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History of Sophronia.
* With a heart so willing as bond “ Had I once thought the man would faith.
less prove, age e'er of freedom," 18
To her did he profels so dear to love ; my
I had not left my native home and friends.
But man's by nature false as woman's fair, The biftory of SOPHRONIA, founded And when he courts us, 'is but to ensnare: on fakts.
Oh, faithless Captain, think how oft you
(wore " Alike unfortunate, our fate is such, No man could ever love a woman more We please too little, or we please too much."
Than you did me; and as a proof, for life Ophronia was the third daughter As oft declar'd you'd take me for your wife; private gentleman of great
But now both cool and quite a Itranger respectability in Aberdeen ; she was
You've basely left me daily to bemoan, some few years fince on a vilit to a
That heartfelt love I had for you alone ; near relation in London, where she Ungenerous wretch ! by whose reducing art, became acquainted with a Captain Pal. I've loft my friends, my virtue and my heart, mer, a man of pleasure, fashion and I remain, Sir, your's intrigue. After a few months were A YOUNG PHILANTHROPIST. past, their intimacy became too par Hampftead, Dec. 15. ticular not to be taken notice of; in- deed the lady was so imprudent as to
THE LONG FAREWELL. make her boaft in company of having gained the affe&tions of one, who se [Illustrated and embellished with a curious could not possibly know much of, or copper-plate, from the design of a Royal however, not enough to countenance Academiciar, engraved by a celebrated her in encouraging his addreffes. Be Artif.] fore the year was out from their first "RUEMAN was the second son mecting each other, Sophronia, con of a a worthy clergyman, who have trary to the advice and solicitations of ing the chaplainship of a regiment aher beft friends, and in oppofition to broad, besides the advantages of a libeevery good advice given her upon the ral education, had him instructed in occasion, confented to his entreaties and the principles of fortification and gunlost her reputation. After the birth nery : but he dying before his son was of her illegitimate first born, which an adept in the military sciences, Truehappened on the 5th of November, man instead of the field of battle, chose 1776, she began to find the Captain's the field of Ceres, and commenced affiduities and attention greatly to a farmer. bate. From feeing her every other The education which he had receive day (at a lodging be had provided for ed, joined with an uncommon affabiher in a neighbouring village,) he fatis-lity and politeness of address, recomfed himself with calling on her only once mended him to the esteem of all the a week, and within these last fix months gentry in the neighbourhood. His has never been near her, only sent her conversation was not only entertaining, one or two upbraiding letters, which but likewise improving; the various have pierced her to the heart, and the anecdotes he had selected from classical, is now (between grief for her little authors, and a knowledge of mankind, child's death, and his cruel unprovok- rendered the evenings spent in his comed and ungenerous treatment) on the pany, truly Attic evenings, and by verge of her dissolution; forsaken, dil- means of his company the countıy ruit tracted and almost starved; a few lines was filed away, and the gaiety and composed by her on the Captain's dif- politeness of the metropolis were not honourable behaviour shall close her itrangers to a village, which had formelancholy story, which(heaven grant) merly been notorious for its røsticity, may prove a useful lesion to the fair Always an admirer of the fex, he sex in general, not to trust " man who not only possessed their ears, but likeis by nature false."
wife made some impreffions on their
hearts. Many a fair wished to be dif one hand denoted want of merit, or tinguished by him from the rest of the on the other, want of susceptibility. circle: but splendid as the sun he He adored the sex in general, but fhone on all, and shone on all alike. was puzzled to select a flower from the
The coquette and the prude, though rest of the gay parterre. la fixing his they admired, could not but look on choice for life, his motive would be him with smiles of approbation; they happiness; but he saw too many beaupronounced him already vanquished by ties who cultivated only their external fome unknow. beauty, or else that he charms, and though heaven had decowanted a heart ; a heart to fail, or to rated their exterior to a degree of proacknowledge its feelings.
fusion, they seemed themselves to negThe shafts of the brightest 'eyes lect the adorning of their minds, or were shot for some time by the sex, to make themselves appear angelic by and were for some time shot in vain. their understanding, as well as their Though they could not captivate, they persons. To live with a meer beauty, would not despair. Time and oppor was only to contemplate an excellent tunity were all their hopes, and they portrait, or an elegant piece of statuaimagined, that notwithstanding his re. ry: though charmed with the Venus fistance, the fortress of his heart was of Medicis, yet he never viewed it not impregnable, and affuming, like without withing it animation, and Count d'Estaing in a late rencounter, without wishing that the sex, who were they promised themselves that their fo fond of facrificing
to the graces, ners of their future ones.
