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guished from her companions by a fu- his return. In this humble but neat perior elegance of mien and grace of dwelling, the young stranger determinfeatures, the wore a vest of whice stuff, ed to refide fome days, under pretence fitted to her thape, and round her of exploring, at his leisure, the extea. Dender waist was bound a scarf of black five domains of the calle, but in reality gauze, a small cap, whiter than Alp- to introduce himself to the lovely Emma ine (nops, attempied vainly to confine and her father. The impression, which ber flaxen trefies, which fell in waving her artieis beauty had made on his ringlets on her boulders, and Atrayed heart, was of so serious a nature, that over her fair forehead. When the had he indulged the hopes of making emptied the fragrant contents of her her his wile, if he found, on acquaintbalkit, the bent on one knee upon the arce, her mind as charming as her perbrink of the grave, then raising her son, and the would accept his proffered tearful eyes of celestial blue to heaven, vows. she seemed to breath a silent prayer for We must make a short digression the soul of the departed marquis ; then, while we return to the state of the faaccompanied by the village maidens, mily affairs of the late marquis, for fhe retired from the ipot, paffing thro' some years before his decease. He had the vacancy w.ich was again formed been married, late in life, to an amiable for them. Albert followed the sweet woman, by whom he had an only fon : mourner, who, bidding adieu to her af- having passed the winter at Paris, he sociates, moved down the church, look was unexpectedly called a way to attend ing around with anxious eyes, as if in some important business at Clairvillequeft of some object interesting to her cafile: he set off immediately, leaving affections. Suddenly the sprang 10. his lady and infant son, then about three ward a venerable old man, who was years old, to follow. After the fatigues tottering to the porch, and throwing of a busy day, on the evening that he around him her fair arms, the supported expedied be marchioness to arrive, he him to a leat, where, placing herself by was waiting her approach upon a ter. him, they passed fome moments in the race which commanded his fine park. eloquent filence of unaffected grief. As his anxious eyes were turned toNever had Albert beheld so beautiful wards the grand avenue, which led to a picture.--It was Emma, who lupport- the castle, he perceived one of the doed on her bofom the silver head of Bere meftics who had been left to attend her, nard, while from her eyes, tear atier advancing, with as much speed as the tear, in quick fucceffion dropped on eired Itale of his horse would allow, his furrowed check ! -The stranger re- The marquis haltened toward him, to fpected too much their mutual grief 10 receive tidings of his beloved wife, but interrupt it, and perceiving the funeral what were his sensations, when the ser'train returning from the grave, he ac- vant informed him that the carriage of colted one of the peasants who was the marchionefs and her retinue had nearest to him, and eagerly enquired been attacked by an armed banditii, the name of the maiden who seemed to 'who rushed out of a wood about a lead the young group that firewed league diltant from the castle. The ato flowers at the grave. The peasant gave tendants who were likewise armed, surAlbert every information which he de- rounded the carriage, and for some fired, and as the day was declining fast, time made a stout refiftance, but he he offered the traveller a bed at his had every reason to fear that, overpow. cottage, which being contiguous to that ered by numbers, they had scarce a of Bernard, proved a temptation not to chance of defending their mistress from be refined. Honeft Pierot led Albert the fury of these asiaflins, and in all a fhort cut through some fields, and af probability they had fallen victims with ter having recommended his guest to the her to the murderous swords of their asattentions of his wife, he haltened to sailants. The messenger of these the castle gates, in quest of the servant dreadful tidings, had been tempted by whom Albert had ordered to wait there an early fight to escape to the castle,
impelled by the let ble hope of gaining ing him, while the surgeon poured : them fome affiftance; but the road be- cordial down his throat.-His faculties ing folitary which led to the chateau, in fome degree appeared to return, he he had met no human being on his gazed on the marquis and attempted to way. The marquis loft no time in Ipeak, but in vain.-Clairville thea ad. urelefa lamentacions, but instantly arm- dredsed him thus, I conjure ebee, by ing himtelf and several of his brave ihy hopes of mercy bere and bereafter, dortefics, who were ready to encounter tell me, if thou haft power to speak, any danger for lo beloved a matter, where is my, fon?