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    The Mrsr ! whateVr the Muse inspires,
My soul the tuneful strain atlmircs....scoTT.
On hearing the lively carol of a red bird, in a Por
tico, adjoining the apartment in uhich the author
Time was, sweet bird, that dulcet lay
With rapture I would rise to greet;
And oft with heart as light and gay,
In mimicry those notes repeat:
"Whilst my heart's lord, in frolic mood,
Has oft a sportive kiss imprcss'd,
Thus playfully awhile subdued,
Awhile my giddy mirth rcpressM.
Hut ah ! those blissful hours are fled,
Fled alas -forever
That joyous laugh, that well known tread,
Again shall cheer me never!
Nor sportive kiss, nor fond caress,
Shall e'er again this form impress :
Nor more, in imitative glee,
Shall I, sweet bird, respond to thee.
ing years, live almost always in the scribed by Cumberland in his memoirs,
sun, or near the fire in a smoky hut, The following animated representation
without anv purification of the skin ; of the famous Tiranna, not only illus
and they are consequently coloured by trates the genius of this strange race,
these practices. Their habits in re- but it forcibly reminds one of that cel
spect to food, are more disgusting than ebrated ancient sorceress, Medea,
those of anv savages ; for they subsist "That extraordinary woman, whose
upon animals which have died of dis- origin is traced to the outcast race of
ease, and upon the refuse of ordinary Gipsies, was not less formedto strike
food. They dress in rags, being only beholders with the beauty and com-
partially covered ; yet they display the manding majesty of her person, than
love of finery in their very" tatters : but, to astonish all that heard her by the
notwithstanding these unfavorable cir- powers which nature and art had com-
cumstances, they generally live to a bined to give her. IVIy friend, Count
considerable age, are remarkably free Pietra Santa, who had honorable ac
from disease, and distinguished by cess to this great stage heroine, inti
muscular strength, svmmctrical pro- mated to her the very high expectation
portion, and animated countenances. I had formed of her performances, and
pursuit, takes a separate road. The
different colours, which suit different
complexions, are not more various than
the different pleasures appropriated to
particular minds. The various sects
who have pretended to give lessons to
instruct men in happiness, have de
scribed their own particular sensations,
without considering ours ; have only
loaded their disciples with constraint,
without adding to their real felicity. -
Every mind seems capable of enter
taining a certain quantity of happiness,
which no institutions can increase, no
circumstances alter, and entirely de
pendent on fortune. Let any man
compare his present fortune with the
past, and he will probably find himself,
I hough tne greater part of the Gipsies the eager desire I had to see her in , Up0n the whole, neither better nor
are wanderers, a few ot them are sta- one ot her capital characters; telling uvc
Thou hast thy beauties, sterner ones, I own,
Than those of thy precursors ; yet to thee
Belong the charms of solemn majesty,
And naked grandeur. Awful is the tone
Of thy tempestuous nights, when clouds are blown
By hurrying winds across the troubled sky ;
Pensive, when softer breezes faintly sigh
Through leafless boughs with Ivy overgrown.
Thou hast thy decorations, too, although
Thou art austere ; thy studded mantle, gay
"With icy brilliants, which as proudly glow
As erst Golconda's ; and thy pure array
Of regal ermine, when the drifted snow
Envelopes nature ; till her features seem
Like pale, but lovely ones, seen when wc
tionary. borne of the latter are inn- her at the same time, that 1 had been
keepers in Spain, mechanics and gold- a writer for the stage in my own coun
washers in Hungary, and domestic try. In consequence of this intima
slaves in Turkey : but the principal tion, she sent me word, that I should
portion of these outlaws have no other have notice from her, when she wished
habitations than tents and caves ; and me to come to the theatre ; till when,
in summer they live chiefly in the open she desired I would not present my
air. The picturesque effect of their self in my box-upon any night, though
encampments has not escaped that fine her name might be in the bill ; for it
observor, Cowper ; and he has given a was only when she liked her part, and
poetical sketch of their economy, so was in the humour to play well, that
true and particular, as almost to su- she wished me to be present.
persede the necessity of any other his- 41 In obedience to her message, I
waited several dars, and at last re
ceived the looked-for summons. I
had not been many minutes in the the
atre, before she sent a mandate to me
to go home ; for that she was in no
disposition that evening, and should
neither do justice to her own talents,
nor to my expectations. I instantly
obeyed this whimsical injunction,
knowing it to be so perfectly in char
acter with the capricious humour of
her tribe. When something more
than a week had passed, 1 was again
invited to the theatre, and permitted
to sit out the whole representation. I
I sec a column of slow rising smoke,
O'ertop the lofty wood that skirts the wild.
