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Art. 42. The fine Gentleman's Etiquette, or Lord Chesterfield's
Advice to his Son, verified by a Lady: ito. is. Davies.
We should be miserably deficient in the fire Gentleman's Eti-quette, were we to criticile a lady for employing her time the pleases. Art. 43. Euphrosine, or Amusements on the Road of Life. By
the Author of the Spiritual Quixote. 8vo. 35. Dodsley, As a man of sense, spirit, and humour, we have diflingaiîned this Writer in our account of his Spiritual Quixote; as a poet he has had our approbation on the review of a pretty little poem, calied, The Love of Order. That produciion, and a great variety of other poetical pieces, make the substance of this volume. These pieces are classed, and thrown together, under the different denominations of poems on various subject:--Sarcastic-Encomiastic-ParaphrasticAmorous-Humourous-Moral Pieces-Epitaphs, &c. On the first of these divisions, we fall only observe, that it contains many agreeable easy verses ; but the stanzas written near Bath, 1755, merit a higher character. They are truly beautiful, and are cast in the firit mould of poetry. Under the title Humorous, are fome droll, and Come but indifferent things. The following merits distinction :
The Amorous 'Squire.
Those frowns are crael. but that fit is death."
The precepts of the Schola Salernitana versified, with original aphorisms interspersed. If the book deserve any notice at all, it muit be for the medical knowledge it conveys; and even that appears to us problematical. The poetry is train. Art. 45. The Works of Richard Savage, Esq; Son of the Earl
Rivers. With an Account of the Life and Writings of the Author, by Samuel Johnson, L. L. D.
2 Vols. 75. Evans., 1775 • We are much pleased with this elegant Edition of the works of a man, whose merit as a poet, and whole misfortunes as a man, have rendered him, in a peculiar manner, the object of Public attention ; an attention too, that has been greatly heightened by those admirable Memoirs, long known to the learned world, and here reprinted : Dr. Johnson's Life of Savage being, indeed, defervedly elteemed one of the moft excellent pieces of biography in the English language.
of Mr. Savage's Works we need say nothing. His Wanderer and Baftard, in particular, will for ever fecure to him that “ eminence * Mr. Graves, near Bath.
1 2 mo.
of rank in the classes of learning," in which he has been judly placed by his celebrated Biographer. Art. 46. America, an 'Ode, to the People of England. 4to.
6d. Almon. 1776. The Poet is a friend to the political claims of America ; and his Stanzas are fraught with terrible denunciations against the unnatural mother. His numbers fow in the nervous strain of Gray's Welsh Ode: “Ruin feize thee, ruthless king! &c.". Art. 47. The Spleen, or the Offspring of Folly. A Lyri-comie,
tragic Tale. Dedicated to George Colman, Esq; Author of The Spleen, a Comic Piece.
2 S, 6 d. Bew. Some personal enemy of Mr. Colman endeavoured to persuade the descendants and relations of a late worthy bookseller, that they and the deceased were the archetypes of Mr. Rubrick and his family, exhibited in the farce of The. Spleen*. Having failed, however, in exciting their relentinent, the same malignant spirit has assumed the character of the supposed young Rubrick, in order to give vent to the rankeft fcurrility and foulilt personal abuse of Mr. Colman. His writings, his life, his birth, his family, are all equally traduced and reviled. But the wit and satire of this medley have so little poig. nancy, the falsehoods are so gross, the abuse is so virulent, and the malice so apparent, that if Mr. Colman suffers himself to be the leaft disturbed by so impotent an attack, we think he will in some measure deserve whatever he may endure. Art. 48. Ws's Feaf, or Dryden Travesti; a mock Pin- .
6 d. Barker. A laugh at the expence of Mr. Wilkes and his city friends; as well as of the divine strains of Dryden's Ode on St. Cecilia's Day, which are here most wickedly prophaned. Art. 49. A Rhapsody, occasioned by a late extraordinary Deci
fion; and infcribed to Sir Watkin Lewes. To which is added the Complaint of Sabrina, By J. Greenwood. 4to. 1 s. Almon, &c, In both these poems the Author laments the final defeat of Sir Watkin, with regard to the late famous Worcester election : che poetry too good for the subject. Art. 50. Pro-Pinchbeck's Answer to the Ode t, from the Author
of the Heroic Epistle to Sir Willim Chambers. 4to. 6 d. Ridley.
