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ill, and earnestly wished to disclose time, Providence at length guidel a secret highly interesting to them me to this hut, when my daughter both.
arriving at years of maturity, I gave Upon their arrival at the hut, you her hand, and soon had an opp they found her approaching very fast portunity of witnessing your mutual towards a dissolution. • I find love in the birth of Almira. After myself,' said Ursula, “too far gone my death, which I feel near at hand, to entertain any hopes of a buried behind the hut, you will covery, and would wish to unfold find the sword of state, with which a story, good Alphonso, of the most your father, before he came to the important nature to you and Almira.' crown, fought a duel. The inscripHaving said this, a food of tears tion on it you will find curiously enbedewed her cheeks, while the fa graved on the blade. I found means ther and daughter stood struck to bring it with us in order to testify with amazement and surprise. 'You your birth, should occasion ever reare na son of mine,' resumed Ur- quire it, Heaven preserve you both! sula, as soon as she could collect - I would say more-but fate calls herself sufficiently to proceed, but me to my long-wished-for home.' of illustrious birth. Your father, * And is my father still living?" Antonio, was king of Sardinia: his exclaimed Alphonso. Ursula, seizbrother, equally cruel and ambitious, ing hold of his hand, endeavoured to no sooner heard of the death of your reply—but in vain. Her speech had mother, which happened before you entirely left her, and her dissolution had attained your seventh year, than presently took place without a single he determined to prevent your being groan. any obstacle to his succeeding to the throne. Alas! that I should have
CHAP. II. been selected out by your uncle as a proper instrument to work his de- Alphonso resolves to quit the Forest. sign.--He accordingly sent for me, - Almira meets with an extraordi. and putting ten thousand ducats in
nary adventure. my possession, made me a promise of as many every year, upon my The secret disclosed by Ursula agreeing to put an end to your life. was of too much consequence to AlI took the bribe, and attempted to phonso and Almira, noi to bave an execute the deed—but a sudden fit extraordinary erfect. They attended of horror arrested my purpose. to her with an equal share of astonishWhat could I do? I was obliged ment and surprise. Alphonso seemto conceal from your uncle my want ed in a manner rivetted to the tale of courage, while my conscience pre- he heard, w ile Almira's bosum vented me from proceeding-in heaved with expectation, impatient short, I could neither recede nor and anxious to learn in what it go on,
In this situation, and dread- would end.-Alphonso and Almira ing, at length, the anger and resent- looked with wonder and amazement ment of your uncle, I resolved to at each other; but neither could utter retire to some remote part of the a single word, to express the thoukingdom. I therefore quitted Sar- sand Thoughts that rushed into their dinia, now, alas! thirty years since, agitated minds. bearing you in my arms, with a But the strongest agitations of the child of my own, and after wander- mind, however violent when first ing aboui in the forest for some produced, or whatever the cause from which they arise, yield to time and tenderly pressing his hand, ens and reflection. A few days were suf- quired whether he was hurt; but the ficient to recover Alphonso and his fall had stunned him to such a degree daughter from the consequences of as to deprive him entirely of the power the surprise they had been thrown of speech. 'This circumstance gave into; and having buried Ursula in Almira an opportunity of revolving an adjoining piece of ground, as well in her mind the nature of the acas circumstances would admit of, cident, and the propriety of what Alphonso began seriously to con- she had done. A supposed indeli. sider what course he should pure cacy on the part, she had acted, at sue. Acquainted with his history, first gave her some reason to think he grew every day more and more she had proceeded too precipitately impatient under bis situation. Re- in throwing herself in the way of a sentment against his uncle succeed- perfect stranger; and no very comed the wonder with which he had mon emotions disturbed her breast heard of his conduct towards him, in the thought of being, upon the and he determined, at all events, to youth's recovery, in the hands of one seek that station to which his birth she had never seen, alope, and at a entitled him; but all he knew of the considerable distance from her fae world was no more than the little ther, the only help and suc cour she ke had heard of it from Ursula. could Ay to. But the purity of her
It is seldom that Providence long intentions fully justified her, and neglects to work the ends of justice. rendered her insensible of any dan While Alphonso was deliberating ger. Unconscious of any offence within himself on the means of herselt, she suspecied none in anquitting the forest, distracted with other. There were besides every a thousand obstacles that presented thing to captivate and ensnare her. themselves to his view, an adventure She beheld a youth a'one, of the age befel Almira, as happy in its con- of twenty, of an admiranh stature, Bequence as it was extraordinary in and hands me face; and she found a its occurrence.
