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VOL. 1.-NOe, 32.
THE COLUMBIA PHONIX1
IC yWBM?SED I) AI LT AND TE I - WEI ? I.T.
)IT JU LIAN A. SELBY.
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GU bow th? dreams of other days awaken
Tie echoes of eaeh. well remember'd st np,
Aad all the palace of th* soul are shaken.
Aad hopes and joya revive, forgotten U.ug
A sadden gt!sh cf st%slight, iv sn hour,
Recalls ttl? rapturous dream of long ago;
A sudden burst of song, in moon-lit bower,
Speaks nutt delunion to the heart of wo.
How dost thee liak thyself to these emotions,
Bad wanderer, sweet as sad, aad yoong and
Between as rolf in barrier, m:pht ?est oeenas.
And alps arrest thc vision wandering there.
Soul leaves fer souita ee?d whose germination.
Seeds but fixed tendance and a loving ey?-;
And I wbo toil fer love, through all creation,
Still see thee smile, and give thee eigh lor
Th?-Oval Portrait. ^ .?
BT EDGAR A. POE.
Tba chateau' into which nj valet had
ventured to make forcible entrance, rather
than permit rae, in roy desperately woumj- j
- ed condition, to pass a night in.the-open
. air, waB ona of those pile? of commingled
gie om 'ana grandeur which bas so long
~ fi owned among tbe Appenines, net less i
' fact than ia the fancy of Mrs. Ratcliffe. To
all appearance, it bad been temporarily and
httciv abandoned.- We established p,ur
*elves ra? one of tb? smallest and least
.sumptuously furnished apartment*. It lay
io a ra mete tuiret of the building.. Ita
^decorations were - rich, yet tattered and
antique. Its walla were hung with tapes
try bedecked with manifold sud multiform
amoral trophic*, together with, an ??nnr
melly gnat number of very spirited mod
ern pain ting?, in frames of rich golden
. arabesque. In these paintings, -which de?
pended from the walls, not only in their
main .surface, but in very e?any nooka
*MT hieb the bizarre architecture af tbe cbja
tsatl rendered necessary-in these paintings
my incipient delirium, perhaps, had caused
?ne >to. take deep interest,ao that I bade
Petro to cross the heavy shutters of the
room, since it was already night; to light
the tongues of a tall candelabrum which !
stood by thc head of my badi and to throw J
i open lar and wide the fringed curtains of1
?lack velvet which enveloped the - bed
Tl ie position of tKe candelabrum dis?
pleased me; and, outreaching my hand with
difficulty, rather than disturb my slumber?
ing valet; I placed it so aa io throw its
rays more fully upon the bock. But the
notion produced an effect altogether unan?
ticipated. The rays of the numercus caa?
dles (for there were many) BOW fell within
sa niche of room which* had hitherto been
thrown into def p abade by one of the bed?
posts. -I thus ?aw in vivid light a picture
all unnoticed before, lt waa the portrait
of a young girl just ripening into wonnat
hood. I glanced at the painting: hurriedly
and then closed my eyes. "Why I dit
thia was not at.first apparent,,to my owr
perception. But while my lids remainec
thus shut, I ran over in my mind nt}
reason for so Fbutting tiers, it was at
impulsive moment to gain time, for'!
wished all Ibis done that I might retigi
myself, if sot to sleep, at leset ?iternateh
to the contemplation of these pictures, an?
to the perusal of a small volume whicl
had been found upon' the pillow, ant
which purported to criticise and describ
? Long, long I read and devoutly I gazec
Rapid and glorious the hours flevr by, an
the deep midnight canat:-thought to mak
?ure that my vision bad not deceived me?
to cairn and subdue my faucj for a moi
rober and more certain gas?. In a vet
few. moments I again looked more fixedl
at the painting.
That I now saw aright I could not an
would not doubt, for the first flashing <
ibe candles upon that canvass had seeme
to dissipate toe dreamy stupor which wi
stealing over my senses; and to startle n
at once into waking life.
The portrait, I have already said, wi
that of a young girl. It was a mere bea
and shoulders, done in what is meehan
cally termed a vignette manner, much i
the style of trie -favorite heads of Sull
The arms, the bosom, and even tbe cods
?the radiant bair,'melted imperceplib!
! into the vague yet deeper shadow wbi<
1 formed tb* back ground of the whole.* T?
Jrame was oval, richly golded and ill
greed ru Moresque. Aa a thing of ai
nothing could be more admirable than tl
painting itself. But it could have bei
neither the execution of the. work, nor tl
immortal beauly of the countenance, wbi<
hs>d so suddenly and so vehemently m o vi
i Lent of all, could it have been that
(aacy, shaken, from its half slumber,*had
mistaken ita head for that of a living .
person.* I'aaw at once that the peculiari?
ties of the design, of the,vignetting, and of
? the frame, must have instantly dispelled
such an idea, must have prevented even ita
momentary entertainment. Thinking earn?
estly upon Jhese point*, 1 remained for aa
hour, perhaps, half sitting, bkH reclining,,
with my vision rivetled upon the portrait?
At length, satisfied with the true secret of
m effect,! fell back within the bed. ' I bad
found tbe spell of the picture in an abso?
lute life-likeness of expression, which, at
first, startling, finally confounded, subdued
and appalled me. "With deep and reverent
awe, I re-placed tbe candelabrum? in ita .
former position. The cause of my deep
agitation being thoa shut from view, f
-.ought eagerly the. volume which discussed -
the paintings and their histories. Turning
to ijae number which designated ibe oral
portrait, I there read the queer and quaint
words which follow::
"She was a maiden of rarest beauty,
and no more lovely than full of glee. And
evil was the hour when dbe ?aw, aird
loved, and wedded the painter. .< He, pas?
sionate, studious,, austere, and having al?
ready a bride in his art; she a maiden of
rarest beauty, and not rooYe lovely than
full of glee, ?ll light and ?mile?, aim fro
licksome as the young fawn, loving and
cherishing all things; hating only the art
which was ber rival; dreading only tii?
pallet and brushes and other untoward in?
struments which deprived her of the coun?
tenance of her lover. It was "thus a ter?
rible tLing for this lady to bear thc p??inUr
speak,_pf hi% desire to poHriry even hi*
young bride. But shelis humble and
obedient, and sat meekly for roany week1*
in the dark, high-tun et chamber, v. here the
ligut drippled upon the pale canvass culy
from overhead. But he, the painter, loot
glory Jn his work, went on from nour !?>
hour, and from day today. And hts .was
a passionate, and wild, and moody UIMP, .
wbt> became lost in reverie?, f-o that ha
would hot see that the light which fell PO
ghastly in that lone turret withered the
health and the spirits of his bride, v?bv
pined visibly to au but him. - \
Yet she pined-on, and Mill on, uncom?
plainingly, bevause that the paii'tei (veli?
had high renown) took a fervid ni d burn?
ing pleasure in. Iris l? kv arid wrought -dav
and night to depict ber^who so loved Kim,
yet who gow daily more dispirited" and
weak. And, in south," some who behold '