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Folks call you “ lady"--gentle, fair, and with Lady Caroline's request, that tender,
she would read or recite the poem I'd rather guess you of the other gender; which she had selected for this evenAnd why? because you're riot a handsome ing from her numerous stock. There fellow,
was something peculiarly interesting Nay, on my conscience, you're an ugly in this young lady's countenance. loon;
Her eye was of a deep melancholy Your face is far too round, and rather
blue, and her whole appearance preyellowYou've surely got the jaundice, Mr
sented me with a personification of Moon."
female genius, more in unison with
the beau-ideal of my fancy, than I · Some of the younger members ever expected to have seen realized. stuffed their handkerchiefs into their I listened, therefore, with much atmouths, and others laughed out- tention, to the following verses, or, as right; but Mr Winterdykes walked the Italians would call them, quaback to his seat with the same com- dernarii. posure that he had left it. Mr Theodore Peacock was next
The Enfant's Dream. applied to ; rather a handsome young "I look'd upon a sleeping infant's face, man, with a Roman nose, and a And saw a smile come o'er it, brightly Grecian brow, but withal, somewhat
beaming too fashionably dressed to have much Like some rich tint of morning loveliness; genius. He who allows his musta- Tell me of what was that young cherub chios to grow, who wears a diamond
dreaming ? ring on his little finger, and buries his ears within the collar of his shirt. What heav'nly sounds were in its infant can never write good poetry; he will
ears ? never produce any thing superior
What heav'nly sight before its infant to the following translation of Mr
eyes ? Theodore Peacock, who, turning
Perhaps the music of the rolling spheres, with an air of fashionable badinage
Perhaps the glories of the starry skies. to Miss Ellen Sommers, beside whom Perhaps it wander'd among worlds of he sat, recited these lines :
A viewless spirit of the sunny air ;
Perhaps it gaz'd on that eternal site
Where sinless angels heav'nly pleasures “ Dunque, 0 vaga mia diva," &c.
share. Because no blushing roses deck
Whate'er they were, thy dreams were My gentle Clementina's cheek,
not of earth, Fears she to see my love decay,
For not o'er thee, sweet babe! had yet And fade like evening light away ?
been thrown Ah ! knows she not her's is the hue The taint that poisons every mortal birth, Of love most tender, warm, and true ?
And marks the child of man, Misfor. Ah! knows she not young lovers slight
tune! for thy own." The flowers with flaunting colours bright, But never willingly forget
The next candidate for public apThe pale, but modest violet?
plause was a gentleman in black, at Ah! knows she not, at break of morn, least six feet high, and though proThough no vermilion tints adorn
bably on the borders of fifty, yet as The lily, yet Aurora loves,
slender as a stripling of eighteen. As o'er the mountain's brow she roves, He was certainly one of the most To pluck that flower so white, so fair,
awkward beings I had ever seen, yet And bind it in her golden hair ?"
there was something like humour in Miss Sommers, whose face was, in his face. I was not surprised to hear fact, remarkably pale, seemed not a him commence with hoping that the little disconcerted by the somewhat ladies would recollect he was an old indelicate manner which she was thus bachelor, and, besides, that he was made the object of general attention. answerable only for the words, not With the hope of concealing her con- for the ideas, of the poem he was fusion, as soon as her admirer had about to recite, it being a translafinished, she hastened to comply tion, and was entitled
The whole of the crowd had now paid Imitated from the Italian of Rossi,
And Cupid had heard all their cares and * One day, as all ancient historians agree, *****
distresses ; Master Cupid determin'd to hold a levee ;
One only remain’d, whom Caprice had So he call'd for his porter, to stand at his
To admit, and, besides, had most grossly To admit all his guests in due order and
For he bore him a grudge ; if you ask His porter soon came, and his name is
me his name, Caprice,
You must know it was Wisdom-_I tell Conceit is his daughter, and Prudery his
it with shame; niece;
But at last, when he saw that he would He stood at the gate in his high-powder'd
not depart, wig,
Caprice sought his master with wrath at And, like all other porters, he look'd migh.
