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THE VILLAGE PASTOR.
(From Goldsmith's Deserted Village.) (Oliver Goldsmitli was one of the most distinguished poets this country has pra. duced. He was born Nov. 1798, at Pallas, in i be county of Longford. Dis father was a poor Clergy man, witb a large family'; but by the assista use of friends his son Oliver was sent to Dublin College, where in 1749 he took the degree of Bachelor of Arts. From his earliest years he had the greatest indisposition to regularity, and though much. bcloved by his companions and protected by his friends, conld never be prevailed on to settle seriously to any profession. After trifling with several proposals, he went to Leyden to study physic; where he fell into the hands of sharpers, who fleeced hun of all his stany supplies. In this forlorn condition be travelled through several countries of the Continent, often supported by his own music in the towns and vidlages through which he passed. He arrived in London in 1756, in extreme distress, and betook himself in his pen for support. Beiog employed by the booksellers in several small works, he struggled through the wretched drudgery of a compiler. The beautiful novel of the Vicar of Wakefield, in which he introduced an account of his own wanderinys, wa
was the fi
rst of his works which raised him to reputation. He wrote this while under arrest for debt: and through the kinduess of his illustrious friend Dr. Johnson, who disposed of it for him for £60, he obtained his liberty, la 1765 he published his celebrated poem of The Traveller; and in 1769, the Deserted Village: from which we have selected the following beautiful extract. The Village Pasior is a faithfui description of his elder brother. The latter poem carried his reputation to its height. He wrote also the Histories of England, Rome, and Greece, some Plays, and other prose works, which supplied him with ample means of independence, could he have added prys dence to bie olber valnable qualities. But such was his entire disregard to ecocamv. that he became involved in the greatest embarrassments; from which he was only released by his death, which took place iu bis 15th year. Dr. Jobsson has remarked, that no man was more fuolish when he had not a pen in his haod, or more wise when he had. The same great critic has recorded on his moment, that such were his powers of writing, he adorned every subject which he touched.]
Near yonder copse, where once the garden smild, .
Careless their merits, or their faults to scan,
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride,
But in his duty prompt at every call,
A'nd, as a bird each fond endearment tries, ; . ! To tempt its new-fledg’d offspring to the skies,
He tried each art, reprov'd each dull delay,
Beside the bed where parting life was laid,
: Despair and anguish fled the struggling soul; and Comfort came down the trembling wretch to raise,
Aand his last fault'ring accents whisper'd praise. To
At church, with meek and unaffected grace;
-Truth from his lips prevail'd with double sway..
.With ready zeal each honest rustic ran;
And pluck'd his gown, to share the good man's smile. -
UNFADING BEAUTY. . . of this little beautiful sonnel is reprinted from a small volume of Poems hy Thomas Carew, Esq. one of the genilemen of tbe privie-chamber, and sewer in ordinary to his Majesty Charles I. Lond. 1640. This elegant, and almost-forgotten writer died in the prime of his age, in 1639.]
He that loves a“rosy cheek, : Or a coral lip admires,
Or from star-like eyes doth seek vi!
As old time makes these decay,
Gentle thoughts, and calm desire sy
· Kindle never-dying fires :"
Monthly Retrospect of Public Affairs.
· Tur past month has been one of infinite political importance, in every point of view. A new reign has commenced. The nation has been occupied in paying the last tribute of mournful respect to the memory of our late revered Sovereign. The legislature has been anxiously engaged in preparing for an immediate dissolution of Parliament. The bustle which precedes a General Election has been setting condicting opinious at work, in, every part of the country. Lastly, what we cannot state without blushing for the character of our countrymen; a most detestable plot has been just discovered, for carrying into efect some of the most horrible of those principles, which we had hoped were confined to the theories of those infamous writers, whom Parliament has been lately engaged in putting down. It will be our duty to notice these several events in their natural order. • Our late Sovereign, George III, expired at his Castle of Windsor on Saturday evening, the 29th of January, at thirty-five minutes past eight o'clock. Our readers are of course all aware, that since. No. vember, 1810, his late Majesty was incapable, from the visitation of a mental disease, of carrying on the functions of Government. The high duties of the sovereignty were therefore performed in his father's name, by the Pçince of Wales, now our most gracious King. The bulletins of the physicians, during the last nine years, are the only authentic records of his late Majesty's retirement from the concerns of the world. From these it appears, that, though in the earlier stages of his malady he was subject to paroxysms which excited the most alarming apprehensions, his life, during the last six or seven years, has been one of tranquillity, though of mental aberration. In the solitude of his apartments in Windsor Castle, and in .. the still deeper solitude of his blindness,
• Presented with a universal blank
Of nature's works,'. he was surrounded only by kind and faithful attendants, who admipistered every comfort to his situation, whilst they exercise that unvaried reserve upon all important subjects, which was necessary to preserve their afflicted Monarch's repose. If the late partner of his Throne visited him in his affliction, and the mournful duty of those visits was never neglected,) it was not to speak the language of affectionate kindness, but to gaze in silence upon his sorrows, and to see that as far as the skill and care of man could relieve them, they were
soothed and mitigated. In the hour of national foreboding, when the success of military ambition seemed almost complete, the stedfast heart of the patriot King was aroused not by his people's fears ;-in the glorious day of triumph, when every foe lay prostrate at the feet of England, and the struggles of twenty years were at length repaid, the pious King, whose prayer had' ever been uplisted for his people's safety, joined not in the hymn of thanksgiving, and bowed not before that Power, from which alone he had looked for succour. In the periods of domestic happiness, or domestic misery, his mind was equally unconscious. The blooming Heiress of the British Crown received not his blessings on her union ;--nor did her untimely removal draw from his eye that saered tear which he would have shed for her loss. His spirit has fled without the consciousness that the beloved partner of his Throne had gone before him to the house of all living ;'-- he was finally spared the pang which a father feels when his son, in the vigour of youth and health, precedes him to the grave.
