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Poetry.

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Sung at the Anniversary of BURNS. 25th January 1817. A LOVELY rainbow beam'd on high; A fairer never spann'd the sky; Aboon the Ayr it shone a while, Then vanish'd in a tearfu' smile: But ah! its shining was not vain, For o'er the gloom it glows again, And with its glory fills the sky, And shall for aye the storm defy. By Coila's braes o' green was heard The simple song o' nature's bard ; And oh! the lay was sweet and wild; Thro' tears o' joy the maiden smil'd: The laverock in the lift o' blue Was not to nature's notes mair true; But ere the spring had left the hill, The music o' that voice was still.

The song to Coila once confin'd,
Now swells and wanders like the wind,
In wilds beyond the Indian main;
The Scottish maidens chaunt the strain;
That lay, which waken'd love's first tear,
In the young spring o' life sae dear,
Gives to the exile's eye again
The wild rose o' her native glen.

VERSES

Recited at the Aniversary of BURNS. 25th January 1817.

For that heart-subduing strain,

That rang o'er thy lamented bier; Glencairn! the generous and the good, For thou wast to our poet dear! Had friends been all as thee sincere,

And sever'd only by the tomb, This night might not have claim'd a tear Of anguish, for his wayward doom!

for those bold and trancing tones, That thrill'd each passion's inmost cell! Obedient to their potent power,

For I have tale of woe to tell; Altho' a deeper requiem fell,

What time his cold green turf was spread! Yet deeper sorrow shall not swell, Beside his dark and narrow bed,

Yes! I have tale of woe to tell,

With nature's ruth unmix'd, unshar'd: Ah Scotland! why, with alien look,

Didst thou behold thy native bard? When poison'd shafts assail'd him hard,

Wing'd on the chilling blasts of fate, Why coldly linger'd that regard

Which came at last, but came too late?

Why from his plough, on fallow field,

Didst thou seduce the peasant boy, As crafty fowler lures his prey,

With bribes, and smiles but to destroy? There, long he might have liv'd in joy,

And sung among his blyth compeers, Of home-delights that never cloy,

And all that humble life endears.

Who, in the meteor gleam of wealth,

Or rank, or fashion, may confide? Fie on the glare of polish'd life,

With all its selfishness and pride! Give me the cottage-ingle side

Sincerity still lingers there; And Truth, with Reason for its guide, Around the lowly hearth repair.

Peace to the cottage evening-fire,
Blazing so merrily and clear,
When ancient tale and song go round,
Of wizzard spell, or deed of weir!
O let us ever mind, that here

Our bard in Fancy's school was bred; And saw her airy form appear,

To bind the holly round his head.

How glow'd his youthful spirit then!

The pulses of his heart beat high, For new was life, and love, and hope,

And nature to his ardent eye. He saw her workings in the sky,

When Winter spread its pall of gloom, When Spring laugh'd through a dewy eye, Or Autumn shed its yellow bloom.

Like sunny smiles before the storm,

These days of transient rapture end, And wants and woes, in length'ning traim Where'er he turn'd his steps attend ; Ah! why was then no helping hand

Stretch'd forth to succour and to save, Till kindred nations vainly blend

Their griefs o'er an untimely grave?

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Fall rustling from the trees (emblem of

man

Who blooms a while and withers in an hour,)

How would he stray, in calm reflective
mood,

His soul borne hence on meditation's wing—
Would view this world a transitory thing,
That is, and is no more, a passing dream,
A scene of wants and wishes, where man-
kind

Was wont to summon to the house of
pray'r,

Or of departed spirits sound the knell,
The raven now has fix'd his cheerless nest,
And croaks discordant on the ear of night:
Where echoed once the organ's solemn tones,
And sweetly rose with hymns of praise to
heaven,

Now silence reigns, save when the bird of
night

Sweeps hooting through the gloom, or,
perch'd upon

The topmost branch of overhanging tree,
Uplifts his voice with melancholy scream,
As if lamenting o'er the wreck of time.

