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For; but the hero was deaf to her voice, looked stedfastly on the remains of the bis senses were bewildered. • Alaor! hero. She shed no tears; the most my brother! I follow you, (he said ;) perfect resignation was painted on her but where is Ezilda--where is the an- countenance.— Adieu ! (she said,) gel of Fontanias ! — Merciful Hea- Oh most unfortunate of princes! All is ven ! save him,' exclaimed the heroine. now dead to Ezilda. Glory, power, Agobar started, and, raising his eyes, country, adieu! My destination is fulrecognised bis bride. But his wounds filled ! [The tale concludes with her may not be mortal, (resumed the Prin- seeking refuge in the convent of Amalcess,) let me fly in quest of assistance.' berge, where she presents herself with - Stay, (interrupted Agobar ;) the an urn, is admitted and dies.] poignard of Mohamud has thrice pierc Her remains were deposited in the ed my heart. Nothing can save me. vault of St. Amalberge. While, acDeprive me not of this last ray of hap- cording to her promise, the abbess was piness. Stay, Ezilda, your presence depositing the mysterious urn in the banishes the horror of death.'' At this tomb, the lid became unfastened. Two moment the rosary which the princess rings appeared. They were tied towore suspended from her neck became gether, and laid on a piece of black unfastened, and her golden crucifix fell cloth, which doubtless covered the reon the bosom of Agobar. The hero mains of the son of Thierri. The abseized it and raised it to his lips. The bess examined the rings, and to her princess triumphed. A tear of pity surprize read the names of Clodomir dropped from the eyes of the Saracen and Ezilda. She replaced them, and chief. He clasped his hands, and in- deposited the urn beside the coffin of voking the Supreme Judge, 'Oh Thou! the princess. A simple stone, without (he said,) whom I have so often offend- either name or inscription, covered the ed; who seest the repentance that tomb; and every evening the pious overwhelms me; cast an eye of pity Abbess of St. Amalberge bathed the on me, I implore thy mercy!' A deep silent monument with her tears.* sigh escaped from his bosom. Death

The great interest which this Romance has ex. claimed his victim. The noble son of cited in France, is partly owing to the circumstance

of the Renegade's being a recognized moral portrait Thierri was no more. The princess of Buonaparte.

THE SPECTRE BOAT, A BALLAD,

BY T. CAMPBELL.

Light rued false Ferdinand, to leave a lovely maid forlorn,
Who broke her heart and died to hide her blushing cheek fiom scorn.
One night be dreamt he woo'd ber in their wonted bower of love,
Where the flowers sprang thick around them, and the birds sang sweet above.
But the scene was swiftly changed into a church-yard's dismal view,
And her lips grew black beneath his kiss from love's delicious hue.
What more he dreamt, he told to none ; but shuddering, pale, and dumb,
Look'd out upon the waves, like one that knew his hour was come.

'Twas now the dead watch of the night-the helm was lash'd a-lee,
And the ship rode where Mount Ætna lights the deep Levantine sea;
When beneath its glare a boat came, row'd by a woman in her shroud,
Who, with eyes that made our blood run cold, stood up and spoke aloud.
Come, Traitor, down, for whom my ghost still wanders unforgiven !
Come down, false Ferdinand, for whom I broke my peace with Heaven !
It was vaio to hold the victim, for he plung'd to meet her call,
Like the bird that shrieks and flutters in the gazing serpent's thrali.
You may guess, the boldest mariner shruok daunted from the sight,
For the spectre and her winding-sheet shone blue with hideous light ;
Like a fiery wheel the boat spun with the waving of her hand,
And round they went, and down they went, as the cock crew from the laod.

