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you, that if you expect from it my hand trembled, and noticed my that I should favour your addresses, alarm, and insisted to see the paper Í believe me, you will be mistaken ; for I had concealed. I could not refuse, for will never consent to any request, that resistance would have been ineffe ctual. may injure my father's peace; nor will Luckily I had there a letter from a I drive you to ruin on my account. young lady, the Lady who had

I have already kept this letter three made me the confidant of her secret afdays in my bosom, without having had fe&tion for the Lord B-I availed an opportunity of delivering it to you. myself of the fortunate circumstance, I was yesterday perusing your last billet and put it into father's hand. He chid in the garden, when my father appeared me for such a foolish correspondence, in fight, and was close upon me before and we walked together to the house, I could recover myself. I instantly Adieu ! but write to me no more. hurried it into my bosom, he saw that

LOVE AND JOYAN ALLEGORICAL TALE. IN the happy period of the golden both her parents ; but the, fullen and age, when all the celestial inhabitants unaniable features of her mother were descended to the earth, and conversed so blended with the sweetness of her familiarly with mortals, among the most father, that her countenance, though cherished of the heavenly powers were mournful, was highly pleasing. The twins, the offspring of Jupiter, Love maids and shepherds of the neighbourand you. Where they appeared, the ing plains gathered round her, and cal. fowers sprung up beneath their feet, led her Pity. A red-breast was obthe sun shone with a brighter radiance, served to build in the cottage where she and all nature seemed embellished by was born ; and, while she was yet an their presence, They were inseparable infant, a dove, pui sued by a hawk, few companions; and their growing atrach. into her bofom. This nymph had a ment was favoured by Jupiter, who had dejected appearance, but fo soft and decreed that a lafting union should be gentle a mien, that she was beloved to folennized between them, as soon as a degree of enthusiasm. Her voice was they were arrived at more mature years : low and plaintive, but inexpressibly but, in the mean time, the sons of men sweet; and the loved to lie, for hours deviated from their native innocence; together, on the banks of some wild vice and ruin overran the earth with and melancholy stream, singing to her giant strides ; and Astrea, with her train lute. She taught men to weep; for of celestial visitors, forfook their polluted she took a strange delight in tears; and abodes. Love alone remained, having often, when the virgins of the hamlet been stolen away by Hope, who was were assembled at their evening sports, his purse, and conveyed by her to the she would steal in among them, and forests of Arcadia, where he was brought captivate their hearts by her tales full up among the shepherds. But Jupiter of a charming sadness. She wore con affigned him a different partner, and her head a garland composed of her facommanded him to espouse Sorrow, the ther's myrtles twisted with her mother's daughter of Alté. He complied with cypress. reluctance ; for her features were harsh One day, as the fat musing by thie and disagreeable, her eyes funk, her fore waters of Helicon, her tears by chance head contracted into perpetual wrinkles, fell into the fountain, and, ever sincey and her temples were covered with a the Muses' spring bas retained a strong wreath of cypress and wormwood. From taste of the infusion. Pity was comab this union {prung a virgin, in whom manded by Jupiter to follow the iteps might be traced a strong resemblance to of her mother through the world, drop

ping balm into the wounds she made, The nymph is mortal, for her mother and binding up the hearts she had bro- is so; and when she has fulflled her ken. She follows with her hair loose, destined course upon the earth, ficy her bofom bare and throbbing, her gar- fhall both expire together, and Lore be ments torn by the briars, and her feet again united io Joy, his immortal and bleeding with the roughness of the path. long-betrothed bride.


