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had led to victory, and the provinces they had secured in her own provinces had had saved from spoliation would acknowl- awakened the jealousy, and provoked the edge no other authority; and Gallienus, hostility, of Rome. Gallienus and the the son and successor of the captive em- Roman Senate, as already related, had peror, in requital of their services, even associated Odenathus in the government associated the King of Palmyra with him of the empire, in requital of services of self in the government of those extensive which Zenobia had contributed a meritocountries which his own feeble energies rious proportion. Those honors which could not bind together.

her husband had worn, and of which she - BECOMES “QUEEN OF THE EAST."

had justly partaken, they disdained to transmit to a woman's sceptre.

They deOdenathus had not long enjoyed these spised her sex, and disregarded her claims. honors, when he was destroyed by assas- It was natural they should. The represination. His murderer assumed the title sentatives of a people “who married withof emperor, and aspired to seize the crown. out love, or loved without delicacy or re

In this critical juncture, the vigorous spect,” it is not to be supposed that they character of Zenobia flashed out in acts could have appreciated the superior charof terrific justice. Grief for her dead acter of Zenobia. Vulgar, conceited, racompanion softened no fibre of her regal pacious, and cruel tyrants, the founder of will. She fell upon the usurper with whose nationality they represented as hav. electric retribution, and the head of the ing been nursed by a wolf

, — consistent assassin withered in the winds of the des- type of their martial and predatory charert. With rapid and calm decision of acter, and the descendants of those who purpose,

she summoned the most faithful had won their wives by the sword and of her people, and mounted the vacant retained them by brutal violence, — what throne amid their acclamations. None sentiments could they hold in harmony ventured to dispute the diadem so prompt- with those of a refined and exalted woly and vigorously possessed, and she imme- man? diately assumed the government of Pal- A certain Roman censor, Metellus Numyra, Syria, and some adjacent countries, midicus, expressed the amiable opinion, taking the title of “Queen of the East.” in a public oration, “ that, had kind Na

Zenobia was not long in demonstrating ture allowed us to exist without the help her ability to rule over those rich prov- of women, we should be delivered from a inces. She not only received the cheer- very troublesome companion;" and this ful loyalty of her subjects, but won their sentiment, which sounds to our ears like enthusiastic adıniration. The wisdom of a cynic's jest, literally expressed the conher administration has elicited the praise temptuous estimate of woman which the of the most critical of historians. He noble Romans thought it manly to cheraffirms that, “instead of the little pas- ish. sions that so frequently perplex a female Gallienus and his subservient senators reign, the steady administration of Zeno- regarded it ag an insufferable reproach to bia was guided by the most judicious max- their masculine dignities, that a woman ims of policy. If it was expedient to should control the fairest department of



rights of her crown and her sex. She teresting to us chiefly for the reason that responded to the disdain and hostility of he represents the highest order of manRome with a full measure of contempt hood that was attainable under heathenand defiance. She promptly assembled ism. He was a favorable example of an army to meet the invading enemy; de- that intermediate class known as philosofeated the Roman general, utterly dis- phers, - men who had outgrown

the superpersed his forces, and compelled him to fly stitions of the vulgar, but who had not ignominiously back into Europe.

reached the altitude of Christianity, This victory was decisive for the term thoughtful and speculative souls, who paof five years. With respect to Zenobia, tiently held the lamp of reason to the the rights of women were vindicated by problem of life, but had not the telescope that martial logic which alone seems to of faith that pierces the measureless discarry conviction to a brutal antagonist. tances of space and time. He was one The present emperor made no other at of the noblest of those who walked the tempt to subdue Zenobia ; and his suc- world by the light of intellectual wisdom, cessor, Claudius, “ acknowledged her mer- and, faithful tv their best powers and it, and was content that, while he pursued highest aspirations, did by nature the will the Gothic War, she should assert the dig- of the unknown God. The man who, nity of the empire in the East."

with no wiser teacher than Plato, whose birthday he reverently celebrates with a

banquet, lives a blameless life, and dies Thus released from the cares of war, with dignity and fortitude, is infinitely Zenobia applied herself, with all the en- worthier of immortal fame than the palergy of a cultivated mind, and all the try bigot who yields his faith to the Son affection of a human heart, to consolidate of God only to violate his merciful and and improve her dominions. Her court tolerant spirit. was usually held at Palmyra, which she The original purpose of Longinus had labored to ornament with the graces of been limited to the education of Zenoart, and to illumine with the light of bia's children, and her instruction in the

