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But let us examine what are Phi's | Are they unhappy? No; bat, in genemodes of using care and watchfulness. ral, more domestic comfort is distilled First, he would furnish them with or- from the society of such persons, than namental dress; his motive here would from those who practise dancing. be to increase their modesty and humi. Again, if dancing produce domestic lity: secondly, introduce them into the happiness, consequently those nations ball-room; this would be to impress who are most in the habit of dancing, on their minds the vanity of the world, must have most happiness of a domesand the necessity of seeking mental tic kind. The French and Italians enjoyment: next he would associate must be happier than Englishmen, for them with mixed company, for the assuredly they have more dancing ; purpose of informing them that they but Britons will not yield the palm of should be select in their acquaintance: domestic happiness to the fantastical then, he would allow them to dance Italian, or the frivolous Frenchman. for several hours; this would be to in- Phi pretends to be a very warm heartstruct them in the value of time: and, ed being : Is he a patriot? Does he lastly, while they were in a high state say that the bappiness of an Englishof perspiration, he would lead them man's fire-side consists in dancing ? into the open air, to shew them the If he does, I fear I must give him up necessity of taking care of their as incorrigible. “Is the village health. Let us, however, examine green,” says Phi, "entirely deserted the subject, and ascertain whether by rustic swains and country maids ?" this exercise does conduce to health. I believe that it is, in the county in

Dancing, if used in moderation, in which I have the happiness to be resiproper places, and at proper times, dent, and yet no bad effects result may, I allow, be useful for the invi- from this desertion. goration of the body; but in general Mixed company is an argument, of it is carried on at improper hours, in which I say nothing. As to boardingerowded places, and to an unjustifi- schools, objections of such weight may able excess. The consequence is, be, and have been urged, that many that many who have practised it are judicious persons have refused to send fatigued, and will acknowledge that their children thither. they feel themselves considerably in- The next paragraph has almost exjured by their pleasure. Let it not be hausted my patience; Phi compares imagined that this is an invention of dancing to printing, to wine, and to my own, as I assure you, Mr. Editor, the laws of our country. How just! I have had repeated confessions of dancing at best but an amusement, this kind, not only with regard to as- printing, as Phi himself says, “ one semblies, but also private parties, on of the greatest blessings God ever bewhich Phi seems to found so much of stowed upon mankind.” However, if his argument; for it is notorious, that good and evil both result from one on such occasions, the company sel- thing, balance them, and ascertain dom part before the dreary noon of which preponderates. Printing bas night is passed, and frequently not sometimes sent into the world books until the horizon begins to be gilded that have a tendency to unhinge the with the reflected rays of the approach- mind, such as novels, &c. &c. But ing sun. Phi then inquires, “Does it is it not abundantly oftener, that it (dancing) not more frequently enter excites ambition to follow the paths the family circle, and constitute a of heroes, statesmen, or divines; and nrominent facture in the hanninecu of

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overbalanced this evil, by dispersing Till melted by the sun, this covering stays, that book over all the earth, which And then they weep, - the eager earth their teaches us, that we should “fear God, will drink; for while the sun, their glorious and honour the king." 1 Pet. ii. 17. It has sometimes been used as a vehicle Smiles on them, he will strip their clothing of infidelity; but has it not a thousand off, times oftener been the means of incul- Whether of Summer's leaves, or Winter's cating, that "there is one God, and Bat, though they thus are bare; and song of one Mediator between God and nien,

birds I Tim. ii. 5. I must beg to refer Phi to Is scarcely heard, so cold, so keen's the blast; the same criterion, with regard to Though on the evening gale no perfume's borne wine, and the laws of our coun

From flowers that deck'd the garden or the try.

And though the orb of day now rises late; Phi then proceeds, as if he thought Though morn is dark, and evening soon apevery one would see the justness of

pears; bis comparison. “Why then abrogate Still there are charms in Winter to be found. the whole system of dancing, (not- Saw ye the robin perch'd upon the snow? withstanding the numerous benefits Nor fears he man, but stands, and looks, and

begs; which are derived from it,) because a

And saw ye rosy Health just skip along, few objectionable branches have been Cloth'd in the fleece of sheep that bleating grafted on the upper parts of the roam'd, stem?" as much as to say, If you de- And sought their food, but who are captives stroy this system, you must destroy For 'tis the time she mostly holds her stay?printing, because it has occasionally Were there no other charm-this-this alone sent into the world improper books; Would now suffice for me the first, the best : wine, because some have been made And though dark clouds will sometimes lower, drunk by it; and the laws of our Still when they flee, and nought obscures the country, because some have been

sky, hanged, who ought not to have been Or fancies that one sees, the stars increase :

