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IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD.
deprived from illness of his keeper, rior, with what sovereign contempt he became sulky, took food sparing would he view the green laurel of ly, and evidently pined; but when victory, or the proud trophy of fame! his former keeper was restored, he could I offer the brilliant reward, looked cheerful, fawned about him, he would spurn it from him with and accepted his food as formerly. indignant arm, and exclaim, What
The lions in the Tower of London are such splendid irifles as these to have many of them lived from se an immortal mind?' venty to eighty years* ; probably in Could I call from the invisible the wilds of Africa, in their native regions the mind that once informstate, they may attain to an hundred ed the body of the ambitious statesyears.
man, and tender him an imperial crown, with an averted eye, which would dart one of the keenest glances
of scorn, he would cry out, Take SOLITARY WALKS
from my sight that fascinating bau. þle! let it cause the head of some earthly tyrant to ach: such gewe
gaws are infinitely beneath the nos BY JOHN WEBB.
tice of immaterial beings.-Could a
soul that once animated the carcase WALK III.
of a miser appear to me, and it were
in my power to command fortune . A raven from some greedy vauk,
to present him with the riches of Amid the cloister'd gloom,
Peruvian mines, and all the treae Bids me, and 'tis a solemn thought! sures that are hid in the mountains Reflect upon the comb.
of Golconda; with looks not to be The tomb ! the consecrated dome, The temple raised to peace!
delineated by the pencil of the The port that to its friendly home painter, nor described by the faney Compeis the human race!'
of the poet, he would say, Let me CUNNINGHAM.
not behold that white and yellow THE sun was sinking below the earth. Gold and silver pass not horizon, and the tower of the adja- current in the country where I dwell. cent church was catching the last The deity of gold, which I worsmiles of day,' when I began my shipped below, can gain no admisthird samble among the tombs. 1 sion to realms where matter never was serious--such a frame of mind enters. is indispensable in one who walks After indulging the reflecting forth to meditate among the nations mood a while, my attention was diof the dead. As I had a few minutes verted by the spot where my ancestors before quitted the active scenes of repose, not in dull cold marble,' life, I was led to make these reflec- but in the gelid bosom of mother tions. What are all the riches, ho- earth. Though they filled no cone nours, and enjoyments of this world spicuous situation in the world, never to one of those lifeless skeletons glittered in the gay circles of the who tenant the gloomy asylum be great, nor acquired the wreath of neath? Could I summon from the glory in the ensanguined field; vasty deep' the spirit of a war- though no eloquence of theirs c'er
charmed the listening senate, nor
did their hands e'er guide the heln Dr. Shaw.
of state ; yet they were useful mera
bers of society, and acted a decent sportlings, ever cause thy breast to part in the chequered scene of hum- palpitate with delight. Cut off by
Heaven from the pleasures of life, And if their country stood not by their skill,
like a solitary pilgrim, thou didst At least their follies never wrought her sojourn through a vale of tears, the fall.'
COWPEA ridicule of foolish men, the sport of They had their foibles, and where friend of the wretch who knows no
mischievous boys, till death, the is the race of men who have not? — friend, summoned thee 'to another Too partial to company, and too
and a better world.' fond of a cheerful glass, they certainly were, and eittimes exhilar- demn me for excess of charity, in
Let the bigot, if he please, conated their minds and brightened their ideas, by pouring forth libations to
consigning this hapless idiot to man
sions of rest, and represent our al• Bacchus, purple god of joyous wit, mighty Master as one who expects With brow soiure, and ever-laughing eye.' to reap where he sowed not.' These
are not my religious tenets. But here let me pausel
Poor youth! thy talent was not Rest in peace, ye sacred relics of misimproved--thou possest none. my progenitors ! may no unhallowed In thy solemn audit, thou wilt nepen of mine record your frailties, ver have to account for conscience but cover your faults with a mantle stifled, faith profaned, privileges of charity,
abused, opportunities neglected, and
abilities prostituted. In that awful * And leave to Mercy and to God your period, the Voltaires, the Bolingo doom!"
brokes, and the Humes of the last
century, will have abundant reason Beneath a turf of grass, that waved
to envy thee, to the breeze of evening, lay poor idiotic Samuel, whose vacuity of rea • When pointed lightnings from the wrathful son
Shah singe their laurels, and the men Did pleasure to the gay dispense,
Whu thought they few so high, shall fall se But pity to the wise.
