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POETRY.

ORIGINAL AND SELECT.

Then pleasure on the thoughtless child

Her toys and sugar'd poisons press'dDrunk with new joy, he sigh’d, be smild, And True Love died on Pleasure's breast.

W. R. S.

TO A LADY WEEPING.

BY EBN ABRUY. From Caryll's Speciinens of Arabic Poctry.WHEN I beheld thy blue eyes shine

Thru'th bright drops that pity drew, I saw teneath those tears of thine,

A blue eye'd violet baih'd in dew. The violet ever scents the gale,

Its hues adorn the fairest wreath; But swe tost thro' a dewy veil,

Its colours glow, its odours breathe. And thus thy charms in brightness rise

When wit and pleasure round thee play; When mirth sits smiling in thine eyes,

Who but admires th ir sprightly ray? But when tbro' pity's flood they gleam,

Who but must love their soften'd beam ?

TO COTTAGE CHILDREN. God bless you, ye sweet little sons of the hut,

Why start ye and run from your play? Do the sound and the sight of a stranger

aftright? Then surely but few pass this way. Yet sweet is your cottage that stands all alone,

And snooth is the sward of your vale; And clear is each crook of the wimpling brook

That murmurs each moment, farewell.

And high are the hills that enclose you around,

Where your flocks ever peacefully feed; Aud blue is the sky that attract your young

eye, As it rests on the green mountain's head. Here meek meditation might love to reside,

To silence and solitude given :
And calm as they guide, might the moments

divide,
Between her mild house and the heaven.

Dear children, but small is this valley of yours;

Is this all the world that you know; Yet behind this high mound, lies a world with.

out bounds, But alas! 'tis a world full of woe.

THE NURSING OF TRUE LOVE.

IMITATED FROM THE FRENCH. LAPT on Cythera's golden sands,

When first True Love was born on earth, Leng was the doubt what fost: ing hauds

Should tend and rear the glorious birth. First, Hebe claim'd the sweet employ,

Her cup, her tbornless flowers, she said, Would feed him best with health and joy,

And cradle best his cherub head. But anxious Venus justly fear'd

The tricks, and changeful mind of Youth; Too mild the seraph Peace appear'd;

Too stero, too cold, the matron Truth. Next Fancy claim'd him for her own;

But Prudence disallow'd her right, She deem'd her Iris pinions shone

Too dazzling for his infant sight, To Hope a while the charge was given,

And well with Hope the cherub throve; Till Innocence came down from beaven,

Sole guardiau, friend, and nurse of Love. Pleasure, a fury in her spite,

When all preferrd to her she found, Vow'd cruel vengeance for the slight,

And soon success her purpose crown'd. The traitress watch'd a sultry hour,

Wben, pillow'd on her blush-rose bed,
Tird Innocence to slumber's pow'r,

One mument bow'd ber virgin head.
No. XXV. l'ol. IV.N.S.

From the top of the hill, looking onward, afar,

The landscape may charm with its snuile ; But approach it more near, it will rugged ap.

pear, And lost is each scene with the toil.

Then quit not your coltage, ye sons of the

wood: And still of your cottage be fond; For what do you lose, but a myriad of woes

By knowing not what is beyond. Let the moss-cover'd seat, and the shade of

the thorn, Wbich were dear to your fathers be tbine; And the hut that now rears your infantine

years, Let its roof shade your hoary decline. LI

And sleep with your fathershow soutliing the How lovely and how full of charms thought!

The nymph must be to bless their arms : When the suntide of life is gone by ;

Not rich alone, but young and pretty, Give your clay to the sod, and your souls to Of noble birth, and wondrous witty! the God

While they, perhaps, from dunghills sprung,
Who dwells on you bright azure sky.

Are neither handsome, rich, nor young,
And as to wit-what still much worse is,

Have noddles emptier than their purses.
MARY'S REMONSTRANCE.

