The Columbia Democrat. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1837-1850, June 03, 1837, Image 1
sE5 mvom upon (lie Altar of Clod, oternM hostility to bVxy Arm of Tyranny over the Mind of Slan." PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY JOHN S. INGRAM. Volume I. 3Ii009fSBURG, COLUMBIA COMT - FA. TURMY, JITHfE 8, 183T. Number G. 7 Pon THE COLUMBIA. DB3tOOIlAT. vriie following effusion was composed dur ing the warm political contest of 1805 when an only son of the author was re covering from a severe attack of the clan gorous disease called cnoui. Thoy ema nated from a thrilling honrt ; & although they may possess but little of the spirit and elegance of pootry, yet they express the tondercst solicitude, and the paternal forebodings of one, the existence of whose primary offspring of mutual love "hung but on a slcyidcr thread." They may not cxeitd disgust, even should thoy find no admircrd. My fikst-ijoiin son. Hence, troubling cares of party broil, Thou know'st not rest nor peaceful joy ! I'll tunc iny lyro, o'en should it soil Tho smiling phiz of my swoet boy. Lint, then, thoit lov'd and loyoly one, Whom Providence perniiU,to live ; Hush, hush ! my fond, my blooming son, Tollies I would but sotacc,givc. Thy countennnco in Virtue drosf, Nor sinning for thou know'st net sin ! Incites lhose chcrish'd hopcn, so blett, Which none but parents feel within. Ah! slccp'st thou 1 Yes, my anxious eye Beholds tliy form of innocence Calm'd sweetly by tho lullaby Of her whose love is never hence. How pants rny heart when I mcst know The changes which uwuit my boy ; When friends I with hearts full cold an snow And toil, and malice, drown his joy.l t kco him in his school-boy days, Enjoying all tho sports of youth ; I hear him as at eve he prays, And reads aloud tho Holy Truth. I kco him move those wheels of life, Vhich glvo men character and Wealth : Vilh IS aims tho offspring of a wife With plenty, comfort, and good health. I hear him for industry prais'd ; . For talents, and for dealing just ; I see him by tho People rais'd To well perform1 a Public Trust. o What intrigue cunning strango'desires Antipodes of former joy : 'Tis proud a5iuitio?j now that ftrcs Tho bosom of my first-born Boy. Cedse, then, sad lyre ! thy chord dispels The feeling which invoked thy aid ; My mind with fevcr'd anguish dwells On images, like these portray od. f 1t Let htm but Peace and Meekness crave ; Nor Power, 'nor Place, nor Wealth enjoy; Then Life, nor Death, nor sodded, Grave, Can drown tho Hopes of my sweet Boy. ems mwmmffli8,'o TIIKKK 18 AliWAYS IIOI'E. AN OHIE.VrAL MTSTElllf. It was evening, a summer twilight: tho magnificent traces of day still lingerod among the upper clouds, which were undisturbed by the soft breezes that played among the thickets, and rocked tho quiet birds of Para diso into their first unwilling slumber, yet oftori did they awake in sweet vespers to sunset angel, whoso golden locks still floated amid the rich crimson of tho evening sky Calm and sweet as tho whispers of tho guar dian'angcloftho Houris, who lies at the feet of Allah, and comprehends all things, while he is scmible of none, so calm, so swoot were tho murmurs of the breeze. All day long had he been wantoning with tho citron flowers and fruit, or dallying with tho per ennialrosc that stoops over the Qcbro's faun tain, or couching to avoid tho fierce noon in tho folds of tho lily. Now the enamour ed wanderer, tired arid heated, but still redo lent of beauty, hung above tho river of Da gorno, to cool his dry lips, to moiston his wings; perhaps to spond tho night on her soft bosom. Tho bright waters omittod tho sound of wooing, as they crept slowly to tho shoro, whtlo tho rivor opened her glad arms once more to'wulcomo her light-mind cd & inconstant, though doep-lovingspouso "How gladly," euid tho slruum, as tho zephyr melted away in her arms, "how gladly do I welcome thee onco more to my embrace. Couldst thou hut know the des olatoncs6 which steals over my heart all the ay long when I lie and listen to no sounds but tho patter of my own waters', while the fierce sun rolls down intolerable day upon inc, oh, cruel ono, couldst thou but know this, Siul feel, as t, tho infinity of loneliness -nevdr woilldst thou go astray! But now thou forsakest me; thou wandcrest all over the earth, playing tho traitor with every idle iiower. iow tiiou wilt loiter among the rich gardens of Alsay, arid then wanton on the vine-hills of Alhamia. Did I not know that the guardian of the flowers had appoint cd thee to watch over them, and mature the ripontng fruit giving to the one thir golden glitter, and to tho other their ambro sial taste, I should fear thee, oh, my spouse! I should tremble for the easy virtue of the daughters of tho rose-bud, whose beauty, like thine, dazzled their eyes. But now my dearest I can " Thus lar had the stream proceeded, when a human voice, as of a fair maiden at my