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getting of it; and we must die at | shall that be.-A. We will dance, last too.
drink, hunt, play, laugh.-M. You M. Tell me now, by your favour, if have put me upon a laughing pin you were to march off to-morrow,
already. whether had you rather die a fool or a wise man?-A. Ay; if I could be a wise man without trouble.-M, Why,
ON THE RespecT DUE TO OLD AGE. there's nothing in this world to be got without it; and when we have got
“ Adolescentis est majores pata revereri.”
CICERO wbat we can, (though with never so much difficulty,) we must leave it be
" Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves to the elder.”
ST. PETER. hind us in the conclusion; wisdom only, and virtue, excepted, which we There is, undoubtedly, a momentous shall carry the fruit of into another obligation laid upon man, to shew a world.-A. I have often heard, that becoming respect to the hoary heads one wise woman is two fools.-M. of his species. Though the consiSome fools are of that opinion. The derate part of society cannot avoid woman that is truly wise, does not being impressed with the importance think herself so; but she that is not of this obligation, yet there are, it is so, and yet thinks herself so, is twice to be regretted, many whose actions a fool.-A. I know not how it is; but evince a manifest disregard for it. In to my fancy, a packsaddle does as a land so highly favoured as is ours, well upon an ox, as learning upon a where religion and science floorish woman.-M. And why not as well as with exuberance, it is rather sorprisa mitre upon an ass ? But what doing that the moral duties of men are you think of the Virgin Mary!-- A. As not more scrupulously believed and well as is possible.-M. Do you not practised. If we turn to many of think that she read books?-A. Yes; those states and empires which have but not such books as your's.-M. long been overwhelmed in the ocean What kind then ?-A. The Canonical of time, whose inhabitants, compared Hours.-M. To what purpose ?-A. with us, were overshadowed by the For the service of the Benedictines.- clouds of error and superstition, we M. Well, and do you not find many find them justly celebrated for the others that spend their time upon observance of many of those virtues godly books!-A. Yes; but that way of wbich we are deficient, and espeis quite ont of fashion.-M. And so cially of the one in question. To are learned abbots too; for it is as hard venerate old age, was a precept coma matter, now-a-days, to find a scholar mon among the ancients, and such among them, as it was formerly to find was their strict adherence thereto, a blockhead. Nay, princes themselves, that even laws were enacted in order in times past, were as eminent for their to render it more effectually observed. erudition, as for their authority. But The Lacedæmonians and the Romans, it is not yet so rare a thing neither, as in particular, hare outsbone every you imagine, to find learned women, other people in the great respect for I could give you, out of Spain, which they exbibited towards their Italy, England, Germany, &c. so many aged. Among the former, none but eminent instances of our sex, as, if individuals of very advanced age you do not mend your manners, may were permitted to hold authority, but come to take possession of your very to these the most profound reverence schools, your pulpits, and your mitres. was paid. Jastin, b. 3d, says, “That -A. God forbid it shcold ever come the greatest bonour was accustomed to that.-M. Nay, do not forbid it; to be bestowed upon the old;" and for if you go on at the rate you begin, other eminent writers have given the the people will sooner endure preach- same account of this illustrious nation. ing geese, than dumb pastors. The world With the noble Romans, the “mais come about, you see, and you must jores pato" were equally respected; either take off the visor, or expect that and we are informed by Cicero, (de every man shall pat in for his part.- Senec: cap. 18,) “ That both themA. How came I to stumble upon this selves, and the inhabitants of other woman! if you will find a time to pay states, industriously attended to this me a visit, you may promise yourself duty. Their venerable men were a better entertainment.-N. And what I always respectfully salated by the
On the Respect due to Old Age.
