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“ Switzerland ! in thy mountain scenery,
“ Heaven forgive my Father, even as I all I adored of nature in my wild and frolic forgive him,” said she, and as the sound of hour of infancy is met,” exclaimed Alpina, her voice vibrated on his ear, he put forth while gazing at the summit of Mont-Blanc, his hand and rested it gently on her head, as as the morning sun peeped its brilliancy over he had never done before, and as she looked the romance, and studded with dewy gems, up to him, the rays of the sun shone on her the vista through which the artless maiden face, and through the Cottage, with radiance might look into Heaven.
and beauty never equalled—and she implorHer spirit caught the inspiration of the ed as an angel the impress of the loveliness scene, as ever and far she beheld the most of nature on her Father, her Mother, and picturesque scenery of the Land of Calvin, their home, and for very shame the old man and her ear was blessed with the sound of hid himself in his pillow-her Mother joinPresbyterians, as it issued from an adjacent ing the daughter's solicitude, there was a dwelling, where their founder had first in- deep expression of sorrow for the derehaled the air of Switzerland, and learned lictions of the Father. from his Mother's lips, the first lessons of a
Refinement of manners is always agreedsystem that hath extended itself to the far- ble, and this young and only daughter was thest verge
green earth, rivers unknown the idol of a fond parent. to song, and had so many able and eloquent She never told her grief for his debaseadvocates.
ment, “but let concealment, like a worm It is soul-stirring to dwell amid the groves i’ the bud, feed on her damask cheek,” and and academic shades of those whose witness unlike the custom of the world, she never is in Heaven, and whose record is on high, intimated that her Father was an inebriate, of the unassuming virtues of the Genevese. or told him how wretched he was.
Alpina herself entered her Father's and Too well he knew and felt his own inferiMother's apartment, with a fresh unction on ority, as the superlative excellencies of his her soul, and kneeling at the bed-side of her daughter, beamed forth in every look and inebriated parent, poured forth in convulsive gesture, and tone. Her music, and mirth, sobs, half stifled ejaculations, for his restora- and piety, and indeed her whole education, tion to reason and duty.
was devoted to the happiness. of the loved 1 .
circle,-and Alpina was constant in her at- | Mother oft chid hor delay, as grief would tachment. She, with unwearied assiduity, impede her industry, "dear Mother, are pointed out the varied objects of interest we going to leave Switzerland ? Shall we that presented themselves either at home or bid adieu to the Valleys that so bloom with abroad, in the humble but vain hope, that health and beauty and worth? The Mounshe might have conquered his inebrieties. tains that so radiate the sunbeams to the Educated as she was to prefer others, to lowliest Cottage? The people ? Oh Mother! bring herself to the wishes of others, and to The people of Geneva, where shall we find seek their best good and usefulness, she lent their equal for worth-and the flowers! her ear to sorrow in its every form, and dear Mother, the pretty flowers of my own gave her heart to sympathies, and her ac- planting—the little birds, sweet enchanters tions to engagements that tend to woo. No of the grove, where sister and I were acreproof, nor innuendoes, led a suspicion in customed to play and study, and sing those those whom she sought to ameliorate, but hymns you taught us, Mother ? and where with
every look of love, and every smile of the response was from the native songsters sweetness, and each embrace she gave her of the wild wood—and my prettiest bird, parent it seemed as if an angel girded him that wears the tuft around his neck, and that around—and her kisses and tears (a lady's I love to watch—may I not take them with most powerful battery,) divested him of that us? and the tree, the Juniper, where night rudeness he had acquired by associations after night I've sat with my young brother with the reckless and the unprincipled. Abaretti, in the bright moonlight, and sang
Alpina had a cultivated understanding, of the joys that came over the Mountain to disciplined by the truest and best instruction cheer the heart of the Swiss girl and boy." the Genevese could bestow, and there was “Yes, dear-but a broad Ocean lies besuch a mellowness in her tempered manners, tween, and ere we embark we propose to endearingly alluring, which powerfully af- visit some of the more delightful towns of fected the object at which she aimed-viz : Switzerland, to learn the art now practised The restoration to virtuous and prosperous in a far distant land." life, of a once tender and affectionate parent. With inexpressible emotion, did Egorina
Once the happiest of the happy, their Swartz discover that the preparation was home was the attraction of the most polished tearing up Alpina's heart strings, and she of the refined, and every inducement tended sought to divert her by directing her attento strengthen the mutual interest of the do- tion to the Penates she cherished as a sort mestic scene.
