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purpose. Olivia and Sophia too promised in the midst of ruin! May all the curses to write, but seem to have forgotten me. that ever sunk a soul fall heavy upon the Tell them they are two arrant little bag. murderer of my children ! May he live, 8.990s, and that I am, at this moment, in like me, to seea most violent passion with them; yet still, Hold, sir!" replied my son, “or I shall I know not how, though I want to bluster blush for thee. How, sir! forgetful of a lize, my heart is respondent only to your age, your holy calling, thus to arroSetter emotions. Then, tell them, sir, that, gate the justice of Heaven, and fling those after all, I love them affectionately ; and curses upward that must soon descend to be issured of my ever remaining, crush thy own grey head with destruction ! Your dutiful Son. No, sir, let it be your care now to fit me

for that vile death I must shortly suffer; * In all our miseries,” cried I, “what to arm me with hope and resolution ; to thanks have we not to return, that one at give me courage to drink of that bitterness leat of our family is exempted from what which must shortly be my portion.” we affer? Heaven be his guard, and keep “My child, you must not die : I am sure my log thus happy, to be the support no offence of thine can deserve so vile a of his sudowed mother, and the father of punishment. My George could never be these tao babes, which is all the patrimony guilty of any crime to make his ancestors I can now bequeath him! May he keep ashamed of him." their innocence from the temptations of Mine, sir,” returned my son, “is, I want and be their conductor in the paths fear, an unpardonable one. When I reof bacoar!" I had scarce said these ceived my mother's letter from home, I Bu:ds, when a noise like that of a tumult immediately came down, determined to So nel to proceed from the prison below : punish the betrayer of our honour, and

2way soon after, and a clanking of sent him an order to meet me, which he fietsers was heard along the passage that answered, not in person, but by despatchled to my apartment. The keeper of the ing four of his domestics to seize me. I przsa entered, holding a man all bloody, wounded one who first assaulted me, and rindad, and fettered with the heaviest I fear desperately ; but the rest made me intes I looked with compassion on the their prisoner. The coward is determined ateich as he approached me, but with to put the law in execution against me; tutor, when I found it was my own son. the proofs are undeniable : I have sent a : George ! my George ! and do I be- challenge, and as I am the first transgressor hel thee thus? Wounded-fettered! Is upon the statute, I see no hopes of pardon.

a thy happiness? is this the manner you But you have often charmed me with your return to me? Oh that this sight could lessons of fortitude ; let me now, sir, find brak my heart at once, and let me die!” them in your example." "Where, sir, is your fortitude ?" returned “And, my son, you shall find them. I DY 935, with an intrepid voice. “I must am now raised above this world, and all St; my life is forfeited, and let them the pleasures it can produce

. From this

moment I break from my heart all the ties I tried to restrain my passions for a few that held it down to earth, and will preDestes in silence, but I thought I should pare to fit us both for eternity. Yes, my bare died with the effort. -"Oh, my boy, son, I will point out the way, and my soul may beart weeps to behold thee thus, and I shall guide yours in the ascent, for we will

In the moment take our flight together. I now see, and that I thought thee blest, and prayed for am convinced, you can expect no pardon by safety, to behold thee thus again ! here ; and I can only exhort you to seek Gesined--wounded ; and yet the death of it at that greatest tribunal where we both the youthful is happy. But I am old, a very shall shortly answer, But, let us not be it man

, and have lived to see this day! To niggardly in our exhortation, but let all * my children all untimely falling about our fellow-prisoners have a share :-Good

while I continue a wretched survivor gaoler, let them be permitted to stand here

not, cannot help it.

while I attempt to improve them.” Thus destroy each other ; for, if life is a plaz saying, I made an effort to rise from my of comfort, its shortness must be miser straw, but wanted strength, and was able and if it be long, our griefs are protracte only to recline against the wall. The pri- Thus philosophy is weak; but religr soners assembled themselves according to comforts in a higher strain. Man is he. my directions, for they loved to hear my it tells us, fitting up his mind, and pr counsel: my son and his mother supported paring it for another abode. When i: me on either side ; I looked and saw that good man leaves the body, and is all none were wanting, and then addressed glorious mind, he will find he has bec them with the following exhortation, making himself a heaven of happine

here ; while the wretch that has bec CHAPTER XXIX.