Gods! of all satires on the sex,
Too plain, dear youth, those tell-tale eyes

Methinks this most their mind should vex, My heart your own declare;

To see such geniuses as these
But oh! my love, let it suffice,

Think they may marry-whom they please!
You reigo triumphant there.
Forbear your utmost power to try,

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Nor further urge your sway;
Press not for what I must deny,

From Montgomery's Poems, lately published.
For fear I should obey.

Round Love's Elysian bowers Could all your acts successful prove,

The softest prospects rise ; Would you a maid undo,

There bloom the swetest flowers, Whose greatest failing is ber love,

There shine the purest skies; And tbat her love for you?

And joy and r pture gild a while

The cloudless heaven of Beauty's smile.
Say, would you use that very power
You from her fondness claim,

Round Love's deserted bowers
To ruin in one fatal hour,

Tremendous rocks arise ; A life of spotless fame?

Cold mildews blight the flowers,

Tornadoes rend the skies ; Ab! cease my love, to do an ill,

And Pleasure's waning moon goes dowv,
Because-perhaps—you may;

Amid the night of Beauty's frown.
But rather try your utmost skill
To save me, than betray.

Then Youth, thou fond believer !

The wily Syren shun; Be you yourself, my virtue's guard,

Who trusts the dear deceiver Defend, and not pursue,

Will surely be undone ! Since 'lis a task for me too hard.

When Beauty triumphs, ha ! beware! To fight with love and you.

Her smile is bope ! - her frown despair!

ALBION.
Extract from The Sabine Farm," a Poem, by

Robert Bradstreet, Esq. M. A.
BLEST Albion ! though less wond'rous fair

the smile
Of nature on thine ever verdant isle ;
Though on thy chilly Tiburs of the North
Bleak Boreas sends his ruffian offspring forth,
To sweep their foliage, and with breathe

ON FORTUNE HUNTERS.
DEAR Sophron didst thou never see
An infant on its mother's knee?
How, if some toy attracts its eyes,
It strives to reach the glitt'ring prize?
Be the wish'd object e'er so far,
Its little arms extended are,
Unconscious of the space between,
Though chairs and tables intervene.
For wise philosophers agree,
That children think whate'er they see
Is equally within their reach,
Till practice different notions teach.

So, may a coxcomb here, whose trade is
With courtship to pursue the ladies,
Whose self-conceit bas turu’d his head,
Expects some matchless fair to wed,
In whom are all perfections found,
And join'd with-fifty thousand pound !

"Tis curious, 'faith! to hear these fellows, When, with great gravity, they tell us,

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Ere the fair triple power had local birth, How dull were hills, and dales, and rocks,
Aud walk'd with man, England's favour'd | And lawns, and streams, without the flocks,
earth.

That give them animation !
Nor yet her martyr's from their clouds com-

The Mantuan lyrė, th' Arcadian lute,
plain,

Had, peradventure, still been mute,
Nor mourn, with dying Brutus, virtue vain.

But for their inspiration.
Britons are Britons still; and dare not yield Then let us in full chorus sing,
The Charter which their patriot blood has Long live the shepherd's friend, our King,
seal'd.

From foreign wolves to guard him!
Britons are Britons still; revere the throne; And when from earth his spirit Aies,
Guard all its rights—yet vindicate their own! May angels waft him to the skies,
What though an honest, yet misguided few, Aud endless bliss reward him.
Would Anarchy, in Freedom's garb pursue;
What though Corruption's foul and vena)
charms

THE LOVER'S EVENING WALK.
Allure infected numbers to her arms
The general heart is sound: the general cry

The sun, crown'd with blushes, was slowly
Rings o'er the ocean,-“Death, or liberty!"

declining, Upon his steel-girt throne, with secret fear,

The blue misty hills and the vallies among;

'Twas the mild glowing close of a sweet sumGaul's bloody tyrant starts that shout to bear,

mer's evening, And Europe's croucbing realms with envy see

When lonely I rov'd the green meadows One monarch reigning, and one people free.

along;
Far in the vale the loud laughter of happiness,

Wafted by zephyrs, would oft intervene,
THE SHEEP.

