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lowed them. As before by means of the wife with soft speeches, and prevailed magical tree, he reached the environs of upon her that fie should go to the Hahis own capital; and with the utmost ram, obtain a knowledge of the king's Speed, having gained his palace before fituation, and inform him of it without the arrival of the lightly-minded cats, difquifing any particular. affected to flumber upon his bed; on The vizier’s lady instantly repairing which the queen, toon after, alto lay to the palace on account of the confidowo toward the edge.

dence nie held in the citeem of the queen, In the moroing, the vicious wife em- was informed of the mystery, and acployed herself in the usual householl af- quainted her huiband. The minifler was fairs; but deep overpowered the king, much afflicted, and determined to release as the farigue of being awake all night, the king; and having, by the guidance and the stretch of watchfulness on the of instruciive policy, procured a peacock, proceeding of the cats, had wearied hiin went to the palace-gale, and sent in this out. From the neglect of precaution petition : and forefight, the chain of pearls remain- " At this time, wlientheenemies of this ed upon his arm. Accidentally, the prosperous house are afficked with bodiqueen's eye fell upon it, and the guefi-sly sickness *, I have heart!, that a pea. of the night were changed into certainiy. cock is the means of annusing the august His having been at the assembly appear- mind of the king, &c.” Then the vied beyond a doube ; The became furious, zier prays that he may kiss the foot of and said to the king, What means this that peacock, which is the caule of rebracelet of jewels on thy arm? Perhaps creation to the exalted mind, if for an thou hast, unknown to me, ascended the instant they would send it out. The marriage throne with a new bride?

queen paying respect to the rank and The imprudent prince instantly light. high office of the vizier, at the infligaed up his countenance with wrath, and tion of weak policy, and without forefaid, "A fruce with a fiected fortons. fight and caution, fent the peacock to Whine noi ; swallow thy grief; and, pre-, the vizier. He instantly sent in that he paring for hell, expect the recompence had brought with him, and conducted of thy actions. The infamous woman, the transiormed king to his houfr, inwhen she heard these exclamations, be treated his wife, with large promiles, a. coming thoughtful on her own conditior, restore him to his frape. The wite, and imagining delay in this matier would though tempted by fuch promiles, yet be the cause of her own deftruction, as lhe was a confident in the secrets of breathed a charm over a handful of peb- the queen, with d not to give up the bles, and with haitiness threw them in- claims of friendhip. She therefore faidh to the king's face. Iminediately upon to her husband, "I will undertake this this transaction, becoming deprived of affair, on condition that, after the atrainhuman form, he was changed into the ment of thy object, having again clothfeape of a peacock with gold:n wings. el the king in ihe likeness of a peacock,

When ihole who were entrusted with I may deliver hina back to the queen. the offices of state were nor for two or The vizier, rejoiced at these tidings, apthree days honoured with an audience, parently consented to the terms of his they made a remonftrance on the subject wife, but within himielf resolved to fcat by means of the confidential persons ade the king on the throne oi lafety, when niited to the Haram. The queen, as once delivered from the desert of enfrom the king, pleaded his majesty's in, chantment. Accordingly, at the instant difpofition, and requested their prayers when the sovereign was freed from such for his recovery. The loyal subjects and a calamity, he, with the utnost celerity, well-wishers to the king, on hearing this having drawn his keen libre, separated event, becoming involved in forrow, rear the head of his wicked wite from her boturned home; but the vizier, faithful. dy, and fruck ber dead on the ground. and attached, was grieved above all. As The king, who, likeone aflicted with he intimately knew the disposition of the a fii, had recovered, having opened his king, he by his penetration divined, that eyes, gazed round on all fides, and food the king had been deprived of under. a foniined. The wife vizier informed Nanding. At all events, having return-' him of the circumstances of affairs from ed home, out of policy, he flattered his beginning to conclufion, and advised him Ed. Mag. Yan. 1800.

I * The Orientals, in enquiries after a lick friend, do not fav, “I am sorry you are i!!,.. 4s we would do, but ** I hear his encinics are added."

to retire to a place of safety to prevent ness, for she who defigrieth the king's coming again into the queen's power. death is also iny most inveterate enemy. Travelling, accordingly, by night, ac. Sprejily, I aito having ascended in the companied by the vizier, he passed his form.ot a kite, will convey myself to her, own dominions, and fixed his abode in when, after contending with our beaks a certain capital, and clothed himself in and talons, we shall fall to the ground the habit of a devotee. After some time, close to the king, who then exercising the the ruler of the country having learnt ut molt agility, must beat her to death his rank and condition, fought his 'aliio with a club; but that he may not through ance, and gave him his daughter in mare mistake injure me, know that the diftincriage. Though the king had a great dil- tion between us will be a difference of like to a fresh connection with women, colour in our wings and feathers. She yet from the impulse of divine will and is all black, and I shall be' mottled with ihe eternal decree, the affair was comple- black and white.” The king efteeming ted.

