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MAY-ODE, by P. AtL»r.

oPrightly lads, and lasses fair. Enemies of wrinkled care;

Ye with whom Contentment dwells,

Tho' in rustic cots and cells;
Blith and jovial, haste away
To the fanes of virgin May.


Frowning Envy, pallid Fear,
Spleen, or Strife, approach not here;
Pleasure only, and her throng,
fond of harmless dance and song,
Live within the temple gay
Of the odour-breathing May.

Ye who court the joys of health,

Joys the peaceful shepherds wealth;

Joys that can't be purchas'd by

AH the charms of luxury,

Hither come, the maid so gay,
Reigns with vigour-giving May,

Ye who warmly wish to prove

AU the joys of honest love,

If your lasses are unkind,

Bring them here, you'll quickly find
The soft dictate,; they'll obey
Of Love's tender parent May.

Now fair Flora braids the ground.
And her incense flings around;
Gayest verdure robes the trees,
Silken softness weds the breeze;
Nature, as a bride, is gay,
Pleas'd with the return of May.

VI. .

Now the feather'd chorists blest,
(Joy exulting in each bieast)
Teach each ecchoing vale and grove,
By their songs, the sweets of lovej
As they bill they seem to fay,
This we do in praise of May.'
1 VII.
Sec the blooming, pterless maid,
It) her native charms array'd,
Becks you, lads and maids, t' advance,
And begin the mazy dance.
Kal'.e with nimble step away,
To the honour of blithe May.


As ye trip i:, full of f lee,
Let the dance a lesson be;

Regularly all must move,

Who would true enjoyments prove; Youth well us'd makes manhood gay, And gives age its chearful May.


T T O W the shady bow'r invitel
** To indulging soft delights;
Free from hurry, free from noise.
There to raste of rural joys;
Far more pleasing than the sport*
Monarchs find in splendid courts.
Where the myrtles spread perfume,
Pinks and daisies waste their bloom;
Poplars tow'ring over head,
Wide their stately branches spread;
Where in view the blustiing rose
And the lovely lilly grows;
Jessamine and laurels green
Form a most delightful scene,
Pleasing to the humble mind,
Whose retreat no pride can find.
Oh! the pleasures that we meet
In this lonely calm retreat:
Joys unmix'd with subtle art
Gently flow to glad the heart;
Linnets in the silent grove
Sweetly tune the strains of love;
Whilst the lark's melodious throat
Warbles her pindaric note.
Oh! what tranquil scenes of blifa
Can be said to rival this?
Thqs enchanting, sweet, and gay,
Time unnotie'd steals away;
Meas'ring out the life of man,
Which at most is but a span.

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Mag. Pett'ual Essays

✓j" Si ASCII for Happiness.

CAY, nymph divine, by mortals trac'cl ^ With painful fruitless care, In what yet-untrod desert plac'd.

Is rais'd thy palace fair? Rightly thou dost thyself conceal, Nor thy all-chearing face reveal

To whom thee seeking, Vice's paths have But why, alas! makest thou vain [trod. Their search, who thee explore with pain,

In Virtue's thorny road?

Deceiv'd by choice, men following thee,

Led by that erring guide,
Think every way the right must be

But that they fondly try'd:
The hero fancies by renown,
The purpled monarch by his crown,

Thy presence to persuade;
And when they find thou art not there,
But in thy stead stern rugged Care,

Conclude thee in the shade.
Sure in the silent, peaceful cot,

Thou dost, as poets fay,
Smile on the peasant's humble lot,

And gild each chearful day:
Ah! no, he fays, he knows not thee,
For meagre want and poverty

Fright thee from an abode thou else
might'st bless;
But he among the rich has seen
A nymph, whom, by her air and mein,

He thinks, is Happiness.

This syren, who assumes thy name,

"ere rightly pleasure call'd; And in thy dress, deceitful dame,

Has oft th' unwise enthrall'd:
Awhile she smiles at their mistake,
Nor from their golden dream will wake

The wretches, whom securely hers she Till weary of continuing kind, [knows, from her capricious hate they find

Ten thousand different woes.
Al various tempers thus incline,

Men variously pursue;
At ill success, tho' all repine,

None quit their fav'rite view;
"ot, most of all, the thoughtless train,
Who must thee ever seek in vain,

Their disappointment sure is just, *ho think thou, heav'niy maid, would'st to fordid Avarice' wretched cell, [dwell

With heaps of gilded dust.

