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There rests from toil its long-unpractised wing,
And, perch'd upon the hazel's topmost spray,
Makes the wild woodland's deep recesses ring,

Chaunting sweet liberty's delightful lay,
Nor wearies of its song the liveloog summer's day.

So lightly pricketh on his way yon wight,
Who, long y-pent in dungeon dark and drear,
Full many a scroll did wearily indite,
Blotting the parchment oft with bootless tear.
How could he but by stealth (Oh! stealth how sweet!)
Hold raptured converse with the sisters nine,
Whose colloquy doth fill the breast with heat,

Venus, how far more elevate than thine ;
How far more heavenly pure, ethereal, and divine !

Him now they welcome to their green retreats,
Releas'd from labour's dolorous abode,
No more to stray from those delightful seats,
No more to plod in Mammon's toilsome road :
How sweetly will he pour the flowing rhyme,
Resistless master of the smile and tear!
How sweetly tell the tale of olden time!

Oh may it be my lot to wander near,
Some strains of his enchanting minstrelsy to hear !

March 1, 1806.

ODE FOR THE NEW YEAR, 1809.

BY J. H. PYE, ESQ.

Performed on her Majesty's Birth-day.*

Full-orb'd in equinoctial skies,
When the pale moon malignant rides,
And bids the howling tempest rise,
And swells the ocean's briny tides,
Dreadful against the sounding shore
The winds and waves tumultuous roar,
The torrent-braving mound in vain
The stormy inroad would restrain ;
The surges with resistless sway
Force o'er the labour'd mole their way,

See Chronicle, p. 34.

Scorn every weak resource of human toil,
O’erwhelm the peopled town, and waste the cultured soil.

But when, by native fences barr'd
From billowy rage, the happier land,
And rocky cliffs for ever stand
To the wide-water'd coast a guard,
Such as on Vecta's southern steep,
Look down defiance on the raging deep,
Such as on Dover's breezy down,
On Gallia's hostile borders frown,
Though billows urging billows roar,
And idly beat against the shore,
While from the heights sublime the swain
Mocks the vain efforts of the foaming main,
Till Nature bids the deluged surge subside,
Hush'd is the tempest's voice, and refluent rolls the tide.
So o'er Europa's ravished plain,

We saw the torrent wild of war,
Resistless spread its iron reign,

And scatter ruin wide and far ;
The embattled wall, the warlike band,
Vainly the Tyrant's course withstand;
Before the impious sons of Gaul

The legions fly, the bulwarks fall;
Yet Britain's floating castles sweep
Invasion from her subject deep,
Yet by her rocks secure from harm,
Securer by her patriot arm,
Iberia turns the battle's tide,
Resists the injurious tyrant's pride,
While, freely floating in the ambient sky,
Sacred to freedom's cause, their mingled ensigns fly.

ODE FOR HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DAY..

BY J. H. PYE, ESQ.

While Europe with dejected eye

Beholds around her rural reign,

• See Chronicle, p. 157.

Whilom of peace the fair domain,
The scene of desolation lie;

Or if with trembling hope she cast
Her looks on hours of glory past,
And burn again with virtuous fame
Her ancient honours to reclaim;
And brace the corslet on her breast,
And
grasp

the

spear, and wave the crest; Yet lies her course through war's ensanguined flood; Yet must she win her way through carnage and through blood.

Ah! happier Britain, o'er thy plain
Still smiling peace and freedom reign.
And while thy sons with pitying eye

Behold the field of ruin round them lie;
The storms that shake each neighbour realm with fear,
Like distant thunder die

upon
They bless the halcyon hours that gave,
To rule a people free and brave,
A patriot monarch all their own,
Their swords his bulwark, and their hearts his throne :

And while to this auspicious day
The muse devotes her tributary lay,

A nation's vows in choral pæan join,
And consecrate to fame a verse as mean as mine.'

the ear;

Yet not to selfish thoughts confined,
Are the warm feelings of the virtuous mind ;
The royal patriot, while he views
Peace o'er his realms her bliss diffuse,
Mourns for the sorrows that afflict mankind.
Go forth, my sons, he cries ; my Britons, go
And rescue Europe from her ruthless foe.
Behold, in arms, Austria's imperial lord;
Behold Iberia draw the avenging sword :-
O let, with theirs, your mingling ensigns fly,

In the great cause of injured liberty!
Go forth,

my sons, and to the world declare, When suff'ring freedom calls, Britannia's arms are there.

NOTE

TO THE ARTICLE

ON THE STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.

In noticing (p. 406.) DrTatham's to lecture or teach, but in few inaccusations against the members of stances a term, and scarcely ever a the Hebdomadal meeting, we were whole year, elapsed without their benot aware that those gentlemen had ing able to obtain an audience." The published “ a solemn declaration of professors of medicine and of poetry their firm and full conviction, that read each of them four public lectures since the time when they respectively in a year.--To prevent every possible became members of that board, no misconception, it may here be added, meeting had at any time, or on any that nothing can be farther from our occasion, been summoned or held in intention than to convey any censure an artful, collusive, or smuggling man- against the professors, whom we know ner To this we understand Dr to be in general selected for the of. Tatham has replied, adhering strong- fices they fill from merit alone, in the ly to his first assertions. But the most fair and honourable manner. OR merits of this controversy are foreign the contrary, we would be underfrom our purpose.

stood as arguing the cause of these What follows after the list of effi- learned persons against the system, cient professors (p. 417.) would have owing to the defects of which their been more correctly expressed thus: zeal and ability are in a great mea" That is to say, the professors in sure lost to the community. these branches were not only ready

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