The first signs of decay in the constitution of his late Majesty appeared about two months before his death. His strength rapidly declined within the fortnight preceding that event. He expired without the slightest pain, at the time we have described; unvisited by any glimpse of returning consciousness. His affectionate son, the Duke of York, was with him in his last moments...
Our present gracious Majesty George IV. was, on the day after his Royal Father's demise, pleased to make the following declaration in Council :
I have directed that you should be assembled here, in order that I may discharge the painful duty of announcing to you the death of the King, my beloved father.
It is impossible for me adequately to express the state of my feelings upon this melancholy occasion, but I have the consolation of knowing, that the severe calamity with which his Majesty has been afflicted for so many years, has never effaced from the minds of his subjects the impressions created by his many virtues, and his example will, I am persuaded, live for ever in the grateful remembrance of his country. *.. Called upon, in consequence of his Majesty's indisposition, to : exercise the prerogatives of the Crown on his behalf, it was the first wish of my heart to be allowed to restore into his hands the powers with which I was entrusted. It has pleased Almighty God to' determine otherwise, and I have not been insensible to the advantages which I have derived from administering in my dear Father's name the Government of this realm.
: The support which I have received from Parliament and the country, in times the most eventful, and under the most arduous circumstances, could alone inspire me with that confidence which my present station demands. " The experience of flie past will, I trust, satisfy all classes of my people, that it will ever be iny most anxious endeavour to promore
their prosperity and happiness, and to maintain unimpaired the religion, laws, and liberties of the kingdom..
· His Majesty was proclaimed with great state in London, on Monday the 31st of January; and has since been proclaimed in all the Cities and Boroughs of the United Kingdom. The ceremonial by which the accession of a new Sovereign is announced to the peo. ple, is a proper acknowledgment of the constitutional maxim that 6 the King never dies. The public ceremonies of the accession re. called us to a proper sense of our duty to the State. While we felt as men for the departure of our late venerable and virtuous Monarch, we rejoiced that the succession was uninterrupted, and that it had descended to a prince who, in administering the government for his revered father, has ever manifested the most filial love and respect. Considerations such as these obviate the imaginary inconsistency of such an union of joy and sorrow, and teach us to regard the page. antry of the occasion, as a proper tribute of the duty and the loy. alty we owe.
His late Majesty was interred in the Royal Tomb at Windsor, (erected by himself) on Wednesday evening the 16th of February. The solennities were conducted with the most affecting propriety; and the utmost facility was afforded to all ranks of people, to wit. ness and assist in the national tribute of sorrow and respect. The remains of the Duke of Kent were interred also at Windsor, on the Saturday preceding. -- It is usual for the Legislature to meet immediately on the death of a reigning Monarch. The members of both Houses accordingly assembled immediately on the demise of our late Sovereign, to take the oaths of allegiance to his present Majesty. The Houses then ad. journed till the day after the funeral. On that day the following Message from the King was presented to the House of Lords, by the Earl of Liverpool. A similar Message was sent to the House of Commons:
GEORGE R. "The King is persuaded that the House of Lords deeply participates in the grief god affiction of his Majesty, for the loss which his Majesty and the nation have sustained by the lamented death of the King his father.
This melancholy event imposing upon his Majesty the necessity of summoning, within a limited period, a new Parliameot, the King has tak,n into consideration the present state of public business, and is of opimion that it will be in all respecte, most conducive to the public interest and convenience to call the New Parliament without delay.
The King, therefore, recommends to the House of Lords to concer in such measures as may be fogod indispensably necessary to provide for the exigencies of the public service during the interval which must elapse between the termination of the present session, and the opening of a new Parliament.
On the day that the Parliament met, the dreadful news arrived from France, that the Duc de Berri, the son of the heir apparent to the Throne, had been assassinated on the 13th inst. This victim of political fanaticism expired on the following moruing. The wretched murderer is a man in low life; desperateis attached to the party of the late usurper. .