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The bounding pulse, the languid limb,
The changing spirits rise and fall; We know that these were felt by him, * For these are felt by'all.
He suffer'd---but his pangs are o'er ;
Enjoy’d;---but his delights are fled ; Had friends---his friends are now no more;
And foes---his foes are dead.
He lov'd, but whom he lov'd the grave
Hath lost in its unconscious womb : 0! she was fair! but nought could save
Her beauty from the tomb.
The willing seasons, day and night,
Sun, moon, and stars, the earth and main, Ere while his portion, life and light,
To him exists in vain.
He saw whatever thou hast seen,
Encounter'd all that troubles thee; He was---whatever thou hast been;
He is.--what thou shalt be."
The clouds and sun-beams, o'er his eye,
That once their shades and glory threw, Have left, in yonder silent sky,
No vestige where they flew.
The annals of the human race,
Their ruin since the world began,
Than this ---THERE LIV'D A MAN!
LUDICROUS CONDUCT OF AN AFRICAN SOVEREIGX.
In the beginning of April 1783, I made a journey to Podor, with the intention of reconnoitring the coast, ascertaining the course of the river, and making some regulations in the gum trade. A few leagues before I arrived at the isle of Toddee, I perceived, on the left bank, a numerous body of cavalry, and was informed that king Brack wished for boats to be sent to bring him on board
my vessel ; I therefore sent two canoes, which returned with the king, five of his ministers, and four of his musicians. As soon as the prince embarked, I saluted him with nine pieces of cannon; and on reaching the ship, I paid him every attention which could flatter and please him.
His majesty was dressed in a white shirt, which hung down to his knees, and was tied round him by a red sash; he had over it a large open tunic of a yellow colour; and his head and feet were naked, except that he wore a pair of yellow slippers. His suite were dressed according to the custom of the country
I conducted the king under an awning, placed on
the deck, where we sat down together, and passed reciprocal protestations of friendship. I offered him some refreshment, which he accepted; and was presented with Bourdeaux wine, but would not drink it. He asked me for brandy; on which I immediately ordered several flaggons of that liquor to be placed before him : in a very short time he drank four large glasses full, and ate scarcely any thing. On taking a fifth he lost his speech, and the sixth set him fast asleep His ministers and musicians were very sober, as they had drunk but little.
The king, while in this state of inebriety, was surrounded by his suite: some of them endeavoured to purify the air by agitating over his head, and in every direction, with great violence, a pagne or cotton cloth ; which manner of renewing the air is in general use in that country. The rest were occupied in keeping off the flies from his person, lest they should disturb his sleep.
I amused myself with this ridiculous farce, till my people informed me that dinner was on table, when I invited the ministers to accoinpany me; but they refused to quit their master. I therefore sat down to table alone. Shortly after his majesty awoke, and asked to see me; when they told him that I was at dinner. “ Whạt,” observed he, “withqut letting me know! This white man is very unkind." He then got up, came into the cabin, where the cloth was laid, stept upon a chair, jumped on the other side,---and at last seating himself at one of the windows, placed his feet upon the table,
In this posture, which caused me to laugh heartily, his majesty was supplied with what he wished to eat, but he would drink nothing but brandy. I therefore ordered the attendants to present him with as much as he chose, on which he drank the same quantity as at first, and soon afterwards he fela dead drunk on the floor.
His ministers raised him up, and attempted to carry him upon deck, by lifting him over the table; but his majesty was sufficiently awake to express his regret at leaving it: he, therefore, suddenly seized hold of a hare by the head, and carried it with him. I think I still see him holding the hare like a sceptre!
After my dinner, which I had much difficulty to finish for laughing, I went upon deck, to enquire after his majesty, and found him a little refreshed. We then talked for a few minutes on commercial affairs. Nothing worth notice afterwards occurred till it was time to separate,, when I made him the customary presents, with which he appeared satisfied; and I did not forget to repeat the dose of brandy, nor to give the ministers and musicians what they had a right to expect. All the company then returned me thanks, and we parted on the best terms imaginable. While he was proceeding to the shore, I again saluted him with nine gunz; and on landing, I saw him mount his horse, put himself at the head of his troops, and proceed towards his village.
In the evening he entered into conversation with his ministers, and wished to know what I had given
them. Each of them told him what he had receiv. ed; and they all acknowledged that they had been favoured with a tolerable portion of brandy. This his majesty insisted on abridging, in order to increase his own stock; and one person only refused to obey his orders, for which he was immediately seized. The
negro made some resistance, and was wounded severely in the shoulder by a sabre. The next morning this ex-minister, a man of fine figure, tall and robust, was brought on board my ship, loaded with irons, and sold for a'hundred bars.
I was much affected at the fate of this unfortunate man, and had him conducted to Isle St. Louis, where his wounds were dressed and speedily cured. In the end his friends came to beg him off, and I restored him to his family.
How such ideas of th' Almighty's power,
All the difficulties which have been raised concerning the decrees of God, and his prescience (which some think establishes the necessity of our actions), arise only from the abuse of words; which being employed to bring things to the level of our under