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we may not acquiesce in thë opinions started, we applaud that fortitude without which no man' will dare to differ from others, and speak as he thinks.

Of the third and fourth part of this work we shall give farther account in a future Review..

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MONTHLY CATALOGUE,

For FEBRUARY, 1762.

POLITICAL.

Art. 1. Observations on the new Militia-Bill, now under the

Consideration of Parliament ; wherein the material Alterations are printed out. 8vo. Is. Towers.

Sensibly suggested, by a friend to the Bill, and (we believe) to his Country; the honour and safety of which he apprehends to be much concerned in the judicious regulation of the Militia.

Art. 2. A Letter to the Right Honourable Charles Townsend,

Secretary at War. Being Thoughts on the Militia Laws, and for extending them to North Britain, and for making the Militia more useful. 8vo. 6d. Horsfield.

Well intended, but somewhat intemperately, and very inaccurately written,

Art. 3. Tragi-comic Memoirs of the Origin, Progress, and Events

of our present War against France. By a new Phænomenon in Politics. 8vo. 18. od. Pridden.

Written in the person of Harlequin, the new Phænomenon in Po. litics, and intended to fhew how fadly our affairs have been mismanaged, from the beg nning of the War to the present time.—What pity it is, that our l'amphieteers are not taken into the Miniftry ! for we have their solemn words for it, and very often repeated, that they can fee much farther into the Mill-fone, than any of our StateMillers, who have been grinding at it these forty years paft.

Harlequin a political Writer - There is fomething like a joke in the thought; but this Author carries it very little farther than his Title page.

His attempt at humour, indeed, is a feeble one; his manner being, on the contrary, cramped, stiff, and pedantic; and as to the matter of which his laboured production is composed, it is Little more than a repetition of the hackney'd objections to the German War, and Mr. P's ministerial conduct, -together with some angry reflections upon

the mcarnofs of “ CEconomical Reforms in a Royal Houthal

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Art. 4: An Address to the City of London. 8vo. Is. R. Davis.

Another severe investigation of Mr. P's Conduct. It seems to be a saft from no vulgar bow, and takes the Citizens in its flight, on account of their warm attachment to the late popular Secretary, manifested by fome extraordinary political Mansuvres of theirs, subsequent to that gentleman's resignation : which are touched both in a sudicrous and serious ftrain of reprehenfion.

POETICA L. Art. 5. Artaxerxes. An Englify Opera. . As it is performed at

the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden. The Music composed by Tho. Aug. Arne. Muf. Doc, 8vo. Is. Tonson. Translated from Metaftafio. Dr. Arne has been very successful in ' this his firit attenipt of the kind.

Art. 6. Innocence, a poetical Elay, in two Books. My hum

bly inscribed to her Royal Highness the Princess Augusta. By Abraham Portal, Author of Olinda and Sophronia*, a Trágedy. 8vo. Is. 6d. Dodfley... 'Mr. Portal asks 'admisfion into the Temple of the Muses with fo much modefty, that we hope they will not absolutely refuse him entrance. Thus, in a prefacory. Ode, he addresses his brethren of the laurel.

Yet, O'! ye fons of Phæbus, do not blame,
Tho' I, unworthy of a Poer's name,
Prefome with my unhallow'd feet to tread
The Muse's consecrated shade:
For tho' unblam'd ye suffer me to stray,

I fall not bear one laurel wreath away. Destitute, as he complains, of the advantages of learning, he shall, for us, be exempt from criticism. The following lines may either recommend his poem, or his shop t, in the city. They are taken from his Address to Innocence.

Nor fear, celestial maid,
The Trader's fraudful wiles, for sooner here,
Shall Poverty, with her unhappy train
Of meagre wants, harp griefs, and biting taunts,
Take up her hated residence, than e'er
Dishonest arts thall drive her from

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door. Mentioned in the XIXth Volume of our Review, p. 94. + The Author is a Silversmith, on Ludgate-hill.

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Art. 7. A Sketch of the present Times, and the Time to came : in

an Address to Kitty Fiser. 410. is. Waller, By the present times, the Writer means the gay life of Kitty, in her bloom ; and the time to come, is the wre.ched reverse brought on by age, poverty, and the contempt of the world. The first part of this pamphlet is a loose encomium on this celebrated Courtezan; the second part contains a mere sermon in shyme, on the Decay of Beauty, the Miseries of Poverty, the Terrors of Death, and the Ne. cellity of Penitence. As to the Poetry, it consists of a frange medly of laboured lines, in a variety of unharmonious measure; through all the defects of which, however, we can discern some marks of Genius : and therefore we with the Writer's talents employed on a worthier occasion.

Art. 8. A Cruft for the Critics. Infcribed to the most imperti

nent Puppy on Earth. 4to. 6d. Grinfel. An angry invective against fome Critic or Critics, who probably excited the Author's resentment, by falling foul upon fome of his former produciions. It does not appear who is meant by “ the molt impertinent Puppy on Earth ;" but the Monthly Reviewers are hapPY

that they have not incurred the enmity of so vindi&tive a Writer.

