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The shades, ah, Scott! bedim thy prosa
pects fair, avro O DEAR, O pleasant to my soul
The tender tale of love, or sorrow haij The sombre clouds obscure th’enliv'niąg Yet sweeter is the song of Hope,
glare, That sings the pleasures of tomorrow:
The sable clothes thee, and thy cheek looks
pale, To-morrow! thou hast pleasures more Thy sigh new force gives to th' exhausted Than e'er the present yet could bring i
gale, levyn For though they glimmer, distant far, Thy tears encrease the ruthless rolling Hope is the source from whence they spring, flood.
That And of tomorrow let us sing,
her banks and chokes the Of joys, of pleasures yet to be
thriving bud; Of pleasures far beyond the tomb,
Ah me ! alas! thy rueful nights and days, Enwrapt in dark fácurity Stinst This--this will maro thy wonted, chearful
Which oft with mirth hath drown'd the so
cial board, LINES,
Bade discord cease and angry breasts ac
cord, Composed on hearing of the disastrous fate of Mr ANDREW SCOTT's* youngest son, Will pain the bosom anid extrače the tear.***
Thy themes will' now another aspect wear, a promising boy, eight years of age, who unfortunately fell into the Borden Burnt, Is this accordant with thy sorrowing heart2. when swelled by the snow from the hills, Hast thou a wish to ditribute the smart? 4th Feb. 1809.
Would'st thou that others feel as sad as
thee? AH! who can say this day so bright's our. Would'st thou nip blossoms from the fruitAre heav'ns decrees to puny mortals known? Ah no! thou would'st not,-Scott, -thy Where is the precipice, the brink of fate ?
wish, I know, How few who mark it, till alas too late! The gallant soldier or the seaman brave,..
Would be to sooth whoe'ér 'may taste of 13 In battle fighting on the field or wave, His hope is vict'ry, dreading not the doom, Then ah! thy partner apd., thy offspring That blasts his hopes, and yields him to the
Claim first thy sympathy and chief regard.se tomb. Death's darts are fledg'd, and dated when Tell all thy sorrows in the ear of heav'n, to fly,
Ask strength in faich, strength will to thee Whose name's prefix'd, must yield him then
To bear with fortitude the sev’ring blow, 77' The children sporting by the swollen So late that laid thy darling flow'ret low.
Crave light to show it,, stream,
whese doubt Engag'd in play, of dangers never dream, Till one becomes the creacherous water's
That good's intended by this stroke to thee, prey, And by the fierce red torrent's swept away.
Blest is the child from actual guilt, pre-i « Alas, the tale! the direst of its kind,
The Distracting to the feeling parent's mind;
of heaven for his soul's resery day No words can sooth, no actions give relief. No matter how he left this earthy round, Nor stem the current of che tide of grief.
He treads securely now a firmer ground,
Where tempests howl not, nor fierce (tore , Who can describe the writhings of the rents rage; heart,
Smooth glides the river through the balm When such the woes high heav'n's decrees impart ?
Where spirits bound o'er, fearless of the But this believe, the child thus reft away,
ride, Hath gain'd the summit, and the source of Or sit securely, by the water's side ; obytu 26. day,
Heav'n's spring eternal all around in view, 19 While all below we mortals hope e enjoy 'Midst odours balmy and for ever new. of earthly pleasures, more than half's alloy. Ah Scott! congratulate
' thy darling Boy;
Whom fate's determin'd in the abodes of • Roxburghshire bard.
joy; + A rivulet in Roxburghshire running in Nor fix thy mind on this insnaring Bd11; to the Tweed.
Where each enjoyment hath a core of gall,
1901 101 tears.
But let thy thoughts ascend beyond the Sweet is the wild and tranquil scene, spheres,
When larks ascend, and corn is greca, Where pain will cease, and ev'ry source of' With all the genial influence spread,
Around the cortar's lowly shed,
Where the wild roses shall succeed,
To hail the daisy-spangled mead.
O! how I love the sweet retreat,
The mossy bow'r, thy lowly seat, The glass of fashion, and the mould of I love to mark thy humble lot, form,
For all ambition is forgot,
And worldly cares no more arise,
In thee, the promise of the year,
Virtue and modesty appear, The song, the laugh, the jocund roar; And gentle goodness, blue eyed maid, The spell is broke which gave ye birth, That loves the inmost covert shade, For Bam's voice is heard no more. Wouldst thou, in playful ambush fly, That well known voice, so gladly heard,
My tender care, my anxious eye,
That, with no rude destroying hand,
Seeks to unfold thy lowly band,
But, to supply the genial show'r,
To give no fragrance to the bow'r, There full of harmless wit and glee, Where lullid by each mellifluous gale, As sportive fancy skim'd along,
The draughts of pleasure I inhale, How pleased, how proud, how fond was And, finding still, an emblem true,
I think of Emma and of you. To lead the dance, to raise the song.
