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Some Account of the Death of Abel.'

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račrter of the author was sufficient to their respective colonies, to their great A raise expectation : It appears, howeimprovement in the knowledge of ra- ver, to be a work of merit in the trantional and practical christianity. And flation that is now offered to the public, to mention one instance more of his which, though not in verse, is yet in a great charity and care for the educa. kind of measured language, not untion of youth, he has given to Ca

suitable to the sentiments and imagery tberine hall in Cambridge, the place of

of poetry. his education, his valuable library of B Logive the story with all its incidents books; and, in his life.time, and at as che author has worked it up, would his death, donations for the founding be to preclude the pleasure of reading a librarian's place, and a scholarship, her performance ; some extracts, thereto the amount of several thousand fore, will be selected as a specimen of pounds.

the work and the translation, the senBelides these, and many other pub

timents and the language. lic instances of his charity and muni- The author begins where Milton has, ficence which might be mentioned, c ended. Milton describes the departure the private Aow of his bounty to ma- of our first parents from paradite; M. ny individuals was constant and regu- Gellner, their entrance into the world. lar; and upon all just occasions he The

country, they crossed, says he, was ever ready to stretch forth his seemed one wide and dreary desart, hand towards the needy and afflicted : and Adam surveyed the uncultivated of which no one can bear testimony

earth with anxiety and anguish; they better than myself, whom he often D kind of rude grotto,' and within the

came at last to a rock, in which was a employed as the distributor of it.

He was indeed a person of great can- grotto, a spring of water ; this place dour and humanity, had a tender feel. Adam fixed upon for his dwelling; but ing of distress, and was easily touched

a new species of labour was now bewith the misfortunes of others.. No come necessary, here, says Adam to man was ever more happy in domer.

( his wife, we will prepare our Indge tic life, and no one could Thew greater ing, but before we neep, I must re. gentleness, good nature, and affection cure the entrance to keep us from

E to all around him. To his servants being surprized by nocturnal enehe was a kind and tender master; he mies. What enemies, replied Eve, knew how to reward fidelity and dili.

with emotion : What enemies have gence ; especially in those who had

we to fear ? Hast thou not remarked, been long in his service. They were

• faid Adam,that the curse of our sin has careful over him, and he remembered,

• fallen on the whole creation ? the their care, by leaving a large sum a

• bands of friendthip between the animong them who had been nearest a. F'mals are broken, and the weak are bout him during his illness.

now become the prey of the strong ;

they are no longer under our comSome Account of the Death of Abel, a

mand, nor do the leopard, the lion, Poem in firee Books ; translated from the

' and the tyger any longer fawn upon German of M. Gessner, by Mrs.

us ; they look upon us with threatCollyer.

. ening aspects, and their roaring is the HE death of Abel, as related

; we will endea in incident so simple, that it is not easy ! that are most tractable, and provito conceive, how it could be made the • denice has given us reason, which subject of a poem, extended thro' five ' will teach us to fecure ourselves from books; nor do we readily suppose, that " the most iavage.' an event which being related without Eve, now alarmed with the sense of circumstances, we have always read danger, went out with a look of cau. without emotion, can be again told so as Ktion and timidity, to gather foine forcibly to remove all the passions on leaves to form their bed, and some which the pieasure of poetry depends. fruits for their repast ; and the, who It is therefore, probable, that the title before wandered through the Howery of this book has procured it few re? labyrynths of paradise with a consciders in a country where the author is ous security, that made her fuinetimes (Gent. Mag. Jan. 1762.)




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Some Account of the Death of Abel.: wish to be alone, now stopped and There is something very fanciful looked round her at every itep, keep- and poetical, in the manner of furnishing Adam continually in her eye, who ing a vehicle for the spirit of Abel, af. was securing the entrance of the grot, ter he was Nain. by a fence of brambles which he • The angel of Death called forth twined together.

