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will waken no more a thousand sweet knew nothing more of the world, I feelings and recollections in my breast, knew nothing but that I was loved ! -then I shall have no more care My joy was quickly changed into terto bestow upon him, then all, all is ror. Agathocles lay pallid, with his lost! Oh, Junia !
eyes closed, in my arms. I cried for Perhaps I shall follow this letter help: then he raised his eye, and fixed soon: by to-morrow my fate is decided! a look upon me. Ah, Junia ! all hea. -I come quickly, quickly!"
ven was in this look! You live,' be
gan he now after a while, you live,-THEOPHANIA TO JUNIA MARCELLA. you are free, you are mine !***
Nicomedia, 28th Febr. 303. It hardly will be necessary to add, 4 Junia ! Junia ! I am happy, I am that Agathocles then leads his beloved inexpressibly happy! Why can I not Larissa to the altar. With the margive wings to my letter, to let you this riage, ordinary writers would, as usual, moment share my joy! I am happy, have concluded the story ; but MaI am so entirely happy, that I fear no dame Pichler's Agathocles is more thing but the excess ; for it is impos- than a lover, he is an hero, a Christian sible that my bliss should maintain it- hero. The lofty ideas he and Conself long in this strength and purity. stantine have conceived, to raise the Hear then the joyful tidings, and re- Christian religion upon the tottering joice with me as heartily as hitherto ruins of Polytheism, remain yet to be you have heartily grieved with me.” brought into action. Diocletian abdi
cates : Galerius is proclaimed succesHere she proceeds to relate her in- sor to the Augustus. Meanwhile eveterview with Constantine, to whom she ry thing has been secretly prepared by has delivered the letter mentioned in Constantine to raise his standard in the her last communication to Junia Mar. West. But spies betray his plans, he cella
. Early the following morning is overtaken in Chalcedon, brought the prince visits Agathocles. The par- back to Nicomedia, and cast into priticulars of his interview, and the effect
His death is determined on : of his tidings upon the patient our with him all the grand prospects of the readers may anticipate. Then the let- Christians would have vanished, per, ter continues :
haps, for ever. Agathocles resolves to
die for him. He bribes the guard, en. "I was awakened by Heliodorus’ters the prison, and prevails on the voice, which sternly called to me: “The- prince to fly, disguised in his dress.
ophania, follow me! Agathocles desires Galerius infuriated at Constantine's · to see you!" I tottered, hardly was l_escape, knows no mercy: Larissa's hus
able to obey him. Oh, what decision band falls a victim of his friendship for was I going to hear !
the preserver of his life and his faith, At the opened door I stood hesita- and a martyr for his religion. She reting. Heliodorus drew me into the tires with her children into solitude. apartment. I know not what hap These extracts will, we trust, convince pened to me, heaven and earth had our readers, that Madame Pichler is vanished from my senses :—then a voice an authoress above the common level of most heartfelt love awakened me. of novelists ; but having already oc-Larissa
, my Larissa ! cried Agathocles. cupied so much space with translations, I looked up, I saw him bent far for we must, for the present, refrain from ward, stretching his arms towards me, commenting any further upon her meas if he would rush to meet me. •La- rits and works, and defer this to some rissa! he called once more.
Now all future occasion. was forgotten. I few to his breast, I
HYMN TO EVENING.
Εσπερι παντα φερεις ημεροεντα.-SAPPHO.
Hail sweetest Eve! All pleasant things are thine ;
that narrow mound to mourn ;
ADVENTURES IN SOUTH AMERICA.
NO. 11,THE DOLPHIN.
