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THE PORTFOLIO Ignorant, to proclaim him a misanthrope Byron. “Yes," said the young man, and a monster;' but from the boldness hanging down his head. and feeling expressed in these, she con could get a chance of half the profits of cluded that he must be a man of kind

your poem for ten pounds ?" heart and amiable disposition. Expe- said the young man again, raising him- . rience did not disappoint her; and though self up. *** And for how much could you she entered the apartment with faulter-. be reconciled to your father ?" said ing steps and a palpitating heart, she Byron again. For ten pounds also,' soon found courage to state her request, said the young man.

said which she did in the most simple and Byron, “there is ten pounds, give it to delicate manner.

He heard it with the him, and let him publish the poem if he most marked attention, and the keenest pleases; and there are other five for sympathy; and when she had completed, yourself, to hasten you on your way. he, as if to avert her thoughts from a The young man was astonished; and subject which could not but be painful before he could turn round to thank his to her, began to converse in words so benefactor, chat benefactor had disapfascinating, and tones so gentle, that she peared hardly perceived that he had been writing, until he put a folded slip of paper

MONSIEUR ALEXANDRE, into her hand, saying that that was his subscription, and he most heartily

The celebrated Ventriloquist. wished her success; “But,” added he, 'we are both young and the world is

Monsieur Alexandre, the celebrated very censorious; and so, if I were to

Ventriloquist, was on a visit a few days take any active part in the promoting of ago to Sir Walter Scott, at Abbotsford, your subscription, I fear it would do you distinguished host, that he kept a sort of

and having chanced to mention to his harm rather thaii good.' lady, overpowered by the prudence and Album, or Scrap-book, in which were delicacy of his conduct, took her leave, reposited various tributes which had and, upon opening in the street the pa

been paid to his talents by many emi

nent individuals of the countries he had ; per, which, in her agitation, she had not previously looked at, she found it was a

visited, Sir Walter stept aside, while draught upon his banker for fifty pounds. the carriage was getting ready for his :

Another instance, which happened guest's departure, and immediately preabout the same time, is, though it did

sented to him the following good-hunot require the same delicacy, equally moured and characteristic lines :--characteristic. A young man from a dis

TO MONS. ALEXANDRE. tant part of the country, who had quar Of yore, in Old England, it was not thought relled with his father, in consequence of good, having squandered a small sum of mo To carry two faces under one hood : ney, was friendless, and almost penny What should folks say to you, who have faces less, in the metropolis ; and at last wrote

such plenty, a little poem, or rather a succession of That from under one hood you last night shew'd bad rhymes, which he offered to the us twenty! booksellers. Most of them rejected the Stand forth, arch deceiver! and tell us, in proffered poem with scorn; but at last truth, the writer met with one who said that, if Are you handsome or ugly, in age or in youth ? ten pounds were given him, he would Man, woman, or child? or a dog, or a mouse ? publish it, and give tbe writer half the

Or are you, at once, each live thing in the profits.' Elated with this, he sallied into

house? the streets, and had wandered as far as Each live thing, did I ask ? each dead implePiccadilly, ere he knew what he was ment too! about or whither he was going. Ex A work-shop in person-saw, chisel, and screw, hausted at last, he stood still at the front

Above all, are you one individual? I know entrance of the Albany, with his manu You must be, at the least Alexander and Co. script in his hand. Byron happened to But I think you're a troop-an assemblage pass; and his notice being drawn by

a mobsomething peculiar in the young man's And that I, as the Sheriff, must take up the job appearance, he accosted him. The whole

And, instead of rebearsing your wonders in story came out; and the rustic rhyme

verse, ster was taken into the apartment of the lust read you the riot act, and

you dispej se! bard. * And so you say you have

WALTER SCOTT, quarrelled with your father?" said Abbotsford, 23d. April.

cary?

“LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP.”

these circumstances, he thought he con

ceived-he apprehended, that they had A gentleman of considerable property,

better send for an apothecary."-"For with three handsome daughters, hay

an apothecary !-for an apothecary !ing removed with his family, sent one of

for an apothecary !” screamed all three his servants to an upholsterer in the

together, “ why are not you an apotheneighbourhood to come to his house the

Down dropt the sick young next morning at nine o'clock, intending lady, and covered herself with the bed to give him some directions relative to

clothes, and out ran the other two, fright

ened out of their wits, “Was thero curtains, chair-covers, &c. It happened the preceding night that one of the gen

ever such a mistake, such a blunder, tleman's daughters was taken suddenly pray, Sir, who are you ? whence come ill, and as she grew worse every hour,

you ? who sent for you ?” By this and the family apothecary lived at some

time the whole house was in one genedistance, a servant was at eight o'clock

ral confusion from the top to the bottom,

when the matriculated apothecary, rapin the morning dispatched to desire the attendance of any apothecary he could

ping at the street door, and the uphol. find. He returned in a short time, and

sterer being introduced to the master told them he had met one, who would

of the house, developed the whole myswait upon them as soon as possible. tery. The servant was dispatched into the city for a female relation, and had scarce DELINEATION OF A PERSON left the house before a rap at the door DESTINED FOR LONG LIFE. announced a visitor. The two sisters

(By Dr. Hufeland.) both running to the bed-room window at He has a proper and well proportioned the same time, and seeing a good-look- stature, without, however, being too tall. ing man, to whose person they were a He is rather of the middle size, and stranger, concluded he was their new somewhat thick-set. His complexion is apothecary, and sent down their own not too forid; at any rate, too much maid to let him in, and show him up ruddiness in youth is seldom a sign of stairs. The girl eagerly ran to the longevity. His hair approaches rather door, and received him with, “Sir, I am to the fair than the black; his skin is glad you are come, my lady has wait strong, but not rough. His head is not ed for you, be so good as to walk up too big; he has large veins at the extrestairs.'

mities, and his shoulders are rather round The upholsterer, for such was the than flat. His neck is not too long ; his new visitor, imagined there was soine belly does not project; and his hands extraordinary emergency, and was ush. are large, but not too deeply cleft. His ered up one pair of stairs, and expected foot is rather thick than long; and his to have been introduced to the drawing legs are firm and round. He has also room, but instead, was shown up another a broad arched chest : a strong voice, pair, and ushered into a bed-room, and the faculty of retaining his breath where were two beautiful females ready for a long time without difficulty. In to receive him, and a third in bed. The 'general, there is a complete harmony in curtains were drawn, and every appear

all his parts.

His senses are good, but ance of privacy. This surprised him, not too delicate; his pulse is slow and and his surprise was farther increased regular. by one of them telling him she was glad His stomach is excellent, his

appetite he was come, desiring bim to sit down good, and his digestion easy. The joys by the bed-side, beginning with “ You of the table are to him of in ortance; cannot imagine, Sir, what a terrible they tune his mind to serenity, and his night my sister has had, no rest, pains soul partakes in the pleasure which they in her head, violent perspirations, and communicate. He does not eat merely every bad symptom."_“I am extreme for the sake of eating; but each meal ly sorry for it, madam.'

Appears to is an hour of daily festivity; a kind of have every symptom of a fever. -"Bad delight attended with this advantage, in account, indeed, Madam.".

regard to others, that it does not make good, Sir, as to look at her tongue; put him poorer but richer. He eats slowly, your arm out of the bed, my dear. and has not too much thirst. Too great Which the young lady complying with, thirst is always a sign of rapid selfthe upholsterer got an opportunity of consumption. putting in a word, and said, “From all In general, he is serenē, loquacious

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95 active, susceptible of joy, love and hope,

AFFECTING ANECDOTE. * but insensible to the impressions of

A circumstance of a very interesting hatred, anger, and avariee. His passions

and affecting kind occurred some time never become too violent or destructive.

since in one of the Greek isles. A numIf he ever gives way to anger, he expe ber of the islanders, terrified at the apriences

rather an useful glow of warmth proach of a Turkish force, hurried on an artificial and gentle fever, without an

board a large boat, and pushed off from overflowing of the gall. He is also fond

the land. The wife of one of them, a of employment, particularly calm meditation and agreeable speculations—is young woman of uncommon loveliness,

seeing her husband departing, stood on an optimist, a friend to nature and do

the shore, stretching out her hands tomestic felicity---has no thirst after honors and riches, and banishes all thoughts

wards the boat, and imploring, in the of to-morrow.

