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to excuse himself on the latter score, by saying that her questioned him as to who and whence he was. Meldrum
mates at a certain price. He had kept bis old great“Well, old boy, that's pretty early in the day for a coat closely buttoned over his sailor's dress, and priming,” and went on with a grin.
towards evening he went out, and purchased a suit of Meldrun roused himself to proceed. Like the devils, strong clothes, jacket and trowsers, and a short white he believed and trembled, and of all the forms of misery slop, fit for a porter or workman about the docks. that the wide and miserable earth can furnish, there His sailor's suit he carefully conveyed away and diswas not that day, one which could surpass, in the agony posed of at a pawnbroker's in a distant locality; and and bloody sweat of mental torture, the murderer Mel. it was well, for he soon found that he was in a sailor's drum.
house. But about noon the miserable man found himself in The hright and handsome little woman who had first the midst of a dense mass of houses, lying between let him in, was the wife of a sailor, honest John Tulloch, the Ratcliff Highway, and the Commercial-road. He non on his regular voyage to the coast of Africa, for gum. was in a little street that seemed involved in such a laby. His wife, this happy-looking creature, was the soul of rinth of other close streets, that he could hope to find this little house. It was she who had brightened up its no place in London more obscure. Here, in a row of outside, and its inside ; had cultivated the plants, and houses of much older aspect than many of the rest, he purchased the birds, and made everything as clean as if spied a paper in a window of a room to let. The house the abode stood out io the fields of the country, instead in which this was, was one of three stories, or more pro- of in this dense and smoky part of the huge Babylon. perly two, with an attic in the roof. Each story had She had two children, one a fine sturdy lad of some one widish horizontal window, that in the roof a dormer three or four years old, and a little chili that crawled
In the lowest window, which was filled full of about over the carpet, and was every now and then geraniums, trained on a sort of ladder, and of such a snatched up by its' mother, and balf-smothered with size, that they seemed to fill every inch of the window kisses and tossed and shaken about till it laughed as space, was hung in the centre, this card of announce- merrily as the blythe mother herself. Mrs. Tulloch or ment to let.
Nancy Tulloch as the old woman called her, was the Meldrum surveyed the house for some minutes, looked very soul of sunshiny happiness. She was always 'round at the character of the street, ventured at length working and singing, or singing and talking to her chil. to knock at the door, and ask the price of the room. dren and the old woman. She was planning this and The house had an air of superior neatness to any of the that against Uncle John came home_which Uncle Jobn rest. They were all conspicuous for their dingy old was no other than her own husband. What was odd brick-work, their long unpainted and dilapidated wood enough was, that the old woman called him Uncle work, and their broken windows, supplied by paper John too; and it was some time before Meldrun discopanes. This house was neatly painted, and its panes vered the reason, which was no other than that John not only of glass, but sound and bright. There was Tulloch had a brother living across the water, in Rothernothing which it had in common with the rest, but its hithe, a plumber and glazier,where John Tulloch had first style of build, its age, and its having two or three been called by this name amongst the numerous children birds hung in cages out of the chamber window; for with whom he was an immense favourite, always bringnothing is so extraordinary as the number of birds ing them something in his capacious jacket pockets, and kept by the lowest and most miserable population of telling them stories of the wonders he saw in bis voy. London. Birdcages, filth, and swarms of unemployed ages, and on the barharous shores where his ship's busiand squalid people, men, women, and children, are the ness took him. John Tulloch had been brought up to great features of the worst districts of this buman the trade of a plumber and glazier himself, and during wilderness.
