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be crossed on the dangerous footing of santry, among whom he was always a a felled tree, in a sudden feeling of ter

welcome guest.

From the romantic ror she clung to him for support. He annals and the legendary minstrelsy felt a thrill of unspeakable delight dart- they had furnished him with, together ing through his frame; and had he not with the influence of the sublime shaken off its influence, and hurried scenery, in which he had ever moved from the spot, it is probable the indul- and breathed, he possessed an imagigence of such happy feelings, in such nation of a highly poetical character. a situation, would have led to the de- Had he enjoyed those advantages which struction of both. The rest of their are necessary to its favourable developjourney was of a less hazardous cha- ment, such an imagination would have racter, and therefore more favourable for ranked him high among the possessors conversation. It was a time when the of “the faculty divine.” With such feelings of the heart overpower all other attainments his father proposed sending sensations—when thought is most elo- hiin to college, that he might pursue quent of meaning, but when the tongue his studies into the higher branches of is voiceless. The pleasing influence of education, be ordained, and become his a first impression takes possession of successor in the church. soul and sense, and there revels on Mary was approaching home, when unchecked; those sympathies which na- they met her father mounted on his old ture has planted in the human heart, for black pony, and accompanied by several the best and wisest purpose, gather of the labourers on his estate. He had power, increase in force, and become been alarmed by her prolonged stay, more pleasing, until the impression be- and bad set out, with some of his men, comes less and less effaceable, and the for the purpose of seeking her. When germ of a fond and passionate attach- they discovered the object of their search, ment rises into being. Silence at such the wild Highlanders, to many of whom a time renders the most powerful assist- Morris was personally known, sent up ance ; fancy is allowed to dwell upon a shout of recognition, which he rethe theme, and the imagination to colour turned with as much gratification. The it in its brightest hues ; affection ga- old man alighted, embraced his daughter thers in the bud, puts forth its leaves, and expressed his joy at her return. and soon becomes too strong to be He appeared as if overjoyed at once blighted in its early growth.

more beholding his child, for whose Edward Morris was the only son of a safety he had lately entertained such clergyman, the rector of a neighbouring fearful forebodings ; and the warmvillage a few miles distant from the re- hearted Celts that accompanied him sidence of Captain Hughes. His father seemed to feel as strongly the general had been considered one of the best joy,-for they danced about like wild classical scholars of the university to deer, and sang snatches of songs, in an which he belonged : his mother had idiom almost as ancient as their moundied in his infancy; and his remaining tains. When the captain was made parent found a sweet and precious solace acquainted with the particulars of his in directing the education and watching child's preservation, heightened as the the progress of his child's mind. He relation was by the enthusiasm of her devoted nearly the whole of his atten- gratitude, it appeared as if he thought tion to so pleasing a study, and he never he could never express his thanks sufhad occasion to regret it. Edward pro- ficiently. He shook Edward by the ceeded rapidly in his studies, at an early hand again and again, and invited him age giving proinise of future excellence. to his house, with many expressions of Now, in his eighteenth year, he was esteem and good will. thoroughly conversant with the greatest Gryffydd !" called out the veteran, of the poets, philosophers, and histori- to a wild-looking son of the hills, who ans of the ancient world, and with the seemed as happy as the rest ; why most valuable portion of the language stand ye capering like a young goat in and literature of modern Europe. He the sunshine ? Have ye been touched had visited almost every corner of the by the spear-grass wands of the ty wyth mountain land that gave him birth ; teg?t laste to the house of my fathers, and his footsteps were as familiar with and bid my people welcome, with feastthe summits of Snowdon and Cader ing and with songs, the preserver of the Idris, as they were with the green path- Flower of the Hills—The bright-eyed ways in the valleys of Clwyd and Glyn- daughter of Morgan, ap Gwylym, ap dwrdwy. His mind was stored with the Hughes." local traditions of the hospitable pea

+ Fair family-the fairies.

