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-JUST God! faid I, kicking my portmanteau afide, what is there in this world's goods which should sharpen our fpirits, and make fo many kind-hearted brethren of us, fall out fo cruelly as we do by the way?
WHEN man is at peace with man, how much lighter than a feather is the hea viest metals in his hand! he pulls out his purfe, and holding it airily and uncompreffed, looks round him, as if he fought for an object to fhare it with.In doing this, I felt every veffel in my frame dilate--the arteries beat all chearily together, and every power which fuftained life, performed it with so little friction, that 'twould have confounded. the most phyfical precieufe in France: with all her meterialifi, fhe could scarce have called me a machine
I'm confident, faid I to myfelf, I should have overfet her creed..
THE acceffion of that idea, carried nature, at that time, as high as she could go -I was at peace with the world before, and this finished the treaty with. myfelf
-Now, was I a King of France, cri-what a moment for an orphan to have begged his father's portmanteau of me!
THE MON K.
CALA I S..
HAD fcarce uttered thefe words,.
when a poor monk of the order of St. Francis came into the room to beg fomething for his convent. No man cares to have his virtues the fport of contingencies-or one man may be generous, as another man is puiffant-fed non, quo. ad hanc-or be it as it may-for there is no regular reasoning upon the ebbs and flows of our humours; they may depend upon the fame causes, for ought I know, which influence the tides themselves"twould oft be no difcredit to us to fuppofe it was fo: I'm fure at least for my-. felf, that, in many a cafe I fhould be more highly satisfied, to have it faid by
the world, "I had an affair with the " moon, in which there was neither fin
nor fhame," than have it pafs altogether as my own act and deed, wherein there was fo much of both.
-BUT be this as it may. The moment I caft my eyes upon him, I was predetermined not to give him a fingle fous; and accordingly I put my purse into my pocket-buttoned it up-fet myself a little more upon my centre, and advanced up gravely to him: there was fomething, I fear, forbidding in my look: "I have his figure this moment before eyes, and think there was that in it which deferved better
THE Monk, as I judged from the break in his tonfure, a few fcattered white hairs upon his temples, being all that remained of it, might be about feventy--but from his eyes, and that fort
of fire, which was in them, which feem-ed more tempered by courtesy than years,. could be no more than fixty- -Truth might lie between-He was certainly fixty-five; and the general air of his countenance, notwithstanding, fome-thing feemed to have been planting wrinkles in it before their time, agreed to the
IT was one of thofe heads, which Guido has often painted-mild, palepenetrating, free from all common-place ideas of fat-contented ignorance, looking. downwards upon the earth- -it.looked forwards; but looked, as if it looked at fomething beyond this world. How one of his order came by it, heaven a bove, who let it fall upon a Monk's fhoulders, beft knows; but it would have fuited a Bramin, and had I met it upon the plains of Indoftan, I had reverenced it.