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it affords a strong confirmation of that assure you." Johnson, sub-laughing poetical adage, generally,though falsely, all the while at this threat...“ Why, in attributed to Pope, while it belongs to the first place, sir, I am so far from Lord Roscommon, viz. :

den ying your allegations, that I freely That want or decency is want of sense. confess, before this company, that they In the height of our convivial are perfectly true and correct. The hilarity, our great man exclaimed work of Mrs. Macaulay is indeed is “ Come, oow, I'll give you a test : now the situation that you have described. I'll try who is a true antiquary amongst But in the second place, sir, I may safeyou. Has any one of this company ly, I believe, dely all your oratorical ever met with the History of Gloriaous powers so far to work upon that lady's and Gloriana ?" Farmer, drawing the vanity as to induce her to believe it pipe out of bis, mouth, followed by a possible, that I could have suffered ber cloud of smoke, instantly said I've writings to lie by me so long, without got the book.”—“ Gi' me your hand, once gratifying myself by a perusal of gi' me your hand,” said Johnson ; “you them. However, pray try, Mr. Beauare the man after my own heart." And clerk : I beg you will try, sir, as soon the shaking of two such hands, with as you think proper; and then we shall two such heppy faces attached to them, see whether you will soonest bring the could bardly, I think, be matched in lady about my ears, or about your owa, the whole angals of literature !

sir." Our philosopher's exhibition of Mrs. Such was the rapid appearance and Macaulay's political principles and con- disappearance, the very transient visit of duct was a rich classical treat, of which this great man, to an University superI much regret that I can present to my eminently famous in itself for the proreaders nothing more than the conclud- duction of great men. It was a risit, ing circumstance, with which it now however, of which he spoke afterwards appears to be bigh time that this narra- in town, to the writer of this account, tive also should be brought to a conclu- with very pleasing recollections.sion.

Though he must have been well knowa After much of the Doctor's sportive- to many of the heads and doctors at ness and play of wit,' at tlau lady's ex- this seat of learning, yet he seemed stupense, Beauclerk called out—"Come, dious to preserve a strict incognito ; bis come, Doctor, take care what you say, only aim being an introduction to his and don't be too saucy about Mrs. favourite scholar-his brother patriot, Macaulay ; for if you do, I shall find and antiquary, who was then Mr. bat means of setting her upon you as soon afterwards Dr. Farmer, and master as we return, and she will comb your of his college, and who finally declined wig for you pretty handsomely.” Joba- episcopacy. Merit like Joboson's son...“ Well, sir, and pray by what seeks not publicity; it follows pot fame, means do you propose to achieve this but leaves (ame to follow it. Had be notable exploit of yours, Mr. Beau- visited Cambridge at the commence clerk ?” Beauclerk...“ Ob! I'll soon ment, or on some public occasion, he tell you that, Doctor. You can't deny would doubtless have met with the that it's now a full fortoigbt since Mrs. "honours due to the bright luminary of M. made you a present of her history; a sister University; and yet, even these and to my certain knowledge it still re- honours, however genuine and desiramains in your study without one of the ble, the modesty of conscious excellence leaves being cut open ; which is such a seeins rather to have prompted him to contempt of the lady's genius and abil. avoid. ities, that, should I acquaint her with

B. N. TURNER. it, as perhaps I shall, I wouldn't be in Denton, Lincolnshire, your place, Doctor, for a good deal, I Oct. 17, 1818.

VOL. 4.)

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From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine,
THE MINSTREL OF BRUGES.

(Concluded.]
PART V.

I for this vagabond family? Sir THEN happiness has not been Amurat, may Mahommed protect you,

preceded by pain it is the less but for my part, I shall return to Grenagreeable, for the value of all things is ada.” “That you can po longer do," doubled by contrast. A rich man who answered Amurat ; " have you forgothas never been poor, knows not the ten, that should the Castilliaps lay hold worth of money; and successful love, of you, you are of the set they burn og that has not met with difficulties, does a slow fire ? Come with me joto pot afford supreme felicity.

