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THE GHOST OF POMPEY.
FROM perfect and unclouded day, From joys complete, without allay, And from a spring, without decay,
I come, by Cynthias' borrow'd beams,
Nor shall my vengeance be withstood,
CASAR himself it shall pursue;
Thy stormy life regret no more,
divine Amitie! ce tems qui nous qutrage, Loin de briser tes nœuds, les serre chaque jour,
These lines were written, many years ago, by a Mr. Ballantyne, of Glasgow, and are now remembered, not so much perhaps for their intrinsic merit, as by their having been linked to early and sweet associations. The ideas seem better than the execution, contrary to most of our poetasters, whose workmanship far ex
els the materials. It was set to the tune
of Prior's, “In vain you tell your parting lover." It was sung, or rather recited, by the writer in a deep sepulchral voice. Several of the lines still come over the ear, in grand and sweeping tone; and the whole awakens in the mind classical recollections.
Tho' undissolv'd each social tye remains
Tho' each complaint, each bursting sigh, I hear,
Melt for each want, and ity every tear... ... Yet, some dark tenet should I disbelieve, Or dare to doubt, what i can ne'er con.
SOME men they da delight in hounds,
And some in hawks take pleasure,
And some rejoice in riding,
I first do chide...and then say grace,
Too fat, too lean, too hot, too cold,
Let it be flesh, or fowl, or fish,
It never shall be said,
That I must part with my delight, I cannot scold and sleep.
However this does mitigate,
And much abate my sorrow, That tho' to-night it be too late, I'll early scold to-morrow.
TO MISS, WITH SOME FLOWERS.
WE'RE dying lady, take us to thy breast, Catch our last breath, and make our parting blest,
Blest as expiring saints to whom 'tis given, On earth to die, but to revive in heaven.
DIRECTIONS FOR A TEA-VASE. (SAID TO BE WRITTEN BY DR. DARWIN.)
FRIEND Bolton, take these ingots fine,
Vase! when Eliza deigns to pour,
Than ever Titian's pencil drew,
To the Editor of the Belfast Magazine.
I send you a bouquet of Sonnets for insertion in your next months Magazine.
Mary, I want a lyre with other strings; Such aid from heaven, as some have feign'd they drew!
Aneloquence scarce given to mortals, new,
By Seraphs writ, with beams of heavenly light,
Qu which the eyes of God not rarely look...
When in a gig her rapid course she bent, Charms so deceitful, why didst thou reveal?
Oh, had some balmly zephyrs gently blown,
Had Stella sought some green sequester'd shade,
Then her deception ne'er had been betray'd,
And her false beauty I should ne'er have
Her graceful mien no more I'll idolize,
And fleeting charms display'd before mine
Curst be the time, when seated in her gig, Thou, spite of fillets, blew away ..her wig.
TO C. J. FOX,
27th Dec. 1796.
X. Y. Z.
Written in 1798, while in a state of concealment. The writer succeeded in getting out to America afterwards.
HAIL, sweetest warbler, Red-breast
That hover'st round my blest retreat,
DISCOVERIES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN ARTS MANU-
Patent of Mr. Joseph Bramah, of
THE first object of this patent mentiond in the specification, is to make a number of pens of a sing.e quill. Which is effected by
slitting the quill lengthways, by at proper instrument, into two or more equal parts, according to its thickness, cutting each part transversely into two, or more equal lengths, (according to the length of the barrel of the quil) and then making pens at each end of the pieces of quill so divided, which when wanted for use, are each to be attach ed to a small round stick tapered a little at the end, by a socket, or cylindrical ring, made either of the barrel of a quill, silver or other metal. Each of these pieces having two pens formed on it, one on each and, when one is worn by writing, the other may be brought into use by withdrawing the stick, turning the unused end downwards, and again attaching it to the stick by the socket.
The patentee states that in this manner, he can make of the smallest sized quill, eight complete pens, out of others twelve, and from that to thirty, (and from swans quills even more,) for small hand, drawing and other purposes, equal in durability and goodness to those made of whole quills.
It is obvious that as many classes of pens may be made in this manner, as a quill can be divided into equal parts. The first class of these in which a pen is made at each end of the barrel of a quill cut off from its top, are called by the patentee double compound pens; and the second class, formed of quills slit in two lengthways, are called treble compound pens.
The patentee next describes a new instrument for making pens expeditiously, of which the cutting part is formed so as to resemble what is called a parting tool for carving and engraving wood, with a fine sharp edge projecting in the middle of its angle internally to form the slit of
This cutting part is formed of two pieces of steel, of three eighths of an inch scantling, by two eighths, with a thin piece of steel, about the thickness of a watch spring, between them to form the slit; the two side pieces, are ground so at their ends, that their edges form an angle, such as it desired for the nib of the pen, and the slitting part in the middle has a quite straight edge. These are fixed together in a frame by a screw, so managed as to either fasten them or release them occasionally, and the whole is connected to the slider of a small fly-press, such as is commonly used for cutting and stamping: and then beneath the cutting point of the instrument, a piece of hard wood or metal is placed, either convex or concave, to receive the half or the segment of a quill, either with the concave or convex side uppermost, as may be found best. This bed for receiving the quill to be cut into a pen, is countershaped exactly to correspond with the end of the cutting instrument, by a cutting stroke, made by the instrument itself, so that there cannot be any error in their contact when in use, which will prevent a ragged cut from being made upon the quil!,
This bed is held in its place by being driven tight into a horizontal groove in the bed of the cutting press, so that when the contact with the cutting tool shall become inperfect by use, a small blow with a hammer, or the operation of a regulating screw, shall amend this defect. And by this means, added to the the ready manner in which the pieces of steel, that form the cutter, may be taken out of the frame and sharpened, the engine can be continually kept in a state of perfection with little trouble.
The pens are not to be nibbed by the machine, but when the parts