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THE SWALLOW.

POETRY.

BY CHARLOTTE SMITH.

THE gorse is yellow on the heath,
The banks with speedwell flowers are In the cliff's excavated brow,
And linger torpid here;

gay,

The oaks are budding; and beneath, The hawthorn soon will bear the wreath, The silver wreath of May.

The welcome guest of settled spring,
The swallow too is come at last :
Just at sunset, when thrushes sing,
I saw her dash with rapid wing,

And hailed her as she passed.
Come, summer visitant, attach

To my reed roof your nest of clay,
And let my ear your musick catch
Low twittering underneath the thatch

At the gray dawn of day.
As fables tell, an Indian sage,

The Hindostani woods among,
Could, in his desert hermitage,
As if 'twere marked in written page,
Translate the wild bird's song.
I wish I did his power possess,

That I might learn, fleet bird, from thee,
What our vain systems only guess,
And know from what wide wilderness
You came across the sea.

I would a little while restrain

Your rapid wing, that I might hear
Whether on clouds that bring the rain,
You sailed above the western main,

The wind your charioteer.
In Africk, does the sultry gale

Through spicy bower, and palmy grove,
Bear the repeated cuckoo's tale?
Dwells there a time, the wandering rail,
Or the itinerant dove?

Were you in Asia? O relate,

If there your fabled sister's woes She seemed in sorrow to narrate; Or sings she but to celebrate

Her nuptials with the rose?

But if, as colder breezes blow,
Prophetick of the waning year,
You hide, tho' none know when or how,

I would inquire how journeying long, The vast and pathless ocean o'er, You ply again those pinions strong, And come to build anew among

The scenes you left before;

Thus lost to life, what favouring dream, Bids you to happier hours awake; And tells, that dancing in the beam, The light gnat hovers o'er the stream, The Mayfly on the lake?

Or if, by instinct taught to know Approaching dearth of insect food ; To isles and willowy aits you go, And crowding on the pliant bough, Sink in the dimpling flood:

How learn ye, while the cold waves boom
Your deep and ousy couch above,
The time when flowers of promise bloom,
And call you from your transient tomb,
To light, and life, and love?

Alas! how little can be known,

Her sacred veil where Nature draws; Let baffled Science humbly own, Her mysteries understood alone, By HIм who gives her laws.

POOR BARLEY CORN. FROM FARLEY'S BRISTOL JOURNAL. The following beautiful tribute to the genial virtues of our old English beverage, likely soon to be known rather by memory than taste, was written in the days of Charles II. and has probably remained in MS. to this day.

WHEN the chill north-east blows,
And Winter tells a heavy tale,
When pies, and daws, and doobs, and crows
Do sit, and curse the frost and snows,
Then give me ale.
Ale, that the absent battle fights,

And forms the march o' the Swedish
drum,
Disputes the prince's laws and rights,
What's gone and past tells mortal wights,
And what's to come.

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Free let her talk the live-long day,
Or wisely grave, or sweetly gay,

Oh! let her tongue but move:
Joy will pervade my inmost soul,
Rapture's deep tide will o'er me roll,

And melt my breast to love.
In rapt'rous strains let poets sing,
Of the wild choral lays in spring,

The lark and linnets song;
Faint are the pleasures they inspire,
My fair one's prattle I require
To charm me all day long.
Aside the fire e'en dog and cat
In their own way enjoy some chat;

One purs, the other barks;
Why then should man with lordly sway,
On women's tongues embargo lay?

Fie, fie, conceited sparks!

Vain ye may be of sense profound,
And say, with folly they abound-
But, can ye talk so well?
Loud is your speech, as cataracts deep,
Or night gales hoarse from rocky steep,
Or dull ill-omened knell :

Whilst lovely woman's accents glide
Smooth as the stream's unruffled tide,
Melodious as a rill;

Care flies at her mellifluous voice;
Ye cynicks! can I then rejoice

If her sweet tongue lies still?
How deaf to musick, dead to taste,
Are those who 'midst such pleasures chastę
Unjoyous ever sit!

To forests drear let them be sent,
And ever kept in banishment,
Till they regain their wit.

DEATHS,

WITH BRIEF CHARACTERISTICKS.

Drowned by shipwreck, off Memel, Colonel Pollen, only son of the Rev. George Pollen, of little Bookham, in Surrey. He was in the 33d year of his age, and, possessing a fine and vigorous understanding, highly improved by education, and by his extensive travels, there is no doubt, if he had returned to his native country (as he was attempting to do when this dreadful accident put a period to all his hopes) he would have proved a distinguished ornament to it. In 1796, on his coming of age, he opposed the interest of the Duke of Norfolk, for the representation of the populous borough of Leominster, which he carried by a majority of one. He afterwards raised a regiment of fencibles at his own expense, for the service of government, and attended with it on its being ordered to Halifax, in Nova Scotia; but for several years he has been constantly travelling on the continent. At St. Petersburgh, he married one of the daughters of Sir Charles Gascoigne (sister to the countess of Haddington, now married to

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Mr. Dalrymple) who was with him when the wreck took place, but whe appears to be happily sa ed.

At Elynhill, Staffordshire, in the 86th year of his age, John Brotherton, labourer, a native of the parish of Cullybackey, Ireland During eighteen years of his youth, he served his country in the grenadier company of the 37th regiment, and fought with that corps in the battle of Minden. Boldness and intrepidity strongly marked the countenance of Brotherton. There was something noble in his whole appearance. An anecdote illustrative of the care of Divine Providence, deserves to be recorded in this account. Immediately on his leaving his native cottage to enter the army, Brotherton took with him a small Bible, determined to make it the constant companion of his marches. Previous to an engagement, he put the book upon his breast, between his coat and waist-coat, a practice to which he once owed the preservation of his life. In an action fought in Germany, while the 37th regiment was engaged in close quarters with the enemy, he received a thrust from a bayonet directed against his breast; the point of the weapon, after piercing his belt and coat, passed through the cover of the Bible, and perforated 52 of the leaves. This book now remains in the possession of one of his brothers.

In October 1807, at his residence in Maryland, in the 73d year of his age, Mr. Benjamin Banneker, a black man, and immediately descended from African parents. He was remarked in the circle of his acquaintance, by his correct and gentle manners, and known among scientifick men as a mathematician and astronomer. In early life, his acquirements were confined to the common elements of instruction; but afterwards, assisted by such books as chance threw in his humble path, and guided by his genius alone, he acquired a competent knowledge of the higher branches of learning. Mingling the calm pursuits of science with the active occupations of husbandry on his own lands, he devoted much of his time to study and contemplation. To no reading was he more attached than to that of the Holy Scriptures. Mr. B. was the calculator of an Ephemeris, adapted to and published for many years in Maryland, and the adjacent states. At his decease he bequeathed his library and several manuscript, tracts on his favourite studies, to a friend, who, it is hoped, will lay before the publick such of the latter as may be found worthy of its attention, and thus rescue from oblivion the memory of this modest and interesting child of Africa

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