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ed thee! Accurfed be myself, for I con- bag, which was fastened with red tape, uributed. Iought not to have taken away and taking out some of the feed, put it my eyes when thine were closed in frolic. to the very bill of the lifeliís bird, exo, bijou, my deareft, only bijou, would claiming -No, poor bijou, no--thou I were dead allo!

canst not peck any more out of this hand, As near as the spirit of his disordered that has been thy feeding place so many mind can be transfused, such was the years-thou canst remember how happy language and sentiment of the forlorn we both were when I bought this baga bird-catcher; whose despairing motion full for thee. Had it, buen filled with and frantic air no words can paint. He gold thou badst deserved it. It shail be took from his pocket a little green bag fillet-and with golu, said the master of faded velvet, and taking out of it some of the house, if I could afford it. wool and cotton, that were the wrapping The good man rose from his Teat, of whistles, bird-calls, and other initru. which had long been uneasy to him, and ments of his trade, (all of which he gently taking the bag, put into it some threw on the table, “ as in fcorn"), and silver ; saying, as he handed it to his making a couch, placed the mutuated nearest neighbour, who will refuse to limbs and ravaged feathers of his canary follow ny example; it is not a fubfcripupon it, and renewed his lamentations. tion for mere charity, it is a tribute to These were now much softened, as is one of the rareft things in the whole ever the case, when the rage of grief world ; namely, to real feeling, in this yields to its tenderness : when it is too sophistical, pretending, parading age. If much overpowered by the effe&t to advert ever the passion of love and gratitude to the cause. It is needless to oblerve was in the heart of man, it is in the to you, that every one of the company heart of that unhappy fellow, and whether fympathifed with him. But none more the object that calls out such feelings be than the band of musicians, who, being bird, beast, filh, or man, it is alike virtue, engaged in a profession that naturally and ought to be rewarded-faid his keeps the sensibilities more or less in ex- next neighbour, putting into the bag his ercise, felt the distress of the poor bird quota. It is fuperfluous to tell you

that man with peculiar force. It was really after the feed had been taken wholly aa banquet to see these people gathering way, and put very delicately out of the themselves into a knot, and after whil- poor man's fight, every body most cheerpering, and wiping their eyes, depute fully contributed to make up a purse, to one from among them to be the medium repair (as much as money could) the of conveying into the pocket of the bird- bird-man's loss. The last person applied may, the very contribution they had just to, was a very beautiful German young before received for their own efforts. lacły, v:bo as she placed her bounty into The poor f.llow perceiving them, took the bag, closed it immediately after, and from his pocket the little parcel they bluhed. As there are all sorts of blushes, had rolled up, and brought out with it, (at least one to every action of our lives, by an unlucky accideni, another litt!e that is worth any characteristic feeling, b's, at the fight of which he was ex- fupposing the actor can feel at all) fuli tri nicly agitated : for it contained the picion would have thought this young canary feed, the food of the “dear loft lady, who was so anxious to conceal her companion of his ar."

There is no gift, gave litrle or nothing; but candour, riving language to the effcct of this who reasons in a different manner, would trifiing circumstance upon the poor fel. suppose what was really the case that low; he threw down the contribution it was a blush, not of avarice and decepmoney that he brought from his pocket tion, but of benevolence graced by moalong with it, not with an ungrateful but desty. Curiosty, however, caugot the with a desperate hand. He opened the bag, opened it, and turned out its con:

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teots, among which was a golden ducat, was at first divided into contrary emothat by its date and brightness had been tions of pain and pleasure : his eye fomehoarded. Ah, here said curiosity, who times directed to the massacred canary, does this belong to, I wonder? Guilt and sometimes to the company : at length and innocence, avarice and benignity, generosity proved the stronger emotion, are alike honest in one point ; fince they and grief ebbed away.

