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solved to take up her future residence there; and to support herself and a lovely child. Yet this is finding her income nut sufficient for her mo not all, for she is exposed to the degrading insults derate expences, she increased it by riceiving of every paltry shopkeeper by whom she is emwork from different shops, and two years had ployed. I willnessed the treatment she is compa-sed in this retirement, when our accidental pelled to put up with-every feeling of humanity interview took place.
revolted at what I beheld; and I resolved to So impatiently did I long to know the nature make you acquainted with it, convinced that it of Charlotte's secrel, that I was in Harley-sireet is to your ignorance of her situation that she is two hours before she arose, and the transports 1 exposed to such distress; for though resentment felt at hearing she had effected a reconciliation might for a timne stifle the voice of nature, yet between Sir Christopher and his daughter may Sir Christopher C. I am persuaded, will avenge be imagined, but not easily described; it was by the insulis his daughter has received." mere accident that the unnatural being was in Here iny sister paused, though during this London, as he had a rooted aversion to the speech she had fixed her eyes steadfastly upon place; in short, dogs and horses constituted all
his countenance, which alternately varied from his happiness, and he was fond of the country, red to pale; and for several moments he paced from being able to enjoy field sports. Sir Chris the apartments too much agitated to be able to topher had been remarkably struck with a fa speak. At length turning short, he caught the vourite spaniel of my sister's, which he had seen hands of his companion, and with a voice almost at Brighton the preceding year, and which he suffocated with emotion, said, “ Where is the had wished to purchase for the sake of its breed. wretch, madam, who has dared to insult my This animal she therefore resolved should become poor child ? for though I have cast her from me, an excuse for her visit, and ordering her to be | I will protect her from degradation as long as I put into the carriage, she drove to Ibbetson's have life," hotel, and no sooner did the jolly sportsman cast The sensibility of my dear Charlotte's dispohis eye upon Miss Sylvia, than a cordial smile of
sition soon displayed itself; she burst into a flood welcome ornamented his ruddy face.
of tears, assuring him that the only way in which “ I understand, Sir Christopher,” said Char. he could shield his daughter from insult was by
you are desperately in love with a young receiving her under his roof. “But depend upon lady of my acquaintance, who is endowed with it, my dear Sir," said she, “ you will not long many personal charms.”
Your Ladyship is enjoy the blessing of her society, for my brother, pleased to be merry at the expence of an old I am persuaded, will take the citadel by storm; fellow," rejoined the testy Baronet, evidently he has seen and actually adores your Matilda ; discomposed by the remark.
and merely waits your permission to make her “ I never was more serious, upon my honour,” || an offer of his heart.” replied Charlotte, “ and I actually came for the Whether nature asserted her powers over the sole purpose of placing her under your care; but feelings of this too long inveterate father, or on condition that you will grant a request I in whether shame produced that which duty could tend to make." So saying, she took her favourite not overcome, is a circumstance which it would by the collar, and presented her to the delighted be difficult to find out. But my sister had the Sir C
happiness of hearing him declare his readiness to That Charlotte should even know that he had receive his daughter under his roof, as soon as a daughter in existence, was not probable, as he had finished the business which had brought they had merely accidentally met at the sea-side,
him to town. and though the cruelty of his conduct to that This was the intelligence my amiable sister daughter had interested her friends and relations, was so anxious to communicate; and to add to yet before her marriage he was persuaded Mrs. my happiness, she had insisted upon the fair Mortiiner had not even known my sister by Matilda's quitting her humble abode and remainname; therefore he had not the slightest idea || ing in Harley-street, until Sir Christopher's buthat the request could have any connection with siness was arranged. his child. After expressing his warmest thanks
As the denouement of my narration may pro. for the gist, he intreated my sister to give him | bably be anticipated, I shall merely say, I am an oppor unity of convincing her how much her now the happiest of mankind, though near two boon was prized, and only to name in what man years elapsed before I could persuade the ami. ner he could oblige her, as he was impatient to able Matilda to enter a second time into the grant her request.
marriage state. Singular as it may seem, we “ You have a daughter, Sir Christopher, one frequently converse hours together upon the of the most amiable and accomplished of women; amiable qualities of the man who first made an who is reduced to the necessity of taking in work | impression upon her youthful heart. And so far
from feeling hurt, at the tenderness she expresses | Honest Thomas, I have raised to the post of for his memory, it gives me a secret gratisica- bailiff, Sally fills the double department of house. tion which I could not easily describe; in short, keeper and lady's-maid; her little boy is nursed it convinces me that a similar respect will be by the wife of my gardener; and it would be paid to my memory, if my wife should survive. | difficult to find a happier family than ours.
