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has not been without salutary effects on serious minds.
0. G. The following is the passage alluded to.
-- - A frozen continent
- The parching air
Milton seems to think that the comets might be the residence of the damned; he founds his opinion on Job xxiv. v. 19, according to the vulgate. “Let him pass from excessive heat to waters of snow.”
Shakespeare has, perhaps, improved on the idea :
Aye, but to die, and go we know not where,
Measure for Measure.
The following quotations from some of our first poets, may be acceptable.
Lo! from the dread immensity of space,
- the enlightened few
Hast thou not seen the comet's flaming light?
The Feast of the Rose, by Mr. Upton. 'Twas a sun-dawning morn, in the young month of May, While the dew-drop still glisten’d on each leaf and spray; And the feather’d musicians were tuning their powers, When Miss Rose gave a feast to a party of Flowers. Dress'd out in bright colours of crimson and green, And conscious the gardens proclaim'd her their queen; From the honey-bee's kisses she gather'd each sweet, That the friends she expected might daintily eat. .
By four of the clock, as a mark of respect,
The king-cup, the pink, and blue-bell, led the way,
The sweets-breathing queen then declar’d,“ upon honour,
The Game of Chance, imitated from the French.
One night a youth and maiden met,
. The following ludicrous circumstance occurred
on Tuesday week at Bristol :-A couple of Jews being apprehended in the act of stealing several articles from the stables of the White Hart Inn, were hauled into the yard by two stout fellows, whither the whole of the fraternity of the currycomb were immediately summoned. The long beards of these disciples were then stuck together with pitch (their hands being previously tied behind them); and while thus face to face a profusion of snuff, mixed with hellebore, was admi
nistered, which caused them to sneeze in such a manner, that by the frequent and violent bobbing of noses one against the other, a copious stream of blood issued from either nostrils, while the enraged culprits were kicking and capering about in all directions.
Extraordinary Character.—Mrs. B. a respectable old lady, residing at the west end of Oxfordstreet, returning from church a Sunday or two ago, called on her way home on an undertaker, and saying she did not expect to live very long, wished to know what he would charge for burying her. The undertaker, of course, asked where she would like to be interred, &c. when she said. she wished to be laid in the family vault, mentioning the place in a western county), but that she was not going to have any one to follow her, and did not wish any finery-merely a leaden coffin, with a hearse and a pair of horses. After much talk and reckoning on both sides, the price was fixed at 50l. to include every expence, and a written agreement to that effect was entered into. The lady's presentiment proved not to be erroneous; for on Monday last she died. The night before she was complaining much at the dearness of every thing, the rise of bread, &c. and felt very uneasy at an unnecessary expence she had lately incurred, viz, a chaldron of coals, which had unfortunately but the day before come in, and which she had countermanded three dif- ,