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no further conversation ensued; but this I do of heaven to deny her the company and affecknow, that Lily Bingham has and does devote tions of one whom she fears she should have herself to the welfare of others : the affection converted into an idol. Her father has been for which she would have prized so much was never some months past a tenant of the quiet tomb, granted, or made known to her. She and Ge- ' and Lily is left alone in the world; but she has rald have not, I believe, met since that bright many attached friends, she has a comfortable sunny evening, wherefore I cannot tell; whether independence, and both time and opportunity to he feared those affections were centred in ano- do good; so she is far from being unhappy, ther, whether his prospects were not sufficiently since peace is in her heart; and in the constant promising for him to marry, or whether he was endeavour to forget herself, and to think and really indifferent to Lily I pretend not to say; live for others, she may be well considered a indeed Lily never knew herself. But though blessing to those among whom she dwells; and many have sought her hand, her heart has looked so gentle and meek is her spirit that she would in vain for the virtues and sterling qualities that scarcely be angry if she heard you laughing at she believed to be centred in Gerald, her early her for being an Old Maid." friend; and she considers it a wise dispensation
AN ADVENTU R E.
BY F. HERSEE.
In the middle of the delightful summer of 18“, about the health of my parents, exhorted me to it fell to my lot to be invited to spend a few weeks be of a quiet, steady disposition; and last
, in the north of Wales, with a maternal aunt; though by far not least, said, she supposed ! rather a crabbed as well as an antiquated piece of should like to see my cousin Emmeline. Of furniture for me, a mere boy, to visit; but human course I suppose I should ; so, offering her my nature is human nature, and, in fact, the thoughts arm, I accompanied her to the drawing-room, of meeting the gaze of the sparkling black eyes where I found my cousin reclining, rather idly of my pretty cousin Emmeline, did more in the I must confess," upon a couch. "She rose to way of inducing me to visit Thornton Hall than greet my arrival at the Hall, and with as much all the affection I bore to my aunt (poor soul) affection in my tone as one can address“ only a could have done. I need not repeat all the cousin” with, I speedily entered into conversapretty tokens of cousinly affection ma belle cousine tion with her. I admired her drawings
, with made use of in her elegant epistle, containing which the room abounded ; patted her favourite the invite, but merely benefit the reader by dog; was in ecstasies with the scenes of which giving the climax of it. After the invitation was she was fond; and, in short, made myself as delivered in due form, she said
agreeable to her as it is in my poor power to be. “Do not fail, dear coz., to join us, as we are all on the reader with the features of my cousin, as
While I am doing so, it may be well to acquaint the tiptoe of expectation, in consequence of a party of pleasure being proposed to visit the celebrated they appeared to me when addressing her. First, mountain of C-G- in this neighbourhood.”
to begin with, she was good-looking! As a
great deal may be taken from these words, and, Could human nature stand this appeal? If it moreover, conveying as they do no very accurate could. I am in no way connected with it, for 1 idea of what she really was, I will proceed further. could not; but ordering my carriage, curling Her face was oval : "“That was good," says the my moustache, and adjusting my collar, in two reader. Her eyes were full, and of a fine hazel ; hours after the receipt of the note I was being hair to match : “Good again.” Her nose very whirled away as fast as four horses could go, fine : “Ditto,” says the reader. Her mouth rather considering the roads not to be in exactly such large ; and the beauty of my heroine is dispelled close connexion with McAdam as might have at once.
But stop your been wished. I will not tire the reader with an gentle critic, and 'blush for your sin, when I account of the various jolts and jumbles I ex. add that her teeth were of the most perfect perienced on the road, but, if such be his wish, beauty that it was ever my good fortune to betake him up beside me, and, in imagination, set hold. A fine commanding figure added to make, him down at the precise moment I touched my what fops and men of fashion call, “worth lookfoot to the velvet-like lawn which fronted the ing at." old-fashioned mansion, Thornton Hall.
