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Villa. The night rose so majesti- by deriding his vanquished foe's vain cally out of the sea, spreading slow. attempt to make the beautiful Violy over the yet faintly illuminated lante Tedesca. Yes,' he added ; earth, while a few stars were smile every nation must have its parti. ing down upon us from the azure cular poetry; but to introduce boorsky, that we all, wrapped up in deep ish songs into the boudoirs of highadmiration, unconsciously grew si- born beauties, marks a boorish edulent; even the Frenchman's inde- cation.' fatigable tongue ceased for a moment “I was going to speak, when Linits exertions. Lindan was seated dan stopped me, and said, in Gernext to Violante ; an ardent desire man, " This is my concern, my after the love he had lost, and the brother; by thine honour, and by happy days that had gone by, com- our friendship, thou shalt prepare it ing over him, he asked the beautiful for me.'. He then arose, bowed to girl for a German song, which she the company, and withdrew. Vio formerly was wont to sing with great lante was struck, the others were emotion.
embarrassed, and the Frenchman “ The general silence caused the seemed unconscious of any thing but Frenchman to overhear his words; his triumph, until I took a favourand, without waiting for Violante's able opportunity of whispering to reply, he expatiated on the barbarity him, - Count Lindan expects you of expecting such beautiful lips to to meet him to-morrow morning at utter such Gothic sounds. The five o'clock, with a second and a answer of my fair neighbour is the pair of pistols, on the small island only one that I can accept of,' said which you here see before us.' A Lindan mildly; but when the sudden paleness spread over his feaFrenchman continued his gibes, Lin. tures; but, true to the dictates of dan would have retorted, had not old French chivalry, he immediate „Violante, perceiving his intention, ly recovered his presence of mind, endeavoured to prevent it, by add. and accepted the challenge with the ing, while her face was yet brighten- best possible grace. I withdrew. ed with smiles, called up by the “The following morning we met French jokes,' Indeed, my dear at the appointed hour. The chevalier Count, if it be doing you a great fa- was accompanied by a surgeon and vour, I will sing the song ; but as an elderly French gentleman, who to pleasure, it really does not afford tried to speak of a reconciliation, me any. You are going to scold, but was prevented by the youth, my good teacher ; but you must who observed Lindan's serious and confess, that you laid my poor lips determined silence. They agreed to under some restraint, by teaching fire in advancing, the Frenchman me your German language. If ever having disputed Lindan's right to I found any pleasure in it, you must the first shot, an advantage which ascribe it to the charms of novelty, Lindan was as unwilling to give up and I now return to the nationality as to contend about. They stood which is natural to me; neverthe opposite to each other. I gave the less, should any thing foreign be re- word to fire. They advanced. The quired, you will allow me, that the chevalier fired,-struggle in Linpretty chansons which the cheva. dan's body told me he was wounded. lier has taught me are better quali. Blood streamed from his side, yet fied for general amusement."
he advanced a few paces. His shot “ Yes, yes, if that was the mean- entered the chevalier's breast, and ing ! replied Lindan, in a depressed stretched him on the ground. The tone of voice, and sunk into deep ab- surgeon declared the wound to be straction, without noticing even the mortal; and as Lindan was only triumphant exclamations of the hurt by a grazing shot, I hastened Frenchman. I held the German to save him from the dangers which cause and myself in too high esti. the chevalier's near connexion with mation to make any reply to this the Ambassador of his country might verbal abstract of Boileau and Bat- occasion to us. teux. He consequently let his suada “ We went to Rome, and there take its free course, and concluded weekly received accounts of the che
valier's state of health. My friend's and dulness; the most ordinary mind was oppressed with grief at and open situations and relations of the destruction of his happiness, and his neighbours were to him impenedarkened by the thought that the trable. This inoffensive being hap. stranger had received a mortal wound pened one day to claim the rites of from his hand. He recollected his hospitality at our quiet dwelling; having sometimes mentioned his and while we were scarcely bestowmother; every trifling expression ing a due degree of politeness on his that had passed on the subject was presence, fate would have it, that he now revived, and clad in tenderness, should thrust the sting of the deepest by Lindan's soft disposition. He anguish into the heart of my friend. represented to himself the unknown as He related, that, as a friend of female, in the most melancholy and the family, he had been present at distracted state, and reproached him Violante's nuptials. Every thing bad self as the cause of all her distress. been conducted with great magni
". He lives ! cried he, one day, ficence, according to the general entering my chamber with a letter custom, and nothing had tended to in his hand, and his countenance damp the expectations of the guests, beaming with delight,- he lives ! save the pale and quiet appearance of and is able to go about again ! We Violante, a circumstance which the now finished the perusal of the let- narrator, however, imputed to a nater, of which Lindan had, in the tural timidity becoming such an ochurry, but glanced over the first casion. The bridegroom, after delines. What news were here in store lighting the company with a burfor my poor friend! His correspon- lesque execution of a German song, dent, artxious to give valid comfort, requested Violante to sing a similar wrote, that entire reliance might be one seriously, that the guests might placed in the chevalier's recovery, decide whether her bewitching lips as he was, in the course of eight were able to lend harmony to such days, to celebrate his nuptials with barbarous compositions. He asked the Countess Violante.
