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From an English Paper. THE ANTEDILUVIAN. "I've seen sae mony cfcaugeiu' years On earth I am a strangci 1 grown." —Burns. N >e hundred years* upon the darth, My weary eyes have seen^ Nine hundred years! alas my birtht Would it had never been! The days of youth long, long past by, All dimly now appea:; And faintly traced by memory, Are scenes that once were dear. A father's form, a mother's grace, Ofthese no track remains; Nor of that loved and lovely face. That soothed my woes and pains. In manhood's prime 1 stood among Friends, broihers, sisters dear; An.l joined the dance, o sung the song, With Minstrel or with Seer. I heard the Minstrel lift his voice, Ifi song of other days; Anj strangely did my heart rejoice, To hear Oie Prophet's lays. The Minstrel's lyre for aye hath slept, The Prophet too —he died; Alas! -alas! 1 could have wept, But age my tear had dried. I saw the victor ride in iilood. O'er iields ol mighty siain; Cities o'erturneu by ioe or Hood, Re-peopled—built again. The Comets ran their m'ghty race, Belore me o'er and o'er; They seemed as doth the well known face, We oft have seen before. 1 saw the forest's strength and pride, Covering both hilt and plain; They grew—they —nourish'^—witlier'd — uieU, I sa\t them come again. I saw the oak that young and green, Grew up beneath my eye; Whose hie live hundred years had been, 1 saw it fade and die. \et lived I on—l could not die, My lonely being end; Nur in the lowly gave could lie, JNor hud on earth a friend. Friends of my youth, your shades in vain, O oil inrok'ti—ah no! Ye came not back to earth again, To sutier mortals* woe. Ages roll'd ky, and Time's black tide, Swept ali away but me; I siooci as stands the rock beside 'ihe wild and wasteful sea. The chain of being bound me fast., i'o earth and earthly thing ; I tell how vain was all the j,ast, And wish'd that I had-wings— Wings like a Dove, that I might flee Away ano be at rest; To realms of bright Eternity, The refuge of the blest. * Genesis chap. 5, v. 27. Bristol, Nam. 18, 1828. The following, from the London Athenaeum, is one of the most beauti lul things ol its kind we recollect ever to have read. The periodical from which it is taken has been recently established in London, and promises to be one of the first magazines of the day. We have observed several ad mirably written articles in it, of a kind suited to the taste of the litera ry reader, and shall from time to time avail ourselves of its treasures to make onr readers better acquainted/ with its merits. Washington Chronicle. THE SHELL. AN HISTORICAL APOLOGUE. "The world was made for Man," said he. "1 will tell you an apologue," an swered the teacher: 1. In a beautiful bay of the cele brated island Atalantis, a lar~e Shell of the most delicate white, and the most reunited form, the relic from some previous world, lay on the smooth and elastic sand. It was left for a long peiiod undisturbed and unaltered; sometimes kissed by the extreme bybbles of the billows, and often trem bling so melodiously in the wind as t o have furnished to the early gods be lirst hint of a musical instrument, a nd to have been the prototype of the s ounding conches' which accompained with their deep notes the feasts on Olympus, and the Indian triumphs of Uiicchus. 2. The moist dust gradually ac comulated within it, and the germ otfl sea-weed fell upon the soil, and grew until a fair and flourishing plant, with long dark leaves, over jii: ig the white edge of the thin and jpoonlike vase. For many months the ocean lierb retained its quiet exist ence, imbibed tlie uigut-dew 01 iUe heavens; rejoiced in the fresh bieezea 11 on) the sea, anil lived in tranquil safety through every change of suow er and sunsliine. At length a stoi ni aiose which rolled tiie waters upon the shore. The Shell was over whelmed, the plant vvushen out 01 ii> and the light vessel swept into a cleit ol the rocks. 3. Alter some days of calm and warmth, a bird dropped into it ast-cd, which sprouted, and became an 01 ■ auge-tree. lis leaves were so thick and green, that they would have sup plied a graceful chaplet to a w ood nymph, and she might have delighted to place in her bosom the peaily auu fragrant blossoms vvhrch hung amid the tuft of verdure. The seasons with their varieties, and the stany influences of gentle nights, nurtureu the shrub, and the pure flowers were changed into gorgeous fruns, vyhich gleamed through the foliage lij-.e the glimpses of a gilded statue 111 some deserted temple through the lobes and coronals of creepers which have overgrown it. The orange-tree had gladdened many spring-times with its sweetness and its splendor, when it faded and died; and the buus ot the. air piped a lamentation over the shrub, amid the living beauiy ol which they had so often nested. 