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THE

LADY'S MAGAZINE.

For JULY, 1807.

ADELAIDE;

OR,

The TRIUMPH of CONSTANCY,

A TALE.

(With an elegant Engraving.)

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IN the days when warlike knights their attention: their happiness scemiand barons bold, though they ac ed to admit of no addition, knowledged fealty to a superior so It chanced that Raimond the nevereign, yet governed their little phew of the count of Poitou, and districts with despotic sway, acknow. ihe lord of large domains in Britledging no law but their own will tany, being then at the court of his and turbulent passions, and engaging uncle, cast his eyes on the lovely in cruel and implacable feuds and Adelaide. He saw, and admired; conflicts with each other, lived he admired, and he wished to posAdelaide de Dorville, the daughter of He employed all the arts he a gentleman in the retinue of Charles thought most proper to seduce the count of Poitou. Mild, gentle, female heart. He displayed himself and unambitious, Adelaide had list-' before her in all his pomp and

paened with complacency to the pro- geantry; he distinguished her by the fessions of love made to her by Or- most flattering attentions and conlando, a youth of similar station in descension; and intimated to her, life with herself, and of similar dis- that his admiration of her beauty positions of mind and heart. Inces- and merits would ever secure to santly in the company of each other, herself and her father such rewards their mutual affection increased every and honours as it might be proper day; and each seemed to live but for him to bestow, and for them to for the other. Neither wealth nor receive. Adelaide, artless and unsplendour had in their eyes any charms suspecting herself, at first heard which could for a moment divert these offers with humility and gra

titude: she listened apparently with be mistaken by Adelaide; and he complacence to the Aatteries and soon after made his attack in form, attentions of lord Raimond, and her by a most ardent declaration of his little heart dilated in a small degree love, and the most splendid promises with what may be called vanity, of reward would she condescend to though by no means of that kind comply. It was with difficulty that which could in the - least shake her Adelaide could make her escape solid virtue, her constant affection. from the violence of his embraces,

Lord Raimond, having succeeded and Ay to her father for protection. thus far, applied to the count of It was immediately resolved that Poitou to grant his permission for they and Orlando should immedithe father of Adelaide to enter into ately set out on their return to the his service; which having obtained, he court of the count of Poitou, who took him and his daughter with bim was well known to be a prince of to his castle in Brittany, where he soon of the most rigid manners and the advanced him to be the first officer at most inflexible virtue, who would his court, at which, for some time, certainly afford them the most effecnothing was to be seen but tourna, tual protection. But before they ments, festivals, and entertainments reached the frontiers of the territory of the most sumptuous kind, at all of lord Raimond, a number of solof which Adelaide was the most dis.' diers, disguised as banditti, attacked tinguished among the ladies. them, and carried off Adelaide, after

Orlando, in the mean time, who, having robbed her father and oiwithout any particular invitation lando of all the valuables they had from lord Raimond, had followed about them, and left them bound, to Adelaide into Brittany, became very prevent a pursuit. uneasy; and in his interviews with It was not long, as may be supAdelaide, which were now become posed, before Adelaide was. again somewhat less frequent than they brought before lord Raimond, who had before been, he could not avoid received her more like a desperately letting her perceive that uneasiness, enamoured lover than one who had and anxiously making enquiries of - been the author of so violent an act such a nature as were sufficient to as the forcible seizure of her person. indicate that jealousy was beginning He threw himself on his knees beto take possession of his heart. But fore her, lavished on her the tenAdelaide answered with the most derest and most affectionate expresa artless innocence, protesting that all sions, promised her the highest hothe honours distinctions she had nours, rewards, and distinctions, and submitted to receive were accepted vowed that, when he should be reby her merely for her father's sake, leased from certain engagements whose fortune appeared likely to be he was under to some branches of essentially benefited by the favour his family, he would redeem ber of lord Raimond; and she assured honour, by making her his wife.Orlando, in the most solemn man But Adelaide firmly answered ner, that her affections must ever My lord, I am in your power ; continue faithful to him.