sensation within her, of too pleasing Sauntering through a neighbours and delightful a nature to be rem ing grove one morning, buried in sisted. contemplation on her hard condition, The stranger on his recovery a human voice assailed her ear. was equally charmed and surprised. Frightened and alarmed, Almira Heavens !' (exclaimed he, in a kind immediately resolved to fly to the of extacy), to what argel hás Probut, and was making all possible vidence directed me?" haste back to it, when a sudden im. And it would have been extraorpulse checked her on her way, and dinary, indeed, had he not felt bimo carried her insensibly towards the self more than commonly agitated, spot frum whence the cry proceed. upon his coming to himself, to be ed. She had scarcely time to reflect hold one of the most beautiful woe' on what she was doing before she men, perhaps, that ever nature formespied a horse, bridled and saddled, ed, for such, without exaggeration, without any person on it. The
'Js it possible,' exclaimed he, viewed as the effect of inchantment. that one so fair and lovely can be -Surely, exclaimed he to Almira, unfortunate
. this is some fairy castle allotied for • It is, indeed ! cried Almira ; the residence of some beautiful but who is it that I have the ho- goddess, for certainly you can be Tour to address ? for something tells
no other. Your very air denotes me Tought to make this enquiry, you to be more than mortal. The and to prize this meeting as the only simplicity of your manners, the incident of good fortune I have ever virtue of your mind, and beauty of met with.'
your person, must endear you to *My name, since you are pleased every one who has the happiness to to ask it,' said the youth, 'is Rinal. hehold you. What palace is there I do; my country, Sardinia.
would not leave to live with you in ther died some years ago, and left the humblest cottage !' me under the care of my uncle, the Alphonso being from home, the count Antonio, who, with myself, greater opportunity offered itself to were thrown out of a hunt this Rinaldo for pursuing his discourse. morning, in which the king himself Much he pressed her to give him ber partook.—How came here, or story, confident there must be somewhere I am, I am yet to learn.' thing marvellous in it, and that her
'Let me then conduct you,' said birth bad given her a claim to a siAlmira, 'to a place where you tuation very different from that he can be in safety, and take some found her in; but Almira, as often as rest. My father and I have she was urged to it, excused herself a little home not far oft. Such fare on account of her father's absence, as we can give, you will have with not thinking herself justified in giva hearty welcome. My father will ing any relation of herself and family pity your misfortune, and commend until she had obtained his consent so me for recommending you to his care.'. to do. She therefore conducted him Rinaldo, who appeared not a little to an inner apartment at the back struck with the figure of Almira, of the grotto behind the hut, where could not avoid discovering how having supplied him with some fruit, much he had become enamoured of and several cakes of bread, made her.-Good heavens ! thought Ri- from an inferior kind of wheat that . naldo, what a difference between the grew on the forest, she begged to studied manners I have been accus- leave him to his repose, rather wishtomed to, and the artless simplicity ing to avoid introducing him to her of this fair-one, in whose way so father until she had informed him strange an accident has thrown me. of the adventure that had befallen
Rinaldo would fain have possessed her, and received his approbation of himself of every little particular what she had done. Rinaldo acconcerning Almira, but she delayed cordingly withdrew to the place satisfying his curiosity until another Almira had prepared for him, and opportunity, and offered to accom- pressing her tenderly in his arms, pany him to her father's hut, an in- exacted a thousand promises of an vitation which he most readily ac- early visit in the morning, to which cepted.
