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ecstacy, when she reflected that it was her province to live entirely for others; to compose the felicity of a great people ; to move in a sphere which would afford scope for the exercise of philanthropy the most enlarged, of wisdom the most enlightened; and that, while others are doomed to pass through the world in obscurity, she was to supply the materials of history, and to impart that impulse to society which was to decide the destiny of future generations. Fired with the ambition of equalling, or surpassing, the most distinguished of her predecessors, she probably did not despair of reviving the remembrance of the brightest parts of their story, and of once more attaching the epoch of British glory to the annals of a female reign. It is needless to add, that the nation went with her, and probably outstripped her in these delightful anticipations. We fondly hoped that a life so inestimable, would be protracted to a distant period, and that after diffusing the blessings of a just and enlightened administration, and being surrounded by a numerous progeny, she would gradually, in a good old age, sink under the horizon, amidst the embraces of her family, and the benedictions of her country.

But, alas ! these delightful visions are fled, and what do we behold in their room, but the funeral pall and shroud, a palace in mourning, a nation in tears, and the shadow of death settled over both like a cloud ! O the unspeakable vanity of human hopes ! the incurable blindness of man to fu. turity ! ever doomed to grasp at shadows, to seize with avidity what turns to dust and ashes in his hand, “to sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind.”

Without the slightest warning, without the opportunity of a moment's immediate preparation, in the midst of the deepest tranquillity, at midnight a voice was heard in the palace, not of singing men and singing women, not of revelry and mirth, but the cry, “ Behold the bridegroom cometh !” The mother in the bloom of youth, spared just long enough to hear the tidings of her infant's death, almost immediately, as if summoned by his spirit, follows him into eternity. It is a night much to be remembered.” Who foretold this event, who conjectured it, who detected at a distance the faintest presage of its approach, which, when it arrived, mocked the efforts of human skill, as much by their incapacity to prevent, as their inability to foresee it! Unmoved by the tears of conjugal affection, unawed by the presence of grandeur and the prerogatives of power, inexorable death hastened to execute his stern commission, leaving nothing

to royalty itself, but to retire and weep. Who can fail to discern, on this awful occasion, the hand of Him who “bringeth princes to nothing, who maketh the judges of the earth as vanity;" who says, “they shall not be planted ; yea, they shall not be sown; yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth;” and he “shall blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.”

But is it now any subject of regret, think you, to this amiable Princess so suddenly removed, “ that her sun went down while it was yet day," or that, prematurely snatched from prospects the most brilliant and enchanting, she was compelled to close her eyes so soon on a world, of whose grandeur she formed so conspicuous a part? No! in the full fruition of eternal joys, for which we humbly hope Religion prepared her, she is so far from looking back with lingering regret on what she has quitted, that she is surprised it had the power of affecting her so much ;that she took so deep an interest in the scenes of this shadowy state of being, while so near to an “eternal weight of glory;" and, as far as memory may be supposed to contribute to her happiness, by associating the present with the past, it is not the recollection of her illustrious birth and elevated prospects, but that she visited the abodes of the poor, and learned to weep with those that weep; that, surrounded with the fascinations of pleasure, she was not inebriated by its charms; that she resisted the strongest temptations to pride, preserved her ears open to truth, was impatient of the voice of flattery; in a word, that she sought and cherished the inspirations of piety, and walked humbly. with her God.

The nation has certainly not been wanting in the proper expression of its poignant regret, at the sudden removal of this most lamented Princess, nor of their sympathy with the royal family, deprived by this visitation of its brightest ornament. Sorrow is painted in every countenance, the pursuits of business and of pleasure have been suspended, and the kingdom is covered with the signals of distress. But what, my friends, (if it were lawful to indulge such a thought) what would be the funeral obsequies of a lost soul? Where shall we find tears fit to be wept at such a spectacle ; or, could we realize the calamity in all its extent, what tokens of commiseration and concern would be deemed equal to the occasion ? Would it suffice for the sun to veil his light, and the moon her brightness; to cover the ocean with mourning and the heavens with

sackcloth ; or, were the whole fabric of nature to become ani. mated and vocal, would it be possible for her to utter a groan too deep, or a cry too piercing, to express the magnitude and extent of such a catastrophe !*

SOLITUDE.

