The pestilential air he breathed they should not see him any more, there, undermined his health; he and the looks of all were directed was carried to the hospital. A young towards his mistress She seemed nurse was ordered to attend on him. to be composed, and retired to write. To a handsome face he joined the One of her friends, suspecting that advantages of birth and fortune At this apparent calm might conceal a first, his pleasing countenance inter- daring design, watched her, and inested her, and when he had acquaint- tercepted a letter which she had ed her with all his misfortunes and written to the publick accuser. By forebodings, pity completed what this letter he was informed of every tender sympathy began. She resolved feeling of her burning heart. Mato effect his escape. After imparting dame C.......r expressed in it her her design to him, without avowing wishes for the restoration of royalty, her partiality, she advised him to which was the same as calling for feign as if he were in violent con- death; she expected it. But as she vulsions and expiring. The young received no answer, she was afraid man acted the part allotted to him. her letter had been intercepted; she Sister Theresa, according to cus- wrote another, and took every care tom, spread the sheet over his head. that it might reach its destination. The physician came at the usual In the mean while the journals hour; she told him the patient had were kept out of her sight, because just breathed his last; he went away, Boyer was on the list of those who without suspecting her deception. had been executed. She said to her At dark sister Theresa pretended friends: I know he is no more, do not that the corpse had been claimed, deceive me, I have courage. They at for the instruction of the young sur. length confessed the truth. She regeons, and she had it brought to the ceived this last blow with the greathall for dissection. When he was est fortitude, and retired again to there she gave him a suit of clothes, her apartments: there she read belonging to a surgeon who was in over once more her lover's letters, the secret; and in this disguise he of which she made a girdle round escaped without notice. The fraud her waist, and spent the remainder was not discovered till the next day. of the night in lamenting him. On Sister Theresa was xamined; and the next day, she dressed herself using no dissimulation, so awful with great nicety, and while at was her candour, that she was spar- breakfast with the other prisoners, ed. Meanwhile, she had inspired the she heard the bell ringing. “ It is young Bordelese with a passion still me whom they come to fetch," ex. stronger than her own; he induced claimed she joyfully. “ Farewell, her to come to his retreat; and my friends; I am haņpy, I am going there, on his knees, he entreated to follow him.She then cut off her her to embellish the days she had beautiful hair, and divided it among preserved, by consenting to be his her friends. She gave a ring to one wife; as may be readily conceived, of them, a necklace to another, and she did not refuse; since she was after begging that they would somereceiving as much happiness as she times look at these presents, she

, conferred. They went together to took her leave. She ran to the triSpain, where they were married. bunal; she was asked if she was the

Madame C......I could prove her author of the letter which she was love to Cit. Boyer only by dying with called to account for: Yes, Monhim. They were imprisoned toge- sters! I directed it to you; you have ther in Paris. One day Boyer was murdered my lover; strike me now; summoned before the tribunal, as a here is my head. When on the scaf. witness. Ilis fellow prisoners thought fold she exclaimed: here, he perished yesterday, at the same hour; I for her sister in law. She went to see his blood; come, executioner, and the yard with the other prisoners, mix that of his lover's with it ! After to hear the names of the condemned uttering these words, she tendered called over; her name being proher neck to the bloody axe, repeat- nounced, she steps forwards, but ing to her last moment the name observes that the surname not be. she held so dear.

longing to her, must apply to ano. Another woman distinguished ther person. She is asked whether herself, after the death of her lover, she knows who that person is ? [it by an action of a different nature was her sister in law] she remains but no less affectionate. She had silent; she is ordered to disclose her witnessed the execution of the un- retreat. “ I do not wish for death," fortunate, on whom her affection says she, “ but I prefer it a thousand was fixed. She followed his remains times to the shame of saving myself to the place where they were to be at the expense of another; I am buried with those of several others. ready to follow you." There she entices the cupidity of After the surrender of Lyons five the gravedigger to obtain the head prisoners escaped from a dungeon of a beloved victim, and tells him:- called the Cave of Death; the sis“ Eyes full of love, which death has ters of young Porral facilitated their just now extinguished, the finest hair evasion. They gave a part of their in the world, youthful graces wither. fortune to obtain access to their broed by sorrow; such is the picture of ther, and through the greatest danthe one I want; 100 Louis d'or will gers visited him several times, and be the reward of such a service." procured him the necessary imple. The head was promised. She came ments: young Porral made use of again alone and trembling, to

them with as much success as bold. ceive it in a valuable veil. But na- ness, and soon came with his four ture was not so strong as love. Ex- fellow prisoners, to thank his sisters, hausted by such struggles, this fond who assisted him to elude the search lover fell down at the corner of Rue which his flight occasioned. St. Florentin, and to the terrified (A very particular account of this eyes of beholders revealed her se. evasion, with many others, some of cret, and what she was carrying them conducted with wonderful dex. She was sent before the tribunal, terity, was published at Lyons, after where the judges made a charge the reign of terrour had subsided. against her, of what ought to have It shows to what fury revolutionary excited their sympathy; and she principles may be impelled.] went to the scaffold, in the conso- Madame ELIZABETH could have ling hope of finding in another world avoided the dangers which threaten.' the object which had animated her ed the Bourbons, by joining those of with such a delirious passion ! her brothers who emigrated from

