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ODE TO LIBERTY.
prices of their very best pamphlet goods, ftitched, of in sheets, have greatly fallen by this unjust and un- neceffary peace (having been always amongst the necellaries of life), whereby, instead of felling pennyworths of treason, and cheap remnants of disaffection, they are themselves fold with pennyworths of buns, or sugar-candy, &c. :-and whereas their Honours the Dilettanti, and the Man of the People himself, by declaring the inability of the said persons unknown, have very much contributed to induce the petitioners tu fall into this fatal error, they pray relief, and, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c."
This fubfcription is said to fill rapidly; but the proprietor of a certain newspaper, who, being above re. ceiving charity, petitioned for leave to know the names of the King's Ministers, and averred that he had loft one hundred and twenty-three, or the major part of his fubscribers, fince the inftitution of the “Y'ignore,” was received with the Burleigh fhake ; and the Club passed to the order of the day.
IRREGULAR ODE TO LIBERTY.
Sweet fmiling Goddess Liberty!
Thy presence we adore;
Thy energies restore !
And dire Corruption's blast;
And Sparta's pride is paft!
Then lighting on Italia's shore,
Ant Rome thy sway confess'ı;
Eitrang’d her from thy breast.
Sway'd by a tyrant's hand,
They woo'd thee to the land.
Defpotic Pow'r, at once, gave way,
Tempered Command with Liberty !
And never quit our shore !
Thy energies reftore !
FREEDOM AND PEACE.
BY G. DYER.
WHEN long thick tempests waste the plaing
And lightnings cleave an angry sky,
And trembling nymphs to Melter fly
And Iteru Injustice rules the throne,
And modest Truth is heard to groan !
Decree to curb th' oppreflor's pride,
who shall the gen'rous ardour chide ?
Thus Britain curb'd a Stuart's race;
Heralds of peace to future days ;
Commerce all bless each smiling land;
In peace fhall live, a friendly band! But tyrants, with their g'are of pow'r, Like meteois fall-to rite po more! Then blooining youths and sages hoary
Shall sing the deeds of ancient days,
And children lilp their grandfires' praise;
DANGEROUS CONSEQUENCES OF PLENTY,
[From the Oracle.] PLENTY has ever been considered by mankind as a
blessing; but, perhaps, it is rather an evil; while dearth or scarcity of provisions has operated on the body politic like a corrective medicine. Abundance of the necessaries of life tempts the poffeffor to indulge his appetite; and as few people are enemies to good living, intemperance makes an imperceptible progress at the social board, and disease is the offspring of repletion.
It is a very different thing to preach and practise, Many a priest who enjoined his parishioners to the stricteft abstinence, has in secret rioted on the fpoils of their credulity; and while his lean flock almost starved themselves to obtain his benediction, the kind pastor appeared with all the symptoms of a plethora upon him, while his “belly with good capon lined,” might be coinpared to a. cask. But though this excessive selfdenial of a priest-ridden flock was ridiculous, it was lafe; for a life of abstinence is generally a life of virtue; the passions seldom run riot in a half-starved bofom.
On the other hand, plenty is the fource of licentiousnefs, indolence, and difeafe. Alas! what numbers of our fellow-creatures, now in perfect health, will, before the lapse of another year, deftroy themselves and waste their substance in riotous living! Is there 10 remedy for this evil ? Yes; but where is the philofophic mortal who has fortitude to practise it? Who would continue abstinent while surrounded with the most delicious food and exhilarating cordials --Well, well, good folks, if you will haften your own death, it cannot be helped. The dissipation of the opulent is of less confequence to a commercial country than the excess of the laborious claffes. When provisions shall be :
46 LAMENTABLE DECREASE OF RUDENESS. plenty and cheap, as there is every probability they soon will, we may dread the frequent interruptions which our manufacturers will suffer from the indul. gence of the workman. A man, who, while provisions were so dear, exerted every nerve to obtain fustenance for his family, will now sit at his ease, consume an additional slice of meat, nay, drink an extra pint of porter, and, perhaps, sink into an afternoon nap, to the detriment of the community. Besides, many induftrious young men, who were very attentive to their business, while menaced hy want, will now become negligent, in consequence of devouring that refractory aliment roast beef and plum-pudding. Had they continued to use Count Rumford's black broth, the community might have received the benefit of their future industry, but now there is the greatest danger of their becoming faucy and idle. Were a meeting of monopolists convened for the benevolent purpose of preventing the spread of the contagion of plenty, they might effect a sudden change in the dietetics of their countrymen, and prevent the fatal confequences of excess by a timely enhancement of the neceffaries of life. From the former exertions of these excellent men in promoting temperance, there is little doubt but they would cheerfully resume their good work of enforcing abstinence.
LAMENTABLE DECREASE OF RUDENESS.
[From the Morning Herald.) MR. EDITOR, 1
KNOW no more frequent cause of regret, than that
the circumstances upon which we are apt to value ourselves are the most liable to abuse, and to be turned into inconveniences. We naturally, for example, pride ourselves on living in an age of civilization, and on