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Whose ear could never bear the sportive found
Thas laid the pheasant flattering on the ground:
Whose band could ne'er infict The fatal pain
The partier-brood are defind to fultaia.
'Twas your's to feel the sympathetic glow
That with your own, could weep for oibers' woe.
Oft as--to pass the winter nights away,
I've at your elbow read the tragic lay,
(Your kilful hand:, by practice often try'd,
While one the steel and one che lawn employ'd)
I've mark'd the tear that glisten'd in your eye,
And feen your bofom heave the pitying sigh.
Not then the goddess ancient poets drew,

The queen of beauty,' feem'd to vie with you.
Art. 37. Poems, with Notes. ** By John Walters, Scholar of

Jefus College, and Sub-librarian in the Bodleian Library. 8vo. 56. Kearly. * 1780.'

If a reasonable degree of allowance be made for the period of life when these poems were written (so early as before the age of nineteen) they will be intitled to conliderable praise. The principal poem is The Bodleian Library. Little as such a subject seems capable. of poetic embellishment, Mr. Walters has made it the vehicle not only of information, but entertainment. But the best written and molt Spirited piece in this collection, is the Epiftlero Mr. Talbet, on his travels.

The following passage will posibly convey no imperfe&t idea of she generat Nile and manner which pervade the whole composition :

But hence we hafte to seek the wintry plains,
The land of old Helvetia's hardy Swains,
Whose arms the Julian legions long with food,
And bach'd the chains, that Rome had forg'd, in blood.
They ne'er, with hands in kindred wounds imbrued,
Th' imperial eagle's dreadful track pursued
O'er heaps of dead, with whom they once were free,
(Sad reliques of expiring liberty!)
Buc fill the smiles that Cæsar's brow display'd,
With fallen frowning majely repay'd.
Like them, their rough descendants, fam'd in arins,
Whom the same foul of dauntless valour warms,
Still to the charge advance with martial rage,
But, ah! no more in frcedom's fields engage :
Intent no more their country's rights to fare,
With palms inglorious crown'd, and meanly brave,
From their own Alps and native mountains far,
They wake the rage of mercenary war,
And bend, as onward sweeps their Pyrrhic dance,
The Corfic neck beneath the yoke of France.
Guide of their march, Ambition lifts her eye,

And waves her glitt'ring oriflamb on high. Befide these and some few others, there are two Latin poems ; the title of the one is The Progress of Religion ; of the other, which is a poem of fome length, Botany. Neither of these, in our opinion,

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are of equal merit with his English compofitions. At the end of the volume is added a loco.descriptive poem, enritled Landough, by Da. niel Walters, head scholar of Cowbridge school. This poem (Tays Mr. John Walters, with perhaps less truth than modesty), had its place been determined by its merit, would have appeared at the head of this collection ; is was written by my brother in 1779, at the age of seventeen.' It certainly possesses no inserior degree of merir. Art. 38. The Caflle of Infamy, a poetical Vision. In Two

2 s. 6 d. Bew. 1780. To reprove vice, and to expofe folly, is the province of satire. The instruments the makes use of are wit, ridicule, and argument : argument to establith the truth and julice of her accufations, and wit or ridicule to give force and poignancy to argument. To criminate, therefore, even the faireft objects of la:ire without proof or propriety, is to calumniate and libel rather than to satirize : for abofe, even though it may be juftly deserved, will no more conftitute salire (as this Writer seems to imagine) than mere rhymes will contitute the essence of poetry.

3 STA This poem, like others of the Writer's compositions, scontains some few marks of ingenuity, accompanied by many that are thero: verfe.of modesty and good manners.

In his Dedication to his very good friends the Monthly Re: viewers," he charges them with inconsistency, because on one occafion they spoke of him as an ingenious Writer, and on another cenfured him for writing Billing/gate poetry. We wish, for the credit of human nature, that such a charge were really inconllent. The head is by no means a fufficient security again the depravity of the heart. How common is it for men who are much superior in point of ingenuity to the Writer of this poem, if once they give themselves up to the dominion of pasion, to be petulants abusive, and in." tolerant! Our Author must know little of human life, and confes quently be ill qualified to sustain the character he has assumed, if he has not observed many, who, notwithstanding the flattering presages they may have once given, have afterwards, either through vanity, or other motives, turned our impertinent coxcombs, or Tomething worse. There are too many inilances indeed, of persons who have: even the manners of gentlemen (our Author will perceive we are not alluding to him), who, from illtemper, or natural malignity, have so far forgotten what they owe to themselves and their own dignity, as sometimes to make use of language both fcurrilous and indecent. Art. 39. The American Times: a Satire. In Three Paris. In

which are delineated the Characters of the Leaders of the American Rebellion. Amongst the principal are, Franklin, Lagrene, Adams, Hancock, Jay, Duer, Duane, Wilon, Pulaski, Witherspoon, Reed, M.Kean, Washington, Roberdeau, Morris, Chale, &c. By Camillo Querno, Poet-laureat to the Congress. 40.2 s. Richardson.

