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my promife, and would fain make me his ' that he renounced all thoughts of vengeance wedded bride. But I laughed and sneered from that moment, and determined to reat him, as heedless girls often serve their store her guiltless sweetheart to the incon sweethearts. Thy wife, said I, I cannot be; folable damfel. “ Dry up thy tears,” said my bed has room but for one, and thou hast he, in a sympathising voice, " and let thy neither roof nor hearth ; get thyfelf first sorrow pass away. Thy lover shall be as some sterling crowns, and then come and free as the birds of the air before the sun ask again

The poor young man's heart goes to reit. Listen and he attentive.-Toshrunk within him at this speech. Ah! morrow, at the first crowing of the cock, Clara, said he, fighing deeply, while the when thou hearest a tapping at thy wintears stood in his eyes, does thy heart lust dow, make halte, open the chamber-door, after wealth and riches? then chou art no for it will be Benedick that knocks. Take longer a sincere and tender girl. Didst thou care chou doit not make him mad again by not strike the bargain in my hand the time thy caprice. Know also that it was not he thou sworest to be true to me? aud what who committed the crime of which thou had I more than that felf-fame hand to supposest him guilty ; nor can any blame be maintain thee? whence comes thy pride imputed to thee, for he did not suffer himand scorn? Ah! Clara, I understand thee. self to be instigated by thy capriciousness to Some richer rival has stolen away thy heart this foul crime.” from me. Is it thus thou repayer me, faith The girl, in astonishment at this inforless girl? Por these three years have i lived mation, looked her comforter fill in the in hopes that this good hour would come. I face : and not being able to discern the counted cvery hour till the moment I set wrinkle of scorn or deceit, she placed confi. out to fetch thee home. Hox light and dence in his words ; her clouded brow clear nimble did love and joy make my feet as I ed up, and in a tone of doubting gladness crossed the mountains! and now dost thou she returned, « Good Sir, if you be not fcorn me?-He begged and prayed, but I mocking me, and it be even as you say, you fuck by my resolution. My heart does not muit either be a feer, or my sweeth ari's {corn thee, Benedick, I only withhold my good angel, since you know every thing fo hand for the present. Go abroad, get moe exactly.' ney and pelf, then come back, and I will “ His good angel!” returned the Gnome, Share my bed with thee with all

my

heart. a good deal disconcerted at the idea ; “ no, Well then, replied he, much chagiined, if in truth táit I am not ! but his good angel such be thy resolution, I will go into the I will be, as thou shalt find. I am a burgher wide world, where I will run, leap, beg, of Hirschberg, when the poor criminal was steal, fave, scrape, and hoard; and never condemned I sat at council; but his innoshalt thou see me again till'l have the trash cence has since been brought to light : fear by which I am to buy thee. Farewell! I not forhis fafety,I will go and takeoff hisfetgo: adieu !In this manner did I torture ters, for I have much authority in the toʻvn. my Benedick. He went away in great vexam Le of good cheer therefore, and return home tion; then his good angel forsook him, so in peace.” The damfel arose, and obeycu, he did a deed that was not right, and which though fear and hope still struggled in her his heart furely abhorred.”

foul. At this recital the venerable person shook During the three days of refpite, the rehis head in great apparent concern; and af verend father Greyfrock had wrestled hard ter a considerable pause exclaimed, with a to bring the delinquent into an orthodox thoughtful countenance,“ Surprising this !" frame of mini: he was anxious to snatch his He then turned towards the young woman :

foul from the jaws of heil, to which, in his “ But why," said he,“ doit thou fill the opinion, ít had been pledged from the hour lonely wood with thy lamentation, which of his birth : for honeit Benedick was ad can neither help thee nor thy lweatheart." ignorant layinan; he understood better by

“ I was on my way to Hirschberg; as I half how to handle the needle and sheers was going along sorrow fell heavy upon my than the roary: He perpetually confouad, heart, so I stopped under this tree.

eu the Salutation and the Lord's Prayer ; " And what wilt thou do at Hirsch- and of the Belief he knew not a syliable. berg ?

he zealous monk was at incredible pains * I will cast myself at the judge's feet, before he could teach him the latteremthe fill the streets with my outcries, and invite talk required two full days. When he made the daughters of the town to help me to en him repeai, and the memory of the poor treat for mercy. The magiftrates inay iake {inner did not play him ialle, a thought of picy upon the innocent, and spare his life : earthly things, and an half-uttered figh, but if I do not succeed in saving my love " Ah, poor Cl-ra !” wonld come across the from a shameful death, I will cheerfully lesson in the middle. in religious policy, suffer with him.”

