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APPY the man who leads the rural life,

With face of pleasure owns his happy state;
ci sost to Faction, Envy, Care, and Strite,
Disdains the follies which attend the Great.
King of his peaceful realm he lives secure,

Calls Indeperdence, Sov'reign Bliss! his own;
Scorns the Circean cail of Fashion's lure,

Nor feels the thorny roses of a crown.
With heart estrang’d from pain, unvext he lives,

Low in the hierbaz'd sweet sequestred vale,
Amid the joys which calm conteatment gives

For calm contentment loves the cottag'u dale:
Expanding there, from world!ly tumult free,

It gives that wealth which is above all store;
Sweetens the lalours of rusticity,

And fixes lite above the wish for more.
Thankful his food from Nature's hand he takes,

And toils with patience thro' the busy day;
At his command tar Cultivation wakes,

And Plenty calls her Patron to repay.
See with what bliss he speculates his kine,

In rumination wrapt beneath the shade;
Detain'd by patient cus om, to resign

Their milky treasures to the Rustic Maid.
Revisits of the daisy-sprinkled mead,

Where stray his truitiul ewes and lambs at large;
Forgetting not the poultry race to feed,

E'er faithful to his sw.etly-varied charge.
His is one scene of ever-blooming case,

Blessings on blessings geld is still retreat;
Each thought that Innocence can yield to picase,

And all each kindred virtue ma es compacte.
Delightful state, give me one tleating flock-

Let me but call one lowing Herd my own,
Quick would I fly, ye Pow'rs! to shun the rock,

Where monster Vice erects her eben throne.
The tow'ring Elm should canopy my seat,

And guard me from each rude insulting wind;
Salubrious herbs give relish to my meat,

And Health from Temp’rance blooming vigour find,
I ask no turtle to supply my boird,

No high-sauc'd food in my repast be seen;
Whom Sylvan rare sufficient taste afford,

Pure balmy Health enjoys with mind serene,

VOL. II.

Oh, how the Groves, the Fountains, and the Bow'rs,

The winding Vallies, and their purling rills, Alternate testify his happy hours,

Whose guile-less bosom rural pleasure fills, Free from the sordid miser's lucrous rage,

He hugs his competence, nor wishes more;
Unkrown to pain he mellows into age,

And thinks his little a capacious flore.
Thrice happy he! how sweet is life thus led ?

Where low Ambition never durst intrude;
Where sleep refective downs the homely bed,

And gold-clad cares molest not Solitude.

TO FRIENDSHIP.

BY THE SAME.
THE
, how calm it

appears,
How placid, how pleasant, and cool!
From labour returning the Sheers,

Stop to drink at the green-sedgy pool, Come Celadon, pomp lay aside,

To trifes no longer descend; Thou foe to unciviliz'd pride,

To me thou unvarying Friend. The shepherds sing Carols of Love,

The ploughmen are blythe on their way; The turtle's soft coo in the grove,

The green is all jocund and gay. With music re-echoes the glade,

The valley with harmony rings; The tabor and pipe in the shade,

Make the Rustics as happy as Kings. In Friendship together we'll walk,

And mark the decline of the day; With chearfulness wander and talk,

Till Phæbus withdraw his last ray.

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ON CONTENT,

FROM AN OLD MS. 1631.

V so bills

Be unto valleys turn'd; it is our wills, Not the condition of our outward state, "That doth unto us happiness create. Be but content, and Nature being servid, Grace will say we have mure than we deserv'd : So 'tis not what we have, or what we want, But our desires that make the measure scant. With bread and water Nature is content; From these easy gifts, the whole world's extent, Will not deny ; our magazines of store, Tão little is, if we be craving more : Be pleas'd with what you have, and you will find Always enough with a contented mind. What folly 'tis, still more and more to crave, To dispossess ourselves of what we have Content's not broad, nor narrow, short, or long, But suitable to our frail condition. If low, she can as humbly condescend, If high, she can as joyfully ascend : She nothing wants, though she may more desire, She likes her seat below, but could sit high'r. Content is like a sympathising wife, Who happy makes her own and husband's life ; But if a hand of pride, and that unjust, Shall seek to lay my honour in the dust, Restrain my Liberty, and me defame, By false reproaches cast on my good name; And add too, home insulting banishment, Thinking to awe me with their punishment : Alas! how vain have they their malice spent, When I can take my antidote Content. Now Cod it is that teacheth us Content, If good or evil come, God hath it sent: Yet here let no blasphemous Libertine, Once think that God the author is of sin: God sin doth punish, which he could prevent: He hates the sin, but owns the punishment. The God of goodness would not sin permit, Knew he not how to bring good ou: of it. Added to Content, when I do possess The multiplied blessings of godiness I have eno rol I cannot say to spare, Because the world and I made even are; Whereby my joy itself enlargeth more, Tlan was my fear of losing it before--Contentment, joy, treasures for the soul is, While discontent's incapable of Bliss,

M.

ON AN INFANT
THAT DIED SOON AFTER THE BIRTH.MS.

