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had been a good customer ; but the produced a canvas bag, containing lawyer was hunting evidence in an- two hundred and seventy pounds, other county. The exciseman pre- which, being spread upon the table, sented himself as a surety ; but he made a very formidable shew, that not being an housekeeper, was not dazzled the eyes of the beholders, accepted. Divers cottagers, who and induced many of them to be. depended on farmer Prickle, were lieve he had ensured his conqueft. successively refused, because they Our adventurer, asking if he had could not prove that they had payed any thing further to offer, and bescot and lot, and parish taxes. ing answered in the negative, drew

The farmer, finding himself thus forth, with great deliberation, a forlorn, and in imminent danger of pocket-book, in which there was a visiting the inside of a prison, was considerable parcel of bank-notes, seized with a paroxysm of rage; from which he selected three of one during which he inveighed against hundred pounds each, and exhibited the bench, reviled the two adven- them upon the table, to the astonishturers errant, declared that he be- ment of all present. Prickle, mad lieved, and would lay a wager of with his overthrow and loss, said it twenty guineas, that he had more might be necessary to make him money in his pocket than e'er a prove the notes were honestly come man in the company; and in the by ; and Sir Launcelot started up, space of a quarter of an hour swore in order to take vengeance upon forty oaths, which the juftice did him for this insult; but was withnot fail to number. “ Before we held by the arms and remonstrances proceed to other matters, (said Mr. of Mr. Elmy, who assured him that Elmy). I order you to pay forty Prickle desired nothing so much as shillings for the oaths you have another broken head, to lay the swore; otherwise I will cause you to foundation of a new profecution. be set in the stocks, without further The knight, calmed by this inceremony."

terposition, turned to the audience, Prickle, throwing down a couple saying, with the most affable deof guineas, with two execrations portment, “ Good people, do not more to make up the sum, declared, imagine that I intend to pocket the that he could afford to pay for spoils of such a contemptible rascal. swearing as well as e'er a justice in I shall beg the favour of this worthy the county ; and repeated his chal. gentleman to take up these twenty lenge of the wager, which our ad- guineas, and distribute them as he venturer now accepted, protesting, shall think proper, among the poor at the same time, that it was not a of the parish : but, by this benefacstep taken from any motive of pride, tion, I do not hold myself acquitted but intirely with a view to punish for the fare I had in the bruises an insolent plebeian, who could not some of you have received in this otherwise be chastised without a unlucky fray; and therefore I give breach of the peace. Twenty gui- the other twenty guineas to be dineas being deposited on each side in vided among the sufferers, to each the hands of Mr. Elmy, Prickle, according to the damage he or she with equal confidence and dispatch, shall appear to have sustained ; and

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I fall consider it as an additional to insult the bench with impunity. obligation, if Mr. Elmy will like. I fall therefore imprison you for wife superintend this retribution.” contempt; and you shall remain in

At the close of this address, the jail, until you can find bail on the whole yard and gate-way rung with other prosecutions.” acclamation : while honest Crowe, Prickle, the first transports of his whose generosity was not inferior anger having fubfided, began to be even to that of the accomplished pricked with the thorns of compuncGreaves, pulled out his purse, and tion. He was indeed exceedingly declared that as he had begun the mortified at the prospect of being engagement, he would at least go sent to jail so disgracefully. His Thare and share alike in new caulk- countenance fell, and, after a hard ing their seams and repairing their internal struggle while the clerk was timbers. The knight, rather than employed in writing the mittimus, enter into a dispute with his novice, he said he hoped his worship would told him he considered the twenty not send him to prison. He begged guineas as given by them both in pardon of him and our adventurers conjunction, and that they would for having abused them in his para confer together on that subject here- fion, and observed, that as he had after.

