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THE BUTTERFLY'S BALL, A mushroom the table, and on it was spread

A water dock-leaf, which their table-cloth AND TIE

made. GRASSHOPPER'S FEAST. The viands were various, to each of their Said to bave been written by William

taste, Roscoe, esq. M. P. for Liverpool, for the

And the Bee brought the honey to sweeten

the feast. use of bis children, and set to music by order of their Majesties for ber royal bigbness the With steps most majestic the Snail did adprincess Mary.

vance, COME, take up your hats, and away let us

And he promised the gazers a minuet to haste

dance; To the Butterfly's ball and the Grasshopper's But they all laugh'd so loud that he drew ite, feast :

his head, The trumpeter Gad-fly has summon'd the And went in his own little chamber to bed. crew,

Then as ev'ning gave way to the shadows of And the revels are now only waiting for

night, you.

Their watchman, the Glow-worm, came out On the smooth shaven grass by the side of a

with his light: wood,

So home let us hasten, while yet we can see, Beneath a broad oak, which for ages had

For no watchman is waiting for you or fat stood, Sve the children of earth, and the tenants of

air, To an ev'ning's amusement together repair. And there came the Beetle, so blind and so THE HAUNTED COTTAGE.

black, Who carried the Emmet, his friend, on his IN yonder neat cot, at the skirt of the grove back;

Near which a small streamlet doth glide, And there came the Gnat, and the Dragon. Fair Laura resided, a maiden so fair, fly too,

That she was of the village the pride. And all their relations-green, orange, and blue.

Young William, who liv'd at the foot of the

hill, And there came the Moth, with her plumage. Beheld this sweet flower of the vale; of down,

His breast with the fondest emotions was And the Hornet, with jacket of yellow and

fillid, . brown,

And soon he disclos'd his soft tale. Who with him the Wasp, his companion, did bring,

But when the attachment was known to his But they promised that ev'ning to lay by

friends, their sting.

They reşolv'd that the lovers should part; Then the sly little Dormouse peep'd out of And vow'd that the youth should his passion his hole,

forego, And led to the feast his blind cousin, the

And leave the dear girl of his heart.
Mole;

They fondly imagined that absence and time And the Snail, with her horns, peeping out

Would all kind sensations remove; of her shell,

That London's gay scenes would influence Came fatigued with the distance, the length the youth, o an elle

To forget his fond Laura and love.

old age,

Hon vain their conjectures the sequel will

ADDRESS TO prove : In youth's bright meridian bloom,

OPULENCE AND COMPETENCE. Depriv'd of his Laura, the joy of his heart,

(Written February, 1807.). He sicked'd, and sunk to the tonib.

• Take physic, Pomp No sooner the news was to Laura convay'd, When frantic and wild with despair,

Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,

That thou may'st shake the superflux la She piumg'd in the screamlet that glides by the con,

them,

And shew the Heavens more just.' And sought a retrcal from her care.

SHAXSPEARE, So blooms the fair lily that graces the vale, Eclipsing each firiveret around,

YE sons of opulence, while winter reigns

In frigid terror o'er your wide domains; Till broke from its stein by the rude blast's rough wing;

While from the north the gelid breezes In an instant it fills to the ground.

blow,

And covers nature with a nask of snow; Her parents, distracted, beheld the sed scene; O frcely from your purse impart your store,

With Laura their comfort was Aled : And clothe and feed the naked, starving Baw'd down with the weight of distress and

poor! They sunk to the realmıs of the dead.

Behold yon cot, whose miscrable form

Slakes at the pressure of the wintry storm; How lonely and sad does the cottage appear, Whose mossy roof, chink'd walls, and broken Which erst was the seat of delight!

pane, The orchard, the garden, and jas’mine bower, Adnjit the feathery snow and driving rain;

How dreary they look to the sizle! Enter the ruinous abode, and see No villager e'er will inhabit the cot,

In living traits, domestic misery. For 'tis roundly affirm'd, that at night

Crouclid o'er the embers view the squalid Deep murm'rings are heard, and dire sounds

race, load the gale,

Rags on each back, and famine in each face ; And the windows emit a pale light.

While cries for bread assault their mother's

ears, 'Tis likewise reported and credited too, She gives but one expressive answer--tears!

At midnight's dark ghost-walking hour, Lo, at her breast a famish'd nurscling lies, That William and Laura, with arm lockd in The milky fount refuse to grant supplies; arm,

Want has dry'd up the source whence freely Oft walk to their favorite bower.

flow'd The birdnesting stripling-a truant from

The mild oueritious stream. school,

Ye sons of competence, to whom kind heaven Ne'er frequents this dread haunted spot ; With lib'ral hand has needful plenty giv'n, The peasant returning from labour at eve, Pğactise frugality-but spare, to spend ;

Goes a circle, ca saun the drear cot. Think what you give ebe poor to God you Fast by the small fane that o'erlooks the low

lend. vale

Go seek distress, explore the tents of woe, The remains of poor Laura repose : Bid the wan cheek with rosy tints to glow; The maidens subscrib'd, and erected a tomb, Smooth with soft touch Misfortune's rugged And a youth did these verses compose :

road,

Clothe shivering Want, and fill it's mouth EPITAPH.

with food.

