Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
[merged small][ocr errors]

had given her: he even sued her to' o- enterprising ambition os which' hid so

blige her to restore them; but had the long disturbed the tranquillity of France.

mortification of losing his suit; which Madame de Bossu, ruined bv the very

circuinstance depriving him of all pa- means which she hoped would have made

tience and temper, he threatened person- her the happiest woman jn Euipnc, cn

al vengeance against the object oi his former attachment; .who, to avoid it, was driven to quit the kingdom.

Being then without any pursuit, anc) his capricious and violent temper making it impossible for him to remain long quiet, he lailed on another expedition to Naples, which did not answer hia expectation; and, on his return, a new passion, more violent than any he had yet felt, attached him to Mademoiselle de Gorce,. j • ..

In 1664 he died, leaving no posterity

deavourtd to recover, trim the heirs < the Duke of Guise, r, jointure", as his wife. The process lasted many years, and she died before iti termination, lea-' ving her nearest, reiatiqn, the Prince cf Bcrglu-s, her bjjir; who endeavoured to recover, from the successors of the Duke of Guise, some part of the money that had been paid for the Duke. At; the Cquft of Home, the department called the Rote", allowed the validity os her marriage; hut the courts of law in France, through all of which the cause was car

All his brothers died before him; as did ried, decided, that, as the marriage was hisfisters afterwards, unmarried. Thus celebrated without the usual forms, it ended tiie illustrious house of Guise; the was absolutely null, and of no effect.

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

Vehjm,

Otcqfioned by bearing Dr Nloyfe'iLcSura.

By a Lady.

01 Coo'd I snatch from hcav'n serai hie • fire, Which high-exalted number? might inspire, And tune to sacred harmony my lays, Whilst God's distinguished chosen work T

praise! Vet i the lofty theme with fear survey, As human eyes avoid the fervent ray Of the meridian fun's resplendent light, Whose radiant beams obscure the dazzled

fight. Wou'^ inspiration once my breast inflame, I'dreacb thetow'r'ngheight of envy'd fame: Sublimest lays should tell the wund'ring

throng, What praise, what admiration mnst belong To him whose soaring, comprehensive mind, r..(> .^

ev'ry science knowledge has comUin'd,,^jy aay''*£ in'd by mem'ry to instruct mankind!

[graphic]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

* Chief jurisdiction of the Court of Rome

From cloudless realms of uncreated light, Truth's sacred beams iltum'd thy mental

sight: Internal vision, from God's boundless store, ImpeJl'd thee Nature's sources*to explore On Resolution's daring wings upborn: Themes most, abstrusefucin bright as smiling

morn. , '■%,*, -;

Thy reflex pow'rs, by harmony resin'd,
In poliih'd language captivate the mind:
Such clear ideas, with such ease convey'd.
Such moving Eloquence, with taste dis-

, play'd— ... Th' astonish'd audience gaze with vast surprize, • . f > 1 . 1 j, .,, . • Nor caa-believe thee born beneath, the

skies; •-, 1 . • .

But some ætharial being, sent to trace The laws of fkav'n, and free the human race '■ -, . , . . , •

From warping prejudice that dims the sight, A3 dark eclipses turn the day to night.

The British Fair with grateful seclings

glow,. ., . , •-£,,, And well-deserved praise on thee bestow; Whose lib'ral mind the tyraDny disclos'd Which barb'rous policy so long impos'd; Like some celestial ruin;!'.er of grace, . > By Heav'n design'd to charm.the, human

race; • ,.

Whose manners lend to wisdom sovereign

pow'rs, Which fall as soft as Heav'n's refreshing

fhow'rs;

•f.. Display

[ocr errors][merged small]

Display the excellence of female mind,
By taste and purest sentiments refin'd;
Birf them ascend beyond ignoble schemes.
And glow with rapture at poetic themes.

Exalted mortal! how (hall feeble lays Declare thy merit, or attempt thy praise! Thy path os glory, unohscur'd and bright, Clows with a radiant, useful, lambent light.

