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manship, and the glitter of the gems, with which | what all the party wished themselves to be in. the clasp was thickly studded. Margaret undid formed. The whole company had been invited the clasp to try it on Edith's arm, and in so doing for twelve, according to their uncle's expressed a secret spring, connected with it, opened, and wish. At length Margaret's impatience burst all gave to view a bright chesnut lock' of hair, with restraint, and, jumping up, she proposed they this inscription on the plate—“Severed in the yew- should all go, and gather a white rose from the tree walk, April the but before she could tree which grew at the bottom of the yew-tree finish the sentence, Edith sprang towards her, and, walk. The Major and Mrs. Mendlesholm presnatching the bracelet, instantly recognized the ferred waiting the expected arrival in the large old ringlet Edward had half begged, balf stolen, the hall which fronted the carriage road. So the girls morning they paried ; and with a suffocating con- sallied out on their short pilgrimage to the rose vulsive cry, "he's here, he's here,” sunk senseless tree, in which Alice and Margaret far outstripped into her mother's arms.

their sisters, and had selected and gathered their All was in an instant thrown aside, dresses, roses long before Edith and Ellen reached the bonnets, scarfs, all that ten minutes ago had middle of the walk; they shook their flowers rivetted their attention now became regardless triumphantly as they passed on their way back to lumber-in the absorbing accident that called for the house, where they arrived just in time to see instant activity. Mrs. Mendlesholm sent the two two handsome carriages, and an elegant travelling youngest girls out of the room, and with Ellen's chariot drive up to the gateway. The Major came assistance soon succeeded in restoring poor Edith bastily forward to greet his brother-in-law and the 10 a sort of dreamy consciousness ; she still held bride, at the same time calling to Margaret, 10 the bracelet rightly grasped in her hand, and the run and fetch Edith from the yew-tree walk. The first words she utiered, as they had been the last, words were hardly uttered before bis hand was were “be’s here,” which to Ellen were still a hastily wrung by a young man, who had wrenched mystery. But the mother, who had seen Edward's open the door of the foremost carriage ere the farewell lelier, and well remembered the con- foolman could dismount, and not waiting the aid of cluding sentence, was at least able to form the steps, sprang out, and bad darted off in the direction conjecture, that if not actually there he was not of the yew-tree walk, before Margaret had comvery far off; and leaving Ellen to sit by her sister, prehended what her father had said to ber. The who had fallen into a light slumber, she herself | Major stood in astonishment half a moment, and stole down the yew-tree walk, half expecting to then approached the carriage to offer his arm 10 meet him there; but she only found the Major, the lady, but was surprised at seeing only Mr. who, with the assistance of his old servant and Auben, who exclaimed, while shaking him by the fellow-soldier Batty, was gathering the sweets, so hand, “ Now where's that graceless young dog profusely scattered on the arrival of the millinery. Aown off to? After bringing me all this way on She thought it better not to mention to him what a wild-goose chace he starts off and leaves me, just had occurred, but on Edith's awaking told her as I wanted him most. Ilow d'ye do, Bell? Why where she bad been, and at the same time gave it you'd be quite a Hebe if it wasn't for the girls ! as her fixed opinion, from her knowledge of Ed- Alice, Margaret, my little angels, how are you ward's character, that he was not only near, but both ? Where is Ellen ? and where is my sweet in circumstances to claim a renewal of her pro- Edith? Ah, now, that young fellow will find her, mise. With this comforting thought Edith gra- I dare say. I wish I could run as fast.” dually fell into a sweet and tranquil sleep, still “ But, brother, where is the lady ?” enquired however retaining the bracelet, which she con- the Major and Mrs. Mendlesholm both in a sidered the harbinger of good; and was only breath." roused the next morning by Ellen bringing her Lady! What lady ?" some breakfast, and her anxious mother coming to “ Why, the bride to be sure, the new relation !" see how she had passed the night. The morning “Oh! ay, true; we shall find her at the repast was hastily partaken of by all-all seemed church, I suppose. in a state of feverish excitement, and tiptoe ex- “ Mamma," said Alice softly, “I thought, as pectation. The wedding-breakfast was set out in that gentleman rushed past, he looked very much the drawing-room, where we first found the like Mr. Peudarves; and I -" family. Ellen, Alice, and Margaret were dressed, « Ah! there they are.

