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him as a theorist. And also as exercises they for all sonorous bodies that yield more than one are truly methodical and progressive; for they note, give more or less of that chord, and even birds proceed through various sorts of movement and are found that sing it. One instance of the latter measure, and through a variety of keys and modes, is given by Mr. Shield, in his Introduction to in such a manner, that we may safely pronounce Harmony, p. 3, in a note, where it appears that them the most excellent pieces of the kind ever a West Indian bird, called by Nierenberg the produced
Triton Avis (perhaps Trias Avis), not only has After those lessons follow abstracts from figur- three distinct notes, but can even sound them ed basses by six celebrated authors, being Eman, at the same time. As this is added to an article Bach, Handel, Corelli, Geininiani, Rameau, and of the major common chord, we suppose it to be Tartini. They contain their original signatures that chord consisting of three notes, and not what over the bass, and some explanatory ones by is called the tritonus, or extreme sharp fourth, Mr Kollmann under it, as examples how the dif 10 which the nane Triton-avis seems to ale ferent signatures of olher authors must be un- lude. derstood according to chap. vii. of the work. To this a correspondent enables us to add, that
Nothing, we presume, could therefore be more a British bird, which he thinks is called the deserving our introducing to the public than Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis), sings the the valuable work above described, and we make following four distinct notes, E, G E C, D; no doubt that it will soon be found in the hands being not only the said major chord, but even a of every person who studies music. For taking it melodious cadence from a key-note to its fifth. in the aggregate, we find that the language of it And the cuckoo is well known to sing a majoris clear and comprehensive, and that the doc- third as the principal part of that chord. trines it contains are expressed and exemplified in We make the above observations for the sake the most brief, but perfectly complete and satis- of those musical ladies and gentlemen who have factory manner.
frequent opportunities of hearing the natural songs of birds, as perhaps they may find more
instances of their singing distinct regular It is remarkable how deeply the harmony of notes. the major common chord is impressed in nature;
OF MUSICAL BIRDS,
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It is the opinion of the vulgar, that to be dinner would have served forty. It consisted of rich and liberal is the only requisite to become a several courses of the choisest fish, poultry, game, good Amphitryon; but those who have weighed meat dressed in various manners, almost every this matter, and reflected on the qualities that are vegetable that money could procure, a profusion indispensable to merit this title, in all its extent, of excellent pastry, an elegant desert, and wines are soon convinced that Heaven bestows this gift that would ravish the drunkard of his senses.on very few persons, and that a good Amphilryon The dinner was placed on the table exact to a seis almost as rare as a good roaster of meat. cund, every thing was hot and comfortable, the
It is certain, that with money, an excellent guests were all people of wit and reputation, and cook, an intelligent housekeeper, good trades yet I never made a more tedious or insipid dinmen, a clever butler, and even a long study of || ner; the cause of which you will soon discover. the elements in which consists a good table, one I have already said we were twenty-five in may be an Amphitryon rather above mediocrity. company; not one of the party were acquainted; Non in sulo pane rivit homo; and the most ele this, to begin, does not inspire confidence; but gant, the best chosen, and the best served dinner,
as nothing is more fit to create it than the pleamay still prove a very insipid repast, if one has sures of the table, this would have proved but a not the talent of well selecting one's guests, slender inconvenience, if each had been placed and particularly placing them conveniently at as he ought. table.
The guests, though strangers to cach otlier, A short time since I experienced a new in were all intimately acquainted with ihe master stance of the truth of this remark. I was in of the house: it was his task then, to scat them vited to dine with Mr. M-, a gentleman who properly at table; but, whether through carelessenjoys the reputation of being a very good master ness, inattention, or ignorance, he did no such of a house, and in many respects inerits it. I thing, but left it all to chance; you will see what We were about twenty-five in conspany, and the was the result.
I believe I have already said, more than once, A few days after this feast, as is customary, I that we were twenty-five in company. Among went to pay my visit of digestion. The conver. these there were bankers, contractors, officers, 1 sation naturally fell upon the dinner Mr. Mauthors, country divines, merchants, artists, ma had given us, and that gentleman complained of gistrates, actors, poets, and amateurs. There the almost universal silence which had reigned, were, most assuredly, enough to form a very and the reserve which each guest had maintained. pleasant society; all depended upon their being
“ This would not have happened, said I, if, well placed, for it is well known that in so according to a custom that I have seen practised large a company, the conversation canno: be with success, in some houses, and which I think general.
ought to be adopted in most entertainmerts, you One of the divines found himself seated be. had dist:jbuted the seats analogous to the minds tween a poet and an actor; the contractor beside of those who were to occupy them. You should a judge; merchants were placed close to authors, have placed the poet beside the actor, who would artists near contractors, officers near bankers, &c. have pitied and consoled him for the ill success so that each having a neighbour that spoke of his piece, and interested him by describing quițe a different language, was constrained to The interior of the theatre. The divine and the hold his tongue after having sounded the other. magistrate; both wise and grave men, would have During the repast, nothing scarcely was heard but heen well coupled. The banker, the merchant, monosyllables, and the noise of plates and covers and the contractor, all three united by speaking was almost the only conversation at this inis nearly the same language, would have entertainplaced dinner.
