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mandate of Moignet, fatal was the fabled fired his imagination, and his creative wand of an evil magician, struck the rich genius turnished the committee of public and luxuriant foil with fudden fterility. safety with a model for the law of the The fourishing manufactures of Bedouin 22d of Prairial, which banished all judishared the fate of its defolated fields ; cial forms from the revolutionary tribuand all that was saved from the general nal of Paris. Maignet, after the destrucwreck were the treasures spread by the tion of Bedouin, caused, what he termed fruitful filk worm upon the tops of the a popular commission, to be erected at trees by which it is nourished. A tribu- Orange, for the purpose of trying all the nal of blood was formed by the order of counter-revolutionists of the departments Maignet ; every day the destined num- of Vaucluse, and the mouth of the Rhone, ber of victims were marked by the public without any written evidence, and withaccuser; and the inhabitants, who were out a jury. ''Twelve or fifteen thousand unable to name the guilty persons, were persons are imprisoned in those departall involved in one proscription. Those ments,' says Maignet, in a letter to Couth. who ilaped the knife of the guillotine on; if I were to execute the decree fought for thelter in the depths of caverns, which orders all confpirators to be after the conflagration of their habita- brought to Paris, it would require an tions, on the roins of which placards army to conduct them, and they muft were fixed, forbidding any person to ap- be billeted like soldiers upon the road." proach the spot. The hollow cliffs re- Maignet therefore obtained the sanction echoed the moans of the widow and the of the committee of public safety, which orphan. Two hundred and eighty young was given without the consent of the men of Bedouin, who had fiown to the convention, to his plan of forming a pofrontier even before the requisition in or- pular commission at Orange. der to defend their country, in vain dis The Committee of public safety named patch successive letters, inquiring with the judges, who by their conduct justifi-, folicitude after their parents. Those gal- ed the discernment with which they were lant young foldiers will return to their chosen, and proceeded with revolutionnative village, their brows bound with ary rapidity in their work of death the laurels of valour. Alas! they will • You know,' says the secretary of the find their native village but one sad heap commission, in a letter to Payan,' the of ruins !--in vain they will call upon fituation of Orange; the guillotine is the tender names of father, of mother, placed in the front of the mountain, and of after :-a melancholy voice will feem it seems as if the heads in falling paid it to issue from the earth that covers them, the homage it deserves.' Sometimes and figh, they are no more! For those however the majority of the judges of victorious warriors no car of triumph is Orange complain in their letters of two prepared ; no mother's tears of transport of their colleagues whose consciences had îhall hail the blefled moment of their re not altogether attained the height of the turn; no father shall clasp them to his revolution. Faurety, the president of bolom with exulting joy, proud of their the commission, says in a letter to Payan, heroic deeds. Ah, no! their toils, their • Ragot Fervex and myself are au pas * ; dangers, and their generous sacrifices Roman Fouvofa is a good creature, but Shall find no recompence in the sweetness an adherent to forms, and a little off the of domestic affection, in the foothing revolutlonary point which he ought to bliss which, after absence, belongs to touch. Meillerit, my fourth colleague, home !--alas ! their homes are levelled is good for nothing, absolutely good for with the ground; they will find no spot nothing in the place he occupies; he is upon which to repose their wearied limbs fometimes disposed to save counter-rebut the graves of their murdered pa- volutionary priests ; he must have proofs,
as at the ordinary tribunals of the anThe village of Bedouin was too con- cient system. Those eroublesome scrufired a sphere for the destroying genius ples of two of the judges were however of Maignet. His thirst of blood was not lo completely overruled by the majority yet allayed, his cafte for desolation was of their colleagues, that the departments not yet gratified. A wider scene of ruin of Vaucluse and the mouth of the Rhone
* Tle military expression of marching au pas, to the beat of the daụm, became a fort of cant term, much in use during the tyranny of Robespierre; and adher. ence to the principles and doctrines of the day was signified by saying je suis au paso
History of M. de M_and Adelaide.
53 became the scenes of the most horrible from this rustic habitation, a clear tore outrages against humanity. Multitudes rent rolls with no icanty stream down a, had already perished by the murderous bold rock, into which its fall had worn commiffion of Orange, and multitudes in grots and caverns, which were luxuri. the gloom of prisons awaited the same ously decorated with Shrubs for ever waa fate, when the fall of Robespierre stopped tered by the spray. The corrent not falthe torrent of human blood.