A vagabond and useless tribe there cat
Thi ir miserable meal. A kettle, slung"
Between two poles upon a stick transverse,
Receives the morsel flesh obscene of dog,
Or vermin, or, at best, of cock purloinM
From his accustomM perch. Hard faring race !
They pick their fuel out of every hedge ;
Which, kindled with dry leaves, just saves un
quench'd The spark of life. The sporting wind blows
Their fluttering rags, and shows a tawny skin,
The vellum of the pedigree they claim. skill have they in palmistry, and more
To conjure clean away the gold they touch,
Convening worthless drops into its place :
Tiiteiravy Extracts, &c.
Variety's the very spice of life,
That gives it all its flavor.
Te Gipsies.
rROM the ew-toiiic utehart ncrosiTonr.
Continued from our last."
By this it appears, that though the
philanthropic spirit of the nation is
hardly extended to them, these poor
outcasts have caught something from
that great impulse towards intelligence
and virtue, which is operating, more
or less powerfully and obviously, thro'
the whole world of moral beings ; and
which, it is surely the duty and the priv
ilege of the most favored among men,
to accelerate by all possible encourage
ments. That the miserable condition
of the Gipsies will be improved, is
rendered probable by the suggestions
of rational and philosophic Christians ;
who begin to discover, that our anxiety
to spread the gospel far and zvide is
someu-hat premature ; and that much
must be done at home, before it can be
expedient to attempt any thing abroad.
An evidence of this has lately appear
ed in an Knglish publication.
'The Committee of the Home Missionary So
ciety, feelii'g deeply for the condition of the
neglected Gipsy race, of whom eighteen thousand
are wandering through this country, earnestly
entreat the Christian world to come forward in
support of measures for the melioration of their
condition. This people have been w onderfully
preserved, a distinct people, for the space of
four hundred years; have been expelled from j
India about that space ot time, and scattered all
over Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is ascertained
by Oriental scholars, that they speak, not a cant
language, but the same as that spoken by the
Sutler caste of India, whom they resemble in
person, manners, and habits. The circumstance
of their speaking the same language amongst
all their tribes in every country, as well as that
of their aborigines in the East, may be most fa
vorable for the circulation of the scriptures, and
diffusion of oral instruction; and being so wide
ly scattered among all nations, whose languages
are spoken by their different tribes, they may
;Jso be the instruments of much good among
others, and well repay the privilege of sojourn
ing among them, by scattering among them that
wealth w liich surpasses the riches of dolconda
and Pent. It is proposed to form a Branch So
ciety to that for Home Missions 'which will both
leave the funds for village preaching untouched,
and afford an opportunity to those persons to
contribute, who may be favorable only to the
promotion of morality and education.' ( Chris
tian Herald, .Vo. 1T8.)
The character and habits of the peo
ple who stand in need of this instruc
tion, are too extraordinarv to be unin
terestinp; ; and their physical and in
tellectual powers, strangely perverted
as thev are, afford elements of eniov
mrnt and usefulnrss which ouc;ht not
to be neglected nor lost to sccietv.
The peculiar hue of their complex
ion, appears to be somewhat artificial
ly induced and cultivated. In infan
cv, they are smeared over with some
black ointment, and in their succeed-
Loud when they beg, dumb only when they steal, had not then enough of the language
Strange ! that a creature rational, and cast tQ unclerstan(l much more than the in
cidents and action of the play, which
Jiy which the world might profit, and himself was of the deepest cast of tragedy ;
Setfbvihh'diYom society, prefer for ;n the course of the plot, she lnur-
Such squalid sloth to honorable toil ! , r i i i i i-i.
