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time,-though he was a cotemporary of Bolingbroke,
TO Dr. J. T. S. Pope and Addison.
On hearing that a Gentleman had told him he looked old. 45. “ As to the authority of this witness, in all matters rela. ting to the French court at that time, it may be set down as being more baseless than the fabric of a vision.”--Quarterly Re. dieu.
Yes, years have fled, and with them too, The witness here alluded to is Madame Campan, and
Are hopes that sprung in joy and glee
But still I see no change in you, the article from which I quote is a well-written review of
You seem unaltered still to me. O'Meara's work. This writer is herein flatly contradicted by the reviewer, as to the well remembered as
They say that Love is ever blindpersion upon the character of Maria Antoinette, which
And that he is so, I agree; O'Meara gives, as upon Bonaparte's own authority.
For others say you've changed, they find, Several facts are cited, which certainly do very mate
But you look unaltered still to me. rially affect the credibility of this “ witness.” They also insist that Bonaparte was, in reality, born in 1675, The rapid steps of Time have moved and not in 1769, as he pretended, alleging that this pre Through grief and joy unconsiouslytence originated from the fact, that it was in the last And you, my first and only love, named year that Corsica became a French dependen Can never altered look to me. cy. Very likely. 46. “It is very true, that Napoleon asked the physician-in
In eyes once bright with health and youth, chief whether it would not be an act of humanity to administer
The same expression still I see opium to those soldiers who were infected with the plague ?"-- And though you may be changed, in truth, Las Casas.
You cannot altered look to me. There is a curious discrepancy between the statements said to have been made by Napoleon concerning
Thou wert less grave in days of yore, the poisoning of the Jaffa invalids, and those made by
And now thy cheek may paler be ; this author. It has been charged that Bonaparte poison
The days of early love are o'er, ed sixty sick soldiers at Jaffa, by way of ridding him
But still you look unchanged to me. self of these useless cumberers of his march, Marshal
Tho' time with silent, sure decay, Bertrand believed it, if we may credit Las Casas, up to
Has wrought his fading work in methe time of his residence at St. Helena. Bonaparte de
Tho' you, perhaps, have marked his way, clares that the invalids who were infected with the
I cannot find this change in thee. plague were only seven in number. Las Casas's allegation places the number far below the commonly received report, and considerably above that of the General, and fixes it at twenty! Then Napoleon also says that it was a professional man, and not himself, who proposed CHATTERTON'S LAST THOUGHTS. the administration of opium. But here our author is again expressly contradictory of the General: for what Oh! brightly breaks upon my spirit now says he on p. 107, vol. i.? "It is very true that Napoleon The feeling that another world is nigh; asked the physician-in-chief whether it would not be And though the damp of death is on my brow, an act of humanity to administer opium to them ?" I leave unbrooked the sneers that bid me die. And on the 109th p. of vol. i., he further asserts, that he Too cold and bleak my journey here hath been,ascertained to a certainty, that, at the time in dispute, Too long my soul within itself hath shrunk,there was not a single grain of opium for the use (I sup. Misunderstood—nor strength, nor skill to wean pose he means the proper and necessary use) of the The heart from yearnings, early, wildly drunk. sick, in the medicine chest.
Oh! if a world, where troubles are no more, Yet, so entirely inconsistent is the supposition that Awaits the misplaced, nor asks how came they there, Bonaparte, with all his known and proverbial love of, I need not here my bitter feelings pour, and attention to his soldiers, could have deliberately Nor tell the gloomy depth of my despairpoisoned a score of them, when wounded and sick in Enough that Hope is mouldering on her bier ; his camp, that I find my mind perfectly prepared to receive the most favorable impression with reference to The proud neglected seeks no pitying tear,
Enough the pleadings Penury can make;
What, if the pampered point unto my grave,
They knew I hungered; but they did not care.
Alone I stand-unpropped my falling mind
I turn me where the Earth at least is kind; The learned Averroes declared that he read Aristotle And ask that Savior to forgive the deed, over forty-one times before he perfectly understood him. Who, christians say, forbids it in his creed. It is more than probable he was far from understanding him at last.
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A TRAGIC TALE.
instead of leaping upon me like a hyena, as I anticiSPHE EKSPHOBIA:
pated, dove, and with a mortal yell passed clean under
my horse's belly, and, before he could diminish his moOR, THE ADVENTURES OF ABEL STINGFLYER, A. M. mentum, disappeared over the parapetless bridge into
the river beneath. On hearing the plunge, I alighted
from my horse, who was not a little terrified at the unBy the Author of “The South-West” and “ Lafitte." ceremonious use the strange being had made of his body,
hastily descended the precipitous bank of the stream, A hundred mouths, a hundred tongues,
and as the diver rose to the surface, which he did after And throat of brass inspired with iron lungs.
