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I quickly reached a little inn by began to weep. Her tears affected the road side. I entered it, and me;--they were the tears of sufdrank a cup of coffee, as I was fering innocence, and love. She familiar with the family; when looked like the humble lily, beads I was about to depart, a stage- ing with the dew-drops of the coach stopped at the door. It was morning. Weep not, my dear! very heavy laden; the passengers I exclaimed; perhaps thou hast alighted to take refreshment; and been imprudent, but not guilty.' amongst the rest I particularly I asked the occasion of her disnoticed a young woman, appa- comfort, when, wiping away her rently about the age of nineteen. tears, she began-Sir, I am most As they were about going off she niserable! I left the best of patold the coachman she would not rents to follow a young man on trouble hiin any further, but walk. whom I placed my affections. My As you please, Ma'am,' replied friends forbad our union. We this knight of the whip, taking a eloped, went to town, where I exdram; he then resumed the reins, pected to have been inade his wife, and was gone. I was rather at- but, alas ! I judge my own imprutracted by the appearance of this dence forfeited that right. We do female, and finding she took the sooner arrived than I lost sight of same road I was going, hastened him. I waited, and inquired, but to overtake her, which I soon did. could learn nothing of him: thus • As she pass'u,

deserted I set off for my home.

Alas! home I have none! no Mine

eye
fell on her.'

friendly roof to shelter iny wretch• Hler jetty locks Fellrich, but rudely; whilst her inourn

edness! My parents have long for

gotten their guilty but repentant Beam'd thro' a watery lustre.-She was daughter ! She stopped and cried form'd

bitterly: her grief found an easy In Nature's kindliluss; and though the passaye to my heart. I observed No longer melted in her cheek, nor face, fair as the snow on the plaia

the trembling tear run down her blush'd

which the sun-beains has not With deepen 'd brilliance on her lip, yet

kissed. still Unnumber'd graces deck'd her, and Oh would to God that thou wert once luok'd forth

again At ev'ry feature, -ihro' her rays there Such as thou wert, while yel a stainlow shone

child ! The wreck of beiter day's.'

Tho' it should be thy fate to beg thy As I passed her she inquired of

bread,

And me whether I knew of any stage

steep

the hard-carp'd bit in bitter that was likely soon to pass.

1 stopped, and gave

her the best in She resumed:Oh, Sir! it formation I could ; and we enter was not an open eneiny that has ed into further conversation as we brought ine to this disgrace, for walked, as I questioned her from then I would have borne it; but whence she came, and where she it was one on whom my soul rewas going. Timidity, love, and posed itself for peace and happie distrust, sat upon her features; ness, and in whose soft control and, without uttering a word, she I had long delighted; now, aliwa!

ful eyes

rose

tears.'

scene.

now attract

changed is every prospect; that Strong memory of its virtue, and too oft which once gave such placid de Cast clouds o'er thy spent spirits, and light is now dull and alarming.

denied

The Once, no black reflections arose

power

to deck with mirth each riot to make me regret the past, -no Unhappy girl! a female eye shall shed painful, dreadful thoughts to make Those tears for thee, which ought in me fear the future.- Once my

drops of Wood beloved parents studied my peace, To full from thy seducer. Shame, O and seemed to derive their felicity world! from mine :-once, they could That man thus privileged to ruin souls clasp a spotless daughter to their Shall rove about undaunted : whilst the bosoms, and innocence and plenty Whom he hath made mist either die

wretch, crowned iny hours with delight.'

unseen, At this moinent a stage overtook Or plunge in deeper guilt, and fall for us; she begged of me to stop it,

ever!' which I did, and helped her up. We shook bands; she wisheci me every happiness her tongue could. express, and they drove ott.--I re To Mr. JOIN WEBB. gretted I had not her address. Alas!' said I,

• Did'st thou brit know the isly touch

of love, (While my tears fell, and any looks fol- Thou wouldist as soon go kindle fire low'd her,)

with snow, • Poor loveliness! those charms which As seek to quench the fire of love with

words.' Passing attention, once, perchance,

SHAKSPEABE. have grac'd The social hearth, and o'er domestic joys

Sir, Cast a pure splendour.'

