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THE BUMPKIN'S INVITATION.
Rir: Oh! Nanny, wilt thou gang with me?
Oh ! Molly, wilt thou go with me,
Nor sigh to quit this noisy place?
And bumpkins rough with ruddy face?
Nor braided close thine auburn hair,
Where thou art fairest of the fair ?
Wilt thou not cast a wish behind, If thou art forc'd to rake up hay,
To top the corn, or sheaves to bind ? Oh! can that soft and gentle heart
Such rural hardships learn to bear, If so--we'll from this town depart,
Where thou art fairest of the fair.
And neatly spin Merino yarn;
And my old worsted stockings darn?
Would'st thou assume the nurse's care; Nor sullen those gay scenes recall,
Where thou wert fairest of the fair?
And when dead drunk I'm put to bed,
Wilt thou prepare the water gruel; Nor curse the day that thou didst wed,
And call thy drunken Strephon cruel?
Wilt thou not drop a briny tear;
Where thou wert fairest of the fair?
Ah! no, I think thou know'st what's good,
And to the country will incline,
And whiskey drink instead of wine.
I riding Dobbin, thou the Mare; And still Î'll think, as old we grow,
That thou art fairest of the fair.
SONG OF DWINA.
[Prom Miss Baillie's Plays.]
WAKE awhile and pleasant be, Gentle voice of melody. Say, sweet carol, who are they Who cheerly greet the rising day? Little birds in leafy bower; Swallows twitt'ring on the tower; Larks upon the light air borne ; Hunters rous'd with shrilly horn ; The woodman whistling on his way; The new-wak'd child at early play, Who barefoot prints the dewy green, Winking to the sunny sheen ; And the milk maid who binds her yellow hair, And blithly doth her daily task prepare. Say, sweet carol, who are they Who welcome in the ev’ning gray? The housewife trim, and merry lout, Who sit the blazing fire about; The sage a conning o'er his book ; The tired wight, in rushy nook, Who half asleep but faintly hears The gossip's tale hum in his ears; The loosen'd steed in grassy stall : The Thanies feasting in the liall; But most of all the maid of cheerful soul, Who fills ber peaceful warrior's flowing bowl. Well hast thou said! and thanks to thee, Voice of gentle melody!
(From the Same.)
No fish stir in our heaving net,
LITERARY INTELLIGENCE, &c.
(Extracted from late London publications.)
MADAME LA BARONNE DE STAEL's important publication, de L'ALLEMAGNE, will appear during the present month (July) in this country. It is not generally known that this interesting work, the mysterious suppression of which has excited the curiosity of Europe, is the result of Madame de Stael's observations on the manners, the society, the literature, and the philosophy of the Germans. An edition, consisting of 10,000 copies, was printed at Paris in the year 1810; and although, in its course through the press, it was submitted to the literary police, the whole impression was destroyed by a sudden mandate of Bonaparte. One copy, however, escaped; and from that the present edition is printing. It will contain all the passages originally struck out by the police, and an original preface, developing the causes of this unprecedented literary persecution.
We learn that steam-boats have worked with success on certain rivers in Scotland for a considerable time past, particularly, on the Clyde and the Leven. One of these, calied the Comet, built about two years ago at Port-Glasgow, is at present on a voyage to London.
Dr. John Moodie, of Bath, member of several literary societies, has finished for publication a work on which he has been several years engaged, on the modern geography of Asia. It is to contain a full and authentic description of the empires, kingdoms, states, and colonies; with the oceans, seas, and isles, of this great division of the globe ; including the most recent discoveries and political alterations. Also a general introduction, illustrative of the physical geography, and present moral and political state of Asia. The whole to form two volumes, quarto, with an atlas. An original work of geography is a literary phenomenon, and Asia particularly merits that attention in Great Britain which Dr. M. has bestowed upon it.
An important work relative to modern Greece, is announced by a gentleman who has been employed by government upon several missions into that country, entitled “ Researches in Greece.” The first part will be confined to inquiries into the language of the modern Greeks, and the state of their literature and education, with some short notices of the dialects spoken within the limits of Greece, viz. the Albanian, Wallachian, and Bulgarian. It is intended as an introduction to further re. searches made by the author during his residence in Greece, into the geography, antiquities, and present state of the country.
QUEEN ELIZABETH's navy consisted only of 33 ships of one hundred tons and upwards. One of 1000 tons; three of 900; two of 800; three of 600; six of 500; and the others smaller. Our modern navy consists of 1,000 ships, half of them larger than her largest; and query, will the present times rival in glory those of Elizabeth ?.
CAPTAIN ALLCUME, of Paris, has contrived a plan of modelling or casting cities in miniature, and has actually modelled, or made a cast of, Paris, on the scale of an inch to two hundred yards.
Some French engineers propose to blow up masses of loose earth, when hardened, during frosts, by means of gunpowder, as an expeditious mode of making canals, &c.
