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caught mine eye, no martial bust frowned upon me as I advanced: his countrymen had placed no recording stone to point out the hero's last retreat, nor had any kind relative bestowed the annual pittance to bind his green sod with briars.

When age rendered labour in sufficient for a maintenance, he sought refuge in his parish work. house,

Where sireless youth and joyless age repair, (Driv'n by hard fate) to seek parochial care. What poor reward awaits the humble brave! A name unknown, and an untrophied grave.”

But whilst ruminating over the unconscious dead the dews of night began to fall, and admonished me (if health and all her rosy blessings were dear) to return to the abodes of the living. Soon Somnus began to shed his poppies over me; and while the downy ged was about to take his station on mine eyelids I exclaimed with Somerville,

How vain the pomp of kings! Look down, ye great,

And view with envious eye my humble nest; Where soft repose and calm contentment dwell, Unbrib'd by wealth, and unrestrained by power.' Haverhill, Suffolk.

The AMIABLE WIFE and ARTFUL MISTRESS.

[An Extract from SANTO SEBASTIANO, a Novel, by the Author of The Romance of the Pyrenees'.]

(Concluded from page 383.)

'MY mother's conduct most sensibly affected lord Delamore; but

date, which peremptorily ordered my amazed mother to cease from that moment her protection of Mary, and never to hold intercourse with the dear girl more. This was a direfal command; torturing alike to the hearts, the fondly attached hearts, of my mother and Mary.

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Mamma, in dismay and distraction, now deviating from her established rule of never speaking of her domestic sorrows, revealed this unfortunate event to an amiable friend, Mrs. Constantia Fermor; who, from that time, became the protectress of Mary.

Not more cruel than unfounded was the suggestion of Alfred's attachment to Mary: it is true, he fondly loves her, but it is with the affection of a brother. Lady Delamore, from the uncommon discre tion Mary, upon every occasion, evinced, was induced, when she attained her fourteenth year, to disclose to her the secret (which my mother firmly believed) of her birth, with strict injunctions never to breathe a suspicion of it to any one; and shortly after brought her on a visit here, to introduce her to the equally well-informed St. Orville:for well knowing their often seeing each other could not well be avoided, and fearing their mutual fascination, she prudently led them to love each other by the near tie of consanguinity. After my dear grandmamma Ashgrove's death, and that I resided entirely at home, I too was introduced to Mary, as my sister; and soon learned to love her almost as dearly as I do my brother: and, in despite of my father's interdict, I often go to see her, as she is now only a few miles distance from hence; as upon the marriage of miss Spencer, about

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sister (for I am incredulous to lord thoughtless dissipation, and with a Delamore's assertion, and am, as

mind careless of domestic happiness, well as Si. Orville, certain Mary is made proposals for her, against the his daughter) would be quite broken- entreaties, nay prayers, of his mohearted, for she is dejected beyond ther, lady Horatio Fitzroy. But, masure at being so cruelly deprived lady Selina, or a pistol,' was his of the happiness of seeing her beloved reply; and he addressed Selina-a benefactress.

woman I have heard him execrate Selina, I have alrealy told you, ten thousand times, as a fiend, a was easily won by the blandishments diabolical, and every harsh epithet of Mrs. Monk; whom, for years, he could think of; even at the time she visited unknown to my mother: he was making desperate love to and in those secret interviews, her me..... Nay, start not; I am not mind was so pervertel, and her heart love-stricken by my sister's elected so mu lelled, that her duty and affec- husband. Oh! no; I have but cne tion were quite alienated from her cousin, who ever endangered my incomparable moter, and given, with heart :-not sir Charles Stratton; her while confidence and interest, to but one too tasteless to think of me: the diabolical mistress of her father. -So, thank my stars, my affections Ai length, my poor mother obtained are still to be disposed of. the dreadful intelligence of who it · The moment Charles (who was was that e-tranged the affections of the avowed absolute aversion of Seher eldest child from her. Agonising lina) declared himself her lover, she was the horrible information: she instantly became most desperately entreated, supplicated, implored, and enamoured; and compels him to commanded her daughter never to act the lover in the most glowing visit Mrs. Monk more; but in vain. colours; and if you have any parThe secret

once disclosed, Selina tiality for the ridiculous, I think you braved the matter out; triumphed will be amused by sir Charles's real in her disgraceful disobedience; and or pretended passion. For, you now openly visited this mortal foe must know, it is his invariable rule to her mother: and to this hour she to fall in love with every new pretty daily resorts to her, recounting all face he sees; and the last, in his the occurrences of the castle, and opinion, is always the most fasciplans and plots with her, to make nating: so that, when he comes my mother wretched.

