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Selim and Selima. An Oriental Tale.
w the amiable Selima, and in the most they came up to her, and not regardpersuasive accents, begged her permif- ing her cries and tears, put her into a fion to solicit the consent of her father. caravan, to convey her to Bagdat, She received his declaration with be where they were going. As their coming modesty, and having minutely views were mercenary, they were deconfidered the situation of her heart, termined to sell her at an high rate. the gave him the wished-for permission As she was young and handsome, they to address her father, which he quick- had an opportunity offered on their ly did, and received the following an arrival in the city, and they sold her fwer
to a rich merchant at a very high « My son, I have long admired price, who carried her directly to the your virtues ; I have been witness to Caliph Haroun Alraschid, who preyour excellent conduct, and to your senting her to his favourite queen 20temptations from vicious companions, biede, she and her ladies did all in which you have rejected with that their power to endeavour to console steadiness, which gave rise to my af- the fair stranger. fection for
my Selima, The sage and his elected fon were my much-loved, dutiful child : you as expeditious as possible with their only are worthy of her : but remem- business, and returned much earlier ber that it is on account of your vir- than they expected, hoping to see their tues that I give her to you, for I re- dear Selima ready to receive them with gard not riches ; therefore continue to her usual pleasure ; but were quite be virtuous, and may our holy prophet disappointed at not meeting with her reward
at the door. They went in, when iSelim was qaite delighted with this magine their surprize, not to find her answer, and the pleasing news was any where !-Selim ran to her favourquickly communicated to the virtuous ite bower, but she was not there ! maid, who received it with modefty, They then searched every avenue and their marriage was agreed on. round the cottage, but all to no purBut this happy pair had not yet ex- pose, till the unfortunate youth was perienced any of the various viciffi- ready to expire with grief : nor wat tudes of cruel fortunc, which every the fage Omar in a better condition. person must one day feel. The time The night passed away in Gilent sorwas now approaching which was to row, and early the next morning the render them the happiest of mortals, hapless fhepherd made search and inwhen, behold! they were suddenly quiries in every part, but without fuc. made the most miserable!
cess. Another day and night passed A few days before the intended in the same manner, when they could nuptials, some business of consequence contain themselves no longer, but both fummoned Omar and Selim to the ci resolved to go to the city, and try if ty of Bagdat. The lovely Selima was they could not hear something of the to remain at the cottage, and wait beauteous maid. Accordingly, with their return. They took leave of heavy hearts, they both arrived at each other rather ominously, promi- Bagdat, and made many enquiries afing to meet again in the evening.--.mongst all their friends, but to no purThey had been gone fome time, when pose, and spent the whole day without Selima, who was unused to be long as being able to gain any intelligence. lone, had an inclination to walk to a As they were walking through the muse herself, and the time paffing a- city in the evening, deploring their way, the found she had proceeded misfortunes, they were suddenly acmuch farther than the intended, and costed by a merchant, who had walkwas going to return, when a banditti ed some time behind them. He inof Arabian robbers, who came from formed them that he found, by their the defart, chanced to efpy her alone. discourse, that they were in troul Determined to secure so fair a prize, I and politely offered his affista.
them, begging they would favour him to amiable as Olympia, her younger with their company that evening, and lifter. This capricious preference was immediately dismissed the two Naves evident even in their infancy. Victowhich attended him, to make the ne ria enjoyed all the caresses of her fa. ceflary preparations for the reception ther, nor could her fitter obtain the of his guests, who, notwithitanding Imallest token of his tenderness or af. their amiction, could not refuse the fection. Her mother's love, indeed, request of their new friends. They made her some amends for this indif. foon arrived at a gate, which was di- ference ; but death having deprived realy opened by the merchant's two her of this consolation, she was expoích faves, and they were conducted thro' to numberless contradictions, and sufseveral handsome rooms to a noble fered continual ill-treatment. Vi&tohall, which was grandly illuminated, ria's beauty, and the fortune which she where there was an elegant entertain. might expect from the wealth and par, ment prepared ; and though veither of tiality of her father, foon drew about them were inclined to partake of any her a great number of suitors; and refreshment, yet they were obliged to Carantani, that he might marry his comply with the request of the mer favourite with the greater advantages, chant, by eating a small quantity. was determined to sacrifice to be in
terest the happiness of Olympia, whom '(To be concluded in the Supplement.)
