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Yet those parsue an equal path to fame My soul with pure poetic flame inspire,
Wbo to the rising race assistance lend; Assist me, goddess, with Promethean fire;
With pride we boast of LANCASTER's great Fall draaghts bestow from Helicon's pare
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spring,
And BELL's shall to posterity descend, While of Lacania's fabled town I sing.
Graced with the title of the Helpless Orphan's

Long on the margin of Salerno's flood, Friend.

This town of splendoar ostentatious stood; Their work divine shall futore ages trace; E'en now we in its ruin'd balwarks trace The seed now sown shall yield å hundred. The once sorprising splendour of the place. fold :

Its towery walls with battlements adorn'd, Th’instruction pour'd opon the infant race, Its foes repress’d, its friends with courage By them is made a blessing to the old :

arm’d: To these the sacred books are now anroll’d, Thus panoplied in adamantine mail, Which earlier days, alas! had ne'er re- She thought ’gainst her, Time's scythe obtase veal'd;

would fail !And many a trath by lisping babe is told,

Alas, how vain! the change how great apWhich from its parents' eyes had lain conceal’d,

Humanity's bright eyes it dims with tears; But to their progeny its richest gifts 'twill For now, a satire on the works of men, yield.

Of all her boast her walls alone remain;

Inclos'd within, her mould'ring rains lie, These, as they rise, shall readily embrace

Whose sou-beat turrets once could kiss the The truths which shall their infant minds

sky: engage; Sball hear surpris'd the tales of ancient Her stately stractares studded o'er with gold;

From circling heights might trav'llers behold, days,

A fairer town ne'er felt Sol's burning beam, And view with raptare the bistoric page: Nor e'er beheld pale Luna's fainter gleam. And when they read indignant of the rage In deep abasement its proud pomp appears, of those who aim'd at truth the deadly The rueful wreck of all-intwining years; blow,

For towns like flowers but flourish and Shall turn with pleasure to the present age, decay, Avd bless the gen'rous minds of heav'nly And thus this empty world will fade away.

glow, Who taught us knowledge whence serenest Oft have I seen the spangled sky athwart, pleasures flow.

In evanescent glimpse a meteor dart;

My gaze awhile it fix'd, then iled again, Ye carefal guardians of oar early days!

To the dank darkling desert wbence it came. Ye kind promoters of the public weal!

Thus rose Neptunia trailing glory bright, To you the voice of gratitude we raise. Then sought the shades of never-ending night. But vain th' attempt t'express what now we

From strains funereal, and the “ cypress

gloom,” O may that HIGHER POWER to you reveal

From pompons Pæstum’s dire proscripted His smile in approbation of your deed :

doom; To him, in supplication we would kneel,

The muse averts her painted pinion's plumes, From whom all “good and perfect gifts” Blithe lays to trill her warbling notes as

proceed, And pray, that where you walk, his hand zoay There tender germs did twice from roses

spring, Ere once the sun bad trac'd th' ecliptic ring;

So genial were the skies, the clime so mild, LINES ON “PÆSTUM,”

That ambient meads in spring perennial smil'd. An ancient Town of Lucania, around which Roses are flowers 'reft of whose lovely forms, the soil produced Roses, wbich blossomed The most delightful parterre has no charms;

No, though the beauteous well-selected spot,

Display the varied beauties of the plot; The muse of Paradise has deign'd Though mead-enamelling daisies there be With truth to mingle fables feign'd. HANNAH MOORE. And ev'ry lovely flow'r which decks the

green; Pulchrorum Christus Pulcher.

