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“So much the better. Can't the girls work for shillings; so that I have only two pounds, nine shilthemselves!”

lings, remaining, and with this I must keep house I was going to answer, but he interrupted me, rose for half a year. God help me! The beautiful black from his seat, walked towards the window, and, tapping suit, which tempted me so much in Cutby the tailor's the glass as he spoke, said, “Well, I have no more time window, must now be given up, though I am sadly in to waste. Consider whether you will retain the curacy want of it. To be sure, it was not dear, but Jenny must with a salary of fifteen pounds a year, and let me know. have a new dress. I cannot bear to see the poor girl If not, I wish you a better curacy by New-year's Day." | going about in a cotton gown this cold weather. Polly He bowed civilly, and raised again his cap.

must be satisfied with the merinos her sister wore last I gathered up my money, and took my leave. I was year, which she has turned and arranged for her so completely thunderstruck. Never before had he re- nicely. ceived me so coldly, or dismissed me so hastily. Doubt- I am sorry to say I must also give up my share in the less, he must have heard something to my disadvantage. weekly paper which I have been in the habit of taking He never even offered me any luncheon, as he had al- with Westburn, the bookseller. I regret this very ways done hitherto, and I had reckoned upon it, for I much; for without it, in this secluded place, one never left Cricklade early without breakfasting, and now felt hears what is going on in the world. They say that at faint and tired; however, I bought some bread in the the last Newmarket Races the Duke of Cumberland town; and that was sufficient till I got home again. won five thousand pounds from the Duke of Grafton. How subdued and disappointed I felt, as I retraced my | How curious it is, that we should thus, every day, see steps ! I wept like a child !-the bread I was eating the words of Holy Writ so literally fulfilled, " To him was moistened with my tears !.. At last, I roused that hath shall be given, and from him that hath not myself: "For shame !" I exclaimed ; "shame upon this shall be taken even that which he hath !” Even I weakness! Is this your trust in God? What more

must lose five pounds from my poor little income ! could you do had you lost the curacy itself? It is but But shame upon me, here I am again complaining ! a reduction of five pounds! though that is one-fourth and why? Because I'must give up the luxury of a of your little income, which must support three people; newspaper. Shame upon me! Surely I shall know and though it is but a diminution of a few pence daily, soon enough, whether Paoli can maintain the indestill it will deprive us of some of our little comforts! pendence of Corsica. The French have sent assistance And what then ?-He who clothes the lilies of the field, to the Genoese, but Paoli has at least twenty thousand He who feeds the young ravens, will not desert us !” veteran troops. However, it does not matter much to

December 16.- Truly, my Jenny is an angel ! Her me. mind is still more lovely than her person. I am quite December 18.---llow happy we are all to-day! Jane ashamed to see her so much better, so much more truly has bought an excellent second-hand winter dress from pious than myself.

a pedlar, wonderfully cheap, and there the two girls sit, I had not courage yesterday to tell the children of our working at it, as merry as possible. Jenny understands misfortune. When at last I mentioned it to them, Jane bargaining far better ihan I do; indeed, I almost think became very serious; then smiling sweetly, “ Do not be her sweet and winning manner makes people give her uneasy, dearest father," said she.

everything she wants on her own terms. How they are “ Not uncasy!”

both laughing as they work ! Jenny means to appear No, indeed, you must not.”

in it for the first time on New-year's Day; and Polly is My poor child, how can we ever avoid debt and prophesying what wonderful conquest: she will make. want? I know not which way to turn. We want so

No queen was ever so pleased with her diamonds, as many things—and fifteen pounds will scarcely give us these two girls with this simple dress : but, after such bread !"

an expense, Jenny says we must be very economical. Instead of answering, Jane put one arm softly round What a worthy man is Westburn, the bookseller! I my neck, and, pointing with the other to Heaven, said, told him yesterday that I must give up the newspaper, “ There, father—there we shall find help !”

because I had lost part of my income, and was not even My little Polly seated herself upon my knces, and, sure of retaining the curacy itself. He shook me kindly stroking my facc, said, “Do let me tell you a dream i by the hand, and said, “ But I will continue to take it had last night. I thought it was New-year's Day, and in, and you, my revered friend, will do me the favour of that the king, mounted on horseback, with all his court, reading it as before.” One should never be tempted to came to our door. 'There was a piece of work! What despair; there are many more good men in the world a noise of drums and trumpets! What a clatter and than one thinks; and full as many may be met with confusion! Then we all set to work to roast and bake among the poor, as among the rich. However, the king had brought his own food in

