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the stolen interview, the tender fremaining week I staid I did nofarewell, are the greatest and most thing but craze the faculties of: delicious part of their enjoyments. my soul about her, or steal out to " Another circumstance in my meet her; and the two last nights
'S life, which made some, alteration of my stay in the country,
had in my mind and manners, was, sleep been a mortal sin, the image that I spent my nineteenth sum- of this modest and innocent girl mer on a smuggling coast, a good had kept me guiltless. distance from home, at a noted “I returned home very consischool, to learn mensuration, sur-derably improved. My reading was veying, dialling, &c. in which I enlarged with the very important made a pretty good progress. But addition of Thomson's and ShenI made a greater progress in the stone's works; I had seen human knowledge of mankind. The con- nature in a new phases; and entraband trade was at that time gaged several of my school-felvery successful, and it sometimes lows to keep up a literary corres. happened to me to fall in with pondence with me. This improvthose who carried it on. Scenes ed me in composition. I had of swaggering riot and roaring met with a collection of letters dissipation were till this time new written by the wits of Queen to me; but I was no enemy to $o- Anne's reign, and I pored over cial life.—Here, though I learned them most devoutly. I kept coto fill my glass, and to mix with- pies oỉ my own letters that pleased out fear in a drunken squabble, me, and a comparison between yet I went on with a high hand them and the compositions of most with my geometry; till the sun of my correspondents, flattered had entered virgo, a month which my vanity. I carried this whim is also carnival in my bosom, when so far, that though I had not three a charming fillette who lived next farthings' worth of business in the door to the school, overset my tri- world, yet almost every post gonometry, and sent me off at a brought me as many letters as if I tangent from the sphere of my had been a broad plodding son of studies. I however struggled on the day-book and ledger, with my fines and cofines for a “ My life flowed on much in the few days more; but stepping into same course till my twenty-third the garden one charming noon, to year ; Vive l'amour, et vive la take the sun's altitude, there I bagatelle, were my sole principles met my angel,
of action. The addition of two “ Like Proserpine gathering flowers, more authors to my library gave “ Herself a fairer flower"
me great pleasure ; Sterne and “ It was in vain to think of do- MʻKenzie-Tristram Shandy and ing any more good at school. The The Man of Feeling were my box
som favourites. Poesy was still a la consumption; and to crown my darling walk for my mind, but it distress, a belle fille, whom I adorwas only indulged in according to ed, and who had pledged her the humour of the hour. I had soul to meet me in the field of usually half a dozen or more pieces matrimony, jilted me, with pecuon hand; I took up or liar circumstances of mortificatiother as it suited the momentary on. The finishing : evil that tone of the mind, and dismissed brought up this infernal file, was my the work as it bordered on fatigue. constitutional melancholy, which My passions, when once lighted increased to an alarming degree. up, raged like so many devils, till they got vent in rhyme; and
To be continued. then the conning over of my verses, like a spell, soothed all to quiet! None of the rhymes of these days are in print,' except
Travels. Winter, a Dirge, the eldest of my printed pieces; The Death of An Abridginent of the Travels of a poor Maille, John Burleycorn, Gentleman through France, Italy, and songs first second, and third, Turkey in Europe, the Holy Land, (vol. 3.) Song second
Arabia, Egypt, &e. ebullition of that passion which ended the forementioned school
(Continued from page 157.) business.
“My twenty-third year was to Our next journey was from Vi. me an important æra. Partly enné, in Dauphiny, which stands through whim, and partly that I at the foot of a mountain on the wislied to set about doing some east side of the Rhone, about sixthing in life, I joined a flax-dress- teen miles south of Lyons. Vienne er in a neighbouring town (Irvine) is undoubtedly one of the most to learn his trade. This was an ancient cities in France. Its sia unlucky affair. My *** and to tuation is not very pleasant, being finish the whole, as we were giv- almost hid and covered with a ing a welcoming carousal to the mountain, and the streets are narnew year, the shop took fire and row and incommodious; but the burnt to ashes, and I was left like neighbouring meadows
on the a true poet, not worth sixpence. banks of the Rhone are exceed
“I was obliged to give up this ingly beautiful, Its chief mamuscheme; the clouds of misfortune factures are paper and sword were gathering thick round my blades; for of the last of which father's head ; and what was worst and all sorts of wares in iron or of all, he was visibly far gone in steel, it is particularly remarkable.
We proceeded to Valence, which many remains of Roman antiquiis situated on the Rhone, not far ties may be found in this city and below its confluence with the its neighbourhood. In the CorIsere, It is an ancient city, said deliers church, lies buried the to have been built by the Greeks, famous French astrologer Nostraand afterwards made a Romandamus, with an inscription on a colony, who called it Valentia be- stone in the wall over his grave, cause of its strength. From the importing that he had foretold all Abbey of St. Peter there is a sub-remarkable occurrences.-Before terraneous passage to the opposite we proceed, let us give a short ac, banks of the Rhone. In the church count of Provence in general. of the Jacobins they shew the This country was called Probones of a prodigious giant, said vincia by the Romans, being one to be dug up in their monastery, of their first conquests on this side who must have been at least fifteen the Alps, which name, with feet high. In this monastery they small variation, adapted to the have two small springs, very hot French language, it retains to this in winter and cool in summer.- day.—The air of Provence is temThere are two fountains in this perate in the mountainous part, city, whose conduits are supposed but very hot in the vallies ; on the to have been built byJúlius Cæsar, coast it is very mild and pleasant, and are vaulted so high that a man having usually refreshing breezes may walk upright in them. Its from the sea. The country has neighbourhood is extremely plea- abundance of corn, excellent wines sant, the hills lying about it on and fruits of all sorts, particularly the east side in shape of a cre- olives, of which they make the scent, and the Rhone with its de- best oil in
citrons, lightful meadows opening to it on oranges, lemons, pomegranates, the west.
