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Some think me hair-brain'd, (that's a thought between us,)
Than bright Terpsichore, choicest of the Nine;Oh, many a merry hour hath, passing, seen us
Laugh, while we made the staring world divine That I most willingly would die to-morrow; Being so heavy laden with deep sorrow.
All men are hypocrites, both good and bad,
All men, however polish'd, are but knaves ; All men, however sapient, are half mad ;
All men, however free-born, are true slaves; All critics-take not umbrage, Kit, my lad,
But I will stop-my Muse politely waives The subject.-Pray now, what are you about? And how come on the Magazine and gout?
You think I hate you, for you cut me hard,
And give me a sound drubbing now and then; But you're mistaken, never was there bard,
Who look'd more kindly on the sons of men ;
And to your fiat I do bow me, when
But "be thou silent," as the Chaldee says,
One epithet, or change a single particle ;
But halt-my memory is not worth a pin,
With all I meet, on all I meet palavering;
To tune my fiddle, and to leave my havering;
Edina fair! Edina fair!
Whose terraced glory spreads in pride;
From Bernard's Well to far Southside;
Alas! 'tis fallen 'mid dire misuse;
Hangs o'er the sinking realm of Bruce!
Alas! that thou so prone should'st fall;
And now, when Scotia's sword is sheath'd,
Shall e'er obscure its glorious light,
A tract through time, intensely bright.
That star hath shed its mighty beams,
To Ganges, and to Gambia's streams.
And, as thou once wert first in arms,
The first in more substantial charms.
'Tis North-we'll quaff it off to him!
With bounding heart I fill the cup;
The New Year dawns-long life to thee,-
And laugh at leeches, and the gout.
"Good," as Dr Pangloss would say. Well, this is more worthy a descendant of the old Byrons, than the heartless raving of the Venetian Ode; the impious sublimity of Cain ; the tirade on Southey; and several other little things we could point out in his Lordship's writings. Indeed, the lyrical part of it is almost equal in enthusiasm to the splendid Bacchanalian Hymn on Greece, in the last cantos of the Don-though we forget which at present; as we do
not keep naughty books about us. What would the crowd of belles, that honour us with a forenoon call, think of the purity of North's mind, if they even supposed him capable of dipping into such a book. We are sure they would never do so themselves.
But we leave this subject at once; and, before breaking the seal, will bet the Bank of Ireland to a mealy potato, that here comes last, but not least, the congratulations of the Odontist. We are glad that he can spare as much time from his great work, as to shew us by such tokens the unalterable qualities of his friendship. It is also worthy of remark, that on this, as on former occasions, the writings of such illustrious names as the Scotts and the Byrons, should be found in juxta-position; though we suspect that you, my dear Public, will think the whole affair a matter of our own humour.
THE CHAUNT OF FRIENDSHIP.
Oh tell me not of prudence, oh deave me not, I say,
With temperance and trumpery, on this a New-Year's Day;
The wintry air is snell and keen; the wintry wind is cold;
There are spirits in each glass, brave boys, to make you warm and bold ;
May down the stream of human life our barks glide calmly on,
And hail to thee, Old Scotland! my voice in triumph wakes,
Still mayst thou be, Old Scotland, the glory of the earth,
Now fill your glasses up, brave boys, and fill them to the brim,
Long may he shine the glory of this literary land,
Then up upon your feet, brave boys, then up upon your feet,
But hark, the bell of St Giles! It is now "the witching time of night," and we must think of addressing ourselves to sleep; perhaps we have been enticing our readers to do so for half-an-hour past. We cannot wish less than light dreams and a blythe waking to you all. Excuse this egotism. Euge et Vale.
WORKS PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION.
Lectures on Parables, selected from the New Testament. By the author of "Geraldine."
In the press, a Tour through Belgium. By his Grace the Duke of Rutland, embellished with Plates, after drawings by the Duchess.
Illustrations are announced of the History, Manners and Customs, Arts, Sciences and Literature of Japan, selected from Japanese MS. and printed Works. By M. Titsingh, formerly chief Agent of the Dutch East India Company at Rangasaki, a gentleman well known in India and Europe, with coloured engravings from original Japanese paintings.
