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From his sun-circled throne, see Morning advances,

Soft-tinging the air with his rays as he goes; And he mingles the blush'with his smiles and his glances,

That his kisses have stol'o from the crinison’d-ey'd rose. O, thou soul of my soul_Evelina, arise !

More charming thy smile than the morn's mildest hues; More modest the beam of thy love-kindling eyes,

Than the lily, when, rifled, she weeps in her dews. More serene is thy face, with beauty's blush beaming, Than

yon blue vault above, at the dawning of day, When the sun'strembling light, o'er the azure arch streaming,

Has enibosom’d the heavens in glory's pure ray. The richness of wild-honey dwells on thy lip;

Such sweets lie enclos'd in the bean's snowy flower, And tempt the wing'd bee its soft nectar to sip,

Ere it melts in the dew, or dissolves in the slower. Red, red, is that lip, with playful smiles glowing,

As the strawberry that peeps at the foot of the thorn ; Or the young-ey'd moss-rose, when, in loveliness blowing,

It pouts and it bends in the tears of the morn. More fragrant thy breath than the apple's bright blossom,

Whose perfume the zephyr hath stol'n as he goes,
When trembling be pants on its half-open'd bosom,

And sighs as he leaves it to rifle the rose.
O! glossy and black, as the jetty-wing'd raven,

Adown thy white shoulders thy dark tresses flow;
And thy look in the breeze, when thy ringlets are waving,

Like shadows that move o'er a surface of snow ! More fair is thy neck than the moon-beam in motion,

Or the breast of the swan, when he floats in his pride, And his bosom, that rests on the slow-moving ocean,

Is wantonly leav'd by the swell of the tide. Arise, Evelina! the sun-beam descending,

Lingers fondly with kisses thy beauty to meet; (ing, And the heath and the wild-furze their bloomy sweets blend

Have resery'd all their odours, my fair-one to greet.

I will range o'er the grove, at the foot of

yon mountain, Where, in rapture's soft notes, gently cooes the ring-dove; And cull the fresh flowrets, that bloom near yon fountain,

And lay all their sweets at the feet of my love.
0, thou fair queen of smiles, my soul's only treasure,

O, 'life of my life, in thy beauty arise!
For, ah! ev'ry hour of thy absence I measure,

And number each moment that passes with sighs !
In the moss-circled cave shall I never behold thee,

Sweet virgin, nor gaze on thy heart-thrilling charms ? In Miscother's deep wood shall I never enfold thee,

Nor press thee, enchantress, again in my arms? Chaste child of a meek-ey'd and white-bosom'd mother, Hast thou heard the lone song that I breath'd on the

breeze? And wilt thou descend to the groves of Miscother,

And wander with me in the shade of its trees? Thou com'st like gay spring, when, encircled with glory,

She cheers the chill'd sons of the frost with her beam, And dissolves the cold mantle, which, icy and hoary,

Stern winter had spread on the face of the stream ! O! thus to the trav'ler, sad, feeble, and weary,

Morning's harbinger comes with her soul-cheering light; When through the deep forest, dark, cheerless, and dreary,

He wanders alone in the storms of the night!

THE STATUE OF THE DYING GLADIATOR. MR. Chinnery's excellent Prize Poem on The

Dying Gladiator *, gave rise to much emulation at Oxford. The following lines, by a Non-Academic, are deserving of preservation : IMPERIAL Rome and trophied Greece no more O'er prostrate realms their conqu’ring legions pour ;

* See vol. xiv. p. 286.

All their vain hopes of boundless empire crushid,
The victor-shout, the storm of war, is bush'd :
Yet, in the relics of a milder fame,
Still lives the Roman, still the Grecian name.
Hoar, boasts of genius, rescu'd wrecks of time,
Tell their proud height, when science soar'd sublime,
And Learning there unveild her mystic charms
They rul'd in arts, triumphant as in arms.

