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A native grace

of simplicity. Her person was hand- and when this heart shall have fore some, and neatness added elegance: got to love.' she studied no vain fantastic orna Zelma took the miniature, and ment to adorn it; in short, she was gazed on it with a kind of weeping a complete Lavinia.

rapture that wants a name, She dwelt on every feature till imagina

tion almost gave it life, and then Sat fair proportion't onder polish'd limbs, Veil'd in a simple robe, their best atrire,

burst into tears. Beyond the pomp of dress : for loveliness Eugenio felt the king of terror's Needs not the foreign aid of ornament,

near approach, and, grasping Zelma's But is when unadorn'd, adorn'd the most. Thoughtless of beauty, she was beauty's self, hand in his, implored that she would Recluse amid the ciosc-embowering woods. cease to grieve for him.-'Siill, dear, As in the hollow breast of Appenine, Zelma! may your presence gladden Beneath the shelter of encircling hills, A myrtle risas, far from human eye, the valley, and innocence and peace And breathes its balmy fragrance 'o'er the beam on your happy cottage! May

wild; So flourish'd blooming, and unseen by all,

you be happy, happy in your duty to The lovely ZELMA.

your aged mother!-Adieu, Zelma!

I must depart: I go to that region of Eugenio's compassion at first at bliss where we shall meet, never to tached him to this helpless pair. He: depart.' And ere the word 'fareused to till their little garden; he well !' was ended, Eugenio's spotfurnished them with every assistance less soul was fled. which his not affluent means afford Zelma led her drooping mother ed--and in the evening, after they to Eugenio's grave, accompanied by had finished their employ, he used his poor aged parents; while all the to accompany the beauteous maid and village-youths and maids mourned her aged moiher, in a walk round the his loss, and laid his cold remains delightful groves that surrounded their decently in the earth. lowly dwellings: But as the beauteous maid grew towards woman

• There scatter'd oft, the earliest of the year,

By hands unseen, are show'rs of vilets hood, her opening charms made

found; deep impressions upon young Euge. The red-breast loves to build and warble

there, nio's heart. It is unnecessary to

And little footsteps lightly print the ground.' say that Zelma's heart soon became sensible of his worth, and that their Each morn and eve was Zelma, love was mutual,

Their fortunes found near her Eugenio’s grave, nor smiled, friends approved; the day, could any one force her from it. the hour, was fixed to make them. Her good mother often tried to alleone. The altar was prepared, and viate her sorrows.- Why, Zelma, Hymer was righting his torch, when, weep your days in gloomy sorrow? O sad state of sublunary bliss ! Eu- all will not recall him from his giave.' genio felt the pangs of sickness seize Alas! his memory was too deeply on all his frame, and the most fata! engraven on her mind for this to symptoms of approaching death : no erase it. It was impossible; she power could force his faithful Zelma knew that, whilst the vital-blaze of from the bed-side, where, changed life animated her frame, it must and dying, her Eugenio lay. He there remain, and that death, and azked for a little box, in which was death alone, could obliterate it. Her deposited his potrait- This,' said sorrows brought on a violent de. be, accept, Zelma; it will remind lirium, which shortly dismissed her you of me when I am ng more, afflicted spirit to follow that of

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Eugenio. By her own desire, the a hint respecting some of the objects hapless maiden was deposited in the of it may not prove disagreeable.. same grave with her lover.

The Tube-rose was brought to Still, when the hours of solcmnrites return,

Europe before 1594, by Simon de The village train in sad procession mourn;

Tover, a Spanish physician. The Plack ev'ry weed which might the spot disa Genoese now send the roots to Enggrace,

land, Holland, and Germany.
And plant the fairest field-flow'rs in their

The Auricula, Primula Auricula, Arouni no noxious plant or flow'ret grows; grows wild among the long moss But the first daffodil, and earliest rose ! covered with snow, on the confinės The snow-drop spreads its whicest bosom

of Switzerland. We do not know here, And golden cowslips grace the vernal year! who first transplanted it from its Here the pale primrose takes a fairer hue, native soil. Pluche says only that And ev'ry violet boasts a brighter blue! Mere builds the wood-lark; here the faithful

some roots were plucked by Walloon dove

merchants, and carried to Brussels. Laments its lost, or wooes its living, love! The Fritillaria Meleugris was Secu'd from harm is ev'ry hallow'd nest; The spot is sacred where true lovers rest,

first observed in some parts of France, Hungary, Italy, and other warm countries. Noel Cappernon, of Or.

leans, gave it the name of FritilON FLOWERS.

laria, because the red or reddish.

brown spots of the flower form reMOST of the flowers introduced gular squares, like that of a chessa into our gardens, and now cultivated hoard. It was called Meleugris by either on account of their beauty or

Dodoneus, because the feathers of their fragrance, have been improved that fowl are variegated almost in the from plants wbich grow wild, and

same manner. which ignorance denominates weeds.

