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existence of matrimonial happiness, was introduced upon the stage as having experienced a sudden change of heart, and become a convert, as by miracle, to the ways of religion and virtue. The same preposterous reformation occasionally finds a place in compositions of modern date. The reasons which have induced many writers, by no means unskilled in the science of human nature, to construct their dramas on a plan so unnatural, are evident. Following the bent of his own contaminated mind, or solicitous only to suit the taste of a corrupted audience, the author conceived immorality seasoned with wit to furnish the most copious and attractive fund of entertainment. He formed his plot, drew his characters, and arranged his incidents accordingly. His catastrophe was to turn on the usual hinge, marriage. But though he had, without scruple, exhibited his hero through four entire acts, and three-quarters of the fifth, as unprincipled ; yet, in the final scene, to unite him, unprincipled as he was, to the lady of his wishes, a lady whom it had been found convenient to represent throughout the drama in a much more respectable light than her intended husband, was an indecorum too flagrant to be hazarded. For form's sake, therefore, it was necessary that an instantaneous reformation should be supposed to be wrought in his heart. Let the female sex be assured, that whenever, on the stage of real life, an irreligious and immoral young man is suddenly found, when on the eve of matrimony, to change his external conduct, and to recommend himself by professions of a determination to amend; the probability that the change is adopted, as in the theatre, for the sake of form and convenience, and that it will not be durable after the purposes of form and convenience shall have been answered by it, is one of those which approach the nearest to certainty.
THE HYMENEAL CHARTER.
TO HER NEPHEW, ON HIS MARRIAGE.-BY HELEN MARIA
Child of my heart; while others hail
And ever may its hallow'd law
No principles of feudal sway
Nor bidding every blessing fade, Let jealousy your peace invade; Whose shadow clings to all that's dear, And adds the length'ning shapes of fear ; Whose mind, with sickly colours ting'd, Discerns in all, the code infring'd; Reads violations in the eye, And marks the treason of a sigh; Or loads a tear with false aspersion, Mistaking sorrow for aversion i Or construes into acts of guile The tender pleadings of a smile; Condemns unheard, with ultra fury, Nor suffers love to call a jury, Where innocence, with pride appears, Safe in a trial by her peers.
Thus having ne'er from duty swery'd, The faith of treaties well observ'd ; When time your destin'd lot shall fling Of sorrow from his loaded wing ; For you, of other good bereft, Unchanging love will still be left; Not like the world, he then will roam, But rest, the morning star of home. Not yours, their bitter fate, who know That agony
of lonely woe,
An alter'd heart was bound to share,
For you, to every duty true,
law of true election,
Thus be the charter'd code imprest,
frame, for worlds to come,
THE PLEASURES OF MARRIED LIFE-continued.
The union of the virtuous in the holy state of matrimony, opens a new source of pure and innocent joys, and cherishes all the social affections of nature.
The treasures of the deep are not so precious,
Lock'd up in woman's love!
Happy the man who is blessed with a virtuous wife." And,
Happy the fair, who, with a virtuous mind,
Then will the pleasures of love be truly experienced, and the delighted husband will address his partner in some such language as the following :
When on thy bosom I recline,
To call thee mine for life ;
Of Husband and of Wife.
E'en years have not destroy'd ;
That love can ne'er be cloy’d.
So soft our moments move,
I lull me there to rest;
And lose it on my breast. A wedded pair, united in the bonds of pure and virtuous Love, striving to please and be pleased, be come as it were,“ one soul in two bodies.