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environs, besides the imperial residences of Lux: |, formed into an animated city. - The image of emburg and S hönbrunnen, Belvider, celebrated happiness will speak to his heart; he will view for its superb collection of pictures, and singu- i with complacency the amiable weaknesses of his larly embellished froin the spoils of the churches fellow.crealures, and perhaps - conclude with of Brabant under the reign of Joseph. Here sharing them. likewise may be seen the majestic Gallizinberg, ll In all the cottages there are many repasta; the splendid Dornback, ihe vast and delightful some are prepared under the trees, others in the residence of the Mareschal de Lasy, and last of meadows and on the banks of the river. During all the Augarten and Prater.
these repasts, musical instruments are continuThe Augarten, which was opened to the ally playing, which give a zest to the pleasures of people by Joseph, at first presents a magnificent the palate. garden, which is more embellished by art than | The elegant costume of the people would likenature. It has niany delightful walks imper- | wise present an image of general prosperity, if vious to the rays of the sun, which the nightin- | their excessive luxury did not incline us to gales con pire with all the other charms of nature || doubt it. to render truly enchanting..
No one is permitted to be alone in this place. At the principal entrance is a vast edifice, where But if he crosses the river and retires into the opevery thing is consecrated to extravagant festi- posite forest, he may there enjoy the charms of vity. It is composed of galleries beautifully de. solitude with nature only for his companion. It corated, where provisions are perpetually pre is not easy to form an idea of the beauty and paring from morning to night. Numerous com sublimiiy of this spot. The Danube, which panies frequent this place. Before the edifice is a separates this part of the forest, becomes a sea, circular spot surrounded by large chesnut trees, which expands itsch majestically, and branches under which tables are placed for repasts, and for forth into divisions, which form several islands. taking tea, coffee, ices, sc. In passing through Here the imagination may rove with delightful a beautiful walk we come to a ride planted with contemplation over the extensive scene presented trees, which is bounded by delightful fields. A to its view. lofty terrace encompasses this part of the garden Some of these islands are covered with thick below, where the waters of the Danube gently | forests, others with enchanting groves; and now. The eye extends to a distant chain of others with meadows where the flowers and birds picturesque mountains; glides over the woods form an agreeable mixture of colours. The beauand rural habitations; over hamlets and villages ties of nature seem here to humanize the inost which cover the plains below, and then descends savage animals. The stag sports and bounds; into the smiling vallies; it afterwards remounts a the nightingale sings her cheerful song; and the group of little hills crowned with groves; and at feathered tribe pursue their various propensities last gently reposes on the green meadows, where i without molestation or constraint. At the ter. numerous flocks and herds are perpetually feed. mination of this forest the Danube is lost to our ing: from thence it commands one extensive
view, and a hamlet rises up on a sudden to at view of the city. Before and under your eyes tract our notice. , is the forest of Briget, which is the wild part This hamlet, which may be the commenceof the garden, and serves as a shade to the pic ment of a town, is composed of small houses ture.
with one story only, well built, painted without, This forest, which extends a league, is divided and commodious within. The inhabitants exby the Danube, whose banks afford a charming hibit a group of happy faces, in which health, walk, and its tranquil stream heightens the contentment, and chearfulness are strikingly degaiety and cheerfulness which pervade every ob- | pictured. This is the Augarten, which is not ject; it is not only an agreeable river, but is (incredible as it may appear) many steps from likewise a place of resort for every species of the city; and what is more astonishing is, that pleasure. Many small houses have been erected it is not greatly frequented. The preference is for the purpose of preparing food and delicacies. Il given to the Prater, doubtless on account of the On feast days in particular, this wood presents a carriages and equipages which are there assem. spectacle of sensual enjoyments worthy the bled. The Augarten is not brilliant but on parpainter and philosopher. Not of the cynic phi- | ticular occasions, when parties of pleasure are losopher, who, with a mixture of scorn and pity, || formed during the summer season. In the freshe weeps over the follies and the pleasures of man- iness of the morning likewise, subscription con. kind, but of the more judicious philosopher, who certs are given by people of fashion, which are laughs at their follies while he smiles at their particularly agreeable to early risers. enjoyments. The philanthropist will feel his Upon leaving Vienna we reach the Prater, by hosom glow with delight to observe a forest trans. || a beautiful walk, a league in extent, which di sides the forest. This forest presents on one promenade. The echoes perpetually repeat side the prospect of a village. The small houses around ihe groves the sound of the horns, Autes, which compose this village are scattereil in the and other instruments, which charm the ear and wood, where Turkish, Chinese, Italian, and Eng. give an edge to the appetite. In a word, this lish coffee-rooms, ball-rooms, and billiard-tables, wood seems to concentrate all the magic powers are erected. The inbabitants of this spot are not of pleasure within itself. shepherds, but principally cooks, confectioners, ll During the conviviality of eating, drinking, mosici'ns, dancers, and the like.
