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Art. 16. A Collection of Poems from the best Authors; adapted to every Age, but particularly defigned to form the Taste of Youth. By James Elphinstone. 8vo. 3s. 6d. Richardfon.
Though there have been good Judges of poetry who never wrote verfes, there never was, perhaps, a Pretender to verfification who had any claim to judgment. We have a recent proof of this in the collection before us. Mr. James Elphinstone, who has made several wretched attempts at poetry, has at last taken up with the humble office of a Compiler, for which, however, he appears to be no better qualified than he was for the profeffion of an Author, as he hath admitted a number of very trifling performances, while he was at liberty to have made choice of much better. He profeffes to have felected his poems only from the best Authors, and yet he has prefumed to rank himself amongst that number, and has inferted in his collection feveral of his own miferable productions. O cæcus amor fui!
Quid non Mortalia Pecora cogis?
Art. 17. The General, a Poem. Moft refpectfully infcribed to the Marquis of Granby. By the Author of a Trip to the Moon. 4to. 2s. 6d. Nicoll.
Mr. Churchill has given us many proofs, that ftrength of fentiment, and energy of diction, are by no means fufficient to conftitute a Poet: the Author of a Trip to the Moon has convinced us, that vivacity of fancy alone is equally infufficient.-And, indeed, when we reflect, that these powers united, indifpenfibly require the concurrence of the moft perfect elegance, fimplicity, and harmony, we cannot wonder at the diffatisfaction we frequently meet with in the perufal of poetical com pofitions.
See Review, vol. XXX. p. 354.
Art. 18. Ode to the Earl of Northumberland, on his being appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; prefented on the Birth-Day of Lord Warkworth, with fame other Pieces, By Chriftopher Smart, A. M. 4to. 1s. Dodfley,
This Ode is conceived in eafy numbers, as every lyric performance ought to be but there is in the later productions of Mr. Smart, a tour of expreffion, which we many times are at a lofs to understand; and it often seems to us, that his words, as well as his fentiments, are rather too much under the influence of imagination. For this Ode, however, he merits the thanks of every true Proteftant, for he fights with a truely British Spirit against the Whore of Babylon. The last stanza is really
In pity to our fifter ifle,
With fighs we lend thee for a while;
Our love could lefs afford.
The little pieces added to this Ode, are not deftitute of merit,
Art. 19. Satirical Trifles, confifting of an Ode written on the first Attack of the Gout—to Mankind, an Ode-the Farewell, written at Woodcote near Epfom-Epigrams. By B. A. 4to. Fletcher, &c.
How vain are our beft endeavours to perfuade ftupidity to lay down the pen! The quill fill paffes from goofe to goofe, and fticks more closely to its fecond than to its first poffeffor. In the Catalogue of our Review for March laft, under the article of a Poem on the Peace, we advised this Scribler, with all imaginable civility, not to print thefe Trifles, which he had then threatened; but he returns us only hatred for our goodwill, and at the end of this collection has mauled us in a most severe and biting epigram, the wit of which confifts in calling us old and impotent. We know not why the Author fhould call thefe Trifles fatirical, unless it be on account of fome low and contemptible abuse of the Clergy. But we fay no more, as both the poetry and the Poet appear to be equally below the attention of the public.
Art. 20. The Refurrection. Being the fourth and laft Part of the
Art. 21. Satire, a Poem. 4to. IS. Nicoll. An old woman's advice, concerning the duty of a Satirist.
L. Art. 22. An Elegiac Poem on the much-lamented Death of the Rev. Mr. Phocion Henley, late Rector of the united Parishes of St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, and St. Anne, Black Friars; and Lecturer of St. Gregory and St. Mary Magdalen, Old Fish-street. 4to. 6d. Hood.
A very good man is here very ill praised.
Art. 23. The Oxford Saufage; or felect poetical Pieces written by the most celebrated Wits of the Univerfity of Oxford. Adorned with Cuts, engraved in a new Tafte, and defigned by the best Masters. 12mo. 2s. 6d. Fletcher.