Nev a roddo da i ti !" + exclaimed us with thy minstrelsy again, it is to be the Celt to Edward, looking on him with hoped thy awen I may produce some· a countenance expressive of the sincerest thing more appropriate." pleasure ; and then darting off to do the He proceeded to the usual sittingbidding of his lord with the speed of an room, followed by Edward and Mary, antelope.

both of whom were musing on the meThey proceeded homewards in all lancholy import of the harper's melody. joyfulness of heart, when they were met On them it had succeeded in making a by the whole population of the district, deeper impression than it could be supmen, women, and children, who seemed posed to make on the strong mind of the to participate in the gladness of their rough soldier, who seldom allowed his lord, to whom they were much attached. senses to be worked upon by the superCaptain Hughes, as he alighted at the stitions of the peasantry. From the gate of his house, which had been in mind of Edward it was soon erased by possession of his family for centuries, the cordiality of his host: but Mary welcomed Edward to the home of his never forgot it; she treasured it up in fathers, and led the way to the hall, her remembrance, till death blotted where sat the old harper, twining his from her memory all that was sad and bony fingers in the strings of his ancient all that was pleasing. barp.

In the course of conversation, the “ Prichard !” said the lord of the captain discovered that the father of his mansion, in the language with which he young friend had been the college chum always addressed his people ; " let the and confidential companion of his early tuneful chords of thy harp sound a wel- days. This was a fresh call upon his come to the stranger ; for we owe him friendship, and he allowed the kindlier thanks for having saved from death the feelings of his heart to exercise their last of our house. Sound the bardic full sway and to possess their strongest welcome to the brave, and thou shalt influence. He would hear no excuse, have the blue birlas full of yellow mead but forced him to accept an invitation to drink his health."

to pass the night in his house, making It was a generally-received supersti. the hours run on with the most agreetion, that the bards of old were gifted able rapidity, by the relation of his with a knowledge of futurity, and could, campaigns in the Peninsula, or his in their wild and irregular numbers, freaks at college. give notice to the living of danger and

When Edward awoke the next morndeath. From this cause they had been ing, he looked from his window over the held holy by the many; and even by surrounding country, and saw the sun those who have been thought most free rising, and the mists retreating from the of such influence, they were treated with valleys to the higher grounds. He prethe most profound veneration and re- pared himself for a walk, and stepped spect. What, then, could equal the out upon the lawn opposite the house : astonishment all felt, when the old man, the grass was wet with the last night's after striking a few chords, broke out dews, which the air had not yet gained into a symphony of melancholy sweet- sufficiently warm a temperature to imness and sorrowful lamentation ? bibe. He bent his footsteps towards a Wo! wo! to lhe balls of thy fathers, for they garden, whose gravel walks presented

shall become desolate ! The bats shall congregate

the prospect of a more agreeable footing.

thy chambers, And the owls be busy on thy hearths. He saw there flowers in their glowing Wo! wo! to the stranger, for his days shall be hues, filling the air with their fragrance, Old age shall never whiten his dark hair,

and delighting the eye with their beauty. And his bright eye shall see the grave. He stayed a short time to admire them, Wo! wo! to the last of thy race, for she shall and passed on to an antique summer

perish. Even the bright Flower of the Hills

house that appeared at the bottom of one Shall wither in the bud.

of the walks. He was proceeding to Wo! wo! to Morgan, ap Gwylym, ap Merydydd, enter it, when he was stopped by hear

ap Hughes; For he shall be left like a blighted tree,

ing the sounds of a harp, which appearOn the rocks of Craig yr Wyddva. ed to issue from the building. He The bard closed his minstrelsy with paused, and heard one of his own wild a sigh that seemed almost to break the mountain melodies sing in a tone of heart whence it issued.

such surpassing sweetness and such “What, Prichard !” exclaimed his characteristic simplicity, that he felt as lord, is this the way thou welcomest my spell-bound with the witchery of the guest? But when I ask thee to honour sounds. When the voice had ceased, † fleaven bestow good on thee !

