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to him who wore the russet brown
ANECDOTE. cloak in the woods of Devon." “ And thou too,” said the earl, as
The learned and venerable Archgracefully and majestically he led his bishop Usher was a very conscientious beautiful countess toward the chair of overseer of the Church of God, and state which was prepared for them
whenever he knew men promoted, both,—" thou too, my love, hast rather through interest, than for their donned a dress which becomes thy merits, he narrowly, watched and rank, though it cannot improve thy shamed them. By the means of a beauty. What think'st thou of our powerful patron, a fashionable man court taste?”
got into a rich living, and when he The lady cast a sidelong glance was in it, he thought as much about upon the great mirror as they passed it as such men usually do think conby, and then said, " I know not how cerning an ecclesiastical benefice. it is, but I think not of my own per The Archbishop (whom this worthy son, while I look at the reflection of Gentleman had never seen) exceedthine. Sit thou there," she said, as ingly vexed at his notorious misconthey approached the chair of state, duct, went to the parish incog. and « like a thing for men to worship and addressed a note to him from the Inn to wonder at.''
upon a Saturday evening, with a re* Ay, love," said the earl, “ if thou quest for his leave to preach the next wilt share my state with me." morning. After several messages
“ Not so," said the countess ; " I from the importunate stranger, he will sit on this footstool at thy feet, consented that he should preach, if that I may spell over thy splendour, he would preach on the Eleventh and learn, for the first time, how Commandment! The Archbishop comprinces are attired."
plied—the report drew a vast 'multiAnd with a childish wonder, which tude to hear so extraordinary a her youth and rustic education ren preacher, who, to their no small sur. dered not only excusable but becom- prize, chose his text out of the Gosing, mixed as it was with a delicate pel of St. John, 13th chapter and show of the most tender conjugal af 34th yerse" A new Commandment I fection, she examined and admired give unto you.” He handled the subfrom head to foot the noble form and ject—as Archbishop Usher always princely attire of him, who formed could whatever he undertook-shewthe proudest ornament of the courting how sincerely we should love one of England's maiden queen, renowned another; pastors their flock, and the as it was for splendid courtiers, as flocks their pastors. He received the well as for wise counsellors. Re thanks of the audience-nay, of the garding affectionately his lovely bride, principal likewise, who vouchsafed to and gratified by her unrepressed ad invite him to dinner but his Grace miration, the dark eye and noble fea modestly refused. However, as the tures of the earl expressed passions Rector seemed uncommonly solicitmore gentle than the commanding ous to discover his name, he anand aspiring look, which usually sate swered, “ My name is Usher! and I upon his broad forehead and in the shall see, Sir, that you are suspended piercing brilliancy of his dark eye; for your indolence, luxury, and suand he smiled at the simplicity which pineness. Upon this, he took his dictated the questions she put to him leave, and our divine retired to rumiconcerning the various ornaments nate upon what had happened so conwith which he was decorated.
trary to his expectation.
THOSE who outlive their incomes by splendour in dress and equipage,
EPIGRAM. are well said to resemble a town on All life's a drama, or a mimic show; fire-which shines by that which de- Join in the laugh; or else endure stroys it,
THE GROTTO OF ANTIPAROS.
THE WONDERS OF NATURE AND ART.
179 THE WONDERS OF NATURE
the wonders of the place, and were AND ART.-No. I.
introduced only into the portico of this amazing temple. In one corner
of this half-illuminated recess, there Of all the subterraneous caverns appeared an opening about three feet now known, the grotto of Antiparos, wide, which seemed to lead to a place an inconsiderable island in the Archi totally dark, and which one of the pelago, is the most remarkable, as natives assured us contained nothing well for its extent as for the beauty more than a reservoir of water. Upon of its sparry incrustations. This this information, we made an expericelebrated cavern was first explored ment by throwing down some stones, by one Magni, an Italian traveller... which rumbling along the side of the in the seventeenth century.
descent for some time, the sound “ Having been informed," says seemed at last quashed in a bed of he, " by the natives of Paros, that in water. the little island of Antiparos, which “ In order, however, to be more lies about two miles from the former, certain, we sent in a Levantine maa gigantic statue was to be seen at riner, who, on the promise of a good 'the mouth of a cavern, the French reward, ventured with a flambeau in consul and myself resolved to pay it his hand into this narrow aperture. a visit.
