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tions. We are totally changed into pride: it may have lost its tone creatures of art and affectation. Our through long disuse ; vr be fo twistperception is abufed, and even our ed or overstrained, as to produce senses are perverted. Our minds lose the most jarring discords. If so littheir native force and flavour. The tle regard is paid to nature, when imagination, sweated by artifcial she knocks so powerfully at the fire, produces nought but vapid breait, she must be altogether nebloom. The genius, instead of glected and despised in her calmer growing like a vigorous tree, ex- mood of serene tranquility, when tending its branches on every side, nothing appears to recommend her and bearing delicious fruit, resem- but simplicity, propriety, and innobles a stunted yew, tortured into cence. A person must have delicate some wretched form, projecting no feelings that can taste the celebrated shade, displaying no flower, diffusing repartee in Terence: Homo fum ; no fragrance, yielding no fruit, and nihil humani a me alienum puto. “ I am affording nothing buta barren con- a man; therefore think I have an ceit for the amusement of the idle interest in every thing that concerns spectator.
humanity.” A clear, blue sky, Thus debauched from Nature, spangled with stars, will prove an how can we relish her genuine pro- insipid object to eyes accustomed to ductions? As well might a man di- the glare of torches, tapers, gildftinguish objects through a prism, ing and glitter : eyes that will turn that presents nothing but a variety with disgust from the green mantle of colours to the eye; or a maid of the spring, so gorgeously adornpining in the green fickness, prefered with buds and foliage, flowers a biscuit to a cinder. It has been and blossoms, to contemplate a gau. often alledged that the passions can dy filken robe striped and internever be wholly deposited; and fected with unfriendly tints, that that by appealing to these, a good fritter the masses of light, and diwriter will always be able to force stract the vision, pinked into the himself into the hearts of bis rea- most fantastic forms, flounced, and ders: but, even the strongest paf- furbelowed, and fringed with all fions are weakened; nay, sometimes the littleness of art unknown to totally extinguished by mutual op- elegance. pofition, diffipation, and acquired Those ears that are offended by insensibility. How often, at the thea- the notes of the thrush, the blacktre, is the tear of sympathy and the bird, and the nightingale, will be reỈ ņētiffimă?2 ti2m/2mēģēmēģ§Â2âÒâētiņ2\/\2ū2ņēm2\\2\/m2/mm2–2–2–2?Â2Ò2Â2Ò2Â§Â§? diculous species of pride, refusing fiddle touched by a musician who approbation to the author and ac- has no other genius than that which tor, and renouncing society with lies in his fingers: they will even the audience? This seeming insen. be entertained with the rattling of fibility is not owing to any original coaches, and the alarming knock defect. Nature has stretched the by which the doors of faihionable string, tho' it has long ceased to people are so loudly distinguished. vibrate. It may have been displaced The sense of smelling that delights and distracted by the violence of in the scent of excrementitious ani
mal mal juices, such as mulk, civet, and guage of antient faith and sincerity, urinous falts, will loathe the fra- the chearful resignation to the will grance of new-mown hay, the sweet- of heaven, the mutual affe&tion of briar, the honey-suckle, and the rose. the charities, the voluntary respect The organs that are gratified with paid to superior dignity or station, the taste of sickly veal bled into a the virtue of beneficence extended palsey, crammed fowls, and dropsical even to the brute creation ; nay, brawn, pease without substance, the very crimson glow of health, peaches without taste, and pine- and swelling lines of beauty, are defapples without flavour, will certain- pised, detested, scorned, and ridily nauseate the native, genuine, and culed as ignorance, rudeness, ruftisalutary taste of Welch beef, Ban- city, and superstition. Thus we see stead mutton, and barn door fowls, how moral and natural beauty are whose juices are concocted by a natu- connected ; and what importance it ral digestion, and whose flesh is con- is, even to the formation of taste, solidated by free air and exercise. that the manners should be severely In such a