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rapid zigzags, carried in a broken track all-the very name of our ancestors along the precipitous face of a slaty have ye taken away, and now ye come grey rock, which would otherwise bave for our lives.' been absolutely inaccessible. On the " • I seek no man's life,' replied tho top of this rock, only to be approached Captain ; ' I only execule my orders. by a road so broken, so narrow, and so If you are alone, good woman, you have precarious, the corporal declared he had nought to fear-if there are any with seen the bonnets and long-barrelled you so rash as to offer useless resistance, guos of several mountaineers, appa. their own blood be on their own heads rently couched among the long beath - Move forward, serjeant.' and brusb-wood which crested the emi. " • Forward-marcb,' said the Nonnence. Captain Thornton ordered him commissioned officer.

• Buzza, my to move forward with three files, to dis. boys, for Rob Roy's head or a puree of lodge the supposed ambuscade, while at gold ! a more slow but steady pace he advanced “ He quickened his pace into a ruo, to his support with the rest of his parly. followed by the six soldiers; but as they

“ The attack which he meditated was attained the first traverse of the ascent, prevented by the unexpected apparition the fash of a dozen of firelock, from of a female upon the summit of the rock. various parts of the pass parted io quick “Stand!' she said, with a commanding succession and deliberate aim. The tone. • and tell me what ye seek in Mac- serjeant, shot through the body, still Gregor's country?

struggled to gain the asceut, raised bim" bave seldom seen a finer or more self by his hands to clamber up the face commanding form than this woman. of the rock, but relaxed his

grasp, after She might be between the term of forty a desperate effort, and falling, rolled and fifty years, and had a countenance from ihe face of the clif' into ihe deep which must once have been of a mascu. lake, where he perished Of the soldiers line cast of beauty ; though now, im. three fell, slain or disabled; the others printed with deep lines by exposure to retreated on their main body, all more rough weather, and perhaps by the wast- or less wounded. ing influence of grief and passion, its “ • Grenadiers, to the front,' said features were only strong, harsh, and Captain Thornton - You are to recolexpressive. She wore her plaid, not lect, that in these days this description drawn around her head and shoulders, of soldiers actually carried that destrucas is the fashion of the women in Scots tive species of firework from which they Jand, but disposed around her body as derive their name. The four grenadiers the Highland soldiers wear their's. She inoved to the front accordingly. The had a man's bonnet, with a feather in it, officer commanded the rest of the party an unsheathed sword in her hand, and a to be ready to support them; and oply pair of pistols at her girdle,

saying to us, • Look to your safety, " • It's Helen Campbell, Rob's wife,' gentlemen,' gave, in rapid succession, said the Baillie, in a whisper of consider. ibe word to the grenadiers ; Open able alarm ; and there will be broken your pouches- handle your grenadesbeads amang us or it's lang.'

blow your matches-fall ou.' “ . What seek ye here she asked “ The whole advanced with a shout, again of Captain 'Thoroton, who had headed by Captaio Thornton, the grehimself advanced to reconnoitre. nadiers preparing to throw their gre

"We seek the outlaw, Rob Roy pades among the bushes where the anMacGregor Campbell,' answered the buscade lay,

and the musketeers to supofficer, . and make no war on women ; port them by an jostant and close therefore offer no vain opposition to assault. Dougal, forgotten in the scufthe king's troops, and assure yourself of tle, wisely crept into the thicket that civil treatment.'

overhung that part of the road where “Ay,' relorted the Amazon, I am we bad first halied, which be ascended no stranger to your tender mercies. Ye with the activity of a wild cat. I fol. have left me neither name nor fame- lowed his example instioctively, recol. my mother's bones will shrink aside in lecting that the fire of the Highlanders their grave when mille are laid beside would sweep the open track.

clamthem—Ye have left me and mine nei. bered until out of breath ; fur a conti. ther bouse por hold, blanket nor bed. nued spattering fire, in which every ding, cattle to feed us, or flocks to shot was multiplied by a thousand clothe us-Ye bave taken from us all.- echoes, the hissing of the kindled fuseen of the grenades, and the successive On quitting France, as well as Italy explosion of those missiles, mingled, and witzerland, this author makes exwith the huzzas of the soldiers, and tensive and very appropriate observathe yells and cries of their Highland tions on the manners, society, and cha. atagonists, formed a contrast which racter of the inbabitants of each counadded – I do not shame to own it- try, be also describes the present state wings to my desire to reach a place of religion, and of the arts and sciences, of safety Tbe difficulties of the ascent giving an interesting account of the an. soon jocreased so much that I despaired tiquities of Italy, the paintings and staof reaching Dougal, who seemed to tues, mentioning, with just discriminaswing himself from rock to rock, and tion, in particular, the chef d'œuvres stump lo stump, with the facility of contained in the collections of Rome, #squirrel, and I turned down my eyes Naples, and Florence. At Naples he to see what bad become of my other devotes many pages to the subject companions. Both were brought to of mendicity and poverty through the a ters awkward still-stand.

