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For the Emerald.
They smile should he attempt to prove. FABLE...20.
Passion repuls'd, unlucky love.
Of all the woes of human life, THE MINISTERIAL FOX. Preserve me from domestic strife, How can our moralists declare,
When neither side their faults will own, With insolent, disdainful air ;
AndShame presides in Reason's throne. That heedless men to ruin run ;
The wife (alas! how shall I tell, That times are worse, the state undone ; Can rage in heav'nly bosoms dwell?) That vile degeneracy reigns,
Condemns her spouse. For what, I pray? And not one virtue now remains ;
-For her unprosp’rous luck at play. Too harsh, ye moralizing herd,
The husband vents his wrath on wives, Things ar’nt so bad, upon my word.
The certain bane of peaceful lives : Tor oft when studying human ways,
Would you the secret cause inquire, Some things I find provoking praise,
Some miss, perhaps, has rais'd his ire. E'en now a virtue I can name,
'Tis thus the modest world proceeds, Of high import-What is it?-SHAME. We hide the name of evil deeds, Shame, which exposes evil deeds ;
Shame renders us extremely nice, Shame, which for virtue intercedes ;
For every man disowns his vice, Shame, the unalter'd friend of truth ; Sages there are, who nerer steal, That bites proud Roguery in his youth ; From members of the Commonweal, Shame, that on him, who early seeks, Yet grow important, rich and great, Dishonor, spreads upon his cheeks By filling offices of state. A crimson die, which seems to say, Sages, heaven shield us from their aid, Repentance may be had to day. Who turn all politics to trade,
Now if the matter rested here Yet when discover'd, can exclaim, How uniform would life appear,
How difficult the road of fame, Its conduct, end, and aim inspected, Pleasure and pride are lor'd they know, And brightning daily, self-corrected. But patriotisin-ah! how low! But selfish, mercenary arts,
Would you possess sweet peace of mind, Obtruding into busy hearts.
Be truth on every deed enjoin'da Prompting high wishes for excelling,
Would you a future sigh evade, And forcing Conscience from her dwell. In time forbear the smuggling trade. ing,
Soon as the sorrowing tiding's spread, We hush compunction's inental storm, That spake the mighty lion dead, And strive to reason, not reform Th’ambitious of the bestial nation, Thus man, unfortunately tied
Crowded to Court, to seek the station. To wild, deceptious, flaunting Pride, The Fox, by fraud and party heat, Calls quickly for superfluous aid Elected to the vacant seat, And is, by cunning, self-betray'd. Mounted the throne with regal grace,
As merchants, to avoid the claw And Cunning sat in Wisdom's place. Of profit-eating Impost Law,
Not long th' unrighteous regent Pack up their merchandizes rare,
reign'd, And enter them as different ware : Opprest, plebeian beasts complain'd So men, their vanity and vice
So fast the public stock decay'd, Conceal from truth-inquiring eyes, 'Twas fit inquiry should be made, And, (such the subterfuge of shame) A wise committee duly sent, Convey them in a borrow'd name. Declar'd to Reynard their intent,
Should Pluto's dear disciple find, Who thus, with little hesitation, His av'rice hated by mankind,
Began his self-exoneration. He, smitten with a wild dismay, What can a prudent ruler do, At prudence verging to decay. Wants multiplied-resources few ? Expands his eyes, surpriz'd to see Your stock has been, t' exclude debate, The world contemn economy.
Bestow'd on grumblers of the state ; Whenever prudent girls discover For such a necessary charge, The drift of an insidious lover, Th' account is not cxcceding large.
The crew contentedly appear,
tory stanzas. They were only intend. Deceiv'd with arts from year to year.
ed for the perusal of a few friends, Meantime, the ministerial thief.
but an incorrect copy having been of. His dinner long, his labor brief,
fered for publication, I have been inBehold the people still turmoil,
duced to communicate this for the And fatten'd on a nation's toil.
Emerald, in which, if you think it No ear attentive to their cries,
worthy of a place, you will publish it. Enraged at length the mob arise, But in his former shuffling strain The beast of power began again :
SUPPRESS, my friend, the smile that Should I, on whom suspicious hate
seems to rise Has fallen, tell the tricks of state,
In expectation of a merry lay, I soon could clear my reputation,
For sympathy forbids me to be gay,
When one, whom all admir'd, demands Bat risk the welfare of the nation.
our sighs. Truth, might I bring the truth to light, Would set forth with, the matter right. I write not now for those who never feel, But truth, 'tis own'd throughout the But to your care th' elegiac numbers nations,
send, Must not be told on all occasions. For you slight not the sorrows of a That now our public chest is low,
friend, And credit sunk, to well I know : And from the thoughtless will the lay What sets the treasury out of joint,
conceal : Is then the disputable point.
