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Oh Thou! whose every year, untainted,
In changeless virtue shone,
And keep them stiil thine own!
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.
Lord! whose grace, in power excelling,
Jesus, from thy holy dwelling,
From the filth of vice and folly,
From infuriate passion's rage,
Heedless youth, and selfish age;
From the lusts, whose deep pollution
Adam's elder taint disclose;
And from everlasting woes;
From the miser's cursed treasure;
From the drunkard's jest obscene;
Jesus, Master, make us clean!
A CURIOUS ANSWER
TO A HATFUL REMARK,—THAT I WAS GROWING Ol.n.
Y»s! Time has round me thrown a mystick spell,
Has check'd my ardent spirits busy swell,
Yes! every moment of revolving time
Now clouds imagination's gift sublime,
Restrains the bounding foot's elastick gait,
Yet will I not repine, whilst time and fate,
And may I humbly hope, O Power supreme!
That science ne'er her lucid page may close; Still whilst I live may I enjoy its beam, »
Nor hope, nor fancy, sink in dull repose:
Still, still may Nature's scenes, so fair, so bright,
And may thy works, " my ever-new delight!"
Warn'd by th' unceasing, rapid flight of time,
That they who give to Heaven their strength and prime,
For what are lengthen'd days, or vig'rous powers;
What the rich Mewing* of a culturM mind?
And leaves the world and its pursuits behind.
When time shall burst the barriers which confine
May Faith my mortal energies refine,
Ah! visionary flatterer! why delude
My swelling fancy with thine airy dream?
Why on my soul thy dazzling forms obtrude,
Fair are thy phantoms as the changeful hues
Yet, ah! as transient are the lively views,
TirM of thy treacherous lures, my rescued soul
Mounts with strong faith beyond the sphere of time,
And seeks th' eternal shore, where pleasures roll,
Daughter of magick wiles, a long farewell!
On yonder starry plains my wishes dwell.
The following sweet and touching lines, were written by- the Hon. St. George Tucker, of Virginia, on being solicited to know, why he had ceased to court the Poetick Muse?
Days of my youth! ye have glided away;
Days of my youth! I wish not your recall;
Davs of my age! ye will shortly be past;
LITER ARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL INTELLIGENCE.
Preparing for publication:—A History of Bengal, from the earliest Period of auihentick Antiquity to 1757, by Professor Stewart, of Her'ord College, England.
The Journal of Mr. Mungo Pai k, from the commencement of his last expedition, to the time of his quitting Sansanding to prosecute discoveries on the Niger; together with the Journal of Isaac, an African, who was sent to procure intelligence of this traveller's fate, will be published under the direction of the African Institution, in London, for the benefit of the relatives of Mr. Park.
Mr. Beloe's sixth Volume of Anecdotes of Literature and scarce Books, is completed, and will very shortly appear.
A very extended work on the subject of Persia, by Mr. Maleolm, is in its progress through the press. It will comprehend three large volumes in quarto.
A fifth volume, in quarto, of Mr. Burke's Works, has been some time in the press, toiler the superintendence of the bishop of Rochester, and will shortly appear. A sixth is printing, and his Life, with a Collection of las Letters, is preparing for publication.
Mr. Hewlett has completed his elaborate Commentary on the Bible. The work forms three very large, or six moderate sized quarto volumes, illustrated with maps, and embellished with upwards of one hundred engravings from the designs of the best masters. Among other prolegomena is an Abridgment of the History of theJews, from the time of Ezra to the destruction of the Temple by the Romans.
Mr. Stephens is preparing a Life of the late John Horne Tooke.
Dr. Valpy has in the press, a new edition of the Greek Testament, with Griesb»ch's Text, in two octavo volumes. It will contain copious Notes, from Hardy, Raphel, Kypke, Schleusner, Rosenmuller, &c. in familiar Latin; together with parallel passages from the Classicks, and with references to Vigerus for idioms, and Bos for ellipses.
Sir Humphrey Davy wiH publish, early in November, Elements of Agricultural Cbrmistry, in a course of Lectures delivered before the Board of Agriculture, illustrated with plates engraved by Lourie.
Dr. Bateman has been engaged, for some time past, in preparing for publication, > Short Treatise on the Diseases of the Skin, according to the lucid Arrangement devised by the late Dr. Willan.