BYRON.
Tis night, when Meditation bids us feel

We once have loved, though love is at an end:
The heart, lone mourner of its baffled zeal,
Though friendless

now,

will dream it had a friend. Who with the weight of years would wish to bend,

When Youth itself survives young Love and Joy?
Alas! when mingling souls forget to blend,

Death hath but little left him to destroy !
Ah ! happy years! once more who would not be a boy ?
Thus bending o'er the vessel's laving side,

To gaze on Dian's wave-reflected sphere;
The soul forgets her schemes of hope and pride,

And flies unconscious o’er each backward year.
None are so desolate, but something dear,

Dearer than self, possesses or possessed
A thought, and claims the homage of a tear ;
A flashing pang ! of which the

weary

breast Would still, albeit in vain, the heavy heart divest. To sit on rocks, to muse o'er flood and fell,

To slowly trace the forest's shady scene,
Where things that own not man's dominion dwell,

And mortal foot hath ne'er, or rarely been ;
To climb the trackless mountain all unseen,

With the wild flock that never needs a fold; Alone o'er steeps and foaming falls to lean,

This is not solitude ; 'tis but to hold Conve se with Nature's charms, and view her stores unrolled.

* As this selection of the justly celebrated Sermon has been copied without remark into other“ Collections,” the Editor of this volume deems it necessary to say that it was originally selected, as it is here given, by him,

But, 'midst the crowd, the humi, the shock of men,

To hear, to see, to feel, and to possess, And roam along the world's tired denizen,

With none who bless us, none whom we can bless ; Minions of splendour shrinking from distress!

None that, with kindred consciousness endued, If we were not, would seem to smile the less,

Of all that flattered, followed, sought and sued, This is to be alone; this, this is solitude !

A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF AFFECTION IN

HUMBLE LIFE.

Rev. GEORGE CRABBE.*

YES ! there aret real mourners- I have seen
A fair, sad girl, mild, suffering, and serene,
Attention (through the day) her duties claimed,
And to be useful as resigned she aimed ;
Neatly she dressed, nor vainly seemed to expect
Pity for grief, or pardon for neglect;
But when her wearied parents sunk to sleep,
She sought her place to meditate and weep;

sub.

cop.

* This exemplary divine, and nature's admired truth-loving poet, died in 1832, aged 78. He was born at Aldborough, in Suffolk.

+ The copula here (" are”) is accented. Readers in general are apt to give the copula “is'' or "not"

an emphatic force when the predicate should plainly receive it ;—thus, in the proposition “truly

pred. God is | loving | unto Israel,” we often hear the copula “is" made emphatic, when the subject “God” and the predicate “ loving' demand the emphasis. In some cases, however, “the copula” is properly the emphatic word when the proposition may be considered as in opposition to its contradictory; and then, if the proposition be affirmative (as in the present example) the verb is or are is accented ; if negative, the adverb not. And with reference to the Decalogue, as Archbishop Whately most judiciously observes, if it had been a question whether we ought to steal or not, the commandment in answer to that, would have been rightly pronounced, “Thou shalt not steal ;" – but the question being, what things we are forbidden to do, the answer is that “to stea!” is one of them, and, consequently, the command should be read “. Thou shalt not steal.”

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Then to her mind was all the past displayed,
That faithful Memory brings to Sorrow's aid :
For then she thought on one regretted youth,
Her tender trust and his unquestioned truth;
In every place she wandered where they'd been,
And sadly-sacred held the parting scene
Where last for sea he took his leave;—that place
With double interest would she nightly trace.
For long the courtship was, and he would say
Each time he sailed—this one, and then the day-
Yet prudence tarried, and when last he went,
He drew from pitying love a full consent.

Happy he sailed, and great the care she took,
That he should softly sleep, and smartly look;
White was his better linen, and his check
Was made more trim than any on the deck;
And
every

comfort men at sea can know,
Was hers to buy, to make, and to bestow:
For he to Greenland sailed, and much she told,
How he should guard against the climate's cold ;
Yet saw not danger ; dangers he'd withstood,
Nor could she trace the fever in his blood:
His messmates smiled at flushings in his cheek,
And he too smiled, but seldom would he speak;
For now he found the danger, felt the pain,
With grievous symptoms he could not explain.

He called his friend, and prefaced, with a sigh, A lover's message-Thomas, I must die : Would I could see my Sally, and could rest My throbbing temples on her faithful breast, And gazing go!—if not this trifle take, And say,

till death, I wore it for her sake :
Yes! I must dieblow on, sweet breeze, blow on!
Give me one look, before my life be gone;
Oh! give me that! and let me not despair,-
One last fond look !—and now repeat the prayer.”

He had his wish—had more; I will not paint
The lovers' meeting; she beheld him faint-
With tender fears she took a nearer view,
Her terrors doubling as her hopes withdrew;
He tried to smile; and half succeeding, said,
“ Yes! I must die”-and hope for ever fled.

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