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Deep rooted in a kindred soil,
| leading from her own apartment to the queen's back. It bids the tempest strain and toil,
stairs; but the young lady always obtained her release And laughs to scorn its vain turmoil.
by climbing to the little window that looked down into “ Love is a summer bird that flies
the king's closet, and tapping at the glass till she had The first dark frown of wintry skies,
attracted attention; then, showing her weeping face, Or quickly sickens, droops, and dies."
and clasping her hands in an attitude of earnest entreaty, It is not so, but ever near,
she would cry, in a sorrowful tone, “ Ah ! Sire, send for It haunts our homesteads all the year,
me !" James, unless deeply engaged in business of im. And in the winter gives us cheer.
portance, always complied with the request of the tear.
ful petitioner, for he was very fond of children, and «Love not, the thing you love may change,' And looks once fond grow cold and strange,
when Mrs. Plowden next entered the royal presence Seeking abroad some wider range.”
with the queen, she was sure to find her small captive
closeted with his majesty, sitting at his feet, or some True love that once hath found its home
times on his knee. "At last she said to the king, "I | There rests, and hath no will to roam ; No time can mar, no change can come.
know not how it happens, but whenever my little girl i
is naughty, and I shut her up in the lobby, your majesty 1 « « Love not, the thing you love may die,
does her the honour of sending for her into your closet." And 'tis the worst of misery
James laughed heartily, and pointing to the window To mourn for happy days gone by.”
above, explained the mystery.--Strickland's Queens of Love dies not, tho' the cord be riven
TAE FROZEN DEAD AT THE HOSPICE OF THE GRAND ST.
The scene of the greatest interest at the Hospice
-a solemn, extraordinary interest indeed-is that
of the Morgue, or building where the dead bodies False counsellor, 'twas God that wove
of lost travellers are deposited. There they are, some of The golden threads of holy love,
them as when the breath of life departed, and the Death To link mankind with things abore.
Angel, with his instruments of frost and snow, stiffened Love keeps the world ; hence all derive
and embalmed them for ages. The floor is thick with That life which it alone can give :
nameless skulls and bones, and human dust heaped in By love the very angels live.
confusion. But around the wall are groups of poor Talk not of change, nor dare defame
sufferers in the very position in which they were found, By baser things so pure a name,
as rigid as marble, and in this air, by the preserving If love be true, 'tis aye the same.
element of an eternal frost, almost as crumbling. There Talk not of change, heaven's dearest boon
is the mother and a child, a most affecting image of Is linking two fond hearts in one,
suffering and love. The face of the little one remains There perfecting what here begun.
pressed to the mother's bosom, only the back part of Then bid me not to cast away
the skull being visible, the body enfolded in her careful What God hath given us for a stay,
arms, careful in vain, affectionate in vain, to shield her To cheer us in earth's evil day.
offspring from the elemental wrath of the tempest. The Nay, rather close and closer twine
snow fell fast and thick, and the hurricane wound them Around this yearning heart of mine
up in one white shroud and buried them. There is also Those earthly bonds, yet bonds divine.
a tall, strong man, standing alone, the face dried and black, but the white unbroken teeth firmly set and close, grinning from the fleshless jaws--it is a most awful
spectacle. The face seems to look at you from the re Miscellaneous.
cesses of the sepulchre, as if it would tell you the story
of a fearful death-struggle in the storm. There are “I have lere made only a nosegay of culled flowers, and
other groups more indistinct; but these two are never have brought nothing of my own, but the string that ties to be forgotten, and the whole of those dried and frozen them."-Montaigne.
remnants of humanity are a terrific demonstration of
the fearfulness of this mountain pass, when the elements, KING JAMES THE SECOND IN EXILE.
let loose in fury, encounter the unhappy traveller. You .. A PORTION of the private suite of the apartments of
look at all this through the grated window: there is ! the king and queen at St. Germains remain unaltered.
just light enough to make it solemnly and distinctly King James's morning room, or cabinet, with its dark
visible, and to read in it a powerful record of mental green and gold panelling, and richly carved cornice,
and physical agony, and of maternal love in death. The presents a melancholy appearance of faded splendour.
