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SELECT POETRY.

Mr. URBAN,

March 14. As candid, spotless, fair, and bright, I WISH to be informed, through your in- As pure as rays of purest light;

teresting and instructive Miscellany, In guileless look and constancy, whether the Poems of Buchanan have In all but hardness, both agree." been either partially or entirely trans- Tho' to such semblance I am wrought, lated.—The following Lines are so beau. Still more auspicious is my lot; tiful, and pointed, that I have been in- As late I saw her parting smile duced to give them a poetical garb.- Brighten that face devoid of guile, How far I have succeeded in the attempt, Ne'er such fond hopes could I maintain your numerous Readers must decide ; but, As thus to view her like again. thinking that such a gem should not be Blest powers, could I the lot but gain left to sparkle in obscurily, I offer both the Both hearts with adamant to chain, original and the translation to your no- Which jealous envy, hate, nor age, tice.--It is to be found in that part of his May vever loose, nor disengage, Poems bearing the title of “Hendecasylla- Than all the precious gems more blest, bon."

J. M. Jones. Then should I shine on beauty's breast Adamas in cordis effigiem sculptus, annu

A brighter and a lovelier guest,

As I'm more hard than all confest. loque insertus, quem MARIA Scotorum Regina ad ELIZABETHAM Anglorum ·

J. M. Jones, Stamford-street. Reginam misit anno 1564. NON me materies facit superbum,

THE DEATH OF THE FELON. Quod ferro iusuperabilis, quod igni, By a young Lady, the Daughter of a County. Non capdor maculâ carens, nitoris

Chaplain in the Eastern District. Non lux perspicui, nec ars magistri

IT is a calm and holy dread Qui formam dedit hanc, datam loquaci

That lingers round the dying bed : Circumvestiit eleganter auro :

No tear is shed; the accents close Sed quod cor Dominæ meæ figura

That pray'd the parting soul's repose ; Tam certa exprimo, pectore .ut recluso And not a sigh, nor passing breath, Cor si luminibus queat videri,

May break the solemn pause of death. Cor non lumina certius viderent.

Oh! far unlike the mortal strife Sic constantia firma cordi utrique,

That marks the Felon's close of life! Sic candor maculâ carens, vitoris

No faithful Wife and Children press Sic lux perspicui, nihil doli intus

To catch his look of tenderness : Celans, omnia denique æqua præter

But gazing crowds throng near the place Unam duritiem. Dein secundus

Of Death's dark scene, and dire disgrace, Hic gradus mihi sortis est faventis,

And point, with self-approving eye,
Talem Heroïda quod videre sperem,

To Guilt in life's extremity.
Qualem spes mihi nulla erat videndi,
Antiquâ Dominâ semel relictâ,

But mark that look of calm despair!
O si fors mihi faxit, utriusque

Paternal hope is blighted there ; Nectam ut corda adamantina catena,

And the poor Mother's grief is wild, Quam nec suspicio, æmulatiove,

That weeps, but dares not own her Child. Livorve, aut odiuin, aut senecta solvat !

The wretched Widow turns, to hide Tam beatior omnibus lapillis,

The tears that down her cheek would glide, Tam sim clarior omnibus lapillis,

If the proud stranger passing by Tam sim carior omnibus lapillis,

Should mark with scorn her streaming eye. Quam sim durior omnibus lapillis.

His Children hide the drooping head

Within some lone and humble shed; Upon a Diamond Heart, set in a Ring, which And there conceal the blush of shame Mary Queen of Scots sent to ELIZABETH That crimsons at a Father's name.

Queen of England, in the year 1564. Nor these alone the ills that wait NOT my materials raise my pride,

The guilty Pelon's awful state : Tho' fire nor sword can me divide :

Cut off in pride of early bloom, Not my complexion spotless, bright,

The destin'd victim of the tomb; Drinking in glittering rays of light,

Robb’d at one stroke, of health and life

3 Not Sculptor's art exact, and bold,

Torn from his Children, Friends, and Wife, That shap'd me tbus, now drest in gold ;

The Captive Wretch must now deplore But 'tis because I well express

The peace which he can know no more. My Lady's own heart's-loveliness

At that lone hour when mortals rest, Could you her iomost breast unfold, With peaceful, soothing, slumbers blest; A heart as firm you 'd there behold

The Prisoner wakes to weep, and pray As this wbich speaks now set in gold. That Heaven would close his wint'ry day Gent. Mag. April, 1818.

