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ON THE NEW YEAR 1809. When these poor men were torn from those To the long catalogue of time that was,

they lov'd; + Another year is added!

Yet Pity saw the little prailers weep, Count the various changes of the recent year And heard them lisp . Father will come Within the pale of my immediate view:

again!” The frequent opening graves which met my And could not Pity intercede with Heaven * eye

To hush contending nations into peace? And some I knew who went to tenant them: For Pity trembles for the orphan train The frequent paag which modest worth en- And deeply sighs to hear a widow's oame. dur'd

Ah! these are mystéries but a future day Submissive to the power which gave the Will solve the mighty problems, and remove wound

The barrier; where the human mind must halt But with it gave a balm that wound to heal; Pondering on mere conjecture. Count allthe mercies which have mildly shone Enough for me to know there is a God On undeserving memand ah! remember That orders all things well-delightsin Virtue, How oft the children of affliction pass'd me And that which he delights in must be happy. With looks which spoke the sufferings that I'll usher in the year with new resolves they felt,

In Virtue's cause--I'll leave the provinces Strangers to health, and journeying to the tomb! Where the soul pines among an alien race Then all my follies--all my wanderingscount. Where fruits are seldom seen, or flowers bloom This done to count the brilliant lamps of To cheer the passing stranger! night

I'll often muse upon the hour of trial Or sands that form the wide-extended beach When I must bid adieu to eyery friend, Do not despair!

And trace a dreary solitary road Such is the large amount of human frailty, This thought will mend the heart and raise And ever varying are the scenes of life!

the soul To-day, meridian splendor-to-morrow's sun Above the gaudy trifles which allure May rise beclouded, and may set in storms ! The gay and thoughtless children of a day; Has Love entwin'd its silken band around Who live regardless of a future morrow,

Nor ever look beyond life's narrow burder! Has Hope erected temples near thy heart? But stay-another year has just begun And hast thou learnt the music of the mind, My resolutions in the rear already! And all the symphonies of sweet content? Perhaps, e're long, so distant will they be Yet envious Death delights to burst those while I am marching thro' a dangerous clime bands

That I can never join my strong reserve To undermine the pillars of our hope, Retreat cut off, and death before my eye To add to sufferings, by a long remembrance, - To die, they say, is noble-as a soldier By fixing in our hearts, and in our chambers, But with such guides, to point ch' unerring A beauteous picture of departed worth!

road, And mark how sure does dire misfortune Such able guides, such arms and discipline pierce

As I have had, my soul would sorely feel With double violence a wounded breast, The dreadful pang which keen reflections give, How sorrows love to congregate together, Should she in death's dark porch, while life And, silent, gather up the rankest weed

was ebbing, That ever grew upon the world's wide com. Receive the judgment, and this vile reproach mon:

« Long hast thou wandered in a stranger's land, And while their victims close the feverisli eye A stranger to chyself and to thy God; The haggard Sisters laugh, and in the cup The heavenly hills were oft within thy view Onlife already nauseous to the sense,

And oft the shepherd callid thee to his flock, In use some new, some untried bitterness, And call'd in vain! A thousand monitors Which the half-slumb'ring wretch er'e long Bade thee return and walk in wisdom's ways. must drink!

The seasons, as they rolld, bade thee recurn; But why should Virtue feel such pains severe, The glorious sun in his diurnal round Wbile Vire rejoices in his bigh carcer, Beheld thy wandering and bade thee return; Unmindful he of man, still more of God, The night, an emblem of the night of death, Het prosperous gales fill all his earthly saila, Bade thee return: the rising mounds And health and honours ever on him wait? Which told the traveller where the dead repose And why should cruel Devastation sweep In tenements of clay, bade thee return: Its tens of thousands from the map of life; And at thy father's grave, the filial tear Torn from their humble toil and lowly dwel. Which dear remembrance gave, bade thee reling

turn To fight Ambition's battles? Yet Pity saw And dwell in Virtue's tents, on Zion's billi The oranly grics, and heard the moans respon- -Heer, thy career be stay'd, rebellious man; sive

Long hust thou liv'd &.cumberer of the ground.




Millions are shipwreck'd on Life's stormy

FLOWERS. coast,

When thy torch with dazzling light, With all their charts on board, and powerful Put the modest stars to flight; aid

We Lilies, Vi'lets, Eglantines, Because their lofty pride disdain'd to learn Daisies, Spowdrops, Jessamines, The instructions of a pilot, and a God! Breathe to thee our thankful song;

MARTHA. The list ning Hours the strain prolong,

As round the blazing car of Day
TO THE MEMORY OF CHARLES Swist they wend their sportive way.

All our joys of thee are born,
[Upon the banks of the Clyde, Mr. Todd of Bounteous Goddess of the Morn;

Glasgow has erected a temple to the me. And to thee alone we raise mory of the late Mr. Fox, and under his Melody of grateful praise. bust by Nollekins, are these beautiful lines

AURORA. written by Mr. Roscoe.]

Mirthful Zephyrs, ye, who fly CHAMPION of freedom! whose exalted

To wake the tardy Hours,

Rouse the feather'd Minstrelsy, Grasp'd at the general good of human.kind! And ope the fragrant flow'rs; Patriot! whose view could stretch from pole Ye, whom toil-worn mortals seek, to polc,

When sultry heats appal; And whilst be blest his country, lov'd the Listen! hear Aurora speak, wbole!

