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fair cousin ; he raved of her, and He accordingly sent for Eliza, who fumed with impatience, when he looked rather amazed when she enfound she had gone to Mrs Innes's tered, and saw only these two togeparty, and that he could not see her ther. again that night. He lost no time, “Come away, my dear Eliza," said however, in writing out the schedule her uncle ; “ take a seat here, and do of a contract, a most liberal one, and not look so agitated, seeing the busito this scroll he put his name, desi- ness is already all but finished. My ring his friend to show Miss Campbell friend, Dr Brown, has come down tothe writing preparatory to his visit the day for the purpose of having a ratifinext day. The clothier did this, and cation of your agreement from your found his lovely ward delighted with own hand, and your own mouth.” the match, who acknowledged that the “Very well, my dear uncle; though annual sum settled on her was four I see no occasion for hurrying the butimes what she expected with such an siness, I am quite conformable to your agreeable husband; and although she will in that respect. Why did not begged for time and leisure to make Dr Brown come to dinner? Where some preparations, yet, at her kind is he?” uncle's request, she unhesitatingly put I wish I had seen the group at this her name to the document by way of moment; or had Mr David Wilkie seen acquiescence; and thus was the agree- it, and taken a picture from it, it would ment signed and settled, and wanted have been ten times better. The Doconly the ratification of the parson to tor's face of full-blown joy was chanrender it permanent. He then in- ged into one of meagre consternation, formed her that the Doctor would wait nothing of the ruddy glow remaining, on her next day to ask her formal. save on the tip of his nose. The inly, and then they might settle on ternal ligaments that supported his such time for the marriage as suited jaws were loosened, and they fell both.

down, as he gazed on the clothier ; Next day the Doctor arrived at an the latter stared at Eliza, and she at early hour, and found the young lady both alternately. It was a scene of dressed like an Eastern princess to re- utter bewilderment, and no one knew ceive him, and in the highest glee what to think of another. The cloimaginable ; but as he did not then thier was the first to break silence. know the success of his offer, he “ What ails you, my dear niece ?" kept aloof from the subject till the said he. “ Are you quizzing ? or are arrival of his friend the clothier. The you dreaming ? or have you fallen into latter, perceiving his earnest impa- a fit of lunacy? I say, what is the mattience, took him into another aparte ter with you, child? Is not this my ment, and showed him the lady's sig- friend, Dr Brown, whom I have known nature and acceptance. Never was from his childhood ?-the gentleman there a man so uplifted. The intelli- whom I sent for to be introduced to gence actually put him beside him, you, and the gentleman, too, to whom self, for he clapped his hands, shouted you have given yourself away, and -hurra! threw up his wig, and jump- signed the gift by an irrevocable ed over one of the chairs. His joy deed ?” and hilarity during dinner were equal- What! To this old gentleman? ly, extravagant-there was no whim Dear uncle, you must excuse me, that nor frolic which he did not practise. I am in a grievous error, and a quana He drank tops and bottoms with the dary besides. Ha, ha, ha l-Hee, hee, young lady every glass, and at one hee! Oh, mercy on us ! I shall extime got on his legs and made a long pire with downright laughing." speech to her, the tenor of which she “What do you mean by such indid not, or pretended that she did not, sulting behaviour, madam ? Have I comprehend; but all the family group come here to be flouted, to be cheatapplauded him, so that he was elated, ed, to be baited by a pack of terand even drunk with delight.

riers, with an old fox-hound at their Not being able to rest, by reason of head? But beware, madam, how you the fervour of his passion, he arose press the old badger too hard. I have shortly after dinner, and, taking his your signature here, to a very serious friend the clothier into the other deed, signed before witnesses, and if room, requested of him to bring mat- you do not fulfil your engagement to ters to a verbal explanation forth with. ine, I have you at my mercy; and I'll



use the power which the deed puts in This was simply the case : The clomy hands-use it to the utmost-make thier wrote to his friend, Mrs Wright, yourself certain of that."

