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whole extent with square blue stones (or | An: ran to help bim ; but his latest strength | Here, though his sufferings thro' the glen were marble). Much of this splendid work still re: Fail'd ;-prone upon liis sheaves he fell at length :
known, mains entire. In architecture, their theatres | I sirove to raise him ; sight and sense were ficd, We chose to watch his dying bed alone, were the most remarkable for size, and in Nerveless his limbs, and backward sway'd his head. Eve, Seth and 1.- In vain he sigb'd for rest, some instances for elegance. The one built Seth pass'd: I call á him, and we bore our Sire
And oft his meek complainings thus expressd : by Pompey, for the purpose of entertaining the 'To reighbou
bing, the | To reighbouring shades from noon's afflictive fire : - Blow on me Wind! I faint with heat ! O brioz people with shows, is said to have contained Ere long he 'woke to feeling, with a sigh,
• Delicious water from the deepest spring ;80,000 persons. But the extravagance, and And half unclosed his hesitating eye ;
, Your sunless shadows o'er my limbs diffuse, immense riches of the Roman people, ncxt to their military fame, are distinguishing trails in Strangely and timidly he peer'd around,
"Ye Cedars ! wash me cold with midnight dews. the character of this illustrious people. Mar. Like men in dreams whom sudden lights confound ; - Cheer me, my friends! with looks of kindness
cheer ; cus Licinius Crassus entertained the people - Is this a new Creation ?-Have I pass d with a feast which was served up on ten thous. 'The bitterness of death ?-He look'd aghast, • Whisper a word of comfort in mine ear ; and tables. The debts of Curio, an extrava. Then sorrowful ;-'No ;-men and trees appear ; “Those sorrowing faces fill my soul with gloom ; gant young nobleman in the time of Julius Cæ- 'Tis not a new Creation,-pain is here :
* This silence is the silence of the tomb, sar, amounted to £500,000 sterling, which were · From Sin's dominion is there no release ?
' Thither I hasten ; help me on my way; . paid by Cæsar to engage Curio to his party. Lord ! let thy Servant now depart in peace.'
O sing to sooth me, and to strengthen pray!' Esopus, a celebrated tragedian and friend of urried remembrance crowding o'er his soul, We sang to sooth him ;-hopeless was the song, Cicero, acquired by his profession £200,000
5200,000 He knew us ; tears of consternation stole
We pray'd to strength.en him ;-he grew not strong sterling ; and it was a son of this person, who
Down his pale cheeks :- Seth !-Enoch !-Where in vain from every herb, and fruit, and flower, was said to have dissolved a pearl worth eight
Of cordial sweetness, or of healing power, hundred pounds, and drank it off to the health
How could the spouse her dying consort leave? We press'd the virtue ; no terrestrial balm of his mistress ; and Pliny adds that he pre
Nature's dissolving agony could calm. sented each of his guests with a cup of equal. ly costly materials. Several of the richest of
“ Eve look'd that moment from their cottage door Thus as day declin'd, the fell disease
Eclipsed the light of life by slow degrees : their senators received from their estates an | la quest of Adam, where he toild before ; annual income of four thousand pounds of gold, He was not there ; she call'd him by his name ; ; Yet while his pangs grew sharper, more resign'd, equal to £160,000 sterling, without computing Sweet to his ear the well-known accents came ; More self-collected, grew the sufferer's mind ; the stated provision of corn and wine, which, -' Here am I,' answered he, in tone so weak, Patient of heart, though rack'd at every pore, had they been sold, might have produced one That we who held him scarcely heard bim speak; The righteous penalty of sin he bore ; third as much more. A freedman under Au- But, resolutely bent to rise, in vain
Not his the fortitude that mocks at pains, gustus, we are told by Gibbon, left 3600 yoke | He struggled till be swoon'd away with pain.
But that which feels them most, and yet sustains. of oxen, 250,000 head of smaller cattle, anid | Eve call'd again, and turning tow'rds the shade.
- 'Tis just, 'tis merciful,' we heard him say ; 4116 slaves. Helpless as infancy, beheld him laid ;
1 Yet wherefore hath lle turn'd his frice away The people were frequently entertained with She sprang, as smitten with a mortal wound,
1. I see Him not; I hear Him not ; I call; shows of wild beasts and combats of gladiators,
Forward, and cast herself upon the ground , provided at the expense of some individual |
My God! my God ! support me, or 1 fall.' senator or consul, who wished 10 procure the At Adam's feet ; half-rising in despair,
" The sun went down, amidst an angry glare favour of the people, or reward it. Immense Him from our arms she wildly strove to tear ;
Of Aushing clouds, that crimson'd all the air ; sums were squandered in this kind of sports. Repell'd by gentle violence, she press'ct
The winds brake loose : the forcst boughs were tors, Cicero frequently mentions these shows, and His powerless hand to her convulsive breast,
| And dark aloof the eddying foliage borne ; in a letter to Milo he speaks of one then pre. And kneeling, bending o'er him, full of fears,
Cattle to shelter scudded in affright; paring by Milo, which is supposed to have Warm on his bosom shower'd her silent tears.
The florid Evening ranish'd into night :. cost £250,000 sterling, and this was not the Light to his eyes, at that refreshment, came,
Then burst the hurricane upon the vale, first that had been given by this same Milo.
