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conduct with the boldness of ven- and oppression. The object of ageance, nor the confidence of love. musement and its universality sufearied with life, sickened at its ficiently prove its importance. And charms and disgusted with its ills, is it not wonderful, that, while gehe resolved to lessen the torments nius is exerted to improve and rewbich harassed him by the only cluce every thing else to system, this means he had power to adoptohe alone should be left to chance and resolved to untie the knot by self-resignation ? Nothing is more which he was bound, to be no more neglected, yet surely nothing more fcttered with terrible suspense, seriously demands our early atten. swhich hung damp and heavy on his tion. heart. He prepared his pistol, bid Our benevolent Creator has made a licu to the world, and left to his those pursuits, necessary for our friends this melancholy reflection, welfare, not only tolerable, but grateThat as there are few positive and ful to the feelings; and given us known evils which the mind cannot reason to direat us in the use of be made to bear, so the terrors those bounties. Yet we rush on which it forms by its own power of amusements with tumultuous and creation destroy its resistance and inconsiderate joy, heedless in what enervate its strength.

manner, or how far they are necesPassion was given to man as sary to resore the lassitude of the some little antidote to pain.---Rail- solil, cr nerve the enfeebled body ; ing (says Junius) is a relief to the till temperate use, so far from re. mind.” But in a state of suspense, storing, debilitates both. the passions which should mollify, Amusements have been rough or irritate and inflame. They are like effeminate according to the progress barriers in a flood, which unable to of civilization ; but all ages and naconfine the stream, cause it to foam tions have agreed in their abuse. and rage with additional violence. The hardy Greek would hurl tie They should serve as conductors of ponderous discus, hurried by ensur grief, but are rendered useless by lation, till his strength and vigor for, the impossibility of knowing how sook him, and death often followed they should be turned. They are the blow of the cæstus. The moc. sings on which misfortune some-ern youth revels out the night in the times flies away, but suspense assembly room, or at the gaming moults their feathers and destroys house, heedless of the demands of its flight.


sleep, the fumes of wine, or the chill colds of night. The ancient would engage in the mystic rites of the

ceremonials in honor of his deities, For the Emerald.

and for a time annihilate his reason, if not entirely destroy his health ;

and, like him, the modern savage AMUSEMENTS are necessary and returns fromthe festival of his wära universal. They restore the tone whoop. of the enfeebled body, and are the Neither the piercing colds of the sweetest cordials of soul. They north, nor the cloudy vapors of the rest it, when fatigued by long appli- south are regarded ; but in the purcation ; and invigorate it, when suit of amusements we seem to drooping, under a load of sorrow think ourselves immortal. No class



of people can be named in any cult and delicate. While expressclime, to whom excess does noting the common feelings of humanseem familiar, and fall of course in- ity he might by some have been to their intervals of recreation. considered as “an advocate," and

While such is our abuse of privi- while lamenting the violence of leges, we have little reason to com- passion, he might by others have plain of the frailty of our nature ; been censured as “ a Judge."-But nor need we wonder, that in the long the discourse before us is liable to period since the flood the days of no such objection; it comes with man are shortened, and the strength propriety from a christin minister, of his nature has departed. It is anxious and interested in the wellour greatest misfortune, that we fare of his flock. The text is se have not resolution enough to be lected with judgment. It unfole reasonable. Our closet theories are at once the view of the speaker, ar generally correct; but we go abroad, brings the subject directly to t? and make our conduct precisely bosom of his audience. Make th. their opposite. We go in quest of mourning as for an only son-Mo. pleasures, determined to taste them bitter lamentation, Jeremiah vi. 2. moderately, and return exhilarated, The introductory remarks are and prepared anew for the rational once striking and appropriate. In business of life. But, the pleasure clear and perspicuous language the found, we dwell on it, till it surfeits. prospects of mankind are disclosed, The mind sickens, and the body and life is forcibly stated to be languishes: we draw ourselves a- nothing but “a history of disapway, and curse the propensity, that pointed expectations." drew us thither.

The sermon is divided into two While we thus misuse the bless- parts illustrative of two truths sugings within our reach, let us cease gested by the text. madly to arraign the dispensations of Providence, or to lament the hard

“ The first is, The death of children lot of humanity.


affords just cause of mourning to parents. The second is, The sins of the age are equally a source of bitter

lamentation to the people of God." For the Emerald.

