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" I breathe freely in the neighbourhood of . like the hermits of old. here is the bust of Rousseau here a house with an inscription first denoting that the Genevan philosopher drew breath under the its roof. in which man acted the hero and was the chief object of interest. Not to look back to earlier times f battles and is sieges.EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM GENEVA. $ /& . this lake the ground upon which earliest I tread has . bring my recollection scenes. re- many respects contemptible. ceived. but from the farthest boundaries of Eu*eip. the residence of Voltaire where that wonderful. town is Ferney. though certainly in character. A little out of . the visits of pilgrims. been subdued from the ages the principal objects to which immediately strike my eye. not only from his own nation.
the stages for our whilst upon the other side there one house. and others mark. and who human passions remain the same. our sex have not been backward in alledging the existence of an Abeilard in the person of M. . as progress is . Bradshaw. a few steps beyond. is Here too Bonnet's abode.viii Extract of a Letter from Geneva. Gibbon. Bonnivard. Milton. those faculties which are peculiar to man. have written interesting in novels which ob- serving drawing-room characters has availed them but never since the days of Heloise have . that poet whom we have if so often read together. But to proceed : upon the same side of the lake. and. the house of that astonishing woman of her Madame sex. the friend of its walls. We have before their tact at had women who and poems. . been developed as the possible inheritance of woman.which has contained within for several months. Though even here. it were. Schlegel as the inspirer of her works. as in the case of Heloise. built by Diodati. de Stael : perhaps the its first who has really proved often claimed equality with the nobler man. and human feelings.
those of I sat speare's dwelling at Stratford.over his that he never pistols went to sleep without a pair of and a dagger by his side. or the Third will You must have Canto of Childe Harold have informed you. She pointed out bed-chamber upon saloon the same level as the and dining-room. and satisfied that I was resting on I what he had made constant seat.Extract of a Letter from Geneva. however. after Ferney. . that Lord Byron resided in this many months having seen I neighbourhood. in down myself his a chair of the saloon. like ix chords. gave me his information. He apparently . and informed me up at two. that he retired to rest at three. in the first rank of our English heard. together. to view this mansion. on being swept by nature's imwill pulses shall vibrate as before be placed by posterity Poets. got and employed himself a long time toilette . I went with some friends a few days ago. and that he never eat animal food. who had but lived with little him she. found a servant there . floors trod the with the same feelings of awe and Shak- respect as we did.
mountain Jura and I imagine. as in is the light Of a dark eye woman ! Far along among. spent some part of every day upon the lake in an English boat. that it must have been hence. . what gave but a weak image of the storms which had desolated his waking to observe. the rattling crags live thunder ! Not from one But every mountain now hath found a tongue. he contemplated the storm so magnificently . From peak Leaps the to peak.x Extract of a Letter from Geneva. described in the Third a Canto for you have all from here most extensive view of depicted. lone cloud. to the joyous Alps who : call to her aloud ! And this is in the night Most glorious night ! Thou wer't not sent for slumber! let me be . own breast. The sky and such a change is changed ! . Oh. And Jura Back answers thro' her misty shroud. whilst still around was sunk to repose. ye are wond'rous strong. I the points he has therein like the scathed can fancy him all pine. There is a balcony from the saloon which looks upon the lake and the . A sharer in thy far and fierce delight. lovely in your strength. night ! And Yet storm and darkness.
cottager. did rejoice o'er a swift young earthquake's Now where the Rhine cleaves his way between Heights which appear. That they can meet no more. but can learn nothing. whose mining depths so intervene. by attaining to the knowledge of those which were daily around him. but I have my of pleasure in thus helping my personification circumstances I the individual I admire. and conversed with the care of it. Love was the very root of the fond rage Which blighted their life's bloom. society there once. but leaving them an age Of years all winter war within themselves to wage. He only went into Pictet took when M. wherein his vessel used to lay. if I may use the the expression.Extract of a Letter from Geneva. Of the loud bills As if they and now the glee its shakes with mountain mirth. who had You may smile. xi A portion of the tempest and of How the lit lake And me ! shines a phosphoric sea. him .to the earth And now again 'tis black. ! the big rain cornea dancing. birth. tho' broken hearted . I went down to the little port. and then departed Itself expired. as lovers who hare parted In haste. Tho* in their souls which thus each other thwarted. in the have made nu- merous enquiries town concerning him.
desiring him to plead his excuse. It is said. as a contradiction tell This will serve to the report which you me is current in England. Pictet and Bonstetten to dinner. leaving a genreceive who travelled with him to them and make ing. his apologies. apparently without success. that having invited M. windows perceiving of the his and room be full of company. though on most occasions. indeed. to Another evenhouse of Lady being invited the D but her H upon ladyship's to . went on the lake tleman to Chillon. he promised to attend.xii Extract of a Letter from Geneva. fol- lowing the servant who had announced his . The as case happens to be directly the reverse. he has been generally sought by them. that upon paying his first visit at Coppet. is They say he seem to think a very singular man. he set down friend. uncivil. and him very Amongst he other things they relate. and immediately returned home. to the house of a lady to spend the evening. of his having been avoided by his countrymen on the continent. the approaching villa.
and of course as- sociated there with several of his countrymen. returned and conversed with him a considerable timesuch is female curiosity and affectation ! He visited Coppet frequently. a Russian lady. and who has collected It them round herchiefly here.Extract of a Letter from Geneva. well acquainted with the agremens de la Societe. but before he had been seated many "minutes. xiii name. was find. the same lady. who evinced no reluctance to meet him whom his enemies alone cast. he was surprised to meet a lady carried out fainting . I self at her mansion. and return after passing the evening with . the centre of which is the Countess of Breuss. There is a society three or four miles from Geneva. sought He used almost every day to cross the lake by himself. would represent as an out- Though town. I I have been so unsuccessful in this have been more fortunate in my en- quiries elsewhere. Lord Byron. as physician. in one of their flat-bottomed boats. that the gentleman who travelled with for society. who had been so affected at the sound of his name.
about eleven or twelve at night. in which he M. entirely destitute of truth. whieh I will relate to I you at some future opportunity. (the daughters . The from the following circumstance Mr. Percy for Bysshe Shelly. often whilst the storms circling were raging in the summits of the mountains around. have gathered from their accounts some excellent traits of his lordship's character. from long acquaint- ance. having taken a house resided with Miss below. however. even to sign himself with the title of AOw? in the Album at Chamouny. a gentleman well known extravagance of doctrine. in their profession.Godwin and Miss of the celebrated Clermont. other charges This is. his friends. As he became intimate. with several of I the families in this neighbourhood. like many His which have been brought against his lordship.xiv Extract of a Letter from Geneva. free him from one imputation attached to him of having in his house two sisters as the partakers of his revels. only companion already was the physician I have report originated : mentioned. and for his daring. W. must.
It appears that one evening Shelly. Godwin) they were frequently Diodati.Extract of a Letter from Geneva. B. the outline of a ghost story by Lord Byron. with cold drops perspiration trickling down his face. the truth of to the which is here positively denied. The physician and Lord Byron and discovered him leaning of against a mantle -piece. which was entitled Phantasmagoriana. that he suddenly started up and ran out of the room. from whom I procured these anecdotes. the whole took so strong a hold of Mr. the Mr. after having perused a German work. upon enquiring into the cause of his alarm. when his lordship having recited the then unpublished. beginning of Christabel. After refresh having given him something to him. P. related to me. she mentioned. Among other things which the lady.. followed. xv Mr. visitors at and were often seen upon the lake rise with his Lordship. which gave report. Lord B. began relating ghost stories . two ladies and the gentleman before alluded to. they found that his wild imagination . Shelly's mind.
