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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 On my return to my father, he acquired dislike to London confines said to me, in a tone that thrilled him so much to the country, he has through my heart, “ Mly child, go constantly made my mother spend to bed. I remarked how pale and every spring in town, to keep up the thin you looked; and Holt has in-' family state and consequenee in the formed me, your long and tender public eye; and to mix with those attendance upon your mother subof her own station, unminaled with dued you, and that you have been the base alloy, which in the country very ill, and in a sheumatic fever he is compelled to admit into the too. I know that pain, and must society of bis family. Last year, feel for you: but hearing you left being eighteen, I was presented; and your sick chamber, for the first time, a very delightful time we had in to come to me; and that since your town, from the queen's to the king's arrival you never sought your pil. birth-day: but this year, alas! how low; has given such pain to my sadly different! My father, out of heart, I cannot bear it.-Go to bed, sorts with every one, because he had my child.".... unjustly quarrelled with his son, 'I wept for joy, at this proof of would not accompany us to town; his affectionate concern for me; and but staid here, brooding mischief, feeling that Nature did absolutely and at length fretting bimself into require my taking rest, to sustain illness. My dear mother, in con- me through, what the pàysicians sequence of mental disquietude, fell apprehended, a relapse in my father, dangerously ill the last week in Ja- 1 retired : after two hours' resi, I nuary, and continued in a very weak returned, and found him still ; liis and precarious state until the be- curtains drawn around him. I sat ginning of May. By the manage- quietly by his bed-side, until I heard ment of Selina, my father knew not him sigh heavily, and move. I then the danger my mother had been in, gently drew aside the curtain, to' until it was past; and just as he looks at him; when he instantly heard of it, bis terrible illness came caught my hand, and pressed it afon; when I hastened down to him, fectionately to his lips..-Oh! how and found him so weak, so ill, so my heart thrilled! full of agonising pain, so very near * That night, as the nasty forea death, that I felt my supposed ha. boding doctors apprehended, he had tred of him had been all delusion. a relapse; but it turned out, most For two days after my arrival, he fortunately, of little consequence ; knew me not, his fever ray so high when, in the first moments of reThis complaint, rheumatic gout); turning pain, poor Holt, overpowerbut when his abating pain, and con- ed by his sorrow, unguardedly dropsequent decrease of fever, allowed pod some word expressive of despair. him to observe me, he eagerly called My father, with almost terrifying me to him, kissed me tenderly, said vehemence, instantly exclaimed “I looked like my angel niother” (a “ Driveller! I am not dying. I can. sesemblance he never allowed be- not, will not, die! Emily cannot fore), and bade me “ not to leave now come to me; and on the bohim." I meant to obey him; but som of my angel wife, only, will I shorly after, I was compelled to re- resign my last breath."
Qh, Miss De Clifford! what delu piness of my parents: and, alas! sive dreams of happiness for us all alas! the frigid reception my father did I augur from these emphatic gave my mother, after a separation words! During the very slow pro- of almost five months—and after her gress of my father's amendment, bis dangerous indisposition, and his own kindness and growing partiality to cruelly put every lingering hope me seemed hourly to increase. We to flight. I know he was offended talked incessantly of my mother. I at her want of punctuality, in not ventured to speak of St. Orville; my being at Bridport, to which place he father seemed pleased that I did so; anxiously rode this morning, to meet and we often pursued the subject her (the longest ride he has attempttogether.
At length the Gazeite ed since his illness); and fatigue and arrived containing my gallant bro- disappointment terribly irritated him ther's late glorious achievement; but could not have occasioned such during the perosal of which, my fa- a heartless reception as that: and I ther wept like a child; and, as soon cannot but mingle self-upbraidings as abated agitation permitted him to with my sorrow; for I doubt not hold a pen, he wrote a long letter to my indignant impetuosity increas. St. Orville:-what it contained i ed the malice and machinations of know not; but it cost lord Dela. Mrs. Monk. more many tears.