but you cannot force my heart, At length. however, lord Rai which has been long devoted to anmond, conceiving that he had suffi other, and must ever remain so. ciently prepared the way, proceeded Know likewise, that I utterly deto give such intimations of his real spise all your proffered rewards and views and intentions as could not distinctions, when placed in compe.

tition with my virtue.' After she pidly undermine their own authohad uttered this answer, lord Rai. rity. They may for a time be feared mond could not get from her another as well as hated, but they nevercan be word; and rage, at length, succeed- loved and truly honoured, and, when ing to his love, he sternly exclaimed least they expect, they may be hurled - You must then feel my ven from the pinnacle of their grandeur geance; suffering may subdue even and pride into the very dungeons obstinacy like yours.

into which they have plunged the Immediately he called an attend- innocent." ant, and ordered, that she should be The count discoursed in this manconfined in a damp and dismal dun ner a long time with so much energy geon, and there be fed on bread and and vehemence, that his nephew, at water, till he gave further commands length, unable to bear his reproaches, concerning her.

threw himself at his feet, and conThe father of Adelaide, and her fessed, that, overpowered by dislover, in the mean time, having been graceful passions, he had caused released from their bonds by some Adelaide to be seized and confined; travellers, reached the court of the but he declared that he was now count of Poitou, and informed him willing inrmediately to release her, of the behaviour of his nephew, and and make her every reparation in his in what a manner Adelaide had been power, if he might be restored to the violently seized and carried off, most favour of his virtuous uncle, whose probably by his orders. The good generous goodness and noble conold count expressed the utmost in- duct had made him despise himself dignation at the conduct of his ne for the unjust and base act he had phew, and ordering his attendants to committed. be summoned, immediately set out They immediately proceeded to the with a strong escort, and accom- dungeon in which Adelaide was conpanied by the father of Adelaide and fined, and where she had passed many Orlando, for the castle of lord Rai- wretched hours; but without swervmond; where, when he arrived, he ing in the least from her virtuous abruptly demanded of him what he constancy, by what she had suffered knew of the seizure of Adelaide, and or mighi fear to suffer. When the where she had been conveyed to. door now opened, she turned her eyes Raimond at first prevaricated, and towards it with dread, as not knowwished to have it supposed that he ing for what fate she was reserved. had no participation in the act of But what was her astonishment when carrying her off; but the count she saw enter the good count of would be satisfied with no answer Poitou, her father, and Orlando, fol. hut a positive denial, sanctioned by a lowed by the lord Raimond, who fell solemn oath. The suspicion,' said at her feet, and submissively entreathe, my lord, that rests on you, is ed her forgiveness for all the insults strong: the charge is of the most and cruelties she had suffered from serious and disgraceful kind, and him. The scene appeared to her must be repelled with sincerity and like a magical illusion of the senses, honour. The ends of all government as it seemed scarcely possible that it are lost, if those who govern may should be real. with impunity commit the crimes The count of Poitou then ad. they were appointed to restrain, vanced, introducing Orlando; and Foolish, as well as wicked, likewise, joining the hands of him and Adeare such rulers, for they most ra- laide, assured them that he would

protect and provide for them : lord my life in the active scenes and bustle Raimond engaged 10 make them a of the world, but have now retired present of a considerable portion of from those scenes, and can calmly land; and their union, which soon view their vanity, and the vanity after followed, completed the triumph of almost all those which the world of constancy and virtue.

exhibits. My seat of retirement, a low, but clean, thatched cottage, stands a few feet above the level of

a little spring, whose waters, sheltered MADAME GRASSINI. by a weeping willow, rest unruffled

by storms, and cool under the most (With a Portrait.)

scorching sun. A serpentine, whose

turf is the pure green of the comWE this month present our read

mon, and whose uneven outline naers with the sketch of a portrait of ture herself planted with tusts of Madame GrassINI, similar to that hawthorn, and round clusters of the which we gave of Signor Naldi. To double-rooted bramble, leads to it, give the eulogium of this performer slightly sloping: my walk at mornwould be unnecessary; her merits are

ing and evening, where I pour out well known to all acquainted with the science and practice of music. She my heart in praise to him who gave is, we believe, a native of Naples, but add two great human blessings,

me being; who has been pleased to has resided a considerable time in health and content; and who, dethis country. The opera of Le Due

nying me relations, friends, and forNozze ed un Sol Marito, the com

tune, placed me above dependence, position of Gulieglmi, has many and too low for envy: who has repassages particularly adapted to her moved me from mankind, and taught voice and manner.