Yon carv'd memorial of their peerless skill,
Sculpture ! 't was thine to model at thy will;
Who from the rude rock call'st the perfect form,
Canst soften stone, and flinty marble warm ;
There has thy lavish hand giv'n all but speech,
To show how far thy wondrous art can reach :
So rich the glow thy magic chisel gives,
Through thee the Dying Gladiator lives.
His form how strongly mark'd! each swelling vein
So chastely touch'd, we read bis inward pain:
Here the distended vessels scarce can hold
The raging blood- while there, congeal'd and cold,
Where ruthless Death hath press'd his heavy hand,
Lite's frighted current starts at his command *.
His sinewy make proclaims his pristine might,
And mark's him fashion'd for the fiercest fight
Yet see! he droops beneath the weight of woe,
Shrunk his proud neck, his haughty bead bent low;
On his swoll'n arm he rests his tortur'd frame,
His life, and, dearer still, his dying fame :
For, as he liv'd but in the public eye,
So, but for public sport, he seems to die.
His soul still thirsts, unsated, for the praise
That cheer'd his savage feats in former days ;
Ere fell clefeat bad brought despair and shame,
And nipp'd the growing honours of his name.
Though in the grasp of Death, he strives to please ;
Though toru by pangs, denies his suff'rings ease;

* One of the Commentators upon this Statue thought he could discover the torpor of death extending itself gradually from the extremities of the body:

Studious

EPIGRAMS ON THE RIGHT HON. R. B. SHERIDAN. 5

Studious alone to fall with manly grace *,
And hold the wonted-firmness of his face t.
His blood, slow trickling from his wounded side,
Too proud to weep, flows with reluctant tide.
Weak, faint, and spent, he seems already gone ;
We start to help-and grasp a form of stone!

Thus when thy works attain their utmost art,
Their objects seize, resistless, on the heart;
Enwrapt in wonder, the deluded eye
Passes unmark'd their chisel'd beauties by;
And on those passious daris its gaze alone,
That swell expressive the living stone.

ON THE OXFORD HONOURS.

[From British Press, July 19.)

WHEN Sheridan wish'd to be double L. D.

The officers stopp'd him by crying out-" Fee :"
For to honours at Oxford, like honours in town,
You never cáu rise, without first-coming down.

ACADEMICUS.

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ON SEEING THE RIGHT HON. R. B. SHERIDAN

RANGED WITH THE DOCTORS, WITHOUT A DEGREE.

AN EPIGRAM.

[From the Morning Herald.]
AMIDST the Doctors Sherry sits

(Self-dubb'd by talents) at his ease,
Whose rapid genius ne'er submits
To gather fame by dull Degrees.

Nim.

* The Gladiator is described as being particularly anxious, after having been mortally wounded, ut procumbat honestè.

+ It is plainly seen, that, in his expiring moments, he exhibits a solicitude to maintain that firmness of aspect, which the Gladiators esteemed so honourable in a dying state.

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EXCLUSIVE INTELLIGENCE.

[From the British Press, July 26.]

GRAND ARMY OF FASHION. DIS ISPATCHES have been received at our office,

EXCLUSIVELY, containing an account of the operations of the Grand Army of Fashion, since the commencement of the present summer campaign. We have niacle from them the following extracts :

On the 22d of June, being the day after the prorogation of Parliament, the Grand Army of Fashion beyan to break up from its cantonments in Westminster. The Sharp-shooters and Rifle-corps marched for the coast, and took their stations at Brighton, Bognor, Ramsgate, Margate, &c. &c. They con. sisted principally of the flanking corps, with some heavy artillery, of large calibre, from Leadenhall Street and its vicinity. A few light troops marched at the same time for Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, &c. They were in general well mounted, and made a showy appearance. It would be an endless task to attempt to enumerate the various skirmishes in which they have been since engaged; the campaign having been conducted, in a great measure, upon the plan of the present war in Spain-a sort of desultory warfare, in which every hero and heroine in the ranks has been anxious to touch the Spanish. The only general action fought took place at Oxford. It is called the famous Battle of the Installation, and lasted four successive days. The enemy, on this memorable occasion, made a very grotesque appearance: they were dressed in an old-fashioned style, consisting of cuinbrouš scarlet gowns, velvet caps, and other embarrassing and feeble armour. When drawn up in battle array, they withstood the grape and cannister shol with firmness, and in many cases with obstinacy;

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