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This convinces us that he himself yceived into the heavens, and metamorwas conscious of the error, but chose phosed into constellations. Juliet, by rather to proceed in the beaten path, a beautiful hyperbole, says that Roc than be at the trouble of finding out a meo's body entire would not only new one.

inake a star, but divided into several Aristotle has laid it down as a rule, parts, would form so many different that the time fuppofed to be employed splendid appearances. in a tragedy, should be confined to a

Though 'Shakespeare, for the most fingle day, or as little more as possible : part, caused his kings and heroes to but I cannot see what harm it can do maintain their dignity, without stoopus if we suffer ourselves to be deceived, ing into vulgar phrase, yet he fomeand pass over the length of time neces- time3 makes them descend from their sary to produce the incidents represent characters, and use the language of a ed, and accompany the poet in his pe- buffoon. Thus Henry the Fifth, just regrinations from place to place with before the battle of Agincourtout being disgusted at the absurdity, or “ Indeed the French may lay twenoffended at the imposition. Though ty French crowns to one they will beat Shakespeare did not bring tragedy to

us, for they bear them on their shoulthe utmost perfection, yet he laid so ders : but it is no English treason to cut noble a base for its future rise and im- French crowns, and to-morrow the king provement, as exceeded the most fan- himself will be a clipper :"--and imguine expectations.

mediately falls into that beautiful foOur poet has particularly excelled liloquy in clearly and fully marking and dif- Upon the king, let us our Yves, our fouls, tinguishing the manners of his princi- Our debts, our careful wives

, our children, and pal characters. Thus we know by his Our fins lay on the king, he must bear a!!, &c. discourse, that Macbeth will break through all laws human and divine, to The Chorus in the fame play quibbles possess the crown, though even at the notoriously, speaking of the conspiraexpence of his peace of mind : nor are we at a loss to determine whether the Have for the gile of France (O guilt indeed!) god-like Brutus will assist his enslaved Confirm'd conspiracy with fearful Franee. country, or tamely submit to the usur

No person hath been more commendpation of an ambitious tyrant. Love the usual subject of modern

ed for an honest integrity of heart than tragedies, our poet has very wisely re

our poet, but he is not free from that

court-vice flattery. In his Macbeth fused admittance into his best compo- he openly digreffes to pay a complifitions: it is a paflion truly comic, and when introduced in tragedy, deserves and whenever he has occafion to speak

ment to the prince then on the throne : our contempt, rather than pity. In Romeo and Juliet the distress is real; of kings, makes use of the mof "relia

gious terms. yet there is none of the modern galSantry so much admired: but the play

(To be continued.) itself can by no means be reckoned amongst his best pieces. The following speech of Juliet has been censured THE GOVERN ESS. as ridiculous, but I believe without just cause :

(Continued from Page 477.) Give me my Rom'o, Night, and when he dies,

S soon as I found my Take him, and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heav'n fo fine, to think of leaving her, though both That all the world shal be in love with night, she and Mrs. Graham expressed the And pay no worship to the garish fun.

greatest uneafiness on my being deterThis evidently alludes to the antient mined not only to make all poffible fabulous histories, of mortals being re-enquiries after a family who wanted a

tors, who

fifter re

governess, but for a family at a dif Accordingly I waited on this lady. tance from them. I did not chufe to She received me at her toilet, where fix in that part of the country, though she had evidently been endeavouring they would have both of them per to repair the ruins which time had suaded me to stay till something offer made in her person. She had, as I ed near them, declaring at the same apprehended, just finished her face, time that my residence in a spot where and was therefore fit to be feen. Har. they could often see me, would greatly ing desired me to fit down, she began increase their happiness; but I was of to lament the infinite fatigue and a different opinion: I therefore went trouble which attended the education and took a place in the stage, which of children, declaring that her's were would carry me within a few miles of quite infants, though grown to an amaMrs. Matters's, imagining I could ea- zing height for their age: that their fily walk the rest of the way, height and size made people fancy they

When I returned home Mr. Gra were a great deal older than they were, ham met me with a look of the utmost and had indeed put it into their heads satisfaction, and told me that he had that they would soon be women, tho' just heard of a gentleman of fortune absolute babies. “I am obliged, who wanted a young lady as a gover. therefore, continued she, to keep them ness for his daughter; adding, that as from the fight of every body, in order he was reckoned universally a polite to prevent their flying out, and with and generous man, he hoped I would to have a discreet person to undertake try at least if it would not suit me, be the care of their education, and reing only within a short mile of his strain them within due bounds. They house.

