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hive amongst hollyhocks, with a young man in pursuit For who would bear th' impatient thirst of fame,
But by far the favourite with us of these great But that the tread of steep Parnassus' hill books, was that one which was devoted to the muse:
(That undiscovered country, with whose bays "The useful and entertaining pieces of poetry selected
Few travellers return) puzzles the will, for the improvement of young persons. Some of these,
And makes us rather bear to live unknown, indeed, culled from the flowery gardens of Dean Swift
Than run the hazard to be known and damned ? and others, would in these days be considered by no Who was Mrs Smith, who publishes these heavy means elevating for youth. It is more than half a sonnets "To Night' and 'To Tranquillity,' with many century ago since the Elegant Extracts were published; others addressed to similar unsubstantial objects ? not a single one of our now living writers was famous Tranquilly enough, she has herself sunk into the night enough at that period to gain admittance into these of forgetfulness, and Mrs Smith on Mrs Smith, like pages. The Nestor Rogers, who has so lately suc- wave on wave, has overwhelmed her memory.* Who cumbed, after that unprecedented combat of his with
was the once celebrated Mr Thomas Knox, who, in the devouring Time, is quoted as an accomplished and immediate neiglıbourhood of Churchill and Campbell, promising young poet; but of Wordsworth, Coleridge, we find with bis blank verses, Spoken at the Annual and Southey, of Shelley, and Keats, and Tennyson, Visitation of Tunbridge School ?' They begin with, there is nothing chronicled. How strange it seems ! Sweet is thy month, O Maia,' and extend over some What revolutions, improvements, reverses, has liter- three hundred lines, with an invocation to the Pious ature undergone since this old book was new !! What Judd,' about midway. Who was the pious Judd ? By glorious poetic fire has touched our souls, which was
no means, we daresay, an individual to be sneezed or lying then unkindled and undreamed of in infant laughed at; and yet we cannot help smiling at his breasts ! What wit! what wisdom ! Here is a unknown but doubtless venerable name. Our youthPastoral Ballad, by one Byron, it is true; but even ful mind was wont to associate Mr Thomas Knox that is a misprint for Byrom. How very much we with the eminent Scotch Reformer of that name; but should like to see a pastoral ballad from the pen of the keener intellect of our maturity tracks him to the him who wrote the Giaour and Don Juan! Here, preface, whereby we discover him to be the editor however, is a song by Moore:
himself of these Elegant Extracts, where, by taking How blessed has my time been, what joys have I known, advantage of his position, he has cunningly preserved Since wedlock's soft bondage made Jesse mine own!
himself in amber along with the best of them. So joyful my heart is, so easy my chain,
How good, though somewhat coarse, were the old That freedom is tasteless, and roving a pain.
satirical verses which we look in vain for now! Some,
by Mr Soame Jenyns, upon the modern fine gentleThrough walks grown with woodbines as often we stray, man’ of exactly á liundred years ago, have the folAround us our boys and girls frolic and play,
lowing finish: How pleasing their sport is the wanton ones see, And borrow their looks from my Jesse and me.
He wagers on his own and others' lives,
Till Death at length, indignant to be made
The daily subject of his sport and trade,
Veils with his sable hand the wretch's eyes,
And, groaning for the bets he loses by 't, he dies. What though on her cheeks the rose loses its hue,
What a comfortable reflection it is to think that there Her wit and good-humour bloom all the year through ;
is no speculation of this sort now-a-days ! How Time still, as he flies, adds increase to her truth,
thankful, in these virtuous times, ought waning rectors And gives to her mind what he steals from her youth.
and annuitants with loving relatives, to feel !
In the poems 'Sentimental, Lyrical, and Ludicrous,' Ye shepherds so gay, who make love to ensnare, which was wont to be our favourite portion of this And cheat with false vows the too credulous fair,
volume, it is remarkable how very long most of the In search of true pleasure how vainly you roam; headings are; the verses themselves do not occupy a To hold it for life you must find it at home!
