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placed upon a different object. The chap- a couple of chairs ;, and as we were in lain's errand was to inform us, that Mr. want of ladies to make up a set at country Thornhill had provided music and refresh- dances, the two gentlemen went with him ments; and intended that night giving the in quest of a couple of partners. Chairs young ladies a ball by moonlight, on the and partners were soon provided. The gtass plat before our door. Nor can gentlemen returned with my neighbour 1 deny,” continued he, “but I have an Flamborough's rosy daughters, flaunting interest in being first to deliver this mes with red top-knots; but an unlucky cir95, as I expect for my reward to be cumstance was not adverted to,-though boncured with Miss Sophia's hand as a the Miss Flamboroughs were reckoned partner." To this my girl replied, that the very best dancers in the parish, and she should have no objection, if she could understood the jig and roundabout to perdo it with honour; “ But here," continued fection, yet they were totally unacquainted she, " is a gentleman," looking at Mr. with country dances. This at first disBorchell," who has been my companion composed us : however, after a little in the task for the day, and it is fit he should shoving and dragging, they at last went shizze in its amusements.” Mr. Burchell merrily on. Our music consisted of two Teturned her a compliment for her inten- fiddles, with a pipe and tabor. The moon tons, but resigned her up to the chaplain; shone bright. Mr. Thornhill and my eldest ading, that he was to go that night five daughter led up the ball, to the great a es, being invited to å harvest supper. delight of the spectators ; for the neighHis refusal appeared to me a little extra- bours, hearing wha was going forward, ordinary; nor could I conceive how so came flocking about us. My girl moved sensible a girl as my youngest could thus with so much grace and vivacity, that my prefer a man of broken fortunes to one wife could not avoid discovering the pride whose expectations were much greater. of her heart by assuring me that

, though But as men are most capable of distin- the little chit did it so cleverly, all the gushing merit in women, so the ladies steps were stolen from herself. The ladies cften form the truest judgments of us. of the town strove hard to be equally The two sexes seem placed as spies upon easy, but without success. They swam, each other, and are furnished with different sprawled, languished, and frisked; but all atiities, adapted for mutual inspection.

would not do: the gazers indeed owned

that it was fine; but neighbour FlamCHAPTER IX.

borough observed that Miss Livy's feet Tor Ladies of great Distinction introduced. seemed as pat to the music as its echo. sperior Finery ever seems to confer superior After the dance had continued about an

hour, the two ladies, who were apprehenMR. BURCHELL had scarce taken leave, sive of catching cold, moved to break up and Sophia consented to dance with the the ball. One of them, I thought, exchaplain

, when my little ones came run- pressed her sentiments upon this occasion oing out to tell us, that the Squire was in a very coarse manner, when she obcome with a crowd of company. Upon served, that, “by the living jingo, she was caut return, we found our landlord, with all of a muck of sweat: Upon our a couple of under gentlemen and two return to the house, we found a very eng ladies richly dressed, whom he elegant cold supper, which Mr. Thornhill introduced as women of very great dis- had ordered to be brought with him. The tinction and fashion from town. We conversation at this time was more rehappened not to have chairs enough for served than before. The two ladies threw the whole company; but Mr. Thornhill my girls into the shade ; for they would immediately proposed, that every gentle task of nothing but high life, and highman should sit in a lady's lap. This I lived company'; with other fashionable positively objected to, notwithstanding a topics, such as pictures, taste, Shakek of disapprobation from my wife. speare, and the musical glasses." 'Tis true Moses was therefore dispatched to borrow they once or twice mortified us sensibly

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ignorance, talked with ease, and could ex- rupt, or very negligent in forming them, patiate upon the common topics of con- we deserve punishment for our vice, o: versation with fluency. It is not surprising contempt for our folly.” then, that such talents should win the affec- My wife now kept up the conversation, tions of a girl who by education was taught though not the argument; she observed to value an appearance in herself, and con- that several very prudent men of our ac. sequently to set a value upon it in another. quaintance were freethinkers, and made

