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SONG. I have felt all the Pleasures of Hope, &c.
The Grave of Burns. 1 Have felt all the pleasures of hope in my 0 3weetly the breeze of the evening is youth
swelling, Which manhood has ne'er realis'd: And solemnly waves the rank grass with a I have doated on virtue, and doated on sigh, | Art:h,
That green grows all over the dark narrow And find these are scill to be priz'd;
dwelling, But the phantoms which fancy presented Where a stone points the spot, where the to view,
poet does lie. Like the dews of the morning are fied: I grasp'da: each joy, while i strained to
O cold is that heart once wild rapture en
joying, pursue, And embrac'd but a shade in its stead.
And dim is the beam of that love-speaking Now no more in the surge of ambition
His harp now is silent, and low with hina high toss't, I'll pillow my head on the wave;
The chief of the song, now is mixing with Like the poor shatter'd shallop, whose
clay. rudder is lost,
And now from that heart, once with poesy The wreck of my hope I wonld save.
swelling, la some suug friendly haven, whose rocks The wild flower oft blossoms, then withers bay the winds,
away; And to toil-worn distress is its shore, While the tempests of winter, sweep o'er I would moor, where tir'd nature life's re. the dark dwelling, quiem finds,
of the minscrel of nature, now cauld in the And thinks on its tempests no more.
clay. But where shall I find it? ay! tell me, ye Ever still on thy lone house the daisy shall few,
blossom, Who that secret of life can unfold; And here of the wild bird sing nature to Wbo have found out that charm in the rest; road you pursue,
The thistle proud wave to the breeze o'er Which can change all its touches to gold. thy bosom, Is it fortune's high way? nay! I've seen its And happy, dear shade, be thy place 'mong gay show,
the blest. And enjoy'd every scene as I went ; Is it honour? ah! no! Is it love? ah! no! nor Glasgow.
R. G. po!
THE SEASONS. Such charm is but found in content.
W HEN infant Time his course begun, Now I feel with the wise what a fool I W And hours, and days, and months, and have been,
years, Not to know where true happiness lies; With ceaseless race prepared to run, She lives in those hearts, which, thro' time's As numbered by the rolling spheres ; chequer'd scene,
In beauty from its verbal birth,. Can the visions of fortune despise. 'Mid whirling planets vast, upreared, 'Tis the vein where the treasures of peace. Self-poised the fabric of the earth, lie concealed,
'Twas then th Seasons first appeared. . And the miner is sure to be blest : In his short span of life present good is re. First, Spring, in robe of freshest green, real'd,
And eye of loveliness advanced,
Ah ! scenes for ever hid in night, For ever banished from my sight, For ever from my country torn, . I live, but only live to mourn. But oh, my Caledonia dear, An exile's dying wishes hear, Who far from thee, and every friend, His few remaining days must spend. Long, long be peace and plenty seen, O'er all thy hills and valleys green, And long may bright improvement's hand Make science flourish in thy land. And should the cruel Gallic foe E'er aim the loudly-threat'ned blow, . Oh, may he find, in Britain's isle, A grave to rest from all his toil!
Rosiin, 17. Jan. 1810.3
While rung as if alive the plain,
Air.-- Logan Water: ON Logan water's bonny braes
I spent my happy youthful days ; When hope's sweet eide run warm and high, And all my hours were hours of joy. Pure limpid stream ! still softly flow, Tho' far from thee and prest with woe, Tho' far from thee 'mang Scotia's faes, My heart still wanders on thy braes. When ruddy morning gilds the east, And early linnet leaves its nest, And sweetly carols thro' the slaes, Its matin song on Logan braes : Oft have I trod thy margin green, And gaz'd upon the op'ning scene; Oft round thy winding valley gay, And hail'd the sweet approach of day. And oft, when Phæbus' slanting beam Shot golden rays across the stream, I've climb'd the lovely mountain's brow, And eyed the smooth expanse below. When shouts of rural mirth and glee, Resound o'er all the flow'ry lee, When labours's busy children still Are free to saunter where they will.
The Dying Miser To uis Gold. In imitation of Pope's dying Christiar. TOVELY treasure held so fast,
Must, oh! must we pari at last!
