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26 Callirőe wept
The palace is shaken by subterranean kiss of her lover had brought, not death, thunder. Anthemion and Rhododaphne, but magic sleep. Peace and happiness who even in death clings round him with once more bless the home of Anthemion. unutterable and luxurious fondness, are The sad fate of the fair Thessalian involved in sudden clouds :
awakens the generous regret and com
miseration of himself and Calliröe; and “ Then Rhododaphne closer prest
the whole is wound up in the following Anthemion to her bleeding breast, As, in his arms upheld, her head
sweet and graceful verses:
Sweet tears for Rhododaphne's doom;
For in her heart a voice was heard: From his their last reflected light,
'Twas for Anthemion's love she erred!'And on his lips, as nature failed,
They built by Ladon's banks a tomb; Her lips their last sweet sighs exhaled.
And when the funeral pyre had burned, - Farewell!--she said another bride With seemly rites they there inurned The partner of thy days must be;
The ashes of the enchantress fair; But do not hate my memory:
And sad sweet verse they traced, to show And build a tomb, by Ladon's tide,
That youth, love, beauty, slept betow; To her, who, false in all beside,
And bade the votive marble bear
The name of Rhododaphne. There
And in its boughs her lyre they hung,
And often, when, at evening hours, Upon a broken rose's blossom."
They decked the tomb with mournful flowers,
The lyre upon the twilight breeze The poem concludes with the union of Would pour mysterious symphonies." Anthemion and Calliröe, upon whom the
ART. 3. Zuma, or the Tree of Health ; to which are aulded, the Fair Pauline, Zencida,
fic. By MADAME DE Genlis.
TH (HESE little tales, the last production distinguished woman by the most extra
of that untired and unspent genius, ordinary opportunities, yet no talents are which has been contributing for nearly less artificial than hers; ber advantages half a century to the instruction and de- only serve to illustrate the natural ferlight of the reading world, have been re- tility of her fancy, the amplitude of her published here about four months. They understanding, and the warmth of her have met no public praise or censure ; heart. Powers and feelings so devoted, yet they are not without claims to con- so cherished, so protracted, during the sideration, on account of their intrinsic vicissitudes of a period remarkable in merit, as well as the relative interest history, and of a life so intimately involvcreated by the fact, that they are from ed in those vicissitudes, must inspire te the pen of Madame De Genlis from that most lively admiration in all lovers of fresh and inexhaustible source of pure human excellence. How differently, in feeling and elevated thought, which has such circumstances, might such talents so lately feasted the public with the beau- have been employed. Living under the tiful fiction of the Battuccas, and which old and the new regime in France, in the has so long and happily made the truths former of which, particularly, the sucof history, the system of nature, and the cesses and the practices of aspiring gediversities of many grules and states of nius, awakened the love of personal insociety, the subjects of entertainment fluence and the spirit of intrigue, we find and improvement.
Madame De Genlis taking only the place The finest faculty of observation and which her rank and abilities made perdiscrimination has been assisted in this fectly suitable and useful, seeking no
other influence than that of doing good; would have wished to exchange the sweet and artful only to insinuate knowledge repose, the elegant occupations, and the and to recommend virtue. What con- comprehensive views still in their posstitutes the beauty of ber character is, session, for the ability of the ordinary that the artificial manners of her country race of the other sex. and her station, have not corrupted the
It is a characteristic virtue of the simplicity of her sentiments; that the French, that they cherish curiosity and fallacious theories, which have assailed vivacity to the final period of life ; that no the cultivated reason of France, have not individual is excluded or separates him. perverted her moral judgment; that the self from the society of the gay, the crimes she has witnessed have not nar- agreeable, or the enlightened, because rowed her benevolence, and the losses he is old. Too many in our country she has sustained bave neither weakened seem to think and to act as if there was por saddened her understanding; and that a law of the mind, that limits its powers the resources of invention and knowledge, and its pleasures, like that of the state, of industry and taste, give peace and which makes men eligible for certain pleasure to her last days, and energy to offices only to a certain age, and that the her last efforts.