France, there is no loquisition in that O handsome Amurat,swhat tears and country. We shall recover my Ernessighs has the sentiment that occupies tine, and you will find means to live your soul caused you! You are not there, as well as any where else. Your yet, however, at the end of your career; profession is not so exalted, but that and are gallopping over hill and dale you may gain by it as much in France with the squire Sabaoth, as was former- as you did in Grenada; besides, that ly done by the knight of La Mancha place must assuredly be in the hands of with tbe faithful Sancho.

the Spaniards, and what could you Sabaoth, dressed up in the long doc- now do there? Come with me, I say, toral gown, intended for the father of my Ernestine is a Frenchwoman, and Ernestine, at that time a physician, was we shall surely find her. You are old, taken for a magician all along the I am young, and I will work for Ernesroads ; cbildren, at his sight, hid them- tine and for you ; our Andalusian selves on the breasts of their nurses, mares will carry us over the world ; young girls ran away, old people cross come along." Sabaoth complied, and ed themselves, wbile the younger ones was not the first instance of wisdom laughed enough to split their sides. being led by folly. Folly! is there The handsome Amurat, dressed in a any folly that deserves so inuch indulgown of sky-blue, inspired other senti- gence as that of love? it excites energy ments. He was thought to be a damsel in the coldest hearts, and attacks the of high rank, if not a princess, so bril. most indifferent. The sighs of Sabaoth liaat were his charms, bis manners so in were almost in unison with those of teresting. The villagers shouted out Amurat, and on seeing the gambols of as they passed, “ begone, hasten from the shepherdesses in the plains, his hence, thou ill-looking spectre, thou heart revived, and be regretted that the wicked monster, whom that beautiful time of his youth had been so much lady bas chosen for her companion, to employed in stables. But let us not inerease the brightness of her charms stop our two fugitives ; they arrived at by the contrast of thy ugliness !” Wbile Pampeluna, following the road the they addressed Amurat, “ Return, re- Minstrel had taken ; but there bappenturn, fair fugitive, and do not depriveed so strange an adventure to Amurat our country of so much beauty." The at Pampeluna, we cannot pass it over. two Moors, thus disguised, arrived at A youth of Navarre, struck with the Madrid, and thence advanced into Ar. beauty, and deceived by the dress of ragon, where they gained some intima- Amurat, took it into his head to make tion of a wandering family having pass. love to him while he was alone in the ed through those parts. “ It must be room, and Sabaoth occupied with the them,” said Amurat; “let us spur on, care of bis horses. The discourteous frieod Sabaoth, we shall surely overtake kpight fastened the door and was about them.” “ I am in no such hurry as to attempt violence on him : the brave you are," replied Sabaoth,“ what care Moor smiled at first at his mistake, and

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without deceiving the Navarrois, began medans as they were, to go from conto defend himself, but the other, firm- vent to convent begging hospitality. ly persuaded that it was a womao, flat- One evening they knocked at the gate tered himself with an easy conquest. of the monastery of Vaucelles. The The blows, however, wbich he received Minstrel was at that moment relating from Amurat, made him comprehend some of his minor adventures, which be that it would not be so easy as he had bad omitted in the history of his life, imagiged He had not thought that a and they were all sitting rouad the fire. woman could have had so much courage The wind whistled so loud, some said and strength. He was knocked down they heard mournful cries, whicb prorepeatedly, and Amurat was kicking bably were nothing but the breeze; but bim out of the room when Sabaoth en- the Minstrel swore that it was an appatered in amazement.

rition ; he was perfectly convinced there Our two adventurers arrived in were such, for he had seen one at ToFrance, questioniug all travellers, and ledo with his tevo eyes. “One night," passing through various provinces. said he, “ soon after I had come to They bad lost the thread of their in- Toledo, as I was sleeping in my bed quiries, and were in despair. From beside my chaste companion, I heard Pampeluna to Vaucelles is a long way; my water-pot tumble dowo, wbich how to succeed in so difficult an un- made me start up io my sleep, and, by dertaking!

the glimmering light of my small lamp, Sabaoth wept in the most touching I noticed a man in his shirt descend and most laughable manner. The two from my window. He seemed to repoor Andalusian mares were knocked semble a good deal the officer of the up-our Pilgrims, bowever, kept mov- holy brotherhood; but it certainly wag ing ; not that they bad any longer a an optical illusion which deceived by hope of success, but they were less sight, and made me mistake a living for tired when travelling ahan when quiet. a dead man. I jumped out of my bed, They had gained the banks of the and ran into the kitchen, where I passed Loire ; but neither at Augers, Tours, the remainder of the night in the utmost or at Orleans, could they learn aoy in- fear, and without closing an eye.” telligence of the Piper or of his charm. He was at this part of the story, ing daughter. At Paris they were still when they heard a loud knocking at the more unlucky, for they might have gate. The Minstrel trembled more found here a thousand Arabians for ihan when in his bed he saw the appaone player on the pipes. There were rition ; but they laughed at his alarm, numberless girls, but no Ernestine. and made him go and see who was at God of Love,wbat a difference between the gate. “Who is there ?" “ Open them !!

