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No summer sun trad ripened my hopes; the clouds of evening were beginning to "and the harvest in which they might have assume a duskier hue, and met many a been reaped, found them blighted and weary peasant returning homeward from withered. The fairy visions of boyhood the toils of the day. I never thought their had been dissipated the fervour of youth stare so rude, and thought they gazed upon was already frozen by disappointment, and me with more than the interest of common I almost felt the sickening of age sinking curiosity. Their glance distressed me down upon my frame, without daring to their presence broke in upon the train of hope for the pleasures of manhood, since my meditations, and went well nigh to all for which I lived, seemed to have faded dissipate the melancholy I was anxious to from my grasp. Every thing with which court. I turned into a path which went I was surrounded, furnished food for my round the village; and, in order to prolong melancholy musing ; and I walked pen- my walk, I took this circuitous route to the sively forward, in the sad and solitary en- house of my friends. Here, still all was joyment of the scene. The withered leaves silent and lonely, and my thoughts became rustled drcarily among my feet, and aye as gloomy to a degree of painfulness. My "another dropped, it vibrated on my ear previous melancholy became heightened, with a melancholy sound. The wind for I was approaching the sanctuary of whistled over my head with a gentle moan- the dead I was within a few paces of that, *ing, and swept the fragments of summer at all times interesting object, but doubly beauty softly before it. I saw the verdure more so in the present state of my feelings 'of the forest now made the sport of the -a village church-yard. breeze, and thought that the wind some- It was seated on a spot of peculiar beauty. times lifted up the rustling leaves, and Nature around it, was dressed in the garb tossed them about in very wantonness. It is of her utmost simplicity, and yet there was thus that folly sports with misfortune, and about it something venerable. The stall pride laughs over the desolation of ruin. grey church, unadorned, and of the rudest
The range of my prospect comprehended bandywork—the hamlets of the lonely pea· an open champaign country, beautifully sant, and a few tall, thinly scattered trees diversified by a variety of interesting ob- composed the group. There was a large, jects. There was a meandering river, that wide-spreading plane tree, under whose flowed in many a winding over the space shade I had often sat in boyhood; and I below me. Across it was thrown an airy now approached it to look upon the grave bridge, that added neatness to its beauty of a friend, for which its branches formed I followed the course of the stream till a a canopy. As I came near, I saw a pergentle eminence hid it from my view, and son sitting upon the neatly carved stone; then I turned my eyes to a ruined tower and the increasing darkness of the evening -once' the seat of arms—now no sound prevented me from making the discovery but the croaking of the rooks, and the till it was too late to retreat. My heart turf was fast spreading over the halls of smote me: I felt that I had intruded on revelry. I walked onward, and sighed as the sanctuary of affliction; and as he lifted I looked upon the stripped and blackened up his head, I saw pictured upon his counbranches of a plantation, and with sorrow tenance the traces of sorrow. His face upon the elegant, but methought comfort- was pale and haggard; despondency seen. less dwelling that was placed in the midst ed to be weighing down bis frame. He of it. The sight of the works of man some- scarcely seemed of middle age, but sorrow how jarred with my feelings, and I looked appeared to have made greater ravages upon upon the superb and costly pile, as a blot his countenance than time. Notwithstandupon the scene. It was the residence of ing his woe-begone looks, enhanced per. wealth and pride, and I turned my eyes haps hy the darkness that was fast spreading away. I had not advanced far before the around us, he exhibited features of great streams of curling smoke, which I saw expressiona complexion uncommonly ascending, reminded me that the village to dark-quick, large hazel eyes, that seemed which I wished to go, was almost at hand. capable of glancing fire, but now bedimI rather wished to shun the haunts of man. med with sorrow-eye brows uncommonly So isolated had my thought been from the dark, and finely arched. All this I had world, that I cared not to hasten to the an opportunity of seeing. I was struck kind embrace of the relatives that were with his appearance, and stood still. I waiting to receive me. I approached, as 'heard him sigh. He spoke, and his voice rushed upon my ear with the accents of a well, and trembled. He was indeed above friend. • Austin !' I exclaimed, and in- disguise; and she knew him not so much stantly I felt the grasp of one whom I had from what she saw of his conduct, as from not seen for six long years, and whom I what he himself told her, when deploring had fancied dead. The joy of our meeting the influence of his unhappy temper. was damped, soon as we had leisure to re- His candour gave her hope ; and while flect, on the spot on which it had taken she lamented the exceeding warmth of place. • Why,' says Austin, should I his temperament, she did much to corhave returned to my native land ? In rect it. She really had much power my sojourn with strangers, there was but over him; and I anticipated from their one image that haunted my soul the connexion much remaining happiness to thought of my Jessie, and the displeasure my friends But the violence of his in which we parted—that displeasure temper frequently burst the bonds of which drove me from my home, and which prudence and restraint, and nullified all continued to depress my spirits. Still her her efforts. Still she bore with him image cheered me amid all the ills of life; -applied many gentle corrections, and and fondly I cherished the idea that I tried to make him happy. I knew that a might yet return, and that again we might rupture had taken place between them, immeet in peace; but it is all over, and mediately before the departure of Austin; nought now remains for me but to weep but well as I knew him, I never imagined over her grave.'
