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irregularities and squanders his wealth. Ale at length gets a wife and becomes the father of children. The busk of his rice eren he refuses to part with, and his wish is to enjoy them all. He thinks, by living cheaply, by refusing to support charities, or to dispense favors, he is of all men the must happy, His youth ano passes away and old age creeps on; his bair gets gres, bis teeth drop, bis sight fails, his body becomes dry, liis back bends, he has recourse to a walking stick and is gazed at by the young with dorision. While in this predicament the ministers of lama * with their shaggy hair and frightful countenance approach him, and seize and bear away his life in the midst of the screanus of his wife and children. His kinsfolk and friends then assemble, talk of his good or eril deeds, convey luis body to the buruing ground with the sound of tom toms, and cominit it to the fire, which consumics and reduces it to a handful of ashes."
28. Pattanattupillei. The popular belief is that this philosopher yas by caste a chetly, and lived at Kaveri poonipatnam, in the Carnatic. He was poz. sessed of great riches, but imbibing an opinion, that they were merely the illusions of the world, he parted with them all, and passed the remaiuder of his life, subsisting wholly on alms and esteeping & potsherd and pure gold alike. His sister ashamed of his conduct attempted to poison him, but with
He lired to a great age and died in a wood near Tirurálankúda, where a Samáde, or monument was afterwards erected by his kinsfolk to perpetuate his memory. The verses which he ejaculated extempore as he wandered up and down the country have been carefully preserved, and they contain the opinions which he held. He represented man as a puppet whose motion stood only upon the pleasure of God' and therefore he was incapable of doing either good, or evil by himself.
29. Patlilakiri. This philosopher is said to have been originally a king, but of what place is not known. He was a coutemporary of Paltanattupillei, and in imitation of him, abandoned his worldly possessions and adopted the life of a Sanniyasi, begging his bread from door to door and enduring the privation of all that could in any way have served to gratify his senses.
He has left a number of exclamatory verses, called Pulambel, in one of which he ex. presses himself as follows:
“ When shall the time come that the Shasters shall be burnt, the four Vedas manifested to be a lie, and I be made whole, throagh the knowledge of the Mystery?" Tam. Dict.
* The god of death.
(To be Continued)
POETICAL SKETCHES OF THE INTERIOR OF THE ISLAND
OF CEYLON, BY THE REV, B. BAILEY.—(Continued.)
THE MOUNTAIN TARN.
That Tree, shaped like a glittering coronet,
Tired with upgazing at the range of hills,
* The Peacock Mountain.
The Hartz of Germany I have not seen :
BREAK IN THE FOREST.
As on the lonely traveller through the night
I breathe more freely in this open space,
Upon a mountain summit stands a Rock:
If in the orbs tbat glimmer from afar
Poetical Sketches, &c. &c.
The Black Forest is appropriately named. It is a dark, lonely, melancholy place. A solitaty bird now and then sends up his clear roice from the low deep dells, darkened with tall perpendicular trees,-the height and depth of which are imperceptible. He is answered by innumerable insects, like a chorus of crickets, ringing their shrill and tuneless cries in changes, like a set of bells, though without their melody, and sometimes answering each other's cries from remoter parts of this most gloomy wood. The cry is discordant and painful. This insect is doubtles the Cicada. We meet with it in the South of Europe, In every part of this island, -and in all warm climates. But in this wood they are more numerous, and their cry is more loud and discordant, yet with a certain kind