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face from so many eyes ; but the brightness it was thought expedient to take another preof the fire the Mepherds had lighted up be- caution in regard to the child, before the day trayed her, and thewed in her a woman of appeared ; and this was to have it carrieu equal youth and beauty.
to the house of a relation of the old man, The shepherds did not hesitate to offer her who lived about a league off. Accordingly. all the help that lay in their power. Ah !' it was sent there with the gold chain, and in said the, the only favour I alk of you is, that case of an inquiry the nurse was to declare you would first hide me in some corner, where that it belonged to an inhabitant of fome my pursuers might not find me, and after- neighbouring village They then thought wards give me fue aliinent, which might of repairing to their respetive places of reit. keep me from fainting away. All were The return of the day was agree ihle to all sager to see her properly accommodated. A but the young Lady, who durit not behold good old man, the chief of the shepherds, the brightness of the sun. However, after took some theep-skins, the most woolly and distributing persons to watch in different asoft he could find, and brought them into the venues leading to the cot, the old shepherd hollow of an old oak of enormous thickness, took her out of her oak to give her a liais where he made a kind of bed. 'Tis there air. The moment she appeared, the admithe fair disconfolate was conducted to be con- ration for her beauty received an additional cealed from the search of her enemies. She increase, as well as the follicitude that had was given some milk and wine to drink, and, already interested then in her misfortune. whild the was recruiting a little her strength, They gave her hopes and comfort, and, imthe old man was busy in stretching out and patient as they were to learn her adventures, hanging other skins before the hollow of the they prayed bier to satisfy the company's cutree, in order to dry them, as it were, and to riolity. Her gratitude for the services the remove all suspicion.
had received did not allow her to refuse that' In the mean time every one made their favour, and she spoke to them as follows : reflections on the event, and some were nct My.name is Feliciana Vox. I was bora without hazarding a conjecture, that the in a village not far hence. My parents are young woman was the mother of the new more noble than amply provided with the ly-bom child. The pilgrims, however, gifts of fortune. My beauty, which has prayed the old man not to let bounds to the been the cause of this disaster, and which is good work he had begun, but to extend still not fuch now as it was fome months ago, his charity to the poor helpless creature. inade me fought for by the bett parties. They related to him how it had been con Near my father's house lives a Gentleman, figned over to their care. Calling immedi- much commendable for his services and noately one of the other shepherds, he ordered ble rank, whole fon is not less the heir of his hiin to take the child among the goats, that eminent virtues than of his grcat wealth. the hepherdess might milk one of them for In the same village is another ancient Genit, till he should take other measures for its tleman; he too has a son, with whom he preservation.
lives honourably on a moderate income. The shepherdess had scarce began to make 'Tis him my parents would have me marry, the child's wailing cease, by humecting its without either consulting iny inclination that lips with a little milk, when several men on fixed my choice on the first, or the adv.mta- horseback arrived at the habitation. I hey ges I was to find in the match. But Heainquired if a cavalier had been seen who had ven that reserved me for the disgrace I now taken away with him a newly-born infant, and suffer, and perhaps for ftill greater, inade me a young Lady, who was juit delivered of it. take into my hed, without the knowledge and Having answered, that they knew nothing of against the will of my father, the lover I had the matter, these men continued their route chosen for myself. I will not tell you by with extraordinary fpced. All were glad of want degrees I brought things to this país. their departure. The pilgrims spent the Unfortunately for me, my mother was no night there more commodioully than they more, who would be ready to hear reason ex xcted, and their hoits entertained then concerning my true intereft, and that of riy with the best chear they could attord. But heart. We often saw one another, my lobefore they repaired to rent it was thought ver and I, without a witness. It was thase neceísary to vit the amiable fugitive. She scret interviews that pushed me on the prefound herself more at ease, and said that her cipice wher: my honour met with ruin, it, situation would be less unliappy to her, when notwithttanding, one can repute a woman as The lhould be under no further dread of her dishonoured, who did not make her beloved father, who was the person that fought her happy, till he liad plighted to her the faith of with her brother, and some of their friends. a lawful husband.
