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For the Emerall.

That makes you to reflection blind ?

'Tis prejudice that haunts you still, FABLE....22.

Contracts your good, augments your ill, THE VIRTUOSO AND THE BUTTERFLY Commences with your earliest breathi, To a Parent.

Nor leaves you on the bed of death.

Then early shape the busy mind, I HATE the inan of little mind,

To the first bend the tree's inclin'd; To futile meannesses confn'd,

This teach, while youth preserves her Who never ventures from the ground,

fires, Of a vain trifler's narrow bound,

For age retains, what youth acquires. And plodding on, forgets his claim, To subiccts of a nobler aim. A Virtuoso--one whose mind

For the Emerald.
To little things alone confin'd,

A SIMILE....ON COMPANY.
By fashion and by whim directed-
All useful sciences neglected.

[The following is better for its inorality Now pass'd the busy scenes of strife,

than its wit. Our correspondent will That fill the void of useless life ;

not be offended at the remark, as we And daily verging to the grave, praise him on the best side.] Thus to his son, his charge he gave. As brooks which come from distant hills Behold! my son, this curious hoard, Will often mix with other rills ; Which my life's labor thus hath stor’d! Or if they roam thro' od’rous mearls Here lie bones, butterflies and shells, Where lilies raise their flowery heads ; And there th’immortal mummy dwells : Or pass through some enameli'd green 0! ne'er divide a stock so rare, (By way of similie, I mean) Obtain'd with cost, and kept with care, Or if through minerals they came, Soon must I yield, alas ! my breath, They'll bear some tincture of the same. Age comes, the harbinger of death. So man as thro' the world he goes Let nothing more, thy thoughts pursue, Is just like water as it Hows ; Preserve these things, my son, adieu ! For if good company he's pass'd in,

A Butterfly, perch'd near the place, The impression will be strong & lasting, Cries whence this hatred to our race ! But if bad company's his aim, Engag'd in vain, in low pursuits, He'll bear some tincture of the same. Which sure thy reasoning power re

sutes,
How dost thou, inconsid'rate man!

For the Emerald.
Degenerate from nature's plan?
Man, boasting man, creation's lord,

EPIGRAM .....TO A LEVITE.
Draws forth bis all puissant sword,

More Miltonica !
He buckles on his shining shield,
And rushes to the glorious field,

Who is that wight a Stranger cries,

In silken rest and sable guise, Resolv'd to conquer, or to die, And wages warm-with what ? a fly. Bepowder'd thus with pride elate ? Is this mature reflection's choice?

A Friend the Stranger thus address’d, Does this comport with reason's voice ?

“ Sir, he's a minister, or priest, Say from what secret sources spring,

“Who walketh in so great estate.” This partial care for little things ? That priests who whilome humble were, Yesterday you saw my form

Should trip with so uplifted air, Trail o'er the ground, a humble worm ; With such a huge and monstrous hat To-day, behold! from earth it springs, I ken doth much deride his cloth, [on, Borne thro' the air on golden wings. Who prays for coat uneat by moth, View this, and act a different part,

And wealth on which no thief might And let this moral touch thy heart,

batten. For once reflect--for once be grave, I qvert he dines on sumptuous cate ;Think that thou hast a soul to save. In ancient times the like was ne'er : What is this bias of the mind,

For I should really ween he were See Dr. Byles Meditation of Cassim. Yclep'd a MINISTER OF STATE.

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saw,

And now and then the silent tear would

drop

O'er her lost mother's charms, her PALMYRA.

mother's worth;

That tear her sainted parent's spirit A Taie. Far from the splendid world, amid the Exhald to heav'n, and treasur'd on her wild

heart. Romantic scenery of the Cambrian Palmyra was as fair as she was young, rocks,

The tenderest rose, that in your briar'd Where the wave dashes o'er the whit.

dell en'd cliff,

Opens sequester'd, softend o'er ber And from the mountain's summit, tree

cheek ; enrob’d,

The clearest lily which Italia's bower Thunders the falling torrent : where Boasts as its pride, was polish'd on her the vale

neck, Spreads its broad breast, the savage

And blanch'd far whiter, for her swell. hills between,

ing breast. Waving its yellow harvest on the wind ; Round her cheek (vein inlaid) the silkWhere tangled beech, and lime thick

en hair interwove,

In many an amber ring luxuriant curl'd; Shadow the tasteful dome, and hang Thence, rich in liberal loveliness alone, their boughs

