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ted Phillidor, that he frequently, adversary's pieces, and the moves played at three games of chess he had made, without once looking at the same time, without seeing at the board himself. either of the Boards. The fol

In January 1775, he published lowing extract relates an account the first of those speeches of Lord of as useful and retentive memo- Chatham's, which are inserted in ry as either we have mentioned. this volume. Of this speech, the It is from the life of Hugh Boyd. wonderful powers of his memory,

The distinguishing qualities of together with his having long accushis mind, were memory, clearness,

tomed his mind to Lord Chatham's and perspicacity. What he once peculiar elegance of style and senheard, or read, he never forgot. He

“ timent,” enabled him to retain the could repeat all the passages that most perfect recollection ; and Lord he most admired, and these were of Temple, and many others who heard course very numerous, in the wri- it, used to say, that Mr. Boyd's retings of Demosthenes and Cicero, port was verbatim as it was spoken : of Thucydides and Tacitus, of Ba- I but it is, if possible, still more excon, Machiavel

, and Montesquieu. (traordinary, that after eighteen years In Poetry, his favorite authors were

had elapsed, I have heard him repeat Homer and Milton, and he could the greatest part of it. Mr. Boyd's repeat several books of the Iliad, mode of writing down speeches and of Paradise Lost, from the be

from memory, was altogether peginning to the end. The speeches culiar, and therefore deserves to be that he had heard in Parliament, or of the speeches he had heard ; but

recorded. He never took any notes in the courts of law, he always re- after attending a long debate in Parmembered, not only in substance, but in the very form and phrase in liament, he would sup at a tavern

with some friends, return home at which they were spoken. And even in familiar conversation, whatever

two or three in the morning, go to interested his mind, never again es

bed directly, rise about seven, and

write down such speeches as he had caped it.

most admired in the course of the The strength of his memory, and debate, without once looking at any the clearness of his understand- of the newspaper reports to faciliing were such, that he could make tate his recollection. This is an arithmetical calculations of conside- absolute fact, which many of his rable length and intricacy entirely friends have often witnessed. in his mind ; without taking down a single unit, he could in a short

DRESS, space of time multiply nine given figures, by other nine, and give the A DRESS too prudish conceals product ; and in the same manner beauty ; a costume too free prostihe could, in the course of an hour, tutes it. A Latin poet observes, I resolve any question in the Rule of do not like Diana when dressed, Three, or in Vulgar Fractions. In nor Cytharena quite naked. One playing at his favorite game of is destitute of voluptuousness; the chess, he would walk about the room, other has too much,

and while he was conversing with is seeming attention on other subjects, dictate the moves to another person,

It is a false and dangerous asserfrom being told the situation of his Ition, that single women at best pass

OLD MAIDS.

their lives in a dull mediocrity, re

SENSIBILITY moved indeed from lively griefs, in this age of refinement and egco but unacquainted with real enjoy- tism, is in the mouth of every one, ments. Spinsters may be daugh- and scarcely in the heart of any. In ters, sisters, aunts and friends, tho' novels, rapid successions of events they are not wives and mothers, must be introduced to keep awake

the languid mind. The most terCALCULATIONS OF LOVE.

rific scenes must be invented to kin

dle the least spark of feeling ; and It is needless to address polite the epithet of intolerable stuff, is atreaders on the absolute necessity of tached to the siinple tale, that in prudential considerations in mar- former times would have drawn riage.

But though the worship of tears of sympathy from the eyes of Plutus seems to be the established

the unlettered reader, religion of the age, yet there are a few dissenters remaining who fancy that pure love will supply a good

A good character is, like a gamedinner. This rash conclusion is ster's money, very difficult to keep ; more the effect of ignorance than and, when lost, still more difficult from any real dereliction of princi- to regain. ple, and proceeds from not knowing the value of money, and not from a Spartan renunciation of the comforts it procures.

USEFULNESS OF AN OLD WOMAX.

Suppose some lace-enveloped Lydia Languish, in On my return, I found an old wothe height of her paroxysm for poor man at a door where she seemed unEnsign Beverly, were compelled to able to gain admittance. I knocked assist the family caterer in the ro- for her, At last a man put his head tine of purchasing daily provisions, out of the window. “Ah! it is this she would discover a great many everlasting hag that wakes us: she inelegant articles to which she never will never die affixed either value or importance I was shocked at this brutal anthat have operated as a constant swer. “ Madam,” said I, “ may I drain upon the needful. If she un- ask the reason of your coming home derstand the common rudiments of so late?” I have been to take care arithmetic let her subtract these es- of a sick person ; but, as I have alsentials from the Ensign's pay and ready sat up too nights, they are asee how much will remain to be fraid I shall fall asleep, and have 6 the food of love,"

sent me away."

“They should have let you sleep at the house that employed you."

« I feared lest I On a dissatisfied man.. should be troublesome.

