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m present use were ordered to repose; my fifth but, in short, I should never have done, were I to enumerate every separate enormity of which I was guilty. My friend S.'s drawing-room has as good a right to exhibit54 a placard of “steel traps and spring guns” as any park I am acquainted with.
9. Even those " chartered libertines,” the children and dogs, were taught to be as demurel and hypocritical as the matronly tabby-cates herself, who sat with her two fore-feet together and her tail curled round her, as exactly as if she had been worked in an urn-rug, instead of being a living mouser. It was the utmost stretch of my friend's măr'itals authority to get his favorite spaniel admitted to the honor of the parlor ;EI and even this privilege is only granted in his master's presence. If Carlo happens to pop his unlucky brown nose into the room when S. is from home, he retreats directly, with as much consciousness in his ears and tail as if he had been convicted of larceny in the kitchen, and anticipated the application of the broomstick.
10. As to the children, I believe that they look forward to their evening visit to the drawing-rooms with much the same sort · of feeling. Not that Mrs. S. is an unkind mother, or, I should
rather say, not that she means to be so; but she has taken it into her head that, as young people have sometimes short memories, it is necessary to put them verbally in mind of their duties, “ from morn till dewy33 eve.”
11. So it is with her servants. If one of them leaves a broom or a duster out of its place for a second, she hears of it for a month afterwards. I wonder how they endure it! I have sometimes thought that, from long practice, they do not heed it, as a friend of mine who lives in a bustling street in the city tells me he does not hear the noise of the coaches and carts in front of his house, nor even of a brazierei who hammers away in his near neighborhood from morning till night.
12. The worst of it is, that while Mrs. S. never allows a mo. ment's peace to her husband, children or servants, she thinks her. self a jewel of a wife ; but such jewels are too costly for everyday wear. I am sure poor S. thinks so in his heart, and would be content to exchange half-a-dozen of his wife's tormenting good qualities, for the sake of being allowed a little commonplace repose.
13. I never shall forget the delight I felt on entering my own house, after enduring her thraldom for two months. I absolutely revelled in disorder. I tossed my hat one way, my gloves another ; pushed all the chairs into the middle of the room, and narrowly escaped cuffing my faithful Christopher, for offering to put it “ in order” again, -. "straightening," as they call it in
Cheshire. That awfulo spirit of order!” For my own part, 1 do so execrate the phrase, that if I were a member of the House of Commons, and the “ order "El of the day were called for, I should make it a “ rule" to walk out.
LIII. — THE FATHER'S RETURN FROM A FOREIGN LAND.
1. O JOYFUL hour when to our longing home
The long-expected wheels at length drew nigh!
And hope's impatience quickened every eye.
More glad return, moro happy hour, than this."
My boy stood, shouting there his father's name,
And there, a younger group,39 his sisters came;
3. Soon each and all came crowding round to share
The cordial greeting, the beloved31 sight;
And when those overflowings of delight
4., Bring forth the treasures now, - a proud display,
For rich as Eastern merchants we return!
The Friarski whose heads with sober motion turn;
5. The tumbler, Et loose of limb; the wrestlers twain;
And many a toy beside of quainter device,
Their pasture on the mountains höar with ice,
Earning in easy toil the food of frugal life.
Might have deemed worthy of his perfect skill ;
Their eager eyes, and fingers never still ;
;. The agëd friend serene, with quiet smile,
Who in their pleasure finds her own delight:
The aunt's,28 rejoicing in the joyful sight;
8. Scoff ye who will ! but let me, gracious Heaven,
Preserve this boyish heart till life's last day!
Shall still direct and cheer me on my way,
LIV. — THE CARRIER-PIGEON.** The bird, let loose in Eastern skies, when hastening fondly home Ne'er stoops to earth her wing, nor flies where idle warblers roam But high she shoots through air and light, above all low delay, Where nothing earthly bounds her flight, nor shadow dims her war
So grant me, God, from every care and stain of passion free,
LV. — ODE TO PEACE.
Once more in this sad heart;
We therefore need not part.
