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hold nothing but two large blue and made me silent for a moment. eyes following me everywhere. On Finally I replied : the other hand, however, a strange,

“I do not know whether my inexplicable regret weighed on my husband has any engagement for heart when thought of the world to-morrow or not; but as for me, into which I had not yet pene. I hope nothing will prevent my trated, except in imagination, but coming. At all events, you shall where I longed to be transplanted have my reply in a few hours." with Lorenzo, that our lives might This reply was despatched at a 'bring forth better fruit. While late hour that same evening, and conversing with Mme. de Kergy was to this effect: “That imporsuch a life seemed less chimerical. tant business would oblige my husI felt my wishes might easily be re- band to be absent the whole day, alized if ... I could not wholly and I alone should be able to acdefine my thought, but it was there, cept Mme. de. Kergy's invitation." alive, actual, and poignant, and the What it cost me to write this recollection of its source added a note Mme. de Kergy never imadegree of tenderness to the affec- gined. And yet, when I hastily tionate farewell I bade Mme. de wrote these lines, I had no positive Kergy when her carriage stopped reason for doubting the truth of to leave me at my door. My eyes the excuse assigned for Lorenzo's were filled with tears. I found it absence-no

except the difficult to tear myself away. She, promptings of my own heart, to on her part, pressed my hand, and, which I was less able than ever, fastening her softest look on me, within a few hours, to impose sifinally said:

lence. “My dear Ginevra ” (I had some

But to relate what took place time before begged her to call me

from the time I left Mme, de Kergy so), “would it be indiscreet to till I wrote her the above note : ask you to come and dine with us That evening, as usual, I was to to-morrow, and spend your last meet Donna Faustina, but not her evening with us?"

alone. Our friends were to assem“O madame!" I exclaimed with ble to bid us farewell, and it was at a joy I did not try to conceal,

this soirée I saw her for the first "how happy I should be to come!”

time in all the éclat of a brilliant “Then I shall depend on seeing toilet. And, though I was far you—both of you; for of course my from foreseeing it, it was there I invitation extends likewise to the spoke to her for the last time! ... Duca di Valenzano."

And I was still further from foreI felt my face turn red simply seeing in what place and in what at these words. Alas! why? Be- way

I should afterwards find mycause I was at once terrified at the self beside her for an instant! . thought of conveying an invitation We both attracted much atten. to Lorenzo which, ten days before, tion that evening. Which of us he would have eagerly accepted. was the more beautiful I cannot Now I felt if he replied in the af- tell. As to this, I was indifferfirmative, it would be a triumph ent to the opinion of all but one. for me; if in the negative, a painful What he thought I longed to know, defeat.

and I now watched him in my All this rapidly crossed my mind, turn. As I have said, he had good

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reason to pride hiraself on his breaking a long silence which he penetration; but that was a faculty did not notice, or would not ask by no means lacking on my part, the reason of, with a violent outand one, it may be remærked en burst I afterwards regretted, but passant, that Sicilians of both sexes which, at the moment, it seemed are said to be rarely devoid of. In impossible to repress. this respect we were well matched. “ I have tried to please you, LoI knew every line in his forehead, renzo, and must still believe in your and understood every movement sincerity, which it would kill me to of his mouth and the slightest doubt; but I can no longer have change in his mobile, expressive any faith in the false, perfidious face, and during the whole evening, friendship of that woman. . . . My when for the first time I was able heart, my whole soul, revolts to observe them together without against her. ..

against her. ... God forgive me, attracting his attention, I used as Lorenzo, I really believe I hate her, much art in studying him as he and feel as if I could never see her knew how to use in studying again! .. others. I followed them with my Such were a few of the hasty, ineyes around the room; whereas, coherent words that escaped from separated from me by the crowd, my lips. Lorenzo, with folded he forgot my presence, and, by arms, compressed brow, and a cold,

, some phenomenon akin to that of ironical look of surprise, listened second sight, every word they ut

without interrupting me. tered seemed to resound distinctly As I gazed at him, I felt my imin my ears! . . . It was with re- petuosity die away and give place luctance I gave her my hand when to intolerable anguish. My heart I left her. It was she, and not swelled, and I should have burst out Lorenzo, who was at that moment into sobs had not a certain pride the object of the resentment that hindered me from responding to burned in my heart.