to find means of introducing the bear“ Pray, sir, do not get into such a Dr Brown, to their mutual friend, rage, lest you terrify me out of my Miss Elizabeth Campbell. MrsWright, wits. I am but a poor timorous maid. having an elderly maiden sister of that en, sir, and not used to so much ob- name, mistook, in perfect simplicity of streperousness ; yet I have so much heart, the term mutual friend, and, spirit in me, that I shall never be without more ado, introduced the imposed upon by such effrontery- Doctor to her sister. Now, the Doc

tor knew perfectly well that the other “ Mercy on us !” exclaimed the letter, which he carried to Mr Andere clothier. « We shall all go in a flame son, related likewise to some meeting together, and be consumed by collie with Miss Campbell, but not caring sion.-My dear niece, you know not about any such thing, he merely popwhat

you are doing or saying. This ped the letter into the shop as he is no person to be despised, but the passed ; and Mr Anderson, knowing celebrated Dr Brown from India, nothing about Dr Brown's arrival from chief of the medical staff of a whole India, sent for the only unmarried Dr Presidency-your own kinsman-my Brown whom he knew, and introdu. friend, of whom you approved in your ced him to Mr Burton's niece, as denote to me, and in conjunction with sired, and there the attachment prowhom you have signed a contract of ved spontaneous and reciprocal. Miss marriage. So none of your bantering Campbell, finding now that she was and flagaries ; for have him you must, in a bad predicament, having given and have him you shall. The deed her heart to one gentleman, and her cannot now be annulled but by mu- written promise to another, threw here tual consent.

self on the old Doctor's mercy, ex“ Well, then, it shall never be far- plained the mistake, and the state of ther ratified by me. This may


your her affections, and besought him to Dr Brown, but he is not mine; and have pity on'a poor orphan, whose however worthy he may be, he is not choice might be wrong, but which the man of my choice.

she was incapable of altering. The “ Is not this the gentleman of worthy Esculapius of the East was whom you wrote to me in such high deeply affected. He took both the terms of approval ?"

young lady's hands in his, kissed first That the gentleman! Dear uncle, the one and then the other, and, inwhere would my seven senses have voking on her all earthly happiness, been, had that been he?"

he not only returned her the bond, “ And is this not the lady, sir, whom but alongst with it a cheque on his you met in Edinburgh ?”

banker for a considerable sum, as a “I know nothing at all about it. marriage-present. If this be not she, I like her worse Miss Campbell was shortly after than the other."

married to a dashing student of medi. “ There is some unfortunate mis- cine, and they now reside in a distant take here. Pray, Dr Brown, who was province, very poor, and not over hapit that introduced you to the lady, py; and Dr Brown married the eldest with whom you met ?".

daughter of his old benefactor, a sim“ Your friend, Mrs Wright, to be ple, modest, and unassuming young sure ; whom else could it have been?” creature, whom he carried off with “ And you did not see Mr Andere him to the paradise of India, and pla

ced her at ihe head of a magnificent “No; but I left your letter at his Eastern establishment. I have seen office, thinking there might be some- several of her letters, in all of which thing of business.”

she writes in the highest terms of her “ There it goes! Mrs Wright has happiness and comforts. The two old introduced you to a wrong Miss Camp- friends quarrelled every day while to, bell, and Mr Anderson has introduced gether, but at parting, they both shed a wrong Dr Brown to her.- Plague on the warm tears of affection, and words it, for you cannot now throw a stone of regret passed between them such as in Edinburgh, but you are sure to hit to be remembered for ever. either a Brown or a Campbell."


son, then


She that giveth heart away
For the homage of a dry,
To a downy dimpling chin,
Smile that tells the void within,-
Swaggering gait, and stays of steel,-
Saucy head, and sounding heel,-
Gives the gift of woe and weeping-
Gives a thing not worth the keeping-
Gives a trifle-gives a toy.
Sweetest viands soonest cloy.

Gains ?-Good Lord ! what doth she gain?-
Years of sorrow and of pain ;
Cold neglect, and words unkind;
Qualms of body and of mind :
Gains the curse that leaves her never ;
Gains the pang that lasts for ever.

And why? Ah hath, not reason shown it?
Though the heart dares hardly own it,
Well it traces love to be
The fruit of the forbidden tree ;
Of woman's woe the origin ;
The apple of the primal sin ;
The test of that angelic creature;
The touchstone of her human nature :
Which proved her, though of heavenly birth,
An erring meteor of the earth.

