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He saw her charming, but he saw not of the wise and good, and best prehalf
pare for the felicity of future scenes. The charms her downcast modesty conceal'd.
To this unfading excellence devote
The morn of reason and the priine of A young woman, while the culti thought. vates that innocence and modesty, Though Youth and Beauty different tasks which, as I cannot but too often re- That youth mult languish, and that beauty
perfuade, peat, are the principal charm of beauty,
fade., will recollect, that there are other Destructive years no graces leave behind, virtues, which, from self-inspection, But thoie, which Virtue fixes on the as well as from an attentive deference mind. to the instructions of her superiors, How vain, the want of real worth to hide, and a select and suitable course of Each fiarter'd talent's superficial pride! reading, she will not fail to acquire. And founds harmonious from the lyre
It's touch in vain the mimic Pencil tries, The acquisition of these will con
arise. duce not only to her own happiness, As fonie fair structure, rais’d by skilful but to the happiness of all with whom
hand, lhe is connected. Need I mention But weakly founded on the shaking fand, that piety toward the Supreme Being, Securely stands in sculptur'd foliage gay, which does not consist merely in cer
While verval airs around its columns tain periodical acts of devotion (though play: these are highly proper and becoming) But soon the rains descend, the tempests but in a conitant solicitude to learn · And each unfolid ornament defeat: and to do the Divine Will; to obey The faithlets base betrays its feeble trust, the laws of Virtue, not merely be- And all the beauteous trifle fanks in cause they are conformable to our ideas duft. of what is beautiful and becoming, So finks each grace of nature and of art, but because they are di&tated by that Unpropp'd by Itrong integrity of heart i Divine Will, obedience to which will
Let idle flutt'rers, miferably gay, ultimately meet with a celestial re
In dress an.1 trifling walte their usdless ward. Acquiescence too in all the The day, for nobler exercises givin,
day; dispensations of Heaven, mutual be- T'adorn the soul for happiness and Heanevolence, an unceasing solicitude for all our connexions, as well as a more Beyond the triumph of these shadowy general sentiment of philanthrophy ; charms, with a strict attention to the various Which every beating pulse of time alarms, duties of our ftation---these, though To fairer views let thy ambition tend,
Our Nature's glory and our Being's end ; they will not form a perfect character
And seek from beauties, form'd on Vuia (which, in this fleeting state of pro
tue's rules, Þation, is unattainable) will produce, Th’ applause of angels, not the gaze of however, that degree of excellence, tools. which will command the admiration
On TRAVELLERS: With a curious Anecdote.
[ From · A Dictionary of Literary Curiosities, Vol. I. ] A
French writer remarks, that bles, of which it is composed, affords
Addison, in one of his papers him the means of expressing his ideas in the Spectator, returns thank to with as little sound as posible. Providence for being an Englishman; 1,' continues our writer, • also thank as the English language is more ana- the Almighty for having been born a logous to the taciturnity of his cha- Frenchman, because I ain fond of ramfacter; and the number of monofylla- bling about; and it is very agreeable
we may travel
and convenient to me, to find my other observations of the same kind,
quays, walking arm in arm with a The Parisians, in particular, are fo gentleman; he asked a person that persuaded this is the fact, that they pasied him, who that charming lady' imagine there is scarcely a person on was I but the mạn, not underlianding the face of the globe, but who under- French, answered : · Ik kan niet verftands French.
Haon.'What, sir," replied our traIt is true, that in all the Christian veller, • is that 'Mr. Kạniferstane's countries, the nobility, literary per- wife, whose house is near the canal fons, ar:d moft of those above the lower Indeed, this gentleman's lot is enviaorder, fudy the French language in ble; to possess such a noble house, and particular, and in general speak it; so lovely a companion ! but it is also true, that in every coun The next day, when he was walktry in the world, the people speak ing out, he faw some trumpeters play, their own language, or peculiar diz. ing at a gentleman's door, who had lect ; and in the provinces of France, got the largest prize in the Dutch particularly, it is dificult to make lottery. Our Parisian, wishing to be ther understand when they are fpoken informed of the gentleman's name, to, even in French. The confidence was still answered; “Ik kan niet vers with which the French travel about, staan,' : Oh!' said he, this is too fpeaking their language indiscrimi- great an accession of good fortune! nately to all nations, and the certainty Mr. Kanifestane proprietor of such a with which they think they must be fine house, husband to such a beautiful understood, has often been productive woman, and to get the largest prize in of laughable mistakes. The following the lottery! It muß be allowed that is an example; and what renders it there are some very fortunate men in more really amusing, is, that we are the world.' assured it is a fact :
About a week after thịs, our traA young Parisian, travelling to veller walking about, faw a very fuAmsterdam, was attracted by the re perb funeral. He asked, whose it was? markable beauty of a house fituate Ik kan niet versiaan,' replied the per. near the canal. He addressed a Dutch- son of whom he asked the question. man in French, who stood near him in *Oh! my God,' exclaimed he, poor the vessel, with, · Pray, fir, may I aik, Mr. Kaniferstane, who had such a noto whom that house belongs?' The ble house, such an angelic wife, and the Hollarder answered him in his own largest prize in the lottery. He must language, Ik kan niet versican-I have quitted this world with great redo not understand you.' The Parisian gret; but I thought his happiness not doubting but that he was under- was too complete to be of long durastood, took the Dutchman's answer tion. He then went home, refectfor the name of the proprietor. "Oh! ing all the way on the instability of Oh! said he, it belongs to Mr. human affairs. Kaniferstane. Well, I am sure he From among some fingularly happy mut be very agreeably situated ; the thoughts of Balthazar Gratian, author house is most charming, and the gare of the Courtier, we felect the followden appears delicious. I do not know ing : he describes his hero as travel. that ever I saw a better. A friend of ling in search of a true friend. Among mine has one much like it, near the the most curious things that attracted river at Choisy ; but I certainly give his attention, these are distinguished. this the preference. He added many A poor judge, with his wife, neither
