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princes of the Asmodean race, beginning with Aristobulus,
The other is not a translation, but a paraphrase, in which almost every word is wrefted from its true sense and proper application, to figurative and improper purposes. The rules of language are not observed, the context is disregarded, and the history of events confounded. We therefore cannot but affent to the Doctor's conclufion, that this oracle is applicable to Jesus Christ, and to him ONLY.
[To be concluded in our next.]
The Ghof. By C. Churchill. 4to. 2s. Flexney.
HE ingenious Author of the Rofciad hath here taken
the opportunity, afforded him by a late absurd imposture, to indulge his satyric vein, by rallying the credulity of the town, and particularly of some well-known characters, on that ridiculous occafion. He gives a humorous sketch of the history of Superstition and Credulity, which he deduces from the Chaldeans, tracing it through Egypt, Greece, and Rome, to this island.
ENGLAND, a happy land we know,
Who vers'd in ev'ry modest lore,
And boast the luxury of breeches. The Satyrist particularizes the famous Duncan Campbell, and ludicrously describes many others, wko,
Seated in Garret, for you know,
The BUTLER, hanging down his head,
The COURT-BRED WOMAN OP CONDITION,
The PARSON too (for now and then,
Fraid of Jetection, not of sin,
Confults the Stars, and gets a Pox.
When the prudent Laws thought fit
Knaves starve not in the Land of Fools.
Whilit, in contempt of all our pains,
The British Lion rous'd: Or, Aets of the British Worthies. A
Poem, in nine Books. By James Ogden. 8vo. 55. Printed at Manchester.
T was the custom of a late celebrated Protestant Divine,
to include in his public prayer, a clause against the AntiChristian Church of Rome ; and one day it chanced that, by a lapfius linguæ, he prayed for our deliverance from the errors and delusions of Poetry. * He immediately perceived and corrected his mistake ; but had he been a Reviewer, and observed so many poor souls as we have seen possessed by the raging Dæmon of Rhyme, he might have let the petition ftand:
--- lefler evils having often been the subject of many a circumstantially pious address to Heaven.
It is a sad thing, courteous Reader ! to be bitten by a mad Poet; for though the Naver be not mortal, it produces melancholy effects. When this misfortune happens to honest pains-taking people, what a change is wrought in them! how do they disdain their lawful callings, set at nought the good opinion of their neighbours, and, vainly thinking to immortalize thcir names, become universally ridiculous !
Ecce signum! the unfortunate Author of the British Lion rous'd; bred, we are told, to the laudable occupation of Fuflianweaving : but, seized with this terrible malady, none but poetii fuftian weaves he now! And alas ! such stuff does he manufacture, that it is matter of astonishment to many how he could think of bringing such goods to market! 'Tis true he has had great encouragement for the first produce of his jingling-looi ;. having, we cannot conceive by what means, procured a very conliderable number of subscribers for it. But this, instead of curing, will only serve to increase his diforder ; so that his friends may write over his door, as in the time of the plague, MISERICORDIA! If, however, the symptoms of his malady still continue, and he should chance to get another set of subscribers as far gone as himself, the Lhave mercy on the poor man indeed ! -for, after all, as it is probable that this is far from being the best kind of fuftian that has passed through his hands, it may be apprehended, that, on the whole, he will not find it turn to the most valuable account.
This Rhyme-weaver seems to have taken it into his head to versify all the news-paper accounts relating to the present Meaning Popery.
war with France, in order to turn them into an Heroic Poem. His exordium sets forth, that he fings
Great-Bricain's Worthies, an illustrious train,
Who prop the throne in George the Second's reign. These illustrious props he celebrates, from the breaking out of the war to the pursuit of the remains of Conflans' vanquished feet into the river Vilaine ; and if this Homer of the North carries on the work till he lulls his lion to sleep again, he may have an opportunity of making them serve to prop the throne of George the Third.
But our Lion-rouzer is not so dreadfully hag-ridden by that witch of Endor who passes herself upon him for a Muse, but that he can be a little comical now and then ; perhaps rather more so than is consistent with Epic dignity. Thus, toward the conclusion of the Episodical story, which the Pilot relates to General Wolfe and Admiral Boscawen, when he comes to recite the rigors of the climate at Hudson's Bay,
Here paus’d the Pilot, in his tale perplext;
Then ends his tale- -all nod, assent, and smile. So will thy Readers nod, James Ogden !- so will thy subscribers smile as oft as they view their own names, ranged in such goodly order, in thy well-fill'd list;-and in return for the honour thou and thy performance have done them, may they, nemine contradicente, elect thee Poet-laureat of Lancashire !
For A PRIL, 1762.
POLITICAL. Art. 1. An Answer to the Observations on the Papers relative to the Rupture with Spain. 8vo. Is.
Hinxman. This Writer fairly acknowleges his production to be the “work of a few hafty hours, and of a person whose total unacquaintance with every measure and motive of Government, allows him no other lights than what muft neceffarily ftrike every one, whole political