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murderer, who drinks to others' such an alteration should take good health, and robs himself of place as might afford them an his own.
opportunity of living in a manner every way becoming a happy and virtuous pair.
For some time they correspondA man of fashion, in one of the ed, but the husband, being obliged French provinces, paid his ad- to cross several tempestuous seas, dresses to a young lady of beau- did not receive such frequent anty, rank, and distinguished me- swers to his epistles, as he had rit.
reason to expect ; and, as he As there was a parity in years, imagined his letters had miscain fortune, and in situation, the ried, he resoļved, for the present, lady received her gallant with the to desist from writing, not relishaccustomary condescension fe- ing the idea of having his sentimales seldom withhold from those ments canvassed over by differwhom they are taught to pro- ent strangers, or, perhaps, capnounce upon an equality with tious enemies. themselves.
Another reason, which induced The parents of the young lady, him to lay aside, for the present, however, disapproved of the all thoughts of continuing an match. The gentleman pleaded epistolatory correspondence, was ---but in vain : and, finding it the prospect he had of shortly reimpossible to overcome the aged turning to France, where the preobstinacy of the parents, he re- sence of his amiable consort would solved to solicit his charmer's infinitely exceed all ideal interconsent to enter into the holy views, and make ample amends bands of matrimony, without any for every pang his heart had unfarther consultation with those dergone. who seemed so resolutely deter- As the lady possessed a consimined to persist in a denial. derable share of youth and beau
Having fully explained himself ty, it was not to be supposed she on this head, the young lady could long remain without a train consented to become his wife : of admirers. Her parents, who they were wedded, and the mar- never dreamt about their daughriage kept a profound secret. ter's previous marriage, became
It happened, that after a few each day more anxious to select years had elapsed, the husband
a person, whose mental and corwas obliged to leave his lovely poreal endowments might, in bride, being called into a foreign their estimation, render him country, in order to adjust some worthy their daughter's hand family affairs, which required his and heart. immediate presence. The neces. Several years had now rolled sity was no less urgent than dis- on, without the lady's hearing a agreeable to both parties ; how- syllable of her husband. At ever, they permitted their good length, she ascertained, that he sense to operate, and, after vow- was no more : she was inconing mutual affection and fidelity, solable, but found it prudent to they parted, in the anticipation of stifle her griefs to avoid suspiseeing each other, at a time when eion.
When she had paid every tribute amongst the mould, which laid consistent with reflection to the lightly on her brest, and thus memory of her parents for her pine out the short remaining departed lord, a Gentleman was period of his existence. proposed by her parents for her Full of this resolution, he reapprobation, and the good old paired the night she was buried people were so prejudiced in to her tomb; and, after digging favour of the person they had in- up the earth, he discovered her troduced, that they gave their coffin, fetched a deep sigh, and daughter to understand that their was about to stretch his wearied happiness depended on her com- limbs, when, to his consternation, pliance.
astonishment, and affright, he The young lady, who thought perceived signs of life---he tore sherself entirely at liberty to open the coffin, and found it even commit a second trespass upon as he suspected---his wife was Hymen, after some little hesita- almost suffocated; he snatched tion, consented; the nuptials were her up in his arms, conveyed her celebrated; the Lady, if not to the house of a neighbouring happy, was placid and serenely friend, had her instantly put into content; the parents were de- a warm bed, and, in a few weeks, lighted, the bridegroom was en- she was perfectly restored to life raptured, and all were jocund, all and health. were joyous.
As she had real affection for For four
this newly her first husband, she made no married couple lived in perfect scruple of chusing him for her harmony; but at length an in- companion ; but, as the affair termitting fever seized upon the soon made a prodigious noise lady, the physicians were baffled, throughout the country, the seand she, to all appearance, paid cond husband, who also doated the debt due to nature. She was on her to distraction, no buried with pomp, and every was informed of the particulars, reverence shewn to her memory than he attempted to force her the custom of the country would to live with him ;
the prior admit of.
