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siage ; che unlimited oumber of : as It is to you this loose conduct wives and concubines, not to men. applies, and not to us : we Britons rion the marriage of sisters, amongst ful6l the work of nature much bet. the ancient Egyptians and Athenians, fer than you. Romans, as we coha. with the borrowing and lending of bit only with the best selected men, wives amongst the Romaos-of and openly; wbilst you commit which the great Cato was a remark. your private adulteries with the able instance.

busest and most unworthy.?! :" It likewise may be alledged, as ' Whether she thought this answer some excuse for our ancestors, that might extenuate the British practice by such a custom they avoided the by retaliation, or whether she was common mischiefs of jealousy, the not sensible of the disgrace from injuries of adultery, the confinement custom (which last is most likely), of single, marriages, the luxury and certain it is, that other natious at expense of many wives and conců. this period, had as preposterous bines, and the partiality of parents in customs. the education of their own children

all of which are considerations that have fallen under the care of inany fanious law-givers.This practice continued to the

Anecdote. third century; as Dio tells us, that about the beginning of this period, WHEN Foote was tried in Dub. when Severus invaded Caladonia; lin for the libel upon George Faulk. they had all their wives in common, ener the printer (whom he had' draand brought up all their children inatized as Peter Paragraplı), the late likewise, not knowing to what fa. Judge Robinson was one of the ther any of them belonged: and to bench. This was an old, crabbed confirm this account, he relates a peevish gentleman, wore a wig of a conversation between the Empress singular shape, and had his forehead Julia and the wife of Argentocoxius, broke out in blotches, which (when á British prince; in which the Em in an ill-temper) he was in the habit press, having upbraided the British of picking off, and throwing down ladies with the barbarity of ihis pro- upon the clerks, attornies, &c. beneath miscuous intercourse, the other (who the bench, Shortly after his trial, Foote knew the intrigues of the Roman appeared upon the stage as Justice court perfectly well) made her the Midas, with a costunie, wig, and following reply--which, if it does countenance so exactly that of the not justify the custom, at least fully judge, and with the blotches which proves the existence of it.

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tures so perfectly according to the * In the lalter times of villainage model that the whole audience, by in England, the lord of the nianor had most of whom he was known (espethe privilege of, lying with the bride cially in the gallery), wère convulsed oli the first night of lier marriage; with laughter, many crying out, Ro. and this privilege was ofien claimud, binson ! Robinson ! and subinitted to, without any disgrace attaching to cither of the par.

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We hare been favoured with the following Prologue which zbas spoken at the

Pricare Theatre Kilkenny, by Mr. Richard Power. We have been pro. mised more of them. Such a composition as the present coming from the pen of a Bushe, needs no apology from us, in thus rescuing it from obe livion. --- Mr, Power was ill a short time befone he spoke it.

· PROLOGU E.

SINCE health on genial winig returned t'impars
Strength to my limbs, and feeling to my heart,
No other scene, no other sound could give,
Such heart-felt transport as I now. receive;
For so much kindness shewn in every way,
Our besi's the slender tribute we can pay.'
; But ah! how humble must these scenes appear,
No tiny hero, no youog Roscius here;
No little Grildrig for a Glumdalcliich,
No Thumb his Huncamunca to bewitch;
Our tragic qucens for full-grown heroes sigh,
For full grou'v queens our tragic heroes die.
Those who to fashion would conform their plan
But play the child, whilst infants play the man;
Fashion, as well as lite, is like the stage
And plays a different part in every age.
In both, at either verge extreme we see,
But childhood and a second infancy:
First when he reads, what joy the child receives,
Grown old, as pleased he views, the Forly Thieves,
Oh Mother Goose, couldst thou but raise thy head
From where thou slumberest, 'midst the mighty dead,
Proud wouldst thou see in reason's such defeat
Thy fame enshrined, thy victory complete;
View prostrate Otway with triumphant eye,
And vanquished Shakespeare pass unheeded by ;
That Blue-Beard may with regal pomp appear; .
Whilst Orson's suckled by a living bear."

But hark ! what storms of praise, what wonder draws,
From Drury's rows this thunder of applause;
Have Barry, Mossop, left the realms of night?
Restor'd is Garrick to our looging sight?'
No-Garrick sleeps-nor, Siddons, do they prize,
Thy'xpressive silence or thy speaking eyes.com
Dogs claim these plaudits, they in water souse,
And fetch and carry for the wondering house,
A horse was consul in Rome's ancient days ;
Carlo's a Roscius in our modern plays.

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For you, from London, far more wise, more plain,
Who sense refine not, 'rili no sense remain ;
Here venturous do we dare t'expose to view
What nature pencil'd and old Shakespeare drew;
Here beauty listens to instructive plays,
Here' reason need not blush when taste gives praise,
An ample shield here lib'ral candour spreads,
Whence stander's arrows drop with Blunted heads ; *
Aud kind indulgence now so often known
Inspires a spirit scarce confess'd our own.

