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phers, if ye can! And ye females of feeling, take a lejon from an animal which in fenfibility is your superior.' " Fye on't, o fye!” Good Sir, think again.
• How happy would it be, if mankind were satisfied with the produâions of the earth, without encroaching on the tranquillity, or destroying the lives of its innocent and harmless inhabitants! Refinement has almost produced the contrary extreme. We are fast approaching to absolute brutality, and before long we shall want van riery in the praétice of cruelty, unless we commence Cannibals, a circumfance not improbable.' Mercy on us ! this is terrible news indeed!
• This divine woman !-On every occasion Adelina stands al nein her presence all others appear fools. Nay, ni', he will, if you please, acknowledge Adelina to be divine ;- but why must every other woman be considered as a fool?
STYLE. ' On the first alarm of her illness almost the whole females of the village ran, &c.'
• When his senses returned, and after laying quiet for some time, &c.'- ' I turn to another that lays by his fide.'
"Every Sunday we used to learn each other to read, &c.' Such are the beauties of this production-cum multis aliis quæ, &c.
The Curse of Sentiment is written for the most part in the form of letters - toward the close of the performance, however, we meet with the following advertisement from the Editor:
The Editor, in order to give the Reader as clear and perfect a view of the sequel of this sad history as poflible, finds it necessary to continue it in part by occasional narration, which he selected and gathered from the letters in his poffeffion of the parties intereited.'
- This sad history.' The Editor speaks ingenuoully. The epithet is perfectly just. Art. 39. Louisa ; or the Cottage on the Moor. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s.
sewed. Kearsley. 1787. A not unpleasing, but rather improbable tale.
--- In all you say or do, Ever keep probability in view,' says a celebrated didactic poet; and this is a rule, for the obseryance of which we have ever been, and ever must be sticklers. If, however, we admit that the incidents of this Novel inay possibly come within the line of natural fi&lion, as our author calls it, the fable is then intitled to praise, as it is woven with no little degree of árt. The narrative, some few passages excepted, is prettily written. Art. 40. The Convent: or the History of Sophia Nelson. By a
young Lady. 12mo. 2 Vols. 5$. sewed. Wilkins. Long and painful have been our wanderings in the mixty • regions of fiction and romance. A performance like the present, therefore, has nearly the same effect upon us as the splendid luminary of the
• The reader of the modern Novel will, we think, admnic the propriety of the epithet. Rev. May, 1785.
heavens heavens upon the weary and dejected traveller ; it cheers, enlivens, and encourages us to pursue our way.
The story of this Novel is natural and well imagined. The cha. racters, though not original, are nicely discriminated and ably fur. tained. The incidents, for the most part, grow out of each other, and are managed with a considerable degree of skill. The diction is easy, and sometimes elegant; and the sentiments do honour to the Author's heart.
This production, however, is not without its faults; but where the general merit is so great, it might appear invidious to point them out.
The fair Writer has evidently taken the Author of Cecilia for a model. Could the have chosen a better? Art. 41. An Arabian Tale, from an unpublished Manuscript; with
Notes Critical and Explanatory. Small 8vo. 45. fewed. Johnson. 1786.
Though there are in this work too many ideas and sentiments of European growth, to admit of its pailing for a translation of an Eastern manuscript, the piece has all the wildness of Eastern fable : we will add, too, that it preserves the peculiar character of the Arabian Tale, which is not only to overstep nature and probability, but even to pass beyond the verge of pollibility, and suppose things, which cannot be for a moment conceived. For example, this mighty Caliph VATHEK had an eye which, when he was angry, became fo terrible, that no person could bear to behold it, and the wretch, upon whom it was fixed, instantly fell backwards, and some. times expired; and he was vifited by a franger who brought with him llippers that enabled the feet to walk, knives that cut without the motion of a hand, and sabres that dealt the blow at the perfon they were wilhed to lirike. The Tale is, notwithstanding, written with spirit, fancy, and humour, and will afford much entertainment to tho'e who are fond of this kind of reading. It is accompanied with notes, which are of a character entirely different from that of the work, containing many learned quotations, elegant criticisms, and judicious remarks. Art. 42. The Generous Attachment; a Novel, in a Series of Letters.
12mo. 4 Vols. 10$. fewed. Bew. 1787. There is nothing in the fable or conduct of this Novel to entitle it to much confideration or regard: neither does the work merit our commendation with respect to language.
