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its very name imports a degree of re- To live a barren sister all your life, spect for the parental character and Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless authority, which approaches, in some moon, proportion, to that with which each Thrice blessed they, that master fo their individual should regard the Universal To undergo fich maiden pilgrimage ;
blood, Parent and Benefactor of Mankind. But earthlier happy is the role distill'd, Children should look to their parents, Than that, which, withering on the virnot with veneration only, as the au gin-thorn, thors of their being, but with defer- Grows, lives, and dies, in fingle blessedence and submission, as their best ness. counsellors and directors in all the
Hermia. So will I grow, so live, se dangers and difficulties of life. This die, my lord, is beautifully expressed in • The Dou- Unto his lordship, to whose unwith d yoke
Ere I will yield my virgin patent up ble Fallhood ;'
My soul consents not to give sovereignty. The voice of parents is the voice of gods; The filial disobedience of Hermia For to their children they are Heaven's is here not merely blameless but virlieutenants :
If obedience be the natural Made fathers not for common uses merely Of procreation (beasts and birds would be duty of a child, it must be allowed. As noble then as we are) but to steer
at the same time, that the exertion of The wanton freight of youth thro' storms parental authority should be natural and dangers,
also. But nothing can be natural, in Which with full fails they bear upon : a virtuous sense, which is unreason
and straiten The moral line of life, they bend so often.' which is unjust. To compel a daugh
able ; nor can any thing be reasonable For these are we made fathers : and for ter to an 'irrevocable adt, by which
these May challenge duty on our children's part.
all her happiness in life must be deObedience is the sacrifice of angels,
stroyed, is not to sustain the parental Whose form you carry
character of a wise counsellor and beAct v. Sc. 2. nevolent protector, to whom every
degree of filial veneration is due, but Virgin Resolution.
it is to act the part of an arbitrary Hermia. I do entreat your grace to par- tyrant, whose destructive dictates,
founded in caprice, it is certainly I know not by what power I am made lawful to disobey. In France, before
the late Revolution, the parental auNor how it may concern my modesty, thority was as despotic as the regal In fuch a presence here, to plead my power. The Solonian law of life and thoughts :
death did not, indeed, exist in that But I beseech your grace, that I may know The worst that may befall me in this case, country; but disobedience to the paIf I refuse to wed Demetrius.
rental dictates, in the momentous arTheseus. Either to die the death, or to ticle of marriage, could be punished abjure
with the loss of liberty, and of all that For ever the society of men.
could render life desirable to a fuf-. Therefore, fair Hermia, question your ceptible and virtuous mind: A lettredefires,
de-cachet could plunge an unoffending Know of your youth * , examine well your son in the dungeons of the Bastille 1,
blood, Whether if you yield not to your father's or immure in the shady cloister' the choice,
blooming and exemplary daughter. You can endure the livery of a nun;
Marriage was commonly a circum: For aye † to be in fhady cloister mew'd, stance of convenience and ftipulation
* Bring your youth to the question. Consider your youth. † For ever.
| See Miss Williams' affecting History of Monsieur and Madame Du F in our Magazine for January and February 1791.
between the respective parents, in gined, and the expressions fo noble, which the inclinations of the young perfectly picturing the image to our couple were too often neglected. The view, that it deserves equal praise marriages, in course, were seldom with that magnificent paffage in Hohappy: where mutual affection did mer, so much extolled by Longinus : not previously exist, the cultivation of Deep in the dismal regions of the dead, it, afterward, was never thought of: Thi infernal monarch rear'd his horrid the tender charities, the delightful preservatives of love, were forgotten Leap'd from his throne, left Neptune's in the fascinating follies of diffipation: arms should lay and feldom could the married
pair ex. And pour in light on Pluto's drear abodes,
His dark dominions open to the day ; claim with Tasso, dolce congiun- Abhorrid by men, and dreadful e’en to tione de' cuori! O soave unione de
POPE. gli animi nostri !-Sweet alliance of hearts, delightful union of our souls !'
The word colly'd (that is, black, Or exhibit the charming picture of smutted with coal, a word still used in conjugal felicity in Milton's hymn: the midland counties) conveys the Here Love his golden shafts employs, here idea of something more than black, a lights
perfectly dark and footy night, which His constant lamp, and waves his purple renders the glare of the lightning more wings,
dismal; ' that in a spleen (a moment, Reigns bere and revels.
on a sudden) darts its blue light, and The Croffes of Love.
displays the creation, just now thick
mantled in night ; and before we can eLysander, Ah me! for aught that I ven speak to oblerve it, the jaws of darkcould ever read,
ness devour it up.' The circumstances Could ever hear by tale or history,
of the deep darkness of the night; the The course of true love never did run fmooth:
glare of the lightning, in an instant But, either it was different in blood ;
bringing to view heaven and earth, Or else misgraffed, in respect of years ;
the momentary duration of it, not so Or else it stood upon the choice of friends : long as while a man can fpeak; and Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, its being instantly devoured by the War, death, or fickness did lay siegt to it; jaws of darkness; are such as place Making it momentary as a sound,
the image immediately before our Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Brief as the lightning in the colly'd night, the most sublime and admired of an
fight, and rank the passage among That, in a spken, unfolds both heaven and earth,
cient or modern poetry. And ere a man hath power to say-Behold!
