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the Dervise prepared himself to receive tr.c pro- || by an honest and worthy merchant that you are mised treasure; but it passed without any of the a rogue, whom justice will punish as you deserve, Cadi's slaves appearing. This night was to him if a second similar complaint be made against of an inexpressible length. As soon as it was you." day-light, he went to the judge : “I conie,” said The Dervise made a low bow, and retired, he,“ to learn why his honour has not sent his without speaking a word. slaves to me." “ Because I have been informed



him affictive and importune. Thus Milton reThe following narrative was written by M.

presents to us the angel of darkness apostrophis.

ing in his anger the planet of light; or thus de la Harpe, and was first printed a little before

might be painted Arimanes, the genius of evil, the French Revolution, or rather at the time when the first symptoms of that great political crisis viewing the creation to curse it, and disturb it.

l approached him: “Father," said I, (for he was appeared, just at the epocha when it was in agi

one of those men who are always called Fathers, tation to suppress all religious vows.

This was in 1789. Thirteen years after, it was expected

and who are prohibited from ever becoming so),

“ how charming are these woods which encomthat the re-establishment of monasteries would be demanded ; and this paper was re-printed. It

pass your dwelling! and how greatly must you has never been translated, and may, perhaps, be enjoy them! Those souls who are no longer agi

taied with the passions of the world are the more thought worth preserving in your Magazine.

sensible of the attractions of nature and solitude,

and the enjoyments of your age, are repose and On the pleasant and cultivated hills, which at a fine day." a distance command the delicious landscape form “ Young man,” said he, “ you are mistaken ed by the banks of th: khone, not far from in every thing: what you term my dwelling, is Avignon, the woods belonging to a famous my prison; in solitude the passions ferment with monastery of the order of Camaldules are seen. more bitterness: Nature is never beautiful to the A more agreable, more fresh, more solitary ) wretched, and without peace of mind, there is umbrage may we sought for in vain. Nature is no fine day.” there simple without being savage, and beautiful

" Ah! what can now disturb that peace ? without ornament. This walk being near my

your white hairs attest long experience-What retreat, is the most frequented by me: it shelters errors can still molest the old age of a solitary from heat, and is an asylum for reveri 's. I being ?” entered it not long since, towards the decline of Certainly I have lived long, and lived alone. day, when the calm of the country and the cool Do you fancy our chain becomes lighter for having of the evening excite tender sensations, which worn it fifty years ?” are best enjoyed in silence. Never had those “ But that chain, did not you choose it?"woods appeared more beautiful to me; I fancied “ Those who have chosen it often finish with every thing I saw was tranquil and happy. Whilst | detesting it, but it was forced upon me.” I was ruminating on this idea, I perceived at the who exercised that abominable tyranny on you?" end of an alley a mian advancing, covered with a “ My father.” “ He was then a barbarian !". long white robe, he was walking with slow steps ; “ No, he was only weak, and domineered by an and at that moment, where all around me seemed | imperious wife. We were many children. It Elysium, I was willing to fancy hin a happy entered into my mother's arrangements that I shade. But I soon had reason to entertain a very should take the monastic habit; it was she who different opinion. As he drew nearer, I saw on governed: I showed great repugnance to obey his face the prints of sorrow and misfortune; a her, and my father resisted for a long while. glooiny and fatal character was engraven in the This contrariety of opinions caused a domestic wrinkles of his front, and in the furrows of his war, which imbittered his life. He conjured me hollow cheeks. From time to time, he cast with tears in his eyes to embrace that condition sinister looks around him, and concluded with which he began to think indispensable. I could dropping them towards the ground; appeared not bear to see my father unhappy, and I resolved as if the fine day and beautiful country, were to to become so myself; I even hoped to be less so

