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as with one consent, the wheels began to counter all its crosses at once. One moment turn, the haods began to move the pendulum comes laden with its own little burden, then began to wag, and, to its credit, ticked as flies, and is succeeded by another no heavier loud as ever, while a beam of the rising sun than the last; if one could be sustained, so that streamed through a hole in the kitchen can another, and another. shutter, sbining full upon the dial-plate, Even in looking forward to a single day, it brightened up as if nothing had been the the spirit may sometimes faint from an antimatter.

cipation of the duties, the labours, the trials When the farmer came down to breakfast to temper and patience that may be expectthat morning, upon looking at the clock, he ed. Now this is unjustly laying the burden declared that his watch had gained half an of many thousand moments upon one. Let hour in the night.

any one resolve to do right now, leaving then

to do as it can, and if he were to live to the MORAL.

age of Methuselah, he would never err. But

the common error is, to resolve to act right toIt is said by a celebrated modern writer, morrow, or next time, but now, just this once, “ take care of the minutes and the hours will we must go on the same as ever. take care of themselves.” This is an admi. It seems easier to do right to-morrow than rable hint ; and might be very seasonably to-day, merely because we forget that when recollected when we begin to be

to-morrow comes, then will be now. Thus in well-doing," from the thought of having life passes, with inany, in resolutions for a great deal to do. The present is all we the future, which the present never fulfils. have to manage : the past is irrecoverable; It is not thus with those, who “by patient the future is uncertain ; nor is it fair to bur- continuance in well-doing, seek for glory, den one moment with the weight of the next. honour, and immortality :"-.-day by day, Sufficient unto the moment is the trouble minute by minute, they executé tħe appointthereof. If we had to walk a hundred ed task, to which the requisite measure of miles, we still need set but one step at a time, time and strength is proportioned: and thus, and this process continued would infallibly having worked while it was called day, they bring us to our journey's end. Fatigue gen at length rest from their labours, and * their erally begins, and is always increased by works follow them.” calcolating in a minute the exertion of hours. Let us then, “whatever our hands find to

Thus, in looking forward to future life, let do, do it with all our might,” recollecting, us recollect that we have not to sustain all that now is the proper and the accepted time. its toil, to endure all its sufferings, or en

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The Author of " Essays in Rhyme” will be recognized in

THE PHILOSOPHER'S SCALES,

In days of yore, as Gothic fable tells,
When learning dimly gleam'd from grated cells,
When wild Astrology's distorted eye
Shunn'd the fair field of true philosophy,
And wand'ring through the depths of mental night,
Sought dark predictions mid the worlds of light:---
When curious Alchemy, with puzzled brow,
Attempted things that Science laughs at now,
Losing the useful purpose she consults,
In vain cbimeras and unknown results:
In those grave times there lived a reverend sage,
Whose wisdom shed its lustre on the age.
A monk he was, immured in cloister'd walls,
Where now the ivy'd ruin crumbling falls.
'Twas a profound seclusion that he chose ;
The noisy world disturb'd not that repose :
The flow of murmuring waters, day by day,
And whistling winds, that forced their tardy way
Thro' reverend trees, of ages' growth, that made,
Around the holy pile, a deep monastic shade;
The chanted psalm, or solitary prayer,---
Such were the sounds that broke the silence there.
'Twas here, when his rites sacerdotal were o'er,
In the depth of his cell with its stone-covered floor,
Resigning to thougbt his chimerical brain,
He formed the contrivance we now shall explain :
But whether by magic or alchemy's powers,
We know not, indeed 'tis no business of ours:
Perhaps it was only by patience and care,
At last that he brought his invention to bear.
In youth 'twas projected; but years stole away,
And ere 'twas complete he was wrinkled and grey.
But success is secure unless energy fails;
And at length he produced The Philosopher's Scales.

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What were they ?---you ask : you shall presently see.
These scales were not made to weigh sugar and tea;
O no; for such properties wondrous had they,
That qualities, feelings, and thoughts they could weigh ;
Together with articles small or immense,
From mountains or planets, to atoms of sense:
Nought was there so bulky, but there it could lay;
And nought so ethereal but there it would stay;
And nought so reluctant but in it must go;
All which some examples more clearly will show.

The first thing he tried was the heail of Voltaire,
Which retain'd all the wit that had ever been there;
As a weight he threw in a torn scrap of a leaf,
Containing the prayer of the penitent thief ;
When the skull rose aloft with so sudden a spell,
As to bound like a ball, on the roof of the cell.

Next time he put in Alexander the Great,
With a garment that Dorcas had made---for a weight;
And tho clad in armour from sandals to crowo,
The hero rose up and the garment went down.

