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the recollection of many of our readers. Early in the | Dr. Edward Lee, the successor of Wolsey. He died morning of the 2d of February, 1829, York minster in 1544. was discovered to be in flames. A boy, one of the Among the curiosities preserved in the treasury of choristers, happened to be passing through the min. York minster, two articles deserve particular attenster-yard, and accidentally stepping upon a piece of tion. One is a very ancient ivory horn, granted in ice was thrown on his back. Before he cuuld rise, the Saxon times, with certain lands, by Ulphus, a he saw a quantity of smoke issuing from several parts prince of Dëira. It was lost at the period of the reof the roof. As soon as the doors were opened, the formation, but was restored to the dean and chapter beautiful wood-work of the choir was found to be by Henry Lord Fairfax (into whose father's hands it extensively on fire. It soon spread to the roof, had accidentally fallen) in 1675. The other is a which shortly after fell in. The pews on each side of mazer-bowl or maple-bowl edged round with silver, the choir were completely demolished ; the organ gilt, and with silver feet, anciently given by Arch(a modern and excellent one) was consumed ; the bishop Scroop to the cordwainers' company of the screen, however, upon which it rested, sustained very city,

M. little injury. The great eastern window, which is styled the "glory of the cathedral," and for the fate

ENGLAND.-III, of which intense anxiety was felt by many during the In England, a man of small fortune may cast his conflagration, remained almost entire. The fire was regards around him, and say, with truth and exultanot accidental. It was traced to be the work of a tion," I am lodged in a house that affords me conderanged fanatic, who was afterwards tried for the veniences and comforts, which even a king could not crime at York, found to be insane, and sentenced to

command some centuries ago. There are ships crossimprisonment for life in New Bethlehem hospital, ing the seas in every direction, to bring what is useful London.

to me from all parts of the earth. In China, men A very becoming and generous spirit soon mani. are gathering the tea-leaf for me ; in America, they fested itself in the nobility and gentry of the county,

are planting cotton for me; in the West India Islands, and of other places, for the restoration of the min they are preparing my sugar and my coffee; in Italy, ster. A meeting was held in the following month, at they are feeding silk-worms for me; in Saxony, they which Mr. Smirke, the architect, furnished a state are shearing sheep, to make me clothing; at home, ment of the mischief occasioned, and an estimate of powerful steam-engines are spinning and weaving for the probable cost for a thorough repair, to be per-me, and making cutlery for me, and pumping the formed after the original designs. The dean and

mines, that minerals useful to me may be procured. chapter concurred in his recommendation, and on a My patrimony was small, yet I have post-coaches liberal and public subscription being entered upon running day and night, on all the roads, to carry my for the purpose, pledged themselves to the restoration correspondence ; I have roads, and canals, and of the minster to its former strength and beauty. bridges, to bear the coal for my winter fire ; nay, I This has been amply fulfilled, Mr. Smirke's first have protecting fleets and armies around my happy object was to give security to the fabric, and to repair country, to secure my enjoyments and repose. Then substantially the walls, and the shafts of the pillars I have editors and printers, who daily send me an which had suffered from the fire. Masons were em account of what is going on throughout the world, ployed to prepare a new altar-screen, the ornamented amongst all these people who serve me; and, in a capitals of the clustered pillars, new mouldings and corner of my house, I have Books !-the miracle of cornices, all according to the original models, frag- all my possessions, more wonderful than the wishingments of which still existed. The roof of the choir cap of the Arabian Tales; for they transport me was constructed of teak, a wood which has been instantly, not only to all places, but to all times. By known to last firm, in situations where even oak has my books, I can conjure up before me, to vivid exfailed. The elaborate stalls and seats, with the istence, all the great and good men of old ; and, for tabernacle-work over them, were formed with the as my own private satisfaction, I can make them act sistance of parts remaining among the ruins, and of over again the most renowned of all their exploits. drawings formerly made. These found employment

In a word, from the equator to the pole, and from for a considerable number of carvers and other the beginning of time until now, by my books, I can workmen in London. It may be remarked, that in

be where I please.” the progress of these works, some instances of former, This picture is not overcharged, and might be much but partial and imperfect, repairs were found, and of extended ; such being the miracle of God's goodness course, supplied by such as were of more solid and providence, that each individual of the civilized execution.

millions that cover the earth, may have nearly the The discoveries under the floor of the choir were same enjoyments, as if he were the single lord of all. very interesting, consisting of a series of Norman -DR. ARNOTT's Elements of Physics. H. M. pillars, the remains of the crypt of a church more

