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it will answer no purpose? this is no deceive your friend? If I rhuft feigr!,
time for severity; it is bv gentleness who shall instruct me in the art?'
and forbearance only that you can ". You have no need to feign, said
tope to do good." Nelson; I have not yet been so unfor
. Nouraly, said he, one day when no tunate a* to extinguish gratitude, e
body but his sister was present, " my A tteem, and a tender friendship in your
dear friend you would give some- mind. These sentiments are due to
thing to have me well, would not you," your benefactoi, and they are suffici
* O yes said Nouraly. I would give e- entfor your husband, and he will not
yen my life.' "You may cure me discover the want of any thing moid
said Nelson, at a cheaper rate. Our As to that inclination, of which ho
prejudices are perhaps unjust, and our cannot be the object, this you ought
principles cruel, yet such as they are, to sacrifice to_ him, and conceal from
an honest man Is always a (lave to B him ; that which would hurt him if he
them. Blandsord and I have been should know it, he must never know;
friends from our childhood, he de- and that truth which would be fatal
pends upon me with the fame confl- to his peace, mutt make silence its a
Hence that he would do on himself, sylum."
And the regret tint I feel at having Lady Aubrey now thought it high deprived him of a heart that he in- tj me to shorten this painful scene, and trusted to my keeping is every day r theielore made a pretence to retire, bringing me nearer to the grave; and take Nouraly with her. She left you may judge of the truth of what I no method untried to sooth and coinsay by my condition. I have now fort her, but (he sunk into a deep sidiscovered to you the (low poison lent melancholy, which, though it adVvhich is destroying me, and you alone mitfed no consolation, was yet tendercan apply an antiddte. I do not re- ly sensible of the attempts to give it. tjuire it of you, you are free to act as Blandsord at length arrived, and you please, but if you do not cure me, D Nelson, feeble and declining as he was, I must die. Blandsord will be here in went to meet him at his landing. a few daysj and if, when hearrives, he They embraced each other with great should discover the alienation of your tenderness, but Blandsord could not rnind, if you refuse him that hand forbear to express his astonishment which but for me you would have and concern ar the appearance of hit given him, be assured that I cannot friend. Nelson, however, made light long survive his misfortune and my _ of it: "I have been ill, said he, but I Own remorse. Consult your own am now getting well again. I have, heart, my dear girl, and is you wish once more the pleasure to see you,and that I should, live, reconcile me to joy is a good restorative. I am not, Jnyself, and justify me to my friend." however, the only one that has fusser. "Oh 1 my dear friend, said Nouraly^ ed in your absence. Your pupil is a |We and dispose of me as you will;" little altered in her person, the air ot In this sacrifice of love to friendship our climate, perhaps, does not agree her solicitude for Nelson made her p with her. She has, however, greatly wholly forget herself j but after a improved her mind,.and it (lie can be long pause, which gave her time for recovered from the languor that has refleiiion, (he found that she h»!\ tax- a little faded her beauty, you will posed herself beyond her power. 'How, sess a woman to whom nature has defays (he, can I give a heart that is fulj nied nothing that (he could give." of him whom I love, to him whom I Blandsord, after this preparation, love not?' "In a virtuous mind, . was not surprised to see Nouraly pale said Niifin, the sense of duty will sur- Q and languishing-, but it touched him mount all difficulties. You will no with the most'ensihleconcern. "Prolonger think fjfbein? mine when you vidtnee, kys lie, seems to allay my ft no* it to be impdssihle. It will colt happiness as a punishment for my imyou some pain, without douht, but patience under the duties that kept you will have loir.« comfort in think- me away. 1 am, however, mice more v.tz thit it saved in/ life.'' 'Well, at my own disposal ; I nni nnce more laid Niurttlf, yoti fhtiH then sacrifice Jj restmed to royfelt'arid to mv < ountiy, your-victim ; I may groa;i, hut I will to friendship and to love." Tiie word obey r Ytt how can you, whose very kve threw Nouraly into confusion, and heait s expressed in every action and Blandsord perceived it. "My friend) io«k, how can you> who are truth it- says he, mould have prepared you for ft).f,|i/genie« put on a disguise to this declaration," 'J ai» not astran.