Pursues a phantom, grasps and it is gone!
Hence would he learn to lift his heart above
To loftier, brighter prospects, where the sun
Of never-ending day unclouded shines,
And bliss extends through all eternity.
E. C.
Anstruther.

Here mould'ring in the dust, the former
Lords

Of yonder stately edifice, who once
In all the pride of birth, and pomp of state,
Held thousands in command, now mingled
lie,
Forgetting, and forgot; without a stone,
Or even a lowly mound to mark the spot.
Oh! would the haughty worldling who exults
In tinsel'd show, and gaudy equipage,
Nor looks beyond this sublunary scene,
But pay a visit here, when evening's shades
Thus slowly spread around, and the dried
leaves

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Historical Affairs.

NEW SOUTH WALES.

Our readers will find the following extract from the Sydney Gazette, relative to the newly-discovered country to the westward of the Blue Mountains, sufficiently interesting :—

Government-house, Sydney, 8th July 1815. AN anxious desire to render the discoveries in the lately explored country to the westward of the Blue Mountains as complete and important to the mother country and the present colony as the means within his power would enable him, having induced his Excellency the Governor, whilst at Bathurst, to instruct Mr Evans to proceed from thence and pursue his discoveries as much farther westward as his means of carrying provisions, the nature of the country through which he should pass, and the unforeseen occurrences, to which, as a traveller in an unexplored country, he might be exposed, would permit; and Mr Evans having returned with the persons who attended him, all safe, his Excellency desires to lay the following brief account, extracted from his journal and report of this tour, be fore the public, as a continuation of his former tour, which appeared in the Sydney Gazette of the 12th of February 1814.

On the 13th of May Mr Evans commenred his tour of discovery, and on the 2d of June, finding his provisions would not enable him to proceed farther, he began to retrace his course back to Bathurst, where he arrived on the 12th June, having been absent thirty-one days.-In the course of this tour Mr Evans has been so fortunate as to travel over a vast number of rich and fertile vallies, with successions of hills well covered with good and useful timber, chiefly the

ry bark and the pine, and the whole canry abounding with ponds and gullies die water; he also fell in with a large nver, which he conceives would become na

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which ended in perpendicular heads, from 30 to 40 feet high, of pure limestone of a At this place, and also misty grey colour. throughout the general course of the journey, kangaroos, emues, ducks, &c. were seen in great numbers, and the new river, to which Mr Evans gave the name of the Lachlan, abounds with fish; although, from the coldness of the season, he was not able to catch any of them. In the course of this tour Mr Evans also discovered a very unusual and extraordinary production, the proper or scientific name of which cannot at present be assigned to it. It possesses much of the sweetness and flavour of manna, bat is totally different in its appearance, being very white, and having a roundish irregular surface, not unlike the rough outside of confectioners' comfits, and of the size of the largest hail stones. Mr Evans does not consider it to be the production of any insect, tree, or vegetable of the country; and from hence the most probable conjecture appears to be, that it is a production of the same nature with that which is found in Arabia, and there called "wild honey," or "the Almighty's sugar plums," and there supposed to be a dew.Where this substance was found most plentiful, Mr Evans saw the kangaroo in immense flocks, and wild fowl equally abundant.

The natives appeared more numerous than at Bathurst; but so very wild, and apparently so much alarmed at the sight of white men, that he could not induce them to come near, or to hold any intercourse whatever with him.

At the termination of the tour Mr Evans saw a good level country, of a most interesting appearance, and a very rich soil; ' and he conceives that there is no barrier to prevent the travelling farther westward to almost any extent that could be desired. He states, that the distance travelled by him

on this occasion was 142 measured miles out; which, with digressions to the southward, made the total distance 155 miles from Bathurst-He adds at the same time, that having taken a more direct line back to Bathurst, than that by which he left it, he made the distance then only 115 miles; and he observes, that a good road may be made all that length without any considerable difficulty, there not being more than three hills which may not be avoided.

