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Which the revolving universe upholds, I almost lamented it was night, for And not requires a Deity at band.

it prevented me from contemplating Persuade me not, insulting disputant, That I shall die, the wick of life consumid, a picture like the following. And spite of all my hopes sink to the grave, Never to rise again. Will the great God,

• Now o'er his corn the sturdy farmer Who thus by annual miracle restores

looks, The perish'd year, and youth and beauty And swells with satisfaction, co behold gives

The plenteous harvest which repays his toil., By resurrection strange, where none was We too are gratified, and feel a joy ask'd,

Inferior but to his, patakers all Leave only man to be the scorn of time of the rich bounty Providence has strew'd And sport of death ? Shall only he one In plentitul profusion o'er the field. Spring,

What to the eye more cheerful, to the heart One hasty Summer, and one Autumn'see, More satisfactive, than to look abroad, And then to Winter irredeemable

And from the window see the reaper strip, Be doom’d, cast out, rejected, and despis'd?

Look round, and put his sickle to the wheat? Tell me not so, or by thyseif enjoy

Or hear the early mower whet his scythe, The melancholy thought. Am I deceiv'd ?

And see wliere he has cut his sounding way, Be my mistake eternal. If I err,

E'en to the utmost edge of the brown field It is an error sweet and lucrative.

Of oats or barley? What delights us more, For should not Heaven a farther course Than studiously to trace the vast effects intend

Of unabated labour! to observe Than the short race of life, I am at least How soon the golden field abounds with Thrice happier than thou, ill-boding fool,

sheaves ? Who striv'st in vain the awful doom to fly

How soon the oat and bearded barley fall, Which I not fear. But I shull live again,

In frequent lines before the keen-edged And still on that sweet hope shall my soul

scythe? feed :

The clatt'ring team then comes, the swarthy A medicine it is, which with a touch

hind Heals all the pains of life; a precious balm,

Leaps down and doff's his frock alert, and Which makes the tooth of sorrow venomless,

plies And of her hornet-sting so keen disarms

The shining fork. Down to the stubble's Cruel Adversity.'

edge

Hurdis. The easy wain descends half-built, then Proceeding on my way, I passed And labours up again. From pile to pile the humble church of a small vil. With rustling step the swain proceeds, and lage.

still

Bears to the groaning load the well.poisid "Mean structure, where no bones of sheaf. heroes lie!

The gleaner follows, and with studious eye The rude inelegance of poverty

And bended shoulders traverses the field Reigns here alone : else why that roof of To cull the scatter'd ear, the perquisite straw?

By Heaven's decree assign'd to them whe 'Those narrow windows with the frequent need, fiaw?

And neither sow nor reap Ye who have O'er whose low cells the dock and mallow

sown, spread,

And reap so plenteously, and find the grange And rampant nettles lift the spiry head.' Too narrow to contain the harvest given,

BLOOMFIELD. Be not severe, and grudge the needy poor

So small a portion. Scatter many an ear, Turning now out of the lane I had Nor let it grieve you to forget a sheaf

And overlook the loss. For He who gave been walking along, I entered a

Will bounteously reward the purpos'd wrong field, where the beams of the full

Done to yourselves; nay more, wili twice orbod Moon' shewed in long lines repay of succession the sheaves of ripened No sħeaf remains; and now the empty wain

'The generous neglect. The field is clear'd; wheat, which another day would in

A load less honourable waits. Vast toil all probability see safely housed; succeeds, while perhaps another week would And still the tean retreats, and still returns

To be again full-fraught. enable ihe farmer to ejaculate with

Proceed, ye

swains, fervent thankfulness,

And make one autumn of your lives, your

toil Now ev'ry barn is fill'd, and harvest done. Still new, your harvest never done. Proceed,

turns

And stay the progress of the falling year, This Mr. Mend-sole we find was And let the cheerful valley laugh and sing,

fond of reading and strolling, and so Crown'd with perpetual August. Nover faint, Nor ever let us hear the hearty shout

am I; and we read of greater men Sent up to Heaven, your annual work com equilly as fond : for instance --Pe

plete, And harvest ended. It may seem to you

trach was thrown into a fever, by The sound of joy, but not of joy to us.

being deprived of his reading three We grieve to think how soon your efforts days; Pliny (the younger) always

cease, How soon the plenteous year resigns her sitting, riding, or walking; and Pliny

read when it was possible, whether fruits, And waits the mute approach of surly U'incer.' the elder had always some person

HURDiS.

to rad to him during his meals : I now pointed my steps towards Brutus, while servir:g in the army home, recollecting these lines of my under Pompey, employed every mofavourite poet, Hurdis.

ment he could spare in reading;

Alerander was also fond of reading, * Let us not borrow from the hours of rest, and amidst his conquests felt unFor we must steal from morning to repay; And who would lose the animated smile

happy for want of books; and Plum Of dawning day, for th' austere frown of tarch informs us he intirely lived on nizhi?

