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children, and exclaimed, “ That is pise their approbation; but neither he!”*
did this form his leading motive. This must have been a proud mo- To him, art like virtue was its own ment for Schiller; but also an agi- reward; he delighted in his tasks for tating, painful one; and perhaps on the sake of the fascinating feelings the whole, the latter feeling, for the which they yielded him in their pertime, prevailed. Such noisy, formal, formance. Poetry was the chosen and tumultuous plaudits were little gift of his mind, which his pleasure to his taste: the triumph they confer, lay in cultivating: in other things though plentiful, is coarse; and Schil- he wished not that his habits or enler's modest nature made him shun joyments should be different from the public gaze, not seek it. He those of other men. loved men, and did not affect to des
(In consequence of the length of this Memoir, we are unable to fulfil
the promise, which was made last month, of concluding it in the
Doering (s. 176.)-Who adds as follows: “ Another testimony of approval, very different in its nature, he received at the first production of the play in Weimar. Knowing and valuing as he did the public of that city, it could not but surprise him greatly, when a certain young Doctor S-called out to him, “ Bravo, Schiller ! ” from the gallery, in a very loud tone of voice. Offended at such impertinence, the poet hissed strongly; in which the audience joined him. He likewise expressed in words his displeasure at this conduct; and the youthful sprig of medicine was, by direction of the court, farther punished for his indiscreet applause, by some admonitions from the police.”
ON A PICTURE.
THE RETURN OF TIME.
Have ye not mark'd the hurrying moments rise,
Like hasty heralds from the silent dead,
Scarce telling that their fellows hence have fled,
Of others, unto Death's dominions sped,
Where Ages with Eternity are wed,
With Death-flies onward and returns again-
When, agitated like the billowy main,
THE POWER OF BEAUTY.
A SYRIAN TALE.
Nor far from the banks of the hushed, the moon-light came through Orontes, and aloof from any other the lattice window of the cottage : habitation, stood a Syrian cottage, the pilgrim knelt, and folding his where dwelt a peasant, his wife, and hands on his breast-he prayed, fixonly son. It was the daily employ- ing his eyes on earth, with intense ment of the latter to lead the few devotion; he thrice pressed his foresheep of his father to the hills, where head on the ground, and then stood, the wild and sweet notes of his Sy- with his face to Mecca, and invoked rian pipe often cheered the traveller the prophet. on his way: the caravans travelling Seniid gazed on the stranger-he from Damascus to Bagdad sometimes could be no wandering dervise ; his passed by, and purchased of his fa- aspect and manner were far superior ther's flock; and nothing could ex- to the poverty of his dress, and on ceed the joy of Semid when he heard the hem of his garment was embroithe camel bell, and the mournful dered that passage from the Koran, chaunt of the Arab driver, and saw fit only for the good.—The next and the long train of the caravan winding several following days the Hadgi was up the mountain path. He would still a welcome guest; he had been a then listen with delight to the tales long and restless traveller, and when of these travellers of the desert, and Semid was seated by his side in the longed to accompany them on their rude portico of the cottage, as the way; but when he returned to the sun was setting on the Orontes, and cottage at night, when the fire was the wild mountains around, and he kindled on the rude floor, the un- had given the chibouque into his leavened cake baked in the embers, hands, he drank in with insatiable and the milk, fruit, and honey from delight every tale of wandering and the hills, formed their repast; when peril on the wave and the wilderness he his parents say, in words of which the other related. At last the affection, that he was their only sup- day of his departure came, and Seport and joy, he reproached himself mid wept bitterly as he clasped the for having ever cherished the thought hand of the stranger, who, during of leaving them. But one night there his short stay, had become deeply atarose a violent storm; the Orontes tached to him, and who now turned overflowed its banks, the blast came to the father and mother, and raised wild and furious from the desert be- his right hand to heaven, and attested yond, and moaned through the lone- his words by the name of Allah. “I ly group of fig-trees around the cot- am alone,” he said, “in the world; the tage with a sound as of destruction. shaft of death has stricken from my Amidst the darkness and the beating side relative and friend; as I have of the rain was heard a voice of dis- beheld the Euphrates rush on its solitress that seemed to implore admis- tary course through the wild, that sion and shelter. Semid arose, and once flowed through the glory and on opening the door, a venerable man light of the bowers of Eden. Yet entered, whose green turban and toil- suffer your son to cheer and brighten worn features proclaimed him to be my way, and I will be to him both a Hadgi, or pilgrim from Mecca ; his parent and counsellor; he shall parbeard descended nearly to his girdle, take of my wealth, and when three and overcome by fatigue and the vio- years have passed over our heads, he lence of the storm, he threw himself shall return to bless your declining on the coarse carpet which was years.” It was long before the paspread for him, and hung over the rents of Semid would consent to this blazing fire; and when he had drunk proposal, but at last the prospect of of the coffee presented him, his faded their son's advancement, and of his looks brightened with joy, and at return, endowed with knowledge and last he broke silence, and gave the wealth, wrung a reluctant assent.blessing of a Hadgi, and adored the The sun's rays had not penetrated goodaess of Allah. The storm was through the grove of fig-trees that AUG. 1894.
