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Jet all those so much praised animals, vanish, from their respec. tive elements. .. .. The giddy multitude was easily reduced,

Some dared the threatened fate, and others, merely from cus: - riosity desired it. On a sudden the sky was overspread with;

impenetrable darkness. An inexpreffible confternation fucceeded; when, at the return of light they looked at each other, and saw themselves divested of their magnificent robes, and head-dresses, barefooted, and almost entirely naked.

“As they had not apprehended that this misfortune was, meant in the threats of the sage, they were the more affecied by it; especially the fair ones, who could not sustain, without bitter lamentations, the loss of the ornaments with which they thought to enhance their beauty, and who had made a large

provision of them; for, when they had confented to a future · privation, they were far from imagining they should undergo

it so soon, having renounced these vanities for their daughters rather than for themselves.

• However, all that which had been the property of the animals vanished with them; as the filk, the wool, skins, feathers, pearls, and every thing made with hells, ivory;" hern, and other ingredients of luxury; in short, they loft' at once, not only the help, but also the treasures and commodities they had received, whether as gifts or inheritance from these innocent creatures they had so rashly given up.

• As they uttered the di&tatęs of a despair blended with rage, their words. resounded, as it were, through an immense vacuity, and fuck their own ears wish a dreadful echo;, for the continual, though unheeded, noise of those beings,, who, whether .or not perceptible to our eyes, inhabit the four elements *, ng longer modified the effect of the human voice, and all har, mony was broken.'

When their first amazement and confusion was a little subfided, and they found themselves obliged to submit to their de. ftiny, they attended to the confolations which the obdurate Cabul endeavoured to give them.

“ Look yonder at these yellow sheaves bending under their precious charge," said he, “ this is the reward of man's industry; he alone knows how to render the corn an agreeable and wholesome food, with which want never can assault bim. Behold these grapes, which promise us a delicious juice ; 'these fragrant olive trees; these exquisite fruits, and healthy vege. tables; and dare to regret the insipidity of milk, eggs, and honey.

* A mere fancy. There is another of the fame kind in the next page.

** It is true, we are deprived of our rich vestments : but : who can hinder us from weaving our cotton with gold, and adding to its whiteness a luftre above the fineft filk. These mines of diamonds and precious stones will amply supply the baubles we have loft, and better become the exalted heads of the masters of this globe. As to the additional labour that: we shall be obliged to undergo, it will be a salutary exercise, and even a pleasing occupation, when we shall remember that we have preserved the glory of our nature by it."

• With these encouragements, and a strength not yet exhaufted, they went through the fatigue of reaping the presents of the earth ; and, though they wanted the most commodious implements, performed the different works which necessity prefcribed and luxury designed with a seeming alacrity. But, when the season of ploughing arrived, their fortitude was abated : the beasts, on whom the harder part of this task had fallen, were feelingly regretted; and agriculture was no more an agreeable employment.

* Whether the furrows of their own'making proved not half so deep as those they had before made with the help of oxen; whether the land was become barren for want of those myriads of infects and reptiles which fatten it'; the harvest repayed not their labour, and hardly afforded them provision for the year.' The trees and shrubs shewed the fame fterility; the fruits and herbs had lost their wonted favour; because those almost invisible and wisely.created' beings, who foberly .feed upon them, prepared them not for receiving the best influence of the fun; but, above all, because provident nature, who suits her productions to the number of her children, had retrenched an abundance unnecessary to a single fpecies, and undeserved by ungrateful men.

* The scarcity of food not only discouraged the arts among them, but also raised in their minds envy, injustice, and distrust. He who had hoarded a greater provision than his neighbour,' was in perpetual fear of his encroachment upon it. His house being no more under the guard of faithful dogs, he was obliged to add painful watchings to the fatigue of the day ; for no mercenary help could be gotten, when gold 'affordid not the means of a subsistence which every one was afraid of wanting.'

In this fable the author has described the distreffes of the ina fatuated maltitude in too concise and general terms. She might have given a striking picture of their wretchedness, when deprived of their equipages, the delicacies of their tables, the most effential articles of their furniture and their dress,

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the most agreeable means of dispelling the darkness of the night, and in a word all the elegant accommodations of life, which are derived from the animal creaiion.

These Dialogues are written in a lively style, and may be put into the hands of young people with propriety ; especially as the French and the English are printed on opposite pages.

An Explanation of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel, and of tbe federal

Se&ions of these Seventy Weeks : To which is added, An Expó. fition of the Chronology of the Jewish Judges. With Tables ilm luftrating both Subjects. By John Caverhill, M. D. F. R. S.

8vo. 55. Evans, Pater-noster Row. It

prophesy of Daniel, as fignifying seven years. The seventy weeks have therefore been made 490 years, the sixty-two weeks 434 years, and the seven weeks 49 years. This mode of explication seems to have been adopted on account of the dif. ficulty attending the explanation of these weeks, on a suppofition that each of them is only seven days; and in consequence of an expreffion in Ezek. iv. 6. in which a day is appointed for a year. This is the basis of our author's calculations.

