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ON WISDOM.
She scoft's the inmates of the ditch;
Vi'lets and Cowllips treats with scorn, TI E folitary bird of night,

Thro' the thick shades now wings Though neighbours' children they were

his flight, When in the

And quits his time-shook tow'r; with Amaranthus, grove

Where thelter'd from the blaze of day, She only nods at Polyanthus ; Calls the meek Snow-drop an old pocus,

In philosophic gloom he lay,

Beneath his ivy bow'r.
And does not even know the Crocus.
All artificial thus the grew,

With joy I hear the solemn found, And none the simple Primrose view; Which midnight-echoes waft around, Her stem degenerates from her fire's,

And fighing gales repeat;
Evfecbled by exotic fires ;

Fav'rite of Pallas! I attend,
And pleased the taitling flowers all talk, And faithful to thy summons bendo
How hideous is her slender talk !

At wisdom's awful feat.
For Envy, foe to all the fair,

She loves the cool, the filent eve, Impregnated this polish'd air.

Where no false shews of life deceive, In the Tweet Lily's fine complexion,

Beneath the hinar say ; The Piony sees imperfection,

Here Folly drops each vain disguise, So fick she looks, io pale, fo faint;

Nor sport her gaily colour'd eyes, While that bold flower was said to paint,

As in the beam of day. Though some aver that such carinine, Could ne'er be factured with defign. O Pallas ! queen of ev'ry art The Rose, beyond a doubt wore red, That glads the sense and mends the heart, And pretty was the blush the spread.

Blest source of purer joys ! The modelt Rose must needs contess, In ev'ry form of beauty bright, The Tulip had no taste in dress,

That captivates the mental fight, Such vulgar fancy the display'd,

With pleafure and surprise! When in her tawdry garb array'd ;

To thy unspotted shrine I bow, None but a Rustic sure could think,

Attend thy modeft suppliant's vow, Of blending yellow with her pink.

That breathes no wild desires; Thus they defame, while thus they But taught by thy unerring rules, mingle ;

To thun the fruitless wish of fools, The double flowers despise the single ;

To nobler views aspires. To charm, the fingle find less power, And envious view the double flower. Not Fortune's gein, Ambition's plume, Nor more of bliss the Primrose knew,

Nor Cytherea's fading bloom, Than when beneath the hedge she grew;

Be objects of my prayer: For there, if Art more wants denied, Let Av'rice, Vanity, and Pride, Kind Nature, all the had, supplied ;

Those envy'd glitt'ring toys divides The Zephyrs fann'd her as they stray'd,

The dull rewards of care. The Oak revived her with his made,

To me thy better gifts impart, The hedge secured her tender form

Each moral beauty of the heart, From the rude bluster of the storin,

By ftudious thoughts refin'd : The morning's fun renew'd her hue, For wealth, the smiles of glad content; The evening bathed her in his dew.

For power, its amplest best extent, But Nature's bounty vainly flows,

An empire o'er my

mind. Vain are the gifts her hand bestows.

When Fortune drops her gay parades Thus man of most ungrateful mind,

When Pleasure's transient roses fade, Esteems them of imperfect kind,

And wither in the tomb;
Practis'd in each factitious rule,

Unchang'd is thy immortal prize,
He fcorns the pogrum Nature's school :
To Art his every thought configns,

Thy ever verdant laurels rise
While virtue finks as he refires.

In undecaying bloom. So in the Primrose it was seen,

By thee protected I defy Changed was her native rural mien. The coxeomb's fneer, the stupid lie, Changed was that hue fo chastly fair,

Of ignorance and spite : That modeít unaffected air ;

Alike conteinn the leading fool, Each emblem of an artless mind,

And all the pointed ridicule In Nature's hedge was left behind,

Of updiscerning wit,

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From envy, hurry, noise, and strife, How have I wish'd that gale to be
The dull impertinence of life,

For her who never thinks on me!
In thy retreat I rest,
Pursue thee to the peaceful groves

The morning dew that wets the rose,
Where Plato's sacred spirit roves,

Its blooming tints more lovely shows,
In all thy beauty drest.

So on that angel face appears

The pearly lustre of her tears, He bade Ilisus' tuneful stream

When other's woe she weeps to see ; Convey thy philofophic theme

But O! she never thinks of me. of perfect, fair, and good : Attentive Athens caught the found,

The trav’ller on some mountain's side, And all her lift'ning fons around,

Who dreads the dangers yet untried,
In awful silence stood.

Amid the night's bewild'ring noon

Enraptur'd views the rising moon :
Reclaim'd, her wild licentious youth So I rejoice the form to see
Confess’d the potent voice of truth, Of her who never thinks of me.

And felt its just controul;
The passions ceas'd their loud alarnas,

Where'er her mournful footsteps go,
And Virtue's soft perfuafive charms,

My thoughts attend in silent woe;
O'er all their senses stole.

