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In jestful mood the master tells his friends
How cauliflower, like doctor's wig so white,
All flower exceeds: a joke much mirth that lends.
For never je it fo ftale, or wit so trite,
In little ninds that cannot raise supreme delighi.

There too the currant hangs its loaded bead;
Pomona's pearls and crimson gems all bright.
Plethoric gooseberries, aniber, green, or red,
Whole giant size may rivaisbip excite,
With humless pride nice culture's care requite;
And there the strawberry, 'mid her veil of green,
Bathful with modeft face thrinks back from Gyht,
True virgin beauty blushing to be seen :
And what so sweet as chastity in beauty's mien ?


[From First Flights, by John HEYRICK, jun.]

THY younger sister's constant tears 1 Invite the poet's lyre, And laughing May, when she appears,

Shall raise the rapture higher.

But let the gaudy tulip gain

The loftier poet's verse,
For once will ], an uncanght swain,

Thy paler sweets rehearse.
The full-blown beauties of the year •

To courtly strains belong;
But when thy modest buds appear,

They claim the rural song.

Let the auricula and rose

On May's warm breast be set;
The opening thorns for me disclose

Thy sweeter violet.
No raging sun's tyrannic fire

Forbids my wand'ring feet
To search, with friendly muse and lyrc,

Thy primroses' retreat.
Ah! would my lov'd Eliza deign

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

At fternest fate's command.


How gaily then my fong Phould rise,

Amidst thy infant grove;
Then gazing on Eliza's eyes,

How softly change to love!

APOSTROPHE to an Old Tree.

(From the Second Volume of Sonnets and other Poems, by


· W HERE thy broad branches brave the bitter North,

V Like rugged, indigent, unheeded, worth,
Lo! vegetation's guardian hands emboss
Each giant limb with fronds of studded moss,
That clothes the bark in many a fringed fold
Begemm'd with scarlet fields and cups of gold,
Which to the wildest winus their webs oppure,
And mock the arrowy sleet, or weltering Inows.
-But to the warmer Welt the Woodbine fair
With tassels that perfumed the filmmer air,
The mantling Clematis, whose feachery bowers
Wav'd in festoons with Nightshade's purple flowers,
The filver weed, whose corded fillets wove
Round thy pale rind, even as deceitful love
Of mercenary beauty would engage
The dotard fondness of decrepit age ;
All these, that during summer's halcyon days
With their green canopies conceal'd thy sprays,
Are gone for ever ; or disfigured, trail
Their fallow relics in the autumnal gale ;
Or o'er thy roots, in failed fragments toft,
But tell ot happier hours, and sweetness loft!

-Thus in fate's trying hour, when furious storms
Strip social life of plealure's fragile forms,
And awful Justice, as his rightful frey,
Tears Luxury's Glk, and jewell'd robe away,
While reads Adversity her lesson stern,
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,
Desponding fall, or tly in pale despair ;
And icorn alone remembers that they were.
Not to Integrity; unchanged he lives
In the rude armour conscious honour gives,
and dares with hardy front the troubled lky,
In 'Ponesty's uninjured panoply.
Ne'en on Prosperity's enfeebling bed
Or soly pillows, he reposed his head,

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But given to useful arts, his ardent mind
Has fought the general welfare of mankind;
To mitigate their ills his greatest blits,
While studying them, has taught him what he is ;
He, when the human tempeft ragts worst,
And the earth shudders as the tbunders burst,
Firm as thy northern branch, is rooted fast,
And, if he can't avert, endures the blast.

Sonner to the Insect of the GOSSAMER.

[From the same Work.]

SMALL, viewless aeronaut, that by the line
w Of Gossamer suspended, in mid air

Float'it on a sunbeam-Living atom, where
Ends thy breeze-guided voyage;—with what design
In æther dost thou launch thy form minute,

Mocking the eye?-Alas! before the veil
Of denser clouds shall hide thee, the pursuit

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

Buoyant, as hope's illufive flattery breathes,
The young and visionary poet leaves

Life's dull realities, while seven-fold wreaths
Of rainbow-light around his head revolve.
Ah! soon at Sorrow's touch the radiant dreams diffolve!

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Of the Year 1797.

THE biblical and theological affords striking evidence of his li.