For such there are, whose hearts, seOne charge, applied in poet's pensions, curely cold, Has stopp'd the torrent of dissentions ; Feel not the
pang of pity, or of love, For now would one secure respect, Whom levity alone has power to move, 'Tis done by measures indirect : Olet not such these serious lines beHe who'd appear a bold commander
hold ! Will rise by calumny and slander.
But if you have a friend, to feeling true, So we're compell’d to pay him soon,
Who can endure my lines that roughTo stop, or make him change his tune. This charge judiciously applied,
When they inform him of another's Has every beast in love allied ; Without such art, the great and small, Let him partake the verse address’d to
[you. Would never coalesce at all, Their public spirit staunch and hearty, Nor wonder, if the muse that used to Would else evaporate in party,
cheer The prating culprit being hcard,
Our thoughtless hours, no more of
mirth will sing, It thus, from evidence, appear'd ;
But rudely moves the melancholy That all the politician's ends
string, Concenter'd in himself and friends,
When gaiety herself drops many a tear. Hence he bestow'd the place and bribe To hush the speechifyng tribe.
'Tis true I've laugh’d, when Della CrusThe Court considering his crimes
can swains (A precedent for modern times)
Shroud the pale stars, because a mor. Stripp'd off the peculator's pride,
tal dies, His airs, his haughtiness and hide.
And send their heroes headlong to
the skies, In the wild fervor of elegiac strains. But judge not hence that nothing can
beguile Mr. Editor.
A tender thought, nor think me less
sincere, The following Elegiac lines, occasioned
Because the eye, where now you see by the death of a young lady at Ese.
a tear, ter, N. H. were addressed to a friend in the country, to whom the author Can sometimes beam the radiance of a
smile. was in the habit of writing in a much less serious strain ; which will ac- Far from this spot be every sound of count for, and explain the introduce mirth,
Far bence the " şiddy captures off Bor
of But hark! a solemn silence now prevails, the gay,"
The new made grave has caught their For now the memory of departed worth
roving eyes, Demands a thought; a tributary lay. Unfinish'd they dismiss the merry tale, This twilight stillness, this sequesterd
She on her lover's aria reclines, and grove,
sighs. Suits with my sorrow; dimly I dis. And then a tender look, that seems to
say, The grave with faded turf ; here let “Yes, dear Eliza, we have bid adieu, me rove,
Once you, like us, had health, and could And think of joys that never will re
Alas ! how shortly must we be like A suffering maid in death has found re you.
“'Tis but a season we can here remain, We sigh, and think of hours when And though hope paints that future we were glad,
season fair, For there's a pleasure in the sigh of Soon one of us must, like your faithful grief,
* swain, When peace is in the bosom of the Lament a loss that nothing can resad.
pair." In the delightful circle where she mov'd, Her worth was known, and though 'Tis painful to proceed-you who ad. her fame extends
mire Not through the earth ; where known, The maid I mourn, can better sing she was belov’d,
her praise, And all the friends of virtue were her But çensure not my inharmonious friends.
lays,. Eliza sure was form'd all Hearts to gain, For tears have moisten'd, and untund
S.S. Her smiles, could charm us from our my lyre. +
cares away, Her conversation but 'tis now in vain
THE COQUET. To think of joys so innocently gay ; Leila, with too successful art, For she is gone, and why increase our Has spread for me the cruel snare, sighs,
And now,when she has caught my heart, Dwell on our loss, and make her She laughs and leaves it to despair. channs par thema )
Thus the poor sparrow pants for breath, Why recollect the joys we us'd to prize, The sad remembrance of a pleasing and while it drinks the draught of
Held captive' ný a playful boy, dream?
[joy. Look where that youthful pair, lock'd The thoughtless child looks on with arm in arm,
Ah! were its fluttering pinions free, Wander among the trees, and as
Soon would it bid its chains adieu ; they move,
Or did the child its sufferings see, The moon's mild lustre softens every
He'd pity and relieve them too. charm, And distant music melts the soul to Jack keeps his secrets well, or I'm de. love.
ceived : Pleasing and pleas’d, see now they For nothing he can say will be believed.
saunter ncar, The steps of time unnotic'd as their
† When the sun of cheerfulness shall
have exhaled the tear, we hope to be agaia Their plaintive conversation now I hear, delighted with its music. Emerald. And now they frolic in a gayer tone.
Boston, ( Mass.) Published * “ There is a joy in grief when peace
BY BELCHER & ARMSTRONG, dwells in the breast of the gadi Ossian.
No.70, State Streci..
Boston, Saturday, September 20, 1806.
