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the inhabitants of earth, while none can I became desirous to reconnoitre the vicinity stay his hand, or say unto him, what dost of my abode. Turn which way I might, Í thou ?"
was furnished by nature with landscapes Years passed on, and the heir of
“ rich and various." Therefore, in my house become its possessor. The playful- almost first ramble, I was led by careless. ness of the sportive Alphonso had softened ness, rather than directed by choice. It down into the staid, but still cheerful Mr. was a fine evening in the early part of SepSt. Belmont. The grief which the death of tember, when I walked forth, and, possessing his father occasioned, had long since passed in my constitution a considerable quantum away. He had for years been united to the of the recluse, it might have been that the object of his early attachment, who, in all indefinable but inherent disposition of my that was amiable and good, was the com- nature led me to saunter to a point which, plete counterpart of himself, and already because of its retired situation, was the less had been made more happy, if addition to likely to be broken in upon by mere pleasuresuch bliss was possible, in the possession of takers. two lovely children.
I was sauntering beside an arm of the William Henry, his first-born, looked the romantic river Avon, on the borders of prototype of his grandfather, after whom he which a fine copse flourished with more than was called; while all the beauty, intelligence, poetic beauty ; while here and there several and mildness of female loveliness, beamed large oak and beech trees threw their majesin the laughing eye of the charming Urina, tic limbs abroad, as if, in voiceless but imthe namesake of her mother. Such a com- pressive action, to declare their right of bination of blessings now clustered around dominion. Their dark shadows were pleasMr. St. Belmont, that no inconsiderable ingly intermingled with the gorgeous brightdegree of danger existed, lest the sentiment ness of a fast-setting sun ; and powerfully of the dweller of Uz might be employed by impressed the mind by the emblematical him, “I shall die in my nest, and I shall teaching of the lights and shades which exist multiply my days as the sand;" but this was in earthly affairs. My thoughts had just not permitted. Sudden as the destructive entered the arcanum of the moralist's enjoyearthquake, which not unfrequently yawns ment, when my ear was suddenly struck while the summer sun is beautiful and the upon by some pleasing, but indistinct sounds, skies serene, afflictions came upon him. which evidently proceeded from the thicket His aged mother fell unexpectedly beneath by which my path was skirted. A soft a stroke of apoplexy, and was borne to the music-like echo followed the tones, and silent dwelling-place of her forefathers. seemed to reverberate from the surface of
It was about this period, that my ac- the stream which wound round one end of quaintance with Mr. 'St. Belmont com- the copse. My curiosity was excited, and, menced, and never will the moment or listening, I soon very distinctly heard a manner be blotted from my memory. It human voice, reading or reciting, I knew has been, and will continue to be, one of not which, with a classic elegance which is those sunny spots.in the dark circumference better conceived than described, the folof my existence, to which I have looked, lowing nervous passage from the “ Night and shall look back with delight, while Thoughts” of Young : every fresh contemplation of it will, in
Happy day, that breaks our chain imagination, roll back the lapsed periods of That manumits that calls from exile home, mortality, and place me again on the en
That leads to nature's great metropolis,
And readmits us, through the guardian hand chanting spot, and in the company of Mr. Of elder brother, to our Father's throne, St. Belmont.
Who bears our Advocate, and, throngh his wounds
Beholding man, allows that tender name. There are, in providence, labyrinths, such "Tis this makes christian triumph a command; as the unassisted powers of man cannot "Tis this makes joy a duty to be wise. explore, amidst whose mazes, mere human
"Tis impious in a good man to be sad." wisdom is utterly bewildered. Its turns I perceived, by the sound, that the person and windings, however, may be tracked froin whom it proceeded advanced towards with comparative ease, if we take hold of me; and from the pleasing sensations proand retain the clue with which we are fur- duced upon my mind by the manner of the nished, as Dædalus did of the web by which unknown individual, I felt interested to he explored the labyrinth of Crete. In one learn who he might be, The tones in of those unexpected changes to which the which the lines were delivered were not affairs of man are subjected, my place of melancholy, and yet there was a soothing residence was changed from the north, to sadness in the cadence, blended with a one of the southern counties of our island. cheerfulness of expression, which well ac. I had fixed my tent but a few weeks, when corded with the beautiful language which
THE GENUINE PHILOSOPHER.