So bright, so clear it is, one wondering, sees, 80 punished. How sagacious! If, And then we leave the world” at earlier however, Phi's simile about the tree hour, be correct, it goes very much against Than when warm-breathing Summer walks his own argument, for if there be

abroad; objectionable branches on a tree, it And we can read by clear and sparkling fire plainly proves that they grew there, with friends and children, who had else been for, as it is well known, those branch- out, es which are grafted are of some va- Wandering in rapture o'er the Summer scene : lue, and are so treated that they may

Yes, Winter has charms to those who live be preserved; and who would graft Winter, as well as Summer, fills the mind

aright;objectionable branches ? If, therefore, with grand ideas of Him who rules the whole; these branches are the natural offspring of the tree, it plainly proves Speaks to his creatures,--at whose nod the that the root is not good.

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And snows shall cease, and Spring again re(To be continued.) Acton-Piace, Walworth.

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cornes,

POETRY.

TO THE MEMORY OF CHATTERTON.
WINTER.

Now strike ye slow the trembling lyre,

Now pour ye wild the plaintive strain,
Borbe on the northern winds, stern Winter Mute is the poet's muse of fire,

And dead the youth on yonder plain.
And whiter'd is his brow:-bis chilly breath
Causes the Autumn flower to droop and die,

Oh strew ye flow'rets on his grave
And nips the latest bud upon the stalk;

Yet wet with many a briny tear, While fields, where once dwelt Summer's

And thou, blest streamlet, gently lave

The bard to musing fancy dear! Are cover'd with the fairest, purest snow,

Whilst yet shall glow the solar beam, That at his bidding floats along the air :

And line the rolling globe with gold, Lock'd in his icy fetters is the stream,

The blue-eyed Fays from wood or stream That oft its music issued through the glade;

Shall deck with leaves thy hallow'd mould. Pepriv'd of life it seems the pebbles stand, For thee the hoary moss at eve, Nar roll against each other's bosom smooth : The trees have chang'd their verdant foliage,

For thee the balmy dew they bring ;

For thee the songs of pity weave,
And now are seen dressed in virgin white :- And sweep with little hands the string,

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loveliness,

No. 37.-VOL. IV.

Let them invoke the sacred Nine, and raise Thy deathless fame, immortal Wellington!

Be it thy task, my gentle mase, to sing The godlike virtue of Benevolence! Oil'spring of mercy, source of gratitude, Of gratitude not easily defin'd; It glows with speechless rapture in the heart, And rears an altar in the aching breast, Where barns incessantly the lambent flame, A flame that with superior lustre shines When virtuous Herve's name salutes the ear. Hanway, the friend of infancy distress'd, Howard, the prisoner's advocate and friend, Are call'd to their reward.But Herve lives The philanthropic friend of helpless age ! How blest are they, who, having pow'r and

will, Wipe from the eye of wretehedness the tear, Soothing the anguish of the sorrowing soul, When the weak miserable worn-out frame Bends tottering o'er the margin of the grave! Thrice bless'd is He who form'd the great

design To rescue hoary age from keen distress,From houseless want and chilling penury, When dark adversity's destroying blast Has banish'd Hope, and plung'd them in de

spair, If then Benevolence extends her hand, She smooths the "downward passage to the

tomb. This beav'n-inspired plan shall flourish long, By Princesses* illustrious patroniz'd, And shed its benign influence far and wide. Sanction'd by Royal Kent,t this virtuous

work Shall draw down blessings on our native isle : Approv'd of heav'n, and foster'd by the good, It adds new lustre to the radiant list of Albion's almost countless charities !

Children of misery in future time (Invoking blessings on the founder's bead) With tearful eyes shall clasp their trembling

bands, And muse with silent rapture on his name.

S. H. * The Patronesses were, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, and her royal daughter;

it was the first public charity the Princess Charlotte patronized.

+ Duke of Kent was the first Patron.

SONNET.
How sweet the thougbts of days gone by!

