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Por, while beneath thy lovely light Yet Music comes my sinking soul to cheer,

The misty mountains round ine rise, Strains like my Ariel's magic notes are The world receding leaves my sight,

here! And daring fancy mounts the skies. Thus by your pow'r call'd up in ev'ry Forgetful of my sorrows here,

heart, Entraoc'd, I inuse on joys 10 come,

Around I see celestial Spirits start; And far above thy lucid sphere

Spirits that shall disperse the gloom of My trembling spirit seeks her home.

Care,

Allay the rising tempest of Despair ; Then sweetly sbive, thou ev'ving star!

Couvert by alms and educatiou kind And long, with dewy radiance pale,

Each fuul rebellious mouster of the mind; Beam on these tow'ring hills afar,

Bij Culture crowo the board, and leap the And light this solitary vale.

bearth, Bid social Loveturn Malice all to Mirth;

The swelling waves of Sin and Sorrow BLITHE as the birds that wing the

check,

(wreck, air,

And save the good ship INDUSTRY from Erewhile my mountaio lyre I strung;

Thus shall my Spirits, summond by and deem'd the rudest scenes an Eden fair,

your smile, Througb which its wild notes rung;

Revewibeir blessings in this bounteousl·le, The sterile vale, the green inconstant sea,

T'heu fly to register your acts elsewhere,

Wing'd on the pinions of each Pauper's And barren heath-clad bills, were all to me.,

prayer. But now no more they give delight,

Ye proud Salopiaos ! proud io beauties As in departed days, I weeli;

grac'd, For gluorny Sorrow's long and starless

By Talent honour'd, and admir'd of Taste; night

Proud in your priocely marl's distinguish'd Envelopes ev'ry scene:

claim The zephyr's wing, that geoily flutters by, To civic oak, and bays of Academe *; Scatters in air the frequeut sigh,

Deem not this balmy buon the smallest Then, faithless flatt'rer, Hope, adieu !

gem 'Tby soog no more can svolhe iny That studs your many-wreathed diadeln. heart;

So the fair flood that laves your lovely Thy fairy pencil, dipp'd in rainbow hue, bow'rs, No longer can impart

And liugeis fondly round your spiry tow'rs, To this deluded breast one inoment's joy ; With graceful grandeur sparkling as it There pangs of cureless woe thy loveliest

flows,

[goes, scenes destroy.

Bears wealth and blessings wheresoe'er it Ah! wherefore should this feeble hand

The Poor shall praise you,-'1 is for Essay again to strike the lyre ;

them I bou

{now; No cherish'd friendship shall the lay de

Not for my Actors ;-You're the Actors mand,

For what am I, and all these primic elves, Responsive to the wire ;

But poor imperfect shadows of yourselves? No seraph-voice of love or friendship dear, And, when our stage this curtain shall unShall steal, like strains from heav'n, upon

veil,

[peal, mine ear!

Not to your Sense, but to your Selves ap-
Nor fear by us your kind applause disa

grac'd,
PROLOGUE

Not to our Merit, but our Motive plac'd, To a Play at the Shrewsbury Theatre, acted by a Private Company of the In

LNCS. habilants for the Benefit of the industri. 045 Poor.-Writlen, and spoken in the AS in thy face I read my doomCharacter of PROSPERO, at the request

I lain, from bondage free, of the Company, 101h March, 1817, by Would bide my anguish in the tomb, Jous F. M. DovASTON, Esq.

And think no more of thee : ABJU'RD my Art, and spoil'd of ev'ry

Yet still thy cruelly denies spell,

This retuge 1. om my paio ; I pow’rless Prospero leave my lowly ccll;

For, when I look upon ihy eyes, But, as the poor.mau's Pilot I appear,

They bid me live again :Methinks I bave no peed of Magic here: Yi are my potent Wres, my Arts, my * This slight, but justly merited comArms,

[charins : pliment to Dr. Butler, under whom the My Circle this, of more thau magic Au'bor had the honour of beiug edu. Your Alms my Philters, Cuarily my Wand, calid, was leil, and instantly seconded, My Book the Sorrows of a suffering Laud. by the stence.

