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427 which were neap tides when the Duke bottomless pit, and by others ftigmatised of Brunfuick approached the city; to with every species of uncertainty: la the wind, which was in the N. E. when thus conferring our tribute of praise on it should have blown from the N.W.; Mr. B's induftry and penetration, we to the country penple driving away the cannot help wishing fome brother of the workmen, who are said to have attempto profeffion would oblige the world with ed to cut the suices; to the distrefs fuch a limilar Catalogue for other sciences or inundation would have occafioned in the branches of literature. We cannot at province, as well as the civ: and the re- present recollect a properer person for jentment which it rould have proveked this undertaking than him whom we from the larter against the former; to a larely reviewed, p. 338, linking under miltaken security; and to the quick ex the “ law's delay," and making his ertions of the Pruffians.
“ Observations on Law and Lawyers.” The Appendix contains authentic copies of the letters which pafled between 85. The Patriot King; or, Alfred and Elvida, che Princess of Orange and the States, an Hißorical Tragedy, written by Alexander the Grand Penfionary and the Stadt. Bickrell, Aulbor of 's The Life of King Al. holder, relative to her being stopped in “ fred *,” “Tb. Hiftory of Edward ide her way to the Hague (fee p. 402); “ Bluck Pi incet ;'Editor of Captain Car. the documents between the Prutlian ver's “Travels brougb obe interior Parts of Ambailador and the States; the ca
“ North America 1,” and “ A: Aprlogy pitulation of Amsterdam, &c.; and a
" for ibe Life of George-Anne Bellamy i.."
&r. 8vo. sketch of the Constitution of the United Provinces.
“ THIS piece was written in the year 1778; and as the kingdom was at that time
threatened with an invasion from the united 34. Bibliotheca Lagum Anglix, Part 1.; or, powers of France and Spain, its effect, had
A Catalogue of ibe C mm naud Stature Law it then been brought on the stage, must have Books of bis Realm, and some orbers relaring been greater than at any other period. The sb-reti; giving an Account of their several flattering commendation of some of the first Edirions, ancient Printing, Dates, and Prices, tragic performers, and the folicitarions of seand wberein they difir. Compiled by John veral of his friends, whose judgement in theaWorrall. A new Edition ; correlled and trical concerns is undoubted, have induced Arranged in a more perfpicuous Merbod, and the author, as he has not been so happy as to interspersed wiib Olserverions on the princi. find it meet with the fame favourable receppa! Works, colleaed from abe beft Auborities. tion from the managers of the theatres, to lay Pari Il. containing a general Account of the it before the publick ;--and to their candour Laws and Low.Wrivers of England, from he submits it.” rbe earlief Times to the Reign of Edward Ill.
It is as impoffible for us to add any as lo of ib: :8blic Records, and order que thentic Law Klanufcripts, 16. Seitures, and thing to the leftimony of such good sbe several Cillarinns and Editions obereof, judges, as it is to account for the ca. sbe Reports
, or Colleftions of adjudged Cafes in price of managers, or of the publick, in sbe Courer of Law and Equity: rogaber wird
the admiflion or rejection of theatrical an Acount of sbe principal Works upon the pieces. Many a composition, that Low and Condirution, published during sbe
would read well, would lose its effect in present Brign. Compied by Edward Brooke. acting; and vice versa.--Mr. B. offers' 1 Vols. 12mo.
this as his first effort of genius; for his THE very useful Catalogue of Law other works have been mers compilaBooks, which Mr. John Worrall began tions, and the last on his lift has done
His Hiftorical in 1731, and which he republished, him the least credit. with large additions aod improvements, Tragedy has a respectable lift of lubin 1968, his successor, Mr. Edward scribers; and as amongst them appears Brooke, has further improved this pre
Sir Barnard Turner, who died in 1778, fent year. But Mr. Brooke's labours it thould fecm the piece was intended do not end here. He has added a te. for publication so long ago. The Pro. cond volume, of nearly as many pages; logue and Epilogue are both written by wherein he has collected such a fund of the author, and the latter is dated 1779. information, not only for the legal prac
+ Sec vol. XLVII. P. 602. titioner, but for the legal antiquary also, as has nearly exhausted the subject, and verficulos feci, tulie alter bonares.
