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SONNET-LORD AND LADY BYRON.

if I was sure, for he was come here to dinner; Mere form alone, without such charms,
and I said I was sure your Ladyship was not at Were but a cold, a senseless sight;
home; and then be made a sort of a spuff with But joined with these, it all disarms,
his nose, because he could smell dinner quite And moves the very anchorite.
plain in the hall; however, I persisted, and so at

What heart is prooflast of all he said, says he, my Lady, 'that's un

Who stands aloof-common odd,' and oft out he went, like a shot.'

When grace and soul combined are seen? Why what on earth could induce you to do such

All must obey a thing, Stephen?' screamed her Ladyship.

Their matchless sway, 'Why, my Lady, your orders to me, when you

But one as ice-berg cold, I ween. were in town last year were-says your Ladyship to me, says you, 'If ever that Captain 0! woman, sent by heaven to be, Sberingham calls when I am at home, say I With man, the partner of life's cares. am at out; and if he calls when I am out, 'Tis then thou'rt loveliest, when in thee and any of the young ladies are at home, The mind, in lustre bright, appears say they are out; and if ever he calls about dina

With magic art, ner-time, as he sometimes does, never let him

Around the heart, in ;' so I did as I was bid.' 'Bid!' exclaimed her

'Tis then thou (win'st love's golden chain. Ladyship; ‘and what on earth shall I do?' 'Eat

A bondage sweet, your dinner, Lady Gorgon,' said Alouette; 'you

From thee we meet, can do no good now; never let nosing at all in

And captives to thy power remain. D. F.N terfere with de gastronome; he is gone to one of his clubs to dinner: he will do very well, and it will all keep till to-morrow. It is a sad mistake, Mirror. They were

written, some years since, by a

We take the following lines from the New York to be sure. It was so sad a mistake that no popular poet, in a lady's common place book, under dinner was eaten, no wine was, drunk no conver- the engraved portraits of Lord and Lady Byron, sation occurred, and the ladies retired almost im- whence they were extracted for the Mirror. 'The emdiately after the desert was put down, each to verses embody a fair history of that unfortunate couple. write a note of condolence and apology. Alouette, who enjoyed the defeat of a ploiter and Lines written after the perusal of numerous essays re

lative to the marriage and separation of a certain match-patcher, kept his dull friend Doldrum

noble lord and lady, who, once upon a time, were drinking a great deal more than either of them

paired, not matched. liked ; and when they went to the drawing-room, they found that the graces had all retired for

She said she never would forgive the evening; one because she had a violent head- And yet forgave himache, the other because she had been up so late She vow'd a single life she'd live, the night before, and the third because she had And never have him :to get up so early the next morning. Cafe and She swore she never would repent, cbase were very soon despatched, and his heavy- And yet repentedin-band acquaintance quitted her Ladyship's By Jove! she never could consent, mansion, more diverted with the amusement

And yet consented! with which they had provided themselves, than

Was this well done, or sensible, or witty? any which had been furnished by their dread

And yet 'tis woman-like, ah, more's the pity. fully disconcerted hostess.”

Well, then, she married him—of course they parted

Within a twelvemonth from their wedding day,
Written for the Casket.

She sobbed and sighed_was nearly broken hearted,
SONNET.

And, with her babe, went sadly on her way. To gaze upon a lovely face,

He sought out foreign climes, and wrote and swore The mirror of a lovelier mind,

Whole books of nonsense bout his child and wife, Where shines revealed with every grace,

And toy'd with pretty women by the score,
Virtue exalted and refined ;

And, not long after, breathed away his life.
Gives to my sight

The world, since then, has studied rather hard,
More pure delight,

To solve the riddle of this strange event;
Than India's boasted, sparking gem,

Some think the lady wrong'd, and some the bord,
Or brilliant star,

And some in tears have o'er their story bent:
That beams afar,

Yet all agree, 'tis very, very odd
In sable night's bright diadem.