Minerva. The glory of subduing an enemy, His acquaintance smiled at his feawho had been unsubdied, seemed to timents; but unanimously agreed, that he great ; and as every one thouglit, a man, who was not averse to the fes, mê was more likely than her nival to would some time or other wear their carry away the prize, they plied all chains. They were not long in fur. the little artifices of beauty, and, in pence, chance effected what was net vain exhausted all the arrous in the suspected; the town which holds' otit qiliver of love. Trueman, whose in-against a regular frege, may never: difference was not owing to affectatheless be taken by surprize. tfon, could not, but notice the extra- The principles of religion, which ordinary attentions which were paid were inculcated in his mind in infancy, him by the fair : he saw their rivalry; did not wither in his maturer years : he he smiled at the lurcs they spread to always had a regard for public worensnare him. His wishes were, that thip and never failed of attending its he might be fufceptible of those deli- public rites unless prevented by fickcáte feelings, which are appropriated nefs. His opinion was that no perto the lover of a diftinguished fair. fon deserved the appellation of a mat, Amidst the gay circle which he daily who would not own, who would not vilted, no one fecmed to him so far supe- pay his homage to his Maker. The rior to the rest, as to claim a superior contrary behaviour he likened to that regard'; and conscious of their want of the grand enemy of human liappiof power, he profeffed to those of bis ness, and esteemed it as the greateit own sex, that the temple of Hymen degradation that the dignity of our feenied to be fhüt to liim, hut open to nature was capable of. These senti. every man behides.
* Whether mar-ments he applied likewise to the other riages were made in leaven, according fex, and frequently pronounced a beauto a vulgar notion, he would not pre-teous woman without devotion to be a tend to determine ; but this he was monster in nature, and though her es. certain of, his fummons either was terior fhould make her decmed an not made out, or at least it was a long angel, a want of pietý, muft thew that while in its defcent. The character of the was only a fallen one. an old bachelor he detetted, as it on
(To be continued.)
Selim and Selima. An Oriental Tale:
SEL IM AND SE L IM A. | dently longed to view the youthful
maiden. An ORIENTAL Tale.
He tarried some time in,
hopes of seeing her, but the unfortuEAR to the famous city of Bag- nate shepherd was at last obliged to
dat dwelt the sage Omar, se- return home with discontent and diseluded from the tumult and noise of appointment. He repaired to his the city in a pleasant vale. His only dwelling, resolving, on the ensuing companion was his daughter Selima, morn, to watch the door of Omar, whose person was radiant as the sun, and look for the fair one whose voice beautiful as the Houries of Paradise, had led him captive. the joy of her affectionate father, who Thus with thoughts and sensations ever beheld her with parental tender- unknown before he retired to his ness, and made it his study to render chamber, but not to rest : his mind her mind as amiable as her person was being discomposed, he cannot fleep as lovely, by instructing her in the paths in fimes palt. He arose from his bed of virtue, and in the sacred pages of with anxiety and pain, and had rethe Alcoran. Her great affection and course to that sacred volume, which respect for her exemplary parent, made often gives confolation to every good her never wish to be separated from Mussulman. him, or to quit this recluse habitation. But, alas ! this did not prove of
any Thus the fair Selima passed her days use !-- Therefore, before the dawn of in that ease and calm contentment, day, he repaired to the fummit of the which is ever attending those who hill, on the declivity of which stood tread the flowery paths of virtue and the cottage of the fage. He looked truth, though frequently unknown in around, but could not discern any ob. the courts of princes. But, alas ! this ject. All nature seemed melancholy happiness was of short duration ! and filent. The virtuous youth fixed
At a small distance from the cottage his enquiring eyes on the door of the resided a youthful shepherd named Secot, till, loit in meditation, he broke lim. Though he had much riches in out in the following foliloquyhis poffeffion, yet he was humble, and “O that my longing eyes could beuntainted with vice. He beheld his hold the lovely maid! My heart tells numerous flocks, and his camels rich: me she is lovely, though unseen : her ly laden, yet he was without pride, or melodious voice, and delicacy of exthinking on his great wealth. He pression, inform me that she is both had left the alluring pleasures of Bag- lovely and virtuous !-My affections dat, and retired to a small country are centered in her! I cannot read house left him by his father. Here with attention the sacred writings of he spent his time in rural amusements, the holy prophet, in which my dear and made it his employment to attend father instructed me! My heart tremhis sheep
