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We give the following as specimens of the work, a work The rich boyar is exempt from tax-not so the gipsy. Is which, though containing some sentiments from which we not that extraordinary? They are divided, like the andiffer, we cannot help pronouncing a charming one hundred, and the chief of the five hundred is held respon
cient Romans, into sections of ten, one hundred, fire Here we have a graphic sketch of Hungarian habits and sible for the tax. Thus all that these people know of the
state of human society is the burden which they are forced • Almost every third house is a coffee-house, with a to bear. However, they enjoy a right: a horde of gipsies | broad verandah, around which are ranged sofas and bloom- must be allowed to stay three days wherever they think , ing oleanders. Incredible quantities of fruit, grapes, proper to pitch their camp, though, bearing a very bad plums, particularly melons, and heaps of water-melons, character, they are almost always unwelcome.' are offered for sale. Unemployed labourers lie, like laz
Hoping our fair countrywomen wont dream of copying zaroni, on the threshholds of their doors, or on their wheelbarrows, enjoying the siesta. Women sit before the some points, at all events, in the dress and habits of the doors, chatting together and suckling their infants. The Jewish ladies in Damascus, we insert one other extract : dark eyes, the loud deep voices, here and there the pierc- · Yesterday being the Jewish Sabbath, we had an oping eyes, are all southern. The dress of the women is portunity of seeing the ladies in their best attire, which distinguished by nothing but a large ungraceful cotton is certainly very splendid. The head-dress is adorned handkerchief upon the head, which covers all the hair, with natural flowers, and entwined with a wreath of diaand by bare feet. The men wear an outer garment that monds ; two or three large drops of emerald fall over the strikingly resembles a woman's night-dress. Breeches, forehead, while the hair flows in curls and ringlets over waistcoat, shirt, appear to be all of one piece, of white the shoulders and waist, or is plaited in innumerable little linen, descending from the neck to the heels, wide and braids, each of which has a small gold coin fastened at the full of plaits like a woman's gown. When they have point. Sometimes these plaits are made of silk as a subtaken off the broad-brimmed hat, and tied an apron be- stitute for false hair, which is very generally wom fore them, as they do in many occupations, I cannot help by the ladies. Several rows of beautiful pearls are saying, "What tall women these are !' Clumsy boots suspended round their necks; but I never saw any of a complete this most simple costume, to which is some very large size. The costume is Oriental; wide pantatimes added a dark blue waistcoat, without sleeves, but loons, long, open skirt and tight boddice, cut very low in with many white buttons. This is only the lower class front and pinched at the waist, the chemisette or tucker of the people, probably most of them country folk, who being of transparent gossamer. The most violent conhave come to the fair, but it is most striking; for strongly trasts are preferred. One of the ladies wore cherry-c0marked physiognomies and prominent cheek-bones loured pantaloons, a skirt of white cambric, embroidered appear among them. Almost all have black, some of with a border of coloured silk and gold, a satin boddica them curly hair ; with straw-coloured or absolutely red, of bright green, and a striped Persian shawl tied round they look hideous. The children appear to me like young the waist; another wore pantaloons of a bright citron, a wild beasts. Their dress is really not much more than rose-coloured petticoat and a black velvet boddice, while a somewhat looser skin; naked feet, bare head, bristling a third was dressed in an entire suit of sky-blue fringed hair, excessively rapid motions, a scrutinizing, yet shy with gold, set off with a superb purple shawl by way of :: look, gave me this impression. Now and then, but very girdle. Perhaps you will say this does not sound amiss, rarely, you see men in the dress that is called pre-emi- and still less so when I add that the majority of the wonently the Hungarian, a jacket profusely braided, with men are very pretty; and yet whenever they approached ; double sleeves. Still more rare is a man without beard me, my first sensation was that of slight repugnance. and without pipe. Beards, of which I cannot take it for They paint themselves so odiously! Their eyebrows of a granted that they are combed and cleaned every morning, jet black, curved as a Byzantine arch, below the under are suspicious to me-and these were excessively so; but, eyelid a black stripe which extends to the temple ; their at any rate, they give the people a certain martial air, cheeks of a pretty red, but very unlike the glowing hue which I like better than the military one to which we are
of nature. Beneath this disfigurement or paint the accustomed in North Germany; for the one is natural, countenance has to be sought out. The contour of their the other the effect of training.'