larger space than the arguments; and the arguments This, of course, cannot be our unmoralising Irish are often, one would imagine, as much unsuited as Thomas, and yet there is something in the ring of the possible to the muse. metre which resembles him; and still less, although addressed to Philip Stanhope, Esq. (natural son to the
Ode on the Death of Matzel, a Favourite Bullfinch, the sentiments above expressed are worthy of her, can it be Mrs Hannah More of sacred fame. Who was
Earl of Chesterfield), to whom the Author had given then Moore, the elder? Who, again, was this Rev. the Reversion of it when he left Dresden.' Mr Maurice, whose poem of The Schoolboy, written at
Again: ‘Presented, together with a Knife, by a very early age, we are here favoured with ? Not, the Rev. Samuel Bishop, Head-master of Merchant surely, the rejected of King's College, the ardent and Taylor's School, to his Wife on her Wedding-day, able theological writer of our day. Who was the which happened to be her Birthday and New-year's great essayist, Thornton?' Who was Jago (sic)
Day,' who writes this very clever 'Imitation of Hamlet's the Ladies agreed to dress in Silks, for the Sake of
And, Written on the Occasion of a Ball, in which Soliloquy?'
encouraging the Spitalfields Manufacturers.' To print or not to print that is the question.
The sight of the Lady Elizabeth Thynne cutting Whether 'tis better in a trunk to bury
trees on paper,' seems to have been too much for the The quirks and crotchets of outrageous fancy,
poet Waller to view, and be dumb; while Grainger Or send a well-wrote copy to the press,
recommends his · Bryan and Pereene, a West Indian And, by disclosing, end them?
ballad, upon the ground -- and perhaps he knew To print, to beam
that there was no more intrinsic attraction in it-of From the same shelf with Pope, in calf well bound; To sleep, perchance, with Quarles—ay, there's the rubThere's the respect that makes
* It is, no doubt, the multitudinous name that puzzles our
friend : Charlotte Smith is well known to this day among a very Th' unwilling poet keep his piece nine years.
numerous and respectable class.-ED,
its being 'founded on a real fact that happened in the Cries Ned to his neighbours, as onward they pressed, island of St Christopher.'
Conveying his wife to her place of long rest: To judge by the number of poems with no other 'Take, friends, I beseech you, a little more leisure, title than Written in a blank leaf of' this or that For why should we thus make a toil of a pleasure ? volume, it would seem that a white page in any book
Third in the list of favourite subjects for pasquinade was too great a temptation for these ancient bards to fight against, even although they had not anything pretty clearly to the political period at which most of
are, we regret to see, the Scotch-a fact which points particular to set down upon it. We are inclined to these were written. Here is one by Cleveland, who think that the expense and scarcity of paper in their has had the impudence even to set his name to it: time must be accountable for this, for we observe that Mr Browning and Mr Tennyson do not resort in these Had Cain been a Scot, God had altered his doom, days for a place of record for their ideas to the fly- Not forced him to wander, but kept him at home. leaves of the books their friends lend them.
We forget the name of the author to whom Johnson Amongst the • Epigrams, Epitaphs, and other Little attributes that line popularly believed to have occurred Pieces,' the immense proportion which the titles bear in the theme of an Eton boy upon the marriage in to the productions themselves is still more remarkable. Cana, but it is here introduced, much spoiled, and in We moderns would never surely put to a poor couplet company with three wretched companions, as Aaron such a water-in-the-brain-affected heading as this
Hill's : which follows:
When Christ at Cana's feast, by power divine, On a very Rich Gentleman drinking the Waters of Inspired cold water with the warinth of wine,
Tunbridge Wells, who had refused to contribute to the See,' cried they, while in reddening tide it gushed, Relief of a Distressed Family.
'The bashful stream bath seen its God, and blushed.' For deepest woes old Harpax scorns to feel,
Bob and Ned, Jack and Roger, Tom and Dick, are Think ye his bowels stand in need of steel? the male dramatis personce of these epigrams, and The principal point is always italicised, for fear the Chloe and Stella the female: reader should chance not to see the joke. The parsons suffer terribly, and one epigram out of three, at least, Jack his own merit sees; this gives lim pride, of these old wits has got a divine for its butt; and we For he sees more than all the world beside. are sorry to add also, that among many of these Most of this sort are dull, or else well known; but we jeux d'esprit there is more than a fair sprinkling of will conclude with one that is new, at least to our ears, imprecation.
and pregnant with wisdom; it is, we believe, by the A Case of Conscience submitted to a Late Dignitary of poet Prior: the Church on his Narcotic Exposition of the following
To John I owed great obligation; text: 'Watch and pray, lest ye enter into Temptation.”
