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"Till now, that a varlet has plac'd on his houlders
Than appear in the form of a pitiful Lord.' A delicate vein of pleasantry runs through this performance : but hard is the fate of him who is the object against whom the alied powers of a Pindar and a G-s are exerted : Peter knocks him down with a fledge hammer; and then comes Monsieur L'Avkat da Diable, and runs him through and through, with a sharp-pointed lance,
“ As fine as a needle, and keen as a razor." Art. 40.
The Gibraltar Monkies: or, “ The Rights of M20." A Fabie. By Jonathan Slow, D. D. F. R. S. &c. Dedicated, by Permission, to the Right Hon. Edmund Burke. 4to. 1s. 6 Jeffery. 1792.
The author of this political squib has some humour, but much of it is enveloped in obícurity; at least his wit, in several inftances, lies too deep for our penetration : we hardly perceived the drift of his performance, till we arrived at the close of it, where we observed poor Tom Paine to be a principal object of his fatire ;Paine, at whom our ministerial pamphleteers, and news paper wit. lings, are daily aiming their invective and ridicule ;--Paine, who may cry out with Shakespear's fat koighe, “ Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me!”
Although we have allowed this fabulist a degree of humour, we cannot much commend his poetry; for even in doggrel verses, in which very odd rhymes are sometimes held excusable, we hardly know how to tolerate fuch forry jinglings as the following; P. 1. Horizontal - Longtail. P. u. Curfe-Fors.
4. Great Firf-Unjuit. 15. Solder-Order.
-- 27. Bathe in--Play-thing. The writer who, while he aspires to the name and dignity of a Poet, poffeffes an ear and talte that can be satisfied with fuci shimes as the foregoing, ought to confine his attempts to black verse :- yet we shoold hardly expect much harmony from his productions, in any species of verfification. Art. 41. The Monkies in Red Caps, an old Story; newly infcribed
to the Club of Jacobins: by Timothy Thrum, Esq; Verse-capper to the Affiliated Society at Mother Red-cap’s. 4to. Pp. 23. is. 6d. Debrett. 1792.
Mr. Thrum appears to be no well-wisher to the efforts that have lately been made by the French co establish for themselves à free
pp. 13. Nicol.
conftitution of government; and this publication is a satire on some of their proceedings, particularly on their fancy for wearing red caps, as the fymbol of liberty. He ridicules this flaming exhibi. tion, by a droil fory of a National Afjembly of monkies, in one of the forests of Africa. He is a man of humour; and his tale (though founded on an old joke, of a trick said to have been put on a mischievous monkey, by misleading him to employ his talent at'mimicry in cutting his own chroat,) is laughable; and the poetry is given in a good imjiation of the manner of La Fontaine, &c. Art. 42. An Imitation of the Prayer of Abel. In the Style of Ealtero Poetry. 4to.
1791 A short prayer, or rather pfalm, composed of various scraps of scripture, somewhat altered, printed with a large beautiful type, on a fine paper Neither the citle, nor the motive of the publication, will be very intelligible. The prayer, of which shis is said co be an imitation, may pollibly be found in Gesner's German work, intitled, the Death of Abel, of which this composer may peradventure be an admirer. Art. 43. Semiramis; or, the Shuttle: A Cantata. From the Chro
Dicles for 1792. By Zuinglius Zenogle, Yeoman of the Bulse. 410. pp. 32.
15. 63. Debrett. 1792. It is hard, that with all our pretensions to fagacity, and after having so long studied the art of decyphering, we mould find our? selves fo completely foiled by Mr. Zenogle : such, however, is the fact. We do not understand two connected lines through the whole piece; nor can we gain any farsher information, than that, by Seo miramis, is meant the Empress of Ruffia. Art. 44. A Mock Elegy, in irregular Verle, on the supposed Demise
of P**** P*****, Esq. M. D. 4to. Pp. 50. 25. 6d. Hook. ham.
1792. We do not comprehend the wit of the supposed demise of P. P.' (i. e. Peter Pindar,) who is not only alive now, but was, and can prove himself to bave been alive, when this presumption was formed ; in like manner as Partridge the almanac-maker proved himself to be living, on a somewhat fimilar occasion.
