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that she had been playing at crimp upon which Rhadainanthus beckoned to the keeper on his left hand to take her into custody and you madam says the judge that look with such a soft and languishing air I think you set out for this place 3 in your nine and tiventieth year what have you been doing all this while I had a great deal of business on my hands says she being taken up the first twelve years of my life in dressing a jointed baby and all the remaining part of it in reading plays and romances very well says he you have employed. your time to good purpose away with her the next was a plain country wo:nan well mistress says Rhadamanthus. and what have you been doing an't please your worship says she I did not live quite forty years and in that time brought my husband seven daughters in de him nine 4 thousand checses and left my youngest daughter with hiin to look after his house in my absence and who I may venture to say is as preity a liouse wife as any in the country Rhadamanthus smiled at the simplicity of the good woman and ordered :he keeper of Elysium to take her into his care and you fair lady says he what have you been doing these five and thirty years I have been doing no hurt I assure you sir said she that is well said he but what good have you been doing the lady was in great confusion at this ques

tion and not knowing what to answer the two keepers leaped 5 out to seize her at the same time the one took her by the

band to convey her to Elysium the other caught hold of her to carry her a way to Erebus but Rhadainanthus obserying an ingenuous modesty in her countenance and behavior lid them both let her loose and set lier aside for re-examination when he was more at leisure an old woman of a proud and sour look presented herself next at the bar and being asked what she had been doing truly said she I lived threescore and ten years in a very wicked world and was so angry at the behavior of a parcel of young flirts that I o passed most of my last years in condemning the follies of

the times I was every day blaming.the silly conduct of people about me in order to deter those I conversed with froin falling into the like errors and miscarriages very well says Rhadamanthus but did you keep the same watchful eye over your own actions why truly said she I was so taken up with publishing the faults of others that I had no time to consider my own madam said Rhadamanthus be pleased to

file off to the left and make room for the venerable mairon that stands behind you old gentlewoman says he I think 7 you are sourscore you have heard the question what have you been doing so long in the world ah sir said she I have been doing what I should not have done but I had made a firm resolution to have changed my life if I had not been snatched off by an untimely end madam says he you will please to follow your leader and spying another of the same age interrogated her in the same form to which the mairon replierl I have been the wife of a husband who was as dear to me in his old age as in his youth I have been a mother

and very happy in my children whom I endeavored to 8 bring up in crery iliing that is good my eldest son is blessed by the poor and beloved by every one that knows liim I lived within my own family and left it much more wealthy than I found it Rhadamanthus who knew the value of the old lady smiled upon her in such a manner that the keeper of Elysium who knew his oilice reached oui his hand to her he no sooner touched her but her wrinkles vanished lier eyes sparkled her cheeks glowed with blushes and she appeared in full bloom and beauty a young woman observing that this officer who conducied the happy to Elys9 ium was so great a beautifier longed to be in his hands so

that pressing through the crowd she was the next that appeared at the bar and being asked what slie biad been doing the five and twenty years that she had passed in the world I have endeavored says she ever since I came to years of discretion to make myself lovely and gain admirers in order to it I passed my time in bottling up. May-dew inventing whitewashes mixing colors cutting out patches consulting my glass suiting my complexion Rhadarnanthus

without hearing her out gave the sign to take her off upon 10 the approach of the keeper of Erebus her color faded her

face was puckered up with wrinkles and her whole person lost in deformity.

I was then surprised with the distant sound of a whole troop of females ihat came forward laughing singing and dancing I was very desirous to know the reception they would meet with and withal was very apprehensive that Rhadamanthus would spoil their mirth but at their nearer approach the noise grew so very great that it awakened me.

The Ass and the Nightingale.—Krilov.
1 AN Ass, a nightingale espied,
And shouted out, “Hollo! hollo! good friend!
Thou art a first-rate singer, they pretend :-

Now let me hear thee, that I may decide ;
I really wish to know—the world is partial ever-
If thou hast this great gist, and art indeed so clever''
The nightingale began her heavenly lays,

Through all the regions of sweet music ranging, Varying her song a thousand different ways;

Rising and falling, lingering, ever changing : 2 Full of wild rapture now-then sinking oft

To almost silence-melancholy, soft
As distant shepherd's pipe at evening's close :

Strewing the wood with lovelier music;-there. All nature seems to listen and repose :

No zephyr dares disturb the tranquil air :---
All other voices of the grove are still,
And the charmed flocks lie down beside the rill.

The shepherd like a statue stands- afraid
His breathing may disturb the melody,
3 His finger pointing to the melodious tree,

Seems to say, “ Listen!" to his favorite maid. The singer ended :—and our critic bowed His reverend head to earth, and said aloud :“ Now that's so so ;-thou really hast some merit; Curtail thy song, and critics then might hear it. Thy voice wants sharpness :--but if chanticleert

Would give thee a few lessons, doubtless he Might raise thy voice, and modulate thy ear;

And thou, in spite of all thy faults, mayest be 4 A very decent singer.” The poor bird

In silent modesty the critic heard,
And winged her peaceful flight into the air,
O’er many and many a field and forest fair.
Many such critics you and I have seen :----
Heaven be our screen!

* Clever, possessing talent.
Chan-ti-cleer: ci, as in Church.

SELECT PASSAGES. But should these credulous infidels, after all, be in the rìglit, and this pretended revelation be all a fable; from be. lieving it, what harm could ensue? Would it render princes more tyrannical, or subjects more ungovernáble ; the rich more insolent, or the poor more disorderly? Would it make worse parents or childrén, husbands or wives ; masters or servants, friends or neighbors ? or, would it not make men more virtuous, and, consequently, more happy in every sitnation? (m) Tired Nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep,

He, like the world, his ready visit pays,
Where fortune smiles ; the wretched he forsakes : :
Swift on his downy pinion flies from wo,
And lights on lids unsullied by a tear.—Young.

LESSON XIII. Extract from the Declaration of Independence.---JEFFERSON.

1 When, in the course of human events, it becomes neces..

sary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them; a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires, that they should declare the causes, which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident—that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator, 2 with certain unalienable rights ; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed : that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to

them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate, that governments 3 long established, should not be changed for light and tran

sient causes ; and accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.


The great comprehensive truth, written in letters of living light on every page of our history,—the language addressed by every past age of New England to all future agés, is this : Human happiness has no perfect security but freedòm ;freedom uone but virtùe ;-virtue none but knowledge ; and neither freedom, nor virtúe, nor knowledge, has any vigor, or immortal hópe, except in the principles of the Christian faith, and in the sanctions of the Christian religion.—Quincy.

We cannot honor our country with too deep a reverence; we cannot love her with an affection too pure and fervent ; we cannot serve her with an energy of purpose or a faithfulness of zeal too steadfast and ardent. And what is our country? It is not the Eást, with her hills and her valleys with her countless sails, and the rocky ramparts of her shóres. It is not the Nòrth, with her thousand villages, and her harvest-home, with her frontiers of the lake and the ocean. It is not the West, with her forest-sea and her inland isles, with her luxuriant expanses, clothed in the verdant corn; with her beautiful Ohio, and her majestic Missouri. Nor is it yet the South, opulent in the mimic snow of the cotton, in the rich plantations of the rustling cane, and in the golden robes of the rice-field. What are these but the sister families of one greater, better, holièr family, our COUNTRY ?-Grimke.:

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