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Art. 28. The Artifice; a Comic Opera, in Two Acts. As

performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury-Lane. By William Augustus Miles. 8vo. i s. Cadell. 1780.

The Writer of this Comic Opera seems to value himself on the fie delity of his draughts of sea characters. We cannot boast a sufficient degree of forecastle learning to enable us to discover their excellence. To us they appear much more lifeless and infipid than Congreve's Ben, or even than the “ group of characters in the Fair Quaker of Deal,which our Author affects to despise. Counterparts of Commodore Flip and Beau Mizen may still be found in the navy, and are as fair subjects of ridicule as any land characters. The stage generally does justice to their bravery, their honesty, and their contempt of danger;" and even the Captain Ironfides of Cumberland, attacked by our privateer Poet, cafts no unworthy reflection on the gentlemen of the navy. How far the Lieutenants of our fleet may be pleased “ to acknowledge Charles as a bro her officer," we can. not determine. For our parts, we are more delighted with the farcical jargon of Sir Benjamin Brief, and the military rage of Mrs. Bobbin. Art. 29. The Volunteers; or, Taylors to Arms! a Comedy, of

One Act; as performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, The Music by Mr. Hook. 8vo. Alion, &c. 1780.

This “ Comedy of One A&t” is scarce half an act of a sorry farce! Art. 30. The Siege of Gibraltar ; a Musical Farce, in Two

Acts. As it is performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden,
By F. Pilon. 8vo. 1 s. Kearly.
Temporary and crining!

SERMONS 1.-Preached before the House of Lords in the Abbey. Church of

Westminster, Jan. 31, 1780, by Thomas Lord Bihop of Lincoln. 4to. 15, Owen.

A great deal of courtly elegance appears in this discourse; the chief object of which is to recommend the duty of obedience to the higher powers. His Lordihip hath drawn a striking picture of that fanatic spirit which occasioned the troubles and contusion that preceded and followed the death of King Charles. 'The prevalent party, intoxicated with a love of power, no sooner perceived in the King a flexible disposition, ihan they began with encreasing vehemence to reiterate their complaints of tyranny. The republican spirit, which, in conjunction with the spirit of puritanism, had secretly diffused the poison of disaffection to the eltablished government of church and state, now burst forth. The leaders availing themselves of the efficacy of this levelling principle, fo adapted to their purpose, instructed the populace where to direct their seditious invectives; while they themselves stood prepared to second their endeavours ; to tear down every fence which a reverence for Majesty had planted round the throne; to annihilate every branch of the prerogative; and to wrelt by tumul

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tuous force out of the hands of royalty, the whole execative power of the fate. So unexpected a convulsion aitonished all ranks of people : those whom a love for their country had at fisft prompted to join the popular party, found their paflions fo enflamed by the ardous of coniroversy, that they knew nor where to draw the boundary, nor how 10 disengage themselves from councils in which they had taken fo confiderable a thre. Some few who saw into the fatal tendency of these councils, preserved their integrity amidst the conflict; and with the bravery of untainted loyalty, defended the cause of injured Majelty by the most weighty arguments drawn from hiltory, and the fundamental laws of the constitution; till overpowered by numbers, and filenced by clamour, they were compelled to confult their personal fafety, and to withdraw from scenes which threatened universal ruia to the kingdom The most atrocious, simulated by a restless ambition, entertained hopes of future greatness in the prospect of impending civil war, and accordingly rendered ineffectual every proposal for an accorninodation. Religion in the mean time, that sacred friend to union and peace, was, by a singular perversion, employed to aid the cause of tecition and rebellion. Hypocrisy, asrayed in the robe of pie:y, became perfect in the babitual exercise of the arts of decepțion. The pulpit, the senate, and even the camp, afforded in succeßion a theatre for the display of her powers, and alternately re. founded with the declamations of falsehood, impoiture, and treason. These in their turn operating on the diltempered imaginations of men, produced a gloomy spirit of fanaticism, which, under the Fancied impresions of fuperior direction, sanctified every deed of wickedness, and served the more effeciually to administer the poisonous ingredients which hypocrisy had prepared. To a combi. siation of these principles, however contradictory, may be referred many of the celebraced characters of that age ;-the character of ONE in particular, the magnitude of whose crimes has rendered him con. {picuous, and whose elevation on the ruins of liberty, was not less owing to the dark duplicity of his designs, than to the strong impulse of the fanatic spirit which so rapidly promoted the execution of them. To a combination of these principies may be referred the precipitate demolition of our religigus ettab illment, which fell the firft facrifice to popular fury. The fathers of the church were faithful to he crown, and zealous supporters of the constitution : hence they were excluded from their share in the public councils, and their order was voied useless. The clergy were in general a learned body, and exem. plary in their lives ; but they " honoured the king;” and hence they were denominated scandalous ministers, were haraffed, ejected from their churches, and imprisoned.'