Same Day. Evening.- The baker is a hard-hearted gold and silver dishes, and, when it was served, what

man after all! The last time Polly went for bread, she should they bring in upon a crimson velvet cushion, found fault with it for being under weight, and badly but a golden mitre for you, just such a one as is on the baked; this offended him so bitterly, that he called her bishop's head, in the pictures in the old Bible. You all manner of names, and ended by desiring she would looked very well in it, though I was ready to die with tell me, although I am no longer a sixpence in his debt, laughter when you put it on. Just then Jenny woke that he would not serve me upon credit, and that we me, which made me very angry. There must be some might get our bread elsewhere. meaning in such a dream, particularly when it only Poor Polly! We had enough to do to console her! wants a fortnight to the new year.”

I cannot make out how the inhabitants of Crickłade get “ Pooh ! nonsense, child !" said I. "Dreams are all all their news. Every one in the village says that Dr. folly !"

Snarl is going to put another curate in my place. It “ But,” she answered, “ dreams come from God.”

would be the death of me! The butcher must have I cannot help thinking so too, sometimes; so I have heard something of it. But for that, he never would noted this one down, to see if it was really sent to con- have sent his wife to me, to complain of the hard times, sole us.

It is very possible we may receive some New- and to tell me that, in future, he could only sell his year's gift, which may be welcome to us all !

meat for ready money: The woman was very civil, and I have passed this whole day in calculating, though repeated many times how greatly she esteemed and reit is an employment I detest. All money matters puzzle spected us. She advised us to try Smith, for the small my head, and leave my heart barren and empty, yet very heavy.

(1) It must be remembered that our curate had probably a proDecember 17.--God be praised! All my debts are vision of corn meal, dried vegetables, fruit, and other necessaries paid, except one. I have paid away seven pounds, eleven stored away for winter use.

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quantity of butchers' meat that we require.--said he was sunbeam shone through the little window, and illumibetter to do in the world, and could perhaps afford to nated the whole room. I felt inexpressibly happy. I wait for his money. I did not tell her how this extor- seated myself at my desk, and wrote my Sermon "Upon tioner had treated us during a year, when he sold us the Joys of Poverty.God grant it may infuse into the meat a penny a-pound dearer than to other people, hearts of others a portion of the consolation I felt while charged us for a much larger quantity than we had, and, writing it—while reviewing the joys and blessings when at last we proved it to him, declared roundly, which still remain to me, and giving vent to the feelings with many oaths, that his money must bring him in of thankfulness which they inspire ! Even if it does good good interest, if he had to wait a year for it; and so to no one else, it has been of use to myself; should my showed me the door.

weak words comfort no other soul, they have soothed I now possess but one pound one shilling and three my own. But the preacher is like the physician, he pence in cash! What will become of us, if no one will knows the power of his remedies, though not always the give us the necessaries of life on credit, even for a quar- exact effect they will produce upon his patients. ter of a year? And if the rector should turn me out!- The same Day. Noon. This morning I received a I shall be upon the wide world with my two poor chil- note from a stranger, who arrived last night at the inn, dren :--and is not God there too?

and entreated me to come to him for a few minutes December 19. Early.I awoke early this morning, upon pressing business. I went immediately, and found and endeavoured to consider calmly the situation in a handsome young man of about six-and-twenty. He which I find myself. My thoughts turned to Edward had a noble countenance, and very prepossessing manSitting, my rich cousin, at Cambridge; but poor people ners, but I remarked that his coat was old and shabby, have no cousins ! If the new year were to bring me and his boots patched in many places. His hat, though the mitre which Polly dreamt of, half England would originally a much more expensive one than my own, find out they were related to me. After much delibe- was now much more worn and old. In spite, however, ration, I wrote the following letter to Dr. Snarl; and of his shabby dress, I could not help suspecting that have despatched it by to-day's post :

