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The subject of no law. I cannot think phonso's hut; which having done, Praise-worthy excellence is only hit

he posted away to the first village he By servile imitation. In a path Peculiarly his own great Handel went, could reach where he made a formal And justly merits our applause, tho' not complaint of his having been robbed The Homer of his art. In a new course

on the forest, by several ruffians, and Went Shakspeare, hably launching forth; And who shall say he has not found per. obtained a warrant to enable him to fection,

search for the property that he preTho' not a Sophocles? Ye shallow vits, tended had been taken from him. Who bid us' coast it in the learned track, Nor quit the sight of shore, there is in art

The barbed shafts of malice are A world unknown, whose treasures only he ever swiftly shot. Hence, Alphonso Shali spy, and well deserve, who proudly had scarcely time 10 consider of the The second laure', and exultingly steers

conduct of Antonio, and guard Far from the custom'd way. Mg-slender against the revếnge he threatened,

bark Perchance has rush d into a boist'sous sea,

before the effects of his resentment Which soon shall overwhelm her: yet I

were unhappily felt. He was just fear

on the moment of departing, in No storms the furious elements can rouse; company with Rinaldo and Almira, And if I fail, shall deem it noble still To founder in a brave attempt. Once more

when several officers suddenly seized The cheerful breeze invites; ' k'l my sail

him, by virtue of a warrant Antonio And scud before it. When the critic starts, had obtained. Rinaldo immediately And angrily unties his bags of wind, Then I lay to, and bid the blast go by.'

drew his sword, and would bare slain the person who had laid hands on Alphonso, had bis prudence not

restrained him. : *LPHONSO AND ALMIRA;

? By what authority,'

, demanded Rinaldo, is this violence offered?" OR,

The officers, immediately shewed

their warrant, informing him that THE NOBLE FORESTER.

it had been obtained on the complaint of the lord Antonie, who had

isten robbed by several villains, one SARDINIAN TALE.

of whom he suspected to be AlBy a Lady.

phonso; and they added, that their

farther orders were to search for (Continued from p. 253.) the effects: Antonio bad lost, and CHAP. V.

which were then suspected to be

concealed within the hut. When Antonio forms a plot againse the life the name of Antonio was mentioned of Alphonse Alphonso is scized

as the person who had been robbed, for a robbery, and confined to his it was impossible to determine whea hut ---Rinaldo resolves to appeal ther Alphonso, Rinaldo, or Almira, to the king should Antonio give

discovered the greatest degree of judgment against him.

astonishment. They each of them

perceived the wickedness of the -ANTONIO, enraged at the re. charge, and the vile source from pulse he had met with, determined whence it came; and Alphonso,

to resent the injury; nor was he' conscious of his innocence, scrupled long without the means. He imme not to suffer the officers to search the diately caused a diamond ring of, hut, not knowing that he could have great value, and well known to the any thing to fear from it. But Anking, to be concealed within Ale tonio had laid his plan much deeper

than they suspected. The wretch and of procuring you ample justice who had hid the ring in Alphonso's for any injury you may receive.' hut was artfuky sent with the of * Heavens!',cried Alphonso, ' his ficers, who, directed by him, instant: presence will surely shelter ine front by went to the spot where it was the dreadful persecution with which concealed; and taking it from its lam threatened.' hidden place, presently returned with · It will easily be imagined in what it, proclaiming it a proof of. Alphon, manner the unhappy father, and the so's guilt.' ,BT posee

two lovers, passed the day and night, Theagh Rinaldo immediately saw It was in vain that Rinaldo entreata through the horrid scheme, and what ed. Alphonso to take comfort, and was really meant by 'it, he could not contemn the plot that Antonio had but feel himselt most sensiblylalarm: $0 hasely. laid against his life.. The ed; since his uncle, the count-Anto- very thought that he was accused of nio, was at the head of the superior being a thief, a character at once so council, and had a power lodged in mean and detestable in the eye of him to judge of all offences, and to man, drove bim almost into a state punisN those he pronounced guilty of absolute distraction. The motivo at his with and pleasure. * 13:11 ot. Antonip's conduct, he consoled

•Come,' cried Rinaldo to the of. himself, would very readily be made ficers, your warrant must be obey. appear; it being too notorious upon ed : Alphonso shall attend you.' the very face of it to be concealed :

• Sit,' - replied the officers, ! AK but the fear that filled him at the phonso nušo not stir hende. It is same time, lest: Antonio should be the order of hhe .count Antonio what able;' through bis emissaries, to effect he should be!!closely confined within bis purpose before the arrival of the the hut until he comes here to try king, overwhelmed him with grief the offendet.. !!

