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constant watching; another absolutely pensed for all my pains; hope re-enterforbade it. It is thus with the educa- ed my heart, and every moment I looktion of man,' said I, closing the vol- ed on my beauteous introducer with umes in vexation. Always in ex- complacency. tremes-always for exclusive systems 6 *On the 27th of November, a day - let us try the medium between these which I can never forget, the sun rose opposite opinions. I established a in all its brilliance; I thanked Heaven, good thermometer in my room; and, and hastened to place my rose-tree, and according to its indications, I put them such of its companions as yet survived, outside the windows, or took them in : on a peristyle in the court. (I have alyou may guess that fifty vases, to which ready mentioned that I lodged on the I gave this exercise three or four times ground floor.) I watered them, and a day, according to the variations of went, as usual, to give my philosophithe atmosphere, did not leave me much cal lecture. I then dined-drank to idle time, and this was the occupation the health of my rose; and returned to of a professor of philosophy! Ah! take my station in my window, with a well might they have taken "his chair quicker throbbing of the heart. from him, and sent bim back to school; 66 Amelia's mother had been slightly to school, a thousand times more child- indisposed; for eight days she had not ish than the youngest of those pupils left the house, and consequently I had to whom I hurried over the customary not seen my fair one.
On the first routine of philosophical lessons : my morning I had observed the physician whole mind was fixed on Amelia and going in; uneasy for her, I contrived to my rose-trees.
cross his way, questioning him, and was “ The death of the greater number of comforted. I afterwards learned that my elèves, however, soon lightened my the old lady had recovered, and was to labour; more than half of them never make her appearance abroad on this struck root. Ifung them into the fire: day at a grand gala given by a Barona fourth part of those that remained, af- ess, who lived at the end of the street. ter unfolding some little leaves, stop- I was then certain to see Amelia pass ped there. Several assumed a blackish by, and eight days of privation had enyellow tint, and gave me hope of beau- hanced that thought ; I am sure, Madtifying ; some flourished surprisingly, ame de Belmont did not look to this parbut only in leaves; others, to my great ty with as much impatience as I did. joy, were covered with buds; but in a She was always one of the first: it had few days they always got that little scarcely struck five, when I heard the yellow circle which the gardeners call bell of her gate. I took up a book, the collar, and which is to them a mor- there was I at my post, and presently I tal malady—their stalks twisted-- they saw Amelia appear, dazzling with dress drooped_and finally fell, one after the and beauty, as she gave her arm to her other, to the earth—not a single bud mother; never yet had the brilliancy remaining on my poor trees. Thus of her figure so struck me : this time withered my hopes ; and the more I there was no occasion for her to speak hawked them from window to window, to catch my eyes; they were fixed on the worse they grew. At last, one of her, but hers were bent down ; howevthem, and but one, promised to re- er, she guessed I was there, for she ward my trouble-thickly covered with passed slowly to prolong my happiness. leaves, it formed a handsome bush, from I followed her with my gaze, until she the middle of which sprang out a fine, entered the house ; then only she turnvigorous branch, crowned with six ed her head for a second; the door was beantiful buds that got no collar-grew, shut, and she disappeared, but remainenlarged, and even discovered, through ed present to my heart. I could neither their calices, a slight rose tint. There close my window, nor cease to look at were still six long weeks before the the Baroness's hotel, as if I could see new year; and, certainly, four at least, Amelia through the walls; I remained of my precious buds would be blown there till the objects were fading into by that time. Behold me now recom- obscurity—the approach of night, and
the frostiness of the air, brought to my has she actually a sheep ?' "Oh ! good recollection that the rose-tree was still Lord ! no, she has none at this moment on the peristyle : never had it been so --but that which lies there with its four precious to me; I bastened to it; and legs up in the air: she loved it as herscarcely was I in the anti-chamber, self; see the collar that she worked for when I heard a singular noise, like that it with her own hands. I bent to look of an animal browsing, and tinkling its at it. It was of red leather, ornamentbells. I trembled, I flew, and I had ed with little bells, and she had embroithe grief to find a sheep quietly fixed dered on it in gold thread — Robin bebeside my rose-trees, of which it was longs to Amelia de Belmont; she loves making its evening repast with no slight him, and begs that he may be restored avidity.