Seme will think, and perhaps not unjustly, that the bishop's zeal haib led him to colour this picture of fanaticism with too bold a pencil; but we cannot avoid remarking, that the circumstance alluded to in the concluding paragraph of our quotation is, on reflection, fufficient to provoke the indignation of every friend of the established church; and we trust that not many, in these more liberal days, will be found amongst the Dillunters, who can, on serious conviction, and without a bluth, viridicate that farce of mockery to God, and insult and tyranny to man, exhibited by a set of gloomy wayward erbo

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fiafts and dark deligning hyprocrites, who were deputed by Cromwell to fit in judgment on the ministers of the church of England, and infolently assumed the title of TRYERS. One object of their examination, as specified in their commiffion, was this; - Whether such or such ministers had the work of grace in their bearts ?" The names which fhone molt illustriously in this spiritual committee were those of Stephen Marhall, Philip Nye, Joseph Caryl; and above ail Hugh Peters! Their very names carrying ridicule with them; but at that time of day they were regarded with a reverence that bordered on adoration, and chose mock discerners of the Spirit were classed in the very first rank of the excellent of the earth. II. - Preached in the Parish Church of Welseby in Lincoloshire, Oce

tober 3, 1779, by John Whitcombe, A. M. Rector of that Church, and Chaplain to Lord Milford. 400, 1s. Crowder.

This is a plain, serious, and well.intended discourse on the advantages of the gospel dispensation, and the obligations under which its professors are to exert their influence to promote its propagation. This fermon was preached in consequence of the letters lately addressed by his Majesty to the Archbitop of Canterbury, and by bis Grace to the Diocesan Bishops, &c. &c. for the purpose of supporting, by fresh contributions, the millions of the Proteftant clergy into foreign parts, for the propagation of the gospel. The object is of importance, and Mr. Whitcombe is no mean advocate for its success. III.--Preached on the Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's Release from

the Tower, at St. Mildred s, London, where she stopped to hear Divine Service in her Way to the Palace. By the Rev. J. Moorgomery, Chaplain to the roth Infantry. 8vo. 6d. Dilly.

A lively, spiried discourse, but a little too inflated. IV. Universal Toleration recommended. - Preached at St. John's Church

in Hackney, February 13, 1780. By Benjamin Choyce Sowden, 8vo. Is. Cadeil.

This fermon truly answers its title; and enforces, with solid arguments, and in good language, the friking expoftulation of St. Paul, Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? To his own mafter he fiandech or faileth.” The author treats of the late repeal of the penal statutes againit the Papilts. On this subject he delivers his opinion with great car.dour and judgment, and from this part of his discourse we with pleasure present our readers with the following extraets. ' I am willing to hope, that few who now with to proteit against repealing these lla:utes are acquainted with the severity of the penalties they inflict. These were, as an ingenious foreigner obferves, lo

rigorous, though not professedly of the sanguinary kind, that they do all the injory thai can be done in cold blood.” In Mort, they were odious and detestable; a disgrace to our Atacutes, and a reproach to our nation !

It will perhaps be said, that those statutes, from the moderation of the times, would never have been exerted ; but if this be true, why fhould they not be repealed! It can hardly be supposed that any would be lo entirely inconfiftent in their conduct as to petition Go. vernment against the abrogarion of laws which they intended should never be carried into execution. Besides, until these acts were annulled, it was in the power of any contemptible informer to oblige the magiftrate to enforce them in all their rigour; and as a late learned writer juilly observes, “it ought not to be left in the breast of every merciless bigot, to drag down the vengeance of those occasional laws upon in offenlive, though mistaken fubje&s, in opposition to the lenient inclinations of the magiltrate, and to che destruction of every principle of toleracion and religious liberty.” V.- Preached in the Church of St. Andrew's, Dublin, on Sunday

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the oth of February, 1780, in aid of a charitable Fund for the Sup. port of twelve Boys and cight Girls. By Thomas Campbell, L L.D. Published for the Benefit of the Charity, 410, 1s. DubJin printed.

