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404 Art. 33. A Specimen of a Book, entitled, Ane compendious

Booke of Godly and Spiritual Sangs, collectit out of sundrie Partes of the Scripture, with fundrie of other Ballates changed out of prophaine Sangs, for avoiding of Sio and Harlotrie, &c. 8vo. is. Edinburgh printed, and sold by Nicoll in London.

We can learn no other intelligence of this northern curiosity, than what is set forth in the title-page of this specimen thereof; which farther declareth, that it is printed from an edition augmented with “ fundrie gude and godly ballates, not contained in the firit edition. Moreover, that it was printed at Edinburgh by • Andro Hart': but in what year

is not said. From the style, as well as the subjects, these Sangs appear to have been composed about the time of the reformation from popery; and sarely pelted in them is the puer Hure of Babylon. The following droll ftanzas, on the celibacy of the priets, may serve as a Specimen :

God send every prieli ane wife
And every nunne a man,
That they may live that haly life
As first the kirk began.

Sanct Peter, quhom pane can reprufe
His life in marriage led,
All gude priests, whom God did lufe,
Their maryit wyfes had.

Greit caufis then I grant had they,
Fra wyfes to refraine,
Bot greiter causes have they may
Now wyfis to wed againe.

For then fuld noght sa many hure
Be up and down this land:
Nor zit fa many beggars puer,
In kirk and mercat stand.

And not fa meikill baitard seid
Throw out this country fawin ;
Nor gude men uncouth fry fuld feed,
And all the suith * were knawin.

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Art. 34. Characters: an Epistle, inscribed to the Earl of Carlife.

By Francis Gentleman. 4to. Is. 6d. Becket. There is an energy both in the sentiments and versification of this little poem, wh.ch is intended as a satire on some of the prevailing foibles and vices of the age. The following sketches of Dorastus and Nebulosus will give the Reader some idea of the Author's manner :

See Friendship's self (O virtue most fublime!)
Shrunk to a name, and dark’ning to a crime !
Full to the view, lo! weak Dorastus stands,
Each new acquaintance all his soul commands;
To each he tells his secret joy, or grief,
Each joins his laugh, or kindly prays relief;
Within the cabinet of faithful breasts,
His trust, weak man, he thinks fecuiely rests;

So very humble, and so very free,
He seems the essence of humility-
He knows no distance that should flep between,
And striving to be affable, is mean;
Worthy, or worthless, claim an equal place ;
All who approach engage his ready grace;
Happy that he so many Friends can call,
The unsuspecting Dupe, or Jeft of all.

Friendship, like love, should be with caution placid,
Constant, when fix’d, and in its nature chatte ;
To one, and one alone, it can be true,
Worthless, when made the weather cock of two.

View spirit o'er the bounds of reason ftride,
And swell itself into gigantic pride ;
How grand the figure, how august the port,
Of Nebulosus new advanc'd at court!
His tongue no word, his eye no look affords,
To aught that fits not in the House of Lords ;
If he must speak, what manisest regret,
To waste his breath upon a Baronet !
His mighty self the everlasting theme,
Grandeur his waking with, and nightly dream ;
His huge importance leaves the world behind,
And rules at large his folitary mind;
At distant Majesty he looks with pain,
And curses fate he was not born to reign.

Thus all the smiles of fortune be enjoys,
One empty wilh unsatisfied destroys ;
Just punishment by Providence ordaind,

For wealth and honours thus by Pride prophan'd. By an advertisement subjoined to this poem, we are promised a collection of royal fables by the fame Author ; intended, we suppose, for the use of the Prince of Wales. Art. 35. The Works of Virgil, Englished by Robert Andrews.

8vo. 75. 6d. Printed by Baskerville, for the Author. Sold at Mr. Sheinton's, a Grocer, in Great-Russel-Street.

