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His plighted faith with solemn oaths he gives 11 Now on her terrace wildly rushing forth
She madly kneels, and gives th' unanswer'd kiss; This concludes the first part; the second begins
A while unsettled, and awhile serene, with recounting her conversation with Markof.
She doubts, she loves, she hopes, and faints be
tween.” “ But oh! what horror seiz'd her quiv'ring heart, What unprov'd anguish of distressful smart,
At dawn of day she goes to seek the porter, who When on the steps that to her chamber lead is thus described :She starting listens to her father's tread;
“ Dark was his brow, and not one gleam of grace With out-stretch'd arm, and terror-rolling eye,
Play'l on the surly featutes of his face; Perceives his steady pace still winding nigh,
His pallid eye-balls shot a villain's gaze, And destitute of ev'ry wish'd relief,
| Mingled with abject cunning's hateful rays; She stands a marble monument of grief;
Nor o'er his brows wero Time's white honourg Meantime Alexis' more attentive care
shed, Observ'd a chest that time was mould'ring there. |
But half-form'd gray usurp'd a sallow red; Within the stilling void his limbs he threw,
No pleasing accents glided from his tongue, And ere it clos'd sigh'd forth one deep adieu.”
Like age he seem'd that never had been young; Her father enters, harshly'exclaiming, Yet oft his eye would send unholy fires, "Thou torment of my life,
| That low lasciviousness alone inspires; Thou living semblance of my hated wife,
For when he saw Paulina's form appear, Why, thus disturb'd at midnight's peaceful hour,
He turn'd away, yet as he turn'd would leer; Sbun'st thou oblivious sleep's consoling pow'r?"
And by the fiery glance too plainly show'd But thou, when all the living mock the dead,
That brutal passion in his bosom glow'd. Measur'st thy chamber with unquiet tread.
But most cold avarice his thoughts confin'd Perhaps some lawless flame usurps thy breast,
And stift'd ev'ry virtue in his mind.” Some youth, tho' absent, still disturbs thy rest;
She implores relief, and tries to engage him to Nay, such are female arts, this chest may hold
bear the body away and inter it. He, far from Some base selucer, some advent'rer bold."
being moved by her supplications and her disHe continues to scold and threaten the young Il tress, threatens to acquaint her father immedi. lady jill he is tired, and then leaves her.-The ately with the terrible event, and concludere poet now invokes his Muse :
“ Unless thuu willing com'st my bed to share, " Come now, distracted Muse
Unless thou yield'st the treasure of thy charnis Inspire my sorr'wing yerse, which strives to show
To the warm transport of these longing arms." The start of anguish, and the shriek of woe, The pray'r half-utter'd, and the tear half-shed, The shuddering maid faints, and the villain When first Paulina found her lover dead." bears the hapless viction to his bed. He after
wards “ Nor would she think it true, but ask'd him why So cold his hand, and so unmou'd his eye?
- "Bore Alexis to a neighb'ring wood, Said that the bitter tempest now was o'er,
Stabb'd his cold heart, and stain'd the wound Her father gone, and he need sleep no more.
with blood; But soon returning reason bade her know
There, welt'ring in the wind, the youth he laid, The wide-embracing agony of woe;
To meet some casual traveller's fun'ral aid, Her bosom rose convulsive, the thick sigh
The inhuman porter, now a tyrant grown, Stuck in her throat with passion d ecstacy; Smile's at Paulina's rage, and mocks her moan; "And is,' she cried, that noble spirit feu ? Whene'er he calls, the unassisted fair O let me also join the sacred dead!"
Is doom'd his execrable bed to share, Then sudden sunk to momentary rest,
Meet the lewd terrors of his dire embrace, Cold on her dear Alexis' colder breast.
And yield ih'insulting spoiler ev'ry grace, Alas! reviving sense awak'd her care
Till oft repeated pleasures pail his sense; To deeper horrors of sublinie despair;
And interest sought for other recompense. To dire perfection of excessive pain,
Soon as dull night a murky manile spread To weep, to pray, to think, to feel in vain. O'er the dim plain, and mountain's misty head, One while site melts, then stiffens into stone, Some sordid lovers to her couch repair Now mingles laughter with her maniac moan; And press the beauties of th' abhorrent fair;
No. XYW. Vol. III.
