“ spell of the charmer.” And Lady the petulance of an immodest woman, Hamilton “ charmed so wisely” as to dignity of rank could look for no resrender obtuse the delicacy of bis moral pect, the sanctity of age could expect seose, and his feeling of social decency. no reverence. Lady Hamilton was inAmid_the bowers of Calypso, that vested with full power to wreak the Great Parent, whose wayward destinies implacable resentments of a little mind, he had been sent to retrieve, was for the and to exercise the ferocious cruelty of moment forgotten ; the household di. a weak one. She sat, and sentenced, vinities were abandoned, among whom and insulted. The venerable nobleman, alone wisdom will look for happiness, with his principal companions, was and experience hope to find it; honour, hanged at the yard-arm, and their the last plank of moral safety, was con- corpses, encumbered with heavy shot, sumed by the fires of unchaste love; consigned as

a prey to the voracious and no Mentor was at hand to purge tenants of the deep. The mind retires “bis darkling vision with the euphrasy with indignant impatience from these of bitter counsel,” or to save the heed- scenes of atrocious perfidy. In compaless man from the ruin which became ny with Sir William and Lady Hamilinevitable when it was loved. I would ton, Lord Nelson returned to England. gladly spare my readers this afflicting On his arrival bis modest and unoffendrecital. But the consequences of the ing lady was uovisited, supplanted, and errors and misdeeds of public men are discarded. She who had loved him dever confined to their personal preju- for himself ; who, in his ignoble obdice or dishonour; they involve the scurity, bad soothed his moments of interests and compromise the character vexation, and cheered bis hours of deof their country. The disaffected Nea- pression ; who had hailed his early sucpolitans had, previously to this period, cesses, and sympathized with his disexpelled the royal family from the cap- appointments-must now retire from ital, and forcibly compelled the aged that bed which she had blessed and honand reluctant Marquis of Caraccioli to oured, supplanted and scorned by the take command of their military force. wanton worshipper of her husband's The united influence of the counsels of fame, wealth, and honours. Wisely their venerable commander, and the ter- did the son of David pray that he might rors of the British navy, now induced not be depressed by poverty, or tempt. the insurgents to return to their alle- ed by inordinate prosperity ; and ungiance. This personal inviolability happily the better half of bis prayer was secured by the guarantee of the was dispersed by the idle wiods. The British officers in command. The middle station of life appears to be that queen was dissatisfied with this blood- which Heaven bas reserved and allotted less triumph over her own subjects: she to its favourites : they are removed from exclaimed against the encouragement the distresses and the debasing influence wbich treason would receive from im- of indigence ; and are placed below puoity. Her thirst of blood derived its that elevation, which fills vain mao with full measure of satiety from the fatal the giddy and fantastic notion that he influence of Lady Hamilton. Lord is exempt from the rules which direct Nelson annulled the treaty. In the ordinary society, and the decorum which cabin of a British man-of-war he con secures its members from censure and vened a court-martial of British officers contempt. Many have been found to to decide on the fate of men, over withstand unabashed the sharp rebuke wbom no law gave bim jurisdiction, of adversity ; but perhaps the annals of and whom by the laws of civilized society do not furoish a solitary instance warfare he was pledged to protect. Ao in wbich pride has not become inordiindecent, an unprecedented, an unpatu- nate, and priociple has not been relaxral spectacle was now presented ; in ed, by the adulation and the indulgence that court, under the shadow of the of prosperity. For such a man the British Aag, a female presided and ex- philosopher searched with a candle in amined, dictated and adjudged. From noon-day: he is not to be found amid

the obtrusive crowds of common socie- dishonoured. Even in the rude shock ty-by the broad and undiscriminating of conflicting “ ammirals," he often glare of sun-light; of that rare mind the turned an anxious glance from the nice proportions and retiring peculiarities beckoning hand of victory back to can be discovered only by the modest

" the bowers and searching light of philosophy.

