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No friend commiserates thy woe, no itate Smile then propitious on my feeble lays,
And make them equal to my Cloe's praise,
Not haribly rough, nor languishingly flow,
Then, when with envy future bards enquire Nor confolation's balmy dews impart.
What powerfulcharms such numbers could inspire, Unhonoji'd, unlamenied be his end,
With pride and plealure shall I own, that you O may I ne'er experience such a friend.
Who made the lover made the poet too.
ON THE ARTS.
CUPID and SOPHIA.
Addrested to Mrs. W.
Ut vidi ut perii
Nam'rous mood, the God of Love, 'tis said, stand; The Arts and empires equal periods know,
The lovely maid, unconscioils, Nept serene, Ceale thole to rile, then thele muit cease to grow.
Nor dreaint the roly boy lo near had been: But where they ebb, behold the nation tall,
“ What charms (he cries) what wond’rous charms To virtue lott, and deal to honour's call.
are here! Front Memphis, Greece the intant arts convey'd, Venus, my mother, is not half so fair!"?_ And there a novel luitre they display'd.
Then gently itole to her soft snowy breast, To fculptur'd marble Egypt's sons could give
Where toon he made himself a welcome guest; The outward form the Grecians bade them live.
Each young defire her botom's taught to know, The marble tempts, such fotiness is express'd,
And with Love's am’rous fires to burn and glow! Our curious hands to press the swelling breait;
Sportive they play'd dill bright Aurora came, The chilly touch bids admiration rite,
And caught his Gudship with the lovely dame; Scane kroving which to truit, our hands or eyes, Cupid, alarm’d, quick through the casement fied, So Chioe's botom, com as Alpine snow,
His quiver'd arrows leaving in the bed; In Damon's breait bids unteign’d ardour glow.
The prize Sophia law, and straight secur'd, Nor fam'd ior aris alone-in arms renown'd,
For pow'r to conquer all her soul allur'd! Grocce dealt herletters to the world around,
Arm'd thus with charms and Love's reliltless darts, E'en art-inventuig Egypt felt the chain,
Hopeless the effort to secure our hearts! In arts furp.it, her armies fought in vain,
J. W. W. And itiri au Greece the inperial fceptre hold, 'Til Science was subdued by luttoi gold.
E LE G Y.
Oning Anxo Qingoai ANACREON. Italian wealth the glowing sculpture buysa
me, depriv'd of every calm delight, Sure tign of Greece's tall, and Latium's rise.
X. To every deity, to every sprite,
That'views with pity mortal cares.
Say, ye, who know, why endless griefs annoy,
And doom to woe, my youthful breatt; crime
And pleasure was a constant gues? Had yet :o born to tempt celestial, ire,
O say, ye fairy elves, ye spirits, say, Whole bowers have nursid the themes of an
Who dwell in facred grots, unseen, cient rhyine,
Or guided by the moon's more tranquil ray,
Could verte rettect the raptures they inspire, In frolic, weave the myitic dance;
Retir'd, where never mortal founds pervade, Mht call on endless ages to admire.
Nor mortal tootteps dare advance; But not the reign of art--tor lee below
Say, o'er my bosom, what superior power lier darking veil the pallid ivy throw
Exerts his arbitrary reign,
To pleasure now, and now to pain?
Too well my mind declares it is the dart
Of Cupid, a capricious boy,
And cancels every former joy.
My ever lovely Celia's face;
Tisten-Abbey, of which an account is given in our Magazine for July, 1783. † Chepstow-Castle.
In senatu, Regi, patriæque
Vulgi obstrepentis contemptor animofus, For she's as generous as Bie's fair.
Domi inter mille mercaturæ negotia
Literarum elegantiam minine neglexit. *Then let me, raptur’d, own the nymph divine,
Amicis quocunque modo laborantibus,
Conciliis, auctoritate, muneribus, adfuit. Oh! let me dedicate to her the line,
Inter familiares, comites, convivas, hofpites, Which love and beauty join’d inspire.
Tam facili fuit morum fuavitate
Ut omnium animos ad se alliceret,
Tam iclici termonis libertate,
Ut nulli adulatus, omnibus placeret.
