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charge npon me." After detailing the as well as the happiest circumstance ate measures of his presidency, he thus con- tending all my labours for the service of tinued: “ All these regulations and esta- the society, that I am empowered to have blishments, I have had the honor as a the bunor, by virtue of muy once, to single meinber of this society, with the name and to propose to you, on the housejoint assistance of a much respected list, and to recommend to you für élece council, to bring forward; and to have tion as your future pres.dent, Luru de seen carried into cxecution, during my Ferrars." being in the present ortice, of whichi, but Aiter doing justice to the services of for the sake of etlecimy these purposes, the late Mr. Tiphain, who had for a inne I have ever deemed myseli most unwore voluntarily pertormed the duties of secrethy. But Gentlemen,” added he,“ all tary: and having proposed that most this were little; did I not so the end en deta lyible anuguary, the Rev. John deavour, inoreover, to secure electually Brand, recentiy dece used, as the resie the continuance of these advantages, and dent secretary, he clused bis excellent the means of your attaining still yrealer. speech by some admirable and truly ene The dignity of this society, and the lustre laryed notions respecting the nature of with which (considering the usefulness those pursuits, which it was the object of and importance of the institution), it such a society as that which he was adought to appear, and indeed hath ap- dreifing, to cultivate and promote. peared in the eyes of Europe, requires, During the presidency of Mr. King, that in order to give proper life and sup an unusual number of learned and disa port to the whole, there should be placed tinguished men offered themselves for adat its head a man of eminent and dis- million into the society. Some disayrees tinguished learning; of worth and respec- inents having unfortunately occurred in tability of character; of zeal and activity 1785, between him and the noble presito promote its objects; of high and an- dent; the name of Mr. King was in the cient dignity, capable of coinmanding following year left out of the house-list every degree of respect, that pot only the of council. From this time he ceased to partiality of friends may wish to bestow, be an attending member of the Society of but to which the inost prejudiced foreign- Antiquaries. He was succeeded as a ers may also be compelled to yield. member of council and V. P. by Dr.
" It is not every age," continued Mr. Douglas, the late much to be lamented King, “ that affords, by means of a con- Bishop of Salisbury. In the Archæologia currence of such qualitications, such an and in the Philosophical Transactions are ornament to a country, when most want many valuable and curious communicaed; but I am inost fortunate to be able, tions from Mr. King. without flattery, and merely in pursuance He was privately interred at Beckenof a conscientious discharge of my duty, bam in Kent, in which parish he had a to declare to you, that such a distinguish- country residence. In 1765; he inarried ed character is at hand; and I esteem it a daughter of William Blower, esq. of as fulfilling, most faithfully, the most im- the Hythe, Leicestershire, a lady who is portant part of the trust reposed in me, still living. He has left no issue.
THE FEAST OF APIS.
Come, friendly Faust! an ever honour'd WRITTEN BY VON HALEM, AT THE END
And infants bring, to share the genial feast; OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, AND
Let them renew the festal rites, and pay ADDRESSED TO DR. FAUST, OF BICXE
Their annual vows, and celebrate the day. BERG. TRANSLATED BY MR. RING.
Let Apis' golden horns with splendor shine, AN age is past, an age is past away, And fragrant wreaths around her brow en'Tis Apis' feast, O! celebrate the day!
twine ; Tis the kind mother of the lowing train, And, while we strike the trembling strings, Not the stern bull, demands a grateful strain.
and raise Unnumber'd blessings from our Apis flow, Our notes in triumph, and in songs of The source of joy, the suother of our woe:
praise, Her panacea checks the tainted breath Let smiling babes nutritious herbage cast, Of dire Disease, and blunts the shafts of Death. And sticw fresh clover as a rich repast MONTHLY MAG. No. 158.
For her, who rescues thousands from the As on the turf reclin'd from day to day tumh,
He tends his flock, o'er flow'ry meads that Preserving health, and beauty's roseate bloom; For her who soothes a motiver's dread alarnis, To what resource more sweet can sailors ir, Lest her own darling, ravish'd from her arms, When snows descend, and lighinings rend Food for the fell Minotaur should supply, And, as a victim to the monster, die. Compell'd though night the anxious watch to
As darts the vessel o'er the boundless deep WRITTEN IN A LADY'S GREENHOUSE.
To wtat, the angler for relief incline,
As down the clift he casts his baited line ; SWEET daughters of the purple spring, For hours his patience and his skill to sher, How pleas'd your tender forms I hail,
And lure the finny race that swarm below! Who load with balm the zephyr's wing,
In merry songs that every scene emurace, Whose vivid tints the eyes regale.
