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buted to democracy,) the kindly feelings of the wear ill-made coats, and despise Warren's " But the others can't all get in," said the Author were fretted and soured, and his mind blacking, are the most well bred and truly po. driver. made up as to the evil effects of republican. lite nation in the world; and secondly, that "Then let them ride on the top," answer. ism. According to his own confession, the our Traveller must, in point of manners, have ed I. worthy Captain, having been all his life at sea, presented a very disagreeable specimen of an “Really Mr. Sugarhogshead," said he, "knocking about in various parts of the globe,” | Englishman.

" hadn't you better ride on the top yourself?" found himself completely out of his element.

“ For heaven's sake no," said another; “I will say this," are his words, “that, in all

“ don't put that great fat chuff on the top: my travels, both among heathens and among Christians, I have never encountered any peo


he'll make us top heavy and overset us."

“I have no notion of riding on the top," ple by whom I found it nearly so difficult to Or a Corpulent Gentleman's Adrenture. said, I, “ so you may make yourselves easy on make myself understood.". Again, he tells us, “Oh that this too solid flesh would melt, thaw and re

that score." that he considers America and England as solve itself into a dew."-Hamlet.

“But you must get out," said they, "and differing more from one another, than any two

“ Let me have men about me that are fat."Julius

wait for the next stage." European nations he ever visited.” Yel,

“ And what will become of my dinner,“ strange to say, the Americans speak tolerable Of all the plagues with which Old Nick has said I. English, though not uniformly according to attempted to disturb the quiet of this blessed “ Here is Mrs. Pickleton and her seven chil. Captain Hall's standard of orthoëpy, and their world, I think there is none equal to the dispo- dren who will all be disappointed of places in literature, religion, and general notions are sition which half the community have for tor the city if they do not arrive at two o'clock." English. But so it was-we offer no explana- menting fat people. I can speak ftelingly on “And I shall be disappointed of my dinner tion of the fact--our Author found himself less this point, for I am a fat man myself. Your if I do not reach Alderman Gobble's at tho at home, than among the old Spaniards of lean fellows live in quiet; nobody think of

same time." Mexico, the Republicans of Chile, or the ami- poking fun at them, or jostling them in the

Tis enough to try the patience of Job," able savages of Loo Choo.

street, or squeezing them in a crowd, or a said Mrs. Pickleton. It is probable, however, that Captain Hall stage coach, or a box at the theatre. They “ Don't talk to me about Job," said I ; "he made himself much better understood than he slip through the common rubs and crosses of never had such an invitation to a dinner in his imagines, although he failed to understand the life as easily as a snake through the bushes. | life.” Americans. The whimsical mixture of polite. A starveling has an immunity against all tribu " But you cannot go with us," said they.' ness and tetchiness, shrewdness and prejudice, lation :—but a fat man—there is no mercy for “ But I must go with you,” said I. So say. vanity and simplicity, which his character and him: he is a butt for all the jokes that are cur ing, I threw back my head, and composed my. conversation would present, must sometimes rent; there is no sharp shooting but hits him. self on my seat and let them see that I was have amused, and sometimes have annoyed the He is too prominent a mark to escape. The not to be moved. After some altercation with people he came to investigate and enlighten. lean ones envy his goodly size and revenge the other passengers, the driver shut the coach He felt it his duty on no occasion to conceal themselves the only way they can, by ridicul. door and left me within alone. Presently I his sentiments, however unacceptable; and ing what they would fain participate in, but heard a smack of the whip, and the horses his“ I hope I do not offend,” occurs very much find it beyond their reach, as the fox turned up started. I thought we set off with a very easy in the spirit and with the effect of Paul Pry's his right-honourable snout at certain grapes. pace, and was highly delighted to find myself " I hope I don't intrude." Were a philanthro Who would not be fat if he could? I don't

sole possessor of ihe inside of the coach whore pic traveller to undertake a lecturing tour see any harm in being fat. It is sheer malice I had expected to be annoyed by the company through Europe in the same disputatious spi- and envy that would set the world against fat of Mrs. Pickleton and her seven children. rit, albeit with equal condescension and frank people who, generally speaking, are the most We travelled at so easy comfortable a rate ress, we question whether he would not come useful and good natured of the community: that I fell into a doze, an infirmity to which I home still more out of humour than even Cap- fruges consumere nati, they keep the markets am somewhat accustomed, though not in stage tain Hall is with America. We adınire, how-up, and make trade flourish. If to be fat is to coaches. I dreamt, of being at Alderman ever, the fairness of the following avowal. be haled, says Falstaff, then are Pharaoh's Gobble's dinner, where I kept eating and eat.

" It will be in the recollection of many of lean kine to be loved. I think so too. I hate ing till I thought I never should have enough. my friends in America, that when I expressed lean folks, they make me think of a famine; What was the most singular of all was that the my doubts and fears as to the expediency of and short commons are an abomination unto more I ate, the hungrier I grew. Methought speaking out in this way, they always strenu men of my condition. But let me come to the the dinner lasted unconscionably long, till at ously urged me to continue the same frank. point, and the point of the matter is that I last I awoke from pure hunger. I was fairly ness throughout the journey; assuring me, make it a point never to refuse an invitation starved out of my dream. "Surely,” thought that their countrymen, however national, and to dinner. Now I received an invitation to 1, as I awoke, "we must have got to Boston however fond of their institutions, wonld much one last week, the most magnificent dinner by this time.”. I pulled out ny watch. It prefer hearing them openly attacked to their that has been eaten in the city these fifty years. was half past two!“ Heavens !” exclainied I, faces, than insidiously commended till a more The very mention of the dishes made my “ where are we?"-I jumped up and looked convenient season should arrive for reprobating mouth water. Alderman Gobble who gave out of the carriage and and there was I at what they held dear. Accordingly, I took the dinner knows how to create an appetite in the very place of starting, we had not moved a them at their word, and persevered throughout his guests by a specification of his tit-bits. Irod all the while. The driver had taken the the journey, and never once qualified or dis- need not stop now to recapitulate the niceties horses away and driven off with another stage guised my sentiments. And here I must do which the worthy alderman had promised and whilst I was dreaming of Alderman Gobble's the Americans the justice to say, that they in- with which I regaled my imagination for a dinner. variably took my remarks in good part, though week in anticipation of the feast. Suffice it my opinions, I could see, were often not very to say it was a meal fit for a gourmand, and I flattering."-Vol. I. p. 15. had raised an appetite fit to do justice to it.

