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the facrilege committed against the hals of their return; no father shall clasp lowed symbol of freedom.
them to his bosom with exulting joy, Revolutionary troops were instantly proud of their heroic deeds. Ah, no! summoned to carry fire and sword thro' their toils, their dangers, and their gethe village and territory of Bedouin. A nerous sacrifices fall find no recommunicipal commission was immediately pence in the sweetness of domestic aforganized by Maignet, which presented fection, in the foothing bliss which, after itself wherever there was the hope of absence, belongs to home !-alas! their spoil, spreading every where desolation homes are levelled with the ground; and death. Five bundred habitations they will find no spot upon which to were delivered to the flames; the fruits repose their wearied limbs but the of the harvest were consumed, and the grave of their nurdered parents.mandate' of Maignet, fatal as the fabled The village of Bedouin was too conwand of an evil magician, struck the fined a sphere for the destroying genius rich and luxuriant foil with sudden fte- of Maignet. His thirst of blood was rility. The flourishing manufactures of not yet allayed, his taste for defolation Bedouin shared the fate of its desolated was not yet gratified. A wider scene fields; a.ad all that was saved from the of ruin fired bis imagination, and his general wreck were the treasures spread creative genius furnished the committee by the fruitful filk worm upon the tops of public safety with a model for the of trees by which it is nourished. A law of the 22d of Prairial, which batribunal of blood was formed by the nished all judicial forms from the revoorder of Maignet, every day the destined lutionary iribunal of Paris. Maignet, number of victims were marked by the after the destruction of Bedouin, caused, public accuser; and the inhabitants, who what he termed a popular commission, were unable to name the guilty persons, to be erected at Orange, for the purpose were all involved in one proscription. of crying all the counter-revolutionists Those who escaped the knife of the of the departments of Vaucluse, and guillotine fought for shelter in the the mouth of the Rhone, without any depths of caverns, after the conflagra- written cvidence, and without a jury. tion of their habitations, on the ruins · Twelve or fifteen thousand persons of which placards were fixed, forbid- are imprisoned in those departments,' ding any person to approach the spor. says Maignet, in a letter to Couthon ; The hollow cliffs re-echoed the moans • if I were to execute the decree which of the widow and the orphan. Two orders all conspirators to be brought to hundred and eighty young men of Paris, it would require an army to conBedouin who had flown to the frontier duct them, and they must be billeted even before the requisition in order to like soldiers upon the road.' Maignet defend their country, in vain dispatch therefore obtained the sanction of the successive letters, enquiring with fond committee of public safety, which was folicitude after their parents. Those given without the consent of the congallant young foldiers will return to vention, to his plan of forming a popular ihuir native village, their brows bound commission at Orange. with the laurels of valour. Alas! they The committee of public safety named will find their native village but one fad the judges, who by their conduct juftiheap of ruins !-in vain will they call fied the discernment with which they upon the tender names of father, of were chosen, and proceeded with revomother, of fifter :-a melancholy voice lutionary rapidity in their work of death. will seem to issue from the earth that · You know,' says the secretary of the covers then, and figh, they are no more! commission, in a leiser to Payan, the For those victorious warriors no car of situation of Orange ; the guillotine is triumph is prepared ; no mother's tears placed on the front of the mountain, and of transport shall hail the bluffed moment it seems the heads in falling paid it the
homage it deserves.' Sometimes how M. de M-, formerly a noble, lived ever the majority of the judges of with his son, an only child, at Marseilles, Orange complain in their letters of two where he was generally respected, and of their colleagues, whose consciences where, during the progress of the revohad not altogether attained the height lution, he had acted the part of a firm of the revolution. Faurety, the presic and enlightened patriot. After the fatal dent of the commission, says in a letter events of the 31st of May, he became to Payan, Ragot, Feruex and myself suspected of what was called federalism are au pas* ; Roman Fouvola is a good by the jacobin party, which usurped the creature, but an adherer to forms, and power in that city, and punished with a liule off the revolutionary point which imprisonment or death all those who he ought to touch. Meillerit, my fourth had honourably protested against the colleague, is good for nothing, absolutely tyranny of the mountain faction. M de good for nothing in the place he occu- M was warned of the danger by a pies; he is sometimes disposed to save friend, time enough to fly from the city, counter-revolutionary priests; he muft accompanied by an old female servant, bave proofs as at the ordinary tribunals who entreated to share the fortune of of the antient system. Those croutle- her matter. His wife died some years some fcruples of two of the judges were before the revolution, and his son, an however so completely over-ruled by amiable, and accomplished young man, the majority of their colleagues, that of twenty-four years of age, had, a few the departinents of Vaucluse and the weeks before his father's flight, been mouth of the Rhone became the scenes called upon by the firit requifition, and of the most horrible outrages against had joined the army of the Pyrennecs. humanity. Multitudes had already pe M. de M-, after wandering as far rished by the murderous commission of as his infirmities would permit (for, Orange, and multitudes in the gloom of although only in his sixty-third year, his prisons awaited the same fate, when the frame was much debilitated by a long fall of Robespierre stopped the torrent course of ill health) took refuge in a of human blood.