A Polish ambassador at the Porte had his horses Mod with silver, upon which the grand visier observed, that his excellency's horses shoes might be of Glver, but his brains were certainly of lead, when, though the

representative of a needy people, he came with the emblems of luperfluous wealth.' Our Translator, or rather Englishır, is under the same predicament. His types are filver, but his pen is lead ; and the muse has certainly treated him, or, at least, ought to treat him, as Dametas, in the language of his translation, says he was served by Galatea :

Pears at my pate arch Galea softly fings. In the original,

Malo me Galatea petit, lafciva puella. Art. 36. The Curate, a Poem, inscribed to all the Curates in Eng

land and Wales. By E. Lloyd. 4to. 2s. 6d. Richardton and Urquhart. The language of this poem is sometimes too humble, and the images

too

-How it galls,

100 mp; but is she detail of the curate's sufferings, there is neither anong a zeness of fatire on the principal causes of them, nor huHOME 11 ze gescription; witness the following passage :

To a bow pert the undertaker calls !
Lees complaint that he is made to wait,
rze nicotes, hearfe and coaches at the gate,
B* read-bere fellows.-He, forsooth, would have
Cize, ise yew-trees, growing to the grave.
• Wy breath and blood! It is too much to bear
Te vie mechanic's domineering air.
Tirkin-He traficks in his brethren's dust,

is good neighbours will not die, He muft.
Broser to dear, and taylor to the dead,
To greis che body, when the soul is Red,
Yar chis reptile's taunts so rude, so loud,

Truiwear he fold the curate with the shroud.
mur dudes his poem with some advice to his brethren,
refe: in superior language and a better strain of poetry, and

E o make them sensible of the dignity of their ap** ested with the narrowness of their income.

arm of David. Written in 1763, by a Sussex

3:0. is. Lewes, printed and sold by W. Lee. y sea in Pater-nofter-Row.

waar zee, not altogether destitute of poetry; but in cs udicious, and, upon the whole, very unequal Innect

XOVELS.

of the celebrated Miss Maria Brown. i i carrezan, in the most fashionable Scenes

in : Vols. 6s. . Allcock. do not indelicate nor the worst written per. Sy no means proper to meet the eye of

By the Miss Minifies, of Fairpers of the History* of Lady nes

12mo. 3 Vols.

profess, by the success of their 2. fecond;' and we recommend • egocent and moral entertain

s's picture, view fome exem*** secure.- Higher praise than

se fex, allow this performes, but is rather to be care

S, we doubt not, these inSi iad they allowed them

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Art. 40. The Adventures of Jack Wander. Written by himself.

Interspersed with fome humorous Anecdotes, and original Memoirs. 12mo. 2s. 6d. Jones.

Porters and chairmen may be delighted with this book; and pronounce it very funny and clever ; but footmen and chambermaids will be apt to censure it, as too low and vulgar. Art. 41. The Vicar of Wakefield: a Tale. Supposed to be written

by himself. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Newbery. Through the whole course of our travels in the wild regions of romance, we never met with any thing more difficult to characterize, than the Vicar of Wakefield ; a performance which contains beauties fufficient to entitle it to almost the highest applause, and delects enough to put the discerning reader out of all patience with an author capable of lo strangely under-writing himself. With marks of genius equal, in some respects, to those which distinguish our most celebrated norelwriters, there are in this work, such palpable indications of the want of a thorough acquaintance with mankind, as might go near to prove the Author totally unqualified for success in this species of composition, were it not that he finds such resources in his own extraordinary natural talents, as may, in the judgment of many readers, in a great measure, compensate for his limited knowledge of men, manners, and characters, as they really appear in the living world. In brief, with all its faults, there is much rational entertainment to be met with in this very fingular tale: but it deserves our warmer approbation, for its moral tendency ; particularly for the exemplary manner in which is recommends and enforces the great obligations of universal BENEVOLENCE: the most amiable quality that can possibly distinguish and adorn the WORTHY MAN and the Good CHRISTIAN!

POLITICA L.
Art. 42. A Charge to the Grand Jury for the City and Liberty of

Westminster. By Sir John Fielding, Knight. 4to. IS.
Marsh.

