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Helle tak thee thou carlith cheefe They suthe hadd changedd ether clead"To nighte I wroken shall bee

ing: " Bathe of the and my aine false wife The mystresse the maidens did weare; “ That I once loved tenderlie." And proud was the false one so be

deckid, The knight he striken his heid and his

All in her Ladyes geer. brieft, And moned most wofullye ;

This wicked jaide had thereto biddenn

One more of her varietrs vile, He grindled his teeth, and rolled his

To go to her Ladies little bowere And jumped most myghtilie.

An murdeir her the while.

When it was darke the menn did cum, For many a woundrous syke he gieide,

As the Maiden telled to theye
His hart was greeved so;
The caffe of which he thowghte was

For they was as wicked as the herselie

In the wylles of lecherye. truei, As you shall speedelye knoe. They all beene com, and the knyghte

also, Then away fped the Maiden, like a

Undir the greenewoode tre, braid arrowe,

He stopped awhile with his sweard in Shortin frae a rruftie bowe;

his hand, For liken till, whilk alway doth scathe, Till he his fere mighte see, Wherever it maye goe.

The Maiden to the windowe did goe, She fped to her my&resse, her for to To stand there for a while ; telle,

And thowe her face to the carlith man, Her myftresse once so deere,

The Knighte for to begyle. A fals leafinge taile of her owne dear The Knight when he saw his Ladyes knight,

face Which you lhalle quickely heere.

He at the carlish man flue, “O! Lady, quoth thee, what I speik And he frikened him wi his sweard " to chee

edge 6 Leeve it is very truei;

And thruften him thruegh and “ This eene thy knight at eventide

through “ I trowe another will wuoi.

Lye there and die, fayde the angrie "O! wo, tell you, quoth the Knights

Knighte, “ Ladye,

Whose lege-man ever you bee : “Gramercye on your poor soule;

Such mickle vilanes nere went on carth, “ If it be falle what I this day trow, .

As two like

you and tree. “ Yon thall dye ere the curfeu At the same tyme, all in the towere, “ knowles.

The lyke was doinge allo;

But insteede of the Myftreffe the man " O Ladye dear, as I hope to ha feere, didd ftrik

" The hower I am going to dye, The Maiden a wofull blow. " It is not false, but truei as I live, " What I ha telled to thee.

Sir Hugh cummin in to catche on his

wife, " And mare at nicht theye ha agreede Astounded he was to see

“ In youre best bowere to meete ; That she was all bluidye and on the “ To passe the time unkenned to you,

ground “ And brok with kisses (weete.

Moninge moft pitiouslye. Fais Ella was greived to the hartes But when he kenned that it was the life,

Maiden, And fore perplexed was she,

Yburked in his Ladies geer, She Powede ro faint John that if it be so " Where is my fere, what man is this I fertainleye wroken will bee.

“ Some traitorye I do feere." Heere, fayde the Maiden, tak my clead- '" Hó mercye, ha mercye, sayde the inge,

“ Maiden, And till youre lyetle howere hye; “On iny poore dyeinge shrive. For there you will, witte what is doing ".For I am the wick edeste of woman Thrueghe the window secritlye. «. That ever was borne alive.

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• Forgive, forgive before I dye, Here tak thy Ladye goode Sir Hugh, “ And I will tell you all.'

For a rruere one nere can bee “I do forgive you, you wicked Mai. There is never a knighte in all En.

glande As ever came in a Hall."

Has one fairer ot mare comelie. "O! then Sir Knighte, your Ladye The Knight he clasped her in his arms. “ The carle was to ha slayne,

My wife, my sweete Ladye, " In hope that when you lof your

See this vyle Mailiden getteth the

panie “ I thoulde ha beene youre aine.

Shee meined for you and me. 4. Or if she had not killed been,

Mayefte alwayes fyke luck the willye " I wanted to torment

have, “ Your harte with falfinge tailles of

My prayers thall alway bee, . her,

That themselfes maye alyke be catch. 6. And so to ha her brent."

eath

In their on treachorye.
The Ladye all this while stoode bye,
Burked in the Maids atıyre ;

Copyede from a faire book of ano Nor colde fe fpeik a single motte, cicate English Poesley Ap: 10. 1687.

She choked so wich ire.

