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Mr. Houseman's Tour continued.

39 fence, are also made here in great num- rity in its agricultural department : it bers. Most part of the town of Bir. contains several elegant feats of noblemen MINGHAM is quite modern, and its po- and gentlemen, parks, and tracts of woodpulation is said to be now near 70,000 in- land; its air is pure, water generally habitants. Were that numerous assembly plentiful, and buildings good. The farms of people employed in cultivating the waste are of all sizes, but more land in small than lands in the kingdom, they would render in large ones. The surface of the country a much more effential service to the pub- pretty level, with here and there a little lic in return for their support. This elevation : foil contains much clay, but town stands in a fine, open, and very plea- not, in general, of the most fertile nature, sant fituation, and the country around it and it need not be repeated that it produces is cheerful: a canal, which communicates free-stone and coal. WOLVERHAMPwith different parts of the country, TON is a large manufacturing town, and comes up to it. “The strects are mostly is supposed to contain near 20,000 inhauniform, pretty wide and clean, but not bitants: its manufactures are chiefly the universally so. Ćoals are cheap and plentiful heavier forts of hardwares, such as axes; here, which is very favourable to the ma- gridirons, trowels, smoothing irons, locks, nufacturer. New buildings, and even new &c. there are also some manufactures of Atreets, are rising on almost every fide spectacle cases. The Atreets of this town of the town. An idea may be found of are very narrow and dirty, but many of the progressive increase of inhabitants the houses are pretty good, and the surfrom the number of births and burials at rounding country is pleasant. A canal different periods: in the year 1595 there comes up to this town. It is very re. were 37 births and 27 burials; in 1690 markable that in these southern counties there were 127 births and 150 burials; the poor and labouring classes of people and in 1791 there were no fewer than have a great hatred to canals : these canals, 3,310 births and 3,280 funerals.

say they, are the ruin of the country; August 11, I went from BIRMINGHAM the farmers by their means can send the to WOLVERHAMPTON, in Stafforddhire, corn, and other pruductions of their farms, 14 miles. The country extremely popu. where they please, at a trifing expence, lous, large villages filled with manufac- and thereby keep up the prices ; feveral turers of guns, pistols, locks, buttons, respectable tradesmen also entertain the buckles, nails, &c. wages are very high, fame sentiments, and further add, that even the women in these manufactures canals spoil and destroy much good land. carn considerably by filing. The war is use. These people view the subject with a mi. ful to most of these businesses. The build. croscopic eye ; for did they consider the ings in this district are good, made with effects of canals with respect to the kingbrick and tile, but look dirty and black, as dom in general, they would see that do the inhabitants, which is probably the whatever contributes towards leffening consequence of their employ; the surface labour, reducing the number of horses, is generally level, the aspect of the coun- and facilitating the conveyance of differtry pleasant, rather open, but it is far ent articles from places where they are from being deftitute of wood. The soil less wanted to other parts where they various, but chiefly clay with a mixture are more wanted, at a Imall expence, is a of fand, and in several parts rather bar. grcat national gain and convenience. If ren; but it abundantly compensates for thefe navigations are occasionally abused that defect by affording plenty of fine in conveying corn more snugly out of the coals, which are got close by the road. kingdom when wanted at home, the fault This is the first coal county I have mer is not in the canais, but in the criminal fince I left the North. In travelling on negligence of the officers who are apo this road, I was surprised to see a number pointed to superintend the exportation of small fires burning in a field of oats; business. I took a walk one picasant on enquiry I was told, that the field con- evening into a field near Wolverhamptained several old coal-pits, which, by ton, and looking in the N. W. law'a some means or other, were set on fire, mountain at a distance, and afterwards tivo and could not be extinguilhed. Here or three more ; thee I uoderstand were are several large works for forging iron, the Shropthire hills, and were the first which belong to Mr. Wilkinson, of Cartie- eminences I had feen, that could be called head, in Lancashire. Warwickshire is mountains, lince I left Yorkthire and Doro much noted for iron and steel manufac- byshire. gures, but I did not observe any superio

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ORIGINAL

ORIGINAL POETRY.

ELEGY ON SPRING.

To leave thy poor, thy smali domestie tra's, DELIGHTFUL spring, I taste thy balmy For toils of arms o'er billowy deeps to roam ? gales

No bcams of glory chear thy hapleis loi, Pregnant with life, my faddçn'd soul they Thy name descends not to a future age, chea?,

Impel!!d to comtat for thou know 'ít not what, Creation (miles, the woods, the hills, the vales, And urg'd to slaughter by another's rage.