ling from a very considerable height, proAmid the mass of far-fpread evil, a duced sounds more foothing than noisy, mid the groans of general calamity, no and, without ng the power of excitdoubt many a figh of private forrow has ing the sensation of fublimity, awakene never reached the ear of sympathy, and that of the pensive pleafing melanchomany a victim has fallen unpitied and ly. unknown. Some of the martyrs of Maig. This sequestrated valley, rich in the wild net's tyranny have however found a 'fad graces of nature, had escaped the decohiftorian of the pensive plain ;' and the rations of French art, and no jets d'eaux, fate of Monf. de M 's family, which I clipped trees, and · alleys who have bave heard related much in detail by an brothers,' deformed its folitary receffes. old female servant who was the compa- Far above, and at some diftance, arole nion of their misfortunes, is not the least the lofty mountain of Ventoux, covered affecting of those tales of forrow.
with its eternal snows; that mountain M. de M, formerly a noble, lived which Petrarch climbed, in spite of the with his son, an only child, at Marseil- steep rocks that guard its aicent, and Jes, where he was generally respected, from the summit of which he gazed up, and where, during the progress of the re on the Alps; the boundary of his native volution, he had acted the part of a firm country, and sighed; or cast his looks and enlightened patriot. After the fa- upon the waves of the Mediterranean tal events of the zift of May, he became which bathe Marseilles, and dash themsuspected of what was called federalism selves against Aignes-Mortes, while he by the jacobin party, which usurped the saw the rapid Rhone flowing majesticalpower in that city, and punimed with ly along the valley, and the clouds rolimprisonment or death all those who had ling beneath his feet. honourably protested against the tyran Such was the scene where M. de ny of the mountain faction. M. M M-fought for refuge, and where he was warned of the danger by a friend, sheltered himself from the rage of his feq time enough to fly from the city, accom rocious perfecutors. He had, soon after, panied only by an old female servant, the anguish of hearing that his brother, who entreated to share the fortune of her who had a place in the adminiftration of mafter. . His wife died some years be one of the southern departments, and fore the revolution ; and his son, an a who had taken an active part on the side miable, an accomplished young man, of of the Gironde, had perished on the scaftwenty-four years of age, had, a few fold. M. de Mfound means to in weeks before his father's flight, been cal form his lifter-in-law of the place of his led upon by the firit requisition, and had retreat, to which he conjured her to har joined the army of the Pyrenees.
ten with her daughter, and share the litM. de M-, after wandering as far tle property which he had rescued from as his infirmities would permit (for al- the general wreck of his fortune. His though only in his fixty-third year, his old servant Marianne, who was the bear. frame was much debilitated by a long er of this message, returned, accompanic course of ill heaith) took refuge in a fo- 'ed by his niece ; her mother was na litary habitation, at a few leagues dif more: she had survived only a few tance from Ariquon, and one of the wild- weeks the death of her husband. The eft parts of that romantic country. The interview between mademoilelle Ademountains seem to close the fcene upon laide de M- and her uncle produced the traveller, till by a narrow cleft it again those emotions of overwhelming forrow, opens into a small valley, where this lit- that arise at the fight of objects which intle hermitage, for such was the aspect tereft our affections, after we have fute of the dwelling, w 18 placed. This unfre- tainod any deep calamity : in chole moquented valley was rich with pasturage, ments, the past rushes on the mind with and bounded by lofty hills, wooded cliffs, uncontroulable vehemence; and madeand in some parts by large grotesque moiselle de M, after having long rocks with sharp peaks, that role above einbraced her uncle, with an agony that the foliage of hanging forests. Not far choked all utterance, at length pronoun
ced, in the accents of despair, the names local charm which endears to minds of of father and of mother.
