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wo stood upon open ground, yet, as the place was narrow and confined, there was no remaining there without certain and great danger; we therefore resolved to quit the town. The people followed us in the utmost consternation, and pressed in great crowds about in our way. Being got to a convenient distance from the houses, we stood still in the midst of a most dangerous and dreadful scene. The chariots, which we had ordered to be drawn out, were so agitated backwards and forwards, though upon the most level ground, that we could not keep them steady even by supporting them by large stones.
7. "The sea seemed to roll back upon itself, and to be driven from its banks by the convulsive motions of the earth. It is certain, at least, that the shore was considerably enlarged, and several sea animals were left upon it. On the other side, a black and dreadful cloud, bursting with an igneous serpentine vapor, darted out a long train of fire, resembling flashes of lightning. Soon afterward the cloud seemed to descend and cover the whole ocean, as indeed it entirely hid the island of Capriae and the prom'ontory of Misenum. The ashes now began to fall upon us, though in no great quantity. I turned my head, and observed behind us a thick smoke, which came rolling after ua like a torrent.
8. "I proposed, while we had yet any light, to turn out of the high road, lest we should be pressed to death in the dark by the crowd that followed. We had scarce stepped out of the path, when darkness overspread us, not like that of a cloudy night, or when there is no moon, but of a room when it is shut up, and all lights are extinct. Nothing then was to be heard but the shrieks of women, the screams of children, and the cries of men—some calling for their children, others for their parents, others for their husbands, and distinguishing each other by their voices; one lamenting his own fate, another that of his family, some wishing to die, some lifting their hands to the gods; * but the greater part imagining that the last and eternal night was come, which was to destroy both the world and the gods together.
9. "At length a glimmering light appeared, which imagined to be rather the forerunner of an approaching burst of flames (as in truth it was), than the return of day: however, the fire fell at a distance from us. Then again we were immersed in thick darkness, and a heavy shower of ashes rained upon us, which we were obliged every now and then to shake off, otherwise we should have been crushed and buried in the
* In their ignorance of the one true God, most of the Romans of Pliny's day ware Polytheists. or believers in many goda.
heap. I might boast that, during all this scene of horror, not a
sigh or expression of fear escaped me, had not my support been founded on that miserable though strong consolation, that all mankind were involved in the same calamity, and that I imagined that I was perishing with the world itself.
10. "At last this dreadful darkness was dissipated (after a duration of three days), by degrees, like a cloud or smoke; the real day returned, and even the sun appeared, though very faintly, and as when an eclipse is coming on. Every object that presented itself to our eyes seemed changed, being covered over with white ashes, as with a deep snow. We returned to Mi-se'num, where we refreshed ourselves as well as we could, and passed an anxious night between hope and fear, for the earthquake still continued. However, my mother and I, notwithstanding the danger we had passed and that still threatened us, had no thought of leaving the place till we should receive some account of my uncle."
11. He had already perished on the beach at Stabise, ten miles from Vesuvius, the second day of the eruption—this was now the fourth. There appear to have been three days of total darkness, except occasionally relieved by the breaking out of flames or lava. It may be imagined what the scene must have been which presented itself in the neighborhood of Herculaneum and Pompeii, or at Naples, when that which Pliny describes occurred at Mi-se'-num, twenty miles, nearly, from the mountain, with Naples itself? and the high lands intervening between it and the volcano; and what multitudes must have perished, if at ten miles distance Pliny was suffocated by the poisonous gases.
12. I believe no account has come to us how great the destruction of life was on this occasion, nor even of what befell the Neapolitans. The only fact in this relation is the immediate relief which the Emperor Titus, with characteristic humanity, dispatched to the scene, as soon as the news of the disaster had reached Rome. We may readily conjecture, that all the inhabitants in the immediate neighborhood of the hill must have had sufficient warning by the earthquake, and the first bursting out of smoke from the crater, to enable them to escape. And that the most did escape, at least from Pompeii, is proved by the comparatively few skeletons that have been discovered there. Wm. Ware.
