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The image of a free constitution was preserved | esce in the policy of this forbearance; and not TO THE EDITOR OF THE TOURIST. with decent reverence. the less so, because we well know how irresisti

Just a few words only, dear Mr. Editor, to Johnson. ble that strength will prove itself when once

thank you for the comfort you have afforded exerted. Vigilance, unceasing vigilance (and me about this drop of water. To find that Of genius, that power which constitutes a poet; there are those who have the eyes of Argus on that quality, without which judgment is cold and this occasion), is our duty. There must be no

yours is pond water is really quite a relief. knowledge is inert; that energy which collects ; slumbering—no sloth. Let every sentinel be have taken my name off the book.

It would have gone much against me to

Besides must

, with some hesitation, be allowed to Dryden. at his post—every soldier under arms—but not the evil of such an instance of backsliding, I It is not to be inferred that of this poetical vigour a step in advance. Ministers are pledged to confess to you, I should have felt much unPope had only a little, because Dryden had more ; give battle to the enemy--they are pledged to easiness at returning to the use of spirits, on for every other writer since Milton must give place lead the conflict-all they ask is to arrange the account of the pain it would give to the Friend to Pope ; and even of Dryden it must be said, that forces--to select their ground; and, on these / who induced me to become a member of the if he hus brighter paragraphs, he has not beiter terms, they have made our cause their own. Temperance Society--to say nothing of the poems.

Such we understand to be the present state of strength of the acquired taste, which is such From the preceding instances we may form the question: upon this understanding we, and that I really never even look at a fine sheet of an idea of the power of the Saxon language; those who act with us, have consented to re- water (like that in St. John's Street Road, but by no means a just idea ; for we must not main for a time inactive. We have already called the New River Head) without a sense conclude that the words which are not Saxon said, that we speak not from official authority; of satisfaction and delight. A friend of mine could not be supplied by Saxon words. On we may, therefore, be deceived ; but, if we has just come down to Woodford, Mr. Editor, the contrary, Saxon terms might be substi- are, we err in common with those who are re- who has read to me a paper, of which I contuted for almost all the words not marked as garded as leaders in the cause; and, with trived to take a copy, and which I now send Saxon. them, WE SHALL KNOW FULL WELL HOW TO

to you, in the liope that you will put it in

The Tourist, so that thousands may see it. “But, after all, what is intended ?" We

“Good English Gin !!!
have already said, we do not know. The West

Old Jamaica Rum !!!
Indians have applied to the Premier, and, in

Real Cognac Brandy!!!
vulgar phrase, have been sent back as wise as
DEAR SIR,--The comparative silence of

produce on many persons, in their conduct, they came. The members for Sheffield, it ap; folly, rioting, evil company, midnight revelhis Majesty's Gorernment upon the great pears, made a similar application, and fared question of the Abolition of Slavery has no better. They, however, were entitled to in; dishonest practices, slovenliness in person,

ling, extravagance, inattention to business, evidently induced a deep solicitude on formation, and did their duty. They acted &c. &c. &c. ; in their circumstances, loss of the part of many to know more of the in obedience to the wishes of their constituents, credit

, loss of friends, loss of business, loss of present condition of the cause. To meet expressed conformably to the circular of the this wish, I have deemed it expedient to Agency Committee ; and, in this case, their employment, loss of character. These are only

part of the ill effects resulting from manly conduct will, we trust, be remembered

the use of give a more extended publicity to an

hereafter; and not less so, we respectfully article which has already appeared in hint to Earl Grey, that their constitutional in

Good English Gin!!!

Old Jamaica Rum !!! the Christian Advocate. Will you allow quiry of him was fruitless!

