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Well then, young amorist, whom love preceding description. We say noHath brought unto this pass,
thing of what opinion may be enterI am willing to perform the word or my servant Abibas.
tained of their taste; but they are Thy master's daughter shall be thine,
very amusing, and we quote a few And with her sire's consent ;
passages of the legal argument touchAnd not more to thy heart's desiro ing the soul of the penitent. It is Than to her own content,
exceedingly like special pleading in Yea, more,- I give thee with the girl,
our modern law courts. Satan saysThine after-days to bless, Health, wealth, long life, and whatsoe'er
" Mine is he by a bond The world calls happiness.
Which holds him fast in law;
I drew it myself for certainty,
And sharper than me must the lawyer be
Who in it can find a flaw !
Before the congregation,
And in the face of day,
Whoever may pray, and whoever gainsay, My woful portion to partake
I will challenge him for my bondsman, Through all eternity ?
And carry him quick away !! No lurking purpose shåll avail,
• Ha, Satan! dost thou in thy pride,' When youth may fail and courage quail,
With righteous anger, Basil cried, To cheat me by contrition !
Defy the force of prayer ? I will have thee written down among
In the face of the church wilt thou brave it? The children of perdition.'"
Why then we will meet thee there !'" Poor Eleëmon executes the deed " There" they do meet, and the accordingly; and this, we think, will black gentleman enforces-his claim as satisfy our readers that the hand which if he were a chancery barrister, and is wrote Queen Oracca has lost nothing answered by the bishop as if he were of its cunning. Eleémon's marriage another. , and consequent happiness is fully de
"" The writing is confessed; scribed, and with many peculiar touch
No plea against it shown ;es both of quaint satire and poetry.
The forfeiture is mine, Witness the following :
And now I take my own!
• Hold there ! cried Basil, with a voice “ In present joy he wrapt his heart,
That arrested him on his way,
When from the screen he would have swoopt. All other thoughts beside him, of the future or the past."
To pounce upon his prey :
• Hold there, I say! Thou canst not sue At length comes the hour of retri
Upon this bond by law ! bution.
A sorry legalist were he
Who could not in thy boasted plea
Detect its fatal flaw.
The deed is null, for it was framed
With fraudulent intent;
A thing unlawful in itself;
A wicked instrument,-
Not to be pleaded in the courts
Sir Fiend, thy cause is shent !
This were enough; but more than this, But cold his feet, and cold his hands;
A maxim, as thou knowest, it is
Whereof all laws partake,
That no one may of his own wrong While he prayed the livelong day."
His own advantage make. Satan, in spite of his repentance, The man, thou sayest, thy bondsman is : claims our hero ; and there is a grand
Mark now, how stands the fact !
Thou hast allowed, -nay, aided him trial of strength in the cathedral be
As a freedman to contract fore the bishop (who is indeed the A marriage with this Christian woman here, chief combatant) and the assembled
And by a public act. people. Here the author indulges in That act being publicly perform’d
With thy full cognizance, some whim and pleasantries, which
Claim to hiin as thy bondsman thou contrast with the pathetic traits of his Canst never more advance.
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For when they solemnly were then
The matrimonial band
And we on this might stand.
Thy silence then forsaken;
May not by thee be shaken;
In thine own snare art taken ! So Basil said, and paused awhile ; The arch-fiend answered not;
But he heaved in vexation
A sulphurous sigh for the bishop's vocation,
And thus to himself he thought :-
To prove by reason in reason's despite,
What a loss have I had in thee!”
The Pilgrim to Compostella is a huinorous production,-a very John Gilpin-isb piece of drollery. The notes to both ballads are full of curiosities “ rich and rare."'*
· THE GRAVE OF THE BROKEN HEART.
