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WEET is the rose-bud to the view,

As opening in the morn;
Its leaf bespangl'd with the dew,

And harmless is its thorn.
Such was Eliza, lovely maid!

A Rose without a thorn!
Pure as the dew-drop on its head,

Upon a vernal morn,
Sweet are the balmy, spicy gales

That breathe o'er Arab's coast;
Enchanting Love reigns in i:s vales,

And forms its greatest boast.
Yet sweeter far Eliza's mind,

Than Arab's spicy groves ;
'Twas Sensibility refin'd,

The seat of all the Loves.
The Graces fix'd their dear abode,

Within her lovely breast ;
No angry passions dar'd intrude,

Or could disturb her rest.
Shall then Eliza seek the tomb,

And from our world be torn;
And not the Muse amid the gloom,

One wreath hang on her urn?
Ah, no! forbid sweet memory,

To let her shade depart,
Without the passing tear and sigh,

The language of the heart.
Mild candour, weeping o'er her urn,

(Methinks I hear the voice)
« Tho' for thy loss my cause must mourn,

Yet thou shalt e'er rejoice.
With dear delight I called thee mine,

And led thee on to youth;
Thy spirit bent before the shrine

Of everlasting truth.
Quick as the lightning's sudden glarea

Shoots thro' an Eastern sky,
So did the angel touch the Fair,

And whisper'd she must die.
Meek as the flow'ret bends its head,

Before the zephyr's breath,
So bow'd Eliza, gentle maid,

Nor fear'd thy summons, Death.
Religion from the mournful tomb

Shall raise each weeping eye,
trace the flying spirit home,

Unto its native sky.".
Bideford, Dec. 13, 1793.

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J. W.

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FOR THE NEW YEAR, 1794:

BY HENRY JAMES PYE, E.QPort LAURIAT.

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TURTUR'D in storms, the infant Year

Comes in terrific glory forth,
Earth meets him wrapt in mantle drear,

And the loud tempest sings his birth.
Yet ’mid the elemental strife
Brood the rich germs of vernal life.
From January's iron reign,
And the dark month's succeeding train,
The renovated glebe prepare.
For genial May's ambrosial air,
For fruits that glowing Summer yields,
For laghing Autumn's golden fields ;
And the stout swain, whose frame defics

The driving storm, the hostile skies,
While his keen plowshare turns the stubborn soil,
Knows plenty only springs the just reward of toil.

Then if fell war's tempestuous sound

Swell far and wide with louder roar,
If stern th' avenging Nations round

Threaten yon fate-devoted shore,
Hope points to gentler hours again
When Peace shall re-assume her reign---
Yet never o'er his timid head
Her lasting olive shall be spread,
Whose breast inglorious woos her charms
When fame, when Justice call to arms.--

While Anarchy's infuriate brood
Their garments dy'd with guiltless blood,

With Titan rage blaspheming try

Their impious battle 'gainst the sky,
Say, shall BRITANNIA's generous Sons embrace
In folds of amity the happy Race,

Or aid the sword that coward Fury reárs,
Red with the Widow's Blood, wet with the Orphan's Tears?

III.
But tho' her martial thunders fall
Vindictive o'er Oppression's haughty crest,

Awake to pity's suasive call,
She spreads her bucklér o'er the suffering breast
From seas that roļi by Gallia's southmost steep,
From the rich Isles that crown the Atlantic deere

The plantive sigh, the heart-felt groan,
Are wafted to her Monarch's throne

Open to mercy, prompt to save,
His ready Navies plow the yielding wave,

The ruthless arm of saving lisence awe,
And guard the sacred reign of Freedom and of Law

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Upheld by FORTUNE's powerful hand; Who see the chilling snow come down,

