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de sa toilette à sa femme de chambre, tant sont variés ! Dans les promenades, les velours bleu d'Ecosse, noir es caprices du ciel.

et vert émeraude dominent pour chapeaux et capotes ; Il n'est pas de nuit où l'on ne puisse compter plu. les premières maisons de modes les ornent d'une seule sieurs bals brillans; mais à quelques variations près, ce plume, et placent sous la passe un petit bonnet, mêlé de sont toujours les inêmes toilettes. Force turbans en ruban rose ou cerise. tulle à la juive, turbans d'angleterre doublés de satin, Aux concerts et réunions, le chapeau de satin blanc turbans de gaze blanche brodés d'or, mêlée à de la gaze à biais est le mieux porte ; on pose un bouquet de roses de couleur foncée, également semée d'or, Beaucoup de sur le côté et de roses-thé sous la passe. chapeaux de velours, à l'espagnole, portés par des fem Les femmes ont totalement abandonné les châles tarmes qui ne dansent pas ; toujours une multitude de tans, elles les remplacent par des châles égyptiens, qui bonnets à jours, ornés de plumes de couleur, et de bon sont maintenant fort en faveur. nets à barbes.

En toilette du motin, une élégante se coiffe alterLes bas de soie que les femmes portent aujourd'hui nativement d'un petit bonnet d'Angleterre ou de petite au bal, se font remarquer par leur richesse; la plupart blonde rehaussée sur tulle ; les bonnets de lingere ne sont appliqués de blondes riches sur le coude-pied. sortent plus de la chambre à coucher,

Beaucoup de femmes remplacent les coques de rubans, Les tabliers nouveaux sont en satin imprimé ; les qui se placent au haut du gant long, par une petite plus recherchés sont en satin clair uni et entourés d'une guirlande de fleurs en harmonie avec celles de la toi bordure imprimée qui se répète aux poches et á la ceinlette.

ture. Les pieds d'alouette de Nattier sont en ce moment Les bals de l'Opéra ne peuvent pas donner une idée fort adoptés pour les garnitures de robes de bal

des travestissemens adoptés cette année, puisqu'une Les femmes élégantes préfèrent à toutes les fleurs, femme comme il faut ne veut y aller qu'en domino, et des bouquets de petites têtes de plumes placés dans les il est bon d'observer qu'elle se couvre la tête d'un cheveux crêpés à la neige.

camail, et que la barbe de son masque est en satin; les Aux concerts, nous avons remarqué de nouveaux barbes de blondes et les bonnets qui laissent voir la satins damassés, couleur sur couleur ; celle du fond est couleur des cheveux sont du plus mauvais ton. Mais toujours d'une nuance plus claire.

au petit nombre de bals travestis qui ont déjá eu lieu, Nous avons cité dans notre dernier numéro plusieurs nous avons pu remarquer que les femmes connues par robes de cachemire que nous avons remarquées au bal : leur élégance n'ont aucunement adopté les costumes de nous en avons aperçu plusieurs noires et de couleur cavaliers, mais bien des travestissemens de fantaisie. foncée, un des jours de cette semaine, au bois de Bou La chaussure a toujours été fort recherchée par les logne : une capote de velours, ornée d'une plume de la élégans ? mais on y attache aujourd'hui une prétention nuance de la robe complétait ces toilettes, remarquables qui met cette partie de la toilette au premier rang des tout à la fois par leur simplicité et leur élégance.

modes: nous donnerons donc à ce sujet quelques détails. Les robes les plus recherchées pour toilettes de pro Les fashionables portent maintenant au bal des chaumenade, sont en satins à dessins nouveaux, façon de settes en tulle de soie noires, avec un coin brodé au ceux de mousseline ; la couleur vert-prés couverte de plumetis sur le coude-pied ; à des chausettes semblables dessins foncés, nous semble la couleur préférée.

souvent la broderie est orange. Dans les équipages, on remarque beaucoup de capotes A la ville, ils portent des chausettes de soie, écosde satin couleur paille et citron, ornées de plumes ou saisses, oranges et noires ; celles-ci sont de la dernière de fleurs, de nuances pareilles.

