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* and as she lived near, if her high- charge advanced to regal dignity, and • dess would give permission, she could herself respected and caressed as the • send her directly to receive ber or- means of his promotion. Sleep on, • ders.' Upon which Thermuthis, illustrious damsel! may the choicest bidding her make haste, said, she blessings of indulgent heaven rest on would stay on the spot till her mother thee, and thy humanity be its own arrived. - It did not require many reward i-Far unlike the disturbed minutes for Jochebed to hear the repose of thy cruel father, who, posstory; and, directed by her daughter, sessed of arbitrary sway, found that she soon appeared before the prin. even the throne and royal diadem cess, who, presenting the child, en- could not command that balmy rest, quired if she was willing to accept which, perhaps, was enjoyed by his the office of bis nurse ? adding, that meanest subject, unfettered with those finding him deserted by the river shackles that bound their imperious side, she had adopted him as her son; sovereign. For when those venomshould therefore expect the utmost ous reptiles, (strangers to peace) susattention to be paid him, for which picion, jealousy, and cruelty, wind she would give proportionable wages, themselves within the folds of a regal and desiring he might be brought to vesture, they fail not to gnaw with iethe palace at least once a week, for tense anguish the entrails of its unher satisfaction that he was doing well bappy wearer: then even the splen. under her care. Moreover," said did pomp of royalty becomes its own she, ' his name shall be called Moses, punishment, and the softest pillow is • because I drew him out of the wa. planted with thorns, which wound the • ter.'

head that presses its inviting surface." “ With inward joy Jochebed agreed p. 1-5. to the conditions, and all points being Upon the flight of Moses from the settled, the amiable princess returned land of Egypt the following reflecto the palace, and the happy mother tions are introduced. to her humble abode, where, prostrat- “ We have hitherto seen Moses ing herself before the God of Jacob, only as the favourite of Providence, she poured forth the rapturous eifu- in the court of one of the greatest po. sions of a grateful soul, now in pos- tentates of the earth; beloved and session of its warmest wishes; then reverenced by those who could do clasping the infant Moses in her arms, his virtuous and glorious actions jose what a lide of maternal felicity rushed tice; nor till now had the despicable on her heart! Never had she expe- head of envy or malice dared to shew rienced such exquisite joy ; no, not . itself; blessed with the gifts of foreven when told, as the reward of her tune and of fame, enjoying the affecpains, that a man child was given to tions of the best of parents, and oftea her ; for then it was tinged with poig- happy in their society, he had scarcely nant anguish, lest the cruel decree a wish ungratified, and was possessed should rob her of this dear-bought of every felicity that could render jewel. Now! he was restored to her, life desirable. — Now observe the she could press him to her bosom painful reverse ; deprived of his dearwithout the allay of Wear; protected est relatives banished a kingdom by the royal princess, she had no- where he had merited only applause thing to apprehend; and it is only a —unattended, and almost without mother that can participate her pre. the common necessaries of subsistsent emotions-description fails and ence, behold him flying for bis life, I close a scene 100 affecting for re- and uncertain whether all his precaupresentation.

tions might not end in destruction. “ Can you suppose the amiable Alas! what a picture does Moses princess Thermuthis slept the worse, present, of the litile dependence there for having performed so beneficent is to be placed on worldly prosperity, an action? Oh, no! say rather, that when even the smallest breath can the repose of conscious benevolence level our brightest hopes in the dust, affords peculiar blessings., Soit were covering us with confusion and dis, the poppies shed around the couch of may! What reliance can be placed this compassionate female ; her slum- upon such fleeting shadows, that mock bers sweet and gentle, rendered plea- ns with the appearance of substance, sant by the most agreeable visionary holding out to our view the most images, in which she beheld her little alluring colours, and proinising es.

