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ACCOUNT OF VIENNA,

a submissive palivode, disclaiming all ultra “ Pope debased his genius in sanctioning fashionable pretensions."

a most unjust and narrow-minded sar“ My dearest, my only child !" sobbed casm,” said Hampden indiguantly. “With the fond parent;

you are, you will be as much truth should we estimate the most worthy of your sainted mother. Now you upright of men by the misdeeds of knaves deserve happiness, and must be happy. | and ruffians, as judge the best of women by Fashion may be a presiding divinity in the the worst; and the worst have been cordrawing-room, and in scenes of public ex rupted by the perfidy of our sex." hibition, but if predominating in the nur- || Olivia repaid these candid sentiments by sery she acts as a very fiend. In the sacred | looks expressive of tenderness and admiraretreats of domestic privacy she may be tion which no pathos of language could admitted as a handmaid at the toilette, as convey. an artist to decorate the apartments, or “My children, my dear children," said ber culinary mysteries may embellish the Doctor Bryant, “ you were formed for each table, but, I repeat it, if allowed to predo-other-for all the bliss of connubial love, minate, she acts as a fiend, especially in the sublimed into ever-growing friendship.nursery. Nature and simplicity must go Your hearts are in the right place: you vern and superintend, if you would pre will be wise and good, without any affecserve the constitution of this helpless in- | tation of singularity: you will be orna. nocent."

ments of society, and to each other daily Olivia clasped her son more closely to more necessary to mutual comfort. You her breast.—"Papa, you shall be dragoman possess all intrinsic qualifications, and all for dame Nature and, her pretty cherub external means for enjoyment, except some daughter Simplicity, till Hampden has in stated avocation. If Mr. Hampden has no structed me in their dialect."

objection, I shall provide employment to “ You have wit enough to besool us both || fill up vacant hours, and exercise his taif you like," said Dr. Bryant; “ but you || lents.". are now going to use it for a better pur “ My dear Sir, I shall readily attempt pose.

I shall become too vain of my girl," what you recommend, and I know you will “ All the reward I shall ask is, that dear || make indulgent allowances if incapacity, good papa no more gives me an oblique not indolence or idleness, should frustrate lash by repeating Pope's illiberal couplet, my willing efforts," replied Hampden. “ Some men to business, some to pleasure take, (To be concluded in our next;) “ But every woman is at heart a rake.”

BRIEF ACCOUNT OF VIENNA.

The manner of lighting the streets in by the lamplighters. In the city the Vienna is by lamps without reflectors, || houses are of an immense height, but those fixed in pots of earthen ware, and which in the suburbs are seldom more than two are suspended from an iron in the form of or three stories high. The streets where a gibbet; the light descends laterally, and carriages are able to pass are all paved on as the irons are fastened to the walls at the the footway with flag stones, as in London. height of about ten feet, the lamp cannot The narrow streets are paved all over with be brought down; the lamplighter is one kind of stone, but yet after the same obliged to trim and light it by lifting it model as the wider ones. up with a stick, at the end of which is a

Fires happen very seldom in Vienna, ale kind of mutilated funnel, and which draws though the roofs of the houses are chiefly it out of the reservoir, or replaces it, like a of wood. All the apartments are heated hook. This method renders the process || by large stoves constructed in such a manvery tedious, although all the lamps may ner that the flames cannot ascend. The be previously lighted in the boxes carried "funnels of the chimnies are terminated by

ACCOUNT OF VIENNA.

a chapiter like a dormer window, wbich every change of scene the machinist rings prevents the wind from driving back the a bell, and before every air the prompter smoke into the apartments. When a fire gives notice to the musicians by striking takes place they make use of engines and with a hammer on a thin piece of metal: osier baskets lined with leather; but though this poise, and that of the bell ringing, are the engines are well made they are too very disagreeable. If an actor is very much small, and they do not make use of the applauded, he advances to the front of the pipes to conduct the water on the place of stage, thanks the public by a very low conflagration, but trust to the mere play of bow, and returns to his performance. Thus the engine, which only sprinkles water on the dramatic illusion is entirely destroyed. the flames. The windows of almost every The Saloon of Apollo is a kind of Vaux. house, especially the old ones, are grated; hall, situated in the suburbs of Vienna, and so that if a fire breaks out in the lower is of an extent which surpasses every thing part of a building, it is next to an impossi- of the kind in other countries. Three bility to save the lives of the inhabitants thousand dancers may there waltz with by the windows.