" . the lady above referred to. had in her possession the outline of each of these stories I obtained them as a great favour. as I was assured you would feel as much curiosity as myself. and those immediately under his influence. The Modern Prometheus.xvi Extract of a Letter from Geneva. and Miss M. which was undertaken by Lord B. to peruse the ebauches of so great a genius. It in order to was afterwards proposed. Godwin.* My friend. that each of the company present should write a tale depending upon some supernatural agency. . having pictured to him the bosom of one of the ladies with eyes (which was reported of a lady in the neighbourhood where he lived) he was obliged to leave the room destroy the impression. W. the physician. in the course of conversation. and herewith forward them to you. or.." * Since published under the title of " Frankenstein .
however. Austria. all over Hungary. formed the subject of many wonderful still extant. with some slight variation. and Lorraine. which time. of the dead rising from their and feeding upon the blood of the young and beautiful. where the 8 2 . it Among : the Arabians not. In the West it spread. the idea becoming prevalent. gradually increased.INTRODUCTION THE founded superstition is upon which this tale is very general in the East. appears to be common it did extend itself to the Greeks until . body could not corrupt it that a Latin if buried in their territory. after the establishment of Christianity it and has only assumed its present form since the division of the Latin and at Greek churches . and stories. graves. Poland.
of course. a certain Heyduke. they positively and unanimously af- firmed. in Hungary. is a curious. that. which to It is stated have occurred at Madreyga. that vampyres nightly imbibed a certain portion of the blood of their victims. named Arnold Paul. credible account of a particular case of vampyrism. about five years before. and speedily died of consumptions these whilst human blood-suckers fattened to and their veins became distended such a state of repletion. as to cause the blood to flow from all the passages of their bodies. appears. and rubbing himself with his This precaution. In the London Journal. but had found a way himself of the earth out of tjie evil. and even from the very pores of their skins. at Cassovia. that upon an examination of the commander-in-chief and magistrates of the place. that. belief existed. lost their strength.XX INTRODUCTION. and. . by eating some of the grjave. 1732. . he had been tormented to rid by a vampyre. on the frontiers of the Turkish Servia. of March. who became emaciated. vampyre's blood. had been heard to say.
persons had been deprived of tacks. life that four his at- by To prevent further mischief. and found it (as supposed to be usual in cases of vampyrism) fresh. XXI however. nose. burned his body. and sucks in his turn. for. and entirely free from corruption.^ took is up the body. mouth. about twenty or thirty days after his death and burial. they cut off his head. t Chief bailiff. that a person sucked by a vampyre becomes a vampyre himself. This done. pure and Proof having been thus obtained. The same measures were adopted with the * The universal belief is. . and ears. the inha- bitants having consulted their Hadagni. they resorted to the accustomed remedy.INTRODUCTION. and threw the ashes into his grave. and emitting at the florid blood. did not prevent him from becoming a vampyre* himself. many persons complained of having been tormented by him. and a deposition was made. A stake was driven entirely through the heart and body of Arnold Paul. at which he is reported to have cried out as dreadfully as if he had been alive.
At midnight drain the stream of life the. many parts of Greece it is considered as a sort of punishment after death. they should. sister. Yet loathe banquet which perforce livid living corse. Thy And corse shall from its tomb be rent . that the deceased not only doomed to vampyrise. r Must feed thy . Then ghastly haunt the native place. . corses of those persons who had lest previously died from vampyrjsm. but compelled to confine his infernal visitations solely to those beings he loved most while upon earth those to whom he was bound by ties of kindred and affection. their turn. all suck the blood of thy race . for some heinous crime committed whilst is in existence.'' supposition alluded to in the first But on earth. This monstrous rodomontade lated. as Vampyre sent. in others become agents upon who survived them.XX11 INTRODUCTION. r~A " Giaour. There from thy daughter. is here reto because it seems better adapted illustrate the subject of the present observa- tions than any other instance which could be In adduced. wife.
and haggard lip Then stalking to thy sullen grave. Her cheek's last tinge her eye's And the Which last glassy glance must view . . freezes o'er its lifeless blue Then with unhallowed hand The tresses of shall tear her yellow a lock hair. flowers are withered on the stem. jFrom spectre more accursed than Mr. Thy gnashing tooth. know the demon for their sire . Of which. Southey has but beautiful also introduced in his wild poem of " Thalaba. Thy The But one that for thy crime must fall. Go and with Gouls and Afrits rave. Till these in horror shrink away they.INTRODUCTION. who ." the vam- pyre corse of the Arabian maid Oneiza. Thy victims. heat beloved of all. in life when shorn was worn Affection's fondest pledge But now is borne away by thee ! Memorial of thine agony Yet with thine own best blood shall drip . As cursing thee. Shall XX111 ere they yet expire. Shall bless thee with a father's name! That word shall wrap thy heart in flame task and Yet thou must end thy mark last spark. thou cursing them. youngest.
though the present may the limits of a note. that though the term pyre is Vam- the one in most general acceptation. in his great work upon this subject. besides a variety of anecdotes. as well as Many curious and interesting notices on this singularly horrible superstition might be suffice for added. illustrative of its and traditionary narratives effects. to which he pretends witness .XXIV is INTRODUCTION. The veracious Tournefort gives a long account in his travels of several astonishing cases of vampyrism. represented as having returned from the grave for the purpose of tormenting him she best loved whilst in existence. to have been an eye- and Calmet. and which may now be concluded by merely remarking. she being pourtrayed throughout the whole of the tale as a complete type of purity and innocence. has put forth some learned dissertations. . it tending to prove barbarian error. to be a classical. necessarily devoted to explanation. But this cannot be supposed to have resulted from the sinfulness of her life.
INTRODUCTION. Broucoloka. &c. XXV it. there are several others synonimous with made use of in various parts of the world : as Vroucolocha. Goul. . Vardoulacha.
more remarkable for his singularities. there appeared at the various parties of the leaders of the ton a nobleman. and throw fear into those breasts where thoughtlessness felt this it reigned. He the gazed upon the mirth around him. IT happened that in the midst of the tions attendant dissipa- upon a London winter. as if he could not therein. participate Apparently. that he might by a look quell it. could not explain whence attributed it arose : some fix- to tJ^e dead grey eye. light laughter of the fair only attracted his attention. which. .THE VAMPYRE. than his rank. Those who sensation of awe.
who had been the mockery of every monster shewn in drawing-rooms since her marriage. though his eyes were ap- . inward workings of the heart but fell upon the cheek with a leaden ray that weighed upon the skin arities all it could not passi His peculi. to the and at one glance to pierce through . and did but put on the dress of a mountebank. or from the its strong emotion of passion. at least. to attract his notice : though in vain : when she stood before him. wished and those who had been felt accustomed to violent excitement. some marks of : what they might term affection Lady Mercer. caused him to be invited to every house to see him. which never gained a either warmer tint. were pleased at having something in their presence capable of engag- ing their attention. ing upon the object's face. and now the weight of ennui. though form and outline were beautiful. all threw herself in his way. and gain. did not seem to penetrate. many of the female hunters after notoriety attempted to win his attentions.28 THE VAMPYRE. from the blush of modesty. In spite of the deadly hue of his face.
