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I quickly reached a little inn by began to weep. Her tears affected the road side. I entered it, and me;--they were the tears of sufdrank a cup of coffee, as I was feriny innocence, and love. She familiar with the family; when looked like the humble lily, beadI was about to depart, a stage- ing with the dew-drops of the coach stopped at the door. It was morning.-Weep not, my dear!' very heavy laden ; the passengers I exclaimed; perhaps thou hast alighted to take refreshment; and been imprudent, but not guilty.' amongst the rest I particularly I asked the occasion of her disnoticed a young woman, appa- comfort, when, wiping away her rently about the age of nineteen. tears, she began Sir, I am most As they were about going off she miserable! I left the best of patold the coachman she would not rents to follow & young man on trouble him any further, but walk. whom I placed my affections. My As you please, Ma'am,' replied friends forbad our union.
We this knight of the whip, taking a eloped, went to town, where I dram; he then resumed the reins, pected to have been inade his wife, and was gone. I was rather at- but, alas ! I judge my own imprutracted by the appearance of this dence forfeited that right. We no female, and finding she took the sooner arrived than I lost sight of same road I was going, hastened him. I waited, and inquired, but to overtake her, which I soon did. could learn nothing of bim : thus
deserted I set off for my home. As she passou, Mine
Alas! home I have none! no eye fell on her.'
friendly roof to shelter iny wretch• Hler jetty locks Fellrich, but rudely; whilst her inourn
edness! My parents have long for
gotten their guilty but repentant Beam'd thro' a watery lustre. was daughter !' She stopped and cried form'd
bitterly: her grief found an easy In Nature's kindliness; and though the passage
heart. I observed No longer melied in her cheek, nor face, fair as the snow on the plain
the trembling tear run down her blush'd
which the sun-beains has not With deepen'd brilliance on her lip, yet
kissed. still Unnumber'd graces deck'd her, and Oh would to God that thou wert once look'd forth
again At ev'ry feature,-thro' her rags there Such as thou wert, while yet a stainless shone
child ! The wreck of better day's.'
Tho' it should be thy fate to be thy As I passed her she inquired of
brend, me whether I knew of any stage
the hard-earn'd bit in bitter
tears.' that was likely soon to pass.
1 stopped, and gave her the best in She resumed :-Oh, Sir! it forination
changed is every prospect; that Strong memory of its virtue, and too oft which once gave such placid de- Cast clouds o'er thy spent spirits, and light is now dull and alarming.
denied Once, no black reflections arose
The power to deck with mirth each riot to make me regret the past, --10 painful, dreadful thoughts to make Those tears for thee, which ought in
Unhappy girl! a female eye shall shed me fear the future.- Once my
drops of blood beloved parents studied my peace, To fall from thy seducer. Shame, O and seemed to derive their felicity world! from mine :-once, they could That man thus privileged to ruin souls clasp a spotless daughter to their Shall rove about undaunted : whilst the bosoms, and innocence and plenty Whom he haih made mist either die
wretch, crowned my hours with delight.'
unseen, At this moment a stage overtook Or plunge in deeper guilt, and fall for us; she begged of me to stop it, which I did, and helped her up. We shook hands; she wisheci me every happiness her tongue could express, and they drove oit.--I re
To Mr. JOHN WEBB. gretted I had not her address.
• Did'st thou but know the inly touch • Alas!' said I,
of love, (While my tears fell, and iny looks fol- Thou woulist as soon go kindle fire low'd her,)
with snow, • Poor loveliness! those charms which As seek to quench the fire of love with
words. Passing attention, once, perchance,
SHAKSPEARE. have grac'd The social hearth, and o'er domestic joys.
Sir, Cast a pure splendour.'