his heart, ty big : And, proud of his pow'r, as our history
And, bowing profoundly, he said with a "
Old Wisdom's below, shall I show him He only admitted particular friends.
up here? First, Youth was receiv'd with a smile Poor square-toes ! cried Cupid, supand a bow,
pressing a smile; A favourite of Cupid's, as all men allow; And has he been waiting, kind soul, all Then Beauty was welcom'd with much
this while ? complaisance,
Pray tell the old boy I am busy to-day, For the Graces were with her each charm He inay call the next time that he passes to enhance ;
this way."" Then, next,were admitted both Laugh ter and Sport,
Every body declared that this was But the time of their stay, it is said, positively libellous, and that, as none was but short ;
but an old bachelor would have writThey are not at their ease when they ten it, no one but an old bachelor visit the court :
would ever have thought of translaNext, Jealousy came, with two friends by ting it. " Here, I am sure, is a genher side,
tleman,” said Lady Caroline, turnMistress Folly was one, and the other ing to me with one of her sweetest Don Pride;
smiles," who entertains less satirical And long was the audience they had of
notions of the tender passion, whether their lord,
he be a bachelor or not." " Your For this was a trio that Cupid ador'd; And many the weighty affairs they debated,
ladyship does me only justice," anToo important by far to be publicly stated:
swered I, with a bow. “ I am a baThen Treachery made his appearance, chelor, and I may say 'an old one with face
too, but I have not yet forgot the As grim as a Courtier's when turn'd out time when I enjoyed of place;
• The bloom of young desire, and purple But Cupid was graciously pleas'd to be kind,
light of love." So Treachery soon gave his cares to the wind:
My “ hour was now come.” No Rage enter'd the next, and you soon apology would be taken, and to vinmight descry,
dicate, therefore, the sincerity of the By a something like pleasure that glanced declaration I had just made, I rein his eye,
peated, as well as my memory would That the god had receiv'd him with com.
allow, some lines I had written beplaisance too,
fore I was nineteen, and which I had As gods, when they think it expedient, dignified with the name of
To know that an innocent heart is But I rather suspect they were turn'd
thine, out of doors,
To press with thy lip the lips you love, For Cupid pronounced them a couple of And round the dear neck thy arm to bores.
The rapturous sigh, and the melting To it we have owed all our happiest hours, glance,
To it we will owe all our happiness Delights the ear, and enchants the eye;
still. And lost in affection's 'witching trance, Worlds may perish, and ages may roll,
The soul is serene as a Summer sky. But mutual affection can never be 0! Heav'n itself has no happier hours
cloy'd ; Than those spent by young lovers in Ours is the love which takes root in the youth's bright day,
soul, 'Tis the sunshine of life, ere the darkling And only can die when the soul is deshow'rs
stroy'd; Have hurried that sunshine for ever Ours is the love God has doom'd to be away.
The bright pure love of eternity.” The bosom is pure and the heart is warm,
And all around there is golden light; As soon as I had ended, the secreUnknown as yet is the winter storm, tary, who had observed Lady Caro
Unfelt as yet is the winter blight. line indulge in a secret yawn or two Irene! I've watch'd on thy lip the smile, during my recitation, begged to reAnd gain'd new life from thy balmy mind her that it was now eleven breath;
o'clock. She took the hint with much Whilst on thy dear brow there shone the
thankfulness, and the Society was while
adjourned. Love's simple gift, a rosy wreath ;
Dickson returned with me to the But little needed that brow so fair Lilies or roses to give it grace;
inn, where we finished another bottle Thy sunny ringlets of amber hair
of wine, and talked over our evenWere all it requir'd of loveliness.