Where Pleasure lay carelessly smiling at Fame." When we affirm that prosperity, the The death-shot which probed his heart

, precious curse of Heaven, exercised its only proved the tenacity with wbich it influence on the inind of Lord Nelson, çlung to its object even in the agony

of we only reject his claim to the highest its last pulsation. The sound of triumph species of hunan excellence. On the for a moment diffused over his rigid featriumphal tour_which he made about tures a preteroatural lustre, the twilight this time thro' England, he was every of setting mortality and dawo of an where hailed, feasted, congratulated, opening eterual day. But the laurel and worshipped. But let it be record- and the cypress were again regarded ed to the honour of the English nobil- with equal indifference. That great ity, that many of that illustrious body spirit poured forth its last gasp in aspidirected their gates to be shut against rating the name of bis Enma, and in the festive cavalcade ;-their virtue was vainly commending her to the gratitude alarmed, and their pride shocked at an of bis country. attempt to introduce into their domestic Let a tear of sympathy and pity circle an avowed though titled concu- “ brighten with verdure the grave" of bine. During his voluptuous retire- departed merit, and obliterate the recolment, the parasites of the day pompous- lection of its errors. Let not, however, iy recorded the puoctuality with which the author of those errors expect to his lordship frequented the village descend into her tomb in peace or with charch. But with every deterence to bonour. The sorrows and the injuries the nominal and ritual religion of the which she had heaped upon an injured day, I will venture to think he would and forlorn lady, recoiled upon Lady have acted with more propriety, had he Hamilton with a tenfold measure of roremained at home. The mockery of tribution. Of that meteor, which bad such devotions—“ the very fiend's arch culininated in splendour, and admira. mock”-mingled with the impure aspi- tion, and disastrous influence, the setrations of his paramour, must have ten- ting was amid clouds, and darkness, ded rather to scandalize the simplicity, and tempests. The last years of Lady and to shake the moral principles of an Hamilton's life were embittered by neartless, admiring, and imitative people. glect, imprisonment, desertion, and disThe call of honour and his country

tress. Let us humbly hope that her late at length dissolved this fatal charm; repentance may have been accepted. Lord Nelson was summoned for the Light be the earth on her ashes ! last time to unfurl and defend the flag,

But in the numerous instances of which for

female genius and influence perverted A thousand years had braved

from domestic life, their legitimate The battle and the breeze."

sphere, to public or masculine pursuits, Lady Hamilton still divided with his however women may have become adcountry the empire of his heart. While mirable, they have seldom been amiaploughing his way onwards to victory ble; and in general it seenis, that in and his doom, his time was variously abandoning their feminine avocations, employed in giving plans of battle and they cannot “uosex” themselves, but assurances of triumpb; in composing carry with them into public business madrigal sonnets to the praise of his the little jealousies, personal vanity, and absent mistress, and in utiering impo- causeless timidity, which, in private, tent imprecations upon the wronged men censure and delight in ; but,which and widowed woman, whose blameless thus misplaced, expose the fair trespas. existence prevented the licensed eleva- ser to derision, or tempt her to guilt. tion of her rival to the bed which she

mber the mat of some great ammiral.-Milton.

From La Belle Assemblee.


FROM THE GERMAN. CONCLUDED FROM P. 295. THE people were thronging to the proached the dying couch of Elizabeth,

altar, notwithstanding all the ef- whom he had, in some degree, reapiforts of the sacristan to prevent them ; mated by his presence, and taking her but no one could tell who this extraor: joined and clay-cold hands between dioary child belonged to, nor how he his, he addressed to her #ords of conbecame mingled with the children of solation and peace, and desired ber to the choir. At length the voice of one confess to him before she received the man was heard amidst the tumult re- holy unction; but he was yet silent as questing permission to come forward. to the death of her son, fearing that she The Archbisbop commanded silence, might hasten her own before she had rethat the man might be heard, who was ceived the sacred rites. He helped to the messenger sent by Elizabeth. He raise her up, and gave her some volainformed bim of the name of the child, tiles he carried about him to smell, and of what he knew relative to the ill- praying God to give her time and ness of bim and his mother: he was in strength sufficient to make her confesthe act of speaking when a second mes- sion : his prayer was heard, and Elizasenger arrived; he came to seek a priest beth spake as follows. to admioister the last sacraments to a “ I thank you, gratefully, my lord, poor woman who was at the point of for coming to speak comfort to my dedeath. He named ber—it was Eliza- parting soul, and holding out hopes of betb, the mother of the child who had happiness to me in a future state ; and just expired, and whom God was pleas- I trust you will be a protector to all ed to allow to follow him to the realms that was dear to me in this existence, of eternal life. The Archbishop and which I am joyful in quitting, and yet the Duke wished to go themselves, and I leave behind me a beloved son! But to bear to her the mortal remaios of her what could I do for bim in the state of son. They were preceded by officers languor to which I am reduced ? I could of the church bearing wax tapers and not even watch over bis health. On a the sacred vessels, and were followed sick-bed myself, I could not prevent by a multitude of people. In the midst bis going out, and he has not returned ; of this numerous procession two priests I shall die, perhaps, without seeing him, carried the corpse of the child, between but if God requires from me this sacrithe Archbishop and the Duke. fice it is my duty to submit.

