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rould be excited, and disgust would follow. , ishes, and even after it is become almost im- , The nations shake, he, good man, looks abroad In the second, the tendency to vibrate in a perceptible, may be explained thus. The From some high cliff, superior, and enjoys particular direction would be lost before a sec. | simple sensible pleasure of the action consti- | The elemental war. ond impulse was given. In the third case, tutes a very small part of the actual gratificathe associations would want that regular con- f tion. The pleasurable feelings, which have ac

PATRIOTISM. ncction which is necessary to constitute fixed companied the progress of the habit, having habit. associated themselves with the persons, pla

DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MOBI. The frequent regular repetition of an action ces, actions, and other circumstances which

Daar is the tie, that links the anxious sire produces facility and dexterity in the per- / bave been the usual adjuncts of the situation

To the fond babe that prattles round his fire ; formance of it. By the law of association the in which the habit has been contracted, have actions gradually cling to and generate each thus, as it were, transferred a lustre to those

| Dear is the love, that prompts the generous youth other, without the intervention of the volunta-objecis, which totally disappears when the

His sire's fond cares and drooping age to soothe ; ry power.

habit is interrupted. The student cannot rel Dear is the brother, sister, husband, wife, Associated circumstances never fail to ex- | ish his author, nor the disputant his argument, Dear all the charities of social life :cite the habitual inclination to the perform- if he is denied the accustomed indulgence of But not th' endearing springs that fondly move ance of the action at the regular time. The his pipe : nor can the convivial man enjoy the To flial duty or parental love, removal of the table-cloth and the appearance company, or the conversation of his friends, if Nor all the ties that kindred bosoms bind, of the bottle excite the desire of wine ; the the bottle does not circulate with the usual Nor all the friendships' holy wreaths entwind, return of the season reminds the sportsman of freedom. Thus by the power of association

Are half so dear, so potent to control his dogs and gun, the fine lady of her routs | the real pleasure of the gratification of habit

The generous workings of the patriot soul, and parties, and the school-boy of his skates 1 is in exact proportion to the pain of want,

As is that holy voice, that cancels all and snow-balls. Hence it follows, that if the though the immediate sensible pleasure may

Those ties, and bids him for his country fall. associated circumstances are interrupted, the / be lost.

At this high summons, with undaunted zeal desire is not excited, at least in so great al Men fall insensibly under the power of habdegree. And this consideration leads to the lit : and it is often remarked thai the influence

He bares his breast ; invites th’impending steel : best and indeed the only effectual means of l of habit is most conspicuous, and even irre- | Smiles at the hand that deals the fatal blow, breaking off inconvenient or bad habits, sistible, where the subject of it is least aware Nor heaves one sigh for all he leaves below. namely, by resolutely changing the associated of his bondage, and is most forward in boasting circumstances, flying from seducing company, of his liberty.

MAIDEN PASSION. altering the course of life, and the like.

BELSHAX. A person often suffers more from the denial

FROM BLAND'S GREEK ANTHOLOGY. of a factitious inclination, than from resisting a natural appetite. But the pleasure, arising

POETRY,

Agathias, 23. III. 41. from the indulgence of a habit, is associated

Go, idle, amorous boys, with a greater variety of circumstances, and is

- SELECTED.

What are your cares and joys, therefore more moderate, and more perma

VIRTUE.

To love, that swells the longing virgin's breast? nent, than thc gratification of an instinctive VIRTUE, the strength and beauty of the soul,

A Aame half hid in doubt, feeling, which, however exquisite, is of very limited duration. It pleases and it lasts ;-a happiness

Soon kindled, soon burnt out, The progress of the pleasure of gratifica. That, even above the smiles and frowns of fate,

A blaze of momentary heat at best! tion, and of the pain of denial, in the case of Exalts great Nature's favourites : a wealth

Haply you well may find habits, is far from bearing an exact, or at least That ne'er encumbers, nor to baser hands

(Proud priv'lege of your kind) an obvious ratio to each other. Can be transferred. It is the only good

Some friend to share the secret of your heart i The action which becomes habitual is per-| Man justly boasts of, or can call his own.

Or if your inbred grief haps originally in a slight degree painful. By | Riches are oft by guilt and baseness earn'd ;

Admit of such relief, repetition the pain gradually diminishes, and l or dealt by chance, to shield a lucky knave,

The dunce, the chace, the play, assuage your smart. the uneasy sensations subside within the limits

Or throw a fairer sunsbine on a fool. of pleasure. But by degrees this pleasure

Whilst we, poor hapless maids, But for one end, one much neglected use, vanishes, and the action is associated with

Condemn'd to pine in shades, Are riches worth your care : (for Nature's wants ideas or sensations which are scarcely percep

And to our dearest friends our thoughts deny, tible, and becomes secondarily automatick ; Are few, and without opulence supplied.)