ease; and if it was made a mere assembly, There are stands of hackney coaches, all it is capable of containing ten thousand numbered, and which are obliged to carry people. It is impossible to conceive the the first person who calls them, if unbired. singularity of the coup-d'oeil which this They are six hundred and fifty in number; place of amusement offers, illuminated and the horses good and well harnessed, and decorated by a profusion of beautiful orange they go at a very swift pace: but the trees, and animated by two or three moving coaches are hung so low, and are so narrow, circles, formed by waltzers, dancing with that they are far from pleasant, and will the most lovely girls of Vienna, to the hold only three persons. As these coaches sound of a numerous orchestra composed are not taxed, it is requisite to make a bar. of wind instruments. gain with the driver beforehand, otherwise Although the Prater is situated a full they will extort money, and be extremely quarter of a league from town, the people insolent.

flock thither in crowds every Sunday and The inns are remarkably clean; the holiday during the summer; the rich go rooms at the eating-houses are elegant; there every day. It is a charming and but both at them and at the inus the animated picture! We may meet there kitchens are detestable and unwholesome. Princes, citizens, monks, officers, and milThere are seventy-five coffee-houses in this liners' girls all mingled pêle-mêle together. city, and five hundred beer-houses. The We may behold twenty people iu twenty coffee-louses are mere smoking rooms, | different costumes-Turks, Greeks, Bobewhere numbers are seen smoking round mians, Hungarians, Cossacks, and Jews ; one or more billiard tables. The refresh

some with turbans round their heads, ments, liqueurs, and ices are all badly pre- l others with calottes; bearded rabbies, and pared. The Germans eat very little bread, anabaptists in brown levites, their heads therefore baking is not brought to the per- covered with enormous hats: women of fection it is in France or England. The | Vienna belonging to the class of rich interior of their play-houses is without tradesmen, wearing on their heads toques lustres; there are only a few wax-lights of gold in the form of Phrygian caps, their stuck against the boxes. The orchestra, corsets made of the most costly stuffs, and which is called the Grand Parterre, is ' handsome full petticoats; while the young divided into stalls, which are raised one villagers of both sexes have black straps above the other as in cathedrals: every girt round their waists. In the midst of place is numbered, and may be taken be this whimsical assemblage we see the most forehand. A padlock, or common lock, elegant people walking who belong to ensures to him who hires it his place, till Vienna, dressed in the French fashion, but the hour lie chuses to go and occupy it. 1 yet retaining in their carriage, and the No single places can be taken in the boxes, manner of putting on their clothes, much but a party may hire a whole box. At of the ancient Teutonic. lo the broad

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allées of the Prater three or four carriages || Vienna. They are very just dealers. A are seen abreast, slowly creeping along to gentleman once wishing to have a trinket the sound of twenty or thirty orchestras repaired, asked for a lapidary, and was distributed about the forest. Those who directed to a rich jeweller of the name of prefer a solitary walk, wander towards the Wiser. He found him seated at a table banks of the Danube, where nature wild, whereon was spread a great quantity of yet pastoral, presents a thousand enchant- diamonds. The geutleman could not for. ing views, capable of giving inspiration to bear expressing his surprise at his receiving the poet and meditation to the philosopher. strangers with so little caution. He thankBut as soon as the sun has left the horizon ed him for his observation, but continued it is time to quit the Prater, which becomes | to act in the same manner; suspecting no then, in a few minutes, overshadowed with one, being just himself. troublesome insects; gnats, gadflies, mus. “ The people are laborious but sedentquitos, fly about in such quantities that the ary: there are not the quantity of beggars air becomes really darkened with them; to be found in Vienna as there are in Paris, they fall in swarms on those who are walk on the quays, the boulevards, and other ing, sting them, and bite in such a manner public walks. that they may be said to devour. An in People of literature and science live telligent German to whom one was speak- very retired, and are not found in different ing of this inconvenience, said it was societies, as in France; they are only emHeaven's own police; if it was not for those ployed in one thing, and on that they are insects, he added, the young people who | incessantly employed: they are indefa. walk the Prater would be making love till tigable in their researches, and their works the dawning of the next day.

are of an erudite composition that are al“ The shopkeepers at Vienna shut up most terrific. The German scholars are like their shops from noon to three o'clock, to the ancient Benedictines, who grew pale dine; then they open them again till ten in their studies over books for years, and at night. The greater part have only their who only left off reading for the pleasure shops in town, and dwell in the suburbs, of composing, or of taking extracts." on account of the dearness of lodgings in

FUGITIVE POETRY.

