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pabilities by the foregoing extract, will scarcely be prepared to encounter such a talent for description, as is evinced in the lines below.
* Bethink thee, at this solemn midnight hour,
We break off abruptly, because the conclusion of this exhortatio» to thoughtfulness very sensibly falls off; the poet proceeding to tell u* with more diffuseness than felicity, 'how this sweet hsur.,
Is in the great metropolis employed.' We shall conclude our notice of this publication with one more extract exhibiting, as we presume to think, considerable strength both of thought and diction, and highly commendable in point of sentiment. We find it in the midst of some rubbish 'on a lamb.'
* Ancient of Days! once cloth'd in flesh and blood,
Art. XVII. A Sermon occasioned by the death of Mrs. Trimmer: preached at New Brentford, Middlesex. On Sunday, January 6, 1811. By the Rev Thomas Tunstall Haverfield, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. 8vo. pp. 22. Price Is. 6d. Hatchard. 1811.
'T'HE excellent person whose death gave occasion to this sermon, is well known to the public by a series of useful compositions, designed chiefly for the instruction of young persons, and those in humble life. But it appears, also, that her character in private life was most exemplary-: that her habitual frame of mind was humble and picus, her manners cheerful and engaging; and that, like Doras, she was a "woman full of good works and alms deeds." Mr. Haverfield's text is Psalm cxii. 6. As a specimen of the style of this discourse we insert the following paraphrase.
« The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance, every voice shall be exalted in their praise, every tongue shall pour forth its grateful tribute to their memory, every heart shall melt at the recollection of their virtue and benevolence; and although those voices must fail, those tongues be dumb, and those hearts cease to beat ; yet there is a record wherein their merits are written, which never shall pass away, which shall one day be read before men and angels, when generations which are past, and which are as yet unborn, shall be told what were tbe lives of the righteous, and shall witness their glory and everlasting reward in heaven.'
In the preface, alluding to the manner of Mrs. T.'s death, Mr. Haverfield says, 'She was summoned from a world of trouble and sorrow, by one of the most gentle calls that ever was sent from heaven to a human being: while sitting in her chair, perusing the letters of a deceased friend, she sank as it were into a tranquil slumber, and so peaceful was her end, that the moment when the soul was separated from the boJy could not be exactly ascertained. This event, so happy, for herself, and so afflicting to all her friends, took place on Saturday, December 15,1810.'
Art. XVIII. Carlton House Fete, or the Disappointed Bard: in a Series of Elegies. To which is added Curiosity in Rags, an Elegy. By Peter Pindar, Esq. 4to. pp. 29. Price 2s. 6d. Walker. 1811.
A Stupid and disgusting catchpenny. The bard calls himself, 'dtsappointed;' and so we dare say he will be, in good earnest, when
he comes to settle accounts with his publisher.
Art. XIX. Dunkeld: the Prodigal Son: and other Poems, including Translations from the Gaelic. By Petrus Ardilensis, 12mo. pp. 186. Price 6s. boards. Baldwin, 1811.
DUNKELD is a descriptive poem, composed in a measure not very unlike Grongar Hill, in which Petrus Ardilensis, taking his station on the classic ground of Birnam, celebrates, with due enthusiasm, the various beauties of the valley which gives name to his performance. The ' Prodigal Son' is an attempt, not the wisest in the ■world, to graft a fictitious story on the Scripture parable. The prodigal h seduced by the artifices of a discarded menial, and, after some preliminary adventures, is taken prisoner by a foraging parly of Arabs, till he is at length rescued by the friendly interference of a Simoom, &c. How much the effect of the parable is improved by this treatment of it, we need not say. Of the remaining poems the most considerable are two fables and three translations from the Gaelic. The volume on the whole is respectably written, but stands a betta* chance, we think, of being perused by the author's friends than by the public.
Art. XX. A plain Statement of some of the most important Principles of Religion as a Preservative against Infidelity, Enthusiasm, and Immorality. By the Rev. Thomas Watson. 8vo. pp. viii. 168. Price 6s. boards. Longman and Co. 1811.
