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ANNIVERSARY ODE ON THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, for 1814,
By John Stoyle, Lieulenant R. N.
III. AT length, to hail the natal mor
No more the warlike brazen note, Ofilim whose blessings still increase, Terrific on the ambient air, Giad tidings are in mercy borne
Shall, charg'd with deathful tidings, O'er Europe's plajos in notes of
And long embattled lines prepare. And may the volive lay, the joyrus strain, Still may the Sovereign Power, that rules United breathe the theme of endless
each wave, praise.
Say to surrounding Nations “ Peace Reign, reign, incarnate Lord! for ever
be srill :" reign;
Long may bis power, omnipotent to May Earth unite with Heaver in grateful
Subdue vast empires to bis sovereign Immortal souls still deign to bless
will. With wisdom's lore profound;
A Saviour comes ! prepare the way!. Thy ways are ways of pleasantness,
His voice, ye Nations, hear!
Descending from eternal day, He, at whose voice the billows cease to Behold your Lord appear! roll,
He comes in Love Divine, from highest Subservient to bis will o'er yon vast deep,
Heaven : Can barmonize the passions of ibe soul; His well-known voice Creation heard, And all her powers in heavenly order
afar, keep .
Where light arose and dark confusion His awful voice is heard above the storń,
driven Nor shall its wasting rage again his Retired; while beauty beam'd from star works deform.
to star, II.
For lasting reigo through yon ethereal
void, O blissful day! when Peace from Hea
Till years shall cease roll, and time
shall be destroy'd. Descending bless'd the world below,-From Love's exhaustless fountain given,
IV. In streams that still in mercy flow ! Torice happy! may the World below, May rescued Nations still iinprove the Eustrin'd in Wisdom's sacred light, sound
In gratis unde for ever glow, That Europe hails with one according And Discord sink in anlient night. voice,
May Man still dwell on Zion's heavenly Since Man's eternal Foe receives the
Where praises most divinely rais'd beAnd in the Saviour's mightier name re
For Him, those infinitely glorions reign Eternal praises to bis name
Shall be the burthen of his sacred song. Through ages hence be pour'd,
The boundless skies above inay fade, Afar, by everlasting faine,
The countless spheres retire! And erermore ador'd.
And Desolation cast its shade May He, who left his throne in realms of B-hind a world on fire! light,
But lo! the soul of man, to bis God and The standard of ETERNAL TRUTH uprear,
King, That Peace confirm'd, pre-eminently
To him whose essence is ETERNAL LOVE, bright,
Triumphant v'er the general wreck shall May in the future rolls of Time appear,
sing, Till his imperial banner greet the skies,
And in her exaltarion still improve : And the last trumpet sounds, Ye dead Eternal ages scarce her korth shall know, awake, and rise!
Through ALL ETERNI AY her powers di.
vinely grow. Portsea, Dec. 25, 1814.
SECOND PART OF THE EIGHTY-FOURTHI VOLUME.
For a long and continued succession of years we have been accus
OR tomed, with solemn resignation to the Great Disposer of Events, confiding in his mercy, and hoping in his justice, to contemplate one object, and almost one only. This has been the disastrous consequence of a Tyrannical Usurpation, which, like the cloud on Mount Carmel, at first no bigger than a man's hand, gradually spread its gloom and horrors over a large part of the civilized world, overturning from their foundations many of the most antient and solid Establishments, and threatening the security of all. Extensive indeed was the circulation of its destructive principles. They were seen and felt far beyond the bounds of Europe; they were discernible even in the remote regions of China, they spread alarm in Siam and Pegu, they were recognized in the heart of Hindostan, and wuch of their mighty mischief had reached to Persia.
The contagious effects of this Despotism were not only aimed at the moral constitution of things: they blighted every thing they approached; and, from profaning the holy edifices consecrated to the Most High, they descended to the Bowers of the Muses, and, like the plague of Locusts, converted their delightful haunts into the barrenness of the desert, and forbade all approach to their territories.
How changed the scene!-how cheering the future prospect! What demands upon our gratitude as Men, as Citizens, as Friends to every ingenious Art, and every branch of Science! The present scene seems strongly to remind us of the period of the Middle Ages, when, after the barbarous fury of Goths and Vandals had buried Learning and the Arts in the darkest obscurity of night, “ Leo's golden days" arose, and again restored them to light and liberty. Already are the delightful effects visible in Europe. The Scholars of the North and of the South, for a long time compelled either to suppress or restrain their ardour for Science, or, what is worse, forced by a Tyrant's arın to employ their talents on
teaches him to despise and violate the courteous civilities of Life, and substitutes asperity for kindness, and selfishness for charity. This fortunately has not taken place among ourselves; but it has, in no common degree, among our Neighbours. In this respect, example will do much, and perseverance more. Sorry indeed should we be, to see the manly and dignified demeanour of Englishmen exchanged for grimace, affectation, and coxcombry; but still more painful would it be, to see it marked by rudeness, and characterised by ferocity. The great preventive of these and similar evils, is the peaceful cultivation of Science. Here we feel ourselves in our own element; and let us earnestly hope, that we shall not again be called upon to discuss other subjects, than those which Cicero calls exercitationes ingenii et curricula mentis. We shall not again, we seriously flatter ourselves, have to lament in our Prefatory Addresses,
rerum publicarum eversiones, Patriæ proditiones, aut cum hostibus clandestina colloquia." Far different scenes and occupations present themselves ; here we shall continue to exercise our best talents and greatest diligence, secure, as for the greatest part of a Century we have been, of the aid of the wise, the good, and the ingenious.
