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Those gooseberry eyes with emerald lightnings big
Beaming sublime like barn-door in the morn,
Have burnt thy Neddy's heart just like, forsooth,
A crisp pork-chop upon a gridiron.
Oh, oh those pouting cherry lips of thine,
Where little cherubim and seraphim
Dance sportive to thy throat's wild melody :
Oh Dolly Dumpling, Dolly Dumpling oh!
Deign, deign to squint one ray of love divina
Into my tender bosom, greenlandiz'd
With cold disdain and Lapland iciness.
Paint to yourself my restless form laid prone
In sheets of linen or of cotton made,
There thinking on thy angel mien I toss in pain,
Turning now on this, and then on tother side,
My throbbing heart the while with forceful beat
Striving to break my ribs and 'scape to thee.
So have I often seen some hapless goose,
In farmer's yard by cruel coop pent in,
Reckless of life beat hard against the slats,
And strive in vain to gain the gabbling flock.

How pleasant sitting at my cottage door
To view at eve the sun's declining ray,
Soft sliding through the mountain's blushy brow ;
To hear the vacant laugh of honest steed,
The beehive's buzz, and courting pigeon's coo.
When toil is o’er, and stretch'd upon the turf,
How sweet to view our little playful lambs
Bound like grasshoppers in a field of hay;
And when our pretty little brindle cow,
Before the wicker gate with meekest look,
Shall ask our pliant hands her teats to squeeze,
How will your Neddy and his Dolly dear,
With each a milking-pail and each a stool,
Express the streams of sweet nectareous dew,
That Gods shall wish to be like I and You.


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(We anticipate the smiles and the thanks of our readers for the extracts, which

follow from Montgomery's poems. Had it been in our power, the present bouquet should have been enlarged; but we love to be sparing of fragrance and Hlowers, and, surely,a daisy and snow-drop will suffice for October. There is a harmony in some of his lines, which is exquisite to a musical ear; and his figures and combinations indicate, that he is no copyist. His future productions will entitle him to an honourable rank. He has already written poems, which are consecrated to durable preservation in the brilliant and mighty mass of English poetry. But probably his prophecy is superiour to his fulfilment, and we are willing to believe, that his future greatness will advance beyond the just exactness of present anticipation. He is now a little Iulus ; by and by he will reign on the throne of his forefathers. His general merit will be acknowledged by all ; but difference of opinion begins with comparison. We do not pretend to decide his relative excellence, or the school, to which he belongs. We love to dwell on the purity of the snow-drop,' which is better than oxslips and wild thyme ; and the field flower,' too, has perfume and tints, which are superiour to aromats and dyes from Ethiopia.)

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On thy state

When the heart bounds with bliss, Whirlwinds wait;

And joy that cannot speak ! And blood-shot meteors lend thee light ;

-When I meet thee by the way, Hence to dreary arctick regions ;

Like a pretty, sportive child, Summon thy terrifick legions ;

On the winter-wasted wild, Hence to caves of northern night

With thy darling breeze at play, Speed thy flight.

Opening to the radiant sky

All the sweetness of thine eye ; From halcyon seas

Or bright with sunbeams, fresh with And purer skies,

showers, O southern breeze !

O thou Fairy-Queen of fowers ! Awake, arise :

Watch thee o'er the plain advance Breath of heaven! benignly blow, At the head of FLORA's dance ; Melt the snow ;

Simple SNOW-DROP ! then in thee Breath of heaven! unchain the floods, All thy sister train I see : Warm the woods,

Every brilliant bud that blows, And make the mountains flow.

From the blue-bell to the rose ;

All the beauties that appear Auspicious to the Muse's prayer,

On the bosom of the year ; The freshening gale

All that wreathe the locks of Spring, Embalms the vale,

Summer's ardent breath perfume, And breathes enchantment thro' the Or on the lap of Autumn bloom, air :

-All to thee their tribute bring, On its wing

Exhale their incense at thy shrine, Floats the Spring,

- Their hues, their odours all are thine! With glowing eye, and golden hair : For while thy humble form I view, Dark before her Angel-form

The Muse's keen prophetick sight
She drives the Demon of the storm, Brings fair Futurity to light,
Like Gladness chasing Care.

And Fancy's magick makes the vision

Winter's gloomy night withdrawn,
Lo! the young romantick hours -There is a Winter in my soul,
Search the hill, the dale, the lawn,

The Winter of despair ;
To behold the SNOW-DROP white O when shall Spring its rage control ?
Start to light,

When shall the SNOW-DROP blos. And shine in FLORA's desart bowers,

som there? Beneath the vernal dawn,

Cold gleams of comfort sometimes dart The Morning Star of Flowers ! A dawn of glory on my heart,

But quickly pass away: O welcome to our Isle,

Thus Northern-lights the gloom adorn, Thou Messenger of Peace !

And give the promise of a morn,
At whose bewitching smile

That never turns to day !
The embattled tempests cease :
Emblem of Innocence and Truth !

-But hark! methinks I hear
First-born of Nature's womb,

A small still whisper in mine ear :
When strong in renovated youth, “Rash Youth ! repent,
She bursts from Winter's tomb ; “Afflictions from above
Tby Parent's eye hath shed

“Are Angels, sent
A precious dew-drop on thine head, “On embassies of love.
Frail as a mother's tear,

A fiery Legion, at thy birth, Upon her infant's face,

“Of chastening Woes were given, When ardent hope to tender fear, “To pluck thy flowers of Hope fron And anxious love, gives place.

