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To join the artless maid, and honest swain,
Where fortunę rudely bars the way to joy, To ease the tender mother's anxious pain,
And guard with fost’ring hand her darling boy.
To raise mp modest merit from the ground,
And send the unhappy smiling from my door ; To spread content and cheerfulness around,
And banquet on the blessings of the poor.
Delicious dream ! how oft beneath thy power,
Thus lessening the sad load of other's woe, I steal from rigid fate one happy hour,
Nor feel I want the pity I bestow.
Delicious dream ! how often dost thou give
A gleam of bliss, which truth would but destroy ; Oft dost thou bid my drooping heart revive,
And catch one cheerful glimpse of transient joy.
And oh ! how precious is that timely friend,
Who checks affliction in her dread career ;
One hour of life, who stops one rising tear.
Oh! but for thee, long since the hand of care
Had mark'd with livid pale my furrow'd cheek : Long since the shivering hand of cold despair,
Had chill'd my breast, and forc'd my heart to break.
For ah ! affliction steals with trackless flight,
Silent the stroke she gives, tho' not less keen ; And bleak misfortune, like an eastern blight,
Sheds black destruction, tho' it flies unseen.
Oh come then, Fancy, and with lenient hand,
Dry my moist cheek, and smooth my furrow'd brow; Bear me o'er smiling tracks of fairy land,
And give me more than Fortune can bestow.
Mix'd are the boons, and chequer'd all with ills,
Her smile the sunshine of an April morn ; The cheerless valley skirts the gilded hills,
And latent storms on every gale are borne.
Give me the hope that sickens not the heart,
Give me the wealth that has no wings to fly, Give me the pride that honour may impart,
Thy friendship give me, warm in poverty.
Give me the wish that worldlings may deride,
The wise may censure, and the proud may hate ; Wrapt in thy dreams to lay the world aside,
And catch a bliss beyond the reach of Fate.
For the Anthology.
The following “ elegant and glowing stanzas” are not from the pen of Mr. Barlow ; nor were they recited by Mr. Beckley at the “ elegant dinner,” given by the Citizens of Washington to Captain Lewis.
See National Intelligencer, 16 January, 1807,
ON THE DISCOVERIES OF CAPTAIN LEWIS.(1)
Notes. (1) There are some understandings, graduated on such a scale, that it may be necessary to inform them, that our intention is not to depreciate the merits of Captain Lewis's publick services. We think highly of the spirit and judgment, with which he has executed the duty undertaken by him, and we rejoice at the rewards bestowed by congress upon him and his companions. But we think with Mr. John Randolph, that there is a bombast in Politicks, as well as in Poetry ; and Mr. Barlow's “ elegant and glowing stanzas” have the advantage of combining both.
(2) “With the same soaring genius, thy Lewis ascends,
“ And seizing the Car of the Sun,
“ And gives the proud earth a new zone."
He never dreamt of taming tides,(3)
Like monkeys or like bears, sirA school, for teaching foods to flow,
Was not among his cares, sirHad rivers ask'd of him their path,
They had but mov'd his laughterThey knew their courses, all, as well
Before he came as after.
For what is old Discorery
Compar'd to that which new is ? Strike--strike Columbia river out,
And put in-river Lewis !
Let dusky Sally henceforth bear
The name of Isabella ;
Be christend Monticella--
Tom Pain may be when drunk, sir-
Which once was call’d a Skunk, sir.
And must we then resign the hope
These Elements of changing ?
That after all his ranging,
But Water in the Fountains ?
Of rugged Rocks the Mountains ?
We never will be so fubb'd off,
As sure as I'm a sinner !
The hero to a dinner-
A bard, the tide who tames, sir
By G-, we'll change thier names, sir!
And when the wilderness shall yield (4)
To bumpers, bravely brimming,
While all our heads are swimming,
And name (the thing's agreed on)
The flying frigate Fredon.
Can overturn a nation ;
A great regeneration
Old Nature's Constitution,
Huzza ! for REVOLUTION !
Let old Columbus be once more
Degraded from his glory ; And not a river by his name
Remember him in
“ And tamed the last tide of the West.
- Then hear the loud voice of the nation proclaim,
“ And all ages resound the decree,
“ Who taught him his path to the sea." BARLOW's Stanzas
Here the young Hero is exhibited in the interesting character of schoolmaster to a river ; and the proposition, that the river should take his name by way
of payment for his tuition, appears so modest and reasonable, that we should make no objection, were it not that the wages must be deducted from the scanty pittance of poor Columbus. He has already been so grossly defrauded by the name of this hemisphere, that we cannot hear with patience a proposal to strip him of that trifling substitute of a river, which had so late and so recently been bestowed upon him.
We invite the attention of the reader to the rare modesty of Mr. Barlow himself, who, in committing this spoliation upon the fame of Columbus, does not even allow him the chance of an adjudication, .. but undertakes, by self-created authority, to make proclamation for the whole nation, and to pronounce the decree for all ages!
