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Martley until his fate should be known, the doctor, selves, as wealth and rank, knit to life by a thoustruck by the extreme misery of his situation, felt sand external interests, might both envy. He was his respect heightened for the considerate girl, who thus proceeding in a strain of philosophy, much had shown such an instance of fearless devotion, too tender for the hardness of worldly hearts, and at a time when the timidity of youth is apt to had repeated the poet's beautiful and affecting check the heart by a fear of worldly censure, even sentimentwhen its wishes are on the side of virtue. After
- bomo sum examining his patient he found there was no time
Et nibil humani a me alienum puto," to be lost in exercising all that medical skill could accomplish in his behalf. The boy's chance of when a female figure, which he instantly recog. recovery was but slight, and indeed it would have nised to be that of Jane, approached him. He imbeen altogether hopeless had the doccor been called mediately slackened his pace, and in a voice of in but a few hours later.
kindness, inquired whither she had been, adding Blood letting was freely and copiously resorted also, that she had been sought for. to without delay, and the excellent man, with his "I left them to meet you on the way," she reown hands, administered the medicine which, in plied ; “ for I wished to hear the truth about Wi]. anticipation of its necessity, he had brought with liam. I was afraid, and I am afraid, that if they him. He then made up into doses that which he knew he'd die, they'd get careless about him, 33 thought necessary in his absence, with strict in- few people wish for trouble from those who don't janctions that it should be administered at the belong to them; and I thought, sir, that you, out proper intervals, and concluded by giving them of kindness to him, maybe told tlrem that he was particular directions as to his general treatment. better than he is; if you did, sir, oh, let me know
“ I shall,” said he, “send more suitable medicine the truth; for indeed my heart is breaking with to him early in the morning, and for this purpose the doubt that is on my mind about him." some of you must be with me about seven o'clock- “ Have you no other motive, my good girl," not later. I myself will call to-morrow at two. inquired the doctor, " than the one you have just And now let me beg you to pay every necessary given-I mean for making this inquiry apart from attention to this poor orphan-for you ought to re- the villagers ?" member that he is as much under the care of God In fact, the good man, on considering a moment, as any of yourselves. I do not wish that this de- could not avoid thinking the question somewhat voted and admirable creature, humble though she far-fetched,-a surmise, suggested not only by the be, should nurse-tend him. Get one or two old matter of it, but also by the diffidence and hesx3experienced women of the village to do it—and tion with which she spoke. say that I will pay them for their trouble-I feel She made no immediate reply, but corered her interested in this utterly friendless boy's recovery- face with both hands, and sobbed once or twice and if he does recover, he will owe it, under the with apparently deep and almost irrepressible grief. providence of God, to the affectionate girl who “Come, come," said the doctor, “ this is weakmade me acquainted with his illness-another day ness; collect yourself and be calm.” and no human skill could have saved him; even "I will, sir,” she replied, attempting to keep now his recovery is not certain."
herself firm. “Doctor," said Lacey, “ he's in good hands, for “Now," continued the other, “ if there is an if you can't bring him out of it, who can?” thing that weighs down your spirits independendy
“Where is the girl ?" inquired the doctor, without of this boy's illness, you may safely confide 11 to noticing the compliment; “I am anxious to speak me. Whatever it may be, I shall at least keep it to her."
secret, and give you the best advice in my power, ; Upon search being made, Jane could not be or send you to those who may be better qualified 19 found; none of them had noticed her departure, direct you. Perhaps,” he added, after reflecting nor could any of them consequently say where for a moment, “ you had better put it off till to she might be sought for.
morrow, when you can see my wife, to whorn Foz Twilight was now near closing in; and the amia- may speak with greater ease and freedom." ble doctor, after repeating his instructions as to “ There is—there is,” she replied. their care and treatment of poor Martley, rode out is one thing, sir, on my mind—a weight that i of this poor hamlet, deeply reflecting upon a case never felt till now-and it's crushing my heart that had brought to his knowledge a history of two William, dear William, I now see that I neglected hearts, which so strongly justified the unparalleled you a thousand times when I ought not-a ibocbeauty of God's benevolence, by showing that sand times when I might have been kind to yote where there was not a single tie arising out of ar- and what makes it worse, sir, is, that I haven't one tificial life to bind those beings to the world, the act of the kind to bring against him.” sweetness of sympathy and the power of affection “Is that the only circumstance troubles you !were capable of producing such happiness to them-'speak candidly.”