Ere

EN

Ere that terrific hour may come

Yet the poor Rustic, passing by,
When Justice calls him to his doom. Views his lone grave with tearful eye;
Pale Grief with him her vigils keeps, And bids his children leave their play
Who ever watches, ever weeps ;

To hear and learn that righteous way
And transient is the deep repose

Which leads the wanderer back to Heaven, That sheds oblivion v'er his woes.

To realms of peace, and sin forgiven. For him no more the morning ray

N******.

J. D.
Shall usher-another day;
And the bright sun that gilds his cell
Hath smil'd on bim a last farewell.

MORS NELSONI.
With firm, yet humble hope, on High

Auctore R. Trevelyan, A. M.
Is fix'd his penitential eye;

[Continued from p. 259.)
And the shrill accents of despair

mare velivoluni! en famæ nova serta Are bush'd to breathe the dying prayer.

Britannæ ! *

(tuat æstu The bitterness of Death was past

Quid memorem ut dubio generosum fluca When he had fondly look'd the last

Pectus, ut ancipiti fallentem prospicit hosOn that dear form in anguish prest,

tem

(tannos! Half-dying to an Husband's breast;

Oceano, et multâ vitantem ambage Bri-
And on his ear fell sad and slow,
The mournful plaint of Infant woe.

En ubi nunc pelago nox abstulit atra

colorem,
Death's awful knell is heard to toll

Uvdabat classis per amica silentia Lunæ
A Requiem to the parting soul.
His fellow-convicts throng around,

Exspirans tacite exitium ; monet aura
And catch with faltering breath the sound; Sed brevis illa quies : tonitralia murmura

quietem :

[belli Then press in theirs the clay-cold hands

Excidii præsaga 'sonant: mors sola BriOf Him, who lost in sorrow stands;

tannos

[ignes While tears fow down each rugged cheek, Which all the heart's 'mute anguish speak. Impavidos terrere nequit : spes acrior

Accendit; stimulosque ime sub pectore The Minister of Peace is come,

versat.

[arces
To call his wretched wanderers home : Quid juvat Aonio undantes Carthaginis
For the last time the knee they bend Expediam versu? ast iterum velut Actia
To Him, the Prisoner's hope and friend;

bella,
For the last time commend the soul Niliacas oras instructâ classe videres.
Bow'd with Religion's mild controul ; Hic, ope navali, Europæ spoliator opimo
And raise to Heaven the fervent prayer Ibat ovans luxu, et dirâ in caligine Noctis
That Guilt may find forgiveness there. Latior immeriti explicuit vexilla Triumphi
With lifted eye, and solemu tread,

Non impune tamen: ceu tempestate co

Jumbas
They read the Service of the Dead *;
And call on Christ, who died to save

Actas præcipiti notos mutare meatus
The Sinner from the darksome grave;

Cogit hyems, densåque incumbens gran

dine turbo.
Whose voice had bade the Thief arise,
To dwell with him in Paradise.

At vos aotiquum (et tangunt mortalia

Musæ)
That thought hath rais'd the dying head,

Imperium Romæ, et navali cæde superbos
And o'er the soul sweet comfort shed.

Carmine sacrâstis dominos rerumque po. Firm in this hope, he views the spot

tentes ; Where penitence avails him not ;

Nectite (et urget opus) capiti nova serta
And where, the final struggle o'er,

Britanuo:
His beart shall wake to woe no more.--

Clementes fortuna juvat; Clementia †
For the last time the victim prays

lauros

[omne Forgiveness on his evil ways:

Vindicat ipsa novas : ecce ut deferbuit His dying words the silence break,

Murmur et obductæ tristissima mortis
Confession of his guilt to make.

imago!
His eye surveys the earthly scene :
"Till, rais'd by Paith, with look serene,

Per fluctus, interque natantia fragmina

classis, Hope trembles on his parting breath,

· Cernere erat miseros, iterum quos nostra And smooths the rugged path to Death.

remisit Though o'er bis tomb po stone may tell

Gratia in alterius vitaï et luminis auras. His guilty tale, or how he fell;

En ubi Navigio I per aquas jam flammea

moles * Alluding to the introductory sen. tences in the Burial Service, “I am the * White, p. 88, pugna navalis ad Æresurrection and the life,” &c. read by gypti oras. the Chaplain in the procession to the White, p. 103. place of execution,

I L'Orient, White, p. 104.