But John unhappily thought fit By our pastor perplext, how shall we determine?
To publish it to all the nation: Watch and pray,' says the text; 'Go to sleep,' says the
Sure John and I are more than quit.
A FAIR GROUND FOR PRIDE.
Whenever, it seems, any person of the last century
THE MONTH: had a good thing to say, instead of issuing it at once fresh from his mental mint, he took it away into some
SCIENCE AND ARTS. private room, and cut it into metre, mixing it up in the The new year opens as promisingly for science as the proportion of three-fourths alloy to one-fourth—which old year ended. Astronomers and geologists, chemists, was the last line-genuine gold, and so brought it naturalists, and natural philosophers, and many others, back again to his company in the form of verse. A are busy with important researches. Catastrophes clergyman, not being 'capped' by his parishioner, thus in the money-market, or in India or China, divert reproves him:
them not; neither does a royal marriage make them The gownsman stopped, and turning, sternly said:
pause in their endeavours to rifle nature of her secrets. 'I doubt, my lad, you're far worse taught than fed.'
Some few there are—to whom the name philosophers Why, ay,' quoth Tom, still jogging on, 'that's true;
may be justly applied-80 earnest in their work, so Thank God, he feeds me, but I'm taught by you.'
convinced of the value of time, that they never by And there are four more stupid lines, which we have any chance accept an invitation to dinner or to an
evening-party. To them science owes her proudest not quoted, introductory to the bon-mot. Silence and
achievements. attention was gained by the recital of these beforehand,
Mr Faraday is to make known in a lecture some of and they were probably made duller than they need the results of his late researches. When that takes have been, for the sake of contrast with the witticism place, there will not be a spare seat in the theatre of when it should be at last let out. These lines “Upon the Royal Institution, for hundreds who don't undera Lady who squinted,' are unusually compact:
stand, and don't much care about science, go to hear If ancient poets Argus prize,
the learned professor because it is fashionable to do Who boasted of a hundred eyes ;
80. Dr Tyndall, pursuing his inquiry into the phenoSure, greater praise to her is due
mena of glaciers, will repeat the description of certain Who looks a hundred ways with two.
properties of ice, which he has already read before the Here is an epigram upon Moore, our unknown poet, Royal Society. In some of his experiments on the who, it seems, had the reputation of being a borrower: melting of ice, he finds a singularly beautiful pheno
menon; that the water which first appears on the Moore always smiles whenever he recites,
surface of the frozen mass has always the form of an He smiles, you think, approving what he writes;
elegant flower with expanded petals. While in this But yet in this no vanity is shewn:
there may be a suggestive fact for the crystallographer, A modest man may like what's not his own.
the geologist will find additional explanations as to Next to the clergy, the married state is the most the cause of the motion of glaciers. Those who are popular subject for raillery, there being scores of interested in this question will find it treated of elegant extracts'expressive of delight at the death of among other phenomena in an able paper by Professor a wife, and comfort in her being safely 'grassed in:' Hitchcock in the last volume of the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, published at Washington. It coleop?'—The Longmans have promised to include reviews the whole subject of Surface Geology, tracing the word telegram in their_forthcoming dictionary: effects to their causes in the dritt-period—the period will they be able to get Dr Latham's sanction for the of beaches and moraines, with notices of Ancient Sea- new entomological word ?— While on this subject, we margins—the period of terraces, and, lastly, the his- may mention that Southern Italy—the scene of the toric. It is a valuable contribution to a portion late terrible earthquakes--chiefly a district of some of geological science which has not been sufficiently miles around Volterra, had previously suffered from a treated of.—Mr Sorby, on the other hand, has been plague of spiders. The Ragno rosso, as the peasants diving deep down into the bowels of volcanoes, and call it, had multiplied to such a prodigious extent, as shews that crystals of quartz and granite are not to have become a very terror; and the more so, as its simply igneous crystals, but aque-igneous, formed bite is more painful than that of the European scorunder tremendous pressure. He has been led to this pion. Each female lays from one hundred to two conclusion by observing that quartz and granite, when hundred eggs, and the increase would be greater than examined under the microscope, are found to contain it is but for an ichneumon that devours all the eggmillions on millions of minute cells or cavities, in cocoons it meets with. which water is enclosed. The water has been drawn Astronomers are busy sounding the note of preparoff in sufficient quantity to be experimented on; so ation for the eclipse of the sun, which will take place there is no doubt of its presence. It is only right to in March next; and different observatories are arrangmention that the fact was first discovered by Mring to take special observations of the phenomenon. Bryson of Edinburgh; but he did nothing towards One will note the rose-coloured protuberances, another working it out to its consequences as Mr Sorby has the effects of the darkness, another the appearance and done. The discovery is a surprising one for geologists, peculiarities of the rays of light around the edge of the as it opens a new view of the structure of volcanic eclipsing body, and so forth. There are many importrocks, and leads to the inference that water intensely ant astronomical questions yet remaining to be solved, heated and forcibly hindered from vaporising, has which admit of elucidation through the occurrence of played a highly important part in the crystalline eclipses: hence the scientific interest created by them. formation. Mr Sorby has exhibited his specimens at Indeed, as regards the sun, we may believe that its meetings of the Royal and Geological Societies, and is physical phenomena will henceforth be an especial now engaged in further investigations.