side, addressed me, so that the conclusion of this conjugal appeal, as well as the celes tial reply it must have produced, were both lost to mv dissatisfied cars. "Son of Amanzor," said .the voice in a tone of ravishing sweetness, "son of Aman zor, I fly to thy arms for protection! Take pity ! I kneel to one who never refused mar cy. Oh, take pity on a maiden, a thousand years afflicted by the most cruel of griefs Show compassion, and a thousand fold shall the blessing of the Prophet repay thee!" The voice died away, not into silence, but into melody so intense, so thrilling, so rapturous, that mine cars were struck with deafness like those of Sarah when she mocked; but every nerve became an ear, and I was all hearing, savo that an invisible perfume stole from tho music upon my soul! Suddenly the soft quavering of swift-ahifting sound all ceased; not abrupt, but with sounding close. Before my eyes tho music stood, or hung, as frozen in the sky! 01 that 1 had the Prophet's flashing pon which wrote celestial themes in words so liquid- like, and soft, that lambent flames made mu sic round the page, then would I write or paint that frozen melody ! It was like the fabled architecture of that pile, where Beau ty, &, Virtue, and Truth, these twin daugh ters of Time, dwell in tho smile of Allah; and no cloud d'.ms, no veil conceals, their heavenly countenances. My flesh had shrunk from my limbs with fear my con gealed blood, like a serpent, would have cawled forth from my veins; but the exceed ing beauty of the sight and sound stayed all my fears, and only a silent wor ship, too intense for sound, stolo from my hcarti The visible music molted away from my eyes as Moses and Elias wero transformed into a rosy cloud in the presence of the doubting, and tho voice once more flowed forth. "Oh, Amanzor, listen and relieve!" I saw no shape ; I looked, there was nought but the now-risen moon, and the reflection of the sunset on tho water now so tranquil, that I saw tho muscle catch tho unwary fish. Astonishment came over me, while I still heard that voice repeating my name. Tho rustlo of tho dry leaf, stirred by an unseen locust, is wont to fill me with alarm and horror; but now, such a confidence had tho presonco of Beauty inspired me with, that I trembled not, nor oven called upon the Prophet's name of power. "Tell rriq, mysterious stranger," I cried, "tell mo who thou art, and show thy form or I cannot rolievo thee? If thou hast a form display thyself before me." "I cannotshow myself to tho created eye" roplicd tho. voice. "My guardian ange' )oio sees not my face. Would to heaven that even the oyo of grim Elbis might light on inof But no; none savo tho qkbat ai.o,n has looked upon mo this many a thousand years. I sco all things, with more than mental powers ; I drink in light from ecry source, but I can roturn none. None but myslf and God knows mo. Stay, stay kind stranger, and listen, to my talc, & thus rolievo mo of my many misorios; for it is heaven's severe decreo that no oyo shall look upon my face until some man shall lis-! t6n to my talc." I willingly stood still to attend the narra tive of so mysterious a being. Wondcrlul and awful as it was to converse with the un seen, no fear chilled mo, no hair stood up with horror ; calm and collected, I listened while the mys'tcrious tale went on. - "To, understand my history, and compre hend all the depths of my degradation, and tho exquisitene9 of my misery, let thine imagination extend its swift wings, & con vey thee back to the gardens of the prime val world. Then a noble race filled the high places of tho earth; then man attained a more majestic height. Th6 years of his life far"0utnulnbcrcd'th3 years of tho cedar of Lebanon. Vice had not yet spread her raven wings over the earth. Then shotup tho trees into a loftier growth; the thornlcss rose unfolded broader flowers,, and gave an added fragrance to tho fruit that fell beneath them; The sons and daughters of man disported with the willing beasts of the field; the fowls of heaven then flew to the call of man's voice, and perched upon his hand. Then 'Enoch walked with God,' as the illustrious Moses hath said. Men who once sat at my feet called mo tho fair Adelgitha. I surpassed tho maids of earth in everv attaction of form and figure, in every attri bute of female loveliness. Then damsels were born with those inexpressible charms which they now vainly seek to acquire. The exquisite skill of Jubal was derived from my instructions. My fincers taught him how to touch the1 lyrcj till it omitted sounds sweeter far than those of heaven's own birds. "The birds were allured by my melody; delighted, thcy'fluttercd around me as I sang only a changing note could bid them do part. The wild beasts camo down from the mduntairi at my command; they couched at my feet, uttering the soft pur of happiness -Now I made the glad goats dance at the touch of my lute. Now 1 threw all tho wild tenants of the wood into alarm by the mimic ked growling of the distant storm. Wliat need to tell how the hugo monsters of the deep played their unruly gambols at my bidding, and moistened the herb at my feet with tho rainbow shower they sprang forth into the air. 