the icy coldness of his smile with I had doubtless overcome some tears. He did not excuse himself, of my faults at that time, but far and by no means tried to defend from all. I was not so frivolous as her whom I thus attacked. He is usually the case at my age. I I made neither protestations nor reloved everything great and noble. proaches. But with all this, I was impetuous, “As you please, cara mia," said wilful, and jealous, and, though not he with a calmness that seemed a bccupied about my appearance, I thousand times more cruel than was with myself. The happiness I anger. “I will not attempt to ophad an indisputable right to was pose the furious fit of jealousy I see menaced. All means of defending you are in. Indulge in it at your my rights seemed allowable, but to leisure. ... Nothing is easier than 15€ address, prudence, and manage- to find some excuse for not spendmeat would have amounted almost ing to-morrow evening with Donna to insincerity in my eyes.

Faustina--and the day after, ma Pretexts, and even excuses, are belle Ginevra,” continued he with a seldom wanting for yielding to the sarcastic look that was more markrapuise of the moment. Therefore ed than his words. “You seem to I yielded to mine when I again forget we are both going away, and und myself alone with Lorenzo, very probably you will never see her again. This is a reassuring and you also, to dine there to-mor. circumstance, and ought to have row, and pass the evening." sufficed, it seems to me, to prevent “Very well, go; nothing could you

from making so absurd a scene be more fortunate. As for me, I as this."

shall not go

with

you. I have busiHis manner and words complete- ness I am obliged to finish before ly disconcerted me. I now felt pain- my departure.

my departure. To-morrow I shall fully mortified at my outburst, and be absent all the morning, and shall an earnest desire to repair it. And not return in season to accompany yet the sensation caused by his in- you." justice still raged in my heart. But I I knew through Lando what busirepressed this by degrees, and when ness he referred to. I knew he Lorenzo was on the point of leaving was to settle the next day the imthe room, I said in a low tone: portant accounts I had learned

"Forgive me; I was too hasty. about the preceding Sunday. i reBut I have suffered more than you collected likewise that he was aftermay have supposed."

wards to dine with Lando. ... He made no reply, and his cold- It was not, then, an imaginary ness restored my self-control. excuse I had to transmit to Mme.

“It is not necessary to seek any de Kergy, and yet, when I wrote pretext to avoid meeting Donna the note before mentioned, it was Faustina,” continued I with a sang- with a trembling hand and a heart froid nearly equal to his own. heavier than it had ever been in Mme. de Kergy has invited me,

my life!

TO BE CONTINUED.

SEPTEMBER-SABBATH REST.

Most holy of the numbers, sacred Seven!

Which reverently the ancient sages held,

And by thy hidden charm the music swelled
Of rare old prophecies and songs of heaven,
We wonder, yet the secret have not riven

(So closely are the mysteries sentinelled),

If only by the calendar * compelled,
Thy sign of grace unto this month was given.
Rather, we think, a fair connection lies

Between the blessedness of Sabbath peace,

When all of labor finds divine surcease,
The while rich incense rises to the skies,

And that sweet rest from summer's burdened days,
Which makes the ripe year now yield sevenfold praise !

* Formerly September was the 7th month.

THE PRESENT STATE OF ANGLICANISM.

A Bill for the regulation of pub- that to be a merely human institulic worship, prepared by Dr. Tait, tion which they had regarded as Protestant Archbishop of Canter- divine, and the unveiling of that bury, and which after certain modi- long-hidden countenance revealed fications has passed through Parlia- to them the divine lineaments of ment, is causing the state church the one true Mother who for three to undergo another of those fever- weary centuries had been to Engish crises which for about thirty land a “ Mother out of sight." years past have marked with a new Most of those men transferred feature its internal as well as its their allegiance whither alone it external disorganization.

was due; having dug to the founBefore that period it had been dations of their edifice to find them the chief boast of that church, in giving way at every corner, they every section of her members, took refuge in the city against whether “ High ”or“ Evangelical,” which so often the “hail descended, to have repudiated the “blasphe- and the wind blew, but it fell not; mous fables and dangerous de- for it was built upon a rock.” But ceits” of the ancient faith from they did not fail to have an abiding which she had apostatized, the an- impression upon the communion cient unity from which she had they abandoned. Many who forsevered herself, and the ancient bore to follow their example were doctrines which she denounced. yet unable to deny the truth of the