" And


than I had imagined at first. I fancied one might on which I first pronounced my vows. But I soon be accustomed tv what might appear hard. no longer curse her.” ships: youth is susceptible of all kinds of courage. “ You have ceased hating ?” But courage exhausts itself when it sees no term He looked at me for some time, then he conto its efforts. The time came when all the tinued with a bitter smile: “I have nothing to illusions of enthusiasm, all the errors of imagina- conceal from you; I have nothing to fear. I tion, gave place to overwhelming truth. Then | believed I pronounced maledictions, that a just all my fantastic props fell around me; I looked and avenging being heard them. I no longer and saw nothing but a desert, and despair. I was believe it." surrounded with unhappy wretches become I was struck with these words -" What! you wicked, who watched each other, and soughi to have suffered so much in this life, and you will surprise in the hearts of others complaints which not hope any thing from the other?'-" It no they smothered in their own. I held them in more depends on us to adopt errors than to disexecration, I avoided their society. After the cover truths. Without doubt religious ideas are death of my mother, I made vain efforis to get the charın of misfortune; they would be more released from vows which were involuntary. valuable to me than my sad conviction. But can These useless steps gave my companions a fatal we cast our eyes on this dreadful chaos of evils advantage, of which hypocrisy always abuses. and crimes, and believe it to be the work of a The slave willingly becomes an oppressor. I had perfect being! I look on all men as feeble parcels only one ineans of revenge. The greatest ambi of a perishable matter, the sport of an invincible tion of my fellow-monks was to make proselytes : 1 necessity, as long as for them shall last that system mine was to drive them away; I resolved that they supë ose to be the essential order of things, every one I might converse with should know and which is only one of the transitory combinia. from me the dangers, the shame, and the horrors tions which are lost in the innum-rable revolu. of the monastic life. These woods are pretty ition: of eternity. My lot has been bitter. I must well frequented. Solitude speaks to the imagi- fulfil my destiny : it will end." nation. There is an age where nothing more is Thus, in your future, a single instant fixes wanting to give birth to a transient delirium which your attention.”-“ Yes, that which will be my produces irremediable evils. I do not believe you last; it comes very slowly." 10 be attacked by this madness; but at all events look at that fatal dwelling, and read on the mine. I must communicate one reflection. I threshold these words, whiich an Italian poet says do not comprehend how; when for you the he read on the gates of hell:"-'You who enter other life is a chim'ra, and this one a torinto this place, renounce hope.'

inent." I hesitated" Make an end,” said he. I was shocked to hear him. “You have led I continued, “I cannot conceive after all I have a terrible life,” said I, “ but it nevertheless ap- || heari, how I should meet you this day, walking pears, and is to me a consolatory idea, that evils i quietly in these woods." have not blemished your soul. The care which “ I understand you. There was a time when you take to warn imprudent persons of the snare I might have taken that step : then I dared not, iņ which they might fall, bespeaks a sensible and I was still fearful. I now fear no:hing. But compassionate heart."

when my reason became enlightened, my soul was “ You forget,” replied he, “ I told you that dejec'ed; I was in despair, and had lost my care was only a vengeance. I hate my companions courage; I abandoned myself to the habitude of because they have injured me; but I cannot love | suffering. There is an age at which man will men who tolerate tho e barbarous institutions. not part with life; it continually afflicts him, and Unhappy ever since my birth, to whoin can I quits him by degrees, without his having the force owe a sentiment of benevolence?"

to cast it off.” “ Perhaps to him who pities you."

Whilst we were thus conversing, the face of “ When these abominable retreats are burnt nature was changed. The storm approached on to the ground, then will I believe in piety and heaps of clouds; the night was growing dark. justice.”

We walked on without speaking a word; but “ But you must be sensible how many men from time to time flashes of lightning shed a can say to you, as I do: it is not my fault if a livid light over his features, which made them fanatic founded this house, and if a cruel mother more hideous. forced you into it."

We were advancing towards the convent, and “ My mother!"

were already near it. It seemed as if the tempest He remained ilent a moment; his looks made | had seuiled on its roof; the thunder rumbled all me shudder.-" My mother! I cursed her a long l round with redoubled claps. while, when each revolving year returned the day I perceived the forehead of the old monk to

** Your ingenuousness," said I,“ must excuse

tains !"

brighten for a moment. “O! if the fire of | idea of a God, preferred to renounce it, in order heaven,” cried he, “ could but consume that to have the more right to hate mankind. odious inclosure, and all the wretches it con 0! thou supreme and necessary Being, in whom

I believe, because every thing announces they “ You have then not one friend there?” thou hast not created beauty that men should

