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Fast as the beams of morn dissolve the shades, Had you, when in that sweet alcove,
How often we have been together,
When all you said was 'bout the weather;- . And ah ! as fleeting too, young Ellinor,
Whether, when Louis quits the stage, Thus did'st thou shine, thus charm, then dis
Poor Boney might escape his cage;
Or some such stuff as this or that, appear: A few short moments on our senses beam,
You ever would be aiming at. Then vanish like the colouring and the dream;
But did you ever in your life A rose in scarce expanded beauty blighted,
Ask me to be your loving wife?
Did you e'er talk of nupljal bliss,
Or offer me a playsome kiss ?
If in love-verses now you dose me,
Why not have prais'd me viva voce
Mean you to compliment my eyes,
“ Beaming like lightning from the skies ?" The shadowy king bears in his gloomy train When did they e'er such anger dart? A thousand herald ministers of pain;.
Is't thus you try to gain my heart? These in dread pomp precede him in his way,
In nature, if you search her through, To print his signet on the destin'd prey,
You'll find the male begins to woo; And deck it in the livery of decay :
Ardently pressing to attain, To blanch in health her yet unfaded bloom,
He seldom fails his suit to gain, And plant the pallid ensign of the tomb
But, when a man delays his suit, On Beauty's mouldering walls, till Death's
The patient lady must be mute, last stroke .
And let concealment's pallid cheek, Tear their last stay, they fall, as falls the
Prove what her virtue dare not speak. trunk-hewn oak, That but on one supporting fibre hangs,
And now, Sir Charles, I've told you why, Quivering like Nature in her final pangs.
When you are near, I quickly fly; But thou, in pride of youthful grace, wast torn,
And caution maidens, when men dally,
rh, Are off and on, and shilly shally, Midst the pure light of life's unclouded morn,
Quickly a brighter mate to try: F'er sickness, time, or sorrow's touch could
Don't hesitate, but-Quickly Fly. • trace Their form, and mar the roses on thy face,
MARY. Whose white and red, with intermingling dies, Bloom'd to the last,-life sparkled in thine
A Translated Fable.
An impulse felt (how usual to her sex !) Thy beauty's unshorn brightness shot a ray To seek adventures, and her nest to spread, Of dazzling lustre as it pass'd away.
. In lofty state, where care should ne'er As winding steals the silent treacherous tide,
The young coquette, thus enter'd on the world, In secret course beneath its verdant side,
Its pleasures to enjoy, disdain'd control; een bank Spring's richest vest to Her fancy every bliss of life unfurl'd,
And liberty, fair liberty, possessid her soul, But saps the fabric that it paints so fair ;
Not far, a spreading lofty oak, Till eyery fibre, loosen'd from below,
Plac'd on the summit of a hill, It falls, o'erwhelm'd by its insidious foe;
Allur'd her sight, engag'd her will, Thus, nor with throbbing pang, nor dimming And, inexperienc'd, thus she spoke : eye,
"Remote from noise and folly's giddy scene, Nor sinking pulse, to mark the murderer nigh, In splendid ease, I there shall live a queen." Destruction came, array'd in life's best bloom,
Then with her little prize, cull'd from the plain, And deck'd his victim while he seal'd her
She wing'd her devious way, doom;
And, with much time and pain, Whose charms look'd loveliest in their last
Those joys secures which well her cares repay. decay, Whose glance shone brightest at its setting ray;
The fatt'ring partial voice of self-applause
Had hitherto been listen'd to with glee : Then, with no pang, from those disruptur'd
Bird-catchers, woodmen, and each luckless ties, That tear the bleeding spirit e'er she flies;
cause, No terrors to convulse life's quivering breath,
That rudely might enforce humility; And cloud the billows of th' abyss beneath; Nor those destructive grains, alert and round, Her pure immortal spirit took its flight,
Into the tube from measure pour'd and Soft as the tropic sunbeam sinks to night.
press'd, Those fatal shafts of Death's unerring wound
Not one of these disturb'd her tranquil QUICKLY FLY.
breast. In Answer to “ Fly not Yet.”