most moving terms, to be taken on board. The Greek saw it without con

cern or pity, and, without aiding her esPRINTERS' DEVILS. cape, bade his companions hasten their Old Lucifer, both kind and civil,

flight. This unfortunate woman, left To every Printer lends a Devil ;

unprotected in the midst of her enemies, But, balancing accounts each winter,

struggled through scenes of difficulty and For every Devil takes a Printer.

danger, of insult and sufferings till her failing health and strength, with a heart broken by sorrow, brought her to her death-bed. She had never heard from

her husband; and when wandering ANECDOTES.

amongst the mountains, or lying hid in

some wretched habitation, or compelled The following anecdote was related

to urge her flight amidst cruel fatigues, by Bishop Latimer, in a sermon preached

her affection for him, and the hope of before King Edward VI :---When an

meeting again, bore up her courage order was made by the Roman Catholic through all. He came at last, when the authorities in the reign of Queen Mary,

enemy had retreated, and the Greeks goodly, rood,” or image of

had sought their homes again; and Christ, should be placed in every parish learning her situation, was touched with church, the officers of Cockram parish,

the deepest remorse, But all hope of near Lancaster, agreed with a carver to

life was then extinguished; her spirit furnish them with an image, or rood.

had been tried to the utmost; love had But the workman who proved to be a

changed to aversion, and she refused to very indifferent artist, made them a fi.

see or forgive him.---There is at times, gure so ugly and hideous, that the wo

in the character of a Greek woman, as men and children, instead of being in

more than one occasion occurred of obdaced to attend the church by the beauty serving, a strength and sternness that is of the image, were frightened away.

truly remarkable. Her sister and relaOn this account the churchwardens re

tions were standing round her bed ; and fused to pay the carver's bill. The

never in the days of her health and love carver, therefore, summoned the officers

did she look so touchingly beautiful as before the Mayor of Lancaster, to en

then : her fine dark eyes were turned on force his demand. They accordingly

them with a look, as if she mourned not attended, and when asked why they did

to die, but still felt deeply her wrongs ;

the natural paleness of her cheek was not pay the bill, they replied that their

crimsoned with a hectic hue, and the engagement was for a goodly rood, and

rich tresses of her black hair fell dishethis was so frightful, that it did not answer the purpose. The Mayor (who

velled by her side. Her friends, with was suspected of being inclined to Pro

tears, entreated her to speak to and fortestantisin), gave the following judg

give her husband; but she turned her ment:---" It does not signify whether

face to the wall, and waved her hand for the image serves for the purpose of wor

him to be gone. Soon the last pang ship or not; the poor man's labour has

came over her, and then affection conbeen nevertheless; he therefore must

quered ; - she turned suddenly round, be paid ; and if the image will not serve

raised a look of forgiveness to him, ye for a god, only pit a tail to it and a

placed her hand in his, and died. pair of horns, and it will make an excellent devil:':

that a

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SELECT POETRY.

FEMALE CURIOSITY.

She starts -for lo! an open pie
From which six living sparrows fly.
She calls, she screams, with wild surprise,
“ Haste, John, and catch these birds," she

cries,
John hears not, but to crown her shame,
In at her call her husband came.
Sternly he frown's and thus he spoke,
“ Thus is your vow'd allegiance broke!
Self-ign’rance led you to believe,
You did not share the sin ot Eve.
Like her's how blest was your condition !
How small my gentle prohibition !
Yet you, though fed with every dainty,
Sat pining in the midst of plenty ;
This dish, thus singled from the rest,
Of your obedience was the test;
Your mind unbroke by self-denial,
Could not sustain that slender trial.
Humility from hence he taught,
Learn candor to another's fault;
Go know, like Eve, from this sad dinner,
You're both a vain and curious sinner."

THE CURSE.

Oh! the curse of being poor!
To want and cringe at fortune's door-
To seek or borrow from a friend,
Who'd rather be excused than lend
To ask a favour, which, when granted
Ungraciously had better wanted !
Which to the proud heart that receives
The galling boon, a death pang gives,
Oh! the curse of being in debt,
Without the means of paying it !