As the hours flew by in her presence, My introduction to my aunt was of course listened more intently for every word she uttered, rather a common-place affair, accompanied with until—to come to the point at once-I found all the good wishes, kind inquiries, &c., gene- myself in that worst of all predicaments for a rally attendant upon first meeting a person to fellow like me-in love. I know not how it was; whom one is obliged to be civil. She inquired for I had firmly, as I thought, made up my
mind on the journey, to keep my feet from my breast; and, after making a somewhat caretouching the birdlime snare named love ; but, ful toilette, I joined the “chosen band” who were
to within the trap which is to deprive them of their " Oh! how lovely was that morning. I have liberty, I nibbled hungrily at her delightful con- travelled beneath the cloudless sky of Italy; versation, until I found the snare I had fallen, I have wandered far beneath the pleasant gaze open-mouthed, into; and then, in vain, tried to of the bright warm sun of southern France; creep between the bars. It was useless to deny but never-I may say never-did I see a morn it, I tried to fancy I was not in love ; laughed so lovely, so teeming with all that is bright and at myself for being such a fool; walked the beautiful on earth, as that on which we started. garden, trying to think of other things; and, Of course I oftered my arm to Emmeline, and perhaps, for awhile, did manage to throw the lingering behind the rest of the party, we shackles off: but the remedy was worse than indulged in admiring the passing scenery; and the cure ; for, the next time we met, her beaming I soon found out how poetical and beautiful eyes seemed to me to pierce my very thoughts. were all the thoughts of that dear girl. The I was truly in a miserable situation ; for the futtering bee, returning home with heavy-laden longer I stopped, the worse it was. I felt I not limbs; the bright green summer-tinted trees, only loved the girl, but that I absolutely adored among whose branches the gentle zephers softly her; and, as a man who to save himself from peered, as schoolboy urchins peep from cottage a height clutches a slender beam with so much doors, to see the passers by ; the rippling streamforce that it bends and snaps, so I, in the heat let“creeping like snail” among the water-flowers, and power of my passion, poured out my love to that slightly checked its onward course-all, all, her in such deep sighings and intent gazings met her gaze; and each new beauty, as we (the only way I dare at present express it), that passed, brought thoughts and feelings from the poor girl absolutely thought I was affected, her soul, as grateful water bubbles from the at intervals, in my head.
fountain's mouth. One lovely morning (surely Nature must have “Look, Alfred,” said she, as we came in sight collected all her beauty to deck the brow of that of the majestic brow of the hill; “ look there bright morn!) Emmeline came rushing into the at that proud monument of His almighty power! room in which I was reading, and, playfully See how boldly the sunbeams rest upon his putting her tiny hands over the page 1 was giant head, as if rejoicing in the strength of intent upon, exclaimed—“Pray, cousin Alfred, both-fit emblem of eternity are they! put aside that drowsy book; one would think | an atheist here, who might, with me, see all that you were reading for a clergyman. Do you not lies before us! Could he, with open eyes, look see,” continued she, in a tone so sweet it seemed upon that wondrous pile, that cloudless sky, not to come from a being of earth; " do you not that rippling streamlet, and then, with his hand see how beautifully the sun is shining on those pressed on his bosom—if he be a man and a tall oak trees? Do you not see how the streamlet mortal-could he exclaim, “There is no God?" yonder glitters and sparkles like gems upon the · Emmeline," said I, “it is indeed true-there brow of earth? Hear you not how merrily the is a power unknown to man, which liveth with song-birds are carolling their varied strains, the flowers, and dwelleth amid all that is bright until the old ruin before us can scarce find echoes and good. There is a spirit reigneth in each enough about its walls to chaunt their notes created thing, which biddeth the flowers to again? I perceive from your look that you do bloom, the trees to grow, and the ear of wheat see and hear all these ; and for what purpose, to wither, and be food for man. It is an universal then, could Nature have breathed into life so fair soul-an all-powerful monarch; it dwelleth in a morning ? Why, surely, for no other purpose the floweret's cup, and lives in every leaf upon than to gladden the hearts of as happy a party as the forest tree. But, come, let us change the ever visited the old mountain of C-G- subject; 'tis too high and holy for a party like
I started from the couch on which I reclined, the present, when we come to enjoy the more and dashing the book I had been reading to the lively thoughts of Nature, and cast the dreary ground, I stammered out an apology for my for- ones aside to contemplate in lonelier hours." getfulness, in not remembering that that was the “ True, Alfred, true,” replied she; "but I have very day fixed on for our jaunt.
