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Gentleman's Magazine :
From JANUARY to JUNE, 1814.
VOLUM E LXXXIV.
(BEING THE SEVENTH OF A NEW SERIES.)
PART THE FIRST.
PRODESSE ET DELECTARE.
E PLURIBUS UNUM.
By SYLVANUS URBAN, Gent.
LONDON: Printed by NICHOLS, SON, and BENTLEY,
at Cicero's Head, Red Lion Passage, Fleet Street;
and by Pertues and BESSER, Hamburgh. 1814.
That sweeping o'er the chorded shell Dark mother of a glorious morrow :
The sun, that to the waves The patriot hero's deathless story.
Fled from a world of slaves,
Uprose in holy jubilee ;
Beam'd brightly as a comet star ;
And when that day was done, Up to the perfect man;
His toils were scarce begun: Spirit of air, obey the spell.
The wounded warrior's painful bed Oh, from the realms of day
With holy love he visited : Waft hither some immortal lay.
And his mild spirit groan'd to see On thee thy Holy Mother calls,
That universal agony-
What boots to tell, how o'er his grave
Her sorrow but an infant's dream
Of transient love begotten; Hope could not lead astray,
A passing gale, that as it blows Fear might not bar their way;
Just shakes the ripe drop from the rose They sav'd a sinking world.
That dies, and is forgotten.
Oh woman, nurse of hopes, and fears,
Thy soul in blameless mirth possess-
Most lovely still those tears suppressing!
Strike, harp, a loud triumphant strain ;
Fill high the cup of praise
Still waved on high the beacon ligbt;
The Brunswick, resolute to save, Dread voices from the silent earth
Who stemm'd that all-devouring wave : Told of the mighty and unspotted dead: Who, when no earthly hope was given, The race that shall be in the after time Found strength and confidence in heaven; Rose up in shew sublime,
Aud upward gazing on briglit honour's And claim'd a freeman's birth.
sun, So that immortal city blaz’d on high Finish'd the holy war his glorious Sire An altar pile to Liberty,
begun. And from her tbroes
JOHN TAYLOR COLERIDGE,
Fellow of Exeter College.
INDEX INDICATORIUS. We feel greatly indebted to a variety of We are obliged to L. D. for his remarks, kind Correspondents who have furnished He would find, if he favoured us with his us with particular details of the festivities, own Lucubrations, that neither the vanity the benevolence, and the illuminations, in of A. or of B. or the garrulous loquacity almost every Town and Village in the of C. or of D, would supersede his comKingdom. We cordially join them in munications. In some of his observations their rejoicings, and can only wish that we agree with him; to others we dissent. our limits would permit us to particularize Births and Marriages (unless well authentheir loyalty and generosity.
ticated) are purposely curtailed. The INQUISITOR will
be obliged by any infor- Obituary is of infinitely more consequence; mation concerning the property, personal in which our original arrangement is still and real, left by Lieuto-gen. Frampton, preserved, except where we cannot ascerwho died at Butley Abbey, Suffolk, Sept. tain the exact days on which the parties 23, 1749; and also of his family.
died: in such cases,' classing them in P, 315. In the elegant Inscription on Counties, we conceive, assists the Reader, Sir John Moore, l 15, ET before GALLI: There are more appropriate channels for should be erased.
“ a regular History of the Drama."
FIRST PART OF THE EIGHTY-FOURTH VOLUME.
We candidly acknowledge ourselves to be so dazzled with the glo
rious splendour, which at the present moment envelopes the atmophere of Britain, that it is not without difficulty we obtain the selfcommand, temperately to express our emotions of rapture and of gratitude yet, through this blaze of light and glory, we discern the finger of unerring Wisdom and Goodness, pointing to the destruction of the most cruel
and unrelenting Tyranny which ever disorganized and destroyed the human species. We contemplate also the mantle of Peace, spreading its graceful and lovely folds once more over the Nations of Europe; we hear a voice, which Buonaparte cannot hear, pronouncing aloud, to a delighted world—“Good-will towards man."--Here let us pause for a short interval, to indulge an honest and not indecorous ebullition of self-complacency. That we have in some degree anticipated this most auspicious catastrophe; that we have, in no very ambiguous terms, in part ventured to foretel the restoration of Man's best Rights, and a Tyrant's downfall; to say the least, that we have uniformly, consistently, and pertinaciously, held forth to our Countrymen, the language of consolation and encouragement; that we have never shrunk from our duty, or for a moment bowed our necks to the modern Baal ; we confidently appeal to the last Twenty Years of our Literary Labours :--Our Periodical Addresses to our Readers, in that long and momentous period, will be found full, we trust, of British ardour, marked with a proud disdain of the Tyrant and his Myrmidons, and replete with pious confidence in that unchangeable goodness, which, in its own good time, brings good out of evil.-But enough of the past; and the prospect before us is so animating, the landscape so enchanting, the gale so loaded with fragrance, and the meads so crowded with beautiful variety, that there is little inducement for retrospect, but every thing to hope from the future.
We cannot, however, press forward to our more immediate province of descanting a little on subjects of Science and the Arts, without pausing to contemplate, with a due mixture of admiration and pious gratitude, two great and proud circumstances, which peculiarly designate and render for ever memorable the present epoch :-At the moment of our writing this Address, the happy shores of Britain have received with the acclamations of unaffected welcome the illustrious Sovereigna of Russia and Prussia, with a long and noble train of
Princes, Warriors, and Statesmen, from every Nation of Europe, not
Dum hæc loquimur,
Cetarii, lanii, coqui, fartores, piscatores, aucupes.
The other circumstance, which dilates every British heart with transport, is the safe and felicitous return of our great and beloved Hero ;
En hujus nati auspiciis nostra inclyta Roma,
Imperium terris, animos æquabit Olympo. He is arrived, to receive a Nation's Praise, a Nation's Gratitude and long may he enjoy them! It is not our province to descant on his transcendant talents ; nor would it become us to specify his claims to the almost innumerable laurel-wreaths which surround his person and adorn his paths.—But it is peculiarly consistent in us, to give him the praise of being the harbinger of that tranquil and serene light, which promises in future security and encouragement to those pursuits, employments, and studies, to which for so long a series of years we have consecrated our time, our talents, our hopes, and our most enthusiastic ardour. It is the contemplation of this pleasing image, that enables us to throw aside, we trust for ever, the weight and the gloom which, though never rising to despondency, made us sympathize with the sufferings of our own and of all the Nations of Europe. The clouds are happily, and, as far as human sagacity can determine, effectually dispersed." We return with renewed ardour to our Scientific and Literarary occupations, which indeed have always been in progress, though sometimes, perhaps, a little retarded by causes which have more or less given pain to every honest heart.-It now remains to listen to the Muse of Victory ; to improve, adorn, and multiply the Arts of Peace; to extend the illuminations of Science in every direction :
Hæ nobis erunt artes. We conclude, therefore, with first felicitating our Readers on the glorious termination of the sanguinary scenes of War; and with the repetition of our assurances, that every exertion of Genius, every improvement of Science, every contribution of Learning, will, as heretofore, receive our countenance, our encouragement, and our warmest gratitude. June 1914.