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riest of all possible moods. He said Spoonbill, "toor's coom, but looked upon the dungeon, upon the thou's neet to.'' _“I bring you joy. coffin ; he listened in the deep and ful news,” said the other, “ you are dead silence of the place-nothing saved from death! Observe his was heard but the breathing of his gracious Majesty's will and pleafriend, now sunk in sweet forgetful- sure !-Read!" ness,-and the slow ticking of the Who shall describe the joy of great prison clock, each heavy beat these two friends ? None can deof which seemed to be striking off a scribe it, or need, for all can conportion of the small barrier that yet ceive it well. Cruthers blessed the separated the firm land of time from King a thousand times; capered the great devouring ocean of eter- and stamped, and exclaimed, and nity. He shuddered at the thought raved for about an hour ; thea of this ; he tried to meditate upon paused a little to inquire about the the hopes of another life : dim sha- circumstances, and see what yet dows Hoated before his mind ; but remained to be done. The circumthe past and the present intermin- stances were quite simple. The gled with the future-each fleeting court of London had ceased to fear, image chased away by one as fleet- and grown tired of shedding useless ing-the wrecks and fragments of blood : Jonson, with several others, all thoughts and feelings hovering was snatched from the executioner, in his fancy-and overcasting them their sentence being changed from all, a sad and sable hue proceeding death into a forfeiture of all their from the secret consciousness of property, and a loss of countrywhat he strove to banish from his which they were ordered to quit contemplations. He sank at length without delay. into a kind of stupor-that state Behold the prisoner then again .where pain or pleasure continues, set free-again about to mingle but their agitations cease-where in the rushing tide of life, from feeling is no longer shapen into which a little while ago he seemed thought, but the mind rolls slowly cut off forever. His first seusation to and fro, like some lake which the was gladness-vivid and unmingled tempest has just given over break- as a human mind can feel : his ing into billows, but still, though next was gladness still, but dashed abated, keeps in motion. He had by cares which brought it nearer to not slept, but he had been for some the common temper,
However, time nearly unconscious of external he was now unshackled ; he saw things, when his reverie was broken regrets and useless pains behind in upon by a loud noise at the door him, difficulty and toil before ; but of the cell. Starting to his feet in he had got back the consciousness a paroxysm of horrible anticipation, of vigorous and active existence, as the bolts gave way, his eye light- he felt the pulse of life beat full and ed on the gaoler and another per- free within him, and that was hapson, with boots and spurs, and a piness of itself. toil-worn aspect. Surely they were At any rate his present business come to lead his friend to Harribee ! was not to muse and speculate, but Without waiting to investigate their to determine and to do. In about purposes, he seized both, scarce a week after his deliverance, you knowing what he did, and would might have seen him busied about have knocked their heads together, many tangible concerns, bustling and then against the floor, had not to and fro for many purposes; and the wail they made and the noise at length hurrying along the pier of of their entrance roused Jonson from Whitehaven to step on board of a his pallet ; who forthwith interpos- stout ship bound for the island of ing, inquired what the matter was, Jamaica. Cruthers left him-not and if the hour was come ? “Yes, without tears, or till he bad forced
upon him all the money in his it seemed, upon a fleecy continent purse ; then mounted the stairs of of clouds, spread all around; he the lighthouse, waved bis hat as the watched it as it grew higher and vessel cleared the head of the bluer, till the successive ridges of battlements, and turned his face its mountains became revealed to sorrowfully towards home. Jonson him-rising each above the other, felt a bitter pang as he parted from with a purer, more aërial tint, all his last earthly friend, and saw cut with huge rents and crags and himself borne speedily away into a airy torrent-beds, all sprinkled with far clime, with so very few re- deep and shadowy foliage, all burnsources to encounter its difficulties, ing in the light of a tropical sun ; and gain a footing in it. He was houses and lawns and plantations not of a sentimental humor : but near the shore ; and, higher, forests he did sigh when he saw, mellowed and rocks, and peaks and beetling and azured in the distance, the cliffs, winding-winding up into the bright fields of his native land ; the unfathomable depths of air. All very braes, as he thought, which this he saw, and not without some bis fathers had held, and from which feeling of its grandeur ; but humhe was now driven like an outcast, bler cares engaged him, cares which never to behold them more. But he could not satisfy, and could not reflections and regrets were
