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over all the events, and occurrences, produced by indigestion, often recurand relations of life, consuming mer- riog, and unaonealed by slumber. it, rooting out pleasure, and extin All that has been here described, guishing hope. The sufferer resem and much more which no words can bles a mariver, awakening to recol- depict, has been felt, in countless inlection on the top of a foam-surround- stances, by those who were both ed rock, to which he has been tossed well and good in the world, who by the power of the billow ;-he is had no misfortunes to bar, and no hemmed in, and all around is wreck “ twitches of the worm” to enbitter, and desolation ;-the present is no- their pleasures ;-but to whom the thing, and, to him, there are no bright cup of enjoyment was full, and the points in the past or the future ; Con- moral appetite uncorrupted. When, science stands over the former with however, the agony of real guilt minwhips, and Despair over the latter gles with the anguish of the disordered with scorpions ; in the path which he frame, when the arrow of the Alhas travelled, he sees his own foot- mighty is within,” and “the poison prints in all the dark and difficult by- thereof drinkeih up the spirit," the utways, wbile, at every turning, the termost bourne of human woe is touchclear and broad and pleasant way ed—there is a torment of which do opens for a little, glowing with beau- man, even of ordinary immorality, ty, and gay with gladuess, to the hand can guess the depih; aud one moment that he did not take. To all his of which is dearly purchased by all friends, he feels that he has been an the fruits of the most extensive and ingrate, and they appear to have been successful villany that ever was perthe same to him ; all that has been petrated. done seems wrong, and all that is pro
But this darkness and desolation, jected useless ;-backward there is which annoy the restless, turn disease no consolation, and forward there is into gall, and crime into final retrino hope ;-he feels that he had bet- bution, may be, and often are, the ter not have been, and wishes—and sources of profit and pleasure. If resolves not to be.
there be no anxiety for sleep to irriIf the strength of the constitution tate, no superstitious fear to alarm, can so.“ wrestle with the fiend,” as no derangement of the system to agthat one hour or two of such sleep as onize, and no guilt in the mind to torone in this mood of mind is capable ture, ihen the sleepless night may beof, can be obtained, the phantoms come a source of more exquisite inpiay vanish, the facts may recover tellectual enjoyment than the best from their distortion, and ihe suffer- selected library, or even the choicest er may wake again to a world worth pages in the volume of nature herself
. the having ; but the exhaustion is In those creations, elaborations, or great, and if the visitations be fre- workings, whether in the sciences, litquent, they consume the body and erature, the inventive part of the arts, wear out the mind. But should that or the arrangements of the business not be the case,-should the torment of life, in which the materials are all Jast out the night, and the spectres not in the mind itself, and where there quit the pillow till the patient gets needs no reference to exterval things, out of bed, the agony continues ; - the sileoce, the solitude, and the abpor is there any doubt that many of straction of the chamber, offer facithose melancholy“ leaps out of life," lilies and securities which cannot be which are generally supposed to come obtained during the day; and if refrom an overflowing of passion, and collection will but bring the materials, which the Dracos of the dark'ages and remembrance preserve the work, construed into crimes, and made ihe a man may really do more for the subjects of punishment-to the poor furtherance of any purpose that recold clay ! are the results of the ag. quires thought, in a few quiet hours ony of that sleepless night which is in bed, than in double the number of
bustling days. During the day, you ture of supplication and pity, and cannot shut out the world ; and reproof and laughter, which so few though you could, you would not then bave the power of resisting. Cogibe secure against the interruption of tation is thrown to the dogs. your own senses. Hearing, smell, let iis cherish ;' and farewell to our the taste, and the touch, you may cun- plans for the day, and to the same troul,-They are passive, as it were, train of thonght for ever. Should and do not go out afier their objects, the resolut on be able to resist this, but wait till these objects come to and we allow our friend 10 go, hali them. The eye, however, is an ac- the mind goes after bin, and pulls tive and a wayward thing, -it wil the resisting half with a force so ejual louk in spite of you, and in spite of to the resistance, that we are unable you it will sometimes make you aban. to think, and, in all probability, go in don your own object, and alrend to quest of him to whom we have been that which it has selecied. It is true denied. that a well-disciplined eye can never