When some illustrious seraphim above In due progression from his place shall more, In being's scale more glory to obtain, Which blest immortals without envy gain; To fill that vacuum, heav'n, supremely wife, Shall snatch thee to a height beyond the

skies, Command thy matchless spirit to its flight, To rove pre-eminent thro' fields of light; Admiring angels (hall with joy behold So much perfection, freed from earthly

mould, -.—

fiueh knowledge of thy great Creator's ways. And join thee in a rapt'roUs peal of praise!

•; EPiSTLE,

Written from asmall Town, to a Friend in tie Country.

Dear Six,

c

OUrprise may mike you whistle",
To fee Urij rhyming, strange epistle,
And make you swear, with deadly might,
My brain must be in no good plight:
And justly j sof, a dang'rous badness,
I know, you'll call poetic madness,
Attack'd me, Monday last; so strong T
The paroxysm, it lasted long, >

Three hours, at least—if I'm not wrong. J
The fit returns, with emial rage,
Jit various times: a bad Jlrefage!
All night, I dream of buxom lasses, '•-"•
Of Pegasus, and nwrtim Parnassus, - - -
Castalian springs, Arcadian plains, • ,«
Horatian odes, Pindaric strains;
Of Dryden, Pope, Arbuthnot, Gay,"

Swift, Addison, et ettera.

Now, judge Uorr dang'rous is my cafe;}
No learned doctor in this place,'
P , e'er shall see my face-. • .-■•'.• •
For, quack no more we call physician
Than fiddle-scraper base—musician; .
Or him who only tags a rhyme,
Vile-poetaster—bard sublime.

I know, you love sometimes to pore
On doctors' books, as heretofore,
From which may be acauir'd great lore.
I, therefore, crave your good advice,
for ithicb, believe, I'll grudge no price:

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[graphic]
[graphic]

H thanks be the reward you chuse,
Ask all you will; I won't refuse:
If cash with you has greater charms.
Set narrow limits to your terms;
The muses, those capricious b——s,
Don't bless their votaries with riches*

You may advise (I may suppose)
A purging, or emetic dose,
Or bleeding, blift'ring; or, far rather,
For more effect, these all together.
But what you think best to prescribe,
Do soon.—For God's fake do not gibe;
When such my case in winter's age is,
What won't it be when dog-star rages!

I'm glad to hear your health's rcstor'd,
Which shews what med'eine can afford.
Bui, now your health is out of danger,
To C—s—d why such a stranger!
You'll say, your mind from journey flinches,
When days are fliort.andfliarp frost pincheii
And truly, for the self-fame reason,
I l!ay at home in Winter season;
My head would be as light's a feather,
To visit B—ss in such weather,

I have no more to say herewith. But compliments to Mrs S—i—. . .

And now, dear Sir, believe me, really. Yours always--—. A. R. B. t.

■ >•

'Oh the Assertion of a Poet,
That it is a Point of Duty, and the Wifltf
Providence, to cultivate Poetry, Paint-
ing, &t. ^. . .; .
PROUD artist, fay! by what commend
Does Heaven awake the Poets lyre}
Or bid the can valt'd form expand,
With touch of Promethean fire?

Did Heav'n ordain each lofty dome f
Those monuments of Art's display, -

That swell'd with pride imperial Rome,
That totter now in sod decay.

Or say, by what divine command,
• Has Music all her charms combin'd?
Since David took the harp in hand,
: That drove the Demon from his mind.

from Sinai's top the sacred code,
Points out unerring rules to man,

Directs him to the blej&'d abode,.
And short and simple is' the ptatt:

The bright Exemplar, he that

Immortal tenets to disclose;
The voice of reason stiH main coin'd,

In hnnibsefi stile efjmreft p**;

David, who Psalms of Ættest praise. -; Devoutly irdcnt aiSt.Pcter,^\'~

■Cosh*

Could sins—his matchless songMo raise,
NotHeav'n.but Sterahold lent the metre.

Pope, who thy genius far excells.
With views of loftier flight elate,

Confess'd his rhimes were gingliiig bells,
And gave to Virtue only weight.

