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Vion of Pleskin on the North West side of Bengere Promontory

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This Number is accompanied with an Engraving of the CAL. DEIRAS, OR Hot Fountains, in the Island of St. Michael, (Azores); and also a View of PLESKIN.

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So ardent has been my attachment to local objects, that I have descended to scrape the time-woven-coat of moss from the old mile stone that stood before the windows of my nursery, till I had restored to sight the figures that were wont to cheer me at eve, when I returned from the task of instruction to the garden sallad, the brown

Printed by T. Kaygill, 36, Frith-Street, Soho.

loaf, and the clear refreshing draught, and sonk with innocence on the pillows of repose.

The antiquated mill that throws down the foaming current with such violence as to mingle it with the sa. line waters of the Medway, can also delight me, and while I consider its general utility, and the comforts it bas communicated to my progenitors, I cannot belp res. pecting it with the highest veneration : the while I stand to survey its rotatory motion, I am impulsively led to express my best wishes for its security from tempests, from lightning, and the barbarous hands of civil commotions. And now as I think on the simple causes of my pleasure, O! pride (I cry) these pursuits of mine unhallowed in thy sight, and only to be respected by the modest children of humility.

The economy of the speckled ben at the farm house door as she caters for her chicklings, adds if possible, a higher relish to my delights; the crusted cock that struts in crimson array before her, affords a fine subject for my contemplation, while he calls his partlet to the precious morsel his affection, his assiduiry bas selected for her taste, I am forced to exclaim, these are lessons for human nature to imitate. Were we! but'as kind to each other, it would greatly add to our felicity ; du orces would be seldom known within the circles of high life, and scenes of terror less frequent with the more hum. ble.

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The aquatic birds and their numerous broods, upon the weedy waters of the mill-pond, afford thee! child of arrogance ! and courtly refinements, no gratification, but as they bleed to indulge thine appetite ; while I woull sooner feed on berries than disturb the feathers of a single wing. . This you will call simplicity, such is my propensity, and let those who treat it with contempt, follow their own affections,

At eve; when surrounded by my rustic relations, over the ample cup of British barley-wine, and the virginian infuence from the social tube encircles round, (pardon my egotism) I am delighted, particularly so if the cune

versation turns on cultivation, rearing crops, or to find a check for cursed monopoly, subjects of more real service to my country, than all the frothy loquacity of the fribia ble, the incongruities of the fanatic, and all the underhanded contrivances of the plodding trader.

When night comes, to rest me on the quiet bed bea neath the ample tbatch, is to me no diminutive luxury ; aud then to wake at early morna

“ Sweet as the breath of morn, its rising sweet,

With charms of earliest bud." My chamber perfumed with the spare-mint that climbs WITHIN the casement, and the honey-suckle that waves so rich without, with tints of gold and crimson ; de. scending to break my fast on rustic fare, again suits the quiet purpose of my soul, and then to turn me to the pastures, to see, to hear, ten thousand charms, unseen, unheard before...

"To muse on nature with a poet's eye," : And mount among the forest trees, and there to set me down and sing with honest Valentine,

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“ How use doth breed a habit in a man !
This shadowy desart, unfrequented woods,
I better brook than flourishing peopled towns;
Here I can sit alone, unseen of any,
And to the nightingale's complaining notesy

Tune my distresses, and record my woes." Even the accustomed sports, or rural recreations of the villagers, deinand a preference, because they promote that circulation which defies idleness, and disease, shewing with Voltaire's Zadig,

_" That health is to be secured by temperance and exercise; and that the art of making health consistent with luxury, is impracticable, and in all respects, as idle and chimerical as those of the philosopher's stone, judicial astrology, or the theology of the Magi.

But these amusements I own are not varied, the manly cricket being paramount, in which the sturdy natives delight, and shew that for skill and courage in this in vigoTating game, Kent has had for ages, and still retains the pre-eminence.

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When time warns me to depart for the great emporium, I do it with all the pangs of regret, and often, as I go, turn while the village spire is in sight, and with Milton's Eve thus tenderly exclaim

“Must I then leave thee, Paradise ? thus leave
Tbee, native soil, these happy walks and shades,
Fit haunt of Gods ? where I had hoped to spend
Quiet--the respite of that day
Tbat must be mortal to us both. O flow'rs
That never will in other climate grow,
My early visitation and my last
At even, which I bred up with tender hand
From the first opening bud, and gave you names,
Who now shall rear you to the sun, or rank

Your tribes, and water from the ambrosial fount?" When I am no longer permitted to enjoy these haunts of felicity, how different are the scenes I go to encounter ; the nightly consequences of inebriated riot, the loud mirth of mischievous folly, the stiff and gloomy jargon of hypocrisy, the irrational habits of the LITTLE-GREAT, the gilded tricks of false friendship and filial ingratitude, the ruin spread by voracious lawyers, and the delusions hourly, practised on artless simplicity; these, and more evils, make up the coin I am forced to exchange for my quiet, which I would not relinquish for mountains of gold, or rivers bottomed with the purest pearls. Even winter, in retirement, has for me its charms, the farm as well as the court has its festivals, which, if not so gaudy, are less mingled with dangers. *One

*One among the many, has sometimes excited my admiration; I once thought it worthy my muse, and have given it to the public in å former paper, as a type of rural felicity.

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