nouveauté. Au bois de boulogne, les femmes remplacent leurs Le bal donné chez le président de la chambre des manteaux par des mantuas de couleur claire, bordés de députés était beau, brillant, animé par un grand nomcygne.

bre de femmes élégantes, et par un assemblage complet Quelques dames fashionables adopent le turban-den de toutes les autorités de Paris, Il s'y distinguait des telle, orné de deux écharpes ; d'autres portent des toilettes de très bon goût, et pourtant rien d'écrasant turbans en satin broché, de chez Richer.

comme parure pompeuse ou bijoux. Jamais on ne vit Un petit chapeau castillan en crêpe neige, rose glacé, tant de têtes de femmes couronnées de fleurs. Des orné d'une aigrette rose, était d'une grâce et d'une forme bouquets de fleurs sont placés sur le côté du jupon de ravissante.

beaucoup de robes et descendent jusqu'au bas ; au lieu Des chapeaux Isabelle en velours noir, la passe pen de bouquets détachés, ce sont quelquefois des guirlandes. chée à gauche et ornée d'une longue plume blanche, Nous citerons un costume composé d'une robe de crêpe posée droite, sont aussi en assez grand nombre.

blanc, ayant ainsi sur le côté cinq bouquets de fleurs de Les bonnets les plus élégans en blonde-dentelle, différentes couleurs, mais d'une seule nuance par bouornés d'une guirlande-chevreuse et enrichis de longues quet : ainsi l'un était composé de roses, l'autre de barbes.

jacinthes bleues, un autre de clématites, etc., etc. ; enfin Les coiffures en cheveux à la Berthe, à l'anglaise, à on eût dit un parterre tout mélangé et jeté sur cette la Sévigné et à l'antique, sont ornées de chaines, dia toilette de bal. La coiffure répétait la garniture de la mans ou pierres de couleur.

robe : c'étaient des branches de toutes ces fleurs en Une robe à la Maintenon, en satin gris broché ; cette | tremêlées dans les cheveux en manière de couronne et robe était ornée de ruban mais formant tablier ; le posées avec une gráce charmante. même ruban était mêlé dans ses cheveux.

La plupaut des femmes ont, en entrant dans un bal, Nous avons vu à l'Opéra des bonnets de tulle-illusion, des polonaises dont nous avons si souvent parlé, les unes ornés d'une double mancinis de jacinthes blanches et en satin rose garni de cygne, d'autres en satin blanc roses mêlées.

doublé de taffetas rose et garni de marabouts.

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sliall meeting him as he was being led to execution, said to
MISCELLANEA.

him, “ What a miserable fool you were, to risk your life for
five shillings !"_“ General,” replied the soldier, “ I have

risked it every day for five.pence." This repartee saved his
Anecdotes of Ude.-Ude was, we are informed, originally life.
intended for the church. His destiny was aftewards strangely
altered. An abbé, who was his instructor in his early years,

Elysium in Spain. - In Spanish Estremadura, a person who became an object of popular hatred, which, as usual, extended has 100l. per annum may support a family of four or five in itself to all connected with him. Passing along the street,

number with great comfort, and enjoy the luxury of a carriage. Ude was recognized, pursued by a host of assailants, and

The finest bread is at little more than one halfpenny per lb., took refuge in a baker's shop. The man, touched with com good wine at one penny per bottle, small lambs and kids passion, concealed him in a cold oven, and assured the par. about eighteen-pence each, and vegetables cheap, and in abun. suers that he had escaped from the back. Ude remained for davce. Labourers in husbandry are to be hired at less than safety with the baker, was initiated in the system of his craft,

7d per day, and a female servant for about 21. sterling, per and transferred to a son-in-law, a cook, in the Rue St. Antoine. anvam, aud occasionally a few cast off articles of clothing. Hence he was removed to the royal kitchen, and became chief

There is good pasture for cattle almost for nothing; and the cook to Louis the Sixteenth.

