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BY CHARLOTTE SMITH.
THE gorse is yellow on the heath,
The oaks are budding; and beneath, The hawthorn soon will bear the wreath, The silver wreath of May.
The welcome guest of settled spring,
And hailed her as she passed.
To my reed roof your nest of clay,
At the gray dawn of day.
The Hindostani woods among,
That I might learn, fleet bird, from thee,
I would a little while restrain
Your rapid wing, that I might hear
The wind your charioteer.
Through spicy bower, and palmy grove,
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,
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
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 forms the march o' the Swedish
Free let her talk the live-long day,
Oh! let her tongue but move:
And melt my breast to love.
The lark and linnets song;
One purs, the other barks;
Fie, fie, conceited sparks!
Vain ye may be of sense profound,
Whilst lovely woman's accents glide
Care flies at her mellifluous voice;
If her sweet tongue lies still?
To forests drear let them be sent,
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
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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