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work, as to subject himself to the arrows of a fiery tongue, in addition to the destruction which had been wrought.

But what can quiet that untameable member, the tongue? It alike spurns the counsels of friendship, and the voice of affection : certain evil cannot check it, nor can the prospect of gain control it. It is a species of insanity, for which there is no cure within the power of human art; for the wretched subjects of which, a new Bedlam should be erected, that the ruinous evil might not spread through the country.

I hope my fair readers will not for a moment suppose that I am writing under the influence of the temper which their good judgments will condemn, if I quote, for their gratification, some well-known lines. I assure them they wrong me, and deceive themselves, if they do so. My conviction is, that isolated cases affect not general principles; and that although there may perchance be found one fair one” in a city, whose powers, declamation, contradiction, or aggravation, or whatever else they may be called, are of a masculine order, even among the powerful of that rude gender,—the solitary fact cannot, I maintain, affect the gentleness and loveliness of the softer multitude. Or even, if many blots of the same sombre character should exist, still their darkness will tend rather to display to advantage, the brilliancy of the untainted. This my sage opinion being furnished, I may, and shall, without fear of the result I glanced at above being experienced, give the lines I then referred to.

“What man is there on earth has power or skill
To stem the torrent of a woman's will ?
For if she will—she will, you may depend on't,
And if she wont—she wont,—and there's an end on't.”

Like the destructive missiles sent forth from a bursting shell, the fury of the once gentle Miss Emila, spared neither friends nor foes.—“Have at ye all," was her motto, and she dealt out her anathemas most profusely, for her husband's sake. One by one, the friends of Mr. Ohobyholio ceased to visit him. Premature old age bowed him down at "forty.—His spirit was crushed; his energy failed him; and, surrounded by distress, which Mrs. Ohobyholio had brought upon herself, she at thirty-four, found herself a widow,-execrated by her own sex, which her conduct had disgraced, and shunned by the other, whose character she had foolishly endeavoured to traduce—and furnishing to all a lamentable lesson of the folly and evil which result from passion, ignorance, and pride.


“What, sateless still! must still the stream

From noble hearts be pour'd ?
Will pity never shed its gleam

On that remorseless horde ?
Must still some guiltless victim bleed,
And freedom sanctify a deed

To latest times abhor'd ?
O Liberty ! our pride,-our shame,
What scenes are acted in thy name !"


How rich are the imaginings of the poet! How chaste, glowing, or sublime, are the objects of sense, beneath his touch: he has but to ware his wand, and beauties, before unseen, stand “full visioned” before us; while the wildness, and barrenness, and deformity of nature's dreariest views, suddenly become invested with a garb of the most cheerful and fascinating order. How soft and how refreshing is the breath of morn, as he sings; how delicious and animating the scents of summer, at the silent hour of sun-rising. What bursting glories wakes up the senses; what soft, yet subduing brightness gleams along his path, ere nature has been fully roused from her slumber, or created things, summoned by instinct from repose, have bounded over the earth ; or sailing aloft through the fields of ether, have poured forth their matin orisons at the gate of Heaven.

It was on such a morning, that a gentleman of high benevolent character, and literary celebrity, who, for accommodation, I shall designate Humanitus, left Cape Town, where he was a resident, for the benefit of a change of air, for a few weeks' excursion; and at the same time to enjoy the pleasure of visiting an old and esteemed friend, who resided in the interior. As it was known by some of his acquaintance at the Cape, that he intended, in his projected tour, to pass through a town in which a Clergyman lived, he was requested by one of them to become the bearer of 3000 Rix dollars to him. This act of accommodation he undertook most readily to perform.

The morning, as we have observed, was a lovely one, when he left his abode ; a placid calm rested upon creation. Nature was still hushed, as in oblivious repose, as he stepped into the scented air. The bay, beneath the town, bore a smooth and unruffled surface, which the light breeze, felt on the mountain's height, had not disturbed. Numerous vessels of different nations, rode together at anchor there, in peace and good order, as if the inspiring promise had already been fulfilled, “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Far away in the distance, the dark mountains of Hottentot Holland, bounded by their craggy summits, the line of vision to the east, while the broad, deep sea to the west, spread out its vast watery pavement, over which the mist of night yet rolled in fantastic and gigantic forms, as if lingering to take their departure, until the orb of day, by one broad glance of fire, should drive them away. Mountains, precipices, chasms, and sea, by turns, engaged the attention, and midst their wild and mighty sublimities, seemed to hold the soul in pleasing, solemn captivity. The cultivated mind of Humanitus felt the charm, and admired, with gratitude to heaven, the magnificence and grandeur of the scene before him. The tone thus early given to his feelings, directed the current of his thoughts during his journey, and, full of the inspiration which he had drunk in, he arrived at the house of his friend.

After a hearty greeting from each of the family, he was informed they had nearly completed their arrangements for leaving home, for a journey of about forty miles further up the country. The object of their travelling was, to be present at a public sale of the effects of an extensive farmer, lately deceased, whose affairs were found to be in an insolvent state. A proposition, accompanied by a pressing request, was made to Humanitus to journey with them. Nothing could have been more in unison with his feelings, for as he had

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