Hail the pure morning the new-burn year. Thy widow'd wile, chine o phan children weep, Expand, ye groves, your renovated bloum; And beg their scanty meal from door to d or,

Warble, ye atreams; ye swelling buds unfold; While, galb'd with wounds, thy limbs dishonor'd Waft all the plenty of your rich perfume ;

Пеер, And wave, ye florets, wave your leaves of And wafte and moulder on a foreign shore. gold.

In vain, ala's, we bgait of civil worth, "Rapt in the maze of nature's boundless charms, And yaunt of virtue, in religion's robe,

I gaze insatiate, wonder, and admire; If calm we view ambition issuing forth. Ah, how they footh th' impassion'd hearts Her brood of scorpions to infest the globe: alarms,

The bonds of nature we asunder part, And wake to transports Niort the woe-fruck Led by the blaze of passions sanguine star, lyrel

Peace on the lips, and murder in the heart, But soon the prospect blackens on the view, To savage, fell, accurft, infernal war.

These scenes of beauty, man, insensate, mars; Hark! a glad sound my wandering thoughts Cloaths smiling nature with a mournful huc,

recalls, Blafts all her blooms, and with her music The distant sheep-bell fills the quivering jars.

brecze,
O might the moral spring but once evolve The shade, now-deep’ning, o'er the landscape

It's infant bloftunis 'mid the noontide blaze, falls,
Barbaric passion's low'ring milts d ffolve,

And veil'd in mifts the dim horizon fees.
While dawn'd pure reason with lerener rays! As the poor shepherd folds his fieecy care,
O fool to think it I winter, bleak and foul, Loud chaunts the nightingale his evening lat;

There broods eternal, hope çcates in vain Sirig on, sweet warbler, homeward I repair,
Fantastic forms, which chcar the cheated soul, Warni'd by thy requiem to the closing day.
Poor air-built fabrics of the poet's brain.

SYDNEY. Sce, life and health enliven all around,

Of the above clegy, the three first stanzas O'erlawns and woods,the eye delightedroves; are set to music by Mr. Wheeler, and the While pour an articís harmony of found 12, 13, 14, by the Rev.-Richmond, of Flocks from the fields and warblers from the Trin. Cal. .which will appear in the 11. z groves.

publikation of the Cambridge Harmon: Luxuriant verdure here adorns the plain, Society.

There the grey fallows, and the toiligicam,
The farms neat maní10:), and the village fine,

SONNET.
• Whore mors.clad tower reflects the solar
gleam.

SOFT through the woodland fighs the rum.

mer gale, But ah? while nature pours thi' colivening

Witli many a hue the verdant landscape glows breath,

And breathing sweets alo:g the culturu valk, Paints her fair forms, and spreads her trea.

Stcals the freth fragrance of the bluthing role. fures here;

The roaring Lillows of the stormy deep,
O'er other lores black sweeps the cloud of

Huih'd to repre, their hoftile rage turbear; death,

And the low winds on the calm surface dle:p Glares the red faulchion and the murtherous

Cooling the aldur of the topid air. (pear.

No lumner scenes, alas, no vermil bloom, Ev'o now purhaps embattled armies mcet,

Soorh the tick soul, by every ill oppressid: Loud beat the drums, and thundering can

To wander checriei burough the midnight nen roar,

gloom, Rocks ti dire held bencach unnumber'd feet,

Tu brave the terrors of the wintry bluft, And i10 wakes her locks bedropt with

(Whos: swelling guits jeçal woes imparts) gre:

Are scenes more fitted--for a brokinn art Through duft, in whirlwinds driven, inconfiart Edinburgk.

AVGUSTA
feen,
Thick Haih the swords, the frequent victim
falts,

CONVAL.
While o'er his mangled trurik and glastly mien,

GAELIC FRAGMENT,
Host: trampling ruth, where marijac tury
caits.

AUTUMN has now affunu'd her fading reies: Say, bider, fxy, grim spectacle of rain,

And the grey mists upon the hills remait; What fyren ur'd tice from tiny praceful On the wide heath the rapid whirlwind roari, tome,

Dark throug! the narrow plain the torrent pours:

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SONNET
That tree, O Connal! marks thy lonely grave:

TO THE OWL.
On the bleak hill when wild winds how around and I woo thee, cheerless melancholy bird,
I ftrews iss green leaves o’er thy hallow'd

Soothing to me is thy funereal cry,
ground.

