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and great. A considerable portion of the Baron's performance is likewise omitted by his Translator; but for this he apologizes in the following words:
· The Translator has here (vol.ii. p. 179.) exercised a liberty which he has found himself under the necessity of taking in many other parts of the original. He has omitted a variety of anecdotes, and occurrences, which, however interesting to Baron Trenck,
uld be not in the least so to the English reader.'
The omissions appear not, on the whole, to be injudicious. In the Author's narrative, we find on every occasion
dear self prevail, And I the [noble] hero of each tale *.”. There is, indeed, so much of self, as not unfrequently to excite disguft. High German pride is there to be seen, in its genuine and glaring colours.
The Baron's dedication to Frederick's Ghost is prefixed to this translation, which Mr. Holcroft, as we observed, has omitted in his edition. See p. 256 of is month's Re Art. 37. The Quip Modet; a few Words by way of Supplement to
Remarks critical and illustrative on the Text and Notes of the last Edition of Shakespeare ; occasioned by a Republication of that Edition, revised and augmented by the Editor of Dodsley's Old Plays. 8vo. is. Johnson. 1788.
This Writer, who some time since informed us, that ' his self' was preparing for the press an edition of the plays of our favourite poet, is extremely dissatisfied with the gentlemen who have the management of the well-known publication entitled, Johnson's and Steevens's Sbakes;eare. He particularly remarks of Mr. Malone, that • while such critics as he have the liberty to write notes in the margin of Shakespeare, it will be in vain to expect either honour or jufuce done to the author.' Be this as it may, we do not think that the present unknown annotator (who signs J. R. of G. I.) is the person born to set 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 triflyllables, and which every schoolboy may determine by the structure of the verse,--the man, in short, who " lives on syllables,” will never be considered by us as the elucidator of Shakespeare. Very different requisites are expected. He must be equally judicious and acute ; Vir maxime limatus & fubtilis, as the Roman orator expresses it,-and then we may insure him success. Art. 38. Miscellanies Moral and Instructive, in Prose and Verse ;
collected from various Authors. For the Use of Schools, and Improvement of young Persons of both Sexes.
29. 6 d. bound. Philadelphia printed ; London reprinted. Phillips. 1787.
'This Miscellany was, as the preface informs us, collected some years ago by a female moralist, not with a view to publication, but
* It must here be remarked, that Baron T. was at all times industrious to make himself a parey 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 amusement. At the request of friends, how-
Smith's Edition. 8vo. 6s. Boards. Evans. 1787.
Authors would do well to attend to the rules laid down by
Yation, Somersethire, who was possessed of evil Spirits for near
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 Ghost, it may remain undisclosed, to amuse the scoffer, and edify the fanatic.
* · Joseph Easterbrook’ is given as the name of the · Vicar of Temple, Bristol.' Possibly there may be such a person.-But what comes next? Art. 41. Authentic Anecdotes of Geo. Lukins, the Yatton Demoniac;
with a view of the Controveriy, and a full Refutation of the Imposture. By Samuel Norman, Member of the Corporation of Surgeons in London, and Surgeon at Yation. 8vo. is. Evans. &c.
Mr. Norman's publication chiefly conîsts of controversial letters, &c. originally published in the Bristol and Bath news-papers ; including the materials of which the preceding Narrative is composed. 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 reprelents as a Methodist preacher, in some degree of connection with Mr. Welley, and whom Mr. N. considers as a promoter of Lu
kins's imposture. The controversy has been conducted, like most other controversies, with much personal abuse on both sides, but without throwing a satisfactory light on the dark subject. It appears, however, that Mr. N. has had good opportunities of judging with respect to the real character and mysterious 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 case. Physic, however, could do little with seven devils, compared with the power of seven Methodist preachers, who, by their pious adjurations, foon did the business. But we question whether the reverend exorcists will find it so easy a matter to subdue the incredulity and spirited animadversions of Mr. Norman. Art. 42. A perfect Description of the People and Country of Scotland;
reprinted from a very scarce Pamphlet, written by James Howel, Gent. 12mo. 6d. Egerton, &c. 1788.
If Howel had written nothing but this low and filly abuse of Scotland, his name would never have been transmitted to us as a wit, or a scholar. This piece is, indeed, a poor sample of his literary talents. It is chiefly composed of such buffoonery as this :--- As for fruit, for their grandfire Adam's fake, they (the Scots) never planted any; and for other trees, had Christ been betrayed in this country (as doubtless he should, had he come as a stranger), Judas had Tooner found the grace of repentance, than a trec to hang himself on.'This is rather a favourable specimen.