time subsequent to this, is to be spent in Nothing can be more encouraging than weakness and weariness, in indolence and this eminent instance of prolonged talent, indifference. usefulness, and felicity. It appears from Gloomy religionists break the chain literary history, that to grow old is not to that connects the present and the future be superannuated. Common thinkers life; they admonish us that we may live call old age decay, infirmity, affliction, here too long for our affections and our but this, for the most part, is the state of senses, that we must become at last, dethose alone who have not laboured for the tached and contemplative, and would perfection of their nature. Professor make us sad, severe, and frigid, that we Stewart, in his admirable popular work, may be devout. They make us feel with adducing the proof of constant intellec- the northern poet, that age is “dark and tual progress, suggests the bright exam- unlovely”—that our strength is wasted ples of Turgot and Franklin ; men, to —that our fine perceptions are bluntedwhom business and books, science and that the props on which we rested are taste, friendship and society, had furnish- broken-that the hopes, which have aled all that invigorates and refines the in- lured and enlivened us through our tellect, that renovates and expands the better years, are retreating and vanishsympathies of the heart, and whose old ing shadows. age exhibited no diminution of talent or It is true that our physical power dihappiness; who, wben they ceased to be minishes when its labours are accomstatesmen, did not the less love mankind, plished that our age may be our rest, the less exult in human virtue and happi- and that thought may succeed undisness, nor the less enjoy their own distin- turbed to action. Our senses are imguished participation of it. These are paired, but the impressions which they not solitary individuals, nor are such cha- have communicated are ever vivid, the racters principally found among men. treasures they have collected are not the To call a dull, prejudiced, fretful man, an prey of moth and rust, nor does time “old woman,” is very common, and steal them away. The objects of our thought to be very expressive of imbe- first attachment may die sooner than we; cility; but it may be reasonably doubted if but if they were innocent, wise, virtuous Madame De Maintenon, Elizabeth Car- human beings, if they were not the things ter, Hannah More, and a multitude of of vulgar pursuit, the idols of avarice others, who have passed threescore and and false pleasure, they are gone to our ten, with no “ natural force abated," ultimate bome, and have left us recollecVOL. IV,No. 1.
tions that become dearer, and hopes that country, were counteracted, indeed, by grow brighter and brighter with every that law of reparation which Providence short winter day of old age.
opposes to what are called natural evils ; Our virtnės, our attainments, our hu- but the experience of the Indians had man affections, and our devotion, are alone discovered and appropriated the eternal, like the giver of every good gift, antidotes which nature had furnished, and and they must be multiplied, exalted, and they resolved to conceal this knowledge cultivated, to obey bis will, to advance from their oppressors. towards perfection, and to accomplish The Peruvians, long after their subju. our own happiness. They may be sus- gation, retained a secret and internal pended by the dissolution of mortal life, government among themselves, which but they belong to a series of cause and held its councils during the night, and in effect, to the very existence of a nature retreats inaccessible to the Europeans. which we feel, if we cannot demoustrale, Two chiefs, Ximeo and Azan, possessed to be immortal; and there is no portion the greatest ascendancy among thein. of this existence in which we may not Ximeo was a man of generous and lofty make new acquisitions, may not diffuse nature, which injuries had rendered vinintelligence and pleasure, may not be dictive; his co-adjutor was destitute of rational, cheerful, and pious.
bis virtues, and animated by desperate The scene of the first story in the little and determined revenge. voluine before us, is laid in Spanish Ame
16 A few days after the arrival of the new rica, and is interestiog from its details viceroy, Ximeo convoked for the following and its exhibition of character. At the night, a nocturnal meeting on the bill of
the Tree of Health, thus tbey designated period when avarice and cruelty had ex
the tree from which is obtained the Quiatorted almost all the treasure, and exter- quina, or Peruvian Bark. minated a great portion of the population
My friends,' said he, when they had of Peru; when hatred and drcad had suc
all collected,' a new tyrant is about to reign
over us, let us repeat our oaths of just receeded, in the breasts of the survivors, venge. Alas! we dare utter them only to the admiration and confidence with when we are surrounded by darkness ! Unwhich they had at first regarded their to conceal ourselves amidst the shades of
happy children of the Sun, we are reduced conquerors, a new viceroy, governed by night. Let us renew, around the Tree of different motives from his predecessors, Health, the awful contract which binds us
for ever to conceal our secrets.' Ximeo, and willing to rule according to the just then, in a fem and elevated voice, proand true policy of his station, was sent nounced the following words : «We swear to the province. He was accompanied never to discover to the children of Europe
the divine virtues of this sacred tree, the by a young and beautiful wife, wlio at- only treasure that remains to us! Wu to the tended him “ that she might watch over faithless and perjured Indian, who, being his safety with all the precautions of fear, seduced by false virtue, or fear, or weakand all the vigilance of love." Theyness, shall reveal this secret to the destroy
ers of his gods, his sovereigns, and his carried with them to the province some country! Wo to the coward who shall make Spanisl, ladies, who formed a little court
a gift of this treasure of health to the barat Lima, and among these was an intimate ancestors burned our temples and cities, in
barians who have enslaved us, and whose friend of the vice-queen, named Beatrice, vaded our plains, and bathed their hands in who regarded her mistress with uncom
the blood of our fathers, after having in
flicted upon them unheard of torments ! mon strength of attachinent.
