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Odz for the Encania at Oxford, performed And Eloquence her thunder plies, in the Theatre July 3.
Or bids persuasive accents rise, By EDWARD COPLESTON, M.A. Professor of Soft scatter'd from her lips like wintry
Poetry. mute amaze the tranced Roman Still sounds the tuneful Doric choir, lay,
The Attic shell, the Mantuan lyre, What time on Afric's sultry zone,
That charm'd embattled Rome to stern In visions of the night was shewn
repose ; To his rapt mind celestial Glory's way.
Still glows the fount of heavenly fire, Before his wonderiog view was spread
That beam'd on him, first favour'd of
the Nine, The green Earth's lap, and Ocean's
[Troy divine. bed;
Who sung the wandering Chief, and tale of He inark'd how broad the barren Main Let low-born Pride the precious gift Stretch'd its inhospitable reign;
despise, How wide o'er all the chequer d land Let sullen Envy backward fling Lay wastes of snow, and seas of sand; The bounty of each earlier spring ; How thin dispers'd the space between, Be ours the task to guard the glittering Where fields and peopled towns were prize. seen,
Still as we tend the grateful toil, Like shadowy spots upon the fickle deep. Princes lend the cheering smile; Then caught his ear the theme sub
And Nobles of her loftiest line lime
England sends to deck the shrine, Of him who bade him upward climb, By Wisdom, Worth, and Learning To gain by patriot worth the glorious
[chime, Where Oxford seats her Patriot Son; Where, listening to
the mystic Well pleas'd in each maturer grace Unbodied spirits of the heroes throng, Of word and well-plann'd deed to Charm'd by that mazy dance, and un:lis
trace turbed song.
The manly promise of his opening morn.
Best Patriot hel whose steadfast way Thus, who that scans the rolls of ages past
Nor Courts, nor lawless Crowds can But views with grief from side to
(borne ; The spreading of the waters wide,
Nor light Deceit, on breath of Flattery
In hin, should clouds o'erhang the The gloomy mountains' form, and desert waste;
Yet shall that secret, self-approving
Calm every auxious thought, and cheer
the darkest hour.
The Statue of the DYING GLADIATOR.
By George-Robert CHINNERY, Student of Like some Batavian pasture fair,
Christ Church ; recited at the Theatre. By toil severe and wakeful care
WILL then no pitying sword its sucWon from the cheerless void that slum.'
cour lend bers by:
'The Gladiator's mortal throes to end, And soon from Ocean's either bound
To free th' unconquer'd mind, whose gen'. Returning billows burst the mound;
rous pow'r Fast shrinks the land before th' af Triumphs o’er Nature in her saddest hour? frighted eve,
“ Bow'd low, and full of death, his head By Gothic waves encircled round;
declines, Wbile Paynim foods in fiercer tide ad Yet o'er bis brow indignant Valour shines, vance,
Still glares his closing eye with angry And scarce a green isle leave to break the light,
Now glares, now darkens with approaching Yet happier deem not theirs the lot of yore:
“ Think not with terror heaves that Alike for us that vintage stream'd;
sinewy breast, For us the golden harvest gleam'), 'Tis vengeance visible, and pain supAnd ours the fruit that distant ages
Calm in despair, in agony sedate,
His proud soul wrestles with o’ermastering
That pang ihe conflict ends-He falls not And gathering riches stell the store Seems ev'ry nerve for one last effort set, Combin'd with all that pleas'd before, At once, by death, death's lingering power While in our native woods and plains
to brave Fancy wakes her living strains,
He will not sink, but plunge into the grave,
Exhaust his mighty heart in one last sigh, For his dark brow no comely wreath is And rally life's whole energy-to die!