Upon his departure, we again entered very good husbands; and she knew some into a debate upon the merits of our young sensible girls that had skill enough to landlord. As he directed his looks and make converts of their spouses. And conversation to Olivia, it was no longer who knows, my dear," continued she, doubted but that she was the object that “ what Olivia may be able to do: the girl induced him to be our visitor. Nor did has a great deal to say upon every subject, she seem to be much displeased at the in- and, to my knowledge, is very well skilled nocent raillery of her brother and sister in controversy.' upon this occasion. Even Deborah her- "Why, my dear, what controversy self seemed to share the glory of the day, can she have read?” cried I. “It does and exulted in her daughter's victory as if not occur to me that I ever put such books it were her own. “And now, my dear, into her hands: you certainly overrate her cried she to me, “I'll fairly own, that it merit.”—“Indeed, papa,” replied Olivia, was I that instructed my girls to encourage “she does not; I have read a great deal our landlord's addresses. I had always of controversy. I have read the disputes some ambition, and you now see that I between Thwackum and Square; the con. was right; for who knows how this may troversy between Robinson Crusoe and end !" Ay, who knows that indeed!" Friday, the savage; and I am now em. answered I, with a groan : "for my part, ployed in reading the controversy in ReI don't much like it; and I could have ligious Courtship.”—“Very well,” cried been better pleased with one that was I, “that's a good girl; I find you are poor and honest, than this fine gentleman perfectly qualified for making converts, with his fortune and insidelity; for depend and so go help your mother to make the on't, if he be what I suspect him, no free- gooseberry pie. thinker shall ever have a child of mine." "Sure, father," cried Moses,

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you are too severe in this ; for Heaven will never An Amour, which promises little good fortune, arraign him for what he thinks, but for yet may be productive of much. what he does. Every man has a thousand Tue next morning we were again visited vicious thoughts, which arise without his , by Mr. Burchell, though I began, for cerpower to suppress. Thinking freely of re- tain reasons, to be displeased with the ligion may be involuntary with this gentle. frequency of his return; but I could not man; so that, allowing his sentiments to refuse him my company and fireside. It be wrong, yet, as he is purely passive in is true, his labour more than requited his assent, he is no more to be blamed for his entertainment; for he wrought among his errors than the governor of a city with- us with vigour, and, either in the meadow out walls for the shelter he is obliged to or at the lay-rick, put himself foremost. afford an invading enemy;".

Besides, he had always something amusing "True, my son,” cried I; " but if the to say that lessened our toil, and was at governor invites the enemy there, he is once so out of the way, and yet so sensible, justly culpable. And such is always the that I loved, laughed at, and pitied him. case with those who embrace error, The My only dislike arose from an attachment vice does not lie in assenting to the proofs he discovered to my daughter. He would, they see ; but being blind to many of the in a jesting manner, call her his little mis. proofs that offer. So that, though our , tress, and when he bought each of the erroneous opinions be involuntary when girls a set of ribands, hers was the finest. formed, yet as we have been wilfully cor- I knew not how, but he every day seemed

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to become more amiable, his wit to im. prove, and his simplicity to assume the surerior airs of wisdom,

Our family dined in the field, and we 53., or rather reclined, round a temperate It rust, our cloth spread upon the hay, stile Mr. Burchell gave cheerfulness to , the feast. To heighten our satisfaction, two blackbirds answered each other from Oopsite hedges, the familiar redbreast cre and pecked the crumbs from our arks, and every sound seemed but the

cu of tranquillity. “I never sit thus," sys Sophia, ** but I think of the two lovers so sweetly described by Mr. Gay, who were srack dead in each other's arms. There

mething so pathetic in the description, that I have read it an hundred times with in rapture.”—“In my opinion," cried

the finest strokes in that desion are much below those in the Acis 23 Gala:ea of Ovid. The Roman poet Duderstands the use of contrast better; and upon that figure, artfully managed, all stength in the pathetic depends. . It srenarkable,” cried Mr. Burchell, “that fox' the poets you mention have equally ributed to introduce a false taste into er respective countries, by loading all Carlines with epithet. Men of little 5a11s found them most easily imitated o their defects; and English poetry, like that in the latter empire of Rome, is nomatig at present but a combination of luxwant images, without plot or connexion - string of epithets that improve the send without carrying on the sense. But terhaps, madam, while I thus reprehend

ers, you'll think it just that I should Sve them an opportunity to retaliate; and, need, I have made this remark only to *3e an opportunity of introducing to the napany a ballad, which, whatever be its

ther defects, is, I think, at least free from those I have mentioned.”