They open’d on her in a transient flame ; Whilst we are upon extravagance, we can
In peals of thunder, and thick-rollied hail ; - And art thou here, my Life! my Love!' he not let so fair a subject as the ladies, pass
Prone rushing rains with torrents whelm'd the land,
cried, without notice. We are told that the l'obes of
Our cot amidst a river seem'd to stand ; * Faithful in death to this congenial side ?... the Roman fair were so costly, that cven one
Around its base, the foamy-crested streams
Thus let me bind thce to my breaking heart, suit was considered as a rich and valuable
Flash'd thro' the darkness to the lightning's gleams. Jcgacy, even when left to a wealthly citizen.
One dear, one bitter moment, ere we part.'
With monstrous throes an earthquake beaved the And well it might be, if we may believe Pli- / -'Leave me not, Adam ! leave me not below ;
ground, ny the elder, who says he saw a lady, Lollia | ‘With thee I tarry, or with thee I go.'.
The rocks were rent, the mountains trembled round ; Paulina, in a dress, which, including her she said, and yielding to his faint embrace,
Never since nature into being came, jewels, was worth above $300,000 sterling, Clung round his neck, and wept upon his face :
Had such mysterious inntion shook her frame ; (Lib. ix. 35).
Alarming recollection soon return'd,
We thought, ingulpht in fioods, or wrapt in fire, and gaudy show of riches we enjoy some con.
The world itself would perish with our Sire.
“ Amidst this war of elements, within
More dreadful grew the sacriâce of sin,
Whose victim on his bed of tortwe lay,
Breathing the slow remains of life away.
Ere while, victorious faith sublimer rose
Beneath the pressure of collected woes ;
But now his spirit waver'd, went and came,
Like the loose vapour of departing flame,
Till at the point, when comfort seem'd to die [We have already copied some short passages from
For ever in his fix'd unclosing eye, MONTGOMERY'S “ World before the Flood” as speci.
“The sun, in summer majesty on high,
Bright thro' the smouldering ashes of the man, mens of elegant poetry. We shall conclude with a Darted his fierce effulgence down the sky,
The saint brake forth, and Adam thus begao." longer extract, which embraces an interesting scene, Yet dimm'd and blunted were the dazzling rays,
To be concluded in our next. beautifully described] | His orb expanded through a dreary haze,
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| ed. There must therefore be some other him above the reach of its control, and free
method adopted, to render the man unpop- from every temptation to be its instrument. FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.
ular, whose privale character is the admiration | In no other respect need his prerogatives be
of all who know him, than to stigmatize him extended, to give our government a new, BEFORE this war was declared, there was a
in his individual capacity. But a foreign pow. wholesome, and stable character.. class of men in the United States, who believ
er is a kind of being which may be calumniat. The subject of amending the Constitution ed it would be a mere frolick,an entertuin
ed and blackened with impunity. Hence, in of the United States is now every where freely ment at tilt and tournament, in which General
every period of history, we find that in pop discussed. We are confident, that the more Wilkinson and a hundred other beroes by
ular governments, designing men, who aspire such an alteration is considered, the more evi. parchment and seal, had only to take the field,
to power, which their reputation will not give dent will appear its advantages ; and instead deck their brows with laurels, and send their
| them, pitch on some foreign nation, that one, 1 of abridging, it would give security to the trophies to the capitol in Wasbington, and
which from any accidental circumstance gives rights of the people. It would be found that dictate a new code of national law to the Eng
them an opportunity to play upon the passions a President, subject only to a legal tribunal, lish. There is no such dupe now in the Un.
| and arouse the prejudices of the people. would have infinitely less scope to play the ion. War is universally thought and felt to
They create a faction, by pretending injury tyrant, than a President elected as the head of be a serious national calamily; and as distress
and inflaming resentment. Good rulers will a dominant party. produces sober reflection and inquiry, we pre
not be the instruments of such passions ; they sume a large majority of our fellow-citizens
therefore become objects of jealousy, and I MR. RANDOLPH'S LETTER. are now persuaded that this calamity might
criminal by imputation. well have been avoided. Such men, it is out
We presume this production will receive a
It is so pótorious, that we freely appeal to full and formal reply, either from the gentle. natural to suppose, would wish, if possible, to
the consciousness of the most determined adbe secured against the recurrence of such an
| man, to whom it was addressed, or others, vocate of our present rulers, whether, in the who are at leisure to discuss its contents. evil.
It revolution of publick opinion, which drove is in many Are they then ready to exert themselves
ich. aroye is in many respects interesting, and the rezealously in favour of the only measures,
federatists from the administration, their indi. spectability of the writer requires that it
vidual characters have not always been un- | should be treated with that decorum, which which can promise us so happy an effect ?
touched. Whether, from the day that Presi. Before we can guard ourselves against events
is due to him, as an individual, and that serident. Washington made a treaty of amity and lousness, wbich the importance of the subjects, which we deplore, we must understand their
commerce with Great Britain, she has not he has rather promiscuously introduced, dereal, original cause, and ihen endeavonr to been the incessant object of attack, by those
mands. apply the remedy.
who were then a ininority ; whether, at every We have glanced at this subject before ;
In this quarter, we fully believe with Mr. but it cannot be too frequently repeated, nor Larrainst federal candidates, has not been that our part, in very bad policy and very bad prin. political election, the only objection offered
Randolph, that the present war originated, on too strongly urged, that this miserable !
