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Marian, were thankful to their tutelary saint for a retirement so favourable to the possession of domestie peace. Jaques had quitted Marino at an early age, unknown to his friends, for the purpose of engaging in the holy wars; and after various dangers had retired to take possession of his long-betrothed Marian, and the property bequeathed by his father, for whose sake the Council permitted him to reassume the privileges of a republican. For several years succeeding their union, the liveliest traits of conjugal unanimity were exhibited in the conduct of this prudent couple, notwithstanding Marian might have demanded the exposition of certain mysteries attending her husband's arrival at Marino; but she carefully suppressed any indulgence of an unwarrantable curiosity, and appeared contented with the motives he was pleased to assign for committing to her the care of a child apparently under the age of seven years, to whose language hiinself was a stranger ; but when acquainted with that of Italy, she used to speak of England-of Salisbury --and sometimes mentioned the names of Richard and Beangana, King and Queen of Britain. Her own name, she said was Lucia, to which she used to add the title of Lady. The plain cloathing, simple diet, and restricted amusements allowed by the republic, were quite unsuitable to our little stranger's ideas. There was an air of disappointment, mixed with an unconscious regret, in her acceptance of the honest civilities she received ; but time, and the unwearied tenderness of Jaques and Marian, soothed, if they did not wholly eradicate, the imperfect sense she seemed to retain of former greatness. It was somewheat remarkable, that among the tokens of magnificence which were conspienous in the dress she wore when first presented to Marian, was a seal ring, of uncommon magnitude, which depended from a ribbon fastened about her neck. Of this memento Jaques was particularly careful, hoping it might one day forward a discovery of her origin, for he frankly confessed he did not know to whom she belonged; although the circumstance which threw her upon his mercy, gave him reason to think his young charge was of high descent, but of that circumstance he chose not to speak; and Lucia, after seven years abode at Marino, claimed, by her willing obedience, the full and entire affection of her humble foster-parents; while the serenity and cheerfulness, which were characteristics of a state governed by moderate and wise principles, extended their influence even to the bosom of Lucia

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IN THE MONODY.

ON THE DEATH OF THE RIGHT HON. R. B. SHERIDAN.
The following passages were omitted in the Recitation.)

"Tis not harsh sorrow but a tender woe
Nameless, but dear to gentle hearts below,
Felt without bitterness—but full and clear,
A sweet dejection--a transparent tear.
Unmixed with worldly grief-or selfish stain,
Shed without shame and secret without pain.
A mighty spirit is eclipeed-a Power
Hath passed from day to darkness-to whose hour
Of light no likeness is bequeathed !--:0 name,
Focus at once of all the rays of Fame!

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The secret enemy whose sleepless eye
Stands Sentinel - Accuser-Judge and Spy,
The foe--the fool the jealous and the vain,
The envious who but breathe in others' pain,
Behold the host ! delighting to deprave,
Who track the steps of glory to the grave,
Watch every fault that daring Genius owes
Half to the ardour which its birth hestows.
Distórt the truth-accumulate the lie
Aud pile the Pyramid of Calumoy !
These are his, portion--but if joined to these
Gaunt Poverty should league with deep disease,
If the high Spirit must forget so soar,
And stoop to strive with Misery at the door,
To sooth indignity--and face to face
Meet sordid Rage-and wrestle with disgrace,
To find in Hope but the renewed caress,
The serpent-fold of further Faithlessness,--
If such

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be the ills which men assail, What narvel if at last the mightiest fail ! Breasts to whom all the strength of feeling given Bear hearts electric-charged with fire from Heaven' Black with the rude collision-inly tora, By clouds surrounded, and on whirlwi dis: borne, Driven o er the lowering Atmosphere that nurst: Thoughts which have turned to thunder-scorch and burst.

Macpherson, Printer, Russell Court, Covent Garden.

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AMUSING CHRONICLE,

a tuleekly Repository for MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE,

No. II.]

SEPTEMBER 26, 1816.

[Vol. I.

Price only Four Pence.

Published every Thursday, at No. 6, GILBERT'S PASSAGE, PORTUGAL STREET,--and served at the houses of the Subscribers by the Booksellers and Newsmen, in the same manner as Newspapers and Magazines.

Remarks on “Two WORD'S, OR The Silent nor DUMB," in our next.

The Plate which accompanies this Number is copied from an Engraving published at Paris, and entitled “Vue de L'Arc de

Triomphe Elévé à l'étoile de la Barriere de Neully, en l'Honneur de Napoléon, Empereur des Français, Roi d'Italie. We deem it necessary to state, that in conformity to the kind wishes of our best Friends, it is our intention to give an Engraving in every alternate Number.-Other Improvements are in contemplation, and at a time of general distress, we firmly rely on a liberal Patronage.--Original Designs and Communications will be carefully attended to.

DESCRIPTION OF TOMBUCTOO.

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A Poor 'distressed American seaman, clothed in rags and half-famished, happened accidently to be recognized by a gentle, man in the streets of London, who, a few months before, had known him as servant to an English merchant in Cadiz, where his extraordinary history excited considerable interest; the man having been a long time in slavery in the interior of Africa, and resided several months at Tombuctoo.

The report of this poor man having reached Mr. S. Cock of the African Trading Company, he set on foot an immediate inquiry,—the seaman was again found, brought before the committee, and examined as to the particulars of his story ; but his

WACPAERSON, PRINTER, RUSSELL COURT, DRURY LANE.

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