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was in a very great litter, as it always | aceumulated among others I noticed is, stuffed up with the things necessary a little instrument, a sort of miniature to my employments. I am always harp, not intended to render any sound, busy; when I am not writing or print- but merely to have always within reach, ing, I amuse myself with a thousand practise the movements of the hand, little ornamental works, in hair, in pa- , so as to keep it active and pliant ; this per, or in wicker-work. These re-' of Madame de Genlis' invention.
sources are of the greatest use to a wo. Round the room were hung a few .. man, and are never to be despised, drawings framed ; I noticed a water
whatever her capacity or talents may, colored view of the Duke of Orleans' be. You cannot imagine how many villa at Twickenham, and a conversafriends I have made, by giving away tion piece, representing the family of trifles of my own work; I am extreme- that prince. ly handy, and in three or four lessons, When I rose to depart, Madame de from the people who make these things Genlis did not request me to repeat to sell, com arrive at a facility of imi- my visit, nor did she, during our visit, tating whatever I see sone." I men- "once allude to the play which I pretioned that Lady -says that Ma- i sented to her. Thus end the illusions dame de Genlis told her she knew of' vanity! With this sacrifice of selftwenty-one trades, by either of which love at the shrine of truth, I conelude she could earn her bread." I do the narrative of any first and only visit not recollect to have said that, but I to Madame de Genlis, an event that am sure I know many more than has left impressed on my mind the truth twenty-one.”—Madame de Genlis' of an observation of the sage of Lichlooked much younger than I expected; field, when he says, “ generally speakI have heard it said that she is near ing, the best part of an author is to be eighty, but she does not look more found in his book.” than sixty. She secms full of health and vivacity, paints miniatures and does fine work without spectacles, and does not seem at all bent by age, though she
Şets slowly, like some honor'd friend, dark, her eyes have a very keen expresi Whom, as he parts upon his way, sion, her cheek bones are prominent,
A faithful farewell train attend. and her nose rather large. She had The night comes on with silent pace,
The sounds of busy life decay ; on an ordinary cap of worked muslin, Like ocean waves, thiat ebb cpace
, with a border of the same, a wrapping- The mingled murmurs melt away. gown of black silk, carelessly put on, The first few stars begin to peep, and an old shawl of crimson merino. The birds have ceas'd their melody, She sat on her sofa ensconced in let- And slumber settles, soft and deep,
On childhocd's quickly closing eye. ters, her guitar peeped from under a
At this dear hour to rove alone, heap of books, papers, boxes, &c. ;
Beside the brooks the lancs along, the little table before mentioned groan- When slowly creeps the infant moon ed under a miscellaneous pile of all The many-woven clouds among : forts of things, most uncomfortably i While on the stream of quiet bliss
The passive spirit floats supine, For the harvest lies thick on the valley Dreaming of love, and joy, and peace
below; Enchanting eve, the gift is thine ! Bavaria and Gaulle have branded their This is the hour—the hour of rest,
might; By sages lov’d, by poets sung,
The slave and the tyrant are harnass'd for When ’midst the stillness of the breast,
fight. The gates of thought are open flung ; Then, gather ye here in the mist and the When grief, and wrong, and worldly ills, Touch'd by the magic hour, are flown,
On the the tower of your strength, o'er the As some meek-hearted mother stills,
heads of the foe With gentle voice, her infant's moan :
Should the flash of your bright arms be When cares and pleasures unrefined,
scen from your shroud, Day's motely scenes of toil and glee,
It will seem only lightning that breaks
from the cloud. Retire, and leave th' exorcis'd mind, One still and dim vacuity.
Should the sound of your watchword be
heard in the night, And clearer through the silent void Is heard the voice of truth supreme,
They will think it the echo of winds from And brighter, 'mid the gloom descried,
the height; The torch of wisdom sheds its beam.
And the clash of your feet, as you rush to
the plain, Then the strong soul, unfetter'd, wings,
Will be heard as a winter brook, swell'd Where'er she lists, her flight sublime,
with the rain. Through earthly or eternal things, Through good and ill, through space and And gather, yo eagles, ye wolves of the time.