IN the last nuinber of the As they disappeared I uttered Lady's Magazine I find a letter to myself the following soliloquy: addressed to me from you; allow

Hapless female! may peace me to make a few observations on and serenity crown the remainder iis contents, in reference, to iny of thy days with uninterrupted annexed motto. I am inclined to happiness; and when surrounded believe you never inet with by thy forgiving parents, bestow disappointment in a tender at. sometimes a thought on him who tachment;' and happily for you, will ever remember thy luckless you have never experienced its fate; the impression thy sutiering's effects, I may fairly conclude have made time can never des that when you and the partner of stroy: - Making the best of my your boson strayed through the way home, I thought of the fol windings of Benton l'ale your lowing lines, with which I finish affections were reciprocal, and my not uninteresting walk in that your throbbing hearts palpie Autuma:

tated in unison.' • Ah! thy reign • Smooth runs the water where the "Hath been but brief; ily wond'rous brook is deep.' Hath fail'd, perchance, because thy

I congratulate you in your feliheart retain's

city; and far distant inay that

beauty's power

period be which must separate Cleanse the stuff’d bosom of that perilyou; may you long live to invoke ous stuff the tuneful muse, and

Which weighs upon

the heart?' pen poetic fancy.- For your kind remon The rhapsodical, romantic, tristrance I feel obliged; but,

bute of professional kindness in "Oh thou did'st then ne'er love so hear- the conclusion of your letter I cantily,

not clearly demonstrate. I am not If thou remember'st not the slightest altogether satisfied whether you folly

intend it as a ludicrous burlesque, That ever love did make thee run into, or not; and you seem in one part Thou hast not lov'd.

of yours rather to abnegate the

heroes of romance;' but your imaYet, however humiliating and ginary style persuades me you are romantic my sentiments may ap- strongly allied to that fraternity. pear to you, I trust I am not al

I joined the festive throng, but together deserving of the vile ap- happiness was not there. Pleapellation you have thought fit to

sure, in all her gilded allurements, brand me with, namely, a sub- has stood forward to my view, and verter of the rights of man ! Deem courted me to enjoyinent in the me not too arrogant if with the

rosy

cheek and sparkling eye, that immortal poet I say

told me what the sun is made * I dare do all that may become a man:

of;'--and yet so far from giving Who dares do more is none.-'

me the sought-for happiness they

only increased iny uneasiness.-And know, Sir, I am not so com- Happiness is a shadow ;--Content pletely sunk into that sorrowful the substance ;-where the subparoxysm of grief and despair to stance is, the shadow must follow. have recourse to the foul means you allude to, to rid me of my dis

"I

pray you, in your letters, quietude. Revocate the idea. When you shall these unlucky deeds

relate, Heaven forbid it! And know

Speak of me as I ain:Amor jussit scribere quce puderit

Then must you speak dicere.'

Of one who lov'd not wisely, but too

well.' Believe me, Sir, it was not any

S. Y. youthful fancy that imprinted on the tablet of my heart the fond Description of the Sound, the characters ; and be assured that ISLAND of ZEALAND, and the the impression is such as City of COPENHAGEN. effort can obliterate.--Your (and every other) remonstrance must (Translated from a German Pumphlet ever prove an ineffective antidote pullished at Berlin in 1801.*) to my indisposition.

THE Sound is to the North

what the Straits of Gibraltar are ! Canst thou not minister to a mind

discas'd, Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, * The late expedition to the Baltic Rase out the written troubles of the which has terminater with such signal brain,

success in the capture of the whole And, with some sweet oblivious anti- Danish fleet will, we presume, render dote,

this description acceptable to our readers. Vol. XXXVIII.

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to the South of Europe, and Elsi- month of February, 1794, conneur and Helsingburg may be call- sumed the palace called Chrised the Northern Pillars of Hercu- tiansburg, which was built by les. It forms the communication Christian VI. at his own expense, between the North Sea and the without laying any tax on his subBaltic.

jects: it was an immense pile of The Sound is two miles and a building of hewn stone, the wings half broad at the narrowest part, and stables of brick, stuccoed. where sandbanks on the Danish, This city has a noble appearance and the Scheeren rocks on the from the sea, and is about two Swedish, coast, confine the chan- miles in length, one mile and a nel so much, that men of war of half in breadth, and six miles in a great draft of water can only circumference. Some writers espass one after the other. The timate the number of inhabitants Danes have, from this circun- at 85,000, others 100,000. In stance, been enabled to establish many of the streets the canals are a toll, which brings in a consider- deep enough to admit large ships able sum, all ships that pass Elsi- to come close to the warehouses, neur being obliged to pay this duty. a circumstance of the greatest

