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gave rise to several ideas in Celestini's mind.
Two years thus rolled away. Celestina, wliose “My friend," said she to the herdsinan,“ you mind was continually filled with Don Pedro, had have no money,
will need some when secretly sent a shepherd, in whom she could place you have quitted this country. I have a few confidence, to Granada, to try to get some in. pieces of guld, which I will share with you, if telligence of her lover, Don Alonzo, and Henriyou will give me the dress you have in that bun quez. He brought her word, that her guardian dle." The young man readily agreed to her was dead, and his son married, and that for two offer. Celestina gave him twelve ducals; and, years Don Pedro had not been heard of in that part after he had pointed out the path which led to of the country. Ceiesrina now no longer hoped Gadara, bade him adieu, and re-entered the to see him, and resigned herself, to pass the reeave to assume the dress of a shepherd.
mainder of her days in the village, in the bosom of She left it clothed in a jacket of chamois peace and friendship, and endeavoured to accusskin, vandyked with sky blue, the hat was orna-tım her heart to exist only for the latter sentiment; mented with ribbands of the same colour; and when her master, the old Alcade, fell dangerin this habit she looked more lovely than she had ously ill. Marcelio paid him all the attentions ever done when covered with diamonds. Celes- of the most affectionate child, and the good man tina proceeded the way she had been directed, treated her like a grateful parent; and died, till she arrived at the village ; and, sto ping in leaving all he possessed to his faithful Marcelio. the market-place, enquired of the peasants whe This inheritance did not, however, console the ther they knew any one who wanted a seivant successor for her loss. to attend a farm. She was soon surrounded with All the village wept at the death of their Algazers; the young maidens in particular contem cade; after having bestowed on him funeral plated her beautiful faxen tresses which fowed honours, which rather consisted in tears than on her shoulders, her mildly brilliant eyes, her pomp, they assembled to elect his successor. In elegant shape, all combined to surprise and de-Spain, some villages have the right oi choosing light them. No one could guess from whence their Alcade, that is to say, their magistrate, who came so handsome a young man. One imagined judges their law-suits, takes cognizance of crimes, her to be some great lord in disguise; another, a causes criminals to be arrested, examines them, prince that had fallen in love with a shepherdess; and afterwards gives them up into the hands of and the schoolmaster, who was also the poet of superior judges, who generally confirm the senthe village, maintained that it was Apollo reduced tence passed by these peasants; for good laws a second time to lead a Rock.
always agree with simplicity. Celestina, who had taken the name of Mar The assembled villagers unanimously elected celio, soon found a master. He was the old Al- || him whom the deceased Alcade seemned to have cade of the village, who was universally esteemed | intended for his successor. The old men, fol. as the most honest man in that country. This lowed by the young ones, came in procession 10 good labourer, for Alcades are chosen from that Marcelie, to bring him the mark of his office, class, soon conceived a tender friendship for our which was a white wand. Celestina accepted it; heroine. Scarcely had she watched over his and, affected to tears at the testimonies of friendAocks one month, when he gave her the employ- || ship which she received from these good people, ment of superintending the affairs of his house; || resolved to consecrate to their happiness, a life and the pretended Marcelio acquitted herself at first dedicated to love. with so much mildness and fidelity, that the While the new Alcade is employed with the master and servants were equally delighted with duties of his station, let us return to the unforher. At the end of six months, the Alcade, tunate Don Pedro, whom we left galloping to who had the weight of upwards of eighty years Portugal, and always flying from her he wished on his head, gave Marcelio the entire management of all he possessed; he even went so far as He arrived at Lisbon without having heard a to consult her on all the causes which came word of Celestina, and returning on his steps, under his jurisdiction; and never had he dis once more sought her in the places which he had played so much justice as since he had been already explored, and came back to Lisbon with. guided by the advice of her who was the model out more success. After six months spent in and delight of the whole village; her mildness, I useless trouble, being assured that his beautiful grace, and wisdom, made her beloved by all. - Celestina had not again appeared at Granada, he “ Look at the handsome Marcelio,” said mo- || imagined that she was, perhaps, at Seville, where thers to their sons, “ he is always with his mas he heard she had relations, and immediately set ter, incessantly occupied in endeavouring to ren off for that place ; but when he arrived there, der his old age comfortable; and does not quit | he learned that Celestina's relations had sailed his duty, as you do, to run after shepherdesses." with the last feet for Mexico. Pedro imagined
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that his mistress had accompanied them, and em- descended; and confessed he had not waited for barked in the only ship that remained behind. her, but had immediately made off with the On his landing, he soon discovered the persons jewels; and concluded with asking pardon of he had followed; but they knew nothing of Ce God and the lady for the theft he had committed. lestina. Stung with disappointment he sailed for Afier this relation, he almost instantly expired; Spain. When he arrived on the coast of Gra and Celestina flew to the prison. nada, a violent hurricane arose, and they were During the way her palpitating heart told her wrecked. Don Pedro, with some other passen that she would soon see her dear Don Pedro; and gers, swam ashore, and proceeded, amongst the she fearerl he would discover her. She flapped her mountains, to obtain relief; when chance, or love, || hat over her eyes, wrapped herself in her manile, guided him to Gadara.