4. In citer years, when nothing re mained of the orange but a sligiu and dreamy odour around the bm.ii, and the last light grams ol the dust n here in it grew had been borne away by the eddying breezes, a bulterliy, us red and glittering us the plu.net mars, came on its crimson wings to the uiin and spiral cell, ll llultereu rounu the ivory entrance, poised iiseli upon it for a moment, and waved lis suheu sails. Then, alter darting and en ding, like a winged mute oi the sun beam, through the deep woods anu over the sea, it returned to perish. While it sank into us quiet and beau tiful retreat; it yet seemeu loth to leave a world which to it had been a fairy domain; but tne'neeessity oi its nature was upon it, and it closed the gay leaflets which had sustained its flight, and resinged itself to death. 5. It was followed by a troop of bees, which took' possession ol the Shell, and, after their daily excur sions over meadow and bloomy bank, returned to its smooin and undulated chambers with the materials of their combs, and with large store of bright and luxurious honey. The tiny echoes of theii «bode resounded with the constant hum of labor and happiness, and it was soon as brimming as a wine-cup at a nuptial-feast, with the rich and perfumed treasures of the in sects, arranged and sealed in the ex act coinpat iments which tilled the in terior of their silvery palace. But a bird attacked and destroyed their commonwealth, and again the Shell was left empty. 6. A humming bird, all emerald, ruby, and sapphire, then discovered the'lonely nook, and folded there its jewelled wings. It soon found a mate, and together they lived a fioweiy liie. He who had seen either of them wandering at sunset through the glen, would have believed that the brilliant core of the western sky was fluttering away along the earth; or the little animal mi s ht have been thought the choicest signet of a prince, transfoi Hi ed of a sudden into a living thing, and endued with the power of flight. When they wheeled together towards their home at twilight, no pair of fire-flies, no twin-lights of the firmament could be brighter than were their diamond crests. The sweet essences of a thousand buds and flowers supplied their nourishment; and, while they sucked the delicious juices of ripe Iruits, their wings were tinctured by the lighest bloom of the plum and the grape. But the rain dropped thick and last into the Shell, and the gen tle birds, which seemed made to whisper love-messages in the rose buil ear of a lady, and to hide them selves in sport among her ringlets, departed from their nest, and sought in sparry grotto, or in southern bow er, a more secure habitation for their lovely but frail existence. Methuselah. Job chap. 3, v. 3. 7. Lastly, at sunrise, seemed flit ting from the morning star an eltin spirit, which danced into the Shell, and assumed it as its home. It thrill ed with life and pulsation; and, while a spring gushed of out the rock, and bore it along towards the sea,* he spread his thin wings to the breeze, and sailed in his lily-colored argosy away over the blue and sunny deep. The white Shell; and its new me feign, moved forward with the graceful bwiuiiuss ol u siiuvvy swan, Liiun s ove» nit! light ripples 01 liie water, anil wlien night came with its coiistclia- Uous, seemed to Le ltseif a tiembling star on the verge ot ihe horizon, That spiiit, too, shall inhabit Hie Shell but for a lime, and shall then depart, that he may develop, in some oilier more tilling position, the whole capacities ol liis nature. The Shell will sink in to the vvavc-s, and be joined lo the treasures of the ocean caverns, in them, also, to aid the existence ol other beings, and to fulfil anew cycle of its ministry. That Shell is the World: that Spirit, Man. Vel not for man alone was it created, but lor ail the living things in the successive stages of ex istence, which can hnd in it a means of happiness, and an instrument ol ihe laws which govern their being. From the London "Anniversary" for 1829, WliO IS A BnAU 'l IF.LL WOivfAJV Female beauty, in the limned sense of the word, is that outvva»d ioim and proportion which corresponds with the-theories of poets and the rules oi artists—ol' which every nation has examples and oi which every wom«iii has a share. But beauty, by a natural definition of the word, is that indescribable charm, that union ot many qualities ol person and mind ami heart, which insures to man the great est portion ol happiness. Vv lierever there is most bosom tranquility, most domestic happiness, there beauty reigns in all its sutngUi. Look at that mud hovel on one oi me wild hills of Ireland; smoke is slreaui mg from door and window; a woman to six healthy children anu a husband, is portioning out a and scanty meal. She is a gcou uioiii er and an affectionate wile; anu tnougli tinged with suiokc anu lulu heel by care, she is waimij neioveil: she is lovely in her husband s eyes, aim is therefore beautiiul.