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Fair plains, diversified with þcauteous Row'rs, | prospect of its ever being your lot.
In sweet succeflion, ev'ry morn the same : Fich gales that breathe thro? amaranthine bright lide of the profeffon of a lot
There is something, indeed, in the bow.rs, And ev'ry charm inventive art can name.
dier, that is apt to ftrike the imagina
tions of young persons. — Honour, Here deck fair nature's ever. (miling face, And here in gay captivity confidd,
which shey particularly claim, glors, Each child of Abyfunia's royal'tace
fatigue, and dangers in a noble caule, Is to inglorious fólieude artignid:
opportunities of seçing the world, war. Tho' fefive mirth fill wakes cach waking contribute to raise ideas which warm
like music, and even their garbi, all morn Ant guiltless rev.lry leads on the hours; and animate a young active spirit and Tho" purling rill. the fruit'ul mrads adorn, those who bave intereft enough to be
And the high rock its spicy produce how'ss. I called to that profession with adranBut what is there to fill a boundleks mind? tage, and a hopeful profpe&t, may find Tho" rich cach scene appeats 'qis'fill the their account in it, ramr;
But there is another fade of the per: Variety in vain 1 bope to find,
fpective dark and discouraging. The Varie y-thou dear, but distant dame.
jealousy which this nation has of a With plia ure cloy'd, and furfeited with ease, a.ding ariny, makes very little regard
No Tweet aliernative my spirits chrar: Joys long parfu'd lose all'iheir pow'r go please, of it in time of peace; at least it seems
to be paid to those gentlemen who are And harmony is discord to my ear!
to me to be from that spirit, that one Blen freedom! how I long with thee to rove may observe them to be evėry where
Whère varying nature every charm displays. looked on aş if they were a difting Ta range the cloud-tape hills, the lawns, in people from the body of the natio,
grovės, And trace the winding curren's filver maze.
and a great lainels of converfing, or i
being intimate with them, except is Free as the wing'd inhabitants of air, fome few, who look on that as an un
Who distancimes, and different rearons see, reasonable prejudice. When there is Region's as föft Amharra's valley fair, Bleft with cool breczes, peace, and 'liberty.
no war to carry them abroad, they are
removed about from place to place, Vain wila! these rocks whose fammiis piere: Poften into obscure and remote corders
che Ykies, With frowning aspect tell me hope is van ;
where they' fuffer inconvenience, fa'Till freed by duash thc purer spirit Birs, tigue, and expence; without the recoin. Here wretched "Mira s dclin dio semain. pence of glory or improvement, having
little .accafions of acquainting there:
selves with the world in those stationPart of a LEITER from a LADY * 10 ary domestic travels ; nor bavë they
ber son, on his dfsovering a proper much prospect of advancing their for fly to a Military Lifi.
tune in them, Whatever post they set YOUR present fancy (for I can call out in, it is great odds if they ever get it nothing else yet) seems moft towards a fiep higlier, and they may often have the army; though, I believe, with little the mortification of feeing others put o
ver their heads, upon no greater merit
but that of a better interest to recom• Mrs. Catherine Cockburn, the wite of a mend them. As the duties of their ftaelergyman who lived obfcur:ly, and died some tion generally carry them from all their years ago in an advanced age in Northumber, land Her works on dramatic philosophical,
former friendships and liabitudes, and Fearned Dr. Buichs, and are generally admi ed Have come peculiar temptations to fup. and facred Tohjects, were collifted by the late leave them many leifure' hours, they In the yi ar szo: le secrived a seller of chanks ply the more elegant ectertainments from Mr. Locks, for det eding his writings they may have left, and to fill up their 2347; he, wieb egual ipirit, defended Dr. vacant time with companioris of the Clarke's principles against Dr. Rutherforch, bottle, or other exceffes, which are to be of Cambridge.
met with in most places; and favearing
Sele Et Pieces of Literature,
feems, I know not how, a vice almoft | does it less adorn the profession of a privileged in a soldier. However, there soldier, are many among them who, conscien. tiously, forbear to make use of it, and do not think the profession of a soldier On reading HUTCHESON or the Pasallows them to war avainft heaven ;
ŞIONS, many, who having the advantage of a Thou who thro' Nature's various faults can liberal education, and come into the
[move; army with a tatte for les belles letre:: Teach us to combat Anger, Griet or fear,
And shew what springs the eager pallions know how to carry an entertainment Recal the ligh, and pop the falling tear; with them into the most unpolite or On! be thy loft philosophy addret desart regions, and can every where To the untroubled car, and tranquil brealk : find ways of employing their time, To these be all thy peaccful notions caught, without having recourse to those per.
