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ther of Fluerette assisted him in all his schemes ; by these means he had many opportunities of seeing this fair villager, and thus of cherishing in his own bosom, and communicating it to that of Fluerette, a passion, which promised in its commencement to be but little prosperous to a pair so widely separated by the circumstances of birth and fortune,
The father of Fluerette observed not that his daughter went more frequently than usual to the fountain, but the preceptor of Henry, the virtuous La Gaucherie, perceived that his royal pupil had always a pretext for leaving him at a particular hour. This observation excited the watchfulness of the tutor, and following the young prince, he discovered, without being seen, the reason of his absence ; La Gaucherie, perfectly convinced that the removal of his royal pupil was the only remedy within his reach, informed him of his intention of returning the next day to Pau.
The desire of glory, or, perhaps, inconstancy, had already suggested to the young mind of Henry the necessity of a separation. He hastened to announce his departure to Fleuerette. It is impossible to describe the effect this intelligence had upon her,—for some minutes she appeared lost in an agony of despair. Henry, however, endeavoured to assuage her grief, by assuring her of his entire regard.--At length recovering herself, “you see this fountain,” she exclaimed, her voice broken by her agitation, “ here you will ever find me here !"-(at this moment the clock of the palace announced the hour of his departure,) “Ever here!”-added she, with a peculiar emphasis, and which he never forgot.
Fifteen months were suffered to elapse before the young prince returned to Narac: and during that period the ladies of the court of Catharine de Medicis were charged to use every artifice to efface from his recollection the remembrance of the amiable villager. In the mean time passions not altogether compatible with the innocency of his first love were discoverable in the young hero.
Fleurette often saw the young prince after his return, walking in the garden with Madame D'Ayelle, and one day was not able to resist the desire of passing him. The appearance of Fleurette, rendered yet more interesting from the melancholy that overspread her countenance, recalled to his memory the most tender recollections: he arose early the next moruing and visiting the cottage found her alone and solicited an interview with her at the fountain :-" I shall be there at eight” replied Fleurette, without lifting her eyes from the work in which she was engaged. Henry quitted the cottage and waited with impatience the appointed hour. It at last arrived--the young prince leaving the palace at a private door, and passing through the wood, fearful of meeting some one in the garden, reached the fountain-Fleurette was not there! he waited in anxious impatience-Fleurette did not still appear, he traversed the arbour in dreadful suspence !-again approached the fountain ;-something attracted his attention on the bank, where he had so often sat with Fleurette.-It was an arrow-he remembered it with the rose still attached to it, though faded-a note was suspended at the point. Henry seized, and endeavoured to read it-but the shades of evening prevented him -hastily returning to the palace, he opened the fatal billet, and read as follows :
“ I have told you, that you would ever find me at the fountainperhaps you have not searched sufficiently-return and search more carefully. The love between us is for ever ended !-you cannot love me more !-Oh God, pardon me!”
Henry, too truly conjecturing the dreadful import of these words, summoned his domestics and repaired to the fountain with torches-he discovered at the bottom the body of the unhappy girl. The attendants, rescuing the body from the water, interred it between two trees, which still remain to mark the burial of this unfortunate peasant.
Fleurette, says the French author, in conclusion, was the only mistress of Henry IV. who loved him as he merited to be loved ; and the only one who proved faithful to him.
Hail amiable vision ! every eye
In thine indulgent ray!-FAWCETT. Poetically--morning twilight is designated under the title of Aurora, the goddess of the morning, the harbinger of the rising sun, whom poets and artists represent as drawn by white horses, in a rose-coloured chariot, and, with rosy fingers, unfolding the portals of the east, pouring reviving dew upon the earth, and vivying plants and flowers.
Aurora sheds On Indus' smiling banks the rosy shower.—THOMPSON. The rising of the sun forms one of the most beautiful phenomena in nature. His rays dart over the face of the earth, and darkness vanishes ; while the cheerful birds unite in choirs, and hail in concert the parent of life. The bleating flocks and lowing herds salute the welcome blessing, and myriads of glittering insects awake into existence, and flutter in his beams.
Hail sacred source of inexhausted light !
That heightens and invigorates the whole.-Brown. The sun, an immense globe, is placed near the common centre, or rather in the lower* focus of the orbits of all the planets and comets. Astronomers have proved, by observations, beyond a doubt, that his diameter is nearly 883,210 miles; his circumference 2,774,692 miles; and his solidity, in cubic miles, 360,737, 732,256,524,299, viz., three hundred and sixty thousand, seven hundred and thirty-seven billions, seven hundred and thirty-two thousand, two hundred and fifty-six millions, five hundred and twentyfour thousand, two hundred and ninety-nine-a number, almost surpassing the powers of imagination! The sun is 1,377,613 times bigger than the earth, and is 95,173,000 miles distant from the globe we inhabit; a distance so prodigious, that a cannon-ball, which is known to move at the rate of about eight miles in a minute, would be upwards of twenty-two years in going from the earth to the sun. A particle of light, is about eight minutes in passing from the sun to the earth, travelling at the amazing velocity of 211,000 miles in a second of time!
