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fo freth and green before thee, and with my curiosity; but soon recovering myself which the whole face of the ocean appears so far as to enquire whither we were going, Ipocted as far as thou canit fee, are more and what was the cause of such clamour in number than the sands on the sea-shore; and confusion; I was told that they were there are myriads of islands behind those launching out into the ocean of Life; that which thou here discovereft, reaching fur- we had already pafled the streights of inther than thine eye, or even thine imagi- fancy, in which multitudes had perished, nation, can extend itself. These are the fome by the weakness and fragility of their maniions of good men after death, who, vessels, and more by the folly, perverseness, according to the degree and kinds of vir

or negligence of those who undertook to tue in which they excelled, are distributed Iteer them; and that we were now on the aning these several islands, which abound main sea, abandoned to the winds and bilwith pleasures of different kinds and de. lows, without any other means of security grees, suitable to the relishes and perfec- than the care of the pilot, whom it was altions of those who are settled in them; ways in our power to chuse, among great every island is a paradise accommodated to numbers that offered their direction and its respective inhabitants. Are not these, allittance. O Mirza, habitations worth contending I then looked round with anxious eagerfor? Does life appear miferable, that gives ness; and, firit turning my eyes behind dhee opportunities of earning such a re- me, saw a stream Howing through flowery ward? Is death to be feared, that will islands, which every one that failed along convey thee to so happy an existence ? seemed to behold with pleasure ; but no Think not man was made in vain, who sooner touched, than the current, which, has such an eternity reserved for him.- though not noily or turbulent, was yet irgazed with inexprellible pleasure on these refiitible, bore him away. Beyond these happy islands. At length, said I, Shew me islands, all was darkness ; nor could any of now, I beseech thee, the secrets that lie the passengers describe the thore at which hid under those dark clouds, which cover he first embarked. the ocean on the other side of the rock of Before me, and on either side, was an adamant. The genius making me no an- expanse of waters violently agitated, and fwer, I turned about to addreis myself to covered with so thick a miit

, that the mott him a second time, but I found that he had perfpicacious eyes could see but a little way. left me: I then turned again to the vision it appeared to be full of rocks and whirla which I had been so long contemplating ; pools, for many funk unexpectedly while but instead of the rolling tide, the arched they were courting the gale with full fails, bridge, and the happy islands; I faw no- and insulting those whom they had left bething but the long hollow valley of Bagdat, hind. So numerous, indeed, were the danwith oxen, sheep, and camels, grazing upon gers, and to thick the darkness, that no the sides of it.

Spectator. caution could confer security. Yet there

were many, who, by false intelligence, be. $ 2. The Voyage of Life; an Allegory. trayed their followers into whirlpools, or

· Life,' says Seneca, • is a voyage, in by violence pushed those whom they found the progress of which we are perpetually in their way against the rocks. changing our scenes : we first leave child. The current was invariable and insurhood benind us, then youth, then the years mountable; but though it was impossible to of ripened manhood, then the better or fail against it, or to return to the place that more pleasing part of old age.'-The per- was once passed, yet it was not so violent osal of this paflage having excited in me a as to allow no opportunities for dexterity train of reflections on the state of man, the or courage, since, though none could reincessant fluctuation of his wishes, the gra. treat back from danger, yet they might dual change of his disposition to all external often' avoid it by oblique direction. objects, and the thoughtlessness with which It was, however, not very common to he floats along the stream of time, I sunk steer with much care or prudence; for, by into a slumber amidst my meditations, and, some universal infatuation, every man apon a sudden, found my ears filled with the peared to think himself safe, though he saw tumult of labour, the thouts of alacrity, the his conforts every moment sinking round thrieks of alarm, the whistle of winds, and him ; and no sooner had the waves closed the dash of waters.

over them, than their fate and their milMy astonishinent for a time represied conduct were forgotten; the voyage was


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purfaed with the same jocund confidence; redoubled her affurances of safety; and every man congratulated himself upon the none were more busy in making provisions foundness of his vessel, and believed him- for a long voyage, than they, whom all self able to ftem the whirlpool in which his but themselves faw likely to perish soon by friend was swallowed, or glide over the irreparable decay. rocks on which he was dashed : nor was it In the midst of the current of Life, was often observed that the sight of a wreck the gulph of Intemperance, a dreadful made any man change his course; if he whirlpool, interspersed with rocks, of turned aside for a moment, he soon forgot which the pointed crags were concealed the rudder, and left himself again to the under water, and the tops covered with disposal of chance.

