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And eyeless newt inhabited, once stood
The bank and treasury of England, fill'd
With shining heaps of beaten gold;' a sum
That would have beggar'd all the petty states
Of Europe to have rais'd, here half the wealth
Of Mexique and Peru was pour’d, and hence
Diffus’d in many a copious stream, was spread
To diftant towns, and cities, and enrich'd
Industrious commerce thro' the polish'd land.
But now, alas! not e'en a trace remains,
Not e'en a ruin of the spacious pile,
Raz'd even with the duft, by the joint hand
Of the avenging multitude; what time
The fall of public credit, that had long
Totter'd upon her airy base, involvid
In sudden and promiscuous ruin all
The great commercial world. Then fell,
Struçk to the heart by dark corruption's arms,
The British Lion-then the Flower de Lis
Wav'd high on London's tower, and then funk
Beneath the tyrant's bloody hand, the last
Remaining fpark of liberty - A dire
Ànd dreadful revolution ! O my poor,
My ruin'd country! long thou wast the pride
And dread of nations; fár above the rest
Happy and great, nor would the envious foe
Subdue thy warlike fons, but 'twas thyself
That kill'd thyself.-O memory, that wounds
My agonizing breaft!- grief of heart
That overturns all patience !!—Thus much
His plaintive voice was heard: the rest 'was choak'd
By fighs, and groans, that would have movd'the heart
Of favage rage to pity.

Thoughts on the Times, but chiefly on the Profligacy of our Women,

and its Causes. Addressed to evėry Parent, Husband, and mode Woman in the three Kingdoms. In two Parts; Sewing First, the Danger of public Incontinence; the Absurdity of our Female Education ; the Folly and bad Tendency of a fashionable Life, and the Evils that arise from French Refinement ; and Secondly, how feldom Man-midwives are necessary; that tbeir Practice is dangerousthat it is repugnant to Modesty, tends to destroy the Peace of Families, and endanger Virtue, 12mo. 2s. 6d. Bew.

Had our author given himself time to have thought at all, 'this publication would never have made its appearance.

FOREIN*

FOREIGN LITERATURE.

FRANCE.

THE arts and sciences are the great links of society. They level all diftin&tion which a mean prejudice has established between men and country. Every learned man is a true cosmopolite, and if aduated by the purest spirit of civism, it is not to despise or depreciate the merit of any discovery ; but to endeavour to make it peculiar to his own country, bị concurring with foreigners in adding to the store of human knowledge. This opinion, which we hope will ineet with no contradi&tion, has engaged us to lay before our learned readers an account of the premiums proposed by foTeign academies, and the subjects to be treated on. French being a rival nation in more than one sense, we shall begin with the royal academy of sciences at Paris, and continue our academical journal from time to time.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES.

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Premium in natural history proposed by the faid academy:

The royal accademy, ever disposed to contribute to the progress of sciences, being enabled to give every two years an extra-premium, had come to a resolution in 1777 that the subject should be natural history ; in consequence the following question was proposed to the investigation of the learned, viz.

An esay on the system of the lymphatic veins. None of the memorials that have come to hand having solved the question in a satisfactory manner, the academicians have resolved to have the fame subject further discussed, and propose the following queries :

Are there several species of lymphatic veins, as it has been maintained bitherto ?

Which is their origin and' which their termination ?

Are all the parts of the body provided with those veins or veffels ?

What is their manner of afling in the conglobate glands?

What is the course of shofe vessels whole trunks may be made
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Such

Such are the principal heads of which tho academy requires a full clucidation. The members declare previously that they will attend to nothing but facts. Comparative anatomy may be called to the affiftance of the natural one, but the greatest regard must be payed to the latter in ftatu fanitatis and not in ftatu morbido, because in this

case the organization of the parts is not always exactly conformable to nature.

That the learned may be alloxxed a fufficient time to make the necessary inquiries into to important and difficulta matters the premium will not be adjudged till the Easter-meeting of the academy in the year 1982; but the essays must be fora: warded before the id of January in the said year. As the intention of the inembets is to verify by experiments fuchs obfervations ag-may appear novel, they require that the canso didates will give a clear account of their proceeding the in ftruments they shall have made use of, and the matters they shall employ in performing the injections: they also defire that their eflays may be accompanied with drawings, or at least sketches, when it may appear neceffary for a clear explanation,

The premium will be of the value of 1500 livres.

The leamed of every country, even the foreign affociates, are invited to concur in this matter, ar none will be excluded but the focii regnicola.

The effays muf: be written in French or Latin, and the authors are requested to do it in a legible hand.