When on the point of bringing into the was reduced to. My father, on his side, world the fruit of our conjugal love, my full of impatience on account of my long aba father came to a resolution that I should fence, caine himself to let me know that I marry the young man he gave the preference made myself to be too much waited for, to. For this purpofe he invited him yester- Come as you are, said he, your beauty will day evening to our house with two of his re- supply the defect of dress. I can't tell but lations. A presage of what was to happen he heard some complaint fron the child, the threw my whole frame into tremors, on see- moment that Leonora was carrying it away ing Don Diego appear ; this was the name to some place of security, or to give it to Ro of the husband he had provided for me. No- fanio. Taking a lighted candle in his hand, thing could equal my dillrels. My father, he came up and looked me stedfastly in the having followed me into a chamber where face, and I saw his change in an instant to I retired, ordered me to dress something different colours. He was going undoubtbetter than usual, to receive the faith of him edly to tell me what he thought of the condito whom he purposed to engage mine, and tion he had surprised me in, if the feeblo he gave me but a moment to put myself in a eccho of a second complaint had not again condition of appearing.
reached his ear. Then, furious, he ran with Being then come to the term of de- his naked sword to the place where the cry livery,; judge of the effect my father's order proceeded from. At light of the danger í must have produced on me. The pains of law my child in, I was animated with an labour fo overpowered me, that I remained equal fury to that of my father, and no lonas dead. My father had no fooner joined ger remembered I had wilhed to die. Lola his company, but, instead of having orna- lowed precipitately to wrest the sword from ments brought me by my waiting-maid, I him, with which he was going to sacrifice threw myself into her arms, and with eyes my blood to his resentment. When I faw, bathed in tears : Ah! Leonora, said I, the that Leonora had happily escaped his purend of my days is at hand; Don Diego fuit, my ardour (lackened ; and my father waits to marry me. Conceive the excefs of suddenly stopping to listen if he could hear a my grief in my present condition ; in pity, repetition of the same cries, I availed myself dear friend, pierce my sorrowful heart ; open of his delay to get out into the street, withto my soul a pasage that may deliver it from out his taking notice of my escape. In a the torment I endure. But I feel, pursued few moments after, I could he?r him cry out I, a moment after, that I have no further oc- he would have me dead or alive. Imagi. casion for your help. My weakness will do gining my child safe, or if not, that I could me the service I implored, and I quit with be of no further help to it
, my thoughts joy a life which I am not permitted to spend turned intirely upon myself. The apprewith the one I love. Then I fetched a deep hension of loling a lite which I had despised ligh, and Leonora thought I was just expi- but an hour before, gave me wings to fly into ring. But how great was her surprise, when, the country. I ran a long time without instead of seeing me give up the ghost
, or keeping to any certain route, and I would struggle against death, the perceived that I have walked all night, notwithstanding my endeavoured not to stifle a child that began extreme lassitude, if the light I had seen in to cry out ! This accident was very embar- this habitacion had not induced me to come raffing to her, not having herself been yet so and ask you for the assistance you have so gecircumstanced ; and I recovering a little from neroully granted me. my weakness, expected nothing less than the This is all I can inform you of concern. mortal blow from the hand of my father. ing my adventure. As to the rest, the will
Feliciana had proceeded so far in her nar. of Heaven must dispose of me ; and you will rative, when an alarm was given of some lay me under infinite obligations by assisting unknown persons coming that way. The me with your advice to extricate me from the old shepherd immediately interrupting her, precipice my ill fortune has led me into. made ready to bring her back to the hollow Feliciana's story excited as much astonish. of her oak; but a new, signal being given ment as compassion. The pilgrims related that these people were going another way, to her in their tuin all that happened to fear ceased, and Feliciana thus resumed her them ; their meeting with the cavalier, his discourse :
delivery of the gold chain and child to them, Whilst Don Diego seemed impatient to and the engagement they had agreed to of have the marriage ceremony performed, Don taking with them the child to his friends at Rolanio, my husband, had hid himself in Truxillo. What do I hear, Said Feliciana ? our garden. He wanted to speak to me, Might not this be iny own child ? Might though ignorant of the dreadful extremity í not this be my dear Rofanio, who had com
fided to you the pledge of our love ? Ah! promised to follow her, and dispatch an aclet me see the child. Though I have not count of the success of her journey to Feliyet seen him, I should perhaps know him by ciana. But Me, having conceived a singular Some resemblance of his father, and by the affection for the whole company, especially doaths Leonora had wrapped him up in. If 'for some of the women that compofed it, and these incidents should give me no just infor- defirous besides of removing from a country mation, blood will speak for him, and I where the had a prospect of nothing but milthall learn from the voice of nature what I so fortunes, resolved to accompany them, dif much desire to know.
