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SOLILOQUY,

Who dare deny th’ Existence of a God, Written in April 1764, on seeing an Eclipse

Behold his mighty wonders; and confess

The LORD OMNIPOTENT, who thus controls of the Sun; by an Old Correspondent, who

Each Constellation ! own the sovereign rule has lived to see that of Sept. 7, 1820.

Of Heaven's ETERNAL MONARCH, whose YES, Great Supreme! attentively we command

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Bids Earth, Seas, Skies, to tremble! nor
Thine efficacious power! enraptur'd see To feel Conviction ! lest a little while
The Planets roll obedient to the WORD Re-kindle all his wrath!—Then, then, in
Which spake them into being! -Happiest

vain

[mount change!

[Night, You vent your sorrows !-No impending Whence flow revolving Seasons-Day and Can shield you from Destruction !-But Spring, Summer, Autumu, Winter-each in tuin

Of Death, unutterable, wait the hour, Advancing on the other!-Copious Geld And endless torments close the horrid Of Meditation ! whence the curious few

scene!

J.N. Less frequent objects seek!--the paths

explore Of devious Comets: or, with eager eye,

HORACE. Book 111. Ope XIII.
Survey th' ECLIPSING Planetary Orbs! Translated by Rev. F. WRANGHAM, M. A.
But see!-already o'er the trembling

F. R. S. (See p. 250.)
Earth

FOUNT of Bandusia, glassy spring,
The shades of Darkness gleam : still more

Worthy of hallow'd offering, and more

Of scatter'd lowers and sweetest wine ! The Light decreases: whilst the visual

A kid to-morrow shall be thine,

[soul, Whose buduing horns threat love and war-
Th’ unusual sight oppresses!—Thou, my Falsely, alas ! poor wantoner!
Lowly adore that ALL-SUFFicient Power, To-morrow with his heart's red tide
Which fixes Nature's limits ! Still the

Thy stream, fair Fountain, shall be dyed.
same,

Thee not the dog star's fiery ray
Tho' ever varying, the capacious scene! Visits with unrelenting day:
Nor deem it light or trivial, that the course Th'o'er-labour'd ox, the roving kine,
So regularly changes :-still, throughout, Glad in thy cool fresh shade recline.
Stupendous shine's th’ OMNISCIENT's cease Rank amid noblest streams shalt thou,

Whilst in iny song the oak shall grow
More visible from Regularity!

Based on the rock, with sparkliog flash
Nor join the weak, the superstitious train, Whence down thy headlong waters dash.
Whom these celestial movements terrify
With apprehensions dire! whose boding
minds

HORACE. Book Ill. One XXX.
From thence foretell the worst calamities--

By the same.
Wars, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilential

THAN brass more durable, with head
Death-

Out-topping loftiest pyramid,
Sure sign of guilt or folly! - Shun the To tempests proof and North wind's rage
thought! -

And the wide-wasting sap of ageNo fearful cares torment the virtuous

Rear'd by the labour of these hands, breast;

A monument perennial stands. There all is calm and happy; there the Wholly I feel I shall not die, hand,

My nobler part shall death defy; Which burls its lightning through the And late posterity shall tell vaulted skies,

The praise of him who sung so well,
Imprintstranquillity!-- And see! the Moon

Long as the Capitol sublime
Now seems to shift her station; now the The Priest and sileut Maid shall climb.
Light,

Where Aufidus his torrent pours,
Slowly emerging, charins again the soul And Daunus his scant stream deplores-
Of every glad spectator!-Hence arise Daunus of humble ancestry,
More pleasing thoughts !-Hence copious Who rose to rule rough hordes-shall I
themes of praise !

Be hymn'd, for that Italia's tongue
Oh! rightly use them then, ye sons of men; I taught to trill Æolian song.
Dispel the mists which clog the heaven- Thy well-won glories then assume,
born mind,

And bid around my tresses bloom
And re-illumine every spark of grace! The laurels green, immortal Maid,
And you, ye gryer race, ye infidels, Which thrive in Delphi's sacred shade.

