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Day and night, and night and day,

way led through green lanes, bordered on either side Time, the mower, will not stay :

by noble trees, loaded with ripe fruit of various tints We may hear him in our path, By the falling barley-swath :

and hues : apples lay in heaps upon the ground, While we sing with spirits blithe,

ready for removing to the cyder-mill; and, though We may hear his ringing scythe.

neither cottages nor farm-houses met the view for

a considerable distance, so plentiful were they that Time, the mower, cits down all,

none remained to watch them. At length a turn High and low, and great and small :

in the road brought us within view of one of Fear him not ; for we will grow Ready, like the field we mow

those cottage-homes which are the pride of EngLike the bending barley, lithe,

land, where a range of bee-hives and a garden Ready for Time's whetted scythe.

filled with flowers tell of plenty and security.

An orchard adjoined the garden ; and the cottager, When the stubble-fields are cleared, and the having climbed a richly-laden tree, was carefully loaded waggon is driven, with loud shouts, into gathering the choicest fruit, wbile his wife assisted the farmer's yard; when, too, the sheaves are her boys in shaking the branches of contiguous safely housed in the barn, where the bright warm trees, with long poles. Down came the apples in sun tints them with a golden bue, then comes the showers upon the grass ; and, when they had harvest-home. Harvest-home! What pleasing ceased falling, young children came joyfully to associations are blended with those words! They collect them into heaps. This simple wayside bring, perchance, before the mental view of many

scere was one of exceeding beauty : it brought to a lone dweller in crowded cities the same old my remembrance days long past, when I watched farm-house, with its gable end and rows of with childish glee the shaking down of apples, pigeon-holes, its crowded elms, and the ceaseless and the carrying them in large baskets to a rustic cawing, of the sable brotherhood. And what cyder-mill, which stood on the verge of a large more cheerful than the reality of such a well. orchard ; and I remember it the more vividly be. remembered scene ! Busy, bustling troops of cause that mill was worked by a dumb man, with fowls and turkeys, geese and pintadoes, throng whom a kind of mysterious awe was connected, around the open door, where the farmer's wife and in consequence of a wild and terrible story that merry damsels scrub and sing, and make all ready pertained to his young days. Few among the for the promised feast: village children return village children liked to go near him—no, not even from out the fields, with baskets filled with pop- the most dauntless youths, such even as boasted pies, and meadow-sweets, marjorams, and wild that they could pass through the churchyard when bazils, golden-coloured corn, sow-thistles, and the tall white tombstones stood forth in the bright yellow goats-beards, with which to deck the moonbeams; and I question whether the finest Hearth-stone. Lastly come the harvest-men, ac- fruit would not have been perfectly safe, though companied by their wives and children, passing laid in heaps beside the mill, when worked by old in due order through the ample door-way, and Robin. ranging on either side the long oak tables. This Look towards the church tower, should you ancient festivity, still honoured in its observance have one contiguous, but, if not, to some cottagethrough many parts of Britain, is one to which roof, for the assembling of the swallow people. the farming-men look forward throughout the The swift went bence in August; and now, when year, and concerning which old people love to additional constellations are added to those of speak when their work is done ; eras in the pea- last month, and stars seen dimly heretofore begin sant's unvaried life-way-marks, from which to to sparkle in the immensity of space, the hirunreckon marriages, and births, and christenings, dines are all in motion. Their arrival in the and the laying to rest of aged ones beneath the spring was hailed with joy ; and a feeling of reshadow of the old grey church. Often, too, are gret mingles with their going hence, although higher thoughts awakened in the reapers? minds, their nimble evolutions form an interesting feawhen listening to the harvest-shout, which tells ture in the present month, and none are more that the grain is sheltered in the garner. This amusing in the little world of rural sights by which ancient custom prevails in the west of England. we are surrounded. They congregate as if in serious Equally solemn and affecting, it recalls to mind consultation : a looker-on might almost fancy that the almonition of the prophet, to beware lest the older and more experienced were giving coun. any should remain ungathered when the shouting sel to the younger ; but in a moment resound for the summer fruits and for the harvest is fallen. loud twitterings; and away they fly, wheeling in

