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should be continued together on their arrival could only utter sighs. After she had reat Tunis, and be both sold to the same master. ' covered the use of her voice and senses, she No sooner were the prisoners disembarked threw her arms round the neck of the Colonel. than they were presented to the Dey, accord. “ Our fate is fixed, my beloved husband,” said ing to the custom of the country, that the she. “I shall lose you for ever. It was I sovereign may have the first choice of every who was the cause of your misfortune. It was thing brought into that port. The beauty of I who implored you to take me to Minorca. Elvira proved her own and her husband's niis. Alas, how unfortunate was I who imagined I fortune; for the prince, charmed with the could not live one year without seeing you, majestic air of this English lady, resolved to and must now be separated from you for ever!" place her as an attendant on his only daughter, | “My beautiful Elvira,” said the Colonel, Zara, whom be loved most tenderly. He or. ! " we shall not te separated for ever. I will dered Elvira to be conducted into his Seraglio, write to England, and our parents will proand permitted the corsairs to dispose of tbe cure our ransom, and then we shall return to rest of their slaves as they thought proper. Hour own country.”
As soon as the Dey was retired, and the l « Till then,” said Elvira, “I will live, since fatal news was told Elvira, that she was to be it is your pleasure that I should do so. I will parted from her husband, she fell into the do more; I will hope. But what is to become profoundest grief; a tbick cloud covered her of you?" eyes, ber voice failed her, and she could only “I know not,” replied the Colonel, « or pronounce these words as she fell in a swoon into whose hands I shall fall; but fear nothing into the arms of her husband.-"Let me die ; ! for me, since I have the advantage of being at death only can save me from the misfortunes large, and therefore may easily procure intelwhich await ine.”
lligence from England. Love is ingevious, The Colonel was still more wretched than Elvira, and though you should be locked up bis lady; the swoon into which she was fallen in the Seraglio, I may be enabled to effect the bad suspended the course of her grief, but the escape of both." use of his senses, which he preserved in so | Elvira would have answered, but those who sorrowful a situation, served only to load him were ordered to conduct her to the Dey pressed with new misery. "Is it possible,” said he, them to part. This order revived their grief. « that my cruel fortune has reserved me for The little consolation she had received vanish. this excess of nisery; and that after having ed in a moment, and she again threw her arms enjoyed such a short interval of love and about the neck of the Colonel.-"No," said happiness with my adored wife, I am thus she, “ let me die this moment rather than be cruelly to be severed from her, and with one separated from you." blow to lose my bonour and felicity. Would The people whom the Dey had charged with to Heaven that either I had never seen her, or the care of Elvira were so affected with her tbat I had never enjoyed that happiness 'which grief that they could not make use of force to I must now lose for ever!” .
snatch her from the arms of her husband. Elvira continued jo her swoon; the Colonel | The Colonel perceived their tenderness and pressed ber in his arms and shed over her a perplexity, and that they were more cautious torrent of tears." Beautiful Elvira,” said he, of increasing the grief of Elvira then of obey. “ bear the voice of thy husband. Our ills are lling the orders of their master.-“Adien, beaunot without remedy; let us deserve the blesstiful Elvira!” said he, ceasing to hold her in ing of Heaven, and it will again bring us 10- | his arms; “ nothing but resolution and com. gelber when we least expect it.”
stancy can put a period to our misfortunes ; The tears of the Colonel, which fell on the begin from this moment to dare fortune to do face of his amiable lady, recalled her to life. its worst, and rest assured that pothing but Sbe opened her eyes and faintly turned them despair can prevent our re-union.” towards biin; but, still unable to speak, sbe After these words the Colonel retreated a little from Elvira, when the Dey's domestics || to know when the measure of misfortune is led her trembling from his sight.
full; bope keeps them alive, and could they After the departure of Elvira the Colonel see beforehaud the rugged paths they are stoud immoveable, and entirely absorbed in | doomed to tread, they would cease to persist despair. A division was made of the prisoners in the journey, and die witb despair. But witbout his perceiving it, though he was pre | how pleasing is the reflection after we have sent, and knew not that he was sold to a pilot || passed througb them. of that country, who generally lived at Porto. | He soon learned by a ship which put in at farino, a sea port about eight or ten miles from that port, that bis father-in-law had paid the Tunis, till bis new paster came to inform bim great debt of nature; and that the son who that he must prepare for his departure the succeeded bim was squandering away his own Dext day.
