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but that of bitter regret, on beholding those desolate fields, over which the curse of Heaven seems to have poured its wrath.*

Without doubt, these fields still remain fertile,-the palm, the fig, the orange tree, still give their fruits and flowers; but it is as it were against the will of the new masters of this paradise, whose neglect of the spontaneous gifts of nature, whose indolence in cultivating the stores of Providence, is a marked fatality in the Spanish character, and leads one to regret that they have not followed the example of their Moorish ancestors, who gathered golden store from Spain's rich soil, and whose poets sing,-" My mistress shall ride on a velvet carpet enamelled with gems of every hue; her horse shall be shod with the purest silver; a snow-white falcon shall sit on her wrist, with bells of gold around its neck. I will vow to her a loyal knight's unceasing constancy and allegiance; great deeds will I perform to her honour in war and in tournament. Woe to him, who does not praise her beauty-the choice flowers and fruits around her, are not half so sweet as her smile; her voice is more musical than the nightingale's note. A garden of paradise is under her footsteps."


"Thou little star, that, in yon purple cloud,
Hang'st like a dew-drop in a violet bed-
First gem of evening, glittering 'mid the shroud
'Neath whose dark folds the day lies cold and dead!
As through my tears my soul looks up at thee,
Loathing the clayey chains that bind it here,
There comes a fearful thought, that misery
Perhaps is found e'en in thy distant sphere.

"Art thou a world of sorrow and of sin,
The heritage of death, disease, decay--

A wilderness like that we wander in,
Where all things fairest soonest pass away?

*The solano, that burning wind of Styria and of Egypt, still blows with all its periodical violence. It has broken down the barrier of verdure and flowers that once offered a feeble resistance to its entrance, on the African side of Seville; and where woods and gardens once stood, arid plains and naked rocks now present themselves, as it were scathed by fire.

And are there graves in thee, thou radiant world,

O'er which affection, weeping, bows her head-
Where Hope's bright wings in the dark dust are furl'd,
And living hearts lie buried with the dead?

"Perchance they do not die that dwell in thee;
Perchance theirs is a darker doom than ours:
Unmeasured toil, and endless misery,

And striving that hath neither days nor hours!
Horrible dream! Oh dark and dismal path,

Where I now weeping walk, I will not leave thee.
Earth has one boon for all her children-death:
Open thy arms, oh mother! and receive me!
Take off the bitter burthen from the slave-
Give me my birth-right-give the grave-the grave !"





The over-joyed De la Villette saw that it could easily be rendered habit

able; but not daring to employ workmen, he himself devoted several nights to the task of rendering it so. The mute, Nannette, aided his labours effectually; and never was joy greater than his, when, at the termination, he saw that Adrienne would owe to him the happiness of having nothing to fear for her reputation, or for the existence of her child, who might safely be confided to the care and attachment of the faithful mute; for Adrienne had derived a means to supply the infant with that nourishment, which she dared not herself afford it; she had a favorite goat, which she had reared from a kid; the most docile creature, and she flattered herself that its milk would afford ample nourishment to the child.

Both she and Frederic flattered themselves, that the infant could be thus secreted till the moment of their union would allow them to introduce it to the world as the child of Frederic, and both vowed by the most ceaseless cares, to compensate to it the stains which circumstances compelled them to ea st upon its birth.

The baroness appeared to enter sincerely into their plans, though she secretly vowed that they should never execute them; her hatred to Adrienne was redoubled by the means which Frederic had taken to awe her into silence. She was also tormented by her vile confederate De Clugny, who expecting from her the instant separation of the lovers, was inceused beyond measure, that she had not effected it; and she could scarcely calm him by promises of soon accomplishing his wish.

Three months passed, and so entirely had she seemed to lend herself to their plans, that the lovers, persuaded of her sincerity, had not a thought of concealing any thing from her. She had, in fact, very effectually aided Adrienne to disguise her situation, by herself adopting a style of dress calculated to conceal the shape, and which Mademoiselle de Touranges could without any apparent design, or appearance of singularity, easily copy; so that her increasing size totally escaped observation.

During these three months Frederic employed himself in assembling in the subterranean apartment, destined to receive his child, all that could render it a healthy and delightful residence. He had a double view in this, -the health of his child, and the enjoyment which Adrienne would derive from finding that he had consulted her taste in the arrangement of the furniture. He cultivated also, and very succesfully, the natural intelligence of the mute; he made her understand, that in a little time she would have a child to take care of. She was delighted with this intelligence, and showed by her signs and gestures, that she was determined to be the most careful and attentive of nurses.

The time of Adrienne's confinement approached, and the baroness, fertile in expedients, devised one which promised to give her the means of passing the dreaded trial undiscovered. The lovers congratulated themselves that everything went well for their happiness, when a stroke as heavy as it was unexpected, came to separate them.

