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small picture of Acteon, belonging to can be no difficulty in foretelling the land afforded a rich treat to a very the late Mr. West, and ascribed to Ti- consequences e degraded theatre and crowded and elegant audience. tian, sold for 20001., while Ms. West an empty treasury.

On Wednesday night, Mr. Young rtfused 10,000l, for his own last pic- COVENT GARDEN.-The opening of appeared in another of his farourite ture but one.

the winter theatres used formerly to be characters-Rolla, in Pizarro. This It is reported that the Royal Acade- considered as an interesting epoch in play lias been one of the most successmicians have liberally determined to the annals of fashion; and even now, ful of its kind ever produced on the form a collection of the finest works of when the recess is so comparatively stage; there were, however, many cirthe old masters, which are to be placed short, and the great lessee' has had no cumstances which tended to give it poin the painting-room of the Royal recess at all, the commencement of the pularity when first produced, the Academy, for the improvement of the season at this theatre was not a little most important of which were the polistudents.

gratifying to the public. The short tical situations in which the country The Royal Irish Institution has of- period that has elapsed since the season was placed, and which the dramatist fered a premium of five hundred gui-closed, has been well employed ;-the turned to very good advantage in the neas for the best picture of the landing interior of the house has been repainted, sentiments which he conveyed through of his Majesty in Ireland.

and the gilding new burnished, the play. With the exception of John The celebrated painting of Moses which gives it a chaste and harmonious Kemble, the Peruvian hero never had a touching the Rock,'hy Murillo, which effect. The play selected for the open- better representative than in Mr. is placed in one of the hospitals in Se ing was the tragedy of Hamlet; and Young, and he sustained it on Wedville, is likely to be transferred to this the great attraction of the evening was nesday with as much effect as we ever country;- the enormous sum of four the appearance of Mr. Young, as the witnessed. In his scenes with Cora thousand guineas having been offered royal Dane, after an absence of three and Elvira, he was particularly happy, for it by a noble amateur, which, it is years. In the present state of the and in the last act, the maply indignathought, will be accepted.

stage, the loss of a gentleman of Mr. tion which he felt at the perlidy of the M. Stefano Barezzi, of Milan, has Young's talents from the metropolis, Spanish commander, his noble efforts discovered a process for transposing

could not but be felt with regret; he to save the child, and the manner in paintings in fresco from one wall to

however, returned to fill that which he restored it to Cora, elicited the

station wbich has remained another without injuring them. He

void loudest acclamations. Mrs. Funcit as covers the picture with a prepared cane

ever since be quitted it. The charac- Elvira, and Miss Foote as Cora, gare vass, which detaches the whole of the ter of Hamlet is one peculiarly suited much interest to their characters ; 'and

to the powers of Mr. Young, and he is the Alonzo of Abbott, the Las Casas is then applied to another wall, to which it with effect. It was in this character chard, were all highly respectable. is then applied to another wall, to which the only person on the stage who plays of Yates, and the Blind-man

of Blanthe picture attaches without the least that he first made his great impression In the farce of the Irish Widow, fnot trait being lost. M. Barezzi is now engaged in retnoving a large picture on the public, many years since, at the played for the last twenty years), which of Marco d'Oggione, in the Church that he took' leave of the London stage first appearance, on any stage, in the della Pace, at Rome, and it is hoped three seasons ago. His re-appearance character of the Widow Brady. This rescue from the ravages of time the on Monday night, must have been young lady is a neat petite figure, with beautiful remains of the Cæna of Leo highly gratifying to him. His entrance an agreeable and animated countenardo da Vinci.--Paris paper. called forth the warmest transports of nance.

