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“ Here they reviewed their force, to renegado, named Yuzuf, asked six thousee how many men they had lost; and, sand crowns for Leonisa, and four thoufinding that the dead were four soldiers sand for me; adding, that he would not of the number of those whom they call ransom the one without the other. He Leventes, and of their very best and asked so large a sum because (as I afterfinest men, they resolved to take ven- wards learned) he was enamoured of geance upon me; and accordingly, the Leonisa, and 'wished not to have her captain of the principal galiot com- ransomed; but to give to the captain of manded the yard-arm to be lowered, in the other galiot, with whom he was to order to hang me. All this was beheld share their prizes equally, myself valued by Leonisa, who had at length recovered at four thousand crowns, and one thoufrom her swoon, and finding herself in sand in money, and to keep Leonisa for the power of the corsairs, was wringing the other five thousand. For this reason her delicate hands, and shedding a flood it was that he valued the two at ten thouof beautiful tears : however, she uttered sand crowns. Leonisa's parents offered not a word, but listened attentively, to nothing on their own part, trusting endiscover, if she could, what the Turks tirely to the promise which my steward were saying. But one of the Christians had made them from me. Nor did Corat the oar told her in Italian, that the nelio open his lips in her behalf: so that, captain was ordering that Christian after much bargaining, my steward at (pointing to me) to be hanged, for hav- last concluded on giving five thousand ing killed, in her defence, four of his best crowns for Leonisa, and three thousand soldiers; which being understood by for me. To this Yuzuf agreed, overcome Leonisa, she for the first time shewed by the persuasions of his comrade and me some pity, desiring the captive to tell the unanimous prayer of his soldiers, the Turks not to hang me, for that they eager to share so rich a ransom. But as would thereby lose a great ransom; and my steward had not so much money in that she requested them to return to readiness, he asked three days' time to Trapani, where I should immediately be procure it, intending to dispose of as redeemed. This, I say, was the first much of my property as should be necestenderness—it will also be the last- sary to produce the sum required. Yu. that Leonisa ever shewed me; and it zuf was rejoiced at this; thinking to find did but serve to lengthen my misery. in the mean time some opportunity of The Turks, on hearing what the captive preventing the fulfilment of the contract. told them, believed him; and their cu. He steered back to the island of Favigpidity prevailed over their desire of re- nana, saying, that at the expiration of venge. The next morning, hoisting a the three days, he would return for the flag of truce, they returned to Trapani : money and surrender his captives. I had passed the intervening night in all “But my ill fortune, not yet weary the agony imaginable, not so much from of persecuting me, so ordered it, that a the pain of my wounds, as on account sentinel, placed by the Turks on the of the peril in which I beheld my fair most elevated of the islands, discovered and cruel enemy, among those barba- not far out at sea six lateen sails, which rians.
he rightly judged must be either the Having, I say, returned to the town, Maltese squadron or a Sicilian force. one of the galiots entered the port, and He came running down to give the the other remained in the offing; the alarm; and the Turks who were on harbour and the shore were soon throng- shore, some washing their clothes, others ed with Christians, and the pretty Cor- preparing their victuals, embarked with nelio was contemplating at a distance the utmost haste, and instantly weighing what was passing in the galiot. A stew. anchor, they gave the oars to the water, ard of mine immediately came to treat the sails to the wind, and with the prows for my ransom; but I ordered him turned towards Barbary, in less than peremptorily not to bargain for my liber- two hours they lost sight of the gallies ; ation, but for that of Leonisa; and to and so, being covered by the island and give for her, if necessary, all that my the night, which soon closed in, they reproperty would produce. I farther com- covered from the fear which had seized manded him to go to Leonisa's parents, them. and tell them to leave it to him to treat “ I leave you to judge, Mahomet, my for their daughter's ransom, and not to friend, what was the state of my mind give themselves any trouble or uneasi- during this voyage, so contrary to that ness on her account. This being done, which I had expected; and yet more the commander of the corsairs, a Greek when, the next day, the two galiots
having reached the island of Pantalaria,* “ Leonisa was on shore, but not where the Turks went ashore on the southern I could see her, until, at the moment of side of it; and when I beheld the two embarking, we came together to the captains also go on shore, and proceed to water's edge. Her new master and newest their partition of all the prizes which lover led her by the hand; and in stepping they had taken. Every particular of on the ladder, which was placed from the this was to me a lingering death. When shore to the side of the galiot, she turnthey came to the division of myself and ed her head to look at me: I was gazing Leonisa, Yuzuf gave to Fetallah (for so intently upon her ; and such was the the captain of the other galiot was violence of my mingled feelings, that called) six Christians—four for the oar, they quite overcame me-a film overand two very beautiful Corsican boys- spread my eyes, and I fell senseless upon and me along with them, to keep the ground. Leonisa for himself; with which Fetal. “ I was afterwards informed, that the lah was satisfied. I was present all the same thing had happened to Leonisa; while, but could not understand any- for that she had fallen from the ladder thing they said, though I knew what into the sea, and Yuzuf had thrown himthey were engaged in; nor should I, at self after her, and brought her up in his that time, have understood the mode of arms. This was related to me in my the partition, had not Fetallah come up master's galiot, into which they had carto me, and said in Italian, · Christian, ried me during my insensibility. But thou now art mine; thou art given to when my senses returned, and I found me for the value of two thousand myself alone