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FOR THE EMERALD.
Mark yon wretch, that trembles on the verge of eternity. The cadaverous complexion of death begins to overspread his countenance.
Though rich as Cræsus, not a subTHE WANDERER,
of that monarch, whose life was
not luxury and extravagance to his. No. XLII.
Sordidly affluent, his soul could
never have preferred loss to unjust. * Ephraim feedeth on wind.” gain. The light of heaven he would So do many others at this day. it a bargain. He would not indeed
barter for another shilling, and think When I stroll abroad and see the
sell “ his birthright for a mess of motley groupe of characters, that croud every street, I almost believe pottage;" for he would not allow
limsell the luxury. "phrain in transmigration of souls, and think EPHRAIM revives in modern Israel.
feedeih on wind."
In company, a When I see a man sacrifice
torpedo, that would chill! Every
every thing 10 politics, devote long days thing is cold, cold as his subterra
nean treasure. and sleepless nights to the whiros of the res, punt in pursuit of I met a bad the other day, is phantoms, faint as he finds then I turned one of the corners. His air, the passage recurs in full force: hair, fron want of comb or a string,
Ephraim fedeih on wind." I-streamed" indeed like a militar shrink within myself, cu reflecting, to the troubled air" His eyes were how soon what lie depends on for sunk deep in his head, as if they sufort will blow him away.
would retreat from nature, that he When I meet one, whom nature might look through it niore distincthas denied wings to enable liim to ly in remote perspective. Thehagsoar to the height of the butterfly, sardness of his appearance bespolc with hat-inder his arm, and stick theineagreness ofl.isdict. “Praise," in hand, rings on each finger, spec-, said a maniac bard, “is the only tacles on nose, and saved oniy, by manna we poets fecri on. We deDiowder from being lighi-heasled, I rour it, as if it were angel's food, do not wait for the appearance of a and vainly think we grow inimorlady to convince me, thai he feeds tal.” It might hare been said once. on nothing. “Less than nothing, But now this cheap food is denied and vanity," he can live by incre them. The world is dead, dead in taste of air. A Cainelcon, that trespasses and sing. Were the Muse would ciange color, lut from vart herself to descend, anti perch on of siamo.
Parnassus, and sing to a siceping S
creation, she would not be able to of understanding has long since gain a moment's attention ; to break sunk and died away in the socket of their slumbers or rouse them from sensuality. Verily, Efinraim feedtheir lethargy. The sigh swelled.cth on sind. spontaneous. "phrain" alas "feed
The soldier, cth on svind .!”
“sudden and quick in quarrel, The lawyer, that lives on hopes “ Seeking the bubble, reputation,
“Even in the cannon's mouth,” of glory, "feedeth on wind." The divine, that expects salvation from and perhaps losing reputation and faith without works, "feedeth on life both, is Ephraim feeding on wind.” The doctor, that rides all wind. day without a single patient, has The son of Neptune, that passes the lankness of EPHRAIM, " feedeth the street, was once a lover. An on mind;" and on his return home is officer in the nary, in one of his land not a little mortified to find his chil-cruises he encountered fair AMONET dren cry for other means of subsis- and struck his colors. The captive tance.
of love was treated less respectfully Quinuncs are mere feeders on
than a prisoner of war. He scorned 5.1.110, and not very dainty as to the to be trifled with and broke his qualities of the air. Novel-read
thraidom. lle found, he had fid on ers are among ladies what quidnuncs wind; and was then hardly goodare among men.
natured enough to call it sweet a.
They are well known at the circulating library; He no longer sighs woful ballads the owner of which, aware of their
to his mistress' eye örow, but sings hobby, keeps the run of their cus
again Te Deums to the God of victom by the quarterly expense of a tory: few, new title-pages.