A frien:I-we all call one another brothers, avoid admiring it; thou has not spread out the and we are all slaves."

riches of the creation that men should inhabit After these words he entered into the dwelling dungeons; thou hast not planted in our hearts he had just been cursing, and the door shut him the want we feel of loving our fellow-creatures, in.

in order that we might unceasingly frustrate that My soul was deeply sorrowful. I saw that want, and love nothing. misfortune, when extreme, ends with rendering Men have disfigured thy works, before they the heart callous, and that the complaints of denied their author; and the atheist has dared despair become blasphemies. This wretch, who to say; Thou hast not made ine; and the fanatic might have found consolation and refuge in the has said, Thus hast thou made me.


CELESTINA, an orphan, and heiress to an Our two lovers corresponded, and were mu. immense fortune, was, at seventeen, the most ce tually delighted with each other; but Don Pedro lebrated beauty in Granada. She lived with her wished for something more; he had long soliuncle, a cross, avaricious old man, named Don cited the permission of conversing with Celestina Alonzo, who was occupied all the day in count at her lattice, according to the custom of Spain, ing his ducats, and all the night in silencing the where a window is much more useful at night serenades which were played before Celestina's than in the day, as it is the general place of ren. windows. Alonzo had the design of marrying || dezvous. At midnight, when ihe streels are his word to his son Don Henriquez, who, for len deserted, the young Spaniard, wrapped in his years, had been pursuing his studies at the Uni mantle, and armed with his sword, walks, ine versity of Salamanca, and began to explain Cor- | voking love and darkness, towards a lattice,grated nelius Nepos with tolerable facility.

on the outside, and within inclosed by sbutters. All the young cavaliers of Granada were in Soon they are slowly opened; a fair damsel aplove with Celestina : the only opportunity they pears, and in cremulous accents enquires if any had of beholding her was at mass; and every day one be there. Her lover, transported with joy, the church she frequented was filled with young re-assures her; they converse in a whisper; the and fashionable men. Amongst these was a same things are repeated a thousand times; Fows capiain of cavalry, named Don Pedro, who had | Ay through the grating. But day begins to dawn, attained this rank at the age of twenty. His and they must separate. Another hour is spent fortune was small, but his family was one of the | in adieus; and they quit each other, without most ancient in that country; and so eminenty | having uttered an infinite number of interesting was he distinguished for his wit and handsome | things which they had intended to say. person, that he aitracted the attention of all the Celestina's lattice was on the ground floor, ladies of Granada. But he had eyes for Celestina on a retired ill-huilt spot, inhabited only by alone; and she, who had perceived this, began to the lowest order of people. Here Don Pedro's return his glances.

old nurse occupied a miserable chamber, directly In this manner passed two months, and Don opposite to Celestina's window. Our hero, upon Pedro had not yet dared to address his fair en. making this discovery, paid the old woman a slaver; his eyes, however, had been very eloquent. || visit; and said to her, “ My good mother, I Alihe end of this time our lover found means to have too long allowed you to remain in poverty, convey a letter to his mistress, which informed her for which forgetfulness I am very culpable, and of what she already knew. The rigid Celestina am determined to repair my fault by giving had no sooner perused it than, with much dig- || you an apartment in my own house. Come and nity, she caused it to be returned to Don Pedro. || take possession of it immediately, and yield this But as she possessed a very retentive memory, miserable one up to me." The worthy woman, she did not let a word of its contents escape her; l surprised and affected to tears by his kind offer, and, at the end of a week, was able to answer would have refused, but he urged her so warmly every sentence of it.

that it was impossible to resist his entreaties;

and, kissing the hand of her beneficent nursling, || aggressors : he soon wounded two, and made the she consented to the exchange.

other three save themselves by Hight. What Never did a monarch take possession of a was his surprise at r. cognizing in those he had palace with more joy than Don Pedro felt while delivered, Don Alonzo and his son, Henriquez! establishing himself in his nurse's chamber. As The young cavaliers of the town, who all paid soon as night arrived, Celestina appeared at her homage to Celestina's beauty, knowing that Henlattice; she promised to do the same every other riquez was going to rob them of her, had been evening, and faithfully kept her word, for each wicked enough to cause their rival to be insuited twilight found her there. These nocturnal meet by assassins, a species of villajos too common in ings increased the passion which these lovers felt, Spain; and without the valour of Don Pedro, and soon every hour was stolen from sleep, and the old miser and young scholar would have the whole day employed in writing to each had some difficulty in escaping fruin their Olher. They enjoyed, for some time, this deli daggers. rium of happiness without interruption, when, un

