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ODE TO MELANCHOLY. Then haste thee, QUEEN of Wos, from
By Mr. DYER.

mortal eye ;
NYMPH of pallid hue and raven Thy mansion fix within some lowly cell,

Where pale.ey'd Superftition loves to
Whoin fequefter'd scenes art wont to reft, dwell,
Deep-nurturing some grief within thy Wearied of life, and lingers but to die :

As the sand streams to mark the feeling
Some weight of grief, that none with thee hour,

[doom, may Mare;


As the death's head reminds thee of thy Whose eye, whence tears have long forgot As the spade links thy future grave bed ToHeav'n directed looks,of earth afraid; lower ,

[thy tomb. How doar to me thy form of speechlets u oe! I too will learn to die, rad Pilgrim, at And sacred are thy haunts, thou solicary For, oh I whatever form I see thee wear, maid!

If yet soft MERCY dwell within thy
Oft art thou seen beside the willowy stream; breast,
And, though no youthful smile adorns Thyself so rad; yet anxious to make

thy face, Tho'on thy cheek no roses we may chace, For others' woe if thou the figh wilt spare; Yet dost thou, in thy spring of life, lome Tho' like the sage, that only liv'd to weep;' virgin leem!

Tho' all the load of human ills were Thy vestuie careless hangs, as snow-drop white;

(thy zone ;

For thee will I forego the balmy sleep, Loole foaling fall thy locks; unbound Or, wandering wild like thee, will make Thine eye now softly sad, now wildly thy sorrows mine. bright,

[love but one. Bespeaks a Lover dead, and thou wilt

O DE Now are thou feen Now. lingering in the On ibe Birth-day of S. BENTLEY, May 9, wood,


1800, wbu iben completed bis 78:6 Year t.

Lumcm oculorum meurum,
Where pours the nightingale her liquid

& ipfum non eft mecum. And varies thro' the night her love-lom

E wipe in praises, O my soul! the

Sun note,


Warms and illumes once more my natal As tho' her mate were Aed, or tender To thee more pleasing, then the vestment

An æra new with me is now begun; (ray !

On! may Heav'n bless it with propitious

[ırain, gray, Pale Mourner ! faddeft of the widow My eyes, alas ! no rays relume ; yet still Doom'd to lament, at thy dark close of day,

In Heav'o I trust, await its awful nou ! Some aged Priam dead, fome youthful Resign'd, atill zealous to perform its will, Hector lain.

Still tremble and adore, fill thank my

Gou! Thee Fancy sometimes bails the Muse of Time was, (for Memory brings paft scenes


to view,
Whom fabled wrongs can wake to real
OVID's foft fictions make thee melt at

And paints them clearly in the mental

When each year's birth-day pleasures would lieart, And suff’ring ghosts instruct the tear to flow. Does tender forrow Pity's BARD * in

And birth-day after birth-day all wasjoy. fpire ?

[moan. Sweet is Refedion on my former days! Thy lute responsive breathes the trgic

Such re-enjoyment only now is mine. But does Orestes curse the God of fire t? And, oh! white-handed Hope, give forth Quick deft thou leave thy lute, to liften thy rays!

[divine ! to his moan.

Gild thou my future days with beams

Come then, sweet Recollection, sport at Say, can that penfive look thy mind reveal, [cents fall,


Re-trace P
While from thy lips th' unfinish'd ac-

Arcenes; they will my bolom As tho' the forward tongue could ulrer And, oh! dear inentai, be with me all,


[wansform. Which yet thy secret hosom would conceal?

Thou wile Life's Winter drzar to May Witness to wrongs no pily can relieve ; Time was, when Reading, Painting, and To joys which flatter, but must shortly the Mule,

(leiene, flee;

Engag'd my time; save when, the day E'en fancied misery wakes the cause to I would more talatary pattıme choose, grief ;

[righ for thee! And sport with bowlers on the level Thou hast a ligh for all ; none heaves a


* Alludes to the vuitons of the Mooks * Euripides.

of La Trappe. Euripidis Orefes, V. 416.

