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Then Reason drew her cloak aside,

While Love its shelter soon accepted ; And thus, as to the grove they hied,

Fast fell the rain they both expected. And hoarse the thunder roll'd above,

The vivid lightning flash'd before them;
And when at last they reach'd the grove,

Still louder peal'd the tempest o'er them.
Oh Dame! the shiv'ring boy then cries,
" I find a sudden chillness steal.
Through all my veins, it runs! it flies !

6. Your mantle has an icy feel.”
“ Lie still, lie still, thou restless boy;"

Reason replies, “ nor dare complain ; “ Thou source of many a guilty joy,

“Of hopeless pangs and bitter pain. " Which are all sport to thee, thou elf,

Destroying where thy arrows fly; “ By all unconquer'd, save myself,

“But I will vanquish thee or die!" She said; and closer to her breast,

Her icy breast, the boy she clasp'd; And as the maiden closer press'd,

In agony the urchin grasp’d. But now the thunder ceas'd to roll,

The lightning ceas'd to flash; the rain Gave way unto the sun's control,

And all was warm and bright again. And nature wore a lovelier green,

The doves renew'd their am'rous vows; Ten thousand sparkling drops were seen

To hang upon the neighb'ring boughs. The boy soon felt the change, he flung

Aside the robe of Reason, then
From her cold arms elastic sprung,

And Cupid was himself again.
The maiden now the young god view'd,

(Array'd in all his native might) And sighd, and feeling half subdu'd,

She turn'd her from the dazzling sight.

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BRITISH ANTIQUITIES.

No. II.

After Rome had become the Instead of being raised with stones, mistress of the world by ber exten- and cemented like the Roman roads, sive conquests, the most successful it has been excavated. The soil has means she could use to unite the be- been thrown up on each side, and terogeneous members of her empire the chalk rock has served as a pavewas facility of intercouse between ment. Another person and myself herself and them. . Hence the nu- dug a few feet through the mould, merous military roads, diverging which has gradually fallen in and from the seat of empire to its various covered the road, but the chalk rock dependencies. The celebrated Via soon impeded our progress. The Appia led to the southern, and the Roman roads usually run in direct Via Flaminia to the northern parts. lines, but this follows the winding In Germany, France, and Spain, eminences of the dales. This posiRoman military roads are numerous. tion would serve the double purpose Great Britain is intersected by them. of a road and a trench, to act upon The four principal Roman ways the defensive against an invading which are most conspicuous in this enemy, especially from the lower country are Watling-Street, Ick.. parts. That it has been used for nield-Street, Ermin-Street, and the military purposes is further evident Foss-way. To these might be added from triple trenches. having been a number of collateral roads, but made on the plains, through which inferior in form and of less extent. it has run between the dales. What Of the latter description is one has been advanced is corroborated which is omitted on all our antiqua- by the opinion of Brewer, in his rian maps.

It diverges from the Introduction to the Beauties of Engeastern branch of the Ermyn-Street, land and Wales. “It may certainly to the west of Market Weighton, in be inferred, without an unwarrantthe East Riding of Yorkshire, and able freedom of conjecture, that the connects with another Roman road, early Britons so familiarly acquaintrunning from Flamborough Head ed with the use of chariots, and ento York. It may be traced through gaged in commercial pursuits, which the Parishes of Pocklington, Milling-rendered necessary a correspondence ton, Huggate, Wetwang, &c. to the between the interior parts of the above mentioned road, near Great country and the coast, could not Driffield.

be destitute of roads so carefully The origin of this road seems du- amended as to assume a permanent bious, as it is differently made from character. That such, indeed, exthe Roman roads, though there is isted, and were in many instances little doubt of its having been used adopted by the Romans, is uniformly by the Romans. The occasional oc- admitted by those antiquaries, who currence of a Tumulus, of detached unite the labours of local investigapieces of Roman armour, and of a tion with the erudite researches of number of human bones, and com the etymologist.” This is further plete skeletons in confused order, confirmed by the opinion of the Rev. having been found in a field at Wet- T. Leman, in the History of Hertwang, are inductive proofs of the fordshire. “These British roads are Romans having used it for military so totally distinct from the Roman purposes. There is a probability of causeways, which succeeded them, its having been made by the Parisii that it is surprising so many persons or Brigantees, the original inhabi- should confound these works of the tants of the eastern parts of York. rnde inhabitants of the island, with shire, as a channel of communica- those, perhaps, of the most enlighttion between the low lands on each ened military nation that ever apside of the Wolds. This conjecture peared in the world; for the British is supported by its being formed roads were merely driftways, runlike the other ancient British roads. ning through the woods, or wind

