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and pardon me if I have not given to her respectable by making its porscheory ridirelation the advantages which she had so culous, or by describing vice with 80 much reason to expect. The other story, many fascinating qualities, that it is either that of Ellen, could I give it in the lan- lost in the assemblage, or pardoned by guage of him who related it to me, would the association. Man's heart is sufficiently please and affect my readers. It is by no prone to make excuse for man's infirinity; means my only debt, though the one I and needs not the aid of poetry, or elonow more particularly acknowledge; for quence, to take from vice its native dewho shall describe all that he gains in the formity. A character may be respectable social, the unrestrained, and the frequent with all its faults, but it must not be conversations with a friend, who is at made respectable by them. It is grievous once communicative and judicious?—whose when genius will condescend to place strong opinions, on all subjects of literary kind, and evil spirits in a commanding view, or are founded on good taste, and exquisite excite our pity and admiration for men of feeling! It is one of the greatest plea- talents, degraded by crime, when struggling sures of my memory' to recal in absence with misfortune. It is but too true that those conversations; and if I do not in great and wicked men may be so presented direct terms mention with whom I con- to us as to demand our applanse, when versed, it is both because I have no per- they should excite our abhorrence; but it mission, and my readers will have no is surely for the interest of mankind, and doubt.

our own self-direction, that we should The first intention of the poet must be ever keep at unapproachable distance our to please; for, if he means to instruct, he respect and our reproach. must render the instruction which he hopes I have one observation more to offer. to convey palatable and pleasant. I will It may appear to some that a minister of not assume the tone of a moralist, nor religion, in the decline of life, should have promise that my relations shall be benefi- no leisure for such amusements as these; cial to mankind; but I have endeavoured, and for them I have no reply ;- but to not ansuccessfully I trust, that, in what those who are more indulgent to the prosoever I have related or described, there pensities, the studies, and the habits of should be nothing introduced which has a mankind, I offer some apology when I protendency to excuse the vices of man, by duce these volumes, not as thie occupations issociating with them sentiments that de- of my life, but the fruits of my leisure, inand our respect, and talents that compel the employment of that time which, if our admiration. There is nothing in these not given to them, had passed in the pagrs which has the mischievous effect of vacuity of unrecorded idleness; or had ronfounding truth and error, or confusing been lost in the indulgence of unregistered our ideas of right and wrong. I know not thoughts and fancies, that melt away in which is most injurious to the yielding the instant they are conceived, and leave minds of the young, to render virtue less not a ureck behind.'

BOOK I. | The elder, George, had past his threescore

years,

A busy actor, sway'd by hopes and fears THE HALL

of powerful kind; and he had fillid the

parts The Brothers met who many a year had

had That try our strength and agiate our

hearts. past Since their last meeting, and that seem'd

lle married not, and yet he well approved their last;

The social state; but ihen he rashly loved; They had no parent then or common friend

Gave to a strong delusion all his youth, Who might their hearts to mutual kindness

Led by a vision till alarm'd by truth:

That vision past, and of that truth possest,

bend; Who, touching both in their divided state,

His passions wearied and disposed to rest, Might generous thoughts and warm desires Crorgo yet

: George yet had will and power a place to

choose, create; For there are minds whom we must first

first / Where Hope might sleep, and terminate

lier views. excite And urge to feeling, ere they can nnite; As we inay hard and stubborn metals beat He chose his natire village, and the hill. And blend together, if we duly heat. He elimb'd a boy had its attraction still;

With that small brook beneath, where he On which the names of wanton boys appear,

would stand, Who died old men, and left memorials here, And stooping fill the hollow of his hand Carvings of feet and hands, and knots and To quench th' impatient thirst-then stop

flowers, awhile

The fruits of busy minds in idle hours. To see the sun upon the waters smile, Here, while our squire the modern part In that sweet weariness, when, long denied,

possess'd, We drink and view the fountain that supplied His partial eye upon the old would rest; The sparkling bliss—and feel, if not express, That best his comforts gave—this sooth'd Our perfect ease in that sweet weariness.

his feelings best. The oaks yet flourish'd in that fertile Here day by day, withdrawn from busy life,

ground,

No child t' awake him, to engage no wife, Where still the church with lofty tower When friends were absent, not to books was found;

inclined, And still that Hall, a first, a favourite view, He found a sadness steal upon his mind; But not the elms that form'd its avenue; Sighing, the works of former lords to see, They fell ere George arrived, or yet had I follow them," he cried, “but who will stood,

follow me?” For he in reverence held the living wood, That widely spreads in earth the deepening Some ancient men whom he a boy had

root, And lifts to heaven the still aspiring shoot; He knew again, their changes were his own;

known From age to age they fill'd a growing space, con But hid the mansion they were meant to that time with him in lenient mood had

ng space: Comparing now he view'd them, and he felt grace.

