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Bath, Sept. 22, 178 Performed by a Party of Ladies and Gentlemen at Sandwich, Dec. 14, 1785.

HILST you illumine Shakespea

page, For the Benefit of a Charity - School. And dare the future critic's rage, Spoken by Mr. GARNER.

Or on the past refine, "O-nigl.t no ruthless Tyrant meets his Here many an eve I pensive fit, fate,

No Be pours out a tream of wit, No Faction plots the ruin of a State,

No Blljoys o'er wine. No Madness shoots its horrors thro' the soul, At Baia's spring, of Roman fame, No Lightnings flash, nor dreadful Thunders I quaff the pure æthereal flaine, roll;

To fire my languid blood : t'seful to few Ambition's rise or fall, Life's gladsome days, alas! are o'er, Our Author's moral is applied to All. For health's phlogiston now no more Virtue's fair fabric undermin'd by art,

Pervades the stagnant flood. The flen' anguish of the breaking heart, Studious at times, I strive to scan A parcni's woes, the pangs of hapless love, Hope's airy dream, -the end of man, Are mis'rics Nature's humblest child may In systems wise or odd ; prove ;

With Hume, I Fate and Death defy, Scenes such as these must pierce an heart of Or visionary phantoms spy ttel,

With Plato and Monbodd. We all must pity what we all may feel, But left the moral of to-night's lud theme, Siill cepic thoughts disturb my breaft,

By metaphysic whims dilrefs'd, Obfcur’d by our weak cfforts, faintly gleam,

And reason's out of tune ;(For let th’inventive Genius brightest shine, A bad ingraving spoils the best designs

One serious truth let none impeach, Shall we, with humble greeting, first implore

'Tis all philosophy can teach, A candid hearing for our trembling corps ?

That man's an air-balloon. * No - tor past favors render fear unjust, He rides the sport of every blast, Your candóur prov'd demands our firmes Now on the wave or defert caft, trust;

And by the eddy borne: -
Here fill the reignis enthron'd in ev'ry brealt, Can boasted Realon steer him right,
And glows with “heav'n-born charity twice Or e'er restrain his rapid flight,
bleft."

By Paffion's whirlwind torn! We cannot doubt from lib'ral hearts and

His mounting spirit, buoyant air, hands

But wafts himn 'midll dark clouds of care The praise our noble, mutual cause demands; 'Tis Charity, whose bcams like Sol's benign, Ev'n though he shine in splendid dyes,

And lite's tempestuous trouble; With genial influence o'er all nature shine,

And sport awhile in Fortune's skies, Hope's gracious parent, Sorrow's happy end, The Orphan's guardian, and the Widow's

Soon buifts the empty bubble. friend.

While through this pathless waste we stras To-night from Heav'n descends the goddess

Are there no flowers to cheer the way! fair,

And must we still repine ? An humble Orphan-brood her pious care;

No;- Heaven, ip pity to our wocs, With raiment's warmth defends their ender The gentle-foothing balm bettow's forms

Ot mulic, love, and wine.
From chilling Winter's defolating storms.

Then bid your Delia wake the lyre,
Yet more to Charity her brood shall owe, Altun'd to love and soft desire,
The bieflings which from early culture flow.

And icorn Ambition's furise;
He: ce may ib: youth her lib'ralof'rings rear, Around let brilliant Fancy play,
lo niver dage their full-blown honours wear; To colour with her magic ray
Or haply doom'd, in life's gay vernal bloom,

The dreary gloom of life.
To link lamented to the silent tomb,
Suill may their fame for centuries survive,

Let beauty speed her fondest kiss,
And like the oak, i hcir country's glory, thrive; The prelude to more perfect bliss,
While the more tender + objects or her care,

And sweet sensations dart; May in their virtues rival you - ye Fair;

While wine and frolick mirth inspire Intructed carly in the moral page,

The ardent wish, the amorous fire, May rise the bleit Lavinia's of the age ;

And thrill thc raptur'd heari. Prudence their shield, may shun Califta's But man has social dues to pay; fate,

Reason and Science claim their sway, Nore e, like her, be penitent 100 late.