The female boast is modest worth:

The rising bruih of diffidence Shall call more sterling merit forth,

Than volumes fraught with rhiming fense.

Soft manners that endear the foul,
The neat attire, the artless grace,

Hcav'n has ordain'd with fit controul,
To keep sweet woman in her place.

Should Seicr.cc force the sacred bound,
Or Art, proud Art, the charm dissever;

Both Art and Science may be sound,
But lovely woman's gone for ever,

Perhaps King Solomon, who knew
The dangers that from knowledge rise;

The distaff, and the spindle too,
To prudent housewives did advise.

And hence the man of prudence, who
Much science finds there's little good in;

Tormented by some learned shrew,
Sighs for a wife that makes a pudding.

lor know, proud Dames, of learning know,

The/ what I state may seem a riddle;

There's scarce one semak takes the bow,

t (he scientific fiddle.

[ocr errors]

Lines written by Mr GRAY,
» Mr Fox'j Father's retiring to bit
Seat at Kingfland, in Kent.
I sod abandon'd by his venal friends,
Here Holland form'd the pious re-
solution,
To smuggle some sew years, and strive to
mend., < in .. . .
A broken character and constitution.

Ob thit congenial spot he fix'd his choice,
Earl Goodwin trembled for his r.cigh-
'b'ring sand.
Here lea-Gull* scream, and Cormorants re-
joice, _ .

Mariner*, tho' Ihip-wreca'd, dread

tta.

Here reign the blust'ficg North,and blighting East.

No tree » heard to whisper, bird to sing; Yet Nature cannot furnish out the feast;

Art be invokes, new horrors still to bring. Now moold'ring fane* aud battlcmenUarisc,

Arches and turrets nodding to their fall; Unpeopled palaces delude his eyes.

And mimic Desolation covers all.

Peetrjr* t*9

Ah! said the sighingPeer.had Bute been true,
Nor Rigby's, Bedford'*, Gdwcr'i, friend-
ship vain; ,V ". *'
Far other scene* than these had erown'4
oar view,
And rculiz'd the ruins that we feign:

Purg'd by the sword, and purify'd^ firey*

Then had we seen proud London's hated

walls', '"**J

Owls might have hooted in St Peter's choir,
And tos.es stunk aud litter'd in St Paul'*.

•!■*••:'

111' ',',..••;•

To the Publisher.
Sir,' . •' ',.!.:.-JC

The Verses ascribed to Mary Queen of
Scots, p. 147. do not appear to have been
written in pure French, even if proper
allowance be made for the lapse of time,
and the errors of printing. Yet, in spite
os all grammatical deficiencies, they seem
to express the ideas of sorrow in so natu-
ral a language, that they gave birth t*
the following stanzas, wluch may, per-
haps, be allowed the merit of a para-
phrase, if they cannot claim the praise of
a translation. Yours, &c. R. B. C.

Sonnet, 4»marv Queen of Scots,

en the Death of her Hustand Francis I.

From the French.

WHAT was once a source of pleasure
Now becomes the cause of pain; ■
Day no more displays its treasure, • .>(■■'
Endless night o'erfpreads the plain; ;:i
Powers of nature, powers of art, :•*.
Cease to charm a wounded heart.

[graphic]

Though by Fate compefl'd ter range,

Oft from place to place I roam,
Vain, alas! the promis'd change;
Grief it still my dreary home-
Much of evil, nought of good.
Springs from pining solitude. '.

If in some retreat I stray,

Through the grove, cr near the stream >t
'Whether at the dawn-of day.

Or when Ev'ning slope* hi* bean;
There my heart incessant find*
All the pain of absent mind*.