that the one was the cause of the other. On the spot where we now stood, was I saw Jessie frequently after the departure buried a young lady whom Austin had of Austin; and the circumstances which loved; and with whom I knew he had she told me had led to the breach between quarrelled immediately before his departure. them, I might have imagined capable of The circuinstances under which he went rousing the irascible nature of my friend; away, were a mystery to his friends—he but could scarcely imagine that they would only made arrangements for the remittance have led to more serious results. His dea: of the income of his patrimony to North parture, I was inclined to attribute to some America-no one knew the cause of his other cause—his silence was inexplicable. disappearance, and no word had ever been I saw that the lovely and accomplished heard of him. However, I rejoiced at his Jessie mourned over his waywardness, and return, and endeavoured to soothe his sighed in sorrow for his fate. Notwithgrief; but all my efforts at consolation standing her knowledge of Austin's nature, only made his wounds bleed afresh. she had fondly thought she might be happy • No!' says he, it is all in vain. The with him, and would willingly have under. reasons of my departure were known to no taken the task of making his better nature one; and none can know the agony which triumph over his passion. By his sudden a reflection on the rash step has occasioned disappearance, all her hopes were blasted.
I acted from the impulse of blind she at last sunk under it; and two years impetuous passion-and bitterly bave I afterwards she fell the victim of premature lived to repent it.'
decay. I had known Austin well. Hehad been When I looked upon Austin, and saw my school-fellow, and he afterwards, be- his grief, every feeling of resentment for came my friend. He was possessed of the folly of his conduct vanished, I but many amiable qualities, but passionate and mourned the result of his rashness, and enirritable to the highest degree. When his deavoured to soothe his woe. I led him feelings were roused, he became ungovern- away from the spot coupled with so many able ; alike lieedless of the dictates of his melancholy associations. He did nothing own reason, or the counsels of his friends. but sigh-he turneda melancholy look upon I had often cause to lament this foible of it as we passed away, and uttered a broken a noble mind, and more than once warned exclamation. I once thought she loved, him of the danger. But it was all in vain. he at last said, “and when the severity with He was carried along, the sport of passions; which she treated me, made me believe she and a circumstance often agitated his soul did not, there was nothing in life worth with the fury of the tempest, that would living for. I fed from the home of my not have rulled the surface of a firmer bo- fathers, and became an exile. I have crossom. He loved, and his love was returned; sed the ocean-I have traversed deserts but the object of his affection knew him I have plunged into forests, wild and un
known-I have climbed the mountain, and, horror-my hopes and joys all fled. No made myself dizzy on the brink of the pre- longer loved by my Jessie, I seized my cipice, as well as endeavoured to drown pen, and poured out the full tide of my my care amid the din of riot and dissipa- indignation. I told her that she might tion ; but my brain was burned up my have excluded me from her love, but that spirits were harassed and consumed ; but our long intimacy might at least have enstill I loved her-her image still haunted titled me to the respect of friendship, and me, and peace no where was mine. I re- protected me from insult; but that since turned my pride was bent; and I was it had not done so, I abjured her for ever, determined to humble myself before her. Sure she did not know the sacrifice that it Would to God I had done it before I went cost me: I did not know it myself—it was away !-But I thought she had insulted the frustration of my fondly cherished ' and spurned me, I thought she could not hopes, and was the death blow of my peace. have loved me, and treated me thus se- Well do I remember the answer she reverely; but O! why did I not become a turned-it was full of that dignity and in. suppliant at her feet-I must have melted dependance which were the finest features in her to compassion.' As he spoke his looks her character. She requested me to burn became wild; but we walked slowly for it, but I preserved it in my hosom, and ward, and he became more calm. He have often blotted it with my tears. li, then told me, that his resentment had been and a small ringlet of her hair, which I roused