+ Sec this Month's Obituary, Feb. 28.





Oft arife ;


Oft I wonid trace wide fields thro' forze Time was, 'I linger'd on our E:fteru shore, and lings;

[run; To view the fuu's bright darling rays And simid bare with nimble greyhounres kurisd when the covey, ciang'd in air Soon far and near the waves were spangled their wings,


[eyes ! Soon gain a bird by aid of dog and guin. Then foods of glory charm'd my ravish'd Suzal was my joy in sanguinary sports ; Oft I would lunelul breathe my velper lay, Sare when, unkennel'd from his earth In meditation wrapt would'walk along ; deep made,

[ports Till red refulgent glory closid the day, The villain Fox was chas'd with loud re- And warbling ba'us in chorus joy fulfwog. By a delighted joily cavalcade.

Frequent I've rambled in the fpuing-tide Time was, I mounted purposely my steed,

hours ;

[gardens pry, To share the Fox-chace joys ; tben Would groves and fields explore, thro' trim'd along;

And, in minutett forms and thuis of How'rs, And, light of weight, a match for most in View Wildwin's works with microfpeed,


scopic eye. Was never backward in the sportive Al hail, divine Philosophy r thou light Oh! with what glee and joy I've caught To clear the clouded mind! 10 tfiee 'tis the sounds, [ling ihades,

giv'ın While riding thxo'the Needwood's plea. To tace thi’Almighty's works, and think Of huntíman, mellow hors, and op'ning


[to Heav'n. hounds;

(Blades. To wing the soul from earth, and guide Then join'd the jovial chace thro' all the

Time was, Theatrics did me much engage; The harmony to aid, the Huntsman's throng When Garrick, in full Zenith of his Twang’d and ret wang'd, while spanking pow'rs, o'er the grounds ;

Fix'd all my raptur'd senses to the itage ; And undulating air, from clumps among, 'Twas high cujoyment for long ev'ning Loud echo'd, then redoubled, soft the

hours. futinds.

Oh! grand it was to fee, to feel, to hear, line was, I learn'd the science of defence ; When he wouli varied paifions raging For sword to sword makes equal nan to


But, when in cender scenes he dropp'd the Nor guard nor ward are malice call'd pre


(ment ! penie,

[gan. His lones were then enchanting ravishBut virtue dcem'd, since civil rule be

Time was, my Muse one sprig of laurel bat bever, was my fword once


(fame : drzwi,

But now a wreath diftinguilles my Ne, not 'gainit in vlence or loity pride; The Literati's ** favour is obtained ; Willi blogd of man,—10, never stain's the They in the Poets' lift enroll'd

my name! lawn; Honour with rectitude my constant guide. Pray God it be not visionary ! lo!

Peace (miles t, tho' diftant, gleaming Time was, to serve my King, my country

mildly round! dear,

[arms ; We will, should the on us her boons beltow, By smart drill sergeants I was trai'd to Be bou with olive and the laurel Fix'il loyally in ferve, a Volunteer,

crown'd. Should Rotels vex she state with War's

O Peace, what pencil can potrtray thy 21. r.

face! When Study cloy'd!, I fted to find the drill! Thy attributes beneficent combine,

2 'Twas dhteipline severe, yet vid me good; Thy placid mien, inimitab'e grace! Wrh circulation brisk my veins would till, Or give thy chaims to Siuw iu rays di

Quite falutary then, like daily food. Pleas'l, I obey'd implicitly command,

THE OLD MAID'S PETITION. Tobiad, present, to march or swift or flow;

But earlier, buppels is toe vole dijiiild, With fortitude it made my hreait expand, Than ibai wbicb, tilbermonibe virginiborn, And military grace and spirit know. Bub hves ani dies in Jingle beff.drejs."

SHAKS PEARL Hope forms the prayer, God grant it may prevail,

TY the forrows of an antique maid,

Who mouras her fangle, lad, forlora Grani us no more for flaughter'd troops to

estate, wal!

(ber lyre. Ye Bachelous, uttend to my complaint, The Muse mall then enraptur'd woke And let commeration footlie niy fale.

