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tinguished his enlivening embers, and had. the harrowing and ftupendous clash of fhrupk in gloomy sadness to repote, where falling armour, which reverberating trom Henry De Montmorency and his twin the various cavitics around, seemed here attendants rushed from the castle of and there, and from every direction, to A

be echoed with double violence, as if an The night was wild and formy, and hundred men in armour had, in fuccef. the wind howled in a fearful manner. fion, fallen down in different parts of the The moon flashed, as the clouds pasle: 1 valley. Montmorency, having recover. from before her, on the silver armour cf ed from the consternation into which Montmorency, whose large and sabl: this fingular noise had thrown him, unplume of feathers streamed threatening: dauntedly pursued his course, and pre. in the blaft. They hurried rapidly on, rently discerned, by the light of the moon, and, arriving at the edge of a declivity, the gleaming of a coat of mail. He im. descended into a deep glen, the dreadful mediately made up to the spot, where he and favage appearance of which, was found, laid along at the root of an aged fufficient io ftrike terror into the stoutef's oak, whose branches hung darkling over heart. It was narrow, and the rocks on the torrent, a knight wounded and bleedcach fide, rising to a prodigious height, ing ; his armour was of burnished fteel, hung beliying over their heads ; furious. by his side there lay a falchion, and a ly along the bottom of the valley, tur- fäble shield embossed with ftuds of gold, bulent and dashing against huge frag. and, dipping bis casque into the Atream, ments of the rock, ran a dark and swoln he was endeavouring to allay his thirst, torrent, and farther up the glen, down a but, through weakness from loss of blood, precipice of near nineiy feet, and roaring with difficulty he got it to his mouth. with tremendous strength, fell, at a fingle Being questioned as to his misfortune, he stroke, an aweful and immense cascade. Look his head, and unable to speak, From the clefts and chasms of the crag, pointed with his hand down the glen; at abrupt and stern the venerable oak threw ihe fame moment the thricks, which had his broad breadth of shade, and bending formerly alarmed Montmorency and his his gigantic arms athwart the stream, attendants, were repeated, apparently at Thed, driven by the wind, a multitude of no great distance : and now every mark leaves, while from the fummits of the of horror was depicted on the pale and rock was heard the clamour of the fal- ghaftly features of the dying knight; his ling fragments that bourding from its black hair, dashed with gore, stood erect, rugged lide leapt with refiftleis fury on and, stretching forth his hands toward the vale beneath.

the found, he seemed struggling for speech, Montmorency and his attendants, in his agony became exceflive, and groantrepid as they were, felt the inquietude ing, he dropped dead upon the earth. of apprehenfion; they stood for fome The suddenness of this shocking event, time in filent astonishment, but their in the total ignorance of its cause, the undeas of danger from the conflict of the couth scenery around, and the dismal clements being at lengih alarming, they wailing of distress, which still poured u. determined to proceed, when all inftant: pon the ear with aggravated' ftrength, ly became dark, whilft the rushing of the left room for imagination to unfold its storm, the roaring of the cascade, the mot hideous ideas; yet Montmorency, Tivering of the branches of the trees, though astonished, loft not his fortitude and the dashing of the rock alfailed at and resolution, but determined, followonce their sense of hearing. The moon, ing the direction of the found, to search however, again darting from a cloud, for the place whence these terrible screams they rode forward, and, following the teemed to issue, and recommending his course of the torrent, had advanced a men to unheath their fwords, and main. considerable way, when the piercing tain a frict guard, cautiously followed shrieks of a person in distress arrested the windings of the glen, until, abruptly their speed; they stopped, and listening turning the corner of an out-jutting crag, attentively, heard Mrill, melancholy cries they perceived two corses mangled in a repeated, at intervals, up the glen, which frightful manner, and the glimmering of gradually becoming more and more dif- light appeared through some trees that tant, grew faint, and died away. Mont. hung depending from a steep and danger. morency, ever ready to relieve the op: ous part of the rock. Approaching a pressed, couched his lance, and bidding litile nearer, the shrieks seemed evident. his followers prepare, was hafting on, ly to proceed from that quarter, upon but again their progress was impeded by which, tying their horses to the branches