"I will, sir," she replied, “ if you will tell me those truths by which their pride might be humbled, whether he is likely to live or die.”
and their hearts improved. To feel convinced that The doctor noticed the same embarrassment of wealth and rank are but poor substitutes for virtue manner which had appeared before, and felt his and principle, is not enough for those who think of mind swayed between curiosity and concern. this ; virtue and principle are to be found among
" I shall not answer that question,” he returned, the high as as the humble; but whilst the " until you first tell me why you put it with such great look down upon the lowly as the heirs of embarrassment and anxiety."
wretchedness and misery, and find upon examina"If I thonght he would recover,” said she, ab- tion that those whom they despise are happier than stractedly, but leaving the sentence unfinished. themselves, this—if any thing can-ought to teach
" My good girl," observed the worthy man, “this them that humility which proceeds from a sense of is trifling."
God's goodness in equalizing the enjoyment of all " Then I'll tell you all, sir,” said she ; “ I'll tell ranks and conditions. For the rich to know this, you all. If I thought he couldn't recover, I'd is to know that, with all their pomp, the poor owe wish–I wouldn't care," she continued, softening as deep a debt of gratitude to the Almighty disthe expression—"I wouldn't care if I took the penser as themselves, and are as much the objects sickness from him. I don't wish to live if he of his goodness and his providence. Woe be to goes; indeed I'd rather go with ; him for I doubt, the great, if they look with irreverent contempt if I lived for twenty years, that I'd never have a upon those who hold an equal place in the affection bappy heart more. It would be a satisfaction to and bounty of their common father-thus refusing die, too, of the same complaint that laid my poor to acknowledge that they are brethren. What, boy's head low; and if I did-and if I do, it is my then, after all, can the contempt of the high for the wish to sleep with him."
low be called, but the envy of life against the jus“And was this, my poor girl," said the doctor, tice of God, and the malignant rancor of hearts “ what you felt so anxious to communicate to me?" jealous of the benignity which marks his dispensa
"No, sir," she returned ; “but I wished to know tions? The same truth, alas!" he cont ed, the truth-whether he can recover or not : if I " which applies, in this sense, to the rich, may also thought he would, I'd be more careful of myself; apply to the poor. For how often would the wealfor if he lives, I couldn't bear to die."
thy wretch, whom the poor man envies in his equiThis excellent man's eye rested on her with an page, be glad to change hearts and hopes with the espression of benignant enthusiasm such as he had other envious being who covets his misery because seldom, if ever, felt to such excess before. it is dazzling and splendid ?"
" It is well for you, my girl,” he exclaimed, “ Pugh!" said he aloud ; “how is it that this " that you are not a queen ; for indeed you would simple girl has so far borne me away, that I should lose much-oh, how much happiness by the ex- forget to chide her for the crime she meditated, by change. As for the boy, he will live. The God such a novel species of suicide, as her death under who has placed your happiness in each other, and such circumstances would have been ? Poor thing !
makes it to flow from a love so tender, pure, and had she known it to be a crime, I feel certain she Ederoted, will not separate you so soon.”
would not have contemplated it. I shall point it The fervid tone which marked the doctor's out to her, however." Fords brought a rapid ecstacy to her heart, pro- Gentle and diffident, but calm and placid, was portioned to the depth of her affection. She in- the deportment of the messenger who came for the Stantly fell upon her knees, and with clasped hands medicine which the doctor had promised to send and upturned eyes, and a countenance irradiated the sick orphan on the following morning. Like by that sudden certainty of hope which binds a Carmichael, or Kirby, or Marsh, or Graves, or bleeding heart, poured forth a few simple words— Stokes, or like every other medical man of emiher earnest thanksgiving to God; after which she nence, he had been long up before she made her roze, and polling the little purse out of her bosom, appearance. and approaching the good doctor, placed it eagerly “Well, my good girl," said he, “ I trust you are
able to make a favorable report of my patient.” " Thanks to God in heaven," she ejaculated ; “I can't say, sir," said the innocent girl, or igno“he'll lire. Keep it, sir--keep it all—I may have rant if you will. “I can't indeed, whether he is more for you before I die."
better or worse, and the reason is, that he has been Having uttered these words in a kind of grateful asleep almost ever since he took the medicine you transport, she literally fled, and left the doctor with gave him. They say the bleeding did much for the purse in his hands to pursue his way home- him."