the young man was well-born. He certainly had on a “ I write with a heavy heart; for every one says your shirt of the very finest linen, and as white as snow, but reverence has determined to remove me; I know not whe- it is possible it may have been a present from some bether there is any foundation for this report, or whether nevolent person. He conducted me into a small private it only arises from my having mentioned to one or two room, and after making a thousand apologies for the persons the conversation I had with you. I have en trouble he had given me, he confided to me, with some deavoured to discharge the sacred office committed to embarrassment, that he was in the greatest possible my care with zeal and faithfulness; I have taught and distress. He knew no one in this village, where he only preached the word of God in all its truth and purity: arrived last night, and had addressed himself to me, the have given occasion for no complaints. My inmost clergyman, as the only person from whom he could have conscience has nothing to reproach me with. I humbly the slightest hope of obtaining assistance. He told me requested a trifling addition to my salary. Your re- his profession was that of an actor, but he was now withverence immediately spoke of reducing the small in- out any engagement, and on his way to the town of come, which is barely sufficient to furnish me and my Manchester. Unfortunately, however, he had got to the family with the absolute necessaries of life !- I appeal end of his money, and had not enough even to pay for to your own feelings of humanity. I laboured with his lodging, much less to carry him to the end of his your predecessor during sixteen years, with yourself a journey. In his despair, he had recourse to me. Twelve year and a half. I am approaching to old age, my hair shillings were all he asked for: and he promised, if I is already grey. Without friends, without a patron, would advance him this small sum, to pay it me back without a hope of other preferment, or the power of faithfully and honourably, the moment he obtained an obtaining my bread by any other means; the fate of engagement. His name is John Fleetman. myself and children hangs upon your word. If you There was no necessity for describing to me so fully desert us, nothing can save us from beggary and ruin. his trouble and distress; his countenance expressed it My daughters are now of an age to occasion me greater even more vividly than his words; but he must have expenses, in spite of the strictest economy. The eldest, read something similar in my features, for, on raising Jane, has filled the place of a mother to her younger his eyes to mine, he started, and said, “Will you not sister, and does everything in the house. We cannot assist me?" I then confided to him the exact state of even keep a maid; my daughter cooks, washes, cleans my own affairs, without any attempt at concealment : the house, sews, &c. I myself perform the other menial I told him, that what he asked of me was the fourth offices of my little household. In one respect, God has part of all the money I possessed in the world; and most especially shown his mercy towards us. He has that I had great reason to apprehend the approaching blessed us with excellent health, we are never ill. We loss of my curacy. His manner suddenly became cold could not have afforded medicines. My daughters have, and constrained, and he said, “You are relating your in vain, attempted to obtain employment. They were misfortunes to one still more miserable : I ask nothing ready to wash, to iron, to do any kind of needle-work; from you ; but is there no one else in Cricklade, who, if they can scarcely ever get it: for, in a poor village like he does not possess riches, has at least some humanity?" this, all help one another, no one can afford to pay for I felt rather confused and ashamed, and as if I had assistance. It would be hard enough, if I must still confessed my miserable position to Mr. Fleetman, in endeavour to exist upon twenty pounds a year, but it order that I might be hardhearted without blushing would be still worse if I am to find myself reduced to for it !- I thought over all my parishioners, but there fifteen pounds; but I trust in the goodness of God, and was not one to whom I could venture to recommend your own humanity; and humbly entreat your reverence him with a certainty of success. Perhaps I did not speedily to put an end to my present state of anxiety." know their hearts sufficiently, ! ! then approached

When I had finished my letter, and given it to Polly him, and, offering him my hand, said, “Sir, you grieve to take to the post, I threw myself on my knees, and me much. Have a little patience. You now know how prayed for the blessing of God on the step I had just poor I myself am, but I will help you if I can. In an taken; and soon I felt strangely comforted and cheered; hour I will give you an answer.” for a word addressed to God, has ever the same blessed As I returned home I could not help thinking how effect as a word from him. I had entered my chamber extraordinary it was, that the stranger should have adbowed to the earth with grief, and now left it cheerful dressed himself to me !-an actor to seek help from a and composed. Jane sat working at the window. She clergyman ! There really seems to be something in me, looked as calm, as happy, as peaceful as an angel. Her which, like a magnet, attracts the unfortunate and sweet face beamed with joy and contentment. A faint I the distressed! All who are in want turn to me, who,

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unluckily, have so very little to bestow. Even if I dine noble and impressive, and he asked more than once, with a friend, if there is a dog in the room, I am per- for how long the money which remained would suffice fectly certain that he will come and rest his head upon to procure us the necessaries of life. His last words to my knee, and fix his eyes so beseechingly upon the me were, “ It is quite impossible that you should ever morsels which I carry to my mouth, that I cannot help be unhappy; you have heaven in your heart, and” giving them to him.