I told you he'd find and ihree more beautiful young creatures, the her: Well, let us go in for ten minutes, they'll father thought (and with reason) could never have join us presently ; it just wants that of ten presented themselves to a poet's fancy-until o'clock.” Edith, with a timid step, followed her moiher into “ But the lady, William,” added the Major ; the room, adorning rather than adorned by, the will it not be very indecorous to keep her waitbeautiful Brussels lace and white satin, with the ing?” The poor Major, he was still in the dark, gracefully falling veil, and with the blush of hope while to the mother and sisters it was clear as the upon her cheek, she looked the very personification sun when he shines, that Edith herself was to be of loveliness; and proud did those parents feel of the bride of that auspicious midsummer morn, their beautiful children,

“But I want to see my little Edith, sister ; do The clock had chimed nine, half aster, and a go and tell her to come and take her uncle's quarter to ten; and Mr. Dalton, the officiating blessing, and thank him for bringing you all a new clergyman, bad sent down to know at what hour relation. Bid her not keep us all waiting.” bis services would be required; which was exactly Edith, on seeing her mother advance, brokę away from Edward (for he indeed it was) and Messrs. B. B. and H., Ely-place, they would flew to hide her tears and blushes in the maternal be richly rewarded. You did'nt see it? Well, no bosom. Edward besought Mrs. Mendlesholm to

more did I when it first came out, because, you join her persuasion to his vehement entreaties, know, I was gone to Baden to see my late partner's that the ceremony, which had long been fixed for widow; and while there, some unaccountable fancy that day, should not be delayed. lle told them took me to visit the Lucerne; so, after battling with that uncle William had made him give his word my fancy three days, I might as well give way to it, of honour that he would not write to mar the little and accordingly I set off, reached the place in plot, and that it was only by a manæuvre he had safety, and after wandering about the beautiful envigot the bracelet put into the case of millinery, rons for two days, with only dame nature for comwhich he heard was going down to the Major's.' pany-who, by the way, I must say, looked very

What young girl could resist the pleading of a agreeable--and wondering what it could be kept me lover, and a mother? Edith was brought to a half there, who should run yelping out of a collage and consent, and as uncle William had let the Major jump upon me but little Flo; the little Blenheim, you into the state of the case, during the absence of ihe know, that I gave to Edith two years ago. I knew parties concerned, and informed him that Edward you were all safe in England, so concluded Flo was reinstated in his uncle's favour, he thankfully bad been stolen by some of those good-for-nothing sought the little party in the so-often-named yew- dog-hawkers, and tried all in my power to entice tree-walk, and frankly accepting Edward's ear- her away with me; but although she jumped on nest proposal, and blessing his beautiful child, me enough 10 tear me to pieces, there was no ended the discussion by himself leading her to the getting her ten yards from the spot; so thought carriage, where having placed her with her mother 1, since you will not come with me, I'll even and uncle, and arranged the rest of the party in go with you, and so I walked after Flo (not without the iwo remaining vehicles, they drove to the thinking I might have a worse conductor) to the church, where the Rev. Mr. Dalton had waited so hovel she bad sprung from, and who should I find long, that bis patience was, like Margaret's, nearly there, in a raging delirium, but that worthy youth, exhausted. The ceremony was begun and ended, who has just carried off my dearest treasure. The and Edith, saluted as Mrs. Pendarves, was con- woman who owned the hut told me he had come veyed back to “the mansion,” by her proud and there three days before, 10 ask for a draught of happy bridegroom, in his elegant new chariot, the water, and was so ill after drinking it, that she had wedding gift of Sir Meredith to his nephew. The accommodated him with the best she bad to offer company were assembled to the breakfast, after in the shape of a bed, and miserable accommodawhich Edith's bridal robe was exchanged for the tion it was. I dispatched a messenger to the lilac silk, which had caused so much wonder-town, with a note to old Peter, desiring bim ment; and the handsome chariot which drove from the to come with a doctor, and other necessaries, mansion door, with the horses' heads turned towards as quickly as possible, and set myself about acting Wales, contained one of the happiest couples that head nurse, in which old Justine very ably seconded ever received the nuptial benediction.