GENEVA. “I had many sharp, amicable discussions Oh ye demons of disappointment! How could with my friends at Boston, on the thousand ye serve me such a trick as to balk me of that

(Concluded from page 60.) and one topics which arose between us; but I dinner!

The circumstance which led the great apos. must do them the justice to say, that I have For as my ill luck would have it, I happen tle of the Reformation, Calvin, to adopt Gerarely met a more good natured, or perhaps I to live just now about ten miles from Boston. neva as his residence is singular. Passing should say, a more good tempered people; for, There is no difficulty one would think, in through that town on his route from France to during the whole course of my journey, jumping into the stage and posting to town,- Germany, he encountered his friend Farel, though I never disguised my sentiments, even and that is true enough in the case of ordinary | then resident at Geneva, who intreated him to when opposed to the avowed favourite opinions folks, but see what plagues beset a fat man! remain there and to assist him in his ministry., of the company-I never yet saw an American 1 had bespoke my passage, and was the first Calvin, however, was desirous of proceeding, out of temper. I fear I cannot say half so to get into the stage, when a disagreement till Farel, spiritu quodam heroico oflatus (says much for myself; for I was often a good deal arose about the space which I occupied in the Beza) threatened him, in the most solemn manharassed by these national discussions, when vehicle. The driver asserted that I had taken ner, with the curse of God if he did not stay the company and I took our station on the op- but one seat, and all the others in the coach to assist him in that part of the Lord's vine. posite Poles of the question. But it is plea were engaged before me. Now as he under yard. Calvin accordingly complied, and was sant to have it in my power to say, that I can took to prove by regular admeasurement that appointed professor of Divinity. It was at Genot recall a single instance in which any thing my immense rotundity of corporation, as he neva that the singular interview took place captious or personally uncivil was ever said to was pleased to call it, occupied at least space between Calvin and Eckius related to 'Lord me, though I repeated, openly and in all com enough for four, he maintained that all the Orrery by Deodati. panies, every thing I have written in these vo others should seat themselves first and then I " Eckius being sent by the pope legate into lumes, and a great deal more than, upon cool might get in if I could.

France, upon his return resolved to take Ge. reflection, I choose to say again."-Vol. II. * Not in the day time, my lad," said I, as I neva in his way, on purpose to see Calvin, and

seated myself snugly on the back seat. “ First if occasion were, to attempt reducing him to The natural inferences to be drawn from come, first served. I have got my place, now the Romish church. Therefore, when Eckius this confession, are, first, that the Americans, the others may take theirs, I paid for my seat. was come within a league of Geneva, he left notwithatanding that they eat with their knives, Ion't it a bargain."

his retinue there, and went, accompanied but

p. 184.

with ono man, to the city in the forenoon. Set of the republic and the citizens he gave his still less ceremonious, who always consider ling up his horses at an inn, he inquired where parting advice, that they should steadily pur themselves justified in committing this kind of Calvin lived, which house being shown him, sue the course in which he had directed them. pious larceny. he knocked at the door, and Calvin himself His romains were conveyed, without any The town of Ferney was entirely of the came to open it to him. Eckius inquired for pomp, to the burial-place called Plain Palais.poet's creation, and many instances are record. Mr. Calvin; he was told he was the person. His tomb was simple, and without inscription; ed of the kind interest he took in the welfaro Eckius acquainted him that he was a stranger, but the feelings of gratitude were deeply en of its inhabitants. The church close to his and having heard much of his fame he was

own residence is of his own building, which come to wait upon him. Calvin invited him graven on the hearts of the Genovese, and he

was honoured with the sincere mourning of his gave occasion to the remark of a willy travelto come in, and he entered the house with him; adopted countrymen, to whom he had been so ler--" The nearer the church the farther from where, discoursing of many things concerning long a father and a friend.

God." religion, Eckius perceived Calvin to be an in Among the numerous places in the neigh Dr. Moore, who visited Voltaire about the genious, learned man, and desired to know if he bourhood of Geneva that are deserving of at year 1779, has left an amusing account of had not a garden to walk in; to which Calvin tention, perhaps none awakens a more vivid his appearance, and of his mode of life at replying he had, they both went into it, and curiosity, or excites a more powerful interest, Ferney. then Eckius began to inquire of him why he than Ferney, the retreat of Voltaire. Literati “ The first idea which has presented itself Jeft the Romish church, and offered him some and tourists of every country have considered to all who have attempted a description of his arguments to persuade him to return; but Cal it a pleasing duty to undertake a pilgrimage person is that of a skeleton. In as far as this vin could by no means be persuaded to think to that celebrated shrine of genius. The house implies excessive leanness it is just; but it of it. At last, Eckius told him that he would has had many masters, but such is the almost must be remembered, that this skeleton, this put his life into his hands, and then said he superstitious veneration in which every thing mere composition of skin and bone, has a look was Eckius tho pope's legate. At this disco- that once belonged to the great poet has been of more spirit and vivacity than is gencrally very Calvin was not a little surprised, and beg. regarded, that ihe mansion itself, with every produced by flesh and blood, however blooming ged his pardon that he had not treated bim article of decoration, remains the same as when and youthful. The most piercing eyes ! ever with the respect due to his quality. Eckius he died.

