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servants. Urged onward at first by the sound of a man as in distress, he was next led by traces of blood to the trap-door, which, being scarce closed, struck him as the foreboder of evil; he descended it, and found Florian weltering in blood. The diabolical Angelo, the plotter of all the horrid train of wo, had hoped to conceal himself in a dark recess, but in vain; justice, sooner or later, will overtake its victims. Angelo's career of guilt was now run, and Jerome, whom Florian bad mortally wounded, in his expiring gasp discovered the abbot's hiding place, from whence he was dragged to the full blaze of light that beamed through the chapel, intended to celebrate other scenes, but now wit, nessing the expiring moments of youthful life. Who was the wretch, that, under the garb of saintly piety, ha wrought the ruin of an entire family? The Abbot Angelo threw back his cowl, and, with a horrid, ghastly grin, exclaimed, “Count' Lernia!” The words blasted Carantani. Human aid could now neither avail Florian nor the distracted Olivia, who bent over him; the mortal life of each was ebbing fast, and, with one convulsive struggle, their departing spirits few band in hand to heaven,
For the Pocket Magazine. A VISION ON A BIRTH-NIGHT. "Dull sleep instructs, nor sport vậin dreams in vain.”
YOUNG. IT is usual, I know not for what reason, to celebrate the return of the day which gave us birth, with mirth and festivity, with rejoicing and congratulations. As the chain of custom is not easily broken, I submitted to it on the last anoiversary of my nativity; and agreed to receive the good wishes of my friends, and the professions of my acquaintance, with all due formality.
The day was spent in such amusements as are usual on these occasions, and, when night separated us, we parted with regret.' But the pleasure that is met with in a numerous company, is seldom such as to give rise to gratifying reflections when it is past; it rather affords enjoyment for the present, thau contemplation for the future. The spirits, having been wound up to a pitch of hilarity far beyond their common standard, when the stimulus which raised them is removed, sink in a proportionate degree below their ordinary elevation: pleasure is succeeded by satiety; and we view with disgust those objects which we so lately regarded with transport.
When I was left alone, upon the departure of the company, I threw myself on a chair; and, giving way to the train of thought which presented itself, I began to ruminate upon the occurrences of the day which was just concluded; and I reflected, with regret, that it had been employed in the search after happiness which it had not afforded, and in the pursuit of pleasure, of which it was not found to be productive. From the consideration of my disappointment in this inistance, my reflections almost insensibly wandered to
the uncertain nature of all earthly bliss; the unforeseen · events which so frequently overthrow our best-constructed schemes of enjoyment, and the insurmountable difficulties which we experience in the pursuit of those objects which we esteem necessary to our felicity. At length, wearied by the exertions of the day, and the reflections of the night, I sunk into a slumber. I bad no sooner fallen asleep, than Fancy, ever active, presented to my mind the following vision. 'I imagined that the room in which I sat was suddenly illuminated with a brilliancy surpassing that of the noon-day sun; and in the midst of that cloudless glory which filled the place, stood a being, the refulgence of whose countenance so dazzled my eyes, which I had instinctively raised on his appearance, that I involuntarily closed them, and remained for a few moments in silent wonder: I was, at length, restored to sensation by hearing the following words, which were uttered in a tone that was at once awful and pleasing:
“Attend, oh young man, to the voice of instruction; bend thine ear to the accents of wisdom; receive with grateful attention the lessons which Heaven kindly offers for thy future conduct; and neglect not the warning which may not be repeated.
“ Thou art yet but in the dawn of life; thy soul has not yet been wounded by the arts of treachery, nor
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polluted by the allurements of vice; but what thou hast not known, thou canst pot guard against; let pre
ept, then, supply the place of experience; and let the dictates of eternal wisdom teach thee to shua that which cannot be encountered without contamination; which offers pleasure to the sight, and poison to the heart; which affords a slight gratification here, and entails eternal misery hereafter.