The other is the son of an opu.
lent planter. The same sorceress Min, who live on very substantial
enthrilled him. He thought the foort, mav yit, in the true spirit of encintment vas mutual air! ias 310129fd on wind. The Epicure, led to hope, Hymen would soon
bose idol is üppetite, who lows break the charm. The place of re. own to himself, and the meanest sirience was agreed. He repaired Pait of liimself, who looks forward tirither, purchased him a house, fitDa new earth with rapture, only berted it up in the most elegant man"ause he expects new dishes there,
ner, wrote her his success and acwho disbelieves in heaven, because cording to a supposed promise
, De cannot conceive of 12978888 anxiously awuited her approach.-without casing ; with lowever keen But Ephraim feedeth on wird; she a relish he de: our his viands, like complained of his impertinence, and Ephraimstill fedeth on sind.
His there ended their loves.' appetite will soon leave him, cloyeci into satiety and motionless wiih I could multiply instances, but out. Ile will not be able to take should soon get to be an instance the same pleasure in the choicest, myself. Did I write much more, the rustic takes in the most ordinary and still expect to be read, the hope food. While the mere animal is thus would be illusive and the last smile growing weaker and weaker, tius of the reader would be at the excies daily, the inan is already dead. pense of The Wanderer, “ Ephraim The soui has gone out. The light Seedeth on wind."
For the Emerald.
thou not raised thy sacrilegious hand
against thine own person ? Know there. DIALOGUE OF THE DEAD. fore, that as long as thy vile carcase
shall remain unburied, and continue to Still lives the ruling passion strong in death. taint the air with its corruptions, so long
must thou wander a vagabond ghost
upon these solitary shores. LUCIAN, among the antierts, and a.
Mr. P. But Mercury, couldst thou along the moderne, Fenelor and not contrive some conveyance to ferry LORD LYTTLETON, have written me to the other side? I feel anxious o dialogues of the dead; but no one per. joyment of perfect happiness in the
know my final doom; whether the erhape, either
for the purpose of satire, or the advancement of morality, ever
gardens of the blessed, or the torments trote such a dialogue until the real de of those sulphureous flames which i cease of his Dramatis Persona.
see yonder in curling volumes mount
ing toward heaven, is to be my eternal le is not impossible that the soul, shroudl abode. ed in a dirty habiliment, as she is, shculd so far forget her real importance; of eternity now, than you did in the other
Mercury. So Mr. P. you think more as to fix her affections on an unworthy
world. olject, subvert the vesign of her intelligert faculties, and consequently be dead Mr. P. These Stygian glooms afto every duty of social life, dead to every fright me. What will become of my principle of honor and honesty, and in a poor soul? Certainty in my distressed bord, dead to every purpose of her situation, is surely more eligible than creation.
this horrid suspense; and I cannot but
think, that if thou vert to form a canoe, le not the Miser so absorbed in his goluen and ferry souls over in the night, it
ideas of increasing wealth, as to be it would pay thee well for thy trouble : terly dead to the cry of justice and humanity? And to the proud victor, trace (as well as an advantageous one,)
thou mightest drive a considerable whose heart is inflated with ambi
by transporting such hell-doomed mis. tion, and whose steps are market ir blood, does not the voice of innocence I think honestly, it would pay thee well,
as I, into the Elysian fields, and mercy supplicate in vain?
Mercury: But that a Dialogue of the Dead, writ.
Mereury. A pretty tradle truly !-ten before the parties had quitted their worldly existence, should appear a so
smuggle souls into Elysium ! Well letism, is a matter which we shall not calimity. Minos is a stern jurize, the
marst thou tremble at thy approaching at present determine.
terror of his countenance will sink borIt may, horrever, le alledged in furor of rorinto thy guilty soul. il, that the purpose of satire is accom
Mr. P. Al that awful period, when piished with at least) equal success; I am to appear before itim, dost zhou Tle culprit teirg in a masure dead
not imagine that an offer of a fool sum, to a principle of honesty, it is possible that he might be quickened by the lash of 90e, would infance lin in my
favor ? of the Satirist, as the rod of correction sometimes reclairs daughty boys.
ofercury. Minos receiveth no bribes ; the gods consider the riches of your
world as dross and vanity. They are MERCURY & XR, P
not like your miserisu!!!, who mistook Mr. P. Is it impossible, then,fur me
that to be happiness, which is only a to cross this river?
