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speedily accomplished, by reading “INHABITANTS OF NAPLITZ! four pages * of Latin, and burning a « Evil-minded persons are amongst cat's paw under the nostrils of Pe- you, who design to subvert your rouin, the god of thunder.

liberty. The happiness which you It was supposed at court, that no- have enjoyed so many months is thing could withstand these severe about to be torn from you. I am measures. One courtier laughed, penetrated with affliction at this another sighed, and a third began to prospect, and am resolved to save make a calculation of the profits you. A close alliance during fourwhich he should derive from the teen months has increased my afsub-government of the free town of fection for you—it has made me Naplitz. Notwithstanding these cal

your friend. Accordingly, I march culations and conjectures, however, towards you, animated by the best the Naplitzians remained refractory. intentions. My soldiers will obThey even issued a public paper, in serve the strictest discipline. Rewhich they said, that they had a ceive them as brothers, and respect right to choose a steward, and ap- the paternal care which I display point a gardener over their own towards you. Every person found lands. This, it must be owned, in arms will be shot. looked very bold, and could hardly

« The mark of be passed over by Fædor, who claimed a prescriptive right to inter

« Fedor. fere in his neighbours' concerns, and

“ Countersigned, Cavolem.” to give advice upon all occasions. They said, that his right was ground- Immediately after this proclamaless, and that his advice was bad, tion, Fædor marched on the town of and not wanted. The former, he re- Naplitz. The right division of his plied, had been established by wri- army, composed of one hundred and tings, sealed with the private seals twenty picked men, destined to storm of himself and his predecessors, and the trenches, was led on by the inwas not, therefore, to be contro- vincible Orsonoff; the left was comverted: the latter, he proposed to manded by the sage Ulisky; and the argue with them at the head of one great main body, consisting of at hundred horse and three hundred and least two hundred and fifty men, fifty foot soldiers. They answered, horse and foot, was under the imthat they did not think that method mediate order of Fædor himself. The of reasoning quite satisfactory, but appearance of the right wing was that they nevertheless would discuss truly formidable. The men drank the maiter with him as strenuously brandy and gunpowder, and swore, as they were able. Whereupon Fæ- in the most explicit way, as to the dor ordered a tax of twenty-five per actions that they would severally cent. to be laid on his people, and perform. Each man at parting curled set out again on the road to glory. his whisker with his left hand, and

War was thus declared between invoked Perouin to witness that he the great Fædor and the disobedient was entitled to a hundred zechins, people of the free town of Naplitz. for protecting the liberties of the Many were the orders and proclama- people of Naplitz. tions which were issued by both sides Unfortunately for Fædor, and on this occasion. One only, however, sixty soldiers of the right division, has reached us entire, and this we the army of the invincible Orsonoff shall take leave to transcribe. It is was met by an army equally invinthe proclamation issued by Fedor cible. A battle speedily took place, previously to his march, and deve- and precisely half of M. Orsonoft's lopes his fatherly intentions in a way warriors slept that night with their that cannot be liable to mistake or faces towards the moon. Orsonoff misinterpretation, we should think: himself retired in an oblique direc

- to be sure, there are few things safe tion, and Fædor (when he learned from the malice of an enemy. the news) published another procla

• If our memory serves us well, this, and one or two other matters, arc recorded in one of the pleasant histories written by the celebrated M. de Voltaire, - but we are not sure for it is long since we read them.


mation, showing clearly that the It is astonishing what an effect logic enemy had been put to flight, and has on minds willing to be convinced. ordering a hymn, (analogous to our Fædor entered the town, therefore, Te Deum,) to be sung with all possible partly as friend and partly as conexpedition. Nothing could exceed queror; and, in furtherance of his the noise made upon this occasion, proclamation, he issued another, reexcept the cannon which had bel- peating the pardon which he had belowed out its fierce welcome on the fore published, and levying a tax, of advanced guard of the conqueror seventy per cent. on his friends the Orsonoff. The soldiers were intox- Naplitzians, and at the same time, icated with brandy and joy; their offering a reward of a thousand zewives (of course) with joy only; and chins for the head of Pepael, their Fædor swore repeatedly, that he general. Pepael, who was an infidel would be revenged upon the Naplitz- (in his notions of human nature, at ians, for allowing him to gain so least), had fled, but being overtaken easy a victory. He directed double amongst the mountains by a mist, he rations to be distributed among his unluckily perished. This mist was soldiers, and ordered out a treble accurately traced to the priest of guard at night, lest the enemy should Fædor's household, who had got up come unawares upon him, for the a number of “ Maledicats" for the rash purpose of being sacrificed again. occasion, and had dispatched one They did not come, however, though after the unfortunate Pepael.-We the Buccaneer watched as unremit- might draw a moral from this, but tingly as a Chaldean.

