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certain'y of human life, the followA pensive RAMBLB on the Banks ing lines of Gray pressed on my me of Ouse.
Haply some hoaryaheaded swain might say, By RICKARD.
Oft have we seen bim, at the peep of dawn,
Brushing with hasty steps the dew's away, • What scenes of sorrow wake the soul to
To meet the sun upon ihe upland lawn; pain,
"There at the foot of yonder nodding beach, What Hoods of anguish cloud the sick’ning His listless length at noon-tide would he
That wreaths its old fantastic root so high, eye! sons of pity! pour the melting strain;
stretch, o sons of picy! heave the plaintive sigh!
And pore upon the brook that bubbles by. For cold is hé, the youth of graceful frame,
* * * * * * * * * * * Whose deeds of mercy spoke the feeling One morn I miss'd him on the custom'd hill, mind;
Along the heath, and near nis fav’rite trees To whose warm breast were friendship's hal- Another came; nor yet beside the rill, low'd Aame,
Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he! The Bard's wild fancy and his fire assign'd: The next, with dirges dire, in sad array, Say, gentie spirit, wbither art thou Aed,
Slow thro' the church-way paw we saw him To what pale region of the silent dead?
borne: Yet why inquire? where some sweet season Approach and read (for thou canst read) the blows,
lay Share Griefishall smile, and Friendship breathe Gravid on yon stone beneath yon aged thorn.'
- her vows; Despair grow mild-Distraction cease to • How sweet, how consoling it is,
(says a favourite author) in the tranAnd Love once more shall clasp the form he quillity of retirement, to call to regave.
Draks. membrance our absent friends! Ah!
this remembrance alone makes us THE rosy clouds skirted the top taste again in solitude all the pleaof the distant hills, and reflected the sures we have enjoyed in their sobeams of the drooping sun; the green ciety.' I cannot help quoting the carpet, which was spread around, gave following lines which I recently beNature a beautiful appearance, when came possessed of, but from whence
I strayed alone with a book in my I know not. -band, and enjoyed the luxurious treat
Still isthe lark, that, hov'ring o'er yon spray, which the prospect afforded :-thus 1 With jocund carol 'usher'd in the morn; endeavoured to forget my owo cares, And mute the nightingale, whose tender lay and the cares of others. I directed Melted the feeling inind with sounds forlorn:
More sweet, dear I-, was thy plaintive my steps to a retired walk, where a
strain! short time since my departed asso That strain is o'er, but mem'ry ne'er shall ciate and friend and myself
When erst it cheer'd grey twilight's dreary used to repair, and pass the happy shade, moments in unreserved conversation. And charm d the sorrow-stricken soul from His soul was filled with hononr and
pain.' social virlue: falsehood, deceit, and I travelled on with my mind loadpride, were not inmates there; a ed with reduction, till each tumultora friend of integrity and candour, to ous care and important agitation had every one mild and affable, all who vanished with the gairish eye of knew him loved and respected him. day :' every noise was soothed into Here, fait and gentle reader, was a serenity and peace; there was no obyouth with promises of happiness; ject but seemed to be at rest, but in the midst of hope the unseen * Save that, from yonder ivy-mantled tow'r, band of death snatched his gentle The maping ow does to the moon compiain life, to dwell-in realms of never-tading Molest her ancient solitary reign." Shiss. As I contemplated on the ur
The far-distant moon peeped from place of virtue; as all his passions, behind the neighbouring woods, as I whether good or ill, were. io ile journeyed on by the side of the wind- extreme. ing Ouse, and soon enlightened the In one of his predatory excursions, silver stream with her pale rays: the at the head of his rapacious followers, scene, indeed, was calculated to in- he attacked a small caravan of merspire sablimity of thought. In this chants going to Damascus. The still, pensive moment, I imbibed as Arabs plundered it of every thing it were the universal repose of na- valuable, and murdered most of the ture. I will not here urge those merchants, only a few being able to sentiments of devotion, those grand make their escape. Among those and august conceptions, which this who fell was a Greek, who was subject has a tendency to inspire. I taking his daughter Selina, a beausincerely regretted the loss of my tiful girl of about ten years of age, departed I gained sight of with him to Damascus, where he my abode; and soon I repaired, after intended to fix his residence in fya prayer to the good, benevolent ture. Amid the scene of horror, Omnipotent, to rest.
Narbal seized Selina as his prize ; he O sacred rest,
was struck with her beauty, and he Sweet pleasing Sleep, of all the powers the pitied ber extreme affliction. His best
heart' seemed as it were for the first Whrose balms renew the limbs w labours of time softened into humanity, and he
the day: Care shuns the soft approach, and sullen employed every attention to alle. fees away.'
viate the sorrows and soothe the DRTDEN. melancholy of the lovely Selina.