dealt;

While some the half-distinguish'd features It was an ancient, venerable Hall,

bore And once surrounded by a moat and wall; That he was doubtful if he saw before, A part was added by a squire of taste, And some in memory lived, whom he must Who, while unvalued acres ran to waste,

see no more. Made spacious rooms, whence he could look

about, And mark improvements as they rose without.

Here George had found, yet scarcely hoped He fillid the moat, he took the wall away,

to find,

Companions meet, minds fitted to his mind; He thinn'd the park, and bade the view be gay; The scene was rich, but he who should

Here, late and loth, the worthy rector came,

From College-Dinners and a Fellow's fame;

behold Its worth was poor, and so the whole was

Yet, here when fix'd, was happy to behold

So near a neighbour in a friend so old : sold.

Boys on one form they parted, now to meet

In equal state, their worships on one seat. Just then our merchant from his desk Here were a sister-pair, who seem'd to live

retired,

With more respect than affluence can give; And made the purchase that his heart desired: Although not affluent, they, by nature The Hall of Binning, his delight a boy,

graced, That gave his fancy in her flight employ; Had sense and virtue, dignity and taste; Here, from his father's modest home, he Their minds by sorrows, by misfortunes gazed,

tried, Its grandeur cbarm'd him, and its height Were vex'd and heald, were pain's and

amazed: Work of past ager; and the brick-built place Hither a sage physician came, and plann'd, Where he resided was in much disgrace; With books his guides, improvements on But never in his fancy's proudest dream

his land; Did he the master of that mansion seem: Nor less to mind than matter would he gire Young was he then, and little did he know His noble thoughts, to know how spirits live, What years on care and diligence bestow; And what is spirit; him his friends advised Now young no more, retired to views well To think with fear, but caution he despised,

known,

And hints of fear provoked him till he dared le finds that object of his awe his own; Beyond himself, nor bold assertion spared, The Hall at Binning! how he loves the But fiercely spoke, like those who strongly

gloom That sun-excluding window gives the room; “Priests and their craft, enthusiasts and Those broad brown stairs on which he

their zeal." loves to tread; More yet appear'd, of whom as we proceed Those beams within; without, that length Ah! yield not yet to languor-you shall of lead,

read.

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rose,

view,

But ere the events that from this meeting So thought our squire, nor wish'd the

guards t appear Ee they of pain or pleasure, we disclose, So strong, that safety might be bought too It is of custom, doubtless is of use,

dear; That we our heroes first should introduce. The Constitution was the ark that he Come, then, fair Truth! and let me clearly see Join'd to support with zeal and sanctity, The minds I paint, as they are seen in thee; Nor would expose it, as th' accursed son To me their merits and their faults impart; His father's weakness, to be gazed upon. Give me to say, “frail being! such thou art!” I for that Freedom make, said he, my prayer, And closely let me view the naked human That suits with all, like atmospheric air;

heart.

That is to mortal man by heaven assign'd, | Who cannot bear a pure and perfect kind :

The lighter gas, that, taken in the frame, GEORGE loved to think; but as he late began The spirit heats, and sets the blood in flame, To muse on all the grander thoughts of man, Such is the freedom which when men apHe took a solemn and a serious view

prove, Of his religion, and he found it true;

They know not what a dangerous thing Firmly, yet meekly, he his mind applied

they love. To this great subject, and was satisfied. He then proceeded, not so much intent, But still in earnest, and to church he went: George chose the company of men of sense, Although they found some difference in But could with wit in moderate share distheir creed,

pense; He and his pastor cordially agreed;

He wish'd in social ease his friends to meet, Convinced that they who would the truth When still he thought the female accent obtain

sweet; By disputation, find their efforts vain; Well from the ancient, better from the The church he view'd as liberal minds will

young,

He loved the lispings of the mother-tongue. And there he fix'd his principles and pew. He saw, he thought he saw, how Weakness,

Pride,

He ate and drank, as much as men who think And Habit, draw seceding crowds aside: Tof life's best pleasures ought to eat or Weakness that loves on triling points to

drink; dwell,

Men purely temperate might have taken less, Pride that at first from Heaven's own wor- | But still he loved indulgence, not excese;

ship fell,

Nor would alone the grants of Fortune taste, And Habit, going where it went before,