he, accordingly, put into a convent, and caused a report to be spread that
The had resolved upon a religious life. The tragical Story of LUDOVISIO CA- This report gained credit; the nunRANTANI, a Milanese, and bis two
ber of Victoria's lovers increased, a. Daughters.
mong whom were gentlemen of the
best families in the country. THERE is no species of domestic The father already congratulated
pressive as that which unreasonable pa As he had always treated the amiable rents frequently exercise over their Olympia with severity, he was perchildren in prijhe 21ties, by forcing fuaded that she would be soothed by thein into a state of life to which they the tranquility of a convent, and think have no call, not the least inclination. herself happy to have escaped the rude. If children ought ever to be left to ness and neglect which the suffered at their own free choice, it is certainly home.
home. Nor was he altogether milwhen the shutting them up for life in a taken : for at the solicitation of fe. convent or monastery is under consin veral of her relations, who were dederation; for God requires the conse- votees, and had been gained over by cration of the heart, and to him that her father, fhe consented to take the oblation alone which is pure and vo- habit of a novice or probationer in the luntary is an acceptable sacrifice. monastery of San Martino. But there
The following story affords a striking is a time of life when nature speaks a example of the fatal consequences of language very different from that of such compulfion, and is too well at. monastic devotion. Olympia, though tefted to admit any doubt with regard young, lively, and of a complexion sa to the truth of it.
turally amorous, was on the point of Ludovisio Carantani, a native of becoming the vi&im of her father's Varesa, a čity of the Milanese, had ambition, and her own inexperience; only two daughters by a wife who had on the very day, however, of the cerce brought him a considerable fortune ; mony, she saw amongst the company, albut that parental affection which ought sembled, as usual, on those occafions, an to have been divided between them, amiable cavalier, who had made a deep was confined to the eldest, whose name impression on her heart. Immediate was Victoria, though she was not near I ly the thoughts of a convent became
Tragical Story of Luduvitio Carantani.
intolerable ; and the reflected with rious, Carantani was so much enraged, horror upon the sacrifice which the that the next time he visited Olympia, was just about to make, of all the ad he told her, in a transport of fury, vantages which she might promise her that if she did not take the veil as soon self in this world.
as her noviciate expired, he wouid put The nuns, and her devout relations, her to death with his own hand.-. who soon perceived the change, endea " If I die," said his amiable danghvoured, in vain, to bring her back to ter, calmly, “ it shall not be by your her first resolution. All the answer hand. I have often represented to you they received from her was, that her my averfion to a monastic life, yet you circumstances being equal to those of command me to sacrifice myself to the her litter, she had no inclination to fortune of my fider, and to that exsacrifice herself to her ambition, or to ceflive fondness which you have always the partiality of her father; that her sewn for her; and if it be impoflible design was to marry, and that she in. for me to prevail on you to retract treated them to prevail upon her f1- this command, you shall be obeyed, ther to give her to a young cavalier of fince my obedience will spare you the a very good family, by whom he knew crime which you threaten to commit she was beloved.