this as an unexpected blessing, seized a Some time after the marriage, the club, and stood in ambush waiting the king was fitring with his princess in a opportunity. At length, the queen, becourt of the palace, playing at dice, when ing transformed, attacked the kite, and, fuddenly a kite hovering in the air began in the manner above mentioned, feli with to defcend directly over his head, and her to the earth. The king with great fluttering its wings, began to scream. joy arose, and said to the vizier, “ Muft The new wife having looked at the bird, I strike the black or the mottled ?" The

Ought knoweft thou, o king, vizier replied, “ Haft thou not heard, who this kite is, and what is her meari- that the sandy-haired cur is brother to ing in this Aluttering ?” The king re- the jackall ? Though thou haft escaped plied, " I know nothing, but that it flies the jaws of the crocodile, still thou hatt as birds usually do in the air.” The fallen into the fangs of the wolf. The. lady exclaimed, “ This is not a kite, wifeft measure is io kill them both, in but thy former queen, who, having dis- order that thou mayest be wholly secure guised herself as a bird, is come with de- from the villany of a race more revenge. fign to kill thee, nor is there any how ful than the wolf or the serpent." The an escape for thee, but by my means." king, accordingly, from the hint of the The king at this event becoming over minifter, dispatched both the impure. whelmed in the abyss of aftonishment, wretches to the lower regions; and havtrembled with fear, and calling his vi ing escaped fuch dangers, for the future zier, acquainted him with the circum- retrained from 'the fociety of women. fance. The vizier said, “ Do not in the He sat down in the cell of resignation, leaft, O my fovereign, admit alarm o- and the recess of abftinence; and, durdread into thy mind; but ask the prin- ing the remainder of life, having emcels' aid to destroy the kite.” The queen ployed himself solely in the worship of now said, “ () wise vizier, it is incum. the most high, by means of peonance bent upon me to accomplish this busi- gained future felicity, and true glory.

said, "

PO E TRY.

FOR THE EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

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For say, though Providence indeed is kind,

And oft to sickness suits the pliant mind, Advice to a Friend on a Melancholy Oce casion.

Can youth life's gay and glite’ring scene

resign, [F, my lov'd friend, you still may hope to Nor once look back, and leaving it repine ?

No, no; too plain the speaking eye reveals, Your darling Edward from th' untimely The keen regret the dying fuff'rer feels. grave,

Waic not for death in home's endearing Oh! ere too late, to warmer climes repair, Ihade, And leave a while this chilling, northern Where oft, ere while, in happiness he fray'd, air :

For change of scene will raise the languid But if, alas ! such symptoms fall appear, eye, As tell too plain that death approaches near, And tilla while life'squiv'ring flame supply: Then fondly try, by every soothing art, Distress him not by efforts to amuse, To calm the forrows of the victim', heart, All pleasures now their wonted relith loser.

Then

raise,

THE PASSAGE OF THE MOUNTAIN OF SAINT

GOTHARD.

TO MY CHILDREN

Then take him not to where the gay re- When the low temple and the hollow eye fort,

Those fatal symptoms, you at length defWhere mirth and pleasure hold their festive cry, court ;

Let not your fond, your overflowing heart, For he no more will join the giddy throng, By tears the dread intelligence impart. In dance, in laughter, revelry, or song : Let nature first the dismal truth disclose, And ah! though music fooths the mind, And do not thou disturb his furt repose ; forbear,

But when at last he feels the dread decay, Heedless, to sound the well-known plain- Then by his couch in fuppliant accents pray; tive air;

Then wean his soul from this its frail abode, For that with magic power will quickly And bid him, sinking, put his trust in

God.

R. H. Full many a scene of far, far happier days. How, now devoted, muft the fuff'rer mourn, Those days, now past, and never to return. But far remov'd from healthful folly’s noise,

By Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. If some lov'd friend shall read, with footh

ing voice, The pleasing poem, or eventful tale, 7

(1) Ye plains, where three-fold harvests

press the ground, Trust one experienc'd, that ne'er fails a. Ye climes, where genial gales incessant while,

swell, The lingering hours of sickness to be- i Where art and nature shed profusely round gnile.

