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And have three thousand years maturd | Can thy strong call relieve the burden'd thy age ?

cloud, Saw'st thou the store - house of the And bid descending rains swell ev'ry treasur'd snow,

flood ? Whence the hoar drops in feather'd By whom are souls to gen'rous arts rewhiteness flow.

fin'd? Who rais'd the magazine of blasting Who moulds the heart and cultivates storms?

the mind ? Pronounce, what mould the driving Who frames the wond'rous brain, the hail-stones forms ?

secret cell Renew'd in light, whence the grey Where thought first dawns, and crude morning springs.

ideas dwell; Born in a cloud on Eurus' balmy wings. Where rip’ning judgment glimmers How is the swelling tide alternate toss'd thro' the dark, Back on itself in its own fullness lost? And slow calls forth each intellectual How from the bosom ofthe heaving main spark? Are the press'd waters disembogu'd The senses there thro' dark meanders again?

rove, Answer, whence momentary meteors Thro' ev'ry tender tube and fibrous rise,

grove, Dart thro’the air,or trail along the skies, Each a long train of images affords, Whence clouds, with sulphur charg'd, Reason receives, and memory records, opposing break,

Who stops the turgid bottles of the sky, And the shock'd heav'n 's their rage in Bids storms disperse and low'ring vathunder speak,

pours fly. Whence the wing'd Aame derives its Who paints the show'ry bow, the gold. dreadful birth,

en stream, Tremendous messenger of heav'n to The sun born beauties, and the vivid earth!

gleam. Why o'er the silent waste the welkin Again, o man ! what species, say, bends;

what tribe, Why kindly rain on devious wilds de. Wond'ring to thee their sustenance as. scends ;

cribe ? Say, hath the rain a sire ? Or tell me who Whether the feather'd race and scaly In siibtile mists distils the copious dew;

brood, Why chrystal floods in nitrous chains Or savage beasts that haunt the lonely are bound,

wood; And slow relenting frost congeals the Can thy all piercing eye the range surground.

vey, How rolling waves to stedfast moun. Where growling lions seek their des.

tind prey? While sunk beneath the pining waters Dost thou with daily care provide their flow;

food, Speak, can’st thou loose Orion, mighty or feed the raven's young voracious name!

brood ? Or stop on high each orb of circling From ev'ry nest their clam'rous hunger flame ?

crics. Canst thou arrest the northern stars Heav'n hears the call, and heav'n their that roll,

wants supplies. In paler fires around the gelid pole ? O’er earth, air, sea, ard skies Fehovak By me the Pleiads their sweet course reigns, advance,

And he who form'd the world, the And Marzaroth leads on the radiant world sustains.

dance. I mark the circuit each bright planet runs,

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these remarks without personal cxperience ; and though it would be affectation in him to declare that he is regardless of public favor, yet

it is truth 10 assert that he can only THE WANDERER, obtain it by first gaining his own. No. L.

He is not unfrequently amused however by attending to the re

marks which his weekly labor of The difficulty of giving general leisure occasions. Sometimes insatisfaction to the variety of taste, deed he will not deny that his best genius, sentiment and dispositions exertions are received with indifof a large community, is sensibly ference, and the periods he had atexperienced by every individual tempted to polish for a long life are who has occasion to solicit public carried in a week to their irretriev. favor.

able bourne. Sometimes hovever From the writer of a period the vanity of an author is gratified ical paper for instance, one class by seeing them figuring in the colexpects case, elegance and dignity, umns of a distant Gazette, or spoacute penetration and discrimi- ken of in the circles of fashionable nating remark ; another regards literature. These however serve to nothing but the playfulness of wit, convince him that the old man and turns over the researches of labor his Ass is a very pointed fable, and with a sneer, and laments the dull- that the Emerald and the Wanderness of an author who does not al- er would be equally unfortunate upways amuse with entertaining sto- on the application of similar rules. ries and ingenious humor. An hun- It appears however to be an opindred other peculiarities will be found ion generally adopted, that periodiamong as many individuals, and an cal publications are of summer Essay like the picture of the Artist, growth ; that for a little time perwill be carped at by so many critics, haps they may luxuriate in a jich that every sentence will alternately soil, open their beautiful flowers, be the subject of unqualified appro- and scatter delightful fragrance ; bation or extravagant censure.-- from them may be gathered an orTo gain unanimity of praise from namental bouquet that may do well this contrariety of taste, is a vain enough to dandle in the hand, but expectation, but the way to unite that they cannot stand against the most voices in your favor, is to cold of winter or furnish a chaplet of adopt the culinary precept and con- evergreen : that forced by artificial sule no body's taste but your own. heat, they bloom without strength, THE WANDERER does not make and are liable to droop and expire