O'er her low shoulders, like a sunny Round the low lattice, open to the gales

stream, That waft the woodbine's and the vine's It poured its yellow light; or graceful perfume ;

wreath'd, Where from the opposing rocks' gigan. With bands of field flow’rs, closer to tic heights,

her head Heights thyme-encover’d, leaps the in- She wove its fair profusion ; or in nets 12fant kid,

of silvery tint, captiv'd its plenteous < Daring aud thoughtless, like the youth

charius. of man

Oft thro' the tressy gold, her azure eres The brave Lysander liv'd;—from toil Smil'd sportive joyance, or far dearer

retir’d, He bade bis laurels mingle with the Long streams of sweetness to the soft

ening soul : Which acorn buds engarland ; he had India's white pearls, repos’d within her

lips, To live amid the dangers of a camp,

Where blush'd the ruby thro’a liquid But now his useless arms lay vacant by, Around whose deepend sweets usAnd serv'd alone to illustrate the tale

number'd loves, Of hair - breadth 'scapes, and cities And chaster graces, wav'd the snowy storm'd in blood :

wing: Yes, he would often at the evening hour, Al! she was lovelier than the boasted When the warm fire amid the social

fair walls

Who rous'd contending monarchies to Shed genial heat, and from the snowy Fairer than Venus in her softest hours Flam’d mimic day upon the startledeye; More than Minerva awful, and in form When the rain rattled on the shelter'a The graceful huntress of the groves, roof,

whose limbs And the wind rag'd impotent; then, o The light winds mist enamourd, as she then,

few, Drawn to the cheerful hearth, he'd sit Knew no perfection, like Palmyra's and talk,

shape.Smile, glow, or weep, as memory thrill'd

( To be continued.) his heart. Meanwhile with animation, sweetness,

Boston, ( Mass.) Publisheci grace,

BY BELCHER & ARMSTRONG. His only child sat listening to the tale ;

No. 70, State Street,

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ORIGINAL PAPERS.

FOR THE EMERALD.

could not exist without fire, for remove this, and it changed into ice. The next ingenious theorist was ANAXIMENES. He forsooth had most

certainly discovered primary matTHE WANDERER,

ter. He grasped the phantom and No. LIII.

found it air : Air was an element, without which neither water nor

fire could subsist. The corpuscuThe study of natural history has lar system of DEMOCRITUS came a tendency to expand the mind and last. With him the origin of invigorate the understanding. It the universe was an atom. What seems to give us new senses, by fur- this atom was, he could not say ; nishing so many new objects ofsense. he could affirm only what it was It discovers to us worlds before un- not. It was neither a drop of water, known. It helps us to look through a spark of fire, nor a bubble of air, nature, to “ see through this air, but all these and something else. this ocean and this earth."

From these atoms or corpuscles To the mind that takes pleasure

were made seeds and eggs ; that in the pursuit of first principles, the from seeds originated vegetables, various theories with respect to

and from eggs animals were born. primary matter, cannot be uninter- Independent of his theory, though esting. It was sometime after Py

incidental thereto, Democritus exthagoras flourished, that this sub pressed important ideas, which have ject first atıracted attention. Thales been sanctioned by the countenance of Miletus, produced the first hy- of illustrious modern authority pothesis. He declared that all

He confidently asserted the quantithings were made out of water ; ty of matter to be the same now as that only water existed prior to the at the beginning of creation : that

“ And the spirit it was not in the power of man to of God moved upon the waters,” is

create or annihilate one particle of a passage from Genesis, that has matter : that none but God could been thought to confirm the Mile- from nothing create substance: none sian's conjecture. Soon however

but He could reduce substance back HERACTICUS arose, daringly con- to nothing again. Democritus tradicted Tuales, and maintained

the tombs the more that fire was the origin of the world, uninterruptedly to pursue his own and what it contained ; that, tho'

meditations. He was called Peninvisible, it was essential to the be- Tathius, or the conquerer in five ing of every thing ; that water

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VOL. I.

It is amusing to contemplate this proportion to minuteness, a moment exertion of human ingenuity- is an-age. · But when we have seen We should not smile in derision of these wonders of nature, how far what may now scem simple, but have we advanced ? Compariurely gaze in wonder at what was then so no farther than when we began. In gigantic. We find that the philo- the-scale of infinity, we can never sopher's stone was the object that be nearer to the end. When the monopolized litcrary attention at a powers of art have magnified ani. much later day; an object more mated particles to one million times visionary and far less instructive. their real size, we are just able 10 We here witness the first attempts behold them alive, to realize that at the analysis of matterWe see they have voluntary motion. Let original chemists without a labora- us reason then when we we can no tory; the various objects of nature longer perceive. We have no right tricd in the crucible of mind. The) to believe that we can look to the labors of Thales and Heraclitus, end of creation; that where our inAnaximenes and Democritus are struments fail there animation ends. stupendous. They are proofs of The successire improvements of great strengh of understanding and the microscope have always enlarg. spirit of research. They, show the ed the bounds of animated nature ardor of enterprize in pursuit of first to our eyes, and we have really to principles ; the genius of nature right to believe but that the smalunassisted by the exertions of art. lest animalcule we behold are the They are of the utmost importance whales of these little oceans, and to him, who delights in speculations prey on others as much more mion the philosophy of the human nute than themselves, as they are mind, and are among the most in- smaller than the common insects teresting objects, that attract atten- that meet our eye. Those infinitetion, in the antiquity of natural his- ly small beings then which are 100 tory.