—uo into yon Scottish cottage, there is a clean liour, a bright lire, merry chiiuren, a thin ly wile, and a husband who is nuisnig the youngest child, and making a whistle for the eldest. Ino woman is lovely and beautiiul, and an image of thrill and good housewifery, be yond any painter's creation; her hus band believes her beautiful 100, and whilst making the iitue instrument oi melody to please his child, he IhintvS oi the rivals from whom lie won tier, and how fair she is compared to ail her early companions. U. here is'-a house at hand, hemmeu lound vvilh Iruit trees and tiouers, while the blossoming tassels of honeysuckle per lume us as we pass in at the door. Enter and behold that English woman, out oi keeping with all the rules ol academic beauty, full and ample m her person, her cheeks glowing with vulgar heaith, her eyes shining with quiet happiness, her children swarm ing like summer bees, her house shnlt ing like a uew clock, and her move ments as regular as one of Murray's chronometers.—There sits her hus band, a sleek, contenteu man, well ted, clean lodged, and softly handled, who glories in rfthe good looks and sagacity ol his wife, and eyes her af fectionately as he holds the shining tankard to his lips,anil swallows slow iy & with protracted delight, tiie healthy beverage which she has brewed. .Now , that is a beautiful woman; and why is she beautiful/ She is beautiiul, be cause the gentleness of her nature and the kindness of her heart throw a household halo around her person, a dorning her as a honeysuckle adoins an ordinary tree, and impressing her mental image on our minds.—Such is beauty in my sight—a creation more honorable to nature and more beneficial to man, and in itself infinite ly more lovely, even to look upon, than those shapes made according to the line and level of art, which pjease inexperienced eyes, delude dreamers, fascinate old bachelors, catch the eye and vex the heart. NATURAL HISTORY. The JYest of an Ostrich, found in South Jlfrica by J\lr Broudbent, a mis ionary. The eggs were forty-two in number, including the two which hail been tak en away before, and were arranged with great apparent exactness.— Sixteen were close together in the middle of the nest; and on these the ostrich was sitting wherv we arrived; they were as many as she could cov er. The remaining twenty six were placed very uniformly in a circle a bout three ar four feet from those in the middle.. The eggs which were in the circle we Kuiiu to be quite f resb, at which 1 exjJlessed my sup use. The Hottentots inlormed me that these had been provided by the ostrich against the hatching ut those in the midule; when sht> would break them, one after another and give them to her young ones lor food; and that by the time ihey were all disposed ol lu this manner, the young ostriches would be able to go abroad with their mother, and provide for themselves such things as the desert afforded. 1 have seen large Mocks of these crea tures in South Africa. The fact which 1 have just slated", relative to (he preservation of a quantity of eggs for the subsistence of the young ones immediately alter they are hatched, affords as fine an instance of animal instinct, and as striking an illustration of a superintending Providence, as perhaps the whole circle of natural history affords. DEATH Death is at all times a dispensation of Heaven requiring all the philosophy af human understanding, and ali the firmness of Christian fortitude to enable us to meet its approach with confidence and hope. Even the pale and emaciated form of the wretched and sorrow stricken, hovers in inquie tude of soul upon the confines of im mortality, anticipating that the thread ol life may be yet a little lengthened, and that the flickering, taper of exis tence will burn a little longer, even should it be but feebly, in its socket. It is a hard thing to die—diiikult it is for the young and ardent spirit to forego the sunshine of hope, the day dreams of enthusiasm—and the .0..u chords that have twined themselves among the affections—to siuk regret ted, but soon forgotten, into the pre mature give. However shadowy m.,y be the path of life—hcwevei numerous the thorns that have started from the way side of being, if there are those among mankind whom we londly love—if there is one gentle spirit among the worldlings who sur round us, faithful with an intensity ot affection, amid the changes of fortune and the shadows of fate, it is hard, a very hard task to school the thoughts to death. Confused and undecided may be our speculations of futurity— scepticisms have fallen upon our con ceptions of another world, and all its daiK and impenetrable mysteries; but wneii tlie last hour approaches—when the gasping breath and the fading vi sion proclaim that life is fleetly ebbing, ail the tal!acie» of former years tfre iost in the weight of the present crisis, ana ili<a dying soul eager!) pants for some substantial hope or powerful illusion to point its aspiiin a s up to tied. Parental Lies.