KNOWLEDGE is not a couch whereupon to rest a searching ancient than any part of the present building. These and restless spirit; nor a terrace for a wandering and variapillars stand within the space of those of the choir, ble mind to walk up and down in ; nor a tower of state for and are ornamented, in spiral lines : they were found a proud mind to raise itself upon; nor a commanding fort by the workmen while employed in clearing away the

for strife and contention; nor yet a shop for profit and sale, rubbish from the interior of the organ-screen. It

but a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator, and the

relief of man's estate. --Bacon. may be fairly conjectured, that this was the lower portion of the church built by Thomas, the Norman

When the Princess Anne, daughter of Charles the First archbishop before mentioned, or perhaps of that of (who died, the 8th of December, 1640), lay upon her deathArchbishop Roger, whose choir was removed for a bed, and nature was almost spent, she was desired by one more modern une.

of her attendants to pray: she said that she was not able to It is not perhaps generally known, that the arch say her long prayer, meaning the Lord's Prayer, but she bishops of York had anciently the privilege of a mint.

would say her short one, “Lighten mine eyes, Ó Lord, that

I sleep not the sleep of death. The little innocent had no There are coins still extant, one as early as the eighth sooner pronounced these words, than she expired: she was century, struck by archbishops in this right. The not quite four years of age. -GRANGER'S Biographical last archbishop who struck money in this mint, was | History of England.

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THE ALLIGATOR.

moving the upper instead of the lower jaw. The pecu. Toe annexed engraving, which has been reduced liar manner in which the lower jaw is attached to the from the original of Madame Merian, the German upper has been the cause of this error. In quadrupeds, naturalist, represents this formidable reptile in the the point at which the bones are jointed, is always on act of seizing a serpent engaged in the destruction the under part, but in the crocodile that point is of the alligator's eggs. The greatest enemies to behind, and in consequence of the shortness of its the increase of these terrific creatures are serpents of legs, and the great length of its jaw, the reptile is all descriptions, which abound in the hot climates compelled to throw back its head before it can open where the alligator is found, and break and devour its mouth; an operation which produces, in a certain great quantities of their eggs. The number of eggs degree, the appearance of moving the upper jaw. Its produced by them is so great, that if they were not movements, though, in particular cases, very rapid, subject to many casualties, the countries they in. I are, in others, much limited ; in a straight line, it habit would be completely overrun with them. The can run with considerable speed; but its power of alligator itself is also said to lessen the number of its motion sideways is much restricted, from the little progeny, by destroying many when very young. pliability of the joints of the back, and the thickness

The Crocodile of the Nile, of which genus the of its external covering. The swiftness, however, alligator is but a species, also finds an enemy in a with which the head is turned, is very great; and little animal, about the size of a pole-cat, called the this, in addition to its sideway movement, would renichneumon, which is peculiarly quick in discovering der it rather unsafe to any enemy placed by its side, the place in which the eggs are concealed. The term unless at a considerable distance. alligator is applied to the various species of Crocodiles The general opinion respecting these creatures is, that are found in America, while the name Gavial that their ferocity and intractability are so great as has been given to such as inhabit the East Indies to render them perfectly untameable; but experience and the islands of the Indian Ocean, and the origi- in other classes of the animal creation ought to have nal word is more especially used when speaking of taught us that every animal, under proper managethat species which abounds in the Nile. In the cen- ment, must bend to the mental superiority of man. tral parts of Africa, the crocodiles attain a very large We have also many instances on record to the same size, in many instances being found as much as effect. thirty feet in length. Their principal places of resort The priests of the temple of Memphis, in Egypt, are the banks of rivers, swampy grounds, overgrown in the celebration of their heathen mysteries, were in with weeds, and inland lakes; but they never ap- the habit of introducing tame crocodiles, as objects proach the salt water. The natives who inhabit these of worship to the deluded multitude. They were fed districts are in constant fear of these enormous crea- from the hands of their conductors, and decorated tures, yet, although their power of doing mischief is with jewels and wreaths of flowers. It is also reextremely great, their natural timidity, and the low ported, by the traveller Bruce, that the children in state of their instinctive faculties, allow them, com- Abyssinia frequently amuse themselves by riding on paratively, but few opportunities of exerting it. the backs of these reptiles with perfect impunity.