claimant as resolutely persisted During her last illness, her in keeping her to himself. In former husband, whom we left short, a law-suit was commenced; abroad, had returned, and, after the most learned advocates in making the necessary inquiries, France were employed; a was informed of every circum- dundancy of erudition was disstance we have related above. played ; and, after being litigat
As he was unwilling to surprize ed for a considerable length of her whilst she combatted with time, a solemn decision was given sickness, he had employed a trusty in favour of the gentleman who person to make him acquainted had first married her. with each particular of her case ; This story has so much the air and, the instant the news of her of fable and romance, that, to death reached his ears, a frantic leave an impression of its truth wildness seized his soul, and he on the mind of the reader, it may resolved to receive no manner of be proper to inform him, that sustenance, but to bury himself the French lawyers have selected
MILITARY TACTICS OF OLD.
all the famous trials, with the Whack her o'er your right, Sir. decisions which have been given Your dowp to me, and your face to Inin their Court for a series of
Blaw up the muckle pipes, M'Carter. years.
Now gae your gaits, Sir.
THE DANGERS OF HABITAN EASTvery extraordinary relation is
ERN ALLEGORY. recited therein, together with all the subtle and ingenious argu
Indolence is the daughter of ments used by the advocates weakness, the sister of vice, and for the different husbands.
the mother of misfortune. When that propensity of nature collects
strength from habit, the desire Some of our military readers, ed, and no hopes are left for
of becoming useful is extinguishwe dare say, will be highly grati- making a progress in any laudafied to know how Sawney, the
ble pursuit. Wisdom is the fruit Scot, exercised his men a centu
of reflection ; it is not acquired ry ago. We find the Manual without strenuous efforts ; and Exercises of the Scotch Officers whoever does not see the rays of in the Gentleman's Magazine, for the rising sun, will die without June, 1746, and think it a curi- hearing himself spoken of. osity well worth preserving --We doubt the simple militiaman be wise! It is Salah that speaks
Son of perseverance, read, and will be much puzzled with it.
to thee; it is the hermet of Tak' ed, Sawney.
Lebanon, who, in the 57th year Join your spoon-hand to your muckle
of his retreat, leave's this inHaud her aut before your face, Sir.
struction to mankind. Your cogue-hand to your muckle gun, Sir. I was formerly what thou art Bring her down to your knie, Sir.
now, a traveller on the earth, a Pu' back the lug o' her, Sir. Present at the golly wellfoots, Sir.“
gazar on the stars. I trafficked Fire, Sir.
and amassed great wealth; I Haud her aut before your face again, Sir. loved and enjoyed all the favours Pu'up the lug o' her, Sir.
of love; I wore the robe of Handle
your kail-seed, Sir. Cast it into the lug o' her, Sir.
honour, and I heard the music of Steek the lug o' her, Sir.
Ambition entered my Haud her aut before your face again, Sir. heart, and I obtained honourable Cast about your muckle gun, Sir. employments. All this fated, Pu' her into your wame, Sir.
but did not content me. I felt Handle your kail-seed, Sir. Bite off the head o'it, Sir.
myself unhappy, and I retired. Cast it into the wame o’her, Sir.
I long sought what I at last found Lug out your wolly wand, Sir.
in this desert; an abode where Shorten it against your wame, Sir. wants cost few desires and cares, Pu' it into the wame o' her, Sir. Ram down your kail-seed, Sir.
a state in which I should not be Lug it out again, Sir.
obliged to pay for the follies of Shorten it against your wame, Sir.
men, nor purchase their assisPu’it into the place o' it again, Sir.
tance. Here I found fruits, Cast off your muckle gun,
Sir. Your spoon-hand under the lug o'her, Sir. herbs, and water; and here i Haud her out before your face again, Sir. resolved to wait the moment of
death, of which I do not dreaded to make me tarry a while much the approaches.
longer. I spent forty-eght years far In this state of irresolution, from mortals, and without desire struggling between the design of for their company. One day, as pursuing my ruute, and the I looked at a rock suspended over fondness for remaining in this my cell, I seemed to have a mind charming place, an insensible to get to the top of it. This incli- heaviness weighed down all my nation I endeavoured to suppress, senses ; I laid my head on the not that it was criminal, but be green turf, and fell into the arms cause it was new, and because a of sleep. I seemed to myself to mind, informed by experience, is hear the noise of the flights of diffident of every change that eagles, and believed I saw a Bedoes not evidently bring with it ing more than human.
