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In the dead of the night when thou softly stoledft to my polluted bed, he noted the crime and recorded it. Though we clofed up the windows of our apartment, his all-piercing eye penetrated our shallow impediments. O that I could obliterate the guilty scroll, as I obliterated figures on the door of my chamber, for the directions of thy libidinous seet! Alas it cannot be! It is recorded on high! O LOTHAR 10, I cannot answer it-yet I must. I go
LOTHARIO! O save me! O speak for me! speak to me! No? no, no, no, thou wilt not, -thou canst not: ah no! Call me then him whom I have injured! who fo defervedly has disclaimed me. Tell him, I die ;
tell him the wretched off-cast dies. He is good ; he will pity me, though unworthy.-- Ah, perhaps he will pardon me.-Alas! 'tis coo late.. I link ;
-LOTHAR XO yields me no alliitance. He is a clog on my soul, that would weigh me to perdition. Loose me! wretched man! LOTHARIO, I disclaim thee.'
* Such was the dreadful complaint, the dying accusation, whichi his wild fancy repeated Hex his ears, as though tremulating from the pale lips of the injured, of the unhappy fair. man needs thy turpitude a greater punishment than the horrors of a reproachfut conscience !'
After this we cannot avoid joining our good wishes to those of our author, that, as it seems, the fate of her whose imprudence rendered her a conspicuous character, may have already made fome impression on a too thoughtless world :" To the efforts of imagination inay in this initance happily second the force of truth' ART. 22. The Degeneracy of the Times; or a disgraceful
Tale of the Honourable Captain F-ry, related from the most uncontrovertable Authorities, ss.6d. Kearsley,
The difgraceful Tale mentioned in this title page, is neither more nor less than an instance of generosity and attention in Captain For-y, whofe circumstances could afford it to a brother officer, who by misfotune and ill health was reduced to indigence and extremity.
The present narrative proceeds from fome grateful mind who admired the action, which is the subject of this publication. heartily wish it may prompt other gentlemen, to whom providence has given the power to imitate the example here recorded ; for it is worthy of imitation ! Art. 23. Memoirs and Adventures of a Flea ; in which are
interipersed many humorous Characters and Anecdotes. izmo. 55. T. Axtell, London, 1785.
Some tolerable low, humorous description, with much grofsnefs and insipidity, make up this circulating library mess. The story of the Goodwill family has some merit, and leads us to think that the author might be capable of better things. Art. 24. Letters addressed to Mrs. Bellamy, occafioned by
her Apology. By Edward Willett. 8vo. 1 s. 6d. Robinson. It is rather unfortunate that Mrs. Bellamy Thould have censured Mr. Willet in her Apology. For it is clear to a demonstration, that he must have acted in her affairs with propriety. His defence of kimself as a man of bufiness, is, indeed, highly fatisfactory. Bue
we can, by no ineans, approve the style of his letters. It is rudely
bis own Lawyer. Containing all the acts of parliament, and the
This talkative title-page is sufficiently illustrative of the contents of this publication; and for the execution of works of this kind, no ability is requisite. They are useful; but confer no merit upon their editors. Art. 26. A free Inquiry into the enormous Increase of Attornies ;
with some serious reflections on the abuse of our excellent laws. By an unfeigned admirer of genuine British Jurisprudence. And a poftfcript, in which the reform of our parliamentary constituency is again considered. By the original proposer of that interesting measure. 8vo. is. Debrett, 1785.
According to the computation of this writer, there are in this country twenty four thousand attornies including counfels. Sup pofing the yearly gain of each to be at an average 1301. their annual drain would exceed three millions sterling. And our author proposes various reforms. Many of his observations on the quibbling and formalities of the law, and on the iniquitous practices of numa bers of its profeffors seem to be well founded, but are rather trite, and often to be found in newspapers.
Art. 27. Sermons, on some of the most useful and interest.
ing Subjects in Religion and Life. By the Rev. J. Moir. 53. Rivington.
Notwithitanding the obvious degeneracy both of literature and religion, sermons are still published and still have their readers! and it must be acknowledged much pure morality, strong sentiment, and found reasoning, are often conveyed by this unfashionable mode of compofition.
The fermons before us are on the following topics—The divine Government of the World-The Sublimity of Christ's official Character Moral Beauty, Exemplified in the Life of Jesus. Religious Converfion—The Spirit of Religion-Pleasurem-Benevolence The Mode of our Savioni's teaching Self-Deceit---No Degree of Wealth adequate to Happiness—The proper Ufe of Speech-Repentance, an Effect of Die vine Goodness-The Propagation of the Gospel-The Anecdote of Balaam and his Als improved the coming of Chrift-The PassionFaith-Hope-Magnanimity--Religious Joy-Religious EducationA religious Life superior to Death.
These are certainly fome of the most useful and interesting subjects on which it is possible to discourse. And it may be said, with justice in favour of these fermons that the preacher is in general sufficiently in earnest to interest the attention and feelings of his hearers. Art. 28. The Believer's Safety and Satisfaction; A Funeral
Sermon on the Death of Mrs. Mary Sturgis ; preached in Grafton-
We can discover no good reason for the publication of this sermon: as a compofition it merits no attention : and what has the world to do with the private life of Mrs. Mary Sturgis, wife of Mr. Thomas Sturgis, Apothecary, in South-Audley Street ? Art. 29. The Restitution of all Things. An Essay on the
important purpose of the universal Redeemer's Destination. By the Rev. James Brown, late Miffionary from the Society for propagating the Gospel, and Chaplain of the British Garrison at Savannah, in the province of Georgia. 8vo. 1s. 6d. Cadell. 1785.