With all her comforts at command ; O! think of their less happy doom,

Whom POVERTY's sharp woes assail! No sparkling fire, no cheerful room,

Revives their cheek, cold, sunk and pale. Deep howls the wind! the pelting rain

Drips through the shelter'd casement cold; While the sad Mother's arms contain

Her Infant'shivering in their fold. In vain they raise their piteous cry,

And plead, at hungry Nature's call; Their only food a Mother's sigh;

Their only warmth the tears that fall; Stretch'd on his miserable bed,

The wretched Father sinks in grief; Pale Sickness rest upon his head,

And only hopes from Death relief. The Parent's tender mournful eyes

Mingle their faint and humid beams : Fresh woes from retrospection rise,

Fresh source from Mem’ry's fountain streams ! O, RICH!---the transports might be thine,

To soothe their suff'rings into peace ! To bid the sun to comfort shine!

And Want's oppressive empire cease ! To see the glow of Health's return,

Re-animate their faded cheek! Life's feeble spark, rekindled burn,

And give---What language cannot speak ! On Fancy's pinion oft I roam.

With Pity, partner of my fight, Forget awhile that grief's my own,

And taste a şoothing, sweet delight; Forget the many poignant woes,

That weigh this drooping form to earth ; Where restless Sorrow hopes repose,

*Scaped from those ills which gave it birth! O! ye, embark'd for Pleasure's shore,

Restrain awhile the fluttering sail ! At Pity's call retard the oar,

Nor let her plaintive pleading fail?

M.

FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.

QUEBEC, October 17.
GRAND Council was held at the mouth of the Detroit River, at which were

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spectable talents, was the Speaker on the part of the Americans ; and an Indian Chief spoke for the Representatives of the Indians. The Council broke up with much dissatisfaction to both parties. The Indian Chief informed the Commissioners, that he could not be responsible for their returning in safety. The Indian concluded his speech in sentiments to the following purport :---- The Great Spirit had given to our fathers this vast extensive land, to people and possess. You first invaded our original possessions, and your encroachments have multiplied and extended. You have driven us far back from the sea, and you now wish to drive us still farther ; but we will repel your attempts, and endeavour to drive you back to that ocean which car. ried you hither to invade us.

New-York, November 7. THE white flag was hoisted on Bush Hill, Philadelphia, 1st of November; it was the signal of health ; and in two days, more than 7000 of the absentees had returned to the city. The number which Aed was calculated at 20,000. On the 3d, two of the churches, which have no adjoining cemeteries, were opened for divine service ; several stores were opened the next day, and after a suspension of several weeks, one of the newspapers had resumed its office on the 5th. Certificates of a general convalescency had been transmitted by Dr. Rush, and other physicians, to New-York, and it appears by the New-York prints of the 7th, that a communication between those places would immediateiy be opened.

The Legislative Assembly of Canada have passed an act for the abolition of the Slave Trade.

PETERSBURGH, November 19. THE King of Great Britain having been graciously pleased to nominate Charles Whitworth, Esq. his Envoy at this Court, to be a Knight Companion of the Most Hon. Order of the Bath, and his Majesty being desirous that he should be knighted, and invested with the Ensigns of the Order in the most honourable and distinguished manner, Mr. Whitworth applied to her Imperial Majesty the Empress of Russia, by order of the King his master, to desire she would be pleased to represent his Majesty on this occasion: to which her Imperial Majesty very readily consented, expressing in the strongest terms her sentiments of friendship and affection towards his Britannic Majesty. Accordingly on Sunday the 17th the ceremony was performed in the Empress's audience room, before a splendid Court, when Mr. Whitworth being introduced, her Imperial Majesty immediately invested him with the ribbon and badge of the Order ; and then taking from a table a gold-hilted sword, richly ornamented with dia. monds, the Empress touched his left shoulder three times with it, pronouncing these words: Sayex Bon et Honorable Chevalier, au Nom de Dieu; and on Sir Charles Whitworth's rising up, and kissing her Imperial Majesty's hand, the Empress added, Ee pour vous prouver combien je suis contente de vous, je vous fais Present de l' Efée avec laquelle je vous ai fait Chevalier.