by the severity with which Jessie stole when she was all unconscious of what had treated one of his slight indiscretions. I did, have been my only solace in adver. I told him that she had done it for his sity, and they are all that now remains of good ; that it was only one of her attempts her. She told me that she had reviewed to tame his spirit. She returned your love, her conduct, and could not discover where Austin-she was constant and sincere she had acted wrong; that she must ever you sported with her feelings, while she consider the manner in which I had acted was fondly endeavouring to mollify yours. as extremely rude-that she could not soShe loved you to the last, and she breathed licit the return of a friendship I had seen her spirit away in a prayer for your wel it fit to withdraw on so slight an occasion ; fare. He gave a convulsive sob. • Obut, she added, that the person who would God,' be exclaimed; and shook with the call himself her friend, and at the sanie violence of his agitation. •W-m,' he time trample on all the forms of friendship, said, '' hear me, I knew that I had incur- was unworthy of that place. On the rered her displeasure -I knew it, and was ceipt of this, I became delirious. In six willing to bear it. There was one evening, days the shores of my native land were fast just as I had my hat in my hand to go and fading from my view and it was but visit her, and with my mind made up to yesterday that witnessed my return.' bear her reproof, I received from her a Austin seemed to be relieved of a load card which I thought contained a stern as soon as he had ceased speaking. He and severe' reprobation of my conduct.-spoke with difficulty—I felt him becoming Well do I remember the night. It was more and more feeble, I thought from fxthat night I had refused to accompany you tigue. I got him conveyed to the house to a scene of festivity, for I had intended of my friend, and then saw that disease to spend it with my Jessie. I instantly was preying upon his frame. He never rushed into your presence-you saw my again rose from the bed in which he was agitation; but I refused to explain the placed a violent fever boiled in his veins.
What a night we spent : well in- In fourteen days he was buried on the deed did I merit the appellation you gave spot where we met, after having bequeathme of madman-but I was wretched tilled the remnant of his little patrimony to my senses were lost in the delirium of in- the mother of his Jessie. toxication. I awoke to the reality of my Denny, October, 1822.
Scottish Kings, from Fergus 1. apTM JAMES VI.
peared to welcome him as the living ENTRANCE INTO EDINBURGH.
representative of their manifold virtue. The entrance of James into his ca- ;, pital, was celebrated by a splendid
i'de pageant; the style of which, probably
THE UNCALLED AVENGER. contributed not a little to give a fixed ascendancy to that inherent vanity of AN AUTHENTIC ANECDOTE, RELATED BY M. character, of the effects of which OLDECOP, OF ST. PETERSBURG. Buchanan was so justly apprehensive. The return of the victorious RusAs he entered the West Port, a party sian army, which had conquered Finof masks, representing a deputation of land, under the command of General the wise men of the east, hailed him Buxhovden, was attended with a ciras a second Solomon come to bless cumstance which, it is true, has at all the Nations. The story of the two times been usual in the train of large women striving for the child was then arınies, but which naturally took place represented, to signify to the people to a much greater extent in these high the surprising wisdom which they northern latitudes, where the hand of might expect to find in the decrees of man has so imperfectly subdued the their young sovereign. As he ad- original savageness of the soilo Whole vanced, Love presented him with the droves of famished bears and wolves keys of the city; Peace harangued him followed the troops on their return to in the language of Arcadlia; Plenty offer- the south, to feed on the chance prey ed him congratulations in that of Cam- afforded by the carcases of the artilpania ; and Justice, as a more home- lery and baggage horses that dropped bred deity, told him, in plain Scotch, on the road. In consequence of this,
