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this instructive pleasure elevated his soul, and || house. He was allowed to converse with Carite, furnished his genius with some new ideas for the and became still more enamoured; but how work of the morrow. Satisfied with the past, and could he ever dare to reveal i:? how could a prepared for the future, he returned thanks to the sculptor, without fortune or friends, have any gods, and retired to enjoy repose.
pretensions to the hand of the wealthiest daiset This tranquillity did not, however, last long; of that city? his delicsey, ill conspired to pro- the only enemy that can rob virtue of peace, I hibit the disclosure of his sentiments. Carite was assailed our hero. Carite, the daughter of too rich for a poor 'youth to notice her beauty. Aristos, chief magistrate of Miletus, came with Sophronimos knew all this, and that it he de her father to see the works of our youthfull clared himself he was lost; but he must either Theban.
comply with the irresistible impaise, or expire Carite in beauty far surpassed the fairest maids with grief. He wrute to Carite. This leter, of lonia, and her mind was still lovelier than her couched in the tenderest, the most submissive, face. Her father, Aristos, who possessed im. the most respectful terms, was confided to one mense riches, had, since her birth, dedicated his of Aristos' slaves, to whom our liero gave all the whole time to her education; he had no diffi- little money he possessed to insure his sectesy: culty in bending her mind towards virtue, and he || but the treacherous confident, instead of giving lasished his treasures in order to give her every li it to Carite, carried it to her father. ornamental acquirement. Carite was sixteen, her | The indignant Aristos, after having read it, for wit was refined, her soul tender, her form en the first time, abused the authority his situation chanting, she thought like Plato, and sung like gave him; he accused Sophronimos in the council Orpheus.
Il of crimes which the youth had never dreamed Sophronimos on seing her felt a confusion, of, and caused him to be banished from the city. and emotions totally unknown. He bent his Meanwhile the unfortunate Thebin with eyes on the ground, and never spoke so litle to trembling anxiety expected the slave, and in. the purpose. Aristos, attributing his embarrass | stead of seeing him, received an order to quit ment to respect, endeavoured to re-assure him. | Miletus. He entertained no doubt, but that "Shew us,” said he “ your finest statue ; I hear Carite, offended at his presumption, had herself your praise from every mouth."-"Alas !" re- || solicited this vengeance." I have deserved my plied Sophronimos " I had had the temerity to fate," exclaimed he, “yet I do not repent, form a Venus, with which I was till now satis- Oh, ye gods! grant her happiness, and wreak fied; but I perceive that I must make it once over my head all the woes which migh: trouble more." While saying these words he uncovered her repose." Such was the enthusiasın of his his statue, and threw a timid glance towards passion, that without murmuring at the injusCarite. She had perfectly understood his mean- tice of his sentence, his heart Glied with grief, ing, and appeared to be occupied with the Venus, he proceeded towards the harbour, and embark. while her thoughts were really engaged on the ed in a vessel bound to Crete. young sculptor.
1 Aristos thought it advisable to conceal from Aristos, aster having admired our hero's works, his daughter the real cause of Sophronimos' departed, promising that he would soon visit banishment. She, however, entertained doubts him again; Carite on leaving him gracefully not far from the truth. Carite had long since bade him adieu, and poor Sophroninos now read in the young Theban's eyes all that his perceived, for the first time, that his house ap- | letter would have revealed; she shed tears to peared extremely solitary
the remembrance of a man whose love for her That evening he could not read Homer as had proved so fatal; but Carite was very young, usual, his whole mind was filled with Carite, and soon our hero was forgotten. Aristos, on The next morning, instead of attending his la- | his side, confident in the measures he had adopco bours, he traversed the whole city in the hope | ed, enjoyed tranquillity, and only occupied of seeing her again. He was suecessful, and himself in seeking a suitable husband for his from that instant no more peace, no mere study; ' daughter, when an extraordinary event spread his statues remained unfinished, and Apollo, universal consternation throughout Miletus. Diana, and Jupiter, were no longer thought of. Some pirates from Lemnos, surprised a quir. His mind ever filled with Carite, he now passed his il ter of the city, and before the inhabitants could whole time in the circus and public walks in the take up arms, these miscreants pikaged Venus' hope of beholding her, and when unsuccesful, he temple, and even carried away with them the revolved a thousand plans, and determined with statue of that godd-ss. This statute was consithe next dawn to put them in execution.
dered as the paladium of Miletus, and the prosAt length his perseverance, jnined to his cele- !| perity of the Milesians depended on its pose brity, gained him an introduction to Aristos' session.
