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SECT. XCI.

THE DISCOVERY.

Edgar. Lift a brief tale,

and when 'tis told, O, that my heart would burst!
The bloody proclamation to escape,
that follow'd me so near; O, our lives sweetness !
that we the pain of death would hourly bear
rather than die at once, taught me to Shift
into a madman's rags ; t' assume a semblance,
the very dogs disdain'd; and in this habit
met I my father, with his bleeding rings,
their precious gems new loft; became his guide,
led him, begg'd for him, fav’d him from despair :
-Never, O fault ! reveald myself unto him,
until some half hour past, when I was arm’d,
not sure, tho’ hoping of this good success,
I ask'd his blessing, and from first to last
told him my pilgrimage. But his flaw'd heart,
alack, too weak the conflict to support,
'twixt two extremes of passion, yox and GRIEF,
burst smilingly.

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THE celebrated traveller Cox observes

one great $advantage he derived from his journies, which was, % that he was led by the to prefer his own to every “ other country." Whether this arose from the power of reflection we will not presume to say, for every one has experienced the pleasure of returning home, when he has been out but a few weeks even on a party of pleasure.

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For where to find that happiest spot below,
who can direct, when all pretend to know
The shudd'ring tenant of the frigid zone
boldly proclaims that happiest spot his own;
extols the treasures of his stormy seas,
and his long nights of revelry and ease ;
the naked negro, panting at the line,
boasts of his golden sands and palmy wine ;
balks in the glare, or stems the tepid wave,
and thanks his gods for all the good they gaye.

That

That the passion for one's country is increased by abJence, is particularly manifested by the natives of Switzerland. They were so affected by a little air, expressive of their situation, that it is affirmed by several, that it once excited so exquisite a solicitude, that it was therefore prohibited to be played in France upon pain of death.

THE AIR.

Quand reverrai'je en un jour
Tous les objets de mon amour :
Nos claire ruisseaux
Nos coteaux,
Nos hamcaux,
Nos montaignes ?
Et l'ornement des nos compaignes ?
La fi gentil le fabeau
A l'ombre d'un ormeau,
Quand danserai'je au son du chalumeau ?
Quand reverrai'je en un jour,
Tous les objets de mon amour ?
Mon pere,
Ma mere,
Mon frene,
Ma fæur,
Mes agneaux,
Mes troupeaux,
Ma bergere,
Quand reverrai’je en un jour,
Tous les objets de mon amour.

In this air the images are all rural and simple, and in the highest degree affecting. The music is also remarkable for its fimplicity, and sudden transition of measure, varying frequently from Allegro to Andante. When this little air was played or fung to the Swiss soldiers, they would express sighs and tears, and would not unfrequently desert in the inpulse of the moment; and fuch as fhewed filent dejection, and scorned fo base a procedure, fell martyrs to their own feelings, by a difease called Nostalgia *,

XENOPHON, in his retreat of the ten thousand, gives a very lively defcription of the tumultuous joy which the army exhibited, when they firft saw the sea from Mount Theches, where they instantaneously erected a trophy amidst the loudest acclamations. The strong emotions of the followers of COLUMBUS upon seeing land, may be explained also partly upon this principle.

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SECT. XCIII.

DISAPPOINTMENT.

His late Majesty GEORGE II. having kept the audi ence waiting, much confusion arole in the theatre, and a hiss even reached the ear of Majesty upon his arrival. The King, with admirable presence of mind, took out his watch, and looking at it, appeared to say something to a lord in waiting, and, placing his hand to his breast, bowed to the audience. This confeffion from so high a personage instantly overwhelmed the hearts of the whole assembly, and without exception the whole house joined in reiterated plaudits, and it was a long while before the effusion ceased, and the play could be proceeded with.

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XCIV.

LOSS.

It so falls out,
that what we prize not to the worth,
while we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost,
why then we rack the value ; then we find
the virtue that possession would not
Show us whilst it was ours.

SHAKESPEARE.

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