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• Bourne from whence no traveller returns.
such occasions; she was dubbed a goddess But there was an inexpressible something adoration from coxcombs, as if she had
and an angel, and received as much tongue in her waning features, which rendered her actually dropped from the celestial regions ; even lovely in decay; a momentary ray but strange as it may seem, she never once lighted up her sinking eye, which pro- forgot, that she was neither more nor less claimed, beyond the power of utterance, than a mere woman. the gratitude of a noble mind, that was
When she had reached her 19th year, soon, alas! too soon, to be laid in ruins
a spirit of another stamp solicited, and acby the indiscriminating leveller of inankind. My friend advanced to the side of quired the paramount place in her affecthe bed, and softly inquired how she felt. tions; the mind of the one seemed to be The substance of what she said, while we their taste their tempers, exactly coincided.
the exact portrait of the others; their turn, remained, was as follows: I have now
But unfortunately, the father of Fidelo, for nearly done with all things terrestrial, and
şuch was his name, was stern in his manners, am just standing upon the brink of the and avaricious in his pursuits ; his acres world of spirits. I cannot look back upon and his guineas were his Deities, and unto my past life, without beholding it stained them he rendered the homage of his affecwith numberless imperfections; but, thank God, I can look forward without terror, inents of the soul, but in so far as they
tions; he knew nothing of the finer moveby a well-grounded hope in the sufficiency ministered to the gratification of his favourof that atonement, which bas been made by the Redeemer of mankind, in the room attained its zenith, my uncle died, and a
ite propensity. When their love had nearly of the guilty. Animated with this hope, train of exigencies followed his exit
, which I anticipate that happy moment, when my reduced the fortune, which Amelia should disembodied spirit shall wing its way to otherwise have had, far below that which the abodes of the just, and there find a Fidelo was likely to possess. This called sure sanctuary of refuge from all the forth the authority of his father;
he pertroubles, cares, and perplexities, which are strewed around life's thorny path. She emptorily ordered him to break off the inthen said a few words more to the Doctor, them, on pain of his final displeasure :
timacy which had hitherto subsisted between her cousin. I saw the marks of generous Fidelo remonstrated, but remonstrance was nature spreading around the features, and considered as an insult upon his parental standing in the eye of my friend.
authority, and only tended to render him He had a treart to feel, an eye to shed the tear more imperative, He had now nothing Of sympathetic feeling o'er distress,
left but the extremes of beggary, or sub But suddenly recollecting himself be mission. Hoping that time might prove quitted the room : I followed his example. more propitious to his passion, he choose We took our leave of Mrs. Simons, and the latter, and wrote to Amelia the follow. left the house. Before we left the garden, ing letter :I turited 'round, and took a hasty view of
* By the decree of my father, I must the exterior of the house; the huge archi- see you no more! O my dear Amelia, traves, and the leaden casements of the compose yourself under this sad reverse of windows, plainly proved that it was not fortune. A brighter day may perhaps the work of modern architecture; but emerge from the present gloom;
-see you there was a visible taste and neatness in no more'gracious heaven! what untothe execution of every thing around it, ward circumstances are inwoven with my which agreeably compensated for the want destiny. I could live for ever in your of external decoration. On our way home, presence, and gaze existence away in the I received from my friend the following contemplation of your charins ; and can I sketch :~Amelia was, while in health, see you no more ? There is madness in handsome in form, and beautiful in fea- the thought-I must pursue it no farther
the accomplishments of her mind, at present! adieu ! added to those of her person, gained her a
FIDELO." place in the esteem of all who knew her ; The feelings of Amelia may be easier she was at a very early period of her life guessed than described, on perusing this surrounded with a herd of admirers, who letter ; the superstructure of fancied bliss assiduously plied her ears with all the which she had fondly raised tottered to its common-place terms, whicli are used on basc, in a moment.