Natus 1722. Obiit 1781.
Consortes tumuli habet Rodolphum patrem ftreStill let iny passion every grief beguile: Still let nie hope the may approve;
nuum fortemque virum et Henricum filium uniAsd, blissful thought! perchance may favouring
cum quem fpei parentum murs inopina decennen smile,
Domus felix et opulenta quam erexit With all persections grac'd, would Celia deisn Avus, auxitque pater, cum nepote decidit. To Smile upon my humble pray’r,
Æternitatem cogita! *
IN TEMPLO VENERI DICATO.
UISQUES es, O Juvenis, nostro vagus ada With love and joy, which never die!
vena luco, The fculptur’d image yields to Time's rude hand:
Cui cor eit teneruin, cuique puella comes : in vain the tower its height uprears:
Quisques es, an! fugias! hic suadent omnia For not Art's nobleit monuments withstand
amorem, The rage of leli-fucceding years.
Inque cala hic latitans omnia suadet Amor.
Alpice, Hore capri quam circum aiuringitur ilex, These perith—but that heavenly smile imprest, Amplexu hærenti, et luxuriante coma. While life and memory remain,
Sylva tegit, tacitum fternit tibi lana cubile; By gratitude and honour fix’d, my breast
Aut tumet in vivos mollior herba toros, In fond remeinbrance ihall retain.
Siquis adeft, fubitum dant tintinnabula fignum,
Et ftrepit, in primo limine, porta loquax.
Nec rigidum oftendit, noitro de parjete, vultum
Actæusve senex, dimidiulve Cato:
At nuda aspirat dulces Cytherea jurores,
Atque suos ritus confecrat ipla Venus.t ERA,
Trandated from the Latin.
THOE'ER'thou art, whom chance ordains By the late Dr. ROBERTSON, of Wolverhampton.
A youthful stranger to this fatal grove ;
And with thee wanders lome unguarded dame,
What cannot, may not, will not Love persuade? EPITAPH on HENRY TIIRALE, Efq.
Sve to yon oak how close the woodbine cleaves,
And twines around its luxury of leaves.
Above, the boughs a pleasing darkness shed,
Or lofter herbage forms a living bed. Qui Its feu civiles, feu domesticas, ita egit, De fpies approach? Trill bells the sound repeat, Ut viyin illi longiorem inulti optarent, And from the entrance screams the conscious gate. Ita sacras,
Nor from these walls do rigid buitos frown, Ut quam brevem esset habiturus præscire videretur Or philofophic censors threat in itone:
Simplex, apertus, fibique femper fimilis, But Venus self does her own rights approve, Nimii oitentavit aut arte fictum, aut cura In naked itate, and thro' the raptur'd grove elaboratum.
Breathes the sweet madness of excessive love. * We ihall be obliged to any of o!'r learned readers for a translation. + We are not certain who was the author of these veries. They have been uttributed to Whitehead and to llorive Walpole.
PERA, polenta, tribon, baculus, scyphus, areta
ME TE OR S. INI N the first volume* of the London Magazine in its present form, a very
full and accurate account was given of the various Meteors which had been observed by astronomers and others, during the last summer, and also an historical relation of the circumstances which have been recorded concerning these FIRE-BALLS during the last and present centuries. We were likewise favoured with a copy of Dr. Maskelyne's plan for observing these phenomenat.
As we have already entered so largely into these subjects, our readers may juftly expect to find in this work every paper of importance which appears, relative to these meteors. On this account we present them with a copy of the following letter to the astronomer royal. It was publicly addressed to him in consequence of the plan and directions mentioned above, which were difeininated into every part of the island. TO THE HONOURABLE NEVIL MASKELYNE, D. D. F. R. S.
AND ASTRONOMER ROYAL.
