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"to purfue; and I conjure you by our friendship, and your wishes for my happiness do not attempt to make "me deviate from it. I fhall in the "first place perfift in my endeavours to conquer a preference which promises "to be always irreconcileable with my

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peace; and, as a means to forward this "defirable end, neither in your letters "nor your converfation do you, my Ge"raldine, introduce the painful theme. "I will neither avoid nor feek Mr. "Powerscourt; I will neither appear "anxious to please, nor fearful to offend "him. Whatever progrefs I make in "his affections fhall be all in my own "natural character. Do you exert your "penetration, and warn me when I de

part from this line of conduct. Be "as jealous of my delicacy as you "would of your own; and if ever my "countenance betrays in his prefence "the

"the perturbation of my mind, warn "me of the danger of exciting my own "future remorfe; and let me haften "back to hide my folly in this folitude, "where my mind fhall foon regain its "loft energy by the contemplation of my mother's virtues.”

She then prefented lady Monteith with a copy of verses. "Read," faid fhe, this little tribute to filial duty, "which burst from my heart during my "lonely walk last night. It is not finish

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ed, but it will convince you that I am

capable of more worthy feelings than "the weak regrets of unrequited love." So faying, fhe fuddenly left the countess, who, with mingled admiration and regret, perused the following fragment:

Still will I wander through thefe mofs-grown bowers,

And fcent the grateful fragrance of these flowers;

Still will I pace the paths her footsteps prefs'd, Still watch the favour'd plants her culture blefs'd; While the loud throẞtle warbling fills the grove, Mix'd with the murmurs of the melting dove.

Here, when the fun's declining car allows
A deeper fhade to hover o'er the boughs,
Sweet Philomel, who fhunn'd the "garish day,"
Awakes th' enamour'd echoes with her lay;
O Bird! beft darling of the Muse, again
Pour on my penfive ear that thrilling strain ;
Again repeat it! - Fancy fhall prolong
Thy notes, and give expreffion to thy fong;
Tell what deep fwells defcribe parental woe,
For fever'd love what fofter defcants flow;
Sing on the tender fympathy I feel,
For, as around me, night's dun fhadows steal,
Keen retrofpection every fenfe employs,
And gives a fubftance to departed joys.
I fee thy form, my honour'd mother! glide
Wrapt in a filmy mift, and scarce defcried;
I turn delighted, and again rejoice

In the known cadence of thy filver voice.
O ever-lov'd, rever'd, lamented! fay,
From what far region haft thou wing'd thy way?
Charg'd with what kind injunction art thou come,
To turn my footsteps from the path-worn tomb?
Appear'st thou in displeasure, to upbraid
Some broken promise, or fome rite unpaid;

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Or haft thou journey'd to this dark terrene, To tell the fecrets of the world unfeen?'Tis filence all-Light zephyrs wave the trees,'Twas but the glancing boughs, and rifing breeze; The faint impreffion fades upon my brain, The vifion clofes, but my griefs remain !

CHAP. XXI.

Still to ourselves in every place confign'd,
Our own felicity we make or find :

With fecret courfe while no loud ftorms annoy,
Glides the fmooth current of domestic joy,

GOLDSMITH.

AMONG the various means employed by Providence to foften human calamity, none are more eminently beneficial than the opiates which time administers to grief. It was finely obferved by a novelift, (not one of the present school,) that none but the guilty are long and completely miserable. In vain does the foul, while labouring under the ftrong paroxyfms of calamity or difappointment, renounce all acquaintance with terrestrial pleasures, and, like the Hebrew patriarch, refolve to "go down

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