“Well, they're off at last,” said the uncle, dash- “ In less than two hours the carriage arrived, ing a tear-drop from his eye; "they're off at last, on stuffed full of all we most wanted, in the way of two errands--the one of matrimony, and the other bedding, blankets, &c., and last, but not of reconciliation, and making acquaintance-ah! a doctor, to whom I shall feel for ever grateful for I ought to have said three, you see ; but I am the kind attention he showed us; so that before always a word too many, or one too few, or else I night we had contrived to get the patient a little should not have been standing here a lonely old comfortable ; and when the doctor canie the next bachelor myself. Well now, Bell, I suppose you day, he brought me a bundle of “Times' Newsand the Major, and, perhaps, the company would papers, which had been sent after me from Baden, like to hear how we met."

and what should be the first thing I popped upon “The Major declared he had hardly yet recovered but this advertisement; this was a fancy too, for his surprise, and he honestly owned his hap- I hardly ever look at advertisements. Edward got piness at seeing all so well ended, that he had not rapidly better, and when he regained his senses, ihought of inquiring by what means it was brought you may be sure how glad he was to see me. about."

had been running after this old general from place But as the ladies were not so wanting into place, till bis purse got low as well as his curiosity, uncle William was assailed by so many spirits, and he determined to go on in the pedesquestions, that he found his only answer would be, trian style; but the fever stopped him all in good to begin his recital, which he did by a question.

time. “ Is it possible you never saw the advertisement “I had not been idle meanwhile, for I had written Sir Meredith Pendarves caused to be inserted in all to the gentlemen in Ely-place, and heard from the papers ?"

them that old Sir Meredith was exceedingly ill; Stranger still if we had, said the Major, as we that he had had a fit soon after Edward quitted never see a paper at all; but what was it, him, and immediately on his recovering had formally brother?"

made his will, constituting him his heir, and had “Why, merely stating that if any person could empowered them to take every possible means bring information, or give any tidings of Mr. of discovering whither he had betaken himself. Edward Pendarves, nephew and heir of Sir Mere- They also forwarded a letter to Edward from the dith Pendarves, Pendarves Castle, Wales, to old gentleman himself, by which he told him



that he was dying of a broken heart, for having trealed him so harshly, and imploring (like a child for a toy) that he would come back and forgive him, and bring any lady he liked as Mrs. Pen. darves, that the south wing was all ready for her reception, having been newly fitted up for Edward's wife, whomsoever she might be, or whenever she might make her appearance.

“ And Flo, uncle, where is dear little Flo ?” eagerly inquired Margaret,

“Why Flo will probably be the first to welcome Mrs. Pendarves, as Sir Meredith begged Edward to leave her with him, because he said he could never be sufficiently kind to her for having been the means of his recovering his nephew. And so now we will all drink a glass of champagne, if you please, Major, to the health of the bride and our new relation."

Bright flowers adorn the fertile plain ;
For me their charms unfold in vain ;
I'd rather pluck the humblest bell
That blooms upon yon lonely fell.
To southern climes let others roam,
More dear to me my rugged home;
And whilst my will continues free
My dwelling on the hills shall be.