Can only sit and weep, so that it is performed without any consciousThis noble end is to produce the soul ;

While all around us sleep, ness of the operation. To shew the virtues in their fairest light ;

Unpitied languish and unheeded die. The progress of the pain of denial is very To make humanity the minister different. It advances with the pleasure of Of bounteous Providence ; ard teach the breast gratification till this rises to its highest de That generous luxury the good enjoy.

EPIGRAMME. gree, it continues increasing while this de Oh, blest of hear'n, whom not the languid songs

Avorr l'esprit bas et vulgaire clines, and is then strongest and most insup- | Of luxury, not the inviting bribes

Manger, dormir, et ne rien faire, portable when the pleasure of gratification is Of sordid wealth, nor all the gaudy spoils

Ne rein savoir, n'apprendre rien ; totally lost, and the action is performed with

Of pageant honour can seduce to leave out any exertion of the will. The truth of

C'est le naturel d'Isabelle, Those ever blooming sweets, which from the store this observation is apparent in the common

Qui semble pour tout entretien | Of Nature fair imagination culls habits of smoking tobacco, and of taking snuff,

Dire seulement-Je suis belle. To charm th' enliven’d soul! For him, the spring and even in the odious custom of dram-drinking : and it will be found to be equally appliDistils her dews, and from the silken gem

To have a talent base and low, cable to habits of the most important practical Its lucid leaves unfolds : for him the hand

To live in state of vegetation, tendency. Of Autumn tinges every fertile branch

To eat, drink, nothing learn or know, In this state an habitual affection is said to | With blooming gold, and blushes like the morn.

Such is the genius of Miss Kitty, be disinterested, because it has no further end | Each passing hour sheds tribute from her wings ;

Who seems for all her conversation, in view than its own immediate gratification, And still new beauties meet his lonely walk,

To say-Look at me, I am pretty. or the removal of the present pain. When And loves unfelt attract him. Not a breeze it has advanced to this stage, habit has attain Flies o'er the meadow, not a cloud imbibes ed its highest degree, and cannot, without the | The setting sun's effulgence, not a strain

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From all the tenants of the warbling shade al habits, when they are thus formed and ma

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Fresh pleasure, unreproved. When lightnings fire virtuous or the vicious character. Disinte. |

By MUNROE & FRANCIS, rested benevolence is the highest eminence of

The arch of heav'n, and thunders rock the ground; virtue, disinterested malignity the lowest stage When furious whirlwinds rend the bowling air,

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Price three dollars per annum, half in advance. That the pain of denial should increase Heaves his tempestuous billows to the sky : 1*.* Subscribers may be supplied with the preceding while the sensible pleasure of the habit dimiv. Amid the mighty uproar, while below

numbers.

DEVOTED TO POLITICKS AND BELLES LETTRES.

VOL. I.

BOSTON, SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 1814.

NO. XXII.

POLITICAL

| among the people, has hitherto checked the down so rapidly ; and at a time when, if peace

spirit of innovation. This is the best feature is not soon effected, we may expect fighting in FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.

that remains in the character of our country ; good earnest will be necessary ? THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION.. and we trust and believe that the violent de This instrument appeared a very beautiful | mocracy of Pennsylvania, which has produced

TYRANNIES. structure, when just from the hands of its cre- an attack on the senate of the United States, THERE are two great tyrannies, the tyranny ators. It certainly was beautiful ; it blended | will find a large portion of American citizens, | of a despot, and that of a multitude. Of these the antique and modern style-it displayed even of those professing the same political the most dreadful is popular tyranny. The symmetry and proportion-its columns were creed, who will oppose this proposition as un despot may receive the just blow, and fall from made of materials, which promised to be lasting. necessary and dangerous.

his high elevation ; nothing is required but the There was but one defect ; it was by no

arm of a Brutus : but the destruction of the

many-headed monster is an herculean labour. means adapted to the nature of such beings as INJURY AND FORBEARANCE. those, for whose use it was formed : it was

In despotick states, as well as in republicks,

« The last Act laying an Embargo,” says calculated for a people divested of human pas

the downfal of the ministers of government is Governour Strong, in his speech to the Legis. sions, and exempt from those vices which

annually effected by the death of the parties. alone make government necessary. It could

lature, “ interdicted the right of navigating in the former they quietly yield up their not be said that the constitution was not good

from port to port within the limits of the state, breath ; in the latter, the struggle is attended enough for us, if we had been good enough

and fishing on its coasts ; from this species of with a dreadful convulsion, and the superior for the constitution. Its provisions for the se

restraint, we have probably suffered more than faction gains the ascendency, after a mighty curity of our liberty and rights were so ample, all the other states. But though these provis carnage.

Dr. Thornton, it left us nothing to apprehend, but from a bad

ions, and other parts of the act, were generally system of administration. It was supposed that thought to be infringements of the constitution,

FRENCH EPOCAS. the reservation of a power in the people to

we have not heard of any violence in opposing The French literati distinguish three re

I them. Our fellow citizens are therefore enti- , markable epochas in their history. amend, as might seem necessary from experi.