" Forbear, my son," the Hermit cries,

“To tempt the dangerous gloom; For yonder laithless phantom flies

To lure thee to thy dooin.
“ Here to the houseless child of want

My door is open still ;
And, though my portion is but scant,

I give it with good will.
“Then turn to-night, and frecly share

Whate'er my cell bestows : My rushy couch and frugal fare,

My blessing and reposc.
“No flocks that range the valley free

To slaughter I condemn ;
Taught by that Power that pities me,

I learn to pity them :
But from the mountain's grassy side

A guiltless feast I bring;
A scrip with herbs and fruits supplied,

And water from the spring.
“ Then, pilgrim, turn ; thy cares forego;

All earth-born cares are wrong:
Man wants but little here below,

Nor wants that little long."
Soft as the dew from heaven descends

His gentle accents fell :
The modest stranger lowly bends,

And follows to the cell.
Far in a wilderness obscure

The lonely mansion lay,
A refuge to the neighbouring poor,

And strangers led astray.
No stores beneath its humble thatch

Required a master's care;
The wicket, opening with a latch,

Received the harmless pair.
And now, when busy crowds retire

To take their evening rest,
The hermit trimm'd his little fire,

And cheer'd his pensive guest:
And spread his vegetable store,

And gaily press'd, and smiled; And, skill'd in legendary lore,

The lingering hours beguiled.
Around, in sympathetic mirth,

Its tricks the kitten tries,
The cricket chirrups on the hearth,

The crackling fagot flics.
But nothing could a charm impart

To soothe the stranger's woe;
For grief was heavy at his heart,

And tears began to flow.
His rising cares the Hermit spied,

With answering care oppress'd:
And "Whence, unhappy youth," he cried.

The sorrows of thy breast?
“ From better habitations spurn'd,

Reluctant dost thou rove?
Or grieve for friendship unreturn'd,

Or unregarded love?
" Alas! the joys that fortune brings

Are trifling, and decay;

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"Till, quite dejected with my scom,

He left me to my pride ;
And sought a solitude forlorn,

In secret, where he died.
But mine the sorrow, mine the fault,

And well my life shall pay;
I'll seek the solitude he sought,

And stretch me where he lay.
" And there, forlorn, despairing, hid,

I'll lay me down and die ; 'Twas so for me that Edwin did,

And so for him will l." Forbid it Heaven !" the Hermit cried,

And clasp'd her to his breast : The wondering fair one turnéd to chide

'Twas Edwin's self that press'd! “ Turn, Angelina, ever dear,

My charmer, turn to see
Thy own, thy long-lost Edwin here,

Restored to love and thee.
“ Thus let me hold thee to my heart,

And every care resign:
And shall we never, never part,

My life-my all that's mine?
“ No, never from this hour to part,

We'll live and love so true,
The sigh that rends thy constant heart

Shall break thy Edwin's too."

And those who prize the paltry things,

More trifling still than they.
“ And what is friendship but a name,

A charm that lulls to sleep;
A shade that follows wealth or fame,

But leaves the wretch to weep? “ And love is still an emptier sound,

The modern fair one's jest:
On earth umseen, or only found

To warm the turtle's nest. “For shame, fond youth, thy sorrows hush,

And spurn the sex," he said ;
But while he spoke, a rising blush

His love-lorn guest betray'd.
Surprised he sees new beauties rise,

Swift mantling to the view ;
Like colours o'er ihe morning skies,

As bright, as transient too.
The bashful look, the rising breast,

Alternate spread alarms :
The lovely stranger stands confess'd

A maid in all her charms.
And, “Ah ! forgive a stranger rude -

A wretch forlorn," she cried ;
" Whose feet unhallow'd thus intrude

Where Heaven and you reside. “But let a maid thy pity share.

Whom love has taught to stray:
Who seeks for rest, but finds despair

Companion of her way.
“My father lived beside the Tyne,

A wealthy lord was he ;
And all his wealth was mark'd as mine,

He had but only me,
“To win me from his tender arms

Unnumber'd suitors came,
Who praised me for imputed charms,

And felt, or feign'd, a flame. “ Each hour a mercenary crowd

With richest proffers strove : Amongst the rest, young Edwin bow'd,

But never talk'd of love.
“In humble, simple habit clad,

No wealth nor power had he:
Wisdom and worth were all he had,

But these were all to me,
“And when, beside me in the dale,

He caroll'd lays of love,
His breath lent fragrance to the gale,

And music to the grove.
The blossom opening to the day,

The dews of heaven refined,
Could nought of purity display

To emulate his mind.
The dew, the blossom on the tree,

With charms inconstant shine:
Their charms were his, but, woe to me,

Their constancy was mine,
"For still I tried each fickle art,

Importunate and vain ; And, while his passion touch'd my heart,

I triumph'd in his pain :