walking, and playing, crowds of carriages (for In a particular part of this wood, which has they are numerous at Vienna) are continually the privilege of a fresh and agreeable shade, with entering this scene of mirth and festivity. All many green turfs, it is usual for persons of every these carriages cross i he forest, which extends to description and rank in society to be continually the pavillion called the Lusthaus, and is the end walking. Here princes, citizens, servants, ll of the ride. At the Prater superb fire-works are monks, and soldiers, are all blended without dis exhibited, exercises are made, and every species
ij of public performance is displayed, which the The cottages are so many temples dedicated | ingenuity of individuals has invented. But no. to sensual delight, where continual victims are thing exceeds the pleasure of dining on a clear offered at the shrine of intemperance. The day under a tree, and listening to the enchaniing woods and meadows are filled with the same pre music on one side, whilst from another quarter parations. Tables are spread in all parts, and Il a number of tame stags and fallow deer, enticed Faiters continually passing and repassing The by the appearance of food, approach us, and eat company take ices and creamed coffee, besides bread from our hands. A luxury of enjoyment the repast which they make before and after the which fy can experience elsewhere.
SIR EDWARD SEYMOUR.
AN ENGLISH TALE.
The English are a wise and respectable na- Europe; that their Acet, the unrivalled mistress tion. The immense weight which they have of the ocean, has sailed, and borne terror to the always held in the scale of Europe, their skill in | two 'Indias and sought their treasures; and that politics, in war, and their sublime discoveries in their own happy country, safe from the invasion the sciences, would be sufficient to insure them of strangers, and internal divisions, enjoys the the most exalted praise, even, if added 'u this, blessings of peace, cultivates the fine arts, pose they did not possess the merit of having been the sesses riches gathered in every quarter of the first modern nation endowed with the two most I globe, and witness the arrival in her harbours of Decessary requisites of man, wisdom and good the productions of the whole universe. laws. The English have not taken an unfair It is undoubtedly upon this that they rest he advantage of their superiority, which they might I good opinion they entertain of themselves, that have done with great ease; but their good sense estimation in which they hold their own nation taught them not to wish to arrive immediately at I as superior to all others. They are conscious of that perfection which can only be the fruit of their own value, and boldly proclaim it. They long tried experience. It was their opinion that || disdain to acknowledge the merit and qualities reason, virtue, and particularly happiness, were which grow in every land ; this gives their very only to be acquired by a just medium; and to virtues an appearance of pride which diminishes preserve this libeny, the first gift which man can If their lustre without taking aught from their real enjoy, they have confounded this exalted word, worth. In a word, they care but little for the and mixed with it the sublime ideas of obedience || approbation of others, and the only means of to the law, respect for the authorities established | pleasing them is to praise their wisdom. by the law, and a sacred awe of transgressing it I have, however, known an Englishman who, against it. On this foundation was quickly in order to avoid these defects, if they may be erected the unshaken support of liberty, that so termed, fell into the opposite error; he not creative principle of happiness, public spirit. | only laid a great stress upon the opinions of inanIt is by this alone that the inhabitants of two kind in general, but the wish of pleasing proved sinall islands have often seen themselves the um- | the ruling passion of his soul. He was not satispires, or the terror of sovereigas, the mediators of fied with acting right, but wanted to meet with
the approbation of the world. His constant rule ll During the months Sir Edward Seymour passed of conduct was to behave in a manner that none Il in London, he mixed but little in the noisy pleaof his actions could be censured; he moreover sures of the metropolis; he chiefly resided at the required that it should be applauded; he longed house of Mr. Clements, his benefactor, who and pretended to please every body, and this treated him in every respect as if he had been his weakness placed his happiness or misery in the ll own son. He had a few chosen friends whom he power of many.
