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even by the interest of the survivors, by the even his life was not considered out of danger; public health, would have passed for a crime, and during his whole existence, the remembrance and he who had been guilty of such imprudence of that dreadful night caused him the most painwould have paid for it with his life!
sul emotion. One of the first victims of the massacre was Charles Beaumanois de Lavardin, whose sole the Count de la Rochefoucauld, a nobleman crime was heresy, being no longer safe in his who, by his virtues, had acquired general esteem, house, sought a hiding-place at the residence and for whom the king himself appeared to en- of his friend, Pierre Loup, procureur au parliatertain much regard.
ment; the latter, consulting only his heart
, alive Charles, in a moment of involuntary gene- to every generous sentiment, received the Calrosity, had even sought to retain him at the vinist, and promised to do all in his power to Louvre that fatal night; but the count refused, save him from the dreadful fate that menaced and the monarch, fearing to excite his suspi- him. cions by pressing him too closely, finished by The retreat of the heretic was soon known; turning his instances into pleasantry, and, with the house of the procureur was besieged by a the most atrocious coolness, said,
band of wretches, who broke the windows with “Eh, bien! cher comte; you will not be sur- stones, and, with horrible howlings and impre. prised, if, this very night, I cause you to be cations, declared, that if the refugee was not inawoke, and inflict upon you a slight correction, stantly delivered up to them, they would massato punish you for the rebellion of which you are cre all the inhabitants of the house, orthodox or guilty this evening !"
others. Pierre, at first, essayed to pacify the The count was far from imagining the horri- barbarians, or, at least, to moderate their fury: ble threat comprised in those few words; he but, finding that he excited rather than aptook leave of the sovereign, and returned to his peased it, hotel.
Well," said he to them, “krow, then, that Awoke in the middle of the night by men in heresy has not a more ardent enemy than I am; masks, who dragged him violently from his bed, and if I have not sooner proclaimed it to you, he at first felt no alarm, thinking it was merely it was to convince myself of your zeal, and to the execution of the king's pleasantry, to punish be assured that religion and the king had not him, as he had laughingly said, for his refusal. more valiant, more incorruptible defenders than A sword-wound he received in the arm con- yourselves. Having proved the devoted zeal vinced him, however, that it was an attempt on that animates you, I now declare that I only dehis life, and he endeavored to defend himself. coyed the Huguenot, Lavardin, to my house But what chance had he against a dozen armed to prevent his escaping my just vengance elseassassins ? La Barge, gentilhomme auvergnat, where; in a few hours, my friends, he shall have who commanded the ruffians, and who had al-ceased to exist." ready wounded him, struck him such a furious "He must die this very instant,” cried the blow in the throat, that he fell, and, with a deep chief of the band. groan, expired. The king, informed of these “I know that he can make important reveladetails, evinced no emotion, and yet this prince tions,” resumed the procureur, 6 and I hope to loved La Rochefoucauld, as much as such a obtain them. It is, therefore, in the interest of cruel tyrant was capable of entertaining a senti- the good cause that his death should be rement in accordance with humanity. To recom- tarded for some hours. Grant me this delay, I pense La Barge for his crime, he was permitted entreat you!" to pillage the hotel of his victim, and to share “Be it so," replied the bravo; “but do not the spoil with his myrmidons.
suppose that you can deceive us. A part of Brion, who had attained his eightieth year, my followers shall remain here, and woe to equally respectable by his talents and virtues, yourself if you seek to save him whose head we was governor of the Prince de Conti, brother of require !" the Prince de Condé. But he was a heretic. He then withdrew, leaving a susficient force to Pursued by the wretches sent to abridge, by a watch the house, who remained like serpents horrible crime, the few days that, in the course waiting for their pray. The generous magisof nature, remained to him, he took refuge in trate, however, nothing daunted, had still hopes the apartment of his pupil, and, pressing him in of saving bis guest, when a summons came, in his arms, implored the affrighted boy to inter- the king's name, immediately to deliver up the cede for him.
unfortunate Lavardin, under the penalty of beThe young prince, holding out his innocent ing himself considered as a rebel, and treated hands to the murderers, conjured them, with the as such. most piteous cries, to spare his venerable gov- The struggle became hopeless, useless; in saernor. His tears flowed in vain, his prayers crisicing himself for the proscribed heretic, he were unheard; his promises disregarded. could not save the former's life; he therefore
Brion was poniarded in the arms of his pupil, was obliged to communicate to him the rigorous who was covered with his blood.
