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of King's Bench, which is most brilliantly illuminated. In the course of this act are danced the Minuet de la Cour, by the Lady Mayoress and the eldest son of an Alderman, and a Spanish Bolero, by Mr. Deputy of Portsoken ward ; t and the whole is concluded by a
GRAND EMBLEMATICAL AND ALLEGORICAL VISION,
SHOWER OF FIRE.
+ The announcement of a dance is an allowable mode of attraction to a Theatre-Royal. In the Drury Lane Installation we find " In act I, an Irish Jig."
# The shower of fire would seem as inappropriate in the Court of King's Bench (ex. cept, perhaps, as affording a foretaste to the lawyers) as visions and allegories in the Drury Lane fac-simile of the installation of the Knights of St. Patrick ; but the author sets all to rights by a marginal note in his MS. where he says, “ People don't go to think at these things—they must always end with a crash, no matter how, or why, or wherefore any thing will do, so it be but like the last scene of a pantomime.
THE FALLS OF OHIOPYLE.
On the west of the Alleghany forbade my leaving the element on mountains rise the branches of the which I was gliding along. I have Youghiogeny river. The surround- mentioned that it was autumn ; iming country is fertile and woody, and mense masses of trees, whose fading presents strong attractions for the leaves hung trembling from the sportsman, as does also the river, branches, ready to be borne away which abounds in fish. These were the by the next gust, spread their dark principal considerations which induced brown boundary on every side. To me, in the autumn of the year 1812, me this time of the year is indeto ramble forth with my dog and scribably beautiful. I love to dwell gun, amid uninhabited solitudes al- upon those sad and melancholy asmost unknown to human footsteps, sociations that suggest themselves to and where nothing is heard but the the mind, when nature in her garb of rush of winds and the roar of waters. decay presents herself to the eye; it On the second day after my depar- reminds us, that human pride, and ture from home, pursuing my amuse- human happiness, like the perishir.g ment on the banks of the river, I things around us, are hastening chanced to behold a small boat, fast- rapidly on to their decline ; that the ened by a rope of twisted grass to the spring of life flies ; that the summer bank of the stream. I examined it, of manhood passeth away, and that and finding it in good condition, I the autumn of our existence lingers determined to embrace the opportu- but a moment for the winter of death nity that presented itself of extending which shall close it for ever. The my sport, and my fishing tackle was light winds that blew over the waput in requisition. I entered the di- ters curled its surface in waves that, ininutive vessel, notwithstanding the breaking as they fell, dashed their remonstrances of my four-footed com- sparkling foam in showers around. panion, who, by his barking, whining, The sun was sinking behind the and delay in coming on board, seem- mountains in the west, and shone ed to entertain manifold objections to from amidst the surrounding clouds. the conveyance by water,--a circum- His last rays glittered on the waters, stance which somewhat surprised and tinged with a mellow sombre me. At last, however, his scruples lustre the umbered foliage of the being overcoine, he entered into the trees. The whole scene spoke of boat, and we rowed off.