Fraternal affection inspired also France; but she rather renounced sacrifices.

all thought of herself than forsake The sister of a bookseller in Paris, the most unfortunate of them. She

а of the name of Gatıy, being present was executed soon after the king, when her brother was condemned, with the placidity of mild innocence. exclaimed Vive le Roi ! within the When carrying to the scaffold, her court itself. She wanted to die with neck handkerchief fell off; being him; but this sad satisfaction was thus exposed to the gaze of the denied her, and her execution was crowd, she addressed to the execu. delayed till the next day.

tioner these memorable words: “ In Mademoiselle Maille, confined in the name of decency cover my boRue de Sevres, sacrificed herself som.

VOL. y.





RECTOR OF THE HIGH SCHOOL OF EDINBURGH. DR. ADAM, it appears, was born fair, he would despatch his meal in in 1741, the son of one of those lit- a walk to the meallows, or Hope tle farmers who then abounded in Park, which is adjoining the southScotland, but are now swallowed up ern part of the city; but, if the in the vortex of monopolists, or ra- weather was foul, he had recourse ther pluralists. His father, though to some long and lonely stairs (the poor, had the honest ambition, so old houses inaEdinburgh haye all creditable to Scotchmen, of giving common staircases, mostly of an unhis son a liberal education; and the conscionable height, one in particuson appeared no less ambitious of lar being fourteen stories) which he profiting by this paternal attention. would climb, eating his dinner at Having gone through the routine of every step. By this means, all exthe Latin language, as it was then pense for cookery was avoided, and usually taught in a parochial school, he wasted neither coals nor candle, Mr. Adam turned his steps towards for when he was chill, he used to Aberdeen, with the intention of con- run till his blood began to glow, and tending for a Bursary, an exhibition his evening studies were always proof small value." Being, however, secuted under the roof of some one unsuccessful, he proceeded to Edin- of his companions. The youths of burgh, and here comes the econo- Scotland have hitherto been remarkmical anecdote, and which we shall able for parsimony and perseverance; give in his biographer's own words: but no man was ever more com“ His studies were continued with pletely under the influence of ą virunremitting vigour, and his finances tuous' emulation, than Mr. Adam. were so straitened, that in his anx- The particulars of his conduct, iety to go forward to the grand ob- which are here related, have not ject of his career, he even abridged been exaggerated in any manner, for his portion of the necessaries of life. he frequently told the same story to He entered the Logick Class, in the his pupils. At a convivial meeting vicinity of Edinburgh, 4th Nov. 1758, between Mr. Adam and Mr. Luke and about that time began to assist Fraser, another of the masters of the young Mr. Maconochie (now a lord high school, the latter, who was very of session, by the title of lord Mea- sceptical as to Mr. Adam's parsidowbank) in that capacity which is mony, took the trouble of bringing commonly styled a private teacher. together upon paper, the various For his services he received only items of his friend's expenditure, one guinea in three months; yet, as and actually found, that in six months he had no other method of raising a it did not amount to two guineas !" sixpence, he contrived to subsisy Dr. Adam's merits as a scholar, a upon this sum, and in a manner that teacher, a grammarian, and an auwill now appear incredible. He thor, were undoubtedly high; and, lodged in a small room at Restalrig, during the forty three years he held in the northeastern suburbs; and the rectorship, by his talents and for this accommodation he paid four assiduity he raised the school (espence per week. All his meals, ex- pecially the higher class, which it cept dinner, uniformly consisted of was his immediate province to teach)

, oatmeal made into porridge, toge from a very low state to the zenith ther with small beer, of which he of prosperity; and he was enabled only allowed himself half a bottle at for many years to live and entertain a time. When he wished to dine, he his friends in a style of excellence, purchased a penny loaf at the near- perhaps not inferiour to the learned est baker's shop, and if the day was lord, his former pupil.





I. 3.

And lo! advancing on the plain, I'The following beautiful ode from a cor.

Appears a smiling, beauteous train, respondent, whose pen enriched a for.

With tripping footstep slightly bounding mer number of the Select Reviews, was

To delighted musick sounding, sent to us many months since. It was

And, as flushed the forms advance, unfortunately mislaid; but being now

On me they bend the favouring glance, recovered, is inserted without hesitation

Pointing to enchanted ground. or delay.]

[Ed. Sel. Rev.

Foremost pleasure moves along,

And softly breathes her siren song; ODE TO PLEASURE.

While giddy Mirth, with wreath fantas

tick crowned,

Whom Bacchus taught of old, and 1. 1.

played WHENCE the touch, the magick thrill,

Witli him in his viny shade, That through my bosom glides and glow.

And to the jocund stripling gave ing frame?