7. A Closed is that gay good natured eye,
* 1808. And cold that warm affection'd heart, Where cankering care came never nigh,
ISABELLA. Where spleen and scandal bore no part.
WITH soft blue eyes and auburn locks,
The fairest of the fair,
Young Isabella talk'd and laugh'd,
And never thought of care. Or make their little wants his care.
But forc'd to wed some rich old man, The Goths and Vandals of the day,
In vain the husband tried Shall now usurp the festive scene,
To call her fainting spirits backAnd chase politeness far away,
She pin'd, grew sick, and died. To dwell with kings and courts again. Torn from its native soil, the rose, Struck in the zenith of his day,
Thus fades in early bloom, The monarch of the social hour,
It mocks its cruel spoiler's care, To dumb forgetfulness a prey,
And early seeks the tomb.
WHEN Tom first met Jenny, that beau
tiful fair, plain,
Whose eyes Cupid's darts are, love's netLike him enjoy life's pleasures while we work her hair ;
may, Tho' we shall ne'er behold his like again.
High crimson’d her cheek, while her breasts
rose and fell,
As the white waves of ocean now ebb and OPE
now swell; To Tue VIOLET.
Yet though wounded the fair, as (she here
passed by, DAUGTER of Spring, whose humble joy, A death warrant he got from her sure kil
Can nany a valued thought employ, Where pride, an unassuming guest, Then the priest, as became him, to settle I love to cherish there, at rest,
the strife, Where, far remote from mortal eye, Said, You both are half-kill'd, and, to make The silent paths of pleasure lie,
up one life, And, as th' unfetter'd warblers sing, Announce the joyous bloom of Spring,
You must both live together, and be nian and wife.
Proceedings of Parliament.
HOUSE OF LORDS.
crisis and the calamitous state of our exter. Tuesday, Jan. 31.
nal relations. His Lordship then partially LORD SUFFOLK adverted to the reports glanced at the relations between Great
gone abroad to the prejudice of the Britain and foreign powers, asserted that Duke of York, praised the services which the conduct of Ministers towards Sweden his Royal Highness had conferred on the
was highly culpable; that they had driven army, and gave an example of a Lieut. Col.
America to a state of exasperated retaliabeing set aside, who was unfit for service.
tion, that he feared must ultimately end in Lord Liverpool, stated that a treaty with
hostility; and, with respect to the camSpain had been signed about a fortnight a
paigns in Portugal and Spain, they had
shamefully wasted the valour and resourgo, and that it would be submitted to their Lordships as soon as the ratifications were
ces of the country. But above all, the con
vention of Cintra was a matter that ought exchanged; that no event had happened since the treaty was negotiated, which, in
to undergo a Parliamentary investigation ; his opinion, ought to make any difference
and for those reasons he should move, that
the House do resolve itself into a Commitin its stipulations, or in the exertions of this country to assist Spain against the common
tee to inquire into the state of the nation.
Lord Liverpool opposed the motion, upenemy: Lord Erskine moved for accurate returns
on the ground that the necessary informaof the number of men and officers who had
tion was not yet before the House on which been embarked for Spain and Portugal, and
Their Lordships were capable of coming to also of the expenditure under the heads
a correcifconclusion as to the nature of those
external relations which had been alluded Money, Arms, Cloathing, &c. which had
to by the Noble Mover. Without such been sent to the Spanish patriots: likewise of the men, horses, artillery, &c. relanded
information, he said, it would be prejudging
the conduct of Ministers if an inquiry was not in a disabled state from Spain ; which
instituted. was agreed to.
Lord Moira spoke in the most animated Tuesday Feb. 8.
way againstthe reluctance Ministers had The Duke of Kent observed, that reports shewn to inquiry, and said their obvious had gone abroad that he had countenanced
misconduct, if persisted in, would bring the the prosecution instituted against his royal brother the Duke of York. He had, un
country to ruin.
Lord Mulgrave defended his colleagues der these circumstances, felt it to be his du- in office. ty, in the most public way, to declare, that Lord Grenville said, the country posseshe thought the charges adduced most un- sed valour and resources, but such was the founded, nor could he suspect that the Commander in Chief could be guilty of they were dissipating that valour and those
intemperance of the present Ministers, that such misconduct. Whatever schism had ta.
resources in unwise and impolitic enterken place between him and his brother, he prizes, and if a check was not put to their should be ashamed of encouraging a pro- career, the country must fall. ceeding which could only heap disgrace on The Lord Chancellor and Lord Erskine the heads of the accusers. Private differ. spoke at some length, and the motion for ences must on such occasions be forgotten
going into an inquiry on the state of the in the imperious necessity of doing justice nation was negatived without a division. to the injured. Lord Grenville moved for the accounts
Friday, Feb. 10.
