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To racking jealousy's tormenting doubt, The victor, master of the field and fair, With gloffy plumage and with gorgeous His wings, triumphant, claps, and statetail

ly treads The sultan cock, of keenly-piercing eye The ground : And oft, with unexpected And ear erected, circumspicient, Itruts, air, Majestical, with lifted ftep and now, Amusing Silence in her still abode, From barn to barn: And oft his willing He wakes his founding fife from farm to mates

farm." Behind him, ftraggling, rove; or, chuck

The remarks on the inconftancy of ing, leer Askance; and with their nimble talons of the celebrated Thomson :

fortune, are no contemptible imitation •scrape

“O think-amid thy diffipation think In search, attentive, looking for their Of changeful Fortune's infolent caprice;

Careffes faithless, unexpected turns, Love, felfith love, shares not with deareft Reverses fad. Inconftant freakish Dame, friend

To-day the smiles all pleafantnefsand love, Its boons, impartible.-With carking Hugging thee, blissful, in her circling thoughts,

arms, Corrosive of the husband's, lover's peace, Thy head laid gently on her heaving And breast, affectionate, by absence torn, breaft, His ftrays, folicitous, he fondly feeks,

And hangs with jasmine kisses on thy lips; Their devious guides, and cheers 'their

The next, malignant, scowls, scarce ling'ring pace.

deigns a look, But see; a rivalthere attempts his bounds: With harpy claws, a Fury tears thy flesh, Instant he darts, all fierceness, on his foe; And laughs to see thee plung'd in deep His collar bristling, and his flashing eyes; diftress. And many a ftroke, and many a spring Thygrandeur, elevation, wealth nathless,

they make ; Their dropping feathers, and their crim- To those in low dependent station born,

The pity, by thy ruthless heart denied son combs, And Qender legs, run red with pouring

Thou, or thy children, helpless, may im

plore." blood; . And sharp and corneous bills, and arm

Description of Loch Leven : ed feet,

“ To north, a little way, the Leevin And pointed spurs, and beating pinions, A spacious lake, translucent, smooth, and

thines, all 'To action brought, that in ignoble flight

ftill, Or ends inglorious, or in glorious death :

Of liquid glass. Along its craggy brink, A fight between irrationals maintain'd,

Ill-fated MARY*, captive and unthron'd, Mere animated lumps of brutish clay,

In yonder blcak and star-grown hoftile Which fenfe and appetite alone impel, In piercing Wifdom's disabufed eye,

Her rocky rounds was wont erewhile to To justify more easy and defend

make, Than many à flaughterous battle fought, Whispering, with heaving heart, in bro

ken fighs, Deftructive wag'd, by reason-boasting Her bitter moanings to the mutt'ring

Itrand : man, Who oft, from senseless pride or idiot Yet not unpleas'd beneath another.sky views,

Clear arch'd and blue, her conscious beau. By daring governors is, barb'rous, forced His whetted steel to steep and parent foil Refiftlefs dream'd, at stolen glances In weltering lakes of unoffending gore.

thrown Man, cruel man, even harmless brutes,

Within its limpid orb, she fondly eyed,' inspired

Its surface dimpling with her dropping With deadly hate, excites their cores to Her auburn treffes, and her snowy neck,

tears. tear, And, for diverfion mere, to maim and kill Her eyes effulgent, and her coral lips, Withoutor cause or quarrel; savage sport! * Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned That galiant pair for fairelt prize

engaged in a castle erected in a small island of LoughAnd sweetest object to the feeling heart. leevin.

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dant crops.

Her swelling bofom, and her ivory arms, In perfect friendship and in peace'entire
Her vaunted lineage, and her regal birth, Instead of Halidons by guiltless blood
Her golden scepter, her imperial crown, Infamed, and Flowden's drench'd in no-
Her rare accomplishments avail'd her
naught.

The strengths, along the ftraggling marchFrom thence, alas, Misfortune's blackest es built, train,

Now useless grown, are moulder'd to Their griesly ensign with a lifted axe

decay. And bleeding block and mangled corpse Their crops and barns from theft and pourtrayed,

fire secure, With ghastly grins pursued her every Instead of desolate and naked wastes step

Inhabited by spoilers and by thieves, Her forces routed, and dispers'd her Whose lives, ferocious, rapine were, friends ;

observe Herself dismayed, her loft domains ex• The people civilized, with patient step, pellid,

Industrious exercise the skilful plough; In prison ftern consign'd to fullen guards; And finest husbandry, and richest grounds For deadly treasons, in a foreign realm,' With plumpeft wheat and choicest barTo judgment brought her, not before ley clothed.