in the galiot, and that the crowns of gold; if thou wouldst have other vessel was taking another course, thy liberty, thou must give four thou- carrying with it half my soul, or rather sand, otherwise thou must die as thou the whole of it, my grief burst forth art.' I asked him if the Christian afresh; again I cursed my fate--again I maiden was also his; to which he an- called on death-and so violent were my swered, that she was not—that Yusuf exclamations, that my master, impatient had kept her for himself, intending to at my complaints, threatened me with make her turn Mahometan, and marry blows unless I was silent. her. And such was really the case; for “ I contained my tears, and repressed I was told so by one of the captives at my sighs, thinking that the constraint I the oar, who understood Turkish well, thus put upon them ight make them and had heard what passed on the sub- burst my heart, and open a passage for ject between Yuzuf and Fetallah. I told my soul, which so much longed to quit my new master, that if he could contrive this miserable body. But the measure so as to take the Christian damsel along of my calamities had yet to be filled, and with him, I would give him, for her the last faint ray of hope to be withdrawn ransom alone, ten thousand crowns in from me. The storm, which had been colid gold. He answered me, that it apprehended, now came on; and the was not possible; but that he would wind, which was blowing from the let Yuzuf know how large a sum was south right upon our prow, increased to offered for the Christian woman, and such a degree, that it was necessary to perhaps the amount would tempt him to turn the vessel, and let it drive before alter his purpose, and ransom her. He the gale. Our captain's design was to did so; and ordered all the men belong- double the point of the island, and take ing to his galiot to embark immediately, shelter on the northern side of it; but in order that he might go to Tripoli, to he could not accomplish his purpose; which place he belonged. Yuzuf, in for the wind blew with such fury, that like manner, determined to go to Bi- in little more than fourteen hours we serta; and they embarked accordingly, lost all the way we had made in two with the same celerity which they are days, and found ourselves within six or accustomed to use when they discover seven miles of the same island of Pantaeither gallies of which they are afraid, laria, upon which we were driving withor vessels which they mean to plunder. out any possibility of avoiding it, and But the occasion of their present haste that not upon any beach, but against was, that the sky appeared to be chang- some very high rocks which arose before ing, and to threaten a storm.
us, threatening us with inevitable destruction. On one side of us we beheld
the galiot with which we had parted A small island, about twenty-five miles in circuit, midway between Sicily and the coast
company, and saw all hands on board, of Tunis.
both Turks and captives, labouring with in;
all their might at the oar to prevent the safe me the consolation which I had vessel from drifting upon the rocks. Our hoped for, of beholding in my arms the own people did the same, and with form of Leonisa, which, though lifeless greater success than those of the other and mangled, I should joyfully have galiot, who, exhausted with fatigue, and clasped. I could have gazed with meovercome by the obstinacy of the storm, lancholy rapture on the pallid wreck of quitting hold of the oars, abandoned her lately glowing beauty; and while I themselves to their fate, and we beheld chid the tempest for deforming so fair them dashed against the rocks with such a flower, I could almost, in the tumult violence, that the galiot quickly went of my heart, have blessed the ocean for to pieces. The night was now closing floating to my embrace her faded and
and amid the cries of those who unconscious charms, exulting even thus were perishing, and the perturbation of to hold her, with only death for a rival ! those on board our own vessel, who ex- I asked a renegado, who was going to pected to perish, none of our captain's land, to search about and discover wheorders were executed or understood; all ther her body had been washed ashore. that was attended to was, to keep the But, as I have already said, heaven deoars at work, and by turning the head nied me this satisfaction; for at that very of the ship to the wind, and casting both moment, the wind rose again, with such anchors, to endeavour to delay that fate violence, that the island no longer served a little longer, which nevertheless ap- as a shelter. Fetallah, perceiving this, peared unavoidable. But though all the resolved to contend no longer against the rest were afraid of death, with me it was elements; so he ordered his men to hoist quite the contrary; for the illusive hope the fore-mast and spread a little sail; he which possessed me, of beholding in an- turned the prow to the sea, and the stern other world her who had so lately depart- to the wind; then himself taking charge ed from this, made every moment that the of the helm, he let the vessel run before galiot was prevented from sinking or the gale into the open sea, in the security dashing on the rocks, appear to me an that there was no obstacle to impede his age of agony. So entirely did her image course; the oars were laid up in the gangoccupy my soul, that the tempest around way, * and all the men seated on the me raged unregarded; and the huge benches or in the loop-holes, not one of waves that dashed fiercely over the vessel them being visible on the whole galiot, and over my head, only made me atten- excepting the boatswain, who, for his tive to discover if they brought with greater security, had himself lashed to them the corse of the unfortunate Leo- the stern-post. nisa. I will not weary you, my friend, “ The vessel flew with such rapidity, with a detail of the anxieties, the fears, that after three days and three nights, the bitter reflections and agonizing passing within sight of Trapani, Methoughts, that agitated me during that lazzo, t and Palermo, it entered the strait long and dreadful night, but will endea- within the light-house of Messina, to the vour to fulfil my promise of relating my infinite terror of those on board, and of ill-fortune briefly; suffice it to say, they those who beheld it from the land. But were such, and so many, that had death lest I should be as prolix in relating the at that time assailed me, he would have storm, as it was obstinate in its fury, I found me an easy prey.
