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persuade her that there was nothing in this re- Princess whose favour he had regained. Zoe was quest which could alarm or wound the most struck with astonishinent when she beheld the scrupulous delicacy. Zoe, therefore, assented to serene countenance of her daughter Calista, from what he asked; and gave him an order, addressed whose features melancholy and grief had leds to the superior of the convent, to obtain the de but it increased still more when she learned that sired interview with Calista.

her heart also was changed, and that it now beFriedbert, his heart Auctuating between hope longed to the gallant knight. ond fear, respecting the reception he should nieet The imputation of being a magician was about wiih, instantly departed.

to be cast a second time upon Friedbert, espeIt was evident, however, from what Zoe had cially when Zoe was informed that they only told him, that she still loved him.

awaited her consent to become united. WhatHis heart beat violently when he entered the liever predilection she might feel for the youth, cell which inclosed his beloved. She was sitting on and however sering her wish of being pur in posa sofa opposite the door; her fine hair, negligently l session of her ring, yet she was not sufficiently fastened with a blue ribbond, floated in ringlets blinded by these considerations to assent to an on her shoulders, her head reclined on her arın, ll improper alliance; she, therefore, required of the and her countenance was expressive of the knight to prove his nobility. deepest grief. She did not immediately notice. Though it would not have been more difficult his entrance, nor till Friedbert threw himself at to forge such credentials at Naxos ihan elsewhere, her feet, had she any idea of his being a more, he preferred to these false titles, those of love and iniportant messenger, than such as her mother || valour. “Love," he said, “ levels all ranks and usually sent to inquire after her health; but she distinctions; and my sword and my lance will slowly raised her eyes, and instantly recognized lever enable me to support and prove the honou the prostrate stranger.

of my birth.". Zoe had no reply to such weighty She started with surprise ; he attempted to reasons, urged likewise by the choice of the fair seize her hand, but was repulsed with marks of Calista, who declared aloud that she was perfectly indignation. “Leave me, treachcrous man!" satisfied with him; in such a case a prudent mo. she exclaimed, “it is enough to have been once ther must appear equally so. She thought, be. your dupe and victim. You shall not deceive

sides, that the knight, whatever might be his ane again with your feigned virtues!”

rank, was at least preferable to the little citizen As Friedbert had expected these reproaches, ll of Suabia, or a convent. Calista gave her happy he did not feel disconcerted; and began to probe lover the title of Tetrach of Suabia, and he soon the lovely Calista's heart, by attributing all the conducted her to the altar, and placed on her faults he had coinmitted to the violence of bis finger the ring which was afterwards restored to passion. This expedient seldom fails even when || the impatient mother. The new Tetrach related the offence is more serious than the theft he had to Zoe the whole story of the ring. committed, especially when there is love in the || Mutual confidence now took place; Zoe con. case. Every argument which Friedbert made use of | fessed that she had designedly left the ring and weakened Calista's resentment; and he at length ll glove beside the Lake of Swans; adding, that pleaded so successfully that he completely gained Bruno had well understood her meaning, but his cause, and no longer had to apprehend her that it was not in her power to repeat her visit, as escaping from him, either by the door of through her husband hari learned, through the treachery the window. She quietly resumed her seat on l of one of her cousins, the whole adventure of the the sofa, and allowed him to take one of her bath, which so enraged him that he go! posses. hands, while with the other she covered her beau- sion of her feathers and instantly burnt that tiful eyes, from whence tears copiously flowell, beautiful gift of nature. And the only regret which were not however those of grief.

which damped the happiness of Calista was, that Friedberi, still at her feet, swore that he would | her husband was unable to share with her the have sought hier through the world; and his invaluable privilege of the bath. But lore voyage from Suabia to the Cyclades was suffi. lengthens out the scason of youth, and Friedbert cient to prove that he told the truth This preserved a long time unimpaired the blooming assurance not only gained him his pardon, but lue and vigour of manhood. Yet when they ce. a confession that their love was reciprocal; and lebrated the twenty-fifth year of their union, the they each vowed to unite their hands and hearts, fine auburn hair of the blissful husband began to and never more to separate.

whiten, like the first snows of November that This arduous victory obtained, threw the happy i portend the approach of winter; while the lovely Friedbert into such transports of love and joy, Calista still resembled the rose, that spreads its that we shall not attempt to describe them. He blushing leaves to the gale, in the smiling month hastened to return to the palace with the fair of May.