of whom had any fingers on their ard; a filent Frenchman ; a lively hands; a great lord, without any Englishman; a German, who diliked debts; a prince, who was never of wine ; a learned man, recompensed fended at the truth being told him to a chatte widow; a madman disconhis face ; a poet, who became rich by tented; a sincere female ; and, whaq the produce of his works; a monarch, was more extraordinary than all these who died without any suspicion of hav- fingularities, he meets a true friend. ing been poisoned ; a humble Spani
ON POPULAR MADNE Ş S. It requires a nice eye to distinguish between some people's and other people's madness."
Bishop PEARCE. To the Editor of the Universal Magazine. Sir, I
Have often thought, that conver- Çonsol; I am sorry to tell you, Mr.
fation would be far more inftruc- Meanwell, that he is qu te mad. He tive, as well as entertaining, than we had a very good trade a few years frequently find it, if we made a point ago, but he fold all off, put his money of understanding the words we made into the funds, where he now shifts use of. But it appears to me that a and changes it about with every vaword; which when launched into the riety of public news, and spends half world, has a precise and fixed mean- bis day in waiting at the Stock Exing, becomes in its progress perfe&tly change to catch an eighth per cent. and unintelligible by mifapplication, and the other half at his house at Hackeither acquires a meaning diametri- ney, entertaining himself and his cally opposite to what it originally friends with the great strokes he has bore, or is so disfigured and perverted done, and the vast lums he has received by ignorant employers, as scarce to or is likely to receive: I am sorry to have any meaning left. Of words fay. it, but the man is as mad as a thus misapplied and misunderstood, [ March hare.', know none that has suffered more Scarcely had Agrestis left me, when than the words mad and madness, which, Mr. Consol came up, and after a although in every body's mouth, and hearty shake of the hand, and a most applied to ten thousand cases, convey fignificant and fly wink of the eyes, fo many different meanings, that when told me he had made a rare day's we want a definition, we cannot find work of it. But,' added he, “I see two people who agree in terms, nor you have been talking with Agrestis. are we more successful in repairing to Poor fellow ; he is crazy ;
I our dictionaries, for they give us only ber him a very substantial man upon parallel words, such as mad--berefi of 'Change; but since he took it in his the fenfes, &c.
noddle that he could be a farmer, he The freedom with which we apply is become downright mad. He buys these words to the case of our friends land without the least judgment, and and acquaintances ought, I should knows, indeed, fo little of agriculture, humbly presume, to have made us a that I question if he can tell corn from little delicate in the use of them, and rye, or explain to you what a first and very well fatisfied as to their real second crop means. His servants eat meaning, before we took liberties him out of house and home; and do with others, which they might retali- just as they please, while all the ada ate upon ourselves. My neighbour vantage he reaps is to be able to tell Aggrestis said to me the other day ; his acquaintances that he is detera !I have juß been with Mr. Thomas mined to raise his hay, and to plant,
more potatoes. Why, I don't fup- plague of that kind; but now we talk pose that he eats a cabbage out of his of housekeeping, there's Ned Freeman, garden, that does not cost him five a fellow that I once had a good opifhillings. Poor fellow ! I pity him ; nion of; he would be a housekeeper, he will certainly be ruined. Why does forsooth; why, if he had married and he not lay out his money in the funds, been regular, one would not mind it where he can always know where to so much; but he must keep a girl, find it-government security, Mr. forsooth; and what is his company Meanwell; none of your blights and composed of? A set of fellows withhurricanes ; no grumbling about too out a fixpence in their pockets, who much, or too little rain -- none of your eat and drink at his expence, and will worms eating out the profits, and the be the first to turn tail upon him, when lord knows what---but the man's out he becomes poor, wnich I think cane of his senses, mad, Mr. Meanwell, not be at any great dištance. For my mad, and there's an end on't.' part, I think he is mad, and have
How juftly therefore does the learn thought so a long time. It is a maxim ed prelate, from whom I have borrow- with me, that a man who keeps a town ed a motto, say that it requires a nice house, and a country house, a girl, eye to distinguish between some peo- and a ftud of horses, and such comple's and other people's madness!? pany as Ned keeps, must be mad, and
Ned Freeman often tells me how fo I have told him an hundred times.' happy he is fince he commenced house---The distinction to be made between keeping upon a large scale. It is so these two madmen afford another proof comfortable, my dear friend, to have that it require a nice eye to distina party of friends about one, in one's guish between some people's and other own house, instead of being obliged people's madness.' to submit to all the impofitions and In middling life we hear very severe impertinencies of tavern-keepers and remarks - made upon the manners of waiters. Now, there's our friend Dick the great, who are concluded to be Soaker. Dick's a warm man, worth mod, because of their extravagance money-and yet how he muddles it and gaming. Yet when we listen to away in taverns and public houses, the conversation of the great, we hear keeping all sorts of company, and them express their aftonishment that some, of course, not the very best, little paultry cits will be fo mad as to and all kind of hours; drinking any imitate the follies of their superiors, to sort of poison that is fold under the lose more money at cards than they name of wine. Mercy on us! why are able to pay, to hire expensive it is the life of a beait ; but the fact villas, and affect to give entertainis, there is no reasoning with Dick-- ments on a grand scale. Oh! they he is ftark mad, by heavens, and must be mad to think of such things!! I should not wonder if he died in St. In private life, indeed, we meet every Luke's.'
