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ROM fcenes of blood and loweri
The timid Mufe, indignant, flies,
With thee, SYLVANUS, pleas'd to rove
Through Poetry's enchanting grove;
Or from Philofophy the veil
To draw, or learn th' Hiftoric tale.

Yet war and tragic fcenes fucceed,
Whate'er we fee, whate'er we read.

Rowley's, or Turgot's, hatchedd ftede
Ypraunces o'er th' imbattel'd mede,
Where Dacyanns threaten Bryftowe's walls *,
Where William lands, and Harold falls f.
Ev'n in that modern Garden, plann'd
So truly by a mafler's hand,
Where Art, and Nature, and the Nine
Their variegated charms combine,
Her richest sweets where Flora ftrews,
And Morning fheds her earliest dews,
Nerina mourns, in plaintive ftrain,
A fire and brother loft or flain;
And civil Difcoru's fhrieks invade
The rofeate bower, the vocal fhade.
We range, in Philologic lore,
With Sarum's Sage, th' Athenian shore,
Where through a melancholy maze
Of ruin'd fanes llyffus ftrays;
Or, where Byzantium's towering pride
Defies the fierce Bofphorian tide,
Lament the defolation made
By Chriftians in a dire crufade.
With Gibbon the decline and fate
We trace of Rome's degenerate state,
See heroes, cities, empires fall,
And wide deftruction cover all.

Amidst the tranquil Southern main,
Where good King Ottoo holds his reign,
Storms of revenge and fury rife,.
Dark clouds deform thofe azure fkies,
And Pretanne's Toote wond'ring views
Mild Otaheite's wa -canoes **.

Nor is the curfe of war confin'd
To our whole-reafening humankind;
Half-reafoning infects ++ on the coafts
Of Gambia range their martial hofts,
And, by fage inftinct led, unite
To labour fome, and fome to fight.

Grieve though we muft, yet thus we see.
That wars have been, and wars will be,
Till with the world fhall Difcord ceafe,
And Angels hymn th' eternal reign of Peace.

Dec. 31, 1781.

lla. + Battle of Haltings. See Vol. XLVI. pp. 466, 7. Mr. Mafon's. See p. 477. James Harr s, efq; See p. 577

See pp. 184, 328, &c. + The Termites. See p. 526.

Sce vol. XLVII. p. 492.

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FTER having fo long enjoyed the Patronage of the Public, it gives the Editors no fmall Picafure to obferve, that their Labours continue to attract the Notice of Men of Learning; and that the Critic, Philofopher, Antiquarian, and Divine, feem alike solicitous to maintain the Credit of a Work from which they have, during a long Series of Years, received no inconfiderable Share of Entertainment. It is from Gentlemen of this Defcription that we are enabled to boast a Superiority over our numerous Competitors. For their Affittance we can only repeat our Acknowledgements. Our Obligations will best appear by a Recapitulation of the principal Articles in the Volume of the prefent Year, among which the intelligent Reader will find no Difficulty of marking the learned Contributions.

In January, Debates in parliament; Theatrical regifter; Critical query on Juvenal; Death of Mary Eaft (35 years a man); Memoirs of the life of W. Collins (poet); Original letter by Montagu Bacon, efq; Various accounts of Pompey's pillar in Egypt; An hiftorical fact variously reprefented, Speculator, N° IV.; Severity of church difcipline after the reformation; Original memoirs of Cervantes (author of Don Quixote); Anecdote of the late Mr. Harris; Mifcellaneous remarks; Madan's doctrine of polygamy truly ftated; Dr. Gibbons's explanation of Ichneumon; Sketch of the character of Sir J. S. Denham.