'Twere vain to tell how the till .1 t.l rose anu me nvaemm, me crocus and tnc mignionctte, unfolded their petals tonlrink in my molodics, and the palm and tho orange tree laid their honours at my feet as I passed. All flesh was subject unto me. But, alas! I abused my power over the sons of earth! I chose the youth of my father's kingdom to myself. I spurned them when my attract tions had bound them with tho tic of fate; thoy languished in tingratified desire while I mocked at their agony, and found delight in witnessing the anguish of their hearts. Deeply sank my wanton cruelty into my father's noble heart; alas, that ho should sec his child's iniquity. One morning he stray ed pensive along the walk of palms, musing half aloud. Ho pausod, and held a snow white lilly to a flame-coloured roso, till tho modest lily blushed rosered then gracious Allah took him to himself, leaving the symbol unexplained. How fair wore tho forma of the celestial host that bore him away! How rich tho music that stole from their lips as thoy floated in their snowy robes of light up to tho throne of God! "Though my power was felt by all that mot me on the earth, I was not satisfied with its extent; I sought for moro. Often did I look with ravished eyes upon the angel forms that disoortod themselves into the pure air. My bosom burned with an uiv wonted fire as I saw thorn sitting amid tho crimson clouds of evening, or kindling iiv conso in their altars at the first flame of day, I was indeed warned of my danger, but I hoeded not tho voice of God, which thou cried from tho sky in th coolness of ovon ing, and bado the sops ot earth 'Be wise, bo virtuous, and bo bloat.' I hoeded not, but sought to bring down tho sons of God, and lead them into the snares of iny wantonness. I cannot toll how awful tho. result. Thou knowest, kind stranger, tho wretchedness which these pure strangers, whencorruptod, brought upon tho world; they were cor rupted by my arts! Then phrenzy played like wild-fire in every city, village, and hamlet. Order and peace were forgotten; open riot every where ruled. "Husband and child were forgot in the fiery transports of these angel lovers. Then vainly in thunder spoke the voice of God! Vainly the symbols of virtue arose all over tho earth; they wore trodden under foot. Innocent animals were savagely slaughter ed; sin ran madly from land to land; war unsheathed her sword; peace fled from the earth. All this was my work: I foresaw the effect, vet shrank not from the cause. Then came upon me the awful verdict of the supreme: the globe seerried convulsed for a moment, then in the awful stillness, when the heavens seemed to collapse, camo the still; serene voice, 'wander thou on, thou wanton one, unfelt, unseen, till ' some listen to thy talc. Each century attemptto speak, at length thy penance will be over, thy wound be healed.' "No One saw me. I vanished from the earth which I had so long polluted. The ground felt not my tread; the eye of Heaven took no note of me. No shadow followed when I faced the sun, yet I saw and felt the hideous desolation I had wrought. Soon the fair earth was chanced: hands were murderously upraised; drunkennesb swag' gcrcd and reeled blaspheming in the streets; demons mocked and trampled on the holiest ground, the fruits were turned tp poison at their touch. Every hateful lust (lamed with tenfold fire. Molock and Belial lit their awful fires, till God in mercy sent a flood torebaplise tho world and quench the flame Oh, could I have perished, and thus esca ped the wild sobs of a drunken world, nor hear the unavailing erics for help, the pray' era, the curses and the. groans, which al most burst my heart. Noah's silent ark floated tranquilly on, bright with the last hopes of a universe. Long and sorrowful lyl hung over the wild waste of waters; I saw the raven arid the dove, which the trusting patriarch sent forth as harbingers of peace; the melancholy days-passed over: faith had its triumph, as it ever will; the rainbow of promise cheered the old man's heart when he lit up his altar-fire. I aided man, with unseen hand, to till the stubborn soil. I whispered virtuous counsel to his car, upheld him when he drooped, sup ported him when faint. Many a germ of virtue did I deposite on a grateful soil; .the counsel of my heavenly friends when pure, was not lost upon my souL Virtue and lovo grow up again upon the earth; un seen I nurtured, and unfelt I pruned. I stood with Zardhusht, inspired his heart, informed his mind. I watched with Abram. 