And what, by Heaven's sovereign will,
Was trial once is trial still ;
It is the fruit that virgin's eye
Can ne'er approach too cautiously ;
It is the fruit that virgin's hand
Must never touch but on command
Of parent, guardian, friends in common
Approved both by man and woman ;
Else woe to her as maid or wife,
For all her days of mortal life;
The curse falls heavy on her crime,
And heavier wears by length of time;
And, as of future joys to reft her,
Upon her race that follows after.

But Oh, if prudence and discretion
Baulk the forward inclination,
Cool the bosom, check the eye,
And guide the hand that binds the tie,
Then, then alone is love a treasure,
A blessing of unbounded measure,
Which every pledge of love endears ;
It buds with age, and grows with years,-
As from the earth it points on high,
Till its fair tendrils in the sky
Blossom in joy, and ever will,
And woman is an angel still.


Mount Benger,
Dec. 10, 1827. S


LIMERICK is a sickly disagreeable been cut, the stone having been origie place, where gloves and pretty women nally soft and friable, though it has are much more scarce than pigs or

become indurated by exposure to the papists. This somewhat reconciled air. Even thus far inland, the river me to being started off at break of is from three to four miles broad, and day, one fine windy morning, with a just here, the banks are planted. On detachment, to the borders of Kerry; the Clareshire side, by the wood of and when I had completed my returns Cahircon, the estate of Mr Scott-a of neighbouring roads, hills, bridges, gentleman whom I name with honour, and blacksmiths' shops, pursuant tó for he is proprietor of that Burrin, the the order of the commandant of our relish' of whose far-famed oysters is district, a good-natured, intelligent, yet upon my palate. The Limerick fussy, particular, old gentleman, I shore is clothed with the planting of stole a march between the 10th and Mount Trenchard, the residence of 24th of October, to pull an oar across Mr Rice-father, I believe, of the the far-famed lakes, and scale Man- Home Under-Secretary. gerton.

Next came I to Glyn, from which The first village of note on the road one of the three anomalous titles of from Limerick to Killarney, is Adare knight is taken. The story runs, that -a pretty place, by the by, and a one of the Earls of Desmond--they grand trout stream running through say so lately as in the days of good it, with countless wild-duck thereupon. Queen Bess-bestowed on his three Here was of old a strong-hold of the sons the titles of White Knight, Green Desmonds; and the Castle, with its Knight, and Knight of the Valley. The keep and ivy mantled tower, still heirs male of the White Knight failed, forms a splendid ruin. The old Ab- but the title is still claimed, from inbey is more to my taste though; the termarriage with the French line, by tall, narrow, taper, arched windows the Earl of Kingston. In him it peep so gracefully from beneath the seems a lucus a non lucendo sort of green festooning of matted ivy, and derivation, and not a nomen ex re inform a delicate and almost gay relief ditum, for his lordship is a singularly to the sombre stillness of the massive darksome-looking man, and as he cloisters. The property is Lord Dun

strides in his hairy strength among raven’s, a worthy man, Mr North, a his tribes of tenantry and workmen resident landlord too, who preserves at Mitchellstown Castle, flourishing a his game like a gentleman, and has huge blackthorn sapling, he looks like imported a hundred brace of phea- the very moral of an O'Sullivan, or an sants to stock his woods. I hope to O'Donoghue-More; started to life, to see him in the House of Lords yet : make the living start. The Green he would be in his place there, for he Knight's title, transformed to that of has a fastidious delicacy of cultivated Knight of Kerry, is borne by a Mr taste, that unfitted him for the rough Fitzgerald, and this too is the name of and round proceedings of the Lower the Knight of Glyn, the modern verHouse. I am afraid George Moore, sion of Knight of the Valley. our Dublin member, will break down Halted for dinner at Tarbert- the from a deficiency, or delicacy, or what Berwick-upon-Tweed, which sepayou will, of the same sort, and all rates the Kingdom of Kerry from the men see how over education has spoile Levant, but was so little satisfied with ed North-Not thee, my most illus- the boasted mutton of that ancient trious friend, but he of Lord Angle place, that I rejoiced to come upon a sey's borough.

wight some two hours after, just as he The first full burst of the lower hooked a respectable sort of a salmon Shannon is superb—'Tis just after out of the Listowell river ; passing a little village called Foynes, about twenty miles from Limerick, From forth my pocket's avaricious nook,