Here build thy lonely nest, and ever nigh There is the solitary hunter go,

My dwelling be thy sullen wailings heard. In fileat muling melancholy, now,

Amid the howling of the northern blaft When the dim iwilight spreads its veil serene, Thou lov'st to mingle thy discordant scream, The shrowded 1pectres Italk along the green. Which to the visionary mind, may seem Through rolling agts who thy fires can trace, To call the sufferers to eternal reft ; And who recount the fathers of thy race ? And sometimes, with the spirit of the deep, See the call oak f:um yonder mountain rise, Thou (well'it ihe roarings of the stormy And lift its leafy banners to the skies;

waves, The lurid ligbt’ning with tremendous glare, While riling shroudless from their watry graves, Scatters its rited banners in the air !

Aërial forms alung the billows sweep! Thus, Connal! did rhy family excel,

Hurk, loud, and louder still, the teropelt raves, They rule, they tourith’d, and in thee they fell. And yet I hear thee from the dizzy steep. Mourn'ul thy wars, O Fingal !’midit the Nain

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AUGUSTA. Here Connal preis'd the blood - enamelled plain;

CANTATA OF Here was the din of arms, and itain's with

gore, Here tell the mighty to arise no more, COME pensive fair, whi!At soft approaching Strong was his arm as 'empeits of the main,

night His height, like rocks that overlook the plain; O'er weary'd nature draws her filent thade, His sword a meteor in the low'ring sky,

From ocean's mirror, view departing light, A fiery furnace glow'd his wrathiul eye ;

Whilft varying forms in cloting darknels And loud his voice as when the surges roar,

fade. With foamy billows on the founding shore;

Plac'd on a rock, which occan gently laves, In careleis playlulness the thoughtlets child

Mark the flow changes of the less'ning fail, Crops the gry thistle in the fuw'ry wild, Whilit cooling zephyrs flighily curl the waves, Thus Connai's taulchion seal'd the warrior's Enjoy the sweetness of the passing gale. doom,

Yon azure vault bright twinkling gems adorn, His tranhent glories withering ere they bloom.

Their borrow'd luitre gilds the envious deep, As rolling thunder in the noon-day skies,

Along her studded path pale Cynthia's borne, Dargo the Mighty to the battle flies,

Whole icy beams upon the billows seep: Dark and contract :d was his sullen brow,

Leave then, fair nymph, your flock and thady And his sunk eyes seem'd hollow caves below.

bow'r, Bright rule their clathing swords with wild And share the transient glories of the hour. alarms,

L.E.
And dire the clangor of refulgent arnis.
The fair Cremona, heavenly maid! was near,

BOTANY-BAY ECLOGUE.
Dau hter of Rinval, inafter of the spear,
Who cas'd in mail had follow'd from afar

Time, Evening
Her much-lov'd Cunnal to the din of war;
Whilst her loole treffes negligentiy tuw, WHY, Edward, hangs thy head in silent grief,
Her beauteous hand fuftains the quiv’ring bow; Why will thy stern repentance Thun
On Dargo now she draws the erring dari

relief? Ah, h.pless ma'd! it cleaves thy Curnal's heart. Still heaves thy reftlefs bolom with the righ? So falis the giant-oak, the valley's pride, Sull dwelis on va ancy thy rigid eye? So riited rucks roll down th: mouniain's Gide.

Lov'd of my soul, from fruitless sorrow cease, In Jep despair th' unhappy virgin itrays And let thy Susan soothe thy foul to peace. Through an id paths and unfrequented

EDWARD

Oh Ay me, fly me! leave me to my fate, While chilly vapou:s throud the moon's pale Reproach me with my crimes, and learn to hate! bean,

Leave me each woe so well deserved to prove, All wild the wonders by the murm'ring stream; Bur do not, Susan, wound me with thy love. Coanal, my love! Connal, my friend! The cries, Why, heavenly justice! muit this angel share She links he fainis - he trembles-and

The anguish I alone deserve to bear ? the dies.

Why, was she doom'd to temp: the dangerous Here, earth, thou dost the loveliest pairinclose,

sed, That ever .pt in un tisturb'd repose;

Or why united to a fiend like me ? Within thy chilly bufom, here reclin'd

Ye blaiting tempefts, ruth around my head ! Theis memory rusbes on my musing mind,

Ye heaven-wing dlightnings, strike this monfter And while the fue rear trickles from mine eyes,

dead! The wild wind whistles, and the rank weed Spirits of liell! come end this life of woe, Gighs.

