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tions of mishaps that have occurred to my A tear stood in Mr. Lyndhurst's eye, as predecessors who left their country home he grasped the hand of his old friend; and broad acres to enjoy the pleasures of and after some further conversation, they London. One in particular returned to separated,--the Squire to renew the battle Windmere, after a three months' absence, of argument with Mrs. Davis, on the prowith a broken leg, but I happen to know priety of going to London, and Mr. Lynd. that this was caused by a kick from his hurst to pay a visit to the clergyman of own horse, which might have happened the parish, with whom he was on terms of in this village as well as anywhere else. great friendship, and to confide to him the My servants shake their heads as I pass, secrets of his heart. Meanwhile we must and sigh as though I was about to leave return to Ellen, who, supposing the Squire the world instead of merely travelling a had business matters to arrange with her hundred miles.”
father, had left them to call upon a few But, interposed Mr. Lyndhurst, poor dependents, who lived in the neigh“ have you considered that at your age bouring cottages, to administer to their you may experience some discomfort ?” necessities, and to shed in their rooms the “ Tush, man,
" exclaimed the Squire, cheerful light of consolation. Sweet and “what are these in comparison to the en- touching were the words that fell from joyment I shall feel in surprising Charles her lips, at the bedside of the sick; kind with my presence when he least expects and encouraging were her remarks to the it? I may perhaps see the dear boy on young, who crowded eagerly around to the platform, advocating with all the attract her notice. All blessed and loved warmth of his honest heart the claims of her. The gray-headed man bent with the destitute. I may hear the applauding years, and looking with calm hope to a voices of thousands hail the name of Lang- speedy rest from toil and suffering, hailed ford, and bless the speaker. Talk of petty her as the type on earth of the minister. inconveniences, why a scene like this ing spirits in heaven. The stalwart sons would repay them a thousand times." of the village as they gazed respectfully
“ Have you heard lately from your on her pure and beautiful countenance, nephew ?”
felt the glow that nerved their peasant No, I have not, and this makes me fathers, to protect those they loved ; more desirous of accomplishing my pur- and would have united at her slightest pose. Charles is doubtless a man of energy bidding, to render her service. The and action in the good cause, and as such matrons of Windmere called their daugh. his time must be quite absorbed. Butters to the door as she passed, and pointed still he should have some regard for the to her as a model of all that is excellent ancient house he will soon be called in woman, and worthy of imitation ; and upon to represent. I want to see him , followed thus by the benedictions of all, married, Lyndhurst. The boy will make the gentle maiden passed onwards with a a glorious husband for Ellen, for he is full lighter step to her dwelling, communing of noble, manly aspirations.".
with her thoughts, and reading occasion“I have been thinking, Squire, about ally from a volume she held in her hands. this union; and there is only one thing that “ Certainly,” she said, emerging from militates against my conscience, and that the village into the hill-side road, leading is the small sum my daughter will receive to the cottage, “the most exquisite pleafrom me as her wedding portion.”
sure that can be realized is that of doing “Not one word more on the matter, my good. It seems to me as if the mother good friend,” exclaimed the Squire warmly, who gave her life for mine accompanied
why a girl like Ellen is worth the Indies me on these visits, for I feel an approvto any man ? besides, have I not a super- ing voice within, which tells me that I am fuity of wealth? Do not my estates in- pursuing what she would have done, had crease from year to year; and have I not she survived. I am thus fulfilling a sacred already said that Charles is my heir,--with duty, although perhaps not so zealously only one proviso ; which is that he marries as I should How exquisitely does the dear girl in whom we are both so greatly George Herbert express this feeling, when interested ?"
A TALE FOR THE YOUNG.
To water these.
" If as a flower doth spread and die,
“ONLY ONCE." Before I were by frost's extremity
Nipt in the bud; The sweetness and the praise were thine; One evening, towards the close of DeBut the extension and the room,
cember, the family of Dr. Walton sat in Which in thy garland I should fill, were mine At thy great doom.
their pleasant parlour, conversing on the
anticipated pleasures of the coming holiPor as thou dost impart thy grace,
day. A ride was suggested by one, a The greater shall our glory be; The measure of our joys is, in this place,
party by another, and but one dissenting The good with thee.
voice was heard. Let me not languish, then, and spend
“ Father,” said Henry, “I wish you A life as barren to thy praise
would let me go with William Miles and As is the dust, to which that life doth tend, But with delays.
the other boys to Long Pond to skate."
