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Set thine house in order ; for thou shalt die, and not live,

ISAIAH. xxxviii. 1. To bind his Princes at his pleasure, and teach bis Senators wisdom,

SEATED on a throne, and holding in

PSALM CV. 22. his hand the sword of state, he is attenA CARDINAL and three bishops are in a soothing tune, against an unfortunate

tively listening to an advoeate pleading, assisting at the ceremony: Death is there also under the figure of two peasant, who trembling waits, in the most skeletons, one of which is dressed in suppliant posture, the decree That is to cardinal's robes, the other embraces the ment displays all his power; he proudly

determine his fate. Death at this ma Holy Father, with the right hand, and is takes possession of the bottom of the Jeaning on a crutch with the left.

throne, and is carelessly leaning his arm
on the Monarch's crown.
aspect with which the Emperor views the
advocate and his two clients, who are
seen standing with their heads uncovered,
is a happy presage for the poor oppressed

The angry

CURIOUS INSCRIPTION LEECHES.—Great difficulty being ofteut On the Tomb-stone of one Margaret with their mouths a correspondent in

experienced in making leeches fasten Scott, who died in the town of Dal

the Gazette of Health of this month, Reith in Scotland, Feb. 19,

strongly recommends the following me1793.

thod of applying them.---Dip the mouth Stop, passenger, until my life you read;

of the teech in fresh porter, and apply it The living may gain knowledge by the dead. Five times five years I liv'd a virgin's life, to the spot from whence it is deemed Ten times five years I was a virtuous wife, advisable tu abstract blood, and it will Ten times five years 1 lived a widow chaste; . Now, weary of this mortal life I rest.

immediately fasten, and begin to suck, Between my cradle and my grave have been, A CAPACITY.-A child belonging to Eight mighty kings of Scotland, and a Queen, opulent, but ignorant parents, was sent Four times five years the Commonwealth I saw;

to a boarding school of some celebrity Teu times the subject rose against the law. Twice did I see old Irelacy pnli'd down;

to receive a first rate education. The Avd twice the cloak was humbled by the gown. governess soon found, however, the child An end of Stuart's race I saw : nay, more! My native country sold for English ore;

wanted capacity, and inentioned her Such desolations in my life have iseen,

fears on that head to its mother. Oh, I have an end of all perfection seen.

pray, said the worthy woman, if little T. D. Betsy hasu't a capacity, provide her with

one immediately, whatever it may cost.

LAST MOMENTS OF LORD BYRON. serious a nature. “I think I never had," “My master” says Mr. Fletcher, (Lord

was his lordship’s answer. I repeated Byron's confidential servant)“continued my supplications that Dr. Thoinas should his usual custom of riding daily when be sent for on the 15th, and was again the weather would permit, until the 9th assured that my master would be better of April.

But on that ill-fated day, he in two or three days. After these congot very wet, and on his return home, fident assurances, I did not renew my his lordship changed the whole of his entreaties until it was too late. With dress, but he had been too long in bis respect to the medicines that were given wet clothes, and the cold, of which he

to my master, I could not persuade myhad complained more or less ever since self that those of a strong purgative we left Cephalonia, made this attack be nature were best adapted for his commore severely felt. Though rather fe plaint, concluding that, as he had noverish during the night, his lordship thing on his stomach, the only effect slept pretty well, but complained in the would be to create pain : indeed this morning of a pain in his bones and a

must have been the case with a person in head-ache: this did not, however, pre taken by my master for the last eight

perfect health. The whole nourishment vent him from taking a ride in the afternoon, which I grieve to say was his last. days, consisted of a small quantity of On his return, my master said that the broth at two or three different times, and saddle was not perfectly dry, from being

two spoonfuls of arrow-root on the 18th, so wet the day before, and observed that the day before his death. The first time he thought it had made him worse. His I heard of there being any intention of lordship was again visited by the same

bleeding his lordship, was on the 15th, on the next morning, that his illness ap- Mr. Millingen if there was any very slow fever, and I was sorry to perceive when it was proposed by Dr. Bruno, but

objected to by my master, who asked peared to be increasing. low, and complained of not having had great reason for taking blood: the latter any sleep during the night. His lord-' replied that it might be of service, but ship’s appetite was also quite gone.


added that it could be deferred till the prepared a little arrow-root, of which he

next day.