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sheep; and so well did he succeed in the At that instant a fcheme exactly suited to
fiery representation, that Benedick broke his taste suggested itself. He flipped after
out into a deadly cold sweat, and to the pi- the friar into the monastery, took a gown
ous joy of his missionary, Clara in his anguish out of the spiritual wardrobe, and proceed-
was clean obliterated from his thoughts. But cd in the fimilitude of brother Greyfrock to
the idea of hellish torments that hung over the prison, which was respectfully opened to
his head pursued him inceffantly-goat- him by the keeper.
footed devils with huge horns, busy thrust “ The good of thy precious soul,” said he
ing stark-naked squadrons of damned souls to the prisoner,“ has brought me back, tho
into the monstrous crater of the infernal I had but juft quitted thee. If thou hast any
volcano with long poles and hooks, conti- thing lying on thy conscience, unfold it, that
pually danced before his eyes! The zealous I may comfort thee." “ My reverend fa-
friar himself was a little touched with his ther," replied Benedick, my conscience does
spiritual pupil's mental horrors; and he not give me any uneasiness: but the thought
thought it no violation of ecclefiaftical pru- of your purgatory squeezes my heart toge
dence, to drop the curtain over the infernal ther, as though it was set between the thumb
scene and diabolical performers: he how- screws.” Friend Number-Nip had very im-
ever heated the smelting furnaces of Pur- perfect and confused notions of the doctrines
gatory so much the hotter; and poor Be- of the church ; therefore he might easily be
nedick was but little comforted by the ex excufed his mal-a-propos question, “ How
change.

so?” “ Alas!" replied Benedick, “ think of Thy crime," faid he, “ my son, is in wading so long in the fiery pool, up to the deed grievous; do not however despair, the knees; Alas! father, the very idea distracts flames of purgatory will purify thee from

me!" “Why, fool!" returned Numbers the stain. "Oh! well is thee, and happy is Nip, “ then if thou thinkest the bath toa it for thee that thy offence was not commit warm for thee, keep out of it.” Benedick, ted against a true believer; for then thou confounded at this reply, stared the priest so wouldest be forced to remain for a thousand hard in the face, that he concluded he had years up to the neck in the boiling brim- made fome egregious blunder ; so he cut the {tone pool. But as thou hast only robbed a conversation short" Well, well, we will perverse and rejected Jew, an hundred years talk of this hereafter : but doft thou ever will make thee as bright as refined silver; think of Clara ? dost thou still love her and I will say so many masses for thy foul, enough to make her thy bride ? If thou haft that thou shall not fink below the waist in any commands to her before thy departure the unextinguishable lava."

hence, entrust them to me.” Benedick was Now although Benedick was perfectly still more confounded at his sweetheart's conscious of his innocence, yet had he fuch name; the thoughts of Clara, which he had firm faith in the power of his confeffor's key conscientiously been labouring to stifle, reto bind and unbind, that he placed no de- vived with so much vehemence, especially pendance upon the re-hearing of his cause when the question was about his farewell in the world to come; and fear of the rack message, that he began to sob and blubber dererred him from the thought of appealing aloud, without being able to utter a single in this world. He therefore had no resource syllable in reply. This heart-breaking scene but in supplication : he fued for mercy at affected the compassionate priest so much, the hands of Iris spiritual Rhadamanthus, that he resolved to finish it abruptly : and endeavoured to negotiate away as Benedick," said he,“ appease thy forrow, much of the torments of purgatory as pof- and content thyself, thou shalt not die; ! fible. By these entreaties the rigid peniten- have learned that thou art innocent of the tiary was propitiated fo as to fink him only robbery, and that thou hast not defiled thy knee-deep in the fire bath: and thus the af- conscience with any crime : I am therefore fair refted, for in spite of all his lamentations, come to break thy bonds, and release thee the priest refused to abate an hair's breadth out of prifon." Then drawing a key out

