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pardon, and imputing every thing to his | Mirabel, and received a reply in the affirdespair. She saw no release.
mative. They continued to travel through the Agres now saw what she had before ex. whole of the day, changing horses at the peciell, that his abduction was not the usual stages, but seldom leaving the cha sudden thought of the day, but that it had riot. The postillions, worthy of their li- || been preconcerted, and every thing arberiine master, so well obeyed their orders
ranged beforehand. that Agnes was every where regarded as a
Mirabel now assisted Agnes from the young lady preserved from an imprudent carriage, and conducted ber through a elopement by the vigilance of her guardian. spacious hall up a stone staircase. He led The landladies surveyed her with a smile her into an old fashioned parlour, when of intelligence which sufficiently con
he thus addressed her: vinced Agnes that all appeal to them “ Miss Harrowby, you will consider would be useless. She suffered the day, yourself as mistress here in every thing but therefore, to pass without any liew at: one,--that is to say, having taken so much tempt.
trouble to secure you,
shall not easily Towards evening they entered a bye
permit your escape. You are upwards of road between two mountains, and Agnes
thirty miles from any town, and the people for the first time began to suspect that she
of the adjacent village will not understand was in Wales. Afie descending the moun
even your language. Escape therefore is tain, or of the loftiest hill she had ever seen,
impossible, and I trust you will not make appearid 10 her to merit that name, they
The useless attempt. You will never see entered upon a plain of some extent. Its
me without your own express permission. further extremity was bordered wiih a
I love you, dearest Agnes, and will endeawood which was already clouded by the
vour to merit your return by not abusing approaching night.
my present power. Every thing, is pre.
you. They did not gain the wood till the
Rest is at present most
necessary; Mrs. Marshall, will conduct muoy liad arisen, and proceeded through it by the light of its rays. At any other
your to your chamber.
The old woman obeyed,—“You. fol. time Agnes could not but have admired
low me Miss," said she. the beauty of this night scene. Her
“ Where is Daubigny?" said Mirabel to thoughts, however, were now too much
to the old woman as she was leaving the occupied upon herself to admit any other object. They continued to travel some
apartment with Agnes.
“He is at Bristol, your honour," replied miles further, and at length about mid
she; “ he expected that you would pass night one of the postillions dismound,
through that city in your road hither," and opening a gate the chariot entered a
Plague on him for a fool, "replied Miralawn, the gravel-road around which was
bel peevishly. scarcely visible through the weeds and
Agnes now followed her conductress to Jong grass which concealed it. The cha- her chamber. It was one of those long riot stopped before the door of the house.
roomy apaitments which are not uncomAgnes saw that it was an old abbey ren
mon in old houses of two or three centudered venerable by time, and dilapida:ed | ries back. The hangings were damask only at one end. She started in terror | silk, which bad suffered little from time, from its desolate appearance, which seemed
the wainscot being oak and therefore dry. to adapt it to every work of lawless out
Two long varrow windows descended from rage.
the ceiling to the floor immediately oppo. The postillions for some time con. site the foot of the bed. The moon now inued in vain to knock, the inhabitants shone brilliantly through them, and illu. of the house were buried in a too profi undminated with its siivery ray the whole repose. An old woman, however, at lenyib | length of the apartment. The windows obeyed the summons. “ Are the cham. | looked upon what was now an orchard and bers aired, Marshall, is every thing pre- meadow, but what in former days had been pared for this young lady's reception:" said || a part of the lawn and pleasure-grouod at
the back of the abbey. The branches of || she affected to be so., She was too much a tree shaded the windows.
wearied, however, to make any further reThe bed and chairs were likewise of da- fections, ber spirits and strength were so mask. The whole apartment had that air much exhausted that she was almost inof substantial comfort which distinguished | sensible to her situation. our ancestors of the age of Henry the “ Good night, Miss," continued the old Eight and Elizabeth, and which has per: woman with the door in her hand; haps been idly replaced by an exchange warrant you'll sleep well, the bed and room into modern elegance. Agnes was have been well aired. No one has slept in thoroughly exhausted in spirits, and in it since Squire Oldcastle to whom it once strength, chat she threw herself on the bed; || belonged, he came to visit it about forty the old woman had some difficulty to per
years ago, when I was a girl, for I have suade her to take off her cloathes, but at lived here all my life.” length prevailed.