shadowed his home, when the youth reviving once more, "Turn my face and his companion directed their to Mecca,” he cried, “ to the tomb of course across the plain, and on the my prophet;" and striving to fix his third day entered the thick forests eyes on the east, “I come, O loved which terminated it, sleeping at night of Allah-the dark realms of Eblis beneath the trees around the fire shall not be my home, nor El Arat they had kindled. The toil of the have any terrors for me: thrice have way was lightened by the converse these feet compassed the Caaba, of the moslemin, which was full of where rest thy ashes; thrice to arrive instruction and delight, yet mingled there have they trod the burning dewith much that was strange and sert, where thy promises were sweeter wild, of genii, the power of evil and to ine than the fountain or the shagood spirits, and the marvellous dow-receive me to thy Paradise !" events he had met with in his varied —He sank back, and died. All night path. But he knew not that that path the Syrian boy mourned loudly over was so soon to be closed. One night, the body of his benefactor; and the overcome by fatigue, and the exces- next day watched over it till sun-set, sive heat of the way, they had sunk when with difficulty he dug a rude to sleep in the wood, without taking grave and interred it.- Early on the the precaution of kindling a fire.-In second morning he pursued his way the middle of the night Semid was through the forest, and the sun was awakened by a piercing shriek, and hot on the plain beyond, ere he adhastening to his companion, found hevanced from its gloomy recesses.had been bitten by a serpent, whose He had placed the ring, of a green wound was mortal; already the poi- colour and without ornament, on his son began to circulate through his finger, and already amidst his grief veins, his limbs trembled, his face for the loss of his friend, his heart was flushed with crimson, and his swelled with vanity at the many adeyes had a fatal lustre. He clasped vantages it had given him.-0pthe hand of the youth convulsively in pressed with the heat he drew near his own, and pressed it to his heart. to where a fountain gushed forth be• O my son," he said, “ Allah has neath a few palm-trees on the plain, called me at the midnight hour, and and formed a limpid pool; he stoopthe angel of death has put his cup to ed to drink, but started back at bemy lips ere I thought it was pre- holding the change a few hours had pared; and thou art left solitary made. The sun-burnt features of like a bride widowed on her marriage the shepherd boy had given place to morn:-thy friend and guide torn a countenance of dazzling fairness from thee, what will be thy fate?- and beauty; the dark ringlets clusand the wealth that would have been tered on the pure forehead over still thine will now be scattered amongst darker eyes, whose look was irresisstrangers.” He paused, and seemed tible ; his step became haughty as he lost in thought : the young. Syrian pursued his way, and saw each passupported his dying head on his knees, senger fix on him a gaze of admiraand his tears fell fast on the face that tion, and he glanced with disdain on was soon to be shrouded from him for his coarse peasant's dress. ever. Suddenly the old man drew The sun was setting on the splenforth from his bosom a memorial of did mosques and gilt minarets of the his affection, that was indeed indeli- city of Damascus, now full in view, ble, and fixing his look intensely on when a numerous train of horsemen his friend, « Semid,” he said, “I drew near; it was Hussein, the son have hesitated whether to consign to of the Pacha, returning from the you this ring, and darkness is on my course. Struck at the sight of one so spirit as to the result. Place this meanly clad, yet so extremely beauřing on your finger, and it will in- tiful, he stopped and demanded vest you with surpassing beauty of whence became and whither he was feature and form, which, if rightly journeying; on Semid replying he was used, will conduct you to honour and friendless and a stranger, he bade him happiness; but if abused to the pur- follow in his train, and added that on poses of vicious indulgence, will the morrow he should become one of make sorrow and remorse your por- his own guards. The next day, in his tion through life.” He fainted, but military habit, and rich arms, and
