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you hate the man who had made you equal to thy rank, give me but thy his wife?
promise, and I'm blest." konora. Because he should not af- Leonora. Dear, dear, what a pretty terwards make me his slave. No, no, speech! Poor young inan! Well I'm I'd let him know that I'm a woman I sure I could never have stood up had warrant ye, as soon as ever we were he spoken so to me, I should have married. Ah, ma'am, take my advice: floundered down that's flat! And pray never give your hand to that gruff- ma'am what did you do? looking fellow, Gorbuc. Lord! how Adelaide. I would have spoken, but I hate the sight of that man. I always he continued thus:-“ Long I cannot treible when I meet him, as if he was remain in this state of dubious anxiety; -the-the-devil!
I must either at once grasp the mighiy Adelaide. Go to you're a giddy secret, or wander a wretched exile girl, and know not what you say. Bu from this dear abode"tell me: have you seen Edward to- Leonora, / weeping). Oh! oh! oh! day?
how cruel! oh! oh! oh! Leonora. Yes, indeed I have seen Adelaide. “ And wilt thou then, oh hin. Poor young man! he looks so Adelaide," he proceeded, melancholy with his arms folded sometimes on the wretched Edward; across, and his lips pouting, and his wilt thou, when thou'rt revelling in eves half shut; and then he is always the arnis of love, and giving unboundsighing so, that one may hear him ed transport to thy soul, reflect that I from one end of the long gallery to perhaps am wandering a cheerless exthe other, Oh! I wish he loved me, ile in foreign climes. But where'er I I'd soon make him easy, for I'd go to go, your image will be for ever enchurch to morrow morning, and say, graven on my heart." (Weeps.) after the parson, “ I will."
Leonora, ( sobbing). Y-es-th-at · Adelaide. Yes, and I suppose to. -it-would-i'm--suremorrow night you'd go to loggerheads. Adelaide. I answered him with my Leonora. Why that's as it may be.
tears, for words I could not utter! Adelaide. It is true young Edward unconscious what I did, I thew my
My feelings were too violent, and, possesses every grace which rank or self into his armis. fortune could bestow, and, if my
Leonora, (recocering herself): Ah, mind misgive me not, there hangs a that was right! that's just what I mystery over him which will, eie long, should have done. be cleared. But then my father, he is,
Adelaide. But at that moment Gor. alas! so tenacious of his high blood, buc appeared. that he would soover see me a silent Leonora. Oh the beast! What busitenant of the grave, than intermarry ness had he there, I should like to with a peasant !--a peasant, said I.-- know? Ah no! thou art of nobler origin. Adelaide. I know not. He darted
Leonora. So I say, and I often tell athwart the path,and scowled upon ma Madge the cook-maid so.
a look of horror. I disengaged myself Adelaide. Ab Leonora ! had you but from the arms of Edward, and would seen him yester-night when I talked have followed, but he disappeared in of birth! At first, his features wore an instant. a gloomy look, and seemned to question Leonora. Have you seen him since? his presumption; but then, anon, a Adelaide. No, I shall dread to meet noble spirit darted from his eyes, and hin! His fierce unbending temper his whole visage glowed with anima- I fear will meditate against the welfare tion! Fie gently took my hand and of Edward. pressed it with fervor to his lips.
Enter a Scrcant. “Adelaide !" said he, “I cannot blaine Madam! your father awaits your
there is a busy some presence in his chambér. thing in my breast, which bids me Adelaide, I'll attend him instantly, aspire even to thy virtue! Yet I (erit Seroant). Leonora, do thou find tould not make thee wretcbed! out Edward; tell him my fears, and Shruld it please beaven to unfuld the bid bim guard himself with strictest mystery of my birth, and prove me caution. Oh! should any barm befad
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thy cautiou; bi
bim, my heart would accuse me as the and to the regret of what I had done cause, and every future moment before; but these persons laboured would be embittered with remorse! under a very great error. Still I was Haste thee, Leonora.
by no means pleased with the recolLeonora. I'll run, madam, as fast as lection that I had been engaged in I can; and when I've told him, I'll this kind of writing for a number of run back again to you. So now I'm years without the least profit. As to off. (Erit).