His freshest cup of Nectared wave, Quick glancing as the lightning's flame Sports beside the Goddess wild; Scaths the proud oak or pine at Jove's

And Love, the rosy-dimpled child, high will,

With blooming cheek, and, archly smil. Waving on the frighted hill,

ing, When, hid in clouds, the awful mo. Unsuspecting hearts beguiling, narch stands,

Leading the cherub Joy in hand, And rolls his angry thunders o'er the Peeps from behind his mask, and waves sky,

his air-light wand ! Fading from my kindling eye, And startled at the power's commands,

II. 1. Pale care retires, amid the train

Hail ye guides on man who wait ! That hid in brooling night remain: For whom ye deigned to leave your native Her spell no longer now confines;

sky, A new-born spirit wakes, a new-born ra. And, while the fiends of death stood by, diance shines.

Snatched half the bitter from the cup

of fate! I. 2.

Blessing the propitious date, Ah! what queen of blissful art

Then infant hope unveiled the distant Now breathes her fervour through my

years, glowing soul?

And held her flattering mirror to the With ruddy warmth and freely roll

view, The bounding currents from my beating Clear as morning's crystal dew, heart,

Unsullied yet by sighs or tears: Balmed at once its recent smart.

With rapture rung the heavenly choir, Light o'er my head, in visionary dream,

And, while was heard from every lyre Soft peace descends and waves her dove. The strains sublime of lasting truth, like wing

Thee, Pleasure, thee they named the While her hands, benignant fling

guardian of his youth. Her blessings in continual stream,

II. 2. See Fancy lends her fairy aid,

In charms from Nature's store arrayed, Seated in her stony cell, And, rising to my dazzled sight,

Mistress of thought and gloomy Memo. Spreads wide her pictured scenes, in gay ry's powers, luxuriance bright.

Pale Melancholy marks the hours


the scene;


Thę swift decline of fleeting life that Oh! Pleasure, goddess of these plains, teli !

Ne'er changeful turn from thy adoring Ah! can thought their force repel! With solemn brow she woos me to her But give my hours their fond employ! seat,

She smiles, and fresher beauties clothe Where oft I met the moralizing maid; But the dim recess of shade

Entrancing musick steals upon the air: Explore shall duteous now my feet, Drooping flower's their bloom repair, When Pleasure, with seductive mein, And fling their fragrance round their

Points her opening paths between,
And holds the goblet o'er whose side "Tis mine, in wished forgetfulness,
Flows the inspiring juice, and bids me The couch of luxury co press,
quaff the tide ?

And heaven itself receives me here:

But soft! what seraph voice comes solemn II. 3.

on my ear? O bear me to your blest retreats,

III. 3.
Your breathing buwers,exhaling sweets,
Where sportive zephyr flutters, shaking

“Mistaken youth! and dost thou deen Golden wings, and gently waking

The joys you grasp are not a dream, All the myrtle-murmuring grove !

Thy cheated fancy quick pervading, And there with thee my steps shall

And, alas! as quickīy fading?

Soon the glittering prospect bright rove, Distant from each mortal care;

Will vanish from thy sickened sight. There Love shall aim his bonied dart,

Touched by Reason's awful ire, Thrill, but never wound the heart; Unveiled appears the specious harm;

Guilt remains for Pleasure's charm, And melting maids, as yielding kind as fair,

And sad remorse for the indulged desire. In dalliance dear, and amorous play,

He finds in harlot-lap carest,

Innocence has left the breast.
Glancing looks of humid ray,
And sighing odours, as they go,

E'en beneath the flowers concealed, Shall, with the soul's delicious glow,

On which thy limbs their langour yield, Lead me to the rosy bed

Care with serpent-form remains For blissful rites their hands have

To sting the wretch with fiercer pains; spread:

And Death, o'er mad excess presiding, And ever ceaseless joys amassing,

Marks his prey, each joy deriding !"As the moments bright are passing,

The voice was jushed, or heard no more, Attentive forms shall, mocking doom,

And all was fled my sight of all that Strow with oblivious flowers my passage

charmed before. to the tomb !


III. 1.

Long, a stranger to repose,
I prest the thorny couch of thought for-

Yet bleeding with my bosom torn,
I called no power my weary eyes to

Oh! ye, who so lately were blithsome and close,

gay Jealous of my cherished woes:

At the Butterfly's banquet carousing And oft when dimly glimmering in her away; sphere

Your feasts and your revels of pleasures Hung midnight's silent, solitary lamp,

are fled, Wandering at her season damp,

For the soul of the banquet-the ButterI paused the torrent's roar to hear;

fly's dead! Or when the moon, in fleecy shroud, Shrunk pale behind her fearful cloud,

II. I loved, amid the soul-affrighting hours,

No longer the Flies and the Emmets adTo hear the rushing blast that raved among the towers !

To join with their friends in the Grass

hopper's dance, III. 2.

For see his thin form o'er the favourite Realms of rich delight and joy,

bend, At length I reach secure your blest do. And the Grasshopper mourns for the loss mains.

of his friend!

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