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him to the heart. The reft locked • the doors, and after tying all the women and children, began to ranfack the house. One of the children continuing to make loud exclamations, a fellow went and ftrangled it. They had nearly finished packing up fuch of the most valuable things as they could carry off, when the mafter of the house came home. He was a fmuggler as well as a farmer, and
and the villains have escaped with their booty. What am I to think of all this?" Thus penfive and perplexed, he laid him down to reft, and, after fome time spent in gloomy reflections, fell asleep.
tion, leaving his companions with their goods at a neighbouring public houfe. Surprised at finding the doors locked, and at feeing lights moving about in the chambers, he fufpected fomewhat amifs; and, upon liftening, he heard strange voices, and faw fome of the failors through the windows. He haftened back to his companions, and brought them with him juft as the robbers opened the door and were coming out with their pillage, having firft fet fire to the houfe in order to conceal what they had done. The fmuggler and his friends let fly their blunderbuffes in the midst of them, and then rushing forwards, feized the furvivors and fecured them. Perceiving flames in the house, they ran and extinguished them. The villains were next day led to prifon amidst the curfes of the neighbourhood.
In his dream he fancied himself feated on the top of a high mountain, where he was accofted by a venerable figure in long white garments, who afked him the caufe of the mehad just returned from an expedi-lancholy expreffed on his counte nance. "It is (faid.he) because I am unable to reconcile the decrees of providence with my ideas of wifdom and juftice." "That (replied the ftranger) is probably because thy notions of providence are narrow and erroneous. Thou feekeft it in particular events, and doft not raise thy furvey to the great whole. Every occurrence in the univerfe is providential, because it is the confequence. of thofe laws which divine wildom has established as moft productive of the general good. But to felect individual facts as more directed by the hand of providence than others, because we think we fee a particular good purpofe anfwered by them, is an infallible inlet to error and fuperftition. Follow me to the edge of this cliff." He feemed to follow.
"Now look down (said the stranger), and tell me what thou feeft." "Ifee (replied the Solitary) a hawk darting amidst a flock of fmall birds, one of which he has caught, while the others efcape." "And tanft thou think (rejoined the ftranger), that the fingle bird, made a prey of by the hawk, lies under any particu lar doom of providence, or that thofe which fly away are more the objects of divine favour than it? Hawks by nature were made to feed upon living prey, and were endowed with strength and swiftnefs to enable them to overtake and master it. Thus life is facrificed to the fupport of life. But to this destruction li mits are fet. The fmall birds are much more numerous and prolific
The good Solitary, on hearing of the event, at firft exclaimed, "What a wonderful interference of providence to punish guilt and protect innocence!" Pauling a while, he added, "Yet had providence thought fit to have drowned thefe failors in their paffage from the fhip, where they left fo many better people to perith, the lives of three innocent perfons would have been faved, and thefe wretches would have died without fuch accumulated guilt and ignominy. On the other hand, had the matter of the house been at home, inftead of following a lawlefs and defperate trade, he would perhaps bave perished with all his family,
than the birds of prey; and though they cannot refift his force, they have dexterity and nimbleness of flight
tolerably comprehend; but may I prefume to afk whence have proceeded the moral evils of the painful fufficient in general to elude his pur-fcenes of yesterday? What good end fuit. It is in this balance that the is answered by making man the wisdom of providence is feen; and fcourge of man, and preferving the what can be a greater proof of it, guilty at the coft of the innocent?? than that both fpecies, the deftroyer and his prey, have fubfifted together from their first creation? Now look again, and tell me what thou feeft." "Ifee (faid the Solitary) a thick black cloud gathering in the fky. I hear the thunder rolling from fide to fide of the vault of heaven. I behold the red lightning darting from the bofom of darknefs. Now it has fallen on a ftately tree and flattered it to pieces, ftriking to the ground an ox fheltered at its foot. Now it falls again in the midst of a flock of timorous fheep, and feveral of them are left on the plain ;-and fee! the fhepherd himself lies extended by their fide. Now it ftrikes a lofty fpire, and at the fame time fets in a blaze an humble cottage beneath. It is an awful and terrible fight!"
"It is fo (returned the ftranger); but what doft thou conclude from it? Doft thou not know, that from the genial heat, which gives life to plants and animals, and ripens the fruits of the earth, proceeds this electrical fire, which afcending to the clouds, and charging them beyond what they are able to contain, is launched again in burning bolts to the earth? Muft it leave its direct courfe to ftrike the tree rather than the dome of worship, or to fpend its fury on the herd rather than the herdfman Millions of millions of living creatures have owed their birth to this active element; and fhall we'think it ftrange if a few meet their deaths from it? Thus the mountain torrent that rufhes down to fertilife the plain, in its courfe may sweep away the works of human industry, and man himself with them; but could its benefits be purchased at another price?"