CHAPTER III. DR. HARTOP's fears were prophetic; preface his discourses in the pulpit the picturesque circuit home delayed and elsewhere, the honorable Rector the arrival of Lady Octavia and Ver- addressed his curate with a formal non so long past the dinner hour, that congratulation on his approaching marthe Doctor's habitually urbane and riage, Vernon's face crimsoned all placid temper would have been seri- over, as he bowed and stammered out ously discomposed, had he not that a few words of awkward acknowledgmorning, in the course of a long visit ment, stealing impulsively a furtive from Mr. Henderson, the Sea Vale glance at the Lady Octavia, who, afÆsculapius, acquired some informa- fecting the most natural surprise in the tion respecting the matrimonial en- world, artlessly exclaimed—“Marrigagements of his young curate, and ed !-Mr. Vernon going to be married, the circumstances thereto relating, uncle ?--you don't say so? Oh, Mr. which, in the dearth of more interest- Vernon, how secret you have been; ing gossip, was not only acceptable to —and may we know to whom, uncle ?" the worthy Rector's craving appetite “ To a most unexceptionable and and accommodating taste, but would every way' respectable and amiable furnish him, par les suites, with a fair young person, as I have this morning field for indulging his benevolent pro- had the pleasure of learning from a pensity and peculiar talent for giving friend of yours, my dear Mr. Vernon ! gratuitous advice with patronizing con- --from good Mr. Henderson, who tells descension. Therefore he looked but me that Miss Aboyne”— Miss tenderly reproachful at Lady Octavia, Aboyne !” interrupted Lady Octavia, though the fins of the turbot were with a pretty shriek of sudden disboiled to rags, and various other dish- may ; « dear me! who could have es, reduced to consommés, gave touch- thought it? I would not for the world ing testimony of her cruel inconside- have”- You know Miss Aboyne, ration; and scarcely had the servants then ?" asked the Doctor with some left the dining-room, when, giving surprise, in his turn interrupting Lathree preliminary bems, and an inward dy Octavia. « Ob! I saw her to-day chuckle, with which he was wont to at church, and indeed she seems-she
* A work in 2 vols. 8vo. by Southey, has also recently been published. It is called “ Cole loquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society, &c.," and consists of dialogues between Sir T. More and Montesinos (a stranger from “a distant country"), on various interesting and important topics, such as the improvement of the world ; Druidical stones ; feudal slavery ; growth of pauperism ; Owen of Lanark and the manufacturing system; national wealth; war; the prospects of Europe ; Methodists; infidelity; the United States; Catholic emancipation; Ireland, &c. &c.
† See page 149.
looks-that is, a-a very superior sort tion in declaring my entire conviction, of person I dare say very amiable, that in no part of the united Kingdom and excellent, and-You'll introduce is the infant population inore hale, me to Miss Aboyne, Mr. Vernon ?- healthful, and multitudinous, than I assure you I am dying to know her.” where oatmeal or potatoes, with milk,
Vernon, now compelled to speak, or even pure water, forins its unvaried made some awkward attempts to ex- and unsophisticated aliment. Thereplain, that Miss Aboyne, from ill fore, my dear sir, with regard to your health and recent affliction, would not future family, (those numerous olive perhaps be able to avail herself of the branches with which it is my sincere honor of an introduction to Lady Oc- prayer that Providence may surround taria ; and then the Doctor, impatient your table,) I have no hesitation in of colloquial trifling, which delayed strenuously advising" What the the pouring forth of his luminous and Doctor proceeded to advise must rewell-digested ideas, proceeded to favor main forever secret between himself Vernon, not only with his entire ap- and Vernon, whose feelings, during probation of the projected union, but the preceding harangue, can only be with an elaborate dissertation on do- compared to those of a person undermestic economy, by attending to the going the “ peine forte et dure,” and several branches whereof, (which he who experienced proportionable relief condescended to dwell on more partiwhen Lady Octavia, tired of continucularly,) a country curate might main- ing a silent tiers, arose to retire. As tain a wife and family, and bring up she passed hiin at the dining-room a score of children, with infinite com- door, which he had hastened to hold fort and propriety, on an income short open for her, she shook her fair bead of a hundred and fifty pounds per an- with a look of pretty anger, and archnum. “Of course, my dear Mr. ly putting up one taper forefinger to Vernon !” the reverend gentleman her rosy lip, said softly, “Oh, fie ! went on to observe, “there can be no fie ! Mr. Vernon !-how treacherous expensive luxuries, no idle superflui- you bave been !” Vernon slowly and ties, in such a modest and well-order- reluctantly returned to his mitigated ed establishment. But, after all, my penance; but far be it from us to redear sir ! how little suffices for our view in detail the protracted torments real wants ; and beyond those, what of that mortal hour, during which the Christian character or philosophic honorable and reverend gentleman, mind would — Octavia ! do, pray, warmed with his own eloquencedesire that the gardener may be writ- charmed with his own theory-exaltten to about these pines ; it is really ed with a sense of his own philanthroscandalous !-they cost me a guinea py, and with a consciousness of the a-piece, and this is the second I have lights which flowed in the faster as he cut to-day, and both uneatable. Send continued to diffuse them-poured out me the guara— But, as I was pro- his oracular suggestions with a condeceeding to observe-as I was going on scending suavity that descended to the to remark to you, Mr. Vernon-he- most minute particulars. At length, yond our real necessities, (mere food however, articulation thickened-senand raiment,) what physical wants and tences lagged at their terminationtemporal cares are worthy the consi- words came slower-syllables dropped deration of a Christian and a philoso- away to indefinite sounds—and at last, pher ! It hath been truly said in a final bewilderınent of—" As I was
Man wants but little here below, saying, Mr. Vernon-I repeat, my Nor wants that little long.'