peace and tranquillity; and I envy My success fully equalled my ex- not the bosom of that man who could pectations, and evening overtook me gaze upon it with one unholy thought, before I thought of desisting from or let one evil feeling intrude upon my employment. But there were at- his meditations. As I proceeded, the tractions to a lover of nature which beauty of the surrounding objects
increased. Immense oaks twisted with his renewed barkings, fawnings, about their gigantic branches cover- and supplicating gestures. I imaed with moss; lofty evergreens ex- gined that he wished to land, and as panded their dark and gloomy tops, the air was becoming chill, I felt no and smaller trees, and thick shrubs, objection to comply with his wishes. filled up the spaces between the On looking around, however, and larger trunks, so as to form an almost seeing no fit place of landing, I conimpervious mass of wood and foliage. tinued my course, hoping shortly to As the evening advanced, imagina- find some more commodious spot. tion took a wider range and added to Very great, however, was the disthe natural embellishments. The satisfaction of Carlo at this arrangeobscure outline of the surrounding ment; but in spite of his unwillingforests assumed grotesque forms, and ness he was obliged to submit, and fancy was busy in inventing impro- we sailed on. babilities, and clothing each ill-de- Shortly, however, my ears were asfined object in her own fairy guises. sailed by a distant rumbling noise, and The blasted and leafless trunk of a the agitation of my companion redoulightning-scathed pine would assume bled. For some time he kept up an inthe form of some hundred-headed terrupted howling, seemingly under giant about to hurl destruction on the influence of great fear or of bodily the weaker fashionings of nature. pain. I now remarked, that though As the motion of the boat varied the wind had subsided, the rapidity the point of view, the objects would of the boat's course was not abated. change their figure, which again, from Seriously alarmed by these circumthe same cause, would give way to stances, I determined to quit the rianother, and another, and another, in ver as soon as possible, and sought all the endless variety of lights and with considerable anxiety for a place distances. Distant castles, chivalric where I might by any means land. knights, captive damsels, and attend. It was in vain; high banks of clay ants, dwarfs and squires, with their met my view on both sides of the concomitant monsters, griffins, dra- stream, and the accelerated motion gons, and all the creations of romance, of the boat presented an obstacle to were conjured up by the fairy wand my taking advantage of any irregulaof phantasy. On a sudden, the moon rities in them by which I might burst forth in all her silvery lustre, otherwise have clambered up to land. and the sight of the reality effectually In a short time, my dog sprang over banished all less substantial visions. the side of the boat, and I saw hiin Thin transparent clouds, so light and with considerable difficulty obtain a fragile that they seemed scarce to safe landing. Still he looked at me afford a resting place for the moon, wistfully, and seemed undecided whebeams that trembled on them, glided ther to retain his secure situation or along the sky; the denser masses return to his master. that skirted the horizon were fringed Terror had now obtained complete with the same radiance; while rising dominion over me. The rush of the above them, the evening star twinkled stream was tremendous, and I now with its solitary rays. I could not divined too well the meaning of the be said to feel pleasure ; it was rap- noise which I have before mentioned. It ture that throbbed in my heart at the was no longer an indistinct murmur; view: my cares, my plans, my very it was the roar of a cataract, and I existence, were forgotten in the flood shuddered, and grew cold to think of of intense emotions that overwhelm- the fate to which I was hurrying, ed me at thus beholding in their without hope or succour, or a twig to pride of loveliness the works of the catch at to save me from destruction. creating Spirit.
In a few moments, I should in all In the meantime the boat sailed probability be dashed to atoms on rapidly onwards, with a velocity so the rocks, or whelmed amid the boilmuch increased that it awakened my ing waves of the waterfall. I sickenattention. This, however, I attri- ed at the thought of it. I had heard buted to a rather strong breeze that of death. I had seen him in various had sprung up. My dog, who had forms. I had been in camps where since his entrance into the boat lain he rages ; but never till now did he pretty quiet, began to disturb me seem so terrible. Still the beautiful face of nature which had tempted me former existence. I was like a man to my fate was the same. The clear newly born, in full possession of his sky, the moon, the silvery and fleecy faculties; I felt all that consciousness clouds were above me, and high in of being, yet ignorant of its origin, the heaven, with the same dazzling which I imagine a creature placed in brightness, shone the star of evening, the situation I have supposed would and in their tranquillity seemed to experience. I know not whether I deride my misery. My brain was make myself intelligible in this imoppressed with an unusual weight, perfect narrative of my adventure, and a clammy moisture burst out but some allowance will, I trust, be over my limbs. I lost all sense made in consideration of the novel of surrounding