[The Sword with which the Empress invested Mr. Whitworth, and which she presented to him, is worth 4000 roubles.]

LONDON, JANUARY 4. Accounts from Corsica mention, that Gener: Paoli had giv:n battle to the French between Monticello, Cartifa and Pictralba, in which he killed many, and took a great number of prisoners.

Gen. Paoli having been informed that the French treated very ill those who fell into their hands, ordered that ten of the French prisoners should be hanged, but not by the hands of the common executioner, for that they should hang one another, and the survivor should be shot, which was executed at Corte, on the 29th of last month.

sth. General Wurmser has published a proclamation and manifesto to the inhabitants of Alsace, which concludes as follows.

“ If your souls remain yet untainted by the poison of the French revolution, em. ployments which will preserve you froin it for ever, be obedient to your Sovereigns, established by the Almighty for your good ; acquit yourselves with good will towards them and their friends, which they have a right to claim from you ; Honour the clergy from whom you receive the consolation of future existence ; Beware of all party spirit: avoid all disputes with regard to religion, which are the sources of all evil. In short, remain faithful and just: this will be your happiness, and for me the best, and most grateful reward.

6th. The Flanders mail confirmed the raising of the blockade of Landau, and the repassage of the Rhine by the Austrian and Prussian armies, who, after so many victories gained, and the greatest hardships, suffered with the utmost patience and heroism, were obliged to yield at last to the superior numbers of the Sans-Culottes, who ever since the 22d. ult. with a force reckoned at 180,000 men, and a numerous and formidable artilery, made the most desperate attacks upon General Wurmser, and the Duke of Brunswick.

The voluntary contributions for the support of the Imperial war amount to 13 million of florins.

Anarcharsis Clouts and Thomas Paine, deprived by a (Decree) of the French Convention of their seats have been arrested, and sent to Luxemburg, and seals put upon

their papers.

7th. After his Majesty's Levee Ibrahim Ismael, (Reis Effendi at the Court of Turkey) attended by his Faquilar, or secretary, and his Dragoman (or interpreter) had an audience of the King in the closet, to deliver his credentials. The Envoy and his two Attendants were habited in a manner remarkably plain, to the disappointment of numerous spectators.

After the Turkish Envoy's audience, a Council was held, when a day of Fasting and Humiliation was appointed to be held in England, Wales, and Berwick-upon-Tweed, on Friday the 28th day of February. The same was ordered to be observed in Scotland on the 27th.

14th. Official dispatches were brought up by Sir Sydney Smith, relative to the eva. cuation of 'Toulon by the Allies.

The dispatches are dated Hieres Bay, the 21st and 22d of December last.

It appears, that on the morning of the 18th, Lord Hood was informed, while at breakfast, that some of the inhabitants had began to fire on our troops, and were in a declared state of insurrection. Orders were immediately given that the town should be, evacuated by the Allies, and such of the loyal inhabitants as chose to embark on board our feet, should be carried off. The British Admiral animated by his presence all the exertions that could be devised for the general safety of the town and garrison, and the protection of the distressed Royalists, and the British squadron extended to them all the succour they could possibly afford; we cannot more fully demonstrate this than by stating, that almost every 74 gun ship in the squadron received froin 1,500 to 1,800 of them on board; and one ship of the line had, with her complement of hands, no less than 3,000 people crowding her different decks.

Having previously resolved on the destruction of the enemy's ships in the harbour, the arsenal, and other works, his Lordship committed the execution of this plan to Captain Sir Sydney Smith---a volunteer in this service, assisted by six naral Lieute. nants, and several petty Officers, and 306 picked seamen.

While the shipping, arsenal, dock-yards, and a great part of the town were consuming, the conflagration was tremendous, almost beyond any event on military record. The Spaniards shared not in this service, but getting under sail, stood away for Minorca. The Neapolitan squadron also sailed the tide before, for their own ports.

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