the errors, and these are the fruits of misspend- | riences of hunters, fowlers, fishermen, sheping our prime youth at the schools and univer- herds, gardeners, apothecaries; and in the sities as we do, either in learning mere words, other sciences, architects, engineers, mariners, or such things chiefly as were better un and physicians ? When all these employments learned.”

are well conquered, then will the choice histo“And despite these evils you wish to be- ries, heroic poems, and Attic tragedies of come a teacher ? "

stateliest and most regal argument, with all “I wish to do so, because I have long since the famous political orations, offer themselves; formed the design of reforming our whole sys- which, if they were not only read, but some of tem of education. This idea has long, in si-them got by memory, and solemnly pronounced lence, presented itself to me, of a better edu- with right accent and grace, as might be cation, in extent and comprehension far more taught, would endow them even with the spirit large, and yet of time far shorter, and of and vigor of Demosthenes or Cicero, Euripides attainment far more certain, than has been or Sophocles. In which methodical course it is yet in practice. The end of learning is to re so supposed they must proceed by the steady pair the ruins of our first parents by regaining pace of learning onward, as at convenient to know God aright, and out of that knowledge times, for memory's sake, to retire back into to love Him, to imitate Him, to be like Him, the middle ward, and sometimes into the rear as we may the nearest by possessing our of what they have been taught, until they have souls of true virtue, which, being united to the confirmed and solidly united the whole body heavenly grace of faith, makes up the highest of their perfected knowledge, like the last emperfection. But because understanding can- battling of a Roman legion. By this time, not in this body found itself but on sensible years and good precepts will have furnished things, nor arrive so clearly to the knowledge them more distinctly with that art of reason of God and things invisible, as by orderly con which in ethics is called proairesis; that they ning over the visible and inferior creature, the may with some judgment contemplate upon same method is necessarily to be followed in moral good and evil. Then will be required a all discreet teaching. With the elements of special reënforcement of constant and sound grammar, I will instill into the minds of my indoctrinating to set them right and firm, inpupils the teachings of virtue and morals, for structing them more and amply in the knowlwords are only the envelopes of ideas, and lan- edge of virtue and hatred of vice. But in culguage is the garb of thoughts. My pupils tivating the minds of the pupils, sight must shall learn to read and think at the same time. not be lost of the development of their bodies. And after mastering the principles of arith- The leisure hours are to be devoted to repose, metic, geometry, astronomy, and geography, physical exercise, and the divine harmonies of with a general compact of physics, they may music, which bas a great power over disposidescend in mathematics to the instrumental tions and manners, to smooth and make them science of trigonometry; and in natural phi- gentle from rustic harshness and distempered losophy, they may leisurely proceed from the passions. In those vernal seasons of the year, history of meteors, minerals, plants, and living when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an creatures, as far as anatomy. To set forward injury and sullenness against Nature, not to go all these proceedings in nature and mathemat- out and see her riches, and partake in her reics, what hinders but that they may procure, joicing with heaven and earth. I should not, as oft as shall be needful, the helpful expe- therefore, be a persuader to them of studying

much then, after two or three years that they , worth to believe you could ever stoop as low have well laid their grounds, but to ride out in as many poets of the present time have done, companies, with prudent and staid guides, to and become a mere parasite and sycophant of all the quarters of the land ; learning and ob- the nobles." serving all places of strength, all commodities “Dear father, you know neither the house of building and of soil for towns and tillage; of the Countess of Derby, nor the noble family harbors and ports for trade. These ways of Bridgewater." would try all their peculiar gifts of nature, “But I know the world, and especially the and, if there were any secret excellence among sentiments of the nobles, owing to my expethem, would fetch it out, and give it fair op- rience as a lawyer, as which I frequently came portunities to advance itself by, which could in contact with them. Of course, there are not but mightily redound to the good of this exceptions, and I am willing to regard your nation, and bring into fashion again those old patrons and friends as such; nevertheless, I admired virtues and excellencies with far more wish to warn you, lest you should meet sooner advantage now in this purity of Christian or later with bitter disappointments, and be knowledge. Nor shall we then need the mon- rudely aroused from your dreams. I am willsieurs of Paris to take our hopeful youth into ing to admit that our nobles are honoring poets their slight and prodigal custodies, and send and attracting them to their houses; but they them over back again, transformed into mimics, esteem and befriend only the poet, and not the apes, and kickshows."