When clad in fmiles her charms appeat,

My ravish'd soul is ever near :
Thy breath inspires the poet's song, Nought can my vanquish d fancy see,
The patriot's free unbials 'd tongue,

But her who never thinks of me.
The hero's gen'rous strife;
Thine are retirement's silent joys,

When round the youths in transport And all the sweet engaging ties

gaze, Of ftill domestic life.

And love forbids the pow'r of praise ;

While the with artless mien beguiles, No more to fabled names confin'd,

And sweetly wounds with fatal smiles; To the Supreme All-perfect Mind Her triumphs still I'm fond to see,

My thoughts direct their Aight; Altho' the never thinks of me.
Wisdom's thy gift, and all her force
From thee deriv'd, Eternal Source

Then go, fair Hope! for ever go ;
Of intellectual light.

Here will I nourith dearest woe;

For forrow's self can sweets impart; 0! send her sure, her steady ray

Sweet ev'ry pang that rends the heart, To regulate my doubtful way,

And sweet to die 'twill firrely be
Thro' life's perplexing road; For her, who never thinks of me,
The mifts of error to controul,
And thro' its gloom direct my soul

ON HUMAN LIFE.
To happiness and good.
Beneath her clear discerning eye, FROM funny scenes, from days of
The visionary shadows fly,

joy, Of Folly's painted show;

To hours of dark distress, She sees thro' ev'ry fair difguise,

Alas ! how many link, among
That all but Virtue's solid joys

The hapless human race.
Are Vanity and Woe.

Thrown headlong on a guileful world,
SON G.

They, artless, do not know,

Sincere and simpie in themselves,
WHEN Win - chills the dreary plain; They fancy others fo.
And binds the floods in chryftal

Hence do we find that men of worth,
chain,

Are oft to want betray'd :
If chance a transient sun-beam cheer
The heav'nly maid I most revere,

Hence is the hopeful youth undone,

And hence the ruin'd maid.
How have I 'with'd that beam to be
For her who never thinks of me!

The world's a wide and thorny wild,
When burning Summer's heats arise, Where many fnares are hid;
And languid Nature drooping lies, And much of caution is requir'd
If chance a palling gale might bring

The devious wild to tread.
The cooling fragrance of the spring,

THE

THE THEATRE. O

N Thursday, February 2, a Comic Wilson; Goldfirich, Mr. Lewis; Mela

Opera, called The MAGICIAN NO ford, Mr. Harley ; Silky, Mr. Quick; CONJUROR, was repretented, for the first Jacob, Mr. Rees; Widow Warren, Mrs. time, at Covent-garden Theatre. It is Jenny, Mrs. Harlowe. written by Mr. Merry, author of the Mattocks; Sophia Freelove, Mrs. Merry; tragedy of Lorenzo, Poems by Della The Fable is as follows: Crufca, &c. Considered as a mere vehicle for music, à fond partiality to his son, has constantlý

Mr. Dornton, a reputable hanker, from the lyric part has some pretensions to indulged him through life in every wish; praise; but as a dramatic composition, it and from which circumfance he is pictured must rank below mediocrity. The fable has neither novelty nor interest, and the of the present day, among which gambling

as having run into all the fashionable vices tharacters are trite and feebly drawn.

is not the least attractive; a constant reThe following are the principal Drama: petition of loffes is supposed to be the nas tis Perfonæ :

tural consequence of that folly; but being Talisman, Mr. Quick; Somerville , Mr: permitted to draw upon the house

, he conIncledon ; Darcall,

Mr. Fawcet ; Squire tinues in his course of excesses, until his Sapling, Mr. Wilson; Peter, Mr. Blan- extravagance excites a suspicion, which chard; Grub, Mr. Munden ; Teresa, causes an unusual run upon the firm, and Mrs. Billington; Lydia, Mrs. Webb; brings them to the brink of stopping payVillagers, Mrs. Martyr and Mrs. Mouri- ment. The shock this has upon

the tain.

father, awakens all the feelings in the son, Talisman, the father of Teresa, is ad. and reflection drives him to the brink of dicted to the study of astrology, and a desperation. Almost frantic with despair, convert to the modern science of animal he fies to Silky, an old usurer, whoin he magnetism. Darcall, a fortune-hunter, has formerly supplied with money, and introduces himfelf as a brother magician, been the means of making his fortune, but with a view of carrying off his daughter, in his hopes of return, he experiences à but is detected; and passing himself for disappointment, the old man being full of Somerville, the lover of Teresa, intercepts professions, but declines rendering any a letter written by Lydia, the antiquated affiftance. maiden filter of Talisman, and elopes with In this dilemma, he resolves, as his last her. Talisman's necromancy fo much resource, to marry the widow Warren excites the suspicion and indignation of (who has given him reason to suspect her the villagers, headed by Squire Sapling, partiality) notwithstanding his affections that they break into his house and carry are firmly fixed on her daughter Sophia. him off; but being rescued by Somerville, This lady is the widow of an alderman, he consents to his marriage with Teresa, who left a confiderable fortune, in the full which concludes the opera.