different countries of Europe which he "The Baillie, to wbom I suppose fear had visited during his three years tour. had given a temporary sbare of agility, Mr. Milford appears also to be a great had ascended about iweoty feet from admirer of rural charms, and dwells the parb, when his foot slipping, as with rapture on the sublime scenery bo straddled from one huge fragment of the Italian and Swiss lakes, at the of rock to another, he would have same time conveying to his readers a dembered with his father the deacon, correct idea of the picturesque beau. phose acts and words he was so fond of ties, and wonders of nature, concencooling. but for a projecting branch trated in the delightful environs of of a ragged thorn, which, catching bold Naples. His particular description of of the skirts of his riding-coat, sup- Pompeii, as well as the account he gives ported him in mid air, where he dangled of a night scene at Vesuvius, will afford zot unlike to the sign of the Golden every reader both amusement and infor. Fleece over the door of a mercer in mation. Lodgate-hill

We now will select a few extracts " As for Andrew Fairservice, he had from these volumes, to give an idea advanced with better success, until he of the author's style, and will begin bad atlained the top of a bare cliff, by copying his relections on leaving mbich, rising above the wood, exposed Rome; of which city, with all its wonbin, at least in his own opinion, to derful productions of the arts, both all the dangers of the neighbouring ancient and modern, he has given a skirmish, while, at the same time, it very copious account. was of such a precipitous and impracti- • I could not quit imperial Rome, cable ualure, that he dared neither to where I bad enjoyed so much inteladvance por retreat.

Footing it op lectual gratification of the sublimest and down upon the narrow space which pature, without " Casting one longing, the top of the cliff afforded (very like a lingering look bebind.” On taking leave fellow at a country-fair dancing upon a of ihis city of ancient heroes, probably trescher), he roared for mercy in Gaelic for ever, l'inevitably fell into a contemand English alternately, according to plative mood, and could not help recolthe side on which the scale of victory lecting how ofteo, during my stay there, seemed to predominate, while his excla- surrounded by the ruins of ages, 1 had sations were only answered by the moralized " de fuga seculi et de vanigroups of the Baillie, who suffered tale munde;" how frequently I bad touch, bot only from apprehension. thought to myself, “ Here's room for but from the pendulous posture in which meditation e'en to nadness, till the be bang suspended by the loics." mind burst will thinking." It was

judeed impossible, when contemplating Obertalions, Moral, Literary, and these scenes, not to be perpetually reAntiquarian, made during a Tour miuded of ihe transient nature of all droegd the Pyrennees, souh of things human, even those which apPrezte, Switzerland, the whole of peor the most powerfully calculated to Italy, and the Netherlands, in the defy the impressions of time itself, the Years 1614 and 1815. By John irresistible destroyer, and to descend to Mdford, Jun. lale of St. John's Col the latest posterity: lege, Cambridge.

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the most interesting, scene upon the continent, is that, of all others, which Every person must experience the is, perhaps, the most neglected; I mean greatest interest in visiting the amphithe greatest part of the journey be- theatre of Pompeii. Curiosity has ne. tween Rome and Naples, which is gene- ver gone so far as to clear the whole of rally hurried through with the utmost the arena; but I was glad to find work. precipitation, on account of its being men now employed for that purpose. through a flat marsh, offering no food On its sides are represented a variety of but to the contemplative mind : let us, animals, which used to be introduced in however, recollect, that this Pontine the exhibitions, and near one of them is Marsh, this region of stagnant water a wounded gladiator. It was here the and disease, was once an immense plain ancients took delight in seeing their of rich cultivation. Every where there fellow-creatures torn in pieces by wild is something to interest our curiosity, beasts, and where even women exposed excite our surprise, or melt us with themselves, and drenched the ground compassion. The Campania of Rome with their blood ; (the modern name of this country),

“ Sed fæminarum illustrium, senatorumque although disfigured with ruins, and

Filiorum plures per arenam fedati sunt." marked by the sterility of its land

TACITUS. and the unhealthiness and misery of its people, cannot fail to awaken ideas " At each moment the workmen of its former power and inbabitants, and were discovering large pieces of fresco to inspire us with reflections of a melan. painting, which not being yet faded choly cast, when we compare its present by the sun, offered to the sight a vasituation with what it once was.-What riety of colours, more exquisitely heaua lesson to human pride, and of the tiful than words can express. In this mutability of human possessions, when amphitheatre there are forty two rows we trace a country of near forty miles, of seats for the spectators, all of marnow an uninhabitable mass of desolated ble, which alone serve to give one swamp, breathing only pestiferous exha- an idea of the original splendor of the lations to the destruction of human life, edifice," &c. &c.--Vol. II. p. 54, &c. which once was the seat of pleasure and He ascended a hill, and took riches, wafting the breath of health and view of Pompeii.