Distracted

Distracted thus 'twixt hopes and fears, • Go, hie thee to the couch of Paia,
Thy victim to destroy,

Where anguish'd wretches weep, Thou wring'st my breast with sorrow's And calling on thy name in vain tears,

Unwelcome vigil. keep: Or draw'st forth tears of joy.

With lib'ral band thy balm dispense But that sad fate which pow I seek,

To soothe the tortur'd breast,

Till sweetly ev'ry throbbing sense
Shall ev'ry pang remove,
Thy scorn this aching heart shall break,

Is lapp'd in downy rest.
And I forget to love.

And should this fragile frame refuse Thus the frail bark upon the maio,

To bear me through the night, O'ertaken by a storm.

Steep me in those delicious dews Strives with the foaming surge in vain,

That shed a mild delight; That rends her airy form.

Oh let me trace the moments o'er

My dawn of being knew, But should tie sun with placid light

When all my playful wishes wore
Thro' a receding cloud,

Young Pancy's golden lue.
Illume in beauty to the sight
Each tap'ring mast and shroud;

When lightly ev'ry feeling rose

Unbiass'd, unconfio'd; Refitted, o'er the tranquil tides

As yet unfelt the worst of woesShe speeds her prosp'rous way,

The slav'ry of the mind !Whilst round ber sails and curving sides But if a visioo pure as this, The flall'ring breezes play ;

Dull Pow'r, thou canst not bring,
'Till caught within the whirlwiod's blast, I will not bear a meaner bliss
Far from the friendly shore,

Again, avert thy wing !
Her gilded bull a wreck is cast
To grace the waves no more,

TO SPRING.
SEASON of Love! when Nature blooms
arouud

[moves On seeing an old withered Yew-tree by the

In wild luxuriance, when each passion side of St. Oswald's WELL.

In sweetest concord with Creation's works, HERE as I listen to the breeze, I woo three, Spring ! thee, harbinger of joy. That seems to sob in Fancy's ear,

Sweet is the aspect of the Autumnal field Wbile dew-drops trickle from the trees,

When o'er the rip'ning corn the mnoonIn many a beavy falling lear:

beam plays

(mer eve: Methinks I hear, though none can see, With chequer'd brilliancy: sweet the SumThe weeping Naiad of the well,

But the green leaf just op'ning to the sun, Lamenting o'er her aged tree,

The sbrill-top'd chorus which at dawnir g Yon wiiber'd guardian of her cell.

day

(plavi, Oft hast thou heard, O nymph forlorn, Hyon their Creator's praise; when every

Embosom'd in that blighted yew, And flower, and shrub, breathes incense in Wild music wake the eye of morn,

the gale;

(meads Or sweetly hail the evening dew: The playful lamb disporting o'er the And oft those ruiv'd arins have spread, With all the joyvus innocence of youth; Uorified by the winter's rage,

The genial influence which the season Their dark green foliage o'er thy bed,

sbeds A screen from every ill but age. O’er every mind, to contemplation dear, And now thy friend is sad to view,

Dear to the Poet: tbese are thine, O His branches bare, bis warblers fled;

Spring;

[ditation, Yet mouro not thon, for ages flew

These raise the mind to heavenly meEre time could touch his verdant head:

To Him, whom sea.00s, winds, and storaus But oh! vur joys are like the flowers,

obey. That bend so feebly o'er thy waves; We see them bloom in summer hours ;-

The Rer. Thomas Warton's Epigram on Perhaps they wither on our graves.

Sleep
W. E. SOMNE levis ! quanquam certissima

mortis imago,

Consortem cupio te tamen esse tori; ODE TO SLEEP.

Alma Quies ! oplata veni; nam sic, side By J. C. Claris, Canterbury.

vrå,

[mori. OH Sleep! and must the only hour Vivere jucundum est, sic, sine morte,

In which my soul is free, My lonely joy, relentless Power !

Translation of the above. Be sacrific'd lo thee?

LIGHT, balmy sleep! of death the exOh! turn away thy leaden wing,

actest type,

(hover nigh; Nor veil as yet mine eyes;

Still bless mine eyes; my couch still For I must taste the Classic spring 'Tis sweet, without the cares of life to live, Day's burried course denies.

And sweet, without the rains of death, to die.

