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• J. Warton also invokes melancholy From which there is no doubt but Roin his ode to Fancy
gers borrowed the following well-kaows
lines :Goddess of the tearful eye, Who lov'st with folded arms to sigh.
Go, you may call it madness-folly,
You shall not chase my gloom away,
I would not, if I could, be gay!
Oh if you knew the pensive pleasure
That fills my bosom when I sigh,
You would not rob me of a treasure,
Monarchs are too poor to buy.
The following sonnet is by the auther When with the charm compared of heavenly
of the foregoing observations, who has Melancholy !
“neither the scholar's melancholy,whick With eyes up-raised, as one inspired,
is emulation ; nor the musician's, which Pale Melancholy sat retired,
is fantastical; nor the courtier's, which And from her wild sequestered seat,
is proud ; nor the soldier's, which 3 In notes, by distance made more sweet, Poured through the mellow horn her pensive soul. ambitious; nor the lawyer's, wbich is Collins' Ode to the Passions. politic; nor the lady's, which is nice;
por the lover's, which is all these ; bat Oh lead me, queen sublime, to solemn gloomas, a melancholy of his own, compounded To ruined seats, to twilight cells and bowers, Where thoughtful Melancholy loves to muse
of many simples, extracted from many Her favourite midnight haunts.
objects; and indeed the sundry conWarton's Pleasures of Melancholy. templation of bis travels, on which bis
often rumination wraps him in a mos: Goddess of downcast eye, upon whose brow
Sweet nymph of tears ! Goddess of downcast ere Oh teach me, gentle maid, with hermit step
Thee liave I loved from childhood's earliest her. Tby haunts to find, and ever at thy shrine
With thee have loitered in the muses' bower, To bend unseen, an humble votary.
Cheating slow time with pensive minstrelsy! Headly's Invocation to Melancholy. Far from the phrenzied crowd 'tis time to stras,
Where wildly warbling from her secret cell, Cease to blame my Melancholy,
The bird of eve-the love-lorn PhilomelTho' with sighs and folded arms
Pours on the ear of night her sorrowing lay. I muse in silence on her charms;
Sweet power! not irksome is thy mild eontrol, Censure not, I know 'tis folly,
For thou canst all those pleasing thoughts bestes Yet these mournful thoughts possessing,
Which genius gathers from the springs of woe, Such delights I find in grief,
And yield a chastened pleasure to the soul; That, could heaven aiford relief,
Taught through thy veil, the world at large to scan My fond heart would scorn the blessing.
I deem no bliss on earth as permanent to man! Sir J. Moore.
• As You Like It.
THE MINSTREL OF BRUGES.
TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH, BY THE LATE MR.JOANES, OF RAFOD.
From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, September, 1818.
of fifteen and sixteen years of age, who A YOUTH of Cambray, setting out were amusing themselves with gathering A from that town on a party of plea- nuts. sure, overtook a wretched looking set of The old man had the black collar of travellers in a hollow way not far from his coat bung round with shells, and at Cambray, at the source of the Scheldt. his feet (for he was seated) lay his pil. This company consisted of an old man grim's staff and a bagpipe. He was about seventy, a woman of fifty,a young humming an air to the tune of the girl of eighteen, and two ragged boys Duchess Golande ; the old woman was
The Minstrel of Bruges. complaining of her misery ; the young distinctly understood the conversation girl seemed lost in thought; and the between you and your wife, that has boys were bawling loud enough to stun just passed, it seems that your noble one, wbile the Cambresian observed, profession does not gain you a great from a small emineuce, this discordant number of ducats.”-“ No, certainly,” group.
