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THE PORTFOLIO. they have been sacrificing; and if their dream is all her superstition ; that she motives are just and spirited, let them conceals for fear of anger. Thus lives have their glory! but we cannot help she, and all her care is, she may die in contemplating with a more pleasing kind the spring time, to have store of flowers of admiration this intrepid man, dying stuck upon her winding sheet, in an attempt to save his fellow créatures from destruction.

Esop, once by his wit, extriented his A MILKMAID; BY SIR T. OVERBURY. master from a difficultly, into which the

A fair and happy milkmaid is a coun excess of wine had thrown him. try wench that is so far from making Xanthus being at a feast with his disherself beautiful by art, that one look of ciples, and the wine beginning to moulit hers is able to put all face-physic out of into his head, he betted, on the proposicountenance. She knows a fair look is tion of une of them, that he would drink but a dumb orator to commend virtue, the sea, consenting to forfeit his estate therefore minds it not. All her excel- if he did not perform it. He gave his lences stand in her so silently, as if they ring in pledge, and the student gave his. had stolen upon her without her know. The next day having entirely forgot ledge. The lining of her apparel, which is what had happened on the preceding, he herself, is far better than outsides of tis was astonished to find that he had not sue ; for though she be not arrayed in the

his ring. Æsop having related to him spoil of the silk-worm, she is decked in the circumstances, he felt completely innocence, a far better wearing. She mortified and vexed, naturally judging doth not, with lying down in bed, spoil what he had undertaken to perform was both her complexion and conditions ; a perfect impossibility.

İn this per nature has taught her, too immoderate plexed affair he had recourse to Æsop, sleep is rust to the soul; she rises there- begging him to use all his wit, all his fore with Chanticleer, her dame's cock, address, all his subtilty, and all his ex and at night makes the lamb her curfew. perience, to get him out of this affair, In milking a cow, and straining the teats and to recover honourably the pledge through her fingers, it seems that so which he had given. Esop conceived sweet a milk-press makes the milk this plan, which the philosopher put in whiter or sweeter; for never came al practice. When the day arrived for the mond-glore or aromatic ointment on her decision of the wager, all the people of palm to taint it. The golden ears of Samos were assembled upon the seacorn fall and kiss her feet when she reaps shore, to see in what manner the philothem, as if they wished to be bound and sopher would draw himself out of this led prisoners by the same hand that embarrassment. The philosopher arrifolled them. Her breath is her own, ved, and a carpet being spread, and a which scents all the year long of June, table covered," he ordered his servants like a new-made hay-cock. She makes to present him with a cup of water out her hand hard with labour, and her heart of the sea, and holding it up in his hands, soft with pity; and when winter even he asked of his adversary,in a loud voice, iugs fall early, sitting at her merry wheel what were the terms of the wager ? He she sings defiance to the giddy wheel of answered, that he had engaged fortune. She doth all things with so drink all the water out of the sea. sweet a grace, it seems ignorance will Then turning himself to the assembly, Tiot suffer her to do ill, being her mind he said, “ Inhabitants of Samos, you is to do well. She bestows her year's' know perfectly well that the rivers and wages at next fair, and in choosing her rivulets discharge themselves into the garments, counts no bravery in the sea, now I engaged to drink the water world like decency. The garden and of the sea only, and not that of all the bee-hive are all her physic and surgery, rivers which run into it, therefore my aad she lives the longer for it. She disciple must first prevent the rivers dares go alone, and unfold sheep in the from running into the sea, and when he night, and fears no manner of ill, be shall have done that, I will drink it.” cause she means none; yet, to say truth, This invention entirely succeeded. The she is never alone, but is still accompa- scholar threw himself at Xanthus's nied with old songs, honest thoughts feet, confessing that he was conyu and prayers, but short ones; yet they and begged him to dissolve the wager, have their efficacy, in that they are not which was readily acceded to, to the palled with ensuing idle cogitations.- satisfaction of all the people, who could Lastly, her dreams are so chaste, that not suficiently, admire the readiness of sho dars tell them; only a Friday's Æsop's wito,

to

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THE SCHOOL BOY'S COMPLAINT.

