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----------.............Of your parasite is a most precious thing, dropt from above, Not bred 'mongst clods and clot-pouls, here, on earth. I muse, the mystery was not made a science, It is so liberally profest to almost All the wise world is little else, in nature, But parasites, or sub-parasites. And, yet, I mean not those that have your bare town-art, To know, who's fit to feed 'em ; have no house, No family, no care, and therefor mould Tales for men's cars, to beat that sense; or get Kitchen-invention, and some stale receipts To please the belly, and the groin ; northose, With their court-dog tricks, that can fawn and ficer, Make their revenue out of legs and faces, Eccho my lord, and lick away a moth : But your fine elegant rascal, that can rise, And stoop (almost together) like an arrow, Shoot through the air as nimbly as a star; Turn short, as doth a swallow ; and be here, And there, and here, and yonder all at once; Present to any humour, all occasion: And change a visor, swifter than a thought ! This is the creature had the art born with him, Toils not to learn it, but doth practise it Out of most excellent nature: and such sparks Are the true parasitcs, others but their Zani's. BEN Jonson.
Studious to please, and ready to submit,
To shake with laughter ere the jest they hear,
Bay, can'st thou shumber mid these billowy vales,
* The Procellarius Pelagicus, or stormy Petrel, botter known to the mariner as one of “Mother Carey's chickens,” is a small bird about six inthes in length, and in the extent of its wings, thirteen. ... It is wholly black, except the covert of the tail, and vent-feathers, which are white ; the bill is hooked at the end; the nostrils tubul. lay its legs slender and long. In tuc Ferrol
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To pour at will the counterfeited tear ;
Isles, this bird sometimes serves the purpose of a candle, by drawing a wick thro' its nostrils, from which it possesses the quality of o oil. It is seen all over the Atlantick ocean at the greatest distance from land. in tempests, of which it is said to warn the seaman by collecting under the stern of his vessel. it skims over the tops of the billows with incredible velocity. These birds are the “cypselli" of Pliny, which he places a
mong the apodes of Aristotle ; not becausc thoy,
wanted seet, but were Kazoroa.
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o, *:o: : 2nd o: 0so - * alloc ...: than 4 *.. -
an is the creature had the artboro with w
Th; . to learn it, but doth practise it o
are the true?” BFN JONSON.
and ready to submit,
Gaul was born " p
--- o, true, where'er ho goes,
orth, his lavish tongo
y graces shint,
ows harmo" from o: rugged native ring diffideo a lie,
studious to please,
t comply. ...
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And, as their patron hints the cold or heat,
Live loath'd, and long,
f man and beast the infinite malady
-O'er the twilight groves and dusky caves,
with eyes up-rais'd, as one inspir’d,
In hollow murmurs dy'd away. COLLINS.
Hence, loathed Mclancholy,
Come, pensive nun, devout and pure,
oh winter, ruler of the inverted year, :
When Frost and Fire with martial powers engag’d,
The vent of bearing, when loud Rumour speakst
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*** * * * *------a - " ---------422 POETRY. or of -- o !... . . ** * o * * * Millions of opening mouths to Fame belong; * . Northou, though learn'd, his homelier thoughts
And every mouth is furnish’d with a tongue :
gles truth with lies. Talk is her business; and her chief delight To tell of prodigies, and cause affright.
**. Dr. Yiden.
There is a tall long-sided dame,
FA1 RY L.A.N. D.
THERE, must thou wake perforce thy Doric quill; .
Sweet scented flower who'rt wont to.
Come fun'ral flow'r', who lov'st to dwell
And hark the windood as he flies
Moans hollow in the forest trees,
The cold turf altar of the dead;
Mv grave shall be in von lone spot,
Where as I lic by all forgot,
A dying fragrance thou wilt o'er my ashes shed.