dear sir !-that-that-I have no hesiAnd with regard to the article of food tation in-in af-af-fir-r-p”—the comespecially, I am persuaded, Mr. Ver- fortable double chin of the respectable non, and after long and mature delibe- adviser sank, embedded in its own ration on the subject, I feel no hesita- rolls, on his ample chest, an incipient snore chimed in with the struggling ment, and endeavored to renew the affirmation, and after an attempt or sacred harmony. It was but an entwo of guttural thickness, which deavor. Her voice had become weak sounded like “pease-porridge-cheap and tremulous ; so, discontinuing her and wholesome,” and “Mrs. Rundell," vocal tribute, she wisely resorted to broke out into a grand continuous bass. silent communion with that book which Then, quietly and cautiously, Vernon contains “ words in season” for all rose from his seat of torture-quietly the soul's necessities of peace for the and cautiously he stole towards the disquieted-of strength to the weakdoor-but not so noiselessly did he of healing to the sorely stricken-of effect his exit as to be wholly unno- hope to the broken-hearted. Milliticed by the half-conscious slumberer, cent found there the aid she sought; whose drowsy attempts at articulation and when, as was her custom, she had forth with recommenced, but only to joined with her old servant in their commission his curate, who thanked nightly sacrifice of prayer and praise, heaven for his escape, with a message she was able again, and without effort, to the Lady Octavia. After the scene to smile cheerfully, and speak cheerof his recent mortification, of which ingly, to that faithful humble friend, her Ladyship had been a witness, the bursting indignation of whose afVernon would gladly, had he been per- fectionate zeal' she endeavored to remitted, have avoided an early tête-à- press with a sincere assurance of her tête with her; and his heart told him own conviction, that the morrow he was anxiously expected elsewhere ; would bring with it a satisfactory exbut the Doctor's message must be de- planation. livered-it need not delay him three Early the next morning-earlier minutes ; and with a determination even than Miss Aboyne's primitive that it should not, and hat in hand, he breakfast hour, Vernon entered the sprang up stairs, and into the drawing- little parlor just as Nora was removroom, from whence issued the sweeting the tea equipage. She scarcely sounds of Lady Octavia's fine-toned vouchsafed to notice his entrance even harp and fine voice deliciously blend- with a look, and the grave severity of ing in an aria of “ Semiramide.” her countenance by no means tended Another voice, less powerful but more to dispel the troubled surprise with touching, accompanied by a humbler which he had remarked her employinstrument, was breathing out at this ment. “Nora !” he hurriedly exself-same hour in the orphan's home, claimed, “what are you about ?such strains as well befitted the Sab- where is Miss Aboyne -Not ill ! not bath vesper. Often did that low me. ill, surely ?-God forbid !"_" About lodious voice pause in a cadence, or as well as some folks wish her to be, hang suspended on a note, while the I doubt,” shortly and bitterly replied singer's bead was suddenly upraised the indignant Nora, as she essayed, in a listening attitude, her long slender without farther parley, or even honorfingers suspended over the silent ing him with a second glance, to pass chords, and her eyes glancing anxious- Vernon with the tea-tray. But his ly through the little casement toward fears were now too thoroughly awakenthe garden gate. Again and again re- ed to perinit her silent egress; and, curred that anxious pause ; each time grasping her wrist more forcibly than the hymn resumed with tones less he was aware of, he said, “ Nora ! firm, and a more plaintive modulation; Nora ! tell me, for God's sake, is she at last a deep and heavy sigh was the really ill ?