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A neat modell’d wax man,
Two babies by Flaxman,
The head of a tax-man

Whom nobody trusts!
Fighters who've fill'd a ring,
Two sleepy children,
Sweetly bewildering

Many a spouse :--
Oh! that Raphael or Titian
Could rise at my wishing
In this exhibition
At Somerset House !

Tol de rol, &c.

OUR walls are on the sea,

And they ride along the wave,
Mann'd with sailors bold and free,

And the lofty and the brave
Hoist their flag to the sport of the gale :

With an even march they sweep
O'er the bosom of the deep,
And their orders trimly keep,

As they sail.
Though so gallantly we ride,

Yet we do not seek the fight;
We have justice on our side,

And we battle in our right,
For our homes, and our altars, and sires ;

Then we kindle in our cause,
And awhile a solemn pause
When the cannon's iron jaws

Spout their fires.
We abhor the waste of life,

And the massacre of war;
We detest the brutal strife

In the van of glory's car;
But we never will shrink from the foe :

This when battles lightning runs
Through his horror-speaking guns,
And his brazen thunder stuns,

He shall know.
We have met them on the deep,

With Decatur and with Hull,
Where our fallen comrades sleep

In their glory's proudest full;

For our homes we will meet them again :

Let their boasted navies frown,
As they proudly bear them down;
We will conquer, burn, or drown,

On the main.

We, too, have hearts of oak,

And the hour of strife may come,
With its hurricane of smoke,

Hissing ball and bursting bomb,
And the death shot may launch thro' our crew;

But our spirits feel no dread,
And we bear our ship ahead,
For we know that honor's bed

Is our due.

Then come on, ye gallant tars!

With your matches in your hand,
And parade beneath our stars

With a free and noble stand,

wait for the moment of death:
Hark the word—the foe is nigh,
And at once their war-dogs fly,
But with bosoms throbbing high,

Yield your breath.

Do your duty gallant boys !

And you homeward shall return
To partake your country's joys,

When the lights of triumph burn,
And the warm toast is drank to the brave;

Then, when country calls again,
Be your march along the main,
And in glory spread her reign

O'er the wave.

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Oh Lilla, I with all would part,

To feel as I did then,
Ere a cold world had chill'd my heart

Or quicken'd reason's ken-
Yet Lilla, while you softly sing

That heart entrancing strain,
Joys past return on raptur’d wing,

Blest Hope resumes her reign.

Wit by the dull is hated-why?
Why hates the Owl a clear bright sky?

There may be some who lov'd, like me,
Though reason, feeling, pride, reproved;
Loved with aching constancy-

Hopelessly loved.
Some, who to words but half sincere
That should have been but half believed,
Lent, like me, a willing ear,

And were deceived.
Suffering like me, perhaps they found
One struggling wrench, one wild endeavour,
Break the tie that else had bound

Their souls for ever!
And they were freed—and yet I pine
With secret pangs with griefs unspoken :
No-their hearts were not like mine,

Else they had broken !


ART. X.-Literary and Miscellaneous Intelligence. A gentleman, from the interior of New York, intends, if sufficient encouragement shall be afforded him, to construct in the neighbourhood of this city, a map on a new plan, and on a scale so extensive as to cover several acres of ground. Her

e proposes to delineate the eastern and western hemispheres, on a terrestrial plane, in two circles collaterally situated. The land and water to be distinguished by sand or gravel of different colours. The equator to be represented by a paved path of sufficient width for a walk for two persons. The parallels of latitude, meridians, circles, &c. to be distinctly delineated, and the several zones to be of different shades of colour. The situations of the different mountains are to be designated by small mounds, sufficiently raised to give an idea of their relative altitudes, and those intended to represent such as are of a volcanic character, to be constructed with a cavity so as to admit of artificial eruptions of smoke and ignited matter. Rocks, soils, shells, &c. illustrative of the geological character of different regions are to be properly distributed; and it is further proposed that the chief cities of different states and empires, the wall of China, the pyramids of Egypt, and other remarkable monuments of human industry, shall have miniature representations. The plan will be completed by decorating the margin of the plot, with foreign and indigenous shrubs and trees.

