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ORIGINAL POETRY.

THE MURDERER.

() why that cursed thirst for more,

When never want approach d my door, A Metrical Tale.

Wher mine was more than wealida can buy,

The sweetest kind domestic tie.
W!!Y can I not forget the time

When yet ny soul was free from But why on fortune do I call?
crime,

From other sources sprung my fall;
When vet my mind knew peace and rest,

'l hat dear domestic tiel puru'd, Arid kindred feelings warmed my breast? With guilty flimes my bosom burn'd. For in my you!h fell to my share

At hours, when midnight felons roam, A mother's soft endearing care;

I madly Aed my peaceful home, No supple hireling skilled in guile

Soduc'd by meretricious charms, E'er fawned on ine wiih chilling smile,

I hied me to a wantun's arms. Ah, me! for him whose tender years Why could I not perceive the wile Ne'er knew an anxiou mo her's fcais, She couchi'd beneath ber artful sinile, Ne'er knew an anxious mother's joy, Nor see my madness till too late, When success crowns ner darting boy. To change ihe horrors of my fate? With ills unpitied long oppress'il,

I saw those wiies--I saw her art Should raiskiing passicos steel liis breast,

But such: het hold wihin my heart, And 6: hin for the ruthless deel

1 yioidon to her ba commands, For him muy heavenly mercy plead.

And fed her ever new demands. But me no ray of pity cheers,

But crimes to deeper crimes give place; For me no eye is dim'd with tears;

When ruin star'd me in the face, To bitter scom a preyllie,

To haunts where greedy sharpers meet, And undivided infamy.

I madly turn'd my guilty feet. With brilliant hupes my course began,

On ruin thus I blindly run, And cheerily awhile Iran,

The ruin which I sought to shun; For learning op dio me her apoils, With çuuning lures they plied ine well, And genius smild upon my toils.

And soon an easy prey I sell. But chief, I heard where'er I came,

Wretch as I was, with guilt embud, With blessings own'd my father's name: Wretch that such guiity ends pursu'd; An honour's fa her's well-won meed Yet then, even then, pure h.d I been, Ingamd me to the gen'rous deed.

Had I here closed my niortal scene. Tlie fond beholder lov'd to trace

There are, whose firm and manly will My fa.hor's suirit in my face;.

Can smile at want, can smile at ill; And kin i anticipation ey'd

Thero are, who poor, instead of blame, In me his talents, worti, allied.

By loss of wealth secure their fame.
Why can I not transmit this naine, But no such comfort waited me,
Unsiain'!, unspotted, pure in fame; To palliate my misery :
And friends and children drop the tear, I heard a wisewa mo her's sighs
Attendant on my honourd bier.

I heard my starving children's cries.
My sous will curses o'er me pour,

I heard this mother's rendi''g sighsNiy meniory with hate devour;

I heard these children's piercing cries: I've mark't hein out a prey to scorn, I saw them struggling with the wave, And calumny's oivenom'd thorn.

But stretch'ú no helping hand to save. While wandering exild on the earth, Bv furious passions, blirdly led, Far from the land tha' give them birth, I sicken'd at the marriage-bed : To that dear native land hy'll turn, But soon I found my alieril state For that dear land their bosoms burn : Had, with my syren, chang'd my fato. Her towering hills, her lovely plains, But yet, with during sperch and air, Where frolic nature wildly reigns,

She feign'd she would my fortune share, Will still assume a dearer charm,

Could my address find out a way As time and space remembrance warm- To lay my partner in the clay! And the cold look of sour disdain,

Why did I not to virtue turn? Thid sports unfeeling with their pain, Why not that impious passion spurn? Wil force the bitter tear to fall,

My injurd wile her wrongs forgave, And home with all its joys recal.

And sought alone her spouse to save?

mates:

I saw this angel's pious care,

LOVE LETTERS to my WIFE. By I mark'd her sweet and inodest air;

JAMES WOODHOUSE.
While many a soothing glance she cast,
To chace the mem'ry of the past.

LETTER XIII.
But nothing could my rage disarm,

[Continued from p. 43.] No soothing kindness stay.my arm ; When sleep, her senses seal'd in rest, LOST limbs may have stout deputies put I plung’d my dagger in her breast !

on,

And orbs of glass replace the eye-balls gone; The moon-beams quiviring on her mien,

But legs, arms, eyes, in listless, lifeless A livid light ilirew on the scene;

states, I saw the writhing gasp of death

Ne'er harmonize with warm unmutual Taw her yield her latest breath! Her groans still vibrile on my ear,

For bastard timber legs and iron wrists, And still her parting throes I hear; Betray their origin by cluinsy twists; And still I see lier purpled v'er

And base-born eyes obey no owner's will, With streams of blood and cloited gore.

But, senseless in their sockets, stand stock With haggard look a'd frantic tread,

still; I buried fruin the blootly deel

While like the thoughts that occupy their Vy steps pursu'd the well-known road

hearts, That led to Celia's curs'd aborle.