the time that his ship lay in port, he used to go and The door was opened by a young woman as bright work for his brother, who was in a considerable way of and cherry-looking as the house. Meldrum halfshrunk business. back at such a vision of innocence and happiness; but Nancy Tulloch, who seemed to adore her Uncle John, the young woman, after giving him an enquiring look, that is, her husband, was always keeping things in order, asked him what he wanted, and without hesitation led and setting them in order, all the time he was away, in him up to the attic, told him the price, two shillings a the prospect of his return. He usually made a voyage week, and on his saying he would have it, took him to Senegal and back, in five or six months, and down again, and calling out “Mrs. Brentnal!" an el. then lay in port a month, or more, and off again, and it derly and grave woman came to the door of the sitting seemed the desire of his wife to crowd into the month's
Meldrum's wish being stated to the elderly home stay as much pleasure and effection as should vame, she scrutinized him somewhat severely, and make up for the five or six months' absence. The lit
tle sitting-room was snug as carpets, chests of drawers, to show yourself in the light ? By all the powers alive, looking-glasses, and little pictures could make it. She man; for father I won't call you—begone! Never show called it her cottage, her retreat, and the old woman yourself again here; or I'll stick this knife into you as sate in a corner, between the fireplace and the window soon as look at you." full of its geraniums in a tall-backed Windsor chair, Meldrum would have spoken-but the son motioned with a cushion of scarlet stuff, and knit.
him with a quck movement of the hand holding the Meldram soon found that he had got into a little hea- knife-to be off—“ Begone !" he repeated, “this moven upon earth, that only the more pointed and aggra- ment! There are foul suspicions about you—and," vated his own foul misery. Nancy Tulloch, you would coming close to his ear—“I believe them; and I will have thought, had never known anything of the cares be the first to give you up, if ever you come near me or blights of this world. She seemed all happiness, again!” cheerfulness, kindness, and sympathy. She was bent “But, for the mercy of God!” implored Meldrumon helping Meldrum to some employment. She asked “tell me something, just a word 'ahout Dinah and him about his past life, and soon saw that there was Sampson." something on his mind that he did not want to come to “Begone! I say, quick; I can tell you nothing that the daylight. But this only seemed to increase you'll like to hear. They curse you, and wish you at her desire to help him. She told him if a man like the d—l, and there you'll be pretty soon if you come him was in earnest, he would, before long, get some- and ruin us with your Satan's presence.” thing to do, and hoped he was religious. At this The young man went bastily away into the shop Meldrum shook his head, and was silent. Mrs. whistling, but it was angrily, as he went; and Meldrum Tulloch looked at him with more seriousness than strode away with the torment of the damned in his boshe had ever yet assumed, and the old dame, Mrs. som. He was hated and cursed by his own children ; Brentnal, gave him a searching glance that went to and yet he dared to pollute with his daily presence the the bottom of his dark heart, for it told him that she abode of the virtuous and the happy. The very next still had her thoughts of bim.
time that he passed the butcher's shop in Whitechapel, But Nancy Tulloch's interest only rose in bis behalf. he missed his son—he went again—and again, he was She told him, that if he was not religious, she hoped he never there. It was clear that he had suddenly quitted would become so, and invited him to accompany them his place to avoid any further recognition of this abhoron Sunday to hear a preacher in their own court-Mr. red parent. Meldrum ventured to approach the shop Zealous Scattergood, whom she represented as one of and inquire. The boy in the shop knew no such perthe excellent of the earth, a poor man's preacher-and son as Job Meldrum-there had never been any such none of your fine men that were too grand to follow man there—but a young fellow of the name of Flint had their divine master, and preach to the needy and the gone off at a moment's notice, and they could not tell very outcast.
