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• Parliamentary Elections improved.
And trust to gain my cause ;
My heritage his laws.
Whose all sufficient aid
Shall make my foes afraid.
Nor would I bribe thy love
To gain a seat above.
Obedience, hope, and faith:
Thy merits are and death.
Partaker of thy grace,
I'll humbly take my place. P. 33.
The ballads are ill-planned stories, related in modern language. The author says they are principally indebted, for the little share of merit they possess, to Ossian and miss Burney:-we more frequently, in their perusal, recollect Mr. Bowles's manner. The double rhyme is often employed, and not without success.
• The drum " the signal to prepare” was beating,
Responsive to the mellow bugle's sound;
And the struck tents were levell’d to the ground:
Prepar'd in action for the warrior's part';
Claim'd the soft feelings of a lover's heart.
(The ardor of his soul the while represt)
Lavallan clasp'd his Julia to his breast.
Oh! cease,” he cry'd, “ these accents of despair!
Since I am shielded by an angel's pray'r.
" Then fearless to the pealing cannon listen,
Nor let its thunder aught thy soul appal;
Shall, conscious of thy sorrow, hurtless fall.
For thee, and those we may ere long survey;
Would curse the cause that wak'd it to the day.
Each pang increasing with increasing years,
His father's weakness, and his mother's tears.
Art. 38.—John the Baptist; a Poem, by Joseph Cottle. 8υο. .
Longman and Rees. 1802. poem with this title was published by Mr. Cottle in his first volume-the same in structure as the piece before us, but in language and versification very inferior. It is the address of the Baptist to the Jews, a discourse in highly polished verse, of which · Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,' furnishes the text. The lines which we quote are all full and harmonious, and some of them are entitled to a higher praise.
• Glance on the skies above, the earth beneath,
• If Nature's lower works your wonder raise,
Which ether sweeps beyond the visual pole!
• Know you, O list’ning tribes, to what you tend?
to know where Life her race shall end?
• Amid the still and solemn shades of night,
Where Fancy flags her wing! and Thought expires!' P. 14, We wish the subject had been more generally interesting ;-that there had been more narrative and less declamation.
Art. 39.—Thoughts on Happiness; a Poem, in four Books. 8vo.
35. sewed. Rivingtons. 1802. . When the caliph Omar was petitioned to spare the celebrated library at Alexandria, he replied, " If those books contain the same doctrine with the Koran, they can be of no use, because the Koran contains all necessary truths : but if they contain any thing contrary to that book, they ought not to be suffered," and immediately ordered them all to be burnt.
On the caliph's mode of reasoning, every book in favour of Christianity, except the Bible, might be condemned. It cannot, however, be matter of surprise, if they who are deeply convinced of the superlative importance of the Gospel in promoting both the present and the eternal happiness of man, should be zealous to cast their mite into the sacred treasury. Such persons as despise the religion of Christ, will, pehaps, despise its advocates. But still, the saine right must be allowed to the friends of Revelation, which has been so largely enjoyed, but so greatly misapplied, by its enemies; that of employing every species of writing in support of their cause. If, therefore, verse has been made use of to invalidate the truth of Revelation, it may fairly be used (however unskilfully) in an attempt to shew, that the Gospel scheme is that alone on which all the happiness attainable in this life can be founded.
· He, whose life and conduct may perhaps not be altogether agreeable to those truths which he nevertheless believes, will readily pardon even the most feeble attempt to fix his attention on “ the one thing needful.”
• The more perfect Christian, to whom these Tesser incitements to religion may be more unnecessary, whatever he may be inclined to think of the manner in which the present work is executed, will not be averse to allow that meed which the author is alone anxious to obtain—the credit of having meant well.? Poi. We quote a specimen of the poem.
• Ah! how shall man of boundless mercy sing;
• 'Tis true, the Almighty pasa’d his dread decree,
« Now let the sinner lift the suppliant eye,
And Mercy opens wide the gate that leads to heav'n.' P. 89. These are smooth lines ; but the ideas which they convey are surely better adapted for a-sermon than a poem. Art. 40.-L'Infedeltà punita, Leggenda Erotico-Tragica di Gaetano
Polidori. 8vo. Dulau. 1802. A foolish ballad !--Lasindo desert's Doris ; she retires into a wil.' comess; a hunter finds her there, and is talking with her, when Lasindo comes as a penitent to implore her forgiveness. The
hunter, guessing who he is, attacks him in combat, but is thrown to the ground; his hounds, however, fall upon Lasindo, and kill him,
MISCELLANEOUS LIST. Art. 41.- Political Calumny refuted: addressed to the Inhabitants of
Woodbridge ; containing an Extract of a Sermon, preached at Butley, on the Fast-Day, 1793 : a Sermon, preached at Otley, on the Day appointed for a general Thanksgiving, on account of our Naval Victories : aid solitary Musings (in Verse) on the Being of a God, Providence, and the French Revolution. By the Rev. John Black. 8vo.
Robinsons. The author is a candidate for the mastership of the free grammarschool in the town of Woodbridge. To injure him in his pursuitaccording to the abominable system supported by the late administration—various calumnies were propagated, representing him as inimical to government; and, in support of his character, this work is dedicated to the inhabitants of the town near or in which he lives. As far as we can judge of a man's sentiments by his words, it carries a complete refutation of the crimes laid to his charge ; and it must grieve every true lover of his country to perceive that such a profiigate spirit has taken possession of so many of its inhabitantsma spirit which will not scruple to use the basest arts to injure a competitor in the object of his pursuit.
With the peace, it is to be hoped that the ancient liberality of Englishmen will revive; and the present administration, by discouraging the herds of spies and informers--the greatest pests to morals and government—will possess itself of the confidence of the country. The writer would do well to expose the names of those persons who have so wantonly traduced his character, that they may meet with the contempt they have so justly merited, and by such example deter others from thus indulging in a habit of slandering their neigh. bours,
ART. 42.--A Leller addressed to Rowland Burdon, Esq. M.P. on the present State of the carrying Part of the Coal Traile. With Tables of several of the Duties on Coals received by the Corporation of the City of London. By Nathaniel Atcheson, F.A.S. &. &c. vo. 25. 6d. Richardsons. 1802.
According to the account with which we are here presented, the coal-trade cannot be carried on much longer; and we must soon be content to warm ourselves with blazing straw in our boots, instead of indulging ourselves with the luxury of a coal fire. We have before us the bistory of a ship of 500 tons burden, that brought to market • the very best coals,' and yet, without estimating the common wear and tear of the voyage, was a loser by its cargo to the amount of 341. 145. 11d.;-and such, says our author, is the real state of a trade which has engaged so much of the public attention. If this statement be to be depended on, the ship-owners cannot evidently bear any further impost; and the corporation of the city of London