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When they can know and feel that they have been
For the bridal-night red glowing, Themselves the fathers and the dealers-out
The trumpets' call is blowing: Of some small blessings; have been kind to such
At the first cannon's peal, As needed kindness; for this single cause,
I'll clasp my bridal steel. That we have all of us one human heart.
Hurra! -Such pleasure is, to one kind Being known, My Neighbour, when with punctual care each week Duly as Friday comes, though prest herself
Why in thy scabbard shivering, By her own wants, she from her chest of meal
Thou iron-gladness quivering? Takes one unsparing handful for the scrip
So hot with battle-thirst; Of the old mendicant; and from her door
Say, bright one, why thou stir'st ? Returning with exhilarated heart, *
« Yea! in the sheath I rattle,
I gasp with war's hot thirst;
My bonds I yearn to burst !”
Hurra! BORN 31ST SEPT., 1791. KILLED IN A SKIRMISH WITH
Yet keep thy narrow cover,THE FRENCH TROOPS ON THE 20TH AUGUST, 1813,
What wouldst thou yet, wild rover ?
Rest in thy little home,
My lov'd one! soon I come!
“ Now free me! break my prison ! An interesting account of this heroic person appears in the
O for Love's fields Elysian, last number of Tart's MAGAZINE, from which we give
With rose-buds gory red, the following extract; to this is subjoined THE GRAVE
And glowing wreaths of dead!”
Hurra! of KÖRNER, by Mrs. HEMANS.
Then quit the sheath, and pleasure Two hours before the conflict, while bivouacking in the
Thine eyes, thou soldier's treasure ! wood, he had composed the last and most remarkable of
Come forth, bright sabre, come ! his war-songs, the celebrated “ Lay of the Sword,” and
Now will I bear thee home! read it to a comrade, from the leaf of his pocket-book, on
Hurra! which he had transcribed it in pencil. It was found upon
« Ah ! the free air's entrancing, his person after his decease. We must attempt to present
'Midst the marriage-revellers dancing ! to our readers this noble, yet nearly untranslateable lyric,
How gleams in sun-rays bright, although we feel that no version can approach the power
Thy steel with bridal light !” and wild beauty of the original. The startling boldness of
Hurra! the metaphor, the fiery brevity of the language, and a certain tone of stern joy, which distinguish this remarkable
Now on! ye valiant fighters ! strain, absolutely mock the efforts of a translator. At the
Now on! ye Almain riders! close of each strophe, the fierce “ Hurra !" was to be ac
And, feel your hearts but cold, companied by the clang of sabres ; it is, indeed, a song such
Let each his love enfold !
Hurra! as could not be composed but by one with the very breath of war in his nostrils.
Once, at your left hand prisoned,
Her stolen glance but glistened ;
Now at her lord's right side
God consecrates the bride!
So to the bright steel yearning
With bridal-transports burning,
Be your fond lips applied,
Accursed ! who quits his bride!
Now raise the marriage-chorus,
Till the red sparks lighten o'er us!
The nuptial dawn spreads wide
Hurra! thou Iron-bride!
On the high road from Gadebusch to Schwerin, in Meck.
lenburg, hardly two miles from the hamlet of Rosenburg, Hurra!
the affray began. The French, after a short struggle, fell
back upon a wood not far distant, hotly pursued by Lut“ To thee did I surrender
zow's cavalry. Among the foremost of these was Theodor My life of iron splendour;
Körner; and here it was that a glorious death overtook Ah! were the band but tied !
him. A ball passing through the neck of his charger When wilt thou fetch thy bride ?”
lodged in his body, and robbed him at once of speech and Hurra!