had been uttered, and assured me the per- fected than he would have been in reciting son could feel and understand, as well as á tale in which he was not concerned. recite.
soon learned, that an extensive mercantile At a distance of about one hundred yards speculation in which he had engaged, had from the spot where the sounds first reached recently failed: the consequence was, that me, there was an opening which led into from a fortune of a princely cast, he wes rebranching paths, cut in the thick under. duced to a mere handsome independence. wood, forming so many sylvan piazzas in He had just returned from town, whither he various directions. As these were evidently had been sent for in haste, when his carriage public walks, I turned into one of them, drove up as I have stated, and yet, with all and soon perceived the person by whom I the calmness of genuine philosophy, he had been fascinated. He was habited in conversed upon the wreck of his property, deep black, and was of the most gentle- the reduction of his establishment, the putmanly and prepossessing exterior. As near- ting down of his carriage, &c., as if the mind ly as I then could judge, he was somewhat had never been thrown out of its happy turned of forty. His countenance wore an equilibrium. “I have still,” he observed, attractive smile of serious serenity. He was “ more than I absolutely require. My intent upon the volume which he held in wife and children are yet spared to mehis hand, and did not immediately observe my hoy is provided for--my paternal abode my approach; when he did, however, there is still left-my health is unimpaired-Oh! was a nameless suavity in his manner, an I have much more cause for contentment easy nobleness in his address, which at once and gratitude, than for discontent and mur. proclaimed the gentleman and the scholar. muring. I will enjoy what a kind ProviA few common-place observations on the dence has spared, rather than repine at fineness of the evening, the beauty of the what has been taken away.” The reduction scenery, and other equally ordinary subjects, which he had resolved upon was shortly afterdismissed all the shyness which, in the wards made, and, as if no change had been bustle of polite life, would have existed, known, all things moved on at Hall. until a formal introduction had removed it. William Henry St. Belmont had chosen Subjects of a more interesting nature soon the profession of arms, and, sometime be. engaged our attention, and, at the end of fore the failure in his father's possessions, a nearly an hour, I closed, with regret, my commission had been purchased for him in first meeting with Mr. St. Belmont.
regiment. He had served with Several months elapsed from this period, honour, and had obtained promotion before during which our intimacy was so far in- his twenty-first birth-day anniversary, in the creased, as to have grown into a sort of passage of the Bidassua, as well as in the friendship. We met frequently in our fa- battles of St. Race and Toulouse. Immevourite walk as summer advanced, and an diately after the convention of Paris had interchange of visits had also been enjoyed. been signed, the young warrior returned to Two or three evenings early in June passed, his family for a short period, and was hailed, and I had not met him in his accustomed by Mr. and Mrs. St. Belmont, with those haunt. Fearing that indisposition was the lively and unequivocal demonstrations of cause, I strolled towards his mansion, when, affection which parents only can give, and just as I entered one of the footpaths lead- which absence and danger seem unconing to the hall-door, I saw Mr. St. Belmont's sciously to increase: nor did his lovely carriage drive up hastily, from which he sister, whose infant charms were fast ripenalighted. I was turning back, but he per- ing into womanhood, remit any labour, to ceived me, and despatched a servant to say, prove “how much and how fervently a if I had half an hour to spare, my company sister can love." would be a favour. I attended immediately, The demon of war again burst from his and as I entered the drawing-room he met lair, and sent his yell of misery through the me. I perceived no change in his de- world, when the prisoner of Elba, regardless meanour or expression, while with a cheer- of the solemn contract which he had made ful smile he observed, “I have another evi- at the period of his abdication, like some dence, sir, of the uncertain and mutable destructive meteor struck out of its orbit, nature of earthly good. This time last appeared again in the French capital. week I rose the possessor of a fortune which Wellington, who had already signalized appeared inexhaustible, but it has made to himself so greatly, and gained honour and itself wings, and fled away."
