Imagens da página
PDF
ePub

body; the Italian estimates cautiously; the Spaniard is indifferent.

In eating and drinking, the Germay is a drunkard; the Englishman gross and luscious; the Freachman delicate; the Italian moderate ; the Spåniard peuurious,

In offending and doing good, the German is inactive; tbe Englishman does both without consideration; the Italiau is prompt in beneficenee, but viudietive; the Spaniard iodifferent.

To speaking, the German and Frenchman speak badly but write well; the Englishman speaks and writes well; the Italian speaks well, writes much and well; the Spapiard speaks little, writes little but well.

In address, the German looks like a blockhead; the Englishman resembles neither a fool por a wise man; the Frenchman is gay; the Italian is prudent, but looks like a fool; the Spaniard is quite the reverse.

Servants are companions in Germany, obedient in England; masters in France; respectful in Italy; sub. missive in Spain.

The women are housewives in Germany; queens in England; ladies in France; captives in Italy; slaves in Spaju.

In courage, the German resembles a bear; the Englishmay a lion; the Frenchman an eagle; the Italian a fox; and the Spaniard an elephant.

In the sciences, the German is a pedant; the English. man a philosoplier; the Frenchmari a smatterer; the ItaHan a professor ; and the Spaniard a grave thinker.

Magnificence-In Germany the princes, in England the ships, in France the court, in Italy the churches, in. Spain the armories are magnificent.

[ocr errors]

SPANISH HEROISM. FATIGUED and exhausted by forced marches, the regiment to wbich Capt. Korff belonged arrived before the monastery of Figueiras, in Spain. The Colonel of the regiment, a Frenchman, sent in an officer, to demand of the prior the necessary refreshment for the men, as well as for the staff, consisting of about twenty officers. The prior, with some of the monks, came out to meet the General, assuring him that the inhabitants of Figueiras would provide for the soldiers, but that he himself would prepare a frugal meal for the staff. The prior's offer was

G G2

accepted ; Captain Korff received from the General some commissions for the regiment, and about an hour aiterwards it was announced to the prior that the dinner was served up in the refectory of the monastery. The Gene. ral, who was aware that the French in Spain had reason to he on their guard in eating and drinking what was offered by the natives, invited the prior to dine with them; he and two other monks accepted the invitation in such a manner as to leave no doubt that he felt himself much flattered by it. After the officers had taken their seats, the prior, said grace, carved, eat of every dish first, and, with his two brethren, poured out the wine, drank plentifully with his guests. It was not till toward the end of the repast, that Capt. Korftreturned, having been detained by the commissioners of the General longer than he expected. During that interval he found an opportunity to take some refreshment, and only participated in the lively conversation of the company, hosts as well as guests, at the monastery. The General in particular, expressed bis satisfaction to the prior, whose kind reception had surpassed all expectation. Suddenly, however, the cheerfulness of the prior was changed into profound seriousness; he rose from his seat, thanked the company for the honour they had done him, and concluded with asking if any of them had affairs to settle in this world ; adding with 'em. pbasis: “This, Gentlemen, is the last meal you and I shall take on earth: in an hour we shall all be before the judgement seat of God." Cold trembling horror seized the anjazed guests; for the prior and his two mouks had poisoned the wine in which they had pledged the French officers; all the antidotes given by the French physicians where in vain ; in less than an hour every man of them had ceased to live.

CONJURING BOX. THE following amusing instance of the general ingorance of the Turks with respect to the European Arts, is related in a tour through Greece,- The Disdar of Athens was very rapacious in his demands for leave to copy inscriptions, &c. “ After experiencing numerous vexations froin this mercenary Turk (says the author) a ridiculous circumstance at length released us from his importunities. I was one day engaged in sketching the Parihenon with the aid of cainera obscura, wben the Disdar, whose surprise was excited by the novelty of the sight, asked, with

[ocr errors]

much inquietude, what new conjuration I was performing with that extraordinary machine? I endeavoured to explain it, by putting a clean sheet of paper, and making him look into ihe instrument; but be no sooner saw the temple instantaneously reflected on the paper, in all its lines and colours, than he imagined that I had produced the effect by some magical process ; his astonishment appeared mingled with alarm, and stroking his long black beard, he repeated the words Allah Mesch-Allab, (a term of admiration, meaning that which is made by God) several times. He again looked into the camera obscura with a kind of cautious diffidence, and at that moment some of his soldiers happened to pass before the reflecting mirror, were bebeld by the astonished Disdar walking on the paper; he now became outrageous; and told me that, if I chose, I might take away the temple and all the stones in the citadel; but that he would never permit me to conjure his soldiers into my box. Finding it vain to reason with his ignorance, I changed my tone, and told him if he did not leave me unmolested, I would put him into my box, and that he should find it a very difficult matter to obtain release. His alarm was now visible; he imediately retired, and ever after regarded me with a mixture of apprehension and amazement. Whenever he saw me enter ihe Acropolis he carefully avoided my approach, and never afterwards gave me any further molestation.

