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The crazy clouds, by shifting zephyrs driven,
'gan to weep.
More salutary showers have not been known,
• Vulgarly lightning rods.
† The old gentleman from whose cellar the junk bottles and demi-johns were taken.
While his fat wife the well and cistern dried,
Two rain-bows fair that Iris brought along,
N. B. At Cambridge town, the self-same day, A barn was burnt well-fill'd with hay. Some say the lightning turn'd it red, Some say the thunder struck it dead, Some say it made the cattle stare, And some it kill'd an aged mare; But we expect the truth to learn, From Mr. Wythe, who own'd the barn.
N. B. The design of these verses is to respond to the public ear, from time to time, as they occur, those news-paper performances which may justly claim superior merit, that the fugitive efforts of American genius may be preserved, « Till moons shall wax, and wane no more.”
* Otherwise called demi-jars ; but the above is preferred as the most elegant, being a species of the prosopopeia.
From the Boston Argus of August 5th, 1791.
TRUTH, No. I.
LIBERTY, that goddess, which is destined to render happy our world, was born yesterday ; she now lies smiling in her cradle. The angels of benignity attend her infancy, and the face of nature is changed into joy and festivity. The people of the ancient world expected her; they worshipped her in many forms, but all were deceptive, and led them astray.
“ She dwells on the principle of NATURAL EQUALITY-The voice of NATURE, which is the voice of God, says, thật “ He made of our blood all the nations who dwell on the face of the earth.” They were all spoke into being by divine omnipotence; they are all instamped with his image, and all bear the distinguishing mark of reflection, and rationality. To them he gave, without right of exclusion, the surface of the ponderous globe, and the riches of the mighty deep. As he gave them being, so, at his sovereign pleasure, they are recalled to their primeval dust, and laid equally among the forgotten dead. But LIBERTY cheers the vale of life ; creates in the rational mind the temper of angels; and attunes the soul for the joys of heaven!
“ The people of Athens long since worshipped a deity, which they believed to be LIBERTY. Each one when he approached the shrine, advanced with four thousand of his fellow men in
. The subject of the second and third Numbers of the Echo being of a bocal kind, or allusive to circumstances not generally known, the authors have thought it expedient to omit them altogether in the present collection.
chains; with the toils of these wretched beings, he purchased the incense he burned at her altar; with their labours he was enabled to present her with the richest gifts! but she was not there, the demon of vassalage had assumed her divine form, and under the guise of freedom had enslaved the world.
“ The world has been for ever in the expectation of the day which we enjoy : and that divine system of revelation, which was intended to give, “ peace on earth, and good will to men,” would have long ago made the human race happy ; but, the tyrant ATHANASIUS, wedded ; unnaturally wedded, the church to the state. He believed, and what he believed, he decreed that all men should believe with him.
« The moment the arm of civil authority is extended between the man and his god, that moment he loses the light of the divinity, within him, and in that moment he becomes a slave. How dare the worms of the dust thus trample upon; the sacred rights of each other?”
HARTFORD, OCTOBER 3, 1791.
té With strange astonishment our eyes behold,
THE other day there chanc'd a dreadful rout,