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The Seducers. A Poem. 410. 25. 6d. Kearly. This muse, like other seducers, has her share of an infinuating talent, which though not in so great a degree as to captivate our judgement, is sufficient at least to procure her a place among the class of agreeable:.
Athelgiva, a legendary Tale. 410. Is. 62. Wilkie. The present poem, which is partly founded on tradition, but chiefly indebted for its fable to the imagination of the author, is written in that agreeable style of fimplicity which diftinguishes the old English ballad. The descriptive parts are cursory, and the incidents only few; but vhere the fancy is not amused with invention, the defect is supplied by a tenderness of sentiment, that gently excites the heart to sympathetic emotions. Academic Trifieso A Collellion of Poetical Essays. 410.
E. Johnson. This publication confills of a Prologue, a Remonftrance for a new Gown, an Ode to Winter, an Ode to Sleep, two Sonnets, two of Horace's Odes imitated, and an Ode on the Power of Love. All these pieces, except the last, are in blank verse. -They are juvenile productions. The l'amp Guide: in a series of Let'ers. 410. Is. Fielding and
Walker. These Letters are from ensign Tommy Toothpick, to lady Toothpick, and from miss Nelly Brisk, to miss Gadabout. The names of the personages may give some idea of their characters; but such as are deirous of farther acquaintance with them, may resort to the camp, where, we doubt not, the originals form a considerable number. A Vifit from the Shades; or Earl Charham's Adieu to bis Friend
Lord Cambden. By Henry Lucas, Esq. 4'0. 25. 6d. Hooper and Davis,
If fublunary honours can extend their influence beyond the tomb, lord Chatham's fhade has been abundantly gratified. Amidit the approbation of his country, fo publicly bestowed, the present temporary production can be considered only as a small poetical tribute, disproportioned to the perpetual fame of the character which it celebrates.
The Devil's Widding. A Poem. 410. 15. 6d. Bladon. His Satanic majesty having signified his intentions to marry the princess Homa, it was necessary, that a proper chaplain fhould be provided to perform the ceremony: and that ladies of the bed-chamber and maids of honour should be appointed, for the establishment of her majesty's houshold. Several gentlemen of the gown, and ladies of the ton, affert their pretensions to these honourable employments. This plan affords the author an opportunity of satirizing some conspicuous characters.The ftyle of this piece is, in general, tolerably well adapted to the subje&t; and sometimes not unpoetical. For example:
:5 Upon the beach a lofty pile was rear'd;
The soothing numbers chear infernal hearts.'
Such venial fins I had not deign’d to name,
The Temple of Impofture. A Poem. 410. Bew. The author falls asleep with the Koran in his hand, and in a dream sees the mosque, which contains the tomb of Mahomet at Medina, converted into an extensive temple, filled with the fculptured figures of Ignatius Loyola, Aldebert, Joan of Arc, Perkin Warbeck, Eliz. Croft the spirit of the Wall, Eliz. Barton the maid of Kent, James Nailor the Quaker, Mary Tofts the rabbit woman, Fanny Parsons the Cock-!ane ghost, and feveral other impoilors. After these he discovers Furina, the god, dess of thieves, attended by a number of Turkish enthusiasts, fuperftition, prieftcraft, papal mystery, frantic zeal, hypocrify; persecution, Mahomet, and the apostle of the Foundery.
This piece is of a more poetical cast than some of the author's former publications *, the plan being much more susceptible of defcriptive imagery. The Patriot Vision. A Poem. Dedicated to the Memory of the Earl of Chatham. 410.
• The author of the following Poem takes the liberty to inform the candid reader, that he had not writren a single line, nor in the leait degree thought, of The Patriot Vision, till a week"after death of the great person to whose memory it is decicated. He therefore presents it to the public with great disfidence of its merit; but, however, could not defer its pube lication, as the present ttate of national affairs may change, and destroy in a great measure the effect honestly intended by this compofition
The reader is at liberty to admit or to reject this apology, as 10 his wiltum ihall form good. With regard to the performance, we are of opinion that it ftands in need of fome apology. It is unequal, and bears evidenț marks of haste and inautention. Our poet Stands upon
the sea-beat strand of the Me of Wight, · That sea surveying, where sublimely rides Britannia's feet, and waits the dread command To fcatier vengeance d'ér a guitry land. When, at dread intervals, the solemn roar Of cannons, thundering through the watery shore, Proclaimed aloud that Chatham was no more.'
• The Saints, a Satire ; Perfection, &c.