And truths sublime dispense: Alluding to the performance of a Play on a prior occasion for the same Charity. + The charity is tounded both for girls and boys.

F

Cure

For Pleasure's charms we feebly taste, If idly every hour we waite,

The abject flaves to sense.
In vain the speculative mind
Would metaphysic regions find,

Such dark researches spare ;
The soul ethereal noțions tire,
As ber frail case can scarce respire

In too refin'd an air.
To fophifts leave their puzzling skill;
The voice of Reason whispers itill,

To bless is to be blest; Illum'd by Virtue's vivid ray, Enjoy the present fleeting day,

And leave to Heav'n the rest.

Late numb'd by palsy-now the rack en

dure Be patient, Sir, these pains will be your Take corn!ort-Comfort ? Comforts such as

there? The remedy is worse than the disease But change from ill, is what we all desire I'm happy then, from frying- pan to fire

PHILOCTETES.

ODE for the NEW YEAR, 1786. Written by Mr. WARTON, Poet-Laureat to

bis Majesty; and set to Music by Mr. STANLEY, Master of his Majesty's Band of Musicians.

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S ο Ν Ν Ε Τ, In the Manner of MILTON, Addressed to the Physicians of Exeter, on the

ill Health of a beautiful Lady.

OCTORS, or Bachelors, or Knights Whole skill this foft defenccless frame may

prove, If ever beauty did engage your love, Shield a fair form iron Death's unerring

dart. So may your growing fame no rival

thwari, But Science waft your name to Courts above, Where wealth and honour in one circle

move, And royal fees the bloody hand impart. Oft bad Apollo's sons with wond'rous pow'r Rais'd on the dying cheek health's bloom

ing flower : For Æsculapius oft had Rome reviv'd, *And flaves their life and liberty regain’d; Long ere the infant art to man arriv’d, Dr Freind, or Mead, or mighty Syden

ham reign'd. Bath, Jan. 4.

M. H. P. R.

" The seasons there in mild assemblage

“ smile, “ And vernal blossoms cloath the fruitful

o prime:
“ There in many a fragrant cave

• Dwell the Spirits of the brave, " And braid with amaranth their brows

< sublime." So feign'd the Grecian bards of yore ; And veil'd in Fable’s fancy-woven vest

A visionary shore, That faintly gleam'd on their prophetic eye Through the dark volume of futurity : Nor knew, that in the bright attire they

drest Albion, the green-hair'd heroine of

the West; Ere yet the claim'd old Ocean's high

command, And snatch'd the trident from the tyrant's hand.

II.
Vainly flow'd the mystic rhime !

Mark the deeds from age to age,

That fill her trophy-pictur'd page: And see, with all its Itrength, untamed by

time,
Still glows her valour's veteran rage.
O’er Calpe's cliffs, and steepy towers,
When ftream'd the red sulphureous

Mowers,
And Death's own hand the dread artillery

threw ; While far along the midnight main Its glaring arch the Aaming volley drew;

How triumplid Eliott's patient train,

Baffling their vain confederate foes ! And met th’unwonted fight's terrific form; And hurling back the burning war, arose

Superior to the fiery storm!

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III.
Is there an ocean, that forgets to roll

Beneath the torpid pole?
Nor to the brooding tempest heaves ?
Her hardy keel the stubborn billow cleaves,
The rugged Neptune of the wintry brine
In vain his adamantine brealt-plate wears :

To search coy Nature's guarded mine,
She buras the barriers of th' indignant ice ;
O'er sunless bays the beam of Science

bears : And rouzing far around the polar Neep, Where Drake's bold ensignis fear'd to

sweep, She sees new nations flock to some fell sa

crifice. $hę speeds, at George's fage command ;

Society from deep to deep,

And zone to zone, the binds;
From shore to fhorc, o'er ev'ry lind,
Tie golden chain of commerce winds.

