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Thou art niy grief's awakener, Star! Nor genius less than his, whose tuneful
Had from his Scotia earn'd the poet's bays, Melting my soul in love with woe! Whose moral page #, delightful as his song,
Had won the suffrage of the learned throng, For oft beneath thy silver beam,
Whose aim to snatch from harmony's conIn friendship's joys the hours l've past,
Bland melody, whose strains subdue the
Had warnid the critics, with a scienc'd ( Fleecher, and I left to mourn;
fiame, And do I live but to bemoan,
And crown'd the author with no vulgar My friend, my brother, from me torn,
fame, O Death! why still by thee pursued,
Ha, Molleson ! before rhy magic wand, The sweetesc flower is snatched away?
Long, long immur'd, bright, sculptur'd Why prematurely seize the good
lines expand, And claim them as chy proudest prey ?
Whence, tho' by days, and clownish rage
defac'd O why is sacred friendship doom'd
The monumentaltale is clear retrac'd, Sad Vigils with its cares to keep?
Of every grand, heroic, matchless feat, And why o'er modest worth entombed
Old as the years of ancient Noah's dare.
Written on reading Home's Tragedy of
Douglas, March 1808.
?T'S thine, O Home, with more than
To warm to rapture ev'ry gen'rous heart; LINES
To strike those chords that vibrate to the Given to a Young Lady, on her soliciting
soul, the Author to muke known to her his And rouse each feeling that the good extol; waking Wish on New Pear's morning.'
To make sweet virtue lovely in our eyes,
To point at vice in ev'ry foul disguise ; BY W. C.
To fire our reason with the love of truth,
Is there alive a wretch who does not feel
The soft emotions language can't reveal ?
When sad Macilda treads the midnight dew,
Deplores her infant lost-her husband
slain ? VERSES
Sure all that read the soul-transporting Occasioned by the perusal of a very ingenious invention to perpetuate the Now meit in pity, then are swol'n with
page meaning of monumental 'inscriptions
rage; when defaced by accidents, and the
Sure all that think on curst Glenalvon's lapse of time * ; by Mr Alexander Mol.
Dofust pant to make young Norval's cause
cheir own. By the Rev. Mr S. of B.
Scot LONG had the world been destin'd to
+ A small volume of ingenious poems, That deeds heroic, her proud ornament, were published by Mr Molleson. To distant ages should be dubious shown, # This refers to Mr Molleson's volume By tinie-worn legends on the mould'ring of miscellanies. stone,
|| Mr Molleson's Essay, entitled “ MeloWhen griev'd that thus oblivion should dy the Soul of music," which has received annoy,
the marked approbation of many Reviews, Its bane, see genius labours to destroy,-- is admirably calculated to retrieve music
from the l'weedle-dum and Tweedle-dee of * See Hints for perpetuating Inscriptions the present nerveless system, and restore ac cbe end of Inscriptions for Nelson. to it che energy of the ancient music.
Scotland rejoice! thy Bard's immortal lays Where, jutting o'er the bring foam, Have crown'd thy head with never-fading A rugged rock o'erhangs the flood.
bays; And fame inscribes on more than marble · Thither, where thickets form a shade, dome
And sheltersfrom night's chilly breeze, What now is ever doubly dear-our Home.
To weep her woes, the lovely maid
Sought night's deep solitude, and these. Long, long, 0 Home, may all these maxims sage,
" What if, by dauntless Nelson led, That gild, that animate thy glowing page, My love has lately fac'd the foe? Gild the great soul from whence their be. What if, in honour's blood-stain'd bed, ing came,
His lifeless clay this night lies low? To Scotland's honour, but to Garrick's What if, by deadly ball propell’d, shame *
Or vengeful cutlass trenching deep, Long may thy ev’ning sun serenely smile, "His bright expressive eyes are sealid, Thy peace ne'er broken with a villain's
For ever clos'd in lasting sleep? guile, But all thy days be number'd with delight; Where fishes skim the voze beneath, Study by day, and balmy sleep by night, And huge sea monsters darkly roam.Till these dim eyes, that once proclaim'd Ah me! I fear that now in death thy lore,
My darling gluts some living tomb." Close, till they open, where they'll close no
“ Yes," from the beach, reply'd a voice,
'Twas William's very voice she ken'd; Roslin, 17th Nov. 2
“ Ah, Mary! now our wonted joys,
And promis'd bliss, is at an end.
For cold in death my body lies,
Where fell the brave, no more to riseFrom Poems by ANDREW SCOTT, Bow.