W. H.

HISTORICAL CHRONICLE.

PaocagDINGS IN THE FIFTH SESSION OF THE FIFT: PARLIAMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM of Great BRITAIN AND IRELAND; continued from p. 165. February 1.

both to that illustrious Personage and to BOTH Houses proceeded in state to Carl bis advisers, to feel themselves called

ton-House, with their Addresses; where upon by their sense of duty to the Coun. his Royal Highuess gave them a most try and the Constitution, to inform their gracious reception.

Lordsbips' House that tbere did exist meet.

ings and combinations in different parts of House of Lords, Feb. 3.

the country, for the purpose of endea. Viscount Sidmouth presented a message vouring to alienate from bis Majesty the from the Prince Regent, similar to that affections of his subjects, to bring his per, noticed in the proceedings of the Com. son and government into balred and con-, moos.

tempt, to endanger tbe liberty of the sub. The thanks of the House were voted to ject, and to overebrow the whole scheme Lord Viscount Exmouth, Rear.admiral and system of our laws and constitution : Sir David Milne, and other officers, for and their Lordships might easily believe the successful result of the attack upon that such a communication would not hare Algiers.

been made without the strongest convic

tion of its urgent and indispepsible neceslo the Commons, the same day, Lord sity. Their Lordships would, he had no Castleteagh appeared at ibe bar with the doubt, concur in the Address which he following Message :-George P. R. His

should have the honour to propose in anRoyal Highness the Prince Regent, acting swer to the Message, as it would pledge in the name and on the behalf of his Mas their Lordships to nothing except to an jesty, has given orders that there be laid examination of the evidence ; for, as to before the House of Commous, papers

The ulterior proceedings, he not only did containing information respecting certain

not call on their Lordships to give any practices, meetings, and combinations, pledge, but be would not choose to be in the Metropolis, and in different parts

bimself considered as pledged. When of the kingdom, evidently calculated to this iorion should be disposed of, he endanger the public tranquillity, to alie should propose that the papers communi. pate the affections of his Majesty's sub. cated by his Royal Highness be referred jects from his Majesty's person and go

10 a Comunittee of Seciecy. After having Ternment, and to bring into hatred and said ibis, he need not state that he did not contempt the whole sy tem of our laws purpose at present to enter into particu. and constitution. His Royal Highness Jars. He would refrain froin all reference recominends to the House of Commons to to any ulierior proceedings, and recom. take these papers into their inmediate mended that nothing should be said or serious consideration. GEORGE P. R. done until the report of the Comınittee

A petition was presented by Lord Ar should be laid before the House, chibald Hamilion from ibe boy Dogooil, that he had to request in the mean time complaining of being sent to prison and was, that their Lordships would abstain kept there for 10 days, for pulling down from making up their minds until the a posting bill, entitled “Mr. Hunt hissed whole subject should be investigated. out of Bristol.” This petition produced There was only one other point to which a spirited debate; in the course of which he felt it his duty to call the attenseveral Members considered the boy as tion of their Lordships, as it was inaterial very ill-used ; aod at length the motion that it should be noticed. The atrocious for a reference to a Committee was with outrage lately commiited against the. drawn, on a pledge that the Home Depart. Prince Regent was certaiuly regarded with ment would investigate the matter.

the utmost horror and reprobation by an

overwhelming majority of the Nation ; House of Lords, Feb. 4.

and he felt it his duty to state, that the Viscount Sidmouth, in moving that the

present cummunication was not at all con. Prince Regent's message be taken into

nected with that outrage. Though that consideration, said, that their Lordships

atrocious, that horid outrage against the might believe that it was not without the royal dignity, bad oot been committed, bis most painful feelings that his Royal High. Royal Highness's advisers, with the inbess found himself under the necessity of formation in their po session, would bave Inaking such a communication. It was,

still felt it their indispensible duty to have indeed, a most afflicting circumstance brought forward this proceeding, origi. GENT. Mac. March, 1817.

