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fathers, in the forlorn hope of reco- I am going to leave you but for a short vering from a distant kinsman the a very short time. You and I have amount of a pecuniary loan, lent, in spoiled each other, Milly! We have the generous confidence of unsuspi- been too much together; I should cious youth, without further security have sent my darling sometimes away than the word of a friend, which sacred from me, to have accustomed her to pledge had not however been redeem- live without her old father-and there ed, on Colonel Aboyne's written ap- is one, Milly! who, if I were gone"plication, on his first establishment in but poor Milly's thick-coming sobe told England, and, high-spirited as he was, him those were not words of comfort no personal consideration could have and after a minute's silence, to calm compelled a second remonstrance. But the tremor in his own voice, he refor his child !-his child !-what sacri- sumed in freer accents. fice would he not make ! what difficul- Milly! at that bright full moon-beties would he not encounter! His re- fore it is dwindled to a silver thread solve was made, declared, and speedily you may hear that I am on my way acted upon, in spite of the tender dis- home again, and—look up, Milly! and suasions of Millicent, and the frantic see how gloriously it shines upon usm opposition of Vernon. New vigor we will for once believe in omens, and seemed granted to him for the prose- take its bright promise for”– Milcution of his arduous undertaking ; licent looked up just as her father and cheerfully reassuring his anxious stopt so abruptly-a huge black bar and drooping child, he firmly negativ- was drawn across the star of promise, ed her tender petition to accompany and in a few seconds, while father and him to Ireland, on the reasonable daughter were still gazing earnestly grounds that it would not only increase upwards, the beautiful luminary was their embarrassments if he failed in totally eclipsed. the object of his expedition, but at all The next morning found Millicent events protract his absence from Sea and her faithful Nora sole inhabitants Vale.
of Sea Vale Cottage. Vernon had acThe day was fixed for Colonel companied Colonel Aboyne to the place Aboyne's departure, and the preceding of embarkation-an opportunity of conevening was the saddest ever spent to- fidential intercourse with his future gether by the father and daughter in son-in-law gladly embraced by the that dear cottage, which had been so anxious traveller. To Vernon he long the scene of their domestic hap- spoke unreservedly of his own internal piness. Autumn was soincwhat ad- conviction, that in spite of that present vanced, but the glorious light of a renovation, which he gratefully accloudless harvest-moon shone full into knowledged as providentially granted the little parlor casement, near which for the prosecution of his immediate sat together the parent and the child purpose, the termination of his earthly side by side-her hand within her sojourn was at no great distance. He father's, and they were both silent. spoke of her, who would then be a Only, when Colonel Aboyne fondly destitute orphan, and he accepted, as kissed the pale soft cheek which rest- solemnly as it was offered, Horace ed on his shoulder, and the full closed Vernon's voluntary promise, in case of eyelids, with their long lashes trem an unfavorable issue to his present bling into tears in the moonbeam, poor undertaking, and of life not being Millicent turned her face inward on spared him to return to Sea Vale, then her father's bosom, and the suppressed to take to himself his affianced wise grief half-vented itself in deep short so soon as he could win her consent sobs.
to accompany him to the altar,--and “Be of good comfort, dearest!” said taking up his abode with her under her father, mastering his own emotion that lowly roof, which would be well _“Cheer up, my Milly! Remeiuber nigh all the poor Millicent's portion,
resolve for her sake cheerfully to con- towards it; and Vernon perceiving the tend with present-even protracted direction of Millicent's tearful glance, difficulties, and so await (patiently and well comprehending the subject of trusting in Providence) those better her fond solicitude, exerted himself to days they were reasonably encouraged comfort and reassure her, till by deto look forward to. It was also set- grees he lured her into the indulgence lled between the friends, that with of more cheerful thoughts and happier Millicent's consent the same arrange- expectations.
But as he looked earment should take place soon after nestly in her mild fair face, he was Colonel Aboyne's return from Ireland, struck with the increased transparency were that return permitted, though of a complexion, always peculiarly unblessed by a favorable result to the delicate, but now beautiful with an albusiness which impelled him thither, most fearful beauty; for the naturally
So having spoken, and confided to pale, though clear and bealthful cheek, each other their mutual wishes and now bloomed with a spot of the brightanxieties, the old man and the young est carnation, and quickly glancing at one—the almost father and son, parted the hand he held within his own, he at the place of embarkation, with a almost started at observing its sickly fervent blessing and a short farewell bue and evident attenuation. -and from Colonel Aboyne, as he “ Are you well, Milly ?” he asked stept into the boat, a look to Vernon, abruptly ; « quite well, dearest Miland an emphatic pressure of the hand, licent? This little hand tells a feverwhich, more touchingly than language, ish tale,-and those cheeks !--fie! fie! commended the absent Millicent to Milly! You have been a self-tormenther lover's protection.
er of late."