ing's amusement. Early next mornSurely, Irene, such love as ours
ing I left Edgefield. When I may Is not like the love that is changed at again visit it, Heaven only knows. will ;
H. G. B.
MY FIRST SERMON. NEARLY five-and-twenty years the gurgling of the waters, and the have elapsed since I first mounted sweet chirpings of the birds, and the the pulpit of - The occurrences hummings of bees. The scene that of that day are deeply engraven on presented itself to my view was one my mind. It was a delightful morn- of no common beauty. It was faing in June, and the eighth of the miliar to my earliest impressions, month. The sun shone forth in all and the sight of it, on this morning its brilliancy and splendour. There of my first public ministrations, awas scarcely sufficient breeze to agi. wakened recollections that were deeptate the trees of my father's small ly seated, and almost overwhelming. garden. The small birds chirped on It was here that I had spent the ear. the bushes, as if rejoicing in the ge- ly days of innocence and childhood. neral harmony; and there was a Every tree and stone were connected calmness, and stillness, and quiet re- with some association of history or pose, which is only felt and perceive of feeling; and the impressions of ed on a Sabbath morning. All na- youth, which are always indelible, ture, on that morning of rest, seemed came rushing on my mind with irreto participate in the cessation from sistible force. I had spent a lively labour, and to breathe a purer air. and happy childhood in these sylvan When I first looked abroad from my scenes, under the superintendance chamber, my anxious spirit was re- and tuition of a fond and affectionate freshed by the beauty and quietness father, who still lived to witness the of general nature. No one of the fruits of his fostering care. In the lords of creation was to be seen a joyousness of youth, I had become broad, and the dumb animals lay the familiar favourite of every cot. stretched at their ease in the green tager around us. I strolled on the fields and supny braes. The little hills, fished in the streams, and burn rippled down, and sparkled in sought birds' nests in the woods, with the glances of the sun-beam; and the youngest of my own sex; and I the only sounds that were heard were courted and danced with the woodland beauties of the other. In short, nity and seriousness of my duties, I entered into all the simple concerns was more than ordinarily grave and of these simple rustics, and I was austere. I was struck also with the then as much impressed as they were peculiar expression of our old serthemselves with their interest and vant John's countenance, as he ocimportance. The minister of a parish casionally came into the room. He in Scotland, at that time, did not oc- had known me from my infancy, and cupy a station which, in point of it was but as yesterday that he had wealth, could entitle him to put him- seen me a “hafflins callan," running self above the sphere of the humblest wild about the braes. There was an cottager. Enjoying, as my father odd mixture of mirth and melanchodid, the respect and attachment of ly, a repressed smile, and an assumed all his flock, he was at the same time gravity, which, if I had been in other admitted more as an equal than as a mood, or in other circumstances, superior ; and the minister's son was would have afforded me some pleasure not treated with more respect. From to analyse. But notwithstanding the indulgent course of studies which every effort, I could not free myself my father had prescribed, I was sent from something like a feeling of anto college, and to severer masters, inxiety or apprehension. I succeeded, the town of , where I remained however, in bringing myself into a for ten years, without having visited state of calmness and self-command ; my native village. I went through and after conning over my sermon my trials and public examinations for the sixtieth time, I took the road with what my friends were pleased to the church. My spirits were cool, to term considerable éclat, and I had and though I felt a slight tremor in been licensed to preach at the neigh- my frame, I was firm and collected. bouring Presbytery, before I made I was accompanied by my good old my appearance at the manse. I came father. The neighbouring roads were home the night before, and was to crowded with people cleanly and debegin my public ministry by preach. cently dressed, proceeding on their ing my first sermon in my father's way to church, to hear their former pulpit.
