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• Remember," said the hypocriti- | ring your favour towards us; at leaft cal devotee, that our infirmities are condescend to confirm my marriage, offensive to heaven ; and it would be and let not my wife and my child be highly criminal to relent in favour of the sacrifices of disgrace! if I ought Daminville: assure yourself that he to be thrown again into a dungeon, I will play every battery against you; would run to it, dear Sir, I would he wishes for your property, and as submit to every torture that you

could suredly, he thinks that you have lived employ against your unhappy son.-I too long.” This preliminary discourse, would die there, if you would infift which was no useless remark, accor upon it, a thousand deaths, to give ding to Darnicourt's plan, fortified you pleasure, to show you the extent the soul of the usurer against his pater- of my duty, the fullness of my affecnal surprize and emotions; he readtion-but may I venture to repeat my aloud the letter, which was to this request? let not my punishment ineffect.

volve my wife and her unfortunate off“ Dearest, honoured father! spring! Acknowledge them as your " I kno! not whether this letter own; let one be your daughter-in-law, may meet with the same reception with and the other your grand-child.” those which I have been tired of ad Monforin hearing a noise, fuspended dressing to you; but it becomes not reading the letter, a number of voices me to set bounds to the tellimonies of truck his ear at the sametime, saying respect and repentance. Honoured, .“ Let me come in !--Let me speak dearest Sir, I have committed a fault to him! - Let me fall at his feet!”. a crime, if your rigour will not admit and at the same initant a female prof. of a softer expression, in making, with trated herself before the old man: out your consent, an alliance with a “ No one shall prevent ine from exwonin deserving the greatell esteem, piring in his prelunce,---Sir, discharge and most worthy of your compaflion, your resentment upon me, but spare for I am apprehensive that you will my husband, and the innocent babe, not always refuse ber your rendrell. whom I shall soon curse with the faShe deserves that love of you, which tal present of life.” you precinde me from. Let her be Felicia, for it was really her, liad recognised as your daughter! and then undertaken to anticipate her visit hy I Mall suppori with something more than this letter, and could not relift the imresignation the pains with which it has patience of casting herself at the feet plealed Providence to chastise mc. T of her father-in-law; sie bathed themi

I forbear speaking to you concern with her tears ; but he pushed her ing our distresles, our urdigence. The away, and itrove to stifle his yearnloss of your affection furpafles them. ings. Darnicourt, so powerful is the They have deprived me of that, wbich force and empire of reason, went and I have been folicitous of possessing above fát hinsell down near table, and enany thing else, and without which, deavoured to conceal an emotion, every thing else is of no avail, of no which could have betrayed him. confideration. Dear Sir, will you al. " Sir, dear father, continued Fe. ways reject a prostrate son, a son who licia, keeping Monsorin back, whe bears you the higheit respect and at. fcemed desirous of leaving her, for you tachment, lies at your feet in the ex. shall be my father, notwithstanding all tremities of affliction and distress, who the measures that are practised to bapours before you the tears of himself nifh us from your heart; you shall not and his wife as a libation, not to mentir from hence, till you have pronountion those of the miserable being, who ced our fate"; give your consent to an is on the verge of exiftence? Do you anion, which has unhappily difpleased recolleet my mother? My dear mo. you, and we will come and die at your ther, whom you loved with the great-feet. Alas! if a single victim will sufest tenderness ? She joins me in implo-Irice, defer it till I am become a moihet,


Military Difress.

407 and then you Mall dispose of me, as father himself will recognize me as you please : but let not my husband, your wife; your child has nothing to and the wretched babe which will foon fear, or to fhrink from disgrace! I be born, endure your anger any longer. with nouto survive this happy event. I shall die, Sir, and you' will be again - heaven, what thanks do we owe! in poffeffion of all your rights. Your let us make hatte, run, fly!” fon may marry a person of your own A carriage was sent for, but its mochusing; at least my child--it is your's, tions seemed to be too low-the soul it is your's; it is of your blood, it im- of Felicia and Daminville were alplores you by my mouth, it already ready at the feet of Monforin-Dacalls you grand-father, listen, dear Sir, minville continued preling his wife to listen to its groans.'

