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the sair Duchess's liveliest sallies, and cer the first regiment of foot-guards. I have tainly go to sleep in the finest of her tragic heard my mother speak of him, as one of drawis.”
the ugliest young men she ever beheld; “ Then I cannot leave you, my dear but so polite in his manners, that on the aunt."
second interview he generally so bewitched “But you shall, my dear Hymenæa. the senses, as to persuade eyes and ears to I will write a note instantly to Lady believe his person that of Adonis, and Castledowne, to be your chaperone. You his voice the music of Apollo's harp. This will find me better when you return; for, inherent good-breeding was as a fortune at present, I am under a medicine that will
to the young soldier. He had no family do me gcod. The Earl has been my phy. interest to push his advancement in the sician; reflection, his prescription, will army; he had no money to purchase. But perhaps performs its functions best in his manners and bis military skill supplied temporary solitude."
the place of both. Expences incident to I saw that my aunt meant what she said; a town life, in so extravagnt a regiment, and retiring to chuse a becoming dress for compelled him to sell out; and throwing so elegant an assembly, left her Ladyship himself on the world as a soldier of forto write and dispatch her billet.
tune, it being then peace between Enge While sitting after dinnery tete-a-tele, land and the Continental Powers, he my imagination being full of the antici crossed the Channel, and offered his serpated amusements for the evening, as I vices to the Great Frederick of Prussia. banded Lady Lovelace a peach, I asked || He became the right-hand officer of that her how it happened that an English consummate General, in all bis wars ; and Duchess should bear a foreign tiile; Sans being elevated from rank to rank by the Souci seems to insinuate that the ancestors || grateful monarch, Captain Charles Gorof her Duke were rather enobled by a get at last became Duke of Sans Souci, French than a British monarch.
with a princely fortune to maintain his “ But seems, my dear Hymenza, is | rank.” hardly ever to be believed. Seems, is the “Ah! now I understand,” exclaimed I, cloak of hypocrisy, and the Nessusean “that warlike and witty king, chose to chemise with which slander envelopes its || distinguish bis brave and elegant friend object!' I hate the whole vocabulary of with the title of that monarch's favourite seems, perhaps, buts, and ifs, that ever did | villa.” away the character or peace of man “I dare say you have guessed the Great woman. However, to return to your ques. Frederick’s reason," replied Lady Lovetion respecting the Duke of Sans Souci's || lace; “so, pray, congratulate your wit, in patent of nobility; you must know, to || thus keeping time with so illustrious speak in the language of story-tellers, and en bon esprit. Thus, then, our amiable I have a long one to relate if I were to Gorget becomes a Duke, and five years take up the history of his Grace's achieve- || ago returned to England, with all his fullments from the first charge on his shield. blown honours thick upon him. My Lady You must know that his patent of nobility | mother was then alive ; and I, having rewas first seen in his arm, and then in his cently buried my Lord Lovelace, she
thought it would be a charming thing to " He was a soldier, then ?"
see her widowed Countess transformed “ You have hit it, my apt Hymenza. to a bridal Duchess; and with this intent, There is some pleasure in letting our I believe, perfectly, without participating young fledged wits fly before you; there her wish, did she bring his Anglo-Prusis no chance of your beating them down | sian Grace to pay his respects to me. He again, by mistaking the pretty birds for was, to be sure, more hideous than I had bats, and such like winged earth.worms." ever be held mortal man. My good
I smiled at my aunt's playfulness, and mamma, in her days of juveniity, had bowing to her, she resumed.
thought him ugly when possessed of the “ This same Duke of Sans Souci, forty | grace of youth, what then must he have years ago, was plain Captain Gorget, of || appeared to me, when plucked of this one
solitary feather, and with the grey hairs of į tered mandarine on the chimney-piece. It sixty years making a perfect snow-ball of a is the nominal value that makes one enhead, whose face was paler than death it- | dure such hideous antiques. Her Duke self. It was furrowed with scars from gives ber a splendid title, splendid houses, many a well fought field; he had lost an equipages, and every means of gratifying eye; and his emaciated figure, which look- || her expensive wishes, and displaying the ed like the Father, in Schiller's Robbers, | varieties of her charms. He who has just risen from his living tomb, was sup been the conqueror of wbiskered Cossacs, posted by one meagre limb of his own and fierce hussars, has at last bowed to the growth , and another supplied from the smiles, frowns, and caprices of a flirt of cork-tree. I started at the spectre, and in eighteen. You will lo-night see how she spite of all the stars, ribbons, and crosses, leads him by a nod; how she even makes that shone on his emblazoned form, should him joint bearer in the enormous load of certainly have made my retreat at one
her follies. This theatrical whim which door, as he entered at the other, had notis vaunted off as a little attempt to amuse my mother seized my hand, and held it him during his confinement to the house fast, till bis Grace had paid his first com- in a severe cold, is well understood by all pliments; and, of a truth, he did it so who know the Duchess, as a chosen opelegantly, expressed himself with such || portunity of exhibiting her fine form to winniug courtliness, that my attention was advantage, under the various changes of taken ere I was aware, and I listened to singing, dancing, and dramatic grace. She him with pleasure for nearly two hours." is one of the seems of the world ; and, as.