Let them keep the gold which they have The Spaniards had various causes of wrested from us, and of which they are interror in the American colonies. The satiable; that gold which has cost them so reprisals they had provoked, the effect of many crimes: but we will, at least
to ourselves this gift of heaven! Should á the climate, and the noxious animals and traitor ever arise amongst us, we swear, vegetables that abounded, were alike should he be engaged in the bonds of mar fatal to the security of their lives. The if they have not been his accusers; and if
riage, to pursue him in his wife and children, diseases and the poisons peculiar to the his children are in the cradle, to sacrifice
them, so that his guilty race may be for ever engaged in the interest of her countryextinct. My friends, pronounce from your inmost souls these terrible oaths, the for. mula of which was bequeathed to you by
The countess had not long resided at your ancestors, and which you have already Lima before her health was affected by so many times repeated!
the climate, and she became the prey of 1 • Yes, yes,' the Indians exclaimed with one voice, we pronounce all these impre- a rapid and wasting fever. Her physications against him who shall betray this cian vainly tried the remedies of his art, secret; we swear to keep it with inviolable and at last intimated, that some mystefidelity, to endure the most dreadful torments, and even death itself, rather than rious cause must have produced this incureveal it.'
rable illness. « Look back,' said the furious Azan,
Beatrice believed lier friend to be dy. on the early days of our subjection; on that terrible period when millions of Indians ing by a slow poison, and believed that were put to the torture, not one would save Zuma only could have administered it; his life by the disclosure of this secret, she checked, but did not abandon her which our countrymen have kept locked within their bosoms for more than two suspicions, and set a vigilant watch over hundred years ! Judge, then, whether we the unfortunate slave. can invent a punishment sufficiently severe for him who may betray it! For my own
'The gentle, grateful Zuma, was agipart, I once more swear, that if there be an
tated by the strongest conflict of feelings. Indian among us capable of such a crime, She was acquainted with an infallible that he shall perish only by my hand ; and remedy—she idolized ber mistress-she shall he have a wife, and children sucking at the mother's breast, I agnin swear to beheld her suffering and dying-she plunge my poignard in their hearts ! would have sacrificed her own life with
out a moment's liesitation, but her oath This ferocious speech of Azan was in- involved that of her husband and child, stigated by a double motive. Ximeo had and that child was placed, as a pledge of a son, a young man of great merit, whose her discretion, in the hands of the implaname was Mirvan. Mirvan had married cable Azan. In this agonizing state, she Zuma, a beautiful Indian woinan, and heard the sentence of certain death prothey were the parents of a lovely child. nounced upon the vice-queen-she saw Azan not only hated the Spaniards, but the anguish of her husband and her he envied the young Mirvan. He had a friends, and the dismay of all her attendvagne apprehension that Mirvan might ants—she saw, two, the piety, the couviolate the oath, and he enforced it, that rage, and the sensibility which the lovely he might accomplish the purpose of a victim exhibited, and the combined effort deadly passion.