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At Waterloo, by Heav'ns 'tis true!
Air-"Good morrow to your Night.cap."

They bang'd the Frenchmen black and blue!

Who as they flew cried Sacre Dieu ! WHAT Farce and Tragedy have been

Where's famous Bonaparte ? Perform'd on Europe's Stages !

Now, when the news of Victory Such shifting of the motley scene,

Reach'd to the land at Dover, Unknown in former ages!

That French Invincibles did Ay,
In skipping France began the dance,

And Bony was done over;
With guillotine, the pike, the lance,
When beads flew thick! then in the nick, John, in reply, said, did noći

Tell how his boasting was my eye
Arose great Bonaparte !

And Betty Martin, now for certain
This dashing little fellow,

We've disti'd great Bonaparte. So fond of warlike glory, Was wont to strut and bellow,

ON THE STATELY STRUCTURE OF And wish'd to live in story ;

BOW CHURCH AND STEEPLE. He spar'd no pains to knock out brains Of Russians, Prussians, Swedes, and Danes,

Burnt 1666, Rebuilt 16791. To break the bones of Spanish Dons,

Look, how the Country Hobbs with The famous Bonaparte !

wonder flock, No hero of antiquity

To see the City Crest , turned WeatherWas half so fond of fighting,

Which, with each shifting gale, veers to

and fro; In all kiud of iniquity

London bas now got twelve strings to her He vastly did delight in ;

The wind's South-east, and straight the The Greek of yore hit not so sore As did this mighty Emperor!

Dragon rustles [Brussels, Big Ben nor Crib broke not more ribs

His brazen wings, to court the breeze from Than famous Bonaparte.

The winds at North ! and now his hissing fork

[from York ! 6 But after beating many foes

Whirls round to meet a flattering gale He challeng'd Old John Bull, Sir, Boxing the Compass with each freshing And swore he'd pull him by the nose,

gale,

[tail. Could he but cross the pool, Sir ;

But still to London turns his threat’ning With his French crops and hungry fops But stay! what's there? I spy a stranger He'd burn the Bank and rob the shops !

thing;

[wing ! The blustering blade cried, who's afraid, Our Red Cross brooded by the Dragon's I'm mighty Bonaparte. Poor English Cross, expos'd to winds and

weathers,

[feathers ! The challeuge came to Britain's shore And woke her sleeping Lion,

Forc'd to seek shelter in the Dragon's Who soon set up so loud a roar,

Ne'er had old Rome so rare a piece to As shook the beds men lie on!

brag ov,

(Dragon! Then up they rose, put on their hose,

A temple built to Great Bell? and the Prepard to give him thumping blows,

Whilst yet uudaunted Protestants dare On his own ground, to have a round,

hope, With famous Bonaparte.

They that dare worship Bell shall wear

Oh, how our English Chronicles will shine! And soon they met upon a plain,

Burnt Sixty-six, rebuilt in Seventy-nine. And soon they made a ring, Sir,

When Jacob Hall 8 on bis high rope shews Thegrass once green, with blood they stain!

tricks,

[horse kicks; 'Twas for their Wives and King, Sir: The Dragon Autters, the Lord Mayor's 9

[the rope.

1 See an account of Bow Church and Steeple in p. 222.—This Poem is written in the style peculiar to the time of Charles II, and refers to many circumstances of his. torical importance.

& More properly the supporter of the City Arms. 3 Alluding to the shifting state of City contentions at that period. 4 Originally twelve Bells in Bow Church, now ten, but the holes for two more are

still open.

5 The Duke of York, afterwards James II. at that time lately gone there. 6 Scotch Rebelliou then breaking out by the Covenanters. ? A worthy Citizen had given two tenements for maintenance of the great Bell.

8 A famous Rope-dancer, in great favour with Charles the Second's Courl, of remarkable strevgth, agility, and beauty, on whom the Duchess of Cleveland bestowed much of that wealth which she received from her Royal Master.

Sir Robert Clayton, Lord Mayor at that time; Sir John Jefferies was Recorder, afterwards the notorious Judge Jefferies. Gext. Mac, September, 1820.

