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The Diabo-Lady : or a Match in Hello A Poem. Dedicated
to the worft Woman in her Majesty's Dominions. 4to. Is. 6d. Fielding and Walker.
An additional instance, to the many, which have lately of fered, of that licentious abuse of the press; which makes the truest friends to its liberty justly apprehensive that, sooner or later, some arbitrary miniftry will argue, from such abuse, against the use of it, and lay it under a despotic restraint.
The Diabo-Lady is a counterpart to the Diaboliad; of which we gave some account in our last Review. Certain it is that the vices of the present age are flagitious enough to afford a plea for the severest satire, if such vices were not too flagitious to be the proper object of it. The views of the satirift Ahould be amendment, not punishment; now there is little reason to fuppose persons so wicked as to be distinguished by an cxaltation to the first rank in Hell, within the reach of refor. mation.--Again, if the fatirist even means caftigation, and to danın the criminal to fume; he ought to consider whether it be ftri&ly poetical justice to damn even the worst man or woman in his majesty's dominions, in this world and the next too. A true satirist will give the Devil himself no more than his due.
Mild Punishment found Policy, or Observations as the Laws rela
tive to Debtors and Felons, &c. By William Smith, M. D, 8vo. Is. 6d. Bew.
Dr. William Smith here points a number of defects in our laws relative to debtors and felons; to few of which, however, much man,
who knows any thing of the matter, and hath paid any attention to the subject, can be a stranger. We are forry, notwithstanding, to say, that we think moft of his remedies inadequate and his expedients futile ; particnlarly thote respecte ing the regulation of public proftitutes : in which there is a degree of severity very inconsistent with the spirit of philanthropy generally pretended to by this writer.
The Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam, Esquires
. No. 4. Containing Deigns of some public Buildings. Folio, imperial paper.' I. is. Becket.
A magnificent work, published in numbers, that does no less honour to the taste of the encouragers of lo capital a publication, than it does to the masterly architects, who are the authors of it.
Selecta Poemata Anglorum Latina, feu fparfim edita, seu hačlenus
inedita. Accurante Edvardo Popham, Coll. Oriel, Oxon. nuper Soc. Vol. III. t2mo. 33. lewed. Dodley.
This third is, we understand, the last volume, which the ingenious editor intends to publish, of this collection. We are, by no means fond of modern Latin poetry; there are, neverthelels, some excellent translations, from our English poets, contained in this miscellany ; which have given us great pleafure in the perusal.
Sermons preached at Lincoln's- Inn, between the Years 1765 and
1776: with a larger Disiourse, on Christ's driving the Mera chants out of the Temple; in which the Nature and End of that famous Transaction is explained. By Richard Hurd, D.D. Lord Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry. 8vo. 5s. in boards. Cadell,
These discourses are extremely various ; some of them rising into the perplexities of scholastic divinity, and others linking down to the petites morales of the bon ton. In both cases, however, the file and manner of treating them are such as might well be expected from the “ polished HURD."
Sermons on the following Subjects; viz. The Divine Omnipre
sence The Ascension of Chrift; The Obligation to search the Scriptures; The Blessedness of those to whom to live in Chrift, and to die, is Gain; Our Time's in the Hand of God; the Shorte nefs' and Frailty of Human Life; the Character of the habitkally Religious, God's crowning the Year with his Goodness. By Thomas Amory, D.D. 8vo. ss. boards. Buckland.
The sermons, here published, are, in number, twenty; thir. teen of which were transcrited for the press, by the author; the other seven being such as had been separately printed many years ago. They relate to the most important points of speculative and practical religion; without entering into difficult and perplexing passages ; about which Christians of different denominations so violently disagree.
The whole Works of Flavius Fofephus. Containing, 1. The Life
of Josephus, as written by himself. 2. The Antiquities of the Jewish People; with a Defence of those Antiquities, in answer to Apion. 3. The History of the Martyrdom of the Maccabees ; and the Wurs of the Jews, with the neighbouring Nations, till the final Deftruition of Jerufalem by the Roman Power. 4. Arcount of Philo's Ambafi from the Jews of Alexandria to the VOL.' v.
Emperor Caius Caligula. The whole newly translated from the
In behalf of this publication we have received the following gote ;
To the LONDON REVIEWERS. Gents, Although it hath not been ufual for the Reviewers to take notice of books published in weekly numbers, they are in general not less important or interesting than others; it would be setting a good exam. ple, thereføre, for the London Reviewers to take notice of these things, among which none deserves better their recommendation than the new oanslation of Jofephus, by the Doctors Thompson and Price: the proposals of which are transmitted you, inclosed.
Philo-biblius. In answer to the above, we must confess, that the many im. positions on the reader, by the publication of certain books in weekly numbers, call aloud for proper redress. At the same time, as it is a mode of publishing which is convenient to many, it were a pity it should not be subject to proper animadversion. We have accordingly looked over the first number of this new translation ; but find it differ so little from the old one by L'Efrange, that it was hardly worth while for the booksellers to employ (or perhaps to create) two learned doctors on purpose to make a new verfion from the original Greek. We say crcate, because, although we have made a very minute enquiry after the doctors Ebenezer Thompson and 'William Charles Price, we cannot find any body, but the publishers, who ever heard of their names before.
The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testament; with
Notes explanatory, critical, and practical, selected from the
Of the notes annexed to this bible little is to be said, as they are but few, and those very concise. As to the Bible itself, we must do the printer the justice to own, that the typographical execution of it is, as he truly afferts, fuperior to any thing of the kind, ever printed in this or any other nation. ,.