of guard against the domestic vicissitudes Prejudices are too often caused by inatten- incident to life. tion to little matters, and Shakspeare never Mothers are the world in all to daughters. uttered a truer say—than that;—"Trifles Their myriad intimacies entwine the hearts light as air are to the jealous, confirmation in indissoluble bonds, and lead the youthful strong as proofs from Holy Writ.”
to trust the form and feature of the loved, Alpina's Father, Frederick Swartz, had as indicative of their anticipations. Many become the object of universal prejudice, as hearts can remember the unction of a Mothhe had by degrees acquired a relish for his er's prayer—the sweet, tender, inexpressidrops so had he gradually diminished in the ble advisings, the bracing up to the adversiesteem of his early friends and neighbours, ties—the buoyant face divine, even amid caand Alpina and her Mother, Egorina Swartz, lamities that startle the uninitiated in advendetermined to take a tour with Frederick / turous strife,-hath inspiritings so comfortover the Mountains and Valleys of their na-ing, so entrancing, so exhilarating, that its tive land, ere he should embark for America well remembered influences, come through to seek a Colony of Swiss, who had settled the mists of years, as “Rainbows in the at Vevay, in Indiana, and were cultivating cloud of war, the harbinger of victory."
Often would Alpina look up to her Mother With heart-rending emotions, Alpina com- in artlessness, to see if she was really sormenced her task of “packing up," and her prised or alarmed, or joyed, and so as Mother
was, would she be, and therefore she coin-| the scene, which Frederick proposed to bear forted herself with doing as Mother did and with him to America. wished, and relying on her judgment :- As they ascended one of the loftiest peaks (as when a little boy ran to his Mother, on of that ever to be admired Mount, Fredea day in which a false Prophet had intimated rick and Egorina had taken arm in
for that a third part of the Earth must be de- a walk at eve,--and Alpina was running stroyed, it being bright and fair and beautiful, along before them playing and singing and he playing, but doubting, ran and asked, to please her Mother—"Alpina,” called her * Mother, will the man's word prove true-- Mother, “Alpina, will you sing for your of the destruction of the world? Will it Mother, dear?” She replied with her usual Mother? I see the Poplars bending in the naivete, “yes, Mother; if Father will only breeze—but Mother do say ?”—“No, No, listen to me," and seating herself on the my child; the world will not be destroyed lawn of one of the openings—began the this day”-and he played on, as his Mother beautiful song of the Swiss Boy, accompaknew of course.)
nying it with her violincello. It will not be dreamed that Alpina's Moth- It moved to tears the hardened Father, er was superior to all Mothers. Oh dear, and caused a parent's pride to thrill through no, for every one who hath properly loved his bosom. so blessed a being, but would cherish as the As they proceeded on their journey, Egovery nestlings of innocence all that cometh rina forgot herself, and Alpina observing herfrom her, the Queen of the affections, en-self at ease in release was unmindful of her throned in virtuous love.
danger-and passing over one of the crags “Mother,"exclaimed Alpina, “Mother," of a ravine, fell headmost, and caught by her and she sprang to her, and clung to her as tresses on the branches that jutted out from though pierced by some hidden dart—hug- the sides. ging her close to her bosom, she felt as if Quick as lightning, Egorina sprung to her reason had forsaken her; there was a wildness relief, disengaging herself from her husabout her eye, and a haggardness in her fea band. Looking down the avenue of the ture somewhat indicative of the ill-fated— mountain, she beheld Alpina suspended over but like a true Mother and friend, she was the awful chasm beneath-she heard the more tender of her, and hid, if possible, her cry of " Mother, Mother!" and summoning deformities, in her superabundant bosom.— all the energies of her instinct, she made Oh, would that the delicacy of a Mother's her way to the object of her love, with as love, and refined sensibility, and tender care, much risk, and certainly with greater aim would insinuate itself in all the receptacles than General Washington did, when he asfor thuse, who are left sometimes at the cended Cedar Creek Bridge, to write his beck of those, who give to misery all they name above the rest. With some difficulty, have-a tear.
she ascended with her precious charge, her Alpina was decidedly divested of her self- husband having taken the precaution to control,—and she had a Mother's wing ho- throw a noose around her waist, which susvering over and sheltering her-her errati- tained her amid her fears. Having deposicism was like Ophelia's—she was singing of ted her charge on terra firma, she fainted, flowers and talking of love—"The very and Frederick, for the first time, proffering honey moon of madness”— and ere she com- some of his stimulus, bathed her temples, menced her route, the proper restoratives and laved her. had been applied.
