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other. Princes, lawyers, financiers, are con No sooner was Aymen come to the court of ducted there by conscience; true lovers by Heaven, thau Jupiter gave Morpheus leave to constancy; fine gentlemeu by their creditors absent bimself for that night, and ordered him All these lovers make themselves very easy to show'r bis poppies over Venus and her about the oath they are to take, provided it be lover. He then profited by these calm bours, but written in letters of gold.
to regalate with Hymen the conditions of the With love and esteem they dispense very projected alliance. Vulcan bound himself to easily; such couples make acquaintance at the furnish and to keep up the celestial artillery, altar, and at once promise to have the same and Jupiter gave Venus in exchange. Hymen character ; to be a good husband, good wife, himself concluded ibis bargaio. good father, good mother ; to have but one Night had hardly performed two-thirds of heart and soul, to nourish mutually even unto her course, when Jupiter charged Mercury death, the same fame which they thus light with wakening Venus. At the same time he in a moment, and which burns at the word of sent by him an order for Mars to depart the command.-Alas! the black troop of Spirits Text morning without taking leave, under premeet such couples at their first step from the lence of sending him to combat some parti. altar, and accompany them even to their own zans whom the Titans and been trying to' residence.
assemble together. It is said that Cupid is never seen to enter Venus was at this very moment troubled by this temple, except by a concealed door ; when a cruel dream. She believed that she saw her. Pleasure opens it in secret to eager and faithful self in the midst of the celestial court. Jupi. lovers. Hyınen discreetly unites them, and ter presented to her the God of Lemnos, and cuts tbe wings of Pleasure, who migbt fy ordered her to take him for a husband. away with Time and Youth, and in place of She repulsed with trembling the band of Tenderness, leave Repentance.
Vulcan, and threw herself at the feet of JupiIn dissipated cities conjugal bappiness is ter, which she bathed with her tears. She rarely seen ; indeed tbey who find the peace called hiin her protector, her father, and conof the heart in the bosom of wedded faith, ll jured him not to sacrifice her, or at least to may pass for possessors of the philosopher's defer the sacrifice. Jupiter relented, and heard stone.
ter prayer; but Destiny, more powerful than How rarely do we behold such as are the Gods, pronounced the sentence of Venus. coupled for life journey on side by side with Mercury conducted her to Vulcan, and Hymen calm satisfaction! The pilgrim suits himself wuited them in his chains at the foot of the with difficulty to the pace of her who bears altar. him company; often is be beard to swear, Such was the dream of Cypria when Mer. that were it to do again, he would never take
cury awaked her.
Tbe unfortunate balf. a companion in his journey. However that
opened her eyes, dim with tears and weighed may be, I am resolved to undertake this long l ciowa wiib poppies, and confounding the illutour, if I may but risk with you the dangers | sion with reality, exclaimed:-"Let us go! of the pilgrimage.—Adieu!
since inflexible Destiny ordains, I obey." At
these words she followed Mercury, astonished LETTER XXI.
at her resignation. There is in the order of destiny, decisive
My daughter," said Jupiter to her, “ you circumstances, in which to succeed it is abso
know" Jutely necessary to cut off the possibility of
“Yes," replied she;" I know all that is exaccidents.-Sucb was the pressing alteroative
acted from me. I do not accuse you of my surin which Jupiter non fou d bimself. Vulcan row, I accuse Destiny alone. But since it had displeased, Mars had pleased; Venus was must be " She suffered her hand to fall, a female ; that is to say, feeble against Love, / Vuican seized it, and the fatal oath was proand strong against Oppression. She might | uouuced. Iben resist Jupiter and yield to Mars.
Meanwbiie Mars, in despair at the unfore,
seen exile which would break off bis amo was amiable, he was a conquest worth makrous projects, few to Venus to take leave of | ing; be came from the country, therefore the her; but Verus is absent-aabsent before day- | conquest would be easy. Others might disJight! Mars is alarmed; he suspects, he pute bim; it was necessary then to arm acruns, be inquires, and discovers at last what | cordingly.-Occasion invited; the King of it distracts bim to know.
