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The sun, the source of light and heat,

The moon and stars appear.
The fish, the fowl, the quadruped,

According to his plan,
In order 'rose, till all was made

Except the creature Man. -
His power the mighty fabric raised,

But the design conceal'd.
The heavenly host with wonder gaz'd

On nature's spacious field.
Suppose through each angelic mind

What strange conjectures ran,
For whom this globe should be design'd-

But none supposed for Man.
« Shall all these spacious earth and seas,

« Shall all the orbs of heaven;
« Shall birds and beasts, shall plants and trees,

- Be all to angels given?
* Shall GABRIEL or MICHAEL be lord ?" —

But, lo! the THREE-IN-ONE
In council sat, Jehovah's word

Was“ Come, let us make Man.
“ He with our image shall be bless'd,

“ His heart shall bear our law;
" The fishes, fowls, and every beast,

« Of him shall stand in awe.”—
The last, the best, the most complete,

Thus crown'd the wondrous plan;
Both male and female as was meet,

So God created Man.
Thus man, a fair, immortal flower,

In paradise he stood:
His mind serene; his conscience pure;

His inclinations good
But Man, oh! Man, the law transgress'd:

His mis ry then began;
And death's dread sentence was exprest

Against the sinner, Man!

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VERSES
WRITTEN AT MIDNIGHT, DURING A THUNDER STORM.

| ET coward Guilt with pallid Fear,
1.4. To shelt’ring caverns fly, so
And justly dread the vengeful fate, visit

That thunders thro''the sky.. Hi ..

Protected by that Hand, whose law

The threat ning storms obey,
Intrepid Virtue smiles secure,

As in the blaze of day. ' "
In the thick cloud's tremendous gloom,

The lightnings lurid glare,
It views the same All-gracious Pow'r,

That breathes the vernal air
Thro' natures ever-varying scene,

By different ways pursued,
The one eternal end of Heaven

Is universal good.
The same unchanging mercy rules

When framing ether glows,
As when it tunes the linnet's voice,

Or blushes in the rose.
By Reason taught to scorn those fears

That yulgar minds molest;
Let no fantastic terrors break ;

My dear NARCISSA's rest..
*Thy life may all the tendrest care

Of Providence defend;
And delegated angels round

Their guardian wings extend.
When, thro' creation's vast expanse,

The last dread thunders roll,
Untune the concord of the spheres,

And shake the rising soul;
Unmov'd mays't thou the final storm,

Of jarritig worlds survey,
That ushers in the glad serene
. Of everlasting day. .

*SOLILOQUY."
IN IMITATION OF WILLIAM COWPER, ESQ.

THERE are pleasures the world cannot give,
Hi Which the world cannot take away;

And all they who in holiness live," ico. : 0 Those pleasures enjoy every day

These have more or less fallen to my share,

Altho' all unworthy I am, we do comes to comment in

Yet God still is pleased to spare 0 2 For the sake of the GloriFIED LAMB...

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The Sage has most wisely express'd, in

That earth and its fashions are vain :
While with hodily health I am bless'd

'Tis foolish I think to complain.
The part that's allotted me here,

Heaven surely intended as 'miné : :
That part let me cheerfully bear, ...

Since 'tis sinful to fret or repine,
Some soar on the pinions of Fame; a

Some seek the embattled shore : ,
Their prize is the noise of a name; ..

A name which the Good may deplore.
But mine be the peace of the soul,

A conscience that's tranquil and pure;
May I learn every wish to control,

Save those wishes which Heaven secure.
With.my bible, my plough, and my friend,

I'm contented, tho? scanty my store;
But since all to wise purposes tend,

Heaven sees that I do not need more.
Then in God be my trust and repose,

For no accident, grievous or small,
Can ever descend on my head
Without his permission to fall.

ALEXANDER SELKIRI.

1913.

NOTES TO CORRESPONDENTS. WE are much obliged to the Authoress of the System of Cottage Education for her very obliging favour, and are gratified to learn that the manner in which our little work is conducted, so fully meets with the approbation of one so capable of judging of a performance pf the kind.

If Th. N. R. will have the goodness to forward the remainder of her Treatise, we will be better able to judge how far the wbole will be suitable for insertion in The Cheap Magazine ; as, however well adapted, or excellently calculated, the matter may be for our pages, the length may possibly be objectionable ; but, in this case, may we r.ot select froni it such extracts as would likely be most · useful, or insert it in an abridged form ? At all events the MS. if not used, will be carefully preserved. e ": 13

D. G. too incorrect for insertion. The favours of A CHRISTIAN and C. M. are received, also," Letter to a Brother."

What has become of the Observant Pedestrian we hope we have not offended him by our hint to be a little more brief.

HADDINGTON 2009 - Printed and publisheit, MONTHLY, by G. MILLER & SON,

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THE CHEAP MAGAZINE;

Poor Man's Fireside Companion.
No. VII.) AUGUST 1813. [Vol. I.

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You are in the right, there is not a nobler man in the world. As to the common and straight forward duties of life, any one nay fulfil them; but to preserve this resolution and probity, while hanging over the precipices of misfortune and shame, without once lasing sight of them for a moment! this is rare indeed! this is what I call possessing a well-tempered mind"

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his house, as he was avaricious in his commerce. In hi counting-house, and at his table, I found a young French man of a prepossessing appearance and uncommon modesty of deportment. He was known in Holland by no othe name than that of OLIVER.

In vain ODELMAN, who was a man of plain manners treated him like a friend and almost as an equal; the young man, with a certain respectful dignity, always kept at a proper distance: you would have said, as that of a son eve attentive to the will of his father, whom he was serving fa love.s

I endeavoured to learn what had induced him to live in Holland. He answered, “it was misfortune," and every thing that related to himself, I thonght, I perceived that he did not wish to come to an explanation.

In the mean time, we spent all the time he could spare together; and with a complaisance that my curiosity might sometimes fatigue, but never exhausted, he gave me infor mation relative to whatever was interesting in Holland.

You may be sure I began to conceive a particular affec tion for him. “This is an entertaining young man," said ! to ODELMAN, " and I have the greatest reason to speak in his favour. It was, doubtless, you that recommended him to shew me such attention.—“Not at all," answered he "but you are a Frenchman, and he idolizes his country I am very glad, however, to profit by its loss, for it has few more such to boast of. He is an assemblage of every estimable quality. Good sense, fidelity, indefatigable ap plication, expertness in business, an extreme quickness and nicety of perception ; a minuteness of method which nothing can escape ; and, above all, an economy-Ah! he is the man, indeed, that knows the value of money."

The last article of his eulogium was not to my taste and, in his excuse, I observed, that it was allowable in the

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