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curiofity is fufficient to engage him to an examination of matters of this kind." -As such, and in no other view, we recommend this. Pamphlet to the notice of our Readers. Art. 2. Remarks on the Papers relative to the Rupture with Spain,

occasioned by the Observations on the same. 8vo. Is. Cooke.

The Remarker is severer than the Answerer; and what he ada vances seems more to the purpose, than any thing we have observed in the performance of the last mentioned Writer : but it is all severe animadversion on the late Secretary. Art. 3. The Political Testament of the Marshal Duke of Belleifle.

12mo. 2 s. 6 d. sewed. · Vaillant. It has been the fashion to write the politi'al Teltaments of eminent statesmen in France; and it has been found, in this way, as well as on other occasions, that money was most easily, if not honestly, to be gained, by putting the pen into a dead man's hand: which, in the present instance, is supposed to have been guided by one Cha man of lively parts, who has been employed as an Amanuensis by some great men abroad. He has here collected a number of entertaining anecdotes, and connected them with suitable reflections, with which he makes the late M. de Belleifle figure away in this posthumous manner to the great edification of all credulous Readers, and even to the not disagreeable amusement of those who may have penetration enough to see through the fallacy.- - But we cannot help viewing all these Author-tricks in a serious and unpleasing light, as they have fo manifest a tendency to the discredit and decay of lite

rature.

MisceLLANEOUS. Art.

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The late Tumults in Ireland confidered, and the true Causes of them impartially painted out, with their respećtive Remedies. 8vo. Is.

Nicoll. Offers some reasonable conjectures relating to the late Disturbances in our Sister Kingdom, and thews that the poor people who have fo rafhly engaged in these Riots, had but too much reason to be difcontented, although, as in all popular commotions, they have taken very improper methods for procuring redress. It is, however, the duty of Government, to enquire impartially into their Causes of Complaint, and to take the most effectual measures, in order to prevent such unhappy Tumults for the future, Art. 5. A Collection of ridiculous Stories. I 2mo.

Hinxman. Ridiculous Stories indeed !-We never saw or heard worse told, Art. 6. The Life and Gallantries of Lewis. XV. 8vo. 2 s.

fewed. Thrush. An old thing, formerly published under the title of Memoirs of Zeokinizul, King of the Kofirans.

Art. 7,

I s. 6 d.

any

Art. 7. The Art of Poetry, on a new Plan. Illustrated with a. great Variety of Examples from the best English Poets, and of Transations from the Antients; together with such Reflections and critical Remarks, as may tend to form in our Youth an elegant Taste, and render the Study of this part of the Belles Lettres more rational and pleasing. izmo. 2Vols. 6 s. bound. Newbery.

Byshe's Art of Poetry, and some other compilations of that kind, are well known ; but they ought rather to be called Poetical Dica tionaries : and we recollect that a work with this title was lately published. (See Review, Vol. XXV. p. 231.) But the present performance is preferable to any thing of the fort that hath yet appeared, the Compiler having shewn more taste in the choice both of the Critical Observations, and of the Poetical Examples, which he has selected from the best modern Writers; adding here and there a few judicious reflections of his own.--Mr. Newbery, in his prefatory Advertisement, begs leave to recommend these and the subsequent volumes, to the young Gentlemen and Ladies who have read his little books. (and many grown Gentlemen, too, there are, who may profit by looking into them) " In those he attempted to lead the young pupil to a love of knowlege; in these he has endeavoured to introduce him to the arts and sciences, where all useful knowlege is contained." - This ingenious and industrious cultivater of young minds seems to have prudently followed the Poet's maxim :

Begin with gentle toils ; and. as your nerves

Grow firm, to hardier by just steps aspire. ARMSTRONG. But we could have wished that he had been less influenced by good nature, or private friendship, in regard to a few of the examples he has cited, as, models of excellence in poetical compositions. Such names as ****, ****, or *****, ought not, as we apprehend, to have appeared as authorities, in company with those of Milton, Dryden, Pose, Thomson, Akenfide, &c. However, it is but justice to add, that instances of this sort in the work before us, are very rare ; and moreover, something must be allowed to difference of talte, and sentiment. Every one that walks in the garden, will not cull the fame fpecies of Powers for a nosegay. Art. 8. All for Love; or, the World well loft, a new Romance, founded on Fiction. 12mo. 2 S.

Freeman. Founded entirely on Fiation, say you, Mr. Freeman: We understand you. 'Ware scandalum magnatum!

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Art. 9. Four genuine Letters, which lately passed between a noble

Lord, and a young IV oman of Fashion. 4to. 2s. Williams.
We refer the Reader to the following article.

: Art. 1o.

Art. 10. A full Vindication of the Conduit of the Eari of

in a late Love-Affair. In a Letter from a Gentleman at Aixla-Chapelle, to his Friend in London. 8vo. Is. Dawe.

As this Gentleman seems to speak for himself and Co. and to talk very honestly and intelligibly concerning the publications to which L

P's Elopement with Miss H has given birth, let us hear what he has to say.

“ What a fund of matter (says this supposed Letter-writer of Aix) will this be to your Grubstreet Garetteers!" (we hope there is no such place as Grubstreet at fir-la-Cha;elle) What forgeries, what inventions ! what nonsense will issue from the press upon this occafion.