“ Then, well pleased, I shook, and forty from the sea. The road Some certain coins of silver," winds along beneath a lofty cliff of rock, through which, indeed, it has which I gave the man, not as 'twere

per force, but with hearty good-will; of this, because I had already been and deposited the finny treasure in the obliged to give a very decided and debody of my dog cart, anticipating a tailed opinion on its merits and defects delicious supper.

to various young and ancient ladies, Kerry, as you approach Listowell, in several cut-mutton quadrilles; and presents the appearance of a prodi- as yet I had not dipped beyond the gious interminable plain. Low and title-page. When the waiter awoke boggy lands form on every side the me for supper, it lay open on the table melancholy prospect. Just before en- at page 19. Rubbing my eyes, and tering the town, you pass Ballinrud- muttering weak stuff-paucity of ideas dery, the place where the Knight of -eau sucré-I tripped down stairs, Kerry aforesaid does not reside. Listo- and bade the man uncover the salmon well itself looked well, enlivened by first. Gently did I lay the trowel to the glowing beams of the sun, which the bosom of the sleeping beauty, and was just then sinking in a volumed displaced the breast back to the shoulmass of rich and amber clouds, gore der—but let me not dwell upon the geous and bright as the fat on the harrowing recollection. Suffice it, sirloin of a prize bullock. Ecstatic that after the first thrill of anguish, thought !-peace to the manes of the horror, and amaze, had subsided into merry monarch, who dubbed that that dull stupifying sense of calamity knight of knights, Sir Loin. They are which succeeds, I asked the waiter in a building a handsome bridge over the voice of mingled anger and emotionriver here. If Moore had called this “Where the devil is the curd ?” “Cupleasant world “ bleak” in a song cur-curd, sir?” stammered the fellow written during a pilgrimage from Tare with an air of stupid astonishment; bert to Tralee, instead of, when sitting “is it curds and whey you mane?” The under a big tree, near Castle How- rascal actually did not know-aye, ard, in the delicious vale of Arklow, here in Tralee, where turbot are sold there would have been some sense for three shillings a-piece, and salmon in it; but Waller has said, that poets at fourpence the pound avoirdupois, succeed better in fiction than in the scoundrel had never heard that truth.

salmon had a curd ! “ Sirrah,” cried I, I had not the least idea that any “ who spoiled my fish?” “ The cook Christian people could be so utterly biled it, sir.' Who, which, where, destitute of the first elements of civil- how-what person, assuming so proud ization, as I soon discovered them to a title, has disgraced that honoured be in the Albergo Reale of this metro- name?” “Is it the cook's name, sir? politan city of the kingdom of Kerry. -Biddy Molony, sir.'

“ Enough, Celebrated as I knew this capital to be enough, good fellow," I replied, with for its intercourse in fish, I did deem an hysteric laugh-" I see it all-she it sufficient to recommend my protégé, has popped my enfant cheri into cold through the intermediation of the instead of boiling water--A woman waiter, to the especial notice of the cook!-a female fury.” But Virgil maitre de la cuisine, entreating that has already shadowed forth this calathe same might grace my supper table, mity, Harpyia adsunt, (i.e.) the devil summa diligentiâ, signifying, as we at

sends bitch cooks Eton construed the words in Livy's very unhandsome account of “ould

Diripiantque dapes, contactuque omnia

fædant.general” Hannibal, and his passage across the Alps, “with some diligence,'

"Thus, ever thus from manhood's dawn, and not by any means “ on the top of I've seen my fondest hopes decay ; a diligence," as the Harrow men sup

I never carved a haunch or brawn,

But all the fat was help'd away. pose. Indulging in pleasing dreams of coming bliss—I threw myself into I never nursed a turkey pout, a chair; videlicet, I sat down with all To glad me with its plump white thigh, the cautious gentleness a long drive, But, when I came to help about, and a somewhat jaded nether end,

The tit-bits-all-were sure to fly." suggested, and summoning up all my Indignation and sorrow resolution, tried to read the Epicu- thirsty than hungry evils, so, after two rean, which lay at the top of my port- pounds of tolerable rump-steaks, as a manteau, straight on till supper should pis-aller, I betook myself to a small he announced. I made a conscience case of Bordeaux brandy, which I had Vol. XXIII.


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