That man and wife should cut up such a caperSuch beauty, find it where you wil,

But one is resting 'neath the quict sod, 'Mid wintry snows or torrid heat,

The other wasting silently life's taper.
Must every heart with rapture fill,

Now for the moral of my fretiul verse--
That hath with rapture learned to leat:

(Unlike the writings of the man I sing
The mind adorned,

It has a moral, sensible and terse,
By virtue formed,

Though it nor cash, nor critic's praises bring)
What features e'er so rich, so rare,

And mark it well: young ladies should not wed
The sweetest flower,

The man whose hand they've once refused in scort
That decks the bower,

For, if the parson joins them, heart and head
Is not more lovely or more fair.

Will rue the day that ever they were born!

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GENERAL WASHINGTON.

tertainer, and therefore am entitled to no thanks. One pleasant evening in the month of June, in | But Susan," added be, turning to the hostess, the year 17–, a man was observed entering the with a half-reproachful look, “why have you not borders of a wood, near the Hudson river, his given the gentleman something to eat?" appearance that of a person above the common Fear had prevented the good woman from exrank. The inhabitants of a country village ercising her well-known benevolence; for a robwould have dignified him with the title of 'squire, bery bad been committed by a lawless band of and from his manner, have pronounced him depredators, but a few days before, in that neighproud; but those more accustomed to society, borhood, and as report stated that the ruffians would inform you, there was something like a were all well dressed, her imagination suggested military air about him. His borse panted as if that this man might be one of them. it had been hard pushed for some miles, yet from At her husband's remonstrance, she now readithe owner's frequent stops to caress the patiently engaged in repairing her error, by preparing animal, he could not be charged with want of a plentiful repast. During the meal, there was humanity; but seemed to be actuated by some inuch interesting conversation among the three. urgent necessity. The rider's forsaking a good As soon as the worthy countryman perceived road for the by-path leading through the woods, that his guest had satisfied his appetíte, he inindicated a desire to avoid the gaze of other formed him, that it was now the hour at wbich travellers. He had not left the house where he the family usually, performed their evening deinquired the direction of the above mentioned votions, inviting him at the same time to be paih more than two hours, before the quietude of present. The invitation was accepted in these the place was broken by the noise of distant words: thunder. He was soon after obliged to dismount, “It would afford me the greatest pleasure to travelling becoming dangerous, as darkness commune with my heavenly Preserver, after the concealed surrounding objects, except when the events of the day; such exercises prepare us for lightning's flash afforded him a momentary view the repose which we seek in sleep.” of his situation. A peal, louder and of longer The host now reached the Bible from the shelf, duration than any of the preceding, which now and after reading a chapter and singing, conburst over his head, seenning as if it would rend cluded the whole with a fervent prayer; then the woods assunder, was quickly followed by a lighting a pine-koot, conducted the person he heavy fall of rain, which penetrated the clothing had entertained to his chamber, wished him a of the stranger ere he could obtain the shelter good night's rest, and retired to the adjoining of a large oak which stood at a little distance. apartment.

Almost exhausted with the labors of the day, "John," whispered the woman,“that is a good he was about making such disposition of the sad- gentleinan, and not one of the highwaymen, as I dle and his own coat, as would enable him to supposed. pass the night with what comfort circumstances Yes, Susan," said be, "I like him better for would admit, when be espied a light glimmering thinking of his God, than for all his kind inthrough the trees. Animated with the hope of quiries after our welfare. I wish our Peter had better lodgings, he determined to proceed. The been home from the army, if it was only to hear way, which was somewhat steep, became attend this good man talk; I am sure Washington himed with more obstacles the farther he advanced; self could not say more for his country, nor give the soil being composed of clay, which the rain a better history of the hardships endured by our had rendered so soft that his feet slipped at every brave soldiers." step. By the utmost perseverance, this difficul. “Who knows now," inquired the wise, “but it ty was finally overcome witbout any accident, may be he himself, after all, my dear; for they and he had the pleasure of finding himself in do say he travels just so, all alone, sometimes. front of a decent looking farrn house. The watch Hark! what's that?". dog began barking, which brought the owner of The sound of a voice came from the chamber the mansion to the door.