The young, the vain, the hideous, and the old, | Then on her knees in agony of sighs,
Thus to th' Pow'r Supreme her accents rise: Poor luckless girl!"
O thou first cause! who rul'st this world below, At last she is dragged by the inhuman slave to
Dread scene of complicated vice and woe,
If to thine all-embracing spirit seem a dwelling,
Or good or bad this life's inysterious dream, “ Where twelve mean wretches drain'd the frantic
If thou canst pity those who suffer here bowl,
The setiled surrow of the daily lear, Of manners rude, and infamous of soul,
If ev'ry action of this world combin'd Barren of sentiment and feeling too,
Still float before thine inexhausted inind, Sons of severe debauch, a baleful crew;
My injuries shall with my faults be known, To such as these the meek Paulina borne,
And plead for pardon at thine awful throne. With eyes that stream'd like A pril's humid morn,
Now too in deep contrition will I swear Sustain'd the savage wrongs of brutal fire,
To pass my life in penitence and pray'r, Their mingled insults, and their causeless ire.”
To pour the pious hymn at early morn; Here the poet has the consideration to insert || Quit ev'ry rose, and dwell upon the thorn. the following note :-". It has beçn objected by Far from my hear'n-fix'd thoughts shall not be friends whose opinion I much respect, that the hurld continuation of Paulina's submission to her | The joys of you!h and pleasures of the world; wrongs, takes from the propriety of pity; but if || In humble solitude my days shall now, it be considered that the same cause existed which | And hallow'd hope be all the bliss I know. overcame her in the first instance, I hope I shall Grim suicide, to ease my lab'ring heart, be justified in adhering to the fact.” These Shall vainly lift his sadly.tempting dart; . wretches all get intoxicated,
For I will suffer what just fate may give, “ And drunkenness, than death more dire to view, And all my sins to expiate, dare to live.” Wraps in oblivious veil the inhuman crew.” | Ten lines more conclude the poem; and at the " Meantime Paulina who with folded arms
end is the following note:-“ It may perhaps Sate silent by, and brooded o'er her harms, not be uninteresting to the curious to know, that Observd th' occasion, while within her breast
the whole of the above related transaction was Revenge awoke for modesty opprest;
discovered by means of the wife of Paulina's She saw weak hope expand a twilight ray,
Confessor ; * and that in consequence the mag. That offer'd rest to calm her future day."
nanimous Catharine II. took the unfortunate
girl under her protection, and procured her the Now comes the catastrophe, ushered in by the
necessary retirement in a convent which she following reflection :
ardently desired." “ Ah! who among the best can ever know | We know not from what sources the poet has What coming guilt can lay lais virtue low?
taken his story. The improbability of Paulina's Strange chance, or injury, or love, or rage, living with a brutal slave, without the knowledge To sudden acts of infamy engage;
of her father, is striking; and the narrative of And the most happy may lo-morrow try
such a young girl's assassinating thirteen drunken The arduous weight of life's calamity."
Russian peasants with impunity, borders so nearly Paulina seizes a dagger from the porter's belt, on impossibility, that it is incredible; conse: "And with unerring stroke around,
quently the pity excited by the former part of the In every heart fix'd deep the vengeful wound;
narrative is greatly enfeebled, if not lost in disDeath triumph'd there, while from each villain's
gust. The murder of her tyrant alone, would side
have been as effectual for her deliverance, and it The ebbiog purple pour'd a smoky tide.
may perhaps be allowed that the poet had not Now from the horrid scene she turn'd her view,
the least occasion for a dozen more barbarians, And with quick-palpitating anguish flew.
and that the chaste story as we have given it in But first in haste the mansion key she tore,
prose, would have been far preferable for the subThat her late tyrant at his girdle bore;
ject of the poem. Of the poetry the reader will Then home return'd across the silent lawn,
be able to judge, as our extracts amount to oneWith all the feetness of the bounding fawn.
fifth of the whole work. Soon as she reached her solitary room, Which yet no streaks of early light illume,
* Confessors have no wives, and it is death to On the hard floor her lovely limbs she throws, reveal a confession, or rather was so at that time. While many a tear its timely aid bestows;
NOTE OF THE EDITOR.
