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To make me impart
Some balm to his smart.
He stole from my presence forever!
If ever you laugh at a lover,
And smile on the trifles that hover
And lounge in your train
Your beauties in vain
May shine to attract him and fix him again,
When Harry entreated my pity
I laugh'd at his dolorous ditty,
For hope by-and-by;
But false hearted Harry, I cannot tell why,
The love-smitten maid who would never
The twin buds of tender love sever,
But fain would retain
The heart of her swain,
With chasten'd compassion must manage the chain,
And his heart is devoted forever!
Lord Landsdown, not unjustly, has been branded by the justice, as well as severity of criticism for the tameness and insipidity of his verses. But the following lays, the effusions of his happier hours, á are above the reach of censure.
WAFT me, some soft and cooling breeze
MODES OF SALUTATION. FOR THE PORT FOLIO.
FROM the form of salutations among different nations we may learn something of their character, at least of their manners. In the southern provinces of China the common people ask "Ya Tan," that is, How have you eaten your rice; for in that is their greatest felicity. If two Dutchmen meet in the morning they wish each other a good appetite." Smaakelyk leten." In Cairo the inhabitants ask How do you sweat? for the not sweating is the symptom of an approaching fever. The Italian and Spaniard ask How does it stand? "Come sta." The Frenchman, How do you carry yourself? "Comment vous portez vous?" The German, How do you find yourself? "Wie bejinder sic sich." The English, "How do you do?" The Dutchman says, How do you do. "Hau vaart wive." There is one nation (we forget which) which ask "How do you live," and these are certainly the most wise of all.
THE SOCIETY OF ARTISTS
THE UNITED STATES,
BY APPOINTMENT OF THE SOCIETY,
On the Eighth of May, 1811.
BY B. HENRY LATROBE,
FELLOW OF THE AM. PH. SOC. OF THE ACAD. OF ARTS, AND
ONE OF THE VICE-PRESIDENTS OF THE SOCIETY OF ARTISTS OF THE UNITED STATES.
ANNIVERSARY ORATION, &c.
COULD the vote which delegated the task of de. livering the annual oration on the subject of the Fine Arts before this society, have conferred talents equal to the honour it has bestowed, I should not now feel any apprehension least this duty may not be performed in a manner worthy of its purpose. But known, as I am, to most of you, I shall assuredly receive credit for a sincere wish to perform the duty assigned to me to the best of my abilities; and obtain your indulgence for their deficiency, and for the imperfections which the extreme pressure of private business, since my appointment, have occasioned.
The custom of delivering an annual oration, or lecture, before the members of the academies of Europe, has generally for its object the instruction of the students in the principles of art, the correction of their taste, and the encouragement of their zeal and industry, In these institutions, supported by the government as essential to its splendour, and upheld by the unanimous opinion of the governed as promoting one of the most rational and interesting sources of their pleasure, it is unnecessary, in an annual oration, to point out the advantages that result from the culture of the fine arts. No argument, no declamation, is so con