youth, their company was desired,- the pains and anxieties to which they they were arisen to, on their entrance may be subject, into any assembly,-and seats were
“And in their cup of grief, infuse one drop granted them for their accommo
of joy." dation : they were attended to and from public assemblies, and their ad. But, we are further enjoined to do vice was consulted on any particular this by the law of God, which was affair.” Thus we see that these hea given to Moses upon Mount Sinai; then nations were not wholly destitute “ Honour thy father and thy mother, of the principles of virtue and hu (which, says St. Paul, is the first manity, and that however erroneous commandment with promise,) that it their opinions of religion might be, may be well with thee, and that thou compared with ours, they have com- mayest live long on the earth.” Inpletely excelled us in the performance stances wherein persons have been of this important duty. In our day, | ungrateful or dishonourable to their it is too often the case, that when a parents, and punished in some exemperson becomes advanced in years, plary manner, are not rare. The celeand incapable of engaging in the busy | brated commander, Mithridates the concerns of time, he is looked upon great, who was guilty of this crime, with a jealous eye, and, in a manner, when routed and hardly pursued by left to shift for himself, when, on the bis victorious enemy, Pompey, was contrary, he ought to be treated with refused an asylum by his son, and the greatest affection and respect. compelled to retire to the court of a
In the two eminent relations which stranger, where he ended his existence our elders bear to us, of parents and in remorse and misery. instructors, they are entitled to our As instructors, great deference utmost deference and affection, which should be paid to the elders, for the it is not only our duty, but our in-experience through which they have terest to bestow.
passed. The natural disposition of In the relation which they bear to youth is destitute of that considerus of parents, we are bound to love ation and prudence, which are so conand honour them, both by the ties of spicuous in the aged; “temerity,” as nature and the law of God. If we Cicero observes, (de Senec.) “ is the consider but for a moment, we per flower of youth; prudence, of old ceive that they were the instruments age;" and, therefore, there are none of our entrance upon the stage of life; so well qualified to instruct the youthit was by these we were nourished ful adventurer in the busy scenes of and brought up in comfort and re- life, as those who are possessed of spectability; it was these who bore such experience, which, as Milton with all our faults, and endeavoured, beautifully expresses it, “ opens wisin various ways, to correct them, and dom's way.” It is the aged alone, lead us into the path of rectitude; these, who can give any correct idea of the who beheld us with pleasure and dangerous voyage of life; they have affection in all our pastimes; who witnessed all its storms and perils, attempted
and been often shipwrecked on the to poor
rocks that are to be encountered in The fresh instruction o'er our minds, and fix the way; it is they who have borne The generous purpose in our glowing breasts ;' “ the burden and heat of the day;"
who have detected the various impoin short, it was these who were the sitions and fraudulent practices which means by which the Maker and Pre-are imposed upon the credulous and server of all, dispensed to us the unwary part of mankind; it is they, blessings and the privileges of our who have watched the uncertainty of youth. And shall we, on a review of all sublunary good; who have basked all this, not condescend to make a in the sunshine of prosperity, and little return, by treating them with been immerged in the gloomy shades affection and veneration at all times, of adversity. It is, therefore, the inbut more especially so, when they terest of a young man to consult his are apparently verging to the silent elders on any of the important and grave? No! let it be our endeavour precarious concerns of life. “Great to soothe their age-to alleviate their things,” affirms the Roman orator, infirmities--to support them under all (Cicero de Senec.) “ are carried on by design, authority, and deliberation, | Pharaoh, and went out from before qualities with which old age is always him." wont to be enriched.”
Let every young man, therefore, Perhaps some persons may argue, remember his duty, and always pay that it is not expedient or proper to proper reverence to his elders, whesubmit to every thing that is dictated ther connected with him by the ties or asserted by the aged, merely be of consanguinity or otherwise. How cause it is our duty to reverence them. grateful must it be to an old man, to To this it may be answered, that old see himself respected on every hand, age is constitutionally fond of autho- and to hear himself saluted by the rity, and is often very loquacious; but young ; to hear the cry of “ my father! there is a vast difference between sub- my father!" as he is departing from mitting to it in every respect, and this transitory scene, and to pour bis paying it proper reverence. It is not last blessing on the heads of those requisite or prudent always to attend around him. Let us, who are young, to the advice of the old, yet, on the think of this, and remember we are contrary, it should never be despised, further bound to this duty by the however impolitic or unprolific. Thus golden rule of our Lord—“Do unto the young man Elihu the Buzite, when others as ye would that others should “his wrath was kindled again Job do unto you.” “Once (says the and his three friends,” and he ven- psalmist David) I was young, but tured to reprove them, paid them due now I am old,” and each one of us respect, for we are expressly told, may have occasion to utter a like that he “ waited till Job had spoken, ejaculation : how delightful then will because they were elder than be.” St. be our feelings, to be venerated and Paul, in his Epistle to Timothy, says, attended by the young, especially if “ Let the elders that rule well, be we performed the same daty in our accounted worthy of double honour,” time. Instead of “our gray hairs and, in another epistle, we are com- descending with sorrow to the grave," manded “to give honour to whom we shall, if observant of the other honour is due.