'The people, much alarmed, immediately sent made her for a moment insensible to her afflicambassadors to Delphos, to consult Apollo. The li tions. She however soon awoke and perceiving Oracle answered that Miletus would only be in that her slaves were still last locked in the arms safety when a new statue of Venus, as hand- of Morpheus, determined not to disturb them, some as the Goddess herself, should have replaced but ventured to walk alone on the sea shore, and the one they had lost,
I having a wish of exploring a part of this unin. The Milesians instantly published throughout habited island proceeded onwards beyond the Greece, that the faisest maid of Mietus, with rocks that defended it from the intrusion of the four talents of gold, should be the recompence of | waves. the sculptor who would fulfil the Oracle's con 1 Soon a delightful valley met her view, crossed dition. Several celebrated artists arrived with | by two small rivulets, and covered with fruit trees; their works, which were exposed in the public struck with admiration, Carite stopped awhile to square; the magistrates and the people were | gaze on the beauty of the prospect. Nature was well satisfied with many of them ; hut as soon then clothed in the lovely garb of spring; all the as the statue was placed on the altar, a super trees were in bloom ; their leaves were still dripnatural power threw it down. The Milesians ping from the past storm, and the sun while now began to regret Sophronimos, and with tears l warming them with its rays, seemed to cover their entreated that he might be sought.
branches with drops of chrystal. The butterAristos himself now thought it necessary to Aies rejoicing at the returning beauty of the gain some information of the ship in which the weather, began to wander from flower to flower, unhappy banished youth had embarked. All and legions of bees buzzed about, not yet daring his endeavours were fruitless, and at length he to cull honey for fear of wetting their transparent was obliged to send to Crete, where the messen- | wings. The nightingale and the linnet, recoverger learned tha: the ship with all its crew had ed from their terror, made the air re-echo with perished near the island of Naxos,
their notes! while their tender mates, Auttered The Milesians, in despair, accused their mall over the meadows in search of a blade of dried gistrate of want of vigilance, to which cause grass to form their new built nest. they atributed the invasion of the pirates, and Carite after having remained some moments the loss of Sophronimus, whom they discovered gazing on this spectacle, descended into the valhe had unjustly banished. The people soon pro ley, and crossing the meadow, descried a small ceeded from murmuring to revolt; they sur hut surrounded with trees, the entrance of which rounded his dwelling and entered it by force: was hidden from the view by an arbour : she apCarite's tears, entreaties, and lamentations were proached, and listened to the murmuring of a of no avail, they could not save her father: stream which meandered at her feet; soon the Aristos was seized, loaded with irons, and dragged | notes of a lyre mingled with this pleasing sound; to a dungeon, where the people declared he she lent an attentive ear to a voice chat sang should remain until the statue of Venus was re- the following words to a plainti ve air : placed.
Sad is the memory of pleasures past; Carite, in a state bordering on distraction,
It steals upon the soul, as on the ear, wished to go to Athens, Corinth, or Thebes, to
The mournful voice of Winter's stormy blast, seek for an artist who would restore her father to freedom. She first took every means in her power
When sleep in dust the beauties of theyear.
Gay were the dreams of hope, they cheer'd awhile to soften his congnement and left a confidential
My glowing fancy, my weak heart, slave with him to administer to his wants. Somewhat tranquillized by these proceedings, she caus
Fleet is the brightest ray of Cupid's smile,
But everlasting is his smart. ed a ship to be fitted out for her, Iraded it with treasures, and departed on her search. . The voice had not concluded when Carite re
The three first days of her navigation were very cognized through the trees the figure of Sophrofavourable; and it seemed as if the winds had nimos, and instantly fainted. He had also pertaken her under their protection; but suddenly ceived her, he few and raised ber in his arins, a tremendous storm arose, and the ship was vio gazed on her, and could not credit his happiness ; lently assailed with contrary blasts, which forced he bore her to the rivulet, and a few drops of the pilot 10 seek a refuge in an unknown creek, water sprinkled on her lovely face soon restored They had not toug remained s'ationary wben she her senses, “ Are you Carite,” exclaimed he, storm ceased, the sun returned, and Carite invited " or a divinity that has assumed her form ?" "I by the beauty of the weather, went on shore to am the daughter of Aristos," she mildly replied, refresh herself for a few hours from the fatigue 1 “ my father is in danger; you alone can save she had experienced at sea. On landing she seat him.” “Oh! speak," rejoined Sophronimos in ed herself on the turf, and soon a genule slumber, a transport of joy, “ say what I am to do, I will
gladly expose my life for his and your ser. ; Carite.” After this farewell, they entered the vice."
