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POETICAL ESSAYS.

TO THE PRIMROSE.

By John MAYNB. BY murm'ring Nith, my native stream, I've hail'd thee with the morning's beam; Woo'd thee among the Falls of Clyde, On Levin's banks, on Kelvin-side; And now, on Hanwell's flow'ry plain, I welcome thy return againAt Hanwell! where romantic views, And sylvan scenes, invite the Muse; And where, lest erring man should stray, Truth's blameless Teacher leads the way! Lorn tenant of the peaceful glade, Emblem of Virtue in the shade, Rearing thy head to brave the storm That would thine innocence deform! Of all the flow'rs that greet the Spring, Of all the flow'rs the Seasons bring, To me, while doom'd to linger here, The lowly Primrose shall be dear! Sprung like a Primrose in the wild, Short, like the Primrose, MARION smil'd; The Spring that gave her blossoms birth, Tore them for ever from the earth; Nor left, ah me! one bud behind, To tranquillide a Parent's mind, Save that sweet bud which strews the way, Blest Hope! to an eternal May! Lorn tenant of the peaceful glade, Emblem of Virtue in the shade, Rearing thy head to brave the storm That would thinc innocence deform! Of all the flow'rs that greet the Spring, Of all the flow'rs the Seasons bring, To me, while doom'd to linger here, The lowly Primrose shail be dear!

I'd sing thee many a merry tale,

Or paint thy charms in amorous measure; I'd swear the swittly varying gale

Ne'er, varying, blew on such a treasure. With fifty more such flights as these,

Such as the dreaming bard composes, Who but in fancy's wand'rings sees

The coral lip, the cheek of roses : Or in my song to nature true,

I'd paint the bliss I oft have known, When, whilst each moment swifter tiew,

Beneath yon hill with thee alone, I've clasp'd thee to my glowing breast,

And sworn I lov'd thee o'er and o'er; And as to mine thy bosom prest,

I still have lov'd thee inore and more : "Till feeling I could never tell

Thee how I lov'd, or paint my bliss, I've press'd thy lips' bewitching swell,

And drown'd the accents in thy kiss. Whilst every kiss still made me feel

That I did love thee more sincerely, Then from my heart a sigh would steal,

And I would say. I love you dearly!' 'Twas all my rapture, let me say,

But, Fanny! 'twas sincerely true; And I was bless'd to hear thee say,

Blushing, ' My William, I love you!" Thus many a happy night I've passa,

And thought it fcd but as a minute, And I would ever think the last

Had most of heav'nly rapture in it. This be my theme! no more I'll sigh,

No more Illl strike the Lyre of Woe; From hence be mine the Harp of Jey,

And sweetly may its numbers flow.

me.

And tho'o'er the lone church-yard the black Who lent his cane for me to ride, cloud hung scowling,

And fix'd my little legs astride, I sat on a grave-stone with chee on my And smiled to see the horseman's pride? knee.

My Father: And I felt too a bliss tho' the scene was so And when the cane had run its course, dreary,

And I grew cir'd of that resource, A rapture which none could inspire, love, Who bought this painted rocking-horse? but thee;

My Fathet. 'Twas the press of thy lips made me fancy it cheary,

By

converse wise and manners kind, When sat on a grave-stone with thee on my With knowledge of the useful kind?

Who help'd to store my opening mind knee,

My Father And when the fierce tempest's shrill whis- Who was it that with anxious care, tlings grew louder,

Forewarn'd me of each dangerous snare, And thy bosom began to be fill’d with Taught how to seek for aid and where?

alarms; Than the gem-cover’d monarch thy William

My Father. was prouder,

Shall I not then, from day to day, To see thee forget all thy fears in his arms. Serive that my future conduct may Thus, F, thro'life will I ever protect thee,

Thy love and tenderness repay, Thro' each varying scene I still constant

My Father. will be:

Yes! I intend, while still a boy, Should sorrow assail thee, or friendship ne. My hours of study so t'employ glect thee,

As to be call’d thy darling joy,
Thou still shalt be welcom'd, my F, by

My Father.
And when I shall become a man,
I'll still pursue the grateful plan
In every instance where I can,

My Father.
MY FATHER.

And as thy peaceful end draws near, WHO in my helpless infancy

Be it my care thy hours to cheer Assisted oft to wait on me,

As long as thou continuest here, To ease my mother's arm and knee?

My Father. My Father. When Death his pointless arrow tries, When at my Mother's breast I lay,

And summons thee from earth to rise, Who would attempt in sportive play,

My hand shall close thy long-loved eyes, To make me turn my head away?

My Father! My Father. Sheffield, 1907. Who would not let the servant share With Mother her nocturnal care, But chose himself that cross to bear?