“ Does not the Abbey belong to Sir "i You will find the Abbey very plea- | Harry?" said Agnes, sant," said she, “ Miss, when you come
“ No, Miss, Sir Harry rents it as a shoot. to know more about it, the grounds are
ing residence of one Squire Larkins who beautiful, and every field or two is a wood
succeeded to the estate of the Oldcasties, or a grove or a stream of water.
I'll war. though no one knows how.” rant you'll soou forget your sweetheart
“ Good night," said Agnes exhausted. here, though he were as handsome a man
The old woman repeated the same words, as Sir Ilarry himself."
and closed ile door. Agnes now understood that the woman was under the same error, and same delu.
[To be continued] sion, as others on the road, at least that
THE LOWER WORLD; A POEM.
BY MR. PRATI.
It is not often that a more patlıctic or it is certai.ly the duty of a writer who en. persuasive piece of poetry has coine under joys so much popularity, and possesses such our notice than the present; the object of powers of genius as Mr. Pratt, to recoinwhich is to enforce the recommendation mend this primary duty by the arts of of Lord Erskine, of tenderness and huma-l poetry and eloquence;-helias undertaken nity to the brute creation, and to concur ibis task, and executed it in his very best with that eminent orator in establishing || manner. We shall make a piriity longex some system of rights, and code of laws for tract from this Poem, wbich we earnestly the protection of the Lower World against recommend to our readers; it thus comthe arbitrary cruelty and licentious des potism of man. The duty of benevolence
“When public honours, in the public cause, towards animals is taught by morality and
“Exalt to power, yet dignify the laws; sanctioned by religion; but the magistrate « When with Fame's briglitest laurels cover'd has not hitherto condescended to bring
o'er them within the pale of legal defence. The
“ To favour'd gevius, Fame can give no more; Coventry Act has no clause which com.
“ On these, when proud distinctions of the prehends a felonious intent of murder
state, against a horse or an ass; and we are afraid
“ The fair awards of cloquence await; our Old Bailey lawyers have no very ready Wbeu these, by noblest paths have led to precedent of an indictment for overdriving wealth, or bam-stringing an ox. It is certainly a “And natire grants the richer boon of health: question, whether the humane intention of “O! with all these assembled blessings Lord Erskine can be shaped into a legal crown'd, enactment; but whether it be judged pro “ Wliere sacred Leisure spreads its shades per or not for the legislature 10 interfere, around:
“ Where resting froin the World's entangled "No pen, no tongue, bis cruelties can tell, road,
“On eartli commitiing fuulest deeds of hell! “The soul ascends subliine from man to God;
« The Lower World full oft the Muse las “ Mid the bow'r'd silence of the private scene,
sung, “ Say, what so well can fill the pause between
“And every chord of evt ry lyre been strung; “ As that which Nature prompts to Pity's
“ Long have the feather d, furr’d, and scaly breast?
train, “ Pity, of ev'ry generous heart the guest,
“ Inspir'd the painter's touch, the poet's strain " As that which dares each colder code refute,
" Ardent alike the pen and pencil try, “ And justifies the ways of man to brule? " Which most shall charm the heart, or lore “ A thousand laws, and what no law can reach,
" Their varied bues and thrilling numbers “ The ways of man, to fellow man may teach,
move, " Not those alone who wrong their native “ And all is beauty, harmony, and love. land,
“On painted banks there sleeps the Aleecy “ The mask'd assassin, or the robber band;
(lamb; “ Not those who stop the traveller on bis way; “ And close beside her stands the picturd “Ruffians of midnight, or of open day; “Here stretch'd at large the pamper'd Ox is “ Not they to whom the direst acts belong,
seen, “ But for each shade of social crime and wrong “ Pasturdin meadows of Parnassian green; “ Law lists the giant arm, nor lifts in vain, “ There bolder sketch'd the spirit-breathing “ The sacred powers of order to maintain,
Steed, “Guardian of buman rights, nor wants the
“ Like some proud courser of ethereal breed, force
“Seems now to rest upon the canvass plain, “ To aiil inferior beings in its course.
