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with wbich all seemed inclined to contribute their quota to the evening's
amusement. THE BROKEN HEART.
A young lady of some per
sonal attractions, most amiable manners, (From the Diary of a late Physician.) and great accomplishments particular
ly musical—had been repeatedly soliThere was a large and gay party cited to sit down to the piano, for the assembled one evening, in the memor- purpose of favouring the company with able month of June, 1815, at a house in ihe favourite Scottish air, “ The Banks the remote western suburbs of London. of Allan Water.” For a long time, Throngs of handsome and well-dressed however, she steadfastly resisted their women-a large retinue of the leading importunities, on the plea of low spirits. men about town—the dazzling light of There was evidently an air of deep penchandeliers blazing like three suns over- siveness, if not melancholy, about her, head-the charms of music and dancing which ought to have corroborated the -together with that tone of excitement truth of the plea she urged. She did then pervading society at large, owing not seem to gather excitement with the to our successful continental campaigns, rest ; and rather endured, than shared, which maddened England into almost the gaieties of the evening. Of course, daily annunciations of victory ; all the young folks around her of her own these circumstances, I say, combined to sex whispered their suspicions that she supply spirit to every party. In fact, was in love ; and, in point of fact, it England was almost turned upside down was well known by several present, with universal feting! Mrs. the that Miss - was engaged to a young lady whose party I have just been men- officer who had earned considerable tioning, was in ecstacy at the eclat with distinction in the Peninsular campaign, which the whole was going off, and and to whom she was to be united on charmed with the buoyant animation his return from the continent. It need VOL. VI, Q
not therefore he wondered at, that a without moving her eyes, suddenly
to see or hear her. Her eyes still gazed
fixedly forward, till they seemed gra--but be left behind among the glorious dually to expand, as it were, with an cast her mind with gloomy anxieties expression of glassy horror. All pre
sent seemed ntterly confounded, and and apprehensions. It was, indeed, afraid to interfere with her. Whispers owing solely to the affectionate impor. were heard,“ She's ill--in a fit-run prevailed on to be seen in society at all. for some water. Good God, how strange Had her own inclinations been consult- length Miss 's lips moved. She
-what a piercing shriek," &c. &c. ed, she would have sought solitude, began to mutter inaudibly; but by and where she might, with weeping and bye those immediately near her could trembling, commend her hopes to the distinguish the words, “ There !- there hands of Him“ who seeth in secret,"
they are with their lanterns. Oh! and “ whose are the issues” of battle. they are looking out for the dead. As, however, Miss
—'s rich contralto They turn over the heaps. Ah!now voice, and skiltul powers of accompani
no!-that little bill" of slain-see, ment, were much talked of, the compa- see !--they are turning them over, one ny would listen to no excuses or apolo- by one-There!—THERE he is! Oh, gies; so the poor girl was absolutely horror! horror ! horror!-RIGHT baited into silling down to the piano, THROUGH THE HEART !" and with a when she ran over a few melancholy chords with an air of reluctance and less into the arms of her horror-struck
long shuddering groan, she fell sense. displacency. Her sympathies were soon sister. Of course all were in confusion excited by the fine tones-the tumultuous melody of the keys she touched and dismay--not a face present, but
was blanched with agitation and affright -and she struck into the soft and soothing symphony of “ The Banks of Allan uttered. With true delicacy and pro
on hearing the extraordinary words she Water. The breathless silence of the priety of feeling, all those whose carbystanders for nearly all the company riages had happened to have already was thronged around—was at length arrived, instantly took their departure, broken by her voice, stealing, “like faint blue gushing streams," on the de
to prevent their presence embarrassing
or interfering with the family, who were lighted ears of her auditors, as she com
already sufficiently bewildered. menced singing that exquisite little ballad, with the most touching pathos and those who were immediately engaged in
room was soon thinned of all, except simplicity. She had just commenced the rendering their services to the young verse,
lady; and a servant was instantly des“For his bride a soldier sought her,
patched, with a horse, for me. And a winning tongue had he!"
