Imagens das páginas
PDF
ePub

6

winding my way towards a planta. stood and gazed on him for some tion, I with pleasure viewed the time, not willing to break his repose, rising of the sun crowned in tran- which he seemed much to enjoy. scendant brightness.

At length he awoke; and my sur

prise was not a ittle increased, when, - Beneath thy parent beams, The queen of gentlest beauty earliest comes; arising from this bed of straw, I beSweetly she smiles, and gladsomely she trips, held an old Indian. I was about reAnd sings the song of joy.'

tiring, when he accosted me with Before I had reached

Me, massa, no hurt you !'-I destined

my spot, the sun had risen far above the found he had lost his leg. I asked

turned, and viewed him again. I distant hill, and clothed the surrounding prospects with enliveningswered me as well as possibly he

him many questions, which he anbeauty. The primrose and the could. I learnt that he had been in violet adorned the ground, the grass the English service, and lost his was yet wet with the dew, the sport- limb in an engagement with the ive flocks were scattered over the distantį meads, the plowboy whis- enemy, and for his support had

learnt to make nets and rush-baskets,' tling drove his team to yoke, and all

which were concealed in a corner of nature seemed to rejoice at the re, this hut, covered with straw. An old turn of Spring. As I walked on enjoying the gentle zephyrs, the knapsack served him for a pillow,

and his crutch was all his defence. spangled fields, and verdant lawns, I put a pittance in his hand, for and thinking of thousands who were which he blessed my goodness. yet in their buds, or, perhaps, wasting the early hour in wantonness and

• The check'd tear, luxury (which, in the modern fa- Dimming his dark eye's lustre, seem'd to say, shionable phrase, is termed pleasure), This world is now, to me, a barren waste, the thought recalled to my recollec- A desert full of weeds, and wounding thorns,

And I am weary; for my journey here tion the following lines :

Has been, though short, but cheerless." “Ye pallid tribes, who breathe a stagnant air ! I walked by his side until we reached Ye sons of sickness, or corroding care!

the road that led to the next village, And you, ye fair, whose radiant eyes impart Delicious poison to the enraptur'd heart! and, by his conversation, found that Here on the banks of willow-shaded floods, he acknowledged and adored the Or with the Dryads of the groves and woods, Deity. He told me the many dangers Inhale the morning's aromatic breeze, That wafts delight, and banishes disease ; and miseries he had endured, and Here woo the power that swells your balmy though at an advanced age, hoped

sighs, And kindles loves and graces in your eyes;

once inore to behold his native land. Here cheerful youth's serenest tints resume, I reasoned with him, and bade him The genial glow of love, and joys perennial not repine though fortune frowned : bloom!

every one that liveth hath more or In an adjoining field stood a tem. less his portion of calamity. porary lodge for the accommodation of ihe cattle. A gentle shower that began Be cheerful! thou art not a fugitive! to fall quickened my steps towards All are thy kindred--all thy brothers

, here

The boping, trembling creatures of one it for shelter; when, entering it, to

God!' my great surprise, I found a man asleep on some straw, with his face By my watch, I found that it was downwards. He was dressed in an old near eight o'clocks; so pursued my soldier's coat and blue trowsers. I way across the tields home, having a

• Exiled man,

more pleasing prospect before me,

• But happy they, the happiest of their kinde

Whom gentle stars unite, and in one fare which was to attend the nuptials Their hearts, their fortunes, and their beings of a friend, and the felicity and ho blend.' nour of being the donor of the bride. Having equipped myself in

Happiness or misery is the lot of my best, I hastened to the spot, every votary of Hymen, and as such where I found my friend ready in it highly becomes every one to obhis wedding suit, with hopes de serve the following piece of wholelighted, and the dear lovely object some advice: of his choice dressed in white, pure

Pause, ponder, sift; not eager in thy choice, as the driven snow, attended by Nor jealous of the chosen-fixing, fix : some lovely maids, with chéeks of Judge before marriage, then confide 'till living roses. Gentle reader, pardon

death.' me when I say, I was inspired by Though not proudly recorded in their lovely charms, and could not the annals of gallantry, nor too forbear to clasp each maiden alter- passionate in my affection, yet lives nately to my bosom-and

there one to whom my heart would

fain acknowledge an esteem : my in• One kiss, enchanting maid! I cry'd ; tentions, dictated by honour, wait for One litele kiss and then adieu!"

an avowal, and then will I acknowWe then in lively array repaired ledge the secret fondness I bear. to the sacred fane. As we approached "Yes, it is true, I utter'd not my tale; the altar, a modest blush adorned the But didst thou never hear the bitter sighs beauteous maid, while purest love That swellid my breast, ne'er see what deadly with all its gentle emotions kindled Stole oer my cheek; how often to mine eyes; in her eyes, and soon I gave her Spite of myself, the grief-wrung tears would white lily hand to him who is wor•

rise, thy of the prize;

