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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,
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,
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?
Repent it, said you?
To wrath, rebuke,- to distance, to distrust;
To hate, revenge, or worse-to just contempt.
6 Som. 'Tis death to meet him !-yet I cannot stir.
Behold how his poetical Emendators have mended or have
Sore-shrinking at his lightest breath, will fmart;
'Till then I suffer what I mean, his doom,
ar Thus while a lover talk'd my Somerset,
But now, alas! -
As first-made mothers to their erring infar.es.
Nor man a nobler friend than Overbury.
Can in the private or public scene,
And ininiiters to every care a comfort.
but rather, I suspect that one like him,
Reinantic schemes, but in the State, bewilder.
Their selfish int'reits from the gen'ral good,
Knows for the public safety, feats of arms;
Next of bis country ; laft of all, his own
If such be his, crcate so many foes?
Than eminence of vice. Virtue is oft
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.
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
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,
, 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.
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”.
" Once a Sun, now scarce a Star,
« Roars the brażen throat of War."
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.
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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.