Let us not spend more words on the design of this performance, than the matter is worth. Let the ingenious author enjoy his joke, if any joke there be in his concetto. Let us rather attend to the merit of the poem which is formed on it.-- Merit, did we say? Alas! we had better drop the subject, and call another. Proceed we then with our Catalogue. Art. 45. A Member of Parliament's Review of his first Sefion. In a
Poetical Epistle to his Wife in the Country. By Sir Solomon Gundy, LL. D. F.R.S. F. A. S. R. A. and M.P.!!! 4to. Pp. 32. 15. 68. Ridgway. 1792.
Sir Solomon Gundy, with half the alphabet in his train, does not rise much in our esteem as a writer. We did not, last month, deem very highly of him as a connoisseur in painting. He now seems to hold nearly the same rank as a politician ;---and as a poet, we perceive no improvement in his strains. His verses hobble most Rev. AUG. 1792.
grievously after his model, Simkin, the Welch bard, (who himself is apt to faulter, now and then, in his paces ;) and his sbimes ze sometimes intolerable : for example,
I say,'--' Dominica.'
• Draw,'--' War.'
In politics, this writer is anti-minifterial. On that account, he may rest affured, we do not quarrel with him. Art. 46. A Poem on a Voyage of Discovery, undertaken by a Brother of the Author's, with Sonnets, &c. 4to. Pp. 59. 35. Kearlley. 1792.
A voyage of discovery affords an ample field for poetical imagery and fentinient. The diversified scenes of nature; the variety of beman characters in the different stages of civilization ; the fatal effe&s of political ambition and commercial avarice; the advantages which may be expected from opening new communications with parts of the world hitherio little frequented, or from exploring regions ftill unknown; are fruitfal fubjects of description ;-and the author of this poem has, in no inconsiderable degree, done justice to his copious theme. The ideas, which a liberal philofophy would suggest on the furvey of the world that such a voyage affords, he has expreffed in easy and, for the most part, elegant verse.
The following lines, in honour of the generous but unfortunate Cook, will aford the reader a pleasing idea of this writer's talents:
• Where endlefs (nows on cloud-capt mountains lie,
All these fond hopes were vain! no friendly tear
Where their great friend and common patron fell.'
Tho'priests once taught 'was by a pow'r above." What this and a great part of the pamphlet has to do with Chrir. tianity, it will be difficult to discover: but be this at it may, the ladies on Parnassus will be more angry with the author for calling his production a poem, should they ever hear of it, than our court is for affixing so is the title Christianity ; yet we wish titles to be in fome measure descriptive of the contents of books ; nor do we expeat to find, in a work with the above title, descriptions of a turtle fealt with an hundred covers, nor of poor families living by luft, and routing on the town. A few lines at the conclufion are all that Seem properly to belong to the subject; yet even here, when the author means to be sublime, he becomes ludicrous. He reduces a false world to nothing, and then burns it to a cinder.
• To its primæval nothing it recurns
And the false world into a cioder burns. Let not the author pronounce us severe : such criticisms are a most painful part of our duty :-but “ We can't be filent, and we must not lie.”. Iia
Art. 48. Zapphira: A Tragedy, in Three Ads. 8vo. PP. 59.
is 6d. Ridgway. 1792. This tragedy is founded on che story of Rnynfault and Zapphira, related in the Spectator.We advise the author, whole firft eflay this is, before he again ventures to publish, to submic his performance to the correction of some judicious friend.
A Norfolk Tale; or a Journal from London to Norwich: with a Prologue and Epilogue. 8vo. pp. 67. 25. 61. Joha
As a private epiftle from one friend to another, this journal migre be accepted as the sportive effufion of a mind at ease : - but as a common journey in our own country will not be expected to afford any extraordinary objects and auventures, for poetical celebration, lo here is nothing made of it worthy the attention of a itrarger to the author ; who, nevertheless, appears to be a man of considerable aði. licies; and who, as we collect, has a character to support, far more valuable than that of a dangler after any of the coquetriih mulus.After all, we can forgive him his trifling for the sake of his humour, which is genuine.
Dedicated to her Royal Highness the Duchess of York. Svo..
of the Heart, and the Victim of Fancy. sewed. Robinsons. 1792.
The scene of this novel is laid in the court of Henry IV. of France; and the principal incident, (that for which, indeed, the whole novel appears to have been written,) is the romantic attempo
2 Vols. 55.