consciousness. He was instantly surrounded by his com
rades, and borne to an adjacent wood; where every expele car remote parishes even the solitary maiden, whose sole bread. dient that skill or affection could devise was employed to winner was the spinning wheel, would have fancied her exemption from the customary dole, to the old remembered beggar" an injury or slight preserve his life: but in vain. The spirit of the singer and to be free condition, and it may be still observed by mistresses of fa- warrior had arisen to its native heaven ! alles in towns, that when they get a young country servant, the tender beart of the maiden 'conceives it harsh, if not sintulito turn away an
Beside the highway, as you go from Lubelow to Dreydit begrar uniserved. It takes an apprenticeship to town life to make her crug, near the village of Wobbelin, in Mecklenburg, was suspect imposition in piteous tales and a long time to convince her his body lovingly laid to rest, by his companions in arms, the mistress of enlightening the rustic eyes, and hardening the tender beneath an oak; the favourite tree of his country, which heart, is often no pleasing lask.
he had ever desired to mark the place of his sepulchre. A
mionument has since been raised on the spot. It is a plain, King Henry himself conducted his daughter through square, pillar of stone, one side of which bears the device of Northamptonshire, and then consigped her to the care of a lyre and sword, with the brief inscription, from one of the Earis of Surrey and Northumberland Margaret trahis own poems, Vergiss die treuen Tollen nicht :-“ For. velled leisurely, never commencing her ride till noon, nor get not the faithful dead!" a strong, and not a vain appeal! continuing it beyond five o'clock, when she reached the —for surely, so long as the excellence of generous sacrifice, castle or palace prepared for her reception during the night. and bright genius, and warm feelings, and whatever else is Wherever she appeared she was greeted kindly : fair dames brave, and pure, and lovely, shall be held in esteem amongst and gallant cavaliers followed in her train; and every day men, this faithful Dead shall not be forgotten; but his produced a repetition of pageantry and jubilee. After a tomb will be a place of pilgrimage, and a sanctuary of week's progress she reached Berwick, where the Earl of deep and holy emotions, in all time henceforward. Nor is Northumberland gave up his fair charge to the Scottish the sepalture sanctified by his ashes alone. A fair young lorids whom James had appointed to receive her. From sister is sleeping there, by the side of the poet. Berwick she departed in regal state, attired and attended sultier ;-his dearest sister, who survived but to complete a
as future Queen of Scotland. To use the language of an last labour of love, his portrait, and then passed away, to old writer" She was arrayed and crowned with gold rejoin in the grave the object of her undying affection. and precious stones, sitting in her litter richly appointed ; Their fellowship had been too intimate and entire for death her footmen nigh; her palfrey following after, led by Sir to disturb. A memory of the loving girl will for ever ac- James Wortley, master of the horse. Next came her ladies company the name of the chief tenant of that tomb, and and gentlemen, mounted on fair palfreys, with their haradoru it with another and more beautiful association. ness rich in apparel; then followed her chariot, and after
that, gentlemen on horseback." THE GRAVE OF KORNER.
In that manner, attended by two thousand horsemen, Green wave the Oak for ever o'er thy rest!
she approached Lamber-church* (or Lamberlerche, as the Thou that beneath its crowning toliage slecpest,
old writers call it), where King James's party were waiting hnd, in the stillness of thy (ountry's Dreast, Thy place of memory, as an altar, keepest!
for her in a pavilion which had been erected there for the Brighily thy spirit o'er her bills was pourel,
purpose. 'Thou of the Lyre and Sword !
“ When she was come there," says the same ancient Rest, Bard! rest, Soldier !-By the Father's band,
writer, “ the Earl of Morton advanced, and kneeling to Here shall the Child of alter-years be lel,
the ground, made the receiving; and after this she was With his wreath-otfering silently to standi In the hush d presence of the glorious dead,
brought to the pavilion appointed for recreation, and helped Suldier and Bard! -For thou thy path bast trod
down and kissed by the said lord. After the receiving With Frecdom and with God!
done, each put himself in order, and the Queen mounted on The Dak waved proudly o'er thy burial.rite,
horseback. The said Lord of Northumberland made his On thy crowned bier to siuni er warriors bore thee ; And with true hearts, thy brethren of the fight
devoir, at the departing, of gambades and leaps erith his Wept as they verici their drooping banners o'er thee;
horse, as did likewise the Lord Scroop, his father, and And the deep guns with rolling peal gave token, bat Lync and Sword were broken!