little child, hiding its face in its mother's bosom, and It opens with glass doors upon the stately balcony that
both frozen to death-one can never forget the group, surrounds the chateau, and commands a charming and ex
nor the momento mori, nor the token of deathless love. tensive prospect. It was here that the fallen king retired
--Dr. Cheever's Wanderings. to read or write. This room communicated with the queen's bed-chamber by a private stair; and, indeed, N.B. The Second Volume of this periodical is now ready; cover with the whole of that wing of the palace, by a number
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seller. of intricate passages which lie behind it. In one of the lobbies there is a small square window, which commands
CONTENTS. a view of the royal closet, so that anybody ambushed there might look down upon his majesty and watch all
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once more entirely to change my prospects in life. lt or, OLD COMPANIONS IN NEW SCENES.
came from Messrs. Coutts, the bankers, and stated that Br F. E.S.
they were commissioned to pay me the sum of 400!. per annum, in quarterly payments, for the purpose of de
fraying my expenses at college; the only stipulation ! TO THE READER.
being, that the money should be used for the purpose READER ! Mysterious being, whose name is Legion,
specified, that I did not contract any debts whatsoever,
"I and that I made no inquiries, direct or indirect, as to (for who is there that peruseth not the pages of Sharpe !) | the source from which the sum proceeded. In the event thou that art variform as the fabled Proteus, and many of my complying with these conditions, the same allur. minded, as the units of which thou art composed are ance was to be continued to me till I should have numerous, and dost yet possess a congregate opinion, / taken my degree. and general voice, which is all-powerful! Stranger, to The immediate consequence of this most unexpected whom are confided thoughts and feelings, of which not
communication was, our devoting the greater part de
morning to vain speculations as to the possible soute only my most chosen friends are ignorant, but which I
from which this liberal offer might have proceded have scarcely dared definitely to acknowledge to my
After guessing every one we could think of, likele own heart !-once more am I about to renew iny singular unlikely, we ended, as is usual in such cases, by been intercourse with thee.
ing more puzzled, if possible, than when we beauti, Reader, hast thou forgotten “Frank Fairlegh?” Are The only person with whom I was acquainted, postepen the “ Scenes from the Life of a l'rivate Pupil," com
ing both the will and the power to do such a thing, ni
Sir John Oaklands; but he had already, in the kindezt pletely banished from thy memory ? Surely it is not
manner, tried to persuarle my mother to allow me të so. It cannot be that the pleasant friendship existing
accompany Harry to Trinity College, Cambridge, les between us is to terminate thus abruptly. Rather will ging to be permitted to defray the expense of min I believe that we meet again as old friends should do, doing himself; an offer which she (not choosing to with a hearty shake of the hand, and a feeling of mutual place herself under so heary an obligation to a comp pleasure.
rative stranger) had, with many expressions of grace Why, Frank, you have become a man since we last
tude, declined. After consulting with our friend. Nr. parted.” Even so, dear reader, and many strange events Coutts' my readiness to comply with the required co
Dalton, it was decided that I should signify to Mesers have occurred in the interval ; events which, for me, ditions, begging them to convey my best thanks to my have possessed a peculiar interest; whether they are mysterious benefactor, and to inform him, that it was likely to inspire you with aught of the sume feeling, my intention (lubject to his approval) to enter innan you will be able to judge when you have perused the at Trinity, without loss of time. In answer to this ! following pages.
received the following laconic epistle :-“ Messit Coute CHAP. I.
beg to inform Mr. Frank Fairlegh, that, in reply to bi
favour of the 21st ult., they are desired to state that INTRODUCTORY.
