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PO E T RY. be Voice of the Minority : being an expoftulatory Address to an
unpopular Minister, on Occafion of an impolitic War, 8vo. Is. Fielding and Walker. This
be the Voice of the Minority, but it is vox'et præterea
may nibil ; for the expoftulation is dull, though declamatory; and feeble, though meant to be argumentative. An Epifle from the Earl of Chatham to the King Written during
bis laft Illness. 410. 15. Goldsmith, A poetical effusion, in elegiac verse, but so little calculated to affect the heart, that the most we can say of it, is, circum
An Epistle to W-m E-l of M-_d, the most un popular Man
in the Kingdom, except bis and L--d B, 410, 15. 6d. Bew.
A petulant, abusive rhapsody, the author of which appears to be animated with the vileft dregs of patriotic fanaticism. A poetical, fupplicating, modeft, and affeling Epifle to those literary
Colossuses, the Reviewers. 410. 6d. Baldwin. The writer of this Epifle is a man of humour, and his petition a piece of well-conducted irony. Though his compliments are by no means applicable to the authors of the Critical Review, they have no objections to a few gentle appellations ; such as, murderers and mohocks. The author of the Dunciad was called an ape, an ass, a frog, a coward, a knave, and a fool *, by his polite and ingenious contemporaries. The Court of Adultery: a Vision: A New Edition, with Additions.
Smith. The queen of England is supposed to be feated on a throne of judgement, Truth, Justice, and Mercy attending her. The adultresses are summond; and it is decreed, that the most guilty among them thall be sacrificed, to expiate the licentiousness of the age.
Several ladies of the ton appear; and some of them solicit the honour of being the public victim. The prin. cipal part of the poem confifts of their speeches on this oc. casion. The verification is tolerable, but the plan is absurd. The Beauties of the Poets. Or, a Collection of moral and sacred
Poetry. From the mifi eminent Authors. Compiled by tbe late rev. Thomas Janes, of Bristol. 8vo.
Evans. The poems, included in this Collection, are of a serious caft, and intended to instil into the mind of the reader the love of virtue and religion. They are extracted from the works of Milton, Daniel, Ward, Thomson, Collins, Pope, Watts, Prior, Perronet, Gambold, Addison, Shakspeare, Pomfret, Onely, Shenstone, Parnell, Gray, Tickell, Fitzgerald, Arbuthnot,
See the Appendix subjoined to the Dunciad.
Gay, Rowe, Dyer, Young, Blair, Wedey, Cowley, Broome, Jane, Glynn.
They are more elegantly printed than religious poems usually are, and the form of the volume will be no disgrace to any library. Envy, a Poem, addreffed to Mrs. Miller, at Batheaston Villa.
Is. 6d. Dodsley, Ovid, in the fifteenth elegy of his -first book, which he addresses to Envy, displays the superiority of poetry over every other occupation, art, or science, representing it as capable of bestowing immortality on its professors. This he exemplifies by the glorious eulogiums, which have been conferred on Homer, Heliod, Sophocles, Callimachus, Virgil, and other eminent poets. The author of this poem adopts Ovid's plan, and pays fome polite, and some ironical compliments to the poets of Bathealton, Jerningham, Graves, Bragge, Palmerston, Grevill, Lutterell, Sedley, Drax, Digby, Burgess, Hunt, More, Hardcastle, Anttey, and Jekyl; intimating, that their productions will procure them everlalting honour.
• Fame shall exalt the poet's lyres,
And Miller, who their notes inspires.' Exalt them undoubtedly to the skies ! when the far-gazers of future times shall point them out among the conftellations ; when the Harp * shall be called the emblem of the Batheafton poéts, and Cassiopea hall resign her seat to Mrs. Miller,
DRAM AT I C. The Gospel. Shop, a Comedy of Five Asts; with a new Prologue
and Epilogue. By R. Hill, Elg. of Cambridge. 8vo. 25. Field, ing and Walker. Without any plot, or any humorous incident.