The first ence of its operation, was its most striking tled to much credit, for the exercise of that

commences with the opening of the sixteenth perfection. forbearance, which was recommended by the

century, after the revival of classical learning We are not disposed to imagine, that men so late legislature."

and the polite arts in Italy; and from thence distinguished for their wisdom, as those vene.

they were brought into France under the prorable statesmen, who produced our national

THE ARMY. .

tection and encouragement of Francis the compact, did really suppose this was an excel.

The measures which the government is First, cotemporary with Henry the Eighth of lence, on which they could rely. We rather taking with this creature of its folly afford a England, a prince whose temper sympathized imagine it was a condition which they thought new evidence of its increasing weakness, | in many respects, with that of the French monnecessary to prevent its rejection. If it failed, which mus: produce among our democrats a arch ; in emulation of whom, probably, he not by a defect in the mode of its administration state of surprise and confusion It will be only patur sized letters, but cultivared them the people had the power of changing the ad. | recollected that the necessity of raising an

himseit This era of Francis the First, they ministration, if they chose, without altering augmented military force' to carry on the inva

called le siécie des savans, the age of learning. the constitution. The only case that could re- sion of Canada with effect, success, and hon The second epocha is marked by the quire any amendment would be, where alour, was the theme of every ministerial spont

splendid reign of Louis XIV. ; and is esteemwrong administration was popular. Could it er, during the last session of Congress.

last session of Congress" To! ed, in France le siécle du génieg. the age of

To then be expected that a people, incapacitated accomplish this grand object, an enormous genius. by their own corruption to reform the admin bounty and other inducements were offered to

" The third, the reign of Louis XVI., they istration, should be capable of obviating evils secure the enlistment of soldiers. To meet

have thought proper to style le siécle du gout, in the theory of the government, to which they these and other war expenses, about thirty the age of taste.” were attached in practice ? Man is certainly millions of dollars were appropriated, and ten Thus far, the progress of intellect, if we ad. an inconsistent being, but his inconsistency is | millions have actually been "borrowed already.

mit the scale, appears to be ascending. But not of this kind ; which supposes that, at the We impiediately heard of soldiers enlisting, in

if the French literati do not blusb to continua same time, our passions should control our all parts of the Union—but what comes next.

their annals, they will denounce the Bonapartean reason, and our reason control our passions. An order from government, dismissing a le- | dynasty as le siecle du sang-the age of bloodha · One or more amendments in the constitution gion of officers, from the publick service, with have been proposed, which undoubtedly would | three months' wages and their expenses

EUROPE. .. have obviated evils that have grown out of a home !!

One cannot contemplate the solemn events corrupt administration. But the administration This really looks formidable ! This prom- which have recently crowded upon each other, was popular, or those evils would have been ises a summer of tremendous carnage ! The hasiening 10 the glorious close--a general remedied by a change of rulers ;-and what advocates of « Free trade and sailors' rights" peace,-- without those strong emotions which was the fate of the proposed amendments ? whom we recently saw parading our streets, a climax of sublimity inspires. We discover Rejected by the people of course. This being waving the emblem of their disinterested zeal, the wonderful hand of Providence--the mighty the case, we venture to say, an alteration are now themselves turned adrifi by Mr. aim of him who rules terribly in battle, amidst for the better will never be proposed, but by Madison !

the sanguinary struggle. We cannot but adore the minority, and therefore never will prevail, | The voluminous history of this Canadian that mercy, which never scourges but to reform by voluntary suffrage.

war, which government has published, from or improve : and which restores repose to man, Reasoning and experience therefore teach the edifying despatches of the officers in that when his moral character is adapted to its preus, that it is the duty of the real friends of our quarter, may probably have led to this expedi. servation. Happy Europe-thy crimes are excountry to cherish a sacred respect for the ent. Officers without men have succeeded so piated ! Unhappy America, having wantonly federal constitution, such as it is, until it be miserably, it may be intended to try men with spurned the best blessings heaven ever showfound necessary to appeal to other means out officers.

ers on nations, courted misery, and sacrificed than votes. It is indeed a happy circum | But to be serious—what does this mean? your own peace, your day of trial is come. stance that the rage of folly, which has Have government had in pay such a host of There is no miracle, though there is an Als brought upon us many calamities, has not supernumerary officers, for the purposes of mighty Providence, in this. Sooner or later been directed against our form of government. | political corruption ? Or are the soldiers all the relation between effect and cause in the Erorts have been inade, and are now making, dead, whom they commanded ? Or, after all moral worid will always evince the prevalence to weaken what was already too weak for our the vapouring and threats which we have of an eternal rule of right. The end of our vices--but something like a political religion I heard, is the army establisbmeat dwindling 'calamities will be the good of our country, an i the curses which will accumulate on the heads, ment of France. His Royal Highness answer. | pothesis, and discoursed from it as learnedly, of those who have wantonly sacrificed our un- , eď by sketching the outlines of an admirable and with as much apparent conviction of its exampled felicity will teach our children's constitution, which he assured them would be truth and reality as Berkely and Hume, Des. children wisdom.

