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ration of King Lear; in which he has attempted, in like manner, to make Shakespear mend himself. The present Editor, indeed, is just as little able to draw the bow of Savage, as his patron that of our immortal dramatift.

Savage, it is true, was not the greatest play-wright of his time; he had however fome dramatic genius, and his file ivas animated and poetical. Of this there are many beautiful and spirited inttances in the play of Sir Thomas Overbury, printed in Savage's works; whereas, in the piece before us, moft of those poetical allusions are omitted, while the lines retained or subftituted are mean, flat, and profaic.

Of the business of the piece we lay little, as its effect is beft judged of from the thcatrical representation. Some scenes of the former play, however, are rejected, and some transpositions made, which to us appear improper and unartful; but whether these things are to be imputed to Savage or his menders, we cannot fay. Our readers will probably finile at a specimen or two of the mending of these theatrical botchers,

In the third act of Savage's first play, Overbury, in his altercation with the counters of Somerset, makes use of the following fimile :

Oh that my words, like the sun's powerful rays,
Were with attraction arm’d'ill, from your breaft,
This flood of frailty rose, exhal'd in fighs,

Or fow'd away in itreams of soft repentance. We do not altogether approve of the allegorical continuation of the above metaphor in the original; but what shall we say to the Editors and Emendators, who leave out entirely the natural image which gave propriety to it, viz, the sun. In the new play, therefore, the allusion becomes obscure, and the whole little better than stark nonsense !

“ Oh! that my words were with attraction arm’d,
'Till from a conscious breatt and conscious eye,
The food of frailry rose exhald in sighs,

Or flow'd away in 1treams of soft repentance. In the expoftulation between Overbury and Somerset in the last act, Savage's first play, the following simple and pathetic declaration coines from the latter : “ Over. Why-dost thou repent it?

Som. Repent it, taid you?
Oh! I could rave !-but, 'tis too late a penitence,
For I have wrong'd thy friendihip and undone thee.
Now mark the mending:
46 Som.

Repent it, said you?
I mult a tale unfold-no- spare my tongue, I dare noticed
Confiding friend/hip turns me into dread,
Unmanly dread! In you, alas ! 'will change

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To wrath, rebuke,- to distance, to distrust;

To hate, revenge, or worse-to just contempt.
At the close of Somerset's conference with Northainpton, in
the third a&t, on the approach of Overbury, Somerset, in
Savage's play, makes the following short soliloquy:

6 Som. 'Tis death to meet him !-yet I cannot stir.

Behold how his poetical Emendators have mended or have
made him mend himself here :
« Som, folus. My angry breaft, like wounds that ach at air,

Sore-shrinking at his lightest breath, will fmart;
While he, unconscious of my hate, has peace.

'Till then I suffer what I mean, his doom,
And feel, felf-punish'd, all the pangs he merits.
And yet the Emendators could leave out the following beau-
tiful fimile, borrowed from Dryden, in the countcfs of So-
merset's reprehenfion of Northampton :

ar Thus while a lover talk'd my Somerset,
His words fell Joft like hov'ring flakes of snow,
And in cold tremblings melted on my bojom.

But now, alas! -
The character of Overbury is, in Savage, thus concisely
and masterly delineated by Soinerset :
Som. Greatly you wrong him! I have found him tender

As first-made mothers to their erring infar.es.
Firm to his prince and faithful to his country;
A braver subject England never boaited,

Nor man a nobler friend than Overbury.
This delineation of character is feebly spun out in a
nuinber of flimzy lines, in the following dialogue in the new
play:. To my Overbury's brcast, my soul

Can in the private or public scene,
Pour out ber frail or better part; to him
As free and late as to the lonely rock
Or defart plain.
His friendihip ne'er indulged one fav'rire fauit;
It shares, it heightens ev'ry virtuous pleasure,

And ininiiters to every care a comfort.
Northamp. We loon may see him reach the Statesman's fphere;

but rather, I suspect that one like him,
Whose genius runs imaginary rounds,
May, in the Muse's fairy land, erect

Reinantic schemes, but in the State, bewilder.
Sunrz. Who moít bewilder there, are who abitratt

Their selfish int'reits from the gen'ral good,
Not thus the man the Muses call their own:
Him no mean lucre bribes to partial views,
He knows from nature's equitable rules,
To temper justice and entorce che laws;

Knows

Knows for the public safety, feats of arms;
Gives gen'rous asts and sciences to bloom;
Tells commerce how to circulate her streams,
And how to fence 'em from invading foes.
'Tis bis to boaft from elevated fpirit,
Freedom of thought to form enquiring candour,
Freedom of speech to check encroaching pow'r,
And kindle glorious jealousy of rights.
The welfare of mankind is first bis aim;

Next of bis country ; laft of all, his own
Northamo. But in such men, could eminence of virtue,

If such be his, crcate so many foes?
Som. Yes, eminence of virtue draws more foes

Than eminence of vice. Virtue is oft
Unhappy, therefore friendless; vice holds fortune ;
And fortune, when 'is ber's has friends. She's honour'd;
This object of disdain bas homage-vesi
Virtue with opulence and pow'r : cach jusi,
Each, great, each frugal, lib'ral act of goodness,
Envy misconfirues finifter intent,
'Till private malice spread in general clamour,

And end in excellence disgrac'd or murder’d. We do not pretend that Savage's original play can boaft great excellence; if it could, it were here most inhumanly disgraced and murdered indeed! We, therefore, think it but joftice to his memory, that the present Editor and his literary friends should publish not only their own names, but the play of Savage, as it came into their hands. Not but that this may be imperfect enough. It is well known, that, towards The close of his life, the Poet's judgement, as well as genius, was considerably impaired. Granting, therefore, that he did leave a re-written copy of this play, this revival of it argues very little judgement or genius in those who have taken the trouble to dig it out of its merited obscurity.

