Imagens da página

The thought was happy, pertinent, and true,
Methinks a genius might the plan pursue.
1, (can you pardon my presumption ?) I,
No wit, no genius, yet for once will try.

Various the papers, various wants produce,
The wants of fashion, elegance, and use.
Men are as various : and, if right I scan,
Each sort of paper represents some man.

Pray note the fop; half powder and half lace;
Nice, as a band-box, were his dwelling-place;
He's the gilt-paper, which apart you store,
And lock from vulgar hands in the scrutoire.

Mechanics, servants, farmers, and so forth,
Are copy-paper of inferiour worth;
Less priz'd, more useful, for your desk decreed,
Free to all pens, and prompt at ev'ry need.

The wretch, whom av'rice bids to pinch and spare,
Starve, cheat, and pilfer, to enrich an heir,
Is coarse brown-paper, such as pedlars choose
To wrap up wares, which better men will use.

Take next the miser's contrast who destroys Health, fame, and fortune, in a round of joys. Will any paper match him ? Yes, throughout, He's a true sinking-paper, past all doubt.

The retail politician's anxious thought,
Deems this side always right, and that stark naught;
He foams with censure; with applause he raves,
A dupe to rumours, and a tool of knaves ;
He'll want no type his weakness to proclaim,
While such a thing as fools-cap has a name:

The hasty gentleman, whose blood runs high,
Who picks a quarrel if you step awry,
Who can't a jest, or hint, or look endure :
What's he? What ? Touch-paper to be sure.

What are our poets, take them as they fall, Good, bad, rich, poor, much read, not read at all ! Them and their works in the same class you'll find ; They are the mere waste-paper of mankind.

Observe the maiden, innocently sweet, She's fair white-paper, an unsullied sheet; Vol. 1.


On which the happy man, whom fate ordains,
May write his name, and take her for his pains.

One instance more, and only one I'll bring ;
'Tis the great man who scorns a little thing ;
Whose thoughts, whose deeds, whose maxims are his own,
Form'd on the feelings of his heart alone :
True, genuine royal-paper is his breast;
Of all the kinds, most precious, purest, best.


Hail to the placid, venerable morn

That slowiy wakes while all the fields are still ;
A pensive calm on every breeze is borne,

A graver murmur gurgles from the rill,
And echo answers softer from the hill

While softer sings the linnet from the thorn,
The sky-lark warbles in a tone less shrill.

Hail, light serene! hail, holy sabbath morn!
Thé gales that lately sighed along the grove

Have hushed their downy wings in dead repose.
The rooks float silent by in airy drove,

The sun a mild but solemn lustre throws;
The clouds, that hovered slow, forget to move :

Thus smiled the day when the first morn arose.

[Venus and Cupid, (according to mythology,) were very great characters in the estimation of the ancients; and although we live in a Christian country, their influence, seems to be acknowledged, even here. Our swains and our nymphs talk of Venus and Cupid as familiarly as they do of the Plough and the Cheese-tub. The fol. lowing Epigram shows that, although “ The darts of Cupid,may sting many a sighing lover, the little urchin may be made to roar with pain, by the sting of a bee, as dolefully as many dispairing lovers.]


As Cupid one day was about to repose,
In a bow'r o'erspread with the leaves of the rose,
He was stung by a bee, conceal'd from his view,
Extracting its honey, and sipping the dew 3


It wounded his finger, and, roaring with pain,
Poor Cupid most loudly was heard to complain;
Half on foot, half on wing, like lightning he flies
To beautiful Venus with tears in his eyes :

Take, take dear mother, and succour my woe ;
I'm kill'd, I am sure-1 shall perish, I know :
A thing that a bee, by the farmer is nam’d,
A small winged serpent, my finger has maim'd.”
She smilingly said, “ If the sting of a bee
Could give, my dear boy, so much torture to thee,
How much do you think must they grieve and bewail,
Whose breasts, little Cupid, thy arrows assail ?")