recognized as the basis of the system to which cartes or Malebranche ever did of theirs. Louis XVIII. would adhere. He closed with I shall endeavour to give some of his obser

many expressions of the warmest sympathy vations as near as I can recollect them, and GENERAL REGISTER. for his country, and those around him. The confine myself as much as possible to his own

scene was deeply affecting and his speech language, that my readers may justly appreBOSTON, SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 1814. was frequently interrupted and the conclusion ciate the character and learning of my venerafollowed by universal acclamations.

ble friend. GLORIOUS CONSUMMATION 1 April 15. The Emperour of Austria enter-' “ One of the most extraordinary fashions," We cannot denominate the agreeable, im- ed Paris, in style.

said he, « that ever prevailed among the fe. portant, AWFUL, Intelligence, just received, April 17. The Provisional Government is males of this or any other country, was that of under the usual head - EUROPEAN.” It dissolved. The governnient of the kingdom wearing those enormous cushions on their announces events which are in the highest is conferred on the Count d'Artois, until the heads. These false and preposterous ornadegrce interesting to the civilized world. The arrival of Louis XVIII. Part of the allied | ments were undoubtedly produced by the war most extensive system of tyranny that ever | troops have left France and recrossed the for our Independence, as they regularly inmankind suffered or witnessed ; the most for- / Rhino. Addresses flow into Paris from every creased with the difficulties of those times, and midable power that ever triumphed over the part of France. Loyal enthusiasm is the or- disappeared with the rest of our troubles after freedom of nations, and threatened a general der of the day

the peace of 1783. degradation of ihe human species are annihi April 18. The Mars, a French vessel, ar- “Another very remarkable article, in the fe. lated France is restored to liberty and peace, rived at Portsmouth, England, inviting Louis male dress, was the hooped petticoat ; these Europe to repose--for 10 use a French ex XVIII over to his kingdom and people. The have had their ups and dowis in the world, pression, which appears to us strictly appro- blockading squadrons are ordered from off the having appeared in France just before priate-TIIE REIGN OF CRIME IS OVER. French ports into Plymouth.

the murder of Henry the Fourth by Ravaillac, In the short space allowed us, we shall | PAMERICAN AFFAIRS. A London and subsided during the next reign ; revived merely make record of the events which pre article of April 8th. mentions a report that in England under the great Duke of Mariboceded the destruction of the revolutionary the British ministry had declined to treat rough, whose Duchess then led the fashions of Despotism of France.

with our commissioners, until the question of the court : and, as it is well known that she ru. March 31, 1814. Four hours' armistice the hostages should be settled, as they could led the Queen, and the Queen ruled the realm, having been agreed to by the allies, at the not negotiate on that subject, nor while these i it may be said emphatically that the nation gates of Paris, to receive a formal surrender of hostages were detained.

were then under petticoat government. The the city, at two o'clock in the morning the ar. It is added that 25,000 troops are immedi- last time they prevailed in this country was ticles of capitulation were arranged and signed. /ately to be transported to America ; and that about the revival of commerce, after the peace;

The Emperour Alexander with the King of England will now meet our hostile proceedings | and although our navigation did not thrive so Prussia entered this morning and were re- | with all her strength.

much at that particular period as afterwards, ceived by all ranks of the people with the

yet we carried on a considerable trade under the warmest acclamations. | ed in local and individual concerns.

hooped petticoat. Pockets totally disappeared The same day, the Emperour Alexander

during the heat of the French revolution, and proclaimed, in the name of all the allies, that LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS.

were succeeded by a foreign race of usurpers, they came to meet the wishes of the French

which, though submitted to by a sort of impe

FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATON. people ; and that they would treat no more

rious necessity, have never been admitted to with Napoleon Bonaparte, nor with any of his

THE WRITER, No. IV.

so close and friendly a connection as the old family; inviting the Senate to appoint a pro- It is very common for people of one class favourites, but have been kept at arm's-length visional government. in society to make themselves meri'y with the

ever since. Naked arms brought contagion April 6. The Provisional Government being fashions of another : thus the present race of into this country ; for 'tis a fact, that yellow organized, published an address to the people beaux, with their round toed shoes and crop

fever never left the West Indies till our ladies of France, stating the deplorable situation to ped hair, are extremely witty upon any gentle adopted the practice of the warm climates by which the nation had been reduced by the man, who appears to them in the costume of , going with their arms bare ; and I verily bemerciless barbarity of Napoleon's tyranny, and their grandfathers; and who, obstinately attach lieve, that this unseasonable and calamitous announcing that the Senate had declared that ed to the customs of his jovial years, ventures fashion swept off more of the citizens of the Napoleon had forfeited the throne. The pro abroad with pointed shoes, and a bag wig or a

United States, than were ever destroyed by gunvisional government declared that all emblems, | long queue to his hair.

powder. Patches were generally worn the year cyphers, and arms, which characterised the Female fashions, either from being more im- the sun was totally eclipsed, and Spanish man. government of Bonaparte should be suppres.portant, or more prolifick of objects, have tles came in and went out with the first emsed and effaced, wherever they exist.