maimed and contaminated by his vice

shrinks from his body with terror, an The equal dealings of Providence demonstrated finds that he has anticipated the vengeana with regard to the Happy and the Miserable here below. That, from the nature of Pleasure

of Heaven. To religion, then, we mus and Pain, the wretched must be repaid the hold, in every circumstance of life, for ou balance of their sufferings in the life here

truest comfort: for if already we are happy after.

it is a pleasure to think that we can mak “My friends, my children, and fellow- that happiness unending ; and if we ar sufferers, when I reflect on the distribution miserable, it is very consoling to thini of good and evil here below, I find that that there is a place of rest. Thus, to th much has been given man to enjoy, yet fortunate, religion holds out a continuano still more to suffer. Though we should of bliss ; to the wretched, a change fron examine the whole world, we shall not pain. find one man so happy as to have nothing “But though religion is very kind to al left to wish for; but we daily see thousands men, it has promised peculiar rewards t who by suicide show us they have nothing the unhappy: the sick, the naked, the left to hope. In this life, then, it appears houseless, the heavy laden, and the pri that we cannot be entirely blest, but yet we soner, have ever most frequent promises may be completely miserable.

our sacred law. The Author of our religio: Why man should thus feel pain ; why everywhere professes himself the wretch our wretchedness should be requisite in the friend, and, unlike the false ones of thi formation of universal felicity; why, when world, bestows all his caresses upon the all other systems are made perfect by the forlorn. The unthinking have censure perfection of their subordinate parts, the this as partiality, as a preference withor great system should require for its perfec- merit to deserve it. But they never reflect, tion parts that are not only subordinate to that it is not in the power even of Heaver others, but imperfect in themselves—these itself to make the offer of unceasing felicity are questions that never can be explained, as great a gift to the happy as to the and might be useless if known. On this miserable. To the first, eternity is but subject, Providence has thought fit to elude single blessing, since at most it but in our (curiosity, satisfied with granting us creases what they already possess. T T motives to consolation.

the latter, it is a double advantages “In this situation man has called in the for it diminishes their pain here, and friendly assistance of philosophy; and rewards them with heavenly bliss here Heaven, seeing the incapacity of that to after. console him, has given him the aid of re- “But Providence is in another respec! ligion. The consolations of philosophy are kinder to the poor than to the rich ; 11 very amusing, but often fallacious: it tells as it thus makes the life aster death mon us, that life is filled with comforts, if we desirable, so it smoothes the passage there will but enjoy them ; and, on the other The wretched have had a long familianty hand, that though we unavoidably have with every face of terror.

The man miseries here, life is short and they will sorrows lays himself quietly down, withou soon be over. Thus do these consolations possessions to regret, and but few ties

stop his departure : he feels only nature's dank vapour of a dungeon, or ease to the pang in the final separation, and this is no throbbings of a broken heart. Let the way greater than he has often fainted philosopher from his couch of softness tell under before; for, after a certain degree of us that we can resist all these : alas! the pain, every new breach that death opens effort by which we resist them is still the in the constitution nature kindly covers greatest pain. Death is slight, and any wth insensibility:

man may sustain it; but torments are * Thus Providence has given the dreadful, and these no man can endure. 9 wretched two advantages over the happy “To us then, my friends, the promises in this life, -greater felicity in dying, and of happiness in heaven should be peculiarly to heaven all that superiority of pleasure dear; for if our reward be in this life stech arises from contrasted enjoyment. alone, we are then, indeed, of all men the And this superiority, my friends, is no most miserable. When I look round these small advantage, and seems to be one of gloomy walls, made to terrify as well as be pleasures of the poor man in the para. to confine us; this light, that only serves *; for though he was already in heaven, to show the horrors of the place; those zed felt all the raptures it could give, yet shackles, that tyranny has imposed, or !1 535 mentioned as an addition to his crime made necessary; when I survey happiness. that he had once been wretched, these emaciated looks, and hear those ani now was comforted ; that he had groans-oh, my friends, what a glorious ex13079 what it was to be miserable, and change would heaven be for these! To fly DJw felt what it was to be happy. through regions unconfined as air-to bask

* Thus, my friends, you see religion does in the sunshine of eternal bliss-to carol as philosophy could never do: it shows over endless hymns of praise-to have no the crcal dealings of Heaven to the happy master to threaten or insult us, but the form 3x the unhappy, and levels all human of Goodness himself for ever in our eyes!-soyments to nearly the same standard. when I think of these things, death beI gives to both rich and poor the same comes the messenger of very glad tidings; Les hereafter, and equal hopes to when I think of these things, his sharpest 2: Åre after it ; but, if the rich have the arrow becomes the staff of my support; 22:3e of enjoying pleasure here, the when I think of these things, what is there Donne have the endless satisfaction of in life worth having; when I think of these - sprowing what it was once to be miserable, things, what is there that should not be 1 when crowned with endless felicity here- spurned away: kings in their palaces aler; and even though this should be should groan for such advantages; but asi a small advantage, yet, being an we, humbled as we are, should yearn for ecraal one, it must make up by duration them.