EULOGY ON THE MEMORY OF | a tribute worthy of the GREAT MAN, FRANKLIN.

who was the subject of it.] Ed. [We are amongst the ardent ad

Extract from the Eulogy on Dr. Franklin, mirers of the memory of BENJAMIN

pronounced by the Abbe Fauchet, in the FRANKLIN,, who may emphatically Name of the Commons of Paris, 1790. be denominated, The American

A second creation has taken place; the

elements of society begin to combine toPhilosopher.” In our preceding co-gether ; the moral universe is now seen lumns, we have furnished our rea- issuing from chaos; the genius of Liberty

is awakened, and springs up; she sheds ders with one of the few Poems he her divine light and creative powers upon wrote. The happy manner in which the two hemispheres. A great nation, as

tonished at seeing herself free, stretches he makes “ each kind of Paper, her arms from one extremity of the earth

to the other, and embraces the first nation represent some man,” shews that, that became so : the foundations of a new had he paid his addresses to the city are created in the two worlds ; broth

er nations hasten to inhabit it. It is the Muses, they would not have been city of mankind !

One of the first founders of this univerrejected. But the mind and the

sal city was the immortal FRANKLIN, body, that was engaged in drawing the deliverer of America. The second founlightning from the clouds, and tear- ders, who accelerated this great work,

made it worthy of Europe. The legislaing the sceptre from the hands of tors of France have rendered the most

solemn homage to his memory. They tyrants, could hardly be confined to have said, “ A friend of humanity is dead; Poesy. The following Eulogy, was mankind ought to be overwhelmed with

sorrow! Nations have hitherto only worn delivered in Paris, of which Doctor mourning for kings ; let us assume it for FRANKLIN, while he resided there, a Man, and let the tears of Frenchmen

mingle with those of Americans, in order was the idol. It has the striking to do honour to the memory of one of the beauties of French oratory ; and is Fathers of Liberty !"

The city of Paris, which once contain: 1 friendship, general charity, the emploged this philosopher within its walls, which I ment of one's time, the happiness attenwas intoxicated with the pleasure of hear-dant upon good works, the necessary coning, admiring, and loving him ; of gather- bination of private with public welfare, ing from his lips the maxims of a moral the propriety and necessity of industry legislator, and of imbibing from the ef- and to that happy state which puts us at fusions of his heart a passion for the public ease with society and with ourselves. The welfare, rivals Boston and Philadelphia, proverbs of " Old Henry," and "Poor his two native cities, (for in one he was Richard,'' are in the hands both of the born as it were a man, and in the other a learned and the ignorant; they contain legislator,) in its profound attachment to the most sublime morality, reduced to his merit and his glory.

popular language and common compreIt has commanded this funeral solemni- hension ; and form the catechism of hapty, in order to perpetuate the gratitude piness for all mankind. and the grief of this third country, which, Franklin, was too great a moralist, and by the courage and activity with which it too well acquainted with human affairs, has profited of his lessons, has shown it- not to perceive that women were the arself worthy of having him at once for an biters of manners. He strove to perfect instructor and a model.

their empire; and accordingly engaged In selecting me for the interpreter them to adorn the sceptre of virtue with of its wishes, it has declared, that it their graces. It is in their power to exis less to the talents of an orator, than to cite courage ; to overthrow vice, by means the patriotism of a citizen, the zeal of a of their disdain; to kindle civism, and preacher of liberty, and the sensibility of to light up in every heart the holy love of à friend of men, that it hath confided this our country: solemu function. In this point of view, His daughter, who was opylent and I may speak with firm confidence; for i honoured with the public esteem, helped have the public opinion, and the testimo- to manufacture and to make up the clothny of my own conscience, to second my ing for the army with her own hands; wishes. Since nothing else is wanting than and spread abroad a noble emulation freedom, and sensibility, for that species among the female citizens, who became of eloquence which this eulogium requires, eager to assist by means of the needle, I am satisfied; for I already possess ihem. and the spindle, who were serving the

My voice sball extend to France, to state with their swords and their guns. America, to posterity. I am now to do With the charm ever attendant upon justice to a great man, the founder of true wisdom, and the grace ever flowing transatlantic freedom; I am to praise him from true sentiment, this grave pbilosoin the name of the mother city of French pher, knew how to converse with the liberty. I myself also am a man; I am other sex; to inspire them with a taste a freeman; I possess the suffrages of my for domestic occupations ; to hold out to fellow-citizens ; this is enough ; my dis- them the prize attendant upon honour uncourse shall be immortal.

accompanied by reprwach, and instil the The academies, the philosophical so- duty of cultivating the first precepts of cieties, the learned associations which education, in order to teach them to their have done themselves honour by in- children; and thus to acquit the debt due scribing the name of Franklin in their to nature, and fulfil the hope of society. records, can best appreciate their debt It must be acknowledged, that, in his due to his genius, for having extend- own country, he addressed himself to ed the power of man over nature, and minds capable of comprehending them. presented new and sublime ideas, in a Iminortal females of America ! I will style simple as truth, and pure as light. tell it to the daughters of France, and