a brief immersion, a few yards below the bridge, seiz
ing him by the skirts of his long gown, I dragged him One sultry summer afternoon, in eighteen hundred on shore. Gathering himself up slowly, he at length, and thirty-five, I was riding, with my umbrella held after much spluttering and blowing, and catching of his perpendicularly above my head, and at an easy amble- breath, stood upright on his legs; then grasping my for the sun was fiery hot, and I had travelled far-hand, by dint of a great deal of gulping and sobbing-through the principal street of Port Gibson, one of the for the poor man could barely articulate for want of pleasantest villages in the state of Mississippi. As I wind-he essayed to express his thanks for my timely was about to cross a long and venerable looking bridge aid, without which, he asseverated, he should assuredly on the northern outskirts of the town, I was startled by "have died in the flood of great waters which passed a loud and prolonged outcry behind me, as if its utterer over his soul ; but that he had been saved from the great were in imminent peril and great bodily fear. I turned deep, and also from the barbed arrow of the pursuer, my head, at the same time reining up, and beheld a from which latter danger, by the help of the Lord and strange figure swiftly approaching me, sending forth at my horse, and peradventure through his sudden abluthe same time the most lamentable cries, the last still tion, he had marvellously been delivered.” louder than the preceding. But his voice did not so The speaker was a tall, spare man, with thin flanks, much surprise me, as the eccentricity of his locomotion broad shoulders, and high-cheeked bones, having a and the oddity of his appearance. He was a tall and Scottish physiognomy, with an homely expression of gaunt man, without hat or shoes, and a calico scholar's Yankee shrewdness and intelligence. His long, sharp gown streamed behind him in the wind, created by his nose, flanked by hollow cheeks, his peaked chin, and rapid motion. His advance was not direct, but zig-zag: lantern jaws, made up a configuration, which has not now he would dart with velocity to the right, and now inaptly been denominated a "hatchet face.” His mouth as swiftly to the left, anon plunging under the bushes was of formidable width, garnished with very firm, lining the road-side, and then diving down, and scram- white teeth, generously displayed by the flexibility of bling on all-fours in the middle of the road, kicking his his loose lips, which, whenever he spoke, retired as it heels into the air, and tossing the dust about him in were from before them. His eyes were of a pale blue clouds, so as to render him for the time invisible: he color, round and prominent, hereby promising, to speak would then rise again with a fearful yell, and bolt for- phrenologically, the organ of language large, which ward in a right line, as if charging at me, filling the air promise his lingual attainments, as subsequently ascerwith his cries all the while, and waving his arms wildly tained by me, did not belie. A pair of red, shaggy above his head, which at intervals received blows from brows projected over them, like a well-wooded crag; his desperate fists, each one sufficient to fell an ox. I they were rather darker than his hair, which, if owned gazed in admiration on this singular spectacle, it may by a lady, I should term auburn ; but growing as it did be, not without some misgivings of personal damage, to on a male pow, which for ruggedness of outline, might qualify which, in some degree, I turned the head of my have been hewn into its present shape with a broadhorse, so as to interpose it between my person and the axe, I shall call it red, unqualifiedly. His age might threatened danger. Onward he came, enveloped in a have been forty ; and in his stockings as he now was, cloud of dust, at the best speed human legs could be he stood no less than six feet one inch in height--of stow; and disdaining to fly, I prepared to meet the which goodly length of limb and body, a pair of white charge as firmly as the valiant Knight of La Mancha drilling trowsers, woollen short hose, a cotton shirt, would have done in the same circumstances. My steed, with a broad rufile, and his long calico gown aforesaid, however, showed the better part of valor, and, notwith constituted the only outward teguments. From all standing much coaxing and soothing, began to wax points, including the points of his chin and nose, and skittish, and as the danger grew more imminent, he every available corner of his strait and matted hair, suddenly made a demi-volte across the bridge, and here, in continuous streams—there, in large drops, chaturned broadside to the enemy, which was close aboard sing one another in quick succession, the water deof us, thereby effectually blockading the highway. scended towards the earth from the person of this dripHardly had he effected this change in his position, be- ping Nereus, while the woful expression of his physfore the madman or apparition, for I deemed it to be nomy, which judging from the combination of feaone or the other, coming in such a questionable shape,'l tures it exhibited, was naturally sufficiently lugubrious,
was now enhanced ten-fold. His first act on getting to non est levare, which being interpreted, signifieth-the his feet, and after gazing wildly about in the air, and swist of foot fleeth in vain. Reascend thy steed, my minutely surveying his person, as if in search of some friend, and I will accompany thee to yonder hostelry thing which he dreaded to encounter, was to grasp my or inn, where, peradventure, through the agency of hand, and gasping for breath, at intervals strive to arti- mine host's kitchen fire, I may restore my garments to culate his thanks for the service I had rendered him. their pristine condition, and there will I unfold the Although I could not but smile at his ludicrous figure causes of these effects, to which thou hast but now borne and aspect, I felt disposed to commisserate and serve witness.” one whom I believed not to be in his right mind, in Remounting my horse, the stranger gravely strode which opinion I was confirmed when he alluded to an along by the bridle, until we came to the tavern he had “armed pursuer,” whom he seemed every now and pointed out, when inviting me in, he led the way into then to seek in the air, there having been none yet visi- a little parlor adjoining the bar-room, and closing the ble to my eyes.