his bofom. Monforin itood motionless : and “ My dearest, my tender love, my Darnicourt, leaning all this while on only resource, next to that of Provithe table, ftrove to arm himself against dence, this is a freíh proof of thy afso affecting a scene.

fe&tion! how delightful it is to owe “ Sir, proceeded the wife of Da-one's happiness to the object that enminville with some warmth, do not use dears us most!!! violence to yourself; yield to nature ; Beranger participated their transnature, which cannot be stilled in you, ports, and the raptures of this seemsolicits you-cries to you by my voice! ingly happy pair; they paled in a moThe preffes you to forgive your son, to ment from the horrors of death, to a stretch out your arms to him—if you celestial bliss. They wished that their knew how much we loved you !-Ah! horses had wings; but they came to keep, keep your riches to yourself: we the end of their journey, and plunged, beg only the happiness of bathing your as it were to the door of the house. feet with our tears, of consecrating None but one of the servants appeared, our lives to your service. Place us in and stopped Daminville and Felicia as the rank of your domestics; we aspire they were running towards the stairto no greater favour ; we will serve case, and informed them that no body you, dear Sir, we will serve you, and was at home. “How!” cried Felicia. you will perhaps feel the true value of “ Yes madam: my matter is just gone our affection."

into the country, and we do not know, Felicia would not quit her humble when he will return.”. potture-Monsorin overcome by a jen The unhappy pair were thundertimenı which subdued and overpowered truck, as well as their friend ; they rehim, was forced to say with a faltering mained motionless, and almost without voice.—" Go-go and fetch your hul life. Daminville recovered the first, he band to me.”

catched Felicia in his arms as she was Immediately, the poor woman, lo fainting, carried her to the coach, and worthy of the affections of her hul- retired to the bosom of obscurity. band-exclaimed-she will be over. When they were, all three, recoverpowered with joy. She role with aed from their confusion, they wanted kind of transport, sprung towards to trace the cause of so unexpected a the stair-case, and fled to her lodgings, revolution. Daminville suspected Darwhere he was waited for by Damió- nicourt, and really guessed the author ville and Beranger..“ We triumph ; of this maneuvre, which ruined their come, come! my dear—your father, 1 prospects. .. This monfter, tho' he had may call him my father-he opens bisbeen melted by the yearnings of nabolom to us (and turning to Beranger) ture, had recovered his obduracy and our dear benefactor will accompany perversity, and had brought Monsorin us; he must enjoy all the raptures of over; Daligni joined him, he said our reconciliation. Dearelt husband, that he was convinced Daminville had our misfortunes are at an end; your assured himself of gaining his heart


by means of his wife ; the two wret MEDITATIONS at MIDNIGHT. ches thus had the fineffe of raising the

HAT a deep and awful silence

has fon: they represented himes crushed

now composed the world! by debts, and that his creditors only Peaceful night has drawn her fable cure waited for their reconciliation to ruth

tain over the earth, and wrapt in darkupon the effects of the old man, and

ness profound all the pleasing scenes of seize them before he was cold."

art and nature. Hulhed is the noisy These calumnies found an easy en

din of a tumultuous world, and all her trance into the suspicious disposition

active fons are buried in sleep. Slunk of Monsorin, and were not easy to be

are the beasts to their grasfy couch, extirpated: in a word, to cure him of the hum of the buzzing infects is heard what they called his weakners, they have laid their notes afide.

no longer, and the sweet warbling tribe dragged him to one of his country feats, and from that crisis, every pas

I listen in vain for the music which

a few hours ago filled the grove, and fage was precluded from every one but the friends of his nephew and his ac

poured itself in harmonious accents complice.

through the meadows, which lately eBeranger, a contrast to these peits from every thicket. "In vain I liften

choed in the woods, and resounded of society, gave himself up to the contrary sentiments : he was not only a

for the jovial rustic's voice, the play. lorer, but a practifer of benevolence ful sounds, and joyful prattlings of the We have already remarked that his village children, and the clamorous finances were within the bounds of din, which but now was heard from competency; but yet he employed and folemn, and invite to serious

the noily town. All things are still spouse, who had no other resource. - thought : even the fanning zephyrs Some days elapled without their fee- have dropt their wings, and no longer ing their benefactor; their impatience curl the silver ftream, nor agitate the

most tremulous leaf. made them uneasy : Daminville at latt determined to enguirs into the cause

I hearken with deep attention, and of their friend's ablenes: be ran to his nothing. Itrikes my ear but the soft house, and found none but his fervant, murmurings of some gurgling rill, as who was in tears.--" Ah! what's tie it rolls along the pebbly channel.