I Puetical inspiration.

he entered the building, and discovered fect, but what was visible of them was Mary Hughes, in a neat and graceful marked by sculpture by no mean hand. morning dress, bending over the harp, There were arches, several of which and still employed in producing chords were covered with beautiful traceries; from its melodious strings. She turned and pillars, most of then in fragments, her head as he entered, and when she but many possessing sufficient solidity saw who it was, she welcomed him with to give the beholder an idea of the vast one of her most winning smiles, placed structure to which they once belonged. her hand in his, and as she had never One or two chambers were still perfect; felt the necessity of concealing her na the rest an undistinguished, heap of tural feelings, she did not attempt to ruins. . Here and there was an empty disguise her joy at seeing him. Edward niche, that plainly told to what service was enraptured at the kind reception he it had formerly been devoted; but the had met with, and gazed on the lovely figure of the saint or virgin, which once being before him with eyes that seemed filled up its vacant corner, and long to drink in the image of her beauty with since crumbled into dust. Most of the an intensity of pleasure too powerful for stone-work was concealed by a prothe most talented writer to describe. fusion of lichens and wild flowers, that

Edward loved her,-fondly, dearly, grew there in all the luxury of undisand ardently loved her; in his soul he ciplined vegetation. worshipped, in his heart he adored Wales is rich in picturesque ruins, her; the ground she trod on was made more so than any country of similar esonly by her footsteps, the things she tent; for the troubles that have so often handled were sanctificed by her touch. desolated the hearths of her people have Even the very atmosphere in which passed over other lands less frequently she moved seemed to him to borrow and less severely: but the relics of the light and purity from the rich splen- old monastery is characterised with a dour of her loveliness ; and the bright beauty of a peculiar character, touching lustre of her dove-like eyes appeared the heart more deeply than the more to confer unimaginable beauty upon glorious wrecks of a more glorious time. every thing on which they dwelt. There was something holy in the soli

One evening they left their fathers tary loneliness of its walls—something engaged in discussing the merits of an sublime in the desolate grandeur of its object of disputed antiquity, and pro masses. Many legends were connected ceeded on one of their usual walks. The with it. The peasantry allowed it to night was uncommonly fine, the air be haunted with the ghosts of the depure as it generally is in a mountainous parted monks, and seldom dared to country, the sky without a cloud, and venture within its immediate neighthe stars possessing more than their bourhood. But such idle tales had accustomed brilliancy. The moon on little influence on those who were now such scenery as this produces an effect journeying thither. They walked unupon which no imagination can confer der its ruined archways, and seated due justice : the trees, the waters, and themselves upon the pedestal of a fallen the far-off hills, were touched with a column. Here they sat watching the featherly mantle of the most brilliant beautiful effect of the moonbeams stealwhite, and the tops of the distant moun- ing through the interstices in the ivy, tains were as clearly visible as they and breaking into a thousand fragments are in the brightest day. In the dark of light, that fell upon the green and diswaters of the lake the stars shone as coloured pavement at their feet. They vividly as in their own element; and had been engaged some time talking of the trees upon its bank seemed sleep- the delightful effect of light and shade, ing on the still bosom of the waters, when Mary heard, or fancied that she like things without life, and without heard, sounds like those of a man's voice; motion. Never was

a scene more but Edward assured her it was most fitted to immortalise the hand of a probably a bat shrieking in some dispainter, never a landscape that more tant part of the building; and she exclearly displayed the immortality of its pressed herself satisfied. It was not Creator. Their walk led them towards long, however, before they again heard the ruins of an old monastery, which the same sounds, and heard them more had lately become a favourite resort. It plainly. He was certain there were looked glorious in the moonlight: its others in the ruins besides themselves, fragments covered a vast extent of and, with the natural impetuosity of ground. One inagnificent window was youth, jumped up to know who they entire, and several smaller ones imper- were. He received Mary's assurance

