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For me, while life's purple stream 's flowing, || In liberal arts thy youthful hands did grow,
No care shall e'er furrow my brow;

Quick moving at thy better sense's call;
The fickle blind goddess well knowing,

That better sense is gone their task is now To Worth, but not Wealth, will I bow; To twist the yarn, or grope the friendly wall. And merrily push round, &c.

O! fate severe! earth's lesson early taught, Since thinking creates but vexation,

That all is vain, sa ve Virtue, Love, and Truth; And partly leads only to strife,

We own it all that through life's days have Contentment, whatever my station,

wrought Be thou my companion thro' life :

But thou hast learnt it in thy morn of yonth. Then cheerful I'll pass round the glasses,

Pupil of Heav’n thou art; compute thy gain Thai quench ev'ry spark of keen woe;

When dullness loads thee, or regret assauls; And drink to true Friends and good Lasses,

All is not gone, for Faith and Hope remain, To them ev'ry pleasure we owe.

And gentle Charity which never fails.

Love Row shall glow where Envy might have VERSES,

. burn'd,

And every eye and every hand be thine; Writlen by a Gentleman, on seeing the last flower in the drawing-book of his Daughter, who sud

Each huinan form, each object undiscern'd,

From borrow'd organs thou may’st still divine, denly lost her sight by an injury received in the optic nerres.

But thy great Maker's own transcendent form,

His love ineffable, his ways of old, HERE, hapless maid, here end thy playful pains;

His perfect wisdom, and his presence bright, Nature hath shut her book-thy task is done. Of all her varying charms, what now remains ?

“ Thine eyes, and not another's shall behold." To smell the violet, and to feel the sun.

; , L. B.

PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS FOR APRIL.

FRENCH THEATRE.

URSULE ROUVIGNY, a neighbour, twenty

three years old. MAIDS TO BE MARRIED.

LOUISE JAQUEMIN, eighteen ditto. As every thing which relates to the theatri THERE»E, her sister, sixteen ditto. cal art cannot fail to entertain a British reader,

Act I. we have thought proper lo present to the public a translation of a new play, which was re Therese. Great news my friends, I have an ceived with great applause on one of the Paris

Il important secret to reveal. stages. It is composed by L, B. Picard who has All. What is it? tell us quick. already distinguished himself by the pieces which Therese. A bachelor is to day expected here. his muse has produced, as well as by his talents in All. A bachelor! acting, which, in the comic line, without cver Therese. A young handsome man from Paris, descending to low buffooncry, have left him few with five hundred a year and an only son ! rivals. The title of the play is, Maids to be Agathe. Indeed!, Married; and the scene in the house of Mr. Louise. But how could you leun Jaquemin.

Therese, You know my curio.ity, my father is

not very prudent, as he owns ii, arger or joy DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

make him betray himself. Just now he received JAQUEMIN, an opulent country gentleman,

a letter, which filed hiin with pleasure, a few father to Louise and Therese, words escaped from his lips, which made me wish and the guardian of Agathe to know more; by degrees ny cunning inade and Pauline.

him speak more than he meant, and I guessed SAINVILLE, his guest..

the rest. He has ordered the apartnient in the CORSIGNAC, Sainville's friend.

little pavillion to be got ready, and to-day the LEDOUX, an elderly gentleman to whom ll young man comes, Agathe is promised.

| Ursule. He is going to be your father's guest, AGATHE DE PERMONT, twenty.six years old. ll 1 perceive, PAULINE, her sister, twenty one ditto. V Therese. To be sure he is.