Aud those lax limbs, perform no proper

parts; In vain I bade her leave her home,

No useful purpose of their minds approve, With me the world at large to roim; But look asquint while prompt compaAloe Il.it my native land,

nions above. And landed on a for.ign strand. And many a clime I wanderd o'er;

Some other tricks are practis'd in their

schouis, I touch' at many a distant aborc But peace and joy for ever Aed,

With which they hope to cheat their fel

low fouls; And sleep forcook the murd'rer's bod.

But when deceptions are so general grown, 0: was my frame in siumber bound,

They cheat no other judgments but their Repose or res: I never found : My worn out frame felt its controul,

Dended heads no waning days declare, But slumber never reac!s'i my soul. All clu'h'd with wigs, or fronts, of sinugWith aspect horrible and drear,

gled hair; Dls iniur'd wife wou'd ofi appear

So when old Time has stolen their locks My panting bosum wildly press’d,

away, And struind me to her bloody breast.

Or strew'd their tresses with his grievous And of: en would she kindly smile, Ard strive my aliguish to beguile,

They filih from others all their filmy

threads, Point to her deard-serted boys,

To lide thcir naked or cinereous heads; The pledges of her foriner joys.

Evin blog ly heads that strew th' embailled And oft I started from the tomb

fell, To hear riveal'd my awful don;

From clo tel scalps their hairy honours While angels wavid their flaining brands,

vici; Responsive to their Lord's commands. When rond, to cover what they dcem The strength my trembling limbs forsook,

amate, As open stood the judginnt Look ;

Or add new honours to an agd face. And the loud trumpet loom d my name

The pincely steel, chief pride of all tlie Tu dwell with never lying fame.

(mana,

Must leave his whisking tail and waving Fain wanti I end these wary nils, And Hy, siefenrologs, o'er heels and roar', And shut off my mortal Spoils, Bat dreal to meet the avenging rod,

Stapho to cistiaction by die g its' goal-

Thetree bori bear no longer iives in peace, The verdict of an angry God.

11. forest. sarified to finish greene; No tongue can tell the horrid pains Or when that fails the fatid swine supply That burl within the murd'rer's veins,

Foul succedaneum from the stinking stye. Whai passions sage without controul, The harmless hare :o doy or gun subius; To barrow ap the cuurd'rer's soul.

The soft-furr'd rabbit burrow'd cluister

quits; I ndon, Aug. 4, 1810.

B. And yegeables yield thicir varied sweeti,
For perfumes, eye-browa, bolsters, cuils,

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The elephant resigns his tusky arms, But hath not, while his cye lookd o'er the To give their chatı'ring mouthis their grace- earth, ful charms,

Thro' all the haunts of wickedness and While face antique with ar ful tints is scen, worth, To ape thy beauteous bloom at sweet six- Perceivď our wayward wills erratic run, teen,

Since that auspicious cpoch fisse begin: When I, at first, with high-enraplur'd Nor hath his vestal sister, virgin chaste, breast,

(sessid. Exploring nightly eartli's lascivious waste, Thy peerless fraine and faithful soul pos- E'er once beheld, with anger-blushing Thus vicious art and vanity, allid,

shame, With haughty pomp and Osten:atious Thy devious heart indulge a faithless fiame; pride,

(creed, Or felt her features bun, her bosom wolli, Attempt to counteract what Heav'n de- Whilst I infring'd or spuru'd iny plighted And bridle back stern Time's impetuous truth speeri,

Nor need we blush these blameless boasts Till irritated Nature, angry grown, Pulls each impostor from frail fashion's Behold, ye great! the pure, prolific throne; throne;

And, like your sovereigns, so employ your Amply revenging every murderous wrong

pow'rs, Her sinless offspring had sustaind so long: Orlearn in perfect love, to copy our's. Strips from each hypocrite is furious rage, Can scu'cheon'd wealili's, or pomp's Base masks and mufles that belįed their crowli-crested race,

Boast longer lists in shorter temporal space? Each injur'd creature's ravish'd rights re- Shew passion, so restrain’d, still stronger

grow? Till, like the daw, depriv'd of borrowd Or purer appetite! -No, surely, no! plumes,

Unless their lusts and fortune, unconfinid, All suffering inward snubs and outward Have multiplied unclaim'd, illicit kind;

Or, more than man, apostle's footsteps irod, Sink down, despis’d, beneath a weight of And fix'd more gracious love on Heav'n and yeirs.