[bind. “ Unfear'd is now that cord, which oft
But iron crowns and blood-stain'd laurels ensnar'd
" Far other objects here around us rise, The baffled rival whom his falchion spar'd; The monuments of nobler victories. Those clarions mute, which, on the mar This splendid dome, yon goodly piles bed'rous stage,
[old Rous'd him to deeds of more than martial This favour'd ground adorning, which of Once pois'd by peerless might, once dear Our first great Chief, a patriot hero, chose to fame,
[his frame : For Learning's triumph o'er her barbarThe shield which could not guard, supports ous foes; His fix'd eye dwells upon the faithless These are her honourable trophies ; here blade,
No spoils of plunder'd provinces appear , As if in silent agony he pray'd,
Our hallow'd fanes, our lofty spires, were “Oh might I yet, by one avenging blow,
built Not shun my fate, but share it with my By pure and bounteous hands, unsoil'd foe !»;
(springs Vain hope! the streams of life-blood fast Pure also was the source; the bounty That giant arm's upbearing strength must From holy Prelates, from religious Kings; bend;
Who in the peaceful walks of life pursu'd Yet shall he scorn, procumbent, to betray Their godlike occupation--doing good; One dastard sigh of anguish or dismay, And taught us, careless of a transient With one weak plaint to shame his parting fame,
Like them, to seek a worthier meed, and In pangs sublime, magnificent in death! Th' immortal recompence that Heaven
decrees “ But his were deeds unchronicled ; his
For charitable toils and generous works of No patriot wreaths adorn ; to cheer his “ Is there, who, nurtur'd in this happy No soothing thoughts arise of duties done,
[retreat ; Of trophied conquest for his country won; Loves yet the mansion, Learning's choice And he, whose sculptur'd form gave death. Who yet these groves will honour, where less fame
his youth To Ctesilashe dies without a pame! Was early train'd to Virtue and to Truth ;
Who liberal Art and useful Science woos, “ Haply to grace some Cæsar's pageant And, by the Muse belov’d, protects the
pride The hero-slave or hireling-champion died,
Muse; When Rome, degenerate Rome, for bar
Whose patient labour, upabated zeal, barous shows,
Pursues that noblest end, his Country's
weal; Barter'd her virtue, glory, and repose, Sold all that Freemen prize as great and Watchful and resolute in her defence
With counsel sage and manly eloquence ; good,
For him fair Fame her clearest voice shall For pomps of death and theatres of blood!
'Till her high trumpet labours in his praise ; VERSES written by the Red. WILLIAM
He, 'bove the Conqueror's name, shall
be renown'); Crowe, Public Orator, and admirably delivered by his Son, a Communer of Him Glory still small follow, and around Wadham College.
Laurels unstain'd, unfading palms shall spread,
(honour'd head.” STILL through the realms of Europe, far around
Such as he now prepares for Grenville's Echoes the martial trump, the battle's
ANOTITER ODE There many a nation, now subdued aud broke,
FOR IS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DAY, In sollen silence wears the Tyrant's yoke;
June 4, 1810. There the fierce Victor waves his sword, AGAIN shall Albion's votive strain and there
Salute the day's imperial dawn, Stalks amid ruin and the waste of war,
Thai hail’ú her Patr:ot Monarch born, And, where he bids the din of arms to To rule and bless her fair domain : cease,
From Union Realms shall Freedom's He calls the silent desolation peace,
Britannia's choirs make vocal earth and “ Yet what his prize of glory? what the gain
[slain ? Again shall Britain's thunders roar Of his wide conquest, of his thousauds From regal towers, from ocean's His guilty seat on thrones subverted
Where her triumphant navy rides, His trophies are the spoil of injur'd lands; To guard her sea-encircled shore :
Surrounding nations mark the glad ac.
PROLOGUE TO claim,
[name! “ INNOVATION ; or, The Cross Destroyed." Their shoi es re-echo George's glorious (See vol. LXXX. p. 425.)