Joyful and heedless of affronts or fear, l'o not have flown yon shady bower, Her voice was heard among th' entangled Where blooms the woodbine's shelter'd flower,
Trilling soft whispers to the passing breeze, Where shade and solitude combine,
And safety seem to boast :
For moss, for fern, for down, she rov'd,
What now befel?
Lo! swarms of vermin, dust and heat; . ! She darts on hapless flies,
Her tender griefs once more repeat, And cuts the tender thread of all their joys.
And each delight repel." Nature for her in gayest smiles is drest,
“ Alas! (says she,) I sought that calm repose Charming and charmed, to her mate she gives
res In this lone brake, which nothing should A new and tender heart,-is oft caress'd,
annoy; And the warm nest each day an egg receives. Yet, sad reverse ! I only meet with woes:". The task perform’d,—the raging tempest swells, And each new thought produc'd a deepThe wind and lightning spread their horrors drawn sigh. wide ;
At length a bush of middle stature's seen, With grief the Muse the mournful sequel tells,
Whose spreading foliage promis'd safe retreat, The nest and callow brood are all destroy’d. There to enjoy the verdant, placid scene,
0! exquisite distress! The tenderest seat of love 's a mother's heart,
She soon remov'd, and found her bliss
complete. And, yielding to the agonizing smart, She sorrow'd comfortless.
For us, if Heaven the bounteous gift intend, “ That fatal tree,-ah! why did I explore ! If happiness is plac'd within our reach,
Eagles and vultures well its height may suit, Let us this artless fable now attend, If storms relentless sometimes on them pour, Its hidden sense some valu'd truths may They, self-accus'd, their justice can't . teach. dispute.
'Tis not in courts that she delights to dwell, For me, alas ! by sad experience taught, Nor yet in Poverty's secluded cell;
To know the bliss to which I may attain, Of mortals, happiest is he No more by vain delusions to be caught,
Who, rais'd above necessity, · I'll seek enjoyment pear the humble plain. Servile dependance nobly scorns; A distant bramble caught her view,
Whom moderation always guides, Once more she smil'd, and thither flew.
With whom philanthropy resides, There without compass, rule, or line,
And whose firm breast each virtue well adorns. She built at little cost;
NEW PATENTS AND MECHANICAL INVENTIONS.
To Messrs. Israel GUNDRY, EDWARD superior importance to the one originally Neave, and Josiah Neave, of Gil. contemplated. lingham, Dorset; for a new application of Gas.
To Mr. William Robinson, of Saffron DDHIS discovery consists of an appli. Walden, for Apparatus to be attached
1 cation of factitious gases to the to all sorts of Doors and Door-jambs working of a piston in a barrel or cylin and Hanging Stiles, for the purpose der, by which a mechanical first mover of preventing, when shut, the admisor power is produced, capable of driving sion of external Air into Rooms, wbeels or other machinery. The appa Apartments, or other places.—March ratus adapted to this principle is termed 23, 1819. a gas-engine, and calculated to operate This invention is applicable to every on the most ponderous as well as on kind of door, for the purpose of stopthe most delicate machinery. Carbu. ping out cold currents of air from retted hydrogen, the gas obtained in the parlours, drawing-rooms, dining-rooms, distillation of coal, is peculiarly appli- halls, passages, bed-rooms, &c. &c. and cable to the objects of this invention, for stopping out sound, smoke, steam, from the large quantity manufactured, dust, foul air, and floating vapours, from and from its being, after suchapplication, without; so contrived as to admit, when equally eligible for its original purpose required, any quantity of air in an inof illumination. Extensive national be- stant by a simple movement with the nefits will probably result from this new thumb and finger: rooms baving this inemployment of an agent so economical; vention will be more equally heated and which, without interfering with the throughout, with a saving of nearly half purposes for which gases are otherwise the fuel. produced, superadds a collateral advan- Many attempts (says the patentee,) tage that may eventually be found of have at various times been tried for ex
