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representations of our naval battles on graphic record, thell gratify us from his various studies, we shall hail his return victory of the first of June, obtained by Howe, and that of with pleasure. the Nile, by Nelson. Two magnificent pictures by this | This print, is another successful experiment of mezzomaster, were engraved by Fitler; this print of the attack of tinto engraving on steel, wherein Mr. Say, has, with the the Chevrette, is worthy of the same ingenious hands. I same felicity as in the last, copied the character, general The intimate knowledge of marine subjects, the nature of |eflect, and touch of his prototype, with the most exact imimodern warfare, the manner of attack and defence, either tation. as exhibited in mighty fleets, or in the contest between in Mr. J. Burnet, is proceeding upon a line engraving, dividual vessels, were never more faithfully displayed than Il from a picture by himself, of a very pleasing subject from in the compositions of De Loutherbourg. In that before || Burns. The Cotter's Saturday Night. The size twelve us, we have a mastorly illustration of his descriptive || inchey by about eight inches and half. We are informed, powers. The bold crews of the boats, with their mutiled that it is his intention to paint a series of these domestic oars, with the towing ropes to keep each together, are seen || compositions from the same poet, and to engrave them of storming the bows of the corvette with that simultaneous | an uniform size. Such a scheme we should think, could impulse which nothing can resist. The desperation with not fail of success.
grenades, and other missiles, and the dashing style with his sister-over the guard at the threshold, another is which the few British sailors and marines who have already I climbing to hail the sire's return. Witbin is seen the boarded are driving them from the fore-castle, are 80 ) cotter's wile, busily engaged d over the cracklins hearth strikingly depicted, that the scene resumes the terrific ap- ll preparing his homely supper. He is accompanied by his pearance of reality.
son, a boy just old enough to go to field, bearing on his The gallant affair was thus officially communicated by l shoulder a spade and hoe. The scene is truly rural. The the admiral.
poultry are going to roost, and the rooks are winging their 66 To Evan Nepean, Esq.
way to their airy dormitories. Every episode is congenial “ Sir,
to the tranquility of “ sober eve.” This will be published " I have the honour of enclosing, for the information of ||
by the same house. the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, a letter
Two other preparatory etchings, we must not neglect to Captain Brisbane, of His Majesty's ship the Doris, who
mention : The one by Burnet, from the celebrated picture
of READING A WILL, by the inimitable Wilkie, which bids commands the frigates employed in watching the enemy's
fair to make a line engraving of some importance to the flect at the entrance of Brest harbour, in which important service he has shown a great deal of zeal and enterprise.
collectors of prints.
The other, a masterly etching, in progress, by Burnet, “ This daring exploit appears to me to stand as high, in
from Allan's picture of John Knox adınonishing Mary point of credit to His Majesty's arms, and glory to those
Queen of Scots. These are also preparing for Messrs. Hurst brave officers and men who have so nobly achieved it, as
I and Robinson. any of the kind ever performed.”
There is also just issued, hy the same publishers, an A fine line engraving is just completed, by James Stuart, ll engraving in imitation of chalk, by F. C. Lewis, from a of Edinburgh, from the admired picture by William Allan, I masterly sketch of the profile of the late Belzoni, made of the Death of Archbishop Sharp; and now ready for de- || from the life by Mr. Brockeden, and a most characteristic livery. Published by Messrs. Hurst and Robinson.
likeness of that celebrated traveller.
Little Red Riding Hood, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, is THE TEMPTING PRESENT.
promises to turn out a brilliant specimen of the art.. A highly finished and most beautiful line engraving, the One more line engraving we shall mention, which must landscape' by W. R. Smith, the figure by J. N. Robinson, I end the present list of works preparing, and now publis),from a small cabinet picture by Woodward, is also on the ing by this house, namely a print the same size as the eve of publication, by Messrs. Hurst and Robinson. Mr. Il original of COLOGNE ON THE RHINE, engraved by Goodall, Woodward, a young artist, (the pupil of A. Cooper, R. A.)
