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The Minstrel of Bruges. gan to bring in a tolerable revenue, as officer of the sacred troop, her favourite, there were at that time at Madrid some and my substitute, wbo bad dressed: very pretty romances, which I played himself up in tbe clothes of some majormoderately well, and not a night passed domo. It was these two houest creawithout my being called upon to give tures who were playiog me this trick; a serenade. In the evening I went to however, they paid me as generously as the Prado, where I was eagerly sought those would have done whose clothes after, sometimes by a duenna, some- they wore, and this was some consolatimes by a lord of the court, knights of tion to me.” the order of Calatrava, members of the The Minstrel was thus far advanced couocil of Castile ; at other times by in bis history, when the bell rang for ladies of easy virtue, who are as com- prayers, to the great disappointment of mon at Madrid as in other countries. the steward, who, for the last quarter of
“ Sir, I witnessed daily all the ten- an hour, had crammed his napkio into der and most irritable passions in action, his mouth to prevent himself from during my walks up and down the laughing out loud. He had reason to Prado ;-gallants puffing themselves be sorry to leave it tbus balf untold, for out like frogs, or like my bagpipe, to the history increased in interest. give themselves the appearance of the “My wife,” continued the ingenuous most desperate lovers. I joined in sen- musician, “ grew tired of her friend, or timent with all that employed me, or he grew tired of ber, I know not wbich rather I acted my part after the exam- in this respect had the advantage ; but ple of others, and iny pockets were con- one fine morning, madam paid me a sequently well filled. But I must tell visit when I least expected it, and said you, sir, an adventure that happened to that she was returned to live with me. me on the Prado. I had forined an • Madam,' said I, you do me a great arrangement with a little poet from An- deal of honour. From that time my. dalusia, whom I ordered to write ver- house had all the character belonging ses, as I would order a coat from a tai- to a musician ; for whilst I was atlor. Ope evening as we were on the temptiog to play some new romances Prado, a man, whom I took at least for with my Andalusian, she was makiog a grandee of Spain, although the ob- a variety of noises ; distributing, with scurity prevented me from observing an ease that I never saw equalled by his features, called out to me, with a any, a box on the ear to ber daughter, deep and commanding voice, Minstrel, kicks on the breecb to her sons, breakcompose and play me instantly a ro- ing and throwing down furniture, and a mance.'- Very willingly, my lord,' variety of other elegant deeds that I replied I ; on what subject do you suppress. Our neighbours thought our wish it?'-' On a blockhead of a bus- household somewhat too noisy, and band, who is forced to sing the praises made such complaints as forced us to of another, who plays his part in re- dislodge. None would admit us into gard to his wife. I pressed my little their houses from our bad reputation, Andalusian to make baste with the so that we were forced to sleep under words, and as he repeated them to me, gateways, or on benches before the I adapted a proper tupe to them. I doors, and the wicked children of the wish I could now remember them, sir, town called us the Benchers of Madrid. for they were very fine, and I would " Ah, sir ! I was undeserving of this sing them to you with my own accom- contempt; for I had in truth collected paniment. When I executed them to a handsome purse during my widowmy noble patron, and the bandsome la- hood; but my wife, on her return, took dy that was with him in an unfrequent- possession of it as the seal of our reconed part of the walks, they were so great- ciliation, and in less than six weeks it ly delighted, they were almost suffoca- was all dissipated. To add to my misled with laughter. Shall you be able fortune, we were the public laughingto guess who this brilliant couple were? stock at Madrid. Convinced that no Ask the lady here, for it was herself, artist ought to remain long in any town well wrapped up in her veil, with the where the public take such licence in
