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No friend commiserates thy woe, no itate Smile then propitious on my feeble lays,
Protects or luccours thy disaft'rous fate.

And make them equal to my Cloe's praise,
Perith the man who fees a friend's distress, In that just mean instruct my verse to flow,
And will cot render his affliction less !

Not haribly rough, nor languishingly flow,
Nor in the hour when most he feels neglect But graceful eaty numbers let me bring,
Raise his deíponding grief with kind respect : Graceful and casy as the nymph I sing.
Nor e'en uniock the iympathizing heart;

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.
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ON THE ARTS.

CUPID and SOPHIA.
By an English Gentleman resident at Rome.

Addrested to Mrs. W.
HEN Arts fint role in Egypt's happyland

Ut vidi ut perii
Norwal power could e'er her force with-

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.
Atlat bebold her venal itatues come
To ceck ibe palaces of ;outhful Rome.

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.
SONNET,
IFritten al Picrccfield, in Monmouthshire,

Say, ye, who know, why endless griefs annoy,
By Di. WARWICK.

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,
Whole cares relounded to the Druid lyre; Frisk blythelomco'er the margent green:
Bod as thy furetts, as thy rocks fublime, Who nearsome chryital stream, or flowery shades

Could verte rettect the raptures they inspire, In frolic, weave the myitic dance;
Her voice fuperior to the rage of time

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,
Around the gras grown abbey's* roolless wall; And, at his will, devotes my every hour,
And yoa call cilt, whose summit litted high,

To pleasure now, and now to pain?
The bunner'd castle's + warlike fymmetry,
dock som his edge the fragments as they fall.

Too well my mind declares it is the dart

Of Cupid, a capricious boy,
INVOCATION TO CLOE. That wounds with poignancy my heart,
By the late Duke of DORSET.

And cancels every former joy.
ET cther bands invoke the tunctul nine, Yet I'm content--for fee, how brightly glows

My ever lovely Celia's face;
Wat I, contented with my happier tate, And hear what folid sente her lips disclose,
Aim:le from you, to crown my lubours, wait. Adorn'd with every mental grace.

Tisten-Abbey, of which an account is given in our Magazine for July, 1783. † Chepstow-Castle.

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POETRY.

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For ah? conjoin'd to those exterior charms,

In senatu, Regi, patriæque
Which, soon as seen, the heart ensnare,

Fideliter ftuduit.
Her bolom every purer virtue warms;

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,
And with fincerity admire:

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
Long since, by Beauty's powerful decree,

Ut omnium animos ad se alliceret,
I gloried in the filken chain;

Tam iclici termonis libertate,
Still let me love, nor with my bosom free,

Ut nulli adulatus, omnibus placeret.
Nor ever of my fate complain.

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,

proripuit.

Ita
And with compassion bless my love,

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,

Abi, Viator,
That smile should terminate my lorclorn pain, Et vicibus rerum humanarum perspectis
That smile repci my every care!

Æternitatem cogita! *
That smile a balny requiein should impart,
Which might the power of Fate dety;

IN TEMPLO VENERI DICATO.
Should animate my truly grateful heart

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
EPIGRA M.

Actæusve senex, dimidiulve Cato:
By AUSONIUS.

At nuda aspirat dulces Cytherea jurores,

Atque suos ritus confecrat ipla Venus.t ERA,

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Ista fuit Cynici: Sed putat hanc nimiam. INSCRIPTION on a Tablet in the Temple
Namque cavis manibus cernens potare bubulcum, of Venus, in Lord Jersey's wood at Middleton
Cui, scyphe, te, dixit, geito supervacuum ? Stoney.

Trandated from the Latin.
TRANSLATION.

THOE'ER'thou art, whom chance ordains By the late Dr. ROBERTSON, of Wolverhampton.

A youthful stranger to this fatal grove ;
A Bag, meal, threadbare cloak, staff, wooden dish, Oh! if thy brealt can feel too soft a flame,
Were all the goods Diogenes could with:

And with thee wanders lome unguarded dame,
But there he found too much, when on the brink Fly, fly the place each object thru' the shade
He saw 'Tim's hollow hand scoop up his drink. Perfuades to love, and in this cottage laid

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.
By Dr. S. JOHNSON.

Above, the boughs a pleasing darkness shed,
quod eft Beneath, a downy couch soft fleeces spread,
HENRICI THRALE,

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.

METEORS

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PERA, polenta, tribon, baculus, scyphus, areta

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to rove,

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.
SIR,
HANG met community at large

, rated into man intl glebes

, carrying

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

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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.

INTELLIGENCE. A

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

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

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