Sir John here states the natural liberty of the subject, as it is enjoyed
under the protection of the law, in a manner well-becoming the dignity
of the Chair.-Among the several public offences recommended to the
attention of the grand jury, we are glad to find particular notice taken
of- forestalling, ingrolling, and regrating; a crime shameful to huma-
nity, insulting to providence, and the base invention of ararice to grind
the face of the poor.'
Art. 43. An Examination of the Alterations in the Poor's Laws,

proposed by Dr. Burn, and a Refutation of bis Objections to Workhouses, so far as they relate to Hundred-houses. 8vo. Becket.

This sensible and candid Writer alledges, that 'to suppress begging, nothing more seems necessary, than to take away the toleration of all beggars whatsoever, and to make such a provision, that all who are unable to work may be certainly maintained ; and that all who are able may effe&tually be employed.' - For producing this salutary effect, he thinks county workhouses much too large to be well managed, and parocbial ones too small to answer the expence necessarily attending them. He is therefore a frenuous advocate for the expediency of bundred houses,

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upon the plan of that already eftablithed at Nacton in Suffolk : and is of
opinion, that— if the education and employment of children were the
only advantages, which would accrue from the establishment of such
houses, these circamilances would alone be fufficient to recommend
them.'

RELIGIOUS.
Art. 44. A plain and full Account of the Christian Practices observed

by the Church in St. Martin's-le-Grand, London, and other
Churches in Fillowship with them. In a Letter to a Friend.
12mo. 3d. Vernor and Chater.

Chriftian practices! This sounds oddly; but the Narrator means no reflection on the congregation of Sandemonians in St. Martin's-le-Grand. On the contrary, he appears to be, or to have been, a leading person among them; and has published this account of their religious oeconomy, in order to recommend and enlarge this little church : which, however, we hardly think he will be able to effect, in any considerable degree; as the scheme is founded on such a literal adherence to the principles and practices of the first Christians, as cannot but prove impracticable in these times. Art. 45. A very humble, earned, and affectionate Address, to the

Bishops and Clergy of this Kingdom; particularly to John Wesley,
Dr. Gill, Ec. The whole intended for a Confirmation of the
Writings of John Jerom Boeswillibald, late Professor of the il-
lufirious College at Tubingen, &c. By W. K. 8vo. 6d.
Nicoll, &c.

A moft extraordinary piece of devour jargon, intended chiefly to thew forth the wondrous merits of some books written by the above mentioned John Jerom Bo-faillibald, a German fanatic, whose uncouth name we never heard of before, and hope we shall never meet with it again.

S Ε Κ Μ Ο Ν S. 1. At the Rev. Mr. Winter's Meeting, in New Court, Careyftreet, March 6, 1765, before the Gentlemen that support the Academy at Mile-End. By William Crooklank, D. D. Dilly.

II. Before the House of Lords, Jan. 30, 1766. By the Bishop of Exeter, Sandby.

JII. At St Mary's, Cambridge, at the Lent Alizes, 1766. By John Mainwaring, B. D. Fellow of St. John's College. White.

IV. The Indispensable In portance of Religion. -At Shakespeare's Walk, March 21.

By Samuel Sienner, D.D., Ruckland. V. At the Ordination of the Rev.Mr. William Kingsbury, at Southampton, Oct. 8, 1765. By William Wright. With Mr. K.'s Confefion of Faith, and the Charge delivered by Thomas Gibbons, D. D. Buckland, &c.

VI. The fincere Chriftian's bappy Prospect after Death.-Preached at Hudc.escough, in Cumberland, June 19, 1765, at the Interment of Mrs. Sarah Brown, in the Burying. Ground belonging to the Protestant Diffenters usually affembling for Public Worship at that Places By Adam Dean. Newcastle, printed for Charnley.

VII. The Duties of Industry, Frugality, and Sobriety.–Before a So. ciety of Trade'men, &c. at St. Chad's, Salop, on Easter-Monday, 1566. By W. Adams, D. D. Minister of St. Chad, and Chaplain to e Bp. of Si. Afaph. Whilion, &c.

(The CORRESPONDENCE in our next.)

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