beheld are those of Voltaire, now in his returned the compliment; and told him if he There is a large picture in the ball, wretch- eightieth year. His whole countenance is ex would come back to the church he would cer edly executed by some itinerant artist whom pressive of genius, observation, and extreme tainly procure for him a cardinal's cap; but Voltaire met with by accident, and who paint sensibility. In the morning he has a look of Calvin was not to be moved by such an offer, ed the picture according to the design of the anxiety and discontent, but this gradually Eckius then asked him wbal revenue he had; poet. One hardly knows which to condemn wears off, and after dinner he seems cheerful; he told the cardinal he had that house and gar: most, the miserable attempt of the painter, or yet an air of irony never entirely forsakes his den and fifty livres per annum, besides an au the vanity and egotism of the designer. Vol. face, but may always be observed lurking in nual present of some wine and corn, on which taire is represented in the foreground present. his features whether he frowns or smiles. he lived very contentedly. Eckius told him ing the Henriade to Apollo; the Temple of When the weather is favourablo he takes an that a man of his parts deserved a better re Memory is seen, around which Fame is flying airing in his coach with his niece, or with venue; and then renewed his invitation to come and pointing to the Henriade; the Muses and some of his guests, of whom there is always a over to the Romish church, promising him a Graces surround Vollaire, and the personages sufficient number at Ferney. Sometimes he better stipend if he would. But Calvin, giving represented in the poem stand apparently as saunters in his garden; or if the weather does him thanks, assured him that he was well satis- tonished at his surprising talents; the authors not permit him to go abroad, ne employs his fied with his condition. About this time din- who wrote against him are descending to the leisure hours in playing at chess with Père ner was ready, when he entertained his guest infernal regions, and Envy is expiring at his Adam; or in receiving the visits of strangers as well as he could, excused the defects of it, feet!

(a continual succession of whom attend at and paid him every respect. Eckius after din. The saloon is ornamented with a beautiful | Ferney to catch an opportunity of seeing him) ner desired to know if he might not be admit. design in china, intended for the tomb of a lady or in dictating and reading letters, for he still ted to see the church, which anciently was the who was thought to have died in child-birth, retains correspondents in all the countries in cathedral of that city. Calvin very readily an but who, horrible to relate, was buried alive! Europe, who inform him of every remarkable swered that he might; accordingly he sent to In the bed-room are portraits of Voltaire's most occurrence, and send him every new literathe officers to be ready with the keys, and de intimate friends, amongst which are those of ry production as soon as it appears. By far the sired soine of the syndics to be there present, the celebrated actor Le Kain, and the great greater part of his time is spent in his study; not acquainting them who the stranger was. king of Prussia; there is also one of Voltaire and whether he reads himself or listens to As soon, therefore, as it was convenient, they himself. On one side of the room is the Mar- | another, he always has a pen in his hand to both went towards the church; and as Eckius quise de Chatelet, his mistress; and on another take notes or to make remarks. Composition was coming out of Calvin's house he drew out the Empress of Russia and Clement XIV., ) is his principal amusement. No author who a purse with about one hundred pistoles, and better known as Ganganelli, of whom the fol- writes for daily bread, no young poet ardent presented it to Calvin; Calvin desired to be lowing memorable reply is recorded :—The for distinction, is more assiduous with his excused; Eckius told him he gave it to buy Baron de Gluchen, when travelling into Italy, pen, or more anxious for fresh fame than the books, as well as to express his respects for look the opportunity when at Geneva of pay. wealthy and applauded Seigneur of Ferney. him. Calvin with much regret took the purse, ing Voltaire a visit at Ferney. He inquired of He lives in a very hospitable manner, and and they proceeded to the church ; where the the poet what he should say from him to the takes care always to keep a good cook. He syndics and officers waited upon them, at the pope? “I have been favoured by his holi has generally two or three visitors from Paris, sight of whom Eckius thought he had been be. ness," replied Voltaire, " with many presents who stay with him a month or six wecks at a trayed, and whispered his thoughts in the ear and numerous indulgences, and he has even time. When they go their places are soon of Calvin, who assured him of his safety condescended to send me his blessing; but I supplied, so that there is a constant rotation of Thereupon they went into the church; and would give all these, if Ganganelli would send society at Ferney. These, with Voltaire's own Eckius having seen all, told Calvin he did not me one of the ears of the Head Inquisitor." family and his visiters from Geneva, compose expect to find things in so decent an order, On the baron's return he called at the retreat a company of twelve or fourteen persons, who having been told to the contrary. After hav. of Voltaire, and informed him that he had de dine daily at his table whether he appears or ing laken a full view of every thing, Eckius livered the message which he gave him to his not. For when engaged in preparing some was returning out of the church, but Calvin holiness. “Tell him," replied the pope,

" that

new publication for the press, indisposed or in stopped bim a little, and calling the syndics while Ganganelli rules the church, ihe Head bad spirits, he does not dine with his company, and officers together, took out the purse of gold Inquisitor shall have neither ears nor eyes.” but satisfies himself with seeing them for a few which Eckius had given hin, telling them There are many other portraits, but indiffer- | minutes, either before or after dinner. - All that he had received that gold from this wor. ently painted; his own, indeed, appears to who bring recommendations from his friends thy stranger, and that now he gave it to the have been more carefully executed. A vase may depend on being received, if he be not poor; and so put it all in the poor-box that was of black marble is placed in this room, which really indisposed. He often presents himself to kept there. The syndics thanked the stranger; once contained the heart of the philosopher. the strangers who assemble almost every after. and Eckius admired the charity and modesty | On it is the following affected inscription: noon in his anti-chamber, though they bring of Calvin. When they were come out of the SON ESPRIT EST PARTOUT, ET SON CEUR EST ICI. no particular recommendation. But sometimes church, Calvin invited Eckius again to his Over the vase is written---MES MANES SONT they are obliged to retire without having their house ; but he replied that he must depart; so CONSOLES PUISQUE MON CEUR EST AU MILIEU curiosity gratified. thanking him for all his civilities, offered to

