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as he gave it in-and the recording angel, film returned to its place, the pulse as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon Autter'd-stoppd—went on-throbb’dthe word, and blotted it out for ever. stopp'd again-mov'd-stopp'd—shall I -My uncle Toby went to his go on?- -No.
Sterne. bureau,- put his purse into his breeches pocket, and having ordered the corporal
§ 2. Yorick's Death. to go early in the morning for a physician, A few hours before Yorick breathed his -he went to bed and fell asleep. last, Eugenius stept in, with an intent to
The sun looked bright the morning af- take his last sight and last farewell of him. ter, to every eye in the village but Le Upon his drawing Yorick's curtain, and Fevre's and his afflicted son's; the hand asking how he felt himself, Yorick looking of death press'd heavy upon his eye-lids, -- up in his face, took hold of his hand, and hardly could the wheel at the cistern and, after thanking him for the many toturn round its circle, ---when my uncle kens of his friendship to him, for which, Toby, who had rose up an hour before his he said, if it was their fate to meet here: wonted time, entered the lieutenant's after, he would thank him again and again; room, and without preface or apology sat he told him, he was within a few hours of himself down upon the chair, by the bed- giving his enemies the slip for ever.-! side, and independently of all modes and hope not, answered Eugenius, with tears customs opened the curtain in the manner trickling down his cheeks, and with the an old friend and brother officer would tenderest tone that ever man spoke,-/ have done it, and asked him how he did, hope not, Yorick, said he.-Yorick re-how he had rested in the night,—what plied, with a look up, and a gentle squeeze was his complaint,—where was his pain, of Eugenius's hand, and that was all, --and what he could do to help him but it cut Eugenius to his heart.—Come,
and without giving him time to an- come, Yorick, quoth Eugenius, wiping swer any one of the enquiries, went on his eyes, and summoning up the marr and told him of the little plan which he within him,—my dear lad, be comforted, had been concerting with the corporal ----let not all thy' spirits and fortitude forthe night before for him.
sake thee at this crisis when thou most -You shall go home direcıly, Le wantest them ;, who knows what rea Fevre, said my uncle Toby, to my sources are in store, and what the power house, and we'll send for a doctor to see of God may yet do for thee;-Yorick laid what's the matter,--and we'll have an his hand upon his heart, and gently shook apothecary,—and the corporal shall be his head; for my part, continued Eugenius, your nurse;--and I'll be your servant, crying bitterly as he uttered the words, Le Fevre.
- I declare, I know not, Yorick, how to There was a frankness in my uncle Toby, part with thee, and would gladly Aatter -not the effect of familiarity,--but the my hopes, added Eugenius, chearing up cause of it, --which let you at once into his his voice, that there is still enough of theo soul, and shewed you the goodness of his left to make a bishop,—and that I may live nature; to this, there was something in to see it. I beseech thee Eugenius, his looks, and voice, and manner, super- quoth Yorick, taking off his night-cap as added, which eternally beckoned to the well as he could with his left hand, unfortunate to come and take shelter under his right being still grasped, close in that him; so that before my uncle Toby had of Eugenius, I beseech thee to take a half finished the kind offers he was mak- view of my head. I see nothing that ing to the father, had the son insensibly ails it, replied Eugenius. Then alas! my pressed up close to his knees, and had friend, said Yorick, let me tell you, that taken hold of the breast of his coat, and it is so bruised and mis-shapened with the was pulling it towards him. The blows which have been so unhandsomely blood and spirits of Le Fevre, which were given me in the dark, that I might say waxing cold and slow within him, and with Sancho Pancha, that should I recover, were retrcating to their last citadel, the and“ mitres thereupon be suffered to rain heart,-rallied back, the film forsook his “ down from heaven as thick as hail; not eyes for a moment,- he looked up wish- one of them would fit it.”-Yorick's fully in my uncle Toby's face,then cast last brcath was hanging upon his trembling a look upon his boy,—and that ligament, lips, ready to depart as he uttered this ;-fine as it was, was never broken. yet still it was uttered with something of a Nature instantly ebl'd again,--the Cervantic tone ;-and as he spoke it, Ex