the sum of 4001. per annum will be placed at his dispo For some months after my father's death, I continued sal, whenever he applies for it." to live at the rectory; Mr. Dalton, the new incumbent, I now resumed my studies under the superintendence who had been his curate, and was unmarried, kindly Inf Mr. Dalton, who had taken a good degree at Camallowing my mother to remain there till her plans for bridge ; and, alike delighted at my escape from the the future should be so far arranged, as to enable her to counting-house, and an xious to do credit to my lebe determine in what part of the country it would be ad factor's liberalitv. I determined to make the best use of visable for her to reside. It had been my father's wish my time, and worked con am040. In this manher, the and intention, when I should have attained a fit age, to next year and a half passed away without any thing send me to one of the universities; a wish my mother worthy of remark occurring. I was happy to perceire a was most anxious to carry into effect. In order to ac gradual improrcment taking place in my mother complish this with her redı.ced means, it would have health and spirits, while Fanny was developing into a been necessary for her, not only to have practised the very pretty and agreeable girl. strictest economy, but also, in great measure, to have towards the expiration of this period, Mr. Dalton sacriticed my sister's education, as she would have been I saw fit to take unto himself a wife, a circunstance which utterly unable to afford her theadvantage of masters. To induced my mother to accept the offer of a cottage be this, of course, I would not consent; after much discus longing to Sir John Oaklands, which was suítel to her sion, therefore, the idea of college was reluctantly given limited means. It was situated within the park cater, up, and, as a last resource, my mother applied to an about a mile from leathfield Hall, and, though small, uncle of hers, engaged in the West India trade, begging was well built, and exceedingly pretty. him to endeavour to procure for me a clerkship in some This was an arrangement of which I highly approval mercantile establishment. She received a very kind it enabled me to renew my intercourse with Harts, whi reply, saying that, although he considered me too having left Dr. Mildman's, was spending a few months young at present to be chained to a desk, he should ad at home with his father, previous to his matriculation ! vise me to apply myself diligently to the study of French Trinity. I found him but little altered in any repert: and book keeping; and ending by offering me a situa- save that he had become more manly looking. For the tion in his own counting-houre, when I should be rest, he was just as good-tempered, kind-hearter, and eighteen. As my only alternative lay between accept alar! indolent, as ever. He informed me, that LaFlee ing this offer, (however little suited to my taste,) or re- also was going to Cambridge, and that Coleman, when maining a burden upon my mother, it may easily be he learned what a party of us there would be, had been imagined that I lost no time in signifying my desire to most anxious to accompany us; but his father, unforto avail myself of his kindness; and, ere a couple of months natelt, did not approve, and he was now articled to a had elapsed, I had plunged deeply into the mysteries of solicitor, with a view to his succeedling eventually to book-keeping, and could jabber French with tolerable his father's practice. fluency. I was still working away at " Double Entry," | Time rolled on, and another three months beheh! its and other horrors of a like nature, when one morning duly installed in our rooms at Trinits, and dividing I received a large business-like letter, in an unknown our time between reading (more or less, in accordance hand, the contents of which astonished me not a little, with our various idiosyncrasies,) boating on the Call, as well they might; for they proved to be of a nature | billiard-playing at Chesterton, et hoc genus outsil.
Of my college life I shall say but little, a piece of, and now the elastic motion of the horse (a powerful forlearance for which I consider myself entitled to the hunter of Sir Johns),--the influence of the fair scene enerlasting gratitude of my readers, who, if they have around me, as I cantered over the smooth turf of Det had their curiosity on that subject more than Ileathfield-park, and along the green lanes beyond it, satisfied by the interminable narrations of “ Peter the prospect of seeing again an old companion of my Priggins," and his host of imitators, must indeed be boyhood's days,- all contributed to produce in me an igratiable. Suffice it then to say, that, having from the exhilaration of spirits which seemed to raise me above first determined, if possible, to obtain a good degree, I the “Kleinigkeiten," the littlenesses (as the Germans made a resolute stand against the advances of Lawless so well express it) of this world, and to exalt me to alo, in consequence of his father's having, for some some higher and nobler sphere. Out of this day-dream reason best known to himself and the premier, received | I was at length aroused by the clatter of horses' feet, a peerage, had now become an “honourable,") and the and the rattle of wheels in the lane behind me, while a * rowing set," amongst whom, by a sort of