Hudfon. 4to. I S. Rivingtons. 1788.
These poems, which are truly Sternholdian, will very fhortly be condemned
"(the fate of Dulness' heirs)
To wrap up pepper, figs, and fuch small wares."
Mr. Hudson's performances, however, if not brilliant, are innocent, and we much prefer them to thofe effufions of wit and fancy, where morality is facrificed to licentiousness.
Art. 46. Lines written at Twickenham. By D. O'Bryen. 4to. is. Debrett, &c. 1788.
Delighted with the beautiful fcenery around him, while on a visit at the pleasant village named in the title-page, Mr. O'Bryen catches a ray of poetic infpiration, and proceeds to celebrate
• The cool recefs of Twick'nam's hallowed fhade,
There are fome pretty defcriptive lines in the piece, and several that are very faulty.-If the Author fhould ever compofe a poetical work of more confideration than this fmall performance, it would, no doubt, be worth criticifing: but we would advise him not to degrade the Mufe, by fubjecting her to the drudgery of party-politics. Art. 47. Boileau's Satire of Man, imitated. 8vo. 6d. Bladon. 1787.
This Satire of Man,' as it is ftyled, prefents us with fome of the fentiments of Boileau, but with very little of his Spirit. Pope, indeed, who was his great admirer, has drawn off much of it into our language. The extract made by the poetical chemift of 1787 is confequently poor and weak.
Next to the Art of Poetry and the Lutrin, the fatires of this elegant and witty Frenchman are confidered as the most finished and ingenious of his works. His humour is certainly exquifite; but his wit is frequently fevere and cauftic. 'Tis arugo mera, as the Roman poet expreffes it :-and this is, perhaps, his only fault.
When the works of Boileau were firft collected and printed at Paris, Monfieur Le Verrier, the friend of the Poet, affixed to his portrait the following verfes :
"Au joug de la Raifon afferviffant la rime:
J'ai fcu dans mes ecrits, docte, enjoué, fublime,
The writer now before us may likewife boat of being original while he imitates ;-but his originality is of a very different kind from that of his illuftrious predeceffor.