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Incepit longis aperire vaporibus ignem! Grandævus pater, argenteamque recondliExitium fovere Noti, percussaque flamma

dit undis Turbine, quæque latens summi fastigia Canitiem, et glaucâ nituere aspergine mali

vultus. Ascensu superat tardo, exitioque sequaci

En, Nelsone, tuo pacatos Märte Cala. Navigium involvens, inter tabulata volu

bros, tansque

Sicelicosque sinus, quosque in sua regna Ad coelum undabat - subter formidinis

remisit ora

Italiæ reges túa vindex Gloria, reddunt inclusorum intus, venturâ et morte pa

Arya tuâ reparata manu, atque insignia ventâm

sumunt Insanus pallor-casus licet obruat hostem

Rura nova, et luxu segetum qui floret opimo Cognato tanget clementia pectora luctu.

Dives ager Brontes *, veteri non degener Sed nec adhuc, tandem posito certamine,

ævo ;

[nomen ; cessat

[mentes !

Brontæumque tenet ductum de fulmine Dirum opus ; ultricesque ciet lux ultima

Fulmine in Ætneis olim nascente latebris, Et jam sublimi perfudit lumine classes,

Cujus adhuc vis haud Britanos exosa re. Funereâ et varias ornavit luce tenebras,

cessus. Luna; et spectabant tacito terrore cohortes

Quid memorem festas, perfuncto marte, Mortis opus; subitum disrupto turbine

choreas fulmen

[aures !

Arte triumphali, et solennis munera pomIntonuit - surdasque tremor diverberat

pæ ?

(iris, Atque odia oblitæ stupuere alterna vicissim

[acervos

Quid memorem, Galli pulsis ultricibus

Sceptra tuâ donata manu: monte undique Attonitæ classes quantos heu stragis Attulit una dies ! quantos meliora me

Parthenopes t, conspersit ubi Natura rarentes

cemis

[sylvæ Funera, letali cita mors immersit in undå !

Textilibus colles, nectuntque umbracula Nec grave cessat opus : reduces sed marte

Nativa - antiquam et retinentia mania furores

[longè
pompam

[dorso Ingeminant cæco-anne audis resonantia

Horrescunt - viridi hîc dives consurgere Pulmina misceri, et miserûm increbescere

Campus amat, glaucas vel in umbras murmur? Et fors Nelsoni quæ sint jam fata requires, Sive ruinarum nigrâ succincta coronâ

scena receditQuisquis eris, fidæ testans conamina

Obruta procumbunt veterurn palatia reMusæ :

gum, Vulnere languentem, et Britonum fortis

Non inhonesta situ-desiderioque reposcit sima frustra

Flebile vectigal (cinis heu nunc!) pristina Funera plorantem exhilarat Victoria signo

virtus !

(regum Nuncia sublato. Haud epulæ clangorque Quid vel opes memorem | Eoas, victricia tubarum,

[unzphum Dona, aut gemmarum pretioso flore coNon canor insultans hosti, non læta tri

mantes

[tis ? Præcinuit vox: sed jam religione serenat

Artifices formas, partæ monumenta saluSumna Ducis mentem pietas, quem læta

Quid memorem absenti sacrat queîs padecorat

(sus.
tria nomen

[gratæ Ante alios, fortes mulcens dulcedine sen

Accumulans donis ?-patriæ te munera Postera lux cædes, et vasta silentia belli

Præsentem majora manent - facundia Pandebat, veterique ibat jam lætior undâ

ocelli Nilus" Cæsareas venisti victor ad oras,

[grates! Nobilior, miseris præbens solamina rebus !

Eloquitur tacitamet solvit tibi lacryma

Sed nec clara diu, positis felicibus armis, Omois et Ægyptus celebret vexilla salutis, Omois Arabs *.-Olim Italiæ spoliator ad

Languebat virtus, patriæve amplexibus hæsit:

[!um oras,

Scilicet insidiis secretum accendere belJulius, et pavidis fidens Antonius armis,

Teutones $, et Boreæ linquentes frigora At non Marte suo : jam libertate labante Et patriâ amissâ, dominis parere superbis Incipiunt, pavidum et junxerunt fædere

gentes

[martem. Sub juga misit opes assuetům, (inhonesta merentum!)

(Classi

Non tulit hoc Britonum, quæ fulmina foe

dera sancit, At tibi, Dux Britonum, victricique ordine

[cis Gratulor! hæc norûnt olim penetralia . Advolat ipsa suas ales Victoria Classes.