THE WHEEL-BARROW

A worthy squire, of sober life,
Had a conceited boasting wife;
Of him she daily made complaint ;
Herself she thought

very saint.
She lov'd to load mankind with blame,
And on their errors build her fame.
Her favorite subject of dispute
Was Eve and the forbidden fruit.
“ Had I been Eve,” she often cried,
“ Man had not fall'n, nor woman died;
I still had kept the orders givan,
Nor for an apple lost my Heaven;
To gratify my curious mind,
I ne'er had rain'd all mankind;
Nor from a vain desire to know,
Entail'd on all my race such wne.”

The 'Squire replied, " I fear 'tis true,
The same ill spirit lives in you;
Tempted alike, I dare believe,
You wonld have disobey'd like Eve."
The lady storm'd and stiil deny'd
Both curiosity and pride.

The 'Squire some future day at dinner,
Resolv'd to try his boastful sipner;
He griev'd such vanity possest her,
And thus in serious terms address'd her,
* Madam, the usual splendid feast
With which our wedding day is grac'd,
With you I must not share to day,
For business sumnions me away.
Of all the dainties l’ve prepard,
I beg not an, may be spar'd;
Indulge in every costly dish :
Enjoy, 'tis what I really wish;
Only observe one prohibition,
Nor think it a severe condition ;
On one small dish which cover'd stands,
You must not dare to lay your hands.
Go-disohey not for your life,
Or, henceforth you're no more my wife,

The treat was serv'd, the 'Squire was gone,
The marm’ring lady din'd alone :
She saw what e'er could grace a feast,
Or charm the eye, or please the taste;
But while she reach'd from this to that,
From ven'son haunch to turtle fat;
On one small dish sbe chanced to light:
By a deep cover hid from sight.
“Oh! here it is ---yet for me!
1 must not taste, nay, dare not see;
Why place it there ? or why forbid
That I so much as lift the lid ?
Prohibited of this to eat,
I care not for the sumptuous treat ;
I wonder if 'tis fowl or fish,
To know what's there I merely wish.

I'll look-0 no, I lose for ever, If I'm betray'd, my husband's favour. I own I think it's vastly hard, Nay, tyranny to be debarr’d. John you may go--the wine's decanted, I'll ring or call you when you're wanted.” Now left alone she waits no longer, Temptation presses more and stronger, “ I'll peep the harm can ne'er be much, For though I peep, I will not touch ; Why I'm forbid to lift this cover, One glance will tell and then 'tis over. My husband's absent, so is John, My peeping never can be known.” Trembling she yielded to her wish, And raib'd the cover from tho dishi

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THE CITY OF GHEZA, OR MEMPHIS. Most modern Travellers are inclined describe,” says a celebrated traveller, to doubt the account of Norden, that “the impressions made on me, as I the city is really ancient Memphis. It drew near the site, on which have been is very true, say they, that every thing erected the most stupendous monuments there is calculated to impress upon the under the inspection of man; when mind the grandest ideas of magnificence - standing at the feet of these enormous and splendour ; but still, says M. Forbin, structures, I felt I could conceive noin his interesting travels, “ I am inclined thing that I could liken them to on earth to think Norden has erroneously taken it ---my whole soul was arrested with emofor the ancient city of Memphis.” It is tions of surprize and wonder, which did situated in the immediate vicinity of the not yield till long after to the noble and great Pyramids, and is now a fortified pleasurable segsations of admiration--town with a palace, several mosques, a all ideas of sublinity in art created by cannon foundry, and a manufactory of ordinary experience seem as nothing in earthern pots and tiles. It stands on comparison with these stupendous and the left bank of the Nile, nearly oppo- magnificent edifices.” site the city of Cairo, and was taken Whatever may be the opinion of Trafrom the French under Buonaparte, after vellers, one thing is certain, that while an obstinate resistance by the British the greater portion of mankind were hidtroops in 1801.

den in darkness and barbarism, the Though the true history of its ancient Egyptians erected monuments of their consequence in extent and beauty, is greatness and civilization, which will still a matter of doubt, its present ap- 'remain probably until pearance is one of unexampled beauty

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