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Around, in profpect wide,
And mingled cottages appear,
Where Sleep his genuine dew beftows;
Here Peace and heaven-born Virtue reign
The negative happiness of rural life, and its exemption from thofe evils that are found in the public and promifcuous commerce of men, gave the Author an opportunity of delineating thofe paffions that are fo deftructive of human happiness:
Av'rice, with fancy'd woes forlorn,
Meagre his look, and mantle rude;
By the fell worm that drinks his blood.
Mistaken Jealoufy, that weeps
O'er the pale corfe himfelf has gor'd;
Still calls for blood, ftill wakes the fword.
Reftlefs Ambition, stalking o'er
Th' affrighted globe: whene'er he frowns,
Their flaughter'd Kings and blazing towns.
And flighted Love, with frantic air,
Thrice happy Swains! your filent hours
And rend the gorgeous Sultan's breast.
The verfes fent to the Reverend Mr. Haggit, with a book of Heraldry, are of the epigrammatic kind
'Twas once obferv'd (as story fays)
The King reply'd, "By rich attire
“ He, tho' in humble vefture clad,
Tis Guillim's cafe: a cover fair
He values not a pin;
For, tho' in tatter'd binding clad,
He's grandeur all within."
Here the epigram might have ended; but the Author has added the following ftanza:
Hard fate! that he, who gives to all
Arms, motto, creft, what not?
That he, great fource of honour, 's doom'd
Himfelf to want a coat,
There are fome fpirited lines in the little poem On the Death of a notorious Bawd:
MOLL KING's no more!-Prepare, ye fiends below!
Dr. Rock is one of the chief Mourners on this melancholy occafion:
And well her tragic fate may wound his foul,
There hot Eringoes rife
Next follow fome verfes on an old Maid who chewed Tobacco, which we do not admire; and a Riddle, which we have not read.
Mr. Fofter's poem on the Birth of the Prince, ranks with the Oxford and Cambridge verses on the fame occafion: (see Review for January laft.) As foon as this Prince was born, the nightingale forgot that she had been robbed of her young, and fell to finging; the rivers flowed with milk, honey dropped from the oaks, and the clustering fruits cried, come and eat us.
This is not the only indifferent poem that Mr. Hoyland has imprudently admitted into his collection. It is followed by fome
alms, written by one J. Cayley, A M. who, envying
the fame of Sternhold and Hopkins, cruelly refolves to pluck the laurel from their brows, and to place it upon his own. This resolution he has even declared in an advertisement, wherein he fignifies his intention of tranflating the whole book of Pfalms to be fung or faid in churches. Specimen.
O happy man! who, free from vice,
Whom finners never could entice
To make a mock of God!
Would nine, would nine hundred fuch Poets make one Tate?
Smuggling laid open, in all its extenfive Branches; with Proposals for the effectual Remedy of that most iniquitous Practice: Comprehending, among other Particulars, the Parliamentary Evidence of fome of the most notorious Smugglers; and a large Sheet, fhewing, in one View, the whole State of the Tea Importation, ConJumption, and Revenue, from Midfummer 1745, (when the Reduction of Two Shillings per Pound took place) to new Christmas 1763. 8vo. 4s. fewed. Owen.
HE profeffed design of this publication, is to fuggeft the means by which the Revenue may be improved, Mer chants and Traders put upon a fair and equal footing; and thoufands of public robbers reclaimed from their dangerous practices, and rendered ufeful members of fociety: a defign truly laudable; efpecially at this juncture, when, as the Editor obferves, the enormity of the national debt, the abfolute neceffity of immediately reducing it, and the methods of doing it with certainty, are become objects of the most interesting confideration.
How far this work may be of ufe towards accomplishing fo defirable an end, we cannot take upon us to fay: that it fets forth a number of abuses, however, which ought long fince to have been remedied, is very evident, as well as that the removal of fuch abuses must have been attended with very falutary confequences, both to the fair trader and the public.
The first part of this collection contains two Reports made in March 1745, and in June 1746, to the Houfe of Commons, by the Committee appointed to enquire into the causes of smuggling &c.