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LONDON REVIEW

Α Ν D

LITERARY JOURNAL,
FOR SEPTEMBER 1796.

Quid at pulbrum, quid turpe, quid uile, quid non.

AGATRA; or, a Narrative of Recent Events: A Novel, in 3 vols. 8vo. 115,

Allen and Wçit. WRI VRITE, my friend,” faid to religion, pity, charity, and friend.

Agatha to the author of this fhip; and while that fenfibilny is dl. : Work,“ write my malancholy Rory; rected by our realon to its proper chan. and, since you with it, publith it to the rely it is our richest ornament. But world. If it reach the young, that the when our feelings, our patiions, get the , conquet of ourselves, arduous as it ap- better of ourselves; when, because we pears, is generally attainable, and often have such and such wishes, and such and tewarded in that attainment: if it teach such propensities, we feebly yield to them and all, that there are few trials, them, we are no longer free agents, we however lovere, but may be supported are under the dominion of those patrons with the aid of religion and a conscience which, while they are suffered to go. clear of reproach; if it reaches this, vern us will infallibly render us wretch. your Agatha will not have lived, thé ed; but which if, on the other hand, will not have suffered in vain.

we govern iben, would only serve to “Our feelings were given us for the make us happy, and give a zeft to our dobiest of purposes. Heaven endued us crj výments. with lensiuidiiy, that we might be alive

tune.

We have selected these two passages are obliged to repair suddenly to France, from this very entertaining and instruc- on account of Lady Belmont's fortive work, as giving, in a few words, a comprehensive view of the moral de. Miss Hammond is described as an hgn of the writer, who, we understand, amiable and uncommonly sensible wois a young lady, and that this is her first man, universally beloved and respected, sitempt to acquire literary reputation, who, though considerably turned of which, in our humble opinion, it is cal. thirty, had every requisite to render her colated firmly to establish: From many the companion of youth ; he was livecircumstances in the narrative there is ly, entertaining, and studious to please, reason to believe, that the principal but the inculcated the fame principles events in the affecting story of Againa as Lady Belmont, the same dread of the are real facts, which, though orna. world, the same with for solitude. At mented with fiction, and made the ve. het house, however, Agatha enjoyed a hicle for the introduction of a variety of new scene, as the had never quitted characters and incidents interwoven home before, and promised herseli much with the main subje&t, have occurred in delight in feeing some of Miss Hamthe life of some young female of a noble mond's friends, from whom she might family, driven from France by the Re. expect to receive invitations, and thus Polution, when the convenis were plun. enlarge her acquaintance.

This acdered and demolished, and probably now cordingly happens : fic is invited to residing with fume fifterhood of nuns in accompany Miss Haminond to Millon England.

Hall, by Miss Milfon, the eldest daughThe language throughout is chaste, ter of Sir John Milson, a neighbouring correct, and elegant; and that impor: baronet. But this and all her, other tant leffon, the conquest of our pasions, prospects of temporary felicity are sudis inculcated by the united force of pre- denly blasted. • Miss Hammond, the cept and example.

friend of her heart, her companion from Agatha is 'represented to he the her infancy, was leized with a violent daughter and only child of Sir Charles fever, and though every poflible alliftand Lady Belmont. Her mother, a

ance was procured immediately, the dis. French lady, for private reasons, directs order baffled medicine, a delirium enthe course of her education to the at. sued, and the expired in the arms of her tainment of those accomplishments which distracted friend." may render even a life of teclusion a This was the first of the many fevere life of pleasure.“ A thousand inevi. trials Agatha had to undergo : The who table circumstances, she would say, a few days before had felt herself the may separate us from the world, and happiest of human beings, was now the from all we prize in it; let us not, moti miserable. She seemed alone upon therefore, leave ourselves friendless. the earth. Beside Miss Hammond, the A book, a pen, a pencil, are sure and had never had a friend, never a companion faithful friends.” At the fame time, for a day; and her parents far uiliant, he drew such a dismal picture of the there seemed not a being in the world world, with all its delusive and tranh. to whom he had the leait relation, or tory enjoyments, as was best calculated on whose regard the had the finalleit to make her young pupil entertain an claim. carly dread of entering into society. By the advice of the physician, the " Yet Agatha could not forbear think. determined to return home, after the ing that her mother reasoned too se. !3ft Pat duties had been paid to her terely; and with the arduur of youth. departed friend. On the melancholy fut hopes, he ftill fancied that the day of the funeral, she had shut herself world, bad as it was, might afford her up in a back parlour to avoid a prof. fome bappiness. Impressed with these pect of the fad procession and indulge ideas, and endued by nature with the her grief, when the door opened, and fenderelt and most susceptible of hear:s, a young man entered, on whuse couna at the age of fixteen, when her beauty

