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have it to this day. We shall see whether his predictions were verified.
In the same year a circumstance occurred which shewed in curious way ile depreciated state of the currency of France, well as ihe poverty of the French Government. Mons. De P. the Gallic minister in London, waited withe 11onle Secretary and requested his uid in a certain case of coining, winch lie sild vas being carried on 10 a great exteni. A contractor of several public buildings iu Paris was then paying his workmen with ball-iranc alid Irudc pieces made at Birmingham of brass, and washed with silver, and he wanted the British Govunment lo interiore and
ibe exportation of them. Lord S. replied ibat he iad no such power, bui would nevertheless put a stop to the iliing some bow it he could find out the makers und shippers. Not being able to learn that, I was sent for and requested i irace the parties. I couless 1 set about the lask with some reluctance, for I bad not forgo:lev ibe“ coachman's son ;" however in the end I
Work, and fortnight of spring and peeping, hit upon an old house in Bele ton Street, Long Acre, which proved to be the receiving bunse for the base money previous to its being shipped. I there found twenty-seven barrels of bruss pieces of frutics and bull francs : they were very well made and night bare deceived a practise d eye. When we
came wu enquire into the extent ut siis trade at Bir-. mingham, the murder came out, and lo, lle found ibat in. Den.se quan lities of the savie: collis had been uude anu exported to the order of the French Governmeni! 11:0g lad been paying these troops &c., with them for sone time, and thing was said, but when a speculative contructor got a bill of it and followed iheir example, the case was allured, and the currency was to be protected. ilie twenty seven baniels were seized and destroyed, but the French wie nister received a bint that his Govtrument bad belter nake it's own coiu for the future.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CEYLCX MAGAZINE.
• Sir,- Should the accompanying translation from the Jalian of one of A1.* feri's select tragedies appear to you, to fall within the range of objects aimed at, in your interesting publication, you are entirely at liberty to transer it to your columus. It has been made in the pursuit of literary acquiroments, and its publication therefore may in some small degree subserve the cause of literary taste and application. The distinguished author of the ori. ginal hus handled a very difficult subject with wonderful power, delicacy. and address. The prosaic form of niy English version and its bring poroover 48 literal a rendering of the original as I could make it, lessens in Home degree its attractions to the general reader, and obscures even to the more close observer the spirit and expression of the original. Some glimpsos however, of these occasionally breuis forth, eren ubrough those disadvantayo
which, at the same time do not effect the general cắaracter of the tragedy as an effort of genius, in depicting the working of dark and malignant par.
There is nothing in bistry which is reported in a greater variety of ways, than what relates to the character of Philip 2nd of Spain, and the fortunes ol l'rince Charles, bis unhappy sou by his first vile, Mary, daughter of Jolio 3d of Polavd.
Ainong these parions traditions, the author of this Tragedy has undertaken to paint I bihp such as till a lew writers actually describe him, suspicious, lerocious and sanguinary--in a word the Ti. berius of Spain - But as tur Charles (of when nearly all the historians say viry liule good) he has thought i necessary to be.' stow upon him, many endoumenis and viriles which he did not possess-Still leaving' bin however some delicis and crinies, which are generally attributed to him, such as t:vouring the people of the low coumtries in their rebellion against his father, and the be. ing enamoured of Philip's third wile Elizabeih or Isabella of France, daughter of Henry 2d, who had been at first actually betrdihed to Chales, but allerwards wedded to l'hilip.
Thas also the Poet has thongh: hiinself privileged to adopt tho opinion of senie, that (harles was pui 10 death by his Fatherand he has further of his wwn pleasure, caused Isabella lo expire at the same time with Charles, though it is certain that she sure vived bin many months, and died afterwards (at least such is the belief of many) a natural death.
Philip afterwards married a fourth wise, Anna, daughter of the jemperor Maximilian the 2d, by whom he bad Plulip 3d who succeeded him on the throne.
His second wife ball been Mary, dangliter of Henry the 8th, King of England, by whoin he had no issne.
PHILIP THE 21)............ King of Spain.
His son uy a former marriage.
Isabelfi.-From wishes, fears, doubts, and guilty bopes, be my breast now freed !
Do I, the faithless consort of Philip dare to love the son of Philip!
But who can be bold him and not love him !--a brave and gen, tle heart !-a noble bang hiliness !-- a sublime genius, and under & gracelul aspect, the most accomplished niiud !-oh! why hath na"ture and Heaven made thee ihus ! - Ab we!- What am I saying!
Is it thus I am endeavouring to pluck on his sweet image from my inmost breast !-()! il such a passion should be ever d? vulged io morial! () ! if he were to suspieci it!-He sees rse ever sad it is truie, -bu he sees that I avoid his presence, and be knows that all joyousness is banished from the Spanish Court. Who call read into iny beurt ?- Ah might I be as little able to penetrate is as others are ! Migbe I thus deceive and Ay from mysell, as froia others ? -- Unhappy me! No solace remains ww me bui tears—and to shed them is a crime, But let me carry my sorrow to the inmost apartments ; There more freely ......... What do I behold!! Charles? sah, let me escape him ! My every word and look may beray me! O Heaven let me escape him ! !
Charles.-O.! what do I behold !!- and what ! O Queen !- Dost thou tou avoid me! dust thou tvo fly from a mau unhappy and oppressed ?
