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poor nurse told you all I have done and suffered for obtain a view of what was passing, such was the hurry your sake ; my lonely days, and sorrowing, yet delici of his spirits, that, missing his footing, he fell to the ous nights, passed amidst the scenes you haved loved, ground. among the very trees, and fruits, and flowers, where Startled at the terrific sound, the fair girl again you have wandered ? nay, in these lofty and verdant rushed forward, bending as far as possible over the branches, that so richly and beauteously overshadow balcony, and calling on the name of Ippolito, in a the sanctuary of my love? Often have I seen you, at subdued and gentle tone; but no longer did the sound the glimpse of dawn, gathering flowers, or caressing reach his enraptured ear, where he lay deprived of your bird ; yet venturing not to intrude, afraid of call. sense upon the cold earth. Suspense and terror seized ing down still further anger from your jealous guar upon the heart of the tender girl, when she received no dians upon your innocent head. But my fond and I answer; love urged her to afford him her immediate unceasing vows have wearied heaven at last: your assistance, while fear of discovery restrained her steps. mother is gone, and the hour arrived that is to repay Unable, however, longer to control her fears for his us for a world of anxiety and dread; the fear of losing safety, she hastily descended into the garden by a back thee, and all that promised to make life sweet to me. staircase, rarely made use of, having remained from Yet our time is precious, and I came to gather from ancient times as a retreat in seasons of trouble, and thine own lips, that thou dost indeed honour me with having its outlet at the extreme part of the garden. thy love; that thou wilt deign to receive my plighted And there, alas ! she found him stretched under the vows and loyalty unto death. And this I would en mulberry tree, lying cold and pallid, apparently deprived treat in the name of all my anguish, all my fears for not only of sense but of life itself. thee; by the horror of a rival's arms; and by thine Almost as insensible as he, she threw herself at his own surpassing beauties, that amidst all our city's side. Upon recovering her consciousness, showers of charms, have alone succeeded in rivetting my enchanted tears expressed the intensity of her sufferings; her sight. Yet I know how all unworthy I am ; how much cries would have moved rocks and beasts of prey to better and longer thou deservest to be sought ere won. pity, such were the piteous tones in which these words Still thou knowest my whole life and bearing, though were uttered: “ Sweet heavens, what dreadful thing thou canst not form an idea of the sighs, and tears I hath happened! What malignant star hath struck with have poured for thee. Pity me then; and, with pity death one of the best and noblest hearts that ever beat! let love and reason, let all the heavenly gifts you pos. O where is the soul that but now shone in thy face? sess, plead in my favour, and induce you to receive me Wretch that I am, shall I never hehold it more! Art as your favoured and honoured lord." Here he ceased, thou fled, for ever fled, sweet guardian of my honour, waiting with eager and trembling looks for a reply ; my love, and peace! But what will betide them now, while the beautiful Gangenova, overpowered on her when every tongue will be busy with my fame? Whiside by a thousand wild and