and despair, and gave a very severe ! And does he mean then, ligtacheck to those services he would cious Heaven!!) exclaimed Rinaldo; otherwise be certain of deriving from ' to be both prosecutor and jutgeRinaldo's friendship. Bat execute your warrant. Alphonso Such were the reflections that oca is innocent, and shall be protected'' cupied Alphonso's mind, when Ali • Almira, who had been lost the mira, too deeply affected by her fan whole time iò a mixture of surprise ther's situation not to think of every and indignation at the baseness of means of relieving him from it, used Antonio, threw herself at Rinaldo's the most winning persuasions in her feet, and, bedewing them with her power to induce him to make an tears, besought him

to seek the king, immediate disclosure to Antonio of and interest him in behalf of her his birth, and the pretonsions it gave father, against the views of Antonio. him to the throne of Sardinia : Hat

• Be of good cheer,' cried Rinaldo; tering herself, that the knowledge of "the king comes to-morrow: to. a it would not only discourage him neighbouring city, on his annual from any farther attempts on the circuit, to enquire into the admi- life and honour of Alphonso, but nistration of public justice. There strike him dumb with shame and will then be an opportunity of ap- confusion at the part he had acted. pealing - from the sentence of Anto. Alphonso listened to the advice of nio, should he dare to convict you of Almira with all possible attention the theft you are charged with, and respect, though he could by no

means think of taking it. No, my The horror with which this sendearest child !' said Alphonso, 1 tence, so peremptorily delivered, and would on no account reveal my birth. no less cruel than unexpected, -truck Heaven knows I am innocent of the Alphonso, may be better conceived crime I am charged with, but the than expressed. Is it possible,' event of it is yet uncertain. I would cried Alphonsu, 'that Antonio can not for the world have it known be so unjust as to condemn any one that the son of Orlando, the heir of unheard?' the crown of Sardinia, was ever sus • He is satisfied,' answered the pected of having committed a theft. officer, with the evidence laid beNo, Almira; I would go to my trial, fore him; and has commanded me, obscure and unknown as I am. If his officer of justice, to signify to you I should, by the villainy of Antonio, his will and pleasure; that his judge be found guilty, my family will suf- ment shall not only be final and confer no disgrace from my unhappy clusive, but that you be immediately fate. If I should be pronounced transported, agreeable to the seninnocent, as Heaven knows I am, tence given against you.' with honour I shall then be able to • Heavens!' exclaimed Almira, 'is discover myself to my father and my father then to be dragged from my country.


“He is,' returned the officer, 'unCHAP. VÌ.

less, indeed, you will undertake to be

his advocate, and seek, his pardon Alphonso is pronounced guilty, and from Antonio, who is of a mild and

condenned to the galleys-- Almira merciful disposition, and easily to be determines to sacrifice herself to won over by your entreaty to forAntonio, to save her father's life give your father.', -She is prevented by Alphonso so forgive me!' cried Alphonso. and Rinaldo.

Tell him, tell Antonio, that I

spurn the idea, and would rather WHILE Alphonso and Rinaldo die than live by his favour.' were preparing to ward off the blow 'Say you so?' replied the officer. intended by Antonio, every instru-Your pride will soon be put to the ment the latter could employ was trial. The guard belonging to the industriously used to carry into galleys is near at hand, waiting my execution his diabolical design, and orders to convey you to the place hurl destruction on Alphonso's head. of your destination ; and unless you Accordingly an officer, attended by will permit your fair daughter to aca party of soldiers, who were order- company me hack to Antonio, I ed to wait at a small distance, came to shall instantly call on them to exeAlphonso's hut; and demanding an cute the sentence of the law.' immediate interview, informed him, Hold, monster!" cried Alphonso, in a solemn tone of voice, that Antonio 'I value my child's virtue before had been made acquainted with the every thing the world contains, and circumstance of the very ring he would gladly meet the worst of had been robbed of being found deaths in preserving it.' concealed in his hut, and, consider Say you so ?' replied the officer ; ing that alone as a sufficient proof of and immediately he called the guard his being the robber, had thought to do their duty.' for to order him to serve for life as a The ruffians no sooner began to galley-slave.

bind the unhappy Alphonso than

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Almira rent the air with her piercing lord and master; and you and Ricries, and entreated the officer to fore naldo shall both of you approveof bear executing the sentence: adding, the resolution I have formed. that rather than her father, whom she Rinaldo was struck with amazed esteemed inore than life, should be ment, and immediately demanded of carried into slavery, she would suffer Almira what she meant, and how every thing; and even yield herself she could reconcile her declaration in up to the passion of Antonio, kow• favour of Antonio with the solemn ever she might abhor and detest assurances she had so repeatedly him. The officer, perceiving in what given him of her love. manner her fears worked on her, Alinira replied, that during her informed Alphonso that, observing interview with Antonio Rinaldo Almira likely to act in a way that might have it in his power to seek would please Antonio, he should for the king; and that, if it could not be the present stop the hands of the done in time, she hoped to be able guards, and leave hint to consider to persuade Antonio to drop all farwhether he would prefer the situa- ther persecution, release Alphonso, tion of a galley-slave 10 Almira's and clear up his honour; or, if that being the mistress of Antonio, whose should fail, her last expedient should power and wealth commanded the be to give herself up to Antonio, respect of every one throughout Sar- upon condition of his becoming her dinia.

