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squares of the periods of the planets are in auts of that country. They passed the winter: : proportiva to the cubes of their distances, but in a cottage on the banks of the Lake of UlsI confessed my inability to assist her; when I water, aud continued there till the May follow. came down next morning to breakfast, I found || iog, when they removed to their present resiher with a folio sheet of paper alınost covered | dence at C-“This country,” says Mrs. with figures; she rose as soon as it was day. Smith, “had many cbarms for Elizabeth ; she light, and by means of Bonycastle's Arithmetic, | drew correctly from nature, and her enthusiashad learned to extract the cube-root, and had tie admiration of the sublime and beautiful afterwards calculated the periods and distances often carried her beyond the bounds of prudent of several planets, so as clearly to shew the precaution with regard to her health. Frem accuracy of Kepler's rule, and the method of quently in the summer she was abroad during employing it. In such pursuits as I have twelve or fourteen hours, and in that time mentioned I could accompany her, but in walked many miles. When she returned at others she had a much better assistant in our night, she was always more cheerfui than mutual friend Miss —, who, fortunately usual; never said she was fatigued, and selfor us, spent four months in our neighbour-dom appeared tired. It is astonishing how she hood, and was the companion of our studies found time for all she acquired, and all she and our pleasures. She led Miss Smith to the accomplished. Nothing was neglected; there : study of the German language, of which she was a scrupulous atteution to all the minntiæ was afterwards particularly fond. She assisted of her sex; for ber well-regulated mind, far her in botanical and other pursuits, as well as from despising them, considered them as a part in difierent branches of the mathematics.
of that system of perfection at tvhich she "I do not know when Elizabeth began to aimed; an aim which was not the result of learn Spanish, but it was at an earlier period vanity, nor to attract the applause of the tbau that of which I am now speaking ; when | world; no human being ever sought it less, or she was with us she read it without difficulty, was inore entirely free from conceit of every and some hours every morning before break- | kind. The approbation of God and her own fast were devoted to these studies. She ac conscience were the only rewards she ever quired some knowledge of the Arabic, and Per- || sought." sian languages during the following winter, In confirmation of the above, we transcribe when a very fine dictionary and grammar, in the following reflections taken from one of tbe possession of her brother, led her thoughts Miss Elizabeth Smith's pocket-books, dated to Oriental literature. She began to study the first of January, 1798, when the author Latin and Greek in the year 1794, when Mr. was in her twenty-first year, and which we Ces excellent library, and improving earnestly recommend to the atteution of our conversation, opened to her an inexhaustible fair readers :-“ Being now arrived at what is fund of information. She studied Hebrew | called years of discretion, and looking back on from my mother's Bible, with the assistance of my past life with shame and confusion, when I Parkburst; but she had no regular instruction recollect the many advantages I have had, and iu any language except French. Her love of the bad use I have made of them, the hours I Ossian led ber to acquire some knowledge of have squandered, and the opportunities of imthe Erse language, but the want of books provement I have neglected;when I imagine made it impossible for her to pursue that study what with those advantages 1 ought to be, and as far as she wished. Some extracts from her find myself what I am ;-I am resolved to enletters will shew how she was employed during | deavour to be more careful for the future, if the following years.” But here we reluctantly the future be granted me; to try to make must refer our readers to the work itself for a amends for the past negligence, by employing perusal of those interesting extracts.
