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What, cried I, can you, who are a native of Carolina, be afraid of a snake ? Not, said he, if I meet him on the road, or in the woods. I wish I had as many acres of land as I have killed rattlesnakes in this country. My plantation would be a wide one.—Mr. Dubusk was somewhat a wag. Being called on after supper to sing the patriotic song of Hail Columbia ; he parodied it with much drollery.

Hail Columbia ! happy land !
Full of pines, and burning sand !

At this I was surprised; for Hail Columbia exacts not less reverence in America, than the Marselloise Hymn in France, and Rule Britannia in England.

Before I quit the subject of Mr. Dubusk, I will mention a delicacy of conduct which I could not but remark in him; and which I record for the imitation of American Planters. Having thoughtlessly chastised a negro-boy in the room, he apologized for doing it before me; a circumstance which verified the observation, that goodbreeding is the natural result of good sense.

The next morning, Mr. Dubusk walked with me a few miles on my road ; but my companion having business at a plantation in the woods, I was soon left to pursue my journey alone through the sand. My sight was still bounded by the same prospect as ever.

I could only distinguish before me a road that seemed endless, and mossy

forests on each border of it. An European gazes with wonder at the long and beautiful moss, that, spreading itself from the branches of one tree to those of another, extends through whole forests.*

It was now eight in the morning; the weather was mild, and I walked vigorously forward, chewing the cud of sweet and bitter fancy.

At Darr's tavern, I found nobody but a negrowoman, who was suckling her child, and quieting its clamours by appropriating, instead of a common rattle, the rattles of a snake. I would have much rather heard her jingle the keys of the cupboard in the child's ears; but, unfortunate

me, Mr. Darr was gone out, and had taken the keys with him.

I was, therefore, glad to obtain a plate of Mush,* which having eaten sans milk, sans sugar, and even sans molasses, I gave the good woman a piece of silver, and again pursued my journey.

Beshrew the Traveller, who would let fall a reflection over the dinner I here made. Though plain, it was wholesome; and, instead of wishing it was better, I thanked God it was not

ly for


* This moss when it becomes dead serves many useful purposes. The negroes carry it to Charleston, where it is bought to stuff mattrasses, and chair-bottoms. The hunters always use it for wadding to their guns.

* Indian meal boiled.

A walk of eight more miles brought me to Owendaw bridge, and, taking a small path that led into the woods, I sought for the grave of a stranger, of whom tradition has preserved no remembrance ; and whose narrow house I at length discovered under a large and stately pine. I suppress the reflections which filled my breast on beholding it. Mr. George had anticipated me in a poem, which I meditated over the grave in all the luxury of melancholy.



NOW while the sun in ocean rolls the day,
Pensive I view where yonder trees display
The lonely heap of earth, where here unmourn'd,
Beneath the pine the stranger lies inurn'd.
Near these green reeds, that shade the passing wave,
The grass proclaims the long neglected grave,
Where dark and drear the mossy forests rise,
And nature hides her form from mortal eyes ;
Where never print of human step is found,
Nor ever sun-beam cheers the gloomy ground,
But towering pines the light of heaven preclude,
And cedars wave in endless solitude

Where stretch'd amid the leaves, the branching hind
Hears the tall cypress murmur to the wind.
All now unknown, if here this space of dust
Enclose the ashes of the base or just;
Nor wept by friendship, nor enroll'd by fame,
Without a tomb, and e'en without a name.
So rests amid these over-arching woods,
Some hapless corse, regardless of the floods,
Which oft around with angry deluge sweep,
And roll the wrecks of ages to the deep.

Those warring passions struggling to be free,
Those eyes that once the blaze of heaven could see ;
That hand from which, perhaps, the brave retir'd ;
That heart which once the breath of life inspir'd,
Now shut for ever from the face of day,
Claim but at last this narrow spot of clay.
Unhappy dust, no memory remains
Of what of thee once trod these gloomy plains,
Whether some wish, that fires the human breast,
Of glory, or of wealth, was here supprest ;
Or great, or humble, was thy former lot,
To all unknown, by all the world forgot!,
But what is friendship, or exalted fame,
Which time may wound, or Envy's eye may blame?
Alike the lofty and the low must lie,
Alike the hero and the slave must die ;
A few short years their names from earth shall sweep,
Unfelt as drops when mingling with the deep.
For thee no tomb arrests the passing eye,
No muse implores the tributary sigh,
Nor weeping sire shall hither press to mourn,
Nor frantic spouse invoke thee from thine urn;
But here unwept, beneath this gloomy pine,
Eternal nights of solitude are thine.
So when conflicting clouds, in thunder driven,
Shake to its base the firmament of heaven,
Prone on the earth the lofty cedar lies,
Unseen, and in an unknown valley dies :
So falls the towering pride of mortal state,
So perish all the glories of the great.
In vain with hope to distant realms we run,
Some bliss to share, or misery to shun.
În vain the man of narrow bosom flies,
Where meanness triumphs, and where honour dies;


And fills the sable bark with sordi:: ore,
To swell the


that curse a guilty shore ; Pursu'd by fate through every realm and sea, He falls at last unwept, unknown, like thee.

Pursuing iny journey, in somewhat a dejected mood, I crossed over Owendaw Bridge, and walked forward at a moderate rate. In fact, I regulated my pace by the sun, which was descending behind me in the woods, and at which I occasionally looked back.

About night-fall I reached Mr. Mac Gregor's tavern, of which the proximity was announced by the axe of the negro chopping wood. No sound can be more delightful than this to the foot-traveller in America, when night has cast its shadows over the face of the country. It not only informs him that he is near some human habitation ; but associates the welcome image of a warm fire-side, and an invigorating supper.

The house of Mr. Mac Gregor was agreeably situated on the River Santee. But it was filled with the Planters and young women from the neighbouring woods, who had assembled to celebrate their Christmas festival ; for, it was, I discovered, the anniversary of the day that gave

birth to our Redeemer. Strange! that I should regard time so little, as not to know that its inaudible and noiseless feet had stolen through ano

ther year.

The party was, however, taking time by the forelock. They had formed a dance! but could

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