freemasonry man's voice, in tones not of the most gentle description, of kindred souls, he had become enrolled immediately | accosted me as follows:-"Now then, sir, if you've got a on his arrival. After several fruitless attempts to shake license to take up the whole road, I'll just trouble you mr determination, they pronounced me an incorrigible to show it!" With a touch of the spur I caused my "an," and, leaving me to my own devices, proceeded to horse to bound on one side, and, as I did so, I turned to fry their powers upon Oaklands. They met with but look at the speaker. Perched high in mid-air, upon litre success in this quarter, however, not that with some mysterious species of dog-cart, bearing a striking un they had any indomitable love of study to contend resemblance to the box of a mail-coach, which had conwith, but that is all that sort of thing was too much trived, by some private theory of developement of its trouble; he really didn't believe there was a single own, to dispense with its body, while it had enlarged fet among the whole lot who had the slightest appre- its wheels to an almost incredible circumference ; estion of the dolce far niente.” When, however, they perched on the top of this remarkable machine, and trad out that upon an emergency Harry could excel enveloped in a white great coat, undermined in every them all, whatever might be the nature of the feat to direction by strange and unexpected pockets, was none be performed, and that I could cross a country, pull other than the Honourable George Lawless! The an oar, or handle a bat, with the best of them, they turn-out was drawn by a pair of thorough-breds, driven
to 18 down as a pair of eccentric geniuses, and as tandem, which were now (their irascible tempers being seh admitted us to a kind of honorary membership in disturbed by the delay which my usurpation of the their worshipful society; and thus, twixt work and road bad occasioned,) relieving their feelings by explay, the first two years of my residence at Cambridge ecuting a kind of hornpipe upon their hind-legs. The passed happily enough.
equipage was completed by a tiger, so small, that beyond CHAP. II.
a vague sensation of top-boots and a livery hat, one's
senses failed to realize him. CATCHING A SHRIMP.
“Why, Lawless !" exclaimed I ; "you are determined to *A MOHTY stupid chapter that last !" «« True for astonish the natives, with a vengeance : such a turn-out poa,' reader; but how was it to be avoided ? It was as that has never been seen in these parts before, I'm Deressary to give you that short summary of my pro- certain." eedings, the better to enable you to understand all! “ Frank Fairlegh, by Jove! How are you, old fellow? that is to follow; and so, don't you see"- "Yes, that Is it my trap you're talking about? what do you think will do. Above all things, Master Frank, avoid being of it? rather the thing, is'nt it, eh ?" I signified my got; it is the worst fault an author can fall into.” approval, and Lawless continued, “Yes, it's been very " Reader, you're very cross."
| much admired, I assure you-quiet! Mare, quiet!--not a It was towards the close of the long vacation, that, bad sort of thing to knock about in, eh ?- What are you ne morning, as I was sitting at breakfast with my at, fool ?- Tumble out, Shrimp, and hit Spiteful a lick Lother and sister, a note was brought to me. On on the nose--he's eating the mare's tail. Spicer tiger, opening it, it proved to be from Coleman, whose father Shrimp-- did you ever hear how I picked him up ?" Í had lately taken a country house near Hillingford, a replied in the negative, and Lawless resumed," I was suall town about fifteen miles from leathfield, where down at Broadstairs the beginning of the longhe was now about to give a grand ball to all the neigh- / wretched place, but I went down for a boat-race with werhood by way of house-warming. At this ball some more fellows; well, of course, because we wanted Freddy (with whom I had kept up a constant corre- / it to be fine, the weather turned sulky, and the boat-race wondence, though we had never met since I left Dr. / had to be put off'; so, to prevent ourselves from going meDildman's.) was most anxious I should be present, and lancholy mad, we hired a drag, and managed to get togeti* letter was really a master-piece of persuasion ; not ther a team, such as it was. The first day we went out only should I meet all the beauty and fashion of the they elected me waggoner, and a nice job I had of it; waty, but he had for some days past employed him three of the horses had never been in harness before, and seif in paring the way for me with several of the most the fourth was a boiter. It was pretty near half an hour Gesirable young ladies of his acquaintance, who were before we could get them to start ; and, when they were now, as he assured me, actually pining to be intro- off, I had enough to do to keep their heads out of the duced to me. Moreover, the Honourable George shop windows. However, as soon as they began to get Lawless had promised to be there; so we were safe for warm to their work, things improved, and we rattled in of some sort, Lawless's tastes and habits being about along merrily. We were spinning away at about twelve as congenial to the atmosphere of a ball-room, as those miles an hour, when, just as we were getting clear of the va bull to the interior of a china-shop.