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Hard is the lot of the unwedded dame, Ye Bachelors, attend to Stella's prayer, To pass mida scorns and jeers her term Who Songs “to love, to honour, and of life,

obey;" Who gladly would her liberty resign,

Then Love thall crown you with his myr. To gain that enviable title, Wife.

tle wreath,

And gentle Hymen the kind deed repay. From this wan check the crimfon tints are

Haverhill, April 5.

JOHN WEB.. fied,

(Aower'd, By cruel Time of every charm de

IMPRESSIONS OF SICKNESS. Displeas'd with all, nay, with myself dit

CHEN Sicknels fills the soul with pleas'd,

fears, I brood in filence, by the spleen de

When Death with dismal face appears, Oft-times to speed the lazy-footed hours,

We earnestly do pray; I fit and froke, sweet Puss, thy tortoise" No sooner we have gain'd relief brow;

From galling pain and bitter grief, Chirp to my linnet; or with gentle handl

Than Virtue flies away. “ Bind the pink ribbon round my dear A raging fever l'other day bow-wow."

(Seizing Avarus for its prey) While Disappointment preys upon my mind, He fecm'd to see fell Death advance,

Confin'd him to his bed ; Aix all fair Wedlock's prospects round

And point with certain aim his lance me close,

At his devoted head. blame not, if with care dispelling gin I gain a short oblivion of my woes!

He rais'd his suppliant hands on high

Amidst his weeping family; Once happier days I knew, when sportive He gasp'd aloud for death. mirth

'[hour; He look'd upon his gailiy itore, Gilt the bright pinions of each halcyon He wish'd it giv'n to the poor, Each golden morning wak'd me to new To ransom life from death. bliss,

[pow'r. The skill of doctors now he tries ; And lable eve to charm poffelled the Sleep (which had long forsook his eyes) Qft at the midnight ball with graceful ease

In medicine he seeks. I danc'd, in falhion's gayelt trappings The fever now no longer burns, drest;

[eye ! Health to his frame again returns, What belle but view'd me with an envious And colour to his cheeks.

What beau but felt a palpitating breast ! His proffer'd vows neglected lie, Yes, I had charms (forgive mig fullome. His well-form'd pray'rs now droop and die,

Since nature is rettor'd ;

But, just before, he sohb'd and fighd,
Disporting Cupids frolick'd in my hair ;
Young Smiles and Graces in each feature

His tongue in broken accents cried,

“ Have pity on me, Lord !" play'd, And all combin'd to render Stella fair. Thus when the elements conspire,

And lightnings hurl their forked fire, Amid the suppliant crowd that own'd my

Alarm the Sailor's mind; fway,

No longer blithe, no longer gay, Alexis bow'd, a kind, engaging youth; Nor pass in mirtis his hours away, Upon his brow fair Virtue lať enthron'd,

To grief and prayer resign'd. And his blue eyes beam'd conftancy and

Soon as the dathing waves subside, truth.

Soon as he items the angry tide, Coquettish arts awhile deceiv'd the youth; No longer siek nor faint;

At length he saw I sported with his pain; But, just before, when waves did roll, To Thun contempt, he sought the hostile Aud peals of thunder shook the pole, scene,

The Sailor was a saint.
And met his fate on India's torrid plain. He now throws off his dismal mood,
Why, Retrospection, dwell upon the past ? Resumes his minth, nor loaths his food,
I high for present peace, for heartfelt And merrily he fings

Of dangers past, of woes to come,
O for some male, some tender-hearted male, The bliss, the hazard of his doom,
To fill the craving void within my breat!

The happiness of kings.

Thus when Affliction and Disease O would he come, and proffer hand and

Deny our miod both peace and care, heart ! Glad I'd relinquish fav'rite dog and cat ;

We pray, and look aghatt;

A soon as well, we err again,
Dicky should all my fond careffes lose ;
And gio give place to tea and social chat. Our fav'rile fins we still retain,

Unconscious of the past.
GENT. MAQ, April, 1803.




