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The Almighty Power, whose hand can Trophied galleys of the brave guide alone
[own, Stud thy broad and beauteous wave. The sun and stars, whose mystic will we Grave! where ancient genius lies, With pity mov'd, the Throne of Mercy What shall bid thy slumberers rise ? rears,
[prayers ; 'Tis this soft and feeble band. And gracious bends to chasten'd Albion's Glorious infant, thou shalt stand Bids the charg'd cloud on her oppressors O'er its depths, and they shall come fall,
Brighter for the transient tomb. And ruin, shame, and death envelope all; In thy splendour, timid eye! Majestic as ere this our earth was form'd Crowns shall lose their majesty. The Archangel rose, o'er powers impure, In thy touch, like dust shall fail that storm'd
Hostile sceptre, spear, and mail. The eternal Heavens. Illustrious Nassau Child of might-young miraclecame,
[Alame; Sweet Lorenzo-fare thee well! His garments shining with as bright a The robe of Freedom on his limbs he wore,
LINES ON A YOUNG LADY. And Truth and Justice friendly trod hefore;
WHEN sever'd from her I adore, Stern manly virtue on his features sate,
These plains can't afford me delight; And his commanding eye was full of Fate. What has pleas’d, fails to please any more, Such Nassau was when England claim'd And happiness flies from my sight: bis care,
[wear; In vain with the choicest of flowers, His glories such as George scorn'd not to Sweet Flora my garden has spread; Such as to Britain long-lost Peace restor'd, No longer I visit the bowers And on our Isle her choicest blessings From whence my dear Phyllis has fled. pour'd.
How dull and insipid appear
The duties my station commands;
What pleas'd when my Phyllis was here, And each, succeeding each, still brighter Now hangs like a load on my hands. Till the sharp scythe of Time himself shall
My pipe I have thrown far away ; slay,
My sheep disregardedly roam : And Laurels, Crowns, and Sceptres fade I wander forlorn all the day, away.
For lost is all relish of home.
What now are these prospects to me,
I cannot enjoy them alone ;
No beauties in Nature I see, Tradition exists, that when Lorenzo the
For the best and the fairest is gone. Magnificent was yet in his cradle, a
Stern Solitude's haunts I now cbuse, wandering Astrologer stood over him,
To haunts unfrequented I go; and predicted his future renown.
For there undisturb'd I can muse INFANT — noble infant, sleep,
On her charms, and forget all my woe. While this midnight Heaven I sweep. O'er thee burn a trine of stars,
Tho' the paramount feeling is pain,
Tho' the heart cannot vibrate with joy, Jove the Sov'reigo, fire-ey'd Mars,
In absence I still can attain Veous with the diamond beam ;
One pleasure unmix'd with alloy. Pabe, thou 't wear the diadem.
A source of delight so refin'd, Wield the victor sword, and win
ardent, so lasting, and pure ; Woman, more than half divine.
That to a contemplative mind,
Enjoyment 'twill ever ensure.
'Tis sweet on a calm summer's eve When they rend their thunder-cloud.
To sit on the brow of a hill; Eloquence is on thy lip,
No sound that the ear can perceive, Now, like roses when they dip
Save a distant and murmuring rill : Their sweet buds in the summer dew;
'Tis sweet then to muse on the past, But when time shall change its hue,
On the maid whom I love, but can't Law, and truth, and liberty On its paler pump shall lie,
Recal all her charms, and the last Then sball wave this infant hand
Sweet look, when I bade her adieu. More than magic's mightiest wand. With a lover's fond eye to retrace, Florence, city of the dead!
The beauty her modesty hid; Cast the ashes from thy head,
The elegance, lightness, and grace, At its touch the rose shall bloom
Inherent in all that she did. On thy solitary tomb.
To dwell on the thrice happy hours Sea ! That hear'st the dreary gale
Her presence wild sweetly away, O'er thy lonely billows wail,
When life seem'd a path strew'd with When in strength that hand is rais'd,
flowers, Shald, like gold with gems emblaz'd,
More sweet and enchanting each day.