Their rival wonders-italy, farewell. When morn returns, when sleep shall cease

Still may thy year in surest fplendour shine! It's kind oblivion o'er the sufferer's head,

Its icy darts in vain may Winter throw ! When sancy's gay illusive scenes are o'er,

(2) To thee, a parent, fifter, I consign, And dreams of pleasure charm the mind no

And wing'd with health, I woo thy gales

to blow. Then by his couch be kindly watching near, (3) Yet pleas’d, Helvetia’s rugged brows I From his moist eye to chase the rising tear,

fee, And with his head inclin'd upon thy breast,

And through their craggy steeps delights T'inspire with hope, and lull his cares to

ed roam;

Pleas'd with a people, honeft, brave, and But ne'er unfeeling! tell him to endure,

free, His pangs with patience, when no art can

While every step conducts me nearer cur',

home. Mult youth life's pleasures, yet untried, resign,

(4) I wander where Tesina madly flows, And can cold reason chide if it repine ? From cliff to cliff, in foaning eddies cott; 1 %

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more;

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(1) We quitted Italy in August 1793, and passed into Swifferland over the mountain of Sc Gothard.The third crop of corn was already standing in Lombardy.

(2) We left Lady Spencer and lady Belsborough at the bạths of Lucca, intending to pass the winter at Naples.

(3) The contrast between Swillerland and the Milanese appeared very striking. The Milanese were intested with a band of robbers that caused us fome aların, and obliged us to use fome precautions; but from the moment we entered the mountains of Swifferland, we travelled without fear, and felt pertedly secure. Death is the punishment of robbery; this punishment, however, very rarely occurs; at Lausanne there had been but one exe cution in fitteen years.

(4) On the oth we embarked upon the Laggo Maggiore, at the little town of Sisto, fituate where the Termo runs out of the lake. In the course of two days navigation we particularly admired the Itriking and colossal ftatue of St Charles Boronieo (with its pe<-ftal 100 feet from the ground.) The beautiful Boromean islands, and the Thores of the lake, are interspersed with towns'and woods, and crowned with a diftant view of the Alps. On the evening of the roth we landed at Magadino, one of the three Cisalpine bailiages belonging to Swifferland; and as the air was too noxious for us to venture to tleep there, we sent our horses to conduct us to Belinzona, a pretty town in the niidil oť high mountains, under the jurisdition of three of the Swiss cantons, Switz, Underwald, aud Uri. From hence (after having prepared horses, chairs, and guides, and having our On the rude mountain's barren breast he His humble board the holy man prepares, rose,

carriagecs

And simple food, and wholesome lore In Po's broad wave now hurries to be

bestows, loft.

Extols the treasures that his mountain bears, His shores, neat huts and verdant partures

And paints the perils of impending snows. fill, And hills, where woods of pine the storm For while bleak Winter numbs with chil. defy;

ling hand While scorning vegetation, higher still,

(7) Where frequent crosses mark the Rise the bare rocks coeval with the sky. In flow preceffion moves the merchant band,

traveller's fate Upon his banks, a favour'd spot I found,

And filent bends, where tott'ring ruiris Where thade and beauty tempted to re

wait. pose; Within a grove, by mountains circled round,

Yet mid those ridges, 'mid that drifted By rocks o’erhung, my rustic feat I chose.

frow, Advancing thence, hy gentle pace and flow, Can Nature deign her wonders to disUnconscious of the way my footsteps

play'; prest,

Here Adularia shines with vivid glow; Sudden, supported by the hills below, And gemis of chrystal sparkle to the day. (5) St Gothard's summit rose above the Here too, the hoary mountain's brow to reit.

grace, 'Mid towering cliffs, and tracks of endless Five silver lakes, in tranquil state are cold,

seen; Th’industrious path pervades the rugged While from their waters many a stream ftone,

we trace, And seems-Helvetia, let thy toils be told- That, scap'd from bondage, rolls the A granite girdlc o'er the mountain

rocks between. thrown.

(8) Here flows the Reuss to seek her wed. No haunt of man the weary traveller greets, ded love, No vegetation smiles upon the moor,

(9) And, with the Rhone, Germanic Save where the flowerct breathes uncul

climes explore; tur'd sweets.

Her stream I mark’d, and law her wildly (6) Save where the patient monk receives the poor.

Down the bleak mountain, through the Yet let not these rude paths be coldly trac'd, Let not these wilds with liftiess steps be trod,

My weary footsteps hop'd for rest in vain, Here fragrance fcorns not to perfume the For steep on feep in rude confusion rose; wafte,

At length I paus'd above a fertile plain (10) Here Charity uplifts the mind to God. That promis'dihelter and foretold repose.

