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end, and hemmed in the crowd. Above pensive and reserved. I would not be
been to see a most unfortunate mane
young man had received an excellent
university ; and from the excellence of
might have calculated upon one of the
highest appointments under government, As soon as our regiment—thus wrote had we continued to belong to Prussia, Captain R to his mother had en to which state he was warmly attached .tered the grand-duchy of Posen, I has. The loss of this flattering prospect caused tened, according to your desire, to Kalisch, him no small mortification. He fixed in quest of your unfortunate friend : but his residence on a small estate bequeathed all my inquiries after the widow of the to him by a relative, where he devoted Prussian Captain, Tannenberg, and her himself to the cultivation of the sciences ; daughter, proved in vain. Though I and at my father's house, he accidentally knew that this officer had fallen at Auer- became acquainted with a friend of my städt; that he had left his wife, a na- sister's, a young lady of equal beauty tive of Silesia, but who had no longer and worth. He had attained, as he any opulent relations there, together thought, the object of his wishes, when with a grown-up daughter of extraordi- his proud and hard-hearted father disnary beauty, totally unprovided for ; that solved the connection. The excellent both of them, zealous professors of the girl died of grief, and poor William, my Catholic religion, and acquainted with play-fellow and school-fellow, is, as I the Polish language, had resolved to re_ have just been informed by his father, main in Poland, and to remove from the worse than dead." little town where the captain's squadron During this explanation, we approachhad formerly been quartered, to Kalisch; ed the city. Müller invited me to call though, I say, I was acquainted with all at his father's the following day. A conthese circumstances, they did not furnish siderable part of the afternoon was yet me with the least clue. Partly, however, left, and I resolved to employ it in ex. from a wish to survey the environs of amining the churches of the city. I Kalisch, which are not wholly destitute found little to admire in them. So much of interest in a military point of view, the more was I struck by the appearance and partly because it had been suggested of a young lady, who was engaged in to me, that your friend might possibly tying up to sticks some white rose-trees be living in some Polish family of dis- that were planted on a grave. She had a tinction as companion or governess, I sweetly interesting countenance, and her determined to stay here a few days, and fine eyes exhibiteå traces of recent tears. to endeavour to make some acquaintance My sympathy was deeply excited. Un. in the neighbourhood.
fortunate girl, thought I, how many of In a ride which I took with this de- thy fair hopes, perhaps, slumber in this sign, I met with a man on horse-back, grave! The sexton, to whom I had who seemed to have the same object with given a small gratuity, and who accommyself. He was a Prussian, who, at the panied me out of civility, remarked my time this country belonged to the Prus. attention. " This lady,” said he, “ is sian monarchy, had settled here with his the daughter of a German merchant; her father. He told me that his name was name is Müller." The name penetrated Müller; and that he had business with to my heart. Perhaps, thought I, the Salinski, the chamberlain, whose elegant sister of my new acquaintance; and on mansion he pointed out to me in the disa mentioning to the sexton the direction 1 tance, which would not detain him above had received, I found that I was right in half an hour. As I was pleased with my conjecture. the young man, and he seemed to be not “ And it is her lover, I suppose, phơ displeased with me, it was soon agreed is interred here ?” that I should accompany him, and wait O, no! a poor young lady, pious for him at the inn, and that we should and virtuous as a saint. Miss Müller return together.
planted the roses on this grave, and tends On our way thither he was as talkative them with particular care. and cheerful, as on our return ho was I waited with the more impatience for
the arrival of the hour of my intended little present, however, by which I sought visit to this family. I was received with to render their situation more comforta. great cordiality. As soon as decorum ble, they declined in such a manner, that, permitted, I turned to the daughter. “I though deeply mortified at the frustration had yesterday,” said I, “ the good for- of my good intentions, still I could not tune' to meet accidentally with your bro- put an unfavourable construction on their ther, and soon afterwards I enjoyed the noble pride. When, indeed, the mother pleasure of making your acquaintance fell sick, and was afflicted with the most also.”_“ Mine ?" asked Maria, with violent pains, Hannah, merely with a view some surprise ; on which I related that I to cheer her suffering parest with music had seen her in the church-yard, and in and singing, accepted the piano-forte, what manner I had learned her name. which she had before constantly refused,
“ Oh !” said her father, “ that grave upon pretext that business would not peris a favourite spot with my daughter; and mit her to devote even a few moments to much as I wish that she would not con amusement. She also allowed me, to my tinue to seek fresh food there for her sore great joy, to bring the patient occasion, TOW, so little can I find fault with her ally a bottle of Hungarian wine, or somefor the affection which she cherishes for thing else of that kind. She had discona her excellent and unfortunate deceased tinued her visits to our house previously friend.”