ship, and steered towards Miletas. Carite then related to him the manner in which Happily for Carite, who wished Sophronimos he might be of essential service to her country, to have restored her father to liberty before she , and rescue her father from impending dangér, acknowledged her affection, their voyage was As she proceded in her request, delight shone in not tedious; or if it had proveri longer, perhaps the eyes of our hero. « Cease to fear,” said he the sculptor might have beea récompenced by her with dignity," I have in that hul a stalue which avowal, before he had by his actions deserved it. I think cannot fail 10 sa:isfy your goddess as well By the prudence of Carite, and the respec of Soas your countrymen ; it belongs to you, fair phronimos, aided by prosperous gales, they arrived Carite, but I have a request to make, which is at Miletus without having broached the subject. that you will not look at it until it is placed in The name of our hero spread general joy the temple at Miletus.”
throughout the city. The people, by whom he Aristos' daughter readily consented; Sophro was beloved, assembled, and decided that tive nimos related to her how he had alone escapert statue had no need of being examired previous from the wreck, and that the box containing his to its experiencing the trial on the altarof Venus. tools had been cast ashore by the waves. He All the inhabitants repaired to the tempi., and as had found in the island water, fruit and marble. soon as it was crowded, Carite with faultering steps Alone in the hut which he had himself erected, followed her lover who advanced bearing in his he had devoted his time to forming the master arms the statue covered with a veil. On his
iece which was to deliver Aristos. "Come,” arrival he placed it on the altar, with a modest added he," and behold the asylumn where I have though confident air. The statue remained stalong dwelt with no other companion than your tionary. He uncovered it,'and immediately all image, which I constantly had before my eyes, the spectators recognized the features of Carite. and ever cherished in my heart."
It was she, it was his beloved maiden whom the Carice foilowed Sophronimos into his hut; || sculptor had chosen for the model of his Venus! every where she saw her name written; every | The portrait of Carite was so indelibly engraven where her initials were entwined with those of in his heart, that far from her, in his desarı island, her lovar. “Forgive me," said he, “if alone in he had been able to dispense with the original; this place, I dared to trace on the walls of my and in making the resemblance he had fulfilled dwelling the sentiments of my soul; here I en- | the condition of the Oracle, who exacted a statertained no fcar of being hanished. These words que as handsome as Venus. made the tender Carite's eyes fill with tears: she The goddess, satisfied and void of jealousy, aclooked at Sophronimos, and alınost pressed the cepted the offering, and manifested her approba. hand which held her. "Ah!" said she “it was feion by the mouth of her high priest, and thus not I" she did not conclude, but contemplated the oracle was accomplished. The people, ut. a statue which covered with a veil, stood on a sort tering acclamations of joy, now surrounded Soof altar : “ let us hasten," continued she “ to phronimos, and entreated him to choose his rejoin my slaves ; that they may bear to the ship compence. “Restore Aristos to liberty," replied chat master-piece which I am only to admire at he, “and I shall consider myself amply repaid." Miletus; you will return with me; and whatever All immediately fled to the prison of the old may be the event, we will no more pari." man; but Carite was desirous of being the first
The overjoyed Sophronimos dared to raise to break her father's chains. She embraced hin, Carite's hand to his lips, and did not meet with told him of her happiness, and blushing, bent a repulse. They were, proceeding towards the her eyes on the ground whenever pronouncing sea shore, when they were met by the slaves and the name of Sophronimos. Aristos, his breast sailors, who, alarmed at the absence of their mis filled with gratitude, askerl for his liberator, tress, had been seeking her for some time. threw himself into his arins, and while tears fell
Carite ordered them to carry carefully the on his furrowed cheek, exclaimed: “ My friend, veiled statue on board their ship; she was I have been very guilty towards you, but Carite obeyed; and Sophrouimos bade adieu to his hut, || shall repair my crime." After having said these bu: not without first returning thanks to the Syl. words, he joined the lovers' hands a midst universal van deities whu had protecied him while in that acclamations of joy; all appeared to share their asylum. He placed all his tools on the altar happiness, while our hero and heroine returned where the statue had stood, and consecrated them to the temple, and swore to each other eternal to Pan; then respectfully kissing the threshold | fidelity at the foot of that statue, which so truly of the door, “ I shall return hither,” he exclaim- exemplified the beauty of Carise and the love of ed" lo expire, if I am not permitted to live for Sophronimos.
