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Vesuvius has it now in his book. the grass wet, quitted the party : When shall I lay down my staff and Harriet and I were shod against such travelling cloak at the gate of our triding inconveniences; and she family hall?

would by no means consent to let us O patria! O divum domus Ilium! accompany her home. While the

sportsmen followed the course of How do I envy the fate of those the river through a narrow path, who have never left their country, rather too difficult for us, we seated and have no adventures to relate to ourselves on some stumps of trees,

whence we could see them at once, and admire the winding of it, which

just on this spot is extremely beau. This writer may well say

tiful. The opposite bank has a narPelix qui patriis ævum transegit rises in a gentle slope, the top of

row margin of meadow ; it then in agris;

which covered with woods, now Illum non vario traxit fortuna tu. richly clad in all the varied tints multu.

of autumn, and forming a beautiful He is one of those who describe no. contrast to the vivid green below. thing but what they have seen. Pre. Some sheep, with fleeces of a snowy viously to composing his Attila, he whiteness, were feeding on the resided two years among the savages slanting side of the hill, and the of America, that he might accurate. sound of a flute, brought near by a ly represent their manners; and now, gentle breeze, and the water, renwhen he meditates a work on the dered the scene completely Arcasubject of ancient Greece, he is vi- dian. siting the sites of those cities and “ Where is the shepherd ?" said places immortalized by events of Harriet, who, I believe, expected which they have been the scenes. to have seen one in all the elegance In the mean time, he continues his of pastoral simplicity, with a crook correspondence with his friends; ornamented with ribbons and flowand we may expect from him letters “ He is yonder, my dear," dated at Athens, Thebes, Constan. said I, pointing to a little ragged tinople, the plains of Troy, &c, boy lying on the ground; who was

certainly what she enquired for, though such a blot in the picture had escaped her notice.

That For the Literary Magazine. the shepherd, Mrs. Villars!” said

she ; " that is a Shropshire shepherd indeed. Oh, how you break

the spell ! But I still hear the flute; From Mrs. Le Noir's Village Anęce there is another not far off.” dotes, lately published.

Mr. Thomas now reminded us of

him, whom we had almost forgotten, MRS. PETERSON fears I shall with a loud holla, that he had got a be dull in the absence of her daugh. perch of two pounds; and impaters. She often proposes schemes tiently calling to us to come and see of amusement, which I usually de. his sport. I took my companion's cline : however, a fishing party be. arm, and led her reluctant from ing planned this morning, and the this enchanting spot. We traversweather proving favourable, I rea ed the long grass through an undily agreed to accompany my friend, beaten disagreeable path, to join the who seemed eager to partake of it. fisherman, for they were going Mr. Thomas Peterson, and a ser another way home ; and Mr. Thovant with casting nets and baskets, mas would not stir a step to meet led the way : we followed along the I should have left him and his meadows till Mrs. Peterson, finding fish to have sunk or swam together,

ers.

THE ANGLING PARTY.

us.

Have you

and have returned by the way we whom to inquire our way, or solicit came, had not another consideration assistance. In this dilemma, we led me to prefer that which he took, agreed that any thing was better as it led from the sound of the mu than sitting still to take cold : we, sic, and of course from the musician, therefore, took the basket between whom I could not but guess at, and us, and made towards the river, in feared to expose my young friend to order to regain the path we knew. ineet, her heart thus softened, and Our load warmed as well as weari. her imagination thus warmed, and ed us; and we were often obliged thus prepared for the most dange to stop and rest.

In one of these rous impressions. We followed our pauses, just as we were within leaders. whose baskets were well knowledge, Sailor, who was jumpfilled with fish; and saw them throw ing and caressing us, as suddenly their net several times unsuccess sprang away, as if he had started fully. Mr. Thomas now grew tired, some other game.

The faithful and proposed returning, to which creature ran to greet an acquaintwe readily agreed.

ance who always takes notice of On ur return, passing a turnip him : it was Mr. Ewer, who soon field after we had left the river, on joined us ; and, after the first comthe side of a coppice, Sailor, who is pliments, he expressed his surprise always of our walking parties, to see us so incumbered. “Who started a fine cock pheasant. Mr. has loaded two fair ladies so uncon. Thomas and his man made a point, scionably ?” said he. as their dogs might have done. The discovered some poacher's hoard? former cursed his stupid head for for, to be sure, you never caught going a fishing the first day of phea. all this fish yourselves ?We sant shooting; and ordering his man were obliged to explain how we to mark the bird, set down his bas came in charge of it, and to accept ket; and, without the least apology, of his assistance to convey it home, ran off in pursuit of a gun.' In the which he absolutely insisted upon : mean time the bird rose again, and he hoisted his pack, and we set directed its flight to the wood. The forward once more.“ My scheme, servant, loaded as he was with the

on leaving home, was to have fished net, took to his heels, to watch its too, ladies,” said he ; " but I was direction ; and we were left with beguiled by my flute, and have been the basket of fish, and Sailor, to shift sauntering on the banks of the ri. as we could.

ver, and playing old tunes to be. We stood looking at each other, guile old sorrows the whole mornin a sort of ridiculous distress, ing through. I was, however, on which ended, however, in a fit of the point of adjusting my tackle to laughter. “ To be sure they will begin, when my good genius directcome back, and seek for their fish, ed me to this meadow, as a more ma'am," said Harriet.