Though pinks,, auriculæ, carnations sweet,

The raptor'd eye at one full vision greet; AWAKE, bistoric muse-sweet Clio fair! Though heliotropes, which always seek the Attend a courteous suitor's earnest pray'r;

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sun, Thy temple leave, descend Bæotia's mount, Nor leave him till his daily course is run; And lave thy limbs in Hippocrene's fount; Though variegated flowers of every hue, Let thy fair form assume its wonted grace, Burst on the ravish'd sight with sudden view; And coyness beautify thy angel face;

No, not c'en then, nor groves, nor grottos Let thy jet locks in carling ringlets shade

dark, Thy heaving bosom, O! celestial maid. From eyes serene could scintillate a spark; Thy brows encircle with thy laureate crown, Nor garland wreaths, vor amaranthine bow'rs, Those brows which ne'er were sullied by a Would any garden grace without these flow'rs. frown;

Hail! queen of gardens, mighty empress Thus, with thy native charms adorn'd by art, Propitious lend thine ear, thy aid impart; No earthling e'er enjoy'd such sway one hour.

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E'er since thy stately form did Eden grace,

DOMESTIC HOURS. Thy charms have sway'd the hearts of human race,

O quid solutis est beatias curis And long as earth, and skies, and flow'rs

Cum mens onus reponit, ac peregrino remain,

Labore fessi, venimus larem ad nostrum ; So long shall be thy universal reign.

Desideratoque acquiescimus lecto! Of gardens thou’rt the fav’rite and the pride,

Hoc est quod unum est pro laboribus tantis. And other flow'rs look languid by thy side ;

CATULLUS. As to secure everlasting sway, Nature has to thy throne hedg'd up the way O happier hours! O bliss beyond compare ! With thick-set thorns that every rude hand When the bent mind resigns its weight of

tear, Which the proud flower to pluck would Nor more through distant toils and dangers led, boldly dare;

We share the social hearth, and press th' And thus secure, she sits, begirt with pow'r, accustom'd bed : Nor fears th' invading insect of an hour; This the best joy our fragile nature knows, There on her footstalk she with beauty And this the true reward that life bestows!

blooms, And yields for man most elegant perfumes. MR. Editor.

Behold, blest Christians, with exclusive joy, SIR, -When a person has arrived at The sacred source of sweets which never my time of life, it is neither a usecloy ;

less nor an unpleasing employment, The Rose with which no roses can compare, to revolve in his mind the incidents of The Rose of roses, altogether fair. What terrene spot can vie with Sharon's his past days; and to compare togevale?

ther the nature of the enjoyments and Not Pæstum's plains, nor Achor’s sacred pleasures he has experienced. By dale;

this means, he may form a true estiNot Hephzibah, belov’d by heav'n above;

mate of their respective value; and Nor Beulah, wedded to the God of love; Unrivalld 'tis by Guinea's golden coast,

though he may not himself have freOr silver-bosom'd soil, Peru's proud boast ; quent opportunities of applying his By rich Golconda's mines, where brilliants observations to future practice, they pure

cannot fail of being, in some degree, Of vivid lustre lie incas'd in ore;

serviceable to those who are younger By orient Indies, where with ev'ry hue, The solar beams the precious gems imbue;

than himself, and who are busily Where emeralds and jaspers may be seen,

hastening along the road which he has Of ev'ry deep’ning shade of nature's green; already trodden. Where glossy opals with a gaudy show,

When we enter on a retrospect of Reflect the radiant colours of the bow: this kind, we cannot but be surprised, Where purple amethysts with sapphires’ rays, in the first place, to recollect how Where costly stones are found of dearest seldom our previous expectations of price,

happiness have been gratified with And fragrant shrubs bear aromatic spice; the event desired, and how often we Where mellow fruits in full luxuriance grow, have tasted sincere and unmingled And branchy trees protect from Phæbus' pleasure which we had not foreseen.

glow. Her wealth outweighs Neptunus' rich do- | Indeed, happiness may be said to be mains,

a beautiful coquet, who is not to be Combin'd with all that Terra's sphere con- obtained by continual assiduity : as tains,

we follow, she flies; and it often hapAnd all the treasures of the starry zone, Nor can a finite mind her worth make known; the pursuit, the more rapid is her

pens, that the more earnest we are in And there up sprang the Rose, which will for flight. If we desist, and treat her ever bloom.

