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burning thurible, there are offerings laid upon the will send it. Some hopes will be excited by the man. altar-rich, tasteful, elaborate, simple, magnificent or ner of reception--all will be joyful in preparing to humble. Every kind may be had, and will be had give; all will be gratified in examining the gist. from those who minister to the wants of the Valen-Not all-one at least will go 10 the shrine where artinans, as of old did the sellers of doves in the tem- fection has deposited the gift-and as she drops a tear ple provide the means of sacrifice to the unprepared upon the cherished memorial, will send her ihoughts devotee.

far, far upward to the home of the giver-or backSt. Valentine's day then is becoming, nay, it has ward to the hour in which it was given. Yet this is become, a national holyday—one that brings smiles joy-this sanctified Sabbath of the young heart seems of pleasure to the young of both sexes, and the joy of doubly hallowed when its light is reflected from the recollected pleasure to the old. It is a festival in memorial of affection, an affection made sure in one which the feelings need no stimulant, and in which by the icy band of death; fixed undyingly in the it asks no boisterous expression. Beautiful is the other, by a consecration which no change can divert anticipation of such a season. Some hearts beat from its hallowing purpose. quickly in the thought of what may be sent, and who



When the young bird goes from her early home,

Though the swift-winged moments in happiness fly,
Though the bridegroom is near with a gentle tone

And a truthful love in his deep dark eye-
Though the future is strewn with the roses of hope,

And peopled with phantoms too brilliant to last-
She turns with a tear to the friends of her youth,

To those who were dear in the past.
The wanderer far, far from kindred and friends,

In fancy revisits his dear native cot;
He views the clear stream where the willow tree bends,

And the cowslips that brighten the spot.
He views the dark wood and the green sloping hill,

The porch, with its graceful white jessamine hung,
The half-open window that looks on the mill,

And the garden where honey-bees hum. And before him appear, as distinct as of yore,

His mother's soft eye, and his sire's furrowed brow; His Mary's light form, as when last on the shore

He bade her remember her vow;

His sister's long hair, with its sunshiny gleam,

Like a banner of gold to the summer wind cast-
But one touch of the present dissolves the light dream,

And he sighs for the joys of the past.
Though surrounded with blessings, and favored with all

That God in his bounty bestows,
We revert to the pleasures we ne'er can recall,

And the tear-drop unconsciously flows.
While roving, entranced, 'mid the fairest of scenes,

A cloud o'er our warm glowing hearts will be cast,
If we think of the blossoms, the birds and the streams

That were lovely and loved in the past.
Creator and Father! Oh! teach me to live

With thy precepts divine for my guide,
Oh! let my young bosom thy lessons receive,

And divest it of folly and pride,
That, when this lithe form is decrepit and bent,

When my color is fading, my pulse waning fast-
I can look back with joy to the moments well spent,

And muse with delight on the past.



Dark clouds are hovering round me

With all their train of care:
A thousand woes surround me,

Drear shadows of despair !
But what are they?-a richer gem

Shines radiant from above :
It throws its sunshine over them,

And oh !-that light is Love!

Then why should cares alarm me,

Though adverse fortune reign ?
Why frowns of wo disarm me?

Why sorrow give me pain ?
For what are alla richer gem

Shines radiant from above:
It throws its sunshine over them,

And oh !-that light is Love!



SCARCELY a year has elapsed since the musical me exceedingly to explain. Mendelsshon's music is world has been painfully moved by the death of Felix of a more purely intellectual character than that of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. No loss, which the divine any modern composer, and his greatest works are art has sustained since that of Von Weber, will be those which but few thoroughly appreciate. While, so difficult to replace, and probably no man of genius in his “Songs without Words,” and the simple granwas ever more sincerely mourned, as a man. He deur of his sacred melodies, he comes nearer to not only possessed that universal sympathy with hu- the general sympathy, his “ Walpurgisnacht,” and manity, which is so noble a characteristic of the "Fingal's Cave," creations of startling power and highest genius, but, unlike many great men, whose sublimity, which stand alone in the character of their very isolation of intellect creates an atmosphere expression, are rarely produced, except in those about them which the world is awed from seeking German cities where the taste for music has not been to penetrate, the familiar scope of his warm nature led away from the standard set up by the schools of descended to an equality with all he met, and though Bach and Hayden, by the voluptuous melodies of the all who named him as a composer, may not have modern Italian opera. Frankfort is one of these understood or appreciated him, all who knew him as cities, and I was fortunate enough to hear the Wala man, could not choose but love him. The career purgisnacht performed by the Cæcilien - Verein, or of genius, unhappily, is not often surrounded at the Society of St. Cecilia. The poetry of Goethe and the onset with the wordly advantages, nor watched and music of Mendelssohn!-it was a sublime marriage cherished with the fostering care, which fell to his lot. of genius. The works of the latter are as full of His nature was never embittered by early struggles wild and stormy pictures as those of the former, and with an unrecognizing world, nor was his natural he has described in music the crags and breakers faith in man shaken by a keen encounter with selfish- of the bleak Hebrides, with as much power as ness and persecution. The development of his moral Goethe exhibits, in painting the savage scenery of mind, each sustaining and ennobling the other. The Mendelssohn was living in Frankfort during the contemplation of such a character is in itself exalting, winter I spent there, and I was naturally anxious to and seems to give his memory a more than ordinary see the face of a great man, whom there was no consecration.

