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him. But Luther, looking calmly and the convent, and to reintroduce the silently at the incident, and continu. chorus of nuns, who are allowed to ing his psalmody, excites an inde- reunite on this occasion. During scribable thrill, arising from a recol. the service, protestant iconoclasts lection of the mass of depending rush in, tear down the pictures, and events, which reveals the use and the carry off the candlesticks; and thus place of omens in dramatick histo- the reformation, hitherto so imporriography

tant, is degraded into a church-robAct IV. Scene 1. Luther is called bery, hostile to the fine arts! An before the diet, is exhorted to re- opportunity is seized for exhibiting tract, and refuses. When he has re- Luther in lay-apparel, when he tired, a deliberation commences makes his offer, and is accepted by whether he shall be burnt for heresy. Catherine Bore; occasion is also The votes are divided: but the em- taken to kill off two personages, now perour's casting vote decides in fa. become supernumerary, the boyvour of Luther, who retires with widower Theobald, and the discarthe acclamations of the people. ded lover of Catherine; and thus

Scene 2. A forest near Worms. the tragedy terminates. Here Luther is benighted, with his The merits of this poem must be famulus; and here Catherine Bore, sought, first, in the author's happy in her pilgrim's dress, with the fair portraiture of character and manners, novice who accompanies her, is be- and in ethick discrimination; secondnighted also. Certain soldiers attend ly, in his wise choice of the interas an escort. The parties meet, and views, so as to teach a large portion club their suppers, spread theme of historick truth, with a moderate selves on the ground, and sing in number of agitating scenes; thirdly, concert. The spectacle may be ima- in decorative contrivance, an opporgined to be picturesque; and the tunity being skilfully afforded for soldier's bugle, with the voices of various and magnificent scenery the performers, alternately sounding, and pageantry; yet in this depart. to be very melodious: yet the dia- ment of art, the law of climax is not logue itself is vile and ludicrous, sufficiently observed; and fourthly, and abolishes all that reverence for in historick fidelity. Its faults will Luther and Catherine, which had be found; first, in the trailing and previously been excited. After ha- sentimental style of the dialogue; ving fallen in love, they fall asleep; secondly, in exuberance of personand their dreams are exhibited in age, incident, anecdote, and parade; the air, in pleasing illuminated ma- thirdly, in repetitions of situation, chines. Theobald and the fair no- such as that of the nuns at worship; vice also fall in love, as well as their and fourthly, in the decaying chamaster and mistress.

racter of the interest, which, from In the fifth act, still grosser ab.' being originally of the heroick, besurdities occur. The fair novice

comes finally of the comick kind. alies, in order to exhibit a funeral at

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SPIRIT OF THE MAGAZINES.

FROM THE LITERARY PANORAMA.

FEMALE HEROISM, AS EVINCED DURING THE REIGN OF TERROUR OF

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.

[Concluded from page 137.] Mademoiselle de Bussy and Ma- ges, and sat down on the stairs, near demoiselle de Brion, one aged 15, the door of the dungeon where her and the other 19, had both accom- mother was. There she listened a panied their mothers to a prison. long while, and when she heard They were not prisoners, and might nothing, she sighed, shed tears, and have gone out; but they preferred to in a low tone said sorrowfully: O my share their captivity, and the decree mother, my fond, my unfortunate ordering the expulsion of the nobi- mother! When she heard her walk lity from Paris, forced them to part or move, she conversed with her, from them. They shed tears, and every and to prolong the dire pleasure of day, in the country where they such an intercourse, she remained breathed pure air, they were heard for several hours on the landing to regret the insalubrity of that hor- place. She was not satisfied with rid abode, out of which they had talking; she carried, every day, to her been violently driven away.

mother, some of her own victuals, Madame Grimoard, now Madame which was giving her life, as they Potier, showed also a most affecting sometimes forgot to feed the unforanxiety for her mother, Madame tunate woman. But when she came Lachabeaussiere. She had been sent to request the turnkeys to open the to another prison. She begged, though dungeon to her, how many brutal she was pregnantto be carried to refusals, disgusting interrogations, Port Libre, to accompany her mother and indecent jokes, had she not to and take care of her; but she found endure to obtain the favour? She her in close confinement, and treated disregarded them, and suffered every with the greatest cruelty. She was thing, in order to carry food to her so shocked at it, that at intervals her mother, and to embrace her for a mind was deranged. She neglected few moments. It seemed as if materher dress, and in her delirium, at nal anxiety were wholly transfused which every heart was moved, she into the bosom of this affectionate, stood for some time on a spot, look- daughter! ing around her without seeing any The same praise is due to Madebody. Sighs heaved her bosom, and moiselle Delleglan. Her father, who her face and body were distorted was ordered to be removed from a with convulsions. Then she arose dungeon in Lyons, to the Conciersuddenly, darted through the passa. gerie, was setting out for Paris.

