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vance an opinion contrary (it seems) to that of Mr. Percival Stock. dale ; namely, that an adaltress, however she may, on her apparent repentance, be consoled and cherished by her friends, should not (for the fake of example) be received into the public society of the good and virtuous. But let the reader turn to the passage in Mrs. More's book (vol. I, p. 53-4-5) and then judge of the writer who has compared her to Philip of Spain! We envy the feelings as little as we do the talents of this angry author.
Art. 19. Tintern Abbey; with other original Poems. By Clericus.
8vo. 33 pp. 25. Phillips. 1800. Tintern Abbey is in blank verse; and contains, though very fort, some pallages of merit. The other fmall Poems are in rhyme, either paired or alternate. They are very small and twinkling fars, but now and then emit a ray of genius. The brightest, perhaps, is this.
“ TO 'I HE EOLIAN HARP,
From thee we learn the moralizing lay.” P. 22. It may be objected, that Æolic seems to point rather to the Doric Muse than to the Harp of Æolus: with more reason than Gray, on the other hand, in his “ Awake, Æolian Lyre, awake,” was supposed, by fome unskilful readers, to mean the little instrument here celebrated.
Art. 20. Poems, wrilten E. S.J. 18mo. is. 60. Jordan. 1799.
This very small book contains four tales of some little interest, but not remarkably well told ; for example:
" Eltruda sat at the hall fire,
And sung both blithe and gay;
Scarce had the said the heard a noise,
The sound of arms without,
What can it be about?
DRAMATIC. Art. 21. Maximian, a Tragedy : taken from Corneill, and dedicated
10 William Lock, El. 8vo. 98 pp. 3$. Leigh and Sotheby. 1800.
This tragedy is, as we are told in the Dedication, not a literal translation from Corneille's Maximian. The author says, she has endeavoured to give it more bustle and variety, in order “ to render it interesting.” In this great object however she has, in our opinion, failed. The play has some bustle, but little intereft. It is throughout feebly written. We will not therefore compare it with the original; it being our general rule, where we cannot commend a well-meant attempt, to say, as little as possible.
Art. 22. The School for Honaur, or The Chance of War. A Comedy,
in Five Ads. Translated from the German of Lilling. 8vo. 106 pp. 28. 6d. Vernor and Hood. 1799.
This translation from Lesling has already appeared in English, under the title of the Baroness of Bruschal, or the Dilbanded Officer. Instead of two translations, the story does not appear to us to deserve one, being highly improbable itself, and almost wholly barren of inci. dents. A disbanded officer, supposing himself to be poor, determines (from a romantic sense of honour) to break with his mistress, a young lady of high birth and beau:y, because she has become rich. To preferve him, the, abruptly and without the lealt address, feigns herself poor, and an outcast from her family. This has the desired effect : for in a moment he becomes as eager to pofsefs, as he had heen determined to reject her. In the end it appears that both are afluent, and they are of course united. This is the leading feature of the plor; but there are, in the inferior characters, a few feeble attempts at comic humour. Upon the whole, we have never met with, even in a German drama, more extravagance, or more insipidity; but the former is not, as in some of the productions of that nation, a relief to the latter, by introducing a few interesting scenes, and striking lituations, the pathos of which, in some degree, stones for their absurdity; the whole is here flat as well as improbabie. Art. 23. Wilmore Cafile; a new Comic Opera, in Two Arts, as per
formed with confiderable Applause at the I beatre-Royal, Djury Lane. The Mufic entirely » w, by Mr. Hook. Written by Ř. Houlion, M. B. 8vo. 37 pp. 18. 64. Wesley. 1800.
In an Advertisement prefixed to this Opera, the author tells us, that 31 • uniformly received, during five succeslive nights, the war.neft tri
butes butes of applause throughout the performance, without a single instance of disapprobation or opposition, excepting to the encore of a particular song, and as uniformly received on its conclusion a hostile attack from part of its auditors. To attempt to solve this conduct," he adds, “ by any principles of reason, justice, or consistency, would be a futile et. fort.” To us, who, not having been present at the representation of this piece, can judge only from the perufal, the mode of oppogtion appears not difficult to be accounted for. The music of Mr. Hook is, on all hands, admitted to have been excellent ; probably the pleasure the audience received fom it, made them at the moment pass over the defects of the piece; but, when this charm was past, the recollection of those defects produced a final sentence of condenination. As the piece is now laid aside, we will only say that its table, characters, and dialogue, might perhaps, for the sake of the music, have been endured by a good-natured audience with patience ; but are not, on their own merits, entitled to applause.