¡ they were lot bostile to that pation ; and this scourge and disgrace of our country, I whether, had it not been for prejudices against I believe, that the manner, in which the hostile
cipies. We are likewise much disposed to grew out of the constitution of our govern
her, federalists would not now have been in 1 intentions of a ment; it was but the natural operation of
intentions of our goveriment were carried in. | power, and our country exempted from this machinery, which exists in some of the lead.
to effect, led naturally, directly, and perhaps unnecessary conflict ? ing principles of our political institutions, as
we may add justifiably, to the severe character
We do not pretend that a nation is never they were submitted to a first cxperiment.
which the contest has assumed. We cannot obliged to go to war, in defence of her liberty Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Madison, and the cabal
therefore work up our feelings to that resentand rights : our docirine.only extends to this whom they directed, with whom they acted,
ment, which would be weil merited, were the that where there is a frequent and general and whom at ast they served, rever loved
measures of the enemy purely aggressive. rotation in office, men who do not deserve con We cannot but regard those who wantonly be. war for its own sake, more than the most pa
'fidence will wish to obtain it. That they will cifick man in the nation ; nor were they the
gan the war, as responsible both for the caalways have a strong motive to excire a hos. | lamnities our own rulers have inflicted upon dupes of those doctrines which they professed.
tile spirit, against some foreign power, as the us, in the prosecution of it, and the suffermg But they were ambitious of power, and not
'most promising method of exciting a distrust we sustain, from the exertions of a foe, whom scrupulous of the means of obtaining it ; and
of upright patriots, by whose fali they expect we could not expect to attack with impunity. such men are to be found in all ages and in
to rise. Whether it be admitted or not, that all countries. It will therefore lead us to very
We regret that men, in Virginia, who are the cause of our present war may be traced in sincere friends to their country and to us, false conclusions and unavailing riews, if we
I toese principles, is it not obvious, that when- I should experience distresses which ther, indi. identify the measures which haye brought us
ever our country may be best with a virtuous to our present situation with the individuality
vidually, have not deserved. But having with i administration, and peace, there niust be, in ! all our might endeavoured: to avert this ovil of Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Madison, or any other |
the very nature of our government, a constant from them, as well as the full portion to which man.
tendency to unnecessary war, as long as the To perceive the real origin of our misfor
our government have exposed us, we owe it tenure of our bigbest offices is subject to fre- | to ourselves to attend to the first of all liuman tunes, let lis suppose our republick restored to
quent change ? If so, it deserves serious conpeace, and its publick concerns administered
obligations, self-; reservation. sideration, whether ad alteration in this rese Mr. Randolph makes a pathetick appeal to by men of distinguished talents and unimpect, is not much to be desired.
the eastern states, in behalf of Virginia : Will peachable integrity. In such a state of things
There is a serious objection to rendering we abandon her in her hour of peril? It is the unprincipled, aspiring demagogue makes
every publick office as permanent, as its duties no figure. But his case is not hopeless. The
not in our power to defend her. We would are faithfuily discharged. It is not however not leave her to the fute she has couried, and tenure of every publick office, except in the
that the mass of the people are in every case judiciary department, is, by the constitution, of
still courts, from a vindictive policy. Virginthe best judges of merit ; or popular suffrage short duration, and becomes, at short intervals,
ian rulers have blasted our prosperity, exthe best more of trial. It is because such a the gift of the multitude.
hausted us of our strength ; we are unable to multiplicity of tribunals would be necessary, i stand alone in this illlated contest, much less In order to supersede good men, it would
as woud render the system too complex and be absurd to address the reason and sense of
defend the mistress of the Union. expersive. Besides, as the grand evil to be Did not Virginia assist Massachusetts durthe people. Their passions must be excited ;
obviated in republicks is Faction, if there being the Revolutionary struggle? We would they must be enraged.
any where in the government a sufficient ask Mr. Randolph whether the cause of IndeBut virtue ever possesses a venerable char
| check to its influence the principal danger acter ; it bears such an ascendancy over the
pendence was not as dear and interesting to human mind, that it cannot be directly assail- ;
disappears. Let the chief magistrate of the Virginia as to Massachusetts? We struck ¡Union be constituted this check, by placing | the first blow for American liberty; the bisto
ry of the war will shew, that our sacrifices in The Conscription Bill still labours. The columns, and are finished in front with ballus. blood and treasure were not confined to the Senate and House disagreeing as to certain trades. The pulpit is richly built of mahogadesence of our own state.
amendments, the bill is referred to a commit- ny, supported by Ionick and Corinthian col. Admit the utmost ; that Virginia had fully / tee of conference.
umns. The floor of the house contains one contributed her part in establishing our na The National Bank occupied the House | hundred and eighteen pews, and the galleries tional independence ; does it give her a claim | principally on Friday the 23rd-no decision. thirty-two, besides the organ loft and seats for to subject us to a worse tyranny, than that
HARTFORD CONVENTION. We un
the orphan children of the Female Asylum. which we thus resisted ? Because we fought.