Stood watching by the bed where I
lay sick; I heard her sigh! I saw the tear, Steal slowly down her lovely palid cheek. Her tender feelings touch'd me deep, Altho' I joy'd the pearly drop to see : Not that I lov'd to see her weep, But that I knew the tear was shed for me! Arbroath,
W. I. March 16. 1810. S
Proceedings of Parliament.
HOUSE OF LORDS.
precipitarely to retreat. Instead of the eneo Friday, Jan. 26.
my outnumbering us, as was representeren
have been, we and our allies outnum 5 see THE Fari of Liverp:ol moved the the enemy. Justice was not ruderer. "
I thanks of the House to lourd Viscount the Spaniards. When we looked to the Wellington, and the officers and men un- Spanish account of the battle, and found der his command, for the glorious victory 120%) of the Spaniards killed or wounried obesined in conjunction with our Spanish al. in it, it was worse than useless to aset lies, over the combined armies of France at that they bore no efficient participzivni Talavera. It was by no means without the fate of the day. Not only wis Minic precedent, to move a vote of thanks for a thus offered to those who fough Stol us, victory followed by a retreat. He instan. but so precipitate were the retrograde steps ced the bartle of Msida, in which case the of our troops, that Lori Wellington even vote of thanks met with the approbation of abandoned the corps under the command boek Houses of Parliament. The object of of Sir Robert Wilson. Lord Wellington that expedition was to relieve two garri. also failed to secure the flank and rear of was that were besieged, and to suppost the his army, on the result of the battle of TaCalabrians, who had chen risen, in both of Javera. Failing in his objeet, be abandonwhich it failed.
ed his sick to the humanity of their foes, The Farl of Sufolk said, it was with who were advancing on them. Lord Weigreat regret that, as a military man, he lington had fought a battle; but it was pagad it impossible for him to concur in the the least of merits, properly estimating the Dution. He could never as sent to the pro- military character, ihat of fighting baitles. priety of bestowing the thanks of that Notwithstanding that he thought Lord imuse, except upon occasions of exploits Wellington a brave and honourable man, noequivocally glorious and advantageous an officer of great spirit, sti!! he was imto the counny. He could by no means call prudent in his dispositions, and he was that a victory or a triumph, which, to his now in the most perilous situation. His View, presented nothing but eventual de. Lordship concluded by censuring, freely feat and disgrace; nor could he accept of and strongly, the manner in which Minis the boasted caprure of a few pieces of can. ters had promulged the news of the battle son as a counterpoise for the loss of a mul of Talavera. '. titude of prisoners, and the whole of our Marquis Wellesley said, that, agitated sick and wounded soldiers being left to the as he felt, by private feelings and public mercy of the enemy.
duty, he could not avoid the delivery of Lord Grosvenor expressed a reluctance his sentiments. Foreign courts had intrustis coposing the motion, in which he was ed his poble brother with authority only actuated by no motive of disesteem for the short of royal; and whatever the noble zable General, but because he did not con- Earl opposite might think, the Spanish peoander the occasion to be such as could ple did not view the victory of Talavera 26 properly call forth go signal a mark of disa mean or trivial. When Lord Wellington Loction.
went out, the enemy was not only in posLord Mountjoy was surprised that any session of the nor:h of Portugal, but also teren should be found, either within their menaced Lisbon. The steps of his noble lordships walls or without them, who could, brother were able and decisive; he first for ont inoment, hesitate to acknowledge checked the advances of General Victor. the splendour of that glorious victory. General Cuesta invited Lord Wellington to
Earl Grey said he must oppose a system co-operate with him, at the head of thirtywhich raised Commanders to the rank of eight thousand troops, in expelling the beroes, merely for the efforts of rashness. corps commanded by Victor. Supposing He did not deny that there was, in this case, his noble brother had refused such co-opethe appearance of victory; but it did not racion, had taken upon himself to suspect hear any marks of a great and decisive vic. the conduct of General Cuesta, the bravery tory, entitled to the highest honour which and patriotisni of the Spanish people, and the House could render. Two days after the superintending manigựment of the Spathe baitle, the British army was conivelled mish Junca. Lord Wellington had, he would March 1810.