Art. 9. Brown Beer, a Poem. By John Peake, Vi&tualler, of

Stoke-Newington.” 4to. 6d. Williams. · John Peake appears to be a very clever fellow; and we would heartily recommend it to all lovers of Poetry and Porter, whenever they iake a walk or a ride towards the pleasant village of Newington, to call in at honeft Peake's, and take a draught of his best Brown. ! The Landlord, we conceive, (for we know him only in his present Verses) must be a character worth notice. He acknowleges his having been “ born and brought up in the lowest indigency of life, and enured to labour from his childhood, which deprived him of all opportunity of scholastic learning. What little I obcained afterwards, adds he, was by the dint of application to books; and that did not begin till I was just stepping on the stage of manhood "-But what diladvantages, what hardships will not Genius surmount? In short, Mr. Peake, with native good sense, had a natural

, vein alfo for Poetry, which he has evidently improved by reading, and particularly by reading Nir. Pope. Like a man of business, however, he has wisely chosen for his subject the Commodity he deals in ; and if the spirit of his Beer be equal to that of his Verfes, he deals in no bad Commodity, of either kind. The design of his Poem is to shew the Injury, which common people will fattain, by the new Tax on the Brewery, and the consequent Increase of the Price of Porter, to the Consumers, who are chiefly the industrious poor, the most laborious and most useful clafies of people; whole characters and various fatiguing employments, win the Relief they find in a Draught of good Potter, he describes with some Humour, and in a strain of Versification, far exceeding what could be expected from a person in his station': notwithstanding, he has here and there a bad Rhyme, or a faulty Couplet, which it would be ungenerous and uncharitable to criticise.

Art. 1o.

Art. 10. Florizel and Perditta; or the IV'inter's Tale, a drama

tic Paftoral, in three Arts. Altered from Shakespear, ly David Garrick. As it is performed at the Theatre-Royal in DruryLane. &. Is. Tonfon,

The meanness of the Fable, and the extravagant conduct of it, has been the chief objections to this play; which, however, in regard to propriety of character and sentiment, is not unworthy of its great Author. The Action of this piece, as Shakespear left it, compre. hends the monstrous space of sixteen years, Mr. Garrick has cleared it of this absurdity; reduced it from fivé, to a more regular pieces of three acts; added a pretty fong in the festive scene of Sheep-flicering; and to the whole has prefixed a very humorous Prologue.

Art. 11. Twe Lyric Epiflles. 4to. Is. Thrush. , The drolt production of the ingenious Author of Fables for grown Gentlemen, See our last, page 68, seq. where the Reader will

find a sufficient fpecimen of the talents of this imitator of Greffer, la Fontaine, and other Prench Poets of their rambling eafy caft.

Art. 12. Britannia *, 4 Poent. By a young Gentleman,

Folio. Is. Gretton: Silence, young Sternhold! Thou art not cut out for Singing, as the Irishman lays in the Farge. Çease thy bawling, therefore, young Crispin, and pick to thy laft. What a swarm of wretched fcribblers have been buzzing about the court, since the month of October, 1760! One would imagine they thought any sort of Verses good enough for Kings and Queens.

Addrefled to his Majesty.

Art. 13. The Muse's Recreation. In four Poems, viz. 1. A

Farewell to Summer 2. The Queen's Arrival, a Pastoral. 3. Silenie. ' 4. Devotion, a Rhapsody. 4to, is. Johnson, opposite the Monument.

If these Poems afford any recreation to the Muse, it must arise from her indulging in a hearty laugh, at the pleasant mistake of their Author, who is simple enough to imagine himself a Poet,-For shame, Mr. Wale ! how could

you fit down to design that pretty Ornament in the Title? We shall next expect to see you decorating the Bellman's Verses.

Art. 14. High Taffe, a Satire. Addreffed to the young Tits of

Pleasure. Folio. Is. Marshall. Law, illiterate ftuff, concerning the Women of the Town; and might, from the meannels of the fubject, and of the writing, have been entitled, High Taste below Stairs.

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"Art. 15. Four Elegies. 1. Morning. 2. Noon. 3. Evening. 4. Night. 4to....

Bristow. From the name and date subscribed to the Dedication of these Elegies, (to Brooke Forrester, Esq;) we find that they are the produco tion of Mr. Stephen Panting, of Wellington, in Shropshire; a name we do not remember to have met with before, in our poetical walks : but hope we may, not unfrequently, meet with it again. These Elegies were published several months ago ; yet we happened to overlook the Advertisement, and might perhaps have been totally deprived of the pleasure of perusing them, had it not been for the information concerning them, kindly conveyed to us in a Letter, figned S. H. T. We heartily congratulate our friends round the Wrekin, on the ap

this Salopian Mufe, who it is hoped will not be unmindful of her native Parnassus *; than which we do not know a finer fubject for poetic description,

The first three of the present Elegies are of the descriptive kind, celebrating the most striking rural objects and circumstances, that. distinguish the several divisions of the day; and that which has Night for its subject, is filled with beautiful moral reflections, which indicate the contemplative and laudable disposition of the ingenious Author. We shall give the conclusive part of this last Elegy, as a fpecimen...?

2 Hail midnight, hail, and thou the folemn scene,
end

The fadly-ferious Melancholy's cell,

Where nought of Folly's savage train is seen,
art. But where the sons of thought delight to dwell.

Let artful statesmen scheme the awful hour,
Let empire wake Ambition's daring train,
To rouse Rebellion's fell-deltructive pow'r,
And give dire Discord o'er mankind to reign.

Let Av'rice gore the wretched miser's breaft, :
w To watch with vulture-care his art-rais'd mine;

Let fierce Desire distract the lover's reft,
To figh fad plaints at cruel Sylvia's fhrine.

Or where the Bacchanalians hold their reign,
And Riot rules with wild despotic sway,
Let lavish spendthrifts swell the bestial train,
And thoughtless in life's fatal follies stray.

Far other bliss, far other joys be mine,
O thought-befriending Contemplation sweet!
To where the midnight tapers dimly fhine,
Conduct, benign, a studious votary's feet.

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• We mention this circumftance, on the bare presumption that Mr. P is a native of Wellington, (a town at the foot of that noble bill the Wrekin) or of its Reighbourhood,

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