How sweet to cast a retrospective glance, And,-back to the varied hours of infancy,

With contemplation's eye, revert for once. 'Tis sweet to view what never can return

The trembling string, I hear it swell;

It vibrates on my ravish'd ear, Of other deeds it seems to tell,

Of worlds beyond this mortal sphere. Yea, all the winds that whisper bere,

Shall many a melting murinur roll, of power to soothe thy conscious ear, And give to joy thy willing soul.

DAVUS.

A NIGHT PIECE.

AMIDST the watches of the night,
W ben darkness veils the face of light,
Save where the waning moon doth shed
A transient gleam around my bed,
And yonder

star emits a ray
Across the lovely trav’ller's way,
I startle from my anxious sleep,
And wake to raminate and weep.
The curfew long hath ceas'd to ring,
And vespers now no more they sing.
The wretched find, in sweet repose,
The joyous solace of their woes;
And nought appears to intervene
Amidst the stillness of the scene,
But the lone rust'ling of the trees,
That quiver to the passing breeze..
But hark! I beard the death-bell toll
The knell of some departing soul,—
The dreary echo seems to cry,
• Prepare, for thou must also die.'
And now perhaps some holy nan,
Whose vital thread is almost spun,
With calı suspense begins to wait
Her passport to a better state ;
The sister saints, a pious band,
Around the sinking Christian stand,
To wipe the tear-drop from her eye,
And soothe her passage to the sky.
The pow'r of vision waxes dim,
And fainter grows the fading gleam;
The stream of life but feebly ilows,
The flame is quiv’ring at the close-
The trembliug life—the languid cheek-
The pains of dissolution speak-
She breathes—it is her parting breath-
She sleeps—it is the sleep of death
Oh! 'tis a solemn thing to tread
The silent mansions of the dead,
To walk among the mantled glooin,
And on each monumental tomb
To read our own eventful doom ;
And soon perhaps my youthful head
Must slumber in that lowly bed,
And yonder melancholy bell
My exit from this world shall tell.

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of operation, many will hesitate to To the Memory of the Rev. Thomas Faucett, adopt. Of its eflicacy and efl'ects we Minister of Oldham Church 43 years, who de- do not presume to have any knowparted this life January 19th, 1818, aged 74 ledge. Practice is founded on expeyears."

riment, and experiment always inn“Oh! could this verse his bright example plies adventure. It is only by trial spread,

that knowledge can be obtained. And teach the living, while it prais’d the dead: There was a time when the most perThen, reader, should it speak his hope divine, manent principles, derived from pracNot to record his faith, but strengthen thine; Then sboald his every virtue stand confess'd

tice, were in their infancy: this is 'Till every virtue kindle in thy breast,

now the condition of the operation But if thon slight the monitory strain,

recommended. Professional gentleAnd he has liv'a to thee, at least, in vain, men acquainted with the anatomy of Yet let his death an awful lesson give,

the human body, must judge of the The dying Christian speaks to all that live ; Enoagh for bim that here his ashes rest,

danger connected with the attempt, Till God's own plaudit shall his worth at- and by this, no doubt, their conduct test"

will be regulated. • The above lines were found among his

Editor. papers after his death, and are engraved on a brass plate, which was affixed over his grave, MR, EDITOR. but is now removed into the church.

Sir,—There has lately issued from J. S.

the press a little work which appears

to have excited the curiosity not only MORNING

of the medical world, (to whom it is By a young Lady, late of Penzance, Corravall. addressed,) bat also a great interest Now the rosy-fac'ı! morning appears, in the breasts of the public at large.

And the graces attend in her train; It is a treatise on the method, adopted So bright is the charm that she wears,

from time immemorial by the Chinese It communicates charms to the plain.

and Japanese physicians, in all disNow the birds raise their voices on bigh, Like nature delighted and gay;

eases of the abdominal cavity and The blessings they owe to the sky

viscera, sach as colic, tympany, and Their sprightiest song shali repay.

in all complaints attended with acute How fair is the aspect of morn,

and settled pain. They, the Chinese, When she visits these blooming retreats!

term it Zin-King, which is rendered The landscape intent to adorn,

by us, Acupuncturation. The operaShe replenishes pature with sweets. tion simply consists in forcing a neeThe lily, the pink, and the rose,

dle, of an inch or inch-and-half in To salate ber are gracefully spread;

length, into the part affected, once, or And bright are the tints they disclose, oftener, as the acuteness of the disAnd sweet is the fragrance they shed.

