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©N TJTE NEW YEAR 1809. 'TO the long catalogue of time that was,

Another year is added! Cffunt the various changes of the recent year Within the pale of ray immediate view: The frequent opening graves which mtt my

eye And some I knew who went to tenant them: The frequent pang which modest worth en

dur'd Submissive to the power which gave the

wound Pat with it gave a balm that wound to heal; Count all the mercies which have mildly shone On undeserving me—and ah! remember How oft the children of affliction pass'd me With looks which spoke the sufferings that

they felt. Strangers tohealth, and journeying to the tomb! Then all my follies—all my wanderingscount. This done—to count the brilliant lamps of

night Or sands that form the wide-extended beach Do not despair 1

Such is the large amount of human frailty, a*.nd ever varying are the scenes of life! To-day, meridian splendor—to-morrow's sun M-iy rise beclouded, and may set in storms !— Has Love entwin'd its silken band around

thee? Has Hope erected temples near thy heart? And hastthou learnt the music of the mind, And all the symphonies of sweet content? Yet envious Death delights to burst those

bands To undermine the pillars of our hope, To add to sufferings, by a long remembrance, By fixing in our hearts, and in our clumbers, A beauteous picture of departed v*iorth! And mark bow sure does dire misfortune

pierce With double violence a wounded breast, How sotrows love to congregate together, And, silent, gather up the rankest weed That ever grew upon the world's wide common: And while their victims close the feverish eye The haggard Sisters laugh, and in the cup OfJife already nauseous to the sense, ]n":ke some new, some untried bitterness. Which the half-slumb'riug wretch cr'e long

must drink! But why should Virtue fee! such pains severe, Wbile Vice rejoices in his high career, V'j'snLntUul he of man, stilt more of God, Vet prosperous gales fill all his earthly sail*, And heakh Jtij honours ever on him wait? And why should cruel Devastation sweep Its tens ol thousands from the map of lite; Torn from their humble toil aud lowly dwelling To <igl:t Ambition's battles? Yet Pity saw Ike manly grief, aa>l heard the moans responsive,

When these poor men were torn from those

they luv'd; Yet Pity s.nv the little pr.nlers weep, And heard them lisp-—** Father will come

again!"— And could not Pity intercede with Heaven To hush contending nations into peace? For Pity trembles for the orphan train And deeply sighs to hear a wido.v's n*me. Ah! these are myst'ries but a future day Will solve the mighty problems, and remove The barrier; where the human mind must halt Pondering on more conjecture. Enough for me to know there is a Cod That orders allthings well—-dcli^htsinVirtue, And that which he delights in must be happy. I'll usher in the year with new resolves In Virtue's cause—I'll leave the provinces Where the soul pines among an alien race Where fruits are seldom seen, orflowers bloom To cheer the passing stranger! I'll often mnse upon the hour of trial When I must bid adieu to eyery friend, And trace a dreary solitary road— This thought will mend the heart and raise

the soul Above the gaudy trifles which allure The gay and thoughtless children of a day; Who live regardless of a future morrow. Nor ever look beyond life's narrow border! But stay—another year has just begun— My resolutions io the rear already! Perhaps, e're long, so distant will they be While I am marching thro' a dangerous clime Thst I con never join my strong reserve Retreat cut off, and death before my eye —To die, they say, is noble—as a soldierBut with such guides, to point th' unerring

road, Such able guides, such arms aud discipline As 1 have had, my soul would sorely feel The drcadi"ul pangwhich keen reflections give, Should she in death's dark porch, while life

was ebbing, Receive the judgment, and this vile reproach— "Long hast thou wandered in a stranger's land, A stranger to thyself and to thy God; The heavenly hills were oft within thy view And oft the shepherd call'd thee to his flock, And call'd in vain!—A thousand monitor* Bade thee return and Walk in wisdom's ways. The seasons, as theyroll'd, bade thee return; The glorious sun in his diurrwl round Beheld thy wandering and bad: thee return; The nijlit, an emblem of the night of death, Bade thee return: the rising mounds Which told the traveller where the dead repose In tenements of clay, bade the return: And at thy father': grave, the filial tear Which dear remembrance tfave, bade thee return And dwell in Virtue's tents, on Zion's bill I —Here, thy career be itay'J, rebellious man; Long oast thou lir'd % cuoiberer oi the ground.

Mil liana

Million} ire shipwreck'd on Life's stormy

coast, With ail their charts on board, and powerful

aid Because their lofty pride disdained to learn The instructions ot a pilot, and a God!



[Uwntbe banks of trie Clyde, Mr. Todd of Glasgow has erected a temple to the memory of [lie late Mr. Fox, and under his bust by Nollckins, arc these beautiful lines written by Mr. Roscoe.]

QHAMPION of freedom! whose exalted

mind Cnrp'd at the general good of human-kind! Patriot! whose view could sttetch from pole

to pole, And whilst he blest hit country, lov'd the





Suae, an unfrequented island—Time day-break.

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When thy torch with dazzling light,
Put the modest stars to flight;
We Lilies, Vi'lets, Eglantines,
Daisi s, -Snowdrops, Jessamines,
Breathe to thee our thankful song;
The listning Hours the strain prolong,
As round the blazing car of Day
Swift they wend their sportive way.
All our joys of thee are born,
Bounteous Goddess of the Mornj
And to thee alone we raise
Melody of grateful praise.


Mirthful Zephyrs, ye, who fly

To wake the tardy Hours, Rouse the feather'd Minstrelsy,

And ope the fragrant flow'rsj

Ye, whom toil-worn mortals seek.

When sultry heats appal; Listen! hear Aurora speak,

And answer to her call.


