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VAGRANT.

So through the land I wandering went,

And little found of grief or joy ;
My crime!--This sick’ning child to feed, But lost my bosom's sweet content

I seized the food, your witness saw; When first I loved—the Gipsy-Boy.
I knew your laws forbade the deed,
But yielded to a stronger law.

A sturdy youth he was and tall,

His looks would all his soul declare,
Knowst thou, to Nature's great command His piercing eyes were deep and small,

All human laws are frail and weak? And strongly curl'd his raven-hair.
Nay! frown not-stay his eager hand,
And hear me, or my heart will break. Yes, Aaron had each manly charm,

All in the May of youthful pride,
In this, th' adopted babe I hold

He scarcely fear'd his father's arm,
With anxious fondness to my breast,

And every other arm defied.-
My heart's sole comfort I behold,
More dear than life, when life was blest;

Oft, when they grew in anger warm,
I saw her pining, fainting, cold,

(Whom will not love and power divide?) I begg'd_but vain was my request.

I rose, their wrathful souls to calm,

Not yet in sinful combat tried. I saw the tempting food, and seized —

His father was our party's chief,
My infant-sufferer found relief;

And dark and dreadful was his look;
And, in the pilfer'd treasure pleased,
Smiled on my guilt, and hush'd my grief.

His presence fill'd my heart with grief,

Although to me he kindly spoke. But I have griefs of other kind,

With Aaron I delighted went, Troubles and sorrows more severe;

His favour was my bliss and pride; Give me to ease my tortured mind, In growing hope our days we spent, Lend to my woes a patient ear ;

Love growing charms in either spied, And let me--if I may not find

It saw them, all which Nature lent, A friend to help-find one to hear. It lent them, all which she denied.

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W O M A N.

MR. LEDYARD, AN QUOTED BY M. PARK IN H18

TRAVELS

INTO AFRIC.

To a Woman I never addressed myself in the language of decency and friendship, without

receiving a decent and friendly answer. If I was hungry or thirsty, wet or sick, they did not hesitate, like Men, to perform a generous action: in so free and kind manner did they contribute to my relief, that if I was dry, I drank the sweetest draught; and if bungry, I ate the coarsest morsel with a double relish.

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Man may the sterner virtues know,

Determined justice, truth severe: But feniale hearts with pity glow,

And Woman holds affliction dear; For guiltless woes her sorrows flow,

And suffering vice compels her tear; 'Tis here to soothe the ills below,

And bid life's fairer views appear: To Woman's gentle kind we owe

What comforts and delights us here; They its gay hopes on youth bestow, And care they soothe and age they

cheer.

Thus her compassion Woman shows,

Beneath the line her acts are these; Nor the wide waste of Lapland-snows

Can her warm flow of pity freeze:

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E D W ARD SI O R E.

Seem they grave or learned ?

When EDWARD SHORE had reach'd his Why, so didst thou-Seem they religious ?

twentieth year, Why, so didst thou; or are they spare in diet, Free from gross passion, or of mirth or anger,

He felt his bosom light, his conscience Constant in spirii, not swerving with the blood.

clear; Garnishid and deck'd in modest compliment, Applause at school the youthful hero gain'd, Not working with the eye without the ear, And but with purged judgment trusting neither?

And trials there with manly strength Such and so finely bolted didst thou seem.

sustain'd: SHAKSPEARE, King Heury V. With prospects bright upon the world he

came, Better I were distract,

Pure love of virtue, strong desire of fame: So should my thoughts be sever'd from my griess, Men watch'd the way his lofty mind would Aed woes by strong imagination lose

take, The knowledge of themselves. SHAKSPEARE, King Lear. And all foretold the progress he would make.

Boast of these friends, to older men a guide,

Proud of his parts, but gracious in his pride; Genius! thou gift of Heav'n! thou light He bore gay good-nature in his face, divine !

And in his air were dignity and grace; Amid what dangers art thou doom'd to shine! Dress that became his state and years he Oft will the body's weakness check thy force,

wore, Oft damp thy vigour and impede thy course; And sense and spirit shone in Edward Shore. And trembling nerves compel thee to restrain Thus while admiring friends the youth Thy pobler eiforts, to contend with pain;

beheld, Or Want (sad guest!) will in thy presence His own disgust their forward hopes repell’d;

come,

For he unfix’d, unfixing, look'd around, And breathe aronnd her melancholy gloom; And no employment but in seeking found ; To life's low cares will thy proud thought He gave his restless thoughts to views refined,

confine,

And shrank from worldly cares with wounded And make her sufferings, her impatience,

mind. thine.

Rejecting trade, awhile he dwelt on laws, Evil and strong, seducing passions prey But who could plead, if unapproved the On soaring minds, and win them from their

cause? way;

A doubting, dismal tribe physicians seem'd; Who then to Vice the subject spirits give, Divines o'er texts and disputations dream'd; And in the service of the conqu’ror live; War and its glory he perhaps could love, like captive Samson making sport for all, But there again he must the cause approve. Who fear'd their strength, and glory in Our hero thought no deed should gain their fall.

applause, Genius, with virtue, still may lack the aid Where timid virtue found support in laws; Implored by humble minds and hearts afraid; He to all good would soar, would fly all sin, Mlay leave to timid souls the shield and By the pure prompting of the will within;

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Who needs a law that binds him not to steal, Of the tried faith, and the resistless word; Ask'd the young teacher, can he rightly feel? Amid a world of dangers venturing forth, To curb the will, or arm in honour's cause, Frail, but yet fearless, proud in conscious Or aid the weak-are these enforced by worth,

laws ? Till strong temptation, in some fatal time, Should we a foul, ungenerous action dread, Assails the heart and wins the soul to crime; Because a law condemns th'adulterons bed? When left by honour, and by sorrow spent, Or fly pollution, not for fear of stain, Unused to pray, unable to repent,

But that some statute tells us to refrain? The nobler powers that once exalted high The grosser herd in ties like these we bind, Th’aspiring man, shall then degraded lie: In virtue's freedom moves th’ enlightend Reason, through anguish, shall her throne

mind. forsake,

Man's heart deceives him, said a friend : And strength of mind but stronger madness

Of course, make.

Replied the youth, but has it power to force?

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