moral and religious duties which deOld age then is honourable; it is volve upon man, meet the conqueror like the oak of the forest, which, for a Death as a friend, with the greatest series of years, has defied the blast of serenity and delight, leaving behind the wintry storms, but at last, by the us a never-dying testimony that “we authoritative voice of time, is com- had served our generation according pelled to yield to his ravages. One to the will of God.” cannot avoid thinking, that the very « Thas at the shut of even, a weary bird appearance of old age would tend to Leaves tbe wide air, and in some lonely brake excite reverence in the beholder-its Cowers down, and dozes till the dawn of day, furrowed cheeks, its hoary locks, and Then claps his well-fledg'd wings, and bears its tottering pace, compared with the
away.” baleness of youth, like a setting star, Bristol.
J. S. B. Jun. dimly seen in its corporeal frame, ought to be viewed with sensations of no little interest and regard.
THE ORIGIN AND PROPERTIES OF THE Doubtless, with feelings such as
CAP OF LIBERTY. these, the illustrious monarch of The ancient Romans generally went Egypt viewed the venerable patri- with their heads bare, or, in rain or arch, as he appeared before him; cold weather, covered them with the and when he inquired of Jacob corners of their toga, or robe. Cæsar, “ How old art thou,” received this their first emperor, having a baldaffecting reply: “ The days of the head, covered it with laurels, as did years of my pilgrimage are an hun- the late marquis of Granby, from the dred and thirty years: few and evil same cause. Indeed, the ancients, have the days of the years of my life when either old or infirm, indulged been, and have not attained unto the themselves with wearing a cap. As days of the years of the life of my age was then honourable, so caps fathers in the days of their pilgri- became marks of honour; and as none mage.” And then mark the manner could be then deemed honourable who in which this interesting interview were not free, the cap, by degrees, was concluded" And Jacob blessed I became the badge of freedom. Hence,
when a slave was made a free man, he | Who preaches husky politics, had a cap given to him, which he was
Not bread, but stone, is giving ;
Howe'er the keen reproof he kicks, permitted to wear in public.
Wants but a richer Living. The Pileus, or Cap of Liberty, is
The florid preacher is too grand, quite simple in its form, common in
At glittering figures straining; its texture, and of a whitish colour.
One needs a lexicon at band, It is in the form of a sugar-loaf, broad To analyze bis meaning. at the bottom, and ending like a cone. Dan Harvey's hyacinths may blow, This prefigures that freedom stands on For those who love such reading; the broad basis of humanity; and it Bat hungry sheep to pastures go, runs up to a pyramid, the emblem of The parterre was no feeding. eternity, to shew that it ought to last Pedantic preachers tip you Greek, for ever. It is simple; for liberty is, In many a crabbed sentence;
But he must mother-English speak, in itself, the most shining ornament of
Who brings men to repentance. man. It bath no gilded trappings, which too often mark the livery of des
A muddy priest, who leads you round
Dark speculation's mazes; potism. It is made of wool, to signify Is like a miner under ground, that liberty is the birthright of the So mystical his phrases. shepherd, as well as of the senator;
The stentorophonic should be and that although shepherds may law A boatswain to the tar, fully shear the sheep they protect, they If chapels were, by simile, ought not to skin them, that being the
Transform’d to men-of-war. employment of the butcher. Lastly, With lily band, and powder'd crop, the cap of liberty is wbitish, the native And ring upon his finger, colour of the wool undyed. This de
The dandy priest, or preaching fop, monstrates that it should be natural,
Resembles opera singer. without a deceiving gloss, unspotted
I would not such a chaplain choose,
Or palpiteer, as this is ! by faction, and unstained by tyranny.
The pretty man may mach amuse
A boarding-school of Misses!
Of bigot preachers, I'm in doubt,
Though love and zeal professing: (For the Imperial Magazine.)
Anathemas they thunder out,
But never “Teave a blessing!”
Their charity at home begins,
But bans a differing brother ; “The Pulpit, therefore, (and I name it, fill'd
On one dear sect all faith it pins,
And gives old Sam each other.
The bare bone priest with thirty heads, Of its legitimate peculiar powers) Must stand acknowledg'd while the world shall stand,
And Split-text, his adviser, The most important and effectual guard,
Feed their lank auditors with sbreds,', Support, and ornament of Virtue's cause.” Cowper.
