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terprise, and as to the permanency of its re- for Venice, Milan, and above all, for the Tysults. To establish Buonapartism without a rol, Salzbourg, and the territory he prevailed Buonaparte is a senseless and false notion.”' on Bavaria to return. Austria has now, thanks There was in all this a profound knowledge to him, a compact body of kingdoms and provof the French character, and an honest desire inces, with more than 30,000,000 of inhabitto maintain order and to prevent war. ants.
Although the Prince de Metternich is so To the Russian government the prince has much occupied with the important duties of been generally obnoxious. Whilst he has ochis varied and high offices, still he finds time cupied himself with the policy and plans of for the chase, for his family circle, and for Russia, the government of St. Petersburg, in the pleasures of conversation. To the chase its turn, has kept its eye steadily fixed on the he is passionately attached, and I believe even Austrian chancellor. It has felt that no one to this hour has not resigned his favorite en- could frustrate its plans so easily and so cerjoyment. To his children, who are many of tainly as the prince, and that by his varied them young and handsome, he is devoted. combinations he could alternately excite the And as to the delights of a family circle and jealousy of Prussia, France, and Great Britain, domestic joys, no heart is more sensible of against the policy of Russia. This, indeed, he them than is that of this distinguished man. has done, and but for Prince de Metternich With regard to conversation, he is not only and his policy, Russia would, ere this, have peculiarly happy in his conversational pow- made a determined effort to place her southers, but he directs his observations on almost ern capital on the shores of the Bosphorus. all occasions to subjects of an elevating and But I must draw iny Reminiscences of the improving character. As the evening draws Prince to a close, and I shall do so by recallto a close, his mind appears to gain a strong- ing some of the leading events of his long and er and more vigorous tone, and his ordinary memorable life. conversation at those moments is even elo- The Prince de Metternich was frequently, quent. Yet all this proceeds without dog- especially to foreign diplomatists, in the habit matism or pretension, and the happy circle of saying, “ The Emperor Francis II. has a breaks up under the magic spell of the enlight- firm will. If I had the misfortune to mistake ened, lively, convincing, and interesting con- the path he directs, I should not remain minversation of a man who, during the last sixty ister for a day.” In the affairs of the Lombardyears, has seen all, observed all, known all, Venetian kingdom; at the congress of Aix-laand forgotten nothing.
Chapelle in 1818; at the congress assembled In the art of penetrating the weak points by him in the summer of 1819 at Carlsbad; of bis superiors, and making himself necessa- at the congress of Vienna in 1820, and at ty to their frailties, the Prince de Metternich Trappau in the same year ; at Laybach in has shown himself a master. It was in the 1821, in suppressing the insurrections of Namidst of revelry during the congress of Vien- ples and Piedmont, Prince de Metternich may na that the Emperor Alexander grew tired of certainly be said to have managed all the nethe fastidious bacchanalia. When the Prince gotiations and affairs of the empire, and in de Metternich perceived this, all the gor- many respects influenced those of all the abgeous tournaments, balls, and dinners, were at solute states of Europe, Russia alone exceptonce superseded by petitts soirécs, given by ed. On returning from the congress of Layhimself, at which the Princess de CI
bach he was elevated by the emperor to the was the queen. The emperor was much highest office of the empire, that of chanstruck by her beauty and fascinations, but cellor, at the same time retaining that of her family withdrew her from Vienna. The even greater power, minister of foreign Prince de Metternich, aware of the influence affairs. which her conversation exercised over the In October following, on the accession of mind of the emperor, still contrived to secure George IV. to the throne of Great Britain, her presence at Trappau and Laybach, to nei- Prince de Metternich visited Hanover to meet ther of which probably would his majesty have that monarch. In Cctober 1822 he opened proceeded but from the expectation of there the congress of Verona; soon after he was seeing her. All was purity and virtue, but created a grandee of Spain, first class; and the illustrious lady in question so spell-bound in September following he accompanied the the monarch that, with her aid, the Austrian Emperor of Austria to meet the Russian emchancellor contrived to drive away ennui from peror at Ezernowitz. His first wife's ill the monarch, and kept him to the great ques- health induced him to visit Paris with her, tions which had constantly to come before but she died in 1825, aged fifty, leaving him him until all were settled.
