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Ah! Mary, though the winds shou'd rave That, conscious the danger would issue is Wi' jealous spite to keep me frae thee,
good, The darkest stormy night I'll brave
Twined round it in ringlets expressive of For ae sweet secret moment wi' thee. Loud, o'er Cardonald's rocky steep See the tyrant of man,-how disorder'd his Rude Cartha pours in boundless measure,
pace! But I will ford the whirling deep
Why heaves his fell bosom so big with a That roars between me an' my treasure ;
sigh? Yes, Mary, though the torrent rave And why from his dun-robe incent to ela Wijealous spite to keep me frae thee,
face, Its deepest loods I'll bauldly brave
That red drop of life with a stream from For ae sweet secret moment wi' thee.
his eye? The watch-dog's howling louds the blast, He has not a will, nor a passion to feel, An' makes the nightly wand'rer eerie, 'Twas music, the pang, when the sad heart But, when the lanesome way is past,
had broke, ill to chis bosom clasp my Mary.
No, sure, while the fates bade, he whetted Yes, Mary, though stern Winter rave
his steel, Wi'a' his storms to keep me frae chee. He mourn'd o'er the office, which called The wildest dreary night I'll brave
for the stroke. For ae sweet secret moment wi' thee.
Nor wonder, like beauty despairing, rePaisley.
Was Scotia's fair form on the couch of SONNET.
In accents where sorrow and love were On the Death of an Amiable Young Lady.
combin'd, AH me! how many griefs, ere life decay,
She pleaded, in mercy, to lengthen his Must man encounter in this mortal coil,
age. Whie boots it that he sees a lengthen d day, But no ;-he, whose fingers could cone the If sorrow pierce his heart so oft the while.
soft shell, What serves his early toil and anxious care' And l'ouse every being to flame with his To raise a bed of flow'rets, sweet and gay,
lay, If, when they bud and bloom with frag- Must bid this drear scene an eternal fare
well, Fell blasts destroy, and low their beauty
To slumber with peace in the cold house lay. So fate ordains, and faded is the rose;
Beneath yon green turfs reiga unbroken re The loveliest flow'ret that adorn'd the
Yet often yon turfs shall be wet with a Is now no more --no more that beauty
At eve, when the muses unbosom their No more that mind where goodness did
And silence, and I, only linger to hear. No more thac hand shall fallen Penury There, wrapt in the shadows, shall fancy
behold No more that voice dispel pale Sorrow's
The hero of conquest, great Douglas in Her spirit's fled, to where th' angelic train Unfurling his banner 'mid chieftains of old, With love, and joy, in endless pleasures
Who courted, for glory, the field of
And rapt in that day, when, to combat the Glasgow,
foe, 12tb Aug. 1808.
Whom late he had hail'd by the name of
a friend, VERSES,
He rush'd with a swiftness, surpassing the On the Death of Joun HOME, Esqi Author
, of Douglas.
And grac'd with a daring which knew
not to bend. FROM the pillow of Genius, where long
Shall he had stood, And bended his Scythe o'er the silvery • Percy of Northumberland, ballad of hair,
Shall pause to lament, that the boast of the If e'er one hope sprung-'twas when fancy plain,
flew, When towering, unmatch'd in the power And reach'd a grace beyond her usual of his might,
height. By the shaft of a base-born peasant was slain,
Hope may a while, with sweet enlivening To fall with his fame in the darkness of
Shoot balny comfort chro' the breast of night.
Care ; No! bright as the glare of yon circle of But who can feast upon her airy dreams ? fire,
What bard grow fut on unsubstantial air? His fame shall exult in the pride of its blaze,
So thought the poet, as he sat forlorn, Till time, in th' embrace of craz'd Nature One hapless night, (for many such had expire,
he,) And Chaos returning, extinguish its rays. Oft sighing, wishid he for th' approach of A sprig from his laurel, now planted sublime,
And oft he wish'd, that morn he ne'er A meed by his country decreed to the might see. brave,
Dark was the night, and loud the tempest's The comb-stone of Home, its fond guardian
howl, shall climb,
Thro' broken ciles the rushing torrents And o'er it with kindred affection shall
No goblet smil'd to cheer his drooping soul, Edinburgh, 2
No crumb had he his hunger to dispel! Sept. 13tb, 1808.3
« Wretch that I am,” exclaim'd he in desTHE POET,
Dead to myself, and to my country lost; A BURLESQUE ELFGY.