Even'rooted prejudices fee profcribed, Her sever'd head, convuls'd and stream. And borrowing each from each, im-: ing, thewed

provements learn. Around a scaffold clotted with her blood; The fields with various clovers are at. And blasted lillies tore; and beauty laid, Abus'd and tarnish’d, in a felon grave : In a nple breaks the rufset fallow lies; A dread example to her fated sons.". And even in hoary winter's piercing cold Having defcribed the devastation and

The wrinkled earth looks gay with vercruelty formerly committed during the border wars, our author exclaims,

Come Cheviot, Hadden, Hartfell, Cruf. “ Ye genuine kings of Britain, hail !

fel, come; By Laws,

Ye men of Annan, Teviot, Ek, and

Tweed, By Contracts, and by Revolutions made

Or rais'd to rule, and limited, and bound. With minds at ease, your labours o’er, | Ye vaunt not tyrants of despotic power. The pipe, awake the dance, and un:

awake Deliver'd haply from that tempting snare, Ye boaft yourselves the guardians of the To rest retired, enjoy a bless'd repofe.

difturb’d, rights, # The franchises and liberties of men;

Your flocks their mountains, unmolestObliged, like other subjects of the state, And herds their meads, secure of quiet, - To execute and to obey decrees Enacted freely by the general will.

ftray The people, conscious of their majesty And claims inherent, listen to your speech, bounds ufually allotted to fimilar pub.

Though we have already exceeded the And hear with grateful joy your voice lications, we cannot resist transcribing proclaim,

the concluding lines; Go, yoke your bullocks, go, and fow

Description of the power of Love :

“ Soft Aame! but how intensc! allYour harvests gather, and your fences raise,

conquering Power! Your cattle pasture, and your fleeces sheer, Diffufive of the sweetest vifions o'et Your gardens cultivate, ingraff your Each animated nature bows, 0 Love,

The heated fancy and the melted heart : plums *; Go, fearless, milk your kine, and fold To thee, fubmissive, and refifless owns

Thy sway. For thy, thy elegant deliglits, your ews. Their enmities and depredations ceas'd, Regardless of renown, the foldier doffs The hoftile nations now concordant live, His arms, and, unpermitted, steals from

camp, And peasants on the adverse borders dwell

In Paphian grot, a momentary joy,

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Imperious juftly to his venal tools, Thou, too, art gone ;---perhaps for ever A Nave prostrate becomes, and blissful gonemocks

The dear companion of my youthful joys! In scorn his power, celebrity, and courts: Who knows but death, or fate inexorable, In Cyprian bower, with mantling myrtle That mocks unfeelingly at human woe, bound,

Hath made ‘our late, our last and long The king, right-glad, foregoes his er- farewell. min'd robe,

Perhaps, thy mangled corpfe, in wat'ry And, suppliant, falls on beaded knee, grave exchanged,

Ingulph'd, is caft, inanimate, a prey At Chloe's feet, pressing to glowing lips To fierceft monfters of the rav’nous deep. The lilly hand :-Even griping miser Perhaps, thy country's wrongs, thy sov'parts

reign's will, With gold, possessions, prospects-all for The charm of liberty, and honour's call,

Thy noble fpirit urging, unfuftain'd, And bard, with trembling hand and fal- Miá thickelt ranks of Britain's foes, in tering voice,

wounds Adores his Delia, and renounces bread. To meet a glorious, but lamented end,

My lovely Delia !,Empress of my heart! Have stretch'd thee, lifeless, on the bleedFairer than blossom fhed, in elegance

ing earth. And May, by hawthorn on Balcarress Perhaps, in far inhospitable clime, crag ;

The damps nocturnal, and the raging Fresher than living fountains, from the suns, rocks

Have, vertical, consum'd thy boiling That gush off Saulin; blooming as Au:

blood;

And weeping friends shall never see thee In all her fplendor rising in the east; Than honey sweeter which the little bee, The heart-affecting thought distracts my Industrious, gathers on Benarty hill ;

soul, And more ingenuous than the blusing And robs the prospect, now before me rose,

spread, Whose op'ning bud breathes incense to Of more than half its charms. Yon the Morn*.

fimple swain, But who can speak her charms, ineffable With woolen bonnet on his towzy head, To painter's pencil and to poet's pen? And checker'd plaid athwart his shoulExhaustless, grateful, ever-pleasing theme! ders flung, On which, untried, my tongue rejoic'd Who, thoughtless, near me tends his to dwell.