'Twas I that showed to Jacob the symbolic ladder, to prove that all raon might climb high as they would. Many a time have I essayed to make a mortal listen to my tale. I have but found it vain: all fear tho un seen; tho sensible alone attracts their souls. But as I am the cause of this, I havo scat tered arts and lettors in the world, as some atonement for my great offence. Thoy form a bond between the seen and that which never meets the eye. "The great Prophet, whom thou adorest so devoutly, was raised up at my entreaty, for Aliah never ceases to listen to my cry. I know my strength of heart, 1 know thy love; thoreforo I fear not to addross thee. Manfully hast thou listened; and now my tale is done, my melancholy fate is over. Blessed, kind stranger, bo thy days; bless ed while on the earth, and Paradiso hence forth is thine!" She ceased I heard no more. But a celestial form, as beautiful as Love, stood in the air before me. Then tho immortal choir, that sweep their harps before the throno of God, slow chaunted forth, "Thy pilgrimage is done, The golden prizo is won; Mount, maid, before the throne." Tranquilly tho mysterious being went up the sky, a snow-whito cloud attending her, and that soft music pealing forth. A PEEP INTO FUTURITY. When the Prosont wears so gloomy an aspect, it is not wonderful that men seek relief from its shadows by a far-reaching glance at the Future. A writer in the Co lumbia (S. C.) Telescope gives the follow ing presumptive extracts from a journal of the year 4,200: Astronomical. 'Telescopes are now brought to such perfection, that last night vc distinctly saw a fight betwoen a grass hopper and a spider, in tho planet Saturn. The battle was a tough one the grasshop per losing two legs, and the spider thrco claws and five teeth in the contest. 7avelling. 'Mr. Perkins has invented a compound which he calls the 'concentra ted essence of the sublimated spiritof steam.' A person has only to put a little vial of it into his pocket, and -it will carry him albrig, at the rate of fifty miles an hour; or by morely swallowing three drops when you goto bed at night, in the morning you will wake up in any part of the world you choose;' Nautical. 'Ships to go under water in stead of on its surface, are now brought to perfection, so that henceforth such things as tonus and shipwrecks are no more to be dreaded.' , Medical. 'The wonderful medicine cal led the 'sublime elixir,' is producing most astonishing effects: A Mr. Jones, of Vir ginia, walking into a mill, and incautiously approaching too near the machinery, was caught between the wheels and crushed in to ten thousand atoms; two drops of the e lixir being poured into the pond above, ho was instantly seen walking out at the door; as sound as a roach, and has not been with- in thrce miles of a mill since. A Mr. Smith had his head shot off by a canrtorl ball; three weeks after he was dead and bu ried, his 32d cousin happening to hear of tlic elixir, he was immediately restored td perfect life and health.' Geographical. Tho discovery ship, the 'TFhite Hear,'' returned yesterday from the northern seas; she safely reached tho exact spot of the north pole, but there she stuckf held fast by the magnetic attraction. Her crew found it impossible to get away until they had thrown overboard every particle of iron in the vessel.' Agricultural. 'The Philosophical So ciety having discovered a method of produ cing or putting off rain just as there may be occasion, for the future our cotton and cabbages will never be ruined by a dry sea son.' Mechanics. 'The famous architect Mr: Axiom, who first discovered tho perpetual motion, is now erecting a machine nc'artho north pole, upon the plan of Archimedes', for the purpose of shoving the world twenty-three degrees back to its original posi tion, and thus restoring perpetual summer.' Foreign. 'The weekly balloon packet arrived from the moon yesterday. No par ticular news there, except that green cheese is in great demand. On its return they in tercepted the wits of thirty-one poets and one hundrod and ninety-three lover3, and brought them all back, stopped up together in a glass vial.' Most Wonderful of all Discoveries: 'Tho great secret, the philosopher's stone the elixir vitas, so anxiously wished for, so long sought after, is at length found out! The learned alchymist, Dr. Alembic, has invented a compound which turns all things into gold, and bestows perpetual youth! Wo are forbidden to say much about this wonderful discovery; it was only completed yesterday, and this morning the doctor's wife, an ugly old woman of seventy; Was seen transformed into a beautiful girl of eighteen! A little child, hardly able to crawl, was also seen in the houSe, and no body could tell where it came from until at last it was found out to be the doctor's grandmother, who had got at the vial and taken rather too large a dose. Besides changing, as above stated, lead into gold, age into youth, and ugliness into beauty, it also turns rascals into honest men, water into champaigne, sand into ice creams, and1 rocks into ginger-cakes;'