At the sale of Sir James Fulteney's library, the Variorum Classicks sold for unprecedented sums, and the rare volumes of the Delphin Classicks at the following prices—Cicero's Philosophical Works, 59/. 6«.; Prudentius, 16/. 5». 6dL; and Sta|la), 54i 12*.—At another sale, a small tract, entitled, "Expositio Saneti JeronimL in Srmoolum Apostolorum ad Papam Laurenicuiu," purporting to be printed at Oxfcrd, io 1438, was sold for 91/.
At the sale of the Duke of Roxburgh's library, the Bibliomania raged still more '■oleotly. A set of Sessions Papers from 1690 to 1803, sold for 378/.; a collection of half-penny Ballads and Garlands, pasted in 3 vols., for 478/. 15*.; a collection of ""fenny Portraits, chiefly of persons tried at the Old Bailey, for 94/. 10*.; the Bokeof St Alban's, (i486;) for 147/.; the Mirrour of the World, (1480,) for 351/. '«.; the Kalindavr of the Shippers, (1503,) for 180/.; the Recuyeil of the History of Trove, by Raoule le Fevre, (1473,) to the Duke of Devonshire, for 1060/. 10s.; II Dccameroni di Boccaccio, fol. M. C. edit. Venet. (1471,) to the Marquis of Blandford, for 2260/. &c. &c
A grand national library, the collection of which was begun by Catherine II. has *en completed and opened at Petersburgh. It comprises 250,000 printed volumes; *i,000 of which relate to theology; and 40,000 are duplicates. There are also -.t000 manuscripts.
.\ sketch of the literature of Russia from 1801 to 1805, lately published, informs
us that the number of works published within this period of five years, is 1304; of which 756 were original performances, and 548 were translations. The latter were from originals in Greek, Latin, French, German, English, Italian, Swedish, Polish, and Georgian. The number of works translated from the Freuch is the most considerable; it amounts to 262; the number translated from the German is but 198. The number of works in theology was 213; the number in philosophy was only 22; the number of novels was 210. The number of Russian authors living is 349; that of anonymous works is 742.
Literary admission) and prohibitions.—The « Palriotick Papers" pubbshed at Vienna, give the following sketch of the decisions of the literary censors, on the books imported into Austria, and on the manuscripts presented for permission previous to publication, during the years 1806 and 1807.
In 1806, works imported were 1629; admitted, 1450; prohibited, 179.
In 1807, works imported were 1407; admitted, 1238; prohibited, 169.
In 1807, the number of journals were 96; of which 5 required special permission. Manuscripts presented to the Censure in Vienna.
In 1806, presented, 576; refused, 73.
In 1807, presented, 606; refused, 81.
Counsellor Graser has, by order of his Bavarian majesty, made an experiment with the greatest success, on some young recruits, of his method of teaching children, or adults, to read and write in the course of a month. Before the end of the month, these j oung scholars, who before did not know a letter, learned to write correctly, and read every thing presented to them.
A late Medical Journal contains a detailed case of the beneficial effects produced by smoking stramonium in violent asthma.
A plant which grows in great abundance in every field, the Dog's Tongue, the Cynoglossum Officinale of Linnaeus, is said to possess a very valuable quality. U gathered at the time when the sap is in its full vigour, bruised with a hammer, and laid in a house, barn, or granary, or any other place frequented by rats and mice, those destructive animals immediately shift their quarters. The success ol tlus method is said to be equally speedy and infallible.
Doctor Kebreuter, of Carlsruhe, has discovered by a chymical examination of potatoes both in a raw state and baked, that they are capable of being converted into sirup, or sugar, without being made into starch by previous process. The experiments he has made, have, in their results, entirely answered his expectation; and it is his intention to publish a statement of the various considerations on which he grounds his hopes of improving the manufacture.
A discovery of great importance to humanity, has been made by Dr. Smith, who is at the head of the Vaccine Institution of Maryland, viz. that the Kine Pock is a complete cure for the King's Evil, or Scrofula, even in its most inveterate form, and its latest stages. A number of cases which have come to his knowledge, establish the fact.
Mr. Charles Whitlock, of New-York, has discovered in a common, but hitherto unnoticed vegetable, a substitute for flax and hemp, which multiplies itself so abundantly, as to yield from 500 to 1000 from roots and seeds per annum. The discoverer has obtained a patent right.