AN ANECDOTE TAKEN FROM A REAL HISTORY. ALOYSIUS was the fon of an offi- the vehemence ofardent affection. Aloycer in the service of a German Prince ; fius rather flew than was raised from and his good natural talents were un- one promotion to another : but these folded and cultivated by a liberal edu- outward marks of favour feered very cation. Being fill very young, but far fhort of the lively esteen the Prince fraught with much subitantial know- had for him. Ilis fortune fprung up ledge, he entered into the military ser- with astonishing rapidity, as the creator vice of his Sovereign ; to whon he was of it was his admirer, his passionate not long unknown as a young man of friend. Not yet twenty-two years of great merit, and of still greater hopes. age, he saw himself on a summit, at Aloysius was in the full ardour of which the most fortunate conmonly youth, and the Prince was so likewise ; finish their career. But his active spirit Aloysius was impetuous and enterpris- could not long remain quiet in thc boing; the Prince, who was so too, was fom of idle repose, nor yet content ipfond of such characters. By a copious self with the thicing appendages of a vein of wit, and a full stock of know. greatness, to the solid ules of which he ledge, Aloysius was the foul of every felt a fuficiency of courage and ability. company he frequented; enlivened eve- While the Prince was running a round ry circle into which he happened to of pleasures, the young favourite emfall, by a joviality always equal, and ployed himself in digging in the mines diffufed life and gaieiy over every object of records and books, and devoted that came in his way; and the Prince himself with laborious asħduity to the he himself possessede virtues wbich business of the fiate ; in which at length he himself pofleffed in an eminent de he rendered himself to accomplished and free. Whatever he took in hand, not expert, that all affairs of any confeexcepting his very paftimes, had a tinc. quence passed through his hands. Fiom ture of elevation : no obstacle could af being a companion in the pleasures, be fright him, and no disappointment could became the chief counsellor and prime coriquer bis fpirit. The value of these . minister, and at lait the master of his qualities was enhanced by a graceful Prince. There was soon no way to the tigure; the perfect picture of blooming latter but through him. He disposed;/ beakh and Herculean vigour was ani- of all offices and dignities; all recoma, mated by the eloquent play of an active pencés and favours were received from mind; an inborn natural majesty in his hands. mion, and gait, and air, was tempered Aloyfius had mounted to this pioby a noble modesty: If the Prince was nacle of grandeur at too early a time of charmed with the mind of his young life, and in too sudden a manacr, for, companion, this captivating exterior enjoying it in moderation. The elevaimpressed his fenfes tvith an irresiltible tien to which he saw himself raised made force.l. Equality of age, harmony of him giddy with ambition ; his modesty difpofitions and character, food formed forsook him when he had reached the a connection between them, that partook last aim of his wishes. The tribute of of all the energy of friendship, and all" humble fubmiffion which was paid him C!


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by the first persons of the country, by lieu's address, he had to do with a all who were his superiors by birth, con. more artful enemy than the French mifideration, and fortune, and even by nister had to contend with. Instead of the veterans in office, intoxicated him being vain of his success, and making with pride ; and the unbounded autho. his benefactor feel that he could now rity with which he was invested soon do without him, Martinengo was sedugave a certain harshness to his deport- lous to keep up the show of dependence, mint, which thenceforward became a and, with a feigned submisfion, to attach nain feature in his character, and at. himself closer to the creator of his fortached itself to him through all the vicis- tune. At the same time, however, he fitudes of his fortune. No services were did not neglect to use the opportunities too painful and great for his friends to his post afforded him of being frequentexpect of him ; but his enemies had ly about the Prince, in their full extent, reason to tremble ; for as excessive as and to render himself, by imperceptible his complacency was on one side, so lit- degrees, necessary and indispensible to tle moderation was in his revenge on the him. In a short time he had gained a other. He made less use of his autho. thorough knowledge of the temper and rity for enriching himself, than in ma- difpofitions of his master, had descried king the fortune of numbers, who might every latent avenue to his confidence, look up to him as the author of their and had insensibly stolen into his graces. prosperity; but humour, not equity, All those arts which a generous pride selected the object. By a haughty im- and a natural elevation of foul had perious demeanour he estranged from taught the minister to look down upon him the very hearts of those whom he with contempt, were put in play by the had cherished most, while he at the same Italian, who did not difdain to employ time turned all his rivals into so many the most base and servile means for arsecret maligners or implacable foes. riving at his aim, Knowing full well