ease requires, thereby causing an inBut quickly the morning recedes,

stantaneous revulsion in the region of And is presently follow'd by noon; disease, which is alleviated, or it enSo to spring the gay summer succeeds,

tirely ceases, on the introduction of the And with equal celerity's flown.

needle. Thus we wake in the morning of life,

So far as the actual practice has exAll gladsome, delighted, and gay; tended in this country, it appears to Our joys unimbitter'd by strife, Our pleasures untouch'd by decay.

have succeeded beyond the most san

guine expectation; and during the But much too delightful to last,

short space of time elapsed since its So swiftly the moments flow on,

introduction, there seems not the shaThat ev’ning approaches us fast Ere the morning appears to be gone.

dow of a doubt remaining in the mind of the praiseworthy individual,t who

has thus introduced it into his pracACUPUNCTURATION.

The form of the needle has nothing pecu

hoon i.

tice, that it will ultimately triumph weight of his body more on his limbs, over narrow-minded prejudice, which and in the next instant, without any too frequently accompanies the first inquiries being made, he observed, appearance of a novelty, however that he felt his limbs stronger, from useful, beneficial, or important, the the “pain having left bis hips.” He discovery may prove to the community next plainly indicated that the disease at large.

was lessened, by raising his body, from Having thus introduced the subject which he only desisted, by being deto your notice, I will now state some sired to remain at rest, through fear observations, which the treatise an- of the needle being broken. The innounces, to have come under the no- strument having remained in the place tice, and in the immediate practice, of about six minutes, the patient deboth Mr. J. M. Churchill (ihe author) clared he felt no pain, and could, if and two of his professional associ- he were permitted, raise himself upates.

right; it was then withdrawn; the The cases, as before stated, where man arose, adjusted his dress, exthe operation seems to have produced pressed his astonishinent and delight an immediate relief, are those of acute at the sudden removal of his disease, rheumatism ; and, as the author ob- and having made the most grateful serves, “in those injuries of the acknowledgments, left the house with fibrous structures of the body, which a facility as though he had never been are often observed to arise (particu- afflicted. The relief was, no doubt, larly in labouring persons) from vio- permanent, as he did not return, lent exertion.'

which he would most probably have The first case that of a labourer, done, bad he suffered a relapse.” who applied to Mr. C. for advice, and The other case is that of a female, who is stated to have “come to his 25 years of age, who became the subhouse, supporting himself by a stick ject of Rheumatalgia, which shall be in one hand, and resting the other briefly related: “The shoulders, arms, against the wall as he proceeded ; the back, and hips, were the parts selectbody was bent at nearly right angles ed by the disease (observes Mr. C.) with the thighs, and his countenance for its wandering peregrinations." indicated acute suffering. He had Every thing that professional skill been attacked, he said, three days could suggest, appears to have been before, with darting excruciating used, without the desired effect “At pains in his loins and hips: every mo- the end of three months I was hastily tion of the body produced an acute called to her,” observes Mr. c.; spasmodic pain, resembling an electric she had fainted, and when recovered shock ; and the attempt to raise the from the syncope, complained of body to an upright position was attend- violent pain about the region of the ed with such insupportable agony, as heart, which, she informed me, had obliged him to continue in this state of troubled her more or less for several flexion, rather than encounter it by hours. Copious bleeding, blistering, altering his position. There was no and cupping, were had recourse to more constitutional disturbance than this time, which had the desired, was to be expected from three days though temporary, effect. An expoand nights of constant pain. The sure to wet brought on another attack pulse was a little quickened, and the of Rheumatalgia; which, after varitongue white; but I attributed this ously shifting its seat for several days, derangement to the irritation set up fixed itself on the left side. The forby the pain, and to loss of rest. I di- mer remedies were now useless, and rected him to place himself across a the pain had acquired such a degree chair, for support, during the opera- of violence, that the slightest motion tion ; and I immediately introduced a of the body gave the most exquisite needle of one inch and half in length agony. And so intense (observes into the lumber mass on the right side the author) was this state of suffering, of the spine : in two minutes' time I that the patient could not be urged to observed that he seemed to rest the speak in a tone loud enough to be

conveniently heard, through the fear * When the disease has assumed an inflam- of exciting an exacerbation of pain, matory nature, Acupuncturation would be highly which even such slight motions occaimproper.

sioned. I now had recourse to Acu

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