How awful is the appearance of things! matter, Robert? Is M. Beranger ill? in danger? Where is he?”.

Gloomy night, who halt now ine “ No, Sir, he is not ill-le is not

world under thy dominion, I tremble at home. He has ordered me, Sir, to

at thy folemnity! Thy fable robes I tell that you,

view with aitonishment ! See how wide will see hin very

you foon."

he has 'pread the dark curtain around! “ But why are you fo forrowful ?" Her command over the universe at this

" Oh! Sir, I am choaked! --My folemn period, and the awfulness of the poor master--but I am going to difós Jusky hour, Young has beautifully exbey his orders though you are one of prefta his best friends, Sir - he is in prison !” | Night, fable goddess! from her eb n throne,

" In prison !" cried Daininville, in rayleis majelly, now stretches for:h * and for what canfe.

Her leaden scopera o'er a llumbring world! 66 For debt---I do not know what

ilence, low dead! and darkness how pro

found! my master does with his

Nor eye, nor lift'ning car an object finds! for fome tiine he has never liad a jelo Creation liceps ! 'Tis as the gerieral pulfe I fufpect he is too charitable, for he of life riood full, and nature made a pause, never takes any pleasure : he lives like An awful pause, propheric of her end ! a-recluse, and visits nobody but you."

NIGHT THOUGHTS, Nc. I. (To be continued.)

A little

money ; but

Meditations at Midnight.


A little while ago, when the grand obscurity. Illumined with the golden luminary of the skies held forth the luftre of Sol's radiant orb, again we gay scenes of the universe, and poured shall behold them appear in their true day from his radiant eye, I surveyed and genuine aspect :-again we shall with pleasure, with raptures inexpref- see them assume that sweetness and efible I furveyed the wonders of art, legance, that beautiful symmetry and and the riches of nature. The fields proportion, which the surrounding covered with undulating corn, rolling gloom of night has now effaced, has the light billows before the gentle now deprived them of. breeze; the blooming beans, riling in Hark! what dismal croaking is that! stately procession, adorned with a pru- Again the mournful notes invade my fusion of parti-coloured blossoms, and ear, and difturb the profound filence exhaling their odoriferous sweets. Plats of the peaceful night! 'Tis the inhaof barley, and acres of oats adjoining, bitants of the marshes calling to their which appeared as beautifully even, mates. Invited by the nocturnal shaas though the gardener's fhears had dows, and the refreshing humidity clipped them at top. The clovered which now softly descends, these anivales, and luxuriant meadows, enrich- mals begin to leap from their secret ed with copious crops of herbage, and lurking places, in order to enjoy the interspersed with verdant lawns, finely coolness of their favourite and wishedchecquered and diversified the amiable for season.--Vast numbers of prospect ; while capital towns, with these little agile, amphibious creatheir elegant villas, folitary woods, Tu tures are now heard from the neighral cottages, and villages an innumer- bouring bogs, and others of the same able variety, spread themselves in a tribe in an adjacent pond, incessantly grecable profulion on every fide, and respond to them in the same mournful exhibited a moft picturesque and de- and disagreeable strain. However dislightful scene. Wherever I turned my pleasing to mankind the hoarse songs eyes an endless profufion of graceful of these animals may be, doubtless objects and beautiful views opened to their croakings are as charming to the admiring fight, and touched my them, as the soft warbling of sweet mind with wonder, gratitude, and joy. Philomela to its own tribe. But now lot are all the beauties of the Beyond that meadow where the gay landscape : the dark Madows of marshes terminate, there is a fine Nox's gloomy mantle has drawn an im- mound, greatly admired by those penetrable veil over Nature's charms, who are fond of retirement and rural and tarnished the delightful aspect of scenes. The light of the Aurora-Bothings : invefted as they are with the realis, which now begins to disipate opaque gloom, they cease to enamour the gloom, and soften the horrors of the

eye, and delight the imagination : night, renders the eminence faintly vithey exhibit nothing pleasing vor come-lible. ly, nothing beautiful or magnificent ; Ah! there under a tuft of spreading but wrapt in darkness, all appears wild oaks which crown that hill, I lay reand horrid, like a formless mass, or clined about noon listening to the soft undistinguishable chaos.

