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pired in a few hours. The cause of their I was educated as a gentleman, which death was discovered in the following indeed correspondet beit with my fpirit;
A young woman went to an for having acquired high and mighty noofficer of justice, to make some com- tions, I aspired to every thing noble-I plaints concerning her husband; he de- despised all thoughts of apprenticeship, fired her to be reconciled, and refused to and applied my mind to Latin, Greek, &c. proceed against him, upon which the inftead of arithmetic or French.. turned away in a rage, muttering that I hope the 'reader will not think me the knew how to be revenged." The an Egotist, when I declare that in a short magistrate paid attention to what the time I made a wonderful progress in faid, and gave orders for her being ar- learning by some means or other too, refted; when, upon' strict enquiry con- I cannot say how, but Peeta nascitur, non cerning the meaning of her words, the fit - I became remarkable for rhyme confeffed, that it was her intention to insomuch, that I was called the Poet of poifon her husband, by purchasing a the School—this did not a little feed my bottle of vinegar from an old woman, ambition, and a greedy desire for literary who prepared it for that purpose. In fame increasing, 1 in some measure neorder to ascertain the truth of this story, glected those itudies, which are ever efanother woman was sent to the old jade, sential in the consummation of a poct:to demand fome of the same vinegar, inftead of now devoting the usual time which was sold for about ten-pence a to Virgil or Horace, I was either bebottle. “ What do you want with it?" ginning or finishing an ode upon hope, faid the vender: “Why,” (replied the folitude, or some other fine fubject; other)" I have a very bad husband, which, considering my years, were pos. and I want to get rid of him.” Here- felfed of much brilliarcy : notwithstanupon, the old woman, seventy-two years ding, for the want of instruction and of age, produced the fatal dose; upon amendment, evinced a deal of puerility which she was immediately seized, and and faults ; however, with all their deconducted to prison, where the confeffed, feets, they were frequently interted in that she had fold forty-five or forty-fix magazines and newspapers, Written bottles. Many people were taken up, by Master Scribble, which fo indulged but as upon further enquiry it was dif- my ambition, that I still proceeder!; and covered that feveral of the nobility had my poor father, not knowing better, been purchasers, the affair was dropt, encouraged me in the vain pursuit- No and the old woman alone suffered fellow in the world could testify more joy death.
than your humble servant, every time he
read his name in print; and indeed I do The Life and Adventures of Benjamin not think that I am fingular in this Scribble, Eja. (Written by himself.) a thirst for literary honour is at present
very prevalent, cípecially among ladies; I
moirs, to ascertain both the time and increase of novels, which are no doubt place of their nativity ; but as I only given to the publisher for the fake of mean to treat of matters which are with- fame ; also for those rickety brats, that in the bounds of recollection, I must re- owe their birth either to the parentage or queft the courteous reader to pardon thofe interest of their Dads. omissions, and nothing but facts being This passion, however, became per-. confequently stated, fatter myfelf my nicious to me upon entering the college: history will be deemed more entertaining for not having patience to tarry
my Mr. Scribble, my father, was an honest abilities were ripe, I atiected the title of induftrious man, who having married author too foon, and while incapable of against the consent of his parents, was producing finished pieces, attempted and therefore obliged by the dint of labour, at once to urite for the lage :----mx to support a wife and family : he was a first humble and modeft efforts, was clerk to a very reputable compting houfe Tragedy in five acts; wherein, I rss in Dublin-being the eliest of his fons, lect, there was a speech upon am
somewhat applicable to myself; as to cepted, I lost forty pounds by my play, the characters and fable, I can remem- instead of gaining any thing by it. ber but little of them, the piece being
(To be continued.) long ago committed to the flames : There were two or thrce managers at that The Serenade; or, Laura and Alonzo : time, rivals in Dublin-after produ
Spanish Story. cing another five act piece, so great was my ambition, I tried them all alternately AWAKE;, my love! the pearls of on, at other times an infolent one- That gem thy lover's flowing hair, this, to be sure, mortified my pride and Shall prove his passion warm and true, disappointed my views, especially as ta- As thou art, Laura, bright and fair, king it for granted, it would be accepted
I apprized all my friends of the fe- O'er many a hill, thro' many a field, a cret, and before there was arr occasion, Thro' many a glade I bent my way,
requested their support ; thus di I ex- Now close by gathering shades conceal’d. pole myell; for they, not knowing the Now guided by the friendly ray. caprice of managers, attributed my dir. appointments to the want of merit, he Thro' fens, v here anguish vapours play, ever, I was satisied within my own mind, Blue-gleaming o'er the doubtful foil
, that these managers wanent judgment; Thro? woods, where ruffians lurking lay, accordingly thought on : expedient
To rush thro' blood to impious fpoil. to prove it: After racking my poor brain; and making numberleis effays for Nor vapours dark alarm'd my thought, near to years, on which account I ne- Nor prowling robbers wak'd my fear, glected my tutor, became indifferent to For here reltoring warmth I fought, my fiudy, and omitted three examinati. And knew my treature all was here. ons, which so incensed my father, that he prohibited my vain and fooliih efiorts Then wake, my love! the corded stairs
--- I thought upon the following plan, Swift from the op’ning casement which was to propose a piece to a per
throw, former, for his benefitano fooner And pay thy lover's anxious cares, was this fuggested, than it was immedi- With joys that lovers oniy know. ately effccted ---- it is needless to mentibn who the performer was-suffice it Be swift, my fair! the transient night in fay, that he ret only approved of the For Love's, nor Hymen's rights will piece, but very generuly promised to
stay: pay every attention to it; ! on this mo- Too foon Niall speed the envivus light Icft condition, that I would take twen
To chale Aloozo far away. ty pound's worth of tickets, which he declared was absolutely necessary, for Such was the song of Alorzo, who Uhe sake of diftributirg them among my tuning the fati guitar beneath the folita Iriends in order to support the play- ry window of his i aura, in the famed
afide to weep.