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convenient spot, where so much their fish, perhaps, they may, my happiness awaited me." dear,” said I ; “ for we seem to be Mr. Ewer is certainly not handquite out of the question.” We some; yet, at this moment, I almost then seated ourselves on the grass, thought him so. Pleasure fushed and waited patiently a full half his pale cheeks, and sparkled in hour, expecting their return ; un his expressive eye: he tripped willing to leave the produce of our lightly before us; and absolutely morning's sport to the mercy of the carried his load with a grace. His first passenger that was able to countenance was not the only one carry

it. We were in a sort of that brightened at this unexpected dell, between two rising grounds, and opportune rencontre; indeed all and could see nothing beyond. Har were pleased, to the very dog ; and riet went on all sides to reconnoitre, who could blame us? As for Mr. but could discover no creature of Ewer, his harmony of spirits broke

out in an extempore song, which he this beautiful column. A cap of struck up with infinite humour, as liberty was erected upon a pole on follows:

the top, having been placed there

by the French, a short time after Shepherds, I have lost my love, their arrival in the country. Have you seen my Thomas ?

Close to the sea, S. by E. of the In the path, hard by the grove,

pharos, is Cleopatra's needle. Near He has wandered from us.

it lies its fellow obelisk, which had We with him our home forsook,

always been supposed to be broken, Near yon misty mountain ;

part of it being buried in the sand;

but the French cleared away the Here's the fish the shepherd took At the river's fountain.

ground all around it, and found it to

be perfectly whole. It is exactly Never shall he see them more,

the same as the one now standing, Until his returning;

both as to size and the hieroglyphics Should he find the dinner o'er,

with which it is covered. Those on Joy will turn to mourning.

the north and on the we faces of

the obelisk standing are in a very Thus entertained, our walk did good state of preservation ; those on not seem long : we reached home the other sides are nearly obliterated. without seeing any thing of our

These two obelisks are supposed company, or meeting any further to have stood at the entrance of adventure ; and Mr. Ewer, having some temple. Each is of one entire deposited his load, took his leave. piece of granite, sixty-five feet high,

Round the summit of that which is erect we perceived the remains of

a rope, most probably put there For the Literary Magazine. for the purpose of pulling it to the

ground, preparatory to the trans. DESCRIPTION OF POMPEY'S PIL- porting of both of them to France.

LAR AND CLEOPATRA'S NEE,

DLE, IN EGYPT. By an Officer of the British Army. For the Literary Magazine.

THE PIEDMONTESE SHARPER.

SOUTH of the city of Alexandria, and nearly in a line with the pharos, stands that great piece of antiquity, IN the year 1695, a Piedmontese, Pompey's pillar. Nothing can ex who stiled himself count Carassa, ceed the beauty of this fine monu. came to Vienna, and privately waits ment of ancient architecture : it is. ed on the prime minister, pretending in the highest state of preservation, he was sent by the duke of Savoy on except on the north-west quarter, a very important affair, which they which I imagine has suffered from two were to negotiate without the the constant and violent winds blow. privity of the French court. At ing from that point the greater part the same time he produced his

credentials, in which the duke's The remains of a Greek inscrip- seal and signature were very exacttion are plainly visible on the west- ly imitated. He met with a very ern face of the pedestal,

favourable reception, and, without The French have repaired the affecting any privacy, took upon him foundation sur ting the pedestal, the title of envoy extraordinary from which had formerly been destroyed the court of Savoy. He had several in part by the brutal rapacity of an conferences with the imperial counArab, who, imagining some trea- cil, and made so great a figure in sure lay concealed under it, attempt the most distinguished assemblies, ed, but happily in vain, to blow up that once at a private concert at

VOL, VIII. NO. LI.

of the year.

NO. XI.

court, the captain of the guard deny, few days before his departure, the ing him admittance, he demanded pretended count, putting on an air satisfaction in his master's name, of deep concern, placed himself in and the officer was obliged to ask the way of the emperor's confessor, his pardon. His first care was to who inquiring into the cause of his ingratiate himself with the jesuits, apparent melancholy, he intrusted who at that time bore a great sway him with the important secret, that at court; and in order to this, he he was short of money, at a juncture went to visit their church, which when eight thousand louis-d’ors remained unfinished, as they pre were immediately wanted for his tended, from the low circumstances master's affairs, to be distributed at of the society. He asked them how the imperial court. The, jesuits to much money would complete it. whom he had given a recent inAn estimate to the amount of two stance of his liberality by so large thousand louis-d'ors being laid be a donation, immediately furnished fore him, Carassa assured them of him with the sum he wanted ; and his constant attachment to their oro with this acquisition, and the ladies' der ; that he bad gladly embraced pledges, he thought he had carried such a public opportunity of show- his jests far enough, and very pruing his esteem for theni, and that dently withdrew from Vienna, they might immediately proceed to finishing their church. In conse. quence of his promise, he sent that very day the two thousand louis. For the Literary Magazine. d'ors, at which sum the charge had been computed.