ing on the sides of the hills, and feature, the reason of which is not made only for their petty commerce known, of being divided during of cattle and slaves. Unlike the

their course into several branches, military labours of their successors, running parallel with the bearing of they were hardly ever drawn in the original road.” straight lines; were not regularly

T. R. attended by tumuli or barrows; were Huggate, April 25, 1823. never raised ; and had a peculiar

A DRAMATIC FRAGMENT.-/Star Light.)

VICENTIO-ISIDORA.

Vic.-'Twas an enchanting dream !-An ivory throne,
Inlaid with gold and gems of every hue,
Rose, as by magic, from the verdant earth,
Where all was beautiful; upon it sat
My own sweet Isidora, o'er whose brow
A mytle-wreath was twin'd, and on her head
She wore a radiant coronet of flowers ;-
Her right hand softly grasp'd a silver wand,
Bedeck’d, with rosy garlands; round her form-
A garb of azure clung, and her fine feet
Were bound in silken sandals ;-near her stood
A smiling spirit, whom I deem'd a seraph,
With blooming cheeks, bright eyes, and golden hair.
Three fairy forms approach'd, of whom

the first
Flew on swift pinions to the beauteous Queen,
And proffer'd her a small transparent shell
With purest dew-drops fill'd: the spirit dash'd
It down indigpantly, and told the sylph
That one bright tear from. Isidora's eyes
Was worth them all. The second next drew near
To her upon the throne, and gaily took
A violet, newly gather'd, from its breast
To place in her's: the frowning seraph then
Snatch'd it away, and ask'd the trembling elf
How she could look on Isidora's eyes,
Yet dare to give her violets. The third,
Exulting, then approach'd the Queen's high throne,
And at her feet display'd a half-blown rose,
Which the attendant spirit stoop'd to take;
She held the flower beside her mistress' face,
And smil'd to see how the spright stood abash'd
Whilst gazing upon each ; the lovely hues
Of the sweet rose seem'd languid when compar'd
With the bright glow on Isidora's cheek.
The fairies fled: anon, the seraph took
A dark-brown lock from Isidora's hair,
The which I stole from her extended hand,
Press'd to my lips and plac'd within my bosom :
The spirit then commanded me to kneel,
And worship the Divinity who sat,
Array'd in beauty, on her glittering throne ;
In silent adoration I bent down-
When, lo! the vision ceas'd, and I awoke
To worship thee, indeed, my Isidora!

Isid.-Dear Vicentio! thou'rt eloquent forsooth,
And I did play the Queen right nobly, Love ?

Vic.-Most nobly! and look'd so fair, that indeed
You seem'd the being of another world.
Were the seven daughters of the Theban Queen
But half so beautiful as thou, dear Love!
Well might she deem herself Latona's rival,
And turn to stone when the pale jealous moon
Destroy'd them all for envy of their beauty.

Isid — 'Twas not in envy, but in justice, Lore!
Were she now gliding on her glorious way,
Instead of slumb'ring in old ocean's bed,
You would not dare arraign her thus, methinks.
But what dost gaze at, my

Vicentio ?
Vic.

Look!
Among the glowing orbs that throng so fast
In the deep hyaline, see you not one
Small twinkling star that looks on us awhile,
Then vanishes again, as tho' it left
The bright empyrean of its native sky
To tell rejoicing angels how we love,
And bid them quit the mansions of their bliss
To witness our's, my Sweet !
Isid.