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tensive bliss-inviting our incautious Aing troubles of this transitory life foosteps to follow, with eager earnest- amply compensated for, and 'swal. ness, those retreating bubbles, that at lowed up in one large boundless ocean length burst in cruel disappointment, of seraphic rapture. These are conand miserably overwhelm the too cre. solations peculiar to the heirs of imdulous expectant of proffered, but mortal life; nor can the grovelling false felicity. Where can an unhappy worldling, surrounded with all its va. being, thus imposed on, and then cru- nities, for one moment taste the inelly deserted, expect to find support erfable satisfaction arising from this against this accumulated load of source, the sure and certain know. wretchedness, much less a competent ledge, that we shall awake to happirecompence of real and substantial ness beyond the silent grave." p. 33 happiness, in exchange for the airy -35. phantom? Say, can human philoso- Many incidents are introduced in phy, with all its high attainments ran. this little book, furnished by the imasacked to the utmost-will it aiford gination of the authoress : * not one the demanded blessing, and properly of which," it is observed in the prefortify the mind of man to bear up face, “but might have occurred." against the most adverse turns of fora This work terminates with the de. tune. Alas! how have its boasted parture of Moses from the family of excellencies failed here ; and the ut. Jethro to return into the land of most it could arrive at, in the greatest Egypt, and for the subsequent part stretch of human woe, has been in a of his life the reader is referred to the cowardly and impious manner, for- Sacred Scriptures. cibly to rush out of a life become any longer insupportable.--Will benumb ing insensibility shield us from the dreaded evil ? 'Ah, no! often bas it CXLVII. THE FRIEND OF Wo, been seen, that even the most cal.

Translated from the French Jous breast is not proof against accu- of Bourdier de Villemont. By ALEX mulated disasters; and that heart ANDER MORRICE. Thin 8vo. which had been steeled against a felYow-creature's pangs, hasi boleeplyT Royal Highness the Princess of

HIS work, dedicated to her shall we turn? whither seek, and Wales, commences with a short introwhere find a shelter from the furious duction, which is followed by thir. storms of life? whither should we teen chapters, the subjects of which go indeed, but to that omnipotent are stated in the following division of Protector, who holds out a sure re- the subject. The author writes, fuge and defence, a never failing re- "I shall enquire relatively to the source, an inexhaustible supply of rank they hold among us; what is every benefit, and a more than ade. the kind of study and occupation quate balance for the loss of every that belongs to them ; of their partiworldly good ? Moses now in a pecu- cular pleasures, among which are liar manner experienced the value of ranked luxury and dress. I shall, this impregnable fortress ; and though then, proceed to some reflections on destitute, forlorn, and friendless in a love, marriage, and the education of visible sense, yet the God of his children. I shall, as I go along, treat fore-fatbers was with him in the of the domestic government that nadreary desert, supporting and com- turally belongs to women, and finish forting his weary soul, rendering the with a small

picture of their virtues, barren path he trod easy and plea- less uncommon than it pleases some sant, and even the wild unfrequented persons to give them credit for. My wilderness a fertile plain. So well did object is, in few words, to offer to the his heavenly guardian console and observation of women, truths, which animate his fainting spirits with joy. custom seems desirous of proscribing. ful prospects of never-failing bliss, If sometimes they have contributed when he should have exchanged this to multiply our wanderings, it is frestate of trial and useful probation for quently reserved for them to reclaimi a blessed immortality, where undis. us. Women can do every thing they turbed he would through all eternity dare to undertake : those who have bask in the sunshine of supreme, in- sufficient elevation of soul to preexpressible felicity, and tiod the tri- serve this advantage over us, revenge themselves for our pride by an ines favourites with the women : little at. timable benefit; and their charms tentions, minute compliances, and a only become more powerful over those servile imitation, is sufficient to be men who deserve this name." p. il. come a favourite.

The chapter on the rank of women " Women, thrown by us into a rorin society begins with the observation tex of continual dissipation, for which that," those who only consider wo- they are not made, have contracted a men as beautiful figures placed here relish for frivolity, and have made it for embellishment and pleasure, have the ion. They have so long enslaved but a very imperfect idea of them... the men to their caprices, that they

“Women have quite another des. find themselves confounded with them tination: they are created for a more in the same labyrinth. Doble purpose than being held up to “ Luxury having quite effeminated public'shew. Their charnis are but all, if I may be allowed to say it, the the promise of more enchanting qua- contrast placed by nature between lities. To reduce them merely to the sexes has disappeared, and the beauties, is degrading them, and al- one can only find in the other a weak. most levelling them with their pic- ness capable of augmenting its own.'' tures. They who possess beauty only p. 17, 18. may make an agreeable higure in a After stating the influence of wochair of state, and decorate a draw. men, the first chapter is closed with ing-room. They are agreeable to the following observation : "Let them look at (to speak literally) but it is then learn that beauty merits our honecessary that women should possess mage no further than as it accompanies something more than mere beauty, to a lovely soul. Nature hardly ever derive all the advantages from the in- clothes any thing with charins but tercourse with them, that we have a what is useful-a fair fruit is rarely a right to expect.” p. 12, 13.

