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Her bosom was too much influenced her irrecoverably his. For some by love and gratitude to conceal its time was the deaf to his proposal; sentiments, and in her warmth me but lovers easily find argoments owned that for him she refused the which lovers cannot relist. He told offered splendor. A circumstance her that his father's relentment the most Hattering of any io a lover's would be but fort. I do not imagination.
doubt, said he, thou beft of wo. The happiness. they enjoyed from then, but he will even congratulate a mutual assurance of each other's me on iny happiness. The worst affection was but of a Mort dura. that can happen must be less pain. tion. Licinius, the father of Amintor, ful to me than what I feel from the how prefled his son to marry; having perpetual refusal of his delire. fixed upon a young lady, whore Licinius, when he knew the affair, person and fortune he thought his told the unhappy youth he would son could possibly find no objection no longer conlider him as a child, to. Aminior heard the proposal of and banishing him from his prehis father, with all the anxiety im. sence, said, he banished him also aginable. Without Eugenia he muft from his heart. Amintor left him be miserable, in the displeasure of a with tears, Eugenia wept. Can parent he could not be happy. In you still love the woman, said she, this Gituation he went, as usual, to who has thus involved you in dilEugenia. He would, if possible, tress? Love thee, thou excellent wohave worn the appearance of sereni. man, no circumstances can displace ty, but the heart-felt figh would thee from my heart. Nay, do break forth, notwithstanding his en. not weep, Eugenia, we shall yet deavour to suppress it, Alarmed at be bleft. ihis, Eugenia infifted on knowing Amintor, after having in vain the cause of his pain; the entreated endeavoured to procure a reconcihim, by his love for her, not to liation by several letters, entreated conceal it, and told him, that what. me to use my influence with his faever it was, it must bring relief to ther. I wrote to him, made use of her, since it could not be more ter- every argument I thought necessary, rible than her apprehensions. Moved and endeavoured to convince him; by so powerful a persuasion, he told that his son had by no means deher what had happened, and fixing served his severity. My letter so his eyes upon her with the greatelt far prevailed on him that he contenderness, When thall we taste, said sented to see his son and the fair he, uninterrupted ease?
Eugenia, a favour which the youth From this time Licinius was con- himself had long intreated in vain. tinually endeavouring to prevail on Amintor came upon the appointhis fon : he could not conceive whated day accompanied by his lovely objection he could have to fortune partner. He was conducted to the and to beauty, nor imagined himself room where Licinius fat, and led in the least guilty of feverity by in. his trembling Eugenia to the feet of lifting on this alliance. Amintor Aed a father whom for her he had dilo from the pain he felt in denying the pleased. In broken accents he entreaties of a father to his Euge- begged his blesing, he begged it nia, and now determined to make for the best of women; at which
time perceiving the tears ftand irem- tears of joy, and as soon as Amintor bling in Eugenia's eyes, his fympa. could speak, he said, I am at prethetic bosom telt for her, and boih fent, Sir, the happiest of mankind, were filent, weeping on their knees bleit, as a husband, in the beit of at his feet. To have seen the most women, and reconciled to a parent graceful of her sex overwhelined whose difpleasure only could give with grief, to have seen a fon 'in me pain. Such was the happy contears, imploring for a blelling, muft sequence of this interview: have moved a breast where pity ever They are now as happy in each entered. Here Licinius himself other as they deserve, and enjoy wept, and such was the amiahle ap- . their moments of ease the more for pearance of Eugenia, that he could having known the hour of anxiety. no longer blame his fin for beftow. A degree of satisfaction is likewise re. ing on her his heart. He bad them flected from them to me, as I may rife and be happy."
'in some measure confider myself as "Their tears were now changed to the cause of their present felicity.
'À FLENI ISH TRADITION.
Very country has its fraditions, frated as far even as Antwerp, Bid. . which, either too minute or not dermao was Lord of a city, which
fufficien:ly authenric to receive hile time has fince (wept into destruction. torical sanction, are handed down 'As the inbadirants of this country among the vulgar, and serve at once were divided under separate leaders, to instruct and amuse them. Of the Saracens found an eafy conquell, this number the adventures of Robin and the city of Bidderman, among Hood, the hunting of Chevy-chace, the rest, became a prey to the and the bravery of Johnny Arm. victors. i. ftrong, among the English ; 'of Kaul - Thus difpoffeffed of his paternal Dereg, among the Irish; and Creigh- cirv, our unfortunate governor was ton, among the Scors, are instances. obliged to seek refuge from the Of all the traditions, however, I neighbouring princes, who were as remember to have heard, I do not yet unfubdued, and he for some recollect any more remarkable than time lived in a state of wretched deone still current in Flanders; a fiory pendance among them. generally the first the peasants rell Soon, however, his love to his their children, when they bid them native country brought him back to behave like Bidderman the wise. It is 'own city, resolved to rescue it is by no means, however, a model to from the enemy, or fall in the atbe fet before a polite people for imi tempr. Thus, in disguise, he went tation ; fince if, on the one hand, among the inhabitants, and endeawe perceive in it the steady influ- vouřed, but in vain, to excite them ence of patriotism; we, on the other, to a revolt. Former misfortunes lay find as strong a desire of revenge. so heavily on rbeir minds, that they But, to wave introduction, let us rather chose to suffer the most cruel proceed to the story.
bondage, than attempt to vindicate When the Saracens over-ran Eu. their former freedom. rope with their armies, and pene.