Away to the mountain,

Wild home of the free,
By some crystal fountain,

Beneath some dark tree;
We'll rest when the moonlight

Comes over each glen,
"Twill be sweet to repose

In those loved haunts again.
Where streamlets are gushing

Through dingle and dell,
Or wild winds are rushing

Along the bleak fell;
At will we can wander,

Then hasten away,
Till o'er the far moorlands

Unnotic'd we stray.
Haste, haste to the mountain,

Lone home of the free;
Where sparkles the fountain,

And waves the dark tree;
For there when soft moonlight

Illumines each glen,
We'll rest from our wanderings

In quiet again.
Banks of the Yore.



NO. I.

Come, let us seek the mountain's crest,

Where dwells the lonely erne,
And slender harebells graceful droop

Beneath the waving fern.
Oh sweet it is at will to stray

Afar from tower and town,
Where the wild moor-cock safely rests

Amid the heather brown.
To breathe the fresh and healthy air

That sweeps unfettered by,
And hear at times from some grey cliff

The goshawk's piercing cry.
There o'er the rock the foxgloves fling

Their crimson banners free,
And nature reigns in all her pomp

of rugged majesty. Come, let us seek the mountains hoar,

Amid their prospects stern
We'll joyous roam, where mingled grow

The tangled heath and fern;
Far, far from all accustom’d paths,

Where man hath seldom been,
And where, except from savage things,

No signs of life are seen.




I would I were on yon blue hill,
Beneath the larch, or by the rill,
Where purple heath-flowers blossom free,
Their simple sweets are dear to me.
Tell me no more the vales are fair ;
I long to breathe the mountain air;
And sigh to tread again with pride
The mountain's wild and barren side.
'Twas there, a babe, breath first I drew;
There youtli's glad hours unbeeded few;
And when I yield to death's decree,
'Tis there, I trust, my grave will be.

No. X.

Life's cradle and death's coffin. Do not these

Compose the boundaries of human fate?
Healih's girdle and Pain's grave-these con-

centrale All our enjoyments and immuvities From sick existence. Honour, Fame, Love,

Ambition, Pride, Affection and its ties,
Are found within them: but how few the prize

For bearing well their burthens separate
Win as becomieth us to win! Thou hast

So done, maternal friend! Thy life hath been A life of eighty years and more-nor free From miry tracks; but thou hast overpass'd The swarthy slough with raiment' white and

clean, Nor in the future aught but peace can see!

* Mrs. Grant, of Duthil, Author of “ Popular Models,” &c., aged 84. Sept. 2, 1844.


THE BALL AT HIGHWOOD. this sort of life completely; he left the gay world,

and all the scenes and companions of his youth, and bringing himself among our quiet valleys,

lived only for the good of those about him, and “And so, Valerius," I said, “it appears we sought his pleasure, or rather his solace, in the are expected to be at this ball ?"

beauty and ihe glory that nature shed so lavishly “So it seems,” replied Valerius, with a sad around him. That night his good nature led him smile crossing his pale face as he spoke. “But to the ball at Highwood, simply because we all in truth, as indeed thou knowést, my ball days are wished him to go, and accordingly, half-past ten well nigh over, and it would have been better for o'clock found us assembled beneath the lighted me if they had never been,” and Valerius sighed. chandeliers.

“Ah, I recollect you lost your heart at a ball, Now, gentle reader, do not imagine our balland, if report says truly, your happiness also; bui room at High wood to be all like the ball-room come, cheer up, man, and let us try if we cannot at Almack's, either in point of its own good qualiregain them both at this one.” Valerius shook ties, or in respect to the quality of its occupants; his head.

but imagine it a tolerable apartment, tolerably “ Thou art talking idly; but rather than dis- lighted ; the music tolerable, and the people ditto. please Marianne or our Ridenta, I will go." Of course there was much to be laughed at, but