Her voice is rather too feeble joy ;

the acclamations, loud and for so large a house; and we suspect

long, continued from all parts of the she would be more at home in a less The Drama.

house, and the pit simultaneously bustling character. She was, however,

ròse, waving hats and handkerchiefs in well received, and the farce, with the DRURY LANE.— The new farce of congratulations of his return. Mr. aid of Farren in Kecksey; Emery in Monsieur Tonson, which is from the Young, we are happy to say, looks ex- Whittle; and Connor in Sir Patrick, pen of Mr. Moncrief, having under-tremely well, and though it was scarce went off with much applause. gone some judicious curtailments, con- ly to be expected that he should have Among the new engagements at this tinues to be played every evening improved, yet we do not think his pow. theatre, we find the name of Mr. with applause. The monotony, how- ers have suffered any diminution during Drinkwater Meadows, who is a comic ever, which reigns at this theatre, can- bis absence. He displayed all that performer of considerable promise, and not last long, unless the manager pre- energy, acuteness, and discrimination, of great provincial celebrity. fers empty benches, with a trifting ex- which so peculiarly mark bis portrait HAYMARKET.-The success of Mr. penditure, to active exertions and good of Hamlet ; in the soliloquies he dis- Kenney's new comedy of Matchhouses. It was, we believe, intended played his declamatory talents to great breaking (for'it is decidedly successful) that the Coronation should not have advantage; and in many parts, particu- appears to us quite 'a phenomenon in been exhibited after Monday last, but larly the closet scene, he was powerfully the history of the drama. We stated it still continues; Mr. Elliston proba- effective. Mr. Young is a very equal our objections to it in our last, which bly thinking it as attractive as any performer; he dges not startle bis au- have not been removed, in witnessing thing he has at present to offer in its dience by sudden bursts, but wins their the comedy a second and a third time. stead. We trust that the parsimonious applause by his chasteness of style and with an improbable story, trite septisystem on which the management of judicious conception of his author. ments, party feelings, and a total abthis theatre is conducted, will not be there was nothing new in the other sence of wit, this comedy, by a sort of continued much longer; if it is, there parts of the play; it was well cast, I harmony in its incidente, keeps the iaterest of the audience on the alert to will not, he trusts, be deemed an idle contained the two countries of Cyrenai“ the end, although the denouement may boast, when he reminds you of the great ca and Marmorica. The former was be foretold in the first act. The cha- and flattering success which has attended called Pentapolis, from the five great racter of Solomon, so admirably sus- every novelty, without exception, that has cities which it contained ; one of which tained by Jones, has now devolved on Oxberry Any performner succeeding men, will be redoubled to ensure a conment. Our exertions, Ladies and Gentle was Berenice, or Hesperis, now Ber

nic, the spot where the celebrated garto the character after so able a repre- tinuance of your favour when we are per- dens of the Hesperides are generally

. sentative as it at first boasted, must ap- mitted to meet again ; and, in the mean supposed to have existed. Not far pear to disadvantage ; but, although time, in the name of the proprietor, and distant was Barce or Baca, and PtoleOxberry was rather an unpolished of all the performers, and in my own, mais, now Tolometa. To the east of courtier, yet he played with great spi- respectfully thank and bid you farewell.! the extreme northern point of the coast, rit, and was much applauded.

called Thycus Promontorium, now The comedy was, on Wednesday Literature and Science. Cape Rasat, was Apollania, now Marnight, preceded by Tom Thumb, in

za Susa, or Sosush, formerly the port of which J. Russell played the character The alabaster sarcophagus, found in Cyrene, that city being situated on a of King Arthur, admirably; indeed, the newly discovered tomb, at Thebes, little island; it was founded by Battus, we have seldom seen this actor to more was deposited in the British Museum who led thither a Lacedæmonian coloadvantage. We cannot say much in on Wednesday last, by order of Mr. ny from Thera, one of the Cyclades ; praise of Taylenre's Lord Grizzle ; Salt, his Majesty's Consul-General in and the kingdom was afterwards bethere was too much buffoonery in it. Egypt.

