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469 so mechanically imbibed ; to bring ed Lord undertook to make overit to maturity, we must search tures more practicable by our inthe fcriptures; not vainly strive firm and depraved natures. In to cultivate our foil without the short, what is the substance of necessary implements : To read is this hymn reduced to prole, if it to believe. Can it be collected could be so and at the iame time from the sun, moon and stars, or retain its poetical beauty and senthe face of this globe, that there timental brilliancy, but barely will be a remission of fins ? A this? deift may reasonably, suppose that Almighty Being ! thou art all the Almighty is a beneficent as mercy and justice ; but so unworwell as omnipotent being ; that thy of that mercy is the wretch at he willed and designed men's hap- thy feet, that to hope it would be piness. : Nay there can be no the sumınit of presumption. The Itronger proof of his goodness dictates of justice declare the nethan his having endued mankind ceflity of inaking me an example, with this capacity : But surely it for if fins like mine can escape must be confined to the condition, with impunity, who will be afraid by the tenets of natural religion, I say, to offend thee, or whom canit of man's keeping himself void of thou destroy ? therefore conlign offence. Upon no other terms me to merited perdition. But no: can the deift promise himself hap- A sudden gleam of hope darts on piness: If he does, he invades the my despairing foul : If one so deprivileges, the grand characteris-. voutly penitent as I am is past retick of that gospel whose truth demption, then indeed thy Jesus and divinity he denies. So that died in vain, (or to ask the questo expect happiness, a Deist should tion as it is in the poetry ;)" but be, what I believe is seldom the whom can thy thunder strike that case, a much better man than a Jesus did not die to save ? christian ; nay, he should be per- Is not this a very natural, a very feet, which, as revelation and our contrite, a very animated ejaculaown experience tell us, no man tion ? Could a uniform christian can be ; for that cause perhaps have said more? And if he had said it was, that is, to remedy and ex- less, would he not have said too piate our imperfections, our bleff- little ?
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times inspire with dishonest ceased, and the dispirited owner, çunning the illiterate savage. Af- looking on the toy no longer with ter a successful attack on the Roy- any satisfaction, determined to al party in 1745, a Highlander conceal the misfortune which had had gained a watch, as his share of befallen it, and to dispose of it to the spoils of the vanquished. Un- the first person who offered him a acquainted with its use, he listen- trifle in exchange. He soon met ed with equal surprise and plea with a customer, but at parting, he fure, to the ticking sound with could not conceal his triumph, and which his new acquisition amused exultingly exclaimed, "Why, she him ; after a few hours, however,
dicd lalt night."
470 Description of a Genius.-Anecdote of. Christina.
DESCRIPTION of a GENIUS.
may be truly said to be a go- alla concur, that new scenery may ing faculties of the mind in their that new lights may be thrown vigour, and can exercise them upon the prospe&ts of nature ; that with warmth and spirits, upon the sphere of our ideas may beenwhatever subject he chufes. The larged, or a new assemblage may imagination (in order to form a be formed of them, either in the writer of eminence) muft, in par- way of fable or illustration ; fo ticular, be very quick and suscept-' that if the author does not disclose ible, or as a fine poet has expreffed original traces of thinking, by it, must be feelingly alive all o'er, that presenting to us objects unseen behe may receive the strongest im- fore, he may at least delight by the pressions either from the objects novelty of their combination, and of nature, the works of art, or the the point of view in which he actions of men ; for it is in pro. offers them. The power of the portion as this power of the mind mind, moreover, which exerts itis wrought upon, that the author self in what Mr. Locke calls the feels in his own breast thofe fine $6 association of ideas," must be sensations, which it is his business quick, vigorous, and warm ; beto impart to others, and that he is cause it is from thence that lane able to describe things in so lively guage receives its animated figures, a manner, as to make them, as it its bold translation of phrases from were, present to us, and of con- one idea to another, the verbum arfequence to give what turn hedens, the glowing metaphorical pleases to our affe&tions. The expression, which constitutes the judgement also must be clear and richness and boldness of his imastrong, that the proper parts of a gery ; and from thence likewise story or description may be select- Iprings the readiness of ennobling ed, that the description of the va- a sentiment or description with rious members of a work may be the pomp of sublime comparison, such, as to give a lucid order to or striking it deeper on the mind the whole, and that such expref- by the aptness of witty allusion. fions
may be made use of as shall Perhaps, what we call genius, not only serve to convey the in- might be still more minutely a. tended ideas, but shall convey them nalyzed ; but these are its prinforcibly, and with that decorum ciple efficient qualities ; and in of style which the art of compofi- proportion as thcle, or any of these, tion requires ; so that fimplicity Thall be found deficient in an aufhall not be impoverished into thor, so many degrees shall he be re. meannels, nor dignity be incum-' moved from the first rank and chabered with a load of finery, and racter of a writer, affected ornament. Invention must
ANECDOTE of CHRISTINA, QUEEN of SWE
DEN. CHE HRISTINA, the Swedish amuse her during a feepless
queen, never wore a night night, after having been indisposed cap, but always wrapped her the whole preceding day, she orhead in a napkin. In order to In order to dered musičk to be performed near
The Extravagant Wife : An American Tale. 471 her bed, the curtain of which Italian singers, who are in generwas entirely closed. Transported al not remarkable for bravery, were at length with the pleasure the re- so much frightened by her voice, ceived from a particular passage and the sudden appearance of such in the musick, she haftily put her an extraordinary figure, that they head out of bed, and loudly ex- betame at once dumb and stupified; claimed, “ death and the devil, and the musick immmediately how well he fings ?” The poor ceased.