Since that period, however, a principles which had found their change has come over a portion of ultimate resolution in this exodus, the Establishment, by the formation although they persuaded themselves in its bosom of a new party, differ- and others that it was their duty to ing from all its predecessors, and remain in order to solidify and possessing, moreover, its own scale adorn that structure which they of belief, graduated ad libitum. designate the "church of their bap

The thoughtful and earnest wri- tism,” slow to believe that it is a ters of the Tracts for the Times, house“ built on the sand.” becoming painfully conscious of Thus, during the last thirty years the want of consistency of belief, or so, it has been the aim of a and also of the need of a spiritual small but increasing number of Anhead or centre of authority in their glicans to claim consideration for own communion, sought anxiously their communion on higher grounds into the details of its origin and than its founders would by any history, and also into the past and means have approved, and, becompresent of the ancient church, from ing suddenly shy of its state pawhose venerable features they re- rentage, to declare it to be a moved the veil of obloquy and misre- " Branch " and a “Sister " of that presentation which had been thrown

* This is the title of a remarkable poem by the over them. Their search proved Rev. John Keble, unpublished until after his death. church which the creators of their disciplinary, and decorative disoown moved heaven and earth, or bedience-however great foay be rather the gates of hell, to destroy the pains they take to force the

In order to support their claim, false to simulate the true, and howthey find it necessary to distort ever pertinaciously they may dare, the meaning of their formularies as they do, to appropriate to themin the vain endeavor to coax or to selves and to their chaotic schism force them into some resemblance the very name of the Catholic to the teaching of the Council of Church, out of whose fold they are Trent, those which are hopelessly content to remain in hereditary irreconcilable being left out of the apostasy. account as little differences which Among the four principal secit is inconvenient to remember. tions of “ High,” “Low," " Broad," In numerous cases they are practi- and “No” church, into which the cally set aside, or contradicted, `Anglican communion is divided, notwithstanding the fact that at the “Low" or (so-called) “ Evantheir “ordination " the ministers gelical ” school is the sternest opof the Church of England solemnly ponent of the new “Extreme" or bind themselves to teach in accord- Ritualistic ” party, which it very ance with these very formularies. mistakenly honors with the name

Moreover, finding their own mu- of Romanizers. We say mistakentilated communion service insuffi- ly, because, however they may imicient, and yet claiming and pro- tate according to their various fessing to "say Mass," which they shades of opinion the outward were never intended to say, and ceremonial of the church, or adopt, which in their present position they at choice, more or less of her docare utterly incapable of celebrating, trines, yet all this in their case is the ritualistic ministers are in the but a double development of Prohabit of supplementing the defi- testantism (to say nothing of the ciencies of their own liturgy by effect it produces of making them private interpolations from the Ro- rest satisfied with the shadow inman Missal, which, in case they are stead of seeking the substance); questioned on the subject, they for none are so bitter as they designate as “ prayers from ancient against the church they are so desources, a statement less honest sirous to resemble, and also none than true. One thing after an- are so practically disobedient to other do they imitate or claim as their own ecclesiastical superiors, their own, now a doctrine, now a in spite of reiterated professions to practice, which for three hundred the contrary. It is this persistent years their communion has em- disobedience which has brought phatically disowned: vestments, about the present crisis. lights, prayers for the dead, confes- In the Evangelical party there sion, transubstantiation, in some exists a society calling itself the “extreme” quarters intercession of the saints; here a gesture and

* Dr. Irons, in his book entitled New Legislation there a decoration, which only has directed to che richia Is it needed? says: "The most its fitness and meaning in the an- pleas for new legislation is the cry that the ritualists

are encouraging popery amongst us. To say that cient church and her venerable we are in danger of becoming papists is about as raritual, but which with them can

tional as to say that we are becoming Plymouth

Brethren,'” (one of the many new sects which nave claim no title but that of doctrinal, sprung up of late years in England).

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