At length, transfixt by death, yon heights ase Well may the sculptur'd Cupids on this stone

scend, With bows unstrung and bruken arrows

Where active virtue finds an heav'nly friend. mourn ;

Haverhill.

JOHN WEBB And chisel'd cherubs, as they hover near, Here shed, or seem to shed, the pitying rear: Here the hard heart may learn to sympathise, And soft'ning dew distil froin marble eyes.

SONNET. Pause, youthful passenger, who stroll this

(On viewing a witbered Rose.) way, And wisdom learn from Laura's mould'ring WHILE thus in pensive silence, sacred clay;

How'r, Here see how oft bright beauty's fairesc O'er thy lost sweets with downcast look I flower

gaze, Feels disap inted passion's noxious power. And view, alas! thy charms with wild And may an happier infidence from above

amaze, Preserve thee from th' effects of frantic love. Now wither.d.-once the pride of Flora's

Haverhill, Jan. 20, 1807. J. WEBB.

bow'r,

How does remembrance sad with tears re- For who that has an eye to view, view

And who that has a breast Scenes, bours, and days chat once like thee , To feel the charms that round hinz glex, were fair!

In summer splendour drest,
When pleasure felt no pang and love no O'er all the scene a glance can dart,
care,

And see without a sigh;
And naught but happiness this bosoin knew. Not all the scene can now inart

A charm to glad his drooping heart,
Life then indeed was dear: like thee, sweet

And fix his roving eye. flow'r!

O then 'is sweet to think the hour My Mary smild serene, till o'er her

Of gloom shall pass away,
charms

And dark December's storiny power
Death unrelenting stalk'd' in ez'il hour,'
And snatch'd the lovely image from my That soon the sun his laughing beim

Soon yield to gentle May:
arms.

From azure skies shall shed,
Come, let me kiss thy leaves, as with a tear
I strew their moisten'd cups to deck my And tint with gold the lucid stream,

Soon on the corpid forest gleam,
Mary's bier,

H. C.

And robe the verdant mead.
E'on so it is with them who trace

The monuments of death,
And mourn for man's devoted raca;

Till to the eye of faith,
THE TEAR.

The winter of the grave to cheer,

Look forth the siniling spring,

And, leading heav'n's eternal year, HOW seldom, in this desert vale,

The Sun of Righteousness appear Congenial happiness we find;

With healing on his wing. Seldom, that friendship's steady gale

Re-animates the drooping mind! Some passing breeze, to sorrow dear, Dries but a while the biccer tear! Scarce bud the wishes of the heart,

THE ADIEU.
When, blighted by distrust, they die;

THE hour is almost come
We feel the sum of bliss depart,
And o'er our fairest prospects sigh!

When I must bid adieu
Some passing breeze, to sorrow dear,

To my parental home, Dries but a while the bitter tear!

And part, dear friends, from you,

Whose kinducss, love, and hospitality,
Ah! when, to ills no more a prey,

Has shielded me from man's duplicity.
Shall yet the wearied soul repose ?
Soon, and behold earth's coisome day

Farewell tho:a pleasant hill,
An everlasting sabbath close!

And sw'cetly shady bow'r, Fresh from the tree of life, is near

For contemplation formid;
The breeze that dries the bitter tear!

Where oft at evening hour
I've pensive sat, and view'd the charming

scene,
The church, the cot, the mill, and winding

stream.

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THE CHARMER OF LEADENHALL

II.
STREET..

Fond Mary, the while, in her spirit quite

broken, (A burlesque Valentine).

Disturi'd in her sleep, and perplex'd in her DEAR charmer of Leadenhall-street,

mind, Attend, while I sing of my pains:

No letter from William, no tidings, no token, Thy beauties, alas! are so sweet,

Resolvid, at all hazards, her hero to find. They've puzzled my planet-struck brains. 0! what, in this world, can deter a true Thus plagued, at a loss for a name,

lover? By which thy bright charms I might greet, It is not long journies hy land or by sea : It struck me to call thee, fair dame,

'Tween hope and despair, in a boat without The charmer of Leadenhall-street.

cover,

She cross’d to Port Patrick from Donag. I've known thee, alas! a long while,

hadee! And sometimes have written to thee;

III. But your pride ne'er allows you to smile

The Irish are true to humanity's claims, On a wretch so devoted as me.

And the Scots and the English are never Oh! deign, beauteous maiden, to give

unkind; Me a smile the next time that we meet,

Poor Miry found friends from the Boyné to And then I'll adore while I live

the Thames, The charmer of Leadenhall-street.