The

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The Cheapside Crowds, and Pageants. And if thy visual ray can reach the main, scarcely know

(or Bow.

Tell's when the Duke 10, new gone, reWhich most t’admire, Hall, Hobby-horse, turns again!

But what madfrenzy set your zeal on fire, Facing about, next view our Guildhall (Grave Citizens) to raise immortal Spire

well,

(potent spell On Sea Coal basis? 1 which will sooner Where Reverend Fox-Furrs charm'd by yield

Of Elephants (turn'd wrong side outward) Matter to burn a temple than to build !

dare

[player;

11 What, the Coals build, the Ashes bury! Applaud the plays; and yet hiss out the

[omen! Player whose wise zeal for city, country, Of wisdom but would dread the threat'ning king,

[ring, But say (proud Dragon) now preferr'd so Shall to all points of the wide compass high,

[spy? Whilst Bow has bells, or royal Thames à What marvels from the prospect dost thou spring! Westward thou seest, and seeing hatest Thy roving eye perhaps from Hague may the walls

[Paul's,

send's, Of sometime reverend ?, now regenerate 3 How the New League 1%, has made old Thy envious eyes such glory cannot brook,

foes pew friends. But (as the Devil once o'er Lincoln) look; But let substantial witness credence give And envy's 4 prison will thy bowels tear,

it,

[it! Sooner than Daniel's dose of pitch and Or ne'er beliere me, if the House believe hair! .

If Irue, I fear too late! France at one sup Then Eastward, to avoid that wounding (Like pearls dissolv'd in Cleopatra's cup) sight

[light, Trade, Empire, Netherlands, has swalThy glaring eyes upon the Mum Glass 5 Adoru'd with monstrous forms to clear the But hark! the Dragon speaks from brascope,

[Pope.
zen mouth,

[good South, 13 How much thou art outdragon'd 6 by the Whose words, tho' wind, are spoken in Ah, fools, to dress a monument of woe, To you of rattling fame and great esteem, In whistling silks, that should in sackcloth The bigher placed, the less you ought to go!

seem! Nay strangely wise, our Senators appear To you of noble souls, and gallant minds, To build that, and a Bedlam 7 in a year, Learu to ourface (with me) the huffing That if the Mum Glass crack 8, they may

winds ! inherit

To timorous feeble spirits, that live beAn Hospital becoming their great merit !

neath, Tu Royal Westminster, next turn thine Learn not of me to turn with every breath! eye,

To those who like Camelions) live on air, Perhaps a Parliament 9 thou mayestespy, Popular praise is their consumptive fare ! (Dragons of old gave oracles at Rome), To

you who Steeple upon Steeple set, Then prophesie their day, their date, and Cut my Cock's-comb, if ere to Heaven you

doom !

low'd up.

get, 14

· The Fifty-two Churches were rebuilt by a Tax upon Coals sea-borne of 2s. per. chaldron for 174 years, but still continued under the name of Orphan Fund.

% Supposed Reverend when Popishi.
3 Building at that time.
4 Envious to see St. Paul's building on so much grander a scale.

3 Cant terip for the Monument, iutended by Sir Christopher Wren as a Hill or Te. lescope to view the Stars.

6- The Monument is pretty well Bedragoned, as any passer-by may observe. 7 'The Monument and Bedlam were built at the same time : the latter cost 17,0001.

8 It has at all times been a vulgar fear, that the Monument was a very dangerous erection, and on the eve of falling.

9 A new Parliament had just been assembled, but as the preceding one had continued 17 years without change, and had on many occasions proved itself but too ready 10 assist Charles I. in his various arbitary and oppressed objects, it is no wonder that this new Parliament was looked upon with hope or jealousy.

10 Duke of York, just gone to the Low Countries, at his Majesty's recommendation, for quietness sake; he was accompanied by Col. Churchill, afterwards the celebrated Duke of Marlborough.

". Probably alluiting to the dismissal of Lord Lauderdale from the command in Scotland, or of Lord Danby, whom the Commons demanded should be brought to Trial.