d. a voung artist. (the pupil of A. Cooper. R. AS || from the splendid drawing by W. M. Turner, R. A. in the whose works we have noticed in a former number, has possession of T. Tomkison, Esq. This superb print, exhibited in this subject, a talent which promises to rival which is an honour to the English school, will be considered in truth, simplicity, clearness, and finished execution thell a valuable addenda to the portfolio, as we are informed that best works of the Flemish or Dutch school. We do not re-only two hundred and fifty impressions have been taken, member to have seen a more captivating print. A servant || and that the plate was then destroyed. boy on a poney, is the bearer of a brace of birds, and a basket of fruit-he has stopped his horse, and with his fingers on a tempting bunch of grapes, is deliberatingsball 1-or shall I not. A terrier, not clearly under
A highly finished and most intelligent portrait of our standing the cause of his delay, is looking up, as it were to | favourite Wilson, is recently finished by Mr. William ask, why do you stop. The figures are well drawn, the Bond, in the dotted manner, which, as we are informed landscape is picturesque, and the whole truly English, | by our correspondent, is to be prefixed to the life of the The engravers have done ample justice to the painter. | painter, now preparing for publication. We infer from the
Mr. Say, has completed, for Messrs. Hurst and Robin- | size of the impression which we have seen, by favour of a son, the companion print to the Bandit, which we noticed friend, that the promised work by Mr. Wright, will be some time since. This is entitled The Wounded Brigand Il printed in quarto. This excellent specimen of Mr. Bond's Chief, painted at Rome, by C. L. Eastlake, our ingenious style of engraving, is rich and harmonious in effect, and countryman, whose works are spreading his reputation to certainly one of the most interesting portraits, abstracted various parts of Europe, as well as in his native country. of our regard for the memory of its ill-lated prototype, that The masterly spirit, identity of character, and originality
we have seen of late. He is seated in his arın chair, before of feeling, which this artist has displayed, in the few pic-ll his easel, with his palctte on his thumb, and grasping those tures which we have scen of his hand, excites our curiosity
identical tools, with which he helped to raise so lasting a to know more of his intelligent style of composition in his Inonument to that genius, which, alas ! laboured like many larger works. We have been informed that he is inde- || another,--less for its own benefit than that of posterity. fatigable in the pursuits of his art, and expecting much to || We thank our correspondent for recommending us to obtain a sight of this most interesting print. Surely a || The vast mass of precipitous rock on the opposite shore, we series of portraits of the principal artists of the English | mixbt venture to pronounce, from appearance, to he geoschool, (we do not include the living members) engraved | logically correct, a circumstance of no small import, in on the same scale, and in a similar style, would be highly | topographical representation. The sky of this subject is acceptable to the world of taste, and would remunerate thell quite luminous. liberal speculator, who would engage in such a plan. These In The other views contribute to the diversity of the work. might be accompanied by biographical sketches, to which which so far has deservedly met the approbation of the se would willingly contribute our share.
topographical collector. We shall continue to notice it in We bave, since writing the above, been informed that its progress, and trusting that each number will be received I this portrait was originally painted by Raphael Menys. ll with new interest, and that each will still be superior to from Wilson, whilst studying at Rome. That it was the last, we heartily wish the publication success. brought by him to England, and injudiciously, perhaps, I The engravers, Messrs. Goodall, Byrne, Wallis, Varall, exhibited by Wilson as a picture superior in merit to the and Edwards, bave preserved an uniformity of style in the I works of Reynolds. To this circumstance, then, possibly, I plates, and appear to have don
, possibly, I plates, and appear to have done justice to the drawings. may be attributed the origin of that mutual want of cor- | The parts are beautifully printed, and issued in a style of diality which was invariably noticed when these two great | elegance very creditable to the spirit and taste of the English painters met.
publisher. The original picture is in the collection of Sir Watkins Williams Wynne. The engraving has been made from a
• The only existing list of the members of this memorable instivery faithful copy taken many years since, by Mr. Taylor, ||
tution, the precursor of the Royal Academy, is printed in the
Somerset House Gazette, No. II., for October 25, 1823. This curistill living and in health, we rejoice to say; and now that
"Il ous document owed its accuracy to the assistance of Mr. Taylor, Mr. Nollekins is no more, we believe, the oldest surviving
who kindly completed our imperfect catalogue.
