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the performance of those conditions on little prudence and forethought as to prowhich, he was told, his future welfare de- vide only for their necessities and pleasures pended; but, in so doing, he had an opposi- for that short part of their existence in which tion to encounter wholly unexpected, and they were to remain in this planet, he could for which he was even at a loss to account. consider only as the effect of disordered inBy thus devoting his chief attention to his tellect ; so that he even returned their incichief interests, he excited the surprise, the vilities to himself, with affectionate exposcontempt, and even the enmity of most of tulation, accompanied hy lively emotions of the inhabitants of the city; and they rarely compassion and amazeinent. mentioned him but with a term of reproach, If ever he was tempted for a moment to which has been variously repdered in all the violate any of the conditions of his future modern languages.
happiness, he bewailed his own madness with Nothing could equal the stranger's sur- agonizing emotions : and to all the invitaprise at this circumstance; as well as that of tions he received from others to do any thing his fellow citizens appearing, generally, so inconsistent with his real interests, he had but extremely indifferent as they did to their one answer ---"Oh," he would say, own interests. That they should have so to die.I am to die."
“ I am
The Honourable Mr. Spencer's elegant poetical dialogue between How d'ye do and Good bye, probably suggested the beautiful stanzas entitled,
NOW AND THEN.
In distant days of wild romance,
Of magic mist and fable;
And brutes to talk were able;
(But doubts we need not mention,)
Engaged in sharp contention ;
With rainbow tints invested ;
And stars her forehead crested ;
And sober was her vesture;
Express'd by word or gesture;
Light as the gale she flies on :
Towards the fair horizon ;
To view that golden distance;
In hope of Then's assisiance ;
That passing moments brought her ;
Despised such bread and water :
She answer'd with invective ;
And pointed, as she made reply,
Towards that long perspective
With undiverted sadness :
Those sunny hills of gladness ;
Recedes as you pursue it ;
I take my work and do it;
Your dull fatiguing labours;
With thousands of my neighbours,
“ (Though mortal ne'er attain'd it,)---
The moment you had gained it:
We must not indulge in further citations; and yet, there is one poen which, equally on account of the theme, and the manner in which it is treated, we cannot pass over. It is the tender and touching effusion of a congenial spirit on visiting the garden and summer-house of Cowper. On VISITING COWPER'S GARDEN, and SUMMER HOUSE at OLNEY.
Are these the trees !--- Is this the place?
This quiet garden's humble buuod,
Reclining on a couch of fallen leaves, wrap- to bestow. Alas! how lightly liave they
days. This with a mingled emotion of grief
well known to have wronged my venerable
and foes. I have fulfilled my utmost prom-
difference, that he was most prone to antici- waste time in unavailing regret; all their pation, and you to reflection.
wishes and repentance will not recal me to “If there should be any, who, upon hear- life. I shall never, never return! I would ing my dying lamentation, may feel regret rather earnestly recommend to their regard that they have not treated me more kindly, I my youthful successor, whose appearance is would heg leave to hint, that it is yet in their shortly expected. I cannot ho, e to survive power to make some compensation for their long enough to introduce him, but I would past conduct, by rendering me, during any faio hope that he will meet with a favourable few remaining days, as much service as is in reception; and that, in addition to the flai. their power ; let them testify the sincerity tering honours which greeted my birth, and of their sorrow by an immediate alteration the fair promises which deceived my bopes, in their behaviour. It would give me parti. more diligent exertion and more perx vering cular pleasure to see my only surviving child efforts may be expected. Let it be rementreated with respect : let no one slight her bered, that one honest endeavour is worth offerings: she has a considerable part of iny ten fair promises." property still to dispose of, which, if well Having thus spoken, the old Year fell employed, will turn to good account. Not back on his couch, nearly exbausted, and to mention the rest, there is one precious trembling so violently as to shake the last Sunday yet in her gift ; it would cheer my shower of yellow leaves from bis canopy. last inoments to know that this had been bet. Let us all hasten to testify our gratitude for tor prized than the past.
his services, and repentance for the abes of “It is very likely that, at least after my them, by improving the remaining days of decease, mauy may reflect upon themselves his existence, and by remembering the sofor their misconduct towards me : to such Í Jemo promises we made him in his youth. would leave it as my dyiog injunction, not to
How swiftly pass our years!
How soon their pight comes on !