every moment I can command to some good In October 1800, her mother informs us, purpose ; to endeavour to acquire all the little they left Ireland, and determined on seeking knowledge that human nature is capable of on out some retired situation in England; in the earth, but to let the word of God be my chief hope that by strict economy, and with the study, and all others subservient to it; to blessing of cheerful contented minds, they model myself, as far as I am able, according might yet find something like comfort ; which | to the Gospel of Christ; to be content while the frequent change of quarters, with four my trial lasts, and when it is finished to rechildren, and the then insecure state of Ireland, joice, trusting in the merits of my Redeemer. made it impossible to obtain, notwithstand- | i have written these resolutions to stand as a : ing the kind and generous attention they in witness against me, in case I should be inclinvariably received from the hospitable inhabit ed to forget them and to return to my former
indolence and thoughtlessness, because I have How cross the mours and up the hills to wind, found the inutility of mental determinatious. And leave the fields and sinking vales behind: May God grant me strength to keep them !" How arduous o'er the mountain steeps to go, Of this paper Mrs. Smith says :-“I firmly i And look by turns on all the plains below; believe this prayer was accepted, for I do not How scald th' aërial cliff's th' adven'trous recollect any instance in which she could justly maid, be accused of either indolence or thoughtless- Whilst, far beneath, her foil'd campanion ness, except on the subject of bealth; on that
staid? point sbe trusted too much to the strength of “ Yet whilst to ber sublimest scenes arise, a naturally good constitution; and had so Of mountains pild on mountains to the skies, little confidence in humau skill, that she ne The intellectual world still claim'd her careglected such means in the commencement of There she would range, amidthe wise and fair, ber last illness, as in all probability would bave | Untutor'd range ;-her penetrating mind removed it."
Left the dull track of school-research behind ; In the year 1803, Miss Elizabeth Smith Rush'd on, and seized the funds of Eastern finished her translation of the Book of Joh;
lore, and daring the two last years of her life she Arabia, Persia, adding to her store. was evgaged in translating from the German “ Yet unobtrusive, serious, and meek, some letters and papers written by Mr. and The first to listen, and the last to speak ; Mrs. Klopstock. In the summer of the year | Thougb rich in intellect, her powers of thought 1805, we are told by Mrs. Smith, in a letter to lu youth's prirne senson nu distinction sought; a friend, that this lovely young woman was seiz- But ever prompt at duty's sacred call, ed with a cold which terminated in her death; | She oft in silence left the social hall, and on the seventh of August, 1806, we are To trace the cots and villages around, informed “ the angel spirit fed.”
No cot too mean, where misery wight be found: We have now given a short sketch of the life How have I seen her at ibe humblest shed, of an admirable young lady whose age did not Bearing refreshment to ibe sick man's bed; exceed thirty, but whose knowledge and whose | His drooping spirits cheer'd-she from his door acquirements far exceeded her years. We Returu'd, amid the blessings of the poor! could, with pleasure, have made many extracts “Oh, lost Eliza: dear, ingenuous maid, from ber Fragments, shewing the depth of her While low in earth thy cold remains are laid, understanding, and the goodness of her heart, Thy genuine friendship, thy attentions kind, but we must refer our readers to that source Rise like a vision on my pepsive miod; from whence, at the commencement of our Thy love of truth, thy readiness to please, history, we professed to have obtained it; and Thy sweet refind simplicity and ease, we shall conclude with a poem, sent by a friend | Enhanc'd the favours of ingevious art, to Mrs. Smith after the death of her daughter, And made thy gifts pass onward to the heart : as containing a just description of her angelic | These beauteous tints, these peaceful scenes I mind.
Thy taste design'd, and ready friendship drew; “ How dark this river, murmuring on its Long sliall my care the sweet memorials save way;
The band that trac'd them rests within the This wood how solemn, at the close of day!
grave! What clouds come on, what shades of evening “ Laiented maiden ! pensive and alone, fall,
While sorrowing friends bip pours ber tender Till one vast veil of sadness covers all !
moan, Then why alone thus lingering do I roam, Sad memory sees thee, at our parting hour, Heedless of clouds, of darkness, and of home? Pale, weak, yet lovely as a drooping tower, Well may I linger in this twilight gloom Which sheds its leaves on autuma's sickly Alone, and sad- Eliza's in her tomb ! She who so late, by kindred taste ally'd, Thou from thy pillow rais'd thy peaceful head; Paced this lone path, courersing at my side; To me thou held'st thy feeble band-it bore The wildering path 'twas her delight to prove, Naambauna dying on bis native shore; Through the green valley, or the cooling Like bis, Religion's holy trutbs, address’d grove.
To thy young mind, were treasurd in thy “ Can I forget, on many a summer's day,
breast; How through the woods and laues we wont to Like his, we saw thy early blossoms ware; stray;
Now see the Virtues weeping o'er thy grave !"
or, INNOCENCE TRIUMPII.INT.
