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Adam and Eve driven by the angel from Paradise, are preceded by Death, who is playing on a violin, and rejoicing at this introduction to his dance. The artist from whom Hollar copied, not comprehending the instrument of music in the original cut, which is the ancient cymbol or hurdygurdy, has improperly converted it into a very awkward violin.
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MEMOIRS OF MR. KEAN.
(Resumed from page 283.) “ They marched with bold, yet reluctant hearts, to the place where they were to embark; and being all got safely on board, the signal was given for sailing, and they weighed Vol. I.]
anchor, on a fine summer's evening, with spirits rather me. lancholy than dejected. The East Indies was their final destination—the land of gold and jeweis; but had it been as rich again, the poor fellows would have been disappointed they would not have found the treasure sufficient to discharge all the promises they had left at home, and diffuse the quantity of benefits to which they had pledged themselves by actual engagement. How rapid did the motion of the vessels appear to them, while the sailors complained of slowness ! How sweet was the prospect of the hills to their eyes, which the pilot was so anxious to avoid ! The land receded gradually from their view—the white cliffs. of Britain, upon which distance was imperceptibly closing its misty doors, reflected, with a faint illumination, the beauties of a setting sun. The sea was calm and clear, and the heavens had thrown over it a coverlet of azure blue, through which a golden streak passed its retiring glory. The evening was fresh -the seaman's cry sounded from ship to ship-it was softened as it floated through the air, and charmed the admiring sense with the tranquility of business :-the murmur of the waters, as the "fleet majestically passed on-the solemn reverberation-the dripping spangles of the oar—the proud bosoms of the sails—the gaudy gambols of the high and insolent flag: all these communicated to the scene such a power of diversified enchantment, as suspended in every breast the sentiments that might interfere with admiration, the feelings that might dispute and cavil with delight. The night fell, and
B h eeded it not the morning dawned, and he heeded it as little; the sun's advancing beam presented him with a horizon in which Elizabeth was not included—it made the distance visible, to make it hopeless. Light is not sweet to all-the unfortunate, as well as the unjust, fly from it as an intruder; it will shew the prince his palace; but what can it shew to the beggar but his hovel !-what to the slave but his chains ?—what to the wretch but his miseries?
" The father of Elizabeth was much affected at the fact of B-r's exposure to an unfeeling world : he beheld the pride of the unhappy youth in this disdainful abandonment of friends, and home, and country, and beholding, he admired : he regretted that title did not call him great whom heaven had made so that heraldry did not set its mark of
. worth, in sanction and corroboration of what God had done without it, and honoured independent of it. He would have given worlds that B- was ennobled, but he would not have given worlds that himself was unprejudiced.
66 Elizabeth felt the blow with more resolution than might be expected. She was certainly seized with grief; but her character was exalted into an energy greater than it had yet disclosed, because the certainty of her loss was not until now ascertained. It is suspense that debilitates the mind; the hour of trial, not of sentence, nor even of execution, is the horror of the criminal: it is the feverish fluctuation between hope and fear that fires the man into frenzy, or sinks him in lax and idiot-like depression ; this crisis once passed, nature finds her way to an emotion more consistent with her character. But, independent of this general cause, there was also, in the peculiar education and habits of this young lady, a principle which eminently constituted, or rather which primarily created, this happy resignation. She was bred up in a reliance on religion. In this hour of need, religion did not forsake her; it opened its expansive views to her soul-it led her into the area of eternity, and taught her to despise the comparative littleness of time-it showed her other prospects and other hopes, and inspired her with other passions than those of a terrestrial origin. It could not banish love, but it could pu. rify and adapt its wishes it could not make an object of indifference, but it could dress him in the costume of an angel, and place him among the blessings of that other world which compensates the wants, and remedies the disadvantages of this. In the sweet hope of an union hereafter, she supported the calamity of a séparation here; she even affected to be gay, that her parents might not be sorrowful! A smile from her had always the effect of inspiring their hearts with joy; and they concluded naturally, though not justly, that it was from joy it came, because it was joy it brought along with it. Her mother was more violently affected. - “It undoubtedly appears something of a problem at first, to say, that her affliction was more violent whose love was less; but it is our own confusion that renders it problematic. The mistake is this ; --we are too apt to judge of every thing from exterior, and to associate the ideas of extravagance and affliction; but extremes are proverbially allied; he who is near to despair, is nearer to resignation than may be expected, and the weight of grief is thrown off, not so frequently because it is light and contemptible, as because it is heavy and intolerable.