“Now triumphs in the verse, and spurns the " Yet aids them only on the social plca,
rein. « Of goods or chattels, claim'd by you or me; “ Reposing soft upon his master's knee “ As right protects, as property defends, “ Caress'd, curessing, there the Dog we see, “ But to pare human pity ne'er extends. “In hopes to gain his lord's suciety, “ The Lower World, like purchas'd slaves, “ He watches now each motion of the eye must find
“ Consults the bistory of the monarcb face, " A tyrant savage, or a master kind;
“And leaps with joy when partuer of the This, holds the helpless tribe in sacred trust,
chase. " That, tortures life, or crushes it in dust.
“ With rapture wild, yet passive to command, “ Oh! who can paint the borror that pre “Next view him bounding o'er the dewy laud; vails,
“The master seems the servant's bliss to share, " Whore Law controls not, and where Mercy
“And wingled music fills the vocal air; fails?
“ As in you group they join the hunter train, “ The waves, when wild they overflow their “ Skirling the copse, and scattering o`er the bund,
plain. e Covering with wrecks the watery world Man, too, full oft so fondly is pourtray'd around;
[air, “No cares annoy him, and no griefs invade; " 'The meteors, when they ride the catching “Here friendsbip's villa, there love's cot is “And shake contagion from their blazing hair;
shown " The maviac whirlwinds, when oppusid they | “And Cupid seated on his mother's throne. rave;
“ Mark how th' affections circle yonder bound “ The ravenous earthquakeman enormous “While rose-lip'd children dance like cherubs grave,
(blend, " Whose mouth capacious, by whose cities fed, “There infant buds and manhood's blossoms “ Iu one dire moment swallowing quick and “ And every creature seems a cherisb'd friend: deail,
“No gory bludgeon, no uplifted knife, “ Less fell than man, with passions unconfin'd "No object that revives a foe to life; « And soul debasid let loose upon his kind; “ Man, bird, aud beast, scarce differ but in “ His wit, his genius, then but more annoy,
food, “ His godlike powers but engines to destroy, "And all is sung or painted fair and good. " The tiercest monster that e'er roam'd the Pro The poet's passion, and the painter's soul, woud
“With magic arm’d, emparadise the whole.” “ Or lash'd the billow less profuse of blood.
« If simple women chance to go astray,
rudiments of common sense. Now, Sir,
here is no man, not even a professed It is acknowledsed by all, that ille age woman-hater, who will pretend to accuse of miracles is gone by, aud that the days of our lovely countrywomen of a deficiency witchcraft and of sorcery are no more; is of the latter qualification; and as to the it not then astonishing that individuals can || former, it is so expressly taught both at our still be fuund willing to believe and to en- fasluonable boarding-schouls and our facourage a set of impostors who pretend toshionable institutions, that we cannot supa foreknowledge of future events? Some pose women of fashiou to be ignorant of of the modern admirers of human reason, it. may perhaps be disposed to deny the mo If it is thus difficult to excuse, it is much dern faith in supernatural agency; the moie są to account for it; for we cannot public papers, however, and several recent rationally suppose that the mere impulse convictions of those foretellers of events, of curiosity would induce any person to who thereby seem to know every body's ask questions of those whom they inust business, or fate, but their own, are suffi- | know to be incapable of answering them. cient to prove the fact. It is true, indeed, Are we then to conclude ibat those ladies that the followers of those pretender's have of rank and fashion who consult those ex. been among the lowest and most ignorant pounders of "all lawful questions," have a classes of society; but I believe it is not real and bona fide belief in their skill? Can unknowo to many of the fair readers of those who have been accustomed to exaLa Belle Assemblée, that there are both | mine and to understand the astronomical male and female prophets now in full trade || plates in Ferguson's or in Bryant's Astroat the west end of the town; people who nomy, really believe that there is any maknow at least their own lucky moments, gical mystery in the uncouth figures drawn and who contrive, by secret imposition on at random by these pretenders to long ex• public credulity, to live in elegant apart. ploded astrological knowledge? Can young ments ; nay, in more than one instance, to ladies who have been instructed in the exhave fashionable looking houses, where treme nicety required for astronomical they deal out their oracles to their daily || Observations, though with the very best and nightly visilants.
