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him to the heart. The rest locked and the villains have escaped with • the doors, and after tying all the their booty. What am I to think
women and children, began to ran- of all this ?". Thus pensive and sack the house. One of the children perplexed, he laid him down to rest, continuing to make loud exclama-and, after some time spent in gloomy tions, a fellow went and strangled it. reflections, fell asleep. They had nearly finished packing up In his dream he fancied himself fuch' of the most valuable things as feated on the top of a high mountain, they could carry off, when the master where he was accosted by a veneraof the house came home. He was a ble figure in long white garments, smuggler as well as a farmer, and who asked him the cause of the mei had just returned from an expedi- lancholy expressed on his countetion, leaving his companions with 'nance.' " It is (said.he) because I their goods at a neighbouring public am unable to reconcile the decrees house. Surprised at finding the of providence with my ideas of wifdoors locked, and at seeing lights dom and justice.” “That (replied moving about in the chambers, he the stranger) is probably because thy fufpected somewhat amiss; and, upon notions of providence are narrow listening, he heard strange voices, and and erroneous. Thou seekeft it in saw some of the sailors through the particular events, and duft not raise windows., He haftened back to his thy furvey to the great wbele. Every companions, and brought them with occurrence in the universe is provihim just as the robbers opened the dential, because it is the consequence door and were coming out with their of those laws which divine wisdom pillage, having first set fire to the has established as most productive of house in order to conceal what they the general good. But to select indihad done. The smuggler and liis vidual facts as more directed by the friends let fly their blunderbulles in hand of providence than others, the midst of them, and then rushing because we think we fee a particular forwards, feized the survivors and good purpose answered by them, is fecured them. Perceiving flames in an infallible inlet to erfor and superthe house, they ran and extinguish ftiticn. Follow me to the edge of ed them. The villains were next this cliff.” He seemed to follow. day led to prison amidst the curses of “ Now look down (said the stran. ilie neighbourhood.
ger), and tell me what thou feeit." The good Solitary, on hearing of I fee (replied the Solitary) a hawk the event, at first exclaimed, “What darting amit a flock of small birds, a wonderful interference of provi- one of which he has caught, while dence to punish guilt and protect the others escape." " And tanft innocence!" Pausing a while, he thou think (rejoined the stranger), added, “Yet liad providence thought that the single bird, made a prey of fit to have drowned these failors in by the hawk, lies under any particutheir passage from iheship, where lar doom of providence, or that they left so many better people to those which fly away are more the perish, the lives of three innocent objects of divine favour than it? persons would have been faved; and Hawks by nature were made to feed these wretches would have died with upon living prey, and were endowed out such accumulated guilt and igno- with strength and swiftnefs to enable miny. On the other hand, had the them to overtake and master die mailer of the house been at home, Thus life is facrificed to the support instead of following a lawless and of life. But to this destruction lidesperate trade, he would perhaps mits are set. The small birds are bave perished with all his family, much more numerous and prolific
than the hirds of prey; and though 4 tolerably comprehend; but may I they cannot relift his force, they have presume to ask whence have pro, dexterity and nimblenels of fight ceeded the moral evils of the painful sufficient in general to elude his purscenes of yesterday? What good end fuit. It is in this balance that the is answered by making man the wisdom of providence is seen; and scourge of man, and preserving the what can be a greater proof of it, guilty at the cost of the innocent." than that both species, the destroyer “ That too (replied the venerable and his prey, have subfilted together stranger) is a consequence of the from their first creation ? Now look fame wise laws of providence. If again, and tell me what thou seest.” | it was right to make man a creature
