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Scowderdowp cam' to our dwallin", "Twas more! 'twas mind, this heart that
And link'd the chains her person threw. Wanted owther cleps or crook.
THE lily of the vale is sweet,
And sweeter still the op'ning rose,
But sweeter far my Mary is
Than any blooming flow'r that blows.
Whilst spring her fragrant blossoms spreads,
I'll wander oft by Mary's side,
And whiper saft the tender tale,
By Forth, sweet Forth's meand'ring tide.
'T'here will we walk at early dawn,
Ere yet the sun begins to shine,
At eve oft too the lawn we'll tread,
And mark that splendid orb's decline.
To deck my lovely Mary's hair,
And while I live, I vow and swear,
She”ll be my chief, my only care.
7. M. C.
And sweet is the gay blossom'd grove,
But sweeter's the smile of my love.
Awhile, my dear Mary, farewell,
Since fate has decreed we should part,
Thine image shall still with me dwell, Such smiles adorn my Mary's face,
Tho'absent, you'll reign in my heart. As would e'en cruelty disarm.
But by winding Devon's green bow'rs,
At eve's dewy hour as 1 rove,
I'll grieve for the pride of her flow'rs,
And the pride of her maidens, my love.
Thine absence the linnet shall mourn,
But the lark in strains breathing love, Sense, youth, and beauty, all her own, Soft warbling shall greet thy return. Insensible who can remain.
Banks of the Forth, ?
DIRGE OF THE DEPARTED YEAR.
ADDRESSED TO A MARRIED LADY.
By 7. Leyden.
MALAYA's woods and mountains ring
With voices strange and sad to hear,
And dark unbodied spirits sing
The dirge of the departed year.
Lo! now inethinks in tones sublime,
As viewless o'er our heads they bend,
They whisper “ Thus we steal your time,
Weak mortals," till your days shall end.
Then wake the dance, and wake the song,
Resound the festive mirth and glee; And yet 'twas not that witching smile, Alas ! the days have passed along, Fair form, or eyes of lovely blue,
The days we never more shall see.
But let me brush the nightly dews Still may'st thou live in bless secure
Beneath that Friend's protecting care ;
Long long thy holy love to share.
Occasioned by reading Cooper's Works.
With holy zeal, or love to God,
To transient themes attune the lyre,
Unmindful of their being's end,
Their views no further than the hour ex
Cooper, in more instructive strains,
Or sings of peaceful, rural plains,
Or careless of the crowd's applause,
Bids every heart her precepts prize,“
And all our wishes centre in the skies.
Oh! blest to whom impartial Heaven, Till years to me return no more,
A mind still sway'd by truth has giv'n;
Who fix'd on some sequester'd shore
At distance hears life's tempest roar,
Beyond its margin casts his view,
And marks th' Almighty arm that guides
He leads a calm, religious life;
While others dread approaching death,
He often hails his latest breath;
Blooms 'midst his mould'ring frame's de-
And in a heavenly transport breathes his
('The glaring phantom of an hour,)
At morn he walks with kingly airs
At those beneath him proudly stares,
Fair scenes that ever shall be dear; And poor Supe-bus mingles with the dead.
Such is the scene that strikes the eyes, I hail thy steps, departed year.
When zephyrs wave along the skies ;
When not a cloud hangs o'er the hill,
When smoothly slides the limpid rill,
When hills and groves in bloom appear,
And sounds melodious charm the ravish'd
But soon the sweet deception dies,
Soon sable mists o'ercast the skies ;
Hush'd is the warbler's pleasing song,
The stream now turbid pours along ; Each morn or ev'ning spent with thee, Harsh peals of thunder roar around,
Fancy shall, 'mid the wilds, restore, And hills and groves reverberate the In all their charms, and they shall be
souud. Sweet days that shall returp no mote.
CAPTURE OF BUENOS AYRES. From fogs and baffling winds we did not
meet the Narcissus until the sixth day after conquest of this
our arrival in the river, and I had the satiswith almost no loss, by the British forces
Ocean transport, which had parted from under the command of Major-Gen. Beres
us previous to our going to St Helena. Sir ford and Commodore Sir Home Popham. Home Popham and myself immediately -The expedition was planned at the Cape consulted whether it would be better first of Good Hope by these Commanders, in
to attack the Town of St Philip of Monteconjunction with Sir David Baird. They
Video, or Buenos Ayres, the capital of the set sail from the Cape on the 20th of March,
province; and after much reasoning, we and took on board some troops, and ad- determined to proceed against Buenos ditional stores and provisions at St Helena. Ayres, which made it necessary to renove From thence they sailed on the 2d of May, from the line of battle ships, the troops and for the execution of this important enter- marines, and such seamen as were incorprize ; and on the 12th of September, the
porated with the latter, and others that had Narcissus frigate, Capt. Ross Donelly, ar- been practised to arms during the passage, rived at Portsmouth, with the following into the transports, and his Majesty's ship accounts of the complete success of this ex- Narcissus, which was effected on the 16th pedition, which were next day published ult. and though then only about 90 miles
from Buenos Ayres, still, though to his LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY,
skill Sir Home Popham added the most
persevering zeal and assiduity,, yet from Downing Street, Sept. 13. fogs, the intricacy of the navigation, and Dispatches, of which the following are co- continnal opposing winds, it was not until
pies and extracts, have this day been re- the 24th, at night, that we reached oppoceived by Mr Windham, from Major- site to it. We found ourselves the next General Beresford, commanding a de. morning about eight miles from the Point of -tachiment of his Majesty's-troops in South Quilmes, where I proposed landing, having America.