object of study. The volume of Smithsonian ContribuNot less interesting is a discovery announced at a tions above mentioned contains an elaborate paper meeting of the Vaudois Society of Natural Sciences On the Relative Intensity of the Heat and Light of at Lausanne, and not less a surprise for geologists. It the Sun upon different Latitudes of the Earth,' from appears that the draining of a lake near Moosseedorf, which we quote a passage where the author-Mr Meech canton of Berne, brought to light a bed of peat, -attributes some geological changes of the earth to the through which numerous stakes were driven. On the motion of the whole solar system through space-a surface of this peat, nearly a thousand specimens of motion, be it remembered, of 400,000 miles an hour. pottery, stone-chisels, flint arrow-heads, and bears' | 'In this,' says the author, "continued for countless teeth, perforated so as to be strung for bracelets and ages, the earth may have traversed the vicinity of collars, were met with. There were no signs of metal; some one of the fixed stars, which are suns whose but bones of wild and domestic animals—some still radiance would tend to efface the vicissitudes of undetermined—were numerous; and among these were summer and winter, if not of day and night, with a picked up an atlas and jaw of the Cervus euryceros, more warm and equable climate. This may have or Great Irish Elk. The capital fact consists in the produced those luxuriant forests, of which the present discovery of the last mentioned, for no remains of the coal-fields are the remains; and thus the existence of great elk had ever yet been found along with human coal-mines in Disco and other arctic islands may remains, or with any relics shewing that the animal be accounted for. If no similar traces exist in the had lived on the earth at the same time with man. antarctic zone, the presumption will be strengthened
Mr Robert Mallet's catalogue of earthquakes, drawn that the north pole was presented more directly to the up for the British Association, will contain startling rays of such illuminating sun or star.' There is scope facts for the next meeting, collected from the calamit- for the imagination here, whatever may be the scienous earthquakes last month in Italy. Some geologists tific value of the notion-the world gradually becoming have gone to the spot to make notes of the effects aware that a second sun was shining in the firmament, produced. Sir Charles Lyell was there recently, and brighter and hotter for many years, till the luxuriance wished to make special observations on Vesuvius; but of the tropics streamed up to the polar zones; and the most tedious of Circumlocution Offices is at Naples, then the gradual decline of light and heat, the strange and he could not waste time in waiting for the official sun diminishing to a speck, and disappearing at last permit.