in the common temperature of the without root withering in the sunclimate. That some ground has shine, or changing by some antibeen given for such reflections is chysaline process from the transient not denied, and it ought also to be splendor of butterfly beauty, to the acknowledged that there are many tiresome insipidity of vermiculous instances in which they are errone- life. The same exertions will not ous. The plants of the green house always be equally successful, and however are always among the lux- circumstances sometimes may conuries if not the necessaries of life, spire to prevent the full exercise of and it is possible to keep alive that the same talents; yet these accidentcheerful fire, which can protect al aberrations should conclude noththem from every inclemency. ing against the reputation of a per.

The sentiment or belief that a formance in which variety is a conperiodical performance will degen- stituent excellence, and which makes erate, like most astrological pro- no pretensions to other honors than phecies, is the very cause of the can be derived from occasionally fact. Encouragement and applause mixing cum utile dulci. are oftentimes necessary for the A difficulty however equally great spirited continuance of any long and much more dishonorable to the and arduous labor, and the rewards community, is thrown in the way by which genius receives, supply it the contempt and disregard which with materials for nobler enter prize. attends native productions. Thai • Where nature has bestowed great any thing pretending to claim alli“ powers the love of fame burns ance with literature should be of “ with a proportionate ardor, and American growth, is sufficient for “ the exertions of men of genius suspicion and generally for censun. " are called forth and rewarded by To this folly and want of pride, we “ the admiration which they natu- lave formerly taken occasion to “ rally excite. This remark, in- advert. But allow as facts what tended originally for one of the no- the Wanderer will very readily adblest prelates of the English Church, mit, that the subjecs of polite literais applicable also to the more hum- ture are mostly exhausted, that esble and limited designs of a periodi- say-writing in particular has been

Though it boasts not pursued till there is no longer notgreat powers," it most common-elty; that the genius of Addison ly has the expectations that are con- has anticipated every grace of style, nected with industry, and though not and the powers of Johnson every entitled to a rank among the splen- subject of invention ; and that the dors of genius, it has some claim objection is true against present from the assiduity of labor. However writers which was advanced against indifferent may be the execution of the elegant Mackenzie and his able any individual, yet the abstract po- associates in the Mirror and the sition will be universally acknow-Lounger, that “ their dreams have ledged, that a periodical paper, de-“ been dreamed, told and interpretvoled to subjects of elegant and" ed before ; their visions have been entertaining literature, is beneficial “ seen by former seers, their letters to a community ; the most cruel “ from seigned characters are mereand insidious streke therefore which ly echoes, their allegorical ironies can be aimed at a publication of this“ scarce ever present humor, other kind, is to represent it as falling off wise than in old clothes which she from original worth, as a plantl« had before worn threadbare."

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Yet there are other titles to merit y all the villany of great vices and all
than originality. That which is the meaness of little ones. Without
recent has a chance for attention, discovering one ray of intellect, or a
which those that are older and bet- sentiment of courage, he makes
ter have lost ; and the British clas- more lasting difficulties in society
sics with their undisputed claim to than it is in the power of human in-
pre-eminence in every valuable genuity to redress.
psint, would oftentimes be neg. That the pleasure of talking should
lected, when the inferior produc- be any compensation to a man for
tions of modern ingenuity would hazarding the domestic peace of a
successfully lead to a similar im- family or the public reputation of a
provement: Because we cannot out- magistrate, shows a pitiable defici-
do whatever has been done, no rea- ency of understanding or a miser-
son exists that we should not make able perversion of heart. With
tae attempt to follow at an humble some things it may lawful to sport.
distance ; for successive trials lead We may justify a little harmless
to perfection, and the man who amusement, even with the feelings
would check the attempt, or in de- of our friends. Confidence may
ciding on its exccution, consider sometimes allow us to ridicule their
the source from whence it came, fears, or laugh at his hopes. We
could not be considered very friend- may be gratified with suspense, or
ly to the literature of his country.