Noontide Leisure; or Sketches in Summer, outlines from Our tribute of praise is neyer unsparingly bestowed on
Nature and Imagination, 8c. By Nathan Drake, M.D. the meritorious performances of amateur artists. In this case we resume the pen with particular pleasure; to see
London: T. Cadell, 2 vols, 8vo. 1824. added to the military bonours of one who bore his share in DR. DRAKE is a veteran in the republic of letters, the arduous duties of the field of Waterloo, the distinctions
and has “done the state some service." This alone awarded to science, is a circumstance worthy of recording, when so many who wear the king's cloth, appear emulous
I should rescue him from the harshness of criticism, only of sinking into an effeminate insipidity, disgraceful to even were there any cause wliy criticism should be the nol
g to all man
| harsh. He is a pleasant agreeable writer, and his books seeling. We noticed the first part of this work, and spoke of the
have always had a certain sort of popularity. They merits of the author as we felt." This second part we think I are not indeed very profound, and are rarely “ sicklied superior to that, as more interesting in the choice of sub- lo'er with the pale cast of thought," but they maintain ject, and more artistical in composition and effect.
a respectable rank in the files of literature, The view of RHEINSTEIN, is romantic and characteristic, the lights are sparkling, and the eflect as intended, repre
The present publication of Dr. Drake is less miscelsents the scene under the influence of a stormy day. The
laneous in its character than most of its predecessors. engraver, Mr. Goodall, bas done justice to the subject. A Tale of the Days of Shakspeare-some critical ob
The great square of TOURNEY, bears evidence of topo servations on a Version of De Lille's Jardins and a graphical correctness. There is a want of keeping, however, in this scene, the ground being generally too dark,
notice of two Suffolk poets, comprise the whole of the which causes the long range of buildings to relieve too
contents. They are all written in the loose style suddenly as a continued mass of light. The three pro peculiar to the author, and are such essays as a good perties of chiaro scuro, light, dark, and middle tint, should
natured person of decent acquirements, and literary cver be kept in mind, when arranging the effect of a picture. The diffusing of these in their just ratio, is an
habits, would be likely to weave out between sleepacknowledged difficulty even with professors; amateurs,
ing and waking, in a warm summer's day-patulæ then, should particularly bend their attention to the study Trecubans sub tegmine fagi. And this we take it is of this indispensable feature of composition : for the utmost lobout the efforts of the engraver cannot supply the deficiencies of
about the summit of Dr. Drake's ambition. light and shadow. We do not pretend to know what the
The introductory essay is a collection of common practice of this gentleman may be, when studying from places on the beauty of noontide retirement, and its nature, but we are assured of this, that the professional || tendency to excite the fancy. These common place artist is as carefully intent to mark the effect of a scene on
sentiments are prettily variegated by quotations from all the spot, as he is particular in identifying the outline; and, as we have observed before, one day's study of colour, light,
such poets as have praised directly or indirectly the and shadow thus locally obtained, is more improving than gratefulness of shady solitudes at the hour of noon. months devoted to similar studies in the closet.
T'he whole is pleasant reading enough for young ladies
and ancient gentlemen, and all other followers of “ the THE LURLEY BERG.
feeble." Montchensey, or a tale of the days of ShakAnother magnificent scene, taken from a commanding speare, “is of higher pretensions, and contains some site, affords a bold and imposing subject for a picture.