of his pocket" Let us see if it will fit." The inexorable infliâ or of penance now The experiment succeeded : the unfettered bade the inconsolable delinquent good night Benedick stood at liberty before him, the for the last time; and as he was going out

irons fell from his hands and feet. Then at the goal door, Number Nipin an invisible the benevolent priest exchanged clothes with form met him. He had not ye*ized upon him, and faid, “ Go quietly out, imitate the any plan for en ancipating the criminal :-- reverend pace of a monk as thou pafseft by which he wished to accomplish in such a the sentinel and along the streets ; but when manner as not to spoil the fatisfaction felc by thou hast paffed Weichbild, gird thy loins the Hirschberg aldermen, in exercising an tight, and step briskly forward to the moun, act of their antiquated criminal jurisdiction; tains; and fee thou do not stop to fetch their promịt exccution of justice had indeed breath till thou stand before Clara's door in brcught them irto good repute with him. Liebenaw. There tap gently at the wine

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dow :-thy Clara is waiting for thee with Then there came three gentle taps against anxious expectation.”

her window, just as if it hailed. A thrill of The good Bénedick, conceiving all that joy ran along her frame at this found-up paffed to be a dream, rubbed his eyes, the sprung, uttering a loud cry; then a voice twitched his arms and legs, in order to be whispered through the latch-hole, Sweete fatisfied whether he was awake : when he heart ! Clara ! My love! art thou awake ?" was convinced there was no illusion, he drop- She darted like an arrow to the door : ' Ah! ped down at his deliverer’s feet, and clasped Benedick, is it thee or thy ghost ?' But feekis knces, trying to stammer out his thanks; ing father Greyfrock enter instead of Bene. but such was his extacy of joy that his tongue dick, she funk backwards, and fwooned a. refused its office. The benevolent priest at way in despair. Benedick flung his faithful length thrust him out by main force, and arm around her; and the kiss of love, the gave him moreover a crust of bread and a fovereign remedy against all hysterical fits, black pudding to eat by the way. The foon brought her to her senses. emancipated convi& crofled the threshold of As soon as the dumb scene of wonder, and the terrible mansion with trembling knees, the first glad effusions of the heart, were oand walked on under lively apprehensions of ver, Benedick related his wonderful delie being dete&ted: but his reverend gown dif verance out of the dreary dungeon : but his fused such a favoury smell of piety, that the tongue clave to the roof of his mouth from sentinels were incapable of winding the de- thirst and weariness. Clara went to fetch linquency it covered.

him a draught of fresh water : and when During these transactions Clarawas sitting he had quenched his thirst, he felt hungry, alone in her chamber, hearkening to every She had nothing to offer him but salt and breath of wind, and looking out at the tread bread, the panacea of lovers, with which our of every foot that paffed. She often imagined faithful pair had hastily vowed to live con something stirred at the window-shutter, or tent all the days of their lives. But Benethat the ring at the door jingled; she leap- dick, in spite of his vow, bethought him of ed up twenty times, and looked with a pale his pio's pudding. As he drew it out of his pitating heart through the latch-hole-but pocket, he fecretly wondered at its prodigiit was fancy. The neighbouring cocks were ous weight, for it was heavier than a horiealready shaking their feathers, and uttering shoe : as he broke it asunder, behold a their first cry to proclaim the dawning day. shower of gold tumbled out; whereupon a The bell at the monastery had begun to ring shuddering fit came upon Clara; she feared for mattins, but to her the found was of a it was a relick of the Jew's plunder, and bepassing bell. The watchman had blown his gan to fufpect Benedict was not so clear as horn the last time, and called the snoring the reverend burgher had represented him baké-house maids to their early task. Clara's on the mountain. But the guileless journeylamp burned dim for want of oil, her appre man protested that it was not so And hensions were increasing every instant, fo probably,' he said, "the pious friar had sethat the overlooked the favourable omen, cretly lent him the sum for a marriage porthat appeared in the shape of a rose at the tion.' Clara believed his words. Then glimmering wick. She was seated on her gratefully blessed their