where. The very name of Meldrum was shunned-it Meldrum, who went by the name of Jabez Baxter, was a vile badge that his children renounced, as they was silent, and did not give much encouragement to did him. these invitations, for be had only too many reasons for The whole sum of money which Meldrum had got by washing to avoid the crowd of a chapel and the search- his robbery of the old lady was hut fifteen sovereigns. ing queries of a minister. Every hour that he witnessed He had purchased two suits of clothes and the goodness and the happiness of the two women of this coat out of it: it was fast diminishing, and he began house, and listened to their conversation, only the more to tremble at the idea of being compelled to work drove the daggers of remorse deeper into his soul. He in company where any moment he might be detected was like one of the damned who had intruded amongst and seized. To add to his horror, his old drah suit, the children of God, and expected every moment to be which he had sunk in the Thames, had been rolled struck down by a thunder-bolt and cast out with shame. up with the tide and left on the strand not far from He avoided, therefore, as much as possible, spending any King Edward's stairs, a considerable beiglit above time, except at his meals, with the two women. He the place where he had flung them in. Whether went out cautiously, on pretence of seeking work, and they had been caught by the anchor of some vessel,' traversed the vast human desert that stretched around. or how they had been dragged ap the stream was a On one of these occasions he discovered his son Job, at mystery--but there they were found, unrolled, and a butcher's shop in Whitechapel. He was a rosy and soon conveyed to the nearest police station, where they jolly-looking fellow, as gaily serving his master's cus. were hung on a line in the court, and a notice of the tomers in his blue coat and white sleeves, as if he had fact inserted in the newspapers. The notice attracted known nothing in life but plain sailing and sunny wea- the eye of old Brassington, who hastened to see them, ther. Meldrum felt a strong desire to go up to him and and putting one thing to another was convinced that make himself known, and inquire after Sampson and they were the very old drab suit of Meldrum the BerkDinah-but it was not till he had gone there again and shire murderer. This belief became also strong amongst again that be could muster up courage. His crimes lay the police, and the situation of Meldrum was growing heavily on him, and though he knew that Job, as well desperate. His funds were ebbing, his identity coming as the rest of his children, had imbibed the worst infidel ever nearer to the light; he began to think seriously of notions, he was struck with horror from the very possi- going off into the country, and leaving London as far bility of their knowing his real deeds, and of their up- as possible behind. braiding him with them.
In the mean time Nancy Tulloch did not abate in her One evening, however, watching his opportunity, when desire to serve him, in her endeavours to get him to the no customers were about, and Job with his knife in his chapel of Zealous Scattergood, or to dive somewhat hand had gone out across the broad pavement, and stood more deeply into his real history. She did a deal of on the curb-stone, as if contemplating the 'omnibuses needlework for a house in the city, and she told him and other vehicles driving along the middle of the street, that she had been inquiring, and with somie hope of sucthe wretched father approached, and standing near the cess, for some employment in the warehouse, for it was son, said—“ Job! don't you know me ? "
that of a great manufacturer. Meldrum shrunk into The young botcher turned, and looking at the strange himself at the very idea, and as carefully avoided the man for a moment, said—“ Know you ? how the devil chapel of Zealous Scattergood. In the conversation should I know you? But the-hell! what !”-he add- with Mrs. Tulloch, he did not conceal that he had a heaed, staring in a horrified astonishment—" is it you ? vy weight on his mind-that he did not believe he What!”-and for a moment the power of utterance should be saved—that he had, in fact, a degree of bloodseemed taken from him—“the devil !—do you renture guiltiness on his conscience, though he led them to be
lieve that it was incurred in some affray with poach- up the place. By the door stood a broad board as a sort
of screen, and looking from behind this, and protected All this, though it seemed to close the heart of the old by this part of the chapel being in deep shadow, Meldame, Mrs. Brentnal, against him—though her counte. drum could survey the whole scene unohserved. nance grew more severe, and her manner more cold and The old, thin, and melancholy preacher had just risen distant, only served the more to excite the sympathy of to commence his sermon. Hs stood with his Bible in kind Nancy Tulloch, and her zeal to bring him into his hand, and casting a solemn glance over his humble the way of what she termed saving grace. For this por audience, he said—“ In the Book of the Prophet Jerepuse she would often of an evening, when Mrs. Brentnal miah, in the twelfth chapter and twenty-fifth verse, you was gone to see a neighbour, and the children were in will find these words :-" And I will give thee into the hed, set to and attack Meldrum with all the force of her hand of them who seek thy life, and into the hand of gentle and kindly zeal. She would tell him that there them whose face thou fearest.” The words fell like an was no sinner so great por so foul that he might not be ice-bolt on the heart of Meldrum. His knees trembled, saverl. That she was sure if he could see Mr. Scatter- but he stood rooted to the spot; and the preacher, sogood and open his heart to him, he would soon have lemn and slow at first, went on in his deep roice to de. hope and become a happy man. Her own good little scribe the state and progress of a sinner which did not soul seemed to expand and embrace on the behalf of the seem to bear much resemblance or application to the Deity all that was fallen and miserable. Meldrum case of Meldrum. But anon the spirit of the old man would put his hands to his face, and resting his elbows kindled within him. He grew warm and eager in his on his knees, weep like a child, but for all that he ne- expressions, his features, and his gestures. He seemed ver seemed nearer consenting to enter the chapel or to to rise in height, and expand, and bis voice rolled like seeing Zealous Scattergood. His prospects seemed clos. low thunder over the awe-struck and profoundly silent ing in London--he was contemplating a sudden start group, from which a sigh or a groan only now and then and a long run-yet he did not seem as if he could cut escaped. He went on and described the fall of an aposhimself loose from this spot, and carry his project into tate, his last state growing seven times worse than the execution.