At this point, we might perhaps without impropriety, close our communication for the present, with our Readers : but it would have the appearance of cold insensibility and indifference, not to felicitate them on the accomplishment of our common hopes and wishes, and without participating with them, in the exultation arising from the idea, that Babylon, the mighty Babylon, is fallen! that Society is relieved from the burden of the greatest Pest that ever molested its tranquillity, or contaminated the sources of its safety; of the fall of one, of whom most truly may it be said
Nec nostræ potuere preces inflectere durum,
Spumabat ferus ore vomens, bellumque ciebat.
Tros Tyriusque nobis nullo discrimine agetur. Criticism may sometimes inflict a wound where none was intended, Vanity may occasionally imagine that its claims are neglected, Curiosity may by chance inquire for that, which cannot be found, and Impatience may complain, that its unreasonable expectations are not anticipated : but we will pledge ourselves, that there never shall exist any just inputation on our vigilance, our honour, or our justice.
December 31, 1814.
JUL Y, 1814.
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INDEX INDICATORIUS. We are sorry to inform our Country A Correspondent in the Temple begs Correspondent (as we have often told to kuow whether the Society of Antiquaothers) that the Pueen Anne's Furthing “ries at Newcastle upon-Tyne, includes the (even if gennine) is scarcely worth a County Palatine of Durbam? if not, be shilling-apd that the silver coin he men suggests to the Nobility, Clerry, and tions is not worth quite so much.-Several Gentlemen of that County, the propriety other drawings have been sent; but none of calling a Meeting for the purpose of that are worth engraving.
forming a General Society, as well of An. S. D. requests to know the date of the tiquaries, as of Arts, Mauufactures and renewal of the present East India Char. Commerce, ter-what it cost: the Company and if it INVESTIGATOR solicits information rebe granted for any term of years, and specting John Meare or De la Meare, Esg. particularly the date of it.
described in a MS, as of Whilbourn, CorsI. D. who is at this time engaged in at ly Parish, Wiltshire, where he lived totempting the History of EICESTER, co. wards the close of the 16th century. Ho Oxom will be greatly obliged to any of had several sons, one of whom, Lewis, Mr. Crban's readers, to inforın him where was born at Corsly in the year 1625, and the following Tract may be consulted, went into Ireland sone time previous to which is noticed in Mr. Gougla's. Brit. the year 1650, where he settled in the Topog. but is not among his valuable "county of Westmeath. Collection bequeathed to the Bodleian Li Dr, Lind, in his learned Treatise on the brary.—“ Strange and wonderful News Scurvy, expressly says, that the first from BISCITER, a town in OXFORDSHIRE : University Professorship of Chemistry in being a full and true account of a ter Europe was founded by a Dutch Gentle. rible tempest of lighịning, rain, hail, and man “ in hopes that that Science might thunder, which happened there the twen lead to the discovery of soine certain Retyeth day of April last past, and continued medy of that Disorder." This is too refor several hours; burnt much corn, some markable a circumstance to be totally forbarns and outhouses, and killed many gotten. Who was the Dutch Gentleman cattel; also spoyl'd several persons, and -When and where was his Professorship had like to bave consumed the whole founded ? CLERICUS BATHENSIS. town. 4to. 1678."
Phillips, in his Annual Necrology, says, S. P. who wishes for a detailed account that had Frederic the Great been stripof the Sword Dancers who go about many ped of his dominions, it was his intention parts of the Connties of Durham and Nor- to fix at Venice as a Physician, Docs thumberland at Christmas, who are in any authentic document of this exist, and general men from the collieries, and per. where :
CLERICUS BATHENSJS. form a species of melo-drama, is referred Mr. CARTER'S Reply to Mr. HAWKINS to the elegant edition of Brand's “Popu. is received ; and shall appear in our lar Antiquities" by Mr. Ellis.
METEOROLOGICAL TABLE for July, 1814. By W. CARY, Strand. Height of Fahrenheit's Thernometer. Height of Fahrenheit's Thermometer.