It was late one evening when, after Bun, for, though we were in almost spending the day ashore, I went down daily expectation of the arrival of our to the beach with the intention of going friends, for we were then proposing to on board the Dolphin. I found Seyton attack Alanzos, and though we were before me, loitering along the strand, on that account in a state of some exand waiting for a boat for which he had citement at the prospect of some active given orders in the morning. We were work, yet our time on board was on for some time together, owing to some the whole a very dull and heavy conunexpected delay in the arrival of the cern. We used therefore almost every boat, and we spent our time in con- day to make up a party and go ashore to versing on some information which had wander among the woods, or shoot the reached us that day, and which was of little game that we could find there, much importance to the service in and this, as having something of variety which we were engaged. I was glad in it, was preferable to the stupid teof this opportunity of conversing alone dium of lounging about the deck. On with Seyton, as it enabled me to draw one of these occasions our party was from him an account of the manner in very numerous, as we proposed to visit which he first got possession of the a very beautiful waterfall at some disDolphin, which was then lying at an tance in the woods, and Mrs. B., of chor within sight of the spot where we whom you have often heard among us, were walking. I had often heard allu- accompanied us ; she had obtained the sions made to it, and was anxious to as- consent of her husband, Captain B., certain the particulars from Seyton and took possession of my arm as her himself
, for though I had joined that selected guardian on the occasion ; as sloop, which was under his command, always felt quite conscious that and been a good deal with him, and her society heightened the enjoyhad entered into all the amusements ment I experienced in such wild wanand usual pursuits, and had a part in derings, I felt much sincere pleasure some of the adventures of him and his in finding myself visiting with her the companions, I yet never knew all the very beautiful and romantic scene which particulars of the manner in which he was the object of our ramble. Nothing obtained that beautiful sloop, I was very unusual occurred during our ramtherefore well pleased when I prevailed ble, which occupied the greater portion on him to give me a detailed account of the day, till, after being much graof that adventure.
tified and afterwards much wearied, we "Well,” said he, “as it will illustrate returned to the beach, where we exthe kind of roving and reckless life we pected to find our boats in readiness to have been leading, it may perhaps have take us on board our ship, for we had some little interest for you who have so desired them to come for us before sunlately joined us, and are yet unac set. As the evening gun had already quainted with our habits. We had been fired and it was now dusk, we been at anchor for some weeks a few were a good deal disappointed at findmiles from Santara, and were obliged ing that the boats had not yet arrived, to have recourse to every kind of and as we waited on the beach and amusement, hitherto known or unknown, looked out to seaward for them, we that we could possibly command to grew somewhat anxious for their arrival, lessen and enliven the dull monotony feeling that it would be very far from of a ship at anchor, under a vertical pleasant to be obliged to spend our Vol. I.
night in the woods of that wild and ceased to emit any flame; they threx lonely place. While we were in this around them on every object a deep 5! state of suspense night came rapidly red colouring that gave a very strik. on and still no boats arrived. Our ing appearance to the persons who sur. * party soon divided into several smaller rounded it. We had left our friends groups and wandered along the beach, all awake and conversing on various te to while away the time as they best subjects, when we first left them to be might, and in this state some hours look out during the night, and we now passed away and still no boats arrived. found them, without a single except It was now so late that it was thought tion, either sleeping or dosing in some prudent to make some preparation for one position or another; some were remaining the night there, as it now ap- still sitting, others were in a reclining peared to be no very improbable event, posture, while the greater portion were and as we recollected having passed by stretched at full length on the floor, '! a small Indian hut about a quarter of a and as the red light of the glowing mile in the wood, it was suggested by wood fell on their faces and persons
, il Mrs. B. that we should take shelter in it had a very peculiar effect; indeed, it till morning, or at least till our boats the large mustachoes of some, and the should arrive ; we immediately acted glittering uniform of others, the plain I on this suggestion, and were not lon
and unadorned sailor's dress of a fer, en in finding the hut, which was inhabited and the belts, and swords, and pistoks, as by only two aged and very feeble old and fowling-pieces of more, when
We stated our circumstances shone on by that peculiar light, gave and were received with evident kind them the appearance of a sleeping ness ; they immediately made a large banditti, rather than a party of gentle fire in the centre of the hut, which, as men, so that Calcraft and myself felt the night was cold, was very acceptable, considerably amused as we entered the and they then brought a thick mat and hut. It was no part of the object of kindly gave it to me for Mrs. B. to lie our visit to speak to any of them, and down on.
