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This was said calmly and seriously; it them lie. And when generations yet unflung back upon me the gloomy thoughts born shall cluster there, the generous tear that had occupied me at the spring, and will fall for the man-not to the hero. which Emily's gaiety had effectually dis. There let them feel that he was one of missed. The change must have extended them, and within reach of their sympato my face, for M- instantly re- thies—and elsewhere the Gothic spire or marked
the Grecian column may proclaim the “Why, you are twirling your empty demi-god, awakening homage and exultglass, as though you expected to churn ation." wine out of atmospheric air. Such amia- The tears were trickling down his ble dejection would really to honor to a swarthy cheeks as he concluded; but sixteen-pointed sermon on the uncertainty never did meteor start from darkness to of life. Alas, that I should have been light with more velocity than his face guilty of preaching at such an unseasona- resumed its customary fixity. With him ble hour! Nay, was that meant for a it was—come light, come darkness—no smile? Oh, sad caricature! The paren-twilight. thesis at your mouth was like the two "Is he not a phenix ?" said Mmelancholy ejaculations enclosing the two Robin left the room; “I thought he Sophonisbas.
would have gone off in a blaze. Lo ! I made a desperate effort to recover there is Emily's harp in full vibration. By myself, whilst he replenished our glasses, all the books, Morpheus is heir-apparent and selecting a third, filled it to the brim. to Bacchus, and I shall give him his
he continued, "you must succession, especially as I concede, with join us in a libation to your patron Euripides, that our ancestors displayed saint.”
little wisdom in assigning music to the The eccentric individual addressed, ad- | joyous feast, but should have reserved vanced to the table with one gigantic it to dispel the cloud of sorrow. As your stride ; and M— raising the glass in brow is not quite clear yet, go, and be his hand, exclaimed slowly and with much wiser than your forefathers.” dignity—“ To the memory of Washing- I did not hesitate to obey him, but ton!"
sought Emily in the parlor. I found her “The fiend has passed out of me into playing that charming air of Beethoven's, Robin," I said, seeing that our friend had upon which De Beriot has constructed his clutched the back of Emily's vacant chair magnificent tremolo. As her fingers almost convulsively with both hands. struck the last chord she said, “Do you
“You are thinking,” said M- know that this little bijou gives me more touching his arm, "that had you the relief than would all the medicines in the power, you would build a monument at world. My heart is calm and at ease Mount Vernon, that would put to shame now; it has the habit of transferring its Pompey's Pillar, or the Pyramid of palpitation to the harp.”. Cheops itself ; are you not ?"
« May it always remain there, Emily,” Robin shook his head slowly, and with. I replied, “and leave you but the healthy out moving a muscle answered, “No!" | beat of life; the malady that music cures and then raising himself to his full height, cannot be deeply rivetted." as every feature took a sudden leap from “I would fain believe so," she rejoined, apathy to intense excitement, his lip quiv- “and when all is quiet here” (she laid her ering and his big, dark eye almost blazing hand upon her breast) “ I am tempted to he burst forth
laugh at the fears which are at times so “No, sir! Elsewhere let the tall shaft appalling." cleave the clouds, and lift to heaven the * The surest proof that they are unimage of him who was greatest and best ; founded,” I said. and let the pilgrim come and gaze with “Well, I am not now disposed to quesmingled pride and admiration. But at tion their evidence, so let us dismiss the Mount Vernon no stately monument must subject. I would avoid either ridicule or conceal the green turf embosoming bis re- sympathy. mains; unadorned and undistinguished let • You shall have none of the latter,
Emily, until you can produce a better first book of Kings, to this effect—' And title to it.”
it came to pass, that when the evil spirit I assure you
I am not covetous of so from God was upon Saul, David took a high an honor; a title to sympathy never harp and played with his hand, and Saul involved a lawsuit.”
was refreshed and was well, and the evil There is a certain species of conversa- spirit departed from him.' This is a high tion which derives all its sweetness from the compliment to your favorite pursuit, and opportunity that calls it into existence, my recollection of it is only attributable to and from the circumstances inspiring it; your proficiency. Whether you are gratwhich defies repetition, as it was never ified in receiving praise where you exdesigned for a third party; and which, pected a secret, I know not; for the above all, should never be retailed in the discrimination of Aquinas himself would first person. It is born beneath the ray be insufficient to determine which is dearof the intensest feeling, and withers under est to woman—the indulgence of her the chilling influences of a colder clime. vanity, or the gratification of her curi
“ Draw to that shutter little,” said osity.' Emily, “the sun is right in my face. * My dear father," replied Emily, “the There-I will reward you wiih a slow light of your praise is hidden beneath the movement from Mozart's Entfürhrung, bushel of your censure; your honey is which is more like the song of a pensive flavored quite too decidedly with the angel than mortal music.”