The gathering of apples and making them into sportive circles, or darting to some distance, and cyder forms another era in the history of Sep- then perching on the roof. Thus they deliberate tember. An apple orchard is beautiful both in and exercise their wings, till he who rises in the spring and autumn. The pure white or delicate morning, and goes forth to observe their agile pink of its early blossoms is unrivalled ; and, movements, sees them no more in their accustomed when the drooping branches are covered with places of resort. The old church tower is deserted, ripe fruit, how goodly is the appearance which and lonely looks the cottage roof where their jet they present! Brown russets and spice apples, wings were contrasted with the yellow lichens and with bright streaks, golden pippins and winter bright houseleek. They pass unseen from the rennets, hang ready to the hand; and often do shores of Britain--for no one has yet observed the loaded boughs require propping with strong them -- traversing the fields, and speeding over the stakes, lest they should break down with wide sea, without chart or compass. No trees their own weight. Passing, some years since, grow beside their course, neither shrubs nor through ibat part of Devonshire which abounds Howers to serve as way-marks remembered in their with orchards, at the time of apple gathering, our beauty and uprising ; nor yet the mellow tints of

autumn tinging one tree, then another, as when and the sere and yellow leaves boded of frosts and last they left the shores of Britain : boundless space chilling winds. is round them, the roar of waves below them; yet, nothing daunted, they still press on. They nei

Methought a voice thus answered low, ther linger, as at a fault, nor lose their way, but

By Hollwell's deep and silent flow: halt occasionally at such islands or quiet resting

O list my words, vain, erring manplaces as suit their purpose, and then fly off again.

For thus the gentle voice began

Who thinks, because the sun is low, * This cometh of the Lord, who careth for all that

And deep and dark the torrents flow, he has made."

And summer's last loved rose is gone, Different species migrate also at the same time,

And warbling birds from dale or burn,

That I, a lone and orphan flower, but without exciting equal interest. Siskins and

Child of this drear and joyless hour, white-throats, wood, reed, and grasshopper-larks

Must sink before the chastening blast, desert their accustomed haunts, and fly to other

When murky clouds are gathering fast : lands : willow-wrens and flycatchers, blackcaps, That mighty hand which placed on high and pettichaps, ring-ouzels, wheatears, and waxen

The glittering stars that stud the sky;

And those, the seven fair isles of light, chatterers are departing from the woods and fields : we hear no longer their pleasant voices; and very

So purely, spiritually bright,

Which shine as if nor care nor sin solitary seem the places which they used to en

Could find a place their realms withinliven.

That mighty hand has placed me here, But the fieldfare (turdus pilaris) is come back,

Child of the pale, descending year;

Witness, that neither sleet nor rain, with large companies of the common rock or wild

Nor stern winds eddying o'er the plain, pigeon (columba ænas); the one feeding on haws

Can harm the little orphan flower, and berries, and spreading over the meadows in

Sustained in weakness by his power. search of food ; the other frequenting woods and sheltered places, beside streams of water. Their arrival announces that change of leaf which gives to September and October their own peculiar

THE OLD MAN'S CHILD. beauty. Leaves of the cherry become red, those of the willow hoary : the oak and elm, the ash

No. III. and maple, assume different tints of orange and yellow; while in woods the plane present, that “We shall never see her again,” were the first sober hue which mellows the gorgeous beauty of words addressed to me by the farmer, on our its sister trees.

meeting some days after Kitty's departure; “ never Uprising from among the grass appears the see her again,” he repeated, still more mournfully. meadow-saffron (colchicum autumnale) or tube- “Never is a long time,” I replied, in a cheerful root; that orphan flower, which has neither leaf tone of voice, wishing to drive away the cloud of nor calyx to defend it from the nightly cold; when gloomy sadness which hung upon his brow. too the sun begins to decline in the ecliptic, and “Ay, sir, so it is," he answered; “and it will the soft south wind is rarely felt. Those who de- be a very long time before I see my child again, or light in observing the wonders of creation may I am much mistaken: I feel as if we should never do well to consider the admirable formation of this meet again this side of death, sir.” simple plant. The seed-vessel is enclosed within “Should such be God's good pleasure, Kyle, the bulbous root, and buried at least ten inches your duty will be to bow unmurmuringly to his beneath the ground. A long slender purple tube, will ; but there is no need to meet sorrow half way, which forms the blossom, encloses within its petals you know; so why not hope for better things ?” styles of a peculiar construction and great length, “Hope, sir! hope is not for the old : I've extending even to the seed ; and of this the cause hoped, and been disappointed too often to have is obvious. The colchicum flowers late, and is your lightsome spirit, Mr. Relton: there's noconsequently unable to perfect its seeds before the thing like that, sir-nothing like disappointment setting-in of winter. This important office is there for crushing one.” fore carried on at a depth inaccessible to frost. “Come, come,” I said, “ this is not right ; you Another year, and numerous egg-shaped capsules are giving way to the discontented feelings which may be seen among the grass in that lovely mea- the loss of your daughter's society have aroused dow which rises vividly before me, with its clear in your breast : your troubles, you must confess, trout-stream and skirting wood, where first I saw Kyle, have as yet been few and light; and you do the meadow-saffron : those capsules contain in- not look like one crushed by the burden of disnumerable pearl-shaped seeds, which ripen when appointed hopes," I added, laughing, as I glanced exposed to the influence of air and light, and be at his strong-built frame and ruddy cheek, which come perfected in July and August, at which time had lost none of its healthful hue, although time the capsules open longitudinally, and the seeds are had well bleached his hair, and he “went for an scattered to the earth.