figures is completely spoiled by their compressed busts and The following account is given of the habits of a class makes them appcar yet more stiff and even awkward is the
the thick shawl wound round their waists; and what of the human family, to whom a strange and peculiar custom of walking upon kabkabs ; these are low stilts or interest attaches :
foot stools, made of wood, inlaid with mother-oʻ-pearl, . This singular houseless race, which has no abiding about a foot high, and fastened with a leather strap to the place on earth, and nowhere leaves permanent traces be- ancle. Upon these they walk about in the house, whether hind it, rove about in great numbers on the Lower it be to keep their dress from trailing on the ground, to Danube, on both banks. These people live only in tents, add to their height, or to save their feet from touching outside the towns; in winter, in holes underground, or in the cold marble halls, I cannot say. Upon these kabkabs, caves and woods. They subsist by begging and stealing, they even contrive to walk up and down stairs, an effort musical performances and tinkering: some are good black which requires no little dexterity; yet for all this, it is smiths. Most of them are Christians, following all sorts most ungraceful. The foot must always be put out of pagan customs; as to others, nobody knows whether straight, and the knee stiffened, otherwise off falls this they belong to any religious communion or not; they are barbarous machine, the clatter of which is besides intolelike the beasts of the desert, wild, unruly, and free, hav- rable; far different to the quiet noiseless step which seems ing no intercourse with other men, among whom they to belong to a graceful woman decked with pearls and diacannot bear to be. Nobody knows what is their origin— monds. When first I saw them, I involuntarily thought nobody can form an idea whether they are susceptible of of clodhoppers. One of these ladies, very tall and stout, any civilization. They pass on mysteriously through ages, and by no means pretty, dressed in the gayest colours, as if enveloped in a dark cloud. Missionaries and Bible with a yellow shawl round her waist, which set off her Societies venture to penetrate to the most savage tribes of large figure to the utmost disadvantage, towering above all Africa, Asia, and Australia—the gipsies they do not ven- the men, and clattering with her kabkabs, approached me ture to visit. The gipsy is abandoned to his fate, and the very majestically. I was quite overcome! It was for all only notice taken of him is to oblige him to pay a tax; the world as if the queen of chess were stalking towards namely, a ducat per head every year. According to the me, the whole length of the chess board ; and, thought I, account of a German settled at Jassy, who had been our shall I take a Bishop's leap and get out of her way? The fellow-traveller from Pesth, this tax is introduced at least sight was all too overpowering! As it is indispensable to into Moldavia, where there are half-a-million of gipsies. accustom your eye to the dark before you can distinguish
the objects around you, so, when standing opposite these tion was far less comfortable than it otherwise would have ladies, you must overcome their violent contrasts of bril- been at the same hour, surrounded by his wife and chilliant colours before it is at all possible to discover their fea-dren at the supper table, to say nothing of the gloomy tures. When my eyes were no longer dazzled by the glare, prospect for the night. Still, as Joe Sleeper's house was I was delighted to find that I was surrounded by pretty not far distant, he hoped to be able to call him to his asfaces. The features of the youthful females are very soft sistance. But his lungs, though none of the weakest, and delicate, and though they assume a sharpness with age, were unequal to the task ; and although he hallooed and they never lose their delicacy. The profile from the fore- bawled the live-long night, making the woods and the kead to the nose is particularly beautiful. Their eyes are welkin ring again, he succeeded no better than did Glendisfigured by the painting around them; they may be dower of old, in calling spirits from the vasty deep. It beautiful, but to me they were not attractive; they are was a wearisome night for Dobson ; such a game of holdpeither eloquent in silence, nor animated in conversation. fast he had never been engaged in before. Bruin, too, A salutation is made by touching the lip with the tips of was probably somewhat wearied ; although he could not the fingers of the right hand, laying them on the heart, describe his sensations in English, he took the regular and then mutually shaking hands; the ladies make these John Bull method of making known his dissatisfactionmovements lightly and quickly in the air ; but I, as a true that is to say, he growled incessantly. But there was no German, cordially laid my hand on their painted fingers let go in the case, and Dobson was therefore under the slittering with diamonds, and could not help thinking how necessity of holding fast, until he