In constructing this house, an attempt has derstand, that the present deliberations of this together as equals, must one portion of us
| been made to unite the massive simplicity of | body will close, this day, or early next week. now be vassals to the other ? Since Virginian
the Grecian temple, with the conveniencies of 'T We have only learnt that their discussions have policy took the ascendant in our national coun
a christian church. The bold proportions of resulted in perfect unanimity, as to measures ; cils, what has New England experienced, but
the portico, cornices, and windows, and the but what those measures are, have not yet a regular progression, from annoyance to em
simplicity of the Attick, give the impression of been disclosed. barrassment, distress and the approach of ruin ?
classical antiquity ; while the tower and steeBut all this has arisen from the “ steady
ple, inventions of comparatively modern date, habits” of Virginia, her habitual attachment to
Do The Editor, having understood that harm
harmonize more agreeably with the antique men, in whom she placed confidence ! Inseveral of his Patrons have applied to book
architecture, than is usual, where such differstead of affording encouragement, here is binders, to bind their SpectATORS for 1814,
ent styles are blended. It is but justice to fresh cause of alarm. While she is weaning thinks proper to give notice, that the present
say, that this splendid temple does the highfrom her fatal attachments, we shall become a volume will be continued eight numbers more,
est honour to the taste and science of poor, miserable, ruined people ; with no other and no longer, unless some very favourable
the architect, CHARLES BULFinch, esq as consolation, than that her perversity, which change should take place in the publick affairs
well as of the committee,under whose superiodestroyed us, has subjected its votaries to the of the country, which, at present, does not apie
tendance it has been planned and built, viz. Sune wretched destiny
pear probable. In number LX1. will be given | Jonathan Hunnewell, Ġeorge G. Lee, John an Index to the principal articles in the volume. | Dorn
Dorr, Stephen Higginson, and John Cotton,
s GENERAL REGISTER.
esquires. LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS.
Much credit is also due to the society usu. BOSTON, SATURDAY, DEC, 31, 1814.
ally worshipping in this place, for their eser. FOR THE BOSTOX SPECTATOR.
|tions to erect this building, at the present time FOREIGN. No further advices from any i
THE NEW STONE CHURCH. of pressure and embarrassment ; they have
added to the ornament of the town, and have part of Europe since our last.
Tuis elegant fabrick was, last Thursday,
contributed to its safety by the removal of a We learn from Havana, that the British ex. I dedicated to the worship and service of Al
large wooden building : it is hoped, they will pedition against New Orleans was expected to i mighty God, in the presence of an uncom
be encouraged to complete the place by taking monly crowded assembly. The Dedicatory consist of a force about 12,000 strong, and Prayer by the Rev.President KIRKLAND, D.D.;
down the two adjoining houses, which will would sail by the 20th of December. DOMESTICK. On hearing that the Con
Sermon by the Rev. Mr. THACHER, officiating open the view in every direction.
Pastor of the Society ; and the concluding scription bill had passed the house of Repre
Amidst the calamities incident to a state of
war, it is gratifying to observe and record sentatives, in Congress, the House of Dele. | Prayer by the Rev. Mr. CHANNING gates, of Maryland, then in session, iminedi. The Prayers breathed a spirit of christian every instance of improvement. The intro
duction, by means of the Middlesex Canal, of ately passed the following order : charity and fervent devotion. The Sermon
the inexhaustible 6 Ordered, That the Committee, appointed | consisted in an able and candid defence of the excellent stone from
quarries on the banks of the Merrimack, on so much of the communication of the Executive of this State as related to the policy of
has already added to the beauty and respecta| at the earnest solicitation of many of the hear
bility of the town and neighbourhood, by the ers, has been obtained for the press. the general government, and the existing
The new Church on Church-green, at the
buildings for the several banks and publick state of publick affairs, be instructed to con
easierly end of Summer-street, is built of the offices, the Court house, school house, the sider and report what measures it may be
new University Hall, some private edifices, competent and proper for this house to take,
best Chelmsford granite, and of the following
dimensions. for maintaining the sovereign rights of this
and the church above described : a purer taste
The body of the building is ocState, and protecting the liberties of its citizens
appears to banish superĉuous ornament ; and tagonal, formed in a square of seventy-six against the operation of arbitrary and uncon
feet diameter : four sides being forty-seven the effect is produced by correct proportion stitutional acts of the general government."
feet, and four smaller sides twenty feet each. / and the richness of the material. The setting in of winter seems to have sus.
Three large windows are in two of the principal pendcd all war events. We hear of no move. | sides, and one in each of the angles and in the
TULLY, No. II. rear. ments in any quarter, on either side.