of an oak, they afcended fowly and with standing the most vizorous efforts of vaout any noise towards the light; but what leur, to surrender. The lady who, dura was their amazinent, when, by the pale ing the rencounter, had fainted away, glimples of the moon, where the eye waked again to fresh scenes of misery at could penerrate through the intervening the moment when these monfters of barfoliage, in a vast and yawning cavern, barily were conducting the unfortunate dimly lighted by a lamp suspended from Montmorency and his companions to a its roof, they beheld half a dozen gigan- dreadful grave. They were led, by a tic figures in ponderous iron armour ; long and intricate paflage, mid an ima their vizors were up, and the lamp, faint- mense assemblage of rocks, which, ti. ly gleaming on their features, dilplayed fing between feventy and eighty feet per. an unrelenting fternness capable of the peniticular, bounded on all fides a circu. most ruthless deeds. One, who had the lar plain; into which no opening was apaspect, and the garb of their leader, and parent but that thro' which they came. who, waving his scimetar, seemed me. The moon shone bright, and they benacing the refl, held on his arm a mally held, in the middle of this plain, a hideshield of immense circumference, and ous charm; it seemed near a hundred which, being freaked with recent blood, feet in diameter, and on its brink grew presented to the eye an object truly terri-, several trees, whole branches, almost fic. At the back part of the cave and meeting in the centre, dropped on its infixed to a brazen ring, fiood a female fi. fernal mouth a gloom of leirled horror. gure, and, as far as the obscurity of the Prepare to die,” said one of the Banlight gave opportunity to judge, of a ditti," for into that chalin Mall ye be beautiful and elegant form. From her thrown; it is of unfathomable depth, the shrieks proceeded; she was dressed and that ye may not be ignorant of the in white, and struggling violently and in place ye are fo foon te vifit, we shali gra: a convulsive manner, appeared to have tify your curiosity with a view of it.". been driven almost to madness from the Su sayang, two of them seized the wretchconscious horror of her fituation. Two ed Montmorency, and dragging him to of the Banditti were high in dispute, the mirrgin of the abyss, tied him to the fire flashed from their eyes, and their fci- trunk of a tree, and having treated his metars were half unsheathed, and Mont- allociates in the same manner, “ look," morency, expecting that, in the fury of cried a Banditto with a fiend-like smile, their passion, (hey would cut each other look and anticipate the pleasures of to pieces, waised the event, but as the your journey.” Dismay and pale afa authority of their Captain soon checked 'right Mook che cold limbs of Montmothe tumult, he rushed in with his follow- rency, and as he leant over the illimiters, and hurling his lance, “ Villains, able void, the dew fat in big drops upon he exclaimed, " receive the reward of his forehead. The moon's rays, streamcruelty." The lance bounded innocua ing in between the branches, shed a dim ous from the thield of the leader, who light, sufficient to disclose a considerable turning quickly upon Montmorency, a. part of the vast profundity, whose depth levere engagement entwed ; they smoila lay hid, for a fubterranean river bursting with prodigious strength, and the valley with a tremendous noise into its womb, resounded to the clangor of their fteci. occafioned such a mift, from the rising Their falchions, unable to futain the spray, as entirely to conceal the dreary shock, shivered into a thousand pieces, guli beneath. Shuddering on the edge when Montmorency, instantly elevating of this accurled pit stood the miserable with both hands his ihield, dashed it with warrior ; his eyes were starting from sefifless force against the head of his :an- their fockets, and, as he looked into the tagonift ; lifeless he dropped prone upon dark abyss, his senses, blafted by the view, the ground, and the crash of his arnisur feenied to forsake him. Meantime the bellowed through the hollow rock. Banditti, having unbound one of the ato

In the mean time his attendants, al- tendants, prepared to throw him in ; he though they had exerted themselves with resisted with astonishing, strength frick; great bravery, and hid already dispatch. ing aloud for help, and just as he had ed one of the villains, wers, by force of reached the slippery margin, every fibre numbers, overpowered, and being bound of his body racked with agonizing tertogether, the remainder of the Banditti, ror, he flung himself with fury backrushed in upon Montmorency just as he wards on the ground; fierce and wild had ftretched their commander upon the convulsions seized his frame, which becarth, and obliged him also, nor with. ing foon followed by a face of exhauf


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tion, he was in this condition, unable any ling down his pallid features, inssi Ok longer to refift, hurled into the dreadful have mercy ;" then looking around him, charm ; his armour striking upon the he started at the abyfs beneath, and, rock, there burft a sudden effulgence, thrinking from its ghaftly brink, pressed and the repetition of the Atroke was cbse again at the tree. In a little time, heard for many minutes as he descended however, he recovered his perfect recoldown its rugged side.

