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same as on the 16th of last June, the planet | planet is still seen under the two first stars having described a looped curve, as seen of the Goat. from the earth, since that period : on the The eastern hemisphere is embellished 16th he is observed in a line with and during the mornings of this month with the Sagittari: on the 18th he forms an isosceles brilliant planet Venus, and the wonderful triangle with r and Sagittarii, the former planet Saturn with his stupendous ring. star being the summit, he is also noticed in They are situated in the constellation Cana line with f and o Sagittarii,
cer, the former planet being considerably During the last five months, we have south of Saturn; she moves very rapidly minutely described the course of this planet through this constellation, directing her amongst the stars situated in the space be course between y and è, and a 1 and 2 tween the 26th degree of Sagittarii, and | Cancri, and finishing it above o Leonis, the 15th degree of Capricornus, the latitude she rises on the 1st at two o'clock, and on extending six degrees on each side of the the 25th at 50 minutes past 1; her appaecliptic; our readers have probably ob- rent diameter on the 11th is 34 seconds, tained a correct knowledge of these stars, where she has 4 digits illuminated on her which include all within the first seven eastern limb. The motion of Saturn is magnitudes, as well as the motion of the much slower, his course being directed planet arising from its relative position to above 9 and a 1 Cancri, he rises on the 1st the earth; we shall now leave these stars at 30 minutes past 1, and on the 25th at until another opportunity occurs for noticing 16 minutes past 12. The right ascension them, and proceed to describe the course of of Arcturus on the 17th is 14 hours, 7 Mars among the stars situated in the back minutes, 50 seconds, and 36 hundredths, and tail of this constellation. On the 20th, its north polar distance being 69 degrees, he is observed in a line with two stars 55 minutes, 3 seconds, and 6 tenths. marked x 2 and 3 Sagittarii, the former being Mirac has 14 hours, 37 minutes, 29 of the fifth, and the latter of the sixth mag seconds, and 6 tenths of right 'ascension, nitude : on the 21st he is noticed between and 62 degrees, 11 minutes, 39 seconds, x 2 and 3 Sagittarii, and a star of the sixth | and 3 tenths of north polar distance on the magnitude marked p Sagittarii ; he is also same day. The polar star also has 1 hour, observed to form an isosceles triangle with 17 seconds, and 48 hundredths of right the latter star, and a star of the sixth mag- | ascension, and 1 degree 36 minutes, and nitude marked Q Sagittarii, this star being the 23 seconds of north polar distance. apex : on the 22d he is noticed in a line with p 1 and 2, and x 2 and 3 Sagittarii, the former stars being also of the fifth and
POETKY. sixth magnitudes, and a considerable distance north of the two latter : on the fol
(For the Imperial Magazine.) lowing evening the planet is seen in a line
STANZAS, with x 2 and 3 Sagittarii, and a star of the Occasioned by DR. ADAM CLARKE indulging the sixth magnitude marked d Sagittarii, which
Author with the sight of a piece of the Rock of
Horeb, which was broken off the main body by is also in a line with p 1 and 2 Sagittarii, his Nephew, and remained untouched by any he is also observed between x 2 and 3, and hand, except his own, till he presented it to his Q Sagittarii : on the 24th he is noticed in a
Uncle, in England. line with p 2 and 50 Sagittarii, the latter
“ With cautious, serious eye behold,
And touch with reverential awe! star being of the sixth magnitude : on the So, Israel looked, and felt of hold, 26th he is observed very near two stars of
When, lo! the Founder of their Law
Had smote the Rock on Horeb's plains, the sixth magnitude marked h 1 and 2
And water rush'd through all its veins.” Sagittarii, they are just above him, and in
Thus spake the Christian Seer, who stood a line with 50 and d Sagittarii, he is also With silver locks in honor'd age, noticed in a line with f and 53 Sagittarii,
Like one who lived before the Flood,
And ruddy as the Hebrew Sage. both of the sixth magnitude, and with w And while his voice was in mine ear, and a, Sagittarii, stars of the fifth magnitude, A power divine seemed drawing near. there is another star of the fifth magnitude I conn'd the sacred relic e'er, to the south of w and d Sagittarii, forming
The hand with awe the treasure press'd;
When visions never seen before, a triangle with them marked b, these stars are And feelings ne'er till then possessed. to the south of the planet's course: on the 28th,
In slow succession cross'd the mind,
Aud round my inmost heart-strings twin'd. Mars is observed in a line with p and Sagittarii, x 2 and h 1 Sagittarii, and g and 57 |
This fragment, small as it may seem,
Felt, with its parent rock, the wand, Sagittarii, the two latter stars are of the sixth And hence, as from the mass, the stream magnitude; he finishes his course nearly be
Ran gurgling through the thirsty land
The Elders bailed it as it flowed, tween 53 and w Sagittarii. The Georgian | And grateful, every bosom glow'd.
