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tain. But that pride which many, who presume to his attention from wounds or diseases. But the negaboast of generous sentiments, allow to regulate their tive infelicity which proceeds, not from the pressure of | measures, has nothing nobler in view than the apo sufferings, but the absence of enjoyments, will always
probation of men; of beings whose superiority we yield to the remedies of reason. | are under no obligation to acknowledge, and who, One of the great arts of escaping superfluous unwhen we have courted them with the utmost easiness, is to free our minds from the habit of comassiduity, can confer no valuable or permanent re- paring our condition with that of others on whom the ward; of beings who ignorantly judge of what they blessings of life are more bountifully bestowed, or with do not understand, or partially determine what they imaginary states of delight and security, perhaps unhave never examined ; and whose sentence is there- attainable by mortals. Few are placed in a situation fore of no weight, till it has received the ratification so gloomy and distressful as not to see every day of our own conscience.
beings yet more forlorn and miserable, from whom He that can descend to bribe suffrages like these they may learn to rejoice in their own lot. at the price of his innocence; he that can suffer the No inconvenience is less superable by art or diligence delight of such acclamations to withhold his atten- | than the inclemency of climates, and therefore none tion from the commands of the universal sovereign, affords more proper exercise for this philosophical abhas little reason to congratulate himself upon the straction. A native of England, pinched with the frosts greatness of his mind; whenever he awakes to of December, may lessen his affection for his own seriousness and reflection, he must become despicable country by suffering his imagination to wander in the in his own eyes, and shrink with shame from the vales of Asia, and sport among woods that are always remembrance of his cowardice and folly.
green, and streams that always murmur; but if he Of him that hopes to be forgiven, it is indispen- | turns his thoughts towards the polar regions, and consably required that he forgive. It is therefore super-sid
er- siders the nations to whom a great portion of the year fluons to proe any other motive. On this great is darkness, and who are condemned to pass weeks duty eternity is suspended; and to him that refuses
and months amidst mountains of snow, he will soon to practise it, the throne of mercy is inaccessible,
recover his tranquillity ; and while he stirs his fire, and the Saviour of the world has been born in vain.'or throws his cloak about him, reflect how much he
A still finer specimen of Johnson's style is af- owes to providence that he is not placed in Greenland forded in an essay on retirement from the world :
world. or Siberia. "On him,' says the moralist, “that appears to
The barrenness of the earth, and the severity of the pass through things temporal with no other care skies in these dreary countries, are such as might be than not to lose finally the things eternal, I look
expected to confine the mind wholly to the contempla
! with such veneration as inclines me to approve his
| tion of necessity and distress, so that the care of escap
| ing death from cold and hunger should leave no room conduct in the whole, without a minute examination of its parts; yet I could never forbear to wish,
for those passions which, in lands of plenty, influence that while Vice is every day multiplying seduce
conduct, or diversify characters; the summer should
be spent only in providing for the winter, and the winments, and stalking forth with more hardened effrontery, Virtue would not withdraw the influence of
ter in longing for the summer.
Yet learned curiosity is known to have found its her presence, or forbear to assert her natural dignity
way into those abodes of poverty and gloom : Lapland by open and undaunted perseverance in the right.
and Iceland have their historians, their critics, and Piety practised in solitude, like the flower that
their poets; and Love, that extends his dominion blooms in the desert, may give its fragrance to the
wherever humanity can be found, perhaps exerts the winds of heaven, and delight those unbodied spirits
same power in the Greenlander's hut as in the palaces that survey the works of God and the actions of
of eastern monarchs. men; but it bestows no assistance upon earthly be
In one of the large caves to which the families of į ings, and, however free from taints of impurity, yet
Greenland retire together, to pass the cold months, wants the sacred splendour of beneficence.
and which may be termed their villages or cities, a These sentences show the stately artificial style
youth and maid, who came from different parts of the of Johnson, which, when supported by profound
country, were so much distinguished for their beauty, thought, or pointed morality, as in the foregoing ex
that they were called by the rest of the inhabitants, tracts, appears to great advantage, but is unsuited Anningait and Ajut, from a supposed resemblance to to ordinary topics of life and conversation. Hence, their ancestors of the same names, who had been transhe shines more in his colloquial displays, as recorded formed of old into the sun and moon.
