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some painful expedients for this that melting tenderness of heart, purpose. Her undertanding was which often accompanies heroic indeed convinced by their humane courage, listened to all her argu. and judicious arguments, but her ments with a silent though passionheart soon revolted against them; ate adiniration, and, intiead of at. and, after two or three fevere but tempting to detach her thoughts unsuccessful attempts to correct the from the deplorable condition of obstinate habit of the affectionate her brother, he offered to relinquish idior, the determined to irritate him his own active pu suits, to engage no farther, but to make an entire with her in any plan of sequestered facrifice of her own convenience life, and to take an equal part in and pleasure to the tranquillity of the fuperintendance of that hapless this unfortunate being. She felt a being, who had fo juit a title to tender and melancholy delight in their compassion and their care. promoting his peace and comfort; This generous offer averwhelmed but the time now arrived, in which the tender Melctina. For some the force and purity of her fifterly tiine the could answer it only by attachment was exposed to a trial weeping ; but they were tears of perhaps as severe as ever woman mingled agony and delight. At sustained. A year and some months lait me replied, “ My excellent had now elapsed since the decease friend, I shall now, and

at all of her father, when a young foldier times, have the frankness to arow, of family and fortune, who had that you are extremely dear to me, made a deep impression on her and that I feel, as 1 ought to do, youthful heart, returned to Eng. the uncommon proof which you land from a distant campaign. He are now giving me of the purest was just recovered of a wound, affection ; bur I must not suffer the which had detained him abroad, kindness and generolity of your and returned home in the ardent heart to injure your happiness and hope of being completely rewarded glory. I must not be your wife. for all his toils and sufferings, by The peculiarity of my tituation the possession of his lovely Mele- calls for so painful a sacrifice; but tina. She received him with ail great facrifices have great rewards ; the frankness and warmth of a sin. I feel that I shall be supported by cere and virtuous, affection ; but, the noble pride, not only of disafter they had given to each other charging my duty, but of preserv. a long and circumstantial account ing your tender esteem, which I of their past distrelles, the answered mould certainly deserve to forfeit, his cager propotal of immediate as well as my own, if I did not re. marriage by declaring, that the folutely decline our too generous thought it her duty to renounce her propotal." The affectionate young fair prospect of connubial happi- toldier endeavoured to thake her bers, and to devote herself entirely resolution, by every argument that to that unfortunate brother, who the truth and ardour of his passion existed only by her incessant atten- could pollibly fugget. Meletina tion : fhe enumerated the many was in Aexible ; and the utmoit that reasons that inclined her to such a her lover could obtain, was a propainful facrifice, with all the timple mise, that if, bya attention and and pathetic eloquence of angelic time, the succeeded in her hope of virtue. Her lover, who poflefied restoring the intellects of her bro,