(4) “ Victory over the wilderness, which is more interesting, than that over
-Barlow's Toast at the Dinner.
THE BOSTON REVIEW
Librum suum legi con quam diligentissime potui annotavi, quæ commutanda, quae
eximenda, arbitrarer. Nam ego dicere vero assuevi. Neque ulli patientius reprehenduntur, quam qui maxime laudari merentur. Plin.
few from inclination, have devoted Plain discourses on the laws and their time or their fortunes to the
properties of matter ; containing advancement of this science. Men the elements or principles of mode of sagacious minds and of extended ern chemistry, with more partice views have embodied their own ular details of those practical and the discoveries of others into a parts of the science, most interest. regular system. They have de.. ing to mankind, and connected fined the science of chemistry ; with domestick affairs. Address they have elucidated its laws, and ed to all American promoters of marked the boundaries between 28«ful knowledge. By Thomas this and the other branches of Ewell, M. D. one of the surgeons physicks, with which it is intimateof the U. S. navy.
ly connected. But however valu* Humanity, sitting at the portal of misery,
able these elementary works may through the medium of science implores reliei, be to those, whose desires termiwhile a tear is dropt for the unfortunate children of men.”
nate in a general view of its prin1 vol. 8vo. Brisban & Brannan. ciples, the artist is often disappoinNew-York. 1806.
ted in the detail of those processes
or operations, which are the effects CHEMISTRY
TRY, as a science, has ex. of chemical laws, and on the knowlisted but a few years. Though edge of which depends the success many philosophers, from the time of many useful and economical of Bacon and Boyle, were led by arts. In a system of chemistry the spirit of experiment and in- every fact, however insulated or duction to observe the operations of unconnected, must be noticed, and those laws, strictly termed chem- every substance, however useless ical, it was not till the age of La- or uninteresting, must be described voisier, of Black, and of Priestley, and its characters defined. When that the numerous facts, which they therefore every thing is entitled to had collected, were generalised and the same degree of notice, some erected into the beautiful fabrick important arts must be siightly of modern chemistry. The flame, mentioned, and all but imperfectly which these philosophers enkin- described. A work then, which dled, is now more widely diffused. should be devoted to the considerMany from necessity, and not a ation of the chemical arts, and
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should contain accurate descrip- of the interested, but it will eventtions of those minutit, which, ually sink to its proper level, ind though necessary to be known, are rest on its own worth. usually omitted in elementary The preface is followed by an works, would be a valuable gift to address to the farmers, artists, and society. To supply, in some de- other citizens our own country, gree, this deficiency, was the ob- in which are detailed at large the ject of Dr. Ewell in composing the various arts, whose operations de work before us. He professes, in pend on the agency of chemical the preface, to give a general ac- laws, and the extensive application count of the properties of matter, of the principles of this important with more particular details of the science to the purposes of life. most useful and interesting parts The account is well written; and is of the science, in a language, adapt, calculated to give his readers a cor. ed to the comprehension of the rect idea of the immense variety most common understandings.' Its of operations, which are founded object is to lessen the difficulties on the doctrines of chemical affini. and increase the conveniences of ty. But in speaking of the pleathe citizens of the United States, sures, which the chemist enjoys in by introducing them to a more in the contemplation of the effects of timate acquaintance with chemise these laws, our author quits the try, or the qualities of the substan- sober style of science for the ları ces around them.' He acknowl- guage of the visionary. Here, 1. edges his obligations to the various fact, commences that rage foi systematick works of Thompson, “something new," by which the Murray, and Accuir ; but, says subsequent pages of this work are he, “it will be found, that I have characterised. We could not help advanced something new on the smiling at the affected stoicism, subjects of heat, light, electricity, with which he utters the following vegetation, manures, and on sever- curious sentence, in attempting to al other branches of chemistry.' describe the last moments of a In common, however, with many cheinist : • Instead of trembling;' other authors who have prejudged says he, on finding his extremi. the publick sentiment, Dr. Ewell ties losing their genial warmth, and has informed us, that an allowance growing dark with livid fluids ; inshould be made for the errours of stead of giving way to shrieks and the work, by considering, that it lamentations, while his perception was written in the moments of lei- is failing, his mind may be amused sure, in the intervals of profession- in contemplating the exercise of al avocations. It is of little con- the laws of his visible body, till it sequence, however, to his readers, takes a final departure for enjoy. whether it was composed in broad ment in other scenes.' This, liow. day, or by the midnight lamp; in ever, is merely the commencement the hours appropriated to business, of the climax, which is at length or during the moments usually de- unfolded in the last page of this advoted to relaxation and social en. dress, where our author steps forth, joyment. A work will be ulti- arrayed in all the terrours of inmately estimated by its intrinsick spiration, in the following sublime merit. It may be, for a while, up- passage : «Ye free agents ! ye held by the patronage of the friend- guardians of the young ! can you ly, or supported by the clamours allow those under your care to