2. Where wilt thou dwell, if not with me,
And pleasure's fatal wiles ?
The banquet of thy smiles ?
8 The great, the gay, shall they partake
And wilt thou quit the stream
That murmurs through the dewy mead,
To be a guest with them?
4. For thee 1 panted, thee I prized,
Whate'er141 I loved before ;
Farewell ! we meet no more ?131
LVI. — SPIRIT THE MOTIVE POWER OF THE BODY.
1. A MACHINE is a combination of parts composed of material substances, solid 'or fluid, or both, as the case may be ; having certain definite forms and arrangements, and possessing certain capabilities of transmitting force or motion. Its objects are to move, press, sustain, combine, divide, or otherwise, those substances to which it is applied. But the machine itself, merely as such, cannot accomplish this.
2. It possesses not its own principle of motion ; it cannot urge its own lēvers, Ei or stretch its own cords, or turn its own wheels, or put its own fluids into circulation. The application of some efficient causc, extrinsic to and altogether distinct from the machine itself, is necessary to accomplish this. This extrinsic cause, whatever it be, from which the machine derives its motion and efficacy, is called the prime mover.
3. The point on which I desire now to fix your attention is, that this prime mover is altogether distinct from and independent of the machine ; that it possesses, or at least may possess, no property in common with it; and that its existence, or nonexistence, is not decided by the existence or non-existence of the machine.
4. The machine may be broken, destroyed, worn by age, or otherwise disabled, and yet the prime mover may still retain its original energy. Thus a steam-engine is moved by fire, a mill by wind or water; the steam-engine may deteriorate by age, and the mill be broken by accident, and yet the fire, and the wind, and the water, will still preserve their powers.
5. These observations, which correctly describe a machine, may with propriety be applied to the human body. This body is also a combination of parts, composed of material substances, solid and fluid, having certain definite forms and arrangements, possessing certain capabilities of motion and force, destined and admirably adapted to obey the dictation of its prime mover, the living principle, the immaterial spirit. EI
6. So long as it pleases the Great Engineer who constructed this body to permit its connection with that intellectual spirit, 60 long will it obey the impulses which it receives ; nor does the decay in this bodily machine infer any corresponding decay of the moving spirit, any more than the wear and tear of a steamengine proves the destruction of the principle of heat which gives it motion.
7. Neither are we to infer, because this bodily machine, in its obedience to the vital spirit, acts mechanically, and followe all the ordinary properties and laws of matter, that, therefore, the spirit which moves it partakes of the nature of matter, or is answerable to its laws, any more than we should infer that the lēvers, wheels, pumps, chains, cords, and valves, of a steamengine, are regulated by the laws which govern heat. On the contrary, I submit it to the candorEl of the most sceptical48 materialist, whether the whole tendency of anal'ogyer does not directly overthrow the hypoth’ēsis, El that the principle of life is organic. EI
8. We are assured in the Scriptureski that in the first instance “God formed man of the dust of the ground;" that is to say, He created that curious and beautiful machine, the organized human body; - but that body was still an inert structure, without the principle of motion, or spontanéity.El Amore noble work remained to be performed; the immaterial spirit, the divine essence, the prime mover of this machine, was to be applied ; and, accordingly, we learn that God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life ;” and then, and not till then, “man became a living soul.”
LVII. - THE LION AND THE SPANIEL.
1. In the afternoon our company went again to the Tower to see the great lion and the little dog, as well as to hear the recent story of their friendship. They found the place thronged, and all were obliged to pay treble prices on account of the unprěco edented novelty of the show; so that the keeper, in a short space, acquired a littlo fortune.
2. The great cage in the front was occupied by a beast, who, by way of preëminence, was called the king's lion ; and, while he traversed the limits of his straitened dominions, he was attended by a small and very beautiful black spaniel,36 who frisked and gambolled about him, and at times would pretend to snarl