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THE

DISCARDED SON.

A TALE.

Havant ;
PRINTED BY I. SKELTON,

THE

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BY
REGINA MARIA ROCHE,

AUTHOR OF THE
CHILDREN OF THE ABBEY; MAID OF THE HAMLET ;

VICAR OF LANSDOWN; TRADITION OF THE
CASTLE; MUNSTER COTTAGE BOY ; CASTLE CHAPEL;

TRECOTHICK BOWER, &c. &c.

Thou hast been
As one in suffering all, that suffers nothing;
A man who Fortune's buffets and rewards
Has ta'en with equal thanks: and blest are they
Whose blood and judgment mingled are so well
That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger,
To sound what stop she please.

SHAKSPEARE,

Second Edition:

VOL. I.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR
A. K. NEWMAN & CO. LEADENHALL-STREET.

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THE

DISCARDED SON.

CHAP. I.

“ In struggling with misfortunes
Lies the proof of virtue: on smooth seas
How many bawble boats dare set their sails,
And make an equal way with firmer vessels !
But let the tempest once enrage the sea,
And then behuld the strong-ribb'd Argosie
Bounding between the ocean and the air,
Like Perseus mounted on his Pegasus :
Then wbere are those weak rivals of the main !
Or to avoid the tempest fled to port,
Or made a prey to Neptune. Even thus
Do empty sbow and true priz'd worth divide-
In storms of fortune."

SAAKSPEARE.

That the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong ; neither bread to the wise, nor yet riches to the men of understanding, nor favour to men of skill -all ages, all countries have furnished us with instances. Of these, Captain Munro perhaps was not the least striking ; gifted vo!. I. '

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