* The ashes were luxury to its innumerable population. twenty-five feet deep, and the walls Where shall we look round for even a of the houses now standing are about vestige of the palaces, villas, gardens, twelve feet bigh; but not more than nay of more than twenty populous ove quarter of the city (which is said to towns, which are recorded to have been have been four miles in circumference) situated here, and which the invasion is yet unovvered. The remainder is and plunder of successive conquerors,

still overwhelmed with cinders, and the and, above all, that more destroying surface above planted with fruit-trees. conqueror Time, have sunk into obli. These are the principal objects which vion ?"- Vol 11. p. 1 to 4.

struck my attention during my frequent Speaking of Pompeii (which was visits to Pompeii ; but there were a overwhelmed about 1800 years since thousand others, which perhaps it would by an eruption of Vesuvius, and has be tiresome lo enumerate. I had been been excavated within these last few walking through a city built nearly years), he says,

2000 years ago,

which during the “ We now walked down one of the greater part of that time has continued principal streets, which is about ten buried under ground : I had entered feet in breadth. By the side is a raised the rooms of the houses, and remarked pavement for foot passengers. That in the shops many implements used for in the centre was for carriages (which different professions :' I had seen the are supposed to have been about four villa near the town, where Cicero is feet broad), so that there was suffis said to have resided ; in fact, I cavnot cient room for two to pass each other. describe half what I saw or felt on this Here you will plainly perceive the ruts occasion ; suffice it to say, that during made by the wheels nearly 2000 years the whole of my tour, I never expe. ago! On one side of this street are rienced such sensations of pleasure in the remains of the magnificent temple exploring the remains of antiquity.”. of Isis, in a good state of preserva. Vol. II. p. 59. tion."

In his description of Vesuvius, he says,



“ One of the guides who was in front twelve o'clock we were on foot, and was hollowing to us to hasten our steps. again reached the crater of Vesuvius We soon arrived at the crater, or mouth about half past one. The moon at this of the volcano, being an oval, the short moment happened to be concealed beest diameter of which is about 100 bind the mountain ; and the darkness fatboms. How can I describe my sen- of night being spread on every side etioss at that moment? We were no around us, peculiarly favoured the apsooner there before volumes of smoke pearance of the burning volcano. The issued forth from the bosom of the convulsive shocks continued for an mountain ; innumerable red-hot stones hour, with very little intermission, were burled into the air with wonderful This was the reality of awful grandeur. force; and the whole was accompanied The stones and lava vomited from the by a dreadful crash resembling thunder. bosom of the mountain again rose to an The shock was so great that the earth enormous height, and formed entire trembled; the fragments of red-hot lava showers of fire. fell on every part around me, and one “ The coup d'æil was still more terrie struck my friend, who was close by my fic than that which I had witnessed here side. He was fortunate in not receiving on a former occasion. Daylight preany material injury, as some of these vents your seeing the extent of the fragments were more than a hundred fame; but in the gloom of night, when pounds in weight."-Vol. II. pp. 64 the crash commences, the whole mass and 65.

projected from below is brightly illy. * A shower of cinders followed; I mined. Man is struck dumb with wonagaia bebeld innumerable fragments of der and surprise !! I was quietly seated bamiag lasa in the air. What a sight! on a large fragment of lava during the Hoe terrific was the roar, how dan- silence between the different bursts, gerous our siivation, how uncertain when I experienced the shock of an whether some of us might not be earthquake; the earth very sensibly struck by these fiery substances ! My trembled beneath me, We returned to mind was filled with religions awe and Naples the next morning, still more admiration at the scene before me," delighted than we had been with our &c. &e.- Vol 11. page 65.

former excursion. I could never look “ The rouring commenced as soon at Vesuvius, rising on the opposite side as we arrived, and the thundering shocks of the bay, about eight miles to the east Here se pealed every five minutes for the of Napies, without picturing to my ima. space of an hour, each one appearing gination the horrors of the eruption, Isore sonorous than the former. The which, on some future day, might bury conds of smoke were gathered thick this gay city, and all the immediate arouod us: and between the bellowings beauties, under its burning ashes, as of the mountain there seemed a deadly it did Pompeji and several other towns. pauze. The eye looked with anxiety Thus you see, notwithstanding the many for the flash, the ear listened attentively charms of this delightful city, it has liketo catch the roar; and the heat, while wise ils disadvantages ; and occasional the internal storm was thus brewing, alarnis from earthquakes cannot fail to and the face of the mountain darkened, excite anxiety in a reflecting mind."was violent; presently the crater was Vol II. pp. 71 and 72. irradiated by the bursting torrent, the And when describing the Italian Lakes, ar was rent by terrific lightnings, and he saya, tbe very foundations of the mountain “ We had now explored the whole of appeared shaken by the deafening and the lake of Cono, which is loy far the incessant peals, which broke like tre. finest in Lombardy. Even the most idle faendous artillery around.

