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theminto action in the evening. I believe, Before him stood a little round table, with however,' contined Napoleon, 'that Welsome books, at the foot of which lay, in lington is a man of great firmness. The confusion upon the carpet, a heap of those glory of such a victory is a great thing; which he had already perused, and at the but in the eye of the historian his military foot of the sofa facing him was suspended réputation will gain nothing by it.' a portrait of the Empress Maria Louisa,
In front of the Our author's account of Napoleon's' with her son in her arms. Bed-Room, forms a striking contrast folded over his breast, and some papers in
fire-place stood Las Cases, with his arms with the splendour of Versailles :- one of his hands.
Of all the former magIt was fourteen feet by twelve, and ten nificence of the once-mighty emperor of or eleven feet in height. The walls were France, nothing was present, except a sulined with brown nankeen, bordered perb wash-hand stand, containing a silver and edged with common green bordering basin, and water-jug of the same metal, in paper, and destitute of surbase. Two the left hand corner. small windows, without pullies, looked towards the camp of the 53d. regiment, one
His manner of spending his time is of which was thrown up, and fastened by
detailed in the following extract :a piece of notched wood. Window-curtains Napoleon's hours of rest were uncertain, of white long cloth, a small fire-place, a much depending upon the quantum of rest shabby grate, and fire-irons to match, with he had enjoyed during the night. He was a paltry mantle-piece of wood, painted in general a bad sleeper, and frequently white, upon which stood a small marble got up at three or four o'clock, in which bust of his son. Above the mantle-piece case he read or wrote until six or seven, hung the portrait of Maria Louisa, and at which time, when the weather was fine, four or five of young Napoleon, one of he sometimes went out to ride, attended by which was embroidered by the hands of the some of his generals, or. laid down again mother. A little more to the right hung to rest for a couple of hours. When he also a miniature picture of the Empress retired to bed, he could not sleep unless Josephine, and to the left was suspended the most perfect state of darkness was obthe alarum chamber-wateh of Frederick the tained, by the closure of every cranny Great, obtained by Napoleon at Potsdam; through which a ray of light might pass, while on the right, the consular watch, en- although I have sometimes seen him fall graved with the cipher B. hung by a chain asleep on the sofa, and remain so for a few of the plaited hair of Maria Louisa, from minutes in broad day, light. When ill, a pin stuck in the nankeen lining. The Marchand occasionally read to him until floor was covered with a second-hand carpet he fell asleep.
At times he rose at seven, which had once decorated the dining-room and wrote or dictated until breakfast time,
of a lieutenant of the St. Helena artillery. or, if the morning was very fine, he went 'In the right-hand corner was placed the out to ride. When he breakfasted in his little plain iron camp bedstead, with green own room, it was generally served on a silk curtains, upon which its master had little round table, at between nine and ten;. reposed on the fields of Marengo and Aus- when along with the rest of his suit, at terlitz. Between the windows there was eleven; in either case, a la fourchette. a paltry second-hand chest of drawers; and After breakfast, he generally dictated to an old book-case with green blinds stood some of his suit for a few hours, and at on the left of the door leading to the next two or three o'clock received such visitors apartment. Four or five cane-bottomed as by previous appointment had been dichairs, painted green, were standing here rected to present themselves. Between and there about the room. . Before the back four and five, when the weather permitted, door there was a screen covered with nan- he rode out on horseback or in the carriage, keen, and between that and the fire-place, accompanied by all his suit, for an hour an old fashioned sofa covered with white or two; then returned and dictated or read long cloth, upon which reelined Napoleon until eight, or oecasionally played a gane clothed in his white morning gown, white at chess, at which time dinner was ana, loose trowsers and stockings all in one.nounced, which rarely exceeded twenty A chequered red madras upon his head, minutes, or half an hour in duration. He and his shirt collar open without a cravat. ate heartily and fast, and did not appear to His air was melancholy and troubled.---' be partial to high-seasoned or rich foods
One of his most favourite dishes was a And stern as seem'd his sullen mood, roasted leg of mutton, of which I have He smil'd beneath a laughing hear'n, seen him sometimes pare the outside brown And scowl'd þefore the raving food,, . part off; he was also partial' to mutton Remote from this dark world of woe, by chops. He rarely, drank as much as a pint He sought within his mass stowo cell; of claret to his dinner, which was generally What pride of place could net bestow, much diluted with water. After dinner,
Nor bright philosophy revealasit: when the servants had withdrawn, and when there were no visitors, he sometimes Mysterious dread and cold dismay; played at chess or at whist, but more fre- Still hover round his dark abode; quently sent for a volume of Corneille, or And never since luis dying day of some other esteemed author, and read Has human foot his threshold trode. aloud for an hour, or chatted with the la: Wash'd in the cold and drifting spray,, dies and the rest of his suit. He usually His bones fulfill their primal doom ; retired to his bed-room at ten or eleven, For morning bright, or ev'ning grey, and to rest, immediately afterwards.
