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For, to us, they seem to intimate, as if the earth both heated, anand enlightned itfelf.
si dgeerd olla tud asijimtix9 sdi og The poem concludes with that old, and often refuted, objec. tion to Divine Wisdom, the immense quantity of water in our globe. His anfwer enumerates many of the advantages derived to man from this seeming (operabundance of that element. This was a glorious theme for a poetical imagination., What fine things might not have been said on the Rainbow, the Clouds, and Ri
vers ? but the Reader will be disappointed who expects to find #arthe Speciosa Miracula in our
Author's performances which, upon the whole, is even less replete with Poetry, than with Argument.
XVIII. The Mirrour. A Comedy. In three A&ts. With the Author's Life, and an Account of the Alterations. 8vo. ts. Scott.
The Author, whose life is here given, and from whole writings the Mirrour is now taken, is Thomas Randolph, A M.and
Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; a Gentleman no less - eminent for his wit than his learning. He lived about the be
ginning of the last century, and if Fate had prolonged his days,
he would probably have equalled any of his cotemporaries in the tis Vis Comica, as he certainly furpassed most of them in the variety,
and smoothness of his versification. We always read the Muses
Looking-Glass (for fo Randolph intitled his Comedy), with fatis- Ufa&tion. It is an Ethic Drama ; wherein the opposite extremes An of several virtues, exemplified in the most extravagant charac1E ters, are brought upon the stage. We do not, however, pretend
to fay, that such allegorical exhibitions are proper subjects for the comic Muse. Randolph has introduced into his scenes the extremes of Courtesy, Fortitude, Temperance, Liberality, Magnificence, Meekness, Truth, "Cleanliness, Modesty, Jatice, and Ur. banity, under Greek names expreffive of those vices; Colax, or the Flatterer, with great propriety, making one person in every scene.
From these the Editor of the Mirrour has only selected the extremes w of Courtesy. Porticude. Temperance, Magnanimity, Meekness,
Truth, and Justice, tho' some of the others afford as much truth of character, and from their familiar pature, as well as from the wit which Randolph has bestowed on them, seem equally appropriated to the fock. Besides, in the Looking Glass there are two of the narrow-fould Enthusiasts of chose days, who
* Mr. Cibber, in his Lives of the Poets, as well as this Editor, says, that he died in his 29th year; but in the frontispiece of the edi. tion of his Works, published by his brother, Robert Randolph of Chrift-church college, our Poet is said to have died in the 27th year of his age; a circumstance thac does honour to Mr. Randolph's memory: when we confider the merit of his writings, and the youth of the writer.
having the Players for their customers, are, on this considerations chiefly prevailed upon, though with great difficulty, to fit the play out. Instead of these persons, who from their cant, and peculiar obfervations, are not a little diverting, our Author has introduced one, whom he calls a Gentleman ; yet who, in the first scene, is injudiciously made to adopt some of the sentiments of one of Randolph's Saints. Moreover, this Gentleman goes off with the first act, and never appears again ; whereas Randolph's Fanaticks every now and then entertain the Reader with fome of their precife jargon; and, in the last scene, are made converts to the entertainment of the Drama. This, indeed, is paying too great a compliment to the Mufes Looking Glass ; had the Poet rather represented them when the curtain drop
peet, oas more disgusted at the stage, on account of its moral exhibitions, (for Enthusiasts were always foes to morality) it would have been much more in character. 11 By what our Author has omitted of Randolph's, and the very little he has added of his own, the five acts of the originaltare fhrunk to three in the alteration. . A good Critic has, indeed, ub--ferved, that though the number of acts is limited, by the antients, to five, yet, theres is nothing in the nature of things to hinder the Dramatic Poet from reducing their number. The only fenfible rule in this case, is, that the work be a compleat and regular whole ;, and of length sufficient to entertain an audi. ence for an eveninge Bat whether, either the Mufes Looking Glass, or the Mirroür, would answer this end, those who preside at the theatrical helm are to determine; at the same time permit us to say, that such moral scenes are more worthy to be revived
than the gross and unnatural exhibitions of the Humorous > Lieutenant.
201 cres man ADDENDA to the POLITICAL.
XIX. A further Address to the Public. Containing genuine copies of all the letters which passed between A-B-g, and the S -ry of the A
ty; from the time of his sufpenfion, to the 25th of October last, &c. 8vo. I s. Lacy, &c. 9. In behalf of the Admiral; complaining of ill usage, particularly
since his confinement. "XX." A modest Remonftrance to the Public. Occafioned by the number of papers and pamphlets published about Admiral Bynes is neither a remonftrance, nor any thing else ;-but an odd
6d. Cooper. allemblage of words, without meaning, or any apparent purpose. Ciey sus gnis
Alfred, King of England, cha-
ftudy of, recommended, 501.
ALPs, Pope's fimile of, vindicat-
was not borrowed from Drum-
poetical merit, 56. Remarks AMERICA, an attempt to vindia
upon his writings, 66–69. cate the conduct of the late
dicated from the charge of be- ANACHARSIS, observation of to
ascertain the value of, 370
466. Its exiftence proved, 467. * of uncommon effects of, 391.
The fame with electricity, ib. ANTINOE, now called Abade,
his bravery at the battle of with antiquities, ibid.
Cannæ, 669. His death, ibid. ARABS, often dangerous to curi-
vernment, in Egypt, 359-361.
destroying antique monuments,
prefent discoverable, 349. ARGUMENTS, the fame osed by
ing, 2 49. Antient description as by. Infidels to overthrow,
Ass, fondling upon his matter,
Arabians, 135. Description of, tical address to Mr. Secretary
of a number of, 279.
ATHANASIUS, censure of, 81. On Books, without experience, of
dittle avait in furgery, 514
Bower, Archibald, his account
Their inattention to affairs, an improbable and inconfiftent
Their luxury, 270, feq, written by him to Father Shel-
of the colour of the clouds at 92. His affidavit, sworn in the
fun-rising and sun-setting, 384, court of King's-bench, 190.
BRIDGES, antient, in Egypt, deg
fcription of, 257
British church, its independen-
hoods, 246. Military 402, feq.
learned ladies, in the wilds of in his arithmetical calculations,
, Nores. Cenfured for
necessary to be kept up.in Eu- 603, seq.
protestant nunnery, described,
BUXTOR FS, their concordance,
the ancients in critical diseases, tified by Mr. Taylor, ibid.
204. Recommended by some Byng, Admiral, instructions to,
297. Letter from, to the Se-
a horfe.litter, 580, feg. A Bi- rivers with loads, 496.
shop esteemed equal to a King, CAIRO, situation of; 354. De-
in faulty, 23.
to natural religion, &0. Cen Canon, of the New Testament,
that which is generally receiv-
ed, a good one, 147148. CHURCH, when it began to in
corporate with the state581.
16 - 224, 226, 236.10 Whe.
to ure ther a state may deliver up to
soil members, 230,--232. TEUA
CATECHISM, the Assembly's,
ly to promote the cause of infi- procured, and how prepared,
623, Note. Folatzo a Bres
it differs from a testament, as
valent to it, 13, 14:
cual advantage to each other, Colewort, the filver-like ap-
in Egypt. ys on the leaves of, accounted for,
vispearance of the drops of dew
bring them in gainst the use of spirituous I-
COLOSSAL Figures, description
word, COLOURING, one of the most
effential branches of painting,
COLOURS, that the Antients pain-
, hewn to be a miltake,
167. Variety of earths and mi-
nerals afed as colours, in the
whom, first planted in England, tot rected by the clouds at lun-ri-
sing, and sun-setting, secount-