been informed by an Englishman, who
was pilot for the river, and had been taken Fort of Buenos Ayres, July 2. 1806. by the Narcissus out of a Portuguese vesSIR,
sel, that it was an excellent place, and an I had the honour to communicate to easy access from it into the country. As you, by my letter dated the 30th of April, soon as the wind would permit, on the the circumstances of my arrival at St He- 25th, Sir Home Popham took the shipping lena, and the result of the application to as near as it was possible for them to go, the Government of that place for troops.-
and at a convenient distance for disembarkThe fleet sailed thence the 2d of May, and ing, which was effected in the course of after a most unexpected long passage made the afternoon and night, and without op. Cape St Mary on the 8th of June. The position, the enemy remaining at the VilNarcissus had been dispatched from the sage of Reduction, on a height about two fleet on the 27th of May, and Sir Home miles from us in our front : the whole inPopham thought it right to proceed in her, termediate space, as well as to the right for the purpose of making himself acquaint- and left, being a perfect flat : but my guide ed with the navigation of the river, that informed me, that though in winter it was no delay might occur in proceeding im- impassable, it was then very practicable, mediately on the arrival of the troops to and easy for us to pass. such place as our information should in- It was eleven o'clock in the morning of duce us first to attack. I had sent Capt. the 26th, before. I could move off my Kennet of the royal engineers (not liking ground, and the enemy could, from his pomyself to leave the troops) in the Narcis. sition, have counted every man I had. He sus, to make such reconnoitring of the ene- was drawn up along the brow of a hill, on my's places on he river as circumstances which was the Village of Reduction, which would admit; and to collect every pos- covered his right flank, and his force consible information concerning them, and sisted principally of cavalry (I have been the strength of the enemy at the several since informed 2000), with eight field places.
pieces. The nature of the ground was
such, that I was under the necessity of go- Kennet of the Engineers, to reconnoitre
As our situation and circumright or left, as either of our flanks should stances could not admit of the least delay, be threatened by his cavalry. I had two I determined to force the passage, and for six pounders on each flank, and two how- that purpose ordered down the field-pieces, itzers in the centre of the first line. In which, with the addition of those taken this order, I advanced against the enemy,' from the enemy the day before, were elever and after we had got within range of his (one I had spiked and left, not being able guns, a tongue of swamp crossed our front, to bring it off,) to the water's edge, and and obliged me to halt whilst the guns ordered the infantry to remain under cover, took a small circuit to cross, and which except the light company and grenadiers of was scarcely performed, when the enemy
the 71st. As our guns approached, the
that remained ceased also.
I halted two hours on the field to rest numbers that were assembled to dispute our
the river to get at them,
Helena troops, also merit ny thanks for
vie, commanding the Artillery, for the Ensigns, : Paymaster, 1 Adjutant, i Quar
W. C. BERESFORD, Maj. Gen.
Ayres and dependencies, by the Com. met me with a number of conditions, to manders in Chief of his Britannic Ma. which I had not then time to attend; but
These consist of 10 articles. (After the city and the terms granted and signed by the troops, &c. and the marching out of the
usual stipulations respecting the entrance of Sir Home Popham and myself. I have the honour to annex. I also transmit a return
prisoners with the honours of war, they state, of the killed, wounded, and missing, on the belonging to the people, the churches, or
that all bona fide private property, whether 26th and 27th of June, as well as the re. turn of the ordnance taken. I cannot con
the public institutions, shall be unmolested;
that all the inhabitants shall receive proclode without assuring you of the unwearied
tection ; that the different taxes shall be zeal and assiduity of Commodore Sir Home Popham, in whatever could contribute to
collected by the Magistrates, &c. as usual, the success of this expedition, and of the
until his Majesty's pleasure be known; that cordial co-operation and great assistance every protection shall be afforded to the
exercise of the Catholic religion ; that the which I have received from him.
coasting vessels in the river shall be deliI have the honour to be, &c.
vered to their owners; and that all public W. C. BERESFORD, Maj.-Gen. property shall be surrendered to the capa Maj. General Sir D. Baird, Com
tors.) manding in Chief, 8c.
Return of ordnance, ammunition, and arms Actual state of the Troops under the com.
captured at Buenos Ayres, and its depenmand of Major-Gen. Beresford, at "the
dencies, viz. Point de Quilmes, on the 26th June,
Iron ordnance, of different calibres, from 1806.
18 to 3-pounders, 45 pieces.- Brass ordAfter specifying the number of officers
nance, from 32 to 3-pounders, including
mortars and howitzers, 41 pieces.-- Total 86. and men in each corps, the following is given as the total.-i Major-General, a
Five hundred and fifty whole barrels of
powder, 2064 muskets with bayonets, 616 Major of Brigade, i Aid de Camp, I ds.
carbines, 4016 pistols, 31 musketoons, 1308 sistant Quarter-Master-General, i Assis
swords. tant-Commissary; 1 Surgeon and i Assis.
(Signed) J. F. Ogilvie, Capt. tant Surgeon (of the Staff); ! Captain, 3 Lieutenants, and 4 Midshipmen (of the
commanding Royal and St Helena.irtillery. Royal Navy): 2 Lieutenant-Colonels, 2 Since the above return was sent to Sir Majors, 15 Captains, 20 Lieutenants, 7 D. Baird, the following guns, left by the