of his love; though the friendship, counted the pleasing proofs of an un
which chance had produced, and correi. tainted foul. 1ponding generofity of sentiment had But though his rashness was awhile
firmly cemented, might have justified an restrained, his fears were not lulled to unbounded confidence.
sleep; and, concealing himself among Nightly, therefore, he stole from his the thrubs, he waited the return of distant manfion, and attended, on the dawn, that thould diffipate or confirm dangerous way, by no other companion his doubts. than the instrument whose tender notes Not long was the jealous brother were the signal of his approach, came concealed. conftantly beneath the window of his The bird of mora trilled forth his expecting bride, a lover of unaltered earliest note; faded was the lufire of the truth.
lamps of night; and the grey eye of Nor was the ear of Laura now closed morn was seen prying over the distant against the ftrain, for the motion of the hills, when quitting the bliss he was to moon-beams, reflected by the glass, taste no more, Alonzo dcfcended, with thewed that the hand of the fair one was a heavy heart. trembling on the casement, while her The fond farewell trembled on each' ear was fondly listening to the notes of faultering tongue; and Laura turned love.
He ceased, and the casement opened; But Stay, dishonoured wanton,'criand throwing his guitar, as utual, a- ed the furious brother, turn again ere mong the thrubs, he mounted by the thy paramour be gone for ever, and take ladder that dropped to his assistance, yet a last farewell.'
. and rushed to her enraptured arms. A Caftilian's vengeance Atruck decp
Undisturbed be their transports-the as he spoke; "his poniard was in Alonlast they shall enjoy! and may chatte zo's heart.' secrecy encurtain them around.
My husband! my husband!' exAlas! how often has prudence preach- claimed the frantic fair, 'flain! lain by ed the wisdom of jealous caution; yet thy brother's hand.' how many are the evils it has caused! Breathless fell Alonzo at a brother's
Safer, oh! safer is the happiness of feet; and Carios flood petrified with him, who yields to the generous impulse horror. of his heart, and to the friend whom he But what was the horror of the rehas tried, unbofoms the whole myttery pei.tant friend to the anguish of the wiof his soul, than that of him, who, dow'd bride! wrapped in the close councils of a fuf- The peace of her mind was flown picious fpirit, depends upon himself a- for ever, and vain vas each friendly Tone.
Too fadly was this truth written in The walls of the fanétuary long the fate of Alonzo.
echoed to her groans, as the wandered Don Carlos, returning from scenes of through its fullen ailles : but the ianctufiealthy love, had found, as be passed ary's telf could not calm her soul, nor by the fatal bush, the guitar, too im- its facred walls confine lier bewildered perfectly concealed.
wanderings. With the guitar of her His jéalons fpirit took, instantly, the murdered lord, she escaped from the alarm; and gloomy fufpicions arose of holy coniincs, and still roves a wretched his fifter's honour. Hi drew forth his lunatic at large. dagger in the first fury of his foul, and Thy rocks, o Valcula! oft reverbewould have rouled the houte, and ruthed rate to her long; oft it founds through infiantly, fired by vengeance, to her the neighbouring woods. The torruis chamber. But a gleam of hope return- from the mountains join the chorus of Jed to his inind when he ihought of I au- grief; and it iteals through the vale ara's worin, and, calling to recollection song the filent it reams. tie mock deportnient of herolite, he re- Olute! thus the fings, at the