She assembled around her the Greek language. But having insensibly noblest men of letters, liberally patron- won the friendship and confidence of the ized their talents, and joined, with dis- queen, he was intrusted with some of the tinction, in their profoundest discussions. responsibilities of her government; and Many of those discussions must have thus, in the ultimate revulsion of her forborne reference to the Christian faith, tunes, he became the victim of her cawhose bold claims and marvellous influ- lamity. ence had attracted universal attention, There is, to my mind, a strong fascinaand provoked the severest scrutiny. Mis- tion in this image of Zenobia, nobly scornsionaries of the new faith were sowing ing all baser pleasures, and devoting her its fruitful seed in Palmyra. Tradition splendid abilities and resistless influence records that proselytes were made in the to the cause of learning, and to the obqueen's palace; and Zenobia herself – jects that exalt human nature. How noresting her soul in the philosophy of bly does she contrast with her ancestor, Plato, midway between the heathen pan- Cleopatra! The Egyptian queen had theism and the Christian revelation- beauty, but its magnetic lustre blasted must have caught some glimpse of the where it fell; she had power, but it day-spring that was visiting the nations. wrought oppression; and wealth, but it

The greatest scholar of that age, and ministered to vanity and crime. Zenobia the most eloquent expounder of the Gre- had the elevated taste, the well-poised

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and Excellence, and no masterly passions

THE HENRIAD. but those which refine and exalt the soul.

[From the French.) In her palace reigned none of the li

By Rev. C. F. LeFevre. cense so common to an Eastern court and so apparently inseparable from the purlieus of royalty ; but everything associ

Argument. ated with her was marked by a delicacy based upon virtue, and by an etiquette Henry III., in union with Henry of Bourbon,

King of Navarre, against the League, having that blossomed from affection.

already begun the blockade of Paris, sends, The most beautiful, powerful, and he- secretly, Henry of Bourbon, to ask succor of roic woman of her age, she aspired to be

Elizabeth, Queen of England. The hero meets

with a tempest. He puts in to the Island of the wisest and best-beloved sovereign; for Jersey, where an old Catholic predicts his she never forgot, amid the attractions of change of religion and his advent to the philosophy and the adornment of her fa- throne. A description of England and its

government. vorite city, either her duties to her children or the claims of the remoter parts The man I sing, by birth and arms who gained of her monarchy. To her own family she The throne of France, and rightful monarch was a vigilant guardian and a judicious

reigned; instructor; and to all her people she was By adverse fate, who learned to govern well, a faithful friend and an irreproachable To conquer, pardon, and the factious quell; example.

Iberia, Mayenne, and the League subdued, (To be continued.)

And father to his conquered subjects stood.



Celestial Truth ! do thou inspire my muse, The following neat and beautiful reply Let kings thy voice with due attention heed;

And o'er my verse thy force and light diffuse. was made by the late Daniel O'Connell, For thou alone canst tell them what they need. in response to a toast given in compliment Thine is the task to let the nations know to his wife, who was the object of his The sad results which from division flow; long and affectionate attachment. It was Tell all the misery that discord brings given at a political meeting. The Eng. A suffering people, and the fault of kings. lish language could furnish nothing more Speak ! and if Fiction, as 'tis said of yore, touchingly tender and graceful :

Mixed her wild accents with thy sterner lore, “ There are some topics of so sacred With tеrder touch adorned thy lofty head, and sweet a nature that they may


And on thy light a softened shadow shed, prehended by those who are happy; but Suffer it now that influence to reveal they cannot be possibly described by any Thy features, to adorn, but not conceal. human being. All that I shall do is to thank you in the name of her who was As yet Valois reigned; but feeble and vain,' the disinterested choice of my early youth; To a nation distracted he yielded the rein. who was the ever cheerful companion of The laws were despised; people's rights were the my manly years; and who is the sweetest solace of that sear and yellow leaf' | Valvis reigned not at all, or reigned only in age at which I have arrived. In her name I thank you, and this you may 'Twas no longer that prince for valor renowned, readily believe; for experience, I think, A hero from youth, and with victory crowned," will show to us all that men cannot battle Whose progress the kingdoms of Europe alarmand struggle with malignant enemies, un

ed, less his nest is warm and comfortable,

Who the dungeons which threatened his coun

try disarmed, unless the honey of human life is com

When the North, in amaze at the virtues dismended by a hand that he loves.”


At his feet in submission their diadems laid; : , A Boy ought to be like a cat, so that, Great as a second, first in rank a mean thing, tumble him into the world anyway, he and the warrior intrepid becomes a weak king. will strike upon his feet.

Raised to a throne, by pleasure enervate,




The head that is crowned sustains not the weight; There those beroes were seen, bold champions Quelas, St. Megrim, a'Epernon bear rule; 4

of France, They are the masters, and he is their tool. Lately severed by sects, wedded now by venTo their intrigues corrupt the State he resigns, geance. And in sloth in the busom of pleasure reclines. At the hand of Bourbon all their hope is sus

tained; While Valois was plunged in this shameful re- In gaining all hearts, he their confidence gained; pose,

And one would have thought, so complete his On his downfall the Guises now rapidly rose.

control, In Paris they formed that most fatal alliance,- That one chief and one church was the voice of A League, that the monarch should set at defi- the whole.