must briefly tell you,
weary, famish“ The morning came, but the tempesting, and exhausted by so long a course rather increased than abated; we found, as that of coasting nearly the whole of however, that our vessel had gone a good Sicily, we at length arrived at Tripoli, way about, leaving the rocks at some where my master, before he had time to distance, and had approached a point of settle with his Leventes the account of the island, which being so near dou- the spoil, and give them what belonged bling, Turks and Christians all gathered to them, and the customary fifth to the fresh hope and fresh strength, and in six viceroy, was seized with a complaint in hours we succeeded in doubling the point his side, of such a nature that in less -after which we found the sea more than three days it carried him to evercalm, so that we could more easily avail ourselves of the oars; and, being now sheltered by the island, the Turks were This, on board a galiot, was the passage enabled to go ashore, to see if they could along the vessel, from stem to stern, between discover any remains of the galiot which were placed. the night before had struck upon the
+ Melazzo-a sea-port town of Sicily, 18 rocks. But still heaven did not vouch- miles west of Palermo.
the two rows of benches on which the rowers
lasting perdition. All his property was I so much desire-the termination of iny immediately taken possession of by the life!” pacha of Tripoli, and by the alcayde “ You remind me,” said Mahomet, of the dead, appointed there by the Grand “ of the maxim which says, that what a Signior, who, as you know, is heir to all man can feel, he can express; though, who die intestate. These two took all indeed grief does sometimes chain the that belonged to my master Fetallah; tongue: but, Ricardo, be that as it may, and I fell to the share of him who was you will always find in me a true friend, then viceroy or pacha of Tripoli. In either to assist or to advise you: for, about a fortnight he received the ap- although my youth, and the folly which pointment to the viceroyalty of Cyprus; I have committed in adopting this habit, and with him I am come hither, without may seem to declare that neither assistany intention of ransoming myself. He ance nor advice is to be expected from has often told me to do so, since I am a me, I shall endeavour to prove the susman of fortune, as Fetallah's soldiers in- picion to be wrong. And though you formed him—but I have never con- should reject both aid and counsel, I will sented; I have rather given him to nevertheless do what I shall consider to understand that they were mistaken who be of service to you, treating you as they spoke so largely of my means.
do a sick man, who asks for what they “ And indeed, Mahomet, to tell you do not give him, and to whom they give all that I feel about the matter, you must what is fit for him. In all this city there know that I do not desire to find any is no one of more influence and importspecies of consolation, but rather that ance than the cadi, my master; not this life of captivity, together with the even your own, who is coming to be recollections which ever haunt me, of the governor of it, will be so powerful. Such death of Leonisa, should weigh me down being the case, I may say that I myself to the earth; and if it be true, that con- am one of the most influential persons tinual grief must either exhaust itself or in the city, since I can get my patron to destroy the sufferer, mine cannot fail to do almost anything I please. This I do so, for I will soo indulge it, that it say, because I can, perhaps, take meashall speedily terminate this miserable sures with him to procure you to be his existence, which I so unwillingly en- captive: and when we are together, dure.