It probably will not be doubted, that the ghosts which appear in
many of the plays of Shakespeare, FOR THE EMERALD.
are essential, both as regards forTHE WANDERER,
warding the several fables and in
culcating special truths, and as reNo. XLVI.
spects the particular interest of the
scene. The appearance of HamTO THE WANDERER.
let's father, “ come from the grave"
to “unfold a tale," which fixes the No argument seems so suddenly wavering thoughts of the young to check the admirers of Shakes
prince, and induces him to adopt a peare in the flights of their pane- the main hinge on which the play of
new course of conduct, is in truth syrics, than that derived from his
Hamlet turns. And the apparition violations of probability in introducing imaginary beings; ghosts, Brutus, is not without its purpose.
of Julius Cæsar which appears to witches, aëriel spirits and monsters
He into his dramas. That he can be
says to him, absolutely defended for these de
He shall meet him at Philippi. viations from strict reason and fact, He keeps his word, he does meet it is difficult to determine ; but at him there ; he meets Brutus from all events it is evident, admitting whom of all men he should least his conduct in this respect to be have expected such treachery as he faulty, that there are reasons which had evinced. He meets him in the will serve to extenuate the evil, and field, disheartens him and finally show that his friends even on this triumphs over him. Here Shakes, account, have no cause to doubt his peare forcibly exemplifies the docsuperior excellence. The supreme trine of even handed justice, on this ascendency of his abilities over- bank and shoal of time ; and he who comes his defects, and he lulls our was assassinated, becomes himself senses, though our julement may the destroyer of the assassins. be alarmed.
But it has been asserted, that In examining his faults, our con- whatever success the author may siderations are naturally divided into have had, in the use he has made of two heads. In respect to his in- spectres, yet that they could be extroduction of ghosts or disembodied cluded from appearing in the plays spirits ; and in respect to the in- where they are introduced, without strumentality of witches and other prejudice to the effect of them. supernatural agents, in the plots of That is, if the auditor were to bc. his dramas,
lieve the performer saw the ghost;
being a mere phantom of his brain, have read the play, would experithen the interest of the scene would ence in being unable to know be equally as well preserved as whether the representation were of though it actually made its appear- a ghost or real man, vanishes on the ance upon the stage. In Drury- same principle. Besides an additionlane theatre it is said, the ghost of al answer to this argument is, that Banquo does not appear to the au- it is easy to give the ghost a look dience; but is left intirely to the different from its former self, by a imagination.
little care and attention, The That Shakesficare intended the author is not responsible for defect substantial ghost there cannot be a .of execution in the actor, doubt : but whether or not his in Those who favor the real appeartention should be altered, and the ance of these personages, contend spectre exist only in the minds of it is impossible for an actor to indithe audience, are questions not so cate to the audience that he secs, easily settled.
and is in the presence of, a ghost by It is thought an absurdity by the mere expressions of countesome, that the spirit of Banquo nance ; in truth the audience would should enter a room filled with com- be at a loss to comprehend his conpany in form and substance as he tortions. Or supposing them to lived, and yet be visible to only one understand the cause of his appre. person in it. And, besides, entering | hensions, each person would form, in this habit and under tlus form, his own notions of the thing, which those who have not read the play would necessarily differ from each may naturally suppose he was not other ; consequently the effect in fact killed; or being left for dead could not be so equal and universal, he had recovered from his wounds as when there was an apparent obin a miraculous manner.
ject of dread which each person These objections however, are viewed with similar abhorrence. It founded upon the supposition that seems necessary then, that an obri-, the auditor conceives the exhibitions ous form should be represented in of the stage to be real events : order to communicate to the audiwhich never is the case. He tors the business of the scene knows very well he beholds a stage, Should you therefore prevent the and observes his old acquaintance ghost of Banquo from appearing, performing upon it. It is always you should on the same principles necessary in such cases, to stretch debar the admission of all other the belief beyond the bounds of ghosts of Shakespeare ; which in probability ; how else could we con- several of his plays would comsider, the aside speeches, to be un- pletely destroy their interest. heard by either of the persons on However our great poet may be the stage; how else could we im- condemned for his introducing agine a canvas wood, to be real ghosts into his plays, his abilities in trees, or a piece of silk scratched the conduct of them shine with con. upon to be true rain. By the same spicuous lustre. The love of the extention of belief, we may easily marvellous, was the prevailing passuppose the company cannot see sion in England after the crusades, the ghost of Banquo; but that it is the rules of the ancients were known visible only to Macbeth. The ob- to few; Shakespeare therefore had jection implied by the difficulty on one liand every thing to induce those of the auditors, who may not, hiny to introduce the ghosts, and on