ed each other by conversing about the affairs on The poet atteinpted to speak of his tragedy || Change, on commerce, and their respective gair. that had been damned to the divine, who enter and losses, and would have reciprocally enlightentained him with an account of his last sermon, ed each other. The amateur, the artist, and the and who comprehended nothing of what the officer, would have been delighted to have found actor had been saying on the intrigues of the themselves neignbours; the first would have stage. One of the authors had commenced a served as an inrerpréter to the other two, and all grammatical discussion with a merchant, who three would have establi hed, among themselves, answered him by complaining of the stagnation a conversation equally instructive and agreeable, in the sugar and coffee trade. The artist was de the author in t:king a part in it, would enliven scribing to the contractor an historical picture
it by his witticisms and well placer quotations. which he had in contemplation, while he was re By this means your dinner would have been as gretting former times, and complaining bitterly agreeable as it was well served; your guests against the probity of ministers, and the disin satisfied with each other, would have been comterestedness of their clerks, which scarcely | pletely so with you, and their gratitude would allowed him to gain salt for his porridge, while have been shared between the excellent fare you formerly he could, with the greatest e se', fish in had given them, and the care you had taken to troubled wa'ers. The warrior and the amateur place them suitably.” were those who understood each other best, be My Amphitryon felt the strength of these obo cause the latter, having a smuttering of all sci- || servations, thanked me, and promised to profit by ences, was not totally unacquainted with military them. In effect a few days after this, he gave a tactics; but he was soon tired of listening to second dinner to the same company. The name nothing but bastions, projectiles, and horn-works, of each guest, written on a pretty vignette, and and wished much that he had been scated next hung to each plate, determined the order of seats, the artist.
and this order, combined with my remarks, placed Thus each being wrongly placed, lost all their every body suitably. Each was enchanted with merit, similar to many noughts placed his neighbour; the conversation became animattogether instead of being preceded by figures. ed, and consequently interesting, the appetite All the guests rose from table disgusted with each encreased, for nothing gives a better, or acceleother, and consequently with themselves, for we rates digestion suoner than a warm discussion, are more or less pleased with ourselves, according the exercise of speech being most salutary at as our pride has been satisfied. I even observed, || table. The guests did ample justice to each dish, that this isolated situation, which ought to have to the various wines, and niutually blessed the been of service to the appetite, (for what can one Amphitryon, who understood so well how to suit do, in a repast where we cannot chat, unless one his company, and each promised never to refuse eat?) had in some degree paralyzed it; and to his invitations, the great regret of the Amphitryon, much less Thus by the means of an easy precaution, was eaten than if the company had been well which prevents trouble and precludes ceremony, placed,
one may, even with an assemblage of persons
whose minds are of an ordinary class, form a very then that that French proverb, so dear to those pleasant society. To accomplislı this, nothing is who are lovers of the table, is verified, which wanting but that the Amphitryn be gifted with says, “qu'on ne vicillit point a tuble.” I again a clear discrimination, and that he possesses a repeat, all depends upon the guests being suitably perfect knowledge of the character and pursuits placed, and the plan I have described cannot fail of his guests. This plan followed, let the com to meet with the approbation of every one; and pany be ever so numerous it never degenerates for this you have only to weigh well the selfinto a bustle, no one finds the time long, because love of eact, and place them so that they may the sell-love of each is gratified: to the delight be able to enjoy their own, and gratify that of of great talkers and epicures the feast is pro- their neighbours. longed without causing ennui to any one; it is
ORIGINAL AND SELECT.
A FAREWELL TO LONDON
IN THE YEAR 1714. *
DEAR, damn’d disgusting town, farewell!
Thy fools no more I'll teize :
And Chloe sleep at ease!
Earl Warwick make your moan,
Till the third watchman toll,
Save threepence and his soul.
On every learned sot;
Although he knows it not.
Farewell, unhappy Tonson !
Lean Philips, and fat Johnson.
My vixen mistress squalls;
And Homer (damn him!) calls.
The love of arts lies cold and dead,
In Halifax's urn;
Has had the grace to mourn.
Betray, and are betry’d;
And B-l is a jade.
When I no fivour seek;
I need but once a week.
Deep whimsies to contrive; The gayest valetudinaire,
Most thinking rake alive.. Solicitous for others' ends,
Though fond of dear repose; Careless or drowsy with my friends,
And frolic with my foes.
For sober, studious days:
For sallad, tarts and peas.
Whose soul, sincere and free, Loves all mankind, but flatters none,
And so may starve with me,
REMONSTRANCE TO WINTER.
