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del Greco, into which the mountain in another ; some endeavouring to save was pouring a stream of burning lava, the lives of their friends, others flying and which the awful magnificence of swiftly from the stream of lava ; and the eruption was lighting. The flames others trying to rescue some portion of from Vesuvius formed many different their property. The air resounded with shapes : sometimes a number of upright cries, and shrieks, and lamentations : columns of fire supported a dense cloud “Ora pro nobis" was heard continually, of black and red smoke, with balls of while the reports and thunderings of red-hot cinders flying up from the cra the mountain rendered these sights and ter. At other times, the flames would noises yet more awful. When at length assume the forms of a number of spires I had made my way through the disin red and yellow fire : then a vast num tressed populace to the casino, what ber of small clouds of smoke would rise was my horror to find it in ruins, with in an infinity of little folds, which would the red lava pouring over it. All that rush upwards and descend like a water I had hitherto suffered was light in spout, and out of this column would comparison with this ; I fainted in the issue the ferilli, or forked lightening of arms of a friar near me, by whom I the volcano. After I had come to the was conveyed to a convent at Naples, recollection of my own situation, that of and attended with great humanity till my friends immediately flashed upon my health allowed me to leave Italy. my mind, and I endeavoured to make After the most mintute enquiry, I have my way through the streets to the Ca never been able to ascertain the fate of sino di Lermia. The town however was the Conte and Contessa di Lermia, but crowded to an excess; there were holy the general truth of Ricciardetto's proprocessions, imploring the protection of phecy has prevented a doubt from existthe Saints in one part, the inhabitants

ing upon my mind. rushing to Naples or to Castel-a-mare

SONG.

Why ask me the cause of my sorrow,

To thee I its source need not tell;
Thou know'st at the dawn of to-morrow,

I bid to this valley farewell.
Yet I never can utter adieu,

To speak it would torture my heart;
For though I the moment shall rue,

I fear thou art glad I depart.
Yet sure-thou wilt miss the devotion,

With wbich I adore at thy shrive;
The blushes, the sighs, the emotion,

Which tell thee how much I am thine-
The looks which long dwell on each charm,

Still following wherever thou art;
And the zeal to protect thee from harm!

Then wherefore be glad to depart?
Should he be repaid with deriding,

Who only in life can now see
The dwelling, where thou art abiding,

The door that admits him to thee?
But wilt thou no pity bestow?

Yes-tears in those speaking eyes start!
Tbou owo'st thou art

sorry

I

go; Then now I can bear to depart.

AMELIA OPJE.

* Set to an Irish air, by WESTLEY DOYLE, Esq.

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(Continued from page 325.) It was the first wish of Howard's ter. The Earl himself shewed her every grateful heart to bring Mrs. Jerning; possible attention and kindness; nor ham and Melliora to his own home, and had she any reason to complain of Lady place them under the protection of his Annesley's behaviour towards her, wife and her sister ; but there were though she could not but observe that three parties who conspired to oppose to her waiting women and others, she the prosecution of this generous de- evinced a capriciousness, and occasion. sign: first-Mrs. Jerningham conceiv. ally a violence of temper, that caused ing that their present mode of life, Milliora to tremble, lest she herself wherein Melliora was enabled to com- might at some time, however inadverpensate the kindness and bounty of her tently, become the object of her Ladypatroness, by various attentions and ship's displeasure. services, had something more of inde Lady Annesley's spleen and ill-humour pendence about it, than if she should appeared to Melliora's watchful obserconsent to become an incumbrance on vation, to be the result of a mind that Howard's domestic establishment, de was ill at ease; for often, as gorgeously cidedly objected to the arrangement: attired, she moved the admiration and secondly - Lady Annesley protested the envy of a brilliant assembly, a heavy from the great attachment that she sigh would burst from her swelling felt for Melliora, it would break her bosom, and the smile that played upon heart to part from her : and thirdly, her lip, seemed but as a mask to a heart though Mrs. Howard had not avowed or that was tortured by some secret anxexpressed the smallest disinclination to iety. And, though Melliora would have the measure, yet Howard fancied that deemed it an honour and a happiness to on hearing the plan proposed, she had have been permitted to sympathise in looked with disapprobation, and acceded the cause of her Ladyship’s uneasiness; with a cold assent: this, therefore, was though her gentle and affectionate naconclusive. The susceptibility of How ture, her purity and truth, were pecuard's own feelings taught him to pay a liarly calculated to induce confidence, scrupulous respect to the feelings and yet Lady Annesley, so far from maniwishes of others; and more especially festing any desire to unburden her opto render this regard and consideration pressed heart to the fair companion of to an affectionate and dutiful wife. Ne her lonely and retired hours, rather vertheless the greatest intimacy and evinced signs of chagrin and mortificafriendship prevailed between the ladies tion, when conscious that she had sufof the two families.