The observations, which were thrown out in the foregoing article, are not inapplicable to the present. This Writer empties his Jorden of invective with as little consideration or remorse upon the Ameri. can rulers, as the laf Writer does upon the rulers in England.

Camillo

Camillo Querno is celebrated for his intimacy with Leo X. and Cardinal Bembo. He poffeffed qualifications, which, to unpriacipled men of pleasure and wit, like Bembo and the Pope, gained him admitiance on a footing of the greatet familiarity-He was, ia fhort, a poet, a buffoon, and a drunkard. Why the present Writer bould make use of his name, we know not. He is neither a poet nor & buffoon. Without imagination he can hardly be the one, and without vivacity he is not even qualified for the other. It is not im.' probable, however (if we may judge from the intemperance of his sage), but in one relped at least he may bear the resemblance to the bard whose fignature he has affumed. Art. 49. Private Thoughts on Public Affairs: with some Apo

logy for the Conduct of our late Commanders in Chief by Sea and Land. A poetical E[ay, bý a Stander by. 4to. 1 8. Payne, 1780.

This Aander by feems to look with no great degree of respect upon either party, the ine or the ones the latter appear to have the lealt tharc of his regard.With respect to his poetical powers, though of that cals which

Nos bomines, son di, non conceffere columne, they are neverthelefs equal to the discussion of coffee-house politics. Art. 41. An Epifle from Jofeph Surface, Efq; to Richard Brinf

ley Sheridan, Efq; Chairman of the Sub-committee for Weltminser. 410. 1363. Kcarlley, 1780.

A dabbler in poetry here attempts to censure a theatrical manager for dabbling in politics. Withoui examining how far such a conduct is prudent or defenuble, we thall only observe, that an able fatirift might have pursued the thought with more address, and bave contrafted the dramatic and political avocations of a patriot, play-wright, and patentee, with more elegant raillery. The verfification does not rife above mediocrity. Art. 42. The Senatorial Dispensary, a Poem. Inscribed to his

Grace the Duke of Rutland. 460. I s. Portal. 1780. On a suppofition that the body natural and the body politic are gondogous, this pleasant projector recommends that in fimilar diforder. a fimilar mode of treatment foould be adopted :

* Where N, deck'd with due official form,
" Rides in the whirlwind, and dire&is the storm :"
Obferves, collected in himself, where glows
The too redundant rage of Ages and Nees,
And coolly deals decorum to the rett;
Let there be placed a well-for'd MED'CINE CHEST,
With every drug that may cach temper hit
Weigh'd out in defes, quantum fuficit,
From which let all the members when they meet,
In order take their phyfic and their feat;
This would lo harmonize each jarring foul
That one opinion would pervade the whole,
Concurrent voices would exclude debate,
And moderation foften party hase.
4 Great Galen's favorite sons, alike expert,
" To heal their pasients or their country's hart,

“ Sage * Sage

By and Addnlhall ftand,
* Prescribe, and * caft the water of the land,
;" Whilft every member conscious of their kill,
CharShall freely swallow balus, draught, or pill,
» The Bark infus'd' in Tuy Panaceas

Would top fome Patriotic Diarrbeas.' Though Mr. Tickets Projekt in all probability fuggested the hint on which this little poem is founded, the Author is, however, by no means a fervile imitator: Art. 43. The Prophéey: a Poem. Addressed to Mr. Bupko, on his Plan for the oeconomical Reformation of the civil and other Eftablishments. 410. 62. Beeket. 1780.

This litete Iquib, tough a deftirate of true poetry as of prophecy (if prophecy be the foretelling events not generally foreseen), is yet not without some degree of merit.

It is written in tolerable andre, and the fatire which it conveyt is neither rude per illiberal Art. 44. A Sketch of the Timeso A Satire.nata 1860. Bew.

