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to play, and to produce sounds, sweeter than the voice of the thrush or the nightingale. It was a lovely sight, even to me, poor wretch! who had never beheld aught beautiful before. The silver hair and benevolent countenance of

the aged cottager, won my reverence;

while the gentle manners of the girl enticed my love. He played a sweet mournful air, which I perceived drew tears from the eyes of his amiable com. panion, of which the old man took no notice, until she sobbed audibly; he then pronounced a few sounds, and the fair creature, leaving her work, knelt at his feet. He raised her, and smiled with snch kindness and affection, that I felt sensations of a peculiar and over. powering nature: they were a mixture of pain and pleasure, such as I had never before experienced, either from hunger or cold, warmth or food; and I

withdrew from the window, unable to
bear these emotions.
“Soon after this the young man re-
turned, bearing on his shoulders a load
of wood. The girl met him at the door,
helped to relieve him of his burden, and,
taking some of the fuel into the cottage,
placed it on the fire; then she and the
youth went apart into a nook of the
cottage, and he shewed her a large loaf
and a piece of cheese. She seemed
pleased; and went into the garden for
some roots and plants, which she placed
in water, and then upon the fire. She
afterwards continued her work, whilst
the young man went into the garden,
and appeared busily employed in dig-
ging and pulling up roots. After he
had been employed thus about an hour,
the young woman joined him, and they
entered the cottage together.
“The old man had, in the mean time,
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been pensive; but, on the appearance of his companions, he assumed a more cheerful air, and they sat down to eat. The meal was quickly dispatched. The young woman was again occupied in arranging the cottage; the old man walked before the cottage in the sun for a few minutes, leaning on the arm of the youth. Nothing could exceed in beauty the contrast between these two excellent creatures. One was old, with silver hairs and a countenance beaming with benevolence and love: the younger was slight and graceful in his figure,

and his features were moulded with the

finest symmetry; yet his eyes and attitude expressed the utmost sadness and despondency. The old man returned to the cottage; and the youth, with tools different from those he had used in the morning, direeted his steps across the fields.

“Night quickly shut in; but, to my extreme wonder, I found that the eottagers had a means of prolonging light, by the use of tapers, and was delighted to find, that the setting of the sun did not put an end to the pleasure I experienced in watching my human neighbours. In the evening, the young girl and her companion were employed in various occupations which I did not understand; and the old man again took up the instrument, which produced the divine sounds that had enchanted me in the morning. So soon as he had finished, the youth began, not to play, but to utter sounds that were monotonous, and neither resembling the harmony of the old man's instrument or the songs of the birds; I since found that he read aloud, but at that time I knew nothing of the science of words or letters.

“The family, after having been thus occupied for a short time, extinguished

their lights, and retired, as I conjectured, to rest.

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