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element hath become a constituent still drunk with Mght as when mornpart of the general sympathy; and ing comes upon the streams, but it from this it might be that Hume not waited and took commands from the only continued to endure Miss Pearce, looks of her mild hostess. The footbut even loved her with the affection step of the reclaimed wanderer might of habit.

still be light and airy, but now she One might have supposed, that ere went about the house softly, under an the time to which our narrative now excellent ministry. In health she berefers, Miss Pearce would have been came Mrs Mather's delight, and still tired of intrigue, and would have seen more so when the infirmities of the the folly of being jealous in the favour good old lady required delicate attenwhich she had proved exactly, and tions. Like the glorious Una of Spenfrom which she knew so little was ever ser's Fairy Queen, the kind eyes of this to be gained or lost; but a Jesuit beautiful Italian, even amidstaffliction, would be a Jesuit still, were the “ made a light in a shady place." Church of Rome utterly annihilated, Frederick Hume forgot not his proand petty intrigue merely for its own mise to wait upon Signora Romelli, sake, and little selfish arrangements of and inform her, that his minstrel-pacircumstances, although nothing was tient was quite well on the morning to be gained, constituted the very after the day when he was ill in her breath of Miss Pearce's nostrils; and, house. At the same time, he presented therefore, it is not to be wondered at, a card from Mrs Mather, requesting a that, when Mrs Mather stated her de. mutual acquaintanceship. A friendly sign of adopting the two Italians, as intercourse grew up accordingly, and, above mentioned, she heard it with ere the fall of the season, Signor Ro. that umph, and nod, which express melli and his daughter were at least not that a thing has been assented to once every week at Greenwells Cottage, but merely that it has been literally to the huge dismay of Miss Pearce and distinctly heard. Her objections but the delight of our young surgeon, were entered under a masked battery, who began most deeply to love the She began by praising Mrs Mather's beautiful Julia Romelli. She was unbounded benevolence of heart. She taller and fairer than the maid Cardo: hoped they would be grateful ; they her locks were nut-brown: her eye could not be too grateful; nay, they was a rich compromise betwixt the could never be grateful enough. She al. raven and the blue dove, a deep violowed the conversation to take a gene, let, ral turn, then tried to control it gra

“ like Pandora's eye, dually to her purpose, and found an

When first it darken'd with immortal life." opportunity of relating, as if incidentally, how a certain lady, whom once She was quick, capricious, and proud; she knew, had been ruined by a fo- bold in her pouting displeasure, which reign protegee whom she had unwisely was like a glancing day of sunshine cherished. She touched upon swind- and stormy showers: but then she was ling, vagrants, and obscurely alluded ardent in her friendships, and very beto legislature, and the alien act. Not nevolent; ready, withal, nay in haste, withstanding all such hints, however, to confess her faults, in which case the thing was settled in the affirma, her amende honorable, and her prayer tive; the boy Antonio was sent to stay for pardon, were perfectly irresistible. with Mr Baillie, and Charlotte com- A heart of her ambition, and so diffimenced work under the immediate cult to be won, insepsibly exalted her auspices of her new patroness. The in the eyes of the dashing and manly regularity and certainty of her new Frederick ; who, without any ostenmode of life, soon subdued the roving sible calculation of selfish vanity, loved qualities which her character might her the more deeply, that she was a bave slightly acquired, and which conquest worthy of boldest youth. quickly give a corresponding wildness Notwithstanding her superior qualifito the features. Her dark and comely cations, and the ardour of his suit, we beauty remained quick and expressive, infer that the fair Julia kept shy and but it was sobered under the accomo aloof, and at the same time that her paniments of an English dress, and lover was only the more deeply detertamed by the meek offices of our coun, mined to make her bis, from the cirtry's excellent morality. Her eye was cumstance that, in a few months, he had condescended to calculate how he saturnine, seldom moved to smiles, and stood in her father's affections, and never to laughter; and who, though was studious to accommodate himself he could talk fluently, and with eloto the manner of the Signor, who was quence, seemed, in general, to wear grave in his deportment, and almost some severe constraint upon his spirit.

