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factress. Her tenderness towards me, ble of Madame de B.'s friends. I feared and the bewitching life I led, contribu- her, though she had always shown a reted to confirm my error. A single in- gard for me; that is, in her own way. stance will show the pride she took in Severity and investigation were its me.

You will perhaps scarcely believe signs. was too much accustomed to that my shape was once remarkable for indulgence, not to fear her justice. its beauty and elegance. Madame de Now that we are alone, my dear,' said B. often boasted of my grace, and had this lady to Madame de B., let me been anxious to have me dance well. speak to you of Ourika. She is a charmUnder pretext of giving a ball for her ing girl; her mind is nearly formed ; she grand-children, she resolved to show possesses wit, infinite natural grace, and off my talent in a quadrille, representing very superior talents ; but what is to bethe four parts of the world, in which I come of her.? What do you intend to was to perform Africa. Travellers were do with ?' "That is the very thought consulted, books of costume resorted to, that distresses me,' cried Madame de and works read upon African music and B. I love her as my child : I should dancing; at last the Comba, a national think no sacrifice too great to make her dance of my own country, was fixed happy, but the louger I reflect upon her upon. My partner put a crape over his situation, the less remedy I find for it. face. Alas! I had no need of any to Alas, poor Ourika! I see thee doomed blacken mine; but this was far from to be alone---eternally alone in the my thoughts, they were wholly en world !! grossed by the pleasures of the ball. I “ It would be impossible for me to danced the comba with the greatest suc describe the effect these few words process, as might be expected, from the no duced upon me; lightning could not velty of the spectacle, and the choice of have been more prompt. discovered spectators, who were all friends of my the extent of my misery. I saw what I protectress, and to please her, gave way was---a black girl, a dependant, without to the most enthusiastic applause. The fortune, without'a being of my own dance was in itself susficiently attractive, kind to whom I could unite my destiny ; being composed of graceful attitudes and belonging to nobody; till now, the measured steps, expressing love, grief, plaything of my benefactress, but soon triumph, and despair. I was totally an outcast from a world that I was not ignorant of these violent passions; yet made for. I shuddered, and my heart from instinct I guessed them, and my beat so violently, that, for a moment, I imitation succeeded. I was surrounded could not attend to this conversation, by an applauding assembly, and over but I strove to master my feeling. whelmed with praise. This was a plea "" I fear,' continued the Marchioness, sure that I enjoyed in the most perfect that you will make her very miserable. security. It was my last.

What will satisfy her, now that she has · A few days after this ball had taken passed her life with you in the intimacy place, I overheard by chance a conver of your society ?' But will she not sation, which a wakened me to the truth, remain with me?' said Madame de B. and at once put an end to my joys. * Aye, as long as her childhood lasts, but

6. Madame de B. had a lacker screen she is now nearly fifteen ; and who can in her drawing-room, which hid one of you marry her to, with the education the doors, and extended beyond the win you have given her? Who will ever dow. Between the door and this win marry a negro girl ? And if you should dow there was a table where I used fre tind any man who, for the sake of moquently to draw. I sat down one morn ney, would perhaps consent to have neing, to work at a miniature there; my gro children, must it not be some one of attention became so completely absorbed inferior condition, with whom she would that I remained for some time motion be unhappy? Will a man whom she less, and no doubt Madame de B. con would choose ever choose her?'_. Alas, cluded that I had left the room when the this is true,' cried Madame de B..but Marchioness de C. was announced. This she fortunately does not suspect it, and lady possessed a penetrating judgment, her attachment for me will, I hupe, prebut her manners were trenchant, posi vent her perceiving her situation for tive, and dry. She was capable of some time. To have made her happy great devotion to her friends, but at the showld have made an ordinary being same time was inquisitive, and hard to of her; and frankly I believe that imposplease : in short she was the least amia- sible. Besides, as she has not remained,



