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MARCELLUS.

Thus the gay, fantastic máid, The Omer'i charge our socio shall nourFlaunts amidst the noise of praise,

ish, Soon alas ! her beauties fade,

Though a handful from the field, Like the glow worm's transient blaze. By the. † isbitest God we'll fourish,

POLLLO. Till th' arraigning lip is scald.

Pour the wine's devout oblation,

Rapt emotions to impart, The following Masonic Ode written Tis the quick’ning prelibation, Þy. D. A. Leonard, Esq. accidentally

Shed in every re-born heart. falling into my hands, I take the liberty | Press the olive on our sorrows, to communicate it to the Emerald. It Greet the joy anointing juice ;appeared about the time of the occasion Who a wither'd harvest borrows, on which it was written, in one of the Near Sarepta's wasteless cruise, R. Island papers, since which it has SALEM's Kiro, be our conductor, been corrected by the author. Though Rear and bless the superstructure ; eulogies of Masonry are not uncommon, Nature robe at thy command: it is rare we meet with any thing writ, Musick, strike the thrilling wire, ten on the consecration of the corner stone, Raptrous strains, our hearts inspire, An occasion attended with much solem- Mount HOPE YIELDS NOT TO MOnity by that ancient order. In the pres

RIAH, ent ode, the appropriate technical allu- WHILE ST. ALAAN'S PILLARS sions, with their corresponding moral,

STAND. are seldom more happily blended.

For the Emerald.
MASONIC ODE,

ADDRESS TO A ROSE. Written on the occasion of laying the corner | Sweet rose, from the kingdom of Flo. stone of St. Alban's Lodge, at Bristot,

ra retire! (R. I.) September 19, 1804. I'll point you a portion more blest. From refreshment haste to labour,

GO--adorn the fair maid, whom I love

* and admire, Cheerly let the work go on; Rend the flinty mines of Tabor,

Thea perish and fade on her breast. Brethren, set the corner stone. I When you view the bright charms of Wisdort, zoned with skill Sidonian,

the queen of my heart, To the grand design be given,

Array'd in the graces of youth,

Thou wilt bless the dear lot, which And the grace beyond lonian,

death only can part, Build the glowing fane to heaven. Strength in Tuscan grandeur beaving,

3. And rival thy master in truth. Bid the basalt columns rise ;

Kair emblem of beauty-how short is Sires of virtue, wronga retrieving,

Brave the whelming lure of vice. That you spent in the beams of the Rest, silent record of these hallow'd day! hours,

[towers, the morning day, smile on thy ravishBright as the muse enroll'd in Pompeii's

ing grace Fair Runic pledge for countless worldst And evening lament thy decay. to come,

[tomb. O, by thy sad frailty, may Lucy discern Till nature's ruin sweeps thy silent How short is the season of love. Bring me Abif's line and square,

And may she this wisdom most speedily

learn, Place the work erect and fair, Now the temple is begun,

The roaes of youth to improve. True and trusty corner stone..

Harmony might be promoted, did * The medal inscribed with the year of this line read, Masonry and the date of the Lodge depos, "Hope yields not to Mount Moriah," ited under the consecrated stone.

but the author judiciously preferred point Jewish expression for "ages" more to metre. consonant ('tis supposed) with the antiquity of Masonry

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been particularly attached to music,

and the poet was sensible every reYOR THE EMERALD.

mark favorable to it, would have a THE WANDERER,

proportionate influence on the reputation of his play.

I do not, No. XL.

Sir, consider these considerations by any

means conclusive, that TO THE WARDERER.

the author was not of the opinion,

which the lines express ; but they "He that hath no music in bimself And is not mov'd with concord of sweet are sufficient to shew, it does not sounds

necessarily follow that he was cí is fit for treasons, strategems and that opinion. spoils."

Shakespeare

What then is to become of music This motto is constantly repeat- and musicians, if the great barier ed by those persons, who having to the in roads of censure and dissome knowledge of music, are not respect, is thus prostrated in the able to defend their own preposes- dust ? Perhaps, says a favorer of sion, and attack the indifference of the art, though Shakespeare 'may others in a manner more worthy of not necessarily be of the opinthe art in which they delight ; and ion suggested in the motto, under they conceive a quotation from some views of the subject, yet exShakespeare, an authority in afairs pcrience and observation of the of taste as incontrovertible, as their science itself may convince us, that epforcement of it, is dogmatic. he believed it in its full force. For