queathed to the Roinans by the last of ENGLISH OPERA House. This

New Expeditions to Africa.-His the Ptolomies, surmamed Apton, and house closed for the season on Thurs- Majesty, who takes every opportunity was forined by that nation into a proday night. Although no manager of promoting the interests of science vince with Crete. The expedition ever presented more novelties in the and of art, expressed his desire, a short will explore the restiges of it, which time, every one of which were success time since, that an expedition should are supposed still to remain under the ful, yet we fear the season has been for be forined to explore certain parts of name of Curm; to the east of this stood from being a profitable one. The fever Africa, which border upon Egypt. the fifth city of ancient Cyrenaica, in which the town was kept in the ear. The idea was suggested in consequence called Darnie, now Derne. ly part of the season by the coronation, of the successful researches of M. Bel- South of Marmarica, (before menwas unfavourable to the drama ; and zoni in the latter country; but the ob- tioned,) which our countrymen will the production of the pageant at the ject of the present expedition is of a visit, and in the midst of the sands of two great theatres, one of which has different character from the pursuits Libyan desert, was a small and beaubeen open all the time, presented a no- of that gentleman, inasmuch as it is tiful spot, refreshed by streams and velty, too attractive for the chaste per- the discovery, not of the ponderous luxuriant with verdure, in which stood formances of the English Opera to cope monuments of Egyptian labour, but the temple, so celebrated in antiqoity, with. We must, however, confess, that of the remains of Greek and Roman of Jupiter Ainmon, said to have been the neglect of this theatre is neither edifices, which it is conjectured are founded by Bacchus, in gratitude te creditable to English taste nor to Eng, scattered in different parts of Libya, his father Jupiter, who appeared to lish feeling. The encroachinents of a country which those celebrated na. him, when perishing with thirst, in the the larger houses were alluded to in tious visited, and in which they es form of a ram, and shewed him a founthe farewell address, which was well tablished colonies at several different tain. Here was the Fons Solis, whose delivered by Mr. Bartley. It is as periods, but which it is supposed no waters were cold at noon and hot at follows:

Europeans have since explored. night. Here also the celebrated an• LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,--Our short

The gentleman who has been chosen cient Oracle, so difficult of access season is this evening brought to a close by government, with the approbation through the Libyan Deserts, and The aggressions of the larger establish of his Majesty, to superintend this ex- which

was consulted by Alexander since Drury Lane Theatre has continued pedition, is Mr. Beechey, many years the Great after a memorable and dan. open during the whole of the limited period seeretary to Mr. Salt, the English gerous journey, the token of which, allotted to our performances, and thereby consul to Egypt, and the constant transmitted to posterity, is the ram's deprived us even of the slender harvest companion to M. Belzoni, in his late horn upon the head of that conqueror, which, on former occasions, we had been indefatigable researches.' The lords of on numerous medals. allowed to reap. How far the wisdom of the Admiralty have also afforded every

The expedition will, io all probabigovernment may deem it fit to allow of assistance in their power to advance the lity, be engaged three or four years, mer theatres, or may condescend to take object of this expedition, by fitting out Another expedition is about to proan interest in those poblic amusements, is a small vessel with a coinplement of ceed to the interior of Africa, on that beyond our power at present to ascertain; men, and entrusting the command to hitherto fatal enterprize, the discovery though, under all the circumstances, we Lieutenaut Hoppner, who was engaged of the course and termination of the may be allowed to indulge a reasonable under Captain Parry in the last River Niger. It consists of Dr, hope of speedy and effectual relief.

northern expedition, and from whose Woodney, Lieut. Clapperton, 'of the The proprietor, Ladies and Gentle drawings were executed the engravinys royal navy, and Lieut. Denman, of men, begs leave to offer, through me, his that embellish the account of that the army. grateful acknowledgments for the share

They will proceed from of patronage he has received. It lias been voyage.

Tripoli to Mourzook, 'and thence enfar greater than, under the oppressive dif

Libya, the country about to be ex. deavour to reach 'Tonbuctoo or Bor ficulties he has had to contend with, he plored by our adventurous country- nou. could reasonably have hoped for; and it' men, is that which in ancient times Discoveries in Egypt.--A young

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Englishman of the name of Wadding-, hallowed heart; these Christian conco- met with for many years !'—Who are ton, who has lately arrived in Rome, mitants composed her characteristic, these, my lord ?' said the doctor, My has penetrated upwards of six handred and conciliated the esteem of her co- ribs,' replied his lordship, which I leagues above the level of the second temporary acquaintances, who mean to have not felt for many years until now.'. cataract, in following the army of the model their manners by the mould of A Frenchman very gravely observed, Pacha of Egypt. In the whole of the their meritorious monitor.-There are that if Adam had had the good sense to way he fell in with only a few small but two instances, at least, in our pre- have purchased the office of king's seEgyptian monuments, in isolated si- sent recollection, which approach near cretary, we should all have been notuations, and of no very remote date; to the above : the one is, . Henry Hal- bles, but on his arrival at Schayni, where the lam, hatter, hosier, and haberdasher,

Tering Costs. Pacha encamped, he discovered thirty at Holborn Bridge, Hatton Garden ;' clients, in days of yore, as sage men say, live pyramids, of from fifty to one hun- the other, · Benjamin Bell, brown Were proud an honest lawyer's bill to pay ; dred and twenty feet in height, but in bread and biscuit baker, near Battersea (But now, alas, as knaves and rogues grow

faster, a very ruinons state. He also saw se. Bridge.'

