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inany kings, he assembled his old warriors, and thank the king, but felt confused in observing marched towards Britanny. The French, im- Felicia's eyes were fixed on him. patient to avenge their brothers, carried devasta Our hero soon perceived that the princess tion over the states of the king of Gannes. I joined, with the fairest of forms, the best of Lionel, intoxicated with his late success, wished hearis, and the most cultivated mind: this disto nieet the enemy; Bliomberis advised to retirecovery augmented his love. But the first timo behind entrenchments, and 10 await them ; but we feel this passion, we have so little hope of the general's opinion was adopted, and the troops its being returned, that the pleasure of conwere ordered to prepare for battle.
suining away in silence, seems supreme happiIt was not for a moment undeciderl; Phara. Bliomberis gave way to it, tembling mond had only tn shew himself, all fled before with apprehension of its being discovered. The him. The Gannois dragged away Lionel in their court of Pharamond was an abode so much to Hight. Blionberis, after having fought most be dreaded for him, who had never before left violently, was endeavouring to save the troops || Gannis, who had passed his life in the solitary which he commanded, but the king of France woods. He beheld himselfıransported to the most came himself and attacked them. Scarcely had brillian: court of the universe: he dared love the Bliomberis's soldiers perceived the fleur de lys on daughter of a most powerful monarch, she who Pharamond's shield, than a sudden fear seized had disdained the vows of crowds of princes. them; they fled. Bliomberis remained alone, Could he fatter himself to be distinguished; he, surrounded by enemies. Surrender," cried the unknown son of a simple knight; he, the unthe king, “ it is Pharamond that demands your happy cause of his mother's disgrace and death; sword.” Bliomberis disdaining to display useless he, in short, whose oniy talents to please consisted courage, gave his sworrl into the monarch's hand, in his fervent adoration of an object so far his suand followed him to his camp.
perior. In a few days Pharamond had conquered all These reflections were inexpressibly distressing the country of Gaunis. He made Boort pay all to a lover, and ought to have discouraged a sage; the expences of the war, left a garrison in his but Bliomberis was no longer a sage. He merprincipal city, and kept Bliomberis as an hos- tally reviewed all these objections, confessed he tage. After having thus terminated the expedi was commencing the misery of his life; and tion, the French monarch caused a search to be after having been well convinced that reason made for his son throughout Brittany; all his prescribed him to stifle his love, resolved to give cares were useless, and the afflicted Pharamond way to it, and pass his days and nights in acquirreturned to Tournai, accompanied by Bliomberis. || ing all that he was deficient in.
On arriving in his capital, Pharamond found From that moment Bliomberis studied the joy enlivening every heart; the fame of his politeness and manners of the world, which renvictory had preceded him. Rosamunda and der many fools supportable. He very soon ac. Felicia came to meet him, surovnded by a people quired that outward polish so much praised, but who celebrated the return of their beloved King. of so little intrinsic value. With this he joined Rosamunda expected to see her son. The fresh more solid accomplishments; adorned his mind, laurels gathered by her husband could not stop || and acquired talents: love was his master; it is the current of her tears when she found that || the preceptor under which we make the most Clodion could no where be found. Felicia shar- | rapid progress. In less than a year, Bliomberis ed her grief and shed tears as she embraced her became the most polished and amiable knight of victorious father.
Pharamond's court. Bliomberis while witnessing this scene of grief, Felicia, who had remarked Bliomberis ever reproached himself for having caused Felicia's since he had been introduced to court, soon ditears. This princess's beauty made him ex vined his secret: the woman the least addicted to perience an undefinable sentiment, and till then coquetry, knows she is beloved some time beunknown: although he turned away his eyes, fore her lover is conscious of his passion. The still against his will they fell upon Felicia. The love of this young savage had Hattered the prinwise, the prudent Bliomberis had lost all con cess; but when the savage became polisherl, sciousness of his situation, when the King pre when she was certain it was for her, for her alone, sented him to Rosamunda and his daughter, that Bliomberis had taken so much pains, the saying he was a prisoner to be respected for his | timid Felicia interrogated herself how she was valour : then giving him his sword, he said, to act. The result of her questions was, that "you know its use too well for it not to be re she need not scruple to be grateful to Bliomberis turned you. The interest of the state forbids for his attention: this gratitude soon became my giving you your liberty ; but nothing shall friendship; this friendship had not existed three detain you here but your word.” Pliomberi; months before it was changed into love. The
'wise princess was as yet no: quiie certain of it; was often interrupted by the kisses she suffered but her reason advised her not to listen to the the happy wounded youth to ravish. dictates of her heart.