CONRADIXF was the natural son of Rio || keep his vassals at a proper distance. Those bert, Count of Provence, who died in 1245, on servants wbuse attendauce on bis person lic his returu from the council of Lyons. On could not dispense with, never spoke to him receiving information of the event, Louis IX. but with fear aud trembling. He introduced King of France, ordered troops to march to a great number of ceremonies, each more fora Provence, in order to take possessiun of that mal than the other. His eating, drinking, and country as tbe inheritance of bis wife, the retiring to bed were each acconspanied with a eldest daughter of the deceased Count. Cou-l peculiar etiquette. When be sat down to radline, who was by this time old enough to table, a herald mounted the rampart of the bear armus, siecing the necessity of defending castle and thrice shouted through the eyelet what bis father had bequeathed him, put him. hoies : “Ye men of Provence! you may now &cif at the lead of an army, under the pretext eat; Conradine is at table.” Immediately of enforcing the rights of the younger daugh- | afterwards a bell rung to announce the time ter of the Count, who had declared her bis for dinner. Wheu bis vassals heard the sound, heiress. Louis was iguorant of the private they were obliged to kneel and pray to hearen testamentary arrangements of the deceased ; tu bless their lord's repast. The uciglıbouring be thought it more adviseable to negociate princes were not invited to his court except on than to hazard any engagement. In Robert's i gala days, when be held a great levee, for the will, the Count of Toulouse was designated as purpose of augmenting the splendour of his the future husband of the younger Countess court and person. No person was admitted Beatrix. For this union nothing was wanting into his castle without a special invitation. but the dispensation of the Pope, because they When he went to bed a herald again proclaimwere too wearly related. Louis, however, con ed that it was time to retire to rest; the bell trived matters so that the grant of this dis again rang, and the door of every house was pensation was deferred, and meanwhile entered locked. Each family tlien assemhied as in the into negociations in Provelice with Tarascon | days of the patriarchs. The evenings were and Villeneuve, the guardians of the young long, but not longer than the stories with Countess. These mien likewise managed things which the youths were amused. The travels with such address that the Count of Toulouse and adventures of Peter of Provence were was excluded from the succession, in favor of never forgotten. This was a popular romance, Charlıs of Anjou, to whom the King gave the originally composed in Provençal verses, and Countess Beatrix in marriage. At the same long afterwards transposed into common time Villeneuve excited himself iu behalf of prese. They were entertained also with the t'onradine with such success, that lie was con
iniraculous deeds of the Bishop of Arles, and firmed in the possession of all that had been the heroic achievements of the valiant Selva, bcoueathed tim.
who fouglit so bravely for the citizens of Sienna Dcing now relieved from all solicitude, Con. when they were at war with the Florentines; radine disbanded bis troops, with the exception or, by the light of an iron lamp, in the form of his usual body guard. This guard was of a shell, suspended from a nail, they sang Damerous, and he kept it up, not from ap the compositions of the Troubadours.-After prehension, for lie was afraid of nothing, and dinner Conradine was accustomed to take a death was not terrible to him, but out of pride, l uap,-a practice still common in Provcuce. whick rose in him to the highest pitel of ex As long, therefore, as the prince was engaged travagance. Like Vespasian, lic thought him in the important business of digestion, no self formed of different materials from the rest person who followed a noisy trade, was allow. of mankind. lle had extended the wall of his 1 ed to work. People of that description accastle, and had secured the interiør with gate cordingly tirew down their hammers and upon gate, and bulwark upon bulwark, to slumbered over their auvils and their lap.
