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Pe3r scene* of sweet content, and careless ease.
Where Winter's storm, or Summer's genial breeze,
The charmer Hope then perch'd on every bough,
But now—the charmer Hope is heard no more I
Sad Mem'ry now must these lov'd haunts invade
With bosom'd sorrows, silent as this shade,
As to each well known object Mem'ry clings,
To every former scene of bliss she brings
As she retraces every blissful hour,
Here spent with cheerful Hope, and youthful joy, Hope lost! Joy gone for ever;
The tears which had fallen on the remaining lines had rendered them totally illegible. Those which suffused the blue eyes of the gentle Emma, stopt her utter
ance, she tastily put the tablets in her pocket—and we proceeded in silence.
In a spot that was peculiarly sheltered by a row of beeches, whose leave? hav e now assumed the colour of the diied cinnamon, stood the remains of au arbour-, which had once been covered with the most beautiful creepers this ungenial climate can produce, but which unfuppoired now fell upon the ground: Do bad emblem of the mind of their former miltrers, who fat at the entrance of the arbour, on the trunk of a fallen tree. Her countenance wore the traces of melarcholy, tut the manner in which she received the salutations of my friends, shewed that her heart was still capable of the most animated affection. Me too she received with kindness, though the ideas associated with my appearance gave a perceptible emotion to her already agitated spirits. She made an effort to banish the melancholy ideas whichhad of late been so familiar to her mind; and having satisfied Emma as to the reasons that induced her to stop at Mortey-farm, she cheerfully acquiesced in her proposal of returning with us to Violet-dale, where she was received with the cordial welcome of sincere affection; and where, in the happiness of her friends, her own sorrows appear to be forgotten.
In this temple of domestic bliss, the flight of time has been so imperceptible, that a whole week, which has elapsed since I laid down my pen, appears but as a day.
We know that one of the fourteen precious things which were produced in the churning of the ocean, was a learned physician: but which of the sages of the tribe of Vaidya ever contrived a remedy of such approved efficacy, as the conversation of a faithful'and judicious friend?
Such a one has Miss Percy experienced in the father of Denbeigh. He has already convinced her that the indulgence of melancholy, instead of being an amiable weakness^ -rather deserving of admiration than censure, is, in reality, equally selfish and sinful.—It is, he fays, the height of ingratitude to the Giver of all good, peevishly to refuse the enjoyment of the many blessings that are left us, because we are deprived of a few, which were in their very natures perishable.—" But, alas!" replied Miss Percy, '* what is left to those whose earliest and dearest friends have been snatched from them by the hand of death?"
"Much is left to all," replied Mr. Denbeigh. "No one, who enjoys the blessings of health, and a peaceful conscience, can, without ingratitude repine. The proper discharge of the duties of life is a source of happiness to every well regulated mind"
"But how circumscribed are the limits of those duties to a female, who has no longer any parent to attend on: no family to manage: no fortune to bestow in deeds of charity: and who has it little in her power to be useful, even to a friend?"
"And is the gift of reason then nothing?" retorted Mr. Denbeigh. "And are the powers of the mind to lie dormant, because, forsooth, you have not now the management of a family: or the exercise of the benevolent affections to be given up, because you have not a fortune to build alms-houses? These are the meer subterfuges of indolence. Believe me, my dear Charlotte, that whoever seriously resolves not to suffer any opportunity of benefiting a fellow-creature to pass unemployed, will find, that the power of doing good is not circumscribed within very narrow limits. *
"Why, (let me ask you farther) should your mind, cultivated as it has been by education, and improved by listening to the conversation of the enlightened and judicious; why should it not exert ha powers, not only for your own entertainment, but for the instruction, or innocent amusement of others?" ,
"Ah! Sir," returned Charlotte, "you know how female writers are looked down upon. The women fear, and hate; the men ridicule, and dislike them."
"This may be the cafe with the mere mob, who receive every prejudice upon trust," rejoined Mr. Denbeigh; "but if the simplicity of your character remains unchanged—if the virtues of your heart receive no alloy from the vanity of authorship; trust me, my dear Charlotte, you will not be the less dear to any friend that is deserving os your love, for having employed your leisure hours in a way that is both innocent and rational."
Thus did this venerable old man persuade Miss Percy to reconcile her mind to the evils of her destiny, and, by the exertion of activity, to seek the road to contentment. Nor has his attention been confined to her. Me also, he has honoured with much of his instructive conversation. He has been particularly solicitous to know my opinions concerning all that I have seen in England; and expecting to reap advantage from his observations, I have put into his hands a copy of all my letters to you. These it