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Owen Glendower? Is there not, besides, the Douglas ? Have I not all their letters, to meet me in arms by the ninth of next month? And are there not some of them set forward already. What a Pagan rascal is this ! an infidel ! Ha!
you shall see now, in very sincerity of fear and cold heart will lie to the King, and lay open all our proceedings. 0, I could divide myself, and go to buffets, for moving such a dish of skinmed milk with so honourable an action. Hang him, let him tell the King. We are prepared, I will set forward to night.
Dear Sensibility! source inexhausted of all that's precious in our joys, or costly in our sorrows ! thou chainest thy martyr down upon his bed of straw, and it is thou who liftest him up to Heaven. Eternal Fountain of our feelings ! It is here I trace thee, and this is thy divinity which stirs within me: not, that in some sad and sickening moments,
my soul shrinks back upon herself, and startles at destruction"-mere pomp of words !--but that I feel some generous joys and generous cares beyond myself-all comes from thee, great, great Sensorium of the world! which vibrates, if a hair of our head but falls upon the ground, in the remotest desert of thy creation. Touched with thee, Eugenius draws my curtain when I languish; hears
tale of symptoms, and blames the weather for the disorder of his nerves.
Thou givest a portion of it sometimes to the roughest peasant who traverses the bleakest mountains. He finds the lacerated lamb of another's flock. This moment I beheld him leaning with his head against his crook, with piteous inciination looking down upon it.-Oh! had I come one moment sooner !-it bleeds to death his gentle heart bleeds with it.
Peace to thee, generous swain ! I see thou walkest off with anguish--but thy joys shall balance it; for happy is thy cottage, and happy is the sharer of it, and happy are the lambs which sport about you.
LIBERTY AND SLAVERY.
Disguise thyself as thou wilt, still, Slavery! still thou art a bitter draught; and though thousands in all ages have been made to drink of thee, thou art no less bitter on that account. It is thou, Liberty! thrice sweet and gracious goddess, whom all in public or in private worship, whose taste is grateful, and ever will be so, till Nature herself shall change no tint of words can spot thy snowy mantle, or chymic power turn thy sceptre into iron with thee to smile
upon him as he eats his crust, the swain is happier than his monarch, from whose court thou art exiled. Gracious Heaven! grant me but health, thou great Bestower of it, and give me but this fair goddess as my companion; and shower down thy mitres, if it seems good unto thy divine providence, upon those heads which are aching for them. -
Pursuing these ideas, I sat down close by my table, and leaning ny head upon my hand, I began to figure to myself the miseries of confinement. I was in a right frame for it,
scope to my imagination. · I was go to begin with the millions of
fellow-creatures born to no inheritance but slavery; but finding, however affecting the picture was, that I could not bring it nearer me, and that the multitude of sad groups in it did but distract me I took a single captive, and having first shut him
in his dungeon, I then looked through the twilight of his grated door to take his picture.
I beheld his body half wasted away with long expectation and confinement, and felt what kind of sickness of the heart it was which arises from hope deferred. Upon looking nearer, I saw him pale and feverish: in thirty years thc western breeze had not once fanned his blood he had seen
no sun, no moon, in all that time--nor had the voice of friend or kinsman breathed through his lattice. His children
But here my heart began to bleed—and I was forced to go on with another part of the portrait.
He was sitting upon the ground upon a little straw, in the farthest corner of his dungeon, which was alternately bis chair and bed : a little calendar of small sticks was laid at the head, notched all over with the dismal days and nights he had passed there he had one of these little sticks in his hand, and with a rusty nail be was etching another day of misery, to add to the heap. As I darkened the little light he had, he lifted up a hopeless eye toward the door, then cast it down-shook his head, and went on with his work of affliction. I heard his chains upon his legs as he turned his body to lay his little stick upon the bundle-He gave a deep sigh- I saw the iron enter into his soul burst into tears I could not sustain the picture of confinement, which my fancy had drawn.
CORPORAL TRIM'S ELOQUENCE. -My young master in London is dead, said Obadiah
- Here is sad news, Trim, cried Susannah, wiping hier eyes as Trini stepped into the kitchen--master Bobby is dead.
I lament for him from my heart and my soul, said Trim, fetching a sigh-poor creature !-poor boy!-poor gentle. man!
He was alive last Whitsuntide, said the coachman.Whitsuntide! alas! cried Trim, extending his right arm, and falling instantly into the same attitude in which he read the sermon, what is Whitsuntide, Jonathan, (for that was the coachman's name,) or Shrovetide, or any tide or time past, to this ? Are we not here now, continued the corporal (striking the end of his stick perpendicularly upon the floor, so as to give an idea of health and stability), and are we not (dropping his hat upon the ground) gone! in a moment! -It was infinitely striking! Susannah burst into a flood of tears. We are not stocks and stones-Jonathan, Obadiah, the cook-maid, all melted. The foolish fat scullion herself, who was scouring a fish kettle upon her knees, was roused with it. The whole kitchen crowded about the corporal.
“ Are we not here now,--and gone in a moment ?" There was nothing in the sentence-it was one of your self-evident truths we have the advantage of hearing every day ; and if Trim had not trusted more to his hat than his head, he had made nothing at all of it.
“ Are we not here now, continued the corporal, and are we not” (dropping his hat plump upon the ground-and pausing before he pronounced the word) “ gone! in a moment?" The descent of the hat was as if a heavy lump of clay had been kneaded into the crown of it.-Nothing could have expressed the sentiment of mortality, of which it was the type and forerunner, like it; his hand seemed to vanish from under it, it fell dead, the corporal's eye fixed upon it as upon a corpse, -and Susannah burst into a flood of tears.
THE MAN OF ROSS.
All our praises why should Lords engross?