were depicted the strongest and accomplishments formed the subject marks of agony and horror. A mof of conversation throughout the neigh. affecting scene ensues, and the young bourhood, the i: left under the care and man proves to be a brother of the des protection of Miss Hammond, the only cealed lady, whom the had lamented as. lady whom her parents had received and dead in a foreign country. Sympathetic acknowledged as a friend, while they forrows and seeiprocad é forts to ceniole VOL. XXX. SEPT. 1796.

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each other, end, as the reader will She is very soon put to the severe, canly imagine, in an attachment of and, in her case, crueltrial. Sir Charles the tenderit kind. Poor Agaiha, who and Lady Belmont return unexpeétedly, had known nothing of the world, in and are Turprized to find her walking 1enfible of the impropriery of remain. with Hammond, and leaning on his arm. ing in the house with Mr. Hammond, This circumstance contributes to induce is generously apprized of it by Hama them to take Agatha home with them mond himself, and accepis an invitation rather abruptly; and as soon as the has from Mif Milfon, who conveys her to recovered from the agitation which her father's. At Millon-hall the fa. their return, and leaving Milson-hall, mily and a number of fingular charac- had occafioned, the fatal secret on which ters, as visitors, are introduced, and the melancholy story of Agatha, and the delineated in a masterly style, which acventures related as recent events de Thews, that our young novelift poflefies pend, is disclosed to her. an extensive knowledge of human life, In consequence of a religious vow acquired chiefly by a great compass of made by her mother, the violation of reading

which the would consider as an unpar. As it is impossible to follow her in donable fin, Agatha consents, after a all the intereiting adventures the re- ferere confet, to become a latce, and the many characters the de- the nifećting scenes of taking leave of Icribes, we shall only notice those her friends, of Hammond, and of her which are directly connected with the native country, ensue. She is ta fate of Agacha. Of there, Mrs. Hu- kun by her parents to a remote pro. bert, a beautiful and accomplished wi- vince in France, where Sir Charles had dow, is the principal, between whom purchased an estate near the convent and Agatha a predilection and friendly in which they had resolved to place her. atcachment took place soon after their In due time she takes the veil, and is first interview at Millon-hall.

not only reconciled to, but pleased with Hammond having received a polite her fituation. The character of the invitation from Miss Milson, when the Lady Abbess, the description of the took Agatha from his house, makes free convent, and anecdotes of some of the quent excursions to Millon-hall, opens nuns, are painted in the most lively and his miod delicately to Agatha, becuines alluring colours, to abate the prejudices her ayowed admirer, is considered by juttly entertained against the monastic all the family and their friends as her life, Here Agatha receives an unex. dettined husband, and as no reasonable pected visit from Mrs. Hubert, who objection to him could be supposed on had accompanied a family in their tra. the part of her parents, meets with vels to the South of France for the be. proper encouragement from her. Yet, nefit of their health, but she carefully io her friend Mrs, Hubert she makes concea's from her that Hammond is one the following folemn declaration, wnich of the party. Mrs. Hubert returns to hould serve

as an example for all ami. England, Hammond lives retired in che able young ladies; and as the stedfaitly neighbourhood of the convent, and adheres to it, and, in the end, triumphs Agatha passes the two fucceeding years over a laudable propensity by religious “ in the duties of religion, charity, and fortitude and resignation, we cannot but friendship, fill enjoyiog that peace consider the circulation of such princin which the world cannot give," whea ples, even through the channel of a No. intelligence is received of the intended vei, as juftly entitled to commendam plunder and demolition of the convents; tion.