Even if no friend should break in for seduce is from ine action which we the generous purpose of driving away are performing, a'd on the progress the “ biue devils”.–10 make room for and completion of which we are bent; "the black,” day may be still fraught but as we have no material controul with annoyance. The sofi voice, or over our thoughts-cannot hold them the other voice, of your wife-if you wish our fingers, or run alier them happen to have onc—the pratile on with our feet-110 training of the eye
of your children,--the horcan give us so much command of it rible news or accidents,-the music as to prevent it from at times stealing of the knife-grinder or the hurdyus from the current of our thoughts. gurdy, -a hundred things which you
But the temptations of our senses know, and a hundred others that you -of the eye in a peculiar and pre- dream not of, may, cach singly, or in eminent manner and degree, are
all their combinations, drive you not the only enemies of continued from your purpose ; and render it thought to which we are exposed utterly innp..ssible for you to say during the day, they are found in when you rise in the morning, and every person or thing in which we verify the saying when you retire 10 have
апу interest or concern. One bed, “ to day, I shall think or plan, may have issued the usual and justi. thus, or thus." fiable equivoke, by which the harsh In the night, it is far otherwise ; ness of a blunt denial is taken off, for, if you be safe from the music
not at home to any body;" the jin- of cats and noses, the ratiling of gle my have come to the bell, or the boards, and that hellish monster of rat-tat-tat to the knocker, as it hap- the night-an unoiled door turning pened; and the voice, though second- at its leisure upon its hinges, and rehand through the medium of either turning upoa the same, at those slow of these instruments, may be that of intervals, whose very slowness makes " the dearest friend we have." We you hope that each is the last, and half open the door, in order that we thus keeps you in constant suspense may certify ourself by the sound of between “rise aad shut,” and “lie his real voice. “ Not at home, Sir.” still,”—if you escape these, the total “ Not at home !" reiterates that absence of bodily exertion, the enmournful tone, which comes for plea. baryo which darkoess lays on the sure but finds disappointment; and eye, the silence, the solitude, all we cannot resist peeping out by combine to open largely the flooda the side of the window blind, to see gates of thought, and pours upon the how it is borde. The very first ob- memory a tide of invention, than the ject we see is the face of 'i the dear- arrangement of which the mind can est friend that we have,” looking full feel no higher, and taste no sweeter upon us, with that strange mix- pleasure. Nor is it to be prized on
ly for its positive good, but also for that that which we have thought or the evil that it prevents. Whether invented may not be fresh in the continuous thought can be an opiate memory, or may not, at the time of to the pain of compunction, I will our awakening, be in the memory at not take upon me to say; but I know, all. That, however, is a matter of from my own experience, that where minor importance. When once à it is, restlessness will not come at all, subject has been elaborated in and the blue devils of indigestion are thought, we never lose it. The very shy about entering. Therefore, storehouse of the mind is safe against every one should cultivate the pow- both rot and robbers; and whatever 'ers of nocturnal thought and inven we have trusted there is sure to be tion. It is a habit; like all habits, found when external circumstances it may be acquired; when once ac- render it necessary. Even when we quired, we need never be idle either have not the purpose and the conby night or by day, and those por nexion, that of which we thought in tions of the niglit which are pain to the silent hours before we slept, the idle, may be rendered the most comes back to us through the mist of valuable portions of life, because oblivion and dreams, with all the innever else have we the same con- terest, and hallowed by all the charıns straint over our minds, and the same of the history of that which ages ago security against inroads from with had ceased to exist, and of which the out.
pleasure is now wholly intellectual. If we sleep afterwards, it may be
CROSSING THE LINE.
THERE it is at last,” said the ly across the lower lens of the teles
midshipman of the watch to a cope which had been fixed there by young Irish cadet, who was standing the mischievous Mid. near him on the poop of an outward
was just setting-the bound East Indiaman : “there it is clouds were tinged with all the gora at last." _“ What is it ?” asked the geous hues of a tropical sky, assumyoung soldier.