No soul hath pierc'd his lonely comb. When he breakfasted or dined in his own apartment, he sometimes sent for one of The night-owl and the bat frequent , his suit, to converse with him during thự This place of love abandonment
. repast. He never ate more than two
N. meals a day, nor since I knew him, had he ever taken more than a very small cup of coffee after each repast, and at no other time. I have also been informed, by
Her cheek was close to mine ;
Could then that form resign ? . Att
For tho' I've seen her play ful smile, (.
And kiss'd her glowing cheek. *** pe
THE HERMIT'S DEATH, No tear of love e'er fell the while, * * *
Her passion chaste to speak.
But then I ween her balmy sighs
Oh! who would change such rapt'rons No touch of soft affection's hand,
hours, Reliev'd his sick, his aching head ;
For all that earth can give,
ON SEEING 7A 57 No dread of death disarm'd his soul,
A BEAUTIFUL GIRLY As lorn be liv'd, he wish'd to die; REFUSED Å TRIFLING GRATIFICATION BY No requiem save the billow's roll ;
HER FATHER, FROM AVARIČIOUS: * No dirge save in the sea-bird's cry.
MOTIVES. Jud. No friendly foot e'er cross'd his cave, No look of love e'er met his eye,
Unyielding man, could beauty's tear Nor friend had be, nor foeman,-save
Not melt thine iron heart; The raging sea, or angry sky.
Hadst thou for beauty's tale po ear; 6. To these his converse small was given, -Hadst thou ap father's parta 143
If in thy bosom glow'd the sire
then belonging to Mr. March, at MaidHow couldst thou mar thy child's desire. enhead bridge. The discipline of the She turn'd on thee her soft blue eye, school was now at an end; and the And made her mild request ;
masters had no better means of bringTo save that bosom from a sigh,
ing back the run-aways than by sendo Was surely to be blest, But thou cou'dst tum thy head away
ing expresses to the parents of the And frown with a forbidding-nay.
ringleaders, in order that they might And thou cou'dst see the smile depart
employ their authority to reduce them That dimpled on her cheek,
to obedience. The late noble Mar. And thou cou'dst see the big tear start quis of Granby was applied to among That more than words can speak, the rest, and he immediately dispatchAnd see, all reckless of relief,
ed his own gentleman with a severe The face of joy turn'd into grief.
reproof to his son, and a peremptory "Thou shou'dst have known that youth's order to return to college. The young
fair morn Brooks disapointmeat ill,
Lord disdained all obedience, and the And hope's etherial veil when torn
paternal minister did not spare paternal Requires a master's skill.
ihreats, which he concluded by assurThou shou'dst have turn'd affections eyes ing him, " that if he did not imme. On her, and not on avarice.
diately go back to school, the Marquis When thy forbidding word was given would come down himself, and force Hadst thou but mark'd her eye,
him thither." « If that is
'father's Thou wou'dst have seen the light of heaven
determination," replied his Lordship, That came and flitted by. She shed a tear, and such a tear
_“ he would do well to bring his As only angel forms might wear. regiment of blues along with him.” Hadst thou but mark'd thou wou'dst have The general disturbance was soon
composed; and though Lord Granby That anger dwelt not there;
pretended to be very angry with his She threw affections, veil between
son, he always related this account of Her eyes, and such a care ; And though he caus'd her deep distress,
his boy's spirit with great glee to She lov'd her father not the less.