In the first part the speaker gives REVIEW

an impressive and feeling illustraOf a Sermon, delivered to the First tion of those strong ties of affection Church in Boston, on the Lord's Day " which bind the heart of a parent after the calamitous death of Mr. to the life of a child." CHARLES AUSTIN, member of the senior class in the University of Cam. the world. They carry forward their

“ They calculate on his usefulness in bridge, which happened August 4, 1806, views to the period, when he shall disin the nincteenth year of his age, by tinguish himself in the walks of science, WilliAN EMERSON, pastor of the or in commercial pursuits, when he shall church.

take a part in the councils of his coun

try, or assist in building up society by PERHAPS no cause ever more an industrious life and a fair example. deeply interested an audience than Full of such pleasing prospects, they the melancholy catastrophe which naturally say to their bearts, This our gave occasion to this discourse. and work of our hands. We must de.

son shall comfort us concerning our toil The duty of the speaker was diffi- crease ; but he will increase. To us


touched us."

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the evil days are coming, and the years, and the urbanity of his manners ; who, drawing nigh, when we shall say, We have rich in academick honours, was about 70 pleasure in them. But he shall soothe entering on the stage of lite, and whose our growing infirmities, and soften the uncommon talents and acquisitions pillow of our declining age. In his rig. promised to be a support, a joy, and our we shall renew our youth, and he an ornament to their house. shall transmit our name and fortunes to

Under this awful calamity:hey have a future generation. But in the death had indeed all the consolation, which of their children, these fond expecta- the public regret and the sympathy of tions of parents are blasted, and hard is

numerous friends can possibly that heart, which will not join them in yield. Their most permanent supports adopting the complaint of bereaved however, in this afiction, will be deJob, Have pity upon us, have pity upon us, rived from religon. May the God of O, ye oxer friends, for the hand of God hath

mercy grant them these supports! We

coinmend them and their dear surviv. He then goes on to state the ing children to that God, whose judga

ments are unsearchable, whose ways are deeper cause of mourning when

pist finding out ; and whose most gra. "departed children gave promise of cious purposes are sometimes shrouded strong intellects, and amiable in thick and angry clouds !" minds," or parents are deprived the

The subsequent part is an eloconsolation of watching their dy-I quent lamentation over the “ sins of ing bed, and strengthening their the times." How far the theologi.. as

” faith in the resurrection which Jecal opinion respecting “ an earthly sus preached,” and then by a beau- mellennium” may be considered as tiful transition brings forward the orthodox, must be determined by distressing event in the following first ascertaining in what orthoimpressive appeal to the sympathy doxy consists. We apprehend it of bis audience.

will not meet universal assent from "Imagine to yourselves, my friends, all classes of divines. Every one, an instance, in which this privilege is however, will unite with the preachdenied to affectionate parents, and can er in lamenting the" wicked state of you blame them for the most bitter lamentation ? Imagine them one moment

society on account of its consehappy in the life, the talents, and pros

quences.” pects of a son, blooming with youth, • Wben the lusts and passions of and health and enterprize. in the next men have trampled on the precepts of they behold him felled by an instrument divine and human authority, there is of death, and lost to them, to friend- little security for either property, repuship, science, and the world. Merciful. tation, or life.

Suspicion and distrust God! what a trial for the faith of chris- will poison the intercourse of society. tians! At least, they may be allowed if defended against open violence, we the use of our prophet's mourning on shall yet be obnoxious to deceit and another occasion, is it nothing to you, treachery. If shielded from oppression att je that pass by ? behold and see if there in its most glaring forms, vet want of be any sorrow, lite unto cur sorrow, which private faith, without confidence in apis done into us, where with the Lord hath parent friends, and with no knowledge officted us in the day of his fierce anger 3 of the number and power of our foes,

"Imagine, did I say ? Such a case has our situation will be irksome and peralready existed. There are parents in

ilงแs.” this house of the Lord, who are mourn

There are in this sermon no new ing the loss of a child under all the ag- theological opinions, for it was not gravating circumstances of distress, an occasion to suggest them. There which I have enumerated. They are lamenting the tragical death of a son,

are perhaps no truths recently diswho was dear to them by the workings covered und displayed, for it was no of natural affection, by a noble fort, time for inquisitive research, but.




the true spirit of christianity is ad

For the Emerald. mirably displayed ; the consolations

DESULTORY SELECTIONS, which it was the duty of a gospel minister to afford, are gratefully offered. The rage of party violence, and

Contested Elections: the consequent corruption of public The first contested election was morals are lamented and denounced of the three Goddesses on mount with a boldness demonstrative of Ida, whose names were JUNO, Misincerity, and an energy, that while

NERVA and VENUS. Paris was reit commands attention will ensure turning Officer who decreed in farespect.

vor of Venus by presenting her The following exhortation, pro- with a golden apple. Juno, on apduced by that animation which the proaching Paris, told him that gubject inspired, is beautiful and in- though it was beneath her dignity pressive.

