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Where busy labour plies the oar, And there, perhaps, we should survey, And jostles in the crouded street. While o'er their barks the sea-spray
flies, Unhonour'd and unnotic'd there, Unhappy men who long for day :
Thou shalt illume the lonely sky: But day on them shall never rise. Then why to these dull sons of care, Bright queen, dost thou so quickly Still westward in our course we glide, fly?
And to our view the land appears,
Once the lov'd source of swelling pride, Do these allure thee to the west?
Still lov'd, but ah! the source of tears. Dost thou prefer these scenes to me? Nor can a poet's woe-fraught breast
That land whence Order slow retires, Claim any privilege from thee? And headlong Faction rears her
claim ; The idlest of the idle train,
Where Freedom kindled patriot fires, The meanest too, with heart forlorn, But Commerce quench'd the rising He pours to thee his lonely strain,
flame. And gazes on thy parting horn.
Yet tho' the realm of trade it be, He hails thee as a well known friend, Full gladly there with thee I'd roam ;
A friend of past and better days; It still has many charms for me, To thee his fond affections tend,
For 'tis my country—'tis my home.His sad heart lightens in thy rays.
And liberal Nature there has spread, But not for man's frail plaints her laws To soothe the feeling mind, her
Shall constant nature e'er suspend, Or stop th' unintermitting cause, Green groves there nod the lofty head,
Whence planets in their orbits tend. And winding waters wash the shores, Ah no! tho once a hero's tongue
And there, more worth than groves or Bade thee on Ajalon stand still,
streams, No wandering poet's feeble song,
The living life of beauty shines, Can stay thee on thy western hill. From many an eye its lustre gleams,
And many a heart its force refines. Unmindful of his ardent prayer,
Thou shalt thy steady course pursue, And tho' with thee secure I range And to each clime alike shalt bear Across the blue star-sprinkled plain, Of light and joy proportion due. 'Tis beauty bids me wish to change,
And lures me back to earth again. Oh could I mount and soar with thee,
Far, far above this world of care ! But ah, I dream!--no starry plain And, sailing with thee o'er the sea, My weary wandering footsteps tread; Look down upon the nether air ! No native land appears again,
Beneath in varied prospect spread; Then, as upon the mimic sphere,
We'd trace each river's waving line, Each gloomy wood, each desart drear, * The author does not mean to depre. Each long-drawn mountain's craggy ciate the value of commerce, of whose spine ;
importance to the national prosperity,
when confined within its proper chan. And view where Europe roll'd beneath, nel, he is fully sensible. His only aim
Her plains to despot pow'r resign'd, is to protest against a mercantile spirit Her streams so late distain'd with death, which has been so frequently manifest. Nor sigh to leave the scene behind; ed in the legislative deliberations of his
country, where there have been found And where old Ocean heav'd below men, who, when the dearest interests of
In billowy pride his vast expanse, the nation are at stake, sit down calmly Mark how his swelling waters glow, to calculate the expence of defending As shifting moon-beams o'er them them, and who conclude when money dance.
is saved nothing is lost.
No once lov'd beauty cheers my sight; And shrinks from the obtrusive eye,
But whilst I cast my eyes around, Nor mingles with the giddy hrong. Yon castle, on the rocky height, Tolls me I tread on Scottish ground. Yet tho' unconscious of her poyver,
None with my Delia may compare, Go then, and from this troubled breast For she is sweet as May's firsi flower,
Its vain regrets, its wishes bear! And midst the fairest she is fair. Go, give thy glories to the west ! Go! while the Wanderer tarries here, And thou wilt know her, fox thou oft
Hast seen me fondly by her side, And thou wilt find one little spot, With stolen sighs and whipper soft,
Where busy Trade does not intrude, A suitor to her virgin pride. By pompous Art almost forgot, But lov'd by musing Solitude. Oft when thy rays illum'd the dome,
That near her mansion, rose to view, When o'er that spot thy rays shall With secret step I left my home, stream,
To meet my love so fair, so true. Roll not unheeding through the sky, Steal gently down one brighter beam, To tell my tale of love I came, And let it glance on Delia's eye. Nor she disdain'd to hear me speak,
But sometimes own'd a mitual flame, That eye, responsive to thy light, While night half hid her blushing Shall tremble with a brighter ray,
cheek; For well she loves to woo the night, When thou thy crescent dost display. And when above the southern tree,
Orion's starry baldrick shone, And often when the young and gay,
With sweet reproof she chid my stay, Crouded the lustre-lighted room,
And gently warn’d me to be gone. She, not unmark'd, has hied away, To hail the twilight's dusky gloom. But ah! these times are past, and drear
Unlovely prospects greet the eye : And oft alone shall she be seen,
And tho' Orion rises here, When thou shalt in the west be found, Orion glides unheeded by. And by the wonted pillar lean, Where twines the honey-suckle For now ten times thy growing horn, round.