“ But the land is gained the dangers of the ocean are surmounted- the sails are furled in the port, and Bwith his weary companions, are already upon the shore. In leaving his country, to find greater happiness abroad, Bwas adopting one of those schemes in which mankind are every day mistaken. He did not succeed in leaving his misfortunes behind him. Calamity he found to be a weed not merely of domestic growth, nor subject to the seasons, nor influenced by the degrees of latitude. In India, as in Europe, it sent forth its shoots into the soul with a vegetation unimpaired, and a rankness unmitigated by climate.
" The character in which he now appeared was, perhaps, the least of all others adapted to his education, or even his natural bent. The strictness of military discipline, the abjectness of military subordination, were ill suited to his taste who could see no superiority in the addition of an epaulet. He was always in the habit of attributing the right of command to those who could shew the claim of talent. To him, therefore, the science of superior officership was difficult, being founded upon a principle so opposite to his favourite postulate. “Let nothing but merit be respected,” he would say, but he had the misfortune to find that the world was always saying the contrary.
“ The officers in his regiment were remarkable for their strictness on the men'; they had formed an idea that ability was allied to ill-nature, and bravery somewhat a-kin to oppression. They entertained a stupid veneration for the military discipline, and attempted an imitation of it by a mischievous multiplication of orders, and a relentless prosecution of trifles. A fool, straining to come up to his own conception of greatness is then more a fool than ever. While he is content to follow nature, he is just what nature made him; but the moment he presumes to improve her, he becomes what he would make himself. The reader will readily perceive that this sentiment is not intended to discourage the emulation of virtuethe ambition to be good is always commendable, but the ambi. *ion to be great, in those who have not even a conception what greatness is, presents a spectacle too ludicrous not to be
laughed at. In compliance with the restlessness of such rickety superiors, B-- and his comrades were perpetually doing something hard and unpleasant. They exercised under the blaze of an Eastern meridian, or stood still beneath the inundation of an Indian sky; they did every thing in a situation the worst adapted to the doing of it, for never were officers more undaunted than theirs in exposing the lives and constitutions of those beneath them. Had there been any. thing dignified in the composition of those superiors, it is probable a person of B-—'s impetuosity would have been incapable of supporting the degradation to which he was sunk; but there was so much meanness in the little persecu. tions with which he was followed, that contempt came to his aid, and what was intended for his humiliation, administered
to his support. But though such persecutions were not cal'culated to produce any great effect upon his mind, the toil and hardships to which he was exposed preyed upon his health at last. His appetite deserted himhis spirits sunkhis body became emaciated and withered : restlessness and fever sat upon his heart, and sleep was burnt up within him. Notwithstanding this, he went through all his duties. The prospect of death was not very terrible to him for whom the world had no enjoyment, and he thought that he could not better testify his submission to the Divine will, than by expiring in the fulfilment of that lowly a vocation to which it had -humbled him. An occurrence happened which startled him
into a momentary vigour :- : - " Some tributary prince had so far displeased the British government in India, that they deemed it highly expedient to the ends of justice to put his subjects to the sword. Orders being issued to that effect. B-- was among the crowd which took the field, and often did his heart recoil from the anticipation of that day's horror. This event was the master-stroke of his evil genius. To be sent on such a mission against those for whom he felt pity, not hatred, had been cruel at any time; but to be sent against them when every angry passion was allayed, even towards his own personal enemies, was a refinement upon that cruelty. The conflict was commenced by the right wing, and he being stationed at the rear, had an opportunity of observing it. ' Upon one side was displayed the coolness of confidence, grown out of accustomed success; upon the other, the fury of desperate