+ Of these may ftrictly be faid, Hos ego
See the forms a Catalogue raisonnée of a science Captain's fate, vol. L. pp. 219, 374. which, by'lume, has been accounted a Sec voh LV. pp. 104, 294
86. The Country Book Club: A Poem. 460. Not royal Cæsar, when he rose to quote,
THIS Poem is dedicated to the Rev. 'Mongst laureld chiefs, the favourite book ho Nathaniel Forster, Docr in Divinity,
(clime, and prefaced with a respectable list of That book design d to spread through various
And tell his mighty deeds to distant time, subscribers, the majority of whom are
E'er felt a transport half so keen as thine, in and about Colchester. The poet's When first thou turn'st to view thy ows Helicon and patron appear to be in Er.
derign; fex. The scene is laid in a place where To read, on papers stuck where ivies crawl we should have doubted if such a subject O'er gaping crammies of fome cottage wall, exifted, and which to us appears leaf In rude and th.ipelets chir:cters display'd, calculated for it
The great, th' important words, Loft, Stoln, « A c llage book-club on a village gren"
" or Stray'd!” at the Marlborough Head thatched ale.
Yet hold-thy prefence all the club intreat; house. Members: the surgeon-barber,
Then come, neglected artist, take thy scat; who once, in bleeding a ploughman, And hang a pipe upon thy quiv’ring lip."
Draw nearthe'squire,embracethefoa:ningflip, forgot to bind up his arm in talking
The poem is embellithed with a tole. geometry to him; the 'squire, in his Chariot drawn by a pair of old plough- rable design of the groupe, by Smitke
and Smith. horses; the smart draper (perhaps rather taylor) of the green; the rural bookseller (whom we understand to be 87. The Eastern Theatre erected: A Piem. 4toa the clark of the parish); a country
AN humble imitation of better heroiprinter, the curate of the parish; and comic poems, making "the increaling the landlord's virgin daughter, bringiog
rage for dramatic amusements, and in a smoking bowl of punch, which the
" the unbridled infolence with which
“ the lowest reformers of the theatre company empty to her health, and then proceed to throw the books at each
“ have treated that publick which fupother's heads.
ports them,” the subject of a "ludi. Such is the plan, and such the dra. Royalty Theatre; but the author, care
crous poem.” The subject is, Ibe matis perfonae. We shall select the printer's character for a specimen of real founders, gives his hero the name of
fully avoiding all personality against its this motley poem.
Palmeria, merely for perfpicuity's fake, “ Defend us, angels! ministers of grace! and at the suggestion of a friend; but Say, what art thou that glid'It through yonder cautions his readers, that “the only space?
“ features in that character, drawn for I tremble while I mark thy folemn air,
any person in particular, are, the uniThy clouded brow, blue eyes, and shaggy hair ;
“ verfality of his talents, and the time
" he had been on the flage.” So that Thy ink-bespatter'd garments, patch'd and Thy grilly beard, full many a day unfhorn.
Jines 205, 206, in the first canto, in From whence thou camest, what thy purpose, which the Drama's Queen characterises tell:
(well. her hero, I swear but now methinks I know thee “ Lo! there he stands, and chats contagious fin; An imp th u art; thou com'st from realms “Without, all Comus; and the same within;" of night,
though Mr. P. used to perform Comus, Where atraggling lamps emit a gloomy light;
are not to be applied to Wher shartly demons, for destruction made,
“Palınerio, champion of the summer train," In to.emo Glence ply their midnight trade ;
who was to Where my fic types and figures are combin'd, And forg Juditul rs that enchain mankind; "Fight in Augusta's field the warm campaign," Where the big press, beset by sable drones, but to the generality of actors. And Sends furth its holow and eternal groans. what is said in lines 77, 78 of the second Yet, gentle wil...ga pull', thour't free, I own,
canto, From deexis that stain thy blacker tribe in
“ Poetac generals scarce he deigns to greet,
“ While the poor graduare trembles at his In truth thou art, as all the parish think,
"feet," A harmler: devilas e'er dealt in ink. When erst at day-break I have rose unseen,
it is impossible he should deserve; for, To take my lonely walk across the green,
baving never performed regular dramas Full oft I've spied thee over yonder land, at his theatre, he can have had iirile op. With yellow brush and pipkin in thy band, portunity of creating authors either libePasting on barns and trees, and huts of clay, rally or illiberally, but must be applied Thy rocking hand-bills in the ira etler's way.