Beautiful Praise from a Rival. The jaws of darkness do devour it up :
Hermia. God speed, fair Helena! WhiSo quick bright things come to confufion. The fimile of the lightning, in this
Helena. Call you me fair? that fair passage, is the most lively and perfect Demetrius loves you, fair : 0 happy fair !
again unsay. description that can be conceived. Your eyes are lode-stars and
your The circumitances are so finely ima
tongue's sweet air * This was a compliment not unfrequent among the old poets. The lode-Star is the leading or guiding itar, that is, the pole star. The magnet is, for the same rea. fon, called the lode-stone, either because it leads iron, or because it guides the sailor. Milton, in L'Allegro, has the same idea :
Towers and battlements he fees,
More tuneable than lark to shepherd's ear,
Moon-light Night. When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear.
Lyfander. To-morrow-night, when
Phæbe doth behold Sickness is catching ; 0, were favour * fo!
Her filver visage in the wat’ry glass, Your words I'd catch, fair Hermia, ere
Decking with liquid pearl the bladed grass, I
Through Athens' gates have we design'd go; My car should catch your voice, my eye
to steal. your eye,
Whenever any incidental descripMy tongue should catch your tongue's tion of natural scenery occurs in Shak
sweet melody: Were the world mine, Demetrius being speare, it feldom fails to attract atbated,
tention, although it may not convey The ref I'll give to be to you translated t. any striking sentiment or moral. And 0, teach me how you look : and with the Moon-light appears a favourite what art
fubject with him. Thus, in the firit You sway the motion of Demetrius' heart. scene of this act:
Hermia had employed no arts to The moon, like to a silver bow allure the fickle Demetrius from He- New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night lena ; for, as she observes, juft after, of our folemnities. in the fame scene,
Again, in the Merchant of Venice: His folly, Helena, is no fault of mine.
The moon shines bright : in such a night
as this, She had done her an injury, indeed, When the sweet wind did sweetly kiss the but no wrong; and, therefore, the
trees, forsaken maid is fo just, as to com- And they did make no noiseplain of her own ill fortune only, without expressing the least refent And, in the same play, to quote ment against her beautiful rival.
How sweet the moon-light sleeps upon this Magic Power of Love.
Here will we fit, and let the sounds of Hermia. Take comfort ; he no more music shall see my
Creep in our ears : soft stillness, and the Łysander and myself will fly this place.
night, Before the time I did Lysander see,
Become the touches of sweet harmony, Seemd Athens as a paradile to me : O then, what graces in my love do dwell, Unreal Appearance of Objects in the That he hath turn'd a heaven unto a hell !
Lover's Eye. There is a beautiful propriety in
Helena. Things base and vile, holding these lines. Hermia is willing to no quantity 1, comfort Helena, and to avoid all ap- Love can transpose to form and dignity: pearance of triumph over her. She Love looks not with the eyes, but with 'bids her, therefore, not to consider
the mind; the power of pleasing as an advantage And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted much to be envied or desired; since Nor hath Love's mind of any judgment Hermia, whom the considers as por
taste ; feffing it in a fupreme degree, has Wings, and no eyes, figure unheedy haste: found no other effects from it than the And therefore is Love faid to be a child, loss of happiness.
Because in choice he is fo oft beguild.
no more :
* Favour is feature, countenance.
