Imatges de pàgina

Shall fwains so bleft refuse to touch the lyre,

Philenor. Shall we be last in nature's grateful choir ? To Him all powerful let us homage pay, Shall our address behind the linnets flow, Who rules creation with unbounded sway; Who trick their glossy plumes on yonder Who pois'd at first this wond'rous globe in bough;

air, Or yield the lark the carliest martin song, Who made, and who pronounc'd creation Who high in air pours harmony along?

fair. Philenor.

The skies, the ocean, and the herb-clad plain, No feather’d bard, tho' e'er so sweet his With all their hosts affert His mighty reign. lay,

Who can recount His works ? leaves of the His orison before our praise shall pay;

wood, We'll laud his Name who did these fields Who number can, or surges of the food ? beftew,

Varo. Who bids the fruits of ev'ry season grow;

His works, his wisdom, with his power Who laves our furrow'd fields with genial declare, rains,

All, all are objects of wise ruling care: Who bidsgay harvest dwell on all our plains! What we oft evil deem He turns to good, 'Tis he, ye swains, who, pregnant makes Hisscowling tempests that embroil the dood, our ground,

His awful thunder purifies the air, With grateful hearts, ye swains, his praises And wint'ry storms presage our harvestfair, sound.

So wise, so great, so liberal without bound, Varo.

That Peace, Content, and Plenty here are My snowy flocks rich fleeces yearly bring, found. Above the furze, where yonder linnets fing;

Philenor. There, in the morning cool, at ease they And may soft peace for ever on our field, feed,

With gay contept, and smiling plenty yield; At noon among the foliage of the mead. Ah! let pot gory War moleft our plain, These balmy meads, these bleatings foft Nor from his peaceful cot pursue the swain, they raise,

Who now with industry's enliv'ning hand, Dilate, my soul, to sing our Author's praise. His orchard prunes, or cultivates his land; Qo meads while flow'rs, on flocks while Or with his flock, o'er dow'ry meadows

strays, My reed with ardent praise to Him shall While woods and vales repeat his grateful glow.

lays. Philenor.

Varo. I, when the Sun fhootsforth meridian heat, Let such as blest contentment never knew, In yonder vale seek out a cool retreat ; The rugged toils of fierce campaigns purWhere sweetest flowers, in vernal beauty beam,

Let them in fame's bright annals peerless 1 tune my pipe beside the limped stream; shine, Now praise his Name, (who can him praise Domestic bliss with all its joys are mine. deoy ?)

Nor wealth, nor glory s charms shall make Who us with gifts paternal doth supply; me change Unnumber'd favours deck the landscape My lot, tho’low.and diftant nations range, round,

Since with my hook and pipe I now possess, Here Peace, and Health, and Happiness are On these my native plains, sweet Happiness. found.


He gives us Peace by his almighty hand, On the smooth rock, yon bank of flowers There empires totter, and here kingdoms above,

stand; Where the wild bee her curious cells hath We shall Him laud, and in as grateful strains

As swains of old did on fair Mantua's plains, 'Tis where our mid-day seat we shepherds . Than us far less they knew the only Lord, take,

Than us far more a fov'reign name ador'd, 1 grav'd this verse, and taught the rock to Yet latter times shall vie with former days, speak:

And we in strains more pure our Maker "Adore, ye swains, the Author of all good, praise. The ripening Sun who formid-the cool

Varo. ing flood,

Round all the earth, Hispraise shallgreatThe fragrant air, these flow'ry fruitful plains,

ly flow, Your life's great Author praise in highet And Afric's utmost shores His name shall Arains.

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The Indian then, his murd'ring bow fhail From trees above the birds in silence hung, vield,

And listen'd to the lays the shepherd sung. To feed a prosp'rous flock or dress his field;

Sweet native plains, where vagrant be auNo more intent with shafts uncouth to kiil,

ty strays, Surrounding groves his ardent praise shall

And smiling o'er the lovely landscape plays; fill; Then laiter times shall vie with former days, While thus in infant innocence she roves,

On hills, in vales, and thro’refreshing groves, And we in strains more pure our Maker Mark how her fancies fair elude her hand, praise. Acasto.

In gay profusion deck the charming land.