CHAPTER II. Things were in this state when the Frederick could not but guess that he winter session came round, which calle was a rival candidate for Julia's love. ed Frederick to Edinburgh, to prose. But the most striking

and unaccountcute still farther his medical studies. able demonstration of the boy's chaThe summer following he continued racter, was the visible paleness which in town studying botany; and after came over his face, the current-the making a tour through the Highlands restless flow of his small features, and of Scotland, it was about the middle the impatience of his attitudes, now of autumn ere he returned to Green- shrinking, now swelling into bold and wells Cottage.

almost threatening pantomime, whenHe found Charlotte Cardo improved ever Signor Romelli came near him. in beauty and accomplishments, and Visibly, too, he was often seen to start advanced in favour with every one when he heard his countryman's deep who knew her; even Miss Pearce her voice : He spoke to Romelli always self condescended to patronize her with an eloquent empressement in his publicly and privately: But what tone, as if his thoughts were crowding pleased him most of all, was to find with his crowding blood : He looked that Julia Romelli was still a frequent him eagerly in the face : He often went visitor at the Cottage. The season of round about him, like an anxious dog. harvest, too, had given a vacation to One night Romelli, more open and Mr Baillie's scholars, and Antonio talkative than usual, had told two or Cardo was now at home beside his three stories of the sea, when Antonio, sister; and the harp and the song of who had listened, with a sharp face, the Italian twins were not forgotten and his whole spirit peering from his when the sweet gloaming came on. eyes, came forward, and sitting down Deeply occupied in spirit as Hume on the carpet before his countryman, was with thoughts of his fair and shy looked up in his face, and said, “ I Signora, he was yet constrained to at will now tell you a legend of the sea, tend to the abrupt and strange mani. Captain Romelli.” festation of Antonio's character, which

Cardo's Legend. broke forth, from time to time, mocking the grave tenor of his ordinary A rude Captain in the South Seas behaviour. According to his reverend had murdered his mate, an excellent tutor's statement, he had been a very youth, for pretended disobedience of diligent scholar; and he testified it orders; and for this crime God sent thus far, that he talked English with the black-winged overtaking tempest, great force and propriety. With the which beat his ship to pieces, and he boys of his own age he had consorted was cast alone upon a desert island. little, and seemed to take no delight It was night when he recovered from in conversing with any one, though his drenched dream, and sat down on now and then he would talk a few a green bank above the sea- marge, to minutes to the old men of the village, reflect on his situation. The stormand sometimes to the children. He racks had fled away: the moon came was now equally taciturn at Mr Ma peering round above the world of seas, ther's; but occasionally he broke forth, and up through the cold, clear wilderexpressing himself in rapid and earn- ness of heaven: the dark tree-tops of est eloquence, and shewing a wonder- theforest, which grew down to the very ful power of illustrating any point. sands, waved in the silver night. But From his manner altogether towards neither this beauty after the tempest, Miss Romelli, his devoted attentions which should have touched his heart at one time, and at another his proud with grateful hope, nor the sense of shyness; and from his dignified refu- his deliverance, nor yet the subduing sal, often, to play on the harp when influence of hunger, could soften that Hume wished to dance with that lady, mariner's soul; but he sat till morning, unrepentant of his murder, forti. swift and perilous beauty; whilst over. fying himself in injustice, hardening head the thunder was crushed and his heart, kicking against the pricks. jammed through the broken heavens, About sunrise he climbed up into a making the living beams of the forest high tree, to look around him. The to quiver like reeds. Whether real or island, so far as he could see on all imaginary, the wicked Captain thought sides, seemed one wild and fenceless that he heard, at the same time, the forest; but there was a high hill, roar of wild beasts, and saw the darkswathed in golden sunlight, perhaps ness spotted with their fiery eyes; and three or four miles inland, which, if to save himself from them, he climbhe could reach and climb it, would ed up into a tree, and sat in its mossy give him a wide prospect, and perhaps clefts. As the storm above and beshew him some inhabited district. To neath ranged away, and again crew make for this hill, he descended from nearer and nearer, with awful alterthe tree, and struck into the woods, nations, the heart of the wicked Capstudious to pursue the straight line of tain began to whirl within him, tugroute which he laid down for himself, ged at by immediate horrors, and the in order to reach the mountain. sense of ultimate consequences, from