felt as if his clenched much neater was the look of a Parisian glove. We took and aching fingers and the bear's paws had grown tocur seats on a broad divan; and the lady of the house, ac- gether. cording to the Oriental custom, waited upon her guests, As daylight returned, and the smoke from Mr Sleeper's presenting each with Temonade and confectionery, and chimney began to curl up gracefully, though rather dimly, then with a transparent napkin worked in silk and fringed in the distance, Dobson again repeated his cries for sucwith gold, which we passed over our lips. Pipes were cour, and his heart soon gladdened by the appearance of not offered as it was the Sabbath, on which the Israelites his worthy but inactive neighbour, who had at last been are not permitted to light a fire; on other days the ladies attracted by the voice of the impatient sufferer, bearing smoke as well as the men, and generally use Persian an axe upon his shoulder. Dobson had never been so nargileh. Here I can easily understand a woman's smok- much rejoiced at seeing Mr Sleeper before, albeit he was ing: they are compelled to resort to it, to while away the a very kind and estimable neighbour. time; and, indeed, if I were obliged to sit in my court at • Why don't you make haste, Mr Sleeper, and not be Damascus by the side of a fountain, under oleander and lounging about at that rate, when you see a fellow-chrisorange trees, decked in diamonds, at eleven o'clock in the tian in such a kettle of fish as this P' morning, with my hands before me, I am sure that in less I vum ! Is that you, Mr Dobson, up agin a tree there? than a year, I should have recourse to the same antidote And was it you I hear'n hallooing so last night ? I guess against ennui. Their days flow on from year to year just you ought to have your lodging for nothing if you've stood as I have described it. The life of these wealthy females up agin the tree all night. is perhaps the most easy and free from care in the world ; It's no joke, though, I can tell you, Mr Joe Sleeper ; their husbands lavish upon them diamonds, pearls, and and if you'd had hold of the paws of the black varmint ali easily shawls, to their heart's content, while they in re- night, it strikes me you'd think you'd paid dear enough turn do the honours of his house with cold politeness. for it. But if you hear'n me calling for help in the night, Some of them have a very imposing appearance, and one why didn't you come and see what was the trouble på especially in a gorgeous, yet chastely elegant attire, looked . Oh, I was just going tired to bed, after laying up logso queen-like and beautiful, that the fair Esther in the fence all day, and I thought I'd wait till morning, and Court of Ahasuerus seemed to move before me.'
come out bright and airly. But if I'd known 'twas
you'ADVENTURE WITH AN AMERICAN BEAR.
• Known it was me'-replied Dobson, bitterly, you
knew 'twas somebody who had flesh and blood, too good Among the earliest settlers in the wilds of Salmon River, for these plaguy black varmints though; and you knew Fas a Vermontese of the name of Dobson-a resolute and there's been a smart sprinkle of bears about the settleathletic man. Returning one evening from a fruitless ment all the spring.' bunt after his vagrant cows—which, according to custom • Well, don't be in a huff, Tommy. It's never too late in the new countries, had been turned into the woods to to do good. So hold tight now, and don't let the 'tarnal procure their own subsistence from the rank herbage of crittur get loose while I split his head open.' the early summer—just before emerging from the forest No, no,' said Dobson. After holding the beast here upon the clearing of his neighbour, the late worthy Mr all night, I think I ought to have the satisfaction of killJoseph Sleeper, he saw a large bear descending from a ing him. So you just take hold of his paws here, and I loftë seyamore, where he had probably been in quest of will take the axe and let a streak of daylight into his skull
bcnez. A bear ascends a tree much more expertly than about the quickest.' be descends it, being obliged to come down stern fore- The proposition being a fair one, Mr Sleeper was too mest. My friend Dobson did not very well like to be reasonable a man to object. He was no coward neither ;
joined in his evening walk by such a companion, and and he thereupon stepped up to the trce, and cautiously without reflecting what he should do with the . varmint taking the bear with both his hands, relieved honest Dob
alteraards, he ran up to the tree on the opposite side from son from his predicament. The hands of the latter, the animal's body, and just on his reaching the ground, though sadly stiffened by the tenacity with which they seized him firmly by both his fore-paws. Bruin growled had been clenched for so many hours, were socn branand gmashed his tusks, but he soon ascertained that his dishing the axe, and