figs, almonds, peaches, apricots, Having staid a few days at Va- &c. They have a great many silklence, we continued our journey worms, which are fed with the through the Principality of Orange leaves of mulberry-trees, and proto Aix, the capital of Provence. duce a vast quantity of silk. Their This, city stands at the foot of a rivers abound with fish, but those hill, called St. Eutropius, near the taken on the sea-coast are remarkriver Aix, about 35 miles south-ably delicious. They have also east of Avignon. It is an Arch- plenty of salt on the coast, and a ishop's See, and has an Univer- sort of ashes of which they make sity founded by Pope Alexander, glass and soap. Provence likein the year 1409, whose privileges wise produces a store of saffron ; are the same with those of the and its wastes and mountains are University of Paris. A great covered with a variety of fragrant
herbs and shrubs. The inhabi- the great school of music and tants of this country are ingenious painting, contains the noblest proand industrious, and carry on a ductions of statuary and architecvast trade to Spain, Italy, Turkey, ture, and abounds with cabinets of Syria, Egypt, and all over the rarities, and collections of all Mediterranean. Their chief port kinds of antiquities. In this counis Marseilles, to which we now try I proposed to myself great sa
tisfaction from the learning of my Marseilles is situated on the tutor, who was an excelleut antiMediterranean, about 20 miles quarian, and perfect master of the south of Aix, and has a very safe Italian language. Accordingly, and commodious harbour, but not in the beginning of November we capable of admitting ships above took leave of the kingdom of 600 tons. This city is well for- France, and embarked at Mars tified, and defended by a castle seilles on board a Tartane bound and two citadels, and for many for Genoa. We had fine sailing miles on the coast there are bea- for three days, till, by contrary cons, to alarm the country on the winds, we were driven into St. approach of an enemy. It is a Remo, a pretty sea-port, belongbishop's see; and the cathedral, ing to the Genoese. This town is: dedicated to St. Lazaras, who pleasantly situated on the ascent they pretend was their apostle, is of a bill, and the neighbouring very ancient, and said to have country abounds so much with been formerly a temple of Dianna. oranges, lemons, and other deliciThe adjacent country is full of ous fruits, that it is styled the pleasant seats, which, with their Paradise of Italy. It is also regardens and vineyards, afford a markable for its plantations of most delightful prospect. This palm-trees, which in other parts city is considerable with respect of Italy are not to be found. We to its manufactures and commerce, lay in this harbour one night; but for which its situation is very ad- the wind coming fair next mornvantageous.
ing, we set sail again for Genoa.
The weather was fine, and the Italy.
the sun shone bright, when we ar
rived at Genoa, which, from the Having thus travelled through sea, affords one of the most agreethe heart of France, we determin- able prospects in the world. This ed to take shipping for Italy, be-city stands partly on a flat, close ing impatiently desirous of view to the shore, and partly on the deing a country so famous in history, clivity of a hill. The houses are which once gave laws to the as lofty as in Europe'; stand very world; and which is at present thick, together, and are most of them painted on the outside, so which, if you please, you are at that they make a very gay and liberty to insert. splendid appearance. On the roofs
Αλφα. of the houses, which are fat, they have gardens of flowers and evergreens; and also in their balco- BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH nies. Their lower rooms are dark, OF DEMOCRITUS OF ABDERA, A, D. 361. occasioned by the height of the houses, and the narrowness of the This philosopher was born at streets; but they are by this means Abdera, in Thrace, and was dedefended from the scorching heat scended from a noble family, and of the summer. Five or six of the was the cotemporary of Socrates, streets are of a great breadth, and Archelaus and Zeno. He made a the houses magnificent, as they tour through Egypt, Persia, and are also in the suburb called St. Æthiopia, in order to increase his Pietro d'Arena. One street in knowledge in astronomy and theparticular is very beautiful, being ological sciences, and after several as it were, a double range of state- years, returned to his native place, ly palaces from one end to the much improved in philosophical the other; the fronts of several of attainments, but alınost destitute which are entirely of marble.- of the means of support. There are also a great many hand- To gain his livelihood, he gave some palaces along the shore on instructions to the people, and each side the city, which gives it recited one of his compositions, a very imposing effect when view-called Diacosmus, which met with ed from the sea. The harbour is universal applause. So entirely was large and deep, but much exposed he devoted to study, that he spent to the south-west wind, the most days and nights in dark caverns troublesome that blows in this and sepulchres; he taught bis dispart of the Mediterranean ; but ciples that the soul died with the they have a mole, whieh pretty body; and therefore as he gave well secures their small vessels. no credit to the existence of ghosts,
some youths, to try his fortitude, in masks and black garments, suddenly rushed into his cave, in
the dead of the night; the philoTo the Editor of the Oxford Enter-sopher received them unmoved, taining Miscellany.
and, scarcely looking at them,
calmly desired them to cease makMR. EDITOR,
ing themselves such objects of The following f have ridicule and folly. He was reselected from my Scrap Book, markably chaste and temperate,
To be continued.