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much desired, and to devise excuses for found none except in the firm trust breaking off the match wbich he had which he placed in God, and in the nearly concluded with the Scottish lady. prudence of Isabella, whom he earnestly

At that period, Isabella was fourteen enjoined to use every possible caution in years old, and Ricaredo twenty; but in order that they might not be condemned that green and flowery age, their great as catholics ; since, although in spirit good sense and well-known prudence they were ready to receive martyrdom, gave them the steadiness of maturer yet the frail flesh shrunk from that bitter years. Four days only had now to elapse trial. before the arrival of that on which it was Again and again, Isabella assured the pleasure of Ricaredo's parents, that them they might rest secure that nothing their son should submit his neck to the of what they suspected and feared should sacred yoke of matrimony; and they happen to them on her account; for that esteemed themselves prudent and most although she did not at that time know happy in having chosen their prisoner to what answer she was to make to the be their daughter-in-law, setting more questions that in such a case would be value on the dowry which she brought put to her, she felt the strongest and in her virtues than on the great wealth surest hope that, as she had already told that had been offered them with the them, she should answer in such a manScottish heiress. The bridal decorations ner that in her replies they would find were already prepared; the relatives and their safety. friends invited; and nothing now remain- That night they talked over various ed to be done but to give the queen in- matters; and amongst others they canformation of the intended alliance, as no vassed this point in particular—that if the marriage between persons of rank can queen had known them to be catholics, take place without her express permis- she would not have sent them so gentle sion. But as they had no doubt what- a message; whence it was to be inferred ever of obtaining her license, they were that she merely desired to see Isabella, in no haste to solicit it.

whose extraordinary beauty and talents Such was the state of matters, and in must have reached her ears, as they had four days the nuptials were to be cele- those of the whole city. But then, again, brated, when, one evening, all their joy. they felt they were in fault for not having fulness was disturbed by an officer of presented her to the queen; from which the queen's household, who delivered a charge they decided that it would be well message to Clotaldo, commanding him to exculpate themselves by saying, that to carry before her, the next morning, from the first moment she came into his prisoner the Spanish girl from Cadiz. their power, they had fixed upon her to

Clotaldo answered, that he would most become the wife of their son Ricaredo. willingly obey Her Majesty's command. Yet here, again, they had done wrong,

The officer went his way, leaving in making the match without the queen's every breast full of agitation and alarm. permission ; although, thought they, this

« Ah me!” said the lady Catalina, an offence which could incur no “then the queen knows that I have very severe punishment. They consoled brought up this girl a catholic; and so themselves with this reflection; and she infers that all this family are catholics agreed that Isabella should go dressed, too. Now, should the queen ask her not in humble attire like a prisoner, but what she has been learning for the eight as became the betrothed wife of a person years that she has been a prisoner, what of their son's consideration. is the poor girl to answer that will not This being determined on, they dressed condemn us, in spite of all her discre- Isabella the next morning in a Spanish tion ?"

costume-a dress and train of green Isabella, hearing this, replied, “My satin, slashed, and lined with rich gold dear lady, do not afflict yourself with stuff-the slashes taken up with Sš or that apprehension ; for I trust in heaven scrolls of pearls, and the whole embroithat, through its divine mercy, it will dered with pearls of the richest quality: give me words, on that occasion, which the necklace and belt of diamonds; with not only will not condemn you, but will a fan, after the fashion of the Spanish redound to your advantage.'

ladies. Her own hair, which was plenRicaredo trembled, as if foreboding tiful, fair, and long, interwoven and some untoward event.

interspersed with pearls and diamonds, Clotaldo was seeking in his own mind formed her head-dress. In this splendid for resources wherewith to combat the attire, with her wonderful beauty and great fear which had seized him ; but graceful bearing, she appeared in the

was

streets of London that morning in an it: you are bound to restore it to me; elegant open carriage, leading captive the for by right it is mine.” eyes and hearts of all who beheld her.

