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riety of those charakters who have “ fretted and Itrutted their hour'' on that ftage of bultie Mr. Adolphus, the author, is by no disposed towards them forth to the eve of his readers, treats tu an unmerciful leverity,
on that stage of bustle and confusion. : the author, is by no means favourably şthem, and, therefore, having dragged e eye of his readers, treats them with
We shall begin with Mr. Sout lume of Poems, which is not, by any the reputation which he has already go and sensibility. The first part o occupied by the Vilon of the Mail ftands expunged from the 10 poem, and is here given in a form
POETRY egin with Mr. Southey's Second Vowhich is not, by any means, injurious to hich he has already gained for elegance
The first part of the volume indeed is Pision of the Maid of Orleans, which a from the second edition of the epic Te given in a form more chastened, and
Roscoe's Nurse from the Italia and British mori tory strains. The their own infants, is here war evils properly delineated. W more particularly because we with the welfar
er fe, from the Italian, is truly beautiful; thers will do well to regard its admonide unnatural practice of refusing to nurse
Ats, is here warmly reprobated, and its delineated. We notice this subject the Fly, because we know it is connected afe and happiness of the rising gene.
Miss DAYE's Poems read with pleasure ; they sensibility.
CHEETHAM's on latter, evince ability, a of that young gentley
The poems of An win, are the produttig vertheleis poliefied o
F's Poems, on various subjects, we have ure; they are the offspring of taste and M's Odes and Sonnets, particularly the ability, and are no unpromising specimens gentleman's genius for poetry.
of Anderfon, Smith, Campbell, and Good. Productions of young poets; but are ne
elied of merit, and may be read with adThe same remarks may be extended also to s, Epistles and Sonnets, the Productions of Cody's Poetic Trifles exhibit a cultivated and a benevolent heart.
Amatory Odes, Epift! an uneducated Youth.
MRS. MOODY' imagination and a be Vol. VIII,
Theodora; or, the Gamefler's Progress, had it been less prosaic, would receive from us a larger portion of our approbation. The purport of the tale is highly meritorious, and pregnant with moral instruction. Nor muft we quit this department without mentioning MR. HEPTINSTALL's edition in two volumes of the Sacred Oratorios, as set 10 Music by George F. Handell. This is a neat and cheap compilation, accompanied by em. bellishments, which enhance its utility.
NOVELS. It is not our purpose, under this head, to heap together all the trash which issues from the press, under this denomination. We shall confine ourselves only to the most popular of these too popular productions.
Mrs. Robinson's False Friend, though not deftitute of her usual ability, is a strange story, and of dubious morality. Such performances ought not to be sanctioned by the public ; we are sorry to perceive talents so perverted.
Miss Hay's Victim of Prejudice, is liable to the same objections, ard, however we may be disposed to praise this lady's ingenuity, we must, from a sense of duty to our readers, withhold our commendation, Writers of this stamp conjure up, in their imagination, all the poisible evils that can amiet humanity, and then charge them upon the present constituted state of society. That many things want amendment we readily allow; but we are not sufficiently sensible of the bleflings of civilization. These novelists fall violently in love with their own notions; and then, forsooth! brand every other sentiment with an execrable dcformity.
LAMB's Tale of Rosamond Gray and Old Blind Mar. garet, possesses considerable pathos; we felt much interest in the perusal of it, and can speak of it in terms of unreserved approbation. Canterbury Tales, by the Miss Lees, are pleasing
and recommend themselves by variety. The third and last volume is now published. The tales are told by seven different persons, arrived in two stage coaches, in
the depth of a severe winter, at an inn at Canterbury, · The characters are-a Superstitious old Lady-a Sen.
timental young Lady-a French Abbé-a queer fort of an English Traveller-an old Officer, and the Author. The tales are told to relieve the tediousness of their detainment at an inn; the whole concludes in this Sprightly manner" The voice of my most favourite companion,” says the author, meaning the clergyman, “ suddenly ceased, and I awoke; yes, reader, courteous or uncourteous, I really awoke from a species of day dreams to which I have all my life been subject, and if you should find this as pleasant as I have done, why we may henceforth recite tales without going to Canter. bury, and travel half the world over without quitting our own dear fire-fides." From this sketch, the reader will perceive that they are persuaded on the plan of old Chaucer, of whose tales we gave an account in the last volume of our Miscellany.
MRS. West's Tale of the Times is, on the whole, an engaging composition.
The Aristocrat, by the Author of the Democrat, is af. cribed to Mr. Pye, the Poet Laureat, and is, in many respects, worthy of his reputation. It is interspersed with some livelý poetry. The following lines struck us as a natural delineation of grief in a person who revisits his native country,
“ The woods as green, the skies as blue,
DRAMA. This department may include many singular produc. tions of very various merit and utility. It would be inexcusable in us not to place in the front Pizarro, of universal fame ! We have, indeed, so fully explained our. selves in our Dramatic Register; that here we shall only add, that it does both its author and translator, or rather emendator, great credit. Whatever faults may be found with certain parts of it ; its sentiment, its language, and its tendency in general, claim high approbation.
When examining this part of our survey, we cannot help expressing our astonishment at the barrenness of our own authors. The rage is for translations from the German; and Kotzebue seems destined to supply all our defects.
One curious tragedy has been sent us from America, that on the Death of Major Andre. The story is affecting, but the play disappointed us. The East In. dian, by Lewis-the Castle of Montval, by WHALLEY-First Faults-What is She?-Aurelio and Mi. randa-Votary of Wealth, The Secret Five ThouSand a Year, and Is it he or his Brother ? have been brought forward within this last half year. Their merits are by no means equal; and in our Dramatic Register we have already given a sufficient detail of them. The stage might be much improved, and made more subservient to the real welfare of the community.
EDUCATION. Mavor's British Nepos is a good school book, containing the lives of the more diftinguilhed characters of British history in an abridged form. We were sorry in the perusai of it, to meet with so many cramp words, which we hope will be banished from a future edition.
COLLARD's Praxis of Logic, is very useful to young persons to aid them in the important task of discrimination.
Miss More on Education, contains many ingenious remarks, and seems to have been written with the best intentions ; but sorry we are to remark, passages which will tend to prejudice every rational mind against the work. We however are of opinion, thất her obfervations on the fashionable vices and follies of the age, are deserving of attention. We trust, indeed, that all ranks will soon be brought back to a manly recollection of their duties, the discharge of which forms the only true basis for present and future felicity.
The REV. Mr. ARMSTRONG's Elements of the Latin Tongue, should be put into the hands of every youth whole time is occupied in the attainment of that language. Its ingenious compiler has rejected incumbrances, stated the most effential parts of grammatical knowledge with accuracy; and by placing the rules of syntax in English, made them much more intelligible to the claffical student. We wish these Elements every success.
Thus have we rapidly glanced at some of the most popular performances which, for this last half year, have been presented to the public. We have been severe only where severity became absolutely necessary. We have inclined more to praise than censure; persuaded that few books are so entirely bad as not to contain something which is calculated to enlighten the mind and meliorate the heart. We can pass by many faults in a performance, when its perural secures the main obj. - INTELLECTUAL and MORAL IMPROVEMENT,