The height from the ground is thirty
Nullus dolor est, quem non longinquitas It is reported that Mr.Crowninshield declines
four feet, and finished with a Dorick cornice of accepting the appointment of Secretary of the
bold projection. The porch is of equal ex- | temporis minuat atque molliat. Navy.
tent with one of the sides, and advances six- | There is no sorrow which length of time does not General Wilkinson has set out for Utica,
teen feet, in front of which is a portico of four diminish and assuag: * N.Y.where his trial is to commence in January. 1 fluted columns of Grecian Dorick; this portico
A PHILOSOPHER cannot contemplate the face Joseph Kerr is elected Senator from the
is crowned with a pediment, surniounted by a of nature without being struck as much by the state of Ohio, in Congress, to succeed the l pla
plain Attick. A tower rises from the centre of goodness, as the wisdom of the Deity. In that
the attick,which includes the belfry. Hon. Thomas Worthington, who has resigned the attic
The first liittle portion of his works, which is within the The President has published by Proclama
story of the steeple is an octagon, surrounded scope of human observation, we not only distion, a treaty of peace and friendship between by eight columns, with a circular pedestal
cover an endless variety of objects, perfect in the United States and the Wyandot, Dela
and entablature ; an attick above this gradually themselves individually, and yet constituting a ware, Shawanoese, Seneca, and Miami tribes
diminishing by three steps or gradins, sup- part of a great system, but almost every thing of Indians, offensive and defensive as it re
ports a second range of Corinthian columns, | around us appears to be, and probably every
| with entablature and ballustrade ; hence the thing within our worid, however far that may spects Great Britain ; guaranteeing to them, on condition of the faithful fulfilment of their ascent, in a gradual diminution, form, the
be supposed to extend, is, admirably adapted, contract, the inviolability of their boundaries. I base of the spire, crowned with a ball and
directly or indirectly, to promote the benefit The Collector of the port of Baltimore has
vane. The entire height is one hundred and and happiness of man. received orders to procure a vessel to carry ninety feet.
But the benevolence of our creator is not despatches to our ministers at Ghent, which
Inside of the house, the ceiling is support- 1 more evident in the construction of the natural it is said is to sail early in January.
ed by four Ionick columns, connected above world, than in the moral constitution of our The Legislature of Massachusetts will con
their entablature by four arches of moderate minds. It is true that every thing, which vene in this town, on Wednesday the 15th Jan
elevation ; in the angles, pendants or fans gives us delight, gradually ceases to please by uary ensuing, agreeably to adjournment.
rise to form a circular flat ceiling, decorated its continuance or repetition. But, instead of CONGRESS. A bill to lay a Direct Tax
with a centre flower : between the arches and of Six Millions of dollars has passed in the
* This is not Cicero's language, but extracteil from the walls are gwins, springing from the corHouse, and been sent to the Senate for con
a letter of condolence and consolation, addressed tu nice, supported by Ionick pilasters between I the windows.
bim by his frien! Servius Sulpicius, on the death or currence
The galleries rest upon small his daughter Julia.
subiectives us to a sense of irreparable priva. | author who was the pride of Rome, when she , to endeavour to do it at a proper time.” In tion, this only prompts us to seek new sources was the pride of human nature.
conformity to this idea, my friend Dr. Reverie of gratification, and this is always practicable! It is true,such an enterprize must be attend- / always advises that every great work, either
o virtuous disposition. This innate rest- | ed with very great expense, perseverance, at- / of a literary or mechanical nature, should finlessness, this constant succession of disgusts, tention, and labour, and was not to be rashly ish at some appropriate era ; and thinks that or at least of indifference, to what gives us a | undertaken ; but, so far as the scruples of the periodical labours, in particular, cannot end temporary satisfaction, keeps the soul active publishers, which seem to have some time with more eclat, than with the end of the year. and inquisitive, which enlarges its capacity postponed their decision, depended on a doubt | The Doctor, in his systems, and in the manageand strengthens its powers. What seems of sufficient patronage, we could never imag- ment of his smaller concerns, pays great retherefore, at first glance, to be a defect in our ine that they were well founded. We may spect to this kind of coincidences ; if he has nature, tends in fact to our perfectibility. I possibly be sanguine in our calculations on | a very sick patient, he usually gives him over, But, could our progressive insensibility lo
the literary taste of our countrymen, but we after visiting him on Saturday night ; and I pleasure from the same cause be considered a | should certainly suppose, that notwithstanding once heard him say, he should rather finislı defect in the constitution of our minds, we are the present gloomy aspect of affairs, there his course bere on the thirty-first day of Deindemnified in the corresponding feature, with | must be, in the United States, at this moment, cember, than to have his life lengthened out respect to pain.
many more gentlemen of letters, able and de- | six or eight months longer with nothing but The motto of this essay was not intended to sirous to obtain such a copy of Cicero, as is a common and vulgar day to mark the end of apply, and cannot be applied to that pain which now presented by Messieurs Wells and Lilly, it. Whilst he was upon this melancholy suba arises from a privation of those things which
than their whole edition will supply. It is ject, it was an easy transition to the death of Ju. ! are essential to life. No Stoick yet was ever scarcely possibly, at present to import the lius Cæsar; and he very ingeniously made out, so extravagant as to assert that we can so get work ; were it possible, this edition will still that as the a tronomical year began with the used to bunger. as to feel indifferent to the l be much cheaper than Ernesti’s could be | Equinox, the ides of March, according to the cravings of appetite. But the aphorism ap. brought from Europe, and in elegance it very | Ronan manner of computing time, must have plies, without exception, to the innumerabie far surpasses the Leipsick copy. It is indeed
e | far surpasses the Leipsick copy. It is indeed | fallen within four or five days at least of the class of evils which produce sorrow of soul, a beautiful specimen of typography, and is an close of such a year. independant of physical suffering.