ADDITIONS TO THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CERTAIN ANIMALS.
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11 pendicular rock, and on the other an unfathom. BEARS.
able abyss.) I should have come off well if he A FRENCH literary gentleman, a member | had been alone. He was followed by his fernale. of the legislature, a few years ago spent some and two young ones, who trotted already very months in travelling among the Pyrenean moun prettily. I prayed to our Lady for succour! and tains.
then, hiding iny gun in order not to scare them, He gives the following account of the infor- | 1 stood still with my back flat against the rock, mation he received from one of the mountaineers, to give them room to pass. The great bear, who whose habitation was near the Spanish frontiers: I was eating me up with his eyes, whilst 1 durst
“ I was seated near our host. His ingenous- not even look at him, instead of turning back, ness, his good sense, his natural strength of came and planted himself on my right, and his mind, superior to all rules of art, charmed us | female clapt herself on my left, and a fine pair
and we contracted our circle that we of guardians I had! In the mean time the two might lose nope of his tales ; for we love them at little ones passed by, and the two bears followed all ages, so much that we even tell them to our them; but looking zullenly behind them till they selves, and we frequently indulge in waking lost sight of me. It is enough for me to say I dreams.
escaped with the fright. Past evil is only a dream.”
This tacit pact between man and brute, in such - Oinne
a situation, appeared very singular and remarkHumanum genus est acidum nimis auricularum.
able to us all. One of the company asserted that LUCRET. LIB. iv, v. 598.
the sudden apprehension of any calamity, is the Our attention animated him, especially when
greatest mediator which nature has granted us to he was giving us the history of sorcerers. It
terminate our dissentions. I maintain, added he, may be permitted to believe in them, in an abode
that fear and misfortune always soften the most where every thing appears to be supernatural;
ferocious beings, and that on the contrary, happy where Spanish superstition, descended from the
people who are too much so, are not to be apneighbouring mountains, never ceases to renew
proached nearer than we should Mount Vesuvius its fatal impressions.
or Mount Etna in flames. From sorcerers he turned to bears, his terrible
The old man ihen resumed his discourse, as
follows: “ You are to know how those who countrymen, as he called them, but a good sort
hunt bears manage the malier; for a gun shot of people enough when they are not molested.
is of very little consequence. “Look,” says he, “it was in the middle of
who ventures to undertake this sort of combat, that peak, as strait as a taper, and which you may perceive above the church. Well, it will soon
is provided with a long poniard, and covers his
breast and back with three sheepskins, one over be forty years that I went thither as usual, com
the other, and the thick woolly sides outwards, pletely armed. I was at thal time gay, contented, !|
When he has found the bear, and is struggling and above all very resolute. Not a yzard, * no
with it, whilst it squeeses him with its fore paws, wolf, no bear; in a word, nothing. Says I to
tries to smother him, and to tear him to pieces myself this must be another time. I had better
with its claws; he, with his left arm begins with go home; when, on turning a corner I suddenly
fixing its head close to his shoulders, to avoid found myself nose lo nose opposite to an enormous bear, much larger than myself. The
being devoured; then, with his other hand he fellow, how he looked! And his fine skin ! I still
plunges his poniard into the loins of the beast, regret it. Notwithstanding my surprise and my
which vainly howls and roars, not being able to
bite, and stabs it, till it falls at his feet through position, for we were on a cornice (this is a ledge | four or five feet broad, cut our of the slope of a
loss of blood, or conquered by ain.
«Now, hearken, I shall tell you about the mountain; so that on one side is an almost per
Hercules of the Pyrenées, whom I shall call
Michael. He had a son who began to beat about A species of chamois; it avoids the sun these mountains, and who had already killed shine, and only delights in the midst of snow wolves, and brought home yzards. He longed to and ice. When young it is fond of man, caresses bring home a bear, but he durst not attempt it him, and follows him like a dog,
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“ Having discovered the den of one of those || left to rush on him and suffocale him. I found powerful animals, he ran to acquaint his father | them both dead, lying next to each other.” with it. Michael had killed above a hundred
EAGLES bears in single combat, but as he was grown old, he no longer went out alone to the hunt. His These birds inhabit the Pyrenées, in consider. son offers to be his second. "I consent; thou able numbers. “ On the starion of the south knowest upon what condition. Thou mayest peak (Pic du Midi), a vigilant eagle came to see rely upon me, art thou quite sure of thyself?' cognise us on the frontier. His female was also . You shall see, father.' They set out, the son | desirous of seeing us at no great distance; she armed with a poniard, the father with nothing showed us the white feathers which distinguish but his boldness and the recollection of his her from her sublime spouse. He, hovering over numerous triumphs.