visited, amongst whom was a lady of the name of This young man, the last descendant of a Harley, who at the age of one-and-twenty had noble and ancient family, inherited but a very been two years a widow. Our hero's acquaintsmall fortune; but nature had amply rewarded ance with this lady had commenced at the house him for the scantiness of his purse, by endowing of a relation, where she spent the summer him with every mental and personal advantage. months; and as Sir Edward's regiment was at Having lost both his parenis'in his infancy, the that period quartered in its vicinity, he had been care of his education had devolved on a rich re a frequent visiter there. To know the lovely lation, who had thought it was his duty to assist Mrs. Harley, and not to admire her, was next to the helplessness of his orphan state, and in due an iinpossibility; and our hero, who possessed tinie Sir Edward Seymour completed his studies all that warm enihusiasm towards those who with great credit, and was presented by his be combine beauty with every feminine virtue, nefactor with a commission in a regiment of ca which worthy minds generally feel, thought the valry.
fair widow the most perfect of God's creatures. Being well aware of bis dependant state on his || She, on her side, was not blind to the amiable entrance into the world, and fully convinced that qualities of Sir Edward. She thought she had if he committed follies, he had no righ: 10 ex. discovered in him the virtues which she should pect that they should be overlooked, or even bave wished her partner through life to possess; pardoned by his benefactor, Sir Edward deter the husband she had lost had been chosen by mined to avoid committing any, and hitherto he her parents; and though at the age of sixteen had kept his word. Notwithstanding his youth, they had forced her to bestow her hand on and the dangerous examples which surrounded General Harley, a gentleman just returned froin hiin, never had he in the smallest degree swerved the East Indies, with immense riches, and nearly from his duty; but solely employed in the studies three times her age, her heart never had any necessary to become an experienced officer, he share in this union. Though the fair Eliza had soon obtained a company with no other protec exerted every power to oblige the husband her tion than his own good conduct, courage, arrd Il parents had given her, yet his naturally bad lemabilities. Far from being vain of the praises | per, soured by illness, was not calculated to make which even his rivals could not refuse him, he | a lovely young woman happy; but her mild and would say to them smilingly, “If I am prudent, patient disposition, added to a sense of duty, I only owe it to my inability, if I had comınitled I prompted her toʻpay him every attention, till, follies, of paying for them."
after having been his nurse for three years, death Sir Edward's only fault, the weakness I have called him away, and left our heroine, at the age mentioned, made him atrach so much im. of nineteen, once more free, and in the posses. portance to the opinion of others; a weakness sion of a handsome fortune. Her widow hood doubiless excusable, since it became the source was spent partly with her relations, and parıly at of many virtues. But whether through mudesty | her house in Upper Grosvenor-street, where one or pride, which very often resemble each other, or the other of her female friends generally rethe approbation of his conscience did not alone sided with her, satisfy him. Caluiny, or the slightest suspicion Il Sir Edward Seymour, though he could not respecting his honour, or huis morals, would resist the temptation of visiting at the house of have made him consider himself the most un Mrs. Harley, sought carefully to hide his sentihappy of men; and as, notwithstanding the ments; he adored the fair widow, and he had envy which a character like his must naturally every reason to imagine that he had gained an excite, no one had dared to insinuate a word interest in her heart. But she possessed three against his reputation, and as he received the thousand a year; and what would have become respect so justly his due, Sir Edward had at last of Sir Edward if the world were to accuse him persuaded himself that virtue insured fame, and of seeking to make his fortune by marriage. that though the public are often severe, they He was not, however, totally bereft of hope, nevertheless are just; that those whom they | Mrs. Harley was engaged in a law-suit, on which esteem are always possessed of merit, and those depended a considerable part of her fortune. whom they condemn are worthy of being de Sir Edward awaited the issue of it, to bid her an spised.
eternal adieu if she gained it; or if the contrary
happened, to declare his love. Happily the suit is often visited his sister-in-law, who fully appre. was lost; he no longer balanced, but immedi- ciating his excellent qualities, often asked his ately disclosed the secret of his heart, and revealed | advice, never contradicted him, and was, in to his fair friend what she had long suspected. || his opinion, the most sensible woman in EngMrs. Harley did ample justice to the delicacy of
land. his conduct; and by the gentleness of her reply
Mrs. Harley spoke to him of her sentiments fally repaid him for what he had silently en
for Sir Edward, and of the offer she had received dured.