poffeffion of which she remains unmolested, The music is the composition of Maz- although he left a natural son, Melford, tờ zinghi. The airs and 'duets allotted to whom the refuses all kind of favour. Mr. Mrs. Billington and Mr. Incledon were Sulky, as well as a partner to the Dornthe best, and were admirably performed. tons, is an executor to the late alderman,

The piece was given out for a second whom he receives advice had left another representation amid a tiimult of applause will abroad ; this larter will, which gives and disapprobation; but after having been away the greatest part of the estate from represented five nights, was withdrawn.

the widow, provided the marries again; is On Saturday, February 18, a New by the similarity of the names delivered to Comedy, called, The ROAD TO RUIN, Silky; this he resolves to make some adwas performed, for the first time, at Coa vantage of, and therefore proposes to vent-garden Theatre. This comedy is the Goldânch, a first rate genins of the turf, production of Mr. Holcroft, author of who applies to him for a loan of money to

Duplicity, The Noble Peatant, Se- secure him the widow, upon a condition of duction, The School for Arrogance, and giving his bond for 50,000 l. one-third of other dramatic pieces.

her ettate, and for which he pledges him

self to force her to give her confent; to The Characters were thus represented : this Goldfinch readily accedes, having al

Mr. Dornton, Mr. Munden ; Harry ready paid his addresses to her, as without Dornton, Mr. Holman; Sulky, Mr. a wealthy marriage he must be ruined. 9

Silky

him ;

Silky waits upon the widow, and ac. ford's name, he recolle&ts his challenge, quaints her with the contents of the will, and hastens to Hyde Park, whither he is and the determination he had to destroy it followed by his father, but instead of upon condition of her marrying Gold: meeting an opporsent, receives an apology. finch, but which the treats with contempt, The widow, rather than miss a hufa from the hopes of having young Dornton, band, yields to the proposals of Goldfinchy who comes to her in his tortured state of and goes with him to Silky's house to lign mind and offers to marry her immediately, the bond. Melford having a hint of the professing at the saine time that he is driven business from Goldfinch, goes there also to that expedient through want of her with Mr. Sulky, and by concealing themfortune. She not only consents, but fupa felves in a closet, hear the whole businets, plies him immediately with 6,000l. At and obtain the will, to the disappointment the moment he is paying his gratitude of the designing parties; and the piece upon his knees, Sophia comes into the concludes with a promise of reform in room and upbraids him with his false- young Dornton, and his marriage with houd; her appearance totally disconcerts Sophia. him; he avows his love for her, and leaves This comedy is the most successful ef.' them more distracted than cver. Learning fort of Mr. Holcroft's pen. The fable is that his friend Melford was in a lock-up well wrought up, and the characters, house, he determines to visit and relieve though not entirely new, are drawn with

where behaving in a strange manner, a masterly hand, and well supported. and Melford having been arrested by old On the whole, the public are highly in. Dornton, he speaks fo disrespectfully of debted to Mr. Holcroft for the production him as to fire the son, who first discharges of the ROAD TO RUIN. At a time the debt, and then fends him a challenge. when dissipation is carried to fo extrava

The design of the son to marry the gant a height by every class of mankind, widow coming to the father's knowledge, we hope the comedy may prove a salutary and their affairs not being in so bad a check to it. The piece is a picture of state as was suspected, he resolves to pre- life, as we daily fee it in the middle rank vent it; for which purpose he goes to her of mankind, is extremely pleasant, very house, and meeting young Dornton, re- interesting, and highly moral. turns the money; on the mention of Mela

HISTORICAL CHRONICL E.
FEBRUARY 1.

consequence was, he languished till be INtelligence was received at Vienna, on came to the end of Hountiow town, and

thé 27th ult. that the definitive treaty there expired. of peace

between Ruffia and Turkey was The illegal dealings in the lottery, ligned, at Jally, the oth of the fame month, which have so long disgraced the police, in conformity to the preliminaries settled and defrauded the revenue, are at length at Galatz.

almost totally suppressed.. The last abjuFEBRUARY 2.

