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act of justice to beg, and, if possi- her home, singular as it may appear ble, to obtain, forgiveness from a under all the circumstances, we had woman whoin I have unintentionally pledged ourselves to an unalterable injured-whom I have loved so well, attachment.. that I must once more see her, hear Elmgrove, however, I was not desher, and converse with her, though tined to enter ; for, just as we arrived ten thousand deaths awaited on the at the door, an alarm was given of a interview. You now see, Mr.J— , party of cavalry approaching; and, the cause of my not complying with without waiting to take leave of our your advice; and, though you should friends, Emmet and I betook ourselves condemn my notions as extravagant, to the hills, where we continued unI cannot consent to forego my reso- til day-light next morning; when, lution.'
meeting two of our friends, we went The Exile now made an offer of his into a farmer's house, and procured services to bring about the wished-for some breakfast. About twelve o'clock interview; but Emmet declined im. we resolved to go towards Dublin ; plicating his friend ; and it was finally and, as one almost totally unknown, agreed that he and I should venture I was chosen to precede the party, and into Dublin on this very romantic provide lodgings in the neighbourbusiness.
hood of Harold's Cross. Without The lady to whom my poor friend meeting any thing to alarm me, I sucwas so enthusiastically attached was ceeded in engaging apartments in a the youngest daughter of the cele- mean-looking house, which appeared brated Curran; and, if report may be peculiarly adapted to my purpose, as credited, she was every way worthy it stood with its back to the road, the of the affection of a heart so fond, so entrance being through an obscure gentle, and so noble, as that of Ro- door that led into the garden. Imbert Emmet.
mediately after dusk I introduced The Exile having assured us that for Emmet, the others going to their rethe present there was no occasion to spective homes; and here he continued remain in ourconcealment, insisted on for several days, during which time I our accompanying him to Elmgrove; took up my abode in the hotel, as promising, at the same time, that usual, not thinking it right to act with proper persons should be placed at a any thing like secrecy. Once every distance to watch the approach of day I paid my friend à visit; and, as strangers. As it was advisable that I passed through the streets without we should put on our own clothes as having excited any suspicion, I resoon as possible, I left my friends on solved on remaining in Ireland till the their way to Mr. J 's, and went to whole affair blew over, as much with see if Denis had returned from Dub- the intention of aiding the escape of lin.
Emmet, for whose apprehension a On entering the cottage, the first large reward was offered, as in the person who met my eyes was Eliza. hope of again seeing Miss JShe had, it appeared, just returned During the first few days, Emmet sent from town, and made her first visit, several notes to Miss Curran without for very obvious reasons, to Mrs. having obtained an answer; and at Howlan. I was now convinced that I length I consented to be the bearer of had made an impression on this lovely a verbal message, which I was to woman's heart; and, as I gazed upon manage with much delicacy and pruher animated countenance, I forgot for dence, as the young lady had incura moment my misfortunes, and be- red, on Emmet's account, the displealieved it possible yet tobe in possession sure of her friends. The day before of happiness. In about half an hour my proposed visit to the Priory, Mr. Denis returned, having been success- Curran's residence, I was walking ful in his mission. I quickly dressed through Stephen's Green, when a permyself; and, dismissing one of the son tapped me on the shoulder. little boys with my friend's clothes to Turning round in some alarm, I was Elmgrove, then took Fliza's arm, and at once surprised and rejoiced on seeproceeded towards her father's. On ing my cousin Malachy before me. our way she betrayed her anxiety for He gave me a cordial shake of the my safety; and, before we reached hand; and appeared, by his friendly manner, to have forgotten the enmity Dublin being no longer a place for which had existed between us for me to reside in, and my money being some time previous to the revolt. As now in possession of the police, I had I was sincerely glad to see him, thus no resource but to take refuge 'once unexpectedly, at perfect liberty, I did more in the Wicklow mountains. not conceal my feelings; and, having About eight o'clock in the evening I learned that some good fortune-too reached the cottage of Denis, and was long then to detail-had released him not a little surprised to find that from prison, I communicated the search had been made for me there name of my hotel, and directed him about half an hour before; and that to the lodgings of my friend. He ex- for three days previous the veomen pressed the greatest satisfaction at were hunting through the hills for seeing me ; and having, as he said, Emmet and me, they having received some important information for Em- information of our being concealed in met, he proceeded towards Harold's the mountains. This information Cross, promising to pay me a visit in considerably heightened my alarm; the evening.
and, not thinking it prudent to remain When I reached my hotel, it struck in the cottage all night, I went out me that I had acted imprudently, and into a neighbouring field, and made committed an error against friendship my couch of a hay-stack, Fortunateand judgment. Alas! I had a pre- ly for me that I did so; for early science of what soon took place; for, next morning Denis's cottage underthe moment the ebullition of joy on went another search. seeing Malachy had subsided, I re- For two days nothing was heard garded his release from prison as through the surrounding hills but the something rather extraordinary; it clangour of bugles, and the shouts of was, certainly, an event well calcu- soldiers; while I kept continually lated to create suspicion; and, dread- shifting my quarters to avoid the ing the worst of consequences, I search that was making after me. On snatched up my hat, and fled to Ha- the night of the second day, I fell in, rold's Cross. But my speed was use- once more, with Captain Dwyer, unless; for, when I came within sight of der whose protection I removed more Emmet's lodyings, I saw the house to the South. Denis having reported surrounded by police officers. Good that I had sailed for England, my purGod! the feelings of that moment suers relaxed in their industry; and, nearly overpowered me: my head after being the companion of a mounreeled my eyes lost their sight-and tain banditti for several days, I paid nothing but the sense of my own dan- a kind of experimental visit to father ger could have prevented me from Kavanagh, whom I had seen once or falling on the road. A crowd soon twice at Castle The worthy collected: and, mingling in it, I had priest received me with the utmost the grief and mortification to see my kindness, and informed me, that he heroic young friend marched off a had only just returned from adprisoner. His countenance, which I ministering to my uncle the last narrowly observed, betrayed no tokens rites' of the church'; for, though of fear or perturbation, but evinced the poor old man bore the death the same calm and dignified aspect of his eldest son with becoming which ever distinguished this extraor- fortitude, he had sunk under the imdinary young man.