The ideas entertained by men concerning the Divine interpofition for the restoration of mankind to their highest happiness and perfection, have at all times been narrow and confined. "The Jews stein to have thought themselves the only people in the world for whom the Almighty had any regard, or who were at all objects of his Providence. Éven Christians in general confider the whole world as excluded from the care of the universal Parent, besides their own particular fect. They view the redemption of the world as implying only the restoration of a few of the human race, in particular ages and nations, to the favour of their offended Creator, while the bulk of mankind are devoted to endless misery. and destruction. Luftead of theie difhonourable and partial views,
the author of this effay endeavours with great plausibility, to prove, both from reason and revelation, that the redemption of the world must extend to the whole human race. Nay, he goes much farther, and thinks it implies, even the entire extirpation of evil,
disorder, and misery; and the restoration of peace, perfection, • and felicity, through all the regions of the Divine dominions. This view of the subject is extremely pleasing to the natural desires of man, and most agreeable to the best ideas we can form of the Divine nature and perfections.
Art. 30. More Lyric Odes to the Royal Academicians. By a
diftant. Relation to the Poet of Thebes, and Laureat to the Academy. Quarto, is. Hookham, 1785.
This relation of Peter Pindar, has not been unhappy in his imitation of that laughter-loving bard. Of this our readers may judge by the three first stanzas of Ode III.
Why you're improving, Mr. Welt!
Pardon, I took it for a den of thieves.
Of lows and pigs, all in the fore-ground grunting;
Of Lords and Kings, all in the back ground hunting.
Of docks that might with cabbages compare ;
“ Such are thy wond'rous works,” O rare! O rare !! In his ad Ode, to Sir J. Reynold's he has successfully blended burlesque ideas with compliment, and thus preserved the tone of his performance. As a proof of this we produce the conclusion of the Ode.
• This room will much thy pencil lack,
With bum as cold as clods of earth can make it.
Pity, the Art, and do not foon forsake it.! Against West, Copley, Cofway, and Peters, he is particularly severe, and rather too indiscriminately fo. Satire goes beyond its just bounds, when it brings down West and Copley to the level of Peters. Though these odes poffefs, a good deal of the spirit of Peter Pindar, yet they do not come up to his drollery and excentri
city, and are inferior in that richness of thought and imagery, which characterizes the original Laureat to the Royal Academy. Art. 31. Barataria; or, Sancho turned Governor. A Farce.
In iwo Aets. As it is performed at the Theatre-Royal, 'CoventGarden. By Frederick Pilon. 8vo. is. Almon. 1785.
The modeft manufacturer of this perforinance declares, that he shall be contented with no greater share of reputation than Cervantes had before him. It seems however, that he has had resort to à humbier original, and pillagcd the scenes of Tom Durfey. These, it were natural to suppose, were the best; but as the farce has just as much merit, as ought in conscience to satisfy two Durfcy's, we are disposed to beítow an equitable half of its laurels, untaxed and unexamined, upun Frederick Pilon. Art. 32. Conftancy, a. Poetical Talc : Founded on Fact.
410. 6d. T. Evans. ' London.
Damnon, a Scoth gardener, is in love with Delia, a young girl on the banks of the Severn, who'repay's his passion with an equal fame. He is obliged to return to Scotland for five years, but is absent seven without writing to his mistress. She, in the mean while, is solicited by her friend to abandon che unfaithful swain ; but her constancy remains unfraken. Damon returns, and years of misery give place to mutual happiness. Such is the story, which might have appeared to more advantage than it does in the present performance; where we often meet with the fatness of prose instead of poetical fimplicity. There are many improprieties both in the conduct of the poem, and in the expression : but the publi. cation is not of sufficient importance to entitle it to minute critic cism. ART. 33. The Hafliniad; An Heroic Poem. In three Can
1s. 6d. Debrett. 1785. Mof verses have no character at all--If it were ever fair thus to modify the sentiment of Pope, certain it is, that its application could never appear more striking, than to such namby pamby nonsense as the following--Mrs, Hastings makes a very sumptuous present to Mr. Pitt.
• These (she exclaim'd, while high her breaf
The rapture-heaving foul confeft) * To thy auspic'ous influence due,
• Muft oft this grateful them:e renew. 'ART. 34. The History of John Gilpin, how he went far
ther than he intended, and came home safe at last. 'Izmo. 3d. Fielding.
This performance has already been reviewed in another quarter. For ourselves, we see nothing that deserves to have distinguished it from the most wretched ballad that was ever consigned to the genial tuition of the hawkers. Arr: 35. The Knight and Friars; an historic Tale. By
Richard Paul Joddrell, Esq. F. R. S. and A. S. S. 4to.
We have no pleasure in condemning a grave and learned trifler, and we could have wished that Mr. Joddrell had left his performance