A Sermon preached before the House of Lords, in the Abbey Church
of Westminster. By Richard, Lord Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry. 4to. Is. Cadell.
The character of Bishop Hurd is so well known as a prea. cher, that we need only say that the present sermon is by no
means unworthy of his great abilities, the dignity of his auditors, or the importance of the occasion.
Sermon preached before the Honourable House of Commons, on Friday, Dec. 13, 1776, being the Day appointed to be observed as a Day of Solemn Fasling. By John Butler, LL. D. 4to.
is. Cadell. An humane and charitable discourse, well adapted to the oce cafion, and worthy of a Christian divine.
Sermon, preached before the University of Dublin, on Friday the 130b of December, 1776; being the Day appointed by authority for a General Faji and Humiliation. By Thomas Leland, D. D. Senior Fellow of Trinity College, and Vicar of St. Anne's, Dublin. 4to. Conant.
Among the many fenfible and pious discourses, preached on the day of the lace general faft, the sermon before us claims particular attention. Our readers will judge from its exorng dium,
JUDGES, Chap. xxi. Ver. 2 and 3. And the people came to the house of God, and abode there til even before God, and lift
their voices and wept fore; And faid, O Lord God of Israel! why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be this day, one tribe lacking in Israel?
“ The spectacle here presented is interesting and atfecting. On this day, we may contemplate it with advantage, so as to receive instrucs tion, when initruction seems most vecessary, from those things which “ happened for examples,” and were written for " our adınonition."
“ A desperate civil war, commenced between Israel and one offendi ing tribe, had been carried on with mutual flaughter and various fuça cels ; and closed in the almost total excision of those men, who had defied the authority of their national gavernment. The people, how ever provoked at the ctfenders, however elated by fuccefs, in the midst of victory, looked back on the havock they had made, in grief and conslernation. In the day of wrath, they had “marched through the (and, in indignation." Their weapons were red: but they foon reflect, çd that it was in the blood of their countrymen and brethren. They. were humbled, they were afflicted; they proclaimed a falt; they lay proftrate before the throne of mercy : with one voice, with one heart, they poured forth the etiufions of a relenting spirit. Too violently agitated to debate the justice of their quarrel, ioo deeply pierced to discuss the occasion, to condemn the a uchors, agents, or tomenters of it, they gave free course to their remorse ; they implored the di. Yine affistance, to close the public breach, to heal those wounds their nation had now received, and to difpofe the hearts of all to peace and seconciliation. Such was the conclusion of their civil ftrife
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* I am not folicitous to draw any parallel to this derail. I use it: merely as an occafion to remind you, in general, of the present fituaeion of our lirael; and to lead you to such reflections, as may promoto the purpose of thus aflembling before God prayer and humiliation ; that in his great mercy he may heal our wounds, and avert the evils: with which we are threatened,
“ We are at this day, not indeed at the conclusion; possibly but at commencement of a civil war. It hath already proved far more obiti. nate, far more afilisting and alarming, than at fira our pride fuffered us to suspect : and from this “ beginning of Atrife" the most Bitter was ters have already gushed out, . Oee ribe, however divided from us by ftuation, yet of our own language and people, influenced, I do not say by u hat motives, hath avowed, and seems to glory in its separa. tion. In a contest, however raised and inflamed, the appeal hach been made to heaven; and the decision seems, even yet, by no means fo compleat, as to afford good ground for contidence and security. It is not the bufiness of the present hour, to speculate on the causes and occasions of this contest. In the time of our visitation, we are to confider: only that we have been visited. There is an inteitine war; the enipire is rent; men's passions are inflamed; their sentiments variOus ; their affections divided; the immediate itate of things alarming ;. the future profpect melancholy; but one ereat desirable, a speedy and efectual reconcilement.
" It is not for the Christian to be dazzled by the splendour of a bloody victory; to exult in the miseries of unottending thousands, crushed by an unnatural and grievous conflict. It is not for the Chris. cian to flatter men's passions, to echo their animofties, to “ speak evil
of digrities," or viru.ently of his fellow-fubjects. When the sword is · drawn, he looketh up to that power, by whom it is appointed for chastisement and terrour. His language is the pathetic language of the Prophet: “ Othou fword of the Lord, how long ere thou be quiet! Put thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be ftill." His heart's de. fire and prayer to God mut be, that he who ruleth the hearts of princes, who giveth counsellors wisdom, and reitraineth the madness of the people, may arise and help us ; afswage our animofities, avert our dangers, sheathe the weapon of the dettroyer, and in ake us all to know and sce the real happiness of all, Reconciliation and Peace.”
In this truly christian spirit of reconciliation and peace our excellent preacher proceeds to explode the national vices; which may be supposed justly to have brought on us the present judgment of eninity and war.
• But," says he," it is grievous to dwell on such objects.—Yet, let me mention one vice, fpreid, countenanced, and faroured, in these nations. I mean the passion for censure and reviling, and the tremendous abuse of liberty, fir an occasion to revenge and malice, infolence, and pride, or perhaps some clandestine purpose of selt-intereft
. The period is in the memory of many ainong us, when this fury burit śrum jrs usual conccalinents, and raised the head with undifguifed iinpunce. We know that its virulence has been thed on every characwer, even the most exalied. In the eleva:od icenes of lite, in the dicon