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of the Spectators, seem to be ho- that poffeffion falls short of expecvering over the dishes. Wine, the ration. The longing of twenty great purveyor of pleasure, and the years may be disappointed in the second in rank among the senses, of- unanswered gratification of a single fers his service, when love takes his hour. Whilst we are withing, we leave. It is natural to catch hold fee the best fide ; after we have of every help, when the spirits be- taken poflession, the worst. Regin to droop. Love and wine are folved, to attend to the arguments good cordials, but are not proper on both sides : and to hear every for the beverage of common use. body against every body. The Resolve not to go to-bed on a full mind ought not to be made up, but meal. A light supper and a good upon the best evidence. To be af. confcience are the best receipts for fe&tionate to relations, which is a a good night's reft; and the parents kind of self-love, is preference to of undisturbing dreams. Not to be all other acquaintance. But not enervated by the flatulency of tea. to onit paying the cominanding reLet the second or third morning's spect to merit, which is fuperior to thought be to consider of the em- all the accidental chains of kindred. ployment for the day; and one of Not to debilitate the mind by new the last at night to enquire what has and future compositions. Like the been done in the course of it. Not spider, it may spin itself to death, to let one's tongue run at the ex. The mind, like the field, must have pence of truth. Not to be too its fallow season. The leisure of communicative nor unreserved. A the pen has created honourable acclose tongue, with an open counte- quaintance, and pleased all it has nance, are the safest passports through wished to please. To resolve, not the journey of the world. To cor- to be too free of promises, for perrect the error of too much talking, formances are sometimes very diffiand restrain the narrativeness of the cult things. Not to be too much approaching climacteric. To take alone, nor to read, nor meditate, or the good-natured fide in conversa- talk too much on points that may tion. However, not to praise every awaken tender sensations, and be body, for that is to praise no body. too pathetic for the soul. To en. Not to be inquisitive, and eager joy the present, not to be made too to know secrets, nor be thought to unhappy by reflection on the past, have a head full of other people's nor to be oppreffed by invincible affairs. Not to make an enemy, gloom on the future. To give and nor to lose a friend. To aim at the receive comfort, those neceffary esteem of the public, and to leave alıns to a diftreffed mind. To be a good name behind. Not to be constantly thankful to Providence fingular in dress, in behaviour, in for the plenty hitherto poflefied, notions, or expressions of one's which has preserved one from the thoughts. Never to give bad ad- dependence on party, perfons, and vice, and to strive not to set a bad opinions, and kept one out of debt. example. Seldom to give advice The appearance of a happy fituatill asked, for it appears like giving tion, and opportunities of tasting something that is fuperfluous to many worldly felicities (for content one's self. Not to like or dislike too has seldom perverted itself into dismuch at first sight. Not to won. content), has induced many to conder, for all wonder is ignorance clude, that one must be pleased

ther to wear out, than to rust out. the race of competition, or to be in To rise early, and as often as puso another's way; . To avoid being tible to go to bed before midnight. jostled too much in the freet, being Not to nod in company, nor to in- overcome by the noise of the carri. duige repose too frequently on the ages, and not to be carried even by couch in the day. To waite as lit- curiosity itself into a large croud. tle of life in fleep as may be, for To frive to embody that dignified we Mall have enough in the grave. sentiment, “ to write injuries in Not to give up walking ; nor to dust, but kindneslęs in marble." ride on horseback to fatigue. Ex. Not to give the reins to constiru. perience, and a late medical opi- tional impatience, for it is apt to nion, determine to ride five miles hurry on the first expreßions into every day. Nothing contributes the indecency of swearing. To remore to the preservation of appe- collect, that he who can kèep his rite, and the prolongation of life. oun temper may be matter of an: Cheyne's direction to the valetudi. other's. If one cannot be a stoic, nary, “ to make exercise a part of in bearing and forbearing, on every their religion," to be religiously trying occalion, yet it may not be observed. Tó continue the prac- impoihble to pull the check-itring tice of reading, pursued for more againit the morosencis of spleen of than fifty years, in books on all the impetuolity of peeviffiness, Anfubjects ; for varlety is the falt of ger is a Mort madncii. Not to fall the mind as well as of life. Other in love, now on the precipice of people's thoughts, like the best con- threescore, nor expect to be fallen versation of one's companions, are in love with. A connexion between generally better and more agree. summer and winter is an improper able than one's own. Frequently one. Love, like fire, is a good ferto think over the virtues of one's vant, but a bad master. Love is acquaintance, old and new. To death, when the animal spirits are admit every cheerful ray of sun

gone.

To contrive to have as few thine on the imagination. To a- vacant hours upon one's hands as void retrospection on a past friend- pollible, that idleness, the mother thip, which had much of love in it, of crimes and vices, may not pay for memory often comes when she is its visit. To be always doing of not invited. To try to think more something, and to have something of the living and leis of the dead ; to do. To fill up one's time, and for the dead belong to a world of to have a good deal to fill up, for their own.