tbe fry al of Ftiinifbip. A Story i
ttt, said NouraJly, to your goodness, ut can I approve of its excess?' "This, fays BlaitJsord, is a language that savours too much of the European politeness j but let you and me, my
beauty, sometimes fainting in his arms, and sometimes supplicating at his feet, without once yielding to desire, or relinquishing his resolution, was not possible to human nature. It
dear Nouraly, renounce it. I have a. ls therefore no reproach to Nelson, that
known the time when, if I had asked you whether you would be mine by the . dearest and tendcrest fye, you •would, with a most honest and amiable simplicity, have answered me yes, or no. Treat me now with the same
in this struggle his virtue was ever* moment forlakinghim: He perceived it, and wished only to save himself by flight. "Leave, me, said he, my dear unhappy girl. I am not a stone, but have the tender sensibility of a man:
frankness. I love you, my dear girl, B I have a seeling and impassioned heart
but I love you should be happy ; your infelicity will aUays be mine." Nilfan looked at Nouraly with a bearing heart, and did not dare anticipate her answer even in thought.
"I hesitated, said she to Bltmdsord, from a diffidence like your own: While I considered you only as my friend, as a kind of second father, I said to myself, He will be content with a filial tenderness and respect; but if the name of husband is joined with others already so sacred, what is there more that you have not a right to expect? Have I that to give which it will be my duty to bestow r" "How
hich you are every moment tearing to pieces. Dispose of yourself and ot me as you will ; yet leave meat all events, and let me die still faithful to my friend." 'And can I, said Nouraly, de-ermine to do what you will not survive > You must at least promise me to live, if not for me, forasister, whose love for you is scarce less than mine.' "If I mould make you such a promise, said Nelson, I should certainly deceive you; not that I have the least thought of dying by my own hand, but I must die either by remorse or grief. You see already the fatal effects of disappointed love 5 and if to
amiable, says he, is this modesty ! what TM gratify my passion I should violate my
a grace does it give to every other vir tue! Yes, my dear Nouraly, all your duties will be fulfilled if you return the tenderness I seel for you. Thy image has been still piefent wherever I went, my soul still turned towards thee when half the globe was between
mind, that shame which I now feel by anticipation, would soon hide me from reproach in the grave." "Does your conscience then, said Nouraly, suffer no violence by the violence you do to me?" "You are /at liberty, replied_ Nelson, .to act as you please; I
to the echoes of another world
Thenturning to Lady Aubrey, " Madam, fays he, you mult forgive me if I envy your having possessed her so long; it is now high time that I should myself watch over that,health which is so dear to me: I leave Nelson's to your care, in which I am scarcely less interested than in her's. My dear friends, let us live and be happy 1 You have taught me to set a value upon life, and I have often been made sensible of my attachment to it, when my duty required me to expose it to danger."
It was at length agreed that the _ marriage of Nouraly with Blan-lsord sooiild take place in about a week ; in the mean time she continued with Lady Aubrey, and AV//»« determined not to leave her till the ceremony was cast: His spirits, however, were quite
much as pretend to know what you ought to do, but I know what I ought to do but too well, and I will endeavour to fulfill my duty."
Such were the conversations that opened every source of anguilh when they were alone, but the presence of Blandfordstill aggravated their distress. He visited them every day, and was continually making some proposal, with a view to secure the happiness of Nouraly as lar as it was possible against all contingencies. "If I should die without children, says he, \ (hall leave half my fortune to my wise, and theother half to him who shall best console her for my loss. (Give me leave, my dear Nelson, to think of you upon this occasion: Men of my profession seldom grow old; supply my plarewhen Iara gone: I despise the hateful and ridiculous pride which sacrifices the
exhausted by the efforts he made to H widow to the husoand's ghost. Na
!Leep hers from linking. To lupprels tnre intended Nouraly as an ornament lis own tears while he wiped away to the world, and she ought to curich £b.ose of enaecured. innocence *ud it with beauty like her osvn."
