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as I considered them fresh proofs of not reconcileable to her ideas of dethat independent fpirit, which is so necessary to enable a woman to bear Thus, Sir, have I endeavoured to up agaiņst our encroaching sex, and give you a faint sketch of the numeis so rare to be met with in our rous virtues of my Phæbe; owing, fqueamish days.
no doubt, to the learned education I The next quality in my catalogue, have bestowed upon her. for which I have to compliment my ticular traits of character, her imPhoebe, is her contenipt of dress. promptus, bon mots, &c. I shall It is a notorious fact, that many wo leave to some future and more able men ruin their husbands merely in biographer to describe.
But canlilk, lace, and muslin. My spouse is dour obliges me to confess that this so far from - running into extrava-, blaze of excellence does not seem gance in these articles, that I verily quite congenial to the feelings of believe she has not two yards of ei- those who frequent my house. The ther in her poffeffion. Her general majority of my acquaintance, not dress is a linen robe, floating loosely being men of very profound erudiabout, and fastened at the breast tion, endeavour as much as they ca with a Roman Fibula. In this robe, to keep out of her way ; for she has and an old pair of fandals, she is ac an odd custom of putting questions customed to wander through the which their capacities are not always woods, or by the fide of some purl. equal to answering. She once frighting stream, with all the folemnity of ened Mr. Simper, the dancing cleran ancient Sage.
gyman, from my table, by some in. The third virtue which Phæbe quiry relative to the plufquàm pere boasts is Chastity. This you will featum of a Greek verb; and no acknowledge is no bad quality in a longer ago than yesterday, while wife. With what rapture have I Sam Sweet wort the brewer was enheard her read Ariosto’s Account of tertaining the company with a desAncient Amazons, and Hayley's cription of his phaeton and fourg Dissertation on the Ancient Maidens. Phæbe stopt him short in the middle She has completely cleared my house of his harangue by the following of every female with a tolerable lines from Ovid ; countenance, that I
be kept out of temptation, insomuch that I
Aureus axis erat, temo aureus, aurea fumchallenge the whole county to pro
Curvatura rote ; radeorum argenteus duce such a race of scare-crows. I
ordo. have already told of the ravages se Per juga chrysolithi, positæque ex ordino has made in my library ; but I for gemmæ got to mention that she has infifted. Clara repercuffo reddebant lumina Phæa
bo. on my parting with a volume of Greek Poems, because there was a
Such are the various advantages small portion of contraband goods to be derived from marrying a on board, which was no other than learned woman. Advantages which that famous Ode of Sappho, begin- none but a philosopher can properly ning
estimate, and which none but a phi. Φαινεται μοι κείνα ίσωθεοίσιν,
lofopher should endeavour to secure.
For it might posibly happen that a merely because the expresions were man of confined education would
not, for the sake of distant and spec- allow a woman a proper degree of ulative advantages, willingly forego Spirit, without wishing her to tear the common routine of domestic her husband's books, or box his ears; comfort. Such a man might think and, if he were extremely precise, his wife better employed in making might affert the poflibility of preservcustards than in making fyllogisms ; ing her reputation for chastity, within pickling cucumbers than in ex out banishing her husband à menja tracting the square root. He might et thoro.
ON the borders of the Nubian atrocious nature, threw himself at
Desert, near where the great the foot of the throne, and offered Father of Waters rolls his congre- his services in this hazardous entergated floods, the Governor Hassen prize. He found acceptance in the Aschaban ruled his extentive terri-' eyes of his Prince : he succeeded in tory in peace, amidst the convul. his attempt ; and, returning with the sions of furrounding nations. He inestimable prize, lodged her safe in issued mandates but for the good of the royal apartments. his subjects, and raised the arm of The symmetry of her form was power solely for the purpose of ad- like that of the flender palmı.; her ministering justice. Amidst the lux- eyes, were brilliant as the glowing uries of a palace he forgot not the diamond ; and her breath fragrant duties of religion, nor scorned to as the gardens of Damascus. bend the knee to the Protector of the The Tyrant having accomplished Faithful.