While this ballad was reading, Sophia seemed to mix an air of tenderness with her approbation. But our tranquillity was soon disturbed by the report of a gun just by us, and, immediately after, a man was seen bursting through the hedge, to take up the game he had killed. This sportsman was the Squire's chaplain, who had shot one of the blackbirds that so agreeably entertained us. So loud a report, and so near, startled my daughters; and I could perceive that Sophia in the fright had thrown herself into Mr. Bur. chell's arms for protection. The gentleman came up, and asked pardon for having disturbed us, affirming that he was ignorant of our being so near. He therefore sat down by my youngest daugh. ter, and, sportsman-like, offered her what he had killed that morning. She was going to refuse, but a private look from her mother soon induced her to correct the mistake, and accept his present, though with some reluctance. My wife, as usual, discovered her pride in a whisper, observ. ing, that Sophy had made a conquest of the chaplain, as well as her sister had of the Squire. I suspected, however, with more probability, that her affections were

placed upon a different object. The chap- a couple of chairs; and as we were in Lan's errand was to inform us, that Mr. want of ladies to make up a set at country Thornhill had provided music and refresh dances, the two gentlemen went with him ments; and intended that night giving the in quest of a couple of partners. Chairs young ladies a ball by moonlight, on the and partners were soon provided. The

725 plat before our door. "Nor can gentlemen returned with my neighbour I deny,” continued he, “but I have an Flamborough's rosy daughters, flaunting interest in being first to deliver this mes- with red top-knots'; but an unlucky cirqe as I expect for my reward to be cumstance was not adverted to,—though bensured with Miss Sophia's hand as a the Miss Flamboroughs were reckoned partner.” To this my girl replied, that the very best dancers in the parish, and she should have no objection, if she could understood the jig and roundabout to perdo it with honour; “ But here," continued section, yet they were totally unacquainted she, " is a gentleman," looking at Mr. with country dances. This at first disBurchell, “who has been my companion composed us : however, after a little is the task for the day, and it is fithe should shoving and dragging, they at last went share in its amusements." Mr. Burchell merrily on. Our music consisted of two Touted her a compliment for her inten- hiddles, with a pipe and tabor. The moon tous, but resigned her up to the chaplain; shone bright. Mr. Thornhill and my eldest asting, that he was to go that night five daughter led up the ball, to the great

1.6, being invited to a harvest supper. delight of the spectators ; for the neighHs refusal appeared to me a little extra- bours, hearing what was going forward, Dreinary; nor could I conceive how so came flocking about us. My girl moved sensible a girl as my youngest could thus with so much grace and vivacity, that my prefer a man of broken fortunes to one wife could not avoid discovering the pride whose expectations were much greater. of her heart by assuring me that, though Bat as men are most capable of distin- the little chit did it so cleverly, all the washing merit in women, so the ladies steps were stolen from herself. The ladies ten form the truest judgments of us.

of the town strove hard to be equally The two sexes seem placed as spies upon easy, but without success. They swam, cich other, and are furnished with different sprawled, languished, and frisked; but all Lilities, adapted for mutual inspection.

would not do: the gazers indeed owned

that it was fine ; but neighbour FlamCHAPTER IX.

borough observed that Miss Livy's feet 724 Ladies of great Distinction introduced. seemed as pat to the music as its echo. Superior Finery ever seems to confer superior Aster the dance had continued about an

hour, the two ladies, who were apprehenVe BURCHELL had scarce taken leave, sive of catching cold, moved to break up 3d Sophia consented to dance with the the ball. One of them, I thought, exkaplain, when my little ones came run. pressed her sentiments upon this occasion ng out to tell us, that the Squire was in a very coarse manner, when she obsome with a crowd of company. Upon served, that, "by the living jingo, she was u return, we found our landlord, with all of a muck of sweat. Upon our 3 couple of under gentlemen and two return to the house, we found a very Foung ladies richly dressed, whom he elegant cold supper, which Mr. Thornhill ovlaced as women of very great dis- had ordered to be brought with him. The action and fashion from town. We conversation at this time was more reGarpened not to have chairs enough for served than before. The two ladies threw the whole company; but Mr. Thornhill my girls into the shade ; for they would immediately proposed, that every gentle talk of nothing but high life, and high1.29 should sit in a lady's lap. This I lived company ; with other fashionable pustively objected to, notwithstanding a topics, such as pictures, taste, Shakemok of disapprobation from my wife. speare, and the musical glasses." ”Tis true Moses was therefore dispatched to borrow they once or twice mortified us sensibly

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