poison : thus a lovely woman of a vi. The author argues upon the pro- cious disposition is a monster in aa. position that, each sex should be im- ture." P. 22. proved by the other, and observes, In the second chapter, which is on “If men possess a more vigorous the studies suitable to women, the mind, it is that they may more effec- author proposes the question. “But tually assist towards the happiness of what are the objects to which women those who possess one more delicate. can reasonably apply themselves ?" But one sex was never formed to be and in his reply says, ihat “among all the oppressor of the other : the close the sciences which exercise the wonintercourse between them renders derful activity of the human mind, their advantages mutual, and the ri. there are but some few that are withia diculous debates of superiority are a their reach." p. 25. kind of injury done to nature, and a Theology is considered as an unwant of acknowledging its benefits. suitable study for them; and the fol.

“ We are born the friends of wo- lowing subjects are recommended; men, and not their rivals, still less their “physic, history, painting, music, and tyrants.

poetry.' “ To reduce them to slavery, is to On the occupations of women it is use that strength against them which observed, “labour is a law of nature, is given us to defend them, and rob the observance of which adds to the society of what forms its sweetest fame and happiness of human beings. charm : it becomes insipid, if we ba- “ Rank, fortune, sex, nor any teanish from it that part of the human son, can make it be dispensed with; race which is most proper to animate and nothing is more deserving of conit.” p. 15, 16.

tempt than that languor of the soul The pernicious and disgusting cus- which inclines it to fly from itself. toms of the East are noticed and re- To do nothing is, as far as they can, probated : and on the means by to sink iuto non existence." p. 33. which the favours of women have been In this chapter is introduced the obtained, the author observes, “It following description of a woman of costs less, in the present day, to ob- fashion : “ What is called a woman tain the good graces of this sex. of fashion (Ha! who does not formi

“It is not the greatest intrepidity, one of that number in the present or elevation of soul, that makes men day :) gets up not very early in the

morning, passes the rest of it at the holds and the care of their servants, toilette, or often receives visits in a and also made the clothes of their dishabille more than gallant. After husbands and fainily., dinner they dress for the play or the “ He describes Andromache to us promenade ; go from the ice to glit- as employing herself in works of emter at a supper, and return to sleep at broidery : Helen made rich carpets, a late hour, in order to run the next which she also embroidered. The day the same equally useless career.” celebrated Penelope and her web are P. 34, 35.

well known. Cards are reprobated as childish, “ Terence, Virgil, and all the au. and, froin their occupying time which thors as well sacred as profane, agree ought to be engaged in active employ. as 10 the active and laborious lives of ment, as prejudicial to health. women ; and even at Rome, in its

The unavailing attempts to remedy most corrupted times, Augustus, from the consequences of idleness are no- the account of Suetonius, wore no ticed. It is remarked that, “ to other clothes than those made by his fly from the black vapours which wife or his sister. idleness causes, are there then no “ It was even a custoin in the last other means than plunging into folly? century for women to employ themYes, without doubt it is a wise me- selves in useful, works. The half of dium, but which is seldom sought for: our ancient nobility were not conwe may divide our beauties into idlers tented with employing only some part and madcaps, nearly the same as of the day in ingenuity : there may they divide them into fair and bru. be seen in France many mansions in neltes.

which the whole furniture has been “They who preserve themselves worked by the lady of the house. from pining, too frequently give them- “ There are always sufficient examselves up to a dissipation which makes ples to quote for the encouraging them parade to excess, and song for women to activity. The Germans, every thing they see. Whims suc. that wise nation, who have least ceed each other rapidly, and keep degenerated from the antient manthem in continual motion : it is a new ners, have preserved in their women trinket they are mad after ; some- that love for work that they thein"times it is a dog or a parrot they selves possess. In all the German are charmed with; a set of china courts, the princesses work assiduequally engrosses their regards. Their ously among their ladies, and do not ininds, always filled with new trifles, blush at being employed about do. have not a moment's relaxation; and mestic concerns--but they would blush in an habitual leisure they complain to be found idlers. As they do not of not being able to enjoy a single in- think women have the shameful prie stant.