her for the song of the terrace, by “We for some time looked at each which our friend suspected he meant other in silence, at last Lindan said, to designate some particular evening. with a faint smile on his pale coun: Violante cast an expressive look up. tenance,' What better could we ex- on her betrothed, and said, after a pect? It is not now that I first lose short silence, with marks of great her. But let us go home to Ger astonishment, If you wish it!'many, my friend ! Oh, for the dear She then sung, and sung with aloaks round my parental castle! How ways increasing emotion, until all much shall I have to tell them !” present were affected ; at last, her
“ We set out, but Lindan's health eyes overflowed with tears, and she declined, partly on account of his rushed from the apartment with wound having been neglected, but audible sobs. She has not been seen more so on account of the deep de since. A report was spread that she jection that preyed on his mind. In had been taken ill, but no doubt was this manner we reached a small entertained that she had vanished country-seat, in the Milan territory, from her father's house, without which I had some time ago pur. leaving any trace behind.' chased, with a view of often re-visit “Lindan's wounded spirit was uning Italy. We intended to return able any longer to conceal the source home from hence through Switzer- of its distress, and the stranger left land, where Lindan had soine near us that very evening. My friend relations and friends ; but a serious and I sought the shades of the park indisposition stretched my friend on to divert our minds; he at last broke a sick-bed, and the doctor's orders our long silence, saying, "That kept him a prisoner at my seat for marriage evening of Violante's has several weeks after his complaint made me so sad, that I could fancy was removed.
I heard the lovely scared dove coo"Amongst our former acquaintan- ing to us from yonder pines.' ces in Naples there was one particu. “ He had scarcely finished these larly remarkable for his insignificance words, when we actually heard soft
lamentations and animated talking get rid of him. He must shun thy from that quarter; yea, drawing valiant arm-make him begone!' nearer, we could distinguish Ger- “The evening breeze now shook the man sounds, which induced us to foliage of the pine-tree, Entendez stand and listen what was to be con- vous ce qu'il dit, monsieur ?" refided to an Italian evening sky in sumed Violante ; je vous prie de tones to us so familiar.
vous ménager, et de vous retirer, Ks. Don't weep, don't weep, my celà vous fera du bien.' dear friend,' said a lovely voice, “ Alas! what I had anticipated which vibrated but too sensibly in proved but too true. Her accompLindan's heart. I tell you I am lished mind was deranged, and connow all your own again, as the song tinued so in spite of all endeavours has it; do you remember it? I to cure it. When Lindan tried to once refused to sing it to you, but I approach her, she flew from him now sing it in my dreams, and when with loud screams; but though she I am awake Then suddenly never could be allured into the house, interrupting her own song, she she never passed the boundary of the whispered, - The Frenchman is not grounds. Whenever she was prenear us, I hope-he cannot be vailed upon to answer my friend, here, you know I dread his gibes, she always did so in the French but love you nevertheless as warmly language,-pade use of the choicest as ever. Do bear with me patient- phrases, and continued in the melanly!