a strange feeling come over me. It is not of "Fie, fie, cousin,” continued she; “is it you things of this earth ; but seems to soar up to who profess to admire Nature in her homeliest the bright blue sky of heaven! I will not weary garb, and for that purpose left your own home to you, however, with such sad thoughts,” consee her beauties decked in chrystal gems; and tinued she, in a lighter tone; but, though her blushing ’neath the early tints of morning light words came freer forth from her lips, I knew her from the highest points on the mountain's crown. heart was sad, and so its very lightness brought Is it one who thinks and feels, as you profess to pain with each short syllable. do, who should forget the glorious sight elect? We joined the party at the foot of the rise, Fie cousin; talk not to me again of Nature, and and, trusting ourselves to a guide, commenced of her works, for I see the contemplation of them our ascent. The view, indeed, was lovely as we is wearisome to you."
got higher up the bank; the varied scene of These words spoken half in jest, half in quiet hamlets mingled in the distance with humearnest, roused all the feelings slumbering within | ble villages and country seats; while at the back
of all, the rushing sea, dashing wildly on the the sturdy grip of the guide, who, pushing me beach-all seemed like a panorama of the bright back, approached with steady footsteps to the est scenes of earth! The walk grew narrower as spot on which she lay. Gradually did the we approached the summit; and it was, indeed, mountaineer move forward, until one more a fearful sight to see the abysses, where the vision stride would have brought him to her side; was lost in darkness, stretching below us. A respiration seemed to have stopped with the shout from the guide, who was before us, caused whole of the party, for not a sound was heard us to stop; and we then heard him caution us
we gazed, anxiously waiting the result. how we proceeded, as our passage was now over Suddenly the eyes of the poor girl opened-she a narrow ledge of rock, for about a dozen yards. gave a shriek, and attempted to rise. It was her Terror seemed to strike the whole of the party last shriek! Before the guide could stretch out at this unexpected piece of ill news. It was im- his hand to save her, she had lost her balance, possible to return; for the guide was in front of and was falling, with fearful force, into the us, and the walk was so narrow that he could streamlet, which she had, but a few short not turn back, and so pass us. The first of the minutes before, so ardently admired. Oh! party was a fine athletic young man, who seemed never-though I were to be numbered with the to court the danger as much as possible, to show things of eternity-never could I forget my his strong nerve and steady eye; but I beheld feelings at that moment ! 'Twas but for a his firm lip quiver as he walked along the ledge; moment, and the next I was lying senseless on and, though he feigned to have no fear, I know the rock. I was carried home to the mansion his heart well nigh sunk within him. It was in- by a more circuitous though less dangerous deed enough to make the stoutest heart quail, as route; where I lay, with little hopes of the eye looked down the immense precipice ; regaining my senses, for several weeks. When below us, on the right-hand side, was, at a dis- reason once more held sway over my shattance too great to calculate, the gently floating tered mind, I saw, by the sorrowful faces streamlet which had attracted the notice of Em- of the domestics, and the deep mourning garmeline on the walk up the hill; on the left I ments in which they were attired, that the tradared not look, for the guide strongly urged us gedy was complete! I have since learned that not to do so, as the sight might make us giddy. her body was picked up by the guide who at
