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"The glare of day may suit the son of pride, What matters now the mighty man's los But unto sorrow's eye its bcanı gives pain;
pow'r ? The mournful stillness of the ev’ning tide 1 Or what the troubles that the swain once Affords an hour when woe may safe com
Lost is the grandeur of the festal hour;
The poor man feels his heaviest griefs no And such an hour is this; for on the breeze
No sound is borne to strike the timid ear, Save the soft zephyr sweeping through the • The lab'rer who has toil'd here finds a bed trees,
Of soft repose from ev'ry ill of life; Whisp'ring its wild solemnity of fear. No more he meets the coming day with dread,
No more he fears the bitter pang of surife. 5 And that is pleasing to the ear of grief,
For triles oft o'er misery have controul; • The blust'ring son of Mars, whose trade was It darts one feeble ray of soft relief,
war, It seems to speak of peace, and soothes the Here sleeps as mildly as the simplest swain, soul.
Whese bloodless batties never left a scar,
Wiese wars were only with the bending In yonder grove the rooks are hush'd 0
grain. rest, Within their nests, the topmost boughs • The soldier sweeps with devastating hand,
And leaves destruction where he found deamong; The light-wing 'd Lark his lowly bed has prest,
light; The glossy Blackbird has forgot his song.
The rustic's toil bedecks a smiling land,
And leads the corn-blade into life and light, • 'The distant glimm'ring from the cottage door,
• Which the most useful of these fellow mer! Where chinks betray the taper's trembling I scarcely need enquire, for ail will say, light,
Him, surely, who can reach ti e barren glen Now disappears; its gleam is seen no more, Toteen with dire, and bless the tuil-fraught And sleep serene awaits the rustic's night.
day. 'The baying yard-dog ceases now his cry, • Here, quite adjacent, lie the miser mean In calm securit; he sinks to rest;
And spendthrift, prodigal of all is jos; And many a child of woe neglects to sigh, Who, though in life together ne'er were seeft, While unsought slumber lulis his troubled Here huddled ciose, escape from all its breast.
noise. My footsteps bear me where the mous" And here the sorrowing son of anguish groun pile
sleeps, Sheds in the moon-beam softer tints of Freed from the pang that stole his bosom's shade;
peace; Where grandeur sleeps teneath the gieomy Now froni his couch no more he starts and aisle,
weeps, The crimson'd coffin low in splendour luid. But all his wces and all his sorro*s cease. There ihe tall tomb uprears its rompaus And here I come to shed the tender tear, head,
That fills in mem'ry of a father's love; With veiselighetounding, and with praise For here I linger'd o'er his mournful bier, spread v'er;
And here the luxury of grief can prove. As though the tuisome theme could please the dead,
'While night-airs murnur in my pensive ear, Or scothe then on Eternity's vast shore. I call to mind his venerated form;
Nor find, while thus employ'd, a timid fesy, : Bui Time will mock the artist's feedle Nor heed the loud approaches of the storni.
pou'r, Will niake the tell-tale marble's suriace For 'tis a debt to gratitude Iowe; plain;
A debt that gives a pleasure as pay; And with the silent, slowly-incving hour,
It leads the mind is inmost thoughts to know, Will into ruin rock e'en yon proud fane! And points to Heav'n's eternal happy day Round the lona, walls is many a humbler • No sculptur'd stone, 'tis true, points out the grave,
ace, Where rest as quiet from the world's worst Where rest his ches; but affection's eye
The honour'd spot with greater care will The village matron, or the great man's slave; Wrant in their turf-bound tombs, they sleep Then if the prais encumber'd tomb wag as warm.
Yes, if an epitaph had mark'd the spot "I hope I have done nothing,' That now contains the form so late held exclained Almira, “to displease my
dear, This only should have told his former lot,
father.' This only should have drawn sweet friend. • Oh! Almira,' said he, I know ship's tear.
you are good and virtuous. Innoxious EPITAPH.
are your thoughts-pure and unsal• Herz lies entonb'd a friend, a father lied. Your charms too justify you true;
in the first of expectations, and will · Who, as this pensive vale of tears he trod, This one short maxim ever kept in view
warrant you in thinking the love of
But to be poor “ An honost man's the noblest work of every man sincere. God."
is not always to be unhappy. There Aulor's Manuscript Poems.
may shortly come a time, my dear Almira, when we may burst forth
from the cloud of adversity that at · ALPHONSO AND ALMIRA; present obscures us: when prospe
rity may shine upon us--when you, OR,
my best of daighters, may sit upon THE NOBLE FORESTER. a throne. I would, therefore, have
your affections perfectly engaged;
so that, if ever we should obtain our SARDINIAN TALE.
right, you may be left ai liberty to By e Larty.
place them on an object suited to (Continued from p. 189.)