Oowhjt, alas ! can be resolv'd

To s-x the restless mind? k»perpetual search involv'd

W what it ne'er can find.

for MAY, 1764. 269

Art thou an ignis fatuus in our way,
To lead our wandering steps astray,

And plunge us into ills we need not know? [attend, Those strong desires for thee, which aU Were they implanted for no end,

But to encrease our woe?

Vain man! she dwells not here on earth:

Think'st thou thy mean abode Worthy of her celestial birth i

Yet follow virtue's road; Before thee see the gate of death, Thro' which shall pass whate'er has breath;

Lo, where, beyond it, she for ever reignw She waits thee there with open arms, Her smile the rugged passage charms,

And pays thy utmost pains.

Two figees by Dean Swift, not published is his Works.


OME fit by my fide, while this picture
I draw: [daw j.

In chatt'ring a magpye, in pride a jack-
A temper the devil himself could not bri-
dle, *
Impertinent mixture of busy and idle.
As rude as a bear, no mule half so crabbed,
She swills like a sew, and she breeds like a

An huswife in bed, at table a slattern.
For all an example, for no one a pattern.
Now tell me, Friend Thomas*, Ford, Orat-
ten f, and merry Dan J, [dan t
Has this any likeness to good Madam Sheri-

• Dr. Shecidan. | Mr. Dan. Jackson.
% The Dean's friend.

A satirical Elegy on the Death of a late famout

TTIS Crace! impossible! what, dead!

Of old age too, and in his bed! And could that mighty warrior fall, And so inglorious, after all! Well, since he s gone, no matter how, The last ioud trump must wake him now; And trust me, as the noise grows stronger, He'll wish to sleep a little longer. But could he be indeed so old As by the news-papers we're told? Threescore, I think, is pretty high; 'Twas lime, in conscience, lie should die: This world he cumber'd long enough, He burnt his canale to a snuff, And that's the reason, some folks think. He left behind fe treat a stir.k.



Behold his funeral appears,
Nor widows sighs, nor orphans tears,
'Wont at such times each heart to pierce,
Attend the progress of his hearse.
Bus what of that, his friends may fay,
He had those honours in his day;
True to his prosit and his pride,
He made them weep before he dy'd.
'Come hither, all ye empty things,
Ye bubbles rais'd by breath of kings,
Who float upon the tide of state,
Come hither, and behold your fate:
Let pride be taught by this rebukt',
How very mean a thing's a d—ke j
From all his ill-got honours flung,
Turn'd to that dirt from whence he sprung.


T AURA, view this lovely flower,
Semblance of thy faultless form,
Fragrant scent, and beauty's pow'r,

Add their efforts each to charm;
Yet, my fair, with apt attendance,

Wait the lessons they convey:
Soon they fade, how weak dependance

On the blossoms of a day?
In the vale of life, dull station,

Odorous sweets assign'd to grow, Yet the foes to their duration

Crop the blossoms ere they bjpw. Thorny care, with wide dominion.

Sits on all Qn£,warm delights, Like the blaHj affliction's pinion

Ev'n the charms of beauty blightsi
Like the rose, our comforts wither,

And, like ir, ourselves must fade j
Cruel time the bloom will gather,
• fh youth's fun, or age's shade j
Yet shall Laura's bosom ever

Taste the homage truth must give,
For when rosy hues shall leave her,

Yet shall mental fragrance live.


By Milton.

■KJOW the bright morning-star, day's harbinger, [with her

Comes dancing from the East, and leads The flowery May; who from her green lap


The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrosev Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire Mirth, and youth, and warm desire; Woods and groves are of thy dressing. Hill and dale doth beast thy blessing. Thus we salute thee with our early s«ni;, And welcome thee, and wish thee leng,

Pbctical EssAvs for MAY, 1764. British.


HAIL! genial goddess, bloomy spring!
Thy blest return, oh! let me sing,
And aid my languid lays;
Let me not sink in floth supine,
While all creation at thy shrine,
Its annual tribute pays.


Escap'd from winter's freezing pow'r,
Each blossoms gleets thee, and each now'r;

While foremost of the train,
By nature (artless handmaid) drest.
The snow-drop comes in lilly'd vest,

Prophetic of thy reign.