old man” among his neighbours. He observed Those orphan flowers, thus blooming beneath my glance, and could not forbear smiling at its September suns, and visited by chilling winds, meaning: awoke within me thoughts, which, although else- “ Well, well,” he said; “I believe you are where embodied, I may perhaps be allowed to right, sir : my life has been an easy one until now; associate with the mention of September. They but there is no denying that the loss of any child is were suggested by thinking how solitary seemed a real trouble ; and she is lost to me, Mr. Relton.” that flower, unfolding when most others were “ Let us trust that she may one day be restored about to close, when all summer's birds were gone, to you, Kyle,” I said. “In the mean while may


not the sorrow which the separation causes you be he could bear any trial well but the one which God salutary in its effects ? Should it not lead you to ordains for him. Such a feeling makes the mourner review your past life, and that of your child, and not only miserable, but a murmurer also, against to reflect on your conduct with regard to her? the all-wise Dispenser of good and evil. Never, I You cannot but be aware that had she behaved as do entreat you, Kyle-never say that, had you not a dutiful daughter,” I continued, “a child of God, this or that sorrow, you could bear any other and a true member of the church into which by better : it is a dangerous and a wicked feeling baptism she was admitted, she would still be with which prompts the utterance of such words.” you: think, then, whether the training you have During this conversation I had been walking given Kitty was likely to make her either a good beside Kyle's horse, up the lane leading from daughter or a good Christian.”

Elford to Elm End, and, as I finished speaking, “There is no denying, sir, that in the matter we came in sight of the prim-looking yew trees, of her marriage she has not done well either by which, carved into pyramids, bounded and seemed her mother or me; but I do not see why we are to to guard the farm-house garden on that side. suffer for her faults, and to be blamed as the Kyle pointed to them, saying: “We are close cause of them also. Kitty had a good education, home, you see, sir : you will step in, and see my and was kept regularly to her church : what more wife, won't you? You'll find her more your way could we have done for her?”

of thinking about Kitty than she ever was before; “In the first place, you might have prayed for much more than I can bring myself to be, sir.” her," I replied, perhaps a little pointedly.

“I am glad to hear it," I replied; "and, if you Kyle started, and answered rather sharply : ) think Mrs. Kyle would like me to call, I shall be * Prayed for her! who says we did'nt pray for happy to do so." her ? I'm sure never a night did we go to bed The worthy woman herself opened the little garwithout praying she might be spared to us, and den-gate for me, and bade me welcome; while her grow up to be a blessing to our old age."

husband led his horse round to the stable. “And was that the only prayer which you as a “ I'm right glad to see you, sir,” she said ; Christian father had to offer for a child endowed “for I've many things to say to you: I've done with a soul, which (whether for happiness or little but think for the last few days, and I should misery) must' live for ever, and never see death'? like to tell you what I've thought about; but 0, Kyle, it is my duty to say to you, in the words come in, sir, come in: the wind blows keen, of St. James: “Ye ask, and receive not, because though the sun does shine.” ye ask amiss :' you sought not 'first the kingdom So saying, Mrs. Kyle led the way into her snug of God and his righteousness' for your child, how parlour; and we seated ourselves by the small, could you therefore expect that all those things' but cheerful fire, which, though not a necessary which you so earnestly desired should be added comfort, was decidedly an agreeable companion. unto you'? The blessings you wished for, both You found him very downhearted, sir ?" she on her account and your own, were earthly bless- began, glancing at the same time towards the ings, and for a time they were vouchsafed to you. farm-yard, where we could see her husband You knew no want, you had no trial : your labours speaking to one of the labourers. were prosperous, your barns were full, your wife Yes," I replied; “ Kyle does indeed seem was healthful and affectionate, your child you very much cut up at Kitty's departure.” considered perfect; and in your heart you said, 'I Well, sir ; and it's no wonder, is it? A stranger shall never be moved'-was it not so?"

