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tion, I felt all its sorrows in full and informed Aurelia that it was force. I endeavoured to make absolutely necessary to visit my some impression on the mind of native land. She was thunderAurelia, by representing my for- struck at the determined tone in tune as inadequate to the style of which I addressed her, and deignlife in which we were engaged, ed not to answer me ; but few to and by entreating her to wean
her inother and the countess to herself from that propensity to implore all their intiuence to extravagance which would involve change my purpose ; but they no us in difficulties. She replied, sooner were informed by my broscornfully, that she should never ther of the state of my aitairs than descend from the dignity of her they united in his wishes for our birth, to limit the expenses to quitting a spot where they had which her rank entitled her. It contributed to reduce me to diffio would be useless as well as te- culties from which they had no dious to enumerate the follies of intention to extricate me. Thus my wife, and the debts which her obliged to submit to necessity, unlimited profuseness heaped up- the fair and fatal cause of my on me. Our doors were thrown misfortunes reluctantly consented open to a polite and brilliant mob, to accompany me to England, many of whom bore the exterior where, on a review of my debts, I titles of distinction, while the con- found they amounted to ten thouduct of their lives disclaimed all sand pounds. This reduced my pretensions to those true senti- estate to fifteen hundred a-year, ments of honour which adorn no-e upon which I could have lived in bility, and exalt mediocrity to an the country with contented ecoequality with the highest rank. noiny, had the partner of my fate Faro, and its hideous train, had been of a disposition similar to free access to every assembly ; my own; but, alas ! she was in- , my incorrigible wife became one capable of receiving or imparting of its devoted victims, and I found happiness in the scenes of private it impossible to stand against the life. After having presented me torrent of expense which began with a son, the retirement of our to orerwhelin me.
situation threw her spirits into a I very unwillingly determined state of such constant regret for to disclose to the earl the danger past pleasures, that a rapid de. of my situation, and the derange- cline threatened to shorten the ment my circumstances were now date of her dull existence. Though involved in by my present expen- her conduct little merited iny afsive mode of life. He coldly fection, I could not but regard replied, that I had been to blame her with the eyes of tender pity, to enter into it, as my fortune was still anxious to withdraw her from ipadequate ; and he recommended the path of error, and to reclaim me to return to England, and to her from the fatal prejudice of sell a sufficient part of any estate education. I accompanied her to to defray my expenses in Ireland. Bristol, where she soon began I followed his advice, made (with the united assistance of the iminediate preparations to quit waters, her youth, and natural a country where all my hopes of constitution) to recover the lost happiness bad been fatally blasted, bloom of health. She there une
fortunately met with some of those gay associates with whom she had ANECDOTE of the late QCEEx of been intimate in Ireland. They
FRANCE, tempted her to follow them for a few days to Bath. I could not [From Weber's Memoirs of Marieresist her entreaties upon her
Antoinette.] mising, with a complacent gen THE marquis of Pontecoulant, tleness, which she had but lately major of life-guards, had been so assumed, to attend me unreluct- unfortunate in the lifetime of antly to our country retirement, Louis XV. as to incur the disafter passing one week at Bath. pleasure of the dauphiness. The
That week proved fatal! It in- cause was not a very serious troduced Aurelia to a society dane one; but the princess resenting it gerous to her insatiate love of with the hasty vivacity of youth, pleasure. She plunged once more declared she would never forget it. into dissipation, and entered deep- The marquis who had not himself ly into gaming. While I was forgot this declaration no sooner confined to any lodging with a dis- beheld Marie-Antoinette seated located bone, instead of paying on the throne, than hè conceived me those attentions which I had himself likely to meet with some bestowed on her at Bristol, she disgrace, and resolved to prevent took the opportunity to launch it; for which purpose he directly out into every species of extrava- gave in his resignation to the gance, and I found myself again prince of Beauveau, captain of involved in the debts which she the guards ; at the same time not only wantonly contracted for frankly giving him his reasons for ornainental dress, but for those so painful a procedure on his part, iminense suins she lost at play. adding, that he would greatly reTo cut short my sad narrative, she gret being under the necessity of completely ruined me; and what quitting the king's service; but is more dreadful, she not only sa- if his majesty would please to en. crificed my fortune, but her own ploy him some other way he should honour and character, by a vio- he very happy! The captain of lation of every sacred tie which the guards perceiving the distress had bound her to a husband, of the major's mind, and well acwhose arms she left for those of a quainted with his merits, took seducer, with whom she now leads upon himself to present his resig. a life of infamy! while I, reduced nation to the king; but previously by her excesses to take refuge waiting upon the queen, he reprefrom the public eye within the sented to her the attiction with confines of the Marshalsea, have which the marquis of Pontecoulant leisure to retiect with all the bit- was overwhelmed, recounted the terness of self-reproach upon the usefulness and number of his false step I made in marriage; former services, and then conand the irretrievable consequences cluded by asking what orders she in which I have not only involved would be pleased to give with re. myself but an innocent infant, who spect to what was to be done with must become the victim of his fa- the resignation. The sight alone ther's weakness, and of his ino.' of the prince of Beauveau was sufs ther's folly:
ficient to excite generosity in the
of a very
heart of another, and that of Marie- sufficient sound, would occasion. Antoinette already fostered the These musicians are very dextepriuciple in its fullest influence.- rous, and will play pieces in three
The queen,' said she, remem- parts; producing the first and bers not the quarrels of the dau- second treble with the two hands phiness, and I now request that on the upper set of keys, and the the marquis of Pontecoulant will bass as before described. By this no longer recollect what I have invention a whole town is enterblotted from my memory'. tained in every quarter of it. That
spirit of industry which pervades
the kingdom no doubt originally Account of the CARILLONS; or, suggested this sudorific mode of
CHIMES IN HOLLAND. awusing a large population, with[From sir John Curr's Tour through to quit their avocations one mo
out making it necessary for them Holland.)
