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to be unable to proceed. The emperor took his companion's horse, which, though as weary as the other, was still able to travel ; but he dared not trust himself without Leontine, who alone knew the defiles of the mountains; hence he possessed no alternative but to restrain his impatience and pursue his course at such a pace as enabled the cornet to keep with him.
They had proceeded in this way not only all day, but far into the night, when, seeing a light glimmer at a distance, they were induced by hunger and exhaustion to advance toward it, and even at some bazard recruit their strength with food and rest. As they approached, they discovered that the light proceeded from a cluster of buildings, which Leontine soon recognised as a hamlet connected with a gang of miners who worked in the vicinity. Relieved from the apprehension that they had possibly stumbled upon the watch-fires of some military station, the wanderers boldly entered one of the buildings that seemed best adapted to supply their wants. It was full of men, whose muscular but lank bodies, and smutched faces, glowing with the heat of a large smelting furnace that was flaming in the centre of the building, gave but little indication of a benevolent reception. They advanced, however, and stating to the workmen that they had lost the path which they were travelling, requested shelter till the morning, and some food for themselves and horse.
Contrary to all the prejudices of rank, which estimate literature as the only monitor of conduct, the travellers soon found that the inmates were not insensible to the dictates of humanity. They were supplied with as much as they desired of the rude provisions of the establishment, and were permitted to lie down on straw, which for their comfort and special accommodation was strewn upon a mass of charcoal, as a defence from the wet ground. They soon were asleep, despite of peril, fatigue, excitement, and the various foes to peaceful slumber; but they slept not long, being awakened by the clamor of horsemen, who had entered the hamlet in pursuit of the fugitives. They heard themselves described and inquired for. Detection seemed inevitable, but they instinctively glided from their pallet, and once more sought the forest, leaving their horse in the possession of the miners.
Silently as they had retreated, their movements were not unobserved. The foreman of the works had once been a corporal in the army of the emperor, and be no sooner heard the inquiries of the pursuers than he recognised in the servant of Leontine his imperial master. He cautiously followed the retreating pair, and making known his good intentions, led the wanderers down several steep descents into the recesses of the mine, which furnished copper ore for the smelting operations of the hamlet. The emperor was surprised to find here the appearance of a populous village, with streets narrow and low, but extending far beneath the forest, whose pines and other evergreens towered aloft, unaffected by the chasms that ramified beneath in all directions. The miners enjoy in these recesses the domestic comforts of separate habitations, where those who are married rear families that grow to maturity, and possess but little acquaintance with the external world, of which they seem a disconnected link rather than an integral part.
Relieved by the assurance of his guide from the apprehension of present capture, and relying for any new emergency on the sagacity and fidelity the guide had evinced, the emperor began to examine more minutely the persons and things around him; for in these regions of perpetual night a portion of the inhabitants are always at work. He found that even here, where privations seem extended to the verge of human sufferance, men laugh, sing, dance, gambol, and exhibit all, other demonstrations of contentment and happiness that are found in more propitious situations. They possess privileges that they prize, and restraints which they resist. Every man among them cherishes some ambition and encounters some rivalry. Here were reputations to be gained and characters to be lost. Like a circle, which, how small soever, includes all the curves and proportions of the largest spheres, so this miniature society appeared to possess in kind all the motives, passions, enjoyments and sorrows that pertain to the largest communities. It possessed even its unfortunates. They consisted of a gloomy and discontented group, whom a superintendant was endeavoring to lash into good humor. They constituted, he said, a gang of agricultural slaves, who, for some reasons unknown, were a few months since taken from a plantation, and condemned to the imperial mines of Boresko, from which they had recently been captured and transported to their present position. The emperor heard the explanation with self-reproach ; for in the poor quivering wretches before him he recognized the merry slaves whom, for the sake of his experiment, he had forced from the plantation where they had been reared, and sent to the mines. His regret was somewhat mitigated by the reflection that their misery demonstrated the truth of his theory; for their unhappiness was not shared by the slaves who had always been miners. An artificial want was the cause of their misery, not any original dispensation of Providence. Indeed, his majesty could not forbear explaining privately to Leontine the whole transaction, and mingling evidences of self-complacency as a philosopher with his regrets as a prince at the misfortune of these his subjects, and as a man at the unmerited suffer. ings of his victims.
THE POET SADI, ON BEHOLDING CASA MERE.
BY DR. DICKSON, OF LONDON.
Oh, the beautiful, beautiful Vale of Cashmere,
P A ILLIS AND FLORA.
FROM THE 'WALTER MAPES' POEMS.
Soxz explanatory observations on this poem, and on the WALTER MAPES' poems generally, will appear in our next. At present it need only be remarked that the inequality of style in our transla. tion is intentional, to correspond with the original, which alternates from ornate description to col. loquial and even vulgar language.
ANNI parte florida, coelo puriore,
In the blooming season when Purest æther's space is,
Then desire to go and walk Strongly did o'ertake them,
As the virgins pass along Both like queens are going;
Noble race and noble face, Noble their apparel;
In their figure, in their face, Nought unlike about them,
Softly came the welcome breeze Round about them blowing,
That the girls by solar heat Might not be offended,
On the grass the maidens rest ( 'T was a seat befitting),
Love is lurking in their breasts, Where his hiding-place is;
Phillis in a secret sigh Flora deftly catches,
Very various was their speech, Very far extending,
'Noble soldier !' Phillis saith, ' Paris, my heart's treasure !
While she thus her soldier-friend Brings to recollection,
* But my AristoTLE dear! What is he devising ?
Phillis for her harsh attack Promptly doth reprove her,
And returns it with a speech Very sure to move her : • Here's a maid whose breast,' she says, “Must a pure heart cover, Who a lazy man like that Chooses for a lover!
• Rouse you, wretched girl! from this Sad infatuation !
He is EPICURUS' self, In my estimation :
• Far from him to seek at all Valor's reputation ;
Happy in his frugal fare, Still with love o'erteeming,
“Those whom nature formed alike, Birds of the same feather,
In her face the rising blush FLORA's shame exposes ;
Free enough you are,' she says, ' PhilLis, in replying;
• You have said my scholar-love Much himself doth care for ;
Food and drink and sleep, you urge, He does aye prepare for :
'I avow my lover hath many Many fair possessings;
• Cherished by this scholar-life, By its.gay regaling,
Joy which mortal tongue to tell Must be unavailing;
"Yet, though feeling Cupid's darts, Ay, and passion's surges,
'He you love is pale and lean, Poor enough we know him ;
• Poverty in one you love Must annoy you sadly!
Phillis answers FLORA thus : 'You are great at showing
i On the morn of holyday, In the sun delightful,
Then the scholar's whole turn-out Looks both sad and frightful;
* None are so by folly swayed, None so by injustice,