Real Cognac Brandy!!! me to transfer to your columns such Though we cannot even guess what will be Besides this, they deprive a man of his health, extracts from it as are most adapted done, we can state what are the expectations his peace of mind, his domestic comfort, his to my purpose ? which we have formed, and upon which we


his furniture, his bedding, his clothing. are willing, for a time, for a short time only, I am yours faithfully,

“There is nothing under the sun that can be to suspend our judgment. We expect, then, named which has produced so much evil and E. R. C. that emancipation, unqualified by any simul

misery, both for time and eternity, as taneous, much less antecedent, plan of com

Good English Gin!!! An anxiety exists on the subject of emanci- pensation, will be granted, to take place at the

Old Jamaica Rum !!! pation which has never been equalled on any expiration of two, or, at the most, three years;

Real Cognac Brandy!!!" other subject of foreign policy. We wish that that, in the interim, such a change will be

I have spun out my letter, Mr. Editor, much we could satisfy that anxiety. It is our duty effected in the colonial magistracy, as will beyond what I intended, but I do think that to state all that we can, with propriety, pub- ensure the protection of the slaves from op

some good would be done by putting this in lish ; and, in saying this, we do not wish to pressive labour, or from removal from the The Tourist. There are a great many people, affect a knowledge which we do not possess.

estates on which they are at present domiciled; I don't doubt, that read The Tonirist and We know much, confidentially, of the expect- that the whip, or any coercive discipline, hy drink spirits too, and if they could be made to ations of those who are officially informed; private authority, will be forthwith abolished;

see clearly what harm they are doing by the but we frankly avow that we are not of that that, during two days in every week, the slaves practice of drinking spirits at all, whether number; nor are there, as we believe, more

will be entitled to wages for their labour; that with water or without, I think they might, as than three, or at the most six individuals, out all separation of families by sale will be abo- in my case, be induced to abandon it. of the Cabinet, who have been entrusted with lished; that free access to their habitations


Yours, the secret. will be given, not only to protectors, but to all

Feb. 2, 1833.

OLD Margery. It is well known that it was intended to parties whatever, engaged on any reasonable hold a public meeting of the Anti-Slavery So- errand; and, lastly, that full and free oppor

TRANSLATION FROM LUCRETIUS. ciety, at Exeter Hall, on the 31st ultimo, and tunity will be allowed for moral and religious

By Dr. Mason Good. that this meeting was postponed, sine die. The instruction, without reference to sect or creed. object of the meeting was never very clearly This is not all we wish---far from it; but it is “ How sweet to stand, when tempests tear the main, defined: the objection to it was obvious. If all that we expect; and in this expectation we

On the firm cliff, and mark the seaman's toil ! ministers intend to propose “immediate eman- are quiet. But we reserve our claim for all.

Not that another's danger soothes the soul,

But from such toil how sweet to feel secure ! cipation, it was unnecessary: if they have Our just demand is, immediate, entire eman

How sweet, at distance from the strife, to view no such intention, the public expression of the cipation. opinion of the Anti-Slavery body must, and We will not condemn beforehand; we have contending hosts, and hear the clash of war!

But sweeter far on Wisdom's height serene, will

, be one of such unqualified reprobation, as agreed to wait, and we will wait; but, once Upheld by Truth, to fix our firm abode ; could not be justified upon mere rumour of again, we declare (and we are speaking in the To watch the giddy crowd that, deep below, disappointment. It was also felt that the duty name of the religious community), that, if For ever wander in pursuit of bliss ; of “O'Connellizing” was over: an Anti-Slavery disappointment now ensues, Earl Grey will to mark the strife for honours and renown, House has been returned by this means, and hear, not the sweet tongues of ornate orators, For wit and wealth, insatiate, ceaseless urg'd, we must wait with patience to see its conduct addressed to silks and satins at Exeter Hall, Day after day, with labour unrestrain'd. before we condemn. Upon these, and similar but the voice of all England, DEMANDING, IN

O wretched mortals ! race perverse and blind! grounds, the meeting was deferred. It was A TONE THAT WILL ENFORCE THE REQUEST, Through what dread dark, what perilous pursuits, also understood to be the desire of government “ Immediate Emancipation.”

Pass ye this round of being ! know ye not
Of all

ye toil for, nature nothing asks
that no unnecessary display should be made
of the Anti-Slavery strength. We fully acqui-

But for the body freedom from disease,
And sweet unanxious quiet for the mind."

in the greatest perturbation. Hence the native Mexicans, whose religious adora tion of it leads them to pay much attention to its habits, consider its increased hissings to presage storms and pestilentias diseases, and their superstitious fears augur from the same phenomenon the approach of wars and other public calamities. It is worthy of remark, that wherever the serpent has been found among pagan nations, it has almost inra

riably been made the object of religious THE INDIAN BOA.