of their guest, who was now engaged in his pri“Who is there?" said he.

vate religious worship. After thanking the A friend, who has lost his way, and in search Creator for his many' mercies, and asking a of a place of shelter," was the answer.

blessing on the inhabitants of the house, he con“Come in, sir,” added the first speaker, "and tinued, and now, Almighty Father, it it is thy whatever rný house will afford, you shall have holy will, that we shall obtain a place and a pame with welcome."

among the nations of the earth, grant that we “I must first provide for the weary companion may be enabled to show our gratitude for thy of my journey,” remarked the other.

goodness, by our endeavors to fear and obey But the former undertook the task, and after thec. Bless us with wisdom in our councils, succonducting the new comer into a room where cess in battle, and let all our victories be temhuis wife was seated, he led the horse to a well- pered with humanity. Endow, also, our enemies stored barn, and there provided for him most with enlightened minds, that they may become bountifully. On rejoining the traveller, he ob- sensible of their injustice, and willing io restore served, “That is a noble animal of yours, sir." our liberty and peace. Grant the petition of

“Yes," was the reply, and I am sorry that I thy seriant, for the sake of him whom thou hast was obliged to misuse him so, as to make it ne- called thy beloved son: nevertheless, not my cessary to give you so much trouble with the will, but thine be done. Amen." care of bim; but I have yet to thank you for your The next morning the traveller, declining the kindness to both of us."

pressing solicitations to breakfast with his host. "I did no more than my duty, sir," said the en- ! declared it was necessary for him to cross the river immediately; at the same time offering, his sword snapped in twain. The enemy sur part of his purse as a compensation for what he rounded him, and he bad no further hope of eshad received, which was refused.

cape. He resisted, nevertheless; for he per“Well, sir," continued he, “since you will not ceived the fourth about to make a fresh charge, permit me to recompense you for your trouble, and he was anxious to give them time to come to it is but just that I should inform you on whom his assistance. He therefore used the stump of you have conferred so many obligations, and al- bis sword, struck, parried, and kept in check the so add to them, by requesting your assistance in crowd that pressed upon him. Such a struggle crossing the river. I had been out yesterday could not last long;--the ground was slippery, endeavoring to obtain some information respect. Ney's foot slid, he fell to the ground, and the ing our enemy, and being alone, ventured too Austrians succeeded in seizing him. He was far from the camp. On my return, I was sur- thus made prisoner, and conveyed to Giessen. prised by a foraging party, and only escaped by The fame of his capture had preceeded him my knowledge of the roads and the fleetness of thither, and every one was eager to behold a my horse. My name is George Washington." man whose deeds seemed fabulous. The wo

Surprise kept the listener silent for a moment; men, more particularly, could not imagine how then, after unsuccessfully repeating the invita-lhe dared to resist a whole squadron, and, for a tion to partake of some refreshment, he hastened time, with some appearance of success. As they to call two negroes, with whose assistance he were taking him to head quarters, through a by. placed the horse on a small raft of timber that street, these fair admirers of courage begged was lying in the river, near the door, and soon that he might be led through the public square. conveyed the general to the opposite side, where “Really,” said an Austrian officer, annoyed he left him to pursue his way to the camp, wish- at their importunity,“ one would suppose that ing him a safe and prosperous journey. On his he was some extraordinary animal."