Inscribed to his Grace the Duke of Europe had worn th' enslaving chain,
By universal conquest crown'd, OUR sage Projectors, bred in times of And fought, and bled, and sued in vain, yore,
Review'd their plans and projects o'er and Had George deny'd his guardian arms, to
With Wisdoin's eye approv'd what Art The victor laurel from the Tyrant's crest !
And modeld grace with public use comYet the brave Sons of Patriot Spain, With skilful hand the firm foundation laid, Whose plains with Gallic ravage And bade the Pile ascend by Judgment's
[reard, Assert their violated throne;
Saw o'er their native town, by Genius With Europe's foe the strife maintain;
The charter'd Dome, the cloister'd Fane Contend for country, einpire, life, and
rever'd; (righteous cause!
Saw rural Commerce pour her golden tide; While Heaven and George uphold the Saw Justice o'er their Mart and Cross preStill may they aid her bold essay,
And Europe's prostrate Nations rise, Religiou's zeal their sacred Altar raise, To share the Patriot's great emprisé, And dedicate their Church to prayer and 'Till crown'd by Triumph's regal day!
praise. May Britain's arm impel th' avenging Such our Forefathers' antiquated rules, blow,
Bred in the rusty lore of Gothic schools; And hurl destruction on their impious Dull, pious souls! on whose saturuian
(rays. Mighty in empire and in arms,
Just gleam'd the dawn of Reason's solar
Science they just descry'd with prying
eyes, And mocks Invasion's vain alarms;
(prize! Their civil rights just understood
to Her virtuous King unaw'd, by threats The Briton's boast, bequeath'd without a unmov'd,
[law! By Heaven defended, as by Britons lov’d.
His freedom's charter, just secur'd by His guardian reigni, though factions Achiev'd the Arts, for just the public good, mar!
And left their fabricks standing as they Fierce Demagogues of State Reform
stood. Would Britain's Senate seize by We, in this era of enlighten'd sense, storm,
With all our fathers' Gothic forms dis.. To wreck by fell intestine war;
pense. Yet will Patrician Sons surround her
To us, Philosophy's meridian light throne,
Shews all their systems rude restraints to And in their Monarch's rights preserve sight;
[ties, Still loyal Sons Britannia boasts,
On Freedom's wings, releas'd from moral Who round her State defensive form, Through Nature's bounds our bolder geTo stem Sedition's anarch storm,
(all, Or fall at Duty's, Honour's posts! Explores, directs, controuls, and governs Her patrio: Sons embrace their country's As from our hands their feudal fetters fall; cause,
Brings Art's creative elements to view, And own the sacred fiat of her Laws, Their forms antique transforms to models
(alloy, May Britain's Genius guide her helm ;
With taste, refiu'd froin judgment's dull Bid Hydra Faction's riot cease ;
Their boasted works to fashion or destroy: Awe Europe's Ruffian Foe to peace,
Hence, to our critic eyes, yon Doine apAnd guard her Sov'reign's Union Realm;
(of years! Her Senate's shield, to Time's remotest
A shapeless mass, though prais'd a length date,
That Dome rever'd the Market's long reGuard the Palladium of her Regal State.
[sport; Hark! how the harmonizing spheres Scorn'd in decay and sham'd by vulgar
Resouud to Britain's festive lav; Now doom'd to echo keen Derision's jest,
And Glory's radius gilds the day, Resound to mirth, and give our satire George's paternal reign eodears :
[ploy'a Her Isles acclaim their Monarch, Guara Hence, Innovation's magic powers eu dian, Friend!
A Drama furnish'd, and a Cross destroy'd; And Freedou's grateful songs to Heaven Time's antient relisks yield to fabricks new; ascend !
For what great ends, our Episode will Bungay.