what the temporal happiness of the great " And shall these things be ours? Ours ituar lave exceeded by intenseness. they will certainly be, if we but try for them; ! "These are, therefore, the consolations and, what is a comfort, we are shut out which the wretched have peculiar to them from many temptations that would retard seives, and in which they are above the our pursuit. Only let us try for them, and of mankind: in other respects, they they will certainly be ours; and, what is are below them. They who would know still a comfort, shortly too: for if we look De miseries of the poor, must see life and back on a past life, it appears but a very olare it. To declaim on the temporal short span, and whatever we may think of advantages they enjoy, is only repeating the rest of life, it will yet be found of less *hat none either believe or practise. The duration; as we grow older, the days seem men who have the necessaries of living, to grow shorter, and our intimacy with are not poor; and they who want them, Time ever lessens the perception of his stay. w lust be miserable. Yes, my friends, we Then let us take comfort now, for we shall Eust be miserable. No vain efforts of a soon be at our journey's end; we shall soon refined imagination can soothe the wants lay down the heavy burden laid by Heaven |ui nature, can give elastic

sweetness to the upon us ; and though death, the only friend

as to the

of the wretched, for a little while mocks even greater than hers, interrupted what the weary traveller with the view, and like she was going to add. his horizon still lies before him; yet the Ah! Mr. Burchell," cried I, “ this s time will certainly and shortly come, when but a wretched habitation you now find a we shall cease from our toil ; when the in; and we are now very different frus luxuriant great ones of the world shall no what you last saw us. You were ever ou more tread us to the earth ; when we shall friend : we have long discovered our error think with pleasure of our sufferings below; with regard to you, and repented of ou when we shall be surrounded with all our ingratitude. After the vile usage you friends, or such as deserved our friendship; then received at my hands, I am almos when our bliss shall be unutterable, and ashamed to behold your face; yet I hope still, to crown all, unending.”

you'll forgive me, as I was deceived by a

base ungenerous wretch, who, under the CHAPTER XXX.

mask of friendship, has undone me. Happier Prospects begin to appear. Let 16 be “It is impossible," cried Mr. Burchell,

inflexible, and Fortune will at last change in “that I should forgive you, as you never our favour.

deserved my resentment. I partly saw WHEN I had thus finished, and my au- your delusion then, and as it was out of my dience was retired, the gaoler, who was one power to restrain, I could only pity it, of the most humane of his profession, hoped It was ever my conjecture,” cried I, I would not be displeased, as what he did that your mind was noble ; but now I was but his duty, observing, that he must find it so.-But tell me, my dear child, be obliged to remove my son into a stronger how thou hast been relieved, or who the cell, but that he should be permitted to ruffians were who carried thee away?”. revisit me every morning. I thanked him “Indeed, sir," replied she, “ for his clemency, and grasping my boy's villain who carried me off, I am yet ignohand, bade him farewell, and be mindful rant. For, as my mamma and I were walkof the great duty that was before him. ing out, he came behind us, and, almost

I again therefore laid me down, and one before I could call for help, forced me into of my little ones sat by my bedside read the post-chaise, and in an instant the horses ing, when Mr. Jenkinson entering, informed drove away. I met several on the road, to, me that there was news of my daughter; whom I cried out for assistance, but they for that she was seen by a person about disregarded my entreaties. In the mean. two hours before in a strange gentleman's time, the ruffian himself used every art 10 company, and that they had stopped at a hinder me from crying out : he flattered neighbouring village fór refreshment, and and threatened by turns, and swore that, ir seemed as if returning to town. He had I continued but silent, he intended no harm. scarcely delivered this news when the In the meantime I had broken the canvas gaoler came, with looks of haste and that he had drawn up, and whom should pleasure, to inform me that my daughter I perceive at some distance but your old was found. Moses came running in a friend Mr. Burchell, walking along with moment after, crying out that his sister his usual swiftness, with the great stick for Sophia was below, and coming up with which we used so much to ridicule him. our old friend Mr. Burchell.