' And yet,' replied Almira, who
had heard her father with every mark CHAP. III.
of attention and resirect, if the Almira relates to Alphonso her meet youth I chanced to next should be
formed to more the tenderest passions, ing with Rinaldo-Farther con
and make a maiden happy, and postersation between Rinuldo and ile
sess with these accomplishinents a miro – Rinaldo is introduced to Alphonso, and agrees to accompany dar father, there could be no harm
high sense of honour, surely, my him to Surdinia.
in my listening to him.' THE morning had scarcely began Alphonso, who plainly perceived to dawn before Alnira sought her that her breast laboured with somefather, whom she found busily en- tising she diel nat care to utier, reployed in the little garden he had quested her to proceed, and unbosom formed and cultivated. She accosted hersell to him without reserve; 25Alphonso in her usual strain of tilial sering her, that whatever might retenderness; but her faultering voice, main undiscovered shouli meet witla ånd Huttered spirits, too plainty indin every kind of tenderness and conCated that something more than com sideration. mon lurked in her mird. Alphonso, alnira, ihus encouraged, confesstherefore, threw aside his spade, and ed that the generous youth had made enjoined his daughter to unbürthen
an impression on her heart she had herself without any restraint or lear, never knowa beiore. Almira accordingly touk courage, and "What is this I bear?' exclaimed made her father acyarinted with the Alphonso. “Bewara, Almira, ot a meeting she had had with finaldo, father's anger. Reinember the sowhich made á tvo visible impression lemn caution I give you, not to on him not to be observed.
suffer an aliachinent for any one in
this situation; and if any
accident •Not know I am here!' exclaimed should throw you again in the way Rinaldo. • Did
you inform him of of the stranger, on no account give the declaration I had made you of him your conversation, or entertain my love ?-I will go this instant and him with a single word.'
seek him. But first, my dear Al* Not speak to him ! cried Al- mira, let me know who and what mira,
you are; for though I have found • I have said it,' cried Alphonso, you and your father obscured here • and expect to be obeyed ! and im- in this humble hut, a thousand mediately left her to herself. things conspire to convince me that
“Good Heavens!' reflected Al- you are not what you seem, and that mira, “what cause of anger can I while adversity appears to surround have given to my father! Surely you resplendent hope briaks in, and there car be no harm in the stran cheers you with the expectation of ger's love for me, or in mine for better days.' him. He surely has too much gene Almira for a while resisted his sosity to deceive me, and can have curiosity, but, importuned, she at nothing more in view than my good. length revealed every circumstance of At least it would be cruel in me her history necessary for him to know. not to love him, since that alone, he · Good Heavens!' exclaimed Risays, would make him happy.' naldo, is it possible that Alphonso
Such were the reflections that fill can still be living? I know his story ed Almira's mind. The appearance well, and often have heard his fate and language of Rinaldo had work. lamented. All Sardinia is in his ed most powerfully on her, and favour, and would gladly place the established an interest equal to his prince on the throne whose supposed wishes, In this situation her dis- death they so generously mourn.' tress may easily be imagined. Her Rinaldo now insisted upon seeing father had imposed on her an in- Almira's father. But it was in vain junction against holding any further that he urged her to consent.- I discourse with Rinaldo, should chance entreat not,' said he, an interview again throw him in her way, and it for my own happiness, but to make was impossible for her to muster up myself known to him, and concert resolution enough to make a discovery the best measures that can be taken of his being at that very time con for restoring to him his long-lost cealed near the hut. Rinaldo's pre- dignity. For however I may wish senec, however, suddenly put an end to make you mine, every hope of it to all further reflections.
is now no more! Your birth places I have sought you, lovely maid! you, my dear Almira, too high for cried Rinaldo, unable any longer to an untitled individual, as lam, tolook forbear your presence; for be assured up to.-- Heavens!' exclaimed Riit will never be possible for me to naldo, what situation can possibly endure
your absence. The impres- be too great for virtue and merit like sion your beauty has made on me yours? You declared you loved me can never be effaced. My heart is when interest could have no share in yours. I live but in your smiles, it; and if fortune should ever place
for an opportunity of mak me on a throne, the only reason I ing your father acquainted with it.', shall have to rejoice at it will be on
Alas!' replied Almira, that account of the opportunity it will cannot be. He must not know you afford me of evincing the sincerity are here.'
of my love."