“ Ha, aunt! the triumph of the Graces such, I hold her in utter abhorrence." over youth and beauty ?"
lobserved that a little acrimony embitter“ He sought it not with me," replied | ed the tone of this last subject; and susLady Lovelace, laughing; " though, per- pecting that her Ladyship bad felt a little haps, old as he was, he would not have more mortification ihan she chose to acdeemed fat, fair, and five-and-thirty knowledge, at the heroic Duke omitting youth; my beauty, I hope, will yet wear to lay his laurels at her feet, I wished to jts title unimpaired for ten years to come. change the hue of her feelings, and turnSuffice it to say, the Duke and the Coun- ing with some trilling remark, touched tess highly approved each other as friends ; || the harp with a few notes of Eveleen's and such we might have remained to this Bower. day, had he not fallen in love. The object “ Hush !" cried my aunt; “ why will was the beautiful orphan of a distinguish- you bring up the ghost of the impertinent ed naval officer; she was under the care of Killaloe before me, by chaunting any of a dowager aunt, who, from an ancient his native strains ? Ring for coffee, and by feud against me, conceived in the rivalry the time it is drank we shall have the of our first presentation at Court, made Castledownes.” it a point with the enamoured Duke, that Even while the order passed her lips, if he hoped to wiu the fair Louisa for his the knocker of the door sounded, and a Duchess, he must cease to consider Lady | servant announced Lady Casledowne's Lovelace as a friend. Here was the carriage. triumph of love over friendship. I was “ Don't make her Ladyship wait," cried resigned, and be married La Belle | my aunt; and spatching up my shawl and Louise."
fan, I hurried down stairs. “I have heard," returned I, “ that his On stepping into the carriage, Lord Duchess is very young, very pretty, and Castledowne introduced me to his wife, very lively. How much is she then to be who, in the gentlest voice, apologized for esteemed for having sufficient taste to pre- calling so early; " I fear I must have disfer worth before youth and charms." turbed you at desert," continued her Lady
“ That is not the merit of the en- | ship; “ but the Duchess's theatre will be chantress of Sans Souci House," returned so full, it is necessary to be there by eight the Countess; "she cares no more for the o'clock to secure seats." trophied Duke than I do for that old shat I made her some civil reply, with my
head full of what I should see, and what I vain. I am told his person is literally had heard from Lady Lovelace.
frightful.” “ The Duchess is very handsome, I un. “ Not frightful,” returned the Earl, derstand," said I, turning to the Earl; "though certainly not handsome. But is “she will therefore at least look the cha there nothing else, my young and lovely facter she has chosen to perform." friend, that can fill the heart with vanity
“And what is that?" replied bis Lord. but personal endowment? Recollect your. ship; “ I have not yet heard."
self. While the fop values himself upon “Oh, I beg your pardon " exclaimed fine lace or figure, ihere is a coxcomb of the Countess, “ for not having before | another description who makes as vebeshewn you our splendid bill of fare. Thement demands on your admiration, for pleasure I took in seeing you enjoy your l his skill in singing, walking, racing, drivown with so good an appetite, atier your ing; and paradoxical as it may seem, long walk this morning, made me forget | many a man makes himself an arrant fool this more elegant arrangement."
in his elaborate atteinpts to shew himself Lord Castledowne, with a grateful smile wondrous wise. We have therefore coxand a bow, took the satin bill she pre- combs of the toilet, of the turf, of the sented.
college, of the senate, and why not of the " What!" exclaimed he, “ the title- || sword ?" page of a missal, or the argument of some Lady Castledowne laughed; “ do not ask royal amatory ode in the fifteenth century, that question of youth and beauty!—which that we have it thus, on virgin silk, with | of our sex with a bright eye and a bloomgolden letters pressed!"
