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or family, is Angusswangaa, being rative had abundant testimonies of now the king or Abba Thulle. the hospitality of these people. And
“ Here, I trust, the reader will even in their primitive state we give me his attention for a few mo- have found humanity and charity ments, and with feelings of grati. shining forth in all their actions. tude unite with me in contempla. The blessings of superior know. ting the ways of Providence. A ledge conveyed to them by the distressed and shipwrecked people English, were most gladly and are cast away upon a distant and thankfully received and acknow. unknown coast; they are there suc. ledged. Behold then these genecoured and cherished by the natives rous islanders in all their actions; with a liberality if not unknown, no lapse of time, nor even the unyet not surpassed in any civilised toward circumstances of delay or country; nay, in some instances, apparent neglect, could wean their far exceeding any thing before ex- affections from their friends and inperienced; for in relieving the structors, whom they considered wants of these strangers, they fre- not as being of a superior order, quently gave up their own usual but as men of more enlightened and accustomed portions of food. minds." We have in the course of this nar.
PICTURESQUE DESCRIPTION of SWITZERLAND.
[From N. KARAMSIN'S TRAVELS, Translated from the German.]
LEFT Grindelwald this lightnings. Two drifts of snov,
morning at five o'clock, and which the sun had loosened, fell from passed by the upper Glacier, which its summit before my eyes. At afforded me far more pleasure than first I heard a tremendous report, the lower, for its pyramids are of which made me tremble, and ina much purer, and more beau- stantly saw two prodigious masses tiful azure colour. Above four of snow rolling along from one de. hours I kept ascending, and was as clivity of the mountain to another, Inuch fatigued to-day as yesterday, and at length falling with a faint The mountain-swallows flew around noise, like distant thunder, succeedme, and twittered their melancholy ed by an immense white cloud of notes. I heard the distant sound snow-dust. of bleating flocks; and the grass “ On the mountain Scheideck I and flowers diffused around me found more herdsmen, who treatodours that renewed my sinking ed me with cheese and milk. After strength; the pyramidal Schreck this light and wholesome repast, I horn, the loftiest of the Alps, being, am now sitting on a knoll of the according to Pfyffer's measure- mountain, and viewing the eternal ment, two thousand four hundred masses of snow, in which I discover fathoms in height, was on one side; the springs of those streams which and before me rose the terrific Wet- water our vallies. terhorn, which often attracts thun. “ This snow is the great reserder-clouds, and is enveloped in livid voir of nature, from which, in times
of drought, she revives the parched self above the horrid precipice. world; and, were it possible for Only imagine the horrors of such this snow to be melted all at once, a situation !--- None of his compathe earth would be inundated by a nions were able to assist himsecond deluge.
none durst leap on the edge of the “ It is impossible to behold, with rock. Thus he hung, between out a certain shivering, these limits heaven and earth—between life and of the earthly creation, where even death, till he was able to place his not the least vestige of life presents hands against the rock, and, in this itself--not a tree nor shrub-all manner, to raise himself upon his around is a melancholy desert. No. feet, upon which' he crept down thing interrupts the death-like sie again by degrees.” lence of these rugged rocks, but the king of birds, the Alpine eagle, which now and then carries off a
Valley of Hassley. poor shamoy, as his prey. The « After resting about two hours shamoys endeavour to save them with the shepherds, I continued my selves through their agility, but in route down the mountain. The vain !-in vain they bound from first remarkable object which now rock to rock! the cruel enemy does presented itself, was the Glacier of not leave his prey till he has driven Rosenlawin, indisputably the finest it to the edge of a precipice, where of all the Glaciers. It consists of the unfortunate victim can find no the purest sapphire-blue pyramids, path to escape. With a powerful whích proudly elevate their jagged stroke of his wings, he then preci- summits. I walked now in the pitates it into the abyss; where, shade of ancient fir-trees, which notwithstanding their agility, they screened me from the rays of the are infallibly lost. He then draws sun. Around me no vestige of them out with his sharp claws, and human creatures was to be seen.bears off his prize in triumph. Wherever I turned my eyes, I beHowever, this bird is not the only held nothing but a desert wilderenemy of the defenceless shamoys. ness. From grey, moss-clad rocks The hunters are still more destruc- foaming rivulets precipitated themtive to them. These hunters climb, selves, whose noise was augmented fearless of all dangers, up the steep- by the echo of the woods.