They arrived in this manner at the lord, perhaps, will find bim'out, and humble dwelling of Elizabeth. The from your known goodness I know messenger pointed out to them a stair- you will be a father to my poor orphan case which led to the chamber of the boy. My son is eight years of age, he sick

person. The Archbishop re- is named Gottfried.* He merits the quested his brother to remain by the name : for young as he is, he loves bis dead body of Gottfried; he was desi- God and his Saviour, of whom I have rous of entering alone to prepare the unceasingly spoke to him, and whom poor mother for this event, and to re- he already knows how'to address. He ceive her confession. He found her has never quitted me; always experialmost expiring, between two charitable encing a languid state of health, I never female neighbours, who, surprised at went out, and my Gottfried always reseeing the pious prelate in bis babili- mained at home with me." ments of ceremony, hailed him by his " Excellent woman," said the Archname, and fell prostrate before him. bishop,“ do not fatigue yourself by He

gave them his benediction, and told speaking of your child; there is a God them to quit the room.

The name Gottfried, signifies the peace of God. ATHENEUM VOL. 7.

You, my

He then ap


to whom he now belongs, therefore do Archbishop, “Duke Otto! O! how pot distress yourself, worthy parent, inconceivable are thy ways!"-Opyou will find him again; so good a pressed hy his feelings, the prelate was child is certain of being happy. Now silent.—“And I, my Lord, I cannot speak of yourself, confide to me your be unknown to you; do you remember faults and errors. Alas! who, among the young Elizabeth Werner.” humankind, is exempt from them? "What! the daughter of my kind The God of mercy will permit ine to purse ; Elizabeth, who for several grant you absolution. Speak to me years I imagined had been dead! Yes, ingenuously; if I may judge by your notwithstanding the alteration in your simple and retired life, and the good countenance, I know it now again, sentiments you have instilled into your though overshadowed by the hand of son, you have but little to reproach death. Poor Elizabeth! it is thou yourself with."

then, whom my guilty brother“Oh! too much, my lord !" said “ Ah! for this olice do not call him Elizabeth, lifting up her dying eyes ; so; it was I, I alone; I loved him to “a long life of penitence would not idolatry; he loved me also : I was presuffice to expiate my sins: and so much suming enough to think that a love so the more am I culpable because I could pure, so sincere as mine, would bare never repent having given birth to my brought him back from the paths of vice child, who is the offspring of lawless and irreligion, in which I saw bim belove, and I am so much the more blame- wildered. So far from aroiding bim I able because I never could cease to love sought every opportunity of being alone the father of him, though he is totally with bim; and I fell, without having undeserving of it.” She paused to contributed to his conversion. For wipe away her tears.—“Poor deluded two years I had indulged in the hope of one!" said the prelate, as he brushed effecting it. Perfidious friends bad off a tear from his own eyes; thou hast more power over him than my feeble already received thy punishment on persuasions, and they finished by comearth ; vengeance will fall ou thy sedu- pleting his infidelity. I was about to cer, who, doubtless, has forsaken thee.” become a mother-a hundred times be

“ No, my lord, he has too many had promised me marriage if I brought faults already without burthening his him a son, but this son was to be educonscience with that; it was I who cated by him! O my lord ! I preferforsook bim, and he knew not that he red my child's salvation; and for mywas a father."

self, how did I know but wbat be “ For what reason did you forsake would have deluded me to believe as him? What were your motives? Was he did ! Had not I already experienced he no longer dear to you?”

