« So have I left my lovely rose,

« And dwelt in your bright cell.

4 Bat scorn Ihall be repaid with icorn ;

“ Now (wift away I'll fly, « And elsew bere reft, though on a thora :

“ You in your pride in all die !"

The damps descend, the eaft winds blighi,

The tulip bangs her head;
And Phæbus with returning light,

Beheld the flower dead.

MORAL. Still our own faults conceal'd will lie

Deep in oor inmott mind, Whilft others, with an Argas eye,

We ever seek to find.

Then know thyself;—this maxim true,

Thy beit attention give:
Do as thou would'st be done unto,

So happy shalt thou live.


EAR honey,

Our money
We find in the end

Both relation and friend;
'Tis a help-mate for better for worse :

Neither father, nor mother,
Nor lister, nor brother,
Nor uncles, nor aunts,

Nor cousins,

By dozens,
Are like a friend in the purse. ·

Still regard the main chance;

"Tis te clhink

Of the chink
Is the music to make the heart dance.




For MOND A Y, October 13, 1783.


Extrait of a Letter from Wells, September 15, 1783.

N Monday last the gallart lord Hood, the coadjutor of U Rodney in the memorable 12th of April, honoured this city with his presence. Let other cities learn, from our conduct, to pay due honour to those who, by signal services, deserve the applause of their country. The bells announced his arrival, and the chief magistrate would have fired the cannons; but as the master of the ordnance was at Henstridge, and the largest gun found, on examination, to have its touch-hole much melted from late severe action, this compliment was from neceflity omitted. A summons was instantly issued for the convention of the corporation, and obeyed : it was proposed, and resolved without debate, that the freedom of the city, in a gold box, introduced by an oration expressive of the gratitude which glowed in the bosoms of this venerable body of magiftrates, should be presented. The only doubt was, whether they should accost him in the terle Sallustian ftile, with the ore rotundo of Cicero, or the ardentia verba of Demofthenes.

Shall we said they) confine ourselves to prose alone ; mingle and sweeten prose with verse, or offer distinct composi. tions in both? If the latter, who shall deliver the oratory? Who recite the ode? The composition of both was ealy; the only difficulty, where all were equal to the task, to select two without exciting jealousy in the reft. As in Cæsar's army every Vol. II. 41.

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common soldier was capable of commanding a cohort, so each member of this synod was either an orator or poet."-The Grecian chiefs, contending for the glory of entering the lifts with Hector, could not have been more at a loss. There was a fhort pause ; when, after a few minutes had elapsed, the eyes of the whole assembly were fixed on the mayor and town-clerk : the first a votary of Apollo from his youth, the other stamped with the reputation of a clear, correct, and forcible writer. — “ Station, (says the mayor, with the most seducing modefty,) not merit, my learned brethren, has determined your choice : let cvery one contribute to the composition, the honour be mine to filtre, volatilize, and present the soul-lulling draught." They nodded affent. A man, celebrated in the republic of letters, then arose : " In public matters, (said he,) my generous liberal mind disclaims all family ties ; no man bows lower to office than myself. The mayor is the head, it is his duty to speak for the body ; but what is the town-clerk, is not he the tail ! Let the mayor open first, the town-clerk give vent afterwards; poetical effufions naturally fall within his province, pocts are infpired ; and what is inspiration, but repletion with wind : Who then should deliver the body from ventose oppreffiods but the town clerk, the posterior, as the mayor is the anterior, mouth: my opinion then is, that the mayor pronounce the oration, the town-clerk recite the ode.",

This weighty affair being settled, on the enfuing morning, preceded by the enfigns of dignity, this sage body waited on the admiral.--Let us suppose them introduced ; then call your imagination to supply a scene of grace and dignity; to an adequate description of which, an abler pen than mine wculd te unequal. • In the divinity-school at Oxford, foremost among the Pomfret · ftatues, stands Cicero, in the act of speaking; his attitude abe most judicious imagistrate assumed : had he but thrown back the sleeve of his robe, and taken off his wig, you could hardly have known them apart, or at least might have conceited one to be a leaden cait from the other. By an alteration equally minute, the corporation might have contributed to the deception, and been miltaken for the other statues.—Thus prepared, he opened the premium ; he was clear, not rapid ; not metaphorical, but didáctic and convincing. If I could justify the expression, I should call this part orato-historical; it took a concise view of maritime affairs, from the Argonautic expedition down to Monfieur Mongolfier's æriofiatic navigable sphere; by the way describing the forms and imperfections of the ships ihat conveyed Greece to the Trojan war, explained the naumachia of the 10


