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* And when beside me in the dale,
He carol'd lays of love,
And music to the grove.
The dews of Heaven refin'd, Could nought of purity display
To emulate his mind.
" The dew, the blossom on the tree,
With charms inconstant shine ; Their charms were his, but wo to me,
Their constancy was mine.
“For still I tried each fickle art,
Importunate and vain ;
I triumph'd in his pain.
“ Till quite dejected with my scorn,
He left me to my pride; And sought a solitude forlorn,
In secret, where he died. “But mine the sorrow, mine the fault,
And well my life shall pay ; I'll seek the solitude he sought,
And stretch me where he lay.
had thrown herself into Mr Burchell's arms for protection. The gentleman came up and asked pardon for having disturbed us, affirming that he was ignorant of our being so near. He therefore sat down by my youngest daughter, and, sportsman like, offered her what he had killed that morning. She was going to refuse, but a private look from her mother soon induced her to correct the mistake, and accept his present, though with some reluct.
My wife, as usual, discovered her pride in a whisper, observing, that Sophy bad made a conquest of the chaplain, as well as her sister had of the 'Squire. I suspected, however, with more probability, that her affections were placed upon a different object.
The chaplain's errand was to inform us, that Mr Thornhill had provided music and refreshments, and intended that night giving the young ladies a ball by moonlight, on the grassplot before our door. “ Nor can I deny," continued he, “but I have an interest in being first to deliver this message, as I expect for my reward to be honoured with Miss Sophy's hand as a partner.” To this my girl replied, that she should have no objection, if she could do it with honour; “ But here," continued she, “ is a gentleman," looking at Mr Burchell, “ who has been my companion in the task for the day, and it is fit he should share in its amusements.” Mr Bur. chell returned her a compliment for her intentions ; but resigned her up to the chaplain, adding, that he was to go that night five miles, being invited to an harvest supper. fusal appeared to me a little extraordinary; nor could I conceive how so sensible a girl as my youngest, could thus prefer a man of brok. en fortunes to one whose expectations were much greater.
But as men are most capable of distinguishing merit in women, so the ladies often form the truest judgments of us. The two sexes seem placed as spies upon each other, and are furnished with different abilities, adapted for mutual inspection.
« And there forlorn, despairing, bid,
I'll lay me down and die; 'Twas so for me that Edwin did,
And so for him will I."
“ Forbid it, Heaven !" the Hermit cried,
And clasp'd her to his breast :
'Twas Edwin's self that prest. “ Turn, Angelina, ever dear!
My charmer, turn to see
Restor'd to love and thee.
TWO LADIES OF GREAT DISTINCTION INTRO
DUCED.-SUPERIOR FINERY EVER SEEMS TO
“ Thus let me hold thee to my heart,
And every care resign :
We'll live and love so true ;
Mr BURCHELL had scarcely taken leave,
and Sophia consented to dance with the chapWhile this ballad was reading, Sophia seem lain, when my little ones came running out to ed to mix an air of tenderness with her appro- tell us, that the Squire was come with a bation. But our tranquillity was soon dis- crowd of company. Upon our return in, we turbed by the report of a gun just by us, and found our landlord, with a couple of under immediately after a man was seen bursting gentlemen and two young ladies richly drest, through the hedge, to take up the game he had whom he introduced as women of very great killed. This sportsman was the 'Squire's distinction and fashion from town.
We hapchaplain, who had shot one of the blackbirds pened not to have chairs enough for the whole that so agreeably entertained us. So loud a company; but Mr Thornhill immediately report, and so near, startled my daughters ; proposed, that every gentleman should sit in a and I could perceive that Sophia in the fright lady's lap. This I positively objected to, not.
