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panion, and scanty is the crust that I occupation of a creditable situation in can afford thee. Thou hast felt the society, on the one hand, and not only hand of affliction bruise thee, but the dire personal endurance of want thou hast cheerfully borne its stripes; on the other, but the privations and the foot of poverty has crossed thy necessities of two who were dearer to path, but thou hast still stedfastly him than himself—these had a hard and meekly kept on thy humble jour. conflict to gain the mastery, but the ney, seeking no new master;" and, feelings of a father turned the scale, breaking silence shortly after, he ac- and, whilst his varying features painted tually accented, in a low tone of voice, what passed within, he submitted to “ No, Juba, I will not part with thee, the humiliation, and accepted the be my fate what it will.” The animal assistance so frankly and so kindly here rested his head on his master's afforded by a worthy son of Neptune. knee; never was there a stronger em. He would have preferred selling someblem of confidence and dependence, thing to receiving a donation, because trust, and grateful adherence in re- in the first instance lie could give a turn; “no, no,” added he, and the quid pro quo; but then the violin redog leaped with joy.
minded him of one who was dear to Examining now with tearful eye the him, and who once touched its strings, article wrapped in the silk handker- whilst it recalled to his imagination chief, he murmured to himself, “ And other and happier days. During the this, too, is hard to part with ; it time this mental combat was occupybelonged to my dear boy." His fea- ing the interior of the fallen man, tures changed, he passed the palm of honest Jack was enjoying the pleasure his hand over his forehead, which as of doing a good action, nor would he soon as he dropped it met the lips of be contented with merely, recruiting his faithful follower, and the tear was the sufferer's purse, he insisted, at the wiped off by the pressure of them. same time, on his tasting his grog; a Clearing his voice, the man of altered flush of gratitude, raised more from fortunes said, addressing himself to sensibility than from the stimulus of the newly arrived party, “Gentlemen, liquor, offered acceptable thanks, does any one of you wish to purchase when the man of sorrow rose moan excellent violin?” “No," harshly destly, saluted the company respectexclaimed the mate, with a voice which fully, and withdrew. the nightly mist and the damps of The eyes of the captain and his pasmany a mid-watch had rendered hoarse senger were, all this time, fixed upon and hollow,—"no, my old gentleman; him; in the latter he created an inde. but if half-a-crown can be of any ser- scribable interest-so much so that he vice to you and your poor messmate could not part with him thus : an there,” pointing to the dog, “ you are honest man brought to distress is a welcome to it with all my soul; order being of as much interest, sympathy, something to warm your old heart, and respect, as a worthless individual, and never be cast down-life's but a reduced by vice and prodigality, is a rough voyage to us all; but although mark for contempt, disgust, and ab. you do seem now on your beam-ends, horrence. The better to enable bim another tide, and a prosperous voyage, to learn something more of the poor may get you off yet. Here,” holding man's story, the merchant-passenger out the half-crown in one hand, and a followed bim out, and recommenced glass of grog in the other, " success the subject of the violin. “You mento you; its bard work, perhaps, now, tioned,” said he, “that you might be but you may bring up with a wet sail prevailed upon to part with your violin, yet; here's to you, I say," forcing if we could agree as to the price, and the money on him.
I am certain that we shall not differ There was a powerful struggle be on that score.". twixt pride and actual suffering in the “Yes,” replied the pauvre honteux, acceptor's mind-honest pride, look. "I may be obliged to part with it, ing back to his former situation, a re- because my dear children are in want spectable and reputable life, and the of bread, but it grieves me sorely to see it go out of the family; my poor “but I fear not; he is lost to me; and boy used to gladden our ears with a as his goodness and gratitude so fully tune in more prosperous times, and repaid me for my affection for him, this is all that I have left to remember whilst he was with me, I doubt his him, poor fellow! I am sure that it present existence, from not having would afflict him if he knew how we heard of him for so long a period of were all now situated,-but we shall time. I had a son, do you see, and never meet again.”
yet I had not a son; the boy" Here Here his voice fell below the chord feeling interrupted his narrative, and of complaintiveness, to a deeper tone he broke off by concluding with,“ but of woe-remembering regret.
