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expatiating on the numbers of her Upon a close approach I discovered conquefts. At this incident arose in that they were a tribe of British lamy breast all the tender sentiments of dies, who were always fond of aphumanity that I had ever cultivated; pearing in the retinue of the goddess, and I began to blame my criminal from whose indulgent smiles they recuriosity, which had prompted me to ceived an accessional lustre to their ascend the mountain. But in a few charms. I then turned my eyes tominutes the whole scene was very ward the monsters I have above de. agreeably reversed. For, toward the fcribed. The principal of which turned southern boundaries, I observed the pale, and fell down in a swoon from clouds parting, the sky purpling, and her throne. Pride shrunk into a the fun breaking forth in all its glory. shade'; Envy fell proftrate and bit the When immediately there appeared ground; while ignorance vanished marching toward us Good Nature, in like a morning cloud before the rising all her

pomp and splendor; arrayed fun. As the goddess drew near, the like a fylvan nymph, and blooming whole collection of fiends disappeared. with unitudied graces. She was of a The basilisk skulked into the glade, fair and ruddy complexion, which and the oak on which the fury was received additional beauty from the seated budded forth afresh. Wherever frequent smiles that she threw into her the goddess walked, the flowers sprang

On her right hand up spontaneous at her feet. The shone Good Sense, with much ma- trees, surprised with new-born life, jesty and diffidence in her mien. She displayed the enamelled blossom. The was an essential attendant on the young tender roe was seen bounding over lady, who never appeared to such ad- the mountains, and the little lamb vantage, as when she was under her sporting on the hills. Instead of the more immediate direction. On her briar and the thorn, there shot forth left was Generosity, carrying a heart the myrtle and every odoriferous in her hand. The next that pre- shrub. The voice of the turtle was fented, was Modesty, with her eyes heard in the groves, and the dales refixed on the ground, and her cheeks founded with the melodious harmony spread with roses. Then followed a of the nightingale. In a word, the train of beauties, who, by the unaf- whole region confessed the happy infected charms of their persons, made Auences of the deity, and charmed in me desirous of a nearer inspection. all the genial softness of the spring: An Account of Ford House, in Derbyshire, the Seat of JOHN

HOLLAND, Esq. With a Perspective View of that Mansion, and the

adjacent Country. FOR ORD-HOUSE stands on a small In few spots does she appear to more

rise from the valley between advantage than at Ford. The valley Higham and Crick, in Derbyshire, extends for several miles, and is waa mile from the former; and although. tered by a small stream, which though not decorated with pillars, and other an improvement to the verdure is appendages of architecture, makes a fome times rather a disadvantage, as respołtable, if not a magnificent ap- it overRows and destroys all the conpearance. Mr. Holland, from a highly veniences for crossing it. Higliam, cultivated taste in the arts, hath made whose situation deserves a better town, his pleasure grounds a continued scene consists of stragling thatched houses, of picturesque and beautiful views. chiedy occupied by farmers, and is That wretched taste which once pre- on the road from Derby to Chettervailed, where each tree boasted a twin field, about fifteen miles from the brother, has happily been driven from former; it has no church, fo that the our present system of gardening, and inhabitants have two miles to walk to Nature once more assumes the reins. Shirland, which is the parish church.

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The ERROR of a Good FATHER: A Tale, by M. Marmontel.

Concluded from page 276. • THE following day, the young though it then became more calm, was man, while walking with me, took but the deeper ; the filence of the up the history of his fight, where his country, and the wilds which were father had left off.