God. But thou, iny artless Hannah, Nature's Can golden shackles wedded love insure, child,

More warm and tender, perrnanent and By no such fashionable foolery spoil'd;

pure? Still might'st, at forty-five, self-loving, look Or pamper'd dames in studieil, tutord Like find Narcissus on the blushing brook; shapes, Stil might'st, without ihe danger of dis. Surmount with triumph half thy hair.

breadth 'scapes ? Courrast complexion with fair virgin's face- Still boast thy fondness, fortitude, and Thy-ma'chless moul and animation warm, tru:h,

(youth! With maiden sprightliness and youthful Thy vivid ints of health, and traits of form

No! by their luxury, indolence, and pride, But thon, from all weak affectation free, Their beauty's tarnish'd and their health Ev'o scorist a well-meant complineut

destroy'd ;

And oft at pomp's, and lust's, and passion's Much more disdain'si, like self-ador'd co

calls, quette,

Their faith all vanishes, and virtue falls. To spread, for flatterv, wanton, wily, net, They neither morals or religion learni, By trolling tongue, loose looks, or artful But gracious gospel truths and precepts

spurn; By nak d neck, tho'small, and round, and While tragical experience truly tells, fair

Whioe'er against leav'n's blessed rules reBy snowy bosom, panting to be seeil

bels, By tutor'iliresses, or by manay'd mien- Will feel, in early youth, distein perd By azure eye, sweet lips, or chek so bine!

frames, To trap or tangle any heart bilt mine! Unfitteil to fuigi kind Nature's claims Tho' Phæbus' oro has rolle in circling Will feel their feeble hearts for ever vex'dsphere

With reason's simplest process heaus pero Abou! our twenty-eighth connubial year,

plexida And seen, complacent, passing round the Unlimely ruin foliow foul cli<grace, ring.

With dismal prospects in a dwarfish race, as many tender seedlings, rapid, spring, Which frequent fall before their dams and Suill blyther smiles each year from heights sires, above,

And soun both family and name expires. To nove our ever-fond increasing love

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TRANSACTIONS OF LEARNED SOCIETIES. ROYAL SOCIETY.

tlemen who united to their studies in T appears that 11. Delille, a French natural history the personal labour of

physician, and a member of the collecting the insects of England. French National Institute, has' trans. Their pursuits and habits threw thein mitted a paper from the East Indies, into accidental meeting, and conseto the Roval Society, by the hands of quently a temporary acquaintance a ladi, describing the real nature and with other practical collectors, who properties of the celebrated Bobun were as zealous and diligent labourers (pas, or poison tree of Japan. The in entomological hunts as themselves, botanical account of this plant he re. but not blessed with a classical educeived from one of the French natu- cation; some indeerd, ignorant of the ralists who accompanied Capt. Bal. Latin language, and confined for their dio, and who resided some time in information sol.ly to Berkenhout, Java. It was with much difficulty Martin, and other English authors. that he persuaded the inhabitanis These collectors, laudably ambitious to shew him the different poison of improving the opportunities which plants, which they carefully conceal these meetings aftord, solicited the for the purpose of using thein in war. honour of a more intimate connecHence the many fabulous accounts tion: and experience pointing out circulated respecting the tatal influ- the increase of British entomological care of the upas are set in their true acquisitions which would arise from light. The upas, in the language of the union of practical collectors, after Java, signifies a vegetable poison, and a short consideration, the Entomoloapplied only to the juice of the Bo- gical Society was resolved to be foundhun tree, and another plant with a ed, and every person who is a practitwisted stem. The juice is extracted cal collector, or an amateur of the by an incision made in the bark with science, may be admitted by ballot, a kuife, and, being carefully collected, and under rules now modelled to bear is preserved by the natives to be em: a great siinilarity to those of the Line ploved in the wars. As to its diffu. ngun. The principal obstacle to ad. sin; noxious effluvia in the air, and mission is immorality of character; desiroving vegetation to a consider- for an acquaintance with the languages alle distance around it, the absurdity is not required. The object of the of these stories is sufficiently exposed society is to unite men of a creditby the fact, that the climbing species able degree in life, who may assist requires the support of other plants each other in the promotion of this to attain its usual growth. According science, and disseminate information to a number of experiments made by to thousands labouring under the want Dr. Delille upon dogs and cats by in- of a liberat education, and a consecions, injections, &c it appears that quent abridgement of the means of this ficcutar species of vegetable poi- entomological study. son acis exclusively upon the nerves.

“ The more learned members explain to their brethren the subjects of

their study, and publish their disco.. ENTOMOLOGICAL Society.

veries; they point out at cach meetA

S NGULAR misrepresentation ing all novel acquisitions, and give

having gove forth relative to the appropriate pames to newly discovered, views of this recent institution, as insects, whilst they themselves inthough its principal object was to crease their own knowledge of species oppime the Linnaan Society, the by the numerous specimens produced. fowing account may be relied Each collector is frequently enabled upon for its accuracy and impar- to exhibit a new acquisition, which

locality of habitation miglx have hid" At the head of the Entomological den from the eve of the entomological Society, and amongst its original pro student, had not this society united inoters, are found several fellows of such practical collectors sesiding in the Linnean Society. These are gen- ditlerent counties. There is, there.

UNIVERSAL MAG. VOL. XIV.

taitv.

fore, nothing in the objects of this as tending to attack or disparage the institution that can be construed into works of Mr. Donovan, which has an infringement on the province of been urged by way of complaint. the Linnæan Society of London, or

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