Cone drag your vidim to the fires below! MONTHLY MAG. XXVII,

EDWARD AND SUSAN,

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Soon would I change exifence with delighty
Nay, Edward, fink not thus in vain distress, For the long sleep of one eternal night.
Torturing my heart with needless wretchedness;
Hadit thou been doom'd, an outcalt wretch, Ungrateful man ! for ever wilt thou be
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The cause of all thy Susan's mifery?
Where endless winter piles the plain with (now, For ther, yon waste of waves I travers'd o'er,
I would have lulld thet ever theic tu rest, For thee ionlook my friends, my native hure,
Pillu ving thy sorrows on :hy Susan's breaft. And I could here be happ; -—
Or were we le-* to njourn on tome 1hore,
Wicre the words « cho to the lion's roar,

- Ob forgive
Though danger scream'd in every parang wind, Th'impatient guiliy wreich that lothes to live!
Still I were bleft if Edward were bui kind. Forgive me, Sula'), if my toitur'd mind
Here we are safe, on this pacific Thore

Will dwell on happier scenes long left behind :
No tvgers prowl, no mighty lions roar, The lenient hand of time perchance may beal
No lowling wolf is heard, nor secret brake The guilty pangs, the deep remorle. I feel.
Conceals the venom of the coiling inake; And thou h thy nubbard in his happier itate
Indulgent heaven a milder brood bestows, Thy virtue's knew, and would not imitate,
A milder clime to soothe the exile's woes. This humbl’i heart at length may learn otthee
Soft as in England, smile the summ rs he e, To bow relign'J bencath calamity.
As gentl winters close the dying year;

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W.T. Nor here is heard th' autumnal whirlwind's breath,

LAURA LEAVE 3 ARTHUR, TO MAKE A VIIT
Nor vernal tempefts breathe the blast of death.

TO A FRIEND BY THE SEA SIDE.
Could I one smile on Edward's face but see,
This humble dwelling were the world to me.

"TRUST 20" he aid,“ the dang rous fta,

“ Which (miles fuo oiten to deceive, EDWARD.

"Ah! dearest Laura, think on me, Ah, Susan ! humble is indeed this cot,

« Nor once the safer sand-beach leave." And well it suits the outcait's wretched lot; Well suits the horror of this barren scene,

Laura's fund heart, too full to speak,

To Arthur figh'd a soft adieu !
A mind as drear as comfortless within.
'Tis just that I should read the joyless shore,

Love's gentle tear stole down her cheek,
Lift to the wintry tempeft's sullen roa!,

As Arthur mournfully wil drew.
Plough up the stubborn and urgrateful foil,

Laura, at ev’ning's hour serene,
Earn the fraut pittance of a felou's soil,

Luv'd by the mura’ring sea to stray;
And Necp scar e hi Iter'd from the nightly dew,

And there, by all upheard, upseen,
Where howls around the dismai Kan arco.

To faithful love her homaze pay.
This I have merited, but then to knw In vain her gay companious fought
Sur.:11 partakes her barbarous husband's woe, To tempt her on the finiling main,
Unchang'd by insult, cruelty, and hate,

I cannot e'en,” she said, “in thought,
Parrakes an outcast's hed, a felon's fate,

“ Give Arthur's heart one moment's pain To see her fondly Arive to give ieliet,

" then, for bear to urge ne more ; Forget his crimes, and only thare his grief - 6 Beneath yon cliff's impending brow, And then on all my actions paft to dwell, " I'll for your fate return to thore, My crimes, my cruelties='tis worlé tiran “To ev'ry Nereid off'rings vow." hell.

Impatient Arthur, from the cares

Ci worldly bus’ness now releas'd,
Oh spare me, spare me ! cease to wound my With ardor to the spot repairs,
breait,

Where all his cares in rapture ceas'd.
Be thou content, and we shall both be bleit.

With beating heart, and faler ng tongue,
Wbu are to me the idle's gay reforts,
The buz of cities and the pomp of courts?

" Where is my Laura ?" Arthur criesWithout one vain regret to call a tear,

W'andering, the lea-bound Gure alo: 8"To wake one will, I feel contented here;

Like Lightning, Arthur thirher flies.
And we thall yet be bappy: yonder ray,

" Beneath yon cliff, there fits my love !" The mild effulgence of departing day,

But al, lond youth! no more for thee-
As gayly gilds this humble dwelling o'er,

The mountain torrent bursts above,
As the proud domes on England's diftant Thore;

And bears its victim to the sea.
As brightly beams in norning's op'ning light, O'erwhelm’d with grief, long Arthur Atuos,
As faintly fading finks in thadowy night.