Till then, no lucid springs were known
From Horeb's sides to issue forth,
The beverage of the arid earth,
Was God more visible than now,
Than when he stood on Horeb's brow:
As once the wilderness bad been;
With mystic awe,-by band unseen ;
A truth by inspiration taught !
The Well of Life with Mercy fraught,
Which own'd the tread of feet divine,
His heavenly radiance to resign,Which Moses struck in faith and prayer, To pour its floods in freshness there? And have sensations fill’d the soul,
And visions wrapt the wandering mind,
When fragments such as these we find ?
His only Son has trod our earth ;
Believe, and give obedience birth, Drink of the living waters given, And rise in purity to Heaven..
A voice was heard, soft, sweet, and low;
THE INFANT'S FUNERAL. A SONNET.
" No more of fatigue, or endurance it knows ; O weep not, o break not, its gentle repose.”
No lengthen'd trajn in sable garb array'd,
No stately hearse, with solemn waving plume, Conveys within the churchyard's hallow'd shade",
The lovely infant to its early tomb. No weeping groups, with mournful steps attend,
Whose eyes with bitter, briny tears are dim ; Two, only, there o'er its cold ashes bend,
One, only, sheds affection's tears for him. But why thus weep? why heave the quivering
sigh? Maternal tenderness at once forego, Since its dear spirit soars to realms on high, Far from a world of anxious care and woe. In childhood's earliest stage, sweet babe, like thee, Would that terrestrial scenes had clos'd on me!
THE LADY AND THE RAINBOW.
A FABLE. SPRING had expanded every flower Beneath her mild enlivening shower, Softly the vernal zephyrs play'd Along the meads and woodland glade, The feather'd warblers carol'd wild, In vesture gay the garden smil'd. When forth a lady hied to share The rural scenes-the vernal air : A virtuosa at the sbrine, Where Flora's tinted garlands shine. She view'd her favourite rose expand Beneath Spring's irrigating hand; The pale-ey'd daisy-violets blue, The pendent lilac's modest hue, The tulip streak'd with various shade, Her gaudy petals there display'd, Delighted with their various hues, Each blossom'd plant she raptured views. But now the hovering clouds portend, A heavy shower will soon descend ; The nymph within her favorite bower, Sought shelter from the transient shower. There, as she sat, a splendid bow, In grandeur from th' horizon's brow, Span'd the dark hills, and graced the skies, Richly adorn'd with matchless dyes. Hail, sacred bow of promise, she Exclaim'd in purest ecstasy : How much, thou stately arch! I love To see thee glittering from above. The lovely colours which adorn Thy graceful form, but newly-born,
With orient beams attended,
New glories were appended :
Creation triumph'd-man was gay,
Nor dream'd again of sorrow When clouds obscured the solar ray, Its transient glories fled away,
While gloom and sadness follow : The fields a sable covering wear, And every face is mark'd with care.
So smiles to-day, mid prospects bright
of joys, which hope have given Life's sportive day-bat ere tis night . The scene which lately cheer'd the sight,
Is blasted all, and risen:
Emerging from its covering-
Fresh rays of light discovering; The bliss its cheering rays restore, Gives power it seem'd to want before. May all the ills that here may rise,
(And you may yet know sorrow,) And ev'ry cloud that veils your skies, Be cheerd by hope, which grace supplies,
Of some still brighter morrow : And every passing cloud make known Some happier scene,- and all your own. Petworth.
A SOLILOQUY. MR. EDITOR, Sin.-The following Soliloquy was written, in Latin, by the celebrated Wolfgang Musculus, when at the point of death, in the year 1563. For the sake of your English readers, I have attempted a free translation of this spiritual production. Halifar.
E. B. L.
LIFE scarce remains :-chills seize my shivering
heart; But thou, O CARIST, art endless life to me! Why waits my soul? Why trembles to depart?
To peaceful mansions, spread thy wings, and flee! To realms above, direct thy wishful eye; Thy guardian angel points thee to the sky. 0 quit this fragile house of mouldering clay,
This weary body shattered to its fall; Thy God shall soon his sovereign power displa
Strong to rebuild each now decaying wall :
And yet the dawn of heavenly life I see.
