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sepulchre ; so that when I slowly trayed her own: “ Who should be emerged from my deathly slumber, in the chapel at this hour ?" I found my fond and faithful Josephine “ There may be treachery on foot,” at my side, anxiously watching for my suggested my alarmed conscience ; return to life and reason. For some “ we may be suspected, betrayed." minutes after I awakened out of my " Who should betray us, Torriana, lethargy, my faculties were so com- since no one is entrusted with our pletely benumbed and stapified, that secret ? Where there is no confidence, I could scarcely comprehend what was there can be no treachery;" and, rallysaid to me. Having partaken, how. ing all the powers of her stronger judgever, of the viands and cordials with ment, she strove to reason me out of which Josepbine kad liberally sap- my fears, and to persuade me to implied me, I found myself greatly re- pute what we had heard to some forfreshed and invigorated. I then be- tuitous occurrence. Bat my terror was gan to equip myself in the disguise not to be thus appeased ; and I firmly which Josephine's prudence had pro- refused to quit our present place of vided for me; and covering my feet concealment, unless convinced that with a pair of thick travelling shoes, we went unobserved; for the large shrouding my face in a large boonet, window above the altar overlooked and surmounting the whole dress with the very rocks over which we must an old dark cloak, I would have de- necessarily pass; and I entreated fied the most intimate of my English Josephine to ascend into the chapel, friends to have recogoized the rain, that the foundation of my fears might giddy, dashing girl of eighteen, in the be explained. person of the old French market wo In vain did she represent to me inan that I now appeared.

the folly of so doing; I persisted in While I was engaged in adjusting my determination, and she at length my rude toilet, Josephine employed consented to go. After an absence herself in using some of the oil that of a few minutes, however, she refilled her lamp, to lubricate the rusty turned to tell me, that what we had hinges of the massivc portal; and beard merely arose from the falling inaking the key to turn with more to the ground of one of the censers, ease in it's ponderous lock, in ord which had been carelessly placed on that our egress might be conducted the altar. My fears being thus tranas silently and secretly as possible. quillized, we resumed our station near

It had been arranged, between my the door of the vault; but, at the friend and my lover, that, at one hour lapse of every minute, becamc more after midnight, he should be in readi- and more distressed, at the delay of ness, with a vessel, to carry us to the preconcerted signal. England; the signal of his coming to Josepbine sat with her eyes closed, be a low whistle, followed by three her lips parted, her hands clenched gentle raps on the door of the vault. within each other, her eager ear preAs soon, therefore, as I had finished sented towards the spot whence we my dressing, we covered the shell expected the wished for sound to over, precisely as it had been before, issue, while I leaned on her shoulder and seated ourselves to await in pa- in languid hopelessness; for the clock tience, until the chiming of the con- bad chimed three times since the apveot clock should prepare us to ex- pointed hour, and the two terrible pect Kenyon's arrival.' The clook bad strokes that now fell on struck the momentous One. Our cars seemed to syllable to my over-wrought were on the alert; we feared to whis- fancy the dreadful word, per, almost to breathe; when we were pair!” Jast then a shrill whistle resuddenly started by bearing some- verberated through the rocks; Jothing fall, directly over our heads ; sephine started up; her hand was we looked at each other aghast, for already on the lock; the three gentle Dearly a minute, in speechless horror. taps had hardly announced that all

“ Merciful powers !” gasped I, was safe, when she pulled open the “ did you hear that noise ? there must gate, and the fresh breeze that rushed be some one in the chapol."

in had scarcely brushed my cheek, “ Nonsense, cbild !” replied Joseph- before it fell in delicious transport ine, endeavouring to dissipate my on Loftus' bosom! fears, while her faltering voice be Josephine, however, quickly roused Eur. Merg. Vol. 81. Jan. 1822,


our ear

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us from our blissful trance, hy remind- bouring nobility, I gave my hand to ing us of the danger of delay; Loftus my faithful and

generous lover. acknowledged the truth by a sigh, And, if there is perfect bliss to be once more strained me to his heart, found on earth, I may proudly say, then drawing my arm within his own, that I am at this moment in poshe seized a torch, and, bidding Joseph- session of it. ine lead the way, conducted my tot Josephine and the two children tering steps over the rugged rocks, shortly afterward joined us; and the until we reached the shore.

