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ther of them having lately lost its clapper, the music of the steeple was but a coarse exhibition of the people's joy. Seldom had Mr. Lovegood an ill word from any of his parishioners ; but on this event the ringers were almost angry with him for having opposed the repair of the bells; but he well knew, that this sort of music was frequently a temptation to disorderly conduct. Mr. Worthy was also of the same opinion, being entirely satisfied that a better set of bells could never be wanted to call the people to public worship, while the best bell in the Church, (referring to the pulpit,) was so thoroughly sound, and had in it such an excellent clapper, to charm the ears and hearts of all, who had grace to attend on its melodious sound.

Mr. Worthy therefore, having sent to the ringers the accustomed compliment, requesting them and the rest of the inhabitants of the village, to keep the testimony of their joy within proper limits, on that happy event, especially as the bride and bridegroom were going off for Sandover directly ; and that if they would wait for their return in about a fortnight, when they were to come and pass a few days at Brookfield Hall, he would then, on the condition of their orderly behaviour, invite them to partake of a marriage feast at his own house; and as a word from Mr. Worthy, was always a law throughout the village. Many cheerful blessings were pronounced on the union, all having one and the same wish, that the family of the Worthys might be built up in all its collateral branches; and that from age to age, they might be a blessing to the country, wherever “ the bounds of their habitations might be fixed.”

Though the precise time of this intended union was known to none at Sandover but Mr. Merryman's servants, yet immediately on their arrival, though in the evening of the day, the event soon transpired through all the neighbourhood; and Mr. Merryman had scarcely finished his family prayer, when they were saluted with the following hymn, accompanied

with instrumental music, and sung by some of his affectionate parishioners, in the court yard of his rectory house.

THE HYMN.

In Paradise the joy began,
When male, and female both were one;
Their hearts entwin'd in mutual love,
Their mutual joy was love alone.
But ah! lamented be the day,
When man forsook the God of love;
Till Christ the second Adam came,
And brought salvation from above.
Invited to the marriage feast,
The Holy Saviour grac'd the day;
There his first miracle he wrought,
That thence he might his power display.
Let this fond pair, enrich'd with grace,
Like clusters rich from Canaan's vine,
Be bless'd with all his love and power,
Who turn'd the water into wine.

Witness their marriage, dearest Lord,
Emblem of thy uniting grace;
One with each other, one with thee,
For ever bless them, “ Prince of Peace.”
Upon the bridal pair look down,
Who now have plighted heart and hands,
Their union with thy favour crown,
And bless, O bless, the nuptial bands.
With gifts and grace their hearts endow,
Of all rich dowries far the best :
Their substance bless, and peace bestow,
And that shall sweeten all the rest.

True helpmates in the heavenly road,
O may they tread the paths of life!
Those peaceful paths so far remote,
From all the rugged ways of strife.
As Isaac and Rebecca gave
A pattern mild, and chaste and kind;
So

may this new-met couple live
As one, in constant union join'd.

Many were inquisitive to know from whence these good people procured their poetry, while some were of opinion that it was the production of Mr. Lovegood, written on a former marriage occasion, and which had got into circulation by having been transcribed by different persons : yet others judged that it was somewhat below the general pitch of his poetry and that it might more probably have been the production of a Mrs. Rhymer, who lived in those parts, and to whom Mr. Merryman's ministry had been made very useful. But that we may deal upon uncertainties and conjectures no longer, the reader shall have other particulars in a dialogue, which took place between Mr. Worthy and family, and our old favourite Thomas Newman, who had been to Sandover with his eldest daughter Betty, the day after the marriage, that she might attend as as a servant on Mrs. Merryman; and where Thomas himself had been detained, that he might help Mr. Merryman with a little of his advice, as it respected the management of his glebe, and some other little husbandry concerns, which he now found necessary to undertake upon his settlement in a family way.

[Thomas is introduced.] Tho. Your servant your honour ; I have a letter to your honour, from Madam Merryman.

(Mr. Worthy reads the letter, and hands it to Mrs. Worthy.]

Wor. Well Thomas, I perceive my daughter and her husband are very well-sit down, I want to have some conversation with you about them.

Tho. With your honour's leave, I had rather stand. I should be ashamed to sit down before your honour.

Wor. Nay, nay, Thomas, you must sit down; I shall have many questions to ask, and you must be tired; for you have had a long walk from Sandover.

[After much persuasion, Thomas sits down at a

modest distance from his honour ; for Thomas reads his Bible, and that directs him to “ give honour to whom honour is due;" while the truly, honourable Mr. Worthy, is as wisely instructed to "condescend to men of low estate.”]

Wor. Well, and what do the people of Sandover think of Mr. Merryman, for having taken my daughter away from me?

Tho. Ah dear, your honour! why the people at Sandover are delighten to admiration at the match.

Mrs. Wor. I am glad they are Thomas; I am thoroughly persuaded my daughter will do all in her power to make a good wife, and a good minister's wife.

Tho. Why Madam, the very day after her marriage, she went with that dear gentleman, and for sure he is a precious soul! and visited ever so many poor folk about the parish, and gave something wherever she went.

Mrs. Wor. She told us, that she should want no fine wedding clothes in going to Sandover : and that she had rather, when she came there, lay out that money among the poor, that she might put a little decent clothing on their backs, for that they needed it more than what she did.

Tho. Why Madam, I never saw people so happy in all my born days, as the people at Sandover were, when they saw such a humble good young lady, walking about in such a plain way and dress ; while some foolish, proud folk supposed that your honour would have sent her home in a coach and six, and that there should have been bonfires, and nobody knows what fine things besides.

Wor. Indeed Thomas, had we acted such a part, the old proverb had been true against us, “ A fool and his money are soon parted.”

But I hope my daughter will prove a very useful helpmate to that good young minister.

Tho. 'Las your honour, you cannot tell how they talk of Mr. Merryman all the parish over, and what stories the people tell of his humble, and good natured ways : though 'Squire Wild, that lives in his parish, never comes to hear him; but orders that his pew should be locked up, that none of the poor people, who come from far, should go into his pew: and so good Mr. Merryman has ordered a pair of steps to be made, that people may get over into the 'Squire's pew, because he did not chuse to break the lock; but he says nobody has a right to lock up their pews, if they won't come there themselves. And so the people can get over very well, and then the rest of the poor people sit upon the steps. 'Squire Wild was great enough with Mr. Merryman, while they were all living together in the same wicked way; and now and then he would come to Church, but he would do nothing but laugh and jeer with Madam Wild and his daughters all the time : and now he says every thing that he can think of, against Mr. Merryman, poor dear young gentleman !

Wor. That is not at all to be wondered at Thomas, while the carnal mind is enmity against God.” But Mr. Merryman is quite in the right of it, no family should lock up a pew if they do not fill it themselves : though he does very wisely in opposing bad measures with as much mildness as he can. But did not the people want to be feasted upon the occasion ?

Tho. Oh no your honour! Mr. Merryman said he should make no feast but for the poor : and so he sent five guineas to the bakers, to be given away among

such poor, as he and the overseers might think fit.

Wor. Only five guineas Thomas !

Tho. Why your honour, I thought that was a desperate big sum ; but then he ordered five guineas more be sent to the butchers, that a bit of meat might be given to every poor man, that was to have the loaf of bread. His heart is wonderfully set on doing good.

Wor. Why Thomas, the only proof that we are good, is when we are enabled by the grace of God to do good: every tree is known alone by its fruits.

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