AN ACCOUNT OF THE POET BERONICIUS.
TO THE EDITOR OF LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE.
Besides this volume, no other works of Bero. I BEG leave to present for insertion in your nicius are to be found; because this must wonMagazine an account of the poet Beronicius, and derful poet, and the most exiraordinary ever shall hence forward expect that Hawkesworth's heard of, never wrote his verses, but recited them account of the “ admirable Creighton,” will no off-hand; and when he was once set a going, more be received with suspicion and doubt. with such celerity, that a swift writer could with
In 1672, a small book was printed at Ainster- great difficulty keep up with him, and thus a dam, entitled, “ Georgarchontoinachiæ, sive great number of his verses are lost. Expugnatæ Messopolis, Libri Duo, Carmine In the year 1674, the celebrated Dutch poet, Epico extemporaneo conscripti, Auctore, N. Antonides Vander Goes, (who died in 1684), Autopte.”—“ Boeren-en Overheids Strijd, ofte being in Zealand, happened to be in company het innemen van Middelburg, in Heldendige uit with a young gentleman who spoke very highly de vuist weg beschreven, en begrepen in twee in praise of the wonderful quickness and increBoeken, Door Een Ooggetnige, Met vryen dible mcmory of his language-master, Beronitrant vertaalt; Door P. Rabus.”
cius. Antonides and others who were present The fourth edition of this book appeared in expressed a desire to see such an extraordinary Amsterdam in 1716, in 12 mo. 204 pages, with genius. They had scarcely spoken, when there fine copper-plate engravings, entitled, “P.J. entered a little, black, round, thick fellow, with Beronicii, Poetz incomparabilis, quæ extant, hardly a rag to his back, like blackguard. But P. Rabus; recensuit et Georgarchontomachiæ on closer examination, something uncommon notas addidit. Editio quarta emendatius curata. and lofty appeared in his carriage, and the exBoeren en Overheids strijd, voor de vuist gedichtpression in his countenance was serious, and door P. J. Beronicius, in't Nederduitsch over
blended with a majestic peculiarity. His eyes geret door P. Rabus. Nevens eenige andere glowed like fiery coals, and his arms and legs Gedichten, en een Byvoegsel, Van s'Mans Leven were in a perpetual nimble motion. Every one in de Voorreden. De vierde druk, merkelyk greedily eyed him, welcomed him, and asked verbetert, en met (5) koper platen gesiert.” him if it were all true, that his pupil had been
Battle between peasants and magistrates (in telling them. “ True?" said that singular crea1672), or the taking of Middelburg; in heroicure, yes; 'tis all perfectly true.” And when verse, written immediately from the extempore they answered that they could not so lighty berecitation in Latin, and contained in two books, lieve such incredible things, the man grew anby an eye-witness, (meaning likewise ear-wit-gry, and reviled the whole company, telling ness); freely translated into Dutch prose, by them they were only a parcel of beasts and asses. P. Rabus.
He had at that time, as was his daily custom, The whole poem consists of 920 lines; and at drank a glass too much, and that was the cause the end are eight odes, and a satire, together 514 of his bullying them and bragging of his own lines, likewise in Latin.--Two congratulatory | wonderful powers by which he couid make all odes on the arrival of the Prince of Orange in manner of verses extempore.
But those to Vlissingen, 1668 ; on the death of Jacob Mi-| whom he told this, looked on him as a mad chielse, M. D. 1671; one congratulatory on the Orlando, out of whose mouth the wine spoke. election of a Burgermaster; on the Polyglot Upon which he continued to tell them, how he Bible; an Epithalamium on the nuptials of Pro was the man who had added eight hundred words fessor John de Raay; a Complimentary Ode to 10 the great dictionary of Calepin. How he William III. Prince of Orange and Nassau; and could inuinediately correctly versify any thing on a Satire on a Philosopher.