of his hand. Mr. Harley warınly approved her The lovers now confiding in each other, and
choice. “I have,” said he, “ for a long time consoled for the smallness of their fortune by the
esteemed Sir Edward; he is a man of honour, felicity attendant on a mutual attachment, had
and possesses no small portion of merit; though only to fix the day of their marriage. Both at
his character is deficient in firmness, he is too liberty to choose for themselves, they thought no
desirous of pleasing, and has pot, for what the obstacle could possibly intervene to prevent their
world calls polished manners, that dignified conimmediate union. Sir Edward only wished to
tempt, that profound indifference, which distinapprize his cousin, Mr. Clements, of his inten-|| guishes an exalted mind. But I hope this will tion, who still treated him with a kindness truly
all come in due time, with a little of my instrucparental, without putting the least restriction on
tion. He has good principles, which form the his actions, fully conscious of our hero's pru.
main point; and if he listen to my advice, I will deuce. Mrs. Harley, on her side, was entirely
answer for his soon being totally careless of the her own mistress; but the friendship and respect
opinion of the world.” which she bore to an old gentleman, the elder
The fair widow smiled, and the marriage day brother of her late husband, made her consider
was fixed. Sir Edward, at the height of his it incumbent on her to consult him before she wishes, wrote immediately to his cousin Clechanged her situation...
ments, who had been for some time at his coun. This Mr. Harley was rather a singular man;
try seat, about sixty miles from town. A few his disposition was completely the opposite to Sir
hours after he had dispatched his letter, a mese Edward's. As much did this young man respect
senger arrived, who brought the unexpected news and fear the opinion of others, as the old genule.
of Mr. Clements’ sudden death, caused by a fit man despised every opinion which did not agree
of apoplexy, which had carried him off in two with his own. What he had once thought, or
days. As he was a bachelor, all his relatives had advanced, was considered by him as a sacred law,
immediately repaired to his mansion, anxious 10 which he could not comprehend why every one
learn who was heir to his immense property.-did not follow. He acknowledged, without ihe
The will had been read, and the rapacious crew least hesitation, that in the whole course of his
nearly expired with grief on discovering that Mr. life he had never been mistaken, and that he had
Clements had left all his possessions to his Dever changed his opinion on any subject; for
cousin, Sir Edward Seymour. sixty years he had always been in the right.
With the will was found a letter very carefully Setting this aside, he was a man of strict honour
sealed, and addressed to our hero. The man of and irreproachable conduct, a good father, and a
business, who had the care of the deceased's sincere friend; but an eternal arguer. His ine
affairs, immediately sent this letter to Sir Edthod of proving what he advanced, was to con
ward, with a copy of the will. All the relations tinue to speak, and never to cease; and as he had
had withdrawn themselves, with their spirits excellent lungs, and in the end those whom he much more depressed than when they arrived ; wished to persuade, tired with listening to him, and Mr. Clements’ funeral was only attended by were glad to let him have his own way to get rid his domestics. of him. Mr. Harley had no doubt but that he Il Sir Edward, as much afflicted as astonished, had convinced them; and was, in his own opi shed sincere tears to the memory of his benenion, the most able orator in Europe. He had factor. He loved him with a truly filial affection, been married in his youth, and was a very affec he was indebted to him for all he possessed; and tionate husband; but he would insist upon the opulence which he was about to enjoy, could teaching his wife elocution; and at last, by not console him for his loss. Alarmed at the listening to her husband, poor Mrs. Harley died mystery which the letter so cautiously sealed completely deprived of hearing. She left him seemed to inclose, he feared to peruse it; and at an only son, who was now pursuing his studies at length determined only to open it in the presence Oxford, where it was his father's intention that of his beloved Eliza, and his friend Mr. Harley. he should remain until he had attained his With this intention he repaired to Grosvenorthirty-first year. While waiting for this period, street, and fortunately found them together; he he continued to argue with unabated vigour; he immediately informed them of what had hap
pened, broke the se !, and began to read aloud || carry with me to the tomb, will soften my latter the letter, which was couched in the following | moments, and augment, if possible, the tendertermsi
nes which your best friend and cousin has ever
burne towards you. . "MY DEAR EDWARD,
“GEORGE CLEMENTS. « I shall not recall to your remembrance all that I have done for you since your infancy; your || After the perusal of this letter,our hero, zhur.dergood heart has too often acknowledged it. You struck and motionless, fixed his mournful eyes have honoured me, my friend, in giving me the on Mıs. Harley ; who, without uitering a word, right of :ooking upon you as my son ; and it is bent her looks to the ground. Her brother-inI who should return you thanks for having for law attentively watched Sir Edward's counteso many years enjoyed the society of so virtuous|nance, and will three observed a profound silence, a youth.