It hath indeed
A pleasing errand then! - 'Tis a sweet night!
The skies are full of stars, which vainly strive,
With the faint splendour of their little lamps,
To emulate the glory of their

Queen,
Who sleeps with her belov'd Endymion.
How soon abaslı'd would thousands hide their heads
Before her radiant beauty, were she now
To glide in splendid majesty along
Thro their wide host.
Vic.

Oh! they are glorious all,
And bright and beautiful; earth too is fair,
And all on earth most lovely-loveliest thou,
My smiling Isidora! How the breeze
Dóth whisper in thy locks, and gaily sports
Over the loose white robe that circles thee,
As tho' 'twere proud to revel there.
Isid.

See! now
How swiftly it sweeps on from flower to flower,
Throwing the lily's fragrance on the rose,
Whose sweets it steals, and bears them blithely on
To the blue bosom of the violet,
Making them drink each other's perfumes-then,
Commingling all their odours, hies along
To mix them with the air. But let us hence,
And from the summit of yon lofty rock
Mark pále

Diana rising from the wave
To claim Dominion o'er the skies once more.

Vic.-And, when she hath arisen, we'll sit us down
On the green sward to hear the bird of night
Pour forth her soul in melancholy strain. (Exeunt.)

H. AD

* « Peace, ho! the moon sleeps with Endymion, And would not be disturbia."

SHAKSPEARE.

EPISTLES BY MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS.

Epistle from Mary to her UNCLES.-February, 1567.

No. IX.

Yes-I must write to vent indignant rage,
And by complaint my sense of wrongs, assuage!
Hear what new injuries now my anger

fire !
Bothwell, the loyal subject of my sire;
Bothwell, my mother's and her orphan's friend,
Prompt to obey, and faithful to defend,
This pitying soother, counsellor and guide,
My throne's support, my court's accomplish'd pride,
Some traitor subjects, in rebellion bold,
Forth to disgrace as Darnley's murderer hold !*
What! he to whom I told each secret thought,
Who knew by love inspir'd that couch I sought,
Where hapless Darnley, worn by secret grief,
From Mary's pardoning pity sought relief.
Could he, seduc'd by bribes and rebel's art,
Dare pierce his Sovereign's thro' her Darnley's heart,
Betray her confidence, her pangs disdain,
And prove a life of loyal favours' vain ?
Hence, impious charge! which can't my soul deceive;
Lies which e'en those who speak them disbelieve ;
Though justice they for Darnley's death demand,
And at the awful bar bid Bothwell stand!
Yes-he before that awful bar shall go!
But meet the bloody charge with dauntless brow,
Confront those rebels' hate, with loyal heart,
Despise their cunning, and defeat their art.

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* Every one's imagination was at work to guess who had contrived and executed this execrable deed iethe suspicion fell with almost a general consent on Bothwell. $.04

6 Two days after the murder a proclamation was issued by the Queen, offer ing a considerable reward to any person who should discover those who had been guilty of such a horrid and detestable crime."-Robertson, p. 400.

• We now know for certain that it was Murray's faction who murdered the King, and that Morton, Bothwell, and Maitland, were the eminent characters who were attainted by parliament for the deed, though many inferior persons, indeed, and some of them innocent, were tried and punished for the same crime."--Chalmers, p. 204.

+" and it was resolved to bring Bothwell immediately to trial. Bat, instead of confining him to any prison, Mary admitted bim into all her councils, and allowed a person, universally reputed a murderer. of her husband, to enjoy all the security, the dignity, and the power of a favourite -Robertson, p. 404.

I cannot see how Mary could do otherwise. It was iinpossible, that, justly prejudiced in favour of Both well as she was by his devoted loyalty and respect. ful attachment, she should for a moment believe that he was even privy to the murder of Darnley; and, if convinced of his innocence, it was her duty to act on that conviction, and uphold him to the extent of her power. Besides, such daring was that of innocence conscious guilt would have been more wary. I subjoin the following simple, unaffected letter, written by Henry Kyllygrew to Cecil, from Edinburgh, who carried to Mary, Elizabeth's letter of condolence; and this letter is important, as it shews that Bothwell was countenanced by Murray, dc. as well by the Queen, thougb'accused of the King's death :Eur. Mag. July, 1823,

B.

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