The portrait of Frederick the Great “ Thé forenoon is not a proper time to visit take his leave; but Calvin waited on him to is so wretchedly painted that it is hardly fit to Voltaire. He cannot bear to have his hours of his inn, and walked with him a mile out of the grace a sign-post. Le Kain is in crayons, but study interrupted. This alone is sufficient to territories of Genova, where with great com executed with no better skill; and if it bears put him out of humour; besides, he is then apt pliments they took a farewell of each other." any resemblance to the great actor, he has cer to be querulous, whether he suffers by the in

The last moments of Calvin were remarked tainly no reason to accuse the artist of flattery, firmities of age, or from some accidental cause as the finest of his life. Like a parent who is for there never could be a man less indebted io of chagrin. Whatever is the reason, he is less about to leave a beloved family, he bade fare nature. The bed of Voltaire and its hangings an optimist at that part of the day than at any well to those whom he had watched orer so are somewhat impaired by time, and have di. other. It was in the morning, probably, that long with a truly purental care. To the eldors minished considerably by ibe hands of visiters he remarked, que c'étoit domage que le quin


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quina se trouvoit en Amerique, et la fievre en the imperturbable Piron, with an obsequious

ON THE IIEAVENS. nos climats.' Those who are invited to supper bow; and drawing from his pocket a small have an opportunity of seeing him in the most bottle or flask, with which he was usually pro. advantageous point of view. He then exerts vided, he uncorked it, and swallowed the con. “The heavens declare the glory of God, himself to entertain the company, and seems tents at a draught, at the same time testifying and the firmament sheweth bis handy work.!" as fond of saying what are called good things bis approval by smacking his lips with a vio- | This devout exclamation of the Royal Poet, as ever; and when any lively remark or bon lence perfectly petrifying.

though it does not in reality possess a higher mot comes from another, he is equally delight This was too much. The irascibility of the value now than when it flowed from his raped, and pays the fullest tribute of applause. philosopher prevailed, and starting up, with in- turous lips, comes with increased force to the The spirit of mirth gains upon him by indul. dignation in his countenance, and darting a contemplative mind, as it surveys the starry gence. When surrounded by his friends, and fierce look at the unceremonious Piron he ex. regions in connexion with the discoveries of animated by the presence of women, he seems claimed, “Est-ce quo monsieur se moque de modern astronomy. The shining frame of the to enjoy life with all the sensibilities of youth. moi ?"

heavens, the regular revolutions of the sphere, His genius then surmounts the restraints of • Excusez, monsieur,” mildly retorted Piron, and the precise movements of the sun, moon, age and infirmity, and flows along in a fine enjoying the rage and confusion of his rival, and planets, were calculated to excite the adstrain of pleasing and spirited observation, and “mais ma santé est si faible que mon médecin miration of the most insensible in the early delicate irony. He has an excellent talent for m'a commandé de boire."

ages of the world, and to exalt the piety of those adapting his conversation to his company. Fortunately, at this moment Madame de who, like David, considered the heavens the The first time the Duke of Hamilton waited on Pompadour entered, in time to prevent the work of the finger of God, and the moon and him, he turned the discourse on the ancient al. progress of hostilities; and if it was beyond the stars as ordained by him; yet little was liance between the French and the Scotch na her power to promote a good understanding be known then of the distances, magnitudes, and tions, reciting the circumstance of one of his tween the poets, she at least contrived to en complicated motions of the planetary train; Grace's predecessors having accompanied gage their attention on subjects more worthy nothing whatever of the splendid retinue of Mary Queen of Scots, whose heir he at that of their talents.

Jupiter, or the stupendous apparatus of Satime was, to the court of France: he spoke of Before we leave Geneva, it will not be im. turn-these beautiful bodies had unostenta. the heroic characters of his ancestors, the an proper to mention the claim which the public tiously pursued their circling way, not forcing cient Earls of Douglas, of the great literary library has to notice. It contains many rare their splendid equipages on the gaze of man, reputation of some of his countrymen then and curious books and manuscripts, and a very but declaring, in silent and impressive lanliving, and mentioned the names of Hume and singular piece of antiquity, an ancient Roman guage, “ The works of the Lord are great, Robertson in terms of high admiration." shield of 'massive silver. It was found in the sought out of all them that have pleasure Voltaire was irascible and jealous to a great bed of the Arve in 1721.

therein." degree; an instance of which is related in an The traveller who beholds a storm on the Comets advanced to, and retreated from the accidental interview with Piron. Piron was a lake of Geneva will not forget Lord Byron's sun, and were by the sages of antiquity consirival wit, who took a strange delight in tor beautiful description.

dered as transient meteors; their elevated menting him, and whom he consequently most sincerely bated. Voltaire never missed an op

(« The sky is changed !—and such a change! scribed, and their unerring laws of motion,

situation in the system, the courses they deportunity of lashing his rival in the keen en

-Oh night,

were unconceived of till within the last few counter of wit; and Piron, equally liberal, left

And storm, and darkness, ye are wondrous

centuries--still these "aerial racers" held on him but few advantages to boast.

strong, One morning Voltaire called at the mansion

Yet lovely in your strength, as is the light

their sublime paths, and invited the regard of

man to the works of the Lord, and the operaof the celebrated Madame de Pompadour, and

Of a dark eye in woman! Far along,

tions of his hand. was awaiting her coming in the salon. He

From peak to peak, the rattling crags among

The Fired Stars had shed their lustre, and had comfortably established himself on a fau

Leaps the live thunder! Not from one lone incessantly sent forth streams of radiance from teuil, anxiously expecting the arrival of the


their glittering orbs; the sweet influencos of lady; for though Voltaire was a philosopher,

But every mountain now hath found a

the Pleiades had been diffused, notwithstandhe was nevertheless a keen-scented courtier,

tongue, and seldom neglected an opportunity of ingra- Back to the joyous Alps, who call to her aloud!