The banquet is set, you shall revel your O'er early errors heaves the sigh, Looks downward, through unfolding Come down like the whirlwind, come down years,
like the flood, And broods on coming grief and joy,
For the reapers are gone to the harvest of With tranquil hopes, and chasten d fears.
blood. Then the great Spirit of the Past,
Comes, with his rainbow flag unfurl'd,
I've rock'd me on the quivering mast Her early friends, and joys, and fears, Through seas all chafed and foamin ; Trick'd in his nameless, glorious hues,
I've braved the toiling of the storm Like visitants from other spheres.
From dawning day till gloamin; Then too, the heart is at its play, I've girdled round the good green earth,
The strings of love draw closer then, In search of pleasure roaminAnd thoughts, dear thoughts, that slept by And scorn'd the world to smile with thee, day,
Loved, loving, lovely woman. Come to the lonely heart again ! The farıner ploughs the pleasant land ; This is the hour, the peaceful hour,
The merchant ploughs the ocean ; By sages and by bards approv'd,
The soldiers' steeds gore-footed snort, When Hope and Memory blond their pow'r, Through warfare's wild commotion; And they who love us, most are lov'd. And princes plot, and peasants moil,
M From morn, till dewy gloamin,
To win thee-heaven's divinest gift
Sweet, willing, witty woman.
The lion's lair exploring ;
The nation's round adoring; Come, Sons of the Hill! leave the cha- The bard, who'neath the bright mopn meets mois and roe,
The dewhair'd muscs roamin;
All seek to win thee to their will Bonaparte crowned Eenperor, 1804 Wise, witty, lovely woman. vectos
Battle of Austerlitz, 1805
Battle of Trafalgar, 1805 JE Battle of Jeria,
1806 TO A PIMPLE ON TOM'S XOSE. Battle of Freidlard,
1802 Pence of Tilsit,
1897 THRICE red that blossom is alas! Copenhagen and Danish Fleet And thrice red has it been:
1807 Red in the grape, red in the glass, tra Napoleon seizes Ferdinand
1808 Red on thy nose 'uis seens
1803 Ah Tom, at that red, red, red blot
Battle of Corima, Thy well-wishers bewail,
The Jubilee on account of his They say the redness of that spot,
Majesty King George 3d "Tis makes thy poor wife pole.
entering the biltieth year
1809 Thomas sae Ithymer
of his reigu, Battle of Wagram
1809 Marriage of Napoleon with
the Arch Duchess GENERAL EPOCHS,
1810 WITHIN THE LAST
Mosecw burnt, and the
French Armies des-
JS12 Partition of Poland,
Datle of Salamanca,
1812 Commencement of the Amer
Battle of Vittoria,
1813 ican War, 1775 Battle of Leipsic,
1813 Declaration of American
Paris surrendered to the
1814 Mecting of Deputies at
Treaty of Fontainbleau, 1814 London, for Parlia
Treaty of Vienna,
1815 : montary Reform, 1789 Napoleon returns from Élba, Recognition of American
Battle of Waterloo,
1782 Napoleon surrenders to the Call of the States-general
1815 of France,
1788 Treaty of Ghent, between Taking of the Bastile,
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there never was a great name exalted, There is probably no ambition more or a low one raised, by all that on such generally diffused in the bosom of man, occasions-was ever uttered. It is not than the wish to become at one time then the Book, but the preface we or other an orator. He who has no object to, not the mansion but the immediate prospect of his talents for avenue which leads to it, not to the eloquence being called into requisition, green and sunny island, but the threatis still often indulging some day dream ening sea which surrounds it. Every of its future powers, and in his imagi- body knows how dull every party is nation conjures up a scene, where the before a toast is proposed. Until then fate of a community hangs on his elo- the Punch is severely criticised, the quent.lip, or the acts of a corporation lemons are pronounced sweet, the are guided by his periods. Common water warm, the mixture too strongsense it is true, generally represses the but at the name of a favourite nymph expression of such ideas, but in every. or the expression of a favourite sentiday life, there appears no weed so ment, all these deteriorations are no luxuriant, as every-day oratory. longer heard of, the “ once lov'd