taste and sentiment spots which have M. de Mendeavoured to supply been celebrated by the powers of genius. to his unfortunate niece the place of the Petrarch, the tender, the immortal Pe. parents she had loft, and forgot his own triarch, had trode those very valleys, had evils in this attempt to soothe the afilic- climbed those very rocks, had wandered tion of this interesting mourner, who, at in those very woods and the two young nineteen years of age, in all the bloom of persons, who both understood Italian, beauty, was the prey of a deep and of when they read together the melodious a settled melancholy. She had too ftrains of that divine poet, found themmuch fenfibility not to feel his-tender selves' transported into new regions, and cares, and often reftrained her tears in his forgot for a while that revolutionary gopresence, because they gave him pain. vernment exifted. From those dreams, When those tears would no longer be those delightful illufions, they were a. fuppressed, she wandered out alone, and, wakened by a letter, which a friend and then feating herself on some fragment fellow-foldier of young de M
conof rock, foothed by the murmurs of the veyed to him, in which he conjured him hollow winds and moaning waters, in- to return immediately to the army, if he dulged her grief, without controul. In would shun being classed among the sufone of those lonely rambles, sacred to her pected or the proscribed. forrows, the was awakened from melan Young de M confidered the de. choly mufing by the sudden appearance fence of his country as a sacred duty of her cousin, the son of M. de M which he was bound to fulfil. He in. who, after having repeatedly exposed his ftantly prepared to depart. Bid adieu to life during a long, and perilous cam his father and Adelaide with tears wrung paign, in the service of his country, re from a bleeding heart, and tore himself iurned-to find his home deserted and away with an effort, which it required his father an exile. Such were the re the exertion of all his fortitude to sustain. wards which the gallant defenders of li- After having passed the cleft which erre berty received from the hands of tyrants. closed the valley, he again turned back The young man flew to his father's re
to gaze once more on the spot which treat, where the firft object he saw was his contained all his treasure. Adelaide, afJovely cousin, whom he had a few months ier his departure, had no consolation but before beheld in all the pride of youth- in the fad yet dear indulgence of lender ful beauty; her cheek flushed with the recollections ; in fedding tears over the gay fuffufion of health, and her eye paths in which they had trod,-over the Iparkling with pleasure. That cheek books they had read together. Alas, was now covered with fixed paleness, and this unfortunate young lady had far othat eye was now dimmed with tears; ther pangs to suffer than the tender rebut Madem. de Mnever appeared to pinings of absence from a beloved obhim fo interefting as in this moment: ject! Some weeks after the departure of
Two young persons, placed together her lover, the departments of Vaucluse in such peculiar circumstances, must have and the mouth of the Rhonę were deso. had hearts insensible indeed, had they lated by Maignet. Two prescribed vicconceived no attachment for each other. tims of his tyranny, who were friends of The son of M. de M, and Adelaide, M. de M, and knew the place of who both possessed an uncommon share his retreat, fought for an asylum in his of fenfibility, foon felt, that while all be- dwelling. M. de M received his fuyond the narrow cleft which separated gitive friends with affectionate kindness. the little valley from the rest of the world But a few days after their arrival their was misery and disorder, whatever could retreat was discovered by the emissaries give value to existence was to be found of Maignet ; the narrow pass of the valwithin its savage boundary, in that reci- ley was guarded by soldiers; the house procal affection which foothed the evils was encompassed by a military force ; of the past, and shed a soft and cheering and M. de M. was summoned to de ray over the gloom of the fu:ure. The part with the conspirators whom he had scene in which they were placed was per dared to harbour, in order to appear culiarly calculated io cherish the illufions with them before the popular commifof paffion; not merely from displaying fion established at Orange. This laft thofe fimple and romantic beauties, the firoke his unhappy niece had no power to contemplation of which foftens while it sustain. All the wounds of her soul were elevates the affections—it had also that suddenly and rudely torn open ; and al
History of M. de M.----- and Adelaide.
57 together overhelmed by this unexpected, age was for ever present to his mind ; this terrible calamity, which filled up the and, unable to support the bitterness of measure of her, afflictions, her reason those pangs which her idea excited, he entirely forsook her. With frantic ago- again found means to obtain leave of abo ny she knelt at the feet of him who com fence for a few weeks, and haftened to manded the troop; the implored, the the valley. He found the habitation de wept, the Mhricked ; then started up and serted-all was dark and filent: he new hung upon her uncle's neck, pressing him through the apartments, calling upon the wildly in her arms. Some of the fola name of Adelaide, but no voice answerdiers proposed conducting her also to ed his call. the tribunal; but the leader of the band, He left the house, and walked with whether touched by her diftress, or fear- hafty fteps along the valley. As he passed a ful that her delpair would be trouble cavern of the rocks, he heard the moans some on the way, persuaded them to of Adelaide-he ruled into the cavern leave her behind.
he was seated upon its finty floor, She was dragged from her uncle, and Marianne was fitting near.-Adeia and locked in a chamber, from whence laide caft up her eyes as he entered, and her shrieks were heard by the unfortu- looked at him earnestly he knelt by her nate old man till he passed the narrow fide, and pressed her hand to his bosom cleft of the valley, which he was deftin I don't know you,' said Adelaideed to behold no more. His sufferings Not know me!' he cried, ' not know 'were acute, but they were not of long Charles !'- If you are Charles,' the reduration. The day of his arrival at O. fumed sullenly, you're come too late range he was led before the popular com 'its all over! Poor old man ! The cried, miffion, together with his friends, and rifing haftily from the ground, and claspfrom thence immediately dragged to ex- ing her hands together, don't you see ecution.