puted disgrace which Malachy had Emmet's apprehension reminded brought upon his family, it being me of my own danger ; and, hasten- currently reported my cousin had ing towards my hotel with the design given information to government, of'immediately quitting Dublin, I was though no one could substantiate the , met b'y one of the waiters, who de- charge. Father Kavanagh was loud sired me to fly, as police officers were in his reprobation of Malachy ; and. in possession of my room and papers. having a kind of secret chamber, he There was evidently treason in all requested of me to become his guest. this : and I had no hesitation in fix- I gladly embraced his proposal. ing on Malachy as the traitor. Per- and continued his inmate for some haps I wronged him ; but not to sus- time. Overcome by anxiety, I at pect him was impossible.
length ventured to make the Exile
acquainted with my place of concéal- He died as he lived, with heroic ment. That gentleman, on receipt fearlessness, and decent fortitude. of my note, hastened to me, and by There was no way to save him. The his cheerfulness and conversation violated laws required to be appeased, contributed greatly to console me: and the government has only done its he recommended a speedy departure duty. The amiable, though enthufrom the kingdom, and kindly under- siastic Emmet, however, I hope has took to provide the means. Respect- not died in vain; our rulers must ing the fate of poor Emmet, he spoke learn from his history that a people vaguely, and seemed to think that he without confidence, is a moral Hydra, had no chance of escaping an igno- never to be deprived of the means of minious death. Previous to taking doing mischief. The head of one his departure, he promised that I rebellion is no sooner lopped off should hear from him when he had than another is generated. The succeeded in making the proper ar- Hercules, who is to annihilate the rangements for my departure from monster, can only be found in that Ireland, and, from his confident man- act of wisdom and justice, which is to ner, I had little doubt that the hour reconcile the people to their rulers, of my deliverance was at hand. by making them freemen.'
For three days I suffered all the “The fate of Robert Emmet demandhorrors of suspense, but on the fourth ed something more than tears, and, a letter arrived ; it was from my kind unprofitable as these may have been, friend the Exile, and informed me I have continued to offer them still that the captain of a merchant vessel to his memory. But let my private then lying at Wexford had instruc- sorrows pass; history one day will do tions to convey me to Lisbon. He him justice, I have thrown my mite then made some reflections on the ne- into the scale in which his reputation cessity of fortitude, counselled me to get trembles; and, inadequate as that bear up against misfortune with firm- may be, it is sincere and impartial. ness, and used all those arguments All ye who knew him in his hour which humane persons, think neces- of pride, go and do likewise. sary to prepare a friend for some My task is now concluded : the unexpected calamity. •Be not alarm- world has been made acquainted with ed,' he continued; I have melan- the extent of my crime; but “ all choly intelligence to communicate:I my sufferings none can know.” On have just returned from one of those these, however, I do not mean to scenes which fill the soul with awe dwell; for, happily, years of tranquil and melancholy, and leave upon the pleasures have nearly effaced the remind an eternal impression of regret membrance of them from my mind. and sorrow. Robert Emmet, the After three years spent on the Conlofty-minded patriot-the amiable en- tinent I returned to England. A forthusiast—the warm-hearted friend, giving father provided in an effectual and ardent lover, is no more! The manner for my security, and, being no hand of the executioner has extin- longer a child of apprehension, I paid, guished the fire and energy of that after some time, a visit to Ireland. soul, which burned for his country's Castle I found in ruins-Malachy good; and that tongue, of the purest had joined the army, and died in the and sublimest eloquence, is now for West Indies-Denis Howland I found ever mute. Mistaken youth! thy fondly anticipating another rebellion death has been ignominious ; but in and all my friends at Elmgrove thy fate there has been so much that were as happy as virtue and indechallenges attention and excites re- pendence could make them. Eliza, I gret, that the felon's destiny shall thought, looked more lovely than neither deprive thy memory of sym- ever, and in an evening or two I perpathy nor thy name of immortality! suaded her that we were destined for Thy views were doubtless erroneous, each other. She did not hesitate to but thy intentions I believe were ho- believe me, and still thinks I was nest; at all events thy short career right: half a dozen little ones hold warrants the supposition, and let the same opinion, and what more us not uncharitably conclude other could even a republican like me
K N .
A MIDSUMMER-DAY'S DREAM.
Braiding her dark-brown hair
On a brow that might compare
Borne on a filmy winglet,
Outdarts a tiny stinglet.
With a mild and softened lustre,
Each fair fantastic cluster,
And splendour rides the beam,
Provoke a golden dream!
And, ' basking i’ the sun,' could lie,
A mountain stream is rushing;
The yellow wave is gushing !--
In slumb’rous influence over
Philosopher or lover ?
Full in my view the vision stood;
To strive for the masterhood.
For she spake in a northern tongue ;
And her biting satire stung. • Judge me, Impartial,' she sternly cried,
And fiercely she shook her spears
Shall it yield as if moved with fears?
Which sordid merchants won,
Since the first course of the sun !'