-is my Millicent”_ and involuntary prelude ; and as Millicent his voice trembled with an excess of withdrew her eyes from the window, agitation that shook even Nora's pretears, which had been long collecting determined inflexibility, and she so within their lids, fell on her listless far relented as to inform him, (as, infingers as she bent over her instru- deed, she had been especially enjoined, in case he should call thus early,) that fraining from comment on “how the Miss Aboyne was suffering only from truth might be ;' and Millicent's headache, but would be well enough heart was prompt to accept beforehand to rise and receive him a little later the promised explanation. During in the day. She could not find in the watches of a sleepless night, it her heart, however, to give the sup- was impossible but that troubled plement of Millicent's message; name- thoughts and vague surmises had ly, that the headache was, she believ- crept into her mind, involuntarily and ed, but the effect of a slight cold unencouraged, nay, quickly and perwhich she had taken the preceding severingly repressed, with the generous day. In lieu of that assurance, so af- confidence of a nature not prone to fectionately intended to prevent self- think evil; but still they returned reproach on the part of Vernon, the like the phantoms of a feverish imawrathful Nora, who had by no means gination, and Millicent was indeed any tender consideration for his feel- sick in spirit, as well as physically inings, took upon her to substitute an disposed, when Nora first drew her “amendinent," imputing the headache curtains that morning. But very soon to a sleepless night, and both the ef- the fresh air and the bright sunshine, fect and its immediate cause to one entering at the unclosed lattice, brought far deeper, which she also vouch- with them sweet influences redolent of ed for on her own authority-the happier and more hopeful feelings ; heartache ; and then, giving way to and when Nora soon after returned the impulse of her warın and faithful with her report of Vernon's early vispirit, the affectionate creature laid sit and affectionate messages, Millicent her hand on Vernon's shoulder, and, smiled with perfectly restored cheerwhile tears filled her eyes as she fix- fulness, inwardly rebuking the weaked them earnestly on his, exclaimed ness which had subjected her to such
"Oh, Mr. Vernon ! Mr. Vernon! causeless uneasiness. Neither was did I ever think it would have come to she disappointed that morning of the this !—that my child ! my jewel! the promised speedy return. Neither, on flower of the world ! Colonel Aboyne's the part of Vernon, was anything left daughter! should be slighted for that unsaid to make his peace (had that proud lady, who only came here to been necessary) with one whose genbreak iny darling's heart, and help tle bosom harbored no accusing spirit; you to dig lier grave, Mr. Vernon ? and when he left her late and unwillAy, there she'll be soon, sir; and ingly--in truth, it was always unwillthen you may go your ways and be ingly that he did leave her-it was happy;" with wbich comfortable and with a pledge to steal away to her comforting assurance, Nora pushed again in time for one sweet hour of by with her breakfast-tray, followed, evening-walk, and more than one after however, by Vernon, who, though his hour of social happiness in the dear worst fears were relieved by the first little parlor, where so many a past part of her communication, still went evening had stolen away with the on to ask a hundred anxious ques- swift-unsounding pace of unworldly tions, and commission the half-relent- innocent enjoyment. And punctual, ing nurse with as many tender mes- as in former days, was Horace Versages, though the latter was too dis. non to the hour of tryst; and never, cerning and honest to feel or affect perhaps, even in foriner days, had his great reliance on his assurance, that voice and looks, when addressing Milhe should satisfactorily account to licent, expressed feelings so deep and Miss Aboyne for his apparent neg- tender. Those feelings were not exlect of the preceding day.
cited by reviving attachment, for his The incredulous messenger consci- true affection had never been alienatentiously « told the tale as 'twas tolded from their first object; but if his to her,” nevertheless, virtuously re- heart had not strayed froin its allegi