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429 Canto I. contains a descriprion of the Then yield to Fate, and Fate shall soon repay : palace of the Goddess of the Drama, in- The passing night Thall brighten into day : visible, over Covent-garden Theatre, And, glancing onwards with prophetic eyes, and a court held by her to extend her What glicering scenes of destin'dtriumphrise! empire in the City, under the direction Pale Trade lies bound, and Industry no more, of Palmerio.
Queen of our isle, escapes our hostile Shore : Canto II. Mavio communicates the Religion droops, by Ridicule deprest, dengn in a dream to Palmerio, who sets And nought is counted serious, but a jest:
Law, Science, Gospel, tumbling from on high, about executing it; but is opposed by See Mimickry aspiring to the sky; Industry and Trade, who raise a paper And as of old the proud gigantic host war with the Goddess.
Heap'd hills on hills, and scald the heavenly Canto III. The ghost of Davies,
coaf, “ Not like that Davies who, in youthful day, By Vice, Mode, Folly, rais'd our foes above, Flam'd on the stage's front, and gave the play; We'll reach the firmament of public love." But my and Thambling as he wont to greet A penny customer in Russel Street,"
88. A Poctical Address to the Fashionable Ladies in a dream tells Palmerio, his success
of Great Britain. 410. depends on the mulberry, planted by
A well-pointed satire on the unmanly Shakespeare, not being cut down in the occupations of the British shop-keepers, present month; that, as the stars threaten who have taken the distaff out of the much danger on the last day of the hands of the ladies, and substituted pins month, the playwrights must go to Strat- and needles to Cupid's darts. ford, and defend the tree that day, by When will « the Fair, on whom these youths entering all the trees and flowers of
depend, the garden where it stands, being first Their fostering parent, and their only friend, freed from the incumbrances of their 'Reform the town, and let their powerful hand bodies, and charmed into air by a ina Restore our men, and save our sinking land ? gical catcall. This is done; and no ac O'er gauze and tiffany let females reign, cident happens till lun-set, when, the Again thall Britain rule the subject main, charm being at an end, the poets leave And injur'd manbood Avurish once again.". their posts; but the mulberry falls al. This is but a small part of the usur. most before the guardian had forsaken pation ;-men hairdrefiers, men stay and it. This is an imen that they had nei mantua and shoe makers, and men mid. ther quite gained, nor quite loft, their wives, should also be removed from the cause, and i hat Palinerio's scheme should persons of the British fair. Succeed ir. part. The war having been carried on with various success, and the
89. Potter's Transasion of Sophocles. opening of the theatre approaching, (Continued from p. 344.) Palmerio proposes to bind themselves to
NOTHING remains to add to what the enemy pot to act regular dramas, which is opposed. He invokes the God: work, but that we should give some
we have already said of this valuable dels, who enforces the necessity of his specimens of the translator's abilities. proposal, but prophecies, that in time These we proceed to extract from that all orders of people would submit to her fivay, and Industry and Trade be driven when he had almolt atrained his jooth
Tragedy which Sophocles composed from the kingdom.
The plan of the poem, particularly year; on which the judges of Athens the last canto, is very ill digefted. We pronounced their acquittal of him from thall give the prophecy, as a specimen ing, brought against him by his own
the charge of an impaired understand. of the versification : “ Hear, all ye tragic, all ye comic bands,
children, and which Mr. Potter hesie What Prudence prompts, Necessity commands;
tates not to prefer to any of his Trage. No more your tongues may ravish every heart
dies,--Oedipus Coloneus. With Sliakespeare's nature, or with Jonson's
The subject of this play is well known
to be the concluding scene of Oedipus' Yet song your fashionable sway secures,
distresses and life, and the dutiful lymAnd all the world of pantomime is yours.
pathy of his affectionate daughters, of Ler Juan first the distant gallery brave, Antigone he says, Pavillion'd on the wildness of the wave.
