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be characterized in one term; he is one of a pack of blockheads if you do. I can see the first gentlemen of the age, but without no reason for your resignation except you much vigour of character. He is charac- ' are tired of your places, and want to have teristically attached to the Prince; and proposals made to you for coming in when the other vobleman of whom we again." have been speaking, shall surrender up liisi “Well but," said the other, with some commission from the improbability of ef | appearance of earnestness, “ are you serious fecting any thing with it, this nobleman | in your advice?". wi!) most probably receive it."
“As serious as ever I was in my life," - That nobleman has received it, madam," || said the other. “We are old friends, and said a young man who now joined my aunt, I am somewhat older than you are—know “ and has made an offer to one of the lead- the world, therefore, and know the value ing parties this very day, wbich offer waits of a good situation. There are too many only for the acceptance of one main term pretty things attached to the White Sticks by the principal."
to have them thrown in the fire so . And what is this term ?" said my aunt. Il rashly."
« The previous dismissal of the house- | “But the Ministry will not come in hold," replied the gentleman.
unless they have a clear house," said the « Then I can tell them," said my aunt, young man. " that this negociation will not succeed."
“ Then let them keep ont,” said the “ And what is your Ladyship's reason?"other. " for a pack of unconscionable said the young man.
rogues. The plague is in it, if they get the • Your Lordship will excuse me," said my whole House besides, if they cannot leave aunt, smiling, and moving into another l you and me the kitchen and cellar. They part of the circle.
seem to think you a kind of witch, aud are “Who is that nobleman," said I, “wbo
resolved to stick at nothing to get you seems to labour with some purpose, and ||
off.” vet to labour without passion and agita “ But is it not better to go out, than to be tion?"
turned out?" demanded the other. " One of the wisest and best noblemen - Yes," replied the elderly man, “ when of the day, and who restored his colleagues ll it comes to that alternative. But possesto the state, when the inconsiderate vote
the mconsiderate vote 1 sion vou know is,' &c. of the House displaced them," said my
“Very good, my friend," said the young aunt. “That nobleman, by his official situ- 1 man, taking him warmly by the hand, ation, holds the Prince's conscience, and it
|| “ your advice is excellent. Perhaps you will cannot be in better keeping."
meet us all to-morrow to consider it more In going farther into the assembly we ji in details passed a groupe consisting of an elderly
“ Certainly,” said the other, “stay in by gentleman and a younger one, and one or
all means; certainty is better than hope; two Officers of the Household. They
and the sticks in the fable furnish no bad talked so loud as to render it no impro
precedent.—Keep altogether, and you will priety to give some attention to their
compose a feuce that they will not easily words.
overleap." “ We are all going to resign,” said “My good, good, very good friend," the young man; “ so you may as well said the other warmly. take your leave of us to-day, for to-mor Upon this, they both shook hands with a row you will see us in different charac great deal of tenderness, and separated in ters."
the crowd. Resign!" said the other; “ you will be
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LETTERS ON MYTHOLOGY.
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Bacchus resumes bis original form. “Com. FREQUENTLY, my dear Emilia, must pose yourself," he says, “ that poison is not observation have taught you to doubt the mortal. Love me, and I will cure you."fid lity of husbands: a thousand tines must Erigone then casting down her eyes, blushed, you have heard it said, that to the disgrace of || sighed, and abandoned her band: wberber for society, a faithful husband is cited as a pridigy | her cure, or her destruction, I will not pretend only to be equalled by a discreet wife. The to say. The time of the vintage now arrived : assertion appears strong, yet it is nevertheless Icarius had invited to it all the shepherds of the true, though not without exceptions in the Athenian territory. At the sound of their middling ranks of life. I pro eed now to give rustic pipes and artless voices, the nectar you some idea of the fidelity of the higher flowed from the blushing grapes: to refresh, classes, and for that purpose, will instance and re-animate them, Icarus preseuted to them Bacchus. This husband of Ariadce, who was ll the first Aaggons of the newly expressed juice. oftea absent upon little tours, having been | But unluckily the musicians' of those times particularly well received by Icarus, remained || had neither the capacity nor the coolness of with kim some time; his sojourn was made ours; the new wine fermented in their Albe. less with the intention of teacbing his bost | nian heads, and killing Icarius, they cast him how to cultivale the vine, than with the de. ll into a well. No sooner was this crime com. sigo of himself cultivating the