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A young man whom Affection presented to me, and who swore everlasting love, took me by the hand, and led me, or rather dragged me towards the temple; and though PRUDENCE and Advice roared aloud for me to come back, and consider, I hurried on, regardless of all they could say to me. AFFECTION and SIMPLICITY said they were two severe people, who thought of money only, and offered themselves to be my bride-maids. I entered into this place of irrevocable doom, and saw nothing formidable enough to make me repent. I parted with Liberty, who had been one of my constant companions, at the door, without a figh; who let drop a tear as he fed away, saying, which I did not know before, " That I had treated him better than “ most people he had ever attended.” After I had been some time in the groves of MARRIAGE, I met with troops of new acquaintance; Care and his numerous family were continually visiting me, nor did they keep away at all the more for my seeming not to admire their company. Sickness, a fell monster, kept me chained to my bed for a considerable time, and almost baffled the strength of Medicine and PatieNCE, two very powerful giants, to overcome him. In short, I saw SIMPLICITY and Affection hang down their heads with sorrow, for the mischiefs they had unwittingly brought upon
me. Time stole away imperceptibly, and having overcome some of these difficulties, REFLECTION stood before me, and at her right hand I perceived my old friend EXPERIENCE, that had so friendly offered me her assistance in my earlier days, and whose advice I had so thoughtlessly abandoned, because it did not juit then agree with my inclinations, and for which I had bitterly suffered. I burst into tears at the sight of her, and felt violent, but unavailing perturbations of heart. “Why, O EXPERIENCE!" said I, “ were you so cruel as to leave me to such « weak guides as you know I had with me, who “ were blind themselves, and could ill teach me to « discern plainly? what had I done that you gave “ me up so soon? I have known some whom you “ have closely followed, not older than I was, and “ who have always partaken of your favours.” « The reason of that,' says this accomplished matron, • is that I was well acquainted with their parents, and
used to attend them from infants: and now,' returned she, pointing to a pair of lovely girls, whom MARRIAGE had given me, 'I have taught you a « lesson; you know me well now, though somewhat (too late for your happiness; I will make amends by my vigilance in favour of your offspring.'
I ran to throw my girls at her feet, with such violence and joy, that I awoke, and found that all this while I had been falt asleep in my own bed-chamber,
STERN Winter shews his hoary form,
Dark clouds involve the sky;
In wild confusion lye.
The night surpasses day,
Alas! give no delight;
Retarded in their fight.
Divest of every now'r;
With faint and languid pow'r.
And propagation stop;
But blest with Phæbe's lovely smile,
I brumal cares defy;
Crownd with an azure sky.
Her presence gives me joy;
Reluctant, seeming coy.
The near approach of May
Of wedlock’s happy day.
And bloom afresh in spring;
Much rather let him sing.
SIR ISAAC NEWTON.
THE following anecdote of Sir Isaac Newton
1 News an amiable simplicity in that great man, and proves his inattention to worldly affairs.
One One of his philosophical friends abroad had sent him a curious prism, which was taken to the Customhouse, and was at that time a scarce commodity in this kingdom. Sir Isaac, laying claim to it, was asked by the officers what the value of the glass was, that they might accordingly regulate the duty. The great Newton, whose business was more with the universe, than with duties and draw-backs, and who rated the prism according to his own idea of its use and excellence, answered, “ That the value was so “ great, he could not ascertain it.” Being again pressed to set some fixed estimate upon it, he persisted in his reply, “ that he could not say what was “ its worth, for that the value was inestimable.” The honest Custom-houst officers accordingly took him at his word, and made him pay a most exorbi. tant duty for the prism, which he might have taken away, upon only paying a rate according to the weight of the glass. .