Many strange tales have been told of their pecu- They have been also employed for the purpose of liarities, which later observations have proved to be un-defence. The fortifications of the Dutch, in the island founded; among other errors, it was.supposed that they of Java, are surrounded by water ; and, to prepossessed the faculty, known in no other animal, of vent the desertion of their soldiers, or the approach

of their enemies, they placed crocodiles in the ditches, productive and populous, but which now, under the to deter either from crossing them.

tyrannical government of the Turks, or other such The age to which they live must be very great, people, have become almost deserts. In former times, from the slowness of their growth, and the large size Barbary produced silk ; but now most of the multhey attain. The eggs, from which they are pro berry-trees (on whose leaves the silk-worms are fed) duced, are not larger than those of a goose, which, are decayed : and no one thinks of planting, fresh considering the magnitude of the full-grown animal, trees, because he has no security that he shall be is another surprising fact.

allowed to enjoy the produce. The Crocodile swallows its prey whole, and feeds Can it be supposed that the poor would be better indifferently on fish or small quadrupeds; and the off if all the property of the rich were taken away and upper teeth, instead of resting with their points upon divided among them, and no one allowed to become the under when the mouth is closed, enter between rich for the future? The poor would then be much them, and thus prevent all chance of escape. It but worse off than they are now; they would still have rarely attacks mankind. On either side of the under to work for their living as they do now; for food and part of the lower jaw, a small opening is found, from clothes cannot be had without somebody's labour. which the creature can force, at will, a liquid possess. But they would not work near so profitably as they ing the smell of musk. This property has been lately do now; because no one would be able to keep up a noticed by Mr. Thomas Bell, in a paper inserted in large manufactory or farm, well stocked, and to the Transactions of the Royal Society of London, and, advance wages to workmen, as is done now, for work in his opinion, the reptile employs it for the purpose which does not bring in any return for, perhaps, a of attracting fish into the places it haunts.

year or two.

Every one would live, as the saying is, “ from hand to mouth,” just tilling his own little

patch of ground enough to keep him alive, and not RICH AND POOR.

daring to lay by any thing, because if he were supBesides those who work for their living, some at a posed to be rich, he would be in danger of having his higher rate and some at a lower, there are others who property taken away and divided. do not live by their labour at all, but are rich enough And if a bad crop, or a sickly family, brought any to subsist on what they, or their fat

es, have laid up.

one into distress, which would soon be the case with There are many of these rich men, indeed, who do many, what could he do after he had spent his little hold laborious offices, as magistrates and members of property? He would be willing to work for hire ; parliament. But this is at their own choice. They but no one could afford to employ him except in do not labour for their subsistence, but live on their something that would bring in a very speedy return. property.

For even those few who might have saved a little There can be but few of such persons, compared money would be afraid to have it known, for fear of with those who are obliged to work for their living. being forced to part with it. They would hide it But though there can be no country where all, or the somewhere in a hole in the ground, which used forgreater part, are rich enough to live without labour, merly to be a common practice in this country, and there are several countries where all are poor; and still is in some others, where property is very scarce. in those countries where all are forced to live by their Under such a state of things the whole country would labour, the people are much worse off than most of become poorer and poorer every year. For each the labourers are in this country. In savage nations, man would labour no more than just enough for his almost every one is half-starved at times, and generally immediate supply; and would also employ his labour half-naked. But in any country in which property is less profitably than now, for want of a proper divisecure, and the people industrious, the wealth of that sion of labour ; and no one would attempt to lay by country will increase; and those who are the most any thing, because he would not be sure of being industrious and frugal, will gain more than such as allowed to keep it. In consequence of all this, the are idle and extravagant, and will lay by something whole produce of the land, and labour of the country for their children ; who will thus be born to a good would become much less than it is now; and we property.

should soon be reduced to the same general wretchedYoung people who make good use of their time, are ness and distress which prevails in many half-savage quick at learning, and grow up industrious and steady, countries. The rich, indeed, would have become may, perhaps, be able to earn more than enough for poor ; but the poor instead of improving their contheir support, and so have the satisfaction of leaving dition, would be much worse off than before. All some property to their children ; and if they, again, would soon be as miserably poor as the most destishould, instead of spending this property, increase it tute beggars are now. Indeed, so far worse, that by honest diligence, prudence, and frugality, they may, there would be nobody to beg of. in time, raise themselves to wealth. Several of the It is best for all parties, the rich, the poor, and the richest families in the country have risen in this middling, that property should be secure, and that

om a low station. t is, of course, not to be every one should be allowed to possess what is his expected that many poor men should become rich; own, and to gain whatever he can by honest means, nor ought any man to set his heart on being so : but and to keep it or spend it, as he thinks fit,-provided it is an allowable, and a cheering thought, that no he does no one any injury. Some rich men, indeed, one is shut out from the hope of bettering his con make a much better use of their fortune than others : dition, and providing for his children.