And he was but half If soberizing time, and protracted satisfied with her assurance that she expectation, had abated somewhat of was not ill—had nothing to complain Vernon's first enthusiastic passion, his of, only a little occasional languor—and feelings for Millicent were still those now that he had brought her such of sincere and tender interest; and consoling tidings of her dear father's with all the affecting circumstances of progress, she would rouse herself to his late parting with her father fresh hope and cheerfulness, and the rein his recollection, it was with a revi- sumption of all their favorite pursuits val of even more than foriner tender- and occupations. When Nora opened pess that he met her on his return, at the cottage gate to let out Vernon that the little garden gate before the cot- evening, he lingered a moment to speak tage, of which she was now the sole, a kind word or two to the faithful old sad occupant. Deep and fervent was servant, and then, suddenly reverting at that moment his unuttered vow to to his late startling observations, he he indeed friend, father, protector, said, “ Millicent has been worrying husband-everything to the dear and herself to death, Nora, with anxiety gentle being who might so soon be de- about her father, We must take betpendent on bim for her all of earthly ter care of her and prevent this, or comfort. Few words passed between she will fret herself into a fever; I thein at their first greeting. Vernon was quite struck this evening with her hastened to answer Millicent's inquir- altered looks.” “ And was you ining look with an assurance, that all deed ?--and time you should, maybe,” was well with her dear father when answered Nora, in her driest and least they parted at the place of embarka- cordial tone,—for she had long distion; and then they entered the cottage cerned a change in her darling's health together, and seated themselves in the and spirits, which had escaped even small bay window, neither however the parental eye and all the shrewd occupying the large arm-chair, which quickness of doating affection ; she stood with its cushioned footstool in had not failed to remark, that though the accustomed place. Both looked the affianced lovers were together as
much as formerly, and though they frequent, and satisfactory letters armet and parted, to all appearance, as rived from Ireland, -satisfactory at affectionately as ever, their separation least as to the point she had most at was too often followed by a cloud on heart, the welfare of her beloved faMillicent's brow, which had not been ther. Colonel Aboyne gave her the used to hang there during such brief most positive assurances, that he had absences, and more than once Nora received unexpected and extraordinahad surprised her weeping in her own ry benefit, from the stimulating effects little chamber, after her return from a of his voyage and journey, and the inwalk with Vernon. It was therefore, Auence of his native air; and in his that she replied to his questions with first letter he expressed sanguine hope almost reproachful coldness ; but her of a favorable result to the business slight and vague displeasure was soon he was engaged in. Succeeding acappeased by the unaffected warmth, counts, however, became on that bead with which he now poured forth the more discouraging. Colonel Aboyne's apprehensions she had succeeded in flattering expectations were soon overrousing so effectually; and he slept clouded—at last totally relinquished, not that night for thinking of Milli- but still he wrote cheerfully, consolcent's burning hand and crimsoned ingly ; spoke of himself as returning cheek, and for wishing it were day as poor a man, indeed, as when he that he might revisit the cottage, and left his Milly and their dear cottage, urge her to see their good friend the but a renewed one in health and vivillage apothecary, and consult him gor, and again looking forward with respecting those symptoms of severish tranquil hope, not only to the union debility, which he was now persuaded of his children, (for so he called both had been long hanging about her, Horace and Millicent,) but, with though his own perceptions of the evil God's blessing, to see them assured had been so tardily awakened. Full of that moderate competence, which of these anxious thoughts and inten- had already been withheld so far betions, he presented himself at Milli- yond the term of human calculation. cent's breakfast-table just as she had And then Vernon breathed into Millidescended from her own chamber; cent's ear the arrangements which had but felt almost immediately reassured been entered into by her father and by a first glance at the now natural himself, respecting their almost imkue of her fair complexion—the calm mediate union on Colonel Aboyne's smile with which she greeted his ap- return from Ireland, whatever might pearance—and the soft coolness of the be the result of his visit to that counhand extended to meet his with affec- try; and Millicent, though she listened tionate welcome. His previous anxi- with surprise and agitation, did not ety, and his earnest wish that she refuse to ratify a compact so tenderly should consult Mr. - were not left and sacredly hallowed. unmentioned, however, but, by the Colonel Aboyne's last brief letter time breakfast was over, Millicent had was merely to mention the day of his 80 well succeeded in talking and snil- embarkation, and that on which, to an ing him out of his fears, that, when almost certainty, he might be expected Nora came in to remove the tea equi- at Sea Vale; " and even now," he page, he could not forbear casting to- wrote wbile I trace these few last wards her one glance of almost re. lines, methinks I see our own dear proachful exultation, which, however, cottage, ny Milly looking anxiously obtained no other return than a look out for me from the garden gate, and of discouraging seriousness.