one son, who died three years after, and two Austria is indebted to Prince de Metternich daughters, now living. From Paris the prince
proceeded to Milan, and from thence to the princess shed a brilliancy over these enteropening of the Hungarian diet. In October tainments. 1826 the president of the state conference, As a domestic man, the character of Prince Count Zichy Ferraris, died, and to him suc- de Metternich stands high, and I believe he ceeded Prince de Metternich. He married considers it a proof of having been blessed in in November 1827 Mary Antoine, Countess the inarried state that he has sought happiness of Beilstein. This beautiful and fascinating in another marriage after the loss of a wife princess died two years after, aged twenty- (however devotedly beloved) as soon three years, leaving him one son, Prince Rich-observance of the ordinary intermission perard Clement.
mitted. His second princess is said to have In the affairs of Italy the Prince de Metter- been one of the most beautiful women in Eunich has maintained the principle of inter fer- rope. If an exquisite portrait of her which ence, and afterwards, in respect to Poland, to exists at Vienna, full of expression and loveprevent the insurrection extending to the old liness, be a resemblance, she must indeed section of that kingdom, which the partition have been so. gave to Austria, he sent Field-marshal Stut
The present princess is only thirty six, and terhein with 50,000 men to the frontiers. Ga- looks much younger. Her countenance is lizia was afterwards subjected to very arbitra- full of expression and fascination. Her two ry treatment on the ground that it had cor- children, with the son by the last princess, responded with the liberal societies of France. run up to her altogether, as if the three were In regard to the assistance rendered in men by the same mother, and she receives them and supplies to the Poles by Galizia, no public with the same tenderness. In the day-time or prosecuting notice was taken by Prince de they rush out into the garden, exercise themMetternich, while the Prussian subjects who selves with juvenile spades, wheelbarrows, and assisted the Poles were afterwards punished various implements; they return back often by their government.
climbing over the prince's shoulders, and then In January 1831 the prince married Me- bound off to their “mutter” the princess. lania Maria Antonia, Countess of Ferraris, The eldest daughter by the first marriage is born in 1803 and daughter of his predecessor married to Count Starnieza; the second prinin the office of president of state conference. cess, Hermenia, is young and unmarried, and By her he has two lovely children.
still lives with her father; both are of a deliSince the Prince de Metternich commenc- cate cast of beauty, graceful and amiable, ed public life, fifty years of the most eventful with manners somewhat retiring and perfectly in history have elapsed. Three emperors unaffected. of the house of Hapsburg have passed from As a diplomatist, Prince de Metternich althe earth since his inanhood; three kings of ways says that a frank declared manner is the France and one French emperor-one of the most honorable and the most successful. number by violence-and an emperor and How few observe this in practice; how few another king both of them in exile, have also there are who are not lost through that vanity passed away during the same period. Three which is instantly perceived by sagacious and kings of England, two emperors of all the Rus- skilful negotiators! The qualifications necessias, and many other sovereigns, besides states-sary for an able diplomatist are neither more men, including our Pitts, Foxes, Liverpools, nor less than firmness of character, sound Castlereaghs, and Cannings, all of whom judgment, energy, sagacity, and a perfect were personally known to Prince de Metter knowledge of the resources and powers of his nich, are also mouldering in the dust; but own and especially of foreign countries. With their great names survive them. The chan-these, and a capacity to understand the charcellor of Austria still retains the physical acter of other men, and the habitude of agreeand intellectual vigor of manhood, health, able manners, a frank, not garrulous, but honstrength, memory, vision, speech, sagacity, est minister, will, in the end, baffle all the and energy unimpaired. His knowledge of cunning and artifice of the ablest disciplinacharacter is remarkable, no man can estimate rian of the Machiavelian school. more accurately the cóipacity both of the de- My task is completed. My Reminiscences parted and of the yet living diplomatists and of the prince are closed. I have portrayed statesmen of Europe and America-of the him with fidelity. Great as a minister, a diPozzo di Borgos, the Talleyrands, the Nes- plomatist, and a statesman; wonderful at Viselrodes, and the Wellingtons.