Louis, first of Bourbons, from the realms of The people, inconstant, from wholesome rule immortals, freed,

Looked on him as his son, from heaven's wide Deserted their prince, to serve tyrants instead. portals; His friends to corruption and bribery given, He foresaw his race's greatness in him would be Himself from the palace by the populace driven, proved, In Paris the flag of rebellion was reared, - And lamenting his errors, his frankness he In short, all was lost. Then the Bourbon ap

loved. peared;

To honor his brows with the crown he designed; That virtuous Bourbon, so warlike and wise, But he wished, better still, to enlighten his Of his prince, so long blinded, re-opened the mind; eyes;

While Henry marched on with sure steps to the In his bosom once more rekindled the flame,

throne, Seeking war now for folly, and glory for shame. The paths which he trod to himself were unOn the ramparts of Paris the two kings appear. known. Rome takes the alarm; Spain trembles with Louis lent him his aid from th'empyrean height;

But the arm that assisted withheld from his And Earope, concerned in the strife that befalls,

sight, Has her eyes fixed intent on her ill-fated walls. Lest victory, rendered by such aid secure, Now Discord in Paris is raging amain,

Should lessen the danger, and his glory obscure. Exciting to combat the League and Mayenne With the people and churches, from whose lofty At the foot of the ramparts both armies addome

vanced, She calls upon Spain with her armies to come.

And the chance of the conflict had frequently This monster relentless, humanity's foe,

balanced; Who from her own subjects withholds not the The demon of blood, o'er our desolate plains, blow,

In two seas, already, had mingled its stains, Who in misery finds her appropriate food,

When Valois to Bourbon this language adAnd stains her vile hands in her own party's

dressed, blood,

Interrupted by sighs from the depth of his Tears the heart which her flame all unhallowed

breast :has fired, And visits in vengeance the crimes she inspired. “You see to what depths I am humbled by

fate! Near those flowery banks, where the Seine from My insult is yours; for the League in its hate its source,

Of my rights as a prince, and despising all


And would wrest from your grasp, which such Ignores, and still fearful await an attack. firmness displays,

His name can suffice for the contest alone, The trembling sceptre my feeble hand sways. The dread of the foe, the support of the throne. Religion, whose terrible power we dread, The fatal anathema hurls at your head.

Now Neastria he passes. From his circle of Rome, without arms, still all nations commands,

friends, And Spain has its thunders revived at her His confidant Mornay his footsteps attends. hands.

Too honest by flattery for favor to sue, Subjects, parents, and friends all faith have de- His creed was an error, his practice was true. nied;

With his zeal, he the dictates of prudence They abandon or press me on every side;

observed, And covetous Spain from my loss makes his While his church and his country he equally gains,

eerved. And comes like a torrent to ravage my plains. The censor of courtiers, still his friendship they

courted; “While hosts of such foes for my ruin conspire, To Rome a sworn foe, her respect he extorted. Let France from the foreigner aid, too, require; Beyond two steep rocks which an opening make, Seek, in secret, the friendship of Briton's great at whose base in their angle the crested waves queen,

break, Though a hatred between us has heretofore Dieppe to the view a safe harbor unfolds; been.

Her port and her sailors our hero beholds. A feeling so potent no professions can cover, While London and Paris have rivalled each Huge ships, that defiance have bid to the gales,

For various ports have now hoisted their sails. other;

They embark; for the north wind its fury has But since such gross insults have tarnished my

spent, fame,

And fair southern breezes are graciously sent. I own no more subjects, no country I claim. I hate; and the people their baseness shall rue; And the white cliffs of Albion already appear.

The coasts of their country are soon in the rear, Who aids my revenge shall be French in my view. For this mission, no ordinary agents I ask;

All at once the scene changes: the black clouds

deform Unequal for such is this delicate task. You only I ask, for 'tis your ovice alone

The face of the sky, and presage the near storm Could interest gain in my cause with the throne.

The winds are unchained, and with furious To Albion go, then; the royal ear gain;

sweep, Let your name plead my cause, and succor ob

They wake up the waves from the fathomless

deep. tain, The conquest of foes on your valor depends;

The thunder's loud crash and the lightning's

red glare To your virtues I look to secure to me friends.” Show the fate of the ship and the seaman's

despair. He said; and the hero who felt for his fame,

No fear, in this tumult, the hero possessed; Lest the glory of conquest another should claim, But the woes of his country troubled his breast. From this field on this mission was loath to de- His eyes turned toward her; he seemed to repart.

pine He thought of those scenes still so dear to his That the storm should thus frustrate his cherheart,

ished design. When, firm in the cause, without aid or in- With less noble purpose, thus Cæsar of yore, trigue,

For absolute sway, sought the Grecian shore; With Conde alone, he had daunted the League; The fate of the world and of Rome he thus gave But obedient now to his sovereign's call, To the winds, and embarked on the treacherous He suspended the blow that was ready to fall,

wave; And leaving his laurels on these shores ac- The chances of freedom he fearlessly tried, quired,

And equally Pompey and Neptune defied. 10 From the field of his glory reluctant retired. The soldiers, amazed, and unable to learn But He who our destiny shapes in all lands, The cause of his absence, expect his return. Grasps the winds in his fist, holds the sea in his He leaves; but the criminal city the fact


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