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Viessa has for many ages been considered has succeeded in snatching an infinite number of as in some measure the capital of the Roman | victims of pleasure fron) pain and death, which einpire, aod seems to have had a right to aspire | every thing concurs to multiply among a licenai pre-eminence among European cities. It rious people, greedy of frequent and substantial has been 0 enlarged, thai comprehending iis vast food; for there is reason to believe, that the sysaborbs, it has justly been conipared to a small phylic disorder is more general at Vienna than bird sith the wings of an eagle. Jo 1796 the I even at Paris. buildings in the city alone amounted to the num. Next to these two scourges the most mortal ber of 1,357, and in the suburbs 5,102, beside a disease is the small pox. In 1795 it had swept large tract of land for building on. In addition off 1,098 persons. The new method of inoculato this the gardens in the latter are very large and tion by the vaccine, which is just introduced, numerous, and the edifices occupy a great space. bids fair for rendering this disorder less destruc

From the topographical situation of this metropolis we should at first sight be authorized to The city has the advantage of being divided believe that its temperature was very warm ; it is || by the Danube, but this advantage is attended a liide towards the latitude of Orleans, but it has with its inconveniences. When the streams been remarked that the nearer a country is situated which descend from the mountains suddenly swell to the east, the colder it is on that account; by the thaws of snow and ice, they make the Vienna, besides, encircled by mountains or lofty river overflow and inundate the suburbs to a con. hills upon which heaps of snow and ice continue siderable height. It is at these times, that the for a long time andissolved, does not experience excellence of the police evinces itself in a strikpowerful heat for more than two months in the ing manner. It is difficult to form an idea of all year; and in the winter the cold is very severe. the precautions that are taken for the preserva. The heat is likewise moderated by very frequent, tion and comfort of the families exposed to this and sometimes sharp winds, to which habit has disaster. so far familiarized the inhabitants that their usual || From the situation of this river we should be reply to the Italians, who complain of it, is || led to suppose, that many parties of pleasure are become proverbial: “ Viennu o sentosa è, o formed on it; but this is not the case, it is a cerosa;" Vienna is either windy or poisonous. species of amusement by no means common, as Thus they say to the Lombardians, and those the advantages of this river are confined to mergoed Milanese who take refuge among them and || chandize. abandon a mild climate, which is always the fa. Vienna is inferior in beauty tó any capital in vourite of heaven.

Europe. It has no exterior mark of splendouc If they suffer there less cold than in some other to attract the attention. The streets project in countries where it is more intense, it arises from many places in the most irregular manner. Not their practice of cloathing themselves according far from the centre there is a street in the form to the example of their neighbours, the Poles of a bridge. 'thrown over another (called the and Hungarians, the Greeks and Turks in a pelisse Tiefe Giaben) so that travellers passing through at the comm ncemen: of the cold weather, which he first often find themselves exactly above as true Germans the inhabitants wear in apart another equipage in the second; it has so very ments heated with stoves.

singular an appearance as to have ofien fixed the The northern inhabitants, who find in Lom- || aitention of the writer of this account. There is bardy the summer tuo hot and the winter too || but one street in this metropolis which can cold, bere meet with a suitable temperament in | De called superb; it is formed by a continued every season ; if, however, it disagrees with some, !! “hain of magnificent buildings in a straight line, it must be attributed to the frequent and violen: | .nd is known by the name of the Herren Strasse, winds. There are immense numbers who dia || The only promenade in this city (except that annually in this city of consumptions. It is || of the ramparts, which is frequented only in sumtrue this disease creeps into all great cities, bu mer) does not extend round any place, but only here it makes more devastation than in any other, | along the pathway; it is called the Graben, and in spite of every effort of art. Although the