"IN the last number of the As they disappeared I uttered Lady's Magazine I find a letter to myself the following soliloquy:
addressed to me from you; allow Hapless female! may peace
me to make a few observations on and serenity crown the remainder its contents, in reference to my of thy days with uninterrupted annexed motto. I am inclined to happiness; and when surrounded believe you never met with a by thy forgiving parents, bestow disappointment in a tender atsoinetimes a thought on him who tachment;' and happily for you, will ever remember thy luckless you have never experienced its fate; the impression thy sufferings effects, I may fairly conclude have made time can never des that when you and the partner of stroy.'-Vaking the best of my your bosoin strayed through the
period be which must separate Cleanse the stuff’d bosom of that perilyou; may you long live to invoke ous stuff the tuneful muse, and
Which weighs upon
the heart?' pen poetic fancy.- For your kind remon The rhapsodical, romantic, tristrance I feel obliged; but,
bute of professional kindness in "Oh thou did'st then ne'er love so hear- the conclusion of your letter I cantily,
not clearly demonstrate. I am not If thou remember'st not the slightest altogether satisfied whether you folly
intend it as a ludicrous burlesque, That ever love did make thee run into, or not; and you seem in one part Thou hast not lov'd.
of yours rather to abnegate the
heroes of romance;' but your imaYet, however humiliating and ginary style persuades me you are romantic my sentiments may ap- strongly allied to that fraternity. pear to you, I trust I am not al
I joined the festive throng, but together deserving of the vile ap- happiness was not there. Pleapellation you have thought fit to
sure, in all her gilded allurements, brand me with, namely, a sub- has stood forward to my view, and verter of the rights of man ! Deem courted me to enjoyinent in the me not too arrogant if with the
cheek and sparkling eye, that immortal poet I say
told me what the sun is made * I dare do all that may become a man:
of;'--and yet so far from giving Who dares do more is none.-'
me the sought-for happiness they
only increased iny uneasiness.-And know, Sir, I am not so com- Happiness is a shadow ;--Content pletely sunk into that sorrowful the substance ;-where the subparoxysm of grief and despair to stance is, the shadow must follow. have recourse to the foul means you allude to, to rid me of my dis
pray you, in your letters, quietude. Revocate the idea. When you shall these unlucky deeds
relate, Heaven forbid it! And know
Speak of me as I ain:Amor jussit scribere quce puderit
Then must you speak dicere.'
Of one who lov'd not wisely, but too
well.' Believe me, Sir, it was not any
S. Y. youthful fancy that imprinted on the tablet of my heart the fond Description of the Sound, the characters ; and be assured that ISLAND of ZEALAND, and the the impression is such as City of COPENHAGEN. effort can obliterate.--Your (and every other) remonstrance must (Translated from a German Pumphlet ever prove an ineffective antidote pullished at Berlin in 1801.*) to my indisposition.
THE Sound is to the North
what the Straits of Gibraltar are ! Canst thou not minister to a mind
discas'd, Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, * The late expedition to the Baltic Rase out the written troubles of the which has terminater with such signal brain,
success in the capture of the whole And, with some sweet oblivious anti- Danish fleet will, we presume, render dote,
this description acceptable to our readers. Vol. XXXVIII.
to the South of Europe, and Elsi- month of February, 1794, conneur and Helsingburg may be call- sumed the palace called Chrised the Northern Pillars of Hercu- tiansburg, which was built by les. It forms the communication Christian VI. at his own expense, between the North Sea and the without laying any tax on his subBaltic.