he apparently made all preparations paws were in the grasp of paws equally iron-strong with for giving the deadly blow-and deadly it would have bais own. Nor could he use his hinder-claws to disem- been had he struck ; but, to the surprise of Sleeper, bowel his antagonist, as the manner of the bear is, inas- he did not strike ; 'and to his further consternation, inuch as the trunk of the tree was between them. But Dobson swung the axe upon his shoulder, and marched Dobson's predicament, as he was endowed with rather
the away; whistling as he went, with as much apparent inmost reason, was worse yet. He could no more assail the difference as the other had 'shown when coming to his bear than the bear could assail him. Nor could he ven- relief. ture to let go of him, since the presumption was that It was now Sleeper's turn to make the forest vocal with Bruin would not make him a very gracious return for his cries. In vain he raved, and called, and threatened. thus unceremoniously taking him by the hand. The Dobson walked on and disappeared, leaving his friend as twilight was fast deepening into darkness, and his posi- 1 sad a prospect for his breakfast as himself had had for his
supper. Hour after hour passed away, and Sleeper still something else which stirred his spirit in him, and stifound himself at bo-peep with Sir Bruin. In the course mulated the moral daring of the effort, through which of the afternoon, however, when Dobson supposed that the historian has enabled us to track his course, or rather the lesson he was teaching had been thoroughly learned to watch his flight. Athens was the very focus of idolatry. by his pupil, and when he thought the latter would wil. Its altars, statues, and temples, were multiplied beyond lingly forget his resentment for the sake of succour, the parallel, and reckoned more numerous than those of all sturdy Yankee returned, and by a single blow relieved the rest of Greece together. Pretonius, the satirist, who both bear and man from their troubles in the same in- was living then, said that his country was filled with stant. Sleeper thought rather hard of Dobson for some gods, so that it was easier to find a god than a man.' time, but no real breach of friendship ensued, and, indeed, Athens was called the altar of Greece; and that the city the two borderers became afterwards better friends and was wholly given to idolatry'—or, more correctly, was so neighbours than before.
full of images-roused the apostle to come forward as the
champion of Jehovah. PAUL AT A THENS.
On many minds the effect would have been differert,
for idolatry there put on a most fascinating and a mest Had the fact that Paul preached at Athens been men- formidable shape. It had much to impose on the senses. tioned without particulars, how great would have been our Probably no scene of mortal creation was ever so enchantcuriosity to know how he conducted himself, who emi- ing as that presented in a walk through Athens during 'nently ranks as a philosopher among the apostles, when he its splendour. From the plundered and disjointed fragstood alone, an apostle among philosophers! This was ments of its beauty, our artists draw their noblest inspthe noblest arena on which he had ever struggled; he had rations; and in them our country boasts a treasure cf fought with beasts at Ephesus, but at Athens he con- which all civilized nations may envy the possession. Oh! tended with the masterspirits of mankind. He was at to have seen them glittering in their own sunshine, in once in the very palace of intellect, and the sanctuary of proud harniony with the temples from which they hare idolatry. All that his writings and recorded actions have been torn-to have passed through those streets which unfolded of his character rush upon our minds, and deepen were but long galleries of godlike forms in marble, and our interest, and exalt our expectations, as we behold him, ascend that Acropolis which was the citadel, not only of impelled by the fervour of zeal, and armed only in the their safety but their fame—to have witnessed the living simplicity of truth, advancing to glorify Jesus of Nazareth | magnificence of their worship, and especially of their as the Lord of faith, in the awful presence of this world's festivals—the gorgeous attire of their priests—the solema wisdom. Well did he acquit himself, in a speech where pomp of their sacrifices-the interminable variety of their reason Jays the broad basis of a spiritual thcism, and re- processions--the multitudinous concourse of their citizens velation rears the lofty structure of judgment and immor--the clouds of fragrant incense that alone could obscure tality. He spoke, as apostle should speak at Athens, in their transparent atmosphere-the thrilling delight of language worthy of himself, and his illustrious character, music resounding from roofs whose beams had been the and heavenly commission-worthy of the dignified audi- masts of Persian fleets-the majesty of their theatres, tury before which he pleaded-worthy of diffusion and which inspired the sense, not so much of pleasure as of transmission to remotest countries and ages, for reveren- sublimity—the agonizing excitement of their games, and tial study—and worthy to be the shrine of those funda- the distribution of those simple prizes of the