Is this the fruit of all my studious care? HIGH in a garret's lofty precincts dwelt
Is this the fame ambition made its boast ? A wretch, by Phæbus and the nine in. snir'd,
“ Had but these hands been taught some Whose body of the pangs of hunger felt,
useful art, Whose mind sublime poetic raptures
To serve the world, and for my wants fir'd.
provide, Mean was his garb, and many a hideous Fierce hunger thus had never gnaw'd my
heart, Expanding, flutter'd in the wint'ry storm, Nor this mean garb hung tatter'd at my While bis lean chops, and drooping beaver
side. lent A twofold horror to his meagre form.
" This head, now storld with many a fulNo rich utensils, form'd with art and cost, Of heroes, gods, and bards of ancient His airy household furnitare composed ;
times, One cobweb'd couch, and table all its boast, More might have had at life's last hour to This where he eat, and that where he repos’d.
Than idly musing, stringing useless Indulging fancy's visionary fight,
rhymes. Or rapt in extacy of thought sublime,
« In boldly pleading for the oppressed's Oft would he sit and muse the live-long
night, Scratching his head, to find some wretchMore might have gainid of honour and ap
Or truth expounding from its sacred page, ed rhyme.
plause, Or poring on some old moth-eaten bouk, Than vending flattr'y, praise, and party Some ancient bard, deep skill'd in classic
rage. lore, With many an eager-many an ardent look,
“ The laugh of fops, th' unworthy's cruel ,' Would he, each shining sentiment explore.
The critic's malice, and the proud's dis
dain, If een his heart one glow of pleasure knew, Have, in my bosom, planted many a thorn, Twas but in dreams of future prospects To wound my peace, and fill my life with bright;
* Spurn'd from the door of grandeur and “ No more the muse, with fascinating of power,
power, If for a promis'd favour, cringing low, Shall bind my reason with her dazzling Or seiz'd by bailiffs in some evil hour,
train; And thrown in dungeon dark to pine in Nor o'er the cwinkling lamp, at midnight
Call forth the wild effusions of my brain. * The gay companions of my happier days, Whose flatt'ring tongues prov'd to my
“ Perish, ye dreams, delusive to my heart! heart a churm,
Which from th' enraptur'd gust of fancy Forgetful now to pay their wonted praise, Shrink from my presence, as they would
Perish, ye apparatus of the art, from harm,
Ye objects instrumental of my woe! * Oft at my board I've seen them joyful
“ This book--this pen and ink-stand here, sit,
I take, Nor speak a word, nor think a thought but mine;
My ready servants at the muse's call;
This book 'I cear-this grey-goose quill I While each fond heart seem'd to imbibe
break, my wit ;.
And dash this empty ink-stand 'gains: And ah! too much, each open'd mouth
the wall, " But now I languish here, by all forgot,
“No more impellid by mad ambitious rage,
I'll strive for with'ring laurels to my My house is empty-still so full before; My snuff-brown beaver, and my threadbare coat,
No more for flatt'ry swell the labour'd Fright all these sup-shine flatt'rers from
page, Or pane for glory—while I starve-for
bread. 5 Or, if I haply venture to the street, Ac dusk of eve, or rising beam of morn,
" What tho' this frame was ne'er inur'd Each gaudy painted courtesan I meet,
to toil, Sly peeping, smiles to see my breeches Might not these hands the shining weau From the rude insults of the low-born -Yet 'make their egress from this garret crowd,
vile, The tinsel'd robe, the nodding plume, And serve their country in the tented
field ? protect; But my mean garb speaks poverty so loud, “ Better to perish 'midst the stormy seas,
To me, it yields nor safety, nor respect. Or bleed with heroes on th' ensanguin'd • Curs'd be that fame which I so lately Than lead a life of ignominious ease,
plain, priz'd, To me the source of many a grievous
Oppress'd with hunger, poverty, and
pain, sigh; By friends deserted, and by foes despis'd, “ The wretched votaries of the tuneful I mourn unpitied-unlamented die!