to two poor travellers." The gate is Our Pilgrims left Paris, and took the opened, and the first person who preroad to Flanders. Oh Flanders ! we sented himself to his view was Sabaoth. must now return to the sorrowing Er- He thought he was the Devil, and tremDestine. The poor girl deserved pity bled more in all his limbs than former

-she had no longer those tints of rosesly in the stable at Grenada, when this and lilies, whose brilliancy could not flower of grooms laid the thong on his formerly have been seent with impunity, innocent shoulders. Sabaoth also knew and she was become so thin and pale, again him whom he had taught to pbythat Amurat, the enamoured Amurat sic horses, and who bad doctored . himself, would hardly have known her. Zegris, but did not feel much satisfac Unfortunate Amurat! as he travelled, tion at it, for he was afraid that now, as his embarrassments increased : for, in- the Minstrel was on his own dung bill, dependent of the pains of love, which he might feel himself inclined to repay he equally suffered with Ernestine, his him all the kindness he had received at purse, and that of Sabaoth, were ex- Grenada. hausted. They were forced, Mahom The Minstrel did not recollect Am. VOL. 4.]

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r at, so much had his dress disguised times better than all the sour sherbet of ént beri him. He conducted him to the ladies' Grenada. ther baca apartment, where Eroestine came to re Love, thou cruel and delightful god, er la ceive him, and having placed the pre- thou recallest me to thee, aud to quit at that on tended damsel in proper hands, he re- the ball of the strangers to attend to in or a pe turned to the hall of the strangers, where what is passing in the ladies' apartinent. a te bien he was accustomed to do the honours Precisely at the moment the Minstrel a copy of the monastery to visitors in the ab- preseated the handsome Amurat to Erdels sence of the steward.

nestine, this poor unfortunate was gonfalco “Sir Sabaoth, by what adventure weeping over his fate, which was her the app hoppe are you reduced to ask hospitality in a usual occupation when alone-in com

how in Christian monastery, you who laid down pany she contented herself with thinkmosfers the laws and gave such rude blows in ing of him and sigbing. “Alas," said a bude those superb stables of Grenada ?” she," he is now without doubt no long

* * “ Alas," replied Sabaoth, “ I may also er among the living—the holy office atelia ask you by wbat chain of events a never quits its prey. He is dead-the

and Minstrel turned stable-boy, and after- beloved of my heart, my eterpal torde courant

wards Esculapius in the kingdom of ment, and yet my delight.” As she
Murcia, can have fallen from such high was thus talking to herself, a young
state, as to be reduced in the Low lady, dirtily dressed; entered the apart.
Countries to act the part of porter to a ment; she wore a veil that covered her
set of Monks ? But I see now my face, and a gown that no one would
o wo fate, that the powerful Master of ever have guessed to have been sky-
our destinies, after having scattered us blue, or a robe in whicb love would
over this lower earth, amuses himself ever have dressed out an admirer. This
sometimes in making us from millers awkward lady advanced, with an em-
turo Bishops : It has happened to the barrassed and melancholy air, and with
gallant Zegris, formerly our common treinbling steps, but without taking her
master. This great man, appointed eyes off the ground, towards Ernestine,

General of Grenada, was conquered, who conducted her to the chamber she he din Sir Minstrel, by the too fortunate Case was to sleep in, also without looking at COB** tillians, and his army completely defeat- ber. is pati ed. I was holding in readiness, behind Ye blind admirers of a blind god,

the baggage, these same Andalusian neither of you know the other. Ermares whom I have seen you curricomb nestine sighs—this sigh is mechanically and purge with so much intelligence, repeated by Ainurat-he seats himself