town, we came suddenly upon a covey of juvenile blackThese manifold temptations, together with the desire guards, who were manufacturing dirt pies right in the of again meeting Freddy himself, proved irresistible, centre of the road. As soon as I saw them, I sung out I and I decided to go. Oaklands, who had received a to them to clear the course, but before they had time to
similar invitation, was unluckily not able to accept it, cut away, we were slap into the middle of them. Well, | En his father had fixed a shooting-party for that day, at I thought it was going to be a regular case of Herod,
which, and at the dinner which was to follow, Harry's and that there would be at least half-a-dozen of them prience was indispensable.
spifflicated, but they all managed to save their bacon It Fas in the afternoon of a glorious September day except Shrimp, one of the wheels went over him, and that I set off on horseback for Hillingford. I had broke him somewhere. Where was it, Shrimp ?" accompanied the sportsmen in the morning, and had “ Left arm, Sir, if you please," replied Shrimp, in a Kalked just enough to excite without fatiguing myself ; shrill treble.
“ Ave, so it was," continued Lawless. “As soon as I make pretty speeches to one's face without laughing at one could contrive to pull up, I sent the groom back, with behind one's back afterwards, by way of compensation." orders to find a doctor, get the boy repaired, and tell “Which rule of course applies to the remarks for them to come to me at the hotel in the morning, and have just been making about me," returned I. I'd pay for all damages. Accordingly, while I was eating “You've caught me there fairly," laughed Coleman, my breakfast next morning, an amphibious old female “but come along in now, I want to introduce you to in a blue pea-jacket was shown in to me, who stated she my mother and the governor ; they are longing to see was Shrimp's mother. First, she was extremely lacry- you, after all I've told them about you, though I can' mose, and couldn't speak a word ; then she got the steam say you look much like the thin delicate boy I have up, and began slanging me till all was blue; I was 'an described you." unchristianlike, hard-hearted, heathen Turk, so I was, Mr. Coleman, who was a short, stout, red-faced od and I'd been and spiled her sweet boy completely, so I gentleman, with a bald head, and a somewhat pompos had; such a boy as he was too, bless him, it was quite a manner, came forward and welcomed me warmly, saviez sight to hear him say his Catechism; and as to reading all sorts of complimentary things to me, in extremt his book, he'd beat the parson himself into fits at it.' high-flown and grandiloquent language ; and referring Fortunately for me, she was a little touched in the wind, to my having saved his son's life, in doing which, hor and when she pulled up to take breath for a fresh start, ever, he quite won my heart, by the evident pride and I managed to cut in. I tell you what it is, old lady,' atfection with which he spoke of Freddy. The lady of the said I, there's no need for you to put yourself into a house was a little, round, merry-looking woman, chietl fury about it; misfortunes will happen in the best regu- remarkable (as I soon discovered) for a peculiar mental lated families, and it seems to me a boy more or less can obliquity, leading her always to think of the u make no great odds to any one--no fear of the breed thing at the wrong time, whereby she was perpetual becoming extinct just at present, if one may judge from becoming involved in grievous colloquial entanglements, appearances ; however, as you seem to set a value upon and meeting with innumerable small personal accidents, this particular boy, I'll tell you what I'll do: I'll buy at which no one laughed so heartily as herself. him of you, and then, if anything should go wrong with About half-past nine chat evening, some of the guests him, it will be my loss, and not yours. I'll give you 201. began to arrive, amongst the foremost of whom is for him, and that's more than he would be worth if he was Lawless, most expensively got up for the occasion, ins sound.' By Jove, the old girl brightened up in a moment, stock and waistcoat, which, as Coleman observed, fc wiped her eyes with the sleeve of her coat, and said--| quired to be seen ere they could be believed in. As the • Five pounds more, and it's a bargain.' And the end of it arrivals succeeded each other more rapidly, and the all was, the brat got well before I left the place, I paid the rooms began to fill, Lawless took me by the arm, and old woman her money, and brought Shrimp away with led me to a corner, whence, unnoticed ourselves, we me, and it hasn't turned out such a bad spec either, for | could observe the whole scene. he makes a capital tiger, and now I've broken him in, I “Tbis will be a very full meet, Fairlegh," he berin, would not take twice the money for him. You'll be at “I'm getting confoundedly nervous, I can tell you; lo old Coleman's hop to night, I suppose : so au revoir !!" not used to this sort of ailair, you know ; I used alwa'n
Thus saying, he drew the whip lightly across the to shirk everything of the kind, but my Mater has to leader's back, the horses sprang forward, and in another it into her head, since she's become My Lady, that she moment he was out of sight.