siy, acted with judgment as well as with ' Wednesday, Janunry 31. energy; and, acting in that manner, he had Lord Porchester attended at the bar, saved both Spain and Portugal. As to the with several Menibers of the House of hattle of Talavera, it was a fact, but not Commons, to request their lordships' pergenerally understood as such, that General mission that George Baron Cordon, comVenegas was to have taken an assigned po nionly called the Marquis of Hunticy, sition on the 22d; but, owing to some in. should be examined at the bar of the House tervention, which he could not explaini, of Commoas, before the conimittee appointhat officer's march was suddenly counter
ted to enquire into the conduct of the late manded by the Supreme Junta, and he did
expedition to the Scheldt. not reach his post till the 29th. It was not for him to account for these things; we
Thursday, February 1. could not expect Spain to be herself at once,
Lord Porchester, and several other memthe Cortes must save her.
bers of the House of Comnions, attended at The Lord Chancellor now put the vote
the bar, and asked their Lordships' permis. of thanks to Lord Wellington, which was
sion, that James Earl of Rosslyn be allow. carried without a division ; 18 were also
ed to attend the committee of the House the thanks of the House to the officers and
of Conimons, appointed to enquire into the mnen serving under the command of Lord conduct and policy of the expedition to the Wellington, at the bartle of Talavera.
A motion for the production of papers The following protest has been entered and correspondence relative to America, on the journals of the House of Lords, a. was made by Earl Grey, and carried. gainst the vote of thanks to Lieut.. General Lord Wellington : DISSENTIENT,
HOUSE OF COMMONS. 1. Because, in the battle of Talavera,
Friday, Jan. 9., Though eminently distinguished by those splendid proofs of discipline and valour EXPEDITION TO WALCHEREN. which his Majesty's troops have never fail. Lord Porchester said, he had to call the ed to di-play, we cannot recognise those attention of the House to no common or unequivocal characteristics of victory which trivial subject. He had to speak of great can alone form an adequate title to the national misfortune; and he came down to thanks of this House; on the contrary, the thae House to claim of their tribunal oa. British army appears to have been impru. tional punishment against the authors of vidently led into a situation, in which the that misfortune. His first intention had repulse of the enemy, effected with a great been to institute his inquiry upon the en. loss, produced neither security from a sub. tire system ; but in this complicated train sequent attack, nor relief from the distress of calamities, where nothing was uniform under which our brave troops were suffer. but the folly by which they were occasioning; and was immediately followed by the ed, he would now select but one-one sing. necessity of a precipitate retreat, whereby ly sufficient to excite the just indignation our wounded were left to fall into the hands of the House, as is had already excited the of the enemy.
deep sorrow of the country. He felt that 2. Because, by voting the thanks of this the dignity of the country was connected House, ou such an occasion, we diminish with its justice, and he should therefore Lhe value of the most honourable reward move for a Committee of the whole Hou e we have it in our power to confer, whilst to examine into the policy of the late exwe indirectly sanction the propriety of that pedicion. In passing over the pages of this elevation to the honours of the Peerage, mowe melancholy detail, he was at a loss with which his Majesty, without inquiry, where to fix his first charge, there was so was advised to mark his aprobation of the much similarity of evil- so dark and un. Conimander of his army in Spain, at a tine varying a colour of diagrace and disappointwhen his Mwisters were informed of the nient. On every line of our late history, unfortunate consequences which might be the system, taken as a whole, was so unconexpected to follow, and, in fact, did follow neceed with wisdom, or principle, or use, that dear-bought success, GREY.
that he could hardly exert a power of seLAUDERDALE, lection. He was not fond of using severe
language. He was willing to exercise the Monday, January 29.
liberal judgment of a member of that great Colonel Drinkwater attended at the bar assegbly. He would prejudge nothing. of the House, with the 10th and 11th Re But if misfortunes, such as sickened the port of the Commissioners of Military in. heait to think of, had been generated by quiry.
