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pelled to defer the visit from which her nephew expected much advantage to his wife; who, spoiled in her early youth by the adulation of all around her, as too often happens to an acknowledged beauty, was becoming hourly more confirmed in her evil habits; her temper more irritable, and her heart more selfish. As she had due notice of the non-arrival of her expected visitor, the evening saw Lady Caroline, with all her materials of happiness around her, seated in her splendid Conservatory, with the last new novel in her hand.

The scene was in truth enchanting. The Conservatory, a floral palace, upwards of a hundred feet long, and forty high, was fronted with plate glass, divided by marble pillars of the most beautiful architecture, and looked out on a fine moonlight view of a noble lake, surmounted by hanging woods, dotted by rich islands, with a fairy

vessel, moored in one of the fine bays, and casting its graceful shadow over the shining waters, which glistened in the moonbeams, like a silver sea. Within all was fragrance and beauty; the perfumes of the tube rose, the heliotrope and the Azorean jessamine, floated on the air; and the fine form of the lady of the bower, exquisitely attired, was stretched in luxurious grace on the down pillows of a silken couch, half concealed by the drooping branches of a taschion, which hung its pendent copal blossoms over a marble basin. The soft light of alabaster lamps, (matching well with the silvery moonshine which entered from without,) illumed the scene; and an artist would have gone far to contemplate such a picture.

But the coveted novel was speedily flung aside, and a sprig of blossomed myrtle, which had succeeded to the demolished

carnation, was, like that, twisted about the fair fingers, and then thrown peevishly away: the perfect face was more than ever clouded; and when the tender husband repeated his kind question,—“ What ails my Caroline?" the peevish beauty exclaimed, That gnat !"*

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Exactly ten years afterwards, on just such an Augnst evening, a plain and plainly dressed lady, whose features were strongly marked with that now rarely met disfigurer of the female countenance, the small-pox, but whose face, in spite of this great disadvantage, was still pleasing, from its sweet, yet animated expression, was sitting with her husband in this very Conserva tory, listening to two fine children, a boy and girl, as they repeated at their mother's knee their evening prayer. The children

*This incident really occurred to a newly-married lady, within the personal knowledge of the writer.

were kissed and dismissed with their fond parents' blessing; and Lady Caroline, remarking that the gnats were busy in that sultry evening, asked her husband, with a look compounded of a blush and a smile, "If he remembered how one of those insects had once had the power to trouble their happiness?"

Sir George smiled in return; and Lady Caroline rejoined with more earnestness: "It was not a gnat: it was any thing; or rather it was my own unregulated temper and unregenerated heart, that gave to every trifle a power over my own happiness, and that of all about me. Thanks to your goodness, my kind and patient monitor; thanks to dear Mrs. Delmont; thanks to the malady that deprived me of the gift of beauty, which had been to me a snare; and thanks, above all, to His mercy, who sent the monitor, the chatise

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ment, and the consolation, that let trifles molest me no longer; and that I was enabled, through His grace, to follow your example, my own dear husband; and to bear even the loss of our first-born child, assured that we shall meet again." "The

Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away : blessed be the name of the Lord."

THE CHRISTIAN REJOICING IN

GOD,

AFTER DELIVERANCE FROM HIS

SPIRITUAL ENEMIES.

"My heart is fixed!"

My heart is fixed-no more my lyre
Shall its ungrateful silence keep;
Wake, wake, my soul! thy warmest fire,
And rouse thee from thy gloomy sleep.

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