- Where something better. I feared my art thou going, Salah,” said he to heart might be under a deception, me, with an air and stone inspithat my curiosity proceeded from ring confidence. I was climbing inquietude, and that my ardour up, answered I, to the mountain's to contemplate the works of summit, there at leisure to enjoy nature did contain a secret mo- nature's most beautiful perspection for returning to the .world. tive. “Go not farther," continued I therefore immediately called he, “and I will explain to you back my thoughts to my cell; what you may see but not unbut, distraction increaing, I had derstand. I am one of those some sort of remorse, and I doubt- beneficent beings that keep a ed if it w
was not laziness that watchful eye over the children hindered my ascending to the top of the dust, to guard them from of Lebanon
the calamities they have not I therefore rose, before the merited. Contemplate, observe, morning's dawn, and began to and learn." climb up this rough mountain. I looked, and descried a mounLoaded with years and provisions, tain far higher than Lebanon, I advanced slowly. So soon as the top of which lost itself in the the day permitted me to distin- clouds, and the foot in an abyss guish objects, I saw that the in- of darkness. Astonished to see clination of the mountain became it without a foundation, and, as it still more steep; the sand slipped were, suspended in an immense from under my feet ; at length I void, my eyes wandered about~ arrived on a small plain, surround- “ Be not afraid," said he, “ raise ed by rocks, and open to the East. your eyes, and learn instruction.” There I sat down to breathe, and I looked, and observed that the recover my strength. After rest- lower part of the mountain was ing a little, I thought to con- of easy ascent, and covered with tinue ; but the fear of fatigue, flowers ; the middle, more steep, and the branches that formed appeared rugged with cliffs, and over my head a verdant shade, intersected with precipices, yet and the fresh. gales that in this planted with fruit trees and delicious spot wafted from the groves, and a variety of palaces gayest flowers fragrant odours to built upon it; the top was barmy bosom, all pressing, invito ren, and its aspect had but few attractive charms ; yet, through petuated, and man lives and dies the clefts of the rocks sprung up in slavery-dread habit !" some ever-green shrubs, which This nymph soon arrived tothe travellers could catch hold of, wards the middle of the mounsupport themselves with, and tain, where dangerous rocks and sometimes sit down between precipices came full in view. She them.
delivered up the care of her My attention being directed charge to two other nymphs of to every object that came in view, a majestic stature and venerable I perceived a numberless multi- aspect. Both appeared to have tude of children amusing them- descended from heaven. One of selves by gathering flowers, un- them commanded over the nader the care of a modest virgin, tions, but received orders from clad in a white robe. She suf- the other, and listened to her in fered them to wander about free- silent respect. ly, and without restraint, because, The nymph that retired rethe ground being smooth and ceived no compliments of thanks even, they could neither fall nor from her pupils, neither were go astry. When they plucked they sorry in parting with her: a thorn instead of a flower, the they even seemed to reproach nymph smiled at the mistake. her with their ignorance, and Happy the company, said I to many errors they could see into myself, that lives secure from in a more enlightened region. harm under laws $0 mild and The subordinate nymph said charming! But that virgin did to them, “I have nothing but not keep them long : she con- advice to give you; I am not ducted them to a higher quarter, your guide, but will lead you to where another nymph, with more
« We will have severe looks, and an air of com- no other but you," cried the mand, came to receive them. multitude. Be aware of what They would have been glad not you sayI am not made for a to quit one who acted by them great number. How many are with a mother's tenderness : some there whom I could not secure of them deserted their new mis- from the tyranny of passions ? tress, who made them walk in Habit, that had laid hold of them narrow and craggy paths—but, in the tumultuous region of apinstead of going into the road petites, has hurled them headthey were first shewn, they stray- long into the cavern of despair. ed about the mountain.
It is not my business to use re“ Dread habit !" repeated con- straint, I can only admonish ; stantly the awful nymph to her and I am sensible you stand in timid troop. “ It is habit that need of a curb. You here walk makes passions dangerous--pas- in the road of dangers, and are sions create crimes, and habit not all strong enough to get forms vices its own
clear of them after me. cause passion to be detested, but see that thick mist yonder, terhabit stifles remorse, and ob-minating the sight --Beyond it structs a return to virtue. Its are the Temples of felicity, where chains lengthen out and are per- travellers, during eternity, rest