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In jeftful mood the matter tells his friends
How cauliflower, like doctor's wig fo white,
All flower exceeds: a jike much mirth that lends.
For never jeft fo ftale, or wit fo trite,
Jn little minds that cannot raife fupreme delight.
There too the currant hangs its loaded head;
Address to March.
'"PHY younger fitter's conftant tears
But let the gaudy tulip gain
The loftier poet's verfe,
Thy paler fweets rehearfe.
The full-blown beauties of the year ■
To courtly (trains bvlong;
They claim the rural fong.
Let the auricula and rofe
On May's warm breaft be fet; The opening thorns for me difclofe
Thj fweeter violet.
No raging fun's tyrannic fire
Forbids my wand'ring feet
Thy primrofes' retreat.
Ah! would my lov'd Eliza deign
To take my eager hand,
At flerneft fate's command.
Jfcw How gaily then my fong fliould rife,
Amidft thy infant grove;
Apostrophe to an Old Tree.
[From the Second Volume of Sonnets and other Poems, by Charlotte Smith.]
"HERE thy broad branches brave the bitter North,
But to the warmer Weft the Woodbine fair
With taflels that perfumed the uimmer air,
But given to ufeful arts, his ardent mind
Sonnet to the Insect of the Gossamer.
[From the fame Work.]
OMALL, viewlefs aeronaut, that by the line
Float'ft on a funbeam—Living atom, where
Mocking the eye?—Alas! before the veil
Of the keen fwift may end thy fairy fail! Thus on the golden thread that fancy weaves
Buoyant, as hope's illulive flattery breathes,
Life's dull realities, while feven-fold wreaths
Of the Year 1797.
THE biblical and theological Department of our annual Labours for the year 1793, commenced with the 1 ft volume of " The Holy Bible, or the Books accounted facred by Jews and Chriftians, &c. faithfully tranflated from corrected Texts of the Original; with various Readings, explanatory Notes, and critical Remarks, by the Rev. Alex. Geddes, LL.D." In the opinion which we then exprefled of the general merits of the new verfion, our readers may perceive the high estimation in which it led us to hold the erudition, abilities, and induftry of the tranflator; and the ample tribute of gratitude to which we confidered him entitled from the biblical fludent. The appearance, during the year 1797, of the ad volume of that work, comprifing the books of Judges, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ruth, and the Prayer of Manafleh, lias in no refpecr. tended to lefTcn Dr. Geddes's claims to commendation, and encouragement. The text, like that of the former volume, contains numerous improvements of the common vefV fion; and is accompanied with valuable, although brief, notes, and important various readings. In the Preface to the volume, when treating of the generally received opinion refpe&ing the infpiration of the Hebrew fcriptures, Dr. Geddet
affords ftriking evidence of his liberality, and of the boldnefs of fpirit with which he can dare the cenfureand obloquy of bigots of all perfuaiions. His obfervations on the difficulties infeparable from the common hypothefis, and on the advantages which would refult to the caule of revelation from adopting the doctrine of partial and putative, in preference to that of abfolute and plenary infpiration, are highly important, and deferve the ferious attention of believer* and unbelievers. What he faysy indeed, at prefent, is only applicable to the Hebrew writers confidered as historians: his opinion concerning the infpiration of their legiflator and prophets, he referve* for his volume of critical remark:. That volume we hope to have it in our power to notice in our next year's Regifter.
During the year 1797, likewife, we have been enabled to renew our acquaintance with another eminent fcholar and critic, whofe labour* have defervodly clafled him among our molt valuable fcripture commentators. Dr. Blayney, regiut profeflbr of Hebrew, and canon of Chrift-Churcb, Oxford, has prefented the public with "Zechariah; a new Tranflation: with Notes, critical, philological, and explanatory, &c." in his preliminary difcourie our author, with ftngu» lar lar modefly, apolojifes for attempting the illultration of this paitof holy writ, after ar-.-hbifhop Newcome's learned cnn'meius, whofe candour aud humility iirs«d him ftrongly to recommend the publication of a work which, if it fhoiild tend to '> clear up one difficult pallhge, would more than compenfate to him for the detection of a hundred miitnkes." Dr. Blayney afterwards gives fuch a view of the'fituation and ciicumftances of Zechariah, as is well calculated to throw light 0:1 his fentiments, and to remove a confiderable pan of the difficulties which have been charged upon his writings. When acknowledging the afliftnnce which he has received from different authors, he ably •vindicates the valuable collations of the various readings of the Hebrew writings made by Dr. Kennicott and others, againitthe illiberal and contemptuous mention of them •in the diicourfe by way of general preface to the 4to. edition of Warburton's works; and he unanfwerably explodes the abfurd and unaccountable idea of the perfect integrity of the text, to which fbme injudicious friends of revelation are willing to look as the ground of fcriptural authority. Dr. blayney in his veifion divides the poetical parts from the profe, alter the examples of Lowth and Newcome, and his own practice in his tranflation of Jeremiah; and, in our opinion, has happily fucceeded in conveying the fenfe and beauties of a compofition of which the diction is "remarkably pure, the construction natural and peifpicuous, and ih^ ftyle judicioully varied according to the nature of the fubjeets; fimple and plain in the narrative and historical parts; but in thofe that are wholly prophetical,
the latter chapters in particular, riling to a degree of elevation and grandeur, Scarcely interior to the ttiblimeft of the infpired writings." The notes which accompany this verfion are copious and valuable. In an Appendix our author completely refute* the fenfe given by Dr. tve'eigli to (ome paflagfs in Zechariah, which, in opposition to the primate of Ireland's explanation of them in his translation of the minor prophets, he wiflies to adduce in iupport of the doctrine of the trinity: and to the whole he has added a new edition, with important alterations, of his verfion of Daniel's celebrated prophecy of feventy weeks.
"Jonnh, a faithful Translation from the Original, &c. by George Benjoin, of Jefus College, Cambridge," is the production of an author, whofe chief qualifications for the undertaking appear to have been his proficiency in rabinnical lore, and a veneration, not much unlike fupcrftition, for the conceits and extravagancies of Jewifh tradition. Hence, Kennicott, Lowth, Blayney, and others, whofe merit a6 translators is to be appreciated on very different grounds, are, as might be expected, the objects ofvhis ivpeated cenfure; and that not always the moft modeff and unafluming. In hit prolegomena Mr. Peiijoin undertakes to prove, that "The Sacred Writings of the Old Teflament have not fuf* fered either any coinijHon or alteration whatever liuce the time of bzra:" but his authorities will have little weight out of the Synagogue. He is alio a zealuus advocate for the miforetic points, by which he confiders the found and meaning of each word to be fo exactly marked, that any scholar may now read and fpeak with the fame