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overbalanced. We shall close this narrative by specifying one trait of excellence for which bis whole life was distinguished--HIS ardent and un. abated love of freedom! Inimical to measures, which, in his opinion, encroached on the liberties of mankind, he ceased not to lift up his voice against every species of oppression. Independent in his own views and manners, he spoke his mind freely on all occasions, which drew even from his enemies expressions of admiration. Intent on the diffusion of happiness, he uniformly studied, (though in his own peculiar manner) the welfare and prosperity of his country.
METHOD OF MAKING BREAD IN CHINA.
HE Chinese method of making their bread is
very curious--they neither make use of yeast, or bake it in an oven. The shape and size of the loaves are not unlike the small bread made in this country. They are composed of nothing more than flour and water, and ranged on bars, whiclı are laid across on an iron hollow pan, containing a certain quantity of water, which is then placed on an earthen stove. When the water boils, the vessel or pan is covered.over with something like a shallow tub, and the steam of the water, for a few minutes, is all the baking, if it may be so called, which the bread receives. We understand, however, that it is by no means unpalatable ;-in this state the Chinese consider it most nutritious.
N this second book of the TASK, the author re
probates the degeneracy of the times, which he points out with the honest, but wholesome hand of severity. Few were more thoroughly attached to their country, but he loved her too well not to notice and condemn her faults. Like a skilful sur. geon, he probed the wounds deeply—and thus indulged the hope of producing a rapid and permanent recovery.
Slavery is the first topic on which the poet expatiates-with a beautiful exclamation on this melancholy subject, does the book open, and thus the paragraph closes in his own peculiar style :
I would not have a slave to till my ground,
And let it circulate thro' ev'ry vein
A few pages afterwards the poet breaks out in these patriotic strains :
ENGLAND, with all thy faults, I love thee still,
Mr. C. then alludes to the church, and though a churchman himself, satirises with a noble free. nom what appears deserving of reprobation. For able and faithful ministers he expresses his highest estcem, but mere birelings rouse his indignation. Indeed our poet uniformly seems to have written under the infuence of virtue and piety. Take the following specimen :
I venerate the man whose heart is warm, Whose hands are pure, whose doctrine, and whose life Coincident-exhibit lucid proof That he is honest in the sacred cause. To such- render more than mere respect, Whose actions say that they respect themselves. But loose in morals, and in manners vain, In conversation frivolous--in dress Extreme-at ouce rapacious and profuse, Frequent in park, with lady at his side Ambling and pratling scandal as he goes; But rare at home, and never at his books, Or with his pen, save when he scrawls a card; Constant at routs, familiar with a round Of ladyships-a stranger to the poor, Ambitious of preferment for its gold, And well prepard by ignorance and sloth,
By infidelity and love of world,
The puet then proceeds to delineate what the
However, according to the poet's account, poor Liscipline has a long time ago fallen sick and died. The consequences may be easily predicted. In. deed, some of our best writers have traced the evils by which we are deluged, to the want of a RIGHT EDUCATION, which is, on all hands, acknowledged to forin the broadest basis upon which we are to raise the edifice, both of our private and public felicity.
AN ACCOUNT OF THE TERRITORY OF MOROCCO, ITS PEOPLE, THEIR MANNERS, RELIGION,
&c. (From Daniberger's Travels into the Interior of Africa ; See our Literary
Revicw, last Number, Page 84.] *HE country of Morocco is one of the most
charming and fertile on the face of the earth, though not so well cultivated as it would be by a different race of inhabitants. The tyranny of the emperor over his wretched subjects, depresses their spirits and plunges them in sloth. If any of them be industrious in benefitting by the fertility of the soil, they are obliged to pay enormous tributes; and, if the haavest turn out ever so good, the husbandman can scarcely retain so much of the produce as is sufficient for the support of his existence; as either the emperor himself, or the rapacious and thievish governors, his substitutes, take all to themselves, using violence when they cannot attain their ends by artifice and fraud.
The emperor now reigning, is said to be far less cruel than his predecessor; and yet seldom a day passes that he does not cause several wretches to be executed, or put them to death with his own hand. The people bear the severities of this barbarian monster with the greatest patience, esteeming themselves happy to hear that they are to be killed by his own hand; looking upon him as the descendent of their great prophet, and therefore regarding what he does as the dispensation of heaven. No people are to be found in all Africa, even in its most savage and unfrequented region's, more simple and stupid than the inhabitants of this country.--Every male above fifteen years of age being a soldier, the emperor can always, in a week's time, bring together an army of two hun