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1815.] Original Poetry.
135 A deadly opiate of resistless sway,
The public road runs by its thorny fence: Both slept-one groan'd in sleep her life He might unseen with case be shot from away.
thence. Coolly the villains threw off their disguise, 'Twas here they lurk'd unt:l the noon of Decamp'd ere morning with their blood night; stain'd prize
Emerging from a cloud the moon shone This deed of horror spread the country round, bright; Suspicion pointed true, the rogues were Just then, thev hear the rombling of a cart, found;
He comes, cried Joe, now level at his heart. Justice detain'd, examin'd, but in vain, True to the hour, their hapless victim came, No clue to aid suspicion could it gain;
The villain fir’d, but took uncertain aim, The monsters lock'd be secret in their Though wounded deep-they saw and felt breast,
dismay'dAnd thus the aims of justice were supprest. Swiftly he fled and loudly cali’d for aid. Though hid from mortals seem'd this hideous Near to the scene a lonely house there stood, crime,
Its door he reach'd, there fell through loss of Yet Heav'n reveal'd it in its own good time.
blood : Grown more obdurate since their late His groans were heard, soft pity they inspir'd, escape,
The inmates ope their door, and give the aid Back to our town their course direct they requir'd shape.
The monsters, scar'd, with mutter'd curses The vicious man, tis gen'rally averr'd,
fied, More harden'd grows for punishment de- Defeated of their prey, though blood was ferr'd :
shed; So these more daring feats of fraud display'd, In mercy to poor George, then had they dealt And robbery's work they form'd into a trade: Death's instant stroke what pangs had been Receivers screen'd them where their spoils
unfelt; they bore,
For long he languish'd on a dying bed, Jackalls, to hunt down game, or start them Protracted pain alone cut short the vital
thread. What time stern Winter steals on Autumn's Again suspicion pointed to the knavés, rear,
But want of proof once more from justice, And wraps in storms the fast declining year, One dismal night the wind blew keen and Thus far uncheck'd proceeded their career, hign,
But retribution's awful hour drew near. Volumes of sable clouds roll'd through the A petty robb'ry next they perpetrate, sky,
Offended justice hook'd them with the bait; The rack rode fast, the moon with sullen Caught in the fact, dragg’d to our county jail, beam,
At last their lies and artifices far. Now dimm'd by clouds, now shed a feeble When brought to trial both are guilty found, gleam;
Their banish'd trunks must die on foreign His urgent speed the traveller withheld,
ground; None tempe the gloom but those by need The southern hemisphere would shroud compellid;
their guilt; Murder breaks loose, from hell to earth pro- But Heaven forgot not human blood was ceeds,
THE LOVER'S FAREWELL SONG
The hour is come that I must part Most rigid honesty, that virtue rare :
From thee, my pleasure and my pain, This day, for so the angry fates decreed,
And yet it moves not thy cold breast (They still direct each sanguinary deed,)
To think we ne'er may meet again! This day had been committed to his hands
There was a time one look of grief, A parcel which his strictest care demands.
One plaintive, mercy-moving word, The rogues inform's of this by secret spy,
From lips of truth, would reach that heart To make their booty certain, George must
Would touch soft Feeling's tend'rest chord, die.
Oh! brighter than yon peerless star No conscious pang this deed of blood im That gems fair Ev'ning's tranquil breast, parts,
Is the rich tear within the eye Remorse was quite excluded from their Where heav'nly mercy shines confest; hearts.
And sweeter than the lark's first song, Within a copse the fiends in ambush lay, When blue-eyed Morning rides the skies, Wbose shades. umbragcous dim the light of Is the soft music of those lips day ;
Which breathe forth pity's balmy sighs;
136 Original Poetry.
[March 1, Not wont wert thou to hear the pray'r, "Twas thine to watch in midnight camp, And grant the suitor no reply,
Where all was silent, chill, and damp;
To ponder o'er the glimm'ring lamp
When Love reign'd solely in thine heart; Where Slaughter rcars his hideous head,
And plunges in the stream of red
That gushes from the slain.
