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ter, we are just as apt to call the younger from Washington's own hand, for some by the elder sister's name.”
trifling service rendered when a boy, and “But what inclines you, Emily," I in no much-prized locket was ever regarded quired, willing to divert her for a moment with more devout veneration. Once, infrom our melancholy topic, “to make deed, he parted with it for a time, and the Fancy older than Reality, since our ideas circumstance is so characteristic of the are posterior to the objects which suggest man, that I must beg leave to insert it. them ?”
M— had dispatched him to town on “It was a whim of the moment, and some business, where, in passing along, indeed I know not why, unless it be that he was attracted by a young woman with God imagined matter before he called the remains of beauty, bearing a child in it into being. It is not fair to play her arms, asking alms. She was invariupon a word, or I might furnish another ably refused; reflecting men and women argument. I knew you would attribute shook their heads, eyed her suspiciously, my apprehensions to imagination ; our and passed on. Robin kept his eye on physician, Dr. R—, whom I secretly her, and saw her enter a bakery, whence consulted under cover of a fever, did the she was speedily ejected by the charming same. But the wisest may err, while the Ceres behind the counter, who followed thrilling, penetrating voice of disregarded her to the door, exclaiming, “ Begone, presentiment fulfils its prophecy. Oh! it miss! Begone, madam! We bake here is horrible to pursue the ordinary avoca for honest folks!” tions of life, with death, like a trained This was too much for Robin, but not a pointer, skulking at your side! To speed cent had he about bim save the General's through the air on buoyant wing while the shilling. It was a struggle worthy of deadly sight is drawn upon you! To Coriolanus. But Robin's eccentricity bound wildly on like the stag, while the could never cope with his benevolence; pack bays close behind; or skim along he twisted off the venerable memento, like the gazelle, while the fatal falcon supplied the meek supplicant with its circles o'er your head.”
value in bread, and then ran home-three Yet why protract an interview painful miles—and back again, to redeem it before to remember, doubly painful to describe ? it had got into circulation, and he was It was terminated by Robin's peremptory fortunate enough to recover his talisman. summons to dinner.
Emily and I rose at his grave command, Imagine a tall, swarthy, sinewy man, of and he led the way with a martial step to forty-five, with large hands and feet, high the mansion. Emily proceeded at once to and scantily covered cheek-bones, aquiline her room, and I joined M-in the airy nose, large mouth, thick black hair, and and ample hall. blacker eyes, one of which was so set as “So you have been detaining Emily in to be everlastingly peering at the over the sun," he said, “for more than three hanging extremity of a remarkably long mortal hours. She must be brown as and shaggy eyebrow, and you will have Semiramis.” a general idea of Robin's exterior. The “Pardon me, sir ; it was in the shade; ordinary character of his face was stern for the foliage, ripened by the sun, and almost repulsive ; and only at times a smile of inimitable sweetness and bener
Forbade the sun to enter; like favorites olence gave token of the gentle spirit
Made proud by princes, that advance their
pride hidden within the rough shell of the out Against the power that bred it.'” ward man. On the present occasion his demeanor was unusually sedate, and he “May the ghost of Shakspeare pardon beckoned us to dinner with the air of an me!" returned M-, “but I have alexecutioner. He had fought in the Revo- ways thought the shade-bestowing leaves lution, but of this, strange to say, he and honeysuckles, like those same favorites, never spoke. Around his neck, and next jealous lest the rays of royal favor should his bosom, was hung by a silken cord an illumine aught beneath them. But how old shilling, which I believe he valued those noble lines march along, like Leonmore than his life. He had received it idas to Thermopylæ! Let us imitate them
now by a march to dinner, for here comes At the conclusion of our repast, Robin Robin to summon us, and Emily will join entered, bearing cautiously on a silver salus before we have carved our way to ver a single bottle, well laced with antique Elysium.”