probability of my ever being near again, in the course At this time, when we are still constantly remind- of my wanderings. One sunny day in March, when ed of his loss—when those to whom his works have all the population of Frankfort seemed to have turned a voice and a power never mention his name but out upon the budding promenades which belt the city, with the unconscious sadness of a reverent beart, all and the broad quays along the Main, to enjoy the which may help to recall his living image possesses first premonition of spring, I went on my usual aftera universal interest. I trust, therefore, that the rela- noon stroll with my friend and countryman, W-, tion of an interview, the recollection of which is whose glowing talk upon the musical art was quite among those hours, for whose bestowal I am most as refreshing to me after the day's study in the gloomy grateful to the past, will need no apology. On the con- Marktplotz, as were the blue mountains of Epessart, trary, it is rather the discharge of that duty which we which are visible from the bridge over the Main. owe to art, as all her worshipers will acknowledge. There bad been a great inundation the week pre

A winter's residence in Frankfort, which of late vious, and the cold, wintry storms which accompayears is somewhat distinguished for the excellence of nied it, had just given place to sunshine and milder its opera, and the high degree of culture attained by air. The boatmen upon the flat, clumsy barges which its various musical unions, sufficed to make me fami- come down from Würzburg and the upper Main, liar with many of the great works of the German

were loosening their lashings and preparing to trust composers. Fortunately, it was not until after I had themselves upon the swollen waters. The music of learned to feel the all-pervading soul of beauty which Savoyards and bands of mountain singers was heard inspired Mozart, and paused in awe on the borders in every open space, and brave, ruddy-looking Tyof Beethoven's vast and solemn realm, that I heard rolese, wild-eyed Bohemians in their quaint, national the music of Mendelssohn. Thus prepared, in part, costume, and the men of Suabia and the Black Forest, the simple and severe grandeur of his style impress-mingled with the crowd, till it seemed like a holyday ed me with a consciousness of its power, though I assemblage made up from all the German provinces. could not always grasp the spirit of the sound, and we threaded the motley multitude, finding a pleasant follow it back to the sublime conception—as, when a pastime in reading their faces and costumes, turning schoolboy, I first opened the pages of Milton, and read rapidly, as it were, the leaves of a historical picture with wonder and delight what it would have puzzled | book.

My eye was finally caught by a man who came set entirely at ease by his frank and friendly mantoward us on the quay, and whose face and air ner. As he sat opposite to me, beside a small table, were in such striking contrast to those about him, covered with articles of vertù, I was much struck that my whole attention was at once fixed upon him. with the high intellectual beauty of his countenance. He was simply and rather negligently dressed in dark His forehead was white, unwrinkled, and expanding cloth, with a cravat tied loosely about his neck. His above, in the region of the ideal faculties. His eyes beard had evidently not been touched for two or three were large, very dark and lambent with a light that days, and his black hair was long and frowzed by the seemed to come through them-like the phosphores. wind. His eyes, which were large, dark and kind. cent gleam on the ocean at midnight. I have observed ling, were directed forward and slightly lifted, in this peculiar character of the eye only in men of the the abstraction of some absorbing thought, and as he highest genius—the sculptor Powers is another in. passed, I heard him singing to himself in a voice stance in which it has been frequently remarked. deep but not loud, and yet with a far different tone None of the engravings of Mendelssohn which have from that of one who hums a careless air as he walks. yet been made give any idea of the kindling effect But a few notes caught my ear, yet I remember their which is thus given to his face. His nose was slightly sound, elevated and with that scarcely perceptible prominent, and the traces of his Jewish blood were vibration which betrays a feeling below the soul's seen in this, as well as the thin but delicate curve of surface, as distinctly now as at the time. W- the upper lip, and the high cheek-bones. Yet it was grasped my arm quickly and said in a low voice, the Jewish face softened and spiritualized, retaining “Mendelssohn!" I turned hastily, and looked after none of its coarser characteristics. The faces of him, as he went down the quay, apparently but half Jewish youth are of a rare and remarkable beauty, conscious of the stirring scenes around him. I could but this is scarcely ever retained beyond the first peeasily imagine how the balmy, indolent sensation in riod of manhood. In Mendelssohn, the perpetual youth the air, so like a soothing and tranquilizing strain of of spirit, which is the gift of genius alone, seemed to music, should have led him into the serene and ma- have kept his features moulded to its expression, jestic realm of his own creations.