They need not put their names but only a motto. They may, if they chule inclole with the effay a paper, sealed up, with the said motto inscribed therein, together with their names, country, and places of abode. This will not bei opened, unless the memorial or eGay that bears it should de serve the premium. They are to direct, poft paid, or caurer their efsays to be delivered to the secretary of the academy, twho, in the latter-cafe, will give a proper receipt, which, when produced, will entitle the beaser, or his agent, duly, and. legally authorised, to receive the proposed premium, in cafe fuch effay should become intiiled to it, at the above appointed meeting of Easteig, 1782

Eurres de N. P. Colar dear de 7.4adi mie Françoife.-The

Works of N. P. Colardeau, Fellow of the French Acade-any. 2 vols. in 8vo. Paris apud Le Jay

Mr. Celardeau, whether we consider him as a man of the world, or an author, is intitled to general esteem and approbation, as he did no less an honour to humanity by his moral character, than to the learned fociety of which he was a member by his learning and writings, which place him nearly upon a level with the, most celebrated of his cotemporaries. His loss must be severely felt by the académy, who, miftaking the froth of genius for real literary' merit, have chosen to succeed him, a Mr. De la Harpe, as great a pedant as ever disgraced literature, and as complete an Ariftarchus as at any period infested the republic of letters. Virgil, defcribing the tree which carrried the golden bough, says:

;*Una a vulfo non deficit atter

Aureus." This does not seem to be the case with the French academy, where the authority of the Tovereign, the cabal and interest of the great, have often more influence' than genuine, but unsupported merit.

The collection now before us, published by a near relation of the deceased, contains nothing new but a comedy, in five acts, which only serves to prove

that a man may be an excellent poet, have a thorough knowledge of the world, and be but an indifferent dramatic writersThis play, which, according to the predominant taste of the French ftage, tho' reprobated by reason and nature, is wrote in verse; abounds with several lucky strokes, and thew's the easy pleasing poet throughout; but the fable is improbable, the incidents uninteresting, and the situations by no means descriptive of that vis comica which alone is the stamp that sets a proper value on those kind of productions.

The second volume confifts of miscellaneous pieces of poetry, never published before, out of which we beg leave to lay before our readers the two following, as a specimen of Mr. Colardeau's poetry, much admired amongst his countrymen for his peculiar ease and elegance,

The firft was intended as an inscription to a statue of Voluptuousnels, represented in the seducing attitude of a woman supinely reclined and to all appearance faft asleep.

Comme un écliar, nait& meure le plaisir,
Son feu.follet à peine nous enfanime
Qu'il s'évapore & détruit le defir ?"; ?
Je ne sçais quoi lui furvit dans notre ame;
C'est un repos voluptasux, charmant:
C'est le bonheur gouré dans le silence;
C'eft des esprits un doux recueillement; -3
D'après les sens, c'est l'ame en jouissance."

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Confidérez cette jeune beauté,
L'ail entr'ouvert, la bouche demi-close,
Rêveuse au sein de la tranquillité.
Dormiroit-elle : Oh non, elle repose :
Paisiblement son cour eft agité,
Il est ému; devinez-en la cause.
Combien de cours ont ainfi palpité !
Figurez-vous, pour mieux peindre la chose,
L'Amour tranquille après l'activité
D'un plaisir'vif nouvellement goûté,
Se reposant fur des feuilles de rofe :
Ce repos-la fe nomme volupté.
L'art du ciseau, dans ce marbre, en expofc
Le charme heureux dans un simple portrait ;
Moi, j'ai vu plus : dire où... comnent ?... je n'ose ;

Amour le sçait, je l'ai, mis du fecret."
The second is one out of eleven letters iptitled Epitres à
ļai (Epiftles to thee) the 'one which follows is also called
L'Amour trahi (Love betrayed)

"Je l'ai dit à l'écho, l'écho l'a répété ;
je l'ai dit au zéphir, le zephir en murmure;
Je l'ai dit à la terre, au ciel épouvanté ;
Enfin je veux le dire à toute la nature :
Želmire à la noirceur de l'infidélité,
Vient d'unir, fáns remords, lę crime du parjurc.
Je n'eus point l'art cruel de la tyranniser ;
L'ingrate! Elle me vit, adorateur timide,
N'oler rien, quand peut-être il falloit tout ofer;
Son choix, son goût, fonceur, tout pour moi la décide
Elle m'aime, le jure, & j'en crois le baiser
Offert & recueilli fur fa bouche perfide.
Des fermens qu'elle a faits ces lieux furent témoins ;
Sous ce herre, où nos noms furenı gļāvés par elle,
Mon bopheur fur l'objet de les plus tendres soins :
Les droits que m'accordoit fa faveur infidelle,
S'ils sont anéantis,' font atteftes du moins,
Er sans les garantir, tout ici les rappelle.
Malheureux ! de quel coup me fuis-je.vu frapper?
Hier un autre amànt, dans ce lieu solitaire,
Lui prodigua des võux dont il fçut l'occuper :
Loin que mon souvenir fervir à l'en distraire,
Tout ce que l'inhumaine a dit pour me trompet,
Sa bouche mille fois l'a redit pour lui plaire.
Zelmire, ce rival vengera ton amant,
Prime-e-il étre ingras autant que je lus tendre!

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