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Having thus far regaled my readers with the agreeable, though homely verses of a sort of Grub Street writer, I will now strive to make them merry with a very nodern Anacreontic. The ensuing song is the sportive effusion of a juvenile bard, by the name of Thomas A. Geary, who adorned Ireland, his native country, with the splendour of premature genius, and, who, by a premature death, accelerated by the vengeance of Adversity, still causes the tears of Sensibility to flow. I know of no festive ode more exhilirating than this; and though the austerer moralist may doubt the soundness of our poet's philosophy, yet the gayety of the sentiment will excite a kindred emotion in the breast even of the sternest. Amid the pining sicknesses, the corrosive cares, and pensive sorrows of our mortal condition, the nepenthe of the Greeks, the poppy of Asia, the falernium of Horace, and the burgundy of France, must, sometimes, be temperately enjoyed, in happy alliance with our physical power, and our moral consolations.
THE GLASSES SPARKLE ON THE BOARD.
The glasses sparkle on the board,
The wine is ruby bright,
Of ease and gay delight;
Then let us feast the soul;
Let's drown it in the bowl.
This world they say's a world of wo,
But that I must deny,
Or pain from Beauty's eye!
They would our joys control;
Let's drown it in the bowl.
That Time flies fast, the poets sing,
Then surely it is wise,
And seize him as he flies;
The moments as they roll,
Why drown it in the bowl.
FOR THE PORT FOLIO.-AN IDEA IN THE NIGHT.
To night, when I started from the first dreams of the despotism of fancy, I remembered that a favourite friend had, at the noon-tide hour, impatiently demanded of me who is Horace in London? To this query I can make no satisfactory response, but the light of my fading lamp, which I have recently relumed, enables me to transcribe, for the delight of my readers, the fol. lowing stanzas, which will provoke more curiosity to discover the name of that brilliant wight, whose pretensions are so commanding, and whose phrases are so fortunate. The wit of the second stanza, and the description in the fourth and fifth, of the convivial powers of the duke of Norfolk, one of the most jovial of Comus' crew; the classical antithesis, in the seventh stanza, and the Epicurean wish at the close of this festive ode, are all of the Horatian character.
Fearing to trust the dubious stocks,
He ne'er invests his money there; And views with scorn the London docks,
Perched on his castle in the air.
Ye sun-burnt peasantry of Gaul,
Go prune your vines for Norfolk's lord, His jovial table welcomes all,
And laughing Plenty crowns his board.
Favourite of Bacchus! see him lay
His comrades senseless on the floor; And then march soberly away,
With bottles three-aye, sometimes four!
My skill in wines is quickly said,
I dripk them but to make me merry; Claret and port alike are red,
Champaign is white, and so is sherry.
When, safe in port, the sailor spurns
The waves of the tumultuous sea; With higher joy my bosom burns,
When humble port is safe in me!
Grant me, ye powers, a middle state,
Remote from poverty and wealth, Above the poor, below the great,
A body and a mind in health..
And when old Time upon this head,
His snowy bounty shall impart, O! grant that he may never spread,
Its freezing influence to my heart.
IRONY--FOR THE PORT FOLIO.
General rules of good breeding or Chesterfield burlesqued.
Notwithstanding the popularity of Junius and Gibbon, on this side of the At. lantic, and although few of our polite readers are unacquainted with the style of Swift, yet it most unaccountably happens that the figure, called Irony, is almost always unintelligible to the natives. A paper elegantly written in this style is for the most part literally interpreted by the populace, who being, for the most part,, exceedingly doltish and dull themselves, have a very blunt perception of the sparkles of Wit, the fire of Faney, and the glories of Genius in other men. In fact the taste for wit and humour in America is extremely bad, and those agreeable qualities are, as Dr. Johnson would say, of very rare emergence in the wildernesses of this same western world. Whether it arises from the solemn stupidity of most of our institutions; whether it arises from our partiality to the savage life; whether it arises from the prevalence of fanaticism and the dominion of Avarice, Meanness and Folly, certain it is, that through long epochs of a sort of Egyptian gloom, we sit looking, dismally, in each other's faces, inquiring in vain for Tha'fia and her laughing crew. The voice of Comedy is nothing but a dronish hum. Lampoon and satire are articles nearly as scarce as Castilian honour, and lord Falkland's patriotism; levity and irony are grossly misunderstood; the genius of Henry Fielding, of Dr. Arburthnot, of Colman, and Sheridan, shrinks away
from our conventicles and our crowds; and there actually seems to be, sometimes, what Dr. Goldwmith forcibly denominates a general combination in favour of Stupidity.*
" By whose fond care, in vain decry'd and curst,
Ifa man, with the principles of a cavalier, the simplicity of a child, and the wit of a man should chance to appear and emulate some of the great masters of song, his Muse is reviled, and his character calumniated; and the vis vivida animi, the ardour of the soul, and the enthusiasm of Fancy are pronounced to be the effects of intoxication! The madness of a wise man, says that charmer, Edmund Burke, charming ever 30 wisely; the madness of a wise man is better than the sobriety of fools; but for this species of insanity, not many grains of allowance are made by a people, who are themselves often distracted, and who, to adopt the ad. mirable allusion of the orator, while they are groping in darkness, and writhing in
* Pope, who had a sufficient contempt for the owls of his time, thus indignantty describes this sort of supremacy.
Dullness 'o'er all assumes her ancient right,