And Jura answers, through her misty shroud, rites of the new world; the belt of Orion had

ing the crimes of the old, and the idolatrous tiating himself with the powers that were.

beamed forth in beauty, and Arcturus, with The door opened, and Voltaire, arrayed in his best smiles, sprang forward, to pay his homage

And this is in the night:-Most glorious his sons, had pursued his course around the night!

glowing pole, long before, and unceasingly to the arbitress of patronage, when who should

Thou wert not made for slumber! let me be since, the attention of Abraham had been di. meet him, smirking as it were in mockery of

A sharer in thy fierce and far delight rected to the spangled firmament by the great the poet, but the hated Piron! There was no

A portion of the tempest and of thee! Creator of its shining glories: “Look now loretreating; Voltaire, therefore, resolving to How the lit lake shines, a phosphoric sea,

wards heaven, and tell the stars if thou be able play the hero, drew himself up with an air of

And the big rain comes dancing to the

to number them: so shall thy seed be." Tho hauteur, and bowing slightly to Piron, retired


value of this mighty promise, in its literal and to the fauteuil from which he had risen. Piron

And now again 'tis black-and now, the glee spiritual sense did then, as it were, repose it. acknowledged the salutation with an equally

Of the loud hills shakes with its mountain self in microscopic concealment; but the light indifferent movement, and placed himself on a


of modern astronomy has shown how infinite fauteuil exactly opposite Voltaire. After some few moments passed in silence, the author of As if they did rejoice o'er a young earthquake's is the realm of creative power, and generales


the most delightful confidence in the mind rethe Henriade took from his pocket a black silk

lative to the preserved seed of Israel, but moro cap, which he usually wore when at home, or

Now, where the quick Rhone thus hath cleft especially of those who are not of his seed in the presence of any one with whom he

through the law, but through the righteousthought he could take such a liberty, and put.

The mightiest of the storms hath ta'en his

nees of faith.” ting it on his head, observed in a dry tone and


Passing by the moon walking in brightness, with great indifference of manner," Je vous demande pardon, monsieur; mais mon médecin

For here, not one, but many, make their play, and the nearer planets that rolī above and be
And fling their thunderbolts from hand to

neath our world, circling the resplendent sun, m'ordonne de"


with calm and simple grandeur, we review “ Point de cérémonie, monsieur," interrupt.

Flashing and cast around; of all the band,

some of the recent discoveries of science: the ed Piron, “d'autant plus que mon médecin

The brightest through these parted hills hath

four minute bodies which move between Mars m'ordonne la même chose.” So saying, he


and Jupiter in close proximity to each other, very coolly put on his hat.

His lightnings,-as if he did understand,

80 minute as not to exceed in magnitude some Voltaire stared at this unequivocal demon. That in such gaps as desolation work d,

of the islets of the British seas, present anostration of contempt; but as he had provoked There the hot shaft should blast whatever malies in the solar system,-moving in paths it, he was obliged to put up with the affront.

therein lurk'd.

very considerably inclined to those of the He was therefore compelled to limit his indig.

larger planets; these paths crossing each nation to the expression of his countenance, Sky, mountains, river, winds, fake, light other, but in such a manner, that the revolving which was any thing but amiable or conciliat. niugs! ye!

bodies cannot come in contact; the form of ing, and occupied himself exclusively with his With night, and clouds, and thunder, and a these paths so eccentric, that one of them at own reflections. Piron took no notice of him; soul

its greatest distance from the sun, is then and the situation of the two poets became every To make these felt and feeling, well may be double of its least; the immense atmosphere moment more embarrassing. Madame Pom Things that have made me watchful; tho of two, sn great as almost to assimilate to those padour did not arrive; and Voltaire was evi far roll

of the cometary train,-yet such are but a few dently out of humour. He again applied to his Of your departing voices is the knoll of the wonderful phenomena connected with pocket, and drawing from it a biscuit he began Of what in me is sleepless,-if rest. these four interesting bodies. to eat it, offering as an apology that his health But where of ye, oh lempests! is the goal? Beyond the orbit of that which was for thouwas delicate. "Pardon, monsieur, mais mon Are ye like those within the human breast ? sands of years considered the most remote inédecin m'a commandé de manger."

Or do ye find, at length, like eagles, some high planet (Saturn) revolves one surrounded by a " Point de cérémonie, monsieur," ropeated nost?"

splendid train of moons, moving nearly at right

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angles to the course of the primary (Uranus), soft splendour-a large proportion like faint | But she hath been a happy wife ;-the lover of and from east to west, while those of the other streaks of light, such an appearance as it may her youth planets move in paths not much inclined to be supposed the milky way would assume if | May proudly claim the smile that pays the trial their primaries, and from west to east. beheld from some remote region of space

of bis truth; We notice other remarkable phenomena re and nearly the whole of these mysterious ap A sense of slight-a loneliness—hath never lative to the solar system, which have been paritions, resolvable into clusters of stars. banish'd sleep; discovered within a very few years. The From hence it is inferred, that all the stars of Her life hath been a cloudless one, then, comet of Halley, whose period is about seven the universe are collected into nebulæ, and wherefore doth she weep? ty-five years, and which is expected to return that those bright stars that figure conspicu

She look'd upon her raven locks ;-what in the year 1834,--this comet, whose greatest ously on our midnight sky are only members

thoughts did they recall ! distance from the sun is double that of Uranus, of that nebula, to which our sun belongs!

