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was fo like him in face and body, and could play upon instruments and sing so like him, that he got credit amongst fome, especially a company of vagabond deferters, of whom, by making great promises to them, he got an army together. But he was Nain. His body being carried to Rome, all persons adınired his resemblance of Nero whom he had endeavoured to counterfeit.

EMPEROR NERO.

NATURE had delineated his manners on his face, and the whole make of his body ; for he had little eyes, and covered with fat, his throat and chin joined together, a thick neck, great belly, and his legs slender. All which proportions made him not unlike a swine, whole filthinefs he well expreft. His chin was turned upwards, which was a sign of his cruelty. Fair hair, small legs, and his face rather fair than majestical, were pregnant figns of his effeminateness. His unheard of wickedness was prognosticated by his father Domitius, from a calculation of his own, and his wife Aggripina's manners, in these words :- It is imposible that any thing that is good should ever proceed from me or her.

SIR DAVID GAM, In the reign of Henry V. attended the king in the Splendid expedition to France, which terminated in the battle of Agincourt; previous to which he was detached to reconnoitre the enemy, reported to be in great force, and being asked their numbers, replied :-An't please you, my liege, they are enough to be killed, enough to run away, and enough to be taken prifoners.

BOTANY. The early amusements of women are the circumstances that form their dispositions and characters. What can be expected from the confinement, the agitations, and the passions of a card table? How different the

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effect of contemplating nature in her most exquisite and moft useful forms ! It improves the heart as well as the taste; and botany is the most elegant and best of all female amusements.

PETER THE THIRD OF CASTILE. A CANON of the cathedral of Seville, affected in his dress, and particularly in his fhoes, could not find a workman to his liking. An unfortunate shoemaker to whom he applied, after quitting many others, having brought him a pair of shoes not made to pleafe his taste, the canon became furious, and seizing one of the tools of the shoemaker, gave him with it so many blows upon the head as laid him dead upon the floor. The unhappy man-left a widow, four daughters, and a son fourteen years of age, the eldest of the indigent family. They made their compliments to the chapter ; the canon was prosecuted, and condemned not to appear in the choir for a year. The young shoemaker having attained to man's estate, was scarcely able to get a livelihood, and overwhelmed with wretchedness, sat down on the day of a procession at the door of the cathedral of Seville in the moment the procession was paffing by. Amongst the other canons he perceived the murderer of his father. At the fight of this man, filial affection, rage, and despair got fo far the better of his reason, that he fell furiously on the priest, and stabbed him to the heart. The young man was seized, convicted of the erime, and immediately condemned to be quartered alive. Peter, whom we call the cruel, and whom the Spaniards with more reason call the lover of justice, was then at Seville. The affair came to his knowledge, and after having learnt the particulars, he determined to be himfelf the judge of the young shoemaker. When he proceeded to give judgment he first anulled the sentence just pronounced by the clergy, and after afking the young man what profession he was :-- I forbid you, said hic, to make shoes for a year to come.

SINGULAR SINGULAR PUNISHMENT.

In the lead-mines on the Mendip-hills, near Wells, any Englishman may freely work, except he has forfeited his right by stealing the ore, or the working tools of other miners. For it is a custom there to leave both their ore and tools all night upon the open hills, or in some flight hut close by and whoever is found guilty of stealing, is condemned to a peculiar punishment, called burning of the hill, which is thus performed :--The criminal is thut up in one of these huts, surrounded with dry furze, fern, or such like combustible matter, which being set fire to in different places, he is left to make his escape as well as he can, by bursting this prison with hands and feet, and rushing through the fire, but he is ever after excluded froin working on those hills.

REVENGE.

SOMETHING more than a century ago, the Marquis of Altrogas, a Spanish nobleman, having prevailed on a young woman of great beauty to become his inistress, the Marchioncss hearing of it, went to her lodgings with fome assassins, killed her, tore out her heart, carried it home, made a ragout of it, and presented the dish to the Marquis.--" It is exceedingly good,” said he.- " No wonder," answered the, “ since it is made of the heart of that creature you so much doated on.” And to confirm what the had said, the immediately drew out her head all bloody from beneath her hoop and rolled it on the floor, her eyes sparkling all the time with a mixcure of pleasure and infernal fury.

LAVATER.

“ I CALLED" says Mr. Coxe, on Lavater, a clergyman, of Zurich, in Switzerland, and celebrated phyfiognomist, who has published four large voluines in quarto on that fanciful subject. That particular parfions have a certain effect upon particular features, is

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evident to the most common observer, and it may be conceived that an habitual indulgence of these passions may possibly in fome cases impress a distinguishing mark on the countenance. But that a certain cast of features constantly denotes certain passions, and that by contemplating the countenance we can infallibly discover allo The mental qualities, is an hypothefis liable to so many exceptions, as renders it impoffible to establish a general and uniform system. Nevertheless, Mr. Lavater, like a true enthufiaft, carries his theory much farther ; for he not only pretends to discover the characters and parfions by the features, by the complexion, by the form of the head, and by the motion of arms, but he also draws some inferences of the same kind even from the hand writing. And, indeed, his system is formed upon such universal principles, that he applies the same rules to all animated nature, extending them not only to brutes, but even to infects. That ihe temper of a horfe may be discovered by his countenance will not, perhaps, ftrike you as absurd; but did you ever hear before that any quality could be inferred from the physiognomy of a bee, an ant, or a cockchaffer? While I give my opinion thus freely concerning Mr. Lavater's notions, you will readily perceive that I am not one of those who are initiated into the mysteries.

COMPOSITION OF AN INDIAN PHILOSOPHER.

The following pathetic elegy was composed by Mir Muhammed Husain, a learned philosopher and scholar. It is contained in the Afiatic Researches.

1. Never, 01 never thall I forget the fair one who came to my tent with timid circumspection.

2. Sleep sat heavy on her eyelids, and her heart faltered with fear.

3. She had marked the dragons of her tribe, (the Sentinels) and had dismissed all dread of danger from them. 4. She had laid aside the rings which used to grace her ancles, left the sound of them should expose her te calamity.

5. She deplored the darkness of the way which hid from her the morning star.

6. It was a night when the eye-lashes of the moon were tinged with the black powder of the gloom ;

7. A night when thou mightest have seen the clouds like camels eagerly gazing on the stars ;

8. While the eyes of heaven wept on the bright borders of the sky;

9. The lightning displayed his shining teeth with wonder at this change in the firmament;

10. And the thunder almost burst the ears of the deafened rocks.

11. She was desirous of embracing me, but through modesty declined my embrace.

12. Tears bedewed her cheeks, and to my eyes watered a bower of roses.

13. When the spake, her panting Gghs blew flames into my heart.

14. She continued expostulating with me on my exceffive desire to travel.

15. Thou hast melted my heart, she said, and made it feel inexpressible anguish.

16. Thou art perverse in thy conduct to her who loves thee, and obsequious to thy guileful adviser.

17. Thou gnest round from country to country, and art never pleased with a fixed residence.

18. One while the seas roll with thee, and another while thou art agitated on the shore.

19. What fruit, but painful fatigue, can arise from rambling over foreign regions ?

20. Haft thou associated thyself with the wild antelopes of the desert, and forgotten the tame deer ?

21. Art thou weary then of our neighbourhood ? O! woe to him who flees from his beloved !

22. Have pity at length on my afflicted heart, which feeks relief and cannot obtain it.

HOWARD,

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