One by one the party proceeded over the pass, tended us ; but her soul was winged to a realm until only Emmeline and I remained to cross. brighter and more suited for her than that she With trembling heart—not for myself altogether, had left. Poor girl! how fondly had she looked though a strong feeling of fear unknown to me to the coming of that bright morning, for weeks ! before, crept over me~ I first attempted to pass. How she had dwelt with ecstacy on every pasNever shall I forget my feelings at that moment. sing scene-little dreaming it would be the last I felt as if I were suspended between earth and time her eyes would light on things so fair on heaven by a single thread, when a slight move this earth! Nature truly did smile on a “happy ment would huri me into eternity. At last, but party;" but the sun sunk upon her upwardone step remained for me—to walk, and I was bound spirit ere yet the evening hour crept forth, safe! Without casting my eyes on either side, leaving the rest to mourn the setting of their I gave a leap-it was to safety—and I found favourite light ! myself, with indescribable emotion, upon safe It is now many years since the occurrence ground. But yet it seemed to me as if my body cited above took place; but I still bear each only were safe, for my heart and soul were with thought, each feeling of that awful day in my the being who had yet to cross. It was im- mind as vividly as if memory had slept to every possible for us to help her, as the very act of passing scene save that. I have visited Snow, stretching out an arm might prove the destruc-don; I have ascended the snow “ capped towers" tion of the adventurer, by overbalancing, in how of the mighty Mont Blanc; but I never, amid ever slight a degree, his equilibrium.
all my travels, recollect experiencing such fearOh, Heavens! what feelings came over us as ful thoughts as broke upon my mind at my we observed the frail girl-the favourite of all — first and last visit to the mountain-heights of commence her arduous task. With fearless step -she advanced boldly to the ledge. Without casting her eyes below on either side, she began
Warwick, Nov. to tread, with more cautious movement, upon the moss which covered it. She advanced a few steps, but I saw fear was gradually gaining on her nerves; her quick eye started, and her white Ingratitude is not a solitary vice; the heart where lip quivered, as she moved along with trembling it dwells is usually closed to all the kindly feelings of feet. She had already gained the middle of the humanity, and loves and friendships know no place pass, when a shriek burst from the whole party, as we observed her dark eye close, and saw her sink down upon the rocky border. She had fainted; and as her head fell lifelessly on her bosom, she turned upon her side, and one arm Experience does take dreadfully high schoolwas overhanging the precipice! I attempted to wages; but he teaches like no other. rush forward to save her, but found myself in
THE PROFESSOR'S DAUGHTER.
(From the French.)
M A RY
L E E.
The northern faubourg forms the most beau- | touching simplicity, which often affected the tiful quarter of the city of Stockholm, and, in learned professor even to tears. 1820, one of its most attractive mansions was At the time of her marriage, Madame Reidthat of the worthy professor, Reidsand. Its sand had brought her husband a pretty little forbeautiful proportions were well set off by an tune, and the worthy pair exercised such pruavenue of fine trees, whose verdure was per- dent economy in the midst of the tasteful estapetual; a sinall brook meandered gracefully blishment, that they had no anxiety respecting through the spacious garden, and a hot-house of their daughter's future support; but the mother chosen plants dispensed a rich perfume to every would often remark how happy she felt that passer-by. Within the house all was in perfect Ebba had no need of forcing her inclinations, keeping; costly furniture, a well-selected li- but might marry whoever she best loved. brary, some old pictures; while the whole was It was on one pleasant evening, when Madame under the supervision of the faithful Stina, a Reidsand thus yielded herself to these fancies, Flemish dame, who had been the domestic of while Ebba, in her anxiety for her father's reMadame Reidsand's mother, and who, in follow- turn, was constantly running from the clock to ing the fortunes of her young mistress, brought the avenue, that the professor was seen slowly with her fifty years' experience that industry advancing along the grassy walk, his head bowed and activity which never tire. Although con- on his breast, and his whole appearance indi. siderably advanced in life, Stina possessed all cating some strong mental suffering. As his the vivacity of a girl; and after going on er- daughter flew to meet him, the unhappy father rands, scrubbing, rubbing, dusting, and attend turned away, and losing all self-command, burst ing to the culinary department, she was never | into