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Though her brow was white; what though

Her breast's crisp, her eyes blue,
Her gentle heart in silence doom'd to break:

Death will have way,

All must to dust and clay,
Oh! therefore patience to thy wet eyes take.

Yet is meek sorrow sweet,

And melancholy meet For those who miss a mortal from their side;

It balms remembrance mild,

Like nature's gentle child,
And fills a space in mem’ry's waved tide.

So that the dear soul sped,

Seems not to us dead,
But still we think it living in the earth;

Such is affection true,

That it can sigh and rue, Yet in deep feeling give the cause new birth. :

Then let me go with thee,

And lull me on thy knee, O'melancholy, in thy slumbrous cave;

Shew me that face again,

Miss'd from the haunts of men, And in wild thought a sweet communion give.

Mild as the evening star,

Seen in the blue afar,
Was the sweet spirit of her sweeter form;

What was like her breath?

The wind in the bloomy heath ;
Her skin was white as sea-foam in a storm.

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Away with the deadly weed,

No bane we need,
That sends our fancies down into the tomb;

Bright flowers are more meet,

Like herself, sweet ;
Such splendrous sorrow deeper than dull gloom.

For man is like a flower,

That sparkles for the hour,
Then droops, and droops, and bends unto the earth ;

His flesh fades like the leaves,

His bones Time grieves,
Till they are light as straws:-and such is mirth.

Since grief and joy must die,

And side beside lie,
Till old oblivion shall become no space ;

Lie not there and grieve,

But come and give
Thy melody, my true song to grace.

When the daisy goes to bed,

And primrose bends the head,
Her sick heart to her pillow bent her low;

She look'd into my face,

My bosom burst the lace-
Oh! I retaste the luxury of woe.

The sun, o'er the light blue hill,

Comes wakefully to fill
Trees, grass, and river with a splendrous gold;

While the dews wet my feet,

I'll thither fleet

In vintage shades, to dwell on dear thoughts old. « I know this is but a slender and of a miserable daughter of this consimple plot, and not over pregnant vent, by the sadness of in hope, but there is no chance of Come to me, I prythee, in the early success too small for a true lover- morning, when the convent gate is alas ! I know it.”. And Frederigo open, for I would fain hear ye once embracing him, said, “how shall i

more; and as I am pleased to think ever repay thee for thy solicitude that you are come from Milan, I about me? It should seem that thy would speak to you also about that proper distress is drowned wholly city." Away, went Frederigo re

. in mine: but I will do justice to the joiced, for his heart told him it was truth of thy friendship, and will set his lady's voice; but Lucio wept about this thing with such zeal, that more and more, and trembled like shall discover the honour I pay to a leaf in the wind. Frederigo's any kind attentions you may offer young spirits revived; and he went me.” So they went from city to city, into the city and chose himself a town to town; and, strange to say, rich knightly habit, but Lucio would Lucio was never tired of repeating not; and they covered themselves in that song, although he had sung it the morning early, for neither of a thousand times; but often would them could sleep upon their beds, he sigh, “Oh, Fortune, why perse- and went to the convent. Frederigo cute me thus ? Why must my hopes asked for the lady Julia, who came, spring from the grave of another?". full of astonishment that her dame

It fell out as Frederigo wished, was known. The spirit of Titian's for one day a voice called to them

canvas, the living substance, the through an iron grating of a convent, image of Frederigo's heart, stood saying, “ Minstrels, if minstrels ye now before him.

She was very be, ye have deeply touched the heart pale and worn with sorrow, but

your ditty.

supreme in patient meekness. Fre- and filled her bosom with re-aniderigo glorified the Saints, and was mating delight. She took Frederifull of fervent affection; but Lucio go's faith, and gave him her love. was sick at heart, and left them to They were married, but Lucio died. come into the air. Frederigo opened And Frederigo came suddenly in to his minstrel's habit, and shewed Julia, saying, “ My wife, we must himself to be a knight, and, taking suspend the harvest of joys ; let down Julia's gentle hand, told all the tra- thy hair, put on a sable coif, and vail of his love ; touched on the ten- muse on dying flowers, for the youth der strings of hopes and fears ; ' wept who has travelled many a wearied for her kindred, but bid her rejoice mile for me the melancholy Lucio, and lift her eyes from the ground, is dead-yet not he, but she-no and cast them up to Heaven' in youth, no Lucio, but Titian's niece hopes for happy days. Need it be the gentle Aimé, whose heart Fate said his passion won her heart? Res- bath chosen me to be the cruel incued from sorrow and adversity, the strument to be so long in breakhappy vision swam before her eyes ing.


