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Your sense of her merit you oft' have
avowedI WOULD IF I COULD.
By heaven you deserve a rattanWhat, Harry! still solus ? no wise in GO whine, like a school.boy, "I the chace?
would if I could;' Still afraid of that soul-chilling 'No!'
. God help me! I will if I can.' Poor faint-hearted soul! how I pity your
case ! More timid the older you grow.
“ FRAILTY, thy name is WOMAN." Here are blue eyes and black eyes--the fair and brunette
Shakspeare. Thegrave, the coquette and the prude,
It Frailty's naine is Woman's self,
A name which nature gave,
Still to be Frailty's Slave!
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morning as I sat at my toilet, I saw the good Genova, followed by a young country lass, whom she told me was her relation, and bega ged to recommend her to my protection. She is a poor orphan,' said she, who lias nothing to depend upon but her innocence and your kindness, Sigrora.” I promised it to her, and the young person said she would do all in her power to merit it.
“ More than two years had expired, during which time I had been confined within the precincts of the Castle of Peschia, wearied with grief and remorse. The effervescence of a warm climate increased that disposition I had received from nature, and perhaps the worst of my torments was, that I was obliged to restrain those fires 'which consumed me. Often, while indulging my ardent reveries amon; the shady grores, I perGeived a shepherd, seated under tlie shade of a beech tree, with a young village maiden. The sight filled my heart with sorrow, and my eyes with tears.
I wandered alone through the thick groves, rellecting that if my cruel hand had spared my lover, I miglat have tasted the same pleasures as these shepherds.
“ If I was struck with the uncommon beauty, the decent, yet noble air, and the captivating graces of the niece of Genova, I was still more surprised when some days after I conversed with her : she not only expressed herself in the most polished and elegant language, but the subjects on which she spoke, evinced an understanding far above the vulgar.
“ It was about this period when an old woman, who furnished the Castle with cream and cheese, requested my permission to present her niece to me, whom she intended should succeed to her business : i willingly consentesl ; and one
“ One time in particular, when I was contemplating her, whilst with her delicate fingers she was pressing the teats of a cow, and was filling a large bowl with milk not more white than her own bosom, on a sudden she started from her work, and attentively examined the inilk. By the sufiusio:2 which covered her countena..ce, I
perceived she was agitated by a treme ignorance you have obsecret emotion. I asked her the served throughout this part of the cause : Alas, she exclaimed, if country. Like them, Signora, I this animal is not speedily relieved, am but a plain country girl, but I in an hour or two at farthest she have had the happiness to find in must die. This was not the time the lover who has gained my affecto enquire further ; but when, by tions, a man of sense, who has ina decoction of balsamic herbs,
structed me. It is to his lessons I which she herself culled, she had
am indebted for what knowledge stopped the progress of the disor possess, as it is to his tenderness der she had observed, I asked her
I owe the happiness I enjoy.' what symptoms had discovered it
« This frank confession made to her? She answered That it
me desirous of learning further dewas the livid colour and mottled
tails. Zanetta (for I need not constreaks in the milk.' Pursuing
ceal her name) answered me with afterwards this proposition, she
out reserve ; and the following is entered into a chemical analysis of
the substance of what I learned the nature, qualities, and proper
from her. She thus addressed me: ties of that liquor, the causes that
(The venerable Chrysostome, "might alter it, and the inductions
Curate of Peschia, is an old man, to be drawn by that means relative to the health of the animal that had
equally pious and benevolent : his
whole life is divided between the produced it.
service of the altar, and the relief My astonishment and admira of the wretched. Incapable himtion increased at hearing such sci
self of those fralities which dishonentific observations from one whom our human nature, yet is he comI should have supposed only capa- passionate to those of others : he ble of speaking the rustic idiom of is indulgent to his fellow-creatures her native village. Explain,' said as severe to himself. He regards 1,' by what miracle you possess
the peasantry, whose spiritual minsuch information ; if Genova had ister he is, as his own family, and pot assured me you were her niece,
on all occasions shares his slender I should have thought you a divini- patrimony with them.