But shared the wealth he judged it crime Or to the Meeting or the Tavern-Door. ·

to waste, And thus obtaind the sure reward of care;

For none can spend like him who learns to George loved the cause of freedom, but

spare. reproved All who with wild and boyish ardour loved ; Those who believed they never could bé Time, thought, and trouble made the man free,

appearExcept when fighting for their liberty;

By nature shrewd-sarcastic and severe; Who by their very clamour and complaint

plaint Still he was one whom those who fully knew Invite coercion or inforce restraint:

Esteem'd and trusted, one correct and true; He thought a trust so great, so good a cause,

All on his word with surety might depend, Was only to be kept by guarding laws;

Kind as a man, and faithful as a friend : For public blessings firmly to secure,

But him the many know not, knew not cause We must a lessening of the good endure.

In their new squire for censure or applause; The public waters are to none denied,

Ask them: Who dwelt within that lofty All drink the stream, but only few must

wall ? guide;

And they would say, the gentleman was tall; There must be reservoirs to hold supply,

Look'd old when follow'd, but alert when met, And channels form'd to send the blessing by ;A

And had some vigour in his movements yet ; The public good must be a private care,

He stoops, but not as one infirm; and wears None all they would may have, but all a

Dress that becomes his station and his years.

share: So we must freedom with restraint enjoy, What crowds possess they will, uncheck’d, Such was the man who from the world destroy;

return'd, And hence, that freedom may to all be dealt, Nor friend nor foe; he prized it not, nor Guards must be fix'd, and safcty must be felt.

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But came and sat him in his village down, , Men with such minds at once each other aid, Safe from its smile, and careless of its frown; Frankness, they' cry, with frankness is He, fairly looking into life's account,

repaid; Saw frowns and favours were of like amount; If honest, why suspect? if poor, of what And viewing all-his perils, prospects, purse,

afraid ? He said: Content! 'tis well it is no worse. Wealth's timid votaries may with caution

move,

Be it our wisdom to confide and love! Through ways more rough had fortune

RICHARD led, The world he traversed was the book he So pleasures came, (not purchased first or read;

plann'd) Hence clashing notions and opinions strange But the chance-pleasures that the poor Lodged in his mind; all liable to change.

command; By nature generous, open, daring, free,

They came but seldom, they remain’d not The vice he hated was hypocrisy:

long, Religious notions, in her latter years,

Nor gave him time to question, are they His mother gave, admonish'd by her fears ; |

wrong ? To these he added, as he chanced to read' | These he enjoy'd, and left to aftertime A pious work or learn a christian creed: To judge the folly or decide the crime ; He heard the preacher by the highway-side, Sure had he been, he had perhaps been pure The church's teacher and the meetings From this reproach-but Richard was not guide;

sureAnd mixing all their matters in his brain,

| Yet from the sordid vice, the mean, the base, Distillid a something he could ill explain; He stood aloof-death frown'd not like disBut still it served him for his daily use,

grace. And kept his lively passions from abuse; For he believed, and held in reverence high, With handsome figure, and with manly air, The truth so dear to man-not all shall die. He pleased the sex, who all to him were The minor portions of his creed hung loose, For time to shapen and an whole produce; With filial love he look'd on forms decay'd, This love effected and a favourite maid, And Admiration's debt to Beanty paid ; With clearer viewe, his honest flame repaid ; On sea or land, wherever Richard went, Hers was the thought correct, the hope le felt affection, and he found content ;

sublime,

| There was in him a strong presiding hope She shaped his creed, and did the work of In Fortune's tempests, and it bore him up:

time.
But when that mystic vine his mansion

graced, He spake of freedom as a nation's cause,

When numerous branches round his board And loved, like George, our liberty and laws;

were placed, But had more youthful ardour to be free,

When sighs of apprehensive love were heard,

| Then first the spirit of the hero fear'd; And stronger fears for injured liberty: With him, on various questions that arose,

