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BY JOSEPH MOSER, ESQ.
London was two or three hundred were chiefly appropriated to churches, years ago *."
palaces, and the mansions of the nobiYet sirrely this account, supposing it lity. The shops of the citizens were to be as the author whom we have (indeed, in many instances, down to quoted has stated, must be received with our own times,) open ; the windows of grcat caution, as it is in numerous in- their dwellings were, like those of lestances exceedingly exaggerated. The nice and some other cities of Italy, river Anyder may very well represent of oiled or varnished linen. Horn plates the Thames, and ihe other the River of and laminæ of tale or fossil glass were Wells; but certainly the streets of 100- also used. But although many of the don were vot, at the beginning of the houses had gardens, yet so little wins sixteenth century, either“ very com
horticulture understood, that Queen modious or very handsome :" the line Katharine herself could not, in 1509, from Charing-cross to Ildgate was in have a salad for dinner, until the King most parts of a sufficient width; and sent to the Netherlands for a gardener we find by the 24 Hen. VIII, c. 14, to cultivate those herbs and roots, with that the pavement which had ruu which we are now better supplied tban, through the city to Strand Cross + was perhaps, any other part of Europe. extended to that of Charing ; but this line of street was, even then, intersec!ed and broken by narrow lanes I, not only
MYROX. within the walls, but in the suburb toward the river; nor does any informa
An ARABIAN TALE.
had retorved to the cottage, and * The Utopia of Sir Thomas More was
while he was engaged in conversation written in the year 1316, and is one of those
with Anime and Jydice, he observed, fortunate productions that, buoved up by throngh the rine-Branches that orerbeen much more frequently praised van spread the lattires, two persons of a read.
inost venerable appearance coming up + The spot wliere " the tall inaypole once o'erlooh'd the Strand," and where the "These, my good master, are the New Church is now erected. The improve.
men whom I mentioned to you!” said inent of paving was also extended in the Abi, in a tremulous voiee. more northern road, by the 25 lien. VIII, The lovely sisters in an instant caught c. 8, which enacts, thai " the high street the alarm. " Do you apprehend any in Holborn, hetwist Holborn Bridge and ihe danger from their approach?" said they, Bars, shall he paved on both sides with
at the sanie moment that they clung lo paving stones." Such as Milford-lanc, Strand-lane, Ilarts
“ Not the least," returned Myroa : horn-lene, &c. &c. 11 “ The houses be of fair and gorgeous
on the contrary, I am so cager to buildings, and in the street side they stand
learn the nature of their business, that joined together in a row through the wlole I will meet them half way.” street, without any purit on or separation.
" Time," said one of the Turks, as On the back side of the houses, 'thuongh they approached hiin,“ has not sa the whole length of the street, lve large altered the features of Myron, but that gardens, which he cinsed round abont with I knew him instantly : bis recollection the back parts of the street. Every borse does not appear to be so good: or, hath two doors, ore to the streer, and a
rather, time has bad more influence postcrn door on the back sule into the gare den. There doors be made to open with
pon me, or he would surely before two leaves; kver locked or holied; so easy
this have recognized his ancient friend
and relation Leontes, ibe man to whom to be opened, that they will follow the least drawing of the finger, and shiut again of de entrusled great part of his fortune, themselves." -(irone's vers on of Dire's life and all his valuable cifects, when he set pia, (whicli, it the whole account is rcierred forth on his travels." in, will be found soinewbut different from “ Leontes !" exclainen Arron, “ja Burace's translation, page 18.
the habit of a Turkish pilgrim, and su
far from Greece, on a journey to Mec- of those beautiful objects, both of whom ca! Impossible!”
he now ayın embraces. But a few mi“ Yet," said the other pilgrim, nules' reflection will convince him that “ however impossible the circumstance, he was, in the first instance, mistaken, it is as indubitably certain as that Myron and that the second rather tended to has also before him, in the same habit, clear than increase the delusion.” another friend, whom he seems as shy " You say true, my friend Alexas !" of remembering.”
said Levntes, who had now folded an “ Alexas !” cried Myron, “the com- arm around cach ofthe virgins: “ Time, panion of one of my journies. Who ever ductile to the luman imagination, could have expected to have seen you hal, iu ihe first ebullitions of my ecstahere? To what fortunate or untoward cy, receded from my mind. I had toaccident, my friends, do I owe this ren- tally forgotten that inore than eighteen counter?"
years have elapsed since I lost my Ly" To a circumstance,” replied Leon- dice. Yet such she was in form, in feates, " that partakes of both those pro- tures, nay even in dress.“ perties.”