W.

A fort account of the present Epidemic Cough and Fever. In,

a Letter to Dr. De la Cour. at Barb, By William Grant, M. D. 8vo. 6d. Cadell.

Dr. Grant conceives the cough and fever, here treated of, to have been so completely difcuffed by Sydenham, that he does little inore than repcat that physician's description and mode of treatment,

* A kind of retrograde order, if, as the Poet says, self-love and social be the same; the gieatest cosmopolite being the first and best friend to himself.

Friend, parent, neighbour, first he will embrace
His courtry next, and next all human race, Rev,

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An Esay on the Peftilential Fever of Sydenham, commonly called

the Gaol, Hospital, Ship, and Camp Fever. By William Grant, M. D. Author of the Observations on Fevers. 8vo. 3s. sewed. Cadell.

Ur. Grant describes this fever much in the same manner as Huxham does the putrid and malignant fever ; considering it first as simple, and afterwards as it is complicated with inflammation, putridly, &c. He distinguishes, hower, the putrid from the gaol fever; which some writers will have to be one and the same.

De Arthritide Primigenia & Regulari, Gulielmi Musgrave,
M. D. apud Exonienfes olim Practici

, Opus Posthumum, quod nune primum publici juris facit Samuel Musgrave, M. D. Authoris Pronepos. Svo. 2s. 6d. Londini, Elmfly. Oxonii, Prince.

Dr. Musgrave, the author of this treatise, has been dead upwards of fifty years. Some time after his decease, we learn, this tract was printed at the Clarendon press: though, from various accidents, its earlier publication has been prevented. The author hath treated his subject in a manner, by no means derogatory to his reputation in the medical world; although we conceive that many of his brethren of the faculty will not readily give into his affcrtion, that the Gout is frequently cominunicated by coition.

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The Genius of Britain, to General Howe, the night before the

Battle at Long Island. An Ode. 4to. 6d. Sewell.

This ode represents the Genius of Britain repairing to GeneTal Howe's tent

“ With eyes that wept, and cheek of clay”.
to wish him success and fing him a war-long on the eve of the
aforesaid battle. Our Genius is remarkable for nothing, so
much as his loyalty ; which is better by half than his being
merely poetical. One piece of information, however, he gives
us; which is, Lord Chatham was

" Once a Sun, now scarce a Star,
" By u hole mean ambition fed

« Roars the brażen throat of War."
May the brazen throat of war feed on such slender diet till it
be ftarved, say the Reviewers : not that they very clearly con-
ceive what kind of provender the mean ambition of a ftar is;
unless indeed the poct means one of those failing fiars, which
are mere vapsurs not a whit better than a dish of blanc-mange,
or Mrs. Glats': maonshine,

An

An Hiflorical and Classical Dictionary : containing the Lives and

Characters of the most eminent and learned Persons, in every Age and Nation, from the earliest Period to the present Time. By John Noorthouck. 2 vols. 8vo. 12s. Cadell.

Mr. John Noorthouck appears not to be the worst book-maker of the times : from a number of errors, however, which he has fallen into, and mistakes which he seems to be unqualified for correcting, we cannot recommend his performance to fuch students as would wish to acquire an accurate knowledge of the lives and characters of eminent or learned persons. In some particulars, we must add, Mr. Noorthouck is the less excusable, since many recent publications and indeed almost all the periodical pamphlets abound in useful hints for such a di&ionary. As it might appear partial or invidious to enter into particulars, we shall only obterve, that the very publication which Mr. Noorthouck obliquely reprobates, in the conclusion of his account of the great Dean of St. Patrick's, would have afforded him, if lie had deigned only to consult the index of it, abundant materials for supplying the desciencies of his own book.

* * *

An Essay on the Nature and Cause of the so called) Worm-Fever.'

By Samuel Musgrave, M. D. F. R. S. &c. 8vo. 6d. Payne.

A judicious practical Effay on a disorder that is frequently impated to worins, when it proceeds from other causes; particularly from a morbid affedtion of the bowels, proceeding from improper food, such as green fruit, &c.

Medical Observations and Inquiries. By a Society of Physicians

in London. Vol. v. 8vo. 6s. boards. Cadeil.

This volume contains near forty articles, many of them refpecting singular and important cases in physic and surgery, that have come lately under the cognizance of the first practitioners in London.

A Collection of Plans of the Antiquities of England and Wales.

By Francis Grose, Éjq. 4to. 1os. 6d. boards, Hooper

A supplemental volume to Mr. Grose's antiquities; the more neceffary to persons possessed of that elaborate and elegant work, as perspective views of building convey to few an adequatc idea of its parts and proportions.

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