IV.
Mean time her patriot-cases explore
Her own rich woof's exhaustless store ;

Her native fleece new fervous feels,

And wakens all its whirling wheels, And mocks the rainbow's radiant die : More wide the labours of the loom the

spreads,
In firmer bands doinestic Commerce

Weds,
And calls her filter-ine to share the ție;

Nor heeds the violence that broke
Fiom filial scalms her old parental yoke!

V.
Her cities, throng'd with many an Attic

Jome,
Ask not the banner'd bastion, maffy-proof;

Firm as the castle's feudal roof

Stands the Briton's focial home.

Hear, Gaul, of England's Liberty the lot! -
Right, Order, Law, protect her simplelt

plain ;
Nor (corn to guard the shepherd's nightly

fold, And watch around the forest.cot. With conscious certainty, the swain

Gives to the ground liis trusted grain,
With eager hope the reddening harvest

eyes;
And claims the ripe autumnal gold,
The meed of toil, of industry the prize.
For our's the king, who boasts a Pareni's

praile,
Whose hand the people's scepter (ways ;
Our's is the senate, not a specious name,
Whose active plans pervade the civil frame;
Where bold debate it's noblest war displays

And, in the kindling strife, unlocks the tide
Of manliest eloquence, and rolls che corrent

wide.

VI.
Hence then each vain complaint, away,

Each captious doubt, and cautious fear

Nor blaft the new-born Year,
That anxious waits the Spring's now-

Thooting ray :
Nor deem that Albion's honours cease to

bloom.
With candid glance th’impartial Mufe

Invok'd on this auspicious morn,
The present scans, the distant scene pursues,
And breaks Opinion's speculative gloom;
Interpreter of ages yet unborn,
Full right the spells the characters of Fate,
That Albion NiN hall keep her wanted

ftate;
Still, in eternal story, thing,
Of Victory the sea-beat shrine :

The source of every splendid art,
Of old, of future worlds the universal mart.

CHRONOLOGY of the Most REMARKABLE EVENTS of 1785. January 6.

22. A loyal address to his Majesty in the

Gazette of MR. HARPER, of Birmingham, afcended

day from the gentlemen, from that place in a balloon, and in two clergy, freemen, and freeholders of the hours and a half alighted near Newcastle in county of Dublin, figned by 2! peers, and Staffordshire, 50 miles distant.

1121 commoners, rejecting with indignation 7. Mr. Blanchard and Dr. Jefferies went the interference of any body of men unknown from Dover to Calais, in an air balloon. The to the constitution, &c. balloon descended at 25 minutes past three, 25. The second session of the sixteenth in the forest of Felmore, twelve miles from parliament of Great Britain opened. The the sea, over which they were near two commercial regulations with Ireland were bours.

recommended in his Majesty's speech. 19. Mr. Crosbie ascended in an air bal. 31. The Duke of York appointed one of loon at Dublin. Finding himself in danger the Lords of the Regency of Hanover, and of being driven out to fez, he opened a valve, one of the Supreme Council for managing the and alighted on the strand of Clonterf, affairs of his Majesty's electoral dominions.

20. The Irish Parliament opened by the February 2. Twenty convicts hanged in Duke of Rutland, and addrelles voted to him the Old Bailey, the greatest number exe. by both Houses.

cute

mons.

Cated at one time since the Black Boy-alley an epidemical disorder having almost depopugang in 1744.

lated Calabria. s. The freedom of the City of London 28. John Adam's, Esq. appointed by Conpresented to Mr. Pitt in a gold box.

gress to be Ambassador to the Court of Lon. 11. Eleven resolutions respecting a com.

don. mercial intercourse between Great Britain and 29. National debt stated at 242,584,9861 Ireland, agreed to by the Irish House of Com- sterling.

May 3. Mr. Blanchard and Miss Simonec 16. The House of Peers signified their con- ascended in a balloon from Langhorne's Recurrence therein, and both Houses voted ad- pository, Barbican, and aligiited about cwo dresses in consequence to his Majesty. hours after at Hillhouse Ferry, near Lea

20. Two vessels fitted out from Limerick Bridge. for the Greenland fishery, the first ever sent Dreadful drought in France, Italy, Spain, from that country.

and Piedmont. 22. The Irish Propositions introduced into Failure of the Trieste Company estimatthe House of Commons of Great Britain by ed at twenty millions of livres tournois. Mr. Pitt.