As he was thus one day employ- fraud to gratisy the revenge he owed ed, whether by information, or him. A piece of plare, which Bid. from fufpicion, is not known, he derman had previously stolen from was apprehended by a Saracen fol- the Saracen governor, he privately dier as a spy, and brought before conveyed into the executioner's the very tribunal at which he once house, and then gave information presided. The account he gave of of the theft. They who are any himself was by no means satisfacto- way acquainted with the rigour of ry. He could produce no friends the Arabian laws, know that theft to vindicate his character; where- is punished with immediate desth. fore, as the Saracens knew not their The proof was dire& in this case ; prisoner, and as they had no direct the executioner had nothing to offis proofs against him, they were con- in his own defence, and he was rent with condemping him to be therefore condemned to be beheaded publickly whipt as a vagabond. upon a scaffold in the public marker
The execution of this sentence place. As there was no executioner was accordingly performed with the in the city but the very man wito utinost rigour. Bidderman was was now to suffer, Bidderman hiinbound to the post, the executioner self undertook this, to him, molt seeming disposed to add to the cru- agreeable office. The criminal was elty of he sentence, as he received conducted from the judgment leat, no bribe for lenity. Whenever Bid- 'bound with cordis. The scaffold derinan groaned under the scourge, was erected, and he placed in such a the other, only redoubling his blows, manner, as he might lie molt concried out, Dues i he villain murmur? venient for the blow'. If Bidderman entreated but a mo But his death alone was not sufment's refpite from torture, the ficient to satisfy the resentment of other only repeated his former ex- this extraordinary man, unless it was clamation, Does the villain murmur ? aggravated with every circumstance
From this period, revenge as wel of cruelty. Wherefore, coming up as patriotisın, took entire poffeffion the scaffold, and disposing every of his foul. His fury stooped to thing in readiness for-the intended low as to follow the executioner blow, with the sword in his hand he with onremitting resentment. But approached the criminal, and while conceiving that the best method to pering in a low voice, afured him, attain these ends, was to acquire that he himself was the very person fome eminence in the city, he laid that had once been used with to himself out to oblige its new masters, much cruelly; that to his knowftudied every art, and practised every ledge, he dicd very innocently, for meanness that serve to promote the the plare had been stolen by himself, needy, or render the poor pleasing, and privately conveyed into the house and by these means, in a few years, of the other. he came to be of fome note in the "O, my countrymen, cried the city, which jusly belonged entirely criminal, do you hear what ihis to him.
man fays?".- Does the villain murThe executioner was, therefore, mur? replied Bidderman, and ina the first object of his relenimeni, mediately, at one blow, fevered his and he even practiced the lowest head from his body.
Still, however, he was not con- length, offered ; the French army tent till he had ample vengeance of came into the neighbourhood, but the governors of the city, who con- bad no thoughts of sitting down bedemned him. To effect this, he fote a town which they confidered hired a small house adjoining to the as impregnable. Bidderman, how. town wall, under which he every day ever, foon altered their resolutions, dug, and carried out the carth in a and, upon communicating his plan basket. In this unremitting labour, to the general, he embraced it withi he continued several years, every ardour. Through the private palday digging a little, and carrying fage before-mentioned, he introducthe earth unsuspected away. By ed a large body of the moft resolute this means he at last made a secret soldiers, who foon opened the gates communication from the country for the rest, and the whole army into the city, and oniy wanted the rushing in, put every Saracen that appearance of an enemy, in order to was found to the sword. betray it. This opportunity, at
HISTORY of ALCANDER and SEPTIMIUS.
Translated from a Byzantine Hiftorian. A Thens; even long after the de- and they were natives of the two and cline of the Roman empire, most celebrated cities in the world, Nill continued the seat of learning, for Aicander was of Athens, Septi. politeness and wisdom. The em- mjus came from Rome. ' perors and the generals, who in In this mutual harmony they these periods of approaching igno- lived for some time together, when rance, ftill felt a passion for science, Alcander, after pafling ihe first part from time to time, added to its of his youth in the indolence of phi. buildings, or encreased its professor- losophy, thought at length of enThips. Theodoric, the Ofrogorh, tering into the busy world, and as was of the number ; he repaired a step previous to shis, placed his those schools which barbarity was affections on Hypatia, a lady of exsuffering to fall into decay, and con- quifre beauty. Hypatia thewed no tinued those pensions to men of dislike to his addresses. The day Itarning, which avaricious gover- of their intended nuptials was fixed, nors had monopolized to them- the previous cereinonies were perselves.
formed, and nothing now remained In this city, and about this pe. but her being conducted in triumph riod, Alcander and Septimius were to the apartment of the intended fellow students together; the one bridegroom. the most subtle reasoner of all the An exultation in his own happi. Lyceum ; the other the most elo- ness, or his being unable to enjoy quent speaker in the academic any fatisfaction without making his grove. Mutual admiration foon friend Septimius a partner, prevailed begot an acquaintance, and a fimi- upon him to introduce his mistress litude of difpofision made thein per- to his fellow student, which he did feet friends. Their fortunes were' with all the gaiety of a man who nearly equal, their siudies the same, found himself equally happy in