genius could perceive a stream of lambent length of entering into the busy world; fire lighted up for a moment in his eyes; and, as a step previous to this, placed his
-faint picture of those flashes of his spi- affections on Hypatia, a lady of exquisite rit, which (as Shakspeare said of his an- beauty. The day of their intended nupcestor) were wont to set the table in a roar! tials were fixed; the previous ceremonies
Eugenius was convinced from this, that were performed; and nothing now rethe heart of his friend was broke; he mained but her being conducted in tri. squeezed his hand, and then' walked umph to the apartment of the intended softly out of the room, weeping as he walk- bridegroom. ed. Yorick followed Eugenius with his Alcander's exultation in his own happieyes to the door, he then closed them ness, or being unable to enjoy any satisfac
and never opened them more. tion without making his friend Septimius He lies buried in a corner of his church- a partner, prevailed upon him to introyard, under a plain marble-slab, which duce Hypatia to his fellow-student ; his friend Eugenius, by leave of his execu- which he did with all the gaiety of a man tors, laid upon his grave, with no more than who found binself equally happy in these three words of inscription, serving friendship and love. But this was an inter both for his epitaph, and elegy-- view fatal to the future peace of both; for
Septimius no sooner saw her, but he was Alas, poor YORICK!
smilten with an involuntary passion ; and, Ten times a day has Yorick's Ghost the sires at once so imprudent and unjust, the
though he used every effort to suppress de consolation to hear his monumental in. emotions of his mind in a short time bescription read over with such a variety of câme so strong, that they brought on a plaintive tones, as denote a general pity fever, which the physicians judged inand esteem for him ;-a foot-way crossing
curable. the church-yard close by his grave,—not
During this illness, Alcander watched a passenger goes by, without stopping to him with all the anxiety of fondness, and cast a look upon it,- and sighing as he brought his mistress to join in those amiawalks on,
ble offices of friendship. The sagacity of Alas, poor YORICK!
the physicians by these means soon discoSterne. vered that the cause of their patient's dis
order was love: and Alcander being ap$ 3. The Story of ALCANDER and Sep- prized of their discovery, at length ex
TIMIUs. Taken from a Byzantine His- torted a confession from the reluctant torian.
It would but delay the narrative to de Athens, long after the decline of the scribe the conflict between love and friendRoman empire, still continued the seat of shipin the breast of Alcander on this occalearning, politeness, and wisdom. Theo- sion; it is enough to say, that the Athenians doric the Ostrogoth repaired the schools were at that time arrived at such refinewhich barbarity was suffering to fall into ment in morals, that every virtue was cardecay, and continued those pensions to ried to excess. In short, forgetful of his men of learning which avaricious gover. own felicity, he gave up his intended bride, nors had monopolized.
in all her charms to the young Roman. In this city, and about this period, Al. They were married privately by bis cocander and Septimius were fellow-stu- nivance, and this unlooked-for change of dents together : the one the most subtle fortune wrought as unexpected a change reasoner of all the Lyceun, the other the in the constitution of the now happy Sepmost eloquent speaker in the academic timius : in a few days he was perfectly regrove. Mutual admiration soon begot a covered, and set out with his fair partner friendship. Their fortunes were nearly for Rome. Here, by an exertion of those equal, and they were natives of the two talents which he was so eminently possessmost celebrated cities in the world; for ed of, Septimius in a few years arrived at Alcander was of Athens, Septimius came the highest dignities of the state, and we from Rome.
