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ly; we should read, fays he, "non multa, fed multum." The epigram. matic turn of the words fixes the precept stronger on the mind, and renders it more cafy to be retained in memory.

The powers of the human mind are not ftrong enough now to acquire knowledge by intuition: this rapid mode of learning truth is referved for beings of a fuperior order. To gain a complete knowledge of a fubject in all its parts, it must be frequently reviewed and examined in every light; a procefs which requires time, labour, and attention; none of which will be in his power, who haftily paffes from fcience to fcience, and with too much volatility to admit thought and recollection. It frequently happens that men of natural parts are excelled by others whofe talents are inferior. Nor is this to be attributed to any other caufe but to fhat patience of labour, which is frequently the concomitant of dullness, and which proves an ample compenfation for want of vivacity. A man of flow understanding can ftop to inveftigate obfcurity ftep by step, till he brings light from darkness, can combat difficulties feemingly unfurmountable, can repeat the fame labour without fatigue, and review the fame ideas without fatiety; but the volatility of genius affects to pafs over every thing difguftful, and voluntarily neglects thofe fubjects which it cannot fee through at a glance. The fable of the tortoife and the hare is too obviously applicable to the prefent fubject to admit quotation. Could genius check that precipitation which precludes accurate inquiry and perfect views, it might furely be capable of enlarging the boundaries of human knowledge, and of deriving to itfelf all the light of which the mind is fufceptible.

Patiens, when at fchool, was not remarkable for the brightness of his

parts, or the fenfibility of his temper. The compofitions which he was obliged to bring as exercises were not lively, elegant or florid; but then they were feldom deficient in orthography or grammar. He never difliked the labour of feeking the word he was unacquainted with in his lexicon: and though he did not comprehend the full meaning and fpirit of the author he read, he could tell the English of every word in his leffon, and trace through all its grammatical variations. in fhort he underwent every kind of literary labour without weariness or difcontent. After all the neceffary forms of education, he at length entered into the profeffion of the law.

Velox, one of the cotemporaries of Patiens, was fond of learning, and defirous of excelling in it; but as he was of a quick apprehenfion, he was capable of conftruing a paffage at one view, which would. coft Patiens an hour's application. He, therefore, never read his lef fon over twice, but diverted his fancy with light modern publications, feveral volumes of which he would frequently devour in a day. Great hopes were entertained of fo lively a genius; he went to the univerfity, flattered by his friends, and elate with confidence in his own powers. But it foon appeared that he who fubmitted to fo little labour while under authority, entirely relinquifhed ftudy, when at his own difpofal. Plato, Ariftotle, and Epictetus, remained untouched on his fhelves; but the works of Fielding, Richardfon, Smollett, together with thofe of every modern dramatic writer, were conftantly on his table. If at any time he deigned to caft an eye over Coke upon Littleton, it was with the fame levity and precipitation with which he read a monthly magazine. When at laft he was called to the bar, and the time was come when he was to make F 2 his

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his way to eminence by dint of merit, he found himself as much a ftranger to the laws of England as an inhabitant of Otaheite. Chagrined by difappointment, and wearied by learning, which he had never rationally purfued, he gave up all hopes of rifing in the world, and retired to a small eftate in the country, where he lived and died an honeft sportsman. Patiens, in the mean time, though he did not reach the top of his profeffion, yet, from his known integrity, and abilities as a counfellor, was always fupplied with a number of briefs, by which he acquired an affluent fortune, and lived univerfally respected, as a man of untainted honour, ftrong fenfe, and profound learning.

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POETICAL ESSAYS.

ODE

FOR THE NEW YEAR, 1796. By HENRY JAMÈS PYE, Esq.

Poet-Laureat.

I.

WHERE is immortal virtue's meed, Th' unfading wreath of true renown,

Beft 'recompenfe by heaven decreed
For all the cares that wait a crown,
If induftry, with anxious zeal,
Still watchful o'er the public weal;
If equal juftice' awful arm,
Temper'd by merty's feraph charm,
Are ineffectual to affuage
Remorfelefs faction's harpy rage?
But the fell dæmons, urg'd by hell's
beheft, [patriot's breast.
Threaten with frantic arm the royal

II.

Yet not, imperial George, at thee
Was the rude bolt of malice sped;
Even fiends that crown with reverence
[head.
When virtue confecrates th' anointed
No; at that bofom's fondeft claim,

fee,

Thy Britain's peace, their fhafts they aim.

Pale envy, while o'er half the world
War's bloody banners are unfurl'd,
Beholds our coafts from ravage free,
Protected by the guardian fea;
Where fleets waft triumph to
fhores. ▸

our

She faw, and, fickening at the fight, Wih'd the fair profpect of our hopes to blight;

Sought out the object of our deareft

care, Found where we moft could feel, and tried to wound us there.

III.

The broken fhaft that coward malice rear'd,

Shall to thy fame eternal luftre give,

Infcribe on hiftory's page thy name rever'd, [live; And bid it there with endless blazon For their own fons' remoteft race In deathlefs characters fhall trace How Britain's baffled foes proclaim'd their hate,

And deem'd her monarch's life the bulwark of the ftate.

IV.

Now strike a livelier chord-This hap- · py day,

Selected from the circling year, To celebrate a name to Britain dear, From Britain's fons demands a feftive lay.

Mild fovereign of our monarch's foul, Whofe eye's meek radiance can controul

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The powers of care, and grace a throne
With each calm joy to life domeftic
known;
Propitious heav'n has o'er thy head
Bloffoms of richer fragrance shed
Than all th'affiduous Mufe can bring,
Cull'd from the honied ftores of fpring.
For fee, amid wild winter's hours,
A bud its filken folds difplay,
Sweeter than all the chalic'd flowers

That crown thy own ambrofial May. O may that fmile's beft infant prove Omens of concord and of love! Bid the loud ftrains of martial triumph cease,

And tune to fofter mood the warbling reed of peace.

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