(pointing to my daughters) “two of God's angels at When I got home, I related to the children who the your side !" stranger was, and what he wanted. I asked Jenny her

(To be continued.) opinion; she said, compassionately, “Nay, my dear father, I know well enough what you wish; you have no need of my advice." “And what is it I wish?"

ON THE SUPERIORITY OF VOCAL OVER “You wish to treat the poor actor as you hope God

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC. and the rector will treat you."

I own this had not been my feeling; I wish to God It would appear at a first glance, that there could be it had ! I took out the twelve shillings, and gave them no question as to the superiority of instrumental over to Jenny to carry to the traveller,-) should have felt vocal music; the varied, complex harmony belonging humbled by his thanks. I can better bear ingratitude; to the one, would apparently be far beyond a power besides, my sermon was very far from being finished. The same Evening.- No doubt, the comedian is an

which has only simple melody at its command—at least honest man.

When Jenny returned from the inn, she comparatively speaking it can hardly be said to possess had plenty to tell me about him, and of the landlady more. Why is it, then, that the most spirit-stirring too; for the woman had easily discovered that her instrumental music, however it may dazzle and delight, guest had an empty purse, and my daughter could not can neither at the moment make so deep an impresconceal from her that I had furnished him with money, sion, nor yet linger with us through life, as the tones of with which to continue his journey. This drew down some simple song from the lips of one who knew well upon her a long discourse on my improvidence, on the how to feel, and to express, its beauty ? That this is the wickedness of encouraging trampers, of giving one's case with persons in general will be readily conceded, children's bread to strangers, that charity begins at and but one reason can be given; good singing really home, &c. &c.

touches the heart, while instrumental music, with all I had just settled myself to my sermon again, when its wonderfully-blended harmonies, capable indeed of Fleetwood entered the room. He said he found it im- dazzling, of delighting, possesses not the power, at possible to leave Cricklade without thanking the bene- least only in a very inferior degree, of making us feel; factor whose generosity had extricated him from the and it may be, too, there is something in the mechanism most distressing situation. Jenny was just laying the of an instrument which renders us less susceptible of table for dinner. We had bacon, and plenty of potatoes. music proceeding in any way from such a source. I invited the stranger to share our meal. He readily There is also a most important cause of its want of accepted. Indeed, it must have been welcome, for i permanent impression. A performer may be entire suspect he had but a poor breakfast. I sent Polly to master of music as a science, and yet not possess one draw some beer; and it was a good while since we had particle of feeling-he may be perfection in the knowenjoyed such a comfortable meal. Mr. Fleetman ap- ledge and execution of his art, and yet be a mere autopeared pleased with his reception; he soon lost the look maton. Now with good singing this is impossible ; of suffering and distress which he had at first, but pre- feeling is its very essence, its being; it has no existence served that modest, timid demeanour, which I have apart; and well may mechanism and science shrink often seen in those who are a prey to the persecutions before a power which fills the soul of the poet, the of fortune. He thought us very happy, and we assured painter, the sculptor, which alone can create the beau. him that he was right. He imagined I must be richer tiful in all things. None would assert that all instruand better off than I chose to appear; but there he was mental performers are deficient in the more subtle and in the wrong. No doubt the good man was deceived by refined portion of their art; yet even Thalberg, with all the order and neatness of our rooms, where everything his depth of feeling, can never speak as he would have was bright and clean; our furniture, though plain, done, from the soul to the soul, had nature given him was in perfect order, the table linen white as snow, and the power of utterance without the mechanical medium spoons and forks as bright as hands could make them. of keys and wires. One is accustomed to find dirt and disorder in the Some persons rest the claim of superiority on an abodes of poverty, for the poor never understand true orchestra. We will speak of one which is unrivalled, economy. But I always endeavoured to impress upon the orchestra of the Italian Opera ; and yet the audience, my late wife, and upon my daughters, that order and unquestionably persons of the utmost refinement, surcleanliness are ever the very best economy; and Jane rounded by perfection in every art, familiarized with understands this thoroughly: she almost surpasses her the great masters of music in all their excellence, and poor mother, and brings up her sister admirably in the therefore likely to possess the power of feeling and same way; I do not think the smallest speck would appreciating, yet these persons listen with apathy, or escape her quick eyes.