honourable proof of the rapid progress of the 'Tis true, our years are rather arbitrarily It was both wise and benevolent so to form arts in the United States. We are confident made to begin on the first day of January, and our minds, that, in prospect, the privation of that, as soon as its merit is known in England,
not when the sun is in any of the great points any good should appear to us an evil; for there will be found there, men of critical dise of the Zodiac ; still however this great luminthis prompts us to use exertions to perpetuate cernment and taste, who will think the first
ary has gone his round, and, to-morrow. will our blessings. To avoid the regret, which we American copy of all Cicero's works a valua
start from nearly the same place in the Eclipexpect will be consequent to the loss of our | ble addition to their classical treasures.
tic, from whence he took his departure the first property, we are circumspect and prude, t Beauty of type and paper is of little conse.
day of this artificial and now expiring year. To avoid the grief,which would follow the loss quence where it is the only recommendation,
Although I did not commence my journey of those who are dear to us, we do all in our but we feel assured that the work before us
with this illustrious traveller, I have kept pace power to preserve their health and lives. But I will be no less distinguished for its accuracy.
with him since I fell into his company, and all our enjoyments, which depend on sublunary The editor is a gentleman well versed in
have dispensed my weekly favours to the things, are uncertain and fugitive ; a con- classical pursuits, and long accustomed to the
world with as much punctuality, as he has his sciousness of this truth keeps us upon our correcting of the press. Scholarship and this
daily ones. Perhaps I have been oftener guard ; but no vigilance nor exertion can se- habit are seldom united, which renders our
clouded, and at no time shone with quite so cure us against misfortune. The first impres. school book editions of Latin and Greek au
much brilliancy. My witty readers, if I have sion of regret may be deep and severe the thor's very exceptionable. It was this combi
any, may rather compare me to the moon, and first pang of grief may convulse the heart and nation of qualities which have given the edi.
that, when she is not in her most fortunate appear intolerable ; but heaven has not made tions of classicks, published by the Stephens,
phases : in this, however, I shall not feel ofus to be the victims of perpetual. anguish. | Elzivirs, and Ernesti such celebrity through
fended, for if they will allow me to revolve Speaking of human sorrows, the sage, whose | the republick of letters.
any where, in the system of literature, I shall narne I have adopted, justly remarks-est tar Gentlemen of critical discrimination will
feel myself honoured in being considered as a da illa quidem medicina, sed tamen magna, | undoubtedly approve of the decision of the
i secondary. quam adfert longinquitas et dies ;-" time | publishers in preferring Ernesti's Cicero, to
When I commenced a writer in the Specbrings a slow but a powerful medicine.” any other. The Clavis or index is an appen
tator, I felt highly obliged to the good nature Yet we should beware Test, in habitually dage of very great convenience and utility, and
of the Editor in indulging me with his columns personifying Time, we lose sight of a truth
the text is highly recommended. It is ob
| for the gratification of my prevailing humour; which ought to excite our gratitude to him served in Dibdin's "Introduction to the knowl
and took no little pleasure in seeing my lucuwho made us as we are. Time, strictly speakedge of rare and valuable editions of the
brations ushered into the world under such ing, is not an agent that can produce any ef. Greek and Latin Classicks," that " no man,
favourable auspices, and sent abroad in so good fect on our minds. It is no other being than since the restoration of literature, has more
company. I hoped to continue my place in he who was before time began, that assuages contributed to the illustration of Cicero than
his paper till his types were worn out ; but, our sorrows ; or rather it was his good pleas. John Augustus Ernesti.”
like many other very honest people, I overure so to form our natures, and for wise pur
While we are truly desirous that the pub
rated my talents, and am now constrained to poses, that certain events should be grievous, lishers nay receive that support, and encour
acknowledge that one may fail in the attempt but that all pain, depending solely on the state agement, which their enterprize and exertions
to amuse the world by weekly essays, who of mind, should, at every recurrence of thought richly deserve, we as ansiously hope that the
nevertheless made a very tolerable figure once to its cause, become less and less poignant, political gloom, which, just at this time, en
a year in an Almanack. until at last all consciousness of it ceases ; so velops our unhappy country, will not check
There are other considerations also which that, as it is strongly expressed in the page of the laudable zeal, which had already displayed
rather discourage me from continuing these inspiration- sorrow may continue for a night, itself, for the sublime pursuits of literature.
my essays. The political state of our counbut joy cometh in the morning.” A taste for letters not only contributes a
try renders it very difficult to be neutral, and B Seven lines from the close of “ Tully, Yo. I” for pieasure, of the purest and most exalted kind,
still more difficult, if you are so, to prepare passionable, read, passionate.
to him who possesses it, but gives character
any thing that may suit the taste of the com
munity who are not. I have often heard the Freedom. CICERONIS OPERA OMNIA.
political department of the Spectator spoken of
| by persons of taste and judgment in the highALL THE Works of CICERO, PUBLISHING BY WELLS THE WRITER, N. XXXIII. est terms of praise ; but, hen I eagerly inquirAND LILLY, Bosion.