“ The line, to be ing every variety of strange and grosure—the equinoctial line, which we tesque appearances, and the water have all been so anxiously looking reflected back the image of the out for."
." " Ah, now-sure you don't heavens, if possible, with increased mane to persuade me that you can splendour. As far as the eye
could see it ?"
“ Take my glass then, and reach, nothing was visible but the look out yonder, about a point on glassy, undulating surface of the sea, the lee-bow, and persuade yourself tremulously rippled here and there whether you can see it or noi.” The under the partial influence of the young Irishman had no sooner put cat's paws, * which played over it
. his eye to the tube, than he exclaimed, The ship was gliding slowly over the “ Sure and there is a line yonder; I smooth expanse of water-her large do not see it without the glass, but it sails fapping heavily against the cannot be very far off.” “ No, it is masts as the sea rose and fell, and not very far off,” said the Mid, laugh- her smaller canvass just swelling with ing heartily ; " it is all in your eye, the breeze, and lending its feeble aid Pat. Do you remeniber the story of to urge her onwards.
Groups of the fly on the clergyman's spectacles passengers were lounging up and Look at the glass.” —On examination down the quarter-deck and poop, of Pat found a hair sticking horizontal- leaning over the hammock nettings,
* Light and fitful airs.
admiring the beauties of the evening, car, in the shape of a lighted tar-barwhile the ship's musicians were do- rel, went slowly astero, casting an ing all in their power to murder time unsteady flickering light on the sails and harmony for their amusement. and rigging as it passed and was seen The seamen
were in high glee, for floating in the ship's wake, till its the quarter-master had heard the of- dwindling flame disappeared in the ficer of the forenoon watch report distance, like a star sinking beneath the latitude at noon to the Captain the horizon. 20' N.; and they knew that Neptune The character of the scene was would soon make his appearance. completely altered since the final Just as the increasing dusk of even- disappearance of the sun below the ing began to render objects indistinct horizon. A brilliant moon shone and obscure, the look-out on the fore- clearly in a bright and cloudless sky, castle called out,
“A light right her bright beams riding on a path of ahead, Sir !” “ Very well, my boy; liquid silver over the sea, while the keep your eye upon it, and let me gigantic shadow of the ship seemed know if we near it,” said the officer to be skimming its way through the of the deck. In a short time the myriads of glittering stars, reflected man exclaimed, “ The light is close from the thickly-studded heaven. aboard of us, Sir;" and immediately No sooner were the decks washed a loud confused roaring noise was in the morning, than the “ active heard, and a Stentorian voice bawled note of preparation” was heard out,“ Ho! the ship ahoy !” “ Hollo !” among the eager sailors, who had said the officer. "What ship is that?” been for weeks anticipating the plea“ The Heavitree.” 6 What! my old sures of that day. The jolly-boat friend Captain Blowhard ? He is was taken down from the booms, and welcome back again. Tell him his placed at the gangway; all the pumps old friend Neptune means to pay him in the ship were set in motion, the a visit to-morrow at 10 o'clock, and scuppers choked to prevent the eshopes he will warn his children to cape of the water, and in a very short have their chins in readiness for his time the whole deck was afloat ; razor. Good night.” “Good night.” while the jolly-boat, full to the gun
-“Won't you go forward and see wale, was ready to answer the purNeptune's car," said the young Mid, pose of a comfortable bathing-tub, to our friend Pat; it is worth your and a party-coloured pole erected while to look at the old boy whisking over it, with a sign purporting that along at the tail of half a score of this was Neptune's easy shavingdolphins, with a poop-light, as big as shop. A screen was drawn across the full moon, blazing over his stern: the fore-part of the waist, to conceal you can see him quite plain from the the operations of the actors in the forecastle.” 66 Sure, I'll go see the approaching ceremony.
