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ly; we should read, says he, “non parts, or the fenfibility of his temnulla, fed multum." The epigram. per. The compositions which he matic turn of the words fixes the was obliged to bring as exercises precept stronger on the mind, and were not lively, elegant or florid; renders it more easy to be retained but then they were feldom deficient in memory.

in orthography or grammar. He The powers of the human mind never disliked the labour of seeking are not strong enough now to acquire the word he was unacquainted with knowledge by intuition : this rapid in his lexicon: and though he did mode of learning truth is reserved not comprehend the full meaning for beings of a superior order. To and spirit of the author he read, he gain a complete knowledge of a could tell the English of every word subject in all its parts, it must be in his leffon, and trace through all frequently reviewed and examined its grammatical variations. in in every light ; a process which re- short he underwent every kind of quires time, labour, and attention ; ; literary labour without weariness or none of which will be in his power, discontent. After all the necessary who hastily passes from science to forms of education, he at length fcience, and with too much volatili- entered into the profession of the ty to admit thought and recollection. law.

It frequently happens that men Velox, one of the cotemporaries of natural parts are excelled by of Patiens, was fond of learning, others whose talents are inferior. and desirous ot excelling in it; bat Nor is this to be attributed to any as he was of a quick apprehenfon, other cause but to that patience of he was capable of construing a labour, which is frequently the con- paffage at one view, which would. comitant of dullness, and which coft Patiens an hour's application. proves an ample compensation for He, therefore, never read his lefwant of vivacity. A man of flow. son over iwice, but diverted his understanding can stop to investi- fancy with light modern publicagate obscurity Step by step, till be tions, several volumes of which he brings light from darkness,-can would frequently devour in a day. combat difficulties seemingly unsur- Great hopes were entertained of so mountable,~can repeat the same lively a genius; he went to the labour without fatigue, and review university, fattered by his friends, the same ideas without fatiety; but and elate with confidence in his own the volatility of genius affects to powers But it soon appeared that pafs over every thing disgustful, and he who submitted to so little labour voluntarily neglects thofe subjects while under authority, entirely re. which it cannot see through at a linquished study, when at his own glance. The fable of the tortoise and disposal. Plato, Aristotle, and Epicthe hare is too obviously applicable tetus, remained untouched on his to the present subje&t to admit-quo- shelves; but the works of Fielding, tation. Could genius check that Richardson, Smollett, together with Precipitation which precludes accu- those of every modern dramatic rate inquiry and perfect views, writer, were constantly on his table. it might surely be capable of en- | If at any time he deigned to cast Jarging the boundaries of human an eye over Coke upon Littleton, knowledge, and of deriving to it. it was with the same levity and felf all the light of which the mind precipitation with which he read a is susceptible.

monthly magazine. When at last Patiens, when at school, was not he was called to the bar, and the remarkable for the brightness of his time was come when he was to make

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his way to eminence by dint of me- consonant, and one fifth of the rit, he found himself as much a god of opportunity. stranger to the laws of England as 4. Three eighths of the rod an inhabitant of Otaheite. Cha. which belongs to the god of elogrined by disappointment, and quence, a vowel, and three sevenths wearied by learning, which he had of a piece of armour. never rationally pursued, he gave 5. Two fifths of to allure, a bed up all hopes of riting in the world, used at sea, an interjection, the reand retired to simall estate in the verse of stay, and a consonant. country, where he lived and died 6. The initial of a musical instru. an honest sportsman. Patiens, in ment invented by Apollo, two sethe mean time, though he did not venths of a poisonous mineral, and reach the top of his profession, yet, two serenths of the god of the sea. from his known integrity, and abi. 7. Two eighths of an old Thralities as a counsellor, was always cian poet, three sevenths of a queen Tupplied with a number of briefs, of Lydia, and the luminary of light, by which he acquired an affluent changing a letter. fortune, and lived universally re

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BRITISH Poets in our Magazine of part of a telescope, and initial of for December.

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2. Half a kind of rasp, half an 1. Thompson.

argument, and initial to snarl as a Shenstone. 4. Addison. Watts.

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3. Half a country, and likewise, Gay. 9. Churchill.

10, Shakfpeare. 11. Milton.

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4. Half of to fence trees with 13. Pope. 14. Pomfret.

