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ODE TO A SINGING BIRD.
With many a wildly warbled song,
And drives her sullen storm along ;
To lead her delegated train,
With all her host of lurking cares,
Why dust clap thy joyous wing?
Hast thou not cause to grieve,
Thou should'st as well as he receive?
Frown'd the black demons of despair,
If Fortune should be kind,
And when the weeping wretch I find,
CHRISTIAN, COUNTESS OF DEVONSHIRE WAS a woman of great celebrity, and of singular character. She was extolled for her devotion; and yet she retained Hobbes, as tutor to her son. She kept up the dignity of her rank, and ber hospitality : yet so judicious was her economy, that her jointure of 50001. a year she nearly doubled; and she extricated her son's estate from a vast debt and thirty lawsuits; so that King Charles once said to her, · Madam, you have all my Judges at your disposal.' She was the patroness of the wits of that age, why met at her house, and there Waller read his
verses. She was active in the restoration of Charles II., who frequently visited her at Roehampton, with the Queen Dowager and the royal family, with whom she enjoyed an intimacy till her death in 1675.
SCENE NEAR NETHER STOWEY, SOMERSET.
A GREEN and silent spot amid the hills!
THE CROMWELLS HAVE long resided at Cheshunt, and in this retired vil. lage, the protector, Richard Cromwell, spent many years uf a venerable old age; a striking lesson, how much obscurity and peace are to be preferred to the splendid infelicities of guilty ambition. He assumed the name of Clark, and first resided in 1680, in a house near the church: and here he died, in 1712, in his 80th year; enjoying a good state of health to the last, and so hale and hearty,
that at foursore be would gallop his horse for many miles together.
When Richard left Whitehall, he was very careful to preserve the addresses sent to him from every part of the kingdom, expressing, “ that the salvation of the nation depended upon his safety, and his acceptance of the sovereignty;" and many of them proffering him even the lives aud fortunes of the addressers; these were packed in a small round trunk, deposited in a dirty garret, and never shown, except to new-made acquaintauces in the moment of conviviality. Ou these occasions, the quondam Protector, followed by his company with the bottle and glasses, seated the new man on the trunk, and filling him a bumper, made him drink ' Prosperity to Old England ;' with a caution, at the same time, to sit lighty, for he had no less than the lives and fortunes of all the good people of England under him : the trunk was then opened, and the original addresses shown him, which created nu small mirth and laughter.
WHAT IS LOVE?
In my pulse wheu Damon's nigh ;
Ever heaving with a sigh?
Then, V tell me, what am I?
By each pulse betray'd and sigh,
And a thousand in the eye
And to tell him, what am I. FENTON.
NORHAM CASTLE. OME poetry may be said to possess the power of alchemy; for whatever it describes, it consecrates.
Sir Walter Scott has thus consecrated Nor. ham Castle in the opening stanzas of his Marmion, a Tale of Flodden Field: and we therefore hand it to our readers under the conviction, that, did we attempt any altera
ation, we should injure the subject.
And Cheviot's mountains lone:
In yellow lustre shone,
Seem'd forms of giant height:
In lines of dazzling light.
Less bright and less, was Hung;
So heavily it hung.
The scouts had parted on their search,
The castle gates were barr'd;
The warder kept his guard;
Beneath a pendon gay;
* Before the dark array.
His bugle-horn he blew;
For well the blast he knew;
Bring pasties of the doe,
And all our trumpets blow;
Lord Marmion waits below."-
Sped forty yeomen tall,
And let the draw-bridge fall. THE ruinous castle of Norham, (anciently called Ub. baudford,) is situated on the southern bank of the Tweed, about six miles above Berwick, and where that river is still the boundary between England and Scotland. The extent of its ruios, as well as its historical importance, shews it to have been a place of magnificence, as well as strength. Edward I. resided there when he was created