And human life is gone!
The foliage late that clad the trees,
Cold WINTER hastens op!
Fair Nature feels his grasp;
And sigbs their glory past
Tbine Autumn too will quick decay,
But Summer will return,
In all her beauties dressed !
And be by man caressed !
Cao pever, never hope return !
A mansion in the skies,
And glory never dies!
With joys as vast as angels' pow'rs!
Shall praise the love that made it ours.
PHENOMENON ON THE DEVONSHIRE COAST,
A CIRCUMSTANCE took place phical readers, and therefore com;
on a part of the maritime coast of municate to you the details I received this county, on Wednesday or Thurs- of this phenomenon from the respectaday, the 13th or 15th July (for my in- ble person above mentioned, who seems formant, though an intelligent seaman, to have observed it with peculiar accould not recollect the exact day), curacy. which you will, no doubt, think de The weather had been fine for some serving the attention of your philoso- days preceding this event, the winds
being light and variable, but princi- the same nature as that above describpally blowing from the South-east and ed took place, to the great dismay and South-west quarters, as is usual on the terror of the village, immediately prewestern coast in all this season of the vious to the destruction of Lisbon. An year. The atmosphere seemed to be interest was excited in the event which charged with electric matter, but no fastens on the memory whatever seemevolution of it had taken place in the ed to have any connexion with it; neighbourhood whence my report is though in that day it was little suspectmade ; though from the South-wested that any physical cause acting upon and at a considerable distance, a con- a place so remote as Lisbon, was likely tinual peal of thunder was heard, which to evince its influence, and that in a lasted for many hours. From nine manner so simultaneous as to put all to eleven o'clock A. M. being a few doubt out of the question, upon plahours before low water of neap-tide, a ces so far removed out of its hemreflux of the tide took place with such isphere. great rapidity, that large boats of nine
A circumstance of a similar kind is and ten tons burden, which were, to related, I think, by Swinburne, either use the seaman's phrase, “high and in the History of his Travels in Naples, dry” upon the beach of the river Dart, &c. or in some subsequent production : at about four miles from its embouchure, he states, that the late Mr. Brydone and at fourteen or fifteen paces from author of that beautiful work, entitled the verge of the river, were set afloat va Tour through Sicily and Malta”) in the space of a few seconds. This was on a visit to him at his house in reflux of the tide came up the river in Northumberland or Durham, and rethe form of a huge wave, called by marked to him on a certain day “ that the fisherman a boar (or bore), which such were the extraordinary variations moved with so much velocity than of his barometer, as to convince him some small boats exposed to its action that some considerable derangement of were in imminent danger of being the order of nature was taking place at upset. A succession of this flux took the time in some part of Europe.” It place after the space of some minutes, afterwards proved to be the day when and it continued to recur, though in a that dreadfùl earthquake took place in slight degree, at intervals of ten mi. Sicily and Calabria, of which Sir Wilnutes, or a quarter of an hour, till low liam Hamilton has given so accurate water, and for an hour or two after the and interesting account, and to which flood-tide.
the destruction of a great part of the The occurrence above related will fine city of Messina and of Taormina, awaken in the minds of some of your together with that of Reggio, Scilla, and older Correspondents (who may recol- other small towns in Ultra-Calabria, lect the disastrous convulsions of the was owing. earth and sea, which devastated Lisbon The incident of the “huge wave," in 1756, and more lately the earth- an expression, I believe, borrowed quakes by which Sienna and its neigh- from Sir William Hamilton, as applybourhood in Italy, Messina in Sicily, ing to the boar (bore), which my Devand all the contiguous coasts of Cala- onshire fisherman has described to me, bria were visited,) the apprehension of is remarked in Sir William's account similar diasters in some parts of Eu- of this disaster, as taking place on the rope; for I believe there are no in- coast of Calabria. Not many years stances upon record of the electrical after its occurrence, travelling into these influences having been extended to countries, I passed some time at Reggreater distances than the confines of gio and Scilla, which then bore the that quarter of the world. An octo- marks of the ruin they had been ingenarian with whom I have conversed, volved in. At the latter place I met and who has served the office of the with a respectable and sensible apoclerk of the parish whence this re- thecary, who was one of the comparaport comes upwards of 53 years, per- tively few of its inhabitants that had fectly remembers that appearances of escaped the destruction which this