man. If the latter should be bold enough to “I am glad,” replied his father, gravely, demand real friendship, or even true love, they " that you have weighed your plan so care would soon show him that they think they are fully, and still more, that you think at last of his superiors. You know the Latin proverb, choosing a vocation. To tell you the truth, Procul a Jove, procul a fulmine.'your present occupations caused me to doubt Milton's father uttered these words so emit. Your associations, too, filled me with a phatically, and with so significant a glance, certain distrust. It is true, the intercourse that the poet blushed and dropped his eyes. with aristocratic persons, with whom you have He felt that the secret of his heart was beassociated of late almost exclusively, offers trayed. come advantages, to which I attach due im His father then left him, and Milton reportance; but you must never forget that one mained absorbed in his reflections. Before may thereby very easily lose one's own inde him lay the last scene of his mask Comus, pendence, and become the sport of their whims which he had just written when his father's and amusements. They foster and protect entrance had interrupted him. As if to quiet talents only so long as they serve to divert his agitation, he read once more the lines dethem and help them to kill their time. They scribing Alice's appearance in Haywood Forest. are never forgetful of their higher position, and Her lovely image was before his eyes, and disalways retain their innate pride, despite their pelled all at once the doubts and fears which seeming condescension. So soon as you pre- his father's warnings had awakened in his tend to treat them on terms of equality, they mind. He read in a loud, sonorous voice, the will haughtily tell you that they are your su lines which the lovely girl was to recite on this periors ; and when they have no longer any occasion : need of you, they will drop you unceremo

" This way the noise was, if mine ear be true, niously. I have too good an opinion of your My best guide now; methought it was the sound

your visit.”


Of riot and ill-managed merriment,

strength. A sigh escaped his breast. Milton Such as the jocund flute, or gamesome pipe,

turned and perceived his friend. Stirs up among the looso unlettered hinds, When for their teeming flocks and granges full, “Welcome, my Lycidas !” he exclaimed. In wanton dance they praise the bounteous Pan,

“You have kept me waiting a long time for And thank the gods amiss. I should be loath To meet the rudeness and swilled insolence Of such late wassailers; yet, oh! where else

“I was afraid of disturbing you, as I knew Shall I inform my unacquainted feet In the blind mazes of this tangled wood ?

you were occupied with your mask.” My brothers, when they saw me wearied out With this long way, resolving here to lodge

“I shall finish it very soon, and besides I Under the spreading favor of these pines,

have always time and leisure for my friends. Stepped, as they said, to the next thicket-side, To bring me berries, or such cooling fruit

If you have no objections, we will take a walk. As the kind hospitable woods provide.

I have worked all day, and a stroll with you They left me then, when the gray-hooded Even,

will do me good.” Like a sad votarist in palmer's weed, Rose from the hindmost wheels of Phæbus' wain, The room also seemed to his friend too But where they are, and why they came not back,


Both left it and entered upon their
Is now the labor of my thoughts; 'tis likeliest
They had engaged their wandering steps too far; habitual walk.
And envious darkness, ere they could return,
Had stole them from me: else, oh thievish Night,
Why shouidst thou, but for some felonious end,
In thy dark lantern thus close up the stars,
That Nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps
With everlasting oil, to give due light

To the misled and lonely traveller ?
This is the place, as well as I may guess,

Whence even now the tumult of loud mirth
Was rife, and perfect in my listening ear;

