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All that is man within me, to disdain
Peril, or death.-What tidings from the city?

Sadi. All, all is ready. Our confederate friends Burn with impatience, till the hour arrive.

Selim. What is the signal of the appointed hour? Sadi. The midnight watch gives signal of our meeting;

And when the second watch of night is rung,
The work of death begins.

Selim. Speed, speed, ye minutes!

Now let the rising whirlwind shake Algiers,

And justice guide the storm! Scarce two hours hence

Sadi. Scarce more than one.







Selim. But is the city quiet?

Sadi. All, all-is hushed. Throughout the empty



Nor voice, nor sound. As if the inhabitants,
Like the presaging herds, that seek the covert
Ere the loud thunder rolls, had inly felt
And shunned the impending uproar.

Oth. There is a solemn horror in the night, too, That pleases me: a general pause through nature: The winds are hushed

Sadi. And, as I passed the beach,

The lazy billow scarce could lash the shore:
No star peeps through the firmament of heaven-
Selim. And, lo! where eastward, o'er the sullen


The waning moon, deprived of half her orb,
Rises in blood: her beam, well-nigh extinct,
Faintly contends with darkness-
Hark-what meant

That tolling bell?

Oth. It rings the midnight watch.
Sadi. This was the signal-


Oth. So may we prosper, mercy shall direct us! Selim. Farewell, friends!

Come, Othman, we are called: the passing minutes
Chide our delay; brave Othman, let us hence,
Selim. One last embrace!-nor doubt, but, crowned
with glory,

We soon shall meet again. But, oh, remember,
Amid the tumult's rage, remember mercy!
Stain not a righteous cause with guiltless blood!
Warn our brave friends, that we unsheath the sword,
Not to destroy, but save! nor let blind zeal,
Or wanton cruelty, e'er turn its edge
On age or innocence! or bid us strike
Where the most pitying angel in the skies,
That now looks on us from his blest abode,
Would wish that we should spare.

Sadi. Intrepid prince, farewell!


[Bell tolls.

[Exeunt ОTH. and SADI.


Selim. Now sleep and silence

Brood o'er the city. The devoted centinel
Now takes his lonely stand; and idly dreams
Of that to-morrow he shall never see!

In this dread interval, O busy thought,
From outward things descend into thyself!
Search deep my heart! bring with thee awful con-

And firm resolve! that, in the approaching hour
Of blood and horror, I may stand unmoved;
Nor fear to strike where justice calls, nor dare
To strike where she forbids!-Why bear I, then,
This dark, insidious dagger?-'Tis the badge
Of vile assassins; of the coward hand

That dares not meet its foe.-Detested thought!
Yet as foul lust and murder, though on thrones
Triumphant, still retain their hell-born quality;
So justice, groaning beneath countless wrongs,
Quits not her spotless and celestial nature;
But, in the unhallowed murderer's disguise,
Can sanctify this steel!

BORN 1746.-Died 1767.


MICHAEL BRUCE was born in the parish of Kinnés wood, in Kinross-shire, Scotland. His father was by trade a weaver, who out of his scanty earnings had the merit of affording his son an education at the grammar-school of Kinross, and at the university of Edinburgh. Michael was delicate from his childhood, but shewed an early disposition for study, and a turn for poetry, which was encouraged by some of his neighbours lending him a few of the most popular English poets. The humblest individuals who have befriended genius deserve to be gratefully mentioned. The first encouragers to whom Bruce shewed his poetical productions were a Mr. Arnot, a farmer on the banks of Lochleven, and one David Pearson, whose occupation is not described. In his sixteenth year he went to the university of Edinburgh, where after the usual course of attendance, he entered on the study of divinity, intending, probably, to be a preacher in the Burgher sect of dissenters, to whom his parents belonged. Between the latter sessions, which he attended at college, he taught a small school at Gairney Bridge, in the neighbourhood of his native place, and afterwards at Forest-Hill, near Allan, in Clackmannanshire. This is nearly the whole of his sad and short history. At the latter

place he was seized with a deep consumption, the progress of which in his constitution had always inclined him to melancholy. Under the toils of a day and evening school, and without the comforts that might have mitigated disease, he mentions his situation to a friend in a touching but resigned manner-" I had expected," he says, "to be happy here, but my sanguine hopes are the reason of my disappointment." He had cherished sanguine hopes of happiness, poor youth! in his little village-school; but he seems to have been ill encouraged by his employers, and complains that he had no company, but what was worse than solitude. "I believe," he adds, "if I had not a lively imagination I should fall into a state of stupidity or delirium." He was now composing his poem on Lochleven, in which he describes himself,

"Amid unfertile wilds, recording thus
The dear remembrance of his native fields,
To cheer the tedious night, while slow disease
Prey'd on his pining vitals, and the blasts
Of dark December shook his humble cot."

During the winter he quitted his school, and returning to his father's house, lingered on for a few months till he expired, in his twenty-first year. During the spring he wrote an elegy on the prospect of his own dissolution, a most interesting relic of his amiable feelings and fortitude.

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