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Asp. So streams from the maternal heart,

What tender nature can impart:
Both. Thus happy in my arms to fold,

And to my heart Almena hold,

And to my heart Aspatia hold. If the Reader can discover the propriety or beauty of this fimile, he hath more critical sagacity than we can pretend to. The Hero is faluted in his triumphal entry by the following chorus of Priests:

Hail! Victor, hail! with choral lay
We celebrate this glorious day.
Perfia again shall nobly shine,

Freedom is ours, and glory thine. If Persia's foining had not been mentioned, would not this choral lay be a good deal in the style of a Chriftmals carol?

God reft you, merry Gentlemen,

Let nothing you difunay, &c.
The following air is the last in the piece, and is sung by the
Hero of the Drama :

Fortune with a wanton joy,
Does her fleeting power employ :
But firm enthron'd will Virtue reign,
Tho' giddy Fortune fhifts the scene.
Nobly have we sought the foe;
Glory does its wreathes bestow :
Now the victory is won,

Freedom shall our labours crown. We have heard frequently of wagers, and of battles being left and won, and of victories being gained; but, as a victory cannot well be lost, unless people can be faid to lose what they do not possess, so it cannot with much propriety be said to be won. The sentiment in the last line about Freedom, comes with very little propriety also from the mouth of an Eastern Despot, the absolute master of the lives and properties of his subjects. The air might as well have ended thus; and it would have been as good sense, and much better rhime:

Now the crown of Persia's won,

And our opera is done, As to the Recitative, it is written in a kind of profaic blank verse, and therefore not in so flowing a style as, for the reasons above given, is requisite for music. It is otherwise, for the most part, correct and nervous, except where the Writer hath too much affected metaphor and allegory, Thus Almena desires Abudah not

To

To retract the heav'nly balm of sweet humanity. Again, in the last scene we have the following curious ftring of metaphorical expressions, not altogether the most precise or fignificant. Asp.

A mother's blessing
Fall on your heads, as dew-drops on the palms.
AB. Let grateful honour kindle gentle love

In my Aspatia's bosom.
Asp.

Gratitude
Reigns o'er my heart, and honour merits love.
Al. Thus Virtue's baloi extracts Affli&tion's thorn,

And Justice proves its origin divine. The Reader will make his own remarks on this fpecimen of the dialogue; he will learn also, that the balm of Virtue is greatly superior to most others, poffeffing, with its fanative qualities, the searching property also of turpentine. In the beginning of the third act, Aspatia says to the Usurper,

Inhuman monster! has thy favage hand

Welter'd again in royal blood ! It is common to speak of hands embrued or dipt in blood; but we seldom say any thing less than a body welters in blood.

After all, it is fome encomium on this production, that we have not thought it altogether beneath criticism, which hath been hitherto generally the case with performances of this nature. We have some hopes, however, it will not be so for the future ; especially if the encouragement at present given by the town should continue to excite the emulation of Writers to excel in this species of compofition.

MONTHLY CATALOGUE,

For N O V E M B E'R, 1764.

RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 1. Remarks on an anonymous Tract, entitled, An Answer * to Dr. Mayhew's Observations on the Charter and Conduct of the Society for propagating the Gospel in foreign Parts. Being a Second Defence of the Observations. In which the Scheme of sending Bijhops to America, is particularly considered; and the Inconveniencies that might result from it to that Country,

See Review, Vol. XXX. page 284.

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if put into Execution, both in civil and religious Respects, are represented. By Jonathan Mayhew, D. D. Pastor of the West Church in Bolton, 8vo. is. 6d. Nicoll.

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R. Mayhew, of whose literary abilities the public have seen many

specimens, treats his learned, and (as some say) very dignified Opponent in a manner that does honour to the characters of both parties, as Scholars, and as Gentlemen. We have neither room nor inclination to enlarge on the particulars of an expiring controversy: otherwise, we might select some curious passages from the notable performance now before us.

POLITICAL.
Art. 2. A Letter to the Right Honourable Charles Townsend.

8vo. is.

Nicoll, This is a professed Answer to a late pamphlet entitled, A Defence of the Minority," of which this Letrer-writer presumes Mr. Townsend to have been the Author. The arguments with which he opposes this fupposed Champion of the Minority, are temperate, candid, and sometimes cogent. The most material point he controverts is, the Defender's assertion, that the Minority considered the question concerning the illegality of certain general Warrants as a particular, and not as a general, question, and that they meant to confine themselves to the single case be. fore them. On the other hand, this Letter-Writer undertakes to shew, 'that the question was understood to be general, not particular : and that the Minority did not even see the distinction which their Champion supposes them to have adopted. But we must refer our Readers to the Letter itself; for were we to epitomize the heads of this controversy, it would lead us beyond the limits allowed to articles of this nature.

L A 'W. Art. 3. The Statutes at Large. By Owen Ruffhead, Esq; Vols. VIIth and VIIIth.

4to. 155. each, in Sheets. Printed by his Majesty's Law Printers. These volumes bring the Statutes down to the end of the second year of the reign of George III. To the VIIIth is prefixed the following Advertisement. The better to accommodate the Purchasers of this work, the Proprietors, at the request of many of the Subscribers, inAtead of concluding at the end of the Parliament 1761, as was at first proposed, have determined to continue it to the end of the last Sessions. The ninth volume, therefore, will contain the third and fourth years of the present King, together with the Table, which will be very confiderably enlarged. The APPENDIX, confitting of ancient and curious Statutes, some of which were never in print before, will make a separate volume.