Lord Auckland moved for such further of the exports since the orders in Council,
documents as had been transmięted by our with the view of ascertaining what the 're- Minister in America to the Government venue had benefited by that measure, as it here, respecting the embargo, &c. He al. was one of the arguments on which it had
luded to an opinion that had gone abroad, been defended. After a short conversation
that the Americans had shown a partiality ic was agreed to.
for France, in their offers to go to war STATE OF THE NATION.
with this country, provided France recalled Lord Grosvenor rose to propose an in- her decrees, and we refused to revoke our quiry into the state of the nation, influen- orders in Council ; a notion which he did ced as he felt himself by the present awful not believe was founded in fact. Lord LiApril 1809.
THE LATE NEGOTIATION
verpool had no objection that all the official And equally improper it would have been papers should be laid before the House. to demand the restoration of the Spanish
Monarchy. All that could be required of Friday, Feb. 17.
us was, to do only what Spain required. Lord Grenville made his loog-expected Ministers then did no more than demand motion for the repeal of the Orders in that the Government de facto,-that the Council, as far as they affect the United
persons exercising the powers of GovernStates of America. He commented at con
ment in that country, should be admitted siderable length on the impropriety of our
as parties to the negotiation. He then reconduct in not accepting the offer made by ferred to the history of Spain, to show that America to take off the embargo, if we re- the Spanish Netherlands had been admitted pealed our Orders in Council; and endea- parties to a negotiation, while the question voured to show that America acted impar: of admitting their independence was defer, tially between Britain and France. He red to a future opportunity. He had heard was supported by Lords Sidmouth, Auck; it contended by some, that the proposal of Jand, and Erskine ; and opposed by Lord
the uti possidetis did admit Spain into the Bathurst, Lord Melville, the Lord Chan
negotiation. How, he asked, could such cellor, and the Earl of Liverpool. The
a principle be maintained, when we were question was then put, and the inotion ve
not in possession of Spain? If we even had gatived.-Contents 70; Non-contents, 115.
possession of all the garrisoned towns in Majority 45.
Spain, he would not have admitted of such HOUSE OF COMMONS.
a principle. His Majesty's Government Tuesday, Jan. 31.
were justified in presuming that the Emperor of Russia was not dead to the rights
of Sovereigns. They did expect that; and Mr Canning moved the order of the day they had a right to hope that the confefor taking into consideration the papers re- rences at Erfurth would have led to some lating to the late overtures from Russia favourable result. They could not avoid and France; which order being read, the recollecting that Russia had, in former Right Hon. Secretary addressed the House. periods, been favourable to the Spanish He said he did not apprehend any diffe- Monarchy. At the conferences of Erfurth, rence of opinion on the question now be. Spain could not have been neglected—the fore the House ; for he could not conceive eyes of all Europe were fixed upon that that, in these overtures, there was the country. But what must be the surprise the least chance of negotiation with the of his Majesty's Government to find, chat, prospect of peace. Such was the state in the overtures from Russia and France, of the public opinion, during the corres- Spain was studiously omitted. The sub. pondence, that people only feared lest Go- ject was, however, brought forward by us; vernment should be entrapped into a fruit- and the question was distinctly put, as to less negotiation. The Minister's felt that, the intentions of France towards Spain if they protracted the business, they would The answer was this, that in no shape have been doing a practical evil to the should the Spanish people be admitted to country, and therefore they wished to bring the negotiation. And see the reason which it to a conclusion as soon as possible. The the enemy assigned for this declaration.vnexampled atrocity of Bonaparte's con- It was, that they were in a state of rebel. duct towards Spain was a circumstance for lion ;-and to whom? not to their legitiwhich some atonemeot might be demand- mate Government, but to Joseph Bonaed; but he did not think it was one for parte! The whole question was, whether which such atonement ought to have been we should have gone to negotiation, with asked, however atrocious his violence an admission that the Spanish people, with might have been. · And altho' he thought whom we formed a treaty of alliance, were posterity would never have to record a rebels, and ought to be punished as such? more abonvinable act, yet he did not think And see what a curious illustration Bona. shu should have retarded a negotiation. parte made,“ that the Spaniards were re"The duty of Ministers' seemed to be to as- bels to his brother, as the Catholics of Ire. certain the feelings of the enemy, so as to land were rebels to the government of know whether there was any chance of Great Britain.” Now, if the Catholics were peace. To have required, in the first in. rebels, whom were they rebels to ? Το stance, that the armies should evacuate their lawful King ? Were this GovernSpain, àg`a sine qua non of negotiation, ment then, with a stroke of the pen, to adwould not liave been proper on our part, as mit that a people who were struggling a'it would have given hin a right to make gainst a monstrous usurpation, should be a 's!milar demand on us, and do that for punished as rebels? He knew not by what Spain which Spain did 110t herself require. authority Government should have done
