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drawings of the heart being annexed, for the better illustration of the subject. Art. 54. The Case of a Man whose Heart was found enlarged 10
a very uncommon Size.' By Mr. Richard Pulteney. In this very extraordinary case, we are told, the whole heart might be said to be entirely aneurismatical. There was no particular enlargement of the aorta, nor 'were there the least polypose concretions to be found in any part whatever. When cut off from the vessels, emptied of the coagula, and washed as clean as possible, this diftended heart weighed upwards of twenty-eight ounces Avoirdupoise.
MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS.', Art. 25. An Extract of the Register of the Parish of Holy-cross
, in Salop, from Michaelmas 1750, to Michaelmas 1766. Communicated by Robert More, Éfq; F.R.S.
The honourable place which the Committee have allotted this extract, will doubtless excite the emulation of all the Parish Clerks in the three kingdoms, to transmit their Memoirs of births, deaths, and marriages, to the Royal Society; in return for which, they will also, doubtless, be honoured by an election into that learned body. Art. 29. A Description of a new Thermometer and Barometer.
By Keane Fitzgerald, Esq; The Thermometer here described is composed of small metal bars, which, by their expansion and contraction, determine the heat and cold of the air. To this instrument are also adjusted indexes, or registers, to mark the least variation that may happen during the absence of the Observer: an useful and ingenious contrivance. The Barometer is an improved wheel Barometer, to which the same kind of registers are adapted. A draught of the principal parts of the machine is annexed.
Art. 53. An Account of a Treatise in French, presented to the Royal Society, entitled, Lettres sur l' Electricité.
By the Abbé Nollet. By Dr. Watson.
The principal design of the Letters here treated of, is to fupport and confirm the hypothesis espoused by the Abbé Nollet and others, viz. That the effects of Electricity depend upon
the panultaneous affluence and effluence of the 'ek Etric matter; a doctrine, says Dr. Watson, very well supported by that in
Ärt. 55 An Account of several Experiments in Elektricity. By
Edward Delaval, Esq; These experiments relate to the change of bodies, by heat and cold, from non-electrics into electrics, and vice versa; exhibiting some very, uncommon phenomena of the islandcrystal, in this respect, Art. 57. Remarks on a. Pasage of the Editor of the Connois
fance des Mouvements celestes pour l'année, 1762. By Matthew Raper, Elqi
Mr. Raper detects and exposes here, the impertinence of the Frech Editor above-mentioned, who took upon bim: to charge Sir Isaac Newton with being ignorant, in the year 1666, of Norwood's admeasurement of a degree, taken thirby years before; and thence infinuating, that no fuch' admeafurement had been then made...
Art. 58. An Extract of a Letter of Monsieur de la Landes of the
Royal Academy of Sciences at Páris, to Dr. Bevis: In this paper M. de la Lande endeavours to excufe himself for what he had afferted relating to Norwood's measure of a degree, as mentioned in the preceding article.
An Hymn to Répentărice. By Mr. Scott, Fellow of Trinity
College; Combridge. 4to. 15. Beecroft, Dodsey, &c. W
HETHER the Muses are offended by the poétical
Simony of selling their gifts for money, or whatever may be the cause', we have observed, that those who have written profefledly for a Prize, have frequently failed after the first or second attempt. This is the third poem of Mr. Scott's for which Scaton's reward has been assigned him; but it is inferior to either of the former. "The Author, whose judgment seems unequal to his imagination, has oft mittaken an affected boldness for beauty, and an uncouth novelty for elegance. His expreflions are frequently trite, and more frequently borrowed; and, sometimas, by aiming at plainnels,
he has sunk below the dignity of that species of poetry in which he writes.
In his address to Repentance, all the attributes he gives her, are borrowed from the facred writings, and from poetical defcriptions of Melancholy. There is nothing peculiarly characteristic, nothing that shews the art or invention of the Poet.
Come Goddess of the tearful eye,
And clouds of sadness on thy brow;
And wring thy piteous hands, and beat thy plaintive breast. After this follows a descripticn of the effect of Repentance on Mary Magdalene ; which would have been pretty enough, had not the Author injudiciously, introduced some scriptural similes and expressions that are but ill adapted to the genius of the modern Lyre, whatever elegance or beauty they might have in the eastern poetry. The address to Repentance is then continued; for surely Mr. Scott, whom we take to be a Clergyman of the church of England, could not be praying to the Saint when he thus expressed himself,
Come, then, my Magdalene, thy aid impart,
O'er all my soul thy balm diffuse,
And soften with the fleecy dews
Teach me to search with honeft skill
And chuse, and cleave to what is beit;
The holy force of vows, and violence of prayer.
Grin Penance with an iron chain,
A bare-foot Monk the fiend appears,
Sunk are his eyes, and lean his look:
Can God be pleas'd to fee his image thus defild?
when the corporeal image of man is supposed to bear any resemblance to the ineffable existence of the Deity. Some praise, however, is due both to this and the following stanza, (notwithstanding the aukward and unpolished manner in which it begins) for the just and animated imagery it contains.
Drive too away that wild distracted sprite
Enthusiałm, and that foul fiend
Remorse, that loves his heart to rend,
But chief that tyrant of the soul,
What canker'd teeth! what grisly hair !
And all hell's damned ghosts the shrieking wretch assail!
O come betimes, fweet penitential power,
And from such soul distracting care,
Such chilling horrours of Despair, Preserve me, fhield me at Death's trying hour ! In the remaining part of this stanza, the Author avows his integrity, and tells us, that he is neither a Murderer nor a Seducer of Innocence; neither a Lyar; nor a Whisperer ; nor a Backbiter ; for all which we would readily have given him credit.
Having thus assured us of his negative virtues, he proceeds, in the next stanza, to make us acquainted with his real merit; and tells us, that he pursues the path of Truth and Virtue; that he is reasonable, continent, and no voluptuary; and, finally, that he is very compassionate: to all which we have no objection.
Before we quit this article we must do an act of justice between Mr. Scott and those Gentlemen from whom he has so liberally borrowed, without either quotation-Commas, or any other kind of acknowlegement. To take some notice of such things in a Literary Journal, can be no way improper, or unuseful, as future ages might not otherwise know where to ascribe the Originality of verses that are found in different cotemporary poems; and it may be likewise necessary on our
own account, as the Author might otherwise complain of our
LANGHORNE. After all, in favour of Mr. Scott, we agree with Strada, who, in his Prolusions, obferves, that it is difficult to diftinguish between the treafures of the memory, and the productions of the invention; but this circumsiance ought to put Poets upon their guard, who are, of all Writers, the most Jiable to be detected in borrowing, as their works are the most easily remembered.
The Palladium of Great Britain and Ireland. Or, Historical
Strictures of Liberty, from before the Reformation, down to to the present Times. Which prove, to whom, and to what, it has chiefly owed its Origin and Preservation in these Islands. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. bound. Henderson and Becket.
Am a Slave to Liberty! said a late honeft Whig from Belfast; and the fame person used to declare, toat the best