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in him, and constantly put his talents in the artist left the convent one day, upperrequisition. The pieces of his which are ceived by any one the novice left with him; still extant, show that he deserved such - the elopement was not discovered till purconsideration. Connoisseurs still esteem suit was useless. The despondent lover had them highly, though their merits are thrown become once more the happiest of men. out of view by the superior labors of more The noble relations of Lucrezia however, advanced art. His altar pieces, cabinet were beyond measure incensed at the outpictures and frescoes were constantly in rage. While the happy lovers wandered demand. No gallery was perfect, no cathe- through Germany the relations nursed their dral or convent was properly decorated, revenge in silence; but as the stain had unless the hand of Lippi had left its mark been inflicted on the family escutcheon, they there. Impressed with this sentiment, the thought to make the best of it by procuring nuns of the convent of Santa Martha di from the Pope a dispensation, so that the Prato, pear Florence, ordered an altar piece artist and the novice might marry. After 10 be painted by the still young artist. — due solicitation the dispensation was grantLippi went to the convent to begin his ed, and then Lippi chose to show his indework, but as he passed into the chapel he | pendence of them and theirs by refusing to caught sight of the beautiful novice, Lucre- make use of it. He had, he said, conscienzia Buti, who had been sent thither by her tious scruples which forbad him from marfriends that she might eventually take the ryiog Lucrezia. This insult was not to be veil. That glance at her beautiful features borne. Through the rest of his life they made the favored courtier, the successful watched for their chance of revenge, and painter, for the moment the most miserable success at length crowned their activity. of men. He was desperately, and too By the skill of one of their agents poison probably, hopelessly in love.

was mingled with his food one day, many But he went on with the altar piece. || years after the elopement from the conveni, After a day or two however he suggested to and the man whom we have seen as an the lady superior, that he should paint more orphan, a friar, a slave, an artist, a courtier successfully when he began on the picture and a lover died the death of a dog in the of the Virgin which forined a part of the village of Spoleto. group, had he a living subject by which he We have but a word more to add. Two might guide his hand and eye, and suggested years after, Lorenzo de' Medici, in passing the beautiful novice as a proper person. through Spoleto, begged permission from The abbess was pleased that any one had the magistrates to remove the remains of discovered that reli geuses were not necessa- the artist to the church of Santa Maria del rily ugly, and, considering the worthy object | Fiore, at Florence. They were unwilling of the request, she at once assented. The to relinquish so honorable a deposit, and beautiful Lucrezia was inmediately in- Lorenzo therefore engaged Filippino Lippi, stalled in the artist's chair and the picture the son of our artist and of the unfortunate again proceeded with all possible success. Lucrezia, who equalled his father in skill But who can wonder if at the same time, and talent, to erect a monument of marble this fascinating young cavalier, for whom to his memory in Spoleto. Politiano wrote all the beauty of Florence sighed, who loved the inscription for this monument, which so tenderly himself, succeeded in imbuing || still remains;— those Latin verses have her with some portion of a like affection. handed down to the present day the praises He told his tale of love; she smiled, and as of the unfortunate Filippo.

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A few years since I was on my way to state-room offered us all the retirement of a St. Louis, and took passage at Cincinnati private apartment in a dwelling. on board the steamer Chief Justice Marshall, It was a bright morning in October when which was bound to New Orleans, but from we got under head-way from the landing, which I was to disembark at the mouth of and bending our course down the river, left the Ohio, there to wait for some New Or- || the queen city receding in the distance. leans boat going up to take me to my The prospect from the decks as we swept destination. Our travelling party consisted round the noble curve which forms the of three ladies – a mother and iwo lovely peninsula of this great metropolis, was daughters — deep in their teens, and a young unequalled for beauty and variety. To the gentleman and his bride from Louisiana, eye of the voyager, who gazes on the city with her brother just from college. The and its opposite suburban shore, the river boat was large and comfortable; a spacious seems to flow through a valley peopled