Í rise, I run, my God, I flee to thee!
Review.— The Confessions of a Gamester.
8vo. pp. 244. Hatchard, London. Reflecting on the filthy and abominable confessions of Rousseau, and on the fatal tendency of this and other publications of a similar character, it was with something of prejudice that we took up the present volume. Our unfavourable prepossessions, however, very soon yielded to the spirit and tone discoverable in this work, to the artlessness of the narrative, and, above all, to the strong internal evidence of its authenticity. There are no appearances of its being a tale got up. The hand of fiction has obviously been at work on the picture, but it is only to fill up some subordinate parts, and to finish what the rougher hand of truth has produced.
We do not, however, wish that our readers should rest their belief of the authenticity of this narrative, on what appears to us satisfactory internal evidence. Independently of what the author says in his preface, we have had some opportunities of making inquiries respecting the history of the book, and, as far as our information extends, there is abundant external evidence of its being genuine.
We attach considerable importance to this fact, and are willing to trust our assertion in the hands of any person, selected from the mediocrity of life, leaving it for him to answer, whether the effect of a nar. rative which he believes to be strictly genuine, would not be incalculably greater on his mind, than that of one which he un. derstood was fictitious. A belief of the anthenticity of the narrative before us, very considerably enhances it in our estimation.
We do not indeed imagine, that this book, or any other means which moral power, in human hands, may have at command, will avail to lessen the fearful and growing evils of that extensive system of gaming which is now in existence, which may justly be called our nation's curse: “ Alas! Leviathan is not so tamed ;
* he, stricken bard,
That fear no discipline of human hands." What secular authority might do, we know not, but the evil appears to be deep, wide-spreading, and inveterate. It will probably never cease until it is self-destroyed, having exhausted a nation's strength, and overwhelmed it in profligacy and ruin ;like some terrific conflagration, which ceases only when it has spread desolation around, and when nothing remains as the aliment of its being. But could these infatuated children of folly and vice be induced to
THE LAST SAD LOOK. Through the clouds of sorrow beaming, See a lonely meteor gleaming
O'er dark ether's plain. Slowly rolls the restless billow, Where it makes its aching pillow,
'Tis the last sad look. View the setting sun's bright glory, Tread the warrior's bed so gory,
Watch his faded fac Azure beauty leaves the sky, Weakness dulls the soldier's eye,
'Tis the last sad look. See the moonbeams fondly playing, Trembling, flying, never staying,
On the rippled stream,
'Tis the last sad look. Friends and dearer kindred parting, Silent grief, yet ever starting,
Glances one soft leave. Not the world's gay glittering treasure Ever bought the mournful pleasure
Of a last sad look. Beaconsfield,
J. A. B.
pause in their ruinous career, and listen to gence of their taste, and the full develop. the admonitions of faithful example, a voicement of their propensities. The ground is here speaks in deep and solemn accents, to prepared, and the foundation is laid, and alarm and deter. Ils warnings are espe if the fabric is not raised, it is owing to cially salutary and hopeful for those young preventive causes; the design is the same. persons who have not as yet entered this The evils of gaming are in this narrative vortex of guilt and ruin, but whose thought- affectingly exhibited; but the picture is less sportings on its margin expose them to | moderate and ordinary. Its hero was a imminent peril from its powerful but insen villain, but not a monster. His life was sible attractions. Let those who would free from those revolting habits of blaswish to be safe from its widely extended phemy and intemperance, which usually and subtle influence, carefully avoid those belong to such characters! He was on amusements which tend to create a taste the whole prosperous, remarkably temperate for games of chance. None but those who | in his mode of living, and maintained his have experienced it, can conceive the pow | health and spirits to the close of his life, erful fascination which such an attachment which was unusually protracted. We can exerts over its votaries. The taste it creates easily conceive, that by many who were is most subtle and insinuating, and the only superficially acquainted with him, he baneful habit is formed by rapid but insen. would be considered an object of congra. ble degrees. What at first appears but the tulation and envy. But on the near ingentle touch of a grace or a pleasure, soon spection which this faithful narrative affords, becomes the firm grasp of a tyrant's arm, how appalling is the portrait! The wretchwhich no effort can either relax or resist. edness of penury, desertion, and disgrace, Such, the author tells us, was his condition. did not indeed fall to his lot, but all the " In my father's house cards were never played
moral curses, which the ordinary course of with. He said they only created ill blood, and profligacy and villany entail, and the righteinduced a love of gaming. My mother asserted ous judgment of heaven inflicts, descended that they spoiled all conversation. As she possessed great natural talents, which she had carefully im.
