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in close confinement, until, one morn- vault in which they were given to uning at day-break, I ordered him to be derstand that the reputed corpse had thence again conveyed to the forest of been buried. La Vernia, and there left him. It That same morning Monaco, by the was I, who caused one of my familiar command of the Magnitico, had brought spirits to assume his corporeal like, from the tower of Careggi a cock-piness, and make it appear that he had geon, of colour as black as pitch, the died of the plague; and who finally strongest and best flying bird ever witsuffered himself to be buried instead nessed, and which knew so well how of him ; from whence all these extra- to find its own pigeon-house, that it ordinary events have since proceeded. had more than once returned to it from All these things have I done in scorn Arezzo, and even from Pisa. This of Master Manente, and in revenge for bird he had, unseen of anybody, conan injury once inflicted on me by his cealed within the vault, which he affather, in the Pieve San Stefano, which terwards closed up again so carefully, he inhabited ; which injury I was ne- that it seemed as if it had never been ver able to return upon him who had opened for the last ten years ; insocommitted it, by reason of a breviary much that the before-mentioned Sawhich he always carried about him cristan found himself obliged to have next his heart, in which breviary was recourse to his spade and mattock to inseribed the prayer of Saint Cyprian. enable him to remove the earth, and And now that ye may all know the lift the stone from its place ; which he truth of these words I speak to you, had no sooner accomplished, than, to go ye, and open the vault where the the astonishment and dismay of all pretended physician was buried; and present, this black pigeon, which had if ye do not there behold the most un- till then remained torpid, seeing the doubted tokens of that which I have light of the flambeaux, was awakened, now delivered to you, hold me for a and flew out of the vault, taking its liar and a juggler, and sever my head course through the air in the direction from my body."
of Careggi, where, in less than the The Vicar, and all present, had lis- eight part of an hour, it recovered its tened to this discourse very attentive- home in safety ly, while Master Manente, full of in- The Sacristan, at sight of this unexdignation and terror, looked at his pected occurrence, was so overcome by supposed tormentor as if he could terror, that he fell backwards, pulling have torn him to pieces, and at the the stone of the sepulchre after him, same time, like one in a dream, the so that he broke his leg in the fall, and by-standers, in like manner, not being was laid up for many days and weeks able to take their eyes off from him. in consequence of the accident. The Whereupon the Vicar, desirous of put- holy friars, and the greater part of the ting an end to this strange adventure, attendant multitude, ran back in the laid his commands upon two friars of direction of Santa Maria Maggiore, crySanta Croce, and two of Saint Mark's, ing out, “A miracle ! a miracle !” Some that they should go forthwith and ex- declared that there had issued forth amine the vault in question ; who, from the tomb a spirit, in likeness of having accordingly set themselves in a squirrel, but with wings. Others afmotion, were followed by many other firmed, that it was a fiery flying drafriars and priests, regular as well as se- gon; while others, again, would have cular, in great abundance. Nepo re- it, that it was a devil converted into a mained during this time in the church, bat. The greater part, however, agreed, in company with the Vicar and with that it was a little sucking dæmon; Master Manente, who, more and more and there were not wanting those who alarmed the longer he staid with them, were certain that they had seen its were now afraid to look him in the horns and its cloven feet. The Vicar, face, their minds misgiving them that and those who remained with him in he was either another Simon Magus, the church, were fully occupied with or at least a new Malagigi. In the the various reports of those who came meantime the deputed friars, with crowding back to them from without ; those who accompanied them, had and Nepo, availing himself of this reached the cemetery of Santa Maria confusion, and secretly favoured by Novella, where they sent for the Sa- Monaco and Lorenzo's servants, slipcristan, and caused him to open the ped away out of doors, and mounting
an excellent hack, which he had left gelo to take charge of the infant, and, standing for him at no great distance, in case of his refusal, the physician came back in safety to his own house, might adopt him ; or, if neither, then in Galationa, almost before his absence that it should be sent to the Innocents: had been discovered.