fortune through the folly and cruelty of his I was amazed, not more at the commu- fellows, was again called to lead the warnication made, than at the manner in which riors of Russia, Austria, Prussia, and others, it was made.' He appeared no more. af- connected with some chosen bands of his
own country, to the scene of mortal strife, “Let us seek assistance," he added "my to crush the destroyer of nations, and wrest friend, in this time of trouble, whence only from bis giant grasp the sceptre of France. it can be obtained.” We knelt,—he pray
Among numbers who went forth in the ed; and oh, with what fervour he bowed “pride of their glory," was William Henry submissively to the lacerating stroke; and St. Belmont; nor did a nobler figure, or a rose refreshed. Every appearance of shrinkbraver heart, grace the ranks of England. ing humanity seemed to have passed away; The field of conflict was entered, where he was indeed himself again, nay, more than laurels were to be won, or death was to be himself. I thought, as I gazed upon him, of suffered. The western bank of the Sambre, Anaxagoras, who, when information was and the positions of Quatre Bras and Fras- brought him of the death of a beloved son, nes, had already been the scenes of conflict, which intelligence it was supposed would in each of which St. Belmont was engaged. have greatly afflicted him, answered, “I But these, together with the contests at knew that he was mortal.” But how supeBois de Bossa, Ligny, and Genappe, were rior was the philosophy of Mr. St. Belmont? only faint preludes to the memorable day of his was not the philosophy of insensibility, the 18th, the morning of which broke forth but of resignation, hence submitting himself in awful tempest, as if nature herself mourn- to Him, who is “righteous in all his ways, ed at the approaching slaughter of thousands and holy in all his works,” he responded the who on that day would drench with blood language and followed the conduct of David, the plains of Waterloo. The triumph was _“I shall go to him, but he shall not redecisive and glorious, but the price at which
turn to me. it was purchased was exorbitant indeed, Some time before William had left his both in its nature and extent. The advocates father's house, to unite himself to the army, of war may dwell with enthusiasm upon the he had received a visit from an old schoolhonour which has accrued from it to our fellow, He was of titled parentage, and country, but (audi alteram partem) what about the same age with St. Belmont. At thousands of brave men were torn from their college, the pursuits of the young men had peaceful homes, to meet the bands of their been similar: there they often met, and unoffended and unoffending fellow-men, to there laid their plans for future life, without hack and be hacked, to mangle and be once calculating upon the variety of circummangled !
stances which might arise to demolish their “How many mothers have bewailed their sons ! air-built castles. A close intimacy of some How many widows weeped their husbands slain !"
years' standing had endeared them to each I was at
Hall on the day the other, and, like many attachments formed despatches arrived, which furnished an betwixt the masculine gender, in youth, it account of the victory, to which a partial was pronounced by each to be of an indisreturn of the killed and wounded was ap- soluble character. pended. Mr. St. Belmont and myself were Reginald Werner was of highly fascinaalone in the library when the packet was ting manners; his countenance was interestreceived. I observed that he opened it ing and manly, while his whole figure was in his usual deliberate manner, and, as he such as could scarcely fail to recommend did so, I felt only less concerned than he itself to the female part of society. Nor were possibly could, respecting its contents. He all the embellishments of Werner only of a had scanned over the brief account which was showy or mere external order. His mind given of the success that had attended the was finely strung, and highly cultivated. To allied armies, and then turned with a sigh to whatever object he directed his energies, he the list of the brave fellows who had fallen relaxed not in his endeavours, until he had in the contest; among the number was his attained to its possession, while the ardent only, his beloved son I perceived at that temperament of his nature allowed no moment all the father kindle in his eye, bounds to be placed to the gratification of and then a paleness, more terrible than his wishes. He saw the beautiful sister of death, covered his face—“My boy, my his friend, the lovely Urina, and passion William,” he observed, “is no more! but," took immediate and full possession of his he added, and he pressed his forehead as he soul. He prolonged his stay at Hall, spoke, “shall a living man con plain? Oh fixed a period for his departure, and then no ! Thy will be done." He seemed to again appointed another. Every day, and struggle awhile with his feelings, and then every interview, only tended to rivet more continued in the language of the poet effectually the chains by which he was « Good when he gives, supremely good,
bound. He loved not alone, boweverE'en crosses from his sov'reign hand,
Urina felt an affection equal to his own. Are blessings in disguise.'