the labour itself, this I did not regret, [To be continued.)
a new life; and, as is usual in some The LITÉRARY LIFE and Travels of for beginning this pious course with
cases of repentance, he set the time BARON HOLBERG. Written by the commencement of the new year, Himself. Extracted from the La
then tin Edition of Leipsick, in 1743. his vows, and formed his resolutions
very near at hand. Having made By W. H:Milton Reid.
accordingly, he went, though with (Continued from p. 278.] some reluctance, the very sanie night N the Preface to these Poetical to sob a farm yard, which he had desire, in future, to live in peace with by two large dogs, he was torn to pieces all men ; and I even promised to write on the spot. no more satires. Some persons im
THE WOLVES AND THEIR DEputed this proposal of mine to fear,
A shepherd, once passing through a * The following are specimens of wood, came to the mouth of a cave these Fables, from the German trays. where he heard a dreadful howling, lation:
sighing, and sobbing: A wolf standA RAT EXCOMMUNICATED BY THE
ing in the manner of a sentinel, the shepherd asked him the meaning of
all that noise. Don't speak so lond, A rat, who had been accused of answered hè, for fear of disturbing my gnawing a Bible that lay in some part brethren in their devotions; I was of a chape! belonging to a certain placed here to hinder any person from cloister, being formally excommunicated by the monks, appealed from knew the vicious nature of wolves, re.
approaching. The shepherd, who this sentence to the bishop's court, plied, that religion and their way of and proved upon the credit of sub- life agreed very little together; and stantial witnesses, that the Bible was that he thought it would be quite as a book of which the monks did not well, if they were to lead better lives make the least use; of course that it and pray less. That is by no meam must be a matter of indifference whe- their intention, replied the centipel; ther the Bible should be devoured by for as soon as ever prayers are over, mildew, or by rats. The bishop then they will all return to their usual way asked the monks whether the rat had of life; and, besides, they never can nibbled the cloth upon the altar, confess and bewail their sins with so or otherwise damaged any of the consecrated things ? And being an- they are conscious of baving been
much earnestness and feeling, as when swered in the negative, he gare judg. ment in favour of the rat, and absolved grievous signers. The greater the sin, him from the sentence of excom. Astonished at this kind of argument,
the more glorious the repentance.munication.
the shepherd went on upon his busiPROTRACTED REPENTANCE. ness; but when he got home, he is A wolf, having once heard a very said to have confessed that, after thinkimpressive discourse delivered by a ing about the wolves' repentance over stork, upon parental and other duties, and over again, he could not help acand the danger of deferring repent knowledging that it was very much ance, was so forcibly moved by what like that of a number of people with had bech said, that he immediately wliom he was in some measure acformed a steadfast resolution to lead quainted.
because I did not imagine that it was the cause of my complaint was nn: derogatory to the sentiments and cha- known to me, I used no kind of meracter of a philosopher. Ju fact, if I dicinc. At times, I used to be seized have erred, so have all the former with such a degree of Jassitude, that, writers of antiquity; because they unable to walk, I have been obliged have been my models.