fered any feeling, the reverse of comMelliora had now resided more than placency and happiness, to betray itthree months under Lord Annesley's self to observation. friendly and hospitable roof. Her mind, The spring months were passed harassed by no care or solicitude while away; the summer promised to be unshe participated in all the pleasures and commonly fine; the day was fixed on, gaieties of a modish town life, was, for the prorogation of Parliament; orprobably, as happy as any one in a de ders had been sent to the Earl of Anpendent situation could feel. How nesley's seat in Wiltshire, to have it in often did she bless heaven, and Mrs. readiness in the course of a fortnight; Goodwin, who had been the means of and the newspapers had announced for placing her in so comfortable an asy nearly a week past, that an amateur lum. The polished elegance of Melliora's concert was to take place at the magmanners, and the accomplishments of nificent mansion of the Earl of Annesher mind, secured to her the satisfac ley, in Hamilton-place, previously to tion of finding herself received in every the family quitting town. The evening circle of her ladyship's acquaintance,

of confusion arrived ; the suite of rooms, on a superior footing to what her pre brilliantly illuminated, was thrown open sent rank in life might have entitled her to a throng of fashionables; the ento expect. She was uniformly regard. tertainments were got up with the most ed in the light of Lady Annesley's sis costly splendour; the music most ju

diciously and tastefully selected. How- inflict, even momentary pain, on a mind ard, with Mrs. Howard and her sister, whose very littleness and weakness were among the assembly; but having she considered herself bound to respect. proposed to return home to Twicken- Lady Annesley led the way to a sumpham the same evening, they prepared tuous banquet, after which, harinony to retire soon after eleven o'clock. How was again renewed: nor were the rooms ard had put the ladies into the car quite cleared till the break of day. riage, but returned himself back again, When Melliora repaired to Lady Anto mention something which he had nesley's chamber, previously to retiring forgotten, to Lord Annesley, respecting to her own, she found her Ladyship unbusiness, when, at the further extremity attended by her maid, pacing up and of the long range of apartments, he ob- down the apartment, looking extremely served her ladyship in deep and earnest pale and haggard. On Melliora's enconference with a gentleman. Just as trance, however, she assumed an air of be passed, she started, and turning languid composure, complained of exround suddenly, began to rally him on cessive fatigue, and declining Melliora's his early hours. Howard replied very services, hastily disinissed her for the briefly, and moved onward till he en night. On the following morning, Lady countered the Earl, with whom hav. Annesley, contrary to her usual practice ing concluded an appointment, he made of not rising till noon, was in the breaka hasty exit. After a delightful display fast parlour by ten o'clock. Breakfast of vocal and instrumental talent of the had been concluded more than an hour, first order, Melliora was solicited by a when a dashing landanlet bowled up nobleman to perform a beautiful little to the door, and in a minute afterward, Swiss air, which he remembered on a the young and beautiful Lady Augusta former occasion to have heard her sing, Volney, skipped into the room where and accompany on the lute. But the the Earl was engaged in conning the mild and yielding Melliora pertina- debates; and regardless of the interciously refused to comply with the re- ruption and annoyance that her loquaquest. Melliora did not forget that it city must prove to such a grave einwas her singing of this very song, that ployment, her Ladyship instantaneously had not long before given so much um commenced in her usual voluble strain: brage to the Countess as to render her “ Ah! my Lord, good morning to you ; sullen and vapourish for two or three but bless my soul, I did not want to see days afterwards. The truth was, her you, my business is with her Ladyship ladyship possessed a tolerable good, —noi risen yet, I'll wager my ear-ring's though somewhat coarse voice; certain- ---sleeping away---never dreaming of Jy inferior in quality and compass to our Ascot races--why I had nothing the flexible and expressive tones of her but spurs, and whips, and velvet caps, unconscious and innocent rival; and and satin jackets before my eyes all the vexed and humbled on hearing the ap- night long ;---by the bye, ’tis very forplause and acclamation elicited by the tunate to dream of horses. And