The roots of the magnificent The greater part of them came, how Crown Imperial, Fritillaria Impeever, from distant countries, where rialis, were brought from Persia to they prow in as great perfection as

Constantinople, carried thence to in our's without the assistance of Vienna, and so dispersed over Euman. Though we often find mention rope,

African and French maryof flowers in the works of the Greeks golds, Tegetes erecta, and patula, and the Romans, it appears that were, according to Dodoneus, brought they were contented with those only from Africa to Europe, at the time which grew in their neighbourhood.

when the emperor Charles V. carried The modern taste for flowers came

his arms against Tunis. These plants from Persia to Constantinople, and grow indigenous in South America, was imported thence to Europe, för and were known to botanists before the first time, in the sixteenth cen

that period by the name of Caryophyla tury. Clusius, and his friends, in lus Indicus, from which is derived particular, contributed very much

the French appellation, Gillet d'Into excite this taste; and the new

de, Indian Pink. Codrus calls them, plants

, brought from both the In- from their native country, Tunacetum dies, tended to increase it. That Peruvianum.. period, also, produced some skilful Ofthe numerous genus of Ranungardeners, who carried on a consis culus Horists have obtained a thousand derable trade in the roots and seeds different kinds: their varieties are

As this taste for flow intinite, and increase every summer, ers prevails more at the present than The most valuable of them, howit has, perhaps, at any former period, eser, are bronght from the Levant

of flowers.


This flower was in the highest se, Heriot, a mathematician, was of piile during the reign of Mahomet board the first fleet which retutined to IV. His grand vizer Cara Mustapha, England on the twenty-seventh of well known for his hatred against July 1586, when the potatoe was the Christians, and the siege of Vic probably first brought over; før Mr. enna, in 1683, wishing to tum the Heriot, in an account wbieb toe pub. sultan's thoughts to some milder lished of the nature and properties amusement than that of the chase, of the soil of the country examined, for which he had a strong passion, which is printed in De Bry's Collecdiverted his attention to Aowers; tion of Voyages, vol. I. under the and as he remarked that the enia article roots, describes the potatoe peror preferred the ranunculus 10 all by the name openawk (bý which others, he wrote to the different they were called in Virginia), as pashas throughout the whole em • round roots, some as large as pire to send him roots of the most walnuts, and others much larger, beautiful kinds. The pashas of Can. which grew in damp soil, many dia, Cyprus, Aleppo, and Rhodes, hanging together as if fixed ropes; paid most regard to this request, which are good food either boiled or and the elegant towers which they roasted.' transmitted to court were shut up Gerard, in his Herbal, published in the seraglio, as offerings to the 1597, gives a figure of the potatoe, voluptuousness of the sultan; till under the name of potatoe of Virsome of them, by means of money, ginia, were at length freed from their im In the manuscript minutes of the prisonment. The ambassadors from Royal Society, December thirtecnih, the European courts made it their 1693, sit Robert Southwell, then business to procure roots of as many president, informed the fellows, that different kinds as they could, which his grandfather brought potatoes-inthey sent to their respective sove

to Ireland, who first bard them from . reigns.

sir Walter Raleigh. From wbich it appears, that this root, shortly after its arrival in England, must have

becn sent to Ireland by sir Robert On the Potatoe, and the Time Southwell's ancestor, where it was

when that uscful Piant was first cultivated as food long before its introduced into the British Islands. value was known in England; for

Gerard, in 1597. recommends the (From c Communication by Sir Joseph Banks, published in the Transations of ive Hortio

roois as a delicate dish, not as cultural Society.)

common food.

The potatoe, however, came into SIR Joseph Banks states that the Europe at an earlier period by an. 'account of the circumstances rela. orber channel. Clusius, who retive to the time of the iutroduction sided at Vienna at that time, receive of the potatoe plant, which he relates, ed this rooi, in 1598, from the gowas chiefly extracted from notes col vernor of Mons, in Hainauh, who lected on the subject by his learned had it one year before from one of the friend, Mr. Dryander.

attendants of the pope's legate, un. The potatoe now in use (the so der the nanie of Tarutoulli, and learnlaniul euberosum), was brought into ed from him that in Italy, where is England by the colonists sent out by was then in use, no one certainly sir Walter Raleign, under queen knew whether it came from Spais Elmabuih's patent. Mr. Tbonas or from America.