All the circumstances which led to a mu
Nor less when he denies :
THE GENUINE PHILOSOPHER.
tual understanding, and formal engagement but at length he crushed it; and, with between them, are not necessary to be de- Shakspeare's Richard, he determined, tailed; it is sufficient to state, that, before
“ Since I cannot prove a lover, young St. Belmont departed for his regi. I am determined to prove a villain ! ment, he was allowed to look forward to a and he did prove a villain ! So fully had not very remote period, when he should be he possessed himself of the heart of the allowed to address Werner as a brother. unsuspecting Urina, and so deeply had he But, ah! he had mistaken his character, and imbibed the diabolical arts of fashion. Werner, perhaps, had mistaken his own. able life, that in an unhappy hour he triThe beauty and intelligence of Urina St. umphed over innocence and virtue; and Belmont would have been sufficient to lead then, robber-like, with all the demon of captive any heart, although poverty had seduction in his spirit, deserted her. been her only inheritance; but the vast pos- The crime, however, was known only to sessions of her father, and the magnificent themselves. Werner left the victim of his fortune which it was known she would re- baseness, and, in the smiles of the wealthy ceive as a marriage dowry, rendered her “honourable,” forgot—no, he could not superlatively attractive in the eyes of Werner. forget—but succeeded in lulling for a while
A few months had passed, since Werner the clammerings of conscience, and strove had left Hall, during which period he to forget the beautiful, the injured Urina. had freely mingled with the fashionable and But the eye of Him who never sleeps had the dissolute, by which the worst passions of marked his conduct, and blasted his prohis nature were fostered; and, like plants of ject. He allowed him indeed to possess hasty growth, they sprang up in foul cor- the object of his sordid and despicable ruption : when news reached him of the mind, and cursed him in its possession. loss Mr. St. Belmont had sustained in Eight months only had passed since the his property, from which circumstance he crushing intelligence of young St. Belmont's was aware the expected fortune of Urina death had been received, when the public would be seriously affected. This intelli- prints announced the marriage of Reginald gence produced a considerable change in Werner to the Honourable Miss his feelings towards the lady; still he loved Mr. St. Belmont saw, but could not give her, or imagined he did, and the thought of credence to it. Too soon, however, “congiving her up had not once entered his firmation strong as holy writ” was received mind. It is true, an intimacy of too ten- by him of the fact. An action for breach der a nature had, during his absence from of promise might have been instituted against
Hall, commenced between himself him, and damages to a considerable amount and an “honourable” Miss; and this circum- have been recovered, but the father of Urina stance, together with the loss of property scorned such revenge, and would not that his and absence from the object of his first pas- daughter's name should be handed round sion, tended, no doubt, to produce feelings the world, “ a theme for fools to prate on." in his mind not precisely understood by Denouncing him as a villain, he left him himself.