with indifference, she returns; and

R. K * * TT. when we have no expectation of her Portsea, September 12th, 1822.

presence, we are pleased to find her seated beside us, and perhaps per

ceive we are suddenly become her THE WITHERED PRIMROSE.

particular favourites. The primrose is pinch'd by the cold,

By far the greater part of our enjoyAnd hangs down its innocent head; ments is derived from circumstances Its leaves let me gently unfold:

and events that are seldom sought Ah me! the sweet primrose is dead !

after, but which are common to al'Tis thus, cruel world, I have found

most every situation in life. In the Thy tempests of passion and pride Spread terror and havoc around,

gratification of ambition, the moments While innocence languish'd and died ! of enjoyment are few, and those few

E. B. L. are too often imbittered by jealousy No. 46.-Vol. IV.

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and apprehension. In the rounds of unwearied restlessness, which, ever gaiety and of pleasure, in crowded attentive to self, is perpetually aiming assemblies and splendid meetings, at something yet unenjoyed; is a conhow often have days and weeks of tinual bar to these sedate and calm expectation terminated in vexation delights. The reproof that Pyrrhus and disappointment,

received from the sincerity of Cineas,

is applicable, in some degree, to most And e’en whilst fashion's brightest arts of our readers.-“What is the

decoy, The heart, mistrusting, asks, if this be joy?'

try next destined to submit to your

victorious arms?” said Cineas. “I On the contrary, it often happens shall next proceed against Italy, anthat those pleasures, the most inno- swered Pyrrhus.”—“What then," said cent in the enjoyment, and the most his friend. “Sicily will then be the grateful in the recollection, have been object of my triumph.” " What obtained without labour, study, or next?”—“ Libya and Carthage will ostentation; in the society of a friend, then become an easy prey.”

"_“But in the moments devoted to medita- when we have done all this, what will tion, in the retirement of a cottage, or be your next employment?” contithe felicity of a domestic fire-side. nued the curious inquirer. “ Then,”

If remarks of this nature have not replied the conqueror, “I shall be been more frequently inculcated, the able to enjoy myself in peace, to eat, truth of them bas been tacitly acknow- and to drink, and to be happy.”—“If ledged by the conduct of some of the that be all," replied the other, “what best and wisest of mankind. When prevents you from eating and drinkI see Lælius and Scipio walking on ing, and being happy, without such a the beach of the sea, and interrupting variety of dangers, and such an infifrom time to time their conversation nity of trouble?" by picking the shells and pebbles of I must, however, guard the reader the shore, and admiring their variety against a misapprehension into which and beauty, I doubt whether they do he may easily be led by the foregoing not taste a superior happiness to that observations. In pointing out the which they felt, when, at the head of a wisdom of enjoying such innocent victorious army, they poured destruc- pleasures as may fall in our path, I tion on the enemies of their country. mean not to appear as the advocate of The ease and composure of mind felt indolence and of negligence in any by Montaigne, when he amused him- way. There are daties incumbent on self with the freaks of his cat, excite every department of society; and, my admiration and regard much more till these are performed, it will be in than the emotions experienced by vain to hope for that serenity of mind, Petrarch, when, in the midst of an which is the only foundation of hapillustrious assembly, he was dignified piness. in Rome with the laurel crown. Then Had Scipio and Lælius spent their how I envy the sensations of the days in picking shells and pebbles French poet, Racine, who, when in- on the sea shore, and Montaigne vited to dinner with a prince of the only played with his cat; sach amuseblood, excused himself, because he ments would have been degrading and was to partake with his children of a contemptible: but these moments great fish which they had caught.- were purchased by days of exertion These are the truest enjoyments of and solicitude. It is from the conlife ; pleasures easy in the acquisi- trast, which the mind experiences tion, that bring no satiety, nor leave between a state of activity and a state a sting behind them.