Antonia ; a Poem. By Murdo Young. || made its appearance in the city of La Va. 12mo. Longman and Co.

lette, the capital of Malta. This report The cause which prompted the writer was treated with ridicule by the Maltese to adopt the affecting subject contained in faculty, and with merriment by the poputhis Poem, as an offering to his muse, is lace. However, in a few days, symptoms sufficient to evhance its interest, indepen- of sickness exhibited themselves in the dent of its poetic beauties : it is requisite house of a person who had recently receiv. that we should offer an abridgment from ed some leather from the Levant. This the Note at the end of the Poem, previous man's child was taken ill, and died sudto the extracts we lay before our readers, denly. His wife shared the same fate: and, in order that they may be the better en after having been carried to the quarantine abled to understand the story.

hospital or lazaretto, he, too, fell a sacrifice “ Having been in Malta in the year 1813, to the unknown disease. --The dissolution during the prevalence of the plague in that of this family created for some time an islapd, and having seen no description of alarm; amusements ceased, places of pub. its ravages since my arrival in this country, lic worship were shut up, and probibitory I am induced to give a brief account of its orders were issued, commanding all persons appearance, progress, and termination. from appearing in the streets, with the About the beginning of May, 1813, a ru- exception of those who had passports from mour was propagated that the plague had the Governor, or the Board of Health. The No, 113.-Vol. XVIII.

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consequence of this necessary precaution But now Langema's watchful eye espied seemed to be, that the disease abated con

Those soft emotions both desired to hide.

She loved the youth from boyhood—but no more siderably, and very nearly ceased to exist.

Can love Orlando :--wherefore?-he is poor! But while the rigour of quarantine was

But is he not superior to his fate relaxing, and the intercourse of business

As bohly born-and burning to be greatrenewing, the plague suddenly re-appeared. Endowed with genius, learning's various lore, About the middle of summer the plague | And shining virtues ?-Yes, bnt he is poor! became so deadly, that the number of its

And o'er that face with welcome ever bright, victims increased to an alarming degree, Langeina spoke not; bat her silence told

A coldness came like clouds o'er morning's light. from fitty to seventy-five daily; the num

Orlando's mind what words may not unfold. ber falling sick was equal, indeed greater. He hade adieu-bnt was not press'd again Such was the printed report of the Board To hospitality's beloved fane. of Health.-In autumn the plague unex

The tear of anguish glistened in his eye, pectedly declined, and business began | And vision swam in giddy vacancy. partly to revive. The rains of December, || Antonia sighed—while blushes of distress

Revealed the pathos of her tenderness :and the cold breezes of January, dispelled Ob! then his soul a pang of madness felt, the remains of the plague in La Valette; Where hope reposed a moment—but to melt! but it existed for some months longer in And left despair an undetermined sway the villages. The disease, which was sup While thoughts tumultuous burried him away." posed to have originated from putrid ve ORLANDO'S SEARCH AFTER WEALTH. getables, and other matter, peculiarly af.

« Well may I curse the contrast of my fate, fected the natives. There were only twelve A generous feeling, and a poor estate ! deaths of British residents during its exist. But I have health, and strength, and power of ence in the island; and these deaths were

mind ascertained to have followed from other and

Let lamentation vanish with the wind ! indubitable causes. Cleanliness was found The loss of thee, and those I leave at home :

Two things oppress me, which I must o'ercome, to be the best preventive against the power

But I'll return-my father's pious breath of the disease, the ravages of which were Consigned bis family to me in death! greater in the abodes of poverty and He bade me cherish them with tenderness, wretcliediness."

And heaven's reward, would, with his blessing,

bless!

Weep not, Antonia! days of joy will send “ How blest the friendship youthful bosoms | To thee a lover, and to them a friend. prove,

Oh! how I long with rapture for that time, That leads insensibly to future love!

That fills my soul with tenderness sublime. While each endearment memory can trace But it will come, Antonia, yes, full soon, Swells on the mind with more bewitching grace. With fortune's favours wed to Hymen's boon. And thus Orlando found his bosoin swell

My spirit burns with emulative zeal With soft emotions that he blushed to tell. For independence—and I must prevail. Fond recollection dwelt on every scene

The path of fortune brightens on my view, Of glowing friendship on the playful green, And at the goal I meet with love and you ! Where each soft look of smiling loveliness That heavenly hope, with anguish doubly dear, Diffused a charm that memory must bless. Shall orge Orlando's passionate careerOh! while he mused on rapture's morning dream, | Sball cheer his soul, and smooth adventure's road What thoughts awoke of passionate esteem! With glowing promise-lighting up to God! What soothing sighs beguiled the balmy night, To-morrow's sun shall see the sail expand Where beauty warmed the vision of delight! That wafts me, sorrowing, from my native land. Antonia still was present to bis mind,

For Persian climes I cross the Egean deep, And seemed on earth that heaven he wished to But will return-O! do not do not weep! find.

When first we met enamoured in this grove, But that assurance which his youth could boast, Thy tears were joy—thy, smiles were smiles of In manhood's morn of tenderness, is lost.

love If passion prompts his modesty to speak,

And wilt thou now distress my troubled mind, The blood flies his-10 tinge Antonia's cheek

My hope on earth !-mine angel!--ever kind! And when her voice salutes his ravish'd ear, Oh! let me kiss thee-yet!_and yet-once more! Confusion's blushes throbbingly appear!