In February, Parliamentary debates continued; Illuftration of Roman ftagedreffes; Particulars of the Gordon family; Miscellaneous corrections and remarks a Cafe of a woman who fpoke without a tongue; The Scribbler, No I.; Characters, of Prince Kaunitz and Sir J. Yorke'; Plan for a catalogue of the Sloanian MSS.; Corrections in the Hiftory of Tunstall, and in Vol. XXV. of Swift, large 8vo."; Anecdotes of W. Joyner, alias Lyde; Hiftory of medals relative to the Sovereignty of the Narrow Seas; Bf notes on the Radcliffe library; Anecdotes of Q. Caroline, Mr. Browne, Dr. Byrom, and the Grey family; Charlemagne's Latin Teftament exifting; Curiofities in the Scotch Jefuits college; Anecdote of the Pretender and his lady.

In March, Parliamentary debates continued; Memoirs of Dr. Hildefley, bp. of Man; Minutes of the trial of Ld G. Gordon; Letter on a tribe of Welch Indians; Obfervations on hieroglyphic language; A well near Saccara in Egypt defcribed; Curious letters from learned men; Memoirs of Madame de Sévigné;" "Memoirs of a fingular female character, whofe writings have been enquired after; Negro flavery, its cruelty, injuftice, &c.; Singularities at the late Mr. Tyers's villa near Dorking; Narrative of proceedings at Calcutta, in reverfing a fentence of the provincial court at Patna, curious and important.

In April, Parliamentary debates continued; Minutes of the trial of J. Donellan, efq: Wolley's" Ego & Rex meus" elucidated; Original letter of the late Ignatius Sancho; Hint for a new inftitution for relief of indigent families of perfons regularly bred to the law; Original anecdotes relative to Dean Swift; Biographical and literary memoirs of Dr. Fothergill; Mr. Madan's doctrine confidered and refuted; Sherlock's character of Richardfon's Clariffa; Mr. Rogers to Mr. Aftle on blockprinting; Remarks on Capt. Phipps's (now Ld Mulgrave) tables of longitude; Queries and remarks on Hudibras by Montagu Bacon, efq; Genealogical query relative to the pedigree of Fynney; Brief defcription of Shipton-Mallet; Bridges of Merida and Alcantara defcribed; Brief memoirs of Thomas Coxeter.

In May, Parliamentary debates continued; Dr. Fothergill's conduct with refpect to Dr. Leeds flated and juftified; Bp. Pearce's argument concerning the father of St. John confidered; Story of Margaret Cutting doubted; Lift of extinct peers from 1770 to 1780; Anecdote of Vere Fofter; Mifcellaneous remarks and corrections; Plan of a new road to avoid Highgate-bill; Critique on Mr. Hayley's poems; Strictures refpecting the character of Dr. Wilfon, late bp. of Sodor and Man Epitaph on W. Maffey; Letter from one Black to another, being a fpecimen of Sancho's letters now preparing for the prefs; Notices concerning a Dr. Mead, aged 148; Lift of the pretent Antiquarian Society.

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In June, Parliamentary debates continued; The controery on Offian's Poems decided; Abbé Raynal's late publication authenticated; Affecdotes of Sir Hugh Middleton, by Mr. Pennant; Mr. Walpole's memoirs of the Countefs of Definond; Particulars of the ancient family of Fynney; Lamentatio Jacobi fuper Jofeph, from an old MS. with a tranflation; Mifcellaneous corrections and remarks; Remarks on hieroglyphics, and their ufe; Ufeful hint to heralds and biographers.

In July, Parliamentary debates continued; Speech of the Speaker of the H. C.; King's fpeech on proroguing the parliament; Additional anecdotes of Bp. Hildesley; Roman military way through Suflex, &c.; Stri&tures on Dr. Lettfom's account of Dr. Fothergill; Queries on the allufions and obfcurities in Fitzofborne's letters; On the fovereignty of the Narrow Seas; Pope's "Unfortunate Lady" enquired after; Remarkable extracts from Abbé Ravnal; Anecdote of Mr. Garrick; Hint to nurfes; Remarks on Dr. Johnfon's biography; Strictures on the Life of Gray; Biographi cal account of Mr. St. André.