objects, a mist was situation and feelings which I have over my eyes--but the sound of the to describe. waterfall roared in my ears, and I looked around the place in which seemed to penetrate through my I was. I lay on a bed of coarse brain. Then strange fancies took materials, in a small but airy champossession of my mind. Things, of ber. By slow degrees, I regained whose shape I could form no idea, my ideas of my own existence and would seize me, and whirl me around identity; but I was still totally at a till sight and hearing fled. Then I loss to comprehend by what means would start from the delusion as from 1 came into such a situation. Of my a dream, and again the roar of the sailing on the river-of my fears and cataract would ring through my ears. unpleasant sensations, and of being These feelings succeeded each other dashed down the falls of Ohiopyle, with indefinite rapidity, for a very I retained not the slightest recollecfew minutes only could have elapsed tion. I cast my eyes around, in from the time I became insensible to hopes of seeing some person who the time of my reaching the water- could give me some information of fall. Suddenly, I seemed rapt along my situation, and of the means by with inconceivable swiftness, and, in which I was placed in it--but no one a moment, I felt that I was descend was visible. My next thought was ing, or rather driven headlong, with to rise and seek out the inhabitants of amazing violence and rapidity. Then the house ; but, on trial, I found that a shock as if my frame had been rent my limbs were too weak to assist me, in atoms succeeded, and all thought and patience was my only alternaa or recollection was annihilated. I tive. recovered, in some degree, to find After this, I relapsed into my myself dashed into a watery abyss, former insensibility, in which state I from which I was again vomited continued a considerable time. Yet forth to be again plunged beneath I had some occasional glimpses of the waves, and again cast up. As I what was passing about me. I rose to the surface, I saw the stars had some floating reminiscences of dimly shining through the mist and an old man, who, I thought, had foam; and heard the thunder of the been with me, and a more perfect falling river. I was often, as well as idea of a female form, which had I can remember, partly lifted from flitted around me. One day, as I lay the water, but human nature could half sensible on my bed, I saw this not bear such a situation long, and I lovely creature approach me; I felt became gradually unconscious of the the soft touch of her fingers on my shocks which I sustained. I heard brow, and though the pressure was no longer the horrible noise, and in- as light as may be conceived from sensibility afforded me a relief from human fingers, it thrilled through my misery.
my veins, and lingered in my conIt was long before I again expe- fused remembrance; the sound of rienced any sensation. At last I her voice, as she spoke in a low tone awoke, as it seemed to me, from a a few words to the old man, was long and troubled sleep. But my music to me—her bright eyes, temmemory was totally ineffectual to pered with the serenity of a pure and explain to me what or where I was. blameless mind, beamed upon me So great had been the effect of what with such an expression of charity ad undergone, that I retained not and benevolence as I had never beslightest idea of my present or fore beheld. During the whole time
of my illness, those white fingers, was the first to speak, and expressed those bright blue eyes, and the sound her joy at seeing me able to depart of that voice, were ever present to from my couch; chiding me at the my diseased imagination, and exerted same time for so doing without leave. a soothing influence over my distem- She smiling said, “ I am, at present, pered feelings.
your physician, and I assure you that At length the darkness that had I shall exercise the power which I obscured my mind and memory have over you, as such, in as rigorous passed away; I was again sensible, a manner as possible.” “ But,” added and could call to mind with some the father, “ we should not thus salittle trouble a considerable part of lute a guest by threatening him with the accidents that had befallen me. subjection; he is our guest, and not Still, however, of my reaching the our captive. By this time, I had reedge of the rock over which the full covered the use of my tongue, and stream rushes with fearful violence, of began to express my gratitude for the shock which I experienced when this kindness, and my sorrow at the dashed down the cataract, and of my trouble which I was conscious I must terrible feelings, I had a very slight have occasioned to them. But my and confused idea. I now longed politeness was cut short by the frank more ardently than before for some assurances of my host, reiterated more one with whom I might converse gently, but not less warmly by his about these strange occurrences, and lovely daughter. Carlo and I were from whom I might gather infor- now separated, much against the mation concerning those things which wishes of both, but my fair physician were unknown to me. My strength was inexorable, and I was compelled being in some degree recruited, I en- to turn in again, in seaman's phrase, deavoured to rise, and succeeding in till the morrow, and to suspend for the attempt, examined the room in the same time my curiosity. which I lay, but no one was there; The next day at length came, and my next labour (and a work of la- I requested my entertainers to favour bour I