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pired in a few hours. The cause of their I was educated as a gentleman, which death was discovered in the following indeed correspondet bett with my spirit; manner. A young woman went to an for having acquired high and mighty noofficer of justice, to make some com- tions, I aspired to every thing noble-I plaints concerning her husband; he de- despised all thoughts of apprenticeship, fired her to be reconciled, and refused to and applied my mind to Latin, Greek, &c. proceed against him, upon which the instead of arithmetic or French. turned away in a rage, muttering that I hope the 'reader will not think me the knew how to be revenged." The an Egotist, when I declare that in a Mort magistrate paid attention to what the time I made a wonderful progress in laid, and gave orders for her being ar- learning - by some means or other too, refted; when, upon' ftrict enquiry con- I cannot say how, but Peet a nascitur, non cerning the meaning of her words, she fit - I became remarkable for rhyme, confeffed, that it was her intention to insomuch, that I was called the Poet of poifon her husband, by purchasing a the School-this did not a little feed my bottle of vinegar from an old woman, ambition, and a greedy defire for literary who prepared it for that purpose. In fame increasing, I in' fome measure neorder to ascertain the truth of this story, glected those studies, which are ever efanother woman was sent to the old jade, sential in the consummation of a poct:to demand fome of the same vinegar, instead of now devoting the usual time which was sold for about ten-pence a to Virgil or Horace, I was either bebottle. “ What do you want with it?" ginning or finishing an ode upon hope, said the ven ler: “Why,” (replied the folitude, or some other fine fubje; other) “ I have a very bad husband, which, considering my years, were posand I want to get rid of him.” Here- felfed of much brilliancy: notwithstanupon, the old woman, seventy-two years ding, for the want of instruction and of age, produced the fatal dose; upon amendment, evinced a deal of puerility which she was immediately seized, and and faults; however, with all their de conducted to prison, where the confessed, fects, they were frequently inderted in that she had fold forty-five or forty-fix magazines and neu Ipapers, · Written bottles. Many people were taken up, by Master Scribble, which so indulged but as upon further enquiry it was dif- my ambition, that I fill proceeder!; and covered ihat several of the nobility had my poor father, not knowing better, been purchasers, the affair was dropt, encouraged me in the vain pursuit-No and the old woman alone fuffered fellow in the world could testify more joy death.
than your humble servant, every time he
read his name in print; and indeed I do The Life and Adventures of Benjamin not think that I am fingular in this Scribble, E. (Writteit by himsel) a thirst for literary honour is at prefent
very prevalent, cspecially among ladies; I
moirs, to ascertain both the time and increase of novels, which are no doubt place of their nativity ; but as I only given to the publisher for the fate of mean to treat of matters which are with- faine ; allo for those rickety brats, that in the bounds of recollection, I must re owe their birth either to the parentage or queft the courteous reader to pardon chofe interest of their Dads. omissions, and nothing but fuchs being This passion, however, became perconfequently stated, flatter myself my nicious to me upon entering the college ; history will be deemed more entertaining. for not having patience to tarry till my
Mr. Scribble, my father, was an honeft abilities were ripe, I affected the title of induarious man, who having married author too foon, and while incapable of against the consent of his parents, was producing finished pieces, attempted aida therefore obliged by the dint of labour, at once to write for the stage :---my to support a wife and family : he was a first humble and mo:eft efforts, was clerk to a very reputable compting house Tragedy in five acts ; wherein, I rss in Dublin-being the el leit of his fons, lect, there was a speech upon a
fomewhat applicable to myself; as to cepted, I loft forty pounds by my play, the characters and fable, I can remem- initead of gaining any thing by it. ber but little of them, the piece being
(To be continued.) long ago committed to the flames :--There were two or three managers at that The Serenade; or, Laura and Alonzo: A time, rivals in Dublin-after produ
Spanish Story. cing another five act piece, lo great was my ambition, I tried them all abiernately: AWAKE, my love! the pearls of
I a on, at other times an insolent one That gem thy lover's flowing hair, this, to be fure, mortified my pride and Shall prove his passion warm and true, difappointed my views, especially as ta As thou art, Laura, bright and fair, king it for granted, it would be accepted
I apprized all my friends of the fe- O'er many a hill, thro' many a field, cret, and before there was are occasion, Thro' many a glade I bent my way, requested their support; thus did I ex. Now close by gathering fhades conceaľd. pole myielf; for they, not knowing the Now guided by the friendly ray. caprice of managers, attributed w, disappointments to the want of merit; hou Thro’ fens, v here anguish vapours play, ever, I was satisied within my own mind, Blue-gleaming o'er the doubıful foil, that these managers wanesl judgment; Thro? woods, where ruffians lurking lay, accordingly thought on : expedient
To rush thro' blood to impious fpoil. to prove it: Alier racking my poor brain, and making numberleis elsays for Nor vapours dark alarm'd my thought, near two years, on which account I ne Nor prowling robbers wak’d my fear, glected my tutor, became indifferent to For here reftoring warmth I fought, my fludy, and omitted three examinati And knew my treatur all was here. ons, which so incensed my father, that he prohibited my vain and foolish efforts Then wake, my love! the corded stairs