first from which he had once been redeemed. The deOne day when he came down to tea, he was some- mons of disbelief taking possession of his soul, and foul what startled to find a stranger there. This was start- spirits of robbery and murder following after. The old ling to him, because he bad begged Mrs. Tulloch when man's eyes seemed to turn their gaze inwards for awhile. they had any one to let him know and keep away. The There was a glazed and a ghostly look about them; he stranger was an old man of at least seventy. He was stretched forth his hands over the audience, and seemed remarkably thin, and his face was long, pale, and ema- to describe some one whom he had once seen and known; ciated; bis eyes large and grey, beneath grey shaggy but it was Meldrum to the life. He described the height eyebrows, and his hair as white as snow. As Meldrum of peace and virtue from which he had fallen. He folentered, he fixed his large grey eyes on him, and coming lowed him through dark and errant ways, and he forward with a faint smile offered Meldrum his hand, shuddered as he described scenes of violence in which saying_"Well, friend Baxter, as Mrs. Tulloch tells me he had been engaged, and passed over others that she cannot prevail on you to come and see me, I have were too horrible. The perspiration stood in large come to see you. I hope we shall become friends when drops on his flushed and broad forehead, and sud. we know each other."
denly recalling himself as it were from his inward It was Zealous Scattergood; Meldrum felt it in an in- trance—he paused — and wiped his heated brow stant, even before Mrs. Tulloch pronounced his name and gazing round on his audience he asked in a voice A strange sensation went through him. The worn black suddenly dropped into a different key—“My brethren, suit of the old minister, his manner, his deep bass voice, why is it that I have been thus led, as it were, into an1 peculiar intonation, all brought back people, things, the life and the spirit of some other man? Why and days long gone past, and cut off by subsequent have this darkness and this horror been shed over events as by an impassable golph from the present. Mel- me? Can there be any one within my hearing to •drum seated himself without a word, and listened to the whom this has been sent as a warning? Can any religious conversation that went on between the others, one here be or have been tempted in this manneras a doomed spirit may be supposed to listen. Every and to " He again paused-and as he again saidword was a pang to him. He believed now, but he be- “Let us change this subject : let us contemplate the lieved without hope. He seemed to lift his eyes like goodness and the mercies of God,”—the excited audiDives, from a region of flame, and see afar off, the shin- ence, as if suddenly relived from the horrible oppresing promontory of heaven, and his wife and former sion of a nightmare, drew a deep simultaneous breath, friends walking there and shedding celestial tears over and as there was a general movement, as of relief from his fall. He ventured only oce or twice to raise his the tension of their feelings—they heard some one sudeyes to the countenance of the minister, and when his denly start from the door, and the broad figure of a man eyes met those of the old man, his evidently turned in the shadow was caught by the eyes of several, as it away as in fear of him. It was a hopeless and a hurried away. It was Meldrum, who, struck as with a miserable scene, and Meldrum got away as soon as judgment from heaven, was rusbing away to flee if poshe could.
sible from himself. The guilty man resolved to hasten his departure from From that hour no mortal power could have prevailed this torturing place, yet he still lingered. He once on the conscious-stricken criminal to approach the stole quietly on the Sunday evening down to the bottom chapel of Zealous Scattergood. Never would he, if he of the court, and sent a glance into the chapel where could have helped it, see bim or be near him : but not Zealous Scattergood was preaching, and where Mrs. the less did Zealous seek him, and endeavour to enter Brentnal and Nancy Tulloch were listeners.