sweet acorns, which make the pork so delicious in parts of

Spain and Portugal, grow wild, and are to be had for the The Pâté d'Amour.-The pastry.cook of Bagdad ruined gathering. Such is spanish Estremadura, and yet nobody himself by omitting an unheard of ingredient in a cream tart. thinks of emigrating thiiher. Our old friend Ude is said to have had sad work when in Paris, by the insertion in a pálé of an article at least as strange. Great Results from Small Beginnings.-The possibility of a Ude had fallen in love-a frailty incident to gods and cooks

great change being introdaced by very slight beginnings, may and matters were nearly brought to matrimony. Previous, be illustrated by the tale which Lockman tells of a vizier, who, however, to bis taking this last measure. Ude prudently having offended his master, was condemned to perpetual capmade a calculation (he is an excellent steward) of the expenses

tivity in a lofty tower. At night his wife came to weep below incidental to the state of bliss, and in the estimate put down

his window. " Cease your grief," said the sage, “ go home madame's expenditure at so many louis. Now it was cus

for the present, and return hither when you have procured a tomary with Ude to convey his billets in the envelope of a

live black beetle, together with a little ghee (or buffalo's butpasty work; and having made up bis mind to commit marriage,

ter), three clews, one of the finest silk, another of stout packhe wrote to his intended, with an offer of his hand and heart, I thread, and another of whipcord, finally a stout coil of rope." and this note was intended to be shrouded in a Páté d'Amande; 1 When she again came to the foot of the tower, provided acunfortunately, in the confusion of love and cookery, the esti

cording to her husband's commands, he directed her to touch mate of housekeeping was sent instead of the proposal. The the head of the insect, with a little of the ghee, to tie one end next day M. Ude was apprised of his mistake by the receipt

of the silk thread around him, and to place the reptile on the of an epistle from his mistress, slating the high estimation in

wall of the tower. Seduced by the smell of the butter, which which she held M. Ude ; but that as louis were too small

he conceived to be in store somewhere above him, the beetle an allowance for a woman of fashion, she must decline the continned to ascend till he reached the top, and thus put the honour of becoming Madame Ude. The story got wind, and, vizier in possession of the end of the silk thread; who drew by a sort of lucus-à-non-lucendo analogy, the equivocists of up the packthread by means of the silk, the small cord by Paris changed the naine of Pâté d'Amande into Pâté d'Amour. means of the packthread, and by means of the cord, a stout

rope capable of snstaining his own weight--and so at last es, The Sea-Nettle.- When the sea nettle, or animal flower, a caped from the place of his duresse. well known sort of zouphyte, changes its place, its motion is as slow as the hour-band of a clock, and, of course, is impercep Hospitality of the Irish. Those who do not know Ireland, tible to the eye. After it has swallowed a small sheli-fish, it have no conception of what an immense qnantity is given away voids the shell by turning itself inside out; but, if the shell be there in charity ; uot so much in money, however, for, except too large and unwieldy to be managed in this way, it has the in the large towns, they have not money to give, but in meal, surprising faculty of splitting asunder at the base, to afford milk, and potatoes, particularly the last. The Irish peasantry the shell a passage; or rather, the muscular contraction of the when bis potatoes are placed upon his rude table, secured from mouth and upper parts of the zoophyte, forces the shell rolling off by the rim of a scive, or some such conveniencethrough the soft yielding substance of the lower portion.

for, alas ! he has no dish- would no more think of denying a

meal to the wandering vagrant that passes his door, than he Length of German Words.-The English language presents would of arguing with the priest. A stone of potatoes in the some few words which the short-winded race who adopt it, as week is taking at a very low rate indeed the estimate of the medium for expressing their thoughts, are apt to consider what the smallest farmer probably gives away in this manner, somewhat long. Of these prothonotary is not perhaps the that is, six and a half hundred weight in the year, and he very shortest. Polysyllabic as it is, however, it forms but a never feels ibat he gives any thing; but fasten a tax, or poor member of the following word in German:

rate, of ten shillings a year upon him, and he would feel it, as Viceoberappellationsgerichtsprotonotarius.

an intolerable burden-probably he would confer with his

neighbours upon the policy of laying violent hands on the colIn English :

lector, and pitching him head foremost into the nearest lake Appeal courts-chief prothonotary's-deputy.