POETICA L. Art. 4. Hymn to the Power of Harmony. 4to. is. Donaldson.

It is no easy matter to give a just account of such performances as nei, ther please nor displease. Of this kind is the Hymn to the Power of 5

Harmony. Harmony. It has not merit fufficient to entitle it to general applause, and yet its defects are not so great as to justify unlimited cenfure. The poem by no means answers those expectations which the fubje&t, faited only to the abilities of the first and greatest Writers, naturally excites. The thoughts, in general, want originality; and the peculiar harmony of the blank verse, is lost in the monotony of the couplet meafure : yet the scenery is frequently pretty, the allufions tender and attractive, and the enthusiasm truly poetical. Art. 5. The Triumph of Genius, a Dream. Sacred to the Memory of the late Mr. C. Churchill. By Mr. Lloyd. 4to. Is. Jones.

The Triumph of Genius makes but a forry appearance under the banrers of Dullness. This pamphlet is, indeed, nothing more than a very despicable catch-penny, as deftitute of honefty in the design, as of merit in the execution; being plainly intended to impose on the public, under an appearance of the name of Mr. Robert Lloyd.

NOVEL S. Art. 6. The Hiftory of Miss Lucinda Courtney. In a Series of ori

ginal Letters, written by herself, to ber Friend Miss Conftantia Bellmour. 12mo. 3 Vols. gs. bound. Noble.

This is not the worst imitation we have seen of the late Mr. Richard. fon's method of novel-writing. The language is above the common famp; and the incidents related, are natural and interesting.

MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 7.

The History of the Robinhood Society; in which the Orie gin" of that illustrious Body is traced; the Method of managing their' Debates is fewn; the Memoirs of the various Members ; that compose, it are given; and some original Speeches, as Speci

mens of their oratorical Abilities are recorded. Chiefy compiled

from original Papers *. 12mo. 35. Fletcher. . . Chiefly compiled, from the catch-penny Author's own fertile imagination. Art. 8. A Defence of the Robinhood Society, from the Calumnies

and Misrepresentations of a late Author, &c. &c. By a Member of the Society. 8vo. Is. 6d. Burd.

Equally genuine and important with the foregoing article. We should not be surprised to hear, that both the History and the Answer to it, are the works of the same individual, industrious hand. Art. 9. A feasonable Alarm to the City of London, on the present

important Crisis : Shewing, by the most convincing Arguments, that the new Method of Paving the Streets with Scotch Pebbles, and the pulling down of the Signs, must be both equally pernicious to the Health and Morals of the People of Englands By Za. chary Zeal, Citizen. 8vo. is. 68. Nicoli.

This is so poor an attempt at irony, that it will require some peneira.. tiou to find out, in many places, whether the Author is in jeft or in earnest. It is withal so very dull, that, tho' we patiently perused the whole, io hopes of stumbling upon one good thing at least

, in the space of fity-one pages, we found nothing to excite a smile, either of approbation or ridicule, till we arrived at the last page; where it is said, the Author expires, and the Publisher, Printer, and Printer's Devils, enter, and carry

off the copy Art. 10. An Address to the Freemen, and other Inhabitants, of the

City of Oxford. 4to. 6d. (Lucern, printed for Abraham Lightholder, and sold by the Booksellers of England.) Fletcher.

An ingenious representation of the inconveniencies which attend the ill sweeping, and the want of proper lighting, the streets of Oxford. The humour will be molt obvious to those who are not strangers to the 'place. Art. 11. The School of. Virtue, or polite Novelist. Consisting of

Novels, Tales, Fables, Allegories, &c. &c. moral and entera taining in Prose and Verfe. 12mo, 26. Cooke.

This is a compilation of various pieces, from various Writers; fome moral, and some immoral; fome tolerably entertaining, and some very dull.- As Shakespear's Moth talks of being at a great feast of lana guages, and bringing away the scraps, so this Compiler seems to have been at a feast of tales, and has brought away the refuse. Art. 12. A Pronouncing and Spelling Dictionary: Wherein, by.cz

new and sufficient Method, the proper Sounds of English Words are exactly ascertained ; and by which, both bis Majesty's Subia jeals and Foreigners, may correct an improper, or acquire a right Pronunciation of the English Language, &c. By William Johnfton, M. A. 12mo. 25. 6d. Johnston.

Though this is far from being an accurate performance, yet it contains some directions for pronunciation, which may be useful to a certain class of Readers. The Author concludes his preface in the folo lowing manner.

• To familiarize the founds of English words, as a praxis on shem, fo far as it goes, I have added a discourse upon an interesting subject, preached on Mount Sion at Tunbridge Wells; the proper founds of the words of which I have signified by the notation: unfcignedly befeeching the God of all Grace, that he would graciously exhibit all suitable aids, for rendering it truly profitable, to every one (won) who, Thall read it: and humbly entreating every Reader to peruse it, wieta that seriousness and candour which become the importance of its contents, and the benevolence wherewith it is published. The truths of which, when intimately known, and habitually regarded, are, through the divide concurrence, fo abundantly efficacious to men's holinels and happiness, both here and hereafter, that I should think my felicity great indeed, if chię work, belides answering its proximate end, thould also

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