dication of the court of king's bench, and An inquisition was lately taken before the consequent exertions of the commif. the coroner at Heston, near Hounslow, on fioners of the stamp duties, have provoked the body of Edward Bradshaw, a poor new attempts at evasion, which have been old man ; and the following circumstances, repelled by new and judicious interpofidisgraceful to a civilised country, appeared. tion; particularly on the part of the in evidence. In his pocket was found a court of common pleas; Lord Loughbopass, figned by one of the magistrates for rough having lately declared from the the city of London, to pass him from the bench, that, upon a representation from parish of St. Lawrence Jewry, to his own the board of Itamps, the abuse of the rules parish at Bristol. On Thursday the 12th of the Fleet prison should be no longer utt. when put into the pass cart to be con-' suffered, but that, in future, every house veyed to Bristol, he was so very weak, within the rules, converted to the purpose that it was evident his life could only be of defeating the lottery vagrant ad, should saved by warmth, care, and proper nou. be excluded from, and deemed to be no rifhment; yet, on that day, one of the part of, the rules. coldest ever felt in this country, with

FEBRUARY 3. scarcely a rag to cover his exhausted body, Last week, the lords of leffion of Scothe was put into the cart with four or fire land delivered their opinions in the cafe of wretches of the fame description. The lord Daer, against the freeholders of the

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county of Wigton and stewartry of Kirke which was tried in the king's bench, and cudbright. Lord Daer had been put upon the verdict was as extraordinary as the the roll of freeholders of the itewartry of origin of it. It was found by the jurors Kirkcudbright. The determination of that the testatrix was of found mind and the court was, that he had been improper- memory on the particular day she made ly admitted there. They therefore ordered and executed the will. him to be struck off the roll, and found The lord chancellor took up the ques.. him liable in expences. His lardship had tion in various points of view, and shewed not been upon the roll of freeholders of the infinite danger which would ensue, by the county of Winton ; and, by this de- suffering persons in the state of mental cifion, cannot now be admitted there. derangement under which the testatrix la. FEBRUARY 4.

boured, to make a disposition of property Friday it was determined in the court of by will. His lordship, therefore, annulled king's bench, that a limekiln could not be the verdict, by which the will becomes diluained by the landlord for arrears of void, and the defendant must apply to the rent, because it was attixed to the free- liberality of the crown for his share of the hold, except where lime was made in a whole. portable oven, and then it might be con The court of king's bench have deter.. fidered as goods and chattels.

mined that the act of the 32 Geo, II. FEBRUARY 5.

chap. 28, which enacts, " That no person On account of the Birmingham riots, arrested or in custody, shall be carried to actions are commenced and processes ferved gaol or prison within 24 hours from the upon Mr. Thomas Archer, high bailiff, time of such arrest,' does not extend to and Mr. Thomas Whateley, chief con the case of a person taken in execution. stable of that town, as nominal defendants

FEBRUARY 8. in the caufes.-Meti. Elvins, Greaves, . The further destination of capt. Bligh, and other respectable architects of that in his majesty's ship Providence, when place, are said to be employed to estimate the left the Cape of Good Hope, was as the damages of the buildings; and Men. follows, viz. to anchor in AdventureWarren and Son, the lofles in furniture, Bay, Van Diemen's Land, early in O&to. apparel, and the other property therein. ber lait; to fail thence the 1st of DeceinFEBRUARY 7.

her following to the Southward of ZeaYesterday, the following extraordinary land, and to arrive at Otaheite about the case was decided in the court of chan- latter end of February, 1792 ; to fail cery: A Mrs. Barker had a legacy left thence on the ift of June, and to anchor her of

property to the amount of 30,000l. at Timor the beginning of August, after for her own separate use and disposal having passed between New Holland and during her husband's life-time. She foon New Guinea, and probably touch at afterward became deranged in her mind, Java; to repass the Cape of Good Hope and her husband was obliged to get a in December, touch at the Mauritius or perion to take care of her. But she had Madagascar for water ; anchor at St. He. frequent lucid intervals, which sometimes lena, and in March 1793, to arrive at continued a whole day. In one of them St. Vincent's ; thence to Jamaica ; and the duly executed a will

, leaving the bulk having thus completed the great object of her fortune to her relation, the defend- of the bread-fruit-tree expedition, proceed ant, and settled 10,000l. upon her hus- immediately for England, which he may band for life. The latter died soon after, probably reach in the autumn of the fame and very speedily a comunission of lunacy year. was issued against Mrs. Barker, who is

FEBRUARY 11. at this time under the care of commis On Thursday morning last, a cottonfoners.

mill in the vicinity of Sheffield, took fire, The defendant became possessed-of the and was entirely destroyed. At night, property. The attorney general considered the external walls, (being all that was the property lapsed to the crown for the then standing) exhibited the most tremenbenefit of all the heirs at law. He filed dous spectacle ever beheld: the whole, his bill, and proved the infanity. De- sixty feet from the ground, being red hot, fendant repelled it, by strong proofs, of appeared as one immense furnace; the lucid intervals, and that the will was grass, for many yards distant, was en2zreed to, and executed at one of thele tirely parched and discoloured; and the periods.

water in an adjoining pond, almost in a The lord chancellor ordered an issue, : state of ebullition. The building is re

ported

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