-She, e'er fince The Furies next may dance to minuer time, She pass'd her tender state of youth, and felt Or Hamlet ftab the King in pantomime. Her Itrength grown firm, poor sufferer, on 'Have we not seen, the public taste to suit,
my steps Macbeth struck dumb, anul Harlequin dispute? Attendant, leads my age; and wandering oft
Foodless and barefoot thro' the sylvan wilds, The signs from heaven, at the close of Patient of frequent showers, and the fierce the drama, preceding the death of Oedi. beams
pus, are finely painted by the Chorus: Of the bot fun, regards not the rich store That fills the table in the Sheltering house,
“ Awefully dreadful is this deep'ning roar,
Roll’d by the hand of Jove: my hoary hairs So that her father be supplied with food ; And thou*, my daughter, oft haft ventur'd And my foui finks within me.-There again
Are rais d by horror upright on my head, forth, The Theban's watch eliding, to inform
The rapid lightning flames along the lky.
What terrible event do they portend! Thy father of the various oracles On him announced; and when they drove Not impruiluctive of fome dreadful fate,
The dread of it appails me ; not in vain, me thence,
[stand An outcast from my country, thou dar'dst Wide through the æthereal vault of heaven
These thunders roll: Almighty Jove! again My faithful guard
they roll." The address of Oedipus to Theseus, In a different measure the Chorus inKing of Athens, is particularly striking: vokes the infernal deities to receive the “O friendly son of Aegeus, to the Gods departing Oedipus: Alone is giv'n exemption from old age
“If I may thee, infernal Queen, And death ; all else th' all-powerful hand of Thou gloomy power, by mortal eyes unseen, Time
With holy awe revere, Crumbles to dust. The vigour of the earth,
And thee, stern Monarch, whoseterrific way The vigour of the body, wastes away;
The dreary realms of Night obey, + Faith withers to the root; and Perfidy
Hear Pluto, Pluto hear! Puts forth new branches. So in men, in Let not pangs of tort'ring power Itates
[long Rack the stranger's dying hour, Leagued now in friendship, the same spirit
While the cheerless path he treads, Never remains; but what is grateful now, To the Stygian house that leads. Instant to some, to some in diftant tune,
Guiltless thou waft doom'd to know Becomes detested, then delights again,” &c. Various ills and bitter woe :
Nor is that to the Furies, on his en. May the God, with just cegard, tering their grove, less fo:
Grace thee with a bright reward!" “Ye aweful Goddesses, of aspect stern,
Antistrophe : Since in this country on your seats I first
« Ye aweful powers, from realms of Rested my limbs, to Phæbus and to me
Night, Be not ingentle ; for when all these ills Who vengeful rise, the guilty to affright! To me his voice oracular declar'd,
And thou, grim dog of Hell, This rest he in the length of time announc'd,
Before the iron gate of Fluto spread, When to the destin'd country I should come,
Enormous on thy horrid bed, And place me in the hospitable seat [down With many a hideous yell, Of these tremendous powers, there to lay
While thy echoing bed resounds, My weary life; success and fame to those Guarding fierce these dismal bounds; Whose grace receiv'd me, doom'd to bring Thou, whom Earth to Tartarus bora to those
Cease, oh cease thy dreaded roar; Who caft me out, discomfiture and shamc. Gentle meet him in those glades, Signs these events confirming, he foretold When he joins the filent shades; The rocking of the earth, the thunders' roar,
Ever watchful, cease t'appall; Or Jovc's red lightning; therefore well I Dog of Hell, on thee I call!" know
A beautiful amplification of these lines: None other but your faithful auspice led
q'auxmlou My footsteps to this grove: I had not elle Just, as I journey, chanc'd to light on you,
Θηρος ον εν πυλαισι
Αδαμασον φυλακα παρ' αιδοι
Ως λοβος αιεν εχε. Unless too light you deem the woes I bear,
. More than all mortals, though to ills enllav'd. The following Antistrophe is of an• Comcthen,sweet daughter of primæval Night, other kind, and equal to the language And thou, whofrom the mighty Pallas draw't of Gray, in his Difiani Profpe&t of Eton Thy name, illustrious Athens, pity me,
College. Pity the shade of wretched Oedipus,
“ Not to be born is heaven's first grace: For what was once the man is now no more.” If born, extinguish'd soon the vital Aame,
Back to return whence late he came, * Ismene.
