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'Tis spring tempts you here,
Now fancy leads her airy-plumed train
Through mazy walks, by gently-purling We chaunt only pleasure and love.
Now Philomela Swells her mournful strain, Our lark and our thrush,
And all the grove with softest mufic fills. And each bird of our bush, With our nightingale perch'd on yon spray,
Now roves at large the yoke-denying hart,
Yet dreads the hunter at the peep of dawn;
Now Sylvan nymphs exert the vocal art, And lull all your troubles away.
Whilft nimble fairies trip it o'er the lawn.
Here moss-grown grots, and bubbling
Atreams are seen,
And gloomy groves in stately columns rise ; My song may’ot be heard all in vain
Here fruitful meads, enameli'd all with Then take, ye kind fair,
green ; A poor bird to your care ;
There, awful mountains seem to prop the She's bless'd, if you're pleas'd with her strain,
skies. A Ballad, sung by Mr. VERNON, in Vaux Now Cynthia gilds the dew-bespangled grove, hall-gardens, and set by Mr. WORGAN. And casts profusely round her maiden OU may do as you will, but I'll Aling Led by the mure, thro' silent paths I rove, away care,
And please my fancy with the varied fight. I'll sport with the swains, and I'll toy with the fair;
Behold that rock, that rears its head so high, For joys yet unknown I may find springing In rude magnificence o'erlooks the flood; there ;
See on its tops the mangled ruins lie,
Where once a castle's stately turrets stoud,
There oft have heroes crown'd the gen'rous All the days of my life thus I'll frolic and
And virgins liften'd to their lover's call; Till lately, there liv'd not so wretched an elf, And airy mirth possess'd each happy foui, I tended my flocks and sought nothing but
Whilst bands of music echo'd through the pelf,
hall; Car'd little for others, but much for myself.
Ah ! now
no heroes quaff the Aowing But 'tis better, &c.
bowls, But wishes for more are all foolish and vain, Norjoys postess their now wide-parted souls,
Nor sprightly music chears the ruin'd hall; And thought for to-morrow brings nothing but pain,
Nor virgins listen to their lovers' call ! Enjoying to-day I hall find the best gain, The creeping ivy thades each tott'ring tow'r, For 'ris better, &c.
And claips the ruins with a fond embrace;
The screech-owls claim the melancholy Come over to me, all ye gay blooming throng, And take it, the way to be bleft the year long
And bodie, favens hover round the place. Is to welcome sweet love, wine, and soulchearing song.
How vain the pageantry of worldly things ! And 'tis better, &c. And what is grandeur but an empty name?
Short-liv'd the glory of the greatest Kings, Then Care, with his wriokles, I give to the
Tho' Naughter'd nations raise their ill-got wind,
fame. To mirth, from this moment, my heart is inclin'd,
Where is, alas ! the pride of Persia flown? I'm sure of my bliss, for the nymphs will be The pomp of Rome, with all her empires kind.
o'er; More happy by half,
And e'en where Ilium ftood is scarcely known, Love and nectar I'll quaff, And haugbty Carthage now exults no more. All the days of my life thus I'll frolic and laugh,
Thes, lipce ambition yields to certain fate,
By reason prompted, sure, unerring guide, E LE GY
Let virtue bleis thy visionary ftate, By a young Gentleman of Oxford. Whose glory time nor envy e'er can hide. HE parting fun reflects its ev'ning ray,
HORACE, Epifle II. And giant-shadows variegate the APP Y the man, remov'd from ftrifes ground;
Who leads an hopest country life The wanton kids forsake their harmlefs play, His fertile fields afford him bread, And solemn filence reigns the vale around. Nor fordid views pe plex bis head.
