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His allusions are always apposite, and discover the most profound learning, and consummate jndgment; and, what is of greater consequence to himself and the world, fully conducing to the general contempt of all the cant of religious forms, without the inward and spiritual grace.
CHARITY. A FRAGMENT.
BY ARTHUR OWEN, ESQ.
* Harass me no more with thy cant and hypocrisy—I have no money for such a filthy vagabond as thou art," said I, still approaching the door. The hoary mendicant hung his head, and with his trembling hand wiped away the tears which stole down his pale, though venerable cheeks, whilst I could faintly hear him repeat "filthy vagabond as thou art "—the repetition, his age, his attitude, and his weeping touched me—most sensibly touched me. He made a nearer approach, and, after a few struggles, ventured to look me in the face. I was hastening to my pocket, when that demon, Suspicion, still whispered me he was an impostor, I
eyed him with sternness, but I saw that I had gone too far that
my scowl had entered his soul; he could no longer bear it, and in a moment, forgetting his posture of supplication, he energetically exclaimed, "Though, Sir, I may be poor, I am still honest; though I am a beggar, I have still feelings; and though you may esteem me an object unworthy of your charity, why thus cruelly wound me with your frowns r"—The fellow's eloquence came home with full power to my heart—he struck the masterstring of my nature. I turned my back upon him (for I had not courage to meet the indignant glances of my tattered, though sentimental accuser) to get to my purse to reward his independant spirit, and pathetical appeal, when regaining my situation, I found that he had left me. My heart was harrowed to the very quick.— Oh! how poignantly did I lament my folly and barbarity, as I had lost (perhaps for ever) the blissful opportunity of asking forgiveness from one, whom I had thus insulted—of pouring my little all into the lap of a man of such sensibility, such intelligence, and such
^distress—but, says Prudence "curse Prudence," replied I,—
"I have here sacrificed a more ecstatic pleasure than a whole life spent in conformity to the dictates of cold-hearted prudence and ungenerous apathy, can possibly bestow." • Richmond
TO THE EDITOR OF THE MONTHLY MIRROR.
I Accidentally picked up the subsequent epistle from one Molly Ritzon, a cook in the country, to Caleb Williams, a footman of the same family in town, and was the other day, with some friends, laughing heartily at the spelling, when a gentleman, who, like Pope's heroes, has taken a desperate plunge, and sunk very deep into the mud of black letter, reproved our mirth, and undertook to prove that there was authority for every word, which he has done to the following effect, and I hope that you will give it a place in your miscellany, as it will doubtless tend greatly to the encouragement of all unlettered geniusses, who will hereby learn that their little acquaintance with Dilworth and Lilly can act as no bar to their proceeding in a right line to the loftiest heights of Parnassus.
Barkshir,' the leventh' of Aberel.
is am not hable6 to bear your dysceyt7 — Why dyd not you speak your mening opinly8 before? Mi« mynde*0 misgave me when i red" your letter, but i litill" thought you would go for to telle*3 me that you think Betty has more beuty'4than i—It greves" mi sowle,"
Caleb, to hear that you have becum" so hard harted*8 as to like
hir'°face, and slight mync,20 after you know what — Thank the
1 Lcland's Itinerary.
3 In Aberel the tbyrdde thay. Sir Otuel, MS.
4 Myne owne dere Lord. A rufult lament. By T. More, 149?.
5 Ritson passim.*
6 An Englishman is not hable to invent. Ascham's Schoolemaster, 1563. 7 Boke of Fortune, by T. More, 1557.
8 Know his mening opinly. Chaucer.
9 Elegy on Edward I, 1307.
10 It greved hath my mynde. A rufull lament.
12 His studie was but titill in the Bible. Chaucer's Millers Tale,
13 To make and forge it for to telle. Gower's Con. Am.
14 Her beuty. Chaucer.
15 See note 10.
'16 Pray for my towle. Kuf. lament.
17 An old Butler becum a Cutler. A mery jest by Maister Thomas More, 140t.
18 True hart. Chaucer.
19 hir face. Chaucer's Horn, of the roBe. SO See note 4.
• One of Mr. R.'s admirers, (rarte avetj spealtine of his compilations, said"E. ie indeed a clever little fellow, but d-.n his fs." Amen.
most highest1 that no frute apperes2 of our love, if hit3 dyd, a pretty plite* i should be in al* along of you —We must have perischid6 — Hevene7 knows how i suffrid8 when i red that you chusde* shee" before your owne dere Molly—-i thought i should have run vild** anddyde" — i made the hole'3 hal'4 of the castill** ring agen16 —i eat no vitailes'7 tho* we have a lode,'8 and never drink no wyne*' tho* Mister John, the Steward, always sends me a glass aftir suppir." We have had some festis2* of late as you must have herde," but thei are clene23 nought to me since i have lost the rihte waye to that blis2* which I always enjoyed at this seson of the yere2* with mi Caleb —i take no joye26 in any thing now—the birds even sings1? amis,28 and trewly*9 tother day i semid38 so much like a ded31 body that Farmer Giles laid holt32 of me and axed33 me whether i wasnt a Gost33 — Indeed Caleb you are the most dayntyist34 man I ever herde of—Drat that Betty—let hir take care of hir eyes
1 Psalms of David.
2 "No frute apperes. Chauc.
3 That hit be, &c. Elegy on Ed, T.
4 When Rome stoode in noble plite. Gower's Con. Am.
5 al i do. Castel of love. MS. See Wsrton's Hist. Poet.