aquatic murmurs of a gentle rivulet, E're long, however, the veil thall be which breaking upon pebbles, flowed withdrawn, and the inaik be taken off along at the fout of the mound. from the face of nature. At the ri. Lulled by the bubbling moan of the fing of Aurora the goddess of night Atream, and serenaded by the little shall depart with all her gloomy train, warbling fongsters, (who retired from the hovering vapours shall disperse, the the potency of the fervent noon, had dark shadows shall fee away, and all itationed themselves in the same revi. the wonderful and magnificent scenes ving and delicious shade) how delighte of nature and art skall emerge from fully did the soft moments glide away! VOL. X.


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How imperceptibly did the pleasure. | THE GOVERNESS. able hours, devoted to such cxilied,

(Continued from Page 362.) such innocent amusement, steal with downy feet unperceived along. Often THAT is to say” in the sultry hours, when the lamp of

you will go away on purheaven “ fits high in his meridian pose to make him follow you." tower,” will I retire to those delicious

I was, I confess, not a little hurt Thades that calm, serene, and peace. at her fuppofing me capable of acting ful retreat, where filence for ever such a part ; and this supposition inreigns, and the whole train of rural creasing the Autter into which her nymphs take up their abode.

whole behaviour had thrown me, dilOften will I withdraw from the concerted me exceedingly : yet I reriotous assembly of an alluring world, covered myself sufficiently to reply in order to cultivate a correspondence with some degree of spirit, “ that I was with the fylvan gods, or rather with forry the entertained fo indifferent an the great Author of Nature, whole opinion of a person who had never wisdom, power, and greatness are so given her any cause to suspect her veeminently displayed in every, the mi- racity: adding, that I hoped she would, nutest object of the visible creation. one day know me to be more deler

What exquisite sweets are those that ving her protection.” I then, making falute my nostrils ?- Flora is certainly her a respectful curtsy, left her, and near me, though I see not the beauti. went in search of Miss Forster, who, ful goddess !-How copious and fra. with the most innocent air, aked me grant are the exhalations which breathe why her aunt fent her from her as foon around !-- The night rather improves as she came into the house. To this than difiipates thefe balmy odours, question I was obliged to return an eand renders them more potent: and quivocal answer, by saying I could not because I should enjoy the agrecable tell ; adding, that he had better go repast in perfection, the sun is with down and ask her if she would be pleafdrawn, and the gentle gales have faned to accept of any tea, or other rened themselves to sleep. Though Flo- freshment. ra no longer delights the eye by dif Miss stayed a considerable time beplaying the lovely tints and the charm-fore I heard the bell, which was, at ing colours, the elegant paintings, and alt, however, rung, and the servant the inimitable dyes of her beautiful, was ordered to call up the carriage, variegated robes, she condescends to which foon conveyed Mrs. Pigot from make a fufficient recompense, by feait- the door. The little Louisa then ran ing the sense with a molt agreeable and up to me, and throwing her arms round delightful perfume. .

my neck, said, with an affectionate How wonderful that--but enough smile, I would tell you a great mafor the present: I must now give a ny, things, Miss Hayward, which I respite to my meditations. My fpirits have heard from my aunt, had she not begin to day, and I find myself

fivkig forbidden me to utter a syllable of the infenfibly into the arms of sleep. Come, conversation between us to any body, stiorpheus, and lay thy leaden plum- not even to my papa.” mine eyes, come and pourithy You And you are too good, Miss Coppies round my couchi. Sleep, mot Fortler, I am fure," replied 1, returncable rcitoradiz, I invoke thy aiding her endearments, 'i to wish to difhy baimy, inspire y invoke, molt cover any secret with which you have welcome, mort cable meilcuger. been truited. You, also, would not, ! :) airi, Siri? . 'to 15.15, I am certairi, dioblige your aunt upon art! Your very hüdible fervt. No, anfwered she; “ with a very

any occafion" Bizi-Iguin J. L-- fignificant look; " but I wilh she had


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