A surgeon of Tobolskoi, in Siberia, has translated into the Tartar language, and has printed, at his own expense, a Memoir on Vaccination, which was written in the Russian language.
Professor Leslie has succeeded in freezing quicksilver by his frigorifick process. A wide thermometer tube, with a large bulb, was filled with mercury, and attached to a rod passing through a collar of leather, from the top of a cylindrical receiver. This receiver, which was seven inches wide, covered a deep flat basin of nearly the same width, and containing sulphurick acid, in the midst of which was placed an egg-cup half full of water. The enclosed air being reduced by the working of the pump to the 50th part, the bulb was repeatedly dipt in the water, and again exposed to evaporation, till it became incrusted with a coat of ice about the 20th of an inch thick. The cup, with its water still unfrozen, was then removed, and the apparatus replaced, the coated bulb being pushed down to less than an inch from the surface of the sulphurick acid. On exhausting the receiver again, and continuing the operation, the icy crust at leDgth started into divided fissures, owing probably U> its Iteing more contracted by the intense cold than the glass which it invested; and the mercury, having gradually descended in the thermometer tube till it reached the point of congelation, suddenly sunk almost into the bulb, the gage standing at the •20th of an inch, and the included air being thus rarefied about 600 times. After a few minutes, the apparatus being removed, and the bulb broken, the quicksilver appeared a solid mass, which bore the stroke of a hammer.
A highly interesting experiment has been made with a machine at Leeds, (Eng.) for the purpose of substituting the agency of steam for the use of horses, in the conveyance of coals on the iron rail-way, from the mines of J C. Brandling, Esq.—in fact, a steam-engine of four-horses power, which, with the assistance of cranks turning a cog-wheel, and iron cogs placed at one side of the rail-way, is capable, when lightly loaded, of moving at the speed of ten miles an hour. At four o'clock in the afternoon, the machine ran from the'coal-staith to the top of Hunslet Moor, where six, and afterwards eight waggons of coals, each weighing three tons and a quarter, were hooked to the back part. With this immense weight, to which, as it approached the town, was superadded about 50 of the spectators mounted upon the waggons, it set off on its return to the coal-staith, and performed the journey, a distance of abont a mile and a half, principally on a dead level, in 23 minutes/ without the slightest accident The experiment, which was witnessed by thousands of spectators, was crowned with complete success; and when it is considered that this invention is applicable to all rail-roads, and that upon the works of Mr. Brandling alone, the use of 50 horses will be dispensed with, and the corn necessary for the consumption of at least 200 men saved, it cannot but be hailed as an invention of great publick utility.
Count Rumford, in recent experiments on the nature of light, the existence of which in combustible bodies lie disbelieves, has discovered that a polyflame lamp, consisting of a number of burners, with wicks flat like a riband, and so placed, one by the side of another, that the air can pass between them, while they are duly supplied with oil, and covered with a large rising glass, yielded as much light as -tot; candles.
Paris.—The curious have lately been engaged in visiting a kind of oatacomb, formed of a quarry situated between the Observatory and Montronge; in which are deposited the bones removed from the burying-ground of the Innocents. Report axes on 800,000 crania, regularly ranged like books in a library. What reflections is a spectacle of this description caleulated to inspire!
If we are not mistaken, a spectacle of the same kind has been, during many years, established in a part of the convent of Franciscans at Madeira. The whole of the four walls forming the sides of the room are filled with heads, looking inwards, placed in regular rows; and when the place is enlightened by the feeble glimmerings rf a dying lamp, the whole presents a singular instance of the association of ideas in the mind of a religious. Whether it be most caleulated to inspire devotion, abstractedness from the world, or insensibility, after the first emotions of surprise are abated, must be left to the determination of those who are best acquainted with the brotherhood of holy St. Francis.
Among the premiums advertised by the Cambridgeshire Agricultural Society, we perceive that three guineas are offered to the labourer in husbandry, who shall have brought up, or be then bringing up, the largest family with the least parochial assistance.
LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
Devotional Service for publick Worship in Use among Dissenters. 12mo. is. Tke History of the Patriarchal Age, and of the Jewish Nation. 8vo. 9s. Lectures on Scriptural Miracles. By William Bengo Colyer, D. D. 8vo. 12s.
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