herbage, on which Ease spreads couches This negligence did not proceed from of repose ; and with shades, where Pleaindifference, or from weariness of their pre- sure warbled the song of invitation. Withsent condition; for not one of those who in sight of these rocks, all who failed on thus rushed upon destruction failed, when the ocean of Life must necessarily pass. he was fiuking, to call loudly upon his af- Reason indeed was always at hand to steer sociates for that help which could not now the passengers through a narrow outlet, by be given him : and many spent their last which they might escape ; but very few moments in cautioning others against the could, by her entreaties or remonttrances, folly by which they were intercepted in the be induced to put the rudder into her hand, midt of their course. Their benevolence without ftipulating that she should approach was sometimes praised, but their admoni- so near unto the rocks of Pleasure, that tions were unregarded.

they might solace themselves with a short The vessels in which we had embarked, enjoyment of that delicious region, after being confessedly unequal to the turbulence which they always determined to pursue of the stream of life, were visibly impaired their course without any other deviation. in the course of the voyage, so that every Reason was too often prevailed upon so passenger was certain, that how long lo- far by these promises, as to venture her ever he might, by favourable accidents, or charge within the eddy of the gulph of In. by incessant vigilance, be preserved, he temperance, where, indeed, the circumvomuft fink at last.

lution was weak, but yet interrupted the This necessity of perishing might have course of the vessel, and drew it, by infenbeen expected to fadden the gay, and in- fible rotations, towards the centre. She timidate the daring, at least to keep the then repented her temerity, and with all melancholy and tinorous in perpetual tor- her force endeavoured to retreat; but the ments, and hinder them from any enjoy- draught of the gulph was generally too ment of the varieties and gratifications strong to be overcome; and the passenger, which nature offered them as the solace of having danced in circles with a pleasing their labours ; yet in effect none seemed and giddy velocity, was at last overwhelmless to expect destruction than those to ed and lost. Thole few whom Reason was whom it was most dreadful; they all had able to extricate, generally suffered so the art of concealing their danger from many shocks upon the points which shot themselves; and those who knew their in- out from the rocks of Pleasure, that they ability to bear the light of the terrors that were unable to continue their course with embarrassed their way, took care never to the fame strength and facility as before, look forward, but found forne amusement but floated along timorously and feebly, of the present moment, and generally en- endangered by every breeze, and shattered tertained themselves by playing with Hope, by every ruffle of the water, till they sunk, who was the conitant associate of the voy- by now degrees, after long struggles, and age of Life.

innumerable expedients, always repining at Yet all that Hope ventured to promise, their own folly, and warning others against even to those whom the favoured most, the first approach of the gulph of Intemwas, not that they should escape, but that perance. they should fink latt; and with this pro- There were artists who professed to remise every one was fatisfied, though he pair the breaches and stop the leaks of the laughed at the rest for seeming to believe vessels which had been shattered on the it. Hope, indeed, apparently mocked the rocks of Pleasure. Many appeared to credulity of her companions ; for, in pro- have great confidence in their skill, and portion as their vessels grew leaky, le fome, indeed, were preserved by it from


finking, who had received only a single a sign of invitation ; he entered it, and blow; but I remarked, that few veftels found the coolness and verdure irresistibly lasted long which had been much repaired, pleasant. He did not, however, forget nor was it found that the artists themselves whither he was travelling, but found a continued afloat longer than those who had narrow way bordered with flowers, which leat of their aslistance.

appeared to have the same direction with The only advantage which, in the voy- the main road, and was pleased that, by age of Life, the cautious had above the this happy experiment, he had found means begrigent, was, that they funk later, and to unite pleasure with business, and to gain more fuddenly; for they pafled forward the rewards of diligence, without suffering till they had sometimes seen all those in its fatigues. He, therefore, still continued whose company they had issued from the to walk for a time, without the leaft refreights of infancy, perish in the way, and mission of his ardour, except that he was at lait were overset by a cross breeze, with- fometimes tempted to stop by the music of out the toil of resistance, or the anguish of the birds, whom the heat had assembled in expectation. But such as had often fallen the shade, and sometimes amused himself againft the rocks of Pleasure, commonly with plucking the flowers that covered the fübiided by sensible degrees, contended banks on either side, or the fruits that long with the encroaching waters, and hung upon the branches. At last the green harrassed themselves by labours that scarce path began to decline from its first tenHope herself could flaiter with success. dency, and to wind among hills and thick

As I was looking upon the various fate ets, cooled with fountains, and murmur. of the multitude about me, I was suddenly ing with water-falls. Here Obidah paused alarmed with an admonition from some for a time, and began to consider whether unknown power, Gaze not idly upon it were longer safe to forsake the known others when thou thyself art linking. and common track; but remembering that Whence is this thoughtless tranquillity, the heat was now in its greatest violence, when thou and they are equally endan- and that the plain was duity and uneven, he gered ?' I looked, and seeing the gulph resolved to pursue the new path, which he of Intemperance before me, started and supposed only to make a few meanders, in wwaked.

