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! Hargrave has improved so rapidly, • Does her ladyship’ said the and surprisingly, under his quition, rector. that she is the won'k'r of every be Certainly you have not seen my holder. She is now our principal friend Fitzroy, or you could not ask' dancer; and on our last public day, that question. All the ladies are for all the spectators were in raptures Fitzroy;' returned lord Gaythorn. with her; and beside that, she has • So must all discerning men too,' learned from him to arrange her since he is lord Gaythorn's friend, drapery, better than any girl in the said doctor Hargrave, towing to school.'

the ground. Therefore, permit me What!' exclaimed lord Gay- to say, my lord, that I am for Fitzthorn, does signor Scamperini teach roy alone.' the misses to dress, as well as dance?' That is kind, said lord Gaythorn,

• No, my lord, vo; only the ar- shaking the rector's hand. - And rangement of the frock-- to hold it pray, doctor Sydenham,' hecontinged, so, when we walk, as to display the may I ask, who is to have the ho. whole contour of the figure to the nour of your vote and interest?' greatest advantage:' replied miss I am at present,' replied doctor Penrose, consequentially.

Sydenham, smiling, devoted to miss “So, my lord, so,'....cried Ce- De Clitford, my lord; who must lestina, now Hartered into good-hu- have the goodness to determine for mour, and suddenly dashing down me.' her beautiful darling..... 'I could

Must I,' said Julia, smiling too, shew it better had I a thinnes frock then if you have, great, many, on.. Our governess makes us prac. hundred, votes, I wish them all to tise this a great deal:—but some of be given, for Mr. Fitzroy.' the girls, who are richety, do n't like • Indeed!' said his lordship.it at all. Aye, and if there is an • His knight-errantry to your fair election ball, I'll shew you, too, what friend, has won, I see, your interest good dancing is :-I'll dash through for him.' Parisot's hornpipe, like mad :-Ill • My knowledge of Mr. Fitzroy,' make the company stare, l'll warrant replied Julia, teelingly,

was of me!'

longer time, than his, so kind re"That I have no doubt of,' said scue, of Mrs. Goodwin's servant. I doctor Sydenham,

am of my-elf, under obligation, The rector now, with profound to him :' and, her cheeks glowed respect, asked his lordship some with, and her eyes spoke, the most questions, relative to the election; animated gratitude, while she conand lord Gaythorn told in his re

tinued :- I was once, in so great plies, that Fitzroy was a guest at distress-insulted, mortified, derided ihe Priory; that he was then gone (by my own sex, it was; who had far into the county, to canvass, and no shame, to do it)- I had friend, had deferred waiting upon doctor

none near me-Oh! it was to me, a Hargrave until evening, of whose moment of strong suffering!-but vote his lordship bad assured him.' Mr. Fitzroy, came, and came to

'Does your lordship favour any my help. Mr. Fitzroy, was a stranother of the candidates ?" doctor ger; but that, for him, was noHargrave asked.

thing; his heart was benevolent, I • No,' returned his lordship; I wanted of him aid, and he gave me, ain for Fitzroy alone.'

safe protection.'

My vote and interest, then, are faculties so eminent as ours were his,' said doctor Sydenham, with given us to be concealed like se, emphatic feeling.

pulchral lamps intended only to en* Happy Fitzroy! to have such a lighten urns, and spread their useless resistless advocate!' said his lord- rays round their small circumfer, ship, looking expressively at Julia, ences. Doubtiess they were designwho gravely replied—' That man, ed for greater, much nobler pure indeed, is most happy, my lord, poses; their splendour was to be more whose own merits, claim, and secure extensive like the sun, to be every him 10, the so honourable support, where conspicuous. They were to of such a renerable, and so good be the objects of esteem, to attract friend, as doctor Sydenham.' respect and veneration, by which

Lord Gaythorn now entered pleas- their influence might become more ingly into general conversation; and prevalent, and they thereby be renat length, when he arose to take dered capable of becoming benefits leave, he, with much politeness and more widely diffused. hospitality, invited the wbole party It was certainly not intended that at the Rectory to dinner, next even those who possess exalted undering, at seven o'clock ;-an invitation standings should live only to them. which was most cordially accepted selves, and shine in private, but that by Doctor and Mrs. Hargrave ; they should be guides to those of and his lordship departed, attend- less elevated sense, and that the ige ed to the very outward gate by the norant and novices in knowledge obsequious rector,

should receive instruction from them. The morning was chiefly taken Such as had learned only the eleup by a variety of insipid visitors to ments, the first rudiments of virtue, Mrs. Hargrave; and at dinner, a to be enabled to make a large company assembled. The din- greater progress by the precepts and ner was fatiguingly pompous, yet examples of those who had made it excellently good; but went off hea: their long and constant practice, and vily, the whole conversation turning who by continual conflicts had acupon the election.