56 Man, too much elated by those gifts which the munificence of his Creator has bestowed upon him, forgets that the same power which granted, can revoke the boon; he forgets, that of him to whom much is given, much will be required, and that not a single talent must remaiņ unemployed without inquiry, or unimproved without punishment: instead of consulting those sacred records which the Almighty has given expressly for his instruction, he impiously and fool. ishly dares to erect a standard for his own conduct, and either openly denies, or tacitly contemns, the wisdom and justice of that Being who first gave him existence, and by whose favour alone, he still continues to exist. Vice successfully attacks the heart which disdajns the guardianship of Omnipotence; and once having gained an entrance there, maintains her seat, and enlarges her influence, by the means which first gained her admittance. Conscience may, indeed, sometimes make a feeble effort to arouse him from his fatal lethargy; but vice will persuade him that the day of retribution is yet far distapt, or that it will never ar. rive: he listens to her suggestions; he heaps transgression on transgression, till, sunk too deep in the Abyss of sin, he considers the enormity of his own guiltiness rather than the immensity of the diviņe mercy; be dares not ask for pardon, because he thinks his crimes too black for forgiveness; and through fear of perdition, he perishes indeed!
“Beware, then, of the first approaches to vice; remember that the wages of sin is death; and though every temporal advantage may appear on her side; though beauty may allure thy youth, or gold attempt to seduce thine old age; though frayd may offer thee affluence, and ambition may proffer glory and power, reject them all: they are indeed formidable assailants;
but the arms which will enable thee to vanquish them are at hand;-by the Scriptures alone can they be opposed, by the Scriptures alone can they be defeated. Let them, then, be thy study; make them thy rule of action; and thy reward shall be, not only a life on earth happy beyond whatever vice can bestow, but an eternal, unchangeable, existence of inconceivable and incomparable felicity.
“But this reward, so glorious, and so far beyond all human desert, thou canst not obtain by the mere abstinence from vice; thou must also practise virtue. Thou must be charitable to the distressed ; kind to the unfortunate; and merciful to the guilty. If wealth shall crown thy exertions, thou must consider thyself the steward of Heaven; and, in imitation of that Heaven, thou must distribute the abundance which is showered upon thee, to those whose lot is less fortunate. Shouldst thou, on the contrary, be doomed to pass thy life in poverty, thou mayest teach patience by thy precepts, and enforce it by thy example ; thou mayest still discharge thy duty to God and to thy neighbour; thou mayest share freely the little that thou hast, with those who have still less--for thou must remember that even the cup of cold water, given in charity, will be accepted and rewarded-thou mayest instruct the young in the way of rectitude: and by showing in thine own person the power of virtue to render the lowest station productive of that happiness which, without it, the most exalted station cannot bestow, thou mayest induce the misguided wanderer from her paths to retrace his steps, to repent him of his guilt, and by his actions to deserve that forgiveness, which by his prayers he will desire.
“This day is the beginning of a new year of thy life: let this day, then, be the beginning of a course of virtue which shall continue till thine existence be at an end. Thou wishest to acquire knowledge; but remember, that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and that all human knowledge is vain, without that divine enlightening which leads to the practice of rectitude. Nevertheless, earthly science should not be neglected; since its pursuit gives employment to those hours which might else be devoted to the service of
vice; and its acquirement renders man more eminently useful to his fellows. Employ thy youth, therefore, in the acquisition of knowledge, that in thine age thou mayest assist in its diffusion.
“Engrave, then, these precepts on thy heart; let them be the rules of thy future conduct; remember that the life which is most acceptable to God, is that which is most serviceable to thy fellow creatures; arise, be virtuous, and be happy.”
The voice ceased, the figure disappeared, and darkness again surrounded me. I awoke, and the vision had made so strong an impression on my mind, that I determined to commit it to paper, hoping that what was addressed but to one, might be useful to many. Oct. 5, 1818.
J. R. ACCOUNT
OF THE SHIPWRECK OF THE MEDUSA FRIGATE.
Resumed from page 185. THE morning dawned upon a sight which was truly deplorable. Ten or twelve unhappy men, mangled and mutilated, had lost their lives, by their lower extremities getting entangled in the openings between the pieces of the raft. Several had been carried away by the waves. Twenty men were missing at the hour when the survivors took their slender repast. Many laboured under delirium, and some, in despair, voluntarily plunged into the ocean.
The day, however, was fine, and Hope “ that lingers long, and latest dies," once more exerted her influence, and cheered the sufferers with the idea that they should soon see the boats approaching to their relief. But, as the light declined, their fears and horrors returned with tenfold force. Cries of despondency and rage burst forth anew, and the voice of the officers was wholly disregarded. The elements now seemed again to conspire to aggravate their distress. Dense clouds entirely obscured the heavens, the wind swelled to a storm, the waves rose in mountains, and dashed on the . men with such impetuous fury, that they were com