orders he had just received. The cries of the youthful prince re-echoed The unsortunate, to whom he just conveyed through the palace, and it was only by violence the inevitable sentence of death, threw himself that they could force him from the inanimate into the arms of his attempted liberator, exform of his beloved tutor. The horrible scene claiming impressed itself so strongly on his memory, that “Generous man! Heaven forbid that I should it was frequently re-produced in his dreams. render you a victim of your devotedness! I The shock was so great, that for a long time should be more culpable than the wretches who
seek my life, if I longer exposed you to their “What! You think me mad enough to hazfury. Adieu !"
ard my life, for it would be nothing less than He then presented himself to the assassins, that, for such a paltry sum! It seems to me and boldly said:
that you might value your own somewhat “I am ready. Obey the king's orders. I have higher.” always respected them myself."
“I fear that you may require more than it is Ai the same instant several of the ruffians in my power to give." rushed on him, bound his hands and feet, and “I will do nothing for less than three thouthen dragged him, bleeding, under the windows sand golden ecus." of the Louvře; for it was there, that the principal “ May I rely upon you; and you shall have chiefs of the heresy were taken to be immolated them ?» beneath their sovereign's eyes. Before he had “ Yes—for that sum I will fulfil your wishes arrived there, Lavardin was insensible; they exactly.' stabbed him, however, in several places, and “Follow me, and I will begin by realizing threw his body into the river.
my promise." The Captain Michel, one of the most famous, * Before all, what must I say to the king ?" and most cruel, of the slaughterers, had received “ That I have the most important revelations orders to proceed to the dwelling of Pierre de la to make to him, in respect to the conspiracy of Place, president of the Cour des Aides de Paris, which we are accused. and murder him.
“Bah! who knows better than he does, that To his sanguinary habits Michel added the this pretended conspiracy is but a pretext to get most insatiable cupidity. La Place hoped, that rid of you all ?" by satisfying this last passion he might prevail “And you yourself are convinced of it." upon the murderer to save his life. He there- "Certainly." fore entreated a moment's private interview "Neverthelesswith him, assuring the wretch that he had some- “We are commanded, and it is our duty to thing to say which was of great importance to obey.". him, Michel. The selfishness of the latter led La Place could not help shuddering with him to acquiesce in the prayer of his devoted horror at such reasoning; it would have been victim; he then made his accomplices withdraw dangerous to show it; this he knew, and reout of hearing, having first made himself quite mained silent. He then put the promised gold sure that the president had no offensive weapon into the hands of the rapacious ruffian, over about him.
whose features passed a frightful and sinister “What have you to say to me ?" demanded smile; he, however, kept his this worthy instrument of the vengeance of Medicis.
« Word of promise to the ear, "I seek to ransom my life, by making your
And broke it to the hope.” fortune," replied the proscribed magistrate.
“My orders are precise; and my punishment Michel having with difficulty persuaded his ferocertain, if I derogate from them, or am even sus- cious accomplices to wait, proceeded to place his pected," replied the cunning brigand.
ill-gotten treasure in safety, and then went to the “I will furnish you the means of saving me, king, to tell his tale. in such a way that you shall incur no suspicion In the meantime La Place, left alone in his study, of having aided me?"
fell on his knees, and offered up a fervent prayer " That alters the case. But if I concur in your to heaven, to save him from his enemies. He wishes, what recompense shall I receive, and then touched a secret spring behind the tapeswhat am I to do to gain it ?"
try, the prison-door flew open, he descended a " I will begin by answering your last ques- dark passage, and hastened to his wife's chamtion. You will say to your
ihat is, to those ber, to communicate to her his hopes of escaping who are with you, that it is necessary to make his enemies. Trembling, doubting, distracted, the king acquainted with the revelations I have between fear and hope, his tender partner atmade to you; that they are of a nature requir- tached to the sleeves of his coat, and upon his ing an interview with his majesty, and that you hat, several bits of paper, in the form of crosses, feel it to be your duty to retard the moment of such as the Catholics wore, not to be confounded my execution."
with the Huguenots, which, however, did not * Suppose I consent to tell this falsehood, it prevent many of those who bore these badges of will not save you; it can only prolong your ex- the “true faith” from being sacrificed. istence for a few hours."