As years passed on, Selina increased in statue and beauty, and ac
quired not only the good-will and NARBAL AND SELINA; friendship of Narbal, but inspired
him with a most ardent affection. Convinced of his sincerity, and yield
ing and gentle in her nature, she FEROCIOUS PASSION its own Pu- returned his affection; she even at NISHNENT.
length embraced his religion, and be
came his wife. She bore him a son, A TAI.E.
whom he named Ali; and for several
years they lived in a state of as much With an ei junt Engraving.) happiness and content as was com
patible with the rude and preditory IN the torrid regions of the east, state of life in which they existed.. where the sultry beams of the sun, Yet the wild fits of passion to which parch the surface of the earth, which Narbal was frequently subject exalt to a kind of fury the human often alarmed and terified the gentle passions, when unrestrained by reason Salina; but as he violently loved her, and retlection, lived Narba) (tie Arab, there was no very real cause for her the chief of a wandering trita, who fears. At length, however, the de. sbsisted by rapine and devastation. mon jealously entered his head, and His form was athluic, his eye fierce, he thought that he could perceive a his wanger terrible; yet was be pat growing partiality in the breast of destute of a kind of barbarous ge- Selina for a handsome youth, the nerosity, wisich sometimes held ihe son of a chief of a neighbouring
tribe ; and it was indeed 'true that ment. overpowered with horror, sunk the youth had seen and admired lifeless on his arm.. He raised the Selina, and that he would gladly reeking blade to deprive her, also of have engaged in an amour with life, but a momentary, reiuru of afa her ; but it was not true that fection held his bande When, the hé was at all encouraged by violent storm of passion had sub- . Selina, who had,' indeed, scarcely sided, and he was able to look on noticed that he was in the least at- what he had done, be saw his son tentive to her. But the suspicions dead at his feet, and his wife, his of Narbal, once excited, could not be beloved Selina, breathless in his arms. soon appeased. He was perpetually Nor could any attention or art reon the watch, and perpetually fancied slore her to life; the horror of the that he discovered something to in- scene had taken too powerful ar crease his own torment. His own effect on her delicate and feeble life was beco mę wretched, and be: frame: she revived but for a mo-, rendered Selina's the same, by h nient, uttered two or three conyul unjust suspicions, and the violence sive sighs, and then expired. of his infuriated passions.
Narbal stood for a time, changed, It chanced one evening that See asit were, to congealed stone. Dreada Jina and her son Ali left their tent ful were his feelings. At Jength, reatoenjoy the cool of the evening, after son forsook the man who had not the heat of a sultry day. Invited by known to exert it in curbing the vio, the shade of a wood which they saw lence of his passions. He became at a distance, they entered it, and furiously insane, and in this miseras soon so lost their way, that they did ble state survived several years, a not find it so easy to get out as to wretched example how, by not reenter it, and were overtaken by the straining brutal passions, human nanight. Narbal returning at the same ture may be reduced to the verge of time, and finding Selina had walked absolute brutality. out, was immediately haunted with his usnal jealous suspicions. He went out immediately in quest of her, expecting now to make great discoveries. A fatal chance directed bis steps in the way she had taken; and THE SOLDIER'S FUNERAL, be saw her and Ali near the skirts of the wood. Alive to all the fears IN the church-yard of East with which she had latterly heen im- Buurne I was resting myself on a pressed by his presence, she uttered gravestone, from a walk rather longer a slight scream at the sight of him. than usual. It happened to be about As he knew the voice well, he was the time when the bell was drawing certain it was her ; but the darkness towards a conclusion, which soon of the evening prevented him from brings the rustic trom his white-washimmediately recognising his son. His ed paitour to his pew. There is not in passion and jealousy would not suffer life a more pleasing scene. To see him to doubt that this was her pa- the rosy maid Ós whoe cheek sits ramour. He instantly advanced, and, health, smiling in full meridian, furious with rage, plunged his sabre dimpled by the pleasure son enjoys in his and laid him dead at in' being attended by a favourite his feet. Selina at the same mo- youth, on whose sunbyant forehead
seigns content. - Oh happy rustie, ing--and though a tear, as a glishow I envy ehee!