una- silence. It grieved him when they vailing : he had left the old world, came to land, to see the bustle and no matter how-the only question gladness of every other but himself; was what plan he should adopt to every other seemed to have an get a living in the new. A ques- object and a hope ; he had none. tion hard to answer ! All was ob- There was not even the cold welscure and overcast : he knew not come of an inn to greet him ; Jawhat to think. He used to walk maica had no inps in those days : the deck alone, when they were the mate had gone to find him out in the main sea, at nights, in lodgings, but he was not yet rethe clear moonshine ; now looking turned ; he had not where to lay over the vast blue dome of the sky, his head. the wide and wasteful solitude of Already had he been kicking the the everlasting ocean ; now listen- pebbles of the beach, up and down ing to the moaning of the wind, the for half an hour, when a pleasantcrackling of the cordage, or the looking, elderly person of a prospeship's quick ripple as she ploughed rous appearance, came up and the trackless deep ; now catching ventured to accost him. This was the rough chorus of the seamen in the Councillor Herberts, a merchant galley on the watch, or their speech and planter of the place, come out subdued into a kind of rude solemni- to take his evening stroll. Jonson ty by the grandeur and perils of the looked upon the man--there was scene ; now thinking of his own something in his aspect which atdreary fate, and striving to devise tracted-an appearance of easy some remedy for it. All in vain ! circumstances and green old
ageHe reached the shore of Kingston of calm judgment, and a certain without any plan or purpose--save grave good-nature ; they entered only to live in honesty, by some into conversation. The wanderer means, of what sort he knew not. admitted that he was not happy
Such a state of mind was little that, in fact, it was ebb tide with favorable for enjoying the beau- him, at present ; but he had a notion tiful phases which the island suoces- things would mend. The planter sively assumed as they approached invited him to come and eat bread it. Jonson noticed it, indeed, when in his house, which stood hard by ; it rose like a bright shining wedge, and where, he said, his daughter at the rim of the ooean, sailing, as would be happy to receive them.
Talking as they went, they got good-natured and courteous, as well deeper into each other's confidence. as firm and fearless. We have The fair Margaret welcomed her seen that he was of a temper disinfather's guest with a bewitching clined to sadness and whining : smile, and the father himself grew thought might have hold of him, more satisfied with him the longer and keenly, but he never yielded to they conversed. He inquired, at it, he made a point to cast his sorlength, if his new friend wrote well ? rows from him altogether; or, if Jonson asked for paper, aud, with- that might not be, to hide them beout delay, in a fine flowing hand, neath a veil of mockery and mirth ; set down this venerable stanza of therefore he seldom and sparingly Hebrew poetry.
drew upon the sympathies of others, “ Blessed is he that wisely doch
but rather by his sprightly converThe poor man's case consider ; sation, and his bold determined mefor, when the time of trouble is, thod of proceeding, gained over The Lord will him deliver."
them a sure dominion, which his The worthy planter perused it with goodness of heart ever kept him a smile_seemed to think a little - from abusing. His adventures, too, then told Jonson that he was in and irregular mode of life, had given want of such a person, and proposed a dash or wildness to his speech to employ him as a clerk. The and conduct, which enhanced the day was when Jonson would have interest people took in him. He spurned at such an offer, but mis- had still at hand some stroke of fortune had tamed him now. He gaiety, some wily quip, wherewith grasped at this, almost as gladly as to meet every emergency, which at any ever made him-as even at at once indicated an unknown depth that of life within the prison of Car- of energy and self-possession, and lisle. He sat down to his legers resources, and gave to it a pecunext day.