sweet emotions, was al. ther shall I turn for help, reduced to such sad extremost unable to articulate a word. Having descended mities as I now am ?" And while abandoned to her into the balcony, on her sudden alarm, to recover her woe, the hapless girl thus poured her lamentations to favorite bird, she had attempted, on first hearing Ip the night, she never ceased her endeavours to restore polito's voice, to ly; yet surprise and terror chained the object of them, by every meaus in her power, rubher to the spot ; for, having read the fabled metamor. bing his heart and temples, joining his hands and lips phoses of plants into mortals, and human beings into to her own, and trying to breathe her soul into his. plants, on hearing a voice from the mulbery tree, her Finding that he yet gave no signs of life, she sweetly blood began to run cold, and her attempt to call out folded him in her arms, and bathed his inanimate feadied away ere it passed her lips. Yet there was some- tures with her tears. Ippolito's soul, just on the point thing in the tone that convinced her she need not fear, of taking wing, seemed to welcome so much bliss; and and gradually recovering her confidence, her heart suddenly recovering his suspended powers, he heard seemed actually to swim in a tide of rapture, before her the sweet words she uttered, and found himself alive in noble lover had concluded his passionate appeal. “ Dear her arms. It was then he felt himself amply repaid Ippolito,” she at length replied, “it grieves me that for all the trials he had undergone : the sweetness and we are so situated that it would be dangerous to tell extasy of the reward far surpassing all he had been all I have thought and felt since last we inet and parted, able to conceive, in breathing his vows thus closely much less the delight I have at finding you safe and into her ear. The moment before, she was about to near me once more. But, alas! this is no place for transfix her breast with her lover's sword in a paroxysm you; speed away, I beseech you, and think me neither of despair ; the next she found herself pressed to his hasty nor unkind, as indeed, I esteem all your love and breathing bosom, receiving, as it were, the gift of two goodness to me as tenderly as I ought. But I fear for lives restored to her at once. For some time they both you, my kind Ippolito, and I entreat you to bid me one remained doubtful whether to believe that all was real, adieu, and let me see you safely depart." At this and gazed upon each other as if in a dream, until the moment, hearing a noise in the antechamber, and fear. fresh spirit of their joy being somewhat abated, they ful lest her sisters should approach, Gangenova hastily sat down by each other, side by side, with that serene drew back, while Ippolito, imagining that it proceeded | and ineffable pleasure which the imagined certainty of from her room, and hearing a rustling noise continue their bliss inspired. But it was destined, alas, to be for some time, was seized with sudden suspicions of of short duration; a voice was heard calling upon the some rival being harboured there, either by her sisters name of Gan genova, gradually approaching nearer and or the fair Gangenova herself. Maddened by this idea, | nearer, so that they were compelled to part almost he no longer remained master of himself, and in his without bidding each other adieu. The poor girl hasattempt to reach her window from the tree, so as to tened trembling by the same path that she had left the