from human eyes. It is a theme that might inspire a Unger shews that vegetable growths produce lime- poet. stone: such as certain species of alge so constituted Mr Broun, who left Sir T. M. Brisbane's observatory that they secrete and deposit carbonate of lime from near Kelso, to take charge of the Rajah of Travancore's sea-water. He has subjected the plants to experiment, observatory at Trevandrum, has just sent in which the calcareous matter being all dissolved out, printed Report, from which we learn that meteorology the vegetable texture remained clearly demonstrable. and magnetism occupy his attention as well as astron
In a conversation that took place a short time since omy. Aided by the rajah’s liberality, he has built an at a meeting of the Entomological Society, concerning observatory on the Agustier Peaka summit in the the changes in the species and habits of animals pro- Western Ghauts, 6200 feet above the sea—for the duced by climate, Professor Milne Edwards said that purpose of carrying on a series of hourly observations the existing species of ibis is identical with that found of thermometer, barometer, actinometer, and magnets, preserved in Egyptian mummies.--In a communication simultaneously with similar series in the observatory to the same Society on a New Genera and Species of at Trevandrum. By this means, the effect of elevation Coleoptera, Mr Pascoe raises a question for philologists. will be discovered, and the data thence derivable are • Why not get rid,' he argues, of the word beetle, much in request at present by the chiefs of magnetic which is not confined, in common parlance, to the and meteorological science, to aid in the discussion of Coleoptera, and is almost universally applied to the observations. Notwithstanding the draughts of natives cockroach only, by the vulgar? We have mammal placed at his service, Mr Broun had more trouble in and mollusk naturalised among us recently; why not erecting his observatory than Professor Piazzi Smyth
had in his exploit on Teneriffe (of which, by the way, hitherto it gives more satisfactory indications than he has published a highly graphic narrative). But any other. there is something to repay him (Mr Broun) in the The demand for fibrous material for commercial magnificent prospect; and while he is discovering the purposes has led to the utilisation of a product of relations between the higher and lower regions of the which huge bonfires have been and are still made atmosphere, he can overlook the whole south of the every autumn in Herefordslıire, Kent, and Surrey. peninsula as far as Cape Comorin, and, but for an We mean the hopbine. Excellent wrapping-paper is intervening height, would get a view of Adam's Peak now manufactured of that climber; and hop-growers in Ceylon.
may comfort themselves for a bad season by the sale In connection with meteorology, it is desirable to of what they have heretofore wasted. And besides remember that regular daily observations are made at this, experiments have been tried with success to many places in England and on the continent of make millboards out of the spent hops, of which the Europe, of the rise and fall of the barometer and great breweries yield so abundant a supply. It is one changes of the wind, the rainfall, &c.: from all of of the characteristics of the present time to convert which there will in time appear a large mass of refuse to useful purposes, and these are note-worthy materials and facts for comparison, and as our know- examples. ledge of atmospheric waves and the allied phenomena The Royal Agricultural Society offer a prize of L.50 increases, we may hope to get to some positive for the best report on the results of microscopic acquaintance with the laws of the weather.-The observation applied to the vegetable physiology of Austrian government has “the hand at the bellows,' agriculture. There is the question ; and we doubt to use a sailor's term, in a way that deserves notice. not that competent men are ready to give the answer. Having deepened the port of Venice so as to admit The Rev. E. F. Manby has communicated to the large vessels, they wish to render the navigation of the Society's Journal an account of an improved method of Adriatic safer, by diminishing the force of the bora potato-culture, whereby he gets two crops a year with —that mighty wind. Now, it happens that Mount little or no disease. The Morecambe potato is the Nanas, near Adelsberg, is the father of the bora ; so on kind he recommends-a kind much in request in the all the hills and heights between Nanas and the sea, large towns of Lancashire and the West Riding. trees are to be planted, which—sheltered by walls They form,' he says, ' a dish fit for an epicure-light while young-will, it is believed, grow up and break and floury, the delicate skin cracked and bursting.' the force of the wind before it reaches the gulf. The land is to be dug by hand-labour, and then the
Father Caselli of Florence has invented and per- secret for getting potatoes ripe in August that will fected an electric telegraph by which written messages keep all the winter is 'to set them well sprouted. may be transmitted and received, some three or four There is no occasion to put them in early : the last at the same time, and at the rate of five hundred week in April or first week in May will do.' To this letters or signs in a minute. An autographic com- he adds: “The month of August is the critical time for munication from the reverend inventor was read at the the winter potato. But by sprouting the tuber before meeting of the Vaudois Society above referred to. At setting, you obtain nearly a month's advantage, 80 another meeting, M. Bischoff demonstrated to the that when the disease does come, the plant is in a members that an alkaline solution of silver reduced stronger state than it would otherwise be, and is with sugar, could be advantageously used for the thereby enabled to repel the attack.' silvering of glass, especially for concave mirrors and reflectors required of unusual brightness.-Professor Helmholtz has invented an instrument to which he