In the third volume, the Author has presented us with rules to be objerved in Novelocuriting ; and it is but justice to a knowledge thao he has a tolerable idea of what a Novel cught to be. But it is re. marked by the Poti--
· Exam, le Strikes while precept fails.' This, however, our Author appears to have entirely forgotten, though he has probabiy burne in mind that,
• Sermons are less read shan I'ales;' And that, indeed, may have been his principal inducement for publishing the Generous Attachmenti'
POETRY. Art. 43. Lines, addressed to Mrs. Jordan. 4to. Is. Becket. 1787.
The poet passes high compliments on this favourite Actress; accompanied with candid and just acknowledgements of the transcendent merit of Mrs. Siddons, in tragedy. Art. 44. A Probationary Ode for the Laureateship, by George
Keate, Esq; written in 1785, with Nores critical and explanatory, by the Editor. 4to. 29. Keariley. 1787.
A gross misapplication of wit and humour.--Mr. K. holds a respectable rank in the republic of letters.- This fatire on him, and on his writings, seems to have been dictated by private spleen.We never can approve thele personal attacks. They are an intolerable abuse of the liberty of the press.-If they have any literary merit, so much the worse. Art. 45. The Progress of Music: an Ode, occasioned by che Grand
Celebration at the Abbey. 4to. 19. 60. Kearsley. Unluckily, this poem came into our hands just after we had, by mere accident, been taking a comparative view of Dryden's and Pope's two celebrated odes on the same subject -the Praise of Music.-Under the impreffion made on our minds, by the beauties of those • Mighty Maiters,' it might be somewhat unfair to speak of the merit of the present performance:---which, therefore, we will lay on the shelf, till that impresion is become a little fainter. Art. 46. The Satires of Juvenal, transated into English Verse;
with a correct Copy of the original Latin on the opposite Page ; cleared of all the most exceptionable PaTages, and illustrated with marginal Notes from the best Commentators. Also, Dr. Brewfter's Perfius, with the Original on the opposite Page, and Notes from Caufabon, to illustrate the Design and Method, as well as Scope of the several Satires. By E. Owen, M. A. Rector of Warrington, and Matter of the Free School in that Town. &vo. 2 Vols. 7s. bound. Lowndes. 1785.
Though, as much friends to decorum as Mr. Owen, we cannot say that we wholly approve of mutilating ancient Authors, and presenting them to the public by piece-meal; and though we think Dryden's tra attion not sufficiently accurate in some passages, yet the force and spirit of it have not been equalled in any later essay; and we suspect that the public will not be sufficiently grateful for Mr. Owen's attempt while Dryden's is in their hands.
We say not this to depreciate the merit of the present work. It is, on the whole, a laudable performance. i he tranilator is evi'ently a man of learning, genius, and taste: and though he might find errors, if we diligently sought for them, yet it is as free of inaccuracies as could have been expected in a work of this nafure - where the difficulties originally were not a few, and where our Author's plan, instead of leffenins, tends rather to increase them.
• If he sometimes' (as he elegantly expresies it) · dilaies or embellishes a thought, it must be remembered that he had an English ear to please: and that, if he sometimes wants the eale and grace of an original, he had his author's thoughts and images to preserve.
The first is like that civil versatility of manners which every man owes to the varying customs of the age in which he lives; but the other is like that integrity and ftriétness of principle which never bends to fashion or convenience at the expence of one ingle virtue.'
The notes, at the bottom of the page, and those at the close of the second volume, will be of great use to the young learner.
On the whole, we mur bear our tribute of applause to Mr. Owen for his well-meant and ingenious performance ; and we fincerely wish that he may meet with such indulgence from the pablic, as may be some reward for his merit and industry.
MEDIC A L. Art. 47. A Synopsis of a Course of Lectures on Anatomy and Physio.
logy. By Bufick Harwood, M B. F.R.S. Professor of Ana. tomy in the Univerity of Cambridge. 8vo. 25. 60. Cambridge, Merrill; London, Cadell. 1787.
A performance useful only to the anatomical class at Cambridge. The arrangement seems to be judiciously formed, and we doubt not that the course of lectures, of which this is the outline, will be profitable to the students in physiology and anatomy. Art. 48. Noji. gia Methodica Oculorum, or a Treatise on the Dif
eases of the Eyes; selected and translated from the Latin of Francis Bilier de Sauvages. By George Wallis, M. D., 8vo. 45. Od. Boards. Robintons.
Dr. Wallis hach here given us a methodical arrangement of the diseases of the eyes, compiled from the admirable Noiology of Sau. vages, a work, the merit of which is universally acknowledged.