this cannot concern you; I ain now, “ You have lost your son, my sir, at the door of my wretched dwellworthy sir," responded the merchant, ing; my inclination would induce me in a sympathizing note : "he has to invite you in, and to give you the probably fallen in the army, or the welcome which you deserve ; but I navy, or in the merchant service, oue aun ashamed of iny abode, and my of the victims of climate, or the many means hinder ine from exercising the chances of the elements ?" The old offices of hospitality to which my man inade no reply. “Perhaps," re- heart and my habits incline me.” The sumed the speaker, "premature decay merchant listened to this with tearful may have blighted the blossom ere it eye, and, pressing the poor man's became a Bower ; but the rest of your hand in his, solicited permission to family must console you for his loss, enter his lowly apartment, assuring which I think that instrument will him that his friendship and acquaintonly serve to revive, causing a painful ance should not terininate here. With sensation; in a word, if you are dis- a look of resignation, which banished posed to part with it, I will give you pride, he accepted the offer, and they your own price for it, be that what it both went in together. On the door may."
being opened, an interesting female, My good sir," said the poor man, humbly attired, but with every mark “this is too generous; it is nothing of former gentility, sprung forward to else but a delicate way of doing a cha. embrace her father, but, upon beholdritable action ; such noble conduct ing a stranger, drew back and hung becomes you well; but it would be down her head, partly from bashful. disgraceful for me, as a man of honour ness, and partly from a wounded feel, and probity, fallen although I be, to ing at beholding a witness of the dire put an exorbitant price on the article, distress under which herself, her sire, with the view of heavily taxing your and sister were labouring. A glimmerbenevolence. No, sir; if a guinea ing lamp, on a coarse table, shone just will suit your convenience, it is all I sufficiently to enable ber to toil at plainask, the violin is your's," banding it work for a scanty sustenance, and dis, to him with a sigh,
covered, in a corner, another female They had now walked on together on a bed of sickness; this was her some distance, without considering if younger sister. The dog now frisked they were travelling the saine road; and curvetted about the feet of the but the fact was that the old man was eldest, and then fiew, with a cry of steering homeward, whilst the mer- affection, to the other, licking her chant was conducted by an attractive hands, and springing on the foot of power, the full impulse of which he the bed : it seemed as if the poor aniwas at a loss to account for. The inal wept a welcome, and announced instrument had now changed hands, coming aid to the indigent family. but the companion still remained by “This gentleman," said the father, the side of its former possessor.
“has kindly accompanied ine home; "You have not told me how you he has also," holding up the guinea, lost your son."
purchased my instrument. have, “Why, I know not how to answer moreover, had a little more good that question : he may be alive,” lay- luck," alluding to the gift of the halfing deep stress on the word may, crown. “You shall sup to-night,
my beloved children, Heaven be on his preference, independent of its praised !”