“Keep your heart up,” said the doctor, “you “ There is a lesson," said the worthy physician, have brought me good news without knowing it. as he proceeded, “which if the great ones of the Here is the medicine I promised yesterday to send earth could stoop to learn, it would teach them'him—the directions are on it. But before you go,
in his hands.
let me tell you that-the-the circumstance you is there such humility, such meekness and purity mentioned to me yesterday evening-I mean your as she presents in the struggle? or when the chastriving to catch the fever that you might die with racter of her affliction requires it, what heroism him-was the deepest crime known to religion.” and magnanimity flash from a spirit more dignified The girl started and grew pale.
and invincible than that of a thousand warriors? “Yes,” said he,“ you may start, but let me ask The heart of woman alone is the seat of true cauyou what you would think of a girl who would rage and true love; for in her are both inseparable. take poison and occasion her own death?". And what is there in man to match the surpassing Jane shuddered and said
loftiness of that self-devotion which she exbibits “But why do you mention that to me, sir ? sure in affliction, or to rival the undying beauty of that I had no thought of such an act ?"
attachment which is brighter than a star of heaven; “ 'Tis the same crime,” replied the doctor, for no cloud can for a moment either weaken its I committed under different circumstances. A girl, lustre or obscure it? But, alas, many a bright examsuppose, lays violent hands on herself; another, ple of all that they can suffer and overcome, pisses like you, throws herself into the atmosphere of a away in the obscurity of their bumble lot; and contagious fever, with the intention of being in- many a Jane lives and dies, a crown to the glory fected; and if, when infected, she dies, what more of her sex-shedding fragrance like the unseen did the other do by cutting her throat ?"
flower that blushes afar and unknown in the green “I see it, sir,” said she, “I see it; forgive me, vales of remote life. and may God forgive me ;-but, sir, won't you The good doctor paid a much earlier visit to his come to see him, for he may get worse again? You, patient than he had promised, and found, that sir-Oh, may God forgive me for the sin I was though his sleep had not been so refreshing as he near committing ; but indeed, sir, as God is to trusted it would have been, yet the boy was neverjudge me, I did not think of it in that light." theless somewhat improred by it. The medicae
I believe you, my excellent creature," replied he hoped would operate favorably, and allogeiber the doctor; “ I believe you. You know now that his expectations of him were more confident than to do such a thing would be the deepest of crimes; before. and that I am certain is sufficient."
It is not our intention to dwell at any length She was then about to depart with the utmost upon the painful details of a sick bed. Jane's athaste, when the doctor said
tention to her orphan-lover was close and affection“ Not so fast—not so fast; here is your purse.” | ate during the remainder of his illness; but from “Oh, sir,” she said
the moment she became certain of his recorery, it Girl," said the doctor peremptorily, "you was evident that, without in the slightest degree Must take back your purse, otherwise I shall de- abating indispensable care and tenderness, she cline seeing your patient again ; and think,” he avoided all unnecessary exposure to the risk of added with a smile, “what you would do then." being smitten by the contagion of his malady,
On hearing the conditions, her hand was ear. For this, the reader already knows the beaceful nestly extended for it.
affection of her motive" if he lived, she could not “Oh, sir," said she, “ I'm an ignorant girl, but bear to die.” if I was rich
He did live-a week's heavy illness passed over “Ay, ay,” said the doctor, “I should not then com- him in a state of feverish insensibility to all and tu plain of my fee; but go home, I will see your patient every thing about him. Often had he in the 13soon."