Pedro attempted to escape; but Henriquez, expectedly, Alonzo's son, Henriquez, Celestina's | who prided himself in having learned politeness destined husband, arrived from Salamanca, bring at Salamanca, swore that he should not leave ing with him, for his intended, a declaration of hiin that night. Pedro, in despair, had already love, written in Latin, which his professor had heard eleven strike. Alas! he little kuew the obligingly composed for him.

misfortune that awaited him. The lovers held a consultation at the lattice, One of the ruffians he had put to flight, with meantime the old guardian was preparing the

his face concealed in his mantle, passed bemarriage contract; and the day was fixed which

fore Celestina's window. The night was very was to make Celestina the wife of Henriquez. dark, and the unfortunate maiden, who had What was to be done? No alternative rem ai led opened the grating while waiting for Don Pedro, but Aight. This, at length, was agreed upon. They when she perceived the assassin, thought she saw determined to seek a refuge in Portugal, to begin him approach. She held out her hand to hiin by being united, and then to plead their cause

with a inixture of impatience and joy, and prewith the old guardian. Celestina was to take senting the casket, said : “take our diamonds, with her a casket of diamonds, which had be.

while I descend.” At the word diamonds, the longed to her mother. These were very valu. ruffian suddenly stopped, seized the casket, and, able, and were to support the young couple uneil without saying a word, precipitately Aed, while Don Alonzo was appeased. Never was an un

Celestina was employed in quirting her abode. dertaking conceived with more prudence.

Judge of her surprise, when alone in the street; Nothing remained but to escape unperceived'; she gazed around her, and could no longer descry and to accomplish this, it was necessary to possess

the person she had taken for Don Pedro. She at the key of the lattice. Celestina soon succeeded first imagined he had proceeded onwards to avoid in this; and immediately it was settled that the suspicion; basiily walked forwards, and sought following night, at eleven o'clock, Don Pedro him with her eyes, called him in a low voice; should, after having left horses in waiting at the but no one answered her. Terror seized her, extremity of the town, come and fetch Celes and she knew not what to do. Should she return tina, who was to descend into the street by her || home, or leave the town and seek the carriage window; and they were both to take the road Pedro had peamised to have in waiting ? Not leading to Portugal.

knowing how to decide, she walked forward, Don Pedro employed all the day in making with trembling steps, and soon lost her way, while preparations for his journey. Celestina, on her solitude and darkness augmented her fears. At side, arranged and deranged the casket which was length she met a man, and, in a faultering voice, to accompany them, twenty times. She was

asked him how far were the gates of the city? very careful in placing in it a very fine emerald, The man directed her. Celestina began to which she had received from her lover, and was

breathe, and proceeded with renovated courage. ready at eight o'clock in the evening; ten had She soon passed through the walls of Grınada; not struck, when Don Pedro, who had left a but could descry no carriage in waiting. She did carriage in waiting, in the road to Andalusia, not yet dare to accuse her lover, but still hoping with a heart palpitating with joy, approached

to find him farther on, she continued to walk, Celestina's dwelling.

terrified at the sight of every bush that crossed He was on the point of arriving, when he heard her path; at every step she called on the name a cry for help, and saw two men attacked by five of Pedro; and the more she advanced, the more ruffians, who, armed with swords and sticks, || she was bewildered, for this road was the opposite make use of them with all possible dexterity. one to that of Portugal. The brave Pedro forgot every thing to fall on the Don Pedro, however, had not been able to


He ran


get rid of the grateful Henriquez and his father.

