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which tore away my clasping arms, and HABITS OF SHELLEY. the curse the curse, was ever in my ears ;-tired of his drooping rose, as In the nine centuries that elapsed the heartless despoiler called me, he from the time of our great founder, Alwould have transferred me to one of fred, to our days, there never was a his profigate companions, but I cast student who more richly merited the his gifts at his feet, and left the man- favour and assistance of a learned sion where I had lost my peace ; I toil- body, or whose fruitful mind would ed hard for my subsistence, till have repaid with a larger harvest the chance revealed to me your abode, and labour of careful and judicious cultivaI came forth to America, hoping to find tion. And such cultivation he was well you and win your pardon, though I entitled to receive. Nor did his scholardied as you pronounced it; judge of my like virtues merit neglect; still less to feelings when I heard our story, and be betrayed, like the young nobles of felt as every accent sunk into my Falasci, by a traitorous schoolmaster, heart, that I had heard that voice before to an enemy less generous than Camilin other days. Oh, Cyril, Cyril Ash- lus. No student ever read more assiburne, pardon as you hope for it at that duously. He was to be found book in hour of judgment which must soon hand at all hours; reading in season await us all."

and out of season; at table, in bed, and And as she spoke, the storm, which especially during a walk; not only in the strange events passing before us the quiet country, and in retired paths ; had led us to notice but little, now not only at Oxford, in the public walks, howled around us with a demon's and High-street, but in the most crowdtriumph, and the waves breaking over ed thoroughfares of London. Nor was the bulwarks of the vessel dashed in he less absorbed by the volume that was the cabin windows. Cyril Ashburne open before him, in Cheapside, in caught her in his arms, and bore her Cranbourn-alley, or in Bond-street, upon the deck; and kneeling there than in a lonely lane, or secluded liamid the lightning and the flooding brary. Sometimes a vulgar fellow rain, called for heaven's pardon on would attempt to insult the eccentric himself and the suffering penitent, who student in passing. Shelley always bowed her head upon his boson, and avoided the malignant interruption by lay there like a child sobbing itself to stepping aside with his vast and quiet rest. The storm increased, and all were agility. Sometimes I have observed, too deeply engaged to remember others as an agreeable contrast to these unconnected with themselves ; I cast wretched men, that persons of the humone look towards the exile, and saw blest station have paused and gazed that he still held his wife in his arms, with respectful wonder as he advanced, and seemed earnestly engaged in fer- almost unconscious of the throng, vent prayer, ere I became so deeply stooping low, with bent knees and occupied with rendering the duties of outstretched neck, poring earnestly my sacred mission to those whose hearts over the volume, which he extended smote them on the mighty waters, that before him ; for they knew this, alI had forgotten all earthly objects, un- though the simple people knew but til a tremendous wave swept over us, little, that an ardent scholar is worthy bearing away all in its course; a wild of deference, and that the man of learnand thrilling shriek was heard, and ing is necessarily the friend of humathe exile and his wife were swept out nity, and especially of the many.

I far into the raging ocean; quick and never beheld eyes that devoured the successive flashes of lightning showed pages more voraciously than his ; that he struggled long to support her convinced that two-thirds of the period above the waves; but they rose white of day and night were often employed and foaming and mighty in their fury, in reading. It is no exaggeration to and casting a look upon the horror- affirm, that out of the twenty-four hours, struck gazers who could not attempt he frequently read sixteen. At Oxford, assistance, he clasped her closely to his diligence in this respect was exemhis heart, and pressing his lips to her plary, but it greatly increased afterforehead, he bowed his head to the wards, and I sometinies thought that he sweep of a mighty wave; and when the carried it to a pernicious excess: I am next flash of lightning showed us the sure, at least, that I was unable to foaming surges, there was no trace of keep pace with him. On the evening Cyril Ashburne, or his frail (but we of a wet day, when we had read with trust) forgiven Frances !

scarcely any intermission from an early E, S. CRAVEN.