which was first broken by Mr. Harley. “What “I bequeath to you all my fortune; ever since will be your deterinination ?” said he: “I fear I have known you, it is for you alone that I have you hesitate.” “ No," replied our hero, “lam ever destined it. It amounts to ten thousand a vexed, but I dot not hesitate. Whatever were year; and I trust that I have taken every neces the rights of my benefactor before he made me sary precaution that no one should dispute your his heir, he did not possess that of disposing of title to it. As the whole of it has been acquired my heart, breaking my vows, or making me by my own industry, I think I may be allowed to eternally miserable. No person in existence call dispose of it without consulting any one. If contest this truth. Well, I will place myself your extreme delicacy should prompt you to re precisely in the same situation as before his death. fuse my gift, and give it up to my relations, or I will give up the succession, return to my native to any one whatever, I now solemnly declire, ! poverty, my native liberty, and I shall think mythat you could not in any way act more opposite self but too well repaid for this trifling sacrifice to my wishes, or more highly offend the memory in becoming the husband of the only woman in of your departed friend.
the world I could sincerely love." “ My will gives you all my possessions, with A look from Mrs Harley was her only reply; out any conditions; and this letter is not in- but the old gentleman knitting his brows extended to dictate to you, it will only contain a claimed, “ What is it you say? you have not request.
surely paid attention to the letter you have just “ I have a daughter, aged eighteen, whom I read? It forbids you in plain terms to reject this have caused to be educated with the greatest | inheritance; and explains to you the motives of care. She is amiable, handsome, and in every this probibition. Would you thus dare to despise respect deserving of my tenderness, and cannot the manifest intention of your benefactor ? He fail making an excellent wife. Her mother, I depended on your wedding his daughter, he has whom I long loved, has made me experience made you his heir, not on that condition, for I what I before thought impossible, namely, a | can distinguish in this case, that you are perviolent affection for an object whom I could not rectly free to accept or reject; but he comesteem. God preserve you, my dear Edward,
menced by giving you his fortune, and forbidding from so fatal a passion! It often torments us, your rejection of it; he then asks a favour of and always makes us despicable even in our own you, which honour, and gratitude, compel you eyes. Invincible obstacles, partly arising from to grant, the more readily as no contraint is pat the violence of this woman's temper, have de upon you; he then wished to dispense with the terrel ne from making her my wife. She is | obligation imposed by a law, to lay upon you a called Mrs. Jones, and her daughter, Frances, much more powerful one, much stronger than passes for her niece, and resides with her at a small || all the laws in the world, that of your con. esate called the Priory, the only gift of mine science.” which Mrs. Joncs has n t dissipated.
“But my conscience is engaged,” mildly reas I entreat you as my friend, as my adopted | joined Sir Edward, “ and nothing can." son, 'o repair the injury I have committed to 11 “ Do not interrupi me, Sir," continued Mr. wards my daughter, and to place her in a sta- | Harley, raising his voice,“ but answer me this ticn which I could not bestow on her; and acquit | question. If your benefactor still lived, and you me of the debt I owe her by raising her to the declared to him that you would not marry his rank of your wife. I again repeat to you, my daughter, it is at least uncertain whether Mr. dear Edward, that his request is not a command; Clements would not have changed his intention, and especially wish you to understand, that it is || and have given his fortune to one who would not a condition, and bears no relation with what have fulfilled his desires. Now that he is dead, I have bequsathed to you. This hope, which I how can he change it? You then have no longer