withstanding a look of disapprobation from / warmly assented to both; adding, that there
Moses was therefore despatched to was nothing she more ardently wished than to borrow a couple of chairs; and as we were give her girls a single winter's polishing. To in want of ladies to make up a set at country this I could not help replying, that their dances, the two gentlemen went with him in breeding was already superior to their fortune: quest of a couple of partners. Chairs and and that greater refinement would only serve partners were soon provided. The gentlemen to make their poverty ridiculous, and give returned with my neighbour Flamborough's them a taste for pleasures they had no right to rosy daughters, flaunting with red top-knots; possess." And what pleasures,” cried Mr but an unlucky circumstance was not adverted Thornbill, “ do they not deserve to possess, to—though the Miss Flamboroughs were who have so much in their power to bestow ? reckoned the very best dancers in the parish, As for my part,” continued he, "my fortune and understood the jig and round-about to is pretty large ; love, liberty, and pleasure are perfection, yet they were totally unacquainted my maxims; but curse me if a settlement of with country dances. This at first discom- half my estate could give my charming Olivia posed us : however, after a little shoving pleasure, it should be hers; and the only and dragging, they at last went merrily on favour I would ask in return would be to add Our music consisted of two fiddles, with a myself to the benefit." I was not such a pipe and tabor. The moon shone bright. Mr stranger to the world as to be ignorant that Thornhill and my eldest daughter led up the this was the fashionable cant to disguise the ball, to the great delight of the spectators; insolence of the basest proposal ; but I made for the neighbours, hearing what was going an effort to suppress my resentment.—“ Sir." forward, came flocking about us. My girl cried I, “the family which you now condemoved with so much grace and vivacity, that scend to favour with your company, has been my wife could not avoid discovering the pride bred with as nice a sense of honour as you. of her heart, by assuring me, that though the Any attempts to injure that, may be attended little chit did it so cleverly, all the steps were with very dangerous consequences. Honour, Sir, stolen from herself. The ladies of the town is our only possession at present, and of that strove hard to be equally easy, but without last treasure we must be particularly careful.” success. They swam, sprawled, languished - I was soon sorry for the warmth with which and frisked; but all would not do : the gazers I had spoken this, when the young gentleman, indeed owned that it was fine ; but neighbour grasping my hand, swore he commended my Flamborough observed, that Miss Livy's feet spirit, though he disapproved my suspicions. seemed to pat to the music as its echo. After “ As to your present hint,” continued he, “I the dance had continued about an hour, the protest nothing was farther from my heart two ladies, who were apprehensive of catching than such a thought. No, by all that's tempt. cold, moved to break up the ball. One of ing, the virtue that will stand a regular siege them, I thought, expressed her sentiments was never to my taste ; for all my amours are upon this occasion in a very coarse manner, carried by a coup-de-main.” when she observed, that by the living jingo she The two ladies, who affected to be ignorant was all of a mack of sweat. Upon our return of the rest, seemed bigbly displeased with this to the house, we found a very elegant cold last stroke of freedom, and began a very dissupper, which Mr Thornhill had ordered to creet and serious dialogue upon virtue; in this be brought with him. — The conversation at my wife, the chaplain, and I, soon joined ; and this time was more reserved than before. The the 'Squire himself was at last brought to contwo ladies threw my girls quite into the shade ; | fess a sense of sorrow for his former excesses, for they would talk of nothing but high-life We talked of the pleasures of temperance, and and high-lived company; with other fashion of the sunshine in the mind unpolluted with able topics, such as pictures, taste, Shakspeare, guilt. I was so well pleased, that my little and the musical glasses. 'Tis true they once ones were kept up beyond the usual time to or twice mortified us sensibly by slipping out be edified by so much good conversation. Mr an oath ; but that appeared to me as the surest | Thornbill even went beyond me, and demanded symptom of their distinction (though I am if I had any objection to giving prayers. I since informed that swearing is perfectly un- joyfully embraced the proposal ; and in this fashionable). Their finery, however, threw a manner the night was passed in a most comveil over any grossness in their conversation. fortable way, till at last the company began to My daughters seemed to regard their superior think of returning. The ladies seemed very accomplishments with envy; and what ap- unwilling to part with my daughters, for whom peared amiss, was ascribed to tip-top quality they bad conceived a particular affection, and breeding. But the condescension of the ladies joined in a request to have the pleasure of their was still superior to their other accomplish company home. The 'Squire seconded the
One of them observed, that had Miss proposal, and my wife added ber entreaties; Olivia seen a little more of the world, it would the girls too looked upon me as if they wished greatly improve her. To which the other add-to go. In this perplexity I made two or three ed, that a single winter in town would make excuses, which my daughters as readily reher little Sophia quite another thing. My wife moved; so that at last I was, obliged to give a
pereniptory refusal ; for which we had nothing | Only a Lord and a 'Squire for two shillings ! hut sullen looks and short answers the whole You fools, I could have promised you a Prince day ensuing
and a Nabob for half the money.”