As 5000 as she had tied the first bandage, and When a young princess is obliged to chuse stil supported her lover, Felicia sought, in his between her heart and her reason, she is some eyes, how she could repay so great an obligation, times long in her decision, but it is never doubt Bliomberis gazed on her, and sighed. Chance ful. Felicia soon gave herself up to the charm came to their assistance, by which she was ensnared. She received a note A turtle-dove flew gently by them, endeavour. from Blomberis : a love-letter is a talisman, that | ing to escape from a hawk, by which it was pur, overthrows all the dictates of wisdom. Fear no sued. She was going to become its prey, when more, youthful lovers, when your letters are read. her mate rushed between the talons of the ra. Felicia answered Biiomberis to beg hię would venous bird to save his companion. The hawk never write again. Bliomberis wrote a second left the female, and carried away the male; but time, to entreat her to revoke this terrible order ; | Blivmberis had had time to prepare his arrow; it this granted, letiers were no longer the confidants || flew, killed the ravisher, and delivered the geof their thoughts, they conversed together. nerous dove.
You who have loved, you have, doubtless, not Scarcely free, he alighted on a branch opposite forgotten how sweet the first moments of a mu Felicia and Bliomberis. His faithful companion tual passion are. Each day, each hour is inte hastened to him; she caressed him, and repaired, Testing: 10-day a glance makes us bapny, to with her beak, the disorder he harl been thrown morrow we wish for more; we quarrel, we ob in by the cruel grasp of the hawk; she seemed to tain; the next day we dispute again, become delight in smoothing his fathers, fluttered her friends, and find ourselves more advanced than wings around him; and soon the tender bird rewe were before the altercation. How they glide turned her warm caresses, and proved that love away, those delightful days that are called the
was stronger than fear. season of troubles.
What a scene for our lovers! Bliomberis had One day, when the lovely Felicia was going to been as generous as the turtle dove. Felicia was walk in a wood near the city, she left her attend as affectionate, virtue alone could hinder her ants at the entrance, and advanced alone into one from being as grateful. of its trost solitary alleys. She thought of Bli This forest, this alley, became the rendezvous omberis; a year had elapsed since they had sworn of the tender lovers. The god of love, who to each other eternal love. Felicia was reading watched over them, prevented their happiness over a letter, in which Bliomberis had repeated a from being suspected. Alas! none can last for thousand times this pleasing oath. She fancied she heard the voice of her lover, pronouncing the During the space of two years, occupied solely words he had written. In this enchanting delu- || with each other, the months glided away like sion she imprinted a thousand kisses on the days; time flies with hasty steps, when we love. letter; when suddenly a furious boar appeared, Felicia had attained her eighteenth year, and the and rushed towards the princess. Where were King, her father, announced to her that she you, Bliomberis?
should make a choice among the princes who Bliomberis was not far off; he had reached the solicited her hand. favoured spot before Felicia, and, hid amidst the What news for Felicia! She went to the forest thickening foliage, had watched her emotions to consult with Bliomberis: he was there to give with delight. He perceived the monster, and his advice, “ The time of happiness is passed," flew to meet it; the boar reached and wounded exclaimed the sorrowful Felicia: “ you must no him, but slightly, because the dexterous Bliom- | longer pretend to my hand. I ought neither to beris struck him at the same instant; the grass | obey nor resist the commands of my father : let was bathed with their blood. The trembling us depart, let us fly together, love will protect Felicia's eyes were fixed on her lover, her heart Bliomberis, in an agony, declared that palpitated, a death-like paleness sat on her cheek; || Aiglit was impossible, as he was a prisoner on his but in a moment her fears were dissipated. || honour. “ But if we could giin time," added Bliomberis seized his dart, and pierced the side | he, “ I hope to render myself worthy of you. I of the furious animal.