while the approach of maturer years but heightened It was something 10 have seen a man of genius and strengthened its character. thus alone, and in communion with his inspired He spoke of German music, and told me I should thoughts, and I could not repress a feeling of pleasure hear it best performed in Vienna and Berlin. Some at the idea of having unconsciously acknowledged remarks on America led him to speak of a grand the influences around him, before I knew his name.

Musical Festival, which was then in the course of After this passing glimpse, this flash of him, how. preparation in New York. He had received a letter ever, came the natural desire to see his features in inviting him to assist in it, and said he would have repose, and obtain some impression of his personal gladly attended it, but his duty to his family would character. An opportunity soon occurred. The per- not permit of his leaving. He appeared to be much formance of his “Walpurgisnachl,” by the Cæci- gratified by the invitation, not only for the personal lien-Verein, a day or two thereafter, increased the appreciation which it implied, but as a cheering sign enthusiasm I had before felt for his works, and full of progress in the musical art. My friend WG of the recollection of its sublime Druid chorusses, I who had met with Mendelssohn the summer previous, wrote a few lines to him, expressive of the delight at the baths of Kronthal, said that he had expressed they had given me, and of my wish to possess his much curiosity respecting the native negro melodiesname in autograph, that I might take 10 America which, after all, form the only peculiarly national some token connected with their remembrance. The music we possess—and that he considered some of next day I received a very kind note in reply, en them exceedingly beautiful and original. closing a manuscript score of a chorus from the I did not feel at liberty to intrude long upon the “Walpurgisnacht.”

morning hours of a composer, and took my leave Summoning up my courage the next morning, I de- after a short interview. Mendelssohn, at parting, cided on calling upon him in person, feeling certain, expressed his warm interest in our country's profrom the character of bis note, that he would under gress, especially in the refined arts, and gave me a stand the motive which prompted me to take such kind invitation to call upon him in whatever German a liberty. I had no dificulty in finding his residence city I should find him. I left Frankfort in two or in the Bockenheimer Gasse, in the western part of three weeks after this, and although I was never the city. The servant ushered me into a handsomely afterward enabled to fulfill my promise and desire, I furnished room, with a carpet, an unusual thing in was often forcibly reminded of his person and his German houses; a grand piano occcupied one side genius—and never more gratefully than when I stood of the apartment. These struck my eye on entering, beside the marble monument to Sebastian Bach, in but my observation was cut short by the appearance the promenades of Leipzic-raised to the memory of of Mendelssohn. A few words of introduction serv- that patriarch of harmony, by the generosity of Men. ed to remove any embarrassment I might have felt on delssohn. account of my unceremonious call, and I was



The hero of my sketch, Jasper Leech, was, to use, money swept in, so that before he had been three the stereotyped expression, born of poor but honest years in business, instead of the limited one thousand, parents; his infancy exhibited no remarkable diag- he was master of five. “Now," said he to himself, nostics, by which to illustrate or establish any pe" if I could but make that five ten, I might not only culiarity of character, saving, perhaps, the simple be enabled to enlarge my stock, and thereby increase fact, that with him the process of weaning was pro- my returns, but I think I might even venture to look tracted to a curious extent, any attempt to cut off or about for a helpmate with an equal sum;" for Jasper diminish the maternal supply being met with obstinate would just as soon have thought of investing the resistance, in spite of all the ingenious artifices best part of his capital in the establishment of a usually resorted to on such occasions to induce a lunatic asylum, as of marrying a portionless woman. distaste, still he sucked and sucked, until the female The sun shone on-in less time than he could posvisiters, one and all, noted it; shameful in a great sibly have anticipated-1en thousand was at his comfellow like that.