guised herself as a pilgrim. She did not, The old shepherd then told her that her however, propose to continue in this resolucuriolity could not be fo faon satisfied ; that tion, but in case of the news received at the infant had been sent to one of his rela- Truxillo proving unfavourable to her. All tions to suckle and keep it in greater safety; were charmed to know her intention. There but that he would order its being brought was no difficulty in procuring for her a pilback, and in the mean time the might pof- grim's habit. She put it on, and fancied less herself in tranquillity, either in his house, he had acquired new strength of body under or in the hollow of her oak.
it. After testifying to the old shepherd alb Feliciana returned to her afylum, very the gratitude she'owed him, and having forimpatient to see the child they had mentioned ced hiin to accept of the gold chain as a to her; and the pilgrims did not cease con- recompence for his good offices, the, with vering with the old thepherd on her melan- the other pilgrims, took leave of him, and fet choly lituation. How itrange, said they, are the rigours of fortune ? From the Sweer ex Not to fatigue too much their new come pactation of always poffefling a beloved huf- panion, the pilgrims performed but short band, the is fallen into the horrid dread of journies each day, and frequently halted. being for ever separated from him. Yester- Sometimes, it was upon the bank of a rivuday The was happy in the midst of her fa- let, sometimes under fome delicious shade. mily; this day we see her wretched in the It was in one of these stations that they hollow of an oak, dejected, uneasy, and learned from Feliciana that her furname of trembling at the noise of a leaf shaken hy the Vox was not of her family, and that her fawind.
ther was called Don Pedro Tenorio. She They were still on the same subject, when confessed that this furname had been given the child and its nurse arrived. He was im- her, by reason of her being endowed by namediately presented to Feliciana, who several ture with one of the finest voices in the times looked at him with the greatest atten- world, as was pretended. Their desire was tion. She found no resemblance of Rofa- great to hear her, but they durft not alk her nio, but his features being not yet formed, to fing, in her present situation of a disturbed he suspended her judgment till she had seen mind and weak body. his linen. She examined them one after an On the third day, they saw appear the other, and had no knowledge of them. Na- kinswoman of the old shepherd, who was ture was mute. No instinct revived ten- returning from Truxillo. She was the demels in her heart. No, said he, I fee bearer to them of very agreeable news. nothing here that tells me the child is mine. Don Francis Pizaro and Don John d'Orel, That gold chain (for it had been allo brought lana had with all imaginable pleasure taken to her) does not give me a further inlight; upon them the care of the child : Suppofing I never faw it in Rofanio's hands. It is, from all the circumstances of its bistory, however, true, that I heard my husband say which this woman had informed thein of, he had friends at Truxillo, but I don't re- that it belonged to their friend Don Rosamember hearing their names mentioned. nio, that young cavalier being the only in
The old shepherd and the pilgrims en- the whole country they would act in such deavoured to revive her hopes, and the for- respect as trustees to. mer offered to send his relation to Truxillo Feliciana, transported with joy, gave a to present the child to those whose care it was thousand thanks to Heaven for so happy an recommended to by the unknown cavalier. event. She did not less thank the good
This proposal raised fuch emotions in Feli- woman that came to acquaint her of it, and ciana's heart, that, throwing herself at his he sent her home liberally rewarded for her. knees, and closely embracing them, she des trouble. As she went on her way, her cared how sensible she was of what he inten- companions seeing her fo well disposed, emded to do for her consolation. All ap- braced that favourable opportuni:y to hear proved the shepherd's advice, and his rela- her fing a few airs, which the consented to. ion departed with the intant. The pilgrins They adınired the sweet melody of her voice,
and all agreed thiat she was perfectly worthy, the people, fix men well mounted arrived in of the furname the bore.