quired the mastery of their passions, the entire government of themselves. The rich were made so, that they

might reward merit, and supply the ON SOLITUDE. necessities of the indigent and un

fortunate: the great were made HAD not society been that for powerful, that they might become which we were designed hy infinite public blessings, defenders of the wiscom, there would not have been distessed, protectors of the innocent, so strong a bias in our inclinations, and revengers of the injured. such pleasures annexed to conversa From what has been said, it seems tion, such irresistiblecharms in agree evident that we were not created able company; something that by wholly for ourselves, but designed to a secret sympathy, an internal force, be serviceable to each other'; to do a pleasing kind of violence, seems to good to all within the circle of our link us to each other, and makes us acquaintance, and in some way or delight in a mutual communication other render ourselves useful to those of thoughts, a reciprocal exchange of we converse with; for which reason sentiments.

slirude ought never to be our Besides, it is not probable that choice, an active life including in

were

it much greater perfection. But if animal and vegetative kingdoms, it be our fortune to live retired, to make a strict scrutiny into the in: be, as it were, shut up in a cor- dividuals of each respective kind, ner of the world, and denied the consider their forms, their properpleasures of conversation, I mean "ties, their uses, and their peculiar those delights which naturally result virtues ; and if to these we add the from rational and instructive dis- totally inanimate part of the creacourse, we ought to endeavour to tion, and observe nature as she there become good company to ourselves, luxuriantly exhibits her skill in numought to consider, that, if we hus- berless productions, we shall find band our time well, improve our abundant matter on which to emabilities, lay in a rich stock of know- ploy our thoughts. But if we still ledge, and, by our diligence and in- widen our prospect, and look bedustry, make a happy progress in yond the narrow confines of this the necessary as well as the pleasant globe, we shall be pleasingly conparts of learning, we shall be always founded with a stupendous variety agreeably employed and perfectly of objects; we shall be lost in a easy without calling in foreign aids; delightful maze, and stray from one we shall be cheerful alone, and en- wonder to another, always finding tertaining to ourselves, without be something new, something great, ing indebted for any part of our something admirable, and every way satisfaction to those frivolous diver. worthy of that infinite, that incomsions to which the generality of prehensible wisdom to which the mankind are obliged to have re- universe owes its origin. course.

Thus may we delightfully as well What can afford a higher, a more as advantageously employ ourselves masculine pleasure, a purer, a more in our studies, in our gardens, and transporting delight, than to retire in the silent lonely retirement of a into ourselves, and there attentively shady grove, inspect the various operations of our By day the verdant fields, the minds, compare our ideas, consultour towering hills, the winding rivers, season, and view all the qualities of the murmuring brooks, the bleating our faculties, the inimitable work of flocks, the lowing herds, tħe medivine wisdom, and the participa- lodious birds, the beauteous insects, tions of inconceivable power which the minute reptiles, together with are discoverable in our wills and the vast expanse of heaven, and that acts!

glorious fountain of light which Without us there is nothing but adorns it, and imprints a pleasing what will be a fit subject for our lustre, imparts a delightful divercontemplation, and afford a constant sity of colours to everything on and delectable entertainment. If which it sbines, will suggest freshi we look on our bodies, their com- hints : at night ten thousand subplicated composition, the admirable time objects will entertain us; ungymmetry and exact proportion of numbered orbs of light roll over our their parts, the intelligence which heads, and keep our thoughts agreeappears in the face, the vivacity ably employed. which sparkles in the eye, together If at any time we find that too with that momptness and energy strict an attention, too great an inwhich accompanies every motion, tenseness of mind, brings a languor will afford ample inatter for medita- on our spirits, we may have recourse tion. If we extend our view to the to books, In them (if judiciously VOL, XXXVIII.

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chosen) we shall be sure to meet cannot properly be said to enjoy with rational amusement, something ourselves, and unless we do so we that will instruct as well as please; cannot be happy alone. will make our hours glide easily

M.T. along, and yet prevent their being Poplar, February 15. lost.

• Dear to the Gods ambrosia prov'd,
As dear are jooks, where they ’re belov'd;
They're still the inind's delicious treat,

THE STROLLER.
Its healthful, most substantial meat ;
The soul's ennobling sprightly wine,
Like nectar sweet, and as divine:

By D. 7.
Castalian springs did ne'er produce
A richer, more spirituous juice.