Vet even these, though, feigning sickness, oft ucrcu ner miani cnnuren, ana exniou-
They swathe the forehead, dra the limping limb, ed them dead on the Stage, lying on
And vex their flesh with artificial sores, each side of her ; whilst she, sitting on
Can change their whine into a mirthful note, u i i u ri. i
When soft occasion offers ; and with dance, the. floo between them, (her attitude,
And music of the bladder and the bag, action, features, tones, defying all de-
IJegiiilc their woes, and make the woocLi resound, scription,) presented such a high-
"ucu ucaiui ami gaeiy 01 ueari cnjuy
The houseless rovers of the western world ;
And breathing wholesome air, and wandering
Need other nhvsic none, to heal the effects
Of loathsome diet, penury, and coid.'
wrought picture of hysteric phrenzy,
1 laughing' wild amidst severest no? as
placed her, in my judgment, at the ve
ry summit of her art : in fact, I have
no concention that the nowers of act-
t- a- . t r .1 . I
i ne oipsies travel ior tne most part ,ng can bc carr,cti higher ; and such
on foot ; but sometimes the aid of the was tle efrect upon the audience, that,
ass, or a decayed horse and cart, relieve whilst the spectators in the pit, having
them of the burthen of tools, furniture, caught a kind of svmpathctic nhrenzv
and children, which constitute their
from the scene, were rising up in a tu-
wealth. Their manufactures are small . multuous manner, the word was given
1 T 1 il II O
and rude works in wood or iron ; and
the dexterity they exhibit in them,
out by authority for letting fall the
curtain : and a catastrophe, nrobablv
makes up for the deficiency of the in- too stron for exhibition, was not al-
struments they use, and snows what lowed to be completed,
they might accomplish with suitable! " A few minutes had passed, when
facilities. Beds and chairs make no this wonderful creature, led in by Pie
part of their accommodations ; their tra Santa, entered my box. The arti
furnkure consists of an iron pot and ficial paleness of her cheeks ; her eyes,
pan, a jug, a spoon, ana a Knue, anu which she had dyed of a bright vermill-
sometimes, a dish. 1 he only super
fluity they ever have, is a silver cup,
which is procured often by great pri
vation, and seldom used when possess
ed, being for the most part buried un
der the hearth stone, or as effectually
hidden somewhere else. Under these
circumstances, begging, as well as steal
ing, is a means of subsistence. Their
excessive vivacity and impudence at
tract the attention of people ; and they
practice wild music, unseemly dancing,
and grotesque grimace, so as some
times to extort money, and sometimes
to withdraw observers from the vigi
lant care of their property, and thus
expose it to their depredations. That
some of them have very fascinating
powers capable of high cultivation and
producing great effect, is proved to a
certainty, in the singular instance de-
Mr. Cowper could not have considered the
history of the Gipsies could not have estimated
the influences of the laws and of public senti
ment, at once powerful and hostile in respect to
them, and believe that they were brutalized by
choice, and self -banished from society. In relation
to the character of the low Irish, Mr. Kdgeworth
has made the following remarks : "Impute a
peculiar, incurable mental disease to any people ;
show that it incapacitates them from speaking
and acting with common sense; expose their in
firmities continually to public ridicule ; and in
time, probably, this people, let their constitu
tional boldness be ever so great, mav be subju
gated to that sense of inferioritv, anil to that ac
quiescence in a state of dependence, which is the
necessary consequence of the conviction of im
becility." What is here said of mental imbecil
ity, is equally true of moral dcpraity. Unjust
accusation, prejudice, and suspicion, attaching
vice and meanness to the chs-actcr of any indi
vidual or community, has a veiy strong tendency
to engender and confirm the guilt it deprecates";
and at any rate, deprives the unhappy subjects
of reproach, of the incentives and means to en
courage and aid those virtues and abilities, by
tvhich the -voi td n::?' ' .rcft.
ion round the edges of the lids ; her
fine arms, bare to the shoulders ; the
wild magnificence of her attire, and
the profusion of her dishevelled locks,
glossy black as the plumage of the ra
ven gave her the appearance of some
thing so more than human such a
Sybil, such an imaginary being, so
awful, so impressive that my blood
chilled as she approached me, not to
ask, but to claim my applause ; de
manding of me, if I had ever seen any
actress, in my own or any other coun
try, that could be compared with her ?