history: To be sure I now and then I grant her well accoutred in her suit Of dripping sable, powder'd thick with stars,

give a peep into the newspapers, and And much applaud her as she passes by

sometimes a book, but I do assure With a replenish'd horn ou either brow; you I do not exist by reading. But more I love to see awaking day Rise with a fluster'd cheek; a careful maid,

· Every one as they like, Wno fears she has outslept the 'custom'd As the old woman said when she kiss'd her hour,

cow.' And leaves her chamber blushing.' VILLAGE CURATE. And so say I--and as silence gives

consent (as they say, I presume you, my dear sweet and angclic fair

readers, consent to my strolling; and THE STROLLER.

as that is the case, I must by way of By D. r.

compliment give a little return, in No youth did I in education waste,

the way of Hattery, which (allow For happily I had a strolling taste.

the expression) the generality of Nature's my guide; all pendantry I scorn; your lovely sex have a partiality to. Pains I abhor, I was a stroller born!'

And to begin with the truth, it is THUS sung a few years since a praiseworthy now to find the ladies noted snob, whose name I need not in their driss are great economists, bere mention he has made too much yet fashionable. noise in the world to be a stranger : Permit me to say, however, that and I find he was a stroller too, and fashions are like quack medicines, I'll venture to say the cobbling stool what become one lady may be fatal of bold crispin served for a desk; but to the charms of another; prevalence what of that he can now afford a of fashion, however, is equally apgood table--and what's better, can plicable to both sexes. But this is a well furnish that table.

digression from my subject. Allow • A strolling crew from various callings had been absent from this country ten

me just to aud, that if a person who Sprung, Som- of you have been gypsies, others sailors; years: were now to return and see come drays have whistling driven, or carts of

our ladies in their scull-cups, pellices, dung, And others mighty barber's been and taglors' waistcouis, shirts, gaiters, craruts,

&c. what in the world would he laid on round the bottom of the dress think? why, he would think that about an inch from the edge. The an epidemic frensy had infected the hair ornamented with a rich gilt whole beau monde.

comb. I cannot conclude my stroll with. [We are indebted for the above out giving a little piece of an extract dresses, and for their kind informafrom Pope, not but what this gentle- tion on all occasions, to the favour man ani myself may vary a little in of Perkins ar.d Co. milliners and opinions : he that as it may, I just fancy dress-makers, Charlotte-street, subjoin it by way of a finish. Rathbone-place.] Time vas, a sober Englishman would knock His servants up, and rise by five o'clock; Instruct his family in virtue's rule; Send his wife to church, his son to school. -Now times are chang'

On the EXTENT and POPULOUS. Sons, sires, and grandsires, all will wear the

NESS of LONDON, and a Combays; Qur wives read Milcon, and our daughters

PARISON of the Cities of Lonplays.'

CON and PARIS.

(Froin "Travels in England, translated from the

German of C. d. G. Geeded

LONDON FASHIONABLE FOR many days after my arrival FULL DRESSES.

in London, I was constantly employ

ed in perambulating the town; but (IF'ith an Engraving, elegantly co it was some lime before I found myloured.)

self capable of forming any compré

hensive idea of its stupendous wone 1. A DRESS of white satin, trim- ders. It is a singular fact, ihat, in med round the bosom and sleeves the zeal of discovery, I have often with a rich Vandyke border of rose- led my Lordon friends through parts coloured velvet; irain long, rounded of the metropolis, of which they, off on one side, and terminating in born and bred within its precincis, a square corner on the other : the were altogether ignorant. It may bottom of the dress is al-o orna. therefore be easily conceived, that mented with the same Vandyke travellers whose stay is short usually borcler, of a much larger pattern: remain ignorant of ihe most intereste over the dress, a drapery of lace, ing features of this picture, which, spotted and trimmed to match. to be surveyed with advantage, reThe hair is dressed with combs and quires to be seen from many points bands, and hanging ringlets on the of view. sight side, ornamented with thepaddy.. The Thames, for instance, affords plume. White sa:in or kid shoes abundant scope for contemplation or and gloves.

curiosity; it only cursorily observed 2. Dress of light blue crape, over from one of the three bridges where a white sarsnet lining, made strait every object is confined, and the inover the bosom, and ornamented quisitive traveller feels himself on with lace edged with a pulling of no better title authorised to descant narrow white ribbon ; sleeves short, on its beauties. But if we wish to and trimmed to correspond: the survey the grand lineaments of this waist ci nfined with a cord and tas, river, we must ascend the Monu. suis; and a rich embossed ribbon ment, or St. Paul's; or if we would

fix our observation to its central ed pavement, where I had left only points, the Adelphi terrace will fully obscure avenues; and every thing gratify us. From the latter spot wore the appearance of enchantment.

