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passionate bis case. Nor did the lady, intenerated by his tears and piteous looks, and having moreover taken his plighted troth, which verily is a real spousal, any longer with cold denial repudiate his suit.
“ Awaking full early next day, and finding the lady still asleep, Sir Guy bethought him of an appointment on that self morning to receive a sum of gold, which he had won on the yester from one of the diceing cavaleros, and kenning him to be a Bezonian and a lozel, he feared he might blench from his engagement did he not meet him ; which he the less willed, forasmuch as having latterly been free of dispense, his purse was somewhat more than usual disfurnished. So, slipping deftly from the bed, he donned his gear in silence, and hied with all speed to the White Rose, beside the Duke's-garden, at the Cross of Charing, where he received the purse of gold; wherewith as he hurried homeward, he conned over in thought what brooches, gimmal rings, carkanets, and jewelled gawds and braveries he should buy, to prank out her whom he termed bis alder-liefest love. Whom not to awaken, he did full gently ope the door, and by the glooming light through the shutters oozing, saw her fair round arm, which Venus might envy, distended upon the counterpoint of the bed. So, taking it hushingly up with fond intent to kiss it-lo! it was key-cold !-he felt the pulse, and it did not beat;-he let go the arm, and it lumped deadly down! Amort with fearful misgivings, he threw back the shutters, when the new-risen sun shone bright upon the bed, and drawing aside the curtains—0, God of mercy! he beheld a soul-sickening corpse !—Those late glorious eyes were now bloodshot and well nigh brast from their sockets, and albeit that the sun glared full upon them, they were stony and unlustrous ; clenched were the teeth, wherefrom the bloodless lips started back; the visage was ghastly wan; the hair wildly spread about the pillow; and all bore semblance of one who with a violent and sudden death had painfully struggled !
“ Rushing, with a loud cry, from that chamber of death, he encountered his host, who, much astonied at his agony, and yet more when he kenned the cause thereof, betook him with right good speed to the Temple, searching a chirurgeon and the officers of justice, who coming with their posse to the house, made prisoner of Sir Guy, and with him straightway entered into the fatal room. But no sooner did they set eye upon the body, than backward, shuddering with much horror and consternation, while they crossed their foreheads, and called upon God and the saints to shield them, several voices did at once cry out• That is the Italian lady which was hanged on Thursday last ! (Seemeth it that this misfortuned woman was the leman of the Italian ambassador, whom having in a passion of jealousy stabbed, she was judged therefore, and suffered the death at Tybourn.) So unbuckling the broad velvet necklace, behold! her livid throat was all over sore, discoloured, and bruised, and writhled, and deep cut into by the cruel and despiteous rope.
“ Sir Guy, who had awhiles stood aghast in a voiceless dismay, now heaved forth a deep and' dread groan,--for well might he remember, when his sister would fain dissuade him from wedding any semblance of the vision, that he profanely did say:— Soothly, Alice, were a she devilto tempt me in such winning wise, I would certes wed her;' and he sorely trembled to think that some demon, peradventure Sathan himself, had incorporated himself in that now loathed form, to receive his plight and so delude and win his sinful soul. Thenceforward his gaysome heart and right merry cheer did altogether fail him; he 'gan to wail and dump, shunning converse of man, and in lonesome corners would paddle his neck with his hand, saying he could lay his finger in the wound, as if himself had been hanged; and in this wise gat worse and worse, until at the last he went stark distraught and was mewed up in the Spittal for the crazed, where, some three or four weeks thereafter, he gave up the ghost in great wildness and agony of soul.”
POETRY. The Editor, though unauthorized to name the author of the following lines, ventures to announce their having been written by Professor EVERITT, of America, and conceives that they do no discredit to that gentleman's respectable name.
DIRGE OF A LARIC, THE VISIGOTH, Who stormed and spoiled the city of Rome, and was afterwards buried in the chan
nel of the river Busentius, the water of which had been diverted from its course that the body might be interred.
When I am dead, no pageant train
Shall waste their sorrows at my bier,
of homage vain
Upon the spot where I repose ;
In hollow circumstance of woes :
Your monuments upon my breast,
Lay down the wreck of Power to rest ;
the mountain stream shall turn,
A resting-place for ever there:
Back to the clods, that gave them birth ;-
The ransom of a conquer'd earth;
Ye've laid your monarch down to rot,
Pillar nor mound to mark the spot;
For long enough the world has shook
And from the northern hills I burst,
And where I went the spot was cursed,
Beneath the terror of the Goth,
Before my ruthless sabaoth,
In judgınent my triumphal car;
The avenging Scythian to the war,
O’er guilty king and guilty realm,
And Vengeance sat upon the helm ;
I pour'd the torrent of my powers,
In vain within their seven-hill'd towers;
to Him from whom I came;
Of glory that adorns my name;
But darker ministers of late
Ånd in the caves of vengeance wait,
VOL. VII. NO, XXV.
ARCACHON, IN THE LANDES. A RAGE for travelling, in all its various modifications, having become, as it were, a component part of English character, it is no wonder that so few spots of this habitable globe are unexplored or undescribed. The thirst of novelty and passion for research have flooded the world like another deluge, and left scarcely a mountain-top inviolate for the ark of a solitary voyager like me to rest on.
