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How all; who know and where is heIs low so quench'd, that of its grane unknown?
deur lasts To what far region have his songs not Nought, but the wide, cold shadow flown,
which it casts! Like Psaphon's birds, speaking their Eventful volume !! whatso'er the master's name,
change In every language, syllabled by Fame? Of scene and clime-th' adventures, How all, who've felt the various spells bold and strangecombin'd
The griefs—the frailties, but too Within the circle of that splendid frankly told mind,
The loves, the feuds thy pages may Like pow'rs, deriv'd from many a star, unfold, and met
If truth, with half so prompt a band, Together in some wond'rous amulet,
unlocks Would burn to know when first the His virtues as his failings we shall light awoke
find In his young sou), -and if the gleams The record there of friendships, held that broke
like rocks, From that Aurora of his genius, raised And enmities like sun-touch'd snow More bliss or pain in those on whom resign'dthey blaz'd-
Of fealty, cherish'd without change or Would love to trace th' unfolding of chill,
In those who serv'd him, young, and Which hath grown ampler, grander, serve him still every hour,
generous aid, giv’n with that noiseAnd feel, in watching o'er its first
less art advance,
Which wakes not pride, to many a As did the Egyptian traveller*, wounded heartwhen he stood
Of actsbut no-not for himself must By the young Nile, and fathom'd with aught his lance
Of the bright features of his life be The first small fountains of that
sought. mighty flood.
While they, who court the world, like “They too, who, 'mid the scornful Milton's cloud*, thoughts that dwell
« Turn forth their silver lining" on In his rich fancy, tinging all its the crowd, streams,
This gifted being wraps himself in As if the star of bitterness which fell
night, On Earth of old, had touched them
And, keeping all that softens and with its beams,
adorns, Can track a spirit, which, though And gilds his social nature hid from driv'n to hate,
sight, From Nature's hands came kind, af- Turns but his darkness on a world fectionate;
he scorns.' And which, ev’n now, struck as it is
with blight, Comes out, at times, in love's own na. tive light
Varieties. How gladly all who've watch'd these
struggling rays Of a bright, ruin'd spirit through his
Bumper.-When the English lays,
were good Catholics, they usually Would here enquire, as from his own drank the Pope's health in a full
frank lips, What desolating grief, what wrongs glass every day after dinner-au
had driven That noble nature into cold eclipse
bon pére; whence the word bumLike some fair orb that, once a sun per.
in heaven, And born, not only to surprise, but
cheer With warmth and lustre all within its
“Did a sable cloud
Tarn forth her silver lining on the night?"*. sphere,
country dance, which is a maniThe manner in which spiders fest corruption of the French concarry on their operations conform-tredanse, * where a number of ably to the impending changes in persons, placing themselves oppothe atmosphere, is simply this : site one to another, begin a figure. If the weather is likely to become The following singular directi. rainy, windy, or in other respects ons are taken from the bottom of disagreeable, they fix the terini- the music of a country dance of nating filaments on which the web ancient date : is suspended unusually short, and
The ist Man pat his Wo. from him in this state they await the in- and the 2d Man pull his Wo. to him and fluence of a temperature which is sett. then the ist Man and 2d Wo. back remarkably variable. On the to back, and go round their Partners other hand if the terminating fila- both on the left hand at the same time
then the 2d Man and ist Wo. turn right ments are made uncommonly long
hands round to the figure of a Diamond we may in proportion to their
The ist Man turn the 2d Wo. and Jength conclude that the weather right hands round, then each to their will be serene and continue so for own Partners, and hands round. Till a week or ten days. But if the they come to the Diamond again-each spiders be totally indolent, rain Man cross over with his own Wo. with
their left hands one to the other then generally succeeds; though on the
back again to the left, till they come other hand, their activity during all on a Row longways, then clap both the rain is the most certain proof hands against each other the ist Man that it will be of short duration cast off to the left hand. and his Wo. and followed with fair weather. follow him. the 2d Wo. Cast off to the According to further observations, left hand. and her Man Follow her.
then each cross over with his own the spiders regularly make some
Partner. the ist Ca. being in the 28 alterations in their web every Rank-then Move to the left hand to twenty-four hours. If these each others Places and clap hands the changes take place between the same back again. then right and left hours of six and seven in the twice. each Beginning with his own evening, they indicate a clear and Partner. then hands half round to the
left. pleasant night.
Origin of the word Dun. The Country Dance. This
The true origin of this expresmode of dancing, from its name,
sion owes its birth to one Joe Dun, is generally supposed to have been a famous bailiff of the town of Linborrowed from the country people, but as our dances in general dancing country dances here in England, in the
Marshal Bassompierre, speaking of his come from France, so does the contredanses. See his Memoirs, tom. jú. p. 307.
time of king Charles I. writes it expressly --
coln : so extremely active, and so 'with groasy, shining, and almost very dexterous was this man, at black skins, and black hair, braide his rough business, that it became ed in a long cue behind. They a proverb, when a man refused to began talking very fast, in so loud pay his debts.—Why don't you a tone, and so uncouth a language, Dun him? That is, why don't that we were a little intimidated. you send Dun to arrest him; hence I shook hands with the foremost, it
grew into a custom, and is now which seemed to pacify them, and as old as since the days of King we were invited to a large tent : Henry VII.