been considered fair game ever since the time bargo. As to the more transitory form of the Napoleon Bonaparte formally abdicated the of Addison and Steele, and the success with bonnet, the colour of the ribbons,or the manner crowns of France and Italy in the following terms. which these celebrated essayists attacked the of putting them on, these are smaller events;

6 The allied powers having proclaimed that fashionable follies of their day, has induced and, as they vary about as often, they may reathe Emperour Napoleon was the only obstacle | almost every periodical writer, since, to sport sonably be attached to the wind and weather, to the reestablishment of the Peace of Europe, ) in the same field. Although I am a strict ob- or the usual changes of the atmosphere, for the Emperour Napoleon, faithful to his oath, server of the female world, and the first to their operative causes. declares, that he renounces for himself and his take notice of the most trilling alteration in “ These few instances," continued the Dr. heirs, the thrones of France and Italy, ; and their dress or ornaments, yet I never view « are sufficient I think to convince any reasonthat there is no personal sacrifice, even that of these occasional changes as matters of mere able man, that fashions and politicks, and I may life, which he is not ready to make for the in- caprice or evanescent fancy, but rather as con- | add philosophy and physicks, are all connected terest of France. Done at the Palace of Fon nected by cause or effect, with other great by some secret chain, and go hand and hand tainbleau. April - 1814."

events, which are often taking place in the together." The same day (April 6) the Emperour Alex natural or political world. Perhaps some per Here the old gentleman ceased, and as he ander sent a proposition to Bonaparte to choose sons may be disposed to laugh at this idea, found no one to enter the lists to oppose him, a place of residence for himself and family. and consider it as another of my oddities, yet I he looked as though he was conscious he had

April 13. Monsieur, the Count d'Artois, have the happiness to say, that I am not en won over the whole company to his system. made his publick entry into Paris.

tirely alone in this opinion. I have an old and But, whether they were ready to subscribe to April 14. His Royal Highness, the Count valuable friend, whom I shall call Dr. Reverie, | his theory or not, I am sure they were all ad'Artois, received the Senate and Legislature, to whom I am indebted for this original thought, mused with the warmth and ingenuity with who by their President presented him their and who carries it to greater perfection, and which he supported it. respectful submission, their ardent expressions refines upon it with much more ingenuity of of love, and the joy they experienced in wel- ; reasoning and acuteness of argument, than I

LIGHT FOOD. coming, at last, a descendant of St. Louis and could ever do myself. I lately spent a very AMONG other remarkable instances adduced Henry IV.

pleasant evening with the old gentleman, when by way of proof, that the lightest food is best The Senate likewise committed to the care the conversation happening to turn upon this calculated to leave the mind entire possession of H. R. H. the present Provisional Govern- subject, he brought forward his favourite hy. ! of itself, and invest it as it were with its fullest

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rers.it is recorded of Sir Isaac Newton, that from this may perhaps appear inconclusive ; it,*** * The hopeless past--the hastening future driven Then he applied himself to what is esteemed | may be said, the difference of pain is owing to | Too quickly on to guess if hell or heaven; The greatest stretch of human penetration, the the different structure of the limb. Then | Deeds, thoughts, and words, perhans remem

Deeds, thoughts, and words, perhaps remembered not study, investigation, and analysis of the theory there is another argument more decisive.

another argument more decisive. If

If so keenly till that

so keenly till that hour, but ne'er forgot ; of light and colours, to quicken his faculties, an external irritating application is found to

Things light or lovely in their acted time,

Thi and fix his attention, he confined himself, dur- produce the same effect, when operating on the

But now to stern reflection each a crime ; ing that time, to a small quantity of bread, with muscle of a Polyphemus or a Homunculus,

The withering sense of evil unreveald, a little sack and water, of which, without obser- does it not prove that the excitability in both

| Not cankering less because the more concealdving any regulation of time, he took, as he was cases is equal ? If the fibre is in both cases

All in a word from which all eyes must start, prompted either by desire or a failure of spirit. equally sensible, it must follow, without deIt is likewise related of Mr. Law, the fa-scending further into the particulars of the

That opening sepulchre--the naked heart

ain will be in pro | Bares with its buried woes." mous projector of the Mississippi scheme, and cockpit, that the degree of pain will be in pro

Page 47. an inveterate gambler, that to keep his head portion to the actual extent of organick lesion ;

LEVITY IN DESPAIR. clear, and faculties acute, and in order to obtain and if so, Shakspeare's doctrine is altogether

: “Strange though it seems--yet with extremest grief a superiority of skill in gaming, he lived many erroneous, not only in the extreme case he

| Is link'd a mirth-it doth not bring reliefyears on half a chicken a day, with about a supposes, but in every disparity of subject. pound of bread, and drank nothing but water,

That playfulness of Sorrow ne'er beguitcs,

And smiles in bitterness-but still it smiles or aqueous liquors; and to this was attributed

THE CORSAIR. his great success, for he was as famous for

And sometimes with the wisest and the best, In a cursory perusal of “ The Corsair,” a pleasing little | plundering his friends,as defrauding the publick.