The English love to be amused, and their hireling Writers take care to please them.” If this honeft Gentleman happens to be successful in the care he has taken to please the Public, Mr. Dawe will, doubeless, know whom to hire, on the next promising occasion. Art. 11. The Injured Lady. Containing fome Particulars of a

late Elopement, &c. 8vo. 6 d.Sympfon. We beg the injured Lady's pardon ; the should have stood firft in this honourable liit, as having first appeared on this worthy subject : but, perhaps, it may be as well to cioud her in the rear, and thereby save her blushes.

Art. 12. Day, an Epifle to C. Churchill. By G. Freeman,

Esq; of the Inner Temple. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Williams. 'A

A great deal of poetic dirt has lately been flung about by the scullions, grooms, and link-boys of Parnassus; but this is prose dirt.

POETICAL. Art. 13. The Recruiter for Germany. 4to. 6 d. Williams.

The reluctance lately shewn by some of our soldiers, when invited to go voluntarily to recruit the regiments in Germany, seems to have given the hint to a ballad-maker, to express his diNike of the war in that part of the world; which warfare he ridicules to the tune of a begging we will go. Art. 14. A Pindaric Ode on Beauty, occasioned by the late Royal Nuptials

. 4to. 6 d. Worcester printed by Butler. This Author has given one proof of his judgment, in secreting his name; -we with he had given us one proof more, in secreting his Pindaric Poem, as he calls it.

The Remainder of this Month's Catalogue, containing a great Number of Articles, is deferred to our next.

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T H E

MONTHLY REVIEW,

For MAY, 1762.

TH

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Notæ, five Lectiones, ad Tragicorum Græcorum veterum, Æschyli,

Sophoclis, Euripidis, quæ supersunt Dramata, deperditorumque
Reliquias. Auctore Benjamino Heath. Oxonii, e Ty-
pographeo Clarendoniano. 4to. 145. in Sheets. T. Payne.
HE talk of the Commentator is the most tedious and

toilsome of any within the province of literature. The eternal drudgery of collating Manuscripts and Editions ; of tracing the Proteus, Conjecture, through all his evafive forms, and wading through the vast Profound of Batavian erudition, is dreadful even to think of; insomuch that, when we meet with any of these heroic martyrs of literary patience, we cannot help crying out with the Poet,

O Te, Bollane, cerebri

Felicem dixi! This painful application is the more surprizing, as the labours of the philologist are seldom rewarded with praise.

But as there is a secret delight even in the pursuit and dircovery of geometrical truths, so we suppose some solitary pleasure of the same kind may accompany the wandering Commentator through the barren derarts that have been travelled by his predecessors.

With this perfuafion, we fit down to the work before us; and hope, gentle Reader, we shall not be entirely disappointed.

In justice to Dr. Heath, it will be necessary to quote the following paffages from his Preface:

“ Scias igitur annum jam duodecimum procedere, ex quo primum horas aliquas subsecivas, graviorum ftudiorum inter Rev. May, 1762.

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capcdirem capedinem captans, Græcorum Tragicorum Lectioni impenderim. Cum vero mihi vel leviter eos pertractanti haud pauca occurrerent loca ab interpretibus hactenus parum intellecta, fæpiffimè etiam Scriptura vulgata manifeftiffimè esset depravata, quod ex mediocri quam mihi paraveram rei metricæ notitiâ facilius deprehendebam ; operæ pretium effe duxi, privatæ tantum oblectationis gratia, neque editionem futuram ne in somniis quidem meditans, explicationes atque emendationes noftras, prout e re nata sese offerebant, scriptis mandare. Porro, cum illecebris hisce magis, magifque irretitus certam aliquam Poetæ uniuscujusque editionem semper adhibuerim, editionis istius quasi supplementum quoddam notulas noftras reputare, iisque adeo criticorum quorumque observationes, prout ultro mihi aliud agenti sese offerebant, interserere, paulatim assuevi, ita tamen ut propriis auctoribus omnia fideliter et nominatim afcriberentur. Cum Poetas tres tandem pervolutaflem, ecce annotationes noftræ in molem satis amplam jam excreverant. Minimè igitur mirum, fi, prout hominibus naturâ infitum eft ut cuique sua quadantenus, interdum etiam plus justo, placeant ac blandiantur, mihi etiam mea operis haud prorsus contemnendi speciem præ fe ferre viderentur, atque utilitatem faltem aliquam poetarum horum quenquam impofterum edituro ex iis accidere poffe judicarem. Hâc fpe maxime excitatus laborem in me suscipere, non detrectabam

opus

denuo accuratius recensendi, errores quos ex familiaritate, cum his Scriptoribus penitius contractâ indies detegerem corrigendi, et ea denique intermiscendi quæ aut memoria, aut tumultuaria Lectio ad rem nostram spectantia fuppeditaret. Nam adversaria quidem congerendi, aut indices verborum conficiendi, nunquam mihi hactenus aut otium ad fuit, aut libido.

“ Refat jam ut editiones iftæ quibus annotationes noftræ accommodatæ sunt, et quarum ut supplementum quasi quoddam habeantur velim, sigillatim designentur.

“ Quod igitur ad Euripidem attinet, operum ejus omnium adhibui Editioner Barncianam, Hecuba, Orestis et Phæniffarum, Editionem Kingianam, Hippolyti Musgravianam, Alcestidis Morellianam, Fragmentorum Grotianam, in Excerptis suis et Stobæo.

« Quod ad Sophoclem, Editionem Græcam Henrici Stephani, cum Notis Camerarii, Græco Latinam etiam Johnsoni, et eorum qui ejus vestigiis insistentes eam absolverunt; in Fragmentis vero Grotianam supra memoratam.

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