Each lawyer's bill must see the taxing master.) ven or eight temples, of which one, Dr. Donne was allowed to be one of In those blest times, a farmer came to town (upwards of three hundred feet in the most witty and eloquent divines of To pay his bill of costs in specie duwn; length,) was covered with hierogly. his day. Whether, as Çhaucer says, And thus, in country style, made this objecphics. It is probably in the neigh. of selfish priests bourhood of these ruins that search

He sette his benefice to hire,

“I'm coom, you zee, to pay your'small account, should be made for Nabatha, and not Aud lette bis shepe acombred in the mire, Coom write out a receipt for the amount; the Meroe of the ancients. This tra- And ran unto London, umto Seint Poules, But, zur, I zee that you have charged me here veller' has copied, some very curious

To seken him a chanterie for soules,'

For an attendance in the Porough, where Greek inscriptions. He assures, us or not, I do not pretend to say. But No lands or bus'ness o' mine e'er laid, that he has seen nothing in his travels the following anecdote is not a little 1, therefore, hope ye will not take't amiss, comparable to the monuments of Nu- singular:-The deanery of St. Paul's if 1, friend Latitat, inquire as to this – bia, and that he considers that province becoming vacant, King James sent for How this small charge arose I'll quickly tell," aş the cradle of the arts in Egypt.

the doctor, and ordered him to attend Replied the honest man : You know full well
him the next day at dinner.

At Christmas time you never fail to send

A turkey or a goose, my worthy friend;
The Bee.

his majesty was sat down, before he This sir and eight-pence, therefore, is here ? Floriferis ut apes in saltibus omnia limant, had ate any meat, he said, “Doctor

charged, Omnia nos itidem depascimur aurea dicta.'

Donne, I have invited you to dinner; (Tis customary, and should be enlarged,)

and though you sit not down with me, For trouble in attending to receive
! It is said that Bonaparte died worth pet I will carve to you of a dish that i Whát you, my friend, so liberally give.

Long time with anxious eye, the coach I know you love well; for, knowing you three hundred millions of francs, which fove Londori, I do therefore make you The turkey got a finer ne'er was hatch'd,

watch'de is 12,500,000l.

Dean of St. Paul's; and, when I have
· Chant- of divers kinds. 1. Chant


take your

In the times of Queen Elizabeth,

beloved dish Antrosian, established by St. Am- home to your study; say grace there when persons demanded passports with brose; 2. Chant Gregorian, introduced by Pope IX. the Great, who to yourself, and much good may it do the design of travelling on the Conti

vent, they were usually questioned reestablished schools of chanters, and you.

To a Snuff taker.

specting their object by Lord Burcorrected the church music. This, at

If so weak to suppose

leigh or his secretaries. If business first, was called the Roman song ; af I'll be twitch'd' by the nose,

or health called then away, passports terwards the plain song; as the choir By your blackguard,' you're silly enough.;

were for those rensons given them; but

I'll not snifi' a grain, and people sing in unison.

To tempt me is vain,

if it was a mere curiosity to see the Immediately after the execution of

Friend snuffy.'
I am your's,

world, as it is called, that moved them, Louis XVI, a Venetiun democrat, on

UP TO SNUFF' a desire of becoming acquainted with hearing that Monsieur had assumed the Marims of George I.-Never to for the manners, customs, arts, and antititle of Louis XVIII. waited on his sake a friend; to endeavour to do quities of our neighbours, they were majesty, and commenced his address justice to every person; and not to strictly questioned respecting their of congratulation in the following cou- fear any one.

knowledge of those things in their own plet:

