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to be wholly sublimated ; and mortal soul seems to have flown to looks as if he heard, in anticipa-heaven. He portrays the life of tion, the music of the choirs the wicked man, and brings him above. With a solemnity, pecu-to the bed of death. He describes liarly his own, he arises and pours his agony, at the near prospect of out the effusions of his devotional meeting a judge, from whose de. soul, to heaven in prayer. The cision there is no appeal. congregation are again called up He makes the sinner tremble, on to sing a “Song of Zion.” While and ask " What he shall do to be this is performing, he is pondering saved.” He leads him through a upon some great subject of Chris- life of transgression and guilt, and tian Doctrine, or Christian Mo- brings him to the bed of death, rality. When the song of praise rendered doubly agonizing by the is ended, he arises--and, opening torturing stings of conscience, the Bible, with a reverential awe, and the fear of heaven's wrath. which evinces his veneration for He describes his parting pang, the word which came from heaven, and dismisses him into the hand he reads with a tremulous voice,-- of divine justice. • Let me live the life of the right He then changes the subject, eous, that ту
last end may be like and his appearance seems to his." The lights around the desk change with it. The countenance, are then extinguished ; and, as if which a few minutes before was his lips were touched with a spark enveloped in “ shadows, clouds, from off the altar, he addresses the and darkness," seems to be illuassembly. Gathering strength, minated with a light from heaven. for his debilitated body, by the He describes the life of the aspirations of his pious soul, he “ righteous” as tranquil, serene, addresses his audience like a mes and happy. He brings him to the senger descended from heaven to bed of death, and makes the anteach men. He describes the life gel of mercy hover over him. He of the wicked, and the life of the describes his departure from this righteous. His manner and his “ vale of tears," as the comlanguage, were Felix present, mencement of an eternity of hapwould make Felix tremble, and piness. He concludes his address, - almost persuade him to be a by entreating a merciful Creator, Chr n.” Although his mortal “ to guide us through the gloomy part is before his audience, his im- valley of the shadow of death
that his power on one hand, and ed, no sumptuary laws could be his grace on the other, would con- prescribed, to set bounds to our duct us to the regions of everlasting display of our pride, and since
vanity, or to limit the external felicity."
nothing can prevent the majority Exhausted by mental exertion, of individuals from becoming comhe settles into his seat, and the paratively rich, and opulence sel
dom fails to encourage sensuality, congregation again sing a song and stimulate to excessive enjoy. of praise," and a Doxology. Hun- ment. To preach to a wealthy dreds of voices, in unison, pour people against an over indulgence forth the feelings of melting hearts of appetite for the good things of
life, would be as fruitless as to * To Father, Son, and Holy- preach a restraint upon the aniGhost !!" This devout man, with mal appetites, of the grossest eyes cast up to heaven, whither his kinds of quadrupeds :—but might soul seems to have been trans- it not reasonably be hoped that
our rich folks, or the fools who, ported, dismisses the assembly, in order falsely to pass for rich, and retires to his abode, admiring expose themselves to real poverty, his Maker, and admired by men. would content themselves with the
gratification of those sensual passions in which they can indulge,
without trespassing on the feelings SELECTED.
of their fellows, and fill, fatten, [The following. from the pen
and luxuriate to satiety, without of a “ Southern Man,” will not making it a part of their enjoy
ment, (as the greater part of those inaptly apply" to some of the who are able, systematically do,) good people of Connecticut. The to mortify those about thein with little purse-proud, and brain-affectation, arrogance, and super
cilious pride. It is related of a empty fellows of our state, deserve
person, who by hard industry in lashing for their pomposity, as some of the lowest walks of life, well as those in “ The District of and by penuriousness still harder, Columbia."1
had amassed what was called in
his country, a pretty penny of It has been for some years re- money, and had returned to his marked, that the manners of the native town in Scotland, to play people of the United States, are the great man for the rest of his becoming in a degree mortifying life that being in the course of to good and delicate minds, lofty events, raised to the office of Proand imperious. That a people vost, he was puffed with self conin our condition, should be luxu- sequence, on the strength of his rious, is natural, and indeed al- new dignity, to such an excess, most unavoidable, since so long that he sometimes indulged in that as we retain our liberty unimpair-'worst of all arrogance, the occa
sional affectation of humility; he Columbia, as badly, I had almost would shew the world, that he said worse, than in the city of was not so great a person as they London--and a man, with not imagined ; and one day, on be- thousandth part of the skill of Laing approached, bonnet in hand, vater, may distinguish this sort by an old intimate of his poorer of fellows, as they walk the streets, days, graciously condescended to by their supercilious, disdainful say to him, “put on your hat Do- mien, as if they questioned the nald ! nay put on your hat— I am rights of their humbler fellow-cistill but a man.” This contempti- tizens to breathe the same atble display of arrogance, it is mosphere with them. Sometimes which makes the great distinction one meets a man so stately in his in England, between the new deportment, that if it were not for made London grub, and the dig- an incurable vulgarity in his nified country gentleman-the aspect, he might pass upon stransaucy Nabob, and the simple un-gers for the leader of victorious affected proprietor of old family armies, or the governour of states acres: and this it is, which after or nations; and those who know being exposed to derision and the real character of the man, are abhorrence, with its innumerable only relieved from anihilation, by airs, and baboon tricks, in come the sense that his pompous air condies, farces, and novels, is taken ceals a mean spirit, and that his up by distant apes, and mimicked solemn, supercilious countenance as if it were really any part of is but assumed, as a veil for his igthe distinguishing characteristic of norance and insignificance. people of real rank and fashion. Such are the vast numbers of
Man is by nature, sociable and those colossal minions of usury friendly to man; and where no and avarice, who strut about our opposition of interests exists, streets as if they would rarely harbours any malice or hos
" Bestride the narrow world tile disposition to his fellow crea- Like a Colossus ; and we, petty men tures ; but the detestable spirit Walk under their huge legs, and peep about of that most detestable of all
To find ourselves." things, a monied aristocracy, rai- a loop hole to pass by them, withses a barrier more impassible than out being crushed against the wall, malice or envy themselves could or jostled into the kennel. erect, between the new made rich
Another assumes, perhaps, a and the humble, and seems to have reserved and distant air, lest I impressed the dollar-holders, with should claim him as an acquaintan opinion, that they are, by the ance; for perhaps there is no part mere virtue of their money, trans- of the world—'no, not that head lated into another and superiour quarter of purse-proud vanispecies of beings; or to borrow ty, Bath, in Old England itself, the idea of the Scotch Provost, where the Tepino-phobia, or dread above named, that they are no of low acquaintance, rages more longer men. This pestilence of furiously than among the cash the heart, rages in the District of dealers of this country of oors.