to her. What will she think of the “ I caught up the first thing in my barbarian who killed him in a fit of pasway; it was a heavy cane : I wished sion; the vice that she most detests: to drive away the gluttonous beast; she is right, it has been fatal to her. alas ! it was too late; he had just bitten Yet if he should be only stunned by the off the beautiful branch of buds, he blow : Catherine! run, ask for some swallowed them one after another; and, æther, or eau de vie, or bartshorn,in spite of the gloom, I could see, halí run, Catherine, run.' out of his mouth, the finest of them all, « Catherine set off : I tried to make which in a moment was champed like it open its mouth; my rose-bud was the rest. I was neither ill-tempered still between its hermetically sealed por violent ; but at this sight I was no teeth; perhaps the collar pressed it; in longer master of niyself. Without well fact the throat was swelled. I got it off knowing what I did, I discharged a with difficulty ; something fell from it blow of my cane on the animal, and at my feet, wbich I mechanically took stretched it at my feet. No sooner did up and put into my pocket without lookI perceive it motionless, than I repent- ing atit,so much was I absorbed in anxied of having killed a creature uncon- ety for the resuscitation. I rubbed him scious of the mischief it had done ; was with all my strength; I grew more and this worthy of the professor of philoso- more impatient for the return of Cathephy, the adorer of the gentle Amelia ? rine. She came with a small phial in But thus to eat up my rose-tree, my her hand, calling out in her usual manonly hope to get admittance to her? ner, · Here, sir, here's the medicine. I When I thought on its annihilation, I never opened my mouth about it to Macould not consider myself so culpable. demoiselle Amelia ; I pity her enough However, the night darkened; I heard without that.' the old servant crossing the lower pas 66 What is all this, Catherine? where sage, and I called her. Catherine,' have you seen Mademoiselle Amelia ? said I,“ bring your light; there is mis- and what is her affliction, if she does chief here, you left the stable door open, not know of her favourite's death?" (that of the court was also unclosed,) «Oh, sir, this is a terrible day for the one of your sheep has been browsing on poor young lady. She was at the end my rose-trees, and I have punished it.' of the street searching for a ring which
« She soon came with the lanthorn she had lost, and it was no tride, but in her hand. “It is not one of our sheep,' the ring that her dead father had got as said she ; " ! have just come from them, a present from the Emperor, and worth, the stable gate is shut, and they are all they say, more ducats than I have bairs within. Oh, blessed saints ! blessed on my head. Her mother lent it to her saints ! What do I see !......exclaimed to-day for the party; she has lost it, she when near, it is the pet sheep of she knows neither how nor where, and our neighbour Mademoiselle Amelia de never missed it till she drew off her Belmont. Poor Robin! what bad glove at supper. And, poor soul! the luck brought you here ? Oh! how sor- glove was on again in a minute,for fear it ry she will be. I nearly dropped down should be seen that the ring was wanting, beside Robin. "Of Mademoiselle A- and she slipped out to search for it all amelia ?' said I, in a trembling voice, long the street, but she has found nothing."
youw, Arlot to whom you address present--to-to-ma person on New
“ It struck me, that the substance the term gratitude. "To one who that had fallen from the sheep's collar has conferred on me a great pleasure, had the form of a ring—could it possi- said she. • To one who has caused you bly be! I looked at it; and, judge of a serious pain, to the killer of Robin.' my joy, it was Madame de Belmont's 6. You, sir ?- I cannot credit itring, and really very beautiful and cost, why should you do so ? you are not so ly. A secret presentiment whispered cruel.? to me that this was a better means of 66. No, but I am so unfortunate. It presentation than the rose-tree. I pres- was in opening his collar, which I have sed the precious ring to my heart, and also brought to you, that your ring sell to my lips; assured myself that the on the ground-you promised a great sheep was really dead; and, leaving recompense to him who should find it. him stretched near the devastated rose- I dare to solicit that recompense; grant trees, I ran into the street, dismissed me my pardon for Robin's death.? those who were seeking in vain, and And I, sir, I thank you for it, stationed myself at my door to await exclaimed the mother ; . I never could the return of my neighbours. I saw endure that animal ; it took up Amelfrom a distance the flambeau that pre- ia's entire time, and wearied me out of ceded them, quickly distinguished their all patience with its bleating; if you voices, and comprehended by them that had not killed it, Heaven knows where Amelia had confessed her misfortune. it might have carried my diamond. But The mother scolded bitterly; the daugh- how did it get entangled