But never make them wiser.
The rending cleric's short essay,
However well’tis written,
Will never fire a lump of clay,
Or heal a conscience smitten.
A self-admiring egotist,
Of his own tale the hero,
For any critic's mill is grist,
His piety's at zero.
The scolding preacher stans your ears
With croaking,--he's a railer;
Who always in a pet appears,
A wholesale scandal dealer.
Who takes his preaching cue from France, Within this gospel bower;
Full of grimace and antic;
Has either got St. Vitus' dance,
Or, otherwise, is frantic.
With Keetch and Brown, who soar on tropes Though great as Master Irving;
And far-fetch'd allegory,
Will never fire a sinner's hopes,
Or raise a saint to glory
All “ downy doctors” I detest,
Though sleepers may be charmed; . A stratum-super-stratum man,
A lullaby may soothe his breast
Whose fears should be alarmed. : The preacher, who, in Sinai's flame,
ADDRESSED TO A YOUNG LADY.
“ Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.” But whither would the cynic muse
Pope. In these sharp lines convey?
To Beauty's eye let others raise I would not shade, but disabuse,
The flimsy mongment of praise; The lustres of the day.
I heed them not: Let him who has no pulpit flaw
The beaming eye was born to fade, “Cast the first stone at others,"
The lauding verse was only made From his own eye the beam withdraw,
To be forgot! The mote out of bis brother's.
There is, in Beauty's heavenly smile,
A cbarm which can our hearts beguile, With this intent I took the bow,
I know; but who With this intent alone;
Can say that sun will ne'er go down To lay each palpit-folly low,
Beneath the gloomy night of frown
And anger too?
Which is not beautiful, nor yet .
Is very plain.
More loveliness I there can see,
Than all wbicb e'er delighted me
In Beauty's train. Written upon witnessing a melancholy and
Talk ye of eyes of black and blue, most fatal SHIPWRECK on the Goodwin
And cheeks of rose and lily hue, Sands, on the morning of Nov. 3d, 1825.
And forebeads fair; She was striking and sinking the huge moun
Of pretty month, and shapely bust, tain billow
And different proportions just, Uprising, appallid e'en the heart of the brave,
And flaxen hair? And her crew barried up from their wearisome Wby, what are these, if, in their place, pillow,
I can produce the winning grace, To find a long rest in the turbulent wave.
And modest mien;
A voice like music in its sound, Yet for help they implored, but no helper could
A tongae that knows when to abound,
And when refrain?
Eyes which, though neither black nor blue, hear them,
Derive a more expressive hue Not a bope of redemption supported them
From thoaghts within; there.
And cheeks--the garden's double pride
Could neither with such grace preside, For the demon of death in the wbirlwind was
As health tberein? flying,
A brow that is supremely fair, The tempest was charg'd with his terrible
In being free from clouds of care breath,
And evil temper; And bat little he reck'd for the groans of the
A mouth of kindred lips most meet, dying
Which, wben they part in accents sweet, He pour'd forth his wrath on the victims
Do never simper? beneath.
A bast, whose chiefest grace is this, Yet, think not, ye mourners, your lov'd ones That all within is joy, and peace, forsaken,
And gentleness; Though toss'd to and fro on the face of the Proportions whicb are well defin'd, deep,
In outward form, and in the mind Dae care of their relics, by Him shall be taken,
And heart not less? Who saw them expiring - who seeth you And as to hair, dispos’d with grace, weep;
It often gives a plainer face 'Till the great awful day, when the last trumpet
The charm of beauty; sounding
Just as one can see no defect Shall summon the waters to yield up their In those, like Hannah, who neglect trust,
Never their duty! And the caverns of earth with its echo rebound-Warwick-Square.
I. M. H. ing, Shall give back each atom of long-entomb’d dust.
SONNET TO WINTER. O thou God of the universe,-Lord of the
Now Winter comes with all his tyrant storms,
And strips the verdure of the smiling woods, ocean The sea and the tempest obey tby command;
Swift down the mountainsrash the sollen floods, When, in fature, we witness sich direfal com
And wind along the vales in dreadful forms; motion,
The groves are silent, and the trees extend O rescue thy people with merciful band.
Their paked limbs upto the yelling blast,
The ancient oak, the stubborn elm-tree vast, Deal.
E. B. Before the dire resistless tempest bend.