companion deliver his maiden serWhat a change was here effected mon, and there was something exin a few years! From the wild, re- tremely interesting in the sight of gardless youngster, I had become people gathering from all parts of the the staid, sober, religious instructor. country, to the house of God. It is Instead of associating familiarly, and here that the powerful influence of reentering heartily into their little ligion is felt much more universally, schemes of adventure and of mirth, and is displayed much more unequi. I was to address them and rule them vocally, than in the artificial societies in the character of teacher and mas- of towns or cities. The glens, and ter. After a sleepless night, I was hills, and dales, speak in the native indulging in these reflections, which language of religion, and their inha. partook as much of a melancholy as bitants yield to the divine influence a pleasurable colouring, when I was which is impressed upon every thing, reminded by my father that the reli- around them, and lead their views gious duties of the morning were from “ Nature's works to Nature's about to be performed. These were God." Their contemplation is not gone through with that piety and obscured, or their attention distractpeace which are exclusively the cha. ed, by the forms of art or the disracteristics of God's people. When tortions of fashion ; and they join seated at the breakfast-table, I could in the simple worship of their foreperceive the varied aspect and de fathers with a simplicity and singlemeanour of the domestic circle ; my ness of heart which is not to be found mother was pale and agitated, and I amidst the refined and artificial vosaw her tremble as she handed me taries of fashion and folly. On my the cup. My lovely sister was flush- entering the church, I saw many ed with hope, and anxiety, and pride, faces of old acquaintances, whose and joy,--and my father, as if strive eyes were directed towards me with ing with similar feelings, or as if friendly and anxious interest; and wishing to impress me with the dig, when I entered the pulpit along with
their own revered and ancient Pas- oratory; and it runs counter to the tor, I could easily perceive emotions laws of Nature, to expect that he will of pride and exultation mantling their repress these powers, or sacrifice this homely but kind countenances. My opportunity of shewing them, for the father's prayer was extremely affect- bare performance of his cold and abing. He besought a blessing on our stract duty. The mistake is, that he present meeting, and he prayed ear. looks upon his duties as too much of nestly and pathetically for strength a profession. I feel ashamed now, and understanding to the speaker of the exuberant ornaments of this who was to address them in the my first Discourse, but then I felt holy character of His Messenger. satisfied and proud of them. At I was nearly overcome, and I rose some of these artificial pauses, I to commence my labours with some thought I perceived a slight move degree of trepidation. The church ment of applause amongst my homewas hushed, the most profound sic ly friends, and I was gratified with lence prevailed, and all eyes were the supposed force of my preaching. intensely and earnestly fixed upon I was excited to still greater exer. the pulpit. I was calmed by this uni- tions, and was delivering, with enversal acquiescence-I experienced creased energy, one of my most la. the indescribable influence of an at- boured passages, when I was sudtentive audience, and I felt all my denly laid hold of by my arm, which energies roused. My text was that was extended, to add force to my most beautiful verse in Ecclesiastes, exhortations. My father, assuming and which I never repeat but with my place in the pulpit, addressed the a thrill of delight, “Remember thy audience, “ My friends, our young Creator in the days of thy youth, friend John seems to ha'e forgot while the evil days come not, nor where he is, and who he is speaking the years draw nigh, when thou shalt to. We are not in a theatre, nor are say, I have no pleasure in them.” I we come here to listen to theatrical cannot speak of the merits of the ser airs. He is young, and will learn mon. In these my riper days, it ay, and he maun learn before he appears, upon cooler consideration, to again preaches here. We are ower have been too flowery and poetical auld to be led away by sound, in too much regard being paid to the place of sense, and we are engaged language and the periods, and too in too important a work to be dilittle to the substance and the sense. verted from the execution of it by Like the greater part of young preach. mere poetry and noise." I learnt a ers' sermons, it sacrificed too much lesson from this severe rebuke, of to the graces of oratory, and could which I was the better all the rest of suffer, with much probable advan my days, and I never again offended tage, to be pruned and weeded. I the ears or hearts of my unsophistihave the sermon yet beside me, and, cated congregation, by theatrical airs, on perusing it yesterday, for the first or theatrical composition. It was not time these twenty years, I felt my long ere I recovered my character cheek burn, and my pulse beat quick, with my father, and the most sober at the thought of having once coolly minded of his congregation, and I and warmly applauded the prurient was soon set down as being one of and extravagant effusion. Let no the soundest and plainest preachers one talk to a young man of the im- in that neighbourhood. portance and seriousness of his pas. With the encreased experience of toral duties, or of the necessity of a long life, and varied observation, being plain and practical in his week. I have become more and more conly addresses to his fellow-men. There vinced, that themore nearly a preachnever was a young preacher who did er approaches to simplicity in his sernot look upon the pulpit merely as a mons, the more nearly does he applace adapted for the display of his proximate to that standard of extalents. He views it as the public cellence held out to us in the Holy arena, where he enjoys the only op- Scriptures. It is very evident, that portunity afforded to his profession religion, in all its views, and in all of putting forth his strength and its bearings, embraces elements of mind, and exhibiting his powers of thought, capable of engaging the