Her num'rous flowers adorn the fertile field, Now, shepherds, now give o'er your plea. And brightest trees with sweetest fragrance fing strains,

yield : Your other themes for other times remain; Both roses here ambrosial scents exhale, Your fongs have led the hours in filence by, There various pinks perfume the western Ere long the fun will reach the mid-day sky. gale; Well have you sung, but end the gratefullay, Beside the stream here golden crowfoots Our flocks from view o'er yonder hillocks

glow, ftray

Of beauty conscious view the waves below. Come see if yet they unmolested feed, The stream beneath the meadow's herbage Snon must we lead them to the level mead;

glides, There while we 'neach che fanning shades Now here, now there in silver sheets it rides; recline,

There silent thro' the fedge it pours along, We'll fill the air with harniony divine. Here rising sings in concert with my song ; Dear shepherds, while your pipes such music Sweet, sweet the scenes that all around me play,

rife, The sweets of Spring around us feçm more That charm my ears, or gratify mine eyes. gay ;

Raptur'd the goodly rural scenes I view, With lovelier aspect shines the crimson rose, That risc adorn'd with heauty ever new; The lillies too, far sweeter scents disclose;

These slowly rising hills I wander o'er, To blooming Spring your lays give fresher The more I'view them, still I'm pleas'd the

bloom, That with us seem these days already come, There groves of mountain fir nod o'er the H'hen latter times shall vie with former days, plain, And we in ftrains more pure our Maker And through their boughs awake the unpraise.

taught strain ;

There rows of rocks in horridgrandeur stand, ECLOGUE II.,

To whose high cliffs, far from the open land,

The fearful coney bends his blood-shot eyes, S a young Shepherd fat beneath the And from the hound with hasty bound lic

flies; Where Spring in gayest robes the meads ar

A gelid fount, gurgling from yonder hill, ray'd; Cheard with his beauteous country as it lay, Primroses there in sweet profusion grow,

Pours down inpatient an amosive rill. whole bloomingscenes now bless’d the gold. The stream refleAs their dewy breasts below: en day.

The cultur'd fields unto the farmer dear, On yonder hill, a pleasant villa stood, Hali hid, and cheard with breezes from the Stretch their rich wombs and infant harvest

bear. wood,

The lark soft, number'd with expanded wings And half lay open, to the genial heat ; Green at their doors rose up the turfy seat, The mead a many-colour'd carpet lyes,

Soaring he views his callow brood and sings; Li hereon the antient swains bask'd in the ray, Sweet shining with gay gold and crimson And smild to see their little grandsons play.

dyes; UP the vale there graz'd the gallant Silver and purple thro' the ground-work

steed, Here cleanly heifers gambol'd o'er the mead, Do interweave and grace the vivid scene;

green, Here placid fheep quick crop'd the daisy'd The breeze-blown reeds befringe the carpet ground,

round, And lightsome lambkins wanton'd all a. And swains and flocks compleat the picround;

turesque ground. The shepherd tun'd his pipe to noblest krains, His theep now ceas'd to crop the flow'ry Ye calm retreats, where heroes fought re. plains.

pose, Old Tray from couchant posture rose amaz’d, Respite from toil, an interval from wocs Slaaight prick'd his cars, and on the reed Here antient kings preferr'd a shepherd's

seat, he gaz'd;

To all the airy splendor of the great.




How pleasant thro' the healthful fields to More than envy, merit pity,

From the low but cheerful swains. -
To court sweet ccho in the fragrant grove;
While on my pipe my rural love I found,

Let them shine in wealthy dresses,
And bid the woods Melissa's name resound.

Small the pleasures thef can yield,
Wrapt in the pleafures of the lovely scene, A mean iwain far more poffeffes,
I fing the beauties of my native plein ; In his pipe, his flock, and field.
To all the prancings of the great unknown,
Far from the cares that crowd the noisy with my fleecy flock a bleating,
Where Disipation wild, fupremely reigns,

And my lambs in gladsome play,
Where Luxury his o'ergrown carcase strains, Echo from the hill repeating,
Where idiot Pleasure proffers baseless joys, Sweetly fost my rural lay.
Deceitful oft the unwary youth destroys;
But here Religion fair frequents our glade,

With the flow'rs around me springing;
With all her beauteous train; Peace, heaven. While on velvet mois I lic;
ly maid,

With the birds in concere singing,
Joy ever smiling, Innocence in white, Who fo happy then as I.
And gay Content and ever young Delight.
Ye sacred virtues, ever on this plain, While the Sun's in glory burning
In full possession may ye still remain !" I the funny hill-side leave,
Thus sung the swain: then tun’d his reed Seek the streams delightful mourning

Or cuť Leven's cooling wave.
To bufker votes the whispering echo flew,
Through neighbouring groves the mimic

Leven ! sweet as Tweed or Yarrow,
accents rung,
While cheerful he this humble sonnet sung: Echo buck my long — That Varo

Hills and dales around thy shore, « Such as love the smoky ity,

“ Ts Content, and asks no more.” And despise our healthy plains,

Banks of Lochleven.

