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che taking measures against the paflage of the Pruffian army through Saxony, by affembling an army in the Circles of Bohemia, and ordering Marshal Brown to concert secretly with Marthal Count Rutowski, are cited : as also Count Flemming's an(wer, of July 7, importing, that Count Kaunitz had aflared him, that the Generals who were to comm

mand, would be forchwith named ; and that one would be appointed to form the concert with M. Ratowski. Moreover, chat M. Kaunitz had fare ther encouraged the court of Saxony, not to betray any difmay, or uneasiness, but, on the contrary, to fet a good face on

their affairs, by providing against the worlt; as he heard, with *pleasure, the King of Poland had begun to do, by the orders - he had already given to the said Count Rutowski: and two

passages more are added; one, a piece of advice from M, Flem. ming, to grant a pasiage to the Russian troops ; and afterwards to take fuch measures as should be molt proper ; the other,

a Declaration from the Empress-Queen to the said Minister, in d'the terms following: " That the required nothing, for the pre.

3141 sent, from the King of Poland, as she was very sensible of his cik * ticklish situation. That, however, the hoped, he would, in

" the mean while, put himself in a good posture, in order to be ** prepared, at all events. And that in case any breach should

" happen between her Majesty and the King of Prusia, the ? 465 would, in time, not be averse to concur, in case of need, in " the necessary measures for their mutual fecurity.”

Thus we have given such a Review of the principal grounds and reasons afligned by this great Prince, in justification of his 1 Conduct, as we thought the importance both of the cafe and

the crisis deserved. And upon the whole matter, we may be allowed, we hope, to say, that Saxony was, on the 'one hand, the dupe of her own avidity and irresolution ; and, on the other, of the haughtiness and fiffness of the court of Vienna : having enough embroiled herself, by her negociations, to furnish Pruffia with sufficient matter of complaint agairt her ; and ye: not perfected any one ftipulation at either of the courts, she had been fo long caballing with, for her own fecurity, or indemnification. As allo, that Pruffia, beset on every hide with (nares and dangers, has acted agreeably to the most perfect rules of policy, in redeeming time at her enemy's cxpence, io chusing to make Saxony the seat of war first, and keeping the calamities resulting from it, as long as possible from bursting in upon her.34,

But, it may be also here observed, that if ever a powerful die version on the Continent could be of any signal fervice to Great Britain, it would be now. If ever it Mould, or could, be worth cur while to pay largely for it, it would be now: Ye', while the union of the Germanic Body, by which alone it can be obtained, is thas miserably broke to pieces, the Commority is not to be had, were we still able to pay the price of it: so that which side foever shall be victorious in the present contest, France will have as much cause to exult, as Gicat Britain pray have to mourn.



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IV. The Counterpoife : or, B-g and the My fairly {tated. By a By-Stander. 8vo. Is. Robinson.

This By Stander knows nothing of the matter : his performance is too low, and insignificant, to deferve more particular notice.

V. The Memorial of his Prussian Majesty, exhibiting the Conduct of the Courts of Vienna and Dresden, To which are annexed, the original Papers found in the Cabinet of the King of Poland. 8vo. Is. 6 d. Bizet.

This is only another translation of the fourth article of the
Four important Pieces, &c. See its title, p. 641; the last paragraph.

VI. The Genius of Britain. An Lambic Ode. Ad-
dressed to the Right Hon. William Pitt, Esq; 4to. 6d.

The Muses are never so amiable as when they appear on the
Side of Liberty; in which cause the unknown Author of this
Ode is no conten.ptible Volunteer *, as the three following fanm
zas, with which the Genius of Britain concludes this poem, will

Look back on ev'ry deathless deed

For which your Sires recorded stand ;
To Battle let

your Nobles lead
The fons of Toil, a hardy band ;
The sword on each rough Peasant's thigh be worn,
And Wars green wreaths the Shepherd's front adorn.
But see! upon his utmost shores

America's sad Genius lies ;
Each watied province he deplores,

And calls on me his languid eyes ;
Bless'd with Heaven's favourite ordinance I fiy,
To raise the oppress'd, and humble Tyranny.
This said, the Vision westward fled.