that she would not be alarmed if he left ed,-aud how nature had beconie negher for a few moinents, and sallied out lected by him when her loveliness no in the direction whence he thought longer appeared, to shine forth the the sounds proceeded. He had gone brightest feature in the landscape. on some little distance, treading with There was a fire in his words and an cautious footsteps the perilous ground energy in his manner which there was over which he passed, and had entered no withstanding. Again and again, what had probably been once a cell, -her eyes beaming with the ecstasy of when he heard a long and piercing her feelings-her bosom panting with scream, followed by cries for help in a the intensity of her affection-her voice he could not mistake. A bar of cheeks suffused with the glow of pasiron had been displaced by rust or sionate excitement,—did the lovely girl violence from its position across the press him closer and closer to her heart, window, and was connected with the in gushes of an uncontrollable transwall by one part only; he easily port, of which before she had never wrenched it from its hold, and leaped experienced a tithe of the joy. over the shaking stones like a wild In the mean time the ruffian, whom deer along the heather. He returned Edward had left for dead upon the in time to see his beautiful Mary strug- ground, but who was merely stunned, gling in the arms of two ruffian-looking began to recover from the effects of the sailors, and shrieking out his name for blow; and seeing his late antagonist so help. They were carrying her off. much engaged as not likely to pay Edward, as he approached, called out to much attention to his movements, he the villians to let her go. One of them, took himself off in the most quiet way leaving his destined prey, discharged a he possibly could, not wishing to risk pistol at his head, which fortunately another blow from so forinidable a missed its aim. Before he had time to weapon. draw the other he was levelled to the As they walked home, they agreed ground wiih the iron bar. The other that their fathers were not to know any ruffian, seeing his companion fail, thing of what had occurred until the thought best to seek safety in flight. following day? when she consented, He escaped not scathless ; for Edward after much persuasion, that he should fired at him the pistol he had taken ask their permission to their union. possession of from his fallen comrade ;

To be continued. and it was evident that he was severely wounded; for a shepherd, the next

ENGLAND. morning, traced blood upon the grass to a considerable distance. When Mary found herself free from

Oh, tell me, are the roses there,

On our own bright hillock's side ; her assailants, she rushed into the arms

And are our hedges purple yet, of her deliverer, who could not refrain With the soft swcet violets dyed ? from pressing her to his heart. She

And doth the sparkling cowslip peep

Forth from its emerald bed? looked up into his face with her bright

And hath the modest primrose dared eyes overflowing with love and grati

To raise her dewy lead? tude,-their lips met, and one pro

The joyous throng of summer birds, longed delicious kiss was the seal of

Oh, tell me, are they come, their mutual affection. How long To pour their deep songs from the woods they remained in this state of delight

of our happy English home ?

And do our springs bright morning's glow, and happiness it matters not; it was

With that deep clear hue of red, time sufficient for him to tell the love With that all-pervading loveliness that had so long lain brooding in his

O'er home's soft landscape spread? breast, and sufficient for him to hear Still do the setting sunbeams smile, her, in return, own how dearly she Where the merry children play, loved him. The outpourings of his

With their shouts of joyous laughter,

On the way half holiday ? heart, when once allowed vent, were Say, is each gorgeous fi ower culled discharged in a flood of eloquence and To grace that evening hearth? truth. He told her of the growth of

And on the Seventh Day do they meet

The happiest on the earth ? his passion from its commencement to its confession, - how his soul had.

Doth our grey church turret still

From its own bright valley rise, yearned for her beauty, - how his

In all its sacred loneliness, heart had thirsted for her presence,

To meet our silent skies? how the world had become dark to

And is that can clear voice yet beard,

In the earnestness of prayer; him when the light of her fair eyes bad

Doth that sacred blessing slowly rise ceased to dwell upon the air he breath Upon the solemn air?