being a great emporium of commerce, The daughter who had quitted her and a focus to which mercantile men work-table, threw ber arins round berinight naturally draw; when, therefather's neck, and hid in his bosom fore, these first moments of agitation her tears and blushes—the tear of gra- had passed away, he requested to titude and the bluslı of shame ; whilst know the name of the old man in a smile lit up the features of the sick whose future welfare he took so lively sister, indicative of the anticipation of an interest ; in this he was just prea little comfort, and announcing a venting the wishes of him whom he conviction that he, or she, who looks bad served, and who was, at that up trustingly to the Supreine, will not moment, about to inquire to whom he be deserted in the end. I will not owed the benefits thus recently bedescribe the merchant's sensations at stowed on him. that moment; for ( ! what a charm “Permit me," said the stranger, there is in goodness! how justly "to ask your name. proud, how highly elevated is he “I was just about to make the saine whom Providence permits to be his request," quoth the poor man; “inine agent in succouring man,the noblest is work of the Creator's hands! what an “Heavens !” exclaimed the mere expansion, what a glow does that chant, with a look that petrified the heart experience, when, by the touch whole family with surprize. of the charitable hand, the tear is is it you ? my more than father, my dashed from affliction's cheek, the friend, my patron, my best benefaccold gripe of poverty is snatched from tor!” on which he pressed the old its victim, and the bonds of thraldom, man's hand alternately to his heart either of slavery or of want, are and to his lips, and burst into a food broken asunder, and cast away by the of tears. “Do I see you thus ?” reliberator sent by the Lord! A short sumed he ; “ I am your child, Henry; silence enabled the actors ių this drama the poor lost foundling, the wretched of life to recover themselves, when the infant, deserted by his unknown and merchant, (having obtained permis- unnatural parents, and who owes more sion,) Aew out and returned with re- than his existence to your parental freshments, and, seating himself by and protective hand; but for you I the bedside, unbidden, and without might have perished, nay worse, might apology, (for these are scenes gut up have been brought up in misery, vice, by Nature, in which art hath no share,) and servitude ; but you fostered me, drew the table to him, and began to loved me, educated ine-you instilled help his new friends ; looks were rectitude into my mind, gave me a exchanged which spoke volumes of situation in life, and provided the wonder and expression, and of that means of earning an honourable inde. intelligence of hearts which bumanity peudence: to you I owe every thing; establishes amongst the sensitive chil- it was you whý fitted ine out and sent dren of men, and which the most me to Valparaiso, which I left and trivial acts of courtesy, ay, even a afterwards went to China: all that I thought, a look, a gesture, or an incli. have is your's, all that I am I owe to nation, willingly partakes of.
you, nor shall you find me ungrateful; The picture of virtuous poverty I will still be your son ; 1 can now which the traveller had just contem- cast anchor; my fortune is made.” plated, made too deep an impression It would be useless, ineffective, to on his mind not to confer further bene- describe the delight of the father fit on those who formed it; he was and the family ; the one, the author rich, a solitary man, unmarried, with- of so much good ; the other, the out home or family, a citizen of the early, companions of the foundling's globe, or rather a rich pilgrim seeking childish days; they who, compasan establisbinent and a place of repose. sionating bis deserted state, bad Liverpool had, as will be seen in the added the last lustre tu benevolence, sequel, attractions for him, and claims that which prevents the weighty obli. gation from being felt, and lends ness, their solicitude for his welfare, pleasure to patronage; they had the trouble and exertion bestowed on treated him as if they had been his outfitting him, a ring and a breastsisters, and now overwhelmed him pin, given by them at parting, which with expressions of unaltered affec- he preserved like relics and produced tioa. A long lapse of time, power- ou his return, and, finally, the dewfully acted upon by patient, but pain- drop of tenderness, shed and reciproful endurance, had quite altered the cated on mutually accenting the word outward appearance of him who had farewell. And it is in that short word been a father to him, and who had that volumes lie; we know not until fallen from affluence to prostrate ad- we say farewell how dear the parting versity, from unmerited and unfore- object is to our soul, and wbether seen events over which he had no con- friendship, love, pity, or humanity troul; and although the lineaments of dictates it, its echo seems of another the daughters might have been recog. world; we part, perhaps, to meet no nized by him, yet change of attire, the more, and then reineinbrances rush sickness of the one, and the want of like a torrent upon the brain ; regrets, proper aliment of the other, made a doubts, dreads, and sad forebodings material alteration ; lastly, the idea swell the tide of sympathy, until the that they were no more, or had left tear coines to our aid, through which Liverpool, never having had any we look a long (at all events an untidings of them, nor any answer to certain) adieu to those whose full numerous communications on his part value was never so duly ascertained. sent by private hands. Such convey. The very removal of the companion of ances very frequently fail, and when a portion of our life is heavily painwe fall from affluence into indigence, ful; what then must be the anguish of few indeed will seek after us and draw that bosom whose heart-strings are us from obscurity on any account lacerated when fate, or death, tears whatever.