At my Still restless, still chopping and chan- age, Sir, we are not sufferable but in ging about ;

cases of the most urgent necessity; Still enlarging, rebuilding and making yet there is no tenderness but in a rout;

women, there is no attention but in Little Timothy Outre as it may appear, old women. The young ones are Builds up and pulls down again ten constantly occupied in taking care

times a year : With this altering rage, poor dissatis- of themselves. As for me, I divide fied elf,

myself into four parts. when I am What a pity it is he dont alter himself. I nursing one that is sick : I have an

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eye to every thing. I do not fear that the dreadful pangs of approaching want of sleep will

weigh my eye-lids dissolution. Young, she is beautidown, make me become pale, and ful; old, she is good.: one grateful even indisposed.

word over-pays her. Old women “ A sick person never constrains are fit for a number of things which himself with an old woman.”

young ones are incapable of performI felt that this woman knew

ing, either from ignorance, or beceedingly well the utility of her age. An old woman is never tired of any

cause they will not take the trouble. Still the door was unopened. I knocked again, but no answer was

thing. I am old, Sir, and I knoty made. At this moment a man ar

my value in society. rived from the house that the old woman had quitted. " Ah, Mrs.

TO CORRESPONDENTS. Thompson, are you here yet !" cried he: “ your patient wants you again ;

Our poctical department is enriched he will have none but you ; I beg with the favor of a valuable corres.

pondent. We admire liis protean tal. you will return." The good old

ents, and shall receive his communica. woman returned. I saw that she tions with pleasure. was not destitute of information; she was highly pleased that the sick noisy tribe. If he gets the company of

EMILIUS has thrown his arrow at a person had sent for her again. I Babblers on him, it would be better he went with her, in order to have a were in Babel. little further talk on the subject.

THE THEATRE will be opened on « Women,” said she to me, « are Monday evening. We shall keep, an men's nurses. I heard it once told eye on the stage, and are promised - to an old officer, whom I'nursed dur: much valuable assistance in swewing ing sickness, that after the battle of

the very body of the times Rosbach, the general, who had many

Its form and pressure, · wounded soldiers, and few people year, we unexpectedly gave offence to

In pursuing the same system the last to take care of them, determined to the whole empire of the theatre, and to make nurses of all the loose fe- armed against ourselves both the monmales that follow the army, and arch and his people. Under its present told them that they would do well establishment, with two or three heads, io behave properly. Well, Sir, the shall be in danger of injury it we should

like the Lacedemonian Republic, we greatest part of them became stea- unfortunately be suspected of using “pady, industrious, and attentive ; they per bullets of the brain.” took care of the soldiers as if they We anticipate again some difñculties bad been their children, and saved of this sort, as we know the tender nathree parts of them. A woman is

ture of that pride which is inspired by

a consciousness or a fancy of talents.--often praised, but never sufficiently while our remarks however, are found. valued. When a man sees a wo-ed in truth and dictated by candor we man, what ought he to see in her ? shall pay little attention to individual His Burse, his guardian, his mis- capriciousness, anxious only to repay tress, kis wifc, his unceasing friend, rect observations on the interesting sub

the liberality of our patrons with corhis comforter in sickness ; the be-jects of the drama. ing that gives him his first life, that affords him his first food, that is the

The Editors respectfully request the

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PO E T R Y.

FOR THE EMERALD.

EPIGRAMS.
To *****

Sylvia her gambling nephew chides,
An imitation of Secundus.

With many a sharp & pithy sentence;

The graceless youth her care derides, THE urchin Love had drawn his bow,

Yet seems to promise her repentance. In act, my girl, to pierce thee thro',

“When you,” dear aunt, “relinquish But when he saw that brow so fair, Those flowing locks of auburn hair,

man, Those eyes quick glancing, mild, yet The conscious matron shakes her fan,

Espect me to abandon gaming." bright, Beaming forth their liquid light;

"Go, rogue, I find you're past reAnd that breast, where joy reposes

claiming." Between two little hills of roses ; All enchanted with thy charms,

I heard last week, friend Edward, thou. He threw away his useless dart,

wast dead. Flew in transport to thy arms,

I'm very glad to hear it too, cried Ned. And sunk enraptur'd on thy heart, Gave thee kisses o'er and o’er,

Selected for the Emerald. Choicest kisses of his store, Gave thee too, each winning grace, [THE SUBMLIMITY OF THE SACRED Of form, of feature, and of face, WRITINGS defies imitation or paraThat, all lovely you might prove phrase. They have a simplicity, o The unconquerable power of love. grandeur, an eloquence, peculiarly their And ah! he swore by every God, own, and seem to contain, by their singu-, Swore by his mothers myrtle rod, larly admirable style, internal evidence That your bosom should remain

of inspiration. The bold and important Free from love's delicious pain..

truths they disclose, unincumbered

with Can we wonder then, thy kiss

lofty sounds or superfluous epithets, come Thrills with such delicious bliss ? with full force to the heart, while

every Can we wonder that you prove

circumstance is enumerated that can alAverse to lovers and to love ?

lure, council or intimidate. From these circumstances alteration ceck.

ens, and even the thoughts, accompaniel For the Emerald.

by the harmony of verse, as generally

less impressie than when verrated with THE SPORT OF VENUS.

the simplicity of separion

The
From the
Latin.

