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For the Bee.

THE following poem was transmitted to the Editor some time ago as an original, with a long, and not undeserved, encomium upon it. As he suspected it had not been originally intended for him, he delayed inserting it for some time. It is now inserted verbatim as he received it.

SAYS Venus one day to her vagabond son,

"Where so fast, you sly rogue, with these darts do you run?
"What unfortunate maid have ye destin'd to die,


By the grace of a limb, or the glance of an eye?

"Is woman your aim? Prithee tell me the truth.

"Or hast thou resolv'd that some innocent youth
"Should burn by the torch that you wave in your hand?
"Tho' its flame be but small, 'tis a terrible brand."
The undutiful boy to his mother replies,

'What boots it to you by my arrows who dies?
'Or whom by my torch I've resolv'd to destroy,
An unfortunate maid, or an innocent boy?
'But since, like your sex, you are curious to know,
'I'll tell you the bus'ness that takes me below:

A poet there lives in the air of Lambeth, 'Last Saturday night I determined his death; 'Not always I lie with my tears and my tricks; And I swear by the flood of implacable Styx, 'I'll roast him alive for my pastime to-morrow, For woe is my joy, and my pleasure is sorrow.' "Tormentor of maids, and destroyer of men, (Resum❜d the soft queen, as the question'd again,)

With your joys and your woes will you never have done? "And when did the bard not invoke you my son ? "Should the Muses refine his susceptible heart,

"B your flames shall he burn? must he die by your dart?


Ah, spare him!--but when were you known to hear reason?

"Tho' frequent your visits, they're never in season.

"Yet regard me for once :-I'm in search of a dove
"That one of my Graces purloin'd from a Love;
"I miss'd it this morn, and it certainly flew
"To the regions below with that hussey Miss Eu *.
"If the thief and the theft to my arms you restore,
"A kifs fhall be yours,-or perhaps something more."

*Euphrosyne, or the Grace of the soul.

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Her grief he regards with a laugh and ha! ha! 'Tis but little you know of the matter, Mama!

(Rejoin'd the young rogue ;) don't you know it was I

• Sent Phrosy to earth, with your dove from the sky?

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'Sweet Phrosy, that same little hufsey who stole

From Hebe her grace, the soft grace of the soul.

• Nor grieve, dear Mama, that the fugitive Eu

⚫ Gives one grace to earth, while the skies have their two. • Your dove the conceals in the heaven of her breast,

⚫ And that seat of delight he mistakes for his nest. To London they went, I directed them there, And all that behold shall adore and despair.

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• The poet shall pray, but his pray'r shall be vain,
(He never knew pleasure who never knew pain,)
To-morrow he dies; and I'll barb ev'ry thorn

• With the stings of her pride, and the points of her scorn;
• In Laura's lov'd person strike home to his heart,
'And EUPHROSYNE's self fhall determine the dart.'



You may talk of soft passion, and love's potent dart,
To rob a weak maid of an unguarded heart;
Affection is poor, and love's dart of no force is,
Compar'd with fine gowns and a coach and six horses.


Ye soldiers so brisk, and ye courtiers so gay,
Who think to maintain us on sixpence a-day;
A kifs will not purchase or stockings or habit,
Nor the fuel of love roast a fowl or Welsh rabbit.


Your beauty it is not, nor eyes darting fire,
It is not your wisdom, ye men, we admire;
By prudence enlighten'd, a husband we wed

By the length of his purse, not the length of his head.


We laugh in our sleeve at the am'rous gallant,
While we drive to the altar, by way of a jaunt;
And if we repent, it has long been confefs'd,
That in coach and six horses repentance is best.


An equipage grand is the joy of our life.

Where's the woman for that who would not be a wife?
For myself,-in post chaise I would visit the moon,

And if horses can't fly I can mount a balloon.






The King v. Robertson and Berry.