vilege of doing nothing. they think " • It is thus,' as an antient writer that the love of employinent is a vir. said, that life is passed away with- tue which sets otil the others, and • out doing any thing at all, or in do- which does honour to their sex even

ing every other thing but what should upon a throne." p. 40, 41. • be done. I wish the ladies I am In the chapter on domestic govern. treating of would take a wbim of ment the author observes, “ Man is putting down on paper an exact ac- the arm; he bears the weight of lacount of every thing they have done bour : but the woman is the eye; she through the day, to be laid on their watches over every thing, at all times: toiletle every night; they would see it is through the keenness of her sight that they are in the predicament I that it is reserved for her to perceive speak osmihat they either do nothing, every thing that is for the benefit or attend only to irifies.

of the family. What cares are there " In a word, it is necessary there nol daily required for the details of should be a real daily employment: the table, of lodging, and coinpany? the body should have its task as well What a continual attention to bring as the mind, &c." p. 38, 39.

up her children properly, and to goEmployment is recommended by vern them according to their dispothe following examples : “ Homer sitions! The daughters are early asspeaks to us of princesses who took sociated by the mother in her duties; upon them the economy of their hous. and her example is an excellent in

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structor for them. A daughter who the possession of her soul.” In this has assisted in making the charms of conversation she seems to anticipate a private life predominate in ber fa- what afterwards actually took place. ther's bouse, will consequently make Apprehending the circumstances it reign in that of her husband. And described in this volume are too of. it is thus that the race of careful and ten realized, we would join in the de. attentive wives are perpetuated.” sign of the pious author and Editor p. 125.

to warn against the evils which are Toward the close of the work a here deprecated, and present to our sketch of the life of Madame Main. readers Philario's account of himself tenon is given.

upon his arrival in London, and of his The foregoing extracts, which we subsequent defection. This is his consider as some of the best parts language. “I held vice, at least the of the work, will, we think, enable overt acts of it, in the utinost abhorour readers to form their opinions of rence. The company and amuse, its merits.

ments of the gay part of inankind were the objects of my contempt and aversion, and as I could not discover

wherein the pleasures of wine and CXLVIII. PHILARIO AND CLA. madness, of splendor and gaiety, of

RINDA. A Warning to Youth against Juxury and extravagance, consisted, Scepticism, Infidelity, and Vice. By I experienced not the least inclinathe late Rev. John 'THOROW GOOD. tion of enrolling myself in the num. 12mo.

ber of their votaries.--My happiness

centered in the improvement of the HE preface to this little book in mind : books, and instructive, rather

forms us that it was written before than diverting company, were my the author had reached his twentieth unfashionable amusements. — I was year, and that he would not consent to unacquainted, nor did I desire to be its being printed during his life. It acquainted, with the polite arts of consists of six letters, addressed to dissimulation and gallantry. Sinceone who is introduced to our noticerity, and an ingenuous frankness, as his revered tutor, father, and composed my native disposition, and friend: and contains the principal prevailed in all my conversation." circumstances in the life of Philario.

p. 56, 57. Pbilario is represented as when very Prior to the corrupting of his mind, young to have obtained the friend- his affection for Clarinda continued ship and esteem of a pious family, in to prevail in purity and ardour; but which was the ainiable and lovely after his mind was influenced by the Clarinda, who soou made an impresa principles of infidelity, the reverse sion of affection upon Philario's took place. heart : upon the first communication Philario's principles were corrupt. of his sentiments to Clarinda he meetsed by a young man, son to a gentlewith a repulse : several conversations man of peculiar worth and excellenare relater, in which he gained no sa- cy, distinguished by his fine sense, tisfactory reply. Receiving intelli- solid understanding, and amiable degence that he must prepare to remove portment, with whom he had con. to London, bis mind was filled with tracted an acquaintance. The unanxiety, because the “place he pos. common abilities of this youth made sessed in the esteem of 'Clarinda was Philario desirous of cultivating an in. so uncertain, and his situation re- timacy with him ; for although, when specting her was so precarious." in the company of his dissolute asso

Upon the eve of his setting out for ciates, he abandoned himself to vice London he renews his professions of and debauchery, yet he demeaned the sincerity of his love, and earnestly himself with so much caution, art, solicits to be made acquainted with and dissimulation in the presence of her sentiments towards him. After his friends, that they readily believed many arguments used by Clarinda to him to be what they wished him. enforce the propriety of keeping By crafty measures he contantinated them secret froin bin, he at last Philario's mind; for the author writes, “ wrested a confession from her, that “Sensible that if he pulled off the a mutual passion had long retained mask, and at once inanifested him.

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