A long row of alms-houses, amply endow'd
By a well-esteemed pharisee, busy and proud,
Now loaded one scale, while the other was prest
By those mites the poor widow dropp'd into the chest :
Up flew the endowment, not weighing an ounce,
And down, down, the farthing's worth came with a bounce.

Again, he performed an experiment rare : A monk, with austerities bleeding and bare, Climbed into his scale; in the other was laid The heart of our Howard, now partly decayed ; When be found, with surprise, that the whole of his brother Weigh'd less, by some pounds, than this bit of the other.

By further experiments, (no matter how,)
He found that ten chariots weighed less than one plough.
Asword, with gilt trappings, rose up in the scale,
Though balanced by only a ten-penny pail :
A shield and a helmet, a buckler and spear,
Weighed less than a widow's uncrystallized tear.
A lord and a lady wept up at full sail,
When a bee chanced to light on the opposite scale.
Ten doctors, ten lawyers, two courtiers, one earl,
Ten counsellors' wigs, full of powder and curl,
All heaped in one balance, and swinging from thence,
Weigh'd less than some atoms of candour and sense ;---
A first-water diamond, with brilliants begirt,
Than one good potatoe just washed from the dirt;
Yet, not mountains of silver and gold would suffice,
One pearl to outweigh,.--'twas the "pearl of great price.”

At last the whole world was bowl'd in at the grate;
With the soul of a beggar to serve for a weight;
When the former sprang up with so strong a rebuff,
Than it made a vast rent and escaped at the roof;
Whence, balanced in air, it ascended on high,
And sail'd up aloft---a balloon in the sky:
While the scale with the soul in, so mightily fell,
That it jerk'd the philosopher out of his cell.

MORAL.

Dear reader, if e'er self dereption prevails,
We pray you to try The Philosopher's Scales :
But if they are lost in the ruins around,
Perhaps a good substitute thus may be found :---
Let judgment and conscience in circles be cut,
To which strings of thought may be carefully put :
Let these be made even with caution extreme,
And impartiality use for a beam:
Then bring thnse good actions which pride overrates,
And tear up your motives to serve for the weights.

We should have been tempted to it is; but Miss Taylor las here pretranscribe the • Complaint of the Dy- sented us the Life of a Lookinging Year,' a beautiful paper, had it not Glass, abounding with bright reflecalready been laid hold of by selectors tions. It is too long to transcribe. and compilers, without being always We must, however, make room for the fairly ascribed to the proper author.* entire paper entitled, “How it strikes Mr.Montgomery,in his Prose by a Poet, a stranger:' it is, perhaps the most has written the life of a flower, and an masterly in the collection. exquisite piece of vegetable biography

HOW IT STRIKES A STRANGER.

In a remote period of antiquity, when the ally heard : and craftsmen of all kinds of sapernatural and the marvellous obtained craft were there ; and the light of a candle a readier credence than now, it was fabled was seen in every dwelling; and the voice that a stranger of extraordinary appearance of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride was observed pacing the streets of one of the were heard there. The stranger mused magnificent cities of the east, remarking with awhile upon the glittering scene, and listenan eye of intelligent curiosity every sur tened to the confused murmur of mingling rounding object. Several individuals gather- sounds. Then sudde ly raising his eyes to ing around him, questioned him concerning the starry firmament, he fixed them with an bis country and his business; but they pre- expressive gaze on the beautiful evening sently perieived that he was unacquainted star which was just sinking behind a dark with their language, and he soon discovered grove that surrounded one of the principal himself to be equally ignorant of the most temples of the city.. “Marvel not,” said 'he common usages of society. At the same time, to his host, “ that I am wont to gaze with the dignity and intelligence of his air and fond affection on yonder silvery star. That demeanour forbade the idea of his being was my home ; yes, I was lately an inhabieither a barbarian or a lunatic. When at tant of that tranquil planet; from whence a length he understood by their signs, that vain curiosity has tempted me to wander. they wished to be informed whence he came, Often had I beheld with wondering admirahe pointed with great significance to the tion, this brilliant world of yours, ever one sky; upon which the crowd, concluding him of the brightest gems of our firinament: and to be one of their deities, were proceeding the ardent desire I had long felt to know to pay bim divine honours: but be no sooner something of its condition, was at length uncomprehended tireir design, than he rejected expectedly gratified. I received permission it with horror ; and bending his knees and and power from above to traverse the mighty raisivg his hands towards heaven in the atti- void, and to direct my course to this distude of prayer, gave them to understand that tant sphere. To that permission, however, he also was a worshipper of the powers one condition was annexed, to which my eaabove.