The Rev. H. Milman has in the press, The Martyr of Antioch, a tragic Drama.
Mr W. H. Ireland will shortly publish France, for the last Seven Years, containing many Facts, and much valuable information, hitherto unknown; with Anecdotes, Jeu d'esprits, &c.
On the 1st of February will be published, vol. I. and Plates, livr. I. of the Description de L'Egypte, ou Recueil des Observations et des Recherches Faites en Egypte pendant l'Expedition de l'Armée Francaise. Second edition. This Work is ranked among the most splendid, important, and interesting publications that France or any other country has produced; comprising the result of much laborious research, made actually in Egypt during the space of nearly four years, by numerous men of letters and others, the most able and accomplished in various departments of Literature and Science.
On the Engravings with which it is illustrated, the French Government expended many millions of francs; they are in number 900, (of the very largest folio size,) and executed by Artists of the greatest celebrity; yet so few were the copies printed, that this Egyptian treasure has hitherto been almost inaccessible to any person not enjoying the advantages of a princely for
Of the Text, four divisions will contain every circumstance relative to-1st, the Antiquities of Egypt; 2d, the Modern State; 3d, the Natural History; and, 4th, the Geography. Of the Engravings, (all in the largest folio size,) nine volumes are devoted to Antiquities, and contain 429 Plates; two volumes, comprising 170 Plates, relate to the Modern State of Egypt. The Natural History of that Country occupies two volumes, of 250 Plates; and the Geographical Atlas contains 52 Plates. Of these, (the Geographical Engravings,) each,
at an average, cost 4000 francs; of the Plates relating to Natural History, 173 illustrate Zoology, 62 Botany, and 15 Mineralogy-some containing from 30 to 40 figures. Several also of the 170 Plates that exhibit Egypt, in its modern state, comprise a multiplicity of figures, and introduce us at once among the inhabitants in every minute detail of their domestic life. The engraving of one Portrait cost 6000 francs. The figure of Seyd Mustapha Pacha is deemed a master-piece; and in one of the Plates are included 17 Portraits. Of the Antiquarian department, which is pre-eminently rich, the Engravings represent all that is worthy of observation in the Temples, Palaces, Tombs, and other Monuments of Egypt; Topographical Plans of the Ancient Cities; exact Delineations of Hieroglyphical Inscriptions, Astronomical Paintings, Sculptured Devices, Manuscripts in unknown Characters, Statues, Idols, Mummies, Vases, Gems, Medals, and other precious remains. The Work will be published in 25 volumes, 8vo. and the Plates in 180 livraisons, of five Plates each. The price of the Text will be 7s. 6d. per volume, and the Plates 12s. 6d. per livraison.
A new edition of Ossian, by Mr Campbell, Surveyor of Districts in Ireland, with Notes, Illustrations, Additions, and Improvements.
Miss Spence will shortly publish a new work, entitled Old Stories, in 3 vols.
Views of America, in a Series of Letters from that country, to a friend in England, during 1818, 19, 20, by an Englishwoman (Mrs Frances Wright.) Second edition.
Essays on the Love, the Poetry, and the Character of Petrarch, are preparing for publication by Ugo Foscolo.
The Rev. J. Dachins, Editor of a Se. lection of Tillotson's Sermons, has in the press, a second edition of his Selection of Beveridge's Sermons.
The Hon. and Rev. Wm. Herbert has in the press, The Weird Wanderer of Jutland, a Tragedy, in five acts. 8vo.
The Chronology of the last Fifty Years, including the year 1821.
Speedily will be published, Instructions for Civil and Military Surveyors, in Topographical Plans-Drawing; forming a guide to the just conception and accurate representation of the surface of the earth in Maps and Plans. Founded upon the system of Major Lechmann, in the Saxon infantry. By William Siborn, Lieutenant H. P. 9th infantry.
In the press, Tasso La Gerusalemme Liberata, 48mo. Printing by Corrall, uniformly with Horace, Virgil, and Cicero de Officiis, &c. recently published.
Constance, a Tale, by Miss Hill, author of The Poet's Child, will be published on the 1st of January.