The forest was full of enormous his helpless situation. In his agony, trees, of old prodigious growth, burst- he twisted himself from branch to ing into wild gums, and rough all branch, like a monkey, braiding his over with parasitical plants and fungi legs, and making rings with his arms; of every colour, like monstrous livers; at the same time crying out about bis whilst up and down the trunks ran crime, and babbling a sort of delirious strange painted birds, pecking into the repentance. In a moment the tembark with their hard bills, and dotting pest was over-blown, and every thing the still air with their multitudinous hushed, as if the heavens wished to little blows. Deeper from the engulfe listen to his contrition. But it was no ed navel of the wood came the solita- contrition : nothing but an intoxicary cries of more sequestered birds. ted incontinence,-a jumble of fear Onward went the wicked Captain, and blasphemy ; such a babbling as a slowly, and with little caution, be man might make if he were drunk cause he never doubted that he should with the devil's tears, gathered, as easily find the mountain ; but rough they came glittering like mineral drops and 'impervious thickets turned him down the murky rocks of damnation, so oft, and so far aside, that gradually in bottles made of the tough hearts of he forgot his proposed track, and be old vindictive queens.-Holy Mother! came quite bewildered. In this per- Do you hear me, Signor Romelli? By plexity, he again climbed a high tree, the Holy Mother of Grace! you and I, to discover the bearing of the hill; Signor, think he ought to have repentbut it was no longer to be seen. No. ed sincerely, do we not?-Well, what thing was before him and around him, next? God does not despise any workbut a boundless expanse of tree-tops, ing of the sinner's heart, when allied, which, under a skỳ now darkened to even most remotely, to repentance: and a twilight, began to moan and surge because the wicked Captain had felt the like a sea. Descending in haste, he first tearings of remorseful fear, God tried to retrace his steps; but this it sent to him, from the white land of sinwas out of his power distinctly to do; less children, the young little Cherub and he only went deeper into the of Pity. And when the wicked Captain wood, which began to slope down. lifted up his eyes and looked into the wards perceptibly. Darkness, in the forest, he saw far off, as at the end of meantime, thickened among the trees, a long vista, the radiant child coming which were seen standing far ben, as on in naked light; and, drawing near, in a dream, crooked in their trunks, the young Being whispered to him, like the bodies of old men, and alto that he would lead him from the fogether unlike the trees of an upper rest, and bring a ship for him, if he world. Every thing was ominously would go home, and on his knees constill, till all at once the millions of fess his crime to the aged parents of leaves were shaken, as if with small the youth whom he had murdered, eddying bubbles of wind. Forthwith and be to them as a son, for the only came the tempest. The jagged light son whom they had lost. Tbe wicked ning lanced the forest-gulfs with its Captain readily vowed to perform these conditions, and so the "Babe of Pity murdered and thrown overboard, and led him from the forest, and, taking whose corpse had been brought hither him to a high promontory above the by the tides and the wandering winds. sea shore, bade him look to the sea :- So the wicked Captain sunk for ever and the promised ship was seen hange in the waters. ing like a patch of sunshine on the far blue rim of the waters. As she came “Now, Signor Romelli,” said the on and came near, the heart of the boy Antonio, after a brief pause, wicked Captain was again hardened “what do you think of my Legend?” within him, and he determined not to Ere an answer could be returned, a perform his vow.

broad sheet of lightning flashed in at “ Your heart has again waxed ob- the window, (for the sky all day had durate,” said the Figure, who still lie been thunderous and warm,) and inved before him like a little white dial stantly it was followed by a tremenin the sun; “ and I shall now turn dous peal of thunder, which doubly the ship away, for I have her helm in startled the whole company sitting in my hand. Look now, and tell me what the twilight room. thou seest in the sea.” The wicked “ Get up, foolish boy,” said RoCaptain looked for the ship, but she melli, his deep voice a little tremuhad melted away from off the waters; lous, whilst at the same time he struck and when he turned, in his blind fury, Antonio gently with his foot. Not to lay hold on the White Babe, it was more quickly did the disguised Prince vanished too.

of Evil, as represented by Milton, start “Come back to me, thou imp," up into his proper shape at the touch cried the hungry blasphemer, whilst of Ithuriel's spear, than did the young his face waxed grim with wild pas- Italian spring up at the touch of Rosions,“ or I will hurl this dagger at melli's foot. His very stature seemed the face of the Almighty.” So saying, dilated, and his pantomime was angry he drew a sharp clear dagger from his and threatening, as for a moment he side, and pointing it upwards, threw bent towards the Signor; but its dane it with all his might against the sky. gerous outline was softened by the It was now the calm and breathless darkness, so that it was not distinctly noontide, and when this impious dag- observed ; and next moment the youth ger was thrown up, not a breeze was drew back with this remark,-“ By stirring in the forest skirts or on beak- Jove, Captain, there was a flash from ed promontory; but ere it fell, a the very South Sea island in question ! whirling spiral blast of wind came What a coincidence! what a demondown from the mid-sky, and, catch, stration was there ! and O what a glo. ing the dagger, took it away glittering rious mirror plate might be cut from up into the blue bosom of heaven. that sheet of fire, for the murderer to Struck with a new horror, despite of see himself in. Thank God, none of his' hardened heart, the wicked Cap- us have been in the South Seas, like tain stood looking up to heaven after the wicked Captain in the Legend.” his dagger, when there fell upon his There was no farther reply to this, face five great drops of blood, as if and Signor Romelli was silent and from the five wounds of Christ. And unusually pale during the remainder in the same minute, as he was trying of the evening. After waiting one to wipe away thisBaptism of Wrath, he hour, during which there followed no reeled and fell from the lofty promon- more thunder and lightning, and then tory where he stood into the sea, into a second hour till the moon was up, he the arms of the youth whom he had arose with his daughter and went home.