The sportsman sees renewid the sounding At early morn and evening hour,
chace ; Lo, Marian all your wants attends; And, whistling as o'er distant lands they Enjoys of innocence the bow'r,
stray, And sits amid her blouming friends, Less seems the craftsman's toil, the traveller's Yet ah! not long ye yield delight;
way ; Your fragrant breath must cease to flow,
Nay to the exile, driv'n from his home, These leaves, alas! no longer bright,
To slaves condcron'd in chains to work of Must croud the sullen earth below.
To captives doom'd the minutes to consume, Yet she, whose kindly fostering care,
By hunger wan, in some sad prison's gloosti, Admits the breeze and genial ray,
Niusic, blest pow'r, a balsam can supply, Shall be at length no longer fair,
Each groan suppress, and glad the tear-swala Who makes the gloomiest circles gay.
eye. Ev'n she on whom the Graces wait, Whose mien displays a rural bloom;
CEPHALUS ET PROCRIS, Shall feel th' asperity of fute,
FROM OVID'S METAM.
VII. 805. And sink at last into the tomb !
SOON as the mountains glow with breaking Where all the virtues oft will sigh
Strong for the chace to woods I bend my way ; A tribute due to Marian's shade, " Alas! tliat such a mind should die,
Nor friends, nor horses, wait on my command, What pity such a form should fade!" The mystic weapon only fills my hand!
Fatigued with slaughter to the shades I run,
And rest protected from the scorching sun; UTILITY AND DELIGHT OF MUSIC, IN SOLITUDE, FROM " MUSIC," A DIDAC
There 'rapt in pleasing visions court repose,
Cool'd by the breeze that thro' the valley TIC POEM, BY JOHN BELFOUR, Ese.
blows ; THINK not ye rich, ye vain! by fortune And rudely as I lay upon the ground, great,
And woo'd the gentle wind that whisper'd That Muric quits her sphere, abjures her round; state,
Wasting a vacant hour, I feign'd to court When she from towers magnificent removes, The cooling air, and sang in idle sport: To dwell 'mid desert wastes and hapless « Come, gentle breeze, and move to please groves;
my ear, Flies from the dome of supercilious pride, Come gentle Aura, to the hunter dear; In lowly roofs and sheep.cors to reside; Haste where I lie, these spreading bougba Or climbs with labour hard the rocky steep,
beneath, To lul! the fisher in his hut to sleep.
Assuage my heat and in my bosom breathe." Think her not base, because, with open breast And as my truant fancy shap'd the strain, She soothes the wretched, charms e'en guilt Perhaps I sang “Sweet Aura, cume again! to rest ;
To catch thy whispers, bither have I stay'd, And, dictating to all her various strains, And lov'd for thee the solitary shade; Eids men allay their sorrows and their pains! My joy, my solace, thee alone i serk, She, child of Nature, with unbounded hand, Soothe my faint sense, and pant upon is! Pours her collected blessings o'er the land;
cheok!" And, like the summer shower that swells the Some woodman lurking in the forest beart flood,
The name of Aura, source of all my tears; Glads every heart, and teems with human A nymph he imag'd in a sound so weit, good.
Who met ing love within the greca rerrat. What but rude songs could smooth the My gentle Procris all the tale betiert, plough-boy's loil,
Wept for the crime, by Aura's Dame Jecuirid; The care-worn shepherd's lingering hours My guilt the soft endearments seem to prove, beguile ;
For ab, how weak, how credulous u deve!
She faints, and hardly to her sense restorid, translation of the words of the latter poet. Arraigns of ancie guilt her bosom's lord, An old man, the preceptor of the family Tremoling atnaugli, sit: dreams a treacherous of dipus, is standing on a platform before flame,
the palac , overlooking the adjacent fields A rival in an unembodied name;
and the encampment of the allied powers, Yet dares tan hope mistrusttuloi her ears, Antigone descends from her apartment to Believes, denies, and doubts between her join him, and a Dialogue ensues in irregulas fears;
Stretch forth thine aged arm to be
The kind supporter of my way,
Take, Virgin, take this faithful arm ! 'tis Again a ruseling in the leaves I hear,
thine. As it s'me forest-beast were browsing near,
Behold, fair maid, a scene that claims thy I hurt my javelin, when a mourn ul sigh
care ; Betray'd my con tint Procris to be nigh. Alarm't I hasten to my lovely bride ;
In martial pomp array'd (a threat'ning line) Her wounded bosom pour'd a purple tide;
Pelasgia's warriors stand embattled there., I raise her struggling with the dart, and bare Her blerding breast, and wild with my Gods! what a sight; the moving field despair
Beams, like a polish'd brazen shield ! Bind che deep wound, and lave the streaming
OLD MAN. gore, And "Oh forgive me, loveliest !" I implore.
