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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.
FROM THE MISCELLANEOUS POEMS OF WILLIAM THOMAS

FITZGERALD, ESQ
FFSPRING of Heav'n, we bend to thee,

Sweet fmiling Goddess Liberty!

Thy presence we adore;
Still with thy favirite Ifle refide,
And, constant as the flowing tide,

Thy energies restore !
That fell Security may never proxe
The grave of Freedom and of Public Love:
For, ah! on ev'ry fide appears
The rusting hand of fleeting years,

And dire Corruption's blast;
Thy Athens, once fo bleft and free,
Is curs'd with chains and infamy,

And Sparta's pride is paft!
Long haft thou left the fertile vales of Greece,
And with thee vanilli'd Valour, Arts, and Peace.

Then

Then lighting on Italia's shore,
Thy temples rose to fame once more,

Ant Rome thy sway confess'ı;
But civil rage, and thirst of power,
More fierce than Vaudals to devour,

Eitrang’d her from thy breast.
At length, by vice and faction headlong driv’n,
Rome fell, deserted both by thee and Heav'o!
Then as this ifle thou hover'dst o'er,
Doubtful to thun or seek the shore,

Sway'd by a tyrant's hand,
The Barons feit thy balmy breath,
And braving danger, chains, and death,

They woo'd thee to the land.
Firinly thou stood' it with brow ferene,
While bending millions bail'd their Queen!

Defpotic Pow'r, at once, gave way,
Like yielding night to breaking day!
The iron reign of stern Control
No more appallid the gen'rous fonl ;
No more repress'd those gloring fires
Which Freedom in the breast inspires ;
Nature, from galling fetters free,

Tempered Command with Liberty !
And from that happy moment thou haft proved
The constant guardian of this Ise belovid,
Hear, Goddess! hear our ardent pray'r,
Siill be rhis envied foil thy care, .

And never quit our shore !
In Britain's councils ftill preside,
And, constant as the flowing tide,

Thy energies reftore !
That fell Security may never prove
The grave of Freedom and of Public Love!

FRLEDON

FREEDOM AND PEACE.

BY G. DYER.

WHEN long thick tempests waste the plaing

And lightnings cleave an angry sky,
Sorrow invades each anxious swain,

And trembling nymphs to Melter fly
But let the sun illuine the fkies,
They hail his beam with grateful eyes.
So, when fierce Zeal a nation rends,

And Iteru Injustice rules the throne,
Beneath the yoke meek Virtue bends,

And modest Truth is heard to groan !
But when fair Freedom's star appears,
Hush'd are their sighs and calm d their fears
And who, when nations long oppress'd

Decree to curb th' oppreflor's pride,
And patriot virtues fire the breast,

who shall the gen'rous ardour chide ?
What Mall withstand the great decree,
When a brave nation will be free?
Thus Greece repell'd her num'rous foes

Thus Britain curb'd a Stuart's race;
Thus Gallia's sons to glory rose,

Heralds of peace to future days ;
And thus may all the nations rise,
And shout their triumphs to the skies!
The wars of ages thus decided,

Commerce all bless each smiling land;
And man from man no more divided,

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 tender virgins learn the story,

And children lilp their grandfires' praise;
The heav'ns fhall smile and earth be gay,
If Peace with Freedom rule the day!

DANGEROU

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 :

plenty

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.

A REFORMER.

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

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