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'From the entire tenor of Mr Evans's narrative of this tour, it appears that the country over which he passed has even exceeded the country leading to and surrounding Bathurst, in richness, fertility, and all the other valuable objects for the sustenance of a numerous population.

Before closing the present account, the Governor desires to observe, that having accidentally omittted some particulars in his own tour which he had meant to remark on, he avails himself of the present occasion to notice them.

When the Governor arrived at Bathurst, on the 4th of May, he found there three native men and six children, standing with the working party; they appeared much alarıned, particularly at the horses-but this soon ceased, and they became quite familiar, eating whatever food was offered them, and appearing very proud of some little articles of dress which were given them. Frequently during the Governor's stay at Bathurst, small parties of men and boys came in, and they always got meat and some articles of slop clothing, and tomahawks, which latter seemed to be highly prized by them. These natives are in appearance very like those of Sydney, though rather better looking and stronger made; some of them were blind of one eye, though not always on the same side. Their language being altogether dissimilar to that of the natives of this part of the country, it was impossible to learn whether their being thus blinded was the result of any established custom amongst them, or merely accidental: the probability is, however, that it is intentional, whatever might be the cause. A native who attended the Governor from this side of the Mountains was much alarmed at the appearance of the stranger natives; but afterwards, perceiving that they did not attempt to injure him, he endeavoured to hold a conversation with them: their languages, however, appeared totally different, neither party seeming to understand a single word spoken by the other.

Those men were covered with skins of different animals, neatly sewed together, and wore the fur side inwards; on the outer, or skin side, they had curious devices wrought. The Governor observed on one of these dresses, or cloaks, as regularly formed a St George's cross as could be made, though he could not connect that circumstance with any other which might lead to the assigning it to a religious ceremony. The manner of forming these figures must be by the throwing up a slight part of the skin with a sharp instrument, round the outlines of the figure. They appeared, judging from the neatness of the sewing and work on

these cloaks, to have made some little advance to civilization and comfort beyond what the natives of this part of the country have done. In other respects, they seem to be perfectly harmless and inoffensive, and by no means warlike or savage, few of them having any weapons whatever with them but merely a stone axe, which they use for cutting steps for themselves to climb up trees by, in pursuit of the little animals which they live upon.

These natives never brought any of their females with them on their visits to Bathurst, and the Governor had only acciden tally, in the course of one of his excursions from thence, an opportunity of seeing one of them. She was blind of the left eye, wanted all her teeth, and was altogether one of the most wretched looking old creatures that could be possibly imagined, com. posed of merely skin and bone.

The Governor, on his return over the King's Table Land, had much gratification in beholding a cataract of immense height, which falls over a precipice little short of 1000 feet down into the Prince Regent's Glen, forming one of the most stupendous and grand sights that perhaps the world can afford. This cataract having been discovered by four gentlemen of the Governor's party, his Excellency has been pleased to give it the name of one of them, by calling it "The Campbell Cataract."

By command of his Excellency the Governor,

J. T. CAMPBELL, Secretary.

DREADFUL MASSACRE.

(From the Sydney Gazette.)

A vessel named the Brothers, brings a melancholy account of the massacre of several of her's and the Trial's crew, by the New Zealanders, at Trial Harbour, at the estimated distance of 150 miles S. E. of the Missionary station at the Bay of Islands, being between the river Thames and Mercury Bay. The Trial sailed from Sydney on the 23d of May, for the Marquesas, intending to call at New Zealand, and there join the Brothers, which had a few days previously taken her departure for that purpose chiefly for the purpose of collecting flax. They remained a month at the Bay of Islands, and from thence adopted a south-easterly course, trading with the natives as they went along. Making a short stay at a harbour which did not appear to have been before frequented by any Europeans, they named it Trial Harbour, and received very friendly treatment, with a promise of having a quantity of flax provided against the return of the vessels.. They

They went towards Cook's Straits, and after running down a considerable extent of coast, returned to Trial Harbour. The natives not having procured the flax according to their promise, Mr Hovell and Mr Barnett designed sailing thence on Monday the 21st of August, but were attacked on the noon of the preceding day, and the decks of both vessels taken possession of by an immense number of the natives.