you tender and mellifluous warblings of her too, open your eyes my Lord, as if gentle friend, she resolved to prevent you had never heard a word of the the recurrence of a similar mortification, matter; every soul of you have forgoiby marking to Meliora her disapproba- ten it, as I'm a star in fashion’s galaxy tíon of such a display, which she did, --what ostrich heads---never mind; 'tis in heaping the most hyperbolical praise not too late ; I am resolved not to let on her efforts, the whole of which, de you off. I'm just in the humour for livered with a supercilious sinile, and enjoyment---the greatest harmony of in a sarcastic tone, conveyed to the unin- spirits imaginable. Papa set off for tentional offender the humiliating as Ireland this morning, and I am like il surance, that the extravagant commen bird out of a cage; a very lapwing... dation was but censure in disguise. a magpie I perceive you would say. The reproof took the desired effect; and at least not a dove, nor an owl, I ilatMelliora for the future rigidly refrained ter myself. Dear heart, how long her from even humming a tune in the pre- ladyship is. Got any news there my sence of the Countess; and often in- Lord ; any account of last night's fete? curred the reproach of affectation or Such a blaze, Eustace told me: he says obstinacy, rather than be the means to her Ladyships protege warbles like a

nightingale. Miss-Miss Miss Meli obtain silence for a hearing, she perem-Meli-Mealy-mouth! What's her torily refused to join in the excursion sentimental name ?" “ Miss Melliora altogether, excusing herself on the plea Jerningham," pronounced the Earl with of fatigue and indisposition. “Fatigue!" much gravity, and without lifting his iterated the incorrigible Lady Augusta, eyes from the Morning Herald. “Ha! a sample of it in your being up and the divine Melliora; no doubt, melle dressed, and having finished breakfast orator, in the original, her ancestry be- by half past eleven ; and then for ining remarkable for a honey lispano, disposition --- though you may, to be don't set me down for a blue: and then sure, be in an high fever, for your Jerningham! how romantic; - mem, cheek is all vermilion. Let Miss Jerto note that name in my album for a ningham be called, and let the house rebus-Journey-ham.

Here comes her divide upon my motion: but no, I will Ladyship.” The silly and self-suf not put it to the question; I am deficient fair then reminded the Countess termined to go, and that is poz. I of her engagement, declaring that she have got a beautiful new riding habit had arranged the whole to admiration. that I intend to sport; and besides, I " Your surpassing self, and little !; long to see the darling horses. I know and Eustace, and Sappho, will go in one of them, dear Lightning. I named the landaulet; and

“ The lan him myself.” daulet will not hold four persons,” in It is impossible to imagine how long terrupted the Earl. “Four persons! her Ladyship might have sustained her Ha, ha, ha, that is capital; I would not volubility, had not the Countess, after be separated from my dear Sappho for some further discussion of the subject, the universe; she is the most affection- conceded to Lady Augusta's wishes; to ate, kind-hearted little being ; and then which she was induced, only with the she would be so timid and frightened view of relieving herself of her troublewith strangers.” “ Oh, if she's only some visitor; and, though to join in the a child,” muttered his Lordship. “And scheme was very adverse to her inclisuch an engaging; such a shape too; nations and feelings, yet she well knew, and her pretty black eyes;" then ad- that any further remonstrance would vancing on tiptoe to Lord Annesley, only fasten her tormentor upon her for she whispered in his ear, “ if you will another hour; and she would not, for promise not to make my Lady jealous, the world, have intercepted the moveI'll introduce you to the little angel.” ment that the talkative fair at length