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for centuries, rather than a region but fifty gazing on vacancy, the younger admiring years ago a desolate wilderness. Crowded with a calm but delighted look the velocity population, taste, wealth, and a high degree of the boat -- the curling waters around of agriculture on the banks, all indicate the her, and the wild roar and sublime confusion home of a long settled people, instead of of the scene through which she was borne. the emigrant of yesterday. Astonished at He was about fifty-six years of age, with a what he beholds, the traveller's mind is noble countenance, which care and grief overpowered at the contemplation of the had deeply lined, his hair gray and his form future destiny of the land. This feeling is somewhai bent, less with years than sornot only awakened by the sight of Cincin- row. An air of melancholy pervaded his nati and its environs, with its fleets of appearance and irresistibly interested the steamers, but it is kept alive as he proceeds beholder in him. His daughter had fair down the winding and romantic river. On hair and blue eyes, and seemed destined by either bank noble farms descend with their nature to be happy hearted; for she spoke waving fields to touch the lip of the laughing to him always with a sweet smile, and wave, and at short intervals thriving villa- always smiled at seeing any scenery that ges meet his never wearying sight. Unlike pleased her. But there was a pensiveness the monotony of the Mississippi, the Ohio in her look that harmonized with the sadever presents objects of interest. The ness upon his brow. Her attentions to him, voyager of taste is ever upon deck, as he is I had observed were tender, devoted, and borne through the picturesque regions, and full of anxious solicitude to draw him away exclamations of surprise are exhausted only from his own thoughts. At times she would to be repeated and renewed again and succeed, and he would look up and around again.

at the green wooded banks and smile with The next morning after quitting Cincin- momentary interest, when she would appear nati we reached Louisville, its levce as we perfectly happy, and tears would come into approached presenting a scarcely less busi

– tears of joy. ness like air than that of her rival city. During the course of the day I had an Situated just above the “Falls,” it was then opportunity of rendering him a slight assistthe head of large boat navigation. But a ance as he descended from the deck, for deep canal bas since then been constructed which the daughter gratefully thanked me, around the falls nearly two miles in length, adding, “ My father is a little feeble, sir; I by which steamers laden in New Orleans am in hopes this voyage will be of great can pass through without as heretofore, service to him." being detained and transferring their freight I warmly expressed the same desire, and by drays to smaller boats above the falls, as they immediately retired to their stateand pursue their way to Cincinnati or Pitts- rooms I saw no more of them that day. burg. The river being now unusually high, The ensuing morning I ascended the deck the rocks of the rapids were nearly covered, a few minutes after sun-rise and found them and with skilful pilotage they might be already promenading together, the father ventured. After an hour's delay at the on the daughter's arm. The incident, and landing we shot out into the middle of the brief interchange of words the day before stream, and then set the boai's head to had conferred upon me the privilege of descend the rapids. As we approached approaching and inquiring after his health, them with the velocity of an arrow,

there “ Betier, sir, I thank you,” he answered was not a word spoken on board save by with a grateful look, “bur," he added in a the pilot, who stood forward, giving brief half tone which I could not help hearing, orders to the helmsman. Black rocks ap- “it is not the body – it is the spirit that is peared on every side ---- the rapids roared sick." and foamed before us, seemingly in our “Oh, dear father!” said his daughter, very path ; but onward we went with irre- il glancing at me quickly, to see if I had sistible power, the vast steaner rolling to overheard. and fro like drunken. But we passed them "Oh, my son, my son! would to God I safely, the captain having risked boat and had buried thee in thy infancy,” said Mr. cargo, and put in jeopardy his own life and Townley, for such I learned was his name; those of all on board. But human life is and he wrung his hands and threw himself of little value in the West, where there is upon a seat. His child seemed much dis. so much of it floating about, none knowing tressed, and I was turning away lest my whence or whither!

presence should invade secrecy that she Among our passengers were two, a father seemned solicitous io preserve, when he said, and daughter, that particularly attracted my extending his hand, “Sit down. I am told attention, from the indifference to danger you are from the South --- from Natchez.” which both exhibited during the perilous “Yes," I replied. descent of the rapids; the elder standing “I am glad to meet you. I am going with folded arms looking upon the deck, there, to

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