She had not left him; she asked leave mity, and unable to assist him, to travel in the same coach with she devoted herself for him. A him; she could not obtain it; but republican general happened to pass does the heart acknowledge any through the town where she had obstacles ? Although her constitu- retired. She informs him, in a mosť tion was very weak, she walked all affecting letter, of the lamentable the way, following the cart upon situation of her father, and offers to which her father was, the whole appear and undergo the execution journey of more than 100 leagues, of the sentence pronounced against and never losing sight of him, but to her, provided he engages

immediprepare his victuals, or to fetch a ately to assist the expiring old man. blanket for him to sleep on, when The warriour hastens to her, not as he arrived at the different prisons an enemy, but as a protector.* He on the roads. She never ceased to gave assistance to the father; saved accompany him, and to supply all the daughter; and after the 9th of his wants, till he reached the Con- Thermidor, he had them reinstated ciergerie; when she was separated in their property, by obtaining the from him. As she had been used to revision of their trial. inspire the jailers with compassion, The action of the young Mlle. she did not despair of being able to Bois-Berenger is no less admirable, disarm the oppressors. For three and, perhaps, still more affecting: months she applied every morning Her father, mother, and sister, had to the nost powerful members of the been served with a warrant of accucommittee of pubiick safety, and at sation. She alone appeared to have last prevailed on them to release her been forgotten by the murderers of father. She set off with him for Lyons, her family. How many tears did this glorying in having delivered him; but sad distinction cost her? In her deHeaven did not allow her to reap the spair she exclaimed: I am then doomfruit of her exertions. She was taken ed to survive you! We shall not die ill on the road, being exhausted by together! She tore her hair, she fatigue, and lost her own life, after embraced, successively, her father, having saved that of her father. her mother, and sister, and bitterly

Mademoiselle de la Rochefoucauld repeated: We shall not then die 10displayed no ļess courage in behalf gether! The wished for warrant of her father. She had been sen- against her comes; no more grief, tenced with him, in the Vendean no more tears; transported with joy, war; but she contrived his escape. she embraces again her parents, She hid him in the house of a work- exclaiming: We shall die together! man, who had been their servant, It seemed as if she had in her hands and concealed herself somewhere their liberty and her own. She put else. Thus they lived, free from the on'a handsome dress, as if she was persecutors; but as their property going to an entertainment, and with had been confiscated, and pity was her own hands cut off the locks of easily tired, their resources were her charming hair. When they left soon exhausted. Mlle. de la Roche- the Conciergerie, she was pressing foucauld was informed that her fa, in her arms her unfortunate mother was nearly perishing for want. ther, whose dejection was her only Being reduced to the same extre, affliction; and she supported her

* Why M. le Gouvé has not gratified laudable curiosity, by distinguishing, beyond mistake, this honour to humanity, we know not, unless the fear of incurring the displeasure of his Corsican master. We, however, will supply his deficiency, and are proud to boast, that it was one of our friends who performed this meritorious act, at Incenis, in Brittanny. It was general Danican, author of a work, entitled, Les Brigands Bonusques.

sinking heart till they were on the Mary, a servant in one of the gaols scaffold. « Be comforted,” said she, in Bordeaux, inspired two young

you do not leave the least regret men with confidence, by her kind behind; your whole family goes with behaviour towards those who were you, and you will soon receive the detained there. They applied to her reward of your virtue."

to make their escape, and she agreed With the same fortitude Mlle. de to facilitate it. When they were Malesey, whose graces equalled her going away, they offered her an asbeanty, acted towards her father signat of 500 livres each, as a token when he was condemned. She con- of their gratitude. She felt affronted, stantly attended him; she comforted and said: “ You do not deserve my ashim till he received the fatal blow, sistance, since you esteem me so little and then willingly laid her own head as to think I am prompted by inotives under the same axe.

of vile interest.They observed, in There were many women whom vain, that the offer was made simply humanity alone inspired with this to enable her to fly, without being noble contempt of life, which others exposed to want, if she was susmanifested from attachment to a pected of having been privy to their sacred affinity.