Who idly rovė amid the calm of thought ;
Whole Sauls by love or hate were ne'er posest, nicious irregularities, which, under the
Who ne'er were wretched, and who nc'er were pretence of passing away the time, deAtroy the very end for which it was Whose fainter wishes, pleasures frars remain, given.
Dreams but of bliss, and madows of a pair ; If, hy some apparent disposition of Serenely Mupid : So some shallow stream Providence, you should, on prudent whom no rule wind can ever discompose,
Flows thro' ihe w nding valleys fill the fame: motives, be determined for the army, who fars no winter rain, or falling inows; (which, otherwise, it would not be ad- But flowly down its how sy borders creeps, visable in you to feek) endeavour to And ihe foft Zephyr on its bolom fleers. associate with officers of the character Oh! coull'lt thou teach the tortur'd fou! to lalt mentioned, who delight in an in. With patience, cach extreme of human wo: :/ genious and useful conversation, allow To bear with ill., and unrepining prove, ing themselves only a chearful glass so The frowns of fortune, and the racks of love; far as may promote it, or such kind of still should my brcali fome quiet moments diversions as may ferve to unbend the still rise Superior to cach threat'ning cate, mind, without inffaming the passions. Nor fear approaching ills, or diltant woes, But if you have not the good fortune But in Philander's absence and repose. to meet with such valuable companions,
Mrs. Lennox you will need the greater guard upon your own actions. A man, who is iteady ayd open in declaring, at firit, An E S&A Y on POETRY. a
resolution against intemperance, and any kind of vice, may, without being IT is a common, but I believe a veunsociable, by a frank and ealy man- ry unjust afiertion, that this is not the ner, abstain from all excesses, or disor. age of genius. I make no doubt but ders, and yet acquit himfelf acceptably that every age and every country has enough, even with company that are some portion, though perhaps not an not themselves lo reserved. Intances equal onc, of the heavenly fire ; why of this sort of conduct are not wanting, this burns brighter at one time, and in which you would do well to imitate: one place, than another, is not so much. but in this you myst be conftant and from the difference of zenius, as of enresolute; the leaft yielding, tho' but couragement. once, will betray a weakness, that will That the seeds of this divine art are Lay you open to the importunities or every where, is a truth which cannot in ulss of your companions, which will be contested: (the wild Indians have be a perpetual snare to your virtue. their songs of war and love ; and even
There is no station in which a habit Lapland, if Scheffer is to be credited, of study, and a delight in books, will has produced odes ful of inspiration.) be of more advantage to you than in But to make them grow to any great this, fince you may often be reduced perfection, the warm beams of favour to have no other suitable society, nor are necessary; they may sprout out in
an unkindly soil, by an extraordinary it not be said they borrow nothiog effort of nature, even without the nė. from them but their follies. A French sary culture ; but their growth will woman of distinction would be more be slow and languid, and the greatest ashamed of wanting a tafte for the part will never put forth at all. belles lettres, than of being ill-drefted;
Why did the courts of Augustus, and it is owing to the neglect of adornof Leo the Tenth, of our lo glorious ing their minds, that our trarelling queens Elizabeth and Anne, and of English ladies are at Paris the objects Louis the Fourteenth, abound with of unspeakable contempt, and are ho. poets whose works will be immortal? noured with the appellation of bank. Why, but because they were fought lome javagesa for and encouraged. Fame and for.
MRş. BROOKĖ. tune then attended the muses' fleps; they led their raptured votaries into
(To be continued.) the cabinets of princes, who diftin. guished them by honours and rewards, and were by them in return crowned To the EDITOR of the LADY's Mewith wreaths of immortality.
