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Examine, compare, choose, reject; but stand to your own judgment; and do not, like children, when you have purchased one thing, repine that you do pot possess another, which you did not purchase. Such is the force of well regulated industry, that a steady and vigorous exertion of our faculties, directed to one end, will generally insure success. Would you, for instance, be rich ? Do you think that single point worth the sacrificing every ihing else to? You may then be rich. Thousands have become so from the lowest beginnings, by toil, and patient diligence, and attention to the minutest articles of expense and profit. But you must give up the pleasures of leisure, of a vacant mind, of a free unsuspicious temper. If yon preserve your integrity, it must be a coarse spun and vulgar honesty. Those high and lofty notions of morals, which you brought with you from the schools must be considerably lowered, and mixed with the baser alloy of a jealous and worldly minded prudence. You must learn to do hard, if not unjust things, and for the nice embar. rassments of a delicate and ingenuous spirit, it is necessary for you to get rid of them as fast as possible. You must shut your heart against the Muses, and be content to feed your understanding with plain household truths. In short you must not attempt to enlarge your ideas, or polish your taste, or refine your sentiments; but must keep on in one beaten track, without turning aside, either to the right hand or to the left." But I cannot submit to drudgery like this, I feel a spirit above it.” It is well ; be above it then; only do not repine that you are not rich.
Is knowledge the pearl of price? That, too, may be purchased-by steady application, and long solitary hours of study and reflection-Bestow these and you shall be learned. (But,” says the man of letters, “what a hardship it is, that many an illiterate fellow, who cannot construe the motto of the arms of his coach, shall raise a fortune and make a figure, while I have little more than the common conveniences of life!". Was it in order to raise a fortune, that you consumed the sprightly hours of youth in study and retirement ?
Was it to be rich, that you grew pale over the midnight lamp, and distilled the sweetness from the Greek and Roman spring? You have then mistaken your path, and ill employed your industry.
"What reward have I then for all my labours ?” What reward! a large comprehensive soul, well purged from vulgar fears, and perturbations, and prejudices, able to comprehend and interpret the works of unan-of God. A rich, flourishing, cultivated mind, pregnant with inexhaustable stores of entertainment and reflection, A perpetual spring of fresh ideas, and the conscious dignity of superiour intelligence. Goud heaven! and what reward can you ask besides ?
“But is it not some reproach upon the economy of Providence, that such a one, who is a mean dirty fellow, should have amassed wealth enough to buy half a nation?" Not in the least. He made himself a mean dirty fellow for that very end. He has paid his health, his conscience, his liberty, for it; and will you envy his bargain? Will
you hang your head and blush in his presence, because he outshines you in equipage and show? Lift up your brow, with a noble confidence and say to yourself, I have not these things, it is true ; but it is because I have not sought, because I have not desired them; it is beCause I possess something better : I have chosen my lot; I am content and satisfied.”.
You are a modest man--you love quiet and independence, and have a delicacy and reserve in your temper, which renders it impossible for you to elbow your way in in the world, and be the herald of your own merits. Be Canteat, then, with a modest retirement, with the esteem of your intiinate friends, with the praises of a blameless heart, and a delicate ingenuous spirit; but resigu the splendid distinctions of the world to those who can better scramble for them.
The man whose tender sensibility of conscience and strict regard to the rules of morality makes him scrupulous and fearful of offending, is often heard to complain of the disadvantages he lies under, in every path of honour and profit. 6 Could I but get over some nice points, and conform to the practice and opinion of those about me, I might stand as fair a chance as others for dignities and preferment.”. And why can you not ? What hinders you from discarding this troublesome scrupulosity of yours which stands so grievously in your way? If it be a small thing to enjoy a healthful mind, sound at the very
core, that does not shrink from the keenest inspection; inward freedom from remorse and peturbation, unsullied whiteness and simplicity of inanners; a genuine integrity,
Pure in the last recesses of the mind; if you think these advantages an inadequate recompence for what you resign, disiniss your scruples this instant, and be a slave merchant, a director or what you please.
VII.- Description of the Vule of Keswick, in Cumberland.
BROWN. THIS delightful vale is thus elegantly described by the late ingenious Dr. Brown, in' a letter to a friend.
In my way to the north, from Hagley, I passed through Dovedale; and to say the truth, was disappointed in it, When I came to Buxton, I visited another or two of their romantic scenes; but these are inferiour to Dovedale.They are all but poor miniatures of Keswick, which ex: ceeds them more in grandeur than you can imagine; and mure, if possible, in beauty than in grandeur.
