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pends."-" It is remarkable,” cried Mr. Burchell, Soft as the dew from heaven descends,
" that both the poets you mention have equally His gentle accents fell:
contributed to introduce a false taste into their re- The modest stranger lowly bends,
spective countries, by loading all their lines with And follows to the cell.
epithet. Men of little genius found them most

Far in a wilderness obscore
easily imitated in their defects, and English poetry,
like that in the latter empire of Rome, is nothing

The lonely mansion lay, at present but a combination of luxuriant images,

A refuge to the neighb'ring poor without plot or connexion; a string of epithets that

And strangers led astray. improve the sound, without carrying on the sense.

No stores beneath its humble thatch But perhaps, madam, while I thus reprehend others, Required a master's care; you'll think it just that I should give them an op

The wicket, opening with a latch portunity to retaliate, and indeed I have made this

Received the harmless pair. remark only to have an opportunity of introducing to the company a tallad, which, whatever be its And now, when busy crowds retire other defects, Is, I think, at least free from those I To take their evening rest, have mentioned."

The hermit trimm'd his little fire,

And cheer'd his pensive guest:
A BALLAD.

And spread his vegetable store, "TURN, gentle hermit of the dale,

And gaily press'd, and smiled; And guide my lonely way,

And, skill'd in legendary lore, To where yon taper cheers the vale

The lingering hours beguiled. With hospitable ray. “For here forlorn and lost I tread,

Around in sympathetic mirth

Its tricks the kitten trics,
With fainting steps and slow;

The cricket chirrups in the hearth,
Where wilds, immeasurably spread,
Seem length’ning as I go."

The crackling faggot flies. "Forbear, my son,” the hermit cries,

But nothing could a charm impart “To tempt the dangerous gloom;

To soothe the stranger's woe; For yonder faithless phantom flies

For grief was heavy at his heart, To lure thee to thy doom.

And tears began to flow. • Here to the houseless child of want

His rising cares the hermit spied,
My door is open still;

With answering care oppress'd:
And though my portion is but scant,

“ And whence, unhappy youth,” he cries I give it with good will.

“ The sorrows of thy breast? “ Then turn to-night, and freely share

"From better habitations spurn'd, Whate'er my cell bestows;

Reluctant dost thou rove?
My rushy couch and frugal fare,

Or grieve for friendship unreturn'd,
My blessing and repose.

Or unregarded love? "No flocks that range the valley free,

" Alas! the joys that fortune brings, To slaughter I condemn;

Are trifling, and decay; Taught by that Power that pities me,

And those who prize the paltry things, I learn to pity them:

More triding still than they. “But from the mountain's

grassy
side

" And what is friendship but a name,
A guiltless feast I bring;

A charm that lulls to sleep;
A scrip with herbs and fruits supplied,

A shade that follows wealth or fame,
And water from the spring.

But leaves the wretch to weep? " Then, pilgrim, turn, thy cares forego;

“ And love is still an emptier sound, All earth born cares are wrong ;

The modern fair one's jest ;
Man wants but little here below,

On earth unseen, or only found
Nor wants that little long."

To warm the turtle's nest.

“For shame, fond youth, thy sorrows hush, • We have introduced this beautiful poem in this place, be

And spurn the sex,” he said; cause it appears to be too intimately connected with the story to be omitted with any propriety, though it is inserted among

But while he spoke, a rising blush the rest of the doctor's poetical productions.

His love-lorn guest betray'd.

Surprised he sees new beauties rise,

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

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

Alternate spread alarms:
The lovely stranger stands confest

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, simplest habit elad,

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

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

The dewe of Heaven refined, Could nought of purity display

To emulate his mind. 4 'The dew, the blossom on the tree,

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

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

Importunate and vaín; And while his passion touch'd my hear,

I triumphed in his pain : * Till quite dejected with my scorn,

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

In sesret, 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, hich

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 turned to chide

'Twas Edwin's self that press'd.
“Tum, 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." While this ballad was reading, Sophia scemed 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 her fright had thrown herself into Mr. Burchell's arms for protection. The gentleman came up, and asked pardon for having disturbed us, affirming that he was ig. norant of our being so near. He therefore sat down by my youngest daughter, and sportsmanlike, offered her what he had killed that morning. She was going to refuse, but a private look front

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, observing, that Sophy had made a conquest of the chaplain, as well as her sister had of the 'Squire. I suspected, however, with more probabiláty, that her affections were placed upon a different object. The chaplain's errand was to in form us, that Mr. Thornhill had provided music and refreshments, and intended that night giving the young ladies a ball by moonlight, on the grass

plot before our door. “Nor can I deny,” continued he, “ but I have an interest in being first to deliver this message, as I expect for my reward to be hon