If resembles the Place de Saint Marc in nothing practice of physic is perhaps more cultivaled at but the number of unemployed persons who Vienna than in any other city of Germany, and || assemble there, the argusses of the police, and the

legions of unfortunate beings who make a trade || attend the poor in the circle. In 1795 there were of their charms. As to the rest, though the city | about nineteen thousand 'eight hundred and is daily receiving embellishments, we can predict || ewenty who received the benefit of this instituthat it will never be perfectly beautiful. The sub tion, four hundred and sixty four died, and six urbs are constructed upon a better plan, and would hundred and twenty-three were sent to the hosbe much more elegant if the buildings which are I pical. This institution was found so beneficial, raised were larger, and the architecture more that in the following year the city was made to grand.

share iis benefits. Most of the streets are wide, regular, and level, We ought not to pass over an establishment but they are principally inhabited by manufac something similar to the former, which is foundturers, and a great number of labourers; these ed for the reception of children under ten years people are exposed too much to the dangerous of age. In 1795 one thousand nine hundred influence of luxury, and are led by example to and thirty-five children were cured, and only one incur more expences than those in country towns, || hundred and thirteen died. which are generally thinly populated, and receive Among the regulations made for the preservathe benefit of the climate, and the fertility of the tion of health, we may mention one worthy of soil.

serving as a model to other countries (particularly The whole population of Vienna in 1795 at a time when great citics are continually enlarge amounted to 251,105, of which 1,231 were ing); it is that made in May, 1796, by which all ecclesiastics,3,253 robles, 4,256 public officers, Il persons were forbidden to inhabit a new house, and 7,833 citizens. The mortality is by no before the physician of the district had examined means so excessive as we might expect in so it, and given his opinion that it was in a proper populous a city, where every thing concurs to augment it; this we may attribute to the success The price of provisions is more moderate than of medicine, and the great care of government has been imagined. Hungary furnishes meat, for the whole community, and of individuals for corn, and wine in abundance, and rustrica wood, the diseased.

which is' carried over the Danube, and seldom Among the establishments formed for the exported. About one hundred and fifty gardeners benefit of the public we may reckon as one of the cultivate large kitchen gardens in the suburbs, if best the great hospital, the principal direction of not with the minute economy practised in the which is entrusted to the celebrated Franck. In environs of Paris, at least with much greater 1796 about 11,860 sick persons were received skill, particularly in their method of watering into it. To this hospital has been added a patho by a wooden shovel made for the purpose. By logical museum.

means of their industry herbs are very cheap, The hospital for lying in women stands next and they gain at the same time a comfortable in rank, which received in the same year one subsistence. They are aided in their labours by thousand nine hundred and four, one hundred the mountaineers of Stiria, who regularly come and eleven of which died. The hospital for for that purpose every spring. lunatics contained in 1795 two hundred and sixty || By this ineans bread, meat, and vegetables, one persons, of which there were one hundred are an abundant nourishment for the inhabi. and fifty six males and one hundred and five tants, so that the labourer may be satisfied with a females. In the following year one hundred moderate salary, in a country producing all and ninety individuals entered, and one hundred the first articles of necessity, and the principal and twenty-two were discharged. The principal materials of manufacture; there are but few remedies in use are abstinence and regimen, and merchandizes of Indian luxury, which are always no person is admitted without carrying a detail of attended with a considerable expence. The the treatinent he has before received, in order police at the same time watches with so much that a better judgment may be formed of his care over every thing that relates to the nourishcondition.

ment of the people, that it frequently happens, There is a military hospital, and others that are that when the officers meet with persons who have attended by the religious; there is even one for purchased meat, they weigh it again in their the Jews, which is not less distinguished for presence in order to ascertain the weight, and neatness than good treatment in general.

