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Peace to thee, generous swain!= I see thou walk= est off with anguish but thy joys shall balance it = for happy is thy cottage and happy is the sharer of it and happy are the lambs which sport about you.

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SHOE Coming loose from the fore-foot of the thill-horse, at the beginning of the ascent of mount Taurira, the postillion dismounted, twisted the shoe off, and put it in his pocket; as the ascent was of five or six miles, and that horse our main dependance, I made a point of having the shoe fastened on again, as well as we could; but the postillion had thrown away the nails; and the hammer in the chaise = box being of no great use without them, I submitted to go on.


He had not mounted half a mile higher, when coming to a flinty piece of road, the poor devil lost a second shoe, aud from off his other fore-foot; I then got out of the chaise in good earnest, and see= ing a house about a quarter of a mile to the left hand, with a great deal to do, I prevailed upon the postillion to turn up to it. The look of the house, and of every thing about it, as we drew nearer, soon reconciled me to the disaster. It was a little farm house, sur= rounded with about twenty acres of vineyard, about as much corn and close to the house, on one side, was a potager of an acre and a half, full of every thing which could make plenty in a French peasant's house and on the other side was a little wood which furnished wherewithal to dress it. It was about eight in the evening when I got to the house so I left the postillion to manage his point as he could= and for mine, I walked directly into the house.

The family consisted of an old grey-headed man

and his wife, with five or six sons and sons-in-law, and their several wives, and a joyous genealogy out of them.

They were all sitting down together to their lentil= soup; a large wheaten loaf was in the middle of the table; and a flaggon of wine at each end of it pro= mised joy through the stages of the repast 'twas a feast of love.

The old man rose up to meet me, and with a respectful cordiality would have me sit down at the table; my heart was set down the moment I entered the room; so I sat down at once like a son of the family; and to invest myself in the character as speedily as I could, I instantly borrowed the old man's knife, and taking up the loaf, cut myself a hearty luncheon; and, as I did it, I saw a testimony in every eye, not only of an honest welcome, but of a welcome mixed with thanks that I had not seemed to doubt it.

Was it this or tell me, nature, what else it was which made this morsel so sweet and to what ma= gick I owe it, that the draught I took of their flag= gon was so delicious with it, that they remain upon my palate to this hour?


If the supper was to my taste the grace which followed it was much more so.


WHEN supper was over, the old man gave a

knock upon the table with the haft of his knife-to bid them prepare for the dance: the moment the signal was given, the women and girls ran all toge= ther into a back apartment to tie up their hair= and the young men to the door to wash their faces, and change their sabots; and in three minutes,

every soul was ready, upou a little esplanade before the house, to begin = The old man and his wife came out last, and, placing me betwixt them, sat down upon a sopha of turf by the door.

The old man had some fifty years ago been no mean performer upon the vielle and, at the age he was then of, touched it well enough for the pur= pose. His wife sung now and then a little to the tune then intermitted = and joined her old man again, as their children and grand-children danced before them.

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It was not till the middle of the second dance when, from some pauses in the movement wherein they all seemed look up, I fancied I could distinguish an elevation of spirit different from that which is the cause or the effect of simple jollity. In a word, I thought I beheld religion mixing in the dance-but, as I had never seen her so engaged, I should have looked upon it now as one of the illusions of an imagination, which is eternally misleading me, had not the old man, as soon as the dance ended, said, that this was their constant way; and that all his life long, he had made it a rule, after supper was over, to call out his family to dance and rejoice: belies ving, he said, that a cheerful and contented mind was the best sort of thanks to heaven that an illiterate peasant could pay =

= Or a learned prelate either, said I.


WHEN you have gained the top of mount Taurira,

you run presently down to Lyons- adieu then to all rapid movements! It is a journey of caution; and it fares better with sentiments, not to be in a hurry with them; so I contracted with a voiturin to take

his time with a couple of mules, and convey me in my own chaise safe to Turin through Savoy.

Poor patient, quiet, honest people! fear not; your poverty, the treasury of your simple virtues, will not be envied you by the world, nor will your vallies be invaded by it. Nature! in the midst of thy disor= ders, thou art still friendly to the scantiness thou hast created with all thy great works about thee, little hast thou left to give, either to the scythe or to the sickle but to that little thou grantest safety and protection; and sweet are the dwellings which stand so sheltered!


Let the way worn traveller vent his complaints upon the sudden turns and dangers of your roads= your rocks your precipices the difficulties of get= ting up the horrors of getting down mountains impracticable and cataracts, which roll down great stones from their summits, and block his road.=




The peasants had been all day at work in removing a fragment of this kind between St. Michael and Madane; and by the time my voiturin got to the place, it wanted full two hours of completing before a passage could any how be gained there was nothing but to wait with patience it was a wet and tempestuous night; so that, by the delay, and that together, the voiturin found himself obliged to take up, five miles short of his stage, at a little decent kind of an inn by the road side.

I forthwith took possession of my bed-chamber= got a good fire = ordered supper; and was thanking heaven it was no worse when a voiture arrived with a lady in it and her servant maid.

As there was no other bed-chamber in the house, the hostess, without much nicety, led them into mine, telling them, as she ushered them in, that there was no body in it but an English gentleman that there

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were two good beds in it, and a closet within the room which held another = The accent in which she spoke of this third bed, did not say much for it = however, she said, there were three beds, and but three people and she durst say, the gentleman would do any thing to accommodate matters. = I left not the lady a moment to make a conjecture about it so instantly made a declaration I would do any thing in my power.

As this did not amount to an absolute surrender of my bed-chamber, I still felt myself so much the proprietor, as to have a right to do the honours of it

so I desired the lady to sit down-pressed her into the warmest seat = called for more wood desired the hostess to enlarge the plan of the supper, and to favour us with the very best wine.

The lady had scarce warmed herself five minutes at the fire, before she began to turn her head back, and give a look at the beds; and the oftener she cast her eyes that way, the more they returned perplexed I felt for her and for myself; for in a few mi nutes, what by her looks, and the case itself, I found myself as much embarrassed as it was possible the lady could be herself.

That the beds, we were to lie in, were in one and the same room, was enough simply by itself to have excited all this - but the position of them, for they stood parallel, and so very close to each other, as only to allow space for a small wicker chair betwixt them, rendered the affair still more oppressive to us = they were fixed up moreover near the fire, and the projection of the chimney on one side, and a large beam which crossed the room on the other, formed a kind of recess for them that was no way favourable to the nicety of our sensations = if any thing could have added to it, it was, that the two beds were both

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