am the son of Palamede, whose name is respected Felicia ran to him, seated him by her side, sup even by Phar.mond. My mother was the daughiported his head, and endeavoured to bind up his ter of a king; my father is of the race of the wound, which was but slight.
sovereigns of Babylon. I will seek him, he will sionate Felicia gathered some simples, which acknowledge me, he will himself come and ass chance offered, applied these to his wound, your hand of Pharamond. And if a kingdum be pressed the juice from them, yet her occupation | wanting to obtain Felicia, nothing is impossible
to the valour of Palamede, and the love of Bli Siberia; and the courser was worthy of being omberis.”
offered to courage by the hands of love. He was While pronouncing these words, the fire of as black as jet; a white star shone on his forecourage shone in his eyes. - Hope enters so ea head; lighter than a bird he gallopped on the sily into the souls of those who love, that Felicia || sand, without leaving the print of his hoofs.and Bliomberis gave way to it with transport. It Felicia had sometimes mouilted him, and had was decided that the princess should assemble all given him the name of Ebene. Ebene knew those who pretended to her hand, and declare | Bliomberis, and was attached to him; so true is that he who, in the space of two years, should | it, that love electrifies all that approaches it. perform the inost glorious feats, would be the ob. Bliomberis, while traversing a large forest, ject of her choice.
found that he rode too quick from the object of When Pharamond learned his daughter's de- || his love; he stopper!, descended from his horse, termination, he subscribed to it with joy; and and allowing the faithful Ebene lo graze, seated soon the price attached to Felicia's hand was himself at the foot of a tree, by the side of a known throughout France, and all the knights | little stream. There he began to reflect, which that could boast of royal blood, quitted the court he had not done for some time. in order to deserve it.
Reflection is tolerably useless in affairs of the Blioinberis seized this occasion to request his heart; as we generally knish by acting as if we liberty; it was granted him. Felicia was charged || had not reflected; thus it is, at least, lost time. with this melancholy cominission. What pain || Inspired by the silence of the forest, the soft to separate! when they must bid adieu, and murinur of the stream, and above all, by his pronounce that word so cruel to lovers! what love, he sang the following lay to a melancholy sighs, what tears! Bliomberis could not tear himself from Felicia ; Felicia pressed Bliomberis's
When far from thee, my tender maid, hand to her heart; they gazed on each other,
Life seems to yield its latest breath, they wept, and a torrent of tears made their
'Twas love that bliss around me shed, words inarticulate, though they repeated that
'Tis love that ope's the gates of death. they only parted to meet again never to separate.
But ever constant, ever true, Vain hope! two years are not a moment when When fate shall call me hence away, spent in happiness, and when lovers are not to
My lips will sigh love ever new, meet till the end of that term it seems to last || Thy image cheer my closing day. more than life. Ah! what pain Bliomberis had
Beneath this oak tree's ancient shade to fly from the arms of Felicia; but he took a fixed resolution, embraced her, bade her farewell,
I vainly courted peaceful rest; pressed her hand, wiih a stifled voice repeated
My hours of peaceful rest are Aed, his adieu, and departed without looking back.