CXIX. — THE SWORD AND THE PKESS.
1. When Tamerlane" had finished building his pyramid" of seventy thousand human skulls, and was seen standing at the ga te of Damascus, glittering in his steel, with his battle-axe on hid shoulder, till his fierce hosts filed out to new victories and car nage, the pale looker-on might have fancied that Nature was iD her death-throes; for havoc and despair had taken possession of the earth, and the sun of manhood seemed setting in a sea of blood
2. Yet it might be on that very gala-day of Tamerlane that a little boy was playing nine-pins in the streets of Mentz,m whose history was more important than that of twenty Tamerlanes. The Khan," with his shaggy demons of the wilderness, "passed away like a whirlwind," to be forgotten forever; and that German artisan has wrought a benefit which is yet immeasurably expanding itself, and will continue to expand itself, through all countries and all times.
3. What are, the conquests and the expeditions of the whole corporation of captains,27 from Walter the Penniless to Napo , leon Bonaparte, compared with those movable types of Faust ? v Truly it is a mortifying thing for your conqueror to reflect how perishable is the metal with which he hammers with such violence; how the kind earth will soon shroud up his bloody footprints; and all that he achieved and skilfully piled together will be but like his own canvas city of a camp— this evening loud with life, to-morrow all struck and vanished, — "a few pits and heaps of straw."
4. For here, as always, it continues true, that the deepest force is the stillest; that, as in the fable, the mild shining of the sur shall silently accomplish what the fierce blustering of the tempest in vain essayed. Above all, it is ever to be kept in mind that not by material but by moral power are men and their actions to be governed. How noiseless is thought! No rolling of drums, no tramp of squadrons, no tumult of innumerable baggage-wagons, attend its movements.
5. In what obscure and sequestered places may the head be meditating which is one day to be crowned with more than imperial authority! for kings and emperors will be among its ministering servants; it will rule not over124 but in all heads; and with these solitary combinations of ideas, and with magic form'ulas," bend the world to its will. The time may come when Napoleon himself will be better known for his laws than his battles, and the victory of Waterloo prove less momentous than the opening of the first Mechanics' Institute. Thomas Carlyijb.
Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch enchanter's wand !— itself a nothing!
But taking sorcery from the master hand
To paralyze the Caesars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! Take away the sword —
States can be saved without it Lyttos.
CXX. — SELECT PASSAGES IN VEKSB
0 Thou great Arbiter of life and death!
The dust I tread on ;'31— high to bear my brow,
1 trust in Thee, and know in whom I trust:
All weightTM in this, — 0, let me live to Thee!
2. He Lives Long Who Lives Well. — Randolph.
Wouldst thou live long? The only means are thest,
'Bove Galen's diet, or Hippoc'rates':
Strive to live well; tread in the upright ways,
And rather count thy actions than thy days;
Then thou hast lived enough amongst us here;
For every day well spent I count a year.
Live well, and then, how soon soe'er thou die,
Thou art of age to claim eternity.
But he that outlives Nestor, and appears
To have passed the date of gray Methuselah's years,
If he his life to sloth and sin doth give, —
I say he only Was — he did not Live.
3. Retirement. — Goldsmith.
0, blest retirement,162 friend to life's decline!
Sinks to the grave with unperceived decay.
4. The Old Man By The Brook.—Wordsworth.
Down to the vale this water steers, how merrily it goes .
5. Freedom. — Bryant. v'
O Freedom! thou art not, as poets dream,
A fair youDg girl, with light and delicate limbs,
And wavy tresses gushing from the cap
With which the Roman master crowned his slave,
When he took off the gyves.50 A bearded man,
Armed to the teeth, art thou: one mailed hand
Grasps the broad shield, and one the sword; thy brow,
Glorious in beauty though it be, is scarred
With tokens of old wars; thy massive limbs
Are strong and struggling. Power at thee has launched
His bolts, and with his lightnings smitten thee;
They could not quench the life thou hast from heaven!
6. The Folly Of Procrastination.
To-morrow's action! can that hoary wisdom,
7. Practical Charity. — Crabbe.
An ardent spirit dwells with Christian love,—