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found in the other two the same inward virtues, but their exterior was coarse; their good sense often struck rne, but it was disfigured by their expressions. They were totally strangers to that refinement, that delicacy of attention, deference, and civility, which the other possessed in a supreme degree. There was, in my opinion, in the whole of their deportment a sort of shade which contrasted disagreeably with the richness of their clothes, the number of their servants, and the elegance of their carriages: in short, they were the most worthy people in the world, but unfit for the sphere in which they lived.—"Explain to me this enigma," said I one day to our common friend: "how happens it, that with a fortune nearly equal; meth inks there is such a distance between you? Is your amiableness a peculiar gift, which nature, less bountiful towards them, has withheld from them? Excuse my frankness, I see unquestionably that, as for sentiments of honour and probity, such society suits you extremely well; but if we take into the question that knowledge of the world on which the French apparently lay so much stress, it is quite another thing."—" A word will let you into the secret," answered lie; "they are modern rich persons, but do not give to this epithet a false explanation. How many new fortunes are not scandalous! these persons owe theirs to an irreproachable conduct; it is the fruit of great services rendered to the state, and also of great services rendered to private individuals. In this instance, fortune has wrought a miracle seldom to be seen; that is, in favouring them, she has acted in concert with virtue; and it might be gaid, that these people have acquired, with a

noble disinterestedness, what certain others have accumulated only by means the most shameful. They have rendered to me the most signal services; it was no more than just that tny gratitude should be unlimited, and that owing, like a thousand others, perhaps to their vigilance, the preservation of the greatest part of what I possess, I should contribute, for my share, to the increase of their comfort. We overlook, in so many people, riches obtained at the expence of the tears of the poor, that we may certainly overlook, in these worthy persons, a fortune secured by the gratitude of the obliged. Born of poor parents, they were without education; they carried on in their youth a very limited trade, but with regularity, honesty, and strict economy, they, in length of time, amassed a very considerable capital. For fourteen years past they have made a worthy use of it, and they deserve to prosper: fortunately for them, beneficence, this once, has not been thrown away; they required nothing from gratitude, and gratitude has paid her debt. Their sole mean was to have more judgment than policy. They do not express themselves well, I admit; they have a bluntness, an absurd familiarity of manner perhaps, but ought all that to prevent me from seeing them? To this amiable exterior, which you have the goodness to distinguish in me, I have the happiness, I own it, to join an honest heart. But how many people have that exterior, without having the essential qualities of those of whom you are speaking, yet their company is frequented? If one receives those who have a polish without virtues, why not receive those who have virtues without a polish?


X Sang.

"When fix'd to one, love safe at anchor rides, And dares the fury of the wind and tides."


Poor Timon rail'd, poor Timon swore,
The marriage knot he ne'er would tiej

Full many a summer had pass'd o'er,
Before the youth began to sigh,

Alas, poor Timon! in his lure,

Began to think about his cure,

And he was right you may be sure.


His Rosalinda often frown'd,
And bade her Timon hie away 5

And she was pleas'd, whene'er she found

That Timon rather chose to stay. "Your love," she cried, "I can't endure,"

But Timon thought her Words a lure,

And he was right you may be sure.


On wings of down time flew awajrj

When Hymen crown'd the simple pair}
A smiling race they now display,

The boys are strong, the girls are fair.
They laugh at grief, though they are poor,
For love each hardship they endure,
And they are right you may be sure.


But soon, alas! Misfortune round

Her clouds of grief and sorrow threw;

Pale Want and haggard Care were found,
And Hope with fainting pinions flew.

But Love, an angel at the door,

Still bade them smile, though they were poor,

And Love was right you may be sure.


And now, how sad they sat and sigh'd,

Each day of some dear joy bereft^
Their little smiling infant died,

And not one ray of hope was left,
Save that, in heav'n-born love secure,
She bless'd him still, though he was poor,
And she was right you may be sure.


Domestic love! celestial spark!

Still shall thy lasting flame survive;
When all around is still and dark,

Keep life's all-changing scene alive.
They grieve no more that they are poor,
In love they find out sorrow's cure.
And they are right you may be sure.


"ReSligentem esseoportetj religiosum nefas." Aul. Gu. "A man should be religious, not superstitious."

The remarkable display of Indian manners, which are here (in the bay of Condatchi) seen in all their varieties, is perhaps the most striking object of all those which most attract the attention of a stranger during the pearl fishery. Every cast has its representatives} the arts practised by some, the ceremonies performed by others, and the appearance of all, present the richest repast to the curiosity of a European. In one place he may see jugglers and vagabonds, of every description, practising their tricks with a degree of suppleness and skill which appears supernatural to the inhabitants of a cold climate; in another, he may observe bakers, brahmins, priests, pandarams, and devotees of every sect, either in order to extort charity, or in consequence of some vow, going through the most painful operations with a degree of obstinate resolution, which I could scarcely have believed, had I not been an eye witness. The most painful acts of penance which the Indians undergo, are in order to regain their cast*, when they

* Those who, by any crime, or neglect of superstition's "tes, have, according to the decrees of the priests, forfeited their cast, are not only condemned to infamy themselves, but theij children, and children's children to all generations, are sup. Posed to share in the guilt and contamination. No one of '"other cast will intermarry with them, they are allowed no trade or profession, and obliged to beg continually for susle"ance; thus become a dead weight on society.

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