many others that took charge.” Thou hast a hero's tomb:- A lowlier bed
The nunber of the Scots at this junction was cstimated 1. heis, the gentle girl, beside thee lying,
at one thousand persons. Passing through Haddington, The gentle girl, that bowed her fair young head,
the bridal party proceeded to the castle of the Earl of MorWhen thou wert gone, in eilent sorrow dymg. Lrutier! true friend! the tender and the brave!
ton, at Dalkeith, which for the preseut was to be the bourne She pined to pliare thy grave.
of Margaret's pilgrimage. At the gate of the castle she Fame was tliy gift from other --but for her
was met by the Countess of Morton, and by her conducted 20 whoin the wide earth held that only spot-S4. loved thee!-lovely in your lives ye were,
to the state-chamber, where King James, accompanied by a Aud in your early deaths dived not !
few select courtiers, arrived to welconic her to Scotland. Thou nast thine Oak-ihy trophy-what hath she ?
The language of Somerset, the ancient journalist, regarding Hier own blest place by thee.
this meeting, is so naivé, that I give his own words. Al
luding to the happy pair, he says, “ Ilaring made each TIIE MOST IMPORTANT MARRIAGE EVER other great reverences, his head being uncovered, they CELEBRATED IN SCOTLAND.
kissed together; and in likevise kissed the ladies, and The marriage of our Scottish monarch James IV. with others also. Then the Queen and he went aside, and conDurgaret, daughter of King Henry VII. of England, has muned for lang space; she held good manere, and he barewerted, from its consequences, the title of most important,
headed.” After this courtly introduction, continues the Lecause it united, in those descended from it, the royal fa
sane author, “ they washed their hands in humble reverdioviy wars which had so long desolated both of them ; Queen, accompanied by my Lady Surrey. This doon, thie Dailies of the two kingdoms, and terminated thereby the ence, and after set them down togeder. The table being aid it was the remote means of introducing and fostering all the arts of peace, and of raising Great Britain to a de King took licence of her, for it was late, and went to his Site of power and happiness, which the countries of which bed at Edinburgh, very well content of so fair meeting." ii cousisted would never have otherwise enjoyed. James superbly dressed. She was seated in her wheeled carries
On the young Queen's departure from Dalkeith, she was V., the son of that marriage, it will be remembered, was which had been brought with her from England, and lie father of Queen Mary; and she was the mother of James which was the first of the kind that ever had been seen VI. In this way that prince succeeded to the Scottish crown. On the death of Queen Elizabeth he got also that north of the Tweed it and, with a magnificent retine, she vi England, as the descendant of Margaret, Henry the ceeded a few miles on the road she was met by James, who;
was conveyed towards Edinburgh. When she had proSeventii's daughter, just mentioned ; and thus in his person vaulting from his steed, walked for some time liy her side; were joined the sovereigntics of both kingdoms. The marriage between James IV. and Margaret took he invited her to mount behind him; and in this manner
then exchanging his own horse for her more gentle palfrey, 1. lace in the year 150%, above three hundred years ago, they made their entry into Edinburgh. Never, perhaps tue bride being fifteen, and the bridegroom twenty-nine years old. The following circumstances of the bride's jour
This is Lamberton, a few miles north of Her wick, where there is Hey to Scotland, her arrival at Edinburgh, and the celebra- a toll-bar. It is the first village in Scotland nfter leaving Berwick cir1.09 of her muptials at Holycross (Holyrood), cannot fail cuit, and, among the country people, is almost as ensinent for the irre: to be not a little interesting to us all, when we refieet what gular marriages celebrated there on he castern part of the border, as might have been our condition at this day but for the con- hood have a particular respect for Lamerlon Toll as a marriage place, Suquences of that marriage,-the gay and happy events
saying, that a king anxi quecu were once married there. Connexied with which are now to be shortly detailed.