his blood on my clothes ! I begged very In the mean time, mademoiselle de hard for him I told them I had no M-, released by Marianne from the father and mother but him-If you are apartment where he had been confined Charles, begone, begone ! They're comby the merciless guards, wandered from ing--they're on the way--I see them umorning to evening amid the wildest re pon the rock !-That knife-that bloody cesses of the valley, and along the most knife!'rugged paths she could find. She was Such were the ravings of the disorderconftantiy followed in her ramblings by ed imagination of this unfortunate young her faithful servant, who never loft fight lady, and which were sometimes interof her a single moment, and retains in rupted by longer intervals of filence, and her memory many a mournful complaint sometimes by an agony of tears. Her of her disordered mind, many a'wild ex lover watched over her with the moft preffion of despair. She often retired to tender and unwearied affiduity ; but his a finall nook near the torrent, where her cares were ineffcctual. The life of Ade. uncle had placed a leat, and where he laide was near.its close. The conyulsive usually passed some hours of the day. pangs of her mind, the extraordinary Sometimes the feated herself on the fatigues she had suffered in her wanderbench; then started up, and throwing ings, the want of any nourishment except - herself on ber knees before the spot bread and water, fince the obstinately rewhere her uncle used to fit, bathed it fuled all other food, had reduced her witli floods of tears. • Dear old man,
frame to a state of incurable weakness she would cry, ' your aged head !--They and decay. might have left me a lock of his grey A short time hefore the expired, she Hairs. When the foldiers come for me, recovered her reason, and employed Iter Marianne, you may cut off a lock of mine last remains of strength in the atrempt to for Charles Poor Charles ! --Ir is well console her wretched lover. She fpoke to he's gone- lee the guillotine behind him of a happier world, where they those trees !---and now they drag up a - fhould meet again, and where tyrants weak old man !they tie him to the thould opprefs no more---she grasped his plank!--it bends-On beaven !'---- hand-he fixed her eyes on his and
The acute aflliction with which young died. de M. heard of the murder of his With the gloomy silence of despair, father was still aggravated by the tidings with feelings that were denied the relief he received from Marianne of the filu- of tears, and were beyond the utterance ation of his beloved Adelaide. Her im of complaint, this unfortunate young Ed. Mag. Jun. 1796.
man prepared with his own hands the While angels with their silver wings o'ct: grave of her he loved, and himself cover
shade ed her corpse with earth.
The ground now sacred by thy reliques The lait offices paid by religion to the made. dead, the hallowed taper, the lifted cross, the folemn requiem, had long'since va
Young de M-passed the night at nished, and the municipal officer returned the grave of Adelaide. Marianne folthe cult to dust with unceremonious lowed him thither, and humbly entreated fpeed. The lover of Adelaide chose to
him to return to the house. He pointperform himself those fad functions for .ed to the new-laid earth, and waved his ihe object of his tenderness, and might hand as if he wished her to depart, and have exclaimed with our poet,
leave his mcdiations uninterrupted.
The next morning at break of day he •What though no weeping loves thy ashes entered the house, and called for Marigrace,
anne. He thanked her for her care of AdeNor polish'd marble emulate thy face ; laide ; be assured her of his everlasting What though no facred earth allow thee gratitude. While he was speaking, his
emotion choked his voice, and a shower Nor hallowed'dirge be mutter'd o'er thy of tears, the first he had shed since the tómb!
death of Adelaide, soothed his oppreffed Yet fall shy grave with rifing flow'rs be heart. When he bad recovered himself, dreit,
he bade Marianne, farewell, and hastera And the green turf lie lightly on thy ed out of the house, muttering in a low breast;
tone, “This must be avenged. He told There shall the morn her carlieft tears be- Marianne, that he was going to rejoin ftow,
his battalion ; but all inquiries after him There the first roles of the year shall have since been fruitless: this unhappy
young man has been heard of no more !
PO E TRY.
ODE FOR THE NEW YEAR.
Beheld our Coasts from ravage free,
Protected by the guardian Sea, SY HENRY JA. PYE, ESQ. POET LAUREAT,
Where Commerce spreads her golden: HERE is immortal Virtue's
Where Fitets waft triumph to our Th' unfading wreathe of true Re
She saw, and fick’ning at the fight, Best recompence by Heaven decreed
Wish'd the fair proapect of our hopes For all the cares that wait a Crown;
to blight, If Industry, with anxious zeal,
Sought out the object of our dearest care, Still watchful o'er the Public Weal; Found where we most could feel, and tried If equal Justice awful arm,
to wound us there! Temper'd by Mercy's seraph charm, Are ineffectual to assuage
The broken shaft that coward Malice Renior feless Faction's happy rage?
rear'd But the fell Dæmons, urg'd hy Hell's' be Shall to thy fame eternal lustre give, heft,
Inscribe on Hitt’ry's Page thy Name Threaten, with frantic arm, the Royal Pa
rever'd, triot's breast !
And bid it there with endlçss blaYet not, Imperial GEORGE, at thee For there our Sons remotest race
Was the rude bolt of Malice sped, In deathless characters fall trace, Ev’n Fiends that Crown with rev'. How Britain's baffled Foes proclaim'd their rence see,
wark of the State.