It is not the naturalist and the philoso- they only are fit to applaud you! You pher, that the orators of the Commons of have attained the utmost of what your Paris ought to describe; it is the man who sex is capable ; you possess the beauty, hath accelerated the progress of social the simplicity, the manners at once natuorder ; it is the legislator, who hath pre- ral and pure; the primitive graces of the pared the liberty of nations !

golden age. It was among you that liFranklin, in his periodical works, which herty was first to have its origin. But the had prodigious circulation on the conti- empire of freedom, which is extended to nent of America, laid the sacred founda- France, is about to carry your manners tions of social morality. He was no less along with it, and produce a revolution in inimitable in the developments of the same morals as well as in politics. morality, when applied to the duties of Already our female citizens, (for they

bave lately become such) are not any thy brothers who enjoyed in tranquillity
longer occupied with those frivolous orna- the fruit of thy, virtues, and the success
ments, and vain pleasures, which were of thy genius, thou hast sung songs of de-
nothing more than the amusements of sla- liverance. The last looks, which thou
very ; they have awakened the love of li. didst cast around thee, beheld America
berty in the bosoms of fathers, of brothers, happy ; France, on the other side of the
and of husbands ; they have encouraged ocean, free, and a sure indication of the
them to make the most generous sacri- approaching freedom and happiness of
fices; their delicate hands have removed the world.
the earth, dragged it along and helped to The United States, looking upon them-
elevate the immense amphitheatre of the selves as thy children, have bewailed the
grand confederation. It is no longer the death of the father of their republic.
love of voluptuous softness, that attracts France, thy family hy adoption, has hon-
their regard; it is the sacred fire of pat- oured thee as the founder of her laws; and

the human race has revered thee as the
The laws which are to reform educa- universal patriarch, who has formed the
tion, and with it the national manners, are allegiance of nature with society. Thy
already prepared ; they will advance, remembrance belongs to all ages ; thy
they will fortify the cause of liberty by memory to all nations; thy glory to eter-
means of their happy influence, and be- nity!
come the second saviours of their country!

Franklin did not omit any of the means
of being useful to men, or serviceable to
society. He spoke to ail conditions, to
both sexes, to every age. This amiable

moralist descended, in his writings, to the
most artless details ; to the most ingenu-

We have, amidst the multifarious
ous familiarities ; to the first ideas of a ru-
ral; a commercial, and a civil life ; to the productions of the Gazettes of Eu-
dialogues of old men and children ; full

rope and America, for eight months at once of all the verdure and all the maturity of wisdom. In short, the prudent past, maintained an unbroken silence lessons arising from the exposition of those in regard to this distinguished Schoobscure, happy, easy virtues, which form so many links in the chain of a good LAR, PATRIOT, and SOLDIER. The man's life, derived immense weight from that reputation for genius which he had ac reasons were, first-Because aquired, by being one of the first naturalists mongst our Patrons and Readers, the and greatest philosophers in the universe. At one, and at the same time, he gov- question assumed a political aspecta erned nature in the heavens, and in the One class of politicians denounced hearts of men. Amidst the tempests of the atmosphere, he directed the thunder ; him as a wanton murderer--the asamidst the storms of society, he directed sassin of innocence the violator of the passions. Think, gentlemen, with what attentive docility, with what reli- the law of nations--and as deserving gious respect one must hear the voice of a simple man, who preached up human the gibbet himself. Another class, happiness, when it was recollected that extolled him as

without it was the powerful voice of the same man who regulated the lightning.

parallel in ancient or modern hisHe electrified the consciences, in order

tory. The second reason for sito extract the destructive fire of vice, exactly in the same manner as he electrified lence was-the editor of this Mathe heavens, in order peaceably to invite from them the terrible fire of the elements

. gazine, spent a considerable portion Venerable old man! august philoso- of the last season in collecting mapher! legislator of the felicity of thy country, prophet of the fraternity of the hu terials for, and writing the “Meman race, what ecstatic happiness em- moirs of Andrew Jackson, Major bellished the end of thy career! From thy fortunate asylum, and in the midst of General in the Army of the United

a man,



« AnteriorContinuar »