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hour in the morning, I have urged him of his means of life, the fruits of that to lay aside his book. It required some field which he has tilled, from violence extravagance to rouse him to join and spoliation. "Not only have conheartily in conversation : to tempt him siderable sects," he would say, “deto avoid the chimney-piece, on which nied the right altogether, but those commonly he had laid the open volume. among the tender-hearted and imagina“If I were to read as long as you do, tive people of antiquity, who accounted Shelley, my hair and my teeth would be it lawful to kill and eat, appear to have strewed about on the floor, and my eyes doubted whether they might take away would slip down my cheeks into my life merely for the use of man alone. waistcoat pockets; or at least I should They slew their cattle not simply for become so weary and nervous, that I human guests, like the less scrupulous should not know whether it were so or butchers of inodern times, but only as a not.” He began to scrape the carpet sacrifice for the honour and in the with his feet, as if teeth were actually name of the deity; or rather of those lying upon it, and he looked fisedly at subordinate divinities, to whom, as they my face, and his lively fancy repre- believed, the Supreme Being had assented the empty sockels'; his imagina- signed the creation and conservation of tion was excited, and the spell that the visible material world; as an incibound him to his books was broken, dent to these pious offerings, they parand creeping close to the fire, and, as took of the residue of the victims, of it were, under the fire-place, he com- which, without such sanction and sancmenced a most animated discourse. tifica:ion they would not have presumed Few were aware of the extent, and still to taste. So reverent was the caution fewer, I apprehend, of the profundity of a humane and generous antiquity!" of his reading; in his short life, and Bread became his chief sustenance, without ostentation, he had, in truth, when his regimen attained to that ausread more Greek than many an aged terity, which afterwards distinguished pedant, who, with pompous parade, it. He could have lived on bread alone prides himself upon this study alone. without repining. When he was walkAlthough he had not entered critically ing in London with an acquaintance into the minute niceties of the noblest of he would suddenly run into a baker's languages, he was thoroughly conver- shop, purchase a supply, and breaking sant with the valuable matter it con a loaf, he would offer half of it to his tains. A pocket edition of Plato, of companion. “Do you know," he said Plutarch, of Euripides, without inter- to me one day with much surprise, pretation or notes, or of the Septuagint, “that such an one does not like bread; was his ordinary companion; and he did you ever know a person who disread the text straight forward for hours, liked bread?" and he told me that a if not as readily as an English author, friend had refused such an offer. I at least with as much facility as French, explained to him, that the individual in Italian, or Spanish. “Upon my soul, question probably had no objection to Shelley, your style of going through a bread in a moderate quantity, at a proGreek book is something quite beauti- per time and with the usual adjuncts, ful!” was the wondering exclamation and was only unwilling to devour two of one who was himself no mean stu or three pounds of dry bread in the dent.

streets, and at an early hour. Shelley As his love of intellectual pursuits had no such scruple; his pockets were was vehement, and the vigour of his ge- generally well stored with bread. A nius almost celestial, so were the purity circle upon the carpet, clearly defined and sanctity of his life most conspi- by an ample verge of crumbs, often cuous. His food was plain and simple marked the place where he had long as that of a hernit, with a certain anti- sat at his studies, his face nearly in cipation, even at this time, of a vegeta- contact with his book, greedily devourble diet, respecting which he afterwards ing bread at intervals amidst his probecame an enthusiast in theory, and in found abstractions. For the most part practice an irregular votary. With his he took no condiment; sometimes, howusual fondness for removing the ab- ever, he ate with his bread the common struse and difficult questions of the raisins, which are used in making highest theology, he loved to inquire, puddings, and these he would buy at whether man can justify, on the ground little mean shops. He was walking of reason alone, the practice of taking one day in London with a respectable the life of the inferior animals, except solicitor, wlio occasionally transacted in the necessary defence of his life and business for him ; with his accustomed

grateful, cup

precipitation he suddenly vanished, The Spanish maid is no coquette,

Nor joys to see a lover tremble, and as suddenly reappeared: he had

And if she love, or if she hate, entered the shop of a little grocer Alike she knows not to dissemble. in an obscure quarter, and had re Her heart can ne'er be bought or soldturned with some plums, which he held

Howe'er it beats, it beats sincerely ;

And, though it will not bend to gold, close under the attorney's nose, and

'Twill love you long and love you dearly. the man of fact was as much astonished

The Spanish girl that meets your love at the offer, as his client, the man of

Ne'er taunts you with a mock denial, fancy, at the refusal. The common For every thought is bent to prove fruit of the stalls, and oranges and

Her passion in the hour of trial.