and his sister's fortune in horse raciug and The Colonel was grieved at the thougbts of ll gaming. From this accident all hopes of quitting Tunis, as he should be obliged to || gaining bis freedom were for ever banished, leave behind him every thing he held dear in and he saw himself devoted to perpetual the world. But reflecting tha! he should not slavery. be able to get a sigbt of Elvira, even if he Four months bad pow elapsed since he ar. should continue there, and considering be was rived at Portofarino, and these four months more likely to hear news from England in the had appeared to bim as so many ages of paia place he was going to than at Tunis, he con
and torment. His master, who was not igsoled himself under this new misfortune.
norant of the cause of his sorrow, endeavoured When the Colonel arrived at Portofarino,
to softeu it in tbe best manner he could, and be endeavoured to soften the rigours of his
treated bim rather as a friend than a slave, slavery by gaining the good-will of his mas employing him only in cultivating the flowers ter. He was not like those mean souls, who of his garden. However easy this employsink under adversity, and who neglect those
ment may appear, it could not but be hard for means of conquering them, which prudence
such a man as the Colonel. It is easy to con.
ceive, that an officer, educated and brougbt up and solitude may offer them. He was a per. fect master of the cultivation of flowers; and
among gentiemen of distinction, who had been luckily for him, the corsair had a very beau
accustomed to look with contempt on those in tiful garden. The Colonel took so much care
| a situation of slavery, can bear that situation
but indifferently himself. of it, and succeeded so well in his endeavours,
True philosophy that he soon became the favourite of his
only can support such a state with tranquil. master. This was a consolation to the Co
lity; philosopby teaches us to consider all lonel, of which he had much need in his pre
| men as our equals; great souls are never sent situation. He wrote to England, but re
humbled by adversity, nor rendered haughty ceived no answer. He knew not how to ac.
by the glitter of a throne; the tenderness he count for the silence of his wife's friends ;
bad conceived for his beloved Elvira made and it would have been to no purpose to write
him insensible to every thing else. He was to bis own, as they were not in a condition to re
no otherwise sensible of bis slavery than in lieve him; he therefore prudently delermined
being removed from the object of his heart, not to make them unhappy with a detail of
without the least hopes of ever seeing her his misfortunes.
again; it was neither bonours, riches, nor his He was bewailing his sorrowful situation,
country that he regretted, but the loss of his when an additional calamity was added to
Elvira. those be already supported. Mortals are nos ll
(To be continued.)
LETTERS ON MYTHOLOGY.
TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH OF C. A. DEMOUSTIER.
(Continued from Vol IV. Page 281.)
Il flamed, her eyes extinguished, her sb'eks coINTOXICATED with a new sentiment, | lourless yet burning. She was no longer Fenus believed herself happy; but her hap. || Venus, and when her lover came to enlighten piness no longer depended upon herself, Apollo the wreck he had made, he no longer knew his was become the arbiter and depositary of her l victim. bliss. Alas! how is tbat woman to be pitied | The days of Cypris were thus consumed by who confides her happiness to a single object; regret and tears; and her nights were passed never, never does she fiod a faithful guardian. | in comparing those she now endured with the Such was the fate of Venus. Slander, wb) now delightful ones she enjoyed in the Isle of presided at the meetings of ihe Goddesses, re- | Rhodes. One morning she raised herself in ported in confidence that Phæbus descended wild agitation, and bastened, even before every evening into the palace of Amphitrite, Aurora, among the woods that covered the and left bor only at the rising of Aurora. At mountains. She met there a young favourite this intelligence, Jealousy quitted ber usual of Diana: he had the graces of Diana herself, abode, the temple of Hymen, and hastened to and might well have been mistaken for ber fill the heart of Venus with gall and worm- brother; he was not an immortal, but he had wood. The uphiappy Goddess, with distracted I entered into that brilliant age in which life Jooks, pale cheeks, and disordered tresses, flew resembles immortality. As he pursued the to the top of Mount Ida. There her wauder-monsters of the forest he perceived Venus, and ing ejes sought by turns the car of her lover stopped. Cypris, astonished, ia sed her eyes and the dwelling of Amphitrite. Quickly she to him, and had no power to withdraw them. beheld the coursers of the Sun reach the end | The hunter forgot his bow and his arrows; of their journey, and descend towards the Venus found deliglit awaking amidst her tears. liquid plain; the ocean sparkles, the horses After a long silence the timid hunter thus increase in speed, the car plunges into the li addressed ber:-waves, its fires are extinguisbed, and Phæbusi “ It is said that Venus sometimes visits disappears !