of relaxation, that the latter derives But though these gratifications are its value. · Like all other pleasures, common to every situation, and per- it can therefore only be enjoyed with haps equally in the power of the poor restrictions, and in moderation. If and the rich, they are only to be en- long continued, it would first become joyed in their full extent by those who insipid, and afterwards insupportcan divest themselves, at times, of able. The surrounding air—the extheir various occupations, and dwell pansive ocean-are frequently ruffled with composure on the present mo- by the breeze, and sometimes agitated ment, without remorse for the past, by the storm, but without these they or solicitude for the future. That would soon become stagnant, and bo

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Improper Use of the Scriptures.

1038 deprived of their elastic and healthful first introduced, was properly consiqualities. In like manner, the quietdered shocking and blasphemous. of retirement must often be broken in I allude to a custom in which too upon by the occupations, and the many indulge, viz. pointing their preserenity of domestic happiness by the tensions to wit by citations, partial or sorrows of life; but by these we are entire, from the word of God. This roused from our languor, and called I perceive is done in various ways, upon to support with fortitude the part both by profane, and professor, and, allotted to us, till, having discharged in some cases too, by those who minisour duties with industry and fidelity, ter in holy things. I might produce we return with fresh relish to the various instances to illastrate my enjoyment of that peace, of which meaning; but the practice is so comwe have for a time been unavoidably mon, that all, I conceive, into whose deprived.

R. T. hands this paper may come, will un

derstand what is intended as the

object of my reprobation ; and indeed,

SCRIP- with this conviction, I cannot prevail TURES IN CONVERSATION, CONSIDER- with myself to pollute the page by par

ticularizing,--some instances are too

gross. MR. Editor.

Sometimes, when thinking on this Sir,-Should the following remarks subject, I have ventured to suppose meet with your approbation, their myself a Christian, born in a country insertion in your useful and respect- where such a practice is not known. able Magazine will oblige,

Hearing of the national glory of BriYour's, sincerely, &c.

tain, her victories, her learning, and WILLIAM SHUTTLEWORTH. her religion, I have paid her a visit, High-street Chapel, Huddersfield,

I am placed in ber metropolis, where July, 1822.

I am surrounded by those who are * Read, and revere the Sacred Page.”

eager to discover to me all the sup

YOUNG. posed or real proofs of her greatness : " How few respect, or use thee as they ought.” by them I am introduced to her court,