but one who is ever so selfish in his disposition can And would you not think it hard that a man should hardly help spending it on his neighbours. If a not be allowed to lay by his savings for his children ? man has an income of 50001. a year, some people But this is the case in some countries, where pro might think, at first sight, that if his estate were perty is so ill-secured that a man is liable to have all divided among one hundred poor families, which his savings forced from him, or seized upon at his would give each of them 501. a year, there would death ; and there all the people are miserably poor, thus be, by such a division, one hundred poor families because no one thinks it worth his while to attempt the more enabled to subsist in the country. But saving any thing.

this is quite a mistake. Such would indeed be the There are some countries which were formerly very case if the rich man had been used to eat as much

manner

food as one hundred poor families, and to wear out he himself has no design or wish to benefit them. as much clothing as all of them. But we know this On the other hand, a rich man who seeks for de. is not the case. He pays away his income to ser- serving objects to relieve and assist, and is, as the vants, and labourers, and tradesmen, and manufac- | Apostle expresses it, “ready to give, and glad to disturers of different articles, who lay out the money in tribute, is laying up in store for himself a good founfood and clothing for their families. So that in dation for the time to come, that he may lay hold on reality, the same sort of division of it is made as if it eternal life." It is plain from this, and from many had been taken away from him. He may, perhaps, if other such injunctions of the Apostles, that they did he be a selfish man, care nothing for the maintaining not intend to destroy the security of property among of all these families ; but still he does maintain them. Christians, which leads to the distinction between For if he should choose to spend 10001. a year in the rich and the poor, For, their exhortations to fine pictures, the painters who are employed in those the rich, to be kind and charitable to the poor, pictures are as well maintained as if he had made would have been absurd if they had not allowed that them a present of the money, and left them to sit any of their people should be rich. And there could idle. The only difference is, that they feel they are be no such thing as charity in giving any thing to honestly earning their living, instead of subsisting on the

poor, if it were not left to each man's free choice, charity ; but the total quantity of food and clothing to give, or spend, what is his own. Indeed, nothing in the country is neither the greater nor the less in can be called your own, which you are not left free the one case than in the other. But if a rich man to dispose of as you will. The very nature of charity instead of spending all his income, saves a great part implies, that it must be yoluntary; for no one can be of it, this saving will almost always be the means of properly said to give any thing that he has no power maintaining a still greater number of industrious to withhold. The Apostle Paul, indeed goes yet people. For a man who saves, hardly ever, in these farther, when he desires each man “ to give according days at least, hoards up gold and silver in a box, but as he is disposed in his heart, and not grudgingly," lends it out on good security, that he may receive because “God loveth a cheerful giver." interest upon it. Suppose, instead of spending 10001. When men are thus left to their own inclinations, a year on paintings, he saves that sum every year. to make use of their money, each as he is disposed Then this money is generally borrowed by farmers in his heart, we must expect to find that some will or manufacturers, or merchants, who can make a choose to spend it, merely on their own selfish enprofit by it in the way of their business over and joyments. Such men, although, as you have seen, above the interest they pay for the use of it. And they do contribute to maintain many industrious in order to do this, they lay it out in employing families without intending it, yet are themselves not labourers to till the ground, or to manufacture cloth the less selfish and odious. But still we are not the and other articles, or to import foreign goods : by less forbidden to rob, or defraud, or annoy them. which means the corn, and cloth, and other com Scripture forbids us to "covet our neighbour's modities of the country are increased.

goods,” not because he makes a right use of them, The rich man, therefore, though he appears to have but because they are his. so much larger a share allotted to him, does not When you see a rich man who is proud and selreally consume it, but is only the channel through fish, perhaps you are tempted to think how much which it flows to others. And it is by this means better a use you would make of wealth, if you were much better distributed than it could have been as rich as he. I hope you would : but the best otherwise.

proof that you can give that you would behave well The mistake of which I have been speaking, of if you were in another's place, is by behaving well in supposing that the rich cause the poor to be the your own. God has appointed to each his own trials, worse off, was exposed long ago in the fable of the and his own duties; and He will judge you, not stomach and the limbs :

according to what you think you would have done in “Once on a time," says the fable, “ all the other some different station, but according to what you members of the body began to murmur against the have done, in that station in which He has placed you. stomach, for employing the labours of all the rest, and consuming all that they helped to provide, with

