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Or, as her rest too long delaying,
On the wan forehead stands the dew!
The small white hands are clenched and wrung:
She wakes! how wild a look is flung
From those blue eyes which, strange and wide,
It is in such paintings that our author excels. It is the real redeemed by the beautiful. One great charm in these pages are the sudden bursts of some strong emotion, suggested almost by chance; witness the very mention of the earliest Italian poet :
"One wandered there, whose gazing eye
He of the laurel and the lyre,
Whose lip was song, whose heart was fire-
Such love hath an ethereal pride!
Than win a waking world beside." These last two lines concentrate the ideal of the heart, which is the essence of feminine poetry.
We regret that we have not space to quote more than a few stanzas of "The Letter," which appears to us the very perfection of all that can be imagined of woman's love, gentle, silent, tender and devoted :
"Once, and once only, let me speak
You dreamed not of it in my tears.
That into every feeling came;
I had no other love to share,
For those beneath the funeral stone.
But every living hope was thine,
Affection with my being grew,
We frankly confess that we have our doubts whether woman's love be quite the disinterested and intense thing that Miss Landon represents it to be; still it is an exquisite creed. We have rather dwelt on the more essentially feminine portion of the work, but it would be injustice to the writer not to give a specimen of her powers in another line. We conclude with the following bold and spirited lines:
"THE DANISH WARRIOR'S DEATH SONG.
Away, away! your care is vain;
Weep not-I shame to see such tears
Away! how can ye weep for him
It has been beautifully said that "Woman's heart is love and song united." That heart is Miss Landon's peculiar domain. It is the inspiration of the present volume which must add to its writer's fame. We congratulate her on the production of pages
"Where thought finds happiest voice, and glides along
MARTIAL IN LONDON.
The Two Agitators, written at a Ball at Brambleburg.
But you, pretty Jane, with a pair of black eyes,
He fires with a word, and you fire with a look,-
Alas! there's no end to our woes.
He agitates old, and you agitate young:
Till you close your peepers, and he holds his tongue,
A Caution addressed to Lady H- -n, on reading the following Advertisement in the " Morning Herald:" Colosseum-Various Exhibitions, Sports and Fights, in which the visiters will partake.”
Those Colosseum fights eschew,
Else, going there with eyes of blue,
Nov.-VOL. XLV. NO. CLXXIX.
THE TEMPTATION OF RACHEL MORISSON.
It was a clear, sunny September morning-bright and cheerful. Autumn was stealing, not striding over the landscape, and Rachel Morisson looked out upon a joyous picture as she sat within the window of her father's house.
Her two younger sisters had spread a richly-fringed carpet beneath a verandah that was curtained by clustering vines: the elder of them had filled a basket with the rich clusters of the purple grape, and held it up, a double temptation to little Miriam and a bounding, beautiful greyhound, the pet and torment of the family. Kate Morisson, the tempter, would not, however, suffer either of them to touch a single grape until she had first presented the basket to Rachel; indeed, her youthful sisters loved Rachel dearly, and loved her the more, for that the rose was fading from her cheek, and her lips seldom smiled as was their custom in former times. I have often observed that the love of children increases with the illness of a friend or companion,—a beautiful illustration of the disinterested nature of true love.
"There is a bunch, Rachel,—a bunch fit for a queen! The doctor said you might eat grapes.'
"Thank you, dear Kate; they are very fine indeed: but you should not have tempted Miriam and Nina with them."
"Oh!" replied Kate, laughing, "I love to tempt them-to teaze them a little; it does them good."
"No, I do not think so," said Rachel. "I am not fond of quoting from the Holy Scriptures on trivial occasions, but you must remember we pray not to be led into temptation; and, Kate, looking on the temptation with which you tempted your little sister and the pretty hound, made me think
66 Upon mine own!"
"Yours, Rachel! I did not tempt you
Grapes!" repeated Rachel Morisson, smiling, though there was sadness in the smile. "No, not with grapes ;-yet I have had my temp
"What was it, sister?"
"I will tell you when you are old enough to understand its nature.” "But I am old enough, Rachel. I shall be seven next month. Perhaps, sister, you were tempted to tell a story ?"
"To wear tight shoes at the dancing lesson ?" "No!"
kr Το go into the garden and gather cherries without leave?"
"To ride the kicking pony?"
"Indeed, my Kate, you need not attempt to find out. Listen to me; if it pleases God that I live until you have completed your seventeenth year, I will relate to you my temptation;' if-listen to me, Katherine -I am taken from you into the world of spirits before you attain the beauty and incur the dangers of womanhood, I will leave a written testimony that may warn you how to avoid the sorrows which have
planted and watered the willows that are already growing over my early grave."
Kate did not quite understand what her sister meant, but she saw that her eyes were filled with tears, and so she crept silently to her side, and looked up into her face, and felt her heart sad within her. A little time, and the sharp winds of an unusually cold spring sent (the physicians said) poor Rachel Morisson to an early grave. There was one who knew otherwise,-who knew that the iron had entered her soul, and festered in its core, and that her body was too delicate to withstand the struggles of her mind. Her mother closed her eyes, and sorrowed over her bier, but not as one having no hope, for her last blessed words were, "I know that my Redeemer liveth!" There was much mourning in the bereaved dwelling. Kate was able to feel and to tell how truly she missed
"The glancing of her sister's eye,
The footsteps lightly gliding by,
But little Miriam soon forgot her troubles in the excitement of black frocks and a crape bonnet.
Years pass, as well as months; and when we review them, we think they pass as quickly. The retrospect of both is nearly the same; but the prospect, how different! Katherine Morisson had completed her seventeenth year, and was already arrived at the dangerous distinction of being a belle and a beauty. She had almost ceased to remember that her sister, whose once beautiful form was now part and parcel of the earth wherein it lay, left a "written testimony" of her trials; that she laid open her heart's feelings, hopes, and disappointments for her advantage; that, to prevent her sister's tears, she had re-shed her own— for she had torn afresh wounds which time had comparatively healed, and had again counted the drops of blood distilled from her lacerated heart. My blessed child!" said her mother, "have you forgotten poor Rachel's legacy?—how she bequeathed you the knowledge of her temptation,' that your fate might not be as hers?"
She laid a few leaves of paper upon her table, fairly and plainly written; and Kate retrimmed her lamp, and flung the garland from her brow, that she might read THE STORY of her dead sister.
"A WOMAN, Kate !-a young unmarried woman's trials-are generally of the affections;-trials of temper-trials of judgment-trials of power-come afterwards; but a young girl's trials are of the heart.
"I hope you have not yet understood what it is to love; unless, indeed, you love what is lovely,-lovely not only for time, but for eternity. The impression made on a young heart may be considered light; and yet, Katherine, it is long--oh, how long !-before it wears out: I found it so. You know the pains my dear mother ever took to impress upon us our religious duties; to teach us Christ all-in-all sufficient; and to manifest our faith by our works. I fear me that I trusted too much to my own strength-that I thought too much of my own acquirements. The pains bestowed on my education made me superior to my companions, but not, alas! superior to myself. The remembrance of your sister— of the once living reality of her who pens these lines-will, before you