When we call together a select party name" sweetens the beverage, and all of friends, it is ten to one, but before is good humour, sociality and peace. the second bottle is circulated, a bumper Then the modest man attempts to be is demanded by one of the guests, and agreeable, the intelligent man now exerts although at first the words are few his finest powers. and the marvellous and it may be well chosen, yet in ge- , man leans back on his chair, coughs neral this is the signal for speeches of twice, and begins “That puts me in that description which“ neither Gods' mind of a story." The spirit of good nor men are said to permit.” Let it fellowship hovers o'er the festive board. not be thought we disapprove of toasts, For weeks would our ancestors thus or of the kindly pledge which is offer- enjoy themselves, but now the sedeed during the meal; the grievance of runt is shortened. If there is less which we complain, is the long round drinking there is more waste of words, about, disjointed words, which precede and frequently that one man may have a favourite toast or sentiment. The' an opportunity of exhibiting, the con
versation of a delightful party is inter- Hashed, and the hearts of the visitors rupted. If it is from such a school rapidly expanded: but their gratitude our oratory is to be recruited alas! for was turned into joy, when the “ pre
our oratory, its desciples probably speritv of their native city” was called think, that because Curran first spoke for in a bumper ; this was too much. in public when half çit, it is only ne- Richards arose, silence ensued, and cessary to be half-cut to speak like he spoke as follows. “ UnaccustomCurran, forgetful, that without the “ ell as I am to public speaking, the ardent gerils, the unbounded patri- " hononr you liave conferred calls alike otism, and the splendid abilities of that " for my professions and my praise ;orator, the incident which first gave “ assurance of real feeling forthc honour him courage, would have blasted hita "done us,praise for the delicate inanner for ever.
" that honor was introduced. 'Tis to But it sometimes occurs, thiat those you my friends, for I will call you who indulge in speech-inaking, fami- "so, our nation is indebted for all it liarly obtrude their talents in the com- possesses, 'tis to you our city owes pany of men of whoin they know her prosperity, 'tis to you we owe nothing, and who are not inclined to all that is dear to us, and high as hear them with that indulgence, or to
estimate the glories of other make the allowances which they al- " battles gained by British valour, to ways mect with at home. The fol- “ the field of Watertoo, history shall lowing occurence which took place a < ever point as to the most glorious few years sinec is a specimen of what of her records. On that day my the orator on such an occasion may be “ fellow citizens, remember with dedoomed to suffer :
“ light, that no men destinguished My friend Richards was university " themselves more than the gentlemen allowed to manifest considerable ability “ before me, and they only feel anin proposing a bumper, and at times, “xious, that, to convince you ‘of this he would rise to a degree of energy
in you would give them an opportuIris declamation, which before the close- nity of repeating to you, that admiof the evening attracted the admiration ration, which now I so imperfectly of the whole company. He was not- repeat for them.” Ilaving thus conwithstanding, deficient in every requi- cluded he sat down, impatiently antisite which constitutes an accomplished cipating a compliment from an officer and elegant speaker, altlo' it would who had risen at the other end of the have required more strength of mind table. This gentleman expressed his than he possessed, not to give credit thanks for the speech he had just to the compliments which inore than heard, but begged to inform thie
genonce in his native city had been awarded theinan who spoke " that their regihin. While on a tour through Francement did not join until Sıx wreKS wish an esteemed friend who was well AFTER THE BATTLE!" acquainted with the affairs of the
regiment, they were both Soplos, A CHARACTER, introduced at the mess, and received with the kindness, elegance and atten- Felix, QUI POTUIT RERUM Coction which only those who have been
NOSCERE CAUSAS. bred in a camp know how to throw "ม
Virg. Georg. II. into the common transactions of life. A certain king oncc. offered a reThe Champaine sperkled, the wit' ward to himn who should discover 3.