received a broken head, and payed This point being adjusted, Mr. two and twenty guineas for his Elmy assumed all the solemnity of folly, he could not be said to have the magiftrate, and addressed him- escaped altogether without punishself to Prickle in these words : “Far- ment, even if the plaintiff Tould mer Prickle, I am both sorry and agree to exchange releases. . alhamed to see a man of your years Sir Launcelot, seeing this stub. and circumstances so little respected, born rustic effectually humbled, bethat you cannot find sufficient bail came an advocate in his favour with for forty pounds; a sure testimony Mr. Elmy and Tom Clarke, who that you have neither cultivated the forgave him at his request, and a friendship, nor deserved the goodmutual release being executed, the will of your neighbours. I have farmer was permitted to depart. heard of your quarrels and your The populace were regaled at our riots, your infolence, and litigious adventurer's expence; and the men, disposition; and often wilhed for an women, and children, who had been opportunity of giving you a proper wounded or bruised in the battle, to taste of the law's correction. That the number of ten or dozen, were opportunity now offers--You have desired to wait upon Mr. Elmy in in the hearing of all these people the morning to receive the knight's poured forth a torrent of abuse bounty. The justice was prevailed against me, both in the character upon to spend the evening with Sir of a gentleman and of a magistrate : Launcelot and his two companions, your abusing me personally, perhaps for whom fupper was bespoke; but I should have overlooked with the the first thing the cook prepared was contempt it deserves ; but I thould a poultice for Crowe's head, which ill vindicate the dignity of my of- was now enlarged to a monstrous fice as magistrate, by suffering you exhibition. Our knight, who was

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all kindness and complacency, shook time, he procured a plaister for his Mr. Clarke by the hand, expressing own head, 'and helped to apply the his satisfaction at meeting with his poultice to that of his uncle, who old friends again, and told him was sent to bed betimes with a mosoftly that he had compliments for derate dose of lack-whey to promote him from Mrs. Dolly Cowllip, who perspiration. The other three paffed now lived with his Aurelia.

the evening to their mutual fatisClarke was confounded at this faction ; and the justice in particuintelligence, and after some hesita- lar grew enamoured of the knight's tion, « Lord bless my soul ! (cried character, dashed as it was with exhe) I'll be shot then if the prétended travagance. miss Meadows wa'n't the same as Let us now leave them to the enmiss Darnel !” he then declared him- joyment of a sober and rational conself extremely glad that poor Dolly versation; and give some account had got into such an agreeable situ- of other guests who arrived late in ation, passed' many warm encomi- the evening, and here fixed their ums on her goodness of heart and night-quarters-But as we have al. virtuous inclinations, and concluded ready trespassed on the reader's pawith appealing to the knight whe- tience, we shall give hiin a short ther she did not look very pretty in respite until the next chapter makes her green Joseph. In the mean its appearance.

The BIRDS. An Idyllium upon Spring. THICK fogs no more obscure perish. Love, the pervading foul

the face of day: the meads of the vast universe, now triumphs delight the eye with colours of the o'er the Winter, which long made liveliert hue: no more the jailor desolate our plains : he thaws the Winter confines the captive Naiads ice of cold indifference, that chills to their crystal grotts. The shep- the human heart, as frost benumbs herds tune their ruftic ministrelfy, the earth. But to what purpose and beat the springing grass with serve these pleasing lessons, annualnimble feet: the flocks are from ly renewed ? We learn, soon as we their stalls released: a thousand breathe the vital air, fair Nature's warbling birds, with songs renewed, precepts to reject. Ungrateful as awake the Echoes, which in the we are! we rather chuse to follow woods and groves long time have the di&tates of caprice. Ye winged slept; and roses spring where ice choristers, whose notes inchant my constrained the glebe. What god soul, how much more happy is dispels the horrors of stern Winter's your fate! Without controul ye reign? What god embellishes our love ; without constraint you flit plains? The least of all the gods from grove to grove, and tempt on effects this wonderous change. 'Tis vagrant wing the blue expanse of he that in these charms arrays the heaven! Ye live, by instinct sure, Spring. Should Love his influence in happy ignorance of virtue, and withdraw, al Nature foon would of vice, cloathed in the varied

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plumes that Nature's hand bestows, ful man prepared, are all the mifeunknowa to envy, uninflamed by ries which you have cause to fear. pride; for never in the woods did We too are by our fellow-creatures Crows affect to counterfeit sweet doomed to the same perils: a thouPhilomel. Custom, duty, and auf- fand schemes are planned, a thoutere decorum, bear sovereign Sway fand springes set, to captivate the o'er man :--the hearts of faithless unwary mind, exposed to all the men are all by false appearances arts of treacherous deceit,, intent concealed. Nature, incensed at hu. to hang dire fetters on the freeborn man pride, affords us nothing with- soul. Thus in danger we are allied out pain. We cultivate the fields to you, ye little painted warblers, and orchards; whilst for you, ye whom we earnestly exhort to fun happy feathered race, Nature her- the wiles of deceitful man ; FOR, IN self provides. The snares, by art- CONSTRAINT TO LIVE, is Misery.