The voyage of discovery of Captain Flinders is preparing for publication by the board of admiralty. This work has long been delayed, owing to the detention of Capt. F. in the Isle of France; but no time will now be lost in submitting its details to the world. It will be printed so as to correspond with the voyages of Cook, and be accompanied, like them, with an atlas of historical and geographical engravings. It was the object of this voyage to complete the survey of New Holland, and this duty Capt. F. ably and fully performed. The late maps of Arrowsmith exhibit the general results; but many circumstances in such a voyage claim the notice, and naturally excise the lively curiosity, of the public.
Mr. TURNBULL, the last circumnavigator that has published the history of his voyage, has introduced, in a new and enlarged edition of his work in quarto, a prodi. gious number of new facts relative to the interesting islands of the Pacific. Among other novelties, he mentions a circumstance, connected with geological speculations, which deserves to be transferred to our pages. In the voyage of Perouse, that navigator describes a reef of shoal banks, a few degrees north of Owhyhee, where he suggested that a pearl fishery might be established to advantage, and he states that the French frigates sailed over them. Some commercial persons, in consequence, lately engaged divers, and visited the spot, but were astonished to find, not only that no vessel can now sail over these banks, but that through a large extent they afford but two or three feet water, and in many places exhibit verdant spots above the water. Mr. T. ascribes the change solely to the unremitting labours of polype and coral insects, and he confirms the hypothesis that many other of the groupes of islands that stud this vast ocean derive their origin from similar causes.
Zeran COLBURN, the American boy, continues to attract much attention among the curious in London. He multiplies 4 figures into 4 with momentary precision, and cxtracts the cube root of 12 figures with equal facility.
A late Portuguese work on port wine states, as matter of complaint, that the growers are in the habit of giving only a few hours boiling to the wines, and of dashing them, in the course of the fermentation, with bad brandy to give them strength, and with the elderberry, and the rind of the ripe grupe, to give them colour. Most of the factories at Oporto buy, it is said, large quantities of brandy and elderberries to mix with the wines in their own cellars.
A pipe of port wine costs at Oporto 151. and in London 1301.! The duties in England produce 2,000,0001. per annum.
A German moralist, in this age of chymistry, has published an analysis of the character of the German women, and assigned the several proportion of S2 parts as under: Vanity
8 parts. Love of Rule
4 parts. Sexual Passion
M. Cuvier has just published, in four volumes in quarto, with numerous plates, a collection of all his memoirs on the fossil bones of quadrupeds. He has described seventy-eight species, forty-nine of which were certainly unknown to naturalists, and sixteen or eighteen are still doubtful. The other bones found in these recent beds, appear to belong to animals known. In a preliminary dissertation, the author explains the method which he followed, and the results which he obtained. It appears to him, from facts which he has established, that the earth has undergone several great and sudden revolutions, the last of which, not more remote than five or six thousand years, destroyed the country, at that time inhabited by the species of animals existing, and offered for a habitation to the feeble remains of these species, continents which had been already inhabited by other beings, which a preceding revolution had buried; and which appeared in their actual state at the time of this last revolution..
Sir Robert Kerr Porter's narrative of the late campaign in Russia, containing information drawn from oficial sources, and from intercepted French documents hitherto unknown to the British public, illustrated with plans, &c. of the general movements of both armies during their advance and retreat, and a portrait of the late General Kutusoff, will be published on the 10th of the present month, (July.)
Died at Paris, the Abbe Delille, who was supposed to occupy the poetical chair of his time. He was very much attached to the English poets, and was enabled, by bis translation of some of them, and his intimate acquaintance with all, to throw an unusual proportion of strength and richness into his styie.
FOR DECEMBER, 1813.
SPIRIT OF MAGAZINES.
Anecdotes of Sir Joshua Reynolds, 513 Clarkson's Life of Wm. Penn, · · 441 Playfair's Theory of Winds, . 517 Southey's Life of Nelson,
522 Hints on the Navy of the United
LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. States,
484 Biographical Memoir of Commo
Mr. Ogilvie-Mr. Galt's Travels-Sir dore Perry,
Joshua Reynolds's Works--Mr God. 494
win--Report of the Progress of ChyObituary,
. 523 With an engraving of Commodore Perry.
Memoirs of the Private and Public life of William Penn. By
Thomas Clarkson, M. A. 8vo. 2 vol. pp. 1020.
[From the Edinburgh Review.]
IT is impossible to look into any of Mr. Clarkson's books, without feeling that he is an excellent man--and a very bad writer. Many of the defects of his composition, indeed, seem to be directly referrible to the amiableness of his disposition. An earnestness for truth and virtue, that does not allow him to waste any thought upon the ornaments by which they may be recommended--and a simplicity of character which is not aware that what is substantially respectable may be made dull or ridiculous by the manner in which it is presented—are virtues which we suspect not to have been very favourable to his reputation as an author. Feeling in himself not only an entire toleration of honest tediousness, but a decided preference for it upon all occasions over mere elegance or ingenuity, he seems to have transferred a Vol. II. New Series.