it was : not that the female sex yet such was indifferent to him was the apparent caution with which he spoke to the virtuous wife and innocent daughter. the . that few knew he ever addressed himself to females. he was among those those females who form the boast of their sex from their domestic virtues. as among sully it who by their vices. About the same time. He had. But though the common adultress could not influence even the guidance of his eyes.THE VAMPYRK. there came to London : a young gentleman of the he was an orphan left name of Aubrey with an only sister in the possession of great wealth. who thought their duty merely to take care of his fortune. reputation of a winning tongue it and whether was that it even overcame the dread of his singular character. . still it 29 seemed as if they were unperceived . or that they were moved as often by his apparent hatred of vice. however. parently fixed upon her's. even her unappalled impudence was baffled. by parents who Left it died while he also to himself was yet in childhood. and she left the field. by guardians.
and by their sparkling eyes. He thought. while they relinquished the more important charge of his mind to the care of mercenary subalterns. that the dreams of poets were the realities of life.30 THE VAMPYRE. when he opened his lips. their brightening countenances when he approached. striving which should describe with least truth their languishing or romping favourites : the daughters at the same time. hence. upon frank. his entering gay many mothers surrounded him. and rich into the : for these reasons. He had. by . soon led him into false notions of his . as we see in romances he thought that the : misery of a cottage merely consisted in the vesting of clothes. in fine. and thought that vice was thrown in by Providence merely for the picturesque effect of the scene. he cultivated more his imagination than his judgment. which daily ruins so many milliners' apprentices. He was handsome. He believed all to sympathise with virtue. that high romantic feeling of honour and candour. circles. but which were by their ir- better adapted to the painter's eye regular folds and various coloured patches. which were as warm.
crossed him . rather than the person . Attached as he was to solitary hours. he was about to relinquish his dreams. than the tacit assent to their existence. that. talents 31 and his merit. He watched him and the very impossibility of forming an idea of the character of a entirely absorbed in himself. he soon formed of a romance. not from the presence of a ghost. from which he had formed his study. in his career. however. : implied by the avoidance of their contact allowing his imagination to picture every thing that flattered its propensity to extravagant this object into the hero ideas.THE VAMPYRE. Finding. when the extraordinary being we have above described. there was no foundation in real life for any of that congeries of pleasing pictures and de- scriptions contained in those volumes. the romance of his he was startled at finding. man who gave few other signs of his observation of external objects. some compensation in his gratified vanity. but from want of snuffing. except in the taltfrvv and wax candles that flickered. and determined to observe the offspring of his fancy.
He gradually learnt Lord Ruthven's affairs were embarrassed. who. to receive from him a proposal Flattered by such a mark of . and so far advanced upon his notice.32 before him. that it guard- was time for him to perform the for tour. and Aubrey immediately mentioning his intentions to 'Lord Ruthven. which many generations has been thought necessary to enable the young to take some rapid steps in the career of vice towards putting themselves upon an equality with the aged. THE VAMPYRE. from the notes of preparation in Street. now. was always that re- paid him attentions. He became acquainted with him. that his presence cognised. and soon found. whenever scandalous intrigues mentioned as the subjects of pleasantry or of praise. he hinted ians. had only to his whetted his curiosity. Desirous this of gaining some information respecting till singular character. and not allowing them to appear as if fallen from the are skies. They consented was surprised to join him. that he was about to travel. 'according to the de- gree of skill shewn : in carrying them on.
were sent from the door with hardly sup- pressed sneers . Aubrey had had no opportunity of studying Lord Ruthven's character. attributed by him to the greater importunity of . . he was sent rich charity. not to relieve his wants. but when the profligate came to ask something. though many more of his actions were exposed to his view. 33 esteem from him. the vaga- profuse in his liberality bond. or to sink him still deeper in his iniquity. these . and in he gladly accepted a few days they had passed the circling waters. and now he found. His companion was the idle. upon virtue. the results offered different conclusions tives to from the apparent mo- his conduct. had nothing in it. apparently. that to relieve their immediate But Aubrey could not avoid remarkit was not upon the virtuous. ing. Hitherto. that. and the beggar. received from his hand more than enough wants. who. but to allow him to wallow in his lust. reduced to indigence by the misfortunes attendant even that he bestowed his alms. common with other men.THE VAMPYRE. away with This was. however.
then his very wish'seemed fortune's law abstractedness of mind apparent was laid aside. or sunk to the lowest and the most abject misery. with which he generally watched the society the : it was not. At Brussels and other towns through which they passed. the vicious. or the luckless father of a numerous family this . Aubrey was surprized at the apparent eagerness with which his companion sought all for the centres of all fashionable vice . was a curse upon for they were all led to the scaffold. which generally prevails over the retiring bashfulness of the virtuous indigent. which was pressed upon his mind it : still more im- all those upon whom either was bestowed. and always gambled with success. and his . inevitably found that there it. . however. so when he encountered the rash youthful novice. except where the known sharper was his antagonist. there he entered into : the spirit of the faro table he betted. There was one circumstance about the charity of his Lordship. and it then he lost even more than he gained but was always with around same unchanging face.34 THE VAMPYKE.
without a single farthing of his late wealth. he left the formerly affluent youth. money from mediately gilder he the gambling but im- lost. capable of combating the cunning of the more experienced. wherewith to immense buy even sufficient to satisfy their present craving.THE VAMPYRE. and did not tend to his own profit . drawn him within whilst the reach of this fiend many a father sat frantic. eyes sparkled with more fire 35 than that of the cat whilst dallying with the half-dead mouse. torn from the circle he adorned. and beg him to resign that charity and pleasure which proved the ruin of all. In every town. which was not. the fate that had . however. but he delayed it for each day he hoped his friend would give him some opportunity of speaking frankly and openly c 2 . the last had just snatched from the convulsive : grasp of the innocent result of this might but be the a certain degree of knowledge. in the solitude of a dungeon. amidst the speaking looks of mute hungry children. to the ruiner of many. Yet he took no table . cursing. Aubrey often wished to represent this to his friend.
companion. seemed him His liuost sufficient reason for the . and amidst the various wild and rich scenes of nature. was always the same lip . for a time lost sight of his companion in daily attendance he left him upon the morning circle of an Italian countess. the first was from .36 to THE VAMPYRE. him . breathing nothing but affection the others were from his guardians. his sister. They soon arrived at Rome. if it had before entered into his imaginain tion that there his was an these evil power resident to give belief. which to his exalted imagination began to assume the appearance of something supernatural. Whilst he was thus engaged. and Aubrey . this never occurred. in his Lord Ruthven carriage. however. the latter astonished him . which he opened with eager impatience . : his eye spoke less than his and though Aubrey was near the object of his curiosity. whilst he went in search of the memorials of another almost deserted city. letters arrived from England. he obtained no greater gratification from it than the constant excitement of vainly wishing to break that mystery.
