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ception, he approaches more nearly to Lord Byron
With lips of lurid blue; * 1. .?
When throned on ocean's wave ,
It breathes over the world:
-- Nor putrefaction's breath
. *Of a poem written in the hey-day of youth, whose tendency is quite indefensible, it is but fair to say, that a few copies only were printed, many years since, for private circulation among his friends; and that a stray volume finding its way into the hands of a bookseller, mere profit got the better of every other consideration, and the work was, for the first time, given to the world, with all its « imperfections on its head.'. We have just heard that our friend Bernard Barton has produced a poem on Mr. Shelley's death; but we are now at press, and it is too late to give even a specimen. :
But loathsomeness and ruin?-
To watch their own repose?, i
Flows through those wells of light,
A lulling murmur weave -
The dreamless sleep of death;
Or mark her delicate cheek
Outwatching weary night,
Her dewy eyes are closed :
With unapparent fire, .
The bosom's stainless pride,
Around a marble column.
10.-SAINT LAWRENCE. St. Lawrence was, by birth, a Spaniard, and treasurer of the church of Rome, being deacon to Pope Sextus, about the year 259. Soon afterwards, his bishop was killed by the soldiers of Valerian the emperor, with whom our saint would willingly have died. Lawrence refusing to deliver up the church treasure, which they imagined to be in his custody, he was laid upon a gridiron, and broiled over a fire. The celebrated palace of the Escurial is dedicated to this saint. See this described in T.T. for 1814, p. 199. i *10. 1813.-ANNE BURGESS DIED, ÆT. 49. · ·
Endowed with very superior talents, she had cul. tivated them with an assiduity rarely paralleled, and
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with a success of which probably there are few examples. Her mind appeared to possess powers suited to the acquirement of every species of knowledge which successively engaged her attention. There were few authors, antient or modern, whose writings were not familiarly known to her in their own idioms. With the Greek and Latin languages she was very conversant; and in those of more modern date her acquirements were still more consider-, able. Those of France, Italy, and Spain, she had só entirely mastered, that she read, spoke, and wrote them with a fluency and correctness hardly inferior to those of a native. Of German and Swedish she båd not gained so extensive a knowledge, but she read them with facility. In all feminine pursuits she was equally successful; in all manner of needlework; in mușic, of which she was both a performer and composer; in drawing and painting, and in the art of etching. Distinguished, however, as she was in tliese various departments of science and accom-; plishment, she was yet more admirable for the evenness of her temper, for the suavity of her manners, and that modest retiredness of disposition which led her to shrink from the celebrity to which the extent and application of her talents so justly entitled her; for that pure and fervent dévotion which governed her conduct through life, and enabled her to sustain, not only with patient resignation, but even with cheerfulness, the heavy dispensations of sickness and pain, by which her last years were embittered; for that zealous pursuit of truth, and almost enthusiastic adherence to the moral obligations on which all'social order and good government are founded; and, above all, for her constant exercise of kindness towards her friends, and of charity towards all those within the sphere of her active benevolence. Pos. sessing an easy tbough limited income, she invariably allotted a large portion of it to the relief of the necessitous, the succour of the aged and infirm, and the virtuous education of the young. In the year 1800 she published, anonymously, The Progress of the Pilgriin Good-Intent in Jacobinical Times, an imitation of, or sequel to, The Pilgrim's Progress of Bunyan, having all the spirit of, but greater polish than the original. It was translated into German, by order of his late Majesty, by M. de Luc, who, went into Germany for the purpose of counteracting the effects of Jacobinical principles. At the death of Mrs. B. the ninth edition was published, with her; name affixed: this excellent work is now in the sup-, plementary catalogue of the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge. She published also three comedies, translated from the Spanish, and, we believe, other works.
12. 1762.-KING GEORGE IV BORN. *12. 1822.-MARQUESS OF LONDONDERRY DIED,
ÆT. 52. His character is thus ably and impartially pourtrayed by a celebrated contemporary writer.' • When we find (he observes) within the course of a very few years, no less than three eminently gifted members of the British senate struck, in the most high and brilliant state of their faculties, with a sudden and instanta.. neous blight of reason, and driven, by an almost momentary fit of insanity, to the unconscious act of self-destruction, we cannot but tremble at the frail tenure of those noble talents, which seem to form the most genuine and dignified objects of human pride. It is needless to dispute on the gradations by which the Noble Marquess, who now lies cold in death, ascended to his twofold distinction as a diplomatist and a debater, or to notice the censures which may have been passed on him in each of those characters; for it is enough to say, that in the House of Commons he was considered to discharge, with extraordinary tact and effect, the difficult office of a Parliamentary leader: and throughout the continent
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of Europe he was looked up to as one of the ablest negotiators of the age. If we look to personal honours, which, though an ingenuous mind will per haps rank them below the acquirements of talent and experience, are yet justly classed among the enviable distinctions of social life, how richly was his lordship endowed with these splendid gifts of fortune! To his own merits was probably owing the last elevation in the peerage conferred on his noble father, and transmitted to himself. Decorated with the highest domestic and many foreign orders, a cabinet minister, and a personal favourite of the most gracious of sovereigns, it was scarcely possible for him to desire any new title, or outward claim to the reverence of his fellow citizens. His personal appearance and deportment were well suited to his other distinctions; but he had better claims than any. we have yet mentioned-to that peace of mind which one would have thought must for ever have shielded him from the dire calamity to which he fell a victim. Of high honour, fearless, undaunted, and firm in his resolves, he combined, in a remarkable manner, with the fortiter in re, the suaviter in modo. To his po. litical adversaries (and he had no other) he was at. once open, frank, unassuming, and consequently conciliating. Seldom was his temper ruffled, or his self-possession disturbed. He was happy in his union with a most amiable consort, and he was the pride of a venerated father. To his friends he was grateful for service, and firm in attachment; to his tenants and other dependants he was liberal and kind; to the poor, charitable and beneficent; to all, without distinction, candid, generous, and humane.
Such a man must have been regarded (and, indeed, the Noble Marquess was so by all who knew him) as the last person in the world to yield to nervous weakness, to lowness of spirits, or debility of mind... Nor was there any thing in the present conjuncture of affairs to call forth apprehension. ...