[The sun's apparent diameter being sensibly longer in December than in June, the sun must be proportionably nearer the earth in winter than in summer; in the former of which seasons, therefore, will be the perihelion, in the latter, the aphelion : and this is also confirmed by the earth’s motion being quicker in December than in June, as it is about 1-15th part. For, since the earth always describes equal areas in equal times, whenever it moves swifter, it must needs be nearer to the sun; and, for this reason, there are about eight days more from the sun's vernal equinox to the autumnal, than from the autumnal to the vernal.]
The sun has two motions, the one is a periodical motion, in an elliptical or very nearly a circular direction, round the common centre of all the planetary motions. In this course he carries along with him, through space, the entire system of planets,
* If the two ends of a thread be tied together, and the thread be then thrown loosely round two pins stuck in a table, and moderately stretched by the point of a black-lead pencil, carried round by an even motion and light pressure of the hand, an oval or ellipses will be described, and the points where the pins are fixed are called the foci or focuses of the ellipses. The orbits of all the planets are elliptical, and the sun is placed in or near one of the foci of each of them; and that in which he is placed, is called the lower focus.
comets, and satellites, in the same manner in which each planet draws its satellites along with him in his motion round the sun.
The other motion is a revolution upon his axis which is completed in about twenty-six days, as appears obviously by paying attention to the macula and faculæ, or spots upon his surface, which first make their appearance on the eastern extremity, and then, by degrees, come forwards toward the middle, and so pass on till they reach the western edge, and then disappear. When they have been absent for nearly the same period of time which they were visible, they appear again as at first, finishing their entire circuit in 27 days, 12 hours, 20 minutes. Of these spots, the dark ones are called “maculæ,” to distinguish them from the others, which are of a brighter appearance than the rest of the sun's surface, and which have obtained the name of “ faculæ.” A spot has been seen so large, as to be equal to 26,000 miles, or more, which is more than three times the diameter of our earth.
Concerning the nature of these spots, there have been various opinions entertained, by different persons, which (as we study brevity) we shall wave, and confine ourselves, as more congenial with our plan, to a few observations, extracted from Dr. Herschell's opinion. The sun, according to Dr. H. is, like the planets, an opaque body, but surrounded by an atmosphere (which, he thinks, is not less than 1843, nor more than 2765 miles in height), of a phosphoric nature, composed of varions transparent and elastic fluids, by the decomposition of which, light is produced, and lucid appearances formed of different degrees and intensity. This indefatigable investigator of the heavenly phenomena has, moreover, assigned very forcible reasons for concluding, that, the opinion commonly received, of the sun's being a real body of fire, is futile and erroneous.
The doctor even goes so far as io assert, with much probability, that, the sun is, in reality, an inhabitable world !
It is remarkable, that, whilst some of the ancients supposed the sun to be the clearest image of his maker," without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing,” others, from Psalm xix. 4" In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,” imagined, the sun to be the seat of future blessedness; a Mr. Swinden, among the moderns, however, endeavours to prove that hell is seated in the sun, chiefly pleading that, “ this is the grand repository of fire ; that its horrible face, viewed by a telescope, suits the description given of the burning lake ; and that, being the centre of the system, it might be properly said, that wicked men were cast down into it.” But these are mere hypotheses-- we know the sun to be a glorious luminary, and it becomes us to rejoice in the light and
heat which he dispenses, and by which the earth is most essentially benefited ; and is one of the many irrefragable proofs, that the universe could not (as atheists assert) be jumbled together by chance; but that the whole must have been formed by an allwise, all-powerful, and adorable Creator! It has been remarked, that, “ If the sun were larger, he would set the earth on fire ; if smaller, he would leave it frozen : if he were nearer to us, we should be scorched to death; if farther from us, we should not be able to live for want of heat."
STACKHOUSE's History of the Bible.
Well might the poet exclaim
When all thy wonders, oh my God!
My rising soul surveys,
In wonder, love, and praise.--Addison.
This month was under the protection of Diana. The Emperor Commodus gave it the name of Exuperatorious, but this name it retained no longer than Commodus himself was in existence.
On the first, there was a feast in honour of Jupiter, and games in the circus. The Neptunalia, dedicated to Neptune, began on the fifth, and the sports lasted during eight days. Arbours were constructed of branches, on the banks of the Tiber, in which the Romans diverted themselves. A bull was sacrificed to Neptune. The seventh was one of the three days of the year in which the temple, called Mundus Patens, was opened. On the thirteenth was the Coena Capitolina, or supper given to Jupiter in the capitol. It was the custom of the Romans, on some occasions, to give entertainments to their deities, and to provide them with seats, and act as if they were really present. This kind of feast, which was "called Lectisternium, was intended to propitiate them. On the fifteenth, popular games began in the circus, which lasted during three days. The pontiffs had a supper on the nineteenth, in honour of Cybele. The Liberalia were held on the twenty-first, and were devoted to Bacchus. This day was a day, not merely of gaiety, but of the utmost licentiousness, Libations of honey were poured out to the god, because he was believed to have taught the use of it, and a camel or a goat was