Page images
PDF
EPUB

* Drops for the ladies there!" 6 Unloose their lockets" • We can'”_" Their handkerchiefs !" “ They've no pockets.". 6 Silence below there ! Let us hear the play”

(Sai'or in the galleries. “-Ladies and gentlemen, one word, I pray

(n&or. “ De'el take ye, is this Babel, Heel, or London ?"

(Scotchman in the pit. • Are you the manager p(Irisbman); No, Sir, I'm Munden."

Such are the manners of our age, nor less
Doch Folly hold dominion over Dress.
All things disorder'd are from sole to crown,
The youthful ftripling is old Square-toes grown.
With gills tight brac' his head seems out of joint,
A crazy ruin, propp'd at every point,

Though war through Europe, through the world, may cease,
And plenty gild the olive branch of Peace;
Though others quit the field, their labour done,
Our bard comes forth with double barrell'd guna
From luxury and ease new follies (pring,
And he's resolv'd to catch them on the wing.
No reft he seeks--nor danger will he fear,
Proud in your service to be volunteer,

[ocr errors]

By T. N. LONGMAN and O. REES.

POETICAL WORKS.

1. OAN

two volumes, printed on fine wove paper, hot-pressed, embellished with an elegant. Portrait of the Maid of Orleans. The second edition. Price 128. in boards.

“ Ji affords us pleasure to see that a poem, the uncommon merit of which was recognized by us at first appearance, (see Monthly Review for April, 1756,) has so far obtained ibc sanction of the public, as to produce a demand for a second edition.

We also are gratified in observing that the author has so much fubdued the selfconfidence and impatience of youth, as to submit to the task of a very careful revision of the whole, and to make ample sacrifices of such parts as could not itand the scrutiny of his maturer judgment.”

Monthly Review, January 1799. 2. POEMS, including The VisionS OF THE MAID OF ORLFANS. By ROBERT SOUT-HEY. Two Volumes. Price lis. in boards.

“ Among the youthful prets of the present day, Mr. Southey bears no inconfiderable rark. He couried the Muses at an early age; and they did not trea: his ad. vances with disdain. He is not one of those cool versifiers who tamely pursue a spirit. less course; for he frequently displays feeling, tatte, and genius."

Critical Review, June 1799. 3:

THALABA the DESTROYER, a Metrical Romance, with copious Notes. By ROBERT SOUTHEY. Elegantly printed in two volumes, foolscap octavo. Price 149. in boards.

4. ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY, two vols. small octavo. Price 125. in bcards.

5. LYRICAL BALLADS, with other POEMS. By W. WORDSWORTH. Neatly printed in two volumes, foolscap octavo. Price 118. in boards.

“ So much genius and originality are discovered in this publication, that we wilh to see another from the same hand, written on more elevated subjects, and in a more cheerful ai position."

Montbly Review, June 1799. " The attempt made in this little volume is one that meeia our cordial approbation, and it is an attempt by no means unsuccessful. The endeavour of the author is to recall our poetry from the fantastical excess of refinement to fimplicity and nature. The account of this design, and its probable effe&ts upon modern readers, is so very fenfibly given in the introdu&tion, that we dhall insert the passage at large.

• We do not often find expreffio is that we efteem 100 familiar, or deficient in dignity ; on the contrary, we think that the suthor has succeeded in attaining that judicious degree of fimplicity, which accommodates itself with ease, even to the sublime It is not ty pomp of words, but by energy of thought, that sublimity is most fu cessfully atchieved ; and we infinitely prefer the fimplicity, even of the most unadorned tale in this volume, to all the meretricious frippery of the Darwinian taste.”

British Critic, Oct. 1799.".

* The

« The author has thought for hiinself; be has deeply studied human nature, in the book of human action; and he has adopted his language from the same sources as his feelings. A ware that his poems are so materially different from those upon which general approbation is at present b. stowed, he has now defended them in a pre. face of some tength; not with the foolish hope of reasoning his readers into the approbation of these particular prems, but as a necessary justification of the species of poetry to which they belorg. It would be no mean, it would, indeed be a very lofty prail-, to affert of a writer, that he is able to pour into other bosoms powerful feelings of a particular class, or belonging to aj articular order of men. To tris praile Mr. Wordlworth lays a well supported claim, He declares himself the poet chiefly of low and rullis life (fome specimens of abili:y he has given in other lines, but this is evidently his excellence) and he pourtays it, not under its disgusting forms, but in firua joos affording, as he thinks, the best foil for the effential ga jions of the heart, incorporared with an elementary and durable state of Manners, and with the beautiful and permanent forms of nature.