replied the Minstrel, “ but one cannot The woman spoke to her husband. - enjoy every happiness at the same time; “ How can you thus sing in our rich or poor I am always gay ; I have wretched situation ?"_" It is to drive seen a variety of countries, and have away sorrow," replied he. Your lived more happily than many kings ; songs have not that virtue. You must but, sir, every thing must have an end ; allow that you have made choice of a I am now thinking to retire, and am on pretty trade.”—“ It is a gay one, how: ny road to end my days in tranquillity ever.”—" To turn Minstrel, and run at Bruges, my native country.”—“You about the world like a vagabond.” — have more than time for that,” inter“I have always loved geography and rupted the Cambresian; “ and were I travels.”—“ I do not love them for my not afraid of being troublesome, I would part ; you only think of yourself; and request an account of your adventures, what a fine education are you giving which assuredly must be very interestyour children.”-“ Neither you nor ing."-" I will cheerfully comply with myself have bad a better ; in truth, our your wishes, sir," said the Minstrel, children are grown up."-“ Yes, but “ for I am always thankful when any they have not a farthing."-"I never one shall have the goodness to set me received more from my parents.” One talking. of the little nut-gatherers now interrupt- “ I was born, as I before said, at ed the conversation, by calling out, Bruges, and in my younger days was “Mother, do not scold thus loudly, for one of the best archers of that town; here is a gentleman listening to you.” but having received from Nature a
The Cambresian, at these words, ad- strong taste for music, I laid the bow vanced and saluted the Minstrel, who aside, and swelled the bagpipe. Unrose up with dignity, seized his staff, fortunately, at that period, Bruges and preparing his bagpipe, said, “ Sir, swarmed with Minstrels, and their harwhat air would you wish to hear-gay, mony soon overpowered mine. It was tender, or grand? say, for I can satisfy in vain that I presented myself at the your taste, however difficult it may be.” palaces of the Duke of Brabant and The Cambresian presented bim with a Earl of Hainault—they laughed at my skelein, and replied, “ Play whatever harmony, and plainly told me that I air, Minstrel you may like-I am not played most wretchedly on the pipes. difficult to please, having never heard Finding, therefore, from my own expeother music than the plain chant of our rience, that a prophet has no honour in church of St. Geri." The Minstrel his own country, I left Belgium and struck up a Virelais of the Count of went into Picardy. Barcelona. "That is very melancho- “ One day as I was playing an air at ly,” said the Cambresian; “ can not the foot of ibe walls of the castle of you make me laugh instead of making Coucy, the generous Raoul appeared me cry?” The Minstrel played off a on the battlements ; be called me to Biscayan air, which delighted the young him, and said, “ Young Miastrel, four man ; and as he had found out his taste, leagnies hence lies the town of St. he continued so many of these airs, that Quentin ; and having passed through the Cambresian no way regretted his it, you will see the fortunate castle of skelein.
Fayel a quarter of a league off, seated Perhaps there is no good thing that on an eminence, wherein resides my people so soon tire of as music. The love. Go thither, and play off, under Cambresian, struck with what he had the walls, such discordant sounds as beard of the dispute between the Min- you have done bere ; my love may strel and his wife, said to him, “ If I perha;'s come to listen to tbem as I have
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done ; thou wilt present her with this badly, and recommended my quitting a letter ; she may perhaps have the kind- profession for which I was not bord. ness to reply to it, which thou wilt re- His advice, however, was vain ; I return here with, and I will recompense mained constant to my pipes, and thee more magnificently than if thou resolved to make them celebrated hadst been the first musician in the throughout the universe. world.' Delighted with so lucky an “I went thence to Paris ; and I adventure, I took the letter from Sir know not how it happened, but I was Raoul, passed through St. Quentin, and well received there, aod I was thought was soon at the walls of the castle of to possess talents, although I had not Fayel. My music resounded like that made any new acquirements. Astonof the God Pan, when a young lady ished at this unexpected success, I was appeared at her turret with a face as forming the most brilliant expectations, brilliant, and with eyes as bright, as when one of my friends said to me, those of a redbreast when seen in win. You must not be too much intoxicated ter in the midst of bushes. I ceased with your success, for in this place playing on her appearance, to offer her moderate abilities only are encouraged; the letter ;-imprudent as I was—for — make hay while the sun shines, for I had been watched-old Fayel was at perhaps your fame may on the morrow hand-he seized the letter, ordered his vanish away like a dream daughter to retire, and commanded his “ What he said was true, for the pages and bachelors to put me into public was, if possible, more suddenly confinement. Shortly after I was disgusted with me than it had before brought before this Argus, who was been delighted. • Ah! the comical foaming with rage ; I attempted to town,' said I, on quitting it, when I soften, or to put him to sleep with my found there was nothing more to be pipe, as Mercury had done to the origi- gotten ; but fortunately I had collected Dal Argus with his flute; but alas ! ihe some few crowns in my pocket. Lord de Fayel was no lover of music ; “I was told that the court of the he had me bound by his valets, and, Count of Poitiers was the usual resort regardles of my talents, had the barbari- of