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ORIGINAL PROSE ARTICLES.

ORIGINAL PROSE ARTICLES (CONTINUED.)
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PAGE 1. Seclusaval, or the sequel to the Tale of "Judith Ben- 15. Eternity ...

705 saddi.” Chapter 1, a young lawyer in the Gold Coun. 16. Thoughts and Reflections. By a Gentleman of Wil. try; Chapter II, the Vale of Seclusa; Chapter III, the

liamsburg, Va....

706 voyage to London; Chapter IV, the lady in black; 17. The Knickerbocker, and the Gentleman's Magazine. Chapter V, the music teacher; Chapter VI, the sum.

Notice of these periodicals......

708 mer festival.....

638 2. Incidents. An extract....

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ORIGINAL POETRY. 3. International Law of Copy-Right; the justice and ex.

18. Ode to Love. By W. Wallace, Louisville, Ky........ 637 pediency of establishing such a law between the Uni.

19 Human Life is Like the Year.

661 led States and Great Britain the pernicious conse

20. The Whippoorwill. By Park Benjamin..

663 quences flowing from its non-existence, &c.......... 663

21. Evening Clouds...

671 4. The Innocent Avenger. By Park Benjamin..

671

22. To the Memory of L. E.L. By Mrs. Lydia Jane Pier5. Dancing..

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son, of Liberty, Pa.....

676 6. Domestic Slavery, as it exists in our Southern States,

23. The Ballad of Sancha of Castile and the Count Alar. considered with reference to its influence upon free

cós. By G. W. M.....

688 government. By Judge A P. Upshur....

677

24. Sonnets to 'J. D.' author of Spring, Summer, Autumn 7. First Love. An extract.

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and Winter Sonnets. By C. W. Everest. ............ 693 8. Rejoinder to a “Reply to the Tuckahoe Colony of 25. The Revel.......

693 Virginia."....

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26. Hope. By the Milford Bard..

......... 694 9. Sketch of Ferdinand, the late King of Spain. By G.

27. Extracts from a poem “On the Meditation of Nature." W.M..

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By Park Benjamin....

702 10. Amiction....

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28. Oh! Pity the Stranger. By a Young Lady.

704 11. N. P. Willis; The Corsair ; Jouings Down in London;

29. The Student in Agrippa's Museum.

706 Paris Correspondent, &c...

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30. The Silent Tear. By the Milford Bard.

708 12. The Poets of America, illustrated by one of her Paint

31. The Sunbeam.....

709 ers. Notice of this new work.....

696 13. Currente Calamosities; to the Editor ; by James F.

SELECTED ARTICLES. Otis, author of the "Tree Articles," - Nos. IX and X. Unpacking my Books, with cursory reviews of some 32. Lecture on Phrenology, No. V-Destructiveness, Alj. of the works of Shakspeare, Milton, Cowley, Daniel,

mentiveness, Love of Life, Secretiveness, AcquisitivePrior, Donne, Hallsted, P. Thompson, Taylor, Leigh

ness, &c. By George Combe, Esq.......

667 Hunt, Shelley, Frisbie, Dawes, &c., with a particular 33. Beautiful Extract. From Gallagher's Hesperian..... 702 analysis of Beaumont and Fletcher's Play, “The 34. Oliver Twist; by Boz Notice of this work, with an Custom of the Country.".

696 extract from the London Quarterly Review.......... 704 14. Adversity and Prosperity.

703 35. Lines to a Sister Dead. By John Kenyon............ 705

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VOL. V.

RICHMOND, OCTOBER, 1839.

No. X

ODE TO LOVE.*

Child of EDEN !-born in light,

Where Creation's wandering fires Jewelled first the brow of night,

And the angels swept their lyres !-Seraphs then by thee impelled,

Bent before the august throne, And in ecstasy beheld

Thy bright effluence alone-Glowing-burning-Aashing down, From Jehovah's awful crown!

Leaps the storm-king from his cloud

Bursts the whirlwind from his lairAnd the giant wood is bowed

In the tempest-troubled air !Save him, Heaven ! the sheltering oak

Quivers-crashes on the ground ;-Scatheless of the thunder stroke ;

Tremblingly he looks around !-Thine, oh! Love, the sheltering power In Creation's darkest hour!