enna, and cold and reserved at Rastadt; inAt his weekly soirées the most interesting, timately acquainted with all the events of all because the most instructive in Vienna, his countries during the most interesting and frankness, and even his simplicity of manners, memorable period of modern history. As a always delight. The beauty and esprit of the diplomatic writer, able, clear, concise; as an
Austrian, never forgetful that he owes his first I thought by reflected effulgence to shine, care and obedience to the emperor; as a Ger-| And deemed that his wit might do duty fór mine ; man, never forgetful that the “ fatherland” is Stand amazed how his choice should be fixed upon
Vain hope--all his friends, I can easily see, "one” as against all other lands; as a conscientious supporter of absolute monarchies, I fail in light banter, or sage conversation, attentive to the physical wants of the people; I am never prepared with a happy quotation,
And they say in their hearts--- What a clog and a as an enemy to all revolutions, moderate,
ban but decided and consistent in his meas- Is a common-place wife to a Popular Man!” ures and in his reserve. A hater of war, a lover of peace, an enemy to political liberty, Meanwhile, like a cherished young queen on her
throne a friend to local and provincial rights, a believ
Is the bride lately wedded to Benjamin Drone; er in the Christian religion, a zealous Ro- She sings in fair style, and he hangs on her strain manist, an upright citizen, an affectionate As though Malibran charmed a wrapt audience husband, a devoted father, a man of great nat- again; ural powers and of vast acquirements; a sin- She writes album lyrics with passable taste,
And he deems L . L. to the world is replaced ; cere friend, a decided foe-not to persons, Poor girl !—what shrewd eyes her pretensions but to principles-an obedient subject, and a
would scan, lover of justice and truth. This is the Prince Were she known as the wife of a Popular Man! de Metieruich!
Our scanty finances grow weekly more low,
BY MRS. ABDY.
THE WIFE OF A POPULAR MAN. A moment's attention I rarely can find
From these high-flown etherial “ daughters of
mind," Save my raised fevered flush gives the cheering
presumption From the Metropolitan.
That I glow with the deep hectic tint of consump
tion ! Oh! what grief in my family circle was shown,
Then, my symptoms by each anxious damsel are When I wrote a refusal to Benjamin Drone,
reckoved, Young, handsome, good-natured, of character clear, who longs to become Mrs. Brightly the second, And owning estates of three thousand a year :
And would fain see the days dwindled down to a Mamma gave me heart-stricken looks through the
Of the wife so ill-matched with a Popular Man. Like Jenny's sad mother in “ Auid Robin Gray,” But the thought in my head unremittingly ran
Learn wisdom, dear girls, at another's expense, That my hand would be sought by a Popular Man! And smile on the suitor of plain homely sense;
You may still take an interest (tempered by rea. My lover all tastes and all fancies must hit,
son) Uniting the scholar, the sage, and the wit;
In the bard of the boudoir, the star of the seasonAt home with the gay and the grave he must be,
Nay, sometimes rejoice such a partner to get
In the acted charade, gallopade, or duet ;
With society's idol-.the Popular Man!
Dost MAHOMET has been shot dead at Cabool by And mine was converted to withering leaves, order of the Prince of Believers, the Khan of When the process of stern disenchantment began, Bokhara. It is stated that the Khan sent several Known too well by each wife of a Popular Man. papers with his own seal to Cabool, stating that
whoever should kill the Dost would go to heaven. I find Brightly's spirits are ever in tune
This event will probably lead to a suspension of At the lecture-room, library, hall, and saloon; any effort on the part of the Affghans to occupy No shadow presumes o'er his genius to come, Peshower; but the event will probably be, that Till it casis off its visiting habit at home;
Cabool itself will fall a prey to Bokhara. There, the envied possessor of fame universal The Marwar succession has been settled in favor Divides the dull hours between sloth and rehearsal ; of Ahmednuggur. Tuklıl Singh has been unaniThere, toils the bon-mots and impromptus to plan, mously elected King of Marwar, and his son accomThat the world daily claims from the Popular Man. panies him as Prince Royal - Gentleman's Mag.