"All this (faid the Solitary) I
"That too (replied the venerable ftranger) is a confequence of the fame wife laws of providence. If it was right to make man a creature of habit, and render those things eaty to him with which he is moft familiar, the failor muft of course be better able to shift for himself in a shipwreck than the paffenger; while that felf-love which is effential to the prefervation of life, mult, in general, caufe him to confult his own fafety preferably to that of others. The fame force of habit, in a way of life full of peril and hardship, must conduce to form a rough, bold, and unfeeling character. This, under the direction of principle, will make a brave man; without it, a robber and & murderer. In the latter cafe, human_laws ftep in to remove the evil which they have not been able to prevent. Wickednefs meets with the fate which fooner or later always awaits it; and innocence, though occafionally a fufferer, is proved in the end to be the fureft path to hap pinefs.".
"But (refumed the Solitary) can it be faid that the lot of innocence is alway preferable to that of guilt in this world?”
"It it cannot, (replied the other) thinkeft thou that the Almighty is unable to make retribution in a fu ture world? Difmifs then from thy mind the care of fingle events, secure that the great while is ordered for the best. Expect not a particular interpofition of heaven, becaufe fuch an interpofition would feem to thee feafonable. Thou, perhaps, wouldft stop the "aft machine of the universe, to fave a fly from being crushed under its wheels. But innumerable flies and men are crushed every day ; 31-a yet
away with the utmoft fpeed. No fooner was he gone than the chamberlain came in, and finding a confderable deficiency in the cafh he had left, began to be much alarmed:which the good-natured king perceiving, bid him not be uneafy at the lofs, as he that had it stood more in need of it than they did,
ING Edward the Confeffor reclining one afternoon on his bed, fomewhat indifpofed, with the curtains nearly drawn round about him, one of his courtiers came into the chamber; where finding the king's casket open, (which Hugoline the chamberlain, who was juft gone out, of the room, had accidentally left fo) he took out as much money as he could weil carry, and went away. Inftigated by an infatiable avarice, he foon returned; and finding every thing in the fame fituation, and no interruption likely to enfue, he again filled his pockets. He even did fo a third time; when the king, who had lain fill and patiently beheld the pillering of the courtier, could no longer contain himfelf, but fpqke to him in the following manner: "I think you had better (faid Edward, calling him by his name) be content with what you have got, and retire whilst you are well; for, if Hugoline returns and finds you here, you may not only be obliged to refund, but the theft inay coft you your life,"
The courtier, alarmed at the found of his royal mailer's voice, and terified at his adinonition, haftened
3. Three fevenths of a sporting. dog-one-fourth of to ramble,-and three-fifths of a part of a spur.
4. Two fifths of a joint,-and two-thirds of to conclude.
5. Half a man's name,—and a prepofition,
6. Two-thirds of to weep,-a vowel,-and one-fifth of a colour.
7. One-fifth of a tempeft,common name for a failor,- threefourths of fcraped linen,-and onefourth of to yawn,
8. Two-fourths of a man's name, -one-fourth of an uproar,—and a metal.
9. One-third of a covering for the head,-two-fifths of terrible,and one-fourth of to falute.
10. Two fixths of to rule,-two
confonants,-three-fixths of a part of the hand, and two-eights of to baptife.
11. Three fifths of a flower,-one. fixth of a villain,- and a confonant.
12. Two fixths of a child's plaything,-two-thirds of to provoke, and/one-third of a negative particle.
13. One fourth of a fine fruit,two-thirds of a limb,-two-fourths of a thick cord,-and one tenth of a place of worship.
14. Two-thirds of an earthen veffel, and one third of to hiccup. GEORGE FAITHFUL.
ADDRESSED ΤΟ LADY ELEANOR BUTLER AND MISS PONSONBY.
[ The ftory of thefe elegant and accomplished ladies is well known. It is now fifteen fummers fince they have withdrawn themfelves from the buftle of the fashionable world, to lead a life of philolophic repofé in a ro mantic cottage in Llangollen Vale, in Wales. Mifs Seward, who has. been on a visit to the ladies, lately adoreffed to them the following beautiful tanzas Lady E. Butler is fifter to lord Mountgarrat, of the kingdom of Ireland; and mifs Ponfonby is a near relation to the eminent family of that name in Ireland.]
NOW with a veftal luftre glows the [pure, There facred friendship, permanent as In vain the flern authorities affail,
In vain Perfuafion fpreads her filken lure: [less twain High-born, and high endow'd, the peerPADI for coy Nature's charms 'mid filent dale and plain.
Thro' Eleanora's and her Zara's mind, Early though genius, tafte, and fancy flow'd; (combin'd, Though all the graceful arts their pow'rs And her laft polish brilliant life be flow'd; [morn, The lavith promifer, in youth's fott Pride, pomp, and love, her friends, the Tweet enthufialts feorn.