and, preceded by the jailor, who held a light, deDon Pedro, and his companions in misfortune, scended into the dungeon. entered the first inn they met on their way. They Scarcely had she passed the threshold, when felicitated each other on their escape; and while she recognised her lover. The sight, although they were giving the relation of their sufferings, || she was prepared for it, almost deprived her of one of the passengers picked a quarrel with a
She supported herself against the sailor of the ship for a casket the latter had saved wall, her head sunk on her breast, and her tears from the wreck, and which the former maintained | began to Auw : she wiped them away, took was his property. Don Pedro, who wished to breath, and, struggling to conceal her ernction, appease the disputants, proposed that the passen- | approached the prisoner. “ Stranger," said she, ger should declare what were the contents of the disguising her voice, and stopping at intervals, casket, and opened it to witness the truth of the you have killed your companion !- What assertion. But what was his astonishment on could have induced you to commit so criminal discovering Celestina's diamonds, amongst which an act ?" After having pronounced these words was the emerald he had given her! He remained || she could no longer support her agitated frame; transfixed to the spot with surprise ; but soon ex and, covering her face with her hand, seated here amining the jewels more atten'ively, his doubts || self on a stone. “ Alcade,” replied Don Pedro, vanished; and, casting a furious look on the “ I have not committed a crime, it was an act pretended owner, said to him, in a terrible voice, | of justice; but I ask no more than death, death “ Whence came these diamonds ?” “ What alone can put a period to the troubles of which concern is that of yours ?” haughtily answered the wretch I have destroyed was the first cause. the passenger; “ they belong to me, and that is Condemn me! and rid me of a life which is enough.” He then attempted to snatch them | odious to me, since I have lost the only blessing from our hero; but Don Pedro, no longer able I valued, and have no longer any hope of to contain himself, drew his sword and attacked finding." He did not conclude, but his him. “ Traitor !” exclaimed he, “confess your lips murmured “Celestina.” crime, or you shall instantly perish.” Saying Our heroine shuddered at the sound, and could tltese words, he aimed at his enemy, who de no longer contain herself. She rose, and was on fended himself with valour, but was soon pierced the point of rushing into her lover's arms; but with a mortal blow. A crowd assembled to wi: the presence of a witness siopped her. She ness this spectacle. Don Pedro was hastily sur turned away her eyes, stifled her sobs, asked to rounded, seized, and dragged into a dungeon. be left alone with the prisoner, and was immediThe landlord immediately sent his wife in search ately obeyed. Then, no longer suppressing her of the curate to assist the dying man, whilst he tears, she advanced towards Don Pedro; and, repaired to the Alcade to inform him of the looking at him, extended her hand, and said, affair, and deliver into his hands the valuable while tears denied her utterance, “ You, then, casket.
still love her who only exists for your sake ?" What a mixture of surprise, fear, and delight || At these words, and the sound of that wellCelestina experienced in recognising her dia- | known voice, Pedro raised his head, but could monds, and hearing the relation of the crime the scarcely believe himself awake. “Oh! heavens ! prisoner had committed! She immediately deteris it you? Is it my beloved Celestina, or an angel mined to visit the dying man, and returned with that has assumed her form ?--Ah! it is she; I the host. The curateliad already arrived; and the no longer doubt it,” cried he, pressing her to his man, affected by his pious exhortations, declared, breast, and bathing her with tears of delight. in the presence of the Alcade, that two years “ It is my wife, my love. All my misfortunes before, as he was passing at night through a street are now at an end." at Granada, he saw a woman standing at a win “No,” replied Celestina, after a few moment's dow, whu, when he approached her, presented | silence, “ thou art guilty of murder, and I can. him the casket, telling him to keep it while she not break thy fellers; but, to-morrow, I will re
veal all to the judge who presides over us.