This being the last day of the year, as well ed how they liked « The Writer," they have We sincerely congratulate the friends of as the last day of the month and of the week, | answered they never read it. And whenever Classical literarure and of the literary charac. | I am forcibly admonished to close iny period. I have seen a person with this paper in his ter of our country, on the appearance of the ical labours as a writer, and to give bis pa- ! hands, I have waited with anxious hope and first volume of Cicero's Works, by Messrs per as the last I shall offer for the improve expectation to hear some grateful encomiums Weils and Lilly. We regard it with pleasure, ment, instruction, or entertainment of my read-on my essays, but have always found, to my as the pledge of a complete, valuable, elegant, ers. I have somewhere seen it remarked utter astonishment and mortification, that as and cheap edition of all that remains of an “ thatnext to doing a thing well, we ought soon as they come to “ The Writer," they iq
variably fold up the paper and pocket it, or, ing fallen asleep on his chair in his cell, he continued | Horror and anguish seize me ;-'tis the hour throw it by, as unworthy a further perusal. I immoveable for about an hour ; but then turning abont of darkness, and I am determined however to bear all this neg. ! peo i in the attitude of a listener, he laughed heartily at what
The Tempter plies me with his direst art, 1 he thought he heard spoken ; then snapping his fingers, lect with good humour, and console myself
to shew he did not value the speaker, he turned I feel the Serpent coiling round my heart : with the reflection that the best works are of.
towards the next person, and made a sign with his 'He stirs the wound be once indicted there. ten left for posterity to acknowledge their | fingers, as if he wanted snuff: not being supplied, he Instils the deadening poison of despair, merits, and that neither Milton nor Shak seemed a little disconcerted; and pulling out his own
• Belies the truth of God's delaying grace, speare were much noticed by their cotempora bux, in which there was nothing, he scraped the inside ries.
"And bids me curse my Maker to bis face. I shall now retire from before the pub.
as if to find some ; he next very carefully put up his lick, I hope with decency, conscious that I
box again ; and looking round him with great suspicion, | - I will not curse Him, though his grace delay :
buttoned up the place of his frock where he kept it. have corrupted no man's mind, if I have not
I will not cease to trust Him, though he slay ; In this manner he continued for some time immoveable; reformed his manners. And, having made my but, without any seeming cause, flew into a most out
• Full on his promised mercy 1 rely, appeal to posterity, have no particular obliga- rageous passion, in which he spared neither oaths nor | For God hath spoken, -God, who cannot lie. tions to express to the present generation, but execrations ; which so astonished and scandalized his 1 _' Tuou, of my faith the Author and the End ! sincerely wish a happy new year to the Editor brother Friars, that they lefi him to execrate alone.
Mine early, late, and everlasting Friend!
But it had been well, it poor Cyrillo went no farther, and to my Country. nor had driven his sleeping extravagances into guilt.
• The joy, that once thy presence gave, restore One night he was perceived going very busily up to the | Ere I am summond hence, and seen no more : VRE HISTORY OF CYRILLO PADOTAXO, THE NOTED SLEEP altar, and in a little beaufet beneath to rummage with
• Down to the dust returns this earthly frame, WALKER.-AS EXTRACT. some degree of assiduity. It is supposed that he
Receive my Spirit, Lurd! from whom it came : I t bas often been a question in the schools, whether
I wished to steal the plate which was usually deposited it be preferable to be a king by day, and a beggar in there, but which had accidentally been sent off the day
| • Rebuke the Templer, shew thy power to sare ; our dreams by night ; or, inverting the question, a
before to be cleaned.--Disappointed in this, he seemed let thy glory light me to the grare, beggar by day, and a monarch while sleeping ? It has to be extremely enraged, but not caring to return to
• That these, who witness my deparing breath, been usually decided, that the sleeping monarch was
his cell empty-handed, he claps on one of the official ! the happiest man, since he is supposed to enjoy all his silk vestments; and finding that he could carry still I'May learn to triumph in the grasp of Death.' happiness without contamination ; while the moriarch, more, he put on one or two more over each other ; and
“ He closed his eye-lids with a tranquil smile, in reality, feels the various inconveniencies that attend thus cumbrously accoutred, he stole off with a look of
terrour to his cell: there hiding bis ill-got finery be.
| And seem'd to rest in silent prayer awhile : However this may be, there are none sure more neath his matrass, he laid himself down to continue Arourd his couch with filial awe we kneeld, miserable, than those who enjoy neither situation with
his nap. Those who had watched him during this When suddenly a light from heaven reveal'd any degree of comfort, but feel all the inconveniencies interval, were willing to see his manner of behaving
A Spirit, that stood within th' unopen'd door ;of want and of poverty by day, while they find a repe.
the morning after. tition of their misery in a dream. Of this kind was
When Cyrillo awaked, he seemed at first a good The sword of God in his right band he bore ; the famous Cyrillo Padovano, of whom a long life has
deal surprised at the lump in the middle of his bed ; His countenance was lightning, and his vest been written ; a man, if I may so express it, of a
and going to examine the cause, was still more aston Like snow at siin-rise on the mountain's crest ; double character, who acted a very different part by ished at the quantity of vestments that were bundled
Yet, so benignly beautiful his form, night from what he professed in the day. Cyrillo was
there : he went among his fellows of the Convent, a native of Padua in Italy, a little, brown complexion'd inquired how they came to be placed there, and learn. His presence still’d the fury of the storm ; man, and, while awake, remarkable for his simplicity, ing the manner from them, nothing could exceed his | At once the winds retire, the waters cease ; probity, piety,and candour ; but, unfortunately for bim, penitence and contrition.