father's friend and advocate, instead .. How is this' cried Alphonso, of being his enemy and persecutor, as soon as the officer had left them. and when, buoyed up by her promises, • Is it possible that you would con he should order Alphonso to be de- ! sent tu be Antonio's, and prefer a

clared innocent, and in consequence life of shame and infamy to my be expect a sacrifice of her honour, as a ing wretched and a slave? The very return she would, at the very mothought, my dear child, drives me ment of expectation, sta almost to distraction. Sooner than ster to the heart, and think her life Antonio should possess you this hand well given if it should but tend to of mine should put an end to the rescue the best of fathers from a existence of us both. What are situation too horrid to be thought chains and fetters to a mind that of, without piercing her with the is pure and unsullied ?'

severest pangs of misery and distress. . Indeed, my dear father,' an Alphonso and Rinaldo were equalswered Almira, you wrong me ly charmed at the heroic behaviour much. I never could harbour so vile of Almira, but thought it by no a thought as that of giving my hand means prudent that she should vento Antonio. The very idea were at ture herself in the hands of Antoonce monstrous and preposterous. nio, who would stop at nothing to Believe me, my dear father, if I effect her ruin: nor could Rinaldo affected to reconcile the thought of suffer her to think a moment of so giving up myself to Antonio, it was rash an expedient; adding, that it only for the purpose of gaining time, would be infinitely better for him to in order that Rinaldo might have an Ay immediately to the king, and lay opportunity of bringing an appeal before him Alphonso's unhappy case. before the king. But sooner than Alphonso and Almira equally ap- :, my father should go into sla- proved of Rinaldo's proposal, but very, I will even consent to accom could not bear the thought of his pany Antonio's officer back to his leaving them at the mercy of An


tonio, whose creatures would, per- sparkling train of golden constellahaps, before his return; be enabled tions; and such is thy condescendo to accomplish the purpose he had in ing goodness, thou' dispensest thy view.

1 buans over the avide creation, lightA thousand projects were thought ing the sea-beat mariner" to the of, but nothing held advisable to be wished-for part, and the benighted pursued-so distracted were each of traveller to his journey.'s end; and, as them to determine the course that the poet 'sings, through every distant should be taken as most likely to tend age hast held a lámp. to wisdom.' to their general good.

What an awful stiilness pervade;} (To be continued.). .' the dreary scene!-How different

from the bustle and activity of the living world ! The plotting head and

palpitating heart were both at rest:' SOLITARY WALKS The schemisti no longer lamented his

baffled projects, nor was the man of IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-XARD. ' feeling a martyr to his'acote sensas

brations, proceeding from a too refined BY JOHN WEBB.

sensibility. The infant no more WALK II.

desired to drain the breast of its

milky beverage ; and talkative age "Hush'd was the pausing deep-ton'd funeral had finished its long, long lale. knell,

While absorpt in meditation, mie. Twelve times the clapper stroke the pausing thought I heard the tread of an unbell;

welcome foot, that was trespassing The rooks and daws, dark tenants of the tow'r,

upon my solitude; but it proved only Caught the alarm, and croak'd the midnight-, the echo of mine own footsteps.

hour : Complacent sleep! kind Nature's loveliest'

• But why indulge a momentary fear law! Had stretchd the peasant on his bed of the juvenile, the volatile, and gay,

That I should find the rash intruder, here? stran ;

* Nor was oblivion's balmy boon deny'd

Havé steer'd their jovial course another To lull the dog, fast snoring by his side :

way: ,, Black clouds of darkness overspread the The proud-one will not quit his gilded rooms,

To seek amusement here, among the tombs; -pole, And not one star was twinkling thro' the Nor will the drunkard' leave his mantling whole;

bliss,' All, all was deep impenetrable gloom, 1, To pay a visit to a scone like this. Şulent as death, and awful as the tonib:'


Here reigns mild peace upon her throne of

rest;... When I took my solitary excur,

A settled calm pervade; each subject's breast

Here pleasure's silk-clad votaries @case to sion amid the silent demesne of

shine, death. Raven-coloured clouds veil- Nor longer sigh for splendor, lovo, or wife:') ed Cynthia's silvery eye, and depriv. Ambition's air-form'd projects all are o'ers.'

And beauty's full-blown roses charm 49 ed the lonely wanderer of her guiding ray.-Fair empress of the night!' I exclaimed, though envious 'va- Perhaps beneath the turf, unconscious iptest, pours have hid thee from my sight, Full many a swain who team'd with genius yet will I hail thee.- Unlike proud Who, had some patron 'rous'd the dorman sol, thy imperial.copsort, who rides fire, in flaming majesty the vast expanses: Like Milton, might have swept a seraph's thou movest with mild dignity along Like star-exploring Newton, soát'd on high, the azure vault, attended by a And scann'd the golden wonders of the skyi.


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