a picture. Il very fair writing." It is the story of a Mr. MontchenThis is treated with greater breadth, is delicately engraved, and adds much to the interest of this second part. Il sey, who travelling near Stratford on Avon, meets with
rofession of arms
an accident which brings him acquainted with Shak- || his songs, to the infinite delight of the bard and his speare and his family. The descriptions are all founded || family. She writes thus of the family :on historical documents, and are not without interest. || " . Here were Mrs. Shakspeare and her two daughters: This is the picture of New-place, the residence of the || the former, who is, I understand, nearly eight years older bard :
than her husband, and was married to him when he was
but eighteen, appears to be approaching towards sixty; " • New-Place, then, originally built, I understand, in | and, though th:us far advanced in life, still retains some the reign of Henry the Seventh, owes ir modern and hand strong traces of having once been eminently beautiful. She some appearance to its present possessor, who, though he was sim.ply but becomingly dressed in a French hood, and purchased it more than twenty years ago, has only very
moderately sized rull, a gown otlight grey silk, with a black lately, from bis engagements in London, been able to reside | velvet cape slightly embroidered with bugelles, had bracein it. It is, with the exception of the College, a mansion lets on her arıns, and an ivory-handled fan of ostrich feabelonging to a family of the oame of Combe, the best and there in her hand. My attention, however, was almost largest house in Stratford, and is situated in the principal || instantly attracted to the eldest daughter, Mrs. Hall, street,
| whose features strongly resemble those of her father; and " • A porch, supported by two pillars, on a base of three || though not regularly handsome, possess a degree of comsteps, and having its architrave, as masung term this part || bined sweetness and intelligence which cannot but preof a buildins, decorated with the poet's arms, conducts you
| possess every individual in her favour. A smile of the to the house, which is now distinguished from most in the most bewitching expression played upon her lips as I town by being fronted entirely of brick, instead of brick | entered the room, and gave the utmost effect to a style of and timber, its former state, and possessing the additional || dress singularly tasteful and elegant. A caul or net of ornament of stone coigns. The windows, which are light || silver thread was thrown over her glossy tresses, and on and large, and what builders call bays in respect of form, |
this were obliquely placed several artificial seed-pods, are five in number, one over the porch, and two, ranging || which were represented open, with rows of pearls for seeds. one above the other, on each side of it; whilst surmounting || An open ruli of web-like lawn, a necklace of pearls, and the cornice, and occupying the greater part of the front an
art of the front la pown of lain-coloured muslin), over which was worn a roof, are three gables, or triangular uprights, with a window kirtle or mantle of dark brown satin, bordered with lace, in each,'" ,
will complete the portrait of my favourite Susanna; espe
cially when I add, that she inherits a portion of her father's Montchensey in a letter to a friend, thus pourtrays the
wit and humour, that, in her person, she is somewhat tall
and full, but highly lovely and graceful; and, as to age, not poet himself:
much, I should imagine, beyond the period of thirty. “ Conceive, then, my dear Charles, for I know thou art
6 • Judith, the younger by a year or two, I am informed,
Jl and wbo is about to be married to a gentleman of this place an admirer, almost as ardent as myself, of the author of
of the name of Quincy, wore her hair, according to the cusHamlet and Macbeth, conceive the door of this interesting
tom of our sisterhood, uncovered, knotted, and raised high little study opening, and Shakspeare coming forward with
at the forehead. She bad on a gown of Lincoln-green, a smile of the most fascinating good humour, to congratu
titted close to the body, with cut sleeves, and with a very late your friend on his recovery. There was, indeed, an
long and pointed bodice. Her ruff, which was large, and expression of so much swcetnesy and benignity in his fea
stiffened with straw-coloured starch, was curiously plaited; tures, that I thought I had never beheld a more interesting
he exhibited a slender chain of gold, pendant from her countenance. You will tell me this was partly owing to
neck; had on a petticoat of white tatlety, wrought with irresistible prepossession in his favour; it may have been
I vine leaves round the bottom, and wore perfumed gloves. so: but I will endeavour to be more particular. He ap
In her stature she is rather short, more reserved in her peared to me in height about the middle size, not corpu
disposition than Mrs. Hall, and less pleasing and intelleclent, but rather full in his person, which, notwithstanding
tual in her countenance.'” he is in his fifty-second year', may be still justly termed handsoine, as well as correctly and finely formed. His fore
After some weeks sojourn at Stratford, which is head high and unusually ample in its dimensions, is nobly expanded, and his bair, which is thinly scattered on the
Il filled with descriptions of the customs of the times, top of his head, clusters thickly about his temples and | and anecdotes of the place, all serving to illustrate the neck, and is of a beautiful auburn colour. His eyes, in a|| character and poetry of Shakspeare, the visitors return most remarkable degree, pleasing in their expression, yet,
to their seat in Derbyshire, whither the poet soon after at the same time, profoundly indicatory of the mighty mind within, are of a light and lively bazel, with brows that|
follows them. There is a romantic story of Helen's love form nearly a complete arch. To this description, if I add and her lover, introduced, in which the poet plays a the undulating outline of the nose, the dimpled expression Il principal part, and the whole tale ends with their hapof the cheeks, the perfect syminetry of the mouth, and the
piness and his death. open sweetness of the lips, you may form to yourself a tty accurate picture of the bard, more cspecially when
The essays on De Lille are chiefly intended to draw I further remark, that the contour of his face is oval, the || from obscurity, an anonymous version of that author's upper lip surmounted by a mustachio, with the extremities | poem ies Jardins. From the specimen given by Dr. slightly elevated, and the chin covered by a pointed beard.