bis power and my own weakness? “O inconceivable sentiment !” ex. While there was yet time I tore myself claimed Elizabeth; “ I could not es- from this peril, I quitted him, and bad teem him and yet I adored him ; but it given out that I was dead; I chanstill I loved my God better, and the ged my name ; and my Gottfried was child of which I was about to become born eight years ago, on this night, the the mother. O my lord, the effortsame day as the Saviour of the world. that it cost me to separate myself for I have consecrated him to his service, ever from bim, may, perhaps, obtain he is ignorant of almost every thing else; pardon for me. Oh! may he, by re- but on the subject of religion he is above nouncing bis errors, one day obtain his his

age. He went out, as he told me, own, from that God he has so long de- to seek bis Saviour ; without doubt he fied, and from a brother be bas so justly is lost in some church : O deign, my irritated against him; I dread to tell lord, to let search be made for him, and you his name the father of my Gott. if you judge him worthy to be one of fried is Duke Otto your unhappy broth- the choir, and afterwards a priest, I er !"

have nothing more to wish for, and shall Almighty God !” exclaimed the die content. If God will not permit

me to behold him here once more, you towards heaven, and then fell on the will transmit to him, my lord, the bless-. Archbishop, expressive of the wishes of ings of his mother, and I shall await her heart. The prelate went out to bim in those heavenly mansions to prepare bis brother for this trying event, which I trust my God will receive me." he found him on his knees before the

“It is him who will receive thee corpse of his child, drowned in tears. there," said the Archbishop, carried There are situations that it is imposaway by an involuntary emotion. “Hap- sible to describe. We leave what folpy mother! thy sou is already number- lows to the susceptible imaginations of ed with the angels in heaven, and his our readers. Otto passed the night end was angelic. Render thanks to seated hy the bed side of Elizabeth, heaven, Elizabeth, thou wilt soon see who held her dead child in her arms. thy child in the arms of his father. His In the morning she fell into a gentle innocence has triumphed over the hard- slumber, and waked no more in this ness of my brother's heart; it is thy son world. who has restored him to us, it is him, Duke Otto persisted with fervour in who, at this very moment, intercedes at the great work of conversion, and was the throne of grace for his penitent pa- as great an honour to the church as he rents, and without doubt he will obtain had before been a scandal. He looked their pardon. Elizabeth, hast thou on the premature death of his child, to strength sufficient to see thy Otto, re- whom he became so attached without conciled to his God, and absolved by knowing him, as a just punishment for our holy church, with all that remains his sins, and humbly submitted to the of your blessed son ?

dispensations of a wise and overruling Elizabeth could not speak, but she Providence. opened her arms. Her looks were cast

From the New Monthly Magazine,



E regard the authors of the best tenderness, than wholly to be ignorant

novels and romances as among of the joy of natural tears. How many the truest benefactors of their species. are there for wbom poesy

has no charm, Their works bave often conveyed, in the and who have derived only from romost attractive form, Jessons of the mances those glimpses of disinterested deepest and most genial wisdom. But heroism, and ideal beauty, which alone we do not prize them so much in ref- “ make them less forlorn," in their busy ereoce to their immediate aim, or any career! The good house-wife, who is individual traits of nobleness with which employed all her life in the severest they may inform the thoughts, as for drudgery, has yet some glimmerings of their general tendency to break up that a state and dignity above her station and cold and debasing selfishness with age, and some dim vision of meek, anwhich the souls of so large a portion of gelic suffering, when she thinks of the maokind are encrusted. They give to well-thumbed volume of Clarissa Hara vast class, who by no other means lowe, wbich she fouod, when a girl, in would be carried beyond the most con some old recess, and read, with breathtracted range of emotion, an interest in less eagerness, at stolen times and mothings out of themselves, and a percep- meots of basty joy.

The care-worn tion of grandeur and of beauty, of which lawyer or politician encircled with all otherwise they might ever have lived kinds of petty anxieties, thinks of the unconscious. Pity for fictitious suffer- Arabian Nights' Entertainments, which ings is, indeed, very inferior to that he devoured in bis joyful schooldays; sympathy with the universal heart of and is once more young, and innocent, man, which inspires real self-sacrifice; and happy. If the sternest puritan but it is better even to be moved by its , were acquainted with Parson A

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