solitary habitation, at a few leagues Amid the mass of far-spread evil, distance from Ariquon, and in one of | amid the groans of general calamity, no the wildest parts of that romantic coun
doubt many a sigh of private forrow, has try. The mountains seem to close the never reached ene ear of sympathy, and scene upon the traveller, till by a narrow many a viâim has fallen unpitied and cleft it again opens into a small valley, unknown. Some of the martyrs of where this little hermitage, for such was Maigner's tyranny have, however, found the aspect of the dwelling, was placed. a'lad historian of the pensive plain;' This unfrequented valley was rich with and the fate of mons. de M-'s family, pasturage, and bounded by losty hills, which I have heard related much in wooded cliffs, and in some parts, by detail by an old female servant who was large grotesque rocks with sharp peaks, the companion of their misfortunes, is that role above the foliage of the hanging not the Teait affecting of those tales of forests. Not far from this rustic habitaforrow.
rion, a clear corrent rolls with no scanty
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fall had worn grots and caverns, which
were luxurioully decorated with shrubs • The military expression of marching for ever watered by the spray. The au pas, to the beat of drum, became a torrent not falling from a very considerafort of cart term, much in use during ble height, produced sounds inore fooththe tyranny of Robespierre; and adhe- ing than nolly, and, without having the rents to the principles and do&rines of power of exciting the sensation of subthe day was signified by faying j: fuis limity, awakened that of pensive pleasing
inelancholy. This fequeftered valley, H 2
rich in the wild graces of nature, had
Mendeavoured to supply escaped the decorations of French art, to his unfortunate niece the place of the and no jets d'eaux, clipped trees, and parents she had lost,
his own • alleys who have brothers,' deformed evils in this attempt to footh the affiêtiits folitary recesses. Far above, and at on of this interesting mourner, who, at some distance, arose the lofty mountain nineteen years of age, in all the bloom of Ventoux, covered with irs eternal of beauty, was the prey of deep and snows; that mountain which Petrarch fettled melancholy. She had too much climbed, in spite of the steep rocks that sensibility not to feel bis tender cares, guard its afcent, and from the summit and often restrained her tears in his preuf which he gazed upon the Alps, the fence, because they gave him pain. boundary of his native country, and When those tears would no longer be fighed;
'or cast his looks on the waves fuppressed, she wandered out alone, and, of the Mediterranean which bathe feating herself on fome fragment of rock, Marseilles, and dash themselves againīt foothed by the murmurs of the hollow Aignes-Mortes; while he saw the rapid winds and moaning waters, indulged Rhone flowing majestically along the her grief without controul. In one of valley, and the clouds rolling beneath those lonely rambles, sacred to her forhis feet.