March 7.


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the extraordinary preparations of the

French, it appeared that they might be The Commitice for trying the Söranraer warranted by the state of their pofleffions Election reported, that']. Spalding, esq. abroad, hut we must also feel for the fituawas duly elected.

tion of our own country; and, while discurOn the third reading of the Prince's An- fions of the utmost importance are pending; nuity bill, Mr. Kinnuird delivered his senti. we Mould be justified in taking precautions merts, which were, that the object of his for our honour and frcurity. He saw no M jesty's Metsage had not been half ac- reason why those discussions might not tercomplished : he knew the Prince was oot minate fatisfactorily; but Ministers ought satisfied, nor were 'the House, because to be prepared for the alternative. He they have not gone to the extent of their then moved the address, as given in our reown declaration : in Aort, the measure port of the Commons, p. 363. was quite inefficient.

Earl Spencer gave his fol! approbation to Sir W. Dulben moved that the portion of the proposition : he felt the neceflity of 6000l. Thould be set apart from the annuity vigorous measures in the present relative for the increase of the eftablishment of the fitution of Great Britain and France : the Princess of Wales.

present crisis was one of the utmost imporCol. Stanley seconded the motion; but, tance; he trusted there was scarcely an after different observations from several individual in the country who would not Members, it was wjihdrawn.

spill the last drop of his blood, and spend

the last thilling in its defence; and he hailed 4. LORD S.

this first appearance of spirit in le councils Marcb 8.

with joy, as the only means left for our falLord Hobart presented a message similar vatior, lamenting at the fame time that to that delivered to the Commons.

such conduct had not been earlier dopled.

Lord Grenville cordially agreed with the In the Commons the same day, the last speaker, and considered the only chanco, Bridgewa:er Election Committee reported, for the preservation of peace to be the that J. Allen and G. Pocock, elyrs. the measure now resorted to. filting members, had bern duly elected. Earl Moira gave his affent to the motion,

The Chancellor of the Excbequer delivered but thought the House was by no means the following Message from his Majesty ; satisfied that the causes of this measure did GEORGE REX.

not exist long ago; and as Ministers, at " His Majesty thinks it necessary to ac- the close of the last feffion, had declared quaint the House of Commons, that as very that no serious apprehensions were enterconfiderable military preparations are carry- tained, though an increase of our eftablish ing on in the Ports of France and Holland, ment was proposed, he thought the House he has judged it expedient to adoptadditional Thould at least be given to understand what measures of precaution for the security of had thrown such a new colour on the prehis Dominions. Though the preparations tensions of the enemy. After expatiating to which his Majesty refers are avowedly for some time on the enmity of the Fuit, direcied to colonial service, yet as discus.. Consul towards this country, he contended, Bons of great importance are now sublifting that we should not only place ourselves hetweco his Majesty and the French Go- on the defensive, but do it in a dignified vernment, the result of which must at pre- manner; for a vigorous policy ou opr fent be uncertain, his Majefty is induced to parts would probably prevent hostilities. make this communication to his faithful Taking a view of our system of defence, Commons, in the full perfuafion, that he alluded to the affertion of Bonaparte, whilft they partake of his Majesty's earnest “ that England cannot alone contend with and unvarying solicitude for the continuance France;" but the contrary was the fact, of Peace, he may rely with perfect confie, for, when we were single-handed with dence on their public spirit and liberalıy, France, we were always successful. If the to enable his Maje y lo adopt such measures contest were to be renewed, he thought we as circumstances may appear to require, for Mould he playing our last ftake, and as the supporting the honour of his Crown, and first object of the enemy, in a descent, the essential interests of bis People." would be the capital, a powerful army

should be stationed between it and tho 'n. Of LORDS:

coft: in Nort, by a completely vigorous

attitude, the enemy must be convinced, On the order of the day for considering that no invader would return to tell his his Majesty's Mellige, Lord Hobart moved fale.The Earl of Wesmorland and Lord an address on the occasion. On viewing


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Auckland followed on the farne fide; the well as in war. He now considered that Jatler took a view of our improved finan- Ministers had a double responsibility atces, and, from a variety of calculations, de tached to them, namely, that of making duced that the country bow poflelled, after an improper war, as they have made an the discharge of debt, an income of not improper peace. less than 17,000,000l. a year.