For each seems sweeter still than all before! Wbile o'er his frame strange languishment pre- || I must depart although my bosom's swell vails,

Forbid's that death-like, dreaded word-fore His face but shadows what his bosom feels,

well!"

LOVES OF ANTONIA AND ORLANDO,

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PARTING OF ANTONIA AND ORLANDO. Envenom'd plagne! that terror of mankind, “ Around his neck the beauteous maiden clung, Destroyed the social sympathies of mindWith heavy heart, while silence chained her | Subdued the proud-the humble heari distrest, tongue :

Bade joy be sad—and beauty be unblest ! But that deep sorrow labouring in her breast, Spread through the isle its overwhelming gloom, Impassioned tears tumultuously confest.

And daily dug the nightly glutted tomb ! A kindred weakness o'er his bosom stole, Men, women, babes, promiscuous crowd the And spoke in tears the anguish of his soul!

scene, 'Twas such a struggle of delirious woe

Till morning chase their bearers from the green! As nature proved on Adam's overthrow! Reflection sickens at the tragic tale, Still, still she strained him in that dear embrace, || Where lamentation's murmurs fed the galeWbile her dark curls were wandering o'er his Where every face betrayed the secret dread face.

Who next will swell the number of the dead! He tried to leave her-but her arms of love Self-preservation mutually began Were locked enchantingly, and would not move! | To break the chain uniting man to man. Each soft exertion of his sonl was vain,

Commerce departed—strangers shunned the bay, To quit that fond, indissoluble chain !

And gaunt Starvation perished where he lay! Which bound him closer, as he seemed to start, Devouring Pestilence! accurst of heavenWith keen reluctance, from ber throbbing heart! Fell taming scourge of nations unforgiven! • And wilt thou go?'-the burst of feeling came, | Still dreaded fiend! of rankling matter born, With sighs of tenderness, and looks of shame

Whose evening victims saw their latest morn, Oh! were the world my gift-I'd give away

Creation withers at thy coming breath"A thonsand worlds to make Orlando stay! - Thy name is borror : and thy presence death!

I will not hear thee! -00 !-it must not be The glare of madness lightened in bis eye*Jf tbou de part-Antonia goes with thee!' Woe marked his cheek, his voice was agony! My God!-Yet-stay!—I'll come again this Fever his frame, anquenchable his thirst, night.'

His mind was anguish, and himself accurst! He kiss'd ber twice and vanished from her | Terrific visitant! that cowed the sonlsigbl.”

As lightning, fierce-and graspless to control;

His march was loneliness without a shade!
PANGS OF MEMORY.

Day cursed his silence! night bis dark parade! " When friendship parts—the mourners that | Reflection, shuddering as the demon past, remain,

Shrunk from the future moment to his last! Muse on its worth with melancholy pain:

Air loathed his breath, and earth abhorred his Recal the memory of past delight

treadThe day's young joy—and sweet harmonious He found men living—and he left the dead ! night.

Spreading around infection's blasting touch Then each endearment teems upon the soul

From crowded poverty's still widowed couch, With fond officiousness from friendship's roll

He gave despair to rule the breast alone, Till unavailing sorrow wrings the mind, And banished hope to sue at Mercy's throne.” Lamenting gratitude was not more kind! But the deep pang which friendship’s doomed to

THE FATE OF ROBELLA. prove, Is but the shadow of that felt by love!

Yet, ere thou cease, Robella's fate disclose.'

"Her Lord still lives to mourn her last repose ! While the fond heart in melancholy dear, Beguiles its agony with tender tear,

* Lamented victim! borne to shades of night, Remembrance turns to each enamoured scene

"Soon as the babe of proinise blest the light!' With sighing joy-and weeps that such had

"It is the plague ! exclaimed that brutal band

We parley not-but execute commandbeen !Oh! while the mind may venture to retrace

* Thou must depart!'-shè clasped the new-born

child, The killing transports of the last embrace

“And pleaded truth with speechless anguish The nameless whisper-look-and partiog sigh,

wildThat mingled joy with whelming agony! The love-lorn soul, in languishing regret,

"Thou must depart!'-And nature's sickness Feels sad, like nature when her sun bath set."

gave

• Robella's beauty to a living grave!" RAVAGES OF THE PLAGUE,

"Where was her Lord at that eventful hour?' “God of the jnst! and guardian of the free! Alas! what could be 'gainst the arm of power ? What scenes arise on anguished memory! • Firm in his faith, devoted in his love, Froth streets depopulated-towns forlorn • He shared that fale which he could not remove. Nights red with ruin lighting in the morn! « There was no plague, he urged them all to see, From feeling's wreck-from nature's mortal With nature's feelings wound to agony. tbroes-

• They saw-believed not-pitied' not his case, Where sball I turn-nor meet appalling woes! "But tore his partner from his last embrace !

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