A CHINESE PRISON. out doing any thing in return. So they all agreed to strike work, and refused to wait upon this idle PRISONERS, who have money to spend, can be accommostomach any longer. The feet refused to carry it luxury. The prisoners' chains and fetters are removed

dated with private apartments, cards, servants, and every about; the hands resolved to put no food into the from their bodies, and suspended against the wall of the mouth for it; the nose refused to smell for it, and apartment, till the hour arrives when the higher authorities the eyes to look out in its service; and the ears go the rounds: after that ceremony is over, they are again declared they would not even listen to the dinner-bell; hung up, where they hurt no one. and so of all the rest. But after the stomach had

But those who have no money to bribe the keepers are

in a woful condition. Not only are they deprived of every been left empty for some time, all the members began alleviation of their sufferings, but actual infliction of punish to suffer. The legs and arms grew feeble ; the eyes ment is added, to extort money, to buy“ burnt-offerings to became dim, and all the body languid and exhausted. the god of the Jail," (as the phrase goes). For this pur

“Oh, foolish members,” said the stomach, you pose, the prisoners are frequently tied up, and flogged; at now perceive that what you used to supply to me,

night, they are fettered down to a board, neck, wrists, and was in reality supplied to yourselves. I did not

ancles, amid filth of the most disgusting nature, whilst the consume for myself the food that was put into me,

rats are permitted to gnaw their limbs. This place of tor

ment is proverbially called, in ordinary speech, Te-yuk, a but digested it, and prepared it for being changed term equivalent to the worst sense of the word Hell. into blood, which was sent through various channels Canton Register.

M, A. B. as a supply for each of you. If you are occupied in feeding me, it is by me in turn, that the blood- The Emperor Constantine the Great, said, his life was vessels which nourish you, are fed."

something more honourable than that of shepherds, but

much more troublesome. -JEREMY TAYLOR. You see then, that a rich man, even though he may care for no one but himself, can hardly avoid benefit- Jp you desire the happiness of your child, teach him obeing his neighbours But this is no merit of his, if dience and self-restraint.

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ANNIVERSARIES IN JANUARY

THE DEVIL'S BRIDGE.
MONDAY, 21st
Agnes. Fabian.

Pont Y MONACH (the Monk's BRIDGE), or, as it is 1790 The French deputy, M. Guillotin, proposed to the National vulgarly called, the Devil's Bridge, situated in

Assembly the adoption of that dreadful instrument of death, Cardiganshire, in South Wales.
which has ever since borne his name.

It is a single arch, 1790 Attempt to destroy King George the Third, by throwing a large of between twenty and thirty feet span, thrown over

stone through the window of his carriage, as he was passing another arch, which crosses a tremendous chasm.

through St. James's Park, to open the session of Parliament. 1793 Louis the Sirteenth, King of the French, beheaded by his re

According to tradition, the lower arch was conbellious subjects, at Paris.

structed by the monks of the neighbouring abbey, 1814 Bernardin de St. Pierre, author of the Studies of Nature and called Strata Florida Abbey, about the year 1087, but Paul and Virginia, died, near Paris, aged 77. TUESDAY, 22nd.

this is not correct, as the abbey itself was not founded Vincent.

till 1164. The country people, in superstitious days, 1654 Oliver Cromwell entered the House of Commons with his soldeeming it a work of supernatural ability, gave it the

the House, and put an end to the Long Parliament, by lock strange name by which it is now generally known.

ing the doors, and taking away the key in his pocket ! Giraldus mentions having passed over it in 1188, when 1788 Lord Byron, the poet, born. 1823 J.J. Angerstein, the founder of the Angerstein (now the Na- travelling through Wales with Baldwin, Archbishop tional) Gallery of Pictures, died.

of Canterbury, to preach in favour of the Crusades. WEDNESDAY, 23rd.

The upper arch was built over the other at the 1570 The Earl of Murray, Regent of Scotland during the minority expense of the county, in 1753, and the iron balus

of James VI. assassinated at Linlithgow, by Hamilton, of trades were added by Mr. Johnes in 1814. Bothwellhaugh.