that his character was dreadfully vicious. to invent He resolved abandon- some plausible pretext for ing him altogether. that his victim. rendered his licentious habits It more dangerous to society. her character but that he had required. since his departure. should be hurled from the pinnacle of unsullied virtue. 37 guardians insisted upon his immediately leaving his friend. the partner of his guilt. Aubrey determined upon leaving one. had. purposing. in the while. down to the : lowest abyss of infamy and degradation fine. and .THE VAMPYRE. that his contempt for in hatred of the adultress had not originated . for that the possession of irresistible powers of seduction. to mean to watch him more cjosely. had been discovered. to enhance his gratification. apparently on account of their virtue. thrown even the aside. mask and had not scrupled to expose the whole deformity of their vicjes to the public gaze. and urged. whose character had not yet shown a single bright point on which to rest the eye. in that all those females whom he had sought.
merely laughed. informing at the him his same time to that he was aware of being about meet her that very night. noticed. that his intentions all Lord Ruthven answered. Aubrey retired . no slight circumstances entered pass by uncircle. unmarried female met with society he was therefore obliged to carry on . were such as he supposed such an occasion . to say. his plans in secret but Aubrey's eye followed him in all his windings. immediately writing a note. In Italy. would have upon and upon being pressed whether he intended to marry her.38 let THE VAMPYRE. is it is seldom in that an . that his Lordship was endeavouring to work upon the inexperience of the daughter of the lady whose house he chiefly frequented. and abruptly asked him his intentions with respect to the lady. and soon discovered that an assignation had been appointed. and. nocent. He into the same and soon perceived. which in the would most likely end ruin of an ingirl. Losing no of Lord he entered the apartment Ruthven. that from that moment . though thoughtless time.
THE VAMPYRE. informed her of. he ordered his servant to seek other apartments. ashamed of chronicling the deeds of freemen only before slaves. Lord Ruthven next day merely sent his servant to notify his complete assent to a separation . existed a being. tion The assigna- was prevented. Greek and soon occupied himself in tracing the faded records of ancient glory upon monu- ments that apparently. soon found himself at Athens. 39 he must decline accompanying his Lordship in the remainder of their proposed tour. and calling upon the mother of the lady. Under the same roof as himself. but did not hint any suspicion of his plans having been foiled by Aubrey's interposition. not only with regard to her daughter. He then fixed his residence Jn the house of a . and crossing the Pe- ninsula. Aubrey directed his steps towards Greece. that she might have formed the . Having left Rome. but also concerning the character of his Lordship. had hidden themselves beneath the sheltering or soil many coloured lichen. so beautiful and delicate. all he knew.
floating as show the whole beauty it were upon the wind. to the eager gaze of him. one would have thought the gazelle a poor type of her beauties . or tripped along the mountain's side. as might well excuse the forgetfulness of the . and often would the unconscious girl. as figure. flitted Often would her tresses she around. for who would have exchanged her eye. The light step in of his lanthe often accompanied Aubrey search after antiquities. save that her eyes spoke too much mind for any one to think she souls. in the contemplation of her sylph-like falling. a painter. of her form.40 model for THE VAMPYRE. who forgot the letters he had just decyphered upon an almost effaced tablet. apparently the eye of animated nature. exhibit in the sun's ray such delicately brilliant and swiftly fading hues. wishing to pourtray on canvass the promised hope of the faithful in Mahomet's paradise. could she belong to those who had no As danced upon the plain. engaged in the pursuit of a Kashmere butterfly. for that sleepy luxurious look of the animal suited but to the taste of an epicure.
she would stand by. excited the interest even of told Aubrey and often as she vampyrc. unaffected by crowded drawing-rooms and stifling balls. who him the tale of the living . describe charms which But why attempt all feel. and watch the magic scenes effects of his pencil. antiquary.THE VAMPYRE. beauty. Whilst he drew those reto preserve a mains of which he wished me- morial for his future hours. in tracing the of her native place . belief Her earnestness and apparent of what she narrated. would paint to youthful him in all the glowing colours of marriage memory. 41 who let escape from his mind the very object he had before thought of vital im- portance to the proper interpretation of a passage in Pausanias. to but none can youth. the pomp . him all the supernatural tales of her nurse. she would then describe to him the circling dance upon the open plain. turning to subjects that had evidently her made a would greater impression upon tell mind. and appreciate ? It was innocence. she remembered viewing in her infancy and then. .
had passed years
forced every year, by feeding
of a lovely female to prolong
ensuing months, his
blood would run cold, whilst he attempted to
out of such
men, who had
at last detected
one living among themselves,
of their near relatives and children had been
found marked with the stamp of the
and when she found him so
begged of him
to believe her,
to question their existence,
had some proof given, which obliged them, with grief and heartbreaking, to confess it
appearance of these monsters, and his horror
by hearing a pretty accurate Lord Ruthven
persisted in persuading her, that there
could be no truth in her fears, though at the
same time he wondered
tended to excite
power of Lord
Aubrey began to attach himself more and more to lanthe her innocence, so contrasted
the affected virtues of the
among whom he had sought for his vision of romance, won his heart and while he ridi;
culed the idea of a young
marrying an uneducated Greek
he found himself more and more attached
form before him.
would tear himself
forming a plan
from her, and,
he would depart, determined
until his object
not to return
but he always
the ruins around him, whilst in his
an image that
seemed alone the
rightful possessor of
was unconscious of
and was ever
being he had
She always seemed
him with reluctance
she had no longer any one with
could visit her favourite haunts, whilst her
guardian was occupied in sketching or uncovering
escaped the destructive hand of time.
to her parents
on the subject of
Vampyres, and they Jt>oth, with several present,
affirmed their existence, pale with horror at
the very name.
Aubrey deterhis excursions,
upon one of
a few hours
they heard the
of the place, they
to return at
begged of him not
night, as he
must necessarily pass through a
wood, where no Greek would ever remain,
upon any consideraas the resort of the
in their nocturnal
nounced the most heavy
upon him who dared
light of their representations,
tried to laugh
them out of the idea
when he saw them shudder
at his daring
superior, infernal power, the
and was concerned to find that his words. he was silent. He at last. that he did not perceive that day-light would soon end. ere night allowed the power of these beings to be put in action . for his delay : determined to make up by speed but it was too late.THE VAMPYRE. mounted his horse. immediately the ere he sun sets. and pour all their rage upon the devoted country. he promised. mocking the belief of those horrible fiends. Next morning Aubrey excursion unattended . He was. however. in the was one of climates. so occupied in his research. and earnestly begged of him to return. however. ' Twilight. had inspired them with such terror. When he was about to depart. Very 45 their name of which apparently made blood freeze. night begins the and had ad- vanced far. lanthe came to the side of his horse. is almost unknown : . set off upon his he was surprised to observe the melancholy face of his host. in these southern O climates. power of the storm was above . warmer so rapidly gather into a tremendous mass. and that in the horizon there those specks which.
guided . whilst the blue fall forked lightning seemed to his very feet. with a sudden forced open the door of the hut. or at least trusting him to the to obtain shelter from the pelting of the storm. however. echoing thunders had scarcely an interval its of rest thick heavy rain forced its way at through the canopying foliage. The animal at through fatigue. continued unbroken in one almost : sound . to guide Dismount- hoping to find some one town. As he silent. that he by the w as r in the lifted neighbourhood of a hovel that hardly itself up from the masses of dead leaves and it. over his head. he.46 its THE VAMPYRE. and radiate Suddenly his horse took fright. he was startled but. forest. in utter darkness : He found himself the sound. rolled -roused by the thunder which again effort. the thunders. brushwood which surrounded ing. stopped. approached. for a moment allowed him to hear the dreadful shrieks of a woman mingling with the stifled. exultant mockery of a laugh. and he found. he approached. glare of lightning. and he was carried with dreadful rapidity through the entangled last.