353 Yet, while in gay transport I muse So the sweet Muse, employ'd in changing On the past, is the present as fair?
(treads, What tortores does absence infuse,
O'er ancient heroes' memories glowing To plunge me as low in despair ! Or blithely strays some lighter themes Already does Fancy display
[ment leads. Her charms to another cousiga'd;
And wearied minds to bland amuseAb! can she then break in a day
Fair Virtue'wins, and horrid Vice affrights; The vows we so mutually twin'd?
Glad Pleasure laughs, and Pain's sad Ob! can she so quickly forget
sorrows groan ;
[delights; The hours which in innocence flew, Bright Beauty charms, and, with it, Love And break, without fear of regret,
All by the Muse's magic power shown. A heart to her image still true?
Then, when ye hear her voice, attend her That thought has restord me again,
(praise ! So faithless she cannot have prov'd ;
Think on that pow'r, and meditate its My Phyllis returns to the plain,
MUSIS AMICUS. And Corydon still is belov'd. Lichfield, Aug. 10.
G. Y. N.
ODE TO MEDITATION.
Now thro’ the grove a solemn silence SONNET
(tending plains. To Mr. R. BEALE, on hearing some of his
And o'er the hill and down, and far exCompositions.
Save where the tinkling rill mellifluous flows
In busy murmurs thro’the bending vale, MUSIC divine by Heaven was sent on
Save where the downy breast with rapture earth, To give to every noble feeling birth,
glows, And souls like thine, O Beale ! was sent
Swelling the echoes of the sinking gale. to move
The dazzling colours of the day are fed, Each mortal soul to universal love.
and softly glimmers Cynthia's pallid ray, For, if the power of music can controul Night, sable Goddess ! rears her downy The baser passions dwelling in the soul,
(moon-beams play. Oh, surely it must be such strains as thine,
While round her shades the quiy'ring The vicious breast to virtue to incline. Hail, Meditation ! hail thy fav’rite hour Still, still pursue the same immortal To drive Despair and Anguish from the theme,
[low'r, List not to Fancy's visionary dream; Dispel the gloom when stormy tumults Still true to pature let your strains incline,
To bid the tide of Passion cease to roll, And immortality, 0 Beale, is thine. What time the heart oppressive heaves Farewell my lay is o'er, and we must
And burning tears in gushing torrents But I have spoke the feelings of my heart.
Deign, Pow'r sublime ! to quit thy seat on R. J.
To dash the cup of sorrow here below. HORACE. Book I. Ope II. "Tis thou alone canst teach the just conNAY, cease, my sweet girl, to embitter troul
[mind; each joy,
O'er ev'ry passion which degrades the By inspecting too closely Futurity's page,
'Tis thou alone canst swell the youthful Nor heed the fell Sibyl, who fain would
[presage. With heav'nly transport--with a hop All our rapturous hours by her doleful Hence then, ye glitt'ring pomps, which Be wise, pour libations to Bacchus and catch the crowd,
[day. Fair Virtue's bane, and Fashion's gilded Let Venus preside o'er our pleasures to Ye painted baubles that delight the proud! Whilst I talk, old Time slily continues to Ye empty scenes of transitory joys! move,
[delay. Ah! say, deluded mortals ! if opprest Then be merry: to fools leave the bliss of
With fell despair ; with dire corrosive CLERICUS, M.A. grief;
[breast, Should keen remorse afilict your aching THE MUSE:
Could all these fleeting pleasures yield A SONNET.
relief? Asthe light torrent, sent to various plains, Ab, flutt'ring insects, Folly's gaudy train! Now hastens, foaming o'er the rugged
Should dark AMiction cause the tear to rocks;
[quiet reigas, Now spreads thro' meads and groves, where Could all the tinsel glistening in your brain And, gently gliding, cools the heated Diffuse around thy soul one cordial glow? Alocks :
R. L. A. Gent. Mag. October, 1819.
PROCEEDINGS IN PARLIAMENT.
originated solely from strong impressions The Royal Assent was given, by com- upon your mind of the professional confmission, to 22 public and private Bills. dence reposed in you by your client'; with
On the third reading of the Bill for re- this impression, and this alone, the House versing the attainder of Lord Edward Fitz
is prepared to extend to you its lenity, and gerald, Lord Clare expressed his appro- to order that you be now reprimanded, and bation of it, and said, that had his fa- discharged.- fo obedience, then, to the ther's life been spared, he intended to have commands of the House, I now reprimand proposed such a measure. The Bill was you, and acquaint you, that you are dis. then passed.