Majestas malè læsa--at amantes otia paQuæque tuum vel adhuc sacrant modula

(To be concluded in our next.) m de nomen.

* White, p. 149. Hæc dedit antiquo se attollens gurgite Nilus

+ Descriptio Siuûs Neapolitani.

White, p. 134, 135, 136. * White, p. 110. “ Arabes plurimi ve- S“Northern Confederacy.” White, p. nerunt ad littora,” &c.

163.

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HISTORICAL CHRONICLE.

PROCEEDINGS IN PARLIAMENT. House Of COMMONS, Feb. 12. Grenfell put several questions to Mr. VanA petition from Sheffield, for new regu

sittart as to his intentions with regard to lations as to cast-iron and steel manufac

the repayment of the 6,000.0007. loan tures ; a petition from Coventry, for new

from the Bank; to which he replied, that regulations as to apprentices in the rib- the re-payment would commence on the bon trade ; and one from certain propri.

5th of April in money, and be continued in etors of coal-mines near Bristol, for ex

such proportions as would in no respect emption from particular duties in the Se

interfere with the question of the resumpvern, were referred to Committees.

tion of cash paymen's. On the report of the Committee of Sup

Loid A. Hamilton entered at considerply being brought up, Mr. Curwen called able length into the existing abuses in the the attention of the Chancellor of the Ex- Scotch Burghs as to the election of the chequer to the circumstance, that a profit Magi:trates, and the assessment of local of I per cent. was made by persons who col. taxes on persons who had no controul over lected bank tokens in the country to be

their expenditure. He adverted to the sent up to London for the purchase of

case of Montrose, which had its constitugold, which was sent out of the country.

tion arbitrarily altered by the Crown; and moved for a copy of the Act and Warrant

of his Majesty in Council, dated SeptemFeb. 13.

ber, 1817, relative to that Burgh. Mr. Bennet presented Petitions from Lord Castlereagh objected to the moJoseph Mitchel, of Liverpool, Thomas tion, as leading to the general question of Evans, of Newcastle-street, and William Parliamentary Reform. The administra Ogden, complaining of their sufferings un- tive powers of the Magistrates might be der the Habeas Corpus Suspension Act, controuled in a Court of Law. What bad and praying that the House would pass been done as to Montrose was with a view no Bill of Indemnity.

to benefit, and not to injure the Burgesses, Sir F. Burdett also presented a petition The Lord Advocate resisted the motion from John Stewart, weaver, Glasgow, on on the same groupds. the same subject.

Mr. Abercromby, Sir J. Mackintosh, Mr. Sir F. Burdett then presented a petition J. P. Grant, and Sir R. Ferguson, supported from some of the inhabitants of St. George's, the motion, which was negatived without a Hanover-square, in favour of Parliamen- division. tary Reform, stating that the House of Commons did not, in any intelligible or

Feb. 16. constitutional sense, represent the people; Lord Stanley presented a Petition from a that they were the instruments of a weak place in Lancashire, praying for the reAdministration, who had suspended the peal of the Coru Bill, for a Parliamentary Constitution of the Country, and punished Reform, and for the dismissal of the Minis, the people at their pleasure. It then pro- ters; a perition from persons at Boltonceeded iu these terms : “ If the House le-Moors, praying for regulations as to the would not listen to their complaints, or hours of working in the cotton-manufacgrant the required reform, they would tories ; and a counter-petition from the most certainly resist paying taxes." manufacturers, which represented that

Lord Castlereagh moved that the petition parliamentary interference with the mabe rejected.

nagement of their trade was wholly uuneSir F. Burdett contended that if the Pe. cessary, titioners were called upon to pay taxes Mr. Phillips strongly supported the latwhich their Representatives had not im- ter, as the petitioners conceived themposed, the Constitution and Laws of the selves grossly calumniated by statements Country should protect them from the pay. which had been made by different persons, ment of those taxes.

regarding the labour and the health of Lord Castlereagh again moved that the persons employed by them, and by propopetition should be rejected; which was sitions to interfere with them in the conagreed to.

duct of their own business. Sir F. Burdett then presented petitions The Chimney sweeping Regulation Bill from Bath, praying for Universal Suffrage went through a Committee, and the blank and Annual Parliaments.

as to the period of abolishing the employ. On bringing up the Report of the Com- ment of climbing boys was filled up with mittee of Supply, Mr. Tierney and Mr. “ the 1st May, 1819."

Feb.

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