to the lacerations of his own guilty mind, Once more he visited Hall: the and to the justice of Him who hath said, sight of his betrothed, lovely in innocence “ Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” revived all the dying passion of his soul ; Here again I beheld and admired the for a time it ruled with uncontrollable sway. conduct of Mr. St, Belmont. I saw his But when he learned certainly, what report noble soul rise above this fresh affliction. It had brought to him, the considerable shock yielded for a moment to the pressure, and which the affairs of Mr. St. Belmont had then, with superhuman elasticity, rose to its received, and that it was impossible that usual equanimity. His principal concern more than a few thousands could be re- now was in what way he should disclose ceived with Urina, his views were changed. the baseness of Werner to Urina. To hide The wealthy “honourable” stood in his it altogether was of course impossible; but mind's eye, who, if she did not possess how to conceal it for a little time, so as the subduing charms which nature threw gradually to prepare her mind for it
, was around Urina, possessed the charms of difficult to devise. No suspicion had ever ton: interest and passion were at war :-had entered the mind of the affectionate father, one spark of pure affection possessed his of the irreparable injury which the villaincraven soul, the point had soon and ho- soul'd Werner had inflicted upon his child. nourably been decided ; but he had mistaken Her recent love of solitude, and almost innature's wildest passion for love, and there cessant tears, had been imputed to other he split. The remnant of honest feeling causes the indifference Werner had mani. which he possessed, held him a moment, fested, and the death of her brother. 20. SERIES, — NO. 8.
152.-- VOL. XIII
Suspicion, and especially in affairs of arrayed, floated in the light air which its love, is sharp-sighted. Miss St. Belmont speed occasioned. Presently he lost sight proved it so. Her father had, by gentle of it again; and in a few seconds more, a and far-fetched hints, been endeavouring to loud shriek, and a splashing noise in the prepare her for all the dreadful tale. He had river, alarmed him for the safety of the unnot proceeded far, when the “ horrible truth" known being ; with increased haste, he broke in upon her. “Werner is false !" she pushed to the spot, and perceived a part of shrieked out, and fell fainting into her the head-dress of the object of his pursuit
, father's arms. Delirium followed; and, for resting on the water. He waited not to a while, her life was despaired of. A few seek for assistance, but, plunging into the weeks elapsed and she slowly recovered. stream, soon raised the apparently lifeless But shame and confusion covered her. ller body, and bore it to the shore; when, O secret yet remained in her own bosom ; but dreadful! he discovered, with feelings which it could not always be hid, and, as she looked attempted description would disgrace, his tremblingly into the future, melancholy fixed own daughter! He again caught her in bis his black impress on her. To divert her arms, and carried her immediately home. mind from what her parents supposed to Every required assistance was soon obtained, be the results exclusively of blighted affec- and the unfortunate Urina recovered—and tion, they advised her to visit a friend at a then, feeling that life would not long contifew miles' distance. She was now altoge- nue, the dreadful secret of her situation was ther a passive thing, and therefore, follow- revealed. ing the wishes of those whose happiness Oh! if the abandoned in vice, the conwas more dear to her than her own exist- firmed debauchee, could have witnessed the ence, she consented, and went. The infor- scene which followed, it would surely have mation which the parents received every been a lesson to their souls of sovereign use, day, during the first week of her absence, such as would have led them to detest their was so favourable as to lead them to in- own villanies, and to have changed their dulge the pleasing hope that their drooping seductive smiles for tears of bitter remorse, flower might yet revive, and be spared to nor longer have allowed themselves to cheat bless them.
themselves into the darkest deeds of vice
rows was brief: at the end of two short At length he saw, or thought he saw, a weeks, her recently fair and beautiful form figure glide, with the swiftness of the wind, was an inanimate mass of corruptible matpast the end of the avenue in which he was. ter, her bright eye shot forth its fires no He hasted forward, to be satisfied. The ob- more, the melody of her voice was hushed ject, if an object it was, had disappeared; in the silence of death; the dusky tomb he supposed he had again been mistaken, closed upon, and hid her for ever from the and again walked slowly. In another mo- world. But before her spirit took its flight ment it passed from behind a clump of to the invisible state, her humble soul was trees; and he became convinced that he prostrate before the cross of reconciliation; was not deceived. The figure was of female and while, by faith, fleeing to the hope set form. The dark drapery, in which it was before her in the gospel, the peace of par.