regard to him, I picked up my alls, and most impatient of all the Zegris. What set out for Grenada. I had been told was to be done ? It is said that man that the Abencerragoes were as great accustoms himself to any thing; I had, admirers of music as of the tair sex and nevertheless, the utinost difficulty to tournaments. A desire to be the Or- become a jockey. pbeus of some of these gallant Moors “I had for iny subaltero-master a had determined me to undertake the groom, called Ismael Sabaoth, who was journey. But, sir, I was in no impo- assuredly the most discourteous and sing equipage when I made my enmost disagreeable Saracen of all Grenatry into Grenada ; and my fate was like da. Imagine, sir, a pigmy in shape, a that of Homer, who was forced to ask gianı in head, a mole in the smallness alms by holding out the same hands of his eyes, a goat in beard, an Ethiothat have transinitted to us his immortal pian in colour,--a very hobgoblin, who poems. Poverty only excites pity would have frightened a Cæsar in the which borders on contempt; and altho' night-time. Add to this, a fox io cunalms be given to a poor person, the ning, wicked as a monkey, and brutal giver scarcely ever supposes bim to have as a hound. This animal, however, any merit; for to gain even the appear. was the lover of the wife of the Zegris; ance of abilities, a man must be as well you may judge, therefore, of the good dressed at Grenada as any where else. taste of the lady, and of the comforts I was almost naked ; my wife had no that awaited me. longer those charms that won the affec ' “ This wretch would fancy, that, tions of the officer of the holy oflice ; without ever having served an apprenour two brats were in a state of nature ; ticeship, I was as well acquainted as and my Andalusian poet, who was in himself in the business of the stable. such vogue at Madrid, seemed a block. He was incessantly scolding ; but not head at Gregada. In a word, this content with that, he beat me. It was great theatre was too brilliant for us. necessary that I should always have the
“ Despised by the Abencerragoes, currycomb in my hand, and be mounted guess how low I was sunk in my own on base villainous beasts, which were mind, sir, and what steps I took? You constantly prancing, and seemed to take have heard of the Zegris, the second fac- delight in throwing me sometimes on tion at Grenada, and know that these the dunghill, at others in the cess-pool, proud Zegris, despise all knowledge in although I hung on as long as I could literature, the fine arts, or io inusic. It by their manes. On my return to the was to one of these, however, that I stable, without ever giving me a minute was forced to attach myself; but, just to wipe and clean myself, I was forced Heavens ! in what a situation ! Alas! to measure out oats, cut down bay, one day, almost sioking through hun- spread straw, which brought on quarger and thirst, I was leaning against a rels with the purveyor. I was then sent wall, when a Zegris passing by, noticed to collect herbs, and to select the most me, and said, • Thou sufferest: I have proper to purge my animals, who encoinpassion on thee; follow me.' I did joyed far better bealth than I did. so, and he conducted me to his stable, “ It was with the utmost difficulty when, pointing to two Arabian horses, that, in the course of a week, I could and six Andalusian mares, he said : steal a single quarter of an hour to my• Lay aside thy pipes, which will make self for repose. This I constantly emthee starve, and dress my horses, which ployed in keeping up my knowledge in will afford thee a sustenance.
my original profession, and “ Judge, sir, of my surprise and hu- ceivable pleasure swelled my pipes with miliation at these words. Fallen from the most harmonious tones. I cannot, all my flattering hopes, and turned into however, fatter myself that I produced a groom! Another more aflicting the same effect in taming my animals thought crossed my mind, that I could as my predecessor, Orpheus, experiennot even fulfil this vile employmeot; cod with tigers and lions. On the confor I had never bridled an ass, and trary, my barbarous beasts accompamoreover, my master seemed to be the nied ine with tbeir heels, and made
several desperate attempts to kick where, by dint of killing, I learned how
to cure, and was in great vogue. I was “One day while thus playing, and consulted by all ten leagues round; my my horses capering like mad things, house began to fill, my wife 10 smile, Sabaoth entered the stable, and having and my lot was more fortunate tban gone too near one of the Arabiads, he that of many of the most celebrated received a severe kick on the belly. Sa- doctors of Salamanca. You shall judge baoth roared loud enough to wake the by the following fact how great my repdead, and his cries brought all the sta- utation must have been : ble boys around him. He accused me “ One day, this same Zegrie, my late of having p!ayed him this trick in re- master at Grenada, passed thro' Murcia venge for the many thrashings he had as commander-in-chief of the army that given me. I can assure you, sir, that was marching against the Castillians. such a wicked thought never entered He was suddenly taken ill, and on bis my mind; but, notwithstanding my inquiring for a physician, every voice innocence and my protestations, the united in recommending me as the most whole Mahometan race fell upon my able doctor in Christendom. In the Christianity, and overpowered me with honour of attending bim, I cured him blows. I was driven from the stables in eight days, at the end of which, I without their giving me a real, and it called on him to take my leave. Duwas with difficulty I was permitted to ring his convalescence he had fixed his carry away my pipes.