gerness for the enterprize induced me hastily After a time, it is said, that the mysterious to consent; namely, that I must thenceforth stranger accepted the hospitalities of one remain an inhabitant of this strange earth, of the nobles of the city ; under whose roof and undergo all the vicissitudes to which its he applied himself with great diligence to natives are subject. Tell me, therefore, I the acquirement of the language, in which pray you, what is the lot of man; and exhe made such surprising proficiency, that in plain to me more fully thaul yet understand, a few days he was able to hold intelligent all that I hear and see around me.' intercourse with those around him. The “ Truly, Sir," replied the astonished nonoble host now resolved to take an early ble, "although I amn altogether unacquaintopportunity of satisfying his curiosity re ed 'with the manners and customs, products specting the country and quality of his and privileges of your country, yet, meguest: and upon his expuessing this desire, thinks I cannot but congratulate you on the stranger assured him that he would an your arrival in our world; especially since swer his inquiries that evening after sunset. it has been your good fortune to alight on a Accordingly, as night approached, he led part of it affording such various sources of him forth upon the balconies of the palace, enjoyment as this our opulent and luxurious which overlooked the wealthy and populous city. And be assured it will be my pride city. Innumerable lights from its busy and pleasure to introduce you to all that is streets and splendid palaces were now re most worthy the attention of such a distinflected in the dark bosom of its noble river; guished foreigner. where stately vessels laden with rich mer Our adventurer, arcordingly, was prechandize

from all parts of the known world, sently initiated in those arts of luxury and lay anchored in the port. This was a city pleasure which were there well understood. in which the voice of the harp and the viol, He was introduced by his obliging host, to and the sound of the millstone were contina- their public games and festivals; to their

* It appears in the “Common-Place Book of Prose,” (a neat and tasteful little scrap-book, printed at Edinburgh in 1823,) with the name of the Rev. Dr. Henderson attached to it. The Editor sbould have abstained from giving the name vf the supposed author of an anonymous paper without better information.--[As it will be new to the American reader, the editors of the Atheneum have inserted it at the close of this article.)

theatrical diversions and convivial assem- agreeable, declared that he must refer him to blies : and in a short time he began to feel the priests for further information ; this subsome relish for amusements, the meaning of ject being very much out of his province. which, at first, he could scarcely compre

“ How!” exclaimed the stranger, “ then hend. The next lesson which it became de- I cannot have understood you ;---do the sirable to impart to him, was the necessity priests only die ?---are not you to die also ?” of acquiring wealth as the only means of ob His friend, evading these questions, hastily taining pleasure. A fact which was no conducted bis importunate companion to one sooner understood by the stranger, than he of their magnificent temples, where he gladgratefully accepted the offer of his friendly ly consigned him to the instructions of the host to piace him in a situation in which he priesthood. might amass riches. To this object he began The emotion which the stranger had beto apply himself with diligence; and was trayed when he received the first idea of becoming in some measure reconciled to the death, was yet slight in comparison with manners and customs of our planet, strangely that which he experienced as soon as he ga-, as they differed from those of his own, when thered from the discourses of the priests, an incident occurred which gave an entirely some notion of immortality, and of the alternew direction to his energies.

native of happiness or misery in a future It was but a few weeks after his arrival state. But this agony of mind was exchanged on our earth, when, walking in the cool of for transport when be learned, that, by the the day with his friend in the outskirts of the performance of certain conditions before city, his attention was arrested by the ap- death, the state of happiness might be securpearance of a spacious enclosure near which ed. His eagerness to learo the nature of they passed; he inquired the use to which it these terms, excited the surprise and even was appropriated.

the contempt of bis sacred teachers. They “ It is,” replied the nobleman, “a place advised him to remain satisfied for the preof public interment.'

seat with the instructions he had received, “I do not understand you,” said the and to defer the remainder of the discussion stranger.

till the inorrow. “ It is the place,” repeated his friend, “ How," exclaimed the novice, “say you “ where we bury our dead."

not that death may come at any hour ?--

--may “Excuse me, Šir," replied his companion, it not then come this hour?---and what if it with some embarrassment, “I must trouble should come before I have performed these you to explain yourself yei further.”

conditions! Oh! withhold not this excellent The nobleman repeated the information in knowledge from me a single moment !". still plainer terms.

The priests, suppressing a smile at bis “ I am still at a loss to comprehend you simplicity, then proceeded to explain their perfectly,” said the stranger, turning deadly Theology to their attentive auditor : but pale. " This must relate to someihing of who shall describe the ecstacy of his happiwhich I was not only totally ignorant in my ness when he was given to understand, that own world, but of which I have, as yet, bad the required couditions were, generally, of no intimation in yours. I pray you, there easy and pleasaot performance, and that the fore, to satisfy my curiosity; for if I have occasional difficulties or inconveniences any clue to your meaning, this, surely, is a which might attend them, would entirely matter of more mighty concernment than cease with the short term of bis earthly existany, to which you have hitherto directed ence. “If, then, I uvderstand you rightly,”