ORIGINAL ACCOUNT OF SWEDEN.
As Sweden possesses no work in her own | Baltic, forming within the recess of its coast the language, which can be called statistical in the golph of Finland, which divides it from Livonn; strictest acceptation of the word; as almost all an immense territory, containing about 216,000 foreigners who have written concerning this square geographical miles. The face of the coun. kingdom, such as Wraxall, Coxe, and Mr. try is diversified with a great number of high Wollstonecraft, bave incurred the just reproach nountains, extensive lakes, and considerable of being descient in accuracy; as the memoirs rivers. of Canzler, though much to be commended on whether its proximity to tao large capitals be account of the ample information which they an advantage or a disadvantage to Sweden, may contain upon mny subjects, are already out of be questioned. Its small distance from Copendate and defective in a variety of particulars; as, hagen and P tersburg affords it, in time of peace, finally, the Tnileau general de la Suede, by Cat l'a ready market for its manufactares and the proteau, leaves Sill a great deal to be wished; for duce of the country, and in time of war enables these reasons we think we have a right lu expect i it in threaten these cities with a sudden and that the public will give a favourable rece: tjon powerful attack. On the other h nd, the natural 10:he following account of a country, that has effect of this dangerous vicinity has been to in. always bean deservedly in high esteein through- spire the two neighbouring powers with the proout a!! Evrope, and which at the present momentject of extending their boundaries at the expence engages the particular attention of the worid li of Sweden. The Swedes huve, indeed, a great number of! In the southermost provinces the air is in getopographical descriptions of their towns and of veral sufficiently temperate; in the others the particular disericis;!he Swedish language abounds heat during the summer is excessive, on account in letailed notices relative to agricultur., politics, l of the great length of the days and the reflection and finance, in celebrated historians and geo- ll of the rays of the sun froin the inountains; and graphers, such a Dalin, Lagerbring, Botin, Fant, during the winter the cold is dry, intense, and Djurberg, and Tuneld, particularly distinguished rarely interrupted by thaws. Frequent winds for his giographical accuracy; but we do not purify the atriosphere, the salubrity of which, hesitate to assert, that all these diffcrent works !! together with the robust constitutions of the ware nothing more than unconnected materials, i habitants, renders instances of extreme longevity the arrangement of which into an intere ting common amongst them. If the duration of the statistical account, is reserved for some future winter could be de:ermined wih ang degree of writer of judgment; and it is a matter of sur. | precision in a country of such vast extent, we prise, that in a nation, so celebrated for patriotism, i might say that it commences about the middle of and in which the love of literature has struck October, and ends about the middle of May. It such deep ront, no writer has yet undertaken a has been remarked, that near Helsingfors, in task at once so useful and laudable. Whilst we Finland, coaches were used instead of sledges on wait is expection of seeing this subject ela. Il the Christmas eve of one year, whilst on the id borated 'y a inore able pen, we shall in the mean of October of another, they had already frost time endeavour in some ineasure to supply the and snow. The first day of May is generally defriency, by a selection of various details re-l considered as the commencement of spring, and latire to this important country, extracted from is kept as a kind of festival and visiting day the new edition of Tezi's statistical work, with amongst the inhabitants, who on this day enthe comment.ry of professor Heiaze.