only alloy that I have experienced The silver moon rose high in the to the purest happiness, for the space dark blue and unclouded horizon, of many years, was the death of this inaking distinctly visible the white dear friend : who died of a brainsails of a vessel that was riding fever soon after the birth of my first at anchor not far distant ; and after child. taking a fond and farewell embrace This, my dear Madam, is the Nar'of my kind, my valued Josephine, rative of my life, which you have so Kenyon hurried me into a small boat often requested from me. A consithat was in readiness, in which we derable portion of it was committed swiftly reached the ship, that was now to paper during my residence at St. got under weigh as speedily as pos- Malo. In order that I might not, sible; a brisk gale favoured us; and by anticipating events, weaken the before the close of day, the white interest, I have detailed the whole cliffs of Albion greeted my delighted as present, rather than past. It eyes.

abounds, I am well aware, with inBeing landed on British ground, inaccuracies ; but my aim was to we instantly despatched expresses to present you with a faithful delineamy two guardians, and to my aunt, tion of feelings and circumstances, to prepare them to meet me.

and not to pen a studied and elaboAfter a few days, I was re-instated rate composition. as mistress

of Mortlake Abbey ; I am, my dear Madam, where, in presence of Lord and Lady Your's, affectionately, Meldrum, Mr. and Mrs. Forbes, and

TORRIANA KENYON. a numerous assemblage of the neigh- To Mrs. Maria FORTESCUE.

Go,- you may call it madness, folly,

You cannot chase my mood away ;
There's such a charm in melancholy,
I would not, if I could, be gay.


OH! the fairest hour of life is not

When the eyes are with laughter lightest;
It is not of earth the sweetest spot,

Whose skies are for ever the brightest.
And the soul if it might would not retain

The time when the song was loudest;
No feeling heart ever wish'd again

For the moment it beat the proudest.
Where there is a dash of grief in the cup,

A double charm hangs about it;
We could not unmingled delight drink up,

Nor think it so sweet without it.
For Sadness and Love can attune the heart

To a feeling that saints might borrow;
The ylitter of Revelry all may depart,-

But let me with my Joy have Sorrow.

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(Continued from Vol. LXXX. page 448.)

The new harbour affords shelter to IS very ancient. On the high emi- nearly three hundred vessels, of from nence called Castle Hill, it is sup one to three hundred tons burden. The posed a Roman Pharos, or watch- western pier affords a good and pleatower, stood, and vestiges of Roman sant walk, from the extensive view of antiquity have been found in great the coast of France, and the constant abundance. In the early periods of passing of vessels of all descriptions. history the town is said to have been It extends a third of a mile completely large, and to bave contained five parish- into the sea, and encircles nineteen charebes, of which four have been acres beneath high water mark. The undermined and sank by encroach- massy rough rocks of which it is comments of the sea. Leland has men- posed, are placed with a facility that tioped two of them, which he describes excites astonishment in every beto have been in a ruinous state in his holder, and the work is justly contime.

sidered as one of the best of it's kind The present edifice stands near the in this country. Besides the local beverge of the cliff, on the west side of nesit derived, it's contiguity to Bouthe town. It is a plain neat structure, logne, and with a fine entrance, poswith a square tower, having a beacon sessing the peculiar advantage of turret, The building is low, and not allowing vessels to enter or go out very regular ; contains many monu- at half ebb and half food, it's intermental tablets, among wbich is one course with the continent is of very on a brass plate in the middle aisle, considerable importance. to the memory of the mother of the Folkstone has long drawn the attencelebrated Dr. William Harvey, who tion of visitors to it in the summer; as was a native of this town; she died in it combines the conveniences of bath1605. William Langhorne, A.M. mi- ing, with salubrious air, bold romantic nister of this parish,

who died in 1772, land scenery, and charming marine has a fine poetic tribute of affection prospects. from the pen of his brother, Dr. John On the heights at the entrance of the Langhorne, beginning with,

town from Sandgate, is a handsome “ Of Langborne's life be this memorial ing-houses in different parts ; the ac

row of houses, and respectable lodggiv'n, Whose race was virtue, and whose goal good. The gentle declivity of the

commodation at the inns is also very was heav'n.”