that the expenses of her confinement No sooner, however, had the Vicar should be entirely defrayed by Michel leisure enough to look round him, Angelo: that Master Manente should, and perceive the flight of the sorcer- in the meanwhile, re-enter into poser, than he began to cry with a loud session of his own house, and have his voice,“ Seize him, seize him, and let son restored to him; and that, at the him be burned for a witch and con- end of the term of her confinement, juror !" But when they were able no- Monna Brigida should return to live where to find him, they were all fully with him, and he be compelled to repersuaded that he had disappeared by ceive her back again, for better or worse, magic. The Vicar then commanded as if nothing had happened to disturb that the relics should be taken back to their conjugal felicity. the places from whence they had been This was applauded by all present brought; and, having dismissed the as a most righteous judgment; wherepriests and monks in attendance, re- upon the two goldsmiths and the phyturned (accompanied by Master Ma- sician returned their thanks with all nente) to the palace of the Medici. due humility, and forthwith departed,
Meanwhile, the Magnifico, who had in order to give effect to its provisions. been duly apprized of all that passed, And so complete was the reconciliaand made capital sport of it with a few tion, when all parties perceived that of his familiar acquaintance, when the it was in vain to think of placing matVicar came up to him, calling aloud ters on a different footing, that they for the officers of justice to be sent af- all supped together with Monna Briter Nepo de Galationa, to have him ap- gida that same evening, in the house prehended and burned for sorcery, said of Master Manente, Burchiello bearing to him only, “ Most Reverend Vicar, them company. His reverence the Vilet us, in God's name, proceed coolly in car was the only person among them this business of Nepo; but what say who did not appear to be satisfied, as you as to Master Manente?”—“I say, he had set his heart on making a bonverily,” answered the Vicar, “ that fire of the conjuror; but Lorenzo would there is no longer any manner of doubt not listen to him, and answered to all but that this is the very same, and that his solicitations, that it was much bethe never changed this life for another.” ter to pursue the affair no farther, and
“ That being the case,” rejoined the that, as for Nepo, it was quite in vain Magnifico, “I am now prepared to pass to think of taking him, since he could, sentence, to the end that these unfor
at any time he pleased, render himtunate litigants may at length be ex- self invisible, or change his figure intricated from this web of entangle to that of a serpent, or any other animents.” So saying, he sent for the mal, to the certain discomfiture of brother goldsmiths, (who came, al- those who attempted it—a power which though very reluctantly, seeing how was permitted him (doubtless) for some matters were likely to go against them,) wise purposes, although such as human and insisted on their forthwith ema reason was unable to fathom; added to bracing the long-lost Manente; after which, the danger of provoking so great which he gave judgment to the ef- an adversary was by no means to be fect following, (viz.) That for the re- overlooked or despised; all which hamainder of that day Michel Angelo ving duly considered, his reverence, should remain in possession, for the (who was in the main a good-natured, purpose of packing up all the goods easy man, by no means difficult to be and chattels which he had brought persuaded), entered at last into all his with him into the house of the physi- views, and declared himself fully concian: that Monna Brigida, with only vinced that it was the best and safest four shifts, besides her gown and pete course to think no more about it. Inticoat, should withdraw to the house deed, the last of the reasons assigned of her brother Niccolajo, and there re- by Lorenzo more powerfully affected main till she was brought to bed : that the good Vicar than any of the preafter that event had taken place, it ceding; nor could he help being appreshould be in the option of Michel An- hensive that he had already incurred
the chastisement of some grievous ma- for the occasion ; and very frequently lady by his mere proposal for the ar- observed, in allusion to it, that the pear rest of the sorcerer ; insomuch that, which the father eats is apt to set ox until his dying day, nobody ever heard edge the teeth of the son~a saying which him, from that time forward, so much passed into a proverb, and has remainas pronounce the name of Nepo, or ed amongst us to the present day. Nor give the least hint of such a person's was be at any time, so long as he liexistence.
ved, undeceived on this subject, alIt is unnecessary to say more with though not only Burchiello, but Loregard to the remaining actors of this renzo himself, as well as Monaco, and eventful drama, than that Lorenzo's the grooms, very often delighted themjudgment was punctually carried into selves and their friends, by recounting execution, and that, Monna Brigida the whole history of this most admihaving, in due time, given birth to a rable of hoaxes. He was, moreover, so male offspring, the worthy goldsmith thoroughly persuaded of the efficacy of acknowledged it, and brought it up as the prayer of Saint Cyprian, in counhis own until his death, which hap- teracting the effects of witchcraft, that pening about ten years after, the boy he not only always carried it about his was then placed in the monastery of own person, as a preservative, but Santa Maria Novella, and in process made his Brigida wear it also. And of time was admitted into that holy (to conclude) the worthy doctor lived brotherhood, where he became distin- many years afterwards with his loving guisbed for learning, and a celebrated mate, in all joy and contentedness, inpreacher, for his acute reasoning and su- creasing in wealth and in children, gared eloquence known among the peo- and, every year, so long as his life ple by the appellation of Fra Succhiel- lasted, celebrated the festival of Saint lo. As for Master Manente, he never Cyprian, whom he adopted for his own believed otherwise than in the whole tutelary saint, and ever held him in truth of the story fabricated by Nepo the highest veneration.