a passion of tears, till at length, becoming too weary to take her place in the parlour each somewhat soothed by his wife's affectionate soevening, where, with her spinning-wheel in full | licitude, he tried to articulate—“Wife, we are progress, she could enjoy the society of her mas- ruined ! totally ruined !" ter and mistress and of her pet-child, the young For a single moment, Madame Reidsand Ebba, from whom she had not been separated a looked on her blooming daughter with an exsingle day since her birth. Ebba was, indeed, pression of acute agony; but suddenly recoverthe joy of Stina's existence; her least word, her ing herself, she turned towards her husband, and most trifling gesture was the subject of constant on inquiring further, learned that her husband's admiration ; every little whim was attended to, brother, for whom he had 'stood security, had and Stina would have given her her very soul, failed to an immense amount, and had secretly had she been able to do so.
left Stockholm, leaving his wife and children in Few there were who would not have been at the greatest misery and shame on account of his tracted by the loveliness of the young Ebba'; and dishonest conduct. as she leant from her favourite, window, her “What misery lies before us !” exclaimed slight form strongly defined in the shaded aper- Madame Reidsand, as she clasped to her bosom ture, her bright face smiling out of its profusion the young Ebba, who, unable to realize her of golden ringlets, she might well have been mis- change of fortune, went from one parent to taken for one of those pretty spirits who so often another, vainly seeking to soothe them into comfigure in the ballads of Sweden's best poet, posure by her innocent caresses. Frangen. Even in her domestic routine of small “ And what dishonour !" murmured the produties, Ebba contrived to mingle the poetic fessor, who gloried in the honest name which largely with the prosaic. After attending to the had been bequeathed him by his ancestors, and flowers of the hot-house and garden, she assisted who now saw that name suddenly tarnished by Stina in the preparation of the breakfast ; and his brother's shameful conduct. that finished, she plied her needle industriously M. Reidsand was a man of the nicest sensiat her mother's side, or prosecuted her various bility and the sternest integrity; and such was studies, until the professor's return from his lec- the excitement of his mind, that a fever ensued, ture caused her to fly and welcome him with a delirium took possession of his powerful intelglad shout and a loving kiss. Then came her lect, and in spite of the attentions of friends and time of truest enjoyment. When seated at the the skill of physicians, he sank in the course of piano, her young voice absolutely revelled in a few days beneath the violence of his disease. melody as she sung one song or ballad after And now came the first trial of the once happy another, with that depth of expression, yet family, for poverty soon made sad inroads in their broken household. The hot-house plants slept peacefully at her side, she bade Stina first disappeared from their covert ; picture after approach, and delivered to her a letter for the picture was disposed of; favourite pieces of fur-counsellor Hoffman, along with one to her niture were bartered away to strangers; and, at daughter, in which she explained her ardent length, Madame Reidsand was actually obliged wishes with regard to her future career. Then to procure needlework for her support. Every extending her arms towards the slumbering morning found them seated at their sedentary girl, she blessed her with all the fervour of employment, and even then they were not able maternal love; and turning to Stina, laid her to meet the expenses of their simple establish- cold hand in hers, murmuring—" Be to her as ment, since debts, at first trifling, soon multi- a mother: Ebba, dear child, Heaven guard you!" plied into hydra-heads, and in a few months and then, with a long drawn sigh, fell back they were compelled to quit their beloved home, fainting on her pillow. and to take possession of a small chamber in a
When Ebba awoke from her long nap, what retired quarter of Stockholm, where the narrow
was her distress on seeing her beloved parent's streets were hardly less noisome than
many which are now to be found in the most wretched corpse lying decently prepared for burial, while faubourgs of Paris.
