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Which once were wont to wear a soldier's raiment,
Bow down your awe-struck foreheads to the ground.
For ye would answer, that 'tis glorious madness
Is basest folly. Oh, my countrymen!
Before no earthly king do I command you
The King of kings. He, He is manifest
Yea, by the fulness of your crimes, 'tis He.
And grovel in the dust, and hide myself
From mine own shame? Oh, thou defiled Jerusalem!
To such portentous height, that earth is darkened
Of God's high-priest a title and a claim
Of Him which dwelt between the cherubim,
Of slaughtered men, a common butchery
LINES ON THE DEATH OF HENRY
UNHAPPY Whyte! when life was in its spring,
OH Fortune! what avails thy smiles!
Oh Nature! why on him bestow
Yet still one boon the "Childe" may claim,
But dream not thou some woman fair
With snowy arms and eyes of blue,
I feel, though both have marked my brow,
And wert thou, "Childe," a child of mine, I'd soothe thee with a mother's love,
And pray not to the tuneful nine,
But to the blessed powers above.
That hope in Heaven, and peace on earth,
HARLEY'S VISIT TO BEDLAM.
(Harley and his friends proceeded to that quarter of the melancholy mansion, which is appropriated to the insane of the softer sex, several of whom gathered about the female visitors, and examined the particulars of their dress.) SEPARATE from the rest stood a female, whose appearance had something of superior dignity. Her face, though pale and wasted, was less squalid than those of the others, and showed a dejection of that decent kind, which moves our pity unmixed with horror; upon her, therefore, the eyes of all were immediately turned. The keeper who accompanied them observed it: "This (said he) is a young lady, who was born to ride in her coach and six. She was beloved, if the story I have heard be true, by a young gentleman, her equal in birth, though by no means her match in fortune: but love, they say, is blind, and so she fancied him as much as he did her. Her father, it seems, would not hear of their marriage, and threatened to turn her out of doors, if ever she saw him again. Upon this, the young gentleman took a voyage to the West Indies, in hopes of bettering his fortune, and obtaining his mistress; but, he was scarcely landed when he was seized with one of the fevers which are common in those islands, and died in a few days, lamented by every one who knew him. This news soon reached his mistress, who was, at the same time, pressed by her father to marry a rich miserly fellow, who was old enough to be her grandfather. The death of her lover had no effect on her inhuman parent: he was only the more earnest for her marriage with the man he had provided for her; and, what between her despair at the death of the one, and her aversion to the other, the poor young lady was reduced to the condition you now see her in. But God would not prosper such cruelty; her father's affairs soon after went to wreck, and he died almost a beggar."
Though this story was told in very plain language, it had particularly attracted Harley's notice; he had given it the tri
*Henry Mackenzie, the amiable author of the "Man of Feeling," "La Roche," &c. &c., and for many years the ornament of the literary circles in Edinburgh, died in 1831, aged 86. Mackenzie has been called by some "the Addison of the North;" but his style, though more refined and chastened, is certainly more like that of Sterne.
bute of some tears. The unfortunate young lady had till now seemed entranced in thought, with her eyes fixed on a little garnet ring she wore on her finger; she turned them now upon Harley." My Billy is no more!" said she, "do you weep for my Billy? Blessings on your tears! I would weep too, but my brain is dry; and it burns, it burns!" She drew nearer to Harley." Be comforted, young lady," said he, "your Billy is in Heaven."-" Is he indeed? and shall we meet again? and shall that frightful man (pointing to the keeper) not be there ?-Alas! I am grown naughty of late; I have almost forgotten to think of Heaven: yet I pray sometimes; when I can, I pray, and sometimes I sing; when I am saddest, I sing: You shall hear me, hush !—
'Light be the earth on Billy's breast,
And green the sod that wraps his grave !"
There was a plaintive wildness in the air, not to be withstood; and, except the keeper's, there was not an unmoistened eye around her.
"Do you weep again?" said she; "I would not have you weep you are like my Billy: you are, believe me; just so he looked when he gave me this ring: poor Billy! 'twas the last time we ever met,
'Twas when the seas were roaring.'
I love you for resembling my Billy; but I shall never love any man like him."-She stretched out her hand to Harley; pressed it between both of his, and bathed it with his tears." Nay, that is Billy's ring," said she; "you cannot have it, indeed; but here is another, look here, which I plaited to-day of some gold thread from this bit of stuff; will you keep it for my sake? I am a strange girl;-but my heart is harmless: my poor heart, it will burst some day; feel how it beats!"-She pressed his hand to her bosom, then, holding her head in the attitude of listening— "Hark! one, two, three! be quiet, thou little trembler; my Billy is cold!-but I had forgotten the ring.". She put it on his finger.-"Farewell! I must leave you now."-She would have withdrawn her hand; Harley held it to his lips-"I dare not stay longer," said she; "my head throbs sadly: farewell!"-She walked with a hurried step to a little apartment at some distance. Harley stood fixed in astonishment and pity; his friend gave money to the keeper. Harley looked on his ring. He put a couple of guineas into the man's hand; "Be kind to that unfortunate," he said;--- and burst into tears.