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In jeftful mood the matter tells his friends

How cauliflower, like doctor's wig fo white,

All flower exceeds: a jike much mirth that lends.

For never jeft fo ftale, or wit fo trite,

Jn little minds that cannot raife fupreme delight.

There too the currant hangs its loaded head;
Pomona's pearls and crimfon gems all blight.
Plethoric gooftberries, amber, green, or red,
Whole gi;mt fize may livalfhip excite,
With hnrmlefs pride nice culture's care requite;
And there the ftrawlurry, 'mid her veil of green,
Baflinil with modeft face flu inks back from light,
True virgin beauty blufliing to be leen:
And what fo fweet as chaftity in beauty's mien?

Address to March.
[From First Flights, by John Heyrick, jun.]

'"PHY younger fitter's conftant tears
•*■ Invite the pott's lyre,
And laughing May, when the appears,
Shall raife the rapture higher.

But let the gaudy tulip gain

The loftier poet's verfe,
Fo;' once will I, an untaught fvvain,

Thy paler fweets rehearfe.

The full-blown beauties of the year ■

To courtly (trains bvlong;
But when thy modeft buds appear,

They claim the rural fong.

Let the auricula and rofe

On May's warm breaft be fet; The opening thorns for me difclofe

Thj fweeter violet.

No raging fun's tyrannic fire

Forbids my wand'ring feet
To fearch, with friendly mufe and lyre,

Thy primrofes' retreat.

Ah! would my lov'd Eliza deign

To take my eager hand,
Thy bard, dear March, would ne'er complain

At flerneft fate's command.

Jfcw How gaily then my fong fliould rife,

Amidft thy infant grove;
Then gazing on hlua's eyes,
How foftly change to love!

Apostrophe to an Old Tree.

[From the Second Volume of Sonnets and other Poems, by Charlotte Smith.]

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"HERE thy broad branches brave the bitter North,
Like rugged, indigent, unheeded, worth,
Lo! vegetation's guardian hands embofs
Each giant limb with fronds of ftudded mofs,
That clothes the bark in many a fringed fold
Begemm'd with fcarlet fliields and cups of gold,
Which to the wildeft winds their webs oppofe,
And mock the arrowy fleet, or weltering ihows.

But to the warmer Weft the Woodbine fair

With taflels that perfumed the uimmer air,
The mantling Clematis, whofe feathery bowers
Wav'd in feftoons with Nightfliade's purple flowers,
The filver weed, whofe corded fillets wove
Round thy pale rind, even as deceitful love
Of mercenary bsauty would engage
The dotard fondneis of decrepit age;
All thefe, that during f'ummer's halcyon days
With their green canopies conceal'd thy fprays,
Are gone for ever ; or disfigured, trail
Their fallow relics in the autumnal gale;
Or o'er thy roots, in fadjd fragments toft,
But tell ot happier hours, and fweetnefs loft!
—Thus in fate's, trying hour, when furious ftorms
Strip focial life of plealnres fragile forms,
And awful Juftice, as his rightful prey,
Tears Luxury's (ilk, and Jewell'd robe away,
While reads Adverfity her leflon (tern,
And Fortune's minions tremble as they learn;
The crowds around her gilded car that hung,
Bent the lithe knee, and troul'd the honey tongue,
Defponding fall, or fly in pale defpair;
And l'corn alone remembers that they were.
Not io Integrity; unchanged he lives
\ln the rude armour confeious honour gives,
vi-nd dares with hardy front the troubled Iky,
IiVHonefty's uninjured panoply.
Ne*e%on Prosperity's enfeebling bed
Or roiyWlows, he repofed his head,

But given to ufeful arts, his ardent mind
Has fought the general welfare of imnkind;
To mitigate their ills his greaieft bliis,
While ftudying them, has taught him what he is
He, when the human tempeft rages word,
And the earth fhudders as the thunders bur ft,
Firm as thy northern branch, is rooted faft,
And, if he can't avert, endures the blaft.

Sonnet to the Insect of the Gossamer.

[From the fame Work.]

OMALL, viewlefs aeronaut, that by the line
^ Of Goffamer fufpended, in mid air

Float'ft on a funbeam—Living atom, where
Ends thy breeze-guided voyage;—with what defign
In aether doft thou launch thy form minute,

Mocking the eye?—Alas! before the veil
Of denfer clouds (hall hide thee, the puifuit

Of the keen fwift may end thy fairy fail! Thus on the golden thread that fancy weaves

Buoyant, as hope's illulive flattery breathes,
The young and vifionary poet leaves

Life's dull realities, while feven-fold wreaths
Of rainbow-light around his head revolve.
Ah! foon at Sorrow's touch {he radiant dreams diffolve!

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DOMESTIC LITERATURE

Of the Year 1797.

