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truce with France, the ambassadors of dress of the respective combatants, nor that power were received at Paris with with a description of the hopes and fears the greatest pomp. The enter:ainments that agitated their friends. Let it be sufgiven by Francis corresponded with the ficient to say that, after an obstinate and idea which the Spaniards, entertained of bloody encounter, the Chevalier Payard his magnificence. The widow was one flew his opponent anii came off victori. of thote who were chosen to figure in the ous. He immediately threw himself ballets, and she was always the most ap- upon his knees and returned thanks to plauded. One of the noble Spaniards God, three times killing the ground, who attended the embassy, became ena. He was led away in triumph with the moured of her. But all his terenades, sound of trumpets to the church, again and other efforts of gallantry were fruit- to give thanks for his victory, and thence less, and Don Alonzo soon learnt, that he proceeded to the fair widow. the heart, which appeared to him im- No one can paint the j y of this lady pregnable, had a weak fide which lay, but one who could paint her charming open to Bayard. The high reputation eyes and her whole perfon. All was of his rival did not intimidate him. The soul, and all, even her very fighs, was more of difficulty and of danger that joy. From this moment love united appeared but simulated him the more their hearts with his strongest bonds. to the attempt.

Madame de Randan, sur ounded with Don Alonzo accordingly challenged a crowd of importunate lovers, now beBayard to fingle combat, which the late gan to dread the effecis of her beauty. ter' did not refuse. Judges were appoint- The life of Bayard was become so dear ed, and Palice had the guard of the lifts. to her that Me could not think of exporThe news of the duel was soon spread, ing it again to another hazard. and the Spaniards,considering Dun Alon- She therefore resolved to retire to a zo as the champion of their country, fequestered mansion that belonged to her were anxious for his fate; while the. in the country. See did not however French made vows for the triumph of inform Bayard of her resolution, but she Bayard; and thus a private quarrel be- said to herielf, he will perhaps corne ; and came almost a national concern. he furnished a magnificent appartment

But who can defcribe the grief of the for him in the canle. widow? She was the innocem: cause of The lacies of our age, so decent and the combat, and accused herfelt for have so delicate, will perhaps be attonished "ing appeared beautiful in the eyes of that the widow should provide an appartDon Alonzo. How interesting a moment ment in her house for one not a husband: but was this for the soul of our Chevalier, this was the custom in days of old ; these who heard the soft confeffion, which he preux Chevaliers were discreet and refhad never dared to ask for, now uttered pectful lovers, and never failed to say, amidit a profusion of tears, of sighs and horni foit qui mal y pense. sobbings! He wiped away her tears Our widow was occupied with Bayard and spoke comfort to her, As a pledge alone; the ladies of these times are difof love the tied round his arm a ribband, tracted with so many lovers that they can and gave him a picture. It was a Cu- afford to one but a small portion of sen. pid removing a widow's veil and wiping sibility ; and this distraction no doubt is off her tears with leaves of roses. The the l'afeguard of their honour. But Chevalier received this picture on his alas! when one thinks of none but one, knees, and after having killed it a thou- how necessary does that one become ! fand times, and a thousand times kiffed especially when that one is a Bayard ! the fair hand that gave it, he placed it The lady departed for her retirement in his bosom, and took his leave. in the country, and the Chevalier, it is

Palice led his friend to the lists, mount.' needless to say, did not remain behind ed on a stately courser ; but the Spaniard They arrived in great state at Fertę chuling to fight on foot the Chevalier where magnificent preparations had been dismounted, the judges distributed the made for their reception; the old folarms to each, and both before engaging diers welcomed the gallant Chevalier fell down on their knees to recommend with honeft hearts and inilitary honours, themselves to God. Then rising and while the young girls, of all the neighmaking the 'sign of the cross they pro. bouring villages, in their helt array, ceeded to the combat.

came out to meet the widow and preI shall not detain the reader with a sented her with flow rs. particular account of the prowess and ad- How happy were our two lovers !

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Poetry. a letter for the chevalier. By this Fran- she was always fondly anticipating, withcis invited him to return to court that he out dreaming of the sad tidings that might acknowledge his wife in public; were about to be announced to her. and in confideration of his marriage, the Francis had been informed by a page king conferred on him the government of the death of the chevalier. This con. of Burgundy. “Ah! my mott gracious fiderate prince took measures for preliege, criedBayard; how well do you de venting the faral news from reaching ber serve the love I ever had for you! I'would by surprise, and went to pay her a visit now die content but for the thought of that he night weep with her and enleaving a widow in despair.” Pescaire, the deavour to comfort her when it Ihould, greatest enemy of the French, but full of arrive. admiration for Bayard, had no suoner, In a short time Palice suddenly entered learned that he was wounded than he the castle: the widow met him with looks ran to him and cried, " Ah! chevalier, of joy which she saw were not returned : would to God had kept you safe and “ Alas! said he, I know it, my husband sound as my prisoner, that you might is dead.” He is, said Palice: he has falbave experienced by the civilities I len in the field of glory; the pride of would have hewn yo!!, how much I his frieads, the admiration of his eneefterm your valour and high prowese; mies. He recommended you to heaven but since there is no remedy for dea:h, I with his latett breath, and his last repray. God to receive your great foul in- queft was that you would live for the to his hands, as I am sure he will." He lake of his child.” then set a guard over the chevalier, with, Tie widow rrade a sign to Palice to order, on pain of death, to defend him' leave her alone for a few moments; after and not to quit him as long as he had life. which she sent for her child, took her in Bayard soon ofter expired.