master's sheep, Alas, those happy moments now are And knits on nimble wire his worsted gone.

hose, My Delia gone ! -perhaps for ever gone; Right ġladsome to deceive the tedious And with her all the fondly-cherish'd hours, hopes,

His well-thumb'd book of giant ftories The pleasing dreams, of amaranthine full bowers,

And crook laid by him on the nibbled Of beds of roses, and elysian days,

turf, Alas, that, faithless, never were to shine:- (He chides the little sharer of his talk All, all, for ever gone.--And thou, my That shrilly sounds at me) hardly perFriend,

ceives "My fay, my comforter, whose balmy The beauties that surround him. Thou, rispeech,

my Friend, Like dew, distilld a softness o'er my Hadft thou been here, enraptur’d, fhouldīt griefs,

have felt. And trickling tears, adown thy cheeks The utmost joy those beauties can con

that stole, Reliev'diand sooth’d by sharing in my In filent extacy devouring, keen, pains;

The glorious spectacle, so wondrous fair.

Thou wouldft, intranced, have mark'da at Thymo mihi dulcior Hyblæ

thousand things, Candidior cycnis, edera formofior alba. Virg. Which, unobserv'd; escape the vulga Ec. 7.-Paftor Fido, At. 1. sc. I. 2.

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And then, in just discourse, by Nature cheapness of the country, it is more than taught,

fixpence in England. Almost unconscious of thy finer taste, The distribution of landed property Have unassuming pointed them to me. into small farms, produces a degree of

We hope the foregoing extracts will equality which I have seldom seen elleinduce our readers to peruse the whole where; and the rich being all merchants, of this pleafing little work.

who are obliged to divide their personal Letters written during a short Residence in

fortune amongst their children, the buys Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. By always receiving twice as much as the Mary Wollstonecraft. 8vo. 4s, boards. girls, property has not a chance of acFohnson.

cumulating till overgrown wealth destroys

the balance of liberty: WE shall present our readers with the

You will be surprised to hear me talk author's account of the present state of of liberty: yet the Norwegians appear Norway.

to me to be the moft free community I “ THOUGH the King of Denmark be have ever observed. an absolute monarch, yet the Norwegians The mayor of cach town or diftrict, appear to enjoy all the blessings of free- and the judges in the country, exercise dom. Norway may be termed a fifter an authority almost patriarchal. They kingdom ; but the people have no vice- can do much good, but little harm, as roy to lord it over them, and fatten his every individual can appeal from their depend nts with the fruit of their labour. judgment: and as they may always be

There are only two counts in the forced to give a reason for their conduct, whole country, who have estates, and it is generally regulated by prudence: exact some feudal observances from their 6 They have not time to learn to be tytenantry: All the rest of the country is rants, faid a gentleman to me, with divided into small farms, which belong whom I discussed the subject. to the cultivator. It is true, fome few, The farmers not fearing to be turned appertaining to the church, are let; but out of their farms, should they displeale always on a lease for life, generally re- a man in power, and having no vote to newed in favour of the eldest son, who be commanded at an election for a mock has this advantage, as well as right to a representative, are a manly race ; for double portion of the property. But the not being obliged to submit to any devalue of the farm is estimated; and after basing tenure, in order to live, or adhis portion is assigned to him, he must vance themselves in the world, they act be answerable for the residue to the re- with an independent spirit. I never yet maining part of the family.

have heard of any thing like domineerEvery farmer, for ten years, is obliged ing, or oppression, excepting such as has to attend annually about twelve days, arisen from natural causes. The freedom to learn the military exercise ; but it is the people enjoy may, perhaps, render always at a small distance from his dwel. them a little litigious, and subject them ling, and does not lead him into any new to the impofitions of cunning practitionhabits of life.

ers of the law; but the authority of of. There are about fix thousand regulars fice is bounded, and the emoluments of also, garrisoned at Christiana and Frede- it do not destroy its utility. richail, which are equally reserved, with Last year a man, who had abused his the militia, for the defence of their own power, was cashiered, on the represencountry: So that when the Prince Royal tation of the people to the bailiff of the passed into Sweden, in 1788, he was district. obliged to request, not command, them There are four in Norway, who to accompany bim on this expedition. might with propriety be termed Aeriffs ;