the Troubadours. From time imty to order me one hundred lashes. I memorial Troubadours aod Minstrels was then thrown into a dark hole, with have been brethren ; for whilst the first a bundle of straw and a most frugal were chanting their tepsops and lays to supper, and on the morrow dismissed, the sound of their instruments in the with the advice to examine well all the Cisalpine provinces, our ancestors were avenues of the castle, for if I were again gayly swelling their pipes to the merry found within its purliels, the world dance of the Courante in the marshez would forever be deprived of so great of Belgiumn. a musician, and Raoul of so faithful a “ In ibe hope, therefore, of meeting servant. They positively assured me, brethren of the pipe, I set on! lor Poithat I should then be delivered over to tiers ; and whether I really did possess the high-bailiff of the Vumandor's from a certain degree of merit, or whether whose clutches I might get out as well the Poiterians, not much famed for as I could,
talents, had not the injustice to exact. “ I dared not return to Coucy, but from others what they were wanting in crossed the Somme; and having heard themselves, I soon acquired a tolerable that the Lord of Pequigoy, a patron of degree of fame, became acquainted the fine arts, had a large party of Min- with several inhabitants of the country, strels at his court, I ventured thither to who danced to my music--Was my make him a judge of my talents. wife not listening, I could tell you, sir,
“Vanity has ever been my failing, some humorous adventures that happene as it is said to be that of my breibren ; ed to me in that fine country. I must therefore own, that the Lord of “ I now began to compose music ; Pequigny was far from considering me and should you ever visit Poitiers, you as a first-rate performer ; on the con- may hear several of my innocent airs trary, he told me that I played very sung in the villages. I believe I should
The Minstrel of Bruges.
have made my fortune in that province, discourteous for a Minstrel.--"Do you had not my ruling passion for travelling hear this wretched Flemish bagpiper, caused me to leave it. I traversed who dares to insult a woman whose Languedoc and Provence, where the sole misfortune has been caused by her johabitants have so much wit, and such weakness in marrying him? Accursed eagerness to show it, they never wait to be the fatal moment when I first thought see whether others may not be equally of fixing on such a husband. If you gifted. Afraid of my success in these knew, sir, all the rambles I have been couotries, I went into Gascony ; but obliged to make with this wild sellow" that was ten times worse. Nothing, - " Softly, madam, if you please,” however, could equal the petulance of replied the Minstrel, “ it belongs to me the people of Biscay, whither I next to relate them to the gentleman. When directed my steps; but I soon fed I had married madam," continued he, from a country where every one seemed it was necessary that my pipes should bitten by a tarantula. I began to furnish us with subsistence for both. I breathe in Arragon. Here, said I to quitted Catalonia, where I gained but myself, is a wise people, who are never little, and conducted my lady to Toletoo much hurried to act or talk. I al- do, where I formed for her a handsome most thought myself in my native coun- establishment. Had she not been so try ; but I did not add to my riches extravagant in that town, and bad she there.
not unexpectedly made me father of “I heard great talk of Barcelona, that girl there, I should have become where every one, even a player on the the richest musician in both Castiles. bagpipes, could inake his fortune. I But in short, every thing may be exwent thither, and began to blow away pected in a married state. Do not, on my pipes at the neat tippling-houses however, suppose, sir, that I was angry in the suburbs of this capital of Catalo- with my wife on this account-Thanks nia. One day, while I was playing to Heaven for having given me a sweet to a brilliant company of both sexes, temper--Sbe might have done much and they amusing themselves in danc- worse before I should have found fault ing, the lady whom you see by my with her. Events will prove what I side, hearing me utter some words in have said : for instance, examine the bad French (see how wonderful is the features of these young nut-crackers, love of one's country), felt for me an and tell me, on your honour, if you can instantaneous passion, at least so she discover any likeness between their has assured ine since. For my part, sir, faces and mine. That, however, makes I no way shared her fame, for the lady no difference to me—here they are, and was scarce handsomer then than now, I love them just the same as if they when she can count half a century; were my owo blood. When I perbut charmed and most grateful to see a ceived them coming into life, although woman in love with me, which had I had no hand in it, I swelled my bagnever happened to me before, I told her pipe the merrier to gain wherewith 10 that I should be extremely sorry she support them, and to make a stand should consume herself in vain for my against our creditors." bright eyes, and that since she would Here the wife interrupted this indisabsolutely have my hand, I could not creet babbler." Have you not suffibave the cruelty to refuse it to her. She ciently stunned the gentleman with assured me that her birth was above the your impertinences ? and do you forcommon-tbat her family, originally get that we have not tasted a morsel all from Berny, still were held in great con- ibis day, while you hear the bell at the sideration at Châteauroux. But, sir, neighbouring monastery ring for evening the privilege of a traveller is well known prayers ?" in regard to truth, and I soon discover. • You are in the right,” replied the ed that the lady had taken advantage of docile Minstrel, “ let us go and breakmy youth.”