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mured with Miss Sophy's hand as a partner.” To ty, that my wife could not avoid discovering the this my girl replied, that she should have no objec- pride of her heart, by assuring me, that though the tion if she could do it with honour: "But here,” con- little chit did it so cleverly, all the steps were stolen tinued she, “is a gentleman,” looking at Mr. Bur- from herself. The ladies of the town strove hard chell, “who has been my companion in the task to be equally easy, but without success. They for the day, and it is fit he should share in its swam, sprawled, languished, and frisked; but all amusements.” Mr. Burchell returned her a com- would not do: the gazers indeed owned that it was pliment for her intentions: but resigned her up to fine; but neighbour Flamborough observed, that the chaplain, adding that he was to go that night Miss Livy's feet seemed as pat to the music as its five miies, being invited to a harvest supper. His echo. After the dance had contirued about an refusal appeared to me a little extraordinary; nor hour, the two ladies who were apprehensive of could I conceive how so sensible a girl as my catching cold, moved to break up the ball. One of youngest, could thus prefer a man of broken for- them, I thought, expressed her sentiments uponi tunes to one whose expectations were much greater. this occasion in a very coarse manner, when she But as men are most capable of distinguishing observed, that, by the living jingo she was all of a merit in women, so the ladies often form the truest ruck of sweat. Upon our return to the house, we judgment of us. The two sexes seem placed as found a very elegant cold supper, which Mr. spies upon each other, and are furnished with dif- Thornhill had ordered to be brought with him. ferent abilities, adapted for mutual inspection. The conversation at this time was more reserved

than before. The two ladies threw my girls quite

into the shałe; for they would talk of nothing but CHAPTER LX.

high life, and high-lived company; with other

fashionable topics, such as pictures, taste, Shaks Two Ladies of great distinction introduced—Superior finery peare, and the musical glasses. 'Tis true they once ever seems to confer superior breeding. or twice mortified us sensibly by slipping out an

oath; but that appeared to me as the surest sympMR. BURCHELL had scarcely taken leave, and tom of their distinction (though I am since informBophia consented to dance with the chaplain, when cd that swearing is perfectly unfashionable.) Their my little ones came running out to tell us, that the finery, however, threw a veil over any grussness in 'Squire was come with a crowd of company. Upon their conversation. My daughters seemed to reour return, we found our landlord, with a couple gard their superior accomplishments with envy; of under gentlemen and two young ladies richly and what appeared amiss was ascribed to tip-top dressed, whom he introduced as women of very quality breeding. But the condescension of the great distinction and fashion from town. We hap- ladies was still superior to their other accomplishpened not to have chairs enough for the whole ments. One of them observed, that had Miss company; but Mr. Thornhill immediately propos-Olivia seen a little more of the world, it would <d, that every gentleman should sit in a lady's lap. greatly improve her. To which the other ackled, This I positively objected to, notwithstanding a that a single winter in town would make her little look of disapprobation from my wife. Moses was Sophia quite another thing. My wife warmly as. therefore despatched to borrow a couple of chairs: sented to both; adding, that there was nothing sle and as we were in want of laulies to make up a set more ardently wished than to give her girls a singlo at country dances, the two gentlemen went with winter's polishing. To this I could not help rehim in quest of a couple of partners. Chairs and plying, that their breeding was already superior partners were soon provided. The gentleman re- io their fortune; and that greater refinement would turned with my neighbour Flamborough's rosy (only serve to make their poverty ridiculous, and daughters, flaunting with red top-knots; but an un- give them a taste for pleasures they had no right so lucky circumstance was nol adverted to-though possess.—"And what pleasures, cried Mr. Thorn. the Miss Flamboroughs were reckoned the very hill, “ do they not deserve to possess, who have so best dancers in the parish, and understood the jig much in their power to bestow? As for my part," and round-about to perfection, yet they were total- continued be, “my fortune is pretty large; love, ly unacquainted with country dances. This at liberty, and pleasure, are my maxims; but curse first discomposed us: however, after a little shov-me if a settlement of half my estate could give my ing and dragging, they at last went merrily on. charming Olivia pleasure, it should be hers; and Our music consisted of two fiddles, with a pipe and the only favour I would ask in return would be to tabor. The moon shone bright, Mr. Thornhill add myself to the benefit.” I was not such a strauand my eldest daughter led up the ball, to the great ger to the world as to be ignorant that this was the delight of the spectators; for the neighbours, hear- fashionable cant to disguise the insolence of the Lig what was going forward, came flocking about basest proposal; but I made an effort to suppress us. My girl moved with so much grace and vivaci- my resentment. "Sir,” cried 1, "the family whicle fou now condescend to favour with your company, My wife observed, that rising too early would hurt has been bred with as nice a sense of honour as you. her daughters' eyes, that working after dinner Any attempts to injure that, may be attended with would redden their noses, and she convinced me very dangerous consequences. Honour, sir, is our that the hands never looked su white as when they only possession at present, and of that last treasure did nothing. Instead therefore of finishing George's we must be particularly careful.”—I was soon sorry shirts, we now had them new-molelling their old for the warmth with which I had spoken this, when gauzes, or flourishing upun catgut. The poor Miss the young gentleman, grasping my hand, swore Flamboroughs, their former gay companions, were he commended my spirit, though he disapproved cast off as mean acquaintance, and the whole conmy suspicions, “As to your present hint," con- versation ran upon high life and high-lived comtinued he, “ I protest nothing was farther from my pany, with pictures, taste, Shakspeare, and the heart than such a thought. No, by all that's musical glasses. tempting, the virtue that will stand a regular siege But we could have borne all this, had not a forwas never to my taste; for all my amours are car- tune-telling gipsy come to raise us into perfect subried by a coup-de-main."