Breath of yonder slumb'ring Sea,
And tender sighs from heav n are we;
Sent, celestial nymph, to shed
Delicious odours round thy head.


We Zephyrs, Birds, and op'ning Flow'rs,
Join our voices,,strain our pow'rs,
To hail the swift approaching Day,
To pour the tributary lay.

Hail Aurora, bounteous fair!
Hold!—The pealing notes forbear!
See! while yet we sing,she flies,
To spread her light o'er distant skiei,

TN distant days, as legends tell,

Midst deep ernbow'ring shades did dwell

A youth who shone so rare,
That all the nymphs and graces eigh'd,
In beauty, taste, and fancy vied;

To be his fav'rite fair.
Amongst the r-st, four sisters came.
With qualities well-known to fame.

To hold his heart in thrall;
So various were their pow'rs to win.
That, had it not been counted tin,

He might have chosen all.

The first was smiling, young and fair,
With such a mild engaging air,
^ Such sensibility, jjL,*

That she was call d among the swains.
Who fed their flocks upon the plains,
The maid'o: tender eye.

Her robe was of the softest gree
And twining midst her hair was a

The pale narcissus flow'r;
The earliest off'rings of the year
She brought with most assiduous care.

To deck her Stre,ihon*s bow'r.

The snow-drop, as her bosom chaste.
With native down-cast beauty grae'd
The primrose of the vale;


The violet of Tyrian dye,

Which with her breath was sai.i to vie,

Whose odour rill'd the gale.
Vet she had some capricious wile*,
And oft amidst her sweetest smiles,

Her tears would copious full;
Perhaps to try how she naicht move,
By this Soft art his heart to love,

Whom sheador'd of all.
In truth, he felt each charming grace,
Which sported in her lovely face,

And tears so sweetly mild;
If but some fav'rite lambkin stray'd,
Some tender youngling wanted aid,

For she was nature's child
Her voice with melody replete.
So varied wild, and simply sweet,

Touch'd every feeling breast;
The youth, when listening to the strain,
Would feel a not unplcasing pain

Disturb his wonted rest.
But near her steps, attendant stray'd,
Bv some belicv'ii a lovelier maid,

"Mere regular of feature;
The poets, in their softest dream,
Could ne'er have found a fairer theme,

A more enchanting creature.

A vesture in the lighten taste,
Lose Rowing from her slender waist,

Clasp'd by an ature zone;
Mov'd by the gentlest breezes aid,
In graceful undulations play'd,

With sunny lustre shone
The gayest wreath, by fancy twin'd, •
Of various rose, and myrtle joio'd,

Half shaded, half display'd;
The beauteous polish of her brow,
Gave to her cheek a lovelier glow,

A deeper, richer shade.

Sometimes, in rustic garb bedight,
With rake in hand and footstep light,

She would her fav'rite lead,
Where new-mown hay, in rows so neat,
Filling the air with fragrance sweet,

Adorn'd the smiling mead,
Whate'er her dress, so gay hct air,
So fanciful, so debonair,

No mortal could resist her;
But ah! 'twas beauty of that cast,
Too bright, too sanguine far to last,

It pass'd with every ecphyr.
Next follow'd one with laughing eye.
And lovely locks of auburn dye,

Crown'd with a twisted vine:
Luxurious fruits dispensing round,
Whose flavour exquisite is found,

And sung by all the nine.

The blooming (reach her cheek defy'd,
And with its downy softness vied,

Her mouth the ruddy cherry;
Her polish'd skin of nut-brown hue.
In which the little streamlets blue,

Play'd in their course so merry,

Bespoke her Health's peculiar care,
Blithe Exercise's rav'rite fair;

To heighten evVr native grace,
To light her eye. to paint her face,
And thus had Ca'en her thither.

Her jacket was with russet ting'd,
With grey and yellow deeply fringM,

So short as might be seen;
Two lovely ancles full in sight,
So neat, so taper, and so white.

And witching too I ween. Young rosy lads, and damsels fair, Were ever her distinguish'd care,

And they too lov'd her dearly;
Follow'd her steps where'er she stray'd,
In sunny mead, or chequcr'd shade.

With song and glee so eheerlj.
Attended by this lovely train,
She brought fresh offerings to her twain,

A rich and golden treasure,
Of ripen'd harvest's rosy store,
With which her lap was running o'er.

Abundant beyond measure.
And last of all, approach'd a maid,
Who seem'd to want no foreign aid,

To render her alluring;
While bland good humour's pow'r alone,
Through each expressive feature shone,

A sympathy ensuring.

No lively chaplet bound her brow.
Of eglantine of vermi] glow,

With jessamine entwining J
A simple fillet, of a dye,
Too sober to at tract the eye,

Spoke her o,uite undesigning,

Yet, to endear the social hour,
Of mental graces she had store,

And wit that could inspire;
Yet to well-tempcr'd was with love,
That without wounding it cau! J move,

Each will to its desire.

Reading she lov'd, and could recite,
With taste an! feeling exquisite,

And cadence ever sweet;
.And oft by music's melting pow'rs,
She sootb'd'her fav'rite's pensive hour:,

Aud charm'd his lov'd retreat.

But all in vain, each charmer try'd.
To be the chosen happy bride,

Of this all-perfect creature,
Perhaps too easy was the piize,
Of pleading beauty, in his eyes,

So strange is human nature.

Had he with difficulty sought,

He'd been perchance more surely caught;

But thus to be invited,
Though eloquence and grace were theirr.
And loveliness dissolv'd in tears,

To court—was to be slighted.

What could be done but lo repose,
Where 'twas so difficult to choose »

So giving each a ball.
Which tokens of regard contain'd.
He ever from that lime remain'd, „ ,

In friendship with them all. K

ttmwmh. J. W. P.

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