liarly frank and unpretending aspect. In this new capacity I rejoice to In short, he grew a universal favorsay that Jonson acquitted himself ite, at once respected and loved. manfully. He was naturally of an The good planter promoted him active indefatigable turn; he had a through every grade, to the highest sound methodical judgment, and a in his establishment, and at length straightforward, thorough going admitted him to be a partner in the mode of action, which here found trade, their proper field. Besides, he daily Thus Jonson went along—increasloved the planter and his household ing in esteem, in kindness, and good more, the more he knew of them; will, with all that knew him. With and gratitude, as well as interest, his patron, the Councillor Herberts, called upon him for exertion. In who had alike obliged him and been the counting-rooms and warehouses, obliged in return, he stood in the accordingly, he soon became an in- double relation of the giver and redispensable. It would have done ceiver of gratitude, and therefore any one's heart good, to see how could not wish to stand much bethe would lay about him there-con- ter : but with the Councillor's young cluding bargains, detecting frauds, and only daughter, the beautiful and devising ways and means, dashing lively Margaret? How did she like every obstacle to the right and lett, him? Bright airy sylph! Kind, advancing to his object with a generous soul! I could have loved steady progress and infallible cer- her myself if I had seen her. Think tainty. These were the solid quali- of a slender delicate creatureties of his mind and habitudes; the formed in the very mould of beauty more superficial but scarcely less elegant and airy in her more important were of an equally valua, ments as a fawn ; black hair and ble sort. I have already called him eyes—jet black ; her face mear
while as pure and fair as lilies--and estate of his ancestors moreover then for its expression-how shall I was, at that very time, exposed to describe it ? Nothing so changeful, sale. What inducements ! His fair nothing so lovely in all its changes : Creole had lost with her last parent one moment it was sprightly gaiety, the only hold that bound her firmly quick arch humor, sharp wrath, the to Jamaica : they sold their propermost contemptuous indifference- ty, and embarked for Europe. then all at once there would spread Knockhill was purchased for them, over it a celestial gleam of warm and they reached it in safety. What affection, deep enthusiasm ;-every a hubbub was there at the brave feature beamed with tenderness and Laird's home-come! What bonlove, her eyes and looks would have fires burnt ! What floods of ale melted a heart of stone ; but ere and stingo! What mirth and glee you had time to fall down and wor- and universal jubilee! He had left ship them-poh ! she was off into it poor and broken and sick at heart, some other hemisphere-laughing and going down to death; he reat you-teasing you-again seem- turned rich, powerful, happy, and ing to flit round the whole universe of at his side“ the fairest of the fair." human feeling, and to sport with The rude peasants blessed his loveevery part of it. Oh! never was ly bride, she herself was moved there such another beautiful, cruel, with their affection. Jonson felt himaffectionate, wicked, adorable, ca- self at last within the port : he colpricious little gipsy sent into this lected all the scattered elements of world for the delight and the vexa- enjoyinent, which fortune had spared tion of mortal man.
around him, and found that they My own admiration is, how in the sufficed. He was tired of wandername of wonder Jonson ever got ing, glad of rest ; he built a stately her wooed !--I should have thought mansion which still adorns the it the most hopeless task in nature. place; he planted and improved ; Perhaps he had a singular skill in he talked and speculated, loved and such undertakings : at any rate he was beloved again. The squires Throve. The cynosure of neighbor- around him coveted his company ing eyes, the apple of discord to all more than be did theirs. The trusty bachelors within many leagues— Cruthers, who had stood by him in richer many of them and more the hour of peril and distress, was showy men ihan Jonson—preferred the first to bail him in the season of Jonson to them all. Perhaps, like prosperity. Many a long night did Desdemona, she loved him for the they two drive away, in talking of dangers he had passed : at all events, old times, of moving accidents, of she loved him-loved him with her wild adventures, feuds and hairwhole soul, the little cozener~ breadth 'scapes. In the servor of though it was many a weary day their recollections, Jonson would before he could determine whether fall upon his knees before the lady she cared one straw for him or not. he loved best, and swear that she Her father saw and blessed their was dearer to him still than life, or mutual attachment. They were aught contained in it ; that she had wedded; and Jonson felt himself found him a homeless wandererthe happiest of men.
had made him all he was : if he Gocd fortune now flowed on Jon- ever ceased to serve her and cherish son.