shore, and being well sheltered from Formerly the streets were more steep, the breezes, renders the bathing here narrow, irregular, and ill-paved, than not only safe, but pleasant in any state at present; as they have greatly im- of the wind or tide. Beside the maproved of late years, the town has chines, there are two hot and cold become more flourishing. The inhabit- salt water baths; and a good library, ants are chiefly supported by the suc- regularly supplied with newspapers, cess of the fishery.

magazines, &c. &c. Folkstone is strongly fortified by na

About half a mile north from the ture; a ridge of rock's extending to a town in the little hamlet of Ford, there considerable distance into the sea, rises a chalybeate spring, which on both to the east and west of the town; analyzation has been found to possess which, with the boldness of the clif, all the virtues of the strongest springs seems to bid defiance to an invading of that description in this country. enemy. To add to it's security, there The vallies round Folkstone and are batteries both to the east and Sandgate are extremely fertile, while west of the town, besides three Mar- the hills command most extensive and tello towers, placed at regular dis- varied views. A pleasant walk through tapres on the rising ground called the valley leads to an eminenco called Copt Point, all of wbich encrease the Castle Hill, where are to be seen the pleasantness of the scene.

lines of circumya!lation by wbich it's

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summit is crowned, and the appear- room, nor theatre ; but those luxuries, ance of ancient fortifications. Lying which are not necessary for valetudibetween this hill and another of equal narians, may be enjoyed at the short height is the Cherry Orchard, a most distances of Hythe, Dover, or Folkromantic spot, which in the summer stone. Hurry, fatigue, noise, and digmonths affords a cool and pleasant sipation, frequently counterbalance Tetreat, and is much frequented by the beneficial effects for the attainthe residents and visitors of Folk- ment of which the invalid seeks the stone; there being also a house of sea-shore. There is a good library, entertainment for parties.

adjoining to which is a billiard-roomi. Along the sea coast, the rides are The cliff's on the land side are pleasing beyond description, com- highly romantic, and all the walks manding so many sublime prospects. and rides round this place present The bold and romantic scenery on the pleasingly varied scenes. On the land side, the fine marine prospect, line of heights that edge the sea, the view of the whole French coast a little beyend Sandgate, is Shorne from Blancness to Boulogne, with the Cliff, which was occapied, during the variety of vessels passing and re- war, by military in barracks there. passing in stately grandeur, have a The Military Canal commences about particularly interesting and grand a mile castward of Hythe. It is sixty effect. A most pleasant walk of two feet wide, and very deep, with embra- miles next brought us to

sures on the angles for cannon; the SANDGATE.

length is about twenty miles, termiA row of houses on each side of nating at Appledore. the road, with a few detached buildings, form the whole of this pretty

HYTHЕ village, midway between Folkstone is a town of considerable antiquity. and Hythe. The castle was built by Leland describes it as formerly having Henry the Eighth, for the defence of been “ a very great towne yn length, the coast, on the sea shore, at the containing four paroches,” which he bottom of two hills ; and here Qucen says were “clene destroyed.” The Elizabeth lodged one night, when she same learned antiquarian mentions visited the coast in the memorable the great fire which had happened in year 1588. Part of this fortress has the days of Edward the Second, by been more recently converted into a which he relates, that more than large Martello tower.

eighteen score of houses were burnt, The expanse of sea, it's invigorating and asserts, that “the ruines of the breezes, the purity of it's air, the chyrches and chyrcheyardes” were neatness of it's houses, the lively then yet remaining; that it evidently cheerful appearance of every thing appeared that the abbey bad occuaround, and the pleasant rides and pied the site of the present parishwalk in it's vicinity, unite to render church ; and that some of the oflices this place a residence saitable to those belonging to it were close to a spring, who visit the sea side for health or near “ the top of the church-yard.” pleasure, on a more retired scale than The church is worth notice. It is a the larger and more fashionable bath- handsome edifice with many turrets ing-places afford. It is a desirable and pinnacles; the tower is large and place for bathing, the beach consist- lofty. The chancels are of great antiing entirely of shingles, so that the quity; and on the outer part of the 'water is very clear, and by shelving west side of the cross aisle may be gently from the shore, it presents any traced, under a Saxon arch with zigdepth that may be desired. There are zag ornaments, an ancient door-way, several batbing-machines, and warm which is supposed to have led to the and cold baths are constructed. The abbey. In a vault under the chancel New Inn is the usual place of public is an immense pile of bones, some entertainment, and lodgings may be of them of gigantic size, and appear had on reasonable terms. Some very by an inscription to be the remains of good houses have been erected for the Danes and Britons killed in a battle accommodation of strangers, and se- near this place; though several authors veral houses are appropriated as lody- assert, that they belonged to ancient 'iny-houses during the season. There Britons and Saxons, who were slain is, however, neither a ball, assembly in a great battle fought on the shore,