Heaven had just issued orders for a ball. Too well instructed in bis misfortune, Mars At that word, Emilia, do you not anticicursed the Destinies ; he cursed Jupiler, Vul. pate attacks, surprises, rapid conquests? And can, nay, Venus herself. After these extra
do you not recal the brilliaut night in which vagancies he departed ; and in my opinion he I beheld you for the first time ! could not do better ; for when a lover sees his The next day, ere morning dawned, placing mistress married to another, if he assists at my hand upon my eyes, I found there the the wedding-feast, he must find himself a little bandage of Love under the mask of light awkward in his compliments.
pleasure ; I strove in vain to tear it away; At the rising of Aurora, she beheld Venus || Cupid bad tied it by such a divine knot, as with compassion! Venus, whom for the first was tied by the hand of Nature when she time she found weeping! The other God- bound the zone of Beauty round your match. desses yet slept. At their awaking, the im less bosom. Oa my brow this charming fillet mortals learned two pieces of news which is not a false disguise; I am blind, I swear it were equally agreeable to them; the marriage to you? Oh! who is not blind in loving you? of Venus, and the recal of Apollo.
Blinded by your brighlness to their own de. These two events occupied the rapid hours ficiency? Nevertheless, I manage to see two, of the toilet, and gave birth to a double | beautiful eyes, features noble and sweet, a project.
candour innocent and pure, a refoed mind, a Venus raised herself before dawn; she had seducing charm, a tender melancboly - I am wept, ber eyes were swollen, and her cheeks blind, Emilia, blind to all the world but you! pale; but a little art might hide this. Apollo
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OAKWOOD HOUSE.-AN ORIGINAL NOVEL.
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the inn, who gave the road a dreadful charac TO MISS FREEMAN.
ter; though they said they had dragged a post Keswick, June 28, 1807. chaise over it with four horses. I am very AXBLESIDE is a poor little town, in a cautious ja believing what people say of their recess of the mountains, at the head of Winan own roads. I have uniformly found them der Mere. We climbed about half a mile worse than the description. To a man who above the inv, to see a waler-fall, which, after goes often to a place, the shortest way is the the rain, well repaid our pains. The road to best: custom smooths its ruggedness, and it is a path, not made with hands, but feet; lessens its difficulties. But I would no more the latter part hanging over the torrent, and itakc such a mau for my guide, iban I would more appropriate than commodious. The follow a banker's clerk ibrough the city of cascade is composed of two separate falls, | Loudon, and drive into every ally which pointe. bursting through trees, and seen through ed to my mark, regardless of dirt, darkness, . Iries; uniting in one, and rushing into a deep and ill smells. Though I am slow in believing rocky channel
the good, I did not doubt the bad report;. but. I had an inclination to cross the mountains I determiued to judge for myself. immediately above Ambleside, at the pass
We rode up three quarters of a mile of very called Kirkstone. I consulted the people at steep road; Fe relieved the poor animal that
by walking; we then rode about half, forming the southern boundary, and woods and a mile, By this time we were come to a bollow craggy rocks the northern. We travelled in the mountain, and saw the last steep, wind. eight miles and tbree quarters by its side, ing before us to the top of the pass. “They wbich is the whole length of Ullswater. Along who make so much of Kirkstone,” said I to the two first reaches the road never deviated Millichamp, “have not travelled in Wales.", from the lake. It sometimes rap close to its I found it, however, more than it seemed; a margin; at others, climbed over rocky proregular steep ascent of about a mile. I walked montories, which shoot into it, and then passed the whole, and then boasted I was at top of through woods ou its border. We found the Kirkstone. We calculated the distance from woods tenanted by myriads of flies, which, as Ambleside to be three miles, though it is there they are seldom disturbed by man, considered called four, and four and a half. The top of us as invaders, and tormented us accordingly. Kirkstone is fat; but mountains still rose The lower reach of the lake approaches the above us on each side. It is exactly what in open country, and its boundaries are not so Wales is called a bwlch; but higher than any grand ou one side, or so romantic on the other. I ever crossed in that country. Before we de From the end of Ullswater we accompanied its scended, the view opened into Patterdale, | outlet, the river Emont, through a rich counwhich, 1 confess, did not answer my expecta- try of corn and grass, with a chain of mountion. The descent was borrible. lo steepness | tains in the back ground. At Dalemain, the and ruggedness far exceeding any thing I ever seat of Mr. Hassal, God has given all that man saw, except the old road from Pont Aber can desire. At Penrith we slept. It appeared Glaslyn to Tany Bwlch, in Caernarvonshire, a handsome, lively town; but I was so fatigued which it did not equal, though it was much I did not go ourof my way to see it. longer than any one descent there. It wound Next morning we came back two miles of among rocks, and looked down upon a torrent, our road, and turned to the right for Keswick, newly started from the side of the mountain ; seventeen miles and a half distant from Penbut the worst of its qualities was the distance rith. We passed the villages of Stainton and to the bottom; at least two miles. As I had Penruddock, and came to a high, uninclused walked more than two thirds up for the sake country, like downs. We now approached of the horse, I walked the whole way down for the mountains. At eight miles, a lofty, lonely, my own; but when I arrived at the bottom, igreeu mountain, called Meli fell, rose on the was too weary to boast I had got over Kirk- left; and, a little farther, Souther fell, on the stone.
