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An Excuse for not acctpting the Invitation of a Friend to make an Excursion with hisz.

1. The hollow winds begin to blow,
2. The clouds look black, the grass is low ;
3. The soot falls down, the spaniels sleep,
4. And spiders from their cobwebs peep.
5. Last night the sun went pale to bed,
6. The moon in halos hid her head;
7. The boding shepherd heaves a sigh,
8. For, see a rainbow spans the sky.
9. The walls are damp, the ditches smell,
10. Clos'd is the pink-ey'd pimpernell.
11. Hark! how the chairs and tables erach,
12. Old Betty's joints are on the rack ;
13. Loud quack the ducks, the peacocks cry;
14. The distant hills are looking nigh.
15. How restless are the snorting swine,
16. The busy flies disturb the kine ;
17. Low o'er the grass the swallow wings ;
18. The cricket, too, how sharp he sings;
19. Puss on the hearth, with velvet paws,
20. Sits, wiping o'er her whiskerid jaws.
21. Through the clear stream the fishes rise,
22. And nimbly catch th' incautious flies ;
23. The glow-worms, numerous and bright,
24. Illum'd the dewy dell last night.
25. At dusk the squalid toad was seen,
26. Hopping and crawling o'er the green;
27. The whirling wind the dust obeys,
28. And in the rapid eddy plays;
29. The frog has chang'd his yellow vest,
30. And in a russet coat is drest,
31. Though June, the air is cold and still;
32. The mellow blackbird's voice is shrill.
33. My dog, so alter'd in his taste,
34. Quits mution-bones, on grass to feast;
35. And see, yon rooks, how odd their flight,
36. They imitate the gliding kite,
37. Apd seem precipitate to fall-
38. As if they felt the piercing ball.
39. Twill surely rain, I see, with sorrow;
40. Our jaunt must be put of to-morrow.


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LITERARY NOVELTIES. There is preparing for publication, as we and if the gentleman above alluded to suc. may venture to say, from the Pen of Mr. ceed in his arduous enterprise, he will conThomas Moore, Memoirs of Captain Rock, fer no mean obligation to his language and the celebrated Irish chiestain, with some country. Account of his Ancestors; written by him- Sir John Malcolm's Memoirs of Central self.

India is about to appear in the French Mrs. Graham (relict of the late Capt. tongue. The French critics are a little Graham: R. N.) bas two distinct volumes in splenetic about the original; and talk of a forward state for publication, relating Joho Company's devouring twenty kingrespectively to Brazil and Chili, and the doms, and of merchants supporting dethren. revolutions in those countries.

ed princes and paying punctually the penWe understand that a new translation of sions of kings. Josephus, the Jewish historian, has lately “ Queen Hynde," an epic poem, by been undertaken by a Clergyman of the es. James Hogg, author of the Queen's tablished Church. A classical version of Wake," “ Poetic Mirror," " Pilgrims of the this unique and celebrated writer has long Sun," &c. &c. is preparing in 8vo. and been a desideratum in English literature; forthcoming in May. END OF VOL. XIV.


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