between Hythe and Folkstone, in the tion of this castle was thrown down by reign of Hengist, about the year 456. an earthquake. The works now stand

Hythe is a cinque port, borough, ing consist of a lofty embattled enand corporate town. The principal trance gate, which formerly had a street is of a good width, and about drawbridge and a portcullis ; and half a mile in length, tolerably well within the area of the walls, are the built. It contains the market-place, ruins of several apartments, among and town-ball over it; two good inns, which are the chapel and hall. The a public library, and some large and outer walls are of great thickness, and well furnished shops. It has some in some parts from fifteen to twenty pretensions to a bathing-place; there feet high, beautifully covered with being bathing machines on the beach, ivy: many of the turrets by which lodging-houses on a small scale, the angles and projections were for. balls and assemblies held occasion- merly strengthened, are still remainally, and a beat theatre. The church ing. The gateway has been convertand some of the best bouses extend ed into a farm-house, the area is the along the foot of a portion of the garden, and the remains of large hill connected with the heights of vaults under different parts of the Saltwood.

decayed buildings, are appropriated A handsome brick building has been for various domestic purposes. erected at the foot of Saltwood Near the village of Saltwood is Heights for the Royal Staff Corps, situated the mansion of William as permanent barracks; and the road Deedes, Esq. of Great Sandling; a tamning from them to the north-east handsome edifice in the Italian style. of the town, leads to the summit of That family having during many centhe hill, where temporary barracka turies resided in this part. were erected for a numerous body The situation of the castle, church, of troops. From this height there is a and various erections now standing at fine view of the sea, the coast of

LYMNE, France, Romney Marsh, the forts and with the signal house on the bill, now military canal, and the bills of Sussex. removed, is truly romantic; and the

Near Hythe, is Beachborough, the prospects from every part of this emiseat of James Drake Brockman, Esq.; nence are of the finest and most beauand on the top of an adjoining hill is tiful description. Besides the whole a summer-house with a cupola roof, range of hills to the southward, which from wbence is a most extensive prog- extend to Portsmouth, it includes a pert.

view of the whole level of Romney The venerable ruins of Saltwood Marsh, together with the military caCastle Dext claim attention, stand- nal, the batteries, and Martello ing on an eminence between Salt- towers, to the famous Ness Point, wood Heights and Shorne Cliff, about and the noted land mark called Pevenbalf a mile from the road. This for- sey Hills, in Sussex. tress is supposed to have derived it's The tide formerly approached the name from a wood, which formerly foot of this hill, now clothed with covered a great extent of this coast, wood; and here was the capacious and to bave originated from the haven called Portus Lemanus, and Romans; but we bave no authentic also the garrison of the Turnacensian account respecting it's early history. band. The fine remnant of this RoIt was bestowed upon the ses of man work hangs as it were on the Canterbury, and became the resi- side of the hill

, which is very steep deace of the archbishop in the reign of in descent: the walls include about King John, when it was enlarged and twelve acres of ground, in form nearly improved by successive possessors, square, and without a ditch. А great soms of money having been ex- pretty brook, arising from the rock, pended to make it so elegant and mag- west of the church, runs for some nificent, that Archbishop Cranmer, space on the east side of the wall ; observing the murmurs excited in then passes through it, and go along consequence, gave it up to Henry it's lowermost edge by the farm-house the Eighth. From which time it was at the bottom. The walls, which are possessed by several noblemen, and composed of Roman bricks and rags now the property of the Brydges. stone, are twelve feet thick, and have family. In the year 1580, a large por, some round holes, at cqual spaces,

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