eyes on me with attention and embar“ I searched through the whole town rassment, and when I was going away, of Grenada for my wife and children, he said, on giving me more money than and for my Andalusian, and collected my pipes had ever brought me since I them as well as I could, all except the had first played upon them, · Doctor, I latter, whom I never saw more. They think I have seen you somewhere behad suffered as many miseries as my- fore, but cannot recollect where. At self, and having compared them togeth- these words I gave myself up for an er, we set off with sorrow for the king- undone man, and threw myself at his dom of Murcia. I addressed myself feet. You have been in my service,' to the company of whom I was again continued he, but I cannot reineinber become the head : • A truce to sigbing, in what capacity. As your groom, children ; let us assist each other, and my lord,' replied I, striking my sides to gayly too ; for cheerfulness is, above gain more assurance ; excuse me, and all, most necessary when in misery. It condescend to hear me. Honest Sais useless to the opulent, and that is the baoth, your renowned head groom, reason why they possess so little of it. while he leathered me with a thong, Here is my faithful bagpipe, my dear had, at the same time, the charity to patrimony, and our constant resource teach me somewhat of horse botany : agaicst all the calamities of this life.' from a horse to a man, my lord, there is
“My wife answered me rather un- no great stride, and I thought that wbat civilly : ' Assuredly that must be a was good for one could vot do much grand resource, which has raised you to harm to the other. I applied, therefore, the eminent rank of a stable boy, and to your lordship's seif, what I used to reduced us to beggary. Find some administer in your stables to your Ara- . other profession, for this is worn out.' bians, stallions, and Andalusian horses, Providence, sir, has formed me of very and you see yourself that I have been gentle clay. To soften my wife's tem- perfectly right. · Wonderfully so,' per I replied, • If you ibink that my said the Zegris, laughing ; • and I am pipes cannot gain enough for our sub- now no longer surprised at the infernal sistence, you have only to speak,madam, strength of your medicines. Your and I will turn physician. My pro- lordsbip judges right; they were to posal pleased ber : music leads to beg, kill or cure you,- for it is the saine as gary, and physic to wealth.
to physic and as to morality; we should " I became tben a doctor of physic, be firin in both,--this is my manner.' and established myself in Murcia, “He left the town, and I pocketed
the money. I soon became rich and am gay at present, and I shall become unfortunate, as is too frequently the case melancholy." in this vale of misery." "The Minstrel The Cambresian insisted on his gohere made a pause, and said to the ing on, and the old man thought biaiCambresian, “I know not well wheth- self bound to obey bien. er I shall continue my story or not; I
Continued in our next,
From the Literary Gazette,
It tutors nature : Artificial strife
was weak enough to be pleased with a SITTING FOR A PICTURE. remark so much in my favour, and to Painter. It is a pretty mocking of the life.
comply. We arrived at the Painter's, Here is a touch ; Is't good ?
and were shewn into a room where the Poet. r'll say of it,
easel and half finished portrait stood.
Lady Jane looked it through, examidLives in these touches, livelier than life. Shakopcare.-Timon of Athens.
ed, looked again, shook her head, and Each heavenly piece unwearied we compare,
appeared dissatisfied. “That," said Match Raphael's grace with much loved Guido's air, she to me, « is not me: it wants someCaracci's strength, Corregio's softer line,
thing; what is it?" • It wants tife,' rePaulo's free stroke, and Titian's warmth divine.
plied I, it wants the variety of es. Yet still her charms in breathing paint engate,
pression of your countenance, which Her modest cheek shall warm a future age. changes frequently, and thus cheats the Beauty, frail tlower, that every season fears, artist of the likeness which he, for a Blooms in these colours for a thousand years.-Pope.
moment, had in his power; another Painting, dejected, views a vulgar band,
expression, agreeable and engaging, From every haunt of dulness in the land,
presents itself to his view ; and he is In heathen homage to her shrine repair, Aud immolate all living merit there.
