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Mr. Byron happy, merely because his interest might be fomewhat injured by it, or that he might displease his uncle, who did not, at that time, entertain the most favourable fentiinerits of the lady , and her earnestly counselling him to marry another woman, to promote the satisfaction of her rival's family, and because she had a greater fortune than herself, is not, we think, considering the ardour of her passion, in nature. Mr. Byron's determination with regard to his firft marriage, without coming to any explanation with Miss Greville upon her fuppofed attachment to apother, is precipitate and unjuft ; and the inpropriety of it is farther heightened by his never after mentioning it to her. Upon the whole, however, this production may find admirers among those who are fond of the labyrinths of romantic love, displayed in pleasing language.
12. The Entertaining Medley : being a ColleElion of Genuine Anac
dotes, Delightful Stories, Frolicks of Wit and Humour, with other notable Displays of the Force of the Human Genius, 12 mo. Pr. 34. Robinson and Roberts,
The Spectator recommends the reading a good printed fermon from the pulpit, rather than an indifferent discourse, tho an original, by the preacher himself. This compilation of anecdotes, &c. is taken from the Magazines, the Biographia Galfica, and other collections ; and is preferable to many modern compositions, which are ftuffed with dulnefs and immorality,
13. Tunbridge Epifles, from Lady Margaret to the Countess of B**. 410.
Pr. Is. 6d. Cadell. This performance is a tolerable imitation of the Bath Guide: yet, like the generality of imitations, inferior to the original. It contains lefs variety, fewer incidents, characters, and descriptions, and is therefore less entertaining. But it is written in the same easy, and familiar stile, with the fame spirit of gaiety and humour.
6 E P I S T L E I.
My lady Bel Careful is fill'd with surmises,
· Tis whisper'd about, that it must be agreed
. In all our endeavours to people the land,
This grand celebration has caus'd a fracas 1 As fome are dispos'd to interpret the law,
Who envying poor Bridget her bonny young fwain,
EPITH ALAM IU M.
The rofy morn with chearful ray,
For which so oft I've pray'd.
I wou'd not die' a maid.
cease and scandal hush!
In telling what she pray'd for :
What shou'd she die a maid for?' In Mr. Pope's miscellaneous works there is an inimitable piece of mellifluous nonsense, beginning with these lines
• Fluttring spread thy purple pinions,
Gentle Cupid o'er my heart.'called, a song, written by a person of quality. The second Epistie in this collection contains a soliloquy by Mr. De Gay, which is a composition of the same species, and may be considered as an attempt to ridicule the fonnets, and elegies, and all the frivolous effusions of poets in love.
In the subsequent epistles lady Margaret acquaints her correspondent with what we are to suppose were the common occurrences and the general topics of conversation at Tunbridge Wells.
14. Poetical Epifles, to the Author of the New Bath Guide; from a Genteel Family in fhire. 410. Pr. 15. 6d. Dodfley.
This writer has imitated the versification of the New Bath Guide, and is no despicable poet. But he gives his readers no variety ; he seldom attempts a humorous, description ; he scarcely relates one ludicrous adventure ; in short, he fills his Epistles with compliments on the ingenuity of the Bath Guide, without endeavouring to imitate the most essential part of Mr. Ay's performance.
15. The Poet's Wardrobe : or, Livery of the Muses: A Poem. Writ
Hudibrastic Verse. And addressed (by Way of Letter) to a particular Friend. Svo. - Pr. 6d. Henley.
Poets in these days may well complain, that the livery of the muses is poor and shabby. The generality of their productions are miserable. A hat, a wig, pair of breeches are much more valuable articles than a modern poem. therefore not in the least surprised to hear this unfortunate bard thus lamenting the meanness of his garb :
· A hat I have—but wond'rous shabby,
My wig, that might with most compare,
Have likewise thresh'd it out at elbows.' &c. This performance is not deftitute of humour ; but it is too short and insignificant to deserve any particular recommendation.
16. Poems on various Subjects. Viz. The Nunnery, T Magda.
lens, The Nun, Fugitive Pieces. 8vo. Pr. 25. Robson.
This collection contains seventeen little pieces, some of which have been printed before. The Elegy written among the Ruins of an Abbey, the Epistle from Yarico to Inkle, and Il Latte an elegy lately published by the same author, are not included in this number. We have already reviewed the Nunnery, the Magdalens, and the Nun; the rest are written in the fame easy, elegant, and agreeable file. The author is Mr. Jerningham.
" ALISIA. A BALLAD.
Just at th' appointed hour;
Confess'd her beauty's pow'r.
Or fairer virtue give,
And in his bosom live.
Or virtue's fairer charm ;
Of Avarice disarm.
And scorn'd his ardent vow:
Alifia with a bleeding mind,
Beheld the injur'd youth:
To crown at length his truth.
fields so fair,
She faid-and dropt a tear.
A parent dead to shame :
Ne'er quench'd the filial flame.
Tho' love was all her guide ;
She look'd around and figh’d.
Sooth'd for a space her smart;
While patted fast her heart.
Night's terrors now deform:
And raise the mental storin.
All helpless and forlorn ;
She wifh'd the ling'ring morn.
What th' absent youth befell;
Oppress'd with numbers fell :
And calm'd Alifia's fear;
(Distracted) here and there.
To mis’ry doom'd! she found A naked corse along the shade,
And gath'd with many a wound.