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and to end at last in the common road, 13. The Journey of a Day, a Picture of Having thus calmed his solicitude, he

Human Life; the Story of Obidab. renewed his pace, though he suspected that Obidah, the son of Abenfina, left the he was not gaining ground. This uneasi, caravansera early in the morning, and pur- ness of his mind inclined him to lay hold fued his journey through the plains of In- on every new object, and give way to do:tan. He was fresh and vigorous with every sensation that might footh or divert reft; he was animated with hope ; he was him. He listened to every echo, he mounte incited by desire ; he walked Twiftly for- ed every hill for a fresh prospect, he turnward over the vallies, and saw the hills ed aside to every cascade, and pleased himgradually rising before him. As he passed self with tracing the course of a gentle ri. along, his ears were delighted with the ver that rolled among the trees, and wa.. morning song of the bird of paradise, he tered a large region with innumerable cirwas fanned by the last Autters of the link. cumvolutions. In these amusements the ing breeze, and sprinkled with dew by hours passed away unaccounted, his devia. groves of spices; he sometimes contem- tions had perplexed his memory, and he plated the towering height of the oak, mo- knew not towards what point to travel. narch of the hills; and sometimes caught He stood pensive and confused, afraid to the gentle fragrance of the primrose, eldeft go forward left he should go wrong, yet daughter of the spring : all his senses were conscious that the time of loitering was gratified, and all care was banished from now paft. While he was thus tortured with the heart.

uncertainty, the sky was overspread with Thus he went on till the sun approached clouds, the day vanished from before him, his meridian, and the increasing heat prey- and a sudden tempest gathered round his ed upon his strength; he then looked head. He was now roused by his danger, round about him for some more commo- to a quick and painful remembrance of his dious path. He faw, on his right hand, folly; he now saw how happiness is loft, e grove that seemed to wave its thades as when case is consulted; he lamented the

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unmanly unmanly impatience that prompted him to remit our fervour, and endeavour to find seek shelter in the grove, and despised the some mitigation of our duty, and some petty curiosity that led him on from trifle more easy means of obtaining the same to trifle. While he was thus reflecting, the end. We then relax our vigour, and reair grew blacker, and a clap of thunder folve no longer to be terrified with crimes broke his meditation,

at a distance, but rely upon our own conHe now resolved to do what remained stancy, and venture to approach what we yet in his power; to tread back the ground resolve never to touch. We thus enter the which he had passed, and try to find some bowers of ease, and repose in the Shades issue where the wood might open into the of security. Here the heart softens, and plain. He proftrated himself on the ground, vigilance subsides; we are then willing to and commended his life to the Lord of enquire whether another advance cannot nature. He rose with confidence and tran- be made, and whether we may not, at quillity, and pressed on with his fabre in his least, turn our eyes upon the gardens of hand, for the beasts of the desert were in pleasure. We approach them with fcruple motion, and on every hand were heard the and hesitation; we enter them, but cnter mingled howls of rage and fear, and ra- timorous and trembling, and always hope vage and expiration ; all the horrors of to pass through them without lofing the darkness and solitude surrounded him; the road of virtue, which we, for a while, keep winds roared in the woods, and the torrents in our sight, and to which we propose to tumbled from the hills.

return. But temptation succeeds temptaWork'd into sudden rage by wint'ry now'rs,

tion, and one compliance prepares us for Hawn the steep hill the roaring torrent pours; another; we in time lose the happiness of The mountain shepherd Hears the distant noise. innocence, and folace our disquiet with

Thus forlorn and distressed, he wander- sensual gratifications. By degrees we let ed through the wild, without knowing fall the remembrance of our original in whither he was going, or whether he was tention, and quit the only adequate object every moment drawing nearer to safety or of rational deire. We entangle ourseives to destruction. At length, not fear, but in business, immerge ourselves in luxury, labour, began to overcome him ; his breath and rove through the labyrinths of incongrew short, and his knees trembled, and stancy, till the darkness of old age begins he was on the point of lying down in re- to invade us, and disease and anxiety obe fignation to his fate, when he beheld struct our way. We then look back upon through the brambles the glimmer of a our lives with horror, with sorrow, with taper. He advanced towards the light, repentance; and with, but too often vainly and finding that it proceeded from the wish, that we had not forsaken the ways of cottage of a hermit, he called humbly at virtue. Happy are they, my son, who thall the door, and obtained admission. The old learn from thy example not to despair, but man set before him such provisions as he hall remember, that though the day is had collected for himself, on which Obidah past, and their strength is wasted, there yet fed with eagerness and gratitude.