109 in the station she was first intended for, that nothing ailed me. This quieted may not her mind rise superior to the the uneasiness of my benefactress about restraints of the present one ?' 'Never ; my health ; but she sought every means you are forging chimeras,' replied the of diverting my mind. I dare not own Marchioness. Philosophy may raise how little gratitude I felt for her care. our minds above the vicissitudes of for- My heart seemed withered in itself. As tune, but can never prevail against the long as it had received favours with evils which arise from having disturbed pleasure, it gladly acknowledged the the laws of nature. Ourika has not ful benefit ; but now filled with the bitterest filled her destiny, she has usurped a feelings, it had no power to expand. My place in society to which she had no days were spent in the same thoughts, right, and society will punish her for it. differently combined and under various • But surely it is no fault of her's ? forms, but still the blackest my imagiPoor child ! with what severity you de nation could invent. Often were my cide upon her happiness.' 'I judge it nights passed in weeping. I exhausted more rationally than you have done - I my whole pity upon myself-My face consider how it may best be secured, was become odious to me, I no longer whilst you will be the cause of its ruin.' dared to look in a glass and my black Madanie de B. answered this accusation hands struck me with horror ;—They with some warmth, and I was just be appeared to me like a Monkey's. I coming the cause of a quarrel between dwelt upon the idea of my ugliness, and the two friends, when the arriyal of a my colour appeared to me the sign of third person put an end to their discus my reprobation : it was that alone which sion. I slid out at the door behind the separated me from the rest of my fellow screen, and flew to my own room, there creatures, and condemned me to live to solace my poor heart for a moment by alone, and never to be loved–That a a flood of tears.

man should perhaps consent for the sake “Oh, how I felt my whole existence of money to liave negro children! My changed! How lost I was when the il blood rose with indignation at the idea. lusions I had so constantly dwelt in va I thought for a moment of entreating nished ! they resembled the light of day, Madame de B. to send me back to my and when they fled, utter darkness suc own country';—but even there I should ceeded. So great was the confusion of ha felt isolated.---Who would have my mind under the new thoughts that understood me? Who would have synassailed it, that not one of my usual pathized with my feelings ? Alas! I ideas ever occurred to me. I was struck belonged to no one---I was estranged with terror. To be an object of pity to the whole world !” the world! Not to be fit for the rank I

(To be continued.) lived in! Perhaps to meet with a man who for the sake of money would consent to have negro children! These thoughts kept rising successively over my mind, pursuing me like phantoms. THE ETYMOLOGIST. But the bitterest of all, was the certainty of belonging to no one in the world. To be alone! Ever, and for ever alone! Madame de B. had owned


MAJESTY." it, and I repeated the words over and over. What cared I to be alone, but a few minutes before. I knew it not, I

Camden, in his researches on the felt it not; I had need of the things that

word “ King." draws its derivation from I loved, but I was unconscious of their Saxon cyning, which signifies the same; not wanting me. Now my eyes were

and that from can" power,

or ken opened, and with misfortune came mis knowledge,” wherewith every motrust into

narch is supposed to be invested. The “ When I returned to Madame de B.'s Latin rex, the Scythian reix, the Punic apartment, every body was struck with resch, the Spanish rey, and the French the change in my appearance. I pre

roy, come all, according to Postel, from tended to be ill, and was believed. Ma

the Hebrew rasch, “ chief head.' dame de B. sent for her physican, Bar Kings were not known amougst the thez, who felt my pulse, questioned me

Israelites till the reign of Sanl. Before carefully, and then abruptly declared him they were governed by elders as in




my soul.

Egypt; "then by princes of God's ap with him his double-barrelled gun, and pointment, as loses and Joshua ; then amused himself, until attacked by seveby júdges till the time of Samuel; and ral of the natives, when he fired, and last of all by Kings, as we read in

unfortunately killed one of the men : scripture.

this deterred the rest from pursuit, and : MAJESTY," is a title given to kings, he escaped. On tlie following day a which frequently serves as' a term of

great stir was made about this business.; distinction. The word seems composed

the trade was suspended, and, as usual, of the two Latin words, mujor

the officer was demanded as an expiagreater,” and status " state." The tory sacrifice to the manes of the deemperor is called Sacred Majesty, Im

ceased Chinese. This could not be perial Majesty, and Cæsarian Majesty; agreed to; but, instead of the officer, a the King of Hungary is styled his large sum in dollars was offered to hush Apostolic Majesty. The King of Spain up the matter; but no, fond as they are is termed His Most Catholic Majesty ;

of dollars, the great men at Canton, in and the King of Portugal, His Most

this instance, would have a life for a Faithful Majesty. The King of France

life. used to be called His Most Christian Just at this juncture, the butcher of Majesty ; and when he treated with the the Indiaman committed suicide, when emperor, the word Sacred was added : some cunning dog of the ship's comhis last title was King of the French.— pany found out that he was about the With respect to other kings, the name

size of the officer who had shot the Chiof the kingdom is added ; as His Bri nese instead of a parroquet; and it was tannic Majesty, His Polish Majesty,

thought he might be passed off very &c. Formerly princes were more spar

well for him. The body was, thereing in giving titles, and more modest in fore, dressed in a suit of the other's uniclaiming them: before the reign of forın, and the poor butcher was unwitCharles V. the King of Spain had only

tingly promoted after his decease; the the title of Highness ; and before that dirk was strapped round his body, and of Henry VIII, the Kings of England every thing done to make it appear that were only addressed under the titles of

he was the officer, who was very suugly Grace and Highness.