constituted the city-judge, or prætor. In this state of harmony they lived for In the mean time Alcander not only felt some time together; when Alcander, after the pain of being separated from his friend passing the first part of his youth in the and his mistress, but a prosecution was also indolence of philosophy, thought at commenced against him by the relations
of Hypatia, for having basely given up his As he continued here, about midnight bride, as was suggested, for money. "His two robbers came to make this their reinnocence of the crime laid to his charge, treat ; but happening to disagree about the and even his eloquence in his own de- division of their plunder, one of them fence, were not able to withstand the influ- stabbed the other to the heart, and left him ence of a powerful party. He was cast, weltering in blood at the entrance. In and condemned to pay an enormous fine. these circumstancee he was found next However, being unable to raise so large morning dead at the mouth of the vault. a sum at the time appointed, his posses. This naturally inducing a farther enquiry, sions were confiscated, he himself was an alarm was spread ; the cave was exstripped of the habit of freedom, exposed amined; and Alcander being found, was as a slave in the market-place, and sold immediately apprehended, and accused of to the highest bidder.
robbery and murder. The circumstances A merchant of Thrace becoming his against him were strong, and the wretchpurchaser, Alcander, with some other edness of his appearance confirmed suspicompanions of distress, was carried into cion. Misfortune and he were now so long that region of desolation and sterility. His acquainted, that he at last became regardstated employment was to follow the herds less of life. He detested a world where he of an imperious master, and his success in had found only ingratitude, falsehood, and hunting was all that was allowed him to cruelty; he was determined to make no supply his precarious subsistence. Every defence, and thus, lowering with resolumorning awaked him to a renewal of fa- tion he was dragged, bound with cords, mine or toil, and every change of season before the tribunal of Septimius. As the served but to aggravate his unsheltered dis- proofs were positive against bim, and he tress. After some years of bondage, how- offered nothing in his own vindication, ever, an opportunity of escaping offered; the judge was proceeding to doom him to he embraced it with ardour; so that tra- a most cruel and ignominious death, when velling by night, and lodging in caverns the attention of the multitude was soon by day, to shorten a long story, he at last divided by another object. The robber, arrived in Rome. The same day on which who had been really guilty, was appreAlcander arrived, Septimius sal adminis- hended selling his plunder, and struck tering justice in the forum, whither our with a panic, had confessed his crne. lie wanderer came, expecting to be instantly was brought bound to the same tri':unal, known, and publicly acknowledged by and acquiited every other person of any his former friend. Here he stood the whole partnership in his guilt. Alcander's ir noday amongst the crowd, watching the cence therefore appeared, but the super eyes of the judge, and expecting to be rashness of his conduct remained a wcataken notice of ; but he was so much al- der to the surrounding multitude; but their tered by a long succession of hardships, astonishment was still farther increased, that he continued unnoted among the rest; when they saw their judge start from his and, in the evening, when he was going up tribunal io embrace the supposed crimito the prætor's chair he was brutally re- nal; Septimius recollected his friend and pulsed by the attending lictors. The atten- former benefactor, and hung upon his tion of the poor is generally driven from neck with tears of pity and of joy. Need one ungrateful object to another; for night the sequel be related? Alcander was accoming on, he now found himself under a quitted : shared the friendship and honours necessity of sceking a place to lie in, and of the principal citizens of Rome; lived yet knew not where to apply. All emaci- afterwards in happiness and ease; and ated and in rags as he was, none of the citi- left it to be engraved on bis tomb, That no zens would harbour so much wretched- circumstances are so desperate, which ness; and sleeping in the streets might be Providence may not relieve. attended with interruption or danger : in short, he was obliged to take up his lodging
§ 4. The Monk. in one of the tombs without the city, the A poor Monk of the order of St. Franusual retreat of guilt, poverty, and despair. cis came into the room to beg something In this mansion of horror, laying his head for his convent. The moment I cast my upon an inverted urn, he forgot his mise- eyes upon him, I was pre-determined not ries for a while in sleep; and found, on to give him a single sous, and accordingly his flinty couch, more ease than beds of I put my purse into my pocket-buttoned down can supply to the guilty.
it up-set myself a little more upon my 2 2 2
centre, and advanced up gravely to him: have no other but the charity of the there was something, I fear, forbidding in world, the stock of which, I fear, is no my look; I have his figure this moment way sufficient for the many great claims before my eyes, and think there was that which arc hourly made upon it. in it which deserved better.