THE UNKNOWN GRAVE.
Man comes into the world like morning mushrooms, soon thrusting up their heads into
the air, and conversing with their kindred of the same production, and as soon they turn into dust and forgetfulncss.—JEREMY Taylor.
Who sleeps below? who sleeps below ?
It is a question idle all ! -
Say, do they heed, or hear thy call ?
Their fostering warmth, and radiance bright;
With piercing floods, and hues of night,
From Southern climes, or where the Pole,
The howling billows as they roll ?
Was he of high or low degree?
Did grandeur smile upon his lot ?
Dwelt he within some lowly cot,
Bowed down, and bent by hoary eld,
And the dim eye-hall sight with-held;
Were vanish'd like a morning dream ;
And scatter'd in oblivion's stream;
When round him throng'd his children young, When bright eyes gush'd with burning tears,
And anguish dwelt on every tongue,
Came the swift bolt that dash'd him down ;
In beauty, deem'd him all her own, And forward look'd to happier years Than ever bless'd their vale of tears ?
Perhaps he perish'd for the faith,
One of that persecuted band,
To free from mental thrall the land,
Say, was he one to science blind,
A groper in Earth's dungeon dark ? -
Did, in the fair creation, mark
Hush, wild surmise !-'tis vain-'tis vain
The Summer flowers in beauty blow,
O'er some old bones that rot below;
Then, what is life, when thus we see
No trace remains of life's career Mortal! whoe'er thou art, for thee
A moral lesson gloweth here; Put'st thou in aught of earth thy trust ? 'Tis doom'd that dust shall mix with dust.
What doth it matter then, if thus,
Without a stone, without a name,
We float not on the breath of fame;
And earthly coils, it bursts away ;-
And spurning off its bonds of clay,
As if at death thy being died ;
To draw thy steps from truth aside
SKETCH OF THE REVOLUTION IN MEXICO.
TO CHRISTOPHER NORTH, ESQ. SIR, I beg leave to offer you a sketch of one of the numerous American Revolutions, drawn up from authentic sources in the country itself. I am well aware of the indifference, I might almost say disgust, with which South American or Mexican politics used to be received by the public; and I by no means wish you to give this sketch a place, if such be still the general feeling. Nevertheless, there are one or two features in the Mexican Revolution which distinguish it from all those of Chili, Peru, &c. First, the circumstance of the change having been brought about principally by Spanish officers, and eventually receiving its confirmation at the hands of a Spanish Viceroy of high character, and who either acted from the most culpable weakness, the most unnational liberality of political spirit, or the deepest treachery. Secondly, there having been little or no bloodshed, nor any confiscations of property, nor any arrests, nor any extensive enthusiasm on either side and, finally, the singular mixture of moderation and ambition in the Chief, who certainly wished to possess kingly authority ; but who, throughout, conducted himself with so much temper and forbearance, and shewed so much real goodness and kindness, and was always so much more ready to forgive bis political enemies than to crush them, that it is difficult to view him as a common usurper.
I have many thanks to return you for the gratification your Magazine afforded me in those distant regions, for I was sure to find it in all those places where the dawning light of knowledge was beginning to appear.
Your most obedient Servant,
ABOUT the middle of 1820, accounts by their own feelings on the subject, rewere received in Mexico of the revo- solved to resist, if possible, this change, lution in Spain, and it was soon made by force of the army under their ora known that orders had been sent to ders. The popular sentiment, as may Apodacca, the Viceroy, to proclaim the be supposed, was against such a proConstitution to which Ferdinand the ject; and the seeds of an extensive reSeventh had sworn. But it appears volt were in this way unconsciously that Apodacca, as well as some of the sown by the very persons who, of all principal generals, either acting under others, it may be supposed, had the secret orders from Spain, or prompted interests of the mother country most