generous benefactor. bed-lide, weeping and fighing bitterly, Be They quitted their native town, and journedick, Benedick! ah, what a sorrowful day neyed to Prague; where Benedict lived for thee and me is now dawning!"-She ran long and happy with Clara, his wife, as a res precipitately to the window; but, alas! the putable tradesman, and was blessed with a íky towards Hirschberg was blood red : numerous progeny. The horror of the galdark clouds hung over the horizon, like fo lows was so deeply impressed upon his mind, many shrouds and tatters of crape. Her that he never wronged his customers, stricte {pirits shrunk back at this ominous prospect; ly forbearing to cabbage a fhred, contrary, she fell down helpless on the floor, and a to the established custom of his brethren of deadly silence prevailed around her.

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Poetry. FRIENDSHIP, an Ode, by Dr Johnson. With bright, but oft destructive, gleam, FRIENDSHIP, peculiar boon of heav'n,

Alike o'er all his lightnings fly; F

The noble mind's delight and pride, Thy lambent glories only beam To men and angels only given,

Around the fav'rites of the sky. To all the lower world deny'd.

Thy gentle flows of guiltless joys While love, unknown among the blest,

On fools and villains ne'er descend; Parent of thousand wild desires,

In vain for thee the tyrant fighs, The savage and the human breast

And hugs a flatterer for a friend. Tormcats alike with raging fires.

Directress

MAN may be happy, if he will :"

O'ER

Directress of the brave and just,

Peace and Friendship, its precepts impart á O guide us through life's darksome way! And wherever the footsteps of Man fall And let the tortures of mistrust

be found, On selfish boloms only prey.

May he bind the decree on his heart,
Nor shall thine ardours cease to glow,
When fouls to blissful climes remove :

ODE,

By Peter PINDAR, ESQ. What' rais'd our virtue here below,

> Shall aid our happiness above.

I've said it often, and I think so COMMEMORATION SONG.

still; 'ER the vine cover'd hills and gay re

Doctrine to make the Million ftare ! gions of France

Know then, each mortal is an actual Jove ; See the day-star of Liberty rise;

Can brew what weather he fhall most apo Thro' the clouds of detraction, unwearied,

prove, advance,

Or wind, or calm, or foul, or fair. And huid its new course thro' the skies.

But here's the mischief-Man's an ass, I An effulgence fo mild, with a luttre so

say: bright,

Too fond of thunder, lightning, storm, and All Eurove, with wonder, surveys;

rain, And from desarts of darkness, and dungeons He hides the charming, chearful ray of night,

That spreads á smile o'er hill and plain! Contends for a share of the blaze.

Dark, he must court the scull, and spade, Let Burke, like a bát, from its splendor re

and shroud tire,

The mistress of his soul must be a Cloud! A splendor too strong for his eyes ; Who told him that he must be curs'd on 'Let pedants, and fools his effufions admire,

earth? Intrapt in his cobwebs, like flies;

The God of Nature ? - No such thing. Shall Phrenzy, and Sophiftry, hope to pre. Heav’n whisper'd him the moment of his vail

birth, Where Reason opposes her weight; * Don't cry, my lad, but dance and fing; When the welfare of millions is hung in " Don't be too wise, and be an aper the scale,

“ In colours let thy soul be dreft, not And the balance yet trembles with fate?

crape. Ah! who'midst the horrors of night would

Rofes Thall smooth Life's journey, and aabide, That can taste the pure breezes of morn; " Yet, mind me-if, thro' want of grace, Or who thàt has drank of the crystalline « Thou meanft to thing the blessing in my tide

“ face-to To the feculent flood wou'd return ? 6 Thou hast full leave to tread upon a When the bofom of beauty the throbbing

" thorn. Ah who can the transport decline ?

Yet some there are, of men I think the 'Or who that as tafted of Liberty's sweets, Poor imps! unhappy if they can't be curs’d;

worst, The prize, but with life, wou'd resign?