vings of his strong disease mentioned Jane's name, It has been said, and truly too, that a good man sometimes under the influence of love, and at other struggling with adversity is a sight on which the times under that of jealousy; but one thing was gods look down with approbation. It is, no doubt, clear, that his mind clung with all its power to her an object of much dignity, and often rises to that image, whether it appeared to him as the object of pitch of moral grandeur which fills the whole soul hatred or affection. The doctor, indeed, whose with a sense of his greatness. But man meets attendance was unremitting, had ordered that the calamity with many weapons; woman with one two nurses whom he had engaged to watch hin, only. The former is fortified by the wisdom of should prevent Jane, as far as lay in their power, preceding generations, and takes in as his allies from being too often about his bed. The merceambition, pride, precept, and example, and that nary spirit, however, is never faithful ; and tke most powerful of all, the nameless principle which consequence was, that until his obvious and mahiresolves the contest into a struggle for his own fest iinprovement, she was his anxious and anslangood, or that at least which he deems to be so. bering attendant. When the calmness of reason But woman, her sole weapon is the heart ; her sole returned to him, Jane, by the physician's express aid, its affection. Thus supported, what calamity commands, was restrained from appearing before will she not overcome ? through what peril will she him until his gathering strength might enable Lim not pass ? what sacrifice will she not make ? Where with safety to bear the agitation of her being in
his company. At length the period arrived, and added, “ I always speak of you as if you loved me the doctor, with the delicacy of a man who under-still
. If you were sick-yes--in plague or pestistood the human heart, desired that the interview lence-I would be at your bedside-now that I'm between them should be unattended by witnesses. free from the danger of my illness you say, but not Jane accordingly presented herself before him one till then. Oh, I don't know how you could be what morning, when his reason and feeling appeared you were to me once with such a heart as I fear capable of bearing their meeting without danger. you have. In plague or pestilence, I would nurse Oo hearing her voice, the hectic of a moment the orphan girl through all her sufferings ; and if passed over his cheek-he became troubled, and she died, I would beg of God to take me rather than like a man more in sorrow than in anger, asked that my lonely heart should stay here behind the why she should now come to disturb one whose young creature that shared with me all the good heart she had been the means of breaking ? and ill of an unhappy life. Oh, Jane, all that and
" I have only one request,” he continued, “ to more than that I could do for you."
not; I know I think too much, and too often of " William," said the girl, “ what is your opinion myself--and of all I feel more far than I ought,of me? It must be bad when you speak as you and too little of your happiness; for when I reflect
upon what I am, surely I oughtn't to blame you. " Oh, no," he replied, “it is not; sometimes I It's not in nature for you or any other to love one blame you ; but then, I think of what I am, and like me--I can forgive you and I do; but, as I said, my heart gets sore, not because you left me, all I ask from you is, never to come near me more. but
If you ever loved me, grant me this; the sound of He paused as if at a loss for words to complete your voice, and the noise of your foot, and the the sentence.
very feeling that you are near me, fills me with * What were you going to say ?" she inquired. grief, and weighs down my heart with trouble that
"Not because you left me, did I say? oh, it is, I can't bear. It's an humble and, God knows, a it is; my heart is sore and crushed on that account sorrowful request I make; but, oh, Jane, promise only,—you were all to me--for from the time I never to come near me again.” thought you loved me until I found that you could “Willy,” she replied, “ I cannot promise that; forsake me, there was nothing to trouble me—every but I'll promise never to leave your side while I or thing about me was happy. was then I used to you ave life. promise to go step by step with say to myself when going to you and coming from you through the world, and to stay with you and you—'I want to know nothing more now—I've got by you in health and sickness--in want and in sormy sight-I've seen the sun.' I thought so then, row-in all that's good and evil; your own Jane but now my heart is darker than my eyes, for here promises never to leave you or desert youthere's—there's no hope in it-no hope."
and when I fail to be faithful and true to you, may Nothing but the consciousness of the unbroken that day be my last." attachment which she had always borne him, could “What is this?" said the boy—“What does it have kept her firm under this pathetic outpouring mean? Don't you love another?" of a mournful heart. But although she felt that a “Never for a moment," said the now weeping few minutes would terminate his sorrow on her girl, " was my heart fixed on mortal but yourself ; account, yet with the ingenuity of woman's ten- my fellow-servant wanted to court me, but I told derness, which often prolongs a lover's sufferings him it was useless to think of it, that my mind was that the contrast of unexpected reconciliation may made up in favor of another ; yet still he persecuted produce at once a fuller vindication and a greater me, till a report went abroad that we were courtmeasure of happiness; we say with this view she ing—even going to be married.” permitted him to go on in the melancholy task of “ But why did your heart beat so loudly the reciting his own despair.
Sunday I taxed you with it?" He paused, however, for weakness prevented " It was alarm that canie over me when I saw him from proceeding. At length she said- that you had heard it, and I was frightened at the
“But why do you blame me, William, for coming angry temper I found you in. No; as God is to to see you now that you are free from the danger judge me, I never-never loved mortal being but of your illness?"
yourself.” "Oh, Jane, Jane," he replied, “ how much does "No," he murmured to himself, “she wouldn't your heart differ from mine! Bụt I forget,” he' tell me a lie.”