Oh not in vain has Polynices dared Languid, ere yet she clos'd her dying eyes,
Invade his native land. He comes prepared, " By ev'ry pledge of marriage (she replies),
Ten thousand horsemen on his march attend, By all the pow'rs, and ev'ry tender tie,
Ten thousand glittering spears surround their My former love, and cherish'd memory ;
friend. Yield not thine Aura, when my sense is
What beams of brass, what iron gate, Thy vows estrang'd, which once were mine alone !"
Cun save Amphion's sacred state?
Be calm, my child, the city fears no wound, But all too late; for paleness shrouds her face, Be calm, and safely view th' embattled And faint she languish'd in her lord's
ground. embrace; On me she lov'd her closing eyes to rest,
ANTIGONE. And breath'd her gentle soul into my breast. Whose snow-white plume is waving there,
BELUS. Far, far, the foremost on the field ?
Who brandishes so high in air FROM THE PHENISSA OF EURIPIDES. The blazing terrors of his shield ? [There are two passages of the Greek Trage
dians, une in this Drama, and another on The chief from fair Mycenx claims his race, the very same subject in the 'Emma 'Ti Of Lerna's woods the terror and the grace, enfais of Æschylus, which have always Ear-fani'd Hippomedon. struck me with peculiar force as the most
ANTIGONE. lively representations of reality, afforded by the ancient mode is. The idea has been
-Ah, me! adopted by Sheridan, in the popular Play What darkness in his fuce I see! of Pizarro, and received the applause it How fierce his air! His form how vast ! deserved. Your readers will immediately Some earth-born giant was his sire ; recollect the scene in which a young boy He owes his birth to deepest Night, mounted on a tree describes to his blind Unlike the children of the Light; father what he sees of a battle, supposed to Whom Heav'n bestows and men desire-take place at some distance from the stage. And that intolerable fire The same effect is also produced by Homer, Flames from his eyes, mankind to blast." in the beautiful scene of Priam and Helen, on the walls of Troy. This was probably the original which both Æschylus On Dirce's Springs, my daughter, cast thy and Euripides had in view. I have endea
sight. youred in the following lines to give some Where stands another chief (and burns for image of the design, but not an accurate
Tydeus the Strong, in whose undaunted
But where, oh where, my friend, is he,
Whom, at the self-same hour with me
(Unhappy hour) my mother bore? Is that the chief so near allied
Say, may I trust my wandering eyes? To my own brother's gentle bride;
Far off, on Dirce's willow'd coast How strange his arms and nodding crest,
I see him, faintly shadow'd sise, How rude his half barbaric vest !
The dim resemblance of a ghost. But who is that, of front severe,
I know him his royal mien, Who takes near Zethus' tomb his stand?"
His manly form, his eagle-sight, Loose o'er his shoulders flows his hair,
Ah! alter'd have the moments been; And num'rous is his well-arm'd band.
Since last that manly form was seen
On Dirce's smooth and level green!
Since last that keen eye's wakeful light
Repaid a sister's fond caress Thine eyes, fair maid, Parthenopeus see, With all a brother's tenderness. The huntress Atalanta's progeny.
Extracts from the Porl-folio of a Man of Letters.
him well, and accompanied bim in his T seems a problem in literature, that travels through Italy and Sicily.
a nation the gravest and most se Tenbove was born in Holland of a noriously disposed by its natural temper and ble family, and by his mother's side was the gloomy despotisip of its government related to Fagel, the Grand Pensionary, and religion, should have produced the or first minister, of the United Provinces, most lively work tnat ever was written. It He was perbaps the most elegant, if not abounds in original humour and exqui- the most profound scholar of his age or site satire. It displays the most copious country. He was so thoroughly skilled invention, the most w hunsical incidents in the classics, that every ancient author and the keenest remarks on the follies of was familiar to him, though le prineits contemporaries. There is no book in pally delighted in poetry and the belleswhatever language that so eminently lettres. "He was so passionate an atpossesses the power of exciting laughter.mirer of Horace, that he could repeat alThe following'anecdote may be recorded most every line in that poet. He was as an instance of it.