This curiosity of theirs, however, was ati tended with very serious effects : we now be
gan to think ourselves designed by the stars to CHAPTER X.
something exalted, and already anticipated our.
future grandeur. THE FAMILY ENDEAVOURS TO COPE WITH THEIR It has been a thousand times observed, and BETTERS. —THE MISERIES OF THE POOR WHEN I must observe it once more, that the bours
ATTEMPT TO APPEAR ABOVE THEIR we pass with happy prospects in view, are more CIRCUMSTANCES.
pleasing than those crowned with fruition. In
the first case we cook the dish to our own I now began to find that all my long and pain- appetite ! in the latter, nature cooks it for us. ful lectures upon temperance, simplicity, and It is impossible to repeat the train of agreeable contentment, were entirely disregarded. The reveries we called up for our entertainment. distinctions lately paid us by our betters awaked We looked upon our fortunes as once more that pride which I had laid asleep, but not re. rising; and as the whole parish asserted that moved. -Our windows, again, as formerly, the 'Squire was in love with my daughter, she were filled with washes for the neck and face. was actually so with him ; for they persuaded The sun was dreaded as an enemy to the skin her into the passion. In this agreeable interwithout doors, and the fire as a spoiler of the val, my wife had the most lucky dreams in the complexion within.--My wife observed that world, which she took care to tell us every rising too early would hurt her daughters' eyes, morning with great solemnity and exactness. that working after dinner would redden their It was one night a coffin and cross bones, the noses, and she convinced me that the hands sign of an approaching wedding; at another never looked so white as when they did no time she imagined her daughter's pockets filled thing. Instead therefore of finishing George's with farthings, a certain sign of their being shirts, we now had them new-modelling their shortly stuffed with gold. The girls themold gauzes, or flourishing upon catgut.
The selves had their omens. They felt strange poor Miss Flamboroughs, their former gay kisses on their lips; they saw rings in the companions, were cast off as mean acquain- candle, purses bounced from the fire, and true tance, and the whole conversation ran upon love-knots lurked in the bottom of every teahigh life and high-lived company, with pic- cup: tures, taste, Shakspeare, and the musical Towards the end of the week we received a glasses.
card from the town ladies ; in which, with But we could have borne 'all this, had not a their compliments, they hoped to see all our. fortune-telling gipsey come to raise us into family at church the Sunday followinig. All perfect sublimity. The tawny sibyl no sooner Saturday morning I could perceive, in conseappeared, than my girls came running to me quence of this, my wife and daughters in close for a shilling a-piece to cross her hand with conference together, and now and then glancsilver. To say the truth I was tired of being ing at me with looks that betrayed a latent always wise, and could not help gratifying their plot. To be sincere, I had strong suspicions request, because I loved to see them happy. that some absurd proposal was preparing for 1 gave each of them a shilling; though for the appearing with splendour the next day.-In honour of the family it must be observed, that the evening they began their operations in a they never went without money themselves, as very regular manner, and my wife undertook my wife always let them have a guinea each, to conduct the siege. After tea, when I to keep in their pockets, but with strict injunc- seemed in spirits, she began thus :—" I fancy, tions never to change it. After they had been Charles, my dear, we shall have a great deal closeted up with the fortune-teller for some of good company at our church to-morrow.” time, I knew by their looks, upon their return Perhaps we may, my dear,” returned I, ing, that they had been promised something though you need be under no uneasiness, great.--"Well
, my girls, how have you sped? about that, you shall have a sermon whether Tell me, Livy, has the fortune-teller given there be or not."-" That is what I expect,' thee a pennyworth ?”—“ I protest, Papa,” says returned she; “but I think, my dear, we
“ I believe she deals with somebody ought to appear there as decently as possible, that's not right; for she positively declared, for who knows what may happen?" Your that I am to be married to a 'Squire in less precautions,” replied I, " are highly commenthan a twelvemonth!"_" Well, now Sophy, dable. A decent behaviour and appearance my child,” said I, “and what sort of a husband in church is what charms me. We should be are you to have ?” Sir,” replied she, “ I am devout and humble, cheerful and serene.' to have a Lord soon after my sister has mar.. Yes,” cried she, “ I know that; but I mean ried the 'Squire.”—“ How,” cried I, “is that we should go there in as proper a manner as all you are to have for your two shillings? possible; not altogether like the scrubs about
US. “ You are quite right, my dear,” returned | nities of future triumph, and teach my daughI, “and I was going to make the very same ters more humility. proposal. The proper manner of going is, to go there as early as possible, to have time for meditation before the service begins.”—“ Phoo, Charles,” interrupted she, "all that is very
CHAPTER XI. true ; but not what I would be at.