in the collar ? ter wept, and said, "Perhaps it may be Amelia, pray explain all this.' found. • Oh yes, perhaps, -replied “ Amelia's heart was agitated; she the mother with irritation, it is too was as much grieved that it was l who rich a prize to him who finds it ; the had killed Robin, as that he was dead. Emperor gave it to your deceased fa- _ Poor Robin,' said she, drying a ther on the field when he saved his life; tear,' he was rather too fond of runhe set more value on it than on all that ning out ; before leaving home I had he possessed besides, and now you have put on his collar, that he might not be thus Aung it away; but the fault is lost-he had always been brought back mine for having trusted you with it. to me. Tbe ring must have slipped For some time back you have seemed under his collar. I hastily drew on quite bewildered.' I heard all this as my glove, and never missed it till I was I followed at some paces behind them; at supper.' they reached home, and I had the cru «i What good luck it was that he elty to prolong, for some moments went straight to this gentleman's,' obmore, Amelia's mortification. I in- served the mother. tended that the treasure should procure « « Yes—for you,' said Amelia; he me the entrée of their dwelling, and I was cruelly received—was it such a waited till they had got up stairs. I crime, sir, to enter your door?' then had myself announced as the bear
“It was night,' I replied; ' I could er of good news; I was introduced, and not distinguish the collar, and I learnrespectfully presented the ring to Mad- ed, when too late, that the animal beame de Belmont; and how delighted longed to you.' seemed Amelia ! and how beautifully 56 Thank Heaven, then, you did not she brightened in her joy, not alone that know it ! cried the mother, or where the ring was found, but that I was the would have been my ring ?' finder. She cast herself on her moth
“ It is necessary at least,' said A. er's bosom, and turning on me her melia, with emotion, that I should eyes, humid with tears, though beam- learn how my favourite could have so ing with pleasure, she clasped her cruelly chagrined you. hands, exclaiming, Oh, sir, what ob
“Oh, Mademoiselle, le liad de ligation, what gratitude do we not owe voured my hope, my happiness, a suto you !
perb rose-tree about to blow, that I had “Ale 1 Mademoiselle ! returned I, been long watching, and intended to
Year's Day.' Amelia smiled, blusbed, ties, she presented me as her friend, and extended her lovely hand towards me, they #ere no longer dull to her daughand murmured— All is pardoned.' •If ter. New Year's Day arrived. I had it had eaten up a rose-tree about to gone the evening before to a sheepfold blow,' cried out Madame de Belmont, in the vicinity to purchase a lamb simi
it deserved a thousand deaths. I would lar to that I had killed. I collected give twenty sheep for a rose-tree in from the different hot houses all the blow. “And I am much mistaken,' flowering rose-trees I could find; the said Amelia, with the sweetest naïveté, finest of them was for Madame de Bel• if this very rose-tree was not intended mont; and the roses of the others were for you. For me! you have lost wreathed in a garland round the fleecy your senses, child; I have not the hon- neck of the lamb. In the evening í our of knowing the gentleman.' • But went to my neighbours, with my preshe knows your fondness for roses; I ents. • Robin and the rose-tree are mentioned it one day before him, the restored to life,' said I, in offering my only time I ever met him, at Madame homage, which was received with de S.'s. Is it not true, sir, that my un- sensibility and gratefulness. I also fortunate favourite had eaten up my like to give you a New Year's gift, mother's rose-tree?' I acknowledged said Madame de Belmont to me, if I it, and I related the course of education but knew whai you would best like.' of my fifty rose-trees.
• What I best like-ah, if I only dared “ Madame de Belmont laughed hear- to tell you.' • If it should chance now tily, and said," she owed me a double to be my daughter – I fell at her obligation. • Mademoiselle Amelia feet, and so did Amelia. “Well,' said has given me my recompense for the the kind parent, there then are your diamond,' said I to her ; . I claim yours New Year's gifts ready found; Amelia also, madam. “Ask, sir,- Per- gives you her heart, and I give you her mission to pay my respects sometimes hand. She took the rose wreath from to you ! Granted,' replied she, gai- off the lamb, and twined it round our ly; I kissed her hand respectfully, that united hands And my Amelia," conof her daughter tenderly, and withdrew. tinued the old professor, as he finished But I returned the next day—and eve- his anecdote, passing an arm round his ry day—I was received with a kindness companion as she sat beside him, “ my that each visit increased—I was looked Amelia is still to my eyes as beautiful, on as one of the family. It was I who and to my heart as dear, as on the day now gave my arm to Madame de Bel- when our hands were bound together mont to conduct her to the evening par- with a chain of flowers.”