The truth is, Sir, the sentiment in if experience proves the assertion the motto is not absolutely correct; to be just, we have no reason to and I apprehend that Shakespeare doubt the sentiments of Shakesdid not intend it as his own notion peare. True ; and what says reaof the subject. Two considerations son and observation. enforce this idea. It is a character: It seems reasonable to presume, istical speech, coming from a lover from the motto, that as those perto his mistress, who was extravasons who have no music in themgantly attached to the harmony of selves, and are not moved with consound. Besides, in this as in many cord of sweet sounds are fit for treaother of his observations, Shakes sons, so those who derive from harpeare makes use of a panegyric mony the most exquisite enjoyon a popular subject to add interest ment, are the most worthy mem:

scene otherwise bers of society. Yet, what is more rather flat and insipid. The Eng- common than the captious behavior lish nation are, and always have of musicians, upon the most trivial

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inaccuracy in a favorite tune, or an But the motto at the head of this interruption to a refined concert.- letter implies very poetically a stili The twang of a jews-harp and the further idca, than I have yet noticed. grating of a saw would not only set It may be rendered thus The perthem in a rage on such an occasion, son who has no music in himself, but would induce them to gratify that is, has a discordant mind, is not themselves on the agressor by the to be affected with concord of sweet severest punishment they could in- sounds, and therefore is not fit to be a flict. It is not uncommon, says trusted. This idea pre-supposes Mr. Stevens, to see those persons a connection between the external who would think one half of a day senses and the mind, so intimate, not ill imployed in setting two that the organ of susceptibility in strings into concord, should make the ear being deficient, the sentiuse of the other half to excite a ments of the heart must consequarrel among their rivals. The quently be wrong. This idea is so Enraged Musician, painted by the opposite to all experience, that it is inimitable Hogarth, is evidence in almost useless to reason upon it. this case, certainly as strong as the There is no more propriety in uncertain authority of Shakespeare. presuming a man bad, because his Philip of Macedon checked Alexan-ear is imperfect, then because his der his son for loving music too eye or palate may be. Yet any one well; it would lead him into indul- would think it an absurdity to call gences of passion equally inconsis-a man a villian, because he could tent with the rigors of war, and the not discover the sublime appear. discipline of government. Dryden, ances of nature, from the imperdescribes Alexander's susceptibility fection of his sight. The mind and to the passions excited by music, hearing have in truth no intimacy in his celebrated ode on St. Cecilia's of connection. Though music may day. Thus we find musicians to sometimes raise the soul to rage or be no better than any other set of kindle soft desire, the argument men.

rather strengthens against the Let us now examine whether fondness for the art, than the indifpersons without capability to enjoy ference to it. Ifthe mind is suppos

very nicety of sound, are singu- ed to be in any degree formed by ·larly treacherous, çunning or bar- the power of music we shall soon

barous. Experience will here also hear of a connection between the warrant a 'negative to every ques- taste and reason. That those who tion of this tendency. It must be are not able to relish the feast of an evident on reflection even within epicure, must be considered defithe sphere of our acquaintance, that cient in intellect or humanity. ! some of the best disposed and most hope, Sir, we shall hear no more of benevolent persons have no sensi-the authority of Shakespeare, in bility to the enthusiasm of harmony. praise of music, or in reprehension Pope, though he wrote an ode ón of its opponents. music in imitation of Dryden's on

HORATIO. the same occasion, was so far from being a musician, that his ear was The Wanderer inserts the foreextremely bad, and he derived no going without acceding to the satisfaction from the influence of principles it contains, and he will sweet soundis.

be happy to admit the communica

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hon of any correspondent who may panding in the air, exhibits a revel inclined to take up the cudgels semblance of those lofty rincs, of controversy

whose bare and branchless stems are crowned by a vast canopy of verdure. The cloud continues to

grow more black and more exter:The following extract from an account sive ; but a luminous blood reci of the environs of Naples, translated spot appears in the midst of the che froin L'Archives Litterature, is select. The vapors become red, and ed for the beauty of its description. impregnated with fire ; the luminSpeaking of the general effect of the

ous portion increases, and tic sulscene, the author continues :

stances discharged by the volcano You must not imagine, added he, glow with crery tini, and exhibit that a spectacle like this can ever every possible shade of color. Here become indifferent to the lovers of the fiame resembles that of the fun the arts and of nature. Though nereal torch, there it is of the most always the same, it is ever new.lively, vermilion ; farther off it is Calms and tempests, the state of white, and dazzles the eye with its the sky, the different appearances excessive brightness ; in another of the sea, the singular operations part it is of a murky mixture of of Vesuvius, every day, exhibit a purple and of soot ; over the mouth new picture, impart to it life and of the furnace the vapors borer in motion, and incessantly furnish the form of a golden cloud ; sed fresh causes for admiration, fresh those which, from their storce, food for the eager curiosity of the are incapable of reflecting the light, spectator. The pleasures afforded shroud the whole scene is a sable by this scene of enchantment are veil, which, by the clasiirs.cornot limited to the time when the trast, heightens all the colors, aluri sun illunıines our hemispliere.- imparts double brilliancy to the pheNight, which elsewhere effaces im