arrival, I found her in bed, (still at the when, to the surprise of every body house where the party was given, which around her, she suddenly ceased play. was that of the young lady's sister-ining and singing, without removing her law.) She had fallen into a succession hands from the instrument, and gazed of swoons ever since she had been carsteadfastly forward with a vacant air, ried up from the drawing-room, and was while the colour faded from her checks, perfectly senseless when I entered the and left thein pale as the lily. She bedchamber where she lay. She had continued thus for some moments, to the not spoken a syllable since ultering the alarm and astonishment of the company singular words just related ; and her -motionless, and apparently uncon whole frame was cold and rigid-in fact, seious of any one's presence. Her elder she seemed 10 have received some strong sister, much agitated, stepped towards shock, which had altogether paralysed her, placed her hand on her shoulder, her. By the use, however, of strong endeavoured gently to rouse her, and stimulants, we succeded in at length said hurriedly, “ Anne, Anne! What restoring her to something like conscinow is the matter ?" Miss made ousness, but I think it would have been no answer ; but a few moments after, beller for her-judging from the event
-never to have woke again from for- and, as I rode home, I could not help getfulness. She opened her eyes under feeling the liveliest curiosity, mingled the influence of the searching stima- with the most intense sympathy for the lants we applied, and stared vacantly unfortunate sufferer, to see whether the for an instant on those standing round corroborating event would stamp the her bedside. Her countenance, of an present as one of those extraordinary ashy hue, was damp with clammy per- occurrences, which occasionally "come spiration, and she lay perfectly motion- o'er us like a summer-cloud,” astonishless, except when her frame undulated ing and perplexing every one. with long deep-drawn sighs.
The next morning, about nine o'clock, “Oh, wretched, wretched, wretched I was again at Miss's bedside. girl!” she murmured at length" why She was nearly in the same state as have I lived till now? Why did you that in which I had left her the precednot suffer me to expire? He called me ing eveningraonly feebler, and almost to join him I was going--and you will continually stupified. She seemed, as not let me but I must gom-yes, yes.” it were, stunned with some severe but
“Anne-dearest !-why do you talk visible stroke. She said scarcely any so ? Charles is not gone he will re- thing, but often uttered a low, moaning, turn soon-he will indeed"-sobbed indistinct sound, and whispered at in her sister.
tervals, “Yes--shortly, Charles, short“Oh, never, never! You could not ly-o-morrow." There was no roussee what I saw, Jane,”-she shuddered ing her by conversation ; she noticed “Oh, it was frightful ! How they no one, and would answer no questumbled about the heaps of the dead? tions. I suggested the propriety of call-how they stripped-oh, horror, hor- ing in additional medical assistance;
and, in the evening, met two eminent * My dear Miss -, you are dream- brother physicians in consultation at ing-raving-indeed you are," said I, her bedside. We came to the concluholding her hand in mine—“Come, sion that she was sinking rapidly, and, come-you must not give way to such that, unless some miracle intervened to gloomy, such nervous fancies--you restore her energies, she would contimust not indeed. You are frightening nue with us but a very little longer. your friends to no purpose."
After my brother physicians had left, I “What do you mean?" she replied, returned to the sick chamber, and sat looking me suddenly full in the face. by Miss 's bedside for more than an “ I tell you it is true! Ah me, Charles hour, My feelings were much agitated is dead-I know it-I saw him! Shot ai witnessing her singular and affecting right through the heart. They were situation. There was such a sweet and stripping him, when And hea- sorrowful expression about her pallid ving three or four short convulsive features, deepening, occasionally, into sobs, she again swooned. Mrs. such hopelessness of heart-broken anthe lady of the house, (the sister-in-law guish, as no one could contemplate of Miss as I think I have men without deep emotion. There was, betioned) could endure the distressing sides, something mysterious and awing scene no longer, and was carried out something of what in Scotland is of the room, fainting, in the arms of her called sceond-right--in the circumstanhusband. With great difficulty, we ces which had occasioned her illness. succeeded in restoring Miss
“Gone-gone!" she murmured, with more to consciousness; but the fre- closed eyes, while I was sitting and gazquency and duration of her relapses ing in silence on her, "gone--and in began seriously to alarm me. The spi- glory! Ah, I shall see the young conrit, being brought so often to the brink, queror I shall! How he wiil love might at last suddenly fit off into eter me!--Ah, I recollect," she continued, nity, without any one's being aware of after a long interval, “it was the ‘Banks it. 1, of course, did all that my pro- of Allan Water' these cruel people fessional knowledge and experience made me sing, and my heart breaking suggested ; and, after expressing my the while! What was the verse I was readiness to remain all night in the singing when I sawi-she shuddered house, in the event of any sudden alter "oh!-hisation in Miss for the worse, ! • For his bride a soldier sught her, took my departure, promising to call And a winning tongue had hevery early in the morning. Before On the banks of Allan Water, leaving, Mr. had acquainted me
None so gay as she.