Then he reflected on the father's part, The monarch's servants were the people's

And all an husband's sorrow touch'd his

heart; i foes; And though he fought with all a Briton's | Then thought he: Who will their assistzeal,

ance lend? He felt for France as Freedom's children feel. And be the children's guide, the parent's Went far with her in what she thought who

friend? thought who shall their guardian, their protector be? reform,

I have a brother-Well !and so has he. And hail'd the revolutionary storm ; Yet would not here, where there was least

to win, And most to lose, the doubtful work begin; la

borin. And now they met: a message--kind, 'tis But look'd on change with some religious

true,
"But verbal only-ask'd an interview ;

fear, And cried, with filial dread : Ah! come not And many a mile, perplex'd by doubt and

fear, here,

Had Richard past, unwilling to appear

How shall I now my unknown way explore, llis friends he did not as the thoughtful He proud and rich I very proud and poor?

choose,

Perhaps my friend a dubious speech mistook, Long to deliberate was, he judged, to lose: And George inay meet me with a stranger's Frankly he join'd the free, nor suffered pride

look ; Or donbt to part them, whom their fate Then to my home when I return again,

allied ;

llow shall I bear this business to explain, well,

hide,

And tell of hopes raised high, and feelings

BOOK II. hurt, in vain? How stands the case? My brother's friend

THE BROTHERS. and mine Met at an inn, and sat them down to dine:

Ar length the Brothers met, no longer tried When having settled all their own affairs,

By those strong feelings that in time subside; And kindly canvass'd such as were not

Not fluent yet their language, but the eye theirs,

And action spoke both question and reply; Just as my friend was going to retire,

Till the heart rested, and could calmly feel, Stay !-you will see the brother of our

Till the shook compass felt the settling steel; squire,

Till playful smiles on graver converse broke, Said his companion; be his friend, and tell

And either speaker less abruptly spoke: The captain that his brother loves him Still was there afttimes silence sile

Still was there ofttimes silence, silence blest,

Expressive, thoughtful-their emotions' rest; And when he has no better thing in view,

Pauses that came not from a want of thought, Will be rejoiced to see him-now, adieu !

But want of ease, by wearied passion sought;
For souls, when hurried by such powerful

force, Well! here I am; and, Brother, take you

heed,

Rest, and retrace the pleasure of the course. I am not come to flatter you and feed; You shall no soother, fawner, hearer find, I will not brush your coat, nor smooth

| They differ'd much; yet might observers

trace your mind;

Likeness of features both in mind and face; I will not hear your tales the whole day

long,

Pride they possess'd, that neither strove to Nor swear you're right if I believe you

wrong:

But not offensive, not obtrusive pride:

Unlike bad been their life, unlike the fruits Nor be a witness of the facts you state,

Tor different tempers, studies, and pursuits; Nor as my own adopt your love or hate : I will not earn my dinner when I dine,

| Nay, in such varying scenes the men had By taking all your sentiments for mine;

moved, Nor watch the guiding motions of your eye,

'Twas passing strange that aught alike they Before I venture questions or reply ;

loved : Nor when you speak affect an awe profound,

But all distinction now was thrown apart, Sinking my voice, as if I fear'd the sound; |

:/ While these strong feelings ruled in either

heart. Nor to your looks obediently attend, Tbe poor, the humble, the dependant friend : Yet son of that dear mother could I meet- As various colours in a painted ball, But lo! the mansion—'tis a fine old seat! While it has rest, are seen distinctly all;

Till, whirl'd around by some exterior force, The Brothers met, with both too much at

They all are blended in the rapid course: heart

So in repose, and not by passion sway'd, To be observant of each other'e part;

We saw the difference by their habits made; Brother, I'm

But, tried by strong emotions, they became glad, was all that George could say,

Fill'd with one love, and were in heart the Then stretch'd his hand, and turn'd his head

same; Joy to the face its own expression sent,

away; For he in tender tears had no delight,

And gave a likeness in the looks it lent. Bat scorn'd the thought, and ridiculed the

sight; Yet now with pleasure, thongh with some

| All now was sober certainty; the joy surprise,

| That no strong passions swell till they lle felt his heart o'erflowing at his eyes.

destroy: Richard, mean time, made some attempts to

For they, like wine, our pleasures raise so

high, speak, Strong in his purpore, in his trial weak;

That they subdue our strength, and then We cannot nature by our wishes rule,

they die. Vor at our will her warm emotions cool ;

George in his brother felt a growing pride, At length affection, like a risen tide,

He wonder'd who that fertile mind supplied Stood still, and then seem'd slowly to subside;

Where could the wanderer gather on his road Each on the other's look had power to

Knowledge so various? how the mind this

dwell, And Brother Brother greeted passing well. No College train'd him, guideless through

his life, | Without a friend-- not so! he has a wife.

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