Child of Paradise I-thy wings

Glorious as the morning spread, When by Eden's glassy springs,

Earth's first pair of mortals wed ;Lions terrible in strength

Courted man's approving look, -
He before the serpent's length

Not as now in terror shook,
And the harps of angels played
Notes unearthly in the shade.
COMFORTER OF Eartu !-we kneel,

Drunk with pleasure, at thy shrine,
And in boyhood's rapture feel

Presence naught so sweet as thine.
In the mother's eye of blue--

In the virgin's blushing check,
Where the bright soul sparkling through,

Utters more than words can speak,-
In the first long kiss we see
Mirrored thy divinity.
Roll the battle's stormy drum!-

Wave the banner !-peal the fife !--
Hark! the fearful cry, "They come,

Sword lo sword and life for life !"
See the patriot moved by thee,

Bleeding falls upon the sod;
Still he shouts“ your watch words be

FREEDOM! Native Land and God!"--
Hark the cannon's dying roll
Victory utters to his soul!
Murder scowls his haggard brow !-

Black Revenge sits waiting by !-Now the knife is lified-now

Passion rolls her blood-shot eye !-Softly--sweet thy words implore,

And thy smiles the brow have wreath'd ; Passion's burning rage is o'er-

MURDER's glittering knife is sheath'd, -For as brothers—friends embrace In thy rosy dwelling place.

Gods from rugged marble start

Blossoms gem the withered treeGlory is where'er thou art

Ruin when bereft of thee!-Ceased the ancient hymn of spheres

Suns became at noon-day dim-
Mourning angels stood in tears-

Even shook the throne of Him-
When thou for us glorified
In the mortal, suffered-died.*
MERCY'S SYMBOL !-at thy word

(Where the Tempest reard his form, But his voice no longer heard, )

Rainbows wreathed the dying storm !| Thunders in their darkest ire

Lightnings in their wildest flashÆtnas quench their deadliest fire-

Stormy oceans cease to dashWhen thy sunny brow appears Sparkling from the clouded spheres! Essence Bright !-thy fingers sweep

Nature's harp-strings, and her song
From the torrent-rill and deep,

Peals eternally long.
Where no eye has seen but His

Through the soundless sea of space,
Worlds by thee impelled in bliss

Roll with majesty and grace :-Yes! where cherubs fear to tread, Thou the dance of stars hast led! GLORIOUS CHAIN! whose links unite

Earth to God's eternal seat-
Where the golden orbs of night

Are but clay beneath its feet-
Man-archangels--worlds adore thee-

Mountains-rivers--forests-flowersTorrents-oceans, bow before thee

And the everlasting hours :Earth's assembled thousands bending

Round thine altar breathe the prayer-Hail the day when seraphs blending

In the crimson clouds of air, Ope thy temple--yet untrod

And unveil its monarch--God Louisville, Sept. 1, 1839. * Crucifixion.

| Deluge.

w. WALLACL.

Love is here to be taken in its universal sense as the spirit that pervades all creation.

Vol. V.-81

OR THE

CHAPTER I.

miser Levi from New York, as had been arranged in SECLUS AVAL;

Philadelphia ; the other to go by the usual means of

conveyance. The former was probably suppressed by SEQUEL TO THE TALE OF "JUDITH BENSADDI." the designing miser, who desired Judith to marry his

son; the latter must have been accidentally lost by the way. I waited in vain for an answer till the next

spring, when I prepared for a voyage to London that I A YOUNG LAWYER IN THE GOLD COUNTRY.

might solve the mystery; but was deterred from going When I wrote the former part of my story, I ex- by the loss of Judith's portrait. This unfortunale acpected never again to hear of Judith Bensaddi. Her cident threw me into another fit of mental gloom, and residence was in England-mine in the Apalachian unfortunately put an end to all hope, and all exertion mountains--among which, or at least within sight of to secure the lovely prize of my heart. I rashly contheir blue summits, I expected to spend my days. cluded that my innocent Judith was false. Whatever fortune might betide either of us, it seemed The ensuing August I was surprised by the receipt improbable that any intelligence of the one should ever of a letter from her, giving me the history of her disapreach the other. Heaven seemed to have ordained that pointment and despair at my long silence—her struggle our future experience should have nothing in common, with hopeless love for me-her conversion to chris. except the sad remembrance of our disappointed love, tianity through the persuasive eloquence of an amiable which we might each in our far distant homes continue young gentleman, whom she had met with among the to cherish in secret, and I at least would cherish in lakes in the north of England,--and her final consent loneliness and sorrow, to the last hour of life. But to marry that gentleman, to whom she was indebted the way of man is not in himself. The power that for her christian hope and consolation. rules our destiny had ordained that I should visit Lon- This letter filled me with grief, with self-reproach, don, and there receive most affecting intelligence of and with unutterable despair. Such was the unhappy Judith. What I heard—what followed to agitate and conclusion for the time, and as I then thought forever, perplex me still more-and what the issue was--I shall of my love-adventure with the beautiful, the accomnow proceed to relate, after premising a brief recapitu. plished, and the pure-hearted Judith Bensaddi. lation of my former story, in order to refresh the All that I could now do, was to love without hope, reader's memory.