total perversion of the superintended. This is a task which senses, the ideas must be misrepre. ought to take the lead of science; sented; the powers of the imagina- for we will venture to say, that virtion disordered, and the judgment, tue is the foundation of taste; or, of consequence, unfound. The dif- rather, that virtue and taste are ease is attended with a false appe. built upon the same foundation of tite, which the natural food of the sensibility, and cannot be disjoined mind will not satisfy. It will pre- without offering violence to both. fer Ovid to Tibullus, and the rant But virtue must be informed, and of Lee to the tenderness of Otway. taste instructed: otherwise they will The soul sinks into a kind of sleepy both remain inperfect and inefideotism ; and is diverted by toys fectual. and baubles, which can only be Qui didicit patriæ quid debeat, et quid amicis; pleasing to the most superficial cu- Quo fit amore parens, quo frater amandus et riosity. It is enlivened by a quick
bospes; succession of trivial objects, that
Quod fit conscripti, quod judicis officium ; que
Partes in bellum mifli ducis ; ille profe&tó glisten and dance before the eye;
Reddere perfonæ fcit convenientia cuique. and, like an infant, is kept awake
The critic, who with nice discernment and inspirited by the sound of a rat
[owes ; tle. It must not only be dazzled What to his country and his friends he and arroused, but also cheated, hur How various nature warms the human ried, and perplexed by the artifice of
To love the parent, brother, friend, or guest; deception, business, intricacy, and
What the great functions of our judges are, intrigue ; a kind of low juggle,
Of senators, and general sent to war; which may be termed the leger. He can distinguish with unerring art, demain of genius. In this state of The strokes peculiar to each different part. depravity the mind cannoienjoy, nor
Hor. indeed, distinguish the charms of Thus we see taste is composed of natural, and of moral beauty and nature improved by art; of feeling, decorum. 'The ingenuous blush of tutored by instruction. native innocence, the plain lan
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CELIA, an ELE GY
« As in the servour of the noon-tide hour, I.
“ Beneath the raging dog-Itar's noxious W HEN youth and beauty perish in
flow's, their bloom,
[bier, “ Drops the fair blossom of the fragrant The weeping mule attends the mournful “So fighted Celia pin'd and dy'd away. In plaintive sorrow bending o'er the tomb, And pays the tribute of a fun'ral tear. " While here to dust and to the grave II.
(night, And shalt thou, Cælia, unlamented die, “ Her beauteous body lies, immers'd in
Unrung, unheeded, mingle with the dust? “O may her soul a happy passage find, Shall in the dreary grave unnotic'd lie, " To the bright realms of everlasting Cælia the fair, the virtuous, and the juft? light." J. H. WYNNI.
III. Ah, hapless maid! for thee the muses PSALMS XXXIV and LVI. Paraphrased. mourn;
ffun'ral yew; For thee the nymphs are crown'd with David praises God for bis fignal Deliverance
from the Hands of Abimelech, when tbe The weeping fwains around thy filent urn, With flowing tears thy lifeless corpse
Philistines took bim in Gath, &c. bedew.
ALMIGHTY God! thou beam'ft thy
glorious ray, In prime of youth, alas! thy morning And driv ft amiction's fable cloud away.
[night; Man, cruel man, urg'd by inhuman laws, Descending, left thee to the shades of Here persecutes me, and expects applause: Ere yet one half his shining course was run, Each blushing morn my foes more num'rous Ere he had reach'd his full meridian
Each setting fun augments the scene of
With bitter taunting they torment mine ear, Thus Phæbus finks beneath the ocean My very words a wrong construction bear: wave,
When fears tumultuous ruth upon my soul, With double luftré to renew the morn; Thou, interpose, and all their rage controul! So Cælia, thou, emerging from the grave, The crystal drops that trickled from my With double beauty shall the skies adorn.
Preserv'd by thee a sacred treasure lies; But while in happier realms, and climes Each wand'ring step my wearied feet have unknown,
(God: Thou foar'ft with angels to thy native Is number'd by the great, omniscient Be thus inscrib'd the monumental stone, Say, are they not recorded in thy scroll, Beneath whose made thy sacred relicks There to be seen as years progressive roll? lie.
How Tall 1, duteous, pay the love that VII.