And on the cliff still fix'd his eve;
EDWARD,

Then madly cry'd, “ In yonder fioud,
Sink, glorious fun ! and never may I see

"Shill Arthur with his Laura die.
Thy blefled radiance sise again on me! " It is by ny ill-omen'd care,
There was a time, when cheerfully thy light

« That Laura finds a watiy grave,
Wak'd me at morn,and peace was mine at night, “I fe, I de yon brat's crew il.es
Till I had lavished all ! :ill mad wrh play, “ Securely ride the briny wave.
I turn'd a villain, from the villar's prey; “ They land I, and with them Laura's friend!
Till known and brandedmOh that learen': “ Again I hear the torrent roar,
would hear

u See her t'wards me her footftops bend, My beare's deep with, my laft and only prayis!. "Oh heaven!'he fell, and rofe no more

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we requesi tbe Communications of such of our Readers as cun ajlij! us in these obje&is.] SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF THE LATE His majefty found the country engaged JOHN WILKES, ESQ.

in a just and fortunate contest with the HS present majcity afcended the house of Bourbon. The war was con

throne of these realms ainidst "he ducted by a ftaretman who proved und plaudits of his subjects. His elevation monly succt ssful in fubdu ng the armies was accompanied by a series of aufpicious and navics of France ; for we punted occarrences, and every appearance au

the thunders of an united nation, with gured a fortunate and happy reign. A terrible and irresistible effect on its change in the dynasty had taken place in humbled monarchy. A change of men favour of his fanily, and the doctrine of and councils, indeed, saved the enemy popular election, by a practical and memo- from utter ruin ; but this very circuma rable exemplification, was justly preferred stance gave a decided turn to the current to a pretended hereditary right. But of popularity, which had hitherto flowed George I was unacquainted with our around, and afforded a sacred barrier to laws, and even with our language. These the throne. circumitances, added to his partiality for

On the retirement of William Pitt, Hanover, and the enaction of the Sep. 1761, majesty les ned fhorn of its rays ; tennial Bill (the first infringement on and its lustre being in.crcipred by the public liberty during she reign of a house sudden interposition of a malignant planet, expressiy called in for its protcetion) ren- it appeared to experience almost a total dired him at times unpopular. The lat- ecliple! The fecret views that lid 10 ier part of the reign of George II was the peace of Paris are still inveloped in uncommonly brilliant ; bu: he allo was obscurity, and the particular mutives accu'ed of an over-wiening fondness for which superinduced so many facrifices are, his electoral deninions, and confidered, at best. but equivocal. It was, indeed, even on the throne, as a foreigoer. in some measure, fanctioned by a majo

A happier fate attended his grandson, riiv, obtained by mcaus not difficult to be who, in his first {jeech, gloried in bring gessed at in a venti age, but it proved " born a Britun." His vouth, his grucot the most finifter treaty in our annals, and, perfon, the memory of a father dear to the from a variety of circumstances, became nacion, anıt, abovu ill, til varly proeve pecu! arly odious ti the nation. of a government forced on the practie Th: alminiftrarion of the carl of Bure blessings of liberty, , endeared the new gave gi nerał ding it. Clofe, infinuating, king to his people. Indeed, there is not cunning, rapacious, and revençcful, he a fingie inliance in all of hittury, of a was said to have enjoyed the unlimited prince, who utained the throne of these confidence of his royal matter, and the kingdoms with brighter prospect; it was people aff cted to cong ter hum as the mic accordingly predicted, in the fervor of nion of the crown, raher than he minifo enchuffin, that the fivay of a Trujan, ter of England. Hieremies, however, or an Alfred, was to be resewed in the could no: deny that he was amiable in person of Gcorge !!! ".

private life; the mott zealous of his friends,

on the orher hand, must confess, that, if * One of the first acts of his majetty's reign not criminal, he was at least unfortunate, was unconinionly gracious. Br the demise of a king, the paie is of the judges were con- disinterested. Some persons are so little acfidered as buving expired; but this grofs defect qua niid with our history, as to imagine that was remedied by the generous interposition of before tiis period, the commiffs of the the young prince. A lincere regard to truth jud, es depended on the will of the crown. obliges thwriter to acknow ledge, that in this The fact is otherwile; nothing more instance, one good, wholefone, conllitutional gained than has been ftated above. The par. edvice, has been attrit uted to the late W. liament that brought Charles I to punishment Murray, carl of Macclesfield, Chief Justice of introduced the maxim followed at this day, rethe King's Bench, &c.; and the merit would specting the patents of the bench, which are ta have been ftill greater, had it been entirely endur, aut vita, aut culpa.

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