are remarkably lively for their years, In reply to this proposal, I told him taking after me, who have great spithat I did not chufe to live in a fami- rits, and more fit to pass for their filly in which no lady superintended, ifter than their mother. I was quite a any other was to be met with, and de- child myself when I married Mr.Gaskin, clared my intention to return to Mis. and as I am sure I hurt my conftitution Masters and my aunt.

by quick breeding, I will take care Finding that he could not prevail on that my girls shall not marry at so early me to alter nry, plan, he permitted me an ageret

though indeed (added fhe, as to depart, but with the most vilible if correcting herself for entertaining fo regret.

absurd an idea) it will be time enough As soon as I arrived at Mrs. Ma- for them to think of such things twenty fters's, te informed me that a gay years hence, as they are mere babies.” widow, at the entrance of the next She then desired me to ring the bell, town, having been left with two daugh- and ordered the servant to send Julia ters, who grew up very fast, and be. and Dorothea to her— still continuing gan to divide the attention of the men, to talk of the extreme youth and childin the mother's opinion, if they did ishness of her daughters, so that I could not actually engross it, wished to con- not well expect them to be above se. fine them to their own apartment un. ven or eight years old; though their der the care of a proper person, who mother appeared to be little less than would fit with them, and keep them fixty. However as there are great de. to their books and their needles. ceptions with regard to age, and as there “ This place," continued Mrs. Ma. are women who bear children rather

may, I think, do very well late in life, I imagined I should find

if you can bear to be shut up the Miss Galkins very young ladies. with a couple of raw girls."

Two well grown young women now I told her that I should have no ob- entered the room ; but they were dreso je&tion to such a situation if I could sed in white frocks: they had quilted give satisfaction to their mother. caps on their leads, and salhes round


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wastes; and their hair hung over their them, which would have afforded me eyes before, and down their backs be

great diversion. hind. They curtsied and blushed at As soon as I returned to Mrs. Mathe sight of a stranger : blushed I ima- îters I asked her what character Mrs. gined, for the follies of their mother, Galkins bore. who calling them to her, and treating A very good one, I believe (rethem like infants, (by patting the cheek plied Me) -Why, Lizy, she is part the of one, and stroking the hair of the age which exposes a woman to scan. other) presented them to me, telling dal." them that as she should put herself to “ I fancy, madam, said I, that the the expence of keeping a person to lady herself is of a different opinion.” teach them every thing that was ne 6. Pshaw child! replied fhe, Mrs. cessary for them to know, she hoped Gaskin is an old woman, and I will they would be good children, and do lay my life no man troubles his head as I bade them.“ July,” continued about her.” she, taking up the bottom of her frock, “ If then she is only foolish enough, “ has hemmed this all herself, and lit- said I, to think herself young and handtle Dolly (chucking her under the come, I will go and live with her, for chin) has finished her sampler : but I her sentiments concerning herself are would not have them employed about of no consequence to me;" I went such infignificant works : I would first, however, to fee my aunt, who have them taught to do something told me that she wished I might be awhich may be of use, as they grow ble to spend my time tolerably with a older ; such as embroidering Phoes, woman fantastical enough to make &c. &c. for me, after having made great girls pass for children. In reply, all my linen, and their own.”

I said, that I could have wished the Here a rap at the door made her had been of another turn; but that as hurry away the young ladies, whom he was a woman of character, and as The ordered to return to their nursery. people who depended upon their in. A gentleman, by the name of Thom-dustry in any shape, were not to be fon, was then announced. I rose to very nice, I was willing to make a 80, telling Mrs. Gaskin that I would trial. Accordingly, I went to Mrs. wait on her when she was more at lei-Galkin rather before I had given her sure, but she told me that as there was reafuff to expect me : by so doing ! nothing, she supposed, to be settled pleased her not a little. She carried except the terms, the business between me immediately to the nursery, where I us would soon be done, the then asked found the young ladies at their needles, what I expected. Upon my mention in coarse dark coloured cotton frocks ing what Mrs Grantham had given me and black caps, but with such full she made no demur: fhe closed with all bosoms they hardly made a decent apmy demands, and told me that ihe wished pearance ; though they had high tuck. I would come to stay with her that ers, without handkerchiefs ; and inyery evening. I replied, that if the deed their mama, as they were orderparticularly desired it, I would come ed to call her, aware of my thinking that evening, though it would be more lo, called to her eldeft, and putting agreeable to me to make a vilit to a down her breast, bade ner not stretch very near relation firit- meaning my herself out of her stays so; adding, that auntradding that I would certainly The grew at such a rate she did not know wait on her at the end of the week. what to do with her, and that she

“ Well, answered the, that must do would have her wear a pin cloth put then, if you cannot come before.- high before, over her monstrous neck.