and here begins the horrid narrative of “ In every circumstance, in every the massacres and other cruelties which trial of iny life, nothing ska alltempt me were exercised throughout the unhappy to a breach of duty. And were I to kingdom of France at that period. Sir love with all the tenderness you have Charles and Lady Belinunt are obliged pourtrayed, and did my love proinise to fly precipitately. The convent is a life of the most enchanting happi. attacked, the nuns disperse, and Aganess, yer while that and my duty tha escaping alone, is met on the road in printed different ways, ducy ihould be the hands of tivo ruffians who had leiz. my conftant guide ; and I am firmly ed her, and is rescued by Hammond. resolved, that no consideration of self- After a number of extraordinary adven. felicity Mall ever prompt me to forsake tures, they arrive safe at Bristol, accomj: for a momento'

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who at the hazard of their lives had ligence of the horrid fare of her pa. protected ard concealed them in France. rents. Imprisoned in France, after suf. St. Valorie's reflections on the happy fering every fpecies of periecution in fate of England contrasted with that attempting to escape the fury of the of France, form a beautitul apotrophe, populace, Lady Belmont dies in a state which does equal honour to the head of distraction, and Sir Charles expires and heart of the loyal writer. Agatha under the axe of the guillotine. is received with open arms, by Mrs. Agatha, after this dreadful Bock, Hubert, and agrees to reside with her palles her life in retirement with a litter rill he has tidings of her parents. Ham- nun, who had escaped from the fame mond continues to folicit her to make convent. him happy; but Agatha, “regarding her Such is the outline of this variegated rows as acred and inviolavic," with a mixture of truth and fable, in which are liberality which furnishes another bright interspersed some pretty pieces of pne. example to her sex, persuades him to try *. It is elegantly printed, and marry Mrs. Hubert.

Having accom. cach volume is ornainented with a beau. plithed this disinterested act of friend. tiful vignette, reprelenting an intereft. thip, her lafi severe trials are the death ing scene in the narrative, designed by of these friends, and the dreadful intele Stuthard and engraved by Granger.

Translation of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah ; written previous to and during

the Period of his Residence in England." To which is prefixed a Preliminary Dissertation on the History, Religion, and Manners of the Hindoos. By

Eliza Hamilton. 2 Vols. 8. Robinsons. 1796. MISS HAMILTON, in an excel- doftan. To the merit of Mr. Hastings

lene Preliminary Differtation, takes our Authoress not only pays a just trie norice of the disadvantages to be eno bute of praise in a very elegant Dedica. countered by writers in every branch tion, but also in the Preliminary Differtaof Orientai Literature. " The names tion. Having spoken of the restoration of the heroes of Greece and Rome are of their antient Laws; a translation of Tendered familiar at a period of life there into the Persian and English lan. when the mind receives every impref. guages; the encouragernent of Agricul. Eon with facility, and tenaciously re. ture; the security of Property; and tains the impressions it receives. With the blessing of 'Peace; the lays the name of every hero the idea of his “ these falutary regulations, originating character is associated, and the whole with Mr. Hastings, steadily pursued by becomes afterward so connected in the Sir John Macpherson and Lord Corn. mind with the blissful period of life at wallıs, and perfevered in by the prewhich it was first received, that the fent Governor-General, will diffuferhe Tecolleted scenes of juvenile felicity smiles of prosperity and happiness over may frequently, even in the most ac. the best provinces of Hindoftan, long emplished minds, be found to give after the discordant voice of Purty shall a zeft to the charms of the ancient au- have been humbled in the filence of thors. Of these advantages, resulting' eternal rest, and the rancorous mifre. from early prepoffeffions, the Pernan presentations of envy and malevolence and Hindoo writers are entirely desti- as much forgotten as the furid tate." Our Authorels (for there Ler- harangues and turgid declamations ters are original, though fictitious) goes which conveyed them to the short-lived on to give an account of the geogra- norice of the world." phical fituation, the Religion, Govern- The according voice of all Afia has ment, and Manners of Hindoftan; to uniformly and loudly proclaimed the applaud the efforts of those persons, talents and virtues of Mr. Hastings ; chiefly the late Governor-General Mr. which are now also universally acknow. Haitings, to whom we are indebted for ledged in Europe. It is scarcely cre. what we know already, and from which dible that fuch declamations, as Miss *e may expect farther discoveries of Hamilton fo well describes, could have the Antiquities and Literature of Hiv. seduced the minds, of men even for a • For a specimen, see our Poetic Department, въ2

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