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officer, and in stature as towering, erect and noble, as the noblest, the cadet Leontine. In his journey toward Tuscora, to surrender himself into the power of his sovereign, he had heard of the fortunate capture of the commandant, and immediately retraced his steps to the imperial court, where he was again graciously received by the grateful Emperor, who bestowed on him the rank of Major-General.
The Emperor was not so old as to have forgotten the romance of youthful affection. The obligations which he had felt toward Leontine had originally been mingled with impressions that his motives were mercenary, and he had esteemed him as a useful traitor rather than as a youthful enthusiast. But after Leontine had explained, with simplicity and modesty, the motives which alone had caused him to hazard his life and sacrifice his allegiance, the Emperor was induced to criticize leniently faults by which he had been so greatly benefitted, and to requite them in a way congenial to the temperament of the actor. To that end the present interview had been ordered; and though Leontine had consented to act in it, and appear under his high military commission from the Emperor, the acceptance was subject to the condition, insisted on by Leontine, that he should at all times be at liberty to surrender himself to the King, his former master, if he should deem such a surrender essential to the safety of the commandant or the happiness of Theadora.
The dejected but still proud commandant encountered the presence of the emperor without servility or fear; nor would be deign so much as a passing look at Leontine, whom he contemplated with horror, and to whom this silent rebuke was manifestly distressing. The youth, beauty, and highly imaginative organization of Theadora sustained with less apathy the august presence of the emperor; she impulsively sank upon her knees as the monarch graciously advanced toward her. He was affected with her appearance, and raising her tenderly from her suppliant position, saluted kindly her cheek, calling her his protecting genius, his sympathizing deliverer, for whose sake he deemed her father not an enemy, not a prisoner, but a friend whom he was desirous to ennoble and make happy.
Sire,' exclaimed loftily the aroused commandant, • I am not ignorant of the great guilt of this unfortunate young woman; but although I have been unwilling to requite it with my own hands in vengeance on her head, far rather would I perform that office than see her derive the slightest benefit from her treason. If indeed your majesty shall desire to compensate me for her crime, which has been useful to your majesty, send us back to our injured sovereign, that we may expiate our offences as his justice shall prescribe.'
* Not so, mighty prince !' exclaimed Leontine; • I alone have been the offender, and on me alone should fall the punishment. The noble
commandant has not swerved from his integrity, while his noble daughter, in sympathizing with misfortune, but obeyed a feeling which heaven made irresistible. To pity is not criminal, and of nothing but pity can she be accused. I will return to Tuscora, and let justice satisfy its demands on the guilty, and not unworthily upon the guiltless.'
•That cannot be,' replied good-naturedly the emperor ; sovereigns owe to themselves and people a duty which requires that they should protect their benefactors. Beside, despatches are recently arrived, announcing that my brave troops have been victorious in a general engagement with the forces of Tuscora, and that on the field of battle a treaty was concluded by which a general amnesty is guaranteed for all offences connected with the late hostilities, and including specially by name all persons now within our presence.'
· Alas, Sire!' groaned forth the unhappy commandant, . pardon is not my wish, nor can it restore the lost faith of my unfortunate child, or the lost self-respect of her more unfortunate father. Long may your majesty live! and for your good intentions toward an humble and ruined man may heaven spare you the affliction of an unworthy child ! But the moment I regain the power, she and I must return to our native land, nor cover our offences by any treaty won from our betrayed master by the armies of your majesty.
The emperor was perplexed and almost angry at the obstinate integrity of the old veteran. It conflicted also with his published philosophy; for no proffered elevation seemed able to restore the happiness of an humble station. He dismissed the parties, but instead of permitting the commandant and his daughter to return to prison, as the commandant desired, he compelled them to lodge in a splendid mansion near the palace, in the hope that reflection would make their conduct conform with his philosophy; a result which now seemed more important to the emperor than even his desire to benefit Theadora or requite the services of Leontine.
But time failed to meliorate the sentiments of the commandant. Like a caged bird, who, in attempts to regain its liberty, beats itself to death against the wires of its gilded prison, he rebelled against all efforts that were made to soothe him, and grew continually more dispirited and more morose; so that he eventually refused to see his daughter, whom he deemed accessory to his detention. She by the most filial attention endeavored to atone for her offence; but death alone seemed able to relieve him from the reflections that continually' tormented him, and death, the last hope of the unforiunate, finally arrived. He died a broken-hearted man, in the fifth month of his residence at Boresko.
Poignant was the grief of Theadora, for she was the cause of his untimely fate; and great was the sorrow of Leontine, for he had created the misfortunes of both the father and the daughter. Even the emperor was grieved, for he knew that the whole had proceeded from
efforts to terminate his captivity. The funeral was conducted with great military pomp, and the imperial family condescended to participate in the pageant. To soothe the feelings of Theadora, a communi. cation was obtained for her from the now almost tributary king of Tuscora, condoling with her for the loss of her father, whose fidelity the king was pleased to say he had long been convinced of, and not only pardoning, but applauding her for the sympathy she had manifested toward his illustrious brother and good ally the emperor of Boresko, when casually a resident of the castle.
Human nature is as manifestly formed to endure the calamities of life as oaks are to endure the tempests of winter. In due time, therefore, Theadora became tranquil under the loss of her father, and in a little further time, cheerful. Yielding to the solicitation of friends, she gradually re-mingled with society, and eventually shone in court, where the emperor, intent on his moral theory, and desirous that her history should not result contradictorily to his system, never failed to distinguish her with his attentions. In gratitude for his condescension, she eventually complied with his known wishes by yielding to the wellproved affection of Leontine; and they were publicly married, the emperor himself giving her away at the altar. They became the most conspicuous ornaments of the brilliant court of Boresko; but attentive observers could discover in Theadora moments of abstraction, and occasionally a hurried manner, denoting a mind oppressed with painful
recollections. · Even Leontine, although blessed as he was with the consummation of his most romantic aspirations and the gratification of his most ardent desires, felt evidently more embarrassed than exalted when the adventures were referred to that had gained him his elevation. He evinced a painful sensitiveness whenever he was spoken of as a native of Tuscora; and his enemies (what court favorite is without them?) soon noticed his growing sensitiveness, and failed not to play on it, to his increasing misery. In short, could the hearts of Leontine and Theadora have been inspected, they would have been found to contain much regret, much self-reproach, much consciousness of ill-desert. In consideration of these results, which the emperor discovered as well as his courtiers, he inserted in the next edition of his moral philosophy a new chapter, in which he maintained that as a man deviates from virtue and duty, he removes himself out of the principle that makes increased honors and riches an increase of happiness.
Modern philanthropy, I often, hear,
THE IDEA L.
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With all thy visions fondly cherished,
Wilt thou then faithless from me part?
Can nought recall them to the heart?
Be stayed thy unrelenting tide ?
To the eternal ocean glide.
The cloudless suns have lost that gleaming
That once they o'er my pathway threw; Those visions fled ; that pleasant dreaming
That to the soul has seemed so true :
In all the soul's sweet imagery;
What once was Beauty's self to me.
Even as of old PYGMALION, longing,
Gazed on the marble's changeless face,
All that makes living loveliness :
Deep meaning in that look I sought,
The silent one a language caught,
She understood my earnest thought;
Then sang the rippling of the brook ;
The echo of my life partook.
A circling all my breast indwelling
With yearning boundless urged me on, To enter on life's way impelling
In deed and word, in seem and tone.
Before the buds to blossoms grew!
Its promised fruits how poor, how few!