tients, investigated the cause of Anthony and Cleopatra's defeat at the battle of Actium, and observing the most critical attention to chronology, came at length to treat of the naval affairs of Great Britain, having digressed a little to speak of the present state of navigation in the frozen ocean within the arctic and antartic circles.-It is impossible to follow him mịnutely through this most learned and elaborate disquisition ; suffice it to fay, that he came at last to captain Greenvill's extraordinary bravery in the Revenge, who, with a single ship, fought the whole Spanish fleet fifteen hours, and sunk three of them; the victory over the Spanish Armada in queen Elizabeth's time, and the no less important and glorious victories of Rodney and Hood over the French and Spaniards in our own time. Here the oration took a new turn, and his imagination seemed to glow with redoubled ardour ; he was like a rocket at the end of its projectile career, all fire and brilliancy; he poured allusion on allegory, trope on metaphor, with the most irresistible impetuosity; his action was equally animated with his language; he lifted his hands to heaven like Mr. Burke, beat a table to pieces. like Mr. Fox, and, having exhausted all his powers, sat down perfectly filent like Mr. T

In this instant the town-clerk, like another Neptune, stepped forward, to assuage the tempest with verse : he recited, memoriter, a Pindaric Ode of his own composing ; similar, though perhaps a hypo critic may invidiously infinuate not quite equal to, the Qualem miniftrum fulminis alitem of Horace : which being finished, he presented the freedom of the city, finely illuminated, in a box of gold of different colours, enriched with a medallion, emblematical of the present Sourishing state of the city : it pictured the elder representative presenting the Genius of Wells with an ear of wheat, in allusion to his late solicitude for the promotion of agriculture, and humane attention to the claims of the poor. The piece was highly finished by a great artist, and perfect, except in one particular, that the outline of the corn was so hard, it had the appearance of a stone, and the unnatural separation of the beards looked like the legs of a scorpion.

Thus, my friend, have I sent you an imperfect ketch of our proceedings at Wells. Perhaps you will, as usual, suspect that I have too far indulged my fancy : be it fo ; yet I abjure all fi&tion, when I observe that if Demofthenes and Cicero, Pindar and Horace, had been present, they could not have exhausted the stores of oratory on a more deserving subject.

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[Continued from page 325.]
T ROM Terra Nuova I went to Oppido. This city is fita-
r ated on a mountain of a ferruginous sort of gritty Hote,
unlike the clay soil of its neighbourhood, and is surrounded by
two rivers in a ravine, deeper and broader than that of Terra
Nuova. Instead of the mountain on which Oppido was úte.
ated having spiit in two, and by its fall in the rivers flopped
their course, and formed great lakes, as we are told, it was (u
at Terra Nuova) huge pieces of the plain, on the edge of the
ravine, that had been detached into it, nearly filled it up, and
stopped the course of the rivers, the waters of which are now
forming two great lakes. It is true, that part of the rock en
which Oppido stood, was detached with several houses into the
ravine ; but that is a trifing circumftance, in comparison of the
very great tracts of land, with large plantations of vines and
olive-trees, which have been detached from one side of the ra-
vine clear over to the other, though the distance is more than
half a mile.'

It is well attested, that a countryman, who was plowing his field in this neighbourhood with a pair of oxen, was transported, with his field and team, clear from one side of the ravine to the other, and that neither he nor his oxen were hurt. After what I have seen, I verily believe this may have happened. A largo, volume might be composed of the curious facts and accidents of this kind produced by the earthquakes in the valley ; and, fuppose, many will be recorded in the account of the late for midable earthquakes, which the academy of Naples intend to publish, the president having already sent into Calabria fifteca members, with draughtsmen in proportion, to collect the facts, and make drawings for the sole purpose of gving a fatisfactory and ample account of the late calamity to the public ; but une less they attend, as I did, to the nature of the soil of the paces where those accidents happened, their reports will generally meet with little credit, except from thole who are profefled dilettan of miracles, and many such do certainly exin in this country: 'I met with a remarkable infiance here of the degree of inmediate distress to which the unfortunate inhabitants of the deftroyed towns were reduced. Don Marcillo Grillo, a gentlemda of fortune, and of great landed property, having escaped from his house at Oppido, which was destroyed by the earthquake,

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