Alert, he rises to his toil,
When winter hovers, fell and drear,
Who would not here avoid the darts
When this the us'rer Alphius said,
A Circumstantial Account of the TRIAL of John Almon for selling the
LONDON Museumi, in which was contained the Letter of Junius to the K
Aturday morning, June 2, a little after
as a duty required of him from his office, and
Bench, Westminster-hall, before the Right not be suffered to piss unpunished in any Hon, the Lord Mansfield, the trial of John country ; that it was true every subject m Almon, by information, for felling the letter this free kingdom had an undoubted riglu of Junius to the K- in a monthly publica- to make use of luis hands, his sword, or las tion called, the London Museum. Only pen ; but that our laws were made to 10eleven of the special Jury that were fun- train the use of them to the preiudice of any moned attending, the Court was obliged to intlividual. He exerted himself with all the have recourle to a talesman from the com- cloquence he was ma!ter of in praise of mon fury, when sive cause was opened by the King, and among other things fãių: reading the information, after which Mr. " What heart is there in this Court, Attorne;-sineral got up and informed te That would not glow with transport Court, "That he had lodged the information living licha a fon! what heat is the
in this Court, that' would not glow with started, and not have left it for the defentransport at having such a father !" from dant's Council to point out to them.--And, prailing the King, he proceeded to the hei- impartially considering the case, it was unnousness of traducing a character so exalted, commonly cruel to fingle out Mr. Almon fo deservedly esteemed ; next asserted that for selling Junius's letter in a miscellaneous he held the liberty of the press in the highest pamphlet, when it had been published and estimation. After expatiating largely on 1old, at the first hand, by many different many parts of Junius's letter, he left the perfons : The Messengers of the press, who affair to the determination of the Jury. Twore they had bought it at Mr. Almon's, Two witnesses were then examined on the he declared, were Oficers, who ought to fide of the Crown, the first one Mr. Bibbins, have been abolished ever fince the days of the ad called Mr. Crowder, who, upon Ser: James II ; and he did not think any degree jeant Glynn's questioning him, informed of criminalty attended the person who fold the Court he was a private Gentleman be a thing inadvertently, as some intention longing to the Treatury;' this Gentleman ought to be proved, of which the most distant was peculiarly accurate in his evidence, more proof could not be brought in this case, there than once declaring he bought Junius's letter being witnesses ready to swear, that the pamat Mr. Almon's in a miscellaneous collec- phlet was fold without Mr. Almon's knowtion, called the British Museum, whereas the ledge, and against his confent: The Sera name of the pamphlet is the London Mu- jeant observed, thae in a civil action, if a feun ; but, as this was not taken notice of man struck his neighbour inadvertently, and by the Court, we presume it was of litile without intention of hurting him, he would consequence, although the witness was giving certainly be acquitted ; that it was a parallel evidence upon oath.
case, and he hoped the Gentlemen of the Jury, Their deposition being made, Mr. Serj. in whole hands he trusted his client, would Glynn got up, and entered with accuracy consider it as such. Mr. Davenport, the and precision on Mr. Attorney's speech ; he other Council for Mr. Almon, seconded the faid He totally agreed with him as to the Serjeant, and having finished, Lord Manfexcellency of his Majesty's character and field gave a short charge to the Jury: He dispositioa, equally coincided with him that told them, that the Serjeant was mistaken as the man who personally traduced him, with to the omifsion of the word falfe ; that that, an intent to alienate the affections of his peo- and many more epithets in informations, ple, was the work of ruffians, the vileit of were mere terms in law; and that the word asasins ; but that censuring the conduct of falfe, and several other words of the like nathe Ministry; was by no means criminal ; that ture, had been omitted for some years, they the King's hand was necessarily and unavoid. being wholly immaterial ; that the Jury had ably concerned in every act of government;' two points to go upon ; the firlt, Whether and that any person was liable to punish- Mr. Almon was the publiher? The fement for animadverting on government' cond, Whether they agreed to the constrụca: was a doctrine of a nature too pernicious to tion put upon Junius's letter in the informaadmit of an advocate in any Court, as i tion? But he particularly urged, as the most îtruck at once at the liberty of the press, material, the question, Whether Mr. Almon the principal basis of our freedom; as to the was or was not the publisher ? Declaring subject matter of Junius's letter, he would that intention had nothing to do in the case; not en:er on it at this tine, as it would pro- that the sale was actual publication; and, if bably be debated hereafter ; that concerned the Jury thought so, they would and must and would fall upon the original publiser, bring him guilty.-The Jury withdrew he would not therefore trifle with the time for near two hours ; at their return, Herbert of the Court, but he conld not help taking Mackworth, Efq; one of the Jury, said he notice, that he thought the Officers of Go- had doubts, and desired to alk the Court a vernment were conicious they went upon question, · Whether, on a proof of the bare wrong grounds in this prosecution, as in the selling, they were legally obliged to find the information they had omitted the word falle, defendant guilty. In answer to which, he customarily used, and which was at present was informed," The fale, even by a ferpeculiarly necessary, since, if they knew the vant, was prima facie evidence, on which contents of Junius's letter were untrue, they they were bound to convict :' Upon which certainly should have inserted this word in they found the defendant guilty ofre-publicathe information, the onillion implying, that tion. The Council for the Crown were every charge made by Junius was a fact. the Attorney and Sollicitor Generals, Mell.