found it) was to put on some me with answers to the questions clothes which I found deposited on a which I should propose to them. They chair. Being equipped, therefore, as smiled at my eagerness, and promised fully as circumstances would admit, to satisfy my curiosity. It was easily I commenced my operations. My done. The old man had a son, who, first step was to enter into an adjoin- passing by the Falls of Ohiopyle ing room, which, fearful of tres- some nights before, in the evening, passing on forbidden ground, I did was attracted by the moanings and with some trepidation. This room lamentations of a dog, and descendwas, however, likewise destitute, as ing to the bottom of the fall, perI thought, of inhabitants; and I was ceived me at the river-side, where I about to retire, when the barking of had been entangled among some a dog arrested my attention, and weeds and straggling roots of trees. turning round, I beheld with no small From this situation, he had great satisfaction my old fellow-traveller, difficulty, first, in rescuing me, and, Carlo. Shall I attempt to describe having succeeded in that point, in our meeting? It was the language of carrying me to his father's dwelling, the heart, inexpressible in words, where I had lain several days, till by that spoke in the sparkling eyes and his daughter's unremitting attention joyous gambols of my dog, and I (the old man himself being unable was busily engaged in patting and materially to assist me, and the son caressing him, when, turning round, I compelled to depart from home on perceived that our privacy had been urgent business), I had been restored, intruded on. The beautiful crea- if not to health, to a state of compature on whom my wandering fancy rative strength. Such were the facts had dwelt stood looking at us, sup- which I contrived to gather from the porting with one arm the old man, discourse of my host and his daughher father, while, on the other, hung ter, notwithstanding their softening a basket of flowers. I stood gazing down, or slightly passing over every at them, without speaking. I know thing the relation of which might not what magic made me dumb-but seem to claim my gratitude, or tend not a word escaped my lips. She to their own praise. As to them, selves, my host was a Pennsylvanian and chimney with the wreaths of farmer, who, under pressure of mis- smoke curling above it; the neat fortune, had retired to this spot, glazed windows; the porch, and its where the exertions of the son suf- stone seat at the door; the clean ficed for the support of the whole pavement of wbite pebbles before it ; family, and the daughter attended to the green grass-plat edged with shells, the household duties, and to the com- and stones, and flowers, and gemmed fort of the father.
with " wee modest
daisies, and When the old man and his daugh- the moss-rose tree in the middle, ter had answered my queries, I re- were to me objects on which my imanewed my thanks, which were, how- gination could revel for ever, and I ever, cut short. If they had been of sighed to think that I must shortly service to a fellow-creature, it was in part from them. It remained for itself a sufficient reward, even if me in some manner to show my grathey had suffered any inconvenience titude before I parted from my benefrom assisting me (which they as- volent host; but I was long before I sured me was not the case). Many could settle the thing to my mind. I other good things were said at the felt unhappy, too, at the thought of time, which I forget, for -- shall I leaving the old man, and his beauconfess it ? the idea that all that had tiful and good daughter ; " and yet it been done for me was the effect of cannot be helped," I repeated again mere general philanthropy displeased and again. “How happy I should
When I looked at the lovely be," I thought, “ in this lovely spot, woman who had nursed me with sis- and perhaps, the daughter”-dare a ter-like affection, I could not bear man at first acknowledge even to to reflect that any other placed in a himself that he is in love? « And similar situation might have been be- why should I not be happy?” nefited by the same care, and have I am now married, need I say been watched over with equal atten- to whom? And the white-washed tion, and greeted with the same good- cottage, with its mossy thatch, has natured smile ; that I was cared for the same attractions for me; nay, no more than another, and valued more, for it is endeared by the ties of merely as a being of the same spe- love, of kindred, and of happiness. I cies with themselves, to whom, equally have lived in it nine years; my chilwith any other, their sense of duty dren flock around me; my wife loves taught them to do good.
me; and her father is happy in seeing In a day or two my health was so her happy. Her brother is flourishmuch improved, that I was permitted ing in his business, and none in our to walk out in the small garden which family are dissatisfied, or in want. surrounded the cottage. Great was Often do I thank God for my blessmy pleasure in looking at this hum- ings, and look back with pleasure to ble dwelling; its thatched roof, with the day when I passed the Falls of patches of dark green moss and Ohiopyle. beautiful verdure; its white walls,
SONNET, TO THE NIGHTINGALE.
Into the calm lull'd woods, when all's asleep
Like Angel Pity's from some drooping cloud,
Who shuns like thee the vile obnoxious crowd ;-
Where Love is aped by false-faced courtesy,
And Fashion rules with mean servility :
With boughs, to sit, sweet Bird, and list thy harmony.