favour of his ll mitted than tbe wives of the murderers were daughter Erigone. Erigone was then but fif seized with a transport of furious rage, which teev; and her young beart educated in profound notbing could appease. The Oracle was conignorance of the world, was as yet acquaint. || sulted, and it ordered that they should ined only with virtue. Bacchus of course found | stitute games in honour of Icarus, to expiate this a great obstacle to his projects. In vain the guilt of their husbands. These feasts were did he employ near her all the common places called the Icarian games. They were celeof gallantry: Erigone seemed neither to listen, brated by persons balancing themselves upon or understand them. At length the God, after a cord attached to a couple of trees. In our lung study of ber impregnable cbaracter dis days we call it a swing. I uever look at tbis covered its weak place. He perceived that exercise witbout complacently recalling the Erigone loved grapes exceedingly, and that antiquity of its origin. At the moment in she went every evening to the vineyard of her 1 which the Prince was assassinated by bis father to eat them clandestinely. Sure of his guests, he was followed by a little bitch, called victory, he flew to the vineyard of Icarus
Mera. This little creature was made famous plants himself in the path by which Erigove not by the songs, the epistles, the madrigals, comes to it, and takes the form of a ruby clus. li which the poets addressed to her ; not by the ter depending from a youog vine. Meanwbile civility of the young priest of Jupiter who Erigonie arrives; she catches a glimpse of it took her out walking ; not by the sentithrough its mantle of foliage, ut ers an excla- ' mental discourses which the ladies direct. mation of delight, and plucks it. Scarcely
ed to her in society; but solely by ber instinct, has she eaten the first grape before an incon- land her fidelity to ber master. She ran to ceivable intoxication spreads through all ber Erigone, and dragged her by the robe even to senges: her bosom swells and heaves, her eye il tbe very well in which the murderers had wanders, her ardent lips eagerly seek the fatal thrown the body of her father. At such a cluster again, presses, and devours it.-"Oh dismal sight, Erigone hanged berself in deye Gods !" she exclaims, “ this is your nectar! spair; Mera died of grief, and the Gods trang. I die of delicious poison !"-At these words 'l ported them to the heavens. Icarius became No. XXXIII. Vol. V.-N.S.
there the constellatiou of the Bear; Erigone m battle, the ground of which was disputed by the sign of the Virgin; and Mera that of the their address and their charms. Victory was Dog-star.
balanced between Juno, Minerva, and Venus, What think you of Bacchus all the while: || when all at once, Discord, who had been ex· Do you imagine that he banged himself to cluded, appeared, burning to revenge the
follow Erigone. Not at all. He took another affrout; her eye was on fire, her mouth foam. way; he went to visit Proserpine, hoping to || ling, her brows encircled wiib serpents; she find in her kingdom the shade of her whom || came in a thick cloud, and with a maligoant he deplored. Proserpine's complexion was smile threw upon the table a golden apple rather dusky, but she redeemed that fault by l bearing this fatal inscription, “To the a thousand charms. Hers was an interesting fairest."-If Discord had said, to the most languor, a sweet melanchuly, a tender and prudent, to the most tender, to her who withmysterious look. Add to this that her palace ll
| out pretending to it has the most sense and was surrounded by a perpetual twilight, so
spirit, to the chastest wife, to the most worthy that if the heart felt not the surprize of a sud-ll mother, to the most faithful mistress,-the den and ardent passion, it yielded by degrees
apple would have been quietly shared amongst to the influence of that voluptuous sadness
the candidates; but the motto was, “ To the from which refined lovers scarcely wish to l fairest." and Illion was burnt. withdraw. Bacchus soon learned this truth | Juno, Venus, and Pallas, each demanded by happy experience. He meant to stay with the apple exclusively, and required an impar. Proserpine for an instant, and he remained
tial judge. Mercury proposed to them a young there three years. Bacchus at length recol. Il chenhe
shepherd near Bergamus. This shepherd was lected bis wife, and returned to her. To quiet the beautiful Paris, son of Priam, King of her suspicions he told her, that while making || Illion. Hecuba, the wife of this King, when a morning call upon Proserpine, be had fallen ||
| yet big with the child, dreamt that she was asleep; that he attributed this drowsiness | brought to bed of a torch, wbich set fire to the either to bis own weariness, or to the weight || whole of Asia. The Oracle being cousulted, of the air ; that in fine, he had slept three | replied, that the Queen would give birth to a years, and had waked in the midst of a circle | son who would cause the destruction of his of nymphs who had forced him to dance and
father's empire. Alarmed with this prediction, wished to retain bim; but that he had escaped,
Priam charged Archelaus, one of his officers, and flown to the arms of his dear Ariadne.