of all this, so afflicted this devoted creaThe Indians were forced to pay an ex- ture, that she was herself attacked with ternal homage to the Spaniards, and the disease which threatened the life of among the women who received the vice- her benefactress. The well-known requeen with testimonies of respect, was medy was secretly conveyed by the hands Zuma. Her grace and beauty were too of Mirvan, but in quantities sufficient for conspicuous to pass unnoticed, and she the relief of Zuma only. Zuma rejoiced was soon chosen for the domestic services that she might now preserve her generous of the palace, and was particularly at- benefactress, her husband, and her child. tached to the person of the vice-queen. She resolved to die herself, and to give Beatrice was alarmed at the preference the precious drug to the vice-queen. She which her friend showed this new attend- hoped that her own death might be imant; she was so prepossessed against the puted to the disease, and the restoration fidelity of Indians, that she never re- of the countess, to the skill and the care garded any individual of them with con- which had been employed upon her. fidence, and the companions of Zuma, There is an uncommon elevation of soul, jealous of her advancement, represented in the manner in which Zuma divests ber as ipsinuating and false, and deeply herself of all self-love, and in which she
regards the comparative value of her own Zuma started, threw herself into a chair, life and that of her exalted friend; nor and fainted. can it fail to infuse into us a regard for Her supposed crime was soon prothat unfortunate part of our species, claimed ; she was delivered to justice, which has been so villified, abused, and and committed to prison. Zuma was destroyed by civilized, Christian, white unable to deny the fact which Beatrice
It reminds us of that eloquent, and the viceroy had witnessed. She was liberal passage of Mr. Addison,—“I am asked from whom she had obtained the deligbted,” says this fine moralist, “with powder? “ She received it from me,” reading the accounts of savage nations; exclaimed Mirvan. Zuma denied this. and of contemplating those virtues that The judges inquired if she meant to adare wild and uncultivated : to see cour- minister a salutary remedy. Her eyes, age exerting itself in fierceness, resolu- at that moment, encountered the cruel tion in obstinacy, wisdom in cunning, pa- Azan; she fancied she beheld him strantience in sullenness and despair. When gling her child,-she was silent. Ximeo, one hears of negroes, who, upon the comprehending her secret, threw himself death of their masters, or upon changing between Mirvan and Zuma, and intreattheir service, hang themselves upon the ed to die with them; but he was remo
emoved, Dext tree, as it sometimes happens in the and the unfortunate pair reconducted to American colonies, wbo can forbear ad- prison. The countess' physician was exmiring their fidelity, though it expresses amined, and his testimony confirmed the itself in so dreadful a manner? What presumptive guilt of Zuma. The judges might not that savage greatness of soul, condemned her and her husband to perish wbich appears in these poor wretches on amidst the flames of a pile that very day. many occasions, be raised to, were it The hard heart of Azan was melted, and, rightly cultivated ? And what colour of addressing Mirvan, he said, “ be not conexcuse can there be for the contempt cerned for the fate of your son, be shall with which we treat this part of our be as dear to me as if he were my own." species?”
The pile was prepared. The viceTo return to Zuma. The spies who queen was dying. The viceroy could were ordered to observe her conduct did entertain no thoughts of mercy to Zuma, pot fail to report, that she was seen ex- but be offered a free pardon to Mirvan if amining every avenue to the vice-queen’s he would confess his crime. The wretched apartment—that her husband had been husband refused to comply, and all was to visit her, and that they had parted in prepared for the execution. The countess mutual agitation.
was informed of what had happened ; she Beatrice communicated all her suspio resolved in spite of her weakness to go to cions, thus confirmed in her mind, to the the scene of death; and, placed upon a viceroy, and they both agreed to conceal litter, and covered by a long white veil, themselves in a convenient place, to ob- she departed. Mirvan and Zuma quitted serve the proceedings of Zuma.. At their prison, embraced their child, and night they observed her entering her mis- were conveyed to the burning pile. tress' chamber with an air of mystery Unconquerable terror seized the unhappy and fear, saw her approach the table, Zuma, which the exhortations of her draw a paper from her bosom and shake courageous husband could not mitigate. it into the draught already prepared for At the last moment, “ å noise was heard the countess.
at some distance,-a horseman at full The viceroy, seized with horror, rushed gallop appeared within view, exclaiming, from his concealment, exclaiming,– Hold! Hold, by order of the vice-queen; “ Wretched woman! What have you she is approaching.' At these words all put into the medicine ?” At this unex- were struck motionless ; Zuma folded her pected sight, and at this terrible question, hands and sent forth supplications to