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F. R. caught his death upon the water, April the 1st.

W. W. killed by an unknown hand, that was playing with the glove off upon the side of the front box in Drury-lane.

Sir Christopher Crazy, bart. hurt by the brush of a whale-bone petticoat.

Sylvius, shot through the sticks, of a fan at St. James's church.

Damon struck through the heart by a diamond necklace.

Thonias Trusty, Francis Goosequill, William Meanwell, Edward Callow, esqrs. standing in a row,

fell all four at the same time, by an ogle of the widow Trapland.

Tom Rattle, chancing to tread upon a lady's tail as he came out of the playhouse, she turned full upon him, and laid him dead upon the spot.

Dick Tastewell, slain by a blush from the queen's box in the third act of the Trip to the Jubilee.

Samue) Felt, haberdasher, wounded in his walks to Islington, by Mrs. Susanna Cross-stich, as she was "clambering over a stile.

R. F. T. W. S. I. M. P. &c. put to death in the last birth-day massacre.

Roger Blinko, cut off in the twenty-first year of his

age by a white-wash.

Musidorus, slain by an arrow that flew out of a dimple in Belinda's left cheek.

Ned Courtly, presenting Flavia, with her glove (which she had dropped on purpose), she received it, and took away his life with a courtesy.

John Gosselin, having received a slight hurt from a pair of blue eyes, as he was making his escape, was dispatched by a smile.

Strephon killed by Clarinda as she looked down into the pit.

Charles Careless shot flying by a girl of fifteen,
who unexpectedly popped her head upon him ont
of a coach.

Josiah Wither, aged threescore and three, sent to
his long home by Elizabeth Jetwell, spinster.

Jack Freelove murdered by Melissa in her hair,

William Wiseacre, gent. drowned in a flood of
tears by Moll Common.

John Pleadwell, esq. of the Middle Temple,
barrister at law, assassinated in his chambers the
6th instant by Kitty Sly, who pretended to come to
him for his advice.

I.

N° 378. WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1712.

Aggredere, o magnos! aderit jam tempus bonores.
Mature in years, to ready honours move.

VIRG. Ecl, ir. 48.

DRYDEN.

I WILL make no apology for entertaining the reader
with the following poem, which is written by a
great genius, a friend of mine * in the country,
who is not ashamed to employ his wit in the praise
of his Maker.

MESSIAH:

A SACRED ECLOGUE,
Composed of several passages of Isaiah the Prophets

Written in Imitation of Virgils Pallio.
Ye nymphs of Solyma! begin the song :
To heavenly themes sublimer strains belong.
The mossy fountains, and the sylvan shades,
The dreams of Pindus, and th Aonian maids,
* Pope. See No. 534.

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ix. 7.

AXV. 2.

Delight no more-o Thou my voice inspire,
Who touch'd lsaiah's hallow'd lips with fire!

Rapt into future times, the bard began,
A virgin shall conceive, a virgin bear a son!
From Jesse's root behold a branch arise,
Whose sacred flower with fragrance fills the skies:
Th' æthereal Spirit o'er its leaves shall move;
And on its top descends the mystic Dove.
Ye heavens ! from high the dewy nectar pour,
And in soft silence shed the kindly shower!
The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid,
From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade
All crimes hall cease, and ancient fraud shall fail ;
Returning justice lift aloft her scale;
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend,
And white-rob'd Innocence from heaven descend.
Swift Aly the years, and rise the expected morn!
Oh spring to light, auspicious Babe, be born!
See nature hastes her earliest wreaths to bring,
With all the incense of the breathing spring :
See lofty Lebanon his head advance,
See nodding forests on the mountains dance;
See spicy clouds from lowly Sharon rise,
And Carmel's flow'ry top perfumes the skies !
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers;
Prepare the way! a God, a God appears :
A God! a God! the vocal hills reply,
The rocks proclaim th' approaching Deity:
Lo earth receives him from the bending skics!
Sink down, ye mountains; and ye valleys rise !
With heads declin'd, ye cedars, homage pay ;
Be smooth ye rocks; ye rapid floods, give way!
The SAVIOUR comes !' by ancient bards foretold !
Hear him, ye deaf; and all ye blind, behold !
He from thick films shall purge the visual ray,
And on the sightless eye-ball pour the day:
'Tis He th' obstructed paths of sound shall clear,
And bid new music charm th' unfolding ear :
The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap exulting like the bounding roe;
No sigh, no murmur, the wide world shall hear,
From every face he wipes off every tear,
In adamantine chains shall death be bound,
And hell's grim tyrant feel th' eternal wound.

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As the good shepherd tends his fleecy care,
Seeks freshest pastures and the purest air,
Explores the lost, the wandering sheep directs,
By day o'ersees them, and by night protects,
The tender lamb he raises in his arms,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms;

Mankind shall thus his guardian care engage,
Isa. ix. 6. The promis'd father of the future age.
ü. 4. No more : hall nation against nation rise,

Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes,
Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o'er,
The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more :
But useless lances into scythes shall bend,

And the broad falchion in a plough-share end,
Ixv. 21, 22. Then palaces shall rise; the joyful sou

Shall finish what the short-liv’dsire begun;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield,

And the same hand that sow'd shall reap the field. Xxxv. 1. 7. The swain in barren deserts with surprise

Sees lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise,
And starts amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murmuring in his ear :
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,

The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods. xli. 19, and Waste sandy valleys, once perplex'd with thorn,

The spiry fur and shapely box adorn :
To leafless shrubs the flowering palms succeed,

And od'rous myrtle to the noisome weed, xi. 6, 7, 8 The lambs with wolves shall grace the verdant

mead,
And boys in flowery bands the tyger lead ;
The steer and lion at one crib shall meet,
And harmless serpents lick the pilgrim's feet :
The smiling infant in his hand shall take
The crested basilisk and speckled snake-
Pleas'd the green lustre of the scales survey,
And with their forked tongue, and pointless sting

shall play:
Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise!
Exalt thy towery head, and lift thy eyes!
See a long race thy spacious courts adorn!
See future sons and daughters yet unborn
In crowding ranks on every side arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies !

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Ix. 1.

1x. 4.

See barb'rous nations at thy gates attend,

Isa. Ix. 3. Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend! See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings, And heaped with products of Sabæan springs !

Ix. 6.
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,

Ix.
And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
See heaven its sparkling portals wide display,
And break upon thee with a flood of day!
No more the rising sun shall gild the morn,

Ix. 19, 20. Nor evening Cynthia fill her silver horn,

li, 6.
But lost, dissolved in thy superior rays,
One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze
O'erflow thy courts: the Light HIMSELF shall

shine
Reveald, and God's eternal day be thine !
The seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay, li. 6. and
Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away ;

liv, 10. But fix'd His word, His saving power remains ; Thy realm for ever lasts, chy own Messiah reigns.

T.

N° 379. THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1712.

Scire tuum nibil est, nisi te scire hoc sciat altır.

PERS. Sat. i. 87.
Science is not science till reveal'd.

DRYDEN.

I wave often wondered at that ill-natured posi. tion which has been sometimes maintained in the schools, and is comprised in an old Latin verse, namely, that A man's knowledge is worth nothing if he communicates what he knows to any one besides. There is certainly no more sensible plea. sure to a good-natured man, than if he can by any means gratify or inform the mind of another. I might add, that this virtue naturally carries its

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