Drake, the translation seems to be fairly enough exeIt may be necessary, also, in order to render my portrait more striking, to say something of his dress, which, at this
This cuted. Dr. D. has enriched his notice with remarks morning's interview, consisted of a loosc black gown, or || on Gardening, and with some interesting anecdotes and tabard, without sleeves, a rich doublet of scarlet cloth, || illustrations of the original poem. hose of dark grey, and boots or buskins of russet-coloured
The remaining essays in the volume, are occupied leather."
with critical and biographical notices of two “ once His daughter Helen Montchensey is a fine, poetry- || celebrated ” poets, of Hadleigh, in Suffolk.--Dr. Alaloving girl-who quotes Shakspeare's plays, and sings | baster, and Dr. Beaumont. The first lived between
1567 and 1640, and wrote a good deal on philology, lry, but these are the words of a famous high Dutch theology, and poetry. He was a profound oriental critic, which have been adopted by one of his followers scholar, and a distinguished divine. He wrote a Latin || in this country. The “ Devil's Élixir,” undoubtedly tragedy called Roxana, which Johnson has praised, possesses this requisite of popularity, though we much and part of an epic poem in honour of Elizabeth, ll question whether it will stand the test of experiment. which Spenser has mentioned in terms of high honour. || One is surprised to find that so many German authors Dr. Beaumont lived half a century later, and wrote still persist in their old absurdities. In the infancy of Psyche, a religious metaphysical poem, in twenty four || their literature they had a right to be childish, tastecantos--and a volume of minor poems. It is full of || less, and irrational, and they exercised this privileye faults, with an abundance of fine passages. Pope said to the utmost extent. With the growth of the national of it, “ there are in Psyche a great many flowers well intellect, and the experience of years, a better taste was worth gathering, and a man who has the art of stealing acquired, and the genius of the country soared into a wisely will find his arcount in reading it.” That this bealthier atmosphere, unincumbered with the grossness is a just opinion may be gathered from the following and absurdity which clung about its earlier etforts. stanzas, selected from the many which Dr. Drake has | Some living writers, however, seem anxious to recur to quoted :
the first ages of their literature, and to copy all its ** That storm blown o'er, the Spring march'd forth array'd || faults, with very little of its excellence. They will be With fragrant green, whose sweet embroidery
imaginative forsooth, as though the imagination were In blooms and buds of virgin smiles display'd
necessarily confined to an intercourse with extravaA scene of living joys, all echoed by Ten thousand birds, which, perch'd on every tree,
gance and nonsense. Mr. Hotman, judging from the Tun’d their soft pipes to Nature's harmony.
present volumes, belongs to this class. We confess to Summer came next, with her own riches crown'd,
an entire ignorance of all his other works, and the A wreath of flowers upon hier goodly head,
• Devil's Elixir” does not fill us with much anxiety Large sheaves of ripen'd gold did her surround,
to make acquaintance with them. Yet we are told by And all her way with wholesome plenty spread; Where, as she went, no tree but reach'd bis arm,
the translator, that “it has enjoyed very great popu- (For it was hot) to shade her head from harm.
larity all over Germany.” This does not all surprise Then follow'd Autumn, with her bosom full
us, considering the qualifications necessary to populaOf every fruit which either tempts the eye
rity in that country, Or charms the taste; here Wantomness might cull,
It is a story of diablerie, and of course full of imAnd weary grow : here wide-mouth'd Luxury Might her own boulimy devour with more
possible adventures, and extravagant sentiments. The Facility, than spend this teeming store.
hero, Franciscus, is born under miraculous circumAt last came drooping Winter slowly on,
stances, at a convent in Prussia, and is afterwards For frost hug heavy on his heels; the year
removed to a Cistertian monastery, where he is brought Languish'd in him, and looked old and wan:
up as a probationer for the monkish life. His boyhood le quak'd and shiver'd through his triple fur.