• On my father's being taken ill, "It happened, most unfortunately, this Circe flew hither. By his lordthat my father was so much reco- ship's order, she was admitted, and vered, as to be able to walk out be- became his chief nurse:-and such fore the return of my mother ;--a a nurse, Seabright the housekeeper return, I have no doubt, Selina maost told me, never was before seen!.... diabolically retarded: writing for so Sitting rocking herself on her chair, many renewals of leave of absence; with a face a yard long, to look first for permission to stay the woe-begone; and without rouge, to birthday; and then that my mother look like grief. Howling, when he looked pale, and was so weak she moaned; fidgetting with the cure was not yet equal to so long a jour- tains, when he dosed, effectually to ney ;-and this was all, I am cer- awaken him; running about, shouttain, because she dreaded their meet- ing, bawling, and calling every one ing before Menk had an opportunity -impeding all; and doing roihing of working my overthrow in my fa- hersell, when his pain became viother's favour, and turning his heart lent and alarming-but officiously from my mother. Last Monday, giving him all his medicines, of ob! it was black Monday for me! which, in her tender, agonised anximy father 'walked over to visit that ety (as che herself termed it) always enchantress Monk;" and returned contriving to spill two-thirds: though from her, an altered being. No she managed never to lose a drop of more did his eyes beam with affec. the madeira she had continually retion on me; no more was his voice couree to, to sustain her through her
ber. Certainly, from the moment hearer; and, so deeply were they my father's rest was undisturbed, both engaged, they heard not the and that he got all his medicines, ne supper-bell, nur thought of returnrecovered rapidly.
ing until the old butler came, him However, to return to the point, selt, tu seek them. of myself upbraiding.-On my ar- 0 Heavens !' exclaimed lady rival, this vile woman retired to Theodosia, 'how heedless of time I my father's dressing-room, where have been! I have made you shed I most unexpectedly encountered so many tears, that your eyes, her. My indignation, at there be. and my own, will awaken suspicion holding the destroyer of my mother's of the conversation of our walk. happiness, almost amounted to fren- Her ladjship, and Julia, now consy: I ordered her instantly to quit trived, by the aid of a watering-por, the casile; nor “ dare to contaminate to get some water from an adjacent the air I breathed, with her polluted lake, on which the moon-beans breath.” Her eyes flashed fire : but brightly playerl, and bathed their I
suppose the fire which flashed from eyes, until ihey believed every trace mine was more tremendous; for she of tears was removed. This little obeyed me, without uttering a syl. hurry and exertion, by abstractirg lable: but never shall I forget the their thoughts from the subjects that look of deadly, implacable vengeance, before so much saidened them, gave she darted at me. It struck the to their spirits something like cheerchill o; terror to my heart, and made ing exhilaration, and led them back my coward frame shake with direful to the castle totally devoid of every apprehension.'.....
appearance of dejection, which, to This long narrative, of lady Theo- the penetrating eyes of lady Selina, dosia's, was told without a single might have betrayed them. audible comment from our heroine; The same party assembled at supfor her ladyship, ftiling that to re: per, which formei their dinner cire mark upon the circumstances she cle. Ladies Delamore and Selina recited must be painfully unpleasant entertained the two gentlemen with to her young companion, delicately town news, and anecuo:es of several contrived to avoid any pause that persons and occurrences, they had might seem to demend a reply. But heard and met with during their long though Julia spoke not, her heart absence; until lord Delamore sudwas too full of sensibility, too feel. denly said'Emily, did you reingly alive to every right propensity, member to bring me the medal?' not to be struck most forcibly with Her ladyship instantly drew from inany and varied enotions; during her pocket a case, which she thought this distressing narration; which contained a medál, and handed it to (whilst it inspired much tender her husband; but in a moment, solicitude, sympathising sorrow, high- aware of her mistake, she, in great ly awakened admiration, the extreme trepidation, reached out the medal, of indignation, content, and hor- demanding her own casembut it ror) drew the resistless tear of pity was too late; lord Delamore had
boy! --After a few moments more, might they exclaim with Bloom-
• Still twilight, welcome! Rest, how sweet
art thou!' eyes the sudden tears of joyful surprise had been called, by the words I sought not the fields till the
' invaluable likeness to my boy;' chilly night-dew' began to smoke but discretion arrested the fall of along the surface of the neighbour• those happy tears.
ing stream. When my last Night Spirited conversation was now at Walk was taken, every appearance an end: the incident of the portrait, portended a coming storm; and the for different reasons, unhinged the portents were not deceitful: the parents and their daughters; and storm came, and it was an awful all full of obtruding thoughtfulness, one! I have heard many men boast no one was longer able to bear a that they were never alarmed at a connected part in discourse. After tempest, let its violence be ever so a few unsuccessful efforts, by Mr. great: I am myself not at all timid Temple and Julia, to restore con- during a storni, but it is at all times verse, all sunk into silence; and lady awe-inspiring; and when the pealing Delamore, at length, aware of the thunder, preceded by streams of liuniversal gloom, broke up the dumb quid fire, seems to roll in tremenda party, and they separated for the ous majesty just above our heads, I night.
envy not that man's mind who can coldly and apathetically listen to its terrific tones, and say it inspires him with no sentiment of awe, with no
feeling of fear. I freely confess I A NIGHT WALK
have felt both, and in the most ter
rifying moment of a tempest have IN AUGUST,
been ready to exclaim
Where no:y's the trifler? where the child By J. M. L.
of pride ?