"O AD Mr. Watson attended to that important part of self-knowledge which consists in making a right estimate of our own abilities, we should never have seen this «plain statement'. His former works, notwithstanding many obvious deficiencies which led us to suspect the nature of his creed, contain much useful in.'ormation on subjects of general interest to the friends of revelation; and if he had published only his 'Popular Evidences' and his. 'Intimations,' he might have left the word in tolerable credit, and ranked with the useful, if not with the profound advocates of Christianity. We find him shrewd and sensible enough, in his attempts to prove the existence of a God—to unfold and illustrate his essential perfections—and to enforce the general principles of virtue and religion. But he has ruined his fame by venturing among polemics: as soon as the minuter points of controversial theology come before him, he betrays as much ignorance, want of discrimination, and propensity to declaim with virulence against fanaticism, as ever appeared in primary charge, or a visitation sermon.
Mr. Watson is particularly anxious to promote the interests of morality. He thinks that in 'every age there appears to have been a conspiracy against the moral duties of the gospel;' and those who are in the conspiracy in the present day are, according to him, the Methodists who substitute 'inward feelings for religion,' and the Calvinists, who discard all reliance oh the 'merit of good works!' "Of all cants, the cant of the hypocrite is the worst." And what is it but arrant hypocrisy in this man, to represent himself a» the only rational advocate of morality, and those whom he denounces as conspirators against it; wheri he must know, that the most active, self-denying, benevolent, upright, useful members of society, are amongst the very people whom he calumniates?
We are told that' those who recommend the divine virtues are held up as the worst heretics.' We ask, where is this sect to be found? Surely all parties * recommend the divine virtues ;'—though there are some who do more than recommend them; who practice them, and teach others the effectual method of practising them too, by adducing as motives, the very principles condemned and misunderstood by Mr. Watson. He often tells us, that 'a good life is every thing;' though we are reminded in one place that * a firm belief of the great truths of religion is the best foundation of a good life'—a sentiment which we firmly maintain, and which, if consistently regarded, might have saved Mr. W- the trouble of much unmeaning and contradictory assertion. Because it if
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affirmed that good works are not the meritorious causes of acceptance with God, our author represents the advocates of this scriptural doctrine as teaching, that 'good works can never be accepted by God.' If he cannot perceive the wide difference between these positions, we are confident that no attempts on our pan, to illuminate him, will succeed.
On the whole, it is, we think, quite plain that Mr. W. in the present undertaking, has very imperfectly studied the strength of his shoulders. As we have already said, on subjects which have been before discussed by Derham, Ray, Paley, Sturm, and others, he advances what is solid, judicious, and instructive; his mistake lies in fancying himself equal to encounter the • hydra of fanat'eism.'
Art. XXI. Sacra His/aria Ef.itome, in usum Scholarum. 18mo. pp. 100. Law, Longman and Co. &c. 1311.
"IN passing through Mr Valpy's press, it appears to us that Professor L'Homond's humble abridgement of Scripture History has been considerably improved It is hardly necessary to mention that the work is designed for beginners. The plan is progressive; the sentences gradually becoming longer as the scholar advances, and the Latin more idiomatical. Each chapter has a title indicative of its contents Where the book is used, we have no doubt that this edition will be very generally preferred.
Art. XXII. A Guide to Tr.tde; or ;i new Exercise Book for the use of Schools, &c. By T. Mercator. I2mo. pp. 100. Price 2s. Longman and Co. 1811.
'"THIS little book has certainly the merit of containing a good deal of useful information on 'the most common affairs of trade.' It begins, very properly, with explaining technical terms, and ends with some remarks on Receipts, Bills of Exchange, and Promissory Notes: but the author's principal design has been 'to furnish schools with an exercise book, which may enable young persons, designed for trade, to write and compute Bills of Parcels with accuracy and ease.' We must acknowledge however that, in a discreditable number or instances, Mr. Mercator has laid himself open, to a censure passed by Congreve, on a certain description of critics, when he says,
** Rules for good writing they with pains indite,
"Then shew us what is bad—by what they write."
