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Whose ear could never bear the sportive found
The queen of beauty, seem'd to vie with you.-
Jesus College, and Sub.librarian in the Bodleian Library. Svo. 55. Kearsly. 1780.
If a reasonable degree of allowance be made for the period of life when these poems were written (so early as before the age of nineteen) they will be intitled to considerable praise. The principal poem is The Bodleiar: Library. Little as such a subject seems capable of poetic embellishment, Mr. Walters has made it the vehicle not only of information, but entertainment. But the best written and most spirited piece in this collection, is the Epistle to Mr. Taibet, OR his travels.
The following passage will possibly convey no imperfect idea of the general fiile and manner which pervade the whole composition ::
But hence we halte to feel the wintry plains,
Intent no more their country's rights to Tave,
From their own Alps and native mountains far,
And waves her glite'ring oriAamb on high. Beside these and some few others, there are two Latin poems; the title of the one is The Progress of Religion ; of the other, which is a poem of some length, Botany. Neither of there, in our opinion,
are of equal merit with his English composicions. At the end of the
Paris. 410. 25. od. Bow. 1580.
This poem, like others of the Writer's compositions, contains some few marks of ingenuity, accompanied by many that are the reverfe of modesly and good manners.
In his Dedication “to his very good friends the Monthly Re-
which are delineared the Characters of the Leaders of the American
The observations, which were thrown out in the foregoing article, are not inapplicable to the present. This Writer empties bis Jordan of invective with as little confideration or remorse upon the American rulers, as the latt Writer does upon the rulers in England.
Camillo Querno is celebrated for his intimacy with Leo X. and Cardinal Bembo. He possessed qualifications; which, to uoprincipled men of pleasure and wit, like Bembo and the Pope, gained him admitrance on a footing of the greatest familiarity-He was, in Short, a poet, a buffoon, and a drunkard. Why the prelen: Writer should make use of his name, we know not. He is neither a poet por a buffoon. Withoue imagination he can hardly be the one, and without vivacity he is not even qualified for the other. It is not inprobable, however (if we may judge from the inteinferance of his Tage), but in one respect at least he may bear the resemblance to the bard whose signature he has assumed. Art. 40. Private Thoughts on Public Affairs : with some Apo
logy for the Conduct of our late Commanders in Chief by Sea and Land. A poetical Essay, by a Stander by. 410. 1 s. Payne,
1780, . This fander. by seems to look with no great degree of respet upon either party, the ins or the outs: the latter appear to have the least Share of his regard. With respect to his poetical powers, though of that class which
Non bomines, non di, non conceffere columnæ, they are nevertheless equal to the difcuffion of coffee-house politics. D: Art. 41. An Epiftle from Joseph Surface, Esq; to Richard Brinf
ley Sheridan, Erg; Chairman of the Sub-committee for Wettminfter. 410. s. 6 d. Kearsley. 1780.
A dabbler in poetry here attempts to censure a theatrical manager for dabbling in politics, Without examining how far such a conduct is prudent or defendble, we shall only observe, chat an able satiritt might have pursued the thought with more address, and have contraited the dramatic and political avocations of a patriot, play-wright, and patentee, with more elegant raillery. The versification does not rife above mediocrity. Art. 42. The Senatorial Dispensary, a Poem. Inscribed to his
Grace the Duke of Rutland. 410. Is. Portal. 1780. On a supposition that the body natural and the body politic are analogous, this pleasant projector recommends ibat in similar disorders a fimilar mode of treatment hould be adoptid :
Where N , deck'd with due official form, " Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm :"
Observer, collected in himself, where glows ? The too redundant rage of Ayes and Noes,
And coolly deals decorum to the reit;
B y and Addan shall stand,
T y Panaceas
C.dhe Art. 43. The Prophecy : a Poem. Addressed to Mr. Burke, on
his Plan for the economical Reformation of the civil and other Establishments. 400: 6d. Becket. 1780.