As soon as we came within hearing, I called Just as he delivered this news, my dearest out to him by name, and entreated his help. girl entered, and, with looks almost wild I repeated my exclamations several times, with pleasure, ran to kiss me, in a trans- upon which, with a very loud voice, he bid port of affection. Her mother's tears and the postilion stop; but the boy took no silence also showed her pleasure. “Here, notice, but drove on with still greater specil papa," cried the charming girl,“ here is the I now thought he could never overtake us, brave man to whom I owe my delivery; to when, in less than a minute, I saw Mr. Burthis gentleman's intrepidity I am indebted chell come running up by the side of the for my happiness and safety- A kiss horses, and, with one blow, knock the

om Mr. Burchell, whose pleasure seemed postilion to the ground. The horses, when

he was fallen, soon stopped of themselves, in the best dinner that could be provided and the ruffian, stepping out, with oaths and upon such short notice. He bespoke also menaces, drew his sword, and ordered him, a dozen of their best wine, and some at his peril, to retire; but Mr. Burchell, cordials for me ; adding, with a smile, that running up, shivered his sword to pieces, he would stretch a little for once, and, and then pursued him for near a quarter of though in a prison, asserted he was never a mile ; but he made his escape. I was at better disposed to be merry. The waiter this time come out myself, willing to assist soon made his appearance with preparatoy deliverer ; but he soon returned to me tions for dinner; a table was lent us by the in triumph. The postilion, who was re- gaoler, who seemed remarkably assiduous; cztered was going to make his escape too; the wine was disposed in order, and two but Mr. Burchell ordered him at his peril very well dressed dishes were brought in. 10 Doant again and drive back to town. My daughter had not yet heard of her Finding it impossible to resist, he reluc- poor brother's melancholy situation, and tazily complied, though the wound he we all seemed unwilling to damp her cheertad received seemed, to me at least, to be fulness by the relation. But it was in vain dangerous. He continued to complain of that I attempted to appear cheerful : the the pain as we drove along, so that he circumstances of my unfortunate son broke a las excited Mr. Burchell's compassion, through all efforts to dissemble ; so that I wbo, at my request, exchanged him for was at last obliged to damp our mirth by other, at an inn where we called on our relating his misfortunes, and wishing that

he might be permitted to share with us in * Welcome, then," cried I, “my child ! this little interval of satisfaction. After and thou, her gallant deliverer, a thou- . my guests were recovered from the consaai welcomes ! Though our cheer is but sternation my account had produced, I reFetched, yet our hearts are ready to re- quested also that Mr. Jenkinson, a fellowceive you. And now, Mr. Burchell, as you prisoner, might be admitted, and the gaoler lave delivered my girl, if you think her a granted my request with an air of unusual scompense, she is yours : if you can stoop submission. The clanking of my son's irons

20 alliance with a family so poor as was no sooner heard along the passage, sine, take her; obtain her consent, -as I than his sister ran impatiently to meet brow you have her heart, -and you have him, while. Mr. Burchell, in the meantime, 02.12. And let me tell you, sir, that I asked me if my son's name was George ; give you no small treasure : she has been to which replying in the affirmative, he celebrated for beauty, it is true, but that still continued silent. As soon as my boy 5 Lot my meaning, -I give you up a entered the room, I could perceive he reteasure in her mind.”

garded Mr. Burchell with a look of aston“But I suppose, sir,” cried Mr. Bur- ishment and reverence. Come on," cried chell

, “that you are apprised of my cir. I, “my son ; though we are fallen very anstances, and of my incapacity to low, yet Providence has been pleased to 1 sipport her as she deserves ?”

grant us some small relaxation from pain. * If your present objection," replied I, Thy sister is restored to us, and there is "be meant as an evasion of my offer, í her deliverer : to that brave man it is that esist: but I know no man so worthy to I am indebted for yet having a daughter: serve her as you ; and if I could give give him, my boy, the hand of friendship; ber thousands, and thousands sought her he deserves our warmest gratitude.” from me, yet my honest brave Burchell My son seemed all this while should be my dearest choice.”

less of what I said, and still continued To all this his silence alone seemed to fixed at a respectful distance. “My dear give a mortifying refusal : and, without the brother,” cried his sister, “why don't you east reply to my offer, he demanded if he thank my good deliverer? the brave should would not be furnished with refreshments ever love each other.” irom the next inn ; to which being answered He still continued his silence and astonLa the affirmative, he ordered them to send ishment, till our guest at last perceived

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