Oh, when your evening hearth is bright lineated and reported in the journals

With the dearest smiles of homeSay, do ye send one passing thought

of numberless tourists ; but where shall Across the blue waves foam ?

we meet with the traveller, more espeWhen the deep'ning twilight ushers in cially the English traveller, who is The evening hour of prayer

qualified to describe the domestic manOh, tell me that the absent one 18 sometimes thought of there!

ners, and instruct us in the habits of

PERSONNE. thought, which distinguish the middle Jamaica, 5th March, 1832.

classes of Continental Europe from their self-exhibiting superiors in rank

—the lawyers, the merchants, the agriAMERICA-CHARLESTON. culturalisis, and the working clergy,

from the “ puff and patty portion of NEARLY every variety of religious mankind ?" Now, in their boardingbelief finds its supporters in Charleston, houses, you see the Americans in their and the clergy of all denominations are natural and unassumed characters ; and highly and deservedly respected. Dur. notwithstanding the repeated assertions ing the period of my residence there, of the contrary, I am ready to maintain, Dr. England, the Roman Catholic Bis that courtesy and good humour almost shop, was the most distinguished for invariably mark the conduct of the talent and energy of character. He is guests. I allude, of course, to the well one of the best argumentative orators I educated classes. If soi-disans ladies have ver heard from the pulpit, and and gentlemen will visit coarse, and his afternoon discourses were always low-bred people, and will frequent delivered to crowded audiences, coin third-rate hotels, they ought at least, in posed in part of the wealthiest and best common decency, to refrain from ateducated Protestants in the city. His tempting to pass off the manners and regular congregration was extremely conversation of their associates as those poor, and he was under the necessity of of the nation at large. keeping a school, to augment his slender This mention of American inns, reincome. Assuredly, I never considered minds me of having once dined at the him a less worthy representative of the Planter's Hotel, in Charleston, in raApostles on that account; and when ther singular company. Immediately the propriety of granting large incomes opposite to me sat Mr. Conway, the to the dignitaries of our own church is actor ; next to him, on the right, the insisted upon, in order to procure for then Prince, now reigning Duke of them the respect and deference of the Saxe Weimar, who was supported on laity, I always think of the highly gift- his left by a “yankee" judge from Coned Bishop of Charleston, who has se necticut. This latter personage, to the cured the affection and reverence of his duties of a judge united the business flock, and the universal esteem of his of a hat manufacturer, and kept a shop fellow citizens, by the simple exercise for the sale of his goods in Charlesof the Christian virtues, and the absence ton. of episcopal pomp.

The table at these hotels is generally In Charleston, as in every other city' spread with great abundance. Turtle .n the Union, it is usual for people of and terrapin soup, fish, venison, wild all ranks to herd together in large turkeys, and meat of all kinds, are the boarding- houses. The great variety common dishes. Very little wine is which a stranger is thereby enabled to drank, and rather too much brandy. see, compensates, in some degree, for The wine is almost always Madeira, to the discomfort to which the practice the perfection of which the climate is necessarily subjects him. It is pro- very favourable. The charge per week verbial, that an Englishman, out of his is about two guineas. own country, may in vain expect to The whole white male population, take bis ease at his inn ; but the young, capable of bearing arms, is compelled to the active, and the enquiring, have little perform military duty although the reason to complain of any peculiarity French are expressly exempted from it in the mode of living, which opens to by treaty, and the English, and all other their inspection the real character of the aliens, by the universally acknowledpeople with whom they may be tem- ged law of nations. Treaties and laws, porary sojourners. There is scarcely however, are disregarded in the southany difficulty in procuring admission to ern States, whenever the more effecthe palaces of the great. The lives and tual coercion of the slaves is the point conversation of German, Spanish, and to be considered. Self-preservation Italian nobles, have been correctly de- is declared to be the paramount duty.

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