MYSTERIOUS Thoughts! say, whither Soon as he saw thee quit thy guardian would ye tend?


shield, How have ye won me from each brighter Thy hold of refuge, strongest when alone Each soothing hope that late with radiant On Hear'n thy stay was rested, and thy beam.


[thence, Pour'd comfort down to bless the toils of Repos'd secure-weakest when, erring Say, is it thus ye teach me--is it here Thy gidily feet would ’tempt the dang'rous Ye bring my wand'ring footsteps--to a maze

maze, Where Hope expires, a wilderness of Woe, The thorny lab'rinth of bewild’ring Doubt, A gloomy labyrinth that tires with Doubt, Of Myst'ries seeming dark, and hidden And distant far, and farther yet would lead,

things Till Heav'n itself were slırouded from the That stagger each enquirer, not confirm, view,

(soul Because not understood and must we And deep'ning horrors plunge the fainting


(slaves In all the hideous gulf of black Despair : Proclaim them false? Oh! ye the hapless Oh, Reason! godlike only when with God Of baneful Error, and of foul Mistrust, Thou walkest-glorious only, great, and" Ye toiling crowds who long have vainly wise,

sought When trusting in his goodness and his pow'r! To pierce with mortal ken the sacred gloom, Depart from these, forget the mighty skill Thro' wide Creation roll the searching That rear'd Creation from insensate void, glance,

(coil Forget the sparkling Sun, the lucid Orbs And say, can still your stubborn hearts reThat gleam refulgent thro' the silent Night From wonders such as these, when, scatAs rolling on they speed their circling

ter'd round

On ev'ry side, equal or greater far Still as in ages past, nor devious yet Burst on the ravish'd view, if right esteem'd Have marrd with erring flight their destin'd The works ye gaze at: Oft in secret move track,

[Sky, The wise intents and purposes of Hear'n, Forget the beauteous Earth, the vaulted Alike beyond the stretch of human thought The varied seasons, and with impious E’eu as of human sight--perhaps concealid, tongue

Nor yet divulg'd, that they may serve on Dispute the feebler wonders of thy God,

Earth And mock them as the idle tale of things As trials of that Paith we justly owe, Beyond the reach of Nature, Truth, or As covenants ordain'd'twixt God and Man, Pow're

[appland The synibols of our Piety and Trust! The World may style thee Wisdom! and Parent of Light and Life! forbid that e'er Thy bold research, that fain would seem to Reason, thy noblest gift, should madly judge

[ing hand

(thought The works of Heav'n-may praise the dar. To mar thy blest design! quell the proud That, stretch'å aloft, would burst the sa- That fain would judge the secrets of thy cred bonds


(Fold Of rigid Virtue, and exalting high Recall the straggling Wand'rers from thy The grosser thoughts, the proud conceits Back to thyself, and teach the erring heart of Man,

(yoke 'Tis Wisdom to adore thee!-Nature sings Shake from his stubborn neck'the hallow'd Thro'all her works of thee--in all display'd Of pious rev'rence to the better will I view thy boundless Pow'r, in all I trace Of Him that made us-round thy rebel Thy Goodness and thy Mercy shining fair ! throne,

Come then, bright Faith! thou guardian Elate and tow'ring as in Freedom's joy,

Seraph, come,

[wide May gladly flock, obsequious to thy word, And shedding down thy radiance, scatter And, heedless following where thy voice The shades of impious Doubt-unclouded directs,

pour Pronounce thee fit, unaided and alone, Full on my darken'd soul thy kindling ray, To trace the line of Error and of Truth! And ev'ry hope exalting, ev'ry hope Mistaken Guide ! shall Wisdom be the Confirming, that on Heav'n would lean for name

(far rest, Thy merits ask? methinks 't were juster So rule my heart that I may learn to bow To call thee Madness! Reason thou art not, In meek subjection to the will of Him Or Reason chang'd indeed,and ah! like him Who forın'd us for his Glory and our own Who erst “defied ih’Omnipotent to arms,” A glory best bestow'd, and best acquir’d, A fallen Angel!. fallen from the height When most we seek to praise Him-when of native splendour, and befitting well


{paths · The subtle purpose of that wary Foe From ev'ry human pride, we tread the Wlo long had watch'd thee, and with envy of holy Virtue, still reposing firm pin’d,

[thew Ourtrust in Him, whose goodness and whose With malice and with rage ; nor wanting pow'r, Glad triumph and delighted victory Confest thro'all his wonders, reign supreme.

M. E.

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THE above is one of the characteristics which Seneca gives of Wisdom; and certain it is, that they whose situation in more recent times has exposed them to any degree of responsibility, must necessarily have been involved in the universal agitation which has disturbed the World. We are not at all disposed to use the language of ostentatious vaunting ; but we may securely appeal to our Prefatory Addresses to our Friends and Correspondents for many preceding years, in proof, that, notwithstanding the triumphs of Despotism, and the dark rollings of many a tempestuous storm, which ever and anon threatened to burst over our heads, we never flinched from the firmness of our confidence in that All-wise and Almighty Being who regulates the affairs of Nations. We have invariably felt and expressed the honest confidence of Britons, rejected all emotions of despondency, and encouraged the golden vision of Hope; nor have we been disappointed. The British Eagle once more towers aloft above its foes; the Leopard, which was to have fled at the sight of Napoleon's Banners, has sprung upon


and inflicted no common vengeance. But we forbear too unlimited an indulgence of 20644


our emotions; and rather incline to contemplate the probable result of these triumphs and victories with the complacency inspired by our love of Peace, and attachment to the Muses. Unus idemque inter diversa. This is our chief delight, and proudest distinction; though we should ill deserve the patriotic character to which we have always aspired, were we to pass with little, or with cold observation, the great and proud events which have of late so splendidly contributed to adorn our Annals. A most consolatory circumstance it must surely be to Englishmen to have observed, that the thunder and tempests of War have never with us impeded the progress of Learning in any

of its various branches. The studious pursuits of our Countrymen have proceeded without molestation and interruption; and we have continually to boast of new discoveries in Philosophy, greater progress in the Arts, novel and important information in Geography; and, to sum the whole at once, in all the circle of the Sciences. To these, collectively and individually, we continue to lend our humble, but strenuous and unremitting assistance; and, with some pride we may be allowed to say, our assistance has not been in vain.

It only remains with us to repeat our customary acknowledgments of gratitude; and our respectful solicitations for a continuance of that patronage which has been so long and so effectually bestowed.

“ Nemo non benignus est sui judex ; inde est ut omnia meruisse se existimet, et in solutum accipiat, nec satis suo pretio se estimatum putet." Such are not our sentiments ; on the contrary, we are zealous to confess that the public favour may, perhaps, have exceeded our merits ; but this only operates with us as an additional stimulus for our exertions.

June 30, 1813.


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