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and ecciesiastical establishments. The votes of the judicious are, A still greater, because a more gen- we doubt not, against that folly, so eral fault, is the misrepresentation fashionable, and so fascinating, of of human characters and human novel-reading ; but the practice of life. Love, resistless love, is there the majority is clearly on the other considered as the general agent in side ; and against measures, which terrestrial transactions ; as the sole they can neither approve nor predistributor of good and evil, of hap- vent, all that the minority can perpiness and misery, to mankind. Per- form, is to assert the arguments of sonal attachment conceived at sight, truth, and to enter the protest of and matured in a moment, bear's reprobation. down alike the distinctions of rank and the maxims of prudence ; and,
PRIDE. by the magic wand of the genins of romance, the daughter of the cot- From Memoirs of Richard Cumberland tager is exalted into a countess, and A MAN shall sin against the whole the laborer at the anvil or the mine, decalogue, and in this world escape soon graces the court and the draw- with more impunity, than the proud
fellow, who offends against no coming-room. The hero and heroine mandment, yet provokes you to detest are involved in distresses in which him. I know not how to liken him to no other mortals ever were involv- any thing alive, except it be to the meled, and generally delivered by ancholy mute recluse of the convent of means by which none but them- La Trappe, who has no employment in selves ever were delivered. They society but to keep company with his
life but to dig his own grave, no other are, however, always married at own coffin. If I look for his resemlast, and attain, in the possession of blance amongst the irrationals, I should each other, such happiness as no compare him to a poor disconsolate ass, human being ever yet attained, and whom nobody owns and nobody be
friends. The man who has a cudgel such as Nature and Providence, with
bestows it on his back, and when he all their bounty never will bestow. brays out his piteous lamentations, the
By the constant perusal of narra- dissonance of his tones provoke no comtives of this description, the youth passion; they jar the ear, but never of both sexes are encouraged to move the heart,
A certain duke of Alva about a ceneherish expectations that never can be realized, and to form notions of tury ago was the most popular man in
Spain: the people perfectly adored each other, which painful experi- him. He had a revolution in his power ence will every day refute. The every day that he stept without his mind too, by exercising only its doors. The prime minister truckled weaker powers, becomes enervated
to him; the king trembled at him. and enfeebled, disgusted with the gree of influence was a mystery that
How he acquired this extraordinary detumult of business, or the roughness seemed to puzzle all conjecture-not of contradiction, the most valuable by his eloquence, or those powers of season of life is spent in the sport of declamation, which captivate a mob; musing, instead of the labor of
the illustrious personage could not thinking, in the indulgence of the common sense or uncommon nonsense :
string three sentences together into fairy visions of hope, and the reve- wit he had none, and virtue he by no ries of a perverted imagination, in- means abounded in ; few men in Spain stead of the pursuit of science, the were supposed to be more unprincipled; formation of maxims of wisdom,
you conceived it was by his munifi. and the establishment of the prin- told you no man bought his popularity
cence and generosity, he could have ciples of moral duty,
so cheap, for when the secret camo WA
out, he confessed, that the whole mys- princes, whose wanton cruelty oftery consisted in his wearing out a few ten stained their divan, their table, more hats in the year than others sacri. and their bed, with the blood of their ficed, who did not take off their's so often.
favorites, there is a saying recorded I knew a gentleman, who was the of a young nobleman, that he never very immediate contrast to this Spanish departed from the sultan's presence duke; he was a man of strict morality; without satisfying himself whether who fulfilled the duties and observed his head was still on his shoulders. the decorum of his profession in the
Roman Empire. most exemplary manner; in his meditative walk one summer-morning he was greeted by a country fellow with “ Then certain philosophers of the Ep. the customary salutation: “Good morn.
icureans and of the Stoicks encouna ing to you, sir !--a fine day--a pleasant
tered him." walk to you !"-"I don't know you," he Commenting on this scripture replied, “why do you interrupt me with your familiarity ? I did not speak passage, the elegant author of the to you; put your hat upon your head, Lay Preacher with that strength of and pass on !"_“So I will,” cried the expression and brilliancy of metafellow, “and never take it off again to phor peculiar to himself, describes such a proud puppy, whilst I have a the impertinence which has assum. head upon my shoulders." There nev-ed the name of philosophy. er was a hat stirred to that man from that day, and if had he fallen into a
Attacked by such enemies, St. ditch, I question if there would have Paul, I pity thee. Compared with been a hand stirred to have helped him the sophistical jargon of their out of it.
tongues, the buffetings of Satan were the soft strokes of a featha
Encountered by Philosophers. For the Embrald.