Mr Hovell states, that at half-past twelve, A M. he observed a number of canoes alongside both vessels, but that from the friendly terms he was on with the chiefs and other natives, he had no suspicion of any design against the vessels, both of which were provided with boarding nets, through the interstices of which they bartered their commodities with the islanders. The Trial's people were down at dinner: Mr Hovell was on the quarter-deck, folding a mat, with a friendly chief, Narruroo, near to whom was another chief; the latter, on some signal, supposed to have been given by the former, sprung upon Mr Hovell with his club, and struck him on the back of the head; he reeled, half stunned; a second blow was aimed at him, which he avoided by rushing forward and precipitating bimself down the forecastle hatchway. The assailants now crowded upon the upper deck, of which they obtained complete possession, while several who had intruded themselves between decks, were opposed by the people and killed. Those above tried to ship the main-hatch, in order to shut the crew below, but two men stationed at the hatchway, kept them off with their mus Lets. Their numbers increased, and a rush tas momentarily expected. A constant fire was kept up from below, and the natives crowded all on the quarter-deck to keep clear of the firing up the hatch-way. The cabin sky-light afforded an opportunity of firing upon them there; the occasion was embraced, and two discharges drove them off the quarter-deck. They were astonished and confounded at the unexpected attack through the sky-light, which was fatal to several; they ran forward, still determi. ned, however, to persist in their attempt of capturing the vessel. In passing forward they were again fired at from the hatchway, but at this critical moment arrived Jacky Warry, a native who had before belonged to the Trial, and by his directions to cut the cables of the two vessels, the crews were reduced to the last extremity. They soon drifted ashore, and the assailants, to avoid the firing, crowded in and about the long boat. A steady discharge of seven muskets at one volley, drove them overboard, and thus the crew regained the deck, of which

the enemy had had possession four hours.They now saw the Brothers within half a cable's length, also aground, with upwards of 100 natives on the deck. The Trial's swivels were now employed in aid of her musketry, and soon cleared her. Mr Burnett and his people regained the deck of the Brothers, from whence they also had been driven, and a joint fire was kept up as long as the natives were within its reach, which did considerable execution. Mr Burnett's report of the affair states, that at half past twelve o'clock he heard a shout from the Trial, and immediately his own decks were crowded with natives who had been previously alongside his vessel; that he was instantly aware of the intended assault, and seizing a musket, shot one of the most forward. Mr John O'Neal, Mate of the vessel, and a native of New South Wales, for some time defended Mr Burnett against the attacks of several adversaries, with an empty musket; he was himself attacked, and fell, overpowered by numbers. Thomas Hayes was thrown wounded into a canoe, and killed on shore. Joseph Marsden and George Haliogan, the former wounded, jumped overboard, and were protected by a chief's wife; the latter rejoined the vessel, and supposes Marsden, who did not return, to be still alive. William Morgan, a boy, was wounded, as was also Mr Burnett, though not badly; and the next morning the two seamen who had been unfortunately killed on board the Brothers, were interred. On board the Brothers were killed Matthew Jackson, an European, and Tetia, a Pomatoo native; and Christopher Harper, wounded.

NORTH AMERICA.

"PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE TO CONGRESS. Washington, Dec. 4. 1816.

This day, at twelve o'clock, the Presi dent of the United States transmitted, to both Houses of Congress, the following Message, by Mr Todd, his Secretary :— "Fellow-Citizens of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:

"In reviewing the present state of our country, our attention cannot be withheld from the effect produced by peculiar seasons, which have very generally impaired the annual gifts of the earth, and threatened scarcity in particular districts. Such, however, is the variety of soils, of climates, and of products, within our extensive limits, that the aggregate resources for subsistence are more than sufficient for the aggregate wants. And, as far as an economy of consumption, more than usual, may be

necessary,

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