DI VI Ν Ι Τ Υ. A mort Enquiry into the Scrip'ure Account of the Use and Intent of ibe Diatb of Christ. By Philalethes Borealis. 8vo. Longman. It is the constant and uniform doctrine of the New Testament, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save, or redeem sinners.' This is universally allowed. But how these words are to be underfood, or what is the scripture notion of redemption, is a point, which has been long and warmly disputed. Some imagine, that the death of Chriit was necessary, as a strict and proper satisfaction, or equivalent, to divine justice, for the fins of ihe world. Others think, that redemption was purely the effect of God's mercy and goodness, and was no otherwise owing to Christ, than as ke was the prime agent or inframent, the minister and mediator, of this dispensation ; that the great de. fign of his coming was to maniteit the goodness of the divine nature, to shew us the way to regain the divine favour, and to
• The constellation Lyra.
entreat us to be reconciled to God; that he died, not to pay an equivalent satisfa&ion' for fin, but to bear witness to the truth of the gospel, i.e. the gracious message of pardon upon repentance; to give it the strongest fanction, and to afford us, by his rising from the dead, the surest earnest of our resurrection, &c.
These are fome of the principles, which the author has stated and explained, with great force and propriety, in this excellent tract. A Sermon preached at the Vifitation of the right rev. the Lord Bishop
of London, in the Church of Thaxted, in Essex, on Wed. nesday, May 28, 1778. By John Law, D. D. 410. Payne.
This ingenious writer examines the criterion by which Ga. maliel proposed to try the divinity of the Chriftian religion : • If this counsel, or this work, be of men, it will come to nought : but, if it be of God, we cannot overthrow it.' This naturally leads him to consider, how this divine religion has maintained its ground, and diffused itself over the world, against all opposition. Had this work, says he, been of men, it is not likely, that it would have been originally proposed in such an age of general knowledge; or, if it had, it must have been instantaneously detected: for having no allurement to throw out for its admission, every one would have joined in exposing its fallacy. Or, if we can possibly suppofeit to have furmounted every obstacle, that prejudice and fell-love could have fuggested, yet it is still irreconcileable with the usual course of things to impute the reformation of it, when loaded with enormous absurdities, to any other cause, than to the irresistible force of truth, and to the foftering care of that Being, who divides the light from the darkness in the moral and intellectual, as well as in the natural system.'
Having examined the reasons, which tended to promote the reception of Christianity, and feen, that it did not owe its success originally to worldly power, or to any of those motives, which usually influence the passions and govern the conduct of mankind, he concludes, that we must ascribe its growth and propagation to the assisting power of divine agency;
In this enquiry he has very juftly preferred the most obvious and satisfactory proofs, to those, which by their novelty rather amufe, than convince. Tbe Commandments of God, in Nature, Institution, and religious
Starutes in the Jewish and Christian Churches. With Notes crirical and historical. Two Sermons preached before the University of Oxford, at St. Mary's, on Sunday, October 12, 1777. By Anselm Bayly, LL. D. 8vo. Is. Ridley.
• My hands will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved, and I will meditate in thy statutes. Pl. cxix. 48.By commandments, fays the author, are evidently meant cer
tain things required by God to be done and practised; all moral, social, and religious duties. By statutes we may understand certain prescribed, itated rules respecting religious worship and divine faith. In the first sermon he considers the obligations of natural religion, humaa laws, and divine revelation. In the second he shews the propriety and excellence of the Mosaic itatutes, and the ordinances of the Christian church, but more particularly the appointment of episcopacy. Tbe Fear of God, and the Benefits of Civil Obedience. ใ Two
Sermons, preached in Ebe Parish Church of Harwich in the County of Essex, on Sunday, June 21, 1778. And published at the Request of ibe Audience. By William Jones, B. A.' 8vo.