ing cheek, ever looked from our carriage He then scanned it over with an arch in St. James's-street, without seeing more gravity." Humph! the enıblazoned arms than half-a-dozen coxcombs of the last of Sans Souci, supported by the Eagle of mentioned insignia ? In short, my inoPrussia, and the Cupid of Louisa Am- ralizing Lord, are not red coats proverbial miral! It was not so very gracious in this for that title?" fair dame to paint the only victor that ever Right, my Lady," answered the Earl, brought the gallant wuke on his knees, “but these novices in the profession of thus amongst the trophies of his achieve.
arms, I do not mean; nor is it the profession ments !"
of arms of which they are vain; it is the “ You mistake, my Lord," rejoined the sight of a gorget, the waviog of a plume, the Countess; they are not her husband's || smiles of such bright eyes as yours and the trophies, but her own, that she is now fair Hymenäa's. My coxcomb of the lispla; ing; and therefore Dan Cupid || sword is he that is proud of his achievecomes in very properly as victor over Dan ments; who loves the sound of his fame, Mars."
and never thinks its speaks so sweetly as in “ Alas! my poor friend Gorget!" ex a feinale voice. There is one kind of hero claimed the Earl, with a sigh;“ thirty years | who weighs the judgment of the acclaimer ago, when you were the bravest soldier in with the noise of the acclaim. If judg. all the Prussian camp, when thy judg. || ment kick the beam, my hero turns on his ment directed the councils of the Great | heel, and the high-toned praise passes as Frederick, little did I ever expect to see the wind that he regards not. But there thee made the puppet of a capricious girl; || is another hero, who, like the camelion, or the screen, behind which she might || feeds on the air of adulation; that mao, safely act her follies !"
while respected for his deeds by the estim. “My dear Miss Wellwood," continuedable part of the world, is usually made the he, turning to me," here is a melancholy sport of fools, the prey of cunning. Of jostance of the power of the most cun. this latter class is my old acquaintance, temptible of your sex, over even the most. || poor Gorget; I beg his Grace's pardon, I sensible of ours, when that sense is be- ought rather to lave said, the magnificent trayed by vanity."
Duke of Sans Souci. While performing “ How? that cannot be," exclaimed I; || his duty abroad in the cabinet and camp " the Duke of Sans Souci cannot be ll of the monarch to whom he had given
himself, he bad no time to attend to pri- \ your Grace she sees · Othello's youth and vite opinions on his merits. But as soon | beauty in his mind!' and should the as he retired with his honours and re world persuade you she is too young and wards; as soon as he had laid bis coroneted || pretty to make you happy, she will weep head to repose upon the golden laurels | herself till she looks as old and ordinary which his own martial hand had planted, as her aunt.' then became he infested with a brood of Suffice it to say, these arguments of ravenous goats; and their detestable the Dowager's, with a few sighs and tears humming he must needs appreciate as from Louisa, brought the warrior to acthe singing of the nightingale. Sharpers, knowledge his weakness; and the ensuing inale and female, thronged around the month saw the love-sick girl the maguifi. spoil-encumbered hero, all eager to flatter cent Duchess of Sans Souci. bim, to share his riches with their rapa “ Since that hour slie has been the most city. One venal wretch writes a doggrel devoted of wives, the most expensive of poem of five hundred verses on the Duke Duchesses, and the most dissipated of fine of Sans Souci's uuparalleled defence of the ladies. The Duke, from his many old right bank of the Rhine,' and the smiling I wounds, and advanced age, is loaded with warrior presents him with a purse of gold. || infirmities, and therefore seldom stirs
School-mistresses work his victories in || abroad. The Duchess is too fond of her ' worsted embroidery, and each cunning dear indulgent Lord, to think of leaving
beldame is made independent for life, for him for a day or night--or rather his ber pains. But the last conquest to be gain house, I ought to say, for not, perhaps, ed over his fortune and himself fell to the then above one hour in the whole twentylot of Louisa Ammiral, and her manæuvr four, does he ever see her but by basty ing aunt. They met the Duke at Chelten. snatches of a minute at a time. But then ham; and by the young Lady's sonnets • to she is always employed for his Grace ; Bravery,—to a wounded Hero,' &c. &c. solitude would kill him. It is the worst soon brought his Grace to understand that possible thing for a nervous invalid; he she was enamoured of his fame. She was must have dejeunes, at which half the gay beautiful, and he became charmed, in- || world are present. His dinners must infatuated; in short, violently in love. But clude every foreigner of distinction, every when he compared his advanced years title of pre eminence in the kingdom. His and shaltered form, with her youth and petit-soupers would not he bearable, unless Joveliness, he dreaded the world's cen. she could introduce to them the choice sure of so unequal a union. He candidly wits of the age, the gayest inen of fashion, expressed his fears, and his consequent the persons of both sexes most interesting pains to the Dowager? She wept for her to her taste. And then her public assemenamoured Louisa, who loved him, as blies, they come once a month; and there Caroline of Litchfield did the wounded you meet the whole congregated world of Walstein, not for his name or his person, quality and gaiety !". but for the hero that was within; for the “ But does not all this injure and dis. battles he had won, for the sieges he had tress the invalided Duke?" inquired I. raised, for the castles he had stormed, for “ No; it delights him," replied the Earl; the towns he had laid in ashes, the pro " she declares it is all done to amuse kiin, vinces he had depopulated, the kingdoms | that she lives in a crowd to cheer bim, that he had reduced to wastes !