12 A Treaty at that time on foot, but the French, whom we had been assisting, were then negociating separately.

13 Quasi, Good Sooth. 14 From this and the preceding language, it would appear that the writer was a Papist.

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PROCEEDINGS IN PARLIAMENT.
House of Lords, July 6.

were sifted, the more false they would Lord Dacre presented the following Pe

appear. tition from her Majesty –

It was at last carried, on a division, 56

to 19, that Lord Liverpool should ou Mon“ CAROLINA Recina.

day (and not on Friday, as moved by Earl The Queen Þas heard, with inex- Grey) submit to the flouse his views as to pressible astonishment, that a Bill, con

the time at which the future stages of the veying charges, and intended to degrade

Bill should be taken, and his rea ous for her, and to dissolve her marriage with

any further delay, if it should be thought the King, has been brought by the first

necessary. Minister of the King into the House of Lords, where her Majesty has no Counsel or other officer to assert her rights. In the Commons, the same day, Mr. The only alleged foundation for the Bill Holford reported from the Committee apis the Report of a Secret Commitler, pro. pointed to inspect the Lords Journals, that ceeding solely on papers submitted to a Secret Committee had inquired into the them, and before whom no single wit charges against her Majesty, and that, on ness was examined. The Queen has been their Report, a Bill had been brought in further informed, that her Counsel last to annul the marriage between George IV. night were refused a hearing at the bar and his present Queen, Caroline Amelia. of the House of Lords, at that stage of Sir Ronald Ferguson addressed the House the proceeding when it was most material on the subject of the Milan Commission, they should be heard ; and that a list of The invention of that plan of collecting the witnesses, whose names are known to evidence against her Majesty belonged, her accusers, is to be refused to her. he understood, not to Ministers, but to Uoder such circumstances, the Queen the Vice Chancellor, who had recommenddoubts whether any other course is left ed for the mission a person who had long to her, but to protest in the most so'emu practised in the same court with him, and manner against the whole of the proceed one of whose notable qualifications was, ing ; but she is anxious to make one that he understood no language but Eogmore effort to obtain justice, and there lish. A second and a third person were fore desires that her Couusel my be ad- joined in the Commission, and the Vice mitted to state her claims at the bar uf Chancellor, who was at the head of this the House of Lords."

corps of espionage, went afterwards in perOn the motion that Counsel be called son to Milan in 1818. The Commission in, The Lord Chancellor asked to what bad cost the country 23,0001.; during the points Counsel could, in the present stage first five months the Commissioners drew of their proceeding be heard ? To what 11,0901. He concluded with moving an particular points at present could their Address to his Majesty for a copy of the Lordships instruct Counsel to confine Cornmission aud instructioos to the Agents themselves, if they were called in ?

at Milan, and an Account of their Ex. The Earl of Liverpool recommended pences, and the Names of those by whom that they should be called in, and asked such sums were respectively issued. to what points they wished to be heard. Lord Castlereagh said, when the proper

Mr. Brougham and Mr. Denman were time came, when all the facts of the case then called in. The former on the part were before the House, Ministers would of her Majesty stated, in general terms, explain every particular respecting the her objections to the course of proceedings Commission. Ministers had not fished adopted against her. Mr. Brougham not for information respecting her Majesty. having stated particular points,

They had not stirred in the business unThe Lord Chancellor rose to oppose til reports transmitted from various quarhearing Counsel in that stage generally. ters, many of them of the most grave and

Messrs. Brougham and Denman being official character, compelled them, as sera second time called to the Bar, demand vants of the Crown, to iostitute an inquiry. ed earnestly, and by command of her The Nobie Lord then defended the conMajesty, that no delay should take place duct of the Vice Chancellor and Mr. Cooke, on the second reading of the Bill, and the and concluded with moving the previous examination of witnesses in support of it; question. her Majesty being conscious, that the Mr. Creevey, in an animated speech, apmore the charges against her honour prored of the course taken by the gallant

General,

General. In the course of his speech Mr. Mr. Bernall opposed the measure, and C. was particularly severe on the conduct moved that the second reading should be of the Vice Chancellor.