The best ingredients of this poetical Saufage, are fo very old, and the reft are so very infipid, that, on the whole, we think it but an ordinary piece of cookery.
Art. 24. The true-born Scot. Infcribed to John Earl of Bute. Sumpter.
The legitimate offspring of Dullness and Impudence.-The dregs of dirty Indigence raving against the penury of Scotland.
Art. 25. The Soldier, a Poem. 4to. Is. 6d. Dull, antiminifterial virulence.
Art. 26. The Hiftory of the Parliament of Great Britain, from the Death of Queen Anne, to the Death of King George the firft. 8vo. 4s. Kearly.
This is a shameful motley compilation, which no more deferves the name of a history, than would a bundle of Gazettes. It is chiefly taken up with the famous Report of the Committee of Secrefy, of which Sir Robert Walpole was Chairman, and with the articles of impeachment against Lord Oxford, with other ftale tracts, which are in the hands of every man who has applied himself to political reading-And who has not, in this age of Politicians? In few words, this very fcandalous practice of impofing upon the public, by vamping up old publications, without any ingredients to give them an air of novelty, or in any respect to add to the information or entertainment of the Reader, cannot be fufficiently exposed, nor the Authors of fuch literary patch-work, too feverely reprehended.
Art. 27. A Letter to the Peace-maker, on the Infraction of the
An hot headed, raving, railing, indecent invective against the Peace. The outrageous Author, not only treats the Earl of Bute (as the Peacemaker) with the utmoft freedom, but fpeaks of the Representatives of the people, who gave their fanction to this fame Peace, in fuch familiar terms of difapprobation, that it is well if this Orlando Furiofo in politics is not difpofed, like another Cromwell, to kick the Right Honourable Gentlemen fairly out of doors! Such a dangerous man should be bound over to his good behaviour.
Art. 28. A Defence of the Majority in the House of Commons, on the Question relating to General Warrants. In answer to the Defence of the Minority. 8vo. 1s. Wilkie.
Though this little piece is penned on the unpopular fide of the queftion, yet we cannot refuse to acknowlege its merit: it is written with judgment, moderation, and even with elegance. The Author recriminates against the Champion of the Minority, whom he taxes with equivocation and misreprefentation. He particularly charges him with unfairly tranfcribing the motion, as it was made on the 14th of February, without taking any notice of the amendment which was made on the 17th, the day to which the debate was adjourned. The merits of this difpute depend altogether on the accuracy of the contested transcripts: for which we refer the Reader to the Votes of the House.
R-d Art. 29. A Reply to the Counter-Address: Being a Vindication of a Pamphlet entitled An Address to the Public, on the late Difmiffion of a General Officer. 8vo. Is. Nicoll.
Although Mr. Conway be difmiffed from his poft in the army, he is not yet difmiffed from the notice of the public, which feems to intereft itfelf pretty warmly, in refpect to the question concerning the rectitude, and the tendency, of that particular act of ministerial resentment.
In our last month's Review, page 155, we mentioned the Counter-
Addrefs, as worthy the ferious attention of those who may have been
Art. 30. The young Wife's Guide in the Management of her Chil dren, &c. &c. By John Theobald, M. D. Author of the Medulla Medicinæ. 8vo. 1 s. 6d. Kearfly.
Dr. John Theobald, Author of the very Marrow of Medicine, or fome induftrious Volunteer, who chufes to be his voluntary Reprefentative, has minced up here an eighteen-penny medical Hafh, from a variety of reputable Doctors, which he recommends to the purchase and palate of all young wives, as an indifpenfible preparative to their becoming mothers. Thefe, as it was intended, muft conftitute a pretty numerous clafs of Readers; and when they are informed, that Doctors Boerhaave, Sydenham, Mead, Harris, and many other famous foreign and domestic Phyficians, have been taxed to this regale, as many young. wives as can read, may feaft away; and fuch as cannot, may be invited, we fuppofe, to compofe an audience. Seriously, however, there are fome very proper directions gleaned up here, for the treatment of infants and young children, in their moit ufual maladies; nor is the Compiler's former good friend, Mr. White, the Trufs-maker in Fleetftreet, omitted in this Compiler's cure of ruptures, he being the only perfon and thing prefcribed for them.