The HISTORY of HINDBAD the Merchant. An Eastern Tak.

L INDBAD, the son of Almamon, the faith of true believers, and 11 was born in Ormus, a city adopted the impious doctrine of Xaupon the gulph of Arabia, famous ca, who denied the existence of sefor its wealth and commerce. From parate fpirits in a future state. His his father Almamon he inherited present happiness appeared to him great riches, and Nature had been so great, that he could not believe as bountiful to him as Fortune, by that the joys of Paradise itself could bestowing upon him a healthy con- equal it; and what he no longer deftitution, a graceful person, and a fired to be true, he was easily inpenetrating understanding. By his duced to believe false. Add to this, industry he foon considerably en that the doctrines of the khoran creased his inheritance, and success. greatly mortified his vanity. He ful love rendered his lot as happy as highly valued himself upon his skill mortal man can presume to hope in traffic, by which he had amassed for. The youthful Zenderhoud, immense riches ; 'and chose rather whofe beauty resembled that of one to ascribe his success to his own abiof the Houris of Paradise, heard his lities, than to look upon his wealth amorous vows with pleasure ; and as a gift of the holy prophet. He their mutual passion was crowned by constantly observed a strict integrity an union, which seemed to promise in all his dealings, 'but he neglected. a bliss that could not end but with going to the mosques; or if he went the life of one or both.

thither, it was only to prevent cenHindbad had been educated in a fure : his heart did not join in the ftrict observance of all the precepts prayers offered up by true believers, of the alcoran, and in his early and he heard the book of glory, youth was instructed in the mystery which was dictated to the holy proof predestination by his father Al- phet by an angel, with a heart una mamon. But at length, intoxicated touched. with his happiness, he deviated from Notwithstanding his impiety, he April 1901.

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lived for a long time in a state of tomb of the holy prophet ; and perfect happiness, and shared his. Hindbad, who had now entirely reprosperity with Zenderhoud, the nounced the errors of the feet of idol of his heart. This happiness, Xaca, set out with them for Ifpas was, however, foon after difturbed han. Upon his arrival at that place, by a vision, in which he beheld a ve- he met with a vaft concourse of nerable old man, who earnestly ex- people assembled before the house of horted him to make a pilgriinage a cadi; and having enquired the to Medina, and offer up his prayers cause thereof, was informed that at the tomb of the holy prophet; several persons were then examining telling him at the fame time, that before him, who were found pof if he neglected to obey that injunc- seffed of immense wealth, 'which tion, the vengeance of heaven would: they could not satisfactorily make certainly overtake him. This ad- appear how they came by; and. monition he at first neglected, and which a woman, named Zenderattributed to the prejudices which houd, who was found in their comhe had imbibed in his infancy ; but pany, claimed as the property of the same advice being reiterated in her husband Hindbad, a merchant three subsequent dreams, he at at Ormus, whofe house they had length began to hesitate, and his rified, and carried her off at the mind was filled with scruples. same time.

Coming a few days afterwards Hindbad, overjoyed at this intelfrom a caravansera, 'where he had ligence, intreated to be heard; and treated with some Egyptian mer- being admitted to the presence of chants concerning an affair in which the cadi, was immediately known by they were all equally, interested, he Zenderhoud, who embraced him was seized with the utmost horror with a transport of joy inexpreflible. and surprize to find, upon his re. The cadi, after interrogating them, turn home, that his house was rob- was fo fully convinced of their ve.. bed: he searched for his dear Zen- racity, that he caused the robbers to derhoud, and not being able to find make instant reftitution, and ordered her, after having enquired all over them to receive the baltinado upon Ormus, he left the city in despair. the spot. .

For some time he wandered abouty Hindbad and Zenderhoud imme. not knowing whither to direct his diately returned to Ormus, where steps; but at length, meeting with they ever after lived in perfect felia company of faquirs, who told him city; the former acknowledging his they were upon a journey to Me. folly, in having forsook the doctrine dina, he recounted to them his of God's prophet for the impious. dreain ; and he, yielding to their sect of Xaca, and the latter making united solicitations, agreed to accom- it her only study to please. a husband pany them to Medina. In who loved her with unabated af

Being arrived there, they all de- fection. voutly paid their adorations at the

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