After continuing within it for about 6. After we had landed on the a quarter of an hour, he returned, island, and walked about four miles bearing in his hand some beautiful through the midst of beautiful plains pieces of white spar, which art could and sloping woodlands, we at fength neither equal or imitate. Upon being came to a little hill, on the side of informed by him that the place was which yawned a horrible cavern,
full of those beautiful incrustations, that by its gloom struck us with I ventured in with him about fifty terror, and almost repressed curiosity. paces, anxiously and cautiously de Recovering the first surprise, how scending by a steep and dangerous ever; we entered boldly; and had way. Finding, however, that we not proceeded above twenty paces, came to a precipice, which led into when the supposed statue of the a spacious amphitheatre, if I may so giant presented itself to our view. call it, still deeper than any other We quickly perceived, that what the part, we returned; and being proignorant natives had been terrified vided with a ladder, torch, and other at as a giant, was nothing more than things to expedite the descent, our a sparry concretion formed by the whole company, one by one, venwater dropping from the roof of the tured into the same opening; and cave, and hy degrees hardening into descending one after another, we at a figure which their fears had trans last saw ourselves all together, in the formed into a monster.
most magnificent part of the cavern. • Incited by this extraordinary ap
“ Our candles being now all lightpearance, we were induced to pro ed up, and the whole place comceed still further into this subter pletely illuminated, never could the ranean abode. As we proceeded, eye be presented with a more glitternew wonders offered themselves; ing or a more magnificent scene. The the spars, formed into trees and whole roof hung with solid icicles, shrubs, presented a kind of petrified transparent as glass, yet hard as grove; some white, some green, and marble. The eye could scarcely all receding in due perspective. They reach the lofty and noble ceiling; struck us with the more amazement, the sides were regularly formed of as we knew them to be mere produce spars, and the whole presented the tions of nature, who, hitherto, in soli idea of a superb theatre, illuminated tude, had in her playful moments hy an imniense profusion of lights. dressed the scene as if for her own The floor consisted of solid marble, amusement.
and in several places magnificent “We had yet seen but a few of colutans, thrones, altars, and other
objects, appeared as if nature had
EPIGRAM. designed to mock the curious productions of art. Our voices, upon
Honest John and his wife once to sea took speaking or singing, were redoubled a'trip, to an astonishing loudness; and upon
When a sudden cross-wind overset the the firing of a gun, the noise and
light ship; reverberations were almost deafening.
Hand in hand, over deck went this couple • In the midst of this grand am
together, phitheatre rose a concretion, about
Susan sunk like a stone, but Joha swam
like a feather : fifteen feet high, that in some mea
" Thank my stars !” says the man, safe sure resembled an altar; and we
escap'd from the flood, caused mass to be celebrated there.
«' 'Tis a bad wind, indeed, that blows noThe beautiful columns that shot up
body good." round the altar appeared like candlesticks; and many other natural objects represented the customary orna
ANECDOTES. ments of this rite. “ Below even this spacious grotto
Prince William (afterwards Duke there seemed another cavern, down
of Cumberland,) when a child, being which I ventured with my former
carried to his grandfather on his mariner, and descended about fifty birth-day, the King asked him at
what hour he, rose. The Prince repaces by means of a rope. I at last arrived at a small spot of level
plied, “ When the chimney sweepground, where the bottom appeared
ers went about:"-". Vat is de different from that of the amphi
?" said the King. theatre, being composed of some
“ Have you been so long in Engclay, yielding to the pressure, and
lạnd," said the boy," and don't know into which I thrust a stick to the
what a chimney-sweeper is ? Why, depth of six feet. In this, however,
they are like that man, there;" pointas above, numbers of the most beau- ing to Lord Finch, afterwards Earl of tiful crystals were formed; one of
Winchelsea and Nottingham, who which particularly resembled a table. was remarkably dark.