house: she fancied, in the disorder of her spirits, that adapted to every species of disease, The poor credu. she suddenly heard the terrific howlings of wild beasts, lous old lady raised her hands to heaven in gratitude upon accompanied by the most dismal screams and cries ; hearing such consolatory words, vowed that he had been and such was the impression they made upon her ima peculiarly sent by Providence, and insisted that he gination, just after having taken leave of Ippolito, as should be instantly introduced to her unhappy girl. to deprive her of the power of motion. It was long The moment Ippolito beheld her, he perceived that before she recovered even strength enough to regain the tidings he had received were indeed too true. So her apartment, and with panting breast and dishevelled much was he shocked, that he could with difficulty suphair, she threw herself upon the couch, still unable to port his character; more particularly, when he saw, banish the terrific ideas that haunted her imagination. from the brightening features of his beloved, that she

In the mean while, the sisters of Gangenova, being | instantly recognized him. Taking, then, the hand of likewise freed from the superintendance of their mo the suffering girl within his own, as if to feel how fast ther, had been innocently enjoying themselves in their her life-blood ebbed, he begged her attendants to stand chamber, frequently calling the fair girl by her name, apart, while he proceeded to try his secret prayers and to come and join in their diversion. Paying little charms in his own way. Ippolito was thus enabled to heed to her silence, they continued for some time to learn the real source of her illness from her own lips. amuse themselves with their games, until one of them, Beholding him with a mixture of tenderness and pity, by way of adding a little novelty to the scene, crept that added momentary lustre to her dying charms, she forward in the dark, intending to surprise her in her attempted, in those low soft tones he so much loved, to own room. Still receiving no reply, she ran for a infuse balm into his wounded spirit. Painfully sensi. light, and on returning found her sister stretched upon ble of the extent of his loss, Ippolito from very grief the bed, resembling rather a lifelesss statue than a was unable to utter a word, much less to ask the needbreathing human form. Calling her second sister in ful questions of his beloved. Wildly pressing his hand, great alarm, they made eager inquiries into the cause she besought him never to forget the tender love he had of her agitation, feeling assured that something ex borne her, and which she had seldom been happy enough traordinary must have happened. The poor girl was to tell him warmly and deeply she returned. “ For equally unwilling and unable to reply, and her sisters, joyful, oh, very joyful, my Ippolito," she continued, in some anxiety, despatched a messenger for their mo “ would my departure have been to me before now, had ther, who lost no time in returning to resume her ma not solicitude for your fate detained me. As it is, I ternal charge. With a little more authority, she in die content, nay grateful, for two unexpected benefits : sisted upon knowing the cause of her alarm, and up the one to have seen you thus, to hear you, and feel braided her sisters severely for not keeping a more vi. your hand in mine; and the other, to know that I gilant watch. Gangenova declared herself quite una. lived, and that I died, beloved by my most noble and ble to account for the manner in which she had been faithful-hearted Ippolito !" It was now that the latter affected, and the others professed equal ignorance as attempted to console and encourage her, declaring it to the cause of her indisposition. In this dilemma her would be his only pride to fulfil her wishes in the mother had recourse to the advice of the most expert minutest point; but here his voice failing him, through physicians the city had to boast, which brought no his fast coming tears and sobs; he laid his aching alleviation however to her daughter's alarming symp head down by the side of his beloved's, and there retoms; not one of them being able to discover that her maining for a short time, as he breathed forth a soul. illness was owing to some sudden snrprise, while she, distracting adieu, he raised it again painfully, passed far more jealous of her fair fame than of her life, con his hand over his eyes, and looking his last look, left cealed from every one the real cause of her sufferings. the apartment. He then joined her weeping mother, Growing rapidly worse, she became extremely anxious and so far from holding out any hope, he said that pity to behold once more her beloved Ippolito, and recol. for the sad and dying state in which he had found the lecting the old nurse, she instantly sent for her ; en poor patient had drawn scalding tears from his eyes. treating that she would, as soon as possible, acquaint And he had not long been gone, before the gentle spirit him with her situation, and find some means by which of his love, as if unable to continue longer without him, they might at least meet to take an eternal farewell. prepared to take wing, and in a few hours actually fied, Upon receiving these sad tidings, Ippolito grew deadly as if to prepare in some happier scene a mansion of rest pale and trembled, though at the same moment he has- for their divided loves. For the wretched Ippolito, tened to comply with her wishes. He assumed the though able to bear up long enough to behold her bedress of a poor traveller, with a false beard, so as to loved relics consigned to earth, had no sooner witnessed render it almost impossible to recognize him, and set all the virtues and charms he had so fondly esteemed out to beg alms at several houses adjacent to that of his and loved for ever entombed in the vault of the Salim. bcloved. As he approached the latter, the lady of the beni, than just as the ceremony was about to close, he mansion herself made her appearance, half wild and fell dead at the foot of her marble monument. So distracted at the situation of her loveliest daughter. strange and sudden an event threw the surrounding Informed of the occasion of her grief, the wily pilgrim, company, by whom it was regarded as little less than availing himself of the circumstance, bade her not de- a miracle, into the utmost surprise and confusion, all spair, as the power of the Lord was infinite, and his of them believing that Ippolito Saracini was then on goodness equal to his power. Moreover, with his aid,

his way to the shrine of St. Giacomo of Galicia. His he had himself become skilled in all the virtues of al- unhappy parents hearing of this his untimely end, hasmost all the plants under the sun, and had devoted his tened to join their tears with those of the mother of the knowledge of herbs and juices to the relief of his un. beauteous Gangenova, by whose side the faithful Ippo. happy fellow creatures, besides possessing secrets lito was laid.--" Roscoe's Italian Novelists."