This circumstance naturally leads the bard to ask the feet, what tutelary ftar shall now direct its courses. With these re. flexions, he retires to Deep; but, of course, not to reft. Fancy immediately hurries him to a certain poetical valley, where
when his raptured eye
The gorgeous image of the Pythian God' Apollo conducts him to the paradise of patriots, where he finds and describes all the fons of Britain who have been immortalised for the love of their country, from Alfred down to Chatham, of whose reception among the heavenly host our poet was lucky enough to be an eye witness. The poem and ihe vision conclude with one general chorus of Arm, Britain, arm !!
In this vision we have found a very few good lines, and two or three original ideas. With more time, and much more pains, this writer mighi produce something deserying the public at: attention,
Excelient use is made of Milton's epithet arrowy,'- Arrows, anluckily, are not modern weapons of war.
• The temple rings with harmony divine.
When batiling cohorts clash in fierceft warm? Thefe lines remind us of a ridiculous impropriety, when Shakspeare's Bosworth-field hero bids his bow-men draiv the ara jows in their heads, and the play house troops courageously draw their many twinkling swords. The commander thould either change his orders, or his men their arms. An Ode torbe warlike Genius of Great Britain. 410.
25. Bew. the title of this Ode our readers will expect to find it mona
calculated to promote war than peace. It is indeed particularly calculated for that purpose. Whether our modern Tiriæus will fing in vain, or not, a little time will discover. The following lines are above mediocrity,
• Genius of Britain ! view the plains
Ye fons of Britain hear !
From her refulgent sphere
-The great examples firem
They glow with energy divine
• Gallia's pale genius ftands aghaft,
(The lilies wither in her hand)
But dare not seek the adverse land.
She hears th' awaken'd lion roar.' The poet, fi des nominis bujus bonorem, makes good use of the beautiful duchess of Devonshire's being a descendant from the martial duke of Marlborough
We would take the liberty to hint that neither Pindar por Shakspeare, whose joint inspiration Our ode-writer intreats, would have advised him to hitch Coxbeatb or Warley-common in a rhyme. Bellona ; 06, lbe Gerius of Britain ; a Poetical Vifon. 440.
Greenlaw. Happy Bricain! who has a genus for almost every day in the week. Good intentions will excuse much worse lines than these, We are told, in the preface
• To souse the dormant spirit of my countrymen, to animate them by the example of their ancestors, and the sense of their own daager, this little poem is intended. In the breast of the candid cricic, the intention will in some mealure palliate the execution. Temporary productions rather claim the indulgence, than provake the centure of the judicious. Poetry resembles paioting, a hafty fetch may exbibit a bold and matterly outline ; but it is time and industry alone can mellow the colouring, and give grace and elegance to the composition.
In poetic vision, our author discovers the genius of Britain, with proper inlignia and attendants, upon the Kentish shore, contemplating her guardian fl-et; and beboloing at a distance her warlike encampmeni-The lipes which follow may serve as a specimen of the Poem
• Close by his fide, her golden arms unbopad,
And chiefs applauded by posterity!'
part of wbich we shall close this article. • Nurse of heroic deeds and daring men, Genius of war! defcend on Britain's plain;
O warm my sons with more than mortal fire !
And war re-echos thro' the joyful land.'
This Poem is addressed to Britannia, poor desolate lady! to whom the loss of America could hardly prove more painful than the condolence of so mean a poetafter.
POLITICA L. The Subhance of General Burgoyne's Speecbes on M:. Vyner's
Motion, and upon Mr. Hartley's Motion. 8vo. Is. Almon.
Copied from the public papers, in which it is probable those Speeches have been perused by the greater part of our readers. A Glance at the Times : with a comparative View of London and
Glasgow. 8vo. Is. Becket. The visual organs of this writer appear to be variously actuated, by contemplating the several objects of his attention through the medium of politics. He seems to view the prof. perity of the city of Glasgow with a sheep's eye, and to examine the characters of some of the patriotic leaders with a reflecting telescope. There is however so much good humour in all his glances, as afford no ground to suspect the smallest degree of fascination. Obfervations on the Scbeme before the Parliament for the Maintenance
of the Poor, with occasional Remarks on the present System, and a Pian proposed on different Principles. 8vo. Is. Wallis.
A performance which would deserve our praise, even if it were executed with less ability, and if it discovered less knowledge of laws and men. It is thus, by a patriotic communication of ideas, that the legislature of any country gains information. The plan this sensible writer proposes merits the serious confideration of parliament. A Letter to Sir George Saville, Bart, upon the Allegiance of a British Subject. 8vo. 15.
Robson. The design of this Letter is to unfold the principles of allegiance, and conftitutional fubmiffion to government, as the