In the beginning of this dissertation be endeavours to prove, that Artaxerxes Ochus was Ahasuerus, queen Esther's husband; that a mistaken interpretation of the thirty years, in the third chapter of St. Luke, is the cause of an error of seven years concerning Christ's age at his baptism ; that these thirty years were Christ's age at his passion, and not at his baptism ; and that Christ was only in his 23d year in the xvth of Tiberius; that Ezra was not governor before, as is usually believed, but after Nehemiah, &c.

According to his hypothesis, the explanation of the reventy weeks" is trugfold. First, he says, they run from Nehemiah's reparation of the walls of Jerusalem, in the twentyfirst year of Artaxerxes I. and foretel the rejection of the Jews in the feventh year of Claudius. 2. They run from the decree of Artaxerxes III. or Ahasuerus, and foretel the final dispersion of the Jews in the xixth of Adrian.

The explication of the seven weeks is threefold. 1. They run from Cæsar's decree for the Jews to possess Jerusalem, Jos. Antiq. xiv. 10. to the birth of Christ; 2. From Herod's command to restore the temple, to the xvth of Tiberius; and, 3. From the finishing the teinple to Christ's refur. rection.

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The explanation of the fixty-two weeks is finfold. In the first place they are applied to foretel the reparations of Jerusalem, of which there are five examples. The first application runs forward from the first year of Joshua to David's command to prepare for building the temple ; the fee cond forwards from the xvth of Amaziah to Ezra ; and the third forward, from the xixth of Nebuchadnezzar to Jonathan Maccabeus; the fourth backward from the resurrection of Christ to Ezra ; and the fifth backwards from the xixth of Nea buchadnezzar to king David's commandment.' In the second place, these fixty-two weeks. begin at Ezra, in the sixth year of Artaxerxes Mnemon, and run to Christ's passion.

The one week is a measure of the interval between the xv of Tiberius, or the 230 year of Christ and his crucifixion. The 5 half week' is a measure of the time of Christ's ministry.'

This is a sketch of our author's hypothesis, which he has illustrated by several tables, exhibiting the kings of Persia, Egypt, Judah and Israel, the Roman emperors, and the Jewish bigh-priests, in a chronological series,

His twofold and threefold expositions appear to our apprehen, fion perfectly chinerical. For if these prophetical weeks may be applied to two or three periods, with equal propriety, they may be extended to two or three hundred ; and the prediction is worth nothing.

But as the author has taken infinite pains with his calcula. tions, we would not be supposed to depreciate his performance, which, in that respect, has undoubted merit. As to his expositions, we can only say, that, according to his hypothesis, these prophetical Weeks appear to have a wonderful pregnancy of meaning, which, till Dr. Caverhill made the discovery, they have never been supposed to possess.

Travels for the Heart. Written in France. By Courtney Mel:

moth. 2 vols. small 8vo. 6. Jewed. Wallis, NEVER perhaps is the human heart affailed with so much

success, as by those who conceal their purpose of affecting it with any impreffion; while an open attack, unless conducted with peculiar dexterity, aided by the casual co-operation of a favourable temperament, is more apt to 'excite insensibility, than to triumph over the paffions. In conformity to this principle of our frame, it might have been more political in Mr. Melmoth to have avoided the declaration of his design, or at least to have delayed an affault, until he had tried the effect

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of playing off his marked batteries upon the affe&tions of his teaders. But if he has thus, in great measure, precluded the influence of his own artillery, he has (to continue the metaphor). ferved it with uncommon ardour, and directed his operations against some of the most acceffible parts of his object.

This piece commences with an account of some particulars relating to the author's case, intermixt with a picturesque fcenë between a physician and a patient. The latter, in confequence of the medical advice which he receives, sets out on a journey to France, in company with Amelia. The various fluctuations of mind, in respect to the prosecution of the journey, with the incidents and characters that occurred in the toute' to Paris, form the subject of the narrative, which we cannot hesitate to acknowlege is strongly tinctured with the colourings of nature. Circum præcordia ludit.

We shall present our readers with the following animated fpeech from a mendicant friar, addressed to some young English gentlemen, who were indecently jocular in their observations on the objects which they met with in a convent.

" Be covered in the blushes of confusion, gentlemen! (faid he.) What principle is it by which you are thus directed to eifgrace yourselves and your country? We are taught to believe, that, on your side of the fea, the feminaries of education are governed by laws that are wise, prudent, liberal and amiable. We are taught, that the education of an English gentleman, is attended with a very considerable expence : ma. rals, and humanity, it is said, are particularly cultivated in your universities. We gather these things, I say, from the report of thofe, who would emblazon the institutions of your country ; but, if report is to be confronted by experience, what doth experience tell us on this subject ? This town of Calais hath been but too often a witness to your libertinism. Hither you come over with youth, high spirits, and a fum of money, for the most part too large for the feelings of a moderate man. The British empire is so truly respectable, as a nation, that we, who are your neighbours, wish to admire your politeness as much as we venerate your genius. But how is this poffible, when the specimens which are exhibited to us of your manners, are To frequently cruel and unmanly? You enter our country without one generous idea relating to it. You call our courtesy, which is said to contraft your blusiness, infincerity. You look at the face of our country, and seem to wonder, that the Tinile of Providence is extended from the clift of Dover to that of Calais. You look at our customs, and, because they differ from your customs, you turn from them with disgust, or aficated

disdain

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