On the 1st of February will be published, handsomely printed, in royal quarto, and dedicated, by permission, to his Majesty, A Celestial Atlas, comprising Projections of the Planispheres and particular constructions of the Signs of the Zodiac, and the Constellations in each Hemisphere, exactly as they appear in the Heavens, in a series of Thirty beautifully engraved maps, which are illustrated by scientific descriptions of their contents, and by catalogues of the Stars, from the first to the sixth magnitude inclusive, shewing by inspection, in successive columns, their names, magnitudes, right ascension in time and degrees, and their declination, with the annual difference of both; the whole accompanied by astronomical problems and exercises, analogous to those performed with the celestial globe, but adapted also to nautical and telescopic observations. By Alexander Jameson, A. M. Author of a Treatise on the Construction of Maps, a Grammar of Geography and Elementary Astronomy, Elements of Universal Science, a Grammar of Logic and Intellectual Philosophy, a Grammar of Rhetoric and Polite Literature, and Conversations on General History. Price £1, 5s. in boards, plain, £1, 10s. coloured.
A Critical Dissertation on the Nature and Principles of Taste. By M. M'Dirmot, author of a Letter to the Rev. W. L Bowles, in reply to his Letter to Thomas Campbell, Esq. and to his two Letters to the right honourable Lord Byron, in vindication of their defence of the poetical character of Pope. In 1 volume 8vo.
Blighted Ambition; or the Rise and Fall of the Earl of Somerset ; a Historical Romance, in 3 vols. By Maurice Brantome.
Catiline, a Tragic Drama, by the Rev. G. Croly, will be published early in Feb
Very speedily will be published, Mr Croly's interesting work, The Revolutions of Empires, illustrated by Christian Prophecy, being a new interpretation of the Apocalypse. We have been favoured with the following abstract of its contents:"The author has established the coincidence of prophecy with all the more eminent events of civil history, down to the present day. 1. The prediction of the Papacy, from its assumption of temporal power, to its supremacy in the 13th century, and from that down to the French Revolution. 2. The French Revolution, in a remarkably detailed prophecy, hitherto totally unapplied. 3. The nature of the " nesses," and their history demonstrated. 4. The diffusion of the Scriptures in the 5. The numpresent day, demonstrated. ber of the Beast, "666," demonstrated. 6. The near approach of some tremendous and sanguinary convulsion of Society, in which Popery and Paganism are to expire, which is to be followed by the "Day of Judgment," which is to be followed by the conversion of the Jews and Pagans which is to be followed by the Period of the Reign of God on Earth-the Millenium."
The First Number of a New Series of Ancient Irish Melodies, by Dr Roche, will be published on the 1st of February.
Mr Bernard Cohen, Editor of the Exchange List, has in considerable forward. ness, a work on the Public Debts and Fi. nances of Foreign States, with an Appendix, including a compendious view of the Increase and Present State of the National Debt.
Shortly will be published, beautifully printed in 8vo. with a portrait, The Life of William Hey, Esq. F.R.S. Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in London; Honorary Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, of the Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh, and of the Literary 2nd Philosophical Society of Manchester, and late Senior Surgeon of the General Infirmary at Leeds. In two Parts. Part I. The Professional Life, with Remarks on his Writings.-Part II. The Moral and Social Life, with Appendices. By John Pearson, F.R.S. F.L.S. M.R.I., Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in London, Honorary Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and of the Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh, &c. &c.
Lieutenant Marshall is preparing for the Press a Naval Biography, to consist of Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical Memoirs of all the Flag Officers, Captains, and Commanders of His Majesty's Fleet, living at the commencement of the Year 1822.
Proofs and Illustrations of the Principles of Population. By Mr Francis Place.
New Editions of Mr Brown's American Tales, Wieland and Ormond, are preparing for Publication.
Mr Robert Stevens, of Lloyd's, is about to put to press a Fourth and improved Edition of his Essays on Average, and on other Subjects connected with the contract of Marine Insurance; to which will be added, the Practice and Law of Mercantile Arbitrations.
First Lines of the Science of Chemistry, for the Use of Students, with Engravings. By Mr Mackenzie, Author of the Thousand Experiments in Chemistry.
The Anecdote Library, in square duodecimo, with a Brevier Type, containing