I mean, we should go there genteelly. You know the THE FAMILY STILL RESOLVE TO HOLD UP church is two miles off, and I protest I don't THEIR HEADS. like to see my daughters trudging up to their pew all blowzed and red with walking, and MICHAELMAS eve happening on the next looking for all the world as if they had been day, we were invited to burn nuts and play winners at a smock race. Now, my dear, my tricks at neighbour Flamborough's. Our late proposal is this : there are our two plough mortifications had humbled us a little, or it is horses, the colt that has been in our family probable we might have rejected such an inthese nine years, and his companion Black- vitation with contempt: however, we suffered berry, that has scarcely done an earthly thing ourselves to be happy. Our honest neigh. for this month past. They are both grown bour's goose and dumplings were fine, and the fat and lazy. Why should not they do some- | lamb’s wool, even in the opinion of my wife, thing as well as we? And let me tell you, who was a connoisseur, was excellent. It is when Moses has trimmed them a little, they true, his manner of telling stories was not will cut a very tolerable figure.”
quite so well. They were very long, and very To this proposal I objected, that walking dull, and about himself, and we had laughed would be twenty times more genteel than such at them ten times before : however, we were a paltry conveyance, as Blackberry was wall kind enough to laugh at them once more. eyed, and the colt wanted the tail: that they had Mr Burchell, who was of the party, was alnever been broke to the rein, but bad a hun ways fond of seeing some innocent amusement dred vicious tricks: and that we had but one going forward, and set the boys and girls to saddle and pillion in the whole house. All blind man's buff. My wife too was persuaded these objections, however, were over ruled; to join in the diversion, and it gave me pleaso that I was obliged to comply. The next sure to think she was not yet too old. In the morning I preceived them not a little busy in mean time, my neighbour and I looked on, collecting such materials as might be neces- laughed at every feat, and praised our own sary for the expedition ; but, as I found it dexterity when we were young. Hot cockles would be a business of time, I walked on to succeeded next, questions and commands folthe church before, and they promised speedily lowed that, and last of all, they sat down to to follow. I waited near an hour in the read hunt the slipper. As every person may not ing desk for their arrival ; but not finding them be acquainted with this primeval pastime, it come as expected, I was obliged to begin, and may be necessary to observe, that the company went through the service, not without some at this play plant themselves in a ring upon uneasiness at finding them absent. This was the ground, all, except one who stands in the increased when all was finished, and no ap- middle, whose business it is to catch a shoe, pearance of the family. I therefore walked which the company shove about under their back by the horse-way, which was five miles hams from one to another, something like a round, though the foot-way was but two, and weaver's shuttle. As it is impossible, in this when got about half way home, perceived the case, for the lady who is up to face all the procession marching slowly forwards towards company at once, the great beauty of the play the church ; my son, my wife, and the two lies in hitting her a thump with the heel of little ones, exalted on one horse, and my two the shoe on that side least capable of making daughters upon the other. I demanded the a defence. It was in this manner that my cause of their delay; but I soon found by eldest daughter was hemmed in, and thumped their looks they had met with a thousand mis- about, all blowzed, in spirits, and bawling fortunes on the road. The horse had at first for fair play, with a voice that might refused to move from the door, till Mr Bur- deafen a ballad-singer, when, confusion on chell was kind enough to beat them forward confusion! who should enter the room but for about two hundred yards with his cudgel. our two great acquaintances from town, Lady Next, the straps of my wife's pillion broke Blarney and Miss Carolina Wilhelmina down, and they were obliged to stop to repair Amelia Skeggs ! -Description would but beg. them before they could proceed. After that, gar, therefore it is unnecessary to describe one of the horses took into his head to stand this new mortification. Death! To be seen still, and neither blows nor entreaties could by ladies of such high breeding in such vulgar prevail with him to proceed. He was just attitudes ! Nothing better could ensue from recovering from this dismal situation when I such a vulgar play of Mr Flamborough's profound them; but perceiving every thing safe, posing. We seemed struck to the ground for I own their present mortification did not much some time, as if actually petrified with amazodisplease me, as it would give many opportu- ment.