7. B.




HOUSE OF LORDS.-Dec. 10. 1798. went virtually to dissolve the compact
HE House having resolved itself into originaily entered into between the Coun-

a Committee of Lord Nellon's An- cry and the Militia Force ; a measure of nuity Bill, Lord Walfingham in the chair, the kind was, he conceived, unprecethe Provisions of the Bill were agreed to dented in the legislative annals of the nem. dil

country. He "objected also again it the 17. The Royal Affent was given, by measure, as operating injuriously with Comisfion, to the following Bills, viz. respect to the discipline of the militia ;

The Malt Duiy Bill, the Place and and one of the worst eff ets it obviously Pension Dury Bill, Lord Nelson's An- must have, would be the prevention of nuiry Bill, and the Bill for the better men of property from serving in the miPrevention, &c. of Persons serving in liria. his Majesty's Sea or Land Forces be ng The question was then put, and the seduced from their Duty and B..I was ordered to be read a second time

Mr Hobart presented from the House 10-1110: row. of Commons the Bill for continuing the Lord Grenville moved the Order of the Act of laft Seffion respecting the Service Day for raking the Militia Service Bill of the British Militia in Ireland.

into consideration ; which being read, Mr W. Bird brought up the Sinall Lord Holland said, this was a subject Note Conrinuation Bill, which, with the so unconftitutional as to admit of no de. foregoing Bill, was read a first tim. bate ; that was even allowed by his Ma.

On the question for the second reading j. fty's Minister ; but in a matter of such of the Bill for authorizing the Continu vast magnitude, he was amazed they had ance of the British Militia serving in Ire- not deemed it prudent, as well as politiland,

cal, to have a Call of the House. He did The Earl of Radnor rose to express his not see any neceffity for the continuation disapprobation of ine measure. His lead- of the English militia in Ireland, now ing objection against the Bill was, that ii tranquillity was reftored there, and he Ed. Mag. Feb. 1799.



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knew of no reason for it. It was said, that of the Ways and Means. At prefent that they had all volunteered their ser. he would confine himself to the matter vices : he knew the contrary to be the of the Loan recently made, the amount case. Officers of certain regiments, who whereot was no more than three millions. had local interests in that country, exert. In his opinion it was the most beneficial ed every influence to persuade and induce and advantageous to the country ever the men to go thither; those who had made ince he had the honour of filling no such interests were observed to be not the station which he now holds; and he only less sanguine, but in many inftances had the satisfaction of informing the not even to offer their services for that House, that the offers were to any extent occasion. He therefore desired some plau- he might have reasonably thought fit to fible pretext, if not argument, for so great claim; but he confined himself to what an innovation of the Constitucion. he should only want until the meeting

Lord Grenville replied, that it did not after the recess, which he said would be appear that any Call of the House was sufficient for the public service during necessary, as there was not a Noble Lord that period, viz. three millions. in it but who was acquainted with the The terms he made were as follow, viz. progress of the Bill, and equally ac- Confols taken at 511 quainted with its purport. It last year Reduced at 531 they fanctioned it from the necessity of which were thus agreed on, the times, they would this year find the Confols

52 same coufe for continuing it. Though Ź of the Reduced 46 12 13 the Rebellion was extinct, still there re. Bonus instead of discount o mained fufficient reason to continue some English regiments in Ireland, as it was



15 5 just as important to maintain tranquil

For 1ool. money, lity as to suppress rebellion.

which was prcent. under the actual The Bill was then read a second time, valuation of their money. This he fuband ordered to be committed.

mitted to be the best terms ever made on Adjourned.

any similar occafion. HOUSE OF COMMONS.- Dec. 8.

The House being resumed, the Report

was ordered to be received to-morrow. The Speaker stated, that he hari, in Sir Francis Burdett, after some few compliance with the Orders of the House, obfervations, moved, That there be laid transmitted their thanks to Sir John Bor. before the House a lift of the names of lafe Warren; that he had received an the several persons committed by virtue answer from that Officer, in which he of an Act, intitled “ An Act empowerexpressed the high and grateful sense en ing his Majesty to confiae perlons suftertained by him, his officers, and his pected of being guilty of treafonable or men, of the honour conferred upon them feditious practices, together with the by the House of Commons; and adding, several prisons wherein they are confined, that next to the honour of serving their Mr Pitt said, he had no objection to Country, they considered the approba- the motion ; but if it were intended to tion of Parliament as their greatest re. fonnd any other morion thereon, he ward.

fignified that his opposition then would The Report of the Pension, Place, &c. depend on the nature of the intended Duty Bill was brought up and agreed to; motion. as was that of the Malt Bill.