'Tis done, and your God hath recorded above

The vows you have made at his altar;
May they always be kept in affection and love,

And your hearts from their truth never falter.
May the sun of prosperity cheer with its rays

Every step of the path you are trcading,
Attending you through to the end of your days,

Around you its radiances shedding.
May the angel of peace, like the ark-sheltered dove,

humble abode ever rest;
And the sunshine of hope, and the spirit of love,

Make the years of your pilgrimage blest.
When Time's rapid changes, the world with its cares,

And foes with their malice assail you,
When the friends you have cherish'd surround you with snares,

And those you relied upon fail you:-
In heart and in counsel united remain,

Though misfortunes around you are frowning;
Then the smile of affection shall soothe every pain,

And peace e'en affliction be crowning.
Should years, as they vanish, erase from my mind

Every feeling I fain ivould remember;
This wish and this prayer would be still left behind,

Like the rose that puts forth in December.
But we one and all must soon cross the drear wave,

The Jordan of death darkly rolling ;
Must sleep with our fathers, lie down in the grave,

Friendly hearts our last knell gently tolling.
Then, oh! may we meet when life's visions are past,

Where no heart-breaking partings can sever ;
With pinions, well tried in the world's adverse blast,
Stretch beyond it for ever and ever!

J. R. W.




Literary and Scientific Intelligence.


This distinguished individual and his mistresses had, for their own reaeminent artist, Dominique Vivant Baron sons, persuaded him to enter. MadeDenon, is now more than eighty years moiselle de Romans had persuaded him of age, and has been the witness of to study botany, and Madam de Pompafour remarkable eras of natural exist- dour had excited in him a desire to be ence, having moved in public situations able to engrave upon gems. He therefrom the reign of his early patron, fore collected a cabinet of antiques, Louis XV. through that of his succes- and this pursuit, acting upon his own sor, then through the stormy period of predeliction for the study of history, the Revolution, then through the period soon produced a wish to acquire a of Napoleon's splendid career, until he knowledge of medals. A collection of at length witnesses the son of his first medals was therefore soon formed, and royal master seated upon the throne of the care of this and of the cabinet of his ancestors. A man of genius, who engraved gems and antique stones was has been in constant communication entrusted to M. Denon. A desire of with the numerous, diversified, and ori- gallantry among the French actresses ginal characters, which these periods now induced bim to write his comedy have been so fertile in, is likely to pos- of “ Le bon Pere," and it was not unsess that fund of information and that til this period of his life that he had conversational superiority which have received any instruction in drawing. always been attributed to the Baron His parents were naturally uneasy at Denon. He was born at Chalons-Sur- bis being absorbed in the trifling and Soane, of a noble family, and' being an dissipation of a court, to the exclusion only son, was destined, according to of more important' occupations, and at the French practice, to be brought up length he accompanied the French amto the law. But it is related that he bassador on a mission to St. Petersburgh. imbibed a strong disposition to visit the Being, intrusted with dispatches, he metropolis, and to enter into gayer stopped at Potsdam with a hope of bescenes than the law, in consequence of ing allowed to offer his homage to Frea gipsy having told his fortune when deric the Great, and that monarch conbe was only seven years old, and hav. descended to admit him to an interview. ing predicted that he should be a dis- At St. Petersburgh, he gave tinguished favourite of the ladies and personal offence to the capricious and a frequenter of numerous courts. We extravagant archduke Paul, which premust présume that his faculties were vented his being favourably received rather precocious, as he had acquired a by the Empress Catherine. On the very familiar acquaintance with Paris death of Louis XV. M. Denon left the and Versailles, even at the age of six- court of Russia, and joined Monsieur teen. At this period he had to under. Vergenoes in Deumark, who had been go the operation of lithotomy, and bore the French ambassador at Stockholm, both the disease and its violent remedy but who was on his return to France to with great fortitude.

assunie the functions of foreign miniIntroduced to Louis XV. his vivacity ster. Mr. Vergennes, his new patron, and the elegance of his mind attracted now entrusted to him a diplomatic misthe particular attention of that monarch. sion to Switzerland, in which he ably It is well known that his royal patron executed his public trust, and took had always lived in voluptuous indo- every advantage of acquainting himself lence, and that, under the name of in- with the natural beauties of that countellectual pursuits, he had successively try. He afterwards visited Voltaire at adopted those recreations into which Ferney, where he was received with Eur, Mag. Vol. 83.