# Ibat carriage remained in luthien Castlc.-See bell's life of Q: May.
were royal nuptials more sportively solemnized, and never and Germany, have by this means in a few years become were bridal pair attended by a more numerous and merry wealthy farmers, who, in their own countries, where all cavalcade The Scots are said to have outshone the Eng- the lands are fully occupied, and the wages of labour low, lish in the superb housings of their steeds, their brilliant could never have emerged from the mean condition wherein armour, and their accoutrements. On approaching the they were born. church of the “ Holy Cross," (Holyrood), each cavalier Next week,—or in an early week,—we shall give extracts leaped from his horse ; and James, putting his arm round of letters from Canada, and the United States, which may Margaret's waist, carried her to the altar, at which they be useful to intending emigrants. were canonically united.
WITCHCRAFT AND ITS BELIEVERS.-When Lord Chief EMIGRATION.
Justice Holt was on the Oxford Circuit, a woman was put
on her trial for witchcraft ; having done many injuries to WHO SHOULD GO TO AMERICA.
her neighbours, their houses, goods, and cattle, by means It cannot be worth any man's while, who has a means of having in her possession a ball of black worsted, which of living at home, to expatriate himself, in hopes of obtain. she had received from a person, who told her that it had ing a profitable office in America. Much less is it advis- certain properties. The poor old woman did not deny the able for a person to go thither, who has no other quality | possession of the said ball, but said that she had never done to recommend him but his birth. n Europe it has, in any one harm with it, but on the contrary, good ; and deed, its value ; but it is a commodity that cannot be car that they only envied her having such an important thing ried to a worse market than to that of America, where in her possession. “Well,” says the judge, “ you seem to people do not inquire concerning a stranger, What is he? admit having used the ball as a charm ; now, will you tell but, What can he do? f he has any useful art, he is me how long you have had it, and from whom you had it?" welcomed ; and if he exercises it, and behaves well, he will the poor woman answered, that she kept a small public be respected by all that know him; but a mere man of house, near to Oxford, about forty years ago ; and one day, quality, who, on that account, wants to live upon the pub. a party of young men belonging to the University came to bic by some office or salary, will be disappointed, despised, her house, and ate and drank what they liked to call for, and disregarded. The husbandman is in honour there, and but had no money among them wherewith to pay for what even the mechanic, because their employments are use they devoured ; and that one of the young men gave ber, ful. The people have a saying, that God Almighty is him- in lieu of it, the said ball, which he assured her would do self a mechanic, the greatest in the universe; and he is re- wonders for her, as it possessed surprising powers ; and the spected and admired more for the variety, ingenuity, and youth looked so grave and wise, that she believed him ; utility of handy-works, than for the antiquity of his fa- and she had no occasion to repent of it, for it had really mily. They are pleased with the observation of a negro, done a great deal of good to her and others. “Well, my and frequently mention it, that Boccarora (meaning the good woman,” said his Lordship,“ did the young man say white man) make de black man workee, make de horse any thing about unwinding the ball ?”. “O yes, my Lord, workee, make de ox workee, make ebry ting workee, only he told me, that if I should do so, the charm would be de hog. He, de hog, no workee; he eat, he drink, he walk gone ; and here it is (producing it) in the same state I had about, he go to sleep when he please, he libb like a gentle it forty years ago." The judge having requested her to
According to these opinious of the Americans, hand it up to him for his inspection, he thus addressed the one of them would think himself more obliged to a genea- jury :-“Gentlemen, I believe it is known to some of you logist, who could prove for him, that his ancestors and re- that I was educated at the University of Oxford ; and it is lations for ten generations had been ploughmen, smiths, now about forty years ago. Like some of my companions, carpenters, turners, weavers, tanners, or even shoemakers, I joined in youthful frolics, which riper judgment taught and consequently, that they were useful members of so me were wrong. On one occasion about that period, I re. ciety, than if they could only prove that they were gentle collect of going to the house, which it appears this woman men, doing nothing of value, but living idly on the labourot then kept ; neither I nor any of my companions having others, mere fruges consumere nati,* and otherwise good for any money, I thought of this expedient in order to satisfy nothing, till by their death their estates, like the carcass her claim upon us. 1 produced a ball of black worsted, of the negro's Gentleman hog, come to be cut up.