remains one effort to be made ; that reWhen the repast was over, · Tell me,' formation is never hopeless, nor iincere enfaid the hermit, : by what chance thou hast deavours ever unaslitted; that the wanderer been brought hither ; I have been now may at length return, after all his errors; twenty years an inhabitant of the wilder and that he who implores strength and couness, in which I never saw a man before.' sage from above, thall find danger and Obidah then related the occurrences of his difliculty give way before him. Go now, journey, without any concealment or pal- my son, to thy repole ; commit thyself to liation.

the care of Omnipotence; and when the • Son,' said the hermit, • let the errors morning calls again to toil, begin anew and follies, the dangers and escape of this thy journey and thy life. Rambler. day, fink deep into thy heart. Remember, my fon, that human life is the jour- $ 4. The present Life to be considered only as ney of a day. We rise in the morning of may

conduce to the Happiness of a future youth, full of vigour, and full of expectation ; we set forward with spirit and hope, A lewd young fellow seeing an aged herwith gaiety and with diligence, and travel mit go by him barefoot, « Father,” says on a while in the strait Foad of piety towards he, “ you are in a very miserable condition the manfions of reit. In a short time we if there is not another world.”. “ True,




fon," said the hermit : “ but what is thy of creatures are to exist to all eternity in condition if there is?"-Man is a creature another life, for which they make no predesigned for two different states of being, parations ? Nothing can be a greater dircr rather, for two different lives. His firit grace to reafon, than that men, who are Ble is ihort and transient; his second, per- perfuaded of these two different states of manent and laiting. The quellion we are being, thould be perpetually employed in all concerned in is this, In which of thote providing for a lite of threescore and ten two lives is it our chief interest to make years, and neglecting to make provision ourselves happy! or, in other words, whe- for that which, after many myriads of ther we should endeavour to secure to our- years, will be ttill new, and still beginning; felves the pleasures and gratifications of a cipecially when we consider that our enlife which is uncertain and precarious, and, deavours for making ourselves great, or at its utmost length, of a very inconfider- rich, or honourable, or whatever else we able duration; or to secure to ourselves the place our happiness in, may, after all, prove pieafures of a life that is fixed and futtled, unsuccessful; whereas, if we constantly and and will never end ? Every man, upon the fincerely endeavour to make ourselves hapfirit hearing of this question, knows very py in the other life, we are fure that our wol which lide of it he ought to close with. endeavours will fucceed, and that we thall But no vever right we are in theory, it is not be disappointed of our hope. plain that, in practice, we adliere to the The following question is started by one *Tong lide of the question. We make pro. of the schoolmen. Supposing the whole visons for this life, as though it were never body of the earth were a great ball or mass to have an end ; and for the other life, as of the finest sand, and that a single grain tugh it were never to have a beginning. or particle of this sand should be annihila

Should a spirit of superior rank, who is ted every thousand years : Suppofing then a franger to human nature, accidentally that you had it in your choice to be happy zight upon the earth, and take a furvey all the while this prodigious mass of land of its inhabitants, what would his notions was consuming by this slow method till cus be? Would not he think, that we are there was not a grain of it left, on condi2 fpecies of beings made for quite different tion you were to be miserable for ever after; eas and purposes than what we really are? or fuppofing you might be happy for ever Net not he imagine that we were placed after, on condition you would be miserable in this world to get riches and honours ! till the whole mass of fand were thus anniHould not he think that it was our duty hilated, at the rate of one fand in a thouto toil after wealth, and station, and title? sand years : which of these two cases would Nay, would not he believe we were for you make your choice ? bidden poverty by threats of eternal pu- It must be confessed in this case, so many rithment, and enjoined to pursue cur plea- thousands of years are to the imagination fures under pain of damnation. He would as a kind of eternity, though in reality they certainly imagine, that we were influenced do not bear so great a proportion to that by a scheme of duties quite opposite to duration which is to follow ther, as an those which are indeed prescribed to us, unit does to the greatest number which And truly, according to such an imagina- you can put together in figures, or as one ton, he must conclude that we are a species of those lands to the supposed heap. Reaof the moit obedient creatures in the uni. fon therefore tells us, without any manner verle; that we are constant to our duty; of hesitation, which would be the better and that we keep a steady eye on the end part in this choice. However, as I have for which we were sent hither,

before intimated, our reason might in such But how great would be his astonish- a case be so orcrset by the imagination, as ment, when he learnt that we were beings to dispose some persons to fink under the not deligned to exiit in this world above consideration of the great length of the treescore and ten years; and that the first part of this duration, and of the great greatest part of this busy species fall short distance of that second duration which is even of that age! How would he be lost to iucceed it.

The mind, I say, might in horror and admiration, when he should give itself up to that happiness which is at know that this set of creatures, who lay out hand, considering that it is so very near, all their endeavours for this life, which and that it would last so very long. Put karce deferves the name of existence; when the choice we actually have before When, I say, he should know that this let us is this, whether we will chufe to be


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