Almira pledged herself with equal Nothing could equal the astonish- fervency, and sighing heavily, bade ment of Rinaldo vpon entering the him adieu. hut. Every thing around him was
(To be continued.)
a platonic cicisbeo; but arriving at ACCOUNT of the new Comedy, the same inn, she is sui prised by her
called A Day in LONDON,' per- husband, and left fainting in the formed for the first Time at the arms of her pretended friend, while Theatre-Royal, Drury-Lane, on the farmer flies the scene, doubtful Thursday, April 9.
of the evidence of sight. The farmer's
son, Edward, has found an asylum THE CHARACTERS.
in the service of Sir George Dapple,
an extravagant young man of fashion, Jack Melange,
Mr. Bannister. whose affairs are in the hands of Jews, Captain Import,
Mr. De Camp.
brokers, and money-lenders ; while Sir George Dapple, Mr. Russel. Mr. Bouvere
Mr. H. Siddons. Jane, his daughter, meets the proSir Sampson Import, Mr. Cherry. tection of her generous foster-sister, Briers,
Sir Sampson Import, a banker and Issachar,
Mr. Wewitzer. Ponder,
Mr. Maddocks. a city knight, has entered into a seJones,
Mr. Palmer. cond marriage with the daughter of Serjeant O'Sullivan, Mr. Johostone.
a ruined peer, without a portion-a Farner Sickle,
Mr. Dowton. Willow,
woman of benevolent mind and púlished manners.
The old knight, Lady Mary Import, Miss Duncan. Mrs. Sickle,
Miss Mellon. proud of his chcice, wishes her to be Jane,
Miss Boyce. the object of universal adiniration, Maria,
and by opening his doors to men of Dolly,
Mrs. Scott. Bar-maid,
fashionable levity, gives frequent op
portunity for calumniating report, FABLE.
The farmer's wife is removed, by
young Willow, from the inn to a ON the opening of the piece, Mr. private lodging, where he throws off Sickle, a rich Gloucestershire farmer, the mask of friendship, and assumes arrives in London, and at the inn the professed lover. Deceived in the encounters an old friend, Nir. Briers, confidence she had placed in him, and a hop-merchant in the Borough, indignant at liis advances, she flies to whom he recounts the motive of the house, and rushes into the street, his visit to the metropolis, from imploring protection, which she rewhich we learn that he has married a ceives from the very step-son that second wife, a young woman whose her conduct had driven from his favanity and ill-temper have banished ther's habitation. In this dilemma his son and daughter, and in search she is encountered by an Hibernian of whom he has undertaken his pre- Serjeant, who had just returned from sent journey. The farmer conceives the house of Sir Sampson, whither he be has some clue to the retreat of was dispatched on the business of his his daughter, as she was brought up captain, nephew to the knight. Jack with her foeter-sister, Lady Mary Melunge, a generous eccentric, offers Import, who is now married, and pecuniary assistance, which is reresides in Londun. Briers promises jected by Mrs. Sickle; in which he to assist him in his search, and offers is surprised by Briers, of whose every friendly interference. Mrs. daughter Melunge is a professed adSickle, who is of a romantic turn, mirer. Briers misconstrues the mosupposing her busband to have jour. tives of Mlelange, and toters the pied into Westmoreland, takes this house in search of Willow, deteropportunity of visiting London, un- mined to demand salisfaction for dit the protection of young pillow, the injuries of the Farmer. Mrs.
Sickle here accepts the good offices art. Miss Duncan's acting, both in
By S. Y.
Old hoary-crested Winter has retir'd, liation of the farmer and his wife.
And lovely Spring, adorn'd with rosy gar.
lands, Throughout the play there are se- Puts on her beauteous many-spangled robe. veral episodical characters and situa
Her purple child, the aromatic violet, tions." The general design of the
Diffuse its sweets around; while sportive
Zephyrs piece is to shew the inconvenience Convey the fragrance into distant dales. and distress that often arises from
The plumy tribes, with their mellifluous
strains, matches of unequal years; and that seem to congratulate the Spring's return, the best actions cannot insure us the And make the grove resound with melody.' good opinion of the world, if accom.
J. WEBB. panied by a careless apparent levity ERE the rays of newly-risen Sol of conduct. The Irish Serjeant is a had penetrated in at the window of my