I will bound in chains; and soon the village would discover to him my birth, and relate our misfor have been nothing but a heap of stones and tunes; and if he should refuse to grant your corpses. freedom, I will return and end my days in At the first cries, the first acclamations, the prison."
watchful Alcade arose, ran to the prison, caused Celestina immediately gave orders for Don the doors to be thrown open, and apprised Don Pedro's removal from the subterraneous dungeon | Pedro of their danger. The brave youth asked to one less dreary; and, after having taken care for a sword for himself, and a shield for the that he should be in want of nothing, the affec Alcade ; 100k Celestina by the hand, made his tionate Alcade returned home to prepare for the way through the crowd, and arrived at the next day's journey. But it was decreed that a market-place. There h: addressed the fugitives ! dreadful event should prevent her departure, and “ Friends !” exclaimed he,
you are Spaniards, hasten Don Pedro's liberty.
and you ily! fly, and abandon your wives and Some galleys from Algiers, whiclı for several children to the fury of infidels !" These words days had followed Don Pedro's ship, after the arrested their steps; he ranged thein around him storm, had arrived on the coast of Gadara. Not || in order of battle, inspired them with his courage, to loose by their voyage, they resolved to land || and, sword in hand, rushed on a body of Turks during the night. Two renegadoes, who were who were advancing. “These were soon put to acquainted with the country, took upon them- the rout and dispersed; and shouts of victory selves to guide the rest to the village of Gadara ; soon rang through the air. All the inhabitants, and these wretches directed them but too well. || animated by the example of their companions, About an hour after midnight, the time when || instantly joined them. Pedro, without quitting the labourer enjoys repose, after the fatigues of the Celestina, and always occupied in sheltering her day, and the assassin wakes, a cry was heard of, | with his body, attacked the barbarians, struck “ To arms! to arms! the Turks have landed, and them with terror by his shoots, destroyed all are massacreing our inhabitants! and burning our those who resis: ed him, and drove the remainder houses !” These dreadful words, the darkness out of the village; retook the spoiis, freed the of the night, and the screams of the dying, filled | prisoners, and gave up the pursuit of the vanevery heart with dismay. The wonen, trem. quished to return and assist in extinguishing the bling, clung to their husbands; and the old men flames. sought protection beside their youthful sons. In The day began to dawn, when a company of an instant the village appeared on fire; and then soldiers, who had been too late apprised of the it was, by the red glare of the flames, that the descent of the Insdels, arrived from a neighbourterrible scy metars were seen to shine, and the ing town. The Governor, who conducted them, white turbans of the Infidels were distinguished. || found Don Pedro surrounded by women, chil. These barbarous monsters, with a Aambeau in dren, and aged men, who, weeping, kissed his one hand and an axe in the other, broke open hands, thanking him for having restored to them and set fire to houses; rushed through the blaz. their husbands, fathers, and sons. The Alcade, ing ruins, in search of plunder and new victims, || standing beside him, enjoyed thie dear delight of and returned covered with blood and loaded with || witnessing bim she loved an object of universal their booty.
admiration. The Governor, being informed of Some seized the infant who slept peacefully | Don Pedru's exploits, overwhelmed him with in its cradle. The frantic mother in despair, un praise. But Celestina now entreated to be heard; conscious of what she attempted, endeavoured and declared, before the Governor and the whole alone to defend it; nothing terrified her. She village, who were assembled, her sex and her braved, she contemned death ; she supplicated, || adventures, the murder Don Pedro had comshe threatened: while the tender infant, already | mitted, and the motives that rendered it exin the grasp of those merciless tygers, bathed || cusable. All the inhabitants fell at the Gover. them with tears, extended its little arms, nor's feet to entreat pardon for their deliverer. and, screaming, asked them not to kill its | Their request was granted; and the happy Pedro mother.