choly illusion that she was speaking : « Lindan threw himself into my to the chevalier ; she, on the other arms with great emotion. She is hand, lavished the sweetest caresses here ! ejaculated he; she speaks to on trees, shrubs, and statues, misme,-she still loves me! Oh come, taking each of these objects for the come,I'll surprise her with my ardently wished-for Lindan.. presence.' Drawing nearer, we “My poor friend allowed his deep perceived Violante embracing the distress to prey upon his vitals, and stem of a pine-tree, and bathing it the rapid decay of his strength with her tears. Do not give to the proved his only comfort for the intree what belongs to me, my sweet surmountable separation from a mis angel,' said Lindan, his voice soften- tress who lived under his eye, and ing with melancholy joy ; 'it com- continued to love him with the prehends thee not; the rustling of its tenderest affection. He caused & branches is its only answer ; here a tomb to be constructed for Violante true heart speaks to thee through and himself ; 'Here, at least, we faithful lips.'
shall find rest together!' exclaimed “ Violante raised herself with an he, looking at the finished edifice, extraordinary degree of embarass and consecrating it with a plenteous ment in her manner. She soon, how- offering of pious tears. Violante one ever, recovered her composure, and day finding him alone in this place, came to meet us with all the airs of shewed less timidity; she even began the gay and the fashionable; she to talk German to him, and said at addressed us as strangers, in the last, If you would not think me French language, and spoke to us on mad, my dear sir, I could almost feel the common topics of court conver- inclined to tell you that you remind sation. " Violante, what ails thee?' me of my dear, oh, so-much-beloved exclaimed Lindan, in German. , 'He Lindan. A ray of hope glimmered whom thou seekest is here,-the in his soul; but dark distraction Frenchman is far off.'
suddenly spreading its infatuating “Non, monsieur,' said she, in a wings over her poor mind again, she timid voice; 'non, monsieur le flew from him, uttering a scream of chevalier, croyez moi, je vous le dis terror. This same thing has often franchement, jamais je ne serais à happened since; and Lindan spends vous'; and hurrying back to the pine- whole days near the tomb, in order tree, she embraced it, whispering to catch on this spot, which the aptenderly, ' Deliver me from his per proaching sacrifice seems to have secutions, my dear German friend. hallowed, the few bright moments He is so troublesome, and I cannot which flash through Violante's mind. “ Called to Germany on business of choly silence prevailed throughout importance, I took leave of him, as the company, when something was if for ever. Poor Violante will have heard rustling against the window ; found rest long ere my return. Al the person nearest to it threw open ready her tender spirit strove pain the sash, and a beautiful white dove fully to free itself of its earthly was seen looking in, and then die bonds, and to fly to where eternal recting its flight straight towards truth and love for ever reign."
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GASTON DE BLONDEVILLE *. The appearance of a work from too much, yet leaves nothing to be the pen of a first-rate author is, in desired. She, in that most appalling these literary days, a matter of no story, rejected the light poetry with small interest; but when the pro, which its predecessors had been so duction issues, as it were, from the freely interspersed ; and she, moregrave, - when we know that the over, kept à stricter rein over her hand whose efforts for our instruc- descriptive powers than she ever had tion and entertainment we are now, done before. She avoided long parand for the first time, enjoying, ticulars of rural scenery, and tedious has long since been mouldering in trackings of the agitated mind, from the dust, we are filled, not merely one terrible or sorrowful imagination with the usual glow of gratitude, to another. She, in fact, left more which every pleasing composition to the fancy of the reader ; and the ought to excite in us towards its consequence was naturally most faauthor, but with a reverential and vourable. We are in general better mournful affection, for the departed pleased with what we discover oursoul who profits us even in death, by selves, than with any thing pointed bequeathing to us a picture of itself out to us by others; and a skilful in its most elevated moments. Mrs author will inake no scruple of adRadcliffe has long borne undisputed, ministering to this human vanity as and almost solitary sway, over the re- often as possible, by confining himgions of romance; and the book we self in a great measure to leading shall now refer to is certainly one of points, by which the mind of the her own magical writing. If exter- reader is directed towards the lesser nal evidence were needed to estab. particulars of what is alluded to ; lish the latter position, it would and if these points are neither too find sufficient support in the intrin- few, nor too irregularly determined, sic worth of the composition. Gas- he who reads is at once led to diston de Blondeville, without being so cover all the minutiæ, which the diffuse as any of the other romances author, though he omitted them, of Mrs Radcliffe, is at least equally never intended to conceal, and is at powerful, passage for passage, with the same time cheated into the agreethe best of them; and accordingly able belief, that the greater part of it is clear, that, on the whole, the bis delight springs up in his own power of the work, from its greater bosom, from sources hid even froin concentration, must be far more ef the magic wand of the enchanter. fective than that of the rest, how. The Italian is an eminent example ever beautiful these may be, perhaps of this consummate species of skill in respect of qualities which do not in romance-writing, and Gaston de belong to the volumes under review. Blondeville is another instance even The Italian, which was the last work still more striking. No extracts Mrs Radcliffe published before her will here be given ; for those who death, showed her to be making have read Mrs Radcliffe will at once rapid advances towards that style of give credence to any thing good of composition, which, without giving her; and those who have not, ought
.* Mrs Radcliffe's Gaston de Blondeville ; or Henry the Third keeping Court at Ardennes. London. 1826.