Chapter III. Again the season came round, which ed it all to the maiden; and when he called Frederick Hume to town for caught her trembling at his declaraanother session, to finish his medical tion, how could she explain her emostudies, and get his degree as a physi- tion otherwise than by confessing, decian; and once more he prepared to spite of her pride, that their love was take a tender leave of his Julia, whom mutual? or answer for it better than he loved more than fame or life. Over- by pledging her troth for ever, in recome by his deep passion, he confessa turn for his vow of constancy? VOL. XXIV.

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About Christmas, Antonio Cardo saluted her before the whole company. came from Mr Baillie's, to spend a Julia disengaged herself, blushing. few holidays at Greenwells Cottage. There was bridling on the part of the One night Signora Romelli gravely ladies ; hearty laughter and cheers assumed the character of a prophetic from old bachelors, and some of the improvisatrice, and told the future for young gallants looked very high, and tunes of Mrs Mather's household. ready to call the offender to account.

“ And now,” said she to Antonio, Signor Romelli looked grave and i come forward, young harper; you moody after the strange salutation; and look there for all the world as if you poor Charlotte bung down her head, were about to be set down for a mur- and gradually withdrew from the derer."

room. As for the culprit himself, he · The boy started and went out, but walked haughtily out, and was folin a few minutes he returned, and, lowed by Mrs Mather, who took him firging himself on his knees before to task in another apartment. The Miss Romelli, he prayed her, for the amiable Miss Pearce had likewise fole love of heaven, to reverse her ungentle lowed to approve her former prophecy prophecy.

of trouble from such guests; but her "Up, foolish boy," said Julia,“why patroness was not in the vein for toyou look indeed as if your conscience lerating officious wisdom, and forewere fairly measured; as if the red stalling that virgin's charitable purcap fitted you. Well, Antonio, you pose, she turned her to the right about are either waggish or simple to an un- in a moment. common stretch.”

“And now, mad boy," demanded The boy rose with a groan, and Ju- the old lady, “what meant this outlia's father entering the room at this rageous solecism? For my sake, what moment, he took up a small knife did you mean, Antonio Cardo?” from the table, and shaking it at the “ Kind and gracious lady," he reSignor Captain, said, in a voice trem- plied, “ do not question me just now. bling with emotion, “ Your foolish But if you would have me saved from daughter, sir, says that I am to be a perdition, bind me hand and foot, and murderer.” On no answer being re- send me far away over seas and lands." turned, he bit the handle of the knife If this is all you have to say for for a moment, and then laid it down. yourself,” returned Mrs Mather, it

Next evening, a party being asseme is certainly a very pretty speech : bled at the cottage, and Julia Romelli though it is far above my comprehenbeing there, she was of course an ob- sion. No-no; the thing was a breach ject of general attention and the most of good manners; but I don't exactly assiduous gallantry. During a dance, see that your precious soul's endanAntonio, who had refused to play on gered, or that you are entitled to be the harp, sat moodily in a corner, sent to Botany Bay for stealing a bit watching the graceful Signora, and kiss doubtless your first offence.” louring against the smiles of her parte “Well, my 'excellent apologist," ner; heedless at the same time of his said Antonio, if you will use a little sister, who, when she stopped near him address, and bring Signora Julia hiin the dance, gently chid him one ther, I will ask her forgiveness perhaps." while, and then, smiling in her happy “ You are a very foolish young mood with a tearful glance, which aske man indeed,” returned the old lady, ed him to share her joy, patted him who was one of those persons whose below the chin, and bid him rise and humour it is, without abating from dance merrily. Miss Romelli saw the their real good-nature, to rise in their sisterly love of Charlotte ; and, in her demands or reproaches when any thing good-nature, a little while after, she like concession has been made. “I made up to the youth, and speaking say it-a very foolish boy; and I have to him as if he were merely a shy and a great mind to let the young lady be timid schoolboy, insisted upon his ta. angry at you for ever, and so I don't king part in the dance.

think I shall either bring her or send "Prithee, do not think me quite a her.” boy," said he in return.

Cardo knew very well that these Signora, as the best rejoinder, re- words of his hostess, as she left the peated her invitation, upon which he apartment, implied any thing but a started up, and flinging his arms decisive negative; and he sat still with mad violence around her neck, waiting the entrance of Julia, who, afe

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