But the summer grief had brought her, ith all the particulars above related; Aud lier soklier-false was he'
Oh, no, no, never- Charles - my poor and the sight operated something like murdered Charles-never.” She groan- an electric shock. ed, and spoke no more that night. She She seemed struggling to speak, but in continued utterly deaf to all that was vain. I now wished to Heaven I had said in the way of sympathy or remor never agreed to undertake the duty strance; and, if her lips moved at all, which had been imposed upon me. I it was only to utter faintly some such opened the letter, and looking steadwords as, “ Oh, let me - let me leave in fastly at her, said, in as soothing tones peace!”
During the two next days, as my agitation could command, “My she continued drooping rapidly. The dear girl-now, don't be alarmed, or I only circumstance about her demeanour shall not tell you what I am going to particularly noticed, was, that she once tell you.” She trembled, and her seninoved her hands for a moment over the sibilities seemed suddenly restored; for counterpane, as though she were play- her eye assumed an expression of ing the piano-a sudden flush over- alarmed intelligence, and her lips morspread her features--her eyes stared, ed about like those of a person who as though she were startled by the ap- feels them parched with agitation, and pearance of some phantom or other, and endeavours to moisten them. “This she gasped, " There, there!” after which letter has been received to-day from she relapsed into her former state of Paris," I continued, “it is from Colonel stupor.
Lord and brings word that-that Flow will it be credited, that on the--that-" I felt suddenly choked, and fourth morning of Miss - ---'s illness, a could not bring out the words. letter was received from Paris by her “ That my Charles is DEAD-I know family, with a black seal, and franked it. Did I not tell you so ?" said Miss by the noble colonel of the regiment in -, interrupting me, with as clear which Charles had served, com- and distinct a tone of voice as she ever municating the melancholy intelligence had in her life. I felt confounded.that the young Captain had fallen to- Had the unexpected operation of the wards the close of ihe battle of Water- news I broughi been able to dissolve ·100; for while in the act of charging at the spell which had withered her menthe head of his corps, a French cavalry tal energies, and afford promise of her officer shot him with his pistol right restoration to health? through the heart! The whole family, Has the reader ever watched a candle with all their acquaintance, were unut which is flickering and espiring at its terably shocked at the news-almost socket, suddenly shoot up into an inpetrified with amazeinent at the strange stantaneous brilliance, and then be corroboration of Miss - 's prediction. utterly extinguished ?' I soon saw it Jlow to communicate it to the poor suf was thus with poor Miss — All the ferer was now a serious question, or expiring energies of her soul were sudwhether to communicate it at all at pre- denly collected to receive the corrobosent? The family at last, considering ration of her vision-if such it may be that it would be unjustifiable in them called and then she would, any longer to withhold the intelligence, “ Like a lily drooping, intrusted the painful duty to me.
Bow her head and die." therefore repaired to her bedside alone, To return: She begged me, in a falter. in the evening of the day on which thé ing voice, to read her all the letter.letter had been received ; that evening She listened with closed eyes, and made was the last of her life! I sat down in no remark when I had concluded. my usual place beside her, and her After a long pause, I exclaimed, “God pulse, countenance, breathing, cold ex- be praised, my dear Miss — that you tremities – together with the fact, that have been able to receive this dreadful she had taken no nourishment whatever news so firmly." since she had been laid on the bed “Doctor, tell me, have you no mediconvinced me that the poor girl's suf- cine that could make me weep!- Oh, ferings were soon to terminate. I was give it, give it me, it would relieve me at a loss for a length of time how to for I feel a mountain on my breast - it break the oppressive silence. Observ- is pressing me," replied she feebly, uting, however, her fading eyes fixed on tering the words at long intervals.me, I determined, as it were accident- Pressing her hand in mine, I begged her ally, to attract them to the fatal letter to be calm, and the oppression would which I then held in my hand. After a soon disappear. while she observed it; her eye suddenly “Oh-oh-oh-that I could weep, settled on the ample coronetted seal, Doctor." She whispered something
else, but inaudibly. I put my ear close A quarter-century, when o'er, to her mouth, and distinguished some
Appears by no means recent;
It made a saint of naughty Moore, thing like the words --"I am-1 am- And Broad-Grin Colman decent. call her- hush—"accompanicd with a Ye nine-and-twenty years! I could faint, fluttering, gurgling sound. Alas, Apostrophize your flight I too well understood it! With much In strains would make great Matthew Wood trepidation I ordered the nurse to sum
Put out his little light.