Stephen Theodore Janffen, Efq;
In the fecond, we have feveral interesting letters to the Lords of the Trealary, and to the Commiffioners of the Cuftoms, concerning the practices of fmuggling, carried on, and the outrages committed, in the ifle of Man. In which Reports and Letters, with the papers thereto annexed, the Reader will find. (to ufe the words of the preface) an abundance of particulars not only new, but useful and curious. He will fee in what manmer the laws, for levying the taxes, and guarding against frauds, have been füffered, for a long course of years, to be trampled upon, to the manifeft detriment of the fair Trader: the very affecting diminution of the revenue; and the utter difgrace of government. He will fee, with aftonishment, thofe laws violaced by avoured and open acts of force. He will fee too many intances of the infringement of thofe laws, through the fraudalenc connivance of thofe very Officers who were appointed to fecure the ftric obfervance of them. In a word, he will fee the revenue plundered in fo bare-faced a manner, and in such a variety of fhapes, that he will be ftruck with amazement, that practices fo oppofite to all principles of government, and pregnant with evils of fuch fatal confequence, could have been permitted to reign fo long. And, finally, he will discover very probable methods propofed, for collecting the old taxes, in a due and regular manner; whereby the frequent impofition of new ones, to oppreffive to our manufactures, and so destructive to our trade, might have been spared; and the lofs of fome important branches of our commerce thereby prevented."
The third part of the work confifts of the late Admiral Smith's propofal, for employing two thoufand and fixty Sea-officers and men, in fixty veffels, to be ftationed on the coafts of Great Britain and Ireland, to prevent the running of goods, off and on the laid coafts.
The fourth and laft part confifts of the fingle Sheet mentioned in the title-page; in which we have a ftriking proof of the political maxim, that in the arithmetic of the cuftoms, two and two frequently make but one, while one and one make four: it appearing, from this account, that for fome years before the pating the act for reducing the excife on tea, both the custom and excife on that article, put together, produced but little more than 170,000l. fterling, communibus annis; whereas fo great as been the increase of this branch of the revenue from that 3, that upwards of 5,500,000l. have been paid into the equer more than probably would have been, if that act ot paffed. On the other hand alfo, the Eaft-India Comhas increafed its importation of tea within that time, near three millions of pounds weight.
On the whole, this publication contains ample materials for inftruction, as well with regard to the grievances complained of, as the means of redrefs; of all which, therefore, we hope proper notice will be taken by thofe whofe duty it is to profit from fuch information.
We cannot difmi's this work, however, without obferving how cautious all Authors and Editors ought to be, (during the present fluctuating fate of pots and places) in regard to whom they dedicate their labours; especially if they make any dependance on the aid and aitance of their Patrons to carry their defigns into execution: thus we cannot help thinking the prefent public fpirited Editor a little untimely, in dedicating his performance to the Right Hon. Ch—s T -d, First Lord of Trade and Plantations.
A fecond Differtation against Pronouncing the Greek Language according to Accents. In Anfwer to Mr. Fofter's Eflay on the different Nature of Accent and Quantity. 8vo. 2s. Millar.
HE difputes of Philologifts, like thofe of Divines, are, for the most part, very uninterefting, yet the former, like the latter, are frequently carried on with a degree of acrimony, which under any circumftances would be blameable, but which the infignificance of the fubject renders altogether ridiculous. It has not feldom happened, that a controverfy about the family of a word, has been the fource of family reflections between the Difputants; and while they have been defending the concord of a fentence, they have broken the harmony of fociety.
In the course of our critical labours, we have frequent occafions of making thefe reflections, and we could not but repeat them when, on turning over the pages before us, we found that one article in the contents was, the unhandsome expreffions made ufe of by Mr. Fofter.
Before we enter into the merits of this difpute, we must apologize to the greater part of our Readers, for enlarging upon a fubject from which they can neither derive entertainment or inftruction. The nature of our work obliges us to this, particularly in the prefent inftance, as the fubject, however unimportant it may appear to fome, feems to have drawn the attention of the two Universities.
In the eleventh volume of our Review, we gave a pretty full account of a Differtation against pronouncing the Greek lanREV. May, 1763.