these enchanting solitudes; in seeing you, I At this spectacle Cypris remained mute and believe-but, without doubt, my eyes are demotionless; her eyes fixed on the dark hori- ceived by your charms; if you were Venus zon, seemed apt to follow the car of her lover. I would you sled tears ?" « Jugrate!" she esclaimed, « after all that I “ Alas!" she replied, “are you ignorant I- "she could not proceed; the words ex- then that the Goddesses bave hearts, and ibat pired upon her lips amidst sobs and sighs. At the Gods are faithless? But you, amiable lengih, with a trembling voice, she called her mortal! wlio are you? who are the authors of tartlis, seized the reins, and hurried into the your days?" Island of Cyprus, to bury br shame and her. At these words the young mau bluslied, and remorse. In that lovely scene the remeri- bis beautiful eyelashes vejled the confusiou of brance of happier days melted ber beart, and his looks. drew forth those tears which it was a relief to. “My birth is a secret, and my existence a shed. It seemed to her that the trees and the crime. Cinyras, my fuller, reigned in this fountains replied to her sighs, and the unfor- fortunate island: Le had an only daughter, tunate solaced her sorrow by addressing to whom he tenderly loved. Myrrha returned them her lamentations. While uttering her his affection; but, alas! her heart wandered, complaints she wandered through the woods and filial piety grew into love! To extinguish aud the vallies, ber lips pale, ber eyelids inle this incestuous Lame, Tyrrha sought to
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destroy herself; she eudeavoured to strangle
LETTER xxv. herself with her girdle; but the nurse cut the Doubtless you are impatient to bear of the fatal knot, restored her to life, tore from her second interview between Venus and Adonis ; her secret, and favoured her crime. The wife I hasten to give it you, my Emilia. Aurora of my fatber was then celebrating, during the is beginning to unbar i be gates of day; at the night, the mysteries of Ceres. Conducted by foot of yonder hill do you not perceive Adonis, her nurse, Myrrha look her place in the nup his eyes cast down, his head declined, his steps tial bed. Too soon did Cinyras learn the trembling, running, yet fearing to reach the horrible mistake: he would have avenged na. ' place of meeting? At the corner of that wood ture had not his daughter escaped from his do you not discover Venus concealed amid a fury. During eight long months she wandered thicket of myrtles? Through the branches, as far as the country of the Sabines, bearing that she gently agitates, she perceives Adonis. within lier womb the fruit of her crime. Re. She enjoys his confusion; she waits for him, morse discovered her, and the Gods at length and pardons him for making her wait. He yielding to her prayers, changed her into the comes at last; Venus discovers herself. Betree from whence myrrh is gathered. Alas, hold his embarrassment and her delight! He those costly drops are the tears of my mother! is speechless; sbe looks at him; be raises his Under this new form she still nourisbes me; eyes. They are both motionless, both silent; at last the term prescribed by Lucina arrived, but Cypris gently breathes a kiss upon her the trunk of the tree opened, and I saw the hand, and abandons it to him; Adonis gathers Jight. Touched with my fate, the nymphs the kiss, and gives a thousand in exchange. received me in their arms, and took care of “Ah!” he exclaims, “ does not this beautiful my infancy. While my father lived I dared band tell you with what fires I burn ?"-At not appear in the place that he inhabited; but
these words Venus smiles, extends her arms he is no more, and I believe that it is per. and replies to him by an embrace. mitted me to come and weep over his ashes. After this mute eloquence, Venus remarks Alas! I merited a different origin; the heart that her lover is pensive and abstracted; she of Adonis is pure; pity bim, but do not hate || enquires the cause. bim !”
“Ala's !" replied he blushing, “ since one At these words sighs stified bis voice, and instant I fear to have become a lustre older. two crystal streams flowed over his vermillion Until now I never counted my years; but concheeks. Softened and charmed, Venus smil. |secrated to you, life becomes dear to me. If ingly wiped away those tears, and gently that which I have been told is true, I shall sighing, said to him : -" Console yourself; all | not long enjoy this felicity. Last spring hearts are not closed against you. Do not Aurora, daughter of Titan and Cybele, peraccuse yourself of the crime of your mother, | ceived Titon, brother of Priam. He was beau. for I would not willingly love a criminal." 1 tiful, and the Goddess loved him. She de
“Oh, who would love me!” he exclaimed; scended from her rosy chariot, took Titon by “ I have no sister.”
the hand, and conducted him into the Isle of “I will be so."