To the EDITOR of the Lady's MAGAZINE, My Father

Sir, And when at night I left the breast,

THE twofollowing PocmsThave every reaWho took me on his arm to rest,

son to believe are original, but I cannot pledge And to his manly bosom prest ?

myself that they are so. They fell into my My Father. hands by mere chance, in the remains of some

letters from one female co another, which Who, if the Rushlight ceased to glow,

from the appearance of the paper, writing, Would softly down the staircase go

&c. must have been written nearly fifty years. To fetch another from below?

At all'events, I trust you will join with me in

My Father. thinking they are deserving of a public perusal, Who, when for pain I could not rest,

and a place in your esteemed Mag.zine. His tender sympathy exprest,

I am, Sir, yours, &c.

J.M.L. And cried each posture for the best?

My Father.

A LADY'S WISH.
Who join'd in all my childish plays, COULD we our present wish obtain,
And in the pleasant suromer days

Should we contented rest?
Who drew me in my little chaise ?

Perhaps that wish might fatal prove,
My Father. Lamented, if possesgrad.

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Yet not from discontent arise

The visions I disclose;
My heart, for blessings I enjoy,

With gratitude o'erflows. Too well I know such wishes vain

Would ne'er be satisfied; One wish another would succeed,

If these were gratified. Ambitious paths I must forsake,

Bid vanity adicu; Then may content, by virtue loe,

My wand'ring steps pursue.

DELIA.

HYMEN, thy torch so sacred light; Venus, look on with features bright;

Ye smiling loves, advance; Prepare the way, your banners spread, Around ambrosial odours shed,

And chaste desires enhance.

Yet now my wand'ring fancy leads,

For once I'll give it way;
Nor fear the dictates of my heart

Sincerely to display.
Unlike some cynic bards I own,

Who wish to find a cell
Within some lonely thicket's gloom,

Where they retir'd may dwell.
Not from humility, but pride,

Sure such disgusts proceed ; Benevolence and charity

To social duties lead. Grant me, kind Heav'n! among the world

A fortune large to spend;
Not for myself alone the wealth,

But ev'ry worthy friend.
Yet still of wealth the sweetest joy

Would be, some share to grant
To ev'ry honest heart that sign'd,

In misery and want.
Yet no conveniency I'd spare,

No elegance refuse;
No pleasure innocence allows

But I would freely use.
My hours amongst my chosen friends

chiefly would divide;
Whilst writing, reading, and the muse,

Some share would claim beside.
Is there, beyond these mild delights,

A wish I do not own ?
And is the heart by Heav'n design'd

For friendship's joys aloue?
Should love sincere, and friendship strong, .

With truth and virtue join; Then miglit the modest virgin sure

Her heart to love incline.
And in the praise of him I lov'd

Should ev'ry voice agree;
His mind be genorous, just and good,

From mean diguises free;
Police his manners, taste refind,

Well learn’d in ev'ry art; In ev'ry science that exalts,

Instructs, or charms the heart. From vices free, but not from faults,

I'd have the man I choose : Myself unnumber'd failings feel,

Unnumber'd can excuse.
Yet not a lover 'oss endow'd,

Can e'er my hand receive;
And sure without my heart's consent

Wy hand I'll never give.

Your altars raise, your brows adorn,
Grand as the blooming, blushing morn,

With colours bright and gay;
For Delia, and her fav’rite youth,
Led on by liberty and truth,

Come jocund ou their way.
Ye wanton winds, in breezes play,
Ye sturdy poplars, homage pay,

Nor rudely shake the air ;
Soft as Favonia in the vale,
Or mild as Cassia's spicy gale,

Salute the happy pair ;
Whose minds no sordid sins reprove,
No guilty thirst of lawless love

Their placid peace annoys;
Each heart approves the public voice,
Consenting parents crown their choice,

And glow with conscious joys.
Hail, wedlock! ever honour'd rite,
Resistiess charms in thee unite,

Attractive graces shine;
In Eden's flow'ry vale assignd
To bless and to enrich mankind,

In Adam's virtuous line.
How soft the chain, the bond how sweet,
Where merit, virtue, wisdom meet,

Where souls by instinct turn!
Like the chaste doves each other know,
With sympathetic ardour glow,

With honest transport burn.
Speak ye who feel its sacred force,
Who know its deen mysterious source