15: earth, initial of a student, half the Young. 16. Congreve. 17. Butler. 18, Parnell. 19. Swift.

treasurer of a college, and initial of

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ry fence, and four tenths of a joint 1. Three fourths of a god of the ainbassage. Sabines, two sevenths of an Athe- 7. Three tenths of being fond of nian orator, and the firit and last novelty, half a walled town, initial letters of the first king of Rome. of dressed in a gown, two fixths of a

2. Three fourths of the goddess kind of hound. of corn, and four eighths of one of 8. Half of lazy, two fixths of a Vulcan's chief forgemen.

fish, two fixths of an exchequer, and 3. Two eighths of a king of old age. Troy killed by Hercules, a letter 9. Three sevenths of an Irish not used in the French language, judge, and half a bird of passage. two fixths of a title of Juno, a

W. G, POETI.

PO ETICAL ESSA Y S.

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Inscribe on history's page thy name reverd,

[live ; FOR THE NEW YEAR, 1796. And bid it there with endless blazon

For their own sons' remoteft race
B, HENRY JAMÈS PYE, Esq. In deathless characters shall trace
Poet-Laureat.

How Britain's baffled foes proclaim'd

their hate, I.

And deem'd her monarch's life the

bulwark of the state.
WHERE is immortal virtue's meed,
Ta' unfading wreath of true re-

IV.
nown,
Best recompense by heaven decreed Now frike a livelier chord—This hap-
For all the cares that wait a crown,

py day,
If industry, with anxious zeal,

Selected from the circling year,
Still watchful o'er the public weal ; To celebrate a name to Britain dear,
If equal justice' awful arm,

From Britain's fons demands a festive
Temper'd by merty's seraph charm,

lay. Are ineffectual to assuage

Mild sovereign of our monarch's soul, Remorseless faction's harpy rage? Whose eye's mcek radiance can con. But the fell dæmons, urg'd by hell's

troul beheft, (patriot's breast. The powers of care, and grace a throne Threaten with frantic arm the royal With each calm joy to life domestic

known ; II.

Propitious heav'n has o'er thy head

Blossoms of richer fragrance shed
Yet not, imperial George, at thee

Than all th'affiduous Muse can bring,
Was the rude bolt of malice sped ;

Cull’d from the honied ftores of spring. Eren fiends that crown with reverence

For see, amid wild winter's hours, fee,

[head.

A bud its filken folds display,
When virtue confecrates th' anointed
No; at that bosom's fondeft claim,

Sweeter than all the chalic'à flowers
Thy Britain's peace, their shafts they may that smile's beft infant prove

That crown thy own ambrosial May. aim.

Omens of concord and of love!
Pale envy, while o'er half the world

Bid the loud Itrains of martial triumph
War's bloody banners are unfurld,

cease, Beholds our coasts from ravage free,

And tune to softer mood the warbling Protected by the guardian sea ;

reed of peace.
Where fleets waft triumph to

Thores.
She saw, and, fickening at the right,
Will'd the fair prospect of our hopes

SON G.
to blight;
Sought out the object of our dearest

BRITANNIA's ifle, a rock so firin, care,

The Ocean bounds her shore ;
Found where we moft could feel, and

Her wooden walls a terror are,
tried to wound us there.

Her cannons loudly roar.

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III.

The broken Taft that coward malice

rear'd,
Shall to thy fame eternal lustre give,

Shall Britain's fons be thus constrain'd

To reft alone on shore,
While wooden walls invented were,
The world's waste to explore

With

With wooden walls, such mighty kips, , In vain we frive t'avert the ear :
And Britons to command,

Caught by the magic of thy tongue, With fails they spread, 10 dargers Spite of ourselves condemn’d to hear, dread

We wonder-love--and are undonc. In search for unknown land.

From Albion's cliffs ikey' take their

The MAGDALEN.
fiight,
Like woodcocks in a Grove;
Their pilot sets their courie aright,

WITH modeft gait, and unaffected
air,

[charms, Then truits to Cudalove.

With placid look, and half-neglected That they from fanels and rugged rocks Behold the conscious penitential fair,

Aer tender bosom free from dread in storins have nought fu dread, Their pilot kill doth exercisc,

alarms ! And often casts the Içad.

Serene and happy flow her days along : · And when such rugged rocks they

No secret horror gnaws her quiet

breast ; pass,

(among, Their thip flidés trembling by,

No care intrudes her guiltless joys

No dire alarms difturb her midnight Their pilot tbrows another cast,

rest. And then his. Iead lays by. Then their ship's crew their voyage

Yet once she knew difrefs and bitter grief,

[tion's power, pursue, They're clear from rocks and sands;

Knew venom'd anguish, and destrucAt break of day lome one doth cry,

Was once compellid to beg for kind re

lief, Ah, pilot ! there's the land.

[ing hour.