From the Athenæum.
cannon before the castle, and bewails the TIIE LIVING POLITICAL POETS OF GER- fate of that old warrior, which once perhaps MANY.
thundered victoriously at Austerlitz or Moscow, but now is doomed to act the poet-lau
reate and pronounce birth-day odes. FeelThe Cosmopolitan Watchman is a witty, ing himself something like the old cannon, as well as a brawny fellow. He rambles, at passing his time rather lazily, he marches first, round his native town, and makes ob- out at the city-gate, and sets forth on his servations and comparisons, which, had he tour of the world.
There is much bitter sarcasm in his home then and there given vent to them, would have cut his nocturnal perambulations very
sketches, and sometimes a passing exhibition short. He sets out with this very comforta- of that want of reverence for sacred things ble soliloquy :
with wbich the whole class of Young Ger
many has been charged; but, once abroad, The last faint twinkle now goes out
the Watchman casts away his cloak and Up in the poet's attic;
horn, is amazed at his own metamorphosis, And the roisterers, in merry rout,
and rises into the noble critic and vigorous Speed home with steps erratic.
and losty poet. His Welt-gang or WorldSoft from the house-roofs showers the snow, wandering, divided into seven stations, inThe vane creeks on the steeple,
cluding seven of the principal states of GerThe lanterns wag and glimmer low
many In the storm by the hurrying people.
The various moral and political
characteristics of these states are touched off The houses all stand black and still,
with a masterly hand. Frankfort, the city The churches and taverns deserted, of Jews and diplomatists; Jews who have And a body may now wend at bis will, enslaved all the monarchs and states of With his own fancies diverted.
Christendom, and ministers who have enNot a squinting eye now looks this way,
slaved Germany. He warns the proud city, Not a slanderous mouth is dissembling, lest the Jews one day build a Christian And a heart that has slept the livelong day quarter, and lock up the Christians, as they May now love and hope with trembling.
once locked up the Jews. In Hanover he Dear night! thou foe to each base end,
sees the destroyer of the constitution surWhile the good still a blessing p:ove thee, rounded by sycophants, to whom he expressThey say that thou art no man's friend, es his contempt of a people who can submit Sweet Night! how I therefore love thee !
to fawn on the hand which filched away
their rights, and a blind youth riding, whose Being thus cynically inclined, the Watch- horse is led by a rein attached to the rein of man does not lack food for his gall. He an attendant's steed, and asks, “ Who shall passes the prison, and finds only the poor guide the steed of government for him when rogues there—the madhouse, and thinks he the old man is gone ?" The jealous and knows of madder mortals--the church, but it pitiful policy of the smaller princedoms is is not there that he makes his confessions. hit off in the following lines :Here, there is a house, full of light, joy, and
In the royal playhouse lately dancing; at the door freezing servants and Sate our honored prince sedately, starving steeds. He wonders what the fine When this amusing thing befell, folks would think of him should he suddenly As the paper states it well. enter with lantern, spear, and horn, and hat
Taking from bis usual station and cloak coated with snow-flakes; and asks
Through his lorgnette observation, himself whether he be as actual a man as Straight his eagle eye did hit any of his gay crew. At the next house he On a stranger in the pit. perceives there is no need of him: another watchman stands by the door : it is Death!
Such stranger ne'er was seen before,
A blue-striped shirt the fellow wore ; The father of the family is in his last agony. His neckerchief tri-colored stuff, Another step shows him the poet aloft in his Ground for suspicion quite enough! garret,—the bookworm, the verse-spinner,
His face was red as s'in at rising, the thought-manufacturer, who steals about
And bore a scar of breadth surprising ; by day, while the knowing ones shake their
His beard was bushy, round, and short, heads, and call him by the opprobious epi- Just of the forbidden Hambach sort. thets of Bard and Poet ! A lost child of
Quick to the Prince's brow there mounted humanity passes him. He does not look in her face, lest he should see some one fallen
Frowns, though he did not want them counted,
But aski d the Chamberlain quite low, from " high estate.” He seats himself on a Who is that fellow ? do you know?