mean of enjoying lite. Mercury. Why cost thou repeat this
Mr. P. build it be have an appear. question, have I not told thee a thousand ance of generosity? times? Here inust thoi tarry for thine Mercury. Think not to deceive the iniquities, and such is the command of gods by appearances; has: thor yet the falé. Hast thou not violaicd the pre-terority to entertain an idca of imposing Cepts of virtue and morality, fast thou upon the Immortals! is not dissimunot worshipperi gold as thy god, and to lation its own desirouer? What diust fill up the micasure of thy guilt, bust thou ever accomplish with it, whichi where the interest is drawn monthly Mr. P. Ab! Mr. Mercury you and this interest added to the principal are pleased to be a little ironical--1 twelve times in a year, I received conalways heard you was a witty fellowpound interest so many times-the but you must consider that I was not inoney grew like a snow-ball rolled down
afforded thee satisfaction in thy think- only her neighbor, but her very gooi ing moments ?
friend. I advised with lier in all her Air. P. Hare not I by the appearance i worldly concerns--besides doing divers of sanctity and honesty obtained a good little acts of kindness for her from time report among men? By throwing a dark to time, and never failed to set a full val. veil ofhypocrisy over iny real intentions, ue upon them, by jogging her memory, as have i not been seen among the number they say, wlien I made her will--and you of the select, and in public offices and see, she was very noble and generous to employments ? where by the bre, I ine in the end, leaving me one legacy in never forgot my governing principle of compensation for my foriner services, gain, to which add my characters of a and the time and trouble which I might committee man, a referee, a merchant, or should be at, in paying off her bea broker, an insurer, an executor and--- queathments--and the other for-in
Mercury. Stop, stop, do tell me consideration of our friendship our something about your executorship. I sold acquaintance-and all that! attended a venerable widow to the
Mercury. A very plausible story! Elysian fields about two or three years and pray how long did it take you to ago, when she saw your character in its pay off the legacies? tell me the trutk ; true colors. She told me with regtet for 1 perceive by the abominable lies that she had appointed you to divide that you have told me, that you was a her estate among the friends she left
very shufiling fellow. behind ; since this, a number of reports have circulated here not much to your vou mean by that? I'd hare you to know,
Mr. P. Shuffing fellow, Sir, what do advantage : I should like to know the Sir, that I am not used to such lantruth from your own month.
guage. When I was alive, Sir, I main. Mr. P. I acknowledge there was a tained the character of an honest man, little finesse there—nay I will go further, though a little hard in any dealings an! you may believe me Mercury--there sometimes ton close. were some masterly strokes of policy Mercury. Put on no airs here sirrah ! displayed in the inanaroring of all that or with one touch of this wand. business. I defy Machiavel with Mr. P. I beg your pardon Nir. Mer.. lanmon at one clbow, and your honor curs, I was indeed too hasty--but I nt the other, to hare executed that af- own to you that if my conduct was re. Fir with lialf the secresy, circumspec- prehensible, I was ignorant of it; I was tion, hypocrisy and sound jugment confident I was making money, and why that I did. You say she told you with cloukl I investigate the adieronce bo regret that I was a pointed executor- tween right and wrong. I acted un poor lady!--it
seems lier eyes were formly consistait, I made it a rule with never spenel, till they were closed all the legatees that if they would give forever!-and yet she lived to be very me a receipt for £500 when I paid old.
them but 1,400 I was really to settle Mercury. That I had not the plea- with them. Some, whose necessit; sure to introduce her to Elysium many countervailed their conscience were ready years sooner, is not, I suppose your fault. toHad she her senses when she dictated Mercury. Say rather, sone whose that will to you, or did she dictate it at mean opinion of thy honesty compelied all ?
them to put up with a loss, Mr. P. Why do you ask me that
Mr. P. Have it as you will Yet question ?