chargeil, upou payment of your fees.” On the motion of Lord Lauderdale, the se. Sir J. Mackintosh brought up the Re.cond reading of the Scotch Poor Relief Bill, port of the Committee on the Criminal Publicans' Licensing Bill, and the Silk. Laws. The first part of it, he said, conmanufacturing Regulation Bill, were post- sisted of returns of convictions and exeponed for three months; and a new stand- cutions tbroughout the kingdom, much ing order was made to the effect, that no more accurate and important than ever Bill for regulating any trade or manufac. yet laid before the House. The first doture, altering apprenticeships, affixing cument was a return of convictions and marks, on goods, extending patents, &c. executions in London since 1689. They shall be read a second time until a Select had also returns from the Home Circuit ; Committee of their Lordships shall insti. and he trusted they would have fuller tute an inquiry relative to the measure accounts from the counties; but they had proposed, and report thereon.
no returns from Ireland. The Committee In the Commons, the same day, Mr. had also enquired into the crimes which A. Lamb was brought to the bar, and had ceased or were greatly diminished. received the following reprimand from Crimes of violence had diminished in a Mr. Speaker :-
proportion which no one would believe, « Alexander Lamb,
except on the authority of documents laid “ This House yesterday came to a before the Committee. In the Home Cir. Resolution, That you, since your first cuit murders had diminished in the proexamination before a Commitee of the portion of three or four to one. From whole House, to whom it was referred to a comparison of the last 30 years, with the consider of the Extracts of Indictments 30 immediately previous, it would be found against Sir Manasseh Masseh Lopes and that the murders in the city of London bad others, for Bribery at the late Election of greatly diminished. In the Westera Cire Burgesses to serve for the borough of cuit the number of murders had continue Grampound, having destroyed a mate- ed nearly the same for the last 50 years. rial document relative thereto, have been Thus from distress, though the people had guilty of wilful suppression of evidence, been driven to offences against property, and a high contempt of the authority of yet they had lost none of their horror for this House. This is an offence of the most bloodshedding, or their antient character serious and grave nature, both as affect- for humanity. Their next inquiry had ing the dignity of this House and the been, what capital punishments had been ends of Justice; and had this offence found to be useless, and these they con been committed by you with the delibe- sidered such laws as had not been acted rate inteotion of impeding the Examina- upon for more than a century. The Comtion now in progress, it would have been mittee proposed, in the next Session, to the bounden duty of this House to have submit two Bills to the House, one to repunished it with the utmost severity.- peal some laws altogether, and another to But in proportion as this Act, if commit- substitute transportation for death in certed with such a view and such intentions, tain cases.
Mr. Colquhoun, Mr. Mainwould have been disgraceful to yourself, waring, the Clerk of the Indictments at and in contempt of every feeling of prin- the Old Bailey, &c. &c. and the traders ciple and honesty, in the same propor- of the cities of London and Westminster, tion this House is most anxious to at. all concurred in giving it as their opinion tribute your conduct to other motives that there was a very great reluctance to which may have actuated you, and which prosecute, notwithstanding the very great may explain and extenuate ; and believ. losses tbey sustain by depredations. The iog that the destruction of this instrument traders prayed to have the punishmeuts has been committed not with any inten. mitigated, in order that they might prosetion to interfere with its proceedings, or cute to conviction, without exposing them. to defeat the ends of justice, but that it selves to the painful risk of prosecuting a