Mr. Sberidan compared the language of After some explanations, the address Mr. W. to that of the First Consul, as the was voted nen. di s.

object of both was to thew that we were

not now able to renew the war ; but he In the Commons the same day, the had full confidence, that, if war were reCbancellor of tbe Excbequer, on proposing cessary, we mould convince France that an adurefs, adverted to the military prepa- we were able fiogle-handed to support our ritions on the coasts of France and Hol. dignity. land, and to the discussions fubfilting be- Mr. Canning argued on the neceffity of

tyeen his Majesty and the French Govern, receiving farther information, particularly • ment. If the latter should not terminate as the people were so docile towards the

happily, be declared, that the House should Executive Government. be put in poffeffion of every copic that · Mr. T. Grenville followed on nearly the could cast light on the conduct of Ministers, same grounds; he considered the House to from the ratification of the Treaty to the he kept in ignorance on the present occapresent moment. It would occur to the son, but trusted that the measures proposed clouse, that there should now be fome would produce tranquillity. augmentation of our naval force, and some The Attorney General defended the reincrease to our internal security, by em- serve of Minifters in the present instance, bodying the militia, &c. He hoped, that as the House must know that the measures 'on this day the House would give proof of of Government would at a' fuiure period their unanimous determination to enable be canvafled. He hoped the country his Majesty to adopt fuch measures as were would not be too fond of an unstable and effential to the interests of the country; and delusive peace, nor think that nothing but concluded with moving, “ That an hum- an attack on the constitution would juftify ble Address be presented to his Majesty, to hoftilities. · At present the House was thank him for his gracious Mellage ; and only called upon to allure his Majesty of to affure him, that under the present cir- our determination to prevent surprise. cumttances his faithful Commons cannot The question was then carried nem. cor. hesitate on the expediency of adopting ad- Mr. Corry, in consequence of the sugges. ditional measures of precaution ; that they tions of several Members, now said, he partake of his MajeRy's earneliness for the bad no objection to the caxes being voted in continuance of Peace; and that he may rely the usual way, or for one year; reserving on their exertions to enable him to adopt the privilege of making them permament such measures as may be required for sup- in the present sesfion, if he thonght proper. porting the honour of his Crown, and the After some conversation, the resolutions interests of his people."

for continuing the duties for one year were Mr. Fox tvok a view of the different agreed to. points in the Meflage; and lamented that he was in such utter darkness respecting its

OF LORD S. importance, inasmuch as his Majesty did

March 1o. not give the House the lightest bint of the Lord Hobart presented a Message corre. nature of the subjects in discullion to which sponding with that to the Commons; and he alluded. He was ready to thank him moved the usual address, which was carried for his communication ; but there never nem dis. was a period in which it was so efsential for us to avoid the calamities of war as the In the Commons the same day, the : present; and, if we were involved in hofti. Chancellor of the Excbequer delivered the fol. lities from any fault of Ministers, they lowing Meisage from his Majesty : would be the most guilty counsellors in the " GEORGE REX. world.

“ In consequence of the preparations Lord Hawkefoury said a few words ex- carrying on in ihe ports of France and Hol-planatory of the Message, and in defence land, whilft important difcuffions are fubof the conduct of Ministers.

fitting between his Majesty and the French Mr. Windbom thought the House should Government, his Majesty thinks it due to be in poffeffion of more information, partie the care and concern which he feels for his cularly as to what force was neceflary. · faithful People, to omit no means in his He took a view of the arguments of those power which may contribute to their fe- . who opposed the war some time since, and, curity. In parsuance therefore of the acts contratting them with the present opie of Parliament, enabling his Majesty to call nions, believed that they now began to sure out and assemble the Militia of the United pect that there were dangers in peace as Kingdom, his Majesty bas thought is righe

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