Sardinian poppy; but I thank you She sung the brief adagio—I have never high an authority, that music is so nearly heard it since-in such a manner, that I allied to heaven, that a demon fled at its felt my innermost soul acknowledge the sound.” truth of her last proposition. Beautiful “Your nap has been a short one,” I and accomplished girl! When, at this said, addressing Msilent and remote hour, the mind allows “ Short! When I left you, the sun the senses to slumber as if in consideration had a fourth of his course to run, and now of past services, turning to memory for his fiery disc is scorching the horizon. old impressions, unambitious of new ones, But do not imagine that I slept through I recall thy perfections so well adapted to the whole interval ; one hour suffices me, bestow, instead of losing the joys of Eden, and the two others, which you were I fear that reviving regret is not entirely pleased to condense into a short nap, stifled by the sweet conviction that thou were devoted to such exercise as the mind art now enjoying the reward of thy is entitled to.” virtues !
“Those shadows have had a most She had concluded the air, and her wonderful growth,” I said, surveying from fingers were trickling carelessly over the the window the lengthening outlines of the strings. Her uplifted eye still retained old oaks upon the grass. the inspiration of the dreamy strain, when “Yes," he replied, “ the growth of I heard a whisper in my ear, repeating Otus and Ephialtes was nothing to it. A Benedict's outrageous soliloquy—“ Is it short nap of three hours ! In what denot strange that sheeps' guts should hale licious fairy-land have you been roaming, the souls out of men's bodies ?” I started pray? Well, time is like a cone standing from my reverie, and recognized M- on its base, where the circles in planes
parallel to the plane of the base may re“Secrets! Oh exquisite !" said Emily, present years or days; the space we springing forward ; "I insist upon being travel is increased or diminished, as afflicmade lord keeper of the little vagrants.” tion compels us towards the ground line,
“I have not the heart,” said M- or joy elevates us to the tapering vertex. “to disappoint so reasonable a curiosity, Your orbit has been around the very top.” and I will insure your secrecy by the assur- “ And you, sir, I hope, have not been ance that you are at liberty to divulge circling near the base ?" it anywhere or to anybody. I was then “No, my course was midway. But merely reminding this young gentleman of put away your instrument, my child, or a passage in the sixteenth chapter of the sing some English, Irish or Scotch air,
that I can comprehend; your selections He gave Emily his arm, and I followed are usually as unintelligible to me as the them out of the apartment. whistle of the midnight winds.”
The air was now pleasant, and the birds “ Now, my dear father,” replied Emily, and beasts seemed rejoicing in the golden "your prejudices on this score are surely serenity that attends a summer sunset. most unfounded. There is no earthly The sun, just dipping beneath the horizon, reason why music should be despised for retained all bis light without half his heat. want of simplicity. Because we admire Large banks of purple clouds fringed with the songs of Burns, or the idyls of gold were clustering around him, and here Theocritus, are we prevented from accord- and there light fleecy specks hung on the ing homage to the lofty and studied ma- borders of the radiant mass, rejoicing in jesty of Paradise Lost or the Divine the effulgence, and changing their gorComedy? The musical faculty is as sus- geous livery with the rapidity of a fanciful ceptible of cultivation as any other, and belle determined to display the variety and yet when experts in the art venture an extent of her wardrobe. The sun is ceropinion and evince a partiality, their con- tainly suggestive of similes. clusions are scouted at by the uninitiated See those sycophant clouds,” said as at variance with their tastes, and their M-,“ how they turn their bright sides ideas."
to their monarch, while they frown gloomi“Ghost of Aristophanes! Emily-what ly upon all beneath them: honey to their a broadside! I sink my colors. But re- master, gall to their inferiors. Aye, their member, my child, I only said your fa- glories are fading now; they will soon be vorite jingles were above my mark—not left black and desolate enough, perhaps below it : I charged myself with inca- to weep ere many hours.” pacity, not your German or Italian fan- The tiny hills in the distance still held tasias with absurdity."
on to a few loitering beams, with the “But you have done so before,” she said tenacious grip of some love-sick damsel to with a smile; “ admired the Bucolics, but a fickle lover. We watched the splendid despised the Æneid.”