lection, and, perceiving that the BanditNo words can describe the horrible e. ti had left him, became more compomotions, which on the light of this thock. sed. ing spectacle, tortured the devoted wret His hands, which were bound behind ches. The soul of Moritmorency funk him, he endeavoured to disentangle, and, within him, and, as they unbound his to his inexpressible joy, after many pain. laft fellow-sufferer, his eyes fot forth a ful efforis, he fucceeded so far as to loofgleam of vengeful light, and he ground en the cord, and by a little perseverence, his teeth in unutterable anguish. The effected his liberty. He then sought ainhuman monsters now laid hold of the round for a place to escape through, but unhappy man; he gave no oppofition, without sucress; as he was paffing on and, though difpair sat upon his features, the other side of the chasm, he observed not a shrick, not a groan escaped bim; a part of its craggy fide, as he thought, but no sooner had he reached the brink, illuminated, and, advancing a little near. than making a sudden effort, he erated er, he found that it proceeded from the an arm, and grasping one of the villains moon's rays shining through a large cleft round the waift, sprang headlong with of the rock, and at a very inconfiderable him into the interminable gulf. All was depth below the surface. A gleam of filent-but at length a dreadful plunge hope now broke in upon his despair, and was heard, and the sullen deep howled gathering up the ropes which had been fearfully over its prey. The three re used for himself and his affociates, he maining Banditti ftood aghaft; they tied them together, and faftening one durft not unbind Montmorency, but re- end to the bole of a tree, and the other solved, as the tree to which he was tied to his waist, he determined to descend grew near the mouth of the pit, to cut as far as the illuminated spot. Horrible it down, and, by that mean, he would as was the experiment, he hesitated not fall, along with it into the chafm. Mont. a moment in putting it in execution, for, morency, who, after the example of his when contrafted with his late fears, the attendant, had conceived the hope of mere hazard of an accident weighed as avenging himself, now saw all poffibility nothing, and the apprehenfion that the of effecting that design taken away, and villains might return before his purpose as the axe entered the trunk, his anguish was secure, accelerated, and gave vigour became so exceffive that he fainted. The to his effort. Soon was he suspended villains, observing this, determined, from in the gloomy abyss, and neither the a malicious prudence, to forbear, as at roaring of the river nor the dashing of present he was incapable of feeling the the spray, intimidated his daring spirit, terrors of his fituation. They therefore but, having reached the cleft, he crawled withdrew, and left him to recover at his within it, then, loofing the cord from off leisure.

his body, he oceeded onwards, and, at Not

many minutes had passed away laft, with a rapture no description can when, life and sensation returning, the paint, discerned the appearance of the hapless Montmorency awoke to the re- glen beneath him. He knelt down, and membrance of his fate. • Have mer

was returning thanks to heaven for his cy," he exclaimed, the briny sweet trick. escape, when suddenly




YE Shepherds, your ill-tim’d amuse-
Those flower woven garlands so spright-

Ill suit your diversions with tidings of woe,
Ill fuit with the fears that difquiet my

For sure you must know how, with fickness

ly unbind;

and paio, Dorinda bas long been feverely assail'd,


sods array,

Each human endeavour prov'd powerless In the circle of youth and of beauty, admiro and vain,

ed; And nought the nice efforts of science a- How late in the meadows young Philvail'd.

lida shone;

What pleasing emotions her accents inspir’d, But, alas! they inform me the symptoms

How the shepherds would listen whes increase,

Phillis begun! And life from the conflict seems muling to fly;

Now cold o'er her grave hang the dewe Then cease, gentle shepherds, your merri- drops of morn, ment cease,

And daisies thick-springing the green And think on the troubles that threaten so nigh.

Oft fighs as he passes the shepherd forlorn, Ah ! rather repair to yon rivulet's side, And homeward dejectedly steals on his And bind your fad brows with the pale

way. willow wreath,

There oft the sweet Redbreast mellifluent There, lonely reclin'd by the murmuring

pours, tide,

At the lone hour of dew-fall, his tendere The melting effufions of elegy breathe. lay, For me, I will haste to my midwood recess, And oft with fond industry searches the I will haste to the gloom of the wood.

flowers, land profound,

And piously bears the rude insect away. There penlive reclining indulge my diftress, Ah! gentlest of warblers, continue thy care, And pore on the sorrows that thicken

Still guar from aught noxious che faaround.

vourite soil, Erewhile this sequester'd retreat when I Still warble thy evening roundelays there fought,

And oh! that my verse could compeaT'was to pour the soft language of Hope sate thy toil! and of Joy,

And Mouldst thou, Dorinda, too, leave us Bright landscapes luxuriantly rose to my thoaght,


What strains could enliven? what val. And the light-fveied minutes stole placidly by.

leys could cheer ?