door behind him mysteriously, he placed a vacant chair At my suggestion and with my assistance, he strip- for me on one side of a small stand, while he occupied ped off his gown, and by dint of twisting it into a sort another opposite. After a short and rather awkward of rope-a process well understood by the washer-wo- silence, during which he leaned his arms upon the table, men--we expelled the water, visibly to the comfort of its and manifested much embarrassment, while the blood unfortunate owner, who thrust his lengthy arms into its mounted to his forehead, as if he felt that he was about sleeves again, with an ejaculation, or grunt of satisfac- to make a humiliating explanation-an inkling of hu. tion. The once gentleman-like ruffle, shorn of its ho- mor, nevertheless, lurking the while about his mouth nors of starch and platting, hung saturated and melan- and in the corner of his eye, as if he felt a disposition choly upon his broad breast : this we saw was a damage to smile at what really gave him pain. I therefore, irremediable: and altogether passing the shirt by, and remarked that, although I felt a certain degree of curialso his nether tegument, which adhered to the cuticle osity to learn the causes which led to his catastrophe, I like a super-hide, the aqueous gentleman gravely and did not wish him to feel that the circumstances of our silently seated himself upon the bank, and pulled off meeting called in the least for the extension of his conhis short hose (whose brevity, it should have been before fidence towards me, and that if it gave him pain to remarked, in conjunction with the brevity of his panta- make the explanation he had volunteered, I should inloons, left at all times an inch of his brawny shins visi- sist upon his withholding it; and thus speaking, I rose ble in the interstices,) and having rung them vigorously, to leave the room, and pursue my journey. drew them on again with much labor, ejaculating at in “Of a surety, friend,” he said, laying his hand lightly tervals, “hic labor est, hic labor est, quidem,” being now upon my arm, “rightly hast thou interpreted my in. shrunk to one third of their original size, before cover- ward emotions. It is true I possess not the moral ing the ancle, whereas, now only aspiring to that alti- virtus, or courage, needful to the laying open of my tude with full two inches of interval. Then rising and weakness. But thou shalt not be disappointed; that rubbing the water out of his thick hair, with the skirt which I have spoken I will do; leave me thy name of his gown, he addressed me, as I was about to reas- and place of abode, and by course of post I will transcend the bank to my horse, seeing that my Samaritan- mit in writing that, which from malus pudor, or foolish like services were no longer in requisition. His face shamefacedness, I have not the tongue to give thee was now dry, and he had recovered both his voice and orally, and so shalt thou be informed of the ris-a-tergo, self-possession, and so collected was the expression of which is to say, the rearward propelling force, which his eyes, and so sedate his demeanor, that I changed my urged me so discourteously beneath your steed, and opinion as to his sanity, and believed that he must into the deep waters; and moreover, of that which have been under the influence of some inexplicable ter- hath been the cause of all my terrestrial trials, yea, ror, when he accomplished those gymnics I have de- even an arrow under my fifth rib.” scribed, which were so foreign to his present respecta This was uttered, like his former language, with a ble appearance and discreet deportment. I therefore nasal twang, and in a slow and peculiar manner, with listened with some curiosity to what he was about to a distinct articulation of every syllable, and aceenting utter, anticipating a strange éclaircissement.
the participial termination, ed, and the adverbial, lý, “Certes, my friend, I should feel inclinated to be fa- with an emphatic drawl. cetious at this expose, as it may be termed, of my Leaving my address with this singular character, natural infirmity, but I never was more sorely pressed. with my curiosity no ways abated, I resumed my jourVerily the danger was imminent that beset me! Peri- ney. Three weeks afterwards, I received the followissem ni periissem : by ablution was I saved from greater ing manuscript, inclosed in a stout envelope of brown detriment. That I should have passed beneath the paper, superscribed in handsome and clear chirography, stomach of your equus, or steed, is a rudeness that which was evidently penned with elaborate care, and calleth for an anodoyla, or apology, which herewith I post marked Paid: besides the address, to the superformally tender, as is befitting one, whose vocation scription were appended the following words: "Corerlieth in instilling the humane letters into the minds of ing seven sheets of Foolscap, with an Epistle. These the rising generation. Verily I could laugh with thee, with speed and carefulness," which were written in a were I not sorely vexed that my fears should have be- somewhat smaller character than the superscription, trayed me into such unseemly and indiscreet skipping and near the left hand corner. and prancing, like one non compos mentis, rather than a Omitting the writer's learned epistle, addressed to grave senior and instructer of youth. Surely, experi- myself confidentially slightly revising the style, which ence hath long shown me, that in these flights, cursus was cumbrous, somewhat prolix, and pedantic-and