limity. The tawny sibyl no sooner appeared, than The two ladies, who affected to be ignorant of my girls came running to me for a shilling a-piece the rest, seemed highly displeased with this last to cross her hand with silver. · To say the truth, stroke of freedom, and began a very discreet and I was tired of being always wise, and could not serious dialogue upon virtue; in this my wife, the help gratifying their request, because I loved to see chaplain, and I, soon joined: and the 'Squire him-them happy. I gave each of them a shilling; self was at last brought to confess a sense of sor- though for the honour of the family it must be obrow for his former excesses. We talked of the served, that they never went without money them. pleasures of temperance, and of the sunshine in selves, as my wife always generously let them have the mind unpolluted with guilt. I was so well a guinea each, to keep in their pockets, but with pleased, that my little ones were kept up beyond strict injunctions never to change it. After they the usual time to be edified by so much good con- had been closeted up with the fortune-teller for versation. Mr. Thornhill even went beyond me, some time, I knew by their looks, upon their reand demanded if I had any objection to giving turning, that they had been promised something prayers. I joyfully embraced the proposal; and in great.-"Well, my girls, how have you sped? Tell this manner the night was passed in a most com. me, Livy, has the fortune-teller given thee a pennyfortable way, till at last the company began to think worth?"-"I protest, papa," says the girl, “I bers of returning. The ladies seemed very unwilling lieve she deals with somebody that's not right; for w part with my daughters, for whom they had con- she positively declared, that I am to be married to ceived a particular affection, and joined in a re- a 'squire in less than a twelvemonth!”—“Well, quest to have the pleasure of their company home. now Sophy, my child,” said I, “and what sort of The 'Squire seconded the proposal

, and my wife a husband are you to have ?” “Sir," replied she, added her entreaties; the girls too looked upon me “I am to have a lord soon after my sister has maras if they wished me to go. In this perplexity Iried the 'squire.” “How!"' cried I, “is that all made two or three excuses, which my daughters you are to have for your two shillings? Only a as readily removed: so that at last I was obliged lord and a 'squire for two shillings! You fools, I to give a peremptory refusal; for which we had no- could have promised you a prince and a nabob for thing but sullen looks and short answers the whole half the money.'' day ensuing.

This curiosity of theirs, however, was attended with very serious effects: we now began to think

ourselves designed by the stars to something exaltCHAPTER X.

ed, and already anticipated our future grandeur.

It has been a thousand times observed, and I The family endeavours to cope with their betters. The mise- must observe it once more, that the hours we pass ries of the poor when they attempt to appear above their with happy prospects in view, are more pleasing circumstances.

