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GLEANINGS OF WIT.
MAGNANIMITY OF A ROMAN SENATOR.
When Vespasian commanded a senator to give his voice against the interest of his country, and threatened him with immediate death, if he spoke on the other side; the Roman, conscious that the attempt to serve a people was in his power, although the event was uncertain, answered, with a smile—Did I ever tell you that I was immortal? My virtue is in my own disposal--my life in your's. Do what you will, I shall do what I ought; and if I fall' in the service of my country, I shall have more triumph in my death, than you in all your laurels.”
ASTONISHING EFFECTS OF MUSIC.
The following instance of the Effect of Music, is supported on the authority of Prince Cantimis, who relates it, in his Account of the Transactions of the Ottomans.
.“ Sultan Amurath, that cruel Prince, having laid siege to Bagdat, and taken it, gave orders that thirty thousand persons should be put to death, notwithstanding they had submitted, and laid down their arms: among the number of these unfortunate victims, was a musician.
“ He besought the officer (who had the command, to see the Sultan's orders executed) to spare hiin but for a moment, while he might be permitted to speak to the Emperor.
" The officer indulged him in his in. treaty, and being brought before the Sultan, he was permitted to exhibit a specimen of his ait. Like the Musician in Homer, he took up a kind of psaltry, which resembles
a lyre, and has six strings on each side, and accompanied it with his voice. .
“He şung the taking of Bagdat, and the triumph of Amurath : The pathetic tones and exulting sounds, which he drew from the instrument, joined to the alternate plaintiveness and boldness of his strains, rendered the Prince unable to restrain the softer emotions of his soul.
“He even suffered him to proceed until overpowered with harmony, he melted into tears of pity, and relented of his cruel intentions. In consideration of the Music cian's abilities, he not only directed his people to spare those among the prisoners, who yet remained alive; but also to give them instant liberty."
ANECDOTE. About the close of the last century, a piece of antiquity existed in the neighbourhood of Fountain's-Abbey, still more curious than the Abbey itself:«That venerable instance of longevity, Henry Jenkins. Among all the events, which in the course of a hundred and sixty-nine years had 'fastened on the memory of this singular inan, he spoke of nothing with so much emotion as the ancient State of Fountain'sAbbey. · If he was ever questioned on that subject, he would be sure to inform you what a brave place it once had been, and would speak with much feeling of the clamours. which its dissolution occasioned in the country. “ About thirty years ago,” (he 'would say) -66 when I was butler to Lord Conyers, and old Marmaduke Bradley, was Lord Abbot, I was often sent by my Lord to enquire after the Lord Abbot's health, and the Lord Abbot would always send for me up into his chamber, and order me roast · beef and wassal, which, I remember well,