A whimsical couplet from the writer country, and if found ignorant, they «Thou unhappy King of no land,

of it to a Welsh squire, who had pro- were told to travel first at home, there More wretched than the King of Poland. mised a hare:

being as much to be known in Euge „The admirers of fine, writing, and

Tell me, thou son of great Cadwallader! land as elsewhere, and it being disparticularly of that new species of Hast sent the hare? or hast thou swallowed graceful to the nation that persoas unbeauty called Alliteration, now so much used by orators, will be pleased As a whimsical couplet, this can be acquainted with their native country with the following character of a young equalled only by the following, from should expose themselves in foreign

nations. lady, from an old Newcastle Journul? the poein of a young tradesman :

Died in the flower of her age, Miss No more will I endure love's pleasing pain, London.Published by J. Limbird, 355, Strand, Mary Harrison, daughter of the late or round my heart's leg tie his galling chain.' two doors East of Ereter Change; ukere aduertime

ments are received, and communications for the Mr. Thomas Harrison, of Wheldon Lord North, during a severe illness, Editor" (post paid) are to be addrestek Sold olie Bridge House.--If boundless benevon said to his physician, Doctor, I ain by Souter Se, Paulo Church Yardan olimpiaine lence be the basis of beatitude, and obliged to you for introducing me to Mall; Grapel, Liverpool; and by all Booksellers

and Newsvenders.- Printed by Dacidson, Old Bos: harmless humility the harbinger of a some old acquaintance that I have not! wedl Court, Carey Street,

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lumes before us, there are some further I sat beneath the shelter of a woodland interesting particulars respecting this bedge, of my parents' distresses at home,

untutored child of the muses. It was of my labouring so hard and so rainly to The Village Minstrel, and other Poems in the summer of 1817 that Clare first get out of debt, and of my still added shire Peasapt. 2 Vols. 12mo. pp. poems to the public by subscription. burst out into an exclamation of distress,

By Johu Clare, the Northampton- thought of offering a small volane of perplexities of ill-timed love-striving to 427. London, 1921.

He consulted a printer, who told him • What is life!” and instantly recollecto, EVERY circumstance that transpires that the expense of three huvdreil co-ing that such a subject would be a good relating to the character and conduct pies of a prospectus would cost one one for a poem, 1 hastily scratted down of the Northamptonshire Peasant, tends pound, and he set himself resolutely the two first verses of it, as it stands, as to justify the assertion of a critic in the to work to obtain that sum. But the the beginning of the plan which I intendQuarterly Review, that he furnishes story is best told in his own simple work. But when I got to the kiln I could

ed to adopt, and continued my journey to one of the most striking instances of words :--patient and persevering talent, existing

not work for thinking about what I had and enduring in the most forlorn and Casterton and went to Pickworth, a ham on a lime-skuttle, and out with my pencil

" At the latter end of the year I left so long been trying at; so I sat me down seemingly hopeless condition, that lite- let, which seems by its large stretch of for an address of some sort, which, good rature has at any time exhibited.' The old foundations and ruins to have been a or bad, I determined to send off that day; two volumes before us, though pro town of some magnitude in past times, and for that purpose, when it was finished, duced under circumstances of less dild though it is now nothing more than a half I started to Stamford with it, about three ficulty than his first production, have solitude of huts, and odd farm-houses, miles off: still, along the road, I was in a still been written at intervals spatched scattered about, some furlongs asunder: hundred minds whether 'I should throw from the labours of husbandry, to miles further, from beginning to end. till a fitter opportunity, to have the ad

thie marks of the ruins may be traced two up all thoughts about the matter, or stay which he is still doomed, to maintain Here, by bard working, day and night, vice of some friend or other; but, on his afflicted parents and liis wife and I at last got my one pound saved, for the turning it over in my mind agaio, a sechild-It may be asked, has the know- printing of the proposals, which I never cond thought informed me that I had no ledge of his genius and his miseries lost sight of; and having written many friend; I was turned adrift on the broad otitained nothing for himn? Yes; a few more poems, excited by a change of ocean of life, and must either sink or noble individuals have come to his aid, scenery, and being over head and ears in swim: so I weighed matters on both the Marquis of Exeter allows him an love,-above all, having the most urgent sides, and fancied, let what bad would annuity of fifteen guineas per annum, my latter materials much better than my er: if my hopes of the poems failedI