or bog hole. A Military Award.-Captain 6- , of the regiment, Roman Nicknames --The Romans address each other by during the American war, was notorious for a propensity not their Christian names, or by their picknamex, wbich are so to story-telling, but to telling tong stories, which he used to general, and in such current nse, that they often supersede the indulge, in defiance of time and place, often to the great an. Christian name altogether. The Romans, however, find nonoyance of his immediate companions ; bnt be was so good. thing offensive in these characteristic appellations, and answer humoured withal, that they were loth to check him abruptly to them unhesitatingly. Thus, one is called Signor Baffo, or sharply. An opportunity occurred of giving bim a bint, from his beard ; another Signor Biondo, from the colour of which had the desired effect. He was a member of a court his hair. A gossip is called Mezzoprete ; a bulky man martial assembled for the trial of a private of the regiment. Gigante; and a wearer of spectacles Signor Occhialini. The The man boré a very good character in general, the offence he Roman detects with wonderful accuracy the oddities and pe. had committed was slight, and the court was rather at a loss culiarities of every one, and nicknames them accordingly, but what punishment to award, for it was reqoisite to award some, without ill nature or attempt at wit; and not upfrequently an as the man had been found guilty. While they were deliber: individual receives the same appellation from different per ating on this, Major , now General Sir , suddenly sons : so effective and true is the nniversal sense of criticisin turning to the president, said in his dry manner, “Suppose in tbis respect. Foreigners, especially, whose names are often we sentence bim to hear two of Capiain

s s ' long too barbarous for Roman utterance, afford no little occupation stories,

for this nick naming propensity of the natives. At the hotels

and tables d'hôte, every stranger has his peculiar cognomen, A Timely Reparlee.-A soldier of Marshall Saxe's army

wbich is inscribed on his dinner bill at the bar: and when the being discovered in a theft, was condemned to be hanged. |

In a thert, was condemned to be hanged. I waiter delivers it, he generally tears of the nickname, lesti What he had stolen might be worth five shillings. The mar shou!d prove offensive to the party indicated.

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THE ORPHAN.

changed his mind, and was going to India with a near

relation, about to proceed to Bombay in a high official MR, Morison, of Castle Morison, was one of those character. spoiled children of fortune, whom in her cruel kindness Morison had a peculiar prejudice against the East, she renders miserable. He had never known contradic- and a personal pique towards the cousin to whose pation, and a straw across his path made him chafe like tronage Edmund had betaken himself. His rage was a resisted torrent; he had never known sorrow, and as boundless as his former partiality, and the only conwas, consequently, but half acquainted with joy; he solation his poor wife felt when her darling son left was a stranger to compassion, and, consequently, him. his father's house, alike impenitent and unblessed, was, self an object of pity to all who could allow for the that her boy's disposition was originally good, and force of early education in searing and hardening the would probably recover its ascendant; and that it was human heart. He had, as a boy, made his mother out of the power of her husband to make his son a tremble; it is little to be wondered that in manhood beggar as well as an exile. The estate was strictly he was the tyrant of his wife and children. Mrs. entailed; and the knowledge of this, while it embit. Morison's spirit. originally gentle, was soon broken ; tered Morison's sense of his son's disobedience, no and if her heart was not equally so, it was because she doubt strengthened the feeling of independence so learned reluctantly to despise her tyrant, and found natural to head-strong youth. compensation in the double portion of affection bestowed While Morison was perverting legal ingenuity, in on her by her sons and daughters. For the latter, Mr. vain hopes of being able to disinherit his refractory heir, Morison mavifested only contempt. There was not a | his unnatural schemes were anticipated by a mightier horse in his stable, not a dog in his kennel, which did agent An epidemic fever carried off, in one short notengross more of his attention ; but, like the foxes and month (about two years after his quitting England), hares which it was the business of these favourite ani the unreconciled, but no longer unconciliatory exile, mals to hunt down, girls could be made to afford no and his young and beautiful bride, the daughter of his had sport on a rainy day. It was no wonder, that with patron, his union with whom had been construed, by them fear usurped the plaee of reverence for such a the causeless antipathy of his father, into a fresh cause parent. If they did not hate him, they were indebted of indignation. Death, whose cold hand loosens this to their mother's piety and their own sweet dispositions ; world's grasp, and whose deep voice stills this world's and if they neither hated nor envied their only brother, strife, only tightens the bonds of nature, and teaches it was not the fault of him, who, by injudicious dis- the stormiest spirits to part in peace. Edmund lived tinctions and blind indulgence, laid the foundation for to write to his father a few lines of undissembled and envy and all uncharitableness in their youthful bosoms. unconditional penitence; to own, that if the path of In that of his favourite they had the usual effect of duty had been rugged, he had in vain sought happiness generating self-will and rebellion; and while Jane and beyond it, and to entreat that the place he had forfeited Agnes, well knowing nothing they did would be thought in his father's favour might be transferred to his unofright, rarely erred from the path of duty, Edmund, fending child aware that he could scarce do wrong, took care his Mr. Morison's resentment, however, survived its privileges should not rust for want of exercise.