* Our mother's name,” said Anime, ** Relate it to me,” continued the trembling, “ was ( ydice.”' Sage.
" Was !” exclaimed Leontes, in the * You know, ( Myron !” added greatest emotion, “ Where is she?" Leontes, " that I once had a daughter, “I must answer that question,” said dear to me as my own existence, dear Myron, “if it is not already anssered to me as -Had-did I say?-1 lave- by the tears of these her lovely repre. She is found !-She is recovered !” he sentatives.” cried, starting from his friends, and " Oh heaven !" cried Leontes. catching in his arms Lydice, who had “You say right,” added Myron. “She just leit the cottage, and was coming is now with the holy matróns and virtowards them. “She is found! she is gins, saints and martyrs, ministering befound again !” exclaimed the almost fure the throne of the Omnipotent!" frantic Leontes, pressing her to his bo- A pause ensued.
“ You are! you are indeed !" conti. The lovely virgin, astonished at the nued Leontes, the true representatives embrace and the exclamations of a pil- of my loved and lovely Lydice. Over. grim totally a stranger to her, struggled powered by this awful event, my spirits and shrieked. Aniine, who was at a sink, my brain whirls round-Lead me short distance, flew to the place. Asto- to your abode, my children.--Are you, nishment possessed her also: but as the Lvdice, the eldest?” first idea that darted into her inind was, " A few minutes only,” said Lydice. that the Turks had seized her sister for " We are twins.” a slave, she cried to Myron, to Abi, “ You are, indeed, the semblance of and Coltor, “ Help! help! save, oh cach other, and of your once beautiful save, my dear, my beloved Lydice!" moker. Such, once, was iny Lydice.
At the sound of her enchanting voice, How could she leave me? Where is Leontes released J.ydice from his em
your father?" brace, and clasping his arms around " He is absent,” said Lydice. Avime, he, with the utmost fervour, 66 is he a Greek?" ejaculated, “ Holy St. Basil! are these " le is!” angelic allusions ? Mo! they recede not I thoughtso!" said Leontes : “Will from my grasp. What, then, have I he ever return?” found? Another Lydice! llast thou re- ** lieii'rn!" repliet Lydice, in great stored to me two daughters for the one agitation ; “ he is the best of fathers ; that I lost?"
he was the best of husbands. We every " What, my dear frieud!” said My- hour expect him." ron, interposing,
can these frantie Welli lead nie to your dwelling !" actions mean? How can we possibly interpret these incoherent exclamations ?
Chapter IV. “ Leontes will soon be able to es- * While Leontes endeavours to replain them,” added Alexas. “ Know. press the ebullition of his griet,” said ing," he continued, " the circumstances Myron, “ and in the company of his that led to this pilgrimage, and his mo- lovely grand-daughters consoles himself tives for undertaking it, I little wonder for those misfortunes which he has so that he is so agitated by the appearance feelingly deplored, as from bis emotions Europ. Mar. Vol. LI, Feb. 1807.
I first learned tllose circumstances, I have abetted so flagrant an act of dismust, therefore, O Alexas ! request that obedience. In that land of filial piety, you would further inform me of the such a monster could not have existed. events that have occurred during my No one, I am assured, would have shared long absence from my native land. the contamination of his crime. If I My brother?".
had met the replile, I would, if possible, Cleon,” said Alexas, “sleeps with have sent him home in chains-1 would His forefathers ; two years are passed have chastized him on-Why do you since he paid the great debt to na- start, Alexas ?" ture."
• We are,” replied Alexas, "over“ His son Philip,” continued Myron, heard, and consequently shall be be“ had a passion for travelling ; and, trayed. This disguisetwenty years since, when I was making * Overhears! When? Where? How?". preparaiion for my journey to Persia, “ The man that now approaches us he mosi ardently entreated that he from the end of the walk," continued might accompany me; however, I hope Alexas, I am positive that I saw that the reasons which I urged against lurking in the bushes and shrubs on granting his request, repressed that en- our right hand. If the reasons for our thusiastic curiosity, the frequent conco- assumption of the disguise of pilgrims initaut of juvenile minds, which is some- were hivted to the Turkish Cadi, he times engrafted in the system for the would deem these Mahometan habits most laudable purposes, and that, in too serious to be trified with, and, I consequence, his father's declining age, fear, make us exchange them for some and last hours, were irradiated and con- still more degrading. soled by his dutiful attention and com- " Fear nothing," said Myron ; “the pany. You sigh, my friend. Sure lie person now before us looks more like a did not abandon his paternal mansion?" Grecian than a Turk."