He had lost a all, in the moment of attack, by some bird, but he had gained the good will of means or another, discover what they many human beings. That bird, it is wish to conceal. There was not in the true, was his pride and support, but this theo large company a single person, who was not the crisis any longer to be wail could not have exclaimed to this young its fate. He accepted the contributiontady, with assurance of the truth-Thou purse, by one means or another filled like at the woman! There was no denying the fack of Benjamin, even to the briin, the fact ; it was written on every feature and bowed, but fpoke not ; then folding of her enchanting face. She struggled, up the corpse of the canary in its wool however, with the accusation, almost to and cotton shroud, departed with one of tears, but they were such tears, as would those looks, that the moment it is seen have given lustre to the finest eyes in is felt and understood, but for which, the world, for they gave lustre to hers, being too powerful for description, no and would have added effulgence to a language has yet been provided. On ray of the fun.

going out he beckoned the musicians to Well then, if no body else will own follow: They did so, striking a few this neglected ducat, cried the master of chords that would have graced the futhe houfe, who was uncle to the lady neral of Juliet. My very soul pursued abovementioned, I wilt: whereupon he the founds, and so did my feet. I hafttook it from the heap, and exchanged ed to the outer door, and saw the birdit for two others, which enriched the man contending about returning the collection.

money, which the founders of the beneWhile the busipess of the heart was volence (for such were the musicians) thus carrying on, the poor bird-man, had subscribed. who was the occafior and object of it,

From Pratt's Gleanings.

THE DECAYED ENGLISH MERCHANT AND HIS DAUGHTER.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 178. NOTWITHSTANDING this de- he imagined might afford a momentary claration, the merchat receiving no man: relief, his Amelia (so was the young ner of benefit from the Welch doctors, lady named) took the first opportunity and being unable, indeed, to pay for of his being composed to go into the their continued attendance, without an neighbourhood in search of a person to injury to that scanty fund, out of which fetch it from Montgomery. A little he had to draw all the necessaries of road-side public house, about a mile life, he often sighed out in a voice of from her father's cottage, appeared the piring, as it were, involuntarily, the most likely place to find a meffenger. name of ***.. The sound of that Thither he repaired, and arrived just voice, languishing for that which might in time to take shelter from a sudden possibly change its tone to gladness, pe- storm that fell with great violence. At netrated the foul of his daughter, who the moment of her entrance there were Deeded not so pathetic a memento of none but the old host and hostess in the her father's wishes, to make her bitter- ale-house; but in a very few minutes af. ly regret her inability to gratify them. ter, it filled with labourers and passenThe poor gentleman grew worse, and gers, who, like herself, sorgint protec. expressing a desire for something which tion from the hurricane : during the Vol. LVIII.

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fury, however, of which, she had too lady, has told me you have been for much compassion to mention her wishes; many years the best daughter in the for she was amongst those whose nature world, to the best father, who has been would not suffer her “ to turn an ene- once the richest, but now the poorest my's dog out of door at such a season.”, man in Wales, considering you and he This neceffary delay, nevertheless, great- are to be supported as gentlefolks. It is ly increased her uneasiness, and she kept plain to see there is a great deal of distress watching the rain and the hoped return upon your mind, and it is natural to of fine weather, at the window. Şee- guess the cause of it may be removed. ing no prospect of its clearing, she de- I am not, by any means, a wealthy termined to do that herself, at all haz- man; but I have had my share of evil ards, which she could not ask another fufficiently to make me feel for the unforto perform_namely, to be herfelf the tunate ; but I have always, thank God, messenger, to which end she desired to a something to spare for the mitigation know, whether the road she saw from of honest distress, in whatever country, the window, was the nearest and most it is presented to my view.. I beg you direct to Montgomery, or to any other, will present this trife, (giving her a town where there was an apothecary's bank-bill) with my compliments, begging shop, and what might be the distance to the favour of his making use of it, till any such place?