mounted on a fine Arab courser, he from his parents; the dying words of rode by the Prince's side. Each day the pilgrim of Mecca ; all conspired now saw some improvement in the to deter him. But, to be the object shepherd of the Orontes; possessing of the love of such a woman, and soby nature a quick imagination, and licited to behold her!- the thought an enterprising spirit, he made a ra- was irresistible. Night came, and pid progress in the accomplishments the last call to prayer of the Muezof the court of Damascus.--Speedily zin from the minaret had ceased, promoted by Hussein, whose favour- when, disguised, he climbed the lofty ite he had become, and admired by wall that encircled the harem of the all for the exquisite personal advan- prince, and, gliding through the gartages he possessed; he joined with den, was admitted by one of the enthose of his own rank in every amuse- nuchs, who conducted him through ment and pleasure the city afforded. several apartments into the one that Sometimes they passed the hours in was the abode of the favourite. The the superb coffee-houses, where the moon-light came faintly through the fountain spouted forth a lofty column windows of richly stained glass, and of water, and the coolness and inces- showed indistinctly the gold characsant murmur were delightful amidst ters from the Koran inscribed bethe sultry heats—or on one of the neath—the exquisite perfumes which light pleasure-houses built on piles filled the air, and the lulling murmur in the midst of the rivers which rush- of the fountain gushing on the rich ed through the city, they sat at night marble, stole on the senses with seon soft cushions, and coffee, sherbet, ductive power--the upper part, or and other luxuries were served ; and divan, of the Serai was covered with while the moon-light, mingled with the costly silks, carpets, and brothe glare of lamps, fell on the scene, cades of Persia and Damascus, with they listened to the music and gazed numerous sofas, cushions, and suon the voluptuous dance of the Al- perb mirrors—and at the end of all, méh girls.-Amidst scenes like these where the small cluster of silver the memory of his father and mother, lamps threw their light on an ottothe lonely cottage on the river's bank, man of crimson velvet and gold, rehis few sheep, and his mountain so- clined the young and haughty Cirlitudes, grew more and more faint; cassian. She wore a blue Cashmere all love for simplicity and innocence turban, clasped on her high and fair of life and heart was lost irretriev- forehead by a wreath of diamonds, ably, and the senses were prepared and beneath fell the raven ringlets of to yield to the first seduction. The her hair, which were just suffered to favorite mistress of Hussein, a beau- rest on the right shoulder--the vest tiful Circassian, had one morning, that confined the bosom, as if to conwhile walking beneath the sycamore- trast with its exquisite whiteness, trees by the river's side, seen Semid was of black, and this was circled by playing at the jerrid with the prince, a golden girdle-her right arm, the and his uncommon loveliness of coun- tunic thrown back, lay moveless like tenance and noble figure had inspir- a wreath of snow on the dark ottoed her with a violent passion. One man, and on the left arm languidly day, as he sat beneath the portico of rested her beautiful cheek, whose naa coffee-house, one of those women tural paleness was now flushed-and, approached him whose employment the drooping eye-lash tinged with it is to sell nosegays of flowers to the surmeh, could not shroud the glance Turkish ladies ; she drew one from that flashed irresistibly from beneath, her basket, and put it into his hand; while the full and crimson lips, unthe various flowers were so arranged like the Grecian outline, were just as to convey a message of love from parted by an unconscious smile at that lady, the fame of whose charms sight of the beloved form that stood filled the whole city. Deeply flat- before her. Dazzled at the sight of tered as the heart of Semid was at such excessive beauty, Semid stood this discovery, and filled with intense motionless, unable to advance, or curiosity to behold such perfections, withdraw his eyes from the Circashe still hesitated; gratitude to his sian, who rose from her reclining benefactor Hussein; the memory of posture, and waved her hand for him. the lessons of piety so often received to be seated on the ottoman beside