The Chamberlain, though most observant, licemen and slaves of the police,—who reKnew not, so asked the Prince's servant;
stores Arndt to his professorship because he The valet, to supply the want,
has done all the mischief that he can, and Asked counsellor and adjutant.
expels Hoffmann von Fallenleben from his No soul could give the slightest notion, - professorship for the very same crime of libThe nobles all were in commotion;
eral opinion,—who fills his city with great Strange whispers through the boxes ran,
nanies, but does not allow them to utter And all about the stranger man.
great truths,—who kneels with Mrs. Fry in “ His highness talks of Propagand
Newgate, and breakfasts with her, a dissenter, Forth with the villain from the land !
and yet continues to compel, by his forcible Woe to him if he make delay
compression of the Lutheran church into the I' the city but another day !"
Evangelical mould, thousands annually to Thus the police began exclaiming,
abandon their native land-this man, our With sacred zeal all over flaming.
Watchman reminds of his promises, and tells But soon his highness gave the hint,
him that kings should not be witty, but speak None but himself should meddle in't.
plain, honest truths. He sees in the great One of his servants he despatches
city of Accomplishment and Test, as he Down to the fellow, while he watches,
calls Berlin, but hollow splendor and hollow And bids him ask him, blunt and free,
hearts; poverty and lies in the streets with Who, and what, and whence he be ?
painted cheeks; sycophants, who bow to the After some minutes' anxious waiting,
cross, but still more deeply to the crosses Staring below, and calculating,
(the Orders); he sees Tieck, and Rückert, With knowing, but demurest face,
Cornelius, and many another great name, Comes back the lackey to his Grace.
filling up the number of the motley tribe of
literati and artists, but protests that genius * Your Highness !" says he in a whisper, “ He calls himself John Jacob Risper;
cannot walk long on stilts and crutches; that Travels in mustard for his house !"
the laurel can easily wither on old heads, and “ Hush! not a word ! to man or mouse !" that only young and fresh spirits can pluck
the fruit from the tree of the present time Our Watchman escapes from these petty and turns his back on the city. princedoms, where one mighty potentate
Instead of his masterly sketches of Vienna, maintains an army of fifty men ! literally, where he addresses a fine and spirited ode and yet has his sentinels marching as sol
to Count Auersperg, concluding-emnly before his gates as the Czar of all the Russias himself. He escapes to the
Happy thou canst not be-ah! wherefore wert thoa where he breaks forth into glorious pæans on
great ? its might, majesty, and genuine greatness, let us give a few stanzas as a specimen from that we fain would translate :
theIt storms! it rages! haste, the cliff-top scale ! Gaze througli the night, blasphemer, bow thy Yes ! thou art lovely with thy rose-crowned brow, will,
The bloom of passion on thy radiant face, Thine head to earth, with joy and terror pale,
When past thou fliest in the dance, as now, That is the sea! look, tremble, and be still !
Amid youth's eager glance and fond embrace.
To sink, forgetful of the world, to rest So enraptured is he with the sea, that he Within thy arms, by thy enchantments bound, declares he will pass over to free England, And tempt ev'n gods to tread this dangerous ground. will marry a fisher-girl, and live a pilot in a smoking hut on the coast ; but his patriotism But woman, I do fly thec,- I will not draws him, and he hastens on to Munich, Kneel to thee, of thy convert throng make one ;where, like all Germans, he condemns what Potiphar's wife !--thy purple tempts me not
go my mantle !- for I will begone! the king has done for Art, because he has Before my vision floats a holier light; not done it for Liberty too; Berlin, where A chaster form, my spirit's purest bride! he lets loose his fury on the king, who is Us life, and truth, and poetry unitecalled the tantalizer of modern Germany. By German vows eternally allied. This strange monarch, who would fain have Her eye is beautiful, though less than thine ; the reputation of a liberal with the reality of it beams with peace, but thine with wild desire ; a despot, who voluntarily promises a consti- Thy kiss is flame, but hers, if not divine, tution on his coronation, and then tells his is a pure, breathing, and engladdening fire. people that they are not ready for it,—who Thou dragg'st thy lovers down from hour to hour, establishes universal education, but takes She soars aloft with glorifying power, care to make his schoolmasters at once po- And bears me with her in her dear embrace. May, 1844.
DEPARTURE FROM VIENNA.