by Boswell, where much of this extraneous pomp Anningait for some time heard the praises of Ajut I was left off, while all the point and vigour of his with little emotion, but at last, by frequent interviews,
understanding, and the powers of wit and imagi- became sensible of her charms, and first made a disconation, were retained. He is, in fact, a greater man very of his affection by inviting her with her parents in the pages of his biographer than in his own to a feast, where he placed before Ajut the tail of a works: the intellectual gladiator of the club evinced whale. Ajut seemed not much delighted by this gala more powerful, ready, and various mind, than helantry; yet, however, from that time was observed could embody in his deliberate writings in the closet. I rarely to appear but in a vest made of the skin of a Goldsmith was directly the reverse: he could argue white deer; she used frequently to renew the black best, as he said, with the pen in his hand.
dye upon her hands and forehead, to adorn her sleeves
with coral and shells, and to braid her hair with great [Tale of Anningait and Ajut.]
exactness. (From ‘The Rambler.']
The elegance of her dress, and the judicious dispo
sition of her ornaments, had such an effect upon AnOf the happiness and misery of our present state, ningait that he could no longer be restrained from a part arises from our sensations, and part from our declaration of his love. He therefore composed & opinions; part is distributed by nature, and part is in poem in her praise, in which, among other heroic and . great measure apportioned by ourselves. Positive tender sentiments, he protested that 'She was beauti. pleasure we cannot always obtain, and positive painful as the vernal willow, and fragrant as thyme upon
e often cannot remove. No man can give to his own the mountains ; that her fingers were white as the plantations the fragrance of the Indian groves ; nor teeth of the morse, and her smile grateful as the disWill any precepts of philosophy enable him to withdraw / solution of the ice; that he would pursue her, though
she should pass the snows of the midland cliffs, or lover, or so much overpowered by his magnificence, seek shelter in the caves of the eastern cannibals ; | that she followed him to the sea-side; and when she that he would tear her from the embraces of the genius saw him enter the boat, wished aloud that he might of the rocks, snatch her from the paws of Amaroc, and return with plenty of skins and oil; that neither the rescue her from the ravine of Hafgufa. He concluded | mermaids might 'snatch him into the deeps, nor the with a wish, that, whoever shall attempt to hinder spirits of the rocks confine him in their caverns. his union with Ajut, might be buried without his bow, ! She stood a while to gaze upon the departing vessel, and that in the land of souls his skull might serve for and then returning to her hut, silent and dejected, no other use than to catch the droppings of the starry laid aside from that hour her white deer skin, suf. lamps.'
fered her hair to spread unbraided on her shoulders, This ode being universally applauded, it was ex- and forbore to mix in the dances of the maidens. She pected that Ajut would soon yield to such fervour endeavoured to divert her thought by continual apand accomplishments; wit Ajut, with the natural plication to feminine employments, gathered moss for haughtiness of beauty, expected all the forms of court- the winter lamps, and dried grass to line the boots of 1 ship ; and before she would confess herself conquered, Anningait. Of the skins which he had bestowed upon ,' the sun returned, the ice broke, and the season of her, she made a fishing-coat, a small boat, and tent, labour called all to their empipyments.
all of exquisite manufacture ; and while she was thus Anningait and Ajut for a tino always went out in busied, solaced her labours with a song, in which she i the same boat, and divided whatever was caught. prayed that her lover might have hands stronger i Anningait, in the sight of his mistress, lost no oppor- than the paws of the bear, and feet swifter than the !! tunity of signalising his courage ; he attacked the feet of the rein-deer; that his dart might never ert, ,! sea-horses on the ice ; pursued the seals into the and that his boat might never leak; that he might! water; and leaped upon the back of the whale while never stumble on the ice, nor faint in the water; that he was yet struggling with the remains of life. Nor the seal might rush on his harpoon, and the wounded was his diligence less to accumulate all that could be whale might dash the waves, in vain.' necessary to make winter comfortable ; he dried the The large boats in which the Greenlanders transport roe of fishes, and the flesh of seals; he entrapped deer their families are always rowed by women; for a man and foxes, and dressed their skins to adorn his bride ;will not debase himself by work which requires neither he feasted her with eggs from the rocks, and strewed skill nor courage. Anningait was therefore exposed her tent with flowers.