THE MELANGE. He was very sensible that this was a part he could not act long without being detected ; and, that this piece of generosity might not

Advice. be at his own expence, he invited a great number of ladies of the first THERE is po greater instance of rank to supper and a ball. Every good sense, than to be capable of one of the guests had promised to be receiving advice; for we may easithere, but he complained to them ly find that the greatest part of all of the ill returns made to his ci- mankind are unanimously resolved vilities, adding, that he had been to play the hypocrite with one anooften disappointed, as the ladies ther, The person who asks admade no scruple of breaking their vice seldom means any thing more word on such occasions, and, in a jo- by it, than to let you know either cular way, insisted on a pledge from what he has already done, or reevery lady for their appearance at solved to do: the giver of advice, the time appointed. One gave him therefore, knowing that this is a a ring, another a pearl necklace, à common mode of proceeding, rethird a pair of ear-rings, a fourth a pays the fraud of his friend with gold watch, and several such trink. another of his own, and, instead of ets, to the amount of twelve thou considering the thing proposed, consand dollars. On the evening ap- siders only what the intention of pointed not one of the guests were his friend is, and immediately admissing; but it may easily be con vises him to that. ceived, what a damp it struck upon There are some who ask advice, the whole assembly, when it was at but proclain their own resolution last found that the gay Piedmontese before they can receive any anwas a sharper, and had disappeared. swer. Shall I do this ?- Yes, I Nor had the jesuits any great rea will do it, is the constant prac. son to applaud theniselves on the tice of an old physician of my acşuccess of their dissimulation; for a quaintance; whilst my friend Mr.

or no.

Wilful takes a contrary method, and thus proved himself a blockand with his I will do this Shall head. I ?._makes his asking advice an Some men ask advice, likewise, equal absurdity. Mrs. Rentroll is merely to collect opinions; and of the same turn of mind with my though they would be glad that the friend Wilful. She never does any world agreed with thein, they have thing without consulting her hus. no intention of altering their conband; but wisely lets him know duct, if the case should be otherher intention first, and asks his ad- wise. M.Brawn took a mistress vice after. The other day Bob into keeping, and asked the senti. Spavin, the jockey, brought an ele ments of his friends upon the occagant saddle-horse to show her, of sion, in hopes they would think about eighty pounds value. She that this step was at least prefera. immediately asked her husband's ble to the indiscriminate pursuit of advice, whether she should have it low pleasures. They candidly ex

He attempted seriously to pressed their disapprobationpersuade her against it; but found M.Brawn has quarrelled with his at last, that her asking whether counsellors, it is true, but he still she should have it, was only her keeps his mistress. manner of telling him she would. Thus, sincerity in giving advice

Tom Sparebones has a far hap- is constantly received ill, by all but pier way of managing his wife, who those persons who have good sense will not take the least step without enough to bear with it; and the his approbation. If she would take sincere counsellor comes off well, if a jaunt in the summer, if she would he is not recompensed with some invite to a dance, or make one at a blunt remonstrance, or keen retea-party, she never fails to ask his proach. advice first. Tom puts on a grave face, and violently persuades her to what he knows she is resolved

I love the neighbourhood of man

and beast : upon. She cries, Well, since you I would not piace my stable out of advise me to it, my dear, I will and thus certainly obeys him : by No! close behind my dwelling it

sight. this means, he is the most absolute

should form husband in the world.

A fence, on one side, to my garden There is another set of people, plat. who ask advice only to court our What beauty equals shelter, in a flattery; and it is easy to observe,

clime notwithstanding all their grimace, Where wintry blasts with summer that it is rather praise than counsel

breezes blend, they consult us for. A young au. Chilling the day! How pleasant 'tis thor showed a poetical translation to hear to a man of excellent judgment, and December's winds, amid surrounding solicited him as the oracle who

trees, was to pronounce its fate : the gen- Raging aloud! bow grateful 'tis to tleman, with the utmost tenderness

wake, and good-nature, yet with a sinceri.

While raves the midnight storm, and

hear the sound ty above the common mode, point. Of busy grinders at the well-filled ed out its numerous errors, and advised hiin against committing it to

Or flapping wing, and crow of chanpress. The bard was incapable of

ticleer, receiving advice, and thought it Long ere the lingering morn ; was nothing but an endeavour of

bouncing fiails, envy to suppress his merit. He That tell the dawn is near! Plearan immediately to some wiser

sant the path counsellors, who complaisantly ap- By sunny garden wall, when all the plauded his piece ; he printed it,

fields

rack;

or

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