was embracing Celestina, the Governor, and the Nothing was sacred for these barbarians. They | principal inhabitants, when an old villager adforced open the doors of the house of God, over vanced towards him :-“ Brave stranger," said threw the altars, tore off the gold from precious he,“ you are our liberator; but you take our relicks, and trampled the bones of saints under Alcade from us, and this loss will, perhaps, be their sacrilegious feet. Alas! their sacred func
greater than the good you have bestowed on us. tion afforded no protection to priests, their silver Increase our happiness; remain in this village, hair to old men, to youth their beauty, and to and deign to become our Alcade, our master, our children their innocence. All were stabbed or friend; and honour us by giving us an opportue
nity of shuwing our gratitude. In a large city, your houses that have been burned by the Inthe cowardly and the wicked, who enjoy the fidels. On this condition only will I accept the same rank, will think themselves your equals; situation of Aicade; and when I have conse. but here, each viriuvus inhabitant will love you crated to your use my fortune and my life, I shall as a father. After Gud, it is you we shall most not have sufficiently recoin pensed you for having honour; and every year, on this day, each fa- restored me my long lost Celestina.” ther shall come and present to you liis child All the spectators pressed around Don Pedro dren, saying, this is he who saved your mo to embrace his kuees. The Governor promised thers."
to arrange every thing according to bis wishes; Don Pedro embraced the old man who had and iwo days after this Celestina was united to thus spoken.
“ Yes, my children,” he replied; her lover. Notwithstanding the recent calamity, yes, my brothers, I will remain here. I will the villagers found means to prepare a feast in devote my life to Celestina and you. My wife honour of their nuptials; and the two lovers has considerable estates at Granada, our worthy | lived to an advanced age, happy in them. Guvernur will cause tliem to be restored to her; selves, and shedding bliss on all who surrounded and the produce shall be employed in rcbuilding ll them,
A TALE OF FORMER TIMES.
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“ SCARCELY knowing whether I ought to welcome to a place of safety. He then unfolded receive him as a friend or an enemy, for it had the secret of my extraordinary deliverance. many times occurred to me that he had betrayed “ Thank your stars,' he exclaimed, and to the Prince the important secret of my appoint- | the power of love, for having escaped the horri. nient with the fair Zoe, I remained motionless ble death designed you; and prove that you are and speechless. He advanced with open arms, not deficient in gratitude, by hastening from the and by his words and manner, soon convinced me neighbourhood of a place which has cost you so I had injured by suspecting him. He left me much suffering. A jealous Prince is more to be not long in suspence as to the object of this dreaded than Argus or Briau; he has a thousand visit: he ordered me to follow him, in terms very eyes to observe what is passing, and a thousand laconic indeed, and with the air of a man who arms to avenge it. Zeus is the husband the most has not an instant to waste, but in a way which amorous, and the enemy the most vindictive, that impressed on my nind the transporting conviction exists in the world. Tke blood of a tyger cir. that I should soon be at liberty. The mephitic | culates in his vains; love alone can restrain his air of my dwelling seemed to be not at all to his || fury. But even to this he refuseıl your pardon. taste, and with rapid steps he ascended the steps | Zoe protested your innocence in vain; he swore that led from my dungeon.
your life should be the forfeit of your presump“ Under the guidance of this my tutelary tion, and your fate had been the sanie as that of angel, I reached a low arched door-way, which numbers who have perished in the tower, if the opened on an opposite part of the rock to that by Princess had not hazarded every thing for your which I had been dragged into my prison, and sake. Her ferocious husband having set out for led to an ill cut flight of steps, at the bottom of the chase, she profited by his absence in bribing which was a boat. My deliverer made me a sign the guard of the lower to convey to you the to be silent, and seizing the oars, he rowed me means of support. Her anxiety to do more for safely to a small creek, where we landed. He you, and the little prospect there appeared of prohurried along, and I followed without daring to curing your liberty, brought on a severe illness. utter a word. In about an hour we reached a Consumed with fever, she approached rapidly the solitary house, which we entered by a back door, 1 end of her days : a mortal paleness had succeeded of which iny conductor had the key. We groped the hectic flush of her cheek, and the flame of life our way through several dark passages, till we seemed just extinct. She bockoned me to her rouched a room where was a single light burning bed-side, where, in a voice scarcely audible, she on a table. Having gently closed the door of the besought me to attempt something in your favour. apartment, Theophrastus embraced and bade me Touched, penetrated to the soul, I swore to effect
your deliverance or perish in the alleinpt, One in habits of familiarity with the human race, they of your guards had received from me some im- | intermarried with the children of Adam, and the portant services, which he gratefully remembered; || posterity resulting from these unions is perpeI sounded him, and found he was willing to risk tuated in these our days. The swan who surmuch to oblige me. To be brief: I gained ad- il prised in her bed the beautiful Leda, and whom mittance into your prison, and it now rests with the poets have termed the god of thunder, was you to preserve at once my secret and yourself. nothing more than one of those beings, and the A vessel is ready to sail for the Hellespont, pre- | females who sprung from this connection have pare yourself then, I conjure you to depart in possessed from generation 10 generation, the it.
