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* But rous'd to rage, indignant heaves
• Huge rocks' of ice upon its waves;
• While dread tornados liftu on high,
• The broad Atlantic to the sky..
• I rule the elemental roar,

And strew with shipwrecks, eviny shore:
• Nor less at land my pow'r is known
* From Zembla to the burning zone.
• I bring Taxtarian frosts to kill -
• The bloom of summer ;; when I will:
• Wide desolation doth appear
• To mingle and confound the year:
• From cloudy Atlas wrapt in nights.

On Barca's sultry plains I light, • And make at once the desert rise • In dusty, whirlwinds to the skies; • In vain the trav’ller turns his steeds • And shuns me with his utmost speed;

I overtake him as he flies, • O'erblown he strugglesy, pants and dies.** • Where some proud city lifts in air • Its spires, I make a desert bare • And, when I chuse, for pastime's sake, • Can with a mountain shift a lake; • The Nile himself, at my command,

Oft hides his head beneath the sand, • And ʼmidst dry deserts blown and tossid, • For many a sultry league is lost.. • All this I do with perfect ease, • And can repeat where'er k please : 62

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• I bid the op'ning blooms unfold 3691 Me • Their streaks of purple, blue and gold,

da bih * And waft their fragrance to impart • That new delight to ev'ry heart,

Which makes the shepherd all day long To carol sweet his vernal song :***

The summer's sultry heat to cool, * From ev'ry river, lake and pool, * I skim fresh airs. The tawny swain,

Who turns at noon the furrow'd plain, • Refresh'd and trusting in my aid, * His task pursues and scorns the shade: . And e'en on Afric's sultry coast, I • Where such immense exploits you boast, • I blow to cool the panting flocks • 'Midst deserts brown, and sun-burnt rocks,

And health and vigour oft supply and • To such as languish, faint and dies • Those humbler offices you nam'd, • To own I'll never be asham'd, • With twenty others that conduce

To public good, or private use:
The meanest of them far outweighs
The whole amount of all your praise ;
If to give happiness and joy, le
Excels the talent to destroy'923710 JAJOWN

The Tempest, that, till now, had lent
Attention to the argument, soos die bui ar9 53 10
Again began (his patience lost) u os basea
To rage, to threaten, huff and boast : XO DA

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Since reasons fail'd, resolv'd in course
The question to decide by force,
And his weak opposite to brave-
The Breeze retreated to a cave
To shelter, till the raging blast,
Had spent its fury and was past.

FABLE XXVIII.

THE BOY AND THE RAINBOW.

By Wilkie,
Declare, ye sages, if ye find
'Mongst animals of every kind,
Of each condition, sort, and size,
From whales and elephants, to flies,
A creature that mistakes his plan,
And errs so constantly as man. : 1,
Each kind pursues his proper good,
And seeks for pleasure, rest and food,
As nature points, and never errs .
In what it chuses and prefers;
Man only blunders, tho' possess

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Of talents far above the rest. Sobe

Descend to instances, and try; An ox will scarce attempt to fly,

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Quoth he, . The solo which iye heard . In public should not have appear'd;

The trifling of an idle thour, 571511 - To please my mistress once when sour: • My voice, that's somewhat rough and strong, • Might-chance the melody to wrong, on T • But, tried by rules, you'll find the grounds • Most perfect and harmonious sounds.' IT" He reason'd thus; but, to his trouble, H: At ev'ry word the laugh"grew double, on o1 At last, o'ercome with shame and spite, ani Away he flew far outrof sight. OHT.

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THE BREEZE AND THE TEMPEST.

i . By'Wakie.

That nation boasts a happy fate
Whose prince is good, as well as great, ;?
Calm peace at home with plentyr reigns,' :
The law its proper course obtains;
Abroad the public is respested,
And all its int’restsvare protected:
But, when hissigenius, weak or strong,
Is by ambition pointed wrong,

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