[Kings? « Within the bowels of this filent tomb What words select to please the King of
“Repose the ashes of a beauteous maid, The secrets of my thoughts are known on “Ah, cruel fate! ah, too relentless doom!
feye! “ByDamon,faithlessDamon, first betray'd. Orbs cent’ring orbs are obvious to thine VIII.
In fong sublime my humble soul is bound, “ As blooms the rose, in fair Ausonia's Thy praise and glory let the mufe refound! clime,
Let from my lips a constant tribute flow, “As in Arabia blows the citron grove; And all the poet with low rev'rence bow ! “ So flourish'dCælia once, in beauty's prime, Poor and deserted by all human aid, “ When death o'ertook her in the form I groan'd, and God his ancient strength of love,
The signs of forrow vanith'd from my face, His foes thall draw thy joft difpleasure While placid (miles proclaim'd my happy down,
And know the terrors of thy furious frown: Ye nations round...come magnify the Lord; Exalted high thy saints shall glorious shine, In raptures dwell upon his facred word; Crown'd with rewards eternally divine ! Advice I give from an experienc'd mind, Epsom.
G. HAYDEN, To his pure precepts happily inclin'd:
On seeing Miss BRACHER, at Southampton.
On seeing Miss Beach
[hour! Oh! come, and fee what blessings are in
Sigh to the breeze, and chide the lazy Ye fons of Belial! ... and your God adore!
Debarr'd the fight of Bracher, blooming Ye saints ! for you Earth fhall her stores
Virtue's best pupil! .... beauty's faireft Within your lap the choicest gifts convey: To him that toils beneath the torrid zone, Nor will the ruler of yon azure sky,
Or the pale wretch on Zembla's gelid Immortal honours to his sons deny.
[are known, Distress'd for food the hungry lions roar, Less anxious thoughts, more real joys Traverse the woods, and pant for reeking Than the poor fetter'd Nave in love can gore;
boast! He, from on high, beholds their pressing For one rash look, what anguish have I felt! Mov'd at their roarings, their petition For one rash look, too keen the smart grants ;
[dwelt! Then with what joy will he abundant for one rash look, with care too long I've On man his favours in a kindly show'r?
For one rash look, receiv'd too deep a To whom unbounded plenty he has giv'n,
wound! The greatest, best, and noblest work of Heav'n!
Fancy oft' wafts me to that calm retreat, Attend, ye sons of Israel, to my lay,
Near Avon's streams, where dwells the While I point out to bliss the glorious way. . peerieis prize: [replete : .... He that's desirous of a length of years,
With every grace, with every charm Seeks to be tofs'd with storms and press'd
and pressid. The sun himself steals lustre from her with fears ;
eyes! 3. From evil let his cautious seet depart, Is it a crime my passion to reveal; And set a watch o'er his rebellious heart; To every nymph dear Bracher I prefer : Before his God muft fall with filial awe, How much I love, thefe humble lines will And strictly keep the rituals of the law :
[but her! Then peace Mall reign triumphant in his I think, talk, write, and dream of none breast,
Written in an Alcove, in which was a fine All meaner passions harmoniz'd to rest. Tehovah hears his children's mouroful Image of FAME, at Duddefton-Hall,
niar Birmingham. . While fond affection kindles in his eyes; H ERE, melter'd from the raging dogBefore thy throne each new complaint
ftar's heat, they pour,
[hour: The Mady bower affords a kind retreat; Thou art propitious in the needful To contemplation here at ease resign’d, All fin is odious in thy purer fuglat, I woo the maids of Pindus to be kind; And lives devoid of thy resplendent light: And seek in sacred verse a with'd relief The contrite spirit claims thy special care, from carking care and heart-corroding Thither thy soft, parental ties repair :
grief. Great is the virtuous man's oppreffive woe, While Fame at hand this useful leffon gives, For him, succeeding trials clust'ring grow; Man from her trumpet fure reward reHang with tremendous horrors o'er his
[thed; Her breath exalts the virtuous to the sky, And all around their baleful influence; And vice with tenfold force will magnify. But let the beams of thy mild pity play, Then fince I'm doom'd to tempt the voice The hov'ring cloud disperfe, and all is of fame,
[deeds proclaim. day!
In notes not loud, but foft, may me my