What a perilous meeting! To be DESULTORY SELECTIONS,
stoned at Iconium, to die in prison at Philippi, or smart at all her whipping-posts were more tolerable than to hear one moment, the abstract
impertinence, the visionary theories In one of my visits to Dr. Pe- of a cold and closet reasoner. His pusch, very early in life, this ven- head is the web of a spider, his erable master of music gave me a heart is the ice of Spitzbergen, his short lesson, which made so deep plans are the projects of Laputa, an impression on me that I long en- and his arguments turbid as a hypodeavored to practise it. “ When I chondriac's dream. If I should was young." said he “ I determined be asked which was the most unnever to go to bed at night, till I lucky adventure in Paul's pilgrimknew, something that I did not know age, I must reply, this interview in the morning
Burney. with the philosophic babblers of A
thens. None of his perils, and I BUDGET, A NASTY tinkerly word, which
think he enumerates eight varieties, We wish to banish from the polite
can compare with the peril of prag
matical philosophyIll-fated aposand political circles.
tle! the Epicureans and the Stoicks, Monthly Review.
encountering you, were worse comSCEPTICISM.
pany than the barbarians of Melita, When Persia was governed by on whose ru coast you were the descendants of Sefi
, a race of | stranded. Your night and day in.
AND ORIGINAL REMARKS.
AN EXCELLENT RULE.
the deep ; your weariness and magistrate in any country. watchings ; your frequent fasts, and felicem, Marce Porci, a quo rem suspension in the basket of Damas- improbam petere nemo audet !” cus, even if it were like Falstaff's How great was thy happiness, Cato, buck-basket, were light afflictions, that no one dared to insult thee with but for a moment, to the growl of an unseemly request!. the Stoick, and the lullaby of the Epicurean.
Montesquieu compares the des. Port Folio, No. 32.
potism of the East to a tree which Shakespeare put into the mouth the savage cuts down, that he may of Richard's mother, the following gather its fruit, character of that profligate king. Tetchy and wayward was thy infancy;
Of authors, it has been said justThy school-days frightful, desperate, ly, that they had the whole world to wild and furious ;
contend with ; and were destitute of Thy prime of manhood, daring bold any one that would plead in their and venturous ;
favor, Thy age confirm’d, proud, subtle, sly and bloody. Richard III.
Boileau one day met the serTHE AUSTERITY OF OLD MEN.
vant of his friend who had been long THERE is nothing more unjust and frequently afficted with the than the ill temper which many old gout. On enquiring how his maspeople shew against young men. ter was (whom he knew to be of a An attempt to check the merriment quick temper,) the valet replied, and sportiveness of youth, is not that his master was then under a fit less preposterous than to be angry of his old complaint. “ He swears with the spring of the year, because a good deal, then,” observed the it produces nothing but blossoms, poet, “() yes, Sir,” said the valet, and to expect from that early season with much simplicity, “it is the the fruits of autumn. How different only comfort my poor master has was the humour of Anaxagoras the in his illness." Greek philosopher! That amiable old man, at the point of death, was
A disposition to repine at our asked by the citizens of Lampsacus, situation in life is too prevalent. what dying command he would wish It is by comparison alone, that we to enjoin them. His request was, can truly estimate our good or ill that every year during the whole fortune, and in whatever difficulty month in which he died, all the we may be involved from that children in the city should be per- source, we may derive consolation. mitted to keep holiday. Diogenes A highly celebrated author furnishLaertius, who relates this story, es the following passage. adds, that this custom was observed
“ My lot might have been that in his remembrance.
of a slave, a savage or a peasant, nor
can I reflect without pleasure, on INTEGRITY.
the bounty of nature which cast my Pliny, in his preface to his Nat- birth in a free and civilized country, ural History, has bestowed a pane-in an age of science and philosophy, syric on the integrity of Cato, the in a family of honorable rank and just application of which would con- decently endowed with the gifts of ter honor on the character of any fortune.”
Pope's Homer, and the Arabian | imagination ; and then he sees with Nights Entertainments, are two the eyes of his imagination ; and books which always please, by the hears with the ears of his imaginamoving pictures of human man- tion ; and then he can be led where ners, and specious miracles ; nor one pleases. was I then (in boy-hood) capable of discerning that Pope's transla
There is much talk (says Pope tion is a portrait endowed with every in one of his letters) of fine sense, merit, excepting that of likeness refined sense, and exalted sense, to the original.