Conradive permitted no kind of their estates at a low price, and enfranchised games or sports except on holidays; for her their vassais. He announced that he would looked upon idleness as a proof of bigh randi, purchase such possessions as were ofiered bim on this principle, that he who does nothing, is for sale. Alundance of offers were made him probably superior to others inasmuch as he and his territories were soon increased by wants for nothing. Every Sunday, however, Tarascon, Beancairo, Riez, and Frejus. A all the drummers and fifers in the neighbour-Count de Sabean, named Elzear, sold him
every ing country assembled in the courts of the thing he had, doubtless under the idea that castle, and he condescended on such occasions much more extensive possessions would fall to to bonour the dances of his faiibful vassals his lot in the partition of the promised land, with his presence. Pius, ribbons, nets, were or thatlie should at least judemnify himself a the prizes which he distributed among the hundred fold by pluuder. most skilful dancers. To such youths and Elzear was not the only one who engaged in damsels as excelled the rest in running he this holy expedition from inutives of interest, allotted silver goblets and other articles of that and who, taking up arms for the cause of the kind. It was curious to see both sexes ining-| Almighty, committed without remorse numling in the race, running towards the same beriess acts of plunder, piracy, and murder, goal, aspiring to the same prize, and how the Such is the invariable result of superstition softer sex sometimes vanquishied the other. and ignorance.na word, Count Elzear sold A light short petticoat futtered from the all his estales, reserving, however, the liberty waist to the knees of the female competitors, of redeeming them at the expiration of a a thiy veil covered their busoms, and in this year. He likewise stipulated that Conradine airy attire they seemed as if they few. Some should support his five daughters during this times the maiden ran beside her lover, who interval, after which he might either send took good care pot to distance her but to let them to their uncle in Gascony, or shut them her win the prize, that he might afterwari's up in a convent. These five young ladies were receive it from lier hands. Couradine intro. so macy Graces. Such an elegant shape, such duced other games besides these; for example, a delicate complexion, such beauteous and throwing bliudfold at a cock, with sticks or expressive eyes were never seen before.
If a stones, and wrestling either on dry ground or man beheld vne of them he could not help upon the water. The diversion in which he falling in love with ber; but if he saw them himself took the greatest delight was the chace, all at once it was impossible to decide whirl and particularly falcoory. This tedious sport of the deserved the preference. The youngest he commonly pursued for half the day: the was fifteen, and the eldest scarcely twenty. rest of his time Cooradine spent in splendid They had a great number of admirers. The Jassitude, amidst the incessant repetition of most renowned Knights of Guienne, Langue. the same ceremonies and the same formalities doc, and Daupbiné, publicly wore their coof etiquette. Alone in his castle, without am lours, and bad their cyphers, together with bition, without envy, he might have enjoyed their device, embroidered on their scarfs. tranquillity, had he not been tormented with This device was a flower with the motto,-“I pride. In war he had no particular passion am yet a flower, and have nothing to give but for conquest, bat lie was foud of the glory that a fiower," in allusion to the slenderness of was acquired by it.
their fortune. About this time the crusades were univers Before his departure, their father addressed ally preached up. King Louis and his brothers them nearly in the following manner :- It is had taken the cross ; great vumbers of the possible, my dear girls, :hat I may never retara nobility, and several prelates, followed their , from beyond the sea. In the event of my example. Conradine was likewise invited to death, remember that you have a kinsman) in do the same ; but as he was not in debt, as Charles of Anjou, and a still bearer relaiion in his finances were in a good condition, and set Beatrix; implore them to take you under ling his pride out of the question, his subjects their protection. If it should happen that were satisfied with himn, lie rejected the pro- they can do nothing for you, repair to the posal. On the other hand, the abseuce of court of the King of France; you are sure Charles of Anjou, and other powerfal lords of there to meet with compassion and relief. Provence, afforded bim a favourable opportu But,” added he, with a deep sigh, “perlape nity for aggrandizing himself by force of arms. Coaradine may chuse one of you for his conHe took advantage, however, in a different way sort. It is better to be the master of one's of the folly of his superstitious neighbours, own humble hom?, than to be dependant on most of viliom, in order to raise money, sold the bounty of great aud powerful relations.