Till even the scaffold echoes with their jest ! poem by Lord Byron, just published, I have marked Lord Byron seems likewise to be of the the following passages-some for their poetick beau.

Yet not the joy to which it seems akin opinion, that abstemiousness favours intellec

ties-others for sake of the sentiment.

It'may deceive all hearts, save that within." Page 53. tual vigour, in the following passage in his last poem. Speaking of the commander of PASTIME OF THE PIRATES ON SHORE. POWER AND DANGER OF WOMAN'S TEARS. the pirates, he says .

“ Ix scattered groupes upon the golden sand,

- Oh ! too convincing-dangerously dear" And for his fare, the rudest of his crew

In woman's eye the unanswerable tear !
They game-carouse-converse-or whet the brand ;
Would that, in turn, have pass'd untasted too.
Select the arms to each his blade assign,

That weapon of her weakness she can wield,
Earth's coarsest bread, the garden's homeliest roots,

To save-subdue-at once her spear and shield
And careless eye the blood that dims its shine :
And scarce the summer luxury of fruits,
His short repast in humbleness supply
Repair the boat-replace the helm or oar,

Avoid it-Virtue ebbs and Wisdom errs,
With all a hermit's board would scarce deny.
While others straggling, muse along the shore ;

Too fondly gazing on that grief of hers !
But while he shuns the grosser joys of sense
For the wild bird the busy springes set,

What lost a world, and bade a hero fly!
His mind seems nourish'd by that abstinence.”
Or spread beneath the sun the dripping net :

The timid tear in Cleopatra's eye.

Yet be the soft triumvir's fault forgiven,
LE REVEUR, No. IV.
Gaze where some distant sail a speok supplies,

| By this--how many lose not earth-but heaven! With all the thirsting eye of Enterprize“ The sting of death is most in apprehension ; Tell o'er the tales of many a night of toil,

Consign their souls to man's eternal foe, And the poor beetle, that we tread upon,

And seal their own to spare some wanton's woe !" In corporal sufferance, feels a pang as great

And marvel where they next shall seize a spoil :

No matter where--their chief's allotment this As when a giant dies."

Page 58. The first of these positions is undoubtedly

Theirs-to believe no prey nor plan amiss." Page 3 true-the latter, is a poetical flourish, contain

ACCIDENTS OF LIFE.

ANCHORING AND LANDING. ing more of fancy, than probability ; I say pro

Few subjects are more intitled to our con| “Hoarse o er her side the rustling cable rings ; bability, for it is impossible to prove it either

sideration and regard,than the Accidents of life, The sails are fursd ; and anchoring, round she swings : true or false : But it is a subject of curious

or those fortuitous events, which happen withAnd gathering loiterers on the land discern speculation.

out either our knowledge or expectation. And Nothing is more common than this arguHer boat descending from the latticed stern.

these chances are so incidental to our nature, mentum ad misericordiam ; it begins in the 'Tis mann'd—the oars keep concert to the strand, that in the histories of many we are surprised nursery, and we hear it through life, from per. Till grates her keel upon the shallow sand.” Page 6. with a thousand uncommon and unforeseen cirsons who bave or affect to have great acute

cumstances ; each treading upon the heels of ness of sensibility, particularly for the inferior INFLUENCE OF COURAGE AND SUCCESS, IN A |

another, and of which we can only see the ef

COMMANDER. classes of animated being. The absurdity of

“ Still sways their souls with that commanding art

fect, without being able to trace the cause. this universal scale of corporal sufferance on

If every man was to carry retrospection to That dazzles-leads-yet chills the vulgar heart. the destruction of the vital functions, cannot

| his earlier days, and review also the latter staWhat is that spell, that thus his lawless train be rendered more striking, than by the strong.

ges of his journey through life, he would be ly contrasted instances which Shakspeare adConfess and envy-yet oppose in vain ?

astonished at the acciderits he has encountered duces. If the beetle be but a millionth part What should it be ? that thus their faith can bind ! on the road; and, as he looked more cautiousas large as the giant, the power of sensation in | The power of Thought--the magick of the mind ! ly into the records of memory, he would start the component matter of its little body must | Linked with success-assumed and kept with skill, at the recollection of dangers, which he has be a million times more exquisite, than that of That moulds another's weakness to his will

escaped by the most sudden turns of happy the giant, or the great poet's doctrine is incor Wields with their hands--but still to these unknown,

fortune, and tremble at the remembrance of rect. I know of. no evidence that the sensie | Makes even their mightiest deeds appear his own.

miseries, which it seemed to require the interbility of living matter is inversely in proportion

| vention of a deity or a iniracle to avoid. Such hath it been-shall be-beneath the sun to the tenuity of the organ ; 'and besides, the