-does he furvive? they mounted their horles, and in a Answer thai question only for the preshort time reached the fatal fpot. They fent, and I will wait the event of shy here found a spectacle of horror: ihe recovery for further information.' mangled bodies of the servants lay life The dying man, made repeated efJefs round the carriage, in which the forts to articulate, but for some momurdered marchioners and her iwo menis he remained fpeechless: at length women remained, with wounds yet he faintly uttered, "young Clairville bleeding :-In the midst of this defola- Jives." He could no more; the exertion, the marquis fought in vain his in- tion overcaine bim; and successive confant fon, whole absence inlpired, amid vulsions feising his whole frame, be exhis forrows, a fecret and prelaging pired in agonies. herpe that he had been either rescued or This confeffion, in the mid At of fo fepreferved. He placed himself and his vere an aslidtion, long kept alive in Followers in an ambufcade in the wood, the bofom of the marquis fome feeble for the remainder of the day, with a embers of expiring hope : he returned view to fuprise the villains should they to his folitary cattle, fo late the scene of return at nigbe, and, either revenge this all his happiness, where he but himself horrid massacre or fall in the attempt: up for several days, to give vent to the his hopes werc vain : the wretches fared firft emotions of his forrow. The fuf with their bloody deeds, approached no pense, which he yel endured, relative to more the fatal spot. Early on the en- his son's definy, had fuch an effect upop fuing morning, they began to remove his fpirits, that he determined to retire the faughtered victims : shey had been wholly from the world, and to deplorë, joined by all the neighbouring villagers, in the folitude of his caftle, the misforwho affifted in the lad office. As they tunes of his family : but he did not to were raising fome of the lifeless attend- nuch yield to the impreffions of grief, anrs, they were ftariled by a groan from as to be regardlefs of his tenants and one of the bodies: on an immediate dependents: his generous nature would Search, they found a dying ftranger, not permit him to be unmindful of their whom they concluded to be one of the interefts
. They had long been the obbanditsi, wbo had falled by the hands jects of his bounty : they now became of the domeftics, during the conteft; the children of bis adoption: and, lo& and who had probably, from being con- to domestic felicity, he centered all his cealed ander leveral dead bodics, ef- remaining confolation in difpenang caped the recollection of the villains. happiness to all around him. . Years, They raised and supported the wound- followed years, in this manner ; every ed wretch, hoping, if he recovered, by fearch after his beloved fon had been the affinance of a furgeon who had fol. fruitless; he had long ceased to indulge lowed the marquis, by his orders, to the flattering prospect, which he had at this scene of death, and had in vain ato firiz entertained, of recovering his lot tempted to refore the marchioness and treasure ; and though bis pious relignaber unfortunate fuite, they might obrain tion, permitted him not to murmur at information of ibe fate of the young the decrees of Providence, yet no ray of marquis.
. hope cheared his declining age. He feemed to revive a little by an He beheld death approaching with effect which the attention had upon that fecret satisfaction, which anticiparkim. The marquis affitted in suppost- ed a blest seunion with shofe dear ob
jects, who had already partaken of the day or two after his arrival, the system rewards of innocence and virtue. On of affairs was entirely changed. The the decease of the marquis, his eftates old steward was discarded, and his devolved by inheritanee, on the baron place supplied by a man, who had of Morenzi, who was of a haughiy gained the confidence of the baron by cruel character, and revengeful; whose the abject fervility of his flattery. reason and actions were lubfervient to The faithful fervants his paffions; and who fcrupled not the charged, and succeeded by others, who commillion of any excels. to gratify his had been the inaruments of his vicese ambition, avarice, or fenfuality. Bernard only, and a few more, who
Over these vices he had, by art and from the meanness of their situations cunning, drawn a veii, which imposed bad escaped his notice, were fill peron ftrangers; and to unfold which, a miiled to occupy their several departconsiderable fare of fagacity and per.e. menis. Inttead of che condescension, tration was requisite: on those whom with which their late lord had created his heart secretly detested, he could all around him, the new master of these smile with ease. A character so hypo- domains kept them at an awfuldistance; critical, could not fail of becoming the and never permitted the plaints of poaversion of the adjacent country; for verty to reach his ear, or the groans of however the deceiver may conceal his opprellion to plead for mercy : suffering vices, in the formalities of courts and virtue never obtained redress from his public life, they will always appear in compaffion, nor innocence from his Their true light, to those, to whom they justice. He had lived a life of luxury are objeAs of neither fear, por regard. and debauchery, which had involved his His new vafsals and dependents receiv- private forlune in difficulties, from ed a specimen of that treatment, which which his great acquifition was calcuthey were in future to expect, from the lated to exiricate him. A multitude of first moment of his arrival at his now importunate creditors, disturbed the first abode.