Enveloped in the ample folds of his cloak, La " You will give me my study for prison, leave Place left his hotel by a little door opening upon me alone, and place as many guards as you an almost desert street, and proceeded to gain think proper at the door. You will then go to the residence of his friend, the Sire de Crespy. It the king, for the purpose of communicating what was necessary for him, however, to pass along I am supposed to have told you; ere you return, the most populous quarters of the metropolis to I shall be in safety."
arrive there, and what horrible spectacles, O "I understand, you will save yourself God! met his sight, ere, through many “hairby some secret passage. 'Tis well; but I in- breadth 'scapes," he reached the dwelling of his car imminent risk in thus serving you, and you anticipated friend in need! He knocked, but have not yet named the price of my com- before they opened, his name was required: he plaisance."
pronounced it; a dead silence ensued; he knock- A thousand ecus d'or."
ed again, but no proscribed head was suffered to enter there, even under the sacred ægis of “Come along, then,” repeated the ruffians. friendship. Casting around him a melancholy La Place, on taking his hat, perceived the palook, the lips of the poor fugitive murmured the per-cross which was still affixed to it, and tore it word Ingrat, and then, lowering his hat over his off'; not from any irreligious feeling, but because eyes, he went to seek an asylum elsewhere. he was convinced that it could not now protect His instances were equally fruitless with other him. friends. Fear had closed every heart to the - The wretch !" cried Sennecé," he has proimplorings of pity, every one trembled for his faned the sacred sign of the redemption." own safety, and acts of devotedness and heroism The rest of the fanatic gang joined in chorus were extremely rare during that dread period. with their chief, and rushing upon the prisoner,
Rejected on all sides, and having in vain at- threw him down, bruised him with their feet, and tempted to quit Paris, La Place, apprehensive of tied his hands so tight behind his back, that the being recognised, was compelled to return cord penetrated their victim's flesh. They then home.
forced him to get up, and walk in the midst of His wife had at first counted with terror, then them, through an infuriated populace, drunk with hope, the long hours that had elapsed since with human gore and carnage, who pelted him his absence. She at length believed that heaven with dirt, and every moment threatened to tear had granted her prayers, and was about to offer him in pieces. Each time he staggered from up her thanks, when her husband again stood be- feebleness of body, he met the sharp-pointed halfore her. The paleness of his visage, the despair berds or the swords of his destined murderers, of his soul reflected on his features, all presaged who ceased not to excite still more the fury of to his afflicted companion the sad reality. the enraged multitude, crying,
“What!" exclaimed she, receiving him in her “ He has trampled on the cross !-he has arms, "the cruel ones have then repulsed blasphemed !" thee?"
Most of the passers-by cast stones at him, and “ Yes! all.... I come to give up my head to some even threw at him the gory limbs of the the executioners; my death is inevitable.” victims with which the streets of the capitol were
At this moment, a loud crashing was heard; strewed.. Arrived in the Rue de la Verrerie, the doors of the hotel were burst open, and, with this horrible cortège was increased by several horrible menaces and imprecations, the savage bravoes, who fell upon the half-dead Calvinist, fanatics rushed in.
and put an end to his torments, by stabbing him Michel had, however, been to the king, but to death. Scarcely had he fallen ere the monthe latter knew too well that La Place could sters rushed upon the palpitating corse, cut it in have nothing to reveal, and reproached the pieces, with which they made a bonfire, and captain for his little zeal: he then ordered round which they danced, singing, hymns of Sennecé, prevot de l'hotel, to go and seize the thankfulness and joy, imploring heaven to president, and conduct him to the Louvre. strengthen its agents of justice and vengeance,
Sennecé understood the import of these last to enable them to achieve the glorious and holy words, and immediately hastened to execute the undertaking it had inspired them with from on royal commands. His surprise was extreme at high. not finding the victim in his study. The mansion was searched, and the prisoner at length secured. Aflecting a tone of respect, the leader of the gang said to his destined prey,
RECOLLECTIONS. “ The king has charged me, monsieur, to conduct you into his august presence. Follow me;
From the Gentleman's Magazine. resistance would be unavailing."
There is a feeling, calm and holy,
And yet a silent joy reveals. ernbrace of his wife, who fell on his knees be- It is, when Memory loves to dwell fore Sennecé, and with tears streaming from On the bright visions of the past, her eyes, implored the wretch not to bereave her Times that our fancy loved so well, of her husband. The disconsolate wife then pre- Too bright, too beautiful to last. sented her youthful son to the barbarian, but
We love to muse on childhood's hour, their joint entreaties were brutally spurned.
When all that met our gaze was bright, “Begone, madam !" replied the fanatic; “it is To feel again that thrilling power, time that the tree which bears only bad fruit That waked our infantile delight. should be uprooted."
And how each fair, each winning scene, And he repulsed the distracted wife with such That charm’d us with its sunny smile, violence, that she fell senseless on the floor. Vanish'd as though it ne'er had been, The child threw himself on his mother, uttering Or lingered only for the while. the most piercing shrieks.