spread so wide around me, and over “ Sir," said he, “ if my father has which I wandered, serving only to spoken to you of my childhood, you plunge me farther in my gloomy mecannot be ignorant of my faults; my lancholy. Whenever I fixed my passions are naturally violent; my thoughts upon the abyss that fepasensibility was put to severe trials; I rated me from my father, and recould not keep it within bounds, and peated to myself, I shall see him no that was the source of my misfortunes. more, I fell into the deepest despondI had no longer a mother, and my ency. My weak brain would never father was every thing to me. I have horne it, but for the pleasing loved him from the bottom of my fource of diversion I had luckily heart, and was jealous of his affection. brought with me; for, lefs an eneMy jealousy rendered me sad, im- my to study than to constraint, I had patient, and gloomy; and my father, not been able to part with my favourite despairing of my amendment; re- book; Virgil and I were never asunmoved me from his house. In this der. The Eclogues made me the asexile, where I stood in need of no- fociate of Tityrus, and Mælibeus ; thing; I was severely treated, and and accordingly, when I disguised thinking I could never be more myself, I had taken the name of wretched, I made my escape. I had Alexis. The Georgics gave my new made an exchange of my coat for the condition a degree of luftre in my dress of a young peafant, and, under eyes : I there iaw rural occupations this disguise, left the country. I honoured by the poet, and I read him trudged along the bye-paths during with a sentiment of pride. the night, taking care to avoid the “One day, when fitting at the foot villages, and seeking fome lone farm- of an old willow, after going deeply house where a shepherd might be into this pleafing study, I fell asleep, wanting. At length I found the ob- and during my slumber was noticed ject of my ambition in a folitary ham-, by a person who happened to pass by: let between Fleury and Aumale. It was a man who lived retired from

“ In this free and quiet condition, the world, and whom just resentment with bread and milk in abundance, had rendered a misanthropist: in a fleeping on clean tiraw, and getting word, it was this very M. de Nelcour. up at the dawn of day to take the He perceived a book open by the fide command of the docile animals I led of a young lhepherd. Astonished at forth to feed, my situation would not this novelty, and desirous to know have been so pitiable, if, to the re- what book' it might be, he stooped collection of my sorrows, the remem- down, and found it to be Virgil. He brance of a father had not been joined, would not wake me, but continuing whom I figured to myself irritated, his walk, and loitering about the wilthreatened, and inexorable, and pre- low, he contrived to keep me in fight, paring chastisements for me as soon as and stepped up to me as soon as I I should fall into his hands.

awoke. “ At the expiration of a few months, Young man,” said he, « I have this uneasiness wore off, and I had just seen something very extraordinary t'ie crue' assurance of being either for lying belde you; an open book, Fotten or abandoned. My affliction, which I find to be Virgil! Do you

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read Virgil? And if such has been “I promise you," said he ; " but your education, by what misfortune on condition that I may be allowed to are you reduced to the condition of a come and spend a few hours with you, Thepherd ”

while you feed your sheep. Like you, “ It is not impossible,” said I," that young man, I'am familiar with misan orphan, well brought up, should fortune ; like you, I have a turn for be reduced to poverty: such a one am ftudy. I am fond of Virgil; we will I.” He then desired to know what read him together; and when we shall place I came from, whạt was my be better acquainted, and can better name, and what my family ? “My trust one another, a mutual confidence name is Alexis,” said I.

“ I come shall mingle its effufions with the pleafrom yonder farm-house; it is quite fure of our conversation. unnecessary that you should know any “ This worthy man," continued thing farther.” And as he seemed Alexis (for he still retained his name) astonished at my reserve, I, in my came frequently to join us in the turn, expressed my surprise that a pal- pasturage; we there spent together a ferby should be so curious. The pride part of the fine days of the autumnal of

my answer did not hurt me in his season, nor did those days pass unopinion.

pleasantly away. - Virgil, Horace, I do not blame you,” said he, with whom he had made me acquaintfor being prudent, although so ed, and for whose beauties I began to young... Ah!, why like you, did I have a relish as well as he, and some not earlier know how to be upon my French books he brought for my readguard against passers-by; however, ing, such as Montaigne, La Fontaine, my curiosity is so natural, and so just,” Racine, and Fenelon, contended for added he, " that you ought at least to the employment of our leisure. think it innocent; and the concern « But in the intervals of our read. infpired by your misfortune and your ings, M. de Nelcour tried, from time age, is sufficient for its justification.” to time, to come at the secret of my

"I made an apology for having misfortunes. “ Is it possible," said been so little sensible of this mark of he, one day,

- that a child like you kindness. “But, fir,” said I, “what should not at least have met with purpose does it answer to remember somebody in his family, or in the in adversity, what we have been, and world, to take pity on him ?” “I what we are no longer ? It is, at the have implored the pity of nobody," beft, but heaping care on care.

