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Each retiring to its neft,
Courts the filent hour of rest.
Hark! receding from the fhore,
Ocean's far-off waters roar;
Sea-mews their white pennons lave,
Plunging in the curling wave;
Now the ambient shades of night
Screen the landscape from the fight.

W. CASE, JUN.

ON THE

DEATH OF CAPTAIN WESTCOTT,

WHO FELL ON BOARD THE MAJESTIC, ift AUGUST, 1798.

W

HILST every fhore re-echoes Nelfon's name,
And recent conqueft fwells Britannia's fame;
Whilft a glad nation's lö Pœans rife
In joyful chorus to the vaulted skies;

O let the mufe lament brave Westcott's doom,
And ftrew fair laurels o'er his briny tomb-
Nurtur'd in youth upon the wat'ry plain,
He brav'd the thoufand perils of the main,
And gain'd, at length, a title july due,
The honour'd father of his gallant crew.
Prudence was his, and unremitting zeal,
And mercy-prompt a captive's woes to heal;
His country's caufe his patriot-bofom fir'd,
And in that cause he fought-he fell-expir'd.

W. CASE, JUN

GUELPHO AND ERMINIA.

B

LEAK blew the wind, dark was the night,
The ftorm pour'd down amain,
Black rolling clouds obfcur'd the light,
The moon was in its wane.

The barn-dog howl'd-loud fcream'd the gleed,
The speckled toad hifs'd dire,
GUELPHO urg'd his flying fleed

O'er wild-fern, brake, and briar.
And now the livid light'nings glare,
And now the thunders roll,
The bat flits thro' the troubled air,
And skims the murky pool.

The foreft's track he now purfues,
Whose winding mazes lead
To where obfcure and nightly crews
Recount the bloody deed.

He faw the gloomy turrets rise,

He heard the bell toil "ONE"Hope to my foul he joyful cries,

The deed of death is done.

GUASCO's true-ERMINIA's dead,
To wayward love a prey—
Howl! howl, ye winds! ye lightnings fhed
A momentary day.

And see the glimmering lights appear,
How fwift they dart along;
Methinks I fee her hallow'd bier,
Unbleft with funeral fong.

Methinks I view her blood-ftain'd breaft,
The dagger's grifsly wound;
Not mine the deed, but my beheft,
Confign'd thee to the tomb.

W. MUDFORD,

SONNET TO THE OAK.

MBLEM of honeft worth, majestic tree,

ride;

Full oft has friendship carv'd thy knotted fide, And found a faithful register in thee.

Unlike the foppish flower that rears its head,
When the proud fun from Cancer flings his rays;
The first chill blaft of autumn frowns it dead,
Blights all its fweetness, and its form decays:

While pelting winter, from the frigid pole,

In vain affaults thy time-defying form;
Thy branches brave the feafons as they roll,

Enjoy the funfhine and endure the storm;
Alike the chafte and philofophic mind,
Which no misfortunes permanently bind.

CIVIS.

SONNET.

A

ND thus is happiness for ever flown!
And thus life's prospects joylessly decline!
The funless chambers of defpair alone
The world affords, and thefe alone are mine.
The faithful hind, in nature's peaceful vale,
Wakes with the dawn and greets the folar ray;
No felf-created cares be-cloud his day,
Nor friends deceive, nor fortune's veering gale.

I envy him alone who envies none

That fings to please himself, and not the throng;
Thrice happy he! for ev'ry rifing sun

Renews his daily bleffings, and his fong.
Alas! for me, with each revolving day,
My cares muft ftill increase, my happiness decay.

Wolverhampton, June 14th, 1799.

CIVIS.

Literary Review.

View of the Ruffian Empire during the Reign of Catharine the Second, and to the Clofe of the present Century. By William Tooke, F. R. S. Member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, and of the Economical Society at St. Petersburg. In Three Volumes. Longman. l. 7s.

HE Ruffian empire, at the commencement of the

is now becoming the moft renowned among the nations of the earth. We are glad, therefore, to have recourse to an author who can fatisfy our curiofity refpecting it. Mr. Tooke is already known to the public by his entertaining Life of the late Emprefs, an account of which was given in our laft Review. That the author is well qualified for the task he has here undertaken, will abundantly appear from the perufal of this accurate and laborious work. The Advertisement is fo full and expreffive of the nature and tendency of the work, that we fhall infert it.

ADVERTISEMENT.

"The Ruffian empire, which in various respects now fixes the attention of Europe, has for feveral years been the subject of a multitude of investigations and writings, by which the knowledge of that country is confiderably improved and enlarged. The care which Catharine the Second, from her firft acceffion to the throne, and during the whole of her reign, devoted to the cultivation of this knowledge, has been attended with fo much fuccefs, that Ruffia, which, prior to the year 1762, was a fort of terra incognita in our part of the globe, is

VOL. VIII.

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now

now in poffeffion of a very confiderable ftore of materials, from which the prefent ftate of this remarkable country may be illuftrated and defcribed. The first and most important step to the elucidation of the natural and moral condition of Ruffia, was the appointment of the academicians of St. Petersburg to travel for the purpofe of exploring its qualities in both these refpects; and their journals ftill form the bafis of all that we know with certainty of the internal state of this extenfive empire. Thefe important difcoveries affifted the zeal of fome induftrious foreigners, who either in the country itself, or by correfpondence and connections, collected useful materials, and communicated the result of their labours to the public. By the introduction of the governments, which, befides the beneficial effects they produced on the political administration of the empire, greatly affifted the knowledge of the country; by the admeasurement and furvey of the districts affigned them, which facilitated the conftruction of special charts on a more accurate plan; by the more adequate enumeration of the people, &c. but, above all, by the wife and enlightened publicity with which it was allowed to treat of thefe matters, this knowledge acquired fuch a powerful acceffion, that the idea of a fyftematical digeft of all the neceffary materials, was longer to be confidered as a vain fpeculation. Bufching at first, and after him Meffrs. Schleetzer, Herrmann, Hupel, and laftly Storch, drew up their topographies and statistics of the empire; still, however, the voluminous journals of the academicians lay unopened to this country, and the travels of Pallas, Guldenftædt, Georgi, Lepechin, Falk, the Gmelins, Fischer, and others, were in England known only by the occafional mention of their extraordinary value, with deserved encomiums on the talents and labours of their authors, in the reports of our countrymen on their return from a transient visit to St. Petersburg.

"Having paffed the greater part of the long reign of the late Emprefs, in her dominions; favoured for many years with the friendship and intimacy of two fucceffive directors of the academy, with free accefs to its libraries and collections, and being perfonally acquainted with feveral of the travellers themfelves, I prefume to lay before the public this View of the Ruffian Empire, in which I have faithfully followed the au

thors

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