light of their torches fell They entered upon the . and the thatch loaded on every individual straw . he struggled in vain : but was he was lifted from his feet and hurled with enormous force against the ground : his enemy threw himself upon him. had placed his hands upon his throat when the glare of many torches penetrating through the hole that gave light in the day. was . leaving his prey. sell his it as dearly as he could. He was apparently unperceived for. he instantly rose. himself in He found contact with some one. incapable of moving. disturbed him . and kneeling upon his breast. to which a loud laugh succeeded and he felt himself grappled by one whose strength : seemed superhuman life determined to . rushed through the door. no longer heard. whom he imwhen a voice " cried. 47 .THE VAMPYRE. as he broke through the wood. the mud walls. him. though he called. and. was soon heard by those without. and no notice was taken of him. mediately seized. baffled !" Again . and in a moment the crashing of the branches. still the sounds continued. The storm was now still and Aubrey.
when he unclosed them. stretched by his side. and upon her throat were the marks of teeth havingopened the vein : to this the men pointed. with heavy flakes of At the desire of Aubrey they searched tracted for her . cheek. by the side of her and Aubrey was had lately laid been to him the object of so many bright and fairy visions. who had at- him by her . not even upon her lip stillness yet there was a about her face that seomed almost as life attaching as the that once dwelt there : upon her neck and breast was blood. to perceive the airy form of his fair conductress brought in a lifeless corse. He shut his eyes. his that had died within were He mind knew not what his thoughts . flower of life now fallen with the her. arising from his disturbed imagination but he again saw the same form. soot. hoping that it was but a vision .48 THE VAMPYRE. when the light of the torches once more burst upon him. " simultaneously struck with horror. crying. pyre! A Vamwho aVampyre!" A litter was quickly formed. There was no colour upon her . cries he was again left in darkness but what was his horror.
49 shun reflection.THE VAMPYRE. would upon Lord Ruthven and upon lanthe by some unac- countable combination he seemed to beg of his former companion to spare the being he loved. they looked at Aubrey. To . as forewarned the parents of some dreadful catastrophe. which had been found in the hut. They were both died broken-hearted. to Aubrey being put bed was seized with a most violent fever. and. and curse him as her destroyer. and in these intervals he was often delirious call . different They were soon met by parties who had been engaged in the search of her whom a mother had missed. and pointed to the corse. was benumbed and seemed and take refuge in to vacancy he held almost unconsciously in his hand a naked dagger of a particular construction. upon D . describe their grief would be impossible but when they ascertained the cause of their child's death. they approached the Their lamentable city. At other times he would imprecate maledictions upon 'his head. inconsolable . Lord Ruthven chanced at this time to arrive at Athens. from whatever motive. cries.
anxiety. implying almost repentance for the fault that had caused their separation. soon reconciled him to his presence. and still more by the attention. but as soon as his convalescence to be rapid. with a smile of malicious exultation playing upon his lips : he knew not why.50 THE VAMPYRE. Lord Ruthven was apparently engaged watching the tideless in waves raised by the . he again gradually retired into the same state of mind. and became his constant attendant. and Aubrey perceived no difference from the former man. When the latter recovered from his delirium. and care which he showed. except that at times he his gaze fixed intently was surprised to meet upon him. he had now combined with that of a Vampyre but Lord Ruthven. immediately placed himself in the same house. he was horrified and startled at the sight of him whose image . by his kind words. His lordship seemed quite changed that apathetic being he no longer appeared so astonished who had Aubrey began . but this smile haunted him. During the last stage of the invalid's recovery. . hearing of the state of Aubrey.
to his wild imagination. modest violet . by this shock. He determined to scenes. and that elasticity of spirit had once so distinguished him now seemed have fled for ever. her pale face and wounded throat. the indeed. to avoid the eyes of Aubrey's mind. He proposed to Lord Ruthven. by his side if he sought in the woods. would show. 51 cooling breeze. with a meek smile upon her fly lips. or in marking the progress of those orbs. was much which to weakened. circling. he appeared to wish all. lover of solitude and Lord Ruthven but much as he wished for solitude. moveless sun . the suddenly turning round. every feature of which created such bitter associations in his mind. his find it mind could not in the neighbourhood of it Athens . her light step would appear wandering amidst the in quest of the underwood. like our world.THE VAMPYRE. He was now silence as as much a . if he sought amidst the ruins he lanthe's form stood it had formerly frequented. that they should D 2 . to whom he held himself bound by the tender care he had taken of him during his illness.
more to serve as guides than as a defence. They travelled in every direction. when they were startled by the whistling of bullets close to their heads. however. whose interest it was to excite the generosity of those whom In they defended from pretended dangers. a narrow defile. masses of rock brought down from the neighbouring precipices. In an instant their guards . which they imagined were only the invention of individuals. they had reason to repent their negligence . of Greece neither had yet visit those parts seen. They heard much of robbers. Upon at the entering.52 THE VAMPYRE. but they gradually began to slight these reports. on one occasion they travelled with only a few guards. and by the echoed report of several guns. bottom of with large which was the bed of a torrent. yet they seemed not to heed what they gazed upon. consequence of thus neglecting the advice of the inhabitants. for scarcely were the whole of the party engaged in the narrow pass. and sought every spot to which a recollection could be attached : but though they thus hastened from place to place.
had left 53 them. brought him to the ground. Hardly had they lost the shelter of the rock. imitating their example. no longer heeding the peril. he was no more disturbed by . and having agreed upon a ransom. upon Lord Ruthven's being wounded. of the robbers should climb above if any and take them in the rear. had begun whence the report came. and being exposed to unresisting slaughter. Lord Ruthven and Aubrey. retired for a moment : behind the sheltering turn of the defile but ashamed of being thus detained by a foe. who with insulting shouts bade them advance. immediately thrown up their arms and surrendered. Aubrey soon induced them to convey his wounded friend to a neighbouring cabin . Aubrey hastened and.THE V AM PYRE. when Lord which Ruthven received a shot in the shoulder. contest or his own was soon surprised by his seeing the robbers' faces around him guards having. they determined at once to rush forward in search of the enemy. By promises of great reward. to his assistance . and. placing themselves behind to fire in the direction rocks.