against me; but you and my sister will It is ealy to imagine the astonish- have perpetual cause to regret the cruel ment of Carentani, when he was ac facrifice which you oblige me to make quainted with a resolution which quite you :" adding, that he might, whenfrustrated the scheme he had formed ever he thought proper, order the nefor raising the fortune of his Victoria, ceffary preparations for her ceremony. his dear Victoria, He earneltly in- She then withdrew. treated the nuns and his kinswomen to Carantani, who, probably, did not redouble their endeavours to make 0. know to what lengths despair might lympia alter her determination. But carry a young maid, when love has those endeavours only inflamed her once seized on her heart, pleased himpassion, and increased her disguit for a self with the thoughts of having made monastic life; nor did the conceal her her change her resolution. He went, sentiments even from her father, who therefore, with an air of triumph, to came frequently to see her, in order to carry the news to his dear Victoria discover the effect of the remonftrances and her lover, who were then together. of his friends ; to these he added his They exulted exceedingly at the news, own ; but perceiving that this expe- and deemed themselves arrived at the dient did not succeed, he had recourse summit of felicity. to menaces, and assured her that if the As the time appointed for Olympia did not resolve upon a religious life, to take the veil was now near, Signor he would take her home again, where Carantani made all the usual preparaThe might expect to be the most wretch- tions, and, as if he thought the uned of women,
happy victim knew not to whom the Olympia, who knew her father's was to be sacrificed, he took measures unkindness by a long and cruel ex. for solemnizing the marriage of his perience, did not doubt but he would eldest daughter at the same time. keep his word.' Yet she endeavoured On the day preceding that which to mollify him by the most tender and was fixed for this double ceremony, pathetic expoftulations ; but neither Olympia thought it her duty to make arguments, intreaties, nor tears made a laft effort to soften her father, and the least impression on his heart. if possible, divert him from so barba
As Vi&oria’s match was, by this rous a sacrifice. For this purpose she change in Olympia's resolution, in dan- again reasoned, she expoftulated, she ger of being broken off, her lover intreated ; but Carantani was equally growing cold and indifferent, in pro-deaf to the voice of reason, nature, portion as her fortune became preca. I and religion ; he continued inflexible
in his purpose, and confirmed his , it, and after having deplored her mis. threatenings by the moft horrible fortunes, and prayed to God for pas. oaths. “Ah! my dear father,” said don, the faltened to one of the beams the amiable Olympia, with a look of a cord which she had taken from one unutterable tenderness and grief,“con- of the nuns, who used it as a girdle, lider well what you are about; confi- put it about her neck, threw herself der that to me your answer is either from a little bench on which she stood, life or death; and be assured, that if and in a few minutes expired. you sacrifice me to my
Gitter's fortune, In the inean time the company, who you will repent when it is too late : had been almost an hour assembled in the phantoms that now milead you the church, waited with impatience will vanilh at once ; you will perceive, for the beginning of the ceremony.with horror, the effects of your delu- The abbels was acquainted with it, fion, and feel the pangs of remorse who was equally furprised at the de when they are aggravated by despair ; lay, and asking the nuns the reason of but farther conversation will only rait, was informed of Olympia's request: tify my destruction, by increasing your they waited almost an hour lorger, resentment; permit me, therefore, to but ftill Olympia did not appear. They withdraw, and do not give your final then went to seek her in her cell ; but answer till to-morrow. But remem. there she was not to be found : other ber that if I perish, you will be wretch- parts of the convent were searched, ed; and that in refufing mercy to your but without success. At length, after daughter, you give fentence against much time spent in a fruitless enquiry, yourself." --- With these words the one of the nuns thought of going up quitted the parlour.
into the garret.-What a mournfal ! Carantani, whose eyes the last fen- what a horrid spectacle was there! tence might have opened, disregarded The unfortunate Olympia hanging in it as one of those wild menaces which the fatal cord with which she had pus are usually the last resource of a passion an end to her life! increased by opposition, and exasper Seized with horror at the ghaftly ated by despair. The preparations fight, she ran precipitately down stairs, for Victoria's marriage engrossed his and rushing into the choir where the attention, and he thought of nothing nuns were assembled, the filled them but how to render it splendid and with terror and astonishment by her magnificent. The relations who were outcries and lamentations. The alarm invited to this double ceremony were soon spread itself from the choir to already assembled in the church of the the church, where all the relations, convent, and Olympia was dressed in with the utmoft affli&tion and furher richest apparel, and most splendid prise, received the news of the suddet ornaments, which at these times are death of the onhappy Olympia, the pat on only to be renounced for ever molt mocking circumstances of which with the greater folemnity. The dread- the abbess prudently concealed. At ful moment arrived in which this first they would not believe it; they blooming vi&tim was to be conducted demanded a light of her, and going to the altar ; then, knowing that the out of the church in a body, the la had nothing farther to hope, yet con- dies, and Carantani himfelf, (this pricealing her despair, she asked leave of vilege being granted to fathers) entered the nuns who were about her to go up the convent, notwithstanding the reinto her cell, under pretence of recol. Gítance of the abbess and nang. What Jecting herself for a few minutes, and a spectacle was this for a father, for a meditating in private upon the impor. Gifter, for a whole family! One of the tant affair which the was about to molt amiable young women, the victranfa&t. This was readily granted, tim of a violent despair, all the horror and Olympia went up, not into her of which was yet vifible in her coun. cell, but into a garret which was over tenance !