I thought upon the following plan, Swift from the op’ning cafement which was to propose a piece to a per
throw, former, for his benefitino fooner And pay thy lover's anxious cares, was this fuggeficki, than it was immedi With joys that lovers only know. ately effected---- it is needless to mention who the performer was -suffice it Be swift, my fair! the transient night in fay, that he ret only approved of the For Love's, nor Hymen's rights will piece, but very generoudly promised to
stay: Say every attention to it; won this mo- Too foon fhall speed the envious light Acft condition, that I would take iwen
To chafe Alonzo far
away. ty pounds worth of tickets, which he declared was abfolutely necessary, for Such was the long of Alorzo, who the sale of diftributi:g them among my tuning the folicitar beneath the folita friends in order to support the play-ry window of his l aura, in the famed thus ry firit attempt, in the dramatic valley of Valclufa, far from the manfion wry, was performed, which went off of his obdurate father, claimed, by dewith distinguished applausi : but how lightful at alth, those conjugal endearcould it be otherwise, facing I liad so neats to which, in the privacy of a zang friends in the house, not one of neighbouring convent, he had lattly ac
hom paid me for their admittance: te. quired a title. But the feudal hatred, rule they thought they did fuiticient, by whose perpetuity is one of the frequent
pping and making a noife:- I was evils refulting from hereditary, distincti
ted with my faccess, though in truih I ons, existing between the families of the mid dear enough for it, and was fo foo- youthful pair, prevented the open avowYba as
to make the same proposal to al of their union: nor had Alonzo even her performer, for the sake of a re- deemed it prudent to unfold the tender
the piece, which leing ac fccrci lo yourg Carlos, the noble brother
afide to weep:
of his love; though the friendship, counted the pleasing proofs of an unwhich chance had produced, and correi- tainted foul. ponding generosity of sentiment had But though his rashness was awhile firmly cemented, might have justified an restrained, his fears were not lulled to unbounded confidence.
fleep; and, concealing himself among Nightly, therefore, he stole from his the thrubs, he waited the return of diftant manfion, and attended, on the dawn, that thould diffipate or confirm dangerous way, by no other companion his doubts. than the instrument whose tender notes Not long was the jealous brother were the signal of his approach, came concealed. conftantly beneath the window of his The bird of mora trilled forth his expecting bride, a lover of unaltered earliest note; faded was the lure of the truth.
lamps of night; and the grey eye of Nor was the ear of Laura now closed morn was seen prying over the distant against the strain, for the motion of the hills, when quitting the bliss he was to moon-beams, reflected by the glass, taste no more, Alonzo delcended, with thewed that the hand of the fair one was a heavy heart. trembling on the casement, while her The fond farewell trembled on each ear was fondly liftening to the notes of faultering tongue; and Laura turned love.
He ceased, and the casement opened; But “Stay, dishonoured wanton,' criand throwing his guitar, as usual, a. ed the furious brother, turn again ere mong the shrubs, he mounted by the thy paramour be gone for ever, and take ladder that dropped to his aflittance, yet a laft farewell.. and rushed to her enraptured arms. A Castilian's vengeance itruck decp
Undisturbed be their transports-the as he spoke; his poniard was in Alonlast they shall enjoy! and may challe zo's heart.' secrecy encurtain them around.
' My husband! my husband!' exAlas! how often has prudence preach- claimed the frantic fair, ‘llain! flain by ed the wisdom of jealous caution; yet thy brother's hand. how many are the evils it has caused! Breathless fed Alonzo at a brother's
Safer, oh! safer is the happiness of feet; and Carios flood petrified wita him, who yields to the generous impulse horror. of his heart, and to the friend whom he But what was the horror of the rehas tried, unbofoms the whole mystery peitant friend to the anguish of the wiof his soul, than that of him, who, dow'd bride! wrapped in the close councils of a fut
The peace of her mind was flown picious fpirit, depends upon himself a- for ever, and vain was cach friendly lone.
Too fadly was this truth written in The walls of the fanétuary long the fate of Alonzo.
echoed to her groans, as the wandered Don Carlos, returning from scenes of through its fullen ailles : but the sanctufealthy love, had found, as he passed ary's telf could not calm her soul, nor
by the fatal bush, the guitar, too im- its sacred walls confine lier bewildered perfectly concealed.
wanderings. With the guitar of her His jealous fpirit took, instanıly, the murde:ed lord, the escaped from the alarm; and gloomy fufpicions arose of holy coniincs, and still roves a wretched his sister's honour. He drew forth his lunatic at large. dagger in the first fury of his foul, and Thy rocks, o Valcula! oft reverbewould have routed the house, and ruthed rate to her song; oft it sounds through insiantly, fired by vengeance, to her the neighbouring woods. The torr üis chamber. But a gleam or hope return- from the mountains join the chorus of cd to his mind when he thought of I au- griet; and it iteals through the vale ara's worin, and, ca'da to recollection song the fileat threams. tkie meck deportnient of herolite, he re i lute! thus the sings, at the