. need but my life but ebbs apace if cannot explain the whole all you would conceal you know of me. and death seemed advancing with hasty steps. his mind became apparently uneasy." I How ? my honour." little replied Aubrey. and his eye often fixed upon Aubrey. His conduct and appearance had not changed . little as that of the passing day but you may " save your friend's honour. I heed the death of my existence as . who was induced to offer his assistance with more than usual earnestness " Assist me ! you may save I me not you may do more than that mean my life. my honour mouth were if free from stain in the world's and in my death I were unknown for some time England .04 their presence THE VAMPYRE. for which he had an order. he seemed as unconscious of pain as he had been of the objects about him : but towards the close of the last evening. decreased Lord Ruthven's strength rapidly in two days mortification ensued. they being content merely to till guard the entrance their comrade should return with the promised sum. tell me how 1 " I I would do any thing.
he was about to enter the hovel in which he had when a robber met him.THE VAMPYRE. to the pinnacle of a neighbouring mount. having been conveyed by himself and comrades. the many circumstances attending his acquaint- ance with this man . but did not sleep . raising himself all with exultant violence. whatever may happen." " Swear cried the dying man. that for a year your by all your nature fears. and he his if knew not why when he remembered oath a cold shivering came over him. and breathed no more. accordin^to a promise . swear will not and a day you impart your knowledge of living being in my crimes or death to any see. rose upon his mind. and informed him that it was no longer there. I 55 but life." any way. Rising early in the morning."" !" It shall not be known. left the corpse. he sunk laughing upon pillow. upon his retiring. as from the presentiment of something horrible awaiting him. his Aubrey retired to rest. or whatever you may His eyes seemed : bursting said from their sockets "I swear !" Aubrey . " Swear by soul reveres.
that should be exposed to the first cold ray of the moon that rose after his death. But. it they had given his lordship. and in which apparently conspired to heighten that superstitious melancholy that had seized upon it. and taking several of the men.56 THE VAMPYRE. his mind. though the robbers swore they pointed out the identical rock on which they had laid the body. For a time his mind was bewildered in but he at last returned. he resolved to leave and soon for arrived at Smyrna. more or . when he had mounted to the summit he found it no trace of either the corpse or the clothes. Weary with such all of a country in which he had met terrible misfortunes. Amongst other things there was a case con- taining severaj weapons of offence. convinced that they had buried the corpse for the sake of the clothes. or to Naples. determined to go and bury upon the spot where it lay. he occupied himself in arranging those effects he had with him belonging to Lord Ruthven. conjectures-. Aubrey astonished. While waiting a vessel to convey him to Otranto.
discovered though peculiarly shaped. the sheath he held in his hand. but the particular form. He Rome. them over. left Smyrna. arts. not been heard of since the departure of his .THE VAMPYRE. and examining his surprise at their curious forms. to His eyes seemed they seemed . and left no room for doubt . and on his way home. there were also drops of blood on each. Her parents were and she had their fortune ruined. less 57 adapted to ensure the death of the victim. what was finding a sheath apparently ornamented in the same fatal style as the dagger discovered in the hastening -to hut he shuddered gain further proof. the same varying tints upon the haft and sheath were alike in splendour on both. he found the weapon. need no further certainty gazing to be bound to the dagger yet still he wished to disbelieve . There were several daggers Whilst turning and ataghans. and his horror that it may be imagined when he fitted. at his first inquiries were concerning the lady he had attempted to snatch from Lord Ruthven's seductive in distress.
THE VAMPYRE. Aubrey's mind became almost . mansion of his fathers. appeared to lose. she still more attaching as a companion. If she before. now was that the woman began to appear. He arrived at Calais a breeze. broken under so many repeated horrors he was afraid that this lady had fallen a victim to the destroyer of lanthe. Her blue eye was never lit up by the levity of the mind beneath. a moment. caresses of his sister. him to to the for the English shores and he hastened and there.58 lordship. of some one he held . He became morose and in silent . in the all embraces and of the past. There was a melancholy . and his only occupation consisted if urging the speed of the postilions. memory by her infantine caresses. There was none of that light brilliancy which only exists in the heated atmosphere of a crowded apartment. had gained his affection. which seemed obedient to his will. as to save the life he were going dear. soon wafted . Miss Aubrey had not that winning grace which gains the gaze and applause of the drawing-room assemblies.
59 charm about it which did not seem to arise from misfortune. who would have exchanged It her smile if for that of the voluptuary ? seemed as those eyes." in the Aubrey would rather have mansion of his fathers. light of their that face were then playing in the own native sphere. her face . footing. remained and . but from some feeling within. resolved that the next fast drawing-room.THE VAMPYRE. was now. therefore. it and had not been presented having been thought by her fit guardians more that her presentation should be delayed until her brother's return from the continent. which was " approaching. the world. and would in her presence forget those griefs she knew destroyed his rest. It when he might be her protector. Her step was not that light which strays where'er a it butterfly or a colour may attract was sedate and pensive. that appeared to indicate a soul conscious of a brighter realm. should be the epoch of her entry into the busy scene. by the smile of joy was never brightened but when her brother breathed to her his affection. When alone. She was yet to only eighteen.
He could not feel interest about the frivolities of fashionable strangers. Aubrey was there with his in a corner While he was standing all by in himself. the his figure which had attracted notice on this spot upon . engaged first the remembrance that the time he had seen Lord Ruthven felt was in that very place he himself suddenly seized by the arm. and a voice he recognized too well. fearful of seeing a spectre that at a would little blast him.60 fed THE VAMPYRE. heedless of around him. and who bask in the smile of royalty. own comfort to the protection of his arrived in town. distance. when his mind had been witnessed . hastened thither. sister. so torn by the events he had but he determined to sacrifice his sister. which had been announced as a drawing-room.ear " Remember your oath. The crowd was excessive had not been held were anxious to for a drawing-room all a long time." He had hardly when he same courage to turn. sounded in his . upon the melancholy which overpowered him. They soon and prepared for the next day. perceived.
he threw himself into his carriage. Leaving her under the protection of a matron. was impos- sible that could be real he determined. therefore. name hung upon in and he could not succeed gaining information. He paced the room with hurried steps. his lips. Lord Ruthven again before him in dreadful array circumstances started up the dagger his oath. 61 He gazed till his limbs almost refusing to bear their weight. as if he were afraid his thoughts were bursting from his brain. and forcing a passage through the crowd. and fixed his hands upon his head.THE VAMPYRE. he could not believe ! possible the dead rise again He thought his imagination his had conjured up the image It mind was it resting upon. he was obliged to take the arm of a friend. and there gave himself up to his . to go again into society to ask for though he attempted the concerning Lord Ruthven. after He went a few nights with his sister to the assembly of a near relation. his first entry into society. . he retired into a recess. it He roused himself. and was driven home.
hurrying his sister. thoughts. If be- mind had been absorbed by one subcompletely how much more now was it en- grossed. own devouring that many Perceiving. distracted. your oath!" He did not dare to turn. near her. he again heard that voice whisper close to him "Remember home. and. at last. were leaving. and while he was engaged in passing them. and revealed to him those features he most abhorred. and was in vain that she intreated him to . with : hurried step.b2 THE VAMPYRE. turned round. forced her towards the street at the door he found himself impeded by the crowd of servants who were waiting for their lords . but. he roused himself. several. found his sister sur- rounded by . seized his sister's arm. when whom he requested to move. His sister's attentions it were now unheeded. He sprang forward. apparently in earnest conversation he attempted to pass and get one. that the certainty of the mon- ster's living again pressed upon his thoughts. and entering another room. soon reached Aubrey became almost fore his ject.
to sup- At last. But even disclose if he were to break his oath.he saw no one. bearing ruin upon his breath. He only uttered a few words. 63 explain to her what had caused his abrupt conduct. shut up in his roonr. he left his house. for her sake.THE VAMPYRE. roamed from that street to street. who would believe him ? hand He thought of employing his own . and eat only when his sister came. who. he remembered. as exposed to the noon-day sun as to the midnight damps. His oath him . amidst he held dear. The more he more he was bewildered. and he wandered*. anxious to fly image which haunted him. besought him. was he then to allow this monster to all roam. with eyes streaming with tears. no longer capable of bearing stillness and solitude. had been already mocked. port nature. His dress often became neglected. For days he remained in this state . He was no longer to be . and his suspicions. and not avert its progress ? His very sister might have been touched by him. and thought. the startled those terrified her. to free the world from such a wretch but death.