Among the various species of serpents, The above cut, representing one of recently given by contemporary periodic Nature, says La Cepede, seems to have

Much interesting information has been the boa doubtless holds the first rank. reference to a particular instance which cals on the natural history of particular made it king by the superiority of the exoccurred in England, and not to the species of serpents. We will, therefore, dowments she has bestowed on it-bearty, general habits of the species, as will ap- offer some general notices of this reptile, magnitude, agility, strength, and induspear from the following account. It is, gathered from Turner's Sacred History of try. The boa is among serpents what the however, curiously illustrative of that the World, and from the eloquent writ- elephant or the lion is among quadraprofound sagacity which never escapes ings of the French naturalist, M. La peds; it surpasses the creatures of its the notice of the observant naturalist, by Cepede.

order in size like the former, in strength the operation of which inferior animals Though this class of animals appears, like the latter, It commonly attains to adapt their conduct to the altered circum- at first sight, to be less amply provided the length of more than twenty feet, and stances in which they may be placed. It than some others with the means

of in some instances it has been found of appears that two of these serpents were offence and defence, yet so adapted is still more frightful dimensions. It was some years ago brought to England; and, their structure to their habits and circum- doubtless a serpent of this kind of which after a residence of several years, the stances, and so curiously are they com- Pliny makes mention, as having arrested female produced fourteen or fifteen eggs. pensated for their defects by peculiar the march of the Roman army in the These were, for a considerable time, the advantages, that few of the inferior tribes north of Africa; and, although we cauobjects of the most evident solicitude to are at once so secure and so formidable. not believe that its dimensions were so the animal, under the influence of which Though confined to the ground, and con- enormous as he represents, yet it appears she had recourse to an ingenious method of sequently more liable to accident, they to have been so formidable as to oblige compensating for the want of that degree are in a great measure defended from it them to employ against it those military of warmth in the atmosphere which is found by the hardness and lubricity of their engines which they were accustomed to sufficient to hatch them in her native scales. Though destitute of feet and use in sieges. Indeed it is in the burning regions. To remedy the defect, she be- wings, few animals are so nimble as ser- deserts of Africa that this creature enjoys thought herself of animal heat, and, coil pents, or can transport themselves from a less interrupted reign, and arrives at its ing herself round them in a spiral

, she place to place with equal agility. Whe- perfection. It is terrific to read the narplaced her head at the top of it like ther to seize its prey or to escape from ratives of such travellers as have penea lid, rarely raising it, and indicating the danger, the serpent moves with the ra- trated into the interior of this part of the utmost interest in the success of her at- pidity of an arrow, and emulates and world, of the manner in which this enortempt. It must be matter of some regret even surpasses several species of birds in mous reptile moves along through the to all who are interested in the intellec- the ease and rapidity with which it gains midst of tall herbs and bushes. It is tual operations of animals (for they surely the summits of the highest trees, twisting perceived at a distance by the motion of deserve this character) that so much in- and untwisting its flexible body around the plants which bend under its progress, genuity and perseverance were exercised their trunks and branches with such cele- ) and the kind of furrow left by the unduin vain. The eggs, however, were never rity that the sharpest eye scarcely follows lation of its body. It is in vain to resist hatched.

them. Their sense of hearing is dull, but it by. weapons when arrived at its full This degree of sagacity, unless we are their vision acute. Their eyes, for the size, and especially when irritated by mistaken, is but rarely exhibited by this most part, are excessively brilliant and hunger. The only security is found in setclass of animals : they are less remark- animated, extremely moveable, consider- ting fire to the already scorched vegetation able than some other tribes for that near ably prominent, and advantageously among which it dwells. The rivers or approach to reason of which this is an placed for receiving the images of objects arms of the sea offer no barriers to its instance; and this defect" is one among from an extended field. They have a progress, as it swims with the utmost other facts which gives plausibility to the membrana nictitans to draw over their facility even in the most stormy waves; notion entertained by a late commentator sight when the sun's rays are too power- nor is any security obtained by climbing on the Scriptures, who refers to another ful, or any injury approaches. They give trees, as it rolls itself with the greatest animal, the monkey, the expressions of many indications that their instincts and rapidity to their tops. Indeed, its most Moses with respect to the temptation of sensations have a superiority over those common residence is on the trunks or our first parents. It may be proper to of all other animals, except birds and branches of trees, round which it coils, state that, in this interpretation, Dr. viviparous quadrupeds. They have less and waits in abuscade for the approach of Clarke does not maintain his views by the blood than quadrupeds, a lower animal

its rejection of any passages as spurious, but heat, and less interior activity of system;