palm-branch, mental and everlasting principles which constitute religi- or the crown of olive, pine, or parsley, for which Europe ous truth, and are Christianity. Nor is it to him alone has no sceptre or diadem that the victor would have taken that our interest clings; for, from the dawn of intellect in exchange, must he have bartered his Grecian glory too: and freedom, has Greece been a watchword in the earth. -to have seen these, and idolatry pervading them all as There rose the social spirit, to soften and refine her chosen their vital spirit, and reigning by them over hearts and race, and shelter, as in a nest, her gentleness from the minds, might rouse the zeal of a Paul; but a feebler faith rushing storm of barbarism—there liberty first built her would have dissolved in the enchanted cup, and been inmountain-throne, first called the waves her own, and corporated with the profane libation. shouted across them a proud defiance to despotism's Athenian idolatry had much to charm the imagination. handed myriads—there the arts and graces danced around It not only had been adorned by the most gifted handshumanity, and stored man's home with comforts, and it not only had a rich stream of song ever flowing through strewed his path with roses, and bound his brow with its consecrated grounds; but it was essentially poetical, myrtle, and fashioned for him the breathing statue, and the very child of fancy; and its Pantheon the vision of summoned him to temples of snowy marble, and charmed genius made visible and palpable to all. Its deities ne his senses with all forms of elegance, and threw over his the beings whom the poet sees in his day-dreams on the final sleep their veil of loveliness—there sprung poetry, shores of the ocean, or by the bubbling fountain, or in the like their own fabled goddess, mature at once, from the recesses of the grove, or on the mountain's summit. The teeming intellect, girt with the arms and armour that were not the original product of the pallet or the chisel, defy the assaults of time, and subdue the heart of man- nor their original abode the marble temple ; for their first there matchless orators gave the world a model of perfect creator was poetic enthusiasm, and their first shrine the eloquence, the soul the instrument on which they played, poet's soul. Nor did it want for means to seduce the and every passion of our nature but a tone which the judgment, for in their mythology was many a noble truth. master's touch called forth at pleasure—there lived and which some might deem the lovelier for its graceful reil taught the philosophers of bower and porch, of pride and of allegory; and they had a philosophy, which has indeed pleasure, of deep speculation, and of useful action, who obtained in most ages, teaching to think with the wise and developed all the acuteness, and refinement, and excur- act with the multitude; and the example of their most siveness, and energy of mind, and were the glory of their venerable sages sanctified an outward conformity with decountry, when their country was the glory of the earth. tected superstition.
But although such associations as these work powerfully And there was something to such an one as Paul that on our feelings as we turn to the page where what is most was spirit-stirring in the mighty array that he had to brilliant in profane and important in sacred history come cope with. He was full of courage and of hope. In the in contact, we must remember that Athens appeared to cause of Christ he had gone on conquering, and would the apostle under a very different aspect. There are suf- trust that, even here, he came to conquer. He felt that ficient indications, that to the splendour of its name and it was enough, even if he saved but one, to recompense the charms of its literature he was no stranger, nor in- the effort and the peril—that it was enough, if, by his sensible. The intellectual superiority not only of its faithfulness, he only delivered his own soul. But his was sages, but of its inhabitants, must have been to him a a mind to look and aim at more than this. He felt the welcome congeniality and a strong excitement; but it was splendour of the triumph there would be in levelling the
wisdom of Athens, and the idolatry of Athens, at the foot loathing the contamination of idolaters, but glaring with of the Cross-in making Jupiter, Neptune, and all their savage füry on the apostate son of Abraham (as he would tribes give place to Jehorah--and Zeno, and Epicurus, deem him) who held so much communion with their souls, and Aristotle, and Plato, and Socrates, succumb to Je- as to invite them to an union of love and piety, in the sus of Nazareth. Ile burned to make Olympus bow its name of the detested Nazarene. And if for a moment avful head, and cast down its coronet of gods, at His feet | Paul felt, as one would think man must feel, at being the who dwelt in Zion; and the prans of Bacchus and Apollo central object of such a scene and such an assemblage, were, in his ear, but preludes to the swelling ósong of there would rush upon his mind the majesty of Jehovah; Noses and the Lamb.'