I by idleness to the ravages of passion. He went thrice It happened that a tempest drove the fish to a dis- to the stern of the boat with an intent to leap into tant part of the coast before Anningait had completed the water and swim back to his mistress; but rehis store ; he therefore intreated Ajut that she would collecting the misery which they must endure in the at last grant him her hand, and accompany him to winter, without oil for the lamp, or skins for the bed, that part of the country whither he was now sum- he resolved to employ the weeks of absence in provi: moned by necessity. Ajut thought him not yet en-sion for a night of plenty and felicity. He then comtitled to such condescension, but proposed, as a trial posed his emotions as he could, and expressed in wild of his constancy, that he should return at the end of numbers and uncouth images his hopes, his sorrow, suramer to the cavern where their acquaintance com- and his fears. 'O life,' says he, 'frail and uncertain! menced, and there expect the reward of his assiduities. where shall wretched man find thy resemblance but
O virgin, beautiful as the sun shining on the water, / in ice floating on the ocean! It towers on high, it ! consider,' said Anningait, 'what thou hast required. sparkles from afar, while the storms drive and the i How easily may my return be precluded by a sudden waters beat it, the sun melts it above and the rocks | frost or unexpected fogs ; then must the night be shatter it below. What art thou, deceitful pleasure ! ! passed without my Ajut. We live not, my fair, in those but a sudden blaze streaming froin the north, which 1 fabled countries which lying strangers so wantonly | plays a moment on the eye, mocks the traveller with describe ; where the whole year is divided into short the hopes of light, and then vanishes for ever? What. days and nights; where the same habitation serves for love, art thou but a whirlpool, which we approach summer and winter; where they raise houses in rows | without knowledge of our danger, drawn on by imper above the ground, dwell together from year to year, ceptible degrees till we have lost all power of resist. with flocks of tame animals grazing in the fields about | ance and escape ? Till I fixed my eyes on the graces them; can travel at any time from one place to an- of Ajut, while I had yet not called her to the banother, through ways inclosed with trees, or over walls quet, I was careless as the sleeping morse, I was merry raised upon the inland waters; and direct their course as the singers in the stars. Why, Ajut, did I gaze through wide countries, by the sight of green hills or upon thy graces? Why, my fair, did I call thee to scattered buildings. Even in summer we have no the banquet? Yet, be faithful, my love, remember means of crossing the mountains, whose snows are | Anningait, and meet my return with the smile of never dissolved ; nor can remove to any distant resi- virginity. I will chase the deer, I will subdue the dence, but in our boats coasting the bays. Consider, whale, resistless as the frost of darkness, and unAjut: a few summer days and a few winter-nights / wearied as the summer sun. In a few we and the life of man is at an end. Night is the time return prosperous and wealthy: then shall the roe-fish of ease and festivity, of revels and gaiety; but what and the porpoise feast thy kindred; the fox and hare will be the flaming lamp, the delicious seal, or the shall cover thy couch ; the tough hide of the seal shall soft oil, without the smile of Ajut!'
shelter thee from cold; and the fat of the whale illuThe eloquence of Anningait was vain; the maid minate thy dwelling.' continued inexorable, and they parted with ardent Anningait having with these sentiments consoled promises to meet again before the night of winter. his grief and animated his industry, found that they
Anningait, howerer discomposed by the dilatory had now coasted the headland, and saw the whales coyness of Ajut, was yet resolved to omit no tokens spouting at a distance. He therefore placed himself of amorous respect ; and therefore presented her at in his fishing-boat, called his associates to their serehis departure with the skins of seven white fawns, of ral employments, plied his oar and harpoon with infive swans, and eleven seals, with three marble lamps, credible courage and dexterity; and, by dividing his ten vessels of seal oil, and a large kettle of brass, time between the chase and fishery, suspended the which he had purchased from a ship at the price of miseries of absence and suspicion." half a whale and two horns of sea-unicorns.