Not very long ago, no one could be more fond then there was much to admire. There were the of gaiety of every description than was this sighing awkward Miss Grimshaws, and the dowdy Miss hero of mine, whom I designate under the name of Browns; but then there were the two ladylike Miss Valerius ; and at a ball in the south of England he Homes, the stylish Miss Slateland, the graceful had met a fair lady, who made the impression Miss Campbell. 'Tis true there was the illwhich still continued so strong, and whose in natured and ill-mannered Lady Craig, snarling fluence had been so fatal to his peace. She was over her one neglected daughter like a dog over a young and lovely, with but one fault-a slight bone ; but then there was the handsome dowager, inclination for coquetry: she loved too well to Mrs. Armathwaite, with her three lovely girls, the show her power:

belles of the evening; and though one or two of Valerius is of a shy and sensitive nature ; sel- our young sprigs of nobility were somewhat gauche, dom roused to emotion, yet capable of the deepest yet our stewards were perfection. As for the and most enduring feelings : on his indifferent, re- dancing, there was as much variety in that; but it tiring disposition, it was difficult to make an im- was carried on with immense spirit, and the suppression; but once made, there it remained for per was excellent. ever. And Anna Morton effected this : he be- There were plenty of gentlemen ; few were the came her slave, and she certainly appeared 10 wall-flowers; but their homage was chiefly directed cherish a true regard for him.

to the Miss Armathwaites, Miss Campbell, Miss Valerius is rich, and of ancient birth. Anna Stateland, and a fair widow-a stranger-who was his equal in these respects. In point of worldly came with strangers, and whose name I could not considerations, the course of true love ran very learn. This widow would not dance; she resmooth indeed; but there came a change, and the mained seated at the farthest end of the room, refirst symptoms of this showed themselves at a ball. mote from that occupied by ourselves, and the set The lady took it into her head to torment her ad- to which we belonged. I had remarked her during mirer ; she received with too much pleasure the a solitary tour I made round the saloon: she attentions of a new adorer. Valerius was deeply was very beautiful, and I guessed her to be in her wounded ; his pride took fire: perhaps he was second year of mourning, from her dress. She was 100 unyielding-100 exacting. Be it as it may, robed in black tulle, or aérophane, with some the breach became widened, instead of closed; ball splendid diamond ornaments--a crescent shining followed ball, and at each succeeding meeting the amid her dark hair, would have made her a fit assiduities of the new lover increased in fervour, impersonation of the Queen of Night. while those of Valerius declined proportionably:

Valerius had not moved from where he had first he was too proud to show how much he suffered. placed himself, and even my description of the Anna strove to pique him into some display of widow could not rouse him; he continued where temper, but she could not succeed. Vexed by his chance la own him, between Lady Craig and indifference, she played her own heart false, and, Mrs. Stateland, both of whom were much pleased rejecting him on the eve of the closest alliance, at his proximity, for both had daughters, and Vaalready arranged by the friends of both parties, ac- lerius was what is called "a catch.” But he was cepted Mr. Brookes, with a precipitancy that left not thinking of them; his thoughts were far away, her no resource, save a constant regret.

and another ball-room was before his eyes, and Valerius woke as from a dream, to find himself another face, more fair than the fairest of those alone. She bore her part bravely, but a close ob- around him. But for an invective delivered in server might see that she already repented of the very loud tones by Lady Craig against waltzing, I step she had taken; however, she made a lovely believe he would not have been induced to rise bride, and for years after he heard of her, and read until the hour of departure; and this tale, in that her name in all the gay records of the day, as the case, would never have been, or at least, would sharer and promoter of many a graceful festivity, have had no dénouement, among the 'fairest and the noblest of the land. Lady Craig had heard Valerius spoken of as a But for Valerius all this was over; he forswore “ very good man;" so she concluded that he must



Summer air, sweet summer air,
Hie thee to my lady fair;
Laugh thou round her azure eyes,
Where my heart imprison'd lies;
Forged my fetters not by hue,
But by mind, which gazes through ;
Tell her if she loose my chain,
I will clasp it yet again.