* This original Poem by Pope, is not included in any of the common editions of his works. We preserve it as a curiosity; and, though it be a mere bagatelle, written in a spirit altogether different from the rest of this poet's works, yet it contains many picturesque passages. The sixth stanzı is extremely lively, and the tenth, in which the poet has painted his own miniature, is a most exquisite likeness,
Ah! why, unfeeling Winter, why
Still Hays ihy torpiil wing? Fly, melancholy season, fly
And yield the year to Spring,
Spring—the young cherubiin of love,
An exile in disgrace-
Nor finds a resting place.
Alights her fairy form,
Around her rolls the storm.
For shelter and defence,
And drives her weeping thence.
Of her unmindful grown,
And lingers into stone.
To rear their infant heads;
Enchanied in their beds.
Their green luxuriant charms;
And stretch their withering arms.
To brace the summer-slackend frame,
My cold assistance court.
Are my perpetual debtors;
Mirth, Music, and Belles Lettres.
That I should check their song; But who the warblers would rg.urd
That pip'd the whole year long? Then, pray take patience, gentle Spring!
And bear with my delay; On thee, perhaps, 't would sorrow bring,
Should I curtail my sway.
SONG OF A SWISS TO HIS MISTRESS,
ON HER APPEARING IN ARMOUR.
Transtated from the German of Gessner, by
Her favourite birds, in feeble notes,
Lament thy long delay;
To charm thy rage away.
Still flags thy frozen wing?
And yield the year to Spring ?
HEAVENS, is it-is it thou, my love?
What strikes my dazzled sight How brighily from thy polish'd helm
Flash gleams of trembling light! And how the white and crimson plumes
Stream in the rustling wind;
Float carelessly behind.
The cnvious armour steals,
The circling mail conceals.
That well-turn's knee I spy,
Veil from my curious eye. Thus beaming in refulgent steel,
In beauty's bloom elate,
Who watch'd at Eden's gate.
Hiss harmless o'er thy head,
But those by Cupid sped!
TO SPRING'S REMONSTRANCE.
PRITHEE have patience, gentle Spring!
Let me reign out ny day
Should I now yield my sway.
No enemy am I:
Their nourishinent supply.
Gives vigour to the bow'r;
Preserves the sleeping flower.
And Exercise and Sport,
* When the Emperor Albert besieged Zurich, the females of that town put on armour, and appeared completely accoutred among the ranks of their husbands and fathers. The Emperor, de terred by the appearance of such a numerous force, withdrew from before the place.
TO A MODERN BELLE.
BY N. HOWARD.
A RECEIPT FOR A LOVE EPISTLE, But how imperfect is the sketch,
A faithful lover now has given;
Could I a truc resemblance fetch, Take of sighs and of tears a prodigious large
From Gods above in highest heaven. number, Of days without joy, and of nights without
STERN power! in realıns of darkness nurst Say for her you would die without hesitation;
'Midst shrieks of guilt, and moans accurst, Add, that Mahomel's houreis are lost in her
Where grins Despair in writhing pain, charms,
And rapturous madness clanks his chain,And that more than his paradise dwells in her
Thee, I invoke-Gav bow'rs adieu !
Where Pleasure leads her bounding crew, Conjure up from Don Quixotte some high-flying | Blithe Health, and frolic Youth that roves story,
Thro'gardens and ambrosial groves, How that love is the rampart of fame and of Brisk Mirth, whose bright expanding blooin glory;
Ne'er felt the damp of Sorrow's gloom, That the Don his Toboso, and Sancho his isle, Adieu! the surly evening sheds Wou'd have eagerly barter'd to purchase one Deep shadows o'er the mountain's heads; smile.
Low groan the refted woodlands bleak, If she be not contented with chivalric ages,
The spirits of the whirlwind shriek ! You may go a few centuries back to the sages;
Horror! with strange delightful fear, And, with old heathen poets, protest, that had
Lead my fit soul to deserts drear; Jove
To vast Savannas full of dread, Beheld but her face he had melted with love.
Where human footsteps never tread, Then tell her that nothing but love is your food, || Mid cataracts hoarse and howling steeps!
Or where vex'd Midnight never sleeps And with darts, Cupids, fiames, in great plenty | Or where the hoary Andes shroud
conclude; And if this she receive, I will dare lay niy life,
Their stormy cliffs in many a cloud.
Which Danger, heedless of alarms,
Upclimbs with lightning-blasted arms!
Where the lone Captive pines away;
Where no warm sun, no summer gale
Sheds freshness on his visage pale:
There see him raise his wither'd head,
Deep groaning o'er his Ainty bed,
Whilst ever-hopeless Silence low'rs,
And slow-slow lag the gloomy hours.
Wild sullen Horror! thou canst tell
What pangs the Mother's bosom swell,
When bare on distant rocks outcast.
Her child's corse blisters to the blast!
Black groves with dark collected thoright, The Gods shall hear a maiden's cries, Where erst hoar Druids met thy view,
And Art shall cure me of my pain. And human victims grinly slew ! With magic pencil I will trace,
Thou heard'st their death-denouncing cries, Thy features so divinely fair;
They bled beneath thy savage eyes.
Oh! ly me oft, at gloom of night,
And wrapt in terrors, Hash on high
Dear, and congenial lo my soul!