amused at the vain alarms of imagi-
E. nary evils. This however is delicate

ground that a prudent man would

not choose to tread, but farther than For the Emerald.

this no one has a right to go. It THE TALE-BEARER.

can never be perinitted to interrupt

the friendship of individuals by When a man's tongue runs fast- representing in serious language er than his judgment it can rarely the thoughtless expressions of levibe said of him that he is merely im- ty, or the unguarded declarations of pertinent. From talking without momentary anger. necessity, he soon talks without rea- The tale-bearer is generally the son, and to supply subjects for gar- reporter of private conversation, but rulity takes the liberty of sporting is destitute of that correctness or with the character, feelings and re-judgment which is necessary to give putation of his friends. To inves- the same impression to his hearer tigate characters for the purpose of that the speaker intended. He seldisplaying them, to acquire secrets dom discriminates between seriousfor the pleasure of revealing them, ness or humor, between' the good soon forms a prominent part of his natured freedom of friendship or engagements; and the BABDLER the ill designed declarations of enwhose incessant volubility frequent- mity. In officious haste he gives ly gave occasion to the laugh of a remark without noticing the merriment, changes to the odious circumstances which palliate, or the and detestable TALE-BEARER whose the occasion that might justify. It thoughtless mischiefs and ruinious is impertinence of this kind which remarks uniformly subject him to creates coolness among acquaint

ance and difficulties among friends, The tale-bearer is the most odi- and the tale-bearer has frequently ous character in society. He has to reproach himself with alienating

the smile of contempt.



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the affections of those who had hith- My opinion of the pocm; as a erto maintained an inseparable un- publication, is, I believe, by this time ion. A being so mischievous is a known. I now therefore proceed nuisance in society ; his presence to give my reasons for this opinion. imposes a check on conversation Joy thrills: the lute, and rapture tunes and almost on the countenance, for the strings.–1.20 one is afraid to indulge any freedom Rapture is the excess of joy or of manners when the illiberality of sorrow, and I think, very incapable the tale-bearer may affix to it his of tuning any strings whatever. own meaning and speak of it with Rapture is consequent, in this case, what severity he pleases.

on joy, and therefore the lute is not EMILIUS.

tuned, till joy has finished playing.
Joy makes poor music, I fancy !
Whence is the stified sigh of discontent
The faded cheek, the brow with wrin-

kles bent?

His ear no sound, his eye no visions. EXPERIENCE; Or " Folly as it flies.” A poem, deliv- Cold is his bosom to the touch of love.

ered before the Phi Beta Kappa so. Within the rosy wreath that twines his ciety, at their anniversary, August

head, 28, 1806, By Benjamin Whitwell.

The wizard Care tormenting thorns hias

spread ; Á REVIEW

The scene around with gloomy vapor

chills, In the criticism of ephemeral When cheerful sunshine warms the disproductions, very little ability is for

tant hills. 1.21. the most part requisite; I therefore This is a very good delineation enter on this review, with the ex-of an old misanthrope, though I pectation of detecting the faults of suppose it was not so intended. But the performance before me, and of when we are told, in the ensuing placing its merits in their most ad- lines, that care vantageous light.

Persuades the wretch the soft and silk. It is presumed, that nothing, less

en band than the most urgent solicitation of Of love parental rudely chafes his hand ; his friends, would have induced Mr. We are hurried from this antiquat. Whitwell to violate his better judg-ed picture, to that of a youth, imment, in sending this poem to the patient of parental authority ; and press; for although some passages the transition is so unexpected, that, may be found, which would not be notwithstanding it should be supderogatory from a superior compo-posed professional study would have sition, yet, together with their pau-taught Mr. Whitwell the true discity, they derive no small advantage tinction between age and nonage. we from being contrasted with other cannot help convicting him of an parts of the performance.-- The plan anachronism in human life.of the poem, as appears from its Like an old oak successive centuries long argument, is somewhat in- crown'd, genious; but unfortunately, it is too The bark decay'd, the root and heart often easier to conceive than to ef

are sound. --1.39. fect: perseverance and ability are This must be a favorite figure of not always the concomitants of our the author, I therefore pass it over fond intentions.

-The word “crowned,” however,


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