object, and he disclaimed all intention of ever seeing or But though suffered in all minor matters to follow receiving the infant boy, who, it was gall to him to the dictates of caprice,--to laugh at his tutor, lame the reflect, must inherit his estate. Mrs. Morison had horse, and break rules (to all others those of the Medes exerted, to soften his hard heart, all the little influence and Persians) with impunity-- he found himself sud she had ever possessed. Her tender soul yearned denly reined up in his headlong career by an equally towards her Edmund's child; and sometimes the capricious parent, precisely at the period when restraint thought of seeking a separation, and devoting herself was nearly forgotten, and peculiarly irksome. It was to rear it, crossed her despairing mind. But her tacitly agreed by both parties, that the heir of Castle daughters were a tie still more powerful to her unhappy Morison could only go into the army; but while the home. She conld neither leave them, unprotected, to Guards, or a dragoon regiment, was the natural ambi- | its discomforts, nor conscientiously advise their desertion tion of Edmund, Morison was suddenly seized with a of a parent, however unworthy: so she wandered, a fit of contradiction, which he chose to style economy, paler and sadder inmate than before of her cold and and talked of a marching regiment, with perhaps an stately mansion ; and her fait, subdued-looking daughters extra 1001. per annum to the undoubted heir of nearly shuddered as they passed the long-locked doors of ten thousand a year. Neither would yield-the one their brother's nursery and school-room. had taught, the other learned, stubbornness; and Ed · [It is some time after the accounts of young Morison's mund, backed by the sympathy of the world, and the death reach the ears of his family, that the Minister clamours of his companions, told his father he had and his friend visit Mr. Morison.] NO. LIL VOL. V.

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It was with feelings of equal sympathy towards the find it is my lot to congratulate. The Lord hath taken female part of the family, and sorrow for the unchristian away with the one hand, but it has been to give with frame of its head, that we prepared for our present visit. the other. His blessing be with you and your son's As we rode up the old strait avenue, 1 perceived a post son, whom he hath sent to be tbe staff and comfort of chaise at the door, and instead of shrinking from this your age !” This was said with his usual benign frankprohable accession of strangers, felt that any addition ness; and the hard heart, which would have silenced to the usually constrained and gloomy family-circle, admonition and scorned reproof, scarcely knew how to must be a relief. On reaching the door, we were struck repulse the voice of Christian congratulation. He with a very unusual appendage to the dusty vehicle, in walked about, muttering to himself-“ No son of the shape of an ancient, venerable-looking Asiatic, in mine—bad breed! Let him go to those who taught the dress of his country, beneath whose ample muslin | his father disobedience, and his mother artifice !-anyfolds he might have easily been mistaken for an oid where they please ; tbere is no room for him here." female nurse, –a character which, in all its skill and

“ Have you seen your grandchild yet, Mr. Morison?" tenderness, was amply sustained by this faithful and resumed the minister, nothing daunted by the continued attached Oriental. His broken English, and passionate obduracy of the proud laird. “Let me have the joy of gestures, excited our attention, already awakened by putting him into your arms. You must expect to be a the singularity of his costume and appearance ; and as good deal overcome ; sweet little fellow, there is a we got close to him, the big tears which rolled over strong likeness !" A shudder passed across the father's his sallow and furrowed cheeks powerfnlly called forth hard frame, and he recoiled as from an adder, when our sympathy, and told, better than words, his forcible worthy Mr. Monteith, gently grasping his arm, sought exclusion from the splendid mansion which had reluc to draw bim, still sullen, though more faintly resisting, tantly admitted within its precincts the child dearer to towards the other room. A shrill cry of infant agony him than country and kindred !