to destroy the infant immediately after its Ariadne believed bim. With a fickle busband,
birib. Even Hecuba subscribed to the neces. patience, virtue, gentleness, and tender lan
sity of such a command; but Hecuba was not guage, are great points, but in my opinion,
then a mother. At the sight of her new. bora all that is nothing without faith. Ariadne was
babe, ambition was sacrificed, and nature re. afterwards recompensed for hers, by the
sumed her rights. To bend Archelaus, she fidelity of her husband. He loved her as long
employed those maternal looks, and those subas she lived, and proved that attachment even
duing tears which alone can flow from the to her last breath. For between a really fund Il eyes of a mother. Those tears triumphed over couple, testimonies of tenderness never are | Archelaus : the sword fell from his band, and out of season. Time may scatter snow over the life of the child was granted to the prayers the bead, but what can freeze the heart which of tenderness. Nevertbeless, fearing to sacri. virtuous love has once taught to glow?- fice his duty to humanity, Archelaus carried Adieu my Emilia.
the child to Mount Ida, and left him exposed
in a lonely place. Happy, happy infant! LETTER XXI.
Though feeble, alone, defenceless, proscribed The recital of the triumphs and the amours from thy cradle, but ignorant of thy destiny, of Bacchus, had kindled the spirit of conquest ll in the arms of innoccuce thou couldst smiling amongst the Goddesses, and the nuptial ban. | await dea:h! It was in this situation that the quet of Thetis and Peleus became a field of " shepherds of Mount Ida found him. His
extreme beauty, bis desolate state, the superb of your fcebleness, and will make you taste a ornaments with which he was covered, all con- renewal of delight, when time shall bave furspired to render bim interesting. Tbey adopt-i rowed that brow now decorated by the flowers
ed bim, and took care of his education. The of youth." most venerable of these shepherds, who loved | Soou did the young Paris become the most bim with a tender friendship, often felicitated celebrated and the most beautiful of the shephim upon the fortunate destiny, which' far herds. Nature recompensed him for the emfrom the dangers of grandeur and of opulence pire of which Fortune bad deprived him. He bad led his in faucy to the sylvan asylum of reigned over the meadows, over the flowers of peace and virtue. Sometimes the old man, the fields, over the herbage, the focks, and would take him upon his knee, and pressing the hearts of the mountain nymphs, whose bim between his trembling arms, would thus sighs found a sweet echo in the sounds of his address him.--" My son! you enter into life lyre. Amongst them, he first saw the tender by a road strewed with flowers. Even till now Oenove, brilliant with the freshness of youth you have never shed a single tear: no person and love; softly stealing from her gay comhas abridged your innoceni pleasures; and you 'l panions, she came at the decline of day to have not yet felt that delightful frenzy which 'l share the bed and tbrone of Paris ; for the tyrannises over so many hearis : you aspire not mossy turf was by turns bis throne and his to honours; you fear not old age. Oh, my bed. In truth, Paris lived happily; but to son! You enter a path strewed with flowers. | continue, happiness should remain concealed I would not trouble the tranquillity of your from others. tender years, but alas, you must learn betimes The celebrity of the shepherd made the to dread the poison of Love. My son, I can misery of bimself and of bis wife. He appeared foresee the day in which that cruel child will at the public games which Priam celebrated in seduce your heart by his syren tongue. You | Troy, and his beauty attracted every eye. will believe that bappiness awaits you in the | Hector, the eldest son of the King, after have delicious retreat to which he invites, and you ing vanquished all his opponents, was van. will find but the most painful slavery. Fly, l quished by bis unknown brother. This trifly then; that is true courage. Feeble and umph interested the whole court: The King timid bird, avoid that vulture, or look to 7 himself interrogated the conqueror, and reperish in his grasp! Amiable child, whose il cognized bim for his son. Then began the eyes sbine with the light of peace and inno- | fortune and finished the happiness of Paris. cence, may you never seek more vivid enjoy! Oenone was the first to perceive it. Pump, ments than what your childhood has bestowed; etiquette, and cold inconstancy, soon banished be poor, be virtuous; bind not yourself to the love from their nuptial bed; and the poor car of opulence; go not to dwell in sumptuous inymph learned by sad experience what it is to palaces; preserve yourself from bowing under have a husband at court. Paris, by