escape; but they soon perceived they Some time after the 31st of May, must speak no more of money. They citizen Lanjuinais, an outlaw, went therefore yielded, kissed her, and to Rennes, to shelter himself in the departed. house of his mother, who had no Mad. Boyer, a milliner in Marother servant at that time than an seilles, was brought before the comold chambermaid. He thought it ne- mission, to give evidence on the cessary to conceal the truth from trial of a culprit who had actually the latter; but one day reading in committed the revolutionary crime the newspapers that Guadet had which he was charged with. Thinkbeen executed at Bordeaux, and ing she might save him, she dethat the same proscription attached posed in his favour, and lost her to those of his friends who had re- life for this generous perjury. ceived him, and even to the servants In Brest, a man unknown to who had not made known his retreat, Mad. Ruvilly, entered her house, to Lanjuinais perceives the danger to ask a shelter against proscription. which his presence might expose He was 80 years old. Endowed with his mother's servant. He, therefore, a tender heart, she made no inquiry, resolves, at the risk of his own life, and did not consider the danger to guard her against it. He reveals connected with his visit. He was his situation to her; and warning her unhappy; that was sufficient; she of what she has to apprehend, re- readily hid him, and paid him every commends her to go away, and to attention. Two days after, the old be silent. Her answer is, that she man came to take his leave of her. will never leave him while he is in Mad. Ruvilly, who delicately had danger; and that she cares not for refrained froin putting any question death, if she must lose him. In vain to him, shows some astonishment. does he remonstrate. She earnestly He confesses that he is a priest, and solicits the happiness to stay with on that account only, devoted to her master to the last moment. proscription; but he is fearful lest a Lanjuinais, deeply affected, yielded, longer stay might bring it upon her and contrived, with the help of this also: Allow me,” says he, “ hy gowoman's dexterity, to stay there till ing awayy, to preserve you from the the overthrow of Robespierre; when danger you are exposed to, for hathe safety of her mistress's son was ving received me, and to share myself the roward of her virtuous obstinacy. the grief of having brought ruin ufon

you,But where will you go ?” ris, was more successful. She gave “ God knows !" Ilhat ! you have shelter to citizen Doulcet Pontecouno place to go 10, and yet you wish me lant, and so effectual was her zeal, to let you go away! No! The more that she saved his life and her own. your situation is dangerous to me, The niece of a sexton in Brussels the more I am interested in it. I beg succeeded, likewise, in giving assistyou will wait in this house till the ance to a Frenchman who had fled times become more settled.The old to that city during those bloody man refuseci; and, in spite of the days. It was after the battle of Fleumost earnest entreaties, was the con. rus, when the French troops cnterqueror in this generous struggle. ed Belgium. Fearful of being appreAlad. Desmarets, Mad. Ruvilly's hended in Brussels, he was leaving sister, was then with her. She wit. it. A young girl, who was sitting at nessed the affecting scene, and kept a door, prompted by a sympathy for the secret. But the eyes of tyranny the unfortunate, stopt him, exclaimare always watchful, and she was soon ing: You are lost if you go further ! informed against, on account of that If I go back, I am lost also ! Then hospitable action. Mad. Ruvilly, be- come in here. He went in. After infore her judges, gloried in the ser. forming him, that they were in the vice she had rendered; and her only house of her uncle, who would not affliction was to see her sister con- permit her to save him, if he knew demned for not having denounced it, she conducted him to a barn, her. These two women underwent where he concealed hiinself. Scarce. their fate, proud of being punished ly was it night, when a party of solfor an act of generosity.

diers came to sleep there. The niece Mad. Payssac, who lived in Paris, followed them unperceived; and, as did more than grant hospitality; she soon as they were asleep, she tried offered it. The respectable Raband to extricate the Frenchman from de Saint Etienne, was outlawed in such a perilous place; but, as he was consequence of the events of the escaping, one of the soldiers awoke 31st of May. Mad. Payssac offered and took him by the hand. On this him a shelter in her house; his re- she stepped between them, saying: monstrances respecting the danger Let me go, it is I who am come. She to which his acceptance would ex- needed not say more. The soldier, depose her, were useless; she insisted, ceived by the female voice, let his. and overcame Rabaud's reluctance. captive go. She conducted the latter He was afterwards discovered in her to her own room, from whence, tahouse, and she soon followed him to king the keys of the church, and carthe scaffold, no less courageously rying a lamp in her hand, she openthan she had braved the peril. ed that building to him. They came

The celebrated Condorcet was to a chapel, which the ravage of war proceeded against at the same pe- had despoiled of its ornaments; beriod. A female friend offered to hide hind the altar was a trapdoor, not him. He refused, saying: You would easily perceivabic. She lifted it up, be deprived of the benefit of the law ! and said: “ You see this dark stairOh ! said she, am I to be deprived case; it leads to a vault, in which the of the benefit of humanity ? This an- remains of an illustrious family are swer did not shake his determina- deposited. It is very likely that notion; and, some time after, he was body will so much as suspect that found murdered by his own hands,* you are there. Have fortitude enough in a village near Paris.

to remain there, till a favourable opMad. Le Jai, a bookseller in Pa- portunity offers for your escape."

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