“Upon our egress from this amazing cavern, we perceived a Greek inscription upon a rock at the mouth, but so obliterated by time that we could not read it distinctly, It When Tamerlane had defeated seemed to impart, that one Antipater Bajazet he sent for him into his had come hither: but whether he tent; the inoment he saw him he penetrated into the depths of the burst into a fit of laughter. " Do cavern he does not think fit to in. not insult me," said Bajazet, “ my
." This account of so beau misfortune ought to teach you wisa tiful and striking a scene may serve
dom." “ I laugh to think,” replied to give us some idea of the subter Tamerlane, “ that such a cripple as raneous wonders of nature.
myself, and a man with one eye, as Goldsmith. you are, should be chosen by destiny
to govern such multitudes of people,
and to decide the fate of the Eastern EPIGRAM.
"What did Mr. die of?” When flint and steel they handle, asked a simple neighbour. « Of a In order, first to light a match,
complication of disorders,” replied And then, to light a candle !
his friend. “ How do you describe In courtship! see! how 'tis reversed,
this complication, my good Sir?” (Tho' still a spark they try to catch)
“ He died," answered the other, "of A flame, 'tis then, they strive for first, two physicians, an apothecary, and But that e're long becomes « a match." a surgeon."
PLEASANTRY OF TAMERLANE THE
THE LOVES OF A CASTLE-BUILDER,
THE LOVES OF A CASTLE
again in the air my thoughts inhaBUILDER.
bited. (Continued from p. 174.)
At another time, I was a soldier ;
and after having passed through But when I was questioned on every station, from a private to a the subject, my incoherent answers general, I became the commander made him fear for my wits, and re of a great army, and led it on to solve that I was not to be trusted battle. The dawn was breaking with any thing that required thought beautifully over the warlike hosts, or caution. I was soon left altoge and showed the contending parties ther to myself, and was seldom ab- gathering up their arms, and glancsent from my chosen spot. There ing, now and then, fearlessly towards was a beautiful girl who frequently their enemies. The battle comvisited my father's house. Her sta menced, and the shrieks of the dying tion was a humble one; but this did were drowned by the noise of the not prevent my comtemplating her trumpet and the drum. They met, as the chief object of my hopes and like the wave of the ocean with the wishes. I remember, particularly, torrent, that whirls from the hill to one afternoon I was reclining on my the shore, when they mingle in rage, accustomed seat in the garden, while while the crush sends the splash and the sun was setting, beautifully over the foam to the sky. The battle the chimnies of the surrounding became doubtful, when I galloped houses, which my fancy had change on my steed into the thickest of the ed into something unknown in the fight, and turned the tide of victory. haunts of man. I pictured to myself Then a nation's praise and gratitude a scene in which I should be the greeted me, and I was hailed by principal actor,—when blushing ho myriads as a rising sun. “My best nours would come thick upon me; soldier," said the King, " receive”when wealth would be wafted with a box on the ear,” exclaimed my every, gale ; and when happiness impatient father, who had been callwould smile upon me, great and ing me for half an hour to my busiprosperous as human creature could
ness. become on earth. Mary was to be This day-dream I indulged for with me, and when high and proud weeks, until another occupied my ones would bend to the influence of mind. I was a traveller, and roved her rank and beauty, she would turn over the thirsty sands of the Arabian to me as the highest and the proud. deserts ; climbed the Alps, wandered est of them all. Her raven locks through the fair valleys of Italy, would be braided with diamonds; floated on the lake of Geneva, enpearls would encircle her ivory neck; tered a Turkish Harem, and at length and, glittering in gold, she would became the slave of an Algerine pace along the corridors of my lordly pirate. The pirate had a daughter, castle; while the vassals would kneel and the daughter loved the pale hue in awe as she swept by. A gay cár.. of my English skin. One evening riage would be waiting at the gate, when I was labouring in his garden, while the underlings were lingering expecting the signal she had profor her arrival ;-she came, and they mised, but which I feared to hear, stooped almost to the ground, as the soft silver sound of a lute from with the air of a goddess she ascend her balcony floated towards me on ed its steps. The vision vanished at the twilight breeze; and then I saw the repeated call to dinner; and her snowy hand waving, and beckonMary, in, her brown russet, was at ing me to her; in a moment we were the humble meal. The placid smile flying through the garden, the bealle that was always on her cheek, in tiful Mahometan clinging to my arm, creased as she welcomed me from and whispering in her sweet lanmy mental wanderings; but, as I guage," haste, haste;" we were, sate down beside her, I felt a chill soon on board a friendly rover, the come over nue, and longed to be winds were high, and they bore us
rapidly across the ocean. We land to the state of mind which followed ed, and then—" three yards of tape," it; and, like the morning after a said a customer of my father's, for I carousal, left me sick, debilitated, was in his shop, and 4 awoke to self-accusing, and self-despised. My dream again.