His wrinkled brow denouncing war ;
The way, fire-mantled Vengeance led,

And Justice drove his airy car ;
Behind firm-footed Peace her Olive bore
And Plenty's horn Four'd bleflings on the more.




* In his Dedication to Mr. Pitt, he thas speaks of himself.

Above Temptation, and unaw'd by Pow'r,
Pleas'd with his present lot, nor wishes more,
Save that kind Heav'n would give his warm defire,
What Kings can't grant, nor Courtiers oft require,

From each low view of selfish faction free,
1: To think, to speak, to live, O PATT, like thee.


Altho" the word Vates fignifies, both a Poet and a Prophet, time can only discover how far the Author is intitled to the latter apo pellation ; and, therefore, we shall only remark, that the imagery of the first stanza, is an imitation of an Ode, which was written in the year 1744, on the battle of Preston-Pans, by a Gentleman

Scotland. 6. VII. A Poetical Epiftle, occafioned by the late Change in she Adminiftration. Addrefled to the Right Hon. William Pitt, Esq; 4to. 6d. Hinton.

: On the perusal of this dull piece, immediately after the foregoing very different performance, we could not avoid recollecting the Fable, wherein ghe Ass, with his hideous braying, and aukward gambols, takes upon him to caress and fawn upon his owner, in imitation of the favourite Spaniel ; bụt unhappily was sepaid with a drubbing-Whether the Great Man, in this pa. rallel situation, may think of the like means of rewarding a mistaken Panegyrift, is a circumstance best known to himfelf: but it as not improbable, that his good-nature may rather dispose him 10 excufe a well-meant endeavour to please; tho', as in the case of the poor beast in the Fable, Nature may have unkindly barred the way

to success. VIII. The Metamorphosis of a Prude.

The Author is no Ovid ; yet is his Prude nor unpoetically metamorphosed into a Cat. When this Bard enters the poetical lifts again, he would do well to sacrifice to the Graces.

IX. The Tenth Epiftle of the first Book of Horace imitated. 4to. is. Ross.

This Imitator knows too little of the Latin to understand Horace, and too little of Englis, to give any tolerable satisfaction to a Reader in either language. However, by the time he has learnt to spell, he may, posibly, appear to more advantage, as he seems to have youth on his side, and, in some small degree, a natural turn for poetry : tho' what Nature has done for him, is not yet fufficiently cultivated to excuse his presuming to appear

in print.

X. A New Version of Paradise Loft; or, Milton 'paraphrased. In which the measure and versification are corrected and harmonised; the obscurities elucidated; and the faults which the Author stands accused of, by Addison and other of the Criticks, are removed. With Annotations on the original Text, to fhew the reasonableness of this New Verfion. By a Gentleman of Oxford. 8vo. Is. Baldwin,

Altho' we had long laid it down as a maxim, not to be sure prized at any of the literary attempts of the present race of Authors, yet we must confess, that this title-page altonished us. We could not conceive, what occafion the Paradise Lost had for a Pataphraftical Version; its obicure passages had been long ago ex


plained, and never were dificult to the scholar: and if our eat did not greatly deceive us, Milton, notwithstanding fome unmufical lines, had carried the harmony of Blank Verse, as far as the Englich language would admit. It is very true, indeed, that Mr.

Addion, and the Author of the Rambler, have accused that great : Genius of some trivial inaccuracies; but if such are to be lopped

off, by every little pretender to Criticism, what author will defcend, unmaimed, to posterity? Not a second irruption of the Goths and Vandals, would be more destructive to learning, than such a critical barbarism, if permitted to rage with impunity. But let us fee,

mis o 11.1 Quid dignum tanto feret hic promiffor hiatu ? We, therefore, attentively perused the New Version and Notes, and soon found, that if the late Dr. 'Bentley lopped off, now and then, one cf Milton's fingers, our Oxford Drawcanfir hews away, not only his extremities, but chops his very head off, leaving Milton a lifeless and disfigured trunk: Bentley every where shewed an Acumen ingenii; and some of his objections are not to be answered. It is true, the Doctor was no poet'; but then

our Oxonian, is not only a moft wretched verfifier, but his re- marks no where discover any critical fagacity they are ever ill

founded, and, in general, display that ill-mannered kind of arrogance so conspicuous in moit of the proficients in the Bathos.