mand. Very good, thought he; this, with ten or At school, young Jasper was famous for the steady fifteen thousand more, as a premium for encumbering snail-pace at which he crawled through the rudi. myself with a comforter of the snarling sex-for the ments, and also for the extraordinary penchant he ungallant Jasper had a thoroughly mercantile busievinced for any thing in his proximity which was, ness man's opinion of the angelic species-will be or appeared to be, unattainable at the moment; say sufficient. I must investigaie. that one of his school-mates was in possession of a So he set out on a tour of the watering places, and new toy, Jasper would first envy him, then covet it, such like wife-markets, where Cupid, the most cunningly waiting the moment when, the novelty wide-awake of auctioneers-it's a libel to say he's being past, the boy was open to negotiation, then blind-knocks the little darlings down to the highest would he chaffer and diplomatize, almost invariably bidder. Of course, Jasper stopped at the firsl-class gaining his desired end. Thus he went on steadily hotels, where he scrutinized the habitués of the accumulating, until what with a natural appetite for ladies ordinary with uncommon interest. There's trading, and a calculating eye to the profitable side no use in disguising the fact, he sought not a wife, of a bargain, he managed to shut up the market but a fortune; in extenuation, allow me to say, he altogether by exhaustion. The very springtime of was not at all singular, there are plenty of those life, which generally passes by in gleesome sport, individuals extant, young, tolerably good-looking was to him a period of anxiety and care; for while tellows, bien gante, and redolent of wbisker, who his males were rioting in boisterous play, he would linger about the ladies' drawing-room, in the faint sit apart, his whole brain wrapped in the maze of hope of fascinating something available, (prudent speculation—a swop is in progression, and he must maternity avoids this class with pious horror,) midhave the advantage.

dle aged beaux, who dress sedulously, and toady Thus passed his boyhood ; his schooling over, with chaperons, carry tans, are always so attentive and his strong common sense undulled by too much so obliging, dine regularly, and affect a Burgundy book-lore, he was duly inducted into the mystery of decanter, which looks easy circumstanced, but which shoe-craft. He served out his time with exemplary the poor waiter is tired of carrying backward and diligence, working leisurely of days that he might forward, ticketed some hundred and something. keep reserve of strength to spend the nights for his These animals are generally great scandal-mongers, own profit, thereby saving a considerable sum from and always dangerous, sweet-voiced but adderthe employment of his over-hours.

tongued, their modus operandi is to poison the ear Once his own master, he deliberated long what of the person addressed, against any other individual, road he should travel in the pursuit of the blind hoping thereby to elevate their own characters upon goddess, invisible as well as blind-that intangible the slaughtered heap. Let no woman sufler such phantasma which men wear out life and energy in pestilent breath to be a second time breathed within the seeking, only when found to confess with tears her hearing of bitterness how misspent was time in the attain- Jasper, though indefatigable as you may well supment.

pose, met with strange adventure during his wifeAt last our ambitious friend ventured humbly into hunt. Pretty women, after short experience, he trade on his own account, declaring that should any avoided utterly, for he found that they were usually thing approaching to success crown his efforts, and too extravagant in their expectations with regard 10 that at the end of five or six years he could command personnel, and as Jasper could not, by any stretch of a thousand dollars, he would be the most contented, his imagination, fancy that he ranked in the category the happiest fellow on earth.

of Fredericks and Augustuses, he endeavored to He was lucky, curiously lucky; it seemed as make up the deficiency by a liberal display of wealththough, Midas-like, all he touched turned to gold; I prefiguring ornament, a kind of strong-box index, which he shrewdly suspected might tempt some am- , kind, and having, during a life of assiduous saving bitious innocent to investigate the contents thereof. and scraping, accumulated a very large sum, now