Oh! not of nights when they were deck'd for was considered the “ Mercury of Comets," Here then we pause, and from the station

banquet or for ball, but within the past ten years it has been dis to which we have been introduced by the dis

They brought back thoughts of early youth, covered that there are three at least which coveries of modern astronomy, look above,

e'er she had learnt to check, never leave the planetary system; one whose beneath, around us. How awful the survey!

With artificial wreaths, the curls that sported period is three years and a quarter, included Our sun, the centre of a system of worlds-

o'er her neck. within the orbit of Jupiter; another, the pe- lunar, planetary, and cometary; this sun, but riod of which is six years and three quarters, a member among millions of others, each of She seem'd to feel her mother's hand pas, and extends not so far as Saturn; and a third, which may have a similar system; all these, if

lightly through her hair, whose period is twenty years, and ranges not viewed from some distant point of space, ap

And draw it from her brow, to leave a kiss of

kindness there ; beyond'Uranus. As it respects the boundary pearing as some rich cluster of stars amidst of the solar system, the vast distances to which myriads of others; further still, our stellar sys

She seem'd to view her father's smile, and feel some comets are now known to roam fully tem resembling an indistinct nebula, and from

the playful touch prove how very far the attraction of the sun a place of observation still more remote, melt

That sometimes feign'd to steal away the curls extends; though they stretch their courses to ing away into a soft tint of light, or no longer

she priz'd so much. such depths in the abyss of space, yet by vir- visible in the deep azure of the midnight sky; And now she sees her first grey hair! oh, tue of the sun's power they return and bathe these hosts of stellar systems probably in mo deem it not a crime themselves in the effulgence of his beams. tion through the vast fields of ether, for which For her to weep-when she beholds the first Wonderful as it may seem, the vast area com there is room in the unbounded realms of foot mark of Time! prised within the orbit of the most distant space, and ample time in the rolling ages of She knows that, one by one, thoso mute meconiet, sinks into a point, when compared with eternity!

mentos will increase, the awful void between the boundary where But art, reason, and even imagination, fail | And steal youth, beauty, strength away, till our sun's attraction terminales, and the dis to ascend higher in this wonderful progres

life itself shall cease. tance of the nearest fixed star!

sion, for who will essay to point out the top | 'Tis not the tear of vanity for beauty on the The most ardent attention of astronomers is stone of the stupendous structure of the uni.

wane, now directed in scanning the wondrous space verse ? -“ Lift up your eyes on high, and be. Yet though the blossoms may not sigh to bud, which separates our sun from those of other hold who hath created these things, that and bloom again, systems. In pursuing the investigation, they bringeth out their host by number: he calleth It cannot but remember with a feeling of refind there is ground for concluding that those them all by names by the greatness of his

gret, fixed stars are not the nearest which appear might, for that he is strong in power not one the spring forever gone-the summer sun so the largest, and shine with the greatest bril. faileth.” And lest a consideration of these

nearly set. liancy; that probably, among those that emit displays of creative power should overwhelm but feeble rays, may be found stars, whose dis the faculties of the weak believer, with the Ah, Lady! heed the monitor! thy mirror tells tance from our sun will admit of being ascer fear that amidst these exhibitions of Omnipo

thee truth, tained. This inquiry is connected with the dis- lence, and these realms of boundless grandeur, Assume the matron's folded veil, resign the

wreath of youth, covery of the revolutions of two or more stars be shall be overlooked, the soft voice of heasome of which are exceedingly complicated, sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, 'Twere well would all learn wisdom who beround a common centre of gravity, the orbits of venly love calms the perturbation. “Why Go! bind it on thy daughter's brow, in her and performed in periods of time varying from my way is hid from the Lord, and my judg. sixty years to many centuries. This real mo ment passed over froin my God? Hast thou

hold the first grey hair!

T. HAYNES BAYLI. tion traced in double, triple, and other combi not known, hast thou not heard, that the evernations of stars, connected with another mo. lasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends tion, which is only apparent, and which affects of the earth fainteth' not, neither is weary? the whole of the starry frame, suggest the idea There is no searching of his understanding.

WINTRY SUNSHINE. that our sun forms one of such a system, and He giveth power to the faint, and to those that that it is moving onward through space; but have no might he increaseth strength. Even though science succeeds in pointing out the the youths shall faint and be weary, and the The beams that gild the cloudless skies direction in which it moves, it fails in declaring young men shall utterly fall. But they that

And light the laughing hours of May, the nature, and the rate of its motion. wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;

With all their glories less I prize, Among this wilderness of stars are some that they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they

Than that oblique and struggling ray periodically change their brilliancy; others, ap shall run, and not be weary, they shall walk

Whose milder influence kindly tries pearing where none before had been observed, and not faint."

To cheer and warm a wintry day, and others missed from places which they had

And through dark clouds and drifting snows been accustomed to occupy: these bright bo

A transitory brightness throws. dies not only shining with different degrees of THE FIRST GREY HAIR. For oh! that friendly radiance seems brightness, but exhibiting the most lovely and The matron to her mirror, with her hand upon Like Hope's sweet smile midst wo appearing, variegated hues,—from the soft blue to the

her brow,

As we through Fortune's adverse streams colour of the amethyst,—from the delicate Sits gazing on her lovely face-aye, lovely A wayward course are steering; green to the emerald, from a pale yellow to a

Or glimpses caught of joy in dreams, bright orange,-from a rosy tint to ihe intense

Why doth she lean upon her hand with such a Grief's troubled slumbers cheering, brilliancy of the ruby.

look of care?

