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Ibe Unfortunate Rivals. much modesty, that they produced with profound attention, while he was conviction at the fame time as they launching out in encomiums on Mahad excited astonishment. When Bar- ria's charms, mental acquisitions and cello took his leave, he begged to connections. He desired he might be speak with Garcillasso in private, and permitted to see the lady, who had when they were by themselves, bes. raised such a flame in his bosom ; and ged be would give his son leave to vi- recollecting that Garcillasso was his fit him alone, if it should not fuit him sponsor at his baptism, he affured him, to attend : persons of the fame age, that he might take him with him the added he, are generally the belt com next visit he made, without giving ofpanions; before their elders they are fence to Garcillaflo, or alarming the under restraint, and do not shine with delicacy of his daughter. half the splendor as they do in the Antonio aflented, thinking to make company of their cotemporaries. him instrumental to him in the prose

Garcillasso assented to the truth ofcution of his suit. Garcias was rehis remark, saying, “ that the produce ceived by Garcillasso with all the of June and December is seldom found cordiality of a friend ; he likewise dein the same bouquet ; and the reasons fired he might see him withont cerecould not change their tations so far, mony, as one that had a claim upon as to occupy the place of one another. | him for attentions, not much less Antonio, added he, will always be wel- thanthose of a real parent. Antonio come ; the son of Barcello is his fe heard this invitation with secret pleacond self, as such I shall always ho- fure, as it corresponded with his innour him.”

tention of making him his advocate Barcello and his son returned high- with Donna Maria. Being sent by ly pleased with the compliment paid his father to execute an important comthem by Garcillasso, and Antonio al. million at a considerale diltance, he resured his father, that he should not quested Garcias to visit Donna Maria Night so great a favour, but would as frequently as he could in his abendeavour to thew by assiduities how sence, and endeavour to accelerate liis much he valued it, how much he intended nuptials as much as he posesteemed it.

fibly could. Garcias promised him his The vilits of Antonio were frequent, beft endeavours to promote his interest, but the impetuofity of his temper was wished him success in his commission, so great, that Donna Maria gave lit. and hoped, he said, to give him weltle encouragement to his addresses. come news on his return. Instead of entreating, instead of en In his abfence, Garcias taking addeavouring to merit the honour of her vantage of Garcillasso's invitation, was hand, by a condescending, by a cere affiduous in his visits, and in his abmonious behaviour, he seemed to defence was admitted to a conversation mand it. So much imperiousness be with his daughter : his temper was so fore marriage, Donna Maria thought mild, so full of condescension, that gave little hopes of more condescen. Maria could not forbear contrasting it fion after the indissoluble knot was with Antonio's : she wished that intied. A tyrant in courtship is seldornitead of pleading his friend's cause, he the humble friend after it.

had urged his own, and wilhed for her After Antonio had prosecuted his own fake, for their fakes, that they suit some time without making any could exchange tempers. While the progress, though he had the vanity admired the humble, but yet ardent to think he had, he communicated manner in which he spoke in behalf of his intentions to his bosom friend Don his friend, the found, that he had Garcias de la Vega, whom he always made a greater progress in her heart intrusted with his secrets, and loved than she was aware of. To reject him with all the ardour of inviolate friend. was what she could not consent to, to Tip: Don Garcias listened to him accopt his friend was what she dread

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ed: from the impetuosity of Antonio's unchristian determination of single comtemper Me knew that if he suspected bat : but the time appointed was too The Tould give the least encourage short for him to put this expedient in ment to the passion of his friend, the practice. He found him at the place of confequences would prove fatal.

meeting ready to engage, and was calIn this embarrassment the deter-led upon frequently to defend his homined to behave without any avowed nour. The reluctance he showed to partiality to either of them, determin. draw his weapon was branded with ing to wait till time should present cowardice, and that same with which her with a clue to extricate herself conscious guilt always attends false, from this dilemma. Garcias finding perfidious, and infamous violators of that he could do his friend no service, friendship. resolved to set up for himself, and af. Garcias seeing that his friend's futer a visit, in which she gave him nei- ry was not to be appeased by remonther encouragement nor a refusal, he trances and assurances of an inviolable serenaded her that evening.