And answer to her call.


Breath of yonder sluna b'ring Sea, IMITATED FROM CARLO MARIA MAGGI, And tender sighs from heav'n are we; BY MARIANA STARKE.

Sent, celestial nymph, to shed

Delicious odours round thy head. Stere, an unfrequented island-Time day-break.

CHORUS. SÉQUESTER'D'isle! of Peace the smiling We Zephyrs, Birds, and op'ning Flow'rs, ceil,

Join our voices, strain our pow'rs, Where birds and flow'rs and Zephyrs only To hail the swift approaching Day, dwell;-*..

To pour the tributary lay.
Eachanting spot! rich in Seclusion's charms;
Here fur remov'd from Folly's wild alarms,

Hail Aurora, bountevus fair!
Compassed with waves, unseen by human eye,

Hold !-The pealing notes forbear!

ye, Methinks I range a tenant of the sky."

See! while yet we sing, she Aies, No more by Passion's chains bound down to

To spread her light o'er discant skics. earth,


My tow'sing soul asserts her heavenly birth;

Views mercies numberless around her shine, TN distant days, as legends tell,
And soars to claim her heritage divine.
But sec ! the sable shades of night retire

Midst deep embow'ring shades did dweli TN horizon blushes deep with crimson fire.

A youth who shone so rare,

That all the nymphs and graces sigh'd, Aurora rises from the sparkling floods,

In beauty, taste, and fancy vied; hed thus salutes the tenants of the woods. ,

To be his fav'rite fair.


. Birds, begin your dulcet lay!

Amongst the rest, four sisters came, Flow'n, your various sweets disclose . With qualities well-known to fame, Zephyns, see, 'tis dawn of day!

"To hold his heart in thrall; Banish, banish dull repose !

- So various were their pow'rs to win, BIRDS.

That, had it not been counted sin,.;. Lovely goddess of the morn,

He might have chosen all. Who, on dewy pinions borne,

120 - The first was smiling, young and fair, Com'st to chase Night's shadowy gloom, With such a mild engaging air, And those choral woods relume

Such sensibility, With renovating light;

3 That she was call' among the swains, Again thou giv'st us to behold

Who fed their flocks upon the plains, Sads of ether ting d with gold,

The maid of tender eye. Bcandless tracts, where sportive we,

Her robe was of the softest green, Blend with love and liberty,

And twining midst her hair was seen, May wing our joyous flight.

The pale narcissus flow'r; 1

The earliest off'rings of the year
Wherefore, flow'rs, your praise with-hold?

She brought with most assiduous care, Hasze! your fragraut leaves unfold!

To deck her Screphon's bow'r.
Haute to glorify that Pow'r
Who, after midnight's torpid hour,

The snow.drop, as her bobom chaste Renovates your faded huet,

With native down-cast beauty grac'd Abd feeds you with ambrosial dewe

The primrose of the vales



The violet of Tyrian dye,
Which with her breath was said to vie,

Whose odour fill'd the gale.
Yet she had some capricious wiles,
And oft amidst her sweetest smiles,

Her tears would copious fall;
Perhaps to try how she might move,
By this soft art his heart to love,

Whom she ador'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 listoning to the strain,
Would feel a not unpleasing pain

Disturb his wonted rest.
But near her steps, attendant stray'd,
By some believ'd a lovelier maid,

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

A more enchanting creature.
A vescure in the lightest taste,
Lose Rowing from her slender waist,

Clasp'd by an azure 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 join'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 her 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 passed with every zephyr.
Next follow'd one with laughing eye,
And lovely locks of auburndys,

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

And sung by all the nine.
The blooming peach her check defy'd,
And with its downy softness vied,

Her mouth the ruddy cherry;
Her polish'd skin of nut-browa hue,
In which the little streamless blue,

Play'd in their course so merry,
Bespoke her Health's peculiar care,
Blithe Exercise's fav'rite fair ;

To heighten ev'ry native grace,
To light her eye, to paint her face,

And thus had ta'en her thither.
Her jacket was with russet ting’d,
Wich grey and yellow deeply fringid,

So short as might be seen;
Two lovely ancies full in sight,
So near, so taper, and so white,

And witching too I ween.
Young rosy lads, and damseis 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 chequer'd shade,

With song and glee so eheerly.
Attended by this lovely train,
She brought fresh off rings to her swain,

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 vermil glow,

With jessaminc entwining;
A simple fillet, of a dye,
Too sober to attract the eye,

Spoke her quite undesigning,
Yet, to endear the social hour,
Of mental graces she had store,

And wit chat could inspire:
Yet so well-temper'd was with love,
'That without wounding it could move,

Each will to its desire.
Reading she lov'd, and could recite,
With taste and feeling exquisite,

And cadence ever sweet;
And oft by music's melting pow'rs,
She sooth'd her fav'rite's pensive hours,

And charin'd his lov'd retreat.
But all in vain, each charmer tryd.
To be the chosen happy bride,

Of this all-perfect creature,
Perhaps too easy was the prize,
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 theirs,
And loveliness dissolv'd in tears,

To court-was to be slighted.
What could be done but to repose,
Where 'twas so difficult to choose

So giving each a ball,
Which tokens of regard contain'd,
Heever from that time remain'd,

In friendship with them all.

J. W. P.



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