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S careful nurses in their beds do lay

Their Babes, which would too long the wantons play; So to prevent his youth's ensuing crimes, Nature, his nurse, laid him to bed betimes. Within this marble casket lies, A jewel rich, of highest prize, Wlich Nature in the world's disdain, Just shew'd, and shut it up again.

M.

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ITHIN this coffin, sinew-shrunk and dead,

Lies Mary's joy *, and she nọ tears hati shed;
Not that she wants affection to lament
The burying of so sweet an instrument
Of her content, but that her pow'r is such,
That she can raise it up, and with her touch,
Make it so speak, that he which understands
The language, must confess her active hands
Have strength, tho' not the chain of fate to break,
Yet sure to raise the dead, and make it speak.
And if you be impatient of delay,
'To know the mistery; then bid her play,

M.

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SAME MS.NO AUTHOR.
ERE she doth lye, that reconciles the strife,

How one may be a Virgin and a Witc;
And yet secur'd for ever from the fear,
Once to let fall a 'mournful Widow's tear.
She did not marry, for by faith to him,
She was betrothed, that did purge ler sin;
And by that contract led a Viigin's life,
That so she might become a spotless Wife:
Having here nothing else to do at all,
But to prepare against her Spouse did call;
Who now hath summon'd her to be his bride.
She arswer'd with joy, I come to abide
With thee, O Lord, my Husband, ard my Life,
Made by thy Word, and by thy Love, thy Wife ;
Never to be divorc'd, nor to delight,
But sole in thee, to whom my troth is plight,
Thus she became a Wife, and doth remain
A Virgin, and what heart can entertain
A thought, how she that's married to her Makor,
Can of a Widow's tears be made partaker.

M.

* A Guitar.

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FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.

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THE KING of PRUSSIA has given the most solemn assurances to the EMPEROR,

by the Marquis de LUCCHESSINI, of his fixed resolution to continue the war, in concert with the Austrians, with the utmost vigour and exertion.

The King of SPAIN has published a Declaration, in which he declares his object to be,

" To establish a form of Government under an Hereditary Monarchy, with the re.. serve of treating hereafter, when the French troubles shall cease, concerning the mo. difications which its more solid establishment may be thought to require. His Majesty is fully persuaded that such are the sentiments of his Britannic Majesty, his, Ally!"

An article from Magdebourg says, the reason why M. LA FAYETTE, LAMETH, and the oiher French Officers are removed from here to Glatz and Silesia, is, the expected arrival of a number of their countrymen prisoners of war. M. LAMETH has enjoyed but a poor state of health ever since he came; but by the King of Prussia's leave, his mother has attended him. All those prisoners are said to have had the liberty of reading, and to have been well supplied with books from persons passessing libraries.

General Field-Marshal MOLLENDORF arrived at Mentz, Jan. 31, and received the Command in Chief of the Army from the reigning Duke of BRUNSWICK.

The American President having represented the expediency of the States of America being always in a state of defence, in order to repel any armed force or power, the Congress have coine to the resolution immediately to build and equip twenty large frigates, and raise an augmentation to their arıny of ten chousand men.

Accounts have been received at Jamaica from St. Domingo, that 16 more pirishes of that island, which had not been devastated by the Negrocs, had applied to our Governor at St. Nicola Mole, to surrender on the same conditions as the other part of the island in possession of the British forces; which proposal had been acceded to, and a force sent for their protection.

Giafar Han, sovereign of the Chiras, one of the most powerful princes of Persia, . has lately been dethroned by his brother, Mehemet Han, who entered into the possession of his dominions. This new Persian usurper is now threatening the Turkish dominions with a powerful invasion.

A far more formidable enemy has lately arisen in Arabia, who menaces the Sublime Porte with no less than a total subversion of the Mahometan religion, and destruction to the reign of the successors of the Caliphs. This enemy is Scheich Hujabi, wlio is at the head of a numerous Arabian tribe, encamped between Mecca and Bassora. He professes to deny the divine mission of Mahomet, the sanctity of the Alcoran, and all the religinus ceremonies of Mahometanism. . He and liis tribe are continually adoring! the Divinity in the open feld, despising the institution of mosques, or temples. The Father of this Arabian chief, an old man vi 30, is the founder, and principal priest of this new sect.

ACTION BETWEEN the ANTELOPE and L'ATLANTE, THE Antelope packet sailed from Port Royal with the mails for England, on the 27th November. On the 1st December, not far from Cumberland l'ort, on the coast of Cuba, she perceived two schooners, which scood directly for her, and hoisted Spahish colours. : Mr. Curtis, Master of the packet, suspecting them to be privateers, bore away for Port Royal, but L'Atlante outsailing her consort, persevered in her chase, which she continued till four o'clock, when the wind falling, she roved and came up with the packet; and after exchanging several shots, the privateer shrered off. At five o'clock in the following morning, she rowed off again, grappled the Antelope on the starboard side, and used every endeavour to board her; but these en

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