his desires, praised the fidelity of the The affections of his people were messenger, on whoni he lavished fathe bulwarks that defended him; vours with an unfparing hand ; and, he reared his head and flourished finally, raised him to the highest of- like the cedar of the mountains, be- fice in his dominions. Death whose fhade the weary trav
In this situation he was fuspected eller seeks the folace of repose. of endeavouring to fubvert the Gov
His predecessor was a weak and ernment, and of intriguing with the jealous tyrant, who faw no comelic favourite women of the Court. The ness in virtue, no deformity in vice; jealousy and indignation of his master but sought the Supreme Good in the were roused; and, in the first emogratification of his sensual appetites. tions of anger, he commanded his
The fame of a beautiful female head to be struck off: but, from politNave, in the possession of one of the ical motives, on further deliberation, petty Princes near the cataracts of he changed the sentence to that of the Nile, reached his ear; and be perpetual imprisonment. offered riches and honours to the In the neighbourhood of Tamal. man, who, by force or artifice, would ma, the ruins of an ancient tower bring her to his seraglio. Casga- cast its lengthened shade on the deDaskar, a person of desperate fortune sert of Zaara ; and beneath its foun. and dark, intrigue, who had formerly dations were those hideous dun. been banished for crimes of the most gcons, where the victims of royal
difpleafure lingered out the remains dered the good Benhadar to be of a miserable existence.
thrown into the dungeon, and apBenhadat was the Governor of pointed Cafganaskar to fupply his this tower, and to those regions of place as Governor of the fortress. forrow was configned the heretofore Though long a probationer in the much envicd Calganaikar.
school of affliction, this man had not lonely cell he clanked his heavy profited by its admonitions; with chains in darkness, where the loath the fortitude of virtue, he had lost fome ichveumon was his only com the sense of gratitude and the feels panion, and the constant witness of ings of humanity. His tyranny over bis groans and tears.
the victims committed to his trust After many moons had passed, was such as added double weight to Benhadar, who had been acquainted misfortune, while it involved in the with a variety of circumstances in common doom the friend to whom favour of his prisoner, relaxed his he owed the most indispensable obli: rigor; and, at the hazard of his gations. bead, treated him with unmerited Hassan Aschaban was not unaca indulgence.
quainted with the corrupt fyftem of It was at this period of time the Eastern politics : he was aware of Tyrant died, and Hassan Aschaban the abuses which had been introduc: fucceeded to the government of the ed during the reigns of his effemi. province; of whose virtues, and the nate ancestors; his first great attempt lenity of his keeper, the wretch Caf. was, therefore, to seek the sources ganaskar availing himself, had the of those polluted streams which readdress to cause a representation to plenished the channels of corrupbe made to that Prince of the un. tion, and diffused their baneful influ. faithfulness of Benhadar to his trust, ence through all his territories. For in granting unwarranted liberty and this purpose he not only employed indulgence to the prisoners commit men of integrity in every district, to ted to his charge.
make faithful reports concerning the Cafganaskar, in the days of his public welfare ; but anxious to ame. prosperity, by arts unknown to gen. liorate the condition of the most unerous minds, had made himself many fortunate of his subjects, he visited friends. Those had forsaken him in person the dwellings of wretched in the gloomy season of adversity ; nefs, where he marked with the nibut observing the revolutions of for- cest discrimination the sufferings of tune, they now foresaw that his re- Virtue and of Vice. advancement appeared practicable, With active zeal he explored the and when accomplished, could not dungeons of Tamalma, and granted fail to contribute to their own inter- ' every prisoner permission to relate eft. Stimulated by motives of self- his own history. That of Benha. love, they stepped forward, and suc- dar made a particular impression on ceeded in restoring the minion to his mind, while every tongue bore the notice of royaltý.