friendship, put himielf on his defence, Antonio, who had executed his bu- | but received a dangerous wound in the Giness sooner than he expected, had thigh from Antonio ; finding that he returned that very evening, was hatten till continued his lounges, and that his ing to Don Garcillaffo's, thinking to life was in danger, he run him through give him and his daughter an agreeable the beari, receiving his weapon at the furprise, and was alarmed on seeing same time in his body ; on which they the band of music assembled-under his both fell down dead. balcony. Full of the jealousy fo charac Donna Maria, who had been in. teristic of his nation, and urged on by formed of the intended rencounter by the natural impetuofity of his temper, the messenger that carried the chalhe was going to draw his sword on lenge to Garcias, arrived at the bloody the innocent fons of harmony ; but spot as the two unfortunate rivals cooling in an instant, he went up to were falling. The light was too much them, and deinanding the name of for her senses to support, without betheir employer, he was informed it ing unhinged; she immediately grew was Don Garcias.

frantic, and continued to the day of The news rouled him into a fury- her death lost to the world, and the he immediately rushed into Garcillar molt deplorable object that imagina, fo's house, the door being left ajar tion can form of female beauty, di. by the servants, that they might hear vefted of the use of reason, the better, and bursting into Donna Maria's apartment, he upbraided her with her 'inconstancy in the rudest REFLECTIONS on the Approach of Wix, manner, and flying out of the room, vowed that Garcias should pay dearly

HE gloomy this he hurried homewards, and sent a challenge to Garcias, appointing and difrobes the earth of all its lovely the place and hour of meeting, andvow- scenes, is now approaching Farewell ing that notwithstanding his perfidy, spring, with all thy blooming treasure! and Maria's duplicity, he was deter- farewell summer to thy balmy breczes, mined the should not have the man and refreshing Mades! Farewell auof her choice, while it was in his tumn, which crowns the year with power to prevent it.

fruits innumerable, and pours all into Garcias would have endeavoured to the lap of man ! You must now make have foothed him, by debring him to way for ftern winter, which marcbes come to an explanation, before he had on apace, and marks his way with derecourse to more violent measures, and struction. Attended with bleak winds, profefling the deteftation he had to the icy froft, and black brooding tempests;

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-armed with fleecy snow, chilling urged by necessity, croud to the neighdamps, and driving storms, he is com bourhood of man, in order to procure ing to attack our ille--at his baleful their scanty subsistence. Eolus now presence the feathered inhabitants of governs the atmosphere-what dreadthe aerial regions are ftruck dumb, ful roarings issue from the chambers of they tremble and shiver, impatient to the north, and hurl the air into the hide themselves from the destructive utmost confution! Aquarius opens foe, impatient to elude his piercing the fluices of the firmament, and coinfuences, and escape his frigid eye. vers the face of the earth with his Gay Flora's filken tribe, which a few humid stores. Cold and comfortless days ago glittered in the sun, and ap- is the scene ! see how the ground is peared in all the pomp of dress, which strown with the leafy honours of the a few days ago flung balm and odour grove.-Yonder rural walks which a through the air, and displayed their little while ago were impervious to the painted treasure, far outvying the most rays of the sun, and cast a sweet and coftly productions of the loom, where refreshing hade, are fought no more are they now? They are now no by the student. No longer are they more! Winter's poisonous breath has frequented by the contemplative, or zainted the delicate tubes, and imme those who walk for health and plea. diately they are blasted-they ficken sure. they die. See the trees have also But see the evergreens still retain felt the baneful influence of the relent. their verdure, and bid defiance to the less season-their verdure is gone-- howling blasts and piercing froits of winhow they drop their foliage, and ter. The bay tree, the ivy, the yew, the relign their summer pride. That holly, fir and pine, are fill cloathed pleafing verdure which arrayed the in green ; ftill they preserve their folifields, and cherished the eye-that age, though the skies frown, and the lovely carpet intermingled with flowers