moments of his smiling fortune; and inThey had collected together in the fiead of appropriatiog to the payment court of the caftle, to celebrate his ap- of his debis, a part of the princely reproach. 'Wherefore,' said he, as he venue, the enjoyment of which he fo descended from his carriage, are you little merited, such was his mean ava. assembled here with gloomy faces and rice, that he immediately devoted to the fable habiliinents !-Is this the welcome aze, tome lofty rows of venerable trees, you give your new lord ?-I think you for many fucceffive centuries the greatest might have spared these trappings of pride and ornament of the caftle of woe for a departed matter, to wait
with Clairville: joy the commands of his fucceffor.' We now return to Albert, who foon An universal filence fucceeded this un gained that introduction, at the collage gracious harangue, wbich fo exasperated of Bernard, which he lo anxiou@y che baron, who expected to be received fought, and by frequenting the society wish acclamations of pleasure, that he of ihis worthy old man, he had daily broke torih in the following words: opportunities of seeing, and converfing • Depart, you minions of that indolent with his lovely daughter.- Powerfully fupinevels, which marked the character charmed at firft fight by her personal of him whom you mourn in vain ;~ attractions, he now found, on an acquit my castle, and if you have ang bu- quaintance, an irresistible fascination in siness to transact, I refer you to my the fuperior beauties of her mind. Na. fteward, who has attended me hither, iure had formed her fencimenis juft, deand who will impart to you my com- licate, and virtuous, and her education mands. Awed and lhocked to filence, had for two years received great advan. the humble train retired from the pre- tage from a frequent intercourse with a fence of a man, whose dominion over lady of birih and diftinguilhed talents, them, promised nothing but the exer: who had, on the decease of her hus. tion of tyrandy and oppreffion. Io a band, retired into a Imall habitation,
ficuated in a vale near Bernard's cof- and gentle flame was communicared.co tage: this amiable widow had lived her bofom. The ardent lover, in the many years in the world, and had par- first flattering moment of aspiring bope, taken both of its prosperity and adver- declared his passion, and offered at her fity, fufficienily to thew her the instabi- feet his honourable vows. She bluthed lity of fortune : with her beloved lord, modestly, and referred her affere to her She had lost the superfiuities of life; but father's will. The heart of Beroard, satisfied with competence, the devoted at this unexpected proposal, felt.all a the remainder of her days to folitude father's rapture ; but the Atria rectitude and religion.
of his incimenis checked the momen: She conceived for Emma, then just tary joy, and with that sincerity which fifteen, a ftrong attachment, and taily narked his character, he declined fo obtained Bernard's permission for his unequal an alliance, and represented to daughter's frequent visits
. The good his young friend the impropriety of his woman delighted in cultivating a mind forning any union uofanctioned by bis whole capacity and genius promised family. Accept our gratitude;" faid every success. Emma read aloud for Bernard, for the honour which you hours, uninterruptedly, to her kind pa. intend us; were you lefs diftinguilhed tronefs, and read with an attention, by rank and fortune, I should be proud that impreffed upon her memory every to call you fon. Emma's only duwer thing worthy to be retained; and the is virtue, and her birth is 100 humble fubjects were constantly calculated to to become your wife. Never all improve the morals and enlarge the un- false vanity or fordid interest, betray derstanding. Ac the end of iwo years, me to an action at which my confcicnte death flopped the progress of Emma's would revolt
. I will still be worthy of education, by suddenly depriving her of your esteem, and the child whom you this moft excellent friend; her little in- have honoured with your love thall mecome reverted to the family of her huti rii, at kast by her conduct, the rank to band, and ibe had nothing to leave the which you would generouQy raite ber. child of her adoption, but the fimple But you must meet no more: this is tie furniture of her little dwelling. Emma flern decree of unlullied virtue and irremourned with affectionaie regret, a lots proachable honour. Return to your so great, bue determined to perfevere in native country, with every with that thole ftudies, for which she had acquir- grateful friend thip can bestow.. Aled fo correct a talie, and which' lae beri had liftened in Glent adatiration to was so happily enabled to do, by te- the words of Emiga's venerable rather: coming the poffeffor of the valuable when Bernard cealed to 1peak he chus and sele&t collection of books, which replied, Could I offer a diadem ! formed the fmail library of the decealed. your incomparable daughter, the would, By rising very early in the morning, by accepting it, confer, and not receive Emma was enabled to pursue her far the honour." I would not have presumed vourite employment, without trespalling to folicit her affections or her hand, on those hours, when her filial' duties could I have admined a doube of my or domestic cares demanded her atten- father's approbation of a choice direct tion.