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arrived that was destined to ry ship was equally brittle, the
The officers large for the dimensions of tlre did not fail to praise Capt Blasthouse. Superbia's guests were by em's gallantry in a late action, far too numerous for separate ac- and led him from thence to a commodation. The crowding minute detail of the engagement: them together produced many In a few moments, every thing laughable scenes, which were upon the table was under failing greatly, heightened by the drolle- orders. The front centre, and rear ry of the navy officers, who rough divisions, were instantly formed. as the watry element, loft no op
The British Admiral and portunity of treading on a gouty French Chef d'Escadre took the toe, or squaring their elbows into lead of their fleets in two enorthe fides of their neighbours. mous china pudding pans, and the Among this class of visitants, whole table was directly involved Captain Blast-em rendered him- in smoking heat. To finish the self highly confpicuous. In fact, necessary destruction of his ophe was a 'dear lover of fun, and ponents, the Captain's right leg avoided all entertainments that embraced one foot of the table, and gave no scope to his mischievous springing up with a horrid exclaturn. An immense pyramid that mation, he sunk the beaten line towered in the centre of the table, upon the floor in a trice. At this he designedly mistook for the rock unexpected conclufion of the batof Gibraltar, and painted the at- tle, Superbia, scarcely mistress of tack of this fortress, with such ad- herfelf when china fell, could mirable energy, as dafhed it into not restrain the flush of indignaa thoufand pieces. Several fan- tion ; and every individual who ciful arrangements in pastry, the came in contact with the wounded, fervency of his imagination form. were at least bespattered, to their
Of the Paffion of fear. great mortification. The decep- fection-trivial were the imprel: tion of politeness soon got the sions that they made upon
her better of fincerity. The inistress heart. Superbia only waited the of the house, pronounced Captain emancipating moment, that fet Blast-em, an immensely queer fel- her foot on Ihore, to begin a new low, and the sweetest droll dog and still more expensive career of that ever she saw. The guests ac- dissipation. Play houses--operas, quiesced in her determination and concerts and ridottos-Ranelagh, a late hour returned them to their the Pantheon, Vauxhall and Bath, respective homes, heartily pleased all boasted the charms of novelty with the day. Poor Mercator, who --Saddler's Wells, Tunbridge; and was at a loss whether ill manners, Newmarket, had as yet been unor infenfibility triumphed, foon as explored. In short, every scene woke froin his reverie, by calls that that gratified boundless whim, and prest upon him for the immediate kept a paffion for variety alive, payment of breakage, nearly a- was courted with avidity. Cards mounting to the supposed expenses at last became her favourite and of the feast. He discharged the parties were formed at Mercator's bills with a tolerable grace, and house, whose secret intentions were fortly after embarked for Europe. to fleece his wife. InexperiencA dawn of hope ftill played a- ed in the mysteries of this science, round his aching heart, that, a she soon emptied her own purse, lengthy voyage might weaken her and finally prefented her husband's love for company, and render Su- name to the publick as a bankrupt. perbia more attached to the pleas- Mercator, worn out with vexation, yres of domestick tranquillity. died of a broken heart and the Many were the salutary, maxims extravagant wife, is now an exthat he addrest to her ear, in the travagant mistress, to one of the melting language of connubial af- most noble order of Blacklegs.