This was a circumstance, he observed, that Morton, Wallace, Dunning, and Wale the Council for the Crown thould have ker; and the Soilicitors, Aleflis. Nuttall,
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and Francis, of the Treasury ; for the de Benjamin Booth, Lincoln's-inn-fields, fendant, Mr. Serjeant Glynn and Mr. Da- Esq. venport, Council ; and Mr. Martyn, of Herbert Mackworth, of Cavendish-square, Jermyn-ftreet, Solicitor.
Esq. It will not be amiss to observe further that John Anderson of Henrietta-ftreet, Cae the Attorney-general declared, his reason for vendish-square, Esq. not bringing on the original publisher's trial Richard Crop, of Lincoln 's-inn-fields, first was, that he was ill in bed, and had Efa. been so for some time; in which he was great jofiah Halford, of Southampton-row, ly mistaken, the original publisher having Efq. been for some months part in perfect heath, Christopher Lethieulier, of the same, Efa. and at that moment, the very time of the Robert Cary, of Hampstead, Efq; trial, attending at Westminster-hall, in con Gerard Howard, of the same, Esq. sequence of a subpoena from the Govern George Kent, of Teddington, Esq. ment, to produce the original copy of the Edward Lovibond, of Hampton, Esq. advertisement. The names of the Jury on Mr. Alimon's
Talesinan. tria) wert,
Stillman, coin-chandler, Rufel. Leonard Morse, of Queen Anne-Street, ftreet, Efq.
Account of the TRIAL of Mr. Woodfall, the Original Printer of
Junius's LETTER to the King:
N Wednesday June 13, at half past prosecution, or incapable of going to the Bench, Guildhall, before Lord Chief Justice tioned his not bringing on the original Mansfield, and a special Jury, the trial of the publisher's trial first, giving it as his cpioriginal printer and publisher of Junius's nion, that the man who printed a libel on letter to the King, on Tue[day, the 19th of the Tuesday, or any ensuing day, was December last : Only seven of the special equally criminal with the person who might Jury attended, whose names were,
originally have printed it on the Monday; William Bond, Foreman. Peter Caza- and informed the Jury, that he had witnesses let. Alexander Peter Allen. Frederic ready to prove the buying the paper, and fix Commerell. Hermen Meyer. John Tho- the fact of publication : He did not doubt, mas. Barrington Buggin.
therefore, that they would bring the defenUpon which the following five talesinen dant in guilty. were taken out of the box, viz.
The evidence were then called, who were William Hannard. Paul Verges. Wil Nathaniel Crowder, who fwore he bought liam Sibley. William Willett, William Davis. the paper of Mr. Woodfall's publithing
The letter being read, the Attorney-gene- fervant, whom he named. ral opened the trial with an enconium on Mr Harris, of the Stamp-office, who commerce ; expressing the happiness of hav- proved, that the duty for the advertisements ing a trial before a special Jury of mer and stamps were paid by Mr. Woodfall. chants of London. After he had paid And the Jury many compliments, he intorned A clerk of Sir John Fielding's, who, be them, that the leiter in question was ing called, proved, by a receipi from Mr. totally and univeriálly abhorred : He de- Woodfall, his concern in, and for, the paper. clared, he was utterly unknown to the The publication and direction of the paper perfons under prosecution ; that he had no by Mr. Woodfall being thus proved, personal malice to any of them; that he had Mr. Serjeant Glynn rofe up, and declared sited the information officiaily; that he “He agreed with Mr. Attorney-generallas thought it the indifpenfable duty of his office, to the excellence of a London Jury, od and therefore had ordered the pipers which doubted not the liberties of the people were contained the letter to be bought and sent fufficiently fafe, while there were trials by to him as foon as it appeared; that he had Jury;" he told the Juiy, ' That if they were selected a number of pertons to file inforır.a- of opinion that the sense put upon unius's tions against, as he would not prosecute any better in the information, was the true feia; who might have Jarge families, but little if it was uue, that it was a faife, fcandalous, property, or who miglit be ruined by the and feditious libel; if they thought his