The lark now strains his tuneful throat,
And with a loud and chearful note,

Calls Echo from her cell;
Be warn'd, ye nymphs that listen round,
A beauteous maid became a found.

By having lov'd too well.

The bright-hair'd fun, with warmth divine,
Bids trees and shrubs, before thy shrine,

Their infant buds display;
Again the streams refresh the plains,
Which winter bound m icy chains,

And sparkling bless his ray.

Life-giving zepSyrs breathe around,
And instant grows th' enamel'd ground.

With nature's varied hues;
Not so returns our youth decay'd,
Alas' nor air, nor fun, nor shade,

The spring of life renews.

The fun's too quick revolving beam.
Full soon dissolves the human dream.

And brings th' appoin ttd hour
Too late we catch his parting ray,
And mourn the idly-warted day,

No longer in our pow'r.

Then happiest he whose lengthen'd sight,
Pursues by virtue's steady light,

A hope beyond >the skies;
Where frowning winter ne'er shall come,
But rosy spring for ever bloom,

And suns eternal rife.

Solution to the Enigma, p. ico.

"CTC7HAT strange ideas to the mine! arise. Whilst the plain truth conceal'd in an,bush lies j But all examin'd with a critic's eye. There's none comes nearer than ihe letter Y.


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Ratijbon, April 16. OPHE 14th instant, at two o'clock in the afternoon, the yachts and other vessels, to the number of thirty, having on boaid the emperor, the king of the Romans, the archduke Leopold, and their respective retinues, passed by '.his city. The magistrates having had notice by a letter from piince Colioredo, that neither their majesties nor the archduke would land here, contented themselves with saluting them by a discharge of 300 cannon, and drew cut the garrison on the banks of the liver. These august princes appealed on the gallery of their yachts, to give the people the pleasure os seeing them.

Vunna, April 2S. Since the return of the emperor, with the king of the Romans and the archduke Leopold, there have been continual rejoicings at court. The day before yesterday several of the young nobility acted a comedy. It was intended, after the play was over, to have played off some artificial fireworks; but the heavy nins which fell obliged them to postpone that entertainment.

Brtjst, April-]. Uns'er presence of the dearth whicri afflicts Italy, several thousand inhabitants of the vallies of Frombia-Sol and Canonica forced the town of Difentano during t'ie time of market, and carried off 10,000 sacks, which they went and so|d on the Side of Trente. They behaved in the fame manner at Salo, and were not under more restraint in a visit which they paid us; they overturned our guards, and dispersed the aichers. The bailiff, whom 'hey demanded a conference with, asked them who was their leader ? to which they "plied, that they were all leaders. On retiring, they carried off all the corn, and whatever besides appeared to them convenient, leaving the wine, which they were not •We to drink, to run to waste.

An express was dispatched immediately to yenice to give the senate advice of it, who directly invtsted Mr. Burducci Dolfin with the character of inquisitor, and furnished him with full power to examine into thi» affair, and bring the rebels to reason; for which purpose the/ also assembled

liny 1764,


a body of troops, in order to support hijcommission.

rVarstnv, April 15. The gracious letter which the king of Prussia has written to Count Poniatowfki, and the maik ol esteem he has expressed towards him, in conferring upon him the order of the Black Eagle, occasiens many to conclude with >rood reason, that hir Prussian majesty supports his pretensions to the throne by his recommendation. If the empress of Russia should, as it is thought, be of the fame disposition, ic may be presumed that this nobleman has, of all others, the fairest hopes of obtaining the crown.

Vitnna, Mcy 9. On Sunday last her imperial majesty instituted, with great solemnitv,-s new order called the Order of St. Stephen, which is to consist of 10 grandes croix, 30 commandeurs, and 100 chevaliers.

G.non, 3'ay 5. Within these few days past arrived here from Bastia, a Genoese pink, which has brought us 1 he followirg detail of the affairs of Corsica. The rebels being retired to the other side of the pleve of Brando, situate about two leagues from Eastia,' lieu'enant colonel Matra, nephew to the field marshal of the same name, repaired thither with a considerable detachment, and rendered himself master of the tower of Brando, where he put to the Cword an officer and twelve Corlican soldiers who formed the garrison, and had surrendered themselves at discretion. Pascal Paoli, being informed of this treatment, made an officer and twelve Genoese soldiers, who had been taken prisoners at Er-, balonga, undergo the like sa'e.