instruments, believe that a fellow ignorant That some of these residences of vatici. even of common Eng'ish, can consult the nation are neither more nor less than ab- | stars in his garret? Can they, after being solute houses of intrigue, ought alone to shewn the elaborate calculations necessary deter women of delicacy and character for the construction of astronomical tables, from frequenting them; to persuade your and the extreme simplicity of their applifair readers, however, to avoid them on cation to practice, actually believe that that principle alone, without shewing them there are any secret rules for astrology, or at the same time the absurdity of the pre- || that fellows ignorant of the first principles tension itself, would be merely a palliative of astronomy, can calculate the places of for an evil which I am sorry to say " has the planets; nay, is it possible that they increased, is increasing, and ought to be can believe that planets whose motions are diminished."
so simple and so equable as to be calculated The belief in these impositions can in with the utmost certainty and accuracy for nowise be excused but on a plea of igno- | many years in advance, can at the same rance; ignorance of the first principles of time by that equable motion mark the va. natural philosophy, nay indeed of the first rious destinies of the millions who are in ex.
No. VI. Vol. I. N. S.
istence, for if they do it for one they must | lieve that all things are alike known to do it for all?
them. To bring the point then to an issue, I bave adopted this Socratic mode of let them be asked for the leading particuelucidating any meaning, Mr. Editor, lars in the French Papers which are nest for the purpose of inducing your fair to arrive; let thema be asked on the Mon. readers to think; those who think, seldom | day, who is to be in the next Saturday's think wrong,—the want of thought is the | Gazette; or let them be a.ked for a list of handmaid of error.
those who shall be carried to Bow-street in If they my amiable countrywomen, the evening,-but no! that last question after answering these questions to them- || would be superfluous, as it has been often selves, are of opinion that no man can proved that these folks are uot able to foretel any thing respecting the stars ex- | foretel the operations of the law. Whilst čept their motion and relative positions in therefore fate has denied them that species consequence, much less can they believe of knowledge of most importance to them. that the twirling of a coffee-cup, or the selves, surely no person after a moment's turning up of a card, shall enable any one consideration will believe that they have to dive into the secrets of futurity. If | been favoured with a supernatural knowthere are any persons, however, who can || ledge respecting others, a knowledge of no still believe that this book of futurity, this use but as they can turn it to their own prospective knowledge is really open to advantage. these impostors, they must of course be.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF HERALDRY AND GENEALOGY,
ILLUSTRATIVE OF ANCESTRY AND GENTILITY.
Of all the passions of the human mind, , selves wives amongst the “ Daughters of whether nurtured by habit, acquired through Men,” a phrase which, according to the orien. prejudice, prompted by vanity, or actually tal figurature language, implies a difference of arising from what may almost be called an in- origin, or rather of immediate desceut. nate principle of our pature, there is not one But in leave conjecture for some kind of whose antiquity runs higher, and of course certainty, it may be observed, that iu examinwhose origin is more obscure, than a love of | ing the history of the most distant ages, we Genealogy, from whence Heraldry bas sprung, find that even those nations whose progress dud on which it is still dependent. From the towards civilization was yet but in its infancy, universality of this passion, in all ages and in had a bigh sense of the claims of ancestry, and all countries, it is indeed evident, that it either were stimulated to heroic action's by a rememis an original principle in itself, or that it brance of the deeds of their progenitors. Inemanales immediately from principles im deed this bias, or partiality, was so powerful na planted in man at his first creation ; a circum- animating the whole body of the people to stance which furnishes a most curious para enterprizes of bigh daring for the public dux for metaphysicians, as it appears from good, in prompting to energy in council, and - lichice that the first man was created and im- to cool intrepidity in execution, that the bued with principles which in bim could never , chiefs of the warlike clans, and even the be brought into action. Pere Menestrier who, senates of the little infantive republica according to the French custom, has refined cherished it with an holy zeal. It was ingraftrather too much on this idea, says that Adam || ed on their religion by the deitication of their was placed in a worse situation than 'his de. | ancieni beroes, and intimately mingled with scendants, inasmuch as he could neither amuse their social and domestic policy ou the monùhimself with Heraldry nor Genealogy; without ments of the state, in the pages of the bis. however going seriously to this extreme, vetorian, and in the songs of the bard ! must allow that family distinctions really exist There never was a period in which Britaia ed before the flood, as we read in sacred Serip- i was more im periously called on to avail ber fure of the “Sons of God," taking to thew-| self viot only of the virtues but eten of the