When by thy side some youth, than me more

bold,

Made blest in all those charms that wealth · Who with noble mind,

supplies, To modest worth his nuptial hand resign'd; With ready tongue his artful story told? Each action dignified, each word serene, Hast thou not seen my passion, ill-controul'd, Love's tend'rest thoughts still bright'ning For tbee in thousand nameless actions shewn? o'er his mind,

Seen that in others nought could I behold;' Graceful he decks her with the mystic sign, That still I spoke, mov'd, breach'd, for i bes That bids their souls in endless love combine.

alone? Then leads her kind to feasts luxurious And might not these bave taught thee, far above spread,

The feeble power of words, my matublass Where all the graces deck their nuptial bed; love? While youth with new-blown How'rets strew

Since social scenes are more adaptAnd round their steps soft hymeneals play.'' ed to the female character, let me

We had scarcely quitted the therefore recommend to you, fair church when the merry bells begun the readers, a choice of that happiness cheerful peal, and the day was spent which an union of worth is likely with innocent mirth and pleasure. ferable to a single lite, uncheered by

to attain at the altar, as much preGentle reader, you will doubtless al. low the single state, under some

the pleasing contemplation of dosituations, to be a source of comfort, mestic society, or happy by the deand the marriage one much its in- lightful satisfaction of maternal feelferior when minds are

ings, to sooth the spondent

Wintery blasts of sad declining age.'

the way,

not correo

ence

Though a capricious maid has some will pay a proper attention to given me just reason to complain, my remonstrance, while it is in my yet will I not, for her sake, despise power to render them the most esthe sex, renounce society, and court sential service. The commencement the gloom of solitude. The smiling of my existence has been a matter dawn of happy days may yet be of dispute among philosophers of mine; and I indulge the fond hope most ages and nations, who have that the happy time is not far dis- too much neglected to improve me, tant, when, like my friend, I shall while they were unprofitably emwith ineffable delight stray with ployed in fixing my origin. I, howrapture through the blissful groves ever, date my birth from the remotest of Hymen, and pluck with reciprocal antiquity. My mother, whose existe delight the fairest and sweetest flow. never had a beginning, lost ers of human felicity.

that existence the moment I was To conclude, I subjoin a character born; but at my death she will rewhich truly belongs to the dear ob- gain it, and it shall never more come ject of my wishes :

to an end. I was present when the

vast fabric of created things emerged A maid Who knows not courts, yet courts does far from ancient chaos, and saw it arise outshine,

completely beautiful and perfect In every noble beauty of the mind : from the forming hand of its gloOne, who, in native loveliness arrayed, Has a soul much too great to stoop to pride,

rious Creator, when the morning La the mean ways by which it aims at gran stars sung together, and the sons of deur.'

God shouted for joy.' I saw the successive generations of men people the globe, presided at their birth,

attended them through life, and To the EDITOR of the Lady's fixed the period of their days. In MAGAZINE.

me they existed, and from me the

means of obtaining every blessing Sir,

have been derived through all ages. IF the following letter, which was I have not only brought into being Sent by a clergyman to a youthful emperors, kings, philosophers, and and giddy relative of mine, and of heroes, but have been their constant which I obtained a copy, appear to companion, and immortalised their you as ingenious and instructive as names and characters through sucI consider it, you will greatly oblige ceeding generations. Without me an occasional correspondent by giv- they could never have acquired honour, ing it a place in your agreeable Mis- fame, or conquest. Their greatest cellany.

Yours, &c. labours, their best-concerted schemes,

L. M. their most admired systems, philoChichester, April 2.

sophy, morals, and religion, gradually

ripened under the auspices of my * If age may be allowed to confer favour, and were by me matured, wisdom, and claim the ear of public and brought to perfection. It was attention, I have the best title to a I that mellowed the glowing touches patient and respectful hearing from of Raphael and Titian, and spread a mankind. And, notwithstanding the , venerable glory on their works. To subject-maiter of my address will be me Homer owes much of his fame, complaints against them for their and the labours of ancient artists are neglect and ingratitude, yet I trust indebted to me for much of the