into his mind, and breathe consolation into it. Sitting The chapel was merely the last house in the row, con- by his side in his little room, or below with Nancy Tul. verted into a chapel. It was of the humblest descrip- loch busy with her needle, and yet ever and anon cast. tion. The preacher's pulpit consisted of a large packing ing glances of the most genuine interest at him and at case laid lengthwise on the floor in the far corner of the the unhappy man that he would fain melt, and soften, apartment, with a small table in front for a reading-desk, and save, did the good old preacher in the gentlest and and a chair set in the corner for the preacher occasion- most affectionate manner reason with him, and lay be. ally to rest upon. The floor was occupied by plain fore him all the infinite mercies and goodness of the benches crowded with people, and the bare walls were Creator. In this intercourse he was as different as pos. furnished with the simplest tin candlesticks for lightning sible to what Meldrum had seen him in the pulpit.
Here he was all humility and loving-kindness, and At this moment, Josias beard his mother calling to seemed to place himself as low in his own estimation as him, and he told her that he would come to her immethe sinner, and exalt only the heavenly grace and cha- diately; yet the swift moments fled past, and his glance rity. But to Meldrum this only brought agonies and was still riveted on the pages of a new poem: and he despair. He believed himself lost beyond all redemp- felt Zarah's light touch on his arm, as she said in a low tion, and vowed a thousand times to fly from this place clear voice-" Thy mother is waiting, delay not an inand people-yet still lingered on.
stant longer.” Josias was ashamed, and impatiently One day Nancy Tulloch came with a nimble step shook off the little hand; but then Zarah sighed 80 and a glowing face up to his door as she returned from deeply, he could not bear to teaze her; and closing his the city, and informed him that she had procured bim book be went down to his mother Soon afterwards work. He was to be porter at the warehouse of the some of his lounging companions called to invite him great manufacturer, for whose lady she did so much to go with them to one of their usual haunts of idleneedlework. She had spoken of him both to the lady ness. “Thou wilt not go with them ? " asked Zarah and her husband, and had interested them about him. softly.--"No," thought Josias, “ I know that I ought She had told them that she was sure some heavy sin lay to stay with my mother, who in my absence would be on his heart. She believed it to be the death of a left to weep alone; but I cannot withstand these presskeeper—but she gave such a charaoter of him, for the ing importunities.”—Zarah replied, " Then ask Ida, time she had seen him, that these good people, whose she will bring thee strength in a moment to resist the religion taught reformation and salvation, rather than temptation.” Ida approached : received the earnest vengeance and hopeless rejection, were quite willing petition of Josias, and returned like a flash of lightto try him, and now was the vacancy.
ning, bearing aid from above in answer to his prayer. Meldram thanked his kind benefactor warmly, but He dismissed his visitors: Zarah's eyes sparkled with shrunk from accepting the offered employment. He pleasure; a sweet smile played on her lips, and he could dreaded such a public employment as that of porter- not resist pressing her to his heart with transport. who might not recognize him ? and then there was no When the evening meal was concluded, his mother thing for it but the gallows! He thought a thousand asked him to read to her; he had just been on the point times."Oh if he could but be condemned to some of proposing to do so, and vexed at being thus antici. private cell and the most heavy labour, with what alac- pated, be took the book unwillingly, and read in a sullen rity would he give himself up, and with what zeal discordant tone, which greatly disturbed Zarah's senwould be spend his strength in the fulfilment of his sitive ear. She often pulled him by the sleeve, but he doom; but to be dragged before all the world to the would not attend to either her gestures or remonaccursed gallows !-- no, he would rather suffer ten strances. His mother asked him if he was quite well; deaths, run the risk of committing ten other crimes he returned a cross answer, and then was so offended first. Yet, if he fled into the country, what casual at Zarah’s importunity, that he gave her a violent blow, circumstance might not some day betray him? What which caused her to weep sadly, and entirely spoiled was to enable him to endure ths torture that every his pleasure for the remainder of the evening. day consumed his vitals ? " Again, he thought on the The next day he arose, resolved to do better, and various means of self-destructiun—and again he shrunk Zarah waited upon him with ready alacrity, often warb. -and finally dared the risk—and took the place offered ling such sweet songs as made his spirits dance with him by Nancy Tulloch.
exquisite pleasure. But the following morning a new
temptation presented itself in a fine Sundlay, which (To be continued.)
disposed him to take a walk instead of going to church.