“ It was not he," would she exclaim, Without leaving him for a moment, they obliged “ who fled with my diamonds. How could I him to accompany them home. Pedro, thinking mistake another for him ? How is it possible that Celestina would soon be made acquainted that my heart did not apprise me! He, doubt. with the cause of his delay, agreed to follow less, is now seeking me; I am certain he is, he them. As soon as they were arrived, Don Alonzo is in despair at my loss; and I shall die un. repaired to his ward's chanıber to acquaint her known, far from him I love." with the peril he had encountered; he called, As Celestina pronounced the last words, she but received no reply; entered, but perceived the heard the sound of a rustic Aute, which prolattice open. His cries spread an alarm through ceeded from the foot of the cave in which she the house. Pedro, on hearing that Celestina was was seated. She listened, and soon a pleasing, gone, determined instantly to follow her; and though uncultivated voice, sang the following Henriquez, thanking him for the interest he took words to a rural air :in his misfortune, wished to accompany him.

“ Fleet as the passing breath, is love's delight, But, to be certain of success, Pedro proposed

“ As lasting as the dream of life, his sorrow! that they should take different routes.

“ To day the sun sheds beams of light, to the spot where he had left a carriage in wait

“ Where tempests rage to-morrow. ing; and, not doubting that Celestina had taken the road to Portugal, killed his horses to fly from “ While down the rugged rock yon stream shall the object of his affection; while Henriquez

flow, galloped towards the Apulchares, the very road

“ Responsive to thine heart my heart will Celestina had followed.

beat." The unhappy maiden journeyed on towards

“Why, Sylvia, soothe me with deceit, the Apulchares, enquiring for her dear Pedro of

“ And bid my soul with hope to glow? every person the darkness would permit her to

" Ah! down the rugged rock yon stream still distinguish. She at length heard a trampling of

flows, horses behind her, and her first thought was, that “But soon thine arms a rival will entwine; it miglit be her lover; but then she feared

“ Farewell! in solitude no falsehood grows, it might proceed from travellers, or

“ Be joy thy lot, whilst woe is mine. banditii; and, trembling with apprehension, quitted the road and hid herself behind soine

“ Fleet as the passing breath, is love's delight, bushes. Soon Henriquez passed by, followed

As lasting as the dream of life, his sorrow! by several domestics. Our heroine shuddered at

“ To day the sun sheds beams of light, this sight; and fearful, if she continued pursuing

“Where tempests rage to.morrow." the main road, of falling into the power of Don “ Who can appreciate the truth of thy lay Alonzo, forsook it, and plunged into the thickest better than the unhappy Celestioa ?” exclaimed recesses of a wood.

our heroine, as she arose to seek the young mu. The Apulchares form a chain of mountains sician. He, whose wild notes had so afflicted which extends from Granada to the Mediter- her, was a goat-herd, whom she soon discovered ranean : they are inhabited by shepherds and seated at the foot of a weeping-willow; his eyes husbandmen. A barren and sandy soil, towering were filled with tears as he gazed on the clear oaks here and there, waterfalls, the noise of cas stream that gently meandered over the rude pebcades, and some goals climbing the rocks, were bles: in his hand he held a Aule, by his side lay the only objects which presented themselves to a stick, and a small bundle of clothes wrapped up Celestina's view at the dawn of morning. Sink. || in a goal's skin. “ Shepherd,” said Celestina, ing with fatigue and pain, her feet torn by the “ since you have been forsaken by her you stones, she stepped beneath a rock, through loved, have pity on a stranger who has also been which fowed a limpid stream. The silence of forsaken, and instruct me how I may find, in this cave, the sylvan scene which surrounded her, these mountains, an habitation where I may the distant sound of torrents, the murmur of that seek, not rest, but bread."-"Alas! Madam," water which fell drop by drop, into a bason hol answered the herdsman, “ I would conduct you lowed by the rude hand of nature, all combined to the village of Gadara, situated behind these to make Celestina more acutely feel that she was rocks; but you will not ask me to return there, alone, in the midst of a desert, abandoned by the where, you must know, that this day I should see whole universe. Reclined beside the stream, in her I love, the bride of my rival. I am quitting which her tears dropped at intervals, reflecting these mountains oever to return; and take no. on the misfortunes with which she was menaced, thing with me but my flute, one suit of clothes, her heart filled with the image of Don Pedro, which I have in this bundle, and the rememshe still flattered herself that they should one day brance of what I have lost." These few words

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