might perhaps think it all nonsense to grieve so “I'm afraid, sir, there is some truth in what at a girl's being married, and going away, and say you say, though I believe I hardly knew it at the it is all natural like, and what fathers and mothers time.”

must put up with ; but you, sir, who have seen “ And do you remember," I asked, " long ago, how her father was wrapt up in the child, ar'n't surmy quoting these words to you— Earthly bless- prised, I'm sure, at his taking her loss so to heart ; ings, possessions, relationship must fail you: are you, sir?” they would not be earthly were it otherwise'? And “No, I am not surprised : you both, especially do you not also remember my saying that they your husband, idolized Kitty; and, shall I tell you were the words of a wise and good man, and that that I believe her removal to such a distance from you would surely see the day when you would find you to be a judgment on you for loving a creature by experience their truth?”

with the love which belongs exclusively to the “Aye, sir, I remember it all well enough, now Creator?" you remind me; but I do not think I have thought “You only tell me what I begin myself to feel, of the words from the time you said them till sir. Many a night, lately, I've cried myself to sleep, now.”

thinking of the blind way in which we have acted May you never again forget them,” I replied: towards our daughter." “Earthly possessions have not failed you, Kyle; “You have indeed acted blindly, Mrs. Kyle: but the dearest relationship you had has, and your system of treating Kitty was from the very

“And that is much harder to bear-much first wrong, and injurious. In the delight with harder !" the old man exclaimed; and I could see which you received the unexpected gift, you that he with difficulty restrained his tears: “ Any- almost forgot the Giver ; and your child has been thing but the loss of my child, I could have trained for yourselves and this world, instead of borne,” he added.

for the high destiny awaiting her as a regenerate “O do not say so, Kyle,” I said: “it is one of child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of the wiles employed by the devil in working the heaven. You educated her for time instead of for work of man's destruction, to persuade him that eternity; and, though you did not exactly neglect

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religion, either in your own practice or in the in- | swered: “I told you long ago that you loved your struction you gave her, yet you never made it the child 'not wisely, but too well :' 'then you did one thing needful; and, believe me, Mrs. Kyle,” I not believe me, but now you have felt the sad continued,

, it nothing : 'no one can serve two masters; and he, I warned you, in the wilful conduct, which is the who is conscious that he does not fight manfully effect of spoiling, and which has led to the separaunder Christ's banner, may be quite sure that he is tion you deplore, and the placing Kitty in a most serving in the ranks of the prince of darkness.” dangerous, and probably unbappy, position. You “It is an awful thing to think of, sir!”

allow that I was right. You confess that you “ Awful, indeed, to those, Mrs. Kyle, who spend loved God's gift with the love you should have their lives in trying to find a middle

way in religion felt for himself; that Kitty stood, as it were, be-a middle way between godliness and sin ; which tween you and heaven; and that he who is a jealous does not, and never can exist."

God has vindicated the honour of his name by “And you think, sir, that my husband and I removing the cause of your transgression; and, have tried to do so?"

while he punishes your folly and your sin, he re“Not knowingly," I replied ; “but, in fact, members mercy, and has taken away the stumblingyou have done so, for you have striven to live at block which lay in the way of your coming unto peace with the world, which your bible tells you is him. Most thankful am I that you view your enmity against God; and, in the education you present trouble as you do; for, whenever God exehave given your child, you have made the acqui- cutes vengeance upon us, or in any way tries us, sition of knowledge-mere head-learning--the im- 'we should pray against sins; and our eye of sorportant object; and religion, and the training of row should be more upon that which dishonours the heart, and forming of the character, have well him than upon that which afflicts us; and, when we nigh been overlooked, or have, at least, been consi- are enabled (the Holy Spirit aiding us) to do so, dered as of secondary importance to the other.” the chastening rod, we may humbly yet firmly

Mrs. Kyle did not make any remark on what I hope, will work its perfect work in us, and will said ; and there was a momentary silence, which I leave us very different to what it found us.". broke by saying, “ I was reading somewhere, not “ All that's very true, I dare say, sir,” said the many days ago, that there are four essential quali- farmer, somewhat impatiently; "and, if it wer’n’t, fications to be sought for in those who have the I'm an unlearned man, and couldn't answer you ; training of children committed to them : they are, but, for all that, I don't see what we have done "first, a desire to be right in the matter ; secondly, with regard to Kitty that we need expect punishserise ; thirdly, kindness; and, fourthly, firmness. ment for."