Canto iv. 1
is marked by a great many visionary and mysterious
incidents, which press on ihe undue developement of We can only repeat what we before observed, that
the imagination, and keep down the more useful qualiDr. Drake's volumes are good specimens of what is
ties of prudence and judgment. In proper time he called light reading. They are fit for the summer
| becomes a monk, and assumes the conventual name season, just about the hour of sunset, with tea and
of Medardus. To his care are committed the relics of slippers.
the couvent, and amongst others, “a small square
box," which contains the Devil's Elixir. Its history is The Devil's Elixir. From the German of E. T. A. Hof- || thus given :man. London : T. Cadell, 2 vols, 1824.
66 • Herein, Brother Medardus,' said hr, is contained I the most wonderful and mysterious relic of which ou
vent is possessed. As long as I have been resident here, this country except to professed students of German
no one but the prior and myself has had this box in his literature. To all others his works have been “a sealed
hands. Even the other brethren (not to speak of strangers) book ;" and judging from the specimen furnished by are unaware of its existence. For my own part I cannot the present translation, there will not be any violent
even touch this casket without an inward shuddering; for
it seems to me as if there were some malignant spell, or aspirations in the public mind to ti ar away the bars and
rather, some living demon, Jocked up within it, which, bolts which have hitherto kept his intellectual labours | were the bonds broken by which this evil principle is now out of our country. Mr. Hoffman may be a very ori confined, would bring destruction on all who came within ginal writer, he certainly is very fantastic and unintel
tel. || its accursed range.
60. That which is therein contained is known to have ligibe-not that this should be any particular objec
been derived immediately from the Arch-Fiend, at the tion with genuine admirers of German genius, who time when he was still allowed visibly, and in personal contend that “no production of mind can be either Il shape, to contend against the weal of mankind.' popular or lasting, unless it is wholly unintelligible to
"I looked at Brother Cyrillus with the greatest astonish
ment; but without leaving me time to answer, he went the reflective understanding.” We quote from memo
66° I shall abstain, Brother Medardus, from offering you my perception. In haste, as if from dread of being overany opinion of my own on this mysterious affair, but looked, I locked up the empty box into the cabinet, and merely relate to you faithfully what our documents say rapidly fled with the inestimable treasure into my cell, upon the subject. You will find the papers in that press, where I placed it carefully in my secretaire. and can read them afterwards at your leisure.
" At that moment, while turning over my papers, the " · The life of St. Anthony is already well known to you. identical small key fell into my hand, which formerly, in You are aware, that in order to be completely withdrawn order to escape from temptation, I had separated from the from the distractions of the world, he went out into the rest; and yet, notwithstanding my precaution, I had found, desert, and there devoted himself to the severest peneten both on this occasion, and at the time when the strangers tial exercises. The Devil of course followed him, and were with me, the means of unlocking the cabinet! I excame often in his way, in order to disturb him in his pious amined my bunch of keys, and found among them one contemplations.