And though long years have thinn'dour brow, “Infame !” exclaimed the president.
And quench'd the vigor of the frame, The wretches tried to force him away, but
Each happy scene is treasured now, indignation had doubled his strength; and In all its loveliness the same. listing from the floor his hapless wife and son, he O yes! 'tis sweet indeed to dwell embraced them for the last time, and then, con- On the bright visions of the past, fiding the precious deposit to some of his people Scenes that my fancy lov'd too well, preeent, he exclaimed, “ I am ready."
Too bright, too beautiful to last.
From the Dublin Review.
LIFE OF GERALD GRIFFIN. rare in these degenerate times; but one from
which, though few perhaps are called to im
itate it, yet all may draw much salutary inLife of Gerald Griffin, Esq. By his Brother. struction. It is difficult to speak of so good London : 1843,
a man without what many will deem extrava
gance and enthusiasm. We know not, in "In the time of my boyhood, I had a strange feeling, the whole range of literary history, a more
That I was to die ere the noon of my day;
beautiful character ; genius of the highest Bui torn, like a blasted oak, sudden away.
order united with a truly childlike simplicity; “That e'en in the hour when enjoyment was keenest,
affections warm, generous, and uncalculating, My lump should quench suddenly, hissing in gloom ;That c'en when mine honors were freshest and greenest,
yet pure and stainless as the bright spirit A blight should rush over, and scatter their bloom !""* from which they sprung ; ardent and lofty How is it that this presentiment of early aspirings after fame, chastened throughout life death is so frequently an accompaniment of by religion, and at last sacrificed, or rather genius, especially genius of an imaginative forgotten, in its service. It is delightful to cast? Is it some natural instinct of these turn, from the world of letters, hollow, finer minds—some more delicate organiza- to contemplate one, who, though in, was not
selfish, and corrupt, as it too commonly istion of their perceptive faculties—which enables them to detect symptoms of decay in of it; and who, though drawn for a space visible to grosser eyes; to see the taint upon
into its giddy whirl, exposed too by youth and the fairest fruit, and the canker in the fresh- poverty and friendlessness, and every form of est flower; to hear the murmur of the
temptation, to its most corrupting influences,
approaching storm, while all others are still came forth at last without carrying away a heedlessly enjoying the glow of the sunshine ? single stain upon his pure soul. Or is it a mysterious influence from the tomb, ised for a considerable time; and, in expec
The memoir now before us has been promwhich casts its cold shadows forward into the brightest hours of its predestined vic
tation of its appearance, we have been delaytim,-a sympathy, active though unseen, ing, number after number, a long projected from the land of spirits, which draws their notice of the life and writings of our gifted yet living brother towards his eternal home? countryman. And yet, now that it has apOr is it not rather a merciful dispensation of peared, our task must remain half-unaccoma wise Providence, to remind these gifted plished. We never anticipated that a life so children of earth, that, with all its bright quiet and retiring as that of Griffin, would
have furnished materials so varied and so inand beauteous scenery, still they are but strangers and pilgrims" here,—to wean
teresting as those collected in the present them from the smiling visions which woo their volume; but we now feel that it will be imyoung hearts, and whose unalloyed enjoyment possible
to do justice to the life, without dewould rivet their affections to the things be-voting to it all the space at present at our low?
disposal, and we must reluctantly reserve for Happy they who read this lesson aright!
a future occasion all notice of the works,
which are now for the first time collected Happy they who hearken wisely to this warn
into a uniform edition. ing : who learn in time that they are born for better and greater things than the highest ef
The memoir is from the pen of Daniel forts of mere earthly genius can accomplish; Griffin, M. D., a younger brother of the dewho cheerfully devote to God's true service the gifts which men would fain claim exclusively chapters, which are a little prolix, it is in all for themselves; and, even when earth is fair respects worthy of the subject; and, while it est and most attractive,—when its triumphs ration which it would be impossible not to feel
every where bespeaks the affectionate admiare spread out in all their freshness before their yet unsated eye, and glory beckons them that idolizing tone which too frequently per
for such a brother, is altogether free from onward with smiling looks and Aattering vades biography, even where it has not the words,-pause in their giddy course, member
, like St. Augustine, "Thou hast plea of kindred to render it tolerable to the made us for thyself
, O Lord, and our heart is reader. We are particularly pleased with restless till it rest in thee !”
