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and cares,

blow;

Strewid you (still mindful of th' un- Increasing pleasures' every hour they shelter'd head)

find, Burdens of straw, the cattle's welcome The warmth more precious, and the bed?

shelter kind; Thine heart should feel, what thou Warmth that long reigning bids the may'st hourly see,

eyelids close, That duty's lasis is humanity.

As through the blood its balmy influOf Pain's unsavoury cup though thou

ence goes, may'st taste

When the cheer'd heart forgets fatigues (The wrath of Winter from the bleak north-east,)

And drowsiness alone dominion bears." Thine utmost suff'rings in the coldest

BLOOMFIELD. day A period terminates, and joys repay. These thoughts filled my mind Perhaps e'en now, while here those

till I had reached the village of joys we boast, Full many a bark rides down the neigh

N-, where memory reminded b'ring coast,

me of the fate of poor Jane SWhere the high northern waves tre- the daughter of a respectable innmendous roar,

keeper there. It may form a les

a Drore down by blasts from Norway's son for the female mind; and alicy shore.

though many men may laugh at The sea-voy there, less fortunate than the story, and ridicule me for in

thou, Feels all thy pains in all the gusts that troducing it, still it must interest

every feminine breast that is not His freezing hands now drench’d, now

callous to the sufferings of its own dry, by turns ;

sex; and I am proud of my counNow lost, now seen, the distant light try in this particular: for, notthat burns,

withstanding all the witty effuOn some tall cliff uprais’d, a flaming sions against the scandal, ill

guide, That throws its friendly radiance o'er the women of this isle, I would

nature, and other ill qualities of the tide. His labours cease not with declining

fain inquire where is the country day,

upon earth, whose females can But toils and pleasures mark his wat'ry boast of so much real modesty, way;

real affection, and true charity, as And whilst in peaceful dreams secure the blooming females of Great we lie,

Britain. Ever may these be their The ruthless whirlwinds rage along the characteristics; ever may their

sky, Round his head whistling ;-and shalt the best that human nature can

breasts glow with these sensations, thou repine,

feel. While this protecting roof still shelters thine?

Jane S, at the age of nine

teen, was às pleasing a female as • Mild as the vernal show'r his the eye would wish to gaze on; words prevail,

she had not, perhaps, all the dazAnd aid the moral precept of his tale ; zling beauty of more polished His wond'ring hearers learn, and ever

dames, but there was a diffidence keep These first ideas of the restless deep;

in her manner, an unassuming And, as the opening mind a circuit benevolence in her countenance, tries,

that was far preferable to it. Present felicities in value rise

About this time a young man

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came to reside in the village as the misery, partly supported by the foreman to a large manufactory; parish, and partly by the poor he possessed a fine person, and a woman's labour. During his aba remarkably insinuating address, sence, this fiend in human shape which made his company much having already found he should sought; and in his pleasurable not be able to obtain any money parties he frequently used the from Jane's father, and dreading a house of Jane's father: this led prosecution now that he knew the him into the company of the un- abode of his deserted wife was dissuspicious fair one, to whom he covered, left poor Jane pregnant soon paid his addresses, and at of her third child, after having length solicited her hand. She, plundered her of every thing he loving him as she did, with all the could, and it is supposed got off fervour of true affection, casily to America, for he has never since promised for herself; but her fa- that time been heard of. ther was not so easily persuaded. Jane's father, on his return, He very properly recollected that found his daughter in a dreadful this young man was a total stran- state of anguish. He instantly ger; who, or what his friends were, took her back to his own home, was totally unknown; it was in- where every thing has been done deed ascertained that he was a to alleviate her sorrows; but the native of a northern county, but wound is too deep ever to be there was altogether such a degree healed : she is like an early flower of mystery about him, that, added blighted by the bitter blast; and to a report which had been circu- the only solace of her anguished lated, of his having already got a moments is to hang over her yowife and family in some distant fortunate infants, down whose unpart of the kingdom, induced him conscious cheeks, often fall her to give a positive denial. Madly tears of agonized sensibility. Her infatuated, poor Jane listened to miserable situation brought to my the persuasive language that fell memory these lines

:: from the villain's tongue, left her

But, ah! on Sorrow's cypress bough father's house, was united to him, and continued to reside in the On Death's cold cheek will passion glow!

Can Beauty breathe her genial bloom! saine place, though unnoticed by

Or music warble from the tomb ?' her father or her friends. The

OGILVIE. motive which evidently had induced her husband to this con- If this plain, matter-of-fact stoduct, was that of her being the ry should be the mean of snatchonly daughter of a man he knew ing but one infatuated female from to possess considerable property, the grasp of duplicity and iniqui. some of which he hoped to obtain. ty, I shall be more than happy; Two years elapsed, and Jane had for, alas! the fair sex are but too brought him two children; when often sacrificed to beings who are positive inteligence reached her totally undeserving of them. father of the residence of the wife A degree of fog began now to and children this miscreant had prevail, and I did not think it deserted; he iminediately jour- advisable to extend my rainble; I neyed to the place, and discovered therefore faced about, and began them in a state of the most abject my return home, where I shortly

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CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE

OF REMARKABLE OCCURRENCES
IN THE YEAR 1807.

FEBRUARY.

3. The battle of Eylau between the French and Russians fought the slaughter was very great on both sides, and both claimed the victory.