It appears that, beside the annual collection, the funds for the fupe port of this charity are only an estate of twenty-four pounds a year,

and a lease of twenty pounds bequeathed by the late Colonel Paul, - wbich lease is on the eve of expiration : is therefore seems greatly to need the recommendation it receives from Dr. Campbell. His dir. course from Matt. V. 48, is ingenious and sendible. Towards the close he observes,' a black and gloomy cloyd has long hung over this, hitherto, unfortunate illand. The numbers of our poor giew greater, as the means of relieving them grew less ; public confidence failed, · and yet our charity was not chilled; but our hands could not obey the warm di&tates of our hearts. These collections have of course, been every where smaller, this season, than in former years; but, happily, that alarming cloud is now disperled, a political day-spring hach visited this land, public credit is already restored. Your barrel of meal will not walle, neither will your cruse of oil fail.' VI.--Preached before the University of Oxford, at St. Mary's, on

the 25th of October, 1779; being the Anni'ersary of his Majelly's Acceltion to the Throne. By James Williamson, A.M. Fellow of Herford College. 8vo. 15. Dodsley.

After speaking of the advantages which he supposes attend here. ditary succession, the preacher proceeds to consider an objection , which has been sometimes advanced, çhac shechrittian religion is at · variance with those principles by which human societies are improved and brought to perfection. The objection is stated at length, in the - words of Monf. Bayle ; the answer is 'neceffarily more prolix, and after other remarks, summed up in the following terms: On the whole it appears, that those who adopt Bayle's norion of our religion, hase never attended to Our Saviour's prophetic character, and the circumAances and expectations of the Jews; and are moreover milled by not diftinguithing between the orders and directions given for propagating the Chritian religion, and the Christian religion itself, than which po two things can be more distinct ; for the visible kingdom of Saian must be abolished in any nation, before it can have the least pretendons to call itfelf Christian, and while this work was carrying on, the most effectual aid which the pious Chriftian could lend must be derived from his prayers and works of charity. The strong hoids of Saran were too well fortified to yield to the carnal weapons of human warfare. And the firtt christians were not nations of christians, bui as Meep among wolves; and therefore a more than ordinary circumspection would be - necessary : and as human societies would not protect them, it was also accefiary that they should be conftantly looking for supernatural prore&ion from God. But afrer this visible kingdom of Satan was abolished by the extirpation of idol worship, human affairs, we may fuppofe,' returned into their narural channel; and it is agreeable to the general plan of God's dealings with mankind, to lend them no farther supernatural aid than what their circumstances absolutely require.' Other confiderations are added to remove the difficoliy, of which our limits will not allow a particular notice. In the close of the discourse it is observed, what great advantage Christianity affords for rendering government easy and beneficial to mankind. One remarks we cannot avoid inserting ; 'It is impoflible, says he, that a Christian King could employ any other than pious christians in places of trust and consequence. If this be true, what opinion must we form of kings and courts, almost if not entirely, throughout Christendom! VII. A Vifitation Sermon. ---Preached at Truro, Cornwall, May 18th,

1779; with a PKEFACE PREFIXED, and a Dedication to the Earl of Dartmouth. By Samuel Furly, B. A. late of Queen's College, Cambridge, 4to. is. Dilly, &c.

This discourse will be highly acceptable to those who have learned to despise the beggarly elements of human reason, and to value the doc. trines of religion in proportion to the degree in which they are myf. terious and incomprehensible. By such readers the following passage, though to the unenlightened it may appear little better chan errans non teníe, will be thought peculiarly fublime and edifying:

• The word of God, we are by no means backward to assert, is replete with mysteries so exceeding high, so very abstruse, so superlatively strange, that could the veil which now in part covers then be wholly removed, their extreme splendour might be insupportable to ihe soul with its present faculties, imprisoned in these tenements of clay. If excess of joy, if height of surprize has been found to overpower, even to inltant diffolution, fome persons, it caonot be thought impossible, but that man in this life may be under an incapacity to endure such an extacy, in which all the thoughts would be absolutely absorbed.'

It would be very kind, if these favourites of heaven, who are permitted to take a peep behind the veil of myfteries, would, in condescension to the common herd of ignorant mortals, more plainly de. clare the wonderful things they have seen; or that, in compassion to our blindness, they would say nothing of things which we cannot comprehend. VIII. The Example of Jesus in his Youth, recommended to Imitation...

Ac St. Thomas's, January 1, 1780, for the Benefit of the CharitySchool in Gravel-lane, Southwark. By Andrew Kippis, D..D. F.R.S. and S. A. Printed at the Request of the Managers, Svo. od. Goldney.

A plain, serious, practical discourse, recommending the early cul. tivation of piety and virque, from the acount which is given of Our Saviour's childhood by St. Luke, ii. 52. IX. The Perfection of the Chrißian's Chara&er,-Confifting particu.

larly in Sincerity, Uniformity, Progresion, Comfort, Agreement and Peace. Preached at the Meeting-house in Barbican, May the 6ih, 1779, befuse the Assembly of Protestant D: Renters of the

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