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TO THE MEMORY OF THE PRINCESS CHARLOTTE,
Sweets to the sweet----farewel! Shakspeare.
What sounds are these that thro’ the midnight air
Rouse sleeping Silence from her deep repose ?
The darkening curtain wearied nature throws
Press the thick crowd at this untimely hour!
No music issues from this lofty tow'r !
That on the wings of midnight breezes swell ;-
That burst from the torn bosom's inmost cell.
Wife, mother, daughter,-ah! what ties
Are broken in this early tomb-
From this unlook'd-for doom !
– a lingering sigh,
The aged Monarch calmly sleeps,
Unconscious that his consort weeps.
Return – Behold, that Princely Youth
Claims the full tribute of thy tear;
And peerless happiness lie buried here.
On the last relic of departed life, His soften'd heart its last sad duty pays
With pious woe, that while it weeps obeys, And struggles with its pangs in generous strife,
For ah! bow oft rebellious grief will turn,
Bend o'er its treasured misery and spurn
If upon earth one sight is found,
Unto his sovereign's throne;
A pow'r to him unknown;
An empire o'er the heart is given,
And bounteous as the breath of heaven,
And such had been, O peerless Fair!
Thy empire in these favour'd lands,
But who shall question His commands ?
Mid smother'd sighs and tears suppressid,
« The dead, that die in Christ, are bles'd; “ Bless'd, for on earth their labours cease,
Bless'd, for in heaven is endless peace."
“Sic vivendum est tanquam in conspectu vivamus; sic eogitandum tanquam aliquis
in pectore intimo inspicere possit.” Sen. Ep.,
NO sooner had day-break flung its gray light upon my window, than I a rose from my couch, fresh with sleep aud vigorous with rest. It was one of the finest mornings of an Eastern spring. As I bounded across the plains of Patna, every leaf was bright with dew-drops ; the birds were playing their music in the copses, and the Ganges was crimsoned with the magnificence of the rising sun. My eye was gladdened by the loveliness of nature ; my heart overflowed with a plenitude of bliss. Delighting in the consciousness of existence, and grateful for the happipess it bestowed, I prostrated myself before the majesty of Heaven, in the silent expression of unutterable feeling.---At the door of his tent, tastiog the early winds that played among the branches and swept the odours of the flowers, sat the venerable Bramin of Orissa. The mises had crowned him with the chaplets of immortality, aud the genius of India had spread her treasures at his feet. The sages sought his wisdom, the youth of Hindostan pressed around him for iustruction, and the whole empire resounded with the fame of Odallah. I approached to take a final lease of this ancient friend of my father and guide of my early days, to obtain his parting counsel, to receive his last embrace.
“My son," said he, “ thou art now returning to the land of thy fathers, distinguished by the honours and laten with the opulence of the East. Thy country is the seat of learning and of science, of religion and of virtue : but it is also the home of infamy, and the abode of vice. Thy wealth will expose thee to the designs of avarice, and thy simplicity will render thee the dupe of imposition. Rank will court thy alliance, beauty spread her shares in thy path, and flattery surround thy table. Willingly would I impart to thee the dictates of wisdom, and impress upon thy mind the lessons of experience, but youth is apt to forget the counsels of age, aad the sagest precepts are lost in the intoxications of pleasure.
For half a century has the midnight lamp illuminated my tent, and the morbing sun shone upon my labours. To my unremitting toil, philosophy has yielded her richest stores, and uature has unfolded her deepest secrets. Behold, then, Vivaldo, this small Mirror-the result of the most abstruse and subtile combinations in the profonnd science of alchymy. On touching this sjlver spring, the glass will assume the appearance of crystal, and reflect the person then predominant in thy mind; aud on pressing this spring of gold, thou wilt observe a talismanick tablet, which will disclose to thee, with unerring fidelity, the real motives of action in any character exhibited by the mirror. Thus wilt thou possess a knowledge of mankind which will ensure thy escape from ten thousand dangers, to which youth and ignorance wonld expose thee. · Go, my son, and use this gift with dis