“And pray who may the other boys All things are busy: only I
be ?” asked his father, laughing. Neither bring honey with the bees, Nor flowers to make that, nor the husbandry
“Why, father, Charles Ellis, Adams,
Philip Hall, and the rest." I am no link of thy great chain,
“Philip Hall is not very good company; But all my company is a weed.
and I fear the rest,' with the exception Lord ! place me in thy concert; give one strain To my poor reed."
of Charles and Adams, are of the same
class. I am willing to gratify you, but I “But,” continued Ellen, as she closed do not wish you to associate with bad boys." the book and resumed her soliloquy, “if “But let me go, father, only once," I cannot do much myself, I may obtain pleaded Henry. “We shall have such a in Charles an active coadjutor. How fine time, and I should be so disappointed delightful it will be for us to concert if I do not go.” plans for the welfare of our poor neigh- Dr. Walton had one weak point of bours, to establish schools, and rescue character. He was one of those indolent, children, now wandering in ignorance and ease-loving persons so often to be met, destitution, from the darkness in which and being very indulgent with his children, they are plunged. No idle moments for he frequently yielded his better judgment us, every day and hour employed in some to their solicitations. Henry knew his good work; and who knows,” added the father's failing; and with the requisite enthusiastic girl, her features beaming amount of coaxing, obtained, as usual, the with tenderness and sympathy, “but we wished for consent. may become the benefactors, not merely New Year's day came, and Henry set of a simple village, but of communities, – off to enjoy his expected pleasures. A the inciters of those who may hereafter large number of boys were assembled, the regenerate society !”
majority of whom were of that class who, Her meditations were abruptly inter- if not really bad boys, were not very prorupted at this moment by the approach of fitable companions. Henry heard their a servant from the house, bearing a letter. conversation with surprise, and as an oath Ellen glanced at the address; and seeing or a rude jest mingled with their discourse, it was in her cousin's handwriting, retired his cheek reddened with indignation ; but to her chamber to read the contents at before long the same expressions fell less greater leisure. The reader is already jarringly on his ear. acquainted with the purport of this com- At noon refreshments were brought, munication. The effect of it, upon the and the boys, with a keen appetite, preheroine of our story, shall be related in pared to partake. “Let us say grace," another chapter.
said Philip Hall; and he mockingly com(Continued at page 211.)
“O don't, Philip!” exclaimed Henry,
now really shocked, while a loud and Love that has nothing but beauty to jeering laugh followed his interposition. keep it in good health, is short-lived, and To the infinite surprise of Henry, apt to have ague fits.--Erasmus.
| Charles Ellis, and several others, a bottle
of liquor was produced; but they positively parents were now on a visity and her refused to taste a drop, and their example brother, released from the nominal control was followed by nearly all the boys. of his father, plunged into dissipation
Night came; and though no accident more than ever. had happened to interrupt their pleasure, Henry,” said she one evening after yet Henry felt there was something un- tea, “I am very busy this evening, and I pleasant associated with the remembrance wish you would read to me from this book, of that day.
with which I am so delighted." Henry Well, my son," said his father, when seated himself, and commenced reading he returned, “how have you spent the “Newton's Letters, but in a short time he
laid down the book, saying, "I cannot stay “Oh, father," replied Henry, "we have longer, Adaline; I have an engagement." had such glorious sport on the ice and Adaline laid her hand tenderly on her down the hill. I wish you had been there brother's shoulder, and said, " Do, dear to see us."
brother, stay at home to-night ; I am very “ Then you have been really happy ?” lonely without you. 'Oh, my brother, “Why, father, there
could a love as deep and pure as ever things" and Henry hesitated a' moment, sister felt, win you back to your home and then added, "you know you said some joys, mine should be that love.. of the boys were not very good com- Henry's lip quivered, and a tear came pany; but I kept with. Edgar Fergy andy in his eye; but repressing his feelings he Charles Ellis."
replied, “ But I promised to go, sister ; “Well, I am glad you spent the day so you would not have me break my word ? " pleasantly," returned his father. But “Oh, no, Henry, if your word was; Henry felt far from being satisfied, especi- pledged with good intentions, and in the ally when his sister Adaline told him of performance of duty, I would not chide you, their beautiful ride, and their visit to a brother ; but I fear it is for no good you. *** friend, whose green-house was filled with would leave me alone to-night. But you rare plants in blossom and beautiful clus-shall judge if the love you feel for your ters of ripe fruit.
associates is greater and purer than that Time passed, and Henry having once you bear your sister.” associated with those whom he should Henry leaned his head upon his hand, have avoided, found it easy to meet them in evident deliberation. His sister had again.
often pleaded with him before, but this time I To avoid the difficulty of persuading there was something so kind and touching his father, Henry would sometimes steal in her manner it overcame his resolution, away from home and join his comrades, and raising his head at length, he said, "I whose oaths were now quite familiar, and will stay, Adaline.” whose slang expressions he could unblush- How many times in after life did Henry ingly use.
Walton bless his sister for that evening. It was a beautiful thought of the fable-The party with whom he was to meet loving ancients, that each person has a called for-a supper abone of the hotels, guardian angel that attends him through and in payment passed counterfeit money. life, deserting him not, even in danger and | The following day they were arrested and in evil , but guiding and supporting him sent to jail; and at their
Hall to the end of his life. Such a guardian had and three others were sentenced to prison, Henry Walton in the person of his sister. and the rest, though acquitted, bore the
Adaline Walton was some three years ( ignominy of a felon's companion. older than her brother, and was very Henry, more thoroughly aroused to a different from him in character. For a sense of danger, reformed, and never after long time she had seen with intense pain, did he give way to the temptation of the course which her brother was pursuing, vicious company. Only once 57 associatand as another winter came, with its long ing with evil, had almost proved his ruin, and monotonous evenings, and Henry still and yielding to the persuasion of his joined his wild companions, she resolved sister, only once" had - saved him from to rescue him before it was too late. Her i disgrace.