to the illness of her mother, because she “ I have already heard much in praise had once or twice accidentally met here of the lady, but am not acquainted with the son of Mr. Salinski, a juvenile friend the circumstances which rendered her so of my brother's, and remarked the extra. unfortunate."
ordinary attention which he paid to her. “ If,” said Maria, in a solemn and “ The mother grew worse from day to pathetic tone, “ the disappointment of day. Hannah sat up all night by her the fairest hopes on earth of those to bed, and nevertheless redoubled her inwhich our whole soul cleaves_renders a dustry, that nothing might he wanting to person unhappy, then she was so in a the comfort of her beloved parent. With supreme degree : but if a conviction that her mo lesty and unaffected humility this one is the victim of duty, affords high might have passed undiscovered, had it: consolation-if a manifest token of the not been observed by the physician and favour of heaven alleviates the hour of the contessor. The commendations of. death”
both rendered her the object of general She seemed to recollect herself, and conversation, and mothers held her up as paused. My curiosity was too strongly an example to their daughters. excited, and I begged her to proceed, and “ Salinski now acknowledged to my to commuricate to me the history of her brother what an impression Hannah had: friend. Her brother seconded my en. made on his heart : since he had met her. treaties, and she thus began :
in our house, he had seen her only at “ In those turbulent times, when, on church, where fervent devotion while the arrival of the French army, the insure praying for her mother had heightened rection commenced in South Prussia, her charms. My brother communicated Madame Berg removed hither with her the matter to my father, and both used all daughter Hannah, and took a small house possible arguments to shake poor Wil. near the church-yard. Both soon became liam's resolution. They talked of his ķnown for the excellent quality of their father's wealth. I need it not,' replied works, by the sale of which they lived. he; I have a sufficient fortune of my I was desirous of learning some of these own to keep a wife, if not in profusion, at kinds of work, and hence originated my least above want.'_They hinted at the acquaintance with these worthy people, character of his father. Oh !' said he, whose manners and whole demeanour I am no longer a child : I have never convinced every one at first sight that been guilty of any indiscretion, and there, they were destined for a higher lot. They fore hope my father will not stand in the seemed to be fond of solitude, never went way of my happiness, as Hannah is my abroad but to church, and kept no com. equal in rank." I was particularly apprea pany : but when, as I had occasion to go hensive of an objection on this score ; but often to them for the sake of instruction as nothing can well remain concealed from in the works to which I have alluded, love, I have already discovered that Han. my love for both increased daily, and the nah's mother, merely on account of her strongest friendship soon united me to poverty, concealed her rank, and is the Hannah ; still it was not without the widow of the Prussian Captain, von Tan. greatest difficulty, and after repeated so. nenberg.' “ Gracious Heavens !” criea licitations from my father, that they were 1,“ my cousin Tannenberg !”-As soor: prevailed upon to come to see us. Every as my agitation would permit me, I in
formed them that I had come to Kalisch sess, and repeated what he had said to for no other purpose than to make inquiry my father and brother concerning his in. concerning Madame von Tannenberg and tentions. A tear of joy trembled in the her daughter; adding, that in consequence eye of the mother ; she grasped her of her change of name, all my efforts daughter's hand. I should feel suwould most probably have proved fruit- premely happy,' said she, to see thee less. After this explanation, Maria pro- provided for: but sacrifice not thyself to ceeded with her narrative.
filial duty; let thy heart alone decide “ William found no opportunity to Hannah, deeply affected, kissed the hani obtain access to the house of the patient, of her mother. At this moment William but Hannah frequently saw him at church; entered the room. His respectful beha. she remarked that his eyes were fixed viour to the patient, and his modest, yet upon her, and expressed to me displeasure earnest, application for Hannah's hand, and surprise, that the person whom my the possession of which he declared to be brother had described to her as his friend, his highest felicity, prepossessed both and as one of the most excellent of men, mother and daughter in his favour. AU should have so little delicacy as thus tó objections respecting his father were sidisturb her devotions. In answer to my lenced by the assurance, that he would remark, that she did not look well, she not oppose the happiness of his only son ; had already confessed to me, that her and the promise that, as his father would strength was exhausted by constant attend. be in town in three days, he would take ance, night and day, on her mother, and that opportunity of obtaining his consent. that she trembled at the idea lest she On this condition he received the bles. should be overcome by the fatigue, and sing of the mother, who seemed to forget perhaps herself confined to a sick-bed. I all her sufferings, and from his every felt the less scruple to acquaint her with expression, Hannah was convinced that William's declaration to my father and she was about to become the wife of one brother, and entreated her not to reject of the most excellent and amiable of men. the hand of the young man, which might She had never yet loved, and this passios serve to cheer the last days of her mother, now opened her heart to the most delightand to brighten her own future prospects. ful and the most joyous emotions. A blush overspread her face; she heaved 6. Thus passed three days, the happiest a gentle sigh, and said, 'I have taken no of Hannah's life. On he fourth, a magstep in this matter; I have given no oc- nificient equipage suddenly stopped becasion to it: God direct every thing ac. fore the humble habitation. Under the cording to his holy will !'