&

23. A dreadful accident happened in loway and Haggerty for the murder of the Old Bailey at the execution of Hal Mr. Steele in November 1802, and

Elizabeth Godfrey for stabbing Richard Prince; when, from the prodigious pressure of the crowd, twenty-eight persons lost their lives, and a still greater number were dreadfully bruised and wounded. See page 113.

25-28. The unsuccessful attempt on the Dardanelles and the city of Constantinople made by the squadron under

Sir J. T. Duckworth.

sway,

Dark as December's dull and dreary day!

Those minds alone have Nature's sweets enjoy'd,

Where Pleasure's wild abuses never cloy'd;

Nor too much sorrow overcame their pow'rs,

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To blunt the ecstasy of heav'n-bright major-general Frazer. hours...

MARCH.

6-11. The trial of Sir Home Popham by a court-martial, for quitting his station with the squadron under his command, without orders or authority from his superiors; of which charge he was found guilty, and adjudged to be severely reprimanded.

20. The city of Alexandria in Egypt surrendered to the English troops under

25. The late ministry resigned their offices by his Majesty's cominand; when the duke of Portland was ap pointed first lord of the treasury; lord Hawkesbury, lord Castlereagh, and Mr. Canning, secretaries of state; and (on the 27th) Mr. Percival chancellor of the exchequer.

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27. The parliament prorogned.

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29. The proclamation for the disso- * lution of parliament signed by his Majesty,

JANUARY.

1. Notice sent into the city by lord Howick, the secretary of state, that the treaty of amity, navigation, and commerce between England and the United States, had been signed the day preceding by the commissioners respectively appointed for that purpose by both go

Ternments.

MAY.

2. A duel was fought near Combe Wood between sir Francis Burdett and Mr. Paull, when Mr. Paull was severely wounded in the leg, and sir Francis shot through the upper part of the thigh.

6. The election for the city of Lon

alderman Hankey, the new candidate, 29. Orders issued to detain ail Danish died the evening before the poll. vessels, and send in all ships of that

7. The election for Westminster Ration. commenced.

SEPTEMBER 22. The town of Chudleigh, in De

7. The city of Copenhagen surrenvonshire, destroyed by fire.

dered after a bombardment of three 23. The election for Westminster nights, and the English feet and arny ended, when sir Francis Burdett, and took possession of the fileet and arsenals lord Cochrane were declared duly of Denmark, and of the city of Copenelected.

hagen, 26. The election for Middlesex ended, when Mr. Mellish and Mr. Byng were

12. Intelligence received from lieute

nant-general Whitelocke that an attack returned.

made by the British troops on the town JUNE.

of Buenos Ayres having completely 5. The election for Yorkshire closed, failed, a convention had been entered when Mr. Wilberforce and lord Milton into to evacuate South America within were declared duly elected.

two inonths on condition that all the 14. The decisive battlo of Friedland prisoners should be restored. fought between the French and Rus

18. The powder-mills at Feversham sians, in which the latter lost above blew up, and six men and three horses 30,000 men, and 80 pieces of cannon.

were killed. 22. An armistice concluded between Russia and France.

OCTOBER. 24. The conference between Bona

2. A comet made its appearance. ! parte and the emperor of Russia on a

15. A dreadful accident happened at raft in the middle of the Niemen.

Sadler's Wells in consequence of a false 29. The return of sir Francis Bur- alarm of fire,' when 18 persons lost dett for the city of Westminster cele

their lives. See page 565. brated, on which occasion sir Francis

30. The king of Spain published a rode in a lofty car from his house to the decrec, accusing his son, the prince of Crown and Anchor tavern in the Asturias, of a conspiracy against his Strand.

life. JULY.

NOVEMBER 7. The duchess of Brunswick landed 5. Another decree .blished at Maat Gravesend.

drid, declaring the prince of Asturias 16. The emperor of Russia arrived pardoned, he having confessed his fault, at St. Petersburgh, after having con

and made known the authors of the cluded the peace of Tilsit.

plot. 26. Bonapene arrived at St. Cloud,

DECEMBER having returned from the army in Po- 2. Intelligence received that the emland.

peror of Russia had published a declara. AUGUST.

tion announcing his determination to 3. The first division of the English break off all comminunication with Engfeet employed in the expedition to Co- land, and recall his embassador. penhagen arrived off the castle of Cron- 19. Lord Strangford arrived from berg in the Sound.

Lisbon with intelligence that the court 16, The English troops landed on of Portugal had embarked, and sailed the island of Zealand without oppo- for the Brazils on the 24th of Non sition.

vember.

Vol. XXXVIII.

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POETICAL ESSAYS.

ELEGY

WRITTEN BENEATH A PILE OF RUINS.

[After the Manner of Gray's Elegy.] ..

THE setting sun proclaims departing day,

The bleating flocks returning to their
fold,

And evening twilight comes, whilst
Sol's last
Tinges the ring clouds with bright-

ray,

est gold.

The mild serenity of evening air,

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The mind to silent contemplation leads,

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And all around smiles Nature's bounteous, care,

Whilst beauteous verdure clothes the
lovely meads.

Then how delightful pleasant 'tis to
stray,
Amidst yon Gothic ruin'd stately

pile.

Grav'd on the rugged stones we scatter'd find,

The sacred praise of souls for ever fled.

Yon frowning turrets now with ivy crown'd,

Those gloomy cells with waving moss o'ergrown,

Might once confine a warrior rel

nown'd,

Or echo'd to a penitential's moan.

The vaulted chapel that was once 30 grand,

That echo'd with the pealing organ's sound,

Where once the pious monk, with uplift hand,

Or bent in meek devotion to the

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