As I pronounced the words“ great The Monk, as I judge from the break claims,” he gave a slight glance with in his tonsure, a few scattered white hairs bis eye downwards upon the sleeve of bia upon his temples being all that remained tunic-I felt the full force of the appealof it, might be about seventy--but from I acknowledge it, said I-a coarse babit, his eyes, and that sort of fire which was in and that but once in three years, with meathem, which seemed more tempered by gre diet—are no great matters : and the courtesy than years, could be no more than true point of pity is, as they can be earn'd sixty-truth might lie betwcen-He in the world with so little industry, that your was certainly sixty-five; and the general order should wish to procure them by press. air of bis countenance, notwithstanding ing upon a fund which is the property of something seemed to have been planting the lame, the blind, the aged, and the irwrinkles in it before their time, agreed firm : the captive, who lies down counting to the account.
over and over again the days of his atlicIt was one of those heads which Guido tion, languishes also for his share of it; and has often painted-mild--pale---penetrat- had you been of the order of Mercy, ising, free from all common.place ideas stead of the order of St. Francis, poor as I of fat contented ignorance looking down. am, continued I, pointing at my portmanwards upon the earth-it look'd forwards; teau, full checrfully should it have been but look'd as if it look'd at something be- opened to you for the ransom of the unforyond this world. How one of his order tunate. The Monk made me a bow-but came by it, Heaven above, who let it fall of all others, resumed I, the unfortunate upon a Monk's shoulders, best knows; of our own country, surely, have the first but it would have suited a Bramin, rights; and I have left thousands in distress and had I met it upon the plains of In- upon our own shore The Monk gave a dostan, I had reverenced it.
cordial wave with his head - as much as to The rest of his outline may be given in say, No doubt, their is misery enough in a few strokes ; one might put it into the every corner of the world, as well as with. hand of any one to design, for 'twas nei- in our convent-But we distinguish, said ther elegant nor otherwise, but as charac. I, laying my hand upon the sleeve of bis ier and expression made it so; it was a thin, túnic, in return for his appeal — we distinspare form, something above the common guish my good father! betwixt those who size, if it lost not the distinction by a bend wish only to eat the bread of their own laforwards in the figure--but it was the at- bour--and those who eat the bread of titude of entreaty; and as it now stands other people's, and have no other plan ia present to my imagination, it gained life, but to get through it in sloth and igmore than it lost by it.
norance, for the love of God. When he had entered the room threc The poor Franciscan made no reply : a paces, he stood still; and laying his left hectic of a moment pass'd across his cheek, hand upon his breast (a slender white but could not tarry-Nature seemed to staff withi which he journeyed being in his have had done with her resentinents a right)--when I had got close up to him, him; he shewed none—but letting his he introduced himself with the little story staff fall within his arm, he pressed both of the wants of his convent, and the po- bis hands with resignation upon bis verty of his order
and did it with so breast and retired. simple a grace--and such an air of depre- My heart smote me the moment he shut cation was there in the whole cast of his the door.-Psha! said I, with an air of look and figure-I was bewitched not to carelessness, three several times but it have been struck with it.
would not do; every ungracious syllable -A better reason was, I had pre-de- I had uttered crowded back into my imatermined not to give him a single sous. gination; I reflected I had no right over
'Tis very true, said I, replying to a the poor Franciscan, but to deny him; and cast upwards with his eyes with which that the punishment of that was enough to he had concluded his address'tis very the disappointed, without the addition of true-and Ileaven be their resource who unkind language- I considered his grey hairs—his courteous figure seemed to re- samc moment the moon sunk beneath a enter, and gently ask me, what injury lie black cloud, and the night was darker than had done me? and why I could use him ever. All was silent-Sir Bertrand fastenebus!—I would have given twenty livres ed bis steed under a shed : and approachfor an advocate--I have behaved very ill, ing the house, traversed its whole front said I within myself; but I have only just with light and slow footsteps-All was still set out upon my travels; and shall learn as death He looked in at the lower winbetter manners as I get along.
dows, but could not distinguish a single Sterne. object through the impenetrable gloom.