on the head of this unhappy votary of proved by reading the best authors, together with guilty pleasure. The feature which is most à certain playful vivacity, which gave life and
prominent, and that most appals, is heartanimation to that expression of kindness I have before noticed, her discourse was very engaging, lessness. Selfishness and mercenary desire, and I attributed her opposition to something like
calculations of gain, and plans of circumvanity. Forbidden fruit is always desirable, (desired,) and I was much gratified, when I found
vention and fraud, seemed to effect the cards amongst the amusements pursued by some total dissolution of every tie of social feelof my school-fellows, and that to which the moni. tor in our house was particularly partial. In the
ing, and the perfect extinction of every usual course of things, I was then rather too spark of human affection-to young to be the companion of a monitor, but my active disposition, and taste for cards and games
"harden a'within, of chance, which he soon discovered, induced him
And petrify the feelings." to favour me with his confidence and friendship at an earlier period than I could have expected.
« The natural temper of my wife was exceedingly Under his auspices I soon became an adept in
kind and affectionate. She expressed, in the love. those games usually played at, and as he was
liest terms, her regret at my absence ; yet she much attached to billiards, I soon became tolerably
welcomed my return with a reception so hearty expert at them; a circumstance which eventnally
and cordial, that I was never deterred from going proved to my advantage. We often followed these
home, by the apprehension of cool or repulsive pursuits during the night. Nobody dared to in
treatment, or the fear of curtain lectures, We terrupt our party, if we were within ; and if
proceeded along the path of life, as well as married abroad, he delegated his authority to a substitute,
persons can be expected to do. I sometimes wished and we continued our plans without fear of inter
that my wife had been a rather more dashing cha
racter; she would then have been too much enruption, or danger of discovery."
gaged in her own pleasures, to have felt any want It is fashionable to stigmatize the objec of my company for her amusement. But to this tions of sober and conscientious persons to
she made no pretensions, she was rather of a
domestic turn, though very lively, and sometimes card-playing, as puritanical and ridiculous; facetious. Clara had become pregnant, and the pe. but it is our deep and abiding conviction,
riod of her confinement was rapidly approaching;
so was the first October meeting at Newmarket. that these objections are founded in reasons
The races, besides the stakes usually run for on such as no man of reflection and candour that occasion, exhibited two or three private
matches of more than ordinary interest. I was can possibly resist. At the card-table the
esteemed one of the best players at picquet in the very spirit of gaming presides, and the kingdom ; so was Lord Appledore; and he had votaries of this amusement, in proportion to
signified his intention of visiting Newmarket this
season, and his wish to engage me at his favourite the frequency with which they partake of it,
game. It was impossible for me to be absent and the attachment they form to it, must under all these circumstances, yet my wife was so
unreasonable as to desire it. My dear,' said she, necessarily imbibe this spirit. If all card
I have never before asked you to postpone your players do not become eventually professed pleasure on my account, and I only request it now, gamblers, it is because the circumstances
because I am placed in circumstances so novel and alarming. I am in daily expectation of that hour which will try all my strength and resolution, and
when I shall want all the support and comfort my effect apon her father ; his grief was only exceeded dearest friend can supply; before you return, i by his wrath; and when one of the servants, who shall probably - ' Well,' I returned, and bad discovered it from the drivers, told him what then? If you are confined whilst I am that I had travelled from Newmarket with a pair, absent, what difference can that make ? Every and only taken four horses for the last stage, be thing is provided for your safety, which will be set no bounds to his rage, but loaded me with all carefully attended to; and if I should be at home, the curses and reproaches his fury could suggest you cannot have any thing more done for you.' to him." She replied, I do not doubt of the attention that will be paid me; my dear father and old nurse The goodness of Divine Providence is will do all that a relation or nurse can do for
often strikingly apparent in producing a my welfare. But there is one thing they cannot do; there is a stay and support for the mind, which
crisis in the history of an individual, and I can only look for in my husband-he is nearer to suddenly opening to him a path of escape me than any one else, and my feelings will eling to
from the ways of sin and ruin. " He him in the hour of expected sorrow.