When o'er life's ills and faded flowers "Some barely visible, some proudly shine, Why steals that tear across her cheek ?-She Returns the light of youthful hours. Like living jewels.”

sees her first grey hair.

Not all the splendours, passing fair,
But we have hitherto only entered the ves.
Time from her form hath ta'en away but little

That hover o'er the paths of gladness, tibule of the vast temple of the universe; we

of its grace ;

Can with that lonely beam compare
His touch of thought hath dignified the beauty when Fate's stern strife and torturing care

That breaks the chilling gloom of sadness, penetrate still further into its awful mysteries

of her face; in search of new wonders. From the earliest ages, one or two bright spots had been noticed Yet she might mingle in the dance where Have wrung the tortured heart to madness,

maidens gaily trip,

And Friendship's pure and lovely ray in the heavens, called nebulæ ; since the in. vention of the telescope, the heavens are found So bright is still her hazel eye, so beautiful

Sheds sunshine on our wintry way.

her lip. to be replete with them, various in their shapes, magnitudes, and brilliancy; some of the faded form is often mark'd by sorrow these appearing as solid balls, compressed into more than years :

OPTIONAL SLEEP. a blaze of light,-one like a partially opened The wrinkle on the cheek may be the course “Pray, Jack, are you asleep?" said Ned: fan, along the centre of which are three bright of secret tears :

“What makes you ask?" he slowly said telescopic stars of different magnitudes; others The mournful lip may murmur of a love it “ Because of you, or Sam, like the feeble flame of a laper-a circular ne ne'er confest,

I want to borrow half a crown, bulosity composed of striated streams of light, And the dimness of the eye betray a heart that For something that I owe in town;" - lock of silvery hair,--a ring or wreath of cannot rest.

Why, then,” said Jack," I am!


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has injured the gloss of their furniture-o | tho petty cares, and exaggerated delights of CHILDHOOD.

these there is something wonderful, dazzling, his childhood. Perhaps he is engaged in (Concluded from p. 58.)

and precious, in the spotless innocence of schemes of soaring ainbition, but he fancies I love a Children's ball—that is, a ball for childhood, from which the slightest particle of sometimes that there was once greater

charm in flying a kitc-perhaps, after many a very young children; for when they approach impurity has not been wiped away. Wo to their leens, they begin gradually to throw off those who by a single word help to shorten hard lesson, he has acquired a power of dis

this beautiful period! their angelic disguise, preparatory to becom

cernment and spirit of caution which defies ing men and women; the germs of vanity, “That man was never born whose secret soul, deception, but he now and then wishes for the dissimulation, and pride, are visible; the With all its motley treasure of dark thoughts,' boyish confidence which venerated every old young, eye roves for admiration, the head is Foul fantasies, vain musings, and wild dreams, beggar, and wept at every-tale of wo,--he is held high on contact with vulgarity; the lips Was ever open'd to another's scan."

now deep read in philosophy and science, yet

he looks back with regret on the wild and speak a different language from the less de. ceitful brow. If the object of entertainments

Even the best and purest of women would pleasing fancies of his young mind, and owns was really to entertain, we ought only to in shrink from displaying her heart to our gaze, ihat “l'erreur a son mérite;" he 'now reads vite children; because, if not quite sure of while lovely childhood allows us to read its history till he doubts every thing, and sighs succeeding in our aim, we at least can disco every thought and fancy. Its sincerity, in for the time when he felt comfortably conver whether or not we have attained it. In deed, is occasionally very inconvenient, and vinced that Romulus was suckled by a wolf, the uniform polite satisfaction and measured let that person be quite sure that he has no and Richard the Third a monster of iniquity inirth of a grown up party, the cold smiles, the thing remarkably odd, ugly, or disagreeable - his mind is now full of perplexities and cares joyless laughter, the languid dance, one tale about his appearance, who ventures to ask a for the future.-Oh! for the days when the only is told, satiety, contempt, anger, and

child what it thinks of him. Amidst the present was a scene sufficiently wide to satisfy mortification may lurk beneath, no clue is af.

frowns and blushes of the family, amidst a him! forded to the poor host, by which he may dis

thousand efforts to prevent or to drown the an He who feels thus cannot contemplate uncover the quantity of pleasure his efforts and swer, truth in all the horrors of nakedness, moved the joys and sports of childhood, and his money have produced; a heart or two may

will generally appear in the surprised assem gazes, perhaps, on the care-free brow and rapbe breaking beside him, but he knows nothing bly, and he who has hitherto thought in spite iure-beaming countenance, with the melanof the matter; a duel or two arranging at his

of his mirror, that his eyes had merely a slight choly and awe which the lovely victims of elbow, but he sees only bows and politeness; and not unpleasing cast, will now learn for the consumption inspire, when unconscious of dan.

first time that “ and he may send away half his guests affront

every body says he has a ter

ger, they talk cheerfully of the future. He

feels that he is in possession of a mysterious ed by his neglect, and the other half ridiculing rible squint.” his hospitality, while he has fatigued and im

I cannot approve of the modern practice of secret, of which happy children have no suspoverished himself to please them. In these dressing little girls in exact accordance with picion : he knows what the life is on which assemblies,

the prevailing fashion, with scrupulous imita, ihey are about to enter; and he is sure that

tion of their elders. When I look at a child, I whether it smiles or frowns upon them, its " There's sic parade, sic pomp an' art, do not wish to feel doubtful whether it is not brightest glances will be cold and dull comThe joy can scarcely reach the heart;" an unfortunate dwarf who is standing before pared with those under which they are now me attired in a costume suited to its age. Ex: basking.