A‘ the foul of Abel from the ensanWhile they were taking their repaft guin'd duft: It advanced with a in this grotto, they beheld the first • Imile of joy. The more pure and storm, and were seized with such ter- • spirítuous parts of the body flew off, ror, as is natural to beings under a • and mixing with the balsamic exhasentence of death, which they supposed "lations wafted by the zephyrs from every awful phænomenon was intend • the flowers which sprung up within ed to execute. This incident is rela- B the circuit irradiated by the angel, ted by Adam in the following words. • environed the foul, forming for it an • A dark cloud suddenly obscured

• æthereal body. the declining sun, it extended over The address of the angel to this hap

our heads with encreasing darkness, Py fpirit, and the fong of welcome and the black veil which covered the when it approaches the

gates of heaearth, seemed to presage the der ven, are also well imagined. truction of all nature ; a tempestu

Let us quit this earth, nothing "ous wind arose, it bellowed in the now can be dear to thee but the " mountains, it overthrew the trees of 'virtuous; regret not to leave them 6. the forest, fames darted from the -behind, for after a few more rifing • clouds, and loud bursts of thunder and setting Suns, they too will partake

augmented the horrors of this tre.. • of thy felicity. The foul of Abel mendous scene.'-Eve, who was “ rising in the air, began to lose fight ftruck with terror, cried out, that ' of the earth, and was foon surroundthe death with which they had been Ded by multitudes of angels, who threatened was now approaching, and ' having conducted it to the confines throwing herself into Adam's arms, of the cæleftial atmosphere, reclined clung, pale, trembling, & ipeechless to on a crimson cloud, and thus sung in his bolom. Adam endeavoured to sooth • chorus. her fears and depricate the impending

“ He rises ! the new inhabitant of destruction, by an address to their of- • heaven rises to his native land i ren. fended creator : ' And now, says he, der him homage ye brilliant conftel

the clouds poured forth their tor Elations which roll in the immensity

rents, livid flames no longer flashed of space; render homage with glad. e from the heavens, and the thunder

(nefs to the earth your companion : rolledịat a distance; I raised my head What glory to that opaque sphere * from the ground, saying, the Al- i to have nourished in its duit a being

mighty, my dear Eve, has passed us prepared for the joys of immortali

by; he hath not destroyed the earth, ty! glow, ye fields, with brighter • and we are yet permitted to live. • verdure ; reflect, ye hills, a purer "We arose and were comforted : the P • light. • heavens resumed their brightness, • Herises ! the new inhabitant of hea.

and the setting Sun spread a mild ra- ven rises to his native land. Legions of

diance through the sky, like the lu- angels, await his arrival at the cæles. " minous track which we used to be. ! tial portals ; with what rapture will " hold in Eden, when legions of angels they welcome their new companion to * were carried above us on the flying " the seat of bliss! they will crown • clouds. Silence reigned over the ' him with unfading roles. What will

moist fields, the herbage and flowers G be his transport, when he traversés • ftill glittering with the drops of hea- the flowery fields of heaven ! when,

ven, glowed with more than usual • under aromatic bowers of eternal • beauty. The departing Sun darted • verdure, he joins the angelic choir

upon us his last beams, while we ce- ' in their songs of praise ascribing "lebrated with reverential awe, and 'glory, honour, power, and dominion • thankful love, the wisdom, power, to the source of happiness, the fole • and love of our Creator.'

H principle of good.' Thus, passed the first day after their The author has, with great judgleaving paradise ; and, the reader may ment, imagined a variety of incidents, by thefe extracts, fort and imperfect which render the death of Abel, and

they are, form fome notion of the the situation of Cain, affecting in a author's turn of thought and power of “high degree.