“I lee (said the Solitary) a'thick of habit, and render those things ealy black cloud gathering in the sky. 1 to him with which he is most famihear the thunder rolling from lide to liar, the failor must of course be bet. fide of the vault of heaven. I behold ter able to lift for himself in a hipthe red lightning darting from the wreck than the passenger; while that bolom of darkness. Now it has self-love which is essential to the fallen on a stately tree and luattered preservation of life, mult, in gerrera, it to pieces, striking to the ground an cause him to conlult his own safety ox sheltered at its foot. Now it falls preferably to that of others. The again in the midft of a flock of timo- iame force of habit, in a way of life sous sheep, and several of them are full of peril and hardship, must conleft on the plain ;~and fee! the duce to form a rough, bokl, and una fhepherd himself lies extended by feeling character. This, iinder the their side. Now it strikes a lofry direction of principle, will make a fpire, and at the same time sets in a brave man; without it, a robber and . blaze an humble cottage beneath. a murderer. In the latter cale, huIt is an awful and terrible fight!” man laws step in to remove the evil .“ It is fo (returned the stranger); which they have not been able to but what dost thou conclude from it. prevent. Wickedness meets with Doft thou not know, that from the the fate which fooner or later always genial heat, which gives life to plants awaits it; and innocence, theuglı and animals, and ripens the fruits of occasionally a fufferer, is proved in the earth, proceeds this electrical fire, the end to be the fureit path to hap. which ascending to the clouds, and piness.” charging them beyond what they are “ Bit (resumed the Solitary) can able to contain, is launched again in it be said that the lot of innocence is burning bolts to the earth? Must alway preferable to that of guilt in it leave its direct course to strike the this world?" tree rather than the dome of worship, “ It it cannot, (replied the other) or to spend its fury on the herd ra- thinkest thou that the Almighty is ther than the herdsmanMillions unable to make retribution in a fu. of millions of living creatures have ture world? Dismiss then froin thy owed their birth to this active ele- mind the care of single events, secure ment; and shall we'think it strange that the great whvie is ordered for the if a few meet their deaths from it? beit. Expect not a particular interThus, the mountain torrent that position of heaven, becaute such an rushes down to fertilise the plain, in interposition would feem to thee iis course may sweep away the works reasonable. Thou, perhaps, would of humen industry, and man himfelf stop the "aft machine of the universe, with them; but could its benefits be to fave a tiv from being cruded purchased at another price?"
wider its wheels. But innumerable "All this (said the Solitary). I ! fies and inçn are crushed every day;
yet the grand motion goes on, and away with the utmost speed. No will go on, to fulfil the benevolent tooner was he gone than the chamintentions of its author."
berlain caine in, and finding a confiHe ceased, and feep on a sudden derable deficiency in the calh he had left the eyelids of the Solitary. He left, began to be much alarmed:looked abroad from his cell, and be which the good-natured king perheld all nature smiling around him. ceiving, bid him unt be uneasy at Theriang fun fhone on a clear sky. the loss, as he that had it food more Birds were sporting in the air, and in need of it than they did, fith glancing on the surface of the Waters. Flects were pursuing their fti ady course, gentiy wasted by the
ENIGMATICAL List of BIRDS, pleatant breeze. Light Arecyclouds1. TIVO-fifths of unbaked paste, were failing over the bine expanse of
,- and two-fourths of a heaven. His toul lympathiled with covering to hide the face. the scene, and peace and joy filled 2. Two-Gxths of an inftrument,his bolom.
one-fourth of the reverte to poor,—
and a consonant. ANECDOTE of EDWARD the
3. Three sevenths of a sporting, CONFESSOR.
dog --one-fourth of toramble, and three-fifths of a part of a spur.
4. Two fifths of a joint,- and clining one aftçrnoon on his two-thirds of to conclude. bed, somewhat indisposed, with the 5. Half a man's name,—and a curtains nearly drawn round about preposition, him, one of his courtiers came into 6. Two-thirds of to weep, -a the chamber ; where finding the vowel,-and one-fifth of a colour. king's casket open, (which Hugoline 7. One-fifth of a fempeit,-the chamberlain, who was jult yone common name for a failor, – threeout, of the room, had accidentally fourths of scraped linen, and onelest so) he took out as inuch money as fourth of to yawn, he could weil carry, and went away. 8. Two-fourths of a man's name,
Inftigated by an insatiable avarice, -one-fourth of an uproar,—and a he foon ieurned; and finding every metal. thing in the fame fituation, and no 9. One-third of a covering for interruption likely to ensue, he again the head, -two-fifths of terrible, tilled his pockets.
