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ART. 26.-The amiable Tutoren; or the History of Mary and Fane
Hornsby. A Tale for young Persons. 12mo. 25. Boards. Hurst. 1801.
The moral of this tale is good. Two young ladies of Harleystreet had been educated, as it is called, by a French gouvernante, and, of course, could babble a little French, run over the keys of a harpsichord, make a sort of dawbing to be flattered as painting, but were totally unacquainted with real life, and every thing that might tend to enlarge their minds, improve their tempers, and make them good wives and good mothers. Their aunt, a sensible woman, takes pity on their unhappy situation, when the eldest was fifteen, and the youngest fourteen years of age, carries them to her country-seat, and, by due attention, brings them to useful habits of reading, thinking, and exercise. As the tale is designed for young persons, greater care should have been taken of the style and language, both of which are faulty. • The umbrageous shade of some wide spreading tree' may seduce young persons from the use of their native tongue, in which they should be taught to speak withqut affecting the hard words of a Johnson and a Gibbon, whose fatal influence on our language is every day more and more perceived in the compositions intended for youth, Art. 27.-Hints on the Education of the lower Ranks of the People ;
and the Appointment of Parochial Schoolmasters. Respectfully sulmitted to the Proprietors of Land in Great-Britain. By George Chapman, LL. D. 8vo. 60. Cadell and Davies. 1801. The object of the work is to encourage the establishment of schoolmasters in parishes-an object which deserves the attention of the legislature. We may observe, however, that it is in vain to appoint schoolmasters, unless inspectors are appointed by government to report every half year. the state of their schools. Indeed, before this new plan is taken into consideration, it would be a desirable thing to have the actual state of the schools now éstablished in different parts of the island examined into, that if in any district they have become sinecures, or are ill conducted, tlie funds may be applied to their original purposes.
ART. 28.-La Bagatella, or Delineations of Home Scenery ; a descrip
tive Poem. In Two Parts. With Notes, Critical and Historical. By William Fox, Jun. 800. 75. 6d. Boards. Rivingtons. 1801. Mr. Fox gives the following history of his poemn. • It may, perhaps, amuse my readers to learn the history of the following bagatelle ; which is, briefly, this :-It happened, that on a fine morning, in the early part of the last spring, having just recovered from the languors of an indisposition, I strolled forth through the fields that lie contiguous to my, habitation ; and, feeling greatly revived by the genial warmth of the air, and the fresh and blooming aspect of every object around me, I could not forbear, ou returning
from my walk, to express myself in terms, perhaps too.enthusiastic, of the beauties of the country, and the pleasantness of the scenery, over which I had rambled.
• A lady, who was then visiting in my family, rallied me a great deal on the poetic fervour of my descriptions, but sarcastically la. mented, that my labours should have been employed on scenes so entirely unworthy of the embellishment, which I had bestowed upon them; and concluded, by triumphantly asking, “ What of sylvan, or of rustic beauty, could be any where found at a distance of not more than three miles from the metropolis, within the din of its noises, and the very knoke of its chimnies ?”
• Piqued by the severity of the observation, my spirit inwardly muttered, “ Although, my fair friend, you despise now these homescenes, in the praises of which I am so lavish, yet I will, methinks, one day compel, even you, to allow, that they are not destitute of every attraction; and that, if to your eyes they can present no real verdure, you shall one day confess, that at least they “ look green in song." P. iii.
The versification is smooth, and the whole temper of the poem pleasing. We copy the concluding passage, as the best.
• Stranger, if e'er by this low verse allur’d
To his companion whisper tenderly,
These paths along-and oft, at twilight hour,
P. 115. We have omitted the notes to this passage. Indeed the book is unreasonably swoln with long extracts, that serve neither to elucidate the text nor inform the reader. There are above twenty pages in the Appendix extracted from Warton's Poems. Art. 29.- Peace, a Poem; inscribed to the Right Honourable Henry Addington. By Thomas Dermody. 4to.
Hatchard. 1801. The careless production of a man of genius.
· Hark! the loud cannon from the Julian tow'r,
from the coward-taunt of Pride!
Fame-fed, awhile forgetful he is poor,
Adjourns th' unfinish'd story to the dawn.' p. 8. Mr. Dermody promised much in early youth. We wish to see his powers employed upon subjects more worthy, and of more permanent interest.! Art. 30.-Ode to Peace, To which is added, The Negro's Appeal.
By John Henry Colts. ":"480.' 15. "Longman and Rees. 1801. Twelve lines in a quarto page! A profitable mode of printing to the author and the reader. The one fills his book the sooner, and the other finishes it the sooner.
ART. 31.-Union; a Poem. In Two Parts. Part I, 12m0. 25. 6d.
Chapple. 1801. Poems upon these temporary subjects rarely survive the interest excited by the subject, even if they ever rise into notice. In this little volume there are no 'striking merits; but we are surprised to find in its eyen mediocrity .so odd a passage as the following. He tells the lambs of Eden
• You never more shall thrust your snowy sides,
the soft lap of such a mistress Eve.' Art. 32.-The British Parnassus, at the Close-of
the Eighteenth Century; a Poem, in Four-Cantos. By Alexander Thomson. 4to. 55. Longman and Rees. *1801.
We have been amused by the odd phrases and whimsical rhymes of this good-natured poem.
• King Alfred, too, lately has met with a bard,
With a simple, yet pleasing expression, who sings
• It should seem that this same is an epical year, Since two other songs are about to appear :
Not one of them built
upon outlandish dreams,
* Nor must I forget (for perhaps he's your neighbour) To praise the anonymous author of Gebir... :P. 33.
• George Dyer too here, that benevolent spirit,
• And tho' last, not the least, lo, where Bowles now appears!
And-Spenser revives in his fancy 60 Dorie.' P:39:, : A century hence this poem will be a valuable catalogue raisonné of the perishable poetry, of the present æra. Nine tenths of the works which it praises will then be dead, with no hope of a joyful resurrection. Art.33. – A Rainy Day, or Poetical Impressions during a Stay at
Brighthelmstane, in the Month of July 1801. By James Boadith
• Nature sitting on her rocky throne,
• O'chatice, thou curious frolic principle,