more properly, can hardly be said to listen at all, until We soon became quite intimate with our visitor; but the first low notes of the singer change in a moment he spoke less of his own affairs, than of our precarious the character of the whole scene. Shall we speak of situation. Poor young man! there appears to be some- one to whom, in all human probability, we shall listen thing weighing heavy upon his heart! God grant it no more, of perhaps the most exquisite singer England may not be upon his conscience! I remarked that he ever will hear,-of Rubini. When that most perfect sometimes suddenly ceased speaking, and a dark cloud voice fell on the ear, so unbroken was the stillness, that came over him, which, with a strong effort, he threw the vast house seemed filled only by an assemblage of off

, and strove to be gay again. God help him! When statues, save only for the expression which that soulhe left us after dinner, Ï thought it my duty to give subduing influence called up into every face capable of him a great deal of good advice; for I know that stage expression at all. Let any one listen to Philips's singing players are often light and thoughtless people. How from the Messiah-it is impossible fo: any combination ever, he gave me his sacred promise, that as soon as of sound to be more thrilling, more majestic, more perever he was in possession of the necessary sum, he would fect, than that single voice. When he utters the words, faithfully return what I had lent him. He must have “ And darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkmeant what he said, for his words and manner were I ness the people,” who does not tremble with a dim

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feeling of that desolation where the light of God shone Sensation the second, was produced by the garments not, even as “ darkness which might be felt.” We will of the populace, so picturesque and distinct. The imagine, as the last tones of the singer die away, the

many priests I encountered, with their flowing casorgan poaring forth the glorious magnificence of its music-magnificent it indeed is, and we shall acknow- socks and tri-cornered hats, added very considerably to ledge while we listen that it is indeed the triumph of the grouping of the scene : their name in Belgium art, but we shall feel that the first sound, the voice of is legion : in almost every street, in every nook or the singer, was the triumph of nature. It may be sequestered spot, on the beach, in the outskirts of the remarked, that part of the effect produced by the Mes: town, there they were. I must say they did not give siah is from the sublimity of the words. This will

me the notion of rigid abstinence from rich men's readily be conceded ; but, as poetry and vocal music are feasts, for all that I saw were of a very comely port. so legitimately linked, are so entirely one, it is of their

Ostend, as well as I could ascertain, is not a very united charm we speak, in dwelling on the beauty of vocal music in its highest perfection. But we need not remarkable place : there are few remains of antiquity look so high as the inspired writings, or the noble in it. It stands on a low flat shore, the sands of which, melodies of Handel, for beautiful and lasting effects; and the fortifications, especially the rampart, present a none ever heard Moore's Irish melody,

charming promenade for the many visitors who flock "Farewell, but whenever you welcome the hour," here, during the season, to avail themselves of the sung under the circumstances for which it was written, opportunities the place affords for bathing. Oysters -sung at the parting hour by a dearly loved friend who

are sent to all parts of the kingdom, and the Ostend could feel and express its exquisite spirit, without remembering it through life-without feeling, when. oysters are considered of great excellence. There is a

One of their conever the song might be heard again, though at the great deal of fishing carried on. interval of years, that one evening come back, vividly trivances in the piscatory art afforded me much enteras it had been but yesterday,

tainment: a round net is fastened by loops to the end -“the day, the hour,

of a long pole, and repeatedly ducked in and out of the All things pertaining to that place and hour," water: many of these nets were, however, left all night remembered faces-familiar voices—the singer, the attached to boats ; I had no means of knowing with circle of “happy friends," it may be, dispersed never to what success. meet on earth again; all, at the moment, would return

I had an introduction to a widow lady, who resided with a distinctness, a reality, which we would defy all the instrumental music in the world to produce. The in the Rue de la Chapelle, but it happened unfortunately power to soothe and charm the present hour, to embalm that she had the day previous gone on a visit to some the memory of the brightest past away, is surely not a friends at Bruges, so that I did not see her. The light one, and may well claim pre-eminence over all the grisette, a lively young Frenchwoman, gave me persplendid perishing gratification which instrumental mission to see Madame's pictures: the gem of the music can give. We willingly concede its scientific collection was a small Rubens, equal to anything I ever superiority, its more brilliant qualifications, but we claim for the union of melody with poetry, something there was any particular lion visible in or about the

saw by that master. I could not ascertain whether more refined, more exalted, an abiding influence over the inmost soul which cannot pass away.

neighbourhood.