Oh this has been a day of blood ! den t. Second Edition. THE busy world was hush'd in sleep,
Yet conquest to my country falls ; And clear the night stars twinkling Still Britain, in her wooden walls,
Nor has our blood been shed in vain; shone, As forth fair Mary went to weep,
Maintains her pire o'er the main. Beneath the pale beams of the moon.
Their naval pride upon the main In Nelson's fleet her lover sail'd
No more Britannia's foes may boast, Her mind, harass'd with boding fear, But, wailing o'er their numbers slain, Did inly whisper something ail'd
They weep this night a navy lost. Her absent tar, her sailor dear.
When first the foe appear'd in sight. Her pillow, by the death-watch, long, And all our decks for battle clear, With constant clink, had marr'd her
In haste I did my Mary, write ;
'Twas well I did, my fate was near. Thus omens gave presages strong, Of tidings soon, to her unblest.
And from my locks the ringlet shorn
Therein I careful did inclose, A dreary dream the fair one dream'd:
That this to thee might hence be borne, As on her couch last night she lay; Bedrench'd in blood her William seem'd,
If I my life should chance to lose. Pale was his check, and cold as clay, Then take, dear maid, what Henry gives, Some distance off, her father's home,
When him in port you hap to see, Which not far from the sea-beach For he, my faithful messmate, lives, stood,
To bear my last sad boon to thee."
Then light as air the spirit pass'd, Alluding to his criticism on Douglas. # The author of these poems is a native
(For by this time the grey cock crew,) of the pastoral district of Tiviotdale, and
And cry'd, “ Sweet maid, I hie to rest. descended of a family, in no respect consi
Adieu my Mary, hence adieu !" derable, but in aring a name that is re Then Mary tore her yellow. hair, nowned in the history of the Scottish bor Big heav'd her breast with heavy woe, der. His father was a day-labourer in the And from the rock, in wild despair, parish of Bowden, near Melrose,
She sunk down in the deeps below.
Proceedings of Parliament.
HOUSE OF LORDS*.
tugueze nations; no just view taken of the Friday, April 21.
political state of either country, nor any due
attention paid to the supply of those means LORD Grey made his promised motion re which alone could have enabled the British
specting the conduct of the war in Portu- armies to act with a reasonable hope of suc. gal and Spain. In a long speech, he took a view of the whole transactions since the “ That, with such proofs before us, it commencement of resistance in Spain, and would not be consistent with our duty to censured Ministers for the conduct which withhold from his Majesty a declaration of they pursued ; blamed them for not ascer our fult conviction, ihat, owing to the taining exactly the disposition of the peo rashness and mismanagement of his Majesple in Spain, and for spreading the belief ty's Ministers, the hopes which the nation in this country that they were enthusiastic had been led to entertain have been disapcally determined to resist the French. He pointed; a large and useless expenditure of blamed equally the conduct of Mr Frere the means and resources of the country has in his style of writing to Sir J. Moore, and been incurred ; a great and dangerous acconsidered him as unfit for his situation. cession of political, naval, and military He stated the money lavished on our ex strength has already been obtained by the pedition to Spain at L. 8,000,000, and our enemy; and above 7000 of his Majesty's loss at more than 7000 men ; and consider brave troops, together with their gallant ed such a prodigal waste of our resources Commander, have been sacrificed without as highly improper in the present situation advantage, in enterprises without plan, of the country. He concluded by moving, combination, or foresight, and equally ill
“ That an humble address be presented fated and misdirected." to his Majesty, to represent to his Majes He was answered by Lord Liverpool, ty that we have considered, with attention, who, in a very able speech, opposed the the various documents, incomplete as they motion, and defended the conduct of Miare, which have been laid before us, respec- nisters. He endeavoured to prove that the eing the efforts made by his Majesty, du- plan actually followed had proved a most ring the last campaign, in support of the seasonable diversion, and had in fact saresistance of the people of Spain and Por ved the south of Spain, which would have tugal to the unjust aggression and usurpa been immediately overrun by the French, tion of the French Government.