rose from the parlour as we crossed the hall, and nature Our visit (had it borne less of a pastoral character)

never perbaps exhibited a stronger contrast than prehad all the appearance of being ill timed. There were

sented itself between the cruel old man, struggling to servants running to and fro in the hall, and loud voices

escape from the presence of his grandchild, and the in the dining-room; and, from a little parlour on one faithful ancient domestic shrieking wildly to be admitside the front door, issued female sobs, mingled with ted into it. infant wailings in an unknown dialect.

As I threw open the door for the entrance of the “ Thank God!" whispered the minister, “ the bairn former, little Edmund, whose infant promises of good is fairly in the house. Providence and nature will behaviour had soon given way before the continued surely do the rest."

society of strangers, was stamping in all the impotence It was not a time to intrude abruptly, so we sent in

of baby rage, (and in this unhallowed mood too faithour names to Mr. Morison, and during our pretty long ful a minature of both father and grandfather,) and detention on horseback, could not avoid seeing in at calling loudly for the old Oriental. With the first the open window of the parlour before-mentioned, a glance at the door bis exclamations redoubled. We scene which it grieved us to think was only witnessed began to fear the worst effect from this abrupt introby ourselves.

duction ; but no sooner had the beautiful boy (beautiful Mrs. Morison was sitting in a chair (on which she even in passion) cast a second bewildered glance on his had evidently sunk down powerless), with her son's still erect and handsome grandfather, than, clapping orphan boy on her knee, the bright dark-eyes of the his little hands, and calling out, “ My Bombay Papa," little, wild unearthly-looking creature fixed in stedfast he flew into his arms! gaze on her pale matronly countenance. “No cry, The servants, concluding the interdict removed by Mama Englise,” said the child, as her big tears rolled

their master's entrance into the apartment, had ceased unheeded on his bosom –“ Billy Edmund will be welly to obstruct the efforts of the old Hindoo to fly to his welly good.” His youngest aunt, whose keen and precious charge; and while the astonished and fairly long-repressed feelings found vent in sobs of mingled

orerwhelmed Morison's neck was encircled by the infant joy and agony, was covering his little hands with

grasp of his son's orphan boy, his knees were suddenly showers of kisses, while the elder (his father's favourite

embraced by that sou's devoted and grey-haired dosister) was comparing behind him the rich dark locks,

mestic, that clustered in his neck, with the locket which, since One arm of little Edmund was instantly loosened Edmund's departure, had dwelt next her heart.

from his grandfather's shoulder, and passed round the A message from the laird summoned us from this neck of the faithful old Oriental, who kissed alternately affecting sight, and, amid the pathetic entreaties of the the little cherub hand of his pursling, and the hitherto old Oriental, that we would restore his nursling, we iron one of the proud Jaird. It was softened and the proceded to the dining-room, made aware of our ap

hard heart with it! It was long since love, pure un. proach to it by the still storming, though half-supressed

sophisticated love, and spontaneous reverence, had been imprecations of its hard-hearted master. He was pacing Morison's portion, and they were proportionally sweet. in stern and, moody agitation through the spacious He buried his face in his grandson's clustering ringlets. apartment. His welcome was evidently extorted, and We heard a groan deep as when rocks are rending, and his face (to use a strong Scripture expression) set as a

the earth heaves with long pent-up fires. It was wildly Aint against the voice of remonstrance and exhortation,

mingling with childish laughter and hysteric bursts for which he was evidently prepared. My skilful of female tenderness as, stealing cautiously and unheeded coadjutor went quite another way to work, “ Mr. from the spot, we mounted our horses and rode away. Morison," said he, apparently unconscious of the poor man's pitable state of mind, “I came to condole, but I

