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How vain the hope, while she remains away,
The Muse will aid her bard's presumptuous lay.
Yet hear, O Spring, nor disregard my strains ;
What power withholds thee from those drooping plains ?
Ah, I surmise, among the Hesperidés,
Thee lovesome dalliances too fondly please ;
Or else thou envious waitst in Hymen's bower
At Zephyrus and Flora's nuptial hour !
And thence you all will round the landscape rove,
Collecting sweetest balsoms from the grove ;
Descend the mead, and in a lilly's cup
The brightest dewdrops from the bent grass scoop ;
And cull the choicest flowers and dies more fair,
Than bloom on fairy land, or in the rainbow glare.
But after, soon as Zephyr musks his wing,
You'll hither haste, and fittest patterns bring,
By which to paint our fields, to shape our flowers,
With dews like diamonds drop our meads and bowers;
And them more riehly scent with borrowed sweets
Of nectared incense from those blest retreats.
Yes, and you'll wake their newest woodland notes,
To which our minstrels may attune their throats.

But hark, I hear the plover's boding cries,
See from the shores the goldshod troopers rise,
And Zephyr fans the waves with gentle wing ;
Welcome, ye harbingers of joy and spring.
Rude winter summons now his boisterous train
Of storms and frosts, and northward hasts amain ;
Obsequious to the vernal green they bend,
To breezes hush, and in soft dews descend.
So swains, whom casual jealousies incite,
With mutual broils the peaceful village fright;
While yet the contest rages, if by chance
Some blameless beauty tow'rd the scene advance,
Their sudden blush and quick retreat declare
The power of virtue in the vestal fair.
Now is the time Arcadian swains were seen,
All crowned with myrtle wreathes and evergreen,
Sitting devoutly in a rustic row
Within deep groves near streamlets' silver flow,
And hoping there the present god would hear,
Who holds the blast and fructifies the year.
To Pan or Sylvan breathed they uncouth prayer,
And gave their fairest ewes to insure his care.
Then parting, happy with auspicious signs,
They vowed the firstlings of their flocks and vines.
So of mankind the fairest and the best,

Like victims, suffer to redeem the rest.
Vol. II. No.4.

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Though we those rites forbear, while we secure
Our native taste for nature's beauties pure ;
While we enjoy the bounty of her arms,
With rapture due acknowleding her charms, .
We breathe the incense, that will, mount above,
Worship, as Israel's shepherd will approve.
Come then, my friends, wherę rural scenes invite,
Come all, and learn a taste for true delight.
Nature, her stiffening zone of frost unloosed,
Blooms the first fair in all her charms disclosed.
Celia shall come ; for her l'U guard with care
The earliest bud my favorite bush may bear;
With her the landscape rove, remembering well
What views and spots in her fair praise excel.
Then lingering by the mirror stream I'll dare
With unchecked rapture gaze my imaged fair is.
Chide, if a fly, or ryffing breezes screen
Those beauties, elsewise to my peril seen,
Its sedgy marge will yield a pipe to trill
The soft affections, that my bosom thrill;
And on the heart as pure impress bestow,
As springbirds' footprints on the newfallen snow.
Then, if her flattering smile approve my lays,
I'll grudge no sprig in Maro's crown of bays.
When the broad sun, as slants his westering team,
Pours on the village spire a crimson gleam,
And Celia's faultering steps would homeward tend,
While I the eve's, yet wholesome air commend,
Her parting blush, like Phæbys' setting rạy,
Shall speak tomorrow brighter than today.

But, though fair Spring has so inviting drest
The lawns for gambols and the bowers for rest,
And tuned our souls, luxuriously gay,
For idle joyance all. each livelong day,
Yet toil alternate shall invade our ease,
And bring us health to make our pastimes please.

LITERARY NOTICES, MUNROE & FRANCIS have published tke first number of Southey's poem of Madoc.” It is very beautifully executed. The succeeding numbers are to appear semi-monthly, and will form two octavo volumes. The editors have been judicious in selecting this work for republication. It has been much admired in England, and, if the four first books are to be considered, as a fair specimen of the poem, we think deservedly,

“ AN apology for the rite of infant baptisnı, and for the usual modes of baptizing; in which an attempt is made to state fairly and ciearly, the argument in proof of these doctrines, and also to refute the objections and reasonings, alledged against them by the Rev, Daniel Merrill, and by the baptists in general. By Joyn RzED D.D. pastor of a church and congregation in Bridgewater."

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Anacharsis memoirs of the author of ... . ..... 1-2, 164, 222
Browne Arthựr LL. D. essay on college education ...... . 229

Essay on the style of. Gibbon from the miscellaneous sketches of: 357
Chaldee language literary dissertation on ....... .... 219
Collier Jeremy, essay on envy, selected from the works of .. .. 135
Drayton John, a view of South Carolina review of : .........394
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Emmons Nathanael D. D. sermon review of ', .......... 73
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Epicurism apology for . . . . . . . . .

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Gifford William esq. English translation of the saţires of Decimus Junius Ju-

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Harris Rev. T. M. tour into the territory northwest of the Alleghany moun. ,

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Heron's Junius remarks on the preface to . ....... 281, 379
History primitive . . . . . . . . . . . . . I, 97, 201, 309

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Howard Simeon D. D. late pastor of the west church in Boston, remarks on

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Idolatry modern essay on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i . 351
Interest of money observations on laws, designed to regulate the ::.. 120
Johnson Samuel D.D. the first president of King's College in New York, re-

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Tuventa criticism on the use of the word .... ....... 216

Postscript to the criticism on . . . . . . . . . . . . 375

Language ancient remarks on the importance of ....
Lathrop Joseph D.D. discourse on the witch of Endor review of • . . 398
Life essay on the value of, selected ............... 68
Literary notices ............... 95, 198, 308, 406
Livy a recovered fragment of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
Low countries under the states a brief character of ....... 27, 127

Martial translation of an epigram of .... ........ 306
Marvell's poems extract from . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Michaux Andreas Flora Boreali Americana &c. review of ...... 189
Michaux F. A. voyage l'ouest des monts Alleghanys &c review of ...

Milton's Paradise Lost remarks on .............. 377
Moschus idyl of .................... 400

Translation of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 402

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Patronage American poem on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
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Popkin Rev. John S. sermon on justice, charity, &c. review of :.. 76

Sermon on the death of Jabez Kimball A. M. review of . . . . 78
Price Richard Dr. original letters from ; . . . . . . 115, 270, 358

Religion the influence of on the fine arts . . . . . . . . . . 143
Rowson Mrs. Susannah abridgement of Geography review of i i . . 304
Rumford Benjamin Count of, original memoirs of . . . 32, 149, 272, 343

Scripture Geography literary dissertation on . . ... .. ... 9
Simonides a fragment of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 403

Translation of * . . . .. . . . . . . .. : ib.
Spring ode on . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii .. 404
Student of Harvard University advice to, in a series of letters 54, 248, 340
Syriac language literary dissertation on ..

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Washington character of ....... . .... . . . 118
White Daniel A. address to the members of the Merrimack Humane Society
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Willard Joseph D. D. LL. D. late President of Harvard University, monody
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Year fading poem on the ................. 307

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