1 Department of our annual La- berality, and of the boldness of bours for the year 1793, commenc. spirit with which he can dare the ed with the ist volume of “ The censure and obloquy of bigots of all Holy Bible, or the Books account. persuasions. His observations on ed sacred by Jews and Christians, the difficulties inseparable from the &c. faithfully translated from cor. common hypothesis, and on the rected Texts of the Original; advantages which would result to with various Readings, explanatory the cause of revelation from adNotes, and critical Remarks, by opting the doctrine of partial and the Rev. Alex. Geddes, LL.D.” putative, in preference to that of In the opinion which we then ex absolute and plenary inspiration, pressed of the general merits of the are highly important, and deserve new version, our readers may per- the serious attention of believers ceive the high estimation in which and unbelievers. What he says, it led us to hold the erudition, indeed, at present, is only applicaabilities, and industry of the tranf- ble to the Hebrew writers consi. lator; and the ample tribute of dered as historians: his opinion gratitude to which we considered concerning the inspiration of their him entitled from the biblical legislator and prophets, he reserves student. The appearance, during for his volume of critical remarks. the year 1797, of the ad volume That volume we hope to have it in of that work, comprising the books our power to notice in our next of Judges, Samuel, Kings, Chronic year's Regiiter. cles, Ruth, and the Prayer of Ma. During the year 1797, likewise, passen, bas in no respect tended to we have been enabled to renew our lessen Dr. Geddes's claims to com. acquaintance with another eminent mendation, and encouragement. fcholar and critic, whose labours The text, like that of the former have deservedly ciaffed him among volume, contains numerous im- our most valuable fcripture comprovements of the common vet. mentators. Dr. Blayney, regius fion; and is accompanied with va- profefTor of Hebrew, and canon of luable, al:hough brief, notes, and Christ-Church, Oxford, has preimportant various readings. In the sented the public with “ ZechaPreface to the volume, when treat- riah; a new 'Translation : with ing of the generally received opi. Notes, critical, philological, and exnion respecting the inspiration of planatory, &c." In his preliminary the Hebrew scriptures, Dr. Geddes discourse our author, with fingu

lar lar modesty, apolo iles for attempts the latter chapters in partico', ing the illustration of this part of riling to a disree of cleras 3 zd holy writ, after ar hidup New. grindeur, fcarcels inrerior to the come's learned cor ments, whose tubiimeit of the inspired wri1995." candour and hunii'v ursed hin Tbe noces wich accompany thi ftrongly to recommend the pubii- vertion are copio'n and vacije cation of a work with, if it In an Appendix our author comMould tend to " c'ear l'ɔ ore dif- fle:elv rcfute, the feaie giv o to ficult pattage, ruid core shran Tor. Eveldig to tone patrages is compensate to him for the deite. Zechariah, which, in oppottios o tion of a hundred mistakes." Dr. the prima:e of Irciand's expiaga. Blaynev afterwards gives in 5 a tion of them in bis translation of view of the fituation and circun the minor prophets, he wishes to ftances of Zechariah, as is well adduce in fupport of the doctrine calculated to throw light on his of the trinity: and to the whole sentiments, and to remove a con- he has added a nere edition, with fiderable part of the difficulties important alterations, of his verbon which have been charged upon his of Daniel's celebrated prophecy of writings. When acknowledging seventy weeks. the altistance which he has received " Jonah, a faithful Translation from different anthors, he ably from the Original, &c. by George vindicates the valuable collations Benjoin, of selus College, Camof the various readings of the He. bridge," is the production of an aubrew writings made by Dr. Kenni. thor, whole chief qualifications for cott and others, against the illiberal the undertaking appear to have and contemptuous mention of them been his proficiency in rabinnical in the discourse by way of general Jore, and a veneration, not much preface to the 4to. edition of War- unlike fuperftition, for the conburton's works; and he unanswer- ceits and extravagancies of Jewably explodes the absurd and un- in tradition. Hence, Kennicott, accountable idea of the perfect in- Luwih, Blayney, and others, whose tegrity of the text, to which some merit as translators is to be appreinjudicious friends of revelation are ciated on very different grounds, willing to look as the ground of are, as might be expected, the obscriptural authority. Dr. Blayney jects of his repeated cenfure; and in his version divides the poetical that not always the most modest parts from the profe, aiter the ex- and unassuming. In his prolegoamples of Lowth and Newcome, mena Mr. Renjoin undertakes to and his own practice in bis transla. prove, that “The Sacred Writings tion of Jeremiah ; and, in our of the Old Teftament have not sufopinion, has happily succeeded in fered either anv corruption or alconveying the sense and beauties teration whatever ince the time of a composition of which the dic. of Ezra :" but his authorities will tion is remarkably pure, the con- have little weight out of the fynastruction natural and perspicuous, gogue. He is also a zealous advo. and the style judicioutly varied ac- cate for the miloretic points, by cording to the nature of the sub- which he confiders the found and jects; fimple and plain in the nar- meaning of each word to be fo exrative and hiftorical parts; but in actly marked, that any scholar may those that are wholly prophetical, now read and speak with the same


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