time will shew us what is to be done, “ Such, Mahomet, my friend, is my both to console you, if you will or can sad story—such is the occasion of my receive consolation, and to remove me tears and sighs. Consider, now, whe- from this to a better way of life, or at ther I have not sufficient cause to heave least to some place where I may change them from the bottom of my heart.- it with greater security.” Leonisa died-and with her died all my “ I thank you, Mahomet," answered hopes; for though, while she was living, Ricardo, for the friendship which you they were sustained only by a single offer me, though I am certain, do what thread, yet-yet-" Here his voice you may, that nothing can be of service failed, so that he could not proceed; and to me. Let us, however, talk no more the tears which he could no longer con- at present, but go to the tents; for I see tain, streamed down his cheeks so pro- a train of people issuing from the city; fusely as to moisten the ground at his and it is no doubt the ex-viceroy coming feet. His companion wept with him; to remain in the country while my mashowever, as he recovered from this ter enters the town and takes the account paroxysm, occasioned by the lively of his government.” remembrance which the relation of his “ It is so,” said Mahomet : sorrowful story had awakened, Mahomet then, Ricardo, and you'll see the cerewas beginning to offer consolation to monies with which he is received, which Ricardo, in the best terms he could de- I think will entertain you.' vise; but the latter stopped him with “ Let us go, then, with all my heart," these words :
returned Ricardo; “perhaps I shall want “ What you must do, my friend, is, to you to speak a word for me, in case the advise me how I shall act in order to fall keeper of my master's captives should into disgrace with my master and all have perceived my absence: he is a those with whom I may have to do ; so Corsican renegado, and not very tenderthat, being hated by him and by them, hearted." they may so persecute and ill-treat me, Here their conversation ended, and that, adding pain to pain, and affliction they approached the encampment. to affliction, I may quickly obtain what
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row diminished. Every succeeding day (For the Parterre).
adds strength to their desire for regu
larity. Every season of the year gives It is generally allowed, that Order is a peculiar relish to their engagements. necessary in all things. Regularity is The several periods of each day they allot as “ oil to the wheels of time.” When to certain purposes, however closely conwe pay attention to our various duties, nected, yet distinct, like so many indeand endeavour to do all things in their pendent parts of one complete whole. own season, our time will naturally roll From the dawn of the morning until the on with a smoothness to which the vo- lengthening shades announce the close of taries of chance are entire strangers. the day, the hours are divided between While they suffer themselves to be car- the calls of religion, and the honourable ried away by every gust of incidental necessary affairs of life, the refreshment desire, depending for amusement or em- of the body, and the recreation of the ployment on the uncertain occurrences mind. Nor are the darksome watches of the passing hours, and folding up of the night unapplied to suitable purtheir hands in idle expectation ; let us poses. The setting sun warns them to wisely husband our time as our most reflect on the events of the day, and to precious treasure, and apply our talents prepare for the repose requisite to renew to such useful occupations as may engage their strength for the pursuits and toils our faculties for the present, and lay the of another day. To such repose, an foundation for future satisfaction. Let adequate portion of time is allotted ; and us not hang loosely as to the concerns both the body and mind are preserved in inevitably connected with our respective healthful harmony, until, by the unconditions, because these concerns are searchable decree of the Almighty, some not gilded with the fanciful charms of unforeseen disease assail the seat of life; novelty. Let us rather attend to them to answer ends wrapt up in the veiled with increasing complacency for that records of heaven-to which the utmost very reason. Certainly it is to the ob- flight of human intellect cannot aspire. jects from which we cannot conveniently Thus day rolls on after day, and year or properly separate ourselves, that we after year, down the smooth and silent should direct our best affections, our but rapid stream of time, whilst every most strenuous exertions. To apply hour is applied to some honourable purour energies, however vigorous or weak pose of business or rational amusement, they really are, to objects and concerns necessary recreation, or repose; not acwith which we have no immediate con- cording to the whims of chance, but nexion, and with which we have not a according to some fixed plan, dictated by prospect of being permanently united, experience, and approved by reason. either for a time or during our journey And thus their happiness is as complete of life, betrays an extravagant deficiency and permanent as the uncertainty and of judgment—a shallowness of appre- changeable nature of all things visible hension—a levity of thought. The most can admit.
S. F. evident mark of prudence is exhibited by those who, whilst they look forward with hope to the future, and review the METROPOLITAN RAMBLER. past with impartiality, give heed to their
No. 1. present conduct so as to improve from
(For the Parterre). their experience, and to cherish their fondest wishes of rising to higher degrees A resident in London and its vicinity for of honour and happiness. To them, a series of years—an observant, a thoughtthe past is valuable, in so far as it tends ful, and a perambulating resident, and to enliven and inform their understand- consequently familiarized with the coning. They hold the present as of greater templation of the metropolis in general, importance, because it gives opportunity and of numerous of its features, under a of proving their progress in substantial diversity of aspects, and in various moods knowledge, and of adding to their wis- of my own mind, “I feel that I have dom. The future wears to them an no more acceptable tribute to offer to the inviting appearance, amidst all the pains readers of “ The Parterre” than the enand disasters of a changing world ; be- deavouring to retrace, as distinctly as I cause it promises time for still further may, some of the numberless vivid, and improvement of the mind, by which of the many profound impressions, which every rational gratification must be aug- I have received in the course of my indi