When thronging foemen menace Spain, apples, were always welcome to Shel

She dares the deed and shares the danger; ley; he would crunch the latter as And should her lover press the plain, heartily as a schoolboy. Vegetables

She hurls the spear, her love's avenger. and especially sallads, and pies and

And when, beneath the evening star,

She mingles in the gay Bolero, puddings, were acceptable: his beve

Or sings to her attuned guitar rage consisted of copious and frequent of Christian knight or Moorish hero, draughts of cold water, but tea was ever

Or counts her heads with fairy hand after and coffee.

Beneath the twinkling rays of Hesper, cup,

Or joins devotion's choral band, Wine was taken with singular inodera To chaunt the sweet and ballow'd vesper, tion, commonly diluted largely with

In each her charms the heart must move water, and for a long period he would Of all who venture to behold her; abstain from it altogether; he avoided Then let pot maids less fair reprove

Because her bosom is not colder; the use of spirits almost invariably and

Through many a clime 'tis mine to roam even in the most minute portions. Like Where many a soft and melting maid is, all persons of simple tastes, he retain But none abroad, and few at home, ed his sweet tooth"; he would greedily

May match the dark-eyed Girl of Cadiz. eat cakes, gingerbread, and sugar; honey, preserved or stewed fruit, with

BARON GERAMB. bread, were his favourite delicacies, these he thankfully and joyfully re Some not unamusing gossipping ceived from others, but he rarely sought anecdotes are just now floating through for them or provided them for himself. society in Paris respecting an indiviThe restraint and protracted duration dual nearly forgotten by the worldof a convivial meal were intolerable ; namely, the once celebrated Baron he was seldom able to keep his seat Geramb. Few of our English readers during the brief period assigned to an are unacquainted by reputation, if not ordinary family dinner.

personally, with the Baron, whose suNew Mon. perb moustaches and immense spurs,

some twenty years ago, created a world

of admiration in London, where he did THE GIRL OF CADIZ.

a thousand strange things ; among LORD BYRON.*

others, it is said, made proposals of Oh never talk again to me

marriage to one of the English prinOf northern climes and British ladies ;

cesses! Sic transit gloria.

The It has not been your lot to see, Like me, the lovely girl of Cadiz.

Baron is now, and has been for years, Although her eye be not of blue,

an inmate of the monastery of La Nor fair her locks, like English lasses, Trappe, where he shines as much How far its own expressive hue Tbe languid azure eye surpasses !

among his brother anchorites by his Prometheus. Jike, from heaven she stole

superior sanctity and the severe ausThe fire, that through those silken lashes

terities of his life, as when he shone the In darkest glances seems to roll,

" admired of all admirers" among the From eyes that cannot bide their flashes : fashionables at Almack's. The life of And as along her bosom steal In lengthen'd flow her raven tresses,

“Frere Joseph,” as the Baron is now You'd swear each clustering lock coula feel called, is a veritable romance. A

And curl'd to give her neck caresses. Hungarian nobleinan by birth, almost Our English maids are long to woo,

on his first appearance at Vienna, he And frigid even in possession ;

had an affair of honour with an EngAnd if their charms be fair to view. Their lips are slow at Love's confession :

lish colonel, the curious conditions of But born beneath a brighter sun,

which were, that the duel was to take For love ordain'd tbe Spanish maid is, place on the edge of the crater of And who,-when fondly, fairly won, Enchants you like the Girl of Cadiz?

