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against every meafare of which he had been till then understood to
Commons, in Support of the Petition from the General Congress at
This Speech contains a very able and spirited exposition of the
the Mother Country towards them. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Johnson.
This performance consists of extracts from the writings of the Mar. quis of Mirabeau, tending to discourage the present pursuit of coer. cive measures towards the Colonies.
DRA MAT I C.
The adfcititious characters of this medley are a senator, whom the poet ftiles.
fpecious B-ke, who talks without design,
As Indians paint, because their tints are fine. P.4. the noble author of the celebrated posthumous letters lately pub. lished, who is here called Stanopeposes; Jobnfonoddle, a learned Ran., bler ; an unknown orator, called Buskebufo; and a few tattorier, under the denomination of Catherine Codfish. The remaining part of is purely theatrical satire, and has, as the Writer confesses, been al. per ready published in a morning paper. It is however, as we have alo' ready intimated, the moft meritorious part of this burlesque drama; but as it may have already fallen into the hands of our Readers, we shall here exhibit a specimen of the additional scenes in the speech of Carberine Codfiff :
. Yes, men and gods shall witness to my woe; My voice shall ride upon the whirlwind's blast, And talk with stars that lend immortal light
To high Olympus' brow. night! dark night!
And all the battle ceas'd, and ev'ry care was drown'd.'
or, the Conclave of 1774. A Musical Drama. In Italian and
A burlesque drama on the subject of the late election of a Pope;
.. PO ETICA L.
Being a Collection of original Songs sung by the Malkers, at Mrs.
The Graces might undoubtedly be welcome as well as reputable visitants in Grosvenor Square; but the Muses would, we fear, be almost as much out of their element in that air, as in the region of Grubstreet. They seem at least not to have joined in presiding at this ball, where the Graces, it cannot be disputed, were present.
This poetical posegay consists of four ballads, and one copy of verses, after the manner of Prior; to which is added, a little French bouquet, which is, in our opinion, tnore elegantly put together than any of the other flowers in this collection. We will venture at least to submit it to our Readers as no mean specimen or echantillon of the whole composition : Verses presented at Mrs. Crewe's Ball, to the Hon. Mrs. Bouverie, just
arrived in Town.
Au moment que vous paroissez ;
Dès le jour que vous arrivez.
Que mon cour vous a préparé
C'est l'hommage de l'amitié.
Prenez sans crainte ce bouquet ;
De quelque niche qu'on vous fait.
Quoique d'amour il ait les traits,
A ftroke of pleasantry (generally ascribed to the British Aristophanes) some time ago entertained the coffeehouses. The joke was founded on the story of a misfortune which is said to have befallen Signora Agujari, the celebrated opera finger, in her infancy; and some Himing wag has seized the occasion for exercising his wit, and treating the town with a couple of Mock-Ovids, chiefly at the expence of the gentleman alluded to in the title-page.—The anecdote which produced the joke was this,-that Signora Agujari having been the off. spring of an illicit amour*, was, soon after her birth, deferted by her parents, and exposed in the wood of — , near Rome; where one of the wild swine, a vile Italian brute, fell upon the poor in* Whence her nick name, Bastardini.
fant, and devoured a considerable portion of its pofteriors. The child's cries, however, brought timely aslistance ; its life was saved ; a benevolent person took care of it; and a filver plate is said to have fupplied the deficiency of the part which had suffered from the de. predations of the voracious animal, The joke was, that on her coming to England, the harmonious stranger was informed, that her filver tail was liable to taxation; and that the humorously replied, (as an Italian) that the revenue-officer might “ enter it whenever he pleased." Art. 25. The Feathers, a Tale; or Venus furpassed by a Beauty
in Grosvenor Square. Inscribed to a certain fair-plumed Dutchess. 460, is. Bladon.
Celebrates the falhionable female plumage, in tolerable verse, and with no mean fancy; but the poem is too incorrect for greater praise, in a work of criticism.
Art. 26. The Advertiser; a Poem. 4to. I S. Bew. From the title we expected a humorous exhibition of the various Species of advertisements - but here is nothing of that kind. The Author seems to be one of those poor screech-owls we have some. times seen hovering about the grave of Churchill. He now screams that the deceased Bard would be angry to see Wilkes strutting LordMayor-forgetting, it should seem, that there are such things as city. fealts. Art. 27. A poetical Address to the Ladies of Batb. 4to. 1 s.
Bach printed. Sold by Evans in the Strand. “ And we'll all be merry at Bath,” says the old song ; and fo, for once, may we dull rogues of critics. We have got our blind minstrel before us, and away we go-Come, old Boy! Atrike up,
“ Observe the sexes, see the general ftrife,
The youth of either rushing into life!" Bravo! the Lying-in Hospital! go on :
“ Mark Iphigenia, so young, so fair,
A form hali-naked, with a mind as bare." Two half-suits-proceed :
“ Would she exert the utmost of her skill,
To shew the company the can't fit ftill?” Perpetual motion in the posteriors-Well :
“ A female wit is, at the very best,
A filken vehicle for flimsy jest.”
“ Some years ago the Belle of Belles came down,
And drove like lightning thro' and thro' the town,'* There's a Crowdero! See what a little fresh rofin will do!
“ As every mirror that, expos’d to fight,
Strengthens the rays of its reflected light.” A Philosopher, too! A mirror expos’d to fight forengthens its rays i o rare Crowdero!
" Who with opinion decks another's sleeve." A Taylor too! yea, verily, and a Taylor ; and a right notable im. provement this on the theological exprellion of pinning your faith or another man's lieeve, Rev. May, 1775
“ What, Myra, could thy father and the devil mean
To yoke together fixty and fixteen ?". Come; a pot of beer, and a little more rosin !
* Sir Andrew's lady was a precious gift:
Mov'd with her fighs, he took her in her fift.” Pfhaw! try again.
,* Till death, examples of a useful life,
That all may bless the poet and his wife.”
He brings it you made up with water.
à Villa near Bath. 4to. Is. Bew. Illiberal, and therefore contemptible. What had personal and family characters to do with these harmless amusements. The poetical contributions might have been fair game for the pleasantry of Momus, and for his wit, could he have spared any on the occasion, which, however, appears to have been quite out of the question. But whac had the fathers and grandfathers, the coufins, brothers, and fifters of the innocent contributors to do with the bafiness, that they must come under his censure ? Begging his godship's pardon, he muft either have been very impertinent, or very hungry. . L. Art. 30. Charity; or, Momus's Reward; a Poem. 4to. I S.
Evans. · Foolish strictures on the sentence of Momus! Are these Grubs the natural growth of Bath? Or are they our own dear Grubs, who, having had a good political winter, are gone down, for the sake of returning, to
“boast that they have been at Bath'?"
Misc E L L A NE O U s. Art. 31. The History of the Town and Port of Feversham, in Kent.
By Edward Jacob, Esq; F. S. A. ' Illustrated with Copper-plates. 8vo. 53. Boards. White, &c.
Though histories and descriptions of this local, nature, generally descend to particulars too minute for public attention, or for a large circulation ; yet where gentlemen properly qualified are willing to undertake such neighbourly tasks, and to risk the necessary experces without probable views of reimbursement, they are at least intitled to the tribute of “empty praise." Records are thus preserved from the accidents and decays of time, and magazines of materials are furnished for more extensive purposes.