Has glisten'd on Night's forehead
No brooding tempest threaten near, Thy orb has waned in the sky;
Since far from Delia, far from love,
Far from my native Severn's strand, For while to lonely musing given, Lonely and comfortless I rove, Her thoughts to former days may
An exile in a foreign land ;flee, And 'mid the pleasures of the even, Go then, and from this troubled breast Perhaps that she may think on me; Its vain regrets, its wishes bear,
Go, give thy glories to the west !
Each wandering fire that rolls above
The truth that still I love, I love.
FAREWELL TO PHILADELPHIA.
But how should'st thou my Delia know?
And who is she the maid so dear, For whom I bid my numbers flow,
And weary evening with my prayer? O! thou wilt know her, should'st thou
spy A maid that meekly moves along, VOL. III. NO. XVI.
ALONE by the Schuylkill a wan
derer rovod, And bright were its flowery banks to
But far, very far were the friends Are the spell and the light of each path What he lov'd,
we pursue. Anal gaz'd on its flowery banks with Whether sunn'd in the tropic, or
chill'd at the pole,
If woman be there, there is happiness Oh no sure! tho' blessed and bright
grant thy rays, O’er the baow of creation enchantingly Nor did she her enamouring magic thrown;
deny, How fairkt are they all to the lustre That magic his heart had relinquish'd that plays
so long, In a smile from the heart that is dearly Like eyes he had loved, was HER
Like them did it soften and weep at Nor long did the soul of this stranger
remain Unblest by the smile he had languish'd Oh! blest be the tear, and in memoAh! scarce did he hope it would May its sparkle be shed o'er his wandbless trim again,
ering dream, Till the threshold of home had been Oh! blest be that eye, and may kiss'd by his feet.
passion as soft,
As free from a pang ever mellow its But the lays of his boy-hood had
beam. stol'n to their ear, And they lov'd what they knew of so The stranger is gone—but he will not humble a name,
forget, And they told him (with flattery When at home he shall talk of the toils welcome and dear)
he has known, That they found in his heart something To tell with a sigh, what endear. dearer than fame.
ments he met
As he stray'd by the wave of the Nor did woman-Oh! woman,
Schuylkill alone. whose form and wbose soul
THE HYBERNATION OF SNAKES.
ter retreats, and begin to fall in.
to a torpid state when the heat is THEY awaken from their annual equal to which revives them in the sleep in the first warm days of the spring. Whence then proceeds this spring; but what may appear sin- difference in the effects of the gular is, that like oviparous quad- warmth of the spring, and that of rupeds, and almost all animals autumn? Why does the same dewhich pass the cold weather in a gree of heat towards the winter, state of torpor, they awaken from it produce a greater degree of activity when the weather is colder than in animals? It is because the that which at the end of autumn was warmth of the spring is not the only sufficient to keep them in activity. agent which then re-animates them,
It has been observed, that these and restores life to their torpid bodifferent animals often retire, du- dies. At that season the atmosphere ring the autumn, to their win- not only begins to be pervaded by a
genial heat, but it is also filled with every thing most enchanting that a large quantity of the electric fluid, nature, assisted by art, could prowhich is dissipated by the summer duce, successively Aattered his storms, and this is the reason why sight, his taste, his smell, his hearwe never experience during the au- ing, and his feeling. tumn such a number of tempests, or In a superb saloon, whither he so loud claps of thunder, though the conducted me, were six young beat of the two seasons may be beauties, dressed in an extraordiequal. This electric fluid is one of nary manner, whose persons, at the greatest agents employed by first sight, did not appear unknown nature to animate living beings. Ít to me: it struck me that I had seen is not therefore surprizing, that their faces more than once, and I when it abounds in the atmosphere, was accordingly going to address animals already roused by this pow. them, when Mr. B.......