to creep from one place to another : I should conclude iny letter here, at other times, my briskness and acwere it not necessary to add some tivity have been altogether as much thing more respecting my own morals above that of other people, as they and inclinations, particularly the state were below it before. Sometimes of my health. I have been convinced, this weakness would seize my head, for many years past, that my con- my feet, or my stomach. Sometimes stitution has been by no means so bad I have been plagued with too much as it might have been had I been born bile; and, with respect to the headwith one of the strongest, and at the ache, I was at one period obliged to same time lived a disorderly life. My give up reading, writing, and every strict attention to diet, as I have hinted kind of study, beyona ihat of occabefore, has made many persons sup- sionally making a few extracts. I was pose it was extremely hurtful; but, my own physician, because I believe as I knew best, I persevered, and was it was not in the power of the faculty soon sensible of its benefits. When to find out the nature of my disorder. I was young, I used frequently to It remains that I should now say drink water mixed with wine; at something about my religion : many present I loath wine and water as persons have taken it into their heads much as poison. At one time, I car- ihat, as in my writings I have imitated ried my abstemiousness to such a pitch, Lucian, I am therefore as little friendly that I ate and drank every thing by to religion as he. Thus far I have weight and measure, following the shared the common fate of the most example of those who had found this celebrated men, who have not chosen mathematical way of living extremely to take things upon trust, but to inbeneficial. Eating and drinking alone, quire for themselves. However, which was then my custom, was, by though I follow the philosophers so my friend and others, looked upon to far as they contend against supersti, be a certain way to shorten one's days; tion, I always leave them when they however, with respect to time, I am begin to make a jest of religion. I assured this mode lengthened mine. certainly do sonetimes dissent from When they objected to me that eating the opinions cominonly received ; and drinking without company was but the objectious which may be next to being excluded from the brought against my writings, on this world, I answered them, that con- score, are so few, and of so little versation and communication were weight, that no decisive judgment pot confined to eating and drinking: ought to be formed upon such slight but even this did not acquit me; for grounds. Respecting the being of a others, who carried their reasonings God, I never doubted. The persons still further, pestered me with quota- whom the poet has in view must tions from scripture, to shew, as they surely bear å resemblance to stocks iinagined, that any thing like exactic and síones:-tude in weighing vicinals and drink was in a manner trenching upon the
Cælum nitescere, arbores frondesccre, providence of God. St. Chrysostoin, Segeles largiri fruges, florere omnia, I recollect reading, was censured in a
Fontes scatere, herbas, prata conresa council because he did not chuse to
tere; bathe in company: however, for the and yet to deny the existence of an sake of peace with my friends, I at intelligence which superintends all }'ngth consented to a little relaxation these things, and bestows so much in the article of diet.
good to mankind, must be a kind of The weakness of body which I am inadness. In the meanwbile, I must subject to is hereditary. Experience confess that, in consequence of readshews that sickness may be propa- ing some probibited books, various guted as well as other things; but, as doubts respecting revelation were ex
cited in my mind. But, when I found Esset dolendi causa ut injecto equlei that the highest distinction between Freno repente tactu exagitantur novo. man and beast consisted in bis free. Repeated scandals have in a manner dom and capability of making use of hardened me, and I am determined, his reason, I thought it the duty of since I have the example of so great every individual to search into the opinions which had been handed fections of the malevolent, but to
a man, pot only to bear with the redown to him by his forefathers. I endeavour to merit them afresh.also thought there could be no crime Satire, however, I shall leave to those in reading prohibited books, and even whose age is more adequate to that to be sceptical in every thing where task than I am, and who of course investigation had not taken place. possess that activity which is now I must, however, confess likewise, beginning to leave me. that the reading of those books raised doubts in my mind which had never
Still, as you require that I should existed before: but the greatest ob- favour you with a continuation of my jection 1 ever experienced arose from life and travels, from the period in reading some Popish writers, who, it which I ceased to write you by letter, is supposed, have weakened the au. I must inform you, that, after corthority of the scriptures with the view recting, and improving my theatrical of strengthening that of the church; works, I presented a complete copy thus what intidels undertake to do of them to the Danish comedians. openly, the papists effect with more The next thing I took in hand was certainty in secret.
my Dissertation upon the State of These kind of writings, which I Denmark and Norway, both secular read with particular care, threw me and ecclesiastic; soon after which I into an erroneous path, in which I was called upon 10 vindicate the strayed some years before I recovered Danish East-India Company, whose myself. For this I was principally
affairs were then in a rapid decline. indebted to Abbadie's Truth of the The company, on this account, made Christian Religiou; which incom- proposals to the merchants of other parable work proves the truth of nations to join them. As it was nechristianity to the greatest satisfac- cessary to publish in their behalf, I tion, and combats infidelity with the was applied to ; and, though I wa strongest weapons.