1819.) Proceedings in the late Session of Parliament. 355 fellow-creature to destruction. For the Sir W. Fitzgerald expressed, for himself 12 years before the crime of forging ex- and family, their deep sense of this discise licenses was made a felony, there tinguished mark of Royal benevolence. were 21 prosecutions and 19 convictions ; Sir F Burdeit said, this act of magnain the 12 succeeding years there were nine nimous justice on the part of the Prince prosecutions, and only three convictions. Regent, would be justly applauded and Mr. Harmer, a solicitor at the Old Bailey, appreciated by the whole country. who had, in the course of twenty years, The House having gone into a Com. practised in 2000 prosecutions for capital mittee on the Charitable Foundations Bill, offences, and whose evidence was entitled Mr. Brougham said, that in a part of Eng. to the greatest weight, had known many land, consisting of vine couuties, and instances in which Juries had given ver- where the population amounted to a mildicts of acquittal where the proofs were lion and a half, the number of en. clear; and thieves, especially old ones, dowed schools was 780, the number of aware of the humanity of Juries, would children educated in them was 26,000, rather be capitally prosecuted than other- and their revenues amounted to 26,0001. wise. This gentleman gave it as his opi- In the same districts the number of unvion, that instead of punishing thieves endowed schools was 3100, and the numwith death, they should be punished by ber of children 92,000. The purnber of the opposites to their indulgences. Idle. Sundays schools, was 850, and the numness was one characteristic of thieves, pu- ber of childreo educated in them was nish them with labour; they were fond of 70,000. The number of schools for the company, apply to them solitary confine- wbole of England was 4800, and the numment; they were accustomed to uncon- ber of children educated at the endowed trouled licence, oppose to it restraint. and the unendowed schools, comprehend. The opinions of the great bulk of bankers ing day-schools, was about 700,000. The and merchants considered the punish. number of day-schools was 3500, and the ment for forgery too great for the offence, number of children educated there was and prevented the prosecution of such 50,000, leaving 650,000 for the number criminals in a great many instances. The educated at the endowed and the unenCommittee proposed two Bills, as he had dowed schools throughout England. An already said ; one to abrogate from 30 to infant asylum had been established by 35 useless capital statutes ; and the other some gentlemen not far from that House, to consolidate the criminal laws with re- at which 170 were at present educated, spect to forgeries, and to alter the punish- A calculation had been made in France, ment. The Committee proposed that, as that if there were schools for one tenth of long as the small notes of the Bank of the population, that would be sufficient England continued io circulation, the ac- for the education of the country. But in tual forgery of Bank notes should conti- this country the proportion required was nue a capital offence ; but as the actual from one eighth to one-ninth of the popuforgers could seldom be come at; they lation, as the existing proportion, which proposed extraordinary rewards for dis- was that of France, was found to be too covering them. The cases of uttering and small. A society had lately planted 850 having forged notes in possession to be pu- 'schools in France, and reduced the defipishable, the last as it now was, except a ciency from one-half to a third. In Hol. discretion in the judge to imprison, with land the deficiency was much less. The hard labour; and the first to transporta deficiency of schools was different in diftion for the first offence. The Report was
ferent counties of England. In the county ordered to be printed.
of Cumberland there were means for edu. Sir Francis Burdett moved an address to cating 12,000 children ; and in Bedford. the Prince Regent, praying remuneration shire only for 3000; and it was deserving to Mr. Mallisou, the inventor of a Life of notice, that the parish rates were in Preserving Jacket.-Sir Isaac Cuffin, and the inverse proportion to the means of Sir George Cockburn, said, that were ships education. In France no distinctiow was to be stored with cork jackets, in the event made betwixt the children of Catholics of the alarm from fire or a leak, the sailors, and Protestants; and on that point a instead of affording assistance, would for- truly noble example had been set by the cibly possess themselves of jackets, leap King; and the conduct of the Prince Re. overboard, and most probably be drowned. gent was entitled to similar praise, from Whereas, without those means of leaving his equal patronage of the schools of the the ship, they would remain, perform their National Society, and of the British and duty, and save both the vessel and their Foreign Society. The schools belonging own lives.
to both announted to 1200. Next Session Lord E. Fitzgerald's Attainder Reversal he should bring forward a measure on the Bill was received froin the Lords, and, on subject. the motion of Lord Custlereagh, was read Lord Castlereagh and Mr. V. Fitzgerald the first and second time.
having 'made some observations with re
gard in each year.
gard to the great progress recently made 1817, 1818, and 1819, up to the 5th July in the establishment of schools in Ireland, the House was resumed, the Report re- Mr. Abercrombie having stated that the ceived, and the Bill passed.