Robinson. In the first discourse the author suggests several confiderations, which are calculated to inspire us with the fear of God : viz. the works of the creation, the awful appearance of nature in a storm of thunder, the visible proofs of an universal deluge, che destruction of Sodom, and the fubversion of many ancient kingdoms. In order to recommend this religious principle, he observes, that he, who does not fear God, will be afraid of something else, either the world, or poverty, or dea:h,- In the second sermon he inculcates obedience to government on these maxims: that all the property of the world is originally vested in God ; that kings bold of him, and the people of beir kings. Tbe Nature and Principles of Society; confidered in a Sermon,
preached at Meriden, before an Amicable Society of Tradefinen, &c. on Wednesday, June 24, 1778. By John Adamthwaite, 4. M. to. 9d.
Baldwin. Observations on the nature of fociety, the principles on which every community ought to be formed, and the respectable association, before which chis discourse was delivered. An earneft Attempt to reform the Times; in a Sermon, preached at
the Vifitation held at Warminster, on tbe 291b of May laft. By John Eyre, D. D. 8vo. 6d. Wilkie.
The author points out the duty of a good minister, a good church-warden, and a good Chriftian; and then sums up the whole in the following exhortations,
• Let us the ministers of God's bless'd word, stand up in these days of Arianism and Socinianism for the doctrine of a trinity in unity and unity in trinity: let us ftudy ourselves the pure Hebrew Scriptures, and propagate the knowledge of them ail we can ; let us teach and preach the pure word of God in all respects and upon all occasions; let us nos deprive any parish, where there is deemed a competent allowance for a cu. sale, of the great benefit of a resident exemplary minister ; let us not fuffer the false notions or imaginations of men to deceive and ensnare us ; nor the evil cultoms or fashions of the world, nor its riches or pleasures, to draw us off from doing our duty ; nor its frowns, reproaches, or perfecutions, to deter us from it.
- And —And let fuch among us as are church-wardens get a per. fect knowledge of what they are bound to present, and present every thing that is presentable, and do every thing else, which their office requires of them, and so discharge their oath, and keep free from the fin of breaking it, and run no risk of renouncing under these words, So help me God, the help of God, on which our all both here and hereafter depends.'
This, we believe, is sufficient to give the reader a competent notion of the author's style and sentiments. A Discourse delivered in one of the Catholic Chapels, on the Propriety
and Neculity of taking the Oarb of Allegiance tendered by Government. 410. 15.
Crowder. A plain, well-intended discourse, recommending to Roman catholic subjects the principles of gratitude, loyalty, and obe. dience to the British government, under which they now enjoy fome valuable privileges, A Sermon preached at the opening of the New Chapel at Essex-street,
Strand, on Sunday, March 29, 1778. By Theophilus Lind. sey, M. A. 6d. Johnson.
From these words, “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father, &c.' the author endeavours to hew, that no being or person whatever is to be worshiped, but the Father. In proving this point he urges the following arguments and observations.
St. Paul, preaching at Athens, tells the assembly, that our Saviour was aing, a man, ordained to an important office, which he mentions, by God, who made the world ; and it cannot be supposed, that the apostle deceived his hearers, and told them only half the truth concerning the person of Christ, -Our Lord never professedly undertook to instruct his countrymen in the doctrine of the divine unity. This would have exposed him to derision, as they were firmly grounded in this firit and great article of religion. Throughout the New Testament we never find the Jews blamed in this respect. St. Paul in his defence before Felix declared, that he worshiped the God of his fathers. The object of his worship was then, after his conversion, the same as before he knew Christ..Our Saviour being asked by one of the learned of his nation, which was the first commandment, answered : "
Hear, o Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord, &c." Obferve, says Mr. Lindsey, that he adopts the very words of Moses: and this may be called our Saviour's pub. lic confession, or declaration of his faith in God.- Jesus there. fore knew of no other God, but one, whom he here calls the Father.-He never proposes himself as an object of religious worship.--He uniformly and to the last fet his disciples an ex. ample of praying to the Father, and taught them to pray to no other person, but the Father.'-As this is a point of the greatest importance, we must leave the learned to estimate the weight of these arguments.