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in such a heap of pleasures, nor any less than a goddess could have made it so perfect a plot of the celestial dwellings.”
“ The prayer of Pamela, under the afflictions which she suffered from Cecropia, is not only a splendid specimen of elevated composition, but in the sentiment reaches the sublime."
“O All-seeing Light and Eternal Life of all things, to whom nothing is either so great that it may resist, or so small that it is contemned ; look upon my misery with thine eye of mercy, and let thine infinite power vouchsafe to limit out some proportion of deliverance unto me, as to thee shall seem most convenient. Let not injury, O Lord, triumph over me, and let my faults by thy hand be corrected, and make not mine unjust enemy the minister of thy justice. But yet, my God, if in thy wisdom this be the aptest chastisement for my unexcusable folly ; if this low bondage be fittest for my over-high desires ; if the pride of my not enough humble heart be thus to be broken ; O Lord, I yield unto thy will, and joyfully embrace what sorrow thou wilt have me suffer. Only thus much let me crave of thee (let my craving, O Lord, be accepted of thee, since even that proceeds from thee,) let me crave, even by the noblest title, which in my greatest affliction I may give myself, that I am thy creature, and by thy goodness (which is thyself) that thou wilt suffer some beam of thy Majesty so to shine into my mind, that it may still depend confidently on thee. Let calamity be the exercise, but not the overthrow, of my virtue: let their power prevail, but prevail not to destruction: let my greatness be their prey: let my pain be the sweetness of their revenge : let them (if so seem good unto thee) vex me with more and more punishment: but, O Lord, let never their wickedness have such a hand, but that I may carry a pure mind in a pure body."
SIR WALTER RALEIGH.
“ Last night,” said the Bachelor, “ you were speaking in commendation of Sidney's Arcadia ; I have since thought it somewhat remarkable, that although all scholars, well read in English authors, regard the writers of Queen Elizabeth's age as the master-minds of the language, few of their works have of late years been reprinted.
« It is certainly remarkable,” replied the Lady ; 66 for, with the exception of Bacon's Essays, I scarcely recollect any of the little works of that period which have been republished in our time; but his, you will say, belong rather to the age of her successor James. It may be so ; but his mind was formed in the same circumstances which inspired the genius of Shakspeare. I wonder, indeed, that nobody has thought of bringing out a new edition of Sir Walter Raleigh's Remains,'-—a work which, in many respects, deserves to stand by the side of Bacon's Essays. It is the private thoughts, if I may use the term, of a very great man ; one who had examined the world with a sharp eye, and whose mind was rich in observations and experience. He was, undoubtedly, a man of much wisdom, though it may
be said that there is a leaning to worldliness in his reflections which somewhat diminishes the impression that the justness of his remarks is calculated to produce ;-and his advice to his son has always been considered as a proof of it. Take, for example, his rules for the preservation of a man's estate."
DOMESTIC ECONOMY. “ Amongst all other things of the world, take care of thy estate, which thou shalt evėr preserve, if thou observe three things ; first, that thou know what thou hast, what every thing is worth that thou hast, and to see that thou art not wasted by thy servants and offi. cers. The second is, that thou never spend any thing before thou have it ; for borrowing is the canker and death of every man's estate. The third is, that thou suffer not thyself to be wounded for other men's faults, and scourged for other men's offences; which is the surety for another, for thereby millions of men have been beggared and destroyed, paying the reckoning of other men's riot, and the charge of other men's folly and prodigality; if thou smart, smart for thine own sins, and, above all things, be not made an ass to carry the burdens of other men ; if any friend desire thee to be his surety, give him a part of what thou hast to spare ; if he press thee farther, he is not thy friend at all, for friendship rather chooseth harm to itself than offereth it; if thou be bound for a stranger, thou art a fool ; if for a merchant, thou puttest thy estate to learn to swim ; if for a churchman, he hath no inheritance ; if for a lawyer, he will find an invasion by a syllable or word to abuse thee; if for a poor man, thou must pay it thyself; if for a rich man, it need not; therefore from suretyship, as from a man-slayer or enchanter, bless thyself, for the best profit and return will be this, that if thou force him, for whom thou art bound, to pay it himself, he will become thy enemy; if thou use to pay it thyself, thou wilt be a beggar; and believe thy father in this, and print it on thy thought, that what virtue soever thou hast, be it never so manifold, if thou be poor withal, thou and thy qualities shall be despised; besides, poverty is oft times sent as a curse of God, it is a shame amongst men, an imprisonment of the mind, a vexation of every worthy spirit ; thou shalt neither help thyself nor others, thou shalt drown thee in all thy virtues, having no means to shew them ; thou shalt be a burden and an eye-sore to thy friends—every man will fear thy company—thou shalt be driven basely to beg and depend on others—to flatter unworthy men—to make dishonest shifts, and to conclude, poverty provokes a man to do infamous and detested deeds ; let no vanity therefore, or persuasion, draw thee to that worst of worldly miseries.
“ If thou be rich, it will give thee pleasure in health, comfort in sickness, keep thy mind and body free, save thee from many perils, relieve thee in thy elder years, relieve the poor and thy honest friends, and give means to thy posterity to live, and defend themselves and thine own fame. Where it is said in the Proverbs, That he shall be sore vexed that is surety for a stranger, and he that hateth suretyship is sure ; it is further said, The poor is hated even of his own neighbour, but the rich have many friends. Lend not to him that is mightier than thyself, for if thou lendest him, count it but lost; be not surety above thy power, for if thou be surety, think to pay it.”
“ THE other day,” said Egeria one evening after tea, “ I called your attention to that bundle of manuscripts which you brought for us to look over, and I read to you two very clever and philosophical little essays. In looking this afternoon again into the same papers, I have found several other things no less deserving of attention. I wonder who is the author. It is surprising that one who writes so well should be so little known.”
The Bachelor did not reply to this question, but, giving a sigh, said, “ Let me hear you read these which have given you so much pleasure.”
Egeria, without affecting to notice the pensive reminiscence which her question had awakened, took the following little poem from the bundle.
All hands are on board,
High-mounted, the crew
Bid a cheering adieu,
The sails all are spread,
The ship shoots ahead,