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suit his circumstances to return The affecting voice in which these it. I have no manner of occasion for queitions were demanded, and the pre- it till about this time next year, when vailing appearance of the speaker, gained I will call to ask after his health, which, her an interest in every hearer and be. I hope, will long ere that be re-estaholder, several of whom koew, and ac- blished ; and if it should not at that knowledged her for a neighbour, ming. time be convenient to make restitution ling their expressions of good-will with of the loan, we will put it off till the numberless kind inquiries after her fick year after, when I will pay a second father, for whose languishing situation visit to you: as I purpose palling through they unanimously declared their pity and this country into Ireland, where I have regard; and whose death, if it should concerns annually. I am now going to please God to snatch hiin away, they London." 1hould long lament.

This last sentence feemed to annihilate This last observation bringing to mind the rest. The very name of London the image of her father's danger more had at that instant, more charms for closely, the trembling Amelia lost all Amelia, than it could ever boast of creata thought of herself, or of the weather, ing in the head of any Miss in her teens, and thanking every body around her for who had her mama's promise to pass the their civility, while her lovely face was winter among the fine folks and fine covered with her tears, she had got the lights with wbich is abounds. But it latch of the door in her hand, and was drew the attention of Amelia from preparing to hurry out on her commif. fuperior motives. It was the residence fion, according to the directions the of her poor father's physician, on whose had received; when a traveller, who heart she now resolved to make an athad not opened his lips during the tempt, by the medium of the generous conversation of the peasants, but fat stranger, who, the rightly judged, would drying himself at the fire, rose up fud- fuffer his bounty to take any direction denly, and begged permiffion to speak she might with, and to whom she stated to her. She went with surprise aud tot- the merchant's anxious but hopeless tering steps into an adjoining room, desires. where be used to her these

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hearing that this much-wished for phy, he awoke, he told the nurse, that lie {ician was an intimate acquaintance of hoped she was taking a little necessary the traveller, and “all the interests of rest in her own room, where he desired an old affection shall be tried with the she might remain undiíturbed. doctor,” exclaimed the stranger, This gave her opportunity to man ge foon as I get to town, on condition that her good fortune, of which ihe resolved you will now go home to your father to be so excellent an economist, that the with this purse, and an assurance that supply she had received should answer although I am an ulurer, I will receive the wifeit and happiest purposes : The neither principal nor interest, till he is recollected, that, the day before she met very able to pay both."

the benevolent stranger, her father had He did not give the astonished Amelia received by the post a baok-bill, to the. time to refuse : but seeing the weather amount of the quarterly division of his inclined to renit its rigours, he put half annuity; of course a further reinforcea crown into the hands of the peasants, ment was not immediately necessary; to drink the young lady's and her fick on which account she had to regret, that father's health; and ordering his horse the flurry into which her spirits were to the door, mounted and proceeded on thrown had hindered her from perfisting his journey.

in her refusal of the loan, to the acceptDoes not your bounding heart assure ance of which, however, she was fomeyou, his feelings would have defended what reconciled, when the reflected on him from bestowing a thought “ on the the condition annexed to her borrowing peltings of the pitilefs storm,” had they it; and an idea which just then started continued to rage? And does it not also to her imagination, of the manner in inform you, that this fair pattern of which it might be appropri ted, comfilial piery was proof against the war of pletely satisfied her feelings on the occaelements? The sunshine of benevolence fion. She considered the gentleman's had, indeed, fo animated 'her, that its bank-bill as the luckiest fund in the sudden and intense rays might have world, to serve as the physician's fee, in been too itrong for her tender frame, case the generous stranger should prevail had they not been moderated by a on him to come ; and to that sacred use Thower of tears. She had scarcely re- her heart devoted it. The sum was fifty gained her cottage, indeed, when, over- pounds--a recompense which her ignocome by her sensations, she fainted in rance in the price of medical advice in the arms of her aged nurse, who had the golden climes of England led her been mourning her delay.

to suppose would be all-fufficient for Alas, my friend, what fragile crea. journey down to Wales.