This little squib, though as deftitute of true poetry as of prophecy (if prophecy be the foretelling events not generally foreseen), is yet not without some degree of merit. It is written in tolerable metre, and the fatire which it conveys is neither rude nor illiberal. Art. 44. A Sketch of the Times. A Satire. 4to. 1 s. 6d. Bew.
This Writer seems to have a modest opinion of his own powers and consequence. In a dialogue between him and his editor, the latter exclaims,
Merciless pen! disdaining all confine :
And prejudice the judgment of the town.
this World, from Romans xii. 11. Second, on the Nature and
We find that Mr. Walder, the author of a sermon of which we have given some account, in our lift for last month, is also the editor of this pamphlet. We shall infert his advertisement, as containing all that is requifite for us to say concerning it: • These plain, pious, and christian discourses are the production of a female pen, the author of several small valuable tracts, particularly, a discourse concerning compassion to the brute creation, a second edition of which was printed in 1768, and is now become very scarce. The worthy auihor, though he is far advanced in years, continues to spend the principal part of her time in reading, ftudy, and writing; and the
· Rev. June, 1780.
appears sincerely desirous to do all in her power for the intereft of piety, virtue, and charity,'-We fince find that this good Lady,... who resided at Southampton, died in January laft. Art. 46. Discourses on select Pasages of the Scripture Hiftory.
By Joseph Jenkins, A. M. 12mo. 2 vols. 6s. Shrewibury, printed.' Sold by Buckland, &c. in London. 1779.
The author of these discourses expresses his hope, that, • in an age, wherein the Athenian fondness of hearing something new prevails ; wherein so many frivolous productions are dignified with the title of history, and read with approbation ; wherein the embellishments of language are so frequently profticuted, to feed the corruptions of the heart, and deprave the morals of our youth, an ate tempt to engage the attention to the divine oracles, and suggest reflections which may be conducive to profit, will be received with candour.' The discourses, which are twenty-one in number, are rather on the Calvinistical plan ; they contain many pertinent and sensible refe&ions, and are of a serious, practical, and useful tendency. Art. 45. Serious and Free Thoughts on the Doctrines of Election,
Reprobation, Free.will, the Fall of Man, and bis Restoration through Chrif Jefus. By Thomas Mendbam, of Briiton, in Norfolk, Teacher of the Gospel, 12mo. Is. Norwich, printed. Sold by Wilkie in London.
This appears to be the production of a plain honeft man, whose natural good sense, and principles of picty, will not allow him to seceive che Calvinistical account of eleâion and reprobation. He writes in a very religious, and what is called evangelical strain. He does not shine as an eminent mafter of language and compoĜtion, but seems to poffefs what is of greater worth, true goodness of heart. • They that know, fays he, the scantiness of my education, and are witnesses to my many daily avocations, I am sure will not expect a finished performance Should come out of my hands.' He supposes, that though man loft the power of chusing good and refofing evil by the fall, yet that power is restored to him by Jesus Chrift. He writes at times with emphasis and fpirit. "No reasonable being, says he, on the top of some high rock, from whence a mill-ftone had been hurled, will cry with any degree of seriousness, stop! ftop! ok mill-fone stop! why wilt thou fall? Nor will one call aloud to the tempestuous ocean, ftay yourselves, ye foaming billows ! ye reftless waves, be ftill! why will ye roll?- None thus will call aloud, and spend their Strength in vain.-And shall we then believe that the all-wise Jehovah, the incarnate Son of God, the holy prophets, apoftles, and all the ministers of the word, are rising early, and continually calling sinners to repentance, who have no more power giver them to obey, than a mill-ftone has to resist its fall, or the billows to compose their boisterous bosom? Will they offer mercy to the fons of men, for whom they know there is none in store? Will they require them to repent when it is known they cannot ? Will they command them to believe on the Son of God, and threaten them with eteroal punishment unless they do believe, when they can as eagly make a system of worlds as comply --Surely no- for it is to require impoflibilities.'