A Rowland for 'Squire Macgregor's Oliver ;-if not written by the 'Squire himself. Art. 51. New Idyls, by Gessner, translated by W. Hooper,
M. D. With a Letter to M. Fullin on Landscape Painting, and the two Friends of Bourbon, a Moral Tale, by M. Diderot, Small Folio. 16 s. Boards. Hooper.
Perhaps there is no object in poetical criticism that requires a more consummate judgment than to mark with certainty the dividing line between what is fimple and what is filly. The innumerable errors of this kind that we have met with confirm the truth of the observation ; and it has recurred to us, once or twice, on the view of the publica
See Rev. May,
+ See Rev. June, po 504.
tion before us. These Idyls are in number twenty-one. The forte is incitled Daphne and Chloe. Dapbre. There is no shepherd that understands fo well the culture
of plants as Alexis. Is there, Chloe ? Chloe. No, not any one. In there, Cbloc? is the interrogative of a chambermaid, and beneath all poetry but the burlesque, or the low familiar. The fimple dignity of the pastoral rejects it. Of the same character is that passage in the 16th Idyl: ' I looked round me, but could perceive nobody; upon my word, not any one,' And, again, you must absolutely teli me.' "Bar, possibly, these expressions might be occasioned by attending to a French translation. • Sweet moderation !' at the end of the 18ch Idyl, seems to have been taken from the French mediocrité, but that word carries with it a more full idea of contentment than ours. Notwithstanding, however, these cursory criticisms, we can recommend this work to our Readers as replete with pathetic sentiments, fine natural images, and moral inferences, of general consequence to the interests of humanity. The letter on landscape painting, by Gessner, and the tale of Diderot, have their respective merit. The engravings are elegant. Art. 52. The Worthines of Wales, a Poem, a true Note of the
auncient Castles, famous Monuments, goodly Rivers, faire Bridges, fine Townes, and courteous People, that I have seen in the noble Country of Wales, and now set forth by Thomas Churchyard. 8vo. ; s. 6 d. Evans.
This true note of the auncient castles, &c. is partly in prose and partly poetical, if a mere narrative in rhyme may be called poetry; but, for our parts, we are of opinion with this honeft scribbler of Elizabeth's days, that
• A simple poet's pen but blots white paper fill.' The prevailing fondness for antique poetry, possibly, reproduced Art. 53. Abounding Grace; a Poem. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Taun,
ton printed. Sold by Harris in London. The harmless bat unpoetical aspirations of some innocent enthufiat.
POLITICA L. Art. 54. Political Trails. Containing, The False Alarm, Falk
land's Ifands, The Patriot, and Taxation no Tyranny. 8vo. 46, Boards. Cadell, &c. 1776. The pieces here reprinted were all written by the celebrated author of Tbe Rambler ; and have been duly noticed in our Reviews.
FR'E E M'ASONRY. Art. 55. The Spirit of Masonry, in moral and elucidatory Leatures.
By William Hutchinson, Master of the Barnard Castle Lodge of Concord. Small 8vo. 3 s. 6 d. Wilkie.
If we may presume to hint any thing relating to so mysterious an institution as free masonry, we should incline to deen brother Hutchinson an arrant heretic in the order, who Itarts new opinions to create a schism in the fraternity, and to exalt himself as the head of a party. By the little that has hitherto transpired, it is under.
food that the order is univerfally open to men of all religions; no persuasion, operating as an exclusion : accordingly lodges of masons are to be found in all parts of the world ; in which no religious opi. nions are propagated, beyond what natural religion dictates; science, moral rectitude, and brotherly love being their only bonds of unity: and if any reference is made by them to the building of Solomoit's temple, it is merely historical, founded on a tradition of the patronage that king gave to ingenious craftsmen on lo signal an occafion." The Bible is introduced into lodges here, as the book erteemed sacred in this country; in the Eait the same honour is paid to the Koran, : Mr. Hutchinson, however, a mystic even among mystics, aims not only to expound masonry as a Christian institution, but to contract the privileges of the order, to those Christians only who are found Trinitarians : yet if we compare his lectures with the book of Mafonical Constitutions which is published to all the world, and by which all our lodges are regulated ; he will be found to display a very oftentatious parade of reading for no other purpose than' to misapply it. Unless, however, that circumstance can be otherwise accounted for, Mr. Hutchinson produces a licence from Lord Petre the Grand Master, and the other officers of the Grand Lodge, prefixed to his lectures, as the ftamp of their orthodoxy; which is a fanction it may not become us to impeach. . Either the boasted secrecy, preserved among free masons, depends already on their having nothing to betray ; or the communicative disposition of scribbling brethren may in time bring them to fuch'a bappy state of security. Art. 56. An Introduclion to Free Masonry: For the Use of the
Fraternity; and none else. In four Parts, &c. By W. Meeson, M. M. 8vo. 15. 6d. Birmingham printed, and fold by Bald• win in London. 1775.