storms roar. of every bue, of every Imell, which

The sun no longer gilds the fair adorned the meadows, and spread itself landscape of nature with Auid gold, over the solitary groves is withdrawn, but is mantled in thick clouds, and withered, decayed. Winters rufset scarcely difpenfes day through the cloathing, sowed thick with hoary froft, dark and turbid air. No buzzing innow presents itself, and a kind of taf- fects expand their alken wings and felled silver is sprinkled over the trees exult in his enlivening ray. No aerial and hedges.—What a dreary profpe&t! choristers congratulate his approach, All nature seems fickening, declining, or announce the arrival of day's great and finking into destruction.

sovereign. How the days are shortened! the fun no more in refulgent majesty and They twitter no more over the bending spray, with potent rays traverses the 'meri. But huh'd and child, mope out the gloomy dian, “warming earth’s inmost womb;" | Os in some clufering hedge fupinely Gt, but just peeps upon us with a faint and And all their gay and sprighely notes forget. oblique gleam, and then hides his The woodcocks now from northern regioas, face, and leaves us to the dark and un

fly, comfortable gloom of tedious nights. To seek for nurture in a milder sky. Hark! the bleak winds begin to Have left our ille, and fied to warmer climes

The fum mer birds 10elligent of times whistle through the woods : black clouds darken all the sky, and fill the What sharp and cutting gales nos air with, hazy fogs, which hover a blow from the boreal regions ! Ice is round the hills, and relax the springs on their wings, and millions of frozen of life. Debilitated with cold, and particles are driven through the air. pinched with hunger, the poor bitds Squadrons of black and scowling afsemble in flocks, and seek for the most clouds fail along over our heads; see, sequei'ered parts of the forest, or else they thicken into an impenetrable 1

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Pbilip's Winter Pierr. night, and not one faint gleam of the setting fun is able to find its way thro' The piercing severity of the season the deep arrangement of shades. now drives us to the ruddy fire. InSurely a storm is approaching !--the estimable blessing! -moft useful comblack curtain of gloomy Nox is al-modity! designed by Providence to ready spread over the bleak earth be. warm our benumbed limbs-to comfore the shepherd is retired from the fort and cherish us during the bleak field, or the peasant has reached his and rigid season of winter.—The city rural abode.

begins to be crouded with inhabitants, Hah! what a change has taken and the winter entertainments agaia place !--the preceding evening I left commence. The rural pleasures of the nature plain and unadorned-now country are deserted for the noisy what an universal whiteness fills the scenes of the town—thus the sons of scene. The fleecy shower covers the pleasure and festivity are continually face of nature. The trees bend be- seeking for new and satisfactory en. neath their load, the hedges are scarce-joyments.-As the year revolves-their ly diftinguishable. The fun that fet scenes of diversion and amusements rein gloom, amidst the darkness of a volve-happy they, who regardless Jowring sky, rises with a peculiar re of the fashionable pleasures of the age, fulgence, the glittering waste which devote their time to religion and their glow beneath his golden throne, seems God !- happy they, who sensible of to add {plendor to his beams, and the short duration of earthly blessheighten the illuminations of the open- fenfible of its vanity and unsatisfactoing morn. The silver rivers intersper ry nature, look forward, and prepare sed here and there, as they glide along for that happy region where joys perthe landscape of nature, chequer the manent are to be found, and springs prospect, and appear with a beautiful of bliss, bliss inconceivable for ever, contrast amid the snowy, carpet. The ever flow! fcarlet berries of the hawthorn, the

E-Ħ L-G. holly and mountain ash, half concealed in snow, look like rubies set in polished silver. The milk white mantle which invests the fields, dazzles the To the Editor of the LADY's MA: eye, and seems to fatigue the organs of light; but it has something in its