His look was love, his salutation “Peace!" his dreams were of the strongest kind, and seemed to His last and greatest project was considered of a overturn the wbole system of waking morality ; for still more heinous nature. A Lady, who had long “Our Mother first beheld him, sore amazed, he every night walked in his sleep, and upon such been a benefactor to the convent, happening to die,
But terror grew to transport, while she gazed : occasions was a thief, a robber, and a plunderer of
was desirous of being buried in the cloister, in a vault the dead.
_'Tis He, the Prince of Seraphim, who drove which she had made for that purpose. It was there The first remarkable exploit we are told of Cyrillo that she was laid, adorned with much finery, and a
• Our banish'd feet from Eden's happy grove ; " was at the university, where he shewed no great marks
part of her own jewels, of which she had great abund. • Adam, my Life, my Spouse, awake !' she cried ; of learning, though some of assiduity. Upon a certain ance. The solemnity attending her funcral was mag
• Return to Paradise ; behold thy Guide! occasion his master set him a very long and difficult nificent, the expenses great, and the sermon affecting.
O let me follow in this dear embrace :' exercise, which Cyrillo found it impossible, as he sup
In all this pomp of grief, none seemed more affected posed, to execute.-Depressed with this opinion, and
than Cyrillo, or set an example of sincerer mortification. She sunk, and on his bosom hid her face. in certain expectation of being chastised the next day, The society considered the deposition of their bene.
Adam look d up ; his visage changed its hue, he went to bed quite dejected and uneasy but a waking factress among them as a very great honour, and masses
Transform'd into an Angel's at the view : in the morning, to his great surprise he found his
in abundance were promised for her safety. But what exercise completely and perfectly finished, lying on
was the amazement of the whole convent the next day, * I come !' he cried, with faith's full triumph fired, his table, and, still mone extraordinary ! written in
when they found the vault in which she was deposited And in a sigh of ecstacy expired, his own hand This information he communicated broke open, the body mangled, her fingers on which
The light was vanish'd, and the vision fled; to his master when he gave up his task, who being
were some rings cut off, and all her finery carried equally astonished with him, resolved to try him the away. Every person in the Convent was shocked at
We stood alone, the living with the dead : next day with a linger and more difficult task, and to
such barbarity, and Cyrillo wiis one of the foremost in The ruddy embers, glimmering round the room, watch him at night when he retired to rest. Accord. condemning the sacrilege. However, shortly after, on | Display'd the corpse amidst the solemn gloom; ingly, Cyrillo was seen going to bed with great uneas. going to his cell, having occasion to examine under his
But o'er the scene a holy calm reposed, iness, and soon was heard to sleep profoundly ; but
matrass, he there found that he alone was the guiltless this did not continue long; for in about an hour after plunderer. The Convent was soon made acquainted
The gate of heaven had open'd there, and closed. he lay down, he got up, alighted bis candle, and sat
with his misfortune ; and, at the general request of “ Eve's faithful arm still clasp'd her lifeless Spouse ; down to study, wliere he completed his work as the fraternity, he was removed to another monastery,
Gently I shook it, from her trance to rouse ; before.
where the Prior had a power, by right, of confining A mind like Cyrillo's, not naturally very strong, and and I hvis conventuals. Thus debarred from doing mischief,
She gave no answer ; motionless and cold, never at rest, began, when he arrived at manhood, to Cyrillo led the remainder of his life in piety and peace. It fell like clay from my relaxing hold ; become gloomy, solicitous, and desponding. In conse.
Alarm'd I lifted up the locks of grey, quence of this turn of thinking, le resolver to leave
That hid her cheek; her soul had pass'd away; the world, and turn Carthusian, which is the most
POETRY. rigorous of all the religious orders Formed for a
A beauteous corse she graced her partner's side, severe and abstemious life, he was here seen to set
Tove bound their lives, and Death could not divido lessons of piety to the whole Convent, and to shew that
" Trembling astonishment of grief we felt, he deserved the approbation as well of his fellows in
DEATH OF ADAM. seclusion, as of the whole order. But this good fame
Till Nature's sympathies began to melt; t. did not last long ; for it was soon found that Cyrillo
Concluded from our last.
We wept in stillness through the long dark night : walked by night, and, as we are told of the fabled e extract
--And O how welcome was the morning light!" Penelope, undid in his sleep all the good actions for symptoms of his approaching dissolution ;-- the pres. which he had been celebrated by day. The first prauks
• Paradise Lost, Book XI. o 2:38. he played were of a light nature, very little more than
ent begins with his dying address. ] running about fiom chamber to chamber, and talking
"_'Oye, that shudder at this awful strife, a little more loosely, than became one of bis professed piety.
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• This wrestling agony of Death and Life, confine any man by force to his cell, he was permitted • Think not that He, on whom my soul is cast,
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