and to mourn without consolation for my lost bride, I was studying law, when symptoms of consumption until time and some other engaging pursuit, should drove me from my native Rockbridge to spend a winter distil their mitigating balm into my deeply-wounded in South Carolina. In the spring I set out with reno. heart. vated health, to return home by way of Charleston and Now I would fain hear no more of my lost one; that the sea to Norfolk. In the stage I found Eli Bensaddi I might ever think of her as my own lovely bride, of London and his lovely sister Judith, going by the snatched by some evil fate from my arms, between the same route towards Boston. We traveiled in company, betrothal and the nuptials. I abhorred the conception mutually pleased to have met, and I somewhat more that she lived on this earth, as the happy or the unthan pleased with the beautiful black-eyed sister. happy wife of another man. Whenever I found the

On the first day of our voyage, poor Eli fell over-train of my thoughts leading towards this painful conboard and was lost. Judith, in her first paroxysm of|ception, I shuddered and broke off the train, saying with grief, also fell into the sea, and was saved by my leap. king Lear in the tragedy, “Ah, that way madness ing into the water as she sank. I took charge of the lies." lovely mourner, and was conducting her to a friend of My only hope of relief from paralyzing melancholy, hers in Boston, when my ankle was so sprained in was to engage promptly and assiduously in the pracPhiladelphia, that we were detained ten days, until her tice of my profession. My preparation was thorough cousin Von Caleb came from Boston to take her home. and complete. Experience had now taught me the

Meantime, my love for this pure and amiable young evil effects of indecision and melancholy. Dearly had lady grew so intense, that I declared myself and offered I paid for the indulgence of these native tendencies of her marriage. She frankly confessed that our love was my mind. I was reduced to such a state that I must mutual; but, to my great surprise, informed me that she rally or perish. I summoned all my remaining energies was a Jewess; and because I had not known and con- to the rescue. I resolved to make the weak points of sidered this fact, she would accept my offer of marriage, my character the objects of constant watchfulness, and only upon the condition that after my return home, I of strenuous efforts at moral improvement. With the should deliberately and freely ratify the engagement. Divine blessing I succeeded in overcoming them, not

From her cousin Von Caleb, and a miserly Jew wholly nor at once; (for vices of character are not cast named Levi, I first learned that her father was a off by a single effort ;) but to such a degree from time wealthy banker, and that an uncle had devised her an to time, as lo encourage persevering exertions, and to independent fortune of three thousand pounds a year. furnish a salutary example for the imitation of other

Judith and I parted with deep sorrow. On my return, young men. a fit of despondency came on me and presented my in- My circumstances required a held of action more tended marriage with a Jewess in gloomy colors. After a wide and promising than my native Rockbridge. I severe and protracted struggle of opposite principles, I determined to try my fortune among the gathering was able to decide in favor of the marriage through population and stirring pursuits of the Carolinian gold the influence of Judith's miniature, which she had country. given me. I wrote two letters; the one to go by the The day before I left the home of my youth, I took