But ye are gone-and where's the use mon the family into the room instantly. of metrical regret? Her sister Jane was the first that enter Or tears, to render my dry muse ed, her eyes swollen with weeping, and
Uncomfortably wet ? seemingly half suffocated with the ef- The pump which now at Aldgate stands fort to conceal her emotions.
Had the same handle then :
"Tis handled now hy other hands, Oh, my darling, precious, precious Another race of men ! sister Anne !” she sobbed, and knelt Phil. Potts was then a serving-lad, down at the bedside, flinging her arms
A bix-hoy sort of man:round her sister's neck, kissing the gen
" The boy is father to the dad"-
He's now a publican! tle sufferer's cheeks and mouth.
Jack Skrimshaw kept his horse and chaise, “Anne! — love ! - darling !- Don't And rolled in port and pelf: you know me?” She groaned, kissing Now Jack, in these degenerate days, her forehead repeatedly. Could I help Wilks, Wilkins, Wilkinson, and Wicks, weeping? All who had entered were
Brown, Buggins, Biggs, and Bate, standing around the bed, sobbing, and Hogg, Huggins, Higgins, Higgs, and Hicks, in tears. I kept my fingers at the wrist
Are all in the same state ! of the dying sufferer ; but could not There's Thrift, who lent his thousands out, feel whether or not the pulse beat, Now phaetonizes town about
And dined on two polonies, which, however, I attributed to my own With two black-spotted ponies; agitation.
And Grasp, who ground the poor to dust, “Speak—speak—my darling Anne !
Haril-hearted as a target,
Has left Bread-Ward his marble bust, speak to me, I am your poor sister And feeds the world at Margate ! Jane!” sobbed the agonizing girl, con
The Dobbses, who then cut a dashi, tinuing fondly kissing her sister's cold And led the ton of Aldgate, lips and forehead. She suddenly start Giew out of vogue when out of cash, ed, exclaimed “Oh, God, she's dead !"
And sank to Norton-Falgate;
The Hobbses, once in Dobbs's case, and sunk instantly senseless on the Proud when a Dobbs would lighten floor. Alas, alas, it was too true - my The darkness of their dwelling-place, sweet and broken-hearted patient was
Now cut them dead at Brigliton. no more. Blackwood's Mag. Thus runs the world, thus ran the world,
And thus it still shall run,
Till into atoms it is hurled,
And quenched are moon and sun !
The laughter and the tears,
or five-and-twenty years! Month. Mag. That smiles are channels for our tears,
That very watery woe-
APHORISMS ON MAN.
By the late William Haslitt.
SERVILITY is a sort of bastard envy. Age steals on all-dolts, dustmen, dukes,
We heap our whole stock of involunRakes, men who say their prayers,
tary adulation on a single prominent And men who keep their youthful looks figure, to have an excuse for withdraw
The longest-even on players ! Grimaldi's star too soon has set;
ing our notice from all other claims That satellite, his son,
(perhaps juster and more galling ones), May round his orbit pirouette,
and in the hope of sharing a part of the But not reflect his fun.
applause as train-bearers. Dick Jones, as frisky as a ly,
ADMIRATION is catching by a certain Mercutio of the day,
sympathy. The vain admire the vain; (Time writes his truths too legibly ;) May yet grow grave and grey.
the morose are pleased with the morose; Poor Liston's a wet-Baptist grown,
nay, the selfish and cunning are charmed Some say he has been dipped ;
with the tricks and meanness of which Joe Munden's laugh is now a groan, And even Harley's hypped.
they are witnesses, and may be in turn
the dupes. Yes-five-and-twenty years will inake
Vanity is no proof of conceit. A vain A change in mortal things :
man often accepts of praise as a cheap I've seen it some strange freedoms take With very ducent kings.
substitute for his own good opinion, lle.