any subject he had only once heard ; and lastly, The following account of the author is taken how he had many times, standing or walking, from a small book of Lectures, in Latin, by Ant. | translated the weekly newspapers into Greek or Borremans, printed at Amsterdam in 1676; and Laiin verses. from a Dutch preface to the Poem, by P. Rabus. Nobody appearing willing to believe him, he
ran out of the house, cursing and swearing as if When our poet had finished, he began to he had been possessed. The same company met laugh till his sides shook, jeering and pointing the next day at the principal tavern in Middel at the persons in company, who appeared surburg; and after dinner, the conversation hap i prised at his having, contrary to their expectapened to turn on a sea figlit which had latelyitions, acquitted himself so well; every body been fought by the Hollanders and Zealanders || highly praised him, which elated him so much against the English. Among others who were that he began to scratch his head three or four killed, was a Captain de Haze, a Zealand naval times; and fixing his fiery eyes on the ground, hero, and on whom Antonides had composed repeated, without hesitation, the same epigram the following epitaph.
in Greek verse, calling out, “ There ye have it [The original being six lines in Dutch verse, in Greck." is not worih inserting ]
Every one was astonished, which set him a The point turns on the name, de Haze signi- laughing and jeering for a quarter of an hour. fying the hare, and the poet says the Zealand It is a pity we have not the Greek, which he hares turned to lions. He had a written copy of repeated so rapidly, that no one could write from this for one of the company, when Beronicius his recitation. John Frederick Gyinnich, proentered accompanied by his pupil. He excused fessor of the Greek language at Duisburg, was himself for his extravagances of the day before, one of the auditors, and said he thought the and begged pardon, hoping they would attribute | Greek version surpassed the Latin. Beronicius his misbehaviour to the liquor, and forgive him, was afterwards examined in various ways, and He then directly began to talk of his poetical | always gave such proofs of his wonderful learn. powers, and offered to give them a specimen ifing as amazed all the audience. they chose it.
Beronicius spoke several languages so perfectly As they now found that, being sober, he re that each might have passed for his mother peated what he had bragg d of when drunk, they i tongue; especially Italian, French, and English. undertook to try him so as to get at the truth. As to his Latin, the celebrated Gronovius was A fair opportunity offered, as . Antonides had just fearful of conversing with him in that language. shewn him his verses, and asked his opinion of But Greek was his hobby-horse; Greek was the them. Beronicius read them twice, praised | delight of his life, and he spoke it as correctly them, and said, “What should hinder me from
and as fluently as if he sucked it in with his turning them into Latin instantly." They rap. He conversed with the above-named Proviewed bim with wonder, and encouraged hiin fessor Gymnich, in Greek, and ended with these by saying, “ well, pray let us see what you can words: “I:m quite weary of talking any longer do.” In the mean time the man appeared to be with you in Greek, for, really, my pupils who startled. He trembled from head 10 foot as if have been tauglit a twelvemonth by me, speak possessed by Apollo. However, before he began it much better than you do." This was not very his work, he asked the precise meaning of two or polite, but he was not to be restrained; and he three Dutch words, of which he did not clearly often spoke his mind so freely, that he was urderstand the force; and requested that he threatened with a thrashing : on such occasions might be allowed to Latinize the Captain's name he was the first to step forward, and to show that of Hare, in some manner so as not to lose the he was not at all averse to a battle.-Saying, pun. They agreed; and he immediately said, -Age, si quid habes, in me mora non erit ulla. “ I have already found it, I shall call him Da He gave excellent accounts of all the ancient sypus :” which signifies an animal with rough Greek and Roman authors; his opinions of whose legs, and is likewise taken by the Greeks for a writings were always correct, complete, and delihare. “Now, read a couple of lines at a time vered with great judgment, and without hesitato me, and I shall give them in Latin. Upontion. He could immediately distinguish genuine which a poet, named Buizero, begin to read to writings, and was a perfect master in the him, and Beronicius burst out in the following koowledge of the various styles, measures, and
idioms. Besides which, his memory was prodi. Fgregia Dasypus referens virtute leoncm
gious. He knew by heart the whole of Horace, In bello, adversus Britonas super aquora gesto, and l'irgi', the greatest part of Cicero, and both Impavidus pelago stetit, aggrediente molossum the Plinys; and would immediately, if a line were Agin ne, quem tandem glans ferrea misit ad astra, i mentioned, repeat the whole passage, and tell Vindictæ cupidum violato jure profundi. the exact work, book, chapter, and verse, of all Advena, quisquis ades, Zelande encomia gentis hes., and many more, especially poets. As to Isia refer, lepores demia quod pelle leonern Jurenal, his works were so in erwoven in his Assumant, quo:quot nostro versantur in orbe. brain, that he perfectly retained every word, nay Epi:aphium Herois Adriani de Haze,
Ex Belgico versum.