The revolutions of Fate are indeed so vari. The many still must labour for the one ; idea is shocking, if we suppose an infinity of

ous and complicated, that we can have no in"Tis Nature's doom-but let the wretch who toils, living atoms crushed every moment, each of

surance of a moment, since it is not possible for which experiences a pang as great, as when a

| Accuse not-hate not-him who wears the spoils. him, who now revels in the joyousness of giant dies by violence. We must imacine On ! if he knew the weight of splendid chains,

health, and whose cheeks bloom with the rudourselves in a world of torture, at once inevita- | How light the balance of his humbler pains !” Page 10. diest roses of life, to ascertain that the breath, ble and useless.

which now imbibes the balm of the morning,

CONSCIOUS DEPRAVITY, SUSPICIOUS. Is it thought this speculating on the proba!

shall not desert its station in his body, before ble sufferance of a poor bug is not very inter

“ He knew himself a villain—but he deem'd

the setting of the sun : since innumerable esting; it will be found worth attention, if we The The rest no better than the thing he seemd ;

whirls may possibly happen,to sweep him froin leave these extreme cases, and take others | And scorn'd the best as hypocrites who hid

existence, within the narrow limits of a day. more approximate. Does a sinall man suffer Those deeds the holder spirit plainly did.” Page 14 in less time than that in which the sun perless from the loss of a limb, than a large one ?

| forms his circuit, batties have been decided,by

REMONSE. Is there then a great advantage, in being of

the blood of thousands on one hand, and naa diminutive figure, considering the accidents

“ There is a war, a chaos of the mind,

tions have been sold by a varicious stratagem to which we are all caually exposed ? Undoubt. When all its elements convulsed, combin'd,

on the other ; cities have been sacked, and edly there is ; and I think this can be proved Lie dark and jarring with peiturbed Firce,

kingdoms capitulated ; the wretch has been to a deinonstration. It is surely less painful and gnashing with IMPENITENT Renonse ;

i elited from despair to extasy, and the hapry ior the same person to suffer the amputation That juggling fiend-uho nerer spake before

bave been overwhelmed in sudden anguish. of a linger, than of an arm. The inference | But cries, I wara'd thee!" when the deed is o'er. It would indeed fill the soul with accumulated

horror, were we to consider the havock that, curse of possible prediction. What in nature

POETRY. may possibly happen, in the course of i wenty- | (however pious our conduct or uniform our

SELECTED. four hours, among the hopes of human nature. rectitude) could equal the terror of foreseeing To reflect, how momentously the schemes of the manner and the moment of our dissolu

PROVIDENCE. the libertine and the statesman, and the fairy tion ? to prognosticate the chance, by which expectations of felicity and grandeur, are blast. | the limb of a friend shall be shivered away ; THOU Omnipotent ! whose ways ed or destroyed ! How some are circumvent or to foresee the day when our babes shall Man's daring opticks trace in vain ! ed by death, and some by the treachery of man, writle in convulsions, or ourselves parch with who dare with doubting heart arraign while others resign the hopes of an intemper- | an inflammatory fever; and when every dear- | Tho'storms and clouds obscure the wisdom of the ate imagination to the numbing power of de er relative shall sink under the shocks of some

reign ? crepitude or age. He who is, in the present fatal distemper.

Tho' through the nether world, elate instant, employing his intellectual powers to Let us for a moment invest an human being

The ruffian stalks, upheld by fate ; . elucidate the understanding of others, in the with this distressful superiority ; and let us

Tho' murderous treason, scoffing tread next may be deprived of every capacity to in- suppose him the father of a family; with what

On the crown'd martyr's sacred head :
struct, and want that reason himself, the use ! unutterable agonies does he groan ? He can
of which he before taught to his friends :

Tho' myriads bleed, tho' kingdoms fall,
with .certainty look forward to the fate and
destruction of all his race ; he foresees the

Tho' wrath in whirlwinds burl the ball, From Marlborough's eyes the streams of potage flow,

time when his daughter shall fall a sacrifice to Eternal Wisdom governs all ! Miss HOLCROFT “And Swift expired a driv'ler and a shew.”

the delusions of the rake ; his tender partner
DR. JOHNSON.
| be confined for a series of years to the cham-

MODERN GRECIANS.
Such reflections will strikingly impress us ber of disease ; his sons plunge in dissipation,

FIERCE are Albania's children, yet they lack with a manifest assurance of our own imbecil. if not in debauchery; and himself expire, with

Not virtues, were those virtues more mature: ity, and of the brevity of life ; it will repress out leisure for a groan, in apoplectick anguish. the towerings of ambition, stifle the swellings But, to prevent the horror of a scene like

Where is the foe that ever saw their back! of opinion, and silence the clamours of discon this, Providence has kindly thrown an impen

Who can so well the toil of war endure ? tent. In the silent conviction of these impor- | etrable veil over all but the page prescribed, Their native fortresses not more secure tant truths, in this manner may the conscious our present state.