right. Here we entered a defile, and rode The high end of Patterdale, which we now along the foot of the huge and rugged Saddle. entered, is broken rocky ground, such as fre-l back. At fourteen miles, still at the foot of quently grows at the foot of mountains. It | Saddleback, is the village of Threlkeld, and an affords pasturage. As we advance, the small inv, wnich afforded us some refreshment. We lake of Broader water fills the vale; after then quitted this vale and came in sight of the which it expands into beautiful meadows, till celebrated vale of St. John, about which more it ends in Ullswater. The head of Ullswater is has been said than it appeared to me to deserve. ten miles from Ambleside; the larger half of 1 got out to view the Druid temple, on tbe hill which, for surely I cannot say the better, is above Keswick; a circle of upright stones, in a over Kirkstone.
field, on the left of the road. The vale of KesWe stopped at Dobson's, a small ion in Pat-wick, the lake of Derwentwater, and the moun. terdale, a little short of the lake, and from a tains which surrounded them, now burst at rock bebind the house, had a fide view of the once upon our view. But bere too,' expectaupper reach. From a steep rock, called Sty- tion had gone before me. So much has been bray Crag, we had afterwards a view of the said on these subjects, that it is difficult for middle reach, which I think the finest part of reality to keep pace with imaginatiou. the water. Ullgwater occupies the whole of
(To be continued.) the vale; Place fell and other lofty mountains
SPANISH IERMITAGES AND CONVENT, AT MONTSERRAT.
FROM MEMOIRS OF CAPTAIN CARLETON.
MONTSERRAT is a rising lofty bill, in tbe || gradually advance to every one, from bottom very middle of a spacious plain, in the princi to top, by a win!ing ascent; which to do pality of Catalonia, about seven leagues dis otherwise would be impossible, by reason tant from Barcelona to the westward, some. of the steepness. But though there is a what inclining to the north. At the very first winding ascent to every cell, as I have said, sight its singularity of figure promises some I would yet set at defiance the most observant, thing extraordinary; and even at that dis- if a stranger, to find it feasible to visit them tance the prospect makes somewhat of a grand in order, if not precautioned to follow the appearance; hundreds of aspiring pyramids poor borigo, or old ass, that, with panniers presenting themselves all at once to the eye, banging on each side of bim, mounts regnlook, if I may be allowed to speak, like a little larly and daily up to every particular cell. petrified forest, or rather, like the awful ruins The manner is as follows:-of some capacious structure, the labour of In the panniers there are thirteen partivenerable antiquity. The nearer you app oach | tions ; one for every cell. At the hour ap. the more it affecis; but, till you are very vear, pointed, the servant having placed the pan. you can hardly form in your mind any thing | niers on bis back, the ass, of himself, goes to like what you find it when you come close to the door of the convent at the foot of the hill, it. Till just upon it, you would imagine it a where every partition is supplied with their seperfect bill of steeples; but so intermingled || veral allowances of victuals and wine; which, with trees of magnitude as well as beauty, as soon as he has received, without any further that your admiration can never be tired, or attendauce, or any guide, he mounts and takes your curiosity surfeited. Such I found it on
the cells gradually in their due course, till he my approach, yet much less than what I
reaches the very uppermost ; where, having found it was when I entered upon the very discharged bis duty, he descends the same premises.
way, lighter by the load be carried up. This Now that stupendous cluster of pyramids | the poor stupid drudge fails not to do, day affected me different from all before ; and I
and night, at the stated hours. found it so finely grouped with verdant groves, Two gentlemen who had joined me on the and interspersed with aspiring but solitary | road, alike led by curiosity, seemed alike de. trees, that it no way lessened my admiration, lighted, that the end of it was so well an.while it increased my delight. These trees, | swered. I could easily discover in their counte. which I call solitary, as standing single, in nances a satisfaction, which, if it did not give opposition to the numerous groves, which are a sanction to my own, much confirmed it, close and thick (as I observed when I ascended while they seemed to allow with me, tbat to take a view of the several cells), rise out of these revereud solitaries were truly happy the very cliffs of the main rock, with nothing, men: I then thought them such ; and a thou. to appearance, but a soil or bed of stone for saod times since, reflecting within myself, their nurture. But though some few na. have wished, bating their errors and superturalists may assert, that the nitre in the stitions, myself as happily stationed. For stone may afford a due proportion of nourish what can be wanting to a happy life, where all ment to trees and vegetables, these, in my things necessary are provided without care; opinion, were all too beautiful, their bark, where the days, without anxiety or troubles, Jeaf, and flowers, carried too fair a face of may be gratefully passed away, with an inhealth, to allow them even to be foster chil nocent variety of diverting and pleasing obdren of rock apd stone only.