Mean while, old Leinster, thro' her glad domain
Sees ancient splendour reassume its reign,
Sees her own peers, with a material smile,
Mix 'mongst her sons, nor spurn their native isle.

EPITA PH.. .

On a well-known unfortunate young Gentlemen.

HERE rests a youth unfortunately great,
Who dared all danger, who defy'd alf fate;
All sordid plans, ali selfish aims above,
Whose ruling passion, was his country's love
Who thro' his day of life with lustre ran,
Who lived an hero, and who died a man ;
O'er worthless dust, the gazing eye may see,
That it was not, but what ourselves should be,
O’er vulgar tombs, let marblo trophies rise
The pageant pomp but tells us where he lies,”
But É 's name shall find in years to come,
Each tongue a monument, each heart a tomb;
While the deep sigh each bursting bosom gives,
Shall speak in deathless letters, “ Here he lives."

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He praised the minuet of Nan Cately,

And lumps of pudding and Moll Parely: The king grew proud, and soon began so reel, A hopping inspiration seized his heels

Bradi, bravi, the soldier croud

In admiration cried aloud, The lady dances like a bold Thalestris, And Alexander hops like Monsieur Vestris. Again, so furiously they dance a jig, The lady lost her cap, ihe hero lost his wig.

The motly mob, behind, before,

Exclaim'à encore, ericore, encore: Proud of th' applause, and justly vain,

Thais made a curtsey low,
Such as court ladies made before the Queen.

Alexander made a bow,
Such as the royal levee oft has seen ;

And then they danc'd the reel again.
Of vast applause the couple vain,
Delighted, danc'd the reel again :

Now in, and now out,

They skipp'd it about, As tho they felt the madness of the moon; Such was the power of Timothy and tune. When the dub a dub, dub a dub drum, In triumph behinde'm beat-Go to bed Tom.

And now in their irc,

Return'd from the fire, In sevenge for the Greeks thal were dead, : The king and his punk

Got most horribly drunk And together went reeling to bed.

Feb. 5, 1808.

THE BIRTH OF WIT. AS Fancy strayed to gather flow'rs,

And breathe the scented sweets of May, To vine-clad hills and shady bow'rs,

The maiden bent her silent way. Young Bacchus saw the wand'ring maid;

Her charms inflamed his eager soul :
And while she slept beneath the shade,

The God upon her slumbers stole.
Time crown'd the secret blest embrace,

And gave the pair an offspring fis;
A boy with every charming grace,

And callid the heavenly infant, Wit,

'STATE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS IN FEBRUARY.' SWEDEN.

the short period of twenty-five years, THE romantic sovereign of this in such a distinguished point of po. icy region, neither alarmed at the litical and commercial eminence, power of Russia and France, not that it now ranks as the second com taught by the recent and degraded mercial nation in the universe, and state of ihe unfortunate princes of the first for its political and religious Sardinia, Naples, Prussia, Bruns- liberty. wick, Portugal, and other minor and Its successful struggle with the travelling courts; deprived of ter. parent country, its first rebellion di. ritories, power of refuge, seems de rected by the pen of a stay-maker, termined, by the assistance of a pro- the diplomacy of a printer, and the mised British ariny and 100,000 sword of á fermer, have saved it pounds per month, to try his strength from Percival and his Bishop, from with the physical force of all Europe the horrors and expenses of the fre. led on by the greatest masters in the quent wars she should bave shared art of war, and ro'used by all che in, had she continued a dependant passions that are united in insulted province of Great Britain: ambition and impatient power. The 'To her firm and enlightened citi. age of chivalry is not yet extinct, it žens she owes her present unexam. lives in the descendant of the great pled prosperity, neither the dupe of Gustavus, retained as the last hopes statesmen, the sport of bigots, nor of ancient dynasties and unfortunate the victim of mercantile monopo. monarchs, at the price of one hun- tists. dred thousand pounds a month, a She has nearly succeeded in driv. sum so unequal to the great andere ing England berself from the Eurotaking, that it would almost create a, pean marker, in the sale of East and suspicion of the sincerity or hopes West India produce. of the British minister, in any rea. This coviable attiurde. of com. sonable being, who would consider mercial and political elevatiòn, exthe absurdity of risquing his crown asperates a nation that needs the ex. for a sum not uncommonly applied clusive trade of the world, to assist by an individual in England to the her to pay the interest of a debt in. support of a manufactory ; for were curred by victories won and conti. all the gold in Europe applied to the nents lost. purpose, no ray of hope could be The sullen disposition she has rationally entertained, that a young lately shewn, by the embargo on her man, an utter stranger to military own shipping, indicates nothing con. life, whese intire country does not cilatory towards the capturers of the contain 4,000,000 of people, and so Chesapeake. We are gravely told deficient in articles of the first neces- by the English news.makers, of the sity, that it is apprehended a British calamities this measure of embargo army destined to co-operate in the have already occasioned, they asdefence of Sweden, must rely intirely sert the populace are crying out for for their subsistance on provisions of bread, and the English mob believe British growth.

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