The report which prevailed, that cur troops had retaken the post of ErbalonfO, is destitute cf foundation; the rebels on the contrary have fortified themselves there, and planted on it four pieces of cannon.

We also learn, thut Pascal Paoli being exercising some of his troops according to the Prussian manner, one of their fusils happened to be charged with a ball, which ora firing passed through Paoli's deaths, without hurting him, but killed colonel Buttafuoeo on the spot.

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Tuisda v, May r. Saturday last one John Poole, of Belt ^ Alley, Golden Lane, who sold potatoes about the streets, beat his wife in fn barbarous a manner, that (he languished till yesterday morning and Chen expired: the fellow has absconded.

Thursday the 19th ult. a fiie broke out at the dwelling house of Jisepli Smith and John Porter, of Foxley in ihe aumy rf Norfolk, which in a short time consumed the said house, with all their houlhold furniture, wearing apparel, loom, tows, and work on the loom. A barn adjoining, with some corn and straw, was also destroyed.

Lit er from Barda Neii a, one of the Molucca ljlar.di, fituatil at 4 decrees, 30 nriiMtes (cute, latitude, and about 30 viiieifiom A*i-r ieyna, dated Sept. 12, 1763. "The fust of thj mcnih, at five in the a'tcrnoon, we had the most ter.ble shocks of earthquake that ha e been felt here for above half a century part. The fiirt (hock lasted more than four minutes,, and was !'<> ■violent, that no body could stand upon his feet. All the inhabitants ran out of tlu-ir houses, but were no sooner got into the street, than they sell to the ground almost •notinnlese. The same evening, ttnd the following slight, we had sixteen shocks more, but not so violent as the first. At the first shock the s-.a fell suddenly rive farl oms, and in !es3 than three minutes fwtll»d with inexpressible ripidrty, and oversowed a great deal os land.

"The caflle is split in several pliccs. There are so m-my cr.itk;> in houses of the governor and sub-governor, the powder iinsta2ir,e, the board of trade and wa'-osfice, the city-gates, the armourers office, Ac. that all ih> fe. edifice* arc irntenartahle. 1 he pew church, which was net yet finisher1, is cracked t.n every fide. Above three fourths cf this island, cn the north side, are nothing novv but heaps of ruir«, nrd without foreign help the island cannot recover from this rlisaster in less than twenty five )<ats. Bflgica castle is split in several places. lBcreJib(e devastation has betn made in the hilly country of Loutho.r, and in the island of PouloAly, and the angles

osRevenge-castle are almost entirely ruined. The volcano Papcnberg cast up stones of a prodigious size, which destroyed abundance of spice plantations. The (heck was as vje1 lit at Nil 111 towards the sea, but the damage was not so considerable. The earthquake was less violent in the isles of Piczang and Iloozengain Mount GotnoeneApy crumbled down in several places, and is much sank.

"Though our present ce-rrdhicn is very dismal, yet no more t'nan seven persons ha»e perished in this disaster. The houses are not tenanrable, so that most of t'ie people live in tents; hur as the earth sttll quakes, and we hear a noise under ground like the siring of cannon ar a distance, we fear there will he occasion to give a sad supplementto this account.

"The island cf Banda 15 very subject to earthquakes. Valentine, in the llurd volume of his desciip'ion of In.'.ia. lives an account of the dreadful sticks that ifl»»d fek in if)2C;. 1630, 16*3, ^30, and 169*, on which occasions Mount Goenoeng As-y emitted terrible fl.miei, and cast up huge ftenes.

"The Batavia anc! Hercules, Duich I»diamen, which were failing last fumm-rtewards Band.n and Timor, have been loll in the pallage."

WznursnAT, Mav z.

Monday was h.Id at Gui'dhall ihe ger*ral quarter sessions cf ihe peace for the city of London, when an applies ion, pursuant 10 tlie powers invested in this quarter saffrons hy parliament was made to the court, founded on two affidavits, relating to the keeping open the port of London for the importation of foreign oats; and after heating council, and a> great number of evidinces on both (ides, it appean-d to the courr, that the price of middling oats was not above six'een Drillings per quarter. By this determination it is understood, tl at the port of London is, or wiil shortly be, shut ip against the importation of tliis commodity.

An application svas likewise made bvtli* journeymen taylors, to take csf ore hour of woikint;; and the court, as the masters consented thereto, ordered, that instead of

the journeymens working t)il egl<t. lheY 4 sliculd

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