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PRINTED FOR J. MAWMAN, 22, POULTRY:
AND J. COOKE, OXFORD.
14. Flirt, Printer, Old Bailey.
Art. l.-Poems and Plays, by William Richardson, A. M,
Professor of Humanity in the Univeşsity of Glasgow, Longman. 1805.
ALL the compositions contained in these volumes, except a few very short poems, have already at different times appeared before the public, and undergone the fiery ordeal of criticism. Professor Richardson has now collected all those children of his fancy whom he consider collected all those
of protection, and on whose merits he grounds his claims to the immortality of the poet. He has courted the muse un. der as many disguises as ever Jupiter assumed in the prosecution of his less chaste ainours, but whether or not with
same ultiinate success as the heathen god, is now to be decided. At one time he puts on the demure methodistic air of an elegiac bard, and weeps, sighs, and whines in a manner sufficiently deplorable to melt the most obdurate heart. At another, he brightens up into a spruce and fashi. onable beau, powdered, perfumed, and apparelled in a stile altogether irresistible.' Ere long, he starts up in the foron and dress of a shepherd, with a becoming crook over his shoulders, and puffing away with zeal and delight on the Scotch bag-pipe. While the prolonged sound of the drone is yet humming in our ears, who should rise before us, but the professor wrapped in the sweeping stole, and treading the lofty buskin in tragedy with a bloody dagger in the one hand, and a poisoned bowl in the other! The volumes are indeed a perfect raree 'shew. One page is drawn up, and lo! shepherds and their Jasses sporting in the vale! Down it falls, and behold an Indian chief with hatchets, scalps, and tomahawks! 'The eye is soon relieved with the less fora midable muster of a volunteer corps advancing against a
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