DOMINECHINO'S BAPTISM. Day gently dawning through a temple dim,

Reveals the whiteness of a marble fount ; While from the censer swinging o'er its brim,

Like heavenly dreams slow clouds of perfume mount. I see, half-veiled, a pale young mother stand,

Solemnly listening with no fearless eye;
Within her serious lord's she rests her hand ;

Attendant maids with downcast looks are by.
A venerable saint, with beard of snow,
With countenance all awful, all benign,

Upholds the infant o'er the blessed wave :-
Sinile on, fair babe ; yet when there walers flow,
And thy soft brow receives thy Saviour's sign,
What marvel if the circling air be grave.

beauty, very often owe their existence to the combination
of artifice. But how easy it is to distinguish the one
from the other; for the smile which is the offspring of
art has not, and cannot have, the native, grace which can
only be bestowed by the hand of nature, Take care, then,
not to confound the lovely expression of feeling and of
pleasure, with the mechanical and studied movements,
of a counterfeit face. As the plants cultivated beneath
a bell never have the free and natural attitude of those
which grow in the open air, so the smile which is the
child of art never possesses the graces of its amiable
model; the one is ingenuous love, which appears in all
its charms; and the other a dangerous pet, spread by
a treacherous hand.


M'CARTHY'S TALE. The mouth has been quaintly called the throne of smiles, and smiles are said to be all sisters ; yet how In the summer of 18,- quitted Rome for little do they resemble each other! Some are simple, Naples, where I arrived, after making several deingenuous, modest, and innocent; others are tender, | tours to view the country, about the noon of the winning, voluptuous, and if we may trust report, some third day. I retired, consequently, to enjoy my siesta, of them, at times, are rather more than this; others are and evening was advanced before I was dressed, when lively, gay, petulant, or witty, and others, mischevous, a stranger was announced, and a person of gentlemanly satirical, or ironical. Of all these lovely companions appearance introduced himself to me as Signor Vassalli. of the lips, the half-smile is by far, the most lovely. We He stated that he was brother to the lady to whom a take the liberty of bestowing this name upon the virgin monk, whose acquaintance I had made in Ireland, had smile, which shows itslf with such timidity, which peeps recommended me as a lodger: his sister was delighted forth with such grace, and which dares not completely to accommodate one so highly praised as I was by her expand itself,—the smile, if we may say so, which is reverend friend. Her house was ready to receive me ; not so much a smile as the desire of smiling. The half and he, the signor, was at my command, and would be smile is the charming symbol of innocence and candour, proud to render me any service in his power during the emblem of virtue and of pleasure, simple, natural, my sojourn at Naples. and unsophisticated.

A carriage was waiting for us : my luggage was The full-formed smile, however, is but little inferior placed in the vehicle; my companion and I followed, to its younger sister. Somewhat less retiring and timid, and we drove off quickly. We traversed a considerable it speaks with more spirit to the heart, and, the ex. portion of the city, and for some time I perceived we pression being more complete, tends to make it, perhaps, were beyond the walls, and the regularity of the streets still dearer to the admirers of beauty ; somewhat less had been succeeded by detached vineyards and cottages, ingenuous, it is, perhaps, something less tender, and, if On mentioning the circumstance to Vassalli, he ob. it detracts a tint from native innocence, it enhances served, that his sister's habitation was in the suburbs ; delight. The smile is, indeed, one of the most powerful the air was better, and she therefore prefered a recharms of beauty. Its language is most expressive; spectable retirement to a more noisy and less salubrious mute, indeed, but eloquent. It is by a smile that a situation in the streets of Naples. Soon after the car. bashful beauty approves an arowal which her tongue riage turned to the right, and proceeded down a sort belies, but with which her heart is flattered. How many of lane, stopped at a remote villa. The house was si. çonquests have been made by a graceful smile!

tuated in a garden, surrounded by lofty walls, Vassalli May it not be- is it not probablem-that the poets knocked at a small wicket, and a man immediately and painters of antiquity found the inodel of Cupid,s answered the summons: my companion directed him bow in the form of the female lip? Is not, indeed, the to bring in my trunks, and leading the way, I followed mouth of a handsome woman the most powerful weapon him into the villa, and was presented in form to his of that "mischievous boy," who, as has heen observed sister, as the Signora Farrinelli. by a lady of great wit, can subject the stronger sex to The lady's appearance was particularly striking : the dominion of the weaker? The lip is truly, then, though rather passée, she was still attractive ; and the bow of Love ; and, of all the arrows discharged by must bave been when younger, a splendid beauty. Cupid, the smile is, certainly, the most mischievous, The contour of her face was exquisite ; her eyes were and particularly the one which Milton says,

dark and lustrous, her teeth regular and her mouth

handsome. The room, though neat, was but plainly "Loves to play in dimple sleek.”