the manly and judicious, but yet modest, Such was the happiness vouchsafed to our motives which influenced his brother in re
strain, in which Dr. Griffin describes the gifted and lamented countryman, Gerald Griffin. He has left behind him an example tiring from the world and relinquishing his
literary pursuits. He seems to us to have "Verses found among Griffin's papers after his caught up the mantle of the departed, and to
have entered fully into all his thoughts and
feelings on this, the most important occasion thor of the memoir), while playing incauof his life.
tiously with a loaded pistol. When we add With the exception of a short journal of a that he was passionately fond (though exHighland tour, Griffin seems never to have cessively timid) of ghost stories, we have put made any attempt at autobiography. It is the reader in possession of all that is told of possible indeed that among the manuscripts the domestic history of Gerald Griffin, as which he destroyed before he entered the boy. monastery, there may have been some frag- His first master was a Mr. M'Eligot, one ments of this character ; but, in one so mod of that now nearly extinct race of classical est and distrustful of himself, it is hardly schoolmasters which flourished about sixty probable. His biographer once entertained years back, in almost every district of the the idea of keeping some record of his con- south of Ireland. Of Mr. M'Eligot's attainversations, but circumstances rendered it im- ments, we may form an idea from one record possible for him to put it in practice. It is which is preserved, an advertisement commuch to be regretted that they are entirely mencing with these words,—"When ponderlost, as not only his own family, but all his in- ous polysyllables promulgate professional timate friends, concur in representing them powers. Griffin, however, did not remain as brilliant and instructive in the highest de-long under his care; his father having regree. But, as it is, we learn a good deal of moved his residence, when Gerald was about his mind from the copious and interesting se- seven years old, to a place called Fairy Lawn, lection from his correspondence, contained at some distance from the city. His educain the present volume; and this, for our own tion, therefore (except a few lessons in French part, we infinitely prefer to the affectedly from his elder sisters), fell, for a time, into modest, or openly egotistical stuff written for the hands of a tutor, who, among his other the public eye, and made up entirely with a acquirements, was a passionate admirer of view to effect, which we are sure to meet even Goldsmith, and inoculated his young pupil in the very best specimens of autobiography. with his own tastes. A few years later, in If, therefore, we may be allowed to judge the his eleventh year, he was sent back to Limreader's taste from our own, we are sure he erick, and entered the school of a Mr. O'Briwill not object to our forgetting the critical en, a person of refined taste, and consideracharacter altogether for a time, and extract- ble literary attainments. Among Gerald's ing freely from this correspondence, content school favorites, Virgil held the highest ing ourselves with such an outline of the place; and though he had not then mastered principal events recorded by the biographer the Greek language sufficiently to be able to as may suffice to render the extracts intelli- enjoy its humor fully, he was also very much gible.
captivated by Lucian's Dialogues. UnhapGerald Griffin was born at Limerick, in pily, however, he did not long enjoy the adDecember 1803. He was the ninth son of vantages of this school, being again called Mr. Patrick Griffin, at that time a wealthy home, and placed under the care of a rude, and extensive brewer, though he subsequent- though not untalented, village master, named ly encountered a severe reverse of fortune. O'Donovan, a native of the classic "kingdom His father was a quiet and affectionate, of Kerry," who took up his abode in the though, apparently, not very intellectual man. neighborhood of Fairy Lawn. For the beneMrs. Griffin, on the contrary, appears to have fit of the unlearned reader, we must record been a woman of peculiarly strong and culti- one rule laid down by this worthy abecedavated mind. She was profoundly religious, rian, whose seminary Griffin afterwards imand tenderly devoted to her children ; and to mortalized in his tale, “ The Rivals.” her tender and judicious management Gerald's mind owed infinitely more than to all - how ought a person to pronoưnce the letter i in
“Mr. O'Donovan,' said one of the scholars, the school culture which the circumstances reading Latin ? If you intend to become a of his family permitted him to enjoy..
priest, Dick,' said the master in reply, you may His boyhood seems to have been like that as well call it ee, for 1 observe the clergy proof other boys; at least, the dew unimportant nounce it in that manner; but if not, you may facts preserved by his brother do not indicate call it ee or i, just as you fancy.” “Dick' has beany very peculiar idiosyncrash. One of the come a priest since, and a most excellent one; first exploits was an essay in chimney sweep- and, I have no doubt, pronounces the letter in ing, which alarmed his parents a good deal; cy.”—p. 52.
the manner recommended in that contingenhe was, like most other boys, very fond of birds; made several ingenious attempts in From these facts, it will be seen that Grifthe manufacture of gunpowder ; and narrow- fin derived but little advantage from his ly escaped being shot by his brother (the au- school studies. But his reading at home ap