Each separate puem has, as its di&ind purpose, the developement of a feeling, which gives importance to the action and ftuariun, and not the action or fituation to the feeling."

British Critic, Feb. 1805. « The reflections, which occur in ' a description of the old Cumberland Beggar,' are admirabie, as are many others in this most fascinating publication. There is all the moral pith and nervous furce of Cowper in this paragraph, without any sem. blance of imitation, and if Mr. Wordsworth hould proceed to do tic fights of equal altitude, and thuu.d foar as long upon the wing, we doubt not ibat he will oblain a niche near the author of the Talk, in the remple of “ave enduring fame'."

Monthly Mirrer, June 1801. 6. LYRICAL TALES. By Mrs. MARY ROBINSON, Hand. somely printed in small 8vo. Price 5%. 6 d. in boards

“ The poetical talents of this Lady have obtained a degree of celebrity that will suffer no diminution from this new collection of sales. The imagery and sentiments scattered among these little poems will be found generally poetical and jult, and the verfitication spirited and harmonious, with sometimes a cait of ltructure that strongly remind us of our antient poeis."

Europear. Mag. Nov. 1800. “ Her lyre is harmonious, and she has displayed the power of t.juching the chords with pathos. As her life, though in some periods gay and dazzling, was deeply tinctured with sorrow, her mule is of the fumbre caft. Of the twenty-two tales which compose this volume, those intitled- All Alo:eThe Lascar--The Widow's Home The Sbepberd's Dog--The Fugitive-The Hermit of Moni Blanc-The Negro Girl The Deserted Cottage- Poor Marguerino-Edmond's Wedding-Ibe Alien Boy and Golfres-- are calculated to touch the soul with pity, and to fill the eye with tears."

Monthly Review, Sept. 1801. 7. The POETICAL WORKS of Hector Macniel, Esq. Including Scotland's Skaith, the Waes o' War, the Links o'forth, &c. &c. lo iwo vols. foolscap 8vo. Price 148. in boards. Elegantly printed by Benfley, and embellished with ten beautiful eagravings from Designs by Scothard.

8. ALFRED, an Epic Poem. By Joseph Cottle. In one Jarge Quarto Volume. Price ul. 18. in boards.

“ We observe, that Mr. Cottle has, with a laudable industry, availed himself of every relic of information which is left upon record respecting the character and conduct of his hero. He has itudied the Saxon history with itrict attention. Hence the incidents which he invents wear the air of probability, and in the con. struction of the general plan of his poem he has scarcely devja:ed a flep from the line of historic truth. Sensible of the disadvantage under which epic poems la. bour, in consequence of the annunciation of the catastrophe in the exordium, Mr. Cottle has kilfully contrived to keep he interest of his readers awake by interweaving into his Aory the process and termination of his hero's-domeitic difresies. By the exhibition of the perilous adventures of Allwitha, his amiable queen, and

her

Tran

her infant son, he happily preserves throughout great part of his work the pleasingly painful uncertainty of the drama. Mr. Cotile seems to dwell with peculiar delight upin the representations of the gentier passions. Pe strives rather to melt the heart than to nerve the arm of heroisin. He has adopted, as his model, the Odysley in pre:erence to the Iliad. Thogh he creads through the fields of blond and n ughter, he avoids entering into the detail of the horrible works of war. Homer ha depicted violent death in such a variety of frightful forms that the subject is exhausted In the course of our perusal of this work we had markod mary palisges which appeared to us to display thufe fine touches which designate the hand of a master. But we are arrived at the extremity of our limits; and, bowever pleasant it might be to quote and comment uron luch passages, we must here close our remarks, in full confidence ihat they have intrinfic merit enough to attract the notice of our readers of talle and feeling."

Crit. Rev. Feb. 1801. “ It is not a little surprising, that whilf some of our first-rate poets :esorted to fa' ulous times for heroes, &c. Alfred should have escaped their notice D'Us. sey's historical ballad of Alfred is the only piece of English verse in which that monarch is celebrated, till Mr. Cottle bit upon one of the most faithful subjects in nur own, or perhaps in any other language ; and it is but mere juflice to say, that he has performed the pleasing talk with great ability, and in many inttances. with Tuccess. It would not be fair to try him by the rigid rules of epic poetry, which he has, in oyr opinion, very juitly rejected, on a theme that would bear him without them."

Gent. Mag. 08. 1800. 9. ICELANDIC POETRY; or, the EDDA of SAEMUND.

inflated into English verse, by S. COTTLE. Price 6s. in boards.

10. POEMS, by S. T. COLERIDGE. To which are added, POEMS, by Ç. LAMB and C. LLOYD. The second edition. Price 6s. in boards.