With the far distant lows of the herd home
The Bard that lately tuned bis lay

returning, The Cow's perfections to display,

To vary my thoughts, and to heighten the
His pipe in tune to keep,
Amid the summer's gay perfumes,
To sing a kindred theme presumes,

I trod the light turf with a heart gaily beating,
The merit of the Sheep.

For memory dwelt on the smiles of my

Jane,
Emblem of Innocence! to thee
Altho' I would not cruel be,

I thought of the pleasure of fond lovers meet

ing, To gratify the glutton;

But not of the torture of parting again. Yet, if the butcher's ruthless knife

Again I remember'd those glances of kindness
Should chance to take thy harmless life,

Which thrill'd through my beart with such
I've no dislike to mution.

exquisite joy; of mutton whether roast or boil'd,

Again her soft cheek, and her lips gentle (If 'riso't by bad cookery spoild)

pressure, The Bards are no despisers ;

My wild roving thoughts and my wishes The Haggis shines in Scottish song,

employ. The Trotters too bave flourish'd long 'Mongst modern gormandizers.

Let others, the cold path of prudence pur

suing, When winter's winds begin to bite,

In toiling for riches still wear out the day; And chill sensations oft excite,

Or, horne on the tide of deceitful ambition, As they go whistling by us,

The short fleeting moments of life waste Our gratitude alive to keep

away ; Remind us of the useful Sheep,

Dearer to me are the pains and the pleasures Whose backs with clothes supply us.

Which in love, faithful love, I enraptur'd The fleece that Jason priz'd so high,

can fiud; By poet's feign’d of golden dye,

Dearer the transports which glow in my Was but a symbol splendid,

bosom, Of that just value, which, we find,

Wbile Hope fondly whispers my Jane will In after ages all mankind,

be kind. To set on Sheep intended.

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F ASTI I ONS

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DECEMBER, 1811.

EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF FASHION.

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No. 1.-EVENING COSTUME.

Mall; for the leadless trees, the northern

winds, and continual rains, no longer give to A gossamer satin robe of French grey or ce.

the country those tharms which a long sumlestial blue, with a demi train ; stripes of

mer rendered so attractive to the fashionables white lace let in the cross way of the

in high life. The prorogation of Parliament, skirt, and relieved by a very narrow bordering

will, however, yet retain many at their countryof black velret: a broad lace of Vandyke pattern round the bottom; short sleeves fastencu seats, till after the festive season of Christmas,

to gladden ibe hearts of their poor tenantry : up in front, by a row of pearls. Dress lace

thus when Mercy and Benevolence go hand in tippet, à-la-Duchesse d'Angouleme, edged with a

hand with Riches, Fashion can no longer he border of Vandyke lace. The bair in simple

said to be allied to Folly; no, as the daughter and waving curls next the face, à la-Greque ;

of Taste, she is the patroness of the Arts ; liead dress composed of plaited braids of bair

such we hail her, and with pleasure dip and pearls, surmounted with a large red cor

pencil in the varied bow of Iris, to pourtray mer pulian ornament, in the form of a diamond, set round with small pearls ; the hair bronght | versatile attraction.

For the walking costume, we refer our in a knot on the back of the head, surrounded

readers to a consideration of the Plate of ibis with a row of pearls; necklace of the same valuable material, in two rows. Drop ear

Number; and a recent wedding in high life,

and an eminent British Commander, have rings composed of one entire pearl, which

furnished the admirers of female worth and should be large. A square cornelian brooch,

amiability, and of heroic merit, with titles to set in gold, with a drop de pending of pearl, to

distinguish two very elegant and novel aranswer the earrings. Long round tippet of

ticles. The first is the Downshire cloak, a swansdowo. Wbite kid gloves, wrinkled so

most unique envelope to the female form, of as to cover very litile of the arm below the

the mantillo kind; it buttons on the left elbow. Slippers of kid the colour of the gown, the toe more pointed than usual, with small shoulder, and falls in a graceful point on the

left side of the robe; is generally made of pearl or white bugle rettes.

liget faun colour, trimmed with a black veivet of about three inches in breadth ; and

on the velvet is introduced a narrow trimGENERAL OBSERVATIONS

ming of that delicate and expensive American fur of the little animal, called by the ludians,

the Oppenoch. The second, the Graham tur. FASHION AND DRESS:

ban bonnet of plaid silk, with a small plume The carriages now begin to whirl along of black feathers, hanging over the face, in the the neighbourhood of Boud-street and Pall. Scottish style.