, rated into man intl glebes
after paling by, to transmit what animadversions they a tail of a yard long. These fiery glomight have made of the several me- bules did not seem to separate from the teors lately seen, I beg leave to favour main body, but others kindled by the you with the following, which I have fire-ball in its partage. gathered from an account given by the 5. 'I he tail of ppeared first; at the parties concerned.
time of its burting the budy seemed 1. The meteor, or fire-ball, which to be repulsed from it, and in about a appeared on August the 18th, was seen minute after the body also burf, being by some fishermen off Barking, in Ef- at this time no larger than a cricketsex, who imagined it arose from out of ball. The manner of its burfing a marih by the sea side, as it palled di- greatly resembled that of a fire-work, rectly over their vessel about three mi- known by the name of a Roman cannutes after they first discovered it, dle abroad, which, after reaching the bearing then N. N. W. from them, highest extent, bursts and separates inand traversed towards the S. S. E. At to two or three drops, learing a faint first it was very small, but increased in light behind. In the same manner the fize the higher it afcended. When it fire-ball, after gaining the greatest apwas in a parallel with their vessel, they parent altitude, burit, leaving a track heard a noise like unto the fizzing of in the elements. About twenty mimoift gunpowder when fired.
nutes after its disappearance an explo2. It was about twenty minutes paft fion was heard from the fame quarter, nine when they first discovered it; be- like unto the rumbling noise of a clap ing within shore, they imagined it of thunder, increasing and decreasing arose from out of the marsh.
in the found. It is to be observed 3. Its figure at first was globular and that the ball burit ten minutes after it small, not so large as a trap-ball, con- had pared thein. veying a faint light, but, approaching Obfervations on the Meteors or Fire-balls. nigher, appeared confiderably larger and brighter, ab ut cne fcot in dia- The more condensed the circumammeter; when directly over their vetiel bient air or atmosphere, the more pure they heard the combution, but the fire is that of the upper region, which beof it then is not to be ascertaincu, the ing specifically lighter than the former illumination being so great that they causes a precipitation. Suppose the seemed inrcloped in a biaze.
atmosphere to be in a fate of conden
fity, * Page 419 ani p. 487. + Page 495.
May fity, it is a heterogeneous fluid, strong- The reason why the report was heard ly impregnated with the fulphureous from the same quarter where it burit, exhalations, &c. from the earth, rare- seemed blended with others; the noise fied by the solar heat or fubterraneous increasing and decreasing was the diffires, which, when higher sublimed, ferent reports conveyed from the many come in contact with diffimilar bodies. feparable parts which disappeared alA commixture of this kind, viz. in- ternately, each passing off with an exflammable, being formed, when agi- plofion. I make no doubt but if the tated by the winds a collision of its exact time when it was seen at different particles excites an inteftine heat; it places, and the velocity of the meteor next expands and separates with ex- and the found could be communicated plosion. From hence I determine the to you in the manner I have here done, fire-b: 11 to be a vaporous exhalation, your superior genius would foon difor ignis-fatuus sublimed, forming a cover the longitude of places. congeries with other vapours of an at- In confutation of the received opitractive quality, previously sublimed, nion, that found moves at the rate of and the many smaller globes a separa- thirteen miles in a minute, we will tion of the congeries, caused by the suppose an infiammable substance, whose wind. From the time they first disco- component parts are of a different texvered it till its disappearance was about ture from another though of the same thirteen minutes.
magnitude, will admit of a greater exThe report heard after its bursting plofion; the tremulations caused in the 20 minutes, as found moves (accord- air must be sharper and brisker in the ing to you) only 13 miles in a minute, one than the other. Allowing this, it must have been from them at the any given account cannot exceed contime of its bursting S. S. E. 260 miles, jećture, as we must suppose it to be and when they firit saw it 78 miles an inflammable matter, whose compos N. N. W. It is no wonder they ima- nent parts are not of such an equality gined it fo nigh, as its rapid course as to admit of the fame explotion, or was no less than 26 miles in a minute. for the found to move at the rate of The computed distance between the two 13 miles in a minute, from the higher points mentioned being 10,800 geo- regions, againit wind, &c. graphical miles; the velocity of the
G. SALLINGER, Surgeon. meteor was so quick, that in six hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds, it would Gravefend, Jan. 17. have passed from pole to pole.