the weeping seryant prayed fervently at the side
of the couch ! Anxious to reduce their most trifling expenditures, Madame Reidsand'sorrowfully proposed A few days after the humble burial, Stina set that Stina should seek for other service; but the off with her charge for Dresden, and during the faithful domestic indignantly rejected her mis- long and fatiguing journey, nothing could exceed tress's suggestion; and while she sought to as- the care with which she watched over the young sist in every possible way, she would not even Ebba; and on reaching the city, her first thought, share their frugal meal, but disappeared each after procuring cheap lodgings, was to proceed to day at a certain hour from the house, and on the house of the counsellor Hoffman, the direcinquiry it was found that she was employed, tion to which was willingly given by their kindduring that interval, as cook, by several poor hearted landlady. On reaching his dwelling, the labourers, who paid her for her services in food, door was opened by an old servant, who, ininstead of money. Madame Reidsand's health viting them to enter, conducted them into a soon sank beneath her constant labours; she parlour where reigned the most striking disorder. could not resist the weight of sorrow and anxiety In the middle of the apartment stood a piano, which weighed upon her spirits, and at length while pêle-mêle on every side were to be seen she became so feeble as to be compelled to re- books, empty bottles, rude models for statuary, main in bed. Sensible of her approaching end, half-finished pictures, and scattered papers. A she one day, in the absence of Ebba, took the large cat was the only occupant of the apartment, opportunity of expressing her presentiments to and at the sight of the two strangers, it sought the faithful Știna. “I feel,” said she, “that to make its escape through the door, by which a my days are already numbered ; but listen to queer-looking little man now entered, completely me, friend, while I'make some arrangements enveloped in a loose great coat. He took from with regard to my dear Ebba, who, in the bloom Ebba's trembling hand the letter which she now of her youth and beauty, will soon stand alone presented him, and glancing at its contents, exand unprotected in the world, unless you will fill claimed—"The worthy professor dead! and his a mother's place to her, Stina."
good wife, too! Welcome then, child, to my The weeping domestic signified her willing- house. Your mother was right when she enness by a mute gesture, for her grief would not trusted you to my care, for I can never forget allow any utterance, and then the dying lady the favours which I received from your parents continued her directions.
when I myself was in indigent circumstances. “A few days since, I received a small sum Come, child, come; let us have some music at from my brother-in-law, which will support you once. And with these words he took his seat both, with frugality, through the next year. at the piano, chose a piece, placed it on the However, trust not to such poor help, Stina, but music desk, and animatedly struck the keys: as soon as possible after my death, you must Ebba gazed upon him with an expression of accompany my daughter to Dresden, with a sorrow and alarm, and seemed inclined to shrink letter from myself
, which you will deliver to from this early essay; but the little man grew Earnest Hoffman, a counsellor residing in that impatient, and exclaimed—“What! such an ex• city, and the intimate friend of my deceased cellent musician, and yet not able to sing at first husband. Should he give you an encouraging sight? You can? Ah, well, here is a piece answer with regard to the project which I will composed by my friend, Weber; make haste ; there unfold, you must urge Ebba to prosecute don't be frightened, but begin immediately.” the studies which the counsellor will point out, The agitated Ebba made several attempts and to follow faithfully all his directions. If before she could command her voice entirely; he does not approve, however, of my hint, my but scarcely had she sung through the first line last hopes are futile, and I can but entrust my of the recitative, when Hoffnan interrupted her poor child to the mercy of a protecting God.” with a loud cry of joy, and yielding to that
Some days elapsed after this conversation, singularity which regulated all his movements, and each one found Madame Reidsand more he ran towards the door which opened into the feeble and emaciated, till one morning, as Ebba next apartment, vociferating loudly" Jean Paul