As mothers are often very uneasy about fuch eruptions of children, as they imagine deform them, and which some mothers may suppose to reflect on the conftitution, or the cleanliness, of their parents, and thence take fome pains to cure, but oftener do only repel, them, to the frequent injury of their children, it may not be improper to reprint here, the following fenfible caution, from Heifter and Brouzet, on this ma terial topic.
Thefe Gentlemen fay then, on the article of Scabby Eruptions of the Head and Face, and Running of the Ears, "The Nurfes principal care in these disorders ought to be, to calm the impatience of mothers, who are not easily perfuaded to see their children in this condition, as they imagine whatever renders them difagreeable, fhould be removed as fpeedily as poffible; but fince these disorders are the confequences of a falutary operation, by which Nature endeavours to depurate the humours, they should by no means be checked, fince a multitude of fatal examples prove, that the ftriking in of these eruptions, is almost always mortal. The cure of thefe eruptions ought to be confined to washing the parts affected with warm water; and a few grains of rhubarb should be given every third day; and the following powders fhould be given in any liquid, night and morning, on the intermediate days. Take
alkalized mercury, and oyfter-fhells prepared, of each half a drachm, mix them together, and divide them into ten papers, one of which is a dofe."
What Brouzet recommends with regard to rubbing mercurial ointment into children's heads, for killing of vermin there, fhould be undertaken with caution by young wives, as well as by good old ones; fince we have known a confiderable falivation excited by rubbing into the fcalp, particularly, lefs than two drachms of it, at different applications. That common one of powdered ftaves-acre and butter, or rather with pomatum, is fully as effectual, and a fafer application.
Art. 31. Pharmacopoeia Hippiatrica: or, the Gentleman Farrier's Repofitory of elegant and approved Remedies for the Difeafes of Horfes. In two Books. Containing, I. The Surgical; II. the medical Part of practical Farriery; with fuitable Remarks on the whole. By J. Bartlet, Surgeon, Author of the Gentleman's Farriery. 12mo. 4s. bound. Eton, printed by Pote, and fold by Nourfe, London.
We believe this collection of improved Forms will be very useful to every Gentleman who would pay that attention to the health and prefervation of his horfe, which every man ought to pay, not only for his own fake, but out of gratitude to the noble, generous, and ufeful animal, whofe life and labours are devoted to the pleasure and service of his master.
Art. 32. A Guide to Claffical Learning; or, Polymetis abridged. In three Parts. 1. The Rife, Growth, and Decay of Poetry, Painting, and Sculpture, among the Romans; with the Characters of the Latin Poets, and their Works, from Ennius down ta Juvenal. 2. The Usefulness of Antiques, towards explaining the Claffics; Remarks on our Commentators and School-Education; with a true Idea of the Allegories and Machinery of the Antients; the Want of which is the Caufe of the Defects and Mistakes in our modern Authors and Artifts. 3. A Summary of Mr. Spence's Enquiry concerning the Agreement between the Works of the Roman Poets, and the Remains of the ancient Artifts, Being a Work neceffary, not only for claffical Inftruction, but for all those who wish to have a true Tafte for the Beauties of Poetry, Sculpture, and Painting. By N. Tindal, Tranflator of Rapin. 12mo. 3s. DodЛley.
As fome of our Readers are, no doubt, unacquainted with Mr. Spence's Polymetis, we shall lay before them Mr. Tindal's introduction to his abridgment of it, which will ferve a double purpose, viz. that of fhewing them the nature and defign of Mr. Spence's very ingenious and entertaining work, and likewife the ufe and value of the Compendium now before us.
Of all the attempts towards explaining the Claffics, hitherto extant, the most useful and inftructive is Mr. Spence's Enquiry concerning