And here new torments tear my breast. Obliged to conceal her tears in the presence of
Before sad mem'ry's tearful eye, the ladies of the court, the wretched princess Gay scenes of mutual joy aruse; went to hide them in her chamber; there she
And the young dove's soft plaintive sigle
Awoke the strains whence sorrow flows. wept, read over Bliomberis's letters, commenced them again. “Alas! he will write no more to The stream that rolls its waves around, me,” said she, “I have perhaps embraced him And gently murmurs thro’the vale; for the last time;" this idea completed her mi The echoes of the whispering ground sery; her imagination exaggerated all the dangers Reveal thy beauties to the gale. that menaced her lover ; and, as if she had not On nature's blooming face I see troubles enough, she afflicted herself thinking of || Thy face belov'd still brighter shine; those which were never to happen,
But vain my dream, too far from me, Bliomberis allowed his horse to take the road
My bosom only is thy shrine. he pleased. This horse had been given him by
E. R. R. Felicia; she had caused it to be brouglit
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While these goodl-natured people were thus objects of their application. The young people, exercising the faculties of imagination and me. especially Mademoiselle, lost all patience, and mory, in communicating to the strangers such a declared that they would not remain any longer mass of important intelligence, they were not in a piace where detraction was the principal less curious to indemnify themselves for their | topic of conversation, and the chief amusement trouble by obtaining some knowledge of their of social intercourse. M. de Palaise laughed at affairs, nor less busily employed in attempting to their impatience; and told them, that as they investigate their circumstances; and in this ob. had made this excursion for the purpose of obscure inquiry, the want of information was sup-serving the different conditions of life, and moplied by fertility of invention, and ingenuity of | difications of society, they must submit to the conjecture. Some supposed them to be persons
inconveniences of the experiment, and expect in respectable circumstances, while others ima
to meet with some things of a disagreeable nagined that M. de Clairville was a broken trades ture in the gratisıcation of curiosity, and the acman, who could no longer show his face among
quisition of moral knowledge.
“ These vexhis acquaintance, and had brought his family to atious surmises, and disgraceful tales," added he, that place to hide his poverty in a country retire must be ranked among those inconveniences ment. Many thought that his son had been and dissatisfactions to which all are subject. Dewild, and that he had found it necessary to sepa traction, like death, must have its victims, and rate him from his old companions; but the spare none. Have patience a little while, and greater number conjectured that Miss had been some novel circumstance will surprize inquisitive imprudent, and that her parents had removed prudery, engross attention, exercise the loquaher into the country, with a view of breaking off | cious talents of the sisterhood, and withdraw the her improper connections. One well-meaning | eye of curiosity from you and your concerns.” lady, who pretended to an uncommon share of The observation of M. de Palaise proved equisagacity, declared that she had often known such valent to a prediction. Within a few days, the things done, and that she should not in the least daughter of a respectable inhabitant was diswonder if the young lady had made så me false covered to be in a disgraceful situation. This step; and another, ambitious of showing herself important and unexpected affair attracted the superior to her neighbours in acuteness of pene- || attention, gratified the malevolence, and excited tration and accuracy of intelligence, positively | the conjectures of the whole sisterhood. A raasserted that she had received information, in a tional view of the matter might induce a suppoletter from a correspondent in London, a person sition that the unfortunate misconduct of a of indisputable veracity, one of her sister-in- | neighbour, instead of affording a feast to sneerlaw's distant cousins, that a young woman, in the ing malignity, would, in the mouth of every pastreet where she lived, had eloped with an ex rent, have been a cautionary lesson to her daughtravagant young tradesman, and that, as she had ter, to have furnished an occasion of pointing been brought up by a needy uncle and aunt, they out the fatal consequences of levity and indishad all gone off somewhere into the country, to cretion. Prudence would have required, and live on the young fellow's money as long as it maternal affection might have dictated such a lasted; and as this sagacious person assured those conduct. Nothing of the kind, however, was with whom she conversed, that her penetration practised among the gossips of the village; but seldom failed, she communicated to them her all their inquisitive powers were exerted, and very important conjecture, that these strangers every means of investigation employed to find were, in all probability, the identical persons. cut who was the father of the unborn infant;
These surmises were no sooner expressed, than whether he would make the girl satisfaction by they were disseminated throughout the whole marriage, and a thousand particulars besides, of circle of the village society, and with the same equal importance. One said, “ who could have rapidity, communicated to those who were the thought it?" Another said, “ who could have No. XIV. Vol. II.