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favour. He was for three years attach- repaired to Switzerland, hoping that in ed to the suite of the Count de Cler

a country so retired he might find an mont d'Amboise, the French ambassa. asylum; but the French authorities dor at Naples, and was himself after. having declared every Frenchman an wards Chargé d'Affaire for four years at alien who expatriated bimself at this the same court. It was during ihis lat- revolutionary crisis, M. Denon was ter period that he executed his cele obliged to return to France at the pebrated Journal and designs from the riod of the most terrific anarchy. In views of Naples and its environs, and Paris he had now neither friends por from La Pouille, Calabria, Sicily, pecuniary supplies, and his being of and Malta. These works were pub- noble descent alone exposed him to Jished in a most superb style, and dangers. He was about to be conveyed met with that distinction to which to the department of his family, whea their merits so justly entitled them. He the painter David, of his own accord, was now admitted to an intimacy with procured an order to detain him at Pathe Cardinal de Berpis, the French ris, to paint the national costumes which ambassador at Rome. The splendid were about to be adopted. This act of mansion of the Cardinal was then the considerate benevolence on the part of resort of the Sovereigns and first cha- David has never been forgotten by M. racters of Europe ; and Denon here Denon. His new office brought him in became acquainted with the Emperor constant contact with the various sanof Germany, Joseph II, and with Gus. guivary characters of the revolutionary tavus of Sweden, who was afterwards period, but it may be observed that assassinated at the ball, both of these many of them did him services, whilst Monarchs were then living in philoso. he experienced injury from none. phic enjoyment, relieved from the cares On one occasion M. Denon was sumof state, and from the rigours of the moned before the Committee of Public less hospitable climates of their native Safety to give an account of the procountries. It was remarkable at that gress he had made on the national cosperiod, that all the crowned heads of fumes. Here he had the equivocal good the continent were philosophers, whilst fortune of attracting the notice of Rotheir subjects were sunk in ignorance bespierre, who, to M. Denon's alarm and barbarism. Now philosophy is and astonishment, passed the rest of supposed to have deserted the monarch, the night with him, and evinced, by his and to have found refuge with the peo-, conversation, that he was capable of ple. The death of Monsieur de Ver- appreciating superior education, and gemnes terminated the diplomatic em- the manners of higher society. ployment of Monsieur Denon, but he It was at the house of Madame de again resorted to that country for ob- Beauharnais that the artist first became jects of art. Upon his return to Paris, acquainted with the rising prodigy of it was proposed to him to belong to the the age, and his intuitive penetration academy, and he would have been into character immediately determined elected into their body as an amateur, hini to devote himself to Napoleop. but he preferred being a candidate as an Upon Buonaparte's offering to allow artist, and the works, which he submit him to join the intended expedition to ted to that body in support of his pre- Egypt, M. Denon, although nearly tensions, immediately secured his elec- sixty years of age, did not hesitate to tion.

accept the proposal, and be accompaAs he had as yet visited only the nied the army as one of the Scaras. southern states of Italy, he was now His work upon Egypt, both for the medesirous of returning to that country rits of the text and the beauty of the to pursue at his leisure a study of the engravings, has justly acquired him the various schools of art in Verona, Bo- praise of Europe. In this splendid logna, Venice, and Florence. He re- work are evidences of a capacity for paired to Venice, and during a residence profound thought, for acute observation, of five years be prosecuted his cele- and ingenious as well as learned elucibrated collection of drawings from dations of what was imperfect or ob. every school of painting, and specimens scure : his engravings and paintings of the engravings of every age. It is embrace the most diversified objects this invaluable collection which forms the relies of antiquity-the grand and the delight and occupation of his old imposing features of nature in the deage. The influence of the French Re- serts and on the Nile and plains of volution at length obliged him to fly Egypt--the costumes and characters of from Venice to Florence, and, being the Turks and Arabs, and their battles again compelled to leave Florence, he with the French. After so well acquit

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