our heads at an elevation of fifty feet, seemed 10 “He sees a bear coming towards him, walk. count us as we passed. I still in idea see his ing upright on his hinder paws, as all these formidable talons bent back on his breast, and animals do when they encounter a inan. He his sparkling eyes darting fiery glances at us. As rushes on it, as if he was only thirty years old. | he was flying away from us, I exclaimed, -King He seizes the bear in his arms, which grasp is re- l of the air, reign here, far from those tyrants who turned. His son instead of striking, runs away. would make war on thee; but be not thyself a And the rocks did not crush him! and the abysses tyrant. did not swallow him !
" Some shepherds who were accustomed to “ Poor Michael! what can he do? what will | see these birds, told us that they had not much become of bim? No less robust, and more de reason to complain of ihem: "Were it not for a terinined than his adversary, our Hercules, from poor cat which they seized lately whilst it was pull to pull, and all the while going backwards, | sleeping on the roof of yon cottage, we should draws it to the edge of a neighbouring precipice. have scarcely any thing to reproach them with. The terrified bear lets loose its prey, st uggles and || But we have this cat at heart. If you had but escapes, and Michael falls into the abyss. He || heard how it inewed! had you seen how it was found, and carried home with bruised and
struggled in their talons, whilst they were care broken limbs, but still living.
lessly taking it to their young ones !'t " And your son, what is become of him? “ These peasants showed us the inaccessible * The coward! You will never see hiin till after peak where these cagles live without rivals ; on my death.' Indeed he never was seen till after
which their aerie, or nest, is situated, and from that period; no one spoke to him, looked at him,
whence they make their incursions. The reason nor took the least notice of hin. He quitted | wliy we do not forgive them for having caught the country, and was never more heard of.
our cat, is because this place abounds in par" Another of these bear-hunters, armed with
tridges, and they might have picked up as many a dagger, seized a bear of the larges! species, in a; they chose to stoop for.' his arms, and dragged it in the border of a cornice, “We were also told that here in general the in order to throw it into the abyss; the bear sen. || eagles live in a family way, each in its own rounds. sible of its impending danger, broke loose and || Those who venture 1o Ay beyond their limits, ran off.”*
and seek their prey too near their neighbour's Jo 1799, a little hook was published in Paris, || domains, expose themselves to violent assaults. entitled, " Sentimental Journey in Svilcerland,” | We had la'ely found the carcase of an eagle with by C. Hwass, jun. The author being in the || its feathers still on, which our guide made no house of a peasant, remarked a bear's skin of a || doubt but had been kill:d in single comb.t." prodigious size. “I rook hold of a gun which | In another part of the Pyrenean mountains, appeared to me to be better made than any of the near the top of the l'eak of the south, (which is others which were displayed." “ That,” said my almost two miles in perpendicular beighe above old host, " was the gun of my son. He was the level of the sea), our traveller saw another killed by the bear whose skin you have just now pair of engles. He says, “A prospect, which, noticed. He had mortally wounded the bear, | to be properly regarled, demanded more than but the furious beast had still strength enough common attention, appeared all round us. At
* A certain Cantaret after having slain Antio-| + Mr. Barlow made a drawing, which he afterchus in combai, seized his horse and vaults on it. | wards engraved, of an engle which he saw brought The courser immediately runs off with him, and ll to the ground after a severe confict with a cat, leaps into an abyss, where both perished. I which it had seized and taken up in the air with
PLIN. LIB. I. CAP. 48. | its talons.