These corps are mostly composed of and, from their fentence, an appeal, by the fons of the cottagers, who being la- either party, may be made to Copenhabourers on the farms, are allowed a few gen. acres to cultivate for themselves. These Near most of the towns are common men voluntarily enlist; but it is only for on which the cows of all the inhabitants a limited period (fix years), at the expi. indiscriminately, are allowed to graze. ration of which they have the liberty of The poor, to whom a cow is necessary, retiring. The pay is only two-pence a are almoft supported by it. Besides, to day, and bread; still, considering the render living more calý, they all go out

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to fish in their own boats; and fish is Lothian, bringing down the confideration their principal food.

of the Subject to the present Time; invesThe lower class of people in the towns tigating the Causes of the present Scarcity; are in general failors; and the industrious and suggesting Measures for promoting bave usually little ventures of their own

the Cultivation of the Waste Lands; and that serve to render the winter comfort- far rendering the Produce equal to the inable.

crcasing Consumption of the Kingdom. 4to. Every thing seems to announce that

128 Boards. Nicol, &c. the Prince really cherishes the laudable THIS is a work of great national imporambition of fuifilling the duties of his tance, the reader will have an idea of the geftation. This ambition is cherished and neral scope of it by the following quotation directed by the Count Bernstorf, the from the Preface by the Editor, Col. Alex. prime minister of Denmark, who is uni- Dirom; (son of the author) whose account versally celebrated for his abilities and of the Campaign in India, was so well re: virtue. The happiness of the people is ceived by the public. a subftantial eulogium ; and, from all I

“ The great object, (he observes) which can gather, the inhabitants of Denmark the author appears to have had in contemand Norway are the least oppreffed peo- principles and effects of the corn laws, enac.

placion, was to exhibit such a view of the ple of Europe. The press is free. They ted at different periods in Great Britain, as translate any of the French publications of the day, deliver their opinion on the might thew that the corn trade, both as a

manufacture and an article of comnierce, is, subject, and discuss those it leads to with of all others, the first in importance to the great freedom, and without fearing to prosperity of the kingdom. His statements, displease the government. On the subject of religion they are dance of grain at home, and at a moderate

founded upon fatts, tend to prove, that abunlikewise becoming, at least tolerant, and price, cannot be obtained by importation from perbaps have advanced a step further in abroad, and can only be fécured by giving free-thinking. One writer has ventured such liberal encouragement to exportation, as to deny the divinity of Jesus Christ, and may render agriculture, or the raifing of to quellion the neceslity or utility of the corn, the favourite object of industry in the Christian fyftem, without being confider: kingdom. Thus, initead of purchafing a ed universally as a monster, which would considerable part of our - fubfiftence from fotave been the cafe a few years ago. They reign countries, we may, by falutary regulahave translated many German works on tions in the corn laws, be enabled, not only education; and though they have not to supply oprselves, but to render our coun. adopted any of their plans, it is become try one of the principal granaries of Europe.”' a subject of discuflion. There are some The original performance is divided into grammar and free schools ; but, from five chapters. The first treats, of the general what I hear, not very good ones. All State of Nations with respect to the alimentary the children learn to read, write, and support of Mankind; and particulary that of caft accounts, for the purposes of com

Great Britain.
They have no university;

II. Of the Causes and Effeets of the several and nothing that deserves the name of Corn Laws of Great Britain prior to the Revoscience is taught; nor do individuals, lution in 1688. by pursuing any branch of knowledge,

lil. Of ditto subsequent to the Revolution. excite a degree of curiosity which is the

IV.. Recapitulation of the principal Heads of forerunner of improvement. Knowledge

the Corn Laws of Great Britain, and a Deducis not absolutely necessary to enable a

tion of Principles from their Effects. confiderable portion of the community Exccution, and giving Effect to the Corn Laws.

V. Arrangements proposed for carrying into to live; and, till it is, I fear, it never

T'hefe are followed by two supplementary becomes general.”

Letters on the same subject by Mr Mackie, An Inquiry into the Corn Laws and Corn Trade and an Appendix containing various tables of of Great Britain, and their Influence on the great importance, illustrative of the general Profperity of the Kingdom. With Sug- propositions assumed in the body of the work. gestions for the Improvement of the Corn

It is a work of such a nature that we do. Laws. By the late Alexander Dirum, not think a quotation can convey any just Ely; of Muiresk, in the County of Aber. idea of the author's manner; therefore we dieen. To which is added, a Supplement, recommend the Work itself, to such as wila by Mr William Mackie of Ormiston, in East for accurate and clear ideas of the corn trade.

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