Perhaps it would be as well, at this period, as our Aung himself with extraordinary abandon upon the hero is gotten up at no small expense, to give a rough full stream of gentility-and, to say the truth, most pen-and-ink ouiline of his appearance. In the first uncomfortable he found it; for many a time would place, he was twenty-eight years old, by his own he acknowledge to his wife that “This flying about account; as he could scarcely be expected to know from steam-car to steamboat, was far more fatiguing, exactly himself, it's not to be wondered at that he and not quite so profitable as quietly serving out and the parish register differed a few years; but that lump sugar.” Then would Mrs. B. indignantly was of little consequence, for he had an accommo- check such compromising thoughts, for she was a dating peasant-colored complexion, which, as it made person of great pretension, had had a slight acquainthim look at least forty, will no doubt return the com- ance with Mrs. Judge Pinning, and once visited by pliment by making him look no more at sixty; his accident Mrs. General Jollikins, so selt herself bound hair was about as indefinite, being a factitious auburn, to talk of “society.” “ They do n't do this in our a dry, wiry red, something like the end of a fox's set ;" or, “it's not the etiquette in society;" and such brush in hot weather, crisp and tangible, like fine like sidewinded hints of her position, formed the staple copper-shavings; one could not help fancying that of her conversations. As for the heiress to the wealthy if he shook his head, each individual hair would jar grocer's store, there was an indescribable something audibly against the other. The whole arrangement in her air and manner which plainly indicated, "I gave one an idea of intense heat, and an involuntary am worth looking after !" She talked loudly, stared hope that the poor fellow had but a sprinkle of hydro- mutely through a magnificent Parisian double-glass, cephalus, he was of undecided height also, varying and in fact broke through all the recognized rules of from five feet four-and-a-half to five feet four-and- good breeding with that insolent familiarity which three-quarters, at the option of his boot-maker; but but poorly imitates the nonchalant ease of the really the most remarkable features, if wo may use the distingué. expression, in his conformation, were his hands, No description of deportment could have made so which were gaunt and bony, of a lanned-leathery great an impression on Jasper. She looked ingots, consistence, and of a streaky, motiled, castile-soap she spoke specie, and her prestige was altogether recolor, covered with a straggling crop of light, sandy dolent of roleaux. He was struck, but the stricken hair, and ornamented with several wedding-rings— deer took the precaution to investigate realities beevidences of broken-hearts, which some men are fore he advanced a step toward acquaintanceship. fond of displaying as certificates of gallantry. Dressed Now, thought he, if she but happen to have some in irreproachable black, and capped and jeweled in ten or fisieen thousand, she'd be just the wife for the most orthodox style, it may be imagined that The result was satisfactory. He discovered Jasper was an object of no small solicitude to the that a larger sum was settled to be her marriage

anxious mothers of slenderly.portioned daughters;" | portion-and so laid vigorous siege instanter. he certainly had an air bien riche, if not distingué Now Araminta Blodgers, although decidedly un-and that's the marketable materiel after all.

qualified to grace the pages of the book of beauty, Months were unprofitably spent, and Jasper was had a strange predilection for “nice young men;" beginning to think the time irretrievably lost, when so that at first Jasper met with decided, and not overan occurrence of some little interest varied the delicately expressed, opposition. But he was not a cateraceous-drinkability of hotel monotony. The man to retire from the first repulse; he persevered, Blodgerses arrived, en route to the fashionable rura- and finally so deceived the sympathetic Araminta lities.

into the belief of his ardent affection, that, one fine Now the Blodgerses were extensive people in their summer evening, she sighed forth an avowal ihat way. They were originated somewhere in Penn- she and her expectations were at his disposal. sylvania, and affected the tone of the far south; Fresh from this successful attack upon the heiress' traveled with huge trunks, two lap-dogs, a parroi, susceptibilities, with a feathery heart, Jasper snapand a liveried African. The head of the family was ped his fingers at love, and danced down the corridor a pursy, important, chairman-of-an-election-com- of the hotel, to the infinite wonderment of the mittee-looking man, with a superabundance of ex. waiters. Either from force of habit, or as a means cessively white shirt-frill, and a great deal too much of tempering the exuberance of his spirits, he plunged watch-chain; the latter appendage he invariably into the mysteries of the guest-book, where, alas! swung round as he conversed, its momentum indi- for Araminta Blodgers, and for true love! the first cating the state of his temper during an argument; name he saw was that of Mrs. Skinnington, the let him speak upon uninteresting topics-literature, rich widow from his own immediate neighborhood ; for instance, or any of the useless arts-you notice she whom he had sedulously church-ogled from the but a gentle apathetic oscillation, but let him get opposite pew every Sunday, astonished at the vastupon the tariff; let him hurl denunciations againstness of his presumption; she, the bona fide and sole his political enemies, or eulogize his particular pre-possessor of nearly half his native town. Here was sidential candidate, and round it goes with astonish- the shadow of a shade of opportunity. She was alone. ing velocity.

Jasper hesitated. Araminta's fortune was ample, Blodgers had been a grocer, or something of the but when there was a chance of more, it was n't


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