Ibid. but for common use give me a lite
tle common sense, ARISTOTLE. In the Lexicon of Suidas is the following sublime passage, which GENIUS AND TALENT. describes the genius and talent of In a part of the world which is very that great father of ancient philos- little known to the generality of Map. ophy. The fine turn of the ex- makers, Mathematicians, or travel. pression carries with it evident writers, and of which the latitude has
been disputed for a succession of ages proof of its originating from some by Philosophers of almost every deGreek writer of the purest ages. nomination, resided two noblemen of « Aristotle was the secretary of large estates, the one called Genius, Nature : he dipped his pen in in- and the other Talent. They lived upon tellect."
a friendly footing, so as both were fondi In an apology for vagrants, the when they could start some fresh game,
of sporting, and never happier than writer pleading for
they considered the contiguity of their “The friendless, homeless objects of estates as an important advantage ; and despair,"
each had from his earliest youth pos
sessed the liberty of hunting on the thus beautifully describes the causes
premises of his neighbour. This priv. which may - have produced their ilege was long exercised by them with. wretchedness.
out interruption, till a litigious Attor. Perhaps on some inhospitable shore ney, of the name of Criticism, came to The houseless wretch, a widow'd
seitle in a valley which opened a par
par. ent bore ;
tial view of both the estates. The doWho, then, no more by golden pros and handsome style, and the nicest
mains of Talent were laid out in a neat pects led, Of the poor Indian begg'd a leafy bed.
care was constantly bestowed on their Cold on Canadian hills, or Minden's cultivation ; but the territories of Geplain,
nius were more wild and diversified, Perhaps that parent mourn'd her soldier in many places much overrun with Bent o'er her babe, her eye dissolv'd weeds, which the richness of the soil in dew,
[he drew, very quickly matures, and in other The big drops mingling with the milk quarters commanding prospects
the Gave the sad presage of his future years icism was a precise old fellow, full of
most magnificent and extensive. CritThe child of misery, baptiz'd in tears.
rules and wise laws, near sighted, used
spectacles, and had no less a turn for A STUPID man cannot readily be He was always taking walks round the
modern gardening than for musty law. persuaded out of his senses--what two estates, and with an impertinent he sees he sees, and neither more curiosity endeavoring to acquaint himnor less but 'tis the easiest thing self with their boundaries ; but as they in the world to catch hold of a man could not manage to include them in
were spread over a very large tract, he of genius--you have nothing to do
any one of his airings. In course of but to appeal from his senses to bis time, by now and thea meeting over
MAN OF GENIUS.
roblemen in these rambles, he con Hast thou seen my son, Chalid ! trired to introduce himself to' them, he was at school, and was read. and receired obliging invitations from ing to his master in the Koran with both. But he soon disgusted Genius, great fluency, and in a most impressive
by the petty alterations that he was al- tone. | ways suggesting in some part of the How is Chalid's mother ?
grounds, and by the frequent panegy As well as thou canst wish; and
What! did my camel die too?
No, replied the Arab, they killed it
for the funeral dinner of Chalid's mother. An Arab, who was travelling through
O, heavens ! is Chalíd's mother dead? the desert, was almost exhausted with
Yes, answered the Arab. hunger and thirst, when he unexpect.
Of what disorder did she die ? edly perceived a man who bad spread head with such violence against Cha.
Of what disorder? she struck her his cloak upon the ground and was tak- lid's tomb, that she died of the wound. ing his repast with an.excellent appetite. The Arab saluted him, according
What! my son dead to ? to custom, and sat down beside him.
A violent earthquake demolished thy “Whence comest thou ?” asked the house, said the Arab, and he was bu.
ried beneath the ruins. stranger. “From the village,” replied the famished Arab, hoping that he
Grief and horror at this melancholy should be invited to partake.
intelligence, deprived the stranger of thou seen my house?” continued the
his appetite ; he ceased to eat, rose from former. “Yes,” answered the Arah ;
his repast, left his provisions behind it is beautiful and magnificent; its him, and hastened home with all possiroof reaches to the sky, and its court ble dispatch, while the hungry Arab sat is delightful as the plains of Paradise.”
down and regaled himself. Hast thou seen my shepherd's dog ?
O, yes! He watches thy herds and Erratum in our 18th No. Trans, of thy flocks with such vigilance that not the Ode, 4th line from the last, for 1
* wolf dares to approach them. “care" read "case" of life, &c.