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The Treacherons Husband.

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Elated with hopes of success in the her affections were too much fixed on great enterprize, Horatio, guiding Ma-Horatio to admit of balmy feep.-tilda by the hand, advanced with hafty Deeply struck as she was with the steps to open the affair himself to the darts of Cupid, the image of her aparent of the lovely charmer, and he dorer presented itself every moment, thus accosted her—“ Dear Madam, I and occupied, as it were, every avenue am going to ask a particular favour, of her soul. The soft paffion incel. which, if you grant, will make me hap fantly haunted Horatio, and was repy for life-happy as I can wish to be; turned by him with equal ardor. Ten but if noi, for ever miserable. Alrea- thousand times, during the filence of dy, I prelume, you conjecture the nathe night, he saw her with the eye of ture of my request - Are you willing his mind, contemplated her charms, that our families should be allied ?- and longed, earnestly longed for the Will you consent for me to join hands arrival of morn, to present him again with this sweet creature, and to call with the fight, with the company of her mine ?--My love for her, I assure the fair, the angelic Matilda. you, cannot be described it is inex As soon as the dawn appeared, and preslille ! With Matilda I shall be in Aurora began to itreak the east with Paradise--without her I shall ever be her purple ray, Horatio waked from a unhappy!--I have gained her confort repose, and immediately sprung sent-Madam, may I hope for your's?” from his couch, impatient to see the

The matron had a regard for the joy of his heart. He took a walk in young gentleman, and always enter the gardens till the happy hour of Maiained a good opinion of him, as his tilda's rising, in order to lighten the character was unexceptionable, and burden of ringe which hung heavy upon though in point of fortune he was ra him during the temporary absence. He ther inferior to Matilda, she did not had not walked long before the servant fcruple to give him encouragement, and came to inform him that breakfast was soon after her consent to be her son ready, who found him advancing in a in-law.

private walk, lillening to the soft murOverjoyed at such speedy and unex murs of a gentle rivulet, which glided pected success, Horatio now began to with smooth ferenity along the garden, call her his own. The evening was till at length it expanded its furface, spent very agreeably. Love, recipro- and united with the foaming water of cal love, animated the hearts of the in-a neighbouring cascade. Returning ended couple, and gave wings to the back he was met by his filter and Maoyful hours. Happy in each others tilda, who were just going in pursuit of company, happy in the approbation of him. A modett blush overspread the sheir friends, and still more happy in face of his charmer as he interrogated looking forward to the propitious day, her on some trifling particularities rewhen all their wishes were to be specting her repofe, &c. His eyes at crowned, nothing was wanting to com- the same time fixed on her, were feafted pleat their felicity. Joy and pleasure with her charms, which feemed to inhand in hand seemed to dance before crease in proportion as he viewed them. them, drove forrow away, dried up e Just as they were seated at breakvery tear, and presented before them fast, a letter was brought addressed to the golden prospect of a happy union. Horatio : it was to desire his attend. Conjugal bliss, uninterrupted tranquil. ance at home immediately in order to ity, and an amiable progeny, were fettle some very important buliness pleating scenes, which opened on tach with a friend. After the tea equipage of their minds, and left a deep, a sweet was removed, he took an affectionate impreffion there. In vain did Matil- leave of Matilda, &c. promising to reda recline her head on the downy pil-turn again the next day, or as soon as low; in vain did the drowsy god at his avocations would permit. tempt to seal her eyes.

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More than a week had elapsed, and After a dinner, which he ate with very ligence arrive. This somewhat alarm- unknown attraction to the place with ed them, as he assured them, at his de- he had lately adorned with flowen.parture, that his business would be As he approached to the reces, k transacted in a few hours, and they perceived, by the bended grafs, that might depend on feeing him in two or some light foot had passed that waya three days at fartheit, or he would let his absence. Not choofing to go the them koow by letter. His fifter, al direct way, he made a small circait

, ways timid and suspicious, grew more and climbing a tree on one side of the and more uneasy. The matron, and feat, he saw Cleora asleep, and her sa particularly Matilda, were shocked, being drawn from her face, he fatntd and began to fufpect some accident.- his eyes in traversing her charms. The They endeavoured, however, to con- rustling of the branches from which ceal their feelings as much as possible Agapetus was suspended, awaked the from his filter.