Ursule. Tis plain he comes on your account. | me, I am so good natured, so, little addicted t

Louise. Why not on that of his wards ? Since i slander, and such a foe to noise and perfidiousnes Agathe and Pauline had the wisfortune of losing I that certain young ladies took advantage of it their parents, my father, who was appointed their to lay their own scandalous observations upon my guardian, has acted by them with the same affec account, No, no, my friends, when a person i tion as by his children. Is it not true Agathe ? fortunate enough to have studied literature and L He has accustomed us to love you as a sister; philosophy--be happy, my dear companions, has he not Pauline?

get good husbands, and I will share your felicity, Pauline. Yes ; our guardian is the best man in Ilive for friendship alone. existence. It is not his fault if my sister has been Agathe. Excellent girl! a inaid these five-and-twenty years. How many Pauline. She is a model of sensibility. excellent matches has he not proposed to her, Therese (aside). Treacherous farierer! which she has all refused to finish, by listening Ursule. And thus my little Therese to Mr. Ledoux, quite an old man!

Therese. Litile! do not treat me as a child, I Agathe. Five-and-lwenty did you say, Pauline, beg, at the age of seventeen! I am scarcely twenty-four; but take care you do! Louise. Seventeen, my sister, you are not yet not follow my example: I was 100 proud, you, sixteen. are too romantic; I wanted a faultless being, and Agathe, It is strange how young people wish on you are waiting for a stroke of sympathy. But to make themselves appear older. as to my marriage with Ledoux, it is not yet Louise. But we have lost sight of the main over.

llobject. You say then, Therese, that my father + Therese. I understand you; this new comer | expects to day a young visitor. changes your projects, and as for our handsome Agathe. From Paris ? neighbour, she is sorry that we should have such Pauline. Handsome? a guest, as there is no doubt that he is intended Ursule. Rich, and an only son ?

vas for one of us.

Therese. It is a pleasure to give you any inforUrsule. I sorry! no iny friends be just; our re.mation, you do not forget it; but hark! my lations esteem each other, and live together as father comes, try to make hiin speak in your tura. I good neighbours ought to do; we are all born in

Enter JAQUEM IN. the same place, I have been educated in a board. ing school in town, Agathe and Pauline by their Jaquemin. Good morning to you all; has The mother, till her death; when they became your rese imparted the news to you? The son of an companions, and lived beneath your roof; dur old friend of mine, Mr. Sainville, is on the way ing three years I have never ceased to visit you, to my house. and it is hard you should now doubt of the sin. Ursule. Sainville ! his father was also acquaintcerity of my friendship.

led with my parents. Therese. Yes, yes, it can never hurt a maid toll Jaquemin. He was; I saw a good deal of the frequent a house which contains four young l young man when I was at Paris last. ladies, for it is always filled with suitors.

Therese. He comes to get a wise? Louise. You are too severe, Therese.

Jaquemin. What is it you say? your fancy has Therese. And you 100 good, Louise, you do i already taken its flight. not dive into the secret intentions of other people. Therese. Be not angry, dear father, you are se I do not mean, however, to call it a crime in her | fiery, but then you are so easily appeased. to think of matrimony; it is very natural, for all! Jaquemin. To get a wife! he comes to buy an our conversations dwell upon it; the word matri- l estate in this province. mony itself is so charming, that it is impossible to Therese. Ah! you wish to keep your secret; hear it pronounced without emotion.

but I am sure you told him you had four young Ursule. True; but I never would think of it ll girls in your house. at the expence of my friends. It is I who have Jaguemin. Well, what then? engaged Agathe not to reject the addresses of Therese. He wants to make a choice. Mr. Ledoux, though he be far from deserving Jaquemin. He has not thought about it-- there her. Like Pauline, I ain fond of reading, and if I is no such thing in contemplation-l approve of I prefer serious works to her novels, still I have matrimony ; Sainville is a very good fellow, and as great a wish of inspiring also a strong passion | far from throwing any obstacle in the way I in the bosom of a man. My mother who looks should be delighted with but as to making a upon me as a little girl, will not permit me to choice-At last, my dear Agathe, your marmeddle with the affairs of the house, like you iny riage is nearly settled with Mr. Ledoux, a respecdear Louise, and yet I should like very much to l table notary; he is a man of fifty, but blessed command and rule in my cum; but lord bless with a robust state of health ; his fortune is not

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