When est rocks. However, many find I came into the valley, I found the their graves in the cliffs and preci- most delightful odoriferous meapices, or are overwhelmed in the dows that it is possible to conceive. snow. Many dreadful accidents of I cannot describe the pleasure I this kind are related. For instance: felt at the sight of these verdant 2 shamoy-hunter, from Grindel- fields, after having so long seen wald, was hunting on the Schreck- nothing but sterile rocks and masses horn. He pursued his prey from of snow. In every meadow I reste rock to rock. His foot suddenly ed a few minutes; and, in thought, slipped, when on the very summit kissed every blade of grass. I of a steep eminence. The abyss at length arrived at a small vil. yawned beneath him, and, already, lage, whose inhabitants live in the the sharp rock threatened to impale genuine simplicity of the pastoral him-he only hung by his feet from state. They understand nothing the rock, and thus sustained him- but breeding of cattle; and milk is
their only nourishment. Their present habitations and clothing are large cheeses are chiefly exported more convenient ; but, are our to Italy. The dairies, in which hearts more tranquil? Ah! no! they make the cheese, rest on high a thousand troubles, a thousand pillars, or props; and are con- cares, to which man, in a state of structed of thin boards, to admit a nature, was a perfect stranger, now free circulation of air. As I was distract our minds; and every enextremely thirsty, I requested a joyment is followed by its shadow, young shepherd, who was seated disgust.Ruminating in this manat the door of a cottage, situated ner, I left the shepherd. I looked on the bank of a limpid streamlet, back, and perceived that he folto bring me a glass. He did not lowed me with his eyes, in which understand me immediately, but the wish was clearly to be read as soon as he comprehended what Go, and be happy!' God knows, I wanted, he instantly ran into the that I also wished him all possible house, and brought a cup. • It is happiness; but he had already clean,' said he, in bad German, found it. A violent noise broke showing it to me. He then ran to the thread of my ideas. What is the rivulet, filled the cup several that?" I asked my guide, and stood times with water, which he poured to listen. We are approaching; out again ; at the same time look answered he, the most celebrated ing at me with a smile. He at last cataract of the Alps, the Reichenfilled it, and brought it me, saying, bach.' Though in a tour in Swit• drink, my friend,—drink' our zerland cascades are so common, water. I was about to press the and the traveller is so often wet good-natured obliging man to my by the drizzling rain arising from heart as my brother. Oh! my them, that he at last becomes infriends, why were we not born in different to those objects, yet I was those times when all men were very curious to see the chief and shepherds and brethren? I would principal of the Swiss cataracts. willingly renounce most of the com- The distant noise promised me forts of life, for which we are in- something grand and sublime, debted to superior knowledge and and my imagination was anticipaillumination, if I could return to ting the beauties of this spectacle, that state of nature in which man- when I suddenly discovered ankind originally existed.
other magnificent prospect; which, “ The true pleasures of life for a time, made me forget Rei those delights of the soul which chenbach. Alas! that I am not render us truly happy, were en- å painter !--that I cannot instantly joyed by mankind in those times transfer to my paper the beautiful and even more than at present. and fertile vale of Hassly, which
What delights did they not derive appeared like a garden in the high- from love, which no law prevent- est state of cultivation, between ed, when the gifts of nature were rugged rocks, whose summits are of far more value than those of enveloped in clouds! Groves of blind chance, which are incapable 'fruit-trees, between which are small of imparting true worth ;How wooden houses, forming the village happy were they through friend. Meyringen ; the river Aar traship, and the contemplation of the versing the valley in a longitudinal beauties of nature !-It is true, our direction-numerous small streams
precipitating themselves from steep a cold that might be productive of rocks, and propelling their silver serious consequences. If any percurrent through delicious verdure son had seen me in that condition, altogether formed such a romanric he must have thought that I had and imposing picture, as I never just been drawn out of the river, saw before. Ought I not, my for I had not a dry thread upon friends, to thank heaven, for all the me, and the water poured from me grand and exquisite scenes which in streams. present themselves to my eyes in “ We were only three wersts Switzerland ?