Volume I. Part I. of The Wew Cyclopedia, or Universal I)ictionary of Arts and Sciences, formed usion a more enlarged filan of arrangement than the Dictionary of Mr. Chambers ; comprehending the various articles of that work, with additions and improvements; together with new subjects of biography, geografhy, and history ; and adafited to the firesent state of literature and science. By Abraham Rees, D. D.; F. R. S., editor of the last edition of Mr. Chambers's Dictionary, with the assistance of eminent frofessional gentlemen. Illustrated with new filates, including mafis, engraved for the work by some of the most distinguished artists. First American edition, revised, corrected, enlarged, and adafited to this country, by several literary and scientifick • characters. 4to. Price of the half volume to subscribers $3. Philadelphia, printed by R. Carr for Samuel F. Bradford. :
* * The character of Dr. Rees' Cyclopedia, as far as the volumes have been published, is so well known from the various English Reviews, which are regularly received in this country, that it would seem in a degree impertinent for us to enter into a formal examination of its merits. It will be more decorous in the young criticks of the New World, though to some members of the republick of letters (which like other republicks has its jacobins) it may appear slavish, to bow with deference to the judgment of the literary veterans of the Old Continent, who have, with few exceptions, expressed their warm approbation of the general execution of this work; and to this opinion we do, after an attentive perusal of the most important articles, very cheerfully subscribe. We shall therefore confine our remarks chiefly to a comparison of the American with the English edition, and to the correction of such typographical and other errors, as we have been able to detect in elther. And here we take pleasure in imparting to our readers, how much satisfaction we felt on the first view of the American edition, at the decisive and honourable testimony which it bore to the flourishing state of the arts of firinting and engraving in our country. It is one of the few American editions, which, we can with truth say, is not surpassed by the English. Nor will we restrict our commendation to the mechanical execution of the volume before us; we have found useful additions made to some of the articles, which we shall take notice of in another part of our Review. But here commendation must stop ; for, to adopt an old sentiment, though we love our countrymen much,
we love truth more ; and truth compels us to declare....that this American edition of the Cyclopedia appears to be, at least in respect to the original editors of its in some degree, a literary fraud. How far the publisher, Mr. Bradford, holds himself responsible for the contents of this edition, we do not know ; but we must say, that the manner in which it is to be conducted, judging from the present half-volume, throws no trifling weight of responsibility upon the gentlemen in this country, who superintend the editorial department ; a responsibility, which we hope has not been the only motive for keeping their names from the publick. Strong as this language may appear, we trust the impartial reader will be satisfied, that it is not stronger, than is warranted by the facts, which we shall presently exhibit. The prospectus informs us, that the English edition is published under the direction of Dr. Rees, the learned divine, whose name the work bears; and that he is assisted by about forty other distinguished European literary gentlemen, whose names are given to the publick, and who therefore stand pledged for the faithful execution of the work, and (what is of not less importance) for the firinciples maintained in it. | Such is the work which the American publisher recommends to his subscribers ; a work, “the execution of which (to use the language adopted by him) is guaranteed by the respectable names,” which he gives to the public from the English advertisement. Not content,however, with servilely cofiying the London edition, he promises, with a very commendable spirit of patriotism, “amendment and addition in those parts, “at least, which relate to the United States,” and informs us, that “he “has engaged the assistance of gentlemen, whose talents and celebrity “do honour to their country, and will essentially enrich this important “work.” These were the editor's fromises, and they were probably dictated by patriotism as well as interest, and, we have had the charity to believe, were made with the sincere intention of sulfilling them. Yet (it is painful, but we must make the inquiry) how have these promises been fulfilled : Why, either by the most unfortunate misconception of the nature of his undertaking, or, what we are ioth to believe, by a most daring disregard of his word, he presents the first half-volume to the publick almost without a single claim to patronage on the principal ground, upon which it had been recommended ; we mean,....that it was to be a work guaranteed by the authority of Dr. Rees and his able coadjutors. The American editors must know, that it is not a work thus guaranteed ; it is not a work resting upon the reputation of able and responsible European literati, who have not been afraid to give their names to the publick, as a pledge for the faithful performance of their undertaking. It is not, in short, “Dr. Rees' Cyclopedia,” but the Cyclopedia of Drs. X, Y, and Z, of Philadelphia, New-York, &c. So far is it from being Dr. Rees' work, that we can point out parts of it, which are palmed upon the publick as his, that are directly in contradiction with what that gentleman has published in his own edition; sentiments which that learned divine, we venture to say, would not only disown, but would think it his duty to counteract by all the justifiable means in his power. No, this edition is the work of unknown and irresponsible “literary scientifick characters” (we take Mr. Bradford's word for the literature and science of tile gentlemen) in our own country.