prevent deceptions. Vienna can likewise boast an institution which Particular societies and private circles are so is equalled by nothing but the establishments |numerous, that coffee-houses cannot be much made in favour of the poor at Hamburgh, Kiel, frequented; on the contrary, taverns are much &c. The suburbs are divided into eight districts, resorted to; there is consequently a greater num. each of which has its surgeon, physician, and | ber than in any other city. widwife, who are provided by government to People are better accommodated at coffeehouses than at ordinaries. Besides a great num- | The academy of arts is divided into seven ber of tables which are constantly kept open, and classes, each of which has its particular professor. at any hour of the day, and even at midnight, There is one for subjects relative to manufactures; persons may enter and take part in the conversa others are appoinied for historical painting, for tion and entertainments free of expence. landscape drawing, fur sculpture, architecture,

Notwithstanding this it is remarkable, that at casting of metals and engraving. Every class ten o'clock in the evening the most perfect iran- il contains a considerable number of scholars. quillity and silence preside in the streets, as it is Every week during the summer season the a rule for every person going home after that professor for landscape drawing makes an excurhour to make a small compensation to the porter sion with his pupils, in order to exercise them in of the house which he inhabits. If we walk in drawing after nature. the suburbs after ten, the calm and solitude which

| Many of these professors enjoy a just celebrity. we observe there is truly astonishing. No indi

The gallery of the Prince de Lichtenstein and vidual is to be met with but the watch, and in that of the Belvedere are superb. the morning none are roused very early. Vienna The art of gardening has continued to receive in this particular offers a perfect contrast with improvements for many years, to an extent 11Naples, which will bear a pleasing comparison equalled in any place except England. The with the former in every other respect, and is gardens are laid out with great taste near the equalled by ao city in Europe, not even London | city and suburbs. of Paris.

Music is very much cultivated liere, as may be The coffee-house of Hugelinan, in the suburb fairly concluded from the number of illustrious of Leopolstad, is worthy the notice of a foreigner. composers who have adorned this city; among This house, situated between the Danube and whom may be reckoned Gluck, Mozart, Haydn. the street where carriages pass to the promenade and others. The two former are dead, but the of the Prater, is so frequented by Greeks (who | latter is still living. An attachment to this fine are very numerous at Vienna), that upon hearing art has extended to the lower classes, who apply their language, and observing their costume, our to it almost to a fatiguing excess. In many private imaginations transport us into that spot once so || circles they never meet without a concert. famed for science and wisdom.

The German theatre at Vienna has always been The government, as well as individuals, are held in great repute, and for a long time has been entitled to commendation for their efforts in pre. considered the best in Germany. The lively sen ing mendicity. The orphan house in the lialian operas are very well performed. Almost beginning of 1797, supported about 1,479 of all the suburbs have their distinct theatre. That these unfortunate beings. But this establish-, of Casperl excels in the low.comic; that of ment, united with that formed for the relief of Schicaneder has been remarkable for its successthe old people and fathers of families unfitted for ful representation of the Magic Flute by Mozart, proeuring their own livelihood, has been unable and similar performances. The taste of the intu suppress this pernicious order of society so habitants for ballads arose from the excellent perfectly at Vienna as those at Hamburgh, Kiel, dancing at the great theatre, &c. which deserves the imitation of other cities. Literature does not flourish in this city. What

The industry of the inhabitants, although no ever title the Germans have to the appellation of way comparable to that of the English, merits, a learned nation, the inhabitants of Vienna and however, some eulogium. Vienna and its suburbs the north of Germany can have no share in the include a great number of manufacturers, prin. honour. With the exception of Petersburgh cipally of silk; embroideries are no where so and Rome, no city contains so large a collection cheap, but their value has been diminished by l of useless books. It has, however, a great uri. the war; the proper number of labourers has versity, and a superb library of MSS, and works failed, and the raw materials imported from Italy purely literary and scientific. Individuals may, are become very dear. Among the articles of however, be found whose erudition equals that manufacture which have particularly succeeded, of any persons in Europe ; but they are as it are the steel work, silk ribbands, carriages of every were a privileged order. The pre-eminence of sort, &c. These merchandizes are however science is difficult to be obtained here, as an seldom exported.

individual is exposed to every species of examiThe inhabitants are not much distinguished || nation, disappointment, and chicanery foreign to for their taste, . This however does not arise from learning any deficiency in the means of solid instruction. They have opportunities to receive lessons in the