To live within one's time is the materials that life is income, be it large or little. Not made of. If one is not able by fito let pafsion of any fort run away tuation, or through the neceffity of with the understanding. Not to raising the fupplies within the year, encourage romantic hopes nor lears. or by habit (for virtue itself is but Not to drive away hope, the fove- habit) to do much olientatious reign balm of life, though he is good, yet do as little harm as pofthe greatest of all flatterers. Not fible. To make the best, and the to be under the dominion of super- most of every thing. Not to inftition or enthusiasm. Not wilfully dulge too much in the luxury of to undertake any thing for which the table, nor yet to underlive the the nerves of the mind or the body constitution. The gout, rheuma. are not strong enough. Not to run tism, and dropsy, in the language

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(From the News Paper, a Poem, by Mr. CRABBE.]
OR here th' infectious rage for party flops,

But flits along from palaces to hops ;
Our weekly journals o'er the land abound,
And spread their plagues and influenzas round;
The village too, the peaceful, pleasant plain,
Breeds the whig-farmer and the tory-swain ;
Brooks' and St. Alban's boasts not, but instead
Stares the Red Ram, and swings the Rodney's head :
Hither, with all a patriot's care, comes he
Who owns the little hut that makes him free;
Whose yearly forty thillings buy the smile
Of mightier men, and never waste the while ;
Who feels his freehold's worth, and looks elate,

and pillar of the state.
Here he delights the weekly news to con,
And mingle comments as he blunders on ;
To swallow all their varying authors teach,
To spell a title, and confound a speech:
Till with a muddled mind he quits the news,
'And claims his nation's licence to abuse;
Then joins the cry, “ that all the courtly race
Strive but for power, and parley but for place;"
Yet hopes, good man! “ that all may still be well,"
And thanks the stars that he's a vote to sell.

While thus he reads or raves, around him wait
A rustic band, and join in each debate ;
Partake his manly spirit, and delight
To praise or blame, to judge of wrong or right;
Measures to mend, and ministers to make,
Till all go madding for their country's fake.

What

What KIND of COMPOSITION a NEWS PAPER is, and the

AMUSEMENT it affords.

(From the fame Poem. ]

Such various subjects in so small a space ?
As the first tip upon the waters bore
Incongruous kinds that never met before ;
Or as Tome curious virtuofo joins,
In one finall room, moths, minerals, and coins,
Birds, beasts, and fishes; nor refutes place
To serpents, toads, and all the reptile race :
So here, compress'd within a single sheet,
Great things and finall, the mean and mighty meet ;.
'Tis this which makes all Europe's business known,
Yet here a private man may place bis own ;
And where he reads of lords and commons, he
May tell their honours that he tells rappee.

Add next th'amusement which the motley page
Affords to either sex and every age :
Lo! where it comes before the chearful fire,
Damps from the press in smoky curls aspire
(As from the earth the sun exhales the dew)
Ere we can read the wonders that ensue:
Then cager every eye surveys the part,
That brings its favourite subject to the heart;
Grave politicians look for facts alone,
And flighting theirs, inake comments of their own;
The sprightly nymph, who never broke her rest
For tottering crowns, or mighty lands oppress'd,
Finds broils and battles, but neglects them all
For songs and suits, a birth-day, or a ball :
The keen warm man o'erlooks each idle tale
For “ monies wanted,” and “ estates on sale ;”?
While the fly widow, and the coxcomb sleek,
Dive deep for fcandal through a hint oblique.

So chirm the news; but we, who far from town
Wait till the postman brings the packet down,
Once in the week a vacant day behold,
And itay for tidings till they're three days old :
Hence on that morn no welcome poít appears,
That luckless morn a lullen aspect wears ;
We meet, but ah! without our wonted linile,
To talk of headachs, and complain of bile;
Sullen we pondcr o'er a dull repait

,
Nor feait the body while the mind must fast.

Such restless pa’lion is the love of news,
Worse than an itch for music of the mufe :

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