He has not pursued the syiłem of Sauvages, but adopted one of his own, clafing the diseases according to their fear. Thus, I. Diseases of the eye-laihes, and eyelids. II. Diseases of the angles of the eye. III. Diseases of the conjunctive membrane. IV, Diseases of the corneal tunic. V. Diseases of the chambers of the eye. VI. Diseases of the uvea, and its membranes. VII. Dis. eases of the chrystalline lens, and its capsula. VIII. Diseases of the vitreous humor. IX. Diseases of the retina. X. Diseases of the choroideal membrane. XI. Diseases of the bulb of the eve, XII. Diseases of the optic nerves. XIII. Diseases of the muscles of the eyes. XIV. Diseases of the fat, and cellular membrane in the inferior part of the eye, and the orbit itself.
Beside the description and cure delivered by Sauvages, Dr. Wallis has added the opinion of other celebrated writers, with several re. marks of his own.
As to the translation, what there is of it is faithful; but we fee no reason why so much of Sauvages' mathematics is sejected ; the problems, for instunce, to determine the concavity and convexity of glafles, tuicable to given degrees of thort and long fightedness, are certainly very useful; as are also several other matters pated over by Dr. Waliis.
The chief excellence of the work consists in the Author's remarks on the operations on the eye, which lerve us no rooin to doubt of his abilities as a practical or operative oculi,
Art, Art. 49. Thesaurus Medicus, five Disputationum in Academia Edi
nenfi ad Rem Medicam pertinentium, a Collegio instituto ad hoc usque Tempus, dilectus à Gulielmo Smellio. Tom. III. & IV. 8vo. 75. each. Boards. Edinburgh, Elliot. London, Robinsons. 178;. .
These two volumes are a continuation of the collection of theses published at Edinburgh, which we noticed in our Review, vol. lix. p 305. The differtations contained in the third volume are, De Chinchona, Puleney. De Vermibus, Palmer. De Rachitide, Nooth. De Afione Musculari, Smith. De Fibre Bengalense, Lind. De Fe. bribus arcendis, Monro-Drummond. De Muficis, Odier. De Cynanche, Crawford. De Perspiratione Injenfibili, Hamilton. De Cyrtirrhea, Parnham. De Vino, Wainman De Morbis Cæli Mutatione medendis, Lilie. De Arteriarum et Venarum Irritabilitate, Dennison. De Hominum Varietatibus, J. Hunter. De Pisyfologia Plantarum, Bell. De Alimentorum Concoctione, Stevens. De Rabie Canina, Heysham.
The fourth volume contains, De Fætus Nutrimento, Evans. De Attractione chemica, Kier. De Nutritione, Wade. De Igne, Cleghorn. De Hydroce; balo interno, Quin. De Consuetudine, Hen. Cullen. De Frigore, Arch. Cuilen. De Cerebro, Nihell. De Systematis Nere vofi Officiis, Stuart De Vasis abjorbentibus, Win'erbottom. De Syncope, Hare. De Aeris Eifectibus, De Butts. De Tetano, Gul. Monro. De Contagione, Owen De Somno, Cleghorn. De Evaporatione, Paterson. De Leucophlegmatia, Unthank. De Aere fixo, Emmet. De Sanguinis Putridine, Ferris. De Submerfis, M'Donnell.
EDUCATION, C. Art. 50. Recreation for Youth : a useful Epitome of Geography and
Biography. By John Paterson Service. Small 4to. 35. 6d. bound. Kearsley. 1787.
In this compendium, we have a general view of the several kingdoirs, &c. of the globe, in alphabetical order, and the author concludes the firit part of his work with what he calls ' a Treatise on Natural Geography.' He divides geography into two parts, natural and artificial; natural geography, he says, 'respects the globe in its real and natural state.' Under this head Mr. S. conliders continents, islands, promontories, &c. The second part is a biographical dictionary, abridged, as the Author acknowledges, from the large work under that title, in cwelve volumes * Mr. Service's publication may be useful to those who do not possess larger works of a similar kind. Thac division of the geographicai pages in which the productions, arts, government, &c. of each country, are described, will afford much information to many readers.
MILITARY AFFAIRS. Art. 51. General Regulations and Orders for his Majesty's Forces.
8vo. Is. 6d. Walter. These regulations are drawn up, at his Majesty's command, by Adjutant General Fawcett; and are a foundation for establishing among the troops that uniformity and system in the performance of all exercises and movements, which are essentially requisite for mi. See Review for March latt, p. 210.