The two ladies had been at our house to see | kriow what pleases myself. Indeed I was ever us, and finding us from home, came after us an admirer of ll Dr Burdock's little pieces, hither, as they were uneasy to know what for, except what he does, and our dear Couna accident could have kept us from church tess at Hanover-square, there's nothing comes the day before. Olivia undertook to be our out but the most lowest stuff in nature ; not a prolocutor, and delivered the whole in a sum- bit of high life among them.”—Fudge ! mary way, only saying, “ We were thrown “ Your Ladyship should except,” says t'other, from our horses.” At which account the your own things in the Lady's Magazine. Í ladies were greatly concerned; but being told hope you'll say there's nothing low-lived there? the family received no hurt, they were extremely But I suppose we are to have no more from glad : but being informed that we were almost that quarter ?"-Fudge ! killed by the fright, they were vastly sorry : Why, my dear,” says the Lady, “you but hearing that we had a very good night, know my reader and companion has left me, they were extremely glad again. Nothing to be married to Captain Roach, and as my could exceed their complaisance to my poor eyes won't suffer me to write myself, Í daughters : their professions the last evening have been for some time looking out for anowere warın, but now they were ardent. They ther. A proper person is no easy matter to protested a desire of having a more lasting ac- find, and to be sure thirty pounds a-year is a
quaintance. Lady Blarney was particularly small stipend for a well-bred girl of character, | attached to Olivia; Miss Carolina Wil that can read, write, and behave in company :
helmina Amelia Skeggs (I love to give the as for the chits about town, there is no bearing whole name) took a greater fancy to her them about one.” Fudge ! sister. They supported the conversation be “ That I know,” cried Miss Skeggs, “ by tween themselves, while my daughters sat si- experience. For of the three companions í lent, admiring their exalted breeding. But as bad this last half-year, one of them refused to every reader, however beggarly himself, is do plain-work an hour in a day; another fond of high-lived dialogues, with anecdotes of thought twenty-five guineas a-year, too small Lords, Ladies, and Knights of the Garter, I a salary, and I was obliged to send away the must beg leave to give him the concluding third, because I suspected an intrigue with the part of the present conversation.
chaplain. Virtue, my dear Lady Blarney, “All that I know of the matter,” cried virtue is worth any price; but where is that Miss Skeggs, “is this, that it may be true, or
to be found ?" Fudge ! it may not be true : but this I can assure My wife had been for a long time all attenyour Ladyship, that the rout was in amaze; tion to this discourse; but was particularly his Lordship turned all manner of colours, struck with the latter part of it. Thirty my Lady fell into a sound, but Sir Tomkyn, pounds and twenty-five guineas a-year, made drawing his sword, swore he was her's to the fifty-six pounds five shillings English money, last drop of his blood.”
all' which was in a manner going a-begging, “ Well,” replied our peeress, “ this I can and might easily be secured in the family. say, that the Duchess never told me a syllable She for a moment studied my looks for approof the matter, and I believe her Grace would bation; and, to own a truth, I was of opinion, keep nothing a secret from me. This
that two such places would fit our two daughmay depend upon as fact, that the next day my ters exactly. Besides, if the Squire had any Lord Duke cried out three times to his valet real affection for my eldest daughter, this de chambre, Jernigan, Jernigan, Jernigan, bring would be the way to make her every way me my garters."
qualified for her fortune. My wife therefore But previously I should have mentioned the was resolved that we should not be deprived very impolite behaviour of Mr Burchell, who, of such advantages for want of assurance, and during this discourse, sat with his face turned undertook to harangue for the family. “I to the fire, and at the conclusion of every sen- hope,” cried she, “your Ladyships will pardon tence would cry out fudge ; an expression my present presumption. It is true, we have which displeased us all, and in some measure no right to pretend to such favours; but
yet damped the rising spirit of the conversation. it is natural for me to wish putting my children
Besides, my dear Skeggs,” continued our forward in the world. And I will be bold to Peeress, "there is nothing of this in the copy say my two girls have had a pretty good eduof verses that Dr Burdock made upon the oc- cation and capacity, at least the country can't casion.”—Fudge !
show better. They can read, write, and cast “I am surprised at that,” cried Miss Skeggs; accounts; they understand their needle, broad"for he seldom leaves any thing out, as he stitch, cross and change, and all manner of writes only for bis own amusement. But can plain-work; they can pink, point and frill, and your Ladyship favour me with a sight of them?” know something of music; they can do up Fudge !
small clothes ; work upon catgut! my eldest My dear creature," replied our Peeress, can cut paper, and my youngest has a very “ do you think I carry such things about me pretty manner of telling fortunes upon the Though they are very fine to be sure, and I cards. Fudge ! think myself something of a judge; at least I
When she had delivered this pretty piece of