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Nor blaze with
Though Bell has lost his nightingales and owls,
Reviews in LAURA, Quiz, and X, Y, Z*." The stirist proves, however, that censure is not his delight, and that be can praise with at least as much ability and taste as he displays when he blames. He calls, emphatically, on the Muses of Campbell and Rogers to stand forth, and assert their country's pre-eminence, and vindicate her character. His appeal to Mr. William Gifford will not, we trust, prove ineffectual.
Why slumbers GirFORD?” once was ask'd in vaint;
Make bad men better, or at least asham'd.”' If we thought that our voice could add any strength to this energetic appeal, it should be loudly exerted to second the meritorious effort of the 'satirist, to rouse this slumbering genius to action. The bard seems to think that there can be no affinity between poetry and mathematics, and that the mud of the Cam, which is highly conducive to the cultivation of the latter, is by no means favourable to the growth of the former : --and to say the truth, we cannot but think him right.
“ Shall hoary Granta call her sable sons,
published two volumes of very respectable absurdities in rhyme, as times go; besides sundry novels in the style of the first edition of the Monk.
"* These are the signatures of various worthies who figure in the poetical departments of the newspapers.
" Mr. GIFFORD promised publicly that the Baviad and Mæviad should not be his last original works: let him remember Mox in luctantes Dracones.' No. 129. Vol. 32. Mar. 1809.
Though printers condescend the press to soil
And modern Britons pertly praise their sires ll."
The Resurrection, a Poem. By John Stewart, Esq. Author of The
Pleasures of Love." 8vo. pp. 253. Longman and Co. 1808.
os * The Games of Hoyle,' well known to the votary.of whist, chess, &c. are not to be superseded by the vagaries of his poetical pamesake, whose poem.comprised, as expressly stated in the advertisement, all the Plagues of Egypt.'
" + Into Cambridgeshire the Emperor Probus transported a considerable , body of Vandals! Gibbon's Decline and Fall, p. 83. Vol. 2. There is no reason to doubt the truth of this assertion, as a large stock of the samne breed is to be found there at this day.
This gentleman's name requires no praise; the man who in translation displays unquestionable genius, may well be expected to excel in original composition, of which it is to be hoped we shall soon see a splendid specimen.
* 4 The « Aboriginal Britons,' an excellent poem by Ricuards.
is rather unfortunate in choosing a subject. The "Resurrection” is
pool; Longman and Co., Cradock and Joy, London, 1808.
AMONG the multitude of poetical selections, which we have. seen, the present volume stands unrivalled in exquisite classical taste and elegance. Very few of the pieces have before appeared in similar compilations; and whether we consider their intrinsic beauty, or that of the typography, we have no hesitation in saying, that this is the cheapest and most elegant volume, in every sense of the word, which we have hitherto found. To the editor it does great honour, as displaying a refined taste; and to the Liverpool press of Mr. J. Smith it is equally creditable for accuracy and elegance. We have seen few books which approached so nearly in bright blackness and clearness to Didot's stereotype, as these « Classical Selections in Verse."
Quid Nunc? Selections from the Poems of the late W. Cowper,
Esq. contrasted with the Works of Knox, 'Paley, and others; on Fashion, Cards, Charity, Clergy. Priest, Pulpit, Duelling, Slander, Lying, Duplicity, Domestic Happiness, Vice, Seduction. 8vo. pp. 47: Is. 6d. Easton, Salisbury; Hatchard, London. 1809. HAD there been less methodisin in these selections, they would have formed a more useful and convenient monitor. To do good, it is necessary to avoid prepossessing against a thing the very persons whom it is designed to attract. The liberal-minded reader, however, will find
very salutary poetical and prose observations worthy of the most serious and practical attention, on the subjects enumerated in the title..
An Abridgment of the Holy Scriptures, by the Rev. Mr. Selion,
late Minister of St. James's, Clerkenwell. Stereotype Edition. 18mo. pp. 208. Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe.
