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“ Yet start not ! on thy closing eyes

Another day shall still unfold, A sun of milder radiance rise,

A happier age of joys untold.

Shall the poor worm that shocks thy sight,

The humblest form in nature's train, Thus rise in new-born lustre bright,

And yet the emblem teach in vain?

“Ah! where once her golden eyes,

Her glittring wings of purple pride? Conceal'd beneath a rude disguise,

A shapeless mass to earth allied.

“Like thee, the hapless reptile liv’d,

Like thee he toil'd, like thee he spun, Like thine his closing hour arriv’d,

His labour ceas'd, his web was done.

“And shalt thou, number'd with the dead,

No happier state of being know? And shall no future morrow shed,

On thee a beam of brighter glow?

“Is this the bound of power divine,

To animate an insect frame?
Or shall not He who moulded thine,

Wake at his will the vital flame ?

“Go, mortal! in thy reptile state,

Enough to know to thee is given ; Go, and the joyful truth relate; Frail child of earth! high heir of heaven."




Cultivated together

separated Bourbon

tegument exposed convenience enclosing underneath gathering another

traveller jessamine usually

profession opposite eighteen introduced The coffee tree is cultivated in Arabia, Persia, the East Indies, the Isle of Bourbon, and several parts of America. The plant, if left to itself, would rise to the height of sixteen or eighteen feet, but it is generally stunted to five, for the convenience of gathering its fruit with greater ease.

Thus dwarft, it extends its branches so, that it covers the whole spot round about it. It begins to yield fruit the third year, but is not in full bearing till the fifth. It is covered with a grey smooth bark, and shoots out through the whole length of its stem, a growth of branches, which are always opposite to each other, arranged in pairs in the same manner.

From the bottom of the leaves spring fragrant white flowers, very much like those of the jessamine; and when the flowers or blossoms drop off, they leave a small fruit behind, which is green at first, but reddens as it ripens, and is like a hard cherry, both in shape and colour. Two, three, or more of these berries, grow together on the same part of the twig, each coated with a husk or tegument, enclosing another and finer skin, in which two seeds or kernels are contained, which are what we call coffee.

The fruit is usually gathered in May, which is done by shaking the trees, the berries falling on cloths, spread underneath to receive them. These being laid on mats to dry in the sun, the outer husks are opened and separated, by drawing rollers of wood or iron over them; after which, the berries are exposed to the sun a second time, and then sifted clean for use. The husks, however, are not wasted, for the Arabs roast them, as we do the berries, and the drink made of them, having a little tartness, is cooling and pleasant in the heat of summer.

The drink made of coffee-berries has been common in Europe above a hundred years, and much longer among the Turks. Coffee was first brought into France, by the famous traveller, M. Thevenot; and a Greek, called Pasqua, who was brought to England as a servant in 1632, first set up the profession of a coffee-house keeper, and introduced the use of the liquor among us.

The medicinal qualities of coffee seem to be derived from the grateful sensation which it produces in the stomach. Hence, it assists digestion, and relieves the head-ache; and is taken in large quantities, with peculiar propriety, by the Turks and Arabians; because it counteracts the narcotic effects of opium, to the use of which those nations are much addicted. In these countries, coffee is not only used at breakfast, but, very commonly, after dinner.


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THE duchess of Longueville, whose great qualities
merited for her universal esteem, being unable to
obtain from Lewis XIV a favour which she par-
ticularly requested, was so sensibly mortified, as
to let fall some expressions of disrespect. The
only one who heard her, related them to the king,
who immediately spoke on the subject to the Great
Condé, brother to the duchess. The prince as-
sured his majesty, that his sister never could have
spoken in those terms if she had not lost her senses.
“Well,” said Lewis, “I shall believe herself, if she
say the contrary.” The prince accordingly went
to his sister, who owned the entire. He endea-
voured in vain, for a whole afternoon, to per-
suade her, that her usual sincerity, on such an oc-
casion, would be nothing better than ridiculous
simplicity; that he, in justifying her in the king's
eyes, had believed he spoke truth; and that, at
all events, she would please his majesty better
by denying, than by acknowledging her fault. “Do
you wish,” said the duchess, “that I should endea-
vour to repair one fault, by committing a still

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greater one, and that not solely against the king? I cannot prevail on myself to deceive him, when he has the generosity to depend on my word. He who betrayed me, acted unkindly, but I will not make him pass for a calumniator, as in reality he is not such.” She went the following day to the court, threw herself at the king's feet, avowed her indiscretion, and assured him, that she would much rather own the fault, than be justified at the expense of another. Lewis XIV, by an act equally heroic, not only pardoned her from his heart, but granted her other favours she had not expected, and treated her ever after with the utmost distinction and goodness.




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