“ Extrareturn to the house, he found that while he was ordinary, indeed!" replied one of the ladies, engaged in making preparations for conveying since it required a whole squadron of dragoons the horse across the river, his illustrious visitor to take him." This sally put every one in good had persuaded his wife to accept a token of re- humor, and each yielded to the admiration membrance, which the family are proud of ex- which Ney's leroism inspired; some among the hibiting to this day.

fair Germans calling to mind his valour on one The above is only one of the hazards encoun- occasion-others the humanity and disinteresttered by this truly great patriot, for the purpose edness with which he always treated the people of transmitting to posterity the treasures we now he conquered. Ney was received at the Ausenjoy. Let us acknowledge the benefits receiv- trian head-quarters in a manner worthy of hus ed, by our endeavors to preserve them in their high reputation. Each condoled with him on purity; and by keeping in remembrance the his mishap, and on the vicissitudes of war. But great Source whence these blessings flow, may the conversation soon turned on battles and miliwe be enabled to render our names worthy of tary maneuvres; and the prisoner was discusbeing enrolled with that of the “Father of his sing each general's share of merit, when be perCountry.”-N. Y. Mirror.

ceived his horse, with an Austrian upon its back.

The animal seemed weak, lazy, and obstinate;
MARSHAL NEY.

in spite of the spur, it would not advance. Ney Ney was frequently and severely wounded-a exclaimed against the awkwardness of the rider, fate which gentlemen who storm redoubts by and was answered by a joke about the worth themselves are most likely to encounter. On lessness of the animal. An officer jestingly proanother occasion he was taken prisoner. posed to purchase it; and its points and capa

“The French hussars had forced an Austrian bilities seeming matter of doubt, Ney approach column to lay down their arms, but were stilled it, “I will shew you," said he, “the value of stopped by a line of sharpshooters. Anxious to my horse." An opening was immediately made, disperse the latter, and drive them from the Ney sprang upon the saddle, and taking the diheights which they occupied, they employed a rection of the French army, soon left in the rear field-piece to effect this. The Blankestein hus- those who accompanied or followed him. The sars, perceiving this fault, hastened to take ad-horse which had appeared so powerless to the vantage of it, and returned to the charge, sup- Austrian, carried bim off like the wind, and he ported by the Coburg dragoons. The troops ad- was near escaping; but the trumpets sounded, vanced on both sides, fought round the gun, and and the heavy and light cavalry rode off, and both parties struggled for it as the prize to be soon stopped up every issue. Ney then turned won. The ground was bad, and the numbers of back, and with equal celerity reached the spot the Austrians very superior; but Ney succeeded where the Austrian generalsstood aghast. “Well, in throwing their ranks into confusion, and they gentlemen," he said, “what think you of the anigave way. The French were now in hopes mal now? Is he not worthy of his master” that they would be unable to return to the attack, Their scattered squadrons sufficiently proved and were congratulating themselves on their the affirmative. A little confused at their misvictory, when fresh squandrons came up to the take, they henceforth guarded their prisoner assistance of the Austrians. The republicans more carefully, and took good care not to jest were now broken in their turn, and it was in again about his horse." vain for Ney to resist the torrent which swept his forces along. His horse fell, and rolled with “I never,” said Voltaire, “ was ruined but him into the ravine. He was covered with twice; once when I gained a lawsuit, and once bruises and blood; and, to complete his disaster, when I lostit.”

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CANZONET.
'Tis sweet to see on yonder steep,
The Sun's last smile so rosy sleep,

Soft as an infant's dream;
While twilight breezes gently creep,

Where the low bending willows weep,
The city of Mecca, or Mekka, is the capital of

Their leaves into the stream, Hedsjas, in Arabia, about 50 miles from `Jidda,

But sweeter far to be, on the Red Sea. It contained, formerly, about

By the smiling moonlight sea, 100,000 inhabitants, but its population is now set

Alone, my love, with thee,

My Geraldine! down at 30,000. It was known to the Greeks by the name of Macoraba, and is called by the Mus- How brightly yonder Moon-beams play, sulmans, Omm-Alcora, or Mother of Cities, be- And the dimpling wave how it whirls away, cause it was the birth-place of Mohammed. It

And sports in yonder cave, is situated in a dry, barren and rocky country, And sweetly on the laughing stream, in a narrow valley, enclosed by mountains. The The star of eve with lonely beam,