“ Your majesty says

very true," In the same carriage with her went answered Clotaldo: “ I confess my fault, Clotaldo, his lady, and Ricaredo ; and if such it be, in having kept this treasure many distinguished relatives attended by me until it should have come to the them on horseback. All this honour perfection requisite for its appearing Clotaldo thought fit to render to his pri- before your majesty: and now that it soner, in order that the queen might be has so, I was intending to present it with induced to treat her as his son's con- addition, by asking your majesty's leave sort.

for Isabella to espouse my son Ricaredo, Having, then, arrived at the palace, and so offering you, dread sovereign, in and at a grand apartment in which the this pair, all that I have to offer." queen was, Isabella entered it with the “I like the name, too,” said the queen. most beauteous aspect that can well be “It only remained for her to be called conceived. The room was lofty and Isabel, that I might find her all perfecspacious : they who accompanied Isabella tion. But observe, Clotaldo, I am well advanced with her only two paces: she aware that you had promised her to your then stepped forward alone-looking even son without waiting for my leave." as some brilliant meteor that tracks the “ Your majesty says true,” answered upper air on a calm, silent night,—or as Clotaldo, “ but it was done in the confia sunbeam between two mountain sum- dence that the many important services mits bursting in the dawn. All this she which I and my ancestors have rendered seemed, and more—a comet, portending to this crown, would be sufficient to obthe conflagration of many a heart there tain from your majesty even weightier present, kindled by the soft radiance favours than the leave in question.of Isabella's eyes; while she, with all Besides that, my son is not yet actually humility and courtesy, went and knelt married.” before the queen, to whom she said in “ Nor shall he be married to Isabella,' English :

interrupted the queen, “until he shall May it please your majesty to stretch have merited her in his own person.forth your hand to this your servant- I mean to say, that I do not choose that who will henceforth deem herself a either your services or those of his ancesmistress rather, since she has been so tors should avail him in this matter. fortunate as to come and look upon your He himself must prepare to distinguish glorious presence.”

himself in my service, and so deserve this : The queen gazed at her for some time prize, which I value as if she were my without saying a word; thinking, as she daughter.” afterwards told her principal attendant, No sooner had this last word fallen on that it was a starry heaven she saw before Isabella's ear, than she once more fell on her—the stars of which shone in the many her knees before the

queen, and said to pearls and diamonds which Isabella wore, her in her native Castilian," Misforand the two greater luminaries in her tunes that bring with them such a counlovely face and eyes, while all together terpoise of good, most gracious sovereign, shewed a perfect miracle of beauty. The should rather be looked upon as blessings ladies that were with the queen seemed than as mischiefs. Already has your to be all eyes to examine Isabella. One majesty called me daughter. With such praised the brilliancy of her eyes; an- a pledge as this, what evils can I fear, other, the freshness of her complexion; a what good may I not hope ?” third, the elegance of her shape; a fourth, With such grace and elegance did the sweetness of her voice; and one there Isabella constantly express herself, that was that, in sheer envy, said: “ The the queen took an exceedingly great liking Spanish girl is not amiss, but I don't like to her; commanded that she should reher dress.”

main in her service; and delivered her When the queen's wonder had a little in charge to her first lady of the bedsubsided, making Isabella rise up, she chamber, a woman of high rank, that she said to her, “ Talk to me in Spanish, might instruct her in the routine of her damsel; for I understand it well, and it new situation. will give me pleasure.” Turning to Ricaredo, who felt that he was parting Clotaldo, she said, “ Clotaldo, you have with his life in parting from Isabella, was done me wrong in keeping this treasure almost distracted. And so, agitated and so many years hidden from me; though trembling, he went and threw himself on its. price might well tempt you to covet his knees before the queen, to whom he