also intimately acquainted with the moPhillip III. being one day at a balcony dern languages of Italy, Germany, France, of the palace at Madrid, observed a young England. The literature of this country student on the borders of the Mauza- was iu particular a favourite subject with nares, with a book in his hand, who, as him. Shakespear, whom he always conse he read, exlibited the most violent marks dered the true poet of Nature, as long his of extacy and admiration, by his gestures peculiar study. French he both spole and the repeated peals of laughter which and wrote with so much fluency and ease, le sent forth. Struck, with the oddity of as not to be distinguished from a native the sight, the king turned to one of his of France. It was in the langunge of courtiers, and said " Either that young that country, that he wrote his history. man is out of his mind, or he is reading His very affluent fortune enabled him to Don Quixote.” The courtier descended travel in the most sumptuous style, acfor the purpose of satisfying the curiosity companied by a numerous train of friencia of the inonurch, and discovered that it and domestics. On his return from Siactually was a volume of Cervantes which cily, he imprudently ventured to explore the youth was perusing with such delight. the antiquities of Pestum. The conse TENHOVE,
quence proved fatal to many of lvis party, There is a short and very imperfect who fell victims to the mal-aria of the de account of this ingenious man prefixed to structive spot. Tenhove limaselt did not the Memoirs of the House of Medicis, escape. Though not immediately fatal, the written by Dr. Maclaine the translator cruel disorder hung on him everalter. and annotator of Mosheim; The fol- He lingered but a very few years after box lowing account of him has been obligingly return to Holland. communicated, by a gentleman who knew As a finished scholar and an elegant
writer, he may perhaps rank with the was born at Leipsic ir 1616, and lost his best authors or the last century. He has father at a very early age. The educahowever left little behind bim. His House tion of great men will be found in geneof Medici, by which he is best known, ral to be inore simple than that of men is an unfinished work, and consists of an of ordinary capacity. To these a guide undigested mass of materials, which he is necessary; they receive no impression would have expanded into a regular nar- but what is given then by a master; rative, had he lived. This want of me- they have no bias but the commands of thod, bowerer, is compensated by the a tutor, while the boy of yemas requires elegance of the style, the beauty of only to be taught the first principles of the classical allusions, and the taste art.
The instinct of talent alone either the author. every where displays for the leads bun to the branch wincha bawe
A principal merit is in the has chalked out for bru), or, like Leibuill, short, but correct and pleasing accounts be yrasps at every science. which he gives of the literati and vir This is not the place to compare hiu tuosi who lived during the time of the with Newton, or to enter intu the meMedici, or were patronized by them. rits of the metaphysical disputes which Tenhove's taste in painting and poetry so long kept these great meii divided in was exquisite; and his love for the arts, and opinion, without lessening the esteem bis veneration for the great inen who each telt for the other. One or two made them tourish, have drawn him into anecdotes have been selected, indicatie digressions and detached chapters out of of the man, divested of his character as all bounds. In fact, the distorical is the a philosopher. It has long been a comleast considerable part of his work. This plaint, that men of great literary merit has compelied his translator, Sir Richard seldom meet with rewards proportionate Clayton, to make several additions in the to their talents. It is pleasing in some body of the work for the purpose of con- instances to find the assertion untoundnecting the narrative, and to illustrate it ed. The transcendent genius of Leibby copious notes. Such as it is, however, nitz early attracteil and obtained the non tliis history would have had many rea- tice and patronage of sovereigns. ile ders and as many aduirers, bad it not was born the subject of the Duke of Habeen too near cotemporary with the norer, atierwards George I. of England. elegant and classical work of Mr. Roscoe. From hinn be received tonours and pen
sions, as also froin the Emperor of GerWhen a great man appears, he soon many; besides many tiattering offers from surpasses m excellence those who sur- the court and literary societies of France. round him. The thousands who com- His commerce of letters was universal, pare their own insignificance with his and extended to the learned and the sciculussal beiyht, coniplain that nature entific of every country, Superior w the should strip a whole generation to form common jealvisy of authorship, he enterthe mind of one. But Dature is just, ed into every literary scheme; he furshe distributes to each individual the ne- nished obers with ideas; de una nated cessary attainments by which he is en- their exertions, and stimulated their enabled to fulfil the career assigned him. deavours, Ilis reading was prodigious, To a chosen few alone she reserves the embracing every department; and it was privilege
of possessing uncommon talents, with him a cominon observation, that and ot'enlightening mankind by their ex- there was no book however bad, but ertions. To one sine lays open the means that something userul imight be extractof explaining her phenomena; tv ano, ed troin it. With all this, weither pedanther she assigns the task ot' framing and try nor pride formed a part of his chuexpounding the laws which controul Lis racter, fellow-creatures; to a third it is given to lle was familiar and affable with men pourtray the customs of nations, and de- of every description. He courted the soscribe ihe revolutions of empires: but ciety of women, and in their presence each has generally pursued one track, the philosopher was no longer seen. His and excelled only in one particular line. temper was lively: casily roused into anA man at length arose, who dared lay ger, but soon appessed. clann to universality, whose head com. He was of a robust constitution, and bined invention with method, and who seld im inculnmoded with any illness, era secmed born to shew in their full extent cepl the gout, llis manner of tivi the powers of the human sind. That was singular. He always tous luis meals man was Leibnitz.
aloue; and these never at stated hours, Godtiey-Williani, Baron of Leibnitz, but just as it suited his appetite or his