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ful notes, and the leaves began to buc forth on the trees. Happy, happi earth fit habitation for gods, which so short a time before, was bleak, damp and unwholesome. My spirits wer, elevated by the enchanting appearancell, of nature; the past was blotted from my memory, the present was tranquil and the future gilded by bright raft,

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“I Now hasten to the more moving Part of my story. I shall relate events | lat impressed me with feelings which, in what I was, have made me what lam. “Spring advanced rapidly; the weaher became fine, and the skies cloud* It surprised me, that what before * desert and gloomy should now " with the most beautiful flowers "d verdure. My senses were gratified * refreshed by a thousand scents of

*ht, and a thousand sights of auty.


“It was on one of these days, when my cottagers periodically rested from labour—the old man played on his guitar, and the children listened to him—I observed that the countenance of Felix was melancholy beyond expres. sion: he sighed frequently; and once his father paused in his music, and I conjectured by his manner that he in. quired the cause of his son’s sorrow, Felix replied in a cheerful accent, and the old man was recommencing his music, when some one tapped at the door. . . . - ... “It was a lady on horseback, accom. panied by a countryman as a guide. The lady was dressed in a dark suit, and covered with a thick black veil. Aga. tha asked a question; to which the stran. ger only replied by pronouncing, in a sweet accent, the name of Felix. Her voice was musical, but unlike that of either of my friends. On hearing this word, Felix came up hastily to the lady; who, when she saw him, threw up her veil, and I beheld a countenance of angelic beauty and expression. Her hair of a shining raven black, and curiously braided; her eyes were dark, but gentle, although animated; her features of a regular proportion, and her complexion wondrously fair, each cheek tinged o with a lovely pink.

o “ Felix seemed ravished with de* light when he saw her, every trait of sorrow vanished from his face, o and it instantly expressed a degree o of ecstatic joy, of which I could hardly have believed it capable; his eyes parkled, as his cheek flushed with pleasure; and at that moment I thought o him as beautiful as the stranger. She . *ppeared affected by different feelings; s: wiping a few tears from her lovely eyes,

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she held out her hand to Felix, who

kissed it rapturously, and called her, as well as I could distinguish, his swett Arabian. She did not appear to under stand him, but smiled. He assisted her to dismount, and, dismissing her guide, conducted her into the cottage. Some conversation took place between him and his father; and the young strang! knelt at the old man's feet, and would have kissed his hand, but he raised her and embraced her affectionately. “I soon perceived, that although to stranger uttered articulate sounds, and appeared to have a language of ho owfi, she was neither understood by, of herself understood, the cottagers. The made many signs which I did not com: prehend; but I saw that her present" diffused gladness through the cottago dispelling their sorrow as the sun dissi. pates the morning mists. Felix seemed

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