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Struck to the soul at this dread scene,
All motionless she stood !
Drink up the clotting blood.
When as she nearer drew ?
Her lover gave to view.
To tears had fond recourse ; .
Now sunk upon the corfe.
inflam'd: Beheld fome travellers advance,
To whom the thus exclaim'd:
What urg'd you to this deed ?
And bad me. sorrow wed.
She drinks his blood again
Oh Jesu! soothe my pain.”
The travellers admir'd;
She with a groan expir’d.? This story is not less affecting than that of Pyramus and Thisbe in Ovid's Metamorphoses, and is told with elegant fimplicity. Our readers will not be displeased with another littlepiece, entitled
6. The ROOKERY.
Lest in thy rook’ry be renew'd,
• The day declin'd, the evening breeze
Working in her elbow chair ?" It is impossible to read these concluding lines in which is defcribed the attitude of my Lady, without a smile of approbation.
17. An Ode to Genius. By J. Jennings, Master of St. Saviour's
Free Grammar School, in Southwark. Fol. Pr. 6d. Cabe. The province of genius is like a spacious garden.
Where Mr. Jennings might have gathered many beautiful flowers, he contents himself with selecting two or three daisies. The whole performance is included in four pages.
i8. An Esay on Friendßhip, a Poem. 410. Pr. 15. Cooke. This Essay contains many falutary precepts concerning friend thip, but nothing uncommon. By the following lines out readers will perceive, that the author's poetical abilities are hot contemptible.
• True friendship grows not with the luft of gain,
To aid its growth, and make it brighter shine.? 19. Elegies. By Thomas Russel, M. D. 470. Pr. iso 6d.
Cadell. It is difficult to ascertain the true character of these Elegies. The author does not appear to want a genius for plaintive poetry. We might produce several passages in which there is agreeable imagery, and an air of folemnity in the flowing of his lines ; yet, on the other hand, in inany instances his nuinbers are prosaic, and his sentiments uncouth. Speaking of a Thipwreck, he says,
The echoing skies the drowning fallors rend,
In fearful fbrieks, with dying groans combin'd;
Leaving above their fleeting ghosts behind.' Thefe Elegies are four in number, viz. The Storm, Strephott, a Love-Elegy, and one on the death of Dr. Young.
20. State Nocelity not considered as a Question of Law. 4to. Pri
Is. Kearsiy. The seeming absurdity of this title is compensated by the good intention of the fubject. The author thinks very properly, that in the game of chess, the pawns (which by the bye ought to be spelt Pions, and in the Eastern language signifies common men) are the strength of the state,
Without whose aid, king, queen, and all,
Unguarded stand, and foon must fall. VOL. XXIII. Mørch, 1767.
The author has summed up his doctrine in the following lines, which are far from being destitute of good sense and poetical merit.
It matters not one single pin,
21. The Buck. A Poem. 410. Pr. 15. Smith. This is a very decent moral poem, and executed with a considerable degree of genius. The moral the author inculcates is what we may properly call Anti-Buckism, and we are pleased to have an opportunity of recommending to the younger part of our readers the following picture, which is but too faithfully drawn from the life.
Languishing o'er his morning tea,
His dreadful close of life conceal ! 22. Some Obfervations on the Causes of the Dearness of Provisions in general; ana Corn in părticular. 8vo.
Bladon. This author fays, “It is generally allowed by farmers that pas ut at four Thillings the bushel on an average is dear enough
for them, and I think, with some other people, except in years of scarcity, it is in the power of the legiilature to keep the price of the best of that grain between three and five Thil. lings the bushel, if a general and standing law was made that. no bounty should be given when the price of good merchantable wheat exceeded four shillings a bushel, and all exportation (except to our own ports and colonies) prohibited on a severe penalty, when the price of such wheat exceeds five shillings a bushel Winchester measure.
* And here I would premnise the enforcement of a law that no other measure than that should be used in the kingdom, the present inequality being productive of a great many difpufes and quarrels, and some law-suits ; this is the ancient standing measure of the country, and the use of it was intended to be general, and no doubt but it would be better if it was fo, for all sorts of pulse and grain except wheat;, which I think in all reason ought to be sold by weight every where, as the custom is now in some places ; what that weight should be must be determined by better judges than myself, but as the customary weight of four bushels of meal at London is two hundred and a quarter, I should suppose somewhat thereabout might serve for wheat all over the kingdom: perhaps the Efsex millers may object to this weight; as their custom in some part of that country is fourteen pounds in a sack more, and I fuppose the farmers who have not been used to the custom of selling by weight, will object to weighing at all, and be desirous to continue the custom of selling that grain by measure still, but there are many obvious reasons why it should not be fo.'
As we do not profess ourselves judges of this subject, we can only submit the tentiments of every author who writes upon it to the public. Those of the pamphlet before us are among the most rational and practicable of any we have seen. 23. Important Confiderations upon the A&t of the thirty forft of George 11. relative to the Alize of Bread.
8vo. Pri Iso Woodfall.
This writer thinks that Mr. Alderman Dickenson, who ob. tained the act of the 31st of George II. chap. 2d, 29, being
milled by some interested cornfactors, mealmen, and bakers, upon pretence of improving the quality and reducing the price of bread in favour of the poor, undertook, and prevailed on parliament, to pass an act, repealing the former : by which new act, the three different fpecies of allized bread, were reduced to two only, viz. Wheaten and Houshold ; and new prices and new tables of allize, regulating the said prices in