(To be Continued.) differs with other commentators in his and, in these respects, they come nearer translation of the word which is generally to the formation of insects and worms. supposed to denote the serpent.

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“ Gratior et pulchro veniens in corpore virtus." the most important avenues through ordinary estimate of the comparative


which the minds of men are ordinarily value of example and precept be correct, “ And beauty's lustre adds to virtue's charms."

influenced, and at the same time acts it is calculated to be far more effective There are some kinds of study in the upon a much larger class than is acces- than any that can appeal to the underpursuance of which, contrary to the ge- sible to other kinds of literature. These standing. On the other hand, it is quite neral economy of life, we gain consider considerations reflect upon biography possible (as has been too frequently able advantage, at no expence of research much importance, and, if we may say proved) so to delineate the history of a or preparatory labour. Of this class is so, much responsibility. It contains the vicious and unprincipled man, as to blunt biography. Involving little that is recon- most abundant sources of good, and, at the moral sensibilities of readers, either dite and difficult, addressing itself to the the same time, the most fearful facilities by investing vice with a false splendour, imagination by its narrative form, and to for mischief. On the one hand, the his- or by such an undisguised exhibition of the social feelings by its development of tory of a virtuous life is a sermon ad- it as shall familiarize their perceptions character, it takes possession of some of dressed to our sympathies; and, if the with its deformity. We are disposed to

As we

conclude, from the prevailing tone of subjected to the rigorous scrutiny of ano- | the account of her tragical end, from the biographical literature, that there is much ther, is just that which every man is in- eloquent pen of the late Sir James Mackinsensibility existing with respect to the stinctively disposed to conceal--to which intosh. mischievous tendency of the 'last-men- his consciousness of depravity compels On the 3rd of November, 1553, Lady Jane tioned class of works, and much mis- him to forbid access. Hence it has been Grey and Lord Guilford Dudley were conapprehension" as to the duty of the bio- said, with equal sublimity and truth, victed of high treason. But no time was fixed grapher in these cases. If he must needs by a writer whom we consider as by far for the execution, and their treatment indicaaffect the impartial accuracy of the his-the greatest moralist of modern times, * ted some compassion for involuntary usurpers torian, he should recollect that there is “ Each mind has an interior apartment Suffolk proved an incentive sufficient to pre

of seventeen years of age. The ingratitude of no such necessity for his labours as for of its own, into which none but itself and rail over the slender pity of bigots and politithose of the latter, and that they may be the Divinity can enter. In this secluded cians. On the 8th of February Mary signed safely dispensed with, when their results place, the passions mingle and fluctuate a warrant for the execution of “ Guilford would be detrimental to the morals of in unknown agitations. Here all the fan- Dudley and his wife,” for such was the desociety.

tastic and all the tragic shapes of imagina-scription by which they were distinguished at are accustomed to tremble tion have a haunt, where they can neither a moment when discourtesy wears its ugliest at the association of selfishness and be invaded nor descried. Here the sur

aspect. On the morning of the 12th he was

led to execution on Tower Hill. 'Lord Guilmisanthropy with the power to injure, rounding human beings, while quite in- ford Dudley had requested an interview with conferred by rank, talents, and political sensible of it, are made the subjects of his beloved Jane. She, from a fear that it authority, so we may doubtless regard deliberate thought, and many of the de- might unfit both for the scene through which that part of the economy of Providence signs respecting them revolved in silence. they were to pass, declined it. She saw him as 'most benevolent and conservative, by Here projects, convictions, vows, are con

go through the gate of the Tower towards the which the pernicious tendencies of the fusedly scattered, and the records of past to look from the same window at his bleeding

