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Art. 23. The Asociators Vindicated, and the Protestors An, wered.
8vo. 1s. Johnson. Contains the sober and judicious remarks of one who appears to be a fieady friend to what we commonly understand by revolution principles. The Author, after defending the county associations, reminds the freeholders, &c. of Great Britain, of the opportunity that will be afforded them by the next general election, of consulcing the security of our national rights, &c. in their choice of such men for our representatives in parliament, as have given the fairelt proofs of their due regard to the sense of the people, as expressed in the county petitions. And he particularly exhorts them to beware of those who presume to file themselves The King's Friends; he considers the tenets usually maintained by these arrogant gentlemen, &c. From those tenets, he pronounces them to be enemies, not only to the conftitution, but even to the King himself. For his arguments in proof of this point, we refer to his pamphlet.
POETICA L. Art. 24. Unanimity. A Poem. Most respectfully inscribed to
that truly patriotic Nobleman the Duke of Leinster. 410. 1 5. 6d.
Bew. Art. 25. Rebellion and Opposition ; or, the American War. A
2 s. 6 d. Bladon. It is the property of some poisons to counteract each other's virulence. It will not be thought ill-judged, then, that the two poems above mentioned are claffed together, that, as bane and antidote, they may accompany each other. Though dictated by very opposite principles (if, indeed, they are dictated by any principle), they are, notwithstanding, so much of a complexion, that they ought to be infeparable. Whoever has patience to read the one, cannot possibly think his time ill employed in a perusal of the other.
Qui Bavium non odit, amet tua carmina, Mævi. The former poem is as flupidly fcurrilous as the latter is gloomily malignant: one of the Writers is a minitterial inquisitor, who laments the ill cimed lenity of Government in not putting a stop to the turbulence of the times by death and confiscation,-and then exclaims,
O! eternal Jove !
Rebellion and Opposition, page 18. The other is a filthy calumniator, lineally descended from the honelt gentleman in Hudibras, who rode
upon a pair of panniers,
For want, however, of due skill in the management of his noisome materials, he rarely defiles any one but himself.--Here he comes, busily employed in his vocation of throwing dirt indiscriminately at all who fand in his way:
Profeffions ministerial who believes
By G-d says Pilate- (let Jove swear by Styx).
Unanimity, page 20. Would any man imagine the principal object of this foolith ribaldry is as conspicuous for his abilities and learning, as in his private character he is respectable? But with this Writer it is a fufficient crime, it seems, even to be related to a person in office; as it would be with his mild and amiable companion to be in any degree connected with those in Opposition.
With respect to the literary merit of this par nobile fratrum , our opinion is, in great measure, included by the specimens we have given : our Readers will easily perceive that the poetry of these congenial souls is, at least, equal to their moderation Art. 26. POETICAL EFFUSIONS. To which is added, the
War of Inis-thona ; a Poem, from Offian : In English Verse. 480. 2 s. 6 d. Hand, Bew, &c.
Though strict impartiality will not permit us to acknowledge that these Effufions are positively poetical, yet that they are negatively so, we will readily own: in short, they are no! unpoetical. There is one pleasant effufion, in the manner of Hall's Crazy Tales : of which take the following specimen :
Talking of ADAM, makes me wonder,
Whether or no
Was Miss, or Madam;
If Miss, I bluth to say,
Unless some beast
Aded as Priest,
Ak any Parson,
And he, to help the farce on,
Will tell you all about it. Art. 27. Matrimony, a Tale; with an Apology. 4to. 1 s. 6 d.
Exeter printed, by Truman; and sold in London by Payne, &c. 1779
Dr. Doddridge, speaking of South's Sermons, fays, fomewhat barshly, that many of them appear to have been written by the inspiration of the devil. The Author of this performance pretends to inspiration, and being Mufe-valiant, founds his high pretensions on two lines of Horace :
“ Spiritum Phoebus mihi, Phæbus ártem
“ Carminis, nomenque dedit poctæ." Bat this poetafter mistakes the source of his inspiration : the devil was in him when he wrote this absurd and invidious tale. Not South's devil :- but the most filly of all poflible devils.
Had this performance, indeed, been as witty as it is nonsensical, its malignity would have precluded us from saying one word in its praise. We remember not to have read a more ridiculous; or a more diabolical piece, notwithtanding the immense loads of trash which we have, for so many years, been compelled to examine and account for to the Public. : We do not deliver this opinion of the present performance from the lightest resentment which we have conceived at this Author's awkward attempt to disparage and ridicule the judgment of
« Mellieurs The periodical Reviewers.' No! in truth: for we always count on the hatred of foolish and wretched scribblers of every class; and shall ever prefer their abuse to their commendation. « Oh! (says the patient Job, who, by the way, seems to have been admirably qualified for the office of a Rea viewer) that my enemy had written a book !” Utinam male qui mihi volunt, fic fient !
TER. Art. 28. The Religion of the Times; or, a new Mirror for the
dignified Clergy. By an Enemy to Tyranny, Persecution, and Hypocrisy. 4to. is. Wallis. 1786.