It was my lot to be born in a bog, or at least very close upon its borders, where the hoarse gusts of the west wind swept gloomily over a trackless waste, and the only object in perspective was a naked hill, surmounted by a crumbling ruin, and haunted by associations of vague and romantic wildness. I may have thus imbibed from early impression a passion for the less bustling scenes of life, and a hatred of that common-place parade of sight-seeing frivolity, against which one stumbles at every step in cities, great or small.
Epris de la campagne, et l'aimant en poëte,
Je l'aimois, je l'aimois jusque dans ses horreurs. It is therefore that I am the very worst of town-going Ciceroni. I never, literally never, pry into palaces, have but little pleasure in a chamber of audience, and never once in my existence was guilty of the indecorum of falling asleep during the debates of a consistory ecclesiastic. But as for winding through a forest, treading a mountain-path, trudging over a moor, or any such uncourtly exercise, I will allow myself to be backed against any one, from the highest of the Himalaya range to the swampiest of the Lincolnshire fens. I had always an especial envy of those whose good fortune enabled them to explore the mysteries of the Desert ; the driver Hassan, who saw, and his poet Collins, whose fine mind imagined, the wonders of those trackless wastes; travellers of many a name and nation, who have delighted the world by their relations of those sublimely desolate regions; but above all, the heavenfavoured Colabah, who, wandering over the desert of Aden in search of his lost camel, found himself suddenly at the gates of the celebrated city and garden of Irem, made by King Shedad of the giant tribe of Ad, “the like whereof hath not been erected in the land," * and preserved for countless centuries invisible to the common race of men, but sometimes miraculously exposed to the gazing eyes of a chosen believer.t
Such were the scenes that I panted to plunge into; but, placed by destiny in remote seclusion from them, I have not yet been allowed to moralize, like Volney, amidst the mouldering monuments of Tadmor, or repose my wearied limbs under the delicious foliage of its grove of palms. But I have availed myself of every domestic recompense. I have wandered lonely over Salisbury Plain— lost myself in the level wilderness of the Curragh of Kildare-passed days in the swampy solitudes of the Aberdeenshire moors, with no object of life before my eyes but the feathered tenants against whom I waged war,
* The Koran, chap. 89. + For the adventure of Colabah see d'Herbelot, Bih. Orient. p. 51.
sound of animated thing to greet me, but the crowing of the blackcock, the wild screams of the bittern, or the shriek of the snipes, as they fled from my intrusive steps. I had read of The Landes, or Deserts of Gascony; of their vast pine forests, their uncultured wastes, and moving wonders—the dunes, or travelling sand-hills, and the rude inhabitants clothed in sheep-skins, and stalking on with Patagonian strides, on stilts that raise them to a level with the topmost branches of the trees.
Many vague reflections fitted across my brain, as I took to the road which led in the direction of the Landes. The remote and unfixed antiquity of the town behind me, with its many political vicissitudes and intimate concern with English recollections, all floated together in a bewildering chaos; and I felt, in spite of myself, a national pride and a sort of national inheritance in the place. I then began to look into futurity with about as much rational result as when I pried into the past. From antiquity I wandered to imagination. Generations to come passed before me more rapidly than those which were gone. Empires and nations were upset in quick succession. The town on which I had been speculating was crumbling in decay. The inhabitants were dead—the buildings fallen—the shipping wasted. Volcanoes, deluges, and earthquakes had all been in full play; and, centuries in advance, I had placed myself amidst the desolation—when I was recalled to real sensation by the nature of the soil on which I trod. There never was a more irrefragable touch of the bathos. I was in a moment let down from my sublimities, by the simple and undignified process of the sand working into my shoes! I was in fact in the Landes--the desert-the wilderness—the Gallia Sabulosa, if the ghost of Cæsar and the geo-. graphers will pardon me the new-made division.
There can be little doubt that this waste tract was once the bed of the sea. So say both theory and tradition. But as to the time of its receding we are deficient in data on which to build, as the waters have left no trace, and history furnishes no record. Extensive pine-woods nearly cover this ocean of sand. Here and there, a hut or a hamlet forms the centre of a patch of green, on which troops of ragged sheep or goats are seen to browse, attended by a being mounted on high stilts, (to keep him out of the sands, which are wet in winter and burning in summer,) covered with a clothing of skins, and looking less like a man than a sheep. The first days of my entering these forlorn and monotonous regions were marked with adventures of no common interest ; but these are too long for insertion here, and may possibly form the subject of a regular narration hereafter.
The district of Arcachon, including the little town of La Teste, its capital, is probably one of the most perfect retirements in any part of civilized Europe. Standing on the remote and uncultured border of the Bay of Biscay, it is utterly out of the way of communication with the world ; and its name is never heard beyond the edges of the forest which surrounds it, except when a maritime report is given of some unhappy vessel beat to pieces by the breakers, which are eternally lashing the desolate sands of its beach. La Teste is very rarely ornamented with the appearance of a stranger: the unbroken intercourse of its inhabitants with one another, gives them that sameness of thought and similarity of expression, which is remarked so often between man