client published it with a professed intention, the defendant, then got up, and began with a premeditated design of abusing and asper- observing that, after the very learned and able sing the King; if the defendant meant or speech made by his brother Glynn, little rewished to alienate the affections of his Ma- mained for him to say, but he particularly jesty's subjects ; if it appeared to them that urged the Jury to consider the intention of his end in printing it was to stir up rebellion the printer in publishing it, and to remember and commotion, as honest men they ought, how peculiarly necessary it was, at this juncand undoubtedly would, bring his client in ture, that the press should be open to all guilty: But-if, on the contrary, the temper political discussion. He defended the paper of the times was such, that the people needed on the same principles as Mr. Glynn, and that kind of information contained in the made a very eloquent and judicious harangue, letter, if the facts could be proved, if the concluding with declaring, that, as no acts of Government, in which the King, as a intention could be proved, they ought not to part of Government, was necessarily and vir- find his client guilty. tually concerned, highly demanded public Lord Mansheld in his charge told the reprehenfion, and the printer published it Jury, That there were only two points for with the truly laudable motive of informing their consideration; the firtt the printing and his fellow-subjects ; if, so far from contain- publishing the paper in question ; the second ing any personal abuse of the King, it was the sense and meaning of it : That as to the wrote with an honest but guarded freedom; charges of its being malicious, seditious, &c. the author and publisher would, by all wor they weré inferences in law about which no thy, all sensible men, be considered as having evidence need be given, any more than that acted the parts of good subjects and good part of an indictment need be proved by evicitizens.
dence, which charges, a man with being He informed the Jury, • That the Coun- moved by the instigation of the devil: That cil for the Crown had not gone upon the therefore the printing and sense of the paper subject matter of the letter; they did not were alone what the Jury had to consider of ; even attempt to prove it a libel, notwith- and that, if the pap r should really contain standing the epithets bestowed upon it in the no breach of the law, that was a matter informati n; and, that the paper in which which might afterwards be moved in arrest it was first printed, was not by any means of judgment: That he had no evidence to fet apart solely to canvas for party or fac- fum up to them, as the defendants Council tion, but was equally open to all : He ad- admitted the printing and publication to he mitted, that private personal abuse was well proved : That as to the sense, they had wrong, but the public acts of Government not called in doubt the manner in which the often demanded public scrutiny ; that many, dimes in the paper were filled up in the revery many of the highest rank, as well as
cord, by giving any other sense to the pasfrom the highest to the lowest in the opp- fages; if they had, the Jury would have fition, had been scandalously traduced and been to consider which application was the villified in the public papers with impunity ; true one, that charged in the information, or that, if the defendant was brought in guilty, that suggested by the defendant : That the the hands of every publisher would be tied Jury might now compare the paper with the behind him, and the Gentlemen not in office, information : That if they did not find the might by the ministerial scribblers, be abused application wrong, they must find the defento the groftest degree, as it would be dange- dant guilty; and if they did find it wrong, rous to answer them, if upon the appearance they must acquit him : That this was not of every free answer, informations were to the time for alleviation or aggravation, that be filed, and the printers convicted and pu- being for future confideration : That every nished, the liberty of the press was immedi- subject was under the controul of the law, ately concerned, the stroke was levelled at it and had a right to expect from it prote.tion in this prosecution, but he did not doubt the for his person, his property, and his good Jury would maturely, deliberately, and at name : That if any man offended the laws, teutively consider the matter, read over the he was amenable to them, and was not to letter with care and circumspction, and if be censured or punished but in a legal courfe : they found it was not written with intent to That any person libelled had a right eivilify the person of the King, but freely to ther to bring a civil or a criminal prosecution; canvas the acts of Government, they would that in the latter, which is by information or consider the publisher as having done his indi&tment, it is immaterial whether the fellow subjects eisential service, and acquit publication be file or true; that it is no dehin.'
fence to fiy it is true, because it is a breach Mr. Serjeant Leigh, the other Councii for of the peace, and therefore criminal ; but in