more than a hundred fachom beneath our feet, || anecdote of a pigeon in the preface to his musical fluctuate as it were, a vast sea, waving and foam- || drama of Rosalinda: ing, it was a thick mist or fog, on the surface of “I was at the house of a Mr. Lee, in Chesliire, which two eagles were hovering, which we were whose daughter was a performer on the harpsitold inhabiied the inaccessible summit of a neigh- || chord, and I observed a pigeon, which whenbouring mounlain, Those fierce birds after having! ever she played the song of “ Spero si," in traversed clouds and fogs, seemed to have come Handel's opera of Admetus, and this only, would purposely this way to display the sublimity of descend from the adjacent dove-house to the wintheir bold flight to our eyes. They made, as if dow of the room where she sat, and listen appaswimming, the tour of several peaks, un which rently with ple.sing emotions; and when the song we many times observed their vast projecting | was finished, it always returned directly boine," shadows; (just then a rival fly buzzing touched my face), suddenly stopping their flight, they
OSTRICHES. seemed to Aoat sleping in the air ; and after In the Travels from Buenos Ayres, by Potosi wards as suddenly dartell over our heads quiteto Lima, by Anthony Helms, in 1789, lately pubout of sight. In their different evolutions, they lished in English, the author says :-"Seventycame near enough for us to distinguish the colours three miles from the capiral the traveller en ters of their wings, and then all at once they plunged on an immense plain, by the Spaniards called into the fog, and we saw them no more." Pampas, which stretches three hundred miles
The eagle rises higher in the air than any of | westward to the foot of the mountains, aud about the winged race. There was lately read at the fifteen hundred miles southward towards PataNational Insitute in Paris, a m'emoir by C. la gonia. This plain is fertile, and wholly covered Cepede (author of a natur 1 history of fishes, with very high grass, but for the most part oniooviparous quadrupeds, and serpents), on the habited, and destirute of trees. It is the abode flight and vision of birds, in which it results from of innumerable herds of wild horses, oxen, oshis observations, that “the eagle, and man of triches, &c which, under the shade of the grass, wir bird, (albatross), are endowed with the find protection from the intolerable heat of the strongest power of fligh', and the acutest vision. sun. The sight of these birds is nine times more ex- “ As we pursued our journey late one eventensive than that of the forthest sighted man; ing, we saw large flocks of ostriches (Struthio and in two hundred and twenty hours, or a little Rhea, Linn.), which had come forth from the more than nine days, allowing them sixteen or long grass to refresh themselves with water. On seventeen hours of repose, they would make the the following day some of our attendanıs rode a tour of the whole earth."
considerable way into the grass, and brought back Two other birds are remarkable for the swift- about fifty egys of these birds. The heat of the ness of their flight. Wild swans when flying | sun being very great, and each of us carrying one before the wind in a brisk gale, seldom Ay at a in his hat, the young birds, 10 our no small astoless rale than a hundred miles an hour. So says nishment, broke the shells and ran away into the Hearne in his account of Hudson's Bay and the grass, which they began to devour with as much northern ocean.
appe ite as if they had been long accustomed to The carier-:rigeon has been known to fly from such a diet. The eggs are as large as an infant's Bagdad lo Aleppo, which, to a inan is usually head of a molerate size; and the young ostriches, made a thirty days journey, in forly eight hours. 1 when hatched, are in body of the size of a chicken
To measure the rapidity of !heir flight in some two months old. degree, a person sent a carrier-pigeon from Lon " These ostriches lay their eggs either singly, don, by the coach, to a friend in St. Edmund's or twenty together, in nests; and it is probable Bury, and along with it a note desiring that the that in the day time they leave them exposed to
eon, two days after its arrival there, might be the rays of the sun, and sit on them only during thrown up precisely when the town clock struck | night, to protect them from the effects of the dew. nine in the morning; this was accordingly done, Il
o: this was accordingly done. || “ The ostriches that inhabit the Painpis are and the pigeon arrived in London, and flew into | of the height of a calf. From the shortness of the Bull.inn, in Bishopsgate-street, at half an their wings they are unable to fly, but before the hour past eleven o'clock of the same morning, wind they run faster than the fleelest horse." having flown seventy-two miles in iwo hours and
HARES. a half.-( Annual Register 1765.) A Mr. Lockman has given the following. In the year 1774, William Cowper, the poet,
being indisposed in body and mind, and incapable • The eagle and fy were the only living beings | of diverting himself with company or book's, which I saw on the peak of the soixh.
sought for something that would engage his at