and the words of the glorified Jesus ; and the thunders Animated by such feelings, we may now regard Paul, that struck him to the earth on the road to Damascus; in what must hare been one of the most interesting mo- and the sense of former efforts, conflicts, and successes; ments of eren his eventful life, preparing himself on the and the approach of that judgment to come, whose rightHill of Mars to address an auditory of Athenians on be- cousness and universality it was now his duty to anhalf of Christianity. He would feel the imposing asso- nounce.For. ciations of the spot on which he stood, where justice had been administered in its most awful form, by characters
NO TRUST IN PRINCES. the most venerable, in the darkness of night, under the A droll adventure occurred to the Emperor Alexander canopy of heaven, with the solemnities of religion, and
on the eve of one of the imperial reviews. The Emperor with an authority which legal institution and public was fond of walking about alone and unattended, and he opinion had assimilated rather with the decrees of con- often extended his pedestrian excursions to a distance of science and of the gods, than with the ordinary power of two or three leagues from St Petersburgh. On the occahuman tribunals. He would look arou on many an im- sion here alluded to he had taken a very long walk, and mortal trophy of architect and sculptor, where genius had finding bimself much fatigued, he got into one of the triumphed, but triumphed only in the cause of that ido- public sledges. • Drive to the Imperial Palace at St latry to which they were dedicated, and for which they Petersburgh,' said he to the Iswotschilk. I will take existed. And beyond the city, clinging round its temples, you as near it as I can,' replied the man, “but the guards like its inhabitants to their enshrined idols, would open will not allow us to approach the gates.' On arriving on his view that lovely country, and the sublime ocean, within a little distance of the palace, the sledge stopped. and the serene heavens bending over them, and bearing We must not go any farther,' said the sledge driver. that testimony to the universal Creator, which man and The Emperor jumped from the sledge, saying, “Wait man's works withheld. And with all would Grecian there and I will send some one to pay you.'—No, no,' glory be connected—the brightness of a day that was clos- replied the man, that will not do. Your comrades often ing, and of a sun that had already set, where recollections make me the same promise, but they always forget to of grandeur faded into sensations of melancholy. And he keep it. I will give no more credit. If you have not the world gaze on a thronging auditory, the representatives money, leave something with me until you get it.' The to his fancy of all that had been, and of all that was, and Emperor smiled, and, unfastening the clasp of his cloak, think of the intellects with which he had to grapple, and he threw it into the sledge. “Here,' said he, take this.' of the hearts in whose very core he aimed to plant the On ascending to his apartments he directed his valet de barbed arrows of conviction. There was that multitude, chambre to take fifty roubles to the Iswotschilk who had so acute, so inquisitive, so polished, so athirst for novelty, driven him, and bring back his cloak. When the valet and so impressible by eloquence, yet with whom a barba- reached the spot where the Emperor had left the sledge, rian accent might break the charm of the most persuasive he found about twenty drawn up in a line. Which of tongue-over whom their own oligarchy of orators would you drove the Emperor ?' inquired the valet.
