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IIow -0? what ? 1.........it at larga is usually understood by the world comes li :!, tiste not even of English society hung upon this qui in..L.. 1..." (bell the society at Brookesis. l'arilo would brini, 11-11-17. jokes would have caused laughter, vinner wil His boiveill, wine would have retained its favour, whether the methods of India had been found innocent or guilty.

6. Without being followeni! Vi liina mical principles, or indiscriminate aclmirers of his mo!'-, :.;.41:11, -tha marity in which he the least shore, Point fur.i. ile tout latter and broken years of his illustrious, chechizo el llithe. Worn life':--We may yet affirm that, with the e'Alepition at i.:- Who II 11pm the French Revolation--an exception itself to be fritt inledd so inicial, it would be difficult to find any statesman ofn inn' wloong opinions were more habitually marked by moderation."

Yet all his productions, exception, one, which is little better than a college exercise, on the sublime om Beautiful, appertain to statesmanship. Men of moderate intellert-, and unblest by genius, have often governed wisely. The greatest things are the most distinctly seen, and require less delicacy in the handling. Several men who ruled their people, in circumstances of great difficulty, were unable to manage their families. Augustus, not inferior to Cromwell himself in shrewdness and sagacity, was overmatched in domestic life by the crafty Livia ; and the hand which regulated and controlled the world was ineffectual in the guidance of Julia.

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“Speaking of the effects produced by his strong opinions respecting French affairs, Sir James Mackintosh, as justly as profoundly observed to Mr. Horner— So great is the effect of a single inconsistency with the whole course of a long and wise political life, that the greatest philosopher in practice whom the world ever saw, passes with the superficial vulgar for a hot-brained enthusiast.' "

This opinion of Burke, delivered by Mackintosh, is called “ "just and profound.” In fact, no hasty expression of Burke himself is half so extravagant as this.

thom the world cver saw,” is the heedless flourish of young writers at the bottom of hot sentences, ill becoming the steadier writing of chancellors or judges.

“For nearly the whole period during which he survived the commencement of the Revolution,- for five of those seven years,—all his predictions, save one momentary expression, had been more than fulFilled : anarchy and bloodshed had borne sway in France ; conquest and convulsion had desolated Europe ; and even when he closed his eyes upon earthly prospects, he left this portentous meteor, 'with fear of change perplexing monarchs.' The providence of mortals is not often able to penetrate so far as this into futurity.”

Nevertheless, how many hundreds of publications, in England, France, Italy, and Germany, do we remember, all of them foretelling the devastations of the French Revolution ! the greater part by ignorant priests, or still more ignorant courtiers. These made just as good prophets as Mr. Burke. But it is not only swine and gecse that feel by instinct the storm approaching. Not only did sermons and silly men proclaim it loudly ; it was announced to Parliament in the speech of Lord Mornington.

“We have been contemplating a great marvel certainly, not gazing on a supernatural sight ; and we retire from it with the belief, that if acuteness, learning, imagination, so unmeasured, were never before combined, yet have there been occasionally witnessed in eminent men greater powers of close reasoning and fervid declamation, oftentimes a more correct taste, and on the question to which his mind was last and most earnestly applied, a safer judgment.”

Certainly they are unmeasured by Lord Brougham. Would any man, in quiet possession of his senses, venture to say that Bacon and Milton, for instance, did not combine a much greater quantity of all these qualities ? Burke was indeed a great and wonderful man,

if you compare him with the people who sat about him in the IIouse of Commons; but you render him diminutive, and lose him almost out of sight, if you force him back into past ages.

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THE SEMPSTRESS TO HIER MIGNONETTE,

I love that box of Mignonette,

Though worthless in your eyes :
Above your choicest hothouse flowers

My Mignonette I prize.
Thank Heaven, not yet I 've learn’d on that

A money worth to set-
'Tis priceless as the thoughts it brings-

My box of Mignonette.
I know my own sweet Mignonette

Is neither strange nor rare ;
Your garden flaunters burn with hues

That it may never wear;
Yet on your garden's rarest bloonis

No eyes may ever set
With more delight than mine on yours,

My box of Mignonette.
Why do I prize my Mignonette,

That lights my window there ?
It adds a pleasure to delight,

It steals a weight from care ;
What happy daylight dreams it brings !