And black despair once fill'd each pall. The pilot then, the land io hail,

Once too Ne glittered where that pride Yet dangers has to dread :

is found, (ty's prize; Fires a gun, and shortens fail,

Once hore the sway, and carried beauAnd then refum's the lead.

Once thonc diftinguish'd in loose plea.

fure's round, And now the pilot cafts the lead

And fetter'd mankind with her With might into the sea ; With fathoms eight,—with wind so

sparkling eyes. straight, Our port's a- head, we see.

The golden bracelet glitterd on her arm,

Ihone, And as we into port do fail,

The twinkling ruby on her bofom Our marks we'll keep in one :

Art Atrove to heighten cach soft native Our anchors drop, our Nip we ftop,

charm, (loosened zone. And then our voyage is done.

And diamonds sparkled on her

Ah! hear her tale, and from its preAnd now we're safe returu'd to port, We will fresh praises ang

cepts know,

That baneful vice will meet à fate To the god of wars to protect out tars,

severe ;

(virtue flow, Our country, and our king.

That peace and pleasure myft from M. E

And conscious Chamc will bring the

anguito'd tear, On bearing a beautiful Young LADY “ Scarce cighteen summers baften'd Jingirig.

o'er my head,

When care firit ftruck me with its O Cease! in pity cease to sperk,

venom'd dart; Or humanise the ferapia found ! A tender mother mingling with the For mortal organs are too weak

dead,

[ful heart. To bear the soul-diffolving wound. With bitter woe firft filled my youth

“ Another

N

I'd rove,

Another wound too soon my heart |To scenes of noisy mirth I'd eager 'Juftain'd:

rove,

[of pain. A vi&tim soon my father fell to care ; And lose in vile debauch each thought And scarce soine fmall relief from grief obtain'd,

(despair. Among the loosest of the shameless Ere I once more was plung'd in sad

throng,

[advance ;

Oft to the festive board would I “ No friend to point me now the path Would raise my voice to fwell the viof truth,

[ways;

cious song, Or lead my footsteps in fair virtue's Or mix tumultuous in lascivious dance. No one to guide my unexperienced youth,

(maze.“ But foon my day in fashion's reiga Or bid me thun the wiles of folly's

was o'er :

Frederick too soon grew cold, and “ Among the crowd who came their

faithless proved, vows to pay,

Forbad me c'er to enter at his door, And at my feet to breathe their Deaf to my pray’rs and to my fighs amorous flame,

unmoved. A youth I saw, whose manners soft and gay (was his name.

“ By him neglected, was I doom'd to

know Secured my heart,--and Frederick

A sad reverse,m-a lowly abject fate; " To him had fortune op'd her golden With fiend-like thamd'ess wretches

doara'd to go, :
ftore,
(display,

[their itate. To him ambition did her charins

And know the pains attendant on For in the state an office high he bore, And crouds of minions did his voice

“ Mixed with an abject throrg full oft obey.

[head,

While ev'ry forrow hovere! o'er my * To me he came in all the charms | Was doom'd each dreadful ftate of of youth, [return;

grief to prove: [-bread. Told me his love, and asked a kind And gain, by wretched proftitution, Called flattry's aid, and vows of lasting tepih,

[did burn. “ But worn at length with wretched. Till in my artless breat love's filame

ness and grief, (door to door,

Compell’s for bread to beg from " I thought that true were all his vow's Till scarce my falt'ring voice could ask of love ; (cred bands

relief,

[implore ; I thought he meant in Hymen's fa. Till scarce I'd strength for pity to The food delights of virtuous love to prove,

[hands.

“ Heay'n faw my woes, and bid my And at his altar join our willing

forrows end, {idg heart';

And from its mercy cheered my break" But soon deceived-muft I the sequel Reliev'd my wants, and rais*d me up a tell ? [shame ;

friend,

[my Imart. Alas! with tears and lighs I own my To soothe my forrows, and to eafe For foon love's victim, I from virtue fell,

(name. “ A grave divine beheld my abject Too foon I gained a harlot's hateful

ftate,

(his eye,

And, while compassion glisten'd in " Yet oft would virtue, with corroding Snatch'd me, just linking, from my, fmart, (to view;

mournful fate, [supply. Bring former peaceful days once more

And with his bounty did my wants Full oft would conscience rankle in my heart,

[renew. 6. He footh'd' my sorrows with a And virtuous scenes of former life

father's voice ;

He heaľd the rankling of affliction's " To drown reledlion then I eager He bid my foul in rapturous Strains restrove, (holds her reign ;

joice,

(God. And fought the scenes where pleasure And penitential brought me back to

• Nay

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