power of assuming, under certain circumstances, " Is she then dead?" I exclaimed in a tran. and with certain views, the form of a swan. sport of grief " Zoe, the enchanting, tender “ There exist, in some particular parts of the Zoe, lives she no longer, and shall I survive her: world, three springs, which belong to the aerial No, I swear, solemnly swear_"
beings of whom I have been speaking. Their “ Maiman!' cried Theophrastus, seizing me waters have the property of preserving in eternal by the arm, 'the Princess lives, and may recover; youth and beauty these immortal proprietors, and but for her peace you must quit this place to all who are descended from them, provided they return to it no more."
bathe in the springs at a certain part of the year; “ How! quit Naxos without seeing her ? I but as those sources are very remote, and the cannot, will not do it. The charms of Zoe, ever descendants of Leda alone have the power present to my thoughts, nad made such an in of using wings, many of the progeny of the delible impression on my heart, that it appeared fairies cannot avail themselves of the prerogatives to me far less terrible to part with life than to of their birth; though descended from the imtear myself from this object of my adoration.- mortals, they undergo the fate of the children of My friend, I added, your last words are to me the || Adam, and fade and die like the Howers of the words of death. If you had let me remain in field. the tower, I should speedily have been freed from “ How strange soever the assertion may apa life, which can be to me nothing but a life of pear to you, noble cavalier, is nevertheless misery if I am to be separated from Zoe. You most true, that the fair Zoe, the lovely object of have done nothing for me if you do not do more; your wishes, can trace her ancestors up to Leda. contrive, therefore, that I may see the Princess, | The strongest proof I am able to give you of it or leave me to perish by my own hand.”
is, that every year she assumes the figure of a “ The good Theophrastus regarded me with swan, and pays a visit to the baths of beauty. the air of a physician, who discovers the violence || This annual journey lasts nine days; and not a pf his patient's malady in his ravings. “Your female who has the power to make it, ever neproject,' cried he, 'is that of a maniac: you glects to gratify her vanity by an immersion prohave escaped death by a miracle; talk not of ductive of such extraordinary effects as a renewal giving him a willing victim. But since I see of youth and beauty If then, you are willing that your passion triumphs over every considera to encounter the fatigue of repairing to one of tion that it ought to yield to, I must secure your those marvellous fountains, you will have the safery, my own, and that of the beauteous Zoe happiness of again beholding the object of your herself, by imparting a secret, by which you may affections. The first of them is situate in the both one day benefit. Learn, theil, what is known kingdom of Abyssinia, and is the source of the but to a few; and what neither threats, nor pro celebrated Nile. The second is a lake without mizes, nor any thing short of the most lively | bottom, at the foot of Mount Ararat; and is the friendship, could extort from me. This beauty same that swallowed up the waters of the deluge. whom you adore, this enchanting Zoe, is descend. The third is placed in Germany; it is called the ed, as are many other beauties of Greece, from Lake of the Swans, and occupies the middle of the race of the fairies. The ancient traditions
an extensive and roman:ic valley. This last of the divinities who formerly inhabited Greece, being nearest Naxos, is the one which Zoe comare not, as many pretend, mere chimeras. The monly visits. You will readily distinguish the poets, it is true, have iningled with them so
fairy swans from the others, by a crown of plumes many fables, that it has become as difficult to which ornaments the heads of the former; and separate the false from the true, as to separate as they resume their na: ural form the instant they silver from mercury. It is nevertheless certain, plunge into the water, you will be at ou loss to that the gods of the ancient world are a set of perceive if the beautiful Zoe be among them. If aerial beings who inhabit the superior regions of you have the happiness 10 see her, lose not an the atmosphere, that is to say, who dwell on the instant in adıniring her matchless form, but fiy to summit of Mount Olyan pus. They lived formerly snatch up the plumage she has discarded, which