an uninterrupted view The opposite side of Southamptonof Westminster and Blackfriars row, late an open space, was not bridges; to the left, Somerset-house only built upon, but inhabited; a appears in all its magnificence : coffee-house was open, and some on the opposite side of the water very handsome shops exposed their lies the borough of Southwark, merchandise for sale! Tavistockwhich forms a fine contrast to the square, a new chapel already con. gothic beauties of Westminster. We secrated, and streets intersecting fancy it to be a large manufacturing each other, were novelties that raistown; while we see black houses of ed new wonder in my mind at alvarious forms rising here and there most every step I took. in irregular heaps, crowned with Perhaps strangers may imagine clouds of smoke issuing from nu that the distant parts of the metromerous furnaces. There are no ships polis are mouldering into decay,' on this part of the river, but thou- while this new-favoured spot ex. sands of barges and boats are per. hibits such peculiar indications of petually passing; some with goods, taste and improvement; but their other with passengers; the whole wonder will increase when I assure together forming an agreeable pre- them that this spirit of enterprise is lude to the unique perspective below general, and may be discovered even the hridge,

in the poorest and most wretched Nothing can be more surprising parts of the town. than the eagerness of speculation But, it may be asked, does not which contributes daily to increase this enormous metropolis swallow up this vast metropolis. I resided in the towns of the interior ; and do Southampton-row, Bloomsbury, near not its monopolising ricbes reduce which the duke of Bedford is en the most considerable of them to a gaged in very extensive buildings, state of listlessness and decline and has some thousands of work- No; it appears as if the whole king. men lin constant employment. I dom were inspired with one general remember that on my return to soul, and that every town in it were town, after an absence of some increasing in the same proportion months, I could scarcely believe my. as the capital itselt. London may self at home. On reviewing the be called the heart of this great emmeighbourhood, I could have fancied pire; it infuses into all the mem, myself transported into a fairy world, bers that vital energy with which its where by the powers of a magic wand own surcharged pulses so proudly palaces and gardens had suddenly heat. If we visit Bath, Manchester, found existence. I paused, and asked Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle; myself whether I had not previously in short, all the great provincial seen these new streets, new squares, towns; we perceive the same spirit new gardens; in a word, this new of emulation, and the same diffusive city: or, whether in reality the heaps opulence. of stones and rubbish which I had Then these cities are thus richly left piled up from the materials of embellished at the expence of the old houses had been metamorphosed country at large; and while comiato new and elegant buildings. merce and manufactures tourish, People crowded along the well-light- the blessings of luxuriant nature ara VOL. XXXVIII.

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greatly neglected?'-By no means. writers affirm, and with truth, that Agriculture and every part of rural of all the European capitals, Loneconomy Acurish in England with don is the most dull and gloomy. unrivalled success. Even the de. To the superficial observer, I admit, tails of farming engage the attention it may appear so; but let a man of the higher classes, and the trea- domesticate in London, and form a sures accumulated by commerce in free and extensive acquaintance with the city are applied to the cultiva- the inhabitants, and he will assuredly tion and improvement of the soil. form a different opinion. To such The rich Londop merchant, retiring a one every object will insensibly from the fatigue of the counting- change its form. What at first aphouse, creates an carthly paradise peared trivial will assume conse upon his estate, and generally ter- quence; and he will perceive those minates his busy life in the honoure peculiar features which characterise able distinction of being a country- a great and free people. He will gentleman,

forget the deficiency of external orNothing so effectually elucidates naments so evident in all places of a point as comparison ; I shall there public amusement; he will cease to fore frequently, in the course of dwell on the importance of splenthis work, compare London with dour and variety; while he contem. Paris; not, however, without being plates with silent admiration the staaware that my task is invidious. All perior excellences of the prevailing persons have their prejudices, and constitution and system of laws. these are sometimes too powerful to All who have hati an opportunity be conquered either by reflection or of viewing these two large cities, observation. General views often must admit that" Paris surpasses depend on particular optics, and London in the number and beauty prepossessions, national or political, of its palaces. The latter cannot cannot be expected to be without shot any public building that will their influence. Though both might admit of comparison with

the Thuil. intend the greatest impartiality, it leries, the Louvre, the Palais Royal, would be difficult to find an Eng. the palace of Luxemburg, the former lishman and a Frenchman of the dwellings of the prince of Conde, same opinion. Each will suppose of the minister at war, the minister and contend that the metropolis of of marine, and matry others which his own country surpasses all others; are the unrivalled boast of Paris; nos though while some points of resem: do I know a single private building blance may exist, they are in their in London, which vies with any of general character' and appearance those numerous hotels that formerly wholly opposite.

manifested the existence of a French Every traveller will say without nobility, hesitation, that London affonds less In Paris every thing reminds as enj tent to a stranger than any of its having been the residence of a Sother metropolis in Europe: In this splendid court, where the nobles particolar it certainly ytel is the palth rivalled each other in luxury and to Paris; for without connections 'a 'mappiticence; but in London there man can do nothing in England; are no traces of this kind. Indeed, whereas,' at Paris, while we "pursue a stranger may live here some time pleasure, pleasure still tvilows at cut before he discerns the presence of a hects, And yet I doubt whether court at all, which oniły manifesto an Englishman wuala candidly ad. its grandeur on particular occasions : mit the fact. Hence modern French and though much expensive pro

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