Horace advancing down the green But aster a little time, even Nora's lane, in readiness to receive the old sond apprehensiveness began to yield cripple, and help him carefully down to the comforting evidences of her the ladder-steps of the stupendous darling's daily renovation. Long, and High-flyer. Be thero both of you,
my children, that we may together sembled together, (all distinction of re-enter that peaceful abode, soon, I rank forgotten in the common sorrow,) hope, to shelter us all beneath its roof, to mingle their tears for the long abone united and contented family of sent—the fondly expected—who was love."
never more to re-enter his earthly But God had appointed otherwise. habitation-whose “place was to know On the evening of that day which him no more.” should have restored the father and The packet on board which Colonel the friend to bis expecting dear ones, Aboyne had taken his passage had there was a sound of weeping and gone to pieces in the midst of the lamentation, of “woman's wail,” with- Channel ; and of the few who were in the darkened parlor of Sea Vale saved, he was not.
Millicent was an Cottage, where three persons were as- orphan.
THE FOUNTAIN OF OBLIVION.
BY MRS. HEMANS.
“ Implora pace.”
ONE draught, kind Fairy! from that fountain deep,
One draught of that sweet wave!
A pyramid so fair?
Raze the one master-grief!
-Think-wouldst thou part with all ?
Fill high the oblívious bow!!
That make such visions bright?
- Pour the sweet waters back on their own rill,
I must remember still!
I ask 'not to forget!
THE CHOICE OF A RESIDENCE.
The caution often inculcated, and oc- time a feeling of uneasiness and discasionally practised, with respect to content the best-disciplined the choice of a wife or a profession, minds, and makes them derive but might with equal prudence be exercis- trifling consolation from the sentiment ed in the selection of a residence. _"What matter where, if I be still There are not many of us, indeed, to the same?" Yet even here that comwhom much deliberation on the sub- pensating principle which so wonderject is permitted; one is tied down fully pervades the whole system of by the fetters of business, another by physical and moral nature, and so ofthe more agreeable bands of heredita- ten levels the apparently immense disry property; prudential or family rea- parities of life, comes to our relief ; sons decide the habitat of a third; for where shall we find words to exand the few who might enjoy the pri- press with sufficient energy the rapvilege of free selection, “ to whom the ture which the country bestows on world is all before them, where to these exiles, when permitted to return choose their place of rest,” are too for a time to its beauties and delights ? often swayed by whim, accident, or Matthisson has some sweet lines on habit, and forfeit, by injudicious de- “escaping from town to country," but cision, half the happiness and self- although poetry may give force and complacency they might have enjoyed. grace to the expression of his senti
London is a desirable residence for ments, they have suggested themselves many and various descriptions of per- to thousands, with a strength and fersons. A country life, however, ap- vor incommunicable to words, though pears to be the general taste ; and for arranged at the bidding of taste and
Fuscus," who owns himself a genius like his. lover of cities, we may reckon ten vehement “ lovers of the country,” who
“ Here, Freedom, is thy maternal home,
Here thine abode, mourn over the necessity, real or im Here dwells Content, here peace of mind aginary, which makes London their Breathes on the soul ! home, and grieve that it is their fixed
“ Here an unceasing dew of joy distils determination to seek wealth, luxury O'er grove and field; and pleasure, far from the cheap and
Oh Nature, Nature ! while I live, no power calm delights of nature and retirement.
Parts us again." But some there are who are really There are no pleasures, indeed, bound by duty to a residence in town which retain their freshness like those while their taste and judgment would resulting from the admiration of Nalead them to rural scenes and pleasures, ture ; and he who has a real taste for and who, as they hurry through the its beauties will scarcely allow that crowded noisy streets to their daily his enjoyment of them is diminished routine of business, when reminded by the most uninterrupted and famiby their almanacs and the dust, that liar intimacy. Still, who that is perit is spring, yearn for its bursting buds, mitted by a kind fate to open his eyes its flowers and verdure, with an in- daily on the same waving fields, rich tensity of longing which sheds for a woods, and bright meadows, can ima