I was determined,' she said, to exert
myself for you this night ; and if the
sensibility of the audience would Have
suffered me to conclude the scene, I
should have convinced you that I do
not boast of my own performances
without reason.' " (Memoirs of Rich
ard Cumberland, J
Grellman has described a Waywode
(chief among the Gipsies) of Cour
land, who was distinguished by ele
gance of manners and richness of at
tire, and who was received into the
most polite circles of the countrv.
And we are disposed to believe, from
some recorded traits of the Gipsy
character, that that wonderful creation
of the Poet, Meg Merrilies, was not
without a prototype among those tribes
which Fletcher of Saltoun has descri
bed as infesting Scotland in his time.
to he continued.
orse than formerly. Every wish,
therefore, which leads us to expect
happiness somewhere else but where
we are, every institution which teach
es us that we should be better, by be
ing possessed of something new, which
promises to lift us up a step higher
than we are, only lays a foundation for
uneasiness, because it contracts debts
which it cannot repay : it calls that a
good, which when wTe have found it,
will in fact add nothing to our happi
ness. A remembrance of what is past,
and an anticipation of what is to come,
seem to be the two faculties by which
man differs from most other animals.
Though brutes enjoy them in a limited
J degree, yet their whole life seems ta-
ken up in the present, regardless of the
past and the future. Man, on the con
trary, endeavors to derive his happi
ness, and experiences most of his mis
eries, from these two sources.
Some twenty years ago, a New Eng
land sea captain, having some business
at the Marshal's office in this town
which required him to sign his name,
was rather tedious in performing the
operation, which did not escape the
observation of the deputy marshal,
who was a little impatient at the delay,
and curious withal to see what sort of
a name it could be that required so
long a time to spread it upon paper.
Perhaps the captain had a long string
of titles to grace it, such as honorable
esquire Colonel of Militia Selectman
of the toivn of , &c. which he chose
to make an ostentatious parade of ; or
perhaps it was his whim to Subscribe
the place of his nativity and that of his
residence, together with his age, height,
and complexion. He was mistaken ;
for the captain had subscribed nothing
but simply his name, which, when he
had done, the deputy marshal, after
some trouble in decyphering, found to
read thus : Through-Much-Tribulation-We-Entcr-Into-
The-Kingdom-of Hea
ven Clapf). " Will you please to tell
me, Captain Clapp," said the Deputy,
with as demure a face as his violent in
clination to indulge in a hearty laugh
would allow him to put on, " What
might your mother have called you in
your infancy, to save herself the trou
ble of repeating a sermon whenever
she had occasion to name her darling :"
k? Why, sir, (replied Captain Clapp,
with laughable simplicity,) when I was
little they used to call me Tribby, for
shortness." Norfolk Herald.
It is impossible to form a philosoph
ic system of happiness, which is adap
ted to every condition in life, since ev
ery person, who travels in this great
A young lady, a native of Martin
ique, and a Creole, was on her voyage
to France, with design of being edu
cated there, when the merchant vessel
on board which she was a passenger,
was captured by an Algerine cruiser,
and taken into Algiers. The fair cap
tive was at first overwhelmed with af
fliction at the prospect of captivity be
fore her ; but as passion gave way to
meditation, it came to her recollection
that an old negress had predicted that
she would one day become one of the
greatest princesses in the world !
u Ah !" exclaimed she, for superstition
was in this instance but the hand-maid
of inclination, 41 it is doubtless so, I am
to be a princess. Well I must not
quarrel with fortune. Who knows
what may come out of this ?" So strong
did this prepossession grow upon the
young lady, that ere she reached the
Barbary shore, she was as much a fa
talist in point of resignation, as any
devotee of Islamism could possibly be.