than those crowned with fruition. In the first I now began to find, that all my long and pain- case, we cook the dish to our own appetite; in the ful lectures upon temperance, simplicity and con- latter, nature cooks it for us. It is impossible to tentment, were entirely disregarded. The dis- repeat the train of agreeable reveries we called up tinctions lately paid us by our betters awaked that for our entertainment, We looked upon our for. pride which I had laid asleep, but not removed. tunes as once more rising; and as the whole parish Our windows, again, as formerly, were filled with asserted that the 'Squire was in love with my washes for the neck and face. The sun was daughter, she was actually so with him; for they drealed as an enemy to the skin without doors, persuaded her into the passion. In this agreeable and the fire as a spoiler of the complexion within, interval, my wife had the most lucky drcams in the world, which she took care to tell us every morning| be twenty times more genteel than such a paltry with great solemnity and exactness. It was one conveyance, as Blackberry was wall-eyed, and the night a coffin and cross-bones, the sign of an ap- colt wanted a tail: that they had never been broke proaching wedding; at another time she imagined to the rein, but had a hundred vicious tricks; and her daughters' pockets filled with farthings, a cer- that we had but one sackdle and pillion in the tain sign of their being shortly stuffed with gold. whole house. All these objections, however, were The girls themselves had their omens. They felt overruled; so that I was obliged to comply. The strange kisses on their lips; they saw țings in the next morning I perceived them not a little busy in candle, purses bounced from the fire, and true collecting such materials as might be necessary for love-knots lurked in the bottom of every tea-cup. the expedition; but as I found it would be a busi

Towards the end of the week we received a card ness of time, I walked on to the church before, and from the town ladies; in which with their compli- they promised speedily to follow. I waited nea: ments, they hoped to see all our family at church an hour in the reading desk for their arrival; but the Sunday following. All Saturday morning, I not finding them come as expected, I was obliged could perceive, in consequence of this, my wife and to begin, and went through the service, not without daughters in close conference together, and now some uneasiness at finding them absent. This was and then glancing at me with looks that betrayed increased when all was finished, and no appear. a latent plot. To be sincere, I had strong suspi- ance of the family. I therefore walked back hy cions that some absurd proposal was preparing for the horse-way, which was five miles round, though appearing with splendour the next day. In the the foot-way was but two, and when got about half evening they began their operations in a very regu- way home, perceived the procession marching lar manner, and my wife undertook to conduct the slowly forward towards the church; my son, my siege. After tea, when I seemed in spirits, she wife, and the two little ones, exalted upon one began thus:-"I fancy, Charles, my dear, we horse, and my two daughters upon the other. I shall have a great deal of good company at our demanded the cause of their delay; but I soon found church to-morrow.”—“Perhaps we may, my dear,” by their looks they had met with a thousand misreturned I, “though you need be under no uneasi- fortunes on the road. The horses had at first reness about that, you shall have a sermon whether fused to move from the door, till Mr. Burchell was there be or not.”—" That is what I expect,” re- kind enough to beat them forward for about two turned she; " but I think, my dear, we ought to hundred yards with his cudgel. Next, the straps appear there as decently as possible, for who knows of my wife's pillion broke down, and they were what may happen?" "Your precautions,” replied obliged to stop to repair them before they could 1, "are highly commendable. A decent behaviour proceed. After that, one of the horses took it into and appearance in church is what charms me. Wc his head to stand still, and neither blows nor enshould be devout and humble, cheerful and serene." treaties could prevail with him to proceed. He was “Yes," cried she, “I know that: but I mean we just recovering from this dismal situation when I should go there in as proper a manner as possible; found them; but perceiving every thing safe, I own not altogether like the scrubs about us." "You their present mortification did not much displease are quite right, my dear,” returned I, “and I was me, as it would give me many opportunities of fugoing to make the very same proposal. The ture triumph, and teach my daughters more hu. proper manner of going is, to go there as early as mility. possible, to have time for meditation before the service begins.”—“Phoo, Charles,” interrupted she, "all that is very true; but not what I would

CHAPTER XI. be at. I mean we should go there genteelly. You know the church is two miles off, and I protest 1 The family still resolve to hold up their heads. don't like to see my daughters trudging up to their pow all blowzel and real with walking, and looking MICHAELMAS eve happening on the next day, for all the world as if they had been winners at a we were invited to burn nuts and play tricks af smock-race. Now, my dear, my proposal is this: neighbour Flamborough’s. Our late mortificathere are our two plough horses, the colt that has tions had humbled us a little, or it is probable we heen in our family these nine years, and his com- might have rejected such an invitation with con. panion Blackberry, that has scarcely done an earth- tempt: however, we suffered ourselves to be happy. ly thing for this month past. They are both grown Our honest neighbour's goose and dumplings were fat and lazy. Why shouli not they do soinething fine, and the lamb's wool, even in the opinion of my as well as we? And let me tell you, when Moses wife, who was a connoisseur, was excellent. It is has trimmed them a little, they will cut a very tolc- true, his manner of telling stories was not quite so rable figure."

well. They were very long, and very dull, and all To this proposal I objected, that walking would! about himself, and we had laughed at them ten

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