Insolvent Debtors' Act Amendment Bill
had been rejected by the Lords, moved HOUSE OF LORDS, July 7.
for leave to bring in a Bill for continuing, The Royal Assent was given, by com
during a limited period, the Acts relative
to insolvent debtors. After a discussion mission, to several public and private Bills. Lord Auckland moved for the rejection of
of some length, the motion was carried, the Insolvent Debtors'Act Amendment Bill,
on a division, by 80 to 26, and a Bill on the ground that, as there was no chance
brought in accordingly, and forwarded of the alterations made in it by their Lord.
through all its stages.
Sir G. Hill introduced a similar Bill with ships being acceded to by the Commons,
regard to Ireland, which also was forwarded, it was useless to proceed further with it. The motion was agreed to.
Mr. Wilberforce proposed an Address to On the motion of Lord Caernarvon, it was
the Prince Regent, that negociations be
entered into for the further suppression of ordered that an address be presented to
the Slave Trade. The Hon. Gentleman was the Prince Regent, that his Royal Highness may be pleased to direct the Attorney
grieved to say, that of the powers of Eu, General to institute such proceedings as
rope, Portugal alone had withheld its conhe may think adviseable against Robert
sent to the general declaration of the cru. Knill, Robert Edmunds, and Edward Har
elty and inhumanity of the Slave Trade, ris, on account of the contradictory evi.
Portugal was the power which had ren
dered itself a solitary and discreditable dence given by them before the Committee of the House of Commons, and at the bar
exception. He hoped, however, that she of this House.
would open her eyes to the policy and hu. A message from the House of Commons
manity of abolishing a system which all brought up a Bill for continuing the pre
Europe unanimously denounced. He was sent Insolvent Act till the commencement
grieved to say that two nations, France
and the United States were to be found of the next Session of Parliament.
amongst those who had not exerted them
selves for the destruction of this abomin. · In the Commons, the same day, Mr. able trade. Vansittart referred to the practice of lay
House of Lords, July 8. ing before Parliament an abstract of the The Scotch Churches and Scotch Banishproduce of the revenue at the expiration ment Bills were ordered to be committed of each quarter; he should move, there- this day month, by which they are lost for fore, that an account of the net produce the present Session. of the rerenue of Great Britain for the last three years should be presented. He
July 9. might take this opportunity of stating, The second reading of the Bankrupt that it was exceedingly gratifying to him Acts Amendment Bill and Commissioners to observe the progress that had been made of Bankrupts Bill was postponed for three in the revenue during the last three years. months. In the quarter ending 5th July, 1817, the The Marquis of Lansdozen moved an total amount of the revenue of Great Bri. Address to the Prince Regent, which was tain, exclusive of arrears of war taxes, unanimously agreed to, praying him to was 11,060,000l.; in that ending 5th July, take measures, in concert with foreign 1818, it had increased to 12,181,000.; powers, to put an end to the Slave Trade. and in that just concluded, viz. on the 5th July 1819, it was 12,604,0001. being an
July 12. augmentation of more than 400,0001. be. The Royal Assent was given, by com. yond the corresponding quarter of 1818, mision, to a number of public and private and of more than 1,600,0001. above the Bills. corresponding quarter of 1817. The view of In the Commons, the same day, in anthe revenue of the whole year was equally swer to a question from Mr. M. A. Taylor, gratifying. On the 5th July, 1817, the Lord Castlereagh said, that Ministers had total amount was 43,760,0001. ; on the not omitted to make the necessary enqui5th July, 1818, it was 46,800,0001. ; and ries with regard to the attack on the Brunson the 5th July, 1819, just expired, it had wick merchaut vessel, by the Bronte Sparisen to 49,071,000l. being an increase nish frigate. pf 2,200,0001. since 1818, and of more The cases of the Penryn and Barnstaple than 5,200.0001. since 1817. The House elections not having been brought to a would not fail to recollect that within this close in the House of Lords, it was ordered period no new taxes had been imposed. that the Speaker should not issue writs for (Hear, hear.) He accordingly moved for those places until 14 days after the coman abstract of the revenue for the years mencement of the next Session.