It indulges my pride as a woman to sefect, that the two bright æras of wit
MR. EDITOR, and learning in England, were female reigns ; reigns, which not only in this
TONVINCED of the many learnrefpect, but in all others, will be the
ed and ingenious contributors admiration of posterity : when arts, to the Lady's Magazine, I was some arms, and liberty were in their higheit time fince induced to offer to their perfection. Even in the last years of confideration a list of queries , not queen Anne, embarraifed as the was doubting but fome candid correfponhy the fury of contending parties, the dent would favour me with folutions gave not up the protection of genius to the same ; but in this particular I and learning: however the varied in am forry to find i am disappointed. other things, she kept this point fteadi- I must acknowledge I cannot afecr. ly in view to the lait: and both her tain the reason why they were not asa ministries, fired by her example, Itrove (wered-why my requert was not comas eagerly for the honour of protecting plied with : indeed I cannot, unless it the liberal arts, as for power.
be that they efcaped the obfestation Let me recoinmend to my own. fex of your fair
' patronefles ;- but this I to take poetry under beir protection. think is imposible, asid fuch a numBeauty, even in this age, will give ber of readers. The difficulty of the them influence, and they cannot em
queries I prefume could be no obsta. ploy it better than in raising the droop
cle, a's molt' of them might be explaining muses, and restoring them to that ed with a little investigation; and /ome esteem which they have been so unjuft-valion, you know, Mr. Editor, is ly deprived of. The other fex are, in neceffary in all things. If fome of the general, fo devoted to the fordid pur- questions are intricate, and not calily fuit of interest, that I give them
to be folved, all are not in this predi
up; bur I hope the love of well-deserved cament : what thien can be the cause fame is itill the ruling paffion in many of their being neglected ? to what thalt . fernale breasts ; and what a glóry will
we attribute the reafon why some of it be to them, that wlien the fire of them are not cleared up, when it may genius was, by the carelessness and in be done with only a modicum of wit fenfibility of the men, jult expiring, it nay with ease and facility ? was revived by the favour of the wo.
I hope, Mr. Editor, the frigidity of men!
the season has not blunted the intellec Since my cờuntrywomen are so fond of imitating a neighbouring nation, let • See Magazine for July, page 379.
in your very useful and inftructive Ragain the enlightens the
4 Morning Meditation,
695 tual faculties of your fair correspon A MORNING Meditation in Sep? dents, whose bright, whose mental
TEMBER. talents have been so often displayed,
(Continued from Page 567.) and thine with such transcendent lustre
EASON now resumes her throne: Miscellany. I also fincerely hope that those elegant and much admired wri- as the radiant sun illumines the frụitful ters, whose pieces do them honour, and earth. The filent world which has whose works I have often perused with long been immers’d in the arms of sleep a rapture of delight, will not so wrong begins to shake off its lumbers, and the public as to intermit their periodi- salute the infant day. Lively reprecal compositions, which in reality are sentation of that awful morn, when an ornament to that magazine in which we Niall awake from the death of sleep, they are inferted. The many valuable and repose no more !-When that long pieces of profe, the many beautiful immortal day Mall open upon us which Howers of Parnassus done by female will never give place to night, nor sufhands, which have appeared lince the fer us to close our eyes again! first commencement of
Oh my soul contemplate with ading and unrivaled Monthly Publica vantage that important time! bring tion, are undeniable and incontestable the scene to thy view; place it before proofs of the truth of this affertion; thee; weigh, impartially weigh, its at the same time that it speaks loud, greatness, its awfulness, its moment ; ly in praise of a work which indeed and let it so influence thy fiture conhas always met with applause--always duct--let it make fo deep, fo lafting merited the approbation, the universal | an impresion, as will enable thee hereapprobation of the public.
after when thou art summoned to apBefore I conclude, Mr. Editor, give pear, to meet it with resignation, with me leave to intimate that I ftill hope confidence and joy.-Think and be some of your good correspondents serious; however unconcerned thou (those I mean who are of an obliging may'it be at present, know for certain difpofition) will endeavour to exert that the period, the alarming period, , their abilities condescend to answer will arrive, when thou muit take a the queries, or at least some of them: long farewell of every thing here beby so doing they will give satisfaction low, and enter the regions of the everto the public, and at the same time latting world. confer an unspeakable obligativa on How pleasant and falubrious is this Sir,
prime of day * ! the freshness of the
air, the coolness of the fanning zephyrs, Theirs and your moft the mufic of the aerial inhabitants, the
fragrancy of the opening flowers, the Obedient humble fervt.,
beautiful prospects which open on every Eliz, L-c. lide,' adorned with the gilded glories
of the rising fun, and rendered still P. S. Permit me to add-had the more charming by their late fufpenqueries been proposed by any other lon, till the mind with fuch new and correspondent, I would have exerted exalted pleafure as is palt describing. every nerve, and stimulated every pow
Milton, in Paradile Lott, makes Adam er in order to oblige the author, and speak the beauties of the morn very gratify the curious.- Dear ladies, I inely in the following lines: must beg the favour to apologize for
weet is the breath of m.m.h roiling sweet, the intrusion of the above hints, and with charm of tartielt hurts; p'rasane che fun, hope yon will take this bold, or rather impertinent address, in its proper Ez malujai volucrum fub culmine canrus.