Alteration! alteration!
When by't inspir'd we fearless rise,

Oh, what a wonderful alteration!
And, like the giants, brave the skies;
Pelion on Ossa boldly lay,

COLLINS.
Froin thence both earth and sca survey;
On them the huge Olympus throw,

A STROLLER!.-Pshaw-I Then to the tow'ring summit go,

detest the name !'-perhaps some Thence take a view of worlds on high, fair reader may ejaculate. Be that as From orb to orb with pleasure fly; Still upward soar, until the mind

it may, I am a stroller.; and as noEffects does in their causes find,

thing will alter my being a stroller, I And them pursue till they unite

trust the dear fair-one will not form In the bless'd source of truth and light.'

an unfavourable opinion of me; but But none can be thus happy in excuse me when I say, I am a good solitude unless they have an inward harmless sort of fellow, and mean purity of mind, their desires con

no body any injury. My strolling has tracted, and their passions absolutely certainly taught me to be content; under the government of their rea

and let the world wag as it will, still son. Learning without virtue will I am happy : my bosom is serene, not, cannot, bestow felicity. Where “Like a peaceful sea that knows no storms.' there is an internal disturbance, a tumult of thought, a consciousness I envy no one ; but as chance of guilt, and an anxiousness of soul, guides my steps, I cannot help now there can be no easy reflections, no and then noticing some absurdities satisfying pleasures.. No, there must that present themselves : yet I am be innocence, calmness, and a true aware that roses as well as thorns understanding of the value of things, spring up in every soil, so I take before the mind can find an enjoy. things as they fall. I was just going ment and complacency in itself. to say, I think your very amusing To render a retired life truly agree- friends, J. M. I.. and S. Y, are of able, there must be piety as well as my fraternity, for they are stroll. human knowledge, incorrupt morals, ers to all intents and purposes; and as well as an insight into nature ; a if I consider them as such, I trust disregard of wealth, at least no eager they will have generosity enough to solicitude for it; a being weaned forgive me: but on the other hand, from the world, from its vanity, its if I should by saying thus much ofapplause, its censure, from all the fend, why, I beg to assure them (as means it has of enticing or disturb- I do all others) I mean no harm, ing, all that it can give or take and would scorn to set a foot into away; for without an absolute in- either of their paths. dependence on all things here we As I was strolling the other morn

across the fields, I met with an old to you, Mr. Stroller, what we gents school-fellow of mine ; but you must do ; we are of the beau monde, and know, some how or other he is fixed will do as we pleasę.' To such I ans in what is called a higher situa. swer, you may do as you please, and tion than myself, and to prove to so will 1. -Now, fair readers, I subyou he was in this instance, he was mit myself to your smiles and proon horseback, and I on my legs : but tection; and if ihis trifle should meet I was content. Phillips once said, your approbation, you may shortly

Happy the man, who, void of care and strife, anticipate something more from me, In silken or in leathern purse, retains

for I have kept on till my paper is A splendid shilling.'

full, and for the present I resign I knew I had that in my pos•

my pen. session, but really cannot answer - Such the vanity of great and small; for this old school-companion. As Contempt, goes round, and all men laugh"ac I passed him, I gave a look-direct,

YOUNG but he feigned not to recollect me; yet, as he crossed his nose with a white handkerchief (which I believe to be his mother's), he condescended to return me a look-oblique. I really

ANECDOTE. think that I appeared to him no bigger than one of Gulliver's Lilli OLD Giffard the player, lately putians, while no doubt he conceited deceased, used to relate an anecdote himself as big as one of his Brob- which exhibited, in a strong point of dignagians ; so apt are some people view, one of those failings by which, to suppose themselves great, because it is well known, the lustre of Garthey happen to be placed in an ex- rick's transcendant merits was somealted situation.

what obscured. He and that great • If not so frequent, would not this be hero were performing together in strange?

Hamlet, and Giffard had the part That 'tis so frequent, this is stranger still.' of the Player King assigned him ;

YOUNG.

which he acted to admiration, and At first sight I scarcely knew this with unceasing and rapturous apexalted youth, and I firmly believe plause from all parts of the house. he had been using a little of that On his retiring behind the scenes, certain something, which (excuse he was greeted with the cordial conme) many of you fair creatures gratulations of his fellow-performers; *make use of; for when we used to but one, more sage than the rest, go to school together I recollect his observed, that 'though he could not face was as brown as a nutmeg, but witness his success with pleawhile mine (though I say it), was sure, yet he feared that that might as fair as a lily, but now it was (as prove one of the most unfortunate Tim says in the farce) all over red days of his life, and that Garrick and white like the inside of a shoulder and he would never be seen on the of mutton. Perhaps some of our same boards together again.' 'And,' modern finical sparks may hang their said Giffard, his fears were but jibs, and say, what business is it too well founded; we never were.'

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