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But as this thought perplex'd his lab'ring brain, And Hope to cheer his heart still toil'd in vain, The elder blessing of his fruitful bed, His son, all sudden smild, and cheering said, Thee first, Creator, Allah! I adore, Untraced, mysterious, wonder-working Power! How can thy lowest servant's untried noon Of useless life deserve so vast a boon ? Be hush'd all griefs, and open every ear, And my words, chiefly, let Cornaro hear ; And let my Sire his generous offspring own, While I, not vainly, boast, I am his son. If my exulting soul aright divine, To make Cornaro bless’d is only mine ; Within these walls now droops the pictur'd fair, Chaste yet as snow, and pure as noon-tide air ; Haste, then, ye slaves, O haste, and quick return With the fair Christian that I bought this mom.
Return'd ;-Delphina bless'd their eager eyes, And fill'd each throbbing heart with wild surprize. Then, thus, the Moslem's son, with manly air, As to her loyal lord he led the blushing fair:
My friend in this bless'd moment, be it mine, Taught by thyself, to shew a soul like thine ; A soul, that strives e'en with Cornaro's worth, Forgive the vaunt ;—for virtue sends it forth. By Mecca's sacred temple here I swear, In thy gay paradise, great Prophet, hear! Were all the treasure here, before my sight That fill'd Damascu's plains with glittering light, When, in full triumph, furious Caled rode, And bath'd the Syrian sword in Grecian blood ; Should some great Sultan say—this maid resign, And the whole wealth of all the East is thine ; From him, unhesitating would I turn, And look upon the paltry bribe with scorn. With maddening gaze such beauty we survey, Which virtue, only, in exchange can pay. 'Tis thee bright, goddess, Virtue, I pursue, To thy bright beams I lift th' aspiring view; Thus prostrate, thy ennobling power I own,
And sacrifice my passions at thy throne.
So saying -vith a smile their hands he join'd,
What joy the raptur'd lovers' souls possess'd,
RETROSPECTIVE HISTORY OF AMERICA.
E are, again, compelled to omit this section, in conse
quence of the multitude of more important matters demanding our attention. Even, as it is, the insertion of many interesting communications, from different parts of the Union, we are obliged to post-pone for want of room, to some future opportunity ;-if ever that opportunity shall arrive. And a number of valuable American Publications, which have been sent to us, for the purpose of being reviewed, we are compelled to lay by on our shelves, till we can find the means of introducing them to the public.
We cheerfully embrace this opportunity of offering our acknowledgments to all those authors, and book-sellers, who have sent us their works to be reviewed. It shall always be our chief care to render the reviewing department, which is by far the most important branch of our labours, such, as to comport with the strictest impartiality and justice ;--to encourage every effort of genius, of learning, and of virtue ;-and to repress every attempt of vice, of ignorance, of stupidity, and of impudence.
HISTORY OF THE PASSING TIMES.
Non-importation-Bill (Continued from
Vol. 2.--N0. 4.- page 265.)
UCH is all friendship between one nation and another,
that it is all a computation of individual aggrandizement, of national security, and of extended influence. Yet periods will force themselves upon us, when all these considerations must bow to the general good, when it becomes the interest of each to consult the safety of the whole ; and when the tranquillity, the safety, nay, the very existence of each nation, depends upon the unanimity and promptitude with which the whole are known to act. And such a period is the one under review. By the battle of Austerlitz, the further efforts of the house of Austria were rendered nugatory : terms of peace had been dictated to the Emperor within the walls of his 'own capital ; and the temporizing policy of Prussia had obliquely pointed out its future destiny. Russia and Sweden had retired within the precincts of their own dominions; while D'Oubril in Paris, was paving the way to a treaty which was to prostrate the honour of his sovereign at the feet of the French Emperor. The petty princes of the Germanic body, crouching beneath the paw of the tyger, had either joined their feeble strength to his, or had been permitted to maintain a doubtful neutrality; while the relations, and other minions, of the merciless conqueror, were raised to thrones and dukedoms, and principalities, and powers, erected on the ruins of the lawful sovereigns, now driven into exile, or receiving an existence from the hands of their tyrannic master, scarcely worth their endurance. In the midst of all these disastrous changes, and almost alone, Great Britain stood unbending and erect. Her brave sons, yet bleeding with the
wounds received on the memorable shores of Trafalgar, seemed to absorb the anguish of their sufferings in the enthusiastic desire of again encountering their deadly enemies, and of again meeting other fleets, doomed by them to as signal destruction as the former. The mantle of Nelson had been dropped on many of his gallant associates ; and they were only waiting for opportunities, for the display of talent and of valour, which should rival the fame of their once beloved leader. What an ennobling spectacle does this present to our view! Of a nation successfully opposing a foe whose gigantic power was sweeping away nearly all the continental governments of Europe, and who was looking with full purpose, and malignant design, for the favourable moment when he should seize on the only barrier to universal dominion.And yet this nation, undaunted, and undismayed, presenting a front, bold and daring, as if even in numbers it were superior to its enraged antagonist !
Without supposing Mr. Randolph to have been influenced by views similar to our own, in his opposition to the resolution in question ; yet something like the picture we have drawn must have presented itself to his imagination, when he entered upon the most interesting part of the discussion. He seems to have accurately appreciated the real situation which Great-Britain had to sustain in the present contest, and to have scanned, with a statesman's eye, the danger to be apprehended from the increasing power of France, even to the United States, should Great Britain ever fall beneath the weight of that iron arm. “ Great-Britain,” said Mr. R.
violates your flag on the high seas. What is her situation? “ Contending, not for the dismantling of Dunkirk, for Que“bec, or Pondicherry, but for London and Westminster-for
life. Her enemy violating, at will, the territories of other “ nations, acquiring thereby a colossal power that threatens very
existence of her rival. But she has one yulnera“ rable point to the arms of her adversary, which she covers “ with the ensigns of neutrality, she draws the neutral flag
over the heel of Achilles. And can you ask that adversary “ to respect it at the expence of her existence ?--and in favour 6 of whom?-An enemy that respects no neutral territory of
Europe, and not even your own.”