and having written a few Hebrew characters on a slip of With regard to encouragements for strangers from go-paper, I put it inside, telling her, that in that consisted a vernment, they are really only what are derived from good charm that would do wonders for her and others : seeing laws and liberty. Strangers are welcome, because there is she believed in the deception, we quietly took our deroom enough for them all, and therefore the old inhabit-parture, but not before I had enjoined her never to undo ante are not jealous of them; the laws protect them suffin the said ball. Now, gentlemen, in order to prove to your ciently, so that they have no need of the patronage of great minds the folly of those who believe in, and persecute, such men; and every one will enjoy securely the profits of his deluded and silly creatures as this woman, now arraigned industry. America is the land of labour, and by no means as a witch, I will undo this ball before your eyes, and I what the English call Lubberland, and the French Pays have no doubt will find the characters I wrote on a slip of de Cocagne, where the streets are said to be paved with paper forty years ago.” The judge soon unwound the half-peck loaves, the houses tiled with pancakes, and where bail, and produced the identical paper, with the Hebrew the fowls fly about already roasted, crying, Come eat me ! characters; which so convinced the jury of the folly and
Who then are the kind of persons to whom an einigra- absurdity of the then general belief, that the woman was tion to America may be advantageous ? And what are the immediately pronounced NOT GUILTY, and discharged. advantages they may reasonably expect? Land being
ORGANIC DEFECTS, Professor Rudolphi, in a memvir read cheap in that country, from the vast forests still void or before the Berlin Academy of Sciences, remarks, that the interinhabitauts
, and not likely to be occupied in an age to marriage of parties who labour under defective organs, is not a come, hearty young labouring men, who understand the under our observation," says he, " that here, in Berlin, a deaf husbandry of corn and cattle, which is nearly the same in person having married a person who could hear, the male offthat country as in Europe, may easily establish themselves spring of this marriage are all deaf and dumb, whilst the fethere. First, they must engage as labourers, and a little males have their hearing perfect. It has been also communimoney saved of the good wages they receive there, while cated from North America, that, in one family several members they work for others, enables them in time to buy the land for various generations have been struck with blindness at a and begin their plantation, in which they are assisted by certain age. "Block mentions, that, in thefamily of a Berliner, the good will of their neighbours, and some credit. Mui. a severing of the iris and a central cataract are hereditary; and tituies of poor people from England, Ireland, Scotland, family, and is aflicted with these evils in both eyes. Indeed,
I am acquainted with a girl, who is one of the youngest of that
we may observe the absence of the black pigment of the eye in Merely to eat up the corn.
more animals than the white mouse and rabbit."
ELEMENTS OF THOUGHT.
THE PETTICOAT KIRK.
ever inflicted upon men. One great apology for its exercise Mind has, by its own native energy, won for itself its is, that the presentee must every way be fit for those upon proper station in the affairs of the external world. Not Now, observe this reasoning. The college of physicians
whom he is forced, for the Presbytery have licensed him. only has it given laws to nature, but it is now exerting su- license a professional man, but of all whom they license preme dominion over the great heart of society. The spirit they allow me to make my choice. Not so the patron and of the age is of its begetting; the march of intellect is but the Presbytery :-here is the man, and a whole congregation its going-forth. The age of reason long ago commenced. In
must take him to be their pastor. How shamefully its infancy, by the mere novelty of its appearance, it startled absurd! I can choose the man to care for my body, but Í
cannot choose the man to care for my soul!! The same the state“ from its propriety :" then came its nonage,—the holds with respect to a lawyer :- he has been licensed by the period between puberty and manhood,-during which its faculty of advocates, but I may take my choice of any one character was felt to be doubtful, as at such seasons charac- I think best :—thus I may choose the man to whom I ter always is. But the fixed time awaited it; the inevit commit my character or my worldly fortune ; but the patron
and the Presbytery will force me to commit my spiritual able years advanced, and its manhood appeared in the attri-comfort and eternal welfare to any man they please. Now, butes of resolution. Such is the attitude which it has now I have a word for the patron. He has a beautiful daugh. assumed; the free daring of its mien is not to be cowed. ter, and an accomplished young lady she is. 1 say to her It wakes, glorious in its strength, as the sun when he rises, father, the patron of the kirk, I mean to present a husband like a giant rejoicing to run his course. But shall its set- will or not.
