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where we should find an inexhaus- not like to refuse to accompany the tible supply of ammunition. My baroness, but it would not please aunt was rich. She spared noth- them to lose two days of the Carniing for her own amusement or to val, and the baroness wouldn't, for amuse others, and never had she anything in the world, miss her part found a better occasion for spend- at San Carlo. Teresina is to go ing her money. She had already there with her this evening." given two successful soirées, at which The baroness in question was a her large drawing-rooms were filled, friend of my aunt's whom she partibut this crowd did not include ev- cularly liked to boast of before me. erybody, and those who were ab If she was indebted to me for some sent were precisely those she was of the acquaintances she was so most anxious to have, and the very proud of, she lost no opportunity ones who, on Jeudi-Gras, were to of reminding me that for this one give her the pleasure of making use she was solely indebted to herself. of her rooms. She did not dream “Ah! Ginevra mia! ..." of fathoming their motives; it was tinued she, "you have a fine house, enough to have their presence. to be sure-I can certainly say no
At last, after examining and ap- thing to the contrary; but if you proving everything, as disorder could only see that of the baronreigned in the drawing-room, my ess! ... Such furniture! Such aunt took us to her chamber. She mirrors ! Such gilding! ... And gave Stella and myself two arm- then what a view! chairs that were there, placed on Here my aunt kissed the ends of the floor a supply of biscuits, can- her five fingers, and then opened died chestnuts, and mandarines for her whole hand wide, expressing Angiolina's benefit, and seated her- by this pantomime a degree of adself on the foot of her bedstead, miration for which words did not taking for a seat the bare wood; the suffice. . mattress, pillows, and coverings be- “How?” said Stella with ing rolled up during the day, ac- air of surprise. “I thought her cording to the Neapolitan custom, house was near here, and that there like an enormous bale of goods, at was no view at all. It seems to me the other end of the bedstead. she can see nothing from her winArming herself with an immense fan, dows." which she vigorously waved to and “No view !" cried Donna Clelia. fro, she set herself to work to en- “No view from the baroness' tertain us. First, she replied to my house! ... See nothing from questions:
her windows! ... What a strange "You ask where the ragazze mistake, Contessa Stella! You are üre. . . . I didn't tell you, then, they in the greatest error. You can see are gone on a trip to Sorrento with everything from her windowsthe baronessa ?"
everything! Not a carriage, not a “No, Zia Clelia, you did not tell donkey, not a horse, not a man or me. When will they return?" woman on foot or horseback or in
“Oh! in a short time. I expect a carriage, can pass by without them before night. It was such being seen; and as all the drawfine weather yesterday! They did ing-rooms are al primo piano, you
can see them as plainly as I see you, and distinguish the color of
• The girls.
their cravats and the shape of the How delightful to find you ladies' cloaks."
“Ah! yes, yes, Zia Clelia, you are A general embrace all around. right. It is Stella who is wrong.
Then details of all kinds—a stream The baroness has an admirable of words almost incomprehensible. view, and quite suited to her “Che tempo! Che bellezza ! Che tastes."
paradiso! They had been amused “And then,” continued Donna quanto mai! And on the way back, Clelia, waving her fan more delib- moreover, they had met Don Lanerately to give greater emphasis to dolfo, and Don Landolfo had invither words,
a situation unparallel- ed Teresina to dance a cotillon ed in the whole city of Naples ! ... with him at the ball to-morrow A church on one side, and the new
And Don Landolfo said Maritheatre on the other! And so near
uccia's toilet at the ball last Satat the right and left that-imagine urday was un amore !" it !-there is a little gallery, which It should be observed here that she has the key of, on one side, everything Lando said was taken leading to the church; and on the very seriously in this household. His other a passage, of which she also opinion was law in everything relathas the key, which leads straight to ing to dress, and he himself did not her box in the theatre! I ask if you disdain giving these girls advice can imagine anything more conve
which cultivated notions of good nient? ... But, apropos, Ginevra, taste, from which they were too ofhave you seen Livia lately?"
ten tempted to deviate. “Yes, I see her every week."
on the point of leav"Ah! par exemple,” said Don- ing when Mariuccia exclaimed: na Clelia, folding her hands, “ there “Oh! apropos, Ginevrina, Tereis a saint for you! But I have sina thought she saw Duke Lorenzo stopped going to see her since the at Sorrento at a distance." Carnival began, because every time
“ Lorenzo ? ... At Sorrento? I go I feel I ought to become bet- No, you are mistaken, Teresina. ter, and the very next day off I go
He went to Bologna a week ago, to confession. It has precise- and will not be back till to-morrow ly the same effect on the ragazze ;
“ You hear?" said Mariuccia to so they have begged me not to her sister. “I told you you were take them to the convent again be- mistaken—that it was not he." fore Ash-Wednesday.”