The volatile beauty then few out of made towards the door. “ Adieu for the room, but re-appeared again in less the present---very sorry your Lordship than a minute ; and coming behind the cannot join our party; so you are yourEarl's chair, tenderly placed in his arms self, I am certain. Ah! how I long an immensely fat pug dog! while un to be there, my soul is eager for the able any longer to restrain the mirth, fray,” cried she, with great vivacity and which this practical display of her own animation, then whisked down stairs, wit and humour awakened in only her- sprung into the carriage, and desired self, she sunk on a settée, and gave way the coachman to gallop home with all to an immoderate fit of laughter, which, possible expedition. Soon after one having exhausted, she started up, ex o'clock two carriages arrived in Hamil. claiming, “ But this is a digression. ton-place, and a party of seven set off To conclude the prospectus of my plan in high spirits for Ascot ; where layof operations then, I propose that my ing passed a few hours greatly to their Aunty, and Prudy Pamela, and Miss satisfaction, they returned to town to Jerningham, and the stick of Sulphur, dinner, and concluded the evening at I mean that bilious-looking lad we have the Opera. got on a visit to us, just come over half On the following day Lord Annesley dead from some place abroad; the Yel. set out on a visit to an old school-fel. low Sea, I suppose, ha, ha, ha ; his name low, who resided at Kingston, in Suris John Dyson, or Jaund-dice, as I call rey, while her Ladyship remained at him, ha, ha, an inverate quibbler, you home, in expectation of the arrival of perceive. I propose then, that this quar- her brother from Yorkshire : not long tetto should bring up the rear in the ba- before dinner, however, she was disarouche.” As soon as Lady Annesley could greeably disappointed by the appear

sage that her

ance of a young man with whom her

presence

would not again Ladyship had formerly been acquainted, be required that evening; and where an inhabitant of her native town, bear she remained, without interruption, during a letter from her brother, which ing the rest of the evening. stated that he had been compelled to Vainly did Meliora harass her mind defer his visit to the metropolis until in endeavouring to explain, or surmise the ensuing week; intelligence that the meaning and foundation of so sinvexed and agitated her Ladyship in an gular a message: in vain did she task extraordinary degree; insomuch, that he memory to recollect whether sh Meliora, who had never before seen such had been at any time deficient in respect an exhibition of the Countess's temper, or attention to Lady Annesley; or had was greatly distressed to hear her ili omitted to perform any of some trifling, humour vented on the servants, the din. commissions, which she had been charged ner, and on every thing that fell under to execute for her Ladyship; but on her observation. Though the Countess every point her conscience most fully scarcely tasted of any thing at table, acquitted her; and at length her conyet she reprobated every dish as being jectures terminated in the conclusion, in drest. The dessert, too, fared no an inference she was led to make from better; or, according to her Ladyship, the frown of displeasure, which had was no better fare. The peaches were clouded the Earl's brow on his abrupt sour; the cake was stale; the wine entrance, and from the loud and appawas iat; every thing was wrong; and rently angry talking, which at intervals Meliora felt truly rejoiced when the she heard proceeding from below, that Earl suddenly and unexpectedly en some domestic disagreement had octered the dinner parlour, and signified curred in the family, and her quiet and that he wished to speak to the Countess timid nature shrinking from even the in private; whereupon the gentle girl sound of strife and discord, she retired effected a hasty retreat to her own dress to her pillow perplexed, disturbed, and ing-room, where tea was served to her by the footman, accompanied by a mes. (To be concluded in the next.)

unhappy.

HOME.

When adversity's arrows are flying,

And fortune and friends prove unkind;
When lope in the bosom is dying,

And sadness envelopes the mind;
When the heart with keen anguish is beating,

When scorn'd, and neglected, and lone,
From the world and its notice retreating,

How dear is the silence of home.

From the taunts of the proud and unfeeling,

From malice, deceit and disdain ;
From pity-for pity's deceiving-
And all the

gay

haunts of the vain;
From merriment, folly, and pleasure,

Let sorrow and misery mourn;
And, gloomy the hours they measure,

Rejoice in the shelter of home.

As the ostrich, when hunters pursuing,

Worn out by fatigue and affright,
Stauds quietly, reckless of ruin,

If he hold but his head out of sight.
So it is with the soul in affliction,

In solitude making its moan ;
It feels not contempt nor restriction

While lost in the covert of home.
Eur. Mag. Vol. 81. May, 1822.

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