Can I not half forget,
My long-long hours of weary work,

With you my Mignonette ?
It tells of May, my Mignonette,

And as I see it bloom,
I think the green, bright pleasant spring

Comes freshly through my room ;
Our narrow court is dark and close,

Yet when my eyes you met,
Wide fields lay stretching from my sight,

My box of Mignonette.
What talks it of, my Mignonette ?

To me it babbles still
Of woodland banks of primroses,

Of heath and breezy hill ;

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Through country lanes, and daisied fields

Through paths with morning wet,
Again I trip as when a girl,

Through you my Mignonette.
For this I love my Mignonette,

My window garden small,
That country thoughts and scents and sounds

Around me loves to call ;
For this, though low in rich men's thoughts

Your worth and love be set,
I bless you, pleasure of the poor,

My own sweet Mignonette. reenwich.

W. C. BESSETT.

IIOW TIIE GREENWOODS GOT OVER THEIR

TROUBLE.

PATIENCE !" repeated the man, in the loud and querulous s of anger.

“ What do we gain by it ?—what will it do for - Patience, indeed ! The word is a very good one for folks know nothing of hunger and cold—a fine, religious, peaceable

; but will it bring back what the parish officers have just ed us of, and will it give me work -or find food for ourselves children? Patience! I am sick of hearing of it. The er of this poor place was all that saved us from being paupers ; after paying rates and taxes these fifteen years, without once g any of it back in parish bread, or parish allowance-bee this severe weather has set in, and I have no means of ng a day's work, or of earning a day's wages, to come and away the two or three comforts we had about us, and for the of five shillings, sell the things that cost us as many pounds, hat—what with hard times, and low wages, and our increasing y, we shall never be able to get together again—I say it is a shame, a downright robbery; and you talk to me of patience ! 20—the poor-house will be our next place. Nell, they will paupers of us, however hard we strive against it ; and who have patience with such a chance before them ?” And the man, with his arms knotted on his breast, and his cyes bent e floor, paced to and fro the wretched room, from which, in . XIX.-VOL. IV.

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the course of the morning, nearly everything it contained had been stripped for arrears of poor s-rates--though, as Miles Greenwood had said, poverty alone prevented his paying them ; but the authorities had not thought it worth while to make distinctionsand preferred, in their intexible wisdom, to force a whole family into the house, rather than -utfor a man too poor to pay rates, the luxury of a roof independent of it. "W.1, neighbour Ilowe, what's the news this morning ?" he inquireil, pausing as the latch of the door was raised, and il man in the garb of a farm servant entered ; “ anything-tirring besides loss?"

· Yes," replies the other, eveing the desolate room as he spokc, with a keen look of mingled commiseration and sternness; good news for a few, but not o' much 11 -,' to the 1920st of us. The Barking tishing smarks can't get higher than Tilbury or Greys, on account of the ice in the river ; and two or three of the farmers have got the job of sending the ti-li 11 in their waggons-S0 some of us may perhaps got a turn.'

- Please find!" said Miles lireenw.l., witi', who sat rocking an infant in her arms, besiile il fuming hali-alive fire, of dead leaves and frozen branches, that exhaleel more moisture than heat ; some of us begin to want work cruelly."

Ay, and we may want, missiles, all the time this weather lasts,” replied the man. "I met six or evoll of our women on the road to Elmsly this morning," he continued, " in all the snow; poor bodies ! going to appeal against the rates,"

“ What, the widows?” inquired Miles,

“ Yes,” continued Joe liowe; "and if they listrain from then, I shall call it a harder business than yours. I swear they have suffered poorer diet, and less of it, than the people in the house,' for the sake of having their children left with them, and keeping a roof over their heads ; and instead of receiving the thanks of the whole parish for doing it, they are compelled to become paupers themselves, by being obliged, out of their poor means, to help support those that are.

“ A crying shame !” exclaimed Miles Greenwood, while tears of sympathy trickled down Nell's cheeks. "A crying shame! but mine is a hard case, too, neighbour-a very hard case.

This is the first year I have ever failed in paving the poor's-rate, and have never had a farthing from the parish, though I have not always had work, any more than my neighbours, and have five children to maintain. They have taken the poor things' bed, a

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