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“ Friend, keep your Roman' courtier still in fight;
From Fashion's taint, and dissipation free,
PROSPECT of the AUTHOR in the Expectation of his Son's Return
from School, at the Summer Vacation.
[From the same Work.]
OW flexible to good, thy tender breast
Receives her stamp of precepts pure impress’d.
In each lov'd Sister note the grace refin'd,
The SEASONS: From the FRENCH.
(An Original Communication.]
" STAY! SUMMER cried, as blooming SPRING withdrew “ Stay ! for mankind have ne'er spoke well of you,
“ And how should I fare better on the throne ? “ Too hot, or cold, they always find the air,
" And endless murmurs our misconduct breeds ; “ No such impertinence no more I'll bear,
“ Unrivall’d reign the queen of flow'ry meads." « Nay faid the other, I'm exempted now;
“ Brother, I wish you all the sweets of (way ; • When your fucccflion is so clear, I vow
“ I would not wrong you of a single day." Spring laid, and vanilh'd on the fleeceft breeze,
Poor Summer fretted, by compulfion king, " Since it is fo, he cried, I'll try to please,
“ Sure gratitude must trom profugion (pring." Sudden the harvests wave in living gold,
The grateful rafb'rry wide the wood perfumes, Less fair the pearl and ruby to behold,
Than the bright forms the gooseberry assumes. The luscious peach in rich carnation's pride,
And finely rounded by POMONA's hand, Caught the fresh orient of a blushing bride,
Led to Love's altar in a flowery band. ''Twas ripeness all, and bloom of lovelier glow
Than Fancy mellows in the poet's lays, The park, the meadow, and the forest Thow
The boundless blessings of man's halcyon days. Yet man, ungrateful, dares e'en now complain,
He says the Zephyrs scorch bim as they fly, He says, the niggard dews scarce kiss the
plain, And leave the fruits and languid flowerets dry.
Alas! ERIGONE delays too long,
To smile benignant in the pitying skies ; When will the vintage glad the rural throng?
Hope in the panting bosom, wearied, dies. Such the mad clamours of the mortal race,
When Autumn in his turn assum'd the sway, New gifts, new murmurs, milder laws have place;
As benefits increase, the base in veigh. Till Hear'n, fo long insulted, rous'd to ire,
Call'd forth the hosts of elemental strife ; Bade WINTER ravage with his offspring dire,
And bind in fetters what escap'd with life. No fruits, no flowers, no filver-sparkling rills
No soft receffes for the warbling train; Scours the bleak tempest round the leafless hills,
No fhades for fighing lovers now remain.
By Eolus detain'd in gloomy caves;
In icy chains suspend the harden'd waves.
And WINTER's havock humble human pride, While prayers of penitence would bribe the sky,
But to th' ungrateful favour is denied.
Though fince effac'd by Time's all conqu’ring feels
SON NET TO TWILIGHT.
By Miss HELEN W 1L;L I AM $.
(An Original Communication.)
EEK Twilight ! haste to Shroud the solar ray,
And bring the hour my penfive spirit loves;
Sweet is the lucid morning's op'ning flower,
SONNET TO EXPRESSION.
By the fame Lady.
[An Original Communication.]
Thy strong enchantments, when the poet's lyre,
year, as we shall begin with what neral prevalence of the worship has a 'reference to the evidence of of human spirits in the ancient, Revelation, and thence rise to the heathen world. 2. To enquire particular doctrines of Christianity, into the grounds of this and every the first object that presents itself, other species of idolatry, or into the and which on its own account is pe- principles upon which the whole culiarly deserving of regard, is, system of polytheism was built. 3. Mr. Farmer's " General Pre. To consider the high antiquity of valence of the Worship of Human idolatry, and more efpecially of that Spirits, in the Ancient Heathen species of it, the worship of human Nations, afferted and proved." The gods. And, 4. To examine how reputation of this gentleman, who far the reprefentation of the pagan in thofe departments of literature gods, in Scripture, agrees with to which he hath applied himself, is that made of them in the writings undoubtedly the most learned of the of the heathens; or, how far the present race of the diffenting clergy, two accounts mutually illustrate: is not new to the public. He has and confirm each other. It is the heretofore been distinguified by first of these articles alone which is works of uncommon ingenuity, and the subject of the publication before. which, at the same time, manifest us; and it is estabiilhed upon evihis profound knowledge of the writ- dence independent of the rest; fo ers of antiquity. The treatises we that it may fitly be regarded as a refer to, are on our Lord's Tempta. diftinét treatise, such as might have; tion, on Miracles, and on the Demo- been published by itself, though no niacs. The book which Mr. Farmer other were to follow. The others, hath written concerning Miracies, however, are in a ftate of great is, in our opinion, the most judici- preparation for the press. In the ous and masterly production that management of the question here hath ever appeared on that import- undertaken, Mr. Farnier proves, ant subject. The present perform: first, from the teftimonies of the. ance is only the beginning of a great heathens, that human spirits, were design which the author has in view, worshipped in the nations usually and which we fincerely with that he accounted barbarous ; and secondly, may live. to see completed. What that they were wordipped in the