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The silver aspin, and the leafy plane
O'er-hung the woodbine, who around
them throws
Her honeyed tendrils.""

Rivola was regularly beautiful: she boasted an indescribable expression of modesty and love in her countenance, which had irresistible attraction. A little golden crucifix decked her rising bosom, and her smile was heavenly. As she strayed she was soon overtaken by the generous, the good Pamfili. He was her lover, he sought her smiles; she bestowed them;-he asked her love, she granted it; in all he solicited, she acquiesced:

as she leaned on his arm, she listened with attention to his vows. O Rivola!' he exclaimed, you are more lovely than the bridegroom's first dream! O my beloved! let one kiss assure you of my constancy.'

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The night was exquisite; the genius of the air shook his azure locks, perfumed with the scent of the pine; the moon shone in the centre of a spotless dark-blue sky, and her grey, pearly light floated on the endless summit of the forest. As they sat, they perceived, through the trees, a person fast approaching. He was habited in a savage garb,- his looks were horror: he approached, and, without uttering a word, tore Rivola from the arms of Pamfili. A scuffle ensued, and Rivola fainted, Pamfili at the same moment received a severe blow by a scimitar which the ruffian held in his hand, which brought him senseless to the ground. As he lay, the savage rifled his pockets: being at length a little recovered, he arose upon his knees, and craved permission to endeavour to restore the hapless Rivola. The villain, with a look and voice that conveyed horror to his soul, replied, Haste then to do it.' Rivola after a short time recovered, and walked a few steps, supported by the good Pamfili. The ruffian again fiercely


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As Painfili sat by the corse, the the distant mountain, and he wept moon began to hide herself behind as he saw gradually disappear the features of his love. Soon the black gathering clouds darkened the scene, and the thunder roared; a violent storm came on, and the forked lightnings glared through the trees-the winds howled-the sea-gulls screamed,

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And dark Despair a gloomy picture

While beneath Fury and Venom, couch'd in murky dens,' Hissing and yelling, guard the hideous gloom.'

Pamfili returned to the spot, and found the beauties of Rivola enveloped in the veil of eternity. He seated himself by her side, and wept, while the moon lent her pale flambeau to the direful scene -the orb soon shed over the woods that mysterious melancholy which it partially displays to the venerable oaks and ancient spires of the mountains-the fall of the torrent

at a distance was heard the nightbird chirped on the rock, and a golden streak appeared in the east. As he bent o'er the lovely corse, he wrung his hands in despair he raised her from the ground,

and took her in his arms to a little distance: he laid her on a rising turf of wild sensitives-a withered flower rose in her hair-her lips were like a rose-bud gathered two mornings past, which appeared to smile and languish-through her white, transparent skin the blue veins appeared on her cheeks-her was closed. while



The awful roar rolled through the mountains, as ancient as the world; the gloomy scene was universal; the hideous yells of the troubled birds of prey added terror to the spot; the surcharged clouds lowered beneath the forest topssuddenly they burst, and displayed their vivid lightning!-the hea vices displayed new realms and vens rent-and through their crenumerous spaces of liquid fire;the woods were fired in various parts; - how terrible was the spectacle!-the flames united and raged impetuous:

In an instant

The fiery darts shoot thwart the southFlash upon flash, with repetition quick." ern sky,

Pamfili bent upon his knees, and lifting up his streaming eyes to heaven, raised a prayer to Him Who grasps the fiery lightning in his

the dust. As soon as twilight peeped between the mountains, the careful shepherds hied forth in search of their fleecy charge, and wandering found the hapless Pamfili and Rivola both lifeless corses. The report soon spread around the plain, but no account for a long period could be given as to the cause of their unhappy end. The neighbouring shepherds dug a sepulchre in the rock, and carefully deposited their remains; they placed a cross upon its verge, and dropt the silent tear!

What tho' no weeping loves their

adust grace,

Nor polish'd marble emulate each face; What tho' no sacred earth allow them


Nor hallow'd dirge be muttered o'er their tomb,

Yet shall their grave with rising flow'rs be dress'd,

And the green turf lie lightly on each breast:

There shall the moon her earliest tears bestow,

There the first roses of the year shall blow;

While angels with their silver wings


The groun now sacred by their reliques



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Whether you use your own carri age, or the coachman's, the expense is the same, although the convenience is materially different.

The public library, though the foundation is of modern date, con tains a number of volumes, and some manuscripts. It is open every day to the public, but es there are not many scientific men at the present day in Nice, the arts and sciences are not so much advanced by them as they might be. Fortunately for the Nissards, the library has escaped the pillaging hands of the revolutionists in the last war, an omission they could not justly be taxed with throughout the republics of Italy and other countries, which they subdued.. The librarian is a man of considerable information, and takes much pleasure in showing attention to strangers.