Is beaven's next bleifing to man's wretched + Ointxu de w1575, Brasavs d'A11514.
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431 Youth comes, and with him lead a train The sacred and eternal carth his toil of idle follies, pleasures vain :
From year to year unweary'd rends; Thence rugged Toil attends his mazy way, The proud steed to his purpose bends, And Misery marks him for her prey.
And furrows with his rolling plough the Sedition, Envy, Murder, Passion, Strife,
foil. Spread horror o'er his path of life;
Antiftrophe I. These to the hatod mansions lead,
“ His fine entangling arts ensnare Where cheerless, friendless Age reclines his
The feather'd tribes that lightly wing the air, drooping head.”
Each savage which the forest knows, We cannot forbear once more com And all the finny race that glide paring it with the original :
Sportive beneath the azure tide, Μη φύναι τον
His line-enwoven nets inclose. απανία
He knows to tame the herds that wander wild; κα λοβω το δεπει φανή
The stiff-man'd horse obeys his hand, Βήναι κειθεν οθεν σερ ήκει,
Bends his strong neck to his command, Πολυδεύτερον, ως ταχισα.
And the reluctant mountain-bull grows mild. Nas sút aulo veoy wagon
Strophe II. Κεφας αφροσυνας φερον, ,
« The modulated voice he tauglit, Τις πλαίχθη σολυμοχθος έξω; ;
And traind the mind to harbour virtuous Τις και καμαιων ενο;
thought. Φονοι, τασιες, ερις, μαχαι,
He gave to life a polish'd form,
When first he bade the city rise, Και φθονος. το, τε καθαμεμπτον
A shelter from Night's freezing skies, Επιλιλυχε συμαζον
And the Tharp arrows of the storm. Ακραίες, απροσομιλου
O'er all victorious mounts his active mind; Γηρας αφιλον, να προπανία
E'en for disease and racking pain Κακα κακων ζυνοικεί. .
Some healing balm his arts obtain ;
But from the darts of death no refuge fundo The following Epiphonema of the
“ Unbounded soars his active thougls, “ The Queen of glorious name,
With high device and quick invention fraught, To grace her Thebes in gorgeous state,
And now to ill it downwards leais;
Generous in virtue, now deligiits,
And prompt to guard its country's rights,
Glory o'er all the empire spreads.
To baseness when its wild design descends,
Destruction on the state it draws.
Ne'er be the man who spurns the laws
Plac'd at my hearth, or rank'd among my
We have not room to admit the fine And swell through Thebes the joyful and ruly tragic hymn, in the original strain.
acceptation of the word, in which the But see the royal Creon, whose new sway Chorus invoke Bacchus, the tutelary
The fons of Thebes must now obey, God of Thebes.-The more difficult The Gods alligning him this glorious fate,
and controverted passages are illustrated To counfil comes in aweful state;
by notes from Heath, Mudge, Burton, And here, by heralds warn'd, we stand
and other eminent crities; but there are The sages of the realm, to hear his high com
fewer than we could have wished. mand."
We are happy to record Mr. P's proOur last extract shall be from that motion to a prebend of Norwich, unes. sublime Chorus, in the same play, pected and unfolicited, by the Lord which the tranflator has so happily pa- Chancellor, who had been' his school. raphrased. We are concerued we can fellow; since which time, however, not insert the original for comparison. they had no connection or communicaStrophe I.
tion with each other. It is but juftice " Where'er we turn our curious eyes,
co say, that preferment could not have Wonder through all the works of Nature rise, been more consistently or more honour.
But man the chief. The foaming deep,
* In our review of this translation last And round himn (well the roaring waves, month, p. 343, for "vol. LII. p. 125," read Of danger reckless ke dares sweep.