must flare up and give balls, because • ladies of rark Half an hour's ride brought me within view of Elm always do so,' forsoothi, and so she's taken me in hand, Lodge, the house lately taken by Mr. Coleman, senior. try and polish me up into something like a 'man ( As I rang at the bell, a figure leaped out of one of the fashion,' as she cails those confounded puppies one sees front windows, and came bounding across the lawn to lounging about drawing-rooms. Well, as I didn't like w meet me, and in another minute my hand was seized, rile the old woman by refusing to do what she wanted, and my arm nearly shaken ofi, ly Coleman.
| I went to a French mounseer, to teach me my paces: “Freddy, old boy !” “Frank, my dear old fellow !" | I've been in training above a month, so I thought lu were our mutual exclamations, as we once more shook come here, just as a sort of trial to see how I could 50 hands with an energy which must have highly edified the pace." a pompous footman, whom my ring had summoned. “This is your début, in fact," returned I. After the first excitement of our inceting had a little “My how much ?" was the reply._"Oh, I sec, startsubsided, we found time to examine each other more ing for the maiden stakes, for untried horses only-tha: minutely, and note the changes a couple of years had sort of thing-eh? Yes, it's the first time I've tau wrought in us. Coleman was the first to speak. regularly entered ; I hope I sha'n't bolt off the course; “Why, Frank, how you are altered !"
I feel uncommon shy at starting, I can assure you." “If you were but decentiy civil, you would say “im “Oh, you'll do very well when you're once off; four proved instead of altered,'” replied I, " but you'll partner will tell you if you are going to make any lið never learn manners."
take," replied I. “Oh, if you want compliments, I'll soon get up a few, “My partner; eh? You mean one of those white but it strikes me they are not required. A man with muslined young ladics, who is to run in double-harne. such a face and figure as yours soon finds out that he is | with me, I suppose ?-that's another sell ;-I shall le a deucedly good-looking fellow. Why, how high do you expected to talk to her, and I never know what to say stand ?"
to women; if one don't pay 'em compliments, and cos “ About six feet without my boots," replied I, laughing bit of the sentimental, they set you down as a brule at Coleman, who kept turning me round, and examin directly. What an ass I was to come here! I wisit ing me from top to toe, as if I had been some newly was bed-time! discovered animal.
“Nonsense, man; never be afraid!"exclaimed Fredas, “Well, you are a screamer, and no mistake,"exclaimed who had just joined us; “I'll pick you out a partir he at length. “Be merciful towards the young ladies who's used to the thing, and will do all the talking her to-night, or the floor will be so cumbered with the heaps self, and be glad of the opportunity of giving her tongie of slain, that we shall have no room to dance."
a little exercise; and here comes the very girl, of a “Never fear," rejoined I, “the female breast is not others, -Di Clapperton." Then turning towards 3 ta so susceptible as you imagine, and I'll back your bright i showy-looking girl, who had just arrived, he addressed eyes and merry smile to do more execution than my her with--" Delighted to see you, Miss Clapperton ; long legs and broad shoulders any day."
ball-room never appears to me properly arranged allt "No soft sawder, Master Frank, if you please ; it's an is graced by your presence : here's my friend, the Hon. article for which I've a particular distaste; people never George Lawless, dying to be introduced to you." .'