we really have not time. But why should we pursue the de- Fædor had now got rid of war, and tails of war? It is with the general his chief-priest (two evils), but he character of this perfect chief that had also lost his wife, who shut herwe wish to become acquainted, and self up in a penitentiary, because her not merely with his petty triumphs. husband had been wicked enough to The war ended, then, (let us say smite off the head of the bishop of this shortly,) as wars generally do, Kemlin. He must undoubtedly have with negociations, and hollow truces, gone distracted at this, (he did tear to be kept as long as convenient; or his hair-in public,) or have perishelse with conquest and ravage, or ed by a sudden or lingering death, surveillance and captivity, or reite- had it not been for the excellent disrated protestations of inviolable faith. courses of the pretty Stephanie. This

One circumstance, however, may girl had been a kind of lady of the be mentioned here; it is this : bedchamber to Madame Fædor, who Fedor, who understood the policy thought well of her beauty at first, but of war at least as well as he liked its ceased to praise it as soon as it atfatigues, or even relished the sweets tracted the Buccaneer's notice. About of conquest --when he found that he that time, her anxiety discovered was pressed by the enemy, opened a that the girl's appearance was on the private negociation with some of the decline, and attributing this to court heroes in his adversary's citadel, who hours, she dispatched the pretty Stewere willing to hear the arguments phanie into the country without deon both sides of the question. What lay. Fædor heard of this, and on our Buccaneer's reasons we his lady's retirement, made some enhave not yet learned, but they quiries after her faithful servant.

so convincing, that he had He found her, as pretty as ever, and speedily a strong party in the ene- (although he thereby annoyed one or my's camp. He then issued a pro- two private friends) he determined to clamation, pardoning all who had do justice to Stephanie, and reintaken up arms against him, provided stated her in her former honours :-it they should lay them down without was even remarked that he had a delay. The soldiers, feeling the pri- partiality for her personal attendance. vations of war, were easily persuaded Some months after this, Stephanie by their own officers to accede to became ill, and the court physithis; and the officers had been per- cian ordered retirement and change suaded beforehand by the private ar- of air. Fædor coincided, and to reguments of Fædor and his friends. ward her fidelity (to her mistress)


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[Aug. he gave her in marriage to one of herself, and went to the temple rehis officers, with a dowry of ten gularly every morning, to offer up thousand zechins. The officer was vows for the long life of Fædor and enraptured.

He protested that he the prosperity of the island of Kemwas profoundly attached to Madame lin. She built a penitentiary alsoStephanie, and would make her the and endowed it, reserving certain best of all possible husbands. But rights to the foundress and her des the bounty of Fædor was not con- scendants. fined to the dowry. He continued This system prevailed for a consito patronize Stephanie, and when derable time. At last Fædor met she was brought to bed, he be- with a serious accident, which drove stowed his name on the child, and M. Ishmael and his wife out of his promised that it should have a ge- head, and made him think of himself neral's commission at three years alone. He suddenly grew pious, and old. The next year, Stephanie had wrote-(i, e. signed) fifteen pages of another child, and Fedor made that, advice, which he caused to be comat the age of two years, Bishop of posed for the benefit of all his courKemlin. The third was a girl, who tiers who wanted it.

Some copies became chief-forester, which, as there were sent to Madame Stephanie and were then no forests in the island, her family. He then grew more might be accounted almost a sine- pious than ever, and had frequent

The husband of Stephanie conferences with his priest (the Bi

a worthy man, and called shop of Kemlin was then rising five Ishmael.

a sleek, good- years old only,) upon the subject of humoured, quiet, clerical-looking the past, and the future, and other man; but in the army: we believe, matters of a very serious nature. however, that he had been only in He slept in armour, and had incense the commissariat department, though burned in his room till he was nearly he bore the rank of an officer. He stifled. The physician remonstrated dressed well, wore a fine sword, long at this, but the priest said that it spurs, dark mustachios, loved eating would do good to his soul. Howand drinking, and play, - and let ever, it came at last to the ears of Madame Stephanie do whatsoever Stephanie, who very speedily settled she pleased. He was, in short, a the affair, and he made her next paragon of husbands, and rather fat. child-which she had in the course As to his wife, she was very proud of the year-Chief Justice of the of her children; more so, in truth, High Court of Kemlin, the very mothan of the good Ishmael her hus- ment he was born.-(The new judge band; for when any of the gossips performed his office, for some time, discovered a likeness between the in- by deputy.) fants and their father, she would re- The good effects arising from this sent the assertion, and aver, that she illness, did not vanish on the return thought them even more like Fædor of health. Fædor remained staunch than her husband.

to his good resolutions. To his orIf Madame Stephanie had a fault, dinary benevolences to M. Ishmael (which we do not insist upon,) it and his family, he superadded the bewas that she had a small--the small- nefits of his good advice. He wrote est possible particle of pride. This essays and homilies—by the dozen, arose from the distinguished manner showing how a variety of things which in which she was treated by the Buc- seemed to be wrong were right.