STANDEY. Poor youth, how circumscribed were thy joys! how complicated
I had no sooner departed from were thy sorrows! The sweets of one grave, than another, the restingfriendship, the delights of social in. bed of an old soldier, pressed upom tercourse, the felicities of the soft my attention, whose exploits, had he attachment, and bliss of conjugal af- moved in an higher sphere, would fection, were unknown to thee! doubtless have given an additional No tender friend poured the balm lustre to the annals of British valour. of consolation into thy wounded But I may justly observe with mind: no sprightly circle im. Southey, proved thy intellectual faculties, by
Of unrecorded name the attractive charms of conversa
Dy'd the mean man;' tion: the fascinaring smiles of a beloved object never gave thy heart and but for this humble memorial "a pulse unknown before ;' nor did the remembrance of his services at the fond endearments of the wife Dettingen, Fontenoy, and Culloden, that Providence had given thee, nor would in a few years have been lost the sight of a troop of blooming in oblivion : for no storied urn:
caught mine eye, no martial bust date, which peremptorily ordered my frowned upon me
as I advanced : amazed mother to cease from that his countrymen had placed no re moment her protection of Mary, and cording stone to point out the hero's never to hold intercourse with the last retreat, nor had any kind rela- dear girl more. This was a direful tive bestowed the annual pittance lo command; torturing alike to the bind his green sod with briars. hearts, the fondly attached hearts, of
When age rendered labour in- my mother and Mary. sufficient for a maintenance, he Mamma, in dismay and distracsought refuge in his parish work. tion, now deviating from her estabhouse,
lished rule of never speaking of her
domestic sorrows, revealed this un•Where sireless youth and joyless age repair, fortunate event to an amiable friend, (Driv'n by hard fate) to seek parochial care. What poor reward awaits the humble brave! Mrs. Constantia Fermor; who, from A name unknown, and an untrophied grave.' that time, became the protectress
of Mary. But whilst ruminating over the
• Not more cruel than unfounded unconscious dead the dews of night was the suggestion of Alfred's atbegan to fall, and admonished me tachment to Mary: it is true, he (if health and all her rosy blessings fondly loves her, but it is with the were dear) to return to the abodes affection of a brother. Lady Delaof the living. Soon Somnus began more, from the uncommon discreto shed his poppies over me; and tion Mary, upon every occasion, while the downy god was about to evinced, was induced, when she attake his station on mine eyelids I tained her fourteenth year, to disexclaimed with Somerville,
close to her the secret (which my • How vain the pomp of kings! Look down, ye mother firmly believed) of her birth, great,
with strict injunctions never to And view with envious eye my humble nest; breathe a suspicion of it to any one; Where soft repose and calm contentment dwell,
and shortly after brought her on a Unbrib'd by wealth, and unrestrained by visit here, to introduce her to the power.'
equally well-informed St. Orville:Haverhill, Suffolk.
for well knowing their ofien seeing each other could not well be avoided, and fearing their mutual fascination, she prudently led them to love each
other by the near tie of consanguinity. The AMIABLE WIFE and ARTFUL After my dear grandmamma AshMistress.
grove's death, and that I resided en
tirely at home, I too was introduced (An Extract from SANTO SEBASTIANO, a to Mary, as my sister; and soen Nozel, by the Author of "Tbe Romance of learned to love her almost as dearly, the Pyrenees'.]
as I do my brother: and, in despite of (Concluded from page 383.) my father's interdict, I often go to
see her, as she is now only a few · MY mother's conduct most sen miles distance from hence; as upon sibly affected lord Delamore; but the marriage of miss Spencer, about he retired to his pernicious counsel- two years ago, to a nan of good forlors, and returned--as firmly believe tune, near Lyme, Mrs. Spencer ing the attachment of St. Orville moved her residence to that place. as before with the cruel man. Only for my visits, my beloved
sister (for I am incredulous to lord thoughtless dissipation, and with a Delamore's assertion, and am, as
mind careless of domestic happiness, well as St. Orville, certain Mary is made proposals for her, against the his daughter) would be quite broken- entreaties, nay prayers, of his mohearted, for she is dejected beyond ther, lady Horatio Fitzroy. But, masure at being so cruelly deprived lady Selina, or a pistol,' was his of the happiness of seeing her beloved reply; and he addressed Selina-a benefactress.