SIR, appearance which seems to recreate

with the beams of Phebus, its surface exhibits millions and millions of glit. his last letter addressed to you, where tering pearls, which twinkle like the in he asks this question, or something starry lamps of heaven in a serene and to this purpose-whether Mr. G. cloudless night, and has a most ama. R-ff-y does not by his fenfibh zing effect. The roads are now no remarks, addrefled to the fair sex, longer to be seen ; but the whole coun- through the channel of Letters to Bot try looks like a wild and trackless plain. Short, supersede the continuance of

the Female Reformer, and render he

occasional lucubrations entirely uhThe hills and dales, and the delightfu! woods, The flow'ry plains and silver Areaming foods,

necessary? By snow disguis'd in bright confusion lie,

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The spreading oak, the beach and bowring

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SELIM AND SELIM A. attendance in his royal robes ; when AN ORIENTAL TALE.

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dering guests, in the person of the ca(Continued from Page 628.) liph they beheld their generous friend

the merchant. Selim prostrated him THEN supper was ended the self at his feet ; but the Commander

merchant dismissed his attend of the Faithful desired him to rise, and nce, and with impatient curiosity de- believe that the Caliph Haroun Alrafred to know their loss. The fage chid was as much his friend as the mer: jegged Selim to give their kind friend chant of the city of Bagdat, with whom

particular account of their misfor. he had spent the last evening. Selim unes, which he readily did, though al-was unable to reply, so much was he nost unable to proceed in thofe parts astonished at the friendly behaviour of elative to his much loved Selima. the caliph ; but the fage Omar addresThe merchant heard him with atten. sed him in the following words : ion, and when he concluded, promised“ Commander of the Faithful, I have hem all the assistance in his power, by often heard of your goodness, and am paking enquiries in every part of the now fo happy as to experience it; but aty on the next day: in the mean I fear we made too free with you ini ime begging them to make themselves the last evening, being quite unacis easy as possible, he endeavoured to quainted with your disguise : pity the onsole them with the pleasing hopes weakness of a fond parent, who has vf again beholding their dear Selima, presumed to trouble you with his for: nd observing they were in great need row for the loss of an only child. Pity f reft, he conducted them to handsome this youth also who did so candidly repartments, where they were to pass late to you our misfortune., and whose he night, and then left them to in-heart is ready to burst with grief.dulge their grief, which they did not “ I forgive, I admire you both," ail to do, though they carefully en- replied the caliph'; “ and am exceedcavoured to conceal it from each o- ingly concerned for you ; but do not ber, fearing to augment the sorrow despair. I hope you will again behold £, their heart. However, they could the fair damsel, for whom you both ot refrain from observing how happy mourn. You were certainly unacihey were to meet with such a friend. quainted with my disguise, but it is a

Éarly the next morning two llaves custom I usually practise, of going entered the room where they were, through the city in an evening, under and told them that by the order of different characters. It often affords their mafter they were to conduct them me great amufement, and sometimes immediately before the caliph Haroun informs me of many particulars very Alraschid. Selim was greatly af necessary for me to know, which frighted, and turning to Omar' faid, would perhaps be concealed if I did 4. What have I done to incur the dif- not take this method. It likewife pleafure of the merchant, that he is keeps the inhabitants in more order, zoing to send me before the caliph ?” as they are in fear of being surprised

“ Fear not, my son, replied the by me if they attempt to make any fage, virtue like your's need not to be riot; as they know I frequently visit Harmed, such merit never will go un every part of this great city, and mi'ewarded ; 1 Thall attend you before nutely enquire into every circumstance be caliph, therefore do not fear.” and transaction that present themselves Chus encouraged Selim followed Omar to my view. I had walked behind you

the caliph's palace. They passed for some time last night, and found by hrough several apartments, which were your discourse that you were in trou. magnificently decorated, and at last ble, and perceiving that you were tranarrived at a grand pavilion, where the gers, I was determined to conduct you caliph was seated in ttate with all his to my palace, that I might be inform. SUP. Vol. X.

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