Farther to the Eastward, par- convenience to the merchants. ticularly near Copenhagen, the There is an university of some Sound widens; but still there is importance, founded in 1478, by scarcely room for vessels to ma- Christian the First, under the næuvre or fight, and the flotilla sanction of Pope Sextus IV. an defending it might receive great Academy for Artillery and Naval support froin the batteries on shore. Cadets, a Society of Natural His

Zealand, the largest of the Dan- tory, an Academy for Painting, ish islands, is about 160 miles long, Royal Societies of Sciences, Belles and 120 broad. The chief produce Lettres, and Surgery, a Veterinary is barley, oats, and wheat. The pas- School, a Royal Library, containture lands are very good. There ing about 100,000 volumes, beare extensive woods of oak and sides a large one belonging to the beech, and the lakes abound with University, about fifty Hospitals fish. The best harbour is that of and Poor-houses, a very spacious Copenhagen, the metropolis and Exchange, and a fine Arsenal. royal residence, built on the oppo- Among other excellent manufacsite side of the strait, between tories, one of beautiful porcelain, Zealand and the island of Amak, established and carried on by F. and celebrated for its excellent H. Muller, an apothecary, deport, and its convenient situation serves particular notice. The for trade. It was only a village round tower of the church of the till the year 1254 when it became Holy Trinity is reckoned a mastera town. In 1443 it was erected piece of architecture; it was built into a bishop's see, and made the after a design of the celebrated residence of the king; but suffered astronomer, Christopher Longoto enjoy its own municipal laws. montanus. It is 150 feet high, A fire in the year 1728, in twenty- and 60 in diameter,and the enfour hours consumed 1,650 houses, trance is a spiral arch, so strong five churches, the university, and and spacious, as to admit a coach four colleges. Another fire in the to ascend to the top, an

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periment which the Czar Peter the important fortress of Cronenburg,
Great is said to have made in 1716. begun by Frederic ll. in 1577,
Copenhagen enjoys the privileges and finished in 1585. The fortifi-
of a free port, and carries on a cations are in the best order, and
considerable trade. In 1768 up- the guns command the Sound,
wards of 3,800 ships entered in- which is here not more than a mile
wards, and about 3,700 cleared and a half over, for men of war
outwards. That Copenhagen is a dare not keep near the Swedish
place of great strength, both by shore, on account of the shoals.
nature and art, is evident from the The most important islands in
three long and bloody sieges it the Sound are, ist. Amak, which
sustained under Frederic 1, Chrisa has been already described. 20.
tian III, and Frederic III, though Saltholm, a small island belonging
the fortifications were then hy no to the Danes, where there are ex-
means in the state they now are. cellent quarries of limestone, free-
As the town of Christian-haven, stone, and marble. This island
built on the isie of Amak, is gene- is uninhabited, being overflowed
rally comprehended with Copen- in winter. 3d. Huen, or Ween, a
hagen, this island may be noticed fertile island, formerly an appen-
here. It is seventeen miles in dage of Zealand, but annexed to
length, by seven broad, and has a the Swedish crown at the peace of
communication with the city by Rotzchild. It was bestowed by
means of two bridges. The soil is Frederic the Ild. on Tycho de
uncommonly rich, and the island Brahé, the celebrated astronomer,
is considered as the garden and for the term of his life.
dairy of Copenhagen, to which the
Amakers bring for sale all kinds
of vegetables, milk, butter, and
cheese, in great quantities. ANECDOTE of BOISROBERT, a

Of the Danish towns within the FRENCH DRAMATIC WRITER.
Sound, the next in point of im-
portance is Elsineur, built on the THE Abbé de Boisrobert, by
declivity of a mountain, directly his pleasing conversation and di-
opposite to Helsinburg, on the veiting taient, which he could
Swedish coast. It contains from exert to a high degree, became a
five to six thousand inhabitants, great favourite with cardinal Rich-
who derive great benefit from the lieu, who loaded him with benefits
number of people passing through till the scandalous conduct of the
the town from Sweden to different Abbé put an end to them. Several
parts of Denmark, and still more persons

solicited his pardon in in consequence of the toll that is vain, though the cardinal himself levied from all vessels passing the secretly wished to be reconciled to Sound, on which account, each of him. At last his physician found the nations trading to the Baltic means to relieve him from his ansusually have a consul established iety, and produce a reconciliation. here.--Christian II had an inten- The cardinal asking his arlvice on tion of ceding the town to the account of some slight in'dispoDutch, but the inhabitants refused sition with which he was attacked, to comply with the order.

the physician wrote this prescripTo the South of Elsineur is the tion : Recipe Boisrobert :-Take

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