But as it would be making this reptile too important, to track him through all his windings of abuse, illiteracy, and absurdity, and as we think it a kind of poetical profanation, to mention Milton and him together, we thall defile our page with no part of his Paraphrase, but refer those who can read such stuff with less indignation than we can, to the pamphlet itfęlf : applying to the Author what Milton faid of a much better writer:

Gaudete O Scombri, et quicquid elt piscium falo,
Qui frigida hyeme incolitis algentes freta,
Veftrùm mifercus ille

Bonus amicire nuditatem cogitat. From the title page, we imagined, that the Gentleman of Oxford had given a new version, as he calls it, of the whole of the Paradise Lost, but were agrecably surprized to find, that he has only fallen upon the firit book.

XI. The Levee, a Poem. Occasioned by the Number of Clergy at the Duke of N- 's last Levee. Folio. 6s. Cooper.

This short poem is introduced with a very facetious application of Horace's Qui fit Mecenas, et neno? as a Motto; which happens to be very nearly the cale ; as the word Number in the title page appears, in the conclufion of the poem, to fignify but one Ecclesiastic, whom Horace would scarcely have allowed to fay of himself-Nas numeri fumus. Perhaps the only preacher qualified to a.sume this izle, mut be fome fair Quaker-Speaker. The



verfe is Hudibrastic, and the description of his Grace's Levee, Lby'no unfriendly Mufe, is humourous, and not more fatyrical, on oil the Groupe, than just. The former great resort of the Clergy,

il from the Prelate downwards, to this weekly Convocation, as the **Poet calls it; makes a high contrast to the cataitrophe of a poor b>Unit’s figuring in the last act of the Levee; which closes with the following just reflection, and certain prophecy. lo By Nature's friendly Infine led,

Those Birds of Paffage all are fled; -PIIAS. 7 And now prepare their throats to fing

The Matins of the coming Spring. XII. The Fifteenth Ode of the first Book of Horace imitated, and applied to Mr. F. on his being appointed Sof S and taking on him the conduct of the - Folio, 60. Scot, * di cow 19.

In chat Ode, which this writer pretends to imitate, the Venu5 fian Bard artfully anticipates the fatal effects of Anthony's atriy tachment to Cleopatra, by reciting the example of Paris, and

the ruinous consequences which attended his passion for Helen.

The subject, therefore, made it accep able to ihe friends of Aui gultus, while the delicate manner in which it is handled, could conot displease even the followers of Anthony. But this Imitation saris widely remote from the beauties of the original : Sh- and

Horace are not more different.--The English Ode is by much 110 too personal to be pleasing, to those who bave no connection with

either party : and is too indifferent, in point of versification, to - merita

any regard from the genuine Critic. ada os gan MISCELLANEOUS.

XIII. A Narrative of the Proceedings of Admiral B-g, and his Conduct off Mahon, on the 20th of May. By ada Officer of the Squadron. 8vo. 6d. Owen.

Against the Admiral; but affording no discoveries, XXIV. The History of Reynard the Fox, Bruin the Bear, &c. 12mo. 35. Smith its stan s OV 190 BEBE 1101 3rd Bad A Thing which seems to have been written in exprefs contra.

diction to the confident assertions usually found in Quack-Bills, to concerning Loss of Time, and Hindrance of Business. ?Y

XV. The Juvenile Adventures of David Ranger, Efqo 12mo. 2 vols. 6s. Stevens, COD The title of this Novel feems to have been contrived to pre

poffefs the public with expectations of its containing anecdotes re

lating to the celebrated Manager of one of our Theatres-Royal ; 1. but this, to borrow a late fashionable phrase, was all a Hum@ bug. For the rest, however, the work is by no means the most -5. contemptible of the kind we have lately been obliged to perufe: It abounds with adventures, and is not altogether ill-written; the


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