cluding thic cold air from our dwelling said inclined plane with trucks, wheels, rooms, but hitherto none have boen ef- or rollers, or it may slide with grease or fectual; sand-bags nailed upon the door, other unctuous substance, and the cardragging upon the floor, with unsightly riage can descend thereupon into the listing and leathers all round the edges water, so that the vessel may be floated and top of the door, when done, bavca over it; the vessel must be steadied on filthy mean appearance, spoils the door, the frame with blocks and shores, to stay and never answers the purpose intends the vessel upon the carriage, and retain ed; the consequence is, that the owner it firnily in a vertical position ; and then is under the necessity of being at a con- the carriage, thus bearing the vessel, is siderable expense for what are called hauled up the inclined plane out of thic green-baize doors. These, however well water by capstans or other power. inade, disgrace cvery room wherever The inclined plane is formed of any thoy appear, and will no more prevent suitable substance, and laid with a yrathe entrance of cold air than any other dual descent from the stocks down into door. A strong current of cold air rushing a sufficient depth of water ; the slope is in at the crevices of the door jambs in a nearly the same as the slips commonly windy day, induces the owner to cnlarge used for building and launching ships; and his fire with more fuel ; he then soon Mr. M. finds it of advantayc, that a way finds that, when bo sits by such a fire, shall be laid in it of wood, iron, or other he feels an unpleasant and a very dis. fit substance, beneath each beam of agreeable coid chilling sensation at bis which the carriage consists. The said back, while, at the saine time, his face carriage is constructed in the following and body are scorched with heat; with manner: One or more large beams of tinithis sense of feeling, he frequently re- ber, iron, or other fit substance, is promoves his chair, in hopes of evading it; vided to lay along the keel-way in the but, finding no relief, he orders a screen middle of the inclined plane; this may be of some kind to be placed at his back, to called the main or keel-beam: it must protect him from the piercing current. be nearly as long as the keel of the
The new patent invention effectually largest vessel intended to be drawn up, guards against all weathers, whether dry for thic kcel of the vessel is intended to or bumid ; and should either the door or lay upon this beam, and blocks may door-jamb shrink or swell, it will have no therefore be fixed upon the upper surface effect upon it whatever. Such is the naof the beam to bear the keel, though this ture of this patent invention, that it will is not indispensably necessary; to the admit any quantity of air juto the room underside of the kecl-bcam frames or when wanted, and the same may be in: bushes, of iron or other substance, are stantly stopped at pleasure, by raising or fixed, to receive trucks, wheels, or roldepressing with the thumb and finger a lers, which are disposed at such distances small plate of iron or brass fixed to the as under, that the beam will be suffi rabbet. With this invention applicd to ciently borne up thereby from springing door-ways, nearly half the fuel may be or bending, or otherwise the under-sido saved, the room much more equally of the keel-beam may slide on the inwarmed throughout, and the most ten- clined plane with any unctuous sub. der persons may safely sit near the door stance, the said trucks, wheels, or rollers without fear of catching cold or rheuma- ron; or the said keel-beam may slide tism ; there will be no further occasion upon iron or other suitable substance, for screens or baize-doors. It will stop laid down the keel:way above-menout sound, smoke, aud dust, foul air and tioned. There are likewise two or more floating vapours, from without; and the other such bcams to run with trucks, whole, when fixed, will be found to be &c. or to slide with any unctuous suba extremely simple, and elegantly neat. stance on the inclined plane, or on the
above-mentioned ways; these beams To Mr. Thomas Morton, Ship-builder, lay parallel to the keel-beam, and on
Leith ; for a Method for dragging each side of the same, where two or Ships out of the Water on Dry Land more are used, and at a suitable distance March 23, 1819.