disapprove of waltzing ; therefore, in reply to a charitable offer made by a neighbouring lady to procure a partner for Miss Craig, she exclaimed,

A quadrille, of course: I have no objection to a quadrille: but do you think I would let my daughter waltz ?" Then turning to ValeriusDo

you approve of waltzing, Mr. -?" “Why not?" inquired Valerius, with an air of abstraction,

“Why not ! look at those Armathwaites; do you think I would let my daughter dance all-night as THOSE girls do, incessantly waltzing or galo. pading ?”

Valerius did look at those Armathwaites ; with a gaze of admiration his glance followed the fairy form of Mary Armathwaite, as with her srowy dress, her long golden ringlets, her graceful figure, her tiny feet, she floated past him-a creature born of sunshine!

Don't you think waltzing a very improper dance, Mr. ?” persisted Lady Craig, who was annoyed and surprised that he had not immediately agreed with her.

Honi soit qui mal y pense,” answered Valerius absently : “to the pure all things are pure : none but the impure of heart are prudes!”

And the moment these words had passed bis lips, he felt he had offended her cross ladyship for

Mrs. Stateland was a good-tempered woman; she touched his arm, and smiled; she wished to hint to him that he was saying a rude thing. Valerius felt that he had hit her ladyship a trifle too hard ; he judged that a precipitate flight was best for him, and accordingly he rose and took refuge with myself. While recounting to me with great glee his mésaventure with the irate lady, I led him around the room; suddenly he paused; I felt bis arm tremble : looking at him, I perceived that his eyes were intently fixed upon those of the fair widow, whose burning cheek and evident confusion were as puzzling to those of her party, as the emotion of Valerius was to me.

Summer air, wild summer air,
Hie thee to my lady fair ;
Bear to me her pearly tear,
Shed o'er many a loved one's bier ;
Waft to me her bosom's sigh,
Raised by heavenly sympathy.
More I prize such signs of woe
Than the pleasures mortals know;
For I know when youth is gone
Feeling's fount will still flow on,


Summer air, glad summer air,
Hie thee to my lady fair;
Flit thou round her rosy cheek,
Painted with love's modest streak;
In her mantling blush I read
All the signs of virtue's creed.
Tell her if she break my chain
I will clasp it yet again.

Wander then, pure summer air,
Ever round my lady fair;
Gently murm'ring ibrough the trees,
Sighing in the southern breeze ;
Tell her nought can change me now,
Jet black eye or marble brow;
For I've found a heart of truth,
Warm'd with all the fire of youth.
Whisper then at day's decline
All these faithful vows of mine.

What to me is loveliness, Need I say more? will not my friends already Fairy grace and braided tress, have divined that the fair widow was Anna Eyes and cheeks, and lips divine, Brookes, once Anna Morton ?-need I say that If they own no fitting shrine ? reconciliation quickly followed recognition—that

What care I for fortune's frown, all the weary past was forgotten or atoned for, and So the soul be not weighed down? that Anna and Valerius are now a happy wedded

No! the heart's the perfect gem, couple? But I may add that Valerius hourly Richer than a diadem. blesses his own absence of mind, that led him

And I know that such control into that gaucherie of words which forced him Never can debase the soul. to quit the seat by Lady Craig; for his lady-love Cambridge. was on the point of departure from the room when he encountered her; and the next morning she was to have quitted our lakes for the south, and in all probability they would never have met again; and I may add, that Anna and Valerius are now looking over my shoulder as I write, and that their It is characteristic of great minds to convey eldest child-a lovely boy—is seated on my knee; much information in few words ; little minds, and this last fact must be a sufficient excuse for on the contrary, have the gift of talking much the illegibility of this “horrid scrawl.”

and saying nothing.--RocheFOUCAULT.

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