W.E. while, in a party for children, ninety-nine out

treme simplicity of attire, and a dress sacred of a hundred consider themselves at the sum

to themselves only, are most fitted to these mit of human felicity, and take no care to con.

u fresh female buds;" and it vexes mne to see ceal their sentiments; and if the unhappy them disguised in the fashions of La Belle As

THE ARK ON MOUNT ARARAT. hundredth happens to fall down, or to be af. semblée, or practising the graces and courte BY THE AUTHORESS OF « THE MUMMY." fronted, a few tears and a little outcry show

sies of maturer life. Will there not be years you where your assistance is required, and al. enough from thirteen to seventy for ornament The Armenians have a legend that the Ark low you to sct matters right again by coaxing ing or disfiguring the person at the fiat of still remains on Mount Ararat, though comand sugar plums. Those occasional eccentric

French milliners, for checking laughter and pletely hidden by the immense cap of ice, or movements in the quadrille, proceeding from forcing smiles, for reducing all varieties of in. rather frozen snow, which covers the peak of the exuberance of spirits and of joy; those shouts of merriment which sometimes defy form tint? Is there not already a sufficient attempted to penetrate this natural barrier in

tellect, all gradations of feeling to one uni. the mountain. Many persons, they say, have the lessons of politeness and the frowns of a

sameness in the aspect and tone of polished order to remove the ark; but the moment they smiling mamma; those peals of young laughter life? Oh, leave children as they are, to re get near enough to see the sacred vessel, they 80 thrilling and so infectious; those animated

lieve by their “ wild freshness” our elegant invoices and bright faces assure the donors of sipidity; leave their “hair loosely Aowing,

are struck dead with lightning. the feast that they have conferred a few hours

robes as free,” to refresh the eyes that love " On! on! to scale the mountain's brow, of exquisite happiness on the dear little beings

Where, buried deep from mortal ken, around them, afforded them food for chatter. simplicity; and leave their eagerness, their

warmth, their unreflecting sincerity, their un The ark still rests in frozen snow, ing and mirth for many days, and perhaps schooled expressions of joy or regret, to amuse planted in their grateful memories one of and delight' us, when we are a little tired by

Impervious to the sight of men." those sunny spots to which the man looks the politeness, the caution, the wisdom, and

" And shall we dare to rend the veil back with pleasure and wonder, when sated, the coldness of the grown-up world.

Omnipotence around has shed?” wearied, and disappointed, sees with sur

Children may teach us one blessed, one en:

The younger pilgrim, turning pale, prise how easily and how keenly he was once viable art, the art of being easily happy. Kind

Thus to his elder comrade said. delighted

nature has given to them that useful power of Knowledge to man alone is given, Little girls are my favourites; boys, though accommodation to circumstances which comsufficiently interesting and amusing, are apt pensates for so many external disadvantages, with both, he scales the heights of heaven,

Courage he shares with meaner brutes; to be infected, as soon as they assume the

and it is only by injudicious management that manly garb, with a little of that masculine

And wins celestial attributes! it is lost. Give him but a moderate portion of violence and obstinacy which, when they grow

food and kindness, and the peasant's child is " But hark! the thunder round is pealing, up, they will call spirit and firmness, and lose

Bright meteors flash along the sky: earlier in life that docility, tenderness, and ig- happier than the duke's: free from artificial

wants, unsated by indulgence, all nature mi- My heart is sick, my brain is reeling; norance of evil, which are their sister's pecu

nisters to his pleasures; he can carve out feliliar charms. In all the range of visible crea

Stay! stay! I faint and fainting die!" city from a bit of hazel twig, or fish for it suc. tion there is no object to me so attractive and cessfully in a puddle. I love to hear the bois

“ I stop not now for God or demon, delightful as a lovely, intelligent, gentle, little

terous joy of a troop of ragged urchins whose My prize is near, and I will gain it; girl of eight or nine years old. This is the point at which may be witnessed the greatest cheap playthings are nothing more than mud, Thus in a storm, the hardy seaman

snow, sticks or oyster shells, or to watch the Sees the mast rock, yet will attain it." improvement of intellect compatible with that lily-like purity of mind, to which taint is in- | quiet enjoyment of a half-clothed, half-washed

He climbed the mountain's very peak, fellow of four or five years old, who sits with a comprehensible, danger unsuspected, which large rosty knife and a lump of bread and ba

The lightning round his figure spread; wants not only the vocabulary, but the very con at his father's door, and might move the

On every side the flashes break, idea of sin. It is true, that

And thunder rattles o'er his head. envy of an alderman. " Evil into the mind of God or man

He must have been singularly unfortunate “ Tis mine! 'tis mine! The ark I seeMay come and go, so unapproved, and leave in childhood, or singularly the reverse in after The goal is past—the prize is won.” No spot or blame behind"

life, who does not look back upon its scenes, its Short was his proud and ill-timed glee:

sports, and pleasures with fond regret; who The bolt was launch'd-his life was gono. But to those who have lived long, and ob does not “ wish for 'e'en its sorrows back served what constant sweeping and cleaning again." The wisest and happiest of us may

Shrunk to a dry and blacken'd corse, their house within requires, what clouds of occasionally detect this feeling in our bosoms. Where is his boasted triumph now? dust fly in at every neglected cranny, and how There is something unreasonably dear to the

His life has run its destined courseoken they have omitted to brush it of till it man in the recollection of the follies, the whims, The ark still rests in frozen snow!

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