nity of showing our gratitude. In a large city, l 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 ihink themselves your equals; situation of Alcade ; 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 recompensed 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 his chil- | All the spectators pressed around Don Pedro dien, saying, this is he who saved your mo- to embrace his knees. The Governor promised thers.”

to-arrange every thing according to his wishes; Don Pedro embraced the old man who had and two 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 I lived to an advanced 'age, happy in themGuvernor will cause them to be restored to her; ll selves, and sliceding bliss on all who surrounded and the produce shall be errployed in rcbuilding ll thein,



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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 ihe 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 vindiclive, that impressed on my mind the transporting conviction exists in the world. The blood of a tyger cir. that I should soon be at liberiy. 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 refusell your pardon. taste, and with rapid steps he ascended the steps Zue 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 same 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 huzaided 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 fight 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 tower 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 pro. hurried 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, ll end of her days : a mortal paleness had succeeded of which my 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 beckoned me to her reached a room where was a single light burning bed-side, where, in a voice scarcely audible, she on a table. Having gently clo.ed the door of the besought me to attempt something in your favour. apartment, Theophrastus embraced and bade me Touchod, penetrated to the soul, I swore to effect

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your deliverance or perish in the alleinpt, ane || in habits of familiarity with the human race, they of your guards had received from me some im- | intermarried with the children of Adain, 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 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 1 possessed from generation to generation, the

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 Zoc, 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 “ Malman!' cried Theophrastus, seizing me waters have the property of preserving in eternal' by the arm, the Princess lives, and may recover; I 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? Il 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 towers 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 ap. a life, which can be to me nothing but a life of pear to you, noble cavalier, it 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 lasis nine days; and not a of 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, then, what is known kingdom of Abyssinia, and is the source of the but to a few; and what neither threais, nor pro celebrated Nile. The second is a lake without mizes, nor any thing short of the niost lively bottom, at the foot of Mount Ararat; and is the friendship, could extort from me. This beauty sameihat 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, froin Lake of the Swans, and occupies the middle of the race of the fairies. The ancient traditions ! an extensive and romantic valley. This last of the divinities who formerly inhabited Greece, li being nearest Naxos, is the one which Zoe comare not, as many pretend, mere chimeras. The li monly visits. You will readily distinuni poets, it is true, have iningled with thein so || fairy swans from the others, by a crown of plumes many fables, that it has become as difficult to i which ornaments the heads of the former; and separate the false from the true, as to separate as they resume their natural form the instant they silver from mercury. It is nevertheless certain, l plunge into the water, you will be at ou loss to that he 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 to see her, lose not an the aunosphere, that is to say, who dwell on the instant in adıniring her matchless form, but fiy to suinmit of Mount Olympus. They lived formerly I snatch up the plumage she has discarded, which


you will find on the banks of the lake. The || posing themselves seen, positively fostei on the Princess will then be completely in your power, l surface. As soon as it was sufficienıly light to having no longer the power to resume her flight. || allow me to discover their features, I beheld,-0, Love will teach you how to profit by the advan transport indescribable! beautiful Zoe herself. My tage.

heart beat with tumultuous delight, and such was “ Theophrastus ceased to speak, and I remain the agitation of my soul, that I entirely forgot er silent, ignorant whether I ought to consider the important instruction I had received from my what I had heard as no more than a fiction, in- friend Theophristus. Instead of securing the vented solely to delude me. He swore to me, Il possession of my argel, by seizing the plumage however, in the most solemn manner, that he which had Alated to the brink, in the excess of had asserted nothing but what was true, and my joy I darted from my concealment, and exwith a tone of sincerity that left me without the lending my arms, exclimed, -" Enchanting power of distrusting him any longer. Embracing | | Princess of Naxos ! soul of my existence! thou him, therefore, with transport, 1 submitted my- || whom I have never ceased to adore! recognize self to his guidance, and was conducted on board your faithful lover, who for four years has attend. the vessel of which he had spoke to me.

ed at the fountain of beauty, with all the ardour “I crossed the Hellespont, and arrived at and impatience the most impassioned tenderness Constantinople, where I purchased the habit of can inspire.” a pilgrim. I then set out for Germany, in which “The nymphs, astonished and terrified, uttered country I wandered a considerable tiine before I | a general shriek, and collecting water in the discovered the object of my search, the tranquil | palms of their hands, threw it in my face to Lake of the Swans. At last I found it, and here prevent me froin seeing them. This brought to I formed this hermitage, concealing my real views my recollection the fate of Acteon, and instantly under the hypocritical mask of devotion. I was reuseating, they slid among soine rushes, and represently visited by several pious men, who be. mained there concealed. But presently seven swans lieved me to be a saint, and came to be enlighien rose from the lake, and Aapping the air with ed by ing experience. Little did they suspect their wings, elevated themselves in the horizon that my desires were all terrestrial, that I nourished and presently disappeared. It was then, and then in my heart an ardent passion for a bewitching only, I remembered my fatal omission. I tore morial, and that nothing occupied me less than the clothes from my back, the hair from my cares and preparations for that state towards which head, and committed a thousand acts of phrenzy. they believed all my views directed. My eyes, A sort of stupor succeeded this despair, and I it is true, are continually elevated towards heaven, li began to retrace, almost unconsciously, the but it was to feast them with the sight of tracks paih to this my hermitage. In passing the spot which I trusted would soon be pursued by where the cygnets had commenced their Night, I the lovely descendants of the race of the im. saw on the sand the inpression of a delicate foot, mortals.