The honest farmer home from market The afternoon chiefly at home I will spend, jogs,
[hogs; Read or write, or to matters domestic atLooks to his horses, bullocks, sheep, and Counts o'er bis purse, and marks the Or on the violin for amusement will play: price of grain,
Thus my time in the Winter I'll spend Extols the Cross that shelter'd him from
day by day,
And never be idle from morning till night *, Then tells his deary all the news of town, Go to bed at eleven, and rise when its As how the Farmers' Cross is coming light. down:
, As to books, a great number, I really don't “Down," cries his deary, with a sudden need them,
[read them. “What, are the people mad?” “Why For I'm certain of this, that I never shall no-pot all."
I can't read so much as I did years ago, “ Down," she repeats—"Why yes_the
Nor write my thoughts down, to my Cross and Stocks;
sorrow I know, [bestow t. The lead is sold so are the weather
On which I with pleasure much time did cocks." “ Is lead so scarce in town ?” “Why now
Long pain and diseases, I must say,
[mimi, If this, and more, were conjur'd into
Have weaken'd my body, as well as my They'd yet have plenty; and they say
But I wish to God's will to be wholly as low,
resign'd. Of weathercocks there still will be enow ! To be fretful, impatient, and cross, I 'Tis said the Cross is old, and useless
[prone ; grown;
[town: To my shame be it spoken, I oft am too Too large, beside, and ugly, for the While troubled with various complaints, I Though yet I cannot beat it in my pate,
(no less ; How 't is grown ugly, or got svellid of late; My temper's much tried, and my feelings But when 't is down-up in its place will But hope, through God's mercy and goodjump,
ness to me,
[free ; New, spick and span, a very pretty From pain and disorders ere long to get “ A pump,” she cries, “I plaiuly see the When my moanings and groanings, the [place; rest of my days,
(praise, A pump to wash you from the market Will be happily turn’d into blessing and To give the farmers water for their beer, And cleanse the town of markets through
A telescope, with a good microscope too, the year!!
I should like to use daily, creation to Thus each succeeding age condemns Of the works of my Maker I wish to the last,
[plore, Our's more enlighten'd still than all the His infinite wisdoin through Nature exProgressive thus, to Time's remotest span, His goodness to praise, and perfections Taste may revolve on Innovation's plan;
adore, Till grown so wise, by philosophic rules, Our sons, in turn, may think their fathers
As to botany, gardening, or culture of land,
[food, May think, perhaps, before a second
They are sciences truly I don't underVur venerable Cross had better stood.
Some other employments I'll therefore
pursue, Bungay, January 1810.
While to be, do, and get good, I'll still The Great Little Oddity's* Manner of Go to bed in the Summer each night at
keep in view; spending his Time throughout the Year.
eleven, ON the Sabbath I'll go to the house of And rise in the morning at half-after-seven. the Loril,
[reflect; tin verses of Mr. LANGTON, &c. &c. To read some good treatise, and on it T'he “Summer Evening Reflections in And with pray'r close the day, with God's Kensington Gardens” are spoiled by run
goodness imprest, [to rest. ning into politicks. The four first stanzas While beneath his protection I'll safe go are very good. On the week day, if fine, about noon take
Z. Z. B. is too high-flocon. a walk,
* For an idle mani, liliy, there is not i And with some friend or other will cheer
[out, fully talk;
The Devil': best play fellow often turns
f Having written and published several * See vol. LXXIX. p. 159. volun!es in prose aud verse.