ABSENCE AND RETURN. WHEN the summer day's o'er and the sun is declining,

And the last gilded mountain shall fade on the eye: How it tells me the love round my heart now entwining,

May decline in its brightness, but never can die!
The object I gaze on with fervent affection;

The eye which now beams like the orb of the sky!
The heart I rely on will know no defection,

I all may possess—but may breathe out á sigh!
For distance may sever, though never effacing

The love once imprinted on bosoms sincere; 'Tis pleasure 'midst anguish the past thus retracing,

And the heart feels a glow, while the eye drops a tear ! Yet soon shall the bright king of day be ascending,

And rise in new splendor new joys to create: Thus in absence and distance my ihoughts are attending The footsteps of one whose return I await!

FAREWELL TO CLARINDA,
Farewell, Clarinda! we must part-

The bitter sigbs my bosom swell;
Oh! how my lacerated heart,

Bleeds, as it faulters out-farewell!
Oh! I have lov'd thee-lov'd the dear,-

Thou wert the soul of life to me;
And ah! too, plainly this sad tear,

Proclaims how much I lose in thee.
Yet though hard fate may far remove-

My steadfast heart shall never stray
For ere that beart can cease to love,

Its thobbing pulse must cease to play.

WMN

COMFORT.
TREAD any path in life-the senate yields
Glory and joy from usefulness-at home
Is quiet bliss-gay vigor in the fields-
And wealth is their's that o'er wide oceans roam.
Rich travellers a constant welcome see:
The hours of him wbo marries not are free;
The

poor their indigence by travail hide;
And happy is the bower that holds a bride.
Sweet is the joy that warms a parent's breast;
Free are the childless from prospective care ;
Youth has high spirits ; age respect and rest;
Then why of comfort should mankind despair;
Vain are the woes of care's unthankful brood;
To grateful hearts all states of life are good.

SYMPATHY.
HOW often we chide in another the woe

That sympathy kindles in misery's name;
And yet will the tear in our eyes overfow,

And yet will our feelings be softened the same. And this must be sorrow's most exquisite charm

The noblest and best it has power to bring, For it acts on the broken in heart as a balm,

And steals from the breast of the wretched the sting.' Then let the sad strains on the memory dwell,

Its music of woe will for ever be dear;
And the sigh that the fingers of Sympathy swell,

Will embellish the eye it beguiles of a tear.

[graphic]

ACCOUNT OF THE INHABITANTS OF MADEIRA.

FROM A NEW HISTORY OF THAT ISLAND. THE vatives, more particularly the laboring classes, are of a more dark and swarthy complexion than those of the colder climates of Europe ; for which, it is probable, they may be indebted to a Mulatto or Moorish origin, in common with the natives of the parent branch of the peninsula, from which they are derived. It is only a few of the first families who bear the resemblance in complexion to the fair inbabitants of northern Europe; and this difference may be traced to a superior extraction. These islanders are generally of a middle stature, but athletic, well-limbed, 'active, and of great muscular strength, which renders them capable of sustaining the greatest fatigue ; so much so, that they are often reduced to an emaciation of body and debility of constitution, which bring ou premature old age; though long life appears to be, otherwise among the privileges which nature seems disposed to confer on them. The peasantry are sober, economical, and not merely inoffensive in their manners, but of dispositions the most courteous toward strangers, as among themselves. When they meet oue of the latter, they take off their caps, and hope ihe Lord will prosper him; and, when they meet each other, they stand cap in hand, with ceremonious politeness, though under a perpendicular sun and the reflected heat of a rock, till they have satisfied each other as to the welfare of their wives, children, relatives, acquaintance, cattle, domestic animals, &c.; and it is a point of ceremony immediately to be settled, which of the friendly social party shall first return the cap to its appropriate situation.

The higher classes are inclined to corpulence, as they are inactive and indolent, which may be one cause of it; and this disposition is attended with a temper somewhat morose, and a tendency to melancholy. Though sober, in

« AnteriorContinuar »