The friends walked a long while side by
Yet naught but single darkness do I find.
What might this be? A thousand fantasies

side, without conversing as they used to do. Begin to throng into my memory,

Their thoughts were fixed on the same distant Of calling shapes, and beckoning shadows dire, And airy tongues that syllable men's names

object; the same inclination made them siOn sands, and shores, and desert wildernesses.

lent. Perhaps each suspected the other's feelThese thoughts may startle well, but not astound The virtuous mind, that ever walks attended

ings, and therefore avoided speaking to each By a strong-siding champion, Conscience.

other. A certain bashfulness prevented them O welcome, pure-eyed Faith, white-handed Hope, And thou, unblemished form of Chastity!

from mentioning Alice's name, and alluding to I see ye visibly, and now believe

their late sojourn at Ludlow Castle. Milton, That He, the Supreme Good, to whom all things ill Are but as slavish officers of vengeance,

who noticed the change in his friend's deWould send a glistering guardian, if need were, meanor, and the pallor of his cheeks, broke at To keep my life and honor unassailed. Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud

last the almost painful silence. Turn forth her silver lining on the night?

“You look very pale," he said ; "what ails I did not err"

you, my Lycidas ? " While the poet was reading these lines, the His friend started almost in dismay from his door opened noiselessly. Unnoticed by him, musing bis friend Edward King had entered the room

“What ails me ?” he asked, evasively. “I and overheard at least the latter part of the am as well as ever." lines recited. He knew at once that Alice “ And yet I think you bave lately undergone was to recite this passage on appearing in a marked change. Your cheeks are pale, your Haywood Forest. The love which he had felt glance is wild and wandering, and I have heard for the charming girl ever since his first meet you sigh repeatedly, contrary to your former ing with her, reawoke now with redoubled l habit. If some secret grief weighs down your

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heart, communicate it to me. I long to ad- ments. No other woman can be compared vise and help you.”

with her. Language is too tame and feeble to "Oh, you are so good,” murmured King, describe her loveliness. Is it necessary for " and I do wrong in concealing from you a se me to utter her name?" cret that fills my whole heart. Yes, you shall A shudder seized Milton, his heart stood know all, this very day.”

still, and consciousness threatened to leave “Indeed, you excite my curiosity.”

him. He well knew that his friend alluded to Come, let us repose here under this linden. Alice Egerton. It was only by a violent effort In its fragrant shade I will confide to you what that he restrained his agitation, which escaped I have scarcely ventured to confess to myself. the speaker, who was absorbed in his own I am in love."

thoughts. “You are !” exclaimed Milton, in surprise. “ Alice !” murmured the poet, in profound "Oh, now I understand it all, for love is a emotion, powerful wizard, transforming us and all our " Alice! You have guessed it,” said King. peculiarities. It makes the bold bashful and "I loved her the moment I saw her in Haywood timid, the wise foolish, the eloquent mute, and Forest. At that time I fancied she was the the mute eloquent. It saddens the glad, and fairy of the forest, a blessed angel descended gladdens the sad. No wonder is impossible to from above. Afterward I became better acit, as it is itself the greatest wonder in which quainted with her, and every day lent new the mysterious power of Nature reveals itself charms to her. It was not only her beauty to us. You are in love; now I comprehend that won my heart; a more profound impreswhy my once gay Lycidas creeps along like sion was made upon me by the innocence surthe shivering ghosts on the banks of the rounding her whole form like a halo, and her Acheron, and fills the woods with his lamenta- accomplishments, coupled as they are with tions."

the most touching modesty. Oh, she is peer“You depict love as though you were your- less on earth!” self enamoured of some fair girl. One hearing Every word by which his transported friend you would take it for granted that you had extolled the loveliness of Alice added to the likewise succumbed-to the tender flame." grief with which this unexpected confession