rows, she was awakened from melanSuch was the scene where M. de choly musing by the sudden appearance M-fought for refuge, and where he of her coufin, the son of M. de M Theltered himself from the rage of his who, after having repeatedly exposed ferocious persecutors. He had, soon his life during a long and perilous camafter, the anguish of hearing that his paign, in the service of his country, brother, who had a place in the admi- returned-to find his home deserted and niftration of one of the southern depart- his father an exile. Such were the ments, and who had taken an active part rewards which the gallant defenders of on the side of the Gironde, had perished liberty received from the bands of on the scaffold. M. de M found tyrants. The young man flew to his means to inform his sister-in-law of the father's retreat, where the first object place of his retreat, to which he conjured that met his eyes was his lovely cousin, her to halten with her daughter, and whom he had a few months before beshare the little property which he had held in all the pride of youthful beauty ; rescued from the general wreck of his her cheek flushed with the
suffufion fortune. His old servant Marianne, of health, and her eye sparkling with who was the bearer of this message, re- pleasure. That cheek was now coturned, accompanied by his niece : her vered with fixed paleness, and that eye mother was no more : she had survived was dimmed with tears; but mademoionly a few weeks the death of her hus- selle de Mhad never appeared to band. The interview between made him so interesting as in this nuoinent. moiselle Adelaide de Mand her Two young persons placed together uncle produced those emotions of over- in such peculiar circumstances, must whelming forrow, that arise at the fight have had hearts insensible indeed, had of objects which interest our affections, they conceived ro attachment for each after we have sustained any deep cala- other. The son of M. de M-, and miry: in those moments, the past rushes Adelaide, who both possessed an uncomon the mind with uncontroulable vehe- mon share of fenfibiliiy, foon felt, that mence; and mademoiselle de M while all beyond the narrow cleft which after having long embraced her uncle, separated the little valley from the rett with an agony that choaked all utterance, of the world was misery and disorder, at length pronounced, in the accents of whatever could give value to existence despair, the names of fucher and of was to be found within its savage bounmother,
dary, in obat reciprocal affection which soothed the evils of the park, and shed
a soft and cheering ray over the gloom knew the place of his retreat, fought
Young de M-confidered the de- band, whether touched by her distress,
retains in her memory many a mourn- clothes ? 'I begged very hard for himful complaint of her disordered mind, I cold them I had no father and inocher many a wild expression of despair. She but hin—If you are Charles, begone, often retired to a small nook near the begone !—They're coming--they're on torrent, where her uncle had placed a the way—I see them upon the rock ! scat, and where he usually passed fome That knife-that bloody knife !' hours of the day. Sometimes she seated Such were the ravings of the disorherself on the bench; then started up, dered imagination of this unfortunate and, throwing herself on her kners be- young lady, and which were sometimes fore the spot where her uncle used to sit, interrupted by long intervals of filence, bathed it with floods of tears, • Dear and sometimes by an agony of tears. old man,' she would cry, your aged Her lover watched over her with the head !—They might have left me a most tender and unwearied affiduity; lock of his grey hairs. When the fol- but his cares were ineffectual. The diers come for me, Marianne, you may life of Adelaide was near its close. The cut off a lork of mine for Charles--Poor convulsive pangs of her mind, the extraCharles--! It is well he's gone-I see ordinary fatigues she had suffered in her the guillotine behind those trees !—and wanderings, the want of any nourishnow they drag up a weak old man !- ment, except bread and water since she they tie him to the plank!<i bends- obtinately refused all other food, had oh heaven!'
reduced her frame to a state of incuraThe acute affliction with which young ble weakness and decay. de M-heard of the murder of his A short time before the expired, she father was still aggravated by the tidings recovered her reason, and employed her he received from Marianne of the situa- last remains of strength in the attempt tion of his beloved Adelaide.' Her to console her wretched lover. She image was for ever present to his mind; spoke to him of a happier world, where and unable to support the bitterness of they should meet again, and where those pangs which her idea excited, he tyrants should oppreis no
more-he again found means to obtain leave of grasped his hand-he fixed her eyes on absence for a few weeks, and hastened his--and died. to the valley. He found the habitacion With the gloomy silence of despair, deserted—all was dark and silent : he with feelings that were denied the relief flew through the apartments, calling of tears, and were beyond the utterance upon the name of Adelaide, but no of complaint, this unfortunate young voice answered his call.
man prepared with his own hands the He left the house, and walked with grave of her he loved, and himself cohafty steps along the valley. As he vered her corpse with earth. passed a cavern of rocks, he heard the The last offices paid by religion 10 moans of Adelaide-he rushed into the the dead, the hallowed taper, the lifted cavern-She was seated upon its flinty cross, the folemn requiem, had long floor, and Marianne was fitting near. - since vanished, and the inunicipal officer Adelaide caft up her eyes as he entered, returned the dust to duit with uncereand looked at him earnestly-he knelt nionious speed. The lover of Adelaide by her side, and pressed her hand to chose to perform himfc!f thoíe fad his bofom— I don't know you,' said functions for the object of his tenderness, Adelaide. Not know me! he cried, and might have exclaimed with our
not know Charles !'~' if you are poet, Charles, the resumed sullenly, * you're come too late-'is all over ! - Poor old · What though no weeping loves thy man!' she cried, rising haftily from the ground, and clasping her hands toge- Nor polisi'd marble emulate thy face ; iher.‘don't you see his blood on my