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Speech to Parliament, at their Meeting after the Holydays. 27 While Abel is lying dead on the der the dead body of his son, with Eve ground, and Cain suffering all the tor- walking by his lide overwhelmed with ments of remorfe and defpair, Adam grief, and hiding her face with her and Eve, wholly ignorant of what has hair. happened, walk out to enjoy the fra- • The distress of this situation is en: grance and beauty of the morning, creased, by Mahala's crying out, till the hour of labour Mould call him where wert thou, O Cain, niy Iponte ; to the field, and her to their dwelling. A where wert thou when thy brother They admire the mild radiance of the dyed ? tho' expiring, be would have rising sun, the beauty of the prospect, blessed thee, and implored for thee and the song of the birds, and are • the divine confolations with his dy touched with joy at the portion of good . ing lips ; what a lweet relief would that is still left them; to participate " this remembrance have been to thy the pleasing sensations to which they forrows ! how would it have softened were now conscious, Adam proposes to B ! the griefs of thy future days!'--She feek Abel, where he usually led his learns, at length, that her husband flocks to pasture; but Eve expressed a Cain, whom she had been withing to defire to go first to the field of Cain ; receive his brother's dying benediction, I have in this basket, says the, brought was his murderer ; and the effect of a little present to my first born ; I have the discovery is thus forcibly defpicked out some of my best figs, and a cribed. " She was fruck mute with kew branches of my finest dried grapes, e terror; her immove ile eyes fed no they will be an agreeable refreihment * tears ; the cold sweat trickled down for him, when at mid-day he retires ! her pale face, and her trembling lips to the fade, faint and exhausted • were discoloured.' with labour. Adam confented, and As Adam was burying the body, two they encreased their pace, anticipating little boys, the fons of Cain came up, the pleasure they should receive from whose innocent fimplicity, produces this little testimony of their regard to


exclamations and enquiries, which till Cain, who they hoped would accept it heighten the distress. with kindnels, as a token that he The sentiments are in general, not Thared their affection with Abel: But only juft, but elevated ; and a strain of these foothing prospects were all blast- piety runs through the whole poem, ed in a moment, by Eve's suddenly dif- which would alone render it pleasing covering the dead body of Abel on the to a mind that has a quick and tender ground, disfigured by wounds, and sensibility to religious impressions. weltering in blood : At her exclamations, Adam, who was a little

behind His Majefy's moff gracious Speech to bath her, came up, and in the midst of the Houses of Parliament, Jan. 19, 1762. grief and horror that had seized them,

My Lords and Gentlemen, Cain rushed upon them, frantic with despair, and accused himself as the murderer of his brother ; he then ran cere disposition to put an end to again into the woods, and, Adam and the calamities of war, and to restore

F Eve, when they recovered the use of the publick tranquillity, on solid and speech, mixed with their tears the most lafting foundations, that no impartial passionate self-accusations as the mur. perfon either at home, or abroad, can derers of their child, having first in- suspect me of unneceflerily kindling a troduced fin and death into the world, new war in Europe. But, it is witin by their original disobedience.

concern, I acquaint you, that, fince Thirza, the wife of Abel, whom he your recess, I have found myfelf inhad left fleeping, but whole sleep had G dispensably' obliged to declare war abeen disturbed by frightful dreams, at gainft Spain. The causes are set forth length rose, and feeling her mind still in my public declaration on this occadejected, went out in search of Abelto fion; and therefore I fall not detain comfort her; on her way he is joined you with the repetition of them. My by Mahala, the wife of Cain, with own conduct, fince my accession to the whom the enters into conversation, on throne, as well as that of the late king, the different difpofitions of the two my royal grandfather, towards Spain,

brothers, but their discourse is at H has been so full of good-will, and length interrupted by a mournful friendthip; fo averse to the laying hold sound, which proceeded from behind of leveral just grounds of complaint, some trees, and the next moment "which might have been alledged; and they beheld their father bending un. to attentive to the advantages of the