Zarah pleaded earnestly, and he did not at once refuse IDA AND ZARAH.
her, although annoyed at her remaining so close to his
side; now and then he gave her a gentle push, but By Miss H. M. RATH BONE. she always returned ; and he took out his Bible, de.
termined to postpone bis decision while he read a chap. Author of Rose Allen.
ter, which he had resolved to do daily. Then he tried Josias was a young man, who had fallen into bari to pray, and Ida with outstretched wings waited for his habits; and who had for some time seemed utterly petitions ; but they were not framed in a spirit of hucareless about his many derelictions from the path of mility, and she said she could not proceed without. duty. He was suddenly awakened to a sense of remorse “ I believe thou can'st not fly at all," said Josias an. for his past misconduct by the unexpected death of his grily, and forgetting how she had done his bidding father, whom he dearly lovedy This event made him several times the day before. At these words she coresolve to lead in future a better and holier life. But vered her face with her wings, and her head drooped he felt bitterly his own instability and weakness of sorrowfully; while Josias perceived that the bright character; and this caused him to wish for some out star on her forehead grew dim. Struck with remorse, ward help to remind him of his duty, like a magic ring. be exclaimed more gently, “Yes, yes, I remember or fairy wand, such as he had read of in the days of now; I know that thou can'st really use thy wings, his childhood.
and to morrow I will employ thee again,” Then the No sooner had this wish passed his lips, than he star of faith hecame brighter, but Ida still wept in beard a voice, which informed him thut his desire should silence, and Zarah renewed her pleading that he would he granter. Unseen hands fastened an amulet round join in public worship, for the bells were now ringing. his neck, and he w şinformed that henceforth he would Deeply annoyed at himself and his attendants, Josias be attended by two little fairies, who would help him roughly ordered them to quit his presence, and then to fulfil his good intentions, as long as he retained the retired a few steps, while their forms grew shadowy amulet: which also possessed the power of rendering and indistinct. It hardly need be said that Josias his guides inrisible to all eyes sare his own. Delighted did not attend public worship that morning. Haring with the aid so graciously bestowed, Josias raised his once given this decided repulse, he found it easy to dishead and beheld his new attendants. They were both miss Zarah in future, or rather to keep her quiet, for very lovely, and of the same height; but the one called she never entirely deserted him. Gradually her happy Ida had wings to her shoulders, and her eyes were spirits left her; her cheek grew pale, and she became habitually cast upward to the blue sky; while the looks | visibly thinner. She grieved deeply at the neglect shown of the other, whose name was Zarah, were always to Ida, who also drooped, and who could now with diffifixed upon Josias : and her colour changed in accord culty unfold her wings. ' Ida never remonstrated with ance with his varying thoughts.
Josias, her office was to obey; even though, as in this
case, obedience should endanger her existence. She while every enjoyment was heightened, every blessing ran great risk of being starvel, for Josias generally increased a hundred-fold by the influence of their genforgot her; and she would not perhaps have survived tle presence. And when at last the final summons armuch longer, had he not sometimes on first waking in rived, they accompanied Josias through the valley of the morning remembered her, and given her her a the shadow of death ; lighted through the thick darkscanty meal of bread and water. Zarah withered like ness by the bright rays which streamed from the star a fading flower under a sense of his unkindness. She of faith ; and conducted his trembling spirit into the became still more uneasy when on some occasion Jo- presence of its Almighty Judge. sias made a false excuse ; for that step once taken he plunged still deeper into sin. One day, his mother was too ill to receive a morning rish these companions who are commanded to attend
Reader, do you wish to be thus aided? Then chevisitor, and sent to desire Josias would entertain her. So sullenly did he obey, that his mother's old friend us all on our pilgrimage ; these pure gentle maidens went away grieved and hurt by his conduct. Zarah whose true names are conscience and prayer. whispered— Thou might have bestowed pleasure, and thou hast given pain. Take heed to my words before it is too late, for remorse will as certainly follow neglected opportunities of doing good, as death will inevitably succeed this mortal state of existence.” Jo