thought any other ?" A third said, “ the little of the propriety of their conduct, and the strickmodest minx has not in the least deceived me;" ness of their morals, by their ostensible disapanother said,“ that she thought the girl's youngest probation of vice in others. I am the more insister was a forward little chit ; but that she, for clined to be of this opinion, from observing that her part, would not be the speaker of it.” One deviations from the path of virtue are generally elderly lady assured the company at a tea-table the most diligently traced, and the most indusconversation, where the strangers were present, | triously published by those who, if we may bethat the fair delinquent's mother had once in her lieve the reports of common fame, have not been time been reckoned no better than she should be; themselves paragons of prudence, nor patterns and another of the same description, said, that chastity." she could tell them of many pretty pranks that “ These considerations, especially the latter," had, in former days, been played in that family, || answered M. de Palaise, “have undoubtedly but that she was one who never troubled her head some weight in the minds of those who delight in about other people's concerns. After this pre- scrutinizing the conduct, and exposing the vices lude she proceeded to entertain them with a very and follies of their neighbours. When a person long train of scandalous anecdotes, partly of the is conscious of some deviation from the path of last, and partly of the present generation, and moral rectitude or prudential discretion, he naconcluded by assuring them, that there was no turally imagines that the frequency of such violathing which she detested so much as to speak tions of morality and decorum, will render them ill of her neighbours. And another grave and less glaring, and diminish their deformity in venerable matron, who had herself, in her for proportion to the increase of their number. He mer days, forfeited her title to rank among the flatlers himself that his own foibles will be less vestals, closed the edifying conversation, by in- conspicuous among a crowd of similar instances, forming her associates, that she heard an old as in contemplating a multiplicity of objects, how aunt of her's, who was a very creditable person, striking soever any one might singly appear, it say, on the credit of another old lady, of as unim- | becomes far less observable by being in so nupeachable veracity as herself, that the grand merous a group ; or if these objects be viewed mother of the young woman in question, was in succession, each one, by striking the eye and very harshly spoken of about sixty or seventy the mind, contributes to weaken the impression years ago, which was long before most of the made by the preceding ones. It is thus that a company present had received existence.
person conscious of some indiscretion, and imaThe young Clairvilles listened with equal at gining the eye of observation turned towards tention and disgust. They admired the retentivehiin, naturally thinks that his own misconduct memory, and lamented the depraved taste of will be less noticed, and more easily excused, those propagators of scandal, who find a malici
when accompanied with a number of parallel ous pleasure in publishing the misconduct of || cases, and that every deviation observed among their neighbours, and perpetuating the remem his neighbours will draw the public attention brance of those follies or vices, which ought first || from him, hy directing it towards the last disto operate as a warning to others, and then be covered failure." pitied and forgotten.
“ These arguments, however,” said Ma. In consequence of this afternoon's conversa demoiselle de Clairville, are equally applicable tion, the young emigrées, with their sage Men to all situations, and the principle on which they tor, M. de Palaise, began to moralize on that are fouuded being interwoven in the moral sysstrange depravity of mind which takes pleasure | tem, and fixed in human nature, must operate in telling or hearing those narratives of human equally in town and country; but our own obweakness.
servations have convinced us that the spirit of “What pity it is,” cried Mademoiselle, “that || investigating the private concerns of others, of conversation should so often turn on such mis
censuring their conduct, and calumniating their chievous or such trifling subjects. Where can
characters, is more prevalent and active in arise the pleasure of raking out of the dust of country villages than in large and pupulous oblivion the follies and frailties of those whose cities." bodies are now bending under the decrepitude of “ This,” replied M. de Palaise, “is to be age, or roiting in the silent grave."
ascribed to the difference in the stute of society " I suppose,” said young Clairville, “ that in those different situations. Curiosity is so nathose who fabricate or publish the anecdotes tural to the human mind, that scarcely any one of scandal, think to extenuate such of their own is entirely free from its impulse. Every one is indiscretions as are known, or at least to prevent desirous of obtaining some information relative any suspicion of such as are concealed, and to im to subjects, either of an important or trival napies on the minds of their hearers an opinion Where the former are wanting, the late