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It is the long-look'd pastime now begun!
Aye! there they are upon the level green,
Maiden and ruftic, deck'd in best attire,
And ushering in the WHITSUN HOLIDAYS:
Weaving the mazy dance, fantastic, whilst
Encircled by a gaping crowd of boys,
The merry piper stands, and capering plays ;
Or, half forgetful of his half-learn'd tune,
Looks fcantways to behold his fav’rite lais
Pair’d with another; haply, smiling ton.
The aged ploughman now forgets his team,
And though to join the skipping throng tov old,
Laughs to see others laugh, he knows not why,
Or, if in graver mood, looks wond'rous wise,
And tells his hoiden daughters as they pass,
Hold, maidens! hold! no whispering in the dance.
All, all is life and soothing jollity!
That king of Iports is there, the mountebank,
With antic tricks, or, with no sparing hand,
Dealing around fome nostrum, famed, ALIKE
Specific in all pains and maladies.
And there the village matrons gaily trimm'd,
With lace and tucker, handed down secure
Through a long line of prudent ancestors;
And never shewn to gaping multitude,
Save at some marriage gay, or yearly wake.
Musing the mothers look o'er all the plain,
A cheerful smile unbends their wrinkled brow,
The days departed start again to life,
And all the scenes of childhood re-appear,
Faint, but more tranquil, like the changing sun
To him who flept at noon and wakes at eve.
Children of innocence, sport on in peace !
Enjoy the fair, but fleeting morn of life,
And may no tempest spoil your holiday.

Farewell, delicious spot! I now must leave you ;
Now must return to breathe pollution's air ;
To mix with men, envelop'd in the cares
Of life; to be envelop'd too; to hear
Their converfe low, how beft to meet with wealth,
And tu preserve that end of life till death.

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It must be ro, yet will I love to think
On yon dear mount! and pönder on the joys
This morn bestow'd, and say, pressing my heart,
Thau to review with memory's mufing eye
Your lofty summit, mark its subject vales,
Its many scatter'd (pires, and hamlets small,
And hear the magic orisons of birds,
Breaking the filence with their melody;
Not sweeter to the nightly traveller's ear
Sounds the soft lute, while wandering hy the side
Of some now stream, when, not a whispering breeze
Awakes the grove, and not a murmur, rude,
Impedes the warbled notes--expiring Now;
Whilst the clear moon resplendent shines aloft,
And casts her pale beam u'er the sleeping tide.”

From these agreeable specimens, it is evident that the reader will form a favourable opinion of this production. There is an ease in the verse and an humanity in the sentiments which will ensure approbation. A short Elegy on a beloved sister is added, which does honour to the feelings and talents of the writer. Tributes of affection to deceased relatives are perused by most persons with a mournful sympathy. It is one of the appointed modes furnished by a kind Providence for the alleviation of our forrow, and the diminution of our grief.

The Political State of Europe speculatively delineated,

in February, 1798. Wherein the probable confequences of the French Revolution, not only upon every European Kingdom and State, especially En. gland and France, but also on the States of America, are amply investigated. By General Dumourier. Translated from the original Manuscripts by. Silas

James. Ilustrated with a Map of Europe. Symonds. DUMOURIER, like the illustrious Julius Cæsar,

shines in the closet as well as in the field. He wields with equal case either his pen or his sword.

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Nor let the comparison of these two implements excite a smile. It has been a matter of dispute, whether to the sword of Washington, or to the pen of Paine, the Americans ivere most indebted in their successful oppo. sition to this country.

Of the character of Dumourier no politician is ignorant. Whatever we think of his heart-we may liften safely to the suggestions of his head, so far as respect the political interests of Europe. For the plans he delineates the pamphlet must be consulted. li dirplays a wonderful knowledge of public affairs, and ihews the interest which he takes in them, though he himself lies hidden in obscurity. His observations on England principally concern us and part of those thall be detailed. At this time the following remarks relative to the threatened invasion excite curiosity, and demand attention.

“ There are two ways of effecting a descent on England, one by an army brought over in merchant ships, convoyed by a numerous fleet, and Atriving by main force to gain the Englith coast, to repulse the fleets that might oppose their disembarkation; and afterwards, by its formidable artillery, to protect the army till naval aid becomes no longer needful, either for the establishment, or the subsistence of this army.