idea that the father's visit was the clearest “ In order to avoid him, she had for proof of his consent, the patient raised her some time gone only to matins ; and on feeble hands in gratitude to Heaven, and account of the increased illness of her Hannah hastened to meet the man whom mother, had during the last days not she hoped to salute with the name of faquitted the house at all. As the latter ther: but she trembled in every limb, seemed the next night to be somewhat and could scarcely support herself, when better, and continued in the morning to the fury expressed in old Salinski's face enjoy a sound slumber, Hannah hastened, announced but too plainly the dreadful when the bell rung to matins, to return tidings. In a paroxysm of rage, he de thanks to heaven for the mitigation of her clared that he would seek the protection mother's pain. As she left the church, of the laws against the seducer of his son William approached her; he implored that if this were not sufficient, he wou.. ner pardon for addressing her there, as he prevent by his curse his union with a nad no other opportunity of speaking to beggar; and that nothing should make ner ; offered her his heart and his hand; him swerve from this resolution. Hanand entreated her to conduct him to her nah had by this time collected herself. mother, for whom, as a dutiful son, he With all that lofty dignity which innowas determined to provide. His solicita- cence and virtue confer, she stepped up to tions were so urgent that Hannah was the boisterous old man, and solemnly asmoved : she declared that she would leave sured him, that she never would give her every thing to her mother's decision ; and hand to one who had not his father's bles. he obtained permission to call upon her sing ; adding, that she was convinced she at noon, to learn what that decision might had not deserved insult, but respect. be. She was just breaking the matter to 6. The mother all at once uttered a loud her mother when I entered. How great shriek. The fright had snapped the frail was my joy when I heard that the matter thread of life. Hannah's whole attention had proceeded thus far! I launched out was now directed to her expiring mother. in praise of the numberless good qualities William, unacquainted with his father's which I knew my brother's friend to pos. intention to marry him to the daughter
of one of his wealthy friends, had not them the angel vanished.' - She now expected this opposition. He hurried after thought of nothing but death, for which him; he saw his father's threat to put she sought earnestly to prepare herself, an end to this connection accomplished ; and on the third day she was no more. he observed the carriage stop before "A grave was dug for her beside her Hannah's door, and hastening forward, mother, on the spot where I have planted in hopes of appeasing his indignation, he the white rose-trees in memory of my entered the room at the moment his father beloved friend. Early in the morning, was quitting it. Hannah was kneeling my brother and I followed her without beside the bed of her dying parent ; she noise to the grave. Just at the moment heard him come in, and gave him a look when I had caused the coffin to be opened of ineffable anguish. “We must part for for the last time, William, who had ever!' were the only words that, with known nothing of her illness, and had tremulous voice and throbbing heart, she hoped to see her again at matins, came un. had power to utter. She drew from her expectedly to us from the church. With finger the ring with which he had pre- fixed eye and looks of unutterable horror, sented her, and handed it to him with he threw himself on his knees beside the averted face. His father caught him by corpse : not a tear dropped from his eye, the arm, and dragged away his son, who not a word from his lips ; he only kissed was scarcely sensible, along with him. her clasped hands, and we had some diffi.
56 In vain did William try all possible culty to remove him. Every morning at means to obtain the consent of his father. sunrise be continued to visit the grave, Now that he was acquainted with the full and there he tarried till the moment when value of the excellent girl, he lived solely the sexton was about to lock the gate of for her : but Hannah declined his visits, the church-yard. He never spoke to any and when he ventured to write to her, she one, but would look wildly up to Heaven, returned his letter unopened, with these and then fix his eyes for hours together lines : “ If you love me, William, avoid immoveably on the grave. His father me, and set me an example of fortitude imagined that a change of scene might and resolution to crush a passion, which, mitigate his sorrow, and had him conas our consciences cannot now approve it, veyed, but not without the most obstinate would only lead to misery. Then, in a resistance, to an eminent physician at better world we may yet be happy toge- Warsaw. The resources of art, however, ther.'-To this declaration she stedfastly failed ; the increasing derangement of his adhered. In vain did my father and I mind proved incurable. His father's rea entreat her to remove to our house, where morse now comes too late—poor William! she should be regarded as my sister. he is confined in a mad-house !” • William,' said she, when I closely pressed her on the subject,' is your brother's friend ; but I wish while I live to
Miscellanies. be reminded of nothing but the grave. In this humble dwelling I spent the three NEWSTEAD ABBEY, happiest days of my life, and there'
THE SEAT OF LORD BYRON. pointing to the church-yard I see the spot where the bones of my dear mother AFTER quoting an account of Walpole's repose.'