Of the Greek poets, he had Homer, (that ineanest company, where he would sometimes greatest of all triflers_hold, this does not be remain a whole week or more, drinking, without come me--tbat father of the poets), [this is said rest or intermission. by P. Rabus], so strongly imprinted in his me Mis bitter and miserable death gave reason to mory, together with some of the comedies of believe that he perished whilst intoxicated, for Aristophanes, that he could directly turn to any he was found dead at Middelburg, drowned and line required, and repeat the whole sentence.. smothered in mud; which circumstance was It will be seen in the following pages, that his mentioned in the epitaph which the beforeLatin is full of words selected from all the most
named poet, Buizero, wrote upon him, as folcelebrated writers.
lows (literally translated) :The reader will probably be desirous of knowing what countryman our extraordinary poet,
Here lies a wonderful genius, Beronicius, was; but this is a secret which he
He liv'd and died like a beast; never would discover. When he was asked
He was a most uncominon satyr, which was his country, he always answered,
He liv'd in wine, and dy'd in water. “ that the country of every one was that in This is all that is known about Beronicius. which he could best live comfortably.” Some As to his translating, or rather reading, the Dutch said he had been a Professor in France, others a newspapers off hand in Greek or Latin verse, the Jesuit, a Monk; but this was merely conjecture. || poet Antonides often witnessed his exertion of It was well known that he had wandered about this wonderful talent; and so did Professor John many years in France, England, and particularly de Raay, who was living at the time of Beronithe Netherlands, carrying, like a second Bias, his cius's death, which was in 1676, and had been whole property about with him. He was some- | acquainted with him above twenty years. There times told he deserved to be a Professor of a col are at present (1716), still living at Rotterdam, lege; he replied, that he did not delight in such two gentlemen who knew him in Zealand, a worm-like life. Notwithstanding which, poor to one of whom he had taught the French larr. man! he gained his living chiefly by sweep-guage. ing chimnies, grinding knives and scissars, and He is slightly mentioned in the seventh edition other mean labours. But his chief delight was of Le Noureau Dictionaire Historique, printed at in pursuing the occupations of juggler, mounte-Caen in 1789, in a few lines taken from Boriebank, or merry-andrew, among the lowest rabble. man's Latin book, from which most part of the He never gave himself any concern about his foregoing is taken. food or raiment; for it was equal to himn whether He is not mentioned by Bayle. Moreri has he was dressed like a nobleman or a beggar; na- || slightly mentioned hiin; and the new Biograture was always satisfied with very little. His phical Dictionary, in 15 vo Is. 8vo. 1798 has likehours of relaxation from his book-studies were wise half a dozen lines about him. Iam, Sir &c. chiefly spent in paltry wine-houses, with the
THOUGHTS ON LOVE,
AN AFFECTION NECESSARY TO PROMOTE AND INSURE DOMESTIC HAPPINESS.
There is no affection of which the human | refinement of learning. Love is generated by mind is susceptible to be compared with that of goodness; by goodness it is improved; and by love. It is an affection that has, in its purest | gondness it is perfected and preserved. Immora. state, a greater influence on the manners, the lity and love can never be united; in the dispendispositions, and the conduct of mankind than sations of Providence they are opposed to each any other. And if there be an object which we
other. Man was not created to love that which sincerely love, and really prefer to another, every | degrades the dignity of rationality; he was formed effort, consistent with propriety and decorum, for the attainment of excellence; and the highest ihat nature, reason, education, fortune, and cir- || perfection of excellence is the strongest incite. cumstances may place within our reach, will ment to love, and the most effectual security of readily and zealously be made use of with a view its durability. Every thought, every sentiment, to make ourselves agreeable and acceptable to and every action that is contrary to the precepts that object. Pure love is the reformer of vice; it of sound religion and morality, will, and must, exalts virtue; it ennobles humanity; it gives to operate eventually to the disadvantage and disnature the polish of art, and to ignorance the couragement of an affection, the very coramence. No. IV. Vol. I.