56 ATHENEUM VOL. 11.

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ALPINE FARMERS. Few narratives of sieges are more The farmers of the Upper Alps. entertaining than that given in the Seir though by no means wealthy, live like Mutakhercen, of a fort which was de. lords in their houses; while the heasended by the use of wooden artillery, viest portion of agricultural labour deand defended effectually in one of Au- volves on the wife. It is no uncomringzebe's campaigns in the Deccan. mon thing to see a woman yoked to The commandant was nearly unpro- the plough along with an ass, while the vided with cannon, having only one or husband guides it. A farmer of the two defective pieces. The town was, Upper Alps accounts it an act of pohowever, a great mart for timber. The liteness, to lend his wife to a neighbour governor securing both the timber and who is too much oppressed with work; the carpenters, garnished his ramparts and the neighbour, in his turn, lends with wooden imitations of cannon ; his wife for a few days' work, whenever and being fully supplied with most the favour is requested. other requisites when the imperial ar THE SUSPICIOUS HUSBAND. my arrived, put a good face on the busi It is pretty generally known, that ness. He did more too, for he kept George the First entertained a suspithe secret within his own walls; and cion of the fidelity of his queen, and the enemy respecting the number of his that he supposed the object of her af train, commenced their approaches infections was Count Koningsmark. So due form, affording him thus abundance strongly did this opinion work on the of leisure to mature his plan of defence. monarch's mind, that he doomed her Every piece, as soon as fired, became to be confined for life in a castle of bis of course unserviceable, but he imme- own in Hanover. The reason which diately replaced it by a new one. The he gave for his suspicion was, that harballs from the imperial batteries were ing occasion to enter her majesty's cloreturned with the utmost facility, as, set very late one night, he found her however ponderous these were, our asleep on the sofa, and a man's hat hero was able to supply pieces of any (which he knew to belong to Count calibre, and send recochet shot, selon Koningsmark) lying by her; and as les regles, even with more effect than he thought the circumstance to amount his enemy. The labours of the Car- to a full proof of her guilt, he took the ron Foundry never produced more barbarous resolution of confining her in guns in a year, than this man's ingenui- the castle where she died. ty did in one siege. The enemy tired Some time after this, Dr. Hoadly reout, at last, with the obstinate defence flecting on the above circumstance, which he niade from his batteries, de- worked up the comedy of the “ Suspitermined to carry the place by escalade cious Husband;" the principal plot or in open day. Having failed, however, which is the causeless jealousy of Mr. in some similar enterprizes, a neigh- Strictland, which the author artfully bouring saint was procured, who was confirms, by introducing Ranger's hat to head the attack, and by the sanctity in Mrs. Strictland's chamber, which of his character, to inspire the soldiers being found by Mr. Strictland, confirms with greater zeal in a desperate cause. his suspicion, and makes him resolve The holy man was raised on a plat- to part with his lady. form, and carried in the rear of the for

THE DAMASCENES. lorn hope. The governor's good luck As a parallel to the late horrid Mas. still adhered to him. A shot from a sacre of the Greeks at Scios, and intolwooden gun, when the escaladers were erant bigotry of the Mussulmans, the nearly close to the walls, knocked down destruction of the Damascenes in the the saint, on which the party took to 7th century may be instanced. their heels. A delay ensued; the In the year 633, the Arabs, encoursiege was at last raised; and the com- aged by the conquest of Bosra, four mandant covered with glory.

days journey from Damascus, laid

siege to the ancient capital of Syria. and houses, with the use and possession At some distance from the walls, they of seven churches. On these terms, the encamped among the groves and foun- most respectable hostages, and the tains of that delicious territory; and gate nearest to his camp, were deliverthe usual option of the Mahometan ed into his hands. The success of the faith, of tribute or of war, was propos- treaty relaxed the vigour of the Damaed to the resolute citizens, who had scenes; and in the same moment, the been lately strengthened by a reinforce- opposite quarter of the city was bement of five thousand Greeks.

trayed and taken by assault. A party Many a lance was now shivered in of a hundred Arabs had opened the the plain of Damascus ; and the per- eastern gate to a more inexorable foe. sonal prowess of Caled, the Saracen “No quarter, cried the rapacious and leader, was signalized in the first sally sanguinary Caled, " no quarter to the of the besieged. The event of some enemies of the Lord." His trumpets general and partial actions reduced the sounded, and a torrent of Christian Damascenes to a closer defence; but a blood was poured down the streets of messenger, whom they dropt from the Damascus, until the bungry and cruel walls, returned with the promise of Arabs were arrested by the benevolence speedy and powerful succour; and of Abu Obeidah. Throwing bimself their tumultuous joy conveyed the in- between the trembling citizens, and the telligence to the camp of the Arabs. most eager of the barbarians, he abjurAfter some debate, it was resolved to ed them, by the holy name of God, to raise, or rather to suspend, the siege of respect his promise, to suspend their Damascus, till they had given battle to fury, and to wait the determination of the forces of the emperor.

their chiefs. After a vehement debate Caled defeated the imperial army at in the church of St. Mary, it was agreed the battle Aiznadin, with immense loss; that the sword should be sheathed, that and the death of four hundred and sev. the part of Damascus which had surenty Moslems was compensated by the rendered to Abu Obeidah should be opinion that they had killed fifty ihou- immediately entitled to the benefit of sand infidels.