And accordingly my master took three or four spoonfuls, saying it

was bled in the right arm, on the evening was very good, but could take no more.

of the 16th, and a pound of blood was It was not till the third day, the 12th,

taken. I observed at the time, that it that I began to be alarmed for my master.

had a most inflamed appearance. Dr. In all bis former colds, he always slept Bruno now began to say he had frewell and was never affected by this slow quently urged my master to be bled, but fever. I therefore went to Dr. Bruno that he always refused; a long dispute and Mr. Millingen, the two medical at

now arose about the time that had been tendants, and inquired minutely into lost, and the necessity of sending for every circumstance connected with my

medical assistance to Zante, upon which master's present illness: both replied I was informed for the first time, that it that there was no danger, and I might would be of no use, as my master would make myself perfectly easy on the sub- be better, or no more, before the arrival ject, for all would be well in a few days. to get worse, but Dr. Bruno said, he

of Dr. Thomas. His lordship continued This was on the 13th; on the following day, I found my master in such a state, his life, and I lost no time in telling my

thought letting blood again would save that I could not feel happy without supplicating that he would send to Zante, master how necessary it was to comply for Dr. Thomas: after expressing my

with the doctor's wishes; to this be refears lest his lordship should get worse, plied by saying, he feared they knew he desired me to consult the doctors, nothing about his disorder, and then which I did, and was told there was no

stretching out his arm said, “bere, take occasion for calling in any person, as

my arm and do whatever you like." they hoped all would be well in a few

His lordship continued to get weaker, days. Here I should remark, that his and on the 17th he was bled twice in the Jordship repeatedly said in the course of morning, and at two o'clock in the afterthe day, he was sure the doctors did not

noon; the bleeding at both times was understand bis disease; to which I an

followed by fainting fits, and he would swered, then my lord, have other advice have fallen down more than once, had I by all means. “They tell me,” said his

not caught him in my arms. In order to lordship, “that it is only a common

prevent such an accident, I took care not cold, which you know I have had a

to let his lordship stir without supporting thousand times.” I am sure my lord, him. On this day, my master said to me said I, that you never had one of 80

twice"I cannot sleep, and you well

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tell her every

kuow that I have not been able to sleep He then continued, “Oh, my poor dear for more than a week: I know,” added child ! my dear Ada! my God, could I his lordship, “that a man can only be a but have seen her! give her my blessing certain time without sleep, and then he and my dear sister Augusta and her must go mad without any one being able children; and you will go to, lady to save him, and I would ten times rather Byron, and sayshoot myself than be mad, for I am not thing--you are friends with her.” His afraid of dying, I am more fit to die lordship appeared to be greatly affected than people think.” I do not, however, at this moment. Here my master's voice believe that his lordship had any appre- failed him, so that I could only catch a hension of his fate till the day after, the word at intervals, but he kept muttering 18th, when he said, “I fear you and Tita something very seriously for some time, will be ill by sitting up constantly night and would often raise his voice and say, and day.” I answered, “ we shall never “Fletcher, now if you do not execute leave your lordship till you are better.” every order which I have given you, I As my master had a slight fit of delirium will torment you hereafter if possible.” on the 16th, I took care to remove the Here I told his lordship in a state of the pistols and stiletto which had hitherto greatest perplexity, that I had not underbeen kept at his bedside in the night. stood a word of what he said, to which On the 18th his lordship addressed me he replied, “Oh, my God! then all is frequently, and seemed to be very much lost! for, it is now too late--can it be dissatisfied with his medical treatment. possible that you have not understood I then said, “do allow me to send for me?” “No, my lord,” said I, “but I Dr. Thomas,” to which he answered, pray you to try to inform me once more." “ do so, but be quick. I am only sorry “How can I?” rejoined my master, “it I did not let you do so before, as I am is now too late and all is 'over." I said, sure they have mistaken my disease; “Not our will, but God's be done,” and write yourself, for I know they would not he answered “Yes, not mine be done like to see other doctors here.” I did , but I will try · His lordship did not lose a moment in obeying my indeed make several efforts to

speak, master's orders, and on informing Dr. but could only repeat two or three words Bruno and Mr. Millingen of it, they said at a time, such as, “my wife! my child! it was very right, as they now began to my sister! you know all-you must say be afraid themselves. On returning to all you know my wishes;” the rest was my master's room, his first words were, quite unintelligible. A consultation was “have you sent?" "I have, my lord,” was now held (about noon), when it was demy answer; upon which he said, “You termined to administer some Peruvian have done right, for I should like to bark and wine. My master had now know what is the matter with me.” Als been nine days without any sustenance though his lordship did not appear to whatever, except what I have already think his dissolution was so near, I could mentioned. With the exception of a few perceive he was getting weaker every words, which can only interest those to hour, and he began to have occasioital whom they were addressed, and which, fits of delirium. He afterwards said, if required, I shall communicate to themI now begin to think I am seriously ill, selves, it was impossible to understand and in case I should be taken off sud- any thing his lordship said after taking denly, I wish to give you several direc- the bark. He expressed a wish to sleep. tions which I hope you will be particular I at one time asked him whether I in seeing executed.” I answered I would, should call Mr. Parry, to which he replied, in case such an event came to pass, but “Yes, you may call him."