5. Mr. Sadlier and the Hon. Mr. Wond25. The King of France creates a new ham ascended in a balloon from Moulsey class in the Academy of Belles Lettres, called Hurst, and alighted at the confluence of the the Class of Free Alíociates residing in Paris. Thames and Medway, within a mile of the

28. The Oriental Company at Trieste and water's edge. The balloon eScaped and was Oltend obliged to stop payment for twelve afterwards taken up at sea. months.

8. Mr. Blanchard made another aerial exMarch 3. The High Bailiff of Westmin. cussion, and descended at Tamensfield, about fter ordered by the House of Commons to fixteen hiles from Brentwood, and thirtyput an end to the Scrutiny, which had lasted four miles from London, having passed over fome months, and make an immediate return, the Nore. He travelled about three hours. in consequence of which he returned Lord 12. Mr. Crosbie ascended in a balloon Hood and Mr. Fox.

from Dublin, but being too heavy, he came 25. At the general quarterly Court of Pro. down with great velocity. Mr. MʻGuire prietors of the East-India Company, a ba- got into the car, and the balloon instantly lance appeared against the Company of up. ascending, he was driven out to sea ; a wards of one million, besides an account vefsel was sent after him, and took him up alof arrears arising from the war, amounting most periihed and spent with swimming. to opwards of two millions more.

13. Mr. Limardi ascended with a balloon Coant Zambeccari and Sir Edward Ver. from the Artillery Ground; but the machine aon failed in an air balloon from Tottenham bursting he foon descended rapidly, thougta Court-Road to a place near Horsham, thirty- safely, in Tottenham Court-road, five miles from London, which they per. 14. An edict publithed at Copenhagen, formed in one hour.

announcing the opening the new navigable 27. The Queen of France delivered of a canal (which connects the North Sea with the Priace, fince created Duke of Normandy. Baltic) to all nations of Europe.

28. Earl Spencer's fine seat at Wimbledon, 16. Accounts came of the death of Prince in Surrey, burat to the ground by an acci. Leopold, the youngest son of the reigning dental fire.

Duke of Brunswick, who was drowned in April 2. The winter season, from the first endeavouring to save a fellow-creature. fall of snow on the 7th of October to that 17. Account received of a balloon expewhich fell this day, lasted 177 days, and if dition at Conftantinople that landed at Buita, We except about twelve days towards the end 20. Admiral Hughes arrived in town from of January, the whole of this period was the East Indies with a fortune of near half a frusty or snowy, or both.

million. A rash experiment tried with an aquatic 29. A treaty of confederacy to preserve balloon, which failed, and the inventur nar- the indivisibility of the empire, entered into rowly escaped with his life.

by the Kings of Pruflia and Sweden, the Elec11. A Board of General Officers appoint- tors of Hanover, Saxony, &c. ed to inspect the fortifications, the Duke of 30. The famous Irish Propositions, enRichmond President.

'creased from Eleven to Twenty, finally 15. Intelligence brought of disturbances passed the British House of Commons. a the Musquito Shore.

June 1. John Adams, Esq. Minister Pleni. 18. Mr. Pite's Parliamentary Reform Bill poten iary from the United States of America, Tejected by a majority of 248 to 172. had the first audience of his Majesty to deliver

25. The Gazette contained an account of his credentials.

2. Tlie

2. The Grand Musical Concert performed 20. Mr. Blanchard and Chevalier D’Epi. at Westminster Abbey before their Majesties nard ascended from Life, and aligliced ai à and a moft splendid auditory.

village in Champaigne, near 300 miles from Major Money, Mr. Blake, and Mr. Lock the place of their departure. In the course of wood, ascended in a balloon from Torten. this voyage, they let down a dog by means of ham Court-road at one o'clock, and about a parachute from a great height, which de. four Mr. Blake alighted at Higham Farm, scended safe about two miles from Lille. in Eflex; the others failed thirty miles far- 25. Col. Dundas and Mr. Pemberton, ther, and descended near Colchester.