“ Ile did indeed,” said Alexas, “soon 66 And a Grecian'he certainly is. Most after he liad received that share of for- venerable and honoured uncle!” said a tune which his father had allotted him." man who rushed forward, and prostrated
" Then that must have been about himself at the feet of Myron, “ you two years after I left Greece.”
will, when he assigns his reasons for " It was."
his flight": " Ah, headstrong youth!” exclaimed “ Send him back to his country in Myron, " to leave his friends and con- chains,” cried Alexas, interrupting him. nexions, and to become an outcast from .“ Surely," he continucd, “forgive society, and probably a wanderer upon your nephew Philip.” the face of the earth.”
" It is indeed iny nephew ; ( now “ How little, O sage Myron!” said perfectly recollect lis features,” exAlexas, “ when we retrospectively view claimed Myron, raising and embracing in our mental mirror's objects, though him. they are perhaps exactly similar, are u send him back in chains !" repeatwe inclined to believe that comparison ed Alexas. reflects our own juvenile likeness ! For "I would not do it were it in my those irregularities of which he was power," said Myron. “ My dear neguilty, Philip, were he here, might, phew! the master of yonder cottage, perhaps, plead prescription, or, with the father of two of the loveliest virgreater effect, rest bis defence upon gins." the example of his uncle."
The beadstrong youth,” cried " True, my friend ! be might in some Alexas, " that abandoned his parental degree; but then so young, so thoughts roof." less a being!"
" He might have reasons for his Me pere once young and thought fight. I believe he had." less beings ourselves," said Alexas.. " So do I," said Alexas. ** Be it so; but, dreading the power
" Providence directed bis steps," of his father, what man durst accompany continued Myron : "he has, with his hiuni"
lovely daugliters, been the preserver "to man, except bis slaves, did ac- of my life. lle les bis father, but he company him."
saved his uncle. lu his elegant collage "I am glad of in." returned Myron : I have experienced a bospitality truly "indeel, it would have been difficult to Grecian, and from his oflspring an atbave found any Grecian that would tention and observance truly reveren
tinl. I am certain that his wandering to hers; and of asking their consent emanated from untoward circumstances to our union," at home, and that he could not himself That,” said Myron, “ would have be guilty of any one fault.”
been both sensible and dutiful. What • Yet,” cried Alexas, assuming a hindered you from carrying your design solemn tone,
“ standing before us into effect ?" as he now does, I charge him with “ A circumstance which I am about two."
to relate. You remember the beautiful " Of what nature ?” said Myron. colonade, and the detached columns that
“ Disobedience; for which, indeed, are said to be the vestiges of an ancient I must observe, you have furnished him bath." with an excuse; and seduction, the con- ** Perfectly!" returned Myron : “they
sequences of which I can prove by two stand in the cedar grove at the back of 1 witnesses, whom, it is certain, you have your late father's mansion.” already tampered with.
These are “ In this place, the most sequestered crimes, my friend, that can hardly be part of the vicinity of Larissa, Lydice deemed truly Grecian; but how they and myself delighted to walk. Here, will fare before your impartial tribu- under the shade of the magnificent nal, it is impossible for me to say," foliage that so highly embellished the
• If,” said Myron, " hy witnesses you landscape, we interchanged our mutual mean the beautiful virgins of the cot- vows. These we every day repeated ; tage; when they appear, they are like when one afternoon, as we were thus ly to have strong influence upon the engaged, Georgias, the merchant, apmind of a judge: but how can they be proached: he seemed to pay particular acquainted with seduction ?"
attention to Lydice, which, I must con• Heaven forbid !” returned Alexas, fess, by no means pleased me. Duty " that they should ever be acquainted called me to attend my father, and with seduction, although they are, as I therefore he conducted her home. The have hinted, its consequences. I there. next day, when I met her in the same fore charge the culprit, Philip, with place, she informed me that he had, having persuaded, enticed, or enforced, to her parents, made proposals of marLydice to leave her father, and abandon riage.” her native land.”
Who had :" cried Myron. “ To a part of this charge, 0 Alexas ! “ Georgias !" returned Philip, for I know you well,” cried Philip, “ For whom?" ! " though the purpose for which you " For himself !”
came here is a mystery to me, I plead “ For himself!" exclaimed Myron. guilty."
“ I did not know that you were talking * I thought so," said Alexas to My- of a son of Georgias, nor have I ever ron: “ therefore you had better, upon heard that he had such a relation.” his own confession, send him back in " Nor I either,” said Alexas. chains."