OG EOLA: gives the name of telestereoscope, which is to be used in
A ROMANCE. looking at natural landscapes. In few words, it may be described as a box fitted with mirrors at certain angles, and with feebly concave lenses for eye-pieces. The military college of West Point is the finest school According to the professor, its special merit is, that in the world. Princes and priests have there no power; it enables the spectator to judge of the proportions and true knowledge is taught, and must be learned, under distances of a landscape, particularly mountain scenery, penalty of banishment from the place. The graduate much more accurately than with the unassisted eye. comes forth a scholar, not, as from Oxford and CamAn instrument for indicating sounds has just been bridge, the pert parrot of a dead language, smooth exhibited by M. Léon Scott, a corrector of the press at prosodian, mechanic rhymster of Idyllic verse; but a Paris. It comprises a receiver terminated by a mem- linguist of living tongues-one who has studied science, brane; the membrane when disturbed operates on a and not neglected art-a botanist, draughtsman, geolpencil, and the pencil marks the effect on a moving ogist, astronomer, engineer, soldier-all; in short, a band of paper. According to the intensity of the man fitted for the higher duties of social life--capable sound affecting the membrane, so is the mark; and of supervision and command-equally so of obedience what is remarkable, it is found that the marks vary and execution. according as the sound is harmonious or discordant; Had I been ever so much disinclined to books, in though the intensity may be the same. The one this institution I could not have indulged in idleness. leaves regular traces, the other irregular. Hence it is There is no dunce' in West Point. There is no thought the instrument may be useful in the study of favour to family and fortune: the son of the President vibratory phenomena in the air. This is not the first would be ejected, if not able to dress up with the rank; time that sound has been made visible, so to speak: and under the dread of disgrace, I became, perforce, Professor Wheatstone invented an instrument some a diligent student-in time, a creditable scholar. years ago, which exhibited the effects of different The details of a cadet's experience possess but little sounds on a tympanum, all explicable on definite interest -a routine of monotonous duties-only at philosophical principles.-Another invention by a West Point a little harder than elsewhere-at times young French midshipman will, if it bear the test of but slightly differing from the slave-life of a common further experiment, prove highly useful in the oceanic soldier. I bore them bravely-not that I was inspired surveys. It is an instrument which, dropped over- by any great military ambition, but simply from a board from a ship, indicates the strength and direction feeling of rivalry: I scorned to be the laggard of my of the under-currents by which the depths of the sea class. are so numerously and so astonishingly traversed. There were times, however, when I felt weariness The construction of the instrument is ingenious, and from so much restraint. It contrasted unfavourably
CHAPTER XVII.-WEST POINT.
with the free life I had been accustomed to; and often even heard of her. For five years I was an exile from did I feel a longing for home-for the forest and the home--and so was my sister. At intervals during savanna—and far more for the associates I had left that time we were visited by our father and mother, behind.
who made an annual trip to the fashionable resorts of Long lingered in my heart the love of Maümee the north-Ballston Spa, Saratoga, and Newport. - long time unaffected by absence. thought the There, during our holidays, we joined them; and void caused by that sad parting would never be though I longed to spend a vacation at home-I
No other object could replace in my believe so did Virginia -- the mother was steel mind, or banish from my memory the sweet souvenirs and the father was stone,' and our desires were not of my youthful love. Morning, noon, and night, was gratified. that image of picturesque beauty outlined upon the I suspected the cause of this stern denial. Our retina of my mental eye- by day in thoughts, by proud parents dreaded the danger of a mésalliance. night in dreams.
They had not forgotten the tableau on the island. Thus was it for a long while-I thought it would The Ringgolds met us at the watering-places; and never be otherwise! No other could ever interest Arens was still assiduous in his attentions to Virginia. me, as she had done. No new joy could win me to He had become a fashionable exquisite, and spent his wander–no Lethe could bring oblivion. Had I been gold freely-not to be outdone by the ci-devant tailors told so by an angel, I would not, I could not, have and stock-brokers, who constitute the upper ten' of believed it.