This effect upon the Lover is more I must go seek fome dew-drops here, strongly described by Theseus, in the And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear, first scene of the fifth act:
The cowslip was a favourite flower The Lover, all as frantic, among the fairies; and, in the pasSees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt. sage before us, our bard has chosen
the golden-coated cowslips, as pensioners Our bard has hinted a moral, on
to the fairy-queen, as the dress of the this latter subject, with regard to ir- band of gentlemen-pensioners was regular or misplaced affection, as Dr. very splendid in the time of queen Warburton has justly observed, by as Elizabeth, and the tallest and handfine a metamorphosis as any in Ovid, fomeft men were generally chosen by in the last lines of the following her for that office. To the same red speech, the whole of which is proper pots Shakspeare refers in Cymbeline : to be transcribed here, in order to A mole cinque-spotted, like the crimson fhew how juftly and poetically he has
drops pointed to the different effects of pas- In the bottom of a cowslip. fion upon busy and contemplative, as well as on idle and dissipated minds. Employments of the Fairies. Oberon. That very time I saw (but Puck. I am that merry wanderer of the thou couldst not)
night. Flying between the cold moon and the I jest to Oberon, and make him smile, earth,
When I a fat and bean-fed horfe beguile, Cupid all arm’d: a certain aim he tock Neighing in likeness of a filly foal: At a fair vestal, throned by the west * And sometime lurk I in a goffip's bowl, And loos’d his love-Ihaft smartly from his In very likeness of a roasted crab || ; bow,
And, when the drinks, against her lips I As it should pierce a hundred thousand bob, hearts :
And on her wither’d dew-lap pour the ale. But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft The wiselt aunt, telling the laddest tale, Quench'd in the chaste beams of the watery Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me; moon ;
Then flip I from her bum, down topples And the imperial vot’ress passed on,
the, In maiden meditation, fancy-free. And tailor cries, and falls into a cough; Yet markd I where the bolt of Cupid fell: And then the whole quire hold their hips, It fell upon a little western flower,
and loffe ; Before, "milk-white; now purple with And waxen in their mirth, and neeze, and Love's wound;
swear And maidens call it 'Love in Idleness fi' A merrier hour was never wasted there. Couslips.
Shakspeare's fairies are sportive and
gay; the innocent artificers of harmFairy. I serve the fairy queen, less frauds and innocent delusions. To dew her orbs I lipon the green : But on the subject of these beautiful The cowslips tall her pensioners be :
fictions, I shall be more particular ia In their goid coats spots you fee; Those be rubies, fairy favours,
my next paper. In those freckles live their favours :
(To be continued.)
* It was no uncommon thing to introduce a compliment to queen Elizabeth in the body of a play.
+ The tiower commonly called Pansy, or Heart's ease, is named Love-in-idleness in Warwickshire, and in Lyte's Herbal. One or two of its petals are of a purple colour. In other countries, it is called the Three-coloured-violet, the Herb-ofirinity, Three-faces-in-a-hood, Cuddle-me-to-you, &c.
I The crbs here mentioned are the circle; supposed to be made by the fairies on the ground, whicle verdure proceeds ficm the fairy's care to water them. ! A crabapple. So again in Love's Labour's Lost: "Wher rcaited cra's hiss in the bow!,'
The SENTIMENTAL RAMBLER; or SKETCHES of RURAL SCENERY
on a Vernal Day.
Of charms which Nature to her vot'ry yields !
The pomp of groves, the garniture of fields;
And all the dread magnificence of heaven,
The Appropriation of Time.
of human life, for a much larger pro
portion of wisdom, and of pleasure, P
ERHAPS nothing is more com- of business and of relaxation, than
mon than to bewail the shortness has, perhaps, ever yet been crowded of life, unless it be to mispend the within it since the period of antedi. little time we are permitted to enjoy. luvian longevity. At least it will not We complain that the evening is be disputed with me, that a just apclosing on our unfinished labours, with- propriation of times and seasons would out remembering how much of the greatly enhance the enjoyments of day has been wasted in indolence; life, fince every avocation may, under and peevishly lament the insufficiency proper regulations become a pleasure, of our strength, without reflecting on and the most favourite amusement, by the fatigues produced by diffipation an ill-timed recurrence, may find the and folly. In short, did we never strings out of time that should vibrate suffer ourselves to accuse the rapid to its measures, and be consequently wing of time, till we had counted the attended with nothing but wearifame. moments that have passed unoccupied ness and disgust. and unenjoyed, the murmur of im
It should seem that men of letters pious discontent would be filled by are particularly negligent of this proregret, and the voice of reproach ex- per adaptation of time, and frequently pire in the figh of contrition. not only shorten their lives, but even
Nor are indolence and dissipation render the years they experience less the only sources of error in this par- productive than they might otherwise ticular: the improvement of time has be, by reversing the order of nature, other enemies as formidable, perhaps, and filling the instinctive voice of if it were not that they appear of a health, whose warnings were kindly more corrigible nature. Among the designed for the preservation and hapforemost of these may be reckoned the pinets of mankind. Neglectful of the injudicious manner, in which feasons invigorating and inspiring breath of and avocations are suited to each morning, they but too frequently other : an improvidence fo great, refer their studies to the protracted that whoever should entirely correct nocturnal hour, which the most unhimself of this inconsistency would equivocal fymptoms * Mew us was find room enough, in the little circle deiigned for slumber and refreshment;
aid They who, by attending to their own sensations, become acquainted with the important admonitions of nature, will obferve certain feverish and unea'y fymptoms,