It it surely much more easy to con- While the women who surrounded ceive than to describe the sensations Nouraly were busy in affording her asot our unhappy lovers when they were sistance, decency acquired that BlanJparties in such conversations as these | fird and Nelson should retire to the both weie equally overwhelmed with most distant part of the room. Nelson tenderness and confusion ; but Nelson however remained silent, with his eye* had a consolation that was wanting to immoveably fix'd upon the ground. Nouraly: He comforted himself by re- Blandsord perceiving his situation, Moiling on the uncommon merit of went up to him, and taking him in the man into whose hands me was fall • A hisarms, " Am I not still, said he, shying i but this very merit increased friend, and art not thou my other self t Nturalft distress, as it rendered him Open thy heart to me, and let me more worthy of that love which she know what is pasting in it: But I ask could not give. She came at last, too much, tell me nothing, I know alhowever, to the resolution of giving ready all that you could lay, this dear him all (he could, and of submitting g'ri could not see thee, hear thee, and with the best grace (he could to a fate B '}v* wilh thee without loving thee, which (he could not avoid. She has a quick and tender sensibility, 6he was, therefore, when the day and you have all that can givrgace came, led as a victim to the very house to virtue, and improve elt'-em into which had been once dear to her as love. Thou hast imposedliier.ee upon her first asylum, but was now dreaded her, and insisted upon her making a as her tomb. Blandsord received her sacrifice that would have been worse with the utmost tenderness, and im.- than death. O, my dear friend, how puted the confusion which (he could Q dreadful would have been the misnot conceal to the modest timidity fortune if it had Been accompli died, which, on such an occasion, is na- But proviJen£e,w£iild not permitit.nor tural to the sex. Nelson had collected would naturejurrer the violation of her all his strength to go through the ce- rights. -Takecomfort my dearfriend, remony with a steady countenance. Iwill save you from the crime you The marriage settlement was read, was about to perpetrate, the devoting which wa9 throughout a testimony of Nouraly to me was ? crime, but it was love, esteem, and liberality.- Every Dthe crime of friendship."-" It was, fays one present was betrayed into tears Nelson, pressing the hands of Blandjord of complacency and esteem, not ex- between both his own j and I have, cepting Nouraly herself. though withont designing it, been the Blandsord then went up to her, and ruin of you, of myself, and of that taking her hand with a mixture of amiabie girl; but 1 solemnly declare the greatest tenderness and respect, that integrity, fn'endstiip, and honour, "Come, says he, my dearest Nouraly, E have suffered no violence."—" Make give to this pledge of my happiness no pioteftation h'A Klancfsord, thcr are the sanction ofyour name." 'Nouraly, unworthy both of vm and cf me. you pale and trembling, rose from her seat, should not be thos ntjr me if I could and with the utmost difficulty went to suspect you of dishonour fora moment, the table, and took the pen in her What I foiesaw has happened, but hand, but as (he stooped down to sign without your fault/ Wha: I am now the contract, her strength wholly fail- p witness to,_ is a proof of it, and even ed her, and she would have fallen if that proof is superfluous. It is indeed Blandsord had not caught her in his true said Nelson that I have nothing to arms. He looked around astonished reproach myself with, but presumpand terrified, and glancing his eye tion and impruden.ee, and they aie upon Nelson, he perceived his lips qui- abundantly their own punishment; ver, and his countenance pale as Nouraly 1 see cannot be yours, but be death. Lady Aubery ran to the" as- afluredthat (he (hall never be mine." fistance of Nouraly, and Blandsord con- G And is it thus, (aid Blandsord, with some tinuing sometime silent, at last cried severity that you return the generosity out " Good God! What do I seel of a friend j doyou think yourself oAnguisti and death surround me s bliged to have recourse to childish exWhatam I doing, and what have you „ peciientBin your dealing with me? Nouhidden from me! Oh! My friend, is ralyfo.M not be mine, because (lie could it possible—Look up my dear Nouraly, not be happy with me, but the less of a sou shall firid me neither cruel norun- husband, whom but for you, (lie would just i I have no wish, but to make you have loved, is an injury which it beh«ppy." hoves you to redress. Ttie (.ontract
Memoirs of Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, 3 r 5
11 already drawn up, nothing more is they should be restored as soon asMaij
necessary than to change the names, debourg Ihould bt relieved. Heendea
what I would have given to Nouraly as voured also to prevail with the Elector
a husband, I will now give as a friend, of Saxony to entrust him with the de
brifyou will, as a father. Come my fence of Wtrttmbtrg,mA with the bridge
dear Nelson, it must be so, do not mor- there over the Elbe, to furnish him with
tify me by refusing my offer." "I provisions and warlike stores, and to
am confounded said Nelson but not A l°>n his troops to the Swedes. These
surprized; at this generosity I have a two electors were not very ready to
fense of it that I cannot express, I can comply; the negotiations took up
only accept it with confusion, and re- some time, and they were not yet fi
vt re it in silence; if I did not know nistied when the news came that Mag
how easily respect conciliates with debourg had been taken by storm.