Not to dwell on the numerous acknowledged errors of computation, it is sufficient to gUnce the eye over a single page, (15) where Mr. William Rusher of Banbury, (who by the way is the printer of the book accuses Mrs. Vinders of having purchased Montgomery's West India:; and Mr. Samuel Grainger, of Newbury, with a flintiness of conscience not exceeded, we will venture to affirm, in the memory of taylors, actually puts down the abominable price of £3 9 0 for two pairs of braces! buch oversights as these detract considerably from the utility of a school book.
Art. XXII SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.
K#* Gentlemen and Publishers who have works in the press, will oblige the Conductors of the Eclectic Rkview, by sending information(postpaid) of the subject, extent, and probable price of such works; which they may depend upon being communicated to the public, if consistent with its plan.
In the press, and nearly ready for publication, A Series of Letters to a Friend on the Evidences, Doctrines, and Duties of the Christian Religion; designed chiefly for young persons. In 2 vols. 12mo. ' By Dr. Gregory of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
Dr. Thomas Thomson has nearly completed for the press a History of the Royal Society, introduced as a companion to the Recent Abridgement of the Philosophical Transactions. The object of the work is to trace the progress of sciences since the establishment of that illustrious society, and to take a comparative view how much they are indebted to British, and foreign cultivation. Biographical Sketches of many distinguished Fellows of the Society will be interspersed throughout the work.
Mr. Boothroyd has just completed the third part of Biblia Hebiaica or Hebrew Bible in 4to. without points. The fourth part which will complete the Pentateuch is at press and may he expected in the course of the month.
Mr. Frey has also completed ihe second part of Vanderhooght's Hebrew Bible in 8vo. with points, and is going on with the subsequent parts. The work will not be advanced to subscribers though from its great expences it must be raised to non-subscribers after November 1.
Iu the press, in an 8vo. volume, Lectures on the Pastoral Character. By the late George Campbell, D. D. F. R. S. Edin. Principal of Marischal College, Aberdeen. Edited by James Fraser, D. D. Minister of Drumoak, Aberdeenshire.
Speedily will be published, in 4to, with a number of engravings. Travels . in Iceland, during the summer of the year 1810, with maps and other plates. This work contains the observations made in that interesting island, by Sir George Mackenzie, Bart. Mr. Holland, and Mr. Bright. A preliminary dissertation on the history and literature
of Iceland, will precede the journal of the travellers. In the journal will be described the country, the hot springs, volcanoes, and other natural curiosities, and also the manners and customs of the inhabitants; and it will be followed by distinct chapters, on rural, pol.tical, and ecclesiastical affaiis ; on the present state of literature; on natural history, botany, and mineralogy.
A Translation of the Continuation of Humboldt's Travels, &c. in New Spain, recently arrived in this country, is in the press, and will be speedily published.
To be speedily published, in 4to. with plans of battles, &<:. &c. Observations on the Present State of the Portuguese Army, as organised by Lieutenant-general Sir William Carr Beresford, K. B. Field Marshal and Commander in Chief of that Army. With an account of the diffeFeut military establishments and laws of Pop ugal, and a sketch of the campaigns of the Inst and present year, during which the Portuguese army was brought into the field, against the enemy, for the first Time, as a regular force. By Andiew Halliday, M. D.
Dr. Aikiu will speedily publish, in an octavo volume, the Lives of John Seldon, Esq. and Abp. Usher, with notices of tlie English literary characters with whom they were connected.
Mr. Nichols has nearly completed his very laborious work on Leicestershire; also his extended edition of Anecdotes of Bowyer, which will be in six octavo volumes.
A second volume of Dr. Briehan's Sermons, and a new edition of the first volume, may be expected by the end of next month.
Mr. James Gillman, Surgeon, Highgate, will shortly publish, An Essay on the Bite of a Rabid Animal; being-the substance of an essay that received a prize from the Royal College of Surgeons.
Mr. John Thelwall, author of the Vestibule of Eloquence, will shortly publish, in an 8vo. volume, Elements of English Rhythmus; with an Analysis