Ajut, in the meantime, notwithstanding her ne Ajut was so much affected by the fondness of her glected dress, happened, as she was drying some skins
in the sun, to catch the eye of Norngsuk, on his return thimble and a needle into the bay from which the from hunting, Norngsuk' was of birth truly illustrious. hapless maid departed ; and when a Greenlander His mother had died in childbirth, and his father, would praise any couple for virtuous affection, he the most expert fisher of Greenland, had perished by declares that they love like Anningait and Ajut. too close pursuit of the whale. His dignity was equalled by his riches; he was master of four men's The Adventurer, by Dr Hawkesworth, succeeded and two women's boats, had ninety tubs of oil in his The Rambler,' and was published twice a-week from winter habitation, and five-and-twenty seals buried 1752 to 1754. JOHN HAWKESWORTH (1715-1773) in the snow against the season of darkness. When rose from being a watchmaker to considerable litehe saw the beauty of Ajut, he immediately threw over rary eminence by his talents and learning. He her the skin of a deer that he had taken, and soon was employed to write the narrative of Captain after presented her with a branch of coral. Ajut re- Cook's discoveries in the Pacific ocean, by which he fused his gifts, and determined to admit no lover in realised a large sum of money, and he made an exthe place of Anningait.
cellent translation of Telemachus. With the aid of Norngsuk, thus rejected, had recourse to stratagem. Dr Johnson, Warton, and others, he carried on .The He knew that Ajut would consult an Angekkok, or | Adventurer' with considerable success. It was more diviner, concerning the fate of her lover, and the feli- various than “The Rambler'- more in the style of city of her future life. He therefore applied himself light reading Hawkesworth, however, was an imito the most celebrated Angekkok of that part of the tator of Johnson, and the conclusion of 'The Adcountry, and by a present of two seals and a marble venturer' has the Johnsonian swell and cast of imakettle, obtained a promise that when Ajut should | gination : consult him, he would declare that her lover was in I The hour is hastening in which whatever praise the land of souls. Ajut, in a short time, brought him or censure I have acquired by these compositions, if a coat made by herself, and inquired what events they are remembered at all, will be remembered with Fere to befall her, with assurances of a much larger equal indifference, and the tenor of them only will reward at the return of Anningait if the prediction afford me comfort. Time, who is impatient to date should flatter her desires. The Angekkok knew the my last paper, will shortly moulder the hand that is way to riches, and foretold that Anningait, having now writing it in the dust, and still this breast that already caught two whales, would soon return home
Lught two whales, would soon return home now throbs at the reflection : but let not this be read with a large boat laden with provisions.
as something that relates only to another; for a few This prognostication she was ordered to keep secret ;
osne was ordered to keep secret ; | years only can divide the eye that is now reading and Norngsuk, depending upon his artifice, renewed
from the hand that has written. This awful truth, his addresses with greater confidence; but finding his
however obvious, and however reiterated, is yet fremit still unsuccessful, applied himself to her parents
quently forgotten; for surely, if we did not lose our with gifts and promises. The wealth of Greenland
remembrance, or at least our sensibility, that view is too powerful for the virtue of a Greenlander; they would always predominate in our lives which alone forgot the merit and the presents of Anningait, and
can afford us comfort when we die.' decreed Ajut to the embraces of Norngsuk. She en treated ; she remonstrated; she wept and raved ; but finding riches irresistible, fled away into the uplands, and lived in a cave upon such berries as she could gather, and the birds or hares which she had the fortune to insnare, taking care, at an hour when she was not likely to be found, to view the sea every day, that her lover might not miss her at his retan.
At last she saw the great boat in which Anningait had departed, stealing slow and heavy laden along the coast. She ran with all the impatience of affection to catch her lover in her arms, and relate her constancy and sufferings. When the company reached the land, they informed her that Anningait, after the fishery was ended, being unable to support the slow passage of the vessel of carriage, had set out before them in his fishing-boat, and they expected at their arrival to have found him on shore.
Ajut, distracted at this intelligence, was about to fly into the hills, without knowing why, though she was now in the hands of her parents, who forced her back to their own hut, and endeavoured to comfort her; but when at last they retired to rest, Ajut went down to the beach, where, finding a fishing-boat, she entered it without hesitation, and telling those who wondered at her rashness that she was going in search of Anningait, rowed away with great swiftness, and was seen no more.