his capitulation, and that the final deThe sad tidings were carried to Da- cision should be deferred to the wisdom mascus by the speed of grief and terror;

of the Caliph, and the inhabitants beheld from their A large majority of the people acwalls the return of the heroes of Aizna- cepted the terms of toleration and tribdin. The Damascenes defended their ute; but the valiant Thomas, a noble city with great bravery; but after a Greek, and the free-born patriots who siege of seventy days, their patience had fought under his banner, embraced and their provisions were exhausted, the alternative of poverty and exile. In and the bravest of their chiefs submitted the adjacent meadow a numerous ento the hard dictates of necessity. In campment was formed, of priests and the occurrences of peace and war, they laymen, of soldiers and citizens, of had been taught to dread the fierceness women and children ; they collected of Caled, and to revere the mild virtues with haste and terror their most preof Abu Obeidah. At the huur of mid- cious moveables ; and abandoned with night, one hundred chosen deputies of loud lamentations or silent anguish their the clergy and people, were introduced native homes, and the pleasant banks to the tent of that venerable comman- of the Pharpbar. The inflexible soul der, who received and dismissed them of Caled was not touched by the specwith courtesy. They returned with tacle of their distress ; he disputed with a written agreement, on the faith of a the Damascenes the property of a macompanion of Mahoinet, that all hos- gazine of corn; endeavoured to exclude tilities should cease, that the voluntary the garrison from the benefit of the exiles might depart in safety, with as treaty; consented with reluctance,that much as they could carry away of their each of the fugitives should arm himself effects; and that the tributary subjects with a sword, or a lance, or a bow ; of the Caliph, should enjoy their land and sternly declared, that after a res

pite of three days, they might be pur- and cheered by the unconquerable arsued and treated as enemies of the dour of a lover. From a peasant of Moslems.

the country, they were informed, that The passion of a Syrian youth,com- the emperor had sent orders to the pleted the ruin of the exiles of Damas. colony of exiles, to pursue without decus. A nobleman of the city, of the lay the road of the sea coast, and of name of Jonas, was betrothed to a weal- Constantinople, apprehensive, perhaps, thy maiden of the name of Eudocia,but that the soldiers and people of Antiochi her parents delayed the consummation might be discouraged by the sight and of his nuptials, and their daughter was the story of their sufferings. The Sarapersuaded to escape with the man she cens were conducted through the terrihad chosen. They corrupted the night- tories of Gabala, and Laodicea, at a ly watchmen of the gate Keisan; the cautious distance from the walls of lover, who led the way, was encom- cities; the rain was incessant, the night passed by a squadron of Arabs; but his was dark, a single mountain separated exclamation in the Greek tongue, “ the them from the Roman army; and Cabird is taken,” admonished his mistress led, ever anxious for the safety of his to hasten her return. In the presence brethren, whispered an ominous dream of Caled and of death, the unfortunate in the ear of his companion. With the Jonas professed his belief in one God dawn of day, the prospect aguin clearand his Apostle Mahomet ; and con- ed, and they saw before them, in a tinued till the season of his martyrdom pleasant valley, the tents of Damascus. to discharge the duties of a brave and After a short interval of repose and sincere Mussulman.

prayer, Caled divided his cavalry into When the city was taken, Jonas flew four squadrons, committing the first to to the monastery where Eudocia had his faithful Derar, and reserving the taken refuge ; but the lover was for- last for himself. They successively gotten ; the apostate was scorned; she rushed on the promiscuous multitude, preferred her religion to her country; insufficiently provided with arms, and and the justice of Caled, deaf to mercy, already vanquished with sorrow and refused to detain by force a male or a fatigue. Except a captive who was female inbabitant of Damascus. Four pardoned and dismissed, the Arabs endays was the general confined to the joyed the satisfaction of believing, that city, by the obligations of the treaty, not a Christian of either sex escaped and the urgent cares of his new con- the edge of their scymitars. The gold quest. His appetite for blood and and silver of Damascus were scattered rapine would have been extinguished over the camp, and a royal wardrobe by the hopeless computation of time of three hundred load of silk, might and distance ; but he listened to the clothe an army of naked barbarians. importunities of Jonas, who assured In the tumult of the battle, Jonas him that the fugitives might yet be sought and found the object of his pur. overtaken. At the head of four thou- suit ; but her resentment was inflamed sand horse, in the disguise of Christian by the last act of his perfidy; and as Arabs, Caled undertook the pursuit. Eudocia struggled in his hateful arms, They halted only for the moments of she struck a dagger to her heart. prayer; and their guide had a perfect MERCANTILE ADVENTURE. knowledge of the country. For a long Mr. Richard Atkinson was one of way, the footsteps of the Damascenes the many instances of good sense and were plain and conspicuous ; they persevering industry, well directed in a vanished on a sudden; but thé Sara- commercial country like England. cens were comforted by the assurance When he first came from the North, he that the caravan had turned aside into was a mere adventurer, without either the mountains, and must speedily fall fortune, or even friends that could serve into their hands. In traversing the him, and with no other acquisitions of ridge of Libanus, they endi red intoler- education, but common penmanship able hardships, and the sinking spirits and arithmetic. Thus circumstanced of the veteran fanatics, were supported he came