day with striking instances of the dif Dick's account is somewhat different ficulty there is to distinguish between - It is very true, as you say, Mr. fome people's madness and other peoMeanivell; I might keep house, and ple's madness.' Between the madI might see .company at home; but ness of him who borrows money withyou know my means are rather nar out the means or intention of repaying row I am in years, - widower, ard it, and of him who lends it upon the I have no children. I go, it is tru?, security of fome absurd and impractic every evening to our club, but then cable scheme. Between the daughwe never exceed three or four shillings ter who falls in love with her father's and as to housekeeping, why, when footman; and the father who for' es I kept house, I was always robbed by his daughter into the arms of an old my servants. Now, here I have no dotard--Between one candidate who
is unsuccessful and ruins his fortune in men our own actions principally tend, a borough election, and another who and it would be but fair to endeavour fucceeds, and is all but ruined by the after such knowledge as we are so very fame means. Between the gambler apt to give judgment, without any who risks ten pounds more than he is ceremony, in the case of others. It worth, and him who risks ten thou- appears that the same term of reproach fand. Between the habitual drunkard mad, is applied to actions of very difwho destroys his constitution by cheap, ferent natures, and it would therefore and him who effects the same purpose be desirable to fix upon some rules to by expensive liquors. Between him, determine us in our application. Dicwho spends all his time, to the injury tionary-writers, as I have hintedo of his trade and family, at a little give us but little information, and meground, or him who squanders a no-dical authors treat only of a very small ble patrimony, and the accumulations portion of madmen'; namely, those of his ancestors on Ascot-heath, or at who are under confinement; but, acNewmarket. Between him who at- cording to the vulgar expression, if tacks Christianity by a set of Aimfy all be true that is told,' the majority arguments and forced witticisms, and of madmen are at liberty. I shall, says he is convinced ; and him who re, conclude with a hint, that if leads an irregular and profligate life,' as much care were taken of the latter, and boasts he is a Christian. Between as there is generally taken of the him who fancies his old broken chair former, the disorder, at lealt in a is a superb coach, and he who ima- great many shapes, would disappear, gines that a superb coach can conceal and men would give their rational nadeformity of mind, and wickedness tures fair play, nor should we have of actions. To distinguish between such frequent occasion to repeat, with all these certainly requires a nice eye, the dramatist : • 'Tis a mad world, and to pass evenly between them, re- my masters !' At present, we may alquires a very firm, steady, and correct most fay with the chattering lord Postep.
lonius; • To define true madness, what It will follow, also, from what has is't, but to be nothing else but mad?" been advar.ced, that it requires no small portion of self-knowledge to be
I am, sir, &c. able to determine to what class of mad
ON A RAINY DAY.
duty of every man, as he ade long into a difficulty from which they vances toward the years of discretion, cannot extricate themselves, namely, to study the climate under which he to account for the degeneracy of the lives, and to accommodate himself to descendants of those Romans, who live all its vicissitudes, as much as possible. under the same climate. But neverEvery nation has something peculiar theless, we are convinced from exin its climate, which seems to impart perience both general and individual, to the inhabitants a certain quality that that mankind are afiected by weather, is not to be found in those of other independent of every other thing nations, and which serves to form which operates upon the body or their distinguishing characteristic. I mind, and that, in this country, param not to be told, indeed, that this ticularly, the spirits of the inhabitants doctrine has been carried too far, and are sensibly afected by clear and gethat those w..o impute the valour and nial sunshine, and by damp and foggy virtues of the Romans to the genial atmospheres, so as to leave no doubt