furnished; and the attendant whom I had seen before L' Allegro. at the gate was a mean and ill-dressed man; and it

struck me that there was a singular incongruity be. Such is the power of a smile ; but we cannot forbear

tween the sumptuous and splendid appearance of the remarking, that every thing, and even a smile, may be

lovely hostess and the humble furniture of the room, abused, from art being sometimes able to counterfeit nature. Those charming smiles, which grow spon

and shabby air of the solitary attendant. '

Supper was served : it was good, and the wines extaneously with such grace on the ruby lips of a youthful

cellent, Farinelli's conversation became most intereste ing: she spoke French fluently; and notwithstanding “Is the stranger in bed ?" inquired the attendant. my numerous blunders, I perceived she was pleased “ Long since," was the reply ; " but look to your with my observations. She was evidently taken with mistress, Paoli; for by Saint Antonio, I never saw a my appearance, and when her eyes met mine, I could woman so much in love as Marcella is with this stripnot misunderstand their meaning, Turning to her ling." brother, I heard her in a low voice remark to him in “ Indeed !” said the servant. “Is the count so soon Italian, “ Caracci has only done him justice. He is forgotten ?" particularly handsome; and so innocent too! Mother « Pshaw ! she never cared a carlino for him ;-she of God! would it not be a pity to injure him?".

loved his jewels, Paoli !" Vassalli replied in a low tone : his words did not “ Well, Vassalli, the morning the fool shot himself reach me, but I observed a sneer upon his lip, and a she took on wonderfully, when I told her of his death." meaning glance of contempt directed at his sister.

“ He was a nobler prize," observed Vassalli. "I The wine circulated fast. Vassalli drank freely : hope this young one will be worth our trouble, Paoli ; his jests became coarse, and his remarks more vulgar. but we can seldom get a duke like Kreutzer. The I saw that Farrinelli was displeased at his conversa ganie was admirably played. By St. Julian, the morntion, for she soon after rose from the table, and politely ing the German took himself off he was not worth a intimating that it was time to separate, the ill-looking Roman crown;"---and the ruffian laughed hoarsely. servant conducted me to my apartment.

“ Come, boy, tighten that girth, and give me the pistols I slept soundly. While still in bed, Paoli came to from the shelf. I shall be with you to-morrow night. my room, and opening the curtains, told me it was The day does not answer for my travelling. Though later than I bad supposed it. He added that break it was dusk ere we left the inn last night, every pas. fast was prepared, and the signora, his mistress, was senger we met I fancied was a sbirro." expecting me. I declined his assistanee as my valet, As he spoke, I heard the horse's feet, and saw the and having dressed hastily, was conducted by a female shadows passing. Fearing that I might be seen, I reservant to the dressing-room of her mistress.

treated up the path, and mounting the trellis work, On inquiring for Vassalli, she told me that he had easily regained my chamber. been called from the villa by some important business, My situation was critical and full of danger. Escape but he would return in the evening. Could I reconcile was difficult from my ignorance of the locality of myself to a day's imprisonment with her? After to the villa with the snrrounding country. A failure morrow her brother would be at my service.

would probably cost me my life ; but I determined to I purposed setting out for Naples, but my proposal attempt it, and trust to fortune and a bold heart. After was overruled : it was some saint's festival, and conse some consideration, I fixed on the following night to quently I could not see the bankers : of course I re. put my design into execution ; and in the interim, to mained at the villa.