to your daughter, and she must marry him whether she
It is true, he is not well behaved, and he will ting come also at last ? Nay, what has mind to do with spend her fortune!!! What an outcry the father, and rising or setting, or with day and night? Chance and mother, and daughter would make. You will ruin my change approach not the pure element which it inhabiteth; daughter's comfort all her life. What, then, I reply, you time is but the motion of its thoughts, and space only the will ruin my comfort in this life, and in the life that is to
Which is the most to be pitied- your daughter or intuition of its feelings. Let but its fiat be uttered, and me? Let the affair of patronage be fairly examined, and the universe shall shake to its foundations, or a new world you will perceive the colouring of the picture is not over. start from the ruins of the old.
charged. But patronage takes other cunning ways to effect the same purpose. The young preacher makes up to the
patron's daughter, for he knows well that in any other way In the more enlightened classes of individuals, some now he will never get a kirk. And now the patron's daughter and then rise up, who, through a singular force and elevation must be provided with a husband, at the expense of the of soul, obtain a sway over men's minds to which no limits feeling, comfort, and edification, of a whole parish, during can be prescribed. They speak with a voice which is his incumbency. Now, a kirk that is disposed of in this heard by distant nations, and which goes down to future if the preacher has money or friends, ways and means may
way is, in every sense of the word, a petticoat kirk. But ages. Their names are repeated with veneration by mil. be taken secretly to buy the living. And this is somelions, and millions read in their lives and writings, a quick times resorted to. In this case, we may safely call the ening testimony to the greatness of the mind, to its moral kirk secrectly bought, a penny kirk. Another way may strength, to the reality of disinterested virtue. These are be open for the disposal of a kirk, and that is in the cavci
an election. The patron may say to an elector, if you cute the true sovereigns of the earth. They share in the royalty for me or my friend you shall have the vacant kirk of Jesus Christ. They have a greatness which will be kirk disposed of in this way may be called a political kirk. more and more felt. The time is coming, its signs are vi- | The words sound harmoniously-A petticoat kirk- -3 sible, when this long-mistaken attribute of greatness will penny kirk– a political kirk !— Dr. Kidd of Aberdeen. be seen to belong eminently, if not exclusively, to those, Manufactures are founded in poverty. It is the ulti. who, by their character, deeds, sufferings, writings, leave tude of poor without land in a country, and who ir imperishable and ennobling traces of themselves on the work for others at low wages, or starve, that enables human mind.
dertakers to carry on a manufacture, and to afferd it ibidi enough to prevent the importation of the same kiud tutti!
abroad, and to bear the expense of its own experiet?!? Orthodoxy* is a Greek word, which signifies a right opi- But no man who can have a piece of land of his own. nion, and hath been used by churchmen as a term to de- ficient hy his labour to subsist his family in plenty, note a soundness of doctrine or belief with regard to all enough to be a manufacturer, and to work for a nuter. points and articles of faith. But as there have been among Hence, while there is land enough in a country wikit". those churchmen several systems of doctrine or belief, they for the people, upon easy terms, there can be no muniti all assert for themselves that they only are orthodox, and tures to any amount or valne. It is an observationer. in the right, and that all others are heterodox, and in the ed upon facts, that the natural livelihood of the thin irhahifa wrong. What is orthodoxy at Constantinople, is hetero- ants of a forest country is hunting; that of a roate nititzdoxy, or heresy, at Rome. What is orthodoxy at Rome, is ber pasturage; and that of a middling population ay cal. heterodoxy at Geneva, London, and many other places. ture; and that of the greatest, manufactures; which last mist What was orthodoxy here in the reign of Edward VI., be subsist the bulk of the people in a full country, or they came heresy in the reign of his sister Mary; and in Eliza- must be subsisted by charity, or perish.-1ranklin. beth's time things changed their names again. Various THE ORGAN.-Two Highlandmen, kilte l in primitive was the fate of those poor words in the reigns of our suc- order, dropped inadvertently into St. Paul's ( "hapel, York ceeding kings, as the currents of Calvinism, Arminianisin, Place, on a Sunday, and seated themselves in a respectable aud Popery ebbed and flowed.--Dr. Robertson.