Than they in doubtful time of troublous need : creature argue with himself :

An universal uncertainty of human concerns 'Their wrath how deadly! but their friendship sure. « I am now alive, and rejoicing in the vivac- 1 is therefore entirely necessary to reinind us of ) When Gratitude or Valour bids them bleed. ity of health ; I am in the blossom of youth, | our frailty, to alarm our attention to that sol. Unskaken, rushing on, where'er their chief may lead. and in the summer of human life. Yet let me emn hour, when every work of this world shall

Biroy not presume on such advantages, since they " be done away,” and to limit the excursions are all dependent on the will of Heaven, and of our fancy, that, as we are ignorant how or

EVE'S PARTING BEAM. subservient to vicissitude and change ; youth when we shall die, we may learn early to live has no exemption from the invasions of mise- | a life of preparation.

SWEET is it when the spirit is ad rest, ry or the darts of death, and the spirits, which Since then we are convinced, by more than And peace attunes the mind, occasion my gaiety, may in a moment yield to the experience of a thousand years, that a mo On the green down, at summer tide reclin'd the attack of innumerable natural distempers, ment may render useless the toils of an age, To listen to the whisper of the wind : sink by depression, or languish by sickness : and that the wing of fate may brush every And on the clouds that canopy the west, the health which now flushes my cheek, and insignificance away, such convictions may Round the slope sun's vast orbit rollid the tide which enriches my heart, are obedient point out to us the duty of exerting ourselves,

O’er billows of the molten gold, to a capricious pulse, which disease mry alarm, with resolute industry, to perpetuate our mem

Catch in quick colours ere they fade, pain enfever, and the extremities eitirer of joy | ory, and leave for the use of posterity some

The seraph's plume with light iolaid, or sorrow discompose. I am a being of compli laudable testimonials of our genius, benevo

And picture fair in blissful dream cated weaknesses : my passions may counter-| lence, or application. The same certainty act the designs for which they were implanted; will also whisper humility to presumption, and

| Bright visions floating on eve's roseate beam ! and my powers, by sinking too meanly, or soar. hope to distress ; for it perhaps often happens

SOTELLBT ing too rashly, may again mingle me with the that insolent prosperity is sacrificed to supply earth." | the deficiencies of modest want.

THE FORSAKEN MAID'S DREAM. A man, sensible of his owa insufficiency, There is no contemplation, at the same time,

In one wild vision, 'midst a land unknown, will not suffer such arguments to be long ab so soothing and stupendous, as on the secret

By a dark river as she sat alone, sent from his mind ; they will recur to him, as and supernatural means by which we are pre

Javan beyond the stream, dejected stcod; the salutary principles and exercises of his du- served from the crush of surrounding disas. ty ; and, being improved into an habit, they rers ; especially, as from the exquisite me

He spied her soon, and leap'd into the flood : will attend him to his pillow, and be called in to chanism of our bodies, and the still finer for

The thwarting current urg'd him down its course, close the day. mation of our souls, it seems almost a miracle

But love repelld it with victorious force ; In the moment of trial, when passions in- | that every ungentler motion does not relax | She ran to help him landing, where at length flame, desires solicit, and temptations assail, the some organ of sense or spring of life, or that He struggled up the bank with tailing strength ; good man will refer to these for the power of some wheel in the natural machine is not She caught his hand ;-when downward from the day, resistance, and gladly shield his invaded vir- | strained into disorder. Yet, such is the nicely A water monster dragg'd the youth away. tues under their sanctuary.

of our contexture, that we see multitudes of she follow'd headlong, but her garments bore In respect of accident, however, that which those, who from their infancy have bathed their

Her form, light Aoating, till she saw no more. we call so is often the regular though mysteri. brows in drudgery, and encountered the storm

MONTGOMERY's World before the Flood ous design of Heaven, and chance is the invis. and hurricanes of life, wearing out their ible order of Omnipotence : there is (in fact) strength in slow and gradual decay, till they no such thing as chance ; it is an absolute sink at last, with the weight of years, in perfect

EPIGRAM. misnomer in language ; all is infinitive con sanity to the grave. trivance, and immense direction. The Author

As gallant Edward, in a lively freak

I do not know any thing which so strongly of Nature has indeed concealed from the cu- marks the Divine character ; for, as he has

Kiss'd antient Margaret (for the dame was kind) riosity, or the impertinent desires of man, such laid us open to the power of what must of

Me found, although the rose had left her cheek, mysteries of his Providence as his wisdom consequence appear to us under the disguise

The thorn upon her chin remain'd behind.

The thorn upon her chi judged necessary to secure his felicity, to ex of accident, he has with equal beneficence on the table to be takapestokatalokatalokat tartalomitastetta talantation tookola ki***stakabalotate that *** cite his industry, and awaken his apprehension ; l shielded us from them, when it was consistent at the same time he has bountifully revealed

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR with his plan to spare.--It ought not therefore so much of his plan as is requisite to evince to be a means to frighten any man either from

JOHN PARK, the dignity and eternity of his nature, and shew the pleasure or the business of life, because the importance of his creatures.

his being is held upon a precarious tenure, By MUNROE & FRANCIS, It is true he has denied us prescience, his since every circumstance passes under the in

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