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stopping as if the point wanted settling ; -and betwixt the nominative case, which your lordship knows should govern the verb, he suspended his voice in the epilogue, a dozen times, three secondsand three fifths by a stop-watch, my lord, each time.--Admirable grammarian !--- But in suspending his voice-was the sense suspended likewise? did no expression of attitude or countenance fill up the chasm -Was the

eye filent ? Did you narrowly look ?- I look'd only at the stopwatch, my lord. Excellent observer.

And what of this new book the whole world makes such a rout about ?

-Oh ! 'tis out of all plumb, my lord,-quite an irregular thing ! not one of the angles at the four corners was a right angle.--I had my rule and compasses, &c. my lord, in my pocket.-Excellent critic.

-And for the epic poem your lordship bid me look at;— upon taking the length, breadth, height, and depth of it, and trying them at home upon an exact scale of Boffu's'tis out, my lord, in every one of its dimensions.--Admirable connoiffeur.

And did you step in, to take a look at the grand picture in your way back ?-'Tis a melancholy daub ! my lord ; not one principle of the pyramid in any one group !

and what a price ! for there is notling of the colouring of Titian—the expression of Rubens—the grace of Raphael--the purity of Dominichino--the corregiescity of Corregio- the learning of Poussin-the airs of Guido- the taste of the Carrachi's or the grand contour of Angelo.

GRANT me patience, just Heaven !-Of allthe cants which are canted in this canting world--though the cant of hypocrites may

be the worst-the cant of criticism is the molt tormenting!

I WOULD

I would go fifty miles on foot, to kiss the hand of that man,

whose generous heart will give up the reins of his imagination into his author's hands--be pleased he knows not why, and cares not wherefore,

STERNE.

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WHEN

HEN Tom, an' please your honour, got to the shop,

there was nobody in it, but a poor negro girl, with a bunch of white feathers slightly tied to the end of a long cane, fapping away fies--not killing them.---'Tis a pretty picture ! said my uncle Toby—she had suffered persecution, Trim, and had learnt mercy

-She was good, an' please your honour, from nature as well as from hardships ; and there are circumstances in the story of that poor friendless slut that would melt a heart of ftone, said Trim ; and some dismal winter's evening, when your honour is in the humour, they shall be told you

with the rest of Tom's story, for it makes a part of it

Then do not forget; Trim, said uncle Toby.

A NEGRO has a soul, an' please your honour, said the corporal (doubtingly.)

I am not much versed, corporal, quoth my uncle Toby, in things of that kind ; but I suppose, God would not leave him without one, any more than thee or me.

-It would be putting one fadly over the head of another, quoth the corporal.

It would so ; faid my uncle Toby. Why then, an' please your honour, is a black wench to be used worse than a white one?

I can give no reason, said my uncle Toby

-ONLY, cried the corporal, shaking his head, because she has no one to stand

up

for her -'Tis that very thing, Trim, quoth my uncle Toby, which recommends lier to protection, and her brethren with her ;--'tis the fortune of war which has put the whip into our hands now

-where it may

be hereafter, Heaven knows ! but be it where it will, the brave, Trim, will not use it unkindly.

-God forbid, said the corporal, Amen, responded my uncle Toby, laying his hand upon his heart.

STERNE.

CH A P. V.

RIVERS AND SIR HARRY.

COLONEL, you most obedient : 1 am

Sir HAR.

most obedient : I am come upon

the old business ; for unless I am allowed to entertain hopes of Miss Rivers, I shall be the moft miserable of all human beings.

Riv. Sir Harry, I have already told you by letter, and I now tell you personally, I cannot listen to your proposals.

Sir Har. No, Sir ?

Riv. No, Sir, I have promised my daughter to Mr. Sidney ; do you know that, Sir ?

Sir Har. I do ; but what then ! Engagements of this kind, you know

Riv. So then, you do know I have promised her to Mr. Sidney?

Sir Har. I do ; but I also know that matters are not finally settled between Mr. Şidney and you ; and I moreover

know,

know, that his fortune is by no means equal to mine, there. fore

Riv. Sir Harry, let me ask you one question before you make your consequence.

Sir HAR. A thousand if you please, Sir.

Riv. Why then, Sir, let me ask you, what you have ever observed in me or my conduct, that you desire me so familiarly to break my word ?' I thought, Sir, you considered me as a man of honour.

SiR HAR. And so I do, Sir, a man of the nicest ho.

nour.

Riv. And yet, Sir, you ask me to violate the fanctity of my word ; and tell me directly, that it is my interest to be a rascal.

Sir Har. I really don't understand you, Colonel : I thought when I was talking to you, I was talking to a man who knew the world ; and as you have not yet signed

Riv. Why, this is mending matters with a witness ! And fo you

think because I am not legally bound, I am under no necessity of keeping my word! Sir Harry, laws were never made for men of honour; they want no bond but the rectitude of their own sentiments, and laws are of no use but to bind the villains of society.

Sir. Har. Well! but my dear Colonel, if you regard for me, shew fome little regard for your daughter.

Riv. I fhew the greatest regard for my daughter, by giving herto a man of honour : and I must not beinsulted with any farther repetition of your proposals.

Sir Har. Insult you, Colonel ? Is the offer of my alli. ance an insult ? Is my readiness to make what settlements you think proper

Riy.

have no

Riv. Sir Harry, I should consider the offer of a kingdom an infult if it was to be purchased by the violation of my word : Befides, though my daughter shall never go a beggar to the arms of her husband, I would rather fee her happy than rich; and if she has enough to provide handsomely for a young family, and something to spare for the exigences of a worthy friend, I shall think her as affluent as if she was mistress of Mexico.

Sir Har. Well, Colonel, I have done ; but I believe

Riv. Well, Sir Harry, and as our conference is done, we will, if you please, retire to the ladies : I shall be always glad of your acquaintance, though I cannot receive you as a fon-in-law ; for a union of interests I look upon as a union of dishonour, and consider a marriage for money, best, but a legal prostitution.

FALSE DELICACY. С НА Р. VI. SIR JOHN MELVIL AND STERLING. STERL. H A T are your commands with me, Sir

John ? Sir John. After having carried the negociation between our families to fo great a length, after having assented fo readily to all your proposals, as well as received so many instances of your cheerful compliance with the demands made on our part, I am extremely concerned, Mr. Sterling, to be the involuntary cause of any uneasiness.

STERL. Uneasiness ! what uneasiness? Where business is transacted as it ought to be, and the parties understand one another, there can be no uneasiness. You agree, on such and such conditions, to receive my daughter for a wife on the same conditions I agree to receive you as a son-in-law ; and

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