I strangely shaped and unknown, with which I had now, and * • One evening it happened accordingly, that St. An without, in my distraction, remarking it, made my way to thony was returning home, and had arrived near his cell, || the relic. when he perceived a dark figure approaching him rapidly " Hereupon I shuddered involuntarily; but my terror along the heath. As his visitant came nearer, he observed || soon wore away. Asif on the transparent medium of a phanwith suprise, through the holes in a torn mantle worn by tasmagorie, one bright and smiling image chased another the stranger, the long necks of oddly-shaped bottles, which | before the mind's eye-before that mind, which now, for of course produced an effect the most extraordinary and the first time, seemed to be awoke from deep sleep; yet grotesque. It was the Devil, who, in this absurd masque-ll the visions of my youth awoke not-I thought not of the rade, smiled on him ironically, and inquired if he would past; but, under the feverish excitement of newly acquired rot choose to taste of the Elixir which he carried in these energy, dwelt only (is thought could be said to dwell where bottle? At this insolence, St. Anthony was not even in all was restless confusion) on the brilliant prospects which censed, but remained perfectly calm ; for the enemy having awaited me for the future. It was ambition that possessed now become powerless and contemptible, was no longer in me. I should have once more the power of obtaining that a condition to venture a real combat, but must confine noblest of earthly supremacies, an empire over the minds himself to scornful words,
of others! "• The Saint, however, inquired for what reason he “I had no sleep nor rest through the night, but eagerly carried about so many bottles in that unheard-of manner. I waited till the brightness of the next morning beamed
" For this very reason,' said the Devil, that people || through the high window into my cell, when I hastened may be induced to ask me the question ; for as soon as any || down into the monastery gardens to bask in the warm mortal meets with me, he looks on me with astonishment, splendour of the rising sun, which now ascended ficryly,
hakes the same inquiry that you have done, and, in the and glowing red from behind the mountains." next place, cannot forbear desiring to taste, and try what sort of elixirs I am possessed of. Among so many bottles, His brother monks begin to suspect something im. if he finds one which suits his taste, and drinks it out, and proper in his conduct, and regard him with distrust. becomes drunk, he is then irrecoverably mine, and belongs
İt is finally resolved that he shall quit the convent, and to me and my kingdom for ever.'
" · So far the story is the same in all legends, though be sent into honourable exile as an agent of the estasome of them add, that, according to the Devil's confession, || blishment at Rome. Previous to this event he is if two individuals should drink out of the same fask, they || haunted in his dreams by the vision of a beautiful would henceforth become addicted to the same crimes, possessing a wonderful reciprocity of thoughts and feelings,
female, who exercises great supernatural power over yet mutually and inconsciously acting for the destruction
him. At length he sets out for Rome, and his journey of each other. By our own manuscripts it is narrated || is full of curious adventures. This is the first, and out farther, that when the Devil went from thence, he left || of it spring all the others :some of his flasks on the ground, which St. Anthony directly took with him into his cave, fearing that they
I “ The dark pine-tree woods became always more and might fall into the way of accidental travellers, or even de-ll.
|| more dense, and the ground more steep and uneven. Sudceive some of his own pupils, who came to visit him in that
denly I heard near me a rustling in the thickets, and then retirement. By chance, so we are also told, St. Anthony
a horse neighed aloud, which was there bound to a tree. I once opened one of these bottles, out of which there arosc
advanced some steps farther, as the path guided me ondirectly a strange and stupifying vapour, whereupon all
wards, till, almost petrified with terror, I suddenly found sorts of hideous apparitions and spectral phantoms from
myself on the verge of a tremendous precipice, beyond bell had environed the Saint, in order to territy and delude
Il which the river, which I have already mentioned, was him. Above all, too, there were forms of women, who
o || thundering and foaming at an immeasurable distance besought to entice him into shameless indecencies. These
low. altogether tormented him, until, by constant prayer, and severe penitential exercises he had driven them again out of rock which jutted over the chasm, what appeared to me
" With astonishment, too, I beheld, on a projecting point of the field. 66. In this very box there is now deposited a bottle of that
the figure of a man. At first, I suspected some new delu
sion; but, recovering in some degree from my fear, I venkind, saved from the relics of St. Anthony; and the docu
tured nearer, and perceived a young man in uniform, on ments thereto relating, are so precise and complete, that
the very outermost point of the rocky cliff. His sabre, his the fact of its having been derived from the Saint is hardly |
Dann 18 hardly hat, with a high plume of feathers, and a portefeuille, lay to be doubted.')
| beside him ;-with half his body hanging over the abyss, he In the course of time the unlawful curiosity of seemed to be asleep, and always to sink down lower and Medardus impels him to taste the fatal Elixir, and the lower! His fall was inevitable !
"I ventured nearer. Seizing him with one hand, and consequences are most disastrous :
endeavouring to pull him back, I shouted aloud, For " It seemed immediately as if fire streamed through all | God's sake, Sir, awake! For Heaven's sake, beware! I my veins, and filled me with a sensation of indescribable said no more : for, at that moment, starting from his sleep, delight! I drank once more, (but sparingly,) and the rap-|| and at the same moment losing his equilibrium, he fell tures of a new and glorious life began at once to dawn on down into the cataract !