scaffold; and, soon afterwards, she chanced vicious are commonly obstructed and life are laid. Here, in solitary state, sits confined by the narrow limits of indi-Conscience, surrounded by her own thun- bore it back. Feckenham, Abbot of West

carcass, imperfectly covered, in the cart which vidual influence ; their resources of mis- ders, which sometimes sleep, and some- minster, had endeavoured to convert her to chief being thus straitened, and, in some times roar, while the world does not the Catholic faith. He was acute, eloquent, instances, restricted to the power of in- know. The secrets of this apartment, and of a tender nature ; but he made no imjuring themselves. The shortness of life, could they have been even but very par- pression on her considerate and steady belief, too, is, as respects them, another miti- tially brought forth, might have been She behaved to him with such calmness and gating circumstance of a similar kind. fatal to that eulogy and splendour with sweetness that he had obtained for her a day's Now, the effect of that class of biogra- which many a piece of biography has

respite. So much meekness has seldom been

so pure from lukewarmness. She wrote a letphy, to which allusion has been made, is been exhibited by a partial and ignorant ter to Harding on his apostacy, couched in no less than to frustrate the benevolent friend."

ardent and even vehement language, partly intention of these arrangements. It aims Such difficulties as these which we because she doubted his sincerity. Never did to extend and perpetuate the influence have noticed leave us, it must be con

affection breathe itself in language more beauof a corrupt life, to enable a man to live fessed, but little hope of witnessing the tiful than in her dying letter to her father, in his vices and crimes over and over again attainment of this high degree of excel- before the Lord, Mercy to the innocent!"* through successive editions; it keeps lence in biographical literature. But Greek letter to her sister, Lady Catherine, above ground, and with all its disease, still it can scarcely be considered as idle written on a blank leaf of a Greek Testament, the corpse which ought to be “ buried to lay down the ideal standard of its is needless as another proof of those accomout of our sight,” in order to extend in- perfection, since it obviously furnishes plishments which astonished the learned of fection and to multiply mortality. (if our view be correct) the test by which Europe, but admirable as a token that neiOn the other hand, it cannot but be to estimate inferior degrees of merit. That ther grief nor danger could ruffle her thoughts

, matter of regret that the narration of vir- biography, then, in short, we conceive to ments. In the course of that morning she tuous lives, and the delineation of vir- be the best which most closely traces the wrote in her note-book three sentences, in tuous characters, has not been more formation of the character from the events Greek, Latin, and English, of which the last philosophically undertaken by those who of the life.

is as follows :-“If my fault deserved punishare enabled, by their knowledge of the These remarks, which have extended ment, my youth, at least, and my intprudence, human mind, and their sympathy with far beyond our intention, have been na

were worthy of excuse. God and posterity moral excellence, to trace the process by turally suggested by the contemplation will show me favour.” which the great and good have attained of the life and character of Lady Jane to withdraw her from the pitying eye of the

She was executed within the Tower, either their pre-eminence. What an inestimable Grey. We could not help indulging the people, or as a privilege due to the descendant treasure should we possess in a work vain wish that it were possible to describe, of Henry VII. She declared on the scaffold which should exhibit the entire formation for the admiration of one sex and the that “her soul was as pure from trespass of a character distinguished by genius imitation of the other, the process by against Queen Mary as innocence was from and virtue !--which should minutely spe- which that resplendent character was injustice : I only consented to the thing I was

forced into." cify (if it is not too improbable a suppo- forined and matured. The possibility, sition) and represent, in their exact however, of fulfilling this wish in any The history of tyranny affords no example of

in substance the last allegation was true. proportion, the influences exerted upon degree is precluded by the very scanty a female of seventeen, by the command of a it through a life, by events, companion- notices which are left us of her private female, and a relation, put to death for acships, and studies. Such a disclosure, history. Few events of her life have quiescence in the injunction of a father, sanchowever, is hardly to be hoped for. been recorded, except those in which a tioned by the concurrence of all thiat the kingOwing to the almost universal neglect of nation was interested, and which, con- dom could boast of what was illustrious in fect of self-knowledge, it is scarcely to the political annalist. We will not once it is that of a person who exhibited a matchself-observation, and the consequent des sequently, came within the province of nobility, or grave in law, or venerable in relibe expected from the individual himself ; more recur to those few and notorious less union of youth and beauty with genius, and to hope for it from a friend, however facts, but will rather offer to our readers with learning, with virtue, with piety ; whose intimate and observant, would be far more what will interest them far more -viz., chimerical. For the department of the