These are the moments when the heart is • The bird of Eve began her tune,
try'd! The chilly night-dew slowly rose,
Nor lives the man with conscience e'er so Whilst in the East appear'd the Moon,
clear, As Nature sank to sweet repose.'
But feels a solemn, reverential fear;
Feels too a joy relieve his aching breast, Author's Menuscript Poems. When the spent storm bath howl'd itself to
rest,' THE day had been a West-In
BLOOMFIELDE dian day for heat, and each toiling harvester had literally earned a hard
Hurdis, too, is very impressive on day's labour by the sweat of his this subject. He says, brow. Much of the corn was al
• There let me sit to see the low'sing storm teady carried, and a few days pro- Collect its dusky horrors, and advance mised to see the whole safely got in. To bellow steruly in the ear of night ; Evening's ' placid hours' had called Making the clouds his chariot. Who cap
To see th' Almighty electrician come, the labourers home, and the mild
stand summons had been gladly obeyed by When he appears? The conscious creature thein all; for fatigue had made the And skulks away, afraid to see his God
flies, thought of home doubly dear. Thus Charge and recharge his dreadful battery.
For who so pure his lightning might not than true, that there are men weak
blast, And be the messenger of justice? Who
enough, mad enough (I hardly know Can stand expos'd, and to his judge exclaim, what name to call it by), to believe, My heart is cleansed, turn thy storm or at least to endeavour to believe,
away." Fear not, ye fair, who with the naughty
that there is no God, no almighty world
Being, whose sole-creating
hand Have seldom mingled. Mark the rolling formed the wondrous world we live
storm, And let me hear you tell, when morning in, the wondrous worlds that sur
round us; when even every leaf, With what tremendous howl the furious every blade of grass attest his power,
blast Blew the large shower in heavy cataract
without extending a glance to the Against your window; how the keen, the immensities of the universe. Το quick,
such a lost being it should be said, And vivid lightning quiver'd on your bed; And how the deep artillery of heav'n
'Come hither, fool, who vainly think'st Broke loose, and shook your coward habia Thine only is the art to plumb the depth tation.
Of truth and wisdom. ''Tis a friend who Fear not; for if a life of innocence,
calls, And that which we deem virtue here below, And has some honest pity left for thee. Can hold the forky bolt, ye may presume Oh! thoughtless stubborn sceptic. Look To look, and live. Yet be not bold, but abroad, shew
And tell me, shall we to blind chance ascriba Some pious dread, some grave astonishment : The scene so wonderful, so fair, and good ? For all our worthy deeds are nothing worth ; Shall we no farther search than sense will And if the solemn tempest cut us short
lead, In our best hour, we are in debt to heav'n.' To find the glorious cause which so delights VILLAGE CURATE. The eye and ear, and scatters ev'ry where
Ambrosial perfumes? Is there not a hand On this night all was peace; the Which operates unseen, and regulates stars shone above, in radiant beauty ;
The vast machine we tread on? Yes, there
is the planetary star of eve most con- Who first created the great world, a work spicuous amongst them. I gazed on Of deep construction, complicately wrought, them with mingled wonder and ad
Wheel' within wheel; tho' all in vain wę
strive miration. The thought that every
To trace remote effects through the thick fixed star was a sun, similar to that which enlightens our own earth, and Of movements intricate, confus'd and strange, sound each of which revolves a pla- And guides the whole. What if we see him
Up to the great Artificer who made, netary system, whose orbs are all too not? far removed for mortal eyes to be
No more can we behold the busy soul hold, led the contemplating mind to
Which animates ourselves. Man to himself
Is all a miracle. I cannot see the Omniscient hand that created The latent cause, yet such I know there is, and regulates the whole of so stupene
Which gives the body motion, nor can tell dous a system. True indeed it is, By what strange impulse the so ready limb that,
Performs the purposes of 'will. How thers
In this our narrow vessel, comprehend < Stars teach as well as shine. Ac Nature's The being of a God? Go to the shore, birth
Cast in thy slender angle, and draw out Thus their commission ran- ' Be kind to The huge leviathan. Compress the deep, Man!!
And shut it up within the hollow round Where art thou, poor benigheed traveller? Of the small hazel nut. Or freight the shell The stars will light thee, though the moon Of snail or cockle, with the glorious sun, should fail.
And all the worlds that live upon his beams, Where art thou, more benighted! more The goodly apparatus that rides round
The oloving averee of heaven.