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ments of a more powerful nature, when the other took to his heels, and sought refuge in Cambaceres's: house.
The second consul was violently offended. The Englisman was next day arrested, conveyed to prison, im mured in a solitary cell, and accommodated with a naked bed of straw......
THE SOLDIER'S DREAM.
" That very time I saw, but thou couldst not,
Flying between the cold moon and the earth,
Our bugles sung truce, for the night cloud had lower'd,
And the sentinel stars set their watch in the sky, And thousands had sunk on the ground, overpower'd, : The weary to sleep, and the wounded to die.
When, reposing that night on my pallet of straw,
By the wolf-scaring faggot, that guarded the slain, At the dead of the night a sweet vision I saw,
And twice, ere the cock crew, I dreamt it again.
Methought, from the battle-field's dreadful array,
Far, far I had roam'd on a desolate track,
To the house of my fathers, that welcom'd me back.
I flew to the pleasant fields, travers’d so oft
In life's morning. march, when my bosom was young; I heard my own mountain-goats bleating alost,
And knew the sweet strain that the corn-reapers sung.
Then pledg'd we the wine cup, and fondly I swore
From my home and my weeping friends never to part; My little ones kiss'd me a thousand times o'er,
And my wife sobb'd aloud, in her fulness of heart,
“Stay, stay with us!-rest!-thou art weary and worn!"
(And fain was their war-broken soldier to stay), But sorrow return d with the dawning of morn,
And the voice in my dreaming ear melted away.
VAN-SH00-YUEN, OR PARADISE OP TEN THOUSAND,
“ The groves of Eden, vanish'd now so long,
Live in description, and look green in 'song." "Now nearer, crowns with inclosure green,
As with a rural mound, the champaign head
...... I accompanied the ministers and other great colaos of the court to a pavilion prepared for us, from whence, after a short collation, we set out on horseback, to view this wonderful garden. We rode about three miles through a very beautiful park, kept in the highest order, and much resembling the approach to Luton in Bedfordshire; the grounds gently undulated and chequered with various groups of well-contrasted trees in the offskip. As we moved onward, an extensive lake appeared before us, the extremities of which seemed to
lose themselves in distance and obscurity. Here was
a large and magnificent yatcht ready to receive us, and : a number of smaller ones for the attendants, elegantly o fitted up and adorned with numberless vanes, pendants,
and streamers; the shores of the lake have all the va
rieties of shape which the fancy of a painter can des lineate, and are so indented with bays, or brøken with - projections, that almost every stroke of the oar brought
a new and unexpected object to our view. Nor are islands wanting, but they are situated only where they should be, each in its proper place, and having its proper character: one marked by a pagoda, or other building; one quite destitute of ornament; somesmooth and level; some steep and uneven; and others frowning with wood, or smiling with culture. Where any things particularly interesting were to be seen, we disembarked, from time to time, to visit them, and I dare say that, in the course of our voyage, we stopped at forty or fifty different palaces or pavilions. These are furnished in the richest manner with pictures of the emperor's huntings and progresses, with stupendous vases of jasper and agate; with the
finest porcelain and japan, and with every kind of - European toys and sing-songs; spheres, orreries, clocks,
and musical automatons, of such exquisite workmanship, - and in such profusion, that our presents must shrink
from the comparison, and hide their diminished heads; and yet I am told, that the fine things we have seen are far exceeded by others of the same kind in the apartments of the ladies, and in the European repository at Yuen-min-yuen. In every one of the pavilions was a
throne, or imperial state, and a eu-jou, or symbol of y peace and prosperity, placed at one side of it, resem.
bling that which the emperor delivered to me yesterday for the king.
It would be an endless task were I to attempt a des tail of all the wonders of this charming place. There is no beauty of distribution, no feature of amenity, no reach of fancy which embellishes our pleasure grounds in England that is not to be found here. Had China been accessible to Mr. Browne or Mr. Hamilton, I should have sworn they had drawn their happiest ideas from the rich sources which I have tasted this day; for, in the course of a few hours, I have enjoyed such vicise situdes of rural delight, as I did not conceive. could be felt out of England, being at different moments enchanted by scenes perfectly similar to those I had known there, to the magnificence of Stowe, the softer beauties of Wooburn, and the fairy-land of Paine's Hill,
One thing I was particularly struck with, I mean the happy choice of situation for ornamental buildings. From attention to this circumstance they have not the air of being crowded or disproportioned; they never in-trude upon the eye; but, wherever they appear, always show themselves to advantage, and aid, improve, and enliven the prospect.
In many places the lake is overspread with the nenuphor,or lotus (nelumbium), resembling our broad-leaved water-lily. This is an accompaniment which, though the Chinese are passionately fond of cultivating it in all their pieces of water, I confess I do not much admire. Artificial rocks, and ponds with gold and silver fish are, perhaps, too often introduced; and the monstrous poro celain figures of lions and tigers, usually placed before the pavilions, are displeasing to a European eye; but :
these are trifles of no great moment; and I am asto-nished that now, after a six hours' critical survey of
these gardens, I can scarcely recollect any thing besides * to find fault with....
.... The great men who attended us two days since, in our visit to the eastern garden, now proposed to accompany us to the western, which forms a strong contrast with the other, and exhibits all the sublimer beauties of nature in as high a degree as the part which we saw before possesses the attractions of softness and amenity. It is one of the finest forest-scenes in the world; wild, woody, mountainous, and rocky, abounding with stags and deer of different species, and most of the other beasts of the chace, not dangerous to man.
In many places immense woods, chiefly oaks, pines, and chesnuts, grow upon almost perpendicular steeps; and force their sturdy roots through every resistance of
surface and of soil, where vegetation would seem almost i impossible. These woods often clamber over the i loftiest pinnacles of the stony hills; or, gathering on the
skirts of them, descend with a rapid sweep, and bury themselves in the deepest valleys. There, at proper distances, you find palaces, banquetting houses, and monasteries, (but without bronzes), adapted to the situation and peculiar circumstances of the place, sometimes with a rivulet, on one hand, gently stealing through the glade; at others with a cataract tumbling from above, raging with foam, and rebounding with a thousand echoes from below, or silently ingulphed in a gloomy pool or yawning chasm.
The roads by which we approached these romantic scenes are often hewn out of the living rock, and cone