Another man, with eyes fixed, In the following extravagantly looks straight forward, and though humourous style, he shows the our skirts touch as we pass, seems unconscious that any one is near
reason why HERACLITUS was suphim, or at least, any worth his no posed to weep over the follies of tice. A third affects to be near his fellow creatures. sighted, and though we have met
Heraclitus would never deny perhaps, and even conversed on
A bumper to 'cherish his heart ; several occasions, he has not the But when he was fuddled would cry, honour to recollect me
Because he had emptied his quart.
Yet some were such fools as to think, name. All these are different
He wept for man's folly and vice, stratagems of pride and self im. It was only his custom to drink, portance, which though not redu 'Till the liquor gush'd out of his eyes.
Ed. cible to the precise rules of quarrelling, like " the lie direct," for DEMOCRITUS and HERACLITUS. , which we can call a man to ac Democritus. I find it impossible count, yet may, and ought to be to reconcile myself to a melanresented, if the offender were not choly philosophy. rescued from resentment, by his Feraclitus. And I am equally utter contemptibility and insigni- unable to approve of that vain phificance."
losophy, which teaches men to despise and ridicule one another.
To a wise and feeling mind, THE LAUGHING AND WEEPING
the world appears in a wretched PHILOSOPHER.
and painful light.
Dem. Thou art too much af[The following Dialogue is from fected with the state of things : the pen of FENELON, Archbishop and this is a source of misery to of Cambray, and what adds a
Her. And I think thou art to higher claim to admiration, he little moved by it. Thy mirth and was a good scholar, and a benevo- ridicule bespeak the buffoon, lent man. Many of our readers rather than the philosopher. will recollect an humourous poem,
Does it not excite thy compas.
sion, to see mankind so frail, blind, tracing the “ Origin of Philoso.
so far departed from the rules of phy,” to “ the juice of the vine." virtue ? The writer thus describes DEMO Dem. I am excited to laughter,
when I see so much impertinence
and folly: Democritus ever was glad,
Her. And yet, after all, they To tipple,--and cherish his soul, He would laugh like a man who was mad,
who are the objects of thy ridiWhen over a jolly full bowl.
cule, include, not only mankind While bis cellar with wide was well stor’d, in general, but the
T'he liquor he'd merrily quaff ; whom thou livest, thy friends, thy And when he was blue as a lord, At those who were saber --he'd laugh. family, nay, even thyself.
Dem. I care very little for all the same hopes and privileges ? the silly persons I meet with : If thou shouldest enter a hospital, and think I am justifiable in di- where sick and wounded persons verting myself with their folly. reside, would their wounds and
Her. If they are weak and fool- distresses excite thy mirth ? and ish, it marks neither wisdom nor yet, the evils of the body bear no humanity, to insult rather than comparison with those of the pity them. But is it certain, that mind. Thou wouldest certainly Thou art not as extravagant as blush at thy barbarity, if thou they are ?
hadst been so unfeeling as to Dem. I presume that I am not ; laugh at or despise a miserable since, in every point, my senti- being who had lost one of his legs!; ments are the very reverse of and yet thou art so destitute of hutheirs.
manity, as to ridicule those, who Her. There are follies of dif- appear to be deprived of the noferent kinds. By constantly amu- ble powers of the understanding, sing thyself with the errors and by the little regard which they misconduct of others, thou may-pay to its dictates. est render thyself equally ridicu Dem. He who has lost a leg lous and culpable.
is to be pitied, because the loss is Dem. Thou art at liberty to not to be imputed to himself; but indulge such sentiments; and to he who rejects the dictates of reaweep over me too, if thou hast son and conscience, voluntarily any tears to spare. For my part, deprives himself of their aid. The I cannot refrain from pleasing loss originates in his own folly. myself with the levities and ili Her. Ah ! so much the more conduct of the world about me. is he to be pitied! a furious maniAre not all men foolish or irregu- ac, who should pluck out his lar in their lives?
own eyes, would deserve more Her. Alas! there is but too compassion than an ordinary much reason to believe, they are blind man. so : and on this ground I pity and Dem. Come, let us accomdeplore their condition. We modate the business. There is agree in this point, that men do something to be said on each side not conduct themselves accord of the question. There is every ing to reasonable and just prin- where reason for laughing, and ciples; but I,who do not suffermy- reason for weeping. The world self to act as they do, must yet re- is ridiculous, and I laugh at it; gard the dictates of my under- it is deplorable, and thou lament, standing and feelings, which com- est over it. Every person views pel me to love them; and that it in his own way, and according love fills me with compassion for to his own temper. One point is their mistakes and irregularities. ungestionable, that mankind are Canst thou condemn me for pity- preposterous; to think right, and ing my own species, my breth- to act well, we must think and ren, persons born in the same act differently from them. To condition of life, and destined to submit to the authority, and