The motion was then amended, on a 10. General Tarleton presented a peti- fuggeftion from the Speaker, that as it tion from the Mayor, Aldermen, Recore was a power committed to the Crown, der, and Freemen of Liverpool, praying an Address to his Majesty was the profor leave to bring in a Bill for the im- per mode to adopt. provement of its harbour.-The petition An Address was agreed to, agreeable was received, and ordered to be referred to the tenor of the motion. to a Select Committee.

II. A Message from the Lords anThe House in a Committee of Ways nounced that their Lordships had agreed and Means,

to the Bill for granting Lord Nelson an Mr Pitt said, he would nor trouble annuiiy of 2000. during his life, and that the House many minutes on the subject of his next two heirs bearing he tile. of Finance, which he should submit for Mr. Tierney, pursuant to the notice their consideration.-An estimate of the he had given, roic to make his promised Supply was already before 'them, as was motion. In doing which, he wished it might be known that he acted from him. however, we are to have war and allifelf as an individual, in no wile connected ances, the way for England to co-operate with any party influence. The purport would be with her Navy; but if we of his motion was, “ That it is the dury were to send away our troops, he would, of his Majesty's Ministers not to advise by his duty as a Representative of the his Majelty to make any Alliances which Nation, proteft against it; and if we may impede or prevent a Negotiation for were to send subsidies, he would, by the Peace with the French Republic, when- fare of domestic happiness which he ever that Power shows a dispofition to muft forfeit on the oecasion, protest a. make Peace consistent with the honour gainst them. He then took a view of and interest of the British Empire.” the ftate of Ireland, which he confidered Concerning Continental Alliances, he at this inftant in a precarious situation. was of opinion they could not be ad- He noticed the dangers that threatened vantageous to England, and it must be our Eastern settlements from the irrupother arguments than those he had al- tion of Buonaparte in India. He observ. ready heard that would convince him to ed also that the West Indies indicated the contrary. It may be said that the symptoms no less alarming. Whilft, motion infringes on the Royal Prero. therefore, we had so much to apprehend gative; that he denied: as well might at home, and so little to do with foreign it be said, that the withholding, or even alliances, he would ever oppose crusades. refufing the supply, which can prevent He then m*ved as before expressed. carrying on war, infringed upon the pre- The motion being seconded, rogative of the Monarch, who had the Mr Canning opposed it in very warm power of making peace and war. He and energetic terms. He took a comwas aware of the many ohjections that prehensive view of the war, its progress, might be started to the motion. It might and its present ftate ; he adverted in a be said it damped the rising spirit that mafterly manner to the observations made prevailed throughout the nation, and concerning our allies, and shewed in picthroughout all Europe against the com- turesque colours the cruelties committed mon enemy. He denied there existed on by the French in Switzerland, the crimes the Continent such a tendency. He committed against Venice, their usurpa. begged the House to consider the relac ation of the Netherlands, of Holland, tive situation of Ruffia, Pruflid, and the and of Egypt, their depredations in GerPorte, the formidable Allies with whom many, and their fpoliation in Iraly. Hence we were to engage. Could any man of he argued the necessity of refifting them, common senfe believe that - cordiality and of forming alliances for that purpose. would exift between the Ottomans and He took into consideration, in a masterthe Russians ? Or fuppose that the Em- ly manner, our relative fituation with peror and the Russians could agree in a that of all other countries, and displayed common cause ? or could a child in po- a vigour of mind equally intelligent, elitics be convinced that Rufiia, the Em- qually claffical; and having replied, in a peror, and the Porte, could be called to- convincing stile of argument, to the regether in any one cause whatsoever, par. veral points adduced by the Hun. Genticularly in a subsidiary war? He was tleman who mare che motion, concluded convinced of the impossibility. He ad- with invoking the House to refift it in verted to the former “ General Confe- every shape. deracy;" and thewed how Prussia, with Mr Fykell said, he disapproved of con1,200,000l. in_her pocket, fell off the tinental alliances, and would therefore firft; how the Emperor followed her ex- vote for the motion; as continuing the ample ; and how, at this moment, each war, and increasing our expence in so of these powers are actually endeavoure romantic a measure as improving French ing, each for themselves, to secure a laft. morals, would be attended with such an ing peace with the French Republic on expence to English justice, that the athe beft terms they can.

mount would be infinite, and the end unHe was of opinion Peace could now be answered. made with France on eligible terms; the Sir James Murray opposed the motion, time of victory was the time to achieve as did Mc William Dickinson. it. We manifefted a disposition in a The motion was then put and negamoft generous way foon after the victory tived without a division. of Lord Duncan ; it was still more with. 12. The House, in a Committee on the in our reach now, since that splendid Bill empowering his Majefty to accept vi&tory gained by Lord Nelson. If, the voluntary ofer of such militia regi



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