jects: it was an immense pile of The Sound is two miles and a building of hewn stone, the wings half broad at the narrowest part, and stables of brick, stuccoed. where sandbanks on the Danish, This city has a noble appearance and the Scheeren rocks on the from the sea, and is about two Swedish, coast, confine the chan- miles in length, one mile and a nel so much, that men of war of half in breadth, and six miles in a great draft of water can only circumference. Some writers espass one after the other. The timate the number of inhabitants Danes have, from this circun- at 85,000, others 100,000. In stance, been enabled to establish many of the streets the canals are a toll, which brings in a consider- deep enough to admit large ships able sum, all ships that pass Elsi- to come close to the warehouses, neur being obliged to pay this duty. a circumstance of the greatest
Farther to the Eastward, par- convenience to the merchants. ticularly near Copenhagen, the There is an university of some Sound widens; but still there is importance, founded in 1478, by scarcely room for vessels to ma- Christian the First, under the næuvre or fight, and the flotilla sanction of Pope Sextus IV. an defending it might receive great Academy for Artillery and Naval support froin the batteries on shore. Cadets, a Society of Natural His
Zealand, the largest of the Dan- tory, an Academy for Painting, ish islands, is about 160 miles long, Royal Societies of Sciences, Belles and 120 broad. The chief produce Lettres, and Surgery, a Veterinary is barley, oats, and wheat. The pas- School, a Royal Library, containture lands are very good. There ing about 100,000 volumes, beare extensive woods of oak and sides a large one belonging to the beech, and the lakes abound with University, about fifty Hospitals fish. The best harbour is that of and Poor-houses, a very spacious Copenhagen, the metropolis and Exchange, and a fine Arsenal. royal residence, built on the oppo- Among other excellent manufacsite side of the strait, between tories, one of beautiful porcelain, Zealand and the island of Amak, established and carried on by F. and celebrated for its excellent H. Muller, an apothecary, deport, and its convenient situation serves particular notice. The for trade. It was only a village round tower of the church of the till the year 1254 when it became Holy Trinity is reckoned a mastera town. In 1443 it was erected piece of architecture; it was built into a bishop's see, and made the after a design of the celebrated residence of the king; but suffered astronomer, Christopher Longoto enjoy its own municipal laws. montanus. It is 150 feet high, A fire in the year 1728, in twenty- and 60 in diameter,and the enfour hours consumed 1,650 houses, trance is a spiral arch, so strong five churches, the university, and and spacious, as to admit a coach four colleges. Another fire in the to ascend to the top, an
periment which the Czar Peter the important fortress of Cronenburg, Great is said to have made in 1710. begun by Frederic li. in 1577, Copenhagen enjoys the privileges and finished in 1545. The fortifiof a free port, and carries on a cations are in the best order, and considerable trade. In 1768 up- the guns command the Sound, wards of 3,800 ships entered in- which is here not more than a mile wards, and about 3,700 cleared and a half over, for men of war outwards. That Copenhagen is a dare not keep near the Swedish place of great strength, both by shore, on account of the shoals. nature and art, is evident from the The most important islands in three long and bloody sieges it the Sound are, ist. Amak, which sustained under Frederic 1, Chris- has been already described. 20. tian III, and Frederic III, though Saltholm, a small island belonging the fortifications were then by no to the Danes, where there are exmeans in the state they now are. cellent quarries of limestone, freeAs the town of Christian-haven, stone, and marble. This island built on the isle of Amak, is gene- is uninhabited, being overflowed rally comprehended with Copen- in winter. 3d. Huen, or Ween, a hagen, this island may be noticed fertile island, formerly an appenhere. It is seventeen miles in dage of Zealand, but annexed to length, by seven broad, and has a the Swedish crown at the peace of communication with the city by Rotzchild. It was bestowed by means of two bridges. The soilis Frederic the lid. on Tycho de uncommonly rich, and the island Brahé, the celebrated astronomer, is considered as the garden and for the term of his life. dairy of Copenhagen, to which the Amakers bring for sale all kinds of vegetables, milk, butter, and cheese, in great quantities. ANECDOTE of BOISROBERT, a
Of the Danish towns within the FRENCI DRAMATIC Writer. Sound, the next in point of importance is Elsineur, built on the THE Abbé de Boisrobert, by ileclivity of a mountain, directly his pleasing conversation and diopposite to Helsinburg, on the veiting taient, which he could Swedish coast. It contains from exert to a high degree, became a five to six thousand inhabitants, great favourite with cardinal Richwho derive great benefit from the lieu, who loaded him with benefits number of people passing through till the scandalous conduct of the the town from Sweden to different Abbé put an end to them. Several parts of Denmark, and still more persons solicited his pardon in in consequence of the toll that is vain, though the cardinal himself levied from all vessels passing the secretly wished to be reconciled to Sound, on which account, each of him. At last his physician found the nations trading to the Baltic means to relieve him froin his aux