ment to enjoy them. They have THESE carillons are played often sounded to my ear at a disupon by means of a kind of keys tance, ike the sound communicating with the bells, as sweet hand-organ ; but the want those of the piano-forte and organ of something to stop the vibration do with strings and pipes, by u of each beli, to prevent the notes persor called the Carilloneur, who of one passage from running into is regularly instructed in the sci- another, is a desideratuin which ence, the labour of the practical would render this sort of music part of which is very severe, he still more highly delightful. Hole being alunost always obliged to laud is the only country I have perforin it in his shirt, with his been in where the sound of bells collar unbuttoned, and generally was gratifying. The dismal tone forced by exertion into profuse of our own on solemn occasions, perspiration, soine of the keys re and the horrible indiscriminate quiring a two-pound weight to clashing of the bells of the Greek depress them. After the perform- church in Russia, are, at least to . ence the carilloneur is frequentiy my ear, intolerable nuisances. obliged to go to bed. By pedals I afterwards learnt that the cacoininunicating with the great rillons at Amsterdam have three bells, he is enabled with his feet actaves, with all the semi-tones to play the bass to several spright- complete on the manual, and two ly, and even difficult airs, which octaves in the pedals.
Each key he performs with both his hands for the natural sound projects near upon the upper species of keys, a foot; and those for the fats and which are projecting sticks wide sharps, which are played several enough to be struck with violence inches higher, only half as much. and celerity by either of the two The British army vas equally sur.. hands edgewise, without the dan- prised and gratified by hearing ger of hitting the adjoining keys. played upon the carillons of the The player uses a thick feather principal church at Alkmaar, covering for the little finger of their favourite air of God save each hand, to prevent the exces- the king', played in a masterly sive pain which the violence of manner when they entered that the stroke necessary to produce town.
• Poets may boast, as safely vain,
ly swings I sought the rapid Mersey's sandy Upon her arm a lyre, and 'cross its ; shore,
strings Whilst dancd the moon-beam on the Her hand now soft she screeps, and now billowy main,
ungovernd flings. Or fajotly gleam'd upon the boat
Bright and yet mild as gleams the rising man's oar.
When o'er the misty mountain first
So seem'd her form divine :-approach-
Her hand across the lyre she sweetly sinilid, And felt thy sacred flame, and gaz'd thy And from its golden chords arose a strain,
steals, visions wild!'
That wrapt in wild excess the 'wilderd Whilst thus I pensive stray'd, methought brain, a form
And seem'd with nobler ardours to in. Light as the shadowy vapours of the spire dawn,
The glowing soul;—but oh! no mortal Whose eye flash'd vividas the lightning lyre storm,
Can initate the sounds; she fled; they Came bounding, nimble as the dap must expire.
pled fawn, And stood before my sight; her jetty Yet, Memory! thee I woo to tell the
But e'en its siinple chords may not in And thou, the wiskid-for mod shall vain
gain, Essay the sounds which nought shall The bard's high hope the deathless e'er eflace;
name! Een I, who chant a wild and careless Yes, tho' as yet thy humble lay, song
Its sounds scarce risen, fades away; Full oft amidst the muse's higher throng. Yes, tho' as yet it listless secins, Inspir'd by her less dissonant may be
And lost thee young Fancy's dreams, For oh! the lay sie swectly sang to me The time shall come, nor far the date, Seein'd like the seraph-train's immortal When thou shalt wake a lay refiuid, harinony.
Shall sing of deeds wsung before,
La strains that ne'er shall dic." And, if aright I caught the soothing strain,
And thus she falt'ring ceas'd; for now 'Twas thus the spirit sang :
A hermit-form with wrinkled cheek, : Dear youth! when on thy mother's
and pale breast
E'en as the slave of soul-subduing fear, In infant slumbers thou didst rest,
And his hoar beard hung loosely to I saw thy life's beginning fair,
the gue: E'en then began my guardian care ;
Bent was his brow as one deep-los in I saw young Hope of azure eye
thought, Point to the flow'ry paths of Joy, And in lois louks with anxious meaning But e'er thou reach'd'st her fairy round,
fraught, The fiend Misfortune on thee frowu'd; Sat picturd discontent, and haggard woe: I mark'd how later years a rose
Ile nearer drew, and then, in acceats Ainidst accumulated woes,
slow, With pleasure saw thy noble pride
From his prale quir’ring tip these sounds Pale Sis’ry's hazard'ırain cleiied ;
did seem to Aow. And mark'd, with joy, thy haughty soul Still form beneath their harsh controu: • heed not, youth, yon syten's 'witchI saw try youthful mind expand,
ing lay, And still the spark of Genius fann'd; Fly from her tempting accents! fly Would smile when at the gloomy hour Of midnight thou didst woo my pow'r, False are her sounds, her visions rain, Or when amidst the lonely glen,
tho' bright, Far from the noisy haunts of men, A fitting rainbow's varied transiena Thou stray’d’st at evening's close serene,
Light; And gazd, with mildly-pensive mien, She'd lead thee on to seek a deathleä. On Nature in her rustic charms, The wood-clad hill, the scatter'd farms, Aud snatch the wreath which binds The village spire, the mountain gray, the brow of Fame. The peasant on bis homeward way, But oh! whilst pointing to her pros His children totiring by his side, His distant cot, and homely bride; She hides the many mis’ries lurking I heard thee sigh, the world forgot,
there, To pass thy days in such a cot, She points to Ilonour and her gorgeous With Nature, and Simplicity,
train, Ind inild Content, and Puesy! But shows not disappointment, want, Amin I heard thy rising sigh,