postponed for six months. Lord Castlereagh then rose to postpone Lord A. Hamilton, Col. Davies, and the order for taking the Message respect- Mr. Ward supported the amendment, ing the Queen into consideration. His Mr. B. Bathurst supported the original Lordship observed, that as the subject motion, and Mr. Maxwell the amendment, of the Message would most probably which, on a division, was negatived by come before them by a Bill from the other 113 to 50; and the Bill was read a second House, it would be inexpedient now to re time. sume the debate upon it; but as the Bill might fail from some technical informa

House or Lords, July 8. Jity, or might be ultimately rejected by

The Royal Assent was given by Comthe Lords, and the matter would thus mission to the 25 Millions Exchequer Bills revert tothe House of Commons, he should Bill, the Barbadoes Free Trade Bill, the not more to discharge the order for to

Newfoundland l'ishery Bill, the Demerara morrow, but would postpone it to the 15th Trade Bill, the Quarter Sessions Bill, the of August.

Southwark Bridge Bill, the Drury Lane Sir M. W. Ridley was for discharging Theatre Bill, and to a great number of the order.

private Bills, amounting altogether to Mr. Bennet, in a long and eloquent about 50. speech, complained of the conduct of Ministers, and ably defended her Majesty; in the course of which he was called to

In the Commons, the same day, Mr. order by Lord Castlereagh.

H. Sumner, ou presenting the Report of Mr. Tierney said, he would henceforth

tbe Agricultural Committee, expressed act in this affair judicially. He should

his regret that the late period of the Ses. keep his mind clear and unbiassed, until

sion would prevent any measure being the Bill now in progress came before

taken upon it. He felt it his duty also them. He should then do his duty with

to state, that this inquiry had been a very out fear, favour, or affection ; without re

limited oue, and ought not to preclude garding popular clamour on one hand, or

further investigation at a future period. Court influence on the other.

His conviction was, that, unless much After some observations from Mr. C.

more was done than this Committee had Wynn and Mr. A. L. Keck, a short con

been able to accomplish, the difficulties versation took place between Lord Castle

under which the agricultural interest lareagh, the Speaker, and Mr. Tierney, when

boured must ultimately overwhelm them. it was agreed that the order should be dis

Mr. Western thought it right to state in charged.

the House, that the Committee, in their The Report of the Committee of Sup- inquiry, had not discovered frauds, in ply was brought up, and the resolutions taking the average, to any extent. The agreed to. In answer to a question by

Committee had recommended a new mode Mr. Hume, as to the allowauce proposed of taking the averages, but it was one

which would rather facilitate than retard to be made to the Queen, Ms. Vansiltart said, that the allowance made last quar

the opening the ports in future.
ter was intended to be continued till a per-
manent provision could be made.

House of Lords, July 10.
The second reading of the Bill against

the Queen, or, in other words, the comJuly 7.

inencement of the Investigation, was fixed Sir J. Mackintosh presented a Petition for 17th August. The motion was profrom Mr. Alexander Tilloch, (Proprietor posed by Lord Liverpool, and agreed to as of the Star Newspaper and Philosophical to the same without dissent. The Noble Magazine), setting forth, that, in 1797, he Earl expressed his anxiety that the in. had laid before the Directors of the Bank quiry should proceed as expeditiously as of England a plan for rendering the for the administration of substantial justice gery of their notes more difficult; that would admit. The constitutional usage this plan was then rejected, but that re. in such cases, he said, required the precently it had been adopted ; and com sence of at least a certain proportion of plaining of the Bill now before the House, the Judges ; and four of those learned peras preventing the free exercise of the art sons would be enabled to attend the House of engraving; and contending that, if the at the period named.---He entreated every Bank of England monopolized the use of Noble Peer to attend constantly upon the his invention, he was entitled to remune investigation, for without daily aitention ration.

to the course of evidence, their Lordships Lord Castlereagh mored the second could not competently pronounce upon reading of the Alien Bill.

this great question.

Earl

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