object is, to warn and scare from the At another period, my thoughts dangerous path those who are intook a different direction, and I saw clined to tread in it; and to entreat before me, in the distance, the glory those who can sit and listen to the that encircles a statesman's brow. enchantress Indolence, that they will Then
my constituents were around rise and depart from her unholy me, bearing me on their shoulders, habitation : through an applauding multitude,
« Her palatable cup, towards the Senate-house. I was
By standing, grows insipid, and bewate seated near the Treasury benches, The bottom, for there's poison in the lees.", and at the call of the House, rose to address them on a subject of the ut
Necessity --a necessity I was the
chicf cause of creating-threw me most importance to the welfare and liberty of my country. I commenced,
on my own resources, and obliged while the right honourable gentlemen
me to shake off the propensity to listened with undivided attention; fatal." I now think of the habits of
day-dreaming before it had become _" Mr. Speaker, I rise to give my
my early life, sometimes with astosupport to the motion before the
nishment, but always with a melanhouse, because I consider it of the utmost importance, not only as it
choly regret, that so many hours and, relates to the welfare of my country
days should have passed over my
head to leave me neither wiser nor men collectively and individually,
better, but as it appertains to the honour of human nature, human reason, human
LINES perfection, and every thing to which ihe word human can be prefixed. An
Written on the blank leaf of a Lady's honourable member near me, with
common place book.
There is one leaf reserved for me, whom I generally side, and whom I
From all thy sweet memorials free; always esteem, but whose arguments
And here my simple song might tell on the present subject could not
The feelings thou must guess so.
so well ; have been dictated either by the rea But could I thus within thy mind, son of a philosophes, the feelings of One little vacant corner find, a man, or the heart of a christian, Where no impression yet is seen, has thought proper to declare that Where no memorial yet has been : the members of the church of Rome Oh! it should be my sweetest care, are, in this country foreigners in To write my name for ever there. every thing but their birth-foreign
Moore. ers!—they were not so when they fought to give liberty to a country
EPIGRAMS, that wept in bondage, while their
A VICAR long ill, who had treasur'd up blood was the stream that swept
wealth, away despotism and misrule. They
Told his Curate each Sunday to pray for
his health. were not so when they placed a laurel crown upon the brow of Albion; nor
Which oft having done, a parishioner said, are they so while they so largely
That the Curate ought rather to wish he
were dead. contribute to preserve the glory they have assisted her to gain ;-hear,
“ For my truth," says the Curate, " let
credit be given, hear, hear, from all parts of the I ne'er pray'd for his death—but I have house:"-and I awoke to behold my for his living. father gazing upon me with a mixture of pity, contempt, and anger, in his Oh! mourn not for Anacreon fled, couritenance.
Oh! weep not for Anacreon dead; Those are a few instances of my The lyre still breathes, that lived before, unhappy propensity; I have alluded For we have one Anacreon Moore,