Vain precaution !-the conqueror ad- —thanks her, with uplifted hands, with2300 vanced, dispersed us, and cut off all out looking at her-Ernestine says, 18 passage to Grenada. Finding it im- “Madam, can I be of any service to

possible to return thither, and fearing you? Would you wish for any supthe holy office, should I be taken by per?” At the sound of this voice, the Spaniards, I disguised myself, and which vibrated at the bottom of his Wrapping myself up in this robe, which heart, Amurat cries out, “ Ernestine,

was then handsome, I traversed Spain, Ernesting! it must be thee whom I U and arrived in France. But, in the have heard, and whom I have now is to be mean time, before I relate to you all found again.” He throws himself at

my disasters, could you not order me a her feet, while she casts herself into his back the little soinething to eat.”

arms. The Minstrel, who had no more gall The Minstrel's wife, now become here in than a dove, forgetting all that he had cook to the visitors, op coming to re

formerly suffered from the redoubtableceive orders from the strange lady, surNabaoth, flew to the kitchen, and brings prises her daughter in the midst of these bim the remains of an old pastry, and inexpressible einbraces." Mother!" a Hagon of champaign wine, wbich the exclaims Ernestine, “it is the faithlul

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the world over." The reader may re- man; but no sooner did the Lord Abmember that this daine had favoured bot appear, than the sight of his pectotheir loves with all her power, and to ral cross calmed the rage of the respectaccomplish their marriage had not scru- sul serpent. The Abbot told him be pled to rob her husband. She had was a fool.-“ Most reverend father," been in despair of Amurat's life, from replied the Minstrel; “ my wife has told the moment she saw hin carried off by me so these many years.” “Your her ancient lover, the officer of the holy wife is in the right," answered the bead inquisition-She had witnessed the de- of the monastery ; she is desirous to clining health of her daughter--it may conclude a marriage which you ought be guessed, therefore, how happy the to have had done in Murcia, and had sight of the handsome Moor made her. you then consented, you would have But how could they make the Minstrel spared yourself a great deal of trouble. hear reason ? he was generally one of Unnatural father! would you see your the best natured men in the world, daughter perit before your eyes ? come but the most intractable in matters of forward Ernestine, it is I that will perreligion. His wife thought of a method form this marriage; give me your that would ensure success : it was to hand, my pretty, and let this faithful gain over the Lord Abbot, who cer- Moor receive it; I will that be remain tainly ought to know better than any in the convent until my nephew sets out bagpiper, whether a Christian could for Frizeland, whither he shall accomconst 's ntiously espouse a sectary of pany him. He has travelled over many Mahommed.

parts of the world, and has been upforThe Lord Abbot was not only free tunate, two sufficient qualifications to from bigotry, but very well informed. guide the youth of my nephew; he He quoted numberless examples of such shall be his esquire, and I will take marriages legally contracted, from the charge of his fortune. I shall instruct times of Mahommed to the present him in the principles of our holy relimoment. He named several kings of gion, and if he embraces it, I pretend Portugal and Spain, who had married that it shall be by persuasion alone, and the daughters of Moorish princes, and of his own free will." even emperors of Constantinople, The Cambresian was enchanted with who had formed similar connexions, the idea of his uncle ; he embraced without the Patriarchs baying had any Amurat, who cast bimself at the Abthing to say against them.

bot's feet, and said, “ Reverend father, After such authorities, nothing re- I will follow no other religion but mained but to tell the Minstrel what yours and Ernestine's— I was the most was passing ; but this good Minstrel wretched of mankind-you have made was at the momeot in an excess of rage, me the most happy"-on his respecte and had almost throttled poor Sabaoth, fully approaching the Miastrel, he exwho, while they were drinking together, claimed, “ Ah! with all my heart, now had told him that the pretended girly thou art a Christian, and my Lord Abwho had accompanied him to the mo- bot will have it so.” He then kissed pastery, was a boy, and neither more the hands of his mother-in-law, but the por less than Amurat. At the name presence of the Abbot could not prevent of Amurat, the Minstrel bristled up him from throwing himself with translike a game-cock, Aung Sabaoth's tur- port into the arms of Ernestine.. ban into the fire, and was tearing away All present were much affected, when his gray beard by handfuls ; “ Race Sabaoth, of whom no one had thought detested,of Cain or of Beelzebub,"baw- in these arrangements, said sorrowfully, ed out the Minstrel ; " was it for such “ And what is to become of me then ?* circumcised dogs to pretend to marry On turning their eyes on him, the sight my daughter ?" They had the utmost of bis bald head, his beard, that had difficulty to disengage the unfortunate been so inhumanly torn by the terrible Sabaoth from the hands of this mad, Minstrel, and his dress all in tatters, to

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