had their attention not been called to the “ That we feel ourselves bound to repre. British army, and thus the armies in the sent to his Majesty, that, on the result of south had been allowed time to collect and this examination, we have seen, with mor form themselves for the defence of their cification and grief, the disgrace brought country. He compared the state of Spain on his Majesty's Councils, and the injury to that of America at the beginning of sustained by the British empire, from the their war with this country. They had want of information and foresight which been beaten in every engagement, and has been evinced in every part of the con their towns taken; yet they had been fix duct of his Majesty's Ministers. That do nally successful. He trusted it would prove rational plan of operations has at any time so with the Spaniards. been formed by them, either for the direc Lord Moira took an extensive view of tion of our own exertions, or for combining the campaign from its origin, and contendthem with those of the Spanish and Por ed that Ministers had acted without any
fixed plan, and without concert with Spain. * The extreme length and importance They had neglected the proper moment of of the details of the military operations on sending troops to Spain, and when they the Continent of Europe, have prevented us did send theni, had established no plan of from insercing so regularly and completely operations with the Spanish armies. The as we wishesi, an account of the proceed Noble Secretary had talked much of the ings of last session of Parliament;—and the energy of the Spaniards; but that General, limits of this department are still so restric- who had been on the spot, and had labourted, that we have been able only to give an ed under so many difficulties from this very outline of the most material business which cause, had stated their disunion and genecame under consideracion,
ral want of attachment to the cause. Thac December 1809.
there had been a great deal of enthusiasm
Friday, May 4. in Spain he admitted, but the measures of
Lord Selkirk rose, to submit a motion this country, he contended, had contribu. ted as much as any other cause to diminishi respecting the character of the affair which it. The acknowledgement of Ferdinand, took place in 1807, between his Majesty's instead of his father, shewed clearly that frigate the Leopard and the frigate of the
United States, the Chesapeake. His Lord. the Spaniards wished a reform in their
ship stated a number of circumstances, system of government, and that it was their design to stipulate with the new King have been aware that the men demanded
showing that, the American officers must for this purpose. This spirit, however, had
back were British subjects. The American been suppressed, and all the defects of the
Government must have been aware of the fornier government professedly countenan.
same thing. Our (aval superiority was ced, which, he had no doubt, had operated much in cooling the ardour and zeal of the
the source of our greatness, and it was ne. Spanish nation,
cessary for the support of neutral nations;
it ought to be acquiesced in by other States. Lords Erskine, Grenville, and Grosvenor,
To support it, he thought it necessary not supported the motion ; Lords Mulgrave
to submit to such conduct as the Ameriand Westmoreland opposed it. On a divi
cans had followed. He therefore moved sion, 92 vored in favour of the motion, and
that an address be presented to his Majes. 145 ageinst it.
ty, praying that he would be pleased to diMonday, May 1.
reci, that, in the negotiation now pending, Lord Buekinghamshire animadverted, at
this point be particularly attended to. The considerable length, on the impropriety of
motion was objected to by Lord Liverpool, the conduct of our Commanders in Portu.
as an encroachment on the Royal prerogagal, in their appointment of a regency, odi
live, and negatived without a division. ous to the people of Portugal in general.
Monday, May 8. It had tended materially to weaken the On the question for receiving the report power of that country, by the divisions and
of the Scots Courts Commissioners bill, jealousies it had occasioned, and had great Lord Grenville highly disapproved of a jy retarded the march of our troops to the bill of such peculiar importance being assistance of the Spaniards. He expressed brought in without notice, and carried so the highest satisfaction at the recent ap: far in its progress in utcer silence. It went pointment of Lord Wellesley to be Ambas.
to extend the time for making the report sador in Spain, and of his brother to be the
to November 1810. Now, before they Commander of the British army. He con.
ought to agree to such a delay, the House cluded by moving for a copy of the procla. ought to be informed what progress the mation issued at Lisbon by Sir H. DalrymCommissioners had made in their inquiries. ple on the 28th September 1808, and for
The Lord Chancellor defended his conseveral other documents. The motion was
duct with respect to the bill; he explained opposed by the Earl of Liverpool, as un
its necessity originally, and if the Noble necessary, and as likely to be prejudical to
Lord did not attend, it was not his fault. the public service. The regency appoint- The Commissioners represented their ined was what had been originally formed by ability to get through in the time specified the Prince Regent. To appoint the same in the Courts of Justice bill. The report persons again was the shortest process, and
was received. at the time expedition was requisire. The motion was supported by Lords Sidmouth
HOUSE OF COMMONS. and Grenville, and opposed by Lord Harrowby. It was negatived without a divi.
Tuesday, March 21. slon.
Mr C. Wynne moved the order of the Tuesday, May 2.
day for resuming the adjourned debate on Lord Auckland made his promised mo. the question of Gen. Clavering's prevari. tion respecting divorces, which was, that cation. After a pretty long speech, he ji should be a standing order in that House, moved, that Gen. Clavering, in his exami., mot to receive a divorce bill, unless it con nation on the charges preferred against the tained a clause prohibiting the intermar Duke of York, had been guilty of prevariage of the criniinal parties. A debate of rication, and that he be comnitted to the sene length ensued. The proposal was custody of the sergeant at arms. No memobjected to by Lords Radnor, Mulgrave, ber spoke in favour of the General, who and Darnley, and supported, with much being taken into custody, Mr Wynne again force and eloquence, by the Archbishop of moved, that he be committed to the prison Canterbury, Lord Erskine, and Lord Chan of Newgate. Ordered accordingly.- (The cellor, kord Grenville and the Earl of Li General continued in jail till the 22d of verpool. The House divided, For Lord June, when he was liberated by the proro. Auckland's motion 28 ; against it 12, gation of the Parliament.)