nomenon. ages, and renders one of our senses But other wonders appear at the in some measure useless, liere con- mouth of the volcano. Sometimes tributes very often to augment our showers of ignited stones shoot usdelight, and surpasses even day it- ward to an immense height, anu self in the grandeur and variety of their parabolic descent is a grand the prodigies it displays to the view. imitation of our artificial fire works ; Let us suppose that an eruption is at others, an arrow of fire fies toat hand, or is beginning to manifest | wards heaven, which it seems to penitself

, while the disk of the moon is etrate. Now a tuft of ardent vareflected and multiplied in each of pors crowns the mountain, and the waves that roll at the bottom of emits to a considerable distance inthe gulf, the valcano emits a hol- numerable sparks; and now again low and ominous sound.

To the lightnings, bursting from the bosom murmurs of the Nereids succeed of the abyss, cut through the surthe bellowings of the Cyclops; the rounding smoke in their zig zag sons of Eolus escape roaring from

One moment the fame the caverns of Vesuvius, and fre- assumes the figure of a columi, quent lightnings darting from the whose height is thrice that of the mountain proclaim to mortals an volcano ; and the next it is an imawful crisis of nature. The column mense tongue, which warers for of smoke becomes thicker, and ex- I sometime in the air, then suddenly

course.

PUNNING.

returns, and seems to lick the edge of the terrific gulf.

An essay on “ false genius," by the au. Meanwhile the sides of the moun

thor of “Essays after the manner of tain are incapable of containing the

Goldsmith,” possesses considerable

force of observation, and applies the melted substances which rise and

lash of ridicule and censure to the press against them. A dreadful

prevalent follies of the world with noise announces a rupture; the various guccess. Take this extract mountain opens with a vast effort, on punning as a fair example of his and its infiamed entrails are exposed

inanner. to view. Rivers of lava already roll I SHALL say a few words, before beneath the new bridge which is just I dismiss this Essay, on the present formed! the fiery torrent, the im- taste for funning, become so faslıage of Phlegeton, rushes into the ionable, and which talent appears valley that separates Somma from to be expected from every man Vesuvius; its devastating stream who calls himself a dramatist. increases at the expense of every We often hear it said, “I dined a object which it meets, and acquires few days ago with Mr. ---, the an extent of several miles. The author of the new comedy, and I strongest trees disappear before it, think that I never was so much like feeble blades of glass before disappointed. It is true that he atthe scythe of the mower; forests, tempted some puns, but they were gardens, houses, palaces, are all wretched; and for the soul of me I whelmed beneath the burning del- could not see any thing to laugh at, uge; and the very spot where they though almost every one at table existed is so changed, that it can no seemed mightily pleased with longer be recognized. The ardent them." Now the truth is, that river continues advancing with a punning, though described by Dr. dull and dismal noise, rolling along Johnson as the lowest species of with it calcined stones and billows wit, is nevertheless wit, and is, on of glowing ashes. It has already the contrary, sometimes of the first crossed the road, and is proceeding order. Perhaps the best pun that towards the sea ; and when it has was ever made, was said, where it passed the rocks on its shore, the might least be expected, on board fiery mass plunges into the deep. a ship, and by a naval officer, AdThe collision of these hostile ele- miral Lee; it is mentioned in Charments throws up to the very skies nock’s Naval Biography, and detorrents of vapor, whose roaring, serves being repeated. Admiral whose dazzling colors, and the Lee, when only a Post Captain, behorrible agitation they produce in ing on board his ship one very rainy the air, cause the terrified spectator and stormy night, a gale of wind to imagine that the world is about blowing at the time, the officer of to be dissolved, and to be reduced the watch came down to his cabin, to that chaos from which it sprung. “Sir," cried he, “ the sheet anchor

If to the spectacle of an erup. is come home."- « Indeed,” antion you now add that of a storm; swered the Captain, “ I think the if accident produces at the same sheet anchor is perfectly in the moment one of those tremendous right of it: I don't know what the tempests which are alone sufficient d would stay out such a night to desolate nature, what pencil can as this.” It is impossible not to then trace the horrors of the scene? feel the wit and humor of the ideas what pen can describe them? which constituted this pun.

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