deavour to indemnify themselves, by feasting and The vam' country of Sweden, which appears on li amusements, for the uncomfortable manner in the map of Europe in a kiud of semicircular || which they have been obliged to pass their time figure, ex'ends from 53° to 700 N. lat, and from during the preceding tedious and dreary seasosi, 28° to 45° E. long. To the east, it is bounded || At Stockholm and Stelingfors, tulips are always by that part of Finland which at present is sub in bloom at Whitsuntide; in other parts, where ject to the empire of Russia ; 10 the west, it!! the thick forests intercept the rays of ibe sun, borders on Norway, throughout a long exterit of '| patches of snow are still found in the middle of boundary; to the norih it likerwise borters on June. Norway, and on Norwegian and Russian Lap Ti is remarkable, that of latr years the spring land; and to the south it is bounded by the has been scarcely distinguishable in the northel
Europe; it has appeared to be hardly any thing the kingdom, where they are less abundant. The more than a prolongation of the season which it elk, an animal of extraordinary swiftness, and ought to banish. Those who are not acquainted which it is almost impossible to tame, is common with the northern climates, will scarcely be able in this counıry, as are also bears and wolves, two to conceive the regret which this change has species of animals that possess far less courage occasioned. They can form no idea of the volup. than is usually imagined; the latter may be kept tuous and vivifying influence of the first fine days! from approaching men by kindling a small fire, of the spring in these climates. An universal or even by a lighted torch, which iravellers fix to metamorphosis takes place; new life and reju. 1 the hind part of the sledge. The sea, the rivers, venescence seem to pervade all nature, animale and the lakes abound with such a quantity of fish, and inarimate. Whilst, in more southerly lati-!| that, besides the home consumption, they furnish tudes, the plants spring up imperceptibly, and a very important branch of commerce. The most he buds expand by slow degrees, producing in considerable article of this kind are the herrings, the mind only gently pleasing sensations; here the fishery of which amounts, at an average, to one imagines one sees the roots extend them. 200,000 tons per annum, and yields, besides the selves, every leaf unfold itself, and with an ad great exportation to foreign countries, a vast miration that fills the soul with extacy, follows quantity of oil. The fish called by the inhabithe whole rapid progress of vegetation. The tants strommingar, is taken annually to the longer and the more profound the sleep of winter amount of 200,000 tons. Attempts have been has been, the more brilliant appears this resusci made to introduce the cultivation of the silktation of nature, and the mole powerfully it worm; but they have hitherto not been proexerts its influence upon all beings.
ductive of any material advantage to the country, Beyond Gefle and Bioerneburg, fruit-trees are i| The attempts that have been made for naturalisrarely to be met with ; in the rest of Sweden ing the rhubarb-plant have scarcely been more peaches and grapes are with difficulty brought to successful. Were it not for the numerous forests maturity, and figs can never be made to ripen, with which this land is overshadowed, ihe pro. unless they have been kept during the winter in duce of the mines would not be very lucrative; a hot-house.
nevertheless, the inhabitants are not sufficiently The soil produces all that is requisite for the careful to spare their woods, so that the want of wants, and even the luxuries of life; it were timber begins to be felt in many places, and has however to be wished that the inhabitants knew excited the attention of the government, which better how to content themselves with the pro has lately adopted various measures in order to duce of their own country, and to dispense with induce the inhabitants to plant trees, &c. Turf superfluities imported from abroad, which can also begins to be more einployed as fuel than only tend to impoverish them, if they become formerly, and fortunately it is here very plentifu', too much habituated to tlreir use. Their horses and of excellent quality. Some beds of pit coal and oxen are small; the pasturage in the southern have likewise been discovered, particularly in provinces, and even in Finland, is however so rich, Scania, and furnish a new resource to the counthat their cattie form an article of exportation. try. In a land where in many parts the habitaThe small size of the horses is attributed to the tions are far distant from each other, and the peasants employing them in labour too young, woods very frequent, it often happens, during the and loading them with burdens disproportionate summer, that the peasants are obliged to pass the to their strength, as also to their often galloping night in the open air, in woods near to the road. with them up acclivities, which in so mountainous, In such cases, they kindle a large fire of tho a country are very frequent and steep. Their branches of trees, round which they lie down to swiftness is such, ibat it is common for the post- sleep, and frequently neglect to extinguish it be coaches to travel at the rate of a Swedish mile fore they proceed on their journey in the morn(equal to two French leagues), or more, in aning. Hence arise those terrible conflagrations, hour, even when the carsiage is loaded with a by which, in some instances, all the branches of considerable quantity of luggage. During the whole forests have been consumed; for the trunks course of the last fifty years, the breed of sheep of the trees are not attacked by the flames. This has been much improved by means of those im-l practice is very common ainongst the peasants, ported from Spain and England, Sweden, never- | who go into the woods in the spring to catch theless, imports annually a large quantity of fo- birds; for these, having often to separate therrireign wool. Game is very abundant, especially selves to a great distance from each other, fix upon wild fowl, such as wood-cocks, pheasants, &c. li a place of rendezvous, where they kindle a large which are killed in the forests of the northern fire in the evening, near the places where they provinces, and conveyed during the winter upon know the birds to have their haunts and to build sledges to Stockholm and the southern parts of their nests, that they may not bave far to go in No. XXIV. Vol. III.