The clash of arms, the cannons' roar,
Shall fire thy noble breast no more ;
That heart is cold, which leap'd before
Like hunter to the horn ;-
The desp'rate charge no more thou'lt lead,
To bear thee where the valiant bleed,
And triumph where thou'rt borne.
C. F. WEBD. No more shalt thou direct the way
Thy zeal and judgment turn the day-
And carry havoc and dismay
Amidst th' astonish'd foc: delights;
In conquest, merciful as brave, Strips the wood and the grove of each Thy aim was vict'ry- then to save: gay-cherish'd pleasure;
Thine enemies respect thy grave, Not a rose-bud or charm in my rambles in Thy friends lament the blow. Not a field but what now has resigned its to pay the tributary tear;
The valiant meet around thy bier treasure,
Whilst Pity whispers in the ear The linnet, the thrush, and the blackbird,
Thy last - thy dying word ; are mute ;
Then rest, brave warrior! sweetly rest! Sweet Philomel's strain now, alas! is sus. Light lie the turf upon thy breast; pended;
Haste, spirit! haste! to join the blest;
Thy " wife" by England's heard.
A FATHER'S ADDRESS
TO HIS SLEEPING INFANT.
Imitated from the Italian of GANGANELLI. When the plantain conceal'd the sweet vio- Joy of thy parents' hearts ! in sleep, let's flow'r,
Dear, tender babe, thy sense is lost; And the cowslip and primrose in clusters Happier than they, who wake to weep, were there.
may'st thou endless sunshine boast! They are gone-and the trees their bright Upon thy check that vermeil glow, raiment have lost,
That quiet sleep, of harms secure Their branches, deserted, no longer en
Beloved child! ah! well they show twine;
How bright thy mind, thy heart bow pure! The streamlet beneath is restrain'd by the frost;
Should pain extort a casual tear,And Phoebus on nature refuses to shine.
As tears from infants oft will break,How sad is the scene! where no object ap
Be comforted : thy mother's near,
To dry the sorrow from thy cheek.
S. M. Or thrill with throes of slighted love.
The ills that darken'd Jays of yore, What muse but decks her lyre with bays,
Wake not in thee the lengthen'd sigh; What bard but tunes his pensive lays,
On ills which fate may have in store, To mourn thy death--to sing thy praise
Thou throw'st not the prospective cye. What hand but sweeps the string : Rest then in peace, sweet infant, rest; Though better far the task might be
While heav'p its shield around thee throws: To sound the trump of victory;
And in thine own untainted breast The mournful rite is due to thee;
Still seek-still find-thy best repose. Thy solemn dirge we'll sing.
Dec, 17, 1814.
1815.] Original Poetry.
137 HOPE :
Not Meroë's heat, not ice-bound Elbe or Occasioned by seeing a beautiful rose, which
Rhine,was just opening in the morning, withered Quail'd. Scotia, as he met that patriot glance and fallen to pieces before the evening,
F. R. S. The budding rose presents to view
TRANSLATION The freshest, brightest, liveliest hue;
of the EPIGRAM of ANTIPATER on the While odours from its leaves distil,
DEATH of ORPHEUS. And all the air with fragrance filla
No more, O Orpheus, will thy soothing lyre To captivate the sense :
Lead list'ning trees, or cragsy rocks inspire ; But soon its fading beauties die,
No more wilt thou, melifluous, assuage Its bloom no longer charms the eye ;
The tiger's fury, or the lion's rage. No more its perfume floats around;
Who shall now bid the billowy deep be still? Its wither'd leaves bestrew the ground,
Alas! the frighten'd storm no more obeys Depriy'd of excellence.
thy will. Thus infant Hope within my breast, For thou art gone :~but thy untimely bier Consoling, lulls my cares to rest,
Fair Memory's nymphs bedew with many a Presents bright prospects to my mind,
tear; And tells it that it soon shall find
Whilst she, thy mother, from her Orpheus All pain and sorrow cease :
torn, But, ah! too soon the vision flies,
Roams the wide world distracted and forlorn, And leaves my once-enraptur'd eyes, Mortals, be wise; this madden'd grief conNo more to bless my longing sight,
troul; No more my senses to delight;
Let resignation calm the troubled soul.
