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Intently listening, he can hear
O'er tempest rise distinct and clear,
Full fraught with deep heartrending fear,
Cry they, "Oh! God of mercy save
The tall ship heaves in view.
Enfolded fast by friendly dark,
O'er treeless waste and wind-swept park,
To where, commanding sea and land,
The howling tempest drowneth speech,
Like lightning, from the dizzy height,
It riseth high; it falleth low;
Emboldened by the welcome sight,
"Thank heaven! help is near."
But hope is valiant, doubt is drear;
With flapping canvas, broken mast,
Bereft of spar and boom.
The sailors raise a ringing cheer
Two well known headlands on the Glamorganshire coast. Sker is the scene of R. D. Blackmore's novel, The Maid of Sker.
Oh! brief suspense; her voyage o'er,
With fierce appalling shocks; Her timbers shatter hopelessly, Above her leaps the angry sea, And crew and cargo ruthlessly
Are dashed upon the rocks.
The winds have wrought their wayward will,
And roused to wrathful deeds of ill
With grasping hand and greedy reach,
Some demon rules his soul to-night,
"Look ye to casks and bales,
With speed he wanders up and down,
Oh! sorry, sorry is the sight,
WHAT AMERICA OWES TO WELSHMEN FOR THE FORMATION OF HER GOVERNMENT ON THE PRINCIPLES OF CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS
DR. RICHARD PRICE, F.R.S.
This eminent Welshman was born at Tynton, Glamorganshire, South Wales, in 1723. He was educated at Talgarth, in his native county, whence he moved to a Presbyterian academy in London. His principal works are: "Review of the Principal Questions and Difficulties in Morals;" " On Providence ;" "On Prayer;""Reasons for expecting that Virtuous Men will meet after Death in a State of Happiness;" "On the Importance of Christianity, the Nature of Historical Evidence, and Miracles ;" "Observations on Reversionary Payments, the Method of Calculating the Values of Assurance on Lives, and on the National Debt;" "Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, on Principles of Government, and the Justice and Policy of the War with America ;" "A Free Discussion on the Doctrine of Materialism and Philosophical Necessity," &c. Dr. Price was the author of numerous other works, as also of many papers in the Transactions of the Royal Society, of which he was a Fellow. Out of respect for his extraordinary merits, the University of Glasgow in 1769 conferred on him the degree of D.D. and for his works on civil liberty and the principles of government the Corporation of London voted him its thanks and a gold box. His character as a financier was so highly esteemed by Pitt, that on the termination of the war that Minister consulted him respecting the best mode of liquidating the National Debt, the result being, it is said, the creation of the sinking fund. Dr. Price died in 1791.
The work to which I shall refer, and from which I shall make a few extracts, is his "Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, the Principles of Government, and the Justice and Policy of the War with America;" of which the fifth edition. was printed in London in March, 1876, and had the enormous circulation of sixty thousand, it is said. Dr. Price was a personal friend of Franklin, and it is evident from his own