visit to Newstead Abbey, the Edinburgh “ Grief soon undermined her consti. Review of 1818, No. 91, remarks, “ This tution, and in a few weeks the bloom of is a careless but happy description of one health and youth was fled. My dear of the noblest mansions in England, and Hannah,' said I, one day when I called it will now be read with a far deeper to see her, and my eye dwelt with sorrow interest than it was written. Walpole on her pallid countenance,“ how quickly saw the seat of the Byrons, old, majestic, have the roses faded from these lovely and venerable—but he saw nothing of cheeks! She heaved a sigh and smiled. that majestic beauty which fame sheds Next morning I found her in a high over the habitations of genius, and which fever; the physician declared her state now mantles every turret of Newstead to be dangerous. She drew me gently to Abbey, He saw it when decay was doing her bed. • Last night,' said she, in a its work on the cloister, the rectory, and faint voice, an angel appeared to me in the chapel, and all its honours seemed a dream :' The roses of thy cheeks,' said mouldering into oblivion. He could not he, . are faded, because thou hast striven know that a voice was soon to go forth on earth to perform thy duty : receive in from those antique cloisters, that should their stead the flowers of Paradise, which be heard through all future ages, and never fade.'-He presented to me three cry, Sleep no more to all the house."" white roses, and the moment I touched Whatever may be its future fate, New
66 I be
stead Abbey must henceforth be a memo. never, says Parr to himself, and “. rable abode. Time may shed its wild ing up his courage to the sticking place," flowers upon the walls, and let the fox in and making all proper use of his eyes as upon the court-yard and the chambers. auxiliaries in this momentous affair, he It may even pass into the hands of un ventured to say to her, “ Pray will you lettered pride or plebeian opulence--but have a little Parr Miss Anne ?" to which it has been the mansion of a mighty the lady (her eyes instantly sparkling poet. His name is associated to glories with delight) replied “ yes, if you are that cannot perish, and will go down to for Marr my Lad." The awful business posterity in one of the proudest pages of of popping the question” being thus our annals.
happily got over, the delighted couple
shortly afterwards entered into the silken LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.
bonds of matrimony, and on the anni
versary of their wedding-day, never fail Ar the English Opera House, last sum to have Parmesan cheese and Marmalade mer, a gentleman fell suddenly in love
on the table, when the happy husband with a young lady, who sat with her tells his friends the story of his “
popmother and sister a few seats from him- ping the question.” tearing, a blank leaf out of his pocket. book, he wrote with a pencil, “ may I inquire if your affections are engaged?”
The Gatherer. and handed it to her, which she shewed “ I am hut a Gatherer and disposer of other
men's stuff.”. W otton. to her mother. Shortly afterwards she wrote underneath his question,
EPIGRAMS lieve I may venture to say they are not, but why do you ask ?" and returned him Translated from the French of Piron, the paper. The gentleman then wrote
by J. Lunn, Esq. on another leaf
PIRON standing one day beneath a por. " I love you dearly,
tico to avoid a violent shower of rain, I am single I have a 1000l. a year,
observed two young ladies at a window
near him, laughing at the people who were I am not in debt,
running for shelter ; he addressed them I have a good house, and
as follows :I only want a good wife to make me completely happy
Ladies your tittering mood this truth Will you be mine? if you will, I
discovers, promise (and with every intention of
From rain, like others, you'd run hel. keeping my word) to be an affectionate, But should the heavens pour down a
ter skelter ; indulgent, and faithful husband to
shower of lovers, you, and what more can I say?" The young lady was so much pleased
You'd run a race down stairs to quit with the declaration that they immedi. ately became acquainted, and in the course of four months afterwards he led THE WEEPING WIDOW. her, with the consent of her parents, to LADY BEL, who, in public bewails her the hymeneal altar.
While in private her thoughts on ano. POPPING THE QUESTION
ther are turning,
Reminds us of lighting a fire with green A SMART, dapper little fellow whose
houghs, name was Parr, was very much in love Which weep at one end while the other with a young lady of the name of Anne is burning. Marr ; but as impudence nor even the “ modest assurance” were exactly his TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS. forte, he was exceedingly puzzled how to ON Saturday next, we shall commence publishpop the question, and the poor fellow ing an Elegantly-Engraved Portrait (on steel) put it off from day to day, being only and highly-finished likeness, wi'l be given with
of Lord Byron. This print, which is a beautiful able to look unutterable at the dear object the Mirror without any additional charge. of his affections. At last, however,
On the same day we sball publish the first Numchance or fortune (which you will) be
ber of a new volume of the Mirror, containing
several articles of peculiar interest ; and we mofriended him, for dining one day in com- destly, but confidently, calculate on a large acpany with “ her his soul held most dear,” cession of subscribers. he happened to have a Parmesan cheese before him, and the lady a plate of Mar
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