Chur.--My father's court is (I know) unfriendly to me, what wonder is it if I read batred, malice, and vile, ill-disguised enig imprinted upon every countenance, I, who am obnoxious w ibe dis. pleasure of my failier and master? Buc thon, born under a less rigorous sky and with hwarı not yet corrupted beneath the influence of cruel airs prevailing here ; shall I believe that under so sweetly majestic an aspect thou harbourest
, a soul averse to pily. Isa.- 'lbou knowest The life I lead within these doors. The usages, 'strange lo me, of an anslere couri, have 'vol y'et entirely expelled from my inind that sweet first love of walal soil which is so powertul within us !
I know the trouble, and the unmerited wrongs which thou en. durest; uud, I cowwiscrale idee !
Char.- Dostihou commiserute me? O joy! now behold; such a word hath sprinkled wall: sweel oblivion all my cape; aud | 100, participate in ihy grief-and I frequently lay aside my protilile, and bewail thy bará face and would that
Isa.I hope I shall have a loss hard loi in time; my not to be compared to ibiue; grief so severe ihou should si noi itien bave!
, Char.–Does my commiseration offend thee, when thine is lile to me ?
Isa. - Thou esteemest at too high a rate my commiseration! Char.-A! too high? Ah! what sayest thon? and whal— what affection is there wbich equals or exceeds the soft emotion of pily which every generous heart experiences in itself; which is able to repair the outrages of forumne, and does nog allow any to be longer called unhappy who bring to their common griels the solare of come
Isa.-What dost thon say ?- yes! pity for thee! But o tleaven! surely 1 am
a stepmothet 10 ihre! I might venture 10 speak to the enraged Futher for the innocent son, thou should'st see!
Char.–And who dare so much! and if ever thou should'st dare, it becometh thee~0 hard, necessity! ihou alone though innocent, xre the occasion of my calamities-stili nothing in diy favor from thee! Isa.-the occasion of
trouble ? Char.— Yes, my troubles have commencemeni altogether from that wretched day on which thou wást at once betroihed to me-- - and
Isa.-Alas what do you call 10 mind! that lope was too transieni! Chor.-iu me it grew
with mt years, the heller part of me; my faiber nourished it, yes that father whun it ulterwards pleused 10° break the solemu bonds.
Char.-Subject and son of an absolute lord, I suffered, I was plent, 1 laniented but internally; his will was a law 10 ny will, be became thy husband--and how much I have been loin eiled in keeping silence and obeying, who can know like myselt !-- rom such yirtue (and it was vertie and more than bumar) I will proud in heari, and at the same time sad; I kept my serious duties al fony's fixed before my oyes, and it wils ever criminal even in thonghi, Heaven knows bich sees the most innost thoughts; I passed the days and long nights in lamentations; und to what phil pose?. 'Haired of me increases in my father's mind, as much as grief in my owi.
$0.-Hatred is not conceived in die heart of a lavher, , believe it, bir sospicion certainly : the crowd of courtiers which bateth thee and is so much the more provoked by thy coulenipi, 'as ihey we deserving of it, possibly has instilled suspicion within the paternal busoin.
Char.- Ah' thon know'est not what a faiber I have, and would 10 heaven that thou mayest never know—'lhou kuonesi not the infamous tvindings of an impious courl: an upriglie di caritative believe or cven imagine it more cruel than all the cruel ones he has around him. Philip is he who hate's me', he gives the rule 10 ibis servile crowd, he, if even he perceives himsell 10 be a father, is thus ex asperated. I however caninot therefore forget that I am his son, hist il I should one day forgel it and give a loose rein tu srpressed coma : plaints-he should never hear me grieve, nu neler, vither for honor snatched liom me, nor fur fame injured, nor for his own matural and onheard of paternal hatred; I should grieve for another loss! be louk everything away from me ibe day he wouk thre.
Isu.— Prince! Reinembérest thou so lillie that be is thy lather and lord !!
Char.- Ah! excuse the involuntary burst of a heart so sull— Lill now I have never bren able to open to thee my whole beari!
Isa.--Thou should'st not open it to me, nor to heur
Char.- Stop thee! alas, if thou hast lieard a part of my misfor. tune, hear it all, it i'vlieves me lo speak.
Isa. Ah! be silent, leave me !
Chur.–Alas! | shall sny no more, but o bow much then remains for me to speak, a last hope
Isa.- And what hopes hast thou1 which are not criminal in thee! Char.-The hope that thou dost not hate me!
Isa.-I ought to bate thee, and thou knowest it, if thou das est to love me!
Char.-Hate me then! Accuse me thyself before thy consort. Isa. – Me present thy name helore the King ! Char.–Dost thou hold me so guilty ? Isa.--Art thou alone guilty ? Chur.-Art thou too therefore (guiley) in heart? · Isa.- Ah what do I say ! Aloe is me, either I have said too much, or others hast miderstood love inrich! Think alas! who I am! Think who thou art ! We should deserve the anger of the King. I should berken 10 thee, and thou shouldst persist !
Char.-Ah! if shine healt were consumed as mine is, and pines away, didst thou behold the beloved object a thousand tinie's a day, in another's arms, thou wouldst call it but a venial errur 10 keep following the last youd; w leed the eyes, and desire occasionally as I do, the brief innocent indulgence of a few words to
distressed heart !
Isa.-Fly, alas! and forsake these fatal halls so long as I breathe, and may that be for but a short uime.