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28 Story of Le Fever ; from Tristram Shandy. Catholic king, and his family; that it in God he will still mend, continued was matter of the greatest surprize to he,--we are all of us concerned for me, to find, that engagements had, in him. this conjuncture, been entered into be- Thou art a good-natured foul, I will tween that crown, and France ; and a answer for thee, cried my uncle Toby; treaty made, to unite all the branches A and thou shalt drink the poor gentleof the house of Bourbon, in the most man's health in a glass of sack thyambitious, and dangerous designs a- self,—and take a couple of botiles, gainst the commerce, and independen- with my service, and tell him he is cy, of the rest of Europe ; and particu. heartily welcome to them, and to a larly of my kingdoms.

dozen more, if they will do him good. Whatever colours may be endea- Though í am persuaded, said my voured to be put upon these injurious uncle Toby, as the landlord fhut the proceedings of the court of Madrid, I B door, he is a very compassionate felhave nothing to reproach myself with : low-Trim,-yet I cannot help enter. And, though I have left nothing un- taining a high opinion of his guest tried, that could have prevented this too; there must be something more rupture, I have thought it necessary than common in him, that in so short to prepare against every event. I a time should win so much upon the therefore rely on the divine blessing affections of his hoft :-And of his on the justice of my cause ; the zea. c whole family, added the corporal, for Jous, and powerful assistance of my they are all concerned for him.faithful subjects; and the concurrence Step after him, said my uncle Toby,-of my allies, who muft find themselves do Trim,--and ask if he knows his involved in the pernicious, and extenfive projects of my enemies.

I have quite forgot it, truly, said I leave these confiderations with you, the landlord, coming back into the full of the justeft confidence, that the parlour with the corporal,--but I can honour of my crown, and the interests


ark his son again :---Has he a lon of my kingdoms, are fafe in your with him then? said my uncle Toby.“ hands.

A boy, replied the landlord, of about

eleven or twelve years of age ;-but The Story of Le FEVER : From the Sixth the poor creature has tasted almost as l'olume of Tristram Shandy, lately little as his father; he does nothing published.

but mourn and lament for him night T was some time in the summer of and day :--He has not stirred from the taken by the allies, -which was about My uncle Toby laid down his knife even years before my father came and fork, and thrust his plate from into the country,—and about as ma- before him, as the landlord gave him ny, after the time, that my uncle Toby the account; and Trim, without being and Trim had privately decamped ordered, took away without saying from my father's house in town, in one word. order to lay some of the finest sieges to Trim! faid my uncle Toby, I have a some of the finest fortified places in F project in my head, as it is a bad night, Furope-when my uncle Toby was one of wrapping myself up warm in my evening getting his supper, with Trim roquelaure, and paying a visit to this titting behind him at a small fide- foor gentleman.-Your honour's roboard, that the landlord of a little quelaure, replied the corporai, has not inn in the village came into the pas. once been had on, since the night belour with an empty phial in his hand, fore your honour received your wound, to beg a glass or two of sack: 'Tis for a when we mounted guard in the tren· poor gentleman, I think, of the ches before the gate of St Nicholas ;army, said the landlord, who bas been and, besides, it is so cold and sainy a zaken il at my house four days ago, night, that what with the roquelaure, and has never held up his head fince, and what with the weather, ''twill be or had a defire to taste any thing, till enough to give your honour your just now, that he has a fancy for a death, and bring on your honour's glass of fack and a thin toast, I think, torment in your groin. I fear so; re

ays he, taking his hand from his fore- plied my uncle Toby, but I am not at kad, it would comfort me.

rest in my mind, Trim, since the acIf i could neither beg, borrow, count the landlord has given me. Jou would almost heal it for the

such a thing, anded the land- I will I had not known so much of pour

this afair,-added my uncle Taby, kentleman, he is to ill. I hope

I That year, in which Dendermeme was e bed side these two days!


Story of Le Fever ; from Tristram Shandy.