here, should he be surprised by the * By this unnatural (and surely I sight of a beautiful new face, expect may say, infamous) attachment to to see him souse at once into love Mrs. Monk, the wily Selina first se- for it, and making awkward endeacured for herself a high place in my vours to conceal from Selina his news deluded father's affection; which she admiration. has since failed not to improve, by • About myself, I have little to her unwearied blandishments and say. I am four years younger than machinations : so that it is long Selina (one cause of her great aver.' since it has been firmly believed by sion to me); and nearly three my all, that she will be sule heiress brother's junior. My grandmother to my father's immense personal Ashgrove (who long knew, before wealth; and yet even that belief, my dear mother discovered it, of See nor her personal attractions, ever lina's intimacy with the vile Alonk.). gained for her a suitor, until sir fearing that my heart should be pere Charles Stratton, ruined by his verled hy pernicious counsel, early

begged me from my mother. For two years, I resided totally with grandmamma: but then, upon visiting my mother, and finding lord Delamore made no attempt to introduce me to Mrs, Monk (I suppose, because he knew my volatility would lead me to keep no secret), my grandmother judged it for my happiness not totally to monopolise me, lest, by doing so, she should weaken my mother's affection for me. From that period, therefore, until my dear grandmother's death, I resided six months alternately with lady Ashgrove and at home; my education conducted by a very estimable governess, aided by masters, and under the inspecting eye of my mother and grandmother.

In this way, too, was Selina educated;-only, without the assistance of grandmamma, who, I may say, almost abhorred my sister. Selina, in her turn, even from my birth, conceived a deadly enmity to me; and, ere I was actuated by her conduct to my adored mother, I strangely disliked her. We never, in childhood, coalesced; but, as time went on, and disclosed many secrets to me, my dislike has changed to detestation, Mutual antipathy has increased with our years; and since my beloved Mary was despoiled of my mother's protection, my nominal sister and self rarely exchange even a sentence in a week for at that time, greatly irritated by my father's cruelty to poor St. Orville (which all sprung from the diabolical malice of Selina, and her coadjutor Monk);

wonder at my being upon worse terms than ever with her,

By being so much with my dear grandmother (who absolutely detested my father), I heard him harshly reprobated, and turned into the strongest ridicule, by my lively aunt Enner dale; heard him condemned by lord and lady Horatio Fitzroy, with unqualified severity: and, tenderly lov ing my mother, you will not wonder that resentment for the neglect and unkindness she has experienced took possession of my mind: and that perpetually hearing him spoken of as I did, should lessen him in my estimation. I hope you will consider this as some mitigation of my failure in veneration for lord Delamore: but St, Orville will not receive it as such; indeed, this is the only thing we ever disagreed about; for his maxim is, "that others failing in their duties, is no excuse for our doing so."

"Though my father," St. Orville always says, "sometimes forgets his affection for his son, that son shall never forget his duty to his father." Nor does he, miss De Clifford; for no one who sees the undeviating sweet, conciliating, and respectful manner of St. Orville to his father, could suspect that father ever had been cruel or unkind to him.

'Not so with me, I am ashamed to say; for seldom can I catch my, self treating my father with proper respect. My mother's injuries are ever floating in my mind's eye; and, in a constant state of irritation, I often found my flippant tongue say.

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him in his last illness, I firmly be- tire, with his physicians, to receive lieve I hated him. instructions from them.