“It is strange," said Teresina, Stella, less accustomed than I “At all events, it was some one to my aunt's style of conversation, who resembled him very much. It burst into laughter, and I did the is true, I barely saw him a second." same, though I thought she express
“ And where was it?" I asked ed very well in her way the effects with a slight tremor of the heart. of her visits at the convent. At
At the window of a small villa that minute the doors opened with away from the road at tlie end of a bang, and Teresina and Mariuc- a masseria we happened to pass cia made their appearance, loaded on the way.” with flowers. At the sight of us
She was mistaken, it was evident; there were exclamations of joy :
but when Lorenzo returned that ere: “O Ginevra! ... Contessa !
* An enclosure planted with maize, vines, and ... E la bambina ! Che piacere ! orange-trees.
Ding, a day sooner than I expect the new suspicion such an explanaed, I felt a slight misgiving at see- tion would have revealed, and I reing him. He perceived it, and proached myself for it as an injussmilingly asked if I was sorry be- tice to him. I checked myself, cause he had hastened his return. therefore, and forced myself to forI was tempted to tell him what get, or at least to pay no attention troubled me, but was ashamed of to, the gossip of my cousins.
TO BE CONTINUED.
FAC-SIMILES OF IRISH NATIONAL MANUSCRIPTS.
The Liber Hymnorum is the next attack being a creature which it is selected. It is believed to be more impossible to designate, but which than one thousand years old, and bears some resemblance to the hipone of the most remarkable of the pocampus, or sea-horse. The second sacred tracts among the MSS. in page of the Psalter contains the Trinity College, Dublin. It is a col- 115th, 116th, and 117th Psalms, lection of hymns on S. Patrick and in which the same serpentine form other Irish saints, which has been is woven into shapes to represent published by the Irish Archäologi- the initial letters. The version of cal and Celtic Society, under the the Psalms given in this volume difsuperintendence of Dr. Todd. The fers from that used in England three pages selected contain the in Bishop Ricemarch's time. It is hymn written by S. Fiach of Stetty, written in Latin in Gaelic characbetween the years 538 and 558, in ters. The volume belongs to Trinhonor of S. Patrick. The hymn is ity College, Dublin. furnished with an interlinear gloss. Next in order appears the Leab
The tenth of these MSS. is The har na h-Uidhré, or Book of the Saltair of S. Ricemarch, Bishop of St. Dark Gray Cow, a fragment of one David's between the years 1085 and hundred and thirty-eight folio pages, 1096, a small copy of the Psalter which is thought to be a copy made containing also a copy of the Ro- about the year 1100 of a more anman Martyrology.
cient MS. of the same name writOf the four pages of this volume ten in S. Ciaran's time. It derived which have been selected for copy- its name from the following curious ing, two are a portion of the Martyr- legend, taken from the Book of Leinology and two of the Psalter. The ster, and the ancient tale called first of these last contains the first Im thecht na trom daimhé, or Adventwo verses of the roust Psalm, sur- tures of the Great Company, told in rounded by an elaborate border the Book of Lismore. About the formed by the intertwinings of four year 598, soon after the election of serpentine monsters. The initial Senchan Torpeist to the post of D of Domine is also expressed by a chief filé (professor of philosophy coiled snake, with its head in an at- and literature) in Erinn, he paid titude to strike; the object of its a visit to Guaire, the Hospitable,
King of Connaught, accompanied gha, to meet him at the grave of by such a tremendous retinue, in- the great Ulster chief, Feargus Mac cluding a hundred and fifty profes- Roigh-who had led the Connaught sors, a hundred and fifty students, men against the Ulster men during a hundred and fifty hounds, a hun- the spoil, of which also he appears dred and fifty male attendants, and to have been the historian-to try a hundred and fifty female relatives, by prayer and fasting to induce his that even King Guaire's hospitality spirit to relate the tale. After they was grievously taxed; for he not had fasted three days and three only had to provide a separate meal nights, the apparition of Feargus and separate bed for each, but to rose before them, clad in a green minister to their daily craving for cloak with a collared, gold-ribbed things that were extraordinary, won- shirt and bronze sandals, and carderful, rare, and difficult of procure- rying a golden hilted sword, and ment. The mansion which con- recited the whole from beginning tained the learned association was to end. And S. Ciaran then and a special source of annoyance to there wrote it down on the hide of King Guairè, and at last the “long- his pet cow, which he had had ing desires” for unattainable made for the purpose into a book, things of Muireann, daughter of which has ever since borne this Cun Culli and wife of Dallan, the foster-mother of the literati, became The volume contains matter of a so unendurable that Guairè, tired very