* Stowe. Biograph. Britan. iv. 24200. I Ed. 1757. mind, which for this purpose must be

** Foster's Essays, page 80.

+ Heylin. Biograph. Britan.


by all

affections were so warm, while her passions | step, and throw some heavy chains on him;

TACITUS. were so perfectly subdued. It was a death but scarcely had these touched the monster sufficient to honour and dishonour an ' age. than he turned furiously round, seized the

In the delineation of character, Tacitus is nearest hunter in his mouth, and killed ano- unrivalled among historians, and has very few

ther with the stroke of his tail. The rest Aed superiors among dramatists and novelists. By THE INDIAN BOA.

in terror; but, being unwilling to forego the the delineation of character we do not mean ( Concluded from page 232.) rewards of the King, they invented another the practice of drawing up epigrammatic cataWhen the victim of this gigantic reptile has method of accomplishing their purpose. They logues of good and bad qualities, and append

When the victim of this gigantic reptile has made a net of thick cords, proportioning its ing them to the names of eminent men come sufficiently near for his attack, he darts size to that of the serpent, and placed it vear


writer, indeed, has done this more skilfully upon it with the rapidity of an arrow, envelopes it in the huge and muscular folds of his the times of his egress and return, they seized glory. All the persons who occupy a large

the mouth of his den; then, having observed than Tacitus; but this is not his peculiar body, and presses it with such force as to break all its bones, and suffocate it in his dreadful

an opportunity, when he had gone out in space in his works have an individuality of embrace. It is from this latter habit that it search of prey, to block up the entrance of the character, which seems to pervade all their

words and actions.

When the serpent cave with large stones.

We know them, as if we has received the Latin surname of constrictor.

had lived with them. · Claudius, Nero, Otho, If the bulk of the dead animal is too great for returned he found his abode beset with a the boa to swallow it, notwithstanding the number of armed men, horses, and dogs. At both the Agrapinas, are master-pieces. But large size and elasticity of its throat, he con

first he erected his head, and uttered frightful Tiberius is a still higher miracle of art. The tinues to press it until he has broken and soft- of his foes, and at the darts and arrows which acquainted with a man singularly dark and

hissings; but being frightened at the number historian undertook to make us intimately ened all the more rigid parts; and, if this process is too difficult for his unassisted the entrance of his cave. Finding this blocked tion long remained swathed up in intricate

assailed him from all quarters, he rushed to inscrutable--with a man whose real disposiand, placing it between the trunk and his up, and at a loss how to escape from the at folds of factitious virtues; and over whose own body, redoubles the pressure until he tacks of the hunters, and noise of their trum- actions the hypocrisy of his youth, and the has reduced it to a shapeless and flexible pets and dogs, he threw himself into the net, seclusion of his old age, threw a singular

where, having wearied' himself with the most mystery. He was to exhibit the specious He then elongates it as much as pos- tremendous efforts to escape

, and subdued by qualities of the tyrant in a light which might sible by similar pressure, pours upon it an abundant secretion resembling saliva, and, re

the blows of his assailants, he suffered himseir render them transparent, and enable us at once ceiving the head into his jaws, he draws it

to be conveyed withont resistance to Alex- to perceive the covering and the vices which andria."

it concealed. He was to trace the gradations down his throat by frequent and violent in

by which the first magistrate of the republic, spirations. Sometimes, after all these efforts,

a senator mingling freely in debate, a noble his prey is too large to be entirely swallowed,


associating with his brother nobles, was transand in such cases he has been found stretched

formed into an Asiatic Sultan ; he was to exon the ground, with his jaws frightfully exFrom a Speech delivered by Daniel Webster,

hibit a character distinguished by courage, tended by the underoured part of the animal,

at Plymouth, America, in commemoration of self-command, and profound poliey, yet detiled and in a state of profound lethargy, which

the first settlement in New England. usually accompanies no digestion. It was not given to Rome to see, either at