prevent any suspicion, I resolved to redouble my attenVassalli returned late : our supper passed as that of tions to Farrinelli. I passed a miserable night, and the preceding evening. Farrinelli's spirits were exu when Paoli came to my apartment next morning, mental berant, and the hours flew on delightfully. Her bro disquietude and loss of sleep had brought on a feverish ther took little interest in our conversation, and seemed attack that induced me to keep my bed. more devoted to the bottle than his sister wished. The attendant was but a short time gone, when I Again she gave the signal for us to separate, and I was heard a gentle knock at my chamber-door, and my fair attended by Paoli to my chamber.

hostess entered. Anxiety was apparent in her counteI threw myself, without undressing, on the couch. nancc ; and when she took my hand, she exclaimed to I could not sleep. I felt a growing passion for Farri. her maid, who accompanied her, with some aromatic nelli that threatened the happiness of us both. When preparation to apply to my Italian loves, the dullest may perceive her feelings. " Jesu! how it burns! and the pulse is full and My hostess took little pains to conceal her's. Farri. quick. Poor boy, you are no fit companion for that nelli loved me!

sot Vassalli. You must leave the wine-flask to himself My apartment was in the remotest wing of the villa. to-night; but I shall be your physician. Go, ClauAlthough on the upper floor, its distance from the dine;" and giving her a key, and some directions, in a garden was inconsiderable. A trellis rose from the whisper, her maid in a few minutes returned with a ground to the casement, and supported some pensile phial, plants and flowers. The night was sultry. I felt dis Pouring a small quantity of the liquid it contained inclined to sleep. I had, without perceiving it, drank into a vase of deliciously-iced orangeade, she put the more wine than I was accustomed to. I unclosed the cup to my burning lips. The draught was refeshing : casement, and, aided by an espalier, descended to the my thirst abated instantly : a pleasing languor insengarden, where, beneath the calmness of an Italian sky. | sibly came on; my eye-lids became heavy. I heard I endeavoured to compose my agitated spirits.

the curtains softly closed. I felt a woman's lips, long The offices belonging to the villa were at a distance | and ardently, pressed to mine ; and I sank into a deep from the house, and the path that I had accidentally and dreamless slumber. taken was the one that led to them. I was surprised I slept for many hours, for it was twilight when I to see a light gleaming from a window; and curious to awoke. I was wonderfully recovered; my skin was know what part of the family were astir, I approached, cool, my pulse was regular, and the fever of the mornand heard Vassalli in conversation with the servant ing was removed. While I was collecting my thoughts Paoli

and preparing to leave my couch, a soft sigh beside my - Be quick," said the brother of Farrinelli ; " ere bed told me I was not alone. I looked up : Farrinelli this I should have been on the road to Naples.”

was bending over me and watching my sleep, with NO. XL.-VOL, IV.

marked solicitude. She took my hand ; the fever | voices within favoured my advance. Whatever caused which had left me had appareutly affected her, for her

Vassalli's visit, it had irritated the hostess. Through grasp was burning,

the casement I heard their conversation distinctly. As she expressed her pleasure at my 'recovery, her " Vassalli, what means this intrusion?". maid called her from my room. Her absence was short, “ Marcella," was the reply, “I am ruined; I have but I remarked, on her return, that something had been unfortunate at play, and am left without a zechino." ruffled her temper.

“ And why am i disturbed to hear the history of 6 I intended that you and I should have supped your dissipation ? You presume too much signor." quietly together to-night; but an unwelcome visitor “ Be patient, Marcella, I am in immediate peril;has arrived, and I will not expose you to late hours or the sbirra are in pursuit.” dissipation. Keep your chamber, Mac Carthy. Clau “ And you therefore come here to compromise my dine will bring your supper. To-morrow, dearest, to safety. Off! leave this;-your presence is disagree. morrow, none shall interrupt our conversation.” Clau able." dine's step was heard in the gallery ; Farrinelli stooped The ruffian made a step or two, and laid his hand over me, gave me a parting kiss, and vanished.

upon Marcella's armThe repast my hostess had sent to my room was light “Come, the worst had better be told. I'm done for and nourishing. I ate; my strength returned ; no at Naples. Rolamo, the cardinal's favorite nephew, lassitude, consequent on illness, remained. I elosed and I played. He won every ducat I possessed; and my door carefully, when Claudine bade me good night, when he refused to play on credit, I lost my temperand I prepared, immediately, to leave the dwelling of words ran high, and " this beautiful and dangerous woman.