from it the only earthly one for whom The merchant took his leave, re- it seemed to live? tiring to an hotel. On the following But we are going too far, and must day he returned, having previously return to Liverpool and to the fortuhired a house for him who had proved nate foundling. The poor man's tranto him a father : he filled it with every sition from sorrow to a life of ease, comfort, and had the family removed created a second spring in his exista in the most respectable manner, and ence, the revivifying warmth of which made such provision for them as placed sprung from self-esteem, from the them above want, or even self-denials; recollection of that glowing charity after this his thoughts turned on him- which was now reflected back upon self, and he fixed his abode in the near- himself. Time sears and crumbles est situation in their neighbourhood away our frame more or less gradually which he could find, visiting thein and perceptibly; but the heart, like daily, and passing a great portion of the sun, never grows old till time is no his iime with them ; for it was bis de- more, and destruction consumes it with light to talk over old times--boyish the exterior wreck. His eldest daugh. days—and to recall to memory the ter, re-established in the outward many acts of fatherly feeling which he appearance of good circumstances, had received from the old man; above grew daily in attractions; whilst the all, the care which he had taken of younger one, inore the victim of his education, the religious prin. hunger, sorrow, and anxiety, than of ciples which he bad taught him by decay or sickness, recovered daily, precept and practice, and the ex- and grew into good health and good ample of undeviating morality which looks together. The family and the he had ever placed in himself before adopted son passed delightful days his eyes ; nor was the subject of the in the society of each other; they playful moments of childhood passed formed a small circle of acquaini. with the daughters of his benefactor ance, into which the captain of the forgotten; their care of him in sick- vessel which brought home the fortunate foundling was introduced, and not quite whole. Pity is close alljed soon became a friend of the party ; to love: Maria had pitied him, and lie nor could the good old man forget felt as if she might love him. The the true-hearted sailor, who was the thought was dear to him, and it daily first to look with compassion on his increased, until it became the sole end downfall, and to offer the first pecu- of his wishes. Fond and sweetly niary relief to his necessities. His attaching are the ties of brotherhood, lodgings were soon discovered, the fabricated by Nature's hand; but when small suin was thankfully returned to consanguinity throws not a certain him, and he was invited as a daily reserve over our looks, our thoughts, guest either to the family's table, or to and our desires, it requires nice disthat of the rich retired merchant. Nor crimination to keep those bounds of did his good fortune end here; the separation which divide kindred hearts, captain of the vessel from China, warm, sympathizing, and free. The having a deeper interest now at heart confidence which brotherly love in. than trade or commerce, sent him out spirer is the twin offspring of a still to China as first inate, and he returned tenderer and more hopeful connection, as captain and joint owner of the so that hearts inseparable in their feelvessel.
ings cling to every possible means of In the meantime the former captain further virtuous union : a few more began to feel that after the stormy romantic views, long walks by moon. passage of youth in quest of an honour light, or lit by the declining sunable existence, nothing can sweeten explanatory discussions on the word the cup of life so effectually as a friendship, preliiniuary addresses not partner in its cares and pleasures. rejected, a deeper suffusion of crimson That partner le sought in the person on female cheeks, a trembling hand, of the old man's sick daughter, now and interrupted accenting of "
good restored to a perfect state of health, night,” brought brotherhoud to its and possessing that well disposed mind resignation, and substituted the title which can bear poverty with resigna- of husband in its place.
The two tion, and meet prosperity with mode- couple were married the same day, ration. The captain calculated that and at the same altar, and formed the such a wife would do credit to a rich closing scene of our history. Never man, without being above the economy was paternal blessing given more which a less brilliant state requires; effectively-never did two married and he accordingly solicited the hand pairs cominence their career with of her who having once been the brighter prospects of felicity. Here object of his commiseration, now was was, indeed, the triumph of gratitude, that of his fondest hopes. That hand that virtue which transcends all was cordially given to him, with the others, which is so little felt and full and approving sanction of her practised, but which is so foreibly fond father.
dictated to us by Him to whom we The heart of Henry, the favoured owe all things. foundling and adopted brother, was
AN OLD SOLDIER.
BY JOHN S. CLARK, ESQ.
The brightest, the purest, that yet bath been past;
Through storms and through changes, unchany'd to the last.
And the welkin above us is calm and serene;
The virtues and strength of the bark we are in.