ment and existence of which must invariably || clude the necessity of seriously attending to those depend on propriety of conduct and dignity of friendly counsels of wisdom and experience character. Sentiments of attachment, and pro which are calculated to give birth to such spirited fessions of regard, unfounded in real goodness, exertions as will enable us to conquer ourselves, are but ebullitions of passion conspiring against and triumph in the victories we acquire. Com. duty and interest, against harmony and happiness. mon sense was bestowed upon us for common As the turbulent waves in the height of a tempest We were not sent into the world to be demand all the skill and exertion of the most ex- | abject slaves; the passions and the appetites perienced mariner successfully to counteract their to which we are subject cannot deprive us of the destructive effects; so do passions of this descrip use of our rational faculties, nor justify us in tion require all the energies of virtue, and all pursuing a conduct which our judgment conthe powers of early and active perseverance to demns. The smallest deviation from the path prevent the malignity of their operations from of propriety is a certain departure from the direct weakening or destroying the influence of reason road to happiness; and it is more difficult to and religion on the heart. Blinded by passion, || retake a post that was once in our possession, virtue becomes unpalatable and religion ob after having lost it by our negligence or impronoxious. Dangers surround us on every side; dence, than it would have been to have kept it and the efficacy of inclination becomes more and when it was in our power to have done so. The more powerful in proportion as duty and propriety | violence of the passions can never force convicbecome less pleasing and agreeable.
tion on the judgment; when we have been Can we contemplate a mure melancholy pic- || imprudent we may endeavour to ju tify ourselves ture than that which must present itself to our to our friends, or to the world, and strive to make view on merely supposing an union of persons a merit of a small failing where others have been without any correspondent union of affections? | guilty of a greater ; but time, and cool reflection, Is there a consideration in social or political life, I will convince us that the attempt is vain and is there an argument in philosophy, is there a futile; that in such cases there is always someprecept in religion or morality, that can justify thing wrong within, some selfish gratification, such an union? Are not the effects to be ex some interested passion, some latent desire, some pected from it of the most alarming, the most unjustifiable pursuit, haih stolen unawares upon degrading, and most mortifying kind? In such an us, and corrupted in some degree our moral prin. union do we not trace every symptom of rational ciples, vitiated our taste, and influenced our Jepravity? When passion has subsided, and sub- judgment. In the most arduous confiict our side it must, where shall we look for the genial, own exertions will always be useful to us if we the salutary, the amiable and unabated warmth will but make trial of their efficacy. Let us but of virtuous affection? Passion is of a degenerat consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in ing nature; it is Auctuating and unstable; it any given situation, and if we are but willing to changes with circumstances and situation; fixed act in concert with the decisions of our own to no object by permanency of affection, it be judgment, we shall purchase solid and permanent comes disgusting by its constancy, and torinent happiness by the sacrifice of (comparatively ing by its indifference. Overtaken by poverty speaking) a momentary enjoyment only. But or affliction, it is incapable of gratitude and des if we are determined to take all opinions for titute of tenderness and esteein. If connected stanted which proceed from profligacy of chawith the graces of polite life it partakes not of racter, or depravity of mind, because they are the pleasures they are calculated w produce; I agreeable to our present taste, wishes, and incliif conversant with the difficulties attendant on nations, rather than consistent with reason, duly, poverty and misfortune it finds no resources of and judgment, without examination, and with. consolation from the consciousness of meritorious out reflection, we must indeed acknowledge our. behaviour; ever restless and turbulent, its enjoy- | selves to be either foolish, wicked, or insane. inents are embittered by a recollection of the Our folly is never more conspicuous than when past, an inattention to the present, and an eager we discover an obstinate determination to follow anticipation of the future.
our inclinations at all events and at all hazards. That the power of love is an instantaneous and Where there is no inclination to be conquered, an uncontrollable power, is a supposition fit only no desire to be checked, no imprudent connec. to be maintained by persons of a superstitious tion to be dissolved, nor any improper pursuit to complexion or superficial discernment. It is be abandoned, there is, there can be no opportu. a fanciful delusion of the mind, calculated to nity to demonstrate our attachment to the prior ensnare the heart, corrupt the taste, vitiate the claims of duty and virtue; but when the object discriminating powers of the understanding, de of our affections is so far above or beneath us in stroy the influence of sound judgment, and pre- || point of rank, of education, and of virtuous prin.