The ray of hone that gleam'd athwart the gloom,
To the Editor of the Literary Melange. in his attempts to erase from the tablet of
'Love is heaven, and heaven is love,'-Scott. bis heart, every idea that associated itself with Amelia ; in order to effect this, he
SIR-To the contemplative mind, proposed a union with a young lady who it will appear a matter of surprise that had nothing to recommend her to his es- any one, possessed of common sense, teem, but her possessions ; but Fidelo in- should think of bettering his condition dignantly rejected the proposal, and to free himself from the importunities of his fa- in life by being married to a partner, ther on this subject, solicited, and received who, though possessed of much wealth, a commission in the army. He contrived is an object of dislike and aversion. to gain a meeting with Amelia before he But this is too frequently the case. joined the meeting more happy, never was parting erable consequences which flow from
regiment-never was Too frequently may be seen the misso bitter! But why dwell
upon stances which can only give pain to the a marriage, the subjects of which have feeling mind. Suflice it to say, that he not one iota of love towards each joined the regiment, and secured the esteem other. of his brother officers, by his easy carriage and unassuming manners; and by his
Money is not a good itself. It magnanimity, acquired the character of a may be the means of our possessing brave soldier. But O! how transient is elegant furniture, splendid equipages, worldly greatness, his blood, along with and magnificent houses. Our tables that of thousands, stained the verdure, and soaked the plains of W
be covered, by its agency, with The ties which bound the soul of Ame- the richest wines, with the most delilia to earth were now dissolved. She had cate fruit of the orchard, and the most lost her father, and her mother; yes, but luxuriant herb of the field—our boshe had lost more, she had also lost her dies may be sheltered from the inclel'idelo! The attempts of those around mencies of the weather with the most her to smooth the wrinkled forehead of sorrow were unavailing. While she was
expensive apparel—our couches and grateful for their kindness, she regretted our pillows may be made of the softest the inadequacy of that kindness to the aid down : but, if we receive these luxuintended. Her mind was not like the ries by being united in marriage to ries, and flows with a momentary rage, and of ayersion or scorn, it is impossible, impetuous torrent, that bursts its bounda- beings on whom we look with an eye then returns to its pristine tranquillity; no, hers was the feelings of a mind which was they can produce in our bosoms one fully sensible of a vaccuum in its enjoyment particle of happiness. that all the world could not replenish. Without a similarity of opinion, of sen
It is now about 12 months since Fidelo timent, and of disposition—if the feeldied. Since that period, the gaity of her spirits has completely left her, at all times ings of either sex beat not at the same I should have said, but those in which she pace, a great degree of the comforts and indulges the hope that she will meet with felicities of the matrimonial state must those whom she loved on earth, in purer be diminished. For should the husskies, and bask with them in unclouded band hate his wife, or should the wife bliss through eternity's revolving ages.Thus far he entertained me till we reached hate her husband, that couple and home, with an account of Mrs. Simons, their family must be in a miserable the woman' with whom she lodged. She condition indeed. Their children will was her aunt, by her mother's side, and either be fatherless or motherless; for had acted the part of a mother to her, since the mother will love one child, and the deprived of her own. I need not add that ve never again saw Amelia. She died in father another. The child whom the a few days after this interview. Amicus, father will love, the mother will hate ;
and the one she will love, he will hate. him not. He has wealth, and he has The disposition of their offspring will opulence ; but he is devoid of a tenbe tinctured with the hatred, the ma- der, loving wife. He has a wife; but lignity, and jealousy of their parents ; she loves him not. and they will be left, in a few years,
I declaim not against money. It to plod through the world with hearts is the means by which the philosoa depraved and minds uncultivated; or, pher puts in practice his preconceived if they have accomplishments, they theories, by which the poet displays will be those only which attract the the creations of his fancy, and by wondering gaze of the world. These which the christian performs his phir are the deplorable effects which issue lanthropic and godlike deeds. It is from a marriage unattended by the the means by which the savage emergentle and sublime passion of love. ges from a state of barbarism to a Without this divine principle, all the state of civilization—from midnight riches a couple may possess can be darkness to noontide splendour. But of no avail. They may both, with though its advantages are innumeratheir children, sit around the winter ble, it is, nevertheless, liable to abuse. fire, and we may call it a domestic And he who imagines it to be of itcircle; but it is not the circle of peace self a good; who bows before it as and love: they may both repose on an idol; who marries, for its sake the same couch; but it is not the alone, a woman whom he in his heart, couch of peace and love: they may perhaps, loathes or despises ; will find both awaken, and feel the cheering himself miserably mistaken if he thinks . beains of the morning sun; but they it will add to his comfort and happi, are entirely unaffected by the renovat- ness. However miserable may be ing beams of peace and love: they the man who marries a poor woman, may both have their coffers filled with he who marries a woman for the sake the treasures of the Indies; but they of her riches is infinitely more miserpossess not the real and more substan-able. The former has one consoling tial pleasures-those of peace and reflection, of which the latter is delove. No, Mr. Editor; without that void, viz, that he has not perverted feeling, that affection, that passion, the sacred principles of his nature. which we denominate love, their gold, I think not, however, that the and their possessions of every kind, poor man, who marries because he is will be their bane. But let them in love, has few or no comforts. We once love each other, and wealth are not obliged to suppose, that, becease to be their god, they will enjoy cause lie lacks what the world esteems as much happiness as human nature riches, he has neither house to reside can enjoy on this side of the grave. in, nor bed to repose in,-neither