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“ In order to serve your majesty, I she seemed a weeping alabaster statue. need not be allured by any other rewards These fond and tender evidences of affecthan those which my parents and my tion on the part of the two lovers, forefathers have obtained for serving their moistened the eyes of many of the by sovereigns. But since it is your majes- standers; and without either Ricaredo's ty's pleasure that I should serve you with uttering another word, or Isabella's speak. desires and pretensions of another kind, ing one to him, Clotaldo and those who I would fain know in what way, in what accompanied him, made their obeisance description of service, I may prove my to the queen, and withdrew from the desire to fulfil the obligation which your apartment, full of compassion, sorrow, majesty lays upon me.

and tears. “ Two of my ships," answered the Isabella was left like an orphan who queen, are going on a cruise, under the has just buried her parents, and in fear command of my lord of Lancaster. Of lest her new mistress should seek to one of these I make you 'captain ; for alter the habits in which the former one the blood of which you come, assures me had brought her up. And in two days that it will make amends for your want from that time, Ricaredo set sail. of years. And mark well what a favour

(Continued at page 219). I am doing you; since I am hereby giving

STANZAS you an opportunity of proving yourself

HORACE GUILFORD. worthy of the name you bear, by shewing your talent and courage in the service of

(For the Parterre.) your queen; and of so obtaining the best

I. reward, in my opinion, that you yourself

The gloomy green church-yard, can desire. I myself will be Isabella's

Where swarthy yew trees guard guardian ; although she plainly shews The sculptured urn, or grassy sepalchre; that she needs no better guardian than her

Where winds, with mournful cry,

Whirl autumn's pageantry own modesty. Go, with God's blessing;

Of painted deaths around the wailing fir: for, since I fancy you go in love, I pro

II. mise myself mnch from your achieve- Booming and wild the bell

From the bleak Campanile; ments. Happy were the warrior king

Or sad clock, vainly preaching Time's decay; who should have in his army ten thou

Or the swollen rivulet, sand soldiers in love, expecting as the Where the tomb-weeds hang wet, reward of their victories, the possession

Complaining as it seeks the-shoreless sea :

III. of their mistresses. Rise, Ricaredo ;

'Mił sights and sounds like these, and consider whether there be anything E’er the dread grave might please you would like to say to Isabella ; for The soul, o'erwearied with the world's turmoil; to-morrow you depart.”

And make us love the bed,

With thy deep curtains spread, Ricaredo kissed the queen's hands, Oh Death! best chamberlain to mortal toil. highly valuing the favour she was doing him ; then went and fell on his knees NOTES OF A READER. before Isabella : but on striving to speak to her, he found himself unable, for his EXTRAORDINARY emotion choked his utterance, and the tears started to his eyes : he strove to The more that animals enjoy the quali. repress them as much as possible: never- ties of youth, strength, and activity, the theless they did not escape the queen’s greater is the increase and development observation ; for she said to him :- of their parts, and the greater the ne

“ Take no shame to yourself for weep. cessity for an abundant supply of food. ing, Ricaredo, nor think the worse of Of many individuals exposed to an absoyourself for having given, on this occa- lute abstinence of many days, the

young sion, such tender indications of your are always the first to perish. Of this feelings; for it is one thing to fight with the history of war and shipwreck offers the enemy, and another to part with one's in all ages too many frightful examples. true love.- Isabella, embrace Ricaredo, There are several instances on record of and give him your blessing, for his affec- an almost total abstinence from food for tion well deserves it."

an extraordinary length of time. Captain Isabella, confused and astonished at Bligh, of the Bounty, sailed nearly four beholding the humility and the grief thousand miles in an open boat, with ocof Ricaredo, whom she already loved casionally a single small bird, not many as her husband, heard not the queen's ounces in weight, for the daily sustenance command. On the contrary, she began of seventeen people, and it is even alto shed tears so unconsciously, stand- leged, that fourteen men and women of ing so voiceless and motionless, that the Juno, having suffered shipwreck on

ABSTINENCE

FROM

FOOD.