bles! my senses are confused ! my Returning home, one evening, he mind,' my thoughts are nothing but chanced to pass the cottage of Omar, Selima !---- What can these tumults and having a short time before acci- mean? - Surely this is not love, so cedentally heard the worthy owner very lebrated by the poets !-No, it cannot highly extolled, curiosity induced him be: I have not seen her!-How can to stop awhile, when he heard the sage I love an object which my eyes never reading and giving instruction to the beheld?-I have heard many voices bedutiful and attentive Selima, who, at fore, but not like her's !---Oh! how the conclusion, did not fail to return I long to see her!” him thanks for his goodness with the Here he was interrupted by the apgreatest respect. The listening Selim pearance of the fage at the door of heard her melodious voice, but could his dwelling, followed by his beloved hot see her. He was enchanted with daughter. They were come, in their the beauty of her expression, and ar. accustomed manner, to behold the sun Vol. X
rising from beneath the hill. At the stage."--On faying this the sage apa first light of the charming Selima, the proached the shepherd, and Selima re. expecting Selim was confused and de paired to their habitation, to wait the lighted. He was now confirmed in return of her father. his opinion that she was lovely indeed, Selim, who saw Omar coming toand imagined he saw before his ravished wards him, advanced and met hin, eyes the holy prophet, attended by one addressed him with an heart-felt jor, of the fair maidens of Paradise. and having congratulated each other
The sage Omar saw the shepherd, on their happy meeting, the fage de and turning to his daughter, thus ex. fired the young man to accompany him claimed - Behold, my Selima, that home, which request he readily comyoung Shepherd who is standing yon- plied with, and with willing steps, and der. He is worthy the admiration heart replete with pleasure, followed and imitation of every virtuous mind. the father of Selima to the door of the His father was a very rich merchant cot. But no sooner did he enter, than in the city of Bagdat, and, while a- the fair Selima was suddenly struck live was ítriving continually to paint with his appearance. She waved her forth religion and piety in the most hand towards a rural bench, on which expreffive colours to the youthful mind the happy Selin feated himself; but of Selim, who was his only child: but the young maiden felt unusual tamults the angel of death snatched this wor. in her tender heart, and never before thy parent from his beloved son, who was so embarrassed : though it may was just growing to a state of man- seem itrange for fome to imagine that hood. Then was his virtuous educa- the blooming Selima, who had been tion put to a trial, for, on the decease educated by fo careful and cautious a of this affectionate friend, Selim found parent, should be so suddenly agitates himself in possession of immense wealth. at the firft light of this young AhepThus situated, vast numbers of pre- herd ;—but when we consider that tended friends, of every rank and fta- minds, where every kindred virtue tion, presented themselves before him, reigns, where soft fenfibility presides, and each ftrove to entice his youthful these, added to the approbation of an mind to every pleasure and více ; but affe Aionate parent, and the timidity Selim was deaf to their entreaties. and love which beamed from the eyes The wise admonitions of his departed of the youth, were too much for the parent returned with redoubled force delicate' Selima to behold with inseato his imagination. He rejected all tibility ; but the was forced to love in their proposals with that itcadiness, return; and when Selim rofe to de. which is rarely to be met with in part, her expressive eyes followed him youth : but fearing that his resolution till quite out of sight. At his deparinight be fhaken by remaining in the ture, her father gave him an invitatiea gay and voluptuous city, he was re to visit them often ; for the tender folved to retire, with a few domeitics, anxiety of this young pair could not to a neat habitation left him by his fa- remain unperceived by the penetrating ther, there to spend his time in the eyes of Omar, who beheld their r peaceful pleasures of a country-life.-- fing affection with a secret satisfaction. He soon fettled all his affairs in the It may cafily he imagined that the city, and then repaired to his rural a young shepherd made great advantage bode, where he palles his youthful of the invitation given him by the fage. days in a manner very different from In consequence of which he became a any of his late companions, in reading very frequent visitor at the cottage, and observing those laws, recorded by where the youthful pair had many opour holy prophet. Thus, my daugh-portunities of seeing and converfing ter, I believe this young thepherd to be with each other. worthy of our regard. I will ascend After a short space of time, Selin the bill, and invite him to our cot. took courage to pour forth his paflion