You have every opportunity of inducing Con- | them a good night.--"What a brute!” exradine to such a step. My blessing be with claimed Louisa smiling: -—" He must be you, my dear girls; the Almighty will he your tamed,” rejoined Euphrosyne. “ But how?" protector!"His daughters fell upon his asked Bridget. “Nothing is more easy," neck, and bedewed his cheeks with their tears. answered Clotilda ; “it depends entirely upon The Count departed.
ourselves.”—“By flattery,” said Louisa," for As Cooradine took no part in the expedition, he is proud.” “By flattery !" rejoined Eubis castle was open to all the crusaders. The phrosyne. " Ah, no, sister !"_" Let uz pot concourse assembled there was considerable. | degrade ourselves so low,"continued Gertrude; The daughters of the Count de Sabean per “ his equals are obliged to kneel.”—“How formed the part of hostess iv the castle, and then?" said Bridget." It is sufficient,” renever was such mirth witnessed there as that joined Clotilda, “ for us to shew ourselves, which they kept up. Out of gratitude for without appearing to seek bim, and as if by 60 courteous a reception, the Knights beld accident. He will see us; the little advantournaments in honour of them. Many even tages which nature has bestowed on us will gave challenges in earnest ; for, said they, who make some imp ssion upon him, and he will woul: not lay down bis life with pleasure for be unable to resist. By degrees the savage these amiable sisters?-The tournaments con will be tamed; he will begin to be a man; love tivued three days, during wbich the Knights | will soon begin to manifest itself, and he will exerted all their strength and dexterity. The thus be led to think of marriage. Yes, yes, conquerors thought themselves bappy if they | my dear sisters, one of us must be bis wife.” were then allowed to imprint a kiss on the All of them at once fixed their eyes on the hauds of the lovely sisters ; and the vanquish- looking glass, which seemed to say to thens : ed lamented that fortune deprived them of the “ With such beauteous eyes as yours you canlike gratification. From these touruaments not fail of success." most of the Knights at their departure, carried They were not rivals ; their friendship, away a wound, inflicted against their will by a therefore, remained undiminished. One assingle glance of these fair females, accom sisted to dress the other; Clotilda plaited panied with an agreeable recollection of the Bridget's hair, and Eupbrosyne arranged Clopleasure wbich they had diffused; for, whether tilda's flowing Iscks. “ There, sister,” said they spoke or listened, a smile continually ove; “ this robe suits you better than that ; played upon their lips. They were incessantly blue is better adapted to your complexion in motion; their hearts alove remained peace-than rose-colour.” In this manner passed a ful and quiet. They were not in love, but, as part of the forenoon. But you should have the reader may already have concluded, their seep them when they went to the church of the time did not hang heavy on their bands. Capuchins to mass. All of them wore straw
The sisters were extremely fond of flowers. || hats, which seemed half inclined to conceal The first favour they asked of Conradine was their lovely eyes, and they held each other by that he would give them a plot of garden- | tbe hand like the Graces. There was not a ground, which they cultivated with their own knight and esquire that met them, but what hands. As the flowers grew up they divided saluted them with a low bow, and at the same among themselves the care of attending them. time heaved a deep sigh. “What a pity," The eldest, Euphrosyve, was particularly fond said they to one another, “what a pity it of the rose ; Louisa preferred the tulip; Ger- is that they love nobody.” When they came trude chose the ranunculus; Bridget's favou- l from mass, they went to a field where snares rite flower was the violet; and Clotilda tended
were set, and taking the cord in their hands the carnation. Their apartment was adorned | they roused the decoy-birds with a whistle. with these flowers, whose variegated colours Deceived by the leaves with which the snares and mingled odlours regaled at once the sight were covered, and the singing of the decoys, and the smell. Around it stood frames for the birds came and perched upon the foliage ; embroidery, and other implements for female one of the sisters immediately pulled the cord, occupations. It was a pleasure to see the and the bird was caught. But they did not fairest hands in the world engaged in turning murder their prisoners. Such as were disthe spinning-wheel, throwing the shuttle, or tinguished by the beauty of their plumage, or using the needle. Conradine visited them the melody of their notes, were kept ; but the every erening on his return from the sports others were set at liberty. To bring up and of the field, louked stedfastly at them without attend the former was one of their favourite uttering a word, and after gazing thus for || occupations. buurs together, he retire !, and scarcely wished Conradine now met thein oftener than he