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Pelisses of a close wrapping kind, of fine fair countrywomen, are estimated as high as Merino cloth, trimmed with a light fur and twenty guineas. tasteful capes, chiefly with points, ornamented

Lace gowns,

both black aud white, and with conic tassels, are much in requisition ; some of white Italian crape, trimined with a and the Brandenburgh trimming, though it very narrow border of variegated artificial has long been the mode, is yet very prevalent, || flowers are still worn, with short sleeves; and in all colours.

some few ladies have sported the girdle à laThe Comet hat and manlle still continue in repentie ; these are made of very rich cordons favour ; but from the generality of the scarlet || of silk, and the tassels are a mixture of silk colour, so very appropriate to winter, and so and mock pearl : they are a very elegant finish becoming to almost every complexion, we fear to a lady's dress, and we hope to see them they will at length weary the eye with their more prevalent; though the most general dazzling sameness, and be too common ior

mode at present is a sasha ribband of a suitable the bigher classes to patronize much longer. ll colour to the dress, tied very forward, with The Comet hals, therefore, are now reckoned short bows and long ends. The waists are most stylish, when made of either celestial

much the same length as they were seen at the blue or white satin, with mantles of the same, Regent's celebrated fete. and are

never adopted but as a carriage Little difference lias taken place in the costume.

manner of dressing the hair for these six High dresses are seldom worn, except on a weeks past; those who have good hair atiect morning; they are no longer to be seen at

a redundance of ringlets, which fall à laany dinner parties, except among the middle

Medusa, from where the comb fastens up the classes of society.

length of the hair : but we still behold with For dinner and friendly parties, twilled sars pleasure the attractive crop, which from its net, Merino cloth, Merino crape, and gossa. | youthful and neat appearance, we must ever mer satin are chiefly worn for gowns, made admire. A lady of high estimation in fashionrather big her in the bosom and back than able life, but rather eccentric in her dress, they were last winter, with antique points | appeared at the Theatre, a few evenings ago, round the bosom, trimmed either with black with her hair dressed à-la-/linerra ; this is liy velvet, Freuch lace, or swansdown, The round no means a specimen of Gallic elegance, and dresses, which are not made in the frock form, we know this fashion was first introduced from button down the sides instead of in the front, France. Whatever militates so totally against as formerly. White dresses secm now to be nature must be revolting; for the basketexploded, except for very young persons, and work of the helmet in front, cannot possibly be as it is the garb of innocence, it seems, by its woven out of the native tresses of any one who chaste simplicity, to be more suited to their | adupis this whimsical head-dress; we notice sylph-like forms than any other.

it only to shew that nothing novel shall escape We are happy to find that Beauty, now look us for the amusement as well as instruction ing to those advantages which she is sure to

of our fair readers. obtain when she leaves the imagication some But few caps are worn, except for undress, thing to ponder on, covers more assiduously and then the Downshire mob, of fine Brussels those charms which should never he common lace, is reckoned the most elegant;-it is brought to the public eye : over the hallowed and

in a point on the forehead and worn very much snowy bosom she now, in general, while the on one side, with the hair in full ringle is on athroat is left bare, spreads the elegant Mechlin the side exposed, and a row of pearls, en petits Jace dress tippet, p-la-Duchesse d'Angouleme; || anneaux, on the other. A silk ruby coloured this is worn on the outside of the dress, and is net confining the hair. The Cavaliero hat, edged by a fine trimming of narrow lace set on ) of purple velvet, with a large flat ostrich feafull; and we have been informed that some of ther in front, or the Pilgrim's hat of carmelite those little coverings for the busts of our brown, with a brilliant ornament in front, in

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