The fate of these lovers gave occasion to various fictions and conjectures. Some are of opinion that
Hawkesworth's Monument, Bromley. they were changed into stars; others imagine that Anningait was seized in his passage by the genius of The World was the next periodical of this class. the rocks, and that Ajut was transformed into a mer. It was edited by Dr Moore, author of the tragedy maid, and still continues to seek her lover in the de- of The Gamester,' and other works, and was disserts of the sea. But the general persuasion is, that tinguished by contributions from Horace Walpole, they are both in that part of the land of souls where Lord Lyttelton, Soame Jenyns, and the Earl of the sun never sets, where oil is always fresh, and pro- Chesterfield. The World has the merit of being very visions always warm. The virgins sometimes throw a | readable: its contents are more lively than any of
its predecessors, and it is a better picture of the about two years, the number of essays being 101. times. It was published weekly, from January 1753 Both of these publications were supported by the to December 1756, and reached a sale of 2500 same authors, namely, Mr Henry Mackenzie (the a-week.
Man of Feeling), Mr (afterwards Lord) Craig, Mr Another weekly miscellany of the same kind, (afterwards Lord) Cullen, Mr (afterwards Lord) The Connoisseur, was commenced by George Col-Bannatyne, Lord Hailes, Professor Richardson of man and Bonnel Thornton-two professed wits, who Glasgow, Lord Wedderburn, Mr (afterwards Lord) wrote in unison, so that, as they state, “almost every Abercromby, Mr Fraser Tytler, Baron Hume, &c. single paper is the joint product of both.' Cowper the A few papers were supplied by volunteers, but the poet contributed a few essays to · The Connoisseur,' regular contributors were this band of friendly lax. short but lively, and in that easy style which marks yers, whose literary talents were of no comicon his correspondence. One of them is on the subject order. Mr Mackenzie acted as editor of the misceli of Conversation,' and he afterwards extended it lanies, and published in them some of his most into an admirable poem. From another, on country admired minor productions, containing pathos, senchurches, we give an extract which seems like a leaf timent, and a vein of delicate irony and humour. from the note-book of Washington Irving : • It is a difficult matter to decide which is looked
[Story of La Roche.] upon as the greatest man in a country church-the parson or his clerk. The latter is most certainly
[From · The Mirror.'*] held in higher veneration, when the former happens More than forty years ago, an English philosopher, to be only a poor curate, who rides post every Sab- whose works have since been read and admired by all bath from village to village, and mounts and dis- | Europe, resided at a little town in France. Some mounts at the church door. The clerk's office is not disappointments in his native country had first driven only to tag the prayers with an amen, or usher in him abroad, and he was afterwards induced to remain the sermon with a stave; but he is also the univer- there, from having found, in this retreat, where the sal father to give away the brides, and the standing connexions eren of nation and language were aroided, godfather to all the new-born bantlings. But in a perfect seclusion and retirement highly favourable many places there is a still greater man belonging to the development of abstract subjects, in which he to the church than either the parson or the clerk excelled all the writers of his time. himself. The person I mean is the squire ; who, Perhaps in the structure of such a mind as Mr--, like the king, may be styled head of the church in the finer and more delicate sensibilities are seldom his own parish. If the benefice be in his own gift, known to have place; or, if originally implanted there, the vicar is his creature, and of consequence entirely are in a great measure extinguished by the exertions at his devotion; or if the care of the church be left of intense study and profound investigation. Hence to a curate, the Sunday fees of roast-beef and plum- | the idea of philosophy and unfeelingness being united pudding, and a liberty to shoot in the manor, will has become proverbial, and in common language the bring him as much under the squire's command as former word is often used to express the latter. Our his dogs and horses. For this reason the bell is | philosopher has been censured by some as deficient in often kept tolling and the people waiting in the warmth and feeling; but the mildness of his manners churchyard an hour longer than the usual time: | has been allowed by all; and it is certain that, it be nor must the service begin till the squire has strutted was not easily melted into compassion, it was at least up the aisle and seated himself in the great pew in
not difficult to awaken his benevolence. the chancel. The length of the sermon is also mea One morning, while he sat busied in those speculasured by the will of the squire, as formerly by the tions which afterwards astonished the world, an old hour-glass; and I know one parish where the female domestic, who served him for a housekeeper, preacher has always the complaisance to conclude brought him word that an elderly gentleman and his his discourse, however abruptly, the minute that daughter had arrived in the village the preceding the squire gives the signal by rising up after his evening on their way to some distant country, and nap.