* This is very absurd,' I replied, 'to feel confi. willeth not the death of a sinner, but had dent that you will have every care taken of you, rather that he should turn from his wickedand that I, if I should be bere, could do no more for you than the others will, and yet cling to me
ness, and live.” In connexion with the more than to any other.' I feel a strange pre. afflicting death of his wife, another circumsentiment of something more than I can explain,' she observed. I may die ; and if so-0 let me
stance occurred, to form a strong counterdie in your arms! It will comfort my last bours bias to the depraved habits in which this to have you near me, and to leave my babe with his
unhappy victim of dissipation had hitherto (its) only surviving parent. If I get over this confinement, I shall not feel the same anxiety
lived. His father also died, and by his about another ; but young as I am, and inexpe will had bequeathed a handsome annuity to rienced in suffering, you cannot be surprised if I feel alarm.' My dear,' I answered, I am not
his son, on condition of his relinquishing surprised, and I would certainly stay with you, if gaming. The fascinations, however, of this I had not so positively engaged myself ; you know
mode of life were too strong to allow him I must go, or break my word ; you cannot wish me to do that.' No,' she replied, certainly not ;
to yield to the powerful motives which but I think few persons would blame you for put reason and interest urged; and after some ting off the engagement for a short time, under the present circumstances ; a very short interval will
deliberation, he resolved to continue his bring on the next meeting, and then
But present courses. This he did with that if you think differently, do not break your promise
success which experience in the practice of for me : only if you go, pray return as speedily as possible. If I survive, I will never again attempt
fraud secured him, and he at length reto impose any restraint upon you ; but if I die.
tired in competence and affluence, to enjoy O let me leave my infant in its father's arms!' "She troubled me with no farther importunities.
his guilty gains. 1 left her dissolved in tears, but I expected that these would be only temporary, and that her sor
“ I am now advanced in years, and affluent in row would be dissipated when I was gone. . . .
my circumstances ; I am hearty and vigorous, and We had fine sport the two first days, and fortune
when engaged I can follow my diversions with as smiled on my path. Amongst the third day's sport
much spirit as ever, though I now pursue it as an
amusement rather than an occupation, was a match between Blacklegs and Traitor, two very celebrated horses, neither of which had ever
“ My mode of life has been very favourable to been beaten: the match was for two thousand
my health. I have been very abstemious, drinking guineas, play or pay, and excited great interest.
nothing but water for fifty years. A sportsman
should deny himself every indulgence that may On the evening preceding this race, whilst engaged in a game of picquet with Lord Appledore, who had
interfere with his success. I owe much of mine to
my habits of temperance. I have been cool and come there for the purpose of playing with me, I
collected, master of myself and my plans, when received an express from my father-in-law,
every one about me has been bereft of his undercouched in the following terms: "My dear Sir,
standing, or has put it under the control of bis " In a state little short of distraction, I write
"I have had a merry life, without its being a to inform you that our dear Clara was delivered about two hours since, of a dead child. The medi.
short one, which too often happens. But the re
currence of those principles which my mother encal men say, that her life is in extreme danger.
deavoured to instil into my mind during my infanShe is very anxious to see you, and unites with me in earnest entreaties that you will return to
cy, has been a perpetual annoyance. They have
urged themselves upon me at the most inconve. us with all possible speed. In the deepest afflic.
nient seasons, nor have I been able to banish tion,-I remain, &c.',''
them. For many years I kept my apprehensions Strange to say, the man of pleasure tri tolerably quiet, regularly taking the sacrament
every Whit-Sunday, and thus balancing my ac. umphed over the husband and the father,
counts with the other world; but this has not and this heartless wretch, deaf to the calls completely answered my expectations, and as I of duty and affection, remained over the
advance in years, and more particularly de
sire confidence, it seems less satisfactory. It following day at Newmarket. The race appears strange, that a life spent in mirth and took place, and he lost his wager.
gaiety, should not afford pleasure in the review;
but I find it so much the reverse, that I can rarely “ This was a miserable preparation for the sor- | bring myself to reconsider it. I wonder even at lowful journey, that was to follow upon the heels the present moment, how I have been induced to of it. I left the course almost immediately ; but I record so many particulars. The retrospect is so had little desire to accelerate my motion towards continually reviving recollections far from plea. the wretched abode at the end of it. I felt that a sant, and renewing feelings which cause me to pair of horses would bring me there sooner than I decline narrating many incidents which might wished; but to save appearances, I took four at prove amusing enough, if they were not connected the last change. When I arrived, I found my wife with circumstances, the remembrance of which had been dead about an hour. With almost her yields me no gratification. In fact, my situation is last breath she requested, that I might not be far from being enviable. To look forwards is by blamed for having left her : but it produced no no means inviting. I have survived most of my
fico bok" place, au miserable presenterte buna