No one soon re-assert their dominion in spite of the invasion of a answered. “Who has got a cloak ? said the valet, purstranger—and with whom sense, feeling, and habit, would suing his inquiry. * An officer left his cloak with me,' throw up all their barriers against the eloquence of exclaimed a sledge driver. “Give it to me, and here is Christianity. There would be the priest, astonished at your fare.' -— Great St Nicholas!' exclaimed the asto-an attempt so daring; and as the speaker's design opened nished driver, and seizing his reins he drove rapidly en his mind, anxiously, and with alternate contempt and away, amidst the shouts of the assembled Iswotschilks. race, measuring the strength of the Samson who thus This happened on the eve of the grand review. After the grasped the pillars of his temple, threatening to whielm troops had defiled, all the commanders of corps formed a him, his altars, and his gods, beneath their ruins. There group round the Emperor. Gentlemen,' said Alexanwould be the Stoic, in the coldness of his pride, looking der, I am much pleased with the fine appearance and sedately down, as on a child playing with children, to see excellent discipline of your troopis. But tell your officers what new game was afloat, and what trick or toy was now
from me, that they last night made me submit to the produced for wonderinent. There the Epicurean, tasting, humiliation of leaving my cloak in pledge for my honesty.' as it were, the preacher's doctrine, to see if it promised Every one stared with astonishment. I assure you,' reaught of merriment; just lending enough of idle atten- sumed the Emperor, “the sledge driver who brought me tion not to lose amusement should it offer; and venting home refused to trust me, because he said my comrades the full explosion of his ridicule on the resurrection of often forgot to pay him.'-Vincenza's Recollections of St the dead. There the sophist, won perhaps into some- Petersburgh. thing of an approving and complacent smile, by the derterity of Paul's introduction ; but finding as he proceeded that this was no mere show of art or war of words, and vi
As the late Sir Walter Scott was riding one day with brating between the habitual love of entangling, bewilder- a friend, in the neighbourhood of Abbotsford, he came to ing, and insulting an opponent, and the repulsiveness which a field-gate, which an Irish reaper, who happened to be ihere always is to such men in the language of honest and near, hastened to open for him. Sir Walter was dezealous conviction. There the slave, timidly crouching sirous of rewarding this civility by the present of a sixat a distance to catch what stray sounds the winds might pence, but found that he had not so small a coin in his waft to him, after they had reached his master's ears, of purse. Here, my good fellow,' said the baronet, “here that doctrine, so strange and blessed, of man's fraternity. is a shilling for you; but mind you owe me sixpence.' There the young and noble Roman, who had come to
- Long life to your honour !' exclaimed Pat, may your Athens for education--not to sit like a humble scholar at honour live till I pay you !' a master's feet, but with all the pride of Rome upon his
A NARROW BOUNDARY. brow, to accept what artists, poets, and philosophers could The line which separates regard and love is so fine, that offer as their
homage to the lords of earth. And there, the young heart transgresses the boundary, before it is perhaps aloof, some scowling Jew, hating and hated, I aware of having even verged upon it.
SIR WALTER SCOTT AND THE IRISH REAPER.
PRESENT KNOWLEDGE PARTIAL. The world is a lazarhouse-be kind, patient, and hum- The mode in which the necessarily incomplete revelable; it is a masquerade—be prudent; it is a battle-field tion of the upper world is conveyed in the Scriptures, -be bold.
is perfectly in harmony with that in which the phenomena
of nature offer themselves to our notice. The sum of JERUSALEM.
amount of divine knowledge really intended to be conFROM' PIERTONT'S POEMS.'
veyed to us, has been broken up and scattered over :
various surface; it has been half-hidden, and half-disJerusalem, Jerusalem! how glad should I have been, Could I. in my lone wanderings, thine aged walls have seen- played; it has been couched beneath hasty and incidental Could I have gazed upon the dome above tiny towers that swells, allusions ; it has been doled out in morsels and in atoms. And heard, as evening's sun went down, thy parting camels' bells | There are no logical synopses in the Bible; there are no Could I have stood on Olivet, where once the Saviour trod, scientific presentations of the body of divinity; no comAnd from its height looked down upon the city of our God!
prehensive digests ; such as would have been not only unFor is it not, Almighty God, the Holy City stillTho' there thy prophets walk no more-that crowns Morial's hill suited to popular taste and comprehension, but actually Thy proplets walk no more, indeed, the streets of Salem now,
impracticable; since they must have contained that which Nor are their voices lifted up on Zion's saddened brow;
neither the mind of man can conceive, nor his language Nor are their garnished sepulchres with pious sorrow kept, embody. Better far might a seraph attempt to convey the Where once the same Jerusalem that killed them came and wept.
largeness of his celestial ideas to a child, than God imBut still the seed of Abraham with joy upon it look,
part a systematic revelation to man. On the contrary, it And lay their ashes at its feet, that Kedron's feeble brook Still washes, as its waters creep along their rocky beid,
is almost as if the vessel of divine philosophy had been And Israel's God is worshipped yet where Zion lifts her head. wrecked and broken in a distant storm, and as if Yes; every morning, as the day breaks over Olivet,
the fragments only had come drifting upon our world, The holy name of Allah coines from every minaret;
which, like an islet in the ocean of eternity, has drawn At every eve the mellow call floats on the quiet air
to itself what might be floating near its shores.- Isane "Lo, God is God! before him come-before him come for prayer.'