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I DREAMT I had died. Seeing the body !mired, their jealousy .” Dear Chloris, I from which my soul had deparıed lay on headunit the truth of your observations; but be so bed, I was as little affecte:: as a player is when I good as to let me proceed. On my writing desk he beholds the dress in which he acted a prince. I lay a sketch of a work which I had committed I should be very sorry if any of my readers should to paper the preceding night. I was going to contradict me in this assertion, or interrupt me seize a pen with that ardons so natural to myself in the very beginning of my narrative, by deny- and many more literary men, in order to coming that it is impossible a soul could remain so plete that important work for the benefit of my indifferent at the sight of her inanimate body. I critical brethren. But how great was my terror, Those that know me will easily comprehend that when my disembodied soul was not capable of it is not improbuble my soul could. I was born | lifting up the pen, and much less of writing! I and educated in a sinall town, in which there cannot express the terror which seized me, and were no young gentlemen, except the son of am perfectly assured, that a like anxiety is felt the justice of peace, and the town-clerk. || by no one else but by a poet who haunts after a Therefore I had not many examples before me rhyme without being able to find it. Seven which could have seduced my soul to bestow || times, and again seven tiines did I attempt to her principal care upon her body; not to men- | write; but in vain. I wanted to consult an tion that my body was by no means calculated to | Encyclopedia which frequently had been esseninspire me with thoughts of vanity, or to tempt tially useful to me in my literary compositions; me to bestow extraordinary care upon it. I ap- | but this satisfaction too was denied me. I wrung peal, for the confirmation of the truth of this li my hands, lamenting the irreparable loss whic assertion, to the taste of my late wife, who, in Il my publisher, my country, and posterity would the course of her life, knew many bodies that sustain; nay, I should add, that I pitied myself, seemed to appear to her by far more charming were it the custom of the learned to be su open and elegant than my person. I demand there respecting this point. In short, I saw that my fore that my readers at least should believe my whole literary existence was at an end, because I wife, if my individual testimony should be sus was deprived of the power of writing. The only pected. The judgment of ladics, like my late | thing I could do, to console myself in some dewise, may safely be relied upon in matters rela

gree, was to fly to my book case, and to survey, tive to human bodies and faces; as for subjects with paternal tenderness, all the books which which concern the understanding, I ain willing lowed their existence to my indefatigable fingers. to admit that some satisfactory proofs may be Whilst I contemplated them, I was as pleased required. This short digression was the more | and enraptured as parents are, who, indeed, have necessary the more desirous an historian naturally

no longer the power of begetting children, but is that his account should not be suspected. I in those to whom they have given existence, beexpect therefore that my readers should entertain || hold more mental accomplishments and abilities no further doubts of the indifference of my soul than any one else would be able to discover. . towards her body.

I should, perhaps, have continued a considerAs soon as I saw my inanimate body lay before able time longer in that posture, had I not, in ane I few lo my writing desk. “I thought my dream, observed the joyous terror with which you would! (Chloris will exclainn,) I thought my iinpatient lieirs were seized at the sight of you would. These pedantic authors constantly my corpse. They flew to my bed with as much reproach us for our predilection for the toilet, avidity as though they were going to divide a whilst they, in their study, betray the same booty." " 13 he dead?” exclaimed they. “ Yes! weakness which we scarcely are guilty of before at length, he is actually dead! Make haste, and our toilet. They commit more acts of vanity by send for the undertaker!" cried a nephew of mcans of their pens than we do through the mine, and was joined by one of my nieces, who medium of our rouge-boxes, curling-irons, and || by my death expected to inherit all those accomband-boxes. In their writings they admire plishments which certain solid lovers hitherto their supposed genius and literary excellence | bad missed in her, whence, to her vexation, more frequently, and with less certainty, than they had not robbed her of her liberty. That we admire our charms in the looking glass. Their niece shed a torrent of, tears, and by her unexinfatuation, their pride, their desire of being ad- Il pected affliction would have perplexed me very

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