cobwebs, so as to resemble some beggared He led the way, and I followed, to a follower of Charles II. during the Protecbanquet worthy of Apicius.
torate, the spirit of loyalty still glowing We had not been long seated, when brightly beneath his dilapidated garment. Emily entered. She had doffed her che- The precious liquid was decanted with all quered morning-gown for a dress of the the ceremony that its racy and refined purest white. Her face was calm and flavor warranted. Emily rose
as she even cheerful; I could scarcely withdraw touched the glass to her lips, saying, my gaze from her clear, polished forehead “You to your wine and I-to my harp. and eye, whose quality of light was ex “Play softly, my child," said Mquisite indeed. She either felt or affected " for Bacchus must not be a second time the liveliest pleasure, and displayed a con- assailed with the chorus of the frogs." versational power almost equal to her “You have never given me the history father's, and quite as captivating. It is of this wine,” I observed, as Emily left surely one of the most gratifying cordials the room. "in this melancholy vale," to witness “No! and I never shall. I hate to some lovely young woman discover with hear a wine's pedigree paraded like a out art, effort, or pedantry, in tones of horse's ; it is in bad taste, and a poor subrichest eloquence, the treasures of a gifted stitute for better conversation. Wine and highly cultured mind-a mind not in- should be judged by its inspiration. We ferior to that which Schiller has well are too republican here to value ancestry described as "insatiable, ever stretching in anything." into the dim distance, and pursuing through “And yet you are very apt to inquire the remotest stars the image of its dreams." about a man's father," I said, very quiSuch a spectacle gives a man assurance etly. that woman's sensorium is not limited to Well, you are half right, my boy, notbeing pleased with a trinket or tickled withstanding Eve brought forth Cain ; with a compliment; that she may be children often reflect their parents menrelied on as a companion as well as petted tally and morally, but always physically. as a toy. It is melancholy to see that half of It wounds me to the core, to behold a a generation which principally controls the man cast in one of nature's fairest and destinies of the next, so completely absorb- firmest moulds, unite himself to a dised in the color and fashion of a dress, in cased or unhealthy woman; or to see a compliments as insignificant as the tailor- blooming virgin, the wholesome blood made creatures which concoct them, in their mantling in her cheeks, bestow her hand looking-glasses and in themselves, that upon sickly, scrofulous wretch really their brains seem to have been en whose eye is kindled by Hymen, when tirely consumed in the nourishment of the cold hand of Death is laid upon his their hair, which is frequently made to lungs. They should pause before conconceal half the forehead, as if to hide its tracting so fatal an alliance; before gratiemptiness. Or worse even than this, to fying a misplaced and selfish desire at the be thus accosted by one who, despairing expense of their offspring. A man in the of her exterior, has determined to rival choice of a wife, or a woman in the acceptDe Stael, as you assist her to ice-cream ance of a suitor, owes a duty to their “ Have you read Junius' Letters ? Are country and their descendants. For how you familiar with Plutarch's Lives ?” and can we be justified in deliberately entaila thousand other queries, as abruptly in- ing upon the bone of our bone and flesh troduced to your notice as a sudden of our flesh, an early and premature disstreak of lightning to your neighbor's solution ? If the principle of life is strong barn. Let the galled jade wince, if she within us, we are false to humanity, and will. Alas! I am now
to Heaven, if we wilfully inoculate it withi “Indifferent though the smile or frown decay, and consign the reptile to the craOf beauty be.”
dle of the impotent Hercules.”
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 phoenix ?” said M
-, as melancholy 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
" Robin,” 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. 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
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 his re- sympathy." mains; unadorned and undistinguished let “ You shall have none of the latter, VOL. IV.
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 a little,” said osity.' Emily, “the sun is right in my
face. "My dear father," replied Emily, “the There~I will reward you with 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 for so 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 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 — at 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 aim, 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 gor: Comedy? 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 iasias 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 Four 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 ’mid 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 flung 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.