fast with the money this generous genAt these words the old woman in- tlemao has just given me,-sufficient terrupted her husband, who was too for the day is the evil thereof,--we may
possibly find, before night, some other ed the Minstrel," but I forget where I charitable person not io vincible to the left off."-" You were," replied the charms of music.” .
. Cambresian, “ in the act of swelling “ You may keep your money in your pipes at Toledo." your pocket,” replied the Cambresian, “Good,” said the Minstrel; “ you “ the monastery, whose bell you now have heard nothing as yet. I was hear, is Vaucelles, where I have some forced to quit Toledo, like as I bad friends ; let us go thither together, and quitted many other towns, without findwe shall be well received, for the pious ing myself the richer. I went tbence children of St. Bernard, to whom the to Madrid, where novelty gave me a convent belongs, are famous for their good reception. All the capitals of the hospitality."
world afford great resources to every The Minstrel takes up his pilgrim's new comer in the folly of their inhabistaff, slings his pipes on his back, and tants. At this time I was followed at offers his arm to his wife, who accom- Madrid, as so many others had been, panies him limping and scolding ; the who possessed no greater talents thaa two boys run before them like two myself. A slight quarrel arose, hoxyoung greyhounds; the girl is silent ever, in my own family : my wife acand sighs; and thus the Cambresian cused me of poisoning her,-1, who conducts the limpiog caravan to the never had courage to poison a rat, monastery.
was it probable that I should attempt
such a thing? I was nevertheless PART II.
thought guilty, arrested, and throwa HAPPY were the pilgrims of good old into prison, where I languished for six times, who, when woro down with months. A thousand captious quesfatigue and hunger, on discoveriog the tions were put to me, to make me own towers of a monastery, entered instaotly myself guilty of so horrid a crime ; but its gates, and were received as part of when they were perfectly convinced the family. It is said that great changes that I had not sense enougb to do such have since happened, and that convents an act, I was restored to my liberty. are not now so charitably inclined; “I instantly hurried to my lodgings, this may, perhaps be caused by pilgrims whence I bad been taken to have the not being so worthy and good as in old honour of being made the inhabitant of times.
a royal mansion, eager to embrace my However this may be, our Minstrel wife and these three children : but, sir, met with a favourable reception ; for my wife was not there ; for she had the Lord Abbot having noticed the found means to interest in her behalf company from his narrow painted win- an officer of the holy inquisition, and, dow, descended the stair-case, and met if she pleases, she can tell you more on at the bottom of it bis nephew. He, that head than I can. All that I know the young Cambresian, had the honour is, that she was an inmate of his bouse so to be. He presented to his uncle when I left prison. I hastened thither, his vagabond companions, who were and found her with that officer, who conducted by the steward into the hall turned pale at sight of me; but without for the reception of guests, and instantly noticing his paleness, I embraced my served with a dinner, during which the wife with tenderness, and without apMinstrel never said a word; but by ger, which the more astonished the aldegrees, as his hunger was satisfied, guazil. She burst into a loud fit of and the wine raised his spirits, he began laughter; her friend followed her exto talk away as usual at all rates. ample; and I also joined in the laugh.
“Sir Minstrel,” said the Cambresian, These good people were very kind, to « with the permission of madam, have have me imprisoned for such a trifle. the goodness to continue your history, " This connexion was lucky ; for which is very interesting, and will cer- the officer of the holy inyuisition took taiply afford pleasure to the steward, charge of my wife ; so that I had one who bas taken such good care of you." mouth the less to fill, and only these
"I will cheerfully comply," answer- three brats to maintain. My pipes be