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Our Author's reasoning, could not, so easily at least, have taken place,
lace Grace passed in the University of Cambridge. 4to. 1S. · Almon, 1781.
The Author of this poem is pleased to inveigh with much severity, and in no despicable metre, against a Grace * lately passed in the University of Cambridge. It had been a custom in chat seminary of learning for the Bachelors and junior Masters of Arts, who had dif tinguished themselves by their superiority in mathematical researches, to have Undergraduates in the capacity of private pupils t. From this practice, in the opinion of those respectable gentlemen who propored the reform, many inconveniences arose. One was-that the expences of the University, already sufficiently increased by the prevailing luxuries of the age, were thus unreasonably augmented ; and, consequently, those young men, whole finances would got allow them the affittance of privaie rutors, must enter the lifts at no small disadvantage. Another was-that, at the time of taking their degrees, many of the private tutors being among the number of examiners, an indecept contest, which cen led the way to confusion and partiality, porpetually arose, from a desire of preferring their respective pupils. And it was further obje&ted-shat, by contining the first ho
Kawn, and the danger, to the interests of the Company, from bis extentive views, and enterprifing disposition. The Colonel thus Speaks of this hero of the East:- Heider Ally Kawn feems to have resolved that posterity should draw no parallel between him and any of his native coremporaries; and the distance at which he has thrown all of his day proves, that the resolution has not been hitherto formed in vain. He possesses constitucional bravery in common with many of his complexion ; but courage, the quality of the soul whicha ditinguishes the general from the grenadier, has raised him far above the common level of Indians. Cool judgment, acquired by long and mature experience, has fixed due bounds to his great military ardour;, and, though a respect for the English name and arms may have hitherto contributed to check his natural impetuosity, yet he has never suffered his activity to be restrained by the reins of an ill-timed caution'-&c. &c.
* Whatever is proposed for the confideration of the members of the senare, in order that by their approbation ic may pass into a katute, is denominated a Grace..
+ These instructors were familiarly stiled Feeders, a metaphor bor. rowed from the cock-pit, and not injudiciously; it being generally thought, that what their pupils were on these occafions crammed with, was seldom of much use after the day of competition was over.
nours of the senate to those who molt excelled in the abstruse parts of
“ I Ay, great Queen, I hy
M o t quit a T- t's throne,
Dunce Mould’ring dunce shall rise in deep array,
Mr. C succeeded the sub-preceptor and tụtorship of St, John's.
+ M oned, Fellow of K-'s College, M- s for the Univers lity, and S G
But far above the rest, with large supplies
And ev'ry Johnian yawns by sympathy.
dicated, with profound Respect, to Mrs. Gell of Hopion in Derby-
These pieces are ushered into the world by a Prefatory Epifle from the Author to his Publisher, in which he modestly disclaims any title to the character of a poet. It is, indeed, evident that he has not been much exercised in composition. There is, nevertheless, a vein of grotesque humour running through many of his performances, not ill-adapted to the embellishinent of a ludicrous subject.
* Spleen is the eldest daughter of the Gout;
To him Hysterics this strange bantling bore,
* This name was given to the reverend tutor in a scurrilous pam. phler, which was treated with merited contempt by every one ; but in agreeable are several traits in this gentleman's character to come in Goliah's of old, that the University has ever fince dignified him with this title.
Each tutor blam'd the etigaette of France,
Your trade's a farce, each day's experience thews' C..t..t.1 Art. 14. Poems by the Rev. Mr. Logan, one of the Ministers
of Leith 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. Cadeil. 1781. This collection principally consists of Odes, Tales, and Hymns. Though there may now and then be met with, in them, a pretty thought, not inelegantly expressed, the general caracter of these pieces is, that they feldom rise above mediocrity. And yet, even inis lenity of censure exteods not to the Hymns-loft in the profundity of Sternholdian bachos, they do not so much as aspire to the flender praise that mediocrity might confer upon them,
RELIGIOUS. Art. 15. A faithful Narrative of God's gracious Dealings with
Biel. Now firit carefully selected; Englished from the Highr. Durch. By Francis Okely, formerly of St. John's College. Cambridge. 8vo. 13, 6 d. Lackington, 1781.
The writings of this extraordinary myllic received some distinction from the patronage of Montanus, the great Hebrician, and Christopher Plantin, the learned Printer of Leyden. Both were che friends, admirers, and, in some degree, the affiftants of Hiel; and che latter was the original editor of his works,
The ecclesiastical hillorians have, in general, been fiteot about this writer. Mosheim doth not so much as mention his name. Lampe in his Synopsis barely mentions it in the Catalogue of the Enthufiafts of the roch century. But Godfrey Arnold, who was tinctured with a congenial spirit, hath given a pretty ample account of this fanatic, ia his eccleliallical and heretical history. From this writer we learn, that the person characterised under the denomination of Hiel (which is a Hebrew-compound, and signifies The life of God) was a fimple, illiterate man, and of a handicraft trade.' His education, we find, was as 'contracted as his natural understanding; for by his owa confeflion, in a poftfcript to one of his best treatises, it appears, that • he could only speak his own mother tongue, and write a little at a pincb.' This man would never disclose to the world his real name or fituation : nor would he suffer it to be discovered by those who were charged with the publication of his works. However, it was afterwards found out, that the fictitious name of Hiel was assumed by an obscure person, called Henry Janfor, who lived in the Netherlands about the year 1550; and had been engaged in some occupation in the clothing business. Speaking of himself in one of his Letters, he says, that he was advanced in years; that he had no certain dwelling, or conftant place of residence, being sometimes here and sometimes there with a friend: that in the view of the world he was lost, but found in the fight of God.'
• But as to his having chosen to be known under the Hebrew name of Hiel, importing as much as God's life, the Translator, in the Preface to the first part of his Letters, gives the following account and explanation of it: “ It fignifies the author's life of the Divine Nature re-awakened from death; pretty much as Paul telti fiech concerning himself, that he durft not speak a word further than what Christ spoke in him."_That of confequence these writings, having noe been the produ&t of reason, could hardly, if at all, be underftood, unless by such only as the Spirit of God hach taught, and who have felt the truth of it within their own selves.'
Thus are we also informed, that · Benedi&tus Arius Montanus hath opeoly telified of this author, “ that he was a witness of the living Chriftian truth, whom the very virtue and truth of Christ himself hath enftamped with the name of Hirl.” (Chriftianæ veritatis viventis 10jlis, cui nomen ipfa Chrifti virtus et veritas Hiel indidit.]
With respect to the writings themselves, a good part of them were already printed and published in the Netherlands about the year 1580, and farther down. But especially “ The Treasure hid in the Field,” with some others, had even gone through three editions, both