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througb different counting-houses as a fatigue ; and the natives, about nine in clerk, he at length commenced specula- number, lost their sight from the intense retions, which soon produced that pro- Our countrymen were preserved by having

flection of the sun's rays by the snow. digious wealth of which he died pos- green veils, and performed the parts of sessed.

good Samaritans in leading their unfortuAlthough this was the gentleman nate companions to a place of safety, thro' whom Lord North, in allusion to a con

many dangers and the severest privations. tract for rum which he had with the Strawberries a Cure for the Gout. Government, called a rogue in spirit,

The celebrated Linnæus, when he was yet he was generous and even magnifi- such violent attacks of the gout, that they

forty-three years of age, was subject to cent in his bounty. He once, in the deprived him of sleep and appetite. Dur gayety of conversation, offered to Lady ing the fit, he happened once to eat some A. Lindsay, to employ a thousand strawberries, after which he had a refreshpounds of her fortune with his own ing sleep. The next day he eat, at intervals,

a large quantity, and on the second day atcapital.in trade, and to give her the ter was quite recovered, and able to quit due portion of profits. The offer was his bed. In the summer of the following of course accepted ; and in three years, year he again dispelled attacks of the dis

The her ladyship received her original thou- ease by taking ripe strawberries. sand pounds, with the splendid addi- in a slighter degree than in the preceding

year the attacks were renewed, but tion of nine thousand more.

years. After this, Linnæus never neglectOLD PRACTICES,

ed to eat strawberries every summer ; his In some parts of Scotland, in former blood seemed to be purified by this means ; times the ploughs used to be drawn by colour fresher, and he was ever after free

his countenance was more cheerful, his four horses abreast, and required the from the gout, though he lived to the age attendance of three men. The busi- of seventy years. ness of one man was to drive. For

Athens.--A letter from the Lazaretto of that purpose he placed himself between Toulon states that Admiral Halgan has arthe middle horses, with bis face to- rived in that port from Athens, where M. wards the plough to guide it straight, The destruction of the Parthenon was

Fauvel, the French consul, still resided. and in this position he stepped back- hourly expected from the Greek bombardwards with the reins in his hand. ment; and the Admiral had brought with Another walked behind the horses with him some fragments of the famous Lantern a deeked staff, which he fastened in of Demosthenes, saved from the flames

which had already consumed many precious the front of the beam, and by means of

objects. it regulated the depth of the furrow, by

Laura's Portrail.-Italian papers say that by raising or lowering the plough, as

the original Portrait of Petrarch's Laura occasion required. The ploughman has been found. It is well known that she followed with a hold of the stilts; and was painted by Simone Memmi; but the in this formidable and ludicrous man

engraving, published by Raphael Morghen, ner they repeated their attacks on the portrait of another Laura, who lived about

is after an ideal portrait, or perhaps the soil.

1300. The recovered portrait is in the colIo harvest, a basket machine was lection of M. Arrighi at Florence (Piazza placed on horseback for carrying home SS Trinita, palazzi Buondelmonti,) and has the grain ; and persons were employed authentic, after a comparison with the on each side with forks to keep it in a original miniature in the celebrated MS. of proper poise. It is said that this prac- Petrarch, preserved in the Laurentian Liiice is yet to be met with in Galloway. brary at Florence. The possessor has pub

lished an engraving of it. Many practices subsisting even at this day in Ireland are still more ridicii

The Fine Arts.-Canova's group of Mars lous. Mr. Arthur Young tells us, that and Venus, executed forthe King of England,

which the artist has just completed, has in Donegal he has actually seen horses heen exhibited for these tew days past. ploughing by the tail !

The work was already known by the model,

and a drawing after it had been engraved ; A Scottish newspaper states that a Dr. but now we are made sensible of the imJohn Nicol, of Forres, and a Mr. Black, had mense difference between the first sketch travelled across the Cordilleras (by Mendo- and the most delicately and carctully exega) to St. Iago de Chilli. A lady who join- cuted marble. It seems as if the artist had ed their party perished through cold and chosen this group at once to shew his skill

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