In short, ty disguised in sylvan habits : your he possesses every virtue that can appearance and your knowledge adorn a priest, without those de 'would justify such an opinion.
fects which degrade the man.-
I should not think it necessary to "It is doubtless,' she replied, describe his character to you, if it s to your partiality I am indebted
were not to convince you how worfor the favourable comparison you thy he is of that confidence which have made between the little the first Lords of Italy reposed in knowledge I possess, and the exe
One day a splendid carriage, to profit by her condescension ; but drawn by a set of beautiful horses,
he found thatı Fortune had not, and accompanied by a numerous been so favourable as Nature to and superb retinue, stopped at the the idol of his heart. Florina parsonage-house of Peschia. A (for so she was called) was the young man got out, whose coun daughter of a tradesman of Bertenance more distinguished him gama, who through the recomthan the richness of his apparel, mendation of one of the officers of and proved him to be a Nobleman the Senate of Venice, had obtainof the first rank. Having intro ed a situation under that Assem. duced himself to Signor Chryos- bly, and had been dead about five tome, he remained with him above years. His widow had retired to two hours ; after which he return the country, and lived upon the ed to his carriage, and took the produce of her labour, which conroad to Venice, having previously sisted in making silken fillets, with bestowed the good Curate which most of the Italians confine every testimony of esteem and their hair, in the same manner as friendship. I have since learned the Spaniards of Andalusia. Flowhat passed at this interview, and rina assisted her mother. She will inform you.
seldom went out-saw no one, but
lived a modese and recluse life. At one of those assemblies
Once a year, in Carnival time, her which have rendered the Carnival
mother took her to the Ridotto ; of Venice so famous and attrac
but, as her age and infirmities did tive, the young Lorenzi, the only
not allow her to mix in the diver. son of Prince Feducci Cornaro,
sions, she entrusted her daughter and last of one of the most noble
to one of the inferior conductors families of the Republic, became
of the festival, with whom she was enamoured of a young and beauti
acquainted. ful girl, of the province of Berga
The charms of her features "It was thus she became acand the graces of her manners quainted with Lorenzi.. Her were characteristic of the endow young and inexperienced heart ments of her mind. Lorenzi, who beat in unison with the one she knew not before what love was, had captivated : a second inter now felt that passion in its utmost view completed her defeat. -His mistress did not dis
From that time an intimate, courage his addresses ; she allowed him to hope, and when she left
though imprudent and disproporhim, consented to encourage his
tioned, connection was formed be future attentions.
tween them, which was the sourc,
of many a bitter regret. Lorenzi 'The young lover delayed not and Florina, abandoned to an amo
- The son
rous passion, doubted now but it *, Six months after she gave would be crowned by marriage ; birth to a child, the care and eduthe vanity of the mother was flat cation of which Lorenzi entrusted tered at seeing her daughter the to Chrysostome. Florina, as 'I mistress of a grandee, and she afterwards learned, took the "veil secretly hoped she should soon
in a monastery distinguished for call him her son-in-law.
the severity of its regulations ; and • The latter who thought this
a few years after, her mother died. circumstance would be the means
of Lorenzi was of forwarding the marriage and
brought up by the Curate of Peshappiness of her daughter, receiv
chia as his nephew, under the ed her confession with joy, and in
name of Antoni. I am nearly of formed Lorenzi of it ; who re his age ; he was constantly at my doubled his tenderness, and the
mother's house, where I was alnext day proposed to his father to
ways with him ; we passed our unite him by marriage with her
years together, and scarce to whom he was already united by
ever quitted each other. love.
"Chrysostome was informed of ! Bat such was not the intention
our attachment. To an heart truly of the baughty Conarro. Afier
amiable, he added an understand..having reproached his son with the
ing perfectly cultivated. Among · baseness of his passion, he ordered
the different branches of science him, without delay, to break off a connection with a girl, who,though with which he was acquainted, ,
that of botany delighted him most. . she might with propriety be his
He wished to inspire Antoni with z mistress, could not, without an insult to his family, become his
a taste for it; but the study of the wife.
mineral chemistry engaged his at
tention, and he obtained a high • The grief of the young lord reputation for his excellence in it. was inexpressible, and was aus He had not however neglected mented by the reproaches of Fic the fine arts for the study of the ioa's mother. As to Florira, profound and useful ones : he who loved too sincerely to be ac was equally skilled in celebrating uated by pride or interest, she the praises of Heaven upon the davoure:) 10 console her lover, 1 majestic harp, or attuning his manwd to calm her mother : she suc dolin to the sofi strains of love. eedoci, and in the midst of her To the most captivating manners nisfortunes was happy ; she suf he added a good character, a spotered them for an adored object, less soul, and a genius equally nd could secure his welfare by brilliant and solid. hat which in the eyes of thie prediced was her own shame,
Chrysostome, who was guided