For ever brooding over Mis'ry's eggs, -Eut 'tis over-high Heaven the decision

As tho' Life's pleasure were a deadly sin ;
approves-

Mousing forever for a gin
Oppression has struggled in vain :
To the Hell the has form d Superftition To catch their happinettes by the legs.
removes ;

Ev'n at a dinner, some will be unbless'd,
And Tyranny bites his own chain. However good the viands, and well drefs'd;
la the records of Time a new ära unfolds. They always come to table with a scowl,
All narure exults in its birth

Squint with a face of verjuice o'er each Liis Creation, benign, the CREATOR beholds,

Fault the poor flesh, and quarrel with the And gives a New Charter to Earth.

fish, o catch'its high import, ye winds, as ye Curse cook and wife, and, loathing, eat and blow!

growl. O bear it, ye waves, as ye roll!

A cart load, lo! their stomachs steal, From regions that feel the Sun's vertical Yet fwear they cannot make a meal. glow,

I like not the blue-devil-huntirig crew! To the farthest extremes of the Pole. I hate to drop the discontented jaw ! Equal Rights, Equal Laws, to ike nütions O let me Nature's simple finite pursue, around,

And pick ev'r pleasure from a Atraw!

“ dorn;

heart meets,

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dith,

THE

Monthly Begider

For JULY 1791.

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.

FOR

FRANCE

On the rath the Sieur Dumoutier, fora

merly of the Body Guard, walking in HiXory of the Flight and Capture of the ed by a person unknown, who desired

the garden of the Thuilleries, was accoftKING.

him to follow him to receive the King's OR a confiderable time the Sieur orders. He followed this perfon, who

Bouille had been foliciting the introduced him to the King's chamber. King to quit Paris; where he fancied that The King ordered him to tell the Sieurs imaginary dangers furrounded him with Mildan and Vallory, two of his former terror and disquiet; and he promised him companions, to provide themselves wit! in the departments where he commande couriers dresses of a rullow colour. The ed a public force, a peace and liberty King then directed him to walk on the of which he affected to believe he was quay of the Pont-Royal, and that there a reprived in the capital. The King refift- person would make himself known to ed long: at lengtn he yielded and from hirn, and communicate his further or. that moment preparations were made ders. The Sieur Dumoutier, atter speakfor his departure.

ing to his two companions of the King's On the sth of June, the King, acó orders, did with them as he was directe<!, companied by the Queen'alone, weit at by a p rson also unknowo. five o'clock to the house of Madame Ro On the 20th The Sieur Vallory went chereuil, one of the ladies in her service on horfeback to Bondy, to bespeak pofiwhole apartment communicated to a core horses for the King. The Sieur Duiridor by a itaircase, and by a staircase moutier went the same day to the gate also to the apartment of M. de Villequier. of St Martin, where there was a berlin The Queen, after examining this apart. with four horses. The Sieur de Maldan ment, and its communication with others, repaired to the Court of the Palace, at told Madame de Rochereuil, that the eleven night, on the 20th, and was meant to employ her as one of the ladies conducted into a closet, where he was of her bedchamber.

shut up till midnight. A carriage with The King then desired to be conduc- two horses drew up at eleven o'clock in ted to the apartment of M. de Villequier, the Prince's Court. A chaise from the the door of which opened to the Prince's hotel of Count Ferfen, Colonel of the Court. He called for the key of this Royal Swedish Regiment, one of the door. Madame de Rochereuil answered, principal agents in this enterprize, waitthat since the departure of M. Villequiered on the quay of Voltaire, at the exthe door was always open, and the door tremity of the Pont-Royal. No change at the bottom of the staircase, leading to was niade in the economy of the Royal the antichamber, only was shut.

household, the usual orders were given, On the 13th the King ordered the and all retired to bed at the ufual hour. Sieur Renard, Inspector of the Buildings, At half an hour paft eleven, the Queen to cause the key of the door of M. de went into her daughter's chamber, and Villequier's anti-chamber, and the key ordered the Lady of her Bedchamber to of the door of the little staircase leading dress Madame Royale and conduct her from the apartments of Madame de Ro- to the Dauphin's apartment. Madame chereuil, to be brought to him ; which de Tourzel, who had received orders was done.

from the king in the course of the day, K Vol. XIV. No.79.

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