11. POEMS of ACHMED ARDEBEILI, a Persian Exile, with Noies. By CHARLES Fox. 8vo. Price 8 s. in boards.

12. BALLADS and other POEMS; in imitation of the An. cient English Poets. By W. H. IRELAND. In one volume, foolscap octavo. Price 5s. 60. boards.

13. HERMAN and DOROTHEA; a Poem in Nine Cantos, Translated from the German of Gö€THE, Author of the Sorrows of Werter, By THO; AS H LCROFT.. In foolscap octavo, embelAhed with en elegant ingravings. Price 108. 60. in boards, or on Large paper 15s.

“W: ackn. wledge his claims to great abilities; and readily confess that he has produced a limple and interesting fory, which many will read with delight; Farm ticularly those who prefer the unvarnished incidents of humble and comestic life to the more elevated and gaudy scenes, where the imagination is constantly on the rack to produce characters and circumstances far above the reach of human man. ner:, and exiiting only in the raptuious visions of poetic fancy. The seader will pricive, the there is no great opportunity for the exercise of a vigorous fancy; but if he will be frisfied with a plain unvarnished tale of humble and fimple life, he will be sure to bind a connuerable portion of amusement

British Critic, Dec. 1801. 14. The FARMER'S BOY; a Rural Poem. By ROBERT 3:00MFIELD The fifth edition. Foolscap. oetavo. Price 48. in boards.-Also an octavo «dition. Price 58. 6d. in boards.

“ In the author of this sweetly simple and interesting poem, we are presented with another triking illuftratiun of the remark, pocia nafcitur, non for. This

6

favoured

favoured child of genius and the muse, who, with no adsciticious advantages of Lithi, fortune, education, or connection, has produced a poem which may be read with de. light, even att s Thompson, and, in some reipeats, may challenge a competition wich the Seasons of that author.”

Monthly Mirror, Murob Soo. “ To describe the various occupations of a farmer's boys in the four seasons of the year, is the main design of the poem ; and however humble theie employments may au pear as objects of poe: ical attention, the very ingenious weiser bas contrived to embel'ith their rufticity and meannels with a harmony of numbers, which could not be expected from an uncultivated mind; to foften the bathness of minute detail by biending apt and picturesque descriptions; and to enliven he whole by strokes of poetic imagery, and unaffected sentiment. The poem certainly discovers very clearly the powers of natural and unaffected genius”

Monthly Review, vol. 33. p. 57. « I have read the Farmer's Boy with a mixture of astonishment and delight. There is a pathetic fimplicity in his sentiments and acicriptions that does honour to bis head and heart.

“ His copies from nature are truly original and faithful, and are touched with the hand of a matter. His verfification occafionally dip ays an energy and harmony which might decorate even the pages of a Darwin.

66 The general characteristics of his style, houever, are sweetness and ease. In fiort, I have no he ficat on in declaring, that I think it, as a rural and descriptive poem, superior to any production hnce the days of Thomplon.

" It war.ts no reierence to is author's uneducated poverty to render its excellence the more ttuiking; they are such as would confer durable fame on the firft and mod polished pues in the kingdom."

Extrakt of a Letter from Dr. Drake to ibe Erior.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

s. The POOR GENTLEMAN, a Comedy, by Mr COIMAN,

25. 60. 2. MOUNTAINEERS, a Play, by Ditto, 25. 3. SPEED THE PLOUGH, a Comedy, by Mr. MORTON, 28. 4. ZORINSKI, a Play, by Ditto, 25. 5. The WAY TO GET MARRIEI), a Comedy, by Ditto, 2s. 6. The CURE FOR THE HEART ACHE, a Comedy, by

Ditto, 25. 7. SECRETS WORTH KNOWING, a Comedy, by Ditto, 2s. 8. LIFE, a Comedy, by Mr. REYNOLDS, 28. 9. MANAGEMENT, a Comedy, by Ditto. 29. 16. LAUGH WHEN YOU CAN, a Comedy, hy Ditto, zs. 11. The DRAMATIST, a Comedy, hy Ditto, 28. 12. NOTORIETY, a Comedy, by Ditto, 28. 13. HOW TO GROW RICH, a Comedy, by Ditto, 2s. 14. The RAGE, a Comedy, by Ditto, 25. 15. SPECULATION, a Comedy, by Ditto, 2s. 16. WERTER, a Tragedy, by Ditto, 2s. 17. The POINT OF HONOUR, a Play, by Mr. C. KEMBLE, 25. 18. The DUENNA, a Comic Opera, by Mr. Sheridan, 28. 19. The HEIRESS, a Comedy, by General BURGOYNE, 25.

10. The

« PreviousContinue »