X. Y. Will tears avail? Ah! no; 'tis vain to weep;
The brightest gems that deck the green, Whatever night be the impulses of duty, The fairest forms in fancy's train, or of vengeance, which directed the severi- Or, nymphs attending beauty's queen, ties of Buchanan's polished pen against his
Or, moonlight fays that trip the plain, royal mistress, the unfortunate Mary of Scot- Less tair, less bright, less graceful are, land, the lines imitated below prove that he Than Sally, fairest of the fair! could panegyrize Scotland itself with all the ardour of a patriot, as well as the ability of Full many a youth her charms had won, a scholar :--they occur in his Epithalamium
And, such her beauty's magic sway, on Mary's First Marriage with Francis II.
The swain that look'd was sure undone,
For ste, unkind one! turn'd away; This, quiver'd Caledonia, be thy fame
And, heedless of the vow sincere, From the deep glen to rouse the woodland To love's fond tale denied her ear. game;
Till Cupid, watchful of the fair, The rapid flood to cleave ; with noble scorn And jealous of his slighted pow's, Heat, cold, and hunger's fierce extremes to Shot swiftly thro' the yielding air, spurn;
And stealing on her midnight hour, Thine own blue mountains, in the tented In strange, mysterious dream convey'd, field,
To realms below th slumb'ring maid. Not with base walls, but martial breast, to As fightly as the filmy dew shield :
Floats on the breeze, they journied on, Careless of life when glory courts thy view; Thro' many a scene of horror flew, To faith's pure pledge, to unbought friend
Till on the banks of Acheron, ship, true. By arts like these, when war the wide The withered virgin train they spied.
Bewailing o'er its flaming tide, world shook, And not a realm escap'd the victor's yoke,
All pale, and shrunk, each form
appears, One race alone, in ancient freedom blest,
And harness'd to a tyrant ape; Dash'd back th' invader's weapon from its For here, with unavailing tears, breast.
And ceaseless moan, each odious shape, Here paus’d the furious Goth, the Saxon Pacing the melancholy way, here;
Is doom'd to drag her endless day. Here idly whizz'd the Dane's, the Norman's Soon as the youthful god they view, spear:
And wond'rous fair, an hideous yell, Here, if Time's mightier annals be survey'd, At once bursts from the fiend-like crew, His restless wing the Roman eagle stay'd ; Startling the inmost caves of hell : He, whom nor arid Libya's drought represt, To fly the trembling beauty stroveNor Parthian wastes, in dreariest livery drest: "O save me ! save me! mighty Love!".
New Acts of Parliament,
See, Lady," said the smiling pow'r, Enough the frighted fair one saw,
“ The woes that wait the prudish dame, She sigh’d, and vow'd, and pray'd, and " Who scorns to prove, in happy hour,
« The joys that youth and beauty claim; Henceforth to bend to nature's law« Behold! their ling'ring drear abode ;
“ O give me to the plains once more! “ Behold! and tremble!" said the God. “ So kind a nymph shall not be there,
“ As Sally, kindest of the fair."
KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND.--53 GEO. III. (1814.) [The figure which follows the dute of each Act, denotes the number of sheets of
which it consists : each sheet is sold for TIREE-PENCE.] CAP. CXXXVIII. An act to enable the portation of tea to the British colonies trustees appointed by an act of the 49th in America, Guernsey, Jersey, Europe, year of his present majesty, for the im- and Africa, witliout payment of duty. provement of the passage across the July 27.-1. Frith of Forth, called the Queen's ferry, CXLIII. An act to repeal the duties to carry the same into execution. July granted by act passed in the 11th year 25.-- 1.
of his present majesty, for repairing, The preamble of this act recites, that in amending, and supporting the several purchasing the ferry, and making the in- harbours and sea-ports in the isle of tended improvements, there has been ex- Man, and for granting new duties in lieu pended the sum of 33,8241. 145. old. of thereof, and for giving further powers to which 11,5861. 115. 8d. have been paid by the commissioners appointed under the the public, and the remainder lent by indi: said act. July 27.-1. viduals. To enable boats to cross at all
CXLIV. An act for better securing times of the tide, and with every wind, it remains to erect a pier on the north side, at
the stamp-duties on sea-insurances made
in London, and for altering the period Long Craig Island, and another on the south side, near the park wall of Barnbougle; the for taking out stamp-office certificates erection of which piers, it is estimated, will by, attornies and others in England. cost 20,0001 The act, therefore, provides, July 27.-1. that as soon as one half of this sum shall be Attornies, by this act, to take out their ansubscribed or borrowed, the other 10,000l. nual certificates between Nov. 15 and Dec. shall be advanced by the Exchequer.
16, instead of between Nov. 1, and the end CXXXIX. An act to rectify a mis- of Michaelmas term following. take in an act of this session of Parlia.
CXLV. An act to take away corrupment for raising the sum of twenty-four tion of blood, save in certain cases. millions, by way of annuities. July 27.-1. July 27.-- 1. In the above-recited act, it was, by mis
No attainder, except for high treason, to take, directed, that the property-tax should extend to disinheriting any heir. not be charged on the half-year's dividends
CXLVI. An act to alter the punishpayable on the 5th Jan. 1815. This clausement in certain cases of higlı treason, is confirmed by the present act.
July 27.--1. CXL. An act to amend several acts The sentence required by the law to be of the Parliament of Ireland for granting pronounced against persons convicted of certain annuities. July 27.-- 1.
high treason, was, that they should be When annuities under any of the Irish drawn on a hurdle to the place of execuacts, 13 and 14, 15 and 16, and 19 and 20 tion, and there be hanged by the neck, but Geo. III. are payable in London, and the no
not until they are dead, that they should be minee resident abroad, any Baron of the Ex- taken down again, and that when they are . chequer, in England, certifying that it is yet alive, their lowels should be taken out probable the nominee is living, such certis and burned before their faces, and that afterficate will be a sufficient warrant for the wards their heads should be severed from payment.
their bodies, and their bodies be divided into CXLI. An act to alter so much of an
four quarters, to be at the king's disposal. act made in the 52d year of his present
So much of this sentence is abolished as is wajesty, as relates to the duties payable printed above in Italics. His Majesty may in respect of killing gume. July 27,-1. alter such sentence to simple decapitation, Such of the duties in the schedule of the
without hanging. recited act, as relate to persons assisting in
CXLVII. An act for the better regukilling game, shall cease, if the assistance be lation of the drivers of licensed hackney given to another who has obtained a certificate. coaches ; for explaining and amending
CXLII. An act to permit the ex an act passed in the 48th year of his
139 present majesty relating to hackney Entry to be made of spirits imported from coaches; and for authorizing the licens- either country, and import-duty to be paid, ing of a limited number of hackney cha- and the spirits landed in 30 days, or forriots. July 28.—2
feited. No British spirits to be sent to IreDriver of hackney coaches to have a suf- land, or Irish spirits to Great Britain, in yesficient number of tickets marked is, and sels of less than 70 tons, or in any cask con15. 6d. Before any driver shall be entitled taining less than 100 gallons. to be paid the amount of his fare, he shall
CL. An act to consolidate and amend deliver, whether the same be required, or the regulations contained in several acts not, so many such notes or ti kets as shall of parliament, for imposing and levying correspond to the amount of the fare. No of fines upon parishes, town-lands, and complaint for exaction or misbehaviour of other places, in respect of the unlawful drivers, to be heard without the producti n distillation of spirits in Ireland. July 28. of such tickets. The number of the coach -5. marked on the ticket, to be evidence. Com CLI. An act to repeal an act passed missioners to appoint a printer for printing in the 52d year of his present Majesty, the tickets. No other person to print them, for better regulating the office of agenton penalty of 300l. Hired drivers con
general for volunteers and local militia, victed of giving a forged cicket, to be com
and for the more effectually regulating mitted to the house of correction for not
the said office; and to make further promore than a year, nor less than six months; and every owner so offending, to forteit sol.