OME IS WHERE THERE'S ONE TO
e's not merely four square walls,
With banners by great gales incessant fann'd
Brighter than brightest silks of Samarcand,
Upon thy bridge of gold: thy royal hand
Outstretch'd with benedictions o'er the land, Blessing the farms through all thy vast domain. Thy shield is the red harvest-moon suspended
So long beneath the heaven's o'erhanging eaves; Thy steps are by the farmer's prayers attended;
Like flames upon the altar shine the sheavesAnd following thee in thine ovation splendid, Thine almoner, the wind, scatters the golden
THE RETURN OF YOUTH.
BY WILLIAM C. BRYANT. MY CHILDHOOD'S HOME. tasted each varied pleasure,
My friend, thou sorrowest for thy golden prime,
For thy fair youthful years too swift of flight; I drunk of the cup of delight; ? danced to the gayest measure
Thou musest with wet eyes upon the time
Of cheerful hopes that fill'd the world with he halls of dazzling light;
light, dwelt in a blaze of splendour I stood in the courts of kings ;
Years when thy heart was bold, thy hand was
strong, snatch'd at each toy that could render
And prompt thy tongue the generous thought le rapid the flight of Time's wings.
to speak, ainly I've sought for joy or peace,
And willing faith was thine, and scorn of wrong hat life of light and shade;
Summon's the sudden crimson to thy cheek. turn with a sigh to my own dear home home where my childhood play'd.
Thou lookest forward on the coming days,
Shuddering to feel their shadow o'er thee creep; jewels are sparkling round me, dazzling with their rays,
A path, thick-set with changes and decays,
Slopes downward to the place of common sleep: p for the ties that bound me
And they who walk'd with thee in life's first stage, ife's first early days.
Leave one by one thy side, and, waiting near, for one of the sunny hours,
Thou seest the sad companions of thy age day was turn'a to night:
Dull love of rest, and weariness and fear. le of my nosegays of fresh wild flowers, ead of those jewels bright.
Yet grieve thou not, nor think thy youth is gone. when I gaze on the scentless buds
Nor deem that glorious season e'er could die. ch never can bloom or fade;
Thy pleasant youth, a little while withdrawn, turn with a sigh to those gay green fields —
Waits on the horizon of a brighter sky: home where my childhood play'd.
Waits, like the morn, that folds her wing and
Till the slow stars bring back her dawning hour; THE LAW DIVINE. (ad eft
Waits, like the vanish'd spring, that slumbering
bides Say not the law Divine
| Her own sweet time to waken bud and flower. den from thee, and afar removed; That law within would shine,,
There shall he welcome thee, when thou shalt re its glorious light were sought and loved.u
stand Soar not on high,
On his bright morning hills, with smiles more 1
bigweet šk who thence shall bring it down to earth, That vaulted sky
Than when at first he took thee by the hand, no such star, didst thou but know its worth. Through the fair earth to lead thy tender feet.
He shall bring back, but brigh*er, broader still, Nor launch thy bark
Life's early glory to thine eyes again, ich thereof upon a shoreless sea, :) Shall clothe thy spirit with new strength, and fill Which has no ark,
Thy leaping heart with warmer love than then. ive to bring this olive-branch to thee Then do not roam
Hast thou not glimpses, in the twilight here,
Of mountains where immortal morn prevails? trch of that which wandering cannot win. Comes there not, through the silence, to thine ear At home at home!
A gentle murmur of the morning gales, word is placed thy mouth and heart within.
That sweep the ambrosial groves of that bright Oh! seek it there!
shore, to its teachings with devoted will;
And thence the fragrance of its blossoms bear, Watch unto prayer,
And voices of the loved ones gone before, in the power of faith that law fulfil.
More musical in that celestial air?
The following account of the famous , confided to him by Thomas Winter, one Gunpowder Conspiracy, extracted from of the conspirators, with whom he set sail some rare documents, may not be unac. for England ; shortly after the undertak. ceptable to our readers at the present | ing was made known to Robert Catesby, season of the year.
Thomas Percy, and John Wright, when It appears that the first intimation of all the five consulted together, on the most the purposed conspiracy was communi- efficient means of executing a plot against cated to Guido Fawkes, an officer in the the state, each becoming bound by an Spanish service, then in the low countries, oath of secresy, sworn upon the Evangelwho was stated to be a fit man both for ists, which was rendered still more binding counsel and execution, of whatsoever by the administration of the sacramento should be resolved upon. The secret was. During these consultations, after various