Mr. Parry expressed a hope that he would live many desired him to compose himself. He years, to execute them much better him- shed tears, and, apparently, sunk into a self, than I could. To this iny master slumber. Mr. Parry went away, expectreplied, “No, it is now nearly over” ing to find him refreshed on his returnand then added, “I must tell you all but it was the commencement of the without losing a moment." I then said, lethargy preceding his death. The last “Shall I go, my lord, and fetch pen, ink, · words I heard my master utter were at and paper ?” “Oh! my God, no-you six o'clock on the evening of the 18th, will lose too much time, and I have it when he said, “I must sleep now;" upon not to spare, for my time is now short,” which he laid down never to rise again! said his lordship, and immediately after, for he did not move band or foot during “ Now, pay attention.” His lordship the following twenty-four hours. His commenced by saying, “ You will be pro- lordship appeared, however, in a state of vided for." I begged him, however, to suffocation at intervals, and had a freproceed with things of more consequence. quent rattling in the throat; on these


puccasions, I called Tita to assist me in absences gave rise to suspicion and raising his head, and I thought he seemed curiosity. She was traced to the cavern to get quite stiff. The rattling and of the ill-fated Sabipus, who being seized choaking in the throat took place every and loaded with irons, was with his wife half-hour; and we continued to raise and children conveyed to Rome. his head whenever ibe fit came on, till Eponina, distracted at the consequences six o'clock in the evening of the 19th, of her imprudence, rusbed into the prewhen I saw my master open his eyes and sence of the emperor Vespasian, and shut them, but without slowing any with her children prostrated herself at symptom of pain, or moving hand or foot. his feet. With all the eloquence of a “Oh! my God!" I exclaimed, “I fear wife and mother, she pleaded the his lordship is gone.” The doctors then of her husband, excusing his felt his pulse, and said, “You are right fault, as proceding from the disorders of he is gone.'

the times, rather than from personal am

bition. Then presenting her children to Biographical Sketches. the emperor, she thus addressed him :

“But, Sire, we have waited till these (Written for the Portfolio.)

boys should be able to join their sighs

and tears to those of their mother, in the EPONINA.

hope of disarming your anger by, our (Concluded from p. 287.) united prayers. They come forth as At length, devoured by mental anxiety, on the first day in which they ever be

from a sepulchre, to implore your mercy This affectionate pair could no longer en

held the light of the sun; let our sordure a separation. By the management row, our misfortunes, and the sufferings of the faithful freedman, Eponina was

we have undergone, move you to comconducted in the darkness of the night to passion, and obtain from you the life of the retreat of her husband, and brought

a husband and father.” The spectators back with equal secrecy before the dawn of day to her own house. These visits were sad spectacle, every heart was moved

melted into pity and tenderness at the repeated with equal precaution, and with

except that of the emperor, who was great peril for seven months, when it deaf to the voice of mercy; and to was determined, as a plan that would be political security, the rights of humanity attended with less inconvenience, to re

were sacrificed, and the husband and move Sabinus during the night to a

father coldly doomed to death : Eponina, remote apartment in his own house. determined to share the fate of her husBut this project in its execution was band, wiped away her tears, and thus found to abound in unforeseen difficulties: addressed the emperor; “Be assured," Sabinus was therefore again removed to

said she, assuming a firm and dignified his subterranean apartment, whose darkness love illuminated. The intercourse life. With Sabinus I have existed for

manner, that I know how to contemn between the husband and wife thus con.

nine years in the bowels of the earth, tinued for nine years, during which in- with a delight and tranquillity untasted terval the pregnancy of Eponina afforded by tyrants amid the splendour of a throne, them at one time the most cruel alarm. and with him I am ready, with no less But this interesting and amiable woman, cheerfulness and fortitude, to unite myself by a painful, though ingenious stratagem, in death. contrived to elude suspicion, and satisfy

This act or ill-timed severity threw a enquiry.

stain upon the character and clemency of She prepared an ointment, which Vespasian, whose temper in oiber reby its external application, produced a spects had not been deemed sanguinary. swelling of the limbs, and other dropsical The generous' affection and beroisin of symptoms, and thus accounted for the Eponina was consecrated iġ the admiraenlargement of her shape. As the time tion of future ages.