friendship, I ihould no longer dare to Neither the sacking of Numantia, the
call you my friend." ruin of Carthage, nor the destruction
During this conversation Nouraly -q of Jerusalem equalled the desolation
came to herself, and recognized her and horrors of which Ma^debourg was
situation with a terror that was imme- the miserable scene. The imperial
diately visible in her countenance; soldiers, the most profligate and th«t
but what was her surprise and joy greatest robbers that were then in the
when (be became sensible of the rero- world, never ceased from massacring
1'ition that had taken place. "Every while any victims remained, nor from
thing is known said Nelson, catchinjj, plundering till the fire prevented them
her in bis arms, and every thing is from entering the houses; and this
forgiven; make your acknowledge- Q soon became general, for as they bad
ments, to your benefactor it is from set it on fire in several placet, and the
his hand that I receive yours. Nou- wind was very high, the whole city
raly was about to express her obligi- was soon in flames, and the heat be
tions to Blandsord, but he prevented came so intense that the soldiers, not'
her: "You are a child, fays he, you being able to support it, were obliged
ought to have made me your confidant, to retire to the ramparts, and even to
but fay no more of it now, only re- leave the town. No wickeJness that
'the thirst of gold, the most infamous "laseiviousnefs, and the most barbarous cruelty could perpetrate, was omitted.
Memoirs os Gustavus Anor.pavs. to complete the miseries of that flou
( Continued from p. 114..J rilhing city. One cannot read the ac
OUNT Tilly, one of the greatest count without trembling. Of ahova
generals of his age, being ap- 4.000 heu es, most of which were pala
pointed Generalissimo of the imperial ces, but 139 remained, which were qot
armies, marched towards Lower Saxo- much better than the huts of fishermen. >y, iii order to stop the progress of the The destruction of Magdtltourg was
K. of Sweden, and took New Bran- * a thunder stroke to the Protestants of
denbourg by storm, which he gave up Germany, and matter of triumph for
to be plundered. Gustavus, on his the court of Vienna. The Emperor
part, took Demmin, Franckj'ort on the Ferdinand then saw himself as formida
Oder, Land/berg, and many other pla- ble as ever, and thought himself able ces, defeated and dispersed several bo- to give laws to all who had dared to dies of Imperialists, among others one oppose him. The publick was aftoof 8000 men, and made proper dispo- nilhed, as it could not conceive whv sitions for the relief of Magdebourg, the K. of Sweden had not prevented which Pappenkeim, by TUly» orders, the loss of so important a fortress, had besieged. TM Gustavus was sensible how much th»r Gustavus was well acquainted with unhappy event might discourage the the great importance of that fortress; Protestants and prevent the success ot the success of the war seemed much to his arms; this induced him topuhdepend on its relief. But before he lilh, in Latin and German, an apology marched to its assistance he was desi- for his conduct, in which he proved rous of providing for the support of that the loss of Magdeburg was wholly his army, and of securing a retreat in 0 owing to the magistrates themfelve*. cafe of need. For this purpose he de- some of whom had maintained a corfirtd the Elector of Brandatbeurg to «lpond*nce with the Imperialist*, aid pat into his hands the fortresses of Cw r— * and, in order r»
firm and Spastdau, under a promise that -' thsjm hid d«
member. That there are Tryab which Virtue itself would d» tutU lo avoid.