Mount Etna, and that the combatant

who might be killed or wounded, * From the eighth volume of the New Edt- should be thrown into the volcano by tion of Byron's Works, published by Murray.

his antagonist. There the duel took

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BY HORACE GUILFORD.

FOR THE OLIO.

place, and fortune favoured the Eng- said that I should one day address you lishman ; but he generously omitted to from La Trappe! Mutability, my friend, fulfil the condition which would have is the universal law of this world of effectually prevented his wounded op- human nature, from the vicissitudes of ponent from ever becoming a Trappist. which I must, however, except your At the peace of Amiens, the Baron had own generous heart, and my gratitude another duel ; this time it was with a for your kindness." young French officer of Hussars, in consequence of some expressions derogatory to the French army. His an

PICTURES IN THE PEAK. tagonist was M. Valabregue, who afterwards became the husband of the celebrated Catalini; the Baron received a severe wound on this occasion, and After a pleasant walk from the narrowly escaped a long imprisonment, Peacock, by style and path way, down the laws against duelling being at that green pasture hills and holmes, laced time excessively severe at Vienna. He with a blue stream, and broidered with was, however, pardoned, in conse- ash and sycamore, we enter from the quence of the severity of the wound, east-south' WingpielD Manor House and M. Valabregue was set at liberty, by a portal, leading into an outer court, at the instance of the French Ambassa- then under another square embattled dor, M. Champigny, now Duke de Ca- gateway into the inner court: the old dore. Geramb afterwards raised a re- part of the architecture is exquisitely giment of cavalry, and fought in the chaste. In this inner court is one of Spanish campaign. He then went to the most elegant porches I ever beheld; England, where, after " astonishing the it is a low square tower of perpendinatives” for some time, and being en- cular architecture; the parapet enibatgaged in a variety of warlike and other tled, with an armorial shield in every adventures, he was sent out of the coun- battlement, and a larger one in the try under the Alien Act, and landed at spandrils—a broad band of quatrefoils Hamburgh. Hamburgh not being a from the architrave; and a Tudor arch, fighting city, the Baron betook himself with wreathy mouldings of flower work, to writing against the Imperial French and a beautiful transome window, add Government, for which offence he the last grace to the whole : this is the speedily found himself transferred to a porch leading to the Hall, a superb dungeon in the chateau of Vincennes, apartment seventy-eight by thirty-six, where he remained until the Allies en- lighted by nine cross lights, the wintered Paris, and set him at liberty.- dows long, of the Tudor arch, like KenilDuring his captivity, when in expecta- worth ; besides a broad arched window tion of being shot, he made a vow, that at the east end, now blocked up, and should he live to be released, he would an enormous oriel exceedingly rich, become a Trappist, which vow he has with fretted tracery at the top, and very faithfully kept. Frere Joseph is, it is splendid mouldings,--this is quite a said, about to be chosen by his order study. Thence through a suite of offices to be sent on a mission to Palestine, to the Buttery, whose gigantic battleand it is expected he will be created a mented chimnies rise like turre's cardinal on his return. What denoue- among the thick bare trees, which raise ment to the romance it would be, were their columnar trunks in every court it to terminate in the Papal chair ! and chamber of the beautiful wreck ; The circumstance that has recalled their rude and majestic forms, as they Geramb to public recollection, is a spread over the pallid remains of archiletter from him to his former adversary, tectural ornament, seeming to assert M. Valabregue, which has appeared in the permanent triumphs of nature over some of the journals, thanking him for a the ephemeral splendours of art.generous inquiry after his fate, and Thence into the Kitchen, which has a offers of assistance. After describing large window to the west, and two prothe state of privation and poverty in digious fire places joining each other which he dwells, which is in truth fright- at right angles. Most impressively do ful enough, and speaking of his family, the ancient elm, ash, and elder trees, he adds" You alone, my dear Count, declare the lapse of time since savoury known as I am to all Europe, if I may meats steamed through these apartbe allowed so to say, have expressed ments. I am interrupted by a large an interest in the fate of poor Geramb. liver-coloured setter, who has discoOn the day of our duel, who would have vered a hen's nest, and is amusing

himself with tossing up the eggs, and odours embalm this soft May morning. catching them in his mouth.