the square that is before the church. Two At length they all arrived at Guada. of them were immediately known to be Don loupe. The pilgrims haited to visit the fa- Francis Pizaro and Don John d'Orellana. mous church that makes the principal or The third that followed them was maiked; nament of that city. They were struck at and all inquiring the cause of the tumult, the fight of its magnificence, and the great they were told that justice had taken the deconcourse of strangers. But, first taken up fence of a woman pilgrim against two perwith the holy motive that brought them fons who faid they were her father and brothere, they prostrated themselves and per- ther. In an instant, the malked cavalier, formed their prayers with great devotion. who knew Feliciana under her difguise, dif
Feliciana followed them, little foreseeing mounts, and (word in hand, placing himself that she was to find there the denouement of at her side, and unmasking, spoke aloud her adventure. She proftrated herself also these words : If you have any room to comin filent adoration, and having remained plain, said he to them, it is not on Feliciana for some time motionless, as in a kind of ex- your anger ihould fall ; it is on me, who taly, she devoted herself to the whole excess have taken her for wife against your will. I of her piety. But, rising suddenly, the am Rofanio. My noble birth is not unraised her heart to God, and began to fing, known to you, and you are not ignorant that according to a usage common in the coun I have a fortune to maintain her. Was it try, some canticles composed in honour of just that adoring Feliciana, and being bethat monastery. The sounds of her charm- loved by her, I should make her over to Don ing voice ecchoed throughout the church. Diego, whom you prefer to me without any Four strangers entered at that instant. Hav- other
motive than because you would have it ing kneeled down to pray, the voice fuf- fo? Besides, if I have offended you, pursued pended their devotion. The eldest of them he, by allying myself to you agunft your inieemed very attentive Son, said he after- clination, I pray to be pardoned a fault which wards to one of the three others ; either it is love made me commit. De perfuaded I an angel that I hear, or it is my daughter Fe- should not he wanting by this step to the reliciana. Yes, 'tis The, ansivered the young spect that is due to you, if I did not remark man; 'tis my lifter, and not an angel ; and in you too much partiality for my rival, and if my hand should second my resentment, I an aversion to me which I did not deferve. Ahall foon make her sing in another key. So Feliciana, still shivering with fear, whilft faying, he draws his dagger, runs up to his Rofanio was speaking, had laid hold of him fiiter, and was going to bury it in her heart, by the belt. ' Before her enemies opened had not the old man, who perceived his in- their mouth to answer her defender, Francis tention, laid hold of his arm, crying out; Pizaro embraced the father, and John d'OrelStop, Son, this church is not a theatre for lana the brother, whose friends they had long representing a tragedy ; fed no blood in fo been. Where then is your discretion, Don hely a place. You would be punished for Pedro, faid Pizaro to him ? Is it possible thy crime, by punishing that which she has that so wise a man as you should run into committed. Have patience, the wretch can so great an excess of passion ? Don't you Bot escape us.
know, that the offence you complain of is The action of the young man, and the re more worthy of pardon than punishment ? monftrance of the old one, cansed such a Why should not Don Rofanio be deserving difturbance in the church, that Feliciana dif- of Feliciana ? Is there a more commendable continued finging:. The pilgrims and af- cavalier in your town, or a more advantaliftants could not hinder their dragging her geous match ? Wealth, condition, virtues, from the church into the street. They fur- all center in him, and you cannot, without reunded them to oppose their rage, and not injustice as well as blindness, refuse a union withstanding the efforts they made for saving that suits your daughter fo completely. Juha her, the victim would have been facrificed, if d'Orellana supported this expoftulation to his some Officers of justice, who ran together at utmoft: If these reasons, added he, are not the noise, had not timely put a stop to the fa- f. fficient for your complying, I have in my tad blow, and rescued her out of the hands of house a warrant for your reconciliation with her affaflins.