Neeping fair, who corering ber face Market-Lavington. J.L-0 with her veil, fied with all the swin

ness she was able. (To be continued.)

This rencontre added to the impa. tience of Agapetus : he could no los

ger conceal his passion from Maitis, AGAPETUS and CLEORA. and took an opportunity of telling him Conclured from Page 456.)

that the same hand which had recurs

him from the grave, must either preGAPETUS recovered beyond long his life, or confign him once mere in his family : but while the external with the greateft reluctance. wound was healing, he discovered an in- Martio replied, that he was feeding ternal one, which no medicine can cure for impossibilities, for his daughter was The tenderness with which Clcora had a nun professed, and therefore could attended him had oceafioned this: and never give her hand to any one. he wished to whisper to her, what he This information harrowed up the felt, but Cleora with all the reserve foul of Agapetus; he larguished dails, due' to one of her profession fled every and at lait fell into a fever, in the # occasion of hearing what it was her duły roxysms of which he begged he migh: not to hear; and to avoid any fu- once more be attended by the amable ture importunities quitted her father's Cleora. Her father contented. The house.

fight of her enlivened Agapetua ; but Agapetus not seeing her for some alas ! after she had' vifited him three days grew uncasy, grew melancholy; days, she contracted the fame disorder, he was fond of retired places, and which carried her off in less than four finding a seat in a récess of the and twenty hours. wood, he decorated it with roles, wood- Agapetus, however, advanced in Þines, &c. with which he torined an recovery, and when he was permitted áttificiaļ arbour, no less fragrant than to leave his chamber, he ecquired far beautiful. When he had finished this his kind patroness, and being informed romantic place, he sat himself down, of her death, and the cause of it, be wishing that Cleora might come that fell into a profound melancholy, fhuayay, that he might once more intoxi- ning the light and conversation of his cate himlelf with her beauties. - species. Lovers are impatient, and expectation When alone, he was often overheard increases the circle of time more than addressing himself to Cleora, fometimes any other paflion of the human mind; answering, at other times faid to Agapetnis therefore left the delightful her : but if company broke in upon spot and retired to Martio's house. This retirement, he was sullenly files

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Meditations in. September,

517 d looked on his nearest relations as entertainment make glad our hearts, pertinents and intruders.

and most sweetly prompt both our graMany a project was formed to di- titude and duty to the all-bounteous rt him from his deep melancholy, and munificent Giver. hich was no sooner mentioned than The promise of the spring is now jected as ineffectual. At length one fulfilled, and all nature is arrived, as his oldest friends officiously imagin- it were, to a state of maturity. The g that the tendresse which he had for three preceding seasons have finished e deceased Cleora might be diverted their part in this great work, and dey presenting him with a living object | livered it over to autumn to set the posembling her in person and virtues, lith, and bring to perfection the in• introduced his own fifter into Aga- numerable productions of the earth, etus's room, in the disguise of a nun. which now appear complete. The young lady, according to her in

-Whate'er the wint'ry frost ructions, took a seat opposite to him, Nitrous prepar’d, the various-blossom'd tpring ad fat recumbent on her elbow some Put in white promise forth, the fummer suns me before he discovered her ; on Concocted strong, rulh boundless now to view,

Thich, fixing his eyes on her for some Full, perfect all. ime, he cried out; “ Then there are The great work done, and the lawo!and expired immediately. bour of the year at an end, the solar

J. D. heat apparently declines, and the days

and nights begin to be of an equal

length, as the celebrated poet ThompMEDITATIONS in SEPTEMBER. son very finely and beautifully re

marks RADUAL and now fee autumn comes at last, richly laden with When the bright Virgin gives the beautcons

days, profusion of delicious fruit !- Jovial And Libra weighs in equal scales the year, e comes ; Pomona and Ceres follow From heaven's high cope the fierce effulgince a his train; all rejoicing to present to

fhook nan the various productions of the off parting sommer, a serener blue, eason. And truly it is an entertain. The happy world. Attempered funs arise,

With goiuen light enliven'd, wide invests nent worthy our acceptance ; it is a Swect beam'd, and thedling ost thro' lucid eait grateful to all, adapted to every

clouds

[low alate, and suited to the most critical A pleasing calm; while broad and brown be. ir luxurious fancy. Look round, and Extensive barvel's hang their heavy head.

