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MY fair reader has been hitherto fatigued by the explanation of botanical terms.

Every science has its peculiar Language.

Music has also its gamut, treble, bass, flats, sharps, naturals, common and triple time, semibreve, minim, crochet, quaver, semiquaver, demisemiquaver, major and minor keys, &c. &c. the meaning of which are to be understood, before the player can have the satisfaction to delight a circle by the varied and exquisite charms of music.

be first trod, before we arrive at the pleasant,

The fair reader will by this time feel anxious to know the uses of the parts of flowers.

The calyx is intended for the protection of the flower at its first opening.

Hence it is caducous, from the Latin word cadere, to fall, dropping sometimes immediately upon the expansion of the corolla, as with the poppy.

Usually it rolls back its leaves, or segments, as in the Meadia, vide plate 15. 1. b. and often again closes.



By Sr.

MARY resides in a pleasant rural vale, upon the verge of winding river. I had once to visit the virtuous maid. Her circumstan


ces are truly respectable. Her lowly yet happy cot is overspread with a canopy of jessamine; a circlet of honey-suckles decks the door; a goldfinch and a canary are the happy, cheerful occupiers of this sil

van arch.

In shadier bower,

More sacred and sequester'd, though but feign'd,

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Pan or Sylvanus never slept, nor nymph
Nor Faunus haunted.'

Pale eve with many a crimson streak,
Soft fading, tip'd the fime-invested hill;
And through blue steams emerging from the

Enamour'd walk, where odorous scents disclose

The hidden jassamine, eglantine, and rose; Here whisper'd love, and breath'd the raptur'd sigh,

And stole a kiss unseen by vulgar eye.”


She reigns the beauty of the villa; by all beloved, by all respected; too kind to injure, too good to distress, ready to alleviate, and willing to oblige. Her form boasts the image of loveliness, and all the elegance of eleanliness; her temper. mild and pleasing. Mary is adorned with every grace that renders lovely woed man truly amiable. 1

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As we sat under the shade of a

willow, I stole from her finger the golden pledge. As I viewed its glit tering form, my aching bosom swell

and recoiled with a sigh: I could have wished I might be allowed to return another to Mary-return a

mein, In form an angel'

When Milton speaks of Paradise, and describes Eve, and the impressión Adam felt when he first beheld her, that impression was not more forcible than were my feelings at the first interview I had with Mary.

Graceful she moves, with more than mertal promise of connubial bliss; but I dared not entertain the hope. Hap py and blest (exclaimed I) is the fortunate youth that claims you as his own!

· Oh! were it mine to win this maiden's

Mary, whose enlighten'd soul is pure
And spotless, as her form is beautiful;

Then heavenly Love, thee would I celebrace

certainty of human life, the followA pensive RAMBLE on the BANKS ing lines of Gray pressed on my mes of OUSE.


• What scenes of sorrow wake the soul to pain, What foods of anguish cloud the sick'ning eye! Osons of pity! pour the melting strain; Osons of pity! heave the plaintive sigh! For cold is he, the youth of graceful frame, Whose deeds of mercy spoke the feeling mind;

To whose warm breast were friendship's hallow'd fame,

The Bard's wild fancy and his fire assign'd:
Say, gentle spirit, whither art thou fled,
To what pale region of the silent dead?
Yet why inquire? where' some sweet season

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Sure Grief shall smile, and Friendship breathe
her vows;
Despair grow mild-Distraction cease to


And Love once more shall clasp the form he


THE rosy clouds skirted the top of the distant hills, and reflected the beams of the drooping sun; the green carpet, which was spread around, gave Nature a beautiful appearance, when Istrayed alone with a book in my -hand, and enjoyed the luxurious treat which the prospect afforded :—thus I endeavoured to forget my own cares, and the cares of others. I directed my steps to a retired walk, where a short time since my departed associate and friend L and myself used to repair, and pass the happy moments in unreserved conversation. His soul was filled with honour and social virtue: falsehood, deceit, and pride, were not inmates there; a · friend of integrity and candour, to


Haply some hoary-headed swain might say,
Oft have we seen him, at the peep of dawn,
Brushing with hasty steps the dews away,
To meet the sun upon the upland lawn;
There at the foot of yonder nodding beach,
His listless length at noon-tide would he
That wreaths its old fantastic root so high,


And pore upon the brook that bubbles by.


One morn I miss'd him on the custom'd hill,
Along the heath, and near his fav'rite trees
Another came; nor yet beside the rill,
Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he!
The next, with dirges dire, in sad array,
Slow thro' the church-way path we saw him


Approach and read (for thou canst read) the lay

Grav'd on yon stone beneath yon aged thorn.

How sweet, how consoling it is, (says a favourite author) in the tranquillity of retirement, to call to remembrance our absent friends! Ah! this remembrance alone makes us taste again in solitude all the pleasures we have enjoyed in their society. I cannot help quoting the following lines which I recently be◄ came possessed of, but from whence I know not.

Still isthe lark, that, hovʼring o'er yon spray,
With jocund carol usher'd in the morn;
And mute the nightingale, whose tender lay
Melted the feeling mind with sounds forlorn:
More sweet, dear L, was thy plaintive

That strain is o'er, but mem'ry ne'er shall

When erst it cheer'd grey twilight's dreary shade,

And charm d the sorrow-stricken soul from pain.'

I travelled on with my mind loaded with reflection, till each tumultuous care and important agitation had


The far-distant moon peeped from behind the neighbouring woods, as I journeyed on by the side of the winding Ouse, and soon enlightened the silver stream with her pale rays: the scene, indeed, was calculated to inspire sublimity of thought. In this still, pensive moment, I imbibed as it were the universal repose of naturé. I will not here urge those sentiments of devotion, those grand and august conceptions, which this subject has a tendency to inspire. I sincerely regretted the loss of my departed L I gained sight of my abode; and soon I repaired, after a prayer to the good, benevolent Omnipotent, to rest.

O sacred rest,

Sweet pleasing Sleep, of all the powers the best!

Whose balms renew the limbs to labours of
the day:

Care shuns the soft approach, and sullen
Bee's away.


place of virtue; as all his passions, whether good or ill, were in the extreme.

In one of his predatory excursions, at the head of his rapacious followers, he attacked a small caravan of merchants going to Damascus. The Arabs plundered it of every thing valuable, and murdered most of the merchants, only a few being able to make their escape. Among those who fell was a Greek, whe was taking his daughter Selina, a beautiful girl of about ten years of age, with him to Damascus, where he intended to fix his residence in fature.

Amid the scene of horror, Narbal seized Selina as his prize; he was struck with her beauty, and he pitied her extreme affliction. His heart' seemed as it were for the first time softened into humanity, and he employed every attention to alle viate the sorrows and soothe the melancholy of the lovely Selina.

As years passed on, Selina increas ed in stature and beauty, and acquired not only the good-will and friendship of Narbal, but inspired him with a most ardent affection. Convinced of his sincerity, and yielding and gentle in her nature, she


FEROCIOUS PASSION its own Pu- returned his affection; she even at




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IN the torrid regions of the east, where the sultry beams of the sun, which narch the surface of the earth,

length embraced his religion, and became his wife. She bore him a son, whom he named Ali; and for several years they lived in a state of as much happiness and content as was compatible with the rude and predatory state of life in which they existed..

Yet the wild fits of passion to which Narbal was frequently subject

alarmed and terified the gentle

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