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- the first of an endless succession of monarchs. But there were other monarchs who held sway on the earth. He was not content. He would reign with his kindred alone.
4. He gathered new and greater armies from his own land, - from subjugated lands. He called forth the young and brave, — one from every household, — from the Pyrenees * to the Zuyder Zeet, — from Jura | to the ocean. 'He marshalled them into long and majestic columns, and went forth to seize that universal dominion which seemed almost within his grasp.
5. But Ambition had tempted Fortune too far. The na. tions of the earth resisted, repelled, pursued, surrounded him. The pageant was ended. The crown fell from his presumptuous head. The wife who had wedded him in his pride, forsook him in the hour when fear came upon him. His child was ravished' from his sight. His kinsmen were degraded to their first estate®; and he was no longer emperor, nor consul, nor general, nor even a citizen, but an exile and a prisoner, on a lonely island, in the midst of the wild Atlantic.
6. Discontent attended him there. The wayward man fretted out a few long years of his yet unbroken manhood, looking off at the earliest dawn, and in evening's latest twilight, towards that distant world that had only just elud. ed his grasp. His heart became corroded.Death came, not unlooked for; though it came even then unwelcome. He was stretched on his bed within the fort which constituted his prison. A few fast and faithful friends stood around, with the guards who rejoiced that the hour of relief from long and wearisome watching was at hand.. :
7. As his strength wasted away, delirium stirred up the brain from its long and inglorious inactivity. The pageant of Ambition returned. He was again a lieutenant, a colonel, a general, an emperor of France. He filled again the throne of Charlemagne.* His kindred pressed around him, again invested with the pompous pageantry of royalty. The daughter of the long line of kings again stood proudly by his side, and the sunny face of his child shone out from beneath the diadem that encircled its flowing locks.
* PřR’Ç-NĒĒŞ. A range of mountains between France and Spain. | ZUI' DER ZĒĒ. A large body of water in Ilolland. # JŪRĄ. A range of mountains between France and Switzerland.
8. The Marshals 10 of the Empire awaited his command. The legions of the Old Guard † were in the field ; their scarred faces rejuvenated", and their ranks, thinned in many battles, replenished. Russia, Prussia, Austria, Denmark, and England gathered their mighty hosts to give him battle. Once more he mounted his impatient charger, and rushed forth to conquest. He waved his sword aloft, and cried, “ Tête d'Armée! !?" The feverish vision broke,
the mockery was ended. The silver cord was loosed, and the warrior fell back upon his bed a lifeless corpse! This was the END OF EARTH. THE CORSICAN WAS NOT CONTENT.
STATESMEN AND CITIZENS! The contrast suggests its own impressive moral. 1 Prę-co'cious. Ripe or mature be- 1 7 RĂV'ISHED. Taken away by riofore the natural time.
lence. 2 CÔN'SÓL. One of the three chief | 8 ÉS-TĀTE'. Condition in life ; state;
magistrates of France from 1799 to property ; fortune. 1804.
9 CÓR-ROD'ED. Eaten away; con3 PÄ'TRI-ÄR€. The father or head of sumed.
a family among the ancient Israel- 10 MÄR'SHẠL. In France, the highest ites; here, applied to the Pope, the military officer.
highest dignitary of the church. 11 RC-JŪ'VE-NĀT-ED. Made young 4 SEĒ. The jurisdiction of a bishop ; l again.
the office or authority of the Pope. 12 TÊTE D'ARMÉE, (tāt-d'ar-mā"). 6 YN-DE-FĒA'Ş!.BLE. Incapable of be French words, meaning “ head of ing defeated or made void.
the army.” They were said to 6 PLE-BĒ'IẠN. One of the common have been spoken by Napoleon
people or lower order of citizens. 1 Bonaparte in his last moments.
* CHARLEMAGNE (shär'le-mān), or Charles the Great, a famous king of France, who ruled over the greater part of Europe in the eighth century.
† OLD GUARD. A select body of troops that bore a distinguished part in the campaigns of Napoleon.
LXIIL – SALADIN AND MALEK ADHEL.
NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE.
Att. That I know not.
[Enter ATTENDANT and MALEK ADIEL.]' Sal. Leave us together. (Exit ATTENDANT.] (Aside.] I should
know that form.
Malek Adhel. Behold it, then!
Mal. Ad. O, patience, Heaven ! Had any tongne but thine Uttered that word, it ne'er should speak another.
Sal. And why not now? Can this heart be more pierced By Malek Adhel's sword than by his deeds ? O, thou hast made a desert of this bosom! For open candor, planted sly disguise ; For confidence, suspicion; and the glow
Of generous friendship, tenderness and love,
Mal Ad. Thou art softened;
Sal. Was it traitor? True
Mal. Ad. Go on, go on;
Sal. That were an end
Too noble for a traitor; the bowstring“ is
Mal Ad. And death were welcome at another's mandate
Sal. O, doubt it not!
Mal. Ad. Defer not then their wishes. Saladin,
Sal. This very hour!
[Enter ATTENDANT.) Att. Did your Highness call ?
Sal. Assemble quickly
Mal. Ad. Now, Saladin,