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Gaudy dress and haughty carriage,

Love's fond balance fled and gone;
These, the bitter fruits of marriage !
He that's wise will live alone! |

Contra, Cr.
Oh! what joys from woman spring, !

Source of bliss and purest peace, !
Eden could not comfort bring,

Till fair woman show'd her face. I
When she came, good honest Adam

Clasp'd the gift with open arms, I
He left Eden for his madam,

So our parent prized her charms. I
Courtship thrills the soul with pleasure; /

Virtue's blush on beauty's cheek :
Happy prelude to a treasure !

Kings have left their crowns to seek !!
Lovely looks and constant courting, I

Sweet'ning all the toils of life ; i
Cheerful children, harmless sporting, I

Lovely woman made a wife ! )
Modest dress and gentle carriage,

Love triumphant on his throne; 1
These the blissful fruits of marriage - 1

None but fools would live alone.


(DR. JOHNSON.) Omar, the son of Hassan, I had passed seventy-five years in honor and prosperity. The favor of three successive califs I had filled his house with gold and

•Ka'lil, a title assumed by the successors of Mahomet among the Sararons

silver; and whenever he appeared, the bencdictions of the people proclaimed his passage. I

Terrestrial ' happiness is of short continuance. ! The brightness of the flame is wasting its fuel; the fragrant Power is passing away in its own odors.! The vigor of Omar began to fail; I the curls of beauty fell from his head ; i strength departed from his hands;! and agility from his feet. He gave back to the calif the keys of trust, / and the seals of secresy :) and sought no other pleasure for the remains of life, i than the converse of the wise, / and the gratitude of the good.

The powers of his mind were yet unimpaired. His chamber was filled by visitants, / eager to catch the dictates of experience, I and officious to pay the tribute of admiration. | Caled, the son of the viceroy of Egypt, i entered every day early, and retired late:I He was beautiful and eloquent : | Omar admired his wit, and loved his docility. | « Tell me,” said Caled, I " thou to whose voice nations have listened, and whose wisdom is known to the extremities of Asia,' tell me how I may resemble Omar the prudent. The arts by which thou hast gained power and preserved it,' are to thee no longer necessary or useful; impart to me the secret of thy conduct, and teach me the plan upon which thy wisdom has built thy fortune."

Young man,” said Omar, “it is of little use to form plans of life. | When I took my first survey of the world, í in my twentieth year, ' having consider. ed the various conditions of mankind, in the hour of solitude I said thus to myself, I leaning against a cedar, which spread its branches over my head, "Seventy years are allowed to man; I have yet fifty remaining. 1

“ Ten years I will allot to the attainment of knowledge, and ten I will pass in foreign countries: 1 I shall be learned, I and therefore shall be honored ; every city will shout at my arrival, and every student will solicit my friendship. | Twenty years thus passed, will store my mind with images, which I shall be busy, through the rest of my life, in combining and comparing ; I shall revel in inexhaustible accumulations of intellectual riches; \ I shall find new pleasures for every moment ; i and shall never more be weary of myself.

I will not, however, | deviate too far from the beaten track of life; ; but will try what can be found in female delicacy. ! I will marry a wife beautiful as the Houries," and wise as Zobeide :b | with her I will live twenty years within the suburbs of Bagdat, in every pleasure that wealth can purchase, and fancy can invent. )

“I will then retire to a rural dwelling, pass my days in obscurity and contemplation, and lie silently down on the bed of death. 1 Through my life it shall be my settled resolution, that I will never depend upon the smile of princes; that I will never stand exposed to the artifices of courts; I will never pant for public honors, | nor disturb my quiet with the affairs of state.” | Such was my scheme of life, / which I impressed indelibly upon my memory. I

“ The first part of my ensuing time I was to be spene in search of knowledge, i and I know not how I was diverted from my design. | I had no visible impediments without. I nor any ungovernable passions within. II regarded knowledge as the highest honor, / and the most engaging pleasure; yet day stole upon day, and month glided after month, till I found that seven years of the first ten had vanished, and left nothing bebind them.'

“I now postponed my purpose of travelling;' for why should I go abroad, while so much remained to be learned at home? | I immured myself for four

!!8r, the girls of Mahomet's Paradise. 28-bl’de, wife of the Calit, a fictitious character. (See Arabian Nights Entertainments.

years, i and studied the laws of the empire. The fame of my skill reached the judges;, I was found able to speak upon doubtful questions; and was commanded to stand at the footsiool of the calif. I was heard with attention ; \ I was consulted with confi. dence; and the love of praise fastened on my heart.

“I still wished to see distant countries; listened with rapture to the relations of travellers; and resolved some time to ask my dismission, that I might feast my soul with novelty : 1 but my presence was always necessary; and the stream of business hurried me along. | Sometimes I was afraid lest I should be charged with ingratitude: but I still proposed to travel, and therefore would not confine myself by marriage. I

“In my fiftieth year, II began to suspect that the time of travelling was past ; i and thought it best to lay hold on the felicity yet in my power, and indulge niyself in domestic pleasures. 1 But at fifty | no man easily finds a woman beautiful as the Houries, and wise as Zobeide. | I inquired and rejected, consulted and deliberated, / till the sixty-second year made me ashamed of wishing to marry. | I had now nothing left but retirement ; ! and for retirement I never found a time, till disease forced me from public employment. I

« Such was my scheme,' and such has been its consequence. | With an insatiable thirst for knowledge, I I trifled away the years of improvement ; with a restless desire of seeing different countries. I have always resided in the same city; with the highest expectation of connubial felicity, I have lived unmarried; and with unalterable resolutions of contemplative retire. ment, I am going to die within the walls of Bag. dat," !


(DANIEL WEBSTER.) Sink or swim, I live or die, I survive or perish, \ I give my hand, and my heart, to this vote. ' It is true, indeed, that in the beginning, we aimed not at Independence. | But there's a Divinity which shapes our ends. The injustice of England has driven us to arins; and blinded to her own interest for our good, I she has obstinately persisted, 1 till Independence is now within our grasp. | We have but to reach forth to it, and it is ours. | Why then should we defer the Declaration? | Is any man so weak as now to hope for a reconciliation with England? | Do we mean to submit to the measures of parliament, i Boston port-bill and all ? ! I know we do not mean to submit. | We never shall submit. !

The war, then, must go on. | We must fight it through. | And if the war must go on, I why put off longer the Declaration of Independence? | That measure will strengthen us. I It will give us character abroad. ; The nations will then treat with us, / which they never can do while we acknowledge ourselves subjects, in arms against our sovereign. | Nay, I maintain that England herself, i will sooner treat for peace with us on the footing of Independence. I than consent, by repealing her acts, to acknowledge that her whole conduct towards us , has been a course of injustice and oppression.

Sir, the Declaration will inspire the people with increased courage. i Instead of a long and bloody war for restoration of privileges, for redress of grievances, 1 for chartered immunities, held under a British king, set before them the glorious object of entire Indepen. dence,' and it will breathe into them anew the breath of life. | Read this Declaration at the head of the

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