miscellaneous character: A of life, proposed to pay a visit to fragment of Genesis; a fragment Fulachtach Mac Owen, a person of Nennius' History of the Brilons, whom he thought especially likely done into Gaelic by Gilla Caomhain, to rid him of that burden, as he had who died before 1072; an amhra or killed his father, his six sons, and elegy on S. Colum Cille, written by his three brothers. Happily for him, Dallan Forgail, the poet, in 592; however, he falls in with his bro- fragments of the historic tale of ther Marbhan, " the prime prophet, the Mesca Uladh, or Inebriety of the of heaven and earth,” who had Ulstermen; fragments of the cattleadopted the position of royal swine- spoils Táin Bo Dartadha and Táin herd in order that he might the Bo Flidais ; the navigation of Madmore advantageously indulge his duin about the Atlantic for three passion for religion and devotion years and seven months; imperfect among the woods and desert places; copies of the Táin Bó Chuailgné, the and Marbhan eventually revenges destruction of the Bruighean da the trouble and ingratitude shown Dearga, or Court of Da Dearga, and to his brother by imposing upon murder of King Conairé Mór; a Senchan and the great Bardic As- history of the great pagan cemetersociation the task of recovering the ies of Erinn and of the various old lost tale of the Táin Bó Chuailgné, or books from which this and other Great Cattle Spoil of Cuailgne. After pieces were compiled; poems by a vain search for it in Scotland, Flann of Monasterboice and others; Senchan returned home and invited together with various other pieces the following distinguished saints, of history and historic romance S. Colum Cille, S. Caillin of Fiodh- chiefly referring to the ante-Chrisnacha, S. Ciaran, S. Brendan of Birra, tian period, and especially that of and S. Brendan the son of Finnlo- the Tuatha Dé Danann. Three pages, containing curious prayers The more important of the vast and the legend of The Withering of number of subjects treated of in Cuchulain and the Birds of Emer, this MS. are mentioned as being : extracted from the Leabhar buidh The usual book of invasions; ancient Slaine, or Yellow Book of Slane, one poems; a plan and explanation of of the ancient lost books of Ireland the banqueting-hall of Tara; a copy from which the Leabhar na h-Uidhré of The Battle of Ross na Righ in the was compiled, have been selected. beginning of the Christian era; a
The Book of Leinster, a folio of copy of the Mesia Uladh, and one over four hundred pages, appears as of the origin of the Borromean Trithe next. It was compiled in the first bute, and the battle that ensued; a half of the XIIth century by Finn fragment of the battle of CeannaMac Gorman, Bishop of Kildare, by brat, with the defeat of Mac Con order of Aedh Mac Crimhthainn,the by Oilioll Olium, his flight into, and tutor of Dermot, King of Leinster. return from, Scotland with Scottish Among other pieces of internal and British adventurers, his landing evidence pointing to this conclu- in Galway Bay, and the defeat of Art,
are the following entries, monarch of Erinn, and slaughter of the first in the original hand, the Olium's seven sons at the battle of second by one strange but ancient, Magh Mucruimhé; a fragment of translated and quoted by O'Curry: Cormac's Glossary; another of the
“Benedictions and health from wars between the Danes and Irish; Finn, the Bishop of Kildare, to Aedh a copy of the Dinnsenchus; geneaMac Crimhtain, the tutor of the logies of Milesian families; and an chief King of Leth Mogha Nuadut ample list of the early saints of (or of Leinster and Munster), suc- Erinn, with their pedigrees and cessor of Colaim Mic Crumtaind of, affinities, and with copious referand chief historian of, Leinster, in
to the situation of their wisdom, intelligence, and the culti- churches. The volume belongs to vation of books, knowledge, and Trinity College, Dublin. learning. And I write the conclu- Three pages have been selected. sion of this little tale for thee, O The first contains a copy of the acute Aedh! thou possessor of the poem on the Teach Miodhchuarta sparkling intellect. May it be long of Tara-a poem so ancient that of before we are without thee! It is its date and author no record remy desire that thou shouldst always mains-and of the ground-plan of be with us. Let Mac Loran's book the banqueting-hall by which the of poems be given to me, that I may poem was illustrated, published by understand the sense of the poems Dr. Petrie in his History and Anthat are in it; and farewell in tiquities of Tara Hill. The groundChrist.
plan, which in this copy is nearly "O Mary! it is a great deed that square, is divided into five comhas been done in Erinn this day, the partments 'lengthwise, the centre Kalends of August-Diarmait Mac and broadest of which contains the Donnchadda Mic Murchada, King door, a rudely-drawn figure of a of Leinster and of the Danes (of daul or waiter turning a gigantic Dublin), to have been banished over spit, furnished with a joint of meat, the sea eastwards by the men of before a fire, the lamps, and a huge Erinn! Uch, uch, O Lord ! what double-handed vase or amphora shall I do?"
for the cup-bearer to distribute.