Among the member of those who that a man nowhere in more want of watched all his steps with jealous and a guide and affiftant than in the ways invidious eyes, and were already form- of vice, and that nothing conduces to ing themselves into the instruments of bolder confidences than a co-partnerhis ruin, was a Count of Piedmont, ship in secret indulgences; he inflamed Joseph Martinengo, belonging to the those paflions which had hitherto Jain fuite of the Prince, whom Aloyfius dormant in the heart of the Prince, and himself had

put into this post, as a harm- then pressed himself upon him as his less creature devoted to him, that he confidant and encourager. He seduced might fill the place in the Prince's a- him into those excesses which least of musements which he began to feel too all admit of being witnessed or known ; dull for himself, and which he rather and thus imperceptibly accustomed him chose to exchange for a more important to make him the depository of secrets employment. As he considered this from which a third was ever excluded. man as the work of his hands, whom, In short, he at length built his infamous by a single nod, he could replunge into plan of success on the corruption of the the primitive nothing out of which he Prince, and executed it the more easily, had drawn him by the breath of his as secrecy was a means essential to its mouth; fo he held himself fure of him, completion ; so that he was in poffeffion as well from motives of fear as from of the heart of the Prince ere Aloysius gratitude ; and thus fell into the fame could have the smallest surmise that he mistake as Richelieu did, in delivering shared it with another. the young Le Grand as a plaything to It may be thought somewhat furpritLouis XIII. But, besides being un- ing, that so considerable a change should able to correct this mistake with Riche- escape the attention of the fagacious mi

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nister; but Aloysius was too secure in yet, it had been too early implanted, his own importance for admitting the and was too deeply rooted in the mind thought that such a man as Martinengo of the youthful Prince, to be so suddenwas likely to become his rival; and the ly torn up. The fligitest circumstance latter was too present to himself, too might restore it to its pristine vigour ; much on his guard, to awaken his op- and therefore Martinengo well imaginponent from this presumptuous security, ed that the blow he intended to give by any inconsiderate act his. What him must be a mortal blow. What had made thousands before him to trip Aloysius perhaps had lost in the Prince's on the Nippery ground of princely fa- love, he might have gaioed in his efvour, caused Aloysius also to fall-too teem; the more the latter withdrew much confidence in himself. The pri. from state affairs, the less could he difvate familiarities that passed between pense with the man, who, even at the Martinengo and his master, gave him expence of the country, took care of no disturbance at all. He readily grant- his interests with the most conscientious ed the upstart of his own erection a hap- fidelity and devotion--and, dear as he piness which he in his heart despised, had formerly been as a friend, so imand which he had never made the object portant washe now to him as minister. of his pursuit. The friendship of the The particular method by which the Prince had never any charms for him ltalian reached his aim, remained a febut as it alone could smooth his way cretbetween him who received the stroke, to sovereign power; and he carelessly and him who struck it. It has been kicked down the ladder behind him as supposed, that he laid before the Prince foon as it had helped him to the eleva- the originals of a secret and fufpicious tion he fought.

correspondence, which Aloysius should Martinengo was not the man to con- have carried on with a neighbouring tent himself with playing so subordinate court; whether genuine or forged, is a a part.

At every advance in the favour matter on which opinions are divided. of his master, he gave his wishes a bold. Be that as it may, he obtained his end er scope, and his ambition began to to a dreadful degree. Aloyfius appearthirst after more solid gratifications. ed in the eyes of the Prince as the most The artificial display of submission he ungrateful and blackest of traitors, whole had bitherto made to his benefactor, treason was placed so far out of doubt, became daily more irksome to him, as that it was thought proper to proceed the growth of his prosperity awakened immediately against him without any bis arrogance. The refinement of the formal trial.