M. of her confinement drew near, under pretence of a visit to a distant province, she retired to the cavern of her husband, and

QUEEN MARIA LUKZINSKA. there gave birth to twin sons, whom she IN 1730, queen Maria Lukzinska, wife nurtured and reared in this gloomy fo Louis the 15th, going to inass, met old retreat.

Marshal Villars, leaning on a woodeu Conjugal and maternal affection thus crutch not worth fifteen pence; she united, while time and impunity had rallied him about it, and the marshal allayed her fears, drew her more fre- told her that he had used it ever siuce quently to the place which contained the he had received a wound, wbich obliged. object of ber cares, aud her frequent bim to add this article to the equipments


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of the army. Her majesty smiling, said, Latia epistles, poems, and orations, which she thought this crutch unworthy of him, werc dispersed among the learned of her and hoped she should induce bim to give acquaintance: besides other works, she it up. "On returning home she desired translated the ecclesiastical liistory of M. de Campan to go to Paris, and to Eusebius from Greek into Latin ; (his purchase at the celebrated Germain's, the labuur of learning was afterwards transhandsomest cane with a gold enamelled lated into English by her daughter Mary, crutch that he could find, and carry it who inherited the talents of her mother. without delay to Marshal Villars' hotel, But her great literary attainments did and present it to him from her. He ful- not in the least interfere with her perfilled his commission accordingly: the formance of the domestic duties, but marshal, on attending him to the door, were rendered still more attractive by requested him to express bis gratitude to the virtues of the heart. Her disposition the queen; and said, that he had nothing was gentle and affectionate; her sentifit to offer to an officer who had the ments were always expressed with diffihonour to belong to her majesty, but he dence'; and her filial love and reverence begged him to accept his old stick, and throws a never-fading lustre over her that his grand-children would probably memory. some day be glad to possess the cane During the extrordinary matady called with which marshal Villars commanded at the sweating sickness, which commenced the battles of Marchiennes and Denain. in 1483, and appeared again at intervals The knowo character of the marshal ap- five times till 1528; Margaret was seized pears in this anecdote ; but he was not with this disorder : her father, wbite her mistaken with respect to the estimation recovery was doubtful, abandoned himin which his stick would be held.

It was

self to the most violent sorrow, and when thenceforth kept with veneration by all hope was given up, suggested M. de Campan's family. On the 10th of some simple but efficacious remedy, August, 1792, a house which Madame de which had entirely escaped the physicians, Campan (the daughter-in-law of the pre- but which effected the cure of his ceding,) occupied on the Carrousel, at daughter. the entrance of the Thuilleries, was pil. In 1528 she gave her hand to William laged, and nearly burnt down; the cane Roper, Esq., a man of talents and learn, of the marshal de Villars was thrown into ing, accomplished, and of an amiable disthe Carou rsel as of no value, and was position. picked up by her servant. Madame de

Two sons and three daughters were the Campan observed, “ had its old master fruits of this marriage, whose education been living at that period, we should not was superintended by their mother with have witnessed such a deplorable day." the most assiduous care. She still prose.

cuted her studies in conjunction with her

husband, and applied to the attainment MARGARET ROPER.

of philosophy and theology. She was MARGARET, eldest daughter of Sir personally acquainted and corresponded Thomas More, lord high chancellor of with the celebrated Erasmas, by whom England, was born in 1508. She received she was styled, Brittannie decus, and in a learned education, and men of the first whose estimation she held a high place, literary reputation were procured by her For some time her life glided on serenely father for her preceptors. Under their in the acquisition of science, and in the care, aided by her own superior talents bosom of her family; it now became and genius, she became mistress of the agitated and dist urbed by the tragical Greek and Latin languages, and made fate of her father. considerable progress in astronomy,

The chancellor having disapproved philosophy, physics, logic, rhetoric, the conduct of Henry VIII. in his divorce music, and arithmetic. Sir Thomas, to from Catherine, and marriage with Ame whom all his children were dear, regarded Buleyn, resigned the seals, and thus inhis eldest daughter, in whose attainments curred the displeasure of the king. On and powers he felt a laudable pride, with his refusing to take the path of supre, peculiar tenderness. She is said to have macy, he was committed to the Towers written Latin -in a pure and elegant style, where his daughter was, after great im, and in some cases to have excelled her portunity, allowed to visit him. She father in composition ; he delighted in essayed every argument, expostulation and holding with her an epistolary corres- entreaty, but all in vain, bis constancy pondence; some of her letters, which he was not to be shaken. She had herself, showed 10 persons of the most distinguish- less bigotted or less tenacious, taken ed abilities and learning, received high the oath, with the reservation of“ As and just praise. She composed anany far as would stand with the law of God."

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