After a short parley with himself, he en$5. Sir Bertrand. A Fragment.
tered the porch, and seizing a massy iron -Sir Bertrand turned his stced knocker at the gate, lifted it up, and hetowards the wolds, hoping to cross these sitating, at length struck aloud stroke the dreary moors before the curfew. But ere noise resounded through the whole mansion he had proceeded half his journey, he was with hollow echocs. All was still again bewildered by the different tracks; and he repeated the strokes more boldly and not being able, as far as the eye could louder--another interval of silence ensued reach, to espy any object but the brown -A third time he knocked, and a third heath surrounding him, he was at length time all was still. He then fell back to quiteuncertain which way he should direct some distance, that he might discern whehis course. Night overtook him in this ther any light could be seen in the whole situation. It was one of those nights when front-Ítagain appeared in the same place, the moon gives a faint glimmering of light and quickly glided away as before---at the through the thick black clouds of a low- same instant a deep sullen tollsounded froin ering sky. Now and then she suddenly the turret. Sir Bertrand's heart inade a emerged in full splendour from her veil, fearful stop --he was a while motionless; and then instantly retired behind it; hav- then terror impelled him to make some ing just served to give the forlorn Sir Ber- hasty steps towards his steed—but shame trand & wide extended prospect over the stopt his flight; and urged by honour, and desolate waste. Hope and native courage a resistless desire of finishing the adventure, awhile urged bim to push forwards, but at he returned to the porch; and working up length the increasing darkness and fatigue his soul to a full steadiness of resolution, he of body and mind overcame him; he drew forth his sword with one hand, and dreaded moving from the ground he stood with the other lifted up the latch of the on, for fear of unknown pits and bogs, and gate. The heavy door creeking upon its alightingfrom his horse iu despair, he threw hinges reluctantly yielded to his
hand-he himself on the ground. He had not long applied his shoulder to it, and forced it continued in that posture, when the sullen open--he quitted it, and stept forwardtoll of a distant bell struck his ears—he the door instantly shut with a thundering Sarted up, and turning towards the sound, clap. Sir Bertrand's blood was chilled discerned a dim twinkling light. Instantly he turned back to find the door, and it was he seized his horse's bridle, and with cau- long ere his trembling hands could seize it tious steps advanced towards it. After a -but his utmost strength could not open painful march, he was stopped by a moated it again. After several ineffectual attempts ditch, surrounding the place from whence he looked behind him, and beheld, across the light proceeded; and by a momentary a hall, upon a large stair-case, a pale bluish glimpse of moon light he had a full view fame, which cast a dismal gleam of light of a large antique mansion, with turrets at around. He again suminoned forth his the corners, and an ample porch in the courage, and advanced towards it-it recentre. The injuries of time were strongly tired. He came to the foot of the stairs, marked on every thing about it. The roof and after a moment's deliberation ascendin various places was fallen in, the battle. ed. He went slowly up, the fame retiring ments were bali demolished, and the wine before him, till he came to a wide gallery dows broken and dismantled. A draw. –The flame proceeded along it, and he bridge, with a ruinous gateway at each followed in silent horror, treading lightly, end, led to the court before the building for the echoes of his foot-steps startled bim. He entered, and instantly the light, which It led him to the foot of another stair-case, proceeded from a window in one of the and then vanished-At the same instant turrets, glided along and vanished; at the another toll sounded from the twret-Sin