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Thus Britons guard their ancient Fame,

Assert their Empire o'er the Sea,
And to the envying World proclaim

One Nation still is Brave and Free
Resolv'd to conquer or to die,
True to their King, their Laws, their LIBERTY:
No barb'rous Foe here finds an easy Prey-
Un-ransom'd ENGLAND spurns all Foreign Sway.

! The following Poem has been transmitted to us, without Preface or Introduction, by a Gentleman of the name of IRELAND. We apprehend, from the peculiarities of the style, that it must be the production of a remote period. We are likewise inclined to imagine, that it may contain allusions to some former event in English History. What that event may have been, we must submit to the better judgement and superior information of our Readers; from whom we impatiently expect a solution of this interesting question. The Editor has been influenced solely by a sense of its poetical merit.

THE DUKE AND THE TAXING-MAN

Wailom there liy'd in fair Englonde

A Duke of Peerless wealth
And mickle care he took of her

Old Constitution's Health.
Full Fifty Thousand Pounds and more

To him his Vassals paid,
But ne to King, ne Countree, he

Would yield th’Assessment made,

The

The Taxing-man, with grim visage,

Came pricking on the way,
The Taxing-man, with wrothful words,

Thus to the Duke did say:
“ Lord Duke, Lord Duke, thou'st hid from me,

“ As sure as I'm alive,
* Of goodly Palfreys Seventeen,

“ Of Varlets Twenty-five.
Then out he'drew his gray goose quill,

Ydipped in ink so black,
And sorely to SURCHARGE the Duke,

I trowe, he was ne slack,

Then 'gan the Duke to looken pale,

And stared as astound,
Twaie Coneynge Clerks *, eftsoons he spies

Sitting their Board around.
« O woe is me," then cried the Duke,

“ Ne mortal Wight but errs !
“ I'll hie to yon twaie Coneynge Clerks,

“ Yclept Commissioners.”
The Duke he hied him to the Board,

And straught ’gan for to say,
A seely + Wight I am, God wot,

“ Ne ken I the right way.

Twaie Coneyrge Clerks.-Coneynge is the Participle of the Verb to Ker er know. It by no means imports what we now denominate a Knowing One; on the contrary, Twaie Coneynge Clerks means two intelligent and disinterested Clergymen.

† Seely is evidently the original of the modern word silly. -A scely Wight, however, by no means imports what is now called a silly fellow, but means a man of simplicity of character, devoid of all vanity, and of any strange ill-conducted ambition, which, if successful, would immediately be fatal to the man who indulged it.

« These " These Varlets twenty-five were ne'er

« Liveried in white and red,
Withouten this, what signifie

“ Wages, and Board, and Bed ?
“ And by St. George, that stout Horseman,'

“ My Palfreys Seventeen,
“ For two years, or perchance for three,

“ I had forgotten clean."
“ Naie,” quoth the Clerk, “ both horse and foot

“ To hide was thine intent,
“ Ne seely Wight be ye, but did

“ With good advisament f.
“ Surcharge, Surcharge, good Taxing-man,

“Anon our Seals we fix;
“ Of Sterling Pounds, Lord Duke, you pay

“ Three Hundred Thirty-six.”

EPIGRAM
ON THE PARIS LOAN, CALLED THE

Loan upon England.

The Paris Cits, a Patriotic Band,
Advance their Cash on British Freehold Land:
But let the speculating Rogues beware-
They've bought the Skin—but who's to kill the Bear $

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.

ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 5.-The Prince of Conde has been received here with the most flattering marks of

I Good advisament means-cool consideration,

distinction.

distinction. A magnificent Hotel had been prepared for him by the direction of the EMPEROR, who had carried his minute attentions so far, as to provide a large retinue of domestics for his Highness's service, whom the Prince found on his arrival dressed in his Family Livry.

The gallant Corps which served with so much reputation under his Highness in Germany, has been taken into the Russian Service.

BERN, DEC. 6. — The Cantons are to send a Deputy to Rastdat - Professor TSCHARNER is now said to be the person appointed to this mission. Basle has, in a manner, dissolved the Helvetic Confederation, having nearly declared itself in a direct state of Revolution.

Turin, Nov. 25.--In the speech of the French Minister, FAYPOULT, at a Sitting of the Provisional Government, on his return from Milan, where he had a conference with General BUONAPARTE, he announced that a Guarantee was renewed to the Genoese, of their Political Existence, Independence, Liberty, and Integrity of Territory. He moreover informed them, that the acquisition of the Imperial Fiefs was expressly consented to by the Contracting Parties at Passeriano, and that the ostensible forms of that stipulation will appear in the approaching Treaty between the Empire and the French Republic, The Genoese have sent to Radstat, Mons. ROGGIERI, in the character of Minister Plenipotentiary; and Mons. Melzi had just passed through Turin, with the same destination from the Cisalpine Republic.

The Sardinian Contingent on the Tesin will now disperse, and be distributed into the several Garrisons of Piedmont. A respectable force will be kept at Navara and Vercelli, to be ready to act in case of need on that

Frontier,

Frontier, which is become, since the change of the Government of Lombardy, the weakest side, and that from which this Court has the most to fear. The Provincial Regiments which have been embodied since the summer, will now be dismissed, but orders are given for recruiting and keeping the regular Regiments complete.

Nov, 29. — An Article which, it is said, forms a part of the Convention lately signed at Genoa between the Provisional Government and the Frensh Minister, FaY. POULT, has given very serious alarm to this Government. It stipulates, that “ France will not oppose any of the people bordering on the Ligurian Republic, who, having recovered the full exercise of their rights, shall declare themselves disposed to be united to that Republic,”

The New Constitution of Genoa will be presented to the People for their acceptance on the 2d of December. Monsieur FaYPOULT, in a Note to the Government, informs them, that in case of resistance, the Constitution will have the support of the Republican Legions of the invincible Army of Italy.

General BERTHIẾr is expected to arrive here shortly, probably to command and direct the return of the French Troops; forty-five thousand of whom are said to have received orders to return to France...

Venice, Nov. 24. — Three Venetian Men of War are now ready for sea. They are of an immense value, but they are ill provided with Sailors, who scarcely know how to fire a gun.

General SERRURIER has commanded the Inhabitants of Corfu, and other Venetian Islands in the Levant, which are now called French Islands, to return to their habitac tions.

The

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