which I knew to be that of Zoe, and near it a “ One of my first cares was to construct, on small packet, which I eagerly seized. On opening the brink of the lake, a cabin of rushes, to serve 1) it, I found a white silk glove, which could have me as a place of observation, when the time | been formed for no hand but hers, and a ring, in arrived for the beauteous bathers to make their the centre of which was a ruby of exquisite appearance. There I passed the greatest part of beauty, in the form of a heart. Imagining these every day, and I soon found that Theophrastus objects were left by design, I pressed them to my had not iinposed upon me.

lips as a happy omen of my future success. “ Just before the summer solstice, I beheld " Without doubt,” I exclaimed, “ Zoe is will. with transport several groupes of swaas arrive at ing I should understand that she leaves her heart the lake. They plunged into its undulating behind her; and that though the laws of decency waters, and instantly losing the form of birds, || would not permit her to quit lier companions to appeared as so many divinities. But she for remain with ine, I may expect she will return whom I anxiously looked, arrived not. I saw alone as soon as she finds it possible." not Zoe, and no other beauty could fix my eyes “ This sweet hope served even for years to for a single instant. For three successive sum console me, and sustain my patience, under re* mers my hopes were disappointed in like manner; peated disappointments. Each year flights of

yet I remained constantly at my post; despair swans appeared at the usual time, and I cautiously did not yet assail me.

carried on my observations, which discovered to “ Towards the solstice of the fourth summer, me forms celestial, but not that which alone was I heard one night the sound of the fapping of capable of moving my heart or gratifying my wings, and presently after I perceived several senses. My eyes sought Zoe only; alas! she nymphs bathing in the lake, and who, not sup- returned no niore. I preserved her ring and her

glove in a casket, her image was impressed on | proaches without finding me in possession of one my heart.

consolation, but what arises from the conviction “Around the place where I found my treasures, that my fate has been tbat of millions of others. I planted odoriferous shrubs and flowers, and thus The life of man is a dream ; he is continually arose my little garden. Year after year flew away || accupied in the pursuit of pleasure, Aying after in the hope, always disappointed, of seeing the that which he is not destined to seize, and spend beloved of my soul return. My limbs are now ing his strength in vain efforts to accomplish what tremulous with age, which has also furrowed my mocks his exertion. To marry, and devote his cheeks, and bleached my hair: nevertheless, the days to promoting the happiness of his wife, and arrival of the swans never fails to agitate me with the interests of his rising family, is what man pleasure, to recall the memory of the pleasures was designed for. Fulfil then, my son, this and hopes of my youth, and the dreams of felicity destiny; when my eyes are closed, watch at the which then gave the highest zest to every enjoy. lake, and if fortune favours thee, thou mayest ment which I found in the society of Zoe. It is procure an amiable wife of the race of faries. true, that when I reflect on the occupations of Thou knowest how to secure her; if she is willmy early life, and the frustration of some of my ing to live with thee, try to indemnify her by fondest hopes, I cannot but regard myself as an love for what she renounces; if her heart be inconsiderate prodigal, who squanders his wealth already given, and she cannot recal it, set her without enjoying it. My days have vanished || free: tho: hast no right to constrain her.” like a vision of night, and the close of life ap- 11

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Fakir. What benefit have I received for, Fakir. Why? The deeds we have committed having for forty years sat upon nails, slept stand- | in the terrestrial world with our bodies, no ing, suspended myself by a rope, and hung over longer concern us; it is a sort of covering wbich Names un il my nose began to take fire? we have thrown off, and which now does not thought I should have ascended in a direct line belong to us. Let us candiilly confess our past to the paradise of the Holy Prophet, and there follies. I have been a fool all my lifestarving, inclose in my arms the lovely forms of the blue. lashing, and lacerating my poor body, that was ered Houris. But how sadly I have been de ready to sink under the torments l inflicted upon ceived! I have neither wife nor body; I am it. But you do not appear to have done the only a poor wandering shade, that a blast of same.-Come, come, do not blush; tell me all; wind beats to and fro; I have no longer the samewhat signifies the stains of a garinent which is desires, which I heretofore curbed that I might no longer our property? be better enabled to enjoy celestial happiness. Vestal (sighing.) Have you heard of Rome?

Vestal. It well becomes you to complain !- Fakir. Never. You were not buried alive. I suppose they did I Vestal. How! It has conquered the whole not confine you in the sepulchre before you had world. ceased to breathe.