Of the PASSION of FEAR. "HE paflion of fear fonetimes Majesty will but make that old
shews itself upon the slightest gentleman take off his sword and occasion, and in persons the most his spurs, I will eat him before unlikely to entertain such a guest. your face, before I begin the pig.' A French author relates a whim- Gen.Koninglmart(who had, at the fical instance of this kind. Charles head of a body of Swedes, perGustavus of Sweden was besieging formed wonders against the AufPrague, when a boor of most ex- trians, and who was looked upon traordinary visage desired admit- as one of the bravest men of the tance to his tent, and, being allow. age) could not stand this proposal, ed entrance, offered, by way of elpecially as it was accompanied ainusing the King, to devour a by a most hideous and preternatwhole hog, weighing two hun- ural expansion of the frightful dred wcight, in his presence. The peasant's jaws. Without uttering old Gen. Koningfmarc,who stood a word, the veteran suddenly by the King's side, and who, fold. turned round, ran out of the ier as he was, had not got rid of court, and thought not himself the prejudices of his childhood, safe till he had arrived at his quarhinted to his royal master, that ters, where he remained twenty the peasant ought to be burnt as a four hours, locked up, securely, forcerer. Sir,' said the sellow, before he had got rid of the panick irritated at the remark, " if your which had so severely affected him.
Story of Fosephus and Ludovicus.
473 FOR THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE. STORY of JOSEPHUS and LUDOVICUS. JOSE JOSEPHUS was the son of a labour- those innocent pleasures he enjoyed,
er in the State of Georgia, and in the company and conversation of early contracted an intimacy with Lu- his beloved. At length, however, he dovicus, the child of a neighbouring hesitatingly faultered out his love, to opulent planter ; the father of the the amiable object of his regards, former frequently worked upon the which candid confession he knew, was farm of the latter, and would oft- the only thing wanting to induce a
take his fon Jolephus with similar acknowledgement. Mary him. Ludovicus was so well pleased Ann, who had too delicate a sense of with the poor boy's disposition, that "filial propriety, to willingly offend mutual intimacy soon ripened into her only remaining parent, ingenufriendship ; for the son of affluence, ously told Josepus, that he had long was of a most amiable temper,and des- been the man of her heart, but that titute of that pride which disgraces too in spite of Cupid's power she determinmany. With these qualifications, no- ed not to proceed in the affair, until thing was wanting to make Ludovicus her father's consent was honourably the complete gentleman, excepting a obtained. Ludovicus, previous to an liberal education. His father, sensible eligible opportunity of explanation that superiour advantages were to be with the old gentleman, on the part obtained at Harvard, fent his son at of our lovers, had finished his course eighteen years of age to that celebrat- of studies, and informed his relatives ed feminary. Here his genius, which that he determined to return home betore had not expanded itself, now immediately. Josephus, extremely began to render him superiour to most happy in the pleasing intelligence, rea of his class mates. At the expiration folved upon setting out to meet his of four anniversaries he quitted the friend and accompany him home. college, universally esteemed as a The next day he accordingly, mount. scholar, a gentleman, and a friend. ed his horse, and unattended by a ferWhilst Ludovicus was thus enjoying vant, set forward on this agreeable the sweets of literature, Josephus con- journey. He expected to have met tinued at Georgia, and rendered him. Ludovicus in the course of a week's self agreeable to all the connexions of ride, however was disappointed in his absent inmate, to whose company this, and nine days elapsed in fruitless he was admitted as a welcome guest, researches. Upon the tenth, he had in consequence of his own manly and travelled about eight miles, when he polite behaviour, united to the repeat heard a noise that alarmed him : It ed intelligence which he brought them was the voice of distress which issued of Ludovicus, who was his constant from a neighbouring wood. Riding correspondent.-Mary Ann, the only hastily forward, he saw a man disado sister of his friend, was greatly preju- vantageously held against the wall, one diced in his favour at first sight, and person presenting a pistol to his breast, farther acquaintance matured admi- and another busily employed in rifling, ration into love. This dutiful young his pockets. The robbers, at sight of lady immediately eslayed to check the stranger, discharged a pistol at his her increasing passion, for the well head, as he was ditmounting; it fashknew her father's predilection, who ed in the pan without going off. Johad declared her the intended bride of fephus running up, wrenched the insome rich planter's son. Indeed, lev- ftrument of death out of the villain's eral young gentlemen of fortune, had hand, and threatned them with imalready noticed her with a partial eye. mediate execution, if they did not de. Josephus, on his part, felt the tender- liver what had been taken. This eft affection for Mary Ann, but fear- was reluctantly done, upon hearing ed to disclose his mind to her father, the word " servants” pretty loudly left he might be dismissed from the vociferated ; and expecting to be ap. house, which would deprive him of prehended the moment they should Vol. Ili, August, 1791 B