Art. 24. Marie Antoinette ; Tragedie en Trois Attes, et en Vers. Par
le Viconte D...... 8vo. 59 pp. Dulau. 1800. · The unhappy story of Marie Antoinette is too recent fperhaps too uniformly shocking) for the stage. This performance mult, however, be considered rather as a dramatic poem than a play. The firft act consists of scenes well-written, but without action. In the second, an ineffectual attempt is made to overthrow the power of Robespierre, and save the Queen; the last consists of her trial, the parting with her family, and the account of her execution. The composition, fu far as we can undertake to criticize French poetry, does credit to the talents, as well as the feelings of its author. Of his ityle, the following Speech of the Queen to Robespierre, will afford a proper specimen ;
“ Tu rriomphes : jouis du succès de ton crime ;
Faire pâlir d'effroi les rebelles sujets!" P. 39. The behaviour of the Queen, at her trial, is also dignified and re-' solute; and her farewel interview with her filter and children, tender and affc&ting. The meric of this performance deserved, in our opi. pion, a larger list of subscribers,
ART. 25. Adonia, a Defultory Story, in Four Volumes; inscribed, by
Permillion, to her Grace the Duchess of Buccleugh. 8vo. 16sa Black and Perry. 1801. . .
The most, and perhaps the only; exceptionable part of this publi. cation, is its secmingly afected title. The moral is very good, the plot agreeably contrived and told, the characters well sustained, and the language and sentiments correct and praiseworthy. It is not often that we can speak fo favourably of such performances; we are not the less forward to do so, when the opportunity presents itself, It is the production of a female pen. Art. 26. The Castle of Eridan, or the entertaining and surprising
Hiftory of the valiant Don Alvares and the beautiful Eugenia, Duchejs of Savoy. By G, A. Graglia. 12mo. 39. 6d. Hurtt. 1800.
Truth obliges us to say, that we have not often read a more absurd and ridiculous farrago of stories, put together in more rhapsodical and preposterous language. It is an ill-wind, they say, which blows no good; and the price of paper, it might have been thought, would have prevented or checked such publications as the present; but, alas ! no; ihere still are those who will write, and those who will read, fuch stuff as the following: “ To even sketch a lively picture of this interesting scene, it would be necessary to have a pen out of Cupid's wings dipt in the ink of Sappho."
Art. 27. Observations upon the Origin of the Malignant Bilicus, or
Yellow Fever, in Philadelphia, and upon the Means of preventing it; addressed to the Citizens of Philadelphia. By Benjamin Rush. 8vo. 28 pp. Is. Dobson, Philadelphia ; Mawman, London. 1800.
In our account* of this author's treatise on the Yellow Fever at Philadelphia, pablished in 1794, we concluded with exprefling our concern, ti is a difference in opinion among the profeffors of medicine in that city, as to the nature, cause, and mode of creating the fever, had occafioned a schism in the College of Physicians there, which seemed not likely soon to subside ; we are sorry to find, from the opening of this little work, our prediation verified. As the author ftill maintains the opinion, that the fever was originally occasioved by filih ac. cumulated on the beach in the neighbourhood of the city, “ he anticipates," he says, “ a renewal of the calumnies to which the avowal pt it had before exposed him. But chis," he adds, “ will be lefs dif.
* See Brit. Crit. vol. v. f. 23.
ficult to bear, than the fuppression of truths which involve in their consequences the prosperity of the city, and the lives of many thousand people, whom poverty and despair will finally compel to become the unwilling victims of the fever, should it again prevail there." He then proceeds to show, that the most destructive tevers take their rise in large and populous towns, and ofually in those parts of them that are alloited to the poor; that is, lanes and alleys, that are crowded with inhabitants, and where little attention is paid to cleanliness and ventilation.
The general principle from which the author argues is fo just, and fo universally acknowledged, that we see no ground for contest on the subject; neither can we suppose much eloquence wanted to perfuade the Philadelphians to obtain a plentiful supply of water, to keep their Atreets and shores clean, to make openings where practicable, to encourage ventilation, and, in future, not to permit any streets, &c. to be built, but of such dimensions as may allow a free circularion of the air, and a pallage for the carts of the scavengers to take away all filth and offals, which should be done once at the least in every week, These regulations, absolutely necessary in hot climates, might be adopted advantageously in all countries. "Let the privies,” the author says, " be emptied frequently, and let them be constructed in such a manner, as to prevent their contents from oozing through the earth, so as to contaminate the water of the pumos,” A Mr. Latrobe has propofed, he says, to fupply the city with river-water; and he ad. vises the citizens to adopt the plan, that they may be delivered from the necefiry of using pump water for drinking and culinary purposes, to which he attribures, in part, the unhealthiness of the place. We hope his salutary advice, given with such patriotic views, will be followed, and that he may find his fellow citizens ready to remunerate, not calumniate him, for the zeal he here shows for their service,
A T. 28. A Sermon, preached in Lambeth Chapel, on Sunday, the 8th
of February, 1801, at the Confecration of the Right Honourable and Right Reverend Lord George Murray, D. D. Lord Pilhop of St. Dawid's. By the Rev. Charles Blackstone, M. A. Fellow of Winchefter College. Published by Command of the Archbishop. 4t0 14 pp. 15. Cadell and Davies. 1801.
A clear and manly declaration of the authority on which the several orders in our church are founded, as deduced from the practice of the Apostles, and intimated in their writings. The text is “ against an elder (or Pretbyrer) receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses,” (I Tim. v, 19) and the deduction, as drawn from this passage and the context of the Epistles, is ex prefied with uncommon clearness.
« The whole charge," says Mr. Blackstone, deliverc) to Timo. :hy, as contained in this Epistle alone, affords of itself sufficient evin dence of the original form of the Christian Church, as modelled by