Book of Foli

, as it is of the most ONCE, Venus designing some new impresive histories in the Bible, and of source of bliss,

such poetical cast til by some to be Invented, with frolicksome hand, the deemed a moral allegorg, has been the sweet kiss ;

subject of frequent version, and the atTemper's juice of ambrosia, with ma tempt has been repeatedly made, to degical art,

termine whether the language of poetry 'Then with nectar infus'd, bedew'd ev or sacred writ was better suited to in ery part ;

spire the variety of emotions which this Then adds part of that loney, which story creates. Without meaning to ir Love by deceit

sinuate a preference, we offer the followOnce robb'd the poor bees of, tho'stung ing version of the 28th Chapter, as ons for the feat ;

of the best that has ever appeared ; and Then the fragrance of violets, carefully we speak of it in no common terms of chose,

approbation. It is at once bold, beauAnd full many a spoil, from the sum tiful and sublime ; and while it displays mer's fair rose.

the tremendous power of the Almightë, These make up the kiss, all so sweetly obliges us forcibly to realize the truth. combin'd,

that no one can And that kiss on the lips of my Cloe “ Stand the substitute of Providence." you'll find X. We feel confident it will be often adverted

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10, and perused with pleasure by judi. With wings the breeze, with balm the cious and intelligent minds, and are hap dew supplies ? Dy to preserve it in the Emerld.

did the music of according spheres, It would be difficult to select the beauties Or shouts of angels, ever reach thy ears? of a production in which every line is Who fix'd the barriers of the lawless poetry. Yet orr readers will fezl the main, electric force of inany peculiar expres- Where foaming to the beach it roars sions, and the happy adaptation of epi. in vain ? thets and the style of loft; interrogation Obsequious to their God the waters has a force and dignity suited to the sub stand, ject. We acknowledge it is long, but Heap'd on themselves, high o'er the we sincerely wish there was more of it ; threaten'd land : and we have chosen to present it entire Billows the voice omnipotent obey'd, rather than break the connection. It is Thus far, ye seas-here your proud a treat for the lover of poetry which he waves bestay'd. cannot always procure, and a recom, Didst thou appoint the day spring to be pence for any time or labor that shall

born, be bestowed in its perusal. Though se- ! Or pour out genial light on infant morn ? lecte lit is rare, and we believe will now Didst thou mark where the golden sun for the first time meet the eye of our should rise, readers. ...Emer. Ed’rs.

Or teach the dawn to paint the orient

skies? The XXVIIIth Chapter of JOB, Whø feeds the blaze of unexhausted paraphrased.

day,

[away?

That 'drives detected guilt confus'd With quick vibrations of ætherial Gav'st thou the wave o'er peopled flame,

wastes to flow, The voice divine frotn forth the whirl. Or hast thou search'd the chrystal wind came.

depths below! The skies in undulation shook around, There hast thou seen my wond'rous And Joe and nature trembled at the strata spread, sound.

Or billows gurgling from their oozy bed, TH' Almighty thus-say who presump. Know'st thou how new born winds their tuous tries

pinions try, To pierce unbounded space with mor. Or where, inehaind the slumbʼring tal eyes?

tempests lye ? Can finite beings and weak reason's line Say, when didst thou substantial night Fathom the boundless depths of pow'r behold, divine ?

Or see the gate to death's drear courts Answer thy God, where wast thou,

unfold? earth born man,

Did e'er thy eyes his gloomy reign in. Ere motion, time, or entity began?

vade, When thro' the skies yon faming orbs Or hast thou walk'd in his tremendous were hurld,

shade ; Who fix'd the basis of the stedfast Where ghastly forms in pompous horworld?

rors wait, Who thus has heav'd aloft each pon- | And howling woes support the dread. d'rous sphere,

ful state ? To float self-balanc'd, in circumfluous Declare, to thee are earth's dimensions air ?

known, Who o'er the measurd globe has The mighty axis, and the burning zone! stretch'd the line,

Know'st thou the region of immortal Or steer'd the sun thro' each illustrious day, sign?

Where dazzling beams in sportive gloWho laid the corner stone, what potent

ries play? hand ?

Know'st thou the cave where gloomy Or say, where plac'd, earth's stable vapours dwell; columns stand ?

Or genuine night's inhospitable cell? Who, when the morning stars in con- Art thou indeed by deep experience sort rise,

sage,

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