the folly or presun'ption of Ministers, he
could not submit to use the calm and court. sent out to act the part of spies, and reconly compliments that might suit their ear. moitre the nakedness of the land. But why I bey had been eccentric, but their eccen had Walcheren been retained uncil we triaty was only a more varied folly. Ic were forced to give it up by the havock of was not like the wandering of those sub its climale? Was it to serve as a demonlime and superior geniuses, which appear stration of our zeal in favour of Austria ? to have been sent ac intervals to lighten the Was it for the ingenious amusement of indaikness of the world-chose mighty and posing on the simplicity of Bonaparte ? powerful capacities, whose course was not Was ic to force him to quit his prey
Was to be calculated, as it was not to be re is, while Austria was palpitating and writhstrained by the laws that are suited to hum ing under his grasp, io force this flexible bler minds, in their swift and brilliant pro and unpurposed man to quit his hold, co gress--give a new impulse and vitality to release his victim, and come across the conthe general system-it once exalting the tinent, to enter into an aliercation with us eye of man by their elevation, and enlight for Walcheren, to contend with an exenitig it by their splendour. Bur the eco hausted army, the dreadful precedency of centricity of Ministers had no attribute of death in the most pestilential climate of the mund; it was the restless and wayward world? He would make no personal obwandering of a spirit that scorned io sub. jection to Lord Chatham; but without an mait to the controul of common sense- the idea of hurring individual feeling, he must tecentricity of perpetual error-the eccen express his surprise at such an appointment. tricity of a starved, shallow-brained, pro. If there ever was a time for inquiry, a time jestros pirit of expedient and experiment; in which was connected our fame with our o espedient, which shewed nothing but being, it was the present. The noble the bartenness of their invention; and of Lord concluded with moving for " a Comesperiment, which shewed nothing but the mittee of the whole House, on Monday poverty of their kpowledge. He would next, to take into consideration the policy acknowledge, that when he heard the con and conduct of the expedition to Walche. gratulation in the Kiog's speech, on the
ren." Tesult of the campaign, he could not have Mr Windham Quin seconded the motion. cipected to find, that the only putriment Mr Croker (Secretary to the Admiralty) of rejoicing which the Ministers conde. said, the whole of che noble Lord's reasona scended to throw before the eager appetite ing had been founded on a decail of tacts, el the country, was the destruction of a ba- which, as the documents were not before na, the blowing up of a sluice, and the til. the House, must remain uncontradicted by lung up of a dockSplendid fruits of con then, but which, he must take upon him ques! But if he might not presume to
to assert, were either wholly without fourgaetion its value, the nacional enemy dation, or greatly exaggeraied. His Mü*oald save him ev'é trouble. The French jesty had informed the House, that he had azad already declared that the damage was not incited Austria to the war; and if this uiding, and that it might be easily repair country, before it knew that Austria was ed, if policy did not prevent it,
engaged in the war-before it knew that mies had the unparallelled insolence to tell the die was cast, and that the fate of Ausha Majesty's Ministers, that their conquests tria was in its own hands, had exhausted Lave been worth nothing, or only profitable its resources by expeditions, he would asto fraace.
sert that Ministers would have incurred a The noble Lord, after commenting at much heavier responsibility, than if the me length on what was the avowed ob failure of the expedition was ateributable Fact or the expedition, namely, io assist to them.--.s to the observacions which Austria, and having argued that it had had been made on the conduct of the opecompletely failed in ihat object, entered in rations, it was a strong symptom of the de. to a contrast between the manner in which cline of nilicary feelings in the country, the French armies and ehose of this cour). that such a disposition prevailed to depretry ate conducted. The principles that ciate military commanders abroad. Whemade France victorious were to direct the ther they managed so as to preserve their anain force to the main object, and distract. armies, or nobly advanced without regarding the hostile force, to concentrate their ing minor considerations, to risk every own. How were these maximis followed thing where the stake was worth risking, by sur Cabinet? They determined to at they were alike subjects of calumny and tact Autwerp, and they began by dividing detraction. He did not mean to say thic ther force to attack a miserable and useless no inquiry was to take place, but that the mugglag own. They had yet to learn House should first know what it was to that Antwerp was a fortified town, and inquire about. If the fault
was with MiLed Chatham, with 40,000 men, were nisters, then parliamentary inquiry would