Where should I so constant an advocate find?. Methought all around me partook of the How should I the loss of thy friendship glee,

repair? The stream thro' the pebbles ran play

How vain are our hopes of felicity here! The breeze whisper'd mirth as it pass'd thro'

How quickly the prospects of youth are

o'ercast! And fancy's enchantments made every Then let not fresh prospects, fresh beauties thing gay.


Be check’d, niy fond heart, and refica Yet, ah! as the hours of affli&ion advance,

on the past ! By degrees they awake to reflection and woe;

Ah! think ere thou giv'st thine aff-ction While Fancy, afsiduous our pain to entrance,

the rein, Adverse co be neuter, enlists as a foe. Ah! think will those graces fo charmThe shadows of evening my grotto obscure,

ing endure ! The Atream through the pebbles glides Say, muft I not shortly relinquish with pain

The charnis that at present so sweetly warblingly by,

allure ! The oak's aged branches frown awfully'o'er, And the breezes shrill plaining along the How happy the man who this changeable cliff ligh.

scene, Ah! 'plain not so fadly, thou querulous

With the cursory glance of a traveller wind;

eyes, Thou Atream with less wailing thy jour. Nor suffers allurements intruding between,

To divert the pursuit of unchangeablej.sys. ney pursue ; Little need your laments to disquiet my mind, who appris d that to happiest attachments Little need that my griefs Thould be heigh- below, ten'd by you.

A sad separation full surely succeeds,

ful away,

the tree,



A guarded approvance dares only bestow, Yet its joys and its griefs are so closely And timely the soft-growing fondness combin'd, impedes.

What bosom that feels them would wish

to be freed! But, alas! thro' each moment fresh warn. ing impart,

Yet still do I love you, ye delicate ties, Our visions of happiness here to resign, Tho' blended with troubles your troubles Tho' instructed to turn the fond hopes of are dear, the heart,

Even pleasure oft dwells in a pensive disTo joys that unfadingly permanent shinc. guise,

Nor scorns the soft features of sorrow to No sooner the waves of affliction retire,

wear." And hope's bright illusions return to the view,

Thus pour'd the sad Thyrsis his wild runThan, untaught by experience, again we ning lay, admire,

Till darkness o'ertook him as sadly he And tho' still disappointed the folly re- niourn'd,

Then ttealing at length from the cavern so

grey, Still kill there are objects that cling to the

All mournsully now to the village rebreast,

turn'd. And with softeft compulsion our wishes

confine, There are seats of affection so deeply im


ECLOGUE I. What heart without bleeding can bear to resign !

Acasto. And so let it be-thy répinings recall

UR flocks contented o'er their pastures

0° 'Tis meet we refuse not the favours be- The grass is sweet with dew of early day,

stray, Itow'd, 'Tis meet that afflictions should sometimes Ye swains, begin and hail the rising morn.

The Sun ascends, bis rays our fields adorn, befal,

Philenor come, thy pleasing pipe now take, To wake our desires for a happier abode.

With echo's voice the hills responsive make; How dire were this state of probation be- Of nature's works I know thou well cantt low,

fing, Were there nought of affection to soften To us declare the beauties of the spring : the road,

ThenVaro, whilst the morning bretzesblow, No bordering attraction to steal us from And violet sweet around their odours

strow; woe, No friendship to lighten adversity's load! Touch then thy jointed reed, to pleasant

strains, And shall friendship be shun’d to avoid this Let foothing music float along the plains. distress,

Sing, fing my shepherds dear, the charming Which the loss of that friendship may sound, one day impart,

Ye woods, ye plains, ye hills, and vales reIs nought unexempt from decay and disease, found. Deeni'd worthy to share the fond hopes

Philenor. of the heart !

Behold what beauties crown the golden East, Ah! hapless Dorinda, how well couldt thou All hail, fweet Light, to chear our globe

The glorious fun ascends with joyous hafte, prove, Though so fading and fleeting is every Peace to restore, and still the voice of woe.

below, thing here,

Hail to these genial rays, our fields that There are objects deserving of friendship

chear, and love,


оре the buds and bids the bloom apThough fading and fugitive, not the less dear.


All nature smiles, smiles every hill and plain, Though forrows thrill deep the susceptible All nature ‘lings a pleafing grateful ftrain. mind,

Vare. And greatly its portion of pleasure ex- All nature's works a pleasant aspect wear,

Our plains the marks of future plenty bear,



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