put out of sight; the villainous butcher's Under the Roman republic, the title

knife was changed for a town-made raMajesty (majestas) belonged to the zor, which was besmeared with blood, whole body of the people, and to the

and put into the deceased's hands. principal magistrates; so that to dimi When all was ready, a boat was desnish or wound the majesty of the com

patched to the shore, to say that the aumouwealth, was to be wanting in

thorities might now have the body of respect to the state or to its ministers. the offending officer. A mandarin was But the power afterwards passing into sent on board, saw the officer lay dead. the hands of a single person, the appel

with his own eyes, and having so seen, lation of Majesty was transferred to the

said, “it was no foshton (no use) to emperor and the imperial family. Pliny

take a dead man; but as he was dead, compliments Trajan on his being con

they had better bury him, and pay the tented with


title of Greatness; and money at first offered !! A very wise speaks very invidiously of those who Chinese decision. affected that of Majesty. And yet this It was never rightly known how much last seems to be the most modest and money was paid on this occasion, but just title that can be attributed to so

the dead butcher, who so civilly comvereigns, since it signifies no inore than

mitted suicide at this critical moment, the royalty'or, sovereign power.

and a few Spanish dollars, soou set the junks at work again.


"A DEAD TAKE-IN. Some few years back, while an East Indiaman was lying at Canton, a party was seiit on shore for fresh water, accompanied by a young officer, who took


Sir Henry Hardinge, who has been recently involved in the affair of the Marquis of Londonderry anu Mr. Battier, is an officer of distinguished bra. very, and has lost an arm in the service.; When, on the fall of 'Napoleon, the allies entered Paris, Sir Henry Hardinge was among tho British officers who were stationed in the capital. One



111 evening, while conducting some ladies from the top of the eminences of his pahome from the theatre, he was grossly lace, after the invocation, inviting all insulted by a Prussian officer. He did the true believers to prayer.—The orinot take any notice of the circumstance, ginal is in fivelines, of which the followbut next day ascertained the name of ing is a literal translation :the officer, and found that he was a sub

Glory to the one God, alterı. He therefore wrote a challenge “Night flies and causes the darkness to the commanding officer of the corps, to disappear with it, and the aurora, in stating the insult, which was rather na surrounding it, brings back the light. tional than personal, and demanding sa “ Homage to him who is the king, tisfaction; adding, that he had addressed the only one by excellence, and thanks him as an officer of equal rank, but be to him for all the blessings he sheds should afterwards call on every officer upon us.” in the corps until he descended to the A translation can' of course give no person that had insulted him. The com idea of the Arabic versification, which manding officer, struck with astonish- is very well for a king, and better than ment at such seeming temerity, applied perhaps any European monarch could to the general of division, who, equally execute, while the piety that reigns in surprised, requested an audience of Sir the lines is a lesson for the best of them. Henry, and, feeling the respect due to a brave officer, compelled his offending subaltern to make a public apology to

In a town, in the north of Germany, a Sir Heury before the assembled regi- tion of the dead (whose death was

house was lately erected for the recepment.

doubted), and an inscription put over the

doorLord Minto (says Capt. Seely, in his

“Mortis Dubiæ Asylum.” wonders of Elora), had desired me, by a note, to wait upon him at the Govern

The very first corpse, however, which ment-House, after church service, on a

was placed in the house, was stolen by Sunday in August. It was an exces

the resurrectiou-men; upon which, the sively hot day. I of course was sashed next morning, the following was found and belted, and buttoned up to the chin painted over the inscription :in scarlet. The purport of the visit was

“ Mortis dubium Asylum.” to look over some ancient maps and two or three modern MS. ones, and to con

MYSTERIOUS SOUNDS IN GRANITE sult some references in Quintus Curtius. On my entrance, his lordship stepped

M. Humboldt was informed by most out from his cage, which was an en

credible witnesses, that subterraneous closed space, made of gauze fastened to

sounds, like those of an organ, are heard frame-work, standing in one of the rooms

towards sunrise, by those who sleep of the upper floor of the palace.

upon the granite rocks on the banks of very hot day, Sir,” he observed, “here

the Oroonoko. He supposes them tó is a good hour's work for us, The

arise from the difference of temperature maps, &c. weré lying on the floor, and

between the external air and the air in we had to go on our knees to inspect the narrow and deep crevices of the them; and this posture and the exces shelves of rocks. During the day, these sive heat did not exaktly suit my mili

crevices are heated to 480 or 200. The tary equipment. His Lordship threw

temperature of their surface was often off his silk coat, and observed, “ You 390, when that of the air was only 28o. had better do as I do.” I respectfully Now, as this difference of temperature replied, “It is very well in your lord

will be a maximum about suprise, the ship as governor-general, but it will not

current of air issuing from the crevice's do in a Boinbay ensign.” His lordship will produce sounds which may be inolaughed, and repeated my observation

dified by its impulse against the elastic with great glee. "To show that he was

films of mica that may project into the not offended, he afterwards did me a ma

crevices. Messrs. Jomard, Jollois, and terial service.

