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REVIEW AND MAGAZINE,
Monthly Political and Literary Censor,
SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER (INCLUSIVE,)
WITH AN APPENDIX,
AN AMPLE REVIEW OF FOREIGN LITERATURE.
PRODESSE ET DELECTARE,
LONDON: Printed, for the Proprietors, at the Anti-Jacobin Press, No. 3, Southampton-Street, Strand,
By R. Bostock, of Brydges-Etreet, Covent-Garden. AND PUBLISHED AT THE ANTI-JACOBIN OFFICE, NO.3, SOUTHAMPTON-STREET, STRAND,
LY J. WHITȚLE; AND EY COBBETT AND MORGAN, AT THE CÁOWN AND MITRE, PALL MALL; C. CHAPPLE, PAI.L MALI; T. PERSON, BIRMINGHAM ; BELL AND BRADFUTES EDINBURGH; BRASH AND REID, GLASGOW; AND BY J, W. FENNO, NEW-YORK.
The Georgics of Virgil. Translated by William Sotheby, Esq. F.R.S.
and A. S. S. London, Wright. 1800.* IRGIL, in his Georgics, has displayed, in a supreme degree,
those powers in which he most excelled; we mean tafte, judge ment, and the graces of style. Having made choice of a subject which demanded every embellishment that could be given to raise it above its natural level, and to please, he put forth all his strength " anguflis addere rebus honorem," and has succeeded in giving to the world a poem which, in its kind, will ever stand unrivalled. With what art does he blend the preceptive part with his beautiful episodes ! How admirably conceal what is mean by the splendour of his diction! Viewing his pictures of inanimate nature, instead of feeling languor and satiety, he rouses, delights, and surprizes us, by giving life and motion to the whole. His plants and trees speak to us; his bees, while they charm, instruct us; and, in his hands, the dull clod becomes a source of entertainment. Were this the place, much more might be said on the subject ; but we have said enough to convince our readers that the translation of such a poem must be a truly arduous task. To give dignity in our own language to a subject where terms must be employed which are considered as mean, is a work of no small difficulty. This difficulty has not deterred Mr. Sotheby.com
* Accidents inseparable from the nature of our publication have prevented us from sooner noticing this work. NO, LI, VUL. XIII.