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standing, are applied to God in the same sense as we apply them to ourselves. The word prescience, for instance, cannot be applied to God. With him, there is neither past nor future. Every thing being present to him in all the states of time, we ought not to say of him, that he foresees what will happen, but that he sees what does happen. He has left men the liberty of acting, and punishes or rewards them according to the use they make of this liberty. Weought not to say of God, that he foresees what such a man will do, but that he sees what he does. Thus when God spoke by the prophets, with respect to himself, he tells what happens; with respect to us, these prophets predict what will happen. word, God, by his eternity, is present at all times, as he is in all places by his immensity.

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THE MARINER'S DREAM.

In slumbers of midnight, the sạilor-boy lay,

His hammock slung loose at the sport of the wind; But watch-worn and

weary,

bis cares flew away, And visions of happiness danc'd o'er his mind.

He dreamt of his house, of his dear native bowers,

And pleasure that waited on life's merry morn--While mem'ry stood sideways, half cover'd with

flowers,
And restor'd every rose, but secreted its thorn.

Then Fancy her magical pinions spread wide,

And bade the young dreamer in ecstasy rise : Now far, far behind him the green waters glide,

And the cot of his forefathers blesses his eyes.

The jessamine clambers in flower o'er the thatch,

And the swallow sings sweet from lier nest in the

wall;

All trembling with transport, he raises the latch,

And the voices of lov’d ones reply to his call.

A father bends o'er him with looks of delight:

His cheek is empearld with a mother's warm tear; And the lips of the boy in a love-kiss unite

[dear. With the lips of the maid whom his bosom holds

The heart of the sleeper beats high in his breast,

Joy quickens his pulse---all his hardships seem o'er, And a murmur of happiness steals through his rest--

o Oh God! thou hast bless'd me, I ask for no more."

Ah! whence is that'flame which now bursts on his

eye? Ah! what is that sound which now larums his ear? 'Tis the lightning's red glare, painting hell on the sky! 'Tis the crashing of thunders, the groan of the

sphere!

He springs from his hammock---he flies to the deck ;-

Amazement confronts him with images dire--Wild winds and mad waves drive the vessel a wreck--

The masts fly in splinters.--the shrouds are on fire ! Like mountains the billows tremendously swell--

In vain the lost wretch calls on mercy to save; Unseen hands of spirits are ringing his knell, (wave!

And the death-angel flaps his broad wings o'er the

Oh sailor boy! woe to thy dream of delight!

In darkness dissolves the gay frost-work of bliss--Where now is the picture that fancy touch'd bright,

Thy parents' fond pressure, and love's honey'd kiss?

Oh sailor boy! sailor boy! 'never again

Shall home, love, or kindred, thy wishes repay; Unbless'd and unhonour'd, down deep in the main

Full many a score fathom, thy frame shall decay.

No tomb shall e'er plead to remembrance for thee, Or redeem form or fame from the merciless surge--

[be, But the white foam of waves shall thy winding sheet

And winds, in the midnight of winter, thy dirge!

On beds of green sea-flower thy limbs shall be laid,

Around thy white bones the red coral shall grow; Of thy fair yellow locks threads of amber be made, And

every part suit to thy mansion below.

Days, months, years, and ages shall circle away,

And still the vast waters above thee shall roll: Earth loses thy pattern for ever and aye--

Ob! sailor boy! sailor boy! peace to thy soul!

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CHARACTER AND JUSTIFICATION OF THE QUEEN

OF NAPLES.

A Woman

Who was the cause of a long ten years war!!!

OTWAY.

I ARRIVED at Naples with strong prepossessions against the queen, partly derived from books, and partly from verbal information : I left that city, convinced of her amiable manners and disposition. I admit that, in these difficult times, she has, not, always conducted the helm with a steady hand; that she often adopted measures which she was obliged to retract, as well as others from which it was not in her power to recede : but may not the same be said of almost every prince in Europe ? Extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures. He with whom they succeed is denominated great ; but those who are unsuccessful sink in the estimation of mankind. I am certain that the queen always acted for the best ; but when the way to it is enveloped in the thickest mist, the instinct of a Frederic is required to find it. The queen is a most tender and affectionate mother to her children : this maternal heart is likewise a royal heart: nothing but the worst usage is capable of hardening it against the people, or of blunting its sensibility. “To make the people happy," said she to me, “we are often obliged, though against our inclinations, to act the despot; aud if we do, we are not beloved.” I expressed my opinion that this was not always the

case, and as an example I mentioned Maria Theresa. • Oh !" replied she, “ my mother was nevertheless unhappy towards the conelusion of her life ; for the ungrateful people universally wished her death. And why? on account of a paltry impost.” Of the illusions of royalty she speaks with an amiable candour and sincerity, which excite irresistible prepossessions in her favour. She longs for the period when' general tranquillity shall allow her to resign the burthen of public affairs, and to withdraw, with her husband, into solitude. Then,” said she, « then it will be seen who was attached to Maria Carolina, and who merely paid their court to the queen.” Assuredly those who have the happiness to be near her, and to hear her often speak in this manner, must be attached to her.

“ The highest felicity on earth is the happiness of being a mother," said she to my wife, who expected sliortly to enjoy it.

I have had seventeen living children ; they were my only joy. Nature made me a mother ; the

is only a gala-dress, which I put off and on.” At these words she took her dress between two fingers, and loosed it again almost with an air of contempt. ** He who possesses an independency,” said she, with an emphasis that was not affected, “ is far more happy than the prince on his throne.” It would be improper to repeat all that she said concerning the present times, the Jesuits, &c. All, however, manifested an enlightened mind, and a heart, filled indeed with acrimony, but excellent at the bottom. She is accused of falsehood and artifice ; but I really

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