Kisses the murmuring, wave: water is brackish, and the pastures distant, and

But sweeter far the light, every thing unfavourable for the support of a

That bathes in deep delight, large population. It is two miles long, and one

That eye so darkly bright, broad; the streets regular and handsome, being

My Geraldine! sanded, level and convenient; the houses of stone, of three or four stories, built in the Persian or Pope IMPROVED.-A friend who was amusing himIndian, rather than the Turkish style, having self by examining the monuments in a stone-cutter's neat fronts, ornamented externally with moul- yard, at the South End, a short time since, was so dings. Many quarters are now abandoned to much pleased with an epitaph on a grave stone, orderruins, and of the houses that remain, two thirds ed by a person residing at the East, that he has com. are unoccupied. Mecca is a city of the greatest municated to us the four last lines, containing a very celebrity among the Mobammedans, and con- happy alteration, or amendment, or improvement, of tains the three holiest things in the Mohammedan Pope, whose beautiful epitaph on Mrs. Corbet, as the world, -the well Zemzem, the Caaba (or house reader remembers, ends thus : of God,) and the Black Stone. Zemzem is be- So unaffected, so composed a mindlieved, by the followers of Mohammed, to be the So firm, yet soft-so strong, yet so refinedidentical spring which gushed forth in the wil.

Heaven, as its purest gold, by tortures triedderness for the relief of Hagarand Ishmael; and

The saint sustained it, but the woman died. marvellous efficacy is ascribed to its waters, in Our eastem poet had borrowed the three first lines, giving health to the sick, imparting strength of þut discarded the fourth, substituting another, more memory, and purifying from the

effects of sin. intelligible and eloquent, as appeareth by the following The Caaba, or Kaaba, is of great antiquity.

version: 'The Black Stone, the principal wonder of the

So unaffected, so composed a mindplace, is said to have been brought by the angel

So firm, yet soft-80 strong, yet so refinedGabriel, and to have been originally of a daz

Heaven, as its purest gold, by tortures triedzling whiteness. The grand ceremony through The stone-cuiter, who is one of our most respectable

I mourn my loss, but my wife she died. times round the Kaaba, kissing each time the mechanics, and highly reverences "Pope's Works," sacred stone. It is generally supposed to be a

could not endure the mutilation, and exerted all his meteoric stone. Forty eunuchs are at present No alteration, no pay. "The grave stone was“ made

powers of eloquence to prevent it, but to no purpose. maintained there, by the revenues of the temple to order." — Boston Transcript. and the gifts of the pious. Mecca is entirely supported by pilgrims from every part of the ANECDOTE OF MARSHAL NEY.-When Napoleon jMohammedan world; but the number is now marched, in the summer of 1800, to bring back victory much less than formerly, owing partly to the to the eagles of France, a division of his army, as it decay of religious zeal, and the decline of power hastened to the scene of action, halted within sight of and wealth of the Mohammedan states; and the little town of Sarre-Louis, on the borders of Gerpartly, also, to Mecca's being subject to the in- man Lorraine, and the General who led it, pointing cursions of the Wahabees. The commerce, now fellow soldiers, this is my birth place; I am the son of

with his sword, said with emotion, "Gentlemen and greatly diminished,

consists chiefly in the pro-a cooper, and thirteen years ago, on the spot where I ductions and manufactures of India. Notwithstanding the sacred character of the city, it has to become a soldier; I bid you welcome to my native

now stand, I parted in tears with my father and mother now little reputation for learning, and Burckhard town." This leader was the celebrated Marshal Ney. found no book shops in the place. No Christian. -Athenæum.

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2. The home of thy youth may be lorely,

The friends of thy youth may be cold;
The morals they teach may seem only

Fit chains for the feeble and old :
Yet, though they may fetter a spirit

That soars in the pride of its prime,
The friends of thy infancy merit

All thy love in the dark winter time
3. The stranger in gems would array thee,

More pure are the braids thou hast worn;
Say, would not their lustre betray thee,

Attracting the finger of scorn ?
Go gaze once again on thy dwelling,

The porch where the wild flowers climb;
Go pray, whilst thy young heart is swelling

Pray for peace in the dark winter time.

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