$0, except by bowing to the authority of the partition of Poland an atrocious act ? Bonaparte himself. It was our object on- yet the actors were Catherine the Great, ly to take and support Spain as we found it, and the Emperor of Austria, all our former and not to try any experiment of new mo- alljes ! Look at our own conduct in India delling it to our purposes. During the ve- (hear! hear!) He did not produce these ry existence of the negotiation, Bonaparte parallels to justify the atrocities of 'Bona. did declare' his determination to depose the parte, but toʻshew how far the Right Hon. King of Spain, and seat his brother on the Gentleman was justified in using such lanthrone. But still there were people in this guage in an official dispatch. Let us not country who thought that we should stoop do deeds of dishonour in one part of the low, and degrade ourselves by submissions. world, and then ride off and rail at deeds But he trusted that if this country was to of dishonour in other places. He could fall, one of the last things we should strug- see no reason why a studied insult should gle for, in these adverse waves, would be be given to the Chief of the French Gothe preservation of our faith and bonour. vernment in the answer of the Right HoAt the first moment of our joining the cause nourable Gentleman to Count Romanzow, of Spain, the first object pursued, and the when he said the reason why the King first principle recommended was, that our would not answer the letter of the Empeconduct cowards Spain should not only be ror of Russia was, because it was signed by free from selfish objects, but even free from another person (Bonaparte) whom his Ma'suspicion. Having gone on in a line of ho. jesty would not acknowledge.--He agreed nour to that country, it became us to ad- it would have been highly improper in his here to it with more than ordinary perse. Majesty to write a letter to Bonaparte; “ Grecia capta ferum victorem
but there was no occasion to accompany cepit,” was the consolation of ancient the refusal with a taunt and an insult. Greece, at being 'subjugated by foreigners; Professions were made of the readiness of but no polish that a conqueror could ever Gentlemen to make peace. He contended, introduce could make up for the loss of na- if the conduct had been equal to the profestional independence. The resistance of sions of the Government, we should have the Spaniards was the noblest 'effort of na- been at peace long ago. He condenined tional energy, 'and it was the duty of this the declaration of the Right Hon. Gentle. country to support them; and it would man, when he said that he rejoiced at the have been a shameful breach of honour' to evil which the commercial regulations ahave consented to any negotiation by dopted by Government had inflicted on which they should have been abandoned. the enemy. Such a declaration was not
The Right Hon. Gentleman concluded with only unworthy of a christian country, but moving an address to his Majesty, appro- untrue; because these regulations and reving of the conduct of his Majesty's Go- strictions never in the slightest degree imvernment in the late negotiation, and as.. peded his progress. He contended, we suring his Majesty of the support of that might have been in peace in 1809, and in House in the just prosecution of the war. 1806. In the late negotiation he wished to
Mr Whitbread expressed his satisfaction know why the Prince of the Brazils, and at hearing some axioms of Government the King of Sicily, were not proposed parfrom the Right Honourable Gentleman, ties. At the time when Bonaparte found which if :hey had been pursued 16 years a- so many obstacles to the subjugation of go, the Bourbon family might have remain- Spain, he had thought that to be a more ed on the throne of France, and Bonaparte favourable opportunity to negotiate for would never have risen from his original peace. There was another opportunity obscurity, The Right Hon. Secretary had when negotiation might have been enterstated, that whatever Government the peo. ed into with some prospect of success, and ple of a country supported, that was the that was at the time of Joseph Bonaparte's legitimate Government of the country.- flight from Madrid, and when his affairs in But 17 years ago, when that axiom was Spain were in a desperate situation. If held forth in that House, it was denied by ever we were to have peace, it must be the adherents of Mr Pitt, and the support with this man, whom we now insulted, and ers of it reproached with the name of Jaco- whose power was the greatest ever existed bins.- Now, with respect to the negotiation on the face of the earth, To say that in question, he condemned the language u. France had no monarchy, was not only imsed in one of the official papers of the Rt. politic, but wholly untrue. If Government Hon. Gentleman, in which he had called meant to treat with an idea that there was the conduct of Bonaparte atrocious ; yet, not the least prospect of success, that must did he recollect that most atrocious act itself have defeated the object. This was which he himself sanctioned last year, the evil that Government had repeatedly the expedition to Copenhagen? Was_not sun into. And as he was confident it was