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young as I am, I weil with only to be known for a shep- know, that, in the world, the wretched herd, as I am. It is neither in your are ever looked upon as importueyes nor my own that I blush at being nate.” fo. Virgil tells us, that the gods have « Ah! you are much in the right,'' been shepherds; but every body does said he, (for without knowing it, I not know how much the pastoral life had touched his sensible part) and then has been honoured, and how much it he related to me that he had been in ought to be so still. I therefore dare, his youth what is called an agreeable without knowing who you are, sup- man ; that he had ruined himself by plicate you not to betray me. I am a his liberality; that out of a hundred friendless youths but I earn ny live- good friends who had partaken of his lihood by making myself of use; and entertainments, not a lingle one had you would disturb this innocent life, if offered him affiftance in the decay of you made an improper use of the se- his fortune; that the women, who cret you have stolen from me during used to cry him up as a pattern of my slumber. In the name of all you gallantry and accomplishments, had hold most dear," added I, “ promise found him horribly altered as soon as me not to divu'ge it.”

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grown wiser at his own expence, he leave of the farmer, I followed M. had taken without hesitation the reso- de Nelcour. lution of selling his estates to pay his “ I found at his house a garden debts, and of retiring to a little farm, that was really in a most desirable the only remains of his property. ftate of cultivation, and a little Na.

“ I heard him with concern relate talie, nine years old, and as beautiful his follies, his idle credulity, his il- as the face of day. lufions, and his errors; but his con “ You see,” said he,“ in this amia. fidence did not call forth mine. Per. ble child, the greatest comfort of my ceiving that

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secret thus eluded all solitude. She is not indebted to me bis attempts to lay hold of it, he came for life; but the habit of loving one to the wile resolution of leaving me to another is become so natural to us, the dictates of my own discretion. that the tie of adoption well supplies

« Well, my dear Alexis,” said he, the place of that of blood. When I one day, “ the winter will foon be married her mother, the widow of M. here, and we shall no longer be able de Leonval, a captain of grenadiers

, to see one another; do you know that killed at the attack of Denain, I the idea afflicts me?” “ It amicts me adopted this child, whom he had left too,” said I, with a sigh. “Why destitute, and felt a pride in thus disthen,” said he, “afflict one another charging the debt of my country toWhy should we part ? I lead a quiet ward so brave a man. Natalie already and solitary life at the village of Fley- bad fair to be of the most amiable ry, in the vicinity of your farm- difpofition, and almost as dear to me house; and I have ftill enough of the as her mother; she rendered our union ruins of my fortune to make my old ftill more tender and happy, but my age happy; come hither, and partake happiness was of short duration ; and of my happiness. The dearest object Natalie and myself were foon left to of my cares is a young female orphan, weep, she a good mother, and I an whom I am bringing up, and whom excellent wife.” I love with the greatest tenderness; if she, on her death-bed,“ “ I bequeath you partake of her afylum, I fhall you my child; she is all I poffefs in have two children instead of onę." the world. Be to her a father and

“ Sir,” said ļ, your kindness morher." “ I promised her I would, wears such an appearance of frank- and I keep my word; but as I have ness, that it is incumbent on me to no longer a fortune, to leave the dear Speak to you without disguife. My girl, I bring her up in all the fimpliruling pafion is the love of liberty; city of rural manners and pleasures, and I know no man free, but he, who This farm shall be her portion, and dependent on himself and Nature this house her own." alone, forces the earth by his labour “ I do not know what was M. de to afford him food. I am determined Nelcour's idea in speaking to me thes