said he to his ipstructors, “this event which “My good friend,” replied the nobleman, you call death, and which seems in itself

you must be indeed a novice amongst us, if strangely terrible, is most desirable and you have yet to learu that we must all, blissful. What a favour is this which is sooner or later, submit to take our place in granted to me, in being sent to inhabit a these dismal abodes; nor will I deny that it planet in which I can die!" The priests is one of the least desirable of the circum- again exchanged smiles with each other; stances which appertain to our condition ; but their ridicule was wholly lost upon the for which reason it is a matterrarely referred enraptured stranger. to io polished society, and this accounts for When the first transports of his emotion your beiug hitherto uninformed on the sub- had subsided, be began to reflect with sore ject. But truly, Sir, if the inhabitants of uneasioess on the time he had already lost the place whence you came are not liable to since his arrival. any similar misfortune, I advise you to be. “ Alas, what have I been doing !” extake yourself back again with all speed; for claimed he. “ This gold which I have been be assured there is no escape here ; nor could collecting, tell me, reverend priests, will it I guarantee your safety for a single hour.” avail me any thing when the thirty or for

Alas,” replied the adventurer, “I must ty years are expired which, you say, I may submit to the conditions of my enterprize; possibly sojourn in your planet!". of which, till now, 1 little understood the im “Nay,” replied the priests, “ but verily port. But explain to me, I beseech you, you will find it of excellent use so long as something more of the nature and consequen you remain in it." ces of this wondrous metamorphosis, and tell “ A very little of it shall suffice me,” reme at what period it most commonly happens plied he : “ for consider, how soon this peto man.”

riod will be past: what avails it what my While he thus spoke, his voice faultered, condition may be for so short a season? and his whole frame shook violently ; his will betake myself, from this hour, to the countenance was pale as death, and a cold grand concerns of which you have charitadew stood in large drops upon his forehead. bly informed me.'

By this time his companion, finding the dis Accordingly, from that period, continues course becoming more serious than was the legend, the stranger devoted bimself to

me.

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the performance of those conditions on little prudence and forethought as to prowhich, he was told, his future welfare de- vide only for their necessities and pleasures pended; but, in so doing, he had an opposi- for that short part of their existence in which tion to encounter wholly, unexpected, and they were to remain in this planet, he could for which he was even at a loss to account. consider oply as the effect of disordered inBy thus devoting his chief attention to his tellect; so that he even returned their incichief interests, he excited the surprise, the vilities to himself, with affectionate exposcontempt, and even the enmity of most of tulation, accompanied by lively emotions of the inhabitants of the city; and they rarely compassion and amazement. mentioned him but with a term of reproach, If ever he was tempted for a moment to which has been variously rendered in all the violate any of the conditions of his future modern languages.

happiness, he bewailed his own madoess with Nothing could equal the stranger's sur agonizing emotions : and to all the invitaprise at this circumstance; as well as that of tions he received from others to do any thing his fellow citizens appearing, generally, so incoosistent with his real interests, he had but extremely indifferent as they did to their one answer,---"Oh," he would say, own interests. That they should have so to die.--I am to die."

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The Honourable Mr. Spencer's elegant poetical dialogue between How d'ye do and Good bye, probably suggested the beautiful stanzas entitled,

NOW AND THEN.

In distant days of wild romance,

Of magic mist and fable ;
When stones could argue, trees advance,

And brutes to talk were able ;
When shrubs and flowers were said to preach,
Aad manage all the parts of speech :
'Twas then, no doubt, if 'twas at all,

(But doubts we need not mention,)
That Then and Now, two adverbs small,

Engaged in sharp contention ;
But how they made each other hear,
Tradition doth not make appear.
THEN was a sprite of subtile frame,

With rainbow tints invested ;
On clouds of dazzling light she came,

And stars her forehead crested ;
Her sparkling eye of azure hue,
Seem'd borrow'd from the distant blue.
NOW rested on the solid earth,

And sober was her vesture;
She seldom either grief or mirth

Express'd by word or gesture;
Composed, sedate, and firm she stood,
And look'd industrious, calm, and good.
Then, sang a wild fantastic song,

Light as the gale she flies on :
Still stretching, as slie sail'd along,

Towards the fair horizon;
Where clouds of radiance, fringed with gold,
O’er bills of emerald beauty rollid.
Now, rarely rais'd her sober eye

To view that golden distance;
Nor let one idle minute fly

In hope of Tren's assistance;
But still, with busy hands, she stood,
Intent on doing present good.
She ate the sweet but homely fare

That passing moments brought ber;
While THEN, expecting dainties rare,

Despised such bread and water :
And waited for the fruits and flowers
Or future, still receding hours.
Now, venturing once to ask her why,

She answer'd with invective ;
ATHENEUM VOL. 2. 2d series.

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