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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.
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,
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,
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?
A LADY'S WISH.
Should we contented rest?
Perhaps that wish might fatal prove,
Yet not from discontent arise
The visions I disclose;
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.
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;
Sincerely to display.
Who wish to find a cell
Where they retir'd may dwell.
Sure such disgusts proceed ; Benevolence and charity
To social duties lead. Grant me, kind Heav'n! among the world
A fortune large to spend;
But ev'ry worthy friend.
Would be, some share to grant
In misery and want.
No elegance refuse;
But I would freely use.
chiefly would divide;
Some share would claim beside.
A wish I do not own ?
For friendship's joys aloue?
With truth and virtue join; Then miglit the modest virgin sure
Her heart to love incline.
Should ev'ry voice agree;
From mean diguises free;
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.
Can e'er my hand receive;
Wy hand I'll never give.
Your altars raise, your brows adorn,
With colours bright and gay;
Come jocund ou their way.
Nor rudely shake the air ;
Salute the happy pair ;
Their placid peace annoys;
And glow with conscious joys.
Attractive graces shine;
In Adam's virtuous line.
Where souls by instinct turn!
With honest transport burn.
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,
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
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,