visions for the regulation of the office of Every hackney coachman may refuse to
agent general. July 28.--2. carry more than four grown-up persons (and
CLII. An act to repeal certain parts not being children in arms or lap) in his of an act made in the 12th year of the coach, and a servant outside, at one and the reign of his present Majesty, for regusame time ; but if he shali actually carry lating the making, keeping, and carriabove that number, he shall be entitled to age, of gunpowder, within Great Britain. be paid for every such additional person, of July 28.-1. whatever age, (not being a child in arms or So much of the recited act as prohibits the lap) one shilling over and above the regular carrying of gunpowder with other lading, fare. Commissioners may licence 200 hack- repealed. ney chariots, but not to exceed in coaches CLIII. An act to regulate the payand chariots the limited number of 1,100. ment of drawback on paper allowed to Chariots to pay the weekly sum of 5s. The the universities in Scotland. July 28. driver of a hackney chariot not compellable -1. to carry more than two grown persons in CLIV. An act for further amending side, and a servant outside, at one time. CXLVII. An act for imposing an
and enlarging the powers of an act of excise duty on silk handkerchiefs sold tuled An Act for consolidating and ren
the 46th of his present Majesty, intiby the East India Company for home dering more effectuul the several Acts consumption. July 28.-2. handkerchiefs the manufacture of Persia, Places near to Westminster Hall and The East India Company may sell silk for the Purchase of Buildings, and fur
ther Improvement of the Streets and China, and the East Indies for home consumption, at the rate of not more than the Two Houses of Parliament; and for
other 50,000 pieces annually. A duty of 25 per purposes
therein mentioned. July cent. on the sale price of silk handkerchiefs 28.--4. shall be paid by the porchaser to the Excise, CLV. An act to repeal an act for within 40 days after the sale. No piece of establishing regulations respecting aliens handkerchiefs to be removed out of the arriving in or resident in this kingdom, warehouse, till properly marked at both ends, in certain cases; and for substituting on penalty of 50l. and forfeiture of goods. other provisions, until the end of the Penalty on counterfeiting the stamp, or sell next session of parliament, in lie thereing han ikerchiefs with counterfeit stamp, of. July 29.-3. 500l. Persons concealing smuggled hand Masters of vessels shall, on their arrival, kerchiefs, liable to a penalty of 50l. and for declare in writing to the officer of the Cus: feiture of goods. Handkerchiefs found in
toms, the number of aliens on board, specithe possession of dealers after Jan. 5, 1815, fying their names and descriptions, on pain unstanıped, shall be forfeited, Persons hav
of forfeiting 10l. for each alien he shall have ing three pieces, or wenty-one handker- had on board. Act not to extend to mari chiefs, in their possession, unless worn or
ners employed in the navigation of the ship. used, to be deemed traders.
Aliens to be furnished with certificates by CXLIX. An act to regulate, until the the officer of the customs, without fee, on end of the next session of parlianient, the penalıy of 50l.–Act not to extend to aliens trade in spirits between Great Britain not more than 14 years old.- Ambassadors and Ireland reciprocally, July 28.-4. not to be deemed alicas,