jects, and where their sleeps and slumbers are Upon this bill, or, if you please, grove of never interrupted with any thing more offenrocks, are thirteen hermits' cells, the last of sive than murmuring springs, natural cas. which lies near the very suminit, You ll cades, or the various songs of birds.
But their courtesy to strangers is no Jess Neither are those groves grateful only in a engaging than their solitude. A recluse life, beautiful verdore, nature renders them otherfor the fruits of it, generally speaking, produce wise delightful, in loading them with clusters moroseness; pharisaical pride too often sours of berries of a perfect scarlet colour, wbicb, the temper; and a mistaken opinion of their by a beautiful intermixturc, strike the eye own merit too naturally leads such men joto a with additional delight. lo short, it might contempt of others; but, on the contrary, perplex a person of the nicest taste, to disthese good men (for I must call them as itingush or determine, whether the weatness thought them) seemed to me the very emblems of their cells within, or the beauteous vaof innocence.
rieties without, most exhaust his admiration, In particular, I remember one of those re
nor is the whole, in my opinion), a little adverend old men, when we were taking leave at
vantaged by the frequent view of some of the door of his cell, to which, out of his great
these pyramidical pillars, which seem, as civility, he accompanied us, finding by the
weary of their own weight, to reclive, and air of our faces, as well as our expressions, seek support from others in the neighbourthat we thought ourselves pleasingly enter hood. tained, to divert us afresh, advanced a few
When I mentioned the outside beauties of paces from the door, when, giving a whistle | their cells, I must be thought to have forwith his mouth, a surprising flock of little birds, gotten to particularize the glorious prospects variegated, and of different colours, immedi- presented to your eye from every one of them, ately Hocked around him. Here you would see
but especially from that nearest the summit; some alighting upon his shoulders, some on his
a prosperi, by reason of the purity of the air, awful beard, others took refuge on bis snow
so extensive, and so very entertaining, that like bead, and many feeding, and more endea.
to dilate upon it properly to one that never vouring to feed out of his mouth; each
say it would bafile credit; and naturally to appearing emulous, and under an innocent
depict it would confound invention. I there. contention, bow best to express their love and
fore shall only say, that on the Mediterranean respect to their no less pleased master.
side, after an agreeabie interval of some fair Nor did the other cells labour under any
leagues, it will set at defiance the strongest deficiency of variety; every one boasting in
optics; and although Barcelona bounds it on some particular that might distinguish it in
the land, the eyes are feasted with the desomething equally agreeable and entertaining.
lights of such an interveuing champaign Nevertheless, crystal springs spouting from
(where nature does not only smile but riot), the solid rock were, from the bigbest to the that the sense must be very temperate, or very lowest, common to them all; and, in most of weak, that can be soon or easily satisfied. them they had little brass cocks, out of which,
Having thus taken a view of their refreshi. when turned, issued the most cool and chrys ing springs, their grateful groves, and solitalline flow of excellent pure water. And, yet
tary shades under single trees, wbose clusters what more affected me, and which I found
proved that even rocks were grown fruitful; near more cells than one, was the natural
and having ron over all the variety of pleacascades of the same transparent element; sures ju their several pretty cells, decently these falling from one rock to another, in that set off with gardens round them, equally fra. warm, or rather hot climate, gave pot more grant and beautiful, we were brought down delightful astonishment to the eye, than they again to the convent, which, though on a afforded grateful refreshment to the whole man. small ascent, lies very near the foot of this The streams falling from these, soften, from terrestrial paradise, there to take a survey of a rougher tumultuous noise, into ucb af- their sumptuous hall, much more sumptuous fecting marmurs, by distance, the intervention chapel, and its adjoining repository, and of groves, or neighbouring rocks, that it feast our eyes with wonders of a different were impossible to see or hear them, and not nature, and yet as entertaining as any, or all, be charmed.
we had seen before. No. XXV. Vol. IV.-N.S.