“ You stabbed him!” said Farrinelli, ironically. Midnight came ; a distant door closed, and all was " Even so ;-I struck this poinard into his bosom." quiet. Another hour passed: the house was still as " Did you not rob him next?” said Marcella, with death. I opened my casement and descended to the peculiar bitterness. garden. I cautiously examined the walls that enclosed “Now, by St. Julian!" said the ruffian fiercely, “I me. They were unusually high, and I had no means | am in ill humour to be jeered.” to scale them. I spent a full hour in a hopeless re “ And what brought you here?" search for some place of egress; and I almost despaired “I came, Marcella, for your advice. I must be off of escape, when suddenly, outside, the noise of a horse's to Rome or Venice,” feet approaching at a rapid pace, rivetted me to the " Aye, just so." spot. I was now close to the stables, which I have “For if to-morrow finds me here". described as being detached from the villa. The tra “Prison and the gallies will be your probable desti. veller came quickly on, till I heard him dismount ; and nation." next moment Vassalli's voice, calling on Paoli for ad “ Therefore unwilling to serve upon the wheel, or mission, informed me who the rider was.

row for life, I must depart instantly." After some delay, at which the horseman betrayed There is the door, Vassalli; farewell!-Heaven evident impatience, the attendant struck a light, and un- send thee better temper!" closed the gate. “I did not expect you, Vassali ::-it “ Marcella, you push me too hard,” said the ruffian ; is two hours past midnight, and Stephano has long since “ you tell me Rome or Venice can only save me ; how departed :-he waited for you till he quarrelled with

can I reach either without a zechin in my purse ?" Marcella.

“Rob, man, rob!-you brawl, you cheat, and stab“ For a kiss or another flask, Paoli?" said Vassalli. why not do the latter?"

“I know not which ; but, by St. Dominic, the stran “ Marcella, you are playing with a desperate man; I ger may have either! He has been ailing of a trifling tell thee, woman, Rolamo is dead-his friends are powhead-ache, and Marcella has nursed him like a baby. erful; and I am known, and denounced as his murderer; Claudine says she is distracted about him; and to-night, and I shall be broken on the wheel, unless I bafille my she would have wished Stephano at the devil. I fancy

pursuers,” his visit spoiled a tte-à-te."

" No doubt you tell me truth, Vassalli; why then “The house is quiet?" said Vassalli, anxiously. waste minutes here when a moment may cost your life?"

“Yes, yes; the stripling never left his bed ;--but, “ Simply, Marcella, because I want the means of esMother of God!”—as he turned the lamp, and saw the caping. I am not worth, by the Holy Lady of Loretto! situation of the horse-"at what a rate have you rid. a single carlino :-you must afford me the means of den!-your cloak is torn. Have you been attacked. safety "

"No, no," replied Vassalli, impatiently ; “but I am "I ?in haste; change the saddle to another horse-the bay “ You, Marcella,” and his tones deepened ; "you one, yonder-I must be off without delay. I will be must supply me with money, or..." here immediately.".

“ You would plunder me ?" she said insultingly. I followed him at a safe distance. He soon tapped at “Come Vassalli, the feat may be spared, I have no the casement of Marcella's dressing-room; the window money.--no means..." opened to the garden. I heard an indistinct conversa. “No money! no means! where are the German's tion between him and a person within. Presently the jewels ? where is the gem Carraci sent from Ireland ? casement unclosed, and Farrinelli, with a light in her where are your numerous trinkets ? Marcella, in that hand, and partially undressed, as if she had been dis. bureau lies gold enough." turbed from her couch, admitted this unseasonable “Are you prepared to plunder it?". visitor.

“No---you, Marcella, will give your friend the means I approached in silence, and the bigh tone of the to save him."

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