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In early life, how many joys abound !
Yet, were we happy?--Let reflection tell Unmix'd felicity was never found
In any state on earth, since Adam fell.
To mirth and play, our youth's supreme delight,
Knowledge and godly fear too often bent: Or rather, what we wish'd, we fancied right;
Free froin suspicion, as from ill intent.
When riper age succeeded giddy youth,
And pleasure bow'd before reflection's shrine; Enjoyment, balanc'd in the scale of tru:h,
Defective, oft compell'd us to repine.
Yet solid comfort may on earth be found,
If sold happiness alone we seek :
* Exceeding great and precious"—Hear Him speak.
“ To you that fear my name, the glorious sun
Of righteousness shall rise with healing wing"The earnest of eternal life begun,
That pard'ning love that covers all our sin.
Nor pard'ning love, shall be alone our boast :
“ My powerful grace, in every trying lour, Shall overcome the fierce infernal host,
Detect their wiles, and trample on their power."
The world, the flesh, the devil, all shall yield
To that almighty spirit, who of old The rude chaotic elements could wield,
And into paradisic order mould,
Oh what an ainple field, a glorious scene,
Présents itself to my enraptur'd view! “ Behold (though many ages roll between)
I-'tis the saviour speaks-make all things new.
“ These words are true and faithful"'-- Yet, if men
Dare doubt, oppose, or disbelieve his wordHis glorious word shall stand-shall sure remain;
The universe obey it's sovereign Lord.
Hail glorious time !~But oh! what dreadful scenes
Of wrath and punishment, must first befal Those who prefer their sin; neglect the means,
Despise the mercy, offer'd free to all.
But I forbear-my sisters must excuse
A thought, promulg'd without a pre-intent. Our first-born portion, inay we never lose,
Nor from the book of life our names be rent.
Happy and holy, are the souls who share
Bliss, the first glorious resurrection brings ! First-fruits to God-children of faith and prayer,
Wash'd in that blood that makes them priests and Kings.
“ O'er these the second death, the fiery lake,
That dismal state-no power shall assume" In life's decline, what other view can make
The prospect clear and bright, thro' death's terrific gloom?
TO PROCURE CONNUBIAL HAPPINESS.
TAKE of beauty and wit what you happen to have,
Each as pure and as simple as nature first gave;
To these you may add what affection you please;
AN EPIGRAM, Which was put up at the Dock Yard Gate, Chatham, soon after the Decease of a certain Calvinist Preacher in that Town, who used bitterly, in his public Harangues, to inveigh against Mr. John Wesley, on account of his Belief in the Arminian Doctrines,
and at last condemned him to endless Damnation.
SAYS Vy* to Wesley, " Pray how came you here?
To see you in heaven it makes me to stare.
The following Lines, accompanyiug the above, were wrote by another
Whether wicket or portal, there is but one door,
AS the lakes of North America receive a great number of rivers, many
of which are of considerable magnitude, so it is reasonable that they must emit a great quantity of water; this is indeed the fact; but we do not know that any river except the St. Laurence is connected with these lakes and with the sea. This river issues from lake Ontario, and continues its course with but little winding for seven hundred iniles, till it empties itself into the northern Atlantic, opposite the great island of Newfoundland. Its mouth is vast and spacious; at the entrance of which lies the great island of Anticosti. This river is navigable for great ships as far as Quebec, which fine city stands on its north side, above four hundred miles from the sea : from hence to Montreal it is navigable for smaller vessels; but above this town it has many shoals and rocks which prevent sailing upon it. Many of these, probably, when the country is fully inhabited, will give way to human art and industry, and a navigation will be opened from the Atlantic, through the lake Ontario, to the great fall of Niagara, and from thence through all the great lakes, and by means of the rivers which communicate with them, to all the interior parts of North America; even, perhaps, to the great river Mississipi, and so into the gulph of Mexico. But let us cease to speculatem as we have mentioned the fall of Niagara, we will here give a description of it.
It is in a river of the same name, which runs from lake Erie to lake Ontario, and contains all the water which comes from the other great lakes before mentioned, with all their numerous rivers. The Niagara at this place runs from S. S. E. to N. N. W.; and the rock of the fall crosses it in the form of an hollow semicircle, or horse shoe. Above the fall, in the middle of the river, is an island about a thousand feet in length;
the lower end of which is just at the perpendicular edge of the fall itself. On both sides of this island runs the river. Before the water comes to this place its current is comparitively slow; but from hence its rapidity is most astonishing before it reaches the fall. It is perfectly white, and in many p'aces is thrown up high into the air, by rushing against the rocks which abound in iis channel. The stream which runs down on the west side is inore rapid, and in greater abundance, and whiter than that on the east; and seems almost to outfiy an arrow in swiftness. When you are at the top of the fall, and look up the river, you may see that the water is every where exceeding steep, alınost like the side of a hill; but when you look down the fall, it is impossible to express the amazement it occasions. The height of it, as reasured by mathematical instruments is found to be exactly one bundred and thirty seven feet. When the water is come to the bottoin, it jumps back again to a very great heightin the air. The noise, it is said, may be heard at the distance of forty-five miles, wlien the wind is right. At some times the fall makes a much greater noise than at others; and this is held for an infallible sign of approaching rain, or other foul weatlıcr.
From the place where the water falls, there arises abundance of vapours
thick smoke, insomuch that when viewed at a distance you would think that the Indians had set the forests on fire. These vapours rise very high in the air when it is calm, but are dispersed by the wind when it blows hard. If a person go into this vapour or fog, it is so penetrating, that in a few minutes he will be as wet as though he lrad been immersed in water. Some have asserted, that when any bird flies into this vapour it falls down and dies, either from the effect of the vapour itself, or by being stunned by the excessive noise of the waterfall, which astonishes them so that they know not where they go; but this is not probable, because among the multitude of dead birds which are found, there are none but such as frequent the waters, as swans, geese, ducks, water-hens, and teal. It is observed, that often times great flocks of these are seen going to destruction. They swim and play in the river above, and by the current are carried down the stream ; and as such fowl take a pleasure in the rapidity of the waier, they indulge themselves in this enjoyment tillits swiftness becomes so great that they cannot rise, but are hurried down the precipice, and perish in spite of all their efforts to the contrary, which are often observed to be very great. In the months of September and Oćtober the quantity of dead water-fowl is so very great, that the garrison of fort Niagara chiefly live upon them. Besides fowls, they also find dead fish of divers kinds, and deer, bears, and other animals, which have perished in attempting to cross the river above the fall. The larger animals are generally found broken to pieces. Just below, a little way from the fall, the water is not rapid, but goes all in circles like a boiling pot; which, however, does not hinder the Indians from going upon it in small canoes a-fishing. A person above the fall, and lookiug down, is liable to be seized with giddiness, from the awfulness of the spectacle; even such as have been there many times will seldom venture to look, without at the same time keeping fast hold of some tree while they indulge theinselves with the sight.