“ Nor 1,” continued Philip; "the “ First,” added Myron, “ let ine venerable Georgias made proposals in hear him out.”
favour of himself.” “ You know, my honoured uncle,” " Venerable indeed !” said Myron. continued Philip; the intimacy of Why, to my knowledge, he was older our family with that of Leontes. You than the father of Lydice." also know the freedom allowed to the “ Considerably,” continued Philip. Grecian virgins, and that Lydice and “ Had the virgin had no attachment, myself were companions, even in our she would unequivocally have rejected infancy; that we were brought up to- hin: though, perhaps, her resistance gether; but you do not know that we might not have been so firm, her reloved each other before we know the jection so decisive. Situated as she meaning of the word, and that with our was, she with energy expressed her years our attachment increased." abhorrence of Georgias, and at the same
" Why did you not obtain your fa- time emphatically avowed her passion ther's sanction?" said Myron.
for me. The word of Leontes hail been "Our early years had hitherto re- already given : he insisted that she strained me,” continued Philip; “ but, should enable him to fulfil his promise. glowing with passion, I was upon the In this dilemma, fight appeared to us point of mentioning our love to my fa- the only means by which we could prether; and, if it had met his approbation, serve our vows to each other inviolato.
IN TWO PARTS.
In consequence of this resolution, (for me, acted so forcibly upon her, as to to think upon the subject was to re- produce a fever and delirium; in consolve,) wę left the mansions of our fa- sequence of which, the lovely Lydice, thers, an:', attended by a few slaves, after suffering a few days, expired in which the fortune I båd just received mine and her daughters' arms. enabled me to procure, began our jour
(To be continued.) ney. We were united at the first village that we came to after we had left Larissa. In a Turkish carriage we proceeded to Salonica, where we took shipping for Alexandria.
Soon after we DESCRIPTION of the GREAT DESERT of landed we joined a caravan; and, ar
WESTMINSTER. riving at this place, began to respire from the faligne and terror of a long and dangerous journey."
BY JOSEPH MOSER, ESQ. " Was it,” said Myron, apprehension of a pursuit that induced you to fly
Part I. so far from Greece?"
“ Partly,” replied Philip: “ but a T has, by many that are unquestionmuch stronger motive was a desire to visit those countries that you had so been frequently stated, that of all the often mentioned.llow have I listened countries of Europe, there is not one to you with rapture when you have equal to England, for the happy combirepeated the information that you had pation of those obvious features of opufrom books or travellers collected re- lence exhibited in the architecture of specting Arabia Felix!. In fact, I pant- our cities and towns, with the exuberant ed to behold the country which, oh marks of fertility displayed in our fields my beloved uncle! glowed in your de- and gardens. scription."
This country, to adopt a bold metaThere have, I must confess, been phor, may be said to smile with plenty; worse excuses for travelling," said My- and its towns, to create one equally as
bold, to luxuriale in splendor. “ Besides,” said Philip, “ I had, per- Some sterile tracks, specks upon the haps, a foreboding of what has since redundant surface of our happy Island, been realized : I thought, as I knew that do certainly here and there appear; and you meant to return this way from India, some few ruins are still, at distances that I might, possibly, one day meet remote, to be found; but these are with, and be serviceable to you." incidentally advantageous, as they serve
"This is still a better reason than the " to gild our rural scenes," and afford other,” said Myron.
scope to the genius of the painter, and, “ About twelve months after we had in some instances, opportunities for a settled in this place, to which I was in- display of the erudition of the antiduced by the attractive beauties of the quary. neighbourhood, and of the surrounding Of our English plains, that of Saliscountry, Lydice was delivered of twins, bury, Bagshot Heath, Marlborough the two virgins whom you have seen. Downs, Sherwood Forest, Sutton ColdWe since had several children, but they field, Hounslow Heath, and Finchley died in their infancy.”
Common, are some of ihe principal. “But your wife?” said Alexas. But there is not in any part of the
“ Alas!” cried Philip, "the manner Island such immense tracks of sterility in which she had left her faiher's house and sand as grace, or rather disgrace, had, at times, so operated upon her the southern part of Germany, the exsusceptible mind. and so frequently cast tensive wastes of Bretagne, Anjou, and a gloom over hier ainusemenis, that, as Mayne; or of stone, as distinguish the I knew she longed to visit her native tril-provoking acclivities of Switzerland. Jand, I was about to make preparations The yellow sards of Spain, which, in for our return to Greece, when we were one district orly, exiend from the roinformed by a Turkish pilgrim, the only manticăierra Morena to the Mediterrameans that we had of bearing of our nean, and dye the river Tiuto in its beloved country, that both iny falber course, are also superior to any thing and Leontes were no more. This alread in this country of the same kind. Thus ful information, while it greatly afeciod much nay serve for descris; now for