He even did io a and one-fourth of to falute. third time; when the king, who had 10. Two fixths of to rule,-«o lain fiill and patiently beheld the confonants,--three-sixths of a part of pillering of the courtier, could no the hand, - and two-eights of to longer contain himnielf, but spoke baptife. to him in the followiny manner: 11. Three fifths of a flower,-one
" I think you had better (laid fixth of a villain,- and a consonant. Exlward, calling him by his name) 12. Two fixths of a child's playbe content uith what you have got, thing;-two-thirds of to provoke, and retire whilst you are well; for, ar.d one-third of a negative particle
. if Hugoline returns and finds you 13. One fourth of a fine fruit,here, you may not only be obliged two-thirds of a limb,—two-fourths to refund, but the theft inay cost of a thick cord, and one tenth of a you your life.”
place of worship. The courtitr, alarinedatthe found 14. Two-thirds of an eartben of liis royal mailes's voice, and ter- vessel, -and one-third of to hiccup. sitied at his adinoniticn, haftened
POETICA LESS A Y S.
BUTLER AND MISS PONSONBY.
LLANGOLLEN VALE, Sariling they rose beneath the plasichand
Of Energy and Taste- nor only they: Obedient Science hears the mild command,
Bijngs every gift that speeds the tardy By Mifs SEWARD.
Whate'er the pencil sheds in vivid hues,
Th' hiftoric tome reveals, or fings ch' [ The story of these elegant and enraptur’d Muse.
accomplished ladies is well known. How dear to enter, at the twilight grey, It is now fifteen summers since they hare withdrawn. themfelves from the When, thro' the colour'd crystal, glares'
The dear minuie lyceum of the donie, bustle of the ialhionable world, to lead
[th'ring gloom, a life of philolophic reposé in a ro.
Sanguine and folemn 'mid the 22mantic cottage in Llangollen Vale, While glow-worm lanıps diffufe a palein Wales. Miss Seward, who has, been on a visit to the ladies, lately Such as in molly lanes illume the night. adried to them the following beautiful ttanzas. Lady E. Butler is filter Thun the coy frenc, by deep’ning veils
o'erdrawn, to lord Mountgarrar, of the kingdom
[still; of Irelanıt; and mils Ponsonby is a In madowy elegance, feems lovelier near relation to the eminent family of Tall fhrubs, thar skirt the semi-lunac
lawn, that name in Ireland.)
Dark woods that curtain the opposing NOW with a vestai luftre glows the While o'er their brows the bare cliff vale,
[pure, There facred friendthip, permanent as
And, from its paly edge, the cvening. lo vain ibe ttern aus horities altail,
diamond t ftreams. In vain Perfuafion spreads her fiiken What strains 7Eolian thrill the dusk exlure : (less twain panse,
(play, High-born, and high endow'd, the peer- As rising gales with gentle murmurs Pasi for coy Nature's charms 'mid filent Wake the loud chords, or every fenfe dale and plain.
While ia fubfiding winds they link Thro' Eleanora's and her Zara's mind, Like uistant choirs, * when pealing or. Early though genius, tafte, and fancy
(combin'd, And melting voices blend, majestically Though all the graceful arts their pow'rs And her last polith brilliant life be:
* Lycenn- I he library, fitted up in the itow'd;
Gothic caste; the painted windows of that The lavish promiser, in youth's, fott form. Is the elliptic arch of the door, Pride, pomp, and love, her friends, the there is a prifmatie hanthorn of variouslyTwęce enthusiaits scorn.
tinted glas, co: ta ning two iarge lamps,
with their reflectors. The light they shed Then rose the fairy palace of the vale, Then bloom'd around it the Arcadian resembles that of a volcano, gloomily
glarii [and pale,
Opposite, on the chimney-piece, howers;
a couple of small lamps, in marble reterScreen'd from the storms of winter, cold
voirs, aslift the prismatic lanchorn to fupScreen'd from the fervors of the sultry ply the place of candles, by a light more hours,
(rose, confonant to the style of the apartment,Circling the lawny crescent, foost they to the pictures it contains of absent friends, To letter'd ease devote, and friendhij's, -anú its aëriai niudic. soft repose.