In Auguft, Parliamentary debates continued; Original letter from Mr. Harris of Salisbury; Farther extracts from Abbé Raynal's hiftory; A perpetual electrophorus enquired after; Mifcellaneous anecdotes and remarks: Narrative of De la Motte's trial; Strictures on Dr. Johnfon's biographical prefaces; The Babbler; Remark on Dr. Johnfon's White Rofe; Epitaph on Bp. Warburton; Roman aitar lately dug up at Doncafter; Epitaphs, one fuppofed to be by Shakspeare; Cromwell's authority to' trade to India; Remarkable anecdote of the late rioters; Memoirs of Dr. Johnson, chancellor of Ely; Punic infcriptions found in Canada; A parfon's inventory.

In September, Parliamentary debates continued; Memoirs of Sir S. Baskerville, and Dr. Geo. Bate; Portraits of eminent men in London; Roman and Theffalian bull-fights; On Sir Ifaac Newton's birth-place; Some account of Bps. Graham and Adair, Critical obfervations on the Hymns of Homer; Curious account of the Ifland, of Tobago; Particulars relative to Milton's Latin letters, with the names of his correfpondents; Liberal ideas in religion recommended.

In October, Parliamentary debates continued; The flone in the coronation chair, not what it is fuppofed to be; Neglect of almshoufes cenfured; Queries on Fitzesborne's letters anfwered; Unnoticed anecdote of Sir Richt. Blackmore; Infcrip tion, at Burton Pynfent, on the Earl of Chatham; Biographical memoirs of Mr. Abraham Sharp, a celebrated mathematician; Remarks on the firft volume of Dr. Johnfon's Lives of the Pocts; Singular character of Angus Roy Fletcher.

In November, Parliamentary debates continued; Strictures relative to the Wri tings of Michael Brace; Dr. Letifom's farther defence of Dr. Fothergill; Antiquity of the Fynney family authenticated; Patfage of Shakspeare illuftrated; Anecdotes of Dr. Furneaux and Sir Michael Fofter; Defcription of a comet now vifible; Singular cuftom in Picardy defcribed; Anecdotes of Mifs Harrop, now Mrs. Bates On Mr. Harris's letter to Mr. Young; Bp. Hall, not Mr. Boyle, the firft fpiritualifer; The flory of Judge Gascoigne, with his portrait; Memoirs of Sir Piercy Bretz and Ld Hawke; On the black caterpillar or tuinip fly.

In December, Parliamentary debates continued; Remarks on Sir David Dalrym ple's annals of Scotland; Rowley's poems modern-Dr. Milles and Mr. Bryant retuted; Dr. Lindsay on the doctrine of waterfpouts; On the rules for drawing in perfpective; Abp. Parker's claim to an old tranflation of the Pfalms aflerted; Collection of letters relative to the authenticity of Offian's Poems; Verbal criticisms on Mr. Gray's Poems; Curious letter of Lord Orford.

In the Supplement, Parliamentary debates continued; Debate in the houfe of peers; Obfervations on the Poems attributed to Rowley; Dr. Lindsay's theory-of waterspouts, Game of quadrille; Natural production in ftone; Com. Johnftone's action at Port Praya; Strictures on Mr. W. Shaw; On Sir W. Gascoigne and his medal; Black caterpillar, how to be deftroyed; Rotheram on the foul of man; Anecdotes of Count Gyllenborg, and of Milton's Correfpondents; Ld G. Gordon's trial concluded.

**As our former Volumes contain the Tranfactions of a Period of Fifty Years, or just HALF A CENTURY; and as we have in Contemplation the Republication of 200 Setts in Monthly Volumes, with a GENERAL INDEX COMPLEAT; THIS VOLUME may be confidered as the FIRST of a NEW SERIES. Our principal Motive for republishing the. former Volumes is to enable us to replace the Numbers that have been long out of print, and to comply with the Demands of our Purchafers to make up their Setts.

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