If perchance 1 turn my fight

Toward the cloudy mantled sey,
There, in mild reflected light,

Still I view his radiant eye-
Fleeting glance! the watery gloom
Seem* hi* emblematic tomb. - • t *

Should I court delusive ease

On the dreaming couch of wo, . —. * Then his form my fancy see*,

Then it hears ha accent* flow V'

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

Hence, fXr away, fe hideous train; Go, join the shrieking Stygian crew, Or there, where Furic3 in their bow'r Watch the dreadful rr.idnight-hour, Hung o'er the taper dim and furnace blue: But ne'er with madd'ning sups invade .The Muses' consec ated shade, Or bid her soothing Numbers cease To biesi. the tranquil hour of Peace; Where Love and Joy their sabbath keep, ' Whom Rapture only taught to weep,

III;

Come then, with Fancy by thy fide, sn all thy robes of flowing slate, To Genius evermore ally'd,

On whom the pensive Pleasures wait;
Teach me to build the lofty!.rhime.
And lift my daring song sublime
To that unequall'd pitch of thonjht,
Which once the seraph, rVrflton, caught.
When rapt in his immortal theme,
He mus'd, by Siloa's hallow'd stream;
But since this boon mast be deny'J, •

Be mine that solemn dirge os woe
Bceath'd from the tender lyre of Gray,

Who oft' at ev'ning's fall would go \ . To pour 'midst rustic tombs his polish'd by; Th' historic draught shall never fade.

And many a youth, to same unknown,

Shall bend beneath the yew tree's shade,

To trace the line that marks his stones

There shall the village maids be seen .

• Where the forefathers of the hamlet

sleep; - " *

And while the mule records the scene, Hang o'er their turf-dad graves a„d weep; '. ,

Oblivion's rude and Wastshl hand

Shall ne'er this little group efface; For Time shall bid the colours stand, And lead their charm* a unifa'd grace.

IV,

Rack'd with business, funk in rest,
He's my ever conduit guesti

Cease, my lyre, thy plaintive measure!

Why in varied rhymes complain?
Nought can time thy chorus to pleasure,

Still recurs, the sorrowing strain.—
Fate may rob the soul of peace,
Love will mourn,—but ne'er decrease.

• ■ Ode u Melancholy.

SI S T E R of soft-cy'd Pity, hail!
Say, in what dcep-s'.questcr'd vale,
Thy head upon thy hand reclin'd,
Sitt'lt thou to watch the last faint gleams

of fight;
To mark the grey mists fail along the wind,
And shadows dim that veil the brow of
night'.
Or "neath some rock abrupt and steep,
Hcar'st thou the hoarse-resounding deep,
'While from many a murky cloud,
Blue light'ning* Hani by fits, andpealinglnr.d
The solemn thunder (hakes th' aerial hall?
Or, lonely loit'ring o'er the plain,
Sce'st thouthe glmun'ring landscape fade,
And bidd'st the soul-commanding lyre
Some such magic numbers chuie
A;, love and tenderness inspire,
And Heav'n's own calm around diffuse,
Till the sorrow-soothing strain
On the rapt ear with nectar'd sweetness fall,
Listening; aud held in mute Attention's
chain,;

And all the foul ilissolv'd and fainting lie
InRapture'shoIytrance^ndheav'nlytcstacy?
II.
O teach me, Nymph, retir'd and coy,
That lasting and substantial joy
From peace of mind and sweet content that
springs;
And cast thy milder tints o'er all
That may my wilder'd feet befall,
While thro' this vale of tears I go !—
But never lruy my foul thole sorrows know,
Which shook from bleak Misfortune's
wings,
Blast all the bloom of life, and wide diffuse
Their cold ungcnial daaups on Fancy and
the Muse.
Nor yet permit my steps to stray
Where on the river's marge fits wild Despair
Wistfully gazing on the fearful deep;
Whose looks the dark resolve declare,
Whose horrid thoughts have murder'd
sleep:
Hence too that other fiend, whose eye-balls

glare Madncss.wholoudlylaughswhenothersweep, And fiercely sulks around, and shakes his chain;

M»tm«--<»—<*—<»—«»•-«-«—<>-~«i>-m>~-«>"

Nor yet where Auburn crowns she srnfl

ing vale, 'Pass, thou 'lorn maid, unheeding by; Where yon poor matron teils her taie,

And points to the inquiring eye.
Where once her little mansion stood,
. Shelter'*! by a ueighb'ring wood; T