LUBIN AND HIS DOG TRAY. “ Then die!"—th’unfeeling master said, (-From Poems, by G. D. Harley, of time Which, till he found his favourite tamb,
And spurn'd him from his closing door, Theatre-Royal, Covent Garden. ]
He vow'd, should ne'er admit him "YOUNG Lubin was a hepherd boy,
Who watch'd a rigid master's Dark was the night, and o'er the waste sheep,
The whisling winds did fiercely blow, And many a night was heard to figh,
And 'gainst his poor unshelter'd head, And many a day was seen to weep:
With arrowy keenness eame :hesnow: For not a lambkin e'er was lost, The fmall thick snow, that Eurus drives
Or wether stray'd to field remote, In freezing fury-o'er the plain, But Lubin ever was to blame,
And with unfparing vengeance, fcores Nor careful be, nor penn'd his cote.
The callous face of hardieft fwain. Yet not a trustier lad was known Yet thus he left his matter's house,
To climb the promontory's brow; And thap'd his sad uncertain way, Nor yet a tenderer heart e'er beat, By man unnotic'd and forfook,
Befide the brook in vale below. 'And follow'd but by-truffy TrayFrom him stern winter's drifting faow, Poor trufty Tray! a fai 5ful dog;
Its pelting fleet, or frott fevere, : Lubin and he were young together : Or scorching summer's sultry ray, Still would they grace each other's side,
Ne'er forc'd a murmur, or a tear. Whate'er the time, whate'er the weaFor ah! the varying seasons had
ther. To every hardship form'd his frame; Unlike to worldly friends were they, Though ftill his tender feeling heart, Who Separate in fortune's blast! By nature nurs`d, remain’d the fame. They fill were near when fair the sky,
But nearer ftill when overcaft. But whither fhall the orphan fly
To meet proteclion's fostering power? When Labin's random ftep involvid. Oppression waits the future day,
His body 'neath the drified snow, When misery marks the Batal hour. Tray help'd him forth; and when Tray
felt, An orphan lad poor Lubin was:
Poor Lubin dragg'd him from below. No friend, no relative had be! His happielt hour was dash'd with woe,
Thus, 'midst the horrors of the night, His mildest treatment-tyranny.
They enter d on the houfeless heath ;
Above their heads no comfort broke, It chanc'd that o'er the boundless heath
Nor round about, nor underneath. One winter's day his pocks had fpread, Ly hunger urg'd to seek the blade,
No little cheering star they faw, That Jurk'd beneath its snowy bed.
To light them on their dreary way;
Nor yet the distaot twinkling blaze
He, forrowing, miss'datavourite lamah,
Of those who roam and those who
mope, With heavy heart he shap'd his way, Retiring Will o' Wifp, refus'd And told so true, so sad a tale,
To trim the lamp of treach'rous hope, Thar almost pierc'd the marble breast of ruthless Rufus of the vale.
Nor parish bell was heard to strike
The hour of tardy-gaited night;" Poor Lubin own'd his flocks had ftray'd, No noise, but winds, and screams of Own'd he had fuffer'd them to go;
those Yes! - he had learn’d to pity them, Ill-omen’d birds that fun the light. For often he had hunger'd too:
Benumb'd at length his lift" ning joints, Ard had he, to their pinching wants, His 'tongue to. Tray could scarcely The unrippu neighb'ring bounds deny'd,
His tears congeald to icicles; They fure had dropp'dmas furely too, His hair hung clatt'ring 'gainf his The pirying hepherd boy had died. cheek.