I placed it in a corner, and we therefore were not disposed to though at first she was a little fearful, awake or disturb them, and so were yet her timidity was soon removed by returning again to the open air
, when my promising to keep strict watch and I wished - it was a thought that ward over her in case she should fall just crossed my mind to see wheasleep, she then lay down and was ther my friend, Mrs. B., was comalmost immediately asleep, for she was fortable on her little Indian mat ; much wearied with the length of the I returned, and stepping towards the day's rambling. The rest of our party corner where she lay, stumbled over seated themselves round the fire or one of our young men, who was stretched themselves at full length along stretched at full length exactly in my the floor, and many of them were soon way, and was not visible to me in the asleep, while Calcraft and myself feeble light; I fell flat on my face, and agreed, in compliance with the wishes was some moments before I regained of Mrs. B. to act as sentinels on the my footing ; in the mean time be occasion, we therefore paraded before started up, and springing on his feet, the hut for a long time, occasionally proved to be the coarse and savage strolling towards the beach, to ascertain Johnston : he had been dreaming of whether our boats had arrived. In this an attack, and being thus roused, state we spent above an hour, and hav- cursed and swore, as usual, in his ing scen "how peaceably all matters furious fashion; the accident had wellwere proceeding outside the hut, we nigh proved a fatal one for me, for he proposed to have a look at the inside. was in a towering passion, and having
The appearance of the interior of drawn his sword, was cutting me down the hut was singular at that moment. before I had time to draw and defend We had left a large wood-fire blazing myself, when Calcraft, who was always strongly and brightly on the floor, so as quick as lightning wherever swords as to fully illuminate the entire apart- were seen, saw my danger, and spring. ment ; it had now almost wholly burn- ing forward, received on his own ed out, and very little remained ex- weapon, the blow that was aimed at cept the large and glowing pieces of me. All this was the work of a mocharcoal which were still red, but had ment; and before another instant pas
sed, our whole party was awakened quently excited it.
On the present and every sword was unsheathed—the occasion she was afraid that my confusion and danger were dreadful, feelings had been too much excitfor the light was scarcely sufficient to ed by what had just occurred, and enable us to identify each other, and being anxious to disarm my resentthey, suddenly wakened from their ment, lest it should lead to any persleep by the clash of weapons, ima- sonal rencontre with Johnston, whom gined they had been attacked, and pre- she knew I disliked, was resolved not pared to defend themselves. I was to let me leave her till she felt satisfied much angered at Johnston having that all unpleasant feelings had passed struck at me, and, without giving my- from my mind; there was no need of this, self time to reflect, I sprung on him, for I really viewed the affair in its true and would have buried my dirk to the light, namely, as a very natural mistake very hilt in him, when Mrs. B., in a man suddenly awakened under who was the first to perceive that it such circumstances ; so, after a few was all a mistake, rushed between us. kind sentiments on her part, and a few We were all of us in the habit of pay- sincere promises on mine, we talked ing her a most chivalrous respect, we on some other matters, in which we instantly lowered our weapons, and a both felt a very warm interest. Cal. moment was sufficient to explain the craft had walked on before us in order mistake, which was so near proving to let us speak without the constraint dangerous to some of us : in a minute of his presence ; and when Mrs. B. we all shook hands, laughed at our- and I arrived at the beach we obselves, and at one another, and then served him looking out to seaward, talked about our boats which had not and seemingly listening to something fet arrived.
with breathless attention ; on joining "After a short time Calcraft and I him he asked us to listen, for he thought again left them, and were talking over he had heard voices from the sea ; what had just passed as we strolled we paused, and listened, and after towards the beach ; we had not pro some time distinctly heard them like ceeded far when we heard footsteps the short and quick direction given behind us, and on turning round Mrs. for the management of a ship, but obB., in an instant, was at my side, and serving that the sounds came from a reproved me in her gentle way for point precisely opposite to that in leaving her. The influence that that which we expected our boats, we lovely woman always possessed over agreed that it must be some vessel me, arose altogether froin the circum- making for the harbour, or perhaps stances in which we were fortuitously one of those pirates which we heard placed ; during our long and tedious were occasionally seen along these voyage, we were much together, owing coasts. We had scarcely formed to her gentle disposition being unable this opinion, when Mrs. B., whose to consort itself to the somewhat rude sight was very quick, said eagerly that and boisterous manners of our com- she saw a ship approaching us rapidly panions ; and, unfortunately, her hus- along the shore ; in a few minutes it band, Captain B was a man who, neared us so quickly and closely, that notwithstanding the exquisite polish we thought it prudent to fall back and of his manners, was in no other parti- conceal ourselves among the brushcular suited to the companion of this wood that grew almost to the water's affectionate, confiding and romantic edge. We were well pleased afterwoman. She was fond of reading, and wards that we had thus concealed ourhe was as fond of gambling ; and so, selves, for she passed so very close while he wasted bis days with those along the shore that she could have suited to his taste, she used to apply distinctly seen us even in the darkness to me for my books, and before long, had we remained where we were ; and arising from some points of similarity in as her appearance was somewhat susour taste, we read and conversed much, picious, we felt pleasant at her having perhaps too much, together ; at all passed us unobserved : she was events
, she soon acquired a great in- sloop of war in miniature, and lay fluence over me, and as she was not very deep in the water-and, as she long in discovering it, she, in the shot past us and was out of sight, in a fashion of all woinankind, not unfre- minute, we were all struck with the