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No more he shines, Athena's glowing star,
Friend of the wretch, and pattern of the war.

To holier uses rise those walls on high,
And holier anthems murmur on the sky,
The shrine is crumbled to its native soil,
And Pagan grandeur given to the spoil;
No worshipp'd Theseus decks the beauteous fane,
And none prolong to him th' adoring strain,
A Christian temple now, it proudly spreads
Its Dorian pillars' venerable heads,
Devoted still to worship and to heaven,
To purer skies and holier creed 'tis given;
And, oh! may thus the Christian worship shine

O'er the wide world in every Pagan shrine!
New York, 19th Sept. 1816.

E.

TO MYRILLA,
Who contemplated her prospects in life through a gloomy vista.

Where'er thou mov'st fúll many an eye
Glistens with beams of ecstacy;
And oft the deep-drawn sighs proclaim,
The nymph whose charms each youth inflame.

No envious gnomes thy peace invade,
No treacherous vows to thee are paid;
For thee nio anguish points its sting,
Nor floats thy name on slander's wing.

Then why should sorrow's sadd'ning gloom,
O'erspread with care thy beauty's bloom?
Why should distrust thy bosom move-
Thy gentle bosom form'd for love!

SEDLEY

ON A BAD POET.

Here lies a poor fellow, who once was a poet!
* Aye, a very poor fellow — be quiet, I know it.""

ORLANDO FOR

AUGUST, 1817.

Embellished with a curious engraving.

CONTENTS.

ORIGINAL LETTERS

ib.

Correspondence,
90 Humorous song,

151 Epigram,

152 General Washington to Gover- Dottator et Lineator,

153 nier Morris, 91 Love, by Orlando,

154 Mr. Adams to Judge Cushing, 92 To Mary,

155 Dr. Franklin to Mazzei, 94 Gibbon and Voltaire, Lord Letter from Cortez to the king Byron,

156 of Spain, on the conquest of Lines to E. A.-Adolphus, ib. Mexico,

127 Serenade,-Leigh Hunt, 157 CRITICISM.

Night described, - same, On the character of Racine, 95 From the Persian of Hairuti, 158 Johnson's Tour in North Wales, 105 Epigrara,--Quevedo,

ib. Boothroyd on the authorized

-Burns,

159 version of the Bible, 112 Town and Country,–Capt. RURAL ECONOMY.

Morris,

ib. Western Plaister-Cauliflow

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE, 161 ers-Strawberries-Liquors MISCELLANEOUS PARAGRAPHS, 165 -Cows--Potatoes---Lupe- Proceedings of Public Institunella grass, 147 tions,

174

The Tour of the President, 176 To Myra, by X. Y. 2. - 149

POETRY

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AND IN LONDON,
BY JOHN SOUTER, 2, PATERNOSTER ROW;
And to be had of all the booksellers in the United States.

J. Marwell, Printer.

Our young friends at New York-"E.” and “ R.”—are informed that we eagerly listen to the sounds of the lyre when they strike the strings.

We are impatient under the procrastination of “ L.” Has he been smitten with a graphobia?

The lines on “Prudence” would inculcate avarice. In the pages of Strangford we find better advice:

Since in this dreary vale of tears
No certainty but death appears,
Why should we waste our vernal years

Io hoarding useless treasure?
Nolet the young and ardent mind
Become the friend of human kind,
And, in the generous service, find

A source of purer pleasure.

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A deserted “ Amelia” complains in good set terms of a faitbless “ Celadon,” who really does not appear to be worth her regret. Of so fickle a swain we could say, with Don Pedro, “ It were alms to hang him."

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We have not yet been able to furnish a Memoir of the late GoverNOR MIFFLIN, whose portrait embellished the last number. From some of the personal friends of this distinguished patriot we expect to receive communications, without which we cannot do justice to the subject.

Portraits of Granville Sharp, who should be surnamed “the Benevolent,” and Mr. Phillips, “ the Irish orator,” are in the hands of our engravers.