She then hurried me away, but not The poor young lady coloured like till I had observed, upon the entrance fire at this treatment, and got out of of Mr. Thomson, that there was go. her mother's fight as soon as she could. ing to be a scene of firtation between She then snubbed the youngest for



looking so serious and solemn, declaró | and principal amusement) that it ing that she hated to have children af. ways fits and sings not far from the fact fedt to be what was called womanly. | where all its affections are centerco; I asked her if the ladies had learnt and any one who is curious enough to French; and ifthey had ancar for music. search the hedge-Tow where it deliver To the firit question, the replied, that its mulic, will frequently find the net they ought, in her opinion, to know how to speak English plainly, before they began to learn any other language: to acquire fome proficiency in this delighed the second, me answered, by saying

and piranog department of natural history, that musicwas above the capacity of such his pred-cellors and com'emporaries

, clandei

Thesauthor of this performance has not take children ; definng I would keep them inely copied the mistakes of preceding spic close to their peedles, and to let them fers; but to make it as perfect as priteke, read, row and then, a chapier in the has absolutely been at the fryable and er Bible, and mind their spelling ; adding, pence of procuring almost every bird he is that they should be taught to write he has also been at the pains of examiningite when they were old enough.

nelt, eges, &c. of cach species, and she With the lait, gracious promise Mrs. many new discoveries with relation to thes Gaskins left us together,

neftlings, never before rakın notice of No sooner was the

Throughout the whole great care fuss lo than the tivo gone

wise heen taken to clear up the faults, and fifters came up, to me, welcomeil me

tify the millakcs, to correct the blurders, and to the house, and said they hould be piode the errors of former writers; key quite glad to have somebody with them instead of copying nature, and presentes who would prevail on their anamma to

things with jaitnets, plaioness, and perfpics let them have gowns, haudkerchiefs, ly, have, too often add d from the si

imagina ions, and imposed on the roads and heels to their shoes; and to let scarce any thing but fables, baitious itert: them turn up their hair.

and chimerical absurdities. The works of (To be continued.)

ancients, particularly that of Aldronades Pliny, Ariftotle, Gesner, &c. &c. are riplete with such dry extrantous matter and imperti

nent Atuff, as is really disgusting to a friss NATURAL HISTORY of the NIGHT-reader; the moderns also are in fume mage

culpable, as they 100 frequently taalais INGALE.

them, and again confirm what ihe actos

imprudénily, and without sufficient teltipsy 6. Continued from Page 405.)

allerted. Johnston, Ray, Edwards, Abie, T has been asserted by many re

Brookes, Peonant, and many other of oct

modern celebrated naturalists, hare, fer T.: putable naturalists, both antiert

of lufficient observation, diligence, and espeand modern, that the nightingale ne-! rience, mentioned many things in relpe to ver fings near its nest, for fear of its be- birds, contrary to fart and real truihstich

ing discovered by that means; but Ii Shall make appear hereafter. † Thes se til will beg leave to affirm from a long that it builds a neft like other dado ao course of observation and experience horns, long gra's, hay, &e Hatches

, and in ornithology, (which indeed for ma brings up i's young. The fame aatbar ise ny ycars part has heen my chief kudý,* forms us that the wales-Wagrail is a bird of

fage. and is never seen in this country in

trihat the crow, the raren, and then, As the generality of naturalists, and

like the rapacions trile, kill and cat 1.1 particularly those who have wrote on orniiho birds—that the white owl has a hooting nete. loky, have been ioo eredulous and inaccurate, and never appears in moon light evenings, el aod.abound willa.errors, the author of the a

which assertions are certaioly falfe, as atba bove, to abviace these inconveniences, hasi obyious to every one who is the kalt conta

wiele great application and indefatigable study fant in this part of natural hitors. Another and industry, composed a Newral History of modern writer would make us believe that its Brilips Birds on a new plan, i. e. by a frid jay builds in holes of trees, and is a carnivor arieticion do nature herself, withoui regard 16

Ous bird. The millel thrush, if we credit this anythiag others on the subject. Sucb

awhor, lays eggs like those of thc chrolk ma work can uants no recommendation, as it mui, be valuable to every one who would with + Viz. in my Ornithology.

is near.

red poet,

Natural History of the Nightingale.