THE biblical and theological Department of our annual Labours for the year 1793, commenced with the 1 ft volume of " The Holy Bible, or the Books accounted facred by Jews and Chriftians, &c. faithfully tranflated from corrected Texts of the Original; with various Readings, explanatory Notes, and critical Remarks, by the Rev. Alex. Geddes, LL.D." In the opinion which we then exprefled of the general merits of the new verfion, our readers may perceive the high estimation in which it led us to hold the erudition, abilities, and induftry of the tranflator; and the ample tribute of gratitude to which we confidered him entitled from the biblical fludent. The appearance, during the year 1797, of the ad volume of that work, comprifing the books of Judges, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ruth, and the Prayer of Manafleh, lias in no refpecr. tended to lefTcn Dr. Geddes's claims to commendation, and encouragement. The text, like that of the former volume, contains numerous improvements of the common vefV fion; and is accompanied with valuable, although brief, notes, and important various readings. In the Preface to the volume, when treating of the generally received opinion refpe&ing the infpiration of the Hebrew fcriptures, Dr. Geddet

affords ftriking evidence of his liberality, and of the boldnefs of fpirit with which he can dare the cenfureand obloquy of bigots of all perfuaiions. His obfervations on the difficulties infeparable from the common hypothefis, and on the advantages which would refult to the caule of revelation from adopting the doctrine of partial and putative, in preference to that of abfolute and plenary infpiration, are highly important, and deferve the ferious attention of believer* and unbelievers. What he faysy indeed, at prefent, is only applicable to the Hebrew writers confidered as historians: his opinion concerning the infpiration of their legiflator and prophets, he referve* for his volume of critical remark:. That volume we hope to have it in our power to notice in our next year's Regifter.

During the year 1797, likewife, we have been enabled to renew our acquaintance with another eminent fcholar and critic, whofe labour* have defervodly clafled him among our molt valuable fcripture commentators. Dr. Blayney, regiut profeflbr of Hebrew, and canon of Chrift-Churcb, Oxford, has prefented the public with "Zechariah; a new Tranflation: with Notes, critical, philological, and explanatory, &c." in his preliminary difcourie our author, with ftngu» lar lar modefly, apolojifes for attempting the illultration of this paitof holy writ, after ar-.-hbifhop Newcome's learned cnn'meius, whofe candour aud humility iirs«d him ftrongly to recommend the publication of a work which, if it fhoiild tend to '> clear up one difficult pallhge, would more than compenfate to him for the detection of a hundred miitnkes." Dr. Blayney afterwards gives fuch a view of the'fituation and ciicumftances of Zechariah, as is well calculated to throw light 0:1 his fentiments, and to remove a confiderable pan of the difficulties which have been charged upon his writings. When acknowledging the afliftnnce which he has received from different authors, he ably •vindicates the valuable collations of the various readings of the Hebrew writings made by Dr. Kennicott and others, againitthe illiberal and contemptuous mention of them •in the diicourfe by way of general preface to the 4to. edition of Warburton's works; and he unanfwerably explodes the abfurd and unaccountable idea of the perfect integrity of the text, to which fbme injudicious friends of revelation are willing to look as the ground of fcriptural authority. Dr. blayney in his veifion divides the poetical parts from the profe, alter the examples of Lowth and Newcome, and his own practice in his tranflation of Jeremiah; and, in our opinion, has happily fucceeded in conveying the fenfe and beauties of a compofition of which the diction is "remarkably pure, the construction natural and peifpicuous, and ih^ ftyle judicioully varied according to the nature of the fubjeets; fimple and plain in the narrative and historical parts; but in thofe that are wholly prophetical,

the latter chapters in particular, riling to a degree of elevation and grandeur, Scarcely interior to the ttiblimeft of the infpired writings." The notes which accompany this verfion are copious and valuable. In an Appendix our author completely refute* the fenfe given by Dr. tve'eigli to (ome paflagfs in Zechariah, which, in opposition to the primate of Ireland's explanation of them in his translation of the minor prophets, he wiflies to adduce in iupport of the doctrine of the trinity: and to the whole he has added a new edition, with important alterations, of his verfion of Daniel's celebrated prophecy of feventy weeks.

"Jonnh, a faithful Translation from the Original, &c. by George Benjoin, of Jefus College, Cambridge," is the production of an author, whofe chief qualifications for the undertaking appear to have been his proficiency in rabinnical lore, and a veneration, not much unlike fupcrftition, for the conceits and extravagancies of Jewifh tradition. Hence, Kennicott, Lowth, Blayney, and others, whofe merit a6 translators is to be appreciated on very different grounds, are, as might be expected, the objects ofvhis ivpeated cenfure; and that not always the moft modeff and unafluming. In hit prolegomena Mr. Peiijoin undertakes to prove, that "The Sacred Writings of the Old Teflament have not fuf* fered either any coinijHon or alteration whatever liuce the time of bzra:" but his authorities will have little weight out of the Synagogue. He is alio a zealuus advocate for the miforetic points, by which he confiders the found and meaning of each word to be fo exactly marked, that any scholar may now read and fpeak with the fame

found

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