near its entrance hung a quantity of horse flesh, with the limbs of
dogs, cats, marinots, rats, &c. Newton's Philosophy.-Sir I. drying in the sun, and quite Newton, shortly before his death, black. Within the tent, we foundt said, “ I don't know what I may some women, although it was difu. seem to the world, but, as to my- ficult to distinguish the sexes, so self, I seem to have been only like horrid and inhuman was theit apa boy playing on the sea shore, pearance. Through a grated lata and diverting myself in now and tice in the side of the tent, we saw then finding a smoother pebble or
some younger women peeping, of prettier shell than ordinary, whilst more handsome features, but truly the great ocean of truth lay all Calmuck, with long hair, hanging undiscovered before me.”
in thick braids on each side of
the face, and fastened at the ends Trabcis.
with bits of lead or tin. In their
ears they wore shells and large CALMUCKS.
pearls of a very irregular shape, The following account of these
or some substance much resem, singular people is given by Dr. Clarke in bis Travels, speaking eating horse flesh, tearing it off
bling pearl. The old women were of one of their camps :
from large bones, which they held “ The sight of our carriage, in their hands. Others, squatted and of the party approaching with on the ground in their tents, were it, seemed to throw them into smoking their pipes, not two inchgreat confusion.
We observed es long, much of the manner of them running backwards and for- Laplanders. In other respects, wards from one tent to another, these two people although both of and moving several of their goods. eastern origin, and both nomade As we drew near on foot, about tribes, bear little resemblance. half a dozen gigantic figures came The manner of living among the towarls us, start naked, except a Calmucks is much superior to that cloth bound round their waist, of the Laplanders. The tents of
the former are better constructed,
Humour. stronger, more spacious, and con
Dr. Watts was remarkable for tain many
of the luxuries of life; such as very warm good beds,
his vivacity in conversation, alhandsome carpets and mats, do- though he was never forward in mestic utensils, and materials of the display of it. Being one day art and science, painting and writ- in a coffee-room with some friends,
he overheard a gentleman say, ing. The Calmuck is a giant,
“ What! is that the great Dr. the Laplander a dwarf; both are
Watts ?" The Doctor, who was filthy in their persons ; but the Calmuck more so than perhaps
of low stature, turned suddenly
round, and with great good huany other nation.
“Of all the inhabitants of the mour repeated a verse from one of Russian Empire, the Calmucks
his lyric poems, which produced are the most distinguished by pe
a silent admiration of his modesty
and talents. culiarity of feature and manners. In personal appearance they are
“ Were I so tall to reach the pole,
Or mete the ocean with a span, athletic and very revolting. Their I must be measured by my soul; hair is coarse and black; their
The mind's the standard of the man, language harsh and guttural. High, prominent, and broad cheek
Dr. Goldsmith.—The followbones; very little eyes, widely se
ing announcement of the death of parated from each other; a flat
this eminent writer appeared in broad nose ; coarse, greasy, jet
one of the Journals of the time! black hair ; scarcely any eye
1774, April 4.-Died Dr. Olibrows; and enormous prominent
ver Goldsmith. Deserted is the ears, compose no very inviting Village; the Traveller hath laid countenance.
him down to rest; the Good-Na“ Their amusements are hunt- tured Man is no more ; he Stoops ing, wrestling, archery, and horse but to Conquer; the Vicar hath racing. They are not addicted to performed his sad office; it is a drunkenness, although they hold mournful lesson, from which the drinking parties, continuing for Hermit may essay to meet the half a day at a time, without in- dread tyrant with more than Gretermission. Upon such occasions cian or Roman fortitude. every one brings his share of brandy and koumiss ; and the whole stock is placed upon the In the reign of George II. the ground in the open air, the guests see of York falling vacant, his maforming a circle, seated around jesty being at a loss for a fit per
son to appoint to the exalted situTo be continued in our next.
ation, asked the opinion of the
Rev. Dr. Mountain, who had rais-" the Rectory of B
is vacant; ed himself by his remarkably fa- give it to me and that will be wit;" cetious temper from being the son “prove it," said his Lordship, of a beggar, to the see of Durham. and you shall haveit; "it would he The Doctor wittily replied, “Had'st a good thing well applied,” replithou faith as a grain of mustard ed the Chaplain. seed, thou would'st say to this Mountain (at the same time lay- A Toast.-A Chaplain to a ing his hand on his breast), governor of Bengal, more remarkbe removed, and cast into the able for the goodness of his heart sea (see).” His majesty laugh- than the brilliancy of his wit, beed heartily, and forthwith con- ing one day, at the table of his ferred the preferment on the face-patron, asked for a toast, with tious doctor.
much simplicity exclaimed-
I give?" Nothing better,' re-
plied the governor: Come, genresided in Union-court, Broad
toast---a lass and a lack a day.' street, was called, one evening, to
-A lack of rupees is one hundred visit a gentleman ill with fever.
thousand pounds. The doctor, though one of the sprucest beaux of that day, was nearly seventy years of age, and Foote being once annoyed by quite purblind. “Put out your a poor fiddler“ straining harsh
““ tongue, my friend,” ” said he to the discord” under his window, sent patient; and, applying his finger him out a shilling, with a request to the patient's unshaved chin in- that he would play elsewhere, as stead of his tongue, cried out one scraper at the door was suffi“Give him some drink! give him cient, some drink ! his tongue's as rough as a nutmeg grater.!”
The Muff and Tippet.—The
following mistake is said to have The Rev. Mr. Colton, in his been made a few days since, by a “Many Things in few words," child of 3 years old, at a village in is often happy in his illustrations Cumberland:-A lady passed the by apt quotations. Thus—“Wit door with her muff and tippet; the is one of the few things which has child never having seen such orbeen rewarded more often than it naments cried out, “ Mother, mohas been defined.” A certain Bi- ther, here is a woman with a dog shop said to his Chaplain, “What in her arms, and its tail round her is wit?” The Chaplain replied neck."