THIS cause is of importance, chiefly because of the peculiarity of the verdict returned by the jury, and the discussions to which that has given rise. The case was briefly as follows:

James Robertson and Walter Berry were indicted by the lord advocate for Scotland, of having been guilty, the said James Robertson of printing and publishing, and the said Walter Berry of publishing, with a wicked and malevolent intention, some time in the month of June last, a treasonable and seditious pamphlet entitled the Political Progress of Britain. Being brought before an afsize, the pannels pleaded not guilty of the charge; and the whole facts and circumstances being submitted to a jury, the gentlemen of the jury, after mature deliberation, returned a verdict all in one voice, " finding it proven, that the said James Robertson did print and publifh, and the said Walter Berry did publish only, the pamphlet libelled on."


When this verdict was returned to the court, the counsel for the pannels contended, that from the nature of the verdict given, it became necessary for the court to absolve the pannels, and dismiss them from the bar, on this footing, that the jury had not found any part of the indictment proven, that could imply the smallest fhare of guilt. They neither had found that the pamphlet libelled was of a treasonable or seditious tendency, nor that the pannels had printed or published it with a wicked or malevolent intention, but simply, that they had printed VOL. XIV.

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and published the pamphlet libelled on; but there surely could be no harm in printing and publishing any writing which was not found to be of a dangerous tendency. The counsel even contended, if the jury had found the pamphlet libelled on was of that dangerous nature, could the pannels be declared guilty of a crime that inferred a severe punishment, since, for any thing that appeared, it might have been done with an innocent and harmless intention? The court demurred; ordered memorials to be given in to them before sentence fhould be pronounced, and postponed deciding upon it to a future day. When that day arrived, they again, without any cause afsigned, postponed it till another, and another, and another day; which gave reason to believe, that the court had met with difficulties it could not easily get over, hich excited the public attention in a high decree.

On Monday the 18th March, the court met for the fourth time upon this cause, and the judges separately delivered their opinions on this subject at great length; of which the following, it is hoped, will be found to be a fair abstract.



It seemed to be in general the opinion of the court, that since the jury had not thought proper to give a clear and decisive verdict, finding the whole matter li belled either proven or not proven, or finding the pannels guilty or not guilty; but had chosen to return a special verdict to the effect above stated that therefore the court considered it in the same light as if the jury, declining to exercise the functions of jury men, had thus legally divested themselves of that character, and had devolved it upon the court, which was now called upon to step into the place of the jury, and to exercise the same functions in this case as the jury themselves were entitled to exèrcise, while they continued to act in that character.

Hence the learned judges thought it came within their province to examine all the facts and circumstances that could tend to enlighten their judgements and direct their consciences, in the same manner as a jury might, and ought to do, in the ordinary exercise of their legal powers.

On this principle, the learned judges entered upon a wide field of discussion, some of them occupying one ground, and some another, as the circumstances struck their fancy, so as to produce a considerable diversity of opinions. One of the learned lords could not find in the Scots law any statute, nor in the records of the Scotch courts any decisions, tending to fhow that the publishing a treasonable or seditious book was, either by statute or common law, punishable in Scotland. This he regretted as a defect in the Scotch law, which he wished to see corrected, either by a new law enacted by the legislature, or by a new law made by that court. Another of the learned judges strongly reprobated the idea of that court making any new law, (the former judge explained, he only meant they fhould give a decision that might serve as a rule to their succefsors,) but adduced no examples to prove that any statute existed, or that any former decision of that court could be adduced to fhow that they were authorised, by the common law of Scotland, to pronounce a definitive sentence of punishment in this case. Others of the learned lords, leaving this point out of view, proceeded to give their opinions as to the comparative degree of criminality that existed between the printing and the publishing any paper that was of a reprehensible nature. Some of them were of opi nion that the publishing of such a paper was a crime, if a crime at all, of a much lefs reprehensible nature than the printing of it; and therefore proposed that Mr Berry

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