Commiflioners to enquire into the claims of Mr. Blanchard ascendied the same day from the American Loyalists, with their clerks, &c. Sowth Lambeth, and alighted near Woolwich. set out for Nova Scotia.

5. A treaty of peace concluded between 27. A Spaniard made a curious experi. the Spaniards and Algerines,

ment of walking across the Seine by means 10. Prince William Henry arrived at the of a pair of clogs of a particular construction, Queen's Palace from Hanover.

in which he sunk only ancle deep. 14. Great many shops fut, particularly The Hon. Mr. Temple, his Majesty's Enin the west end of the town, owing to the voy to the American States, set out with his shop tax bill having palled the Great Seal. family for New York.

M. Pilatre de Rosier and M. Romain ar. Mr. Arnold, his son, and Mr. Appleby, cended at Boulogne, intending to cross the were to ascend this day in a balloon from St. Channel. In about twenty minutes the bal- George's Fields, and the latter afterwards to loon took fire, and the unfortunate aero- descend by means of a parachute. But Mr. nauts came to the ground, and were killed Arnold and Mr. Appleby being thrown out on the spot.

hy some accident, young Arnold ascended 16. Gov. Hastings arrived in town from alone, hanging to the cords of the balloon in Bengal.

a perilous situation, not Jaring to trust 22. The toll was taken of Blackfriars. wholly to the car, left it should sepirate. At bridge, and the gates taken down and sold length the balloon burst, and he descended for 991, 155.

unbure into the Thames near Wapping. 24. Aldermen Sanderson and Watson September 1. Lieut. French, of the Cheshire elected Sheriffs for the ensuing year,

militia, afcended at Chester, in Mr. Lunardi's Colonel Fitzpatrick ascended alone in Sade balloon, and alighted at Macclesfield, forty lier's balloon, from Oxford, and aliglated near miles distant, in two hours. Kingston Lille, opposite the White Horse 5. A great storm which did considerable HJl, Berks.

damage both at sea and land. 29. Mr. Biggin and Mrs. Sage ascended in The Hon. John Folter elected Speaker Mr. Lunardi's balloon from St. George's of the Irish House of Commons, in the room Fields, and alighted at Hariow on the Hill. of Mr. Perry, religne.

Fuly 10. A grand review of ti e Artillery 7. The Irish Parliament prorogued. at Woolwich, at wbich bis Majesty was pre. 10. Mr. Sadlier ascended in his balloon fent.

from Worceller, and defcended nine miles 19, The Irish Propositions palled the beyond Litchfield; but for want of a grapHouse of Lords.

pling iron he was dragged five miles over a Mr. Crosbie made an unsuccessful attempt Dougla heath, and at length thrown out of to cross to England in a balloon.

bois car, but without any other hurt than 22. Major Money afcended at Norwich being much bruised. in a balloon, and dropped into the sea, from 12. Their Majelties, and fix of the Royal whence he was taken up by a reyenue cut- Offspring, paid their first visit to the Univer

sity of Oxford. The Astrolabe and La Buffole, two 15. Thomas Baldwin, Esq. of Chester, French ships on a voyage of discovery, took ascended fron that city in Mr. Lunardi's baltheir departure from Breit.

loon, and in two hours and an half alighted 27. Mr. Lunardi ascended in his balloon at Rixton Mofs, in Lancashire, 25 miles from from Liverpool, at 17 minutes patt fix, and Chester. landed 20 minutes patt leven at Sinontwood, 17. The King George and Queen Chartwelve miles from Liverpool.

lutte, two thips bound to the South Seas on Dr. Franklin arrived at Southampton in discoveries, failed from Portsmouth. his way to America.

22. An arret of the French King against August 12. The twenty Propositions intro- the importation and sale of English goods, duced into the House of Commons of Ireland, commenced this day. from England, by Mr. Secretary Orde, with- 29. Thomas Wright, Esq. Alderman and drawn after high debates,

Stationer, elected Lord Mayor of London,

Sir

ter, safe.

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