asunder. All these long parallel beams This method of drawing ships out of are united together by cross-pieces fixed the water on dry land, consists in the ap- athwart them, and attached to them in plication of a particular kind of carriage any convenient way. Tbis frame or to the inclined plane, platform, road, or carriage is drawn up the inclined plane slip, up wbich the vessel is intended to by means of ropes or chains fastened to be drawn; which carriage runs upon the one or more of the beams, and hauled by
any any suitable power. I prefer a chain beam, and the end of this rope is taken fastened to the fore-end, io the m:in, or on-board the vessel when floated over the keel-beam ; the purchase, a wheel and carriage, in order that, by bauling it in, pinion. If a pall or palls are attached the block may be drawn in and jambed to the carriage, the end of which can fast beneath the bottom of the vessel ; drop into the tooth of a rack laid on the and, to prevent these sliding blocks from inclined planc, it will prevent the car. springing back, a pall or palls are at. riage from running back, if the chain or tached to the onter end of the blocks, rope should break. To fix and steady which fall into the teeth of the rack laid the vessel upon the carriage, blocks may upon each of the cross-pieces. And be applied beneath her bottom in any further, to steady the vessel, is it sliould way that may be most convenient. In Mr. be necessary, several shores may be M.'s, carriage-blocks are fitted upon the fastened by joints or hinges to the sidecross-pieces thereof, with grooves, re. beams of the carriage, or to the ends of bates, or are otherwise guided, in which the cross-pieces, which may project over they slide to or from the keel of the the side-beams, the joints or hinges are vessel; these blocks are made up to dif- at the lower-end of the props, so that ferent heights and forms, corresponding their upper ends may be turned outwards to that part of the bottom of the vessel clear of the vessel while floating in, and beneath which each one is intended to afterwards turned in and applied to the apply; to each soch sliding block, a sides of the vessel above the water, and rope is fixed, which, being carried across may be spiked thereto, or cleats may the middle beam below the vessel's keel, be nailed to her sides close above the topis reeved through a block, sheave, or end of such shores. eye-bolt, attached to the opposite side
PROCEEDINGS OF PUBLIC SOCIETIES.
LITERARY SOCIETY OF Belus's tower (which is four miles from
Hillah in a direct line) there are no more PRESENT State of the RUINS of BA- Inounds on the bank of the river for the
BYLON. BY CAPTAIN EDWARD FRE: distance of twelve miles above the tower, DERICK.
when you are shown a small heap of M HE interesting descriptions given in white and red furnace-baked bricks,
I our last Number, whilse they inform called by the Arabs the hummum or bath. us of what Capt. F.saw, will doubtless have I strongly suspect this to be the remains great future importance in guiding travel- of a modern building, from the size, co. lers to the site of these famous ruins of lour, and general appearance of the bricks, the East; and he shews the way to them which, in iny opinion, bear not the slightaccurately. He observes, that the est resemblance to those I had previa ruins of the mounds lie on the left, a ously seen. This spot, I should imagine, short distance off the direct road from had not been visited by any traveller, as Hillah; and a traveller merely sees Belus's it lies at a great distance from the main tower as he rides along, and must turn road froin lillah to Bagdad; indeed, no out of his way if he wishes to examine one mentions ever having seen it. it, which will occupy a longer time than “ These are all the mounds, or ruins, as travellers generally have leisure for, as they are called, of Babylon, that are geappears from their own acknowledg. nerally shown to travellers under the ge. ments, not to notice their dread of being neral denomination of Babel. I bow, surprised by the wandering Arabs. ever discovered, after much inquiry, that
“ As to the other travellers who have there were some heaps on the right bank, visited this celebrated spot, it would be at ihe distance of some miles from Hilcarrying complaisance ioo far to place lah, between the village of Karakoolee implicit confidence on their relations, as and the river. I accordingly rode to they appear merely to have passed over them, and perceived that, for the space the ground, and sometimes not even to of about half a mile square, the country know that they were amidst the ruins, was covered with fragments of different until iheir guides told them it was Babel kinds of bricks, but none of them led me they were riding over. They of course to conclude that they were of the same had no time to examine the heaps of size and composition as those found rubbish. Other travellers visited only either at Belus's tower, or the mound one bank of the Euphrates, not caring to mentioned to be situated between it and risk meeting with the Arabs while gratify, Hillab; I therefore returned, somewhat ing their curiosity on the other. From disappointed.