to converse with a mortal, yet if he “ What then, finally, my brethren, make him a nabob. Minerva told

would be her friend, she would do I propose, as the means of averting the divine displeasure ? I propose, and him that learning was better than recommend that we bring hither the house and land, and if he would be enemies of Christ, our babits of evil her friend she would teach him speaking, our inordinate ambition, our 12roiria quæ maribus. But Venus, pride and malice, and slay them at his who thought it would be wasting iect. I ask that we bring hither our terds and discord, our malevolence and time to make use of words, gare selfishness, and make a sacrifice of him such a look as put her in posthem on the altar of the gospel. I ex- session of the golden Apple. The kort that the work of reformation begin Queen of beauty out of gratitude to in every bosom and in every month. I Paris, who had so well managed admonish that we universally impose the restraints of religion on our hearts the election for her, made him a and hands, our lips and pens. Dearly present of several slices of that veluveld, avenge not yourselves, but rather golden pippin, and in commemoragive place into wrain, for it is written, tion of that event such slices have

engeance is mine, I will repry, saith the been inade use of as presents at all Lord. Let us feel that we are fellowmen, and endeavour to become fellow- other general elections. They have christians. Fellow travellers to the a sympathy like that which happens grave we certainly are, and soon shall to electrical wires, let an hundred be fellow candidates for God's compas- hold them in their hands their sensicn at his tremendous bar. In this sations will be the same, but they irail, dying, guilty condition, cursed be differ from electricity in one essencur anger for it is fierce, and our wrath for it is cruel."

tial point, which is that though the The style, as will appear by the

touch be ever so great, it never

Stevens. extracts we have made, is easy, uniform and correct, it neither swells into bombast nor degenerates into

Kle-House Politicians. frigidity ; there are some few loose Here political tobacconists make expressions, and one or two inele- the measures of government in cut gant periods, but it is generally pure and dry arguments ; here opposiand classical and will not dviracttion taylors prove the nation has froin the literary reputation of the been cabbage, here sacldlers turned reverend author.

statesmen, find a curb for the minisEMILIIS, try, here the minority veteran play.

srocks people.


ers argue that the scene ought to M. Demaucroix, a person

well be shifted, that the king's household known in France half a century wants a better manager; that his since, being advised by his friends to majesty's company are a set of very marry and reproached for having bad actors, that there is no necessi- delayed it so long, answered in the ty for a wardrobe keeper, and he following verses. tumbly moves that the king should aimi, je vois beaucoup de bien, discharge his prompter. Ibid. Dans le parti qu'on me propose,

Mais toutefois ne pressons rier, When Plutarch was asked why Il faut y penser murement,

Prendre femme et etrange chose, he resided in his native city so ob- Sage gens en qui je me fie scure and little, I stay, said he, lest M'ont dit que c'est fait prudemment, it should grow less.

Que d'y songer tout sa vie.


Perhaps, my friend, you counsel well,

And happy those who marry ;

But where to fix I cannot tell Luna rubit, pallet, crescit, nocte ambu- Still blameless tho' I tarry,

lat, errat "To ponder inuch when much depends, Hæc quoque fæmineo propria sunt Was always counted wise,

generi And he that well to’wed intends Cornua Luna facit, facit hæc quoque Should think on’t till he dies.

Fæmina, mutat Qualibet hæc autem mense, sed illa die.

The following anecdote from a work

professedly giving the history of Wo. BUTLER.

men, is said to be true, although various Johnson's concluding observa- writers have recorded it with some va. tions in his life of Butler, are appli

riation of detail. cable at the present day to many of The Scythians, whose character the occurrences with which we are is far from being the most abandonconcerned.

ed of the antients, seem not to have Burlesque consists in a dispro- had much cause to boast of the 'portion between the style and the chastity and fidelity of their women. sentiments. It therefore, like all The greatest part of their men havbodies composed of heterogeneous ing on some occasion made an ex- parts, contains in it a principle of pedition into Asia, were detained corruption. All disproportion is there much beyond their expectaunnatural, and from what is unnatu- tion, when their wives either imral we only derive the pleasure patient of their long absence, or deswhich novelty produces. Wc ad-pairing of their return, took their mire it awhile as a strange thing, servants and slaves and invested but when it is no longer strange, we them in all the possessions and privperceive its deformity. It is a kind ileges of their masters. These, of artifice which by frequent repeti- sometime afterwards hcaring that tion detects itself, and the reader their masters were about to return, learning in time what he has to ex- fortified and entrenched themselves pect, lays down his book as the in order to hinder them from enspectator turns away from a second tering into their own country, and exhibition of those tricks of which claiming their wives and possessions. the only use is to show that they The Scythians having advanced can be played.

to their slaves several skirmishes


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