“O, Mr. Relton, I can't pretend, or make even “God spake these words, and said, “Thou shalt myself believe, that my good-man or I showed any

have none other gods but me,'" I replied gravely; of these in the rearing of Kitty ; except, indeed,

“You have broken this command by making an kindness ; a desire to be right in the matter, idol of your daughter ; by worshipping her in your though, I think we had in a sort of a way; but—" heart; by preferring her will to that of the Al

“ A sort of wish, as you say, to train up your mighty; and by never denying her wishes, even child in the way she should go may now and then though (as in the case of her marriage) you knew have crossed your minds; but I'm afraid it was them to be unreasonable and ur pleasing in God's very passing; for, if I am right in my supposition, sight. Again,” I continued, “God says to each you rarely gave the subject a thought, but acted one of us, ‘My son, give me thy heart:' you prothroughout without method and without plan : fessed to do so; but your heart was not really right was it not so ?"

towards your Maker and Redeemer : your treasure “I fear to speak the honest truth-it was, sir.” was on earth, earthy; and to it your heart clung

“Of course, then, 'sense,' the good common with the too fond love, which makes him who sense with wbich heaven has gifted you, and which bears it towards wife or child unworthy of Christ you usually display, was not called into action at and of his service.” all; nor could you be 'firm,' when there were no God will have all thou hast; thy mind, thy will, rules laid down either for you to adhere to, or to Thy thoughts, thy words, thy works : a nullity which to compel submission; and as for kind- proves, when God, that should have all, doth find ness, O, Mrs. Kyle, it is cruel kindness which

That there is any one thing left behind.” yields to all a wilful child's caprices; which ruins “ True words, true words,” Mrs. Kyle exa child's character, to save it a few tears; and claimed, while she brushed a tear from her eye; which is pernicious in its effects on the character, then, turning to her husband, she said : 0 both of those who exercise it, and those on whom David, we have sinned against God, and against it is lavished.”

our Kitty also; for we have dishonoured him by Kyle entered at this moment; and, as he seated loving her more than our Lord; and we have himself beside his wife, he said: “You find her brought sorrow upon her, by letting her grow up come round to your way of thinking wonderfully, with all the self-will and natural depravity of don't you, sir?"

heart which it was our duty to try and overcome, Before I could reply, Mrs. Kyle exclaimed: “To and which will prove her curse through life.” be sure I am, David ! and hav'nt I had good The poor woman spoke rapidly and with emoreason to see that all Mr. Relton used to say to us tion; and when she ceased speaking there was a about Kitty was true? The misfortune is, I've pause, during which the farmer looked half vexed, found it too late !"

half sorrowful, while within his soul I could see “ Too late, it is to be feared, for Kitty's good, that but not too late for your own, Mrs. Kyle," I an

“The thought like troubled waters rolld.”


To put an end to a silence which I saw was painful The life-long sorrow that remain'd became to him, and which he could not sufficiently com

A healing and a chastening grief, and brought mand his voice to break, I took from my pocket a

Her soul in close communion nearer heaven." small book of extracts (which was usually my Might not, would not such be the case with her companion when making a round of parochial whom I had just left? Yes; the mother had lost visits), and read from it these few but striking her daughter, but she had surely found her Lord. words of archbishop Leighton: “Grief is like a · Would,” I exclaimed, “ that I could feel the two-faced picture, which, beheld on the one side as same assurance with regard to her father!" painful, hath an unpleasant visage; yet go round Meanwhile months passed away.