Monday, March 27.
be exercised 28 days in the ensuing year.. · ExpORTS TO AMERICA.
Here would be a force as well clothed, as
well armed, as the regulars, and only inNir Rose stated, from an account, which
ferior to them in that degree, that must nahad been presented to the House, of the geeneral return of the exports and imports for turally be expected, from their not being, the year ending the 5th of January 1809, With such å force to defend us, every fear :
like the regulars, incessantly on duty.-that notwithstanding the embargoes and
of invasion must be dissipated. He conother measures of the American Govern
cluded, by moving " for leave zo bring in ment, the exports of British manufactures,
a bill to render his Majesty more effectual for the last year, exceeded that of the pre- service, by establishing a permanent local ceding year by nearly a million and a half, militia."--Leave given. and that it had been nearly equal to the best years which the country had ever ABUSES IN THE SALE AND BROKERAGE known.
OF APPOINTMENTS, &c.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer rose, Lord Castlereagh, after an appropriate to move for leaving to bring in a bill for exordium, in which he spoke of the unani the prevention of the sale and brokerage. mity which existed throughout the coun of offices, &c. He stated, that, by the statry, stated to the House, that, since the tute of the 12th of Edward II. a law was measures he had suggested were adopted, made to regulate the office of Lord Keeper, 250 regiments had been raised, viz. 184 in and by the 5th and 6th of Edward VI. that England, and 99 in Scotland, consisting of law extended to all law offices under the 195,191 men; 125,000 volunteers, belong. Crown, the King's Treasury, Customs, &c. ing to various corps, had entered into the The object of the present act was to ex. local militia. This he could not but con tend those provisions to all other offices.
2 propitious omen. Between It did not appear, upon the late investiga. 50,000 and 60,000 men had entered into tion, that any offices had been sold by the the service, without being in any manner person having the power of appointment, compelled to do so, and without receiving but by persons who pretended to have an any bounty.-This led him to speak on the influence in procuring them. He had stasubject of bounties more at large. Every ted, that a prosecution had been instituted district was formerly liable to the opera- against persons in the city, and unless his tion of a ballot, and, besides, obliged to pay Majesty's law officers had been able to find a bounty to those who voluntarily entered. those several persons in a conspiracy for He proposed abolishing the bounty system which they were indicted, they would have altogether ; but in those instances where some difficulty in instituting any process a parishes preferred raising men by bounty, gainst them, as the law now stood ; and he did not mean to take away that protece the only way in that case, would have tion from the ballot. They were, how. been, to indict them for receiving money ever, to give but one guinea bounty instead under false pretences. It would be found, of two.
To obviate any objection that however, that these abuses had not extendmight be started, as to the difficulty of dis ed to any degree whatever, and the object : ciplining them in certain counties, he pro of the bill, in the first instance, was to posed giving his Majesty the power of ha make it penal, not only to keep shops for ving them disciplined in any adjoining sale of conimissions, &c. but also to publish county. It did not appear adviseable to the sale, or circulate advertisements to that suffer the yeomanry cavalry to put them- effeci.-Leave given. selves under the laws of the local militia ; but he had it in contemplation to establish
Monday, April 17. an equality of rank between them. The Lord Folkstone, after a number of ob. yeomanry cavalry, he stated, had 51. a servations on the abuses that had been year, the local militia but 21. Such a dis- lately brought to light, moved, that a Comparity he thought unjust ; it was his wish mittee be appointed to inquire into the exio make their allowances equal, by placing istence of the corrupt disposal of offices in them at 41. each. He thought the public the State ; of the disposal of commissions service would be well performed by an in the army, contrary to the regulations; army of this descriprion, amounting to and also into the practice of levies ; and to 200,000 men ; in such a state of organisa- report the minutes of their evidence from tion, they were not merely a paper army, cine to time to the House. This motion but a force consisting of the most effective, occasioned a long debate. It was supportathletic, healthy men in the kingdom, and ed by Lord A. Hamilton and Mr Whitcommanded by officers alike exalted in bread; but opposed by Mr Perceval, Mr, tank and wealth. He proposed they should Canning, and by most of the leaders of the