nine, "Cease, coward heart, forego these dastard
Tho' faint with hunger-tho'o'erpow'r'd fears,
with grief, Talk not of death in health and youthful Must sink in sorrow--must in famine pine,
Unfit to toil-asham'd to ask relief. bloom ; Tho' dismal, dark, the future now appears,
“ But the bold veteran, from the field of Some cheering ray may yet dispel the Mars, gloom.
Hops chearful on his yet remaining leg, " See in my chamber, erst so dark and Talks of his valour-shews his honour'd
drear, Th' impurpl'd morning dart its orient Receives a pension; or gets leave-to ray ;
beg." Such yet may comfort, drooping fancy cheer,
Smoke-lane, 2 And shed the beams of intellectual day.
Ignis Fatuus. Nov. 25d, 1807.
HOUSE OF COMMONS. the assistance and protection of the Bri
tish navy for that purpose. Should the Monday, March 7.
Portugueze Government decline both Moderne De presented to be and her
these propositions, and seem to abandon pondence between Mr Fox and Mr all idea of resistance or escape, they Windham, and the Earls of Rosslyn and were to be treated a Denmark has since St Vincent, and Lieut.-Gen. Simcoe, in been: their fleet first demanded by sale, August and September, 1906. Ordered or as a deposit, and, in case of refusal, to be printed. These papers are six in to be seized by force; for which purnumber, and consist of the instructions pose landings, if necessary, were to be of Mr Fox and Mr Windham
to Lords made, and the forts occupied. Lord St Vincent and Rosslyn and Gen. Sim- Rosslyn, on his arrival at Lisbon, was coe, (who were on a special mission to convinced by the Portugueze Ministry, Lisbon in August 1805,) and their cor- that the assertion of Talleyrand was alrespondence with Ministers while on together false ; that there were only 1700 that mission. They have been laid be- troops at Bayonne, and these Italiaus; fore Parliament, to prove that the late that Bonaparte had made no preparation Administration gave orders to treat l'or- at that time for the invasion of Portutugal exactly in the same manner in gal; and that our interference could on. which the present Ministers have treat- ly bring down his vengeance upon that ed Denmark. It appears from Mr Fox's kingdom. As - his Lordship's instrucastructions, that during the negotiation tions had not provided for such a statefor peace betiveen the late Ministers ment of the case, he thought it most and the French Government, Talley- prudent to confine himself to the first rand, to induce them to agree to his part of the instructions, an offer of asterms, had “ informed our Ambassador sistance, which the Portugueze declin(Lord Lauderdale) at Paris, that an ar- ed; and the English Ministry, being conmy of 20,000 men was assembled at vinced that tbe information on which Bayonne to invade Portugal, and that they had acted was false, ordered the the object of this invasion was nothing squadron to leave the Tagus. The less than to dethrone the Royal Family, troops had never sailed fronu Plymouthi. zad destroy the very existence of the
Tuesday, March 8. Portugueze Monarchy; the provinces Sir C. Pole moved for a bill to enact Gi which were to be partitioned out, that none but seafaring men should hold one part to Spain, and the other part, any office under Greenwich Hospital. with the town and port of Lisbon, as a The motion was opposed, on the ground separate dominion, to the Prince of that there were offices in the establishPeace, or to the Queen of Etruria.” To ment that could not be executed by nazvert these evils, Lord St Vincent was val men, and negatived by a majority ordered with a strong feet to the Ta- of 78 to 52. zus, and a body of troops were embark.