Rich, lilint, decep they land, for not a gale ee wlrat dainties! what delicacies !

Rolls its light billows o'er the bending plain : What abundance of salutiferous and A ca!m of pleney! 'till the ruffled air intrimental treasures are displayed cofalls from its poise, and givis the breeze to he wondering eye! Fruits of the finest lavour and the most agreeable relish,

Rent is the fleecy man'le of the sky;

The clouds fly differens, and the sudden sun, air and beautiful to the fight, and ex

By fits effulgent. gilas th' illumin'd fild, jaifitely delicious to the palate, enrich and black by fits the shadows fweep, along. he groves of Pomona, and hang ami- A gaily checquer'd land expanding view, able in great plenty on every tree and far as the circling eye can thoot around, zvery bough which adorn her fylvan

Unbounded tosling in a food of corn. walks. Come, let us pay her a visit: How rich is all nature at this seathe invites us ; for us is yonder store fon! The earth is loaded with various provided; for our pleasure and yrati- kinds of sustenance, loaded with a fupfication is yonder magazine of dainties ply of provisions, sufficient to satisfy prepared. Let us pluck and eat; let the wants of that innumerable tribe of us fit down at the table of plenty, and animals which walk the earth, and inregale ourselves to the full, and while deed for every creature which exitts, we partake of the delicacies, and feed whether in water, earth, or air, here is at the hospitable board, let the liberall enough for one and for all. The benevo

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blow,

lent Fatlier negleats none of his crea- ruddy : how it bends with Pomona's tures, but extends his concern to the sweets! meaneit and most intignificant among

-Arrumn ringes every fertile branch thein.

With blooming gold, and blushes like the mort, Plas'd to blfs, indulgent to ?apply,

How sweetly do the ruddy orbs He with a father's tnder care

strike the eye, and prompt the palate Supports the numerous family Ihat peoples earth and air.

to taste their delicious juices !- How From nature's giant race the enormous ele fruits !-What an agreeable odour exs

charmingly scented are these burnished phant, Down to be iniect worm, and creeping ant;

hales from their polished surfaces !From the e.gle, sov'reign of the sky, How elegantly are they shaped, and

To each inferior feather'd brood; what admirable, what enlivening and Froni crowns and purpkd majelly.

refreshing juices do they contain, in
To humble th=pherds on the plains.
His hand unfeen divid's to all eher food, order to please and accommodate their
And the whole world of life fustains. owner! - Nor is it here only the gifts

of Pomona are to be found; the garWhat a prospect, glorious prospect dens also abound with a great variety of fertility does the country afford in of dainties, beautifully formed, and this autumnal season! Who can take exquisitely delicious. 'There we find ä furrey of this universal plenty with the downy peach and encrimsoned out feeling secret sensations of joy, and nectarine, the fleshy plumb and the a peculiar fatisfaction of mind, for the musky apricot, the juicy grape, the boundless gifts of nature poured in rich melon, fweet corfufion all around him! The

And dark fields are loaden with noble and exten

Beneath her ample leat ihe luscious tig: five crops of corn, which appear of a glossy golden hue, and rejoice the buf Every where, indeed, we are fure bandman's heart. Already it hangs nished with such an ample flore, fuch the heavy head, and seems to invite, a collation of dainties, as surpass what by its bending poiture, the reaper's ever luxury herself can invent, or the hand. Yonder, indeed, at the fur. molt lavish fancy imagine ! The whole thesmos side of the field, are a num

earth is a kind of orcbard, which aber of jovial ruftics, already began, and bounds with all manner of fruit, and bulily employed in cutting down the for the benefit of man cach species waving treature. Sec how they sweat beautifully fucceed each other, in conand toil to get in the joyful harvelt !

formity to the changing seasons, so

that we are never entirely destitute of ----This floop and (well the lusy iheaves, some kind or other to refresh and enWhile thro' their chariul band the rural talk,

tertain us. Thervira! fcandal, and she rural j.lt

How surpriling is it that Fly hurm is so die ive the tedious time,

the earth fhould produce so many kinds And liai, unfel, the sultry hours away. of fruits, quite different from each o.