During this interview, Alphonso portunity, addressed himself with having accidentally gone to the apart- such address, as not only to convince ment in which Rinaldo slept, was him of the honour and sincerity of alarmed at finding a man's cloak, his love for Almira, but to gain his richly embroidered with lace. It is contidence so far as to obtain his proimpossible to conceive the thoughts mise to accompany him to Sardinia, that rushed into his mind, and tor for the purpose of restoring him to tured his imagination, upon a disco- his long-lost father, from whom he very of so novel and unexpected a had been severed by his cruel and nature. How to account for it, or ambitious uncle, whose life a short what to think, he knew not. The fit of sickness, Rinaldo informed freshness of the dress plainly proved him, had just put an end to, hated that it could not have been there and despised by the generality of the any length of time, and the value of people, since through his art and it at once denoted it to have been villany they had long suspected the worn by a person of some distinc- infant prince, Alphonso, had been tion. The account given him by deposed. Almira of her meeting with Rinaldo came to his recollection. He in
CHAP. IV. stantly went to the hut, and found Almira from home. A variety of Alphonso prepares to quit the forest conjectures now distracted him. Al -Almiru relates a disagreeable mira's virtue would not suffer him dream --Antonio, Rinuldo's un. to think for a single moment that cle, discovers Almira, of whom he she could have done any thing that
becomes enumoured ---Consequences could dishonour her; but he thought
of his meeting with her. there was too much reason to apprehend that she had been thrown EARLY the next morning Rinaldo again in Rinaldo's way, and his ima awakened Alphonso and Almira, in gination suggested to him the worst order to prepare for their intended of consequences; sometimes fearing journey. "No bride, surely, ever felt that she might have been prevailed so great a pleasure on the day of upon to quit the place under his marriage, as both the father and protection; and sometimes dreading, daughter experienced in his visit, lest she might have been dragged made for the purpose of conducting away by force, and that he should them, as it were, to a new world. never see her again.
And here let me ask those who Rinaldo having used many argu- can best read the human heart what ments with Almira, why he should must have been the state of Alphonbe permitted to have an interview so's mind, called by an angel, as it with Alphonso, at length prevailed were, to life and prosperity, to wield, upon her to introduce him; an op- perhaps, a sceptre, and emerge from portunity for doing which offered a state of indigence and obscurity
itself at this very uncture of time
to that of wealth and fame
charms not to conceive the lustre Alphonso could not help shewa they would derive from the aid of ing how much he was disconceited dress, and those thousand ornamenis at her relation; but Rinaldo enthat serve to captivate and ensnare. deavoured to explain the dream to
• Come,' said Riraldo, 'this day have been occasioned by her over shall restore to the world one of anxiety for their safety, and entrate the best of men, and one of the fair- ed her to consider it as wholly unest maids that love and fancy ever deserving her serious attention. formed.'
There is a fatality, however, in Generous youth!' cried Alphon- dreams, that frequently baffles every so, 'what but Heaven could have endeavour todisregardor despise then. directed you hither? A life of gra- From whatever cause they arise, titule can but poorly repay your the effects are too well known to be kindness. As to Almira, you know disputed; and idle and superstitious her sentiments too well not to be as those may be thought who give convinced that her affections must them any sort of regard, evenis be eternally fixed on you as her de- have been, perhaps, accidentally preliverer.'
cudied by them, which, though not • Huld,' exclaimed Rinaldo, inter- exactiy the same, yet in same shape rupting him; ' it was impossible to or other so much resemble thein as look on Almira without feeling a to recal them to qur memory and more than compion degree of plea- riflection. sure and delight. I owned, too, Thus it happened with Almira, that I loved her; hut to be moved in Little respect was paid to ber dream; your behalf by any other impulse but it was in vain that case was ihan that of friendship would be to used to avert what it predicted, and dishonour and reproach my name: turn aside an incident that,fur a while No, good Alphons), my life and delayed their intended journey. furtune, such as it is, shall be ai Antonio, the uncle of Rinalda, it your service; and it, after I have seenis, had been thrown out of the procured you justice, you should liunt just aliar bis nephew, and think me deserving of Almira's wardering about the forest in search hand, I shall think it a reward in- of some refreslament, lappened to finitely beyond any thing I can pos come near the hui, at ihe very mosilaly have a right io claiin.'
nicnt Rinaldo and Almira were disOh! cried Almira, “you are coursing together near the grotto. all goodness, and Providence surely The sight of his apiew was so designed you for my tappines; but wbully unlocked for, what it was imI have had a dream ic-night---a possible for lim uut to be struck dream that fills me with the worst wiin asicnishment the moment be of apprehensions. I bought I was saw him ; but a still greaier degree in the midst of the forest, alone, and of surprise suized him, upon per