Wednesday, March 9. ed, under Gen. Simcoe, to be sent after In a Committee of Ways and Means, him. Lord Rosslyn was sent as nego. Mr Percival proposed a resolution for trator, with directions to propose to the funding four millions of Exchequer bills Court of Lisbon, first to take active in the 4 and 5 per cents.-Agreed to. reasures for repelling the invasion by A long debate took place on the Oude force, for which purpose the assistance charge against Marquis Wellesley. It of the British Government would be was adjourned till Tuesday. granted, both in money and troops. In
Thursday, March 10. case this should be declined, the next Mr Canning presented a message from proposal was, to assist the emigration of the King relative to the subsidiary treathe Court to the Brazils, and to offer ty with Sweden, which was referred to Sept. 1808.
a Committee of Supply. He also pre- and, on the motion of Sir J. Anstruther, sented a copy of the treaty. Mr Alder- a resolution was passed by a majority man Combe presented a petition against of 180 to 29, that the Marquis, in his the orders in Council from certain mër- arrangements in the province of Oude, chants concerned in the American trade, was actuated by an ardent zeal for the which, after some conversation, was laid service of his country, and an anxious on the table. A petition was also pre. desire to promote the safety, interests, sented from certain merchants of Liver and prosperity of the British empire in pool against the orders. A division took India. place on a motion for hearing the peti.
Wednesday, March 16. tioners by counsel-Ayes 66, Noes 99. In a Committee of Supply, resolved A second, a third, and a fourth division that a sum of 1,100,000l. be granted to took place, on motions for post poving his Majesty to enable him to fulfil his the bill, for adjourning the debate, and engagements with the King of Sweden. for reading the orders. They were all negatived by large majorities,
Friday, March 18.
Leave was given for a bill to make Friday, March 11.
valid certain orders in Council for perOn the motion of Mr Dundas, a se mitting the introduction and warehoulect Committee was appointed to in- sing of certain goods imported in neuquire into the present state of the af- tral vessels, and for indemnifying cerfairs of the East India Company. The tain persons for remitting the forfeiOrders in Council bill was read a third tures thereupon; and also for permit. time, and passed.
ting the importation of goods from cer. Monday, March 14.
tain countries where the British flag is
excluded, in any vessels whatever. The The mutiny bill was passed, after a object of this bill is the relief of the undivision on the clause for giving an op- fortunate inhabitants of Lisbon. A petion to enlist for life, or for a certain tition was presented from Manchester number of years—ayes 180-noes 116. praying for the adoption of measures Mr Canning presented state papers re for a speedy and honourable peace. The lative to the expedition to Constanti. bill to prevent the exportation of bark nople. Lord Howick's instructions to
was read a third time, after a division Mr Arbuthnot were similar to those gi-ayes 73, noes 30. ven with respect to Copenhagen. He was to inform the Porte that the British
Monday, March 21. fleet came either to attack or defend, ac.
Another long debate followed on the cording to circumstances. The latter Copenhagen expedition. Mr Sharpe would be preferred, but as a condition, made a motion strongly censuring it : the Porte must strictly fulfil its treaties Mr Stuart Wortley moved a resolution, with Russia, reinstate the deposed hos. warmly approving the conduct of Mipodars of Wallachia and Moldavia, and nisters in having undertaken it. Mr allow a free passage for Russian ships of Sharpe's motion was rejected by a mawar thro' the Bosphorus. The secon. jority of 224 against 64. The motion dary points were the dismissal of Sebas- of approval was carried by a majority of riani, the French ambassador, from Con
216 against 61. stantinople, and the renewal of the trea.
Wednesday, March 23. ty with England. In case the Porte re- Lord W. Russel reported from the Renfused to agree to these terms, the attack frewshire Election Committee, that Mr on the Turkish capital was to commence. Macdowal was duly elected, and that Tuesday, March 15.
the petition against his return was not
frivolous or vexatious. The adjourned debate on the Mar. quis of Wellesley's conduct to the Na
Thursday, March 24. bob of Oude was then resumed, and con- Mr Sheridan having failed to appear tinued till seven o'clock next morning. in support of his petition against the reOn all the resolutions against him, ex- turn of Lord Cochrane for Westminster, cepting the last, the previous question the Speaker signified that he had certiwas carried by large majorities. The fied the forfeiture of his recognizance to last was negatived without a division; the Court of Exchequer.