Tether in their shape, colours, and proNear 1 perceive several other kinds perties! Well might the divine philo

On the left vast crops of lous art thou, O Lord, in all thy ways, of grain.

topher cry out-" Great and marvelbarley land whitening in the sun, and and wonderful in all thy works!” play a dry husky ruffle before the brutze. On the right acres of oats These are thy glorious works, parent of good, extend, finely checquered with plats of Almighty! thine this : nirer al trame,

Thus wond'rons fair! thy.elf how wond'rous beans, both of which seem to ask for

then!" the crooked weapon, and will soon be hovled, or made up in stacks, for the This spreading free, under whose use of the husbandman.

branches I now write, and whose What a lovely scene is yonder !- boughs uniting at top, form a kind of 'Tis a spacious orchard; all fair and canopy over my head, and cast a sweet

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and comfortable fhade to screen me We are highly favoured and sure from the potency of Sol's burning rays. nished with everything neceffary, eveThis tree, bowing down under the ry thing desirable: accommodated we weight of excellent fruit, whose grate are with whatever tends, not to the ful smell and beautiful appearance ex Support and maintenance only, but al. cite me to pluck and taste, is an in so to the pleasure and comfort of life. stance of the goodness and kindness of The great and liberal Creator has also Omnipotence. Methinks it tells me to please our imagination, and excite fo in the moft elegant language, and I our curiofity, displayed in a con picu. seem to hear it speak to this purpose ous and univerfal manner, his power “ Learn of me, o man ! how great the and wisdom in every object which surcondescension and beneficence of thy round us : but alas ! Creator is! Look on me, and contem

Tho' all around ten thousand wonders risc, plate with satisfaction and delight the Or pleasure call a milt befor: our eyes ; goodness of the munificent Giver, who Or cares of wealth our grov'ling fru's employ, formed me and my progeny for thy Or wild ambition is our darling joy; gratification and pleasure. -Regale

Whild God's amazing works unheeded pa's, thyself with my sweet3 ; unload me of Unwise and thoughtless, impotent and blind,

Like images that heet before the glais, all my treasure, for it is thine, and to

Can wealth or grand: ur satisfy the mind? thee I am to give it ; but let me re Of all those pleasures mortals most admire, mind thee in return, fail not to bless Is there one joy fincere ihat will not rire? the Divine Benefactor : give thanks

Can love itfélf endure? or beanty's charais

Afford that biss we fancy in its arms? to him for what thou receivell, and as

Then let our souls more glorious aims pursue, he has made me the minister of thy Have our Creator and his works in view : entertainment, do not forget to become Be these our Rudy, hence our pleasures bring, the minister of my gratitude."

And drink large draughts of wisdom from its Such language as this I seem to hear that spring whence perfect joy and calm ri

spring;

[pose, addressed to me from every quarter, And bless'd content and peace eternal flows. when I take a survey of the riches of the orchard, the treasures of the garden, or taste the admirable juices of

Market-Laving on.

J. L-G. some agreeable and delicious fruit ;and oh! may I never forget to make a proper use of this sweet admonition! An Account of the Vestal Virgins. May it always remind me of my obligations to the Universal Father, and *UMA Pompiliua, the second that every thing I possess, every thing

king of Rome, a man of great I enjoy comes from his hand !-May virtue, piety, and wisdom, is considersuch reflections make me glow with ed as author of the veltal institution ; love, awaken my gratitude, and prompt though there were vestals before his me to look up with a heart-felt joy, time, and even so early as the settleand adore and praise the great Author ment of Æneas in Italy, who, we are of all Good, is who opens his hand, toll, placed the Palladium, an image and filleth all things living with plen- of Pallas, so called, which he had teousness."

brought with him from Troy, in the

Temple of Vesta, and committed it to See smiling nature, with her treasures fair; Confess his bounty and parental care ;

the care of the virgins dedicated to the Renew'd by him the faithful seasons rise,

service of that goddess, who from her And earth with plenty all her fons supplies. name were called vertals. But it was Whate'er we find around may justly raise

Numa who gave a form to this inftituOur admiration, and command our praise ;

tion, and regulated the ministry and Perfcction and surprising beauty shine,

office of the order. and light our racon lo aa land divine. That prince confined the numer of A the reítals to four; two more were als

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