Winter a little, and view it as thy Father's will, and then had worn out its darksome hours: spring bad it is smiling, beautiful, and lovely.” “Look on smiled and wept, as is her wont: then summer your trial, my friends," I continued, “ in this light, brought sunny June in her brilliant train; and and you will not only become reconciled to it, but that was the month which was to re-unite the little will regard it as a merciful dispensation. When family at the farm. That was the month to which Ephraim turned unto idols, God said, “Let him Kyle had looked forward with such intense anxiety alone;' but, 'whom the Lord loveth he chasten- (O why in this world of chance and change will eth ;' and do you not see that, as a father correcteth we fix our hopes so fondly, so madly on objects the son in whom he delighteth, so hath the Lord which, though seemingly within our reach, we corrected you? You made unto yourselves an may never grasp !); and that was the month of idol, you deemed it perfection; and, in a striking which the thought had soothed the old man's pilvay, its frailty has been brought home to your low when he laid him down to rest, and had cheered hearts, and wounded them to the quick. You his days of toil and dreary winter evenings. “But looked upon your child as wholly your own: you the farmer's evenings, in his comfortable home, expected to have her to cheer the last years of with such a wife as his, ought not to have been your life, and to smoothe your dying pillow. She dreary," do you say, reader? And you are right; has been taken away from you: the desire of your but, unhappily, Kyle was not a holy man: he had eyes has been removed far hence, to force you not the blissful conviction that God was his Father; to acknowledge that the 'Lord gave and the Lord therefore he looked on the separation from his hath taken away,' and to induce you, for his beloved child, not as a merciful correction, but as inercy's sake, to say, “Blessed be the name of the a sore and unexpected trial; and as such he Lord.' Your comfort in this life or your mourned it, aye, and murmured at it too. How happiness in the next must be paid as the true it is that “a man's discontent is his worst forteit of your transgression; and infinite love enemy"! True, because discontent is the offspring has ordained for you the far lesser punish- of irreligion; and what like irreligion can blast ment, and has taken away the occasion of your a man's hope of happiness, whether temporal or sinning, to save you from the awful curse de- eternal ? And Kyle was irreligious because he nounced against him who maketh flesh his arm,' was not truly religious; and there are but two reand loves this world and the things thereof, rather lations in which God's creatures can stand to him : than the treasure which is heavenly and eternal. they must either be bis obedient children, or his I will now," I added, “read you one more short enemies; and those who are not the former neextract from my book, and then I must be going. cessarily are the latter. The farmer was honest, The words are from the pen of a holy man, who, sober, and industrious : he was a regular churchkaving fought a good fight, we may humbly hope goer; and the character which he bore among his has found above that his reward is sure. If neighbours was irreproachable; but alas ! neither you are a child of God,' he says, 'wherever you of these virtues are recommendations, nor all of propose to nestle, there your heavenly Father will them put together can make a good Christian and plant a thorn, until you are driven from spray to a truly happy man! To render him such, spay, and from leaf to leaf, and are taught, by sad real faith in Christ, resignation to the divine experience, that God, and God alone, is, from ever- will, constant prayerfulness, and the in-dwelling lasting to everlasting, the dwelling-place of his of the Holy Spirit, are necessary. Kyle neither people.!. May he, of his tender mercy, cause you exercised the former nor experienced the latter; to feel this; and feel it speedily, to the great and consequently he was happy only when things endless comfort of your souls,” I added, as, rising went well with him : when “fortune was smiling' froin my seat, I held out my hand to Mrs. Kyle. he also could smile; but, when tried in the balance She took it, with a look full of gratitude and hope; of God's justice, he was found wanting : his heart and, after a few words of kindly import had been was not stayed upon God; therefore, when the spoken on either side, I took my leave.

“arm of flesh” failed, no other support was at My visit, I felt, had been productive of good: hand to sustain and comfort him. But this has the words of peace which, as a minister of the been too long a digression: I must at once progospel of glad tidings I had been enabled to speak, ceed with my tale. had, I could not doubt, been blessed to the conso- The long talked-of and hoped-for June arrived; lation of a bleeding heart; and, as I retraced my but it brought no Kitty to her anxious parents : a steps to the village, and thought over the occur letter came instead ! O how many times was that rences of the morning, these words occurred to letter read, albeit the news it contained was sad me, and the reflections to which they gave rise and most unwelcome ! In it Kitty said that were hopeful and happy.

McHale was detained at L-- by his business, * When she heard the tale. ...

which had of late become more complicated, and .... it chang'd the nature of her woe,

engrossed his whole time and attention, and that Making the burden more endurable :

she could not make up her mind to leave him. She

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