Peter Ceica, in his chronicle, which our ancestors were duped, printed in 1553, mentions, in the were principally made of these and tenth chapter, that the inhabitants eringo roots. of Quito used for food, besides mays,

The sweet potatoes themselves a tuberons root, which they called were sold by itinerant dealers, chiefly papas, and this Clusius supposes to in the neighbourhood of the Royal be the plant-he received from Flan- Exchange, to those who had faith' in ders; which conjecture is confirmed their alleged properties. The allu• by the accounts of other travellers. sions to ahis opinion are very freFroin these details it appears proba- quent in the plays of that age, of ble, that potatoes were first bçought which there is a remarkable instance into Europe from the mountainous in Shakspeare's Troilus and Cresparts of Quito; and as the Spaniards sida. To this we shall add, that as were sole possessors of that country, there was an early and frequent inthere can be little doubt that they tercourse between Spain and Gal. were first brought to Spain; but as way in Ireland, there is some reason it would take some time to bring to conjecture that the potatoe had them into use in that country, and been introduced into Ireland die afterwards to make the Italians so rectly from Spain, at a very early well acquainted with them as to period. give them a name, there is every reason to believe they had been several years in Europe before they had

THE FASHIONABLE AUNT. been sent to Clusius. In South America the root is

She blooms in the winter of her days, called papas, and in Virginia open Like the Glastonbury thorn!' auk. The name of potatoe was therefore evidently applied to it here I HAVE before given an account from its similarity to the battatu, or of my dearly beloved aunt as an white potatoe; and was distinguish- economist, and the good-natured creaed by the appellative of Virginia ture took the tub very kindly: 1 potatoe till the year 1640, if not therefore venture again to display longer.

her, as a person of taste and fashion Some authors have asserted that This rara aris is now at the tena sir Francis Drake first discovered der age of fifty-five, and has such potatoes in the South Seas, and an inordinate desire of appearing others that they were introduced into fashionable ; yet in every other affair England by sir John Hawkins ; but she is very mean, except in the de. in both instances the plant alluded coration of her miserable, decayed, to is evideatly the sweet potatoe, own dear self: in her dress she is which was used in England as a des particularly nouvelle; she always licacy long before the introduction sports the newest fashioos; she dise' of our potatoes. The sweet pota- plays the Trafalgur hat, the petti, toe was imported in considerable coat la garniture a la Chine, and short quantities from Spain and the Ca, enough to shew her beautiful little naries, and was supposed to possess tiny foot and genteel ancle: the bear, the power of restoring decayed vigour. skin graces her rather round shoulThe kissing comfits whích Shak. ders; while her withered hands are speare mentions in the Merry Wives concealed by a fushionable pair of of Windsor, and other confections kit gloves. I had almost forgot the of similar inaginary qualities, with velvet pelisse, which truly hideg 4

multitude of faults. To view her the fair reader may not deem me too either in the reut, right, or left, to severe on part of the sex, having too be sure, she is passable; but in front much regard she is really rather a piece of po. To rob fairmones of rest, lished antiquity. Now some of her Or give pain to each breast sex are so exquisitely skilful, that, While their charms and their beauties decay. give them but a good pair of eyes,

$. Y and they will make bosoin, lips,

Pillowcase Hall, 1807. cheeks, and eye-brows, by their own industry: she sports nothing of this sort, though I think it would well become her, and as I have a ANECDOTE of Baron, the French profound regard for the old lady, I

dramatic Writer and Actor. really think of giving her a gentle

A FEW days before Baron's .co. hint: I will send her some brusles, medy of “The Brothers' was intendwashes, soups, lotions, rose and ad för representation, M. de Roque. other waters, perfumes, pomalums, laure said to the author — Baron, rouge, and every other unguent I can when will you shew me your new think of to beautify her tender fea: piece? You know I have heard of tures: as she has nothing agreeable it. I have invited three ladies who in her conduct, an addition to her

are lovers of literature to dine with appearance may not be amiss. Oh! were it possible to fill up the cavities Brothers with you, and gratify us by

me; come and join us. Bring the of her wrinkled cheeks, her fashion- reading it. I am curious 10 com. ahle aquiline nose would add beauty pare it witř the Adelphi of Terence. beyond expression to her dark roll- Baron accepted the invitation, and ing, bewitching eyes; whilst her

went the following day to M. de Romouse-coloured ringlets would at yin- quelaure's hotel, where he found two tervals conceal the brightness, as

countesses and a marchioness, who passing clouds obscure the bright expressed a polite impatience to hear ness of the sun. Oh! could I but see

his read his comedyo Notwithmy deur, my beautiful aunt, in this standing this, they sat a longer time celestial hahit, she would appear a than is usual; and when they got up modern Alcesta.

But, alas! then from dinner, the ladies called for what would shę be but a model ; iu cards.--. How! Cárds !' cried M. APPEARANCE ccery thing, in rea- de Roquelaure, with surprise ; ' you LITY nothing! But

in this

forget that Baron has come on pargarb, could I but see her viewing pose to read his new comedy.'- No, herself, I am satisfied her, glass no, monsieur,' replied one of the would remind her of the following countesses, we do not forget it: lines;

Whilst we play, Baron, may read bis

piece, and thus we shall kill tuo Graca was in all her steps, heav'n in her birds with one slone. At these words, În all her gestures dignity and love.' the author jumped up and bastened

to the door; then, turning to the As the good creature has many company, he said -- "My piece qualities (I don't say good), if this was not written to be read to delineation should not ofend her, it gamblers !-M. Poinsinet has drais likely I may, at a future period, matised this incident in his comedy give another description. I trust of The Circle.


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