“Having now gratified my curiosity in that the Euphrates bad anciently Anwed examining every mound or spot described between Belus's tower and the other large either by Rennell, or pointed out by the mound lying about three quarters of a Datives as belonging to Babel, I next be. mile to the west of it, mentioned in this gan to search for the remains of the ditch account as the one with the walls of a and city-wall that had encompassed Ba- large house still standing in it, and the bylon, which was the principal object of decayed tree; for, where the remains of my journey, and still remained to be ac- the palace could have been situated, if complished. Neither of these have been not at this mound, I am at a loss to conseen by any modern travellers, nor do jecture. But if we admit that the river they give any intimation that they had may have changed its course from what even looked for them. All my inquiries it held in those ancient times, and that it amongst the Arabs on this suhject com- now Aows to the westward of both the pletely failed in producing the smallest palace and the tower, instead of passing effect. Desirous, however, of verifying between them, as it is said to have done, the conjectures of Major Rennell, I com- the positions of the palace and tower are menced my search, first by riding five then exactly marked by these two miles down the stream, and next by fol. mounds; for, with the exception of lowing the windings of the river sixteen Niebuhr's watch-tower, mentioned in my miles to the northward from Hillah, on first day's excursion, there is not a single the eastern side of the river. The west- mound on the western bank to be found, ern I ranged exactly in the same manner, nor do the natives ever procure any bricks and discovered not the least appearance from that side, though the principal part or trace of any deep excavation running of the town of Hiliah is situated on it. If in a line, or the remains of any rubbish this cunjecture be admissible, then the or mounds that could possibly lead to a ancients and moderns agree in their acconclusion that either a ditch or wall bad counts of this far-famed city with regard existed within the range of twenty.one to the site of its two principal edifices; miles. On the western bank, in return. but if it be rejected as improbable, we ing home, I left the wjuding of the river, still remain as inuch in the dark as ever, and proceeded in a straight line from the when we come to look for the remains of village of Karakoolee, fifteen miles to the the palace. I shall however lay no northward and westward of Hillah, to stress upon what I have here advanced, the latter place. The next day I rode but only offer it as a conjecture that in a perpendicular direction from the struck me as probable, from the modern river at Belus's tower, six miles east and appearances of the river, ruins, and counas many west ; so that, within a space of try in their vicinity, at the time I was twenty-one miles in length, along the examining them." banks of the Euphrates, and twelve The author having taken his survey in miles across it in breadth, I was unable every thing worthy of notice, concludes to perceive any thing that could admit of with equally important observations on my imagining that either a wall or ditch the probable dimensions of the Babylohad existed within this extensive area. nian tower, and the several kinds of bricks This leads, however, only to this conclu. found; and lastly, notices the navigation sion; that, if any remains do exist, They of the country. must have been of greater circumference “Della Valle and Beauchamp make than is allowed by modern geographers. the square of the tower of Belus from I may possibly have been deceived, but I six hundred and forty to six hundred and spared no pains to prevent it; I never sixty feet. I paced the circumference, was employed in riding and walking less and found the four faces amount to nine than eight hours a-day for six successive hundred paces, or 2,250 feet: the slope, days, and upwards of twelve on the as you descend the face, is gradual, and seventh
generally easy. We might not have “That part of the Euphrates which lies measured it exactly at the same place ; between Karakoolee and Hillah, a dis. but the difference which appears between tance of upwards of sixteen miles, winds us is immaterial, as a lapse of two centue extremely, and particularly where it ries may in all probability have occa. passes Belus's tower a quarter of a mile sioned considerable alterations. The distant. Arguing from the well esta. altitude of the south-west angle, which is blished fact, that streams, on só soft a the loftiest part of the whole, is :com. bottom and level a surface, in the course puted at two hundred feet. I had no of years change their beds, we may, means of ascertaining the truth of this, without violating probability, presume but should imagine it is fully that height.