As a further proof of the imbecility fire to warm him, nor raiment to of riches without love, we ask, if the clothe him, nor food to afford him husband should be stretched on the subsistence. His house may not be bed of adversity, will his wife drop stately, but it is convenient ; his firetears of grief, that his tears may be side may not be gaudy, but it is comwiped ? will her heart bleed, that his fortable; his bed may not be soft, but
may cease to bleed? will she it affords repose to his wearied limbs ;. support his head, assuage his pains, his raiment may not be splendid, but and
ро! the balm of consolation into it shields him from the wintry blast ; his drooping soul? No, she loves his table may not be covered with the
elegant feast of Epicurus, but it is and swearing they will kill themselves if spread with the simple food which you refuse to marry them. Indeed, John, nature requires. There is more
I have taken many of them at their word, than
but none have ever killed themselves for this that makes him happy. He has me, that I could learn. Their protestaa wife whom he loves, and by whom tions, therefore, are all false, and only calhe is beloved. He has a wife, the culcated to blind silly girls. But whether tones of whose voice, and the expres. So they had better keep their distance in
false or true, they were all lost on me. sion of whose eye, and the glow of future, and not sigh any longer at my whose cheek, are calculated in the feet. I won't listen to one of them. Some darkest hours of adversity, to shed a of my acquaintances, to whom I told these ray of light over his desponding soul. resolutions, have all declared they will
O'er all that we feel or see;
abide by them, and give no encouragement • When life looks lone and dreary, What light can dispel the gloom ?
to wooers of any description. Miss LeWhen time's swift wing grows weary,
titia Hardy, dear girl, who is only three What charm can refresh his plume ? 'Tis woman, whose sweetness beameth
years older than myself, has forsworn ma
trimony nine years since. La! what a And if morn of heaven e'er dreameth,
sensible child she must have been when she 'Tis when he thinks purely of thee, O wonian!'
could see through its follies when only twenty AMATOR NICPTIAZUM.
three years old. Indeed, I wish I had possessed her prudence; but it is not yet too late to learn. So, John, if any person
intimates the least wish to be introduced MISERY UPON MISERY.
to me, I desire that he may be told my real LETTER FROM MY COUSIN.
sentiments: bid him keep off, and not teaze • So dear coz, you are fairly settled in me with compliments and courtship. But town, and have, I learn, carried your good John, dear me ! how I am flying from the character along with you. May your levee subject. You know I was always subject of beggars prosper there, as well asit did in to fanciful aberrations. Then coz, you the country. As for me, I am doomed to must know that there are hereabouts a dwell for ever among corn fields, hay number of young ladies from twenty-five stacks, horses, clowns, and I don't know to thirty years old, who are so foolish as to what. Doubtless, John, you will be sur-sigh after the very thing that I despise; and prised at my writing you at present, as I who have been teazing me to death to get sent you a letter only two days since; but them introduced, in a sly way as it were, don't imagine that I do so on my own ac- to some of the sighing volunteers; but count, or at my own suggestion. I am Lord! John, was there ever any thing not so selfish as do any such thing. I more ridiculous than that? Very true write you solely at the request of divers they assert that I have had more admirers young ladies in this neighbourhood, who than they, and that, of course, I must are unmarried, and who, unless you bestir know how to get about the matter, but yourself, have every prospect of remaining these admirers do not stay in a place like so. La! John, you would be verily as- this. You know they came to see me tonisbed at the number of ladies who go from a great distance; and at any rate, by the appellation of old maids in this how could I introduce the ladies to them, quarter. Would you believe it ?—such is although they were at hand ? 'Twould be the spite of iny acquaintances, (I mean my so barefaced. But you, Johd, what would female ones,) that they allege I am on the binder you to make us a visit, and bring a borders of spinsterhood, and my two young-brace of swankies along with you? La! est sisters, saucy things, are casting the you would get amusement. They might same in my teeth. Not to say that I value stay in our house, you know, and we two the name an old ribbon, or that I am would watch every thing so nicely-and ashamed of being a spinster. On the then we might have Miss Flora M.Donald, contrary, I think there is rather honour in Miss Amelia Arabella Simpson, Miss it, than otherwise ; for it requires no small Lucy Crabapple, anI Miss Lucinda Duldegree of self-de nial to stand out against cinea Odoherty, every night to tea. Dear the attacks of square-shouldered fellows, John, I can scarcely hold the pen with joy, who are constantly sighing in one's ears, 'when I think on the droll oglings of the
men, and on the thousand killing glances the blessing of God, and through your ho- side looks--broad gazes-gigles--quirks nour's intercession, she begs that such reand capers, shot from the ladies. To at- conciliation be made between her, the petempt getting up a batch of marriages you titioner, and Alexander Pattison, her lawknow would be no plan of ours; but if ful husband, such a thing did happen, let poor silly she And your petitioner will ever pray: who is caught, bear the consequences.