The design is a bold and novel one, but it appears to most of those who have examined it, well deserving of public attention. The details of geography, as commonly taught in our schools, form a dry study, oppressing the memory, without much improving the judgment. The names of places derived from foreign, and not unfrequently from barbarous languages, are not easily remembered, and the length and breadth of countries, with the distances of towns one from another, are generally learned only to be forgotten. Nor are our common maps calculated to give a lively and lasting impression of the relative situation of places. Each object, though it may be correctly delineated, is too minute to strike the mind with any degree of force, and by the immense number of objects crowded into a small place, confusion is necessarily produced.-But to a map constructed on Mr. Goodrich's plan, it is evident that no such objections could apply. Every thing would here be represented on so extensive a scale, that it could not but be distinctly seen, and would in all probability be distinctly remembered. The learner could place himself in different positions to impress on his mind the relative situation of places, could travel over the plot to determine the relative size of countries, and would thence derive what may properly be called topical assistance, in remembering names derived from foreign and barbarous languages,

The inventor of the plan, is, as we before intimated, a Mr. Goodrich. His brother-in-law, who is now in this city, has, we are happy to state, received such encouragement that he has good reason to hope that he will soon be able to effect what he has for some years had in contemplation. Several gentlemen, distinguished in the literary and scientific world, have publicly signified their approbation of the plan, and one has had the liberality to offer a plot of ground, in a pleasant and convenient situation. This being the case, we presume that the money necessary to complete the design will be obtained with but moderate exertion.

To the Republic of Science.-Martins are a bird that migrate in a peculiar manner. It appears to be unknown whence they come, and whither they go; a knowledge of which is very desirable, and, if attained, might lead to a great enlargement of our knowledge in natural history. As these birds, while here, build about our houses, and seem to delight in the society of man, it is inferable that they do the same elsewhere : if so, we might, a little before the time of their departure, attach to their legs or

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neck, small labels, written on fine linen or si!k, with indelible ink, or on parchment, stating the date, and the nan e of the place and nation. To this it would be well to add a rough drawing of a ship, with the national flag, and drawings of some of the animals of the climate, as a sort of universal language; also, a request to the reader to attach a similar label about the time of the return of the birds in the spring, and to publish the circumstance in a newspaper of the country. Learned institutions generally might contribute to the improvement of science by printing and distributing such labels both in Latin, and in the language of the country.

If we do not by such means learn, soon or late, where the martins go,

it will be inferable that they go to some unlettered people or unknown country. The more reasons we find for presuming there are unknown countries, the more will we be disposed to exert ourselves in research.

Engraving.–The side-graphic printing and engraving establishment of Messrs. Perkins, Fairman and Heath, has been commenced in the house in Fleet-street, late Parker's Glass Manufactory, with every prospect of splendid success. Already they have engaged to manufacture Bank Notes on their inimitable plan for several Yorkshire and other Banks; and they are also preparing various engravings for popular books, as maps and views for Goldsmith's Geography, frontispiece for Mavor's Spelling Book, and a solar system for Blair's Preceptor, all of which will have proof impressions of their engravings, though tens of thousands are sold annually. Over and above these applications, they are making preparations to print on cotton, dresses of greater beauty than have been ever fabricated before. The perfection of all their prints must so improve the public judgment, that coarse and inferior prints must soon be banished from use; and hence the arts themselves must be greatly improved.

Corsicaurum.-A new mineral earth has been lately found in Corsica, thought to be impregnated with particles of gold. By chemical operation, vases have been made of it for table services, and it is found to vie in colour and lustre with the finest vermillion.-The name of Corsicaurum has been given to it; it has the property of not discolouring white stuffs, which is not always the case with gold, the most purified and refined.

Messrs. Warren & Wood, offer a silver cup of the value of fifty dollars, for an Address to be delivered at the opening of the New Theatre. Those who desire to be competitors for the prize, are requested to transmit their, productions on or before the 15th day of November, each Address to be accompanied with a sealed paper, containing the name of the author, which the managers pledge themselves shall not be opened, unless the premium shall be awarded to such Address. Upon the merits of the different productions offered, a committee of literary gentlemen of acknowledged talents will decide.

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