Instead of a narrow slip of valley, which is seen at Dovedale, you have at Keswick a vast amphitheatre, in circumference above twenty miles. Instead of a meagre rivulet, a noble living lake ten miles round, of an oblong form, adorned with a variety of wooded islands, The rocks iudeed of Dovedale are finely wild, pointed, and irregular ; but the hills are both little and unanimated; and the margin of the brook is poorly edged with weeds, morass and brushiwood. But at Keswick, you will on one side of the lake, see a rich and beautiful landscape of cultivated fields, rising to the eye in fine inequalities, with noble groves of oak, happily dispersed, and climbing the adjacent bills, shade above shade, in the most various and picturesque forms. On the opposite shore, you will find rocks and cliffs of stupendous height hanging broken over the lake, in horrible grandeur, some of them a thousand feet high, the woods climbing up their steep and shaggy sides, where mortal foot never yet approached. On these dreadful heights the eagles build their nests; a va. riety of waterfalls are seen pouring from their summits, and tumbling in vast sheets from rock to rock, in rude and terrible magnificence; while, on all sides of this im. mense amphitheatre, the lofty mountains rise round,
piercing the clouds, in shapes as spiry and fantastic as the very rocks of Dovedale. To this I must add the frequent and bold projections of the cliffs into the lake, forming noble bays and promontories : In other parts they finely retire from it, and often open iu abrupt chasms or clefts, through which at hand, you see rich and uncultivated vales; and beyond these at various distance, mountain rising over mountain ; among which, new prospects present themselves in mist, till the eye is lost in an agreeable perplexity;
Where active fancy travels beyond senre,
And pictures things unseen. Were I to analyse the two places into their constituent principles, I should tell you, that the full perfection of Keswick consists in three circumstances; beauty, horror and immensity, upited; the second of which alone is found in Dovedale. Of beauty it hath little, nature having left it almost a desert ; neither its small extent nor the diminutive and lifeless form of the hills, admits magnificence; but to give you a complete idea of these three perfections, as they are joined in lieswick, would require the united powers of Claude, Salvator, and Poussin. The first should throw his delicate sunshine over the cultivated vales, the scatterd cots, the groves, the lake, and wooded islands. The second should dash out the horror of the rugged cliffs, the steeps, the hanging woods, and foaming waterfalls; while the grand pencil of Poussin should crown the whole, with the majesty of the impending mountains.
So much for wliat I would call the permanent beauty of this astonishing scene. Were I not afraid of being tiresome, I could now dwell as long upon its varying or ac, cidental beauties. I would sail round the lake, anchor ia every bay, and land you on every promontory and island. I would point out the perpetual change of prospect; the woods, rocks, cliffs and mountains, by turns vanishing or rising into view ;. now gaining on the sight, hanging over our heads in their full dimensions, beautifully dreadful, and now by a change of situation, assuming new roinantic shapes; retiring and lessening on the eye, and insensibly losing themselves in an azure mist. I would reinark tite: contrast of light and shade, produced by the inornog
and evening sun! the one gilding the western, the other the eastern side of this immense amphitheatre; while the vast shadow, projected by the mountains, buries the opposite part in a deep and purple gloom, which the eye can hardly penetrate. The natural variety of colouring which the several objects produce, is no less wonderful and pleasing; the ruling tints in the valley being those of. azure, green and gold; yet ever various, arising from an irferinixture of the lake, the woods, the grass, and cornfields; these are finely contrasted by the gray rocks and cliffs; and the whole heightened by the yellow streams of light, the purple bues, and misty azure of the mountains. Sometimes, a serene air and clear sky disclose the tops of the highest hills ; at other times, you see the clouds involving their summits, resting on their sides, or descending to their base, and rolling among the valleys, as in a vast furnace. When the winds are high, they roar among the cliffs and caverns, like peals of thunder; then, too, the clouds are seen in vast bodies, sweeping along the lills in gloomy greatness, while the lake joins the tumult, and tosses like a sea. But in calm weather, the whole scene becomes new; the lake is a perfect mirror, and the landscape in all its beauty; islands, fields, woods, rocks and mountains, are seen inverted, and floating on its surface. I will now carry you to the top of a cliff, wliere if you dare approach the ridge, a new scene of astonishment presents itself; where the valley, lake and islands, seein lying at your feet; where this expanse of water appears diminished to a little pool, vidst vast and unmeasurable objects that surround it; for here the summits of more distant fills appear beyond those you have already seen; and, rising behind each other, in successive ranges,
and azure groups of craggy and broken steeps, forın ao immense and awful picture, which can only be expressed by the image of a tempestuous sea of mountains. Let me now conduct you down again to the valley and conclude with one circumstance more; which is that a walk by a still moonlight(at wlich time the distant water falls are heard in all their variety of sound) arnong these enchanting dales, open such scenes of delicate beauty, repose and solemnity, as exceed all description.