PROCEEDINGS IN THE FOURTH Session Of The Fourth PARLIAMENT OF THE
UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, 1810. House of Commons, May 16. it at 250,0001. As to the Exchequer The House having resolved itself into Bills, he had already stated them at a Committee of Supply, to whom were three millions for the year, and he trustreferred the accounts of the public debt, ed the House would not be indisposed &c.; tbe Chancellor of the Exchequer, in to a grant to that amount. Regarding a prefatory speech, in which he congra the Loan, he had the satisfaction of
tulated the House on the fourishing stating, that it amounted in all to 12 7 state of the Finances, brought forward inillions (namely, eight millions for Great
the annual Budget. The Hon. Gentle. Britain, and four for Ireland); and had man said, he should first state the Sup- been concluded on terms infinitely the plies already granted for the year :-For most favourable of any Loan which had the Navy, 19,258,0001.-- the Army, in- yet been known in this country. The cluding Army for Ireland and Extraordi terms were, that the Contractors for naries, 20,307,0001..-- the Ordnance, every 1001. should receive 1301. three 4,411,0001. Miscellaneous Services, per cent. Reduced, and 101.7s. Ed. Cons 2,000,0001. There would besides, be a sols, being in the whole, 1401. 7s. 6d.; vote of Credit for England, to the the amount of the interest thus to be amount of 3,000,0001.; for Ireland, to paid for the loan, being no more than the amount of 200,0002.; for Sicily, 41. 4s. 3 d. per cent. ; so that a loan of to the amount of 400,000l. ; for Portugal, 12 millions had been negotiated at to the amount of 980,0001.; total about 158. 7 d. below the legal rate of interest. 50,500,0001. ; from which, deducting the The total charge on the publick, in this sum for Ireland, there would remain
manner, was, in the proportion of the to be provided for by Great Britain, loan of last year, as 4i. 4s. 31d. to 46,079,0001. To meet this, there were 41. 128. 10d.; so that, be the country in Annual Duties, 3,000,0001. Surplus a worse state, or a better now, than it already voted of the Consolidated Fund was last year, 12 millions had been borof 1809, 2,661,6021. Surplus for the rowed for a suin intrinsically worth for the present year, 4,400,0001.- War 11,230,0001. The Right Hon, GentleTaxes, 19,500,0001 – Lottery, 350,0001. man then proceeded to state the amount ~Exchequer Bills funded, 8,311,6001. of the Consolidated Fund, which exVote of Credit, 3,000,0001. Loan, ceeded in the year 1810 the surplus of 8,000,0001. Making in the whole, the preceding year by 5,339,0001. He 46,223,202.. or an excess of 144,2021. did not wish, however, to take it as
above the sum required. He should this amount, but to prefer an average 1 proceed to state the different items of of the two years, which produced
which these sums were to be composed, 4,485,2241. Under the head of Malt leaving the Consolidated Fund to the Duty, there was an increase during the last. First, the War Taxes: these he estis last quarter of 40,0001. The Assessed mated at 19 millions, and he esteemed Taxes for the last year amounted to hiinself justified in taking thein at that 6,459,000l. In this sum, there were annount, they having last year produced considerable arrears, amounting, on the into the Exchequer 22,707,0001. - The best calculation, to not less than Property Tax had, during the last year, 600,0001. These had, however, been rc. produced 13,751,2331, although the as duced to about 300,0001. The Stamps he sessment for that year was computed estimated at 5,193,0001. the Post-office at only at 11,400,0001. being a difference 1,194,0001.; the Hawkers, &c. at 20,0001, uf 2,351,2331. This, however, might be producing a total of 37,597,0001. The supposed to have arisen from arrears, charge on the Consolidated Fund, exnone of which now existed earlier than clusive of Ireland, amounted 1807. The last quarter shewed the Pro- 31,960,0001. leaving a surplus of perty Tax to be greatly on the increase, 5,637,0001. The reason why he should but he did not take it at the increased not take more from this branch for the rate. The War Taxes, under the heads service of the year, than 4,400,0002. he Customs and Excise for three years would explain. The Stamps had risen 1808, 9, and 10, amounted to 27 mile very greatly during the last year, to the lions, being on an average 9,060,0001.: amount of not less than 1,236,9071. in being together, 20,460,0001, By the draw consequence of the consolidation of ing of the Lottery in one day, the evil those duties, arising from regulations resulting from insuring had beeri reme which he himself had introduced. These died. Trusting, therefore, that Gentle- be had estimated, under different heads men would not deprive the revenue of of management, would produce a saving this source of income, he should estimate of 106,0991. but it so happened, that in. Gent. MAG. July, 1810.