Feliciana ; tis a child, whom you cannot Whilst thus she was under the safeguard disown for your grandfon, without disownof the laws, till her crime was examined ing yourself, for he perfectly resembles you, into, the uproar ftill increasing, by the con- and I am sure you will not refuse to come fusion of the fobs of the daughter, the com- and acknowledge him for what he is. plaints of the son, and the murmurings of Don Pedro Tenorio, sunk, as it were, ir
a profound meditation, heard wliat was fuld the mother, said he, who brought thee into to him, without uttering a wrd. Of a tuds the world, and the father who bega: thee, enjoy den, he starts up to his fon Don Sancho, wrests all the good things I heartily wiih them; his dagger out of his hand, and rushes after- and, again pressing him tenderly to his bewards to embrace Rolaniu, who, fwling at his fim, he bathed his face with his tears, which knees, embraced them with all the gratitude lie dried up with his grey hairs. Don San. his heart w.a. fusceptible of. Feliciana imi- cho, his uncle, did not sew him less tenderthes his example. She Med a torrent of nets, and that moment he declared him his tears. Her groans almoft ititied her, and the heir, protesting he would have no other. fell into fo weak a state that they had come Feiciana then felt for her child what she difficulty in recovering ler. Joy then med did not the first time of seeing him. It all its powers over the witnesses of fo affect- seems that Nature had waited the presence of ing a light. Each person applauded the Rofanjo, to make her voice heard. Peace happy change wrought in Don Pedro and his being thus made between them and Don fon Don Sancho, as well as the wisdom and Pesiro's family, they made no delay to tie adiscretion of Pizaro and d'Orellana.
gain the matrimonisl knot, by a more folcinn The Judges who were present at that recon- renewal of their union. The ceremony ciliation made them all enter the inonattery, was performed in the church of our Lady of where the Prior entertained them in a fplen. Guadaloupe. Nothing more was wanting did manner. The pilgrims were invited to the common joy. It glistened in all eyes, thither by Feliciana. "It was proposed to re as it reigned in the bottom of all hearts. The new her marriage with Rofanio. Don Pedro pilgrims felicitated themselves for having had no objection to it, but he first desired to been the instruments of fo fignal a happiness, fee his grandson, who being brought to him, and, receiving the thanks and good wishes he contidere:) hiin attentively, and rejoicing to of this loving pair, took leave of them to confind in him a lively picture of himielf, em tinue their pilgrimage. braced him with a thouiand transports. May
A Report having lately prejailed that some Ships were fitting out for making
Difrovcries in the South Seas; and most Navigators being not sufrciently convinced of the Truth of the Affertion, that there lies a Continent in the South Seas of prodigious Extent ; we therefore here propose to entertain our Readers with an Abstract of the Voyage of a Dutch Commodore to these parts. It is greatly to be lamented that his Proposals to the Dutch Weft-India Company were never published, as it cannot be doubted but they contain a Variety of curious Particulars, which might reflect great Light upon this Subject.
T the expence and by the appointment land. So strong were their hopes, that fume Commodore Roggewin failed from the port to their great mortification, afier a fruitless of Amiterdam on the 16th of july, 1721,' search, they could not fall upon it. He.ca
m search of dricoveries in the South seas. he concluded, that he hail einer pated it, or · He had uneler his command three ships well that there exiited no such land; but we are
provided for fo long and hazardous a voyage. not to be surprised at his dilappointnent, as After various accidents he arrived at the it appears, from Wafer's account, that lie , island of Juan Fernandez, which he foon fought it ten degrees too far to the West. quitted with intention to visit that part of the Pursuing his curse for 12 degrees Weit, Southern continent reported by Mr. Wafer he ftill liw great flocks of birds, which ätto be discovered by Captain Davis in 1680. tended hiin till he fell in with a small island Koçgewin, having the benefit of the South about 16 leagues in extent, to which he gave east inonloon, foon arrived in the Latitude of the naine of Pafcha, or Eatter iflane', it be28 deg. and in the longitude of 251 deg. he in discovered on Ealter-day. The finaleit of expected to meet with Davis's land; and was the vetlels was sent to found and examine this the more afined of this prospect, when he coaft ; and she returned with advice that it faw fowls Hlying over the ihip, and obterved seemed fertile and populous, as they dilcovered the wind often letting and veering ; both a great number of smokes in different parts of which are bouked upon as certain signs of the itkind. When thesyuadrop www abwuitwo