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POETRY

ADDRESS BY LORD BYRON.
Spoken by Mr. Ęlliston, at the Opening of the New Theatre Royal, Drury Lane,

IN one dread night our city saw, and sighed, -
Bow'd to the dust, the Drama's tower of pride,
In one short hour,-beheld the blazing fane,
Apollo sink, and Shakspeare cease to reign.

Yę who beheld, O sight, admired and mourned,
Whose radiance mocked the ruin it adorned!
Through clouds of fire, the massy fragments riven,
Like Israel's pillar, chase the night from heaven,
Saw the long column of revolving flames
Shake its red shadow o'er the startled Thames,
While thousands, thronged around the burning dome,
Shrank back appalled, and trembled for their home;
As glared the volumed blaze, and ghastly shone
The skies, with lightnings awful as their own;
Till blackening, ashes and the lonely wall
Usurped the Muse's realm, and marked her fall;
Say-shall this new por less aspiring pile,
Reared, where once rose the mightiest in our isle,
Know the same favour which the former knew,
A shrine for Shakspeare-worthy him and you?

Yes-it shall be ---The magic of that name
Defies the sithe of time, the torch of fame,
On the same spot still consecrates the scene,
And bids the Drama be where she hath been:-
This fabric's birth attests the potent spell,
Indulge our honest pride, and say, How well!
As soars

this

fane to emulate the last,
Oh! might we draw our omens from the past,
Some hour propitious to our prayers, may boast
Names such as hallow still the dome we lost.
On Drury first your Siddons' thrilling art
O'erwhelmed the gentlest, stormed the sternest heart;
On Drury, Garrick's latest laurels grew,
Here your last tears retiring Roscius drew,
Sighed bis last thanks, and wept his last adieu.
But still for living wit the wreathes may bloom
That only waste their odours o'er the tomb.
Such Drury claimed and claims,-nor you refuse
One tribute to revive his slumbering muse,
With garlands deck your own Menander's head!
Nor board your honours idly for the dead!

Dear are the days which made our annals bright,
Ere Garrick fled, or Brinsley ceased to write,
Heirs to their labours, like all high-born heirs,
Vain of our ancestry, as they of theirs.
While thus Remembrance borrows Banquo's glass,
To claim the sceptered shadows as they pass,
And we the mirror hold, where imaged shine
Immortal names, emblazoned on our line:
Pause-ere their feebler offspring you condemn,
Reflect how bard the task to rival them!

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Friends of the Stage-- to whom both Players and Plays
Must sue alike for pardon, or for praise,
Whose judging voice and eye alone direct
The boundless power to cherish or reject,
If e'er frivolity has led to fame,
And made us blush that you forbear to blame,
If e'er the sinking stage could condescend
To sooth the sickly

, taste it dare not mend,
All past reproach may present scenes refute,
And censure, wisely loud, be justly mutel
Oh! since your fiat stamps the Drama's laws,
Forbear to mock us with misplaced applause-
So pride shall doubly nerve the actor's powers,
And Reason's voice be echo'd back by ours!
This greeting o'er,--the ancient rule obey'd,
The Drama's homage by her herald paid,
Receive our welcome too,-whose every tone
Springs from our hearts, and fain would win your own.
The curtain rises-may our stage unfold
Scenes not unworthy Drury's days of old!
Britons our judges, Nature for our guide,
Still may we please, long-long may you preside.

SCOTT'S ROKEBY. [It is with pleasure we learn, that Messrs. Bradford and Inskeep, with their

characteristic diligence and enterprise, have procured a copy of ROKEBY, the new poem by Walter Scott, previous to its publication in England. They

have put it to press, and it will be soon before the public. The following description of the Heroine is from the fourth canto, and presents an exquisite picture of feminine loveliness.]

Wreathed in its dark brown rings, her hair
Half hid Matilda's forehead fair,
Half bid and half revealed to view
Her full dark eye of hazel hue.
The rose, with faint and feeble streak,
So lightly tinged the maiden's cheek,
That you had said her hue was pale;-
But if she faced the summer gale,
Or spoke, or sung, or quicker moved,
Or heard the praise of those she loved,
Or when of interest was expressed
Aught that waked feeling in her breast,
The mantling blood in ready play
Rivalled the blush of rising day.
There was a soft and pensive grace,
A cast of thought upon her face,
That suited well the forehead high
The eye-lash dark and downcast eye;
The mild expression spoke a mind

In duty firm, composed, resign'd:-
'Tis that which Roman art has given
To mark their maiden Queen of heaven.
In hours of sport, that mood gave way
To fancy's light and frolic play,

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(From the Poems of William Ingram.] “ Farewell! Farewell! long hast thou worn, Though thread-bare, clouted now, and torn, A trusty servant, 'een and morn,

To me thou'st been;
And gratefu' still I winna scorn,

My guid auld frien'.
“A bield thou wast in stormy weather;
And mony a blast we've bravd together;
And mony a time did I consider,

With dowie mane,
What way I wad procure anither,

When thou wast gane.
“I ne'er was fond of being braw,
And poets maun na often fa'
To cast their duddy claise awa'

When they twin bare;
Their thraldom aften is na sma'

Ere they get mair.
“Ance on a day I was right vain
To countenance thee as my ain,
And to protect thee frae the rain

Wi' jerkin blue,
That stormy weather might na stain

Thy glossy hue.
Corroding Time! thy tooth devours
The brazen walls of massy towers,
And levels potentates and powers

To low estate;
Nor strength nor beauty here insures

A better fate.
" Since the best things decay and rot,
Need I repine that my auld coat,
Is doom'd to share the common lot,

And yield to time:
Like it I soon shall be forgot

For a' my rhyme."