Delos. There Hymen secretly united them; “I have no longer a mother."
and Aurora obtained from the Fates immorta“ Weep not, I will be your mother also." lity for her husband. But immortality ex
While she spoke she imprinted a kiss upon empts us not from old age; and mortals soon the forehead of the orphan. You will guess, il grow old by the side of divinities. Each fa. my Emilia, whether it was a fraternal or ma- || vour wbich Titon obtained from his celestial ternal kiss; but you may soon decide. For bride added five years to his age; so that ere my part I should think that the emotion of Aurora bad twelve times enlightened the east, Venus resembled that which I feel near you. she saw her husband bending under the weight
of decrepitude and time. Titon supplicated
the Gods to abridge this eternal old age; and i tlie Gods, touched with his sad situation,
changed bim into a grasshopper. Under this j enough to suspect that a beauty rarely recals new form he yet sings "with a feeble voice the her heart except to bestow it upon another. pleasures of his fugitive youth : in a few days, He guessed that Cypris had some secret at. perhaps, I shall mourn like him the evan tachment; and as she passed part of the escent dream of my present happiness.” winter in the Isle of Cyprus, there must be
Adovis sighed and was silent. Venus ten some mystery there, or he did not know woderly embraced him and replied:-"Ah fear men. He soon learned from his spics that he not such a change! in my bosom you will had not mistaken the Goddess. never grow old; my breath will renew thy The jealous God now swore the destruction youth like ever-springing roses.”
of Adonis; he lighted up in his soul the fire of These words, followed by enchanting cares- |
Il glory, breathed into him the fury of war and ses, reassured Adonis; fear disappeared, and || the thirst of danger. Adopis is no longer the pleasure took its place. From this hour Ve
same; he burns to encounter the most furious dus was iuseparable from Adonis; armed like
|| beasts. That warlike rashness shines in bis him with a bow and quiver, she followed him | eyes, animates his complexion, and spreads an through forests and across precipices. The
heroic grace over all his person. Never has Queen of Paphos submitted to the laws of
Venus loved him so fondly, never feared so Diana; love suffocated pride in the heart of
much for his life.--" Oh my Adonis!” she a Goddess. If the ardour of the chase some
cries to him, “ whence springs this wild temetimes separated the lovers, they quickly re
rity? Do you prefer Diana to that Venus who joined each other, if only to repeat, “ I love
adores you! Cease to seek for combats with thee." I love you was not then in use; it was
monsters; be content with the victory of my reserved to our time to distinguish respect
heart. Alas ! to day I must leave thee awhile, and tenderness by the application of you and
to take my place in the celestial court; I will thou. Yet wheu respect and tenderness are
soon return, yet I tremble to leave thee. Ah, united, what pronoun must we employ? I
if I am dear to thee, take care of your life, live know not; and I confess to you, my Emilia,
for her who would be denied the consolation that while my lips repeat you, my heart says
of dying with you."—At these words she fond. thoa. Let not this tacit liberty alarm your
ly embraces him and departs. dignity; is it not by this pronoun we address
Hardly bas her chariot Aown towards Olymthe Supreme Being, and can it be thought || pus, than Mars appears under the form of a deficient in respect when we apply it to the
wild boar. His bristling mane, his menacing person we love?
jaws, his glancing eyes, rekindle the impetu. Venus now proved the proud consolation of ous ardour of Adonis; he forgets Venus, forhaving forgotten Apollo. Adonis loved her,
gets himself, Aies like lightening, reaches the and loved for the first time; it was the love monster, and pierces him with his spear. The of purity and truth. Cypris well knew the
furious beast turns upon the young hunter, value of this treasure; she enjoyed it with
rends his blooming flesh, and buries bis murtransport, fondly believing that no one existed
derous teeth in his thigh. Adonis falls, batbed so happy as herself; but O how fleeting is the
in bis blood. bliss which springs from fortunate love!
Zephyrus bears the last cry of her Adonis Already spring had flown to repose in the to the ear of Venus; Venus echoes it, and the Isle of Cyprus, and autumn left the empire of next moment her doves on rapid wing descend the earth to winter, when Mars returned co-|| with her to the ear: h. The distracted Goddess vered with laurels, hoping to find Cypris still rushes over rocks and through thorny brakes, bis own. On arriving he learned the mis which tear her alabaster bosom, pierce her understanding wbich existed between Vulcan | delicate feet, and half unloose her magic zone. and bis wife, and be deemed it a good omen. She casts herself upon her best beloved, closes But at the freezing reception of Venus his his yawning woud, tears off her veil, and hopes vanished, and a crowd of gloomy suspi- || vainly tries to repress with it the gushing cions came in their stead. The God was wise Il blood which still bursts forth, and runs in