"Who knows ?” said Milton, smiling and could not but fill the poet's heart. He almost crimsoning with confusion. “Perhaps my succumbed to his agony, and succeeded, only hour has struck too; perhaps I may likewise by the most violent efforts, in mastering his surprise you soon by my confessions ; but first emotions and restraining an outburst of his I must find out what nymph has won your coy tortured feelings. heart. I am sure she is as shy as a young “And she returns your love ?” faltered out roe, endowed with a noble heart, and with all Milton. the charms that fill us with rapture, as beauti “Oh, I would you were the true prophet of ful as Venus, and as accomplished as Pallas. my happiness. Hitherto I have not ventured Such I fancy to be the woman capable of win- to put such a question to her; but I may conning your heart.”

fess to you that I am not entirely destitute of “You portray her as though you knew al- hope, for what would life be worth to me in ready who she is. Well, you know her as well future if I could not hope? Alice did not reas I do. You have seen her, and undergone ject my admiration, but received it with en the fascination of her charms and accomplish-| couraging kindness. When she spoke to me,


or met me, her conduct was such as to make doubt that you will obtain Alice's me believe that I was not entirely indifferent hand.” to her. Her parents, too, and especially her A painful sigh escaped the poet, and now at father, seemed not to disapprove my bashful last King perceived Milton's agitation. His efforts to obtain their daughter's love. All deathlike pallor, the profound grief stamped this, however, does not convince me that my on his features, could no longer escape him ; suit would really be agreeable to them. Your but, so far from suspecting the real cause of own experience has shown you, perhaps, that these marked symptoms of suffering, he ata lover's heart at first fluctuates between tributed them to an entirely different one. blissful transports and overwhelming despair. “Pardon me,” he said, after this discovery, Now, I have come to you to obtain some cer "if, in speaking of my love-affair, I entirely tainty about it. I have no more faithful friend forgot yours. If I did not misunderstand you, than you, and whom should I apply to but my you alluded to a similar inclination filling your Thyrsis, the playmate of my childhood and heart with grief and anxiety. Follow the exfaithful companion of my youth ? "

ample I have set you, and unbosom your “I shall know how to deserve your friend sorrow to me. Speak as frankly as I have ship more than ever before,” replied the poet, done, and command me. All that I am and with all the self-abnegation of which he was have is at your disposal, and I should rejoice capable at that moment.

if I could help you to attain your object. “I count upon you,” continued his friend, Speak, beloved Thyrsis, and you will see that with the blind egotism of an ardent lover. love has not deadened in my heart the sacred “You have known Alice longer than I, and feelings of friendship. Let me know, too, are just now on even more intimate terms what grieves your heart.” with her. Perhaps you may succeed in ob “Not now—no, not now," groaned Milton ; serving her in unguarded moments, or even "perhaps some other time.” 'gaining her confidence. She knows that we “And why not 'now?” said his friend, are friends. A word from you now and then pressingly. “I hope you do not believe that may do a great deal of good, and disclose the my sympathy for you and your friendship is true state of her heart to me. Therefore, less ardent than it was ? Oh, how I grieve at strive to approach her even closer than hith the mere thought of it! You know me, you erto, and speak to her much and often about know how dearly I love you. I should be me, that I may learn her feelings toward me. capable of giving up all for you—yes, Thyrsis, But whatever you may bring to me, life or all! Have we not often sworn to each other death, I shall always gratefully acknowledge fidelity and devotion until death ; are we not, the service which you will render me thereby.” as heretofore, brothers such as Castor and

“I will try to comply with your request,” | Pollux were of yore-you, my Damon; I, your faltered out Milton, whose heart was bleeding Pythias? Or do you think that such instances from a mortal wound.

of a league of souls are to be found only in “And I am convinced that you will leave Greece and in past centuries ? No, I am aninothing undone to second my courtship. Imated, as heretofore, by the love and enthuimplore you in the name of our friendship to siasm which would make me willing to die for aid me energetically and honestly, for I feel you.” that I cannot live without her."

“No, you shall not die for me,” exclaimed “I will assuredly do all I can, and I have the poet, deeply moved. “If one of us is to

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