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.

A new Poem, from the pen of Walter Scott, was to make its appearance about the first of January. It would be entitled Rokeby: the story, it was whispered, was connected with some of the events about the period of the civil wars of Charles I. Mr. Scott had been in Yorkshire, in the neighbourhood of Rokeby, collecting materials historical and descriptive. The printer had already paid 30001. sterling for the poem, and, having advertised it prematurely, was obliged to begin printing the commencement, before Mr. Scott had written the conclusion. The latter, however, writes with great facility, composing at the rate of a hundred lines in a day, and seemed in no apprehension of being behind hand.

Mr. Rogers, author of the Pleasures of Memory, &c. bas lately sent to press a Poem on the subject of Columbus's discovery of America, which he has been several years engaged in writing. It is expected that it will make some noise in the literary world.

The learned Mr. Fea is employed on a new edition of Horace, the text of which will be corrected by a copy hitherto unknown, preserved in the library of the Vatican.

A work by the late Dr. Robertson, the celebrated historian, is in the press, on the grounds of Protestantism; or the causes which contributed to the se. cession of our forefathers from the errors and corruptions of the church of Rome.

Mr. G. Townsend of Trinity College, Cambridge, has at length finished his long promised poem of Armagedden, in twelve books. It is expected to be published about next Easter.

Mr. Picquot has written a new treatise on Geography, in which Ancient Geography is included a feature of novelty as well as utility for school purposes.

A volume of the most interesting and least exceptionable comedies of Aristophanes, translated by Cumberland, Fielding, Dunster, &c. has been published, handsomely printed, in uniformity with the new edition of Colman's translation of Terence.

A new periodical publication was proposed in London, under the title of The Author's Review, and Literary Protector; the object of which will be, to rescue works of importance from the attacks of uncandid and partial critics. It was to commence in January.

RECENT AMERICAN PUBLICATIONS.

By M. Carey, Philadelphia. Santo Sebastiano, or the Young Protector. By the Author of Romance of the Pyrennes. 3 vols. 12mo.

By Edward Parker, Philadelphia. Professor Cullen's Materia Medica; improved by Benjamin Smith Barton, M. D. 2 vols. 8vo. Price 5 dolls.

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By Moses Thomas, Philadelphia. Good Men of Modern Date; a Satirical Tale. By Mrs. Green, Author of Reformist, &c. 2 vols. 12mo. Price 175 cents in boards.

By James Eastburn, New York, Portraiture of Methodism. By Jonathan Crowther, who was 31 years a Member, and 26 years a Travelling Preacher among them. 1 vol. 12mo. 1 dol. lar 25 cents in boards.

By F. Lucas, and J. Cushing, Baltimore. Coleman's Poetical Vagaries; including Broad Grins. 1 vol. 24mo. Price sixty-two and a half cents in boards.

PROPOSED AMERICAN PUBLICATIONS.
By Bradford & Inskeep, Philadelphia, and Inskeep & Bradford,

New-York.
The Letters of Junius, with Notes and Illustrations. By Woodfall.
Rokeby, a new Poem. By Walter Scott.
Pleasures of Memory, and other Poems. By Rogers.

By M. Carey, Philadelphia.
Young Mother; or Albina. 1 vol.
Siege of Rochelle; or the Christian Heroine.
Heriot's Travels in Canada. 1 vol.
The Highlanders, and other Poems. By Mrs. Grant.

By Moses Thomas, Philadelphia.
Cruttwell's New Universal Gazetteer, or Geographical Dictionary: revised,
corrected and improved, as far as relates to the Geography of the United
States. By an American Gentleman. To be comprised in 4 vols. 8vo.

A System of Rhetoric and Belles Letters: compiled for the use of Schools. By John Andrews, D. D. Provost of the University of Pennsylvania. By Joseph Delaplaine, and Murray, Draper, Fairman and Co.

Philadelphia. A Splendid Hot-Pressed Edition of M. cklin's celebrated Bible. To be embellished with Two Hundred Engravings, from Pictures and Designs by the most Eminent Foreign and American Artists. It will be published in Fifty numbers (royal quarto). A number every six weeks, at three dollars and fifty cents each.

By James Eastburn, New-York. The Posthumous Works of the Right Hon. Edmund Burke; containing his Letters on the regicide peace, with numerous other important papers.

Biographical Memoirs of Adam Smith, L. L. D. William Robertson, D.D. and Thomas Reed, D. D. By Dugald Stuart, L. L. D. F. R. S. Edinburgh, with three heads to be engraved by Leney.

The Speeches of the right honourable Lord Erskine, while at the bar.

The Doctrine of the Greek Article, applied to the Criticism and the Illustrations of the New Testament. By T. F. Middleton, D. D. Rector of Tansor. To be edited and corrected throughout, by the Rev. John M. Mason, D. D. Provost of Columbia College, New-York.

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