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siage ; the unlimited number of : " It is to you this loose conduct wives and concubines, not to men- applies, and not to us : we Britons tion the marriage of sisters, amongst fulfil the work of nature much bet. the ancient Egyptians and Athenians, ter than you Romans, as we coha. with the borrowing and lending of bit only with the best selected meni wives amongst the Romans--of and openly; whilst you commit which ihe 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 retuliution, 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 nations at expense of many wives and concú. this period, bad as

preposterous bines, and the partiality of parents in customs. the education of their own children all of which are considerarions that have fallen under the care of inany farious 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 Faulkthey had all their wives in common; ever the printer (whom he had draand brought up all their children inatized as Peter Paragraph), the late likewise, not knowing to what faJudge Robinson was one of the ther any of tbem 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 à British prince; in which the im- 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 this pro- upon the clerks, attornies, &c. beneath miscuous intercourse, the other (who the bench. Shortly after bis 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 custoir, 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 latter times of villainage model that the whole audience, by in England, the lord of the manor hud most of whom he was known (espea the privilege of lying with the bride cialiy in the gallery), were convulsed oli the first night of lier marriage; with laughter, many crying out, Roand this privilege was ofien claimud, binson Robinson ! and subinitted to, , without any disgrace attaching to either of the par

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Te Rare been favoured with the following Prologue which was spoken at the

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

PROLOGUE.

SINCE health or gehiał wing returned t'impart
Strength to my limbs, and feeling to my heart,
No other scene, no other sound could give,
Such heari-felt iransport as I now. receive ;
For so much kindness shewo 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 Glumdalclitch,
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 weli as lite, is like the stage
And plays a different part in every age.
In boih, at either verge extreme we see,
But childhood and a second in fancy.
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 Orway 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.

Butihark! 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 steeps-nor, Siddons, do they prize,
Thy'xpressive silence or thy speaking eyes
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 aRpscius in our modern plays.

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For you, from London, far more wise, more plain,
Who sense refine not, 'till no sense remain ;
Here venturous do we dare t'expose to view
What nature pencild and old Shakespeare drew;
Here beauty listens to instructive plays,
Here reason need not blush when caste gives praise,
An ample shield heré lib'ral candour spreads,
Whence slander's arroits 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 reassiime its reigo,
Sees her own peers, with a material smile,
Mix 'mongst her sons, nor spurn their native isle.

EPITAPH.

On a well-known unfortunate young Genilemeen.

HERE rests a youth unfortunately great,
Who dared all danger, who defy'd all fate;
All sordid plans, all selfish anns above,
Whose ruling passion, was his coưntry'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 “here he lies,”
But E. '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 Pately: The king grew proud, and soon began so reel, A hopping inspiration seized his keela

Bravi, 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, the hero lost bis 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 behind e'm beat-Go to bed Tom.

And now in their ire,

Return'd from the fire,
In revenge for the Greeks that 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 call'd the heavenly

infaat, W#,

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 comLaught by the recent and degraded mercial nation in the universe, and staie 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 traveling courts; deprived of ter. parent country, its first rebellion di. ritories, power of refuge, seems des 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 sbould have shared art of war, and roused 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 unexamlives 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 monopomonarchs, at the price of one hun- tists. dred thousand pounds a month, a She has nearly succorded in driv. sum so unequal to the great under. ing England berself from the Eurotaking, that it would almost create a pean market, in the sale of East and suspicion of the sincerity or hopes West India produce. of the British minister, in any rea- This caviable attitude of com. sonable being, who would consider mercial and political elevation, 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 nianufactory ; for were curred by victories won and contiall the gold in Europe applied to the nents lost. purpose, 10 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, whose intire country does not cihatory 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 bews.makers, of the sity, that it is apprehended a British calamities this measure of embargo army destined to co-operate in the leave 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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