testimony to the worth of this injurPrinces see through tinted optics, ed man; and a number of corrobo. and hear but through the medium of rating circumstances added weight others : Hassan Alchaban, incensed to his own narration. at the injustice of his predecessor, The Prince possessed a mind open and the infidelity of his servants, or to conviction. The proofs of Ben
halar's innocence appeared unquef- the sweet ingredient of Power is tionable. He readily penetrated mingled therewith, it becomes in the dark labyrinth of iniquity ; in the extreme intoxicating and danconsequence of which, Calganaskar gerous ! And the man who can rewas degraded, and Benhadar raised list its temptations, must be little less to the rank of Prime Minister; in than a prodigy of Temperance and which exalted capacity he was en:
Virtue. trusted with the fate of his
enemy; We are apt to think hardly of whom he generously pardoned, on
Providence respecting her disposal condition that he retired beyond the of the links in the great chain of Subcataracts, and returned no more. ordination : but we have frequent op
Long and prosperous was the portunities of being convinced, that reign of Haifan Aschaban. His
our judgment is fallibleand erroncous. famė extended from the walls of To but a few has Heaven perCairo to the Ethiopian Defert; while mitted the lot of rising to conspicuthe voice of an happy people ap- ous situations, and presiding over the plauded the wisdom of his act, in the fates of their fellow mortals; and promotion of a man of integrity, that lot is wisely decreed to be the who poised the balance of Justice touch-stone of their Vices and Virwith a steady hand, to the discom- tues. Placed beyond the reach of fiture of Vice, the encouragement of control, the vain will indulge their Virtue, and the eventual aggrandize. vanity, the ambitious their ambition, ment of an extensive territory. and the ungrateful their ingratitude :
On a general and cursory surveġ the wise will display their wisdom, of mankind, we are too frequently the just their justice, and the merciinclined to furm'incoherent opinions ful their philanthropy. of causes, on which depend the most Here will men appear in their Śmportant events; and are far more proper colors, and excite the inready to arraign the Wisdom which dignity or admiration which they planned and arranged all mortal af- deserve. They will long be held fairs, than to acknowledge our own up to view as perfect patterns or just want of penetration to account for examples, and will ever bear testithe various movements of a grand mony to this important truth : That, and complicated ma me.
every state or country, the “ bad Misfortunes operate variously, on are public curses, and the good pubthe human mind. Some hearts they lic blessings :" That Vice is the soften and fructify: others they ren. dangerous rock which threatens the der more callous and steril. . Of the community with thipwreck ; and cup
of Prosperity, few know how to Virtue the faithful beacon, that drink with moderation ; particularly guides through storms and tempests those who are most unaccustomed to to the “ desired haven" of Peace the fascinating draught : but when and Prosperity.
KOTZEBUE. K OTZEBUE, the celebrated refined in Germany, as far as relates
German Dramatist, was born at to the manners of the inhabitants, Weimar, in Saxony'; a city, which It is at present famous for its feminahas long been considered as the most ry for the education of young men
of rank, affording the students the Livonia, where, at his leifure modouble advantage of acquiring the micats, he wrote many of his dramatmost extensive erudition, and of im- ic works, as well as other miscellaproving their manners by a constant neous compositions. The cabals of intercourse with the Court of the a powerful party in Livonia, who reigning Duke, one of the most pole envied his superior talents, compelled ished at this time in Europe. Kot- him, after some years, to relign his zebue's predilection for the Drama profeshonal fituation ; when, fortu: displayed itself while he was very mately for the admirers of genius and young; for in his youth, he not on- learning, he resolved to devote himly wrote, but performed in several self entirely to literary pursuits, and private theatres, though, we believe, accordingly repaired to the Court of he never appeared on any public Vienna, where he was shortly afteritage. He was educated under the wards appointed Dramatist and Dicelebrared Professor Muscus, and rector of the Imperial Theatre ; an early betook himself to the profesion office which he has ever since filled of the law, which he practised with with pleasure to himself, and the confiderable success, filling various highest satisfaction to the Emperor, eminent stations, till at length he be- under whom he has been thus how. came' President of the High College drably employed, of Justice in the Ruffian province of
For the COLUMBIAN PHENIX.
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“LOST is happiness-hope has can I recount their fource, unmored
fied forever. This bosom ne'er to tears, the ecollection gives not again will bound with joy; rapture one pang ; nor can a narration excite throb my heart no more. The feat a figh. I have ceased to mournof Tensibility has lost its energy and methinks my heart has become cal. susceptibility of emotion.”------Thus lous to feeling.”-----I pressed her to fighed Louifa. I approached the my bosom, and dropped a tear on unhappy girl, and demanded a par- her face, which smilingly she wiped ticipation of the grief which con
away. She put her hand to her sumed her, as a tribute due to my forehead, then placed it upon her ardent regard.---.“ My still loved heart, and began her story. Maria,” said my unfortunate friend, “ Maria, I loved a youth witose “ long ere this should your breast foul could boast of every ennobling have been the repository of my woes, qualification ; his heart of every rirhad not agony of sorrow attended tue : and his mind of the most ex. even their contemplation : but now tensive knowledge. His bolom glow