—We believe that the sunlit regard in which strict truth is ticlu among muui.inu, is principally o\wng to the lies wlncti aie ioia to cniiuie'i by their parents during the lew lust years 01 their lues. Then is the time that permanent impressions inay be as well made as at ai:y iaier jjeuod. it is then, probably, that vviiat is called the natural propensity o! the chiid, is unfolded. Many persons who hitvejt great abbot rence 6f lying, and whip tneir children, if they detect them in ii, yet make uoscruple ol tell ing and acting to them the most atro cious falsehoods. There are lew pa rents who do not do this in a gieater or less degree, though doubtless with out di earning they are guilty of crim inal deception. With many, the whole business of managing their chil dren, is a species of mere artifice and trick. They are cheated in their amusement, cheated in their lood, cheated in their dress. Lies are told thein to do any thing that is disagree able. If a child is to take physic, the mother t«lls him she has something good for him to drink; if reluctant, she says she will send fur the Doctor to cut off. his ears, or pull liu teeth, or that she will go away and leave him, and a thousand things of the same kind, each of which may deceive once, and answer the present purpose, but it will invariably fail afterwards. Pa rents are too apt to endeavor to paci fy their children, by making promises they never intend to perform. If they wish, for instance, to take away some eatable which they fear w ill be inju rious, they reconcile them by the promise of a ride, or a walk, or some thig else which will please them, but without any intention of gratifying them. This is lying, downright lying. People think nothing of breaking their to children, if the perform ance be not Put ihty aie the W.s<. , tihu>& <t w M promises should be Litkt n, bt.> <to they cannot comprehend the reason if there be one, why they aie not ..< |l. Such promises should be scrupulously redeemed, though at a gieat iiicomen venience, and even when inadvertent ly made. For the chid's moral liabit is of infinitely more consequence than any such inconvenience can be 10 the parent. —Lit. Gaz. WEST INDIES. The West-Indies islands, in 1827, contained by estimate 105,000 square miles; a v\ hite population of only 450$ 000, and a coloured population of 1 y COO,OOO. Of the 33 islands, 15 be long to Britain, 2 to Spain, 3 to Den mark, \ to the Netherlands, 5 to France, 1 to Sweden, 1 to Colombia; 1 is partly independent & parHy Spanish; 1 is partly independent & partly Brit ish. The islands belonging to England contain 14,595 squaie miles, and a population of 663.867. The islands belonging to S;iain contain £8,141> square miles, 532,000 population- The 3 isla*ds belonging to Denmark have 180 square miles, population 38,867. The French islands contain. 1385 square miles, population 240, 877. The islands belonging tolhe Neth erlands have 722 square miles, popula tion 36, 210.—Phil. Chrun. Mode of growing Early Potatoes in the North oj Lancashire.— Put the potatoes in a'rooui. or other conven ient warm place; about the 2d of February, cover them with a woollen cloth for about tour weeks, then take it off', and by so doing you w ill make the sprouts much stronger. Towards the killer end cf March, set them, covering the sprouts about two inches deep. If the sprouts be about two inches long when set, the potatoes will be ready in 7or 8 weeks after wards. A gentleman who had a green house, adopted the following plan: He placed Ihe potatoes in ihe green house in turt mould or peat earth, in the beginning of February, and kept ihem well moistened with water; he planted them in the open air about ihe end oi March, on a warm border, leaving about half an inch of the sprouts above the ground, and pro tected them during nights by t over ings ol mats. By this plan he was a bie to have new potatoes about the beginning of May. It is considered a very material thing to get the potatoes well sprouted before they are planted. <7V'. E. Farmer. Inconveniences of Corpulency.—Mr. B. ol'B.'.ih, a remarkably large, cor pulent, and powerful mail, wanting io go by the mail, tried for a place be loi eit started. Being told it was full, he stiil determined to get admission, and opening the door got in. When the passengers came, the ostler re ported that there was a gentleman in the coach: be was iequested to come out, but having drawn up the blind he remained rjuiet. Having, however, ■held a consultation on the means of making him alight, and a proposal be ing m..de to "pull him out, 1 he let down the blind, and laying his enor mous hand 011 the edge pf the door, he asked who dared to pull him out, drew on the blind again, and waiting some time, fell asleep. About one in the morning, he awoke, and calling out to know whereabouts he was on his journey, be perceived what was the fact, that, to end the altercation with him, horses had been put to an other coach, and that he had spent the night at the inn door at Bath, where he had taken possession of the carriage. KITCHEN ECONOMY. A friend has mentioned.to us an im provement in kitchen economy which we think deserving of notice. It may be called an iron back log. and is < ast hollow, to contain, jvater. A small leaden leader is attached to this iron, cylinder, which is placed at the bot tom of the wo#d fire, and connected with a cask or t'ab of water near tbe fire place, or in any convenient part of the room. The family may thus have a constant supply of hot water, with out encumbering; the fire phce, and with much .less than the ordinary con sumption of fuel for that purpose. Long Island Star. 'itAWS OF THE CUE P.OKEE, NATION, lor the ycai s . 1826, 1827 4 1828.; .* mk at tl.ii Office.