Devilliers heard, at sunrise, in a monu

ment of granite, placed at the centre of VARIETIES.

the spot on which the palace of Karnak

stands, a noise resembling that of a ROYAL RELIGIOUS POETRY.

string breaking. Here then is an exVerses composed by the present King planation of the tones of the statue or of Morocco, are recited every morning, Memnon.


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LINES, Written on hearing that the Remains of LORD BYRON were to be brought to England, but

his Heart to remain on the shores of Greece. • Clime of the unforgotten brave," Meet land to be a poet's grave, Mute is the tongue that sang thy charms, Silent the voice that roused to arms. The haughty spirit nought could tame, Now lives but on the breath of Fame; And that proud heart that lately burned To free the land by Moslem spurned, Now icy cold, alone is left 'To Greece, of him she loved bereft: Where should that heart so calınly rest, As in the land it loved the best? His ashes rest on England's shore, But England boasts his heart no more, From her, each fond affection riven, .To Greece his every thought was given; All centred in that hallowed spot, The shrine of heroes unforgot. His was a truly Grecian soul, Proudly impatient of control, Scorning the title of a slave, Forward to share a hero's grave; He loved the country, once the pride Or those, who in her cause have died, He longed to set that country free, And hail once more her liberty.But tho’the Pilgrim's foot may trace The spot his honored relics grace,

Say in what clime-what classic ground, Is his unrivalled Genius found? 1 Who now may dare to touch the lyre,

Which late with master's hand he swept, Who shall those matchless thoughts inspire,

That treasured in onr hearts we kept? Oh! none can follow where he led, Nor catch the mantle from the dead. Go-read his works ; tis only there His free, unfettered thoughts appear; There, in each page, in every line, His talents and his genius shine, Piercing the veil of gloom-he threw O'er every form his fancy drew. His follies are forgotten now, His dust is scorn'd, his broken vow Low in the grave they buried lie, Where his cold ashes claim a sigh. But, unforgot, his genius lives, And boasts the wreath which honour givesHis hall, has passed to other hands, His eyes were closed in foreign lands, His heart remains on Grecias shore, But England owns his living lore. M.

Twenty glances, twenty tears,
Twenty hopes, and twenty fears,
Twenty times assail your door,
And, if denied, come twenty more!
Twenty letters, perfum'd sweet,
Twenty nods in every street,
Twenty oaths, and twenty lies,
Twenty smiles, and twenty sighs ;
Twenty times, in jealous rage,
Twenty beauties? engage.
Twenty tales to whisper low,
Twenty billet doux, to show ;
Twenty times a day to pass
Before a flatt'ring looking-glass!
Twenty times to stop your coach,
With twenty words oi fond reproach ;
Twenty days of keen vexations,
Twenty-Opera assignations.
Twenty nights behind the scenes,
To dangle after mimic queens ;
Twenty such lovers may be found,
Sighing for-twenty thousand pound !
But, take my word, ye girls of sense,
You'll find them not worth twenty-pence..

Dear Phyllis, your charms, these two years,
Have cost me, girl, torrents of tears;
But still, my dear Phyllis, 'tis soothing
To think that those tears cost me nothing !


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H. ++, and A Visit to School. Rejected -S.P., Omega, Simon Spatterdash,

B-o, and Oliver. M. has laid us under fresh obligations-her

favours shall have insertion. We thank her for the hint, and have adopted her suggestion. We are much obliged to Gerard, and shall be

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A WHY AND WHEREFORE. Who freely comments on his neighbour, Will oft judge wrong and waste his labour.

One dreary night, as home be ran,
A sage observ'd a poor blind man,
Whose hand a lighted torch display'd,
A pitcher on his shoulder laid.
“Pray, simpleton, quoth he, what use,
To you, can that same torch produce,
The grateful change of day and night
Unknown to you, why bear a light?"
** 'Tis not for me, the blind returns,
This blazing torch at midnight burns,
I'm poor, nor likely to grow richer,
And therefore greatly prize my pitcher:
So fear lest in the streets rude bustlo
Some fool lik» you against me justle."

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