As she trudg'd with her babes in a wallet May Venus inspire you with love,

behind! Though with Venus in charms you can vie; Arriv'd at the coast-by her sorrowful tale, May Hymen unite us, my dove,

She soften'd the captain to let her on And in wedlock fast bind you and I;

board; Then our lives will pass on without strife, And never, O! never, did mariner sail Our hearts in fond union will beat;

With a couple like William co Mary ro I shall bless, while I have any life,

stor'd! The charmer of Leadenhall-street.

IV. Valentine's day, 1807.

J. M. L. When he press'd to his bosom his infants and

wife, The sailors gave way to a tear, and no

more;

The soldiers danc'd round to the drum and MARY MARTON.

the fifc,

And plaudits were heard from the people A BALLAD.

on shore : (By Jobr Mayne.)

Then away went the fleet-and, sailing with 1.

glee,

May glory, in battle, be ever at hand; POOR William was landed at bonny Dum

May Britons live happy, united, and free, barton, Where the streams from Lochlomond run

Supreme on the Ocean, unconquer'd by

Land!
into the sea:
At home, in sweet Ireland, he left Mary Saturday, August 23, 1806.

Marton,
With a child at her foot, and a babe on her

A SONNET.
knee.
The regiment march'd off when the passage

(By W. M. Twas over,

WHY do i shun soft pleasure's sportive train? The rout was for England, by land all the Why seek the midnight's solitary glocm? way i

And, heedless, sce depart health's roseate No, never to halt, but, at Ramsgate, or

blooin, Dover,

Dread sign of loath'd disease, sad care or pain? Embark in the vessels that were in the 'Tis not desire of wealu-ibition vain! Bay.

Us philosophic lore, or sickness' doom:
The charms of song' che dusky scene ile

lume,
If any male reader of the Lady's Maga-
zine should find this elegant valentine adapted

And o'er my willing mind their sway main

tain. to his own case, by altering the name ct the

And whilst I, pensive, sweep the trembling street, it may be made to apply to any fair

Jyre lady; as the writer of it merely chose Leaden

Of sad Valclusa's bard, or Flaccus sage, ball-street as containing a sufficient number

The virgin Hope warbles her sweetest strain,

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FOREIGN NEWS.

Constantinople, Dec. 10. · fence which was drawn from KonigsON the 15th of November, a courier berg to the mouth of the Narew is now from the French head-quarters at broken through. The Russian army Posen, brought the grand segnior is estimated at 120,000 men Within the agreeable assurance that the em- these few days from 800 to 1000 casks peror and king Napoleon was deter- of wine have arrived for the u e of the mised to defend with his whole power troops. The Poles, who are stationed the independence and integrity of the on the right wing of the army, have Porte. The French ambassador here, distinguished themselves in several enSebastiani, is treated with the greatest gagements. distinction on every occasion.

Dunzic, Jan._1. Notwithstanding Dec. 12. Notwithstanding the respect the column of French that marched paid to the commandant of the British from Thorn, and which was said to squadron, it does not prevent the French have taken the roure fur Konigsberg, ambassador Sebastiani from receiving have actually proceeded southward to the most polite and cordial attention. Puland, our court has rightly judged Never did the Porte stand more in need the present situation of affairs as too of the assistance of the French than at critical to admit of any longer stay at present. People imagine they observe Konigsberg. It is, therefore, preparThe Divan engaged in new measures ing to transfer the seat of government to of defence, and these measures sceming. Memel. Baron Hardenberg is already ly are extended to the Turkish navy, set out for that place, with the treasury orders having been given to get all the and the archives. Srill his Prussian vessels ready for sailing with all possible majesty seems inclined to make further speed.

efforts for procuring a peace; and we According to letters from Bucharest, learn that baron Krusemark has again the Russian troops are momentarily set out for Petersburgh, in order, as expected in that city; the number of we are informed, to prevail upon the those who have passed the Dniester court of Russia to take the immediate are reckoned at 30,000 men; general interest of Prussia into consideration. Michelson, who commands this corps Konigsberg, Jan. 2. Our gazette conof the army, has under him generais tains the official account of the barele Hulusere and prince Dolgorucky. ber ween the Russians and the French,

Vienna, Dec. 27. 'The fate of mar. on the 26th of December, in the follow. quis Ghisilieri, who, in his cap.city of ing letter from the Russian general commissary general in Albania and Beningsen to the king of Prussia. , Dalmatia, surrendered Carraro to the • I have the happiness most respect.

Russians, is now decided : he is dis. fully to acquaint your majesty, that I missed from the imperial service, and have succeded in repulsing the enemy, sentenced to be confined in a fortress in who yesterday morning attacked me on Transilvania for the remainder of his every point near Puitu k. The main life.

attack was made by general Soucher, Warsaw, Dec. 27. The line of de- at the head of 15,000 men, on my left Vol. XXXVIII.

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