PARODY ON HAMLET'S SOLILOQUY

The curse of Cain is on me.” I love my Master, and my school full well, But cannot bear to read, to write, or spell; I strive at both, but, alas ! I try in vainBut still more zealous strive to shun the cane,

.When, if by chance my hands do get a stain,
Up I am sent to have them washed with cane ;
Or if an apple munch-or sideways chance to

look, Confound the cane, I catch it--such my fatal

Juck.

If slate-string lose-or pencil chance to drop,
Up I am sent--the cane will never stop;
To stir is treason-speaking worse than death,
There's no escape from cane, while I have

breath.

Oh! curse the cane, I wish the burning sun Had parca'd the ground, and it had bronght

forth none; Had we no weapon on our England's plain But we must cross the oceaa for a cane ? Oh! Friends believe me, hear me speak my

mind Before I know my fault, l’m seiz'ı-confin’d, Dragg'd like a felon-I plead_alas ! in vain, And all I get for pity is the cruel cane. Oh! what a sufferer, when shall I be freed ?Is there no other art to teach mankind to read ? Oh! yes, there's Lancaster-friend of hapless

youth, Without a cane can guide mankind to truth. I'll go to him, for he's a man of peace, And in his school the war of cane shall cease; I went, and found, to finish my mishap, Instead of cane, a supplement call'd-strap. Oh! wretched me! how oft I've wish'd in vain, Some friend in pity would destroy the cane; But now I wish the cane and strap together, Sunk in the ocean, and both lost for ever.

J. BABINGLEYCREEK,

To smoke or not to smoke! that is the question :
Whether 'tis better to abjure tie habit,
And trust the warnings of a scribbling Doctor,
Or buy at once a box of best Havanna,
And ten a day, consume them ? To smoke-

to puffNay more, to waste the tender fabric of the

lungs, And risk consumption and the thousand ills The practice leads to ; 'tis a consummation Discreetly to be shynn'd. To suroketo

puff To puff-perhaps to doze! ay, there's the rub, For in that dozing state we thirsty grow: And having burnt the tube up to a stump, We must have drink-and that's one canse We modern youth are destin'd to short life. For wlo can bear to feel his mouth parcijed up, His throat like whalebole and his chest ex

hausted,
His head turn giddy and his nerves unstrung,
When he himself might drench these ills aivay
With wine or brandy-Who would live in

smoke,
And pive and sicken with a secret poison,
But that the dread of breaking o'er a rule
Prescrib'd by fashion (whose controlling will
None disobeys) puzzles ambitious youth,
And makes us rather bear those ills we feel
And others that the Doctor warns us of-
Thus custom does make spectres of us all,
And thus the native hue of our complexion
Is sickly'd o'er with a consumptive cast,
The appetite (a loss of greater moment)
Pall'd by the weed; and the digestive powers
Lose all their action.

NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS. We now feel, and ever have done, duly grateful

to our friends in the country for their valuable contributions, but W.E. must pardon us if we have had taste enough to reject his favour, notwithstanding the pains and trouble he has evidently bestowed upon it.-Our veto must apply as well to Isabella, S.S., and Caustic. M. will oblige us by a further communication

at her earliest convenience. Received, and“ ordered to lie on the table" for

perusal, Polybius, P. R., Arsia, Cantab, and Soufpance.

GENIUS. What is Genius? 'tis a flame, Kindling all the human frame; 'Tis the ray that lights the eye, Soft in love-in battle high ;'Tis the lightning of the mind, Unsubdued and undefin'd;: 'Tis the flood that pours along The full clear melody of song; 'Tis the sacred boon of Hear'n, To its choicest favourites given ;They who feel can paint it well, What is Genius ? Byron tell.