Fair

move

craggy shore.

carriages taken in pieces) we set out in the evening of the 12th to enter the mountain, and ascended gradually by a road which nearly felloved the course of the Tesino.---The Tesino takes its rise not iar from the summit of St Gothard, and joins the Po near Pavia.

(5) St Gothard itself ariles from the top of several other high mountains. Some have given 17,800 feet of perpendicular height from the level of the sea ; but general Ply ffur, who conpleted the celebrated model of that part of Swisierland surrounding Lucerne, makes it only 9075 feet above the Mediterranean.

(6) There is a small convent at the top of the mountain, where two monks reside : and who are obliged to receive and entertain the poor traveller that pailes this way. Padre Lorenzo had lived there for 20 years, and seemed a fensible and benevolent man. They have a large diary and make excellent cheese ; five small lakes, which are at the top of the mountain Tupply theni with fish. The inonks are capuchins, and belong to a convent at Milan. .(7) When any lives have been loft by the falls of snow, a small crofs is erected.

(8) The Reuss unites with the Aar, beyond the lake of Constance, and with them falls into the Rhine.

(9) The Rhine, the Rhone, the Aar, the Tesino, and the Reuss, all rise in the mountain of St Gothard:

(10) The valley of Urfera is celebiated for its fertility, and verdure, and the placii

nidilir

bends;

fight;

Fair runs the strcamlet o'er the pasture Here rocks and woods its narrow waves green,

inclose, Its margin gay, with flocks and cattle

And there its spreading bosom opens spread;

wide. Embowering trees the peaceful village

And hail the chapel! hail the plaiform screen,

wild ! And guard from snow each dwelling's

Where Tell directed the avenging dart, jutting Med.

With well-strung arm, that first preserv'd Sweet vale! whose bosom, wastes and cliffs

his child, surround,

Then wing'd the arrow to the tyrant's Let me awhile thy friendly shelter share,

heart. Emblem of life! where some bright hours are fouod

Across the lake, and deep embower'd in Amid the darkest, dreariest years of care.

wood,

Behold another hallow'd chapel stands, Delv'd thro' the rock, the sacred passage Where three Swiss heroes lawless force

withstood, And beauteous horror strikes the dazzled

And stamp'd the freedoni of their native

land. Beneath the pendent bridge the stream defcends,

Their liberty requir'd no rites uncouth, Calm- 'rillit rumbles o'er the frowning

No blood demanded, and no flaves en

chain'd; height.

Her rule was gentle, and her voice was We view the fearful pass-we wind along The path that marks the terrors of our By social order form’d, by laws restrain'd. way ;

We quit the lake and cultivation's toil, 'Mid beetling rocks, and hanging woods With Nature's charms combin'd, adorns

among, The torrent pours, and breathes its glit. And well earn'd wealth improves the reatering spray.

dy soil,

(12) And ample manners still maintain Weary at length Terener scenes we hailm

their sway. More cultur’d groves o'ershade the graffy meads,

Farewell Helvetia! from whose lofty breast, The next, tho’ wooden hamlets, deck the Proud Alps arise, and copious rivers vale,

flow : And Altorf's spires recall heroic deeds. Where source of streams, eternal glaciers

seft, But tho' no more amid those scenes I roam,

And peaceful science gilts the plains beMy fancy long each image shall retain

low. (11) The fock returning to its welcome Ofe on thy rock sthe wond'ring eye shall

home And the wild carol of the cowherd's

gaze,

Thy vallies oft the raptur'd bosom seek, strain.

There, Nature's hand her boldest work Lucernia's lake its glasly surface shews, displays, While Nature's varied beauties deck its Here, bliss domestic beams on every

cheek.

Hope

truth,

the way,

lide;

manner in which the Reuss runs through ir. It was formerly woody, but the peasants believe that their forests were destroyed by a magician. The green paliures and placid appearance of the valley form a beautiful contrast with the rocks and precipices which surround it.

(!!) The circunstance alluded to pleased nie very much, though Ilaw it not in St Gothard, but in the mountains of Bern. At evening, a ilock of goats returned to the market place of the little town of Interlacken ; immediately cach goat went to ies, peculiar cottage, the children of which came out to welcome and caress their little coniade. The Rems des Vaches, sung by the Swiss cowherds, is a simple melody, intcrmixed with che cry which they use to call the cows together.

(12) The domeftic fociety and simple gaiety of most parts of Swifferland, exist in spite of the inroads of strangers ; indeed it ieems iriposible not to feel rather to join in their happy amusements that to wish to introduce the diilization of other countries ámong them

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