HYPOCRISY CREDITABLE TO RELIGION.
It ought to be recollected and borne in mind, that all Yea, from that day when Salem knelt and bent her queenly neck
hypocritical profession is a tacit admission of the excellence To lim who was at once her priest and king-Melchisedek, of that which is feigned. It is an implied compliment to To this, when Egypt's Abraham* the sceptre and the swordt
the truth, and to the actual effects produced by it. A Shakes o'er her head, ler holy men have bowed before the Lord.
name for sanctity could never be sought where sanctity Jerusalem, I would have seen thy precipices steepThe trees of palm that overhang thy gorges dark and deep
was not generally prevalent : nor would doctrines ever be The goats that cling along thy cliffs, and browse upon thy rocks,
professed as a cover for vice, of which virtue was not Beneath whose shade lie down, alike thy shepherds and their flocks. known to be the ordinary product. The existence of a I wonld have mused, while night hung out her silver lamp so pale, counterfeit, then, presupposes the existence of a corresBeneath those ancient olive trees that grow in Kedron's vale, ponding reality, and involves in it an attestation to its Whose foliage from the pilgrim hides the city's wall sublime, Whose twisted arms and gnarled trunks defy the scythe of Time.
worth. No person would be at the pains to cut, and The Garden of Gethsemane thoso aged olive trees
stamp, and gild copper, were there no coin of standar! Are shading yet; and in their shale I would have sought the breeze gold for which it could be made to pass; nor would any That, like an angel, bathed the brow, and bore to heaven the prayer,
one but a fool waste his skill, and time, and labour, in Of Jesus, when in agony he sought the Father there.
forging the promissory-notes of a bank which had lost its I would have gone to Calvary, and where the Marys stood
credit, and whose paper was known to have no value in Bewailing loud the Crucified, as near him as they couldI would have stood, till nicht 'o'er earth her heavy pall had thrown, himself to the risks attendant upon forgery, will choose a
the currency of commercial intercourse. He who esposes And thought upon my Savionr's cross, and learn'd to bear my own. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thy cross thou bearest now
house whose notes will not be questioned ; and the very An iron yoke is on thy neck, and blood is on thy brow;
counterfeiting of its notes is a tacit acknowledgment of Thy golden crown, the crown of truth, thou didst reject as dross , its stability and honour.—Dr Wardlaw. And now thy cross is on thee laid-the Crescent is ihy cross. It was not mine, nor will it be, to see the bloody rod
TIIE IMPORTANCE OF RELIGION TO SOCIETY. That scourgeth thee, anil long hath scourgoil, thou city of our God. It had been the constant boast of infidels that their But round thy hill the spirits throng of all thy murder'd seers, And voices that went up from it are ringing in my ears
system, more liberal and generous than Christianity, Went up that day, when darkness fell from all thy firmament,
needed but to be tried to produce an immense accession And shrouded thee at noon; and when thy temple's vail was rent,
to human happiness; and Christian nations, careless and And graves of holy men, that touched thy feet, gave up their dead. supine, retaining little of religion but the profession, and Jerusalem, thy prayer is heard-HIS BLOOD IS ON THY HEAD. disgusted with its restraints, lent a favourable ear to these
This name, now generally written Ibrahim, is the same as that of the pretensions. God permitted the trial to be made. In father of the faithful,' the cotcmporary of Melchisedek.
one country, and that the centre of Christendom, revela
tion underwent a total eclipse, while atheism, perform. WHAT TIIE PRESS IS DOING.
ing on a darkened theatre its strange and fearful tragedy, There is an education going on, that, however irre
confounded the first elements of society, blended erery gular or unsystematic, is, at the same time, beyond all
age, rank, and sex in indiscriminate proscription and price. Myriads of messengers of knowledge, art, and massacre, and convulsed all Europe to its centre-that science, and of peace on earth and good-will towards
the imperishable memorial of these events might teach men, that our schools ought to inculcate, but do not, are
the last generations of mankind to consider religion as scattered daily and hourly over the land by the printing
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of social order, which alone has power to curb the fury results, as regards the preparation of the public mind for of the passions, and secure to every one his rights
to all the duties that it will have, by and by, to fulfil. This
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