THE FIRE OF DRIFT-WOOD sias whistled loudly, that he might silence her voice, which, melodious as it was, he had learned to dislike and
By HENRY W. Longfellow. to fear. But in vain did he strive to close his hearing to this still small utterance: it followed him where
We sat within the farm house old, ever he went; reproaching him for his indulgence in Whose windows looking o'er the bay, selfish pleasures, for his idle expenditure, his waste of Gave to the sea-breeze damp and cold, time; his unkind judgements of others, his narrow
An easy entrance, night and day. prejudices, and especially remonstrating with him on the paltry subterfuges to which he had recourse in bu
Not far away we saw the port, --siness, and in his daily disregard of his moral and
The strange, old-fashioned, silent town, social duties. Harshly did he treat poor Zarah; and
The light-house—the dismantled fort,her eyesight was injured by the dust of self-deception,
The wooden houses quaint and brown. with which he often blinded ber. But nothing exer We sat and talked until the night cised upon her so deplorable an effect, as his insatiable Descending filled the little room ; desire of applause, and his wish to keep up a fair ap. Our faces faded from the sight, pearance in the eyes of the world; it struck a chill to Our voices only brokn the gloom. her delicate frame, and her soft voice became so broken
We spoke of many a vanished scene, and hoarse, he could hardly distinguish the warnings
Of what we once had though and said, she continued to whisper. For she never forgot him,
Of what had been, and might have been, or left untried a single opportunity of rousing him to a
And who were changed, and who were dead. sense of his danger. In sickness, in bereavement, in sorrow, in the moments when his heart was softened' by And all that fills the hearts of friends, the innumerable blessings showered upon him in rich
When first they feel with secret pain, abundance; in the dewy freshness of morning, and in
Their lives tbenceforth have separate ends, the silence of evening, she affectionately pleaded her
And never can be one again. sacred cause, though daily her strength diminished, The first slight swerving of the heart, and her movements became more feeble.
That words are powerless to express, At length Josias was alarmed at the change in her And leave it still unsaid in part, appearance; he paid her little attentions again ; and
Or say it in too great excess. tried to soothe the irritability arising from her painful wounds; too often, alas ! inflicted by his own hands.
The very tones in which we spako He was surprised and pleased to find she was not past
llad something strange, I could hut mark; recovery, and the increasing distinctness of her speech
The leaves of memory seemed to make encouraged him to proceed. But he felt that she
A mournful rustling in the dark. needed divine help to restore her to health ; and looking
Oft died the words upon our lips, round for Ida, who was stretched out almost lifeless on As suddenly, from out the fire a low couch, he urged her to set out to bring the ne Built of the wreck of stranded ships, cessary aid. She seemed unable to move, and also The flames would leap and then expire. unwilling; he knelt by her, and vehemently entreated
And as their splendour flashed and failed, her good offices, but she only revived by many bitter
We thought of wrecks upon the main, tears of repentance, which at last seemed to animate
Of ships dismasted, that were hailed, her feeble frame; and then unfolding her wings, she
And sent no answers back again. performed her errand with all her usual swiftness. After some time Josias experienced the great happi.
The windows rattling in their frames, ness of seeing Zarah slowly regain life, energy, and The ocean roaring up the beachbeauty. Delicate and sensitive she always remained, The gusty blast-the bickering flamesbut it was now of that purifying ennobling nature,
All mingled vaguely in our speech; which was gradually fitting her to enter upon a purer Until they made theinselves a part mode of existence ; although she assured Josias, that
Of fancies floating through the brainas long as he lived, she would never forsake him. Ida
The long lost ventures of the heart, became as dear and valuable a companion as Zarab. That send no answers back again. Both attended him whithersoever he went, and Zarah's sweet songs again afforded him inexpressible enjoyment.
Oh, flames that glowed! Oh, hearts that yearned ! Accompanied constantly by these white-handed at
They were, alas! too much akintendants, Josias never felt afraid. In the darkness of
The drift-wood fire witliout that burned, midnight, in the hour of temptation, in affliction, trial,
The thoughts that burned and glowed within. and loneliness, Ida and Zarab were ever by his side;
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