she endures being called the most dissi. “ The Duke informed the weeping ma pated woman in England, only that he tron, that to the latter part of these ex may know her to be the most devoted ploits he could lay no claim; and he wise. He kisses her fair hand, swears himhoped that the art of depopulation was no self the happiest husband in the universe ; charm in the eyes of the gentle Louisa." and then hobbling half fainting to his
" Oh, Sir!" cried the aunt, “ my room, leaves her to pass the remainder of Louisa, like myself, does not exactly the night amidst the revels of his ball, his know the particulars that make up the masquerade, or his private theatre." hero, but she adores the result; and in I shook my head at this account, and I
suppose looked very grave, and perhaps | of mine who bas been staying lately with doubtingly.
hier Grace, told me that she has all the Lady Castledowne smiled._" My dear || newspapers brought to her boudoir, be. Lord, Miss Wellwood almost suspects you fore they are carried to the Duke ; she of a little romancing here. I see she can. looks thein over, and if there is any para. not understand how, if the Duchess of || graph in the news from Spain wbich Sans Souci loves her husband, she can makes bonourable mention of Lieutenantmake such a carnival of his invalid hours ; || Colonel Charles Mowbray, she tears it and if she is indifferent to him, how she from the paper, and tells the Duke, if he can address hin in such tender language, || asks any questions, that it was and avowedly make herself a prisoner for || horrible story about a murder, &c. with his sake.”
which she did not like to shake his nerves. “ Has Lady Castledowne translated into | In short, this ouce celebrated General of proper language the shake of your an. the Great Frederick, neither sees, hears, brosial curls, my fair friend ?" demanded por understands, but through the medium, bis Lordship.
and by the influence of an impertinent, “She has," replied I.--" Then," an venal, ill-informed girl of twenty. He swered the Earl, “ the solution of your believes himself idolized, while all the query is very simple. The Duke's fortune world knows he is despised ; and while js entirely in his own power; not a rood of | he thinks she sacrifices all the world to his estates is entailed ; and when he dies, || him, she immolates himself, his fame, and should he then be in a doting nicod with bis respectability to her selfishness and his adulating wife, he may leave her sole vanity.” mistress of ihirty thousand a-year."
While the Countess yet spoke, the great “Monstrous !” said I.-"And so it would gates which opened to the avenue of Sans be," rejoined the Countess ; “ for the Souci House were thrown back, and our Duke has a charming nephew, the oniy carriage rolled towards the superb manson of a sister of his; the youth is an sion. Orange plants and citron trees orphan, and without other prospects in life scented the air on each side of us; and on than froin bis uncle. But since this the steps which led up the magnificent young Duchess came into the family, Corinthian portico of the house, stood a though she worships day and night before range of servants in costly liveries, glitterthe full-grown and withering laurels ofing with lace and gold. Music resounded her Lord, she has such an antipathy || from the hall as the door opened for our to the springing plant that promises to admission. . over-shadow the brave brows of the youth “ Now for The Mourning Bride, antiful Charles, that from the day she entered | ciparing the weeds of The Rejoicing WoiSans Souci House, he was, tacitly, banished. dow!" whispered Lady Castledowne; and At present he is in Spain; and has already we stepped from the carriage. given proof of a military merit too pre
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cence, and Gaiety (sweet companions of in. IMMEDIATELY upon his birth, Jupiter was fancy !) composed the early court of the baby transported into the isle of Crete. The nymphs God. Peace dwelt by bis side, and no rude to whom he was confided, dressed his cradle storms ventured to fright her from that safe with flowers; there they gently rocked those asylum. Tranquil nights succeeded to trandelicate limbs and feeble bands which were quil days. The warbling of the birds, the murdestined to pull down the power of the Titans mur of the waters, tbe soft calm of the heavens, and their proud sovereign. The sports, Iano the just-whispering Zephyr, and the silenz