Erindrum ex lumilisodio lux Afeitat alma, light:
When for it on this delightful land he fpreads to stay there a few months, till inftin&; His orient beams on herb, tree, fruit and unerring inftinet, informs her she may Aower,
venture back again with safety.. Glittering with dew.
Not fo with man! When he takes In another place Adam is introdu- his journey into the region of immor. ced as reproaching Eve for sleeping too tality, and leaves behind his native along, and losing the advantages of the bode, the returning spring calls him opening day, and in raptures he thus back no more: When the stated feaaddresses her :
son of his continuance in this lower Awakc
clime is expired; and the approach of My fairelt, my espous'd, niġ la'eft found,
death summons him to wing his long Heavens lait biert gift, my ever new delight, and arduous way to a next and unAwake; the morning sh nes, and the fresh field known world; he never migrates back Calls us : we lose the prime, to mark how again, nor visits his native haunts, but
spring Our tended planrs, how blows the citrongrove, fixes his dwelling there, through reWhat drops che myrsh, and what the baliny volving seasons, and rolling years, till reed,
time Mall be no more-day; even for How narure paints her colours, how the biee Siis on the bidom extracting liquid (weets. The little infects which it myriads
Before the noisy world is awake let now sport in the air, and buzz about me take a gentle walk along the fide my ears, may be surveyed by a conof this hanging hill, whose lofty sum-templative man with improvement. See mit is crowned with ftraggling bushes how they expand their filken wings, and venerable oaks. Here I may enjoy, with what agility they skim the aerial without interruption, the full salubrity Avid, and etult in the funny ray. Un. of the atmosphere; and while I rove mindful of future, the present moment along satiate my eye with the beauties is all their boaft : regardless of what of the country, serenaded at the same is to conne, they live only for to day, time with the delightful mulic of yon. nor ever think of to morrow : they der sprightly, warblers; who seemt, as see not the gloomy season which is adthey are perched in the thickets above, vancing with swiftest speed to put an tuning their throats in another region. end to their tranlient exiftence, and At this agreeable distance the melody sweep them from the face of summer. is not less pleasing : it is indeed more And is it not thus with the majority soft and more foothing, and seems tolull of the human race, who, quite immersthe mind into a state of easy tranquil. ed in sensual pleasures, and solely capity, especially when the dying strains tivated with the gilded seene before are wafted on the downy wings of Ze their eyes; who entirely occupied with phyrus, and scarcely strike the expand the present, and unconcerned for the ed ear.
future, pass gaily along in a continued But where ate thy lonely notes, round of pleasure, unconscious, or at tuneful Philomel? where thy bold leaft utimindful of the mutability of voice and warbling tone, thou chief a- mundane enjoyments, till disappointed, mong the feathered musicians ? shall unawares they fink, and add feea no the chearful summer no more hear thy more? mclting lay, nor the woods and groves Such is vain life, an idle flight of days, liften longer to thy sweetly foothing A fill delulite sound of Gckly joys, Song ? Hast thou, ah lively bird ! al.
A scene of little cares and triting paflioni, ready left thy haunts ?-already bid a
If not ennobled by the deeds of virtue. dieu, bid adieu to our country, and Every thing reads a lecture to man loft the verdant mead, in whose thick concerning the short duration of this fence thou long has lit and sung! Yes, mortal life. The verdure of the plains Philomel's no more.- Waraed of apa and fields, the plants and berbs, the proaching winter, she's gone with her foliage of the trees, the finging of birds; offspring to other climes, and purposes l'&c. &c. which recreate us for a while,