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of these immortal works; but it is to out of the boundary scarp, containing tally impossible to describe the feelings 42 curious gigantic figares of the Hindoo of admiration and awe excited in the mythology---the whole three galleries mind upon first beholding these stupen- in continuity, enclosing the areas, and dous excavations.

occupying the almost incredible space “On a close approach to the temples, of nearly 420 feet of excavated rock; the eye and imagination are bewildered being, upon the average, about 13 feet with the variety of interesting objects 2 inches broad all round, and in height that present themselves on every side. 14 feet and a half; while, positively, The feelings are interested to a degree above these again are excavated fine of awe, wonder, and delight, that at first large rooms. Within the Court, and is painful, and it is a long time before opposite these galleries, or virandas, , they become sufficiently sobered, and stands Keylas the Proud, wonderfully calm to contemplate with any zttention towering in hoary majesty---a mighty the surrrounding wonders. The death fabric of rock, surpassed by no relic of like stillness of the place, the solitude of antiquity in the known world. the adjoining plains, the romantic beauty * This brief outline will impart to the of the country, and the mountain itself, reader some idea of the Wonders of perforated in every part, all tend to im Elora ! and if these temples do not express the mind of the stranger with feel cite in the mind emotions of astonishings quite new, and far different from ment and delight, I have quite misunthose felt in viewing magnificent edi derstood my own feelings. To build fices amidst the heavy haunts of man. the Pantheon, the Parthenon at Athens, Every thing here invites the mind, to St. Peter's at Rome, our own St. Paul's contemplation, and every surrounding or a Fonthill Abbey, is a task of science object reminds it of a remote period, and labour: but we understand how it is and a mighty people, who were in a done, how it proceeds, and how it is state of high civilization, whilst the na finished: but to conceive for a moment tives of our own land were barbarians, a body of men, however numerous, with living in woods and wilds.

a spirit. however invincible, and re“How many ideas rush into the mind sources however great, attack a solid of an inquisitive and thoughtful man at mountain of rock, in most parts 100 feet the moment I am now describing ! How high, and excavating, by the slow promuch delightful narrative might a more cess of the chisel, a temple like the one able pen than mine give utterance to on I have faintly described, with its gallethe occasion! I will, however, (though ries, or Pantheon---its vast area, and inJacking the glowing descriptive powers of describable mass of sculpture and carvsome of our modern writers) put the first ing in endless profusion---the work apview in plain language to the reader's pears beyond belief, and the mind is beimagination.

wildered in amazement. “Conceive the burst of surprise at " I think the caverned temples of suddenly coming upon a stupendous Elora far surpass, in labour, design, &c. temple, within a large open court, hewn any of the ancient buildings that have out of the solid rock, with all its parts impressed our minds with admiration; perfect and beautiful, standing proudly nor do I think they yield the palm of alone upon its native bed, and detached superiority to any thing we are told of from the neighbouring mountain by a in Egypt. spacious area all round, nearly 250 feet “ Nothing can be more romantic and deep, and 150 feet broad: this unri- interesting than the view down the great valled fane rearing its rocky head to a hall, or into the large rooms, excavated height of nearly 100 feet---its length in the northern and southern sides of the about 145 feet, by 62 broad---having mountains facing you; or, if you wish well-formed door-ways, windows, stair to quit this gloomy grandeur, only cross cases to its upper floor, containing fine the bridges through the small rooms, to large rooms of a smooth and polished the balcony over the gateway, and there surface, regularly divided by rows of is the open country, with beautiful napillars: the whole bulk of this immense ture robed in all the luxuriance and richblock of isolated excavation being up ness of oriental verdure. wards of 500 feet in circumference, and, At the time these astonishing works extraordinary as it may appear, having were begun, the country, far and wide, beyond its areas three handsome figure must have enjoyed a profound peace; its galleries, or virandas, supported by re resources too must have been great to gular, pillars, with compartments hewn have perunitted such vast undertakings;