All was fun whatever it is,” said Pat, and off bustle and animation : the carpenter's they ran, followed by about a dozen gang converting an old gun-carriage of the poop loungers,—the reefer into a triumphal car; the gunner suddenly disappearing under the gal- preparing flags for its decoration ; ley-deck, while the cads rushed up. his mate busy with his paint-brush on the forecastle, where they had bedaubing the tars who were to act hardly effected a safe landing, when as sea-horses; and the charioteer splash-splash-splash--bucket after preparing and putting on Neptune's bucket of water came thundering livery. At length all was ready for down upon their heads from the the reception of the king of the sea. foretop ; and loud shouts of laughter
66 On deck there !" cried the man from all parts of the ship indicated at the mast-head.“ Hollo," replied the general joy at witnessing the as- the officer of the watch. ““ A strange tonishment and discomfiture of the sail in sight, right ahead, Sir." gulpins. In the meantime, Neptune's “ Very well, my boy, can you make
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out what she is ?" " She looks like brandished his razors,—the scribe a boat, Sir." The officer made his displayed his list, and looked vastly report to the Captain, who desired knowing, with his three-cornered hat, to be informed when the boat was floured wig, pen behind his ear, and near the ship. Among the apparent- ink-horn dangling at his button-hole; ly joyous group on the poop, many the horses pranced as uncouthly, a white cheek was now seen to belie and looked as unlike sea-horses, as the loud laughter of its owner. “We possible ; and the coachman, proud are nearing the boat fast, Sir !”—and of his livery and shoulder-knots, the Captain made his appearance on cracked his whip, and contrived, by deck to reconnoitre the approaching dint of singing out “ hard a-port" to stranger. “ Ho! the ship ahoy!” his horses, to weather the after hatchcried a loud voice ahead : “lay your way, and then bear up round the maiutopsail to the mast, and give capstan, where, with a graceful us a rope for the boat."
“Fore pull up” of the reins, very much castle there ! A rope for the boat. like "a strong pull at the mainLet go the main-top-bowline! After- brace," and an “avast there” to his guard ! square away the mainyard !” obedient cattle, he stopped the car. bawled the officer of the deck, re The Captain was waiting under peating the Captain's orders. the poop awning to receive Mr. Nep
A bugle note was now heard, and tune, and an interesting conversation Neptune made his appearance over commenced, too long to be inserted the ship's bows. He was dressed in here, but which ended in his Majesty's sheep-skins, with a flaxen beard de- giving the Captain to understand scending to his waist, and a trident in that his long morning ride over the his hand, with a fine fish sticking on waves had given himself and his the prongs. After he had descend- lady 'a vile cold in the stomach ; a ed into the waist, the screen hint which the Captain's steward have before mentioned was with- perfectly understood, and administerdrawn, and the procession moved on. ed to his wants accordingly. The First came the ship’s band, fantastic- whole of his suite were inmediately ally dressed for the occasion, and play- seized with the same complaint, and ing “Rule Britannia," with might all required the application of the and main ; next followed the tri- same remedy. Neptune then thrust umphal car, decorated with various out his trident to the Captain's stewcoloured flags, in which were seated ard with a graceful air, as if he meant Neptune, Amphitrite, and Triton; to impale him, but it was merely for and immediately in the rear followed the purpose of presenting the fish on the suite, consisting of the barber, its prongs, as an addition to “his doctor, scribe, and about a dozen honour, the Captain's dinner.” Durparty-coloured demi-gods acting as ing this interview, the men were all water bailiffs. Previous to the out- standing near the gang-way
armed set of the procession, all those unfor- with buckets of water, wet swabs, tunates who had never crossed the &c. and impatient for the commenceline, were driven below; the grat- ment of the fun. At length the band ings were laid on fore and aft, and struck up“ Off she goes.' sentries stationed at the hatch-ways you lubbers,” said the coachman; to prevent an escape. On came the crack went the whip, off pranced the pageant: Neptune looked as majes- horses, and away whirled the car, tic as bis trident and sheep-skins which no sooner approached the could make him; Amphitrite, with gang-way than the procession was the assistance of a little red paint, greeted with torrents of water,
and and oakum locks, and arrayed in the his godship was half smothered with cast-off robes of some of the lady his own element. After the first passengers, was a passable represen- effusions of greeting were over, Neptation of a she-monster;--the barber tune loft his car, and mounted up ('?
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