“ The extravagancy When its appetite has been completely sa- her zenith or at her decline, a child of her

And crazy ribaldry of fancy.” tisfied, it will sometimes lie for five or six days own, distant indeed, and independent of her quite inotionless and insensible. Indeed, some control, yet speaking her own language, and He was to mark the gradual effect of advancing travellers near the isthmus of Panama have inheriting her blood, springing forward to a age and approaching death on this strange declared that they have sat down upon it, competition with her own power, and a com- compound of strength and weakness; to exmistaking its body, as it lies covered with

parison with her own great renown. She saw hibit the old sovereign of the world sinking leaves, for the trunk of a tree. So great is its not a vast region of the earth, peopled from into a dotage which, though it rendered his torpor, if we may believe their narration, that her stock, full of states and political commu- appetites eccentric, and his temper savage, they have even lighted a fire close to it before nities, improving upon the models of her insti- never impaired the powers of his stern and it has moved, and discovered to them the tutions, and breathing in fuller measure the penetrating mind--conscious of failing strength, perilousness of their situation. The natives spirit which she had breathed in the best raging with capricious sensuality, yet to the of those regions which it iufest generally seize periods of her existence ; enjoying and ex- last tbe keenest of observers, the most artful of these opportunities of destroying the monster, tending her arts and her literature; rising dissemblers, and the most terrible of masters. and sometimes hasten them, by placing the rapidly from political childhood to manly The task was one of extreme difficulty; the carcase of some animal, slaughtered for the strength and independence; her offspring, yet execution is almost perfect.–Edinburgh Repurpose, before the mouth of its den.. The

now her equal; unconnected with the causes view. boa never fails to devour it, and then falls which might affect the duration of her own into the lethargy, in which he is easily de- power and greatness; of common origin, but stroyed. not linked to a common fate; giving ample

TME SIGH. A curious account of the capture of one of pledge that her name shall not be forgotten, these creatures in Egypt is given by Diodorus that her language shall not cease to exist

When childhood's grief our bosom throes, Siculus, with which we will close this article. among men ; that whatsoever she had done

Ere yet the tongue can lisp our woes, “A number of hunters," says be,”

What can our infant pain disclose ? for human knowledge and human happiness

A sigh! raged by the munificent offers of Ptolemy, should be treasured up and preserved; that the resolved to bring liim one of the largest of records of her existence and achievements When time matures the mad-cap boy, these serpents to Alexandria. This enormous should not be obscured, although, in the in- And all seems bliss without alloy, reptile, thirty cubits long, lived on the banks scrutable purposes of providence, it might be What marks the marring of our joy !-of the rivers ; there he dwelt, reclined upon her destiny to fall from opulence and splen

A sigh! the ground, and his body coiled in a circle ; dour; although the time might come when but when he saw any animal approach the darkness should settle on her bills; when When youth assumes the would-be man, bank where he resided, he darted upon it with foreign or domestic violence should overturn

Forecasting life's precarious span, impetuosity, seized it in his jaws, or strangled her altars and her temples ; when ignorance

What forms the moral of our plan? it in the folds of his tail. The hunters, de- and despotism should fill the place where arts,

A sigh! scrying him from a distance, conceived that and laws, and liberties had flourished; when

When manhood comes, alas ! too soon! they should easily succeed in taking him in the feet of barbarism should trample on the

With hap as changeful as the moon, their nets, and loading him with chains. They tombs of her consuls, and the walls of her

What notes the moment of our noon advanced with resolution; but when they were senate-house and forum echo only to the voice

A sigh! within a short distance of the huge animal, of savage triumph. She saw not this glorious the ferocious glare of his eyes, his rough and vision, to fortify and inspire her against the When fades the flickering flame of age, scaly hide, the noise which he made in rousing possible decay and downfall of her power, And fate commands us off the stage, bimself, and his open mouth, armed with long Happy are they who, in our day, may behold What stamps the close of life's sad page?and curved teeth, inspired them with alarm. it, if they shall contemplate it with the senti

A sigh! "They ventured, however, to approach, step by I ments which it ought to inspire !





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