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You see and lament (through the mask of his art,)
That such a clear head has so gloomy a heart.
On t”other hand, MAcKINTosh strives to unite The grave and the gay, the profound and polite: And piques himself much that the ladies should say
How well Scottish strength softens down in Bombay ;
Frequents the assembly, the supper, the ball,
The Judges were doubtful on which first to call;
Their names, in loud clamours, divided the hall;
* During Mad. de Stael's Residence in England she was much attended by Sir J. Mackintosh, E.
At length with a bow to the Genevese sage,
The Scottish Adonis relinquish'd the stage.
Then Calvin's disciple began:-‘‘I profess “No wishes for power; no mortal has less; “No man can be more unassuming and meek; “With pain—real pain—I have risen to speak; “But love of my kind overflows at my heart,
“And a deep sense of duty prescribes me my part.
“Oh think to what crisis a country is come,
“Where justice is blind, and humanity dumb
“Where under a barbarous system of laws
“ (The good man's despair, and the blockhead's applause),
“An innocent debtor who happens to fail
“To take up his notes, may be cast into jail!
“And (worse than the savage who prowls in the woods)
“A tradesman expects to be paid for his goods!
“When a code unrelenting pronounces this curse,
“Has not the means left of avenging his sire! a
“Where, in short, all the laws against thieving or treason
“Are shocking to policy, feeling, and reason
“Thus, thus 'tis the law that ensanguines the times; “The law is the source of these horrors and crimes; “What, tho' its foundations by ALFRED were laid— “Tho' farther advanced by the Confessor's aid– “Tho' towards its perfection the Norman concurr'd— “Tho' extorted from John at the point of the sword— “Tho' thro' a long series of ages, the law “At once kept the monarch and people in awe“And though that long series of ages confess'd “The monarchs were great, and the people were blest— “Tho' in our own days we have seen all mankind, “To philosophy deaf, and to theory blind, “Both monarchs and people combining their powers,
“To build up their laws on the model of ours—
“ Notwithstanding all this—I assert, on the word
“Of a saint and a sage, that the law is absurd!
“And, tho’ some dull bigot my ears may assail
“With Coke, and with BLAckston E, with Foster, and HALE,
“Yorke, CAMDEN or MANsfield—I have to confront 'em,
“Montesquiou, BeccARIA,and JEREMY BENThAM.
“Let me then be leader; place me in the van, “To work out the moral perfection of man; “The halter, the axe, I’ll dismiss in a trice, “And substitute for them good wholesome advice; “All causes by ethical dogmas determine, “Without the vain form of the Coif and the Er
“The Judges a felon with proverbs shall trounce, “And sermons instead of a sentence pronounces “Manufactories then, on a liberal scale,
“Shall serve every purpose of bridewell and jail;