minute to be perceived by our sen.

ses with the best assistance, must We cannot but notice with satis- have a regular organization, they faction, as connected with the amuse-must be supplied with vessels caments of philosophy, the exhibition pable of receiving and digesting the of the Solar MicROSCOPE. The food on which they live ; a circulanew world which the Microscope tion of some fluid answerable to blood discovers, is as grand and magnifi- must be kept up through the body. cent as the understanding can com- Now how incredibly minute must prehend. It is doubtful whether be the particles of a fluid which we have most to admire the sub

runs through the body of an animallime operations of nature in the stu- cula not capable of being perceived pendous works she presents to us, by the senses at a magnifying powor the wonderful organization of one million ; and of what size those infinitely small portions of must be that particle of air, which animated life which the microscope shall be more rarefied than this othunfolds.

We discover animation er fluid we liave mentioned ; and where it would be incredible that yet this particle of air is grossness matter can be found. We see be- itself when compared with a ray of ings to whom the point of a needle light ; and this again is compariis an extensive plain, a clrop of wa- tively a mountain to the" primary. Tur an ocean, and if existence is in matter," The mind is pained by

er of

ideas of this kind, as the eye is serve and the stateliness of gravity, strained by attempting the view of Chcerfulness of this kind makes objects too small for comprehen- every thing pass pleasantly; it gives sion. Yet as we sometimes admire to the present its full share of de: to look beyond our own range into light without robing the future of the unbounded field of etherial gran- its charms or memory of its joys. deur, to trace worlds beyond worlds, The cheerful man is a kind of Al

as tho' the Almighty word went on chymist who transmutes into the | creating through the immensity of gold of satisfaction the baser metals

space, so it is pleasing to look of life. It is not that a want of sendownward to a no less wonderful sibility prevents his feeling for the exertion of infinite power, to real- evils and the distresses which more ize the incredible minuteness of an or less inevitably meet him, nor that imated particles, feeling in turn the with a careless indifference to the delights and the troubles of life, welfare of his fellow men he can partaking probably of joy and sor- smile with satisfaction though surlow, happiness and pain.

rounded by their miseries, and enjoy The exhibition of the Microscope the luxuries he possesses without is a real gratification to a philoso regarding the want and poverty of phical and intelligent mind. It his less afiluent neighbors. A cold gives a range of ideas that to the and ungenerous selfishness of this inexperienced would be new, and to kind has no communication with those who have cultivated such stu

cheerfulness. It is requisite that dies, delightful and improving. It the bosom expand with those feel. exhibits a fairer view of Almighty ings which humanity enjoins, and benevolence, that gives life and plea- the heart beat with a consciousness sure to such an unbounded and in- of performing the duties it comnumerable tribe of beings, and teach-manded to ensure that cheersul sunes us that literally the dust beneath shine of the soul which raises and our feet is alive,

E. brings to maturity the sweetest flow

ers of pleasure.

You will find however that cir

cumstances produce very different For the Emerald.

effects on the disposition and man

ners of different individuals. One CHEERFULNESS. set is gloomy and desponding,

though fortune's chcicest favors inThe pleasantest of all compan- vite them to lay aside every thing ions is the cheerful man. Prescrv- but mirth; and others, whose coming an equal distance from noisy merce with the world is a miserable and obstreperous mirth and dull un- barter of injuries and misfortunes, ociable melancholy he gives to life wear nevertheless the smile of condiat amusement and pleasure which tent, and greet you with a sweet seis at the same time suited to ration-renity that speaks welcome, to the al reflection and liberal indulgence. heart. Some are of so restless a Conscious of the proper dignity make that every east wind is a fever vihich his situation requires he nev- and every cloud a storm ; others en. er diminishes from it by the vulgar joy forever en uniform tranquility siots of intemperate gaiety, nor which defies the power of the eles seks to support it by a gloomy rc-ments to clistuib.

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