, smiling at erful cause, have occasion for no- my mistake, explained to me the thing else to make them resume all cause of it. their motions, but of a heat equal to I have, in my amours, said he, a that which would leave them in their particular fancy. The choicest state of torpor did it act alone. The beauty of Circassia would have no greater part of animals which have merit in my eyes, did she not resema sufficiency of internal heat to pre- ble the portrait of some woman, cevent them from becoming torpid, lebrated in past ages: and while and even man, experience this dif- lovers set great value on a miniaference in the effects of the warmth ture which faithfully exhibits the of spring, and that of autumn..... features of their mistress, I esteem Equal in other respects, they have mine only in proportion to their reall more vital force and internal semblance to ancient portraits. activity in the beginning of spring, Conformably to this fancy, I have than on the approach of winter, be- caused the intendant of my pleacause they are both equally suscep- sures to travel over Europe, with tible of being more or less animated select portraits, or engravings, coby the electric fuid, the action of pied from the originals. He has which is much weaker in the au- succeeded in his researches, as you tumn than in the spring.
see, since you thought you recognized these ladies on whom you have never before set your eyes ; but whose likenesses you may, undoubtedly, have met with. Their dress must have contributed to your
mistake: they all wear the attire of By a traveller.
the personage they represent; for I
wish their whole person to be picIN possession of an ample for- turesque. By these means, I have tune, and willing to enjoy it accord- travelled back several centuries, ing to his fancy, Mr. B......., an Eng- and am in possession of beauties lishman, purchased in Paris a mag- whom time had placed at a great nificent house, but constructed on a distance, small scale, where every thing the Supper was served up. Mr. B...... most refined luxury could suggest seated himself between Mary, queen was assembled.
of Scots, and Anne Bullein. I placed Mr. B..... had made it a rule to myself opposite to him, having begratify his five senses to the highest side me Ninon de l'Enclos, and Gadegree of enjoyment of which they brielle d'Estrees. We also had the were susceptible. An exquisite ta- company of the fair Rosamond and ble, perfumed apartments, the Nell Gwynn; but at the head of the charms of music and painting; table was a vacant elbow-chair, sur
A NEW MODE OF LUXURY.
mounted by a canopy, and destined sed in that latitude farther than for Cleopatra, who was coming Lake Huron, and saw the ocean, in from Egypt, and whose arrival Mr. lat. 52, 21, N., long. 123, 2, W., on B........ hourly expected.
the 22d July, 1793, while on his second journey. Mackenzie wished to divert the fur trade from the Americans, and it appeared to be of primary importance to him that the English should secure the head
waters of the Mississippi, and by IT is well known that captains that channel transport their furs to Clark and Lewis, with a party of the Atlantic ocean; and how far his twenty men, are now performing a government has endeavoured to sejourney into the interior of Louisi- cond his views, by a late convention, ana. Their attention being direct- remains to be seen. ed to exploring that country, as far Captains Clark and Lewis will as the western shores of the conti- direct their passage at least 15 or nent, and passing through numerous 20 degrees of latitude more towards tribes of Indians, many of which are the south, where it is expected the connected with, and in some instan- country will afford skins and furs in ces tributary to, the Osages, it was as great abundance as the northern sound policy to induce their chiefs regions of Canada. The tribes of to visit our cities. Here they may Indians in Louisiana are more nube considered as hostages for the
They kill much game. safety of the American adventurers. The rivers are larger, and commu. Their countrymen will not, in all nicate directly with the Mississippi. probability, attempt to surprize our The Missouri is navigable more party, while some of their principal than a thousand or fifteen hundred chiefs are in our hands, and, before miles from its junction with the their return, captains Clark and Mississippi. The Arkansas river Lewis will have accomplished the has been navigated nine hundred object of their expedition.
miles. Red river is a long, and If these gentlemen find it hazar- highly important river, but its nadous to return by the way they pro- vigation is said to be in part obceeded, they will endeavour to pro- structed by a considerable fall in cure a passage from the western the neighbourhood of Natchitoches. coast of America to China. Seve- All these rivers empty their waters ral American vessels, trading for into the Mississippi. The tract of sea-otter skins, are known to be on country about Red river is known the coast, and a passage to Canton to afford gold and silver mines, and will be readily procured. If this large quantities of salt. The buffaroute is pursued, and they return loe, which abounds in Louisiana, as home by the way of the Cape of well as other animals, resort to the Good Hope, captains Clark and salt springs, and are killed by the Lewis will be the first persons who hunters without much difficulty. It have circumnavigated the globe in a is said to be only nine hundred or a similar direction. The Scots tra- thousand miles from the mouth of veller, Mr. Mackenzie, only passed the Ohio, on a due west course, to from Canada to the western shore, the Spanish mines of St. Pé, and the peeped at the sea, and rashly re- boundaries of Louisiana, on that turned very much in the track he side, are supposed to run not far went. But he accomplished all that from, if not across, these rich mines. could be expected of him, consider- The public have a right to expect ing that he pursued a northern pas- important discoveries from the sage, for he never passed under the Anerican travellers, and we shall latitude of 45 in the first journey in wait in anxious suspense for their 1789, and then he had not progres- safe retorn.