529 ear the place where the male is fta of safety to inform lier that no danger oned. Like the wood lark and most thers of the small bird tribe, the cock The nightingale fits about fourteen f this species is very frequent in his or fifteen days; and such is her paing during the time of incubation. tience and perseverance, that neither The reason of birds being more con the calls of hunger nor the approach ant in finging at this period, is to of danger can force her from her nest. oth and delight the female whilst fit She is often visited by the male, who ing: it is also supposed to be a signal brings her a supply of food, and some

times for a little while relieves her in id is a fine song bird : the fly-catcher, he the work of incubation. Agreeable forms us, builds its nest in low bushes, and to this are the sentiments of


fa. ys blue eggs, which I suppoie must be meant

vourite author Thompson, for 'thus frhe herige-sparrow: the common wren, he

fings that excellent, that much admin Tar $ us, lays dixteen, and sometimes i wenty igs at a time, and he long tail titmouse urtecn; and it is his opinion that the tit

.“ The patient dam asliduous fits, sice tribe emigrate, and that there is a great Not to be tempted from her tender rack, alogy hetween the nole of the common, and

Or by sharp hunger or by fmooth delight, le golden crowned wro. Inderd it would

Tho' the whole loosen'd spring around her can endle's talk to point out all the mistakes

blows, 1a. are to be met with in authors who have

Her sympa hising lover takes his stand 10€ on this subject. It is evident that they

High on the opponent bank, and ceaseless yuld have hut an imperfect knowledge of or

sings ichology, and were obliged o copy from o The tedious time away; or else supplies ers, who probably themseives wrote from spe.

Her place a moment, while she sudden Ales slation, and not from experience. In the work

To pick the scanty meal." felf, the reader will find i have been very parcular in this point, and have advarced nothing By observing therefore attentively ut wha' is real irurn, and will bear the ttrictelt the place where the nightingale fings, camination. I will not, however, presume you will probably discover the neft, for say that it is absolutely perfect; but I think the female is usually in the fame hedge,

May with propricey-wih justice affert, lat it will be found more com lere and more

or however not far off: but if after curate than a:ly other hiftory of British diligent search you cannot find it, irls that has yet app:ared in our language. make use of this expedient. Stick two Tho' I have taken the liber y to point out

or three meal worms or caterpillars on few mit ikes in 'ho ator: men ioned writers, I be it trou me lo depreciate their labouss:

the thorns near the place where the old 'eir works are truly valuable, arid of great

cnes frequent, and carefully observe or.h!o'he public. Ther: are however ma which way they carry them, and you V crrors a:d many insecu aci:s which want will hear the


of the young, the old a:fica icon inthe writings of almost all our na

ones also will make a great ado, flutral hinjal á. It weic therefore fincerely

ter around , he wihed, that'h: aturaliits would wiite

with dishevelled wings,

you ith more exacinas, moteluihfuln ss and pre and incessantly exert themselves in a 1on, as nothing is more rare chant's find -ccu. kind of mournful note or plaintive strain try in their delcriprinns, novel y in their aca

when you approach the nest. ole of facts, or delicacy in their obrirva ions.


you have found the neit, if the The author of this now popeormance has 11cn care not to pit upon this rock, no hing young ones are not fledged they must a Tirted inconfitent with reason, or incom not be touched, for if they are taken arble with truth, he has had a ir at tigard out of the nest, they will never conti

faits and endeavouredomharcurile, far. nue there afterwards, as they will be ular, and copious in all li si ta lous. &c. datin-fmetime asem's aving as poilille. viil entice them away. The young

anxious to leap out, or the old ones Thuis work will tio Fearly tor puilica++ ** a few , 01: 5: thoi tiet for, s?o would be twelve or fourteen days old Pedchiroits of bine polleffel of a complete before they are taken, and though at

entertaining Hjory of Bruijn Birss, may first they will be apt to refuse their. bo puciale it at a very reasonable price, as he bulk of the whole work, disording to th:

meat, yet when they are forcibly fed a calculations, wisi no! cxceed wiodunes

for a few days, they will soon volun1) Tavo.

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