Recovering herself, she called Alpina to On consultation, it was determined that her, who was unconscious of the danger she Alpina and Egorina should remain in Swit- had passed, and who ran to her assistance as zerland until Frederick had settled a new if nought had happened. home for them on the Banks of the Ohio, “What Mother, dear Mother ?---can Aland that instead of journeying to Bex to pass pina serve you ?" "Yes, my darling-bathe the holidays, they should only make their my eyes love." "I will, Mother" said she, tour to-Mont Blanc, and prepare a view of "I will bathe them in my own," and gazing
at her, looked complacency into her soul's | Intemperance should be no longer his pesdepths--"There, Mother, have I not bathed tiferous annoyance. you with a daughter's love ?" Egorina said “ Resolutions are as pie-crusts," saith & nought, but looked a look that told how homely adage, and before Frederick's oath much she loved and valued her whose con- was registered in Heaven, its violation was stant care was to increase their affection by witnessed on Earth, but so importunate assiduities of the tenderest mould.
were the impleadings of Egorina and Alpina, So soon as they were recovered from that the Angel blotted out his Sin, and the their perplexities, they took up their march repentant one resumed his intended destifor home, and arrived just as the setting sun nation to the land of Liberty and eminent was casting his radiance around the loved domain. scenes. Their lowly dwelling seemed After he had prepared his family for the dressed in crimson drapery, and a richness parting scene,-and committed his cares and infused itself in all its associations.
sorrows to the Lord,—his eye turned to“Alpina," said her Mother, as she pointed ward the very domicile where Calvin lived, to those objects the household loved,-she and around which the sun's rays were reran and kissed her Mother, but turned from flected as from a crystal lake, the morning her Father, with a sort of instinctive horror, Alpina bent her knee in prayer for him; and remembering how kind he had been to her, now as the declining rays of that same old she relented and kissed him too. She well brilliant converged on the same spot he heard remembered how oft that Mother's bitter the Evening Hymn, and being reproved by tear did Aow, as her Father had rioted amid its symphonies, his soul melted before his the excesses of the town, and in all their vas- God,—he knelt where Alpina did, and cillations Alpina leaned toward her Mother. prayed for her as she did for him. This
Prior to Frederick's embarkation, a party praying is curious, sometimes it exasperates. was made by his once particular friends—a Once there was an inebriate, whose friends, very numerous one too—there being repre- (ladies they were too,) met to pray for him, senstatives from nearly every Canton of and the return for their kindness was turnSwitzerland, and the interest was enhanced, Jing them into the street as intruders. Often as opening the way for an enlargement of it operates differently, and often it effects the colony of their countrymen. Accord- a change by the contemplation of the exingly, each member of the company, as he alted object. The lamented poet, Montentered, enrolled his name to a form, and gomery, was desired to send his view of the received a medal of friendship, obligatory in subject to Fauntleroy, when in prison, and a most special manner of the virtue of Tem- he sent him the beautiful Hymn now on perance, as a lure to Frederick, knowing every good person's lip: that there is no prosperity without it, and that with it, numerous Harpies and Hydras
“ The upward glancing of an eye,
“ When none but God is near." are expelled from the imagination, and an open Sea is presented to the mind, with This truth came to Frederick's heart, and Free Ships, Free Goods, and Free Men. he blended his tears with those who loved
The effect on Frederick's general dispo- him, as sure pledges of his adherence to his sition was good, but there was not that firm determination. step, elastic spirit, hearty laugh, that were It was determined that Egorina and Alpicharacteristics with his friends. He seem- na should remain at home, and that Fredeed, like most inebriates, somewhat conscious rick should migrate to the new countries, of his own deficiencies, when in company of and build up a dwelling place for the friends the virtuous.
of his heart. Sadly, though bravely, he He vowed he would be the source of in- bade farewell, and embarked for the scenes dependent happiness to his family, and so of his prosperity. he dashed to the floor his cup of luscious Frederick's engagements, tastes, and hadrink, he lifted up his arm and swore by bits, led him to court dangers unseen, and " Him that liveth forever and over,” that hasten to unbidden scenes—"Fools rush in,