The church has no especial feature to invite the attention of the tourist eager to behold others well

known to fame. Far out at sea, you may descry the RAMBLES IN BELGIUM.

steeple, a very welcome sight to all who love not, and No. I.--Ostend.

are not loved by, the rolling deep. I sad for a long time felt a great desire to see the " I was much amused with the obstinate adherence of Low Countries : my wish was gratified. After a voy- an old épicier, to the faith of a fact somewhat dubitable. age (for that it literally was) of two days, the minutiæ I certainly had heard that the celebrated “huîtres of which I will not detail, I landed at Ostend. There d'Ostende" were really and truly an English importation, is scarcely any sensation more pregnant with novelty, sent here to be improved, or rather educated, to suit and a sort of confusion of ideas, than that which awaits the Belgian palate : indeed, I had seen the oyster parks a traveller from the shores of Old England, when first a few hours previous to my conference with the Fleming. he sets foot on a foreign land. Something new, some- When I expressed my belief that the fish were not thing strange is about and around him everywhere. Ostenders, but English born, he had for all reply, New customs, new costumes, new ways, new habits, Monsieur, mais Monsieur, vous êtes trompé; c'est bien solicit his attention on all sides; and though the inter-drôle, mais pardonnez, vous êtes trompé.” The same course of all the continental nations with the inhabitants worthy, on hearing me exclaim that I had not seen a of Albion's isle has become more and more frequent, as tree in or near his patriotically loved dwelling place, civilization, with all its concomitant blessings of steam- offered, with no small pomposity of manner and proudboats, railroads, &c. has advanced, still novelty and a ness of voice, to guide my ignorant person to a spot difference are visible in every aspect of the terra nova. where I should behold a tree of large dimensions.

That such were my own feelings I must frankly con- A short walk brought us close to this famous specimen fess, when, after a night's repose in the Hôtel de la Cour of the forest tribe. Shades of Pansanger, noble avenue Impériale, I sallied forth to see Ostend.

of Hatfield, how you rose to my mind's eye, in your First, the whiteness of the houses, so different to the quiet, stately grandeur, with all your majesty of limbs exterior of our own habitations in smoky London: this rich with the hoar of ages! Imagine a common sycahad for me an extraordinary effect, inasmuch as I could more, in one of those out-of-the-way churchyards in not refrain from fancying that they had all been recently the great metropolis, and you have before you an expainted or cleaned. This very agreeable appearance aggerated specimen of the leafy glory of Ostend. arises from the fact of the prevalence of wood as an

After a walk on the sands, and round the ramparts, article of fuel.

I was not sorry to partake of a most comfortable and

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well-served dinner. Nothing could exceed the spotless “Not without · Trust;' indeed, I cannot go back purity of the table-cloth, or the cleanly and neatly- without him. It did not rain so fast, and there was no arranged style of the whole apartment. It will not thunder, when I ran from home. I am sure if I could do to detain the reader over further particulars of call loud enough he would hear me.”.

The little girl could not be persuaded to return withOstend, for within a few miles lies a town far more

out the missing favourite, and entreated the old man to interesting, and one to which I will direct his attention | let her go to a shed in the next field, where he mi gh speedily: but let us for the present pause.

have taken shelter : it was quite in vain to tell her how unlikely it was that they should find the dog; and,

rather than leave his young companion in distress, hé THE WANDERER'S RECEPTION.

moved towards the spot. The child put her little hand CHAPTER I.

into his, and jumped forward as if to reach the hovel

in one bound, but, when she found her friend so feeble, The sky was dark and stormy, the clouds sent forth her heart reproached her, and, with a few tears at the torrents of rain, and all nature threatened a dark and idea of not seeking her pet, she begged that he would dreary night, when an old man, tottering along the road, turn towards her aunt's cottage, where he would find turned aside to rest against the stem of an ancient oak. rest, and could have his clothes dried; but, seeing he His dress bespoke great poverty, his staff could scarcely would not listen to her thoughtful proposal, and persupport his weak frame, but no shrinking fear could be determined that he should not expose his health on her