pew. Having never been in an Episcopal papel befin
their astonishment cannot be described on a 'rzutiful syli • The definition given by a Loanhead weaver to a (ilmerton carter, phony being struck up by the organist. Ainut instar i as complete, and more brief --" I say, David, you that kens a'thing, the minister was telling us yesterday about orthodoxy and heterodony
a gentleman came to take possession of the se ad civi: now, what's that?" I'll soon tell ye that, Jock.-- When your doxy laid his hand on the shoulder of one of then rxi soiute1 and my doxy 'gree, ye observe-well, that's orthodoxy; but when your doxy and my doss difer--that's heterodoxy."--No definition could be
to the door. “ Hout tout !" cried the Highlander, « tuk' more complete.
out Donald there, he be a far better dancer t..
ed, to a crowded congregation. None but those who are TO-MORROW.
themselves slaves to the habit of procrastination, will be
lieve that I could be so foolish as to put off writing this Abridged from Miss Edgeuorth.
sermon till the Saturday evening before it was wanted. "Oh, this sletestable To-rrorrow !-3 thing always expected, yet Some of my young companions came unexpectedly to sup never found."
with me; we sat late; in the vanity of a young author, It has long been my intention to write my own history ; who glories in the rapidity of composition, I said to myand I am determined to begin it to-day; for half the good self that I could finish my sermon in an hour's time. But, intentions of my life have been frustrated by my unfortu- alas ! when my companions at length departed, they left rate habit of putting things off till to-morrow.
me in no condition to mplete a sermon. I fell fast asleep, When I was a young man. I used to be told that this was and was wakened in the morning by the bishop's servant. my only fault; I believed it; and my vanity or laziness The dismay I felt is indescribable; I started up—it was persuaded me that this fault was but small, and that I nine o'clock; I began to write ; but my hand and my mind should easily cure myself of it in time.
trembled, and my ideas were in such confusion, that I could That time, however, has not yet arrived ; and at my ad- not, great genius as I was, produce a beginning sentence in ranced time of life, I must give up all thoughts of amend a quarter of an hour. Thent, hoping, however, that sincere repentance may stand I kept the bishop's servant forty minutes by his watch ; instead of reformation.
wrote and re-wrote two pages, and walked up and down My father was an eminent London bookseller : he hap- the room ; tore my two pages; and at last, when the footpened to be looking over a new biographical dictionary on man said he could wait no longer, was obliged to let him the day when I was brought into the world ; and at the go with an awkward note, pleading sudden sickness for my moment when my birth was announced to him, he had his apology. It was true that I was sufficiently sick at the time finger upon the name Basil ; he read aloud—“ Basil, can- when I penned this note ; my head-ached terribly; and I onized bishop of Cæsarea, a theological, controversial, and kept my room, reflecting upon my own folly, the whole of moral writer."
the day. I foresaw the consequences; the living was given * My boy," continued my father, “shall be named after away by my patron the next morning, and all hopes of futhis great man, and I hope and believe that I shall live to ture favour were absolutely at an end. see luim either a celebrated theological, controversial, and Basil's next adventure was in the suite of Lord Macartmoral author, or a bishop. I am not so sanguine as to ex- ney to China, for which voyage he made immense preparapect that he should be both these good things.”
tions, but unfortunately lost his ship; and did not recover I was christened Basil, according to my father's wishes; it till at Sumatra. His resolution was now taken to write and bis hopes of my future celebrity and fortune were con a history of China, which should make his own fortune, firmed, during my childhood, by instances of wit and me- and delight his father; but when at Pekin, he found his bory, which were not perhaps greater than what could note-books had been left in his bed on ship-board, and his have been found in my little contemporaries, but which remarks, written down on scraps of paper, were mislaid, appeared to the vanity of parental fondness extraordinary, if long before he came to require them. Through negligence, not enpernatural.
