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Of social nature changes evermore
The courteous Knight, whose bones are here
Dancing around her, hinder and disturb
Even,” said the Wanderer, “as that courteous
Pastor's apology and apprehensions that he might have detained his Auditors too long, with the Pastor's invitation to his houseSolitary disinclined to comply-rallies the Wanderer-and playfully draws a comparison between his itinerant profession and that of the Knight-errant—which leads to Wanderer's giving an account of changes in the Country from the manufacturing spirit.-Favourable effects. The other side of the picture, and chiefly as it has affected the humbler classes.-Wanderer asserts the hollowness of all national grandeur if unsupported by moral worth.-Physical science unable to support itself.- Lamentations over an excess of manufacturing industry among the humbler Classes of Society.- Picture of a Child employed in a Cottonmill.-Ignorance and degradation of Children among the agricultural Population reviewed.-Conversation broken off by a renewed Invitation from the Pastor.--Path leading to his House. Its appearance described.-His Daughter.-His Wife.- His Son (a Boy) enters with his Companion.-Their happy appearance. The Wanderer how affected by the sight of them,
The pensive Sceptic of the lonely vale To those acknowledgments subscribed his own, With a sedate compliance, which the Priest Failed not to notice, inly pleased, and said :“If ye, by whom invited I began These narratives of calm and humble life, Be satisfied, 'tis well,—the end is gained; And in return for sympathy bestowed And patient listening, thanks accept from me. -Life, death, eternity! momentous themes Are they—and might demand a seraph's tongue, Were they not equal to their own support; And therefore no incompetence of mine Could do them wrong. The universal forms Of human nature, in a spot like this, Present themselves at once to all men's view : Ye wished for act and circumstance, that make The individual known and understood; And such as my best judgment could select From what the place afforded, have been given; Though apprehensions crossed me that my zeal To his might well be likened, who unlocks A cabinet stored with gems and pictures—draws His treasures forth, soliciting regard , To this, and this, as worthier than the last, Till the spectator, who awhile was pleased More than the exhibitor himself, becomes Weary and faint, and longs to be released.