His father-in-law was scarce her in his heart of hearts, be gathered in extreme old age to his should be the veriest dog upon the final rest, when news arrived from surface of the earth. She would Britain, that another king had smile at this, and ask him not to mounted the throne, that Jacobitism ruffle the carpet, not to soil his had now ceased to be a persecuted knees. Cruthers owned that it creed, that it would be safe for Jon- made his eyes water. son, if he chose it, to return. The Here, however, I must end. Do
you ask what followed farther? sleep there in their ever silent bed Where these people now are ? of rest ; the pageant of their histoAlas! they are all dead : this scene ry is vanished like the baseless faof blessedness and peace, and truth bric of a dream. The scene which of heart, is passed away; it was they once peopled and adored, is beautiful, but, like a palace of now peopled by others. Has it clouds in the summer sky, the north gained by the change? I sigh wben wind has scattered it asunder and I look at the representative of Crudriven it into emptiness and air. thers, his grandson, a sot whom he The noble Margaret died first; Jon- despised. Jonson never had a son shortly followed her, broken grandchild—his father's fields have down with years and sorrow for his passed into the hands of land-jobloss. Cruthers shed a tear over bers and paltry people who knew his coffin as he lowered it into a na- not Joseph. I look on the woods he tive grave. Cruthers, too, is dead ; planted, and the houses which he he sank like a shock of corn fully built, and muse upon the vast and ripe ; a specimen of the “olden dreary vortex of this world's mutaworth,” of fearless candor and bility. It is weak to do so :sturdy, bold integrity, to his latest day. Moss-grown stones lie above “ Muojono le citta, muojono i regni, these friends, and scarcely tell the E l'uom d'esser mortal par che si sdegni;
Copre i fasti e la pompe arena ed arba ; passer by who lie below. They O nostra mente cupida e superba!
THE SIAMESE TWINS. [From the new Poem with this title by the Author of " Pelham.”] The third day after they had enter'd Thirdly, to ruin each beginner
London, of Nash and Cash the boast, In life, content with thai—to win her! Hodges this paragraph adventured But when he's bought the jade's caresses, (As herald) in the “ Morning Post.” He finds the charm was-in the dresses!
While Jove, on high, beholds, methinks, “ We hear the famous Mr. Hodges,
The new-blest suitor's melancholy,
And chuckles at the green-horn's folly.
Has brought, we understand, from Siam, That Chang had lately conn'd our sages. Which all the world will flock to see, But most of all the books commanding
And much the sight will edify 'em. His thoughis, was Locke on UndentandTwo boys that have together grown,
ing; Across the breast join'd by a bone ; That great name spoke hard by-he heard, Of the faculty, invited gratis,
He turn'd-enraptured at the word, Each gentleman we beg to state is; And L-k (the handsome captain) took Already Messrs. Cooper, Brodie, Gee, For the young author of the book ; Lawrence, and Vance, have seen the pro- Accordingly he strait address d him, digy
With compliments in thousands press'd Declared it can be no deceit,
bimAnd sworn the sight was quite a treat. Swore that no man he so admired, This—notice towards them to divert is And humbly where he lived inquired. meant,
Quoth he, " The human mind is found, See for particulars advertisement.
Having in all climes the same faults." N. B. In such a way they're join'd, He ceased—the captain looking round, As not to shock the most refined.”
Saw him whirld off into a waltz.
For Ching, who liked those giddy dances, Meanwhile with every day increases Was now engaged to Lady Frances
The fashion of the brother pair; Sweet lady, daughter to Lord Connor,
Meanwhile the smiling lady mother