himself. Once more unyielding man-one more The canker worm of grief,
DR. 'JOHNSON. That doos not murmur from the core, Mr. Garrick was once present with Admits of no relief:
Dr. Johnson at the table of a nobleIt lives and feasts and nestles there The harbinger of slow despair.
man, where amongst other guests,
was one of whose near connections ABCD.
some disgraceful anecdote was then
in circulation. It had reached the VARIETIES.
ears of Johnson, who after dinner,
took an opportunity of relating it in THE LATE DUKE OF RUTLAND. his most acrimonious manner. 17
When the Duke of Rutland was a Garrick, who sat next him, pinched boy at Eton College, a dispute arose his armi, and trod upon his toe, and between the head-master and the boys, | made use of other means to interrupt on account of some severity practised the thread of his narration, but all was by the former, and was carried to such in vain. The Doctor proceeded, and a height, that a great part of the latter when he had finished the story, he had seceded-quitted the college, and turned gravely round to Garriok,, of took their post at the well known inn I whom before he had taken no notice
whatever." Thrice (says he) Davy, son, and my two elder brothers are now you have trod upon my toe; thrice in the army." His Lordship, not in have you pinched my arm; and now the usual mode of recommending the if what I have related be a falsehood lad to his Majesty for the next vacant convict me before this company." commission, but with a spirit, the in
Garrick replied not a word, but fre- heritance of his noble family, instantly quently declared afterwards, that he wrote to his agent, Sir Williain Montnever felt half so much perturbation, gomery, to lodge the money for an Eneven when he met his father's ghost. signcy then to be sold in the fifth
regiment, and to name this boy as the
The commission was signTHE EARL OF CHATHAM.
ed accordingly; and at Bunker's-Hill, When this great statesman had set- Brandy-wine, &c. his Lordship’s En* tled a plan for some sea expedition he had in view, he sent orders to Lord that reflected honor on the regiment.
sign behaved with a degree of courage Anson to see the necessary arrangements taken immediately, and the num
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universal influence were performed
within its boundaries. It was the grand OF THE MIDDLE AGES.
mother of political intrigue the paGreece has produced her Homer, rent of all that is good in modern sciPortugal her Camoens, and England ence,—and the refuge to the reninant her Shakespeare, her Milton, and her of genius, which even these dark periods
Byron; but to Italy alone was reserved could not wholly obscure. · the honour of giving birth to five such The middle ages (or the reign of
poets as Virgil, Lucan, Dante, Ariosto Popery as they are sometimes called) and Tasso. In that highly-favoured though universally ruinous to the scicountry, it seems as if nature was re-ences, were not unfavourable to poetry. solved in one period or another, to The vigilance of the priesthood, though put forth her strength, and by a con- it might check every other kind of stellation of mighty spirits, illuminc her literature, could never have damped mental darkness, and triumph over the the spirit of the bard. It could neither barriers which, for a thousand years, prevent his mind from soaring into superstition has been forming to im- the regions of fancy, nor close the pede the current of genius. Italy has hearts of the people against his themes. many claims to attention which no Even though superstition and ignoother land possesses. It was the seat rance had arrayed their fiercest weapons of the mightiest empire of ancient against poetry, they could not have times; where arts, literature and arms sucoeeded. But the clergy were far Aourished and had their reward, and from attemping such a task. Dark as whereambition stretched its sceptre over they were, they knew that poetry might humbled monarchies, and held beneath be turned to their own purposes, its sway the most potent dominions they knew that its cultivators might of the earth. , It is the country whose indulge in praise of that system they sovereign Pontiff held afterwards as kept up, and by operating on the onpowerful an influence over the con- thusiasm of the people, might induce sciences of men, as his martial arch- them to adopt every fiction, however etypes, had over their fortunes, and wild, and to engage in
chimera, where under the føstering care of su- however extravagant, and licentious. perstition, arose Romance and Chivalry Poetry moreover was not a vehicle for so civiliže the world. Hence deeds of communicating knowledge, or for