New arret is iffued by the King cool indifference by the public, as, in
of France, concerning the opera stead of accumulating the wealth to of Paris, which is an additional proof which they were intitled, have doomed of the liberality of the Grand Monarch, their potfeffors to linger out their lives, and of the wisdom of his ministers.- without resource, to a decrepid and This arret provides a comfortable re- unhappy old age. This arret assures treat for the actors and actresses of that the performers of a certain provision theatre. It excites emulation among after fifteen years of uninterrupted ferauthors by the prizes which are to be vice, and if they continue twenty adjudged to the best lyric productions, years on the flage, they are to be inand it encourages the zeal of the prin- titled to a further pension, independcipal agents in this rational amuse- ent of what their talents may have proment. We have too frequently seen duced. Gold medals are to be conthat talents the mot refpcctable, and ferred on the lyric poets, and amrle exerted with the most laudable ambi- encouragement is assured to every suction, have been treated with so much cessful effort of literary talent. This
liberal procedure will ensure the opera ment of the pieces; and they will give of Paris an inexhauftible source of sub- their opiniin, nui orly on the pieces jects, and a marked fuperiority over which itey thall consider worthy of the all the other theatres of Europe. prizes, and which they fall adjudee
The persons who are appointed to to receive them: but also on thote be the judges for the distribution of which with corrections appear fi fcepthe prizes, in the opera, to the author tible of exhibition on the theatre with of the beft lyric performances give the applause. utmoit satisfaction and contidence to 1. When the examiners have conthe literati. Their number, their in- cluded their examination, and protelligence, their high character, and nounced their judgement, they will their elevated rank as members of the transmit the decision to the secretary of ricade nie Françoije, give the candidates ftate for the department of Paris, who for the royal honours full fecurity that will publich, in the daily journals, the their efforts will be fairly estimated. names of the successful pieces, and the 'The following is their advertisement prizes will be delivered by the miniannouncing their acceptance of the iter to their authors. The examiners office, and their arrangement: will return to the authors their works,
“ M. M. Thomas, Gaillard, Ar- along with the obferiations which they naud, de Lille, Suard, Champfort, and have made, and by which, in their Le lierre, of the Academie Francoise, opinion, those who are not intitled to having been invited by the minister, the prizes may be improved and renin the name of the King, to take upon dered fit for the theatre. themselves the examination of the ly- “ The examiners, desirous of deric poems which may be submitted in dicating a part of their time to fecond competition for the prizes established the views of the Sovereign in giving by the King, according to the article to the Academie Royale de Mujione the in the arrit of the 3d of January last, desired perfection for the entertainment they have accepted of this distinguish- of the public and the progress of the ed mark of the royal confidence, and arts, have procured free admission to a they will best demonstrate their sense box set apart for them in the opera, of the high honour, by the zeal, at- and mean to be present as often as poftention, and impartiality with which fible at the representation of the new they shall execute the trust reposed in pieces, according to the invitation they them.
have received, that they may contri“ The authors of the works sub- bute by their suggestions and advice to mitted to the competition, must be fet the success of the performances.” to music, and be the ordinary length of a theatrical piece. They are to
THE useful establishments that are send their poems before the ist of De- every day fixing in France are the cember next to M. Suard, one of the greatest difgrace to this kingdom, examiners, who has accepted of the where we have none by which young office of secretary. The pieces for men may become acquainted with arts every following year are in like man- and sciences not taught at the uniner to be sent before the ist of De- versities. The present King of France cember.
last year established a School of Mimag. “ 7 he authors are to be careful that The royal edict appoints two protesthey do not by any means, directly or fors with ample falaries, one charged indirectly, discover themselves; they with teaching publicly chemistry, and ruft only put some motto or device at mineralogy. The other teaches phythe head of their several productions, fics, subterranean geometry, hydrauand inclose a sealed paper containing lies, the art of piercing, and the whole ihe motto, along with their address. that pertains to the renovation of air.
“ The examiners will meet in the The course of Rudy is three years, cach month of December, at a convenient lecture is of shree hours, and each ;r.ja place, and will proceed to the judge- feilor gives three a week. No lchödan