Recording in her homely phrase
The simple joys of former days: ,'.
Thus then, O' Melancholy! o'er my lay*
Thy saintly veil of sadness throw; .
And give my numbers, "void of art,'
To touch the thought, toreachtheheart.
And bid" the tear of Pity flow;
For if the muse may e'er unbhun'd design",
Or if her hand fan colour ought;
'Tis when thy spirit prompti-rhe lint,-
Gives manliness to verse, ana energy So

[ocr errors][merged small]

THE Fhr.dsrs mail, Feb. 15. brought an authentic copy of the Emperor's declaration, or manifesto, against I he Ottoman Port?. If is dated .it Vienna, on tlie tub; anrl at"rcrr«umerat:ng the many reasons which his ally, the Empress of XiilTia, has tuf gdiuf to war with the Porte, the Emperor declares, in consequence ot being her ally, he has given orders to the Baron i\c Herbert, his Iitternuurip at Constantinople,, to make a formal declcrarion of his determination to support her claims with all his powers; cf which he thinks proper lo inform alt iiis Iodine kibjecis, &c. &c.

By private letters from Vienna, the following intelligence is received.—An unhappy event has ta'cen place with respect to the regim'-M of Belligrin; that fine corps, composed os a^oo of the best troops in the imperial service, having advanced too prematurely and unguardedly on the right side ot the Danube, were surprised and totally destroyed by a numerous body of Tin kiln cavalry. They were mostly cut to pieces in the conflict, indihose made prisoners were beheaded, and their heads lent to Constantinople. This unwarrantable exercise of cruelty in. tlie troops of the Porte, may perhaps excite a spirit of retaliation in the Imperiali!lsT which will lead to that vindictive and barbarous mode of conducting the war, that has nqt of |atc years disgraced the arms of civilised nations.

letters from Gratis, in St)Tia, advise, that the Emperor arrived there in the forenoon of Saturday last, aud that, after having taken a view of the new public works carrying pn there, his Imperial Majesty let out for Lauluch on Simda v morning*

The ikirnufhes between the Turks and Ruffians on the Danube have been very frequent, but are almost constantly decided in favour of the letter. It is allonifhing to think how barbarously the war is conducted on both si<le f.; a more savage' ferocity than could be '.nought to prevail even among tygers.

Vienna., March 6. According to advlcci from Bosnia, the Austrian troops arrived before Banjaluka, a fortress in

Ar.VoL.VIl.K039.

the above province, on the ryth of February, and the fame day began to bombald the plaee.

By the lame letters we learn, that the fort of Dubitz* was reduced on the Ilth of February; and that tlie fortress Wihoaz, situated on the Unna, surrendered the 13th of the same month, alter an obstinate defence, in which two hundred women signalized themselves, by fighting, like Amazons, sword in liainl. This conquest was obtained with the loss of thirty oi our men.

Vienna, Feh. ao. We have authentic accounts that the Turks defend them-, selves with much more courage and obstinacy than they were used to do j as a proof of which, ia,ooo cannon balk have been sired against Gradifca, and yet the euterprize is obliged to be giv.1 up by the advice of the General who commands our troops in those parts, and who fays wo must loss many of our belt men in attacking the Turkish fortresses . on the frontiers, and that it will be bwit to wait till the season is further advanced, when the main army may rush iuto Bus-. nia, and encamp there at once.

The commencement of our operations against the Turks seems to presage, that il we obtain any advantage over them in this campaign, it will be owine to our great superiority in numbers ami tactics, whilst the infidels defend themselves with a courage which we cannot help praising. We may be assured that this campaign will prove one oi the' bloodiest there ever was.

Italy.

The following is the copy of the protest, taken by Cardinal York, previous to the death of his brother, Prince Charles:

Copiajtmpkx Injlrumrnti aptrtionis soli* Declarationh, Rogat. per alia Catails, Curitr Ctipiiolint natarii, die trigtjima prima Januarii, 1788.

"WE Henry-Mary Benojt Clement,: Gardinal Duke of York, younger son of James III, King of England: Whereas, by advice received from Florence, of date . the 33d January current, we arc on the point of losing tii« mvli serene CharlesU' Edward,

« ZurückWeiter »