He gave her precedence He turned moralist and theologian, before all the ladies of his court: he and became so profound a metaphy, made epigrams upon her beauty (or sician, that no one in the island caused them to be made—it is nearly could comprehend the subtlety of his the same thing); and placed his speculations. He wrote treatises on hand upon her shoulder whenever he the art of war, and distributed them swore by Lelio to do any thing that gratis among the soldiers.

One or was royal. She distributed pensions, two of his theories failed in practice, and patronized authors at the ex- but this he properly enough attripense of Fædor (and the state); had buted to the fault of the officers who a guard of honour to attend on made the experiments. He disputed



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167 with a famous philosopher, in a but it must be observed that there neighbouring island, and undertook was some murmuring at the bestowal to convince him, that all persons en- of this reward. Cajolem, who nejoyed the earth in fair proportions ; gotiated (in disguise) with some of that the fact of his having once led the principal people at Naplitz, rehis soldiers into ambush, was neces- ceived a brazen lock, and was pubsary, and not to be avoided ; that his licly complimented by Fædor for his black charger merely pursued his conduct. He returned an answer own choice, when he spurred him on three hours long, which was apto battle ; and other matters equally plauded by every one who remained sublime and difficult to be compre- awake at the conclusion. hended. He also instituted an order, And thus lived on the great and (the order of “ The Brazen Lock,”) gallant Fædor, admired by the fair, by which a lock of brass was fixed and worshipped by the great; the to the noses of such of his courtiers envy of princes whom he excelled, as had done him (or the island) emi- and abused by those who were more nent service. Tattlisky invented a powerful. One man wished for his method of discovering secrets, and figure, another for his strength, a had a brass lock for his pains.-Jab- third under-rated his abilities, and a brousky once talked sixteen hours, fourth his honours. No one could without ceasing, upon the subject of enjoy higher distinctions. For the the nation's prosperity, so that none space of four years he reigned withof his auditors understood a word, out an interval of war, receiving his and yet each person gave him a piece taxes, and collecting his tribute on of gold coin at the conclusion of his the seas,-drinking Greek and Cyprus oration. This made a good deal of wines, smoking cigars, shooting, noise at court, and Jabbrousky was riding, sailing, feasting, and making decreed to have merited two brass compliments and love ;-a model for locks, which were fixed to his nose any prince, from the source to the without delay:-(He grew superci- mouth of the Danube,-provided he lious, unhappily, on the instant.) professes the Catholic religion, and Ferretz had a lock for destroying all is not too wise to gain improvement the rats in the island of Kemlin; from example.

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Monarch of day! once piously adored

By virtuous Pagans; if no longer thou
With orisons art worship’d—as the lord

Of the delightful lyre, or dreadful bow;
If thy embodied essence be not now,

As it once was, regarded as divine ;
Nor blood of victims at thine altar flow,

Nor clouds of incense hover round thy shrine ;-
Yet fitly may’st thou claim the homage of the Nine.
Nor can I deem it strange, that in past ages

Men should have knelt and worship’d thee ;—that kings,
And laureld bards, robed priests, and hoary sages,

Should, far above all sublunary things,
Have turn’d to thee, whose visible glory flings

Its splendour over all.- Ere gospel-light
Had dawn’d, and given to thought sublimer wings,

I cannot marvel, in that mental night,
That nations should obey, and nature own thy right.
For man was then, as now he is, compellid,

By conscious frailties manifold, to seek
Something to worship. In the heart, unquella

By innate evil, thoughts there are which speak
One language in Barbarian Goth, or Greek;

A language by itself well understood,
Proclaiming man is helpless, frail, and weak,

And urging him to bow to stone, or wood ;-
Till what his hands had form’d, his heart revered as good.
Do I commend idolatry ? -0 no !

I merely would assert—the human heart
Must worship :-that its hopes and fears will go

Out of itself, and restlessly depart
In search of somewhat, which its own fond art,

Tradition, custom, or sublimer law
Of Revelation, brings,—to assuage the smart

Sorrows and sufferings from its essence draw,
When it can look not up with hope, and love, and awe.
Can it be wondrous, then, before the name

Of the ETERNAL God was known, as now, That orisons were pour’d, and votaries came

To offer at thine altars, and to bow Before an object beautiful as thou ?

No, it was natural, in those darker days,
For such to wreathe round thine ideal brow

A fitting chaplet of thine arrowy rays,
Shaping thee forth a form to accept their prayer or praise.
Even I, majestic orb! who worship not

The splendour of thy presence, - who controul
My present feelings, as thy future lot

Is painted to the vision of my soul,
When final darkness, like an awful scroll,

Shall quench thy fires :-even I, if I could kneel
To aught but Him who framed this wondrous whole,

Could worship thee ;-so deeply do I feel
Emotions -- words alone can hope not to reveal.


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