From wealthy Ormus' pearly bed
Let Beauty deck her braided hair, And glittering rays of splendour shed
From every gem that nestles there; Reckless of Freedom's sacred call
Let Afric bid her children toil, And give to grace yon pageant hall
The rifled honours of her soil ; But say, can such delights impart
A smile to virtue's chasten'd eye ?
To thee, divine Simplicity!
To climb the hill's aspiring height,
When gently swells the gale of Night; To seek the soft retiring dell
Where Spring its earliest visit paid,
Where Summer's lingering beauties dwell,
And Autumn courts the sober shade ;
Ab, what is all your pomp to me
The joys of loved Simplicity ?
The straggling sweets of Nature's reign ;
Which sways rich Fancy's genii-train !
In all those joys, to Nature true
rit an Anothing.
THE Sophie sailed from Nantes on sternation and tumult, heard nothing but
the 14th of May 1819, and on the cries of “ take in sail”—“ voisi out the 13th of the same month, was wrecked boat.” I asked the terrified captain, what he
thought of this frightful event.
" What about 20 leagues to the north of Cape can I think ?” he replied ; “I know no Bojodore. The ship, it seems, was more than you do where we are. I can see carried out of her course by the cur- nothing.” In the mean time, the ship, imrents, which, as is well known, set to pelled by the force of the wind, was driven
farther upon the shoal, experiencing, every the eastward along the African coast, time she struck, a shock which endangered and which M. Cochelet thinks, it is the masts. A thick fog surrounded us and high time were put an end to “ne obscured our view of the land ; a feeble doit on pas esperer que les autorités the configuration of the clouds, we imagin.
twilight shewed it indistinctly ; and from maritimes, prendront enfin des mes- ed ourselves in a gulph, surrounded on all ures propres a prevenir ces accidens.” sides by immense rocks. At length the We fear it will not be easy to prevent ship became completely fixed, and experisuch accidents in ships managed like enced no other motion than that produced the Meduse frigate, or the brig Sophie. the sails were furled, and we succeeded, by
The captain wished first to make unheard-of efforts, in getting the boat into Madeira, and then the Canary Islands, the sea. An anchor was carried out to the for the purpose of correcting his longi- the ship off were in vain ; our misfortune
north-west, but all our attempts to heave tude, but missed them both; when
was irreparable, and as the day dawned, abreast of the latter Islands, however, the horrors of our situation were revealed he had a good observation for the latió to us. It was not in the midst of islands, tude, and as no land was in sight, he is
we believed, that cruel destiny had
throwr.us. ought in common prudence to have bounds, presented itself to
A flat sandy beach, without
our view-it stood to the westward. On the 29th, was on the main land-on Africa-on that they were, by observation, in lat, 27°inhospitable and barrer coast, that has al4; and on the evening of the same day, ways been the terror of mariners. land was seen about eight leagues to the grief that took possession of each of us.
"It would be impossible to paint the east; but still, with inconceivable in- What fate awaited us on this detested refatuation, the course was not altered. gion.” At length about half past three in the The conduct of the officers under morning of the 30th, the ship struck. these circumstances, was not less exThe coolness and discipline of the traordinary: We are not told that any crew are thus narrated :
attempt was made to lighten the ship; "The moon set about 40 minutes past they suffered themselves to fall into the three in the morning, and in less than an power of the natives, although the hour, the sun would have shewn us our sit- weather cantinued moderate, and their uation : the sea, which till then had been boat was riding safely by a hawser in smoot! , and often calm, began to be agi- the lee of the vessel; the whole crew tated by a strong breeze from the north; only consisted of thirteen, and they ship struck at the heel, and beat upon the knew that the Canary Islands could not rocks, arec un fracas epouvantable. M. be more than twenty or thirty leagues Mexia exclaimed, . We are lost.' I sprung distant. from n y cabin. We threw ourselves into each other's arms, and each endeavoured to
After passing to and fro several times inspire the other with resignation ; but how between the ship and the shore, the nadifficult the task to possess it in so dread- tives got possession of the officers, pasful a situation, when numbers at the same sengers, and one sailor, in all, six perinstant behold their end approaching, and The sailors, with greater pruexpressed by the signs of despair, the abandonment of every earthly affection! I dence, kept on board, and, after a feewent upon deck, and in the midst of con ble attempt to rescue their superiors,
Naufrage du Brick Français La Sophie, perdu le 30 Mai, 1819, sur la Cote occidentale d'Afrique, et captivite d'un partie de Naufragés, avec de Nouveaux reoseigmens sur la ville de l'imectou, par Charles Cochelet, &c. Paris. 1821.
ATHENEUM VOL. 11.