that the father had been suddenly seized in the mgby * The Connoisseur' was in existence from January
with a dangerous disorder, which the people of the 1754 to September 1756.
inn where they lodged feared would prove mortal; In April 1758, Johnson (who thought there was
that she had been sent for as having some knowledge no matter' in “The Connoisseur,' and who had a in medicine, the village surgeon being then absent ; very poor opinion of The World') entered again and that it was truly piteous to see the good old man, into this arena of light literature, and commenced
who seemed not so much afflicted by his own distress his Idler. The example of his more mercurial pre
as by that which it caused to his daughter. Her decessors had some effect on the moralist, for «The
master laid aside the volume in his hand, and broke Idler' is more gay and spirited than · The Rambler.'
off the chain of ideas it had inspired. His night-gowa It lived through 103 numbers, twelve of which were
was exchanged for a coat, and he followed his gourer. contributed by his friends Thomas Warton, Langton,
nante to the sick man's apartment. and Sir Joshua Reynolds. “The Idler' was the last
'Twas the best in the little inn where they lay, but experiment on the public taste in England of perio
a paltry one notwithstanding. Mr was obliged dical essays published separately. In the 'Town
to stoop as he entered it. It was floored with earth, and Country Magazine,' and other monthly miscel
and above were the joists, not plastered, and hung lanies, essays were given along with other contribu
with cobwebs. On a flock-bed, at one end, lay the tions, and it was thus that Goldsmith published his
old man he came to visit; at the foot of it sat his compositions of this sort, as well as his Chinese
daughter. She was dressed in & clean white beuLeiters. Henceforward, politics engaged the public
gown; her dark locks hung loosely over it as she bent attention in a strong degree, and monopolised the
forward, watching the languid looks of her father. weekly press of London.
Mr and his housekeeper had stood some mom In Scotland, after an interval of twenty years,
ments in the room without the young lady's being 1! The Mirror, a series of periodical essays, made its the
sensible of their entering it. "Mademoiselle !' said appearance, and was continued weekly from January |
| the old woman at last in a soft tone. She turned, and 1779 to the end of May 1780. Five years after- * This fine tale is by Henry Mackenzie. The character of wards The Lounger was commenced and continued the philosopher was intended for Hume.
showed one of the finest faces in the world. It was every breach of it, not with disapprobation, but with touched, not spoiled with sorrow; and when she per-| horror.' 'You say right, my dear sir,' replied the ceived a stranger, whom the old woman now intro- | philosopher ; but you are not yet re-established duced to her, a blush at first, and then the gentle enough to talk much; you must take care of your ceremonial of native politeness which the affliction | health, and neither study nor preach for some time. of the time tempered, but did not extinguish, crossed | I have been thinking over a scheme that struck me it for a moment, and changed its expression. 'Twas to-day when you mentioned your intended departure. sweetness all, however, and our philosopher felt it I never was in Switzerland ; I have a great mind to strongly. It was not a time for words; he offered his accompany your daughter and you into that country. services in a few sincere ones. "Monsieur lies mise- | I will help to take care of you by the road; for, as I rably ill here,' said the gouvernante ; 'if he could was your first physician, I hold myself responsible for possibly be moved anywhere. If he could be moved your cure. La Roche's eyes glistened at the proto our house,' said her master. He had a spare bed posal ; his daughter was called in and told of it. She for a friend, and there was a garret room unoccupied, was egually pleased with her father; for they really next to the gouvernante's. It was contrived accord- loved their landlord-not perhaps the less for his ingly. The scruples of the stranger, who could look | infidelity; at least that circumstance mixed a sort of scruples though he could not speak them, were over- pity with their regard for him: their souls were not come, and the bashful reluctance of his daughter gave of a mould for harsher feelings; hatred never dwelt way to her belief of its use to her father. The sick in them. man was wrapt in blankets and carried across the They travelled by short stages; for the philosopher street to the English gentleman's. The old woman was as good as his word, in taking care that the old helped his daughter to nurse him there. The surgeon, man should not be fatigued. The party had time to who arrived soon after, prescribed a little, and nature be well acquainted with one another, and their frienddid much for him ; in a week he was able to thank ship was increased by acquaintance.' La Roche found bis benefactor.