“ This is not physically impossible to execute, but the superiority of the English is so great, as well in skill as in naval force, that it is extremely probable every such attempt must prove abortive.

“ First, In no French port of the Channel could such a fleet be collectedit must therefore be divided amongst several ports, like that which was so badly arranged in 1779, between Havre, St. Maloes, and Brest.

“ Secondly, A land-locked road, or safe anchorage, would be necessary, where these separated bodies might rendezvous, under convoy of a great fleet of men of war, for the purpose of failing together, and the whole coast of France does not furnish such

Even Cherbourg is inadequate thereto. “ Thirdly, The preparations will be very now and expensive; the project well known; the cruizers, and squadrons of the English will be guided by these immense preparations.

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“ Fourthly, The part of the English coast threatened by the known point of departure, will be more carefully fortified, and the number of troops and artillery augmented.

“ Fifthly, The wind that may be favourable at the point of departure, may probably become adverse to the junction of the fleet which is to convoy it.

“ Sixthly, The English fleet, being aware of the preparations, may optionally attack the French fleet, either before or after this junction, with the convoy with which it must be embarrassed. In either of thefe cases, should the French fleet be defeated, whether the convoy remain in the ports, or be destroyed after the defeat, the expedition will fail, and every probability favours the presumption, that the French would be beaten.

“ Seventhly, If the convoyed army should gain the English coast, and aitempt a landing, either before or after the engagement, its fate will depend on the issue of that engagement; and it hwill meet a stouter resistance on shore, as the English will be encouraged by the proximity of their feet.

á Should the French be unsuccessful, ruined by so grand an effort, despoiled of their latt naval resources, let them say what they please, they will never more attempt fo rash an-cnterprize; and, clothed with disgrace and shame, they will terminate a war by which they have acquired so much glory: then will their laurels fade; their own, and the colonies of their allies, will become the prey of their imperious adversary; and, probably, those powers on whom they have imposed conditions so very severe, profiting of their disaiter, will attack them anew.

“ The other method of attempting a descent on England is partial. It may be executed from various points at once, or else in succeffion. It requires neither large transports, nor Chips of the line to escort them. The preparations along the coast from Holland to Breit, menace more points, attract less notice, are less expensive, and more practicable.

« Gun-boats, bomb-boats, frigates and corvettes, can only avail against the batteries on the coasts. Chaffe-marées, and boats with decks, may with ease convey the troops, the artillery, and their carriages, as ballast, together with ammunition, and eight days provision. Between Brest and Dunkirk there are upwards of 1500 of these challe-marées, and almost as many between Dunkirk and Eat Friesland. Each of these boats may carry 100 men, with one piece of cannon, its carriage and ammunition in the hold, for 24 hours. These boats can run a-ground without danger, and land their troops with great facility. They fail excellently well; the men are bold, and the masters are perfectly well acquainted with the English coast. Two hundred of these boats may easily be collected at any part of the coast in threc days. In the same space of time the troops may be collected at a given point; the embarkation of dismounted artillery, of horses with their forage, ammunition, dry provisions and medicines; and also the disembarkation of the same, can be executed in three hours.

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“ Forty gun-boats of the new model, cach carrying two twelve pounders, with four horses, form the advanced guard, and may be drawn alhore, even by means of their false keels. By the help of their fire they cover the shore, and render their landing certain and undisturbed. Ten bags of sand for cach man, as many pallisades and pick-axes, are the means of intrenchment.

s6 Ten thousand foot and five hundred horse may easily be conveyed to England in this fleet, as the period of departure will depend on their own choice; cruizers will find it difficult to intercept them. A division of gun-boats may remain with the troops, the others may return to the point of departure with the chasse-marées, and be employed every night in bring-ing provisions for the intrenched camp, which, the enemies {hips, not daring to hazard themselves in shoal-water, and to the red hot lho: of the camp batteries and gun-boats, cannot approach.

* The southern and eastern coast of England being greatly indented, present numerous points susceptible of such a descent. Of the importance of this, the English themselves are probably not aware. On many parts of the English coast this mode of landing may be at once employed, with great secrecy, celerity and success.

“ It may be obje&ted that a body of 10,000 men is a mere handful, which cannot oppose, with the smallest prospect of success, the multitudinous armies which the English will bring against them. This would be true, could that multitude instantly be brought to act against the French before they were entrenched. But this can never be, and when once entrenched, they must be besieged in a regular manner.

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