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Wilt thou dare to blame the woman for her seeming sudden changes,
Swaying east and swaying westward, as the breezes shake the tree? Fool! thy selfish thought misguides thee—find the man that never ranges;
Woman wavers but to seek him—Is not then the fault in thee?
The Muse's MIRROR.
To deck herself, the Muse, at early morn,
PHEBUS AND HERMES.
The deep-brow'd lord of Delos once, and Maia's nimble-witted son,
For Ares, to decide the strife, between them rudely dash'd in ire,
ef upon the heart of Phoebus and the Muses all.
A New Love.
Love, not the simple youth that whilome wound
Our German Klopstock, if he had his will,
There, in mute reverence, all devoutly kneel,
The Swiss ALP.
Yesterday thy head was brown, as are the flowing locks of love,
SPAIN AS IT IS.
THERE exists in this country a we have occasionally met journeying numerous class of persons who, if by coachfuls in France, Germany, they were given their choice of an and other peaceable lands, unsquired overland journey to India and back, and unescorted save by their waitor a ramble through Spain, occupying ing-maids : to them the encounter of the same space of time, would prefer rateros, salteadores, or other varieties the former, as likely to be less incon- of Spanish banditti, might be in varivenient, and decidedly far less peril- ous respects disagreeable ; but for
The wars and rumours of wars, men, who, without leaving Europe, revolutions, rebellions, skirmishes, may wish to visit other scenes than and pronunciamentos, that
those in which every Cockney tourist papers have recorded during the last has wandered, we know of few exten or twelve years, with an occa- peditions more interesting than one sional particularly bloody and bar- into the interior of Spain. Fine barous execution by way of interlude, scenery, interesting monuments, ashave certainly not been calculated to sociations historic, classic, and poetireassure timid travellers ; nor can we cal, and—which to our thinking is still well wonder that, at the mere men- preferable--a people who, in spite of tion of an excursion beyond the Gallo and Anglo manias, still possess Pyrenees, tourists are seized with a great originality of character and cusvertigo; and that visions, not only of toms, are there to be met with. We rancid gaspachos and vermin-haunted cannot do better than refer those percouches, but of chocolate-complexion- sons who would like additional eviéd ruffians with sugar-loaf hats, but- dence on the subject, to the volumes ton-bedecked jackets, fierce mus- named at foot, in which they will see taches, and lengthy escopetas, peer- how a man possessed of prudence, ing out of the gloomy recesses of a good sense, and good temper, may cork wood, from among the silvery visit some of the wildest and least frefoliage of an olive grove, pass before quented parts of the Peninsula, not the eyes of their imagination. Dan only without injury or annoyance, but gers often appear greater at a dis- with considerable pleasure and profit. tance than upon close examination ; Captain Widdrington's journey to many a phantom of ghastly aspect Spain, in the Spring of 1843, had, as proves upon inspection to be but a tur- he tells us, a twofold object. He was nip-faced goblin after all : and we desirous of observing the effects of the suspect that if some of the timorous numerous changes that have taken would adventure themselves upon place in that country since the death Spanish soil, they might find their of Ferdinand.; and he, at the same precious persons far safer than they time, thought that his assistance and had anticipated ; and discover that previous knowledge of the country they were in the hands neither of and people, would be useful to a Caffres nor cannibals, but amongst a scientific friend, Dr Daubeny, who courteous and generous people, who, had been commissioned by the Agriif occasionally a little too disposed to cultural Society to examine the formslit each other's weasands, on the other ation of phosphorite in Estremadura. hand are very rarely forgetful of the This mineral, it was imagined, might laws of hospitality, or of the kindness be advantageously substituted for and protection to which travellers in bones as manure. a foreign land have a fair claim. We The travellers had sketched out do not mean to recommend Spain as their route beforehand, and seem to a desirable travelling ground for those have adhered very closely to the plan adventurous English dames, whom they had laid down. Proceeding
Spain and Spaniards in 1843. By Captain S. E. WIDDRINGTON, R.N., K.T.S., F.R.S., F.G.S. VOL. LVII. NO, CCCLII.
from Bayonne to Madrid, after a been altered to those of various heroes
in the time of Christina was, that the
The ness to the queen, the afrancesados
an abundance of the blackest hair sim- by vivas and other noises in the ply dressed; eyes very large, dark and quadrangle of the palace. Colonel fuller than usual, even in this classic Dulce, the commander of the halberland of them, and beaming with intel- diers, descended the stairs 'to enquire ligence. Her forehead, and the lower the cause of the uproar, and was met part of her face, are remarkable for on the landing-place by a detachment their development, and an admirable of the Princesa regiment marching study for the phrenologists, who would up. He ordered them to halt; they pronounce them models, as indicating opened fire in reply. Colonel Dulce firmness of character. Her constant retreated to the guard-room, and the costume is the deepest black, which skirmish began. A double flight of completely covers her person ; and steps leads up from one of the princiwhen she accepted her appointment, pal entrances of the palace to this it was stipulated that she should never guard-room, of which the door is of be required to lay it aside. The only considerable size, and covered by a ornament she wore was a simple but mampara or moveable stuffed screen, rather massive gold chain and cross, similar to those used in churches which had a singularly good effect in abroad. The alabarderos left the relieving the mass of deep black; and mampara in its place, opening the her manner, noble and serious, border- door no more than was absolutely ing on the severe at first sight, made necessary to fire through. The asher the beau-idéal of a lady abbess." sailants took up their station at the
During the celebrated attack upon bottom of the stairs, and blazed away, the palace at Madrid, on the 7th of vigorously replied to from the sala de October 1841, the countess gave proof armas.
The sides of the doorway of energy, courage, and presence of and the mampara were riddled, but mind, worthy of Mina's widow, and the assailants could only fire at a of one who supplied the place of guess, their opponents being commother to the queen and infanta of pletely concealed behind the screen; Spain. A most interesting account and on the other hand, a stone balusof the transactions of that eventful trade at the top of the staircase, benight is to be found in the third chap- tween the two flights and the angle ter of Captain Widdrington's book; of the floor, protected the insurgents, and as he is indebted for the details The latter, no doubt, thought the to Madame Mina herself, it is no whole guard was at its post, so steady doubt the most accurate that has ap- and incessant was the fire the alabarpeared before the public. The ala- deros kept up. To approach the barderos, or halberdiers, who formed guard-room door was certain death. the body-guard of the queen, and General Concha, the same who the whose post was in the avenues lead- other night danced the third quadrille ing to the royal apartments, consisted with Isabel at a court ball, taking of two hundred sergeants, picked the pas of the Spanish grandees there from the whole army, and placed un- assembled, was present at this treader the command of a colonel and sonable attack, at the head of the lieutenant-colonel, who had the rank Princesa regiment, in plain clothes, of lieutenant and sergeant in this but with a drawn sword. About sacred band. By the regulations, midnight (the firing had begun at one-third of this little corps ought half-past seven-what were the authoalways to have been on duty; but, rities about all that time ?) Diego
Cosas de Espana,' when the distur- Leon, the scapegoat of the affair, bance broke out, there were only the made his appearance in his usual two oficers and seventeen privates dashing attire, a showy hussar unipresent! The rest were in the town, form, braided, belted, and befrogged, at supper, or various other engage- and took command of the proceedings. ments." And on this hand of “According to his own account, men devolved the duty of defending went to the foot of the great stairthe queen against the attack of as case, and called to the alabarderos to many companies as they numbered discontinue firing, lest they should muskets. The first alarm was given alarm the queen !” but the noise of