The translation of a little tract on Military Tactics reached us in safety; but we have not been able to make the inquiries suggested by our respectable correspondent; to whom we have to return our thanks, for this and the several other instances of kindness towards our humble labours.

can muse.

We congratulate the lovers of literature and our countrymen in general, on the signal success of the poem which has been emphatically and happily styled our Aros oF PALESTINE. The good taste of the public has already demanded a third edition of this delightful production of the Ameri

That it has not been universally applauded should not surprise us; nay, even that it has been made the subject of some stupid jests; for all enthusiasm, all genuine poetry, all exalted ideas, have a ludicrous aspect for the unfeeling. The work however is fortunate in this respect, that no quotation can be made from it which does not contain some beauty which a poet would delight to acknowledge. The most cold and tasteless of those by whom it has been abused, have not been able to cite any of its lines which do not that eir censures are as false as they are silly and con temptible.

THE PORTFOLIO.

FOURTA SERIES.

CONDUCTED BY OLIVER OLDSCHOOL, ESQ.

Various; that the miod
Of desultory man, studious of change
And pleased with novelty, may be indulged.-COWPER.

VOL. IV.

AUGUST, 1817.

NO. II.

ORIGINAL LETTERS.-FOR THE PORT FOLIO.

GENERAL WASHINGTON TO GOVERNIER MORRIş.

Valley Forge, May 18th, 1778. My Dear SIR,

Your favour of the 15th instant gave me singular pleasure. I thank you for the agreeable intelligence it contains; which (though not equal to my wishes) exceeds my expectation, and is to be lamented only for the delay, as the evils consequent of it, will soon (as I have often foretold) be manifested in the moving state of the army, if the departments of quarter-master and commissary will enable us to stir, and keep pace with the enemy, who from every account are busy in preparing for their departure from Philadelphia. Whether for the West Indies, a rendezvous at New-York, to prepare for their voyage, or for some other expedition, time only can discover. The sooner however the regimental regulations and other arrangements are set about, the sooner they will be finished, and for God's sake, my dear Morris, let me recommend it to you, to urge the absolute necessity of this measure with all four might.

As the council held at this place was by order of congress, and the members constituting it pointed out by them, it was deterinined, out of respect to that body, to treat the new members with civility. Indeed the wish of all here that no private difference should interrupt that harmony whi is so essential in public councils had no small share in the amity that appeared. Contrary, I own, to my expectation, the same sentiments respecting the measures to be pursued, pervaded the whole:-our resolutions of consequence, were unanimous.

I was not a little surprised to find that a gentleman who some time ago (when a cloud of darkness hung heavy over us, and our affairs looked gloomy) was desirous of resigning, now stepping forward in the line of the army. But if he can reconcile such conduct to his feelings as an officer and man of honour, and congress has no objection to his leaving his seat in another department, I have nothing personally to oppose to it. Yet, I must think, that gentlemen's stepping in and out, as the sun happens to beam forth or obscures, is not quite the thing, nor quite just with respect to those officers who take the bitter with the sweet.

I am told that C-nw-y (from whom I have received another impertinent letter, dated the 23d ultimo, demanding the command of a division of the continental army) is, through the medium of his friends, soliciting his commission again. Can this be? and, if so, will it be granted?

I am very sincerely,
and affectionately yours,

G. WASHINGTON.

MR. ADAMS TO MR. C. CUSHING, SCHOOL MASTER, NEWBURT.

Worchester, Oct. 19th, 1756. MY FRIEND,

I look upon myself obliged to give ye reasons yt induced me to resolve upon ye study and profession of ye law, because you were so kind as to advise me to a different profession. When yours came to hand I had thoughts of preaching, but ye longer I lived, and ye more experience I had of that order of men, and of ye real design of their institution, ye more objections I found in my own mind to that course of life. I have ye pleasure

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