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they were before threatened ; and they found themselves incapable of coming to any resolution in fo cruel and diftressful a fituation,

9. At last one of the principal inhabitants, called Euftace de St. Pierre, whose name deserves to be recorded, stepped forth, and declared himself willing to encounter death for the safety of his friends and companions. Another, animated by his example, made a like generous offer. A third and fourth presented themselves to the same. fate; and the whole number was foon completed.

10. These fix heroic citizens appeared before Edward in the guise of malefactors,, laid at his feet the keys of their city, and were ordered to be led to execution. It is fura. prising that so generous a prince should erer have entertained such a barbarous purpose against such men ; and still more, that he should seriously persist in the resolution of executing it.

But the entreaties of his queen faved his memory from that infamy. She prostrated herself before him, and, with tears in her eyes, begged the lives of these unbappy men. Having obtained her request, lhe carried them into her tent, ordered a repast to be set before them, and, after making them a present of money and clothes, difmissed them in safety.

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SUBLIMITY OF THE SCRIPTURES.

GOD came from Teman, and the Holy One froin moune Paran. Seluh.. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praife. And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand; and there was the hiding of his power.

Before him went the peftilence; and burning coals. went forth at his feet.. He stood and measured the earth; die beheld and drove asunder the nations, and the everlast. ing mountains were scattered ; the perpetual hills did bow; bis ways are everlasting.

3. I saw the tents of Cushan in a fiction, and the cur. tains of the land of Midian did freinble. Was the Lord.

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displeased against the rivers ? Was thy wrath against the fea, that thou didft ride upon thy horses, and thy chariots of salvation ? Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy sword. Selah.

4. Thou didit cleave the earth with rivers. The moun. cains faw thee and they trembled; the overflowing of the water passed by; the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. The fun and moon stood still in their habitation. At the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.

5. Thou didit march through the land in indignation; thou dist threlh the heathen in anger. Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed. Thou woundedit the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

6. Thou didit Itrike through with his staves the head of his villages; they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me; their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.

7. When I heard, I trembled ; and my lips quivered at the voice. Rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble, When he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them

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AND I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud : and a rainbow was upon

his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. And he had in his hand a little book open ; and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth : and when he had cried, feven thunders uttered their voices.

And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write ; and I heard a voice from

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heaven faying unto me, Seal up thofe things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

3. And the angel, whom I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by Him who liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things which therein are, and the earth, and the things which therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finifhed, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

ANECDOTE OF MONTESQUIEU.

A GENTLEMAN, being at Marseilles, hired a boat, with an intention of failing for pleafure. He entered into conversation with the two young men who owned the vessel, and learned that they were not watermen by trade, but silversmiths; and that when they could be spared from their usual business, they employed themselves in that way to increase their earnings. 2. On expreshing his surprise at their

conduct, and im. puting it to an avaricious disposition ; Oh! fır, said the young men,

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knew our reasons, you would ascribe it to a better motive.

3. Our father, anxious to allift liis family, fcraped together all he was worth; purchased a vefsel for the purz pose of trading to the coast of Barbary; but was unfortu nately taken by a pirate, carried to Tripoli, and fold for a Nave.

4. He writes word, that he is luckily fallen into the hands of a master who treats him with great humanity; but that the sum which is demanded for his ransom is fo exorbitant that it will be impossible for him ever to raise it. He adds that we must, therefore, relinquish all hope of ever seeing him again, and be contented that he has as many comforts as his situation will admit.

5. With the hopes of reftoring to his family a beloved father, we are striving, by every honest mean in our power,

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to collect the fum necessary for his ranfom; and we are not ashamed to employ ourselves in the occupation of watermen. The gentleman was ftruck with this account, and, on his departure, made them a han bome present.

6. Some monžhs afterwards, the young men being at work in their shop, were greatly surprised at the sudden arrival of their father, who threw himself into their arms ; exclaiming, at the same time, that he was fearful they had taken some unjust method to raise the money for his ran. fom, for it was too great a fum for them to have gained by their ordinary occupation.

7. They professed their ignorance of the whole affair, and could only fufpect they owed their father's release to that stranger, to whose generosity they had been before so much obliged. After Montesquieu's death, an account of this affair was found among his papers, and the sum actu. ally remitted to Tripoli for the old man's ransom.

8. It is a pleasure to hear of such an a&t of benevolence performed even by a person totally unknown to us ; but the pleasure is greatly increased, when it proves the union of virtue and talents in an author fo renowned as Montesquieu,

THE BENEVOLENT PAIR.

A poor man and his wife at Vienna, who had six small children, finding thenselves unable to fupport idem all, were reduced to the neceflity of turning the youngest upon the public. The husband carried it reluctantly to the foundling hospital, deposited it in the balket which was placed near the gate for the reception of the foundlings, and anxiously waited till the arrival of the inspector, that he might take a farewel view of his child.

When the inspector came at the usual time to examine the basket, le perceived two children therein. Observing the laborer who stood at a small distance, he fupposed that he had brought them both; and compelled the poor man, notwithstanding all his protestations to the contrary, to return with two children instead of cne, which was already more than he knew

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3. His wife, as well as himself, was cxcecdingly dejected at this increase of their expenses ; but, unwilling to expose the little stranger in the street, they determined to use all their endeavors to support themselves and the seven children ; and they hoped Providence would assist them.

4. On undresling the child, the woman found a paper sewed to its clothes, containing an order upon a banker for five crowns a month, to be paid to the person who took care of it.

The good people were not a little rejoiced at their happy furtune.

But the story being circulated, and coming to the knowledge of the managers of the hospital, they claimed with the child as their property. The laborer refused to relinquish it, and was allisted by some persons of distinction.

6. The caufe being tried in a court of justice, it was decreed, that, as the foundliog hofpital had at first declined receiving the child, it of right belonged to the poor man who had shown such humanity in keeping it, when he was fo ill able to afford any additional expense.

THE UNFORTUNATE PHILANTHROPIST.

In the year 1975, a thip lying at anchor in

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Table-bay at the Cape of Good Hope, was driven on fhore in a violent storm, and crew reduced to the ut molt distress and danger. Their cries for assistance were distinctly heard by the inhabitants ; but at first there appeared no prospect of relief from any quarter.

2. The swell of the sea, which broke over the ship with the greatest viclence, made it impossible for them to fave themselves in boats, and highly dangerous to attempt it by swimming. Some of those, who ventured to swim to the fhore, were thrown against the rocks and dashed to pieces; others, as soon as they had arrived at the shore, were care ried back by another wave and drowned.

3. A Dutchman by the nante of VOLTEMAD, who Inappened to be a spectator of this distressing scene, was touched with coinpallion of fo noble a kind, and the fime time fo operative, that, mounting a high spirited horse,

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