woman I have heard him execrate Selina, I have alrea ly told you, ten thousand times, as a fiend, a was easily won by the blandishments diabolical, and every harsh epithet of Mrs. Monk; whom, for years, he could think of; even at the time she visited unknown to my mother: he was making desperate love to and in those secret interviews, her me..... Nay, start not; I am not mind was so perverteil, and her heart love-stricken by my sister's elected so mu lelled, that her duty and affec husband. Oh! no; I have but one tion were quite alienated from her cousin, who ever endangered my incomparable ooter, and given, with heart:--not sir Charles Stratton; her whole confidence and interest, to but one too tasteless to think of me: the diabolical mistress of her father. -So, thank my stars, my
affections Ai length, my poor mother obtained are still to be disposed of. the dreadful intelligence of who it · The moment Charles (who was was that e-tranged the affections of the avowed absolute aversion of Seher eldest child from her. Agonising lina) declared himself her lover, she was the horrible information: she instantly became most desperately entreated, supplicated, implored, and enamoured; and compels him to commanded her daughter never to act the lover in the most glowing visit Mrs. Monk more; but in vain. colours; and if you have any parThe secret
once disclosed, Selina tiality for the ridiculous, I think you braved the matter out; triumphed will be amused by sir Charles's real in her disgraceful disobedience; and or pretended passion. For, you now openly visited this mortal foe must know, it is his invariable rule to her mother: and to this hour she to fall in love with every new pretty daily resorts to her, recounting all face he sees; and the last, in his the occurrences of the castle, and opinion, is always the most fasciplans and plots with her, to make nating: so that, when he comes my mother wretched.
here, should he be surprised by the * By this unnatural (and surely I sight of a beautiful new face, expect may say, infamous) attachment to to see him souse at once into love Mrs. Monk, the wily Selina first se- for it, and making awkward endeacured for herself a high place in my vours to conceal from Selina his new deluded father's affection; which she admiration. has since failed not to improve, by • About myself, I have little to her unwearied blandishments and say. I am four years younger than machinations : so that it is long Selina (one cause of her great aver.' since it has been firmly believed by sion to me); and nearly three my all, that she will be sule heiress brother's junior. My grandmother to my father's immense personal Ashgrove (who long knew, before wealth; and yet even that belief, my dear mother discovered it, of Senor her personal attractions, ever lina's intimacy with the vile Alonk). gained for her a suitor, until sir fearing that my heart should be perCharles Stratton, ruined by his verted by pernicious counsel, early
begged me from my mother. For wonder at my being upon worse two years, I resided totally with terms than ever with her. grandmamma: but then, upon visit • By being so much with my dear ing my mother, and finding lord grandmother (who absolutely detesta Delamore made no attempt to in- ed my father), I heard him harshly rto troduce me to Mrs. Monk (I sup- probated, and turned into thestrongest pose, because he knew my volatility ridicule, by my lively aunt Enner. would lead me to keep no secret), dale; heard him condemned by lord my grandmother judged it for my and lady Horatio Fitzroy, with unhappiness not totally to monopolise qualified severity: and, tenderly love me, lest, by doing so, she should ing my mother, you will not wonweaken my mother's affection fòr der that resentment for the neglect me. From that period, therefore, and unkindness she has experienced until my dear grandmother's death, took po:session of my mind : and I resided six months alternately with that perpetually hearing him spoken lady Ashgrove and at home; my of as I did, should lessen bim int my education conducted by a very esti- eslimation. I hope you will conmable governess, aided by masters, sider this as some mitigation of my and under the inspecting eye of my failure in veneration for lord Delamother and grandmother.
more: but St, Orville will not re. In this way, too, was Selina edu- ceive it as such; indeed, this is the cated;-only, without the assistance only thing we ever disagreed about; of grandmamma, who, I may say, for his maxim is, “that others faii. almost abhorred my sister. Selina, ing in their duties, is no excuse for in her turn, even from my birth, our doing so." conceived a deadly enmity to me; *“ Though my father," St. Orville and, ere I was actuated by her con-, always says, “ sometimes forgets his duct to my adored mother, I strange- affection for his son, that son shall ly, disliked her. We never, in child never forget his duiy to his father." hood, coalesced; but, as time went Nor does he, miss De Clifford; for on, and disclosed many secrets to one who sees the undeviating me, my dislike has changed to detest- sweet, conciliating, and respectsul ation, Mutual antipathy has in- manner of St. Orville to his father, creased with our years; and since could suspect that father ever had my beloved Mary was despoiled of been cruel or unkind to him. my mother's protection, my nominal Not so with me, I am ashamed sister and self rarely exchange even to say; for seldom can I catch my, a sentence in a week : for at that self treating my father with proper time, greatly irritated by my father's respect. My mother's injuries are cruelty to poor St. Orville (which ever Hvating in my mind's eye; and, all sprung from the diabolical malice in a constant state of irritation, I of Selina, and her coadjutor Monk); often found my flippant torgue say. in the anguish of my heart, I said ing saucy things to lord Delamore to Selina, " I was sure she was a way, sonetimes turning him into changeling, and not my mother's ridicule.-which always extremely child." Her rage almost amounted displeases my inother with me; and to frensy, and she Hung ner draw. yet I cannot help it; for how can a ing-box, then in her hand, at me; libertine father be an object of re, but luckily it did not reach me: spect to his grown-up offspring? and, since at time, you cannot Indeed, until I came down to allend