propensity to scribbling, and considering come, it could but balance with the forinand Earl Spencer one of ten pounds, former, which no doubt was the case,1 should not be a pin worse than usual; ! Earl Fitzwilliam has presented lojma with considered myself more qualified for the could but work then as I did already: 1001.; and his publishers have added undertaking: so I wrote a letter from this nay, I considered that I should reap beanother 1001. to it. These sums, with place immediately to Henson, of Market nefit from the disappointment; the down. some smaller contributions, altogether Deeping, wishing him to begin the propo fall of my hopes would free my mind, yield him forty-five pounds a-year; a sals and address the public himself, urg; and let me know that I had nothing to sum which, though insufficient for the ing that he could do it far better than I trust to but work. So with this favourasupport of his family, must afford him could, but his answer was that I must do ble idea I pursued my intention, dropconsiderable relief, and for which te but 110t having a tit place for doing any tered the town, to give it a second real

it. After this, I made some attempts, ping down on a stone-heap before I enseenis truly grateful. When, about eighteen months ago, lic-house, and being pestered with many

thing of that kind, from lodging at a pub- ing, and correct what I thought amiss.” we noticed Clare's first work, we gave inconveniencies, I could not suit myself is inserted in the introduction, Clare

In the prospectus, a copy of which some account of bis life; his struggles by doing it immediately, so from time to to obtain a smattering of education by time it was put off. At last I determined, proposed publishing his poems at three the few halfpence which he earned by good or bad, to produce something, and shillings and sixpence, if three hunextra-labour' as a plough-boy; when as we had another limekiln at Kyball, dred subscribers could be obtaiued ; two months' labour were required to about three miles from Pick worth; (Clare he wrote a modest address to the pubpay for one month's schooling; and

was at this time employed in lime-burn- Ilic, and inserted his soninet to the Setthree years of toil did nothiog mote where I had leisure to study over snch

ing, 1 I often went there to work inyself, ting Sun, printed in the former collecfor him than to enable him to read the things in my journeys of guing and re- tion. All his Prospectuses were disBible. We stated the rapture with turning. On these walks, morning and tributed, but, alas! he could only obwhich he hujled the purchase of Thom. night," i have dropped own, five or six tain the names of seven subscribers. son's Seasons, the very thoughts of times, to plan an Address, &c. In one of Que of these subscribers, however, was which produced the first effort of his these musings, my prose thoughts lost the means of recommending Clare to

In the introduction to the vo- themselves in rhyine." "Taking a view, as better patrons, and had the honour of VOL. III.





lows now,

first introducing his talents to the While all the prospect round beams fair to Far from the wedded lord and haughty dame knowledge of the world.


This boon of heavenly happiness retires, When we saw two new volumes of

Like a sweet opening Hower with its unsullied Not felon-like law-bound, but wedded in de. dew.

sires.' poems, by Clare, announced, within so Ah, pften brushing through the dripping

There is much force in the author's short a period since his first collection


lament for those restraints, which the was published, weacknowledge we were Has he been seen to catch this early charm, hands of power are putting on the afraid that his friends were drawing too

List’ning the “ love song" of the healthy lass freely on his genius, and forcing him

Passing with miik-pail on her well-tum'a pleasures of the humble peasant; he

contrasts, with much feeling and re

arm; before the public somewirat too hasti- Or meetivg objects from the rousing farm; gret, the state of the village green erely; we in ust, however, confess, that The jingling plough-teams driving down the - civil wars 'gainst nature's peace conthis is not the case, and numerous as steep,

bin'd, are the pieces in these volumes, there

Waggon and and shepherd-dogs' And desolation struck her deadly blows,'

alarm, are scarcely any that we would have

With its appearance, Raising the bleatings of unfolding sheep, wished to be withheld. The whole of As o'er the mountain top the red sun 'gins to

When ploughs, destroy'd the green, when these poems, with the exception of peep.

groves of willows fell.' about a dozen pieces (some of which Nor could the day's decline escape his gaze ;

But he shall speak for himself :are his earliest productions), have been

He lov'd the closing as the rising day, “There once were springs, when daisies' sil.
And oft would stand to catch the setting

ver studs written since his former volume went to


Like sheets of snow on every pasture spread; press. The principal poem, the “Vil. Whose last beams stole not unperceiv'd There once were summers, when the croslage Minstrel,' was begun in the au- away ;

flower buds tumy of 1819, and finished soon after When, hesitating like a stag at bay,

Like golden sunbeams brightest lustre shed; the former volume made its appeare

The bright unwearied sun seem'd loth to And trees grew once that shelter'd Lubin's

drop, ance. Clare is himself the hero of his

Till chaos' night-hounds hurried him away, There once were brooks sweet whimpering poem, and paints, with glowing vi- And drove him headlong from the mountain.

down the vale: gour, the misery in which he then was, top,

The brooks no more-kingcup and daisy and his anxiety for his future fate. It And shut the lovely scene, and bade all nature

fled; stop.'