The whole was managed minister's behaviour towards him, not with the profoundert fecrecy between proceeding in equal pace with the rapid Martinengo and his master, so that Aadvances he made in the favour of the loyfius never once perceived the storm Prince ; but, on the contrary, often that was gathering over his head : obseeming visibly enough designed to hum- stinate in his baneful security, till the ble his aspiring pride by a falutary awful moment, when he was sunk from glance at his origin; so, this conftrain- an object of general adoration and envy, ed and contradictory behaviour grew at to an object of the decpest compaslion. length so troublesome, that he seriously On the arrival of the decisive day, set about a plan to end it at once by the Aloysius, according to cuftom, went downfal of his rival. Under the most to take a turn on tie parade. From impenetrable veil of disguise, he foster- Ensign he had become, in the space of ed his plan to maturity. Yet durft he a few years, Colonel of the guards ; not venture to measure swords with his and even this post was no more than a rival in open combat ; fc:, though the modester name for the office of Prime prime of Aloyfius' favouritifm was over, Minister, which in fact he filled, and which distinguished him above the fore- the whole assembly. The terrified most in the country. The guard-parade multitude (tood fixed, with pallid counwas the place where his pride was wont tenances, with palpitating hearts, and to receive the general homage, where with a deathlike stare, round him, who, in one short hour he enjoyed grandeur in this wretched condition--a fingular and glory which amply repaid him for spectacle of ridicule and horror! the toils of the preceding day. Here passed a moment that is only to be felt persons of the highelt ranks approached under the hands of the executioner. him only with respectful timidity, and Thousands in his place would have those who did not feel themselves · sure failen senseless to the earth at the first of his smiles, with trembling. The impuise of terror; but his robust nervous Prince himself, if occasionally he pre- fylteni, and his vigorous spirit, outstood fented himself here, faw himself ne- this dreadful trial, and gave time for the glected in comparison of his Grand horrors of it to pass and evaporate. Visier, as it was far more dangerous

No sooner was this operation over, to displease the latter than it was of use than he was conducted along the rows to have the former for a friend. And of innumerable spectators to the farther this very place, where he was accustomed extrenrity of the place de parade, where to be revered as a god, was now pitch. a covered carriage stood waiting for him. ed upon to be the dreadful theatre of He was ordered by dumb signs to get his degradation.

into it; an escort of luffars accompaHe entered carelessly the well-known nied him. The report of this tranfaccircle, who stood around him to-day tion was fuon spread over all the refi. with the same reverence as ever, ex- dence ; every window was opened, and pecting his commands, as ignorant of all the streets were filled by persons what was to happen as he was himself. whom curiosity and surprise had brought It was not long before Martinengo .ap- from their habitations. A mob ran peared, attended by some adjutants, after the cavalcade, who affailed the ears no longer the supple, cringing, smiling of the disgraced minion with the intercourtier-arrogant, and strutting with mingled thouts of scorn and triumph, pride, like a lacquey raised to a lord, and the still more cutting repetitions of he went up to him with bold and refo- his name with terms of pity. At length Jute steps, and standing before him with he was got out of their noise, but a his hat on his head, demanded his sword new scene of terror awaited him here. in the name of the Prince. It was de. The carriage turned off from the high livered to him with a look of flent road, down an unfrequented long byfurprise ; when, setting the point against way--the way towards the place of exthe ground, and putting his heel upon ecution ;- whither, by express order of the middle of the blade, he snapped it the Prince, he was dragged flowly ain two, and let fall the pieces at, the long. Here, asier making him feel all feet of Aloysius.' This "sigual being the torments of the agonies of death, given, two adjutanis seized him by the they turned again down another crosscollar, a third fell to cutting out the road, much frequented by passengers. star on the breast of his coat, and an. In the scorching heat of the fun, withother proceeded to take the ribbon from out any refreshment, destitute of human his shoulder, the epaulets from the uni- converse, he passed seven doleful years form, and the feather from his hat. in this conveyance, which stopped at During the whole of this amazing ope- last, as the fun went down, at the place ration, which went on with incredible of his destination, the fortress of Crumrapidity, among more than five hundred wald. Deprived of consciousness, in a men who stood ciofe round, not a single middle state between life and death, as rund was to be heard, not a breath in a fall of twelve hours and a constantly



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