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quoth the miller, “ for surely no man would put his hand into his neighbour's fack, and be fool enough to blazon his own shame; I think he would be but a filly fellow, who did not keep his own council in such a case; but that any one fhould be ashamed of giving away their alms, and take no credit for what they bestow, feems to me an unaccountable piece of business; for why should I lay out my money and get nothing for it?"
" And is it nothing," cried the preacher, elevating his voice, and rising on his insteps, " to purchafe that divine sensation, which springs within the human breast when we relieve the sufferings of 'a fellow-creature? Is the self-approving testimony of a good con: science nothing worth, unless echoed back upon thee by the applauses of the world? The eye of the Almighty is upon the deeds of men, whether they be good or evil; nay, more than that, it penetrates to the heart, and difcerns the motives and secret springs which govern it. Is it not enough for man to know, that he, who Teeth in secret, will reward us openly? I hope, friend Weevil, thou art not a man of that pharifaical kidney, as loveth greetings in the
market-place, and delighteth to blow a trumpet before thee.”
"I blow.a trumpet !” replied the miller, somewhat angrily; " I don't know what you mean by suspecting me of such mountebank tricks; and as for greetings in the marketplace, whether I love 'em or not-is no matter ; but I have plenty of them without asking for, for I don't go there without my money; they are glad enough to greet me, friend Zekiel, for I am a fair trader; do you see, and neither blow trumpet or horn to call customers about mé, and bring grist to my mill: No, no, if they like my dealings they are welcome; if not, let 'em go elsewhere. If the mill were never to go. till I blew a trumpet, it wou'd stand still to everlasting for me ; but I can't fay so much for you, Doctor, in your way of trade ; you may be said to blow a trumpet, methinks, when you are perch'd up in a tree, hooting and howling and preaching the end of the world to a parcel of poor scar'd wretches, that are ready, through fright, to hang themselves upon the branches of it: this I call blowing a trumpet, master Zekiel,” added he, « and such a trumpet it is, that with my good
will shall never enter these ears whilst they are fixt to my head.”
“Be it fo, fcorner, be it fo,” replied the preacher : “ if thy heart be harden'd even to the consistency of one of thine own mill-stones, whose misfortune is it but thine own? Pharaoh's heart was also in like case, he was harden'd against the warnings of the meek man Moses, and what was his fate? Whelm'd in the red sea, swallow'd up, drown'd, Gaffer Weevil, drown'd I say, as, thou perchance may'st be for a judgment in thine own mill. tail ; which, God forbid ! for I would rather wish thee to live and to repent: nay, hath not a judgment fallen upon thee already, a terrible judgment, from which thou art newly efcap'd ? and wilt thou not obey the warning, as holy David obey'd, when the Lord smote the son of Bathsheba for his sins? Will nothing awaken thee but the last trump, thou deaf adder ?” .
Here Ezekial. Daw turned his eyes towards the place, that had lately been occupied by the person of Weevil, and discovered nothing there within his ken save an old elbow-chair, literally as void of edification as the deaf adder; miller Weeyil having neither carried that D 5
away with him,. nor one single word of instruc. tion from the late expoftulatory harangue. “I protest,” quoth Ezekiel, as he looked about for Weevil, the man hath disappeard, and the chair of the scorner is left empty: Good hope," added he, fitting down in it at the fame time, “ I fhall not offend against the Psalmist's precept by placing myfelf in his stead.”
" No fear of that,” said Henry, “the words are not to be taken in their literal sense" . « Humph !” replied the preacher, “don't be too sure of that, young man ;. it is early day. for such as thou art to set up for an expounder of holy writ."-"I beg pardon,” answered the youth ; « if I had been aware there could have been two opinions in the cafe, I should have held back my own till I heard what your's. was.”-“ All is well," rejoined the other, “I: do not reprove thee, child, but for thy good; I would warn thee against the example of that. froward man, who hath newly departed in his error, and suddenly disappeared, whilft my eye was not upon him :"-A circumstance, that: could hardly have happened to any other person than Ezekiel, whose eye, like the poet's, had been rolling in fo fine a phrensy, that the miller and every other person about him might
have walked out of company at that moment without his feeing them.
The good man, who, as we have before obferved, was only patient upon principle, had been not a little nettled at the retort of the trumpet, which being a martial instrument, had founded a note in his ear, that had fomewhat roused the natural ardour of his spirit; a hint, which we think fit to give to the fagacious ' reader, who might elfe conceive there was hardly caufe fufficient for the vivacity of his reproof to our young hero, whose nature certainly was not prone to give offence, nor wanting in humility; in proof of which wo take leave to add, that he quietly submitted to a long lecture from Doctor Daw. upon that very virtue, of which it was plain he had & much greater share by nature than his teacher.
CHAPTER VIII The Events of this Life are chequered with: Good
and Evil. .. D AME May now returned to the cottage,
having circulated the happy tidings of her daughter's promotion into every house of