her arms and killed her. ; then recomMadame de Randan, in her retirement mending her to the care of the king and at Ferte was wholly employed in think of Palice, the fell back in her chair and ing on her honoured Lord, whose return expired.

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willing ON THE PECULIAR DISADVANTAGES

" To let our father starve, and fave a thil

hog ;' He finds his virtuous efforts are in vain ;

6 The Beast of Reason" hears him with A Modern Poet.

disdain : The vulgar gape-the learn'd, like SHAKE

SPEARE's fool,

Profess themselves too old to go to school; Nihil agit, qui diffidentem verbis folatur fuis, The clergy love no sermons—but their Is efi Amicus, qui in re dubia, rejuvat, ubi re eft opus.

Each crabbed pedant paata to pull him

dawn;

Each puppy corses the contemptuous dog : F a rah Rhymer honestly intends Aud every swindler swears that he's a

rogue. Lamenting loudly, as cach former Pard, For ninety generations has declar'd- But, viewing matters on the other fide, " That dili

, in spite of parsons and their What shall be gain’d by fawning upon rules,

pride? “ Nir.e-tenths of all mankind arc koares On panegyric, if he turns his head, and fools; The lowest of all beggars lies for bread;

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And every body knows he wants a hire, While fome with air baloons amuse the Arid every living mortal scorns a liar.

mob, Sir Rob his bounty for his pimp reserves, Some fail in search of rushes round the The lacquey fatteps--but thc Laureat

globet, ftarves.

Describe the age and tonnage of the earth,

What maggot or what egg-shell gives us Add that the dull, the busy, and the

birth; great,

Teach cannoneers to level and to load, With boundless ridicule your labours treat; Observe a planet, or dissect a toad ! For almost nobody has taste, or time, Tell the velocities of sound and light, To feel and cultivate the sweets of rhyme. Or preach that fractur'd limbs are firmi The doctor must trepan, and purge, and and right Ii bleed,

Or, straining mental and material light, The priest has work enough to prop his Descry a ship five hundred leagues from

creed; And while our reason and our faith debate And prove the Day of Judgment just at To paint a heretic's tremendous fate,

hand f. The lawyer wrangles in defence of knaves; For stallions, whores, and port, the Game Nay, what is worst of all, the very men Law Justice raves;

Who really feel the beauties of the pen, Merchants, if men of sense, mind only Whofe taite, in justice, ought to be pretrade;

ferr'd, Enfigns-would always strut on the parade-- Who foar in sentiments above the herd, And which of these d'ye think will conde. Who love your verses better than your sceud

wine, To hear the finest verse that c'er was And read with far more keenness than they penn'd?

dine, Such gross stupidity we scarce would None, but the fool who trusts them, can mourn,

believe. Since every class are useful in their turn. Of these, what numbers at his progress And who could reap the corn, or mend the grieve? roads,

And should success accompany your lay, Were all the human race perusing Odes? They dare not cenfura--but they will not Alike in mathesis and metre skill'd,

praije; But rare's the man a serious trust has With all an eunuch's melancholy spite, fillid;

They growl at you, because ibey cannot Nay, of the learn’d themselves but very write : few

A gloomy filence, what they feel imparts, That lonely calm Elysian path pursue, Or fome hard fraction" thews their fi oIn ancient days, when Science was con

zen hearts. fin'd,

" A fellow wanting food should husband Philosophers had little else to mind;

time, Then, every swain the fall of luion fung, “ His idleness is more than half a crime ; And Sappho iow'd from every school- “ Bards, in all ages, have been very poor,

boy's
's tongue.

And some now living-beg from door But now-the properties of putrid air.-

to door; Some pointer's itch--the genius of a " The jingling tribe are juftly rank'll as hare

fools, A rusty coin-a cocklc-fhella mite- “ Who never will abide by Reason's Provoke the fage to wonder, and to write.

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* And • There is a long Essay on this subject in the Gentleman's Magazine. + One would be glad to learn what rational purpose can be anfwered by a bortus ficrus? - The plan of Lieutenant Bligh’s voyage was suggested thirty years ago by Vol. taire,

“ Whatever ism-is right,” Pope.---Ergo--theft, murder, &c. are right. The world is indebted to the Philosopher just mentioned for more than one antidote to this jare gon.

The honour of this discovery, real or pretended, has been lately claimed by a French. | This æca has been often ascertained by thcological maniacs,

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