ed by reason and fanctioned by virtue Young Albert foon discovered in I will renew no more my humble duit the convertation of Bernard's lovely will authoriz d by him to demand the daughter, a well-informed mind, an hand of Emma : Farewell! ny frtuin underlianding which blended the art- hither shall be as rapid as ihe impa; lefs fimplicity of rural life, with the tience of love and hope can render it. more refined sentiments of cultivated Thus separated the venerable Bernard education.
and the youthful Alberi; nor could The mental accomplishments of Em- all the moving thetoric of the latter ma, completed the conquest which her prevail upon the father of Emma 10 beauty had begun, in the heart of Al- permit a parring scene between the bert; nor was it long ere a reciprocal lovers. He wisely thought the ima
fioned adieu of Albert might leave anl of honour ! You hall guide and din impression 100 sender on the heart of rect all her actions, your counfels fall Emma, and which, as he foresaw forrify the weakness of ber heart, and would endanger ber peace of mind, if affitt har to subdue every sentiment disindulged; he therefore determined to approved by you; and if the cannot use every argument, which could banith immediately forget the confpicuous virthe flatterer hope from her bofora. :: tucs of her loft Albert, at least, she will · Bernard returned not to bis cottage humble her ambitious hopes, which had ull Albert had qui:ted the village : the presumption to fuar above her obwhen he entered; Emma advanced to scure birth, and to aspire to an alliance meet him, her eyes furcharged with co which the had no pretenfions, but tears: the prefented himn with a letter, what the delusive voice of love and which Albert, retiring to write for a Albert awakened in her bosom.' Berfew moments before he mounced his nard folded her in his arms with all a horse, had ordered his servant to leave as father's food delighe; and applauded be paffed the door. I breathed the the sentiments which Howed from a Language of eteroal love, and assured beart capable of facrificing every incliker, that as he quitted her only to acce- nation to this duty, which the owed krate their union, Me ighe' foon ex- him.. Emma pofteiled a strength of pect his return to claim her promised mind tuperior to her years, and though hand : Bernard folding up the letter she tried in vain to forget an object fo when he had read ir, and putting it in tenderly beloved, the so far reasoned bis pocket, thus addrefled his irembling herself into a persuasion that the friends daughter, who awaited filently her fare: of Albert would never consent to their • Beware, my child, how you suffer your marriage, without which she was resoheart 10 betray your happincf; iruft lutely determined never to accept his not to the protestations of a lover. An hand, that the renounced every idea of inconfiderale vow is more frequently being united to him, and banished the broken than kept. You may be the seducing hope of beholding him again. present object of Albert's affections, While Emma was thus meritoriously but man, by nature inconftant, can ca- submitting to the rigid laws of filial kiy tra osfer his heart, to successive ob- duty, fate was baftening to involve her jects. The world will, probably, foon in a soare more dangerous than that, <iface you from his remembrance; or which the had lo nobly overcome. As Dould he even fill retain his faith un she was spinning, one sultry day, in a fbaken, can you flatter yourself that his bower of honey-luckles, near the gate family will admit into tbeir fociety an of their little cottage, accompanied by bumble villager, whose birth they ope of her young female neighbours, would proudly deem unworthy their al- the baron de Morenzi passed by, on • liance :--Never. Iball my Emma's horseback, and casting his eyes on the hand be united to a husband unfan&ion- fair Emma, was so Aruck with her ed by the authority of his parents.- beauty, that be suddenly ftopped, and Make, therefore, every effort, my be dismounting a pproached the wickete loved child, to conquer a prepoffeffion. Taking off his bar, he complained of a fatal in its tendency, and hopeless in its dizziness in his head, for which he poeffects. You have never yer deceived litely requested a glass of water : Emma me, and I have that confidence in your arose, and tripping into the house, discretion, which perfuades me you quickly returned with a chryftal will not deviate froin the path of recti. draugti, which she presented to him qude; nor by a clandeftine conduet, with a native grace that accompanied act unworthy of your own spotless cha: all her motions. He had, during her racter. Emma Tunk at the feet of her fhort abfence, informed himself that the venerabic fire, and embracing his knees, was the daughter of Bernard, who serve • Never, never,' exclaimed the, while ed him as under-bailiff
. He acceplad tears rolled down her pale cheeks, the cup froin her hand, and while he 'fhall your child wander from the pack (wallowed the contenus, be drank, at
Hib. Mag: April, 1796.