29 or that I had known more of it :- to my dinner, as I had to cry with him How thall we manage it? Leave it, for company :-What could be the an't please your honour, to me, quoth matter with me, an' pleate your hothe corporal ;-I'll take my hai and nour? Nothing in the world, Trim, tick and go to the house and recon- faid my uncle Toby, blowing his nole, poitre, and act accordingly; and I will -but that thou art a good-natuied bring your honour a full account in fellow. an hou.-Thou shalt go, Trim, said A When I gave him the toast, contimy uncle Toby, and here's a shilling nued the corporal, I thought it was for thee to drink with his servant. - proper to tell him I was Captain ShanI fall get it all out of him, said the dy's servant, and that your bonour, corporal, shutting the door.

(though' a stranger) was extremely li was not till my uncle Toby had concerned for his father ;-and that knocked the ashes out of his third if there was any thing in your houle, pipe, that corporal Trim returned from


or cellar-(And thou might'it have the inn, and gave him the following added my purse too, said my uncle account:

Toby)--he was heartily welcome to it: I despaired at first, said the corpo- -He made a very low bow, (which sal, of being able to bring back any was meant to your honour) but no anintelligence to your honour, about the swer,- for his heart was full-fo he lieutenant and his son ; for when I went up stairs with the toast ;-) waralked where his servant was, from rant you, 'my dear, said I, as I opened

с whom I made myself sure of knowing the kitchen-door, your father will be every thing which was proper to be well again.--Mr Yorick's curate was asked, I was answered, that he had {moaking a pipe by the kitchen-fire, no servant with him ;-that he had but said not a word good or bad ro come to the inn with hired horses, comfort the youth.--I thought it which, upon finding himself unable wrong, added the corporal.--I think to proceed, (to join, I suppose, the so too, said my uncle Toby. regiment) he had dismissed the morn- D When the lieutenant had taken his ing after he came.--If I get better, glass of lack and toaít, he felt himicit iny dear, said he, as he gave his purse a little revived, and sent down into the to his son to pay the man,--we can kitchen, it let me know, that in a yout hire horses from hence.-But alas ! . ten minutes he should be glad it I the poor gentleman will never get would step up stairs. I believe, luid from bence, said the landlady to me, the landlord, he is going to lay la 18 for I heard the death-watch all night E prayers,-for there was a bo k laid long; and when he dies, the youth, upon the chair by his bed vide, aid his Ton, will certainly die with him

j as I shut the door, I saw his son take for he is broken-hearted already. up a cushion.-

I was hearing this account, conti- I thought, said the curate, that you nued the corporal, when the youth gentlemen of the army, Mr Trimi, came into the kitchen, to order the never said your prayers at all

. I heard thin toast the landlord spoke of ;-but the poor gentleman fay his prayers I will do it for my father myself, said


last night, said the landlady, very de the youth.-Pray let me save you the voutly, and with my own ears, or I trouble, young gentleman, said I, ta- could not have believed it.-Are you king up a fork for the purpose, and fure of it ? replied the curate. -- -A offering him my chair to lit down up- foldier, an' please your reverence, said on by the fire, whilft I did it.-I be- I, prays as often (of his own accord) lieve, sir, said be, very modestly, I as a parson ;- and when he is fight's can please him best myself. I am sure, ing for his king, and for his own lite, said 1, his honour will not like the G and for his honour too, he has ihe toast the worse for being toasted by an most reason to pray to God, of any old soldier.-The youth took hold of one in the whole world.-'Twas weil my hand, and inttantly burst into tears. faid of tbee, Trim, said my uncle ?chy.

Poor youth! faid my uncle Toby»- -But when a soldier, fuid I, an' pleac he has been bred up from an infant your reverence, has been standing for in the army; and the name of a sol- twelve hours together in the trenches, dier, Trim, founded in his ears like h up to his knees in cold water,-oventhe name of a friend ;-I wish I had gaged, said I, for months together in him here.

long and dangerous marches ;-har-I never, in the longest march, ratled, perhaps, in his rear to day Said the corporal, had so great a mind harrasting others to-morrow ;-d.


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