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67 and the people happy and contented who their feats are fully described in the could for purposes of religion, labour holy war in the Mhahbarit (or Mahabaunremittingly for a series of years, in rat,) and fully detailed in the epic poem the completion of these temples. It is, of that name. As their deeds of prowess indeed, not unreasonable to conclude are truly miraculous, and as the five they had their origin before the follow brothers will more than once appear in ers of Mahomet ravaged and disturbed exploring the temples here, I shall offer the tranquility of India, then inhabited no apology for at once introducing them by a race purely Hindoo; long, proba to notice, more especially as the Hinbly, antecedent to the invasion by Alex doos, high and low, learned and unander or Seleucus.

learned, of ancient and modern times, “ Believe me, I shall be as brief in attribute the whole of the temples, both my recollections of these deities or he here and at Karli, to the labours of the roes, as is consistent with illustrating Pandoos---that they were constructed our work; for much precious time have by them by means of the heavenly inI, in the zeal and enthusiasm of my fluence and the supernatural powers they youth, wasted on Hindoo mythology, possessed. and legendary lore, and at last rose up as satisfied, and about as much instructed in the early period of Hindoo history, as at my commencement. Truly, SKETCHES OF MEN, MANwith the greatest application on the

NERS, &C. spit, and with native assistants, itis an

MAY endles.

e and unprofitable task: I literally, from mintense study, assuming the

Is the fifth month of the year, reckoning dress of a na. tive, living on a vegetable

from our first or January, and the third diet, with pure

water for my beverage, counting the year *o begin with March, was almost mytholog.

ically mad, for up as the Romans anciently did. It was

I have a feel. called Maius by Romuius, in respect to wards of a year; so tha.

mrience, in

the senators and nowles of the city, want ing regard, from my own expt. 'ngth

were named Majores ; as the following not afflicting my reader with any a.

month was called Junius in honor of ened accounts of those once mighty per

the youth of Rome, in honorem ju

in to state that there are figures, emblems,

some will have it to have been thus &c. without slightly alluding to their

called from Maia, the mother of Merhistory, attributes, or powers, my nar

cury, to whom they offered sacrifice on rative would be deemed vague, and my

the first day of it; and Papias derives it self exceedingly negligent. Did I, on ·

from Madius eo quod tunc terrae ma the other hand, make a parade of what

deat. In this month, the sun enters I have acquired on the subject, a large Gemini, and the plants of the earth in book would be the result. * A great general begin to flower. The month of book is a great evil.” I have no am

May has ever been esteemed favourable bition of that kind, nor wish unneces

to love; and yet the ancients, as well as sarily to increase my pages. This pre

many of the moderns, look to it as an fatory observation will suffice through- unhappy month for marriage. The

original reason may perhaps be referred “The principal figures, in point of

to the feast of the Lermures, which was rank, in the great hall, are easily recog

held in it. Ovid alludes to this in the nized. Lakshmi, (the wife of Vishnu, a

fifth of his Fasti, when he says--god of the Hindoo trial ;) she presides

Nec viduæ tædis eadem, nec virginis over marriages and prosperity. My

apta Brahman called the next figure repre

Tempora ; quæ nupsit, non diuturna sented Raj Janekas, a famous hero of

fuit ; old, who had the good fortune to be Hac quoque de eausa, si te proverbia succoured by the goddess Sita, when an

tangunt, infant, being found in a box in a field,

Mense malum Maio nubere vulgus ait.'» Another is the figure of Gutturdass; but The first of May was dedicated by the some of the Brahmans, who were pre Romans to one of the most pleasing and sent at the time, called him Raj Booj.--- splendid festal rites. The houses were These are larger than life, and are well decked with garlands of flowers, and the executed. The two warlike brothers, day was devoted to pleasure; the prinPundoo and Couroo, are displayed here; cipal inhabitants going to Ostia, a plea

before us, rank and file. Were I simply niom, who served

in the war; though

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out.

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