the coast of Arracan, lived twenty-three came in. Turn this woman out. What days without any food. Two people woman, sir ? Why, the woman in a red first died of want on the fifth day. In the cloak. There's no woman, nor any red opinion of Rhedi, animals support want cloak, sir. Well, go and fetch the doctor much longer than is generally believed. for me; tell him I am ill, and wish to A civet cat lived ten days without food, speak to him. The man, however, was an antelope twenty, and a very large not to be frightened by this, because he wild cat also twenty; an eagle survived knew it was a delusion of his sight. Now, twenty-eight days, a badger one month, I have had it so often, that it has been and several dogs thirty-six days. In the a matter rather of amusement to me, memoirs of the Academy of Sciences, than anything else. I have stood before there is an account of a bitch, which a glass, and seen the upper part of my having been accidentally shut up alone head and eyes, and nose very distinctly; in a country-house, existed for forty but I never saw that I had any mouth or days without any other nourishment than jaw; and I have seen my shoulders very the stuff on the wool of the mattrass well, but all was blank between my nose which she had torn to pieces. A croco- and shoulders. Why, wow I say, what dile will live two months without food, a can you make of this but that it is errors scorpion three, a bear six, a cameleon of action, or inactivity in parts of the eight, and a viper ten. Vaillant had a retina? spider that lived nearly a year without food, and was so far from being weak

KRIM GHERRI KATTI GHERRI. ened by abstinence, that it immediately killed another large spider, equally vigor. Have any of our readers, in turning ous, but not so hungry, which was put in over the pages of the Edinburgh Almaalong with it. John Hunter inclosed nac, ever been surprised in noticing as a toad between two stone flower-pots, an office-bearer in one of our pious beand found it as lively as ever after four- neficiary institutions, a person with the teen months. Land-tortoises have lived singular title of Krin Gherri Katti Gherri? without food for eighteen months; and If they have, they will most probably be Baker is known to have kept a beetle in glad to learn who this strange gentleman a state of total abstinence for three is. Mr. Krim Gherri Katti Gherri years. It afterwards made its escape. happens to be sultan of the kingdom of Dr. Shaw gives an account of two ser- Caucasus in Tartary; and, what is still pents which lived in a bottle without any more curious, his wife, the sultana, is food for five years.

an Edinburgh lady, the daughter of Colonel The history of young

Krim may be soon told. While about There is a curious case related, of a fifteen years of age, he became acquaintman who was a well-known character, ed with some missionaries who had taken and a man of sense--where it was said up their station near the Caucasus; on he used to see a number of people in the which occasion he embraced the Chris. room with him. Now, he himself has tian religion, left his native country, and described the whole of the phenomenon, proceeded, under their protection, to St. and all the adjuncts to it. He has said, Petersburgh, which he shortly after after taking a cup of coffee, or tea, or quitted for Scotland; and here he soon so on, they came into his room in great acquired the English language, habits, numbers; and as he got better, and less and manners. While resident in Edinnervous, he has only seen the arms or legs burgh, he became acquainted with the of the persons, without seeing any other above lady, to whom he was married, part of them. Now, this is all an irregu- and carried her with him, though against lar action of the retina of the eyes. A the consent of her relations. As Krim gentleman sitting in his library one day, is lineally descended from the ancient reading or writing, on turning round his Khans of the Crimea, the throne of the head, saw, sitting in a chair, a woman present sultan, Mahmoud, will be his on in a red cloak. And he said, how came the extinction of the reigning family. you in here, good woman ? The woman He has sons; and should any of them said nothing. What is the meaning of hereafter ascend to the Ottoman throne, your being here, woman? No answer the singular fact will be presented of a was made. You have no right to be prince of a descent from an Edinburgh here; go out of the room. She took family, holding his court at Constantino notice of him. He got up and rang nople, and reigning over the Turkish the bell for the servant. The servant empire.