630 Great as Carantani's obduracy had , murs of heart give imperceptible strokes. hitherto been, he now burst into tears, to those delicate fibres of which the and became frantic with despair. He vital parts are composed, and wear out accused himself too late as the mur. the machine insensibly; not to menderer of his daughter, and itung with tion those violent ferments which they this, tormenting thought, which was ftir up in the blood, and those irregubut too much the suggestion of truth, lar, disturbed motions which they raise he fled from the convent, and even in the animal spirits. from the city, with the greatest preci- chearfulness mutually beget cachopitation. He mounted his horse with ther, with this difference, that we sela design to conceal his shame, his grief, dom meet with a great degree of health and his remorse, in the obscurity of a which is not attended with a certain country-feat.----But heaven designed chearfulness, but we often see chearfulhim for a public example. He had ness where there is no degree of health. scarce rode fix miles, when his horse Chcarfulness bears the same friendtaking fright, threw him, and his foot ly regard to the mind as to the body. hanging in the stirrup, he suffered a It banishes all anxious care and dis death yet more dreadful than that of content, sooths and composes the palhis unhappy daughter. Dragged by his fions, and keeps the soul in a perpehorse, which ran full speed, every limb tual calm. The man who is possessed was broken, and his body was covered of this excellent frame of mind, is not with wounds and bruises. Divine only easy in his thoughts, but a perjuftice seemed to extend itself even to fect malter of all the powers and fahis carcase after he was dead; for his culties of his soul. His temper is ehead and arms were entirely separated ven and unruffled, whether in action from it. The horse did not stop till or solitude. He comes with a relish it got home. Who can conceive the to all those goods which nature has horror and consternation of his family, provided for him, tastes all the pleawhen they saw the horse furiously gal-sures of the creation which are poured loping, and dragging after him the about him, and does not feel the full torn and bloody trunk! Victoria, who weight of those accidental evils which was an eye-witness of this dreadful e may befal him. A chearful mind is vent, could not fuftain the complicated not only disposed to be affable and obcalamity, which was thus heaped upon liging, but raises the same good huher, on the very day in which he ex. mour in those who come within its inpected to have beca completely hap. Auence. A man finds himself pleased, py. The death of her fifter, and of. he knows not why, with the cheurfulher father, attended with uncommon nefs of his companion : it is like a sudcircumstances of horror, and the loss den sụn. shine that awakens a secret deof her lover, who refused to enter into light in the mind, without his attendan alliance with a family which suicide ing to it. An inward chearfulness is had dishonoured, made so deep an im. an implicit praise and thanksgiving to pression on her mind, that the died Providence under all its dispensations. two days afterwards, and closed, by It is a kind of acquiescence in the her death, that series of disastrous e itate wherein we are placed, and a les vents, which afford instruction of the cret approbation of the divine will in mast memorable kind to parents, with his conduct towards man. regard to their conduct towards their In the second book of his Paradise children.
Lott, Milton has introduced a fimile
which cannot be read without the An Essay on CHEARFULNESS.
greatest pleasure by a person of a
chearful disposition; the recital of it HEARFULNESS, says Mr. Addi- is fufficient, one would imagine, to health. Repinings and fecret mur. moft cloudy mind.