unanimous the haughty looks of a proud protector; trem- il consent was declared the fashion, by the comble to penetrate the dark patbs by which I n mittee of Trojan coquettes. The beauties quare trigue silently walks; remorse alone is the relled for him, and possessed him by turns. reward of the most fortunate crimes. When Thus, without peace, as without enjoyment, time shall bave furrowed that brow now Paris was hurried away in the whirlwind of dressed in the powers of youth, your heart | female vanity. Nevertheless a secret sentiwill soon be environed by langour and sadness; ment brought him back to his faithful when man verges towards decay, he is con. Oenone. In spite of bimself he rendered jus. demned to pain. Weak in the cradle, weak in tice to her merit, saying, with an usaffecied old age; he dies, my son, as he is born. smile:-“She has mind, sive has beart; na. Nourish friendship; succour distress; attach ture has endowed her soul with all the vir. to yourself by tenderness, the child whom tues; upon my honour she is a treasure; Heaven may bave given to your affection.bu-ibe is my wife.” That support will become one day the solace!! The reputation of Paris naturally extended with his conquests; be united himself in tinction had sad consequences, sivce it caused friendship with the God Mercury, who became his death and the ruip of his country. his counsellor and his agent, and who finished Allow me to post pone the history till toby proposing him tu the celestial court as morrow; I will then offer you my hand to judge of the dispute between the three lead you to Mount Ida; till then-keep the Goddesses. Such was the rapid road that apple !-Adieu. led Paris to distinction. But alas ! that dis."
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OAKWOOD HOUSE.-AN ORIGINAL DESCRIPTIVE NOVEL.
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“Now, my dear ma'am," said Barbara, " it TO MRS. BRUDENELL.
Il rests with you to name the wife.” Oakwood, Aug. 24, 1807. ll “Isball give my apple, pot to the fairesi, “ How proud should I be,” said my | but to the best," answered I; "and I shall take brother, when we were returned to the inn 1 time to consider of it." at Ripon, “ to inclose Fountain's Abbey in my ll “ If you give it to either, you must trundle owu grounds! I should guard it with a more it to Miss Oakwood," said Satterthwaite. religious care than ever the monks did."
"I wish,” said she, “ your nephew had half “Give me," said Millichamp, with enthu- your taste and politeness. I am afraid I must siasın, “ a wife, a friend, a book, and a cot. ll give bim up as incorrigible.” tage, in the dale of Fountain's Abbey, I ask “ Thank you, ma'am; I wish he bad, no more in this world."
ma'am," answered Satterthwaite :-"He bas “Mere fool you, then, for asking so little,” | all sorts of sense but common sense; and bis cried Salterthwaite: "give me the Abbey, and taste is all for them Greek and Latin authors; I'd pull down every rotten arch of it to the and I take it they don't teach much politeness. grouod, and build a handsome manufactory, || Only tbiok of his ungeuteel notions ! Here, with fifteen windows on a row, and three he asks but for a shabby cottage and a mean stories high. That pretty little stream would || wife; I won't say any thing against his friends, supply all the works."
because they're a credit to bim; and books “I am very glad, however," said Barbara, || may be well enough, when a man has vothiug " that you take a wife into your scheme of | to do but read 'em ; when he might have a fine happiness. I never heard you acknowledge so estate, a fine bouse, and, perhaps, some fine much before.”
1 young lady into the bargain! But don't give Margaret looked as if she had heard him bim up, ma'am. He is good-tempered; and acknowledge it.
who knows, if you can't conquer bim, nobody “ And pray, Charles," said I,“ what would "can.” you do with the Abbey ?”
| Barbara well knows how to appreciate a fine “ Run away from it,” replied he; “ estate and a fine bouse, and may possibly imashould sleep with the old abbots, in three give she is a fine young lady. days, if I did not."
The pext moraing we set out on our reture « Well, Millichamp," said I, “ if you will to Oakwood, by a different route from that by chuse the cottage and the book, and let me !, which we went. We passed the bouse and chuse the wife, I will be the friend.”
grounds of an old maid, which delighted my “ I dare take you at your word,” said Milli- eyes. Her woods were cut through in differ. chimp.
eut directions; in straight lines, it is true, " Then, Millichamp," said my brother, “en. ! and therefore not conformable to modern ideas large your play, and take two friends; for I of beauty; but the alleys were covered with will sorr.etimes make one."
be the finest turf, and so broad, they looked like