Then rofe the fairy palace of the vale, Then bloom'd around it the Arcadian bowers; [and pale, Screen'd from the ftorms of winter, cold Screen'd from the fervors of the fultry hours, [rofe, Circling the lawny crefcent, foon they To letter'd eafe devote, and friendship's foft repofe.
Smiling they rofe beneath the plastic hand Of Energy and Tafte-nor only they : Obedient Science hears the mild com[day,Brings every gift that fpeeds the tardy Whate'er the pencil fheds in vivid hues, Th' hiftoric tome reveals, or fings th' enraptur'd Mufe.
How dear to enter, at the twilight grey,
The dear minute lyceum of the dome, When, thro' the colour'd crystal, glares* the ray, [th'ring gloom, Sanguine and folemn 'mid the gaWhile glow-worm lamps diffufe a palegreen light,
Such as in mofly lanes illume the night.
*Lyceum-The library, fitted up in the Gothic tafte; the painted windows of that form. In the elliptic arch of the door, there is a prifmatic lanthorn of variouslytinted glas, co: ta ning two large lamps, with their reflectors. The light they shed refembles that of a volcano, gloomily glari Oppofite, on the chimney-piece, a couple of fmal lamps, in marble retervoirs, affift the prifmatic lanthorn to fupply the place of candles, by a light more confonant to the ftyle of the apartment,to the pictures it,contains of abfent friends, -and its aërial mufic. † Evening-ftar.
LUBIN AND HIS DOG TRAY.
[From Poems, by G. D. Harley, of the Theatre-Royal, Covent Garden.]
"YOUNG Lubin wasa fhepherd boy," Who watch'd a rigid mafter's fheep,
And many a night was heard to figh, And many a day was seen to weep: For not a lambkin e'er was loft,
Or wether stray'd to field remote, But Lubin ever was to blame,
Nor careful he, nor penn'd his cote. Yet not a truftier lad was known
To climb the promontory's brow; Nor yet a tenderer heart e'er beat,
Befide the brook in vale below. From him ftern winter's drifting fnow, Its pelting fleet, or froft fevere, Or fcorching fummer's fultry ray,
Ne'er forc'd a murmur, or a tear. For ah! the varying feafons had
To every hardship form'd his frame; Though ftill his tender feeling heart,
By nature nurs'd, remain'd the fame. But whither fhall the orphan fly
To meet protection's foftering power? Oppreffion waits the future day,
When mifery marks the natal hour. An orphan lad poor Lubin was:
No friend, no relative had he! His happielt hour was dafh'd with woe, His mildeft treatment-tyranny.
It chanc'd that o'er the boundless heath One winter's day his flocks had fpread, Ey hunger urg'd to feek the blade,
That lurk'd beneath its fnowy bed. And hous'd, at eve, his fleecy charge,
He, forrowing, mifs'd afavourite lamb, That thunn'd the long-perfifting fearch,
Nor anfwer'd to its bleating dam. With heavy heart he fhap'd his way,
And told fo true, fo fad a tale, That almoft pierc'd the marble breaft Of ruthless Rufus of the vale. Poor Lubin own'd his flocks had fray'd, Own'd he had fuffer'd them to go; Yes! - he had learn'd to pity them,
For often he had hunger'd too: And had he, to their pinching wants, The unnipp'd neighb'ring bounds deny'd,
They fure had dropp'd-as furely too, The pitying thepherd boy had died.
"Then die!"-th' unfeeling mafter faid,
Which, till he found his favourite lamb, And fpurn'd him from his closing door,
He vow'd, fhould ne'er admit him
Dark was the night, and o'er the wafte The whifling winds did fiercely blow, And 'gainft his poor unfhelter'd head,
With arrowy keenness came thefnow: The fmall thick fnow, that Eurus drives
In freezing fury- o'er the plain, And with unfparing vengeance, scores
The callous face of hardieft fwain. Yet thus he left his matter's houfe,
And fhap'd his fad uncertain way, By man unnotic'd and forfook,
And follow'd but by-trufty TrayPoor trufty Tray! a faithful dog;
Lubin and he were young together: Still would they grace each other's fide, Whate'er the time, whate'er the weather.
Unlike to worldly friends were they,
Poor Lubin dragg'd him from below. Thus, 'midft the horrors of the night,
They enter'd on the houseless heath; Above their heads no comfort broke,
Nor round about, nor underneath. No little cheering ftar they faw,
To light them on their dreary way; Nor yet the diftant twinkling blaze
Of cottage induftry saw they. Nay e'en that. moft officious guide Of those who roam and those who mope,
Retiring Will o' Wifp, refus'd
To trim the lamp of treach'rous hope, Nor parish bell was heard to ftrike
The hour of "tardy-gaited night;" No noife, but winds, and fcreams of thofe
Ill-omen'd birds that shun the light. Benumb'd at length his fliff"ning joints, His tongue to Tray could fcarcely foeak;
His tears congeal'd to icicles; His hair hung clatt'ring 'gainst his cheek.