There is also an extensive orchard of I now return to the Hall, which I per- walnut, apple, and pear, in the interior ceive has been split up into two caro- court; and the snowy bells and roselan and jacobin apartments, by a tinctured buds of the two last form a bisecting wall from east to west, while fine relief to the ivy muffled building. its noble proportions have suffered a I have been so absorbed in the interestsimilar curtailment in altitude, by a ing details of this lovely and extensive second floor which has been introduced ruin, that I have deferred, till rather out at about the middle of its original of place, the picture of its general plan height, so that the magnificent range and appearance, which, however, is so of old windows, whose coloured lat- magnificent, that I must not altogether tices once illuminated in legendary or omit it. heraldic pomp the stupendous area of This fine manor-castle is distributed this august chamber, are now maimed into two irregular courts to north and and divided, so as to give light to both south. The grand entrance is in the stories.

eastern front, whose long facade, though I now descend a staircase under the disfigured by modern barbarisins, canoriel into a large crypt forty-eight by not be otherwise than striking, adorned, thirty-six, bisected by four low and as it is, by the great east window and wide arches of the Tudor bend ; the graceful gable front of the hall, and roof deeply ribbed, and the keystones the princely eastern gateway. This large, round, and of superb rosework; last is a building of the boldest dimenfrom thence into another vault, whose şions ; a curtain wall containing a centre is a similar pillar and keystone, huge arch of great depth thickly riband doubtless, this made a part of the bed, with smaller arches at the side, other chamber, but has been parted off connects two square turrets, and forms in the same way as the hall above it, a

massive portal, whose original whose whole length it traverses from height is left to imagination, beautiful east to west. At the north-east angle shrubs and herbage having rooted on of the hall stands the Eastern, or Gar- its dismantled brow. This opens into den Tower ;-but the hall porch is de- the outer or southern court, which was cidedly the finest feature of this most doubtless once of majestic amplitude, ornate pile. Its detail is of the richest though now deformed with all the un-its proportions faultless - and its mentionables of a brick-yard. Here effect magnificent.

rises to view the great western tower, The Chapel stretches at right angles a singular structure,-in figure a pawith the hall, and has a handsome rallelogram; it soars to a vast height, window looking north; close by which and consists of various stages adorned is the Chapel Tower; about thirty with beautiful windows; and at the years back, there were apartments in highest stage, the tower splits its mural use along the western front, and crown into three tall turrets, each of a Colonel Halton was born in the cham- different size; one elegantly pierced ber over the hall porch. I am now on with quatrefoils ; another embattled, the top of the great tower, and the pure and a third slender and long like a and beautiful conclave of turret, porch, large chimney. A second square gateand battlement, lie stretched before way with embrasured parapet leads me. I count from here no less than into the interior or Northern Court, sixteen colossal chimnies, each with which was formerly dignified by the moulding and parapet, a turret in itself. lordly range of state apartments, and The trees must be exquisite in summer ; whose remains of sculpture and archi.' at present, all are in foliage except the tecture, particularly on the north side, ash and witch elm ; the one black with exhibit a wealth of fancy and delicacy rook-nests, the other yellow with its of taste only to be equalled by the alstarry blossoms. There is a sweet most oriental profusion with which view from hence over hill and dale, they are spread over the grey walls. but the very rampart on which I lean The stately towers -the pompous is a picture in itself,--so broad in its porches - the tall foliated arches-the callibre, its hue so clear and grey, and shafted windows the deep roseso brilliant in its living embroidery, wrought oriel, and that shapely gable where the delicate green leaves and with the circular wheel-work of its latpink petals of the wild geranium blend tice, all disclose their architectural with the silvery storks and golden beauties, with just such a canopy of blossoms of the gilliflower, whose ancient trees, as might veil their dis

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