We have spoken of a visit the marquis received on the day of Adrienne's intended explanation, from one of the neighbouring ladies, after whose departure he appeared disturbed; the reason was, that she had told him it was the general belief that he intended to bestow Adrienne upon De la Villette. The marquis was indignant at the idea, and protested that he could not conceive how it was possible people should have entertained it for a moment. The lady replied rather drily, that he had himself in a great degree sanctioned the report, by suffering the young people to be constantly together. He assured her, that he never had an idea of the kind, that he received the young man with pleasure for his uncle's sake, and also for his own but he had very different views for his daughter, who he was certain Oer, 1845,

knew too well what was due to herself, ever to bestow a thought on Frederic. And he begged of her, if the report was ever again mentioned in her presence, to contradict it unequivocally.

She promised to do so, but she hinted at the same time, that the most effectual contradiction would be to separate the young people. The marquis, blinded by his absurd pride, declared that such a step was totally unnecessary; and they parted very little pleased with one another.

Nevertheless, though the marquis would not own to it, to Madame De--; what she said made some impression upon him. It seemed to him that it was beneath the Marquis de Touranges, to regulate his conduct by the gossip of a provincial town, and he did not believe there was a necessity to so separate Frederic and Adrienne, because they both appeared to acquiesce perfectly in his wishes. Three months passed without his thinking any more upon the subject, when one morning Madame De was again announced at an unusually early hour; and this time she went through to the apartments of the marquis. She told him she came, out of respect to their ancient friendship, to acquaint him with a matter which nearly concerned his daughter's reputation. At a ball the night before, some of the brother officers of Frederic had allowed themselves to joke publicly on the subject of his intimacy at the chateau; and her saying that the marquis had other views for his daughter was so far from imposing silence upon them, that it made them redouble their railleries. This account made the marquis take his resolution on the spot; but as he would not appear to yield to the public voice, he resolved that the separation of the lovers should appear to rise from other causes. 66 I told you before, my dear Madame De--," said he, "and I now repeat it, that there is not a word of truth in this absurd report; so far from it, Frederic's most ardent wish is tojobtain a command in Corsica, which as you know the republic of Genoa has just sold to France; if I obtain it, as I have no doubt I shall, he will depart without delay.

The good Madame De apologized for a liberty, which, in truth, proceeded from a most friendly zeal for the honour of his family. The Marqius forced himself to appear sensible of the goodness of her motive. She then paid a short visit to Adrienne, and directly that she was gone, he sat down and wrote to the Marquis of Chauvelin, who commanded the troops then about to be sent to take possession of Corsica, to ask from him a colonel's commission for De la Villette. The marquis's friendship for him made him certain of obtaining it, and he was not deceived, it was forwarded to him with the utmost expedition.

As soon as he had received it, he sent for Frederic and his uncle into his apartment, and related to them the subject of Madame De's visit. The countenance of the venerable ahbé was filled with sorrow; while Frederic;

beside himself with grief and indignation, swore that those perfidious slanderers should pay with their heart's blood for the insult they had dared to offer to Adrienne.

"That," replied the marquis, "would be a means of compromising my daughter. I am far from having the smallest suspicion either of her, or of you; and if I have any one to accuse, it is myself; for I ought to have foreseen that those stupid provincials could never elevate their ideas to mine, nor conceive that a De Touranges was dispensed from acting in the ordinary manner; but in short, the mischief is done, and the reparation must depend on you."

Then without giving him time to answer, he presented him with the commission he had obtained, and begged of him to confirm what he had said to Madame De ; by hastening instantly to Toulon, to join the troops, who were assembling there to embark for Corsica.

Such an offer would at another time have crowned Frederic's wishes, but to leave Adrienne at that moment, was a blow which struck him to the heart. He was mute with sorrow and astonishment. The abbe's heart was torn between the thought of parting with a nephew whom he loved as a son, and the necessity of making that painful sacrifice to the reputation of Mademoiselle de Touranges.

The marquis saw the state of their minds, and begged of them to reflect, that either Frederic must go, or he would be obliged to send his daughter to the house of a relation. These words instantly decided De la Villette. "Say no more, sir,” cried he, "I am ready to depart when you will. Oh' rather would I fly to the world's end, than be the cause of estranging Adrienne from the paternal roof. At these words, his uncle, who had not yet spoken, threw himself into his arms. I expected no less from you, my dear boy," said he ; "and in spite of the sorrow I feel at parting with you, I rejoice to see you act as you ought."

The marquis embraced and thanked the young man. "I will never," cried he, forget the obligation you lay me under, and you shall find proofs of my gratitude in your prompt advancement. "Ah!" replied Frederic, sorrowfully, "if the road to glory could lead to the sole object of my wishes, I should know how to confront all dangers to arrive at it, but

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"I will promise nothing," replied the marquis; 66 you know my views for Adrienne, and nothing can change them. But it would not be impossible for you yourself to aid my plans, by obtaining a high military reputation, and perhaps

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He stopped. He had no need to say more, these words fired the ardent soul of Frederic! "Ah," cried he, "if death does not arrest my efforts, I will know how to render myself worthy of her! ”

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