The 1792 Sir Joshua Reynolds died.

lower arch may be distinctly viewed by looking over 1806 The Right Hon. William Pitt died, at Putney, in Surrey. the upper bridge; but the whole scene is so enveloped 1820 Edward, Duke of Kent, died at Sidmouth, in Devonshire.

in wood, that the depth is not perceived ; and many THURSDAY, 24th. 1712 Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, born at Berlin.

an incurious traveller has passed the Devil's Bridge FRIDAY, 25th.

without distinguishing its circumstances from an the year 36 of the Christian era, as Paul was travelling to Damas bridges extend has evidently been enlarged, and was Conversion of St. Paul.-This miraculous event took place in ordinary road. The cleft over which these two to be tried and put to death, whom he shoul" find believing in the perhaps originally produced by the incessant attack of name of Christ. After his conversion, he became a most zealous and the impetuous river Mynach on the solid wall of rock. engaged in destroying. He was the great Apostle of the Gentiles: the visiter should first cross the bridge, and then

In order to view the scenery of this romantic spot, This festival was established at a very early period. SATURDAY, 26th.

descend by the right of it to the bottom of the aper1815 Napoleon escaped from the island of Elba. 1823 Dr. Edward Jenner, the discoverer of vaccination, died at ture, through which the Mynach drives its furious Berkeley, in Gloucestershire.

passage, having descended from the mountains about SUNDAY, 27th.

five miles to the north-east. The effect of the double The Third SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

arch is picturesque; and the narrowness of the cleft, 1773 The Duke of Susser born. 1823 Dr. Charles Hutton, the mathematician, died, aged 86.

darkened by its artificial roof, increases the solema gloom of the abyss.

On regaining the road, the second descent must be TO MY SON.

made by passing th-ough a small wood, at the disMy little boy ! I love to see

tance of a few yards from the bridge, to view the Thy playful wiles, thy motions free,

four successive falls from the point of a rock in Thy roguish looks, thy smiling face, Thy tottering, unsteady, pace,

front. Each of these is received into a deep pool at Thy little, persevering ways,

the bottom, but so diminished to the eye, at the Thy restless limbs, thy earnest gaze !

present point of view, as almost to resemble one My little boy ! I love to hear

continued cascade. The first fall takes place at a Thy tiny footsteps, pattering near;

short distance from the bridge, where the river The little imitative sounds,

is confined to narrow limits by the rocks. It is With which thy scanty speech abounds ;

carried about six feet over the ridge, and projected Thy liquid tones, thy soft appeals,

into a basin at the depth of eighteen feet. Its next Which oft my rugged manhood feels, And, shaking off all graver care,

leap is sixty feet, and the third is diminished to Is forced in thy delights to share !

twenty, when it encounters rocks of prodigious size, Oh! what, dear boy! in future years,

through which it struggles to the edge of the largest Will be thy father's hopes and fears ?

cataract, and pours in one unbroken torrent down a Perhaps, thy smooth and tiny brow,

precipice of 110 feet. That seems to mock reflection now,

The height of the various falls is as follows :-first Contracted with a thoughtful look,

fall, 18 feet; second fall, 60; third fall, 20; and Will trace, in many a learned book,

fourth fall, or grand cataract, 110 ; from the bridge Profoundest truths--or wondering gaze, Perplex'd in subtle error's maze.

to the water, 114; making, altogether, 322 feet. Oh! happy task, thy views to clear,

As, however, no allowance is here made for the To warn, to stimulate, to cheer !

inclined direction of the river in many parts (and A moment's space let dreams like these

there are numerous interruptions to its passage), the A father's wandering fancy please,

total height from the bridge to the level of the stream, Who feels how different may be,

at its junction with the Rheidol, may be computed Dear boy! thy fate's reality.

at nearly 500 feet. The rocks on each side of the Full soon, o'er thy untimely grave,

fall rise perpendicularly to the height of 800 feet, and May sorrow its full measure have;

are finely clothed with innumerable trees, vegetating Full soon But why this anxious care ? Let idle terrors melt in prayer.

between the crevices, and forming one vast forest.

Near the Devil's Bridge, by the side of the Mynach
May Christ, my son! whose child thou art,

Falls, is the Robbers' Cave, near the basin of the
Give thee a pious, humble heart;
Enable thee to conquer sin,

first fall. This is a dark cavern, inhabited in the And, late or soon, heaven's joy to win!

fifteenth century by two men and their sister, called I venture not to add to this

Plant Matt, or Matthew's children, who infested the A second prayer, for earthly bliss.T.KA. neighbourhood as plunderers, and who continued

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