Sir, there were others, (which circumMercury. Did not people stare to stance I recollect with picasure) whose find your name trvice mentiones in the redundancy of conscience scrupled same will? with so considerable a sum signing to a lie, by which lucky method along si le of it, each time! but old peo- I kept them out of the money all my ple are apt to be forgetful-perhaps she life time-to my great emolument ; for ordered you the second sum inarivert- lodged these monies in the bank, ently-or through mistake!
har Oh! that I could return to that Mercury. Is it true that the director derr world, and live to an antidiluvian of the bank offered you £1500. for you age-what a fortune could I acquire ! bargain--you say nothing of that.
Mercury. I am astonished at the Mr. P. Why-I cannot say but it ios deprarity of the human race !-on't yet I knew it to be worth much more, : you think you was a diabolical rascal? and therefore refused it.
Mr. P I offered ternis to them - Mercury. Where was your conscience, they had their choice and was I to Mr. P.? blame, Mr. Mercury ?
Dir. P. Conscience, Mr. Mercury! Mercury. The fowler spreads his do you talk to me of that! where was net; the bird is taken of his own ac- your conscience when you stole king cord; but is the fowler less treacherous, Admetus's cows, or what is worse, when Mr. P. ?-You have evader my ques- you took Vulcan's tools, which were of tion, her long was the estate in your no value ! - When you stole Jupiter's hands?
sceptre, which I suppose was very cost. Mr. P. Ever since you conductedly, then you had a great temptation--if the soul of the widow to its happy I had had the same opportunity I don't abode, and that is two or three years
know but ago-and to divide her estate among
Mercury. You forget where you are. 80 many legatees has taken me much I perceive that you are as ignorant as longer than you would think for, owing to you was parsimonious ; but admitting their obstinacy entirely Why Sir, they these to be some of the follies of my would not setile, because I demanded youth, did I not invent commerce, a discount of only twenty fivc per cent weights and measures-was I 110t famous for prompt payinept.
for making peace, and a long train of Mercury. Cease thy inpertinence thou virtues, for which you give me no credit, lying scoundrel-to demand a discount and for which I ain enrolled among the of five and twenty per cent for prompt number of the gods ? But as to thee, pazinent, two or three years after the misernble wretch! what good action money became due !-- What punishment didst thou ever perform on the con. must the righteous Julge award thee! trary, hast thou not ground the faces of Happy for the country that bore thee, the poor, practised every species of inthat Jupiter shed over thy mind the justice, and spurned the supplicating seeds of knowledge with a sparing child of adversity from thy cloor with band--for surely the gods, foreknowing contempt? and should the all.just Mithy evil destiny, contractii thy intelli-nos spurn thee from the frotstool of the gent powers to the sphere thou wert or throne of mercy, would it not appear an duined to move in. Else had thy power equal punisl. ment, for the conduct thou and unrelenting cruelty sacrificed that hast shewn toward thy fellow men ?-country at the shrine of thy rapacious You resemble Bartus, the herdsman, to avarice. Why badst thou not the hon. whom I entrusted the cattle I had esty to pay off the legacies agreeably stolen, but of whose falshood and perto the will ?
fidy I revenged myself by turning him Ir. P. As to the matter of th.it - into a stone called Index. You like thou art certait ly sufficiently acquaint.. Batous, deserve to be metamorphosed ed with lawy, to know that I had no right to an Index, a Stone held up to the view to pay them under twélie months at of mankind to point out the extent of huleast.
man depravity. Mercury. I thought you hinted just Mr. P. But Mercury thou wast not now, that this estate was in vour bands, only worshipped as the god of oratory, till the day of your death. How in the but as the god of rogues, cf. gain, and name of wonder can that le?
of cheating also, and therefore thou Mr. P. A fair purchase! Sir, a fair oughtest to be a little more merciful purchase! You must know that the es toward me, who have been in the same Late you refer to, is contiguous to my tract all the days of my life. own, and so very handy that I had long Mercury. Hast thou practised my determined to possess it; and when it virtues too? fell into my hands, I made a sham ven. Mr. P. It is impossible to attain to due (as the law requires) and bought it every human perfection: the life of man myself for 65750.
is so sbort