to take their first view of her, in the poetic effusions. As they are, they awful' calm or tumult of her own are most beautiful; but introduced wondrous pages, rather than amidst in a tale, even though forcibly conthe petty bustle of a Magazine. To nected with it, they would bave been the romance, a series of good poems ill-placed, and therefore ill-esteerd. is appended; and there can be few ed; which could not have occurred, persons of taste, who will not re- without the greatest injustice haring ioice at this innovation, on the au- been done by some party or other, to thor's former mode of publishing her their very superior merit. B.
[The languor of this hot month will, we trust, be our apology, if it is necessary to offer one, for departing so far from our usual course, as to insert so short and detached anecdotes as the following :-)
ORIGINAL ANECDOTES OF LORD BYRON, &c. Lord Byron. His Lordship was stopped at the walls of Drury, his sometimes fond of indulging a mali- Lordship instantly sprang out of it, cious propensity of setting his friends and disappeared for the remainder of at cross purposes. He, Rogers, and the evening, Moore, were members of a club, in Mutual Mystification.-Acelebra. which extravagant expenditure was ted Orientalist, political economist, frequently resorted to. Mr Rogers metaphysician, and divine, &c. memhaving latterly given up all connex ber of a Provincial University in ion with the said club, in his capa. Scotland, being asked if he had read city of friendly counsellor of Moore, Mr Owen's plans for the improve he strongly advised him to do soment of society, replied, “Yes; he likewise. The latter promised ace sent me a copy of his work." " Ard quiescence as soon as some pecunia did you understand it?" “ No, but ry matters betwixt him and the there I am upsides with him, for I club should be arranged. In the have sent him a copy of my Essay meantime, at Mr R.'s further re- on the Trinity." quest, he promised not to attend a Meridian.-The custom of taking supper party of the club that even a “ meridian," otherwise a dram of ing: happening to meet Byron ardent spirits in the forenoon, once afterwards, his Lordship’s superior too prevalent in Scotland, has now influence prevailed, and secured Mr fortunately fallen into desuetude, ar Moore's attendance, but upon the is at most confined to the labouring stipulation, that Rogers, (at whose classes, if we except Glasgow and Fa. table they were to dine the follow- far. There, among several members ing afternoon previous to their going of the legal and mercantile profes to Drury-Lane Theatre,) should not sions, the odious habit is not yet abo be informed of it. Mr Moore was lished. Two worthy citizens of Glas punctual to the hour; not so his gow, one Mr B , a merchant, the Lordship, who, instead, sent a card to other Mr M- a mernber of 3 Mr Rogers, stating, that “ Moore banking establishment, were woot to and he had had such hard doings at meet, punctual as the sun-dial, to the club last night, as must really time and place, and drink their me plead his excuse of absence.” Mr ridian.” But it was Mr M's peculiar R. with some expression of chagrin, hard fate, on his return, to be jibed handed the card to Moore, who, in by his sober companions of the counthis turn, had no alternative but that ing-house. " Stolen waters are of a candid explanation of all cir- sweet:" and it was all to no purpose cumstances. Byron came, however, that Mr M. swore he had tasted in his carriage in proper time to con, nothing stronger than water all dat vey them to the theatre, and, in their blessed day; but his companions et way thither, Rogers and Moore the ledgers thought, like Falstaffs read him such a lecture on his reck- cronies,“ 0, villain! your lips se less conduct, that when the vehicle. not yet wiped since last you drank,