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" SHALL we rob ourselves of content, because our bodies are mortal?-or shall we esteem it the best assistance of our friends to weep?” Such was the inquiry which one of the elder brethren of English Literature demanded of his reason; and, although we, at the present day, might feel inclined, from motives purely phi. losophical, to reply to it with a negative, yet, if we follow up the feelings excited by the question, into the general detail of human action--if we trace the secret windings of inward thought, and inquire into the various degrees by which mankind are, in general, bonnd and attached to the earth whereon we tread if we bring honesty and candour to the test of a more minute examination,-we shall be inclined to admit that the love of life is the strongest, the most invincible principle by which not only man but every living creature is actuated. To descant upon the bourne of all our hopes and fears, and wishes ; to enlarge upon the conclusion which the word of the Most High has decreed to the sorrow and to the pride of man ; and to dwell upon the cold and remorselesss senselessness with which the great enemy of our species, who, though he tarry in bis approaches, tarrieth not long, year after year severeth some new link in the golden chain of friendship, and beareth it away with him to a dark and dismal region, which curiosity never traverseth to return, and where imagination is perplexed by the melancholy gloominess of its own conceptions ; would be, indeed, an arduous task; but there is scarcely a writer, from the earliest period to which we can trace the use of letters, who has not, at some period of life, contemplated the moment of its close, and dwelt upon it with an earnestness and a solemnity peculiar to the subject.

That, unto all men over whom time has drawn the mantle of past centuries, and that unto all who now people the earth, as well as to the earth itself, there will, in an awful hour, sound the thunders of their final destiny, is a truth which, since the sentence “ Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return,'presumption never dared deny, nor infidelity attempt to disprove. There was a time when sinless man walked forth in all the confidence of his innocency, over the paradise of God; and there was also a period when sinful man gathered up the heavy burthen of

mortality, and, casting over every joy and every grief which had passed in succession from his view, the dark mantle of oblivion, laid him down to slumber in the grave. Such a period is ours ; and such will be the termination of our joys and sorrows-our hopes and fears.

A few short years, and sorrow's wave

Shall roll unheeded o'er us;
Soon shall we slumber in the grave,

With those who slept before us;
Unkindness which could wound us here,

Shall never, never find us ;'
But, journeying to some brighter sphere,

Leave all our griefs behind us. But then the grave itself-the dark, damp, desolate, rapacious grave! With what different feelings do its numerous victims prepare to descend into its dim recesses! Some are buoyed up with hope—others cast down, shaken, almost maddened by fear, and hopeless, unceasing, overwhelming despair. Some seek its gloomy protection with joy, others descend into its cold profundity with sorrow, and others with calm in. difference. The man of “ threescore years and ten," who has lived throughout his brief span, subjected to the varied good and evil of humanity, will go down into the grave in peace, and with the hope of a renewed and blessed existence in eternity. The strong and lusty sinner, with defiance on his lip, and boldness the boldness of despair and guilt-upon his unbending brow, will still wrestle with the mortal stroke, till the arrow hath pierced his vitals. The young mother, although sustained and elevated by fervent hope, soothed even in the dark hour of departing life, by a consciousness of her own meek virtues—think you, will she leave her weeping husband, her darling babes, -the bright sunshine of youth, the sweet hopes, and fears, and joys—age, or even the griefs of mortality, unmoved : Oh! no, no! She would willingly forego her doom, eveni' were it only for a short season; and although that short season were to afford nought but the bitternesss of life " the wormwood and the gall!" The man of sorrows, whose life has been but sparingly *** chequered o'er” with the good things of this world ; whose spirit has been bruised and broken by the un. feeling, hard-heartedness of his fellow men; who has languished on, in poverty, and nakedness, and hunger; without friends---for who will befriend the wretched ? —without kindred för' who will acknowledge the bapless ?- without a single being to whom he could apply for succour, or from whom he could expect even the uncostly balm of a kind word; to such an oneand many such there are the grave is as a bed of down,.-" soft as the breath of even," where he may rest in peace, secured, at length, from the wants, and woes, and bitter humiliations of poor humanity.

Some green and grassy mound shall cover

His mouldering corpse from human eye,
Around the spot shall pity hover,

Above shall shine the bright blue sky.

Although in life his heart in sadness
16. Wore out its brief existence here,
** The spot where now "uis laid in gladness

.Shall smile-though water'd with a tear. . And, then, what a blessed thing is the quiet death of the sweet infant. " Pure as the snow-flake ore it falls and takes the stain of earth With not a faint of mortal life, except its mortal birth."

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