GHOSTS.

SPANISH POLITENESS.

uncommon.

ever.

WHITE-HEADED SEA-EAGLE.

came again, to say that his father was Near Naval-Moral, we met a Spanish not dead. " Not dead !” exclaimed the family of rank travelling, a sight very apothecary, in well-feigned surprise :

The ladies and female at- “ he will die.” He composed accordtendants were seated in a large, heavy, ingly another draught, for which he old-fashioned carriage, covered with received an equal remuneration, and carved work and tarnished gilding. This assured the Moor that it would not fail vehicle was drawn by eight mules, which in its effects. In fifteen days, however, two fine-looking men on foot guided the Moor came again, complaining that solely by the voice, calling out their his father thrived better than names, to which they appeared by their “ Don't be discouraged,” said the doctor, movements to answer with great doci- who doubtless found these periodical lity. The gentlemen of the party rode visits by no means unprofitable, “ give with the male servants, all conversing him another potion, and I will exert all familiarly together; and the last often my skill in its preparation.” The Moor put their heads into the carriage-window, took it, but returned no more. One and spoke to the ladies. The Spaniards, day the surgeon met his young acquaint. I have often observed, however exalted ance in the street, and inquired the suctheir rank, are exceedingly kind and af- cess of the remedy. “ It was of no fable to their servants and inferiors. And avail,” he replied mournfully; “my faindeed the lower classes have much na- ther is in excellent health. God has tural politeness; nor is there anything preserved him from all our efforts; there in their language or manner which dis- is no doubt that he is a marabout”gusts or offends. They lave no vul. (a saint). garity in their freedom, nor servility in their respect. I have often sat round the fire of a Posada, amid Spaniards of

THE NATURALIST. all classes, whom chance had assembled together, and been quite charmed to mark the general good-humour, and the ELEVATED on the high dead limb of some easy, unembarrassed propriety of beha- gigantic tree, that commands a wide viour of the common peasants.

view of the neighbouring shore and ocean, he seems calmly to contemplate the motions of the various feathered

tribes that pursue their busy avocations A Portuguese surgeon was accosted below; the snow-white gulls slowly winone day by a young Moor from the coun- nowing the air ; the busy tringas, courstry, who, addressing him by the usual ing along the sand; trains of ducks appellation of foreign doctors in that streaming over the surface; silent and place, requested him to give him some watchful cranes, intent and wading ; drogues to kill his father, and, as an in- clamorous crows, and all the winged mulducement, promised to pay him well. titudes that subsist by the bounty of this The surgeon was a little surprised at vast liquid magazine of nature. High first, as might be expected, and was un- over all these, hovers one whose action able answer immediately; but quickly instantly arrests his attention. By his recovering himself (for he knew the wide curvature of wing, and sudden habits of the people well), replied with suspension in the air, he knows him to sang froid equal to the Moor's, “ Then be the fish-hawk, settling over some deyou don't live comfortable with your voted victim of the deep. His kinfather, I suppose ?” “O, nothing can dles at the sight; and, balancing himself be better," returned the Moor; " he has with half-opened wings on the branch, made much money, has married me well, he watches the result. Down, rapid as and endowed me with all his possessions; an arrow from heaven, descends the disbut he cannot work any longer, he is so tant object of his attention, the roar of old, and he seems unwilling to die.” its wings reaching the ear as it disapThe doctor, of course, appreciated the pears in the deep, making the surges amiable philosophy of the Moor's reason- foam around! At this moment the ing, and promised to give him what he eager looks of the eagle are all ardour ; desired. He accordingly prepared a and, levelling his neck for flight, he sees cordial potion, more calculated to restore the fish-hawk once more emerge, strug. energy to the old man than to take it gling with his prey, and mounting in away. The Moor paid him well, and the air with screams of exultation. These departed. About eight days after he are the signals for our hero, who, launch

FILIAL AFFECTION OF THE MOORS.

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