compelled to quit the last play of feaShee's Rhymes on Art. tures, which, if continued, would have “ D O now be a good creature and been perfect. Thus, for instance, you
accompany me to my Painter's,” smiled; he caught that smile ; but it were Lady Jane Mandeville's words died upon your lips and in your eyes on perceiving me at the Cocoa-tree just as he was impressing it on the door, and on stopping her carriage, canvass. He looks up; he finds yog “ There is nothing so stupid as sitting pensive and grave another countenfor one's picture," continued she, “and ance; “ Pray,iny Lady, smile again :" I know that you are a good soul, and you cannot : the next attempt is cowill amuse me with your society during natural; it is not a smile; the artist is the trying hour of being studied by the puzzled; he looks at you again and Painter. Upon my word, I wonder again; the charm of the last smile is how many a handsome timid girl can broken; you make a dozen unsuccessstand the trial : it is quite awful: be- ful attempts in order to satisfy the sides, one is so apt to get into low painter; you grow impatient; the plaspirits from the effect of ennui, and it is cidity of your brow is ruffled; the artist so excessively tiresome. So step into lays down bis brush; he too is out of the carriage, and I shall be for ever temper, but he cannot shew it; be obliged to you. I have given two sit- pauses, he reflects; he begs you to sit tings; yet I perceive something want. unconcerned ; " Sorry to give you so ing to the likeness, which I am at a loss much trouble;" what can he do ?-He to describe, and which your superior paints upon recollection, and fails. judgment will point out." . Now had an approved and approving,
The last compliment acted on me as a loved and loving swain been before a bribe; yet I saw that it was her you, and had said, “Lovely Lady Ladyship's intention to make a con- Jane, smile as you did this moment, for venience of me. My age, however, it was the most wily, winning smile I and my habits, favoured the thing: I ever beheld,” you would have imme
diately sailed all heart, and the painter 'one shed over her forehead--a favourite would have seized the happy moment,' ringlet straying o'er her ivory neck"
“You are a wicked man, a practised You paint so beautifully yourself, Aatterer, à gay deceiver," exclaimed Madam,' observed the artist, *that I her Ladyship, hitting me amicably shall execute nothing half so well; but with her parasol; “but do tell me the young Lady will make a most intewhat the picture wants. It is stiff; resting pieture, and I will do my best it is grave; it looks like a woman of to please you ; your idea is excellent, thirty : in short, it is not me; and i and I shall follow it with the utmost have half a mind not to take it."-I care.' Yes,' resumed Mrs.Blossom, I saw iminediately its defects in her eyes: am allowed to have a very fine taste for it was not handsome enough—not ten painting,” (for painting herself she had.) years younger than herself in a word, “ But stop, not so quick," exclaimed not sufficiently flattering ; but I could Mrs. Blossom, another thought has not tell her so. It wants,' resumed I, come into my mind I will have her as I said before, your play of features; painted at full length-a light drapery it cagnot, like you, say the most amiable hanging over one shoulder--the other things in the world, nor do the most quite bare her hair a la victime behind, friendly ones; it has not your wit, your and fastened up on the top of the head conversation, your knowledge of the one lock over the left shoulder, long, world, and your obliging disposition full, and natural, and finely contrasted such things, exist not in cauvass; and with the whiteness of her bosom-her it is not the Painter's fault. Perhaps,' head-half turned (this was enough to continued I, it has a little too much turn it altogether)-her eyes drooping colour. “Not a bit,",, (for she was -a luck in one hand--the other arm pleased with its improved complexion;) reclining on an elegantly executed “but," concluded she, “it is too old." pillar." • Very good, indeed !' cried
Perhaps it may be.' She was deeply the Painter, the young Lady's fine dissatisfied.
silken eye-lashes and full eyes have a We now heard very loud talking in fine effi ce in this pensive attitude.' the next room. She recognised Mrs. “Not at all,” interrupted the partial Blossom's voice. “Let us listen,” said and sancilul mother; “now I have a she, “It is that vain creature, Mrs. better thought : she shall be painted as Blossom ! I'm sure if Mr. Varnish takes Diana---a beautiful greyhound of ours at a faithful likeness of her, it will be a her teet, which will be a double advanfright, and it will be the first faiihtul lage, as it will bring in a favourite--thiog about her.” “How severe !' said then we will have her drapery looped I; “Oh! I hate her,” answered her up in front, and her well proportioned, Ladysbip; “but hush." Upon listening finely turned instep, etcetera, thus disallentively, we discovered that she was played to advantage--er bow suspendcome to get her daughter Laura's por- ed from her shoulders-the head-dress (rait taken. The poor artist was to be exactly like that of the goddess in ques. pitied. Nothing could satisfy her. It tion." 'Adinirable!' exclaimed Mr. had been far more candid to have said, Varnish. “Or if she were drawn as I must have a Venus instead of my Hebe, or-" daughter; you inust make this woman Here we had no longer patience, and an angel in picture; the colours must we left our listening station. “ F'ool!" breathe-there must be the spirunte cried Lady Jane, and, ringing the bell, colore of the Italia, artist: yet it must ordered the footman 10 reinind his be my daughterin spite of nature and of master, that Lady Jane Mandeville was art. “I will have Laura painted at her waiting. and that she was pressed for barp," said Mrs. Blossom. “She must tiine. The Artist entered, all confusion be clad in white-light drapery of ex- and excuses, and told us that he had quisite design--her bosom and her aring been detained for an hour by a Lady, bare-a lily of the valley in the former who at last went away undetermined --her raven locks fancifully arranged -- as to how her daugbier was to be drawn.
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