from Meyringen, and the road was “ At length my, conductor re. by far not so disagreeable as the minded me of Reichenbach. In ascent to the Scheideck ; but thëse order to have a near view of it, I' three wersts increased my fatigue was obliged, notwithstanding my to the highest pitch, for the heat in fatigue, to cross another considera- the valleys was quite intolerable ; ble eminenoe; however, the road the beams of the sun, reflected was fortunately not stony; but by the bare rocks, heated the atconsisted of a green turf wet with mosphere the more, as a cooling a continual drizzling shower, pro- breeze seldom blows here. Some ceeding from the cataract. Fifty women, who met me, said pitifully, paces from the cascade I was en how hot it is, young stranger!' veloped by it, as by a fog. How “ The village of Meyringen conever, I approached the cavity into sists of small wooden houses, diswhich the Reichenbach precipitates persed at great distances throughitself, with a dreadful bellowing out the valley. In general stone and thundering noise, hurrying buildings are very rare in the vilalong prodigious stones and trees lages of the Alps. The inhabiof great magnitude. O! that I tants of the valley of Hassly are could but describe the inexpressi- within hearing of the incessant ble rapidity with which wave after noise arising from the fall of the wave darts into the unfathomable Reichenbach, and other cataracts, abyss; again rises aloft, and is swal. These brooks, formed by the meltlowed up in the foaming vortex, ing of the snow, frequently swell which spreads around a humid so dreadfully, that they inundate cloud of white vapour !--But my the whole valley, together with the imagination, in vañ, seeks for com- houses, gardens, and meadows. A parisons, simlies, and pictures !- few years since, an inundation of Every sensible mind must admire this kind caused great devastation, those grand objects, the fall of the and entirely covered this charming Rhine and the Reichenbach; but valley with sand and stones. But what pencil, what pen, can repre. the inhabitants could not think of sent them? Deafened by the thun- abandoning their beloved birthder that burst around me, I sank, place, where they and their an. almost senseless, on the ground. cestors had enjoyed such numberless
“ I was involved in clouds of blessings. The ground was soon fine watery particles; and whirl cleared, and again covered with winds, caused by the force of the grass and flowers. The charms of fall of such a mass of water, nature in this happy valley are ri. whistled around me, till I was 'valled by those of its inhabitants; obliged to retire, for fear of taking particularly of the women, almost
all of whom, without exception, are mind. I wished to leave the happy beauties, with a colour like the rose couple a token of remembrance, of the Alps z any of them might that in the future periods of their serve as a model of Flora. Will urion they might recollect that a you now wonder if I stay here a stranger from a remote northern few days? Perhaps there is no region had been present on their where else in the world another wedding-day, and had participated Meytingen. It is, however, a pity in their joy. I considered and that the girls distigure themselves sought, but could find nothing, exso extremely by their dress. They cepting a copper medal, with the for instance were such very short head of a Grecian youth, given me wais.s, that their clothes have the by my friend B. Accept of this,' appearance of sacks. I found an I said to the bride, as a token of excellent inn at this place. my good wishes for you and your
bridegroom.' She stared by turns
at the medal, at her lover, and at Eleren o'clock at night. me, and was embarrassed how to « I passed the evening very behave. · I am a native of a counagreeably; I rambled about the try,' I added, where it is cusvalley among the groves and mea- tomary to make some present or dows, and, upon my return to the other to a bride; and I beg of you village, I found a great number of to accept of this trifle, with the young people of both sexes en same good-will that I give it.' gaged in playing, running, and all · And of what country are you a kinds of sport. They were cele- native?' asked a venerable old brating a wedding. I easily di- man, seated on a log of wood. stinguished the bridegroom and Russia,' I replied. • Russia! Yes, bride from among the rest; they I have heard of that country.' were the handsomest pair that can Where does it lie?' • Far, far be imagined; the most charming from hence, my friend! behind yon carnation played upon their cheeks, mountain; direct north.' and their eyes swam in tears; they true, I recollect.' Meantime the tried to be as gay as the rest, but a young couple whispered each other, mild melancholy, expressed in all and the bride took the medal and their motions, distinguished them thanked me for it. She held the from all the other swains and shep- medal to her husband, who turned herdesses. I stepped up to the it round in his hands, and gave it bridegroom, and, tapping him in a her again. I rejoiced at their hapfriendly manner on the shoulder, piness, and thought on the verses said to him, • You are very happy, of Haller, in his poem, The Alps, my friend!: The bride looked at to the following effect. me, and I perceived in her expressive “ Soon as a youthful swain feels looks her modest thanks for my the gentle fire, which is easily praise. What delicate sensibility kindled by a languishing eye in these daughters of the Alps pos- the breast of sensibility—unresess! how well they understand the strained by fear, he discloses his language of the heart. The swain pain to the object of his passion. regarded his mistress with a smile; She listens to him; and, if his flame their looks met.What eloquence! deserves the reward of her heart, A singular thought entered my she expresses her sentiments with