How is all this, brother Meeson? The fraternity are already in. troduced, and their lodges have hitherto been undertood as the only proper places for them to receive instruction in. . If this pamphlet is intended for the use of the brethren only, why is it circulated abroad? It did not come into our hands in a confidential manner; so that there is something truly Hibernian in this new mode of private publication, unless this exclusive hint is Nily thrown out to produce an effect directly contrary to the terms of it. In fort, had the fratesnity no other amusement than the puerilities here recommended to them, they richly deserve all the mockery that the wits about thirty years ago employed against them.
AGRICULTURE, Art. 57. The improved Culture of Three principal Grasses, Lucerne,
Sainfoine, and Burnet, &c. To which are added, fome Observations on Clover. 8vo. 35. boards. Robinson. 1775.
These grasses are now too generally known for us to say any thing new in their favour; further than that in this treatise the Reader is fupplied with different methods of cultivating them, in a variety of infances; with comparative estimates of the success of each ; which may serve as ufeful guides to his own practice. !
MISCÈ L L Á NE'O V S. Art. 58. The Florist: or Poetical Nofegay and Drawing Book.
Containing Twenty-four Copper Plates, neatly engraved, with a descriptive Moral Poem to each. Addresled to the Miffes and Matters of Great Britain. Snuff box Size. is. 6d. Hooper.
This is a neat thing, well adapıed to the little drawing geniry, who are moreover instructed how, and with what materials, to colour the flowers. Art. 59. A Tour in Scotland. 1772. Part II. 4to. il. ji s.
6d. White. 1776. We have already given fufficient specimens of this very entertaining work. The present Volume contains that conclutive part of Mr. Pennant's Tour (in 1772), which was promised at the end of the former part. See also Rev. Vol. li. p. 460.
The Volume before us describes ihe objects which chiefly attraded. the notice of our ingenious traveller, in his tour through the coun.. ties of Argyle, Breadalbine, Athol, Perth, Angus, Fife, Sterling,, Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Berwick, &c. and homeward, through Durham, Yorkshire, &c. to his own house, at Downing, in Wilmire.
By way of Appendix, we have a number of original papers relating to the antiquities, natural history, manufactures, church government, &c. of Scotland; which we e communicated to the Au. thor by his learned friends. There are also some additions to the Tour made in 1769; and to the voyage to the Hebries,, in 1772. The whole Volume is illustrated by a great number of excellent engravings. The whole of Mr: Pennant's Tours' to Scotland are now comprehended in three quarto volumes. Art. 60. The IVonders of the Little World: or a General History
of Man. Displaying the various Faculties, Capacities, Powers, &c. of the Human Body and Mind, in several Thousand most interesting Relations of remarkable Persons, &c. &c.- By Nathaniel Wanley, M. A. late Vicar of Trinity Parish, Coventry. A Nev Edition, revised and corrected, with confiderable Improvements. 4to. 18 s.' Boards. Davies
1771. A well known collection of wonderful stories, ' intended to in. creale knowledge, promote virtue, discourage vice, and furnish topics for innocent and ingenious conversation*,' appears to have received some improvements from the hand of the Editor; among . which, that of a copious Index is not the least. Art. 61. The Comic Romance of M. Scarron. Translated by
Oliver Goldsmith, 12mo, 2 Vols. 6s. Griffin. 1775. The Bookfeller assures the Public, in a prefatory address, that this translation of Scarron's well known work, was executed by the late Dr. Goldfinith, a few theets excepted.'- We have no authority 10 question the varacity of this declaration: We have seen translations by Goldimin, in no respect superior to the present performance. The truth is, the Dr. was not excellent in this branch of authorship, The new version of Scarron is, however, greatly pre
• See the very verbose title-page, which we have neither room nor patience to copy