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DIARY KEPT IN THE VALE OF DOOMBERA-NEAR KANDY.

1840 From November 14 to 21.--This week bus set in with quite a change froin the weather of last week; miety cool mornings for the first two of three days, with bright hot weather every day, and dry light breezes from the S. W. and N. E.

Thermometer average.-68. 6. A. m. 770 2. P. M. 749 8. P. M. A moderate quantity of Dew falls every nighi. Operations-On the younger Estates and on those which can

spare men from Coffee picking, clearing the plantation, nurseries &c. from weeds—but on the Estates in hearing, besides picking his Coffee berries, the planter has been very busy drying his parchment skin Coffee for which the fine weather of this week has been very favourable.

From November 21 to 28.- This week, again, the weather has changed from the dry, hot, bright weather of last week, to cloudy dars and frequent showers, with a soft culm state of the atmosphere-Light fariable breezes generally froin the N. E. Thermometer Average.-720 6 A. M. 76° 2 P. M. 74° 8 P. M.

Operations. The same as last week but of course it has not been so fa. vonrable for drying Coffee.

The appearance hero of the Coffee plantations, Sugar do, and all tegetation from Paddy.fields to jungle, is rory beautiful, and at this period of the year, more than that of any other, they are clothed ir: their richest foliage at least on this side of the country it is so, and arising, as it does no doubt, from the satisfactory rains, which are always to be depended upon here, at this season, and from the calm bumied state of the atmosphere, without those riolent squalls of wind which arcoinpany the W. monsoon, is highly belicficial and favorable to tbe productiong of the Coffee plant.-)stly in gir. ing the tree rigour to bring its fruit to perfection at the time it most requires it, and 2ndly in giving it strength to recover from the consequences of such hard work, and to get ready for the time when nature once more requires its ses. vices.-- This must be particularly the case with cultirated trees which made to produce to their utmost possible extent, nor should pruning, lopping anl han.lling in moderation beforllen by the planter, to assist them.

From Norember 28th to December 5th.-Generally fine this week, and sometimes hot in the middle of the day, but on the whole the climate has been nild and serene, with a light clouly sky and gentle breezes froin the North East.

Thermometer Arerage.—72 6 A. M. 76° 2 P. M. 74° 8 P. M. Dew fulls erery night.

Operations. Continue the same as last week.

From December 5th to 12th.-A continuation of the same weather as last week, fine and moderate--hut nearly every night there has fallen heary dews or light rains, which caused the morning to bo cool and misty, until the sun rose-Wind has always been from the N. E.

Thermometer Average, -70 o 6 A. M. 77° 2 P. M. 75 8 P. M.

Operations.-Continue the game, and notwithstanding gathering in the crop has been going on in full force during the past six weeks and there has been no lack of Libor-pet soine estates here are computed not to have gathered iu two thirds as yet, and one or two not more than half their crop, indeed from the general full blossom which came out in the end of March last on this side of the country, all the trees appear to have brought on their full quantum of fruit to one general ripening, as nothing but berries in a dead ripe state are to be seen on every side.-Coffee allowed to ripen on the trees in this

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state (where the trees are sufficiently vigorous to bear it) is said to be pos sessed of a higher degree of flavour than when gathered at the time the berry is just turning red of the Mocha ('offee such is supposed to be the Case, where the fruit is gathered after it has fallen on the ground.

Health.—The country on this side mas be said to be in its usual state ; Europeans are all well and the coolies appear free from the disorders prevalent some time ago.

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Omne tulit punctum qui miscuit atile dulci,
Lectorem delectando, pariterque monendn.

Horal. De Arte Portca, 343.

IMITATION.

Profit with pleasure happily combined,
At once to please, and to instruct the mind.

Anonymous.

. It is a vulgar error that the Art of Poetry is “light and fugitive." It is, on the contrary, that which is the most comprehensive and profound of all the accomplishments of the mind of man. Moral truth is ty none so perfectly taught, because by none is it so perfectly understood, and penetrated to its most secret recesess, as by the true poet. That a mere versifier is a poet, is linquestionably an error ; but the process of thought, which is evolved by poetry, is the very perfection of all science, that is, moral science. Great therefore as are the masters of mathematical science, they are not the greatest minds. “ Newton,”-remarks a very profound ibinker, was a great man; but you must excuse me if I think that it would take many Newtons to make one Milion."*

Mathematical science may discipline the mind, but it is not mind; it is without. Like logic, it assists the reasoning faculty, but is not

“Both” (to use the language of an accomplished mind) "are

Teason.

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but accommodations to defective mental porers; and snbstitutes

more compendious way of coming at truth, viz. intuition. This is a higher faculty than reasoning the aisthesis of the Apostle, Phil. I 9, or that spiritual discernment, spoken or, i Col. ii. 14."+

This intuitive power is “the vision and the faculty divine" of the true poet. Hence, while the world lasts, such names äs Homer and Æschylus, Virgil and Horace, Dante and Tasso, and our Shakspeare and Milton, will stand foremost in the rank of great minds. They will be the perpetual fountains of delight and instruction. Truly therefore, as well as beautifully, sings our modern philosophical poet, whose own faculties are of the highest order of the human intellect:

“ He serves the muses erringly and ill,
Whose aim is pleasure light and fugitive :
O that my mind tere equal to fulfil
The comprehensive mandate which they givez-
Vain aspirations of an earnest will!"

Wordsworth. I would partially illustrate these remarks by further quotations from Millou's Paradise Regained, of which I extracted one splendi passage in nty last essay. I shall select such passages us will serve for illustrations both of the wisdom and the beauty of the poet's mind : for alter beauty and truth were his constant as. pirations from the beginning of his career. This might be shown,

this the proper place and time, from bis early familiar leiters ---" Epistolae familiares,"-particularly to bis friend Diodati. He was ever ambitions of greatness and excellence; and he sedalously sought the beautiful in all things.

The dignity and simple sublimity of the first lines of Paradise Lost, and the devoinly sublime invocation to the Holy Spint have been the salject of frequent and just admiration. The opening of Paradise Regained is similarly, though not perhaps equally five.

" I who ere while the happy garden sang
By one mau's disobedience lost, now sing
Recorer'd Paradise to all mankind,
By one mau's firm obedience fully tried
Through all temptation, and the tempter foilta
lu all his wiles, defeated and repulsed,

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And Eden raised in the waste wilderness.

Thou Spirit, who ledst this glorious eremite
luto the desert, bis victorious field,
Against the spiritual foc, and brought'st him thence
By prons the undoubted son of God, inspire,

+ Bishop Jebb.

Thirty years correspondence. Letter LVIII. to A,

Knox Esq.

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