FOREIGN NEWS,

Constantinople, Feb. 14. ing of the passage of the Dardanelles. ON the 24th of January, an English The works are strengthened, and float. brig arrived in the Straits of the Darda- ing batteries construcied, while the ships nelles, when the commandant of the of war under the captain Pacha are castles informed its captain, that under augmented every day. Batteries are the present circumstances he could not also erecting at the extremities of the permit hím to pass, without sending for Seraglio, upon the Seven Towers, Leinstructions how to act. The captain ander's Tower, and as far as Scutari. of the English brig, unwilling to wait, Twenty thousand men are already as immediately sailed on, and continued sembled at Gallipoli, to oppose the land.' his course till his masts were shot away, ing of the English. It was generally thought that this cap On the sevenih, several of the di. tain was the bearer of dispatches to Mr. plomatic corps received letters from Mr. Arbuthnot, according to which the Arbuthnor, dated on board the admiral's Porte would have to choose, between re- ship, Canopus, off Tenedos, in which newing its alliance with England and he declared, that his only object in Russia, or an immediate attack upon leaving Cons:antinople was to obtain Constantinople.

a position where he could carry on his Mr. Arbuthnot has written to the negociation with safety. This negoEnglish factory, advising them to take ciation continues through the medium measures for their safety. Till the 29th of the captain Pacha. ult. it was uncertain what part the Porte A circular note has appeared to-day, would cake, when the English ambas- which affords little hope of his prosador formally demanded his passports posals being accepted by the Ottoman in writing, with leave to dispatch a Porte; and we have just learned that courier. In the mean while, a French the English minister has received his. courier brought advices of the defeat of ultimatum, to the following import :the Russians in Poland, which the Thc Porte does nor think it consistent Porte immediately communicated to the to enter into negociations with an am, English ambassador.

• bassador who has deserted his post, On the thirtieth, Mr. Arbuthnot and has, consequently, determined to and his countrymen went on board the transmit the explanations demanded Endymion frigate. He has since ar- immediately to London.' rived at Tenedos, where he joined the

The English ambasador,

Feb, !9.

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general Sidmoratz has effected a junc. his attack on Seburg, in order to force tion with general Bennigsen's army. the enemy to give up the horses he had He brought with him about 1400 Prus- collected. sian and some Russian prisoners, as General Ploss's advanced costs fell well as 2 or 300 French by whom they in with more of the enemy's troops in were guarded. Bonaparte's rerrcat has the neighbourhood of Braunsberg; in all the precipitation of a fight, and it several actions' with them he made a is alone owing to the speed of the Cos. number of Bernadotte's corps prisack horses that so many prisoners are soners. daily made. Within these three days According to some accounts, the 750 prisoners, several officers, and a neighbourhood of Dantzic is entirely quantity of waggons and forage have cleared. Near Dirschau, there has been brought in. At the sight of the been a smart action between some of Russians, detachments of French, ex the insuryents and the garrison of hausted by fatigue and famine, throw Dantzic, in which the latter were totally down their arms. The Russian ad. defeated. vanced guard is already at Ljebstadt. Since Sunday, 3000 French cavalry The main army is advancing towards have entered Eibing, and yesterday the Vistula, and in a short time it 2000 infantry were expected. will be seen on the other side of that

Feb. 26.

On the 24th, the head river.

quarters of general Bennigsen were Feb. 23. The skirmishes which pre again removed from this city. On the ceded the retreat of the French arıny, first day they were transferred to and the frequent flags of truce seat in Creusburg, and yesterday they were at by them, gave sufficient indications of Zinten; they were following the same their design. In all these ski mishes tract with the army which is in pursuit the bravery of our troops deserves, no

of the enemy tice, and only tended io establish the Vienna, Feb. 27. General St. Vin. superiority of our light troops over cent is sull at the head-quarters of the those of the enemy. We gained con Emperor Napoleon. Couriers from siderable advantages on the 14th at him arrive daily, which occision long Borchersdorff, and on the 15th, at conferences, at which the emperor and Mansfeld ; and on the 16th also, when the archduke Charles assist; but no the enemy sustained considerable loss, movement is yet observed among the we obrained great advantages. troops, or the least preparation for

Feb. 25. The pursuit of the enemy affords brilliant opportunities for our Hobrnstrin, Feb. 28. The following troops almost every day.

is the situation of the grand army, ac. On the twenty-first, the Herman cording to the last accounts : – The Platow entered Lichstadt with the ad prince of Ponte Corvo occupies Braunsvanced guard, where he took a large berg, Elbing, Frauenberg, Holland, and quantity of baggage from the enemy, the whole coast up to the mouth of the made several prisoners, and set 200 Passarge, which river covers the van Russians at liberty.

of his army; mar: hal Soult occupies On the same day, general Lestocq Liebstadt, Mohrungen, and Liebmuhl; attacked Hcilsburg with two battalions and marshal Ney, Gulistadt, Heilsberg,

war.

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