a farewell ramble over the loved scenes of the vicinage.meager tract of land, out of which he had been deAmong other spots of peculiar interest, I visited the one frauded by a speculator. But success in his suit was by the river side, where I had so unfortunately dropped likely to make him poorer than before—for the soil my Judith’s miniature. I searched once more, if perad- would not repay the labor of cultivation, and the failure venture I might find the golden locket-case; for the of the speculator in some mining experiments upon it, portrait I presumed to have been blotted out forever by made the tract unsaleable as gold land. At last my the envious water. To my joyful surprise, I found the poor client came and besought me to give him eight elegant case lodged in a crevice of the rock above the level hundred dollars for his eight hundred acres of barren of the river, now shrunken by the drought of summer. hills and vales. More out of pity than the hope of Eagerly I pressed the spring--the lid few up--and so did gain, I paid the man his price, and sent him rejoicing my heart, when I beheld the unsullied likeness of my with his family to the rich lands of the west. For this Judith, whose lovely self appeared once more to look charitable purchase I was ridiculed by the knowing upon me. The picture had been preserved by a glass ones, and had to hear sundry unfavorable auguries rescover sealed hermetically to the raised edge of the case. pecting my prospects of future wealth. I conceived I know not what vague hope from this un- However, I was not discouraged, but immediately expected discovery. Heretofore this picture had ope- employed an honest man, acquainted with the business, rated with talismanic power to revive my love, and to to search my barren freehold for the precious metal. brighten my matrimonial prospects. But now, when In a few days I turned the laugh against the knowing Judith was spell-bound by solemn vows to another, ones, by the discovery of a rich deposit of gold, in a what potency could there be in this or any other little valley which had not been scrutinized by the specharm to disenchant my lost bride, and bring her again culator. It was the most productive mine yet discowithin the reach of my arms? I could not tell; but vered in the country. Besides the fine grains usually nevertheless, the recovery of the miniature diffused a met with, lumps of gold weighing often an ounce and new warmth, and an obscure glimmer of something sometimes a pound, were picked out of the gravel. like hope through my soul.

My clear profits from this source amounted to about a Again I hung the precious jewel in my bosom, and thousand dollars a month. ceased not to wear it for years afterwards. A thou- Now my attention was drawn to the mineralogy of sand times did I open the case, and feel anew the fasci. gold mines. I began to study the subject at intervals, nating beauty of that countenance; as often did those by way of relaxation from the arduous labors of my dark eyes of love seem to give me an inspiring look of profession. I examined the localities of the mines, encouragement. But when I would close the case, and noticed the character of the minerals among which the look around at the realities of my situation, all my gold was found, observed the conformation of the hills sweet visions filed and left me to ulter solitude of heart. and vallies, and marked how the layers of rock were

I reached the gold country in time to attend the fall disposed. In this new pursuit I derived an unforeseen terms of the courts. I was so fortunate as to obtain advantage from my college studies. In the course of immediate employment, first in a criminal case and then my education 1 had gone through the mathematical in a civil one ; and each time I happened to make such and physical sciences, more with the view of gaining a creditable effort, that I sprang at once into reputation the honors of scholarship, than with any hope of pracand a lucrative practice. Whatever portion of my first tical benefit in future life. How often do young men success might be attributed to good fortune, I strove mistake their true interest, when they neglect, as unwith all my energies to sustain and to elevate the repu- profitable, any part of those studies which the wisdom tation so happily acquired. I labored night and day to of ages has prescribed as necessary to a good educaextend my knowledge of the law, and to prepare my- tion! My knowledge of chemistry, mineralogy, and self thoroughly upon every case put into my hands. I geology-imperfect as it was-enabled me to pursue knew full well, that with ordinary talents, such dili- the study of gold mines with facility and success. In gence would ensure success, and that no degree of less than a year I had acquired considerable skill as a natural talents could give me ultimate success without gold-finder. laborious application.

A gentleman of my acquaintance was involved in a So lucrative was my practice, that within six months law-suit about a valuable gold mine in Georgia. I acI found myself in possession of more than a thousand cepled his offer of a liberal fee to manage the case for dollars of clear gain ; and what was of more value, my him, and consequently had to make a visit to the newly heart was relieved from melancholy; my soul was discovered gold region of Georgia. This was about prompt to resolve and vigorous to pursue the course six months after I had commenced the study of mines. resolved upon. Such were the happy effects of dili. I embraced the opportunity of improving my knowgence in an honorable vocation.

ledge of the subject by examining the Georgia mines. Speculation in gold mines began to rage; but I felt The suit was not tried until the succeeding spring, no inclination to deviate from the safe road of my pro. when I went a second time to the same country, and fession into the hazardous experiment of gold mining. succeeded in obtaining a verdict in favor of my client, I was too full of law to think of gold in any shape but and thereby an additional fee of one thousand dollars that of fees. Avarice was not my passion-chicanery for myself. But this was only a small part of my good I disdained—but the fair rewards of professional ability fortune in Georgia. I sought, and felt justified in seeking. Yet was I inci- On my return homewards, wishing to see the hill dentally involved in the gross earthy process of digging country, I was skirting the Cherokee border by an for gold.

unfrequented route, when my attention was arrested A poor man had employed my agency to recover al by indications of gold. A torrent filled by extraordi

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