6 Like to have perischid. Lelands New Year's Gift, 37th Hen. viii. 7 The torettes of Hevene. The pricke of conscience, 1349.
8 Sriffrid cold ful stronge. Chaucer's Rom. of rose.
g I chvsde myselfe a wife. Jacke Drum's Entertainment, 1601.
10 Such power shee hath. The complaint of Rosamond, by Sam Daniel, 1594.
11 Unhallowed strings that vildlif jar'd. Mosophilusof Daniel, 1594.
12 Before that Merlin dyde. Spenser's F. Q. B. 3.
13 Letters for hole wordes. Leland's Itin.
14 In a Lordis hal. Chaucer's Prol.
15 Sometimes a Castill. Id. Squier's Tale.
16 Twill all be well agen. Time's Whirligig, 1G47. By Willis.
17 Vitailes of the best. Chauc. Prol.
18 Is not of them, but rather is their lode. Musoph. Daniel, 15&4.
19 Never drank no wyne. Richard cuer du Lyon,
20 Aftir suppir goth this nobil king. ..
21 22 For oft at Festis, I have herde saie. Chauc. 23 Clene. Funerallis of Ed. the Syxt, 1560.
24 The rihte waye to that blis. The pricke of Conscience.
25 Seson of the yere. Chaucer.
26 To se that lampe of joye. In Wart.
27 Serpents never hisses. Venus and Adon. of Shaksp.
28 Have me excused if I speke amis. Chauc. Squiers Prol.
29 Trewly to tell. Minors Poem on the Wars of Ed III. 1352.
30 Xtsemid all the rockis were away. Chauc.
31 If it were ded. Chauc.
32 Death came rushing in—and on him laid holt. Davison's Poems, 1C21.
34 Most dayntyist. Chauc. January and May.
HINDOO MANUAL AND CREED. (Continued from p. 16.J
The faithful Dewtahs trembled at hearing these words, and admired the power of the Eternal—who continued—" I have not withdrawn my mercy from Moisasoor, Itaubon, nor any of the rest of the chiefs of the rebellious Dewtahs, whom the thirst of power has intoxicated. I will try the disposition they have to do evil, and permit them to enter into the eight bonbons of punishment and probation, where they shall have the power to tempt, and be
1 In eche of her two cristall eye*> Chauc."
2 Coleblak si'k. Chauc. Miller'* Tale..
3 Ritson passim. t
4 See note 26. *'
5 els. Chauc.
6 Varieties for Valets. Froissart Trans. 152S.
7 Men Halianated. Ascham.
8 Mani a cumly knight. Minot.
9 Specially stitch. Paynter's Pallace of Pleasure, 1566.
10 Heere's my agent readie. The miseries of irifor3t Manage- G. Wilkin*, 1611.
11 Thei spake. Chauc. *^ •'
12 Ritson. '• . •'
13 es cumen. Minot.
14 The right Aire of that Cuntree. Id. . ' *.
15 Ritson. i * *;
16 Were it as thik as is a branchid oak. Chauc."
17 Ritson Met. rom.
18 I had bin exercised to the tongues. Milton's prose tract. 1641. .
19 Adew swete hart. Rufull lament.
20 Also M night. Go.wcr. '• * .
21 The hors anow, &c. Chauc. Sq. tale. 22 Spencer.
exposed to the same temptations which caused their revolt. But if the rebellious chiefs yield to their malevolent dispositions, this power of doing evil, which I grant to them, shall increase their guilt and punishment; whereas, the resistance which they may make to their temptations, will be considered as a strong proof of their sincerity, grief, and repentance." The Eternal was silent; and the faithful Dewtahs sung songs of praises and adoration, though the lot of their brethren caused their grief. They assembled together, and, through Vistnou, unanimously beseeched the Eternal to allow them to descend, from time to time, unto the eight bonbons of punishment and probation, under an human figure, in order to guard, by their presence, their advice, and their example, the unhappy Dewtahs from the temptations of Moisasoor, and the chief rebels. The Eternal granted it, and the celestial hosts expressed their gratitude in strains of joy. When they had finished, the Eternal proceeded in these terms:—" Bhirmah, arm yourself with my glory and power, and descend to the lowest bonbon of punishment and purgation, and make known to the rebels, the words I have spoken, and the decrees I have passed against them; and order them to enter into the bodies I have prepared for them for habitations." Bhirmah presented himself before the throne of the Eternal, and said to him—" I have done as you commanded: the rebellious Dewtahs have been overjoyed with the grace you have shewn them; they have acknowledged the justice of your decrees, and have manifested their grief and repentance, and have entered the mortal bodies you have prepared."
Creation of the World, according to the Genloos. VI. At length the time came when the Eternal wished to create the Dounea Houda. He confided the government of Maha Mirgo to his first-created Bhirmah, and rendered himself invisible to all the celestial host. When the Eternal began the new creation of the Dounea Houda, he had to get the better of the opposition of the two powerful Ossoors, who were born of the wax of the ears of Bram, and who were styled, Modou and Kytoo. The Eternal fought for five thousand years with Modou and Kytoo: he made them touch his thigh, and were overcome and confounded with Meerto (the Earth.) And it came to pass, that, having vanquished Modou and Kytoo, the Eternal again became visible, and clothed himself in all his glory. And thus spake the Eternal, saying, "You, 0 Bhirmah! shall create every living form which shall be found in