THE VAMPYRE. his and suspicious looks were so inward shudderings so visible. his haggard striking. with a fiend amongst them. of whose presence they were unconscious. however. sister. in spite of his oath. the guardians thought proper to interpose. that his sister was at last obliged to beg of him to abstain from seeking. a society which him so strongly. but they were soon disfled tanced by him who any from a pursuer swifter than from thought. all into and watch him anxious to forewarn.64 recognized . determined to enter again closely. however. and. they . employed people to follow him . His conStruck duct. suddenly changed. left with the idea that he by his absence the whole of his friends. anxious for his safety. at first he returned . he society. affected for her sake. fearing that his mind was becoming alienated. with the evening to the house but at last he laid him down His to rest wherever fatigue overtook him. remonstrance proved unavailing. whom Lord But Ruthven approached with intimacy. when he entered into a room. When.
and. He had become affection itself emaciated. do she go near him When. herence became at last so great. He hardly appeared his so completely was mind abHis inco- sorbed by one terrible subject. incapable of being roused. they engaged a to reside in the house. " Oh. he would desire her not to touch him.THE VAMPYELE. to notice it. Desirous of saving him from the injuries and sufferings he had daily encountered in his wanderings. do not is touch him not if your love for !" me aught. with looks that severely affliced her. . and of preventing him from exposing to the general eye those marks of what they considered physician folly. thought trust it 65 high time to resume again that which had been before imposed upon them by Aubrey's parents. and take constant care of him. his eyes had attained a glassy lustre the only sign of and recollection remaining displayed his sister . . however. that he was confined to his chamber. upon the entry of then he would sometimes start. seizing her hands. There he would often lie for days.
his fingers a definite The time had nearly elapsed. his only answer into was. whilst his guardians observed. This lasted many months gradually. Thinking this was a young Earl whom he society. mentioned the name of the Earl of Marsden. whom he ! referred. whence not even she could rouse : him. intellect. his inco- herences became less frequent. attracted . one of his guardians entering his room. and then smile. of of this mark of returning he which they they feared had been deprived. when his sister was going next day to be married.66 inquired to " THE VAMPYRE. that several times in the day he would count upon number. however. had met pleased. when. Instantly Aubrey's attention was Glad he asked anxiously to whom. and his mind threw off a portion of its gloom. True true ! and again he sank a state. with in Aubrey seemed still and astonished them more by . as the year was passing. began to converse with his physician upon the melancholy circumstance of Aubrey's being in so awful a situation. upon the last day of the year.
his expressing his intention to be present at
and desiring to see his sister. They answered not, but in a few minutes his He was apparently sister was with him.
again capable of being affected by the influence
her lovely smile
he pressed her to
and kissed her cheek, wet with
flowing at the thought of her brother's
once more alive
to speak with all his to
wonted warmth, and
upon her marriage with a person so
guished for rank and every accomplishment
when he suddenly
perceived a locket upon
at beholding the features of the monster
had so long influenced
a paroxysm of rage, and
him why he thus destroyed
of her future husband, he looked as
not understand her
then seizing her hands,
and gazing on her with a frantic expression of countenance, he bade her swear that she would
never wed this monster, for he
But he could
bade him remember his oath
he turned sud-
near him but saw no one.
and physician, who had heard
the whole, and thought this
his disorder, entered,
was but a
and forcing him from
Miss Aubrey, desired her to leave him.
his knees to them,
he implored, he one day.
begged of them
to delay but for
attributing this to the insanity they
imagined had taken possession of his mind,
endeavoured to pacify him, and
Lord Ruthven had
and had been refused with
When he heard
he readily understood himself to be
the cause of
but when he learned that he
insane, his exultation
hardly be concealed from those
among whom he had gained
house of his former com-
panion, and, by constant attendance, and the
pretence of great affection for the brother and
interest in his fate, he gradually
His tongue had dangers
could speak of himself as of an
no sympathy with any
being on the crowded earth, save with her to
he addressed himself
her, his existence
seem worthy of preservation,
merely that he might listen to her soothing
in fine, he
use the serpent's
he gained her affections.
of the elder branch falling at length to him, he
obtained an important embassy, which served
as an excuse for hastening the marriage, (in
spite of her brother's
to take place the very
parture for the continent.
Aubrey, when he was
by the physician
his guardians, attempted to bribe the ser-
vants, but in vain.
asked for pen and
was given him
he wrote a
conjuring her. notes busy preparation. Morning came. maniac. and the sound upon his ear. The it . He seized bound was out of and in a moment found himself in all the apartment where were nearly assembled. to delay but for a few hours that marriage. with one the room. they gradually stole away. of carriages broke Aubrey grew almost frantic. he but giving it to thought better not to harass any more the by. easily may more the be conof than described.70 THE VAMPYRE. on which he denounced the most heavy curses. to his sister. her own honour. leaving him in the cus- tody of an helpless old woman. the ravings of a Night passed on without . who once held her in their arms as their hope and the hope of their house. and the honour of those now in the grave. as she valued her own happiness. rest to the busy inmates of the house with a horror that ceived and Aubrey heard. mind of Miss Aubrey what he considered. the opportunity. . servants proit mised they would deliver the physician. The curiosity of the servants at last overcame their vigilance.
frail !" Women So saying. ized. he pushed him towards who. his rage not finding vent. speechless with rage. and know. are not my bride to day. roused by the old woman. Aubrey could no longer support himself. This was not not present mentioned to his sister. taking his arm by force.THE VAMPYRE. Lord Ruthven was the first 71 to perceive him : he immediately approached. The marriage was solemnleft and the bride and bridegroom London. " Rehis ear if member your oath. who was when he entered. he related com- & P' p* -: . and he was conveyed to bed. hurried him from the room. as the physician was afraid of agitating her. Aubrey's weakness increased of blood produced . He be desired his sister's guardians might called. When in Lord Ruthven whispered on the staircase. had come in search of him. had broken a blood-vessel. your sister is dishonoured. his attendants. the effusion symptoms of the near ap- proach of death. and. and when the midnight hour had struck.
and sister ! Aubrey's had glutted the thirst of a VAMPYRE .72 posedly THE V AM PYRE. it was too . late. The guardians hastened to protect Miss Aubrey but when they arrived. Lord Ruthven had disappeared. what the reader has perused he died immediately after.
CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OP LORD BYRON'S RESIDENCE IN THE ISLAND OF MITYLENE.EXTRACT OF A LETTER. .
induce it many British vessels rather to visit . and whilst the men in watering. and Providence 1' his guide. The beauty of cattle and the certain supply of and vegetables always to be had there. IN sailing through the Grecian Archipelago. bounties amply repay for the deviation of a voyage. at the We landed. as usual. vessels. bottom of the bay. where to choose his place of rest. we put into the harbour of Mitylene. were employed and the purser natives.ACCOUNT LORD BYRON'S RESIDENCE. in the on board one of his Majesty's year 1812. the to bargaining for cattle with the clergyman and myself took a ramble the . in the island of that this place. " The world was all before him. both men it of war and merchantmen and though lies out of the track for ships bound to its Smyrna. name.
but I I did not choose to quit Mitylene. six hundred zechines. and we the house lost no time in hastening to where our countryman had resided. " He engaged me as a pilot.76 THE VAMPYRE. for it. though not constantly . and he has left an old man in charge of it : he gave Dominick. We were kindly received by an old man. but a hill." said the Greek.) and has resided there about fourteen months. am He was an odd. cave called Homer's School. (about 2501. who told us he had come from Scio with an English lord. " and would have taken me with him . and other places." This account excited our curiosity very much. where likely to get married. very good man. English currency. who left the island four days previous to our arrival in his felucca. where we had been before. the wine-trader. for he sails in his felucca very often to the different islands. us over the mansion. The cottage over the facing the river. On the brow of Mount Ida (a small monticule so named) we met with and engaged a young Greek as our guide. belongs to him. It who conducted .
but we did not think examining the contents. which were : then in a large seaman's chest in the closet it was open. to which could be made play through the branches by moving a spring fixed in the side of a small bronze Venus in a leaning posture . side. formerly. The bed- chamber had merely a large mattress spread on the floor. a sitting and a bed-room. annexed.THE VAMPYRE. in and a small fountain beneath. the sitting-room we marble recess. 77 consisted of four apartments on the groundfloor an entrance parlour. . In the common bed throughout observed a told us. with two stufled cotton. nor a single painting. quilt s and a pillow Greece. and an empty book-case : there were no mirrors. Shakspeare's. In the hall stood half a dozen English cane chairs. closet hall. ourselves justified in On the tablet of the recess lay Voltaire's. : with a all spacious They were a large myrtle simply decorated plain green-stained walls. a large couch or sofa completed the furniture. a drawing-room. marble tables on either the centre. the old filled man with books and papers.
I once did him a service and I have the produce of this farm taking care of it. the evening before he and forgot . printed at Parma 1810 several at small pamphlets from the Greek press Constantinople. Schiller's play of the Rob- Milton's Paradise Lost. for the trouble of except ." said he. " there they must is until his return for he so particular.78 J3oileau's. on which were remarks. . that move one thing without orders. in Italian and Latin. in . written with a pencil. . Klopstock's Messiah . . he would frown upon me for a week together were I to . slips of paper. Most of these books were filled with marginal notes. Italian edition. Kotzebue's novels bers. but no English book of any description. The old man said " : The lord had been reading these books sailed. LORD BYRON'S RESIDENCE IN and Rousseau's works complete Volney's Ruins of Empires Zimmerman. in an . to place them with the lie others but. . he is otherways very good. much torn. the German language . The Messiah and marked also was with literally scribbled all over.
THE ISLAND OF MITYLENE. furnished.) were considerably higher than roof. beneath an awning of strong coarse linen. The surrounded by a light fine stone balustrade. (as is now customary in Grecian architecture. the roof. as Most of the house-tops are thus upon them the Greeks pass in their evenings smoking." wines. such as " lachryma eating fruit. the lord brought here from I don't know for what reason. and the fluted marble pillars with black plinths and fret-work it cornices." The appearance of the house externally was The portico in front was fifty pleasing. paces long and fourteen broad. drinking light christi. On the left hand as we entered the house. grapes. a marble seat with an ornamental wooden back was placed. a small streamlet glided away. and enjoying the evening breeze. and under the shade of two large myrtle bushes. and Adrianople in a small cottage whom . oranges and limes were clustering together on its borders. twenty zechines which I 79 pay to an aged Arin the menian who resides wood. was covered by a Turkey carpet. on which .
told. and on the summit of which an ancient Greek temple appeared in majestic decay. The sea smooth as and an horizon unshadowed by a . until was lost in the the mountain's base. islands were distinctly observed." The view from this seat was what may be termed " a bird's-eye view. suppose. issuingo A small stream woods near from the ruins descended in broken it cascades. glass. and always attended our church twice a week. studding the light blue I wave with spots of emerald green." vineyards led the eye to A line of rich Mount Calcla. terminates the view in front and a lofty little on the left. and talking twelve o'clock. single cloud. writing. covered with olive and myrtle trees in bloom. did this but our enquiries were of the person fruitless as to the name who had resided in .80 THE VAMPYRE. we were the lord passed till many of his evenings and nights ing." said the old man. I seldom enjoyed a view more than . read" I to himself. "praying" for he was very devout. besides Sundays. through a vista of several small chesnut and palm-trees.
to have been a very eccentric and benevolent character. and he often gave Greek Testaments to the poor children. said our con- ductor." We had not time to visit the Armenian. In short. horses the girls to others. One circumstance which our old friend at the cottage thought proper not to disclose. his banker. beautiful daughter. not. He had last portioned eight young girls when he was upon the island.THE ISLAND OF MITYLENE. Caiidia. he appeared to us. learnt. but learnt several on our return to the town particulars of we the isolated lord. He also bought a new boat lost his a fisherman who had own in a gale. live and cotton and who by weaving these for articles. who had gone to " The Armenian. this 81 romantic solitude : none knew his name but Dominick. from all we we collected." " could " but I am tell. " dare not." said he. was walking on the sea-shore. and even danced with them at the nuptial feast." tell. with often seen He had a most the lord whom. sure he will old friend?" I And " If cannot you said I I can. and he F . He gave a cow to one silk to man.
and I also visited him at Mitylene." said he. in Lord Byron ." his lordship's . rambler in Greece could it He had money was evident and all : he had philanthropy of disposition. we consoled ourselves with the idea of returning to Mitylene on some future day. on the rack. the pupil of WYATT'S. We had never then heard of fame. and taught her himself the use of it. met him my travels on the island of Tenedos. who had been " travelling in Egypt and Greece. a company with Mr. all Arrived at Palermo. those eccentricities which mark peculiar genius. our doubts were Falling in architect.82 LORD BYRON'S RESIDENCE IN had bought her a piano-forte. guessing who be. " about The individual. is whom I you are so anxious. . as we had been some years from home but "Childe Harolde" being put into our hands we recognized the recluse of Calcla in every page. dispelled. Deeply did we regret not having been more curious but in our researches at the cottage. Such was the information with which we departed from the peaceful our imaginations this all isle of Mitylene . FOSTER.
or contributing in any sorrows. believing not quite unin- teresting. sympathy. may be plainly All directly the reverse. but to 83 I me that day will and never return. Reports are ever to be received particularly when directed . averse to associating with human nature. or add to its way to sooth its The fact is pleasures. charity appear to guide his courting his actions : and an the repose of solitude is additional reason for marking him as a being set her seal. so elegantly depicted in his lordship's in poems. I do not assume a right to give an opinion. With respect to his loves or pleasures. as a countryman. feelings of the heart. as gathered the finer from these little anecdotes. and all his bosom.THE ISLAND OF MITYLENE. which has been grossly slandered. seem to have their seat Tenderness. in justice to his lordship's good name. He has been described as of an unfeeling disposition. on whose heart Religion hath and over whose head Benevolence hath thrown her No man can read the preceding " traits" without feeling proud of him pleasing mantle. it make this statement. with caution.
Crown-court. Printer.84 LORD SYRON'S RESIDENCE. against man's moral integrity and he who dares justify himself before that awful tribunal where errors all must appear. the surest testimony of a virtuous heart and self- approving conscience. . alone may censure the fellow-mortal. worthy of his genius. of a is Lord Byron's character in secret. To do good is and shun the world's applause. THE END. Flect-atrreu 71 . Gillet.
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