CowPER. her palaces, her cathedrals, abbeys,

and churches; her exchanges, her If I remember rightly, that unhappy warehouses, her docks, her hospitals, infidel, Thomas Paine, in one of his her seats of learning, and to an almost abominable writings, calls the Pro- infinite variety of other places, with verbs of Solomon " á Jest Book;" an the number, extent, and splendour, expression, when considered in con- of which my mind is confounded and nection with its application, sufficient amazed. At length, by my particular to excite feelings of disgust in the request, I am introduced to a circle minds of literary, to say nothing of of her professedly religious characChristian characters. Probably it is ters, who receive me with every mark the direct and abrupt allusion of this of politeness, and with whose appearexpression, that produces so high a ance and demeanour I am quite predegree of irritation in the minds of possessed : with their conversation I the pious and well-disposed; for, I am enraptured;-they talk of bible sociapprehend, it is possible to treat the eties, missionary institutions, Sunday word of God disrespectfully, if not schools, and various other establishimpiously, without incurring, in many ments, which have for their objects cases, the displeasure we should me the civilizing, moralizing, and evanrit, if our allusions to the sacred book gelizing of the world, in such a manappear, either from custom, or any ner as paints to my imagination the other cause, somewhat remote and arrival of the millennial day in all its indirect; nay, lamentable experience glories; and I already fancy I discoenables me to speak with certainty : ver the light of divine truth prevailing though I confess great allowances over the dark corners of the earth must now be made for the force of with the rapidity of lightning; and my habit, which bas unhappily rendered heart is filled with joy. tolerable a practice, which, in reality, But soon, too soon, alas! these is not tolerable, but deserves severity subjects are exhausted, and others are of treatment; and, perhaps, when introduced-roserve wears off-cheerfulness prevails, (to which, by the communicated by them. For my own bye, I am no enemy, when it is kept part, I have often lamented having under proper restrictions,) and how received in this way, perhaps, an irream I shocked at hearing some of the parable injury, from some characters company, wbo, to give point to their whom I highly esteem; and I heartily wit, introduce allusions to and expres- wish I had for ever remained a stransions from the holy Scriptures; while ger to their skill in this kind of metathe rest, instead of weeping at the morphosis. It may be called a weakirreverence, join in laughter! Surely, ness; it is one, however, I firmly I conclude, these men must mistake believe, from which even those who the nature of true religion, and can- indulge in the practice are not ennot be pious, or they could never thus tirely free. trifle with the word of God. An Bishop Atterbury considers and opportunity is afforded me of being censures the practice in his sermon introduced to a company of Divines, on Prov. xiv. 6. in wbich he introand being very desirous of pushing duces the following illustrative paramy inquiries further, I gladly embrace graph.—(It may be introduced, I conit. Here I anticipated much plea- ceive, with safety, because while sure; and, indeed, I find them to be striking, it is not so gross and offenmen of great theological skill, and of sive as most instances are which bear uncommon powers of mind, possess- upon the subject.)-“ Thus,” says the ing many traits of superior sanctity : Bishop, “a late person, eminent for and yet, surely they are sceptics in wit and wickedness, till a death-bed disguise, and serve at the altar for made him more serious, and gave him the loaves and the fishes; for I found truer apprehensions of things, used to them guilty of the same practice please himself mightily with this which I had witnessed in their people, thought, that the doing of a miracle and as hardened too; for, without was only another phrase for shewing of blushing, they laboured to entertain a trick: and having once represented me and themselves by converting the the thing to himself under such a light Scriptures into their jest book. Oh! image, he could hardly be brought to how I sighed for my native country, think reverently of it ever afterwards, where even the knowledge of such a or to allow the strongest arguments practice would excite feelings of pain which could be brought for the truth and regret!

of miracles, a due and impartial conAt other times, I have supposed sideration." myself to witness the Apostle Paul, 2. Does it not degrade the word of introduced to a company of these God? The Scriptures were given for solemn triflers. In such a situation, no such purposes.-But I will not I have, naturally enough, imagined attempt to reason the case :-I will his very soul to move within him, full only desire my readers- seriously to of holy indignation-his countenance consider the emphatical expression to exhibit marks of displeasure, and by which we generally designate the kindle with pious anger--and I have Bible, vi: THE WORD of God; or heard him, too, give utterance to his that fine and well-known sentence roused feelings, in language of cutting used by our immortal Locke in refeand severe reproof.

rence to the New Testament, which But let us examine this subject will apply with equal propriety to the more minutely :

whole canon of scripturem" It has 1. Does not this practice weaken the God for its author ; salvation for its power, and, in a great measure, destroy | end ; and truth, without any mixture the design, of those passages of Scripture of error, for its matter.” CHRISTIANS, that come under its influence, by an un- would a Turk or a Brachman thus treat natural association of ideas ? It is by his Koran or his Shaster? no means unusual to hear persons de- 3. Is it not degrading to the individual clare respecting even some of the who indulges in the practice? Here most weighty portions of holy writ, much might be said ; but I will conthat they seldom or never hear, read, tent myself with furnishing the reader or call them to mind, without feeling with the opinions of two persons, of a disposition to indulge in a spirit of such eminence on several accounts, levity, on account of the recurrence as will not fail to command considerof some strange ideas they have heard able respect. Dr. Johnson, in his Life

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