THE acknowledged excellence of this little Abridgment of the Old and New Testament rendered it a very proper work for a stereotype impression. There are very few parents so poor that they could not afford to purchase and read it frequently to their
children; nor are there any so rich or so learned as to require a nore splendid edition or erudite work for the education of youth. The impressive simplicity, yet elegance of the language, will improve both the taste and heart of young persons; and the moral and pious reflexions which terminate each chapter, form such a code of morality as cannot be read without producing some salutary 'effect, without forcibly striking even the most obdurately depraved. Neatness, in every sense of the word, is the characteristic feature of this stereotype edition: but we have observed two literal
In p. 149,"place of the province” occurs for “ peace of the province:” and p. 160, “ public assembles," for public assemblies.” Such errors in a work printed in the usual manner, would never be observed; but in a stereotype edition the utmost correctness is expected. Mr. A. Wilson makes it one of his “standing rules,” that " nothing is to be printed against religion;" we hope that he will add to it, that "no religious work is to be printed incorrectly.". In the preface p. xix. indispensible is used instead of indispensable. The same thing occurs in Mr. Robinson's stereotype edition of Entick's Dictionary. The Lady's Toilette; containing a critical Examination of the Nature
of Beauty, and of the Causes by which it is impaired, with In-
His Royal Highness the Duke of York, 8vo. Pp. 24. ls. J.T.
THIS Reviewer says, “ We believe no man would be guilty of hanging a rat upon Mrs. Clarke's testimony." A jury of honest independent Englishmen' we suspect would act otherwise. The originai insinuation pgainst Mr. Dowler's veracity, in this tract, does little to the cause it is meant to support; but so true it is, that " want of honesty is want of sense.
of Commons. From the importance of the
Aurora and Maria; or the Advantages of Adversity. A Moral
Tale, in which is introduced a Juvenile Drama, called Queen Elisabeth, or Old Times new revived. By Elizabeth Somerville, Author of Leading Strings to. Knowledge, a Mother's Lessons, &c. &c. 18mo. pp. 164.. 28. Cradock and Joy. 1909. A very neat, interesting, instructive, and moral tale, replete with natural and affecting incidents, impressive examples, and salutary lessons, very well adapted to engage the attention and improve the minds of youth. Some persons may object to the introduction of any thing in the form of a drama, although it only constitutes one of the twelve chapters in which the work is divided. The almost impossibility, however, of educating children in the present age without some knowledge of plays, must excuse the introduction of a dramatic fable; and if such pieces are once admitted, it follows that moral ones should be preferred.' Upon the whole, we have no hesitation in recominending " Aurora and Maria" to the attention of parents, as one of the most salutary and useful juvenile works, which does honour to the head and heart of the author. Miss or Mrs. Somerville appears to blend fancy and judg. ment in a manner very happy for the entertainment and instruction A correct Copy of the Evidence-taken before a Committee of the House
of Commons, upon the Conduct of His Royal Highness the Commander-in-Chief; in which are included several Documents that have not yet appeared before the Public. 8YÓ.
103, 6d. Mutlow. 1809.
THIS Copy of the Evidence on the Inquiry into the Duke of York's conduct, is accurately printed from the minutes of the House
subject which it relates, it deserves a place in every library; and the price, considering the quantity of matter which it contains, and the present 'dearness of paper and printing, is extremely moderate.
To the Editor of the Antijacobin Review.
TOWARD the conclusion of my last letter, I left the Cris tical Reviewers vehemently abusing our Liturgy and Articles. Our clergy, of course, experience a similar treatment with the system to which they are bound to conform; and this, as might be expected, in exact proportion to their conscientious adherence
it." The most inquisitive and enlightened of the clergy,” indeed, "all the ministers of our Church who have any pretensions to biblical knowledge;" we are informed, “ have embraced either the Arian or the Unitarian hypothesis." Theig clergymen, as