New York. I liked him no better than ever, though Ah! it was a misconception of human nature. I my mother was still his backer. was but sharing it in common with otherg—for most How he sped with Virginia, I could not tell. My mortals have, at some period of life, laboured under a sister was now quite a woman-a fashionable dame, a similar mistake. Alas! it is too true-love is affected belle--and had learnt much of the world--among by time and absence. It will not live upon memory other things, how to conceal her emotions-one of the alone. The capricious soul, however delighting in the distinguished accomplishments of the day. She was ideal, prefers the real and positive. Though there are at times merry to an extreme degree; though her but few lovely women in the world, there is no one mirth appeared to me a little artificial, and often ended lovelier than all the rest—no man handsomer than all abruptly. Sometimes she was thoughtful-not unfrehis fellows. Of two pictures equally beautiful, that is quently cold and disdainful. I fancied that in gaining the more beautiful upon which the eye is gazing. It so many graces, she had lost much of what was in my is not without reason that lovers dread the parting eyes more valuable than all, her gentleness of heart. hour.
Perhaps I was wronging her. Was it books that spoke of lines and angles, of There were many questions I would have asked her, bastions and embrasures—was it drill, drill, drill by but our childish confidence was at an end, and delicacy day, or the hard couch and harder guard tour by forbade me to probe her heart. Of the past we never night-was it any or all of these that began to spoke: I mean of that past-those wild wanderings in infringe upon the exclusivism of that one idea, and at the woods, the sailings over the lake, the scenes in intervals drive it from my thoughts ? Or was it the the palm-shaded island. pretty faces that now and then made their appearance I often wondered whether she had cause to remember at the ‘Point'-the excursionary belles from Saratoga y then, whether her souvenirs bore any resemblance to and Ballston, who came to visit us--or the blonde mine! daughters of the patroons, our nearer neighbours, On these points, I had never felt a definite convic. who came more frequently, and who saw in each tion. Though suspicious-at one time even apprehencoarse-clad cadet the chrysalis of a hero-the embryo sive-I had been but a blind watcher, a too careless of a general ?
guardian. Which of all these was driving Maümee out of my Surely my conjectures had been just, else why was mind?
she now silent upon themes and scenes that had so It imports little what cause—such was the effect. delighted us both? Was hier tongue tied by the afterThe impression of my young love became less vivid knowledge that we had been doing wrong-only known on the page of memory. Each day it grew fainter and to us by the disapproval of our parents ? Or, was it fainter, until it was attenuated to a slim retrospect. that in her present sphere of fashion, she disdained to
Ah! Maümee! in truth it was long before this remember the humble associates of earlier days ? came to pass. Those bright smiling faces danced long Often did I conjecture whether there had ever before my eyes ere thine became eclipsed. Long while existed such a sentiment in her bosom; and, if so, withstood I the flattery of those siren tongues; but whether it still lingered there? These were points my nature was human, and my heart yielded too easily about which I might never be satisfied. The time for to the seduction of sweet blandishments.
such confidences had gone past. It would not be true to say that my first love was It is not likely,' reasoned I; 'or if there ever was altogether gone : it was cold, but not dead. Despite a feeling of tender regard for the young Indian, it is the fashionable flirtations of the hour, it had its seasons now forgotten-obliterated from her heart, perhaps of remembrance and return. Oft upon the still night's from her memory. It is not likely it should survive guard, home-scenes came fitting before me; and then in the midst of her present associations-in the midst the brightest object in the vision-picture was Maümee. of that entourage of perfumed beaus who are hourly My love for her was cold, not dead. Her presence pouring into her ears the incense of Hattery: Far less would have rekindled it-I am sure it would. Even probable she should remember than I; and have not I to have heard from her-of her-would have produced forgotten ? a certain effect. To have heard that she had forgot- Strange, that of the four hearts I knew only my ten me, and given her heart to another, would have own. Whether young Powell had ever looked upon restored my boyish passion in its full vigour and my sister with admiring eyes, or she on him, I was entirety; I am sure it would.
still ignorant, or rather unconvinced. All I knew was I could not have been indifferent then? I must still by mere conjecture-suspicion-apprehension. What kave been in love with Maümee?
may appear stranger, I never knew the sentiment of One key pushes out the other; but the fair daughters that other heart, the one which interested me more of the north had not yet obliterated from my heart than all. It is true, I had chosen to fancy it in my this dark-skinned damsel of the south.
favour. Trusting to glances, to gestures, to slight During all my cadetship, I never saw her-never | actions, never to words, I had fondly hoped; but often,