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LONDON, Printed by NICHOLS and SON,
at Cicero's Head, Red Lion Palage, Fleet-Street;
And fold by ELIZABETH NEWBERY,
ON THE COMPLETION OF HIS SEVENTIETH VOLUME.
HATEVER Poets Laureate say, What of the age, that just expiring lies,
Shall partial History say or more or less ;
While Gallia's guilt's proclaim'd without URBAN, let us redeem the time,
[fers. In loyal prose or useful rhyme,
Our BRITAIN's happiness we must conWhile a few more years latt.
Let Blenheim tell, and let tell Ramilies, Yes, Urban, yes, the Century's past; And let the marsh of Enhambruges * tell,
Nor all the laureate heads that live, When under Marlborough's sword and his From Skelton to the very last,
alles, To it a different term can give.
Th’unnumber'd hosts of Frenchinen daily Fled is the Century to the dark alwls
And let a ten years' ear aloud proclaim Whercin so many former have been loft ; Few have been mark'd with more events
Our deathless glories on the Continent ; than this;
Tho' short-liv'd peace disgrac'd our Anna's
reign; Then, famous period, what haft thou to
Her realms and councils into faction rent, boaft? What Century has not, in its middle time,
And Mall we now, when injur'dEurope calls To tell of Revolution's horrid deeds!
Aloud for aid, our friendly aid refuse? Of innovation, fickleness, and crime,
Though fues prevail, and injur'd Europe
falls, Rebellion's progress, or Rebellion's seeds?
Britain alone inspires th' Hiftoric Muse. Yet of improvements may some Centuries hoast ;
Th' enrapturid Mule her feals of arms Mall fing
(train ; Of true Religion, and true Learning's
Learning and Commerce in expanded Of virtuous schism from Error's bigot hoft: of such an age the annals must thine Patron of Arts her molt religious King, bright.
She prays may live, nor yet has pray'd
in vain. The CENTURY 'S PAST, and we have
The truest freedom still is Albion's boast ; liv'd
Diffus'd in UNION o'er hier every thore At least its half; hut who believ'd
IERNE feels, in her united coast,
What Scotia taited ninety years before,
Let Union then, well understood,
Join heart and band for every good.
Tho' Albion land alone, Scarce had we enter'd on our teens,
Her new consolidated realm
No hottile foe thall e'er v'erwhelm;
Her empire's all her own.
To the Almighty's throne ascend
Each fervent prayer our lips can send,
Follow'd by heartfelt zeal; Phrenzy and faction have o'erthrown
That Heaven our Sovereign's life extend, Alike the aliar and the throne,
His grateful fubjects to defend,
And say the public weal. R.G.
* Battle at Oudenarde, alluding to SpenA mob without a head.
fer's Fairy Queen, 11. 10. 24.
THE UNION. JAN. 1, 1801.
Thistle join'd [combin'd. Was, NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSITI, Henceforth with Ireland's Shamrock is But, when Hibernia join'd her hand, HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE *
QUIS SEPARABIT $? hold the cried ; Was Albion's moito long ago;
So let us bailenc happy band, To which, with true prophetic sense,
For TRIA JUNCTA's verified. Join'd TRIA JUNCTA IN UNO+.
Thus long may they flourish, and long may
unite So oft her knights 'gainst Scotia's fought, Their supporters Bill resting on GOD AND That Union only could repress it ;
* Motto of the Garter. $ Motto of St. Patrick.
4 Motto of the Bath. * Molto of the Thistle. || Motio of the British Arms,
Ꮲ Ꭱ E F A C E.
Jan 1, 1801. THE Conductor of a miscellaveous work like the GENTLEMAN'S
MAGAZINE cannot accompany his readers into the opening Century without leading their recollections, as well as his own, to a fummary furvey of the many and fingular events which have distinguished the Century which has just closed upon them, and in the larger half of which his life has been spent. Though the undertaking began before he came into being, and only the continuation of it for one quarter of the Century devolved on him, he cannot but feel a secret fötisfacton that he has been made the happy inftrument of recording alike events, u which he has only heard, and those of which himself was conscious;
Quæque ipse - vidit, & quorum pars magna fuit; 35 well as of preserving the deductions and improvements made on tiefe events by his many valuable Correspondents. | The occurrences through the greater part of the last Century may be deemed only a succesfion of events that are common to every fimilar period. Men of eminence in every department have closed their car trer in the Eighteenth, as in all preceding Centuries; battles have been fought; sieges carried or raised; empires won and loft ; territuries transferred to new and unexpected owners; storms and earthquakes, plague, pestilence, and famine, have ravaged and destroyed ; comets have blazed; exhalations have glided meteorous ; the greater luminaries have been eclipsed ; new discoveries have been made in Arts, Sciences, and Commerce; new fects and notions have sprung up in Religion ; in short, events great and small proceeded in their general course of succession for ninety years out of the hundred, which we have as firm a persuasion go to the conttitution of a Century ftrialy lo called, as 20s. to a pound, or 21s. to a guinea.
The Century opened with a confirmation of the blessings which this Country gained by the Revolution, and which it was intended Europe hould have participated, by the train of victories gained by that hero of our own, Marlborough, during a ten years war; till the religious fcruples of a sovereign and the turbulent bigotry of an unworthy son of the church disturbed the public tranquillity, and haftened a peace, which only the death of the ambitious Louis maintained. The war was changed into domestic rebellion, fuppreffied, indeed, in a few weeks from its first appearance. The tranquillity of Spain suffered a longer interruption. A more exalted member of the Church of Englsad fell a victim to his own rettless ambition ; and George I. did not kve to see negotiation restoring peace to Europe for a thort period, and li terripted by a series of battles and another rebellion, after his immediate successor had been near twenty years in pofleffion of his throne. The government of Holland was vested in a Stadtholder, and other alterations and partitions made in other states of Europe. The differences in the calculation of time were obviated by the introduction of a Déw style among us. The defence of our territories in both the Indies dernanded our utmost exertions; and our acquisitions in both were confirmed by the peace of Paris, 1763, VOL. LXX, b