I never observer must be enchanted with the fouad myself so deficient in language to variety of the scenery on its borders, express what I felt, saw, and heard."- the hanging woods, the frequent casVol. II. page 67.

cades, the innumerable country-houscs "I must not omit to mention, that I and villages, which we find scattered on ascended Vesuvius a second time, and every side in most delightful situations; tuade this excursion by night. We dined all these, and many other objects, natuatbe Hermitage, on the cold provisions rally crowd upon the mind, and call we had brought with us; and afterwards forth its admiration, as you pass over reposed for a few hours on the miserable the clear surface of the water. The beds wbieb this habitation affords. . At shores are broken by a succession of

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bays, which interrupt the regular ex of the village-churches, surrounded witle Liz panse of the lake, in the bosom of which foliage; and again, the boldness of the itin the trees and woods are seen reflected scenery in the back-grouod; all these, through the pellucid element. A va- aod many other things combined, formed rious assemblage of foliage and broken a more charming picture than I can rocks, that I hrow their shades into the possibly convey any idea of. The pleaspolished mirror, present a scene of un- ing silence around was only intercommon effect, and local charms. It is rupted by the harmonious song of the difficult for the amateur of the beauties nightingale, continuing without ceas. of the country to find any one objection ing (for these birds are very numea to these romantic points of view, al. rous here) during the whole of my though greater breadth is required to walk ; with which solitary excursion give the Como Lake the grand effect I was more delighted, than I recollect of that of Geneva: and again, the eye baving been with any other, since I of the lover of the true picturesque quitled my native country, might sometimes be offended by ihe “ Levan di terra al ciel nostr' intelletto: multiplicity of towns and villas situated E'l rosignuol che dolcemente a l'ombra on its borders. Near this lake the pre

Tutti le notte si lamente e piagne." sent Princess of Wales has lately resided

PETRARCA. for a considerable time."-Vol. ll. In such a spot, so peculiarly adapted for


the day dreams of fancy, imagination Again, when describing the environs may take its flight, reflecting in prismaof the Lake of Lugano, he says,

tic colours of beauty every surrounding “ In the declivity of a hill, that is object. The mild and delicious tempe darkly shaded by rocks on one side, rature of the climate, the clear sky, and and by inassy foliage on the other, is the enchanting scenery, conibive io free drilled the bed of some torrent, whose

the mind from all the dark and violent waters are observed to tumble in suc- passions which agitate the world ; they cessive falls, and rushing through the lead to the indulgence of the most pleasbordering ornaments of underwood and ing reveries. In such a moment, bosbrubs, are sometimes seen, and some- nours, riches, and all the ambition of times lost. Through the dark foliage life, fade before us, and the contemplawbich sbades these lanes, the traveller tive wanderer may at last say, “ Here gains now and then a peep at the scenery shall be my residence, here will I pass below and around him, where his eye is the remainder of my days." lost in the multiplicity of images, in the mantic delusions of enthusiasm for a splendor of the objects, and in the inter. moment took possession of my mind, minable sketch of distance which insen- during my walk on the borders of this sibly recedes from the view, and is at last lake; yet soon I found my heart inclinuudistinguished in the horizon. On ing (like the needle to the north, from its arriving at the summit of one of the natural tendency) to those scenes of bills, you get a delightful bird's-eye domestic endearments, of filial affection, view of several small lakes, as also of of friendship, of religion, and, above ibat of Lugano,” &c. &c Vol. II. all, of society, such as we relish and ap

prove, and to the many indescribable We shall conclude with Mr. Milford's comforts, which in foreign countries description of the romantic scenery on

are always wapting, and which sooner or the borders of the “ Lago Maggiore.".

later never fail to be experienced at a ". The day had been most delightful, distance from one's native home." aod in the evening 1 strolled along by Vol. !!. pp. 207, 208, and 209. the side of the lake. The sun had not

Tbis work is embellished with twenlyyet set, and ils beams reflectiog on the one well-executed vignettes of views in tranquil waters, gave the whole the France and Italy. appearance of one immense mirror, wbose surface was not troubled by a

Hardenbrass and Haverill; or, The single ripple ;

Secret of the Castle. A Novel, • Mildly and soft the western breeze

Four volumes, 12mo. Just kiss'd the lake. just stirrid the trees, And the pleas'd lake, like maiden coy, The Marquis of Hardenbrass, who

Trembled, but dimpled not for joy." is the gros diable of this tale of mysThe several islands, which at a distance

tery, is represented as baving seduced are most striking objects; the steeples Lady Letitia Barbertown, and as having

Such ro

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