Their last fallen tree the naked moors bewail, is a fioe picture of rural life, and the

And scarce a bush is left to tell the mourufal author luxuriates in his love of natural It might be curious here to hint the lad,

tale. objects and his description of rustic How in his earliest days he did appear; *Yon shaggy tufts, and many a rushy knot sports and

Mean was the dress in which the boy was Existing still in spite of spade and plough, standing the melancholy reflections and le lage scenes, notwithclad,

As seeming fond and loth to leave the spot, His friends so poor, and clothes excessive Tell where was once the green-brown fal. forbodings with which they are accom

dear, panied A few stanzas will justify our They oft were foil'd to rig him once a year; Where Lubin often tuins a sadden'd brow, remark. The author is describing his

And housewife's care in many a patch was Marks the stopt brook, and mourns oppresown feelings and character:

sion's power; Much industry 'gainst want did persevere : And thinks how once he waded in each * And dear to him the rural sports of May, His friends tried all to keep him neat and slough, · When each cot-threshold mounts its bailing


To crop the yellow “horse-blob's" early bough,

Though care has often fail'd, and shatter'd be flower, And ruddy' milk-maids weave their garlands has been.

Or catch the “miller's-thumb" in summer's gay,

" Yet oft fair prospects cheer'd his parent's sultry hour. Upon the green to crown the easiest cow ;


“There once were days, the woodman knows When mirth and pleasure wear a joyful Who had on Lubin founded many a joy;

it well, brow,

But pinching waut soon bafiled all their When shades e'en echoed with the singing And join the tumult with unbounded glee


thrush ; The humble tenants of the pail and plough : And dragg'd him from the school a hopeless There once were hours, the plonghman's tale. He lov'd “old sports,". by them reviv'd, to


can tell, see,

To shrink unheeded under hard employ ; When morning's beauty wore its earliest But never card to join in their rude revelry.

When struggling efforts warm'd him up the blush. O'er brook-banks stretching, on the pasture,


How woodlarks carol'd from each stumpy sward "To keep the little toil could not destroy ;

bush; He gaz'd, fat distant from the jocund crew; And oft with books spare hours he would be- Lubin himself has mark'd them soar and Twas but their feats that claim'd a slight re- guile,

sing: gard ;

And blunder oft with joy round Crusoe's lonely The thorns are gone, the wondlark's song is 'Twas his, bis pastimes lonely to pursue


hush, Wild blossoms creeping in the grass to view, The description of harvest home Spring more resembles winter now than Scarce peeping up the tiny bent as high, its sports-the amusements of the vil. spring,

Beting d with glossy yellow, red, or blue, Unnam'd, unuotic'd but by Lubin's eye, lage feast, are full of truth and nature, The, shades are banish'd all-the birds bare

took to wing That like low genius sprang to bloom their day, and intermingled with passages of great i and die. beauty and the most delicate senti

There once were lanes in nature's freedom. -SQ who can tell the sweets of May-day's ment, of which the following is a

There once were patis that every valley morn ; pleasing instance :

wound, To waken rapture in a feeling mind,

..O rural love ! as spotless as the dove's; Inclosure came, and every path was stopt; When the gilt east unveils her dappled No wealth gives fuel to a borrow'd fame, Each tyrant fix'd his siga where paths were dawn,

To prompt the shepherd where to choose his found, And the gay woodlark has its nest resign'd


To hint a trespass now who crossd the As slow the sun creeps up the hill behind; And go a forger of that sacred name;

'ground: Morn redd’ning round, and daylight's spot- Both hearts in unison bere beat the same;

Justice is made to speak as they command; less hue,

Here nature makes the choice which love The bigh road now must be each stinted As seemingly with rose and lily lind;

inspires :


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