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EXAMINER. 527 This (10) roams the wood, carniv'rous, for his prey ; That (11) with soft roe, pursues his watery way:This (12) slain by Hunters, yields his shaggy hide; That, caught by Fishers, is on Sundays cried. -(13)

But each, contented with his humble sphere, 40 Moves unambitious through the circling year ; Nor e’er forgets the fortunes of his race, , Nor pines to quit, nor strives to change, his place. Ah! who has seen the mailed Lobster rise, . Clap his broad wings, and soaring claim the skies ? 45 When did the Owl, descending from her bow'r, (14) Crop, 'midst the fleecy flocks, the tender flow'r; Or the young Heifer plunge with pliant limb In the salt wave, (15) and fish-like strive to swim ?

The same of Plants-Potatoes "Tatoes breed;(16)7 50 Uncostly Cabbage springs from Cabbage-seed; Lettuce to Lettuce, Leeks to Leeks succeed;

- (10.-Line 36.) The Bear.

(11.-Line 37.) The Mackarel-There are also bard-roed Mackarel. Sed de bis alio loco.

(12.-Line 38.) Bear's grease, or fat, is also in great request; being supposed to have a crin.parous, or hair-producing quality.

(13.-Line 39.) There is a special Act of Parliament which permits Mackarel to be cried on Sundays.

(14.-Line 45 to 49 ) Every animal contented with the lot which it has drawn in life. A fine contrast to Man - who is always discontented.

(15.-Line 49.) Salt wave -- wave of the sea - “ briny wave." PoeTÆ PASSIM.

(16.-Line 50.) A still stronger contrast, and a greater shame to Man, is found in Plants : - they are contented - he restless and shanging. Mens agitar mili, nec placidâ contenta quiete est.

(16.) Potatoes 'l'atoes breed. Elision for the sake of verse, not meant to imply that the root degenerates. Not so with Man

Mox daturos. 'Progeniem vitiosiorem.


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Nor e're did cooling Cucumbers presume
To flower like Myrtle, or like Violets bloom.
-Man, only,-rash, refin'd, presumptuous Man, 55
Starts from his rank, and mars Creation's plan.
Born the free Heir of Nature's wide Domain,
To Art's strict limits bounds his narrow'd reign;
Kesigns his native Rights for meaner things,
For Faith and Fetters–Laws, and Priests, and Kings. 60

(To be continued)

We are sorry to be obliged to break off here—The re. mainder of this admirable and instructive Poem is in the Press, and will be given the first opportunity.



Paris Papers of the 7th and 8th inst. were received on Monday last, but no intelligence of a later date has since reached this Country from France.

The Debates in the two Councils are become so generally insignificant, since the 4th of September, that we have almost ceased to look into them, either as a source of information, or as affording any grounds of observation interesting to our Readers. Every measure originating with the Directory, however repugnant to the Letter or Spirit of the Constitution, however reprobated by public opinion, however injurious or insulting to themselves or to their Constituents, has been uniformly sanctioned by the two Councils, without alteration, and frequently without discussion, or with that degree of discussion only, that betrays the extent of their servility and degradation.


We are led to this observation by a circumstance which, whilst it induces us, almost for the first time, to advert to the Debates of the Councils, is a strong proof of the spirit by which they are actuated.

In open violation of the Spirit, if not of the Letter of the Constitution, a proposal has been made in the Council of Five Hundred, to alter the mode of Election to the Annual Vacancy in the Directory, which, under the existing regulations, and in conformity to the practice of last year, ought to take place as soon as the New Deputies and the Two Councils (to be elected in the month of April next) can be returned, and shall have taken their Seats; instead of which, it is now proposed to fix the day of Election immediately before the arrival of the new Deputies. The real motives which suggested this Proposal, were so cbvious to every one, and so contrary to the wishes and feelings of the Nation, whilst the pretexts assigned in its favour appeared so Aimsy and odious, that the Council of Five Hundred has found it prudent to suspend the course of its habitual complaisance, and, for once, to pause between the indignation of the People and the haughty Mandate of the Directory. The latter, we have no doubt, will ultimately prevail; but we make this remark, because it is the first time, on any occasion of immediate and great interest to the Directory, that the Council of Five Hundred has even hesitated, and, by adjourning the Debate, allowed time for consideration. We make this remark al. $0, to place in their true point of view the principles and sentiments of a Paper, which calls itself the Leading Paper of an ENGLISH Opposition, and pretends to be the friend of ENGLISH Liberty, whilst with equal effrontery, it attempts to defend and justify the most outrageous acts of French Despotism, and gives its unqualified approbation





to a measure which the worst sycophants of that Despo. tism are ashamed to avow and support.*

We have another and more satisfactory reason for noticing this Proposal, namely, that it betrays the uneasiness of the Directory respecting the approaching Elections, and that, notwithstanding the Legislative steps already taken to place them under their controul, and the Military precautions now taking with the same view, they are not so sure that the Jacobin interest will prevail against the general sentiments and wishes of the Country, as the Friends of Peace and Public Tranquillity have been disposed to apprehend.

Whilst we are upon this subject, and as a strong proof how much the attention of the Directory is taken up with the means of securing the Elections, we cannot omit noticing a Report made to the Council of Antients, on the 30th of January, on a Decree passed without opposition by the other Council, for transferring, in almost every Department, the Electoral Assemblies for the ensuing year to some new place, instead of the principal Town in each, fixed upon by the former Law, and at which they have hitherto been held. The reason assigned, says the Reporter (Rouault) in the other Council, in favour of the new Regulation, is, “ THAT THE POPULATION OF THE PRINCIPAL Towns (Chefs-lieux) OF 45 DEPARTMENTS, IS DECIDEDLY ADVERSE TO A REPUBLICAN

* Merning Chronicle of Tuesday last. " Whatever motives may dice “'tate this proposal, it appears an improvement upon the former prac“ tice, at least while the Government is yet young and unfixed. - It " will tend to consolidate the Government, and to prevent the Execu" tive Power from being affected by the inexperience or the faction of 6 the new Legislators!”

GOVERNMENT.” — Without disproving this allegation, he states, that the new places of Election, fixed by the Council of Five Hundred, are in most instances in some corner or extremity of the respective Departments, at the greatest possible distance (often seventy or eighty miles) from the residence of the great body of Electors ; in many cases small Villages, where the Electors (should they ata tend) cannot be accommodated, except in Tents. The principal exception to this disposition, he observes, is Marseilles, a large Town, but notoriously governed by " the most blood-thirsty Terrorists in France."

Upon these grounds, he had the courage to propose the rejection of the Decree. This was opposed; and, though the farther discussion of it was adjourned, we apprehend the Council of Antients will not be at liberty to over-rule the views of the Jacobins, in an object so essential to their influence at the future Elections.

On the 2d of February, the Directory, by an Arrêté, ordered the City of Lyons to be declared in a state of Siege. The real object of this most violent measure is probably to overawe, or entirely to supersede, the Elections in that part of France, and to strike terror into other great Towns in which the Moderate Party is supposed to prevail.

Among other reasons alledged by the Directory, as the grounds of this Measure, it is stated in their Arrêté, that so general is the disaffection, that from want of courage in a few, and of disposition in the great number, no person can be found in that great City willing to hold ·any public Employment, and that it has not enjoyed its due Share of the advantages of the glorious 18th of Fructidor (4th September). How it can be a stranger to those advantages, we are at a loss to conjecture. Were M m 2


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