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pating in a message from the Prince Re lence and depredation never existed, his gent, to be followed up by a reference Majesty's Government could not have of the papers to a Committee of Se avoided to advise the present Message crecy.

without an abandonment of those high Earl Grosvenor said, that the papers duties that they owed the House and the must go to a Comunittee; but he was Country. convinced that meetings and combina An Address of Thanks to the Prince Re. tions, if they did exist, were mainly pro- gent was voted; and Lord Callereagh har. voked by the conduct of the Ministers, ing stated that the precedent of 1794 who had set their faces against economy would be strictly followed, it was agreed, and retrenchment.

that the papers should be relerred to a Lord Holland remarked that Ministers Committee of Secrecy, and that the Commust not only prove that such meetings miitee should consist of 21 Members, to and combinations existed, but that a re be chosen by ballot. medy for the evil was not to be had from the ordinary, law of the laod; for nothing

February 5. short of this would justify their calling for The names of the Meinbers returped as the interference of Parliament.

the Committee of Secrecy were read as Lord Liverpool denied that there was follows:--Lord Milion, Mr. Ponsonby, any charge of disloyalty or disaffection Mr. Wm. Elliott, Lord Castlereagh, Lord intimated or insinuated in the speech or Lascelles, Mr. C. Bathurst, Hon. Mr. message against the general body of the Lamb, Sir Arthur Piggott, Mr. F. RobinNation A vast majority was, no doubt, son, Sir John Nicholl, the Attorney Gesincerely attached to the laws and consti- neral, The Solicitor General, Mr. Geo. tution; but many even of the well-dis- Capping, Mr. Charles York, Mr. Wilbra. posed, but misinformed, might be misled ham Egerton, Mr. Wilberforce, Mr. Booby the artful and designing, and more tle Wilbraham, Mr. W Dundas, Mr, Rose, particularly in a seasou of general and Sir W. Curtis, Admiral Frank. severe pressure.

lo a Committee of Supply the followEarl Grey and the Marquis of Bucking. ing sums were granted : 11,000,0001. to ham spoke to the same effect as Lord Hobo pay Exchequer Bills, issued in 1816; land.

and 13,000,0001. for the same purpose ; An address to the Prince Regent was 1,435,0001, in Irish currency, for Excheagreed to; and the papers on the table quer Bills issued in 1816, in Ireland ; and ordered to be referred to a Committee 4,080,0001. for the same parpose. of Secrecy, consisting of eleven Lords, to be then chosen by ballot,

February 6.

A petition from Manchester signed by In the Commons, Lord Custlereagh, in 30,000 individuals, praying for Parliacalling the attention of the House to the mentary Reform, annual parliaments, Prince Regent's message, said, that the abolition of sinecures, &c. was presented proposition he should submit could not be by Lord Cochrane, but rejected, on account productive of any discussiou., It had no of some josulting expressions it conother tendency than merely to call upon tained. the House to acknowledge the gracious On the motion of Mr. Canning, thanks communication it has received, and of its were voted to the Marquis of Hastings, intention to proceed to the examination of and Gen. Ochterlony, for their services in the documents that his Royal Highness India. had ordered to be laid before it. All he had to request was, that Parliament would

February 7. preserve a mind free and unbiassed, until A sum of 24,000,0001. was voted for the it shall have received the Report of that payment of outstanding Exchequer Bills. Committee to which it was intended, under Mr. Calvert presented a petition of the the confidence of the House, to refer the Corporation of London, prayiog for a Reexamination of the docuinents. There form in Parliament. was, however, one point on which he was On the motion of Lord Castlereagh, the solicitous fully to explain. A rumour House went into a Committee on that part bad been propagated that the present of the Regent's 'Speech which related to Message bad grown out of the late tumul. the finances of the country. Tbe labours tuous outrage in the metropolis-an oui. of the Committee, he was convinced, rage on which there existed but one sed would be directed to the same object which timent on every side of the House-(Cries His Majesty's Government had in view, a of Hear, hear! particularly from the Op- system of practical ceconony, commed. position Benches.)—When the House was surate with the interests, and at the same in possession of the proper information, it time with the security of the country, would feet, he had no doubt, satisfied, The estimates intended to be submitted that had that disgraceful scene of turbu. for approbation would include the army

in France and India ; the former of which that, after so tremendous a struggle in was supported by the contributions of that war, Ministers should bave been able, in power, and the latter by the Government the first year of peace, to remit eighteen in India. The amount voted last year millions of direci taxation ; and so soon was 99,000 men; that is, for the United after, to make still further reductions, to Empire 53,000, for Colonial purposes and the amount he had already stared. He abroad 46,000. The estimates for the trusted the House would see that these present year would proceed upon a re estimates were cast in the scale of econoduction in point of numbers and ex my and retrenchment. Still it could not pences; in the Hon