tening dew-drop, trembles upon its From these reflections I was bud, it only adds to its fragrance and abruptly aroused by the swelling beauty. notes of a trumpet, which I found I now felt the full force of this; for, announced that the remains of a dra as I lifted up my hand to my hat to goon were escorting by his comrades shade or the sun, I derrcled a strage to his last quarters. Slow and so• . gling tear gliding down my check. lemn were their steps, and their But I freely let it fall; it was nawhole demeanour truly spoke their ture's innocent offering on the aktar, hearts were interested. I understood of sensibility, and I am confident it froni one of the spectators, that the was a sacrifice indulgent Heaven deceased belonged to a regiment just would not disdain, for it was accom. ; returned from foreign service. Poor panied with sensations that princes, fellow ! Tejaculated, thou hadst might have envied. escaped the fatigues and hardships I looked on, while the comrades of of a foreign clime; met darger, and the old soldier performed their last death, in every breeze ; yet had that sad duty over him: his horse was led, insariable monster not received his : or, as i fancicd, dragged reluctantly commission ; but as if weary of his from his graye, After the procession lenity, or to make the stroke-more. had departed, I observed one of the painful, when, perhaps, thou hadst, party sijll Ipitering near the grave unthought to have met the fond smiles: tilbe sawit filled up, when, takingthe. of an aged parent, the endearing: spade from the sexton, be carefully. embraces of a loving wite, or theri selected as many sods, as covered it. irtexpressible . joy of pressing thy-Worby fellow! may the spot children to thy breast, then did be. where thou shalt sleep never want a, smite thee, and that to the quick.' covering !--- It will not ; some geneThe accoutrements. of the soldier.. rous' spul like thyself will be the last were laid
upon his culliin, to him no to leave it-mili not, Nature, ever true, longer of use; and his horse, which 10 her task, will plant over thee a had been his faithful- companion verdure that shall never decay, and, during many a weary march, as if which none shall dare to disturb ! perfectly sensible of the dissolution He cast a mournful look at the, of his master, with mournfulasicps place, as if to mark iis situation, tollowed his remains. A few com- and slowly left the spot. Honest radts from the troop to which he be fellui, fare thee well! thou poss longed, with arms reversed, brought sessest a beart that would do honour up the rear. Never in my life did to an higher station. I myselí, I feel so much afficted by so com poor as I ain, will erect 4 stone in mon a circumstance. I have been memory of thy friend, that wbenever the foot-hall of fortune from my it is thy fate or min-, in our jour, youth up; adversity and I have long ney through life, to pass this way, shook hands together; but there is
memory may not fail to recall the a pleasure in nisfortune, with which scene, or sensibility to pay her bring the sons of prosperity are little ac. tribute. quainted. Providence, in pity to our
J. BAGNETT. stale, strews now and then a flower. East-Bourne Burraiks. in our path well worth the gather:
pressed a surprise that I had not seen
the young lady; he informed me that HARRIET VERNON;
she was seldom at home, being fond of any society rather than his. She
is now,' said he, on a visit to a faCHARACTERS FROM REAL LIFE. miły of character and fortune, about A NOVEL,
seven miles from this place. They
are fond of her to excess: I cannot In a Series of Letters. disapprove of the acquaintance other
wise than because they are zealous BY A LADY.
catholics, and have persuaded my (Continued from p. 356.) daughter to become of their re
The old gentleman seemed pleased LETTER XXVIII.
with my conversation and company :
I felt a respect and concern for him, Mr. Wentworth to Mr. Johnson. which induced me to be more than
Con monly assiduous to please him.
Bengal. I found I could manage his business I LOSE no time to inform my with great ease; and, in short, every dear friend of my safe arrival in this day made me more and more pleased place, after a 'most expeditious and with my situation. I felt a great pleasant voyage. I am perfectly curiosity to see the daughter, but well and in excellent spirits, which, avoided mentioning her, because I when I have told you my adventures, observed the subject was shunned you will not be surprised to hear. I by the father, and evidently gave wrote a few lines to you and colonel him pain. Ambrose by the Desborough: but One day, when we were conversing a few days after her sailing a as usual, he looked with uncommon change took place in my affairs of a earnestness in my face," and asked most wonderful nature, which, not me if I had parents living.--I reto keep you in suspense, I will now plied, that I had lost them both begin to relate.
when young; that I did not rememI was received by Mr. Win- ber my father, but did my mother stansley, the gentleman to whom I perfectly, as I was fourteen when was recommended by colonel Am- she died. brose, with great politeness; he is a . Do you know what her maiden fine old gentleman turned of seventy, name was?' very infirm, and totally incapacitated I replied, “No; I had never for business.--I have,' said he, heard : nor have I, that I know of, 'made my fortune in this place, a relation in the world.' and although I am an Englishman, I hope,' said he, 'I am not imam determined to end my days here. pertinent; but you will much oblige I have no connection (and he sighed me if you would favour me with as he spoke) but one daughter, who some account of your mother.' is my care, would I could say she I told him my life would be como was my comfort!'
prised in a very few words. My mo. I was affected with his words and her seemed to be a woman of vire manner: you are to understand I had tue and good sense. She gave me been with him three weeks, and was as good an education as her circumbecome perfectly acquainted, lexstances would admit of, and often VOL. XXXVIII.