Grotius, Huet, unacquainted with commercial affairs, and other apologists for christianity, I suffered myself to be overcome bf were also of considerable service to the solicitations of my friends, and me. Yet I had still some doubt about published a small work in Laun, the plurality of worlds, which seemed which, by order of the directors, wa to clash very much with what Moses translated into German and Danish. is supposed to have written upon the
Not long after that, I published creation; however some able com
another tract, in which I took a mure mentators upon Moses have since extensive view of the company's afsolved them jo my, satisfaction; and fairs; which was so well received by I no longer see that mighty difference the mercantile interest at Copenhagen, between the Hebrew legislator and that they made a proposal for reward. other philosophers respecting the ing the author in a liberal manner; creation.
but while they were deliberating upca From all my sickness and indis- the means of discharging this office, position I have generally experienced some persons, who knew ibat I never a considerable relief in study. This I wrote for money, imagined that the have made my remedy as a certain thanks of the company formally conrefuge: but my reading I have made ferred would be much more acceptas miscellaneous as possible. . In fact, able to me than money. In this thes I think I have accustomed myself to were not mistaken ; for this testimony such babits as to enable me to say of their gratitude was all I required. with Euripides,
I must now speak of those days of Si mihi nunc tristis primum illucisset trouble, that one can scarcely think dies,
of without horror, when the greatest Nec tam ærumnoso navigassem salo, part of this royal residence, with the
principal churches, the university, &c. to leave it, thinking they should never were laid in asbes. This happened see it again. Some passed through on the 20th of October, 1728, at night. the gates, others took water, sup-. The fire first made its appearance posing their safety there much greater near the western gate, and spread than upon land. It was afflicting to with an amazing activity ;, for the see the confusion and terror of the wind being very high, the flames people at large, who seemed to give spread from street to street, while the up the place without any hope of savpeople were so overcome by astonish- ing it. ment, that for a considerable time they The fire having raged two days, remained, in a great measure, idle without intermission, and almost ali spectators. Before this calamity took the old town being in ashes, together place, though fires occasionally broke with a part of the new, thé inhabitants out, it was very seldom that a whole seemed to awaken, as it were, from a house was destroyed, in consequence deep sleep. The activity they now of the promptitude with which'assist- used was incredible: determined to ance was given: but now astonish- save what remained, men, women, ment seemed to prevail over every and children mutually engaged in the other feeling, and of course the undertaking. This zeal extended to danger was supposed to be much all ranks, and even the king himself, greater than it really was. Men, wo- with the crown prince, encouraged men, and children'might then have the people, by their presence, to pere been seen all lamenting, together; severe in their exertions. In a very while others, mischievously inclined, short time these endeavours were took no small pains io persuade the crowned with success. by which it credulous that incendiaries had got nay be seen how much may be efinto the city, and were hired to de- fecíed when undertaken and carried stroy it. Those persons, also, whose on with spirit. particular duty it was to quench the In this destructive fire, with others, Hames, were so embarrassed that they the church of our Lady, that of the scarcely knew where to begin. In- Holy Ghost, and the Trinity, became stead of applying themselves to their the prey of the flames, together with business, they ran about, or were only the library of the university, the asin each other's way. They had no tronomical tower, the globes and infire-engines, no ladders, no fire-books, struments of Tycho Brahe, the townor any means whatever generally used house, and those of the professors, on these occasions ; such was the con- where an hundred poor students were fusion that ensued from a misfortune daily fed. The Consistory alone, in so unexpected.
which the professors held their meetIn the mean while the fire con- ings, remained untouched, amidst the tinued its ravages. The public build- burning ruins; and we may now say ings, and the other houses in general, of this university : were so quickly laid in ashes, that one would have thought they had been
Kc seges, ubi Troja fuit. so many huts of straw, rather than In the whole, sixty-seven streets, stone buildings. The greater the dis- besides public buildings, were reduced tance from the spot where the fire to ashes, in which near four thousand began, the greater was the danger; persons resided, together with five for those persons whose houses weré churches, and a part of the New Orfirst caught by the flames, did, in a pban House.
It was now, and not great measure, save their goods and before, that the inhabitants learned effects by the assistance of their friends. the full extent of their calamities. Those, however, who lived further off, Many, rich before, were now reduced not dreaming their own houses in- to beg their bread of others, and to volved, now found they had lost the regret what they had so luxuriously opportunity of helping themselves, expended in their better days. Many In fact, to such an amazing extent did were now seen on foot whd, but a the flames proceed, that the inbabit- short time before, might have been ants, seeing the city on fire in several supposed to have had no legs; and different places, took the resolution some asked alnis who had been in