Service the diminu. be concealed that this was a year of pe. tion would be 5000; in the Colonial, a culiar pressure ; and that there was no diminution of 15,000, making an actual individual in the country, however high reduction of 18,000; thus leaving the ar or low, but who must feel the band of my at 81,000 instead of 90,000 men. Toe Providence upon his means. This distress reduction had been made under a strong was general through Europe ; and persense of the pressure of the moment, and haps it had been less fell here than on the from a conviction that the miliary de. Continent. Still the distress of the people fence might be dispensed with, and the bad been very great, but the hand of Be. protection of the Colonies entrusted to the nevolence had kept pace with it. lle police. With respect to Home defence, could assure the House that in no place the House, perhaps, would not think any had more anxiety been shewn to relieve price too high which should secure its those distresses than in the highest quarsafety, particularly at a moment when the ter of all. The Regent had come to a Civil magistrates could not administer the determination not to accept more of the laws without the aid of the Military. The Civil List than his confidential servanis total amount of the force voted last year, would advise him to take for the dignity with reference to the Contingent Alliance, of the Crown. For that reason he was to was 150,000. This year he should only give up one-fifth of the Civil List, which call for 123,000, or 81,000 for home and would amount to 50,0001. a year. (Hear, abroad, rank and file. The charge of the hear.) His Highness would have given army, at present, was 6,538,0001. ; for more, but his Ministers could not advise disembodied militia 220,0001.; and for him, without endangering the digoity of regiments abroad 220,000/.; making a the Crown, and embarrassing the Civil total of 7,050,0002. The Commissariat De List. It was also the intention of the Repartment would amount to 500,0001. The gent's public servants to give up a sum Extraordinaries of the Army last year was of 90,0001, from the Government, Army 10,564,0001.--for the present they would and Navy, &c. It was but a small som amount to 9,230,0001. The Ordnance for in proportion to the distress of the counlast year was 1,696,0001 ; it would now try, but he trusted the people would rebe 1,246,0001. These reductions would ceive it, as it was meant, in the pure spirit make a total saving of 1,784,0001. The of economy and retrenchment. House would be aware that in this ex posed that a Select Committee be ap. pence was included the half-pay, pen. pointed to inquire into the financial state sions, &c. so that the real prospective of the country, and that a Coinmittee vote for the army was under 4,000,0001. should be formed by ballot for that pur. excluding the hali-pay, &c, to which the pose.

He trusted both sides of the House faith of Parliamentis pledged.—The Noble would consider the question as for the Lord then adverted to the Navy Charge public gocd, and not as a means of last session; the number of seamen voted triumphing over one another. He then was 33,000, looking to a reduction of moved for a Select Committee to consider 10.000. Since then the pressure of the the receipt and expenditure for 1817, 18, times had induced a further reduction, and 19; and to report from time to time and instead of 23 000, the establishment what reductions might be made in the would be 18,000, or taking it roundly at expenditure. 19,000, because the Royal Marines would not Mr. Tierney was glad that Ministers at be diminished. The charge for this branch last saw, what every body else had long last year was 10,114,0001, now it would seen, that the expences of the country amount to 6,397,000. 'The Noble Lord should be reduced to some reasonable prohaving recapitulated the items, observed, portion with its means.- From the best that the total charge was 18,372,0001. to estimate which he could make, he bari no be provided for. In framing the Estimates, reason to believe that his results differed Government had in view, as far as cor from those of the Noble Lord; there would sistent with our safely, to bring the ex. be, under all circunstances, a

silm of penditure of the country within the three millions to be made good. He was scale of its means in the course of the glad to hear that the Sinking Fund was to present year. He trusted the House be spared. Nothing but evident and ab. would feel it no discouraging prospect, solute danger, nothing but the profpol.

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