But lo! the dew-drop falls away, “ And plant them high
The sun salutes thee with a ray, “O'er yonder sky,
Warm as a mother's kiss

“Transform'd to stars,--and fix'd in Upon her infant's cheek,


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Librum tuum legi & quam diligentissime potui annotavi, quæ commutanda, quæ

eximenda, arbitrarer. Nam ego dicere vero assuevi. Neque ulli patientius reprehenduntur, quam qui maxime laudari merentur.-PLINY.


have been tempted to brave the The Journal of Andrew Ellicott, late rigours of every clime, and their

commissioner on behalf of the U. exertions have been protected by nited States, during part of the

hostile governments. If then cu

riosity could be excited with reyear 1796, the year1797, 1798. gard to distant rivers, tracing their 1799, and part of the year 1800, for determining the boundary be with how much interest would

courses through savage deserts, tween the United States and the possessions of his catholick majesty

they look forward to the attainin America, containing occasional ment of an accurate knowledge of remarks on the situation, soil, riv

the Ohio and Mississippi, rivers

extensive in themselves, and the ers, natural productions, and dis

only avenues to the ocean of a fereases of the different countries on the Ohio, Mississippi, and gulf of former river, and of almost bound

tile and flourishing country on the Mexico ; with six maps, compre less and unknown regions on the hending the Ohio, the Mississippi latter? At the moment of publifrom the mouth of the Ohio to the cation, the Mississippi had acquirgulf of Mexico, the whole of W. Florida, and part of E. Florida. sideration of the American pub

ed an additional claim to the conTo which is added an appendix, lick, by the recent cession of Loucontaining all the astronomical ob

isiana. Mr. Ellicott, clothed in an servations made use of for determining the boundary, with many

official character, possessed during others made in different parts of

a period of nearly four years the the country for settling the gco- tion, as would fully have gratified

means of obtaining such informagraphical positions of some im

the publick expectation. To show portant points, with maps of the boundary on a large scale

how far these advantages have been wise, a great number of thermo- improved will be the object of the

following review. metrical observations made at different times and places. I vol.

A journal soon becomes dull,

where we are neither instructed 410. Philadelphia, Budd & Bar

by important facts, nor amused tram. 1803.

with interesting anecdotes or obGEOGRAPHY has been so assid- servations. The reader is soon fauously cultivated of late years, that tigued with passing over bad roads every work tending to its improve- and down shoal rivers, where he ment has been received with more, has nothing but these necessary than common interest. In the concomitants, teazing accidents, or pursuit of this science, individuals the state of the weather, to anuse

; like

him. Our author left Philadel- thing of the general impropriety phia, Sept. 16, 1796, and till his of bounties, would be needless,as the arrival at the mouth of the Ohio, absurdity of making the Atlantick the 19th of December following, states, who have large tracts of land we find no information of impor- still uncultivated, pay for the im tance, or any observation, that can, provement of lands upon the Ohio, for a moment, relieve the fatigue is too glaring.

To the tax upon of the journey ; and at the mouth whiskey,or to the want of bounties, of the Ohio, there is but a very Mr. E. attributes the “ turbulentand short retrospect of the fine coun- disorganizing character,"generally try he had passed. The Ohio, given to the inhabitants. Although formed by the junction of the Alleg- he says he is “ far from justifying hany and Monongahela, accord- any opposition by force to laws ing to Mr. E., is one of the finest constitutionally enacted ;" yet he rivers in the United States. He often apologises, and thinks that says, “ The bottom and sides of unless this tax should be repealed, the river are strong from Pitts- the worst consequences would folburgh down to the low country, low. The climate is good, and which is generally supposed to be generally healthy, although bilious about eight hundred miles. The complaints are frequent at Cincinstrata of stone are horizontally nati and Louisville. The Ohio disposed, and principally consist in summer is shallow ; but in the of either free stone or lime stone. spring, vessels, built on the river, This horizontal disposition of the have thence sailed loaded for the strata of stone is observable thro' West Indies. At the end of this a very large extent of the United account is a map of the Ohio, upon States.” The flat lands on the a large scale, in which those parts, Ohio are very fertile, but, in many which are not drawn from acplaces, not extensive. “ A large tual survey, are left unshaded, proportion of the hills and moun- by which means we perceive at tains are unfit for agricultural pur- once how far the map is to be deposes, being either too steep or pended upon ; and future travelfaced with rocks. The hills and lers may know where their labours mountains on the east side of the will be of most advantage. It is river generally increase in magni- much to be regretted, that this extude, till they unite with the great cellent method is not more generidge commonly called the Alleg- rally pursued. hany, but on the west side they The second chapter commenccs decrease, till the country becomes at the mouth of the Obio, in Lat. almost a dead level.” Besides the 37° 0' 23" N. and Long. 88° 50' immediate necessaries of life, this 42" W. from Greenwich. The country produces hemp, fruits, &c.; cold was here so intense, that on cordage, hard ware, glass, whis- the 22d of December, both the key, and cider are manufactured ; Ohio and Mississippi were comsalted provisions also are made pletely frozen, and remained in here ; and the raw materials or that state four days, and the ice the manufactured artirles are sent was not broken up in the former to New Orleans, where they find river till the 20 of January followa ready market, and on thein, Mr. ing. At this place were a numE. thinks, the inhabitants ought to ber of Indians from the west side receive bounties. To say any of the Mississippi, to whoin a Mr.

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