The port is situated where there were very fine gardens formerly, It was left unfinished at the time the country of Nice passed under the dominion of France, and was to have extended as far as the. Place de la Republique. It is defended at its entrance by a mole, which is by no means handsome, and often requiring repair on account of the violence of the surf, and the consequent yielding of the stone-work. The govern ment has it in contemplation to repair it, and to prosecute the other works. A greater service cannot be rendered to the depart ment, and to Nice in particular,


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burthen cannot enter; but small coasting vessels, feluccas, and open boats, are commonly to be met with in it. On the side of the harbour are several good warehouses, which, since the peace, are again open to merchandise.

The port is very commodious to those who are fond of swimming; but the entrance into it I think more so. The months of December and January are not too cold for, bathing: on the contrary, I never omitted the opportunity when it was in my power. There are boats and men at the port, whom you engage, at a louis per month, for this purpose; but as the shore is rather dangerous, it is difficult to embark, either behind the Croix de Marbre, or elsewhere. You must therefore put up with inconvenience of riding or walking to the harbour. With respect to mere bathing, ladies should venture in with great caution, and never stoop without taking hold of a rope when a wave passes them. Here is no convenience for that salutary purpose, those, therefore, who are willing to try, must adopt the plan proposed, or run the risk of receding with a wave, which, on account of the rapid descent of the coast, retires with equal celerity and strength.

A handsome terrace supports and consolidates the banks which oppose the inroads of the sea, and, forming a delightful walk for the inhabitants, may be considered among the principal embellishments of the place. The lodgings situated on the terrace an

town or suburbs where they could are very few parts either of the be more comfortably situated.

publique to go to the ramparts On leaving the Place de la Reyou see the Paglion, the suburbs, and the chain of hills which stretches from North to South, forming a semicircle. onwards you have a delightful perAdvancing spective of the sea and coast as far as Antibes, which is peculiarly beautiful by the light of the moon, when her pale and sombre beams, streaming through the dusky waste, quiver on the wave, and tint the adjacent hills with a soothing association of light and shade. I visited Nice at a very unfavourable moment, and write rather to describe the marks of barbarian fury than the ingenuity of the architect. tion, carried to an almost inconThe rage of the revoluceivable excess, has scarcely left any hotel or mansion of grandeur without marks of degradation.

Croix de Marbre, and on the side The houses in the suburbs of the of the road leading to the Var, as well as a variety of buildings in the town, have all shared the same fate.

Nice has been continually involved in a succession of misfortunes. In the years 1218, 1618, and 1644, but principally in July St. Martin, Bolena, Belvidere, Veand August 1564, the villages of nanson, &c. were early destroyed by an earthquake. It is said that the shock was so great that it stopped the course of the Vesubia

terminated in 1748 for a while, and day after day improvements became more general, obliterate ing, in some degree, the scenes of misery and devastation she had been so often doomed to witness. But in the year 1799, and epidemic disease visited the town, and carried off a sixth part of the population. The first cause of the disease was the continual motion of the troops: without exaggera tion, a million passed through Nice in the course of the revolation. It is well known that the armies were frequently in want of every thing. Bad nourishment and bad clothing were soon followed by the most distressing consequences. The hospitals which were crowded could not accommodate all the sick, a circumstance which obliged the inhabitants to lodge them in private houses; in fection was by this means soon propagated, and every house became a lazaretto.

THE Nissards differ in their manners from the inhabitants of Provence and Italy. Sordid in terest and unprincipled selfishness, notwithstanding the allegations of many travellers, are by no means the characteristics of every class of this people. The Nissards are in general mild, humane, peaceable, and complaisant. They are gay, lively, and pleasant in company: in one word their manners on the


stantly occupied in providing for the subsistence of their families, in cultivating their fields, or watching their flocks. Nothing can equal their persevering patience at work: no obstacle disheartens them; and they bear with equal firmness bodily fatigue and mental anxiety. Fashion has not extended her imperious dominion over them, for they still retain the dress and manners of their forefathers, Whenever a traveller arrives in any one of their villages, let him be ever so little known to them, they hasten to welcome him, and invite him to partake of their fru gal repast. They often give up their beds to strangers, and in every respect present, us with an emblem of ancient hospitality. But this character only applies to the inhabitants of the interior of the country: towards the frontiers of Piedmont they are irascible, and subject to gusts of passion which frequently produce very desperate conflicts. When they cannot find employment at home, where there are neither commerce nor manufactures, they seek subsistence in foreign countries Those who can afford to buy a little merchandise, hawk it about the country, until they acquire enough wealth to begin shop-keep→ ing. With such small beginnings, by arrangement and economy, some of them have left fortunes which their industrious children have augmented to immense pro


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