Alas! were tures we are! How much at the dis. a regular charge to be made out by posal of contrary events ! How totally doctors W. R. G. F. L. or any ocher the vassals of sorrow and of joy ! How of the popular sons of Æsculapius, of little able to encounter the extremes of London, for such a tour from the grand either ! But you will not easily forgive mart of custom, the gol. would scarcely exclamations that detain you from poor be thought by those messieurs a more Amelia, whom I left in distress to in- than sufficient sum to pay travelling exdulge them. My heart is but too often pences. In many parts of the contiihe master of my pen, and guides it as nent, indeed, where a shilling value in it listeth. Let me halten to make atóne. coin, that has less of silver in its com: meot by informing you that our lovely position than would be found in the fufferer, on her recovery, had the plea- analysis of a silver penny, is received as sure to find that her father had dosed a settled gratuity for running a German beft part of the morning; and though mile, fifty pounds would cut a handsome be missed her from his apartment wlien figure in phyfic, and go very far towards

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in the secrets of our constitution and As, however, the visit of Dr *** and familiar with our habits of living, was a point rather “devoutely to be must, in all general cases be better able wilhed, then expected, it being the to apply the proper remedies, than he middle of a very hard winter, Amelia who is called into our bed.chamber, thought it prudent to conceal the little when there is a disease in it, and when adventure at the public house from her he sees us for the first time under its father, whose malady, nevertheless, ra- influence : besides which, an old phyfither increased than abated : and his love cian is commonly ar, old friend, and of life being in effect his love for his unites the lenitives of affection to the daughter, he could not help occasionally cathartics of science; no wonder, then, regretting his impassible distance from the that we have faith in him,-and faith, only man, by whose aid there might be you know is a great doctor in itself, per, a chance of resisting his disease. There forming a thousand cures, which the is, you know, a sort of superstition highest professional skill has not been which often runs through a family is able to accomplish without it. favour of its family physician. Nor is

(To be continued.)

SHAKESPEARE MSS. CRITICISM and illustration have been to inform himself with respect to the fo long and variously exercised on Shakes- validity of these interesting papers. peare, by the labours of the most learned Throughout this period, there has not and penetrating writers of the British been an ingenuous character, or disinnation, that it seemed as if little more terested individual, in the circle of literacould be gathered on the subject, even ture, to whole critical eye he has not in the way of explanation.. Much less been earnest that the whole should be did any prospect remain, after such en- subjected. He has courted, he has even quiries, that new matter would be found challenged the critical judgment of those to throw additional light upon his cha- who are best skilled in the poetry and facter, or that unheard-of productions phraseology of the times in which Shakffrom his pen should be suddenly brought peare lived, as well as those whose proto view. And yet such is really the cafe, feflion or course of study has made them if credit is to be given to the authority conversant with ancient deeds, writings, of Mr Ireland, the editor of this fplen- feals, and autographs. Wide and exdid volume, and to the papers which he tensive as this range may appear, and it has bronght forward, as well as to those includes the scholar, the man of taste, which remain in his poffeffion. On a the antiquarian, and the herald, his insubject of this magnitude, it is natural quiries have not refted in the closet of for opinion to be suspended, and even the speculatift; he has been equally for credulity itself to receive these pieces anxious that the whole should be submitwith double caution. Mr Ireland cer- ted to the practical experience of the tainly ought not to be offended at the mechanic, and be pronounced upon by jealousy with which critics behold these the paper-maker, &c. as well as by the productions, at the inquisitiveness with author. He has ever been defirous of which they conceive it right to examine placing them in any view, and under them, and the inquiries which from any light that could be thrown upon thence they hold themselves authorised them; and he has, in consequence, the to put, concerning the means of their fatisfaction of announcing to the public, siscovery, and the caufe of their myste- that, as he has been able to collect the rious concealment. All this is natural, sentiments of the several classes of peras it comes within the exact limits of fons above referred to, they have unan critical.justice. At the same time, it is mously testified in favour of their au. but fair to let Mr Ireland speak for him- thenticity; and deciared, that, where self. In his preface, he observes, that, there was such a mass of evidence, in“ from the firit moment of his discovery ternal and external, it was impossible, to the present hour, he has incessantly amidst such various fources of detection, laboured, by every means in his power, for the art of imitation to have hazarded

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