pageant to its close, and then retraced our “Only because I could not understand steps. the latter. I am far from disputing your We sat in the ample porch as long as position, my daughter; there is a progres- the night-air permitted. I will not atsion in music as well as in mathematics ; tempt to repeat the brilliant and varied and though I may have occasionally conversation with which M— regaled laughed at your devoting as much time to us; I feel the injustice I have already your quavers, as Miss Ringlet gives to her done him, and dare not peril bis reputacurls, I assure you that I deem your tion any further. Among the many things favorite recreation anything but a frivolous which gave zest to hours, not remembered pastime, at war with more serious pur- without a sigh, was a song of Emily's, suits. I would not hesitate to employ a running thus: lawyer, because he might, after the stern toils of the day, prefer the canvas to Had I the Peri power to hie parchment, or happen to perpetrate a From star to star on viewless wing, sonnet at his own fireside; I am not quite Ah, yet no wanderer were 1 !so prejudiced as to censure a lecturer for
There is one sweet spot in the sky
Where I would ever cling. illustrating a mechanical proposition with a billiard ball. Let the foundation be
“ And though 'ınid halls all bright and fair solid and deeply rooted, and the sturdy My jewelled foot might proudly roam ; Tuscan or Doric column uphold a sub- No earthly beck could lure me there, stantial and enduring mass; the light While Allah yields the bliss to share Corinthian shaft, with its elaborate capi
My Azim's tented home !" tal, may support numberless graces at the
Thus Zara sung, while her dark lash fung top: they will add vastly to the beauty,
O’er her bright eye a soft eclipse; without impairing the strength of the edi
And while the mellow music hung fice. But if we dally here much longer Still thrilling on the minstrel's tongue, we shall miss the sunset."
Young Azim sealed her lips.
These lines, dearer to me from associa- , troubled expression of her eye gave me tion than from any intrinsic merit, I have much uneasiness. My horse, as I had never forgotten : on that evening, like directed, was at the gate, and as I rode Zelica's mournful lay, their effect was en- home in the clear moonlight I felt the hanced by the thrilling tone and the hour. first chill mist settle on hopes hitherto so
Thus ended a day of mingled pain and bright and cloudless. pleasure. As I took leave of Emily the
NO. III.—THE PRIMARY PLATFORM.
The founders of our system did much law acts only upon evidence, and seldom more than they are apt to have credit for fails of arriving at just conclusions. having done, in a policy of conservation But when at length the particular State looking to the future. And as power in organizations were to be combined in a one form or another was the Pandora's larger economy for national purposes, the box of the subject, so it will be found upon question of official endowment became examination, that to adjust the measure more embarrassing, forasmuch as the agenand distribute the jurisdiction of power; cies now to be instituted were confined and to keep it from excess in every quarter special in their objects, and could only be and prevent abuses; to stay its natural invested with their needed authority by growth, control its tendencies, and provide a sort of cession from the pre-existing antidotes for the poison of its temptations, governments, or from the people in derowas the main drift of that policy.
gation of those governments. A comproA government may be too strong or too mise was necessary. The States were as weak; may have too much power in it or yet sovereign in the absolute sense of this too little. Here was a problem to begin term. And as no new government could with.
be set up over them without a consequent In the early State constitutions it is re- reduction of their power and dignity, the markable that with few exceptions the enterprise had some vanities and jealousies measure of power allotted to rulers was to contend with, and instead of being left nowhere specified. Not even words of as before to common-law adjustments, grant were used in most cases; much less must depend in great measure upon exact words of definition. The fathers simply verbal provisions. said, let there be such and such depart- The result might have been guessed bements, with such and such officers in each, forehand. The first experiment was a comand there they stopped. The rest was to plete failure. The thing was gone about be settled by implication--common law too timidly, (too grudgingly perhaps,) in implication.
the very point of ceded power. There And upon second thought, what better was not power enough given to the new could they do? Those governments were economy to keep it alive. The prepure republics. There had been no such existence of the local organizations may governments before. It was impossible to or may not explain the fact. At any rate, foresee all exigencies. To attempt to dole it was a severe tax upon the magnanimity out in advance, statute fashion, the precise of the States, to be called upon to curtail modicum of power that would be certainly their own consequence by contributing to enough in every instance, and as certainly the erection of a government, which must not more than enough, would have been necessarily overshadow them in certain realike gratuitous and empirical, when the spects. Whether from this cause or from common law presented a so much safer sheer misjudgment in apportioning means alternative. Legislation and the common to ends, the important fact is, that they law are very different things. That goes went no further for the time than to sign before events, while this applies its judg- “ articles of confederation," establishing ments to them in the detail of their occur- what in the first paragraph of the instrurence. Legislation is conjectural often, ment was accordingly termed “a confedand shoots wide of the mark; the common 'eracy,” while the second paragraph led