Basil got into disagreeable adventures, and finally returned When I was sent to a public school, I found among my home, neither richer nor wiser than when he left England. companions so many temptations to idleness, that, notwith Besides his imperfect notes, he found his great work on standing the quickness of my parts, I was generally flogged China forestalled by a more prompt and industrious writer, twice 2-week. As I grew older, my reason might perhaps probably of very inferior ability. That he might be able have taught me to correct myself, but my vanity was ex to redeem lost time, Basil set off to an uncle Lowe, who, cited to persist in idleness by certain imprudent sayings or he says, lived in the country, in a retired part of England. whisperings of my father.
He was a farmer, a plain, sensible, affectionate man; and, When I came home from school at the holydays, and says Basil, as he had often invited me to come and see him, when complaints were preferred against me in letters from I made no doubt that I should be an agreeabl guest. I had my schoolmaster, my father, even while he affected to scold intended to have written a few lines the week before I set me for my negligence, flattered me in the most dangerous out, to say that I was coming ; but I put it off till at last I manner by adding-aside to some friend of the family thought that it would be useless, because I should get there
“My Basil is a strange fellow ; can do anything he as soon as my letter. pleases-all his masters say so; but he is a sad idle dog I had soon reason to regret that I had been so negligent ; all your men of genius are so; puts off business always to for my appearance at my uncle's, instead of creating that the last moment all your men of genius do so. For in- general joy which I had expected, threw the whole house stance there is — whose third edition of odes I have just into confusion. It happened that there was company in published—what an idle dog he is. Yet who makes such the house, and all the beds were occupied. While I was a noise in the world as he does ?-puts off everything till taking off my boots, I had the mortification to hear my lo-morrow, like my Basil; but can do more at the last mo. aunt Lowe say, in a voice of mingled distress and reproach, ment than any man in England—that is, if the fit seizes « Come! is he?-My goodness! What shall we do for a . him ; før he do's nothing but by fits; has no application bed? How could he think of coming without writing a -none ; says it would . petrify him to a dunce. I never line before-hand ? My goodness! I wish he was a hun. knew a man of geniu, who was not an idle dog."
dred miles off, I'm sure." Not a syllable of such speeches was lost upon me; the My uncle shook hands with me, and welcomed me to old Heas of a pian of genius and of an idle dog were soon so England again, and to his house ; which, he said, should alfirmy jouned together in my imagination, that it was im- ways be open to all his relations. I saw that he was not
* bie to separate them, either by my own reason or by pleased; and, as he was a man who, according to the English Bet est ruy pre ptors,
phrase, scorned to keep a thing long upon his mind, he let me Buils feiner got time to change his notions as the know, before he had finished his first glass of ale to my good & prorried in the old course. He obtained a patron in health, that he was inclinable to take it very unkind in*** x-late, and was educated for the church with deed, that, after all he had said about my writing a letter
Hero of prefeitoent. He says_My patron, who now and then, just to say how I did, and how I was going us in like war the better the oftener I dined with him, on, I had never put pen to paper to answer one of his let"7.A 1* uni to hope that he would provide for me ters, since the day I first promised to write, which was the
! We not yet ordained, when a living of day I went to Eton school, till this present time of speaking, * hondal per annum fell into his gift; he held it over I had no good apology to make for myself, but I attempted 2013 VT 1!!ths, as it was thought, on purpose for me. all manner of excuses ; that I had put off writing from day
the mean time, he employed me to write a charity to day, and from year to year, till I was ashamed to write seven for him, which he was io preach, as it was expect- at all; that it was not from want of affection, &c.