sisted in his intention to grant her former request, she traced in his countenance ; his white hair, blown by the account, and appearing to consent, and to guide him to boisterous winds off his wrinkled forehead, showed a the hut, she gently led him round the tree in the opporestless, anxious eye; and, while his bodily infirmities site direction, and did not discover to him her simple demanded repose, he turned eagerly towards the road, artifice till at the door of the cottage. With warm grahis heart apparently longing to resume the journey. titude did the old man regard her; but, intent on securThe large drops of rain could not cool his brow, and the ing him a welcome, Mary hastily let go his hand and lightning that played with destructive beauty around pushed open the door, when, to her great joy, Trust

sprang upon her with every manifestation of satisfaction the branches above him, served to show more clearly at the meeting. Upbraiding him for running away, she his haggard and worn features. Could we have seen his drew near to her uncle, earnestly entreating him to heart, we should have discovered that, although his jour- take care of the aged traveller. She was soon made ney through life had been sad, yet the hope of future quite happy by seeing him seated by the fire, and parjoys, and faith in the love and support of his Maker, taking of their frugal supper. had ever proved, as it still did, his strength and con- Mary's long absence had caused some alarm, but she solation.

begged for forgiveness, and soon ran off to her bed. The old man's eyes were closed, as if to shut out the Quite exhausted with crying and running about in the distance between him and his destination, when a low, damp fields, she directly fell into a sound, quiet sleep. gentle voice recalled his attention to the present mo- Her aunt, wishing to point out how mistaken she had ment, and, looking down, he found a little child clasping been in going at such a time to seek the dog, went to his hand, in sweet tones trying to comfort him.

her room as soon as she could leave the other children. Stroking her fair hair, now damp with the falling She felt unwilling to disturb her, and sitting down by rain, he inquired why one so young and tender braved the bed-side she watched her slumbers. The lightning the dangers of such a storm.

still played round the house, but did not agitate the “I am looking," replied the little one, " for my dear sleeper; her soft dimpled arms were crossed over her, * Trust.' If you have seen a large black dog pass this her fair locks fell over her shoulders, and her half-closed way, pray tell me, that I may find him."

lips seemed ready to impart some mystory of sleep : " Poor child ! you must not wander to seek the ani- presently she moved uneasily, and with suddenly outmal now.

While you speak so kindly of your favourite, stretched hands murmured, “Mother! Mother!" For the have you no considerate parent to be uneasy at your first time her companion felt tenderly towards the poor absence ?"

orphan. She had unhesitatingly taken charge of her “They call me Mary. I never saw my father, but my as her sister's offspring, but, with nine of her own, she mother told me he was not lost; and one day, when had not paid any particular attention to Mary, and, seeshe was very ill, that she was going to him, that they ing the child apparently happy, singing in the fields, would both wait for me, but that I must stay amongst and playing with Trust, she had felt contented about the green fields till I was called to them. I never saw her. She was too generous to feel the addition to her her again; and my aunt brought me to her home. I family a burden, and without reluctance offered her called • Trust,' and he ran by the cart all the way; I such advantages as her own children enjoyed. Mary cannot bear to lose him, he loves me better than any troubled no one, and had become so independent that one.”

none of the family thought of guiding her actions or “How is it you have lost your pet? and why have you consulting her feelings. Her aunt now felt drawn been allowed to come out now to look for him?" towards her, and she blamed herself for not having

“This morning my uncle took me to school ; I had taken greater interest in the child's pursuits and tastes; never been there before, but my aunt has so many gently bending over her and kissing her smooth brow, babies at home that she has no time to teach and love she prayed for strength to be able to take the place of

I begged very hard that my dog might come with that parent with whom the slumberer, in spirit, seemed

but they would not let him, and when I came back now to be united. he was gone ; he would not eat the dinner they offered him, and I am sure he went away to look for me. I

CHAPTER II. must find him ; I am very unhappy without him;" and the tears ran down her cheeks as she spoke.

On joining her husband and their guest in the lower “I should not have thought it possible, this morn-room, Martha, Mary's aunt, found the old man ready to ing,” reasoned the old man, “ that I could turn aside relate the circumstances of his journey, and, on their during to-day's journey; but this little girl requires expressing sympathy in his apparent troubles, he offered assistance, and I must place her under some protection.” | to recount the most important events of his life; to

Turning towards her he raised her drooping head, and which proposal they willingly acceded. desired her to tell him where she lived, that he might “I was born in the north of England," he began, take her home.

"and, in so remote a village as ours, my parents would

me.

me,

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