a degree of simplicity and gentleness in his comBy this time his host had learned the name and panion which is not always annexed to the character character of his guest. He was a Protestant clergy- of a learned or a wise man. His daughter, who was man of Switzerland, called La Roche, a widower, who prepared to be afraid of him, was equally undeceived. had lately buried his wife after a long and lingering She found in him nothing of that self-importance illness, for which travelling had been prescribed, and which superior parts, or great cultivation of them, is was now returning home, after an ineffectual and apt to confer. He talked of everything but philomelancholy journey, with his only child, the daughter sophy or religion; he seemed to enjoy every pleasure We have mentioned.
and amusement of ordinary life, and to be interested He was a devout man, as became his profession. in the most common topics of discourse: when his He possessed devotion in all its warmth, but with knowledge or learning at any time appeared, it was none of its asperity ; I mean that asperity which men, delivered with the utmost plainness, and without the called devout, sometimes indulge in. Mr- , though least shadow of doginatism. On his part he was he felt no devotion, never quarrelled with it in others. charmed with the society of the good clergyman and His gouvernante joined the old man and his daughter his lovely daughter. He found in them the guileless in the prayers and thanksgivings which they put up manner of the earliest times, with the culture and acon his recovery; for she, too, was a heretic in the complishment of the most refined ones. Every better phrase of the village. The philosopher walked out, feeling warm and vivid ; every ungentle one repressed with his long staff and his dog, and left them to their or overcome. He was not addicted to love ; but he prayers and thanksgivings. My master,' said the felt himself happy in being the friend of Mademoiselle old woman,' alas! he is not a Christian, but he is the La Roche, and sometimes envied her father the posbest of unbelievers.' 'Not a Christian!' exclaimed session of such a child. Mademoiselle La Roche; yet he saved my father! After a journey of eleven days, they arrived at the Heaven bless him for't ; I would he were a Christian!' dwelling of La Roche. It was situated in one of those * There is a pride in human knowledge, my child,' valleys of the canton of Berne, where nature seems to said her father, 'which often blinds men to the sub- repose, as it were, in quiet, and has enclosed her relime truths of revelation; hence opposers of Chris-treat with mountains inaccessible. A stream, that tianity are found among men of virtuous lives, as well spent its fury in the hills above, ran in front of the as among those of dissipated and licentious charac- house, and a broken waterfall was seen through the ters. Nay, sometimes I have known the latter more wood that covered its sides ; below, it circled round a easily converted to the true faith than the former, tufted plain, and formed a little lake in front of a because the fume of passion is more easily dissipated village, at the end of which appeared the spire of La than the inist of false theory and delusive specula- | Roche's church, rising above a clump of beeches. Mr tion.' 'But Mr said his daughter; 'alas! my - enjoyed the beauty of the scene; but to his father, he shall be a Christian before he dies. She companions it recalled the memory of a wife and was interrupted by the arrival of their landlord. He parent they had lost. The old man's sorrow was took her hand with an air of kindness ; she drew it silent-his daughter sobbed and wept. Her father away from him in silence, threw down her eyes to the took her hand, kissed it twice, pressed it to his ground, and left the room. 'I have been thanking | bosom, threw up his eyes to heaven, and having wiped God,' said the good La Roche, 'for my recovery.' off a tear that was just about to drop from each, began "That is right,' replied his landlord. “I would not to point out to his guest some of the most striking Wish,' continued the old man hesitatingly, 'to think objects which the prospect afforded. The philosopher otherwise ; did I not look up with gratitude to that interpreted all this; and he could but slightly censure Being, I should barely be satisfied with my recovery as the creed from which it arose. a continuation of life, which, it may be, is not a real! They had not been long arrived, when a number of gond. Alas! I may live to wish I had died, that you | La Roche's parishioners, who had heard of his return, had left me to die, sir, instead of kindly relieving me came to the house to see and welcome him. The (he clasped Mr— 's hand); but when I look on this honest folks were awkward but sincere in their prorenovated being as the gift of the Almighty, I feel a fessions of regard. They made some attempts at lar different sentiment; my heart dilates with grati- condolence; it was too delicate for their handling, tude and love to him, it is prepared for doing his but La Roche took it in good part. It has pleased will, not as a duty, but as a pleasure; and regards God,' said he; and they saw he had settled the matter