This Writer seems to have a modelt opinion of his ows Powen "and consequence. Ia a dialogue between him and his editor, the latter exclaims,

Merciless pen! Difdaininig-all confine:7
Was ever goose-quilt fo levére a thing to be
Your fcorpion-fatire makes court-patriots fore :
B-te, buikin'd B-te, cries out ** I'U read no more!"
Your poignant Mufe pale M-d'a choler firs;
She wounds the wincing Tap through his furs.
Reviewers have confpired to write you dowe

*And prejudice the judgment of the cowanym The rest of the poem is in the fame frain.. le.concludes with a vehement inve&tive against the worthy Archdeacon of Rochester, who seems to have fallen under the displeasure of this Tancorous fcribe for no reason, that we can perceive, except it bey that in his late Charge he has not been accated by the fame malignant spirit of intolerancy that runs througb the whole of this abusive performance.

RELIGLO U $. Art. 45. Two Discourses: First, on the Pomps and Vanities of

this World, from Ronians xii. 11. Second, on the Nature and Design of the Lord's Supper; with suicable Medications. To which are added, Two forms of Prayer. 8vo. , 6d. Buckland. 1779

We find that Mr. Walder, the author of a fermon of which we have given fome account, in our list for laft monih, is also the editor of this pamphlet. We shall infert his advertisement, as containing all that is requisite for us to say concerning it: ' These plain, piousa and christian discourses are the production of a female pen, the au. thor of several small valuable tracts, particularly, a discourse concerning compassion to the brute creation, a second edition of which was printed in 1768, and is now become very scarce. The worthy author, though she is far advanced in years, continues to spend the principal part of her time in reading, ftudy, and writing; and the

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appears sincerely desirous to do all in her power for the interest of piety, virtue, and charity.'-We since find that this good Lady, who resided at Southampton, died in January laft. Art. 46. Discourses on select Pasages of the Scripture History.

By Joseph Jenkins, A. M.. 12mo. 2 vols. 6s. Shrewibury, printed.' Sold by Buckland, &c. in London. 1779.

The author of these discourses expresies his hope, that, in an age, wherein the Athenian fondness of hearing fometbing new prevails ; wherein so many frivolous productions are dignified with the title of history, and read with approbation; wherein the embel. Jishments of language are so frequently prostituted, to feed the corruptions of the heart, and deprave the morals of our youth, an at. tempt to engage the attention to the divine oracles, and suggest refections which may be conducive to profit, will be received with candouri' The discourses, which are twenty-one in number, are Father on the Calviniftical plan; they concain many pertinent and fenfible reflections, and are of a serious,, practical, and useful tendency Art. 47. Serious and Free Thoughts on the Doctrines of Election,

Reprobation, Free will, the Fall of Man, and bis Restoration through Christ Jefus. By Thomas Mendbam, of Britton, in Norfolk, Teacher of the Gospel.

is. Norwich, printed. Sold by Wilkie in London.

This appears to be the produâion of a plain honeft man, whose natural good senfe, and principles of piety, will not allow him to receive the Calvinistical account of election and reprobation. He writes in a very religious, and what is called evangelical strain. He does not thine as an eminent master of language and composition, but seems to possess what is of greater worth, true goodness of heart. • They that know, fays he, the scantiness of my education, and are witoelies to my many daily avocations, I am sure will not expect a finished performance Tould come out of my hands.' He supposes, that though man lost the power of chusing good and refusing evil by the fall, yet that power is restored to him by Jesus Chrift. He writes at times with emphasis and spirit. No reasonable being, says he, on the top of some high rock, from whence a mill.ftone had been horled, will cry with any degree of seriousness, ftop! fop! oh mill-flone Nop! why wilt thou fall ? Nor will one call aloud to the tempefluous ocean, ftay yourselves, ye foaming billows ! ye restless waves, be ftill! why wilt ye roll? -None thus will call aloud, and spend their firength in vain.And ihall, we then believe that the all-wise Jehovah, the incarnate Son of God, the holy prophets, apostles, and all the ministers of the word, are rifing early, and con*tinually calling finners to repentance, who have no more power given them to obey, than a mill-stone has to resist its fail, or the billows

to compose their boisterous bosomi Will they offer mercy to the fons of men, for whom they koow there is none in store? Will they re'quire them to repent when it is known they cannot? Will they command ihem to believe on the Son of God, and threaten chem with eternal punishment unless they do believe, when they can as easily make a lyftem of worlds as comply ? --Surely no- for it is to require impolubilities.

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