The power of ridicule (says this Writer) hath often been found to work miracles, even upon arbitrary difpofitions; and the dread of being araigned at the tribunal of the Public hath had its effect, Rev. Apr. 1780.
when every other confideration hath been totally rejected. We be
Jieve our Readers will give us full credit, when we assure them that we are no enemies to ridicule. We have often been its advocates
against those who have decried it through dulness: and would equally wish to exert our abilities in rescuing it from the hands of the fpiteful and malignant, who, through prejudice or impudence, prostitute and abuse it. With Mr. Pope (who, like Horace, plays round the heart, and yet gives satire its full Arength) we consider ridicule as a sacred weapon! But then (as he observes) it must be used in Truth's defence; and is denied to all but beav'n directed bands. If our Author's ridicule be examined by this test, it will be found deficient in the most essential quality; nor is he so complete in the subordinate qualities as to make the flightest recompence for such a defect. He calls himself the ' Enemy of Tyranny, Persecution, and Hypocrisy :' and yet the present performance bears Atrong marks of a tyrannical-persecuting—and we think we may say-hypocritical spirit. Could a tyrant or a persecutor express the rancour of his soul in more merciless and invidious language than this Writer hath done in the following paragraph, extracted from the Preface? As to those miscreants, the Methodists, &c. whose impudence can only be excelled by their ignorance, we would with them, instead of being able to avail ihemselves of the clemency of ihe laws, to be sent to the House of Correction till they be brought, by hard labour, to a sense of that duty, which they owe, not only to their own families, but to the community.'. This is the Enemy to Perfecution ! Out of thine own mouth thou art condemned, thou brat of bloody Bonner !
As to this Writer's hypocrisy, we think it very obvious from the general design of this piece; and more especially so from a comparison of detached passages. He profeffes himself to be a • Friend to the established Church of this kingdom'-and, in the conclusion of his poem, gives a pious charge to ministers, in the language of St. Paul:
· Exhort, reprove
• Fight the good fight of Faith, and live to die.' Yes! this very Writer becomes a pious monitor of the clergy of bis own church, and delivers his admonitions in apoftolic language, who, but a few lines before, had thrown out some very indecent and profane hints respecting the love-feasts of the Methodifts; and, in the beginning of his poem, haa ironically pleaded for craft, diffimula. tion, and knavery, on the authority and example of St. Paul:
• Flatt’ry your highest card is sure to win,
Pursue his plan, you cannot go aftray.' This Writer's poetry may tate well enough with his charity and fincerity. It would suffer by any other comparison. As to wit, we can trace out nothing that bears any resemblance to it :-unless, perchance, it be found in the following notice, fuck up at the back of the preface : The Painter's pictures are now exhibiting for sale: if any one is flruck with his own likeness, he may purchase it
at a trilling expence : after it is taken home, fhould it not be approved of, the painter promises a retouch, whenever he shall appear, with his features mended, and his complexion improved.' We would advise this Writer to lay down the pen and take up
the hammer. He would make a tolerable auctioneer! Art. 29. Paradise Regain'd; or, the Battle * of Adam and the Fox. An Heroic Poem. 4to.
Bew. We must honestly acknowledge that, in endeavouring to founder through this chaos of half-formed ideas, we have been fairly jaded, and obliged to defit from our intended journey before we got half way. Art. 30. Seduction: The Spirit of the Times, or Petitions
unmarked, a Poem. Wherein is considered the dangerous Tendency of Associations, and Committees of Correspondence, fov the Redress of Grievances. By a Real Patriot. 40.
I s. Bee. croft.
We remember no instance of a person more grossly mistaking his talents than this honeft, loyal Rhimelter has done, in imagining himself qualified to address the Public by means of the press.
DRAMA TI C. Art. 31. The Deaf Lover, a Farce. In Two Acts; as per
formed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, Written by F. Pilon. 8vo. is. Bowen. 1780.
An old jest of Joe Miller very successfully wire-drawn into two acts of low humour, though the catastrophe is rather too much precipitated even for a farce. We have no idea neither how the French proverbe dramatique of the Poulet could possibly have been connected, as the Author informs us it originally was, with the story of this farce. But of these pieces he seems to think, like Gay's Beggar, of Operas, that " in this kind of drama it is no matter how absurdly things are brought about." Art. 32. The Reasonable Animals; a satirical Sketch. As it is
performed at the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket. 8vo. 6 d. Kearly. 1780.
This appears to be a transversion from the French, adapted to an English puppet-thew. The Author has a tolerable knack at doublerhyming. Art. 33. William and Lucy; an Opera of Two Acts. An At
tempt to suit the Style of the Scotch Music. 8vo. 1 s. Edinburgh, Creech. 1780.
The Author of this little Opera appears to be equal to works of more importance. In this light drama he has amplified, but not improved, the pretty Scotch ballad of Auld Robin Gray.
NOVELS and MEMOIRS. Art. 34. Letters between Clara and Antonia: In which are inter
spersed the interesting Memoirs of Lord Des Lunettes, a Character in real Life, 2 Vols. 12mo. 6 s. bound. Bew. 1779.
To those who read merely for amusement, and who look no higher for it than to the novelist, we may recommend the Letters between
* Duel between Mr. Fox and Mr. Adam,