Fukir. The whole world! Not quite ; for I Fakir. You must then have fallen into a ter- l protest I never heard this Rome mentioned. But rible swoon.

what concern is there between this city and your Vestal. No; a senate who called themselves extraordinary burial. the legislators of the whole world, and a people Vestal. This city, which swayed the universe, celebrated for their conquest, condemned me to saw me born. The inhabitants thought their this dreadful punishment.

preservation depended upon twelve shields, which Fakir. You had then betrayed the state? were said to have fallen from heaven, and the Vestal. No.

existence of a fire said to have descended from Fakir. What then was your crime ?

The same channel. Vestal. Ah! my crime !

Fakir. A singular superstition truly, to be Fakir. You hesitate.

credited by a people, whom you represent as Vestal. There are some things which are having swayed the earth by their laws and force painful to relate ,

of arms.

Vestal. The care of this sacred fire, which time I saw him in the temple, he was attentively burned in a temple, was confided to the care of observing me; and I felt as though a burning young maidens. I was chosen to watch besidel arrow hard stung my heart; I met one of his this celestial fiame; and as the empire would be glances, and it seemed as though a new day considered in danger if it were extinguished, our shone around me, and a new existence thrilled negligence was punished with death. We were through my veins. Nature smiled more lovely, also ordered to remain virgins, under the threat and for the first time I enjoyed a foretaste of of being buried alive.

happiness. Whenever I fancied my lover had Fukır. Ah, madım! I now plainly guess, entered the temple, my walk became more why you have descended into the tomb before graceful and dignified: concealed in the midst your death. But I cannot help admiring this i of the crowd, I thought he contemplated me, mighty and powerful nation who entrust their fucki and often while acclamations of praise rose around ture grandeur to the frail seal of virginity.

me during our festivals, those who attended ihem Vestal. They did every thing to make us for- were ignorant of the cause which induced me to get our sacrifice. Rank, dignities, honours, I display the elegance of my shape, and increase the riches, all was bestowed on us. The best seats solemnity of the sacrifice. But when the crowd at the theatre were consecrated to our use. The i departed, the temple gites were closed-all axe and the fasces preceded us, and those of the around me seemed desolate; and my soul felt consuls were lowered in our presence. If a cri- no other sensations than those of melancholy minal crossed our path, this ineeting determined and despair. With stified sighs I hailed the his pardon, and saved him from death.

awful solitude of the edifice. I love," said I, Fakir. These are fine privileges; but sur. || " and far from ine, surrounded by numerous rounded by all these honours, still you did not || fascinating females, Valerius will disdain a think yourselves sufficiently repaid.

triumph that will cost him so much; for ine Vestal. Notwithstanding the dreadful law, the he will not have the courage to brave death; he disgrace, the cruel death with which I was ine. will only have to choose among the Roman naccd, I became-sacrilegious.

ladies, who are all endeavouring to ensnare Fakir. Your temptations must have been very him. Shall I then never know whether he great to make you brave so awful a punishment. loves me, and am I condemned to remain in

Vestal. The satallites, the executioners, the l this cruel suspence?" desolation of Rome, of my family, of the pontiffs, I Fakir. Your lover, perhaps, on his side, was the threats of heaven and earth-all disappeared | making similar reflections. at the sight of my lover's tears.--He had as much Vestal. He had read my thoughts, and from to fear as myself.

that moment he became worthy of me. The Fakir. I can say no more.

next festival he repaired to the temple; my Vestal. When I took the vow, an universal! companions and myself, ranged in order for a procalmness filled my soul, and the innocence in cesssion, and bearing in our hands the sacred which I lived could not teach me the extent of vases, with slow steps traversed the interior of my sacrifice. Soon, in solitude, the veil of in

of the sanctuary; a thin veil permitted us to see ancy was torrt asunder felt an insupportable around us, though it partially concealed us from void; my imagination pierced the temple's walls, The gaze of others. Valerius had placed himand from its gloomy vaults wandered in search of self among the first row of spectators; when the being whom I fondly believed was possessed | I arrived near him, I cast a look at him which of every earthly perfection. The duties of my l was half extinguished by iny veil; for answer, he office became tiresome and appeared too severe; laid his hand upon his heart, and instantly I peroverwhelmed with honours, I longed to enjoy Il ceived his eyes illumed, and then filled with tears, the small portion of liberty granted the wife of while mine were nearly deprived of the faculty of the most obscure citizen, and in that sacred fire seeing. Almost fainting, I endeavoured to grasp lighted on Vesta's altar, I beheld a faint image of the vase, which nearly fell from my trembling the Aame which devoured my heart.

hand; but joy and hope filled my heart: proud and Fakir. Your blindness at least was not equal satisfied, I advanced with a more steady step toto mine ; I was really the dupe of all my extra wards the altar, not doubting hut my lover would vagaricies before I proved their victim. In the undertake and overcome every difficulty. simplicity of my heart I became a martyr, and Fakir. You interest me, Priestess ; ), who that is inore than many others have done. But never would speak of love during my life, you let me hear more of your lover. -Tell me his make me listen to its picture after my death. I name; for I am interested in your restiny. ll still feel it is something: come, go on, and let

Vestal. His name was Valerius ; the first me know the end of your adventures.

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