Though lord Delamore's late acquired dislike to London confines him so much to the country, he has constantly made my mother spend every spring in town, to keep up the family state and consequence in the public eye; and to mix with those of her own station, unmingled with the base alloy, which in the country he is compelled to admit into the society of his family. Last year, being eighteen, I was presented; and a very delightful time we had in town, from the queen's to the king's birth-day but this year, alas! how sadly different! My father, out of sorts with every one, because he had unjustly quarrelled with his son, would not accompany us to town; but staid here, brooding mischief, and at length fretting himself into illness. My dear mother, in consequence of mental disquietude, fell dangerously ill the last week in January, and continued in a very weak and precarious state until the beginning of May. By the management of Selina, my father knew not the danger my mother had been in, until it was past; and just as he heard of it, his terrible illness came on; when I hastened down to him, and found him so weak, so ill, so full of agonising pain, so very near death, that I felt my supposed hatred of him had been all delusion. For two days after my arrival, he knew me not, his fever rap so high (his complaint, rheumatic gout); but when his abating pain, and consequent decrease of fever, allowed him to observe me, he eagerly called me to him, kissed me tenderly, said

On my return to my father, he said to me, in a tone that thrilled through my heart, "My child, go to bed. I remarked how pale and thin you looked; and Holt has in-' formed me, your long and tender attendance upon your mother subdued you, and that you have been very ill, and in a rheumatic fever too. I know that pain, and must feel for you: but hearing you left your sick chamber, for the first time, to come to me; and that since your arrival you never sought your pil low; has given such pain to my heart, I cannot bear it.-Go to bed, my child."..........

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I wept for joy, at this proof of his affectionate concern for me; and feeling that Nature did absolutely require my taking rest, to sustain me through, what the physicians. apprehended, a relapse in my father, I retired: after two hours' rest, I returned, and found him still; his curtains drawn around him. I sat quietly by his bed-side, until I heard him sigh heavily, and move. I then gently drew aside the curtain, to' look at him; when he instantly caught my hand, and pressed it affectionately to his lips.-Oh! how my heart thrilled!

That night, as the nasty foreboding doctors apprehended, he had a relapse; but it turned out, most fortunately, of little consequence: when, in the first moments of returning pain, poor Holt, overpowered by his sorrow, unguardedly dropped some word expressive of despair. My father, with almost terrifying vehemence. instantly ovaloimand.

Qh, Miss De Clifford! what delu sive dreams of happiness for us all did I augur from these emphatic words! During the very slow progress of my father's amendment, his kindness and growing partiality to me seemed hourly to increase. We talked incessantly of my mother. I ventured to speak of St. Orville; my father seemed pleased that I did so; and we often pursued the subject together. At length the Gazette arrived containing my gallant brother's late glorious achievement; during the perusal of which, my father wept like a child; and, as soon as abated agitation permitted him to hold a pen, he wrote a long letter to St. Orville-what it contained I know not; but it cost lord Delamore many tears.

It happened, most unfortunately, that my father was so much recovered, as to be able to walk out before the return of my mother;—a return, I have no doubt, Selina most diabolically retarded: writing for so many renewals of leave of absence; -first for permission to stay the birth-day; and then that my mother looked pale, and was so weak she was not yet equal to so long a journey; and this was all, I am certain, because she dreaded their meeting before Munk had an opportunity of working my overthrow in my father's favour, and turning his heart from my mother. Last Mondayob! it was black Monday for me! my father walked over to visit that enchantress Monk and returned from her, an altered being. No more did his eyes beam with affection on me; no more was his voice

piness of my parents: and, alas! alas! the frigid reception my father gave my mother, after a separation of almost five months-and after her dangerous indisposition, and his own

cruelly put every lingering hope to flight. I know he was offended at her want of punctuality, in not being at Bridport, to which place he anxiously rode this morning, to meet her (the longest ride he has attempted since his illness); and fatigue and disappointment terribly irritated him

but could not have occasioned such a heartless reception as that: and I cannot but mingle self-upbraidings with my sorrow; for I doubt not my indignant impetuosity increas ed the malice and machinations of Mrs. Monk.

'On my father's being taken ill, this Circe flew hither. By his lordship's order, she was admitted, and became his chief nurse:-and such a nurse, Seabright the housekeeper told me, never was before seen!.... Sitting rocking herself on her chair, with a face a yard long, to look woe-begone; and without rouge, to look like grief. Howling, when he moaned; fidgetting with the curtains, when he dosed, effectually to awaken him; running about, shouting, bawling, and calling every one

impeding all; and doing nothing herself, when his pain became violent and alarming-but officiously giving him all his medicines, of which, in her tender, agonised anxi ety (as she herself termed it) always contriving to spill two-thirds: though she managed never to lose a drop of the madeira she had continually recourse to, to sustain her through her

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