POETRY Art. 43. MESSIAH : a Poem, in Two Parts. Published for the Be
nefit of the General Hospital at Bath. By Miss Scott, Author of The Female Advocate. . 4to. 25. Johnson. 1788.
Miss Scott cannot represent her Mufe as pursuing things unattemited in profe, though we believe the might truly say things unattempted yet in RHIME; for we do not recollect having ever seen a poem entitled MESSIAH written by a person of her theological principles. Her numbers do not move in the beaten path of popular opinions, nor does her description of the Mefliah accord with those ideas respecting the person of Christ, which have been received by the multitude as the orthodox faith ; there is ground to suspect, therefore, that her Musé will be deemed an heretical one. As we, grown wise by experience, are resolved to leave writers, male and female, to abide by their own sense of scripture, we therefore shall not enter into any dispute with this enlightened Lady, about systems of faith, but shall content ourselves with suggesting that her poem might probably have been more beautiful, and more fublime, had her religious principles been less heterodox. Many will wonder that a person of her fentiments Thould have chosen such a subject. In the following note is all the explanation we can give them. • This poem was occasioned by reading Mr. Hayley's animated exhortation to Mr. Mason to write a national epic poem (See Mr. Hayley's Essay on Epic Poetry, 410. p. 114.). The perufal of those elegant lines insensibly led the Author to contract the character of THAT HERO on whom the Christian's
eye should be invariably fixed, with the Heroes of the world.' Mifs Scott has executed this in a pleasing manner, and though some may object to her principles, few will deny her present work to be a poetical compofition. It has our praise, not because it is published for the benefit of a very charitable institution, to which we wish well; but because it has intrinsic merit. The versification is for the moft part easy and harmonious; and those passages of scripture which necessarily came in her way she has rendered into poetry with judgment and elegance. Some prosaic lines, and bad rhimes, we have noticed ; but these are few, and by the generality of readers they will pass unobserved. All who agree with this lady in sentiment will no doubt be delighted with her poem; and every liberal-minded person will heartily unite in the prayer with which Miss Scott concludes her poem :
• Haften, great God! the long predicted time
To find e'en earth the blissful porch of heav'n!'
Strahan. 1788. On the Queen's birth-day:
• Ambrosia deck'd in odoriferous sweets,
Taint quick around and every mist dispel;
Now cast aside a loathsome weed,
Soon every other greet.' Many will be of opinion, perhaps, that the writer of the foregoing verses should be severely punished by our Critical Court. Alas! we fear he is altogether incorrigible. Beside, were we even to question him on the charge of having repeatedly written nonsense, he would very probably plead privilege : according to the following poetical ftature in that case made and provided :
-" Those that write in rhyme still make
Is quite fufficient at one time.” HUDIBRAS.
Rivingtons. 1788. These poems, which are truly Sternholdian, will very shortly be condemned
“ (the fate of Dulness' heirs) To wrap up pepper, figs, and such small wares.' Mr. Hudson's performances, however, if not brilliant, are innocent, and we much prefer them to those effufions of wit and fancy, where morality is sacrificed to licentiousness. Art. 46. Lines written at Twickenbam. By D. O'Bryen. 4to. 15.
Debrett, &c. 1788. Delighted with the beautiful scenery around him, while on a visit at the pleasant village named in the title-page, Mr. O'Bryen catches a ray of poetic inspiration, and proceeds to celebrate
· The cool recess of Twick'nam's hallowed shade,
Twick'nam, by poets' lays immortal made.' There are some pretty descriptive lines in the piece, and several that are very faulty: -If the Author should ever compofe a poetical work of more consideration than this small performance, it would, no doubt, be worth criticising : but we would advise him not to de. grade the Mufe, by subjecting her to the drudgery of party-politics. Art. 47: Boileau's Satire of Man, imitated. 8vo. 6 d. Bladon.
1787. This “Satire of Man,' as it is styled, presents us with some of the sentiments 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 con. sequently poor and weak.
Next to the Art of Poetry and the Lutrin, the satires of this elegant and witty Frenchman are considered as the most finished and ingenious of his works. His humour is certainly exquisite; but his wit is frequently severe and caustic. 'Tis ærugo mera, as the Roman poet expresies it :-and this is, perhaps, his only fault.
When the works of Boileau were first collected and printed at Paris, Monsieur Le Verrier, the friend of the Poet, affixed to his portrait the following verses:
“ Au joug de la Raison asservissant la rime:
Rassembler en moi, Perse, Horace & Juvenal.” The writer now before us may likewise boait of being original while he imitates ;-but his originality is of a very different kind from that of his illustrious predecellor. T4