The French consul at Algiers immedi
ately' offered to ransom his country-
i r i r re i"
men; but no : sne ieareu ui ouenumg
fortune, by resorting to so vulgar a way
of recovering her liberty. So to the
Seraglio of the Dey of Algiers the la
dy went ; and strange indeed to tell,
from his highness's seraglio, she was
sent as a present to the Grand Seignor,
who was so struck with her beauty and
manners, (for in both she was excel
ling,) that he elevated her to the dig
nity of his favorite Sultana ! Such was
the singular rise of the late Sultana
Valide, who died in 1818, and was the
mother of the present Grand Seignor.
Extract of a love letter, written in the vear 1679,
translated from the German.
u What is a kiss ? A kiss, as it were,
is a seal of expressing our sincere at
tachment, the pledge of our future
union ; a dumb, but at the same time
audible, language of a living heart ; a
present which at the same time that it
is given, is taken from us, the impres
sion of an ardent attachment' on an
ivory coral press: the striking of two
flints against one another a crimson
balsam for a love-wounded heart a
sweet bite of the lip an affectionate
pinching of the mouth a delicious
dish which is eaten with scarlet spoons ;
a sweetmeat which does not satisfy our
hunger a fruit which is planted and
gathered at the same time -the quick
est exchange of questions and answers
of two lovers : the fourth degree of
From the Democratic Press.
Is it known in the United States, that
oil of turpentine is a specific for milk or
purple fever, for dysentery, for diseases of
the bowels in general ? and that the phy
sician who discovered the merits of the
medicine is claiming compensation from
the British Parliament, and it is thought
will get 50,000 dollars, as it is considered
the next discovery after vaccination ; that
it is much more gentle in its operation,
when united with castor oil, than castor
oil is by itself that a few hours is suffi
cient for recovery, even in the worst ca
ses. The writer has seen more than one
thousand cases, some from the very point
of mortification, and never knew one to
fail. A dose for adults, one table spoon
ful oil of turpentine, one table spoonf-1
castor oil in general one dose is suffi
cient ; if not, repeat the dose.
Religion seems exactly fitted to the
wants of man. He is here, in a world
of sin and sorrow, surrounded by ten
thousand evils, from which he cannot
extricate himself. The wind blows,
the storm rages, the heavens gather
blackness, the elements vie with each
other for dominion, and feeble man
finds himself
Just like a feather
On the whirlwind's wing".
Pestilence and death are around him
he sees the grim monster approach
his limbs are unnerved he cannot
fly he is sinking in despair, when re
ligion appears, and by her light and
presence dispels his fears and reani
mates his frame. She has a power to
charm, and while she charms, she in
structs. Her votaries are happy, for
she constantly points them to a haven
of rest, in a world where
No scorching' rays by day,
No fatal damps of night,
Shall ever find their wa',
To weaken their delight
"Where God himself gives Zion resl,
And makes her habitation blest.
They who have known the sweets of
her society, pity those whose highest
ambition is " to shed lustre over a few
years -to live in remembrance a cen
tury or two, and then be forgotten."
Yet, even for this the scholar labours,
and the hero endures hardship this is
the summit of human ambition, and
the boundary of its most sanguine ex
pectation. Religion tells her children, and she
tells them truly, it is of little conse
quence to shine in the road of science
to pluck honors which fade like the
flowers of the field, while you gather
them to sparkle among the favorites of
fortune to wield the sceptre of Alex
ander, of Csesar, or of Bonaparte to
possess the riches of Cresus, or to
wear crowns set with, the diamonds of
Golconda. She provides for them no
bler, more enduring honours, more
abid-substance. She teaches them
heavenly wisdom, and provides for
them a crown of glory. She teaches
them what Socrates, what Plato, what
Cicero, what Confucius, what Seneca
could never teach. Though they have
been called religionists, and moralists,
vet I know them not as such. I mean
by religion, what the Bible teaches-
Their light falls as far short of this,
as does the light of midnight, that of
meridian day. Farmer's Cabinet
"Whatever you do, let it be done well. Nona
will ask how long it has been doing

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