how unco glad she was to see him.' the province of Esthonia, to which His Majesty then repaired to St. Giles's several regiments directed their march, church, where Religion made a solemn was so overrun with these animals, as address to him in Hebrew; after greatly to endanger the safety of trawhich, a worthy divine expounded, in vellers. Hence, in a single circle of a short sermon of two hours and a the government, no less than forty perhalf, the causes, circumstances, and sons of different ages were enumerated, consequences of the distressed state of who had been devoured during the the kingdom of Israel, that is to say, winter by these ravenolis beasts. It the modern kingdom of Israel, in- became hazardous to venture alone habited by that chosen people of God, and unarmed into the uninhabited parts the Scotch. After serinan, his majesty of the country; nevertheless, an Esrepaired to the market cross, where he thonian countrywoman boldly underfound Bacchus bestriding a hogshead, took a journey to a distant relation, and distributing bumpers of wine
among not only without any male companion, the people, while the trumpets sound- but with three children, the youngest ed, and the multitude helped to rend of which was still at the breast. A the air with shouts. The King then light sledge, drawn by one horse, redescended the High-street, towards ceived the little party; the way was the ancient palace of Holyrood ; as he narrow, but well beaten, the snow on entered which, the shades of all the each side deep and impassable, and to turn back, without danger of sticking infant to her heaving bosom, she fast, not to be thought of.
casts a look on her boy, four years The first half of the journey was old, who crowds closer and eloser to passed without accident. The road her knee : But, dear mother, I am now ran along the skirts of a pine good, am not I? You will not throw forest, when the traveller suddenly me into the snow, like the bawler ? perceived a suspicious noise behind — And yet! and yet!' cried the her. Casting back a look of alarm, wretched woman, in the wild tumult she saw a troop of wolves trotting of despair— Thou art good, but God along the road, the number of which is merciful Away! The dreadful her fears hindered her from estimating. deed was done. To escape the furies
To escape by flight is her first thought; that raged within her, the woman and, with unsparing whip, she urges exerted herself, with powerless lash, into a gallop the horse, which itself to accelerate the gallop of the exhaustsnuffs the danger. Soon a couple of ed horse. With the thick and gloomy the strongest and most hungry of the forest before and behind her, and the beasts appear at her side, an seem nearer and nearer tramping of her disposed to stop the way. Though ravenous pursuers, she almost sinks their intention seems to be only to under hier anguish ; only the recollecattack the horse, yet the safety both of tion of the infant that she holds in her the mother and of the children depends arms—only the desire to save it, ocon the preservation of the animal. cupies her heart, and with difficulty
The danger raises its value ; it seems enables it to bear up. She did not entitled to claim for its preservation venture to luok behind her. All at an extraordinary sacrifice. As the once, two rough paws are laid on her mariner throws overboard his richest shoulders, and the wide open bloody treasures to appease the raging waves, jaws of an enormous wolf hung over so here has necessity reached a height her head. It is the most ravenous at which the emotions of the heart are beast of the troop, which having partly dumb before the dark commands of missed its leap at the sledge, is dragged instinct iş the latter alone suffers the along with it, in vain seeking with its unhappy woman to act in this dis- hinder legs for a resting place, to entress. She seizes her second child, able it to get wholly on to the frail whose bodily intiranities have often vehicle. The weight of the body of made it an object of anxious care, the monster draws the woman backwhose cry even now offends her ear, wards-her arms rise with the child : and threatens to whet the appetite of half torn from her, half abandoned, it the blood-thirsty monsters—she seizes becomes the prey of the ravening beast, it with an involuntary motion, and which hastily carries it off into the before the mother is conscious of forest. Exhausted, stunned, sensewhat she is doing, it is cast out and less, she drops the reins, and continues enough of the horrid tale! The last her journey, ignorant whether she is cry of the victim still sounded in her delivered from her pursuers. ear, when she discovered that the Meantime the forest grows thinner, troop, which had remained some mi-- and an insulated farm-house, to which nutes behind, again closely pressed on a side road leads, appears at a moderthe sledge. The anguish of her soul ate distance. The horse, left to itself, increases, for again the murder-breath- follows this new path: it enters through ing forms are at her side. Pressing the an open gate ; panting and foaining, it