“The neighbors all know,” she continued," that melody. The spirits of our happy couple were I left my place when you first took ill; and al- now touched with a sweet serenity that won the though you had two nurses, it was my hands that affections of all who approached them. The were most about you—what little I could do for neighbors, finding that the lovers had appointed a you,
I did—and God can tell that it was with a day for the solemnization of their union, contriwilling and a heavy, but still, Willy, with a loving buted every thing necessary for their marriage heart. During all your illness, I have never been dinner. Jane's little purse, in which she found an from
you till these two days that the doctor wouldn't additional mark of the doctor's goodness to them, let me near you-for he said you were too weak to now her only dower, helped to furnish her bebear it. And now, Willy,” said she affectionately, trothed boy with the first new suit of clothes he taking his hand,“ do you think you ought to be had ever worn since his infancy. The dress still angry with your own Jane?”
which she provided for herself was cheap and simThe poor youth feebly wafted his hand as one ple as his; for she knew what her future desting in would do who wished to enjoin silence—then life was to be, and that the plainest apparel was quietly composing himself in his miserable bed, he that which suited them best. In six weeks remained still and motionless for some minutes. after his illness, they were united in wedlock; The silence, however, was too painful to the faith in other words, their hands only were joined by the ful girl beside him, who asked in tones of tender clergyman; as for the union of their hearts, that triumph at the little victory she had gained over had taken place almost as far back as their memohim
ries could extend. “ William, are you not glad ?"
The wedding was held in the inn, or rather pubShe had scarcely put the question, however, lic house of the village, where the neighbors met when a quick sense of something undefined and as a testimony of their respect for two persons who terrible flashed upon her; she looked at him, but had borne their hard and friendless lot with such his breathing had ceased, his pulse was gone. A unostentatious meekness and fortitude, and whose half-suppressed shriek escaped from her, as with characters were so pure, inoffensive and irrepallid face and trembling hands she raised him proachable in the eyes of those that knew ibem little in the bed, and in an enthusiasm of frenzied best. Their wedding-dinner was plain, but aburaffection and terror, murmured her love, called dant, without excess or unbecoming indulgence of upon his name, and gave way to language that fell any kind. Indeed the simplicity of virtue, hos little short of distraction. The boy, however, litile soever adorned by the external advantages of soon recovered from the insensibility into which lite, or the embellishments of position, never fails such an unexpected excess of happiness, aided by to command respect from all who approach it
. his great weakness, had thrown him.
Our hero and heroine felt this in the effect, as did “This is you, Jane?" said he ; "stop—is it true ? their guests in the cause. was it a dream? Oh, no-no," he murmured to
A happy day passed ; and the next morning the himself, “she loves me—she loves me."
orphan-bride and bridegroom, unstained by crime He then laid his head over on her bosom, where and uncorrupted by the pride of life, awoke, and in without uttering either word or exclamation," he a transport of innocent spirits found their lowis wept-he wept."
destinies united. Singular indeed was this union Happy pair! blessed communion of hearts ! de- of our young and solitary couple, and serere the licious iningling of tears! Away with embroidery prospects which life presented to them; but they and pomp! Away with the fictions of life, the con- had obtained each other; and when the heart is 83ventional hypocrisy of the world! Could they adu tisfied, and craves but little, it is an easy task to to such a scene as this? Or do the uncorrupted reconcile our situation and our wishes. In the hearts of our humble pair feel the want of them, course of that day, taught by the natural impulse or yearn for their possession ? No—there, in what of gratitude, they both waited upon the doctor, will be termed misery-in a position of life beneath whom they thanked with fervid simplicity for his contempt, they want nothing ; their happiness is kindness to them and the benevolent interest he complete. Weep on, then, ye happy orphans, weep evinced in their poor condition. They then stated on ; little you know, and it is better that you should their plan of life, and after partaking of refresanot, how much those who despise you, might envy ment, and experiencing further proofs of the good you the tears you shed and the transports that thrill man's bounty, they returned to the village.
The conversation, on their way back, was It is unnecessary to say that Willy's recovery strongly expressive of the grave and contemplatire was rapid. Youth and a heart at ease soon re- character which often predominates in hearts so stored him to his health ; and once more was the strongly imbued with the enthusiasm of affection. music of his clarionet heard, and again did the The tranquil melancholy of William's temperament favorite air of his “ Bonnie Jean” stream across was, indeed, such as veils dark feeling and immutathe green fields, loading the twilight air with its'ble attachment. Nor did her's differ much from it.