; to be such a man; I am determined but as for me, from that very moto be either the farmer or gardener of ment, I thought I saw some light Virgil."

probability in the hope of being one “ With me," said he, "you will day or other Natalie's husband; be both: a good farm to manage, conceived a fondness for her, which and a handsome garden to cultivate ; palling through all the degrees of this is what I propose to you. As to friendship suited to her age

and mine, the farming business, I am as yet but at last grew into love, as soon as love a novice niyself, and we will learn it was in season. together; but in the cultivation of a “ Beloved myself by M. de Nelgarden, I think I do not want lessons cour, our labours, our studies, ou from any one.” This hope brought walks, the attention we paid to the me to a decision; and after taking educacion of Natalie, the most pre

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cious of our plants, every thing was in cence ; and when Natalie had comcommon between us. Our days were pleted her fixteenth year, he resolved entirely taken up, and our nights were either to know from me whether I peaceful. The months and seasons was a suitable match for her, or to passed away as swiftly as thought; and remove me from his house. M. de Nelcour was for ever telling “ Alexis," said he, “I think I us, that he had left nothing in the have waited long enough for your world worthy of his regret. But I confidence : though due to my friendhad left a father there ; and his image ship, and though constantly withheld, was incessantly before my eyes, re- I will not complain. But at your proaching me with being happy out time of life, prudence forbids your of his fight.

longer stay, unless sanctified by the The interesting and lovely Na- best of titles: it is yours to say whetalie repaid our cares with a charming ther you have any right to pretend to docility. Thanks to the active life it.” the led in following our example, her “ Yes, fir, I have that right,” said shape, as the grew up, displayed a I;“my birth gives it me, although thousand charms ; it was as supple as it is withheld by my ill fortune. I the shrubs fee had planted ; her com- labour under the disgrace of a father, plexion was as brilliant as the flowers, alas! cruelly deceived, and not less and as fresh as the fruit her hands had to be pitied than I ; for he is beset by cultivated; and dressed no better than the enemies of his blood, and it is of a common country girl, sometimes his very goodness that they take the with a pruning hook in her hand, advantage. A juft, but a weak man, and sometimes with a basket on her it is his secret, alas ! rather than my head, or under her arm, you would own, that I thought it my duty to have taken her for the goddess, with conceal from you. I did not name whose gifts she was loaded.

him, because I did not wish to be his, “ Farewell ftudy,” said Voltaire, accuser, because I would not reduce "the garden will engross every thing." you yourself to the cruel neceffity • Oh! no,' replied Cideville, study either of giving me up to his anger, had its turn; and then it was that the or of concealing me from him. Do mind of Natalie, her temper, and the not then blame this pious filence, sentiments by which she was animated, which gives me already too much Phone forth with all their lustre, in a pain. You shall know who I am, thousand fallies of ingenuous disposi- when heaven thall have restored to me tion.'

the indulgence and the affection of a “Natalie, faid Alexis,“ perceived, father. Then, if it be not too late, as well as I, the progress a mutual Alexis will lay at the feet of Natalie, friendship was making in both our at the feet of your amiable child, the breaits ; but it was far from giving fortune his birth will permit him to either of us any uneasiness. Pleased hope for. Till then, I bid you fareat being together, and taken up with well

, with a heart full of regret, graeach other, she with her charming titude, and affection. Do not forget gaiety, and I with my melancholy, me, fır; deign still to love one who we breathed love as others do air, and will ever revere you." enjoyed the fight of each other as My friend,” said he, “it is a others do the light of day, a happy satisfaction to me to know, that your security banishing all idea of danger filence proceeded from so virtuous' a from our minds. But the time came sentiment. Woe to the children, when M. de Nelcour, more clear- whose complair.:: reveal their father's fighted and less infatuated than we wrongs. But I thould ie sulty of a were, durft no longer abandon us to gr'at one toward you, if I let you ourselves on the strength of our inno- leare me, withour providing you with ,

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