Her voice is in

me with sincerity to call the worm fact of very limited compass, though that creeps upon the shrubs my she manages it with such excellent brother, and claim relation with the art as to produce the most pleasing

gnat that stings me. and admirable effect.

Here, though secluded from the world of men, I live among a multitude of beings, in whose joys it is

impossible for me not to share; and A SENTIMENTAL RHAPSODY. I were happy if it were not as dif

ficult to shut my eyes upon their To the EDITOR of the LADY's

accidental miseries. MAGAZINE.

To.day the good old creature who

attends upon me, a second time my Sir,

nurse, set down the water for my If the following rhapsody meets

hands. Just as I dropped the ball your approbation, the insertion of it into it there appeared a little water in your agreeable Miscellany will beetle, the native of my spring, oblige an

whose ill fate having placed him OCCASIONAL CORRESPONDENT.

near the bank, where she dipped in Tewksbury, June 27.

her hand, the whirlpool sucked him

to her; and now the little wretch, I HAVE passed the greater part of ignorant of his fate, was darting

here and there in sportful motions, advantage? Returning thee into thy climbing up the bowl, and wanton

native element, thou art a prey to ing in his unknown captivity. fish, nay to innumerable murderers

i stood like him who pitied Be of thine own kind--for reptile, is to lisarius, and, with locked hands and reptile as harsh and as unmerciful as fixed eye, gazed upon the victim. man to man. But the destruction What shall I do with thee? And there is casual, here it is absolute is thy mirth and jollity to cease this and unnatural. moment! Was all the care of Pro Reader! who hast smiled at the vidence to form thee meant for so debate, weep for the catastrophe! poor an end! Three years ago thy As I carried the little prisoner on parent dropped upon the water lily's my hand, towards his original dwellHoating leaf the egg for thy produc- ing, he took wing; and scarcely was tion; and thy existence, creature as he off my finger when a swallow, thou art of a superior order, was de- skimming low in the air, catched pendent upon ihe fate of that light him to a more sudden death than weed. Hatched from the shell, thou that from which mý frivolous attencreptst from off the leaf; and in the tion would have saved him. conduct of unerring instinct soughtst Thus not improbably superior the bottom, saved from a thousand beings think of man--but it were unknown enemies. From year to well, alas! if men also thought thus year thy tender limbs were formed of one another. We will attack these under that rugged skin; and yester- forces, says the conqueror; we shall day, perhaps, thou first sawest the beat them—and it will not cost us light with these new powers; twice

more than four thousand men ! For born! And was it for a fate like what advantage? Why, we will lie this ? — Thy silky limbs wove in these to-night upon that ground where toils of nature, did Providence de- they slept yesterday ! -That which fend them from the waters with you already have is just as soft as the that impenetrable mail, that thou other ! Yet thus it is determined ; shouldst die before they had felt the and while the visionary, call him phiair?—This sense of pleasure, and losopher or moralist, debates the fate this love of play, were they bestowed of an unconsidered insect, at one dison thee only to be enjoyed an hour! charge five hundred rational beings Even now, when thou hast begun fall by the arms of creatures like to live in this more perfect state, art themselves, who hate them not, and thou to die! thou to whose form whom they have not injured. antiquity raised statues; whose kin Had not these men, as humble as dred Egypt numbered with her the meanest reptile, an equal right

to live, and to enjoy the produce of What if I take thee back, restore their `cheerful labour? Yet many of thee to the lucid fountain, whence them were compelled into that serthou wert taken, more justly thine vice where they fell ! And had not than this is mine-man would laugh; every one of them the very stamp of for human nature feels not : but he heaven, a soul immortal and indisto whom insect and man are equal - tructible ? From the long past time he will perhaps approve !

when they were helpless infants, how · Yet if I spare thee what is thy many weary hours has each of these

gods !

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