praise they have acquired. I destroy appellation. All are wise who value as well as create : by me the Egyp- and improve me, and none but these tian pyramids arose; by me they are truly intitled to that dignified cha. will be demolished. By impercep- racter. And although I shall not exist tible degrees I crumble the proudest to see the final lot of those innum monuments of human skill and la- merable millions who have either rebour to dust, and erase the memorial vered og abused me; yet I will venof the great. I bring to light truths ture to assert that the reverence, or long obscured by darkness, the secret abuse, which they have shewn me, machinations of the wicked, those will be made the only criterion of virtues that bloom in obscurity, and their fate in another state of exist. establish the characters of men, ence. In proportion as they have of kings, and of nations. No man valued me, they will be esteemed in ever saw me intire; for though I am the sight of the Supreme Judge. But continually in view, yet they only however slighted or misemployed I behold in succession the parts of may be by the sons of folly, or votawhich I am composed. It is by my ries of pleasure, they will all seek the means tbat men 'enjoy their most continuance of my presence and fadesirable pleasures, and yet, while rour, when convinced that they can in the enjoyment of them, they fre- no longer enjoy it. The prospect of quently neglect and abuse me. Not- losing me for ever awakens affection, withstanding I am their best friend, even in those who till that moment yet they often compel me into the either 10tally slighted me, or emmost unnatural employments, and ployed me to the worst of purposes. many of the great use all their art Those who have wasted me in a to kill me, although they know me guilty round of animal gratifications, to be essential to all their happiness. The pursuits of folly and madness, or The lover, the statesman, the poet, sacrificed me, day's and hours withand the usurer, at certain periods, out number, at the card-table, will all wish me annihilated, and con then lament their foolishness, and sider me as the greatest bar to that seek with unavailing tears for a little felicity which they contemplate in more prospect. To the heir of a large

TIME. estate I am peculiarly irksome, and he, at the same time, wishes my departure and arrival. Such is

LONDON FASHIONS. the inconsistency of mankind. They always think my presence tedious, (With an Engraring, elegantly com and yet are frequently complaining

loured.) that I depart too soon.

I am, however, differently judged 1. A PLAIN white satin slip of by the wise man and the tool. made strait, and high in front; While the latter complains that my sleeves of white crape, rather loose motion is slow, and that I hang and full: over the slip, a vest made heavy on his hands, the former of pale blue sarsenet, either higured esteemis me in proporsion to my or plain, and trimmed with white value, and lansents the rapidity of fancy trimming. Head-dres, a riara m Hight. All are fools who ne of gold in front, and over the back glect and abuse me; and indeed it part of the head a purple silk net: is those only who can properly be handkerchief richly bordered and stigmatised with that contemptuous spangled with gold; on the left arm,

wearer.

an armlet enriched with a topaz, with fine point lace: petticoat of &c. Small gold watch and chain white crape, the left side of which outside the dress, ornamented with was embroidered in waves of silver; pearls and small seals. White shoes at the bottom a foil border, studded and gloves.

with stars of dead silver; on the right 2. Round long dress of orange, șide across was a falling drapery of coloured crape, over a petticoat of embroidered border of ivy leaves, white sarcenet : sleeves of white over which two corners with tassels net, linert, with silk. Head-dress, a suspending, and showered with small close round cap of purple velvet, spangles, having a particular good ornamented with gold stars, and a, effect; on the other side a band of rich gold cord and tassel hanging from silver, tastefully supporting rich cords the centre; and a plume of shaded and tassels. Head-dress, plume of swansdown feathers. White shoes ostrich feathers, pearl coronet neckand gloves.

lace, bracelets, &c. The elegance of this dress would only be surpassed

by the appearance of the amiable Ladies' DRESSES at the Queen's Lady C. Long.--Crape petticoat DRAWING-ROOM,

appliqued with a rich gold border,

and strewed with spots, drawn up ON Thursday, April 9, her ma- with large gold cords and tassets; jesty held a drawing-room. There train of dark figured silk, trimmed were present the princesses Augusta, with handsome point and gold lace. Elizabells Mary, and Amelia ; the Mrs. C. Berne.--Body and train dukes of Kent, Cumberland, and Cum- of grass green satin, trimmed with bridge ; and a very great number of joint lace; petticoat of pamona green, the nobility, and persons of distinc- appliqued in different shades of green tion. The new ministers were pre- and gold, forming three drapcries sented to her majesty. The following with handsome borders. are some of the ladies who were pre Miss C. Berne.--- Presented.--sented, with the dresses they wore on White satin train, sleeves appliqued the occasion.

in silver, and velvét spots with a rich The beautiful lady Annesley, by border at the bottom, and trimmed her mother the countess Mounts with lace ; petticoat of white satin, norris. Her ladyship was dressed in with draperies of white crape, apwhite crape, ornamented with pearls. pliqued in a rich border of velvet

Miss O’Leirne, by her mother, the and silver, in the form of wheatlady of the bishop of Meath. ears; a sash embroidered with the

Miss Tilney Long, presented by same pattern, thrown over the left her mother, lady Catharine Long. pocket-hole, and a handsome draHer dress was extremely elegant, pery on the right side. This dress and more admired than any one at was extremely elegant. Head-dress, court.

ostrich feathers, pearl coronet of The train 'was of white satin, butterfly. richly embroidered down the sides in Lady d Court.-White crape dress silver mosau border, body strewed with points. The appearance of this with spangles, and sleeves trimmed dress was extremely neat.

Vol. XXXVIII.

« AnteriorContinuar »