& BARBARA PATTISON." Again, if any of the ladies get disgusted, (as I have often been) with the sighing and TO MR. MARTHUR, ESQ. ; languishing of the gentlemen, so much the · HONORRED CUR, better--they will be so many saved from Hiving hard ass how u restituted the, fetters. Now, dear Johnny, write me if onest womand, Barbary Pattizon, to hur you will do this. The sporting season is spouze, i hops u will endivur to restitute on, and that will be a good excuse for a mi own wive to mee, fur she has runned country visit from you and your friends. awai from mee, becaise I gived hur a bit It will go hard if we don't get sport within of a clink with a shelely, to poat hur in doors as well as in the fields.
mind that i wauz her lurd and mister, • Your loving cousin,
Bi Saint Partick, she's a perfic divil, or i • MARION M'ARTHUR.' wud not hai dun it; however, i likes her P. S.- Remember this letter is merely veri well fur all that, and i finds that i written to please the above-mentioned la- cant carry on mi clothshope, in the Saltdies. By-the-bye, what do you think of market, without hur. So, honorred cur, Major F - or Captain D
if u wud call on mi bruther-in-law, Dun
M. M.' can Connachy, that is hør own brother, in • To J. M-Arthur, Esq.'
the Briggate, and just tell hur to return acgane to her lurd and mister, becaise he
he is going to use bur well in feutur, u will ! The humble petition of BARBARA PAT- oblige ure mech devotted servint, TISON to John M‘ARTHUR, Esq. hum.
• FELIX DOUCHERTY." bly showeth, .' That your petitioner is the wife of
I daresay the reader is a little sur, Alexander Pattison, farmer in Kirkintilloch--that she hath been married to the prised at these letters; but when I inasaid Alexander Pattison fourteen years
form him of the circumstances, his that, during the whole of that period, till wonder will cease. I have the misof late, she hath lived with him in loving fortune then to be exceedingly goodkindness--that in testimony thereof she natured; and from my boyhood never, hath borne him ten children and that had the heart to refuse any human eight of these said children are daugh-| ters, and that she hath, on two sundry oc
being a favour I could possibly granit." casions, blessed him with twins. Moreover, This quality has gone abroad, and has that she hath, at all times, behaved like a brought me in a legion of petitioners good, quiet, orderly wife, seldom quarrel- from all parts of the country and of ling with her hasband, the said Alexander Pattison, except when he got drunk at every sex and condition. Every morna christenings and burials.
ing, in truth, my lobby is crowded, and * Further, that the said Aletander Pat- this is what my cousin impertinently tison, her lawful husband, hath of late calls my, ' levee of beggars,' It would changed his disposition towards her, Bar- be a task utterly endless, to tell you bara Pattison, his lawful wife, and hath on the number of cases which come under one occasion, threatened to kick her-the which threat induced the said Barbara Pat- my benevolent review. Iknow not, in* tison to quit the house of her lawful hus- | heaven's name, what to do.' 'I am in band, and turn her back upon him-that a labyrinth from which it is impossible having ten children, she fears they will to contrive any escape. I frequently:: not receive proper usage and care at the bands of their lawful father---that, on this resolve to deny every favour that is account, she wishes to return home again, asked of me; but the pretty faces of and be reconciled to him—and that, with some, the eloquence of others, and"