clined the measures that had been pro- driving the K. of Sweden into his own posed, to prevent the evils which dominion'. With these hopes he enthieatened them. He made it appear deavoured to come to a decisive batIhat be h:id neglected nothing in or- tie. Gufia<vus, called to the relief'oF der to enable himself to raise the liege, Saxony, repaired thither with great arbut that his designs had been thwarted A dor, and being joined by the Saxons* and delayed by the obstinacy of the e- 'he was not afraid to try his strength, lectors of Saxony and BranJcnbourg, in with the Imperialists, though their irtjtcting the offers he had made them army was much superior in number to ol acting in concert in this ?reat en- his. Two enemies who seek each oierppze, or at least of giving up to ther are soon found; the two armies, him some places which wouid protect therefore, soon met at Breitenfeld near the rear and the flanks of his army, Leipsie. Our authpr here corrects a and which, in case of accidents, might B mistake of Mr Harte*, who fays, secure him a safe retreat. This apo- "That Tilly was defeated at the famelogy had all the success desired, and place where Charles V. had defeated fhe'cruelties to which Maguebourg had and taken prisoners John fsederick, Efallen a prey served only to revive the lector of Saxony, and Philip, Landgrave courageof the Piotelhnts, by making of Htfe." Now the Emperor.gained them dread the falling into the hands that victory on the heath of Lechau, of an enemy, who, with such inhuma- Q near the city of Muh/berg, jr or" 16 nitv, abused his victories. '_ leagues from Breitenfeld. Besides, th« Tills, elated with hjs successes, as- Landgrave Philip was not made prisofectedto proclaim them to all the Pro- ner at the affair of Mublberg, not being tellant prince? in the style of a con- there.
tjufior, and to threaten them with The Imperial and Sivedijh armies approaching destruction if they, did set near Leipfic, and engaged in the not submit to the Emperor's authority. most dreadful battle that had been Jle filled with the terror of liis'arms D seen a long time. At the beginning the bislioprick of Briacn, the dutchjr of it Tilly's riijrjt wing broke, and put of Wirtemberg, the city of Ulm, Thu- to flight the king's left wing, compor rin^ia, and 'H'Jfe, and he had marie "^ °' the Saxons, so that Gu/lavus was preparations for totally crulhing the ^^ to- oppose singly all the efforts of last mentioned landgravnte, when the the Imperialists. Nevertheless he was pi ogress of Gufiavus Adolphus recalled not disconcerted ; he had foreseen the Vim into Sextnv. The It. of Sweden E flight of the Saxons, and Ijad provided had at length engaged the plector of against the confusion which that might Jtraudenbpurg to give up to him his occasion; in short, he fought with so strongest towns, nnd the Elector of much skill and bravery that he gained Saxons to join his troops to the Swe- > most glorious victory. Tilly was fodijh army, and to make it for the fit- tally defeated, his army dispersed and tine ore common cause. He haddri- P"t to flipht, his haggage and all hi* ven the Imperialists our of Pomerania, artillery taken: Being wounded hlmby the taking of Gripbivaldi ; he had P self, he had jreat difficulty to escape* reconquered all the Dutchy of Mei-k- 7000 Imperialists were killed on the Un'jcurg, and restored its princes. Ke spot, and above 5000 were taken prih»d taken Tan^rmanJe and Havelberg, soners. The mut was ceneral : Two and'had 'encamped at Iffben, from days after the Swedes fell In with a bow-hence he threatened Magdebourg, dy of Fugitives, killed 2000, and which Papprnheim seared he should not made joco prisoners, of whom almost he able to preserve. Ti!!y, therefore, Q all